Sunday, August 30, 2009

Whooo's There?? Sketch

Today I stopped by Karen Giron's The Sweetest Thing blog and she had her Sweet Sunday Sketch posted. It's a cute little sketch that was fun and easy to work with. I also meandered to Pals Paper Arts site( first time there - it's awesome!) and they've got a sketch going on that's Halloween themed. So it got me thinking about fall and Halloween. And that got me thinking about some On Board chipboard pieces that I had never gotten around to playing with. Well, I figured it was about time to rectify that oversight! LOL So here is today's card for you. What do you think??? Isn't it darling? Whoo loves ya baby!

All stamps and materials by Stampin'Up!

Stamps: Owl Together Now
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Whisper White cardstock with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Designer Series Papers
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic and Pumpkin Pie Craft ink
Accessories: On Board So Tweet, 3/4" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Earth Elements Mini Brads, Alpine Ribbon Originals (retired), Sanding Blocks, Sponge quarter, Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive, and Dimensionals

The card is a little differently sized. It's a 4.25 x 4.25 inch square. It'll still fit in a regular envie, but just gets a different look. This way the ribbon can hang off the side and not get crunched in the envie either! See, there's a reason for everything - sort of anyway!! lol

I saw another owl card on Melissa Young's blog here, and just fell in love with the owl. It's just the cutest thing on two feet! So of course I had to try one out myself. Now why haven't I used this chipboard before? Ummm, I think I forgot I bought it, but I'm glad it's off the shelf now! So get out your chipboard and play. Oh, you don't have any? Well, get in touch with me and I'd be happy to order some for you. You certainly don't want to miss out on the fun, now do you?

Hope you enjoyed my little Halloween hoot owl. Make sure you check out both Karen Giron's site and the Pals Paper Arts site for some great inspiration. They've got it in spades!
Happy Sunday -

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stamping 411 Tree Trimmings

Wow, I'm really skipping around with the seasons, aren't I? Since it's been so chilly here, I figured it was time to start making the Christmas cards I'll need for this year. There is something that bothers me about making 50 or more of one single card idea. It just takes all the creativity out of it! Therefore, I must make a plethora of different Christmas card designs and make small multiples of anywhere from 1 to maybe 15 cards of each design. Isn't that how everybody does it? There's always an idea out there that I just have to make at least once! And you don't know which idea it is until you've made maybe a dozen or two different cards. Then you can pick and choose which one you want to make multiples of. Right??? Whadiya mean that's not how to do it?!? Who says I can't make piles of different cards? I need to! You see, it's sort of an obsession with me - but shhh, don't tell anybody. I don't want everybody to know all about my weird quirks. Sheesh, I meant to say lovable behavior, that is. LOL
Anyway, I really do have a card to share with you today. Sorry it's taken me so long to get around to it. Here's the latest Christmas card idea that hatched. It follows the sketch at Stamping 411 here. Hope you like it.

All stamps and materials by Stampin'Up!

Stamps: Tree Trimmings and Season's Greetings (retired)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive cardstock with Old Olive Designer Series Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Classic, and VersaMark
Accessories: Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder, Vanilla HodgePodge Hardward, Dimensionals, and Gold Ribbon (retired)

I was especially happy with the inside of the card. It matched the outside nicely and looked just as pretty. We have so many friends that live at a distance that these words always seemed appropriate to me.
Now for those of you that have art degrees and really know your stuff, I realize I didn't use three ornaments either on the front or the inside. And of course you should always use multiples of three or other uneven number. Oh well, I guess that just goes along with my other problem with multiples that we've already discussed here. So we'll just pretend I never heard of the adage and just enjoy the card. BTW, if you count the 3 ornaments on the front stamped with Versamark ink, that makes 5. So does that mean it's ok now?
That's it for today. Have a good one and check out the sketch at Stamping 411. They always have nice sketches to work with and great samples using the sketches too. It's a great way to jump-start your creativity!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Cool Friday

That is cool as in almost cold. Whatever happened to summer this year? It's been rainy and quite cool the last two days. I'm ready for just a little more summer before fall rolls around. I know, I know. I'm never happy with what the weather is outside. Well, that's not quite true either. Usually I don't mind whatever it is as long as I can go down to my stamping dungeon and create. And that's the truth, so there!
Anyway, today I've got a lovely fall card for your perusal. I seem to be dipping into my retired goodies much more often lately. This card uses some More Mustard DSP that was a Hostess Level 1 gift last catalog. I love the color for fall, and this just fit the design so well. Sure wish I could get my hands on more of this!

