Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sunny Easel Birthday Card


This is the card that I will be linking to the Friday Mashup 107 challenge . We were asked to create an Easel Card project with some Sunshine. I took a little artistic license and made a sun from a circle punch and banner framelits.



RECIPE

Papers: Daffodil Delight 119683, Whisper White 100730, Island Indigo 122923 
Polka Dot Parade 126902, Summer Smooches  DSP 125409

Inks: Island Indigo 126986, Tangerine Tango 126946

Stamps: Perfect Punches 120516, Ciao Baby 129648

Sweet Additions: Finishing Touches Edgelits 127010, Tangerine Tango Buttons (SAB)
Whisper White Bakers Twine 124262, Perfect Polka Dots Folder 117335


Tools: Extra-Large Oval Punch 119859, 7/8" Scallop Circle 129404 
Bitty Banners Framelits 129267, 1 3/4" Circle 119860

SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals


Thank you for stopping by and have a CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE


Monday, April 29, 2013

5 Minute Inspiration


This card was inspired by a card that I saw in the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! catalog.
I loved the simplicity of it and I feel that it can be used for a male or female birthday card. It actually  took me approximately 5 minutes to cut the paper, stamp the image and put it together.

Couldn't ask for anything better!

RECIPE

Paper: Whisper White CS 100730, Cherry Cobbler CS 119685 
Parker's Patterns DSP 131021

Ink: Cherry Cobbler 126966

Stamp: Bring on the Cake 121958

Sweet Additions: Chevron Folder 127749, Rhinestones Perfect Jewels 119246

I used the Large Oval Punch (119855) to make the bow 

Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive


Thank you for stopping by and have CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tangerine Tango Birthday


I made this card with a color combo that I don't usually got to, but I needed something youthful and cheery for a Birthday Card. The sketch I used  is an older one from CPS (#214).

RECIPE
Paper: Tangerine Tango 111349 , Whisper White 100730, Lucky Limeade 122926
International Bazaar DSP 126920

Ink: Tangerine Tango  126946

Stamps: Secret Garden Bundle 131099, Itty Bitty Banners 126257

Sweet Additions: Tangerine Tango 1/4" Ribbon (SAB)
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder 117335
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ((SAB)
Rhinestones Basic Jewels 119246
Bitty Banners Framelits 129267

Punches: 1 1/4" Square 119865, 1" punch non-SU
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack 118309

Stampin' Dimensionals , SNAIL Adhesive


Have a wonderful and CRAFTY weekend and I will see you on Monday!

BERNADETTE

Friday, April 26, 2013

An Eclectic Card






Today I am posting a card that I linked to MOJO Monday.  Calling this card Eclectic was due to mixing the graphic paper and Chevron with the the organza ribbon and rhinestones.  I thought it all came together well and I love the Basic Gray paired with the Perfect Plum. Don't you?

RECIPE

Papers: Whisper White 100730, Perfect Plum 101889, Basic Gray 121044R
Twitterpated DSP 125406

Stamp: Perfectly Penned  122892

Sweet Additions: Chevron Folder 127749, Rhinestones Basic Jewels 119246
5/8" Organza Ribbon 114319 

Tools: 3/4" Circle 119873 1/2" Circle 119869
Itty Bitty Punch Pack (circle) 118309, Ticket Punch (retired)

SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by and have a CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Retired Stamps and Accessories List



Here is the retired list that I promised (below) to upload yesterday. Thankfully, today I am feeling SO much better! Just remember, the retiring accessories are ONLY available while the supplies last. This is always a wonderful time of year at Stampin'Up! to feed your passion for their products.  Why not take advantage today to stock up, or even consider to become a 
Demonstrator or Host a Party?


If you decide that you would LOVE to become a demonstrator, you can add select products from the new catalog or retired products 
to your Kit at even more of a savings. 
AND get a FREE  2013-2014 catalog with your order, even before it's available to the public!

You can contact me at, bpb4553@gmail.com, and I will be able to give you all the information you will need to sign up. Or you can use this link Demonstrator to to sign Online and choose me as your demonstrator. 

I would love for you to be part of my team! 


Have  a great and CRAFTY day!

Bernadette



STAMPIN' UP! RETIRED LISTS NOW AVAILABLE!   

