Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Backyard Basics Framelits Easter Card Samples

Aren't these sweet?  Pink Pirouette and Pistachio Pudding are perfect colors for Easter!  I used the Backyard Basics Framelits to cut out the Easter egg and put ribbons behind it to decorate a fancy egg!  I also used the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder to get the cute cross-stitch design.



Here's another one where I substituted the ribbons for a piece of card stock embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder.  Love them all - can't go wrong with the fabulous products from Stampin' Up!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Birthday Sampler

Here is another offering in my sampler series!  We met over this past weekend to make this birthday sampler - and it was so much fun to make!  Whether you choose to use a white frame, a black frame, or a platinum frame - and whether you choose to use black and white chevron ribbon, white organdy ribbon, or the Delicate Details Lace Tape with a button embellishment, they all turn out cute!





All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!  To order these great products, visit my 24/7 online store at www.pennythomas.stampinup.net.  The sampler recipe is as follows:

Recipe:

Paper:  Melon Mambo - 8 X 8; Silver Glimmer Paper - 6-1/2 X 6-1/2; Old Olive - 6-1/4 X 6-1/4; Crumb Cake - 6 X 6; Basic Black - 4-3/8 X 4-3/8; Whisper White scrap; Pumpkin Pie scrap; Melon Mambo scrap; Basic Black scrap; Silver Glimmer Paper scrap
Stamps:  Just Sayin'; Pennant Parade; A Dozen Thoughts; Birthday Cake; Sketched Birthday; Big Wish; Remembering Your Birthday
Inks:  Pumpkin Pie Marker; Old Olive Marker; Melon Mambo Marker; Basic Black; Melon Mambo; Pumpkin Pie; Old Olive; Basic Black Marker
Miscellaneous:  Stamp-a-ma-jig; Stampin' Dimensionals; Bitty Banners Framelits; Paper Snips; Basic Rhinestone Jewels; Big Shot Machine; 1-3/8" Square Punch; Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details; SNAIL Adhesive; Chevron Embossing Folder; 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch; Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishment (retired); Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Mini Glue Dots; Itty Bitty Punch Pack; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; 2-Way Glue Pen; Sticky Strip; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; Delicate Details Lace Tape - 7" long; Tasteful Trim Die; Neutrals Button; Brights Button; 3/4" Chevron Ribbon - 20" long (or White Organdy Ribbon - 20" long); Owl Builder Punch; Pinking Hearts Border Punch (retired); Postage Stamp Punch; 1" Square Punch; Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder; Star Punch (retired)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Petal Parade Card

It feels so good for it to almost be Easter!  We've had such a nasty winter - cold and wet - and I'm ready for spring!  This card embodies Easter and spring for me!  It looks so soft and elegant, so Easter......PLEASE get here quickly!  This is one of the items we made at my Friday Felicity.  LOVE IT!  Original Card Designer:  Joanne James

Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 11 X 4-1/4; Pool Party - 5-1/4 X 4; Whisper White - 5 X 3-3/4; Whisper White - 3-1/2 X 2; Pool Party - 2-1/2 X 1/2; Whisper White scrap
Stamps:  Petal Parade; Happy Watercolor
Inks:  Pistachio Pudding; Pool Party; Summer Starfruit; Basic Black
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Decorative Dots Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Scallop Tag Topper Punch; Summer Starfruit Twine - 7" long; Mini Glue Dots; Corner Rounder; Paper Snips:  SNAIL Adhesive; Pearl Jewels; Stamp-a-ma-jig


Eggstra Spectacular Easter Card

Isn't this adorable?  I really love this card.  This is another item we made at my Friday Felicity.  Doilies, bunnies, buttons, and polka dot paper?  Can't go wrong with that!  To order these products, visit my website at www.pennythomas.stampinup.net.  Original Card Designer:  My precious friend Jenny Peterson

Recipe:

