Friday, October 25, 2013

Skating Along with Season's Greetings

I recently received my first BIG international card order for a friend of the family in Canada who asked me to make 30+ Christmas cards this year for her figure skating clients and friends.  I didn't have any figure skating stamps in my collection so she selected Skating Along from LOTV.

Here is a sample of one of the cards I created for this project that I will be entering in this month's LOTV Anything Goes Challenge:

The main image is stamped on Cryogen White cardstock and matted with SU's Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The edges of the card base are inked in one shade darker, SU's Bermuda Bay. The larger snowflake is also stamped in Coastal Cabana and cut using the coordinating Festive Flurry Framelits dies. The smaller snowflake was cut from sparkly paper using a Sizzix Sizzlit, Snowflake #23. The season's greetings tag is from LOTV's Set #32: Christmas Sentiment Tags.

Here are a few more close-ups.  

Hopefully you can see the frosted lace Stickles on the fur.  It's hard to pick up from the photo, but I also added glossy accents to the swirls of ice.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Other Challenges Entered:

E-00, 50, 53, 55
R-02, 20, 22, 24, 27
BG-0000, 10, 11, 32, 72, 75
C-00, 1, 3

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Peacock Princess

This year for Halloween, my daughter decided at the last minute that she wanted to be a peacock.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found some great ideas for costumes and even better a tutorial on how to make a princess tutu.

Tutus are so simple to create as long as you use 6-inch wide spools of tulle!  If I had only found that tutorial sooner, she would have had tutus in every color for the last six years. So... for the peacock tutu, I cut various layers of turquoise, navy, and lime green tulle and then wrapped each piece around a 1/2-inch elastic waist band.

My daughter had great fun helping me roll out the spools of tulle.  We actually made the tutu together in one evening.  Here she is modeling the costume last night:

I ordered the peacock feathers online and decided to use them for accent pieces.  I folded a small piece of cardstock around an existing plastic headband and stapled it on both sides, glued on two feathers and layered on three paper flowers colored with my Copics.  A jeweled brad held the three layers together.  [Tip: You can easily slide the cardstock base off for future headband use] 

I used the same supplies for the clip that is attached to her shirt.  My original idea was to attach this to the tutu but was afraid the feathers would get mangled the minute she put the tutu on.  Here are a few more close-ups:  

Now all we need to do is wait for Halloween to get here... and to decide what her little brother will be.  What would make a good sidekick for a peacock princess?  Keep in mind her little brother is almost two years old.  Please share your ideas in the comment section below.


Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Flip for Birthdays

Have I told you how much I LOVE my new Sizzix Flip-It Framelits set from the Stamps of Life?  They make creating a card super easy and quick!  Just throw some designer paper into the mix and voila! you have an assortment of cards in a matter of minutes!  The LOTV "Wishing You a Magical Birthday" circular sentiment is perfect for girly birthday cards.

Here are a few birthday cards I made over the last two weeks.  This one was the first I made for my daughter's 6th birthday using the Papillon Potpourri butterfly set and Melon Mambo coordinating ink an cardstock:

Last weekend, in between packing for a trip to NJ and traveling all weekend, I whipped up two more birthday cards for cousins and nieces in Canada.  I love how you can completely change the look with a few sheets of paper and various embellishments.

The sentiment and butterfly on the card above uses Rich Razzleberry ink and cardstock from Stampin' Up.  The paper is from a princess themed stack in my stash.

My third card uses an Old Olive cardstock base with coordinating ink and a pink flamingo button from SP&Co. to bring out the pink foil swirls in the paper.  The scalloped and dotted circle framelits came with the set.

The interior circle edges are inked with Shabby Shutters distress ink and a hot pink satin ribbon adds a nice touch to the button accent.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about these flip-it framelits.  This was the first set to be released and there are many more to come!  I love how everything you need is included in the set!

If you want to order any handmade greeting cards like the ones in this post, let me know. Christmas, birthday, winter snowflakes are a few I already have in mind...

Thanks for following Haystack Cards!