All retiring stamps are available through June 3 


These are only available while supplies last--don't miss the discounted products

Sorry, No T.N.T. Today

I apologize that there won't be any T.N.T. Thursday project up for today. Yesterday I was dealing with Vertigo almost the whole day. I had a project planned, but didn't have thing cut or pictures taken.

Ugh! I'm really more organized then this. Usually I just need to write the post on Wednesday and upload the pictures. Not this Wednesday. So sorry.

I will be here Friday with some inspiration from a MOJO Monday sketch. 


 Thank you for your understanding and go have a CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Just Because







 Some days my creative side is taken over by the mundane everyday chores of running a household. Hence, the reason for putting up my card late today.

NEWS FLASH!

Make sure you check back later today for the Retired List from Stampin' Up! This is a BIG time of the year. You will have a chance to buy theretiredproducts, 
both stamp sets and accessories, at a greatly reduced price.

My Card Information

I love the colors in this paper, but not necessarily the pattern. Every time I decide to use it, I have a mental block on what stamp to pair with it.

I just choose the stamps that I enjoy using and felt it would come together or not. I think it did. How about you?

Both stamps are from Sale-A-Bration. I think SU did a great job with their offering of products this year. The Feeling Sentimental set will be 
around for a long time in my stamp library, I know.
 I really love the impressionistic look.

RECIPE

Papers: Naturals White 102316 (my favorite), Daffodil Delight 119683
Island Indigo 122923, World Spectacular 126897

Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, Vintage Verses
Both are from SAB

Sweet Additions: Brights Designer Buttons 119747
 Linen Thread 104199

Argyle Folder 127750, Circles #2 Originals 114526

SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sketch: CPS 262


Remember to stop by again later today to see the Retired products. You won't want to miss out.

  And remember,

Have a blessed, productive and CRAFTY DAY!

BERNADETTE




Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Some Craft /Office Musings




Today I will not be posting a card, but sharing some wish list ideas for my craft room. We have been living in our Motor Home since being here in California the past 3 months. Needless to say, even a 40 foot Motor Home is not ample room to house a husband, wife and
 a small dog, let alone craft supplies.
 
Soon that will be remedied. We will be moving into a 3 bedroom/ 2 bath manufactured home in a 55+ community in San Marcos, CA by the end of May. I am so excited about having a designated area to create. It will not be a large area, but so much more then I have now.

Here is some inspirational ideas I have been gathering on Pinterest the past several weeks.

ikea desk in craft room!

Craft Room 
The picture above is an Ikea piece that will fit perfectly on one end of the room. I already have a great Ikea desk chair that I will be bringing back with me from my Scottsdale home.


 I would love to have this shelving unit, but I don't believe I have sufficient room on the opposite wall. The room is only 11'x 9 1/2" and the remaining two walls having a window on one and a closet and entrance door on the other.


craft room 

I would also like to incorporate into the design a counter height work space like the one pictured above. I occasionally like to stand when I am putting together a card or project. Don't you just love those ladder style shelves in the background? I do, but I really don't think they would fit in anywhere.


 I thought this corner desk could also work.




Craft Room Desk Design
nice!


The room above, I would have to say, would be my "Dream Room", but I am blessed to have a designated space again. I know I will need to be organized and be able to creatively use every available inch of space.

I will take pictures on the progress I am making once I get into the house and get started on the room.

If any of you have some ideas you would like to share with me on how you have decorated your craft space, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a blessed and CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE

Monday, April 22, 2013

Two Hands



I completed this card this weekend and linked it to Word Art Wednesday
 using the DC98 sketch. 

Papers: Crumb Cake 120953, Midnight Muse 126843
 Summer Starfruit 126839, Festival of Prints 126904

Ink:  Midnight Muse 126860

 Stamp: Trust God 126702

Sweet Additions: Pearls (non SU),Linen Thread 104199
Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon 126846
Vine Street Embossing Folder 130492 
 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder 117335

Tools: Ovals Collection Dies 129381,
 Itty Bitty shapes Punch Pack 118309

Big Shot, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful, blessed
 and CRAFTY week!

