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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Another Try

I thought I would give sewing another try. I wasn't planning on using this card for a post but, I liked the way it turned out despite it being my second time using the sewing machine.

I also thought I would give the 2 step stamping another try as well. I have a few of these stamps but, failed with my attempts. I figured out that if I use the shadow stamp first, I would get a better chance of placing the outline stamp on the right spot. Not too bad. I'll keep trying. After all, practice makes perfect.


If you have been following my blog from the beginning, you know it is my motivation to make a card regularly if not daily. The other day I put all my cards in a portfolio. It was cool to see what my cards looked like when I first started compared to how they look now. I can't wait to see what they will look like in six months.

For this card, I used another Sale-a-bration stamp set called Botanical Blooms. You can earn this set for free if you place a $50 product order. This set comes with 7 stamps! Click HERE to view it.

On a another note, I would love for you to post a comment on my blog and tell me what you think about my cards. My goal is to have at least 5 people post a comment for this post.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms (sale-a-bration) stamp set, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White card stock, ink pad and ribbon, Square Ice rhinestone brad, Photo Corners punch,
Botanical Garden of Urban Florals sultry paper pad and my sewing machine.
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring Song


I couldn't help but hear birds singing outside my window today. Wait... I think that was the movie my son was watching this morning. Well, at least it was wishful thinking. The weather was so nice this morning I couldn't help to think that spring is near us.

For this card, I wanted to use non-spring colors. I thought of using some retired in-color card stock I still have. This is groovy guava from the spring 2008 Stampin' Up! catty. I combined it with bordering blue and fall flowers designer series paper. The color combination worked out nicely. The bird is from the new Spring Song Stamp Set. I used my copic markers to color it in. I just have to get me some more copic markers! They color so well. Not to mention they don't tear the paper and you can color as much as you want until you get the shading you want.

Just a quick reminder that there are only 32 days left until Sale-a-bration ends. For every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up! products, you can select any one item in the sale-a-bration catty for Free. Don't miss out in owning one of the latest stamp sets you see on my blog!

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up!
Spring Song stamp set, Sanded background stamp, Groovy Guava and Bordering Blue card stock, Fall Flowers designer series paper, Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Oriental Trading Fall buttons and brad set.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bring Out the Best

"If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging." Romans 12:8

Often we have people that cross our paths that point out was is wrong, instead of telling us what we are doing right. These people are desperately looking for encouraging words. Our encouraging words can bring out the best in them.

Is there someone you know who can use encouraging words? If so, why don't you make them a card and give it to them? Not only will your words encourage them but, the fact that you took time to make them a card shows them how much you care.

The card I made today is for someone that needs to know that she too can be encouraging. I can't wait to give it to her! It turned out so lovely. I used the New Stampin' Up! Bigz
Beautiful Butterflies Die Cut and Bella Bleu Designer Series (DS) Paper. When I saw the die cut and DS paper in the new catty, I knew I just had to have it. I am so glad I used them together for this card.

Today's card was made with:
Stampin' Up! BigzBeautiful Butterflies and Top Note Die Cut, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper, Dear Friend Stamp Set (hostess level 1), Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla Card Stock, Not Quite Navy Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink, ribbon and pearls.





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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Something Sweet

Today ended on a good note...I finished all of my homework assignments for the rest of the week! I even had the chance to whip this card together.

I wanted to use these colors today, but
I wasn't sure how I was going to introduce them. So, instead of making a spring card, I decided to use this card for my cousin who should be having her baby boy today!

I remember when my cousin and I used to play "house" and pretend to have babies. We would wrapped our dolls in blankets and walk around the yard pretending to visit each others houses. She and I were inseparable. I haven't seen her since her last visit four years ago and I miss her very much.

Today's card layout was ceased by Amy Sheffer from Pickled Paper Designs. I just love her cards.

I used the new
Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper, Polka Dot Punches and Yummy Stamp Sets all from the Sale-a-bration catalog. If you haven't placed a $50 or more order yet, don't wait too long. The sale ends March 31st. I received all three items for Free!


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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Beautiful

Today at church we read from Song of Solomon 2:1-7. I have to be honest to say, that I never read this book in the bible before. The interpretation that the pastor used to was so enlighten and funny yet very informative. My favorite verse has to be verse 3.

" Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste."

The words are so poetic and beautiful. To know that my DH is my "apple" amongst all apples and that he protects me like the shade protects us from the hot sun, is nothing more than a reminder of why I married him.

I showed my DH this card and he loved it. He loved the simple clean lines and the color combination. I love the simplicity of it.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Eastern Influences stamp set, Going Grey, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock, Silver brads, designer paper I found in my scrap box (sorry I don't know where I bought it), Solid Silver grosgrain 5/8 ribbon and copic markers.




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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Two for One

Last night we had a technique card workshop. We learned how to make a double pocket card with a twist. I gave the ladies the option of either making a double or single pocket card. With a double pocket card you can make two bookmarks and with a single pocket you make one bookmark with the center fold open so you can make it into a regular greeting card (see the inside of the card below).

