Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Soft and Subtle Sympathy


Sooo...one of the most beautiful stamp sets in this catalogue is Pappillon Potpourri.  It wasn't the first stamp set I bought...sadly, I can't buy everything at once!!  ha ha ha...but i did finally get that and the matching punch (elegant butterfly).  wow!  that stamp set is soo beautiful, much more beautiful in real life, and the punch makes it soo nice to use! So...I was inspired by the colour combination over at Dynamic Duos today...phew you all know if you've been following that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pool Party.  It is definitely my favorite colour.  The best thing about it is that it coordinates with soooo many of the other Stampin' Up Colours!  Anyways, the colour combo is Pool Party and Soft Suede.
I have played along a few times at this challenge blog, but this is definately one of the best colour combos!!  I also decided to play along with Stampin' Up! Only Challenges also.  This site is really good as not only does it have fun challenges, it is all Stampin' Up Product, so it's really good as a demo to get some inspiration from!!  To see all the different ideas and possibilities for all the stamp sets and products is really amazing!  SUO Challenges is a theme challenge this week, Animals!!  so throw in the little butterflies from Pappillon Potpourri and you've got the perfect mix!  Anyways, here is my card!
View from the top to show the double punching of the butterflies.

Stamps: Pappillon Potpourri, Petite Pairs.
Ink: Pool Party, Soft Suede.
Cardstock: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Naturals White.
Accessories: Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
Tools: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Blender Pen, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Spray Bottle, Rubbing Alcohol (Non SU).
I love the end result of this card, there are a few steps involved to get there, but it is so beautiful!  I am learning so much as I go along with my stampin' Club.  I am really enjoying it!  Anyways, thanks for checking me out again today! 

Submitted: Dynamic Duos - Pool Party and Soft Suede
SUO Challenges - Animals

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thank You Swap


Just a quick post today to show a swap card that I made a while ago. This is one of the most in depth swap cards I have made, but I had just gotten my mini preorder and was so stoked to use all my goodies, and I mean all of it! ha ha ha...and I love the finished effect! I couldn't stop adding elements.
Stamps - Curly Cute, Wonderfall.
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark, Raspberry Ripple, Cajun Craze, More Mustard.
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP.
Accessories: 3 1/2" Scalopped Early Espresso Tulle, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Champagne Shimmer Paint.
Tools: Scallopped Edge Border punch, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Stampin' Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Autumn Accents Bigz Die.
I used a technique called Rock and Roll, with a little twist of course! ha ha ha...I used my sponge daubers to get some champagne shimmer paint on the edges of my stamped leaves. The way you do this is, first you ink up your stamp in the lightest colour you are using (more mustard for me), then you roll around the edges of your image in the darker colour (cajun craze). Then I took my sponge dauber and just went around the image with the champagne shimmer paint. You can be as wild or conservative with the shimmer as you want. I think I was sort of in the middle on this one! But I love it. I did the same with the other leave only this time I used raspberry ripple as my first colour, and early espresso as the outside colour.
On the embossed background, i didn't brayer on my folder, I just took my early espresso stampin' Sponge and sponged across the entire card. You get a bit of an aged tree bark effect. Really happy with how it turned out!!
anyways, thanks for checking me out today! I'll be back with my other swap card in a few days!
Submitted at: SUO Challenges - Texture

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Stamp Camp Card #5

Okay, ths is the last card that we made at my Christmas in September Stamp Camp.  I had so much fun doing this, and I can't wait till Oct. 21 when I have my second Christmas Stamp Camp.  They will be another 5 different designs, so it's going to be a fun night!  If you are in the Calgary area, you are always welcome to join in the fun.  Check out www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for any of my events!!
Here is my card:
Stamps: Merry Minis, Tiny Tags.
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Holly Berry DSP (retired)
Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain Whisper White (retired), Holly Berry designer buttons (retired).
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Merry Minis Punch Pack.
This card had two variations: there was a red strip and a green strip of DSP to cut into the banner, then you could change the buttons also.  Some of the ladies used the opposite sides of the DSP to give it a different look, and that looks really cute also!!  I am always amazed at the creativity everyone has within them.  Even those who think they aren't creative at all (they are lying to themselves!!  ha ha ha)!! 
I love this stamp set, the little merry minis are all soo cute, but I do have to say thank god for the punch pack!!  I would definitely have a hard time using this stamp set if I had to fussy cut all the little images!!  SOO cute....anyways...
I love the simplicity of this card.  It is minimalist, but not...definitely clean and simple!!  Anyways, I jst wanted to post this last card!  I think the ladies who joined me were just as happy with the card choices as I was.  Can't wait for Oct 21...yay!  Thanks for checking me out! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Christmas Stamp Camp Card #4