All stamps and materials by Stampin'Up!

Stamps: Autumn Days, and Refuge & Strength
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock, with More Mustard Designer Series Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Old Olive
Accesssories: Scallop Edge Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge quarter, Old Olive Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, and Dimensionals

Just a reminder that ordering from the new Holiday Mini Catalog starts in just a few days. If you don't have one yet, just email me and I'll be happy to send one out to you or come on by and pick one up. You're gonna love all the new images and accessories that are available for you! They're fantastic! I'm really enjoying stamping with them and can't wait to show you more ideas!! If you're in the Detroit area and are interested in classes, check with me for information and come join the fun. We'll be making holiday cards again in September. I've got some absolutely lovely cards for you, but you'll have to either come to class or wait til after class when I post them. (what a tease!) lol

Hope you're enjoying the ideas. I love hearing from you and getting feedback. It just makes my day!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch card

Hi everyone! Today was very productive. I've been making cards for both church and the From Our Hearts group. (Information can be found by clicking on the button on the right.) I came across some old Mauve Mist (remember that color??) cardstock and thought today would be a good day to use it up. It was interesting trying to find some good colors to coordinate with it. After trying just about every color in my stash, I came up with these colors. Do you like them together?

So since I was making cards anyway, I checked in on Karen Giron's Sweetest Thing blog to get the latest sketch challenge. Seemed to work out very nicely with the stamps and colors, don't you think?

All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Flower Fancy, Wonderful Watercolors, and On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Mauve Mist (retired), Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, Purely Pomegranate (retired), and Whisper White
Ink: Mauve Mist(retired), Purely Pomegranate (retired), Sage Shadow Pads, and Handsome Hunter Marker
Accessories: Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, 1 1/4" Circle and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, and Dimensionals

It was fun getting out some old cardstock and ink for a change. When these colors were current, they were some of my very favorites. Guess it was time to give them a little lovin' after all these years! lol Got to get dinner started now. I love days when I actually get things accomplished and it's not midnight yet. Do you have those days when everything comes together right and you surprise yourself with how much you can get done? They don't happen too often for me, so I really need to appreciate them and pat myself on the back.
Ok, on with dinner and reality now!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back in Town Again

It's great to be back at home. This has been a great month with lots of traveling to SLC for convention and then to North Carolina. But it's so good to crawl into my own bed at home and get a good night's rest. Why is it you can always sleep better in your own bed than anywhere else on God's green earth? A bed is a bed is a bed, but my bed is different!

Anyway, being back home means I'm finally getting back to stamping again! The reason for my last trip, was to visit my little brother and his lovely family - including little Brooks Christopher, my two week old grand-nephew. What a darling, sweet little guy! It was love at first sight!! Since we were visiting him, we had to take a special hand-made card for him. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture before we left. Darn, where was my head? Obviously it wasn't working too well at the time. But I did make another card that was my reject. Guess I have to show you that one instead! Hope you don't mind second-best too much. After finishing this one, I thought is might be a little too girlie, and I couldn't have that! Not for my macho little guy!
Anyway, this is it. I love using this image for baby cards. It's just so dog-gone cuuute. (This is said with a southern accent!)
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay and Watercolor Paper, with So Saffron Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Bermuda Bay, and So Saffron Pads, and Bermuda Bay Marker
Accessories: AquaPainter, White Gel Pen, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, White Organza Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Rich Regals Mini Brads, and Dimensionals
So what do you think? Is it too girlie girl for a little boy?? I still love the Bermuda Bay with So Saffron. Just yummy together. And don't the polka dots on the DSP work perfect with the dots on the stroller?
Sure wish I'd taken a picture of the card I gave away. I don't remember exactly what I did, or I'd just make another one. Oh well, when it comes to baby cards, they're usually one of a kind for me. So Brooks' card will forever be a mystery.
Check back tomorrow for the next installment. Ta ta!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Curly, Swirly Christmas

