Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Flower Burst Fun!

I just had to post this.  My friend Doneine showed me this card she made and I immediately grabbed my camera!  This is just a wonderful card with hardly any stamping (heaven forbid!).


She used the Texturz plate, Flower Burst, & Little Leaves dies.  You gotta love the "Big Shot"!  She also used the Curly Label Punch Bundle.  The card base is Whisper White, the Flowers are Vintage Violet (retired In Color), and the leaves are Mellow Moss.  She also decorated the envelope but I forgot to take a picture of it. :0(  It was really cute too. 

Thanks for letting me post this.  Doneine, you are so talented!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Playing in my stamp room....

I had a chance to play around in my stamp room today. Yay!  Of course, I tell my husband I need to work in my stamp room.  He doesn't realize it's all play!



This card was inspired by THIS card.  This card looks so much better in person.  It's hard to see but I used the Texturz plate with the diamond pattern on the Rose Red background.  It really makes the card.  I used the new Summer Sun corduroy button, it has such great texture.  I wanted to use the new Eyelet border punch instead of the scallops, but I don't have mine yet. :0(  As you can tell, lots of paper piercing, I just can't help myself!  I used the biggest Oval punch and then adhered it to a piece of Old Olive and just hand trimmed around it.  Not my favorite thing to do, but it wasn't too bad...


Here is the inside of the card.  I've been doing more with the insides lately. There's paper piercing in here too!

Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers

Ink: Rose Red classic ink pad, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Rose Red, and Summer Sun Stampin' Write markers.

Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Summer Sun

Accessories:  5/8" Old Olive grosgrain, Linen thread, Felt Flower Fusion, Summer Sun Corduroy button, Scallop Edge Punch, Large Oval Punch, paper piercing tool, Sizzix Texturz plate



I need to get better at my picture taking.  This is so cute in person.   HERE is where I got my inspiration for this card.  I used the diamond pattern Texturz plate this one also.  I dotted the corners with the Black Stampin' Write marker.  I used the retired Wire Works (that I've had forever and never used!) to wrap around the butterflies and make antennae.  The butterflies are attached with mini glue dots.


I had an extra Top Note cut out and part of a big butterfly from when I cut out the smaller ones, so I thought I'd just put them on the inside.  Waste nothing!

Stamps:  Absolutely Fabulous

Ink:  Rose Red classic ink, Basic Black Stampin' Write marker

Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, and Raspberry Tart DSP

Accessories:  Sizzix Top Note & Beautiful Butterflies die cuts, Texturz plate-diamond, Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla satin ribbon, Hodgepodge ribbon slide, Wire works-silver (ret).

I hope you've enjoyed these.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Last Chance!

Although the deadline has passed for the Stamp-a-Stack & Card Keeper class, you still have a chance to sign up!  There are a couple of spots still available. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.  Below is a picture of the actual box and how it will be decorated.  See my previous post for details.


This is the perfect way to build up a stash of cards for all occasions.

Stamp Club Samples

Stamp club was last week and I thought I would post pictures of the card and project they made.

The technique they learned this month was bleaching.  Put bleach in an Aqua Pen and color in your image.  You will want to emboss your image first to keep the bleach from running.  Your result will depend on the color of card stock you use. Each color reacts differently to the bleach.  The lighter the card stock the whiter it will come out.  The first picture is the sample I made up.  I don't like my flower placement on this one.  The second one is what they actually made.




Stamps:  Sweet Stems

Ink:  Craft Black ink

Paper:  Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst(#1), Lavendar Lace(#2), So Saffron, Tea Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Aqua Pen, Black embossing powder, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Sizzix Bigz die cut - Beautiful Butterflies, Scallop Edge punch(#1), Eyelet Border punch(#2)



This was the 3d project they made.  Sticky Strip to adhere the ribbon to the paper.  I just love this template!  It is so versatile.  You can find the tutorial here.

