Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Farewell Sale-a-bration: All Good Things Must Come to an End

Hello Everyone,
Well, it has been a crazy busy kind of a day so I am running behind with my post today. It is with some sadness that I contemplate the end of Sale-a-bration. It has been fun working with this year's Sale-a-bration stamp sets and seeing all the possibilities they have to offer and I love the new Scallop Trim Border punch. Not to mention the wonderful DSP Welcome Neighbor and all the great stamp sets from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog that we had to choose from. I really think this was the best Sale-a-bration but now it's time to say goodbye for another year.
For those of you who are still sitting on the fence about placing an order and taking advantage of the Sale-a-bration free products, then my advice is to navigate your way to my website and visit my Online Store to place your order before 11:50pm Mountain to qualify for this promotion. It's as simple as creating an account and placing your order. The website walks you through the steps to help.
If you would like to look through any of the current catalogs, you can download a digital copy from my sidebar of my blog to peruse and make your wishlist.
I always tell my customers that a wishlist is a very important thing to have. It helps you to remember items that you have seen and where you found them so that when you are looking for them next time, you have the information right at your finger tips. It also helps you in that you can write something down and think about it awhile and see if it is something you still want in the future. It also makes a great list to give to someone who maybe would like to buy you a gift for your birthday or other special occasion.
Tomorrow is the start of a whole new month and a whole new promotion to get excited about. We will be entering the world of two step stamping with some great special offers that I think you will enjoy.
Hope you all have a wonderful evening.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday Share: A Note of Thanks

Hello Everyone,
Today I thought I would share with you a project that I came up with by accident. I was playing around with my Big Shot and the Box #2 die one afternoon and started thinking that it would make a great Note Card Holder. My husband when he saw it, thought it would be a great Business Card Holder (but that's a story for another day).
So, I decided to create some Thank You notes that are quick and easy to create while still providing variety (if you are like me and don't like to make a lot of things exactly the same). The Thank You cards are inspired by Dawn Griffith, a wonderful, creative demonstrator.
You can customize your Thank You notes by varying the colors used as well as the stamps to create your design.

I chose my colors from the Soft Subtles color family from Stampin' Up and used the large flower from the Vintage Vogue stamp set (from the Occasions Mini catalog) to create the background on the note card and I created the border by using the Scallop Trim Border Punch (Free Sale-a-bration Product with $50 purchase of Stampin' Up products) on a scrap of cardstock to make a stencil.  The sentiment is from my faithful favorite stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I used Whisper White cardstock for the base for a crisp, clean look and I chose Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana Classic inks to create the card variations.
For the Note Card Holder I chose Barely Banana cardstock and cut out the box shape with my Big Shot and the Box #2 die. I then decorated one side of the cardstock with the Sweet Swirls wheel and Melon Mambo Classic ink for the inside of the box and on the other side I used the vine stamp from Vintage Vogue stamp set with Barely Banana for a tone on tone pattern for the outside of the box.

I put the box together using Sticky Strip adhesive to give the Note Card Holder extra strength and stability. I decorated the front of the box by stamping the fabulous friend stamp from the Oval All stamp set in Barely Banana Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock. I then punched it out using the Large Oval punch and then matted it onto a piece of Barely Banana cardstock punched with the Scallop Oval punch. Using Stampin' Dimensionals, I attached it to the front of the box.
Now wouldn't this look cute sitting on your desk,  full of note cards just ready for when you need them? It would be a great gift idea too (I am thinking it would be a great Teacher Gift for the end of the school year).
Hope you enjoyed today's project share and hope it inspires you to get crafty in your craft room.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Products Used (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamp Sets: Vintage Vogue, Teeny, Tiny Wishes, Oval All, Sweet Swirls wheel
Cardstock: Whisper White, Barely Banana
Inks: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Sizzix Box #2 Die, Scallop Trim Border Punch (Sale-a-bration Free Product with $50 purchase of Stampin' Up Merchandise - ends March 31st), Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Why I Love Being a Stampin' Up Demonstrator

