Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This has been an eventful year for us as a family, as it has been for many of you. This past January, our daughter was married and they are now expecting a little one in May. How very excited we all are!! Then earlier this month my husband, Rick was laid off from his job. This looks to be a permanent layoff. Consequently, we are looking into retiring a little earlier than planned. The downturn in the economy isn't helping matters right now either. So at this point in time, everything in our lives is in a state of flux. No telling where we'll be at this time next year. But that's part of what makes life interesting, right?! Come join us on our journey and be part of our extended family.
Blessings and peace to you from the newborn Child in Bethlehem,
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Ok, back to the card I'm sharing with you today. I didn't know it at the time, but it fits us so well now. Vintage Vogue has some cute flowers and some nice sentiments. And the sentiment I had chosen for this card is all too true. "Life happens. Love helps." It's funny that I made this card last Thursday, and my hubby was laid off from his job on Saturday. Life is very strange indeed! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the card!
Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Cardstock: Kraft, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, and Very Vanilla cardstock, with Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper
Ink: VersaMark, Sahara Sand, and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Big Shot with Movers and Shapers Dies, Soft Suede Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge quarters, and Dimensionals
Don't you just love the look of the flower stamp with the script writing on it? It's just one of the fun touches of whimsy that is a part of this stamp set. Did you notice the added design element of the viny flowers along the edges of the Vanilla cardstock that were stamped with Sahara Sand? Add to that the wonderful designs in the Bella Bleu DSP pack for another kick of texture. And then all the final sponging gives the whole card a real feel of vintage, don't you think? I was so happy with how this card came together. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Have fun with you stamping and Christmas preparations today. Later this afternoon I'll be out in the rain hitting the stores with my daughter to get some gift shopping accomplished. Wish us luck! lol
Saturday, December 12, 2009
When I got my first look at the new Mini, I fell in love with a set called 'Abundant Hope'. The set has a beautiful line-art image, some very meaningful sentiments, and a tiny accent border piece. I must admit it was love at first site for me. I love watercoloring images and love, love, love pastels. So this was the first set I ordered, and the first set I played with too!! And while you're reading this today, my downline is probably making this card right now during our Shoebox Swap. he he
Isn't it just lovely?? Spring always means Easter to me and one of my favorite things at this time of year is all new flowers bursting out of the frozen ground and springing to life. (I know we're just getting into the beginnings of winter here, but I can always dream, can't I?) I've had daffodils growning along my fence for years, so this was the perfect reminder of spring.
Stamps: Abundant Hope acrylic-mount stamp
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, the brand new Scallop Trim Border (that you'll be able to earn free during Sale-A-Bration starting January 5th!!), Aqua Painter, sponge quarter, and Dimensionals
I just had to share with you a close-up of the new border punch. Isn't it great? And there's a corner punch to co-ordinate with it too!!! Am I excited about these new products? Oh yeah! I can hardly wait to share them with you. Won't you consider booking a party with me to play with all these awesome new products? Or if you're not in the area, you can always order online from me. Just click on the button on the right to go shopping. Now remember, you have to wait until January 5th to order any of these new items. Yah, I know - gotta save some of those Christmas dollars to use next month!! LOL
Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Each of the boxes are made out of one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of Chocolate Chip cardstock. The sides of the box are scored at 2 1/2" intervals. The top is scored at 1 1/2", and the bottom is scored at 1".
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes and Snow Buddies (Hostess Level 2)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Watercolor Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: AquaPainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, White Gel Pen, Sticky Strip, and Circle Punches (for the snowflake on the bottle lids that you can't see!)
They've been stamped with the Serene Snowflakes in both Chocolate Chip and Whisper White inks to give the box some detail.
And I love how the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint looks painted over the watercolors on the stars! So shimmery and pretty - very subtle! I hope each of my ladies likes the boxes. If not, they can always re-gift them!! LOL
Oh, I forgot to mention that each box has a 'Starbuck's coffee' bottle inside filled with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. It's to keep them warm on those cold winter nights that we have here in Michigan!
Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your evening. Wish you could join us for stamping, eating, and fun tomorrow! If you'd like to be part of our group - Carr's Crazy Stampers, get in touch with me and I'd be happy to give you all the details!
I am so excited!! Stampin Up has taken the best of both worlds to create these clear mount stamps. They are the same excellent quality rubber stamps they have always had but now the blocks are clear so you can see through them. I just got my first set yesterday and wasn't sure how I would like them but I have to tell you that they are FABULOUS! So easy to use and you can see exactly where you are stamping. These will be available to customers on Jan 5th!
Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.
Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.
Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features
* Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
* Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
* Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
* Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
* Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
* Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
* Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.
So what do you think? Maybe you need to book a party right now so you'll be one of the first to see and stamp with these new products! If you're anywhere in the greater Detroit and surrounding areas, I'd love to come and share these new products with you!!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
With all this going on, I haven't been in the mood for much stamping. Actually, I'd probably have felt better if I had been stamping, but I just couldn't seem to concentrate. This card was one I'd been working on before all the craziness started. It was a bit hard getting the embossing on the tree shape only. (I have several ugly embossed cardstock pieces laying around to prove it too!) The trick was to cut a triangle shape from chipboard and lay it under the embossing folder. Then it was a matter of finding the right amount of pressure (shims) to emboss just the tree. I honestly can't tell you what the final layering was - I didn't write it down and really don't remember. (I hate when that happens!!!) When I have more time, I want to play around with this again and keep track of what works! It's just too lovely to make only one!
Stamps: All Holidays
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot and Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Small Star Punch, and Zig Gold/Silver Painty(retired)
This card is so absolutely elegant in person. All the white and gold always look so perfect to me. I just had a thought that this would be a terrific card for a Christmas wedding. Even the words would be fine for that. Anybody want to get married so I can send it out to you?
Have a blessed day today! Count your blessings, and find some time to stamp and unwind.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
When poking around the excess 'stuff' on my table, there was the 'left-over' part after punching a bunch of ornaments. Hmmm... Now this needs to be good for something. You just can't throw it away! OMG, not that dirty 'T' word!!! I just can't handle that! So, why don't we incorporate it into a design? Couldn't figure out how to actually put it on a card, so I did the next best thing - used it for a stencil. Just love the sponged shape, very soft and kind of subtle.
Stamps: Holiday Best
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, with Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Ink: Old Olive pad, Real Red and Always Artichoke Markers
Accessories: Ornament Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, and Gold Zig Painty (retired)
Well that's it for today. I've got my lovely downline ladies coming tonight for our meeting. I'll have to show you the Make & Takes we do on tomorrow's post. Until then, keep stamping and smiling! Remember, we're having fun!!!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
But other than that, life does go on. The five ladies who were available for stamping all got together last night to make the cards for "From Our Hearts". We enjoyed making the cards and really enjoyed eating the wonderful Pumpkin Roll that Shirley made. Oh, it was sooooo yummy!! And we were able to get 50 cards made in less than 2 hours. They are all packaged up with envelopes and clear envies too!!!! What a terrific accomplishment ladies! I'll start planning the projects for the next stamping night out.
Anyway, with all that's been going on, I haven't had too much time to do my own designing. When I was cleaning up the other day, I came across a leaf that was all watercolored up and just sitting there all by itself. It really needed to be joined with a card after all this time by itself. So this is exactly what I proceeded to do. I think it's much happier now, don't you agree?
I chose to use the swirled Texturz Plate and Big Shot to give the card some interest. It reminded me of leaves swirling down from the trees. Also the complete card was cut from the Scallop Square Die. Doesn't it make a really cute card?
The leaf still looked a little lonesome, so I stamped up the acorns from Autumn Splendor and colored them to coordinate. Added the greeting from Grateful Greetings set and a bit of Kraft Taffeta ribbon, and that's about it. It was really quite quick to put together. I need just a few more Thanksgiving cards, so maybe a couple more of these would do the trick.
Have a great day - whatever is left of it anyway!
(stomp, stomp) Hey, I think I got another one of those bugs!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
This is so strange sharing Valentine cards with you and it's just barely November today. But the cards going out to our soldiers need to be ahead of the season. So, we're starting early! A group of ladies from my church are meeting on Wednesday to get started on Valentine cards. This time I've planned out the cards ahead of time and cut everything ready to stamp, assemble and send. Last time it was much more loosely organized and 7 of us only managed to make 30 cards. This time there will be fewer ladies, but I've got supplies ready to make 50 cards. So I'm really pushing the ladies to keep working this time - such a task-master!!
Since I have Designer Papers that are lovely but sadly retired, I planned cards around what I had on hand. This first one uses some of the lovely Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper. I don't have any Kiwi Kiss cardstock left, so I used Certainly Celery instead. On the computer the difference is very obvious, but in real life it works.
Stamps: Love You Much and Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, and Whisper White, and Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: Rose Red and Certainly Celery Markers
Accessories: Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Soft Subtles Mini Brads and Dimensionals