Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mixing Old & New!

The stamps are old, the brad is old, the colors are brand-spankin-new! My friend is having a baby and another friend and I have decided to throw her a shower. The real host was sweet enough to suggest I make the invites (love advertising my biz) so here it is!
Stamps: Welcome Little One, Sweet Thing (both LONG retired!)
Ink: Island Indigo ink pad & marker, Lucky Limeade marker, Pool Party marker, Basic Black
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss corduroy brad (long retired), computer generated text
When making a bunch of the same thing, its easiest to cut out one whole thing at a time. Like the Indigo mat....cut them all out together.
and I mixed up the colors on the baby's clothes and blanket for a little variation. I wasn't sure what I liked best so I just kept being random.
I think they turned out pretty cute.
...and I'm now certain the baby will be blond, lol!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A class that's perfect for anyone!

Here are 12 cards I will be offering at at class in August. I used almost half of the Playful Polka Dots Simply Scrappin' Kit (found on page 15 of the Summer Mini!) to make them all. These are such fun, summery cards, perfect for any occasion!

If you attend, or host this class I will provide five word sets and 4 coordinating ink colors for you to use as you like. However, if you live far away, you can still participate! I can prep the cards, give detailed instructions with photos, and mail it to you as a kit. All you need are word stamps and ink! I can suggest a word set to purchase, and even just one coordinating ink will work, if you'd like to place a small order!

The price of the class is only $12, and you get to keep what is left on the sticker sheets! If you are participating long distance, I will charge you for shipping, but you can do it any time you like!

Monday, July 25, 2011


This card could be used for any congratulatory occasion, but I made it for a baby shower gift! The DP is very, very old - some of the first I purchased from Stampin' Up!, but I love that soft purple flower print for baby girls! And its almost gone so that's good too! hee hee!
I wasn't totally sure how to make the banner thing. I wasn't sure if I should fold it or what exactly to do. So its a white strip of card stock with the flagged ends, and then the turquoise layer is mounted with Dimensionals,so that it appears raised, like that kind of banner would be! The flower is three layers- the turquoise layer, the other DP bit and white vellum to make the DP softer.

Stamps: Swirls & Curls
Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant marker
Paper: Whisper White, & Tempting Turquoise card stock, White Vellum, Sweet DP (RETIRED)
Accessories: Fancy Flower Punch, Bright Buttons, Dimensionals

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Catalog CASE

You do know the catalog is really called the Idea Book & Catalog, right? This is becuase it is bursting full of ideas! Today's card is based almost entirely off the card found at the top of page 168. I left off a layer of card stock, because I used textured Old Olive and liked it. I also swapped the bird image for the cage, and changed the "strips" across the top, but its darn close!
I stamped the bird onto the Pool Party card stock, and then stamped it on white to color and cut out. ...I've mentioned before that I dislike cutting...I still do. hee hee....!

Stamps: Nature Walk, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White and Textured Old Olive card stocks
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Linen Thread, Corner Rounder Punch

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pink butterfly!

For today's sympathy card I was going for something pretty and bright to literally brighten the person's day. funny how the wide strip seems to make the card wider than usual... I love this card tho!
Pretty much I love everything using this stamp set! Don't forget- every purchase sends $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Fund! And! its only available until Aug 31!
This card uses the Clean & Simple sketch, found HERE. (just wish that sentiment had come out straight!)
Stamps: Strength & Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White card stocks, Soft Suede DP (RETIRED)
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Basic Pearls

Thursday, July 21, 2011

forgotten item

Here's a masculine sympathy card. I used white craft ink on the Crumb Cake card stock. Its been quite a while since I even thought to use the white ink, and I think it turned out really, really nice!
This card uses the Mojo Monday sketch found HERE, and my current favorite stamp set. It's only available for about five more weeks so don't miss your chance to get it, and the fabulous coordinating paper!!!
Stamps: The Open Sea, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso card stocks, Nautical Expedition DP
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lots of Sympathy.