I am back...a few more christmas cards to go in this stretch.  I can't wait to share this card with you all!  This was one of my favorites!  It uses a stamp set that is in the main catalogue, and was new to the catalogue last year, so I had also played with it a little last year, but it is so cute!  I just love it!!  And...it also features blue as a holiday colour, another reason that I love this card. 
Stamps: Snow Much Fun.
Ink: Jet Black Staz on.
Markers: Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Peach Parfait (retired).
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Festival of Prints DSP.
Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Island Indigo, 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta, (I added mini jingle bells -retired - after this photo, with Island indigo bakers twine in between the two ribbons).
Tools: Big Shot, Doilies Large Sizzlits die, Paper Snips, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Border punch, stampin dimensionals, sticky strip, SNAIL.
I love this card, it's soo cute.  When I colour my images in, I find that it's a bit of the "less is more" mindset, as I tend to get messy and colour outside the lines when I get bored of colouring, or it's to tedious and detailed.  So I just like to keep the colouring more to accent the image.  I don't know if I've said it before, but the stamp camp that I am doing in October will be all different cards.  I am still sorting out my options and deciding what I want to do for it.  But they will be neat!!  Thanks for checking me out again, and as always the more the merrier at my classes.  Check me out at brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for events or purchase any supplies you may need!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Christmas in September Stamp Camp #3

Phew!  Back again!!!  Love love love christmas!  crafts, candy and cheer in much abundance!!  ha ha ha...Anway, another one of my christmas stamp camp cards!  I love this one becuase it had a bit of the vintage/roughed up look!  but it was in the classic christmas colours, and a quick and simple card.  not clean and simple (i had a hard time with that), but quick and simple!  ha ha ha....Anyways, here she is!
Stamps: Merry and Type.
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.
Cardstock: Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green.
Accessories: 3/8" early espresso quilted satin (retired).
Tools: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Scallop Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin' Sponges, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals.
Love how Merry & Type lends itself to this stlye of card.  love it.  Some of the ladies added some stamping on the inside.  They used the same ornament stamp and stamped it off on the grid paper first and then stamped it on the inside of their card.  That way it was light enough to still write over for your christmas messages, but it was still a nice touch of stampin on the inside!
Thanks for checking me out again!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Christmas in September Stamp Camp Card #2

That sure is one heck of a tongue twister!!  ha ha ha...anyways, I am back today with another card that we did at my Christmas in September Stamp Camp.  I can't get over how much fun I had sharing all these cards with some fabulous ladies!!  This card was inspired by a sample that I saw on Stampin' Connection!  There is soo many crafty and creative ladies involved with Stampin' Up! 
Before I had the stamp camp, I actually changed the sentiment so that it used the "merry christmas" from Teeny Tiny Wishes instead of this guy from more merry messages.
Recipe: No Peeking, More Merry Messages (Teeny Tiny Wishes).
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade DSP.
Accessories: Lucky Limeade 1/8" Organza ribbon (everyday enchantment ribbon and brad pack-retired from SAB 2012)
Tools: SNAIL, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Stampin' Pierce Guide,  Corner Rounder Punch, heavy chipboard (for fork bow template), Big Shot, Chevron EF, Decorative Label Punch.
I really liked the simplicity of this card, and the ladies had some beautiful variations of the card using the sentiments from no peeking!  I saw some really cute "No Peeking" and "Jolly Christmas" sentiments on the cards!  Very cute!
Thanks for checking me out!  As always if you are in the Calgary area and would like to join in the fun, I have another Stamp Camp taking place on Oct, 21 at 6pm.  Please check out www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for this event!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christmas Stamp Camp Card #1

I am here to share some of my Christmas in September Stamp Camp Cards!  woo hoo!!  I had so mch fn at this event!  It was my first stamp camp event, where everyone made ten cards each (2 each of 5 designs)!  I learned a lot of what works and what doesn't work for these events!  I'm glad that I planned it so that as little items as possible were having to be shared between the card stations, that was some good forsight!  ha ha ha...anyways, this was a set of cards I made, I just love the 2011-2012 In Colors so that was my hommage (spelling??) to them!  I saw a sample on Stampin' Connection, and I was totally inspired, I think it was a little 3x3 card or 4x4 card.  Dimensions are a bit hard to tell in pictures.  But I decided to make a standard sized A2 card ot of it, and once I made it in one of the colours, I couldn't stop until I had made them all!!  They are soo pretty!  The bling and the polka dot brads really add a lot to them!  You'll probably notice if you are familiar with Stampin' Up Products, I used the Northern Frost Decorative Strip for the snowflakes!  I just love these snowflakes, they are so beautiful and intricate and I find that they cut perfectly.  (tip - if you are cutting glimmer paper, cut it so that the white part, back of the glimmer paper, is against the die, otherwise it doesn't quite cut through the whole way and it's very difficult and tedious!!)  Definitely one of the items I had big time tears over retiring!!
Calypso Coral:
 Wisteria Wonder:
 Island Indigo:
 Lucky Limeade:
Pool Party: 
Stamps: Grateful Greetings (retired)
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Naturals white (card base, I find it is a bit sturdier then the whisper white), Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer Paper.
Accessories: 3/8" ruffled ribbon in Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo; 2011-2013 In Color brads, silver brads, clear rhinestones (retired).
Tools: Big Shot, Stripes EF, Northern Frost Decorative Strip, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin Piercer, Stampin Pierce Pad, Simply Scored, Stamp-a-ma-jig.
ahh....Hard to say which one is my favorite, but I do love the Pool Party and the Wisteria Wonder!!  soo beautiful!!  Plus I *heart* the 3/8" ruffled ribbon!! 
At my stamp camp, the ladies were making two of each card, so they had a choice at this station which in colors they wanted to use.  They could pick two!  Everyone chose different colors and they were all beautiful!!  I am doing another Stamp Camp on October 21, 2012 in the evening at 6pm.  Check out: www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for this event if you are in the calgary area!!  have a great evening!!