Paper:  Smoky Slate - 11 X 4-1/4; Smoky Slate - 4-3/8 X 3-1/8; Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper - 4-1/4 X 3; Watercolor Paper; Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper - 3-1/2 X 3/4" and 3 X 1/2" for the banners; Smoky Slate - 2-3/4 X 1/4" for the banner
Stamps:  Eggstra Spectacular
Ink:  Smoky Slate; Basic Black Marker; Daffodil Delight Marker
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Sponge; Tea Lace Paper Doily; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; 1-3/4" Circle Punch; Paper Snips; Basic Metal Button; White Baker's Twine - 7" long; Blender Pens

Blessed Easter Card

Here's another item we made at my Friday Felicity.  Although it took some time to make, everyone loved it and felt it was too nice to send to anyone!  Ha!  These are the kinds of cards you use for home decor.  Prop it up on an easel and you have a beautiful home decor piece for Easter!  To order these products, visit www.pennythomas.stampinup.net.  Original Card Designer:  Natasha Schwecke

Recipe:

Paper:  Very Vanilla - 11 X 4-1/4; Crumb Cake - 5-1/4 X 4; Watercolor Paper - 5 X 3-3/4; Blushing Bride - 2-1/2 X 2-1/4 (for the tiny butterfly)
Stamps:  Blessed Easter; Hello Doily; Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Black Stazon; Crumb Cake; Pistachio Pudding; Blushing Bride
Miscellaneous:  SNAIL Adhesive; Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Blender Pens; Pearl Jewels; Paper Snips; Beautiful Wings Embosslits; Big Shot; 2-Way Glue Pen; Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon - 16" long; Mini Glue Dots

Scallop Tag Topper Box

Greetings, my friends!  Last Friday I offered a Friday Felicity event where we made four Easter items.  It was a lovely day - I truly enjoy my stamping buddies so much!  If you would like to order any of these great products, I'd be thrilled for you to do so on my website @ www.pennythomas.stampinup.net.  This is what we made!


Recipe:

Paper:  Pool Party - 6-1/2 X 2 - scored at 2-3/4 and 3-3/4; Pool Party - 1-1/2 X 1-1/2 - scored at 1/4" inch on two opposite sides to form the sides of the box; Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper - 2-1/4 X 1-3/4 (for the eggs); Pistachio Pudding - 6 X 3/4" (for the grass); Crisp Cantaloupe scrap; Whisper White scrap
Stamps:  Springtime Hello
Ink:  Basic Black
Miscellaneous:  Scallop Tag Topper Punch; Polka Dot Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Sticky Strip; 2-Way Glue Pen; Fringe Scissors; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Pearl Jewel; Paper Snips; Backyard Basics Framelits; SNAIL Adhesive; Mini Glue Dots; Crisp Cantaloupe Twine - 10" long; Linen Thread; Paper Piercer with Mat; Bitty Banners Framelits; Chocolate Nuggets (3)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tone on Tone Samplers

Hello to my blogger friends!  One of my recruits, Carolyn Gray, shared this cute sampler project with me.  I loved it so much, I made another one, adding a layer of our Silver Glimmer Paper and Pool Party card stock, embossed the white squares with polka dots, and popped up the banner pieces to give it a little more BLING!  I love how it turned out.





All of you know that I love tone-on-tone things, so I had to try my hand making this sampler in all Very Vanilla card stock.  I also tried making it in all Sahara Sand card stock with Pink Pirouette flowers.  They turned out beautifully!  I offered the Very Vanilla sampler, along with a Very Vanilla card, at my Thursday Therapy yesterday.  We had a wonderful time and everyone LOVED their samplers!  Thank you, Carolyn, for such a splendid idea!





