Saturday, February 28, 2015

Journal It! # 30

Journal prompt:

What was the downtown in your childhood hometown like? Tell about it. 

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Friday, February 27, 2015

By the Seashore Greeting Card

Here's another project that I created this week using the Stampin' Up! By the Seashore stamp set.

By the Seashore stamp set, Stampin' Up!, , Trude Thoman, Feel Good sentiments, greeting card
The Designer Series paper is from the Stampin' Up! 2015 spring Occasions catalog. It is called Something Borrowed and the designs are perfect for wedding occasions, but I like how it looks on this card too.

I used the masking technique for most of the shells on this card.

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Have a blessed day,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Journal It! # 29

Journal prompt du jour,

What are some of your favorite memories of your cousins as children?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

By the Seashore Treat Bag

I've been having fun creating projects with the By the Seashore stamp set. Here's the first of 4 projects, using this Stampin' Up! set, that I will be sharing with you. It's a treat bag and a gift tag.

treat bag, Stampin' Up!, Trude Thoman,, By the Seashore, gift tag

I used the Chevron gift bag and stamped a bunch of shells on Whisper White card stock. The little dots are sparkly, but it doesn't really show up well in the photo. I used a 1/4" circle punch and a 1/8" circle punch to punch circles from Dazzling Details Glimmer paper and scattered them around the piled shells.

For the tag, I used the chevron embossing folder and some Sahara Sand ink rubbed on with a sponge dauber. The dots on the tag are punched from gold foil paper. The strings are linen thread.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Journal It! # 28

Journal prompt of the day:

Tell about a favorite activity when you were in elementary school.

Write the prompt in your journal and then, Journal It!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome Banner Vintage Style

This is the Welcome Banner that was created for this month's banner class.

You will notice in the close-up shots that there are a few items that are not Stampin' Up! I wanted a vintage look and I just kept adding things. I have some Stampin' Up! buttons on there, but added some from my collection of extra buttons. I also added some beads around the buttons to fill it in a little. The beads are also not Stampin' Up! And I must confess that I do not have any Stampin' Up! Alphabet stamps or dies...well, I do, but they are tucked away on another shelf because Stampin' Up! retired my sets and I haven't replaced them with the new sets. I pulled out some rub-ons that I had from years ago and used them. But if you have Stampin' Up! letters or dies you can use them. If you use the letter stamps just stamp the letters with white craft ink, wait for them to dry (or use a heat tool to hurry the process) and then color over the letters with your desired color of Blendabilities. Works beautifully!

Products I used:
Baked Brown Sugar card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Basic Black card stock, Typset Specialty Designer Series paper, Natural Filter paper, Gold Baker's twine, Linen thread, Regals and Subtles Designer Buttons, Stampin' Sponges, Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' ink pad, Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' ink pad, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, Project Life corner punch, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Stampin' Up! Bigz Large doily die (retired), sewing machine to ruffle filter paper, Pary Pennants Bigz L die

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Journal It! # 27

Today's journal prompt-

How was your hometown's downtown decorated for Christmas when you were a child? Describe it.

Write the prompt and then, Journal It!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Journal It! # 26

Journal It! Prompt #26

After high school, did you go to college or have any vocational training?

Write the prompt and Journal It!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lego Birthday Card

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Boys Will Be Boys stamp set was one of the Weekly Deals? Well, I took advantage of the deal and bought the set. Here is my first card using it. I'm sure I will be putting it to good use, I have many nieces and nephews and a grandson that enjoy playing with Lego style building blocks.

Trude Thoman, Stampin' Up!, stamp with trude, Boys Will Be Boys, Lego style building blocks, Birthday card, masculine

Yes, I went for a simple composition for this one. Most boys don't care about all the froof anyway, so I kept it basic with no ribbons or fluff.

I had planned to use the Modern Label punch to punch the sentiment out of the Garden Green card stock, but it is a tad too long for the punch, so I opted for the framelit from the Project Life Framelit set. I like how it looks and it is not as fussy as the Modern Label punch. 