I'm back with my Rose Red and Handsome Hunter color combo again. Seems like I'm really stuck on these colors. Ok, after today, I promise not to use them again this month! Is that long enough for you? We're talking a whole 'nother week here without my winter standby colors! I hope I last that long... At least I can share this one with you today. Hope you enjoy!

All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Winter Post, Snow Swirled, and Many Merry Messages
Cardstock: Rose Red, Handsome Hunter, and Whisper White
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Rose Red, and Silver Encore Pad
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, Dimensionals, and Silver Ribbon (retired)
This is another of my quick cards for Christmas. I can never have too many of them, and I'm assuming you are the same. During the next several months, my classes will be focusing on Holiday cards. And as far as I'm concerned, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all holidays. So we'll get stamping ahead of time, then won't be panicked at the last minute. Oh, you don't have that problem? You're organized and always ready well in advance? Good for you! (and how do you do it??) Well, this is just for me then. I'm making sure I'll be ready ahead of time for a change!
Happy stamping,

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Don't you just love autumn? One of my favorite things to do is go to an apple orchard and pick out our own pumpkins. Of course, the trip also necessitates having some cider and donuts while you're there. You know, it's really hard work picking out the perfect pumpkin!
And that's what we have today. A whole patch of pumpkins to choose from on a breezy, blue-skies, fall day. Can you feel the crispness in the air? Can you smell the cider? Yum!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Autumn Harvest, and Wandering Words
Cardstock: Really Rust, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White
Ink: Basic Brown, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy, and Old Olive pads, and Soft Suede marker
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Paper Snips, Sponge quarters, and Dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's post. Can you tell I'm ready for autumn? It's almost time to go swishing through the fallen leaves and hear them crunching and crackling when you walk!
Happy stamping,

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Your assignment, if you choose to take it...

That's right. I'm having one of my 'Mission Impossible' moments here. I NEED HELP! Oh, sorry for screaming in your ears, but I really wanted to get your attention. Remember I had mentioned earlier that my friend (enabler) Janine had brought over some new stamps to play with the other day? Yes, well.... I'm stuck. I have a card all done, except.... Except, I don't know What! That's the problem. And this is where you come in.
This is your assignment if you choose to accept it. Give me some ideas about what could go on the bottom of the card. See, it's really boring along that fence. It needs something. But what, I ask. I keep seeing a big black cat punched out and sitting there. Only I don't have a punch, and
I don't even have a cat stamp that I could cut out after stamping. What to do?? Any and all suggestions will be thoroughly explored. Afterwards, I will adjust the card and repost the finished idea. OK? Let's start the ideas rolling...
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Twick or Tweet and Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Gable Green, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Jumbo Handle, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Gingham Ribbon, Sponge quarters, and Dimensionals
Alrighty now, any ideas? Will this be another card that hits the scrap heap because it just isn't quite good enough? Please save this card! Your suggestions are needed!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wandering Words of Winter

Ok, I'm still playing with the colors of Rose Red and Handsome Hunter. These are wonderful winter colors and I need to get a few more card ideas made with them! That's what happens when I leave cardstock and stamps sitting around on my work table. They're handy so I use them again!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Wandering Words, Priceless, Season of Friendship, and Warm Words
Cardstock: Rose Red, Handsome Hunter, Brushed Silver, and Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Handsome Hunter, and Silver Encore Pads, and Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Sponge quarter, Snowflake Punch (retired), Silver Mini Brad, and Dimensionals
Whew, I didn't realize I used so many different stamp sets! No wonder my table is trashed. Maybe I should stop and put a few things away. Or maybe not. Maybe I should just use them some more!
The hardest part of this card was making sure to omit the words under Santa and the reindeers when inking up the stamp. Well, trying to get a feeling of windy snow wasn't the easiest either. I finally ended up using the Priceless swirls to get the effect. I'm not sure it really is what I wanted, but nothing else seemed to work.
I love this retired snowflake punch. It was always a wonderful accent on my winter cards whether they were Christmas or not. It's too bad it's not available anymore, but I'm hanging onto mine!
Happy stamping...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pumpkins & Ghosts, oh my

