Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Sale at i {heart} papers!!!

The leftovers are all put away, and now it's time for some serious fun! The fabulous i {heart} papers Black Friday sale is finally here!

Here are the details:

FREE SHIPPING on US orders $25 or more ($75 or more for Canadian orders) PLUS…

  • For every $50 spent, you will receive a $10 gift certificate towards a future purchase. That’s like an automatic 10% off coupon ON EVERYTHING – even new and sale items! Orders do not combine however they are incremental, meaning, a single order of $50 earns you one $10 gift certificate and a single order of $100 earns a $20 reward certificate. You cannot however place one order for $20 and another for $30 and qualify for the gift certificate. Additionally at $45 order and $55 order does not qualify for you for a $20 reward.
  • Qualification amount does not include shipping total – it is merchandise total only.
  • Following the sale, on December 1, you will receive a one-time use $10 gift certificate for every $50 order you place during the qualification period. Minimum order amount for qualification is $50.
  • Gift Certificate purchases are not included in the sale.
  • Rewards certificates are valid for redemption beginning December 1, 2009.
  • Reward certificates are transferable.
  • Sales runs 12:01am (EST) Friday November 27 – 11:59pm (EST) Sunday November 29
  • You must enter the Coupon code from the banner ad at the time of ordering.
  • Can not be redeemed for cash or combined with any other discounts/coupons.
Have fun!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mazel Tov, Joseph!

This weekend I had the privilege of witnessing my nephew Joseph become a Bar Mitzvah. He did a magnificent job and I am so proud of the impressive young man he has become! And I suppose I must forgive him for suddenly being taller than his Aunt Carolyn.

jm-barmitzvah-book-closedThe prayer shawl he wore was a beautiful burgundy/black iridescent silk, so I wanted the packaging for his gift to tie in with the colors. I borrowed Nichole’s Bank Book & Box idea and did it in Scarlet Jewel and Brushed Gold.

jm-barmitzvah-book-open This is an awesome way to package up a gift of cash, but you could also slip a check into the gold cord instead.

Anyhow, it was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of family and lots of food! And I’m sure Joseph (and his mother) is glad it’s all over with!


What I used:
Stamps: PTI Mazel Tov
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark, Copic markers
Paper: SU Brushed Gold, PTI Scarlet Jewel & Vintage Cream
Other: gold embossing powder, gold satin ribbon, gold cord,
gold brads, Nestabilities,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

IHP November DT Challenge

Every month, Deb Felts, our i {heart} papers Design Team Challenge Dominatrix Torturer Coordinator, assigns us a task.nov-challenge-sample In the past, there have been challenges based on specific products or themes. This month, however, Deb showed us a card that she especially liked (made by Joanne Grzelak) and challenged us to use it as a sketch to base our own cards on. Pretty card, yes? Hmmmm. But did anyone realize that in order to get those triangles to line up that way, you had to do MATH?!!!!

I resisted the temptation to call my son the Math Doctor (yes, he really does have a PhD in Mathematics), and kinda figured it out myself. And just to be contrary, I flipped the layout around. Here is my answer to the challenge:


Now, if you know me at all, you know that I do NOT like snow. At all. It’s pretty to look at… for about 10 seconds. Then I’m over it. So when I saw this Changito Snow Play set, I knew it would be mine if only for the “make it stop” stamp!

But there certainly are a lot of snowflakes on this card! The snowflake embellishment was made using Nestabilities Create a Flake 1 and a bit of Icicle Stickles. The patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly 6” pad. And texture is added to the Sweet Blush (PTI) strip of cardstock with a Quickutz Snowflake embossing folder. All of these supplies (except the cardstock) are from i {heart} papers, of course.

OK, if you’ve read this far, you deserve to know how to make the triangles :-)

For the big one, start with a 4” square of white cardstock. Along one side of it, make a little mark at 2”. Now connect that spot to the 2 opposite corners to form a triangle and cut it along the lines. For the smaller ones, do the same thing starting with 2” squares marked at 1” along one side. I just hand-trimmed the Hibiscus Burst (PTI) layer around it. (If you look closely, the angles on this card are a wee bit off because I goofed a little on the measurements of my large triangle, but you get the benefit of my experience!)

We’d love it if you took the challenge yourself. Go ahead, I dare you! And if you do, please let me know and post it to the Splitcoast and/or Papercraft Planet galleries tagged with “ihp1109” so we can find it.

And check out what the rest of the DT did with the challenge:


Happy stampin’!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Let’s Party!


Today marks the i {heart} papers release of yet another adorable stamp set from Chicken Girl Design. This one is called Birthday Wishes, and the images in this, as in all of Jannie Ho’s sets, just beg to be paper-pieced. So I couldn’t resist making a pink elephant for this card; don’t you see pink elephants when you party?!!

The paper is all from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6x6 pad. I lightly edged the rectangles with a black marker to set them off a little against the Sweet Blush (PTI) base. I used the layout from the Saturday Sketch Challenge #124 (sort of). 