Submitted at: The |Paper Players - Tic Tac Toe Theme Challenge

Monday, October 1, 2012

Snow Falling??

oh man!!  It is still early in fall, and I'm already starting to think about when the snow is going to fall!!  Some years it starts hard and fast and there is tons of it at Halloween, other years I can remember taking my daughter to the park in november without even a sweater or socks on!!!  Wow!  Hopefully this year is one of the latter years!!  Either way, we always have a beautiful white christmas!!
Well I made this card while prepping for my holiday stamp camp (I made about ten cards, and then chose between them for this stamp camp).  This one did not make the cut for this stamp camp...but I still love it.  I tried to get a good assortment of cards with some different techniques, colour combos and stamp sets, while trying not to have too many supplies that needed to be shared between cards (which is why this one didn't make it).  So...this is it.  This is also the first card that I made with the woodgrain embossing folder.  This embossing folder was one that I wasn't originally planning to buy, but it is quickly falling into my most used Embossing folder.  It is just soo versatile!
Stamps: Jolly Bingo bits, Snow Much Fun.
Ink: Pool Party, Midnight Muse.
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Whisper White.
Accessories: Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin.
Tools: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallopped Border Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Modern label Punch, Big Shot, Woodgrain EF.
I love pool party, it just makes me think of a crisp cool snowy morning.  Thanks for checking me out today!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scrapbook Club # 4

well hello, not a card today!  I love my scrapbook club!  It forces me to sit down and really do the things that I love to do and stay up to date on my kids books!!  This si special to me, and I know that one day these books will be special to my daughters!!  I love to share them with whoever will look at them!
This is the layout that I did for September.  I just love the new Wonderfall set with the coordinating bigz die (autumn accents)!  you can do so mcuh with the fabulous stamps and die!
Closeup of the subtle "everyday" in the bottom corner.:
Closeup of one of the leaf bundles and burlap: 
Stamps: Wonderfall, Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower (retired)
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso.
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP, First Edition DSP.
Accessories: 7/8" Natural Cotton Ribbon, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons, Burlap (non SU), Hemp Twine, Mini Silver Brads.
Tools: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Typeset Alphabet, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlit, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Crystal Effects, Stampin Dimensionals, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, 2-way Glue Pen, Glue Dots, Stampin Sponges, Houndstooth EF, Spiderweb EF,Square Lattice EF, Chevron EF, Stampin' Piercer, Stampin Pierce Mat.
I love love love this layout.  This is my favorite layout that I have made for my scrap club so far.  It is also the most work!!  ha ha ha..It is intense with all the sponging and tediousness of getting all the letters on!  But, I think the final product is soo worth the effort!  I just love the richness of the colours!  The colours are soo rich, and vivd, they are totally fall!  The orchard harvest product suite is such a beautiful product suite.  And I love how it coordinates with the autumn accents die so beautifully!  You could really go to town with sponging and make your leaves all sort of different colours!!
My other favorite thing about this layout is the title.  I don't even know how I came up with it, but I think it is soo adorable, and speaks volumes to how I feel about my kids!  It definately is more in love everyday! 
Another thing I love about this layout is the burlap.  I have never worked with burlap before, but I love it!  It is easy to work with!  It adds a beautiful texture to the layout and an extra dimension of fall!  I'm not sure how most people adhere burlap to cardsock.  But I decided on using crystal effects.  I frayed the edges to what I thought was a good amount (you can do as much or little as you want), and then I put some sticky strip on the back of the burlap strip and placed it on my cardstock where I wanted it.  Since I placed my burlap across two pages, I then separated the two segments, cutting at the edge of the cardstock.  Then, I put crystal effects on top of the burlap around the border of it and pushed it down so that it touched the cardstock also.  That way it would help adhere to cardstock and also prevent further fraying of the burlap!  The sticky strip was just insurance.  It is highly unlikely that it would fall off anyways, becuase it was also mostly covered, but I wanted to be sure!!
Anyways, thanks for checking me out again!! 

Submitted AT: Friday Mashup - Let's Get Twiney & Fall Leaves

Thursday, September 27, 2012

No More Boys!!

Alright...I promise, this is the last of my baby boy cards that I have to share (that is until any of my friends have another boy!!!) 
Anyways...I found a sample that inspired this card on Stampin' Connection by a lady named Mercedes Weber...what beautiful ideas she has!!  I was actually looking for some inspiration using the Scentsational Season stamp set and framelits...which...I have been profoundly inspired, and can't even imagine not owning those items!!  Anyways...this card utilizes the Holiday Collection framelits, and is soo adorable!  I just love it!
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Itty Bitty Banners, Distressed Dots.
Ink: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP.
Accessories: Whtie Bakers Twine, Subtles Buttons.
Tools: Big Shot, Holiday Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, SNAIL.
I gave the banner a little rolled effect by using my paper piercer (the non piercing end) and just rolling each end in opposite directions.  I then put glue dots on both of the "valley" portions of the banner so that it wouldn't flatten out.
I just love the creative use of the stamp set and framelits!  The shooting stars are adorable, and soo fitting for new babies!  It would look just as adorable in pink also!  So Cute!  Just when you think you've seen all the creative uses for christmas stamps, you find that they are soo applicable to all season cards and crafting!!
Anyways, thanks for checking me out again today!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Thoughts