Yesterday my friend Janine came over for a little stamping fun. And of course she brought over a few new items she had for me to play with. I stamped up several of the 'Twick or Tweet' images and started playing. Oh, these are just the most darlin' lil' Halloween buddies out there! For some reason, they've now appeared on my order form! hmmm, now how could that have happened! I just wasn't going to order these! I don't make enough Halloween cards to purchase another set! Aaaaaaahhhh!! It's pulling me in - I have to have it!! Give it to me now (or at least with my next order!) If Rick questions me about it, I'll tell him it's all your fault Janine!

Isn't this little pumpkin guy just the cutest? It was fun to color and went together quickly. I love it when a plan comes together!

All stamps and materials for both cards by Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Twick or Tweet and Batty for You Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black pad, and Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry markers
Accessories: Jumbo Handle, Photo Corner Punch, Mat Pack and Piercing tool, Word Window Punch, Silver Mini Brad, and a Sponge quarter

This next little guy is the 'twick or tweeter'. Isn't he cute? Not a bit scary, just the way I like them!
Stamps: Twick or Tweet, and Sanded
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black and Old Olive pads, and Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie markers
Accessories: Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon, Black Gingham Ribbon, Crimper, Sponge quarter, and Dimensionals
Hope these two little guys get you thinkin' about Halloween. It's just around the corner and will be upon us quickly. Make sure you're prepared when those little ghosts and goblins come knocking at your door. We can come up will all kinds of special treats for you. Join me at next month's class for a treat and a little holiday cheer too! There's room for you in any of the three classes. Come join us and have some fun!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Skaters

I checked out Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch here and thought I'd give it a whirl today. Little did I know just what I was getting myself into. Now some sketches are harder for me to get a handle on than others. Some are a breeze. And then there was this one! (gritting teeth here!) It was a real doozy for me, and that's putting it nicely. You really don't want me to tell you how many incarnations, deaths (in the garbage), stamping fits this little sketch has caused. And after all that, it still isn't exactly the sketch, but I quit!!!!!!! Arrrrrrggghhhh! Sorry Karen, I'm really not complaining. Just doing some healthy venting. yuh right.
Actually, now that I've calmed down a bit, I really like the final outcome. What do you think? Will it pass muster even if the layout isn't quite like the original?
All stamps and materials by Stampin'Up!
Stamps: Winter Post, and Season of Friendship (snowflakes)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Hunter Green, Rose Red, and Rose Red Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Brown, Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Rose Red, Hunter Green, and Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot with the Multi-Purpose Pad and Merry Embosslit, Aqua Painter, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Corner Rounder Punch, Latte' Button, and Dimensionals
Ok, break it to me gently now. Would you be happy to receive this card in the mail??
Looking forward to hearing your comments...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Going back in time...

