Friday, December 31, 2010

Two Cards for New Year's Eve

Hello! I have two cards for you today! Both have similar color combinations, but totally different looks. The first one is for Monday's Mojo Monday sketch and for the color combo over on SCS to use Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Old Olive.

I had a hard time with this circle card, but I wanted to try it! I cut the circle with my Cricut. The image is colored with Stampin' Write Markers. The image is from Morning Cup, a set I had to have, but I haven't used much. I really like how this turned out and need to use that set more often!


My second card is for today's Friday Sketchers and the ColourQ. I have to admit that this card took me forever and I changed my main image several times before settling on this one from Watercolor Trio. The sketch had tons of layers and the color combination was interesting because it was all neutrals with a hint of Old Olive. Definately a challenge, but in the end I like how it turned out!

The paper on this card is the Neutrals Patterns pack and then some retired dp called Walk in the Park (which I have tons of.. haha of course!)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous New Year! Happy 2011!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Valentine's Card & Box

Here's my second project for today! Man, I am loving my Cricut Expression! It's awesome! I cut the heart and the bag out of it using the one cartridge I have, Plantin Schoolbook. The paper is all Stampin' Up and is from last year's Occassion's Mini. It's called Sending Love and unfortunately it no longer available. I still have a lot of it left though, so I thought it would be perfect!

This is for several challenges:

#1 - Ways to Use it on SCS to use something silver... I used silver adhesive rhinestones!

#2 - Colour Create Challenge to use Pink, White, and Red.

#3 - The Play Date Cafe which also had an inspiration piece using Pink & Red.

#4 - Mercy's Sketch Challenge

This is Mercy's last sketch challenge. I am sad, I always love her sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cupcake Card & Bag

Hi everyone! I actually made this card and matching bag last night, but I was tired of my pictures looking terrible, so I waited until this morning to post! I got this idea when I was upstairs watching tv and I had to come down and make it!


The cupcakes were cut with my Cricut from a free SVG file I found on the internet. I just scaled them but to the size I needed. The paper is the retired Island Oasis paper from Stampin' Up. I love the multicolored stripes and polka dots it has... perfect for a birthday card! The ribbon is So Saffron from a few Sale-a-Brations ago.

I found some of these plain white bags in my stash... I found them 2 for $1 last Christmas. I love decorating them to make a custom gift bag and I think this might be one of my best yet!

The card has a Happy Birthday sentiment inside of it.

I used the Sweet Sketch Wednesday for this week for both the card and the bag. I haven't used a lot of layers in a while, so it was fun to get back to my "roots". HAHA!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Thanks


Well, I didn't get to stamp until late this evening, so I had no sunlight to take a good picture of my card. I did the best I could though! Sorry if it looks kind of strange... I will try to take another picture tomorrow.
This is for today's Color Dare to use Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip. Come play with us!
This is also for the sketch challenge today over on Splitcoast Stampers.
The main image is popped up on dimensionals and is colored with Stampin' Write Markers. I used watercolor paper for the main image. The designer paper is some retired called Razzleberry Lemonade. I still have quite a bit of it left, so it was good to use a little piece of it!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Clean & Simple Thanks!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas! Mine was awesome... filled with family and friends. Christmas time can be such a rush and there is so much excitement leading up to it and when it's over.. it's kind of a bummer!

One of my gifts this year was a Cricut Expression... oh my... it is AWESOME! I never really had an interest in getting a Cricut just because I thought the cartridges were expensive, plus I had a regular hand cranked die cutting machine and figured that's all I needed. Well, I was wrong.. this baby is amazing! I changed my mind about it when I recently discovered that you can download free files to it... there's a lot of free goodies to be had! I hope to share some with you in the near future!

This is my first project using the Cricut. This is a very clean & simple card using the challenge on Splitcoast to use Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake. I pulled out some scraps of this old Apple Cider dp (which I still have TONS of...). I paired it with a flower that I cut using my Cricut. It's on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge (the cartridge that my machine came with).

The sketch is from last Friday's Clean&Simple Fall-to-Sketch.

The flower and the sentiment (sentiment is from the retired Bella Blossoms set) are mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals. Everything else is pretty self explanatory!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Retro Christmas

Hi everyone! I hope your Christmas preparations are going well! Mine are, but it's caused me to lose my stampin' time almost every day for the past week or so! I finally sat down this morning to do a few more Christmas cards... I just can't seem to get them all finished!