Inks: SU-Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive; Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Cardstock: SU-Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive; Prints from various stacks
Stamps: LOTV Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments; SU-Papillon Potpourri
Dies & Punches: SU-Itty Bitty Butterfly; Sizzix Circle Flip-It Framelits #2
Embellishments: SP In Color Button (Flamingo Pink); Pink Satin Ribbon

Saturday, October 12, 2013

For the Newlyweds

I finally tried out a new stamp set from my Stampin' Up (SU) collection called Label Love. This set is perfect for multiple occasions, from birthdays to babies to (in this case) weddings.  The clear set bundle even included the coordinating artisan label punch.  Thanks to the SU punch and pretty print embossing folder, this card was fairly effortless... except for tying those teeny tiny twine bows.  But they do add such a nice touch... at least I think so, anyways!

The labels themselves are stamped in Coastal Cabana (one of the new 2013-2015 In Colors).  I punched three additional labels from coordinating Coastal Cabana cardstock to give each label some dimension.  I used the smallest circle from my Spellbinders dies to punch out the center where the vintage faceted buttons are secured.  Something was missing so I threaded each button with twine and added a bow.

Here are a few more close-ups:

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Stamps: Label Love (SU)
Ink: Coastal Cabana (SU)
Embellishments: Vintage Faceted Buttons (SU), Twine (from stash)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thanks Big Time

Tonight I want to share the mini thank you cards I created for my daughter's birthday party last Sunday.  I wanted to keep the 4-inch square cards simple because I had over a dozen to create.  I was able to knock them all out in one evening after the kids went to bed.  

Everything is stamped in SU Melon Mambo ink on Cryogen White cardstock.  I started with the Sentiments4Circles stamp set by The Stamps of Life.  I punched the circles out with my 2-inch punch.  The "Thanks... BIG time!" sentiment is from my SU Timeless Talk stamp set.  I die cut the tag with my SU Chalk Talk framelits but it was too long for the sentiment I wanted to use.  To make the tag smaller, I ran the framelit through my Big Kick twice, trimming it to the correct size on the second pass through.  I added a pink satin ribbon to the tag and secured it to the 2-inch circle with dimensionals.  For such a simple card, they turned out super cute!  

Here's a close-up:

Now I just have to get my daughter to sign them and they are good to go!  If you want to see the party favor treats and gift bags I created for the birthday party, click here.  Thanks for stopping by!

Ink: Melon Mambo (SU)
Stamps: Timeless Talk (SU); Sentiments4Circles (Stamps of Life)
Dies & Punches: Fiskars 2-inch punch; Chalk Talk Framelits (SU)
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon from Wal-Mart
Paper: Cryogen White; Lemon Drop Pure Luxury Cardstock (Gina K Designs)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Birthday Sweets and Treats

As you may know, it's Cupcakes and Candy Theme Week over at SP&Co.  It's the perfect theme for us as we prepare for my daughter's birthday party tomorrow.  It's hard for me to believe she's turning six and that it's October already!  I mean... where did September go?

I can't even begin to tell you how excited my daughter is about her My Little Pony party at Dream Horse Stables.  Here are the treats and party favor bags that we made last night:

The adorable little cupcake from the SP&Co Simply Sweet Emma stamp set is stamped in SU Melon Mambo. The "party time" sentiment from the SP&Co. Stitchery Doo Banners stamp set is stamped in SU Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise.  I folded the bag down, punched two small holes with my Crop-A-Dile and tied a bow in pink satin ribbon. Here's a close-up:

The M&M treats are made with 1" x 8" cello bags from Stampin' Up which are the perfect size to fit a stack f M&Ms.  For the toppers, I used Cryogen White, and orange and burgundy card stock to match the Fall colored M&Ms.  The cupcakes were stamped in Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango.  The circles and scalloped circles were cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities dies.  A colored rhinestone adds a bit of bling to each cupcake. Here's a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by!

