Monday, October 24, 2011

Thanksgiving just around the corner!

Greetings dear friends,

This week I wanted to share my Thanksgiving card that I actually worked on during the summer months.  Again it is another tri-shutter card and I used some darling DeNami stamps.  The paper is from my collection of older Close to My Heart paper.

The stamps I used were DeNami's D136 Wheat Stalks,  PF49 Thanksgiving Chickies Stamp set, K87 Thanksgiving Chickies,  and I64 Stitched Circle.  The small Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from Stampin' Up!

During this time of year, I want to express my gratitude to all the wonderful people in my life, including my circle of stamping friends.  Thank you for all your positive thoughts and encouragement during my journey of creating my blog.  Also thank you for all the inspiration you provided and your willingness to share your beautiful creations.

Blessings to all,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Aloha & Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone...I sure do miss summer vacation and all the time I had to create!  Work has kept me very busy and we are at the start of our Fall/Holiday Craft show season.  My girlfriends and I have four shows scheduled to sell our jewelry in the next couple months.  And my dear friend Betty is preparing to leave us for the warm sunshine of Arizona for the winter months.   Fall certainly is a season of change.

This card I created recently for my wonderful friend and co-worker Melodi.  and she LOVES the islands.  So it was only natural that her birthday card would reflect a beautiful person and the land she loves.  You ought to see her hula!

Nothing too unusual about this tri-shutter but I did add a 1/2" vertical strip on score fold three. That created a narrow but very strong place to create the lei in paper. When I added the flowers to the strip it made the card wider and more difficult to fit into a standard envelope.  Keep that in mind when adding embellishments too.

Mahalo for stopping by my blog!  And Happy Fall!  Let's hope we have more sunshine than rain, and more laughter than tears.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

DeNami October Blog Hop!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the DeNami October Fall Blog Hop!  It is so much fun to participate in the hop and also see all the fabulous cards the other talented artists create. 

If you are following along the hop you have just arrived here from the talented Britta Swiderski's blog.  If you have gotten turned around or lost, you may return to the beginning at DeNami's Blog.

Your next stop is at the blog of fabulous Wendy Harrill.

When:  The blog hop starts on October 9 at 6 AM, PST.  However, you have until October 10, 2011, 11:59 p.m. PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize.)

Why: To be inspired by cards featuring DeNami Design Fall-themed stamps and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design Website.

Prizes:  We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to the DeNami website!  We'll be giving away on gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

Now on to the fun!  For this simple but eye-catching card I used the Leaf Accent stamps to create the stamped background on white.  The pumpkin was stamped, colored and cut out.  The leaves were punched from a variety of punches I have collected and layered under the pumpkin, which was popped with foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped and punched with Stampin' Up's Word Window punch.

After the card was assembled I decorated the pumpkin with Orange Peel and Lime Green Stickles.  This basic design can be used for a variety of cards. Give it a try!

DeNami Stamps:
H85 Brushed Pumpkin
PF51 Leaf Accents Stamp Set
E144 Thankful for You

Ink colors:
Memento Rich Cocoa, Ladybug, Bamboo Leaves Stamp Pads
Sunflower Yellow stamp pad
Copic Markers:  Y38 Honey, YR04 Chrome Orange, YG03 Yellow Green, YG63 Pea Green

Tools & Other Supplies:
Leaf Punches
Stampin' Up Word Window punch
DeNami 1/2" Orange Grosgrain ribbon
Stickles: Orange Peel, Lime Green
Foam Tape

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hi! Welcome to DeNami's September Blog Hop Tasty Treats!

I am so excited to be able to share with you.  I have just as much fun creating as I do hopping from blog to blog with so many creative, talented stampers!  

If you are following along the "hop", you just arrived from the blog of the talented Wendy Elliot.  If you have gotten turned around, lost, or want to go back to the beginning, visit DeNami's Blog

Your next stop along the hop is with fantastic 

When: The blog hop starts on September 11 at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until September 12, 2011, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).

Why: To be inspired by cards featuring DeNami Design "sweet" stamps and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

Thank you very much for allowing me to share! Hope you have a lot of fun!

Here are my Tasty Treat cards...

I wanted to use the cupcakes stamps the most because many of us have the DeNami cupcakes, but may not have new ideas to use them.  Even the most seasoned stamper can use a different spin on things.  I get some wonderful ideas from blog hops so I hope I can give back some new perspectives too!