This is for several challenges:

#1 - ColourQ to use Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, and Real Red

#2 - Wednesday's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers

#3 - Today's Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to make it POP! I popped my image up on dimensionals.

These colors reminded me of a retro Christmas card and so I figured the best set to pull out was Contempo Christmas. I love how it turned out and I made two cards at once which is always great!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snow Flurries

Hello! Happy Friday! Today's card is a CAS Christmas card for the Free For All Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to make a card in less then 15 minutes and for today's Clean&Simple Fall-to-Sketch!

This sketch lended itself to these snow flurries I bought about 2-3 years ago. I just HAD to have them... I have used them a few times, but you got soooo many in a pack that I still have a lot left over.

I actually made two of this card, like I did yesterday. So, that's four snow flurries gone... haha! I seriously don't think I will ever finish using all of them! Got any cute ideas for them? If you do, I would looove to see them!

This card uses some retired holiday paper called Ski Slope. I don't have a lot of it left, but I do have many scraps, so this was a great way to use some of them up!

I think this card will mail fairly easily, which as I told you yesterday, is my biggest challenge!

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes... a set I call a MUST for anyone who stamps! It has so many versatile sentiments and layers in the Word Window and Designer Label punches sooo well.

Ok, I think that's all for today! Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

White Christmas

Look, two posts in three consecutive days... what? HAHA! I have been determined to get my Christmas cards done! I actually made two of these, but they are exactly the same so I just took a picutre of one of them. Once again, I don't feel like my photo came out well.

The ornament is from Delightful Decorations and is embossed with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is embossed in gold. Both are popped up on dimensionals.

The paper I used is the Neutrals Paper Pack of designer paper. I thought this pattern would make a classy background for my simple card.

I didn't put anything bulky on this card so it will mail easily. I think that's my greatest challenge... I always want to put bows on everything! I had to stop myself on this one! HAHA!

This is for the following challenges:
#1 - Pal's Paper Arts
#2 - Stampin' B's to use a star on your creation
#3 - Sweet Sketch Wednesday
#4 - Delightful Challenges to use embossing

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Twins!

Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday! Wednesday means there's a new color challenge over on the Color Dare... this week's combination is PERFECT for getting those holiday projects done: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive & Neutral of your choice!

I used Cherry Cobbler instead of RHR just because I had scraps of this dp laying on my table! This is the new Holly Jolly dp from the main catalog. I absolutely LOVE it!

This is kind of an old meets new... old stamp set (Patterned Pines) and new dp (Holly Jolly) and new seam binding in Cherry Cobbler!

My photo came out a little weird, the card on the left looks a light "brighter" than it should. Oh well, unfortunately I don't have time to rephotograph because I need to get ready to meet my dad for lunch!

I hope you are all having a terrific week... it's freezing in most parts of the country, so stay warm!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Merry Christmas

Hello! I finally had time to sit down and make a card. I realized that I really needed to get going on Christmas cards, or I am not going to get them finished in time!

I made this one this morning... then I realized that I will have to hand deliver this one because of the enormous bow. Now my challenge is to make some cards that aren't so bumpy because I need some to put through the mail!

This card is pretty self explanatory. I used last year's designer paper, Merry Moments. I somehow still have a lot of this paper laying around!

I made this for this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge, although my card ended up coming together a little different than the original sketch. I hope that's ok!

The ornament is from the new Tags 'Til Christmas set and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (a set that is a MUST! If you don't have it, order it NOW!)

The ornament and sentiment are both popped up on dimensionals.

I think everything else is pretty simple! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Candy Dresser

Hi everyone! Happy Monday... I can't believe Thanksgiving is over... can you? That means I really need to get myself in gear making Christmas gifts!

I had originally planned for this cute matchbox dresser to be gifts for my dance student teachers... however, it took a little longer than I expected and I need to make 10. I think I will save this for someone else and think or something else for my assistants.

This was made using the matchbox die and the top note die. You cut four matchboxes and two top notes (actually, I used three so I could layer the top one). This is my first time making one and I am happy with how it turned out. I just wish it would have come together a little quicker.

Oh well... it's still cute!
Like I said, I am back to the drawing board with my assistant gifts. I am looking for something quick and easy, but that still is cute... if you have any ideas, please share them with me!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What I've Been Up To...

