Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ippity Stamps in stock

Hi everyone!  It's been awhile since I have posted anything about my Ippity Stamps for sale.  With the craziness of my summer, the Summer release came and went without much fanfare from me.  But, YES, I am an Ippity Chick!!  

What is Ippity?  Well, Ippity is a stamp line from Unity Stamp Co that can only be bought from peeps like me!  The stamps are red rubber mounted on cling and can be used with any acrylic block.  They are die cut, so no cutting required!  I have an Ippity Sales blog where you can see and purchase these amazing stamp sets.

Here are a few best sellers that I have in stock from the current Summer release:
You Deserve - $8.50
Authentic Man - $15
House a Home - $15

Here are a few best sellers that I have in stock from the Spring release:
Delightful Little Things - $18.00 
Aren't these the cutest?!?  I have many more sets in stock, so check out my sales blog!!

How about a little blog candy?  

I will give the amazing mini set, Books a' Flutter to a random commenter!  Just let me know which of these sets you like the most.  I will take comments through Saturday, noon (PST) and I will post the winner on Sunday.  Thanks and good luck!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

P.S.  I just added several cards to my Etsy store.  For a limited time, all my cards are listed for only $4.00 each! 


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

JustRite Friday sketch challenge

Hi everyone!  I had a chance to play along with JustRite Stampers Friday challenge today!  This week was a sketch.  Loved this one!
My card uses my favorite JR Christmas set, Groovy Snowman.  Too cute, I tell ya!  I used pattern papers from Cosmo Cricket, Mitten Weather.  I colored the image with Copic markers and added some Tiny Twinkles.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Stamp Simply JR stamps can be seen here

Card Deets:
Stamps - Groovy Snowman (JR Stampers)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Kraft, Ridinghood Red, cream and Mitten Weather
Accessories - Swiss Dots EF, circle nesties, copic markers, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Baker's twine in red, buttons, sponge


Monday, September 27, 2010

Stuff and stuff and a card (that I don't like)

Hi everyone!  Ever get into a great card making groove and then, POOF!  Gone?  Where did my mojo go?  I have a card to share, but I really don't like it.  The sad thing is it took me TWO DAYS to make.  Yep.  I kept coming back to it and tinkering.  In the end, it's "not all that and a bag of chips", but I thought I would share one of my, "I don't like it, and it will go straight into the birthday card stash" cards.  lol.

It's got good bones.  Good colors.  Just OFF.  Oh well.  The balloons are from Verve's Birthday Bash, the sentiment is from Big Wish and the frame is from PTI's Framed set.
I also have a couple of random pics to share.  This is what happens when Oregon GETS NO SUN OVER THE SUMMER!  What up with that?  The carrots in my garden TRIED.  Yes, they did.  I put the "larger" ones to the right, we ate those.  Still pretty tasty, and my boys got a kick out of eating them with the greenage on the bottom, "just like a bunny"!!  Don't these look like carrots for Barbie dolls?
Remember my garage remodel?  Here is a reminder picture of my favorite part.
Well, the final touch was to get a large piece of carpet!!  You see, my little tootsies are spoiled and don't want to touch concrete in the winter (yikes) on the way to and from the laundry.  So, I went to my local carpet store and bought this large remnant for $25 dollars (it's a high quality residential carpet, not commercial grade).  I cut out around the washer and dryer (with a utility knife) to make a perfect fit.  LOVE this carpet.  I have been asked and YES, I will vacuum it!  And when it gets all goobered up over the winter, it can easily be replaced with another in the spring!
See that laundry hamper to the left of the washer?  LOVE it!  It was $13 at IKEA, the Antonius.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Friends with Flair -girlie giggle

Hi everyone and welcome to Friends with Flair!  It's been awhile, but I love it when I have time to play along!  Angela has the master list of all the 50 designers participating in the FWF this week, so take a lookie at the Unity Blog for the names/links of everyone.

I have had the amazing Unity set, Treasure To Me for some time now.  Shamefully, this is the first chance to use it!  I used the adorable dress form image and pieced the dress and hat with pattern papers from Pixie-Licious and Mitten Weather (told you the purples matched!).  The ribbon is Green striped twill and it matches the greens in these Cosmo Cricket collections perfectly.  Happy sigh...  I colored the purse, hat box and shoes with copic markers.

I used a ton of bling from Taylor's Tiny Twinkles 
 and my brand new border punch called Bumpy Road.  I love the bubbly whimsical feel to it!  And who doesn't need a new punch now and again?  lol!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy more Unity goodness on the hop!