This title fits my card for two different reasons. First, I checked back to an earlier Stamping 411 sketch for my layout on this card. Then, looking at the main images on the card, doesn't it give the feel of an earlier time when life moved at a slower pace and everyone was friendlier? That's the feel I get from this image. Whenever I see it, I'm reminded of my childhood. We grew up in the country outside of a midsize city. There were fields next to us, across the road, and down the road too. I remember the barn down the road, but have no recollection of the color. So in my image, it needed to be red, just because!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Harvest Home, Season of Friendship
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Watercolor Paper, and Pumpkin Pie Patterns DSP
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, Modern Label Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Vintage Mini Brads, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and Dimensionals
I guess I'm a bit of a romantic, because I have such fond memories of my childhood. I tend not to think of the times we had no water because our well ran dry and we had to lug buckets of water across the road so we could wash up and flush. You get the idea. I wouldn't really care to relive some of those 'special times' again! LOL
All in all, it was fun creating this card and thinking back on all the wonderful memories of growing up in the country. As children, I guess we didn't realize that it was difficult work until we got away from it and moved to the city. Oh to be young and innocent again!
Hope you're having a thoughtful and productive Sunday. Enjoy life to the fullest no matter what you're doing! And remember to give thanks to God for all your blessings!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Grateful for Stamping 411

Happy Saturday to one and all. Yes, I'm back already. I told you I'd try to get back to posting regularly, and I am! We'll see how long this lasts. lol And I am really grateful for the Stamping 411 Operators for their nice sketches. When you haven't stamped for awhile, it's really hard to get the ideas flowing again. So their sketch today really helped out alot!
As soon as I saw the sketch, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to make. And the project whizzed along quickly until it was time for the sentiment to be added. I know what I wanted to say, but doggone it! There were no stamps that said what I wanted!! How very frustrating is that?! So after looking at all my stamp sets to see what words could convey my thoughts, this is what I came up with. Hope you like it.
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Autumn Harvest, Falling Leaves, Sanded,and On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Brown, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Soft Suede
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, and Dimensionals
This is another one of those sets that are superb for watercoloring, which I love to do. And a little bit of masking really makes the pieces look like they're sitting next to each other.
Hope you like this autumn offering. This is my favorite time of year. I love how the temps cool off a bit, the skies are a brilliant blue, and all of the glorious fall colors. You'll probably be seeing quite a few more fall selections before I move on to something else. Hope you don't mind too much.
Lastly, I'm grateful to you for stopping by. Remember to let me know what you think of my creations. I love hearing from you. And if you'd like to order any of the items to make this card, you can click on the ordering button on the right, or get in touch with me and I'd be happy to help you out.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm Finally Back to Stamping

Where has this week gone? Did you miss me?!? Last week was just wonderful, spending time with downline - Janine, Connie, Vera, and getting to meet Vera's newest downline, Dorothy. Hi ladies! And reconnecting with ladies I've met on the cruises I've earned over the years - Shari, Michelle, and Amanda! Misses you Ruth!! How awesome it was to spend time with them again! And I've been so busy since I got back from our convention late on Sunday night. Can you believe I slept in til almost 1:00 in the afternoon on Monday? Yes, I was that tired! And it's been a crazy week with classes Monday, Tuesday, 3 on Wednesday, and the last person on Thursday. I've got to quit letting everyone come when they want. It's very wearing and I can't get any stamping done because it's all set up for class. Oh well, it was fun seeing everyone and getting a chance to really visit with individuals. There's definitely plusses and minuses to spreading out classes like this! And then there were phone calls to return, and people dropping by. Whew, I'm exhausted! - but happy!!

Thought I'd share the cards that were made in class this week. We're getting a head-start on Christmas and Thanksgiving around here.

All stamps and materials for all the cards by Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Punch Pals, and Many Merry Messages

Cardstock: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White

Ink: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, and Basic Black Pads, and Close To Cocoa Marker

Accessories: Tag Corner Punch, Sponge quarter, 2-Way Glue Pen, and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

This next design was made by my sister Connie and shared with me. I loved the look and thought it'd be perfect for class.

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer, and On Your Birthday

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Kraft, and Whisper White

Ink: Soft Suede

Accessories: Big Shot with SU! Backgrounds Texturz Plate, Movers & Shapers Die, Modern Label Punch, Pretties Kit, Jumbo Grommets, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge quarter, and Dimensionals

This card was so much fun to make. Really a great card idea.