Hello! I haven't posted in a while, but I have been busy making gifts for the holidays! I found this great template on the My Time Made Easy website. It's just $5.00 and I think I've already gotten plenty of use out of it!
So far I have made three of these sets. Each one comes with the card box, 8 monogrammed notecards and matching envelopes, an altered
mini notebook, and a jumbo paperclip. The first one I made took me forever, but once I got it down, the others were really easy!
The best part is, I didn't have to go out and buy anything (except the template) because I have tones of random notebooks and stuff laying around the house! I also used this opportunity to use up some old designer paper.. yeah!
Oh yeah, to make it even easier, I used my computer to make the monogram and printed them out on Whisper White paper. This eliminated having to try to stamp all of them. Plus, I don't have an alphabet stamp set that I thought was appropriate.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Merry Dasher Moments

Hello! I hope your week has been going well... mine's been busy but pretty good. I am looking forward to the weekend, though!

It's been pretty chilly here, so it's been easier to get into the spirit and knock out some Christmas cards!

I made this card for today's Ways to Use it challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use green... and for yesterday's sketch challenge.

I pulled out my trusty Dasher stamp for this card and paired it with the Merry Moments designer paper from last year's catalog. Believe it or not, I made this entire card out of scraps! Pretty impressive, huh? HAHA!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

3x3 Christmas

Ok, so I am determined to get as many gift sets as possible done by gift giving time. These are just really great for those people who you don't know what to get!

This is a simple 3x3 notecard set with matching mini card carrier. Again, I got the directions from StampingPro.com... great website!

I actually made two of these as I went and only used ONE piece of designer paper! This is the Merry Moments designer paper from last year, but you could easily substitute one of the new Christmas paper packs. I mainly used the new Tags Til Christmas (#120847 wood / #121169 clear) set but I did use two images from the Christmas Punch hostess set from last year. Remember, the Tags Til Christmas set is ON SALE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cardholder Bag & Cards

I'm on a roll today! This is another template from StampingPro.com... it was super easy! This one is called a Cardholder Bag.

I had one last piece of 12x12 of this Summer Picnic designer paper. Again, some more old designer paper that I had hanging around my stamp room!

Two of the cards in the set I had already made and found in my stash. I made two more to go with it and viola! This was quick, easy & cute!

Bag Box with Mini Notecards

Happy Halloween! As usual, I am spending my Halloween stamping CHRISTMAS gifts! It's kind of a tradition... I listen to Christmas music on Halloween... haha!

Anyway, this is a mini bag box and notecards that I made using tons of retired paper! I have a lot of the retired cardstock and of course, designer paper... so I thought this was a good way to use it up!

I followed the directions from the Stamping Pro website. Here is a direct link to the PDF for this project. She has a lot of good stuff on there, so make sure you check it out!

I pulled out some ANCIENT designer paper called Pool Party for this bag. It uses the retired colors Brocade Blue & Sage Shadow and the current color, Garden Green. I think this makes a pretty color combination. I had just enough Sage Shadow ribbon left for my cards, but I didn't have enough for the bag, so I used the Whisper White Organza ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gift Wrap...

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Today's project is a pretty simple gift bag and matching card. I decided I needed to get my you know what in gear and get some Christmas stuff started!

My aunt showed me how to make this really cute bag out of one sheet of 12x12 paper and two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. I have this "ancient" designer paper from years ago that I decided to use.

The card features this week's sketch from Splitcoast Stampers.

I am hoping to sell some of these sets to make some extra money for Christmas shopping! I figured using up some retired supplies would be a good idea!

If you want the directions, you can check out my aunt's blog: I Stamp, I Sew. She has some GREAT eye candy over there! Definately check it out!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Season's Greetings

Hello! Happy Thursday! Today's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers is to use frames. This was the perfect opportunity to pull out a stamp set I hardly use, Framed with Love. It's now retired, but I bought it last year during a promotion and have probably used it once before!

This is also for the Card Positioning Systems sketch for this week which was perfect for this frame and sentiment!

I pulled out the Merry Moments designer paper from last year. I still have a lot of it left and figured this would be a great use for it!

Everything is pretty self explanatory, so here are the supplies I used!
  • Four the Holidays Stamp Set (#116921)
  • Framed with Love Stamp Set (retired)
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock (#102128)
  • Garden Green cardstock (#102584)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650)
  • Merry Moments designer paper (retired)
  • Basic Rhinestones (#119246)
  • Chocolate Double Stitched Ribbon (retired)
  • Stampin Dimensionals (#104430)
  • Stamp-a-ma-Jig (#101049)
  • Real Red Ink Pad (#103133)
  • Chocolate Chip Ink Pad (#100908)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So You're Having a Baby... or TWO!