Back again today with a card that was inspired by something I saw on Stampin Connection. It changed quite a bit....but the premise is the same!
Stamps: En Francais, Field Flowers.
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfectly Plum, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Perfectly Plum, Naturals White.
Accessories: Linen Thread, Bitty Buttons, Chantilly Lace Trim.
Tools: Stampin Dimensionals, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Curly Label Punch, Paper Snips.
I love the colour combo on this card.  The two toned flowers look beautiful with the two step stampin technique.  If you wanted to get the same effect with using only one purple, you could stamp off once for the inside of the flower, and you will get a more subtle flower. I think I'll be sending this to my mom.  I have resolved to try and send a "I'm thinking of you" card to my mom once a month.  She lives in Arizona, so it's a ways from me!  Thanks for checking me out today!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Boys Drool...

Well actually girls drool to (all babies drool!!)...but they are soo darn cute!!
Just a quick post today...I am back with another baby boy card!  ha ha ha..I promise, I have one more after this coming up and then that will be it for a while! 
Stamps: Little Additions.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit.
Cardstock: Naturals white, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Baja Breeze DSP.
Accessories: Silver Brads, Neutrals Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Baja Breeze Seam binding.
Tools: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Scallop Border Punch, 1 3/8 Scallop CirclePunch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin Piercer,  Stampin Pierce Mat.
This card is a CASE of the wonderful Mary Fish.  her cards are always so amazing!  I love the colour combo!  Baja Breeze has got to be the best colour for baby boys!  I just love it.  And when it is paired with some nice rich colours such as midnight muse and summer starfruit, it looks fab! 
Anyways, Thanks for checking me out again today!! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Merry Monday (On Friday)

Hello all,
It's been a bit since my last post, but I assure you...I have been crafting!  ha ha ha..I have just been quite busy with family life and my crafting stuff.  I have quite a few things coming up in the next bit.  Last week I had my Stampin Card Club.  This sunday I have my first christmas stamp camp!  I'm super stoked about it!!  I think maybe one or two of the cards have been shown already...but there are definitely a few that I haven't shown yet!  Then on monday night I have the 4th meeting of Scrapbook Club!  Yay!!  September's Layout is absolutely adorable if I do say so myself!  ha ha ha...I absolutely love it!!  So stay tuned for that one!!  Anyways, onto my post for today!  ha ha ha...This is a card that I might use in my second wave of Christmas Stamp camp!  I am sure that I will learn a lot at this stamp camp in terms of what works and what doesn't...but I love love love this card!  I used some unconventional christmas colours to get a bit of a vintage feel.  But Pool Party has got to be one of the best colours for christmas cards (outside of the usual green/red and white).  I just love that colour!  I hope some day it makes it into one of the main colour groups!
Stamps: Polar Party, More Merry Messages.
Cardstock: Naturals White, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz (retired but is easily substituted with Certainly Celery), More Mustard.
Ink: Jet Black Staz on, Soft Suede, Pool Party; Pear Pizzazz marker, More Mustard marker, Sahara Sand marker, Bashful Blue marker.
Tools: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Sponges, Big Shot, Snowflakes EF.
Accessories: Linen Thread, Pool Party Seam binding, Smooch Spritz (the white one, can't remember the name of the top of my head).
My colouring style is sort of more is less.  I find that the more I try to colour in the more I colour outside the lines!  Sometimes I feel as if I need to go back to grade school to practice colouring in the lines again!!  ha ha ha...good thing I have a two year old to help me practice!!
I also used the smooch spritz and sprayed all over my image (the small white layer) once I was done colouring it.  It is hard to tell, but it is a subtle bit of shimmery goodness!! 
I used the Merry Monday Sketch for inspiration to get me started.  I love this challenge, and I am going to try and participate in this challenge regularly...that may be ambitious, so semi regularly at least...ha ha ha...oh i know myself too well!!  anyways, thanks for checking me out!  Love to hear your comments!!
Submitted at: Merry Monday #33 - Sketch

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scrapbook Club #3

Today is my third scrapbook layout for my club ladies!  I am really happy with how this club is going.  I think that everyone is enjoying the layouts, and I am defiantely enjoying the social time, and the carved otu scrap time for me.  I definately wouldn't ahve thsese scrapbook layouts for my own kids if I hadn't decided to dtart up this club!!  so it has been good, forced me to get down and dirty with the stamps and ink...okay cheesy...anyways, these are the layouts that we did for August (It's late in posting these, becuase three of my ladies and I meet during the day, and we didn't end up meeting for the august layout till the 10th of September...so I didn't want to post them before they could make them!  Anyways...here they are!  In all their summery glory.  I have to give kudos to christne Gaydos (my upline) for this layout, I CAS'ed it for my scrap club!  i loved it so much...only this once i promise!  Anyways, here is my layout!
Stamps: Mouthwatering, Notable Alphabet.
Ink: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake.
Cardstock: Summer Smooches DSP, Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo.
Tools & Accessories: Paper Snips, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, glue dots, Stampin Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Daffocil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain, white baker's twine, Brights buttons.
I really liked this layout.  The bright colours really signify summer for me.  One tip - when you have photos mats that overlap and you don't have photos yet for your layouts, make sure that you don't cover the bottom photo mat with adhesive.  That way you can slide the photos onto the photo mats easily. 
The ladies in my club had the option to flip the tempting turquoise with the daffodil delight photo mats, they both look cute!  I made one of each of the options for my girls!  Thanks for checking me out!  If you want to join in our scrapbooking club, there is definately room!!  The more the merrier!!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baby Crazy!!