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are enjoying beautiful Spring weather this fine Tuesday. Well, it has been a very busy week since I last posted and I apologize for not sharing with you this past week. With my kids being on Spring Break, it was nice to be able to spend some time with them before the crazy final stretch of school starts again. Someone told me we have 9 weeks of school left until Summer Break, yikes! That means all the end of school year activities will soon start and then there are preparations for teacher gifts. OMG, I am tired just thinking about it!
Which brings me to the title of today's post. I am so thankful that I discovered the opportunity to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator and that I get to do something that I love and still be there for my family when they need me. I have been able make my own decisions as to what kind of demonstrator I want to be and have the flexibility to change to meet the needs of my family and myself.
When I first signed up in September, 2008, I was a "Hobby Demonstrator", taking advantage of the discounts and benefits Stampin' Up provides their demonstrators, for myself and my own personal needs. Over time, as my children have grown up and our family has changed, I have had more time to explore and develop my own business and share it with friends.
I love being able to teach classes and share with my customers the latest techniques I have learned and to inspire them with ideas that they can shape and develop for their own projects. It makes me so happy when I see the joy on someone's face when they realize they have created a card or project that they thought they couldn't possibly make, at a workshop or party. As much as I love creating for myself, I love sharing with others the joy of stamping and creating with others so much more.
One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my two daughters creating cards and projects with them and getting inspired by their wonderful ideas. Children don't have any preconceived ideas as to what colors should be used together or how things should be done and because of that, they create the most incredible things that make me go WOW!  They don't have any fear of "What if this doesn't look right", they just love to see what something will look like if they try something. Some of my best inspirations have come from my creative sessions with my daughters.
I often have people look at the things I create and ask me "Where did you learn how to do that?" or "how did you come up with that idea?" and I tell them it's simple. Being a demonstrator has provided me with an unlimited supply of ideas and techniques that helps me to learn and grow as a demonstrator everyday. Stampin' Up offers wonderful resources to its demonstrators to help teach us and inspire us so that we can continue to provide great ideas and projects to our customers. Plus, Stampin' Up demonstrators are some of the most kind, generous and sharing people I know and they often share their ideas and techniques with the rest of us on various demonstrator groups so that we all benefit.
So as I prepare to go and pick up my children from school, I say a prayer of thanks that I am lucky enough to have found an opportunity to have the best of both worlds. If you would like to learn more about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator (whether you just want to support your hobby or you wish to build your own business), please visit my website:
or contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
With Sale-a-bration almost over, now is a great time to join Stampin' Up and save 15% off your Starter Kit. You can choose from the Standard Starter Kit or the Digital+ Starter Kit. Plus, you will also get to choose a free stamp set of your choice (up to $47.95 value). 
But hurry, Sale-a-bration ends March 31st.

Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Butterfly Easter Card

Hi Everyone,
I'm back with today's card share that will hopefully help inspire you to get started on your cards in time for Easter. Can you believe that April is almost here? It seems like the year has gone into fast forward with the changing of the seasons.
Today's card features one of my favorite items from the Occasions Mini catalog, the Beautiful Wings Embosslit, that works with my favorite tool, the Big Shot. This card was actually a Make n Take for a Stampin' Up party I had for a friend recently, and everyone loved using the Big Shot and fell in love with all the cute little butterflies created by the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. They just couldn't believe that so many butterflies could be embossed and cut from one small square of cardstock with just a quick turn of the handle on the Big Shot.
The base of the Easter card was created from Orchid Opulence cardstock (from the Bold Brights family), cut at 11" x 4 1/4" and scored at 5 1/2".  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the first layer and embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions folder with my Big Shot.  I adhered the embossed Whisper White cardstock to the Orchid Opulence card base with Snail adhesive.
Next, I used the Big Shot to cut and emboss my butterflies with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (p24 Occasions Mini Catalog) using a scrap of Orchid Opulence cardstock.
Note: Make sure that your piece of cardstock is larger than the area of the embosslit so that the butterflies will release from the die easily. If the cardstock is too small, the butterflies may get stuck in the die. If this happens, gently remove them using the tip of the Paper Piercing Tool or another pointed instrument that can be used to carefully lever them from the die without damage.
Using the Paper Piercing Tool, I made a hole in the center of the largest butterfly. I then took my Two Way Glue Pen and carefully applied glue to the embossed areas of the butterfly. To add a little sparkle to my butterfly, I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds onto the butterfly's wings and then gently tapped it to remove any loose glitter. Set it aside to allow the glue to dry.
I then took another smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock and carefully stamped Happy Easter, from the Well Scripted stamp set (p19 Occasions Mini catalog), in the lower right corner using Orchid Opulence Classic ink. Taking a piece of Barely Banana cardstock, I adhered the Whisper White cardstock stamped piece to it.
I used my Paper Piercing Tool to create a whole in the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock, making sure that it goes through the Barely Banana Cardstock.
Taking a clear rhinestone brad, I threaded it through the hole in the center of the butterfly and then through the hole in the Whisper White/Barely Banana cardstock and bent the legs back to anchor it.
Time to assemble the card by first attaching a piece of Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper (p25 Occasions Mini Catalog) to the right side of the card. I chose the pretty Orchid Opulence with polka dots because I loved the way it looked coordinated with the embossed polka dots on the Whisper White cardstock. I then applied Snail adhesive to the back of the Barely Banana cardstock and layered it on top of the Whisper White cardstock and the Orchid Opulence DSP.
This card could just as easily be used as a birthday, Mother's Day, thinking of you or get well card, just by changing the sentiment on the card. I like to create cards that can be used for a variety of occasions and I think this is one of those card designs.
I cased this card from another demonstrator, Dawn Griffith, who creates the most amazing cards and she is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. I hope that you will be inspired by this card and create your own cards soon.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts
P.S. I would love to see your cards, so please leave a link to your card photo in the comments section so that I can visit and enjoy your creativity.

Products Used (All Stampin' Up):
Stamp Set:
Well Scripted Wood Mount 117072   Price   $19.95
                         Clear Mount  118601  Price   $14.95  Set of 6
Paper: Shades of Spring DSP, Orchid Opulence cardstock, Barely Banana Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Orchid Opulence Classic Ink
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Two Way Glue Pen, Snail Adhesive, Paper Piercing Tool.

Late Night Stampers: The Best Group on the Web

Happy Tuesday Everyone,
Well, it is a cold and wet day here in Northglenn and the snow is supposed to be not far away. On days like this, I like to plan out some projects and get creative. But somedays, I just seem to hit a roadblock. Do you know what I mean?
When this happens to me, I visit my favorite inspirational group on the internet: Late Night Stampers Yahoo group. This group was created by a wonderful lady, Sherrill Graff, who has been a demonstrator with Stampin' Up since 1991. She decided she wanted to share her ideas, experience and love of stamping and Stampin' Up with as many people as possible.
Her group is not just for SU demonstrators but for anyone who loves rubber stamping, scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting and creating or would like to but don't know where to start. It is a wonderful, friendly, caring and sharing group that is open to everyone who would love to be a part of this special community.
This is a great place if you are looking for new ideas, help with a problem, a place to share your creations as well as offering support and fellowship.
So, how do you become a member? It is very simple. Just click Here and it will take you to the website. Click Join this Group and follow the simple directions. Please tell Sherrill I sent you so she will know how you found her group.
This group is free to join and there are no rules as to how often you need to post or participate. This is a friendly, no stress group that welcomes everyone and once you become a member, I think you will discover how much fun it is and before long you will be joining in on the fun too.
Hope to see you soon.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fancy Bag in a Flash