Today's color challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers was PERFECT for a card I've been needing to make! My friend is having TWINS (one boy and one girl) and her shower is next weekend. I hadn't had any inspiration until today to get it done and I really love the results!

The sketch is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch which works perfectly for my image!

I used the stroller image from the Fun & Fast Notes set! Unlike yesterday, all of my supplies on my card are CURRENT and available for purchase from Stampin' Up!

I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to get the strollers lined up on my cardstock. If you don't have one, you should totally invest in one because it makes lining up images sooo much easier!

Ok, here are my details with product numbers!
  • Fun & Fast Notes Stamp Set (#113500)
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock (#120953)
  • Blushing Bride Cardstock (#119796)
  • Baja Breeze Cardstock (#111352)
  • Watercolor Paper (#105019)
  • Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Maker (#119801, set)
  • Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker (#120965)
  • Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker (#100071)
  • Elegant Soiree Designer Paper (#117163)
  • Designer Series Paper Pack - In Color - Blushing Bride (#121028, hostess)
  • Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack - Neutrals - Crumb Cake (#117157)
  • Basic Pearls (#119247)
  • 5/8'' Satin Ribbon in Chocolate Chip (retired, Early Espresso closest match #119753)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig (#101049)

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thankful Me... Clean & Simple.

Good morning! It's Monday... not sure how I feel about that, but hopefully the week will go by relatively fast because I have this weekend off... woo hoo!

I made this card for today's Clean & Simple Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers to use gingham or checks on your design. It is also for Friday's Clean&Simple Fall-to-Sketches.

My style is normally anything but clean & simple, so this was an added challenge for me!

I dug in my stash and found this scrap piece from the retired Bella Rose designer paper. The sentiment is from the retired Sweet Little Sentiments set. The ribbon is also retired... only thing current on this card is the cardstock (whisper white, riding hood red, and pink pirouette), basic rhinestones, and the Beautiful Wings die cut!

This is pretty self explanatory! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day! :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Best Wishes

Hello! Happy Sunday... I hope you've had a great weekend... mine has been pretty good! Of course, it's always good when I get time to stamp! My husband is off to the Martinsville race with his brother and dad today and I don't have to be at the studio until a little later in the afternoon, so I got to play in my stamp room this morning!

I made this card for the Featured Stamper challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers. This week's featured stamper is Lynette and I CASed this card. I changed the image, colors (slightly), and embellishments. I also altered the layout.

I really love how this came out! I used the new colors Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight. I love them together!

Here are the supplies used on my card:
  • Flower Fancy Stamp Set (#111578)
  • Cute & Curly Stamp Set (retired)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (#100730)
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock (#119683)
  • Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (#119795)
  • Watercolor Paper (#105019)
  • Pear Pizzazz 1/2'' stitched poly ribbon (#119265)
  • Basic Rhinestones (#119246)
  • Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad (#101406)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch (#119882)
  • Curly Label Extra-Large Punch (#119851)
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (#118138)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Old Meets New

Happy Saturday, everyone! I have been still feeling pretty under the weather, so I finally broke down and took a day off yesterday. I proceeded to sleep until 11:30am this morning, so let's hope that I just needed some sleep!

I have three cards for you this morning, all for various sketch challenges and oddly enough all of them use new stamp sets (most), paired with old designer paper! Hence my post, Old Meets New!

My first card uses the new set, Morning Cup (#120489 clear, #116988 wood). I used the OWH Stars & Stamps sketch challenge from earlier in the week for this card as I thought the three small panels suited this stamp set well.

The images are stamped in brown Stazon On and then colored in with Stampin' Write Markers.

My second card uses the new set, Perfect Punches (#117022, wood / #120516 clear) and the older set, but still current, Lovely as a Tree (#115026). It is paired with the Christmas Cocoa designer paper from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog. I used the Lizzie Anne Designs
Sketch
for this card and I really love how it turned out!



My last card for today uses the returning set, Falling Leaves (#115368). You can't really see it in the picture, but the center panel says "Happy Thanksgiving". I don't send out many Thanksgiving Day cards, but I do send them to a few close family memebers, so I figured I should get cracking! This is paired with some of my all-time favorite designer paper, Fall Flowers.

This last card uses one of the bonus sketches from this week's 2 Sketches 4 You.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget about the great promotion Stampin' Up is running on Christmas bundles! It's a great way to get new supplies for your holiday cards at at great discount! You can read about it here!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stampin' Up Holiday Promotion

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Color Dare & More....