I'm back with a new creation.  I have had a bunch of friends have baby boys lately...so I have been on a boy baby card making binge.  it figures since my family seems to be unable to produce boys.  My dad has three girls (myself and two sisters) My sister has two daughters, and I also have two daughters.  My dad has been the lone male for a long time, and it doesn't look like the trend is going to break, not soon that's for sure!  ha ha ha...  Anyways, I made this for the friday mashup last week...but I was away over the weekend and just have been crazy busy trying to catch up with everything, and I didn't get a chance to post it to the linky-doo...darn!  ha ha...oh well, such is life, if that is the worst of things, i've got not much to complain about!!  Anyways...this card is a direct case from a card that I saw on stampin' connection!  thanks for checkin me out!  If you need any details about how i did anything, just drop me a line.
Closed View: 
(I did the inside a little bit, you can't tell but I put some more of the embossed hearts on the inside of the card just above the edgelit.)
 A tip when using the pleated satin ribbon (which is now retired) but it doesn't fold nicely underneath other layers becuase it is so thick.  So it is easier to cut it.  but instead of having it fray, which annoys me, I just use my heat tool and melt the edges of the ribbon (the two ends that you cut) just a touch, so that they can't fray. 
Front Detail:
(Tip- to get the hand a nice light gray stamp off on a scrap piece of paper and then without reinking stamp on your actual paper.  that way you get a nice shadow background effect.)
 Open View of Front of Card:
Showcases the edgelits with the accompanying adorning accents embossing folders.  They look soo good together.  A tip when using the edgelits with the embossing folders - always cut first then emboss, if you emboss first the distortion in the paper from embossing will make it difficult if not impossible to match up the edge perfectly (to get en even distance bettwen edge and embossed area)...if you are a little obssessive about stuff like that (like I am) then it'll bug you!!  Also when doing a double edge with the edgelits - you'll want to cut them together, (the baja breeze DSP and the basic gray) so that they are the same edge also!
Stamps: Baby Prints, Fabulous Phrases, Sweetly Said (retired)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Subtles DSP.
Tools & Accesssories: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Fashionable Hearts embosslit, 2 3/8" Scallopped Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Adornind Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Buttons, baja Breeze Pleated Satin Ribbon (retired).
I'm super happy with this card, It is sooo cute!!  I just love it!!  anyways...thanks for checking me out again today!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Paper Players #112 - More Baby Boy Cards!

Hello all,
I am back again with a cute little baby boy club.  If you have been watching my blog, you may recognize this card.  I made this card as announcements/thank you cards for when my second daughter was born.  I made 35 of them!  It is a beautiful card, easy to replicate and beautiful!  I did have a lot of circles lying around!  ha ha ha...and I also had some help from my mom and sister...so it did go by a lot faster.  I didn't know the sex of Rylea before she was born, so everything waited until after she was born to be made!!  good thing I didn't make them on my premonition, otherwise i would have had 35 boy cards lying around!!  ha ha ha...anyways, the colour challenge at The Paper Players this week is:
So I decided to play along with this baby!!  The colours look soo cute together!
Here is my card:
Stamps: Baby Bundle, A Word For You
Ink: Jet Black Staz on, Baja breeze marker.
Cardstock: Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray.
Tools & Accessories: 1/4" White Sweater trim, scallopped dotted ribbon border punch, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Big Shot, Fancy Fan EF, simply scored.
I love this card, I did change up a few details from my original card...but they are both soo cute!!  Baja breeze is such a good baby boy colour, the blue is not too light, but not too dark!! 
The sweater trim in the holiday mini is soo beautiful!  I love how easy it is to work with, so nice and soft!!  This is defiantely a beautiful card to make for announcements and it is easy to replicate!  Thanks for checking me out today!
Submitted: Paper Players Challenge 112: Colour Combo

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sew Crazy for Friday Mash-Up

Hi All,
The challenge at Friday Mash-up was to create something with sewing, or...a back to school theme!  I chose to share my sewing in a recent project that I did.  A while ago I found an awesome tutorial on how to make a storage case for the stampin pierce pad, paper piercer and the paper piercing templates (hopefull Stampin' Up! comes out with some more of these, I just love love love the templates!)  Anyways, I was a bit intimidated to make this, but decided that I had some fabric and I needed a practical way to store these items anyways...sooo...I gave it a whirl!  Let me first say that...I don't have a rotary cutter or self healing mat (big enough to cut fabric on)...so I made do with what I had, and am soo pleased with how the cutting phase turned out!  I used my Stampin' Up! Tabletop Cutter!!  It worked perfectly!  I ruled out where I wanted to cut and just moved the fabric along the lines!  It was soo easy!  and perfectly straight lines!  It was of course a bit more tedious than using a rotary cutter, but it worked out perfectly without the extra spending!
So I made this with the Stampin' Up! Spice Cake designer fabric.  The Spice Cake product suite, which came out in the last holiday mini is soo awesome.  I love how the colours go together.  Pool party seems to go soo well with more mustard and soft suede.  This is one of my favorite product suites of all time.  I am hoarding some of the paper and had been hanging onto this fabric...until now!  ha ha ha...anyways, this is my stampin piercing product storage solution!