Products I used:
Paper- Daffodil Delight card stock, Pacific Point card stock, Real Red card stock, Whisper White card stock, Garden Green card stock
Stamps- Boys will be Boys
Ink- Momento Black ink pad, Craft White ink pad, Blendabilities markers
Other- Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Project Life framelits, Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a blessed day,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Journal It! # 25

Journal It! journal prompt-

How did you learn to cook? Who taught you and at what age?

Write the prompt and, Journal It!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Journal It! # 24

Journal It!- 24
Journal prompt: What are some things that make you happy? Why?

Write the prompt then, Journal It!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

1 Last Valentine Triple Play

Okay, I know that yesterday was Valentine's Day, but I still have one left to share.
This is a card that Brian King designed, I recreated it because I liked what he had done. I used heart rhinestone (not Stampin' Up!) where he used candy dots. And I used Shimmery White card stock where he used Whisper White. Other than that it is  pretty much a direct case.

trude thoman, stampwithtrude, valentine, You Plus Me, Stampin' Up!, Twitterpated

Then I wanted to see what it would look like with some of the other fun papers from the Stacked With Love Designer Series paper stack, so I created this one. It is the same layout that Brian created but the printed papers are different, and of course I used the Shimmery White card stock and the heart shaped rhinestones.

trude thoman, stampwithtrude, valentine, You Plus Me, Stampin' Up!

I thought this would be a fun one to give to my husband, but there was too much pink, so I used Brian King's same card layout and switched out the color of the card base.

trude thoman, stampwithtrude, valentine, You Plus Me, Stampin' Up!

Yup, that works for me!

List of products:
Papers- Pirouette Pink card stock, Real Red card stock, Shimmery White card stock, Stacked with Love Designer Series paper stack, Basic Black card stock
Stamp Set- You Plus Me
Ink- Whisper White craft ink
Other- Heart framelits collection, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Confetti heart punch, heart rhinestones (not Stampin' Up!)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Journal It! # 23

Journal prompt- 23

Tell about an activity you liked to do with your family when you were a child.

Write the prompt in your journal- then Journal It!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sweet card for Valentine's Day

Here's another card that can be used for Valentine's Day or some other special day. If I had a granddaughter I would use it as a special "thinking of you" card. 

You Plus Me,, Trude Thoman, Stampin' Up!, Valentine, thinking of you

I used the You Plus Me stamp set from the Stampin' Up! spring occasions catalog. 

Paper- Pink Pirrouette card stock, Basic Black card stock, Whisper White card stock, Gold Foil sheet
Ink- Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' ink, Real Red Classic Stampin' ink, Whisper White craft ink
Stamp set- You Plus Me
other- Washi tape, Gold Baker's twine, 1/4" circle punch

Tip: You can use gold sequins instead of the 1/4" gold punched circles.

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Thanks for visiting! Have a blessed day,

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Journal It! # 22

Here's your prompt for today:
What are some of the chores you did when you were growing up?

Write the prompt in your journal- then Journal It!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spring Flutter Butterfly Basics Card

I'm sure that spring is on the way. I noticed tonight that it was after 5 PM and it wasn't dark yet! That is something that cheers me up. I hope this card will cheer you too!

Butterfly Basics,, Stampin' Up!, spring card, Sale-A-Bration, free Stampin' Up! products

I used Sale-A-Bration Designer Series paper for the background of this card. You can get it free with a $50.00 purchase!

Other products I used:
Paper: Calypso Coral card stock, Soft Sky card stock, Crushed Curry card stock, Whisper White card stock, white computer paper
Ink: Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' ink
Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics
Other: Whisper White thick Baker's twine, Sale-A-Bration button set, Butterfly thinlit dies, Darling Doily die, medium pearls, Glue dots

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Journal It! # 21

Here's today's prompt:
What are your cooking skills like? What is your favorite thing to cook?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bootiful Day Greeting Card

Here's something that I am looking forward to...Sunshine. Kick off those boots!

Bootiful Occasions,, Stampin' Up!, Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic, spring card
I used Bootiful Occasions, Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic, and Crazy About You stamp sets to create this card.