About a week ago, my uncle passed away. I was out of town for the funeral and while I saw his wife, children, grandchildren and siblings, I still wanted to send them something. Today I got four cards done and still need a few more. This card was created using the Stamping 411 sketch HERE. The DP is retired, but everything else is current. I love how it turned out!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Pear Pizazz, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White card stocks, 2010/2011 hostess in color DP
Accessories: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Paper Daisies, Bright Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Word Window Punch

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bird Punch

Here's another quick card made just for my board. I used the fun Well Worn dp again, plus I remembered my Smooch Spritz! I love the look it adds!
Stamps: Faith in Nature
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: River Rock, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green card stocks, Well Worn DP
Accessories: Bird Punch, Smooch Spritz, Neutrals Buttons, Hemp Twine

Friday, July 15, 2011

Clean & Simple!

Since the new catalog came out and so many stamps and products retired, I had to clear off my display board I use at workshops and events. But once it was clear, I had thirty empty spots!!! That meant that for my workshop this past weekend I was cruising trying to get cards made to fill it. I didn't quite, but managed to hide the empty spots with stamp sets for sale and the rest of items on display. *wink.
Here is one of the many cards I threw together:
I didn't color it yet because ya can't give blond parents a dark haired card, lol, but one of my workshop attendants liked it plain, in the black & white.
Stamps: All in the Family
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: White grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What style is this?

Vintage? Shabby Chic? those are the words that come to my mind. I love the style that I see so many demos use, with lots of fun, beautiful little details and products. This is mostly a product of the DP I used, but I also did the crumpling of the ribbon and stuff. Anyway, I really like it, and it totally stretched me out of my comfort zone.
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, More Mustard
Paper: Soft Suede & Whisper White card stocks, Well Worn DP
Accessories: Mini Vintage Tags, Vintage Trinkets, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stamping Sponge

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hot summer flowers

Is it hot in your area? It was soooo cold all spring (snow in June) and now it is dang hot. Its actually "normal" hot but since it was cold so long its now too hot. This card looks like August to me.... hee hee! I sort of based in on a card I made a couple years ago which you can see HERE.
Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizazz, Peach Parfait & Chocolate Chip markers
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizazz, Peach Parfait card stocks
Accessories: Peach Parfait twill ribbon, Mat Pack

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Butterfly Demo

This is the card I demonstrated at the workshop, to feature the Strength & Hope set. Remember that every purchase of this stamp set or digital kit sends $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. For an idea that I threw together last minute, it sure turned out pretty!
Stamps: Strength & Hope
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo (chocolate melon cake, anyone?)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Pearls

Monday, July 11, 2011

Triple Punch!

Have you seen the new triple punches? They are in the Summer Mini, and they are also in the new catalog. I already mentioned loving daisies so this one was a perfect fit for me! Three daisy styles from one punch?? yes please!
Here is the card we did for the make & take at my workshop on Saturday. I used the layout of a card in the demonstrator magazine Stampin' Up! sends us each month, but changed up the colors and stamps. and of course we had to use the fun new punch!
Stamps: Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Paper: So Saffron, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: In Color brads, punches I forget the names for....

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Paper!!

Okay, so the biggest draw for me to Stampin' Up! way back when was that they had BOY stuff. I had a son, I'd just finished scrapbooking my one of my younger brothers life up to that point and craft stores had nothing for boys but car stickers, and red, blue, orange and green card stock.
....and when they pass the stage of primary-colored rounded-cars...what shall we use??

This new catalog from Stampin' Up! has stamps for boys of ALL ages. Seriously, I cannot wait to get my hands on the Tool Shed background stamp for my dad! And the Need for Speed set is perfect for my brothers' birthday/fathers day cards! And my son keeps growing up on me (rude!) and no longer wants the cute trains or zoo animals that I have. So in my baby steps to acquire it all (ROFL), I purchased this fabulous, new Well Worn DP for boy/man projects. Check out the fabulous prints!
and created a scrapbook layout for my son at my workshop yesterday using it!
Stamps: Under the Stars
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Well Worn DP, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze card stocks
Accessories: Twill Tape

now all I need is the Daring Adventure stamp set, the denim ribbons, the mini brads..........and then I can make the adorable things found on page 144! And my boys will love it as much as me! :D

Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Challenge!

I'm pretty sure I haven't been to the clean & simple challenge blog before, but now that I have found it, I've been having fun!
This card uses the #146 sketch:

Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Whisper White card stocks, Nautical Expedition DP
Accessories: 1 3/8 inch circle punch

Friday, July 8, 2011

an autumn card!