Accessories: Spice Cake Designer Fabric, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Pool Party Bakers Twine, Spice Cake Designer Buttons (retired), Bone Folder.
Non SU: Fusible Interfacing, Sewing Machine, Hand Sewing Needle (to sew the button on the front: not sure what the technical name is), Iron.
If you have any questions or would like a tutorial please email me!  I will put one together for you!  Thanks for checking me out.  I just love how this has worked out for my storage!  I was inspired to do some "pinteresting" for another sewing project...I will share it in the next week or so!  Thanks for checking me out today!!
Submitted at: Friday Mash-Up 75: Sew Crazy/Back To School

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Little Additions for Freshly Made Sketches #51

Hi all,
This is the first in a series of baby cards that I have made!  I have had a rash of friends having baby boys lately, so I have been on a binge!  This is one of the ones that I made...I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #51 to get me started...This is the Sketch:
And here is my take on it:
Stamps: Little Additions, Tiny Tags.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse.
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Naturals White.
Tools & Accessories:  Jewellery Tag Punch, Stampin' Peircer, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Scallopped Edge Border punch, Corner Rounder Punch, 3 Hearts punch, dazzling details, Victorian Lace ribbon (retired), Vintage Trinkets.
I have wanted to make a nursery scene for a long time with this set, since I bought it.  It was actually the reason that I bought this set...and this is the first time that I have used it for such a reason!  but I like how it turned out.  The colours go beautifully together, I love how the baja breeze fits right in with the richenss of the summer starfruit and the midnight muse!  anyways, thanks for checking me out again tonight!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012



I took the opportunity during nap time today to do some crafting!  woo hoo!  sometimes I don't get a chance with the two kids...one goes down, the other goes down, one gets up the other get sup sort of thing...but today I had a few hours...sooo...I decided that I would work on some card club samples...this is one that I came up with.  I used The Paper Players Sketch Challenge 110 as inspiration for me.  I think this might be the first time that I'm actually playing along with the paper players...I've been catching glimpses of the blog for a while though, and checking out the entires and their design team samples.  Great stuff!! Anyways, here is my card:

Stamps: Gently Falling, Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Ink: Pool Party, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Certainly Celery.
Cardstock: Very vanilla, Soft suede, cajun craze.
Tools & Accessories: SNAIL, sticky strip, stampin' dimensionals, glue dots, big shot, square lattice ef, stampin' sponges, paper snips, modern label punch, medium oval punch, pear pizzaz seam binding, 3/8" taffeta soft suede. 
I think we'll be making this at my next card club night....not sure yet.  I am starting to like participating in the challenges that i want to and then choosing the best of the best for my ladies!  Thanks for checking me out again today!
Submitted at: The Paper Players Challenge #110: Sketch

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet Christmas

I am back!  As you can tell, I am all about christmas these days!  I have been trying to get my cards all created for my stamp a stack that is coming up.  it's not for another month....but I always get nervous If I haven't got it planned early enough, becuase then I can also eyeball my supplies to make sure I have enough of everything and I am not limited by my supplies with what I can make (ie. not enough time to order what i want to make the cards I want).  soooo....I made this sweet thing last night!!  Not sure if it will make the cut for this stamp a stack.  As I try to balance out the ease of creating with time allowed and what not...so I'm going to try and make ten and then choose five...and maybe i'll do a christmas round two!  yay!  ha ha ha...love the holidays!  anyways...I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #49, and my colours were inspired by the Snow Festival Product wuite in the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Mini.  Here is the sketch:
Love these sketches, they are so nice and provide just the right amount of inspiration needed to get your mojo going, but not so much stuff that you can't add a bit of your own thing in there too!!  Here is my card: 
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet, Sassy Salutations.
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White.
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green.
Tools & Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, 2-way glue pen, dazzling details, Apothecary accents framelits, 3/8" gumball green stitched satin.
With my stamp a stack I am also trying to use a variety of colours.  I don't want everyone to go home with ten cards that all look similar becuase they are all red, green and brown.  I am adding a few splashes of other colours also.  Thanks for checking me out today!
Submitted: Freshly Made Sketches #49

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Livin' In the Sunshine

The weather has been so fantastic this summer, you really couldn't have asked for anything better! You dont see this many +30 days in calgary usually!! Phew, but it has made for some hot afternoons, and our submission into buying Air Conditioning!
I am back with the third card that we made at the last stamp club evening! I love this card. The focal point is one of the most beautiful background stamps we have, in my opinion. Although there is many beautiful background stamps, this is one of my favorites! I love this card becuase the focal point is the sunflower ina neautral colour, but the card is still a nice bright sunny card becuase of the yellow background paper.
Stamps: Sunflower, Pursuit of Happiness.
Ink: Basic Grey.
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Beyond the Garden DSP (retired).
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots.
Embellishments: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Neutrals Buttons, Brights Buttons.
I had troubnle puling the seam binding through the buttons tight enough so I used some glue dots to support the buttons on the card.
If you have any questions about how I did this, or would like to purchase the supplies, contact me! Thanks for checking me out!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thanks A Bunch!

