No Bones About It: Birthday Card

I really hope you like the new stamp set: No Bones About It, because you might be seeing it a lot from me. I seriously can't help myself! I have a ton of new products to play with, and I've tried, but every time, I'm pulled back to the dinosaurs!

"No Bones About It" comes with a great birthday saying and a party hat stamp, that I just couldn't resist making a dino birthday card. I wanted to design a child's card, so I kept it clean and colourful!

The colours I used are: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Real Red and Basic Gray. I used Lost Lagoon for the dinosaur's spots.

The numbered background is from the DSP pack: School House.

The red and blue strips are Real Red and Pacific Point cardstock stamped with dino spots in the same colour of ink. Fun!

Thanks for stopping in, happy creating!

No Bones About it: Teacher's Gift!

Have you ever created something that turned out way beyond your expectations... so much so, that it made you giddy? Well, that is totally me with today's project. I absolutely love how my projects turned out and every time I see them, I smile... Is that bad? Well, either way, I couldn't wait to share these teacher appreciation gifts with you.

First, I want to apologize that today's post has a ton of photos... I'm pretty proud and excited about my project, so... I might have taken a few too many pictures. Maybe... Lol! To help,  I combined many of my photos together, so make sure to click on my photos for a larger view.

Today's project is pretty simple and straight forward. No fancy techniques or elaborate embellishments. Just a cute and simple card kit made with the stamp set: No Bones About It.

I wanted to create a card kit for the teachers, that they could use to pass on their thanks or encouragement to their students. So I came up with the "RAWR! means..." Kit.

What's a "RAWR! means... kit"? Well... dinosaurs, although extinct today, had a lot to say and the cards included in the kit, help to pass along the message of RAWR!

My son's class had a Teacher and E.C.E, so I needed to create 2 kits. I was a little unsure of the skeletons in a kindergarten class, so I came up with 2 design. (I figured, I'd let them sort out, who gets which! ;) )

I made my kits out of the half wide, SU wood stamp cases. The cards are 3" X 4-1/2", which allows the coordinating envelope to fit in the case. The one thing I like about using the stamp case is that it has a plastic cover on the outside. You can slip your cover design behind it and give your project a very professional look.

Each kit contains 4 cards and 4 coordinating envelopes. One with each different dinosaur (of course!) The cards are clean and simple. On the front: I stamped a dinosaur and the word: RAWR! On the inside: I stamped the "RAWR!" along with the word "means", a blank line and the "in dinosaur" sentence. This allows them to customize and fill in the blank...

-"RAWR! means" You did a great job! "in dinosaur"

-"RAWR! means" Keep up the hard work! "in dinosaur"

or... -"RAWR! means" Thank you for helping! "in dinosaur"

So what do you think? Do you think a teacher would like this idea? To finish them off, I attached a gift card with some coordinating ribbon. I think they like them!

My first kit used the colour combo: Whisper White, Basic Black, Smokey Slate and Real Red. I used Black Stazon ink for the black as Momento ink was just not dark enough.

My second kit used the colour combo: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon and Real Red.

All of my envelopes were made to size, using the Envelope Punch Board. (I Love it!)

Thanks for visiting and I hope I've inspired you to pass on the message of RAWR! too!

Happy Creating!

Layered Letters Gift Bag

Are you addicted to pinterest? Are you like me and spend more time pinning then actually doing stuff you pinned? (Please tell me I'm not alone in this...)

One my favourite things about pinning is when I find a pin that I know I can re-create using Stampin' Up! product. Yes, I pretty much live and breath Stampin' Up! LOL.

A common project that I see on Pinterest is the "I <3 U" alphabet. I'm sure you've seen some variation of it too. Well when SU released the stamp set: Layered Letters, I knew it would be perfect for an "I <3 U" alphabet project.

So I must admit that this project started out with me just playing with the new Gift Bag Punch Board. I was playing around and seeing what different size bags I could create. In fact, my bag is actually made out of the bristol board that comes with the DSP packs. I didn't want to waste good product on a "just playing" session. But as soon as I saw the shape and size of the bag, I knew it would be perfect for an "I <3 U" alphabet, and I had to keep rolling with it. On a side note... the board does make for a sturdy bag!

I stamped my letters in Smokey Slate and Real Red ink and tied my bag closed with Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.

Do you like how I created the heart? I used the letter "O" and over lapped it. What do you think? Should I have used a punch out instead? I kind of like the idea that you could create this project with minimal supplies.

Thanks for stopping in and happy creating as always!

My Absolute Must Have!

One of the hardest things to do when a new catalogue comes out, is narrowing down your wants and deciding what to order first! Well, no matter how many lists I made, the stamp set: No Bones About It, was always first! I LOVE IT! It has so much creative potential! Of course, having 2 boys, might have something to do with it too!