BERNADETTE

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Congratulations with a Challenge





Today I am ending my week with a card I made for the Friday Mashup. This is my first time entering this challenge and believe me, it was a challenge. The color combination of  Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum & Wisteria Wonder was a little bit out of my comfort zone. I have never used this color combination together, but now I'll think about using it again. Thanks Friday Mashup team for pushing me out of my comfort zone!

RECIPE

Paper: Sahara Sand 121043, Perfect Plum 101889 
 Wisteria Wonder 122922  Whisper White 100730

Stamp: Itty Bitty Banners 126257, Secret Garden 129144

 Ink: VersaMark 102283, White Stampin' Emboss Powder 109132

Tools: Vintage Wallpaper Folder 120175, Secret Garden Framelit Die 129372
Bitty Banners Framelits 129267, Finishing Touches Edgelits 127010
 
   Sweet Additons: Pearl Basic Jewels 119247

Big Shot, Heat Tool, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail Adhesive



Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and CRAFTY weekend!

BERNADETTE
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Paper Pumpkin and More




My Paper Pumpkin arrived today in the mail and I could hardly 
wait to open it and start crafting!

Here are the Kits contents







Everything you need to complete 4 cute cards.

Here is my completed card


A little cute and sassy.

 I decided to "step up" the card a little with
 some extra Stampin' Up! supplies.



I changed the orientation from a side fold to a top fold for my "stepped up" card. Also adding touches of More Mustard, Baja Breeze, and Old Olive. The "Seriously" stamp I decided to use solo stamping it with Baja Breeze ink.

Of course you could make all 4 cards the same and have a nice little set of cards, but why? It's always fun pushing your creative side to see what you
can come up using similar products.

If you got your Kit today, have fun with it. 
If you don't get the monthly kit, what are you waiting for? 
You to can get a creative escape each month delivered right to your doorstep.


 Click the picture below and it will take you to 
all the information you need to know to get your kit 
each month and please make sure your choose me as your demonstrator!



  

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great and CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE




Thursday, April 18, 2013

T.N.T. Thursday



 This is the fun Gate Fold card I promised

The Interlocking Gate Fold



Lets get started

1.This card measures 4"X 5 1/2". The card stock will be cut 5 1/2" X 8"

2. Score the cut card at 2" and 6". Fold in the sides and use a bone folder to give you a nice crisp fold.
3. Now cut the outside panel pieces.
 Two at 1 3/4" x 5 1/4" and two at 1 1/2" x 5" 
I decided to line the inside of the card with the Midnight Muse measuring 3 3/4"x 5 1/4".
 This step is optional.


4. Layer all the pieces and center them
 on the side panels of the card base and 
adhere the solid CS on the inside.

5. Using the Ovals Collection Framelits, choose the first 3 inner sizes.  


6.With the largest of the 3, cut one from the Midnight Muse, the second largest from Summer Starfruit, and the smallest from Whisper White for your sentiment.  I also embossed the middle piece with the Argyle Folder. Which is optional.




7. The picture below shows how remove 
the center of the large oval to be used 
as part of your interlocking piece. I placed the larger oval on the CS, cutting side down, layered the next size on top, making sure to have the edges even all the way around. I placed a sticky note on the pieces to hold everything in place while I ran it 
through my Big Shot.






8. Stamp your sentiment on the Whisper White. I used one from the One in a Million set, and adhere it to the middle oval CS. Center this on the front of your card making sure that the glued edge is
 only the left hand panel.



9.Take the large oval and place a small amount liquid glue on the right edge. (see picture below) Place that onto the right panel gently pulling the sentiment  through before adhering it to the right panel. 

*You will want to make sure that 
the pieces are nested and
 lined up before gluing it down





 I finished the outside of the card using punched 1/2"circles and the flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack and placed rhinestones in the centers of the flowers for a little "bling" appeal.



Inside of finished card

Well that's it. I hope you have enjoyed my mini series on Gate Fold cards and will give them a try. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me here on my blog.

 Have a wonderful day and as always,stay CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE

The inspiration for this card came from Linda Heller over at Stamping School

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dolled Up Birthday

Isn't it just darling? If you want to have a sweet birthday card stash, this Kit is for you. 
If you know someone who would love to make cards, 
but doesn't have the supplies, this would be a great gift for them.

AND if you own the framelits, you won’t be limited to 6 cards ever!  AND you can make 3 varieties with the framelits!