Just a quick post today!  I haven't been able to get into my crafting area as much as I'd have liked to in the last few weeks, but oh well!  Such is life!!  Anyways, I loved the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge this week.  It was a sketch Challenge!  I love love love those!  anyways...i was dying to play along, plus I needed to sinspiration for some fall cards for a few upcoming workshops and classes!  Giving thanks is a lot of what fall is about, plus the leaves turning and the wind cooling (sadly).  So this is what I came up with.  I am really happy with the result and am lovin' all the new Holiday Mini Products that are showcased on this!!  Will definately be sad to see the DSP and Ribbons go at the end of December!!  I also am going to submit this in the Friday Mashup Challenge.  I just recently discovered this challenge, but it is super unique!  This will be my first time playing along!  There are two challenges every week, and you can choose one or the other or "mash it up" and do both at the same time!  They had a thank you challenge, and a colour challenge (midnight muse, so saffron, tempting turwuoise, and soft suede), obviously I decided to stick with my fall colours...but the design team has come up with some totally awesome inspiration!
Stamps: Friendship Preserves.
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze.
Cardstock & Paper: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo Patterned DSP, Orchard Harvest DSP
Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Stampin Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons, Window Frames Framelit Collection, Paper Snips, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 2 1/2" Circle Punch.
I cut about 6 inches of the ribbon off, then cut that in half (long ways), and peeled a few of the threads apart to get the frayed look to the cotton ribbon.  I adhered one side of ribbon to each side of the more mustard cardstock.   I then thread the two ends through the brushed bronze button and tied a bow.  I really like how the cotton ribbon looks tied in a bow like that, and so easy to work with.  Bows are usually my nemesis...I tend to stick wtih faux bows....but this time I went with it, and it worked out in my favour I think! 
Anyways, thanks for checking me out!  Hopefully i'll be back with more to share with you in the coming days/week! 
Submitted at: Create with Connie and Mary: Challenge 215 Sketch
Friday Mashup: Saying Thanks/Colours:midnight muse, so saffron, tempting turquoise & soft suede.
Thanks for checking me out today!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Scentsational Christmas


I'm back with another card using the stamp set Scentsational Season! I just love this set, and the coordinating framelits make it just that much better!!  I am going to submit this in the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  I love getting my inspiration from sketches!  I can pick my stamp set/style of card I want to make, then my colours and go with it.  Half the job is done for me!  But this is such a cute sketch!  Lots of embossing on this card.  I love to add texture!  Check it out:
Stamps: Scentsational Season.
Ink: Real Red, Gumball Green, Chocolate Chip.
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Real Red, Be of Good Cheer DSP. 
Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Simply Scored, Snow Burst EF (retired), Fancy Fan EF, Holiday Collection Framelits, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals.

I didn't heat emboss the images, but I think I will have my ladies (at the stamp-a-stack) heat emboss this with the peppermint sticks embossing powder.  It just adds a major wow factor, and smells soo good.  When you open the envelope you can smell the peppermint! Not only does it give it a great smell, but it also glosses up the mugs a little bit.  I also used my paper snips (one side of them, used like a craft knife) to cut a slit in the mugs to slip the straight end of the candy cane in the mug.  Thanks for checking me otu today!  Be sure to check out some of the other projects at Freshly Made Sketches for some inspiration!!


Submitted at: Freshly Made Sketches: # 48


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Snowflake: Clean and Simple for Merry Monday

I found a new challenge blog that is christmas all year round!!  LOVE IT!  ha ha ha...don't get me started about how much I love christmas again!  Anyways, the blog challenge is the Merry Monday Challenge.  Anyways, I am going to try and participate in this one a few times as well!  Lovin' all the challenges I'm finding!!  Anyways, clean and simple is difficult for me, I like to have as little blank space as possible...and that goes for anything i'm doing whether it be scrapbooking or cardmaking!  ha ha ha...anyways, I think I did okay with this one.  I decided to get out my dusty brayer!  i haven't used my brayer barely at all!!  So...that was a challenge in itself!  ha ha ha...anyways, onto my card,  I used the snowflakes from the snow flurries bigz die and placed them on my first edition dsp and then brayered over it with cherry cobbler ink.  I like how it came out...It looks nice, clean and simple!  ha ha ha...I think I might like emboss resist with the snowflake soiree stamp set a bit better.  As it has a bit more details but is still very clean and simple, but I am waiting on my set from the 2012 holiday mini to arrive at my door...about a week away still, I knew I should have preordered but oh well!  When I get it, one of the first things that I am going to try is emboss resist with the same idea.  I think it may be a stamp-a-stack card!!  ha ha ha...of course!  anyways...this is my card.
Stamps: More Merry Messages.
Ink: Cherry Cobbler.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, First Edition DSP, Very Vanilla.
Tools and Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch,  1/16" circle Punch, Snow Flurries Bigz Die, Brayer, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Stampin Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.