Happy Monday Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Can you believe that it is truly, officially Spring? That means wonderful sunny days mixed with sudden snowstorms here in Colorado. The good news is that the snow doesn't hang around long and the sunshine isn't far away to warm us up again.
Today I am going to share with you a cute little bag that I created with my Big Shot. This sweet little bag really does go together quickly and simply and is a perfect way to give a gift to a friend, teacher or family member.
Using the Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), I cut a piece 5 1/4" x 12" from one of 12" x 12" sheets. I chose the glittered pattern side to face outwards to add a little sparkle to the bag. Creating a sandwich with the Sizzix Fancy Favor die (exclusive to Stampin' Up), the Extended Cutting Plate and the Extended Premium Crease Pad, I ran the DSP through the Big Shot to cut out the bag. The die not only cuts out the shape of the bag, it also creates the crease lines so that it is easy to fold and create the bag.
Once all the crease lines had been folded, I used Sticky Strip to assemble the bag, as it is a very strong adhesive and provides the bag with strength and stability.
Now comes the fun part, the decorating of the bag. This is where you can personalize the bag to suit the person you are giving it to. I chose to add a simple stamped greeting using the Vintage Labels Sale-a-bration stamp set in Real Red Classic ink. I used the square shaped frame stamp and the Best Wishes stamp on Very Vanilla cardstock and then punched it out with the Curly Label Punch. I adhered it to the bag using Snail adhesive.
Next, I took a piece of Real Red Satin ribbon (in the Occasions Mini catalog) to create the handle for the bag. I attached the ribbon using two of the Pretty in Pink Sending Love Epoxy Brads (found on p13 on the Occasions Mini catalog) to anchor it to each side of the bag. I used the Paper Piercing Tool to poke holes through the side of the bag and through the ribbon and put the brad through the holes and anchor it by bending back the legs.
Finally, I created a small flower using Pretty in Pink cardstock that I punched twice using the Scalloped Circle Punch. Using the Faux Suede technique, I separated the two scalloped circles with my bone folder (as described in this Post ) to create four scalloped circles, and then scrunched them up into small balls. After carefully unscrunching the circles (is that a word?), I put a hole in the center of each of the circles, using the Paper Piercing Tool and threaded them onto a 5/16" Very Vanilla Brad (from the 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads) and folded the legs behind the bottom circle. Make sure the faux suede surface is facing up.
Next I carefully scrunched each of the circles up around the brad to create ruffled petals. You can carefully move the circles to offset the scallops to add additional dimension to the flower. I then attached the flower to the front of the bag in the upper corner with a Dimensional.
So there you have it. A great little gift bag that is fun and easy to make. Add a little tissue paper to the inside of the bag along with your gift and it's ready to go. This would be a great little bag for Easter or Mother's Day, both of which are just around the corner.
Contact me today to place your order or visit my Online Store where you can place your order 24/7. Just Click Shop Now.
Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

Products Used:
Stamp Set: Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration Set available for free with $50 purchase of Stampin' Up products -Ends 31st March, 2010)
Paper: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pretty in Pink Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Real Red Classic Ink
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Fancy Favor Die, Extended Cutting Pads, Extended Crease Pad, Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Pretty in Pink 1/2" Sending Love Epoxy Brads, 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads, Scallop Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter Blessings

Hello Everyone,
It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Colorado and the flowers are bravely starting to poke their heads above the earth's surface in search of the sun.
Today's card is a reminder that Easter is only a few weeks away and now is a good time to get started on your Easter cards for friends and family. I chose the stamp set, Abundant Hope, which can be found in Stampin' Up's Occasions Mini catalog (p24). I love the elegance of this stamp set and while it is technically meant for Easter, I think it would also be perfect all year round for birthdays, Anniversary, Thinking of You, Get Well and Sympathy cards. The flower image can be colored using a wide range of techniques including watercoloring with watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, chalk pastels, and inks. It would also make a lovely tone on tone image.
For my card, I decided that I wanted my flowers to be the main focus of my card design. I wanted the colors to capture your attention, so I chose to color the image with my Stampin' Write Markers.
Using Stazon Jet Black ink, I stamped the floral image onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Next, I colored the image using Old Olive for the stems and leaves, Crushed Curry for the flowers and added detail with the fine tip of the Dusty Durango marker.
I then matted the image onto a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock. My card base I created from Very Vanilla cardstock and I added a piece of Dusty Durango cardstock that I had embossed with the Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder using my Big Shot.
I wrapped a piece of Very Vanilla Satin ribbon (also available from the Occasions Mini Catalog) around the middle of the Dusty Durango cardstock and adhered the ends to the back and adhered the Dusty Durango cardstock to the Very Vanilla card base.
For the sentiment, I once again chose Jet Black Stazon ink and stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. I then punched it out using the Modern Label punch and matted with an oval cut from Crushed Curry cardstock using the Large Oval punch before attaching it to the card.
Simple, but classically elegant and perfect for the occasion. You could use this card design to create a set of Thank You cards for someone as a lovely gift. Change the colors of the cardstock and flowers for a new look for a different occasion. There are so many possibilities that would make this a wonderful stamp set to add to your collection.
I hope you enjoyed today's card. Please contact me if you have any questions or you would like to place an order.
Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
P.S. This was the final card from Saturday's card class. Stay tuned for new card shares.