...just going thru the seasons I suppose! hee hee!
This card uses a sketch I found HERE on Well, mostly. I didn't center the circle, and added the ribbon. I like how it worked out anyway. :)

Stamps: Faith In Nature
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla card stocks
Accessories: Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Watercolor Crayons

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer daisies!

Daisies are my favorite!! So here is a card using the Mojo Monday 198 sketch. I used a rectangle instead of a square, and its fun and sunny!
By the way, this stamp set is the hostess level one set in the Summer Mini catalog. To work with the new hostess benefits, its now listed at $8 clear mount or $11 wood mount.

Stamps: Swirls & Curls
Ink: Peach Parfait
Paper: So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Paper Daisies, Bright Buttons

And here's another bright card using the same stamp set, and the brand new green shade!
Stamps: Swirls & Curls
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo marker
Paper: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo card stocks

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Hostess Stuff!

Did you catch the changes to the hostess program? You get hostess dollars now, instead of choosing a hostess set and then merchandise. You can use the dollars on exclusive stamp sets or on catalog merchandise, or both! Here is a beautiful new hostess stamp set that I pre-ordered before the catalog came out! (demonstrator perk...!) This is the first card I've made using it, and I used the latest sketch from the Stamping 411 site.

Stamps: Faith in Nature
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: textured Old Olive, Rose Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Regals Brads, Watercolor Crayons

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July Newsletter Information!

Here's an excerpt from my stamp newsletter I email each month:
  • You’ll want to know about the new hostess rewards program! Now when you host a workshop, you earn hostess dollars. These dollars can be spent on the exclusive hostess stamp sets (now with a listed price- but only purchase-able with hostess dollars) or any products in the catalog! Once you reach a $400 workshop, you can choose items for 50% off!
  • The starter kit has been updated! If you’re interested in running your own business, or simply getting a discount on your crafting supplies, joining Stampin’ Up! is a great idea. There are two standard options listed in the back of the catalog. But during July there’s a mini starter kit promotion available! For only $99 you can get a smaller starter kit, start your own business, join my team AND get a free Christmas Keepsake Project!

The best part of “New Catalog Season” is a chance to play with new products! I will be holding an open house from 3-5 PM, on July 9th, at my house, and everyone is invited! Come when you can, stay as long as you like! Here’s some of what you’ll get to see and do:
· A quick Make & Take, using new In-Colors and new products!
· 17 retired stamp sets for sale that day- some long-retired!
· New catalogs to peruse and purchase!
· A completed scrapbook made from My Digital Studio, and printed thru Stampin’ Up will be on display!
· Booking Incentives! (a free gift to anyone who sets a date to host a workshop with me!)
· New samples to inspire you!
· Information on upcoming classes and events!
· Yummy treats!

*I am also hoping to start up a new Stamp Club. This is when you commit to spending a given amount each month for a set period of time, and one of the months YOU are the hostess! If this interests you, please let me know. The number of club members determines the monthly cost...

And here's a fun, summer kind of card! I used Jen's July Sketch For You To Try to make this card, and the beautiful Strength & Hope stamp set.

Stamps: Strength & Hope
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery
Paper: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Accessories: Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Neutrals Buttons, Subtles Buttons, Mat Pack, Basic Rhinestones

Friday, July 1, 2011


*that's me squealing about the new catalog and all the things I love about it!!!
Oh my WORD where to even begin???

You like frogs? or turtles? Buy a stinkin' cute set AND help out a great cause with our new Ronald McDonald House Charity set!

Do you like old things even half as much as I do?? You'll find it! Vintage baby, Christmas, Valentines...your mother or grandmother's kitchen!...

Funny stuff, cutesy stuff, playful stuff....
sweet new stamps images,
boy stuff, (little boy, big boy and medium boy: dinosaurs! trucks! fast things! tools!)
girly stuff,
background stamps
school stuff
paper, holy paper!
fabric, brads, punches!
dies and things for your Big Shot
really great decor elements (vinyl) peices....

ohhhh its dreamy.
the only thing wrong with it is that my sah-weet nautical set from the summer mini is not in it. sniffle sniffle...

Want one?
Stop by with $5 and you've got one!

Click on my sidebar to see it RIGHT NOW!

Come to my NEW CATALOG OPEN HOUSE on July 9th.
Get your hot little hands on the new colors, some new stamps and some fun projects!
Start saving your pennies and write up your wish lists!
....mine is quite extensive.......!
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