I absolutely love today's card. When I was creating it, I had an excavation dig site in mind.
 I stamped each dinosaur and the "rock" spots in Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock. Then I re-stamped everything in Whisper White Craft ink, but made sure to off set it just a tad. This gives the shadow effect.

If you have an older, wonky Whisper White Craft pad like me,  you might not be able to get an even distribution of ink on your stamped image. To get around this, apply the Whisper White Craft ink onto your stamp with a sponge dauber, it works like a charm!

After everything dried, I sponge daubed the image with Crumb Cake ink and added in the greeting with Soft Suede ink.

As I said previously, my inspiration for this card was a dig site. So for my border I create grass! I mounted my image on a large mat of Old Olive cardstock and then snipped all the way around. After it was all cut, I roughed it up: bending, rubbing, and crumpling it to the point that you could see the layers of paper start to separate.

To finish it off, every dig site needs to be roped off, so I dyed some White Baker's Twine with Daffodil Delight Ink and tied it off!

Thanks for stopping in and have a creative day!

Where, Oh Where...

is Carmen Sandiego? - Waldo? - my little dog gone? NO?

A stack of stuff I have to share!
Okay, okay... Where, Oh Where am I? Well... I'm happy to report that I am now HERE! I can't believe that it's been over a month since I posted and I'm kind of disappointed in myself that it has been... I wish I could say it's because I've been off on some grand adventure, but I can't. I won't bore you with details, but lets just say I had some creative block, along with some product mourning (sniff, sniff... blendabilities, MDS) and then to top it off, my computer decided to go on strike! But I'm happy to report that I'm back and ready to share! I am!

Did you know that while I was on my blogging hiatus, a New Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue came out? It did! How fun is that!?! and if you haven't guessed already, I'll be sharing all new stuff with you!

Today I'm sharing a card that I actually created for a Creation Station Blog Hop. Unfortunately, that's when my computer started to strike... and I was unable to participate. The theme for the hop was Father's Day and/or New Catalogue product! Well I did both. I used the new, FUN, Alphabet stampset: Layered Letters.

I must admit that this is a really fun stamp set! I usually think of alphabet stamp sets for scrapbooking or specific projects, but this one goes up and beyond that. Its just so fun and sketchy!

I used the letters in this set to spell out the word "DAD", But there is actually another element of the stamp set used on my card... can you guess what?

The BRICKS! The stamp set is named "Layered Letters" because it comes with a rectangle and circle stamp that you can layer the letters over. Well I used that rectangle stamp and Cajun Craze ink and created bricks! How fun is that!

I stamped "DAD" on Silver Foil card stock with Black Stazon ink. I then added mini brads and flattened them with a hammer to kind of represent rivets or nails.

The wood was created with the background stamp: Hardwood, stamped on Soft Suede CS with Soft Suede ink. I then sponged daube it with Soft Suede, So Saffron and Smokey Slate ink to roughen it up.

The "You Rock!" is the Back to Basics Alphabet set, stamped on the Burlap Ribbon, using Black Stazon ink.

I added in a crumpled up piece of Typeset DSP as another "workshop item" layer.

Over my "bricks" I stamped some Gorgeous Grunge Splatters in Pacific Point ink to represent some paint splatters in Dad's workshop.

To create some "handyman wire" I removed the foil strand from the Silver Baker's Twine and added it into the back ground.

This card is a little more grungy and busy then I'm use to creating but I'm happy with the final product and so was hubby!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!

Creation Station Blog Hop: New Product, Free For All

It's the third Sunday of the month, which means: Creation Station - BLOG HOP TIME! The theme for today's hop is a free for all, using new product. New Catalogue = New Product!

If you're hopping through, then you just came from the talented Deborah Smart. If you're just starting, No problem! Just follow the butons and enjoy!

Today I'm sharing the new Watercolor Wings Bundle! This Bundle is beautiful, It contains a 15 piece photopolymer stamp set and 2 framelits. But here's the fun part... not only do the stamps and framelits coordinate with each other - (obviously...) but they also coordinate with the Butterfly Thinlits!!! How AWESOME is that!?! I already had the Butterfly Thinlits so this bundle was an obvious must have item for me!

The "Watercolour Wings" stamp set is neat as it's kind of a... "build your own butterfly" set.  It has 2 sizes of butterflies and each butterfly has 3 different stamp layers. On my card today, I used 2 stamp layers. I stamped the "details"and the "border" stamp images and omitted the "base" stamp image (does that make sense? Lol). I stamped 2 identical Butterflies and cut one out with the "Bold Butterfly Framelits" and the other out with the "Butterfly Thinlits" and then layered them. I love the 3D effect it creates!

Another new item on my card is the Silver Metallic Thread! (It also comes in Gold too!) I was pretty excited about this, and I suspect many other demo's were as well. When it says "Thread" it means as small as thread, my sewing is done using 2 strands of it! Click on my photo for a better view.

Well, thank you for joining me and enjoy the rest of the hop! Next up is the talented Kathy Kartak!