Wow, it's been a while since I have had time to stamp... this routine of NOT stamping is starting to get old! I am happy that I did find time this morning though. My new agreement to myself is that I always find at least 30 minutes each morning to stamp. I think I always have a better day when I get to do at least one card!

Anyway... this is for three challenges:

1) Color Dare to use Peach Parfait, Rich Razzleberry, & Sahara Sand

2) Sketch Challenge from Splitcoast Stampers

3) Pals Paper Arts Challenge to use BLING!

These colors led me to make a fall card which then led to one of my all time favorite sets, Season of Friendship. It's such a versatile set and makes a great fall card!

Using bling was not a problem for me as I seem to use it all the time! HAHA!

Here are all of the ingredients and item numbers to order if you want to make this card too! You an order all supplies in my Stampin' Up online store!

  • Season of Friendship Stamp Set (#111776)
  • Designer Series Paper Pack - In Color - Hostess (#121028)
  • Sahara Sand Cardstock (#121043)
  • Rich Razzleberry Cardstock (#115316)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (#100730)
  • Early Espresso Ink (#119670)
  • Peach Parfait Ink (#119783)
  • Rich Razzleberry Ink (#115658)
  • Rich Razzleberry Polka Dotted Ribbon (retired)
  • Basic Rhinestones(#119246)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to You!

stampin up demonstrator, crazy for cupcakes, stampin' up, birthday, cards, handmade Wooo Hoo... it's FRIDAY! I hope you have a lovely day!

I made this card for two different challenges from earlier in the week:

#1 - Pals Paper Arts challenge which is a color challenge this week: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, and Melon Mambo

#2 - Mercy's Tuesday Sketch

I pulled out my good old trusty Crazy for Cupcakes (#111618) for this challenge. I flipped the sketch to make it work for the image I wanted to use.

The image is stamped on Watercolor Paper and colored with Stampin' Write Markers.

The various dp panels are from the new Hostess Prints Pack (free with a $150 purchase), with the exception of the Melon Mambo piece which is from the retired Good Neighbors dp pack.

Everything else is pretty self explanatory! Here are the full details on the products I used. Remember, you can purchase them all (as long as they are current) in my online store by clicking HERE!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White (#100730), Melon Mambo (#115320), Designer Series Paper Pack - In Color (hostess, free with $150 purchase, or you can buy #117158 but patterns vary), Good Neighbor Dp (retired)

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (#111618)

Ink: Stazon Jet Black (#101406)

Accessories: Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker (#121074), Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker & Peach Parfait Stampin' Write Marker (#119801, part of a 5 marker set), Basic Rhinestones (#119246), 1/2'' Stitched Poly Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz (#119265)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Color Dare & Sketch

So, it's been TOO long since I've gotten the chance to stamp, but I have been a little under the weather and then I've just been plain busy! I finally got a chance to make a card this morning, WOO HOO!

I made this card for this week's Color Dare challenge to use Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, & Early Espresso. I think this is the first time I've used the new color, Marina Mist. It's a lovely shade of blue and I know I will be using it more!

This is also for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

I don't have any current designer paper that has Wild Wasabi in it, so I had to dig through my stash and I found this scrap from the retired Afternoon Tea designer paper. It was always one of my favorites and I'm sad to say that I have very little of it left!

I used the new hostess set, Because I Care (#120118) on this card. You can earn this set for FREE by placing an order of $150 or more in my online Stampin' Up Store!

Card Details:
Paper: Very Vanilla (#101650), Early Espresso (#119686), Marina Mist (#119682), Watercolor Paper (#105019), Afternoon Tea Dp (retired)

Ink: Stazon Jet Black (#101406)

Stamps: Because I Care (#120118, only available with purchase of $150 or more)

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones (#119246), Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker (#100080), Bashful Blue Stampin' Write Marker (#105111), Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker (#100071), Early Espresso 3/8'' Taffeta Ribbon (#119964)

Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Christmas is Love

Hello! It's Monday... and a rainy one at that! I am still feeling blaaaaaaaaaah, but I figured stamping might help me feel better! HAHA!

This is for today's Mojo Monday sketch.... and I love it!

I pulled out some retired designer paper from last season called Merry Moments and paired it with the new Contempo Christmas (#118734 wood / #120594 clear) set!

I love how it came out!

