Friday, January 31, 2014

Workshop Make & Take!

Let me apologize in advance for the less than amazing photo...It is dismally gray out there and foggy, and I think this is the best the sky is expected to be for the next many days. I photo'd everything I've done this week, but I promise if the sun comes out I'll go back out for more, haha!

Last night was my Sale-A-Bration workshop! Thank you to those who came, and to those who missed it, I hope these projects inspire you!

Here is the make & take! I used the Clean & Simple sketch and featured products from the Occasions Mini. (which you can view on my sidebar!) The stamp set, washi tape and die are all found in the Occasions Mini! And I thought the bright colors made a birthday card that is suitable for anyone!
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango & Whisper White
Accessories: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Pennants Die, Big Shot

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sale-A-Bration 2014!!!

Today marks the beginning of Sale-A-Bration!!! This is truly Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion! it happens once a year and if you're not familiar with it, read on!
  • During Sale-A-Bration anyone who orders $50 or more (before tax & shipping) get to choose a limited-time, exclusive Sale-A-Bration item for FREE!!!
  • During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who hosts a workshop totaling $400 (before tax & shipping) gets $30 EXTRA hostess dollars to spend on anything you like!!!
  • During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins my team to become a demonstrator will get $150 worth of products (instead of $125) for only $99!!!
What does that mean? It means its time to gather your friends, your sisters, anyone you know who likes to craft and hold a fun stamp party! Plan to spend about $50 and you're set! Also, take a minute to consider how fun it would be to get a 20% discount on your craft supplies, and how nice it would be to have a 'reason' to get with friends regularly and stamp! Then contact me to schedule your workshop, place your order or even fill out your New Demonstrator Application!!

The Sale-A-Bration brochure is now on my sidebar for your viewing convenience! You'll notice right off that they've provided suggested bundles to help you get to your $50 total, and those bundles coordinate perfectly with the FREE products!

Be sure and check the top of my blog, where it says "What's Going On?" for more information about all the promotions and products Stampin' Up! is offering right now!

And finally! Come to my Sale-A-Bration kick off event Thursday and take some time to play with stamps!

*Sale-A-Bration ends March 31 so don't wait!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Week 4

Happy Monday to you!
Hopefully I'll have more to share this week than last, lol. But for today, I'm starting with my page for week 4 of 2014!
MDS: Lemonade Stand content disk, Nursery Nest content disk, Burlap Ribbon download, Sale-A-Bration 2013 content disk, recolor tool
Tomorrow Sale-A-Bration 2014 begins! What will you choose for free? *smile

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Love the Big Shot!

haha... This particular card is all about the Big Shot! I used two die sets, and an embossing folder, and only one stamp! I also used the current Freshly Made Sketch for the layout.

The best part? This is a sneak peek for my upcoming Valentine Card Class! Since we'll be making five cards, and its likely you only need one for the love of your life, this one suits friends or sisters or whoever you want to send a card to, any time of year! But with the hearts and the love its still great for Valentines!
Stamps: Yippee Skippee
Ink: Calypso Coral
Paper: Calypso Coral & Whisper White card stocks, I Am Me DP
Accessories: Silver Mini Brads, Chevron Embossing Folder, Banners Framelits Dies, Hearts Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 week 3

Here is my 2014 Week 3 page! I used a sketch from the January Page Maps, tho I swapped out the ticket roll for a ribbon. ...and I made the page 12x12 where the sketch was 8x11 :)
MDS, Just Add Cake content, Seam Binding ribbon download, recolor tool

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wonderful Life

Happy Friday to you! So glad its a long weekend! Maybe we can even sleep in...!
Today's card uses the newest Clean & Simple sketch and another color combo I pulled off MDS! This greeting is the whole reason I picked this stamp set first, from the Occassions Mini. *smile.
Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, Whisper White card stock
Accessories: Pennants Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Glittery Valentine

Thanks to Pinterest, I've been thinking a head about Valentines Day (for once!). I haven't made any actual plans, just thinking of ideas... And this card is perfect if you're thinking about Valentines Day too! I used the latest Retro Sketch and turned it to work better with my greeting!
Stamps: Yippee Skippee
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black card stocks, Red Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Heart Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Designer Label Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot

And on the subject of Valentines, Stampin' Up! has some adorable, limited time Valentine sets that you don't want to miss, in addition to some cute Valentine-y sets in the Occasions Mini and the Catalog! Check these out HERE!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sneak Peeks!

