Thursday, July 30, 2009

Autumn Days Card Kit--reminder

Don't forget tomorrow is the last day for you to order your Autumn Days Card kit! For more info click here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another G--Great Friend

This is such a beautiful stamp set! And it's so easy to use. This is another sketch from splitcoast. I used the designer prints paper pack that was a level one hostess gift. The colors used are basic gray, pretty in pink and regal rose. I didn't use any regal rose ink because it seemed too dark so I used pretty in pink on the middle butterfly, then I "huffed" and stamped the light pink butterfly. For a little bling, I added the half back pearls from the pretties kit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Garden Whimsy

Okay I skipped D and E because I had used those sets recently (Enjoy every moment and Define your life). That brings us to G, Garden Whimsy. The butterfly is stamped on the whisper white square. I also stamped it on a scrap of whisper white, cut it out and mounted it using a deminsional.
Colors Combo: Bashful blue, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede
(the new colors are really growing on me. I love the soft suede)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Final Deal of the Week--Heart to Heart Punch

Only $10.99!

Suede Baroque

this is a card that started out with a sketch then turned into something totally different. It's hard to see but the bashful blue cardstock is embossed using the bigshot texturz plate. This is such and easy way to add beautiful elegance to any card.
As I've said in a previous post, I've been in a bit of a stamping rut so I've been using old SCS sketches and suggested in color combos from Stampin' Up!. Well I've also decided I need to use ALL my stamps. I'm not sure I've used the stamp set in the last year. I usually focus so much on the newest stamps. So I started with the first current set on my shelf. Because I organize my stamps alphabetically "Baroque Motifs" was the first one.
Stamp set: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Bashful blue, pretty in pink, Whisper white
Ink: same as paper plus soft suede and so saffron
Accessories: Soft suede polka dot ribbon, corner rounder

Sunday, July 26, 2009

My favorite bot

This is probably my favorite of the 4 lots of bots cards I made. I really love the clear button with the circle punches behind it.
By the way today is my hubby's birthday. . .Happy Birthday, Honey!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lots of Bots tag sketch

So this is one where I was tring to make the stamp set fit the sketch or vice versa.

I think I should have made the tags a little skinnier so you could see more of the background. Or I coudl have used a solid strip of red, maybe I'll remake this card and see what you think.

Friday, July 24, 2009


I love my markers! This is a card I made using an old SCS sketch, it's very simple. My favorite thing about this card is the brad in the middle of the flower. It was the last thing I did and I think it makes the card! The color combo cam straight from a Stampin' UP! color suggestion.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Another Lots of Bots

Here's another sample of lots of bots. I love fun sets like this that can be used for kids or adults.

I used the blender pen to color this one also. I used a little bit of chocolate chip to color around the outside of the image to give it some dimension. You can click on the picture to enlarge it and get a better look.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Emma's creation

Isn't it beautiful! My 7 year old made this card. She loves to use markers to color directly on the stamp. I don't usually do that with line images, but it sure turned out pretty. If you look close you will also see specks of ink. She used the color spritzer tool to create "fairy dust" over her flower garden. I think she did a great job.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lots of Bots

Emma and I stamped quite a bit last week. However I found that I was having a hard time really being creative. I couldn't put colors together that I liked, I didn't like my layouts. . .you've been there, you know what I mean. So I pulled out a file I have of sketches from splitcoaststampers, and I printed out some SU! suggested color combos for the incolors and then started playing with a new set that I love called Lots of Bots. Having the sketches and the color combo really helped. I made several with this color combo and lots of bots. I've still got the sketch list and color combo sheet out on my table and I've decided that I'm going to make one card a day all this week using these and maybe I'll start to get my mojo back.
The colors on this card are old olive, taken with teal, and real red. Chocolate chip and Crushed curry were also suggested with this combo but I don't usually have more than 3 colors on a card. You'll see crushed curry and chocolate chip a little later.
I colored the bot using blender pen and the ink pad, this gives a look that is somewhere between watercolor and bold marker coloring.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Deal of the Week--I love this one!

Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware only $18.99! That's more than 30% off the regular price! This offer is only good for a week so click the picture and shop online now!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Retired Stamp Sale

I've been going thru my retired stamps and pulled out a few more too sell. Here is the current list with prices. Email me if you are interested. You pay with money order or a check and I will ship to you using priority mail. Price does not include shipping.

Birthday Whimsy (SAB) $7
Lots of Thoughts (SAB) $7
Happiness Always (Hostess) $15
Star Studded Season $
Heartfelt Thanks $
So Much $15
Polka Dots and Paisley $9
Alphabits $8
Weather or Not $7
All God's Children $8
polka dots and petals $8
Wishing you $10
Just like you $9
In color stamp pad and reinker combo for $5
(Tangerine TangoKiwi KissRiding Hood RedPink PirouettePacific PointBaja BreezeCarte)
Postale NUM $15
What a hoot NUM $12
Fancy Flexible Phrases $25--This set was orginally double mounted but my wonderful husband made wood blocks for all of them so they are individually mounted. This set has barely been used.

Friday, July 17, 2009

So Tweet Video

Emma and I have been stamping quite a bit the last couple days, however the camera is at scout camp with my son, so I can show you what we've made. I'll be posting some of it next week. Until then check out this great video from stampin' up. Just click on the picture and it will take you to my demonstrator website. From there you can watch the video and see some other great samples.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Becoming a Demonstrator

Starting your own Stampin' Up! business means free and discounted products, plus a little extra cash--and who couldn't use that? Plus, from July 15 - August 31, you can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for only $85! The special, limited-time Mini Starter Kit contains many of the items you need to get started in your new business, including:
For All You Do stamp set
In Color Classic Stampin' Pads (6)
White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Business forms and tools

Or if you want to buy the standard $199 Starter Kit, in addition to the supplies listed below, you'll get all six of the new In Color Classic Stampin' Pads and one pack of In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")--a $43 value! The standard Starter Kit includes:

Five stamp sets
A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
Stampin' Pastels
Card stock
Eastern Blooms D├ęcor Elements and
applicator tool
Five Classic Stampin' Pads
VersaMark Pad
Scrub and Mist
Blender pens
Business forms and tools

These special offers--the Mini Starter Kit and the In Color add-on to the standard Starter Kit--are only available for a limited time, so you must act fast!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Out of my comfort zone

This one is a little out of my comfort zone, but I like it. What do you think?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Two more for the Autumn Days Kit

No it's not too early to be thinking about fall. My kids go back to school in a month. And not long after that we'll be talking about Christmas. So take some time to get your fall cards made in August!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Autumn Days--July Card Kit

This card uses the markers to add different colors to the stamp. And a little bling with the square fire rhinestones.

This one also has a square fire rhinestone clipped on the end of the curry ribbon.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

For my Emma

As crafters we hoard lots of things, because we are sure that we will be able to make something out of it. I have saved the chipboard backing from the last two calendars that I've had because I knew the big shot could cut through it. Finally I made something. (actually a made a few things but I'm only going to show them to you one at a time) a little Name plate for Emma. I simply cut the designer paper and the chipboard using the top note die and the big shot. Adhere the paper using a glue stick and then burnish it using a bone folder. That really helps the paper stick to the chipboard. Then using my crop-a-dile I punched a hole on each side of the top and put in a jumbo eyelet, then tied a ribbon through it. The rest is simply using the big shot to cut the flowers and the letters. No stamping on this project at all.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Product Shares. . .what's that?

If you have been on other blogs or stampin' sites you may have heard the term product share and wondered what it was. Well basically it is when you go together with a group of other crafters to purchase product and then you divide it between you. I've done this before with ribbons and other accessories so that you can have a sampling of the product without investing too much money into it. I usually call it a "try it club". With this debut of this new catalog, and the new in colors I'm offering two product shares, one for ribbon and one for paper.

Polka Dot Ribbon Club--Cost is $15

You will receive 3 yards of each of the new polka dot ribbon in at 6 of the new in colors (soft suede, crushed curry, dusty durango, rich razzleberry, bermuda bay and melon mambo)!

To purchase all of these ribbons individually you would spend over $60.