Here's what you need to make this card
  • Contempo Christmas Stamp Set (#118734 wood / #120594 clear)
  • Garden Green Cardstock (#102584)
  • Chocolate Chip Cardstock (#102128)
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (#101650)
  • Christmas Designer Paper of your choice
  • 5/8'' Neutral Jumbo Brads in Very Vanilla (#112533)
  • 5/8'' Satin Ribbon in Chocolate Chip (retired, closest match is Early Espresso #119753)
  • Silver Elastic Cord (retired)
  • Chocolate Chip Ink Pad (#100908)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

No Coffee??


Hello! I hope you have had a good weekend. I have been slightly under the weather, but I think it's just been my out of control allergies... maybe paired with a slight cold... who knows! Anyway, I felt well enough to stamp this afternoon!

I pulled out my new Morning Cup (#116988 wood / #120489) stamp set. I knew this stamp set would be on my first order from the 2010/2011 catalog because... I love coffee! Anyone who knows me realizes that you shouldn't try to talk to me until I've had at least one cup of coffee in the morning... and so this sentiment really rings true for me! HAHA!

I paper pieced the coffee pot with the new Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack in the Neutrals (#117157) and found some old Real Red dp from a hostess prints pack.

This is for two challenges:

#1 - Stacey's Curtain Call Challenge to use: Real Red, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand & Basic Black

#2 - CPS - Card Sketches

Here's everything you need in order to recreate my card, all supplies can be ordered in my Stampin' Up store!
  • Morning Cup Stamp Set - #116988 wood mounted / #120489 clear
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock - #101650
  • Soft Suede Cardstock - #115318
  • Sahara Sand Cardstock - #121043
  • Real Red Cardstock - #102482
  • Real Red Stamp Pad - #103133
  • Basic Black Stamp Pad - #101179
  • Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack in Neutrals - #117157
  • Basic Rhinestones - #119246
  • 1/4'' Grosgrain Ribbon in Real Red - #109034
  • 1'' Circle Medium Punch- #110868
  • Designer Label Large Punch - #119862
  • Modern Label Extra Large Punch - #119849
  • Word Window Large Punch - #119857
  • Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die - #113469
  • Circles #2 Bigz Die - #114526

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Holiday Headstart

Hello! Happy Thursday to you all!! Today's challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers is called "Holiday Headstart"... so I knew this was the perfect opportunity to pull out my new Contempo Christmas (#118734 wood / 120594 clear) set!

I also used my new designer paper, Jolly Holiday (#117159)! And the new adhesive rhinestones (#119246)!

Can you tell that I am happy to have new stuff to play with? HAHA!

All of the supplies used on this card can be purchased in my online Stampin' Up store! Get a jump start on your holiday projects by purchasing your supplies NOW!

This card is also for the Stampin' B's challenge to use paper piercing and for the Inspirational Card Sketches sketch!

Here is my supply list for this card. The item numbers can be used to order!
  • Christmas Contempo Stamp Set (#118734 wood mounted / #120594 clear mounted)
  • Jolly Holiday Designer Paper (#117159)
  • Old Olive Cardstock (#100702)
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (#101650)
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (#119685)
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad (#119669)
  • Old Olive Ink Pad (#102277)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/2'' Seam Binding Ribbon (#120992)
  • Old Olive Designer Button (from the Brights Designer Button Pack) (#119747)
  • Basic Rhinestones (#119246)
  • Mat Pack (#105826)
  • Paper-Piercing Tool (#116631)
  • 2''x1 3/8'' Oval Extra-Large Punch (#119859)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!!!!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Feeling Fall...

Hello!! It's been quite a while since I've gotten the chance to post! Last week was the first week back at the studio, so I was pretty busy getting everything together!

I FINALLY got some new stuff from Stampin' Up this week... although, the only new thing I used on this card is the Poppy Parade dp from the hostess pack!

I made this card for today's Color Dare: Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise. It's also for today's sketch challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.

I have to admit, this color combination was a bit challenging, but once I got it going, I really like it! I think the bright colors were what kind of freaked me out at first, but you just have to learn how to balance them and it really works.

I pulled out my Trendy Trees set to do a fall-ish card. Too bad it doesn't feel like fall here... it's HOT! I am tired of the hot... ready for some cool temperatures so I can pull out my sweatshirts!!!!!

I hope you like my card!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gable Box Gift Set

I know, I have been going crazy with these gift sets, but I have to get a jump start on Christmas gifts, so I am trying to do at least one gift set a week... hopefully more, but lately I haven't been getting enough time in my stamp room!