Stamps: Bella Toile background stamp

Ink: Chocolate Chip classic ink

Paper:  Pretty in Pink

Accessories:  The new Whisper White Organza and Clear Rhinestone brad, Sticky Strip

After my ladies left I experimented with my Aqua Pen & bleach.  I just painted in a few areas with the pen.  Make sure you don't have too much liquid on the brush to keep it from running on your card stock.  I really like the way it came out!  It gives it a more vintage and softer feel.


This was not a club card but I already had it made up and instead of creating another post I thought I'd just slip it in here. 

I just can't get enough of this stamp set!  I made this for a demo group swap.  I missed our unit meeting so the other demo's haven't received theirs yet.  I guess I've let the cat out of the bag!  I can't wait to see the swaps I get from them.  I'll post the pics here when I get them.



I'm not sure I like the sponging I did around the edges....I think when I finish up the other swaps I won't sponge them quite so much.  I got the idea for the punch out and ribbon form this wonderful blog.  And the funny thing is, she has the exact same background on her blog as I do! The ribbon is actually tied to the back of the card.  It's hard to see but I used the new Sizzix Texturz plate on the card base.  The dry embossing sure adds a lot.

Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers

Ink: Cameo Coral & Chocolate Chip.  Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write markers.

Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper and Chocolate Chip textured card stock

Accessories: Sizzix SU! Top Note die, SU! Texturz plate, 1 3/8 circle punch, 1" double-stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain, and Dimensionals

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

SAS - Card Keeper Sneak Peek

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Time is running out and space is limited.  Register and pay today!  Don't miss this class, it's going to be so much fun!  O.K. they're all fun....Click here for more info.


February 1st - March 31st  Free product with every $50 purchase!  Click Sale-A-Bration catalog at the right to see what you could get for free!  Place an order or book a workshop today.

Contact me today!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Christmas Potpourri

I started this blog in January but would like to share some of the things I created over the holidays.


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This was my Christmas card for this year. I also used it for a Christmas card class.



This was my other Christmas card this year, when I realized I needed more cards but had run out of time! 



I made this for my friend Kelly, who was getting the Sizzix Big Shot for Christmas.  It wasn't going to arrive in time and her husband wanted something under the tree.  I love this gift card holder. I found the tutorial here.  Below are a couple of pics of the inside.

gift card faux box open 2

gift card faux box open


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I shamelessly copied this from here.  It was the perfect card to use for a Christmas card class.  Then I found out you can't mail 4" x 4" cards.........



Here was my quick remake for the class!


gift cert holder 

 gift cert holder open

My friend Doneine received a gift certificate for Christmas and I wanted to put in something a little fancier than an envelope.


I created this gift card holder/Christmas tree ornament for my stamp club.  We used the Coluzzle to make this and I think it was pretty much unanimous that no one really liked the Coluzzle!  But they did like the ornament.  I only know of one club member brave enough to make more.  You go Darlene!

Well that's the best of Christmas 08.  I hope you enjoyed them!  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thoughts & Prayers

I just got my new stamp set (like I need another one!)  and have been playing around with it.  I love this set.  It is great for sympathy and get well cards.  The flowers and trees would work well on any type of card.  Here are a few of the cards I made.

I was inspired to make this card from one I found on Splitcoaststampers.  (Where I spend way to much time!)Check out Gretchen's blog to see the wonderful card she made!



I colored directly on the flower stamp using Stampin' Write Markers. I then stamped it on Whisper White card stock that I cut out using the Sizzix Big Shot Top Note die cut.  The butterfly was also cut out with the Big Shot.  I tied a piece of hemp twine around the butterfly to give it a body and antennae.  It's adhered to the card with a mini glue dot.  I used the Watercolor Vine wheel, with the Versamarker pad, on the Kiwi Kiss layer to add a little texture to that layer.  For the ribbon I punched twice with the horizontal slot punch and then tied the ribbon with more Hemp Twine.  This card measures 5" x 5"

Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers, Watercolor Vine jumbo Wheel

Paper:  Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White cardstock.  Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper

Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic ink pad, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers.