I really like the versatility of the card because you can make it into an invitation or a thank you card with a favor (bookmark). We use the new Stampin' Up! Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper which made the card very sturdy. This textured cover-weight card stock adds a bit more dimension to your projects.

Here are the dimensions if you would like to try to make the card yourself. If you have any questions, send me a comment. I would love to hear from you.

To make the Double or Single Pocket Card:
  1. Use a double sided Designer Series (DS) Paper 12x12.
  2. Cut at 8 1/2 x 11
  3. Fold the DS paper in half (landscape)
  4. Unfold and fold again (portrait)
  5. Turn your DS paper (portrait) with the side you want the card to show facing up.
  6. On the bottom right, corner fold at 2 3/4.
  7. Turn paper over
  8. On the top left, corner fold so that the tip touches the center line.
  9. Now fold your DS paper bottom to top and right to left.
  10. Turn the card around so you can see the final card.
  11. Use a Jumbo eyelet to snap the card together (if making a single pocket card, make sure just to snap the front of the card together only).

To make the Bookmarks:
  1. Cut coordinating card stock at 3x4 (1st bookmark)
  2. Cut coordinating card stock at 3x4 1/2 (2nd bookmark).
  3. Cut white cardstock at 2 7/8 x 3 7/8 (1st bookmark)
  4. Cut white cardstock at 2 7/8 x 4 3/8 (2nd bookmark).
  5. If you are making a single pocket card, use the largest bookmark for the inside of your card.
  6. Use a ticket corner punch for the white card stock
  7. Stamp white card stock with your favoirate image and glue together.
  8. Use a Horizontal slot punch (for one or both of your bookmarks to tie your ribbon for the bookmark.
The materials used for this card was:
Stampin' Up! Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper item #113993 $11.95 , Baja Breeze item #111352 $5.95 and Whisper White card stock item #100730, Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set item #113734 $24.95, ticket corner punch item #107214 $6.95, horizontal punch item #105089 5.95, Antique Brass jumbo eyelet item #108431 $9.95, snail tape item #104332 $6.96, bone folder item #102300 $6.95 and double face 5/8 brown satin ribbon from Michael's (about $3.99).
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bridging the Changing Circumstances in Life

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To have a friend is to have one of the sweetest gift that life can bring: to be a friend is to have a solemn and tender education of soul from day to day. A friend gives us confidence for life. A friend remembers us when we have forgotten ourselves, or neglected ourselves.
-Ann Robertson Brown Lindsay (1864-1948),
Theologian and Author

What powerful words, yet it's easier to turn our backs on friends when they have fallen. The sentiment on today's card is a reminder how the words we use can leave an everlasting impression.

I made this card today for a friend. I hope she sees my heart in it.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Almost Amethyst and Whisper White card stock, Echoes of Kindness hostess level 2 stamp set , Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery markers, Circle Ice rhinestones and Prima flower-Summer #1
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Today is the Day

"Today is the day you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

It has been a long time since my cup was filled with God's living water. There is nothing better than lifting our voices singing praises to the Lord and listening to His word.

Today's card was ceased from the Stampin' Up! idea book & catalog. I love this new set! It's called Friends 24-7 (pg. 81). You just have to take a look at these two pages in the catalog. You will know why I love this set. The colors, images and sentiments are just beautiful.

I wanted to made this card for a workshop a few weeks ago. However, we ran out of time (we made an origami note cube). If you would like to make this card, join us at our next workshop. Go to my website at joselinecapre.stampinup.net to get the 411.

BTW, have you noticed the new layout? I am working on updating my blog, so please pardon the changes.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Kraft, Chocolate, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla card stock, Friends 24-7 stamp set and ribbon.




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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Roses are Red

I will be buried in homework assignments this weekend, so I will keep this post simple. Long story short, I was able to resume my CDA courses after a short interruption. Now, I have to make up the missing assignments before Monday.

I made this card with the intentions of giving it to my son for Valentine's Day. However, the more I got into it, the less I thought it would work for him. I guess I have to start over *wink*. I was trying to go with the black & white with a touch of red look. However, I got color happy and ended up with this combo.

Well, it's nearly 3:00 am and I better get some sleep. I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.

Tonight's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Brown, Real Red and Whisper White card stock, Impress Ornate Rose Branch stamp,
Cuttlebug Birds And Swirls embossing folder.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

I Could Not Resist

Since Valentine's Day is just two days away, I could not resist making a cute lovey-dovey card. I actually stamped this Sarah Kay First Kiss stamp yesterday. Then, I changed my mind and stamped the Birds Galore you see on yesterday's post. Anyway, I was getting ready for a workshop I have tomorrow, when suddenly it hit me... I forgot to make a card for tonight's post. So, I put this card together in no time. As you see, very little detail was needed for this card.

Tomorrow I have a workshop with 12 Girl Scouts. We are making a Valentine's Day card and a candy basket using the Big Shot Basket & Blooms Die Cut.

Well, I better go to bed. I had a long day at work after being out all week (my little guy was sick with the croup and asthma). Tomorrow is another day. Good night!