I hopefully CASed most of this from Stamping Pro!

I did use the retired color Almost Amethyst instead of Baja Breeze because I have an entire new pack of it and I want to try to use up my old cardstock!

I colored the images with just regular colored pencils.

I love this new hostess set in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog. It's called Because I Care and I just think it makes a great card! You just have to place an order of $150 or more to get it for FREE!!

You can place your order online at my online store, here!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wings of Friendship

Happy Friday!!!

I finally got to stamp this afternoon... this week has been pretty busy with the studio. We start classes back next week and I have been bombarded with paperwork.

This card is for today's Free For All challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and for the color challenge from Tuesday, also on Splitcoast Stampers!

The colors are: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizazz, and Concord Crush. I really like how they go together! I haven't ordered any new designer paper, so I made my own!

I love how this came out!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait
Ink: I used Stampin' Write Markers, Concord Crush, Pear Pizazz, and Peach Parfait, Basic Black ink pad
Stamps: Wings of Friendship (retired, hostess)
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Adhesive Pearls


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Card Box & Four Cards

Ok, so I've been on a roll today!!! I just finished this great box and four matching cards... go me! I figured that December will be here before we know it and I always need gifts like this for people... so I might as well get started now, right?

This was really easy to make. The box is just made out of one piece of 8 1/2 x 11'' cardstock. I have WHOLE package of Bordering Blue cardstock.... which is now retired, so I used it for all the card bases... not that it knocked out ANY of the paper.. haha! I also used the retired Bella Birds dp... and I still have tons! Guess I will be making many of these sets for people... haha!

This was really easy to make and I love how it turned out! The Watercolor Trio is such a great set to use for stuff like this as you don't have to spend time coloring!

Thanks for stopping by... again... haha! :)

Accoridan Card Pouch & Notecards

I'm back! Wow, a double post!! This hasn't happened for a while!

I stumbled across a FANTASTIC blog this afternoon called Stamping Pro! Wow, does she have some fantastic samples and tutorials on her blog... love it!

I tried out her accordian card pouch and notecards found here!

This was super easy and I really LOVE how it turned out! I am trying to use up old designer paper so I can convince my husband that I need to place an order of new stuff! HAHA! This uses the old East Coast Prep dp and the trust Fun & Fast Notes stamp set! The note cards are 3.5x5'' cards. I just happened to have some envelopes that would fit them sitting around my house!

Thanks for stopping by!

For You CASE

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend! I haven't been feeling up to par... I am pretty sure I have a sinus infection... ugh! My husband is tiling the floor in our upstairs bathroom today, so I had time to stamp!

This card is for today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoast Stampers. Today's featured stamper is stampingout! She has a great gallery! It is also for today's PaperWorks Co. Sketch!

I CASed this card from stamping out.

I tried to keep her clean & simple style, but I also added my own touches like multiple layers on the main image. I really love how this turned out!!! Great Friend is one of my favorite stamp sets of all time!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White, Taken with Teal (retired), Pretty in Pink
Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Pretties Kit (pearls), Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by! Remember, you can purchase all current Stampin' Up items in my online store by clicking HERE!

Friday, September 3, 2010

House of Thanks

Hi everyone! I am FINALLY starting to settle down in the new house and I am finally starting to get caught up on my dance studio work... so I FINALLY got to stamp this morning!

I made this card for one of our new neighbors. They are older and the lady has been so welcoming and even gave us a VERY generous house warming gift. I wanted to drop her a thank you note, so I thought the Good Neighbors SAB set would be the one to use!

This is for the color challenge and the sketch challenge this week over at Splitcoast Stampers. I have to admit that this color combo threw me at first. Especially since I am virtually out of Baja Breeze cardstock and I have NO new designer paper. I kind of had to take a hiatius from buying new stamp stuff when we bought our house. Now, it's the last month of the quarter and I haven't met my minimums, so an order is in my future! Of course, if you would like to buy something, you can always help me meet my minimum by placing an order.. here! Just click on the top right hand corner, "shop now".

Card Details:
Paper: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Prints Pack DP (hostess from a while back), Rich Razzleberry DP (retired), Urban Garden DP (retired)

Stamps: Good Neighbors (retired, SAB), Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Melon Mambo, Basic Black

Accessories: Double Stitched Baja Breeze Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!!!!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Stampin' Up Updates



I have a few updates for you! Stampin' Up is currently running a Hostess promotion through August 31st! Here are the details!


Hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!