Products Used (All Stampin' Up):
Stamp Set:  Abundant Hope - Clear Mount Stamp   118547  Price: $13.95
                                                      Wood Mount Stamp  117054 Price: $17.95

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango

Ink: Jet Black Stazon ink

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder, Stampin' Write Markers Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango (from the In Colors set of 6 Markers) & Old Olive, Modern Label punch, Large Oval punch, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Snail adhesive.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Blissful Birthday in Blue

Happy Monday Everyone,
Well, the morning has been pure chaos but I finally have a moment to sit down and add today's card share. This card was another card from Saturday's card class and I like to have at least one of my cards for my classes have a masculine theme, because, let's face it, males have birthdays too.
Most people, myself included, struggle with what to create when it comes to a card for the men in their lives. So, I took the challenge when creating this card, hoping to come up with a design that not only would work as a masculine card but that would also work for various age groups.
Now, besides being my favorite color, blue tends to be a safe bet when it comes to guys. After all, aren't we told "blue for boys, pink for girls". So with that in mind, I chose my new favorite combination from Stampin' Up's Bold Brights color family, Brilliant Blue and Tempting Turquoise to create my card.
I also decided to incorporate two of Stampin' Up's birthday stamp sets that can also be found on the Sale-a-bration free product list that expires March 31st, Starring You and Birthday Bliss.
I created the card base from a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2" to create a top fold card. Next, I took a piece of Brilliant Blue cardstock and stamped the image from the Starring You stamp set randomly over it with Brilliant Blue Classic ink to create a tone on tone pattern.
Then I decided to add a little texture using the faux suede technique. I punched out two circles in Tempting Turquoise cardstock, one 1"and one 3/4", and then did the same from Brilliant Blue cardstock. I then used my bone folder to break down the fibers in the cardstock by rubbing the bone folder across the cardstock on both sides of the circles until the cardstock begins to separate around the edges.
Next, I carefully peel the two layers apart until I have two circles, with each circle having a smooth side and a rough or faux suede side. Repeat this for all your circles and you will have a total of 8 circle. Taking the 3/4" circles, scrunch them up and then flatten them out again. Then apply ink to them with a sponge dauber or lightly rub them accross the ink pad  of the corresponding color (i.e. Tempting Turquoise Classic ink on Tempting Turquoise cardstock).
Using glue dots to attach the smaller circles to the larger circles, I paired up the Tempting Turquoise circles with the corresponding Brilliant Blue circles. I arranged them on the front of my card until I was happy with how it looked (making sure to leave a space large enough to fit my sentiment). I applied a small amount of adhesive to the back of each of the large circles and adhered them to the card front.
To complete the card, I stamped the sentiment using the Birthday Bliss stamp (from the stamp set of the same name) in Tempting Turquoise Classic ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then punched it out using the Wide Oval punch. I attached it to the card using dimensionals.
So there you have it. A male birthday card that works for most age groups and comes together relatively quickly so that you could make several at a time to have on hand for birthdays through out the year. Change the colors for variety (I think this card would look great in varying shades of brown or combine shades of red and orange for a bold look).
I hope you have enjoyed today's card and please, don't forget to take advantage of Sale-a-bration and the opportunity to earn free Sale-a-bration products. Contact me today learn mor or to place your order. Plus, you can place your order online through my Stampin' Up Online Store by clicking Shop Now.
Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin,
Tricia Butts