Today I am showing off a little Sale-A-Bration preview! The DP on this card (the stripes and polka dots) and the punch I used to make the cute banners are going to be available in just a couple more weeks! :)
The card uses the latest Verve sketch, and kind of an odd color combination, but it comes from the DP so whatever, lol! I thought the pop of Summer Starfruit peeking out at the bottom was a good way to tie it in...
Stamps: Six Sided Sampler
Ink: Basic Black, Summer Starfruit
Paper: Sahara Sand, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White card stocks, Silver Glimmer DP, Sweet Sorbet DP
Accessories: Banner Punch, Designer Label Punch, Rhinestones

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Another Scrappy Challenge!

I think I mentioned that I wanted to continue my 52 Week Challenge in 2014, but if I haven't, there you go, LOL! And here is the beginning of my 2014 year! One of the reasons I like this challenge is that I feel like I need to get pictures of the every day. I {almost} always take plenty of pictures of events and places we go, but we often forget to document the stuff we do all the time. This project remedies that.

Today's page also uses the challenge from the 1-2-3 Get Scrappy blog. I haven't got to play with all of these, but most of them. I chose the bottom corner to opposite top corner this time, to use "snowflakes, the color blue and lots of bling". I don't know if that is lots of bling, but each snowflake has a rhinestone in the middle!
MDS, misc Stampin' Up! downloads

And I'm letting you know about their design team call! :) I know I'm trying for it- are you? It'll require you to scrapbook at least a page a month- if you need further motivation! *wink

Monday, January 13, 2014

A paper page!

Happy Monday to you!
I haven't scrapbooked on paper for a few months, so last week I was excited to put some paper layouts together. And then when I was done, I went thru the kids' albums and reorganized it all, added in some refills and put the done pages in chronological order- and for once all the completed pages are IN albums ready to be enjoyed! Whoo hoo! :)
Anyway! Today's layout used the EMS 52 sketch from Cheryl. This is of a play we went to a couple summers ago (Music Man) because my husband helped his friend do lights. Afterwards, we got to meet Marian the Librarian (my husband's friend's sister) and Harold Hill! I used a retired Simply Scrappin' Kit, and a really old piano sticker across the top, haha...
Paper: Bandstand Simply Scrappin Kit, More Mustard card stock (all retired)
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, Bitty Buttons, misc sticker (all retired)

Friday, January 10, 2014

A two-fer!

One place I like to go for card sketches is the Verve forum on I haven't been there in a while and this week I discovered that they have a new sketch challenge blog, which I've linked on my side bar. I played along with their first January sketch, and their color combination, but I wasn't sure if I'd like the things stamped on the white or on the blue paper better, so I made both, haha!
Which one do you like? *smile
The arrows are from the photopolymer set Show & Tell 1, and come in a line, just as you see, I just repeated it on the paper. The red inked arrows have hearts, hence the "you & me" image.
Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Show & Tell 1, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip & Coastal Cabana card stocks
Accessories: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Cherry Cobbler seam Binding, Scallop Circle Punch

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A birthday card!

So the other day when I had some stamping time, I was perusing blogs and came across Christy's- where she had just shared the latest Nacho Average Sketch Challenge, and I thought I'd play along!

Here is the result- a birthday card for my childhood best friend, who's birthday is TODAY! Yeay!
Stamps: Show & Tell 1 (photopolymer), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Black
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White card stocks, Sweet Sorbet DP
Accessories: White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Neutral buttons, Glue Dots

That DP that you're wondering about? Or maybe you saw it in my calendar pages... anyway, that would be a sneaky-peek to the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog!!

And this card has already been mailed! Yeay!
What about you? Are you mailing anything off this year? That IS why we make cards...right?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Occasions Mini Catalog!

I've seen lots of bloggers share their favorite items from the new Occasions Mini, and that sounded like a fun idea to me!

