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typography idea September 5, 2007

At this past SU! convention, I saw these cute little 3″x3″ cards created (also on the cd if you have it).  I thought, what a cute idea for gift, class, or just to have cards on hand that cover every possible card giving reason.

define your life set

STAMPS USED:  Define Your life & Priceless stamp sets.

PAPERS USED:  Kraft, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranate cs; Soft Sky Prints DSP. 

INKS USED:  Wild Wasabi & Versamark pad.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Silver Brads; Ice Rhinestone Brad; Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon; On Board Lots of Letters; Spring Flower Bouquet Punch.

CARD SPECS:  3″ x 3″ Kraft; 1″ x 2″ Wild Wasabi; 1-3/8″ Circle Punched Soft Sky Prints DSP. 

I created the box to hold all 26 cards.  I updated this post due to some requests for the box pattern…and here it is.  If looking at this pattern, this is actually the outside of the box.  You’ll want to flip it over so the sticky stip flaps can fold on the inside (so the little half-inch flaps are hidden inside).  Decorate however desired

define your life box pattern


“fabulous flowers” September 4, 2007

I do have another obsession….flowers! 

I cut these from one of my flower beds this evening.  I grew these “fabulous flowers” from seeds, and I’m so proud of the turnout.

my fabulous flowers

Then, I have looked at the stamp set fabulous flowers over and over again and wondered what type of big flower that was….duh!  right in my yard.  When trying to play around with the stamp set, I would ponder over what color it should be.  So, FYI, it is a Zinnia & it can be any color your heart desires 🙂

zinnia upclose


philly…here i come!

In less than 2 weeks I will hop, skip, and jump on over to Philadelphia, PA.  So nice to see a SU! regional close to home.

Like I mentioned in the past, I will be donating approximately 60 cards to the Ronald McDonald House Charities basket and not swapping.

Here is what I came up with:

ginormous happy flowers

For obvious reasons, I wanted to go with uplifting colors with a touch of white.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! details if you’d like to participate as well:

  • Cards should be the standard quarter-page size (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).   Unlike swaps that are just card fronts, your creation will need to be a completed card.

  • Cards for every occasion are acceptable. Thank-you, thinking of you, seasonal, birthday, wedding, shower, and anniversary cards and cards that are blank inside are all needed.

  • Do not include personal information on the card.

  • Insert a card into an envelope before you put it in our donation basket.

  • Do not seal the envelope.

  • Bring the completed cards and envelopes with you to the seminar.

Stamps used: Ginormous Flowers; Define Your Life;  Little Flowers; It’s All Good; So Swirly Jumbo wheel.

Cardstock used: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky textured, Apricot Appeal.

Inks used:  Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, and Soft Sky.

Accessories used:  Apricot Appeal grosgrain ribbon; 3/16″-corner rounder punch; scallop punch; 1-3/8″ circle punch; 1-1/4″ circle punch; 1/2″ circle punch; stampin’ sponges; Crop-A-Dile tool.


Hope to see you at Philly:)


ornament winner is……

Joyk Says:  am enjoying your blog and wonderful creations……….my guess is 172. 


 There were 171 ribbon scraps total. 


Thanks to all for participating.  I thought this was a lot of fun.  I also had fun using some of these scraps tonight.  I have a tendency to save all scraps (ribbon, papers, etc.)  I wanted to put some of this clutter to use…so here’s what I came up with:

 hello ribbon scraps

This is a standard card size of 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ certainly celery folded in half.  Used strips of scrap paper (brocade blue cs, cutie pie dsp, so saffron prints dsp).  Ribbon strips are wild wasabi & purely pomegranate dbl-stitched ribbon, white & apricot appeal grosgrain ribbon, and a strip of certainly celery ribbon from fairy tale ribbon originals

Accessories are:  mini library clips; on board blossoms & basics chipboard; staples; on board lots of letters, rhinestone brads.



holy hardware September 3, 2007

Filed under: weekend sketch challenge — mjalbright @ 1:14 am

Okay…another take on Beate’s wsc.   I love this sketch.  Having a pattern to follow is really nice & keeps me creating. 

 true friend wsc card                    wsc17.jpg

I used my new True Friend stamp set & Boho Friend wheel with a touch of Apple Cider DSP.


card base is 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ chocolate chip cs folded in half with wheeling on bottom.  Accessorized bottom of card with some sooo cool pewter jumbo eyelets & pewter brads.  If you look even closer you will see the color theme/design carried on through to the middle of the jumbo eyelets.

Next layers are as follows: 3-1/8″ x 4″ piece of apple cider dsp with river rock ink sponged to edges and corners rounded with a 3/16″ corner rounder punch; 5/8″ chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon; 1-13/16″x 4-1/4″ piece of river rock cs with edges sponged; 1-11/16″ x 4-1/4″ piece of apple cider dsp with edges sponged (weird dimensions due to the design on the paper and me having to have the design cut just right **wink**); 3/4″ x 2-1/8″ piece of shimmery white cs with river rock sponged to edges and the left side of strip with rounded corners.

The medallion was easy and fun to make with a lot of brads that looks so cool.

 true friend wsc medallion upclose

stamped image first in river rock and colored outer dots with chocolate chip stampin’ write marker.  Added pewter brads to outer design.  stamped image again with really rust ink…I didn’t cut out the inward scalloping — the 1/2″-circle punch FITS PERFECTLY!  Punched out a design from apple cider dsp with a 1/2″-circle punch to put in middle with a pewter brad.  The shimmery white circle was cut with coluzzle cutting system (3rd inner most circle measuring 1-7/8″) & edges sponged with river rock ink.  The next circle is really rust cs measuring 2-1/8″ and scalloped using a 3/16″ corner rounder punch & edges sponged with chocolate chip ink.  The outer layer is river rock cs measuring 2-1/8″ (4th inner most coluzzle circle) & sponged with chocolate chip ink.   

I stamped the sentiment in chocolate chip ink on shimmery white cardstock.  I colored in the bold boho-style writing with a really rust stampin’ write marker.  Added a mini library clip (LOVE..LOVE..LOVE!) with a touch or linen thread and a small apple cider dsp image punched with a 1/4″-circle punch just to carry/flow the theme & color. 

true friend wsc sentiment upclose

Hope you like this card & challenge as much as I do. 



wowzers! 12,000 hits & some blog candy September 2, 2007

I checked my blog yesterday and I wasn’t at 12,000 hits – so I started my thoughts for some blog candy to award.  I checked #’s and I’m now on my way to 13,000!!!

So, here’s what I came up with — I have developed friendships since I started my blog, and this spiked ornament (when given as a gift to someone) represents “friendship”.

spiked ornament 07 & kit             spiked ornament 07 upclose

You may have seen this ornament published in Onstage that I made almost a year ago (different papers/supplies used), and it has been voiced to me that the directions can be challenging to follow.  FYI…it takes approximately 2hrs to make this beauty.  If you are a Stampin’ Up! demo, the directions are on the site.


Guess how many ribbon scraps I have.  You win the spiked ornament & a unassembled kit to create another spiked ornament with full directions and some helpful pics.  I will keep this open until I reach 13,000 hits.

One entry per person.  Good luck to you!!

ribbon scraps count


Dashing DSP; Coluzzle Cutting System; 2-way glue; Mellow Moss eyelet from Soft Subtles I; Linen Thread; Stazon White; Crystal Clear Embossing Powder; Real Red & Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon; On Board Garland Greetings.