Products Used (All Stampin' Up):
Stamp Sets: 
Birthday Bliss 115442   Price: $15.95  Set Quantity: 4 *
Starring You  111696    Price: $13.95  Set Quantity: 4  *
* Earn either Stamp Set Free during Sale-a-bration with the purchase of $50 in Stampin' Up products. Purchase $100 in Stampin' Up products and earn both sets free. (Excludes S&H and Taxes) 
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Bone Folder, mini Glue dots, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Fancy Flowers

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I had a wonderful day yesterday teaching my Creative Cards Class. The theme was Spring Fever and I think we did a pretty good job of creating some very Springy cards.
Today's card share is one of the cards we created yesterday. I was inspired by the wonderful Dawn Griffith and the card she created last week that can be seen here on her blog. I just love visiting her blog and all her amazing creations.  Her version of this card was created using Bashful Blue and Whisper White. I decided to step it up a little by adding some Pretty in Pink plus a little glitter with Dazzling Diamonds to give the card a little sparkle.
Three large flowers were punched using the new Extra Large Fancy Flower punch available in Stampin' Up's Occasions Mini Catalog. After punching two in Pretty in Pink cardstock and one in Bashful Blue cardstock, I then punched out three circles (two Bashful Blue cardstock, one Pretty in Pink cardsock) using the 3/4" Circle punch.
Next I took a strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock and punched a border along one edge using the new Scallop Trim Border (you can earn this free during Sale-a-bration with a $50 purchase of Stampin' Up products).
I then decided to add a little texture, so I embossed the Pretty in Pink cardstock strip and the circles using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions folder with my Big Shot (they all fit nicely side by side in the folder).
Taking a piece of Whisper White Organza ribbon, I wrapped it along the center of the Pretty in Pink strip and attached the ends to the back of the cardstock. Using sponge daubers, I added Bashful Blue Classic ink around the edge of the blue flower and Pretty in Pink Classic ink around the edges of the pink flowers.
Next, I attached the circles to the centers of the flowers (Bashful Blue on Pretty in Pink and vice versa). With a two way glue pen, I dabbed dots of glue all over each of the circle centers of the three flowers and added Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle.
Now it is time to put the card together. Using Bashful Blue cardstock for my card base, I attached the Pretty in Pink cardstock strip to my card, approx. 2/3 of the way down the card. Next, I positioned the two pink flowers and adhered them to the card base with snail adhesive. Then I placed the blue flower between the two pink flowers and adhered it to the card using dimensionals.
Finally, I stamped my sentiment using the Sale-a-bration stamp set Vintage Labels in Bashful Blue Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock and then punched it out using the Wide Oval punch. I then attached it to the card with dimensionals towards the bottom of the card so that it partially overlaps the Pretty in Pink strip.
This pretty Spring card can be used in many different ways just by altering the sentiment. Imagine it as a special card to a friend to let them know that you are thinking of them or a way to congratulate someone on the birth of their baby girl. You could even use it as an Easter card. Change the colors around and you can have a completely different look again.
I hope you enjoyed today's card as much as I did creating it and teaching it. As much as I love creating cards, I have so much more fun teaching others how to create their own works of art.
Hope you all have a great week.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Products Used (All Stampin' Up):
Stamp Set: Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration stamp set free with $50 purchase of Stampin' Up Products)

Vintage Labels - Clear-Mount  119122
                               Wood Mount 118392  Set Quantity: 6

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Extra Large Fancy Flowers Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Two Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Sponge Daubers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Celebrating the Blues