Stamps: Falling Leaves

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White with Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper

Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede Classic Pads, and White Craft Pad

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1", 1 1/4", and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Soft Suede Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Paper Snips, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, and Dimensionals

The fourth card everyone made has already been posted here. It's the 2nd card shown. There was a choice of Birthday, Thank You, or Sympathy sentiments for everyone. (Just because I've been needing a lot of sympathy cards doesn't mean everybody else needs them too!)
If you didn't come to class, we missed you! Hope you can put it on your calendar and plan on coming in September. If you're interested, just let me know so I can get you on the list. You don't want to miss out and there's only so many spaces left! The dates are Sept 14th, 15th, and 16th.
Looking forward to all the wonderful things coming up ahead! Hopefully I'll be posting more steadily again. Got to get my thinking cap on and start creating again! Maybe I need to check out the sketches I've been missing.....
Happy stamping!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Goody Bags

Hi everyone! This will be my last post til I get back home! Check back on Monday for some new things from convention.

Just wanted to share with you the goody bags I made for my downline. They are the very best ladies around and also wonderful friends. As you can see, everything has a red, white, and blue theme here. Hope they like their goodies.
First, there's the bag to hold everything. The base is a white lunch bag with front and backs added. The fireworks are from an upside-down chrysanthemum from the Kind & Caring Thoughts hostess set. Aren't they cute?
Next is the gum wrapper (with the gum too of course!). Again there is the theme going. Notice the blue brad for the o in you? Nice added touch I thought.
Next is the recipe holder on the left and a bookmark on the right. The bookmark has an added rhinestone brad to hold it together and also give it some bling.
The recipe (or card) holder has a strip of DSP around it, a ribbon, and several punched layers as an extra little doo-dad.
Lastly, there were edible goodie too. Can't stamp without chocolate, you know! LOL
If you need more info on these projects, check in with me after I get home. I'd be happy to share info with you then.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friendly Bird

Hope you're having a wonderful day today. I'm sure I'm just about wiped out by now. I'm getting just too old to keep up with all the young ladies at convention. But I'm sure it's been great so far. I'll have lots of things to share with you when I get home.
Today, I wanted to share this nice little birdie. I just loved making this card up, mainly because there was a little watercoloring involved. And I do mean little! It's mostly layering, piercing, and sponging.

All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Friends 24/7, Autumn Harvest (leaf), and Kind & Caring Thoughts (sentiment)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, and Confetti Cream cardstock, and Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Brown, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, More Mustard, and Sahara Sand ink pads, and Not Quite Navy Marker
Accessories: Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, AquaPainter, More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge quarter, Fresh Buttons with some Old Olive ink sponged on, Mini Glue Dots, and Dimensionals

tip: Have you tried using just a sliver of cardstock through a button instead of thread? It works great and you can use any color that suits your purpose.

Keep enjoying your summer. The little kiddies will be back to school in no time and everyone can get back to their stamping schedules. Just a reminder: my classes this month will start on Monday the 10th. There is still room for another couple of you out there in stamping land. If you're interested, email me and I'll check when I get home and add you to the list. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Quilted Blues

Actually that should be spelled 'bleus' because all the lovely patterned papers come from the 'Bella Bleu' Designer Series Paper set. Doesn't it make up into a cozy 'quilt' card? I wish I knew how to quilt so I could make myself one for real.
I figured it was ok to post this now. I made one for my sister (also my downline) and she's getting hers on Tuesday when we join up in SLC. I didn't want to spoil the surprise for her. Of course, her downline Vera, has made these cards before, and hers are simply gorgeous and put mine to shame. But this one is for Connie. We'll be having a great time getting caught up on everything and just spending time together.
As for making this card, the only prerequisite is having a Big Shot and the Top Note Bigz Die. If you have those, this card goes together easily, but looks really cool.
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, and Very Vanilla cardstock, and Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: Brocade Blue
Accessories: Big Shot and Top Note Bigz Die, Natural Twill Tape, Rich Regals Mini Brads, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, and Dimensionals
That's all she wrote, folks. Have a great day and keep stamping...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday's Post