Sampler Recipe:

Paper:  Very Vanilla - 7-1/2 X 5-1/2; 7-1/4 X 5-1/4; 7 X 5; 4 X 6 (you'll dry emboss on this layer); Very Vanilla scraps for the squares, the banners, the flowers, and the tag
Stamps:  Lovely Little Labels; Tiny Tags (sorry, this set is retired, but many CUTE current greetings will work for the tag)
Inks:  Basic Black or Early Espresso
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; SNAIL Adhesive; Embossing Folder of your choice; Big Shot Machine; Linen Thread - 22" long; Jewelry Tag Punch (retired); Paper Piercer with Mat; 1-3/8" Square Punch; 1-1/4" Square Punch; Banner Punch; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Mini Glue Dots; Pearls; Paper Snips; Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Card Recipe:

Paper:  Very Vanilla - 11 X 4-1/4; 4-3/4 X 3-1/2; 2-1/2 X 2-1/2 (for the Floral Fusion Sizzlits); 2-1/2 X 1/2"; Very Vanilla Scrap for the banners and the flowers
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (a retired set, but many CUTE current greetings will work)
Inks:  Early Espresso or Basic Black
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Decorative Dots Embossing Folder; Big Shot Machine; Gold Baker's Twine - 22" long; Banner Punch; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Mini Glue Dots; Pearls; Paper Snips; Floral Fusion Sizzlits; SNAIL Adhesive; Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Home Decor



Hello to my blogging friends!  I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything.  I've been out of action for a while.  I've received emails from some of you expressing concern and asking if I'm okay.  Right after Christmas, life tipped me upside-down a bit, but I'm doing fine.  I was afraid I might have to resign from Stampin' Up! to help care for my parents.   I will be cutting back on the events that I hold, but I'm hoping to stay active with Stampin' Up! so I can still enjoy my favorite hobby.

Here's a great project that I thought you might like.  During Christmas, I made a home decor piece just like this using the word "NOEL," and I placed a Red Glimmer Paper star above it.  It was adorable, so I thought why not try it for Valentine's Day, too!  Which one is your favorite?  It's too hard to pick!  It's a super-simple project, but has a big impact when placed in a nice stand.  Of course all of the supplies are from Stampin' Up!, and the recipe is below.

Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 8 X 8; Whisper White - 6 X 6; Whisper White scrap for the letters; Red Glimmer Paper for the heart
Stamps:  None
Inks:  None
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Alphabet Typeset Bigz Dies (retired, sorry!); Mini Glue Dots; Small Heart Punch; Rhinestone Jewel
Tip:  Instead of using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop the letters up, I rolled Mini Glue Dots into little balls and placed them in several places on the back of each letter.  This was so much easier than cutting the dimensionals into tiny little pieces.  I also found that it was easy to adjust the letters, if need be, using the Mini Glue Dots.  They move easily!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Card Workshop 2013

One of my favorite events of the year is my Christmas card workshop!  It is such a fun day to ring in the season with my stamping friends by making beautiful cards to send to our loved ones!  I had a total blast with everyone over the last several days as we drank hot cocoa, listened to Christmas music, and stamped our Christmas cards.  Below are the cards we made for this year's workshop.


Here's Card No. 1 of my Christmas card workshop.  Anything that is white on white or vanilla on vanilla will always be my favorite!  I love the crisp cleanness of this noel card.  Some of my stamping friends used a silver glimmer star or a red glimmer star - and it was fabulous that way, too!  I have no idea who originally designed this card.  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! - the greatest rubber stamp company in the world!

Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Whisper White - 5-1/4 X 4; Whisper White - 1-3/4 X 1-3/4 (for the Big Shot letters); Whisper White scrap or Silver Glimmer Paper or Red Glimmer Paper (for the star)
Stamps:  None
Inks:  None
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Typeset Alphabet Die; Big Shot; Mini Glue Dots; Merry Minis Punch Pack (star punch); Rhinestone Jewels; Paper Snips

Card No. 2 of my Christmas card workshop.  This adorable card reminds me of a candy cane!  It was originally designed by Bonnie Klass.  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!


Recipe:

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Whisper White - 5-1/4 X 4; Cherry Cobbler - 3-3/4 X 2-3/4; Whisper White - 3-1/2 X 2-1/2
Stamps:  Merry Little Christmas
Inks:  Old Olive Marker; Cherry Cobbler Marker
Miscellaneous:  Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Stampin' Dimensionals; Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon - 12" long; Rhinestone Jewels; Mini Glue Dots; Craft Scissors; Paper Snips; SNAIL Adhesive; Stamp-a-ma-jig

Card No. 3 of my Christmas card workshop.  This was almost everyone's favorite of all the cards.  The Silver Glimmer Paper peeking out from underneath the white top layer is so handsome!  I received this card in a card swap from Donna Gustafson during our Annual Demonstrator Retreat this past October.  It was perfect for my Christmas card workshop.  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!

Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 11 X 4-1/4; Red Glimmer Paper - 5-1/4 X 4; Whisper White - 5-1/8 X 3-7/8; Whisper White - 3-7/8 X 1-3/4
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree; Greetings of the Season
Inks:  Early Espresso; Old Olive Marker; Early Espresso Marker
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Sticky Strip; Stamp-a-ma-jig; 2-Way Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Card No. 4 of my Christmas card workshop.  Oh, boy!  To me, it doesn't get any better than this!  Very elegant, soft and white - luscious for Christmas!  I have no idea who originally designed this card, but to whomever it was, THANK YOU for rocking my stamping world with this card!  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!


Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 11 X 4-1/4; Whisper White - 4-1/4 X 1-3/4; Card Stock Vellum (for the poinsettia)
Stamps:  Joyful Christmas; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks:  Versamark
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Pretty Print Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Silver Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder; Paper Snips; Pearl Jewels

Card No. 5 of my Christmas card workshop.  This was another favorite of everyone's!  It looks so wintery and the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter finishes it off beautifully.  I have no idea who originally designed this card.  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!


Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Whisper White - 5-1/4 X 4; Whisper White - 5-1/4 X 1-3/4
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree; Special Season
Inks:  Versamark; Soft Sky; Smoky Slate
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Stamp-a-ma-jig; Silver Embossing Powder; White Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; 2-Way Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Stampin' Sponges

Card No. 6 of my Christmas card workshop.  I'm so glad I got this stamp set before it became unavailable!  I love it and will use it for many years to come!  This card design is from Stampin' Up!  The recipe is below.  All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! 



 Recipe:

Paper:  Whisper White - 11 X 4-1/4; Whisper White - 5-1/4 X 4
Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler; Marina Mist; Soft Sky; Pool Party
Miscellaneous:  Stampin' Dimensionals; Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine - 17-1/2" long; Craft Scissors; Rhinestone Jewels; Paper Snips

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Winter Sampler



The very first stamp set I purchased many, many, many years ago was "Happy Winter."  Funny thing is, it's still my favorite stamp set of all time!  I love the snowman, I love the simple tree and the delicate snowflakes, and the greeting is perfect.  This little stamp set has significant meaning to me because it all started here!  I pulled this old stamp set out the other day and felt the urge to make a winter sampler with it.  Here's what I came up with.  Hope you like it!  I will post the recipe soon, but I'm off in a mad dash to the Home for the Holidays Gift Market at the Merrell Center here in Katy, Texas today through Sunday where I have a booth to offer my little Happy Winter sampler for sale.  All I could make were 30 samplers and I hope my little snowmen find good homes!

Okay - the dust has settled, so here's the recipe!

Recipe:

Paper:  Very Vanilla - 8 X 8 - scored at 7" and 7-1/4" inches on all four sides; Silver Glimmer Paper - 5-1/2 X 5-1/2; Soft Sky - 5-1/4 X 5-1/4; Very Vanilla - 5 X 5; Very Vanilla - 4-1/4 X 4-1/4 (this piece is embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder); Silver Glimmer Paper - 3-1/4 X 3-1/4; Very Vanilla - 3 X 3 (this piece is embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder); Very Vanilla - 1-3/8 " squares punched out using the 1-3/8" Square Punch
Stamps:  Happy Winter (retired)
Inks:  Basic Black
Miscellaneous:  1-3/8" Square Punch; Postage Stamp Punch; 1" Square Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals; Sticky Strip; Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Pearl Jewels; Paper Snips; Victoria Lace Trim; Linen Thread; Mini Glue Dots; Vintage Faceted Button; Subtles Button