You can click on the left side bar and download a Spring Catalog.

The Dress Up Framelits are seen on page 32.







Stampin' Up! has just introduced it's new Project kit

Dolled-Up Birthday


The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:
  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)
Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!*

To assemble one card, follow the instructions below:
  1. Place the stamp on clear-mount block D or H rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot.
  2. Stamp "Happy Birthday" at the bottom of the card front.
  3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
  4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
    • Doily
    • Very Vanilla Cardstock
    • Dress form
    • Flower

*Adhesive not included

Just click on the photo above and it will take you directly to my business site where you can order or you can contact me directly by email at: bernadettebliss@gmail.com

**Order three or more and I will send you**
 a "sweet" surprise in the mail. 

Have fun shopping, and have a wonderful and CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE

Simply Mused


With a touch of Gumball Green. I have been looking through my sketch files 
the past couple ofdays and came across this layout from 2011 by Lisa Spangler. She had used a beautiful, soft Paisleyprint which I loved. The only paisley I had was the darker one from the Poetic Poetry DSP.Although I had tried Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit as the accent color, Gumball Green won out! It's such fresh and trendy looking color.

I like the combination and I have used that green very little since I bought it. Another one of those items that needed some crafting "love". Lisa did not add the triangles, but I just felt it needed something extra, so I used them at an angle for some interest. This is certainly a card that can be massed produced because of its simplicity.  I'm have been thinking of several other papers,color combinations, and sentiments that would work well. 
How about you?


RECIPE


Paper: Crumb Cake CS 120953, Gumball Green CS 126840
Midnight Muse CS 126843, Print Poetry DSP 129312

Stamp: One in a Million 126382

Ink: Midnight Muse 126860

3/16" Corner 119871, Square Punches, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (Gumball)

Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Twirly- Whirly Birthday



This is my entry for the MOJO289 challenge. When I saw this sketch I knew I wanted to use the little Pinwheel die. I have only used that one other time 
and it needed some "love".

RECIPE

Paper: Crumb Cake CS 120953   Island Indigo CS  122923 
Whisper White CS 100730, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB item)
World Spectacular DSP 126897

Stamp: Wishes Your Way 129156

Ink: Island Indigo 126986

Sweet Additions: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle 118974, 1-3/4" Circle  119850
Pinwheel Die 129411, Whisper White Baker's Twine 124262
Perfect Polka Dots Folder 117335, 1/4" Island Indigo Ribbon (SAB item)

Mini Glue Dots ,Stampin'Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Well that's about it.  I hope  you have a great and CRAFTY day!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Yeah New Wood-Mount Cases

Now this is a great redo for the new Stampin'Up! year.

 The old boxes to store the wood mount stamps were difficult to store. All different sizes, hard to read what stamps were in what container, etc.
 It looks like with these new boxes that has all been rectified.
Can I say I'm a happy camper!

Introducing our new wood-mount stamp set packaging! These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier.
Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging (sneak peek sets will also be in the new boxes during the preorder). And empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalog. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! There will even be a template for you to create your own label for your old stamp sets (available May 31).
 A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $4.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $6.95.
Get ready for all the exciting new products in the catalog--especially the new wood-mount boxes!


Just click here to find out why I'm 
excited about this new product change

What, no cards!


I can't believe I haven't posted a card or anything on my blog since Friday. No, I haven't lost my mojo, I just had some out of state company.



My hubby and daughter Danielle in La Jolla,CA



 I loved having my daughter and her husband here and seeing friends from AZ. Living in California and having friends in AZ and 6 of my 7 children on the East Coast, and having them take time to visit is a blessing.


 Bob and Raymond

Today is MOJO Mondays challenge and I hope to get to that soon.
 It always seems to push me creatively. Yesterday I was looking 
over some older Page Sketches that I would love to try this week.
I don't know about you, but when I see a sketch
 I really like, my creative "wheels" really start turning.

To finish out the week, I'll be working on my T.N.T. Thursday tutorial. 
This week will be my last week showcasing the Gate Fold card.
The card for this week is really an interesting design.
So make sure to stop by on Thursday.

Make your Monday great and stay CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE


Friday, April 12, 2013

AND MY GUEST ARTIST IS?