Tonight's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Chocolate Brown and Whisper White card stock, Family Phrases stamp set,
Circle Fire-Rhinestone Brad, Chocolate Brown 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Sarah Kay-First Kiss stamp, Autumn Leaves designer paper mat by Rhonna Farrer, Prima flowers and Copic markers.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What is Love?

Today I was going to make a Valentine's Day card for my DH however, I thought of doing a non-traditional card. No reds, pinks or even hearts on this card. Not even close. Instead I used this bird from Inkadinkado and three pearls which signifies our three children. I also printed our wedding bible verse and pasted it on the inside of the card.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."1 Corinthians 13:4-5

For my DH and I, this bible verse has been the foundation of our marriage.
I couldn't ask for nothing less. He is my best friend, my love, and my rock. I am in love with him today as I was when I first met him. I am so grateful that God created him for me.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White card stock, My Mind's Eye Bohemia designer paper, Birds Galore stamp from Inkadinkado, and ribbon.






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Monday, February 9, 2009

Be Still

" I am certain that God, who began the good work within ME will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."
Philippians 1:6

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Have you ever wondered if what you are doing is God's plan? I have. In fact, I am still trying to figure out what good work He has planned for me. You see, although I thought I had it all planned out; get a new job, finish my education and get a Boys & Girls Club started in my community, God has said, "Be still and know I am God". Today, I had to put my plans on hold and wait for His plan to be revealed.


A few months ago I was awakened by the sound of an owl outside my bedroom window. I read that owls are an emblem of
wisdom. For what it is worth, I couldn't wait to stamp my first owl. I received this stamp today from a friend who knew I needed a lift. She picked the perfect stamp. It's from inkadinkado - Birds Galore. I can't wait to stamp the rest of the set.

Today's card was made with:
Inkadinkado - birds galore set, Stampin' Up! whisper white and basic black card stock, Paper Pad - Urban Prairie, Cherish sentiment from Stampin' Up! Baroque Motifs stamp set, Prima flowers, ribbon and flat pearls.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Choosing the Right Words

Hey there, I am sorry I didn't posted anything this week. I had homework assignments due all this week, so I did not have a chance to make a card. Tomorrow I have a 500 word essay due and I haven't even read the article!

I promised the girls at yesterday's workshop that I will post a card today. So, here it is.
What do you think? Very Simple and cute.

I used the Sweet Stems from NEW Idea Book & Catalog. I like this set because it can be used for just about any greeting card.

I'm going to keep this post simple just like my card. I had a very long day and I'm extremely tired. I hope to be back on the saddle by Monday.

This card was made with: Stampin' Up! Sweet Stems stamp set, Rasperry Tart designer series paper, Old Olive and Whisper card stock, Old Olive ribbon and Copic markers.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Two People Are Better Than One


"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Today was not a good day for me. I woke up missing my old job and friends. I have been trying to hide my emotions and be positive but, today when I went out for breakfast with a friend, I just had to let it out. I cried, laughed and tried to see things for what they are but, the truth is, my heart is still in my past.

It wasn't until this evening that I had a chance to read my devotional. Coincidentally it was about people needing each other when they are on an adventure to follow God's will and purpose for their lives. One part of the devotional that struck a chord in my heart was that the Bible says, "Just as we need our body parts to function, we were meant to work together with people. Not all alone! Nobody is strong in every area, or we wouldn't need one another. God planned it this way! Accountability, prayer support, and the counsel of trusted people are crucial on the trail."

I may not have my old job and things may not be the same any more but, I still have trusted friends I can lean on when I need prayers and support. For this I am very grateful.

I was thinking of what card I was going to make today to share my story. Then I remembered, I had a stamp called Lean on Me from Whipper Snapper Designs, inc. Isn't it just perfect? I colored it with my new Copic markers.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up Whisper White, Chocolate and Regal Rose card stock, Cuttlebug
D'vine Swirl embossing folder, Copic markers, ribbon and brads.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sale-a-bration!

It's sale-a-bration time at Stampin' Up! I love this time of year... Freebies! For every $50 you spend you get to pick one of the items in the sale-a-bration catalog for FREE!

To view the catalog, click on the side bar.

Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:

Customers
When you spend $50 on Stampin' Up! merchandise, you get to choose a
FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalog. There's no limit—for every $50 you spend, you can select another free Sale-A-Bration product.

Hostesses
When you host a workshop with me of at least $300 (before tax and shipping), you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product, in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits! Hosting a workshop is a great opportunity to start your Stampin' Up collection or get new stamp sets from the Spring-Summer idea book & catalog.

Recruits
During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set for FREE—a value of up to $47.95—from the current Idea Book & Catalog! Plus, new recruits get 15% off the Starter Kit—over $350 of Stampin’ Up! products and business supplies for only $169!

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts today and runs through March 31, so don't miss your chance to earn FREE products! Contact me today to book your workshop or learn more about this promotion.


To place an online order, visit my Stampin' Up! website. Click here to go there now!

Free Catalog
Place an online order starting today, you will get a Free copy of the 2009 Spring & Summer Idea Book & Catalog. For every purchase you make this month you will receive a free copy of the Spring & Summer idea book & catalog while supplies last. Share the catalog with a friend you think might enjoy it!