1. Obviously my top pick was the Perfect Pennants bundle, since that's what I got! I love the wonderful life phrase, and I like the pennants and that sweet "me & you"! Already I've had fun with this one!
2. It was a tough choice where to begin because I LOVE the polaroid, film strip and camera framelit from the Peachy Keen bundle, and the stamps too!
3. and 4. Here's another couple fantastic stamps and I think they'd be perfect together too!
Need I say more?
 6. Natural Chevron Ribbon
7. Retro Fresh Washi Tape & DP!
I think all the DP in this mini is going to be really great, but these colors spoke to me (anyone else ready for spring?!), so I started with the Washi Tape.
8. Page 24. Oh, I mean High Tide Suite. Yes, the whole page just makes me happy! I seriously have a thing for nautical... Just go check it out!
And there you have my top picks from the new Mini! Everything is linked to the Stampin' Up! website, or you can place an order with me any time!
What will you get first?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy Butterflies!

I had some time today so I made a bunch of cards to share this week!

First up, I have this bright, fun card using the current Mojo Monday sketch! I got to use Gorgeous Grunge (finally!) which I got for Christmas, haha... The color combination came from MDS. I wanted to use one of these butterflies that were punched out for a class HERE, and needed some ideas on what to pair with Tangerine Tango! Handy, huh??
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Yippee Skippee
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango markers
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Crumb Cake & Sweater Weather (retired- Holiday Mini)
Accessories: Itty Bitty Butterfly punch, Designer Label punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Monday, January 6, 2014

Another Weekly Page

Happy Monday to you!
I have decided to continue the same 52 Page Project I started last year, as part of 2014. That way I'm at least scrapping the highlights, and we DO have something consistent to look back on, haha. It really is a handy way to document your life. I've seen people do double page layouts of each month, but I take too many pictures for that, so a page a week is about perfect.
First tho, I have to finish 2013's pages! This weekend I got three of the June pages done, hahaha, so I'm sharing one today! This is the most complicated of the pages, if that tells you anything. Very simple scrapping! What are you working on?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Blog Hop: Celebrate the Everyday!

Welcome to our Blog Hop! This month we're all featuring products from the brand spankin' new Occasions Mini catalog, which begins today!
Also, since it was the first time I actually stamped anything in more than a couple weeks, I went a little nuts diving back into the sketches, haha! Have you missed seeing cards on my blog? This post might make up for it...

First up, this card uses the current Freshly Made Sketch, new framelits and one new stamp set! I love the sketch and the fun colors! The pennants are actually a bit longer than you see here- I had to trim the tops off when my first creation didn't quite work, lol. What do you think of the cute new stamp??
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
Paper: Calypso Coral & Whisper White card stocks, I Am Me DP
Accessories: Banners Framelits Dies, Big Shot

This card might be my favorite of the three, using the current Mojo Monday sketch, the same stamp set and same banner dies! The silver ribbon carried over from the Holiday Mini to the Occasions Mini too!
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray
Paper: Smoky Slate, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Silver Ribbon, Banners Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Brights Candy Dots

Wow, this card was an adventure to make, LOL! I used the current Retro Sketch. Have you tried making the star burst yet? I'm sure there's an easier way than what I did, but I do like the result! Here you can see three new stamps (same set!) and two new washi tapes!
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky card stocks
Accessories: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Dimensionals

Now, aren't you dying to see the other new products everyone else used?? Me too! Lets go check 'em out and be sure to leave some comments! We all like to know what people think of our work!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you! Hope yours was fun and stress-free! Ours was a fun night and I even got a scrapbook page made of it already, haha!
I put together the top "page" here, with the photo collage and title, and posted that on facebook last night, about 1230. Today I created the background "paper" using the Party stamp and two text boxes, and the handy copy/paste feature, haha! I added the layer of Silver Glimmer paper, and plunked the photo collage on top! Then I just put the journaling into the little flag at the bottom! Quick and fun!
MDS, Glimmer Paper download

Are you thinking of goals, resolutions or plans for the new year? If they involve stamping, let me know! Ask any questions, get inspired and have fun doing it! I know that's what I'm going to do...!
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