Card Deets:
Stamps: Treasure to Me (Unity)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Certainly Celery and Pixie-Licious/Mitten Weather PP (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Green striped twill ribbon, Jute string and Label's Four nestabilities (Stamp Simply Ribbon store), prima hydrangea flower, Taylor's Twinkles, Bumpy Road border punch (EK Success), Copic markers and button from Pinkhedgehog Papercrafts

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Verve cards with NEW papers!

Hi everyone!  I just love Cosmo Cricket.  Yep.  I do.  I am totally smitten with their new Christmas paper pad, Mitten Weather and Pixie-Licious is DELICIOUS!  And, bonus -the purple colors in both coordinate!  The Stamp Simply Ribbon store is now fully stocked with all the new Cosmo Cricket release 6x6 paper pads and lots more (Kaisercraft, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, etc)!!
My first card is for the September Week 3 of the Viva La Verve challenges. I chose picture 1 for my inspiration.  The sentiment is from Verve's Big Wish set. I colored it in with copic markers. I thought my new Cosmo Cricket, Pixie-Licious pattern paper was a perfect match for the wall vinyl! The flower is a Trellis Rose in purple from Prima. The ribbon is 1/4" silk in purple.  I have to admit, that bottom circle part on the sketch really threw me, but I flashed back to last week's sketch by Mercy and used a ring instead of a solid circle.  

My second card uses a sentiment from Verve's Always on my Mind set stamped on a doilie.  I have had these doilies forEVER and couldn't figure out how to use them until I saw this card from Tiffany.  The sketch is this week's CPS185.  I loved this one and used the amazing papers from Crate Paper's, Restoration 6x6 pad.  More primas on this one too.  The larger one is from the Prima Trellis Roses Coral pack and the smaller one is from the Prima Innoscence Collection.  I lightly sponged both with some blue ink to blend better with the pattern paper.
I got all fancy with the stitching on this card and it was a total nightmare!  lol!  You should see the back.  Thankfully the front turned out looking good. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets (VLV):
Stamps - Big Wish
Ink - memento tuxedo black
Paper - vintage cream and Hawaiian shores cardstock, Cosmo cricket pixie-Licious pp
Accessories - Prima flower, circle and square nestabilities and silk ribbon

Card Deets (CPS):

Stamps - Always on my Mind
Ink - memento tuxedo black
Paper - Vintage Cream and Restoration PP (Crate Paper)
Accessories - Prima flowers, doilie (Little Yellow Bicycle), green twill ribbon, stickles, green rhinestones


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Circle card tutorial

Hi everyone!  With my recent posting of circle cards, I have received many questions about how I make them.  Earlier this year I posted a tutorial on the Ippity stamps blog and thought I would repost it here, so you all could see.

I make them using my Nestability circle dies from Spellbinders. I use my Cuttlebug to do all my die cutting and it works perfectly. To start, I cut the cardstock 8 1/2"x 4 1/2" and score in the middle:
Next, fold the cardstock and place your largest die with the top of the die just over the top of the fold. This is very important, as this will be the top fold of your card.Here is the picture from the angle that you cut. You need to remember that the "pointy" part of the die faces UP to your B Plate. You can see from the past impression on my C Plate, I have done this WRONG before. Man oh man I had trouble getting the die OFF the plate!Run it thru your machine and if you use thick cardstock, like PTI, run it back and forth a couple times just to make sure it cuts both layers. When you are done, it will look like this:Next, you can work on the inner layers of your card. For my card, I wanted the first layer to be white with a strip of embossed Kraft thru the middle. I layered them both at the same time, but you could just as easily do the white piece first and fiddle around to decide what you need next.
One tip I have is to tape the die down to the cardstock to prevent any moving. This is especially important when die cutting around an image already stamped. I use a small piece of tape, be sure to place the sticky tape to the OUTSIDE of your die-not touching the inside. That way it won't accidentally tear your cardstock. Here is a close up of my tape, you can tell that I use this tape over and over. I keep it taped to my area for quick access. Hey, it doesn't have to be pretty to work!Here is the finished card. Well, I hope this was useful to you. If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email and I can post the answers on a upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Devoted (Ippity Stamps)
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - Chocolate Chip, white, kraft
Accessories - Burlap String and gingham ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon store), score-pal, swiss dots EF, sakura pink glitter pen, buttons from the Fuschia collection (Pinkhedgehog Papercrafts)


Saturday, September 18, 2010

A couple challenge cards

Hi everyone!  I have a couple challenge cards to share tonight.  Yes, more circle cards -WHAT!  LOL!  I can't help it, I am on a roll and with all my Spellbinder dies out it makes it easier for me!