Accessories:  Hemp Twine, 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain, Top Note & Butterfly die cuts, Horizontal Slot punch.



I was inspired by Christine's card which you can see here.  If it weren't for all the wonderfully creative people out there I wouldn't be able to create half the cards I do! icon_biggrin

This is a real simple card yet very elegant and soft.  I stamped the tree in Whisper White Craft ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I sponged it with Mellow Moss.  I stamped the sentiment and added ribbon.  And its done!

Ink:  Whisper White craft ink, Mellow Moss classic ink

Paper:  Whisper White card stock

Accessories:  White embossing powder, Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon, and Hodgepodge silver ribbon slide



Here is my creation!  I stamped Whisper White craft ink on a Kraft card stock base.  The folded side is punched with the slot punch to allow the ribbon through from the inside.  The top is pierced in the corners to add a little interest.  I heat embossed the sentiment to make it stand out more.

Ink:  Whisper White Craft ink

Paper:  Kraft and Whisper White card stock, Manchester DSP

Accessories:  Scallop Edge punch, white embossing powder, paper piercing tool, Whisper White Organza ribbon.

*All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Get Your PHD Now!

When it comes to our papercrafting or scrapbooking, it's time for us to get or PHD's done! You're probably thinking "What is she talking about?"  I'm talking about Projects Half Done!  If you're anything like me, you have lots of things you need to complete or even get started on.

Do you have a bin that looks like this?


Or this?


Or maybe a scrapbook that looks like this?


Once a month I'll hold a "Work on your PhD day".  Bring your projects and supplies to my house and get inspired to take your creativity to a "higher degree".  My inks and stamps are available for you to use.  My Sizzix "Big Shot" is also available.  If the project is large there will be a small fee for the use of the "Big Shot".

I don't know about you, but I'm always more motivated when working with others. Ok, I'll call it like it is, socializing!  Anyway, below are the details:

  • 3rd Saturday of every month - Starting Feb. 21st
  • 4th Monday of every month - Starting Feb. 23rd
  • 10am - 4pm on Mondays & 10am-3pm on Saturdays (come for an hour or stay all day)
  • RSVP at least a day before
  • Bring your project & supplies
  • You are welcome to use my stamps, inks, & punches
  • Big Shot die cut machine available

Please feel free to contact me with any question.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stamp-A-Stack & Card Keeper Class


Join me to create 15 cards and decorate a Forget Me Not Keeper, to store cards in.

  • Registration Fee: $25*
  • Saturday, February 28th
  • 10am - 2pm

The cards themes will vary from "Thank You" to "Birthday" to "Sympathy" and more.

We will use new products from the 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog and you will learn several new techniques. icon_biggrin

This is a group demonstrator event and space is limited to 40 ladies ( that is less then 10 per demonstrator) so please RSVP quickly if you plan to attend! Reserve your spot with payment by February 15th.  I accept cash, check & PayPal.

*Registration fee includes: Forget Me Not Keeper, all supplies (precut) needed to make cards and decorate you keeper, snacks, drinks and a really good time!

**Picture is just a sample, actual project decorations will vary

 Bring your favorite adhesive and a sack lunch!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stampin' Up! February Specials!


February 1st - March 31st

Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 purchase.   (click catalog on the right to see what you have to pick from) Hostesses receive a free Sale-a-bration product with a $300 workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits.  Book your workshop now!

Become a demonstrator - choose any retail stamp set ($47.95 value) from the current catalog when you sign up during this promotion. Plus, get 15% off the regular $199 price of the Starter Kit.  That's $335 worth of products for only $169! Contact me for more information.

Free 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog

February 1st - April 30th

Place an online order and receive a  free catalog.  No minimum purchase required.


I think that's all the specials!  If you've been thinking about having a workshop or becoming a demonstrator, now is the perfect time.