Remember, Chicken Girl Design stamps are ONLY available from i {heart} papers. So go get your hands on this brand-new set and make something adorable! And when you post it in the Splitcoast or Papercraft Planet galleries, don’t forget to tag it with IHPCGD so we can all find it.

Have a great week, and stay tuned tomorrow for the IHP Design Team Challenge.


Friday, November 13, 2009

A Holiday Card You Can Play With!

TESC91The general concept for this card came to me as I was falling asleep the other night; I wanted to find another way to use the Shake It Pouch for something other than the standard shaker card. When I saw Taylor’s sketch challenge today, it was so perfect for my idea that I had to try it right away! 

First, here’s the card:holidaypeace-gameNice, yes? Fits Taylor’s sketch, pretty colors, blah, blah, blah…  But let’s take another look at that wreath:

holidaypeace-inset1Do you remember those little games where you have to get the little balls into the holes? That’s what I made here! I spent half the morning looking for the right image to use, and once I found this wreath in Papertrey’s 2008 Holiday Tag Collection, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

Here’s a little rundown of how I did it. First of all, I used a small circle Shake It Pouch (available at i {heart} papers) for the game. The base is actually 3 layers of white cardstock, cut with circle Nestabilities to the size of the outer dimension of the shaker piece. The top layer is stamped, then attached with lots of adhesive to the second layer. I then punched holes through both layers using an eyelet punch (Silent Setter that I haven’t used in eons!). Then I attached the third white layer to the back, being careful to only use glue around the edges and in the center so there would be no glue near the holes.

Then I applied the red Liquid Pearls to the outer dots and waited (forever!) for it to dry before I put the little gold balls into the holes, peeled the sticky backing off the outer edge of the shaker pouch, and stuck it onto the whole thing. BTW, the little gold balls are small edible dragées that I got at the baking supply store. If you can’t find those, you can use the silver dragées they sell in the supermarket which are a bit bigger. Just use a larger punch for the holes.

The frame was made by nesting plain circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities, and I used my Martha pine bough punch for additional embellishment.

I used PTI Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado, SU! Brushed Gold cardstock, and the Basic Grey Wassail 6x6 pad.

This was a really fun card to make, and I confess that I’ve played with it several times already! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just Skating By…

 jannie-skating-bday1 It’s not every day you get to make a birthday card for someone using stamps they designed! And now that I know she’s received it, I can share it with you!

When I saw the magical marquee card that Diana Gibbs made a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to make one, so I followed her link to JanTink’s awesome tutorial. As luck would have it, the designer of these stamps (Jannie Ho) had a birthday coming up, and these little guys from Just Skating By were perfect for what I had in mind.

Now here’s the magic — when you open the card, this is what you see:


Fun!!!! And not as difficult as it looks, especially with JanTink’s tutorial. I had to hand write the greeting inside, because even though I have 65 million stamps, I didn’t have a “happy birthday” with the right kind of font! And that birthday cake in the middle? That’s a sneak peek from Jannie’s new set that will be released exclusively by i {heart} papers next week.

Jannie, I hope you loved the card as much as I loved making it! And I hope your birthday was as special as you are!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

For sweet little Henry

hello-monkey1 This week has been a very sad one. Henry Morgan Anderson, the 3 year old son of our former DT member Sarah Anderson and her husband Darrin, died Monday, November 2, 2009, after being unable to overcome a virus that made him ill last week. Henry enjoyed almost daily visits to the local zoo. There, he would watch the feeding and care given to the various animals.

Lorie Ames has organized a way to donate for a memorial for Henry. As a memorial, trees will be planted at that zoo in his honor. Melissa at Pink Cat Studio has created a digital stamp to help raise funds for a tree for Henry. I’ve used the digital stamp in my card above, as well as a digital greeting that Melissa has available on the site. All proceeds from the sale of the digi stamp, minus Paypal costs, will go towards the tree.

If you would like to donate towards the tree, please visit PCS to purchase the digi stamp that I used on my card today. Another way to donate to the memorial is to print out this form and mail in your donation directly. You can send in any amount using the form. The funds will be pooled.

Please be sure to write on the form that the donation is for Sarah Anderson’s son, Henry. Once all of the money is collected, a tree and location will be selected. If you have questions about the form please contact Lorie Ames. Lorie will be in contact with Sarah along this memorial journey to ensure that her wishes are followed.

To contact Lorie, please visit her blog.

If you don’t know Sarah and would like to learn more about her, please visit her blog.

Thank you for your help in raising money for a tree for Henry.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Birthday Blog Candy WINNER!

A big "Thanks" to all of you who entered and are now my blog followers, and to all those who wished me a happy birthday. It was, indeed!

I'm happy to announce that LISA LOU is the winner of the blog candy! Lisa, please contact me at cmustopa (@) with your mailing address so I can get your goodies out to you.

Have a great Monday!