First up, a double challenge card.  I haven't played along with Cath's Tuesday Trigger in forEVAH, so I made some time tonight JUST before the deadline of tomorrow -LOL!  This card is also for Technique Tuesday's challenge (TTSCS4) to use a flower image on your card.  The little stems image are from the set, Long Stemmed Sentiments. I thought they would be perfect for that amazing lipstick image!! The paper is from the new Cosmo Cricket, Winter Mittens paper (LOVE) and some Baker's Twine and Taylor's Twinkles finish the look.

Next I had a chance to play along this week's SCS sketch challenge.  Only I turned it into a circle card!  heehee!  I used Verve's new set, Carpe Cupcake. I couldn't figure out how to put a sentiment on this one. hummm... I pieced the cupcake bottom with the adorable pattern paper from October Afternoon, Ducks in a Row. Again, I used the tiny rhinestones from Taylor's Twinkles to the cupcake "sprinkles". Both the pattern paper and the bright and lovely twill ribbon are from the Stamp Simply Ribbon store.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Card Deets (Trigger Tuesday):
Stamps - Long stemmed sentiments(Tech Tuesday)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - vintage cream, pure poppy CS and Mitten Weather PP
Accessories - dotted scallop border punch, circle nestabilities, SU butterfly embosslit die, copic markers, bakers twine, sponge

Card Deets (Sketch challenge):
Stamps - Carpe Cupcake (Verve)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - blushing bride, vintage cream, Ducks in a Row PP
Accessories - Taylor's twinkles, circle nestabilities, copic markers, twill ribbon and silver cord


Friday, September 17, 2010

Stamp Simply blog hop winner and another circle card

Hi everyone!  The Stamp Simply Ribbon store blog hop winner comes from comments left on my blog this month!  Woohoo! chose:

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...
Michelle, this gift set is beyond words!!! So it!! Hugs, Sabrina
Congrats Sabrina!!  You win this FABULOUS Kaisercraft Utopia Kit:

Please contact Sharon at and be sure to put "Blog Hop Winner" in the subject line.

I also have a card to share, yep another circle card!  Have you seen enough of these from me lately?  Well today's Fall To Layout sketch was A CIRCLE card.  So how could I not play along?  heehee! 

My card uses the lovely papers from Webster's Pages, Garden Gala Triple pack.  Can't get enough of these lovely prints.  The ribbon is the Wrinkled ribbon in cream, the thinness of this ribbon makes it perfect to make double bows with!  The perfectly matched Kaiser Pearls are in Blush, Latte and Bliss.
See the stamped border on both sides of the sentiment?  I used a rectangle frame stamp from the JustRite Stampers set, Victorian Nested Frames & Occasions.  Here's what I did with the stamp to get the borders that close together.  I cut the frame at all 4 corners and placed them closer together on the stamping block.  I've cut my stamps before, don't be afraid to do this!!
Because of the nature of JustRite stamps and their stamping blocks, putting the cut pieces back together in the original rectangle is EASY!  See?  Just snap them on and good as new:

That's it for tonight!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

The Stamp Simply Kaisercraft Utopia KIT can be seen here, along with all other KITS available.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Victorian Nested Frames and Occasions (JustRite Stampers)
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - Cream cardstock, Garden Gala triple pack (Webster's Pages)
Accessories - ribbons, circle nestabilities, and pearls (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Easy peasy Color Couture cards

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Hi everyone!  So awhile back I bought the PTI Color CoutureVolumes 7-9.  I just love the fun whimsical feel Dawn designs in these little sets.  Well, they have been staring at me for over a month begging me to use them -LOL!   So my game plan was to cut out all the pieces, then I pulled my matching cardstock and die cut them out in the various circle card components.  Then it was a matter of mixing and moving things around them until I liked it.

Wanna guess how many I got done?  Here's the first one:
 Here is the second:
 Here is the third:
 Nope, didn't stop at card 4
 Whoa!!  5 cards?  
 Nope!  I MADE 6 CARDS!!  All easy peasy using these cute little sets and very little else!!
 Here are what the Color Couture sets look like, cute huh?  I still have to dive into Volume 7, but in the meantime -see that baggie?  That has all the Volume 8 and Volume 9 stuff I didn't use -well over half!!  Well, after making three cards from each, I can't see myself making more, so I would like to share!  

If you would like the rest of Volumes 8 and 9, just leave me a comment and your email address and I would be happy to send them to you!  First come, first served. Edited: spoken for!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!