Today I'm excited about my posted card and my Guest Designer, Danielle Rusher.
 Danielle, my youngest daughter, came to visit from North Carolina yesterday. 
Today was going to be a beach day, but the weather seemed a 
little cool for the NC girl and I here in S.California.
It sounded like a perfect day to be CRAFTY.

 After looking over my previous cards, she chose this layout and I think 
she did a wonderful job with her color choices and her execution, don't you?

RECIPE

Paper: Baja Breeze 111352, Whisper White 100730 
 Floral District DSP 126919

Ink: Rich Razzelberry 115316, Baja Breeze 111352

Stamps: Secret Garden Bundle 131099, Itty Bitty Banners 126257
Friendly Phrases 126151

Window Frames Collection Framelits 129021
Bitty Banners Framelits 129267
 
Rhinestones Basic Jewels 119246
I think she did a great job in her choosing of colors


It was such a  wonderful day crafting with her. I wish we could do it more often.

Thanks for stopping by and have a CRAFTY day! 
Maybe even some time to do some crafting with your children or grandchildren.

BERNADETTE

Thursday, April 11, 2013

T.N.T. Thursday



Well I finally have my project up for T.N.T. Thursday. I apologize for it being a little late, especially on the East Coast. I did have it together, but did not have pictures taken yesterday. My daughter from NC was in California and we went to pick her up in LA, a 2 hour drive from here.
Needless to say, we arrived home late and the pictures weren't taken.

With that said, LETS GET STARTED!

Last week I introduced an oldie but goodie project, a Gate Fold card and said I would add several more in the following weeks. Today's card is a double Gate Fold, which I think gives an ordinary A2 card the WOW factor. I hope you will agree.


1. We are going to start off with a 5 1/2" by 12" piece of card stock scored at: 2", 4", 6" 8"
 This will be the base of the card.


2. Cut 2 pieces of coordinating card stock, 1 3/4"x5 1/4" and 2 from DSP at 1 1/2"x5" 
and layer them and adhere to the outside panels.


3. I also cut coordinating pieces of card stock to fit the middle of the inside panel. This will give the card a finished look and a base to adhere your inside sentiment.




4. I stamped the flower on Very Vanilla CS using Baja Breeze, which unfortunately is being discontinued by Stampin' Up!, and punched it out with the Blossom punch.



5. Using the Window Frames Collection ( #2, #3 size), I cut size
each from Baja Breeze and Cajun Craze. I also cut a belly band from
CS. This is 2"x 9" and is scored at 2 1/8"and 6 3/8"


6. I paper pierced the two framelits, poked a hole in the center of the flower so I would be able to  insert the Designer Brad, and also punched a small circle insert for the middle of the brad. This was then topped with an epoxy bubble that came included with the brads.



7.I decided to use the Perfect Polka Dots folder on the front panel of the belly band. This step, of course is not necessary. I then layered the framelits. inserted the designer brad and Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the flower . I attached the grouped pieces to the band with Glue Dots.

That is it. Why not give this a try and let me know how you liked it.

Have a wonderful and CRAFTY day!

BERNADETTE






Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Birthday






  





Today is a card  I made for the MOJO Monday challenge #288. I have been wanting to use the lobster in the, By the Tide set and I decided that it would work on this layout. 
Cutting around the lobster was a little bit of a challenge, 
but I think it trimmed up better then I expected.

RECIPE

Paper: Parker's  Patterns DSP  131021, Midnight Muse 126843, Cherry Cobbler CS 119685,
 Daffodil Delight CS 119683, Crumb Cake 120953 , Naturals White 102306

Ink: Cherry Cobbler 126966, Midnight Muse 126860

Stamps: By the Tide 129120, Itty Bitty Banners 126257

Sweet Additions: Argyle Folder 127751

Circles Original #2 Originals 114526, Bitty Banners Framelits 129267
Corner Rounder - non SU

To Hold things Together
Multipurpose Liquid Glue 110755
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430

Have a wonderful and CRAFTY  day!

 We are picking up my youngest daughter in LA today to spend a few days with us. Her hubby was  coming to the West Coast for a conference and she decided to come visit. YEAH!!! I am super excited, especially since we don't get to see any of our children much with
them  all living on the East Coast  except one.

BERNADETTE