Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pair-A-Phrase Blog Hop!

Did you know that August is a great time to shop with Close To My Heart?  There's some FABULOUS specials happening now!  

Promotion 1:  Stamp of the Month Promotion - August 1-31:  Place a $50 order and get the Stamp of the Month for $5 AND a cute alphabet set for free! 

Promotion 2:  Pair A Phrase - August 15-September 30:  Get TWO FREE stamp sets if you place a $75 order (National Stamping Month is September, but the promotion starts August 15)...

So between August 15 and August 31 the two specials overlap, and you can get $42.85 in FREE stamp sets with your $80 purchase!  (The 75 + 5).  The 3 stamp sets are really nice ones, too. 

The the National Stamping Month promotion is called PAIR-A-PHRASE.  Here they are the 2 free stamp sets:

If you've arrived here from {Jean's blog}, you've come to the right place!  Thanks for HOPPING by!

Here's the 3 cardsI did with the Pair-A-Phrase stamp set.  

Check out the snowman - glitter (of course!)

I even cut the tag out, old school, with Micro-Tip Scissors!

I love the new blingy diamond button things.  They even have a place for waxy flax!

SUPPLIES USED:  Pair-A-Phrase Stamp Set; Wonderland Paper Pack (NEW!) (X7146B, $9.95); Lilac Mist, Spring Iris, White Daisy Card Stock; Spring Iris Stamp Pad; Baby Pink, Sunkiss Yellow, Spring Iris, Grey Flannel, Creme Brulee (for nose) Markers; Liquid Glass, Prisma Glitter; Bling Assortment (NEW! sparkly buttons); Micro-Tip Scissors; Amethyst Waxy Flax (retired); 3/8" organdy ribbon (retired).

For my second creation, I did a Cricut card, sized 4 1/4" square.  The card design has 3 flowers cut out of the front panel, so that the inside will show through.  I put a 4" square Colonial White piece of paper on the inside of the card, so that the flowers would show up better.  I added 3 blue sparkles on the INSIDE of the card that show through to the front of the card.  What I like about this one, is it's a simple design.  Just stamp and color in the bicycle.  (I used Watercolor Pencils and the Blending Pen.)  I also used the A Typeface Stamp Set for the "Happy Day."  I think I need a little more practice with the letter placement.  My "Y" is too close to the "P."

SUPPLIES USED:  Pair-A-Phrase Stamp Set; A Typeface (available in August only...for free); Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge; Crystal Blue, Colonial White Card Stock; Outdoor Denim, Moonstruck Stamp Pads; Watercolor Pencils (3505, $22.95); Blending Pen (3174, $3.95); Blue & Green Assortment Sparkles (Z1327, $2.95)

My Third and final creation for this swap was this super fun owl card.  Another consultant (I can't remember her name) posted a similar card on the Close To My Heart Bulletin Board.  SO cute!

Inspired (practically copied exactly) from Brenda, who designed the card template.
Here's the inside:

When you open the card, the tree trunk rounds out and the party owl peeks out and makes you laugh. If you didn't want to do the fold-y inside-of-the-card thing, you can just make the front of the card.  It still works.

To make the tree trunk look like it has some texture, I used the Texture Tool (Stipple Brush) and some Chocolate Reinker on the Kraft paper and just brushed it up and down to make it look like tree bark.

The owl card took a little while to make, because I had to read the instructions (here).  Next time I will be faster.(Totally worth the effort, though!)

SUPPLIES USED:  Pair-A-Phrase Stamp Set; Remarkable Wreath Stamp Set (C1473, $13.95); Sky, Sweet Leaf, Colonial White, Cocoa, Tulip, Sunkiss Yellow Card Stock; Kraft Card Stock (Z1375, $9.50); Chocolate and Cocoa stamp pads; Chocolate, Bamboo, Desert Sand and Parchment Markers; 1 1/4" circle punch (for the leaves); small flower punch (for the hat, not-CTMH), 1 3/4" punch for the tree trunk hole; sandpaper (for the leaves).

If you are in the Seattle area and want to come to a card class - send me an email!  We'll be doing the snowman and the owl cards (plus 3 others).  If you aren't able to come to one of my classes, be sure to get the Pair-A-Phrase Stamp Set (and the A Typeset, too, if you order between August 15 and August 31.)  Click here to shop online right now!

Now HOP on over to {Mary's Blog} to see what kind of creativity she has in store for you!  Thanks for stopping by!



Casandra Bennett

Your owl card is so stinkin' cute! My little one's would love it...okay, well maybe their mama more, but they'd still love it. LOL Cute cards!


It sure looks live you've had a lot of fun with this double stamp set!


Great cards!!!

Great cards...I Love them all:)

Pamela OConnor

Love the little owl peeking out of the tree! So clever. All your cards are great...oh and LOVE that snowman!

Susan Brooks - The Closet Stamper

Wow! Love the cards!

life documented

Fun Stuff! love all the cards!

Lisa Sargent

Thanks for the compliments. They were all really fun to make. LOVE this stamp set! :) - Lisa

Diana Soling

great cards! They are all beautiful!!

Jen Rubio

What a fun bunch of cards Lisa! Each is unique in it's own way and they are all fantastic!!

Nikka Geers

omg that is so cute

Haley D.

Your cards are DARLING! That owl is too cute!

Wendy K.

Love the pop-out card!
Wendy K.