I love how the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch layers so beautifully with the 1" Circle Punch!  It looks soo cute!  So anyways, this is as clean as simple as I can do it I think!  ha ha ha... Anyways, thanks for checking me out!!


Submitted at:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Merry and Warm!


Just a quick post today.  I made this card to submit in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge (#213)!  It is a sketch challenge this time.  Go and check it out.  I am having tons of fun getting back into challenges and such!  So this is one that I am trying to participate in somewhat regularly!  Anyways, here is the card.  This card may or may not be found in my christmas card stamp-a-stack in September, if you like what you see check out my events page at www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net and RSVP to my christmas stamp-a-stack on the 23rd of September!  More Christmas events to come, but that event is for sure a go!! 
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Pennant Parade.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Festival of Prints DSP.
Ink: Island Indigo, Soft Suede.
Tools & Accessories: Simply Scored, Lace Brocade EF, Houndstooth EF, Holiday Collection Framelits, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Jewellery Tag Punch, Sugar & Spice Embossing Powder, Window Frames Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Island Indigo Bakers Twine.

Thanks for checking me out today!  You can check out my online store at www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net if you feel like creating this card or one like it for your loved ones this christmas!!  Have a great week!


Submitted at: Create with Connie and Mary 213: Sketch

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Watercolour Winter

I Love Christmas!  Everything about it.  It is my favorite holiday of the year for many reasons:
1. It is a time when my family takes time to really enjoy each others company.  In the dead of winter it is a lot of in your face family time, which for most of the year we are so deprived of (I feel anyways).
2. It is the dead of winter, so we can put the fireplace on, belt out some christmas tunes, have some hot chocolate and cuddle up with each other and a good movie, Christmas Vacation comes to mind.
3. Because my husband is a golf pro, and his busy time is in the summer, it is often the time that we take to go on a family vacation, usually some place warm.
4. Christmas is the time that you get to not only spend time with immediate family, but reconnect with aunt's uncle cousins, etc.
5. It is the "craftiest" time of the year for me!!
I could go on and on really...but Christmas inspires me to get on my craftiest thinking cap and make some really neat things for my family.  It all starts with the greeting cards.  So I usually try to do a few throughout the year to keep my mojo going...sooo....I got my holiday mini order in and got crafting away.  As soon as I saw all the beautiful stuff in this mini it was soo hard to not buy!  ha ha ha...So this is one of my favorite stamp sets from the 2012 holiday mini...I've got a few favorites this time around.  But Watercolour winter is soo classy and versatile.  I just love it.  Anyways, onto chattingabout my card!  ha ah ah...I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches with this one.  I made a few changes, but the main premise is present!!  Check 'er out!
Stamps: Water Colour Winter, More Merry Messages.
Cardstock: Be of Good Cheer DSP, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla.
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke.
Tools: Big Shot, Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Lacy Brocade EF, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Scalloped Dotted Ribbon Punch, Heat Tool.
Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Regals Buttons, Early Espresso 3 1/2" Scalloped Tulle, Gold Embossing Powder.
I love love love the scalloped tulle!  I didn't think I would like it as much as I do!  It is soo awesome!!  It adds the perfect extra touch to the card! 
Here is a close up of my homemade tulle embellishment!

I just used about a four inch length of the tulle, scrunched it up and stuffed it in the loop of the cherry cobblers baker's twine behind the button.  That way, when you pull the twine tight you get a beautiful "bow" of tulle.  I just adhered it to the card with a glue dot.  With the tulle coming in crumb cake and cherry cobbler also, I definately see a lot of this being used on my thanksgiving and christmas cards this year!!
This is on of the first christmas cards that I have done this year, and I can definately see this showing up in one of my classes!  If you are in the Calgary area and interested in attending a christmas stamp-a-stack or my monthly drop in nights please contact me for more info or visit my events page on http://brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP!!  Would love ot have you join in the fun!

Thanks for checking me out today!!


Submitted at: Freshly Made Sketches: #47
SU Only Challenges: Love those Designer Papers

Scrapbook Club Month #2

I've had my second month of Scrapbook Club! It has been great and I'm loving that I decided to embark on this journey. It has been a lot of work, but also really fun to see all the babies and especially mama's and have some good chats with everyone! below is the layouts for the girls:

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases, World Treasures.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Birds of a Feather DSP, 2012-2014 In Colour Patterned Paper.
Ink: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant, Crumb Cake.
Tools: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim, Labels Collection Framelits, 1/8" Circle Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, 2 1/2" Scallop Circle Punch, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals.
Embellishments: Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin, Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin, In Colour Dahlias.
Below is a few pictures of the boys layout! (This is one of my club members layouts, and the blue is just as cute!!)

The only difference in the supply list is that for the boys I used marina Mist and Island Indigo Cardstock, and also those inks, and the ribbon is a bit different: Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, and Marina Mist Scallopped Dots Ribbon.
The layouts this month turned out beautifully! I am soo happy with how this club is going, and I can't wait for the other months and to get scrapping some more with some awesome mamas!!
If you would like more information on these layouts please contact me, and if you'd like to join in the fun let me know, I can always make room for more!!