Thank You Trio

I needed to make 3 cards for Bree to give to her preschool teachers. I still have quite a bit of retired designer paper left, so I used some on these cards. And now I still have quite a bit of retired designer paper left. I think I need to find bigger projects.
Any way. Bree loves chasing butterflies, so I knew she would love having some on her cards. I stamped the image, then used the paper snips to cut it out. The snail is from a retired SU set. He's so cute with his little buggy eyes. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder (thanks or thank you) on each card, used the scallop edge punch and added a ribbon. Voila! Finished!

"Swap" Cards

These are four of the cards I received in the card swap I mentioned in the previous post. The first one is by Kim Innis. The images are from the Happiness Always set (a level 3 hostess set in the new cattie.) These colors - old olive and tangerine tango -look so good together.

This card by Karenlee Atkin also uses the same stamp set. The butterfly is cut out and is a great touch to the card.

Susan Wright used the Wow Flowers stamp set for her card - and the new in-colors - pacific point and baja breeze. You may not be able to tell from my picture, but Sue put crystal effects on each "dot" of the flowers in the center panel. Looks great! Sue posted my card on her blog. To see more of her work...check out Sue's blog

The last card is made by Jenn Rivera. It's a stunning card. Pink and brown are one of my favorite color combos! The two rows next to the word amazing are made with the paper piercer. "Amazing" card! Jenn's blog


My "Swap" Card

I recently swapped cards with some other SU demos and this is the card I made. The diagonals on the old olive layer were made using my scor-pal. If you don't have a scor-pal or another scoring tool, you can still make this layer. Use grid paper as a guide; start on the diagonal and make pencil marks every half inch; score the lines here; turn paper and make half inch scores in the other direction and score.
I stamped the image with elegant eggplant craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used re-inkers to color the flowers and leaves. It's hard to see, but I stamped the canvas background on the so saffron paper before I punched them out with the small oval. I like the texture it adds.
I plan on posting pictures of some of the cards I received from the swap. It's always fun to see what others have made.


Sudsol Challenge

This is a card I made recently for achallenge on Sudsol. I used designer paper from the new Bella Rose collection and the stamps are from the Serene Spring set.


Happy Birthday Bree

Tomorrow is Bree's birthday...she'll be 3! It's been a busy week in the Snyder family. 2 anniversaries and 1 birthday. Bree will be having a "jungle" theme birthday where else but at Jungle Rapids! Jill and I made her invitations. We used the Zoofari stamp set. There was a lot of punching and coloring going on. I don't have any "vine" stamps so we used a stamp from the Baroque Motifs to make them. We really liked colors from the Bold & Bright family, but Jill decided on these softer colors...they look a bit more like a little girl's colors -regal Rose, mellow moss, brocade blue, and so saffron.

This morning there was another Chat & Challenge on Sudsol, so I used the pattern to make Bree's birthday card. I used the new in color - kiwi kiss and was supposed to use tangerine tango...but I picked up another similar color -pumpkin pie. I was in a hurry...but I guess it works.

Ever since I saw a tutorial on spring cards, I have wanted to make one. This seemed like the perfect opportunity. The "spring" is a vine with monkeys hanging from them. I hope Bree enjoys her card tomorrow. Now I just need to get it in today's mail.


Happy Anniversary Jill & Chris

Today is Jill and Chris' anniversary. I made a card for them similar to the one I made for Julie and Shannon. These were the colors in Jill's wedding. I hadn't discovered Stampin Up yet...the colors would have been perfect (mellow moss and perfect plum). This card was so simple...paisley embossing folder for the card front and swiss dot embossing folder for the plum paper band. I used the same stamp that I used on Julie's card...just changed the colors. And the little green flower in the middle is a rub-on. That's it!
FYI the fern behind this card is from Jill's wedding. We bought 35 ferns (most were boston ferns) to decorated the church. I don't remember if I kept any others...but this is one of 2 that I still have. They're outside my front door and come in during the coldest winter weeks. Happy Anniversary Jill and Chris!


August Verse

A couple of weeks ago I was reading in chapter one of 1st Peter (New Living Translation). Peter was talking about the new life we have in Christ and in verse 23 he reminds us of the promise that "this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. Then he quotes the prophet Isaiah "People are like grass that dies away; their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of wildflowers. The grass withers and the flowers fall away, but the word of the Lord will last forever." and then adds "and that word is the Good News that was preached to you." (NLT) Wow, what an awesome reminder!
I have a birthday this month and am amazed at how the years are rapidly slipping by. Maybe that's what caused me to take a second look at this passage. But I didn't dwell on that long...the words of Isaiah ring true to my heart....the Word of the Lord will last forever.
Take a few minutes and read the entire 1st chapter - it's good!
OK...the card. I used the verse in Isaiah (NKJV) because it was the one that I learned years ago. But I like the NLT verse also...and I am going to print it and stick it in my August file. Take time to memorize God's Word...hey, you don't even have to make cards to do it...it's just more fun!


Get Organized for Christmas!

Ever since I saw Jan Tink's Christmas organizer I knew I had to make one. I used the same SU scrapbook kit that she used. And I think the front covers are almost the same. . . guess it's an easy thing to do when you use the same paper pack. Instead of a white folder I used red (mainly because that's what The Shipping Station had in stock...so nice to have an office supply store). This kit is no longer available but the fall SU catalog will have a Christmas/winter kit. . . can't wait to see what that one looks like.

On the inside of my organizer I have a Christmas gift list, an envelope for receipts, and a pad for all your lists. I used Jan Tink's idea of cutting a junior legal pad, covering and decorating it.
I left one pocket empty...just not sure what I want to use that one for.
I hope to offer a class to make these. It will be a breeze since I do all the measuring and cutting. And perhaps I will have the kit available for purchase if you can't make the class. I will post the date next week or you can check the event calendar on my SU website.


Happy Anniversary

It's Julie and Shannon's wedding anniversary! 2 years. The card is mellow moss and chocolate chip. Those were the colors in the wedding. The asparagus fern in the background is from the reception. Julie and I painted 24 clay pots white and added either pink or green sheer ribbon around the top. Each pot had 1 plant with some height in the center and 2-3 plants around it - asparagus fern, or some kind of ivy. These were used on the center of the tables at the reception. We made the favors - small brown boxes with a homemade truffle inside. I think we made about 225 of those (well, I made the boxes and was very happy to have help from my family with the truffles.) I don't know how I got sidetracked - talking about wedding stuff. I just want to wish Julie and Shannon a very blessed and happy anniversary.
But I will confess that even though there's a lot of work involved, I love planning parties and weddings!


Sneak Peek Challenge Card

The stamp and designer paper is from a new set in the fall and winter catalog. The cardstock is also a new color: riding hood red. I used a blender pen and reinkers to color the image (also new colors - pink pirouette, riding hood red, and kiwi kiss). All of the new stuff will be available for purchase beginning August 12th. Unfortunately there's lots and lots of new items in the new catalog I need...well I guess I mean want!
I almost forgot...the scallop edge is made with the new scallop edge punch - no more using the corner rounder to make the edge. This is so much faster! The card layout is from a Sudsol challenge this week.