By now Convention has officially started and we've been going, going, going all day long. It should be about time for the end of today's doings. That means I'm already pooped out because we stayed up late last night talking and catching up from last year's visit. Isn't it great having a sister for my downline who rooms with me at convention?! We do have a great time and I'm sooooo looking forward to this!
Thought I would post another of my swaps. This was a little more time consuming than yesterday's butterfly swap, but I just love it! My favorite technique when stamping is watercoloring. I just can't get enough! So of course, I had to make at least one batch of swaps with it. Isn't this card soft and serene looking? I might have to make more of these for sympathy cards and get well cards and....... Actually, I think this style would work for just about anything, except for males in any size or age. But that leaves alot of other occasions where it would be appropriate. Ok, let's get on with it!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Friend 24/7
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, and Crushed Curry
Ink: Basic Brown, Mellow Moss and Crushed Curry
Accessories: Big Shot with Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Cutter Kit for distressing edges, 3 Flower Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Mellow Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Mini Brad, and Dimensionals
Hope you like today's post. Let me know what you think. I'll be checking my blog as soon as I get home on Sunday lookin' for some love, or at least some comments!
Have a very blessed day,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Butterfly Swaps

Hopefully this works and you'll be getting some 'scheduled posts' while I'm in Salt Lake City stamping and relaxing (right!) with my downline and friends. Since you can't be there to swap with me, I wanted to share some of my swaps with you this way instead. I don't have a lap-top, so I won't be able to give you any updates as they happen. Sorry! But I didn't want to leave you entirely in the lurch with absolutely nothing to brighten your day! So here's Tuesday's swap card for you....
I hope it puts a little smile on your face. It was quick to make and doesn't have too many extras. I wanted the look of two different prints on it, so I used a large background stamp for half, and then used the cute little butterflies in the "Sprinkles" stamp set on the white overlay.
I like the look of motion for the butterfly and the easiest way I know to achieve this is to add a layer of vellum over the cardstock. This was so very easy to do with our new butterfly punch. It's made to fit the butterfly in the "Flight of the Butterfly" stamp set. If you don't have it yet, you might need to add it to your wish list. Unless you really like to cut out all those little piddly layers. If you'd like to order this punch, just go to the Online Ordering button on the right. It will take you to my website and you can order and have it sent to you just as quick as can be.
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Sprinkles, and Pretty Petals bkgd
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, and Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Basic Black
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Soft Subtles Mini Brads, and Dimensionals.
Hope you're enjoying your summer and are ready to get back to stamping when I get home again. Remember classes are next week. There is room for a few more people if you'd like to join us. Just leave me an email and I'll get it Sunday night and add you to the list.
Happy Stampin',

Monday, August 3, 2009

On A Roll ....

Yes, the swaps are moving along and sort of getting done. Some parts I'm saving for busy-work on the plane. I always find flying to be very boring when I'm flying by myself. Boo hoo. Wish someone was flying with me, but I'll be on my own. So since I'm still getting ready for convention and doing last minute laundry for packing, you get to see the card I made my husband for his birthday in July. Ta Da....
I had so much fun making this card for him because it's perfect for my guy. He's very handy to have around and is my Mr. Fix-it. So he has his stash of tools for the house, for the garage, and for the farm. And he probably needs more. What can I say - it's just like stamps! You can never have too many!! LOL I know you know what I'm talking about here!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Totally Tools, Big Deal Alphabet, and On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Basic Gray, YoYo Yellow, Basic Black, Whisper White cardstock, and Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper (retired)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Going Gray, YoYo Yellow, and Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Paper Snips (for lots of cutting!), and Aqua Painter
I thought the Designer Paper worked really well for a card decked out with tools. And it was fun watercoloring the tools to look as realistic as possible.
I'm so thrilled that he liked it enough that it's still sitting on his desk over a week later! This is unheard of! I'm the pack rat that keeps everything, and he's the organized one that's always trying to throw things out and not leaving anything lying around. Yah, he likes it!
Hope you have a great day. If you're traveling to convention, have a safe and happy journey. If you're one of my customers, I'll be out of town for 5 days starting tomorrow. If you need anything, you can always order online or wait til next week and I'll be back home and happy to help you in any way I can. Remember, classes are next week!
Hugs and Blessings,

