Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 19, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Today’s card design:



Chef is embossed with white embossing powder.


Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 18, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

For my “Shop ‘til You Drop” event, I designed several new cards that I’d like to share with you. 

All of the supplies used on these cards are from Stampin’ Up! – if you have any questions about the supplies or techniques used, feel free to comment or email me – I’ll post one a day for the next few days…

Here’s today’s card:



Crafting Frenzy!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 12, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

In an effort to get ready for the WCK Walls School “Shop ‘til You Drop” event this Friday night (6-9pm in Pitman, NJ if you’re interested in stopping by), I have been in an absolute crafting frenzy for the last few days!  I am hoping to show some new ideas using some of the latest Stampin’ Up! products and stamp sets…and I had sequestered myself to my craft room for a few days… 

Tonight I have finally emerged and I’d like to show you some of the projects I finished.  I could do SO much more…but my family is hungry and wearing mis-matched clothing – I suppose it’s time to get back to reality and finally do some grocery shopping and laundry.

Instead of overwhelming you with all the projects and cards in one post, I’ll break them up and post a new one (or two) for the next few days.

For the first post, I’ll show you the “Chinese Auction” prize that I put together (each vendor has to supply one for the event):


In the basket is a Stampin’ Up! catalog (of course!), an SU! gift certificate, some new, unmounted stamps (in a pretty little bag with a cute tag):


and a box of five all-occasion stamped cards and envelopes:


I used the stamp set, Enjoy Every Moment, to make the cards and tags for the basket.  I kept with an Pumpkin Pie/Chocolate Chip/Old Olive color palette to make it seem ”autumn-ish" – plus I just loved the little orange basket. :)

I also included an embellished frame with a Thanksgiving theme – I actually made two of them – one for the prize basket and one for a table display (and to use in my own home for the Thanksgiving holiday):



Because I only had a limited number of chipboard letters, the end results are slightly different.  This project was inspired by an idea that I saw in Stampin’ Success magazine, but was modified to match the supplies and frame that I had on hand.  By the way, I picked up these plain orange frames at Target on the 90 percent off Halloween aisle the other day (they cost me all of 60 cents). 

I removed the glass and started with a background of plain Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The leaves were cut from Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper using my Sizzix machine and were sewn on my sewing machine, inked and crinkled for dimension.  That’s really all there is too this project – a few more pieces of cardstock, some twine and ribbon and a few chipboard letters – simple, but I love how these turned out!

Now I bet you’re going to come to the Shop ’til You Drop night just to bid on this Chinese auction prize, aren’t you? 😉

Tune in tomorrow for a similar idea for a Christmas frame…


Vintage Page Birthday Card

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 5, 2008 in Cards, Crafts

We went to a birthday party this weekend for a little girl turning two and I took the opportunity to make a sweet little birthday card.

I found an adorable page in a vintage children’s book that I decided to use as the main focal point.  I added some chipboard, glitter and ribbon…here is the result:


It felt so good to do something creative again!  Between working, kids’ activities and everyday life, I haven’t had any time to just ‘play’ lately. 

But I signed up for a booth at our school’s annual Shop ‘Til You Drop event next Friday night (if any of you are in the Pitman area and would like to stop by, we’ll be at WCK Walls School from 7-9pm on 11/14) and have to start preparing this week.  I want to show off some of the new Stampin’ Up! stamps and products, so I’ll be exercising my creative muscle quite a bit between now and then…


Happy Birthday Michael!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Sep 27, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Family Stuff, Today's Photo

I just wanted to wish a happy birthday to my dear husband Michael.

Here’s the birthday card that I made for him (it’s so hard to make a nice masculine card, but I like how this one turned out using brown velvet and embossing):


Thanks, Michael, for sharing your life with me!


Yay! Stampin’ Up! Online Ordering!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Sep 10, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Other items, Scrapbooks

Good news – you can FINALLY order Stampin’ Up! products online – and it’s about time!

Just visit my Stampin’ Up! website (a link can also be found down below in my Blogroll) and click on the “Shop Now” button. 

Feel free to email me with any questions – happy shopping!!!!


Get Well, Ken!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Aug 23, 2008 in Cards, Crafts

My brother had surgery this week – hope you’re feeling better, Ken – and I made him a quick masculine get-well card:



Thank You Card

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Aug 21, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

I had a chance to play with some of my new Stampin’ Up! products for the first time the other day.  I made a quick thank you card for Ray and Barbara in Eagle River, Alaska to thank them for hosting us in their home last week.



I used two of the new In Colors – Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze – I love this combination!  I can see using Kiwi Kiss with a LOT of other colors as well.

I also used a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock and scalloped the edges with the new large scallop punch – so easy!

The flowers were stamped tone-on-tone with the Baja Breeze and then a few were embossed with white embossing powder.


Emily’s SpongeBob Card

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jul 12, 2008 in Cards, Crafts

My six-year-old daughter Emily made the BEST SpongeBob Squarepants birthday card for Matt….I just had to share!

Emily's SpongeBob

I helped her cut the cardstock and punch the holes…but other than that, Emily made one this all by herself.

Looks like we have another paper crafter in our family!


Board Shorts Invitations

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Jul 8, 2008 in Cards, Crafts

There’s nothing like procrastination when it comes to kids’ birthday parties and this year is no different.  Matt’s birthday is this Friday and I still hadn’t planned anything.

I decided to just make some sort of a decision and throw a small party this Sunday afternoon at Lake Kandle. 

Of course, I had no invitations since I waited so long to make a decision, so I needed something quick and easy.  I did a quick search on SplitcoastStampers and was inspired by these cute board shorts by TxCardMaker.  Here’s my version:


I started with a piece of cardstock in the standard 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 folded size.  Then I marked about 1 inch from the edge of each top fold and cut a diagonal line with my paper cutter. 

Then I adhered some patterned paper from Basic Grey on the front of the card and trimmed it from behind with my paper trimmer.  I cut out the middle of the shorts with a pair of scissors and added some eyelets and twine for the tie.  I also ran the top piece of cardstock through a crimper for an “elastic” look.

Not bad for last minute…

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