Hi Everyone,
Well, the weather has decided to be contrary and it can't seem to make its mind up whether we have rain or sunshine today. I guess on a happy note, at least it didn't snow, so  I am thankful for that.  But that pretty much sums up Spring weather here in Colorado and it isn't even Spring technically.
So today's card share I decided to celebrate my favorite color blue with a card that has a more modern and perhaps masculine twist to it. 
I have recently started to experiment with Stampin' Up's Bold Bright color family, and now I am really wondering why I had been shying away from it. I am really liking the vibrant colors, especially when used with Whisper White as I did with today's card.
With such bold, vivid colors, I decided to choose a stamp set with a modern, geometric flavor and reached for Circle Circus from Stampin' Up. I just love the variety of circles available in this stamp set.
Using Tempting Turquoise and Brilliant Blue classic inks, I stamped a pattern on my Whisper White card base using a variety of circles with different patterns and sizes. I then added a piece of Brilliant Blue cardstock that I had embossed with the Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder with my Big Shot to the lower half of my card base.
Next I punched both sides of a strip of Tempting Turquoise cardstock using the Scallop Edge punch.
Taking a piece of Whisper White Organza ribbon, I tied a knot in the center of the ribbon and then attached it to the center of the Tempting Turquoise cardstock. I then attached the strip to the card base,covering the edge where the Brilliant Blue cardstock met with the Whisper White cardstock.
Finally, I chose the Happy Birthday stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set  and using Tempting Turquoise classic ink , stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. I then punched it out with the Word Window punch and accented it with two silver brads. Using dimensionals,  I applied the sentiment to the card front.
The finished card has a crisp, clean look and by changing the colors used, you can create a wonderful Thank You card set as a gift for someone special.
Hope you enjoyed this card share.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Supplies Used (All Stampin' Up):
Stamp Sets: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Brilliant Blue Classic inks.
Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder, Scallop Edge punch, Word Window punch, Whisper White Organza ribbon, silver brads, dimensionals, snail adhesive.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Fever Card Class

Happy Monday Everyone,
I hope you all had a great weekend. The weather here in Northglenn was beautiful and very Spring like, which has me in the mood to make cards with pretty pastels and Spring themes.
Today's card share is another card from my Creative Card Class - Spring Fever that I am holding this Saturday, March 13th, in my home studio. Just click Events details about this class.
This butterfly card just makes you think of warm Spring days when the flowers are just starting to bloom and the butterflies return to our gardens.
I hope you will join me this Saturday for a fun and relaxing class making 5 pretty Spring cards that will be perfect for any occasion.
Contact me today to save your spot.

Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

Products Used (All Stampin' Up):
Stamp Set: Well Scripted (p19 Occasions Mini Catalog)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Big Shot, Sizzix SU Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Sizzix SU Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch (Sale-a-bration Free Product with purchase of $50 in Stampin' Up products), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads, sponge daubers, dimensionals, snail adhesive.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Celebrating Spring

Happy Wednesday Everyone,
What a beautiful day we had here in Northglenn, Colorado and I am so glad I got to spend time outdoors in the sunshine and soak up my quota of Vitamin D. My children had a wonderful time playing in the playground after school and I am hoping the fresh air will lead to tired, sleepy heads at bedtime and sweet dreams tonight.
Today's card share is also one of the cards for my upcoming Creative Card Class, Spring Fever. I think we are all eager to embrace the warmer weather that comes with Spring along with the pretty flowers that start to appear in our gardens.
This card provides a little of everything - stamping, embossing, punches and embellishments to create a lovely card suitable for a Spring Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You or even a Get Well Card.
Would you like to learn how to create this beautiful card? Then join me Saturday March 13th, at my Home Studio, for a 2 hour class where we will create this card and 4 other Spring themed cards in a relaxed and fun setting.  Choose from two time slots - morning or afternoon to fit with your schedule. Details can be found here on my Stampin' Up website.
Contact me today to save your spot. I am looking forward to seeing you.

Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Card Share: Things I Love

 Happy Tuesday Everyone,

I am back with a Card Share for you today, using one of the stamp sets you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration. The stamp set, Things I Love (which can be found on p54 of the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog) is one of 77 sets listed on p11 of the Sale-a-bration Mini Catalog (the inside back cover) and is fast becoming a new favorite with me and my two daughters. How can you not love a stamp set that features chocolate!