Papers: Rich Razzleberry card stock, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Jet Black Stazon ink
Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Pacific Point

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Journal It! # 20

Today's journal prompt:
What Thanksgiving traditions do you enjoy today?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Painted Petals Valentine

Next week is Valentine's Day. Are you ready? Here's a valentine that could be used for other occasions as well. It would be a cute birthday card or a sweet friendship card. Maybe it would make a nice anniversary card or a cheery greeting card for someone special. , Trude Thoman, Painted Petals, Valentine card, Stampin' Up!
The Painted Petals stamp set is a 2-step stamp set. I stamped the flowers first and then I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to put the stems where I wanted them.

Have you noticed the Confetti heart border punch in the spring Occasions catalog? I used it for the border at the bottom of the card, but I also used it to punch some tiny hearts out of red glimmer paper to use for the centers of the roses.

Painted Petals stamp set
Products I used:
Paper- Real Red card stock, Whisper White card stock, Stacked with Love DSP paper stack,
--------red glimmer paper
Stamp Set- Painted Petals
Classic Stampin' ink- Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Other- 1/4" Real Red cotton ribbon, Confetti heart border punch

Friday, February 6, 2015

Journal It! # 19

The prompt for today- What is your favorite weather? Why?

Write the prompt in your journal, then Journal It!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Crazy About You Father's Day Card

Yup, I know it is WAY too early to think about special days during the summer. But, I was pulling out stamps to stamp with that I hadn't used in a while, or not at all, and ended up doing a Father's Day card! I have a new set that is in the Stampin' Up! spring occasions catalog and it is called Crazy About You. It has Many different words and phrases in it that are interchangeable. I also have the Blue Ribbon stamp set that is in the annual catalog and haven't inked it up in awhile, so I decided to use them together. I also pulled out my Stampin' Up! Color Coach and started looking through it for some color combination ideas and decided to use this color combination.

Crazy about you stamp set, Blue ribbon stamp set,, Trude Thoman, Stampin' Up!, Father's Day card
I know it is hard to see in this photo, but I used the Confetti stars border punch to punch a bunch of tiny Silver stars from Silver Glimmer paper and then I scattered them over the card.

I used:
Paper: Pacific Point card stock, Daffodil Delight card stock, Whisper White card stock, Silver glimmer paper
Ink: Old Olive, Pacific Point
Marker: Daffodil Delight
Stamp Sets: Crazy About You, Blue Ribbon
Other: Washi Tape, Confetti Stars border punch

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Journal It! # 18

Journal prompt- Did you have a favorite spot to go to as a child when you wanted to be left alone? Where was it?

Write the prompt in your journal, then Journal It!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Big News Thank You Card

Big News in bright and bold color combination.

This star paper in the Irresistibly yours Designer Series Paper pack is just one of 6 designs and there are 2 sheets of each design. , Trude Thoman, Stampin' Up!, Big News stamp set, emboss resist technique, Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, thank you card, Sale-A-Bration, free paper pack

Products I used:
Paper- Tempting Turquoise card stock, Whisper White card stock, Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP, Melon Mambo card stock
Ink- Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
Markers- Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Sets- Big News, Be the Star
Other- Stampin' Sponges, star rhinestones

This card says Thank you on the inside, but It would make a great encouragement card for a child that has done a great job, or a congratulations card for a promotion.

Have a blessed day,

Monday, February 2, 2015

Journal It! # 17

Today's Journal It prompt:

Do you remember the names of your elementary school teachers? List them. Highlight your favorites and tell something about them.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Choose Happiness Friendship Card

Here's a card I made today with a set that I haven't had a chance to use much and another set that I haven't previously used at all!

I wanted to create a card with the Banner Banter stamp set that has been in my drawer for probably a year. I just keep overlooking it whenever I design cards. I was looking at my other sets to see what I could put it with and saw the sentiment in the Choose Happiness stamp set. I thought they would work well together, so I created this card. , Trude Thoman, Stampin' Up!, Choose Happiness, friendship card,
I used:
Paper- Cherry Cobbler card stock, Whisper White card stock, Lost Lagoon card stock
Ink- Cherry cobbler ink, Lost Lagoon ink, Jet Black Stazon ink
Stamp set- Choose Happiness, Banner Banter
Other- Banner framelit, banner punch, Stampin' sponge

I  stamped off one time before stamping each branch on the card background. I didn't want the background to overwhelm the focal point.

Have a blessed day!