SP&Co. Stamps: Simply Sweet Emma; Stitchery Doo Banners
SU Ink: Melon Mambo; Tempting Turquoise; Tangerine Tango
Paper: Cryogen White and Assorted Card Stock 
Spellbinders Dies: Standard Circles Small, Scalloped Circles Small
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon, Colored Rhinestones
Other: White Paper Bags, 1x8 Cello Bags (SU)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pretty Pumpkin Gift Bags & Tags

I found these lovely plain kraft gift bags in my gi-normous box of recycled gift bags last night and decided to pretty them up.  Plain turned into pretty fabulous, in less than ten minutes.  I wanted the bags to coordinate with the tags I had made previously.

The tags are ordinary Avery manila office shipping tags.  The ultimate grunge background was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then, I sponged on Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, and Vintage Photo distress inks for a resist-embossed look.

I used the SP&Co Polaroid Frames die tools for the tag focal point and added a small chevron pumpkin using the Stamps of Life Pumkins2Cut stamp set and coordinating die tools.  The small pumpkin is stamped in Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain distress inks, and then secured to the frame with dimensionals.

The bags were stamped with the larger polka-dot pumpkin from the same stamp set.  The "thanks" sentiment throughout was a free mini stamp that I received as a Stamps of Life monthly kit club member.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black and SU's Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive inks on the gift bags.

The bags literally took me less than 10 minutes to finish two of them.  I'm really pleased with the way they turned out.

Inks: Versamark; Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive; Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks
Paper: Kraft Gift Bags, and Avery Office Shipping Tags, Kraft Card Stock
Stamp Sets: Pumpkins2Cut, Free Mini Set (The Stamps of Life); Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge (Stamper's Anonymous)
Dies: SP&Co Polaroid Frames, Stamps of Life Pumpkin Dies 1
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Sheer Ribbon

Thursday, October 3, 2013

You're the Sweetest!

Hello, friends and followers of Haystack Cards.  It's Cupcakes and Candy Week at SP&Co, so in my opinion, you can't get any better than Simply Sweet Emma.  Here's the theme card I made for a friend who's celebrating a birthday today.  I'm so excited to see her reaction when I give it to her tonight!!!

I can't believe it's October already and for a bit last week, it really felt like Fall had started here in Virginia.  The cool temps quickly passed because it's been back up in the mid-80's everyday this week. I carefully selected the colors for this card to coordinate with the current Fall Colors Challenge #78 at Color Me Creative Classroom.


On the front, I started with Cryogen White card stock and added Spiced Marmalade, Red Barn, and Walnut Stain distress inks.  The sentiment on the front from the Simply Sweet Emma set was also stamped in Walnut Stain, but as a second generation impression.  

Emma and the two cupcakes were colored with Copics.  The heart candies on top of each cupcake were inked with distress ink instead.  The cupcakes were secured with dimensionals and white gel pen stitch marks frame out the "flip it" focal point on both sides.  

It was super sweet and easy to cut out Emma using the Sunshine Emma die tools which coordinate almost perfectly.  And... lining up the dies on the image was a breeze with my Sizzix magnetic platform!  Here are a few close-ups:

The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from SP&Co.  It was just the right size.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Spiced Marmalade, Red Barn, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks
Paper: Cryogen White, Red Card Stock from Stash
Die Tools: Sunshine Emma, Sizzix Square Framelits

E - 000, 00, 11, 25, 27, 29
R - 02, 05, 08
YR - 12, 16, 18
Y - 21, 23, 26

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Sis!

Today is my sister's wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe she has been married for two years already! A couple of weeks ago, she asked me to create a card for her husband and now I can finally post it.

The design inspiration for this card came from Deconstructed Sketch #119.

So... here's what I came up with... using my go-to paper for guys - kraft!

Here is a close-up of the sentiment -- which is a special saying between my sister and brother-in-law.  The words are stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and the hearts in Memento Lady Bug.  

The letters from the SP Tiny Build a Banner stamp set seemed to be the perfect size and style to complement the designer series paper backdrop.  I also layered two SP In Color buttons in Sandcastle.

To my sister (and best friend) and to an amazing brother-in-law... Happy Anniversary!  I am so happy for you guys!

SP and Company Stamp Set: Tiny Build a Banner
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ladybug
Embellishments: SP In Color Buttons (Sandcastle)
Paper: Kraft, Shine Shimmer Metallic, Assorted Designer Series Paper