I decided to use Stampin' Up's In Colors to give my card a little kick, so to speak. I used Soft Suede for the card base and embossed it with my Sizzix Finial Press embossing folder using my Big Shot. 
I then added a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock to the lower section of my card, after I stamped the background using the Sweet Swirls wheel with Melon Mambo Classic ink.  Before adhering the Melon Mambo cardstock to the base card, I wrapped a piece of the Soft Suede Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain ribbon across the top edge of the cardstock, so that it will give the card a seamless look. Then with a shorter piece of the Soft Suede ribbon, I tied a knot to give the appearance of a bow. I adhered the Melon Mambo cardstock with snail adhesive to the Soft Suede card base.
Next I stamped one of each of the images from the Things I Love stamp set ( shopping bag - Bermuda Bay, Chocolate - Soft Suede, Heart - Melon Mambo, and new shoes in Rich Razzleberry, all In Color Classic inks) on Whisper White cardstock.
Using the 1" Circle punch, I then punched out each of the images and matted them on 1 1/4" Circles punched from Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I arranged them on the upper half of the Soft Suede card base using Mini Glue Dots.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the stamp set, Well Scripted (available in traditional Wood Mount or the new Clear Mount option), which can be found in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock using Soft Suede Classic ink and then punched it out using the Wide Oval punch. To add a little fun to the card, I embellished the sentiment with a cute little brad from the Chocolate Chip Sending Love Epoxy Brads (also in the Occasions Mini Catalog p13). The little flower on the brad fit perfectly with the theme of the card without overpowering the sentiment. I adhered the wide oval to the Melon Mambo cardstock with dimensionals to finish off the card.
Here is a close up view of the sweet, little flower brad I used for embellishment. This brad set contains two different designs and you get 8 of each design (a total of 16 brads) for just $3.25 and is a wonderful and very affordable addition to your paper crafting supplies. They would make a great addition to your cards, scrapbook pages and many other papercrafting projects.
My biggest challenge is that both of my daughters have fallen in love with this card and want it for their next birthday.
I guess there is only one way to solve this problem. I will just have to make another one, lol. 
I hope you have enjoyed this card share today as much as I had creating it. It really is a fun card and would be perfect not only as a birthday card, but also a Thinking of You or Friend card.
Until Next Time.
Stamping Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Products Used (All Stampin' Up): 
Stamp Sets: Things I Love 115229  Price: $15.95  Set Quantity: 6
* Free Sale-a-bration Reward with Purchase of $50 in Stampin' Up products (excluding S&H and Taxes) Use Item #120208.
Well Scripted Wood Mount 117072 $19.95   Set of 6
                          Clear Mount 118601 $14.95
Sweet Swirls Wheel 115523 $6.50
Cardstock: In Colors - Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay; Whisper White
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Accessories:Big Shot, Sizzix Finial Press embossing folder, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Soft Suede Polka Dot 1/2" ribbon, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Sending Love Epoxy Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive.

Attention all Crafters: March is National Craft Month

Hi Everyone,
Well, March is here and the weather is slowly starting to act more like Spring than Winter, yippee! Plus, I just discovered that March is National Craft Month. Isn't that just the best excuse, um reason, to get crafting!
Add to that, you have less than a month to take advantage of Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up's biggest promotion of the year. Now in case you have been busy hibernating this winter and have missed all the great news about Sale-a-bration, I will give you a review of all the wonderful ways you can earn free products from Stampin' Up.

Spend: Buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!

Host: Host a $300 workshop, and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!

Join: Become a demonstrator, and get a FREE stamp set (up to a $47.95 value)!
 During Sale-A-Bration, join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator and get 15% off your Starter Kit—plus, you can choose between the standard Starter Kit and the Digital+ Starter Kit!
Download your free digital copy of the 2010 Sale-a-bration Mini Catalog to see all the wonderful products you can earn free here .
P.S. Don't forget to check out the list of stamp sets on page 11.
Contact me today and take advantage of the great Sale-a-bration Rewards, and celebrate National Craft Month.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

P.S. Remember, Sale-a-bration ends March 31st, 2010.