Designer Series Paper Share--Cost is $25

You will receive one 6x6 square of each of the 6 double sided designs in the 17 NEW packs of designer series paper. That is a total of 102 sheets of 6x6 designer paper. Papers Include:

Cottage Wall
Nouveau Chic
Merry Moments
Autumn Traditions
Tall Tales
Razzleberry Lemonade
Holiday Lounge
Thoroughly Modern
Sotory book Specialty
Patterns Designer series in Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede

To purchase each pack of paper separately you would spend over $170.

If you need the product shipped to you there will be an additional $5 shipping fee.

Please contact me to join either or both product shares, or with any questions.

Another sample from the New Catalog Party. . .

Aren't you sorry you missed it!
This card uses the Circle Circus stamp set which I fell in love with! It can be used for so many different things! I decided to try making a topiary tree, I'd seen a sample on splitcoaststampers and put my own twist on it. We used 6 punches on this card, including the new modern label punch.
For this card I paired soft suede with certainly celery (one of my favorite colors).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July Card Kit--

This kit features the Autumn Days stamp set. I used soft suede, dusty durango and crushed curry, three of the great new in colors!

The kit includes all the paper and accessories you need to make 8 cards (2 of each design) envelopes and step by step instructions.

To complete the kit you will need adhesive, a stamp set (Autumn Days $23.95) and the in color markers ($17.95).

The cost is $15 plus $5 if you need it shipped. If you purchase the stamp set you will get a $5 discount.

All orders need to be placed by July 31st and will be mailed the second week of August.

Quilt card-so easy!

Here is one of the cards that we made at my New Catalog Party. It's super easy but has great WOW factor. I used the new razzleberry lemonade paper, but you could use the scraps that you have on your craft table!

Here's what we did:
1. Punch 12 squares that are 1 1/4 inch. We used the 1 1/4 square punch but if you don't have that you can always use your paper cutter. Adhere these squares to a scrap of cardstock that is 4 x 3 3/4 inches. It doesn't matter what color because it will be covered up.

2. Next cut that same piece of cardstock using the big shot and top note die. You want to lay your cardstock front side down when using the big shot.

3. Tie the ribbon on the side and make a knot.

4. Cut the label with the big shot and the lots of labels die. I used markers to ink Gratitude from the define your life stamp set, then punched with the wide oval punch. Adhere oval to the razzleberry label. Adhere the label to the quilted top note and then adhere top note to the cardbase.

Hope you try one on your own!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Deal of the Week! Doctor's Bag 30% off

Each week in July Stampin' Up! is offering a special deal. This week you can get 30% off the Doctor's bag for the big shot!

Regularly $69.95 now only $49.99
This offer is good until Monday July 13 at 11:50 am (EST)

Order Online or Contact Me by Monday at Noon.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Simple birthday invite

There are some stamp set that have paid for themselves many times over. For me this is one of them. It's called toy box and has been retired for many years. I have used this stamp set for at least 4 of Caleb's birthday parties, including this one which was go carting. The set also includes a roller skate (for the year we had the birthday party at the skating rink), baseball glove, dinosaur and many more. In addition to birthday invites Caleb loves to use this set to make cards. There was a sister set called buttons and bows, it has a tea pot, teddy bear, ballet shoes and others. My daughter loves that one also!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Autumn Set with in colors

I'm still perfecting my sponging ability, it's not something I do very often. I used a little bit of the new razzberry lemonade designer paper on this one. and soft suede polka dot ribbon. I colored the pheasant with the incolor markers (have I expressed my joy over the in color markers? wow).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I can finally show you the new catalog! Isn't it beautiful!! I really love the new curry color. you can see the new catalog in person tonight at 6:30 at my house. If you are coming and haven't let me know please call me!

How do you get a catalog of your own? There's a couple options.

For those of you who either had a workshop or placed a workshop order in the last 6 months you get one FREE!

If you schedule a workshop for July or August you get a catalog FREE!

Place an order in July $75 or over and you get a catalog FREE!

None of those options thrill you, you can always purchase one for $10!

Remember this catalog will be good for 12 months!