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Wonderful Birthday Card

Hi there! Hope you're having a great day today. I'm still working on making a few more swaps for convention, so today I'm sharing a card I made for my daughter's birthday in July. This time I was smart enough to take a picture before I gave it to her. I usually forget and ask to borrow it back! (How lame is that!?) Anyway, this is the card made for my wonderful daughter...
See, it says so on the card! Actually she really is pretty wonderful as far as I'm concerned. Hope she liked this and knows how much I care!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Wonderful Favorites, Stem Silhouettes, Kind & Caring Thoughts (sentiment inside), and On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pixie Pink, and Shimmery White
Ink: Bermuda Bay ink pad, and Pixie Pink, Bermuda Bay, and Glorious Green Markers
Accessories: Big Shot and Perfect Details Texturz Plate
I can't believe I didn't use anything else on this card, no ribbon or other doo-dads. But with the Shimmery White paper which is so pretty and the lovely background texture, it really didn't need anything else.
It was fun using the markers to color the words so they matched the flowers and stems on the front. tip - always 'huff' on the stamp before stamping when coloring with markers.
Also on the bottom edge of the inside, first I stamped full strength, then stamped again without re-inking so there would be different color intensities across the bottom. It's the little things that make it stand out.
Hope you enjoyed this card. All comments are welcome. I live for comments. Yes, it really is addicting to check if anyone has left a comment and what was said. You ladies are awesome and I sooooo appreciate the feedback.
Hugs and Blessings,

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Today's Stamping 411 Creation

Can you believe I'm posting twice today? That tells you I'm not getting done everything that needs to be done before leaving on Tuesday. I just needed a break from swaps for a little while. Thought I'd go check out what the operators at Stamping 411 have for the Saturday Sketch. It looked a little intimidating with that large circle in the background, but after fussing with it and thinking about it for awhile I was able to create this....
I'm not sure if I really like it or not. I chose the Bella Bleu DSP because I thought the geometric shapes would play off the snowflake. But either the snowflake is too delicate, or maybe the paper is too busy. Let me know what you think. I'm open to any and all suggestions on this. If you think I need to take it apart and start over from scratch, well that is a possibility too.
All stamps and materials are by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Snowflake
Cardstock: Old Olive, Brocade Blue, and Very Vanilla cardstock, with Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper
Ink: Brocade Blue
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Big Shot with Scallop Circle Die, Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Ice Round Rhinestone Brad, Vintage Brad (retired diamond shape), Dimensionals, and Silver Glitter Glue (by Gary Burlin & Co)
Don't forget to let me know what should be done with this card. I'm really frustrated with it!
Maybe I should get back to what really needs doing instead of playing! Just too much to do and too little time......

Kind and Caring Birthday

Well, I've been cranking out some swap cards today. My back is sore from meticulously stamping and coloring such wonderful cards to trade with the talented ladies at convention. I'm so excited about going and learning lots of new things, being inundated with ideas, and seeing some friends from different states. What a great week it's going to be. Sorry, I can't share my swaps with you yet. It wouldn't be right. So instead, I'll show you a card I was thinking about doing for class. I was getting everything counted out and measured, but found I didn't have enough square pink brads for everyone. So it was back to the stamping table and I made something else instead.
So this is what you won't get to make at class in August!
This card uses a wonderful hostess set called Kind and Caring Thoughts. I really like the images and have made some cards with it for my own personal stash already. Hmmmm, maybe that's why I don't have enough square pink brads for a class! Duh!
All stamps and materials by Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts, and On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Garden Green, Regal Rose, and Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose and Rose Red ink pads, and Rose Red and Garden Green Markers
Accessories: Large Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Fire Square Rhinestone Brads, Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge quarter, and Dimensionals.
Guess that's all for now folks! I want to get back to making more lovely swaps.
Hugs and Blessings,