This was my first time using the Spellbinders Nestabilities on a card and I loved learning how to emboss with them also.  On the card above I added the lime green Stickles to the center of the circles on the edge. I used the larger two die cuts from the set to make these cards.


I backed the white die cut with a bright pink cardstock so there was a little peekaboo color around the edge.  Do you like the cupcake flowers?  Thought they were pretty fun!

For this last card I used the Spellbinders die cut as a stencil to chalk the pink/orange circles on the white. I cut another die cut in hot pink but trimmed off the beaded edge for the front.  I attached the card front to a hot pink card that I ran through the Spellbinders die cut on the fold and then lined it all up for the card.  Really like the non-traditional shaped card but it still fits in a standard envelope.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you leave a comment to be eligible for DeNami's prize giveaway!

DeNami Stamps:
Paper: Assorted Bazzill and solid cardstock.

Tools and Ink:
Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad
Impress Cherry Pink Inkpad
Hot pink and Orange chalks
Copic Markers: YR02, YR04,Y02, Y06, Y11, R20, RV02, RV04, YG03, YG63
Stickles: Lime Green, Yellow, Orange Peel, Glam Pink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles
Stampin' Up Eyelet border punch
1" Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
Corner Rounder
1/4" Pink Gingham Ribbon, 1/2" White Organza Ribbon 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Another Tri-shutter birthday!

The love affair continues.

Now that I am back at work, I miss all the stamping time I had this summer.  Now I have to really plan ahead to have quality stamping time.  

So the first week at school and we are celebrating five birthdays in our office!  So much fun!  I got busy and everyone got my favorite new card, the tri-shutter!  Here are the photos to share...

The first card was for John who was celebrating his 60th!  The paper is from Close to My Heart and I love the way it works with this card.  Under the stars on the front is a nice brown grosgrain ribbon.  Another embellishment was copper Stickles.

This next card was for my desk buddy Stephanie who is turning 50!  but I can't tease her because I am only a few months behind her!  Can you tell that she likes purple?  I can't take credit for the beautiful flower on the front but I did color the center stamens of the flower to coordinate with the rest of the card. Stamps are from DeNami and Stampin' Up.  The butterflies were punched with my Martha Stewart punch.

This next birthday card was for my stamping buddy Kristen!  Not sure if she likes pink and green but I love the way these colors play together.  The white flowers were punched with my Martha Stewart punch.  The butterfly on the front is a punch from Stampin' Up.

This next card was for my principal Mr. Ficken but I didn't get the greatest photo this time.  Guess I will just have to recreate it for a better photo.  Most of the stamps are from DeNami and I used Christmas Red Stickles to make the apples pop off the card.  I love happy birthday stamp that I used at the top and bottom of the card.  The wonderful thing about it is that when you fold up the card, you can still read happy birthday clearly.  If you try making a tri-shutter I highly recommend you fold it up before embellishing it so you can see how your embellishments will work with all the layers and folding.

This card is for my new co-worker Mickey who made the mistake of telling me her nickname was Ladybug when she was little.  I love ladybugs so this was an easy card for me to make.  The unusual silver paper I picked up about 15 years ago (no joke!) from a scrapbox. It has a wonderful hammered look.  The happy birthday on the front is a stamp from Stampin' Up.

So as you can see I had a busy week but I am looking forward to the DeNami September Blog Hop next Sunday!  The theme is Tasty Treats and I think there will be some darling cards to see!  I finished my selections tonight!  So much fun!

Have a great week everyone and I will see you all next Sunday for the "Hop!"


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Retirement!

I have a dear friend who retires in a couple days and here is the tri-shutter card I made for her luncheon!  My love affair with the Tri-shutter design continues...

The card is pretty similar to my other tri-shutter cards.  Stamps this time are from Stampin' Up.  Have a wonderful Sunday!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Back from the sun!

Had a wonderful week of sunshine, sand and campfires!   It was very relaxing and I made some great cards.  I will be posting some of them soon.

Here is a photo of the gorgeous sunset from our campsite on the bluff.  If you like to camp and you love the  ocean, you have to try Kalaloch National Campground.  Gregg and I have been taking our family to this spectacular stretch of beach since we've been married, 25 years ago.  Gregg actually started camping there as a boy.

Hope you have had a great weekend.  Look for some new cards to come!