Things to Remember
Only customer, demonstrator, and workshop order types qualify for this promotion.

Orders must be $350 or more to qualify. Online orders do not qualify.

Hostesses may use their additional $25 in hostess free merchandise on any regular catalog/mini catalog merchandise.

Orders larger than $350 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $700 workshop does not receive $50 in additional dollars. All orders over $350 always receive $25 in additional free hostess dollars.


Remember, you can order Stampin' Up 24/7 in my online store: HERE!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mashing it Up!

Hi! Happy Friday!!! Are you happy it's the weekend? I am!! Even though I have a busy one!!

This card is for three challenges:

#1 - Sketch Challenge from Splitcoast Stampers

#2 - Free For All Challenge from Splitcoast Stampers to use at least 2 different stamps from 2 different stamp companies. I used Petals & Stems from Verve Visual, Framed with Love from Stampin' Up, Everyday Button Bits from Papertrey Ink!

#3 - ColourQ Challenge to use Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.

This was one of those cards that began as a disaster, but then I ended up loving it in the end! I love when that happens!!! The flower petals are each stamped on Very Vanilla, then cut out and mounted on dimensionals.

All of the designer paper is retired, Prints Pack & Urban Garden.

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Merry Blingmas...

Hello! Happy Tuesday... I hope you are having a wonderful start to your week!

Today's card is entitled "Merry Blingmas" because I went just a little overboard on the bling.. haha! But as I always say, you can never have too much bling!

This card is for today's Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, and Pretty in Pink. I also added in Early Espresso as a neutral.

It's also for today's Mercy's Sketch Challenge! She always has fantastic sketches and today is no exception!

When I saw this color combo, I immediately thought CHRISTMAS, so I pulled out my trusty Dasher stamp and this is what I came up with. I wasn't sure I liked it at first, but it's growing on me.

The Pretty in Pink dp is from the Welcome Neighbor SAB paper pack. The snowflakes were embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing folder. Everything else is pretty self explanatory!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I made a card.....

in my new stamp room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooo hooo!!! As I mentioned yesterday, we just moved into a new house last weekend. It's definately a fixer upper. It was a foreclosure, so we've had a to do a lot of work just to make it livable. I think it sat for over a year... maybe two!

Anyway, I finally got into my new stamp room today... I will post pictures of it later... it's AWESOME!

This card is for several challenges (as usual)...

#1 - Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge from yesterday and ways to use it challenge today to use buttons! Lord knows I have enough of them!

#2 - Tuesday's ColourQ to use Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, and Early Espresso.

Now, since we've had so many expenses with the house, I haven't been able to place my first order from the new catalog yet... booo! So, I pulled out Eastern Blooms... a set I really like, but don't use enough! The designer paper is from various dp sets... Print Patterns (hostess) and Pink Flamingo (retired).

I used my Stampin' Write Markers to make my image three toned. The ribbon is non-SU as I didn't have any Tempting Turquoise ribbon that was thin enough for this card. The button is also non-SU. Everything else is though!

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I'm here...

I just wanted to update on why I haven't been stamping... we had a national dance competition and then we moved to our new house! We are finally starting to get settled, so I should be back to stamping soon!! I hope everyone is having a great end of the summer!! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Every Had One of THOSE Cards?

Ok, so this was one of those cards that I just didn't like anything about... I just finally threw it together... haha! Now that it is finished, it's growing on me.

First off, let's start with the fact that I stamped the main image like 3 times before I was happy with it. I colored it with a blender pen and my Stampin' Pastels... that was a new technique for me. It took a while to get used to, but I do like the results.

This is for a slew of challenges...

#1 - Charisma Cardz to use pink on your project.

#2 - AI Factory Challenge to use a flower as your image.

#3 - AUD Sentiments Challenge to NOT put a sentiment on your card.

#4 - Create with Connie & Mary to use Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Old Olive, & So Saffron. I promise I used Real Red in the coloring of the big flower... it just turned out looking pink for some reason!

#5 - Digi Doodle Shop's Best to use scraps... my whole card is made of scraps!

#6 - The Our Creative Corner sketch.

#7 - StampInsanity to use bling and ribbon.

#8 - Splitcoast Stamper's Ways to Use It Challenge to use CHALK!

Whew... that was a lot of challenges! Thanks for stopping by! I will be MIA for the next few days as my dance studio travels out of town for a dance competition! I hope you have a great weekend and beginning of the week... I should be back on Tuesday or Wednesday!!!