Showing posts from January, 2009

1/28 Valentine Wall Hanging

I made a Valentine Wall Hanging! It is so pretty and sparkly!! This is what I am going to give every Sale-a-bration hostess in February who have scheduled home workshops with me. I think I will play a bit with the image in the label accent piece, maybe just a heart or the I (heart) U image from the Happy Heart stamp set, that way it can be displayed even into March!

Here's a close-up of the pendant. This is the second hat pin that I've used in the last month . . . Mary would be so proud of me! lol! Prior to that - maybe one in the last two years? Yes, I'm hat pin challenged!
Here is the closeup of the heart - you can really see the sparkles on this picture. Doesn't it make you want to book a workshop right now? lol! Alas, I must give credit where credit it due. This is an idea that I saw on Dawn's blog called DOstamping With Dawn. I often cruise by her blog for project and class ideas and this was one that I had to create as soon as I saw it!! Thanks, Dawn! You can f…

1/26 The Perfect Paper Share!

Look at all that luscious paper! Don't you wish you could have it all? So do I! That is why I am putting together a Designer Series Paper Share! It will be the PERFECT way for you to get a 6x6 sample of every paper from every pack as shown above and in our Spring/Summer catalog. That's 96 sheets of double-sided designer series paper and 24 sheets of double-sided textured designer series paper. (Yes, I said "textured!" I just can't WAIT to experience this new fabulous edition to our line!)

Doesn't 120 sheets of 6x6 paper in all those fabulous SU colors sound divine? Well the price is sweet, too. Only $28!! To purchase each pack separately would be over $240 once all the taxes, S&H is added in.

If you are interested in joining my Perfect Paper Share, please E-mail me. If you are not local, I will send you a link to my Pay Pal so that you can make your payment easily. If you need me to mail your paper to you after I have divided it all out, there will be an a…

1/23 Tangerine Happiness

Tonight . . . Mr. Brown is going to drive by my house and deliver to me my first box of goodies from the new catalog!! I can hardly wait. Some of the things I am looking forward to playing with are all kinds of new Sizzix products that I can use with my Big Shot machine. I also ordered the Circle Scissors. I love my Creative Memory Circle Cutter, but I decided to try this one out because it looks like there are a lot more size options - can't wait for that! To pass the time, while I wait for that big brown truck to pull up (I swear, I am his LAST stop of the day!) I decided to make this card:

Isn't it pretty?? I used a design layout similar to a card on the cover of the Stampin' Success, magazine that SU puts out for its demonstrators. I changed up the colors and instead of a Rub On, I used a sentiment from BoHo Backgrounds.

The stamped floral image is from a new set called Sweet Stems. I stamped it in watercolor paper and then used a blender pen with ink from the lid of an…

1/22 Pun Fun Heart Cards

It's so much fun to make Valentine cards for kids and Pun Fun has such great images for kids or for those who are kids at heart. I really like the Happy Heart Day sentiment from the stamp set called Happy Heart Day. Did I just repeat myself? lol! Anyway, a quick and easy card that also uses the stamp set called Love You Much. Stamp the trio of hearts and punch out with the new Heart to Heart punch. The little tiny heart balloon is popped up on a tiny piece of a dimensional. . Card Recipe: . Stamps: Pun Fun, Happy Heart Day, Love You Much Paper: Riding Hood Red, Vellum, Whisper White Ink: Basic Black Riding Hood Red, Going Gray Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Aqua-Painter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensional Then, after a flurry of pink and red Valentines . . . I decided it was time for some non-traditional colors that would work great for little boys! Isn't this rocket card cute?? I used the retired Jersey Shore DSP because it just has so much pop. It was fun pulling out last year's …

1/21 Happy Hearts

Valentine's Day is on the way and here are a couple of Valentines! Bella Rose is the perfect Designer Series Paper to use when you want a beautiful background of pink or red. I've been using Bella Rose DSP since it debuted and I still haven't tired of it. I'm so glad it "made the cut" and stayed in the Spring Summer Catalog. Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red really work well together.

Card Supplies for Sweet Lamb

Stamps: Pun Fun, Happy Heart Day
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Dimensionals, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch

Card Supplies for Happy Mouse

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Going Gray, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Dimensionals, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

1/20 Celebrating Pics

Last week was my birthday . . . and as usual, it was cold! Negative 23 while I drove my oldest to school. That afternoon, while I drove my oldest back home, it was up to a noticeably warmer negative 5!! My other daughters and my little daycare kiddo planned a surprise Tea Party for me. Here's a picture of Cooper looking over the party table waiting for me to get home.

Cooper and his mommy bought this beautiful fruited cheesecake for me at Taste of Scandinavia. WOW - was it ever scrumptious! Cooper could hardly wait to dig in, but he was very patient while we took a few pictures. (Notice how warmly bundled I am? A tee-shirt underneath a wool sweater underneath a fleece jacket!)

Below is a close up - look at all those fabulous lingonberries . . . one of my most favorite fruits in all the world!


And, when I opened up my mailbox, I found a card with all the colors of SPRING!! What a day brightener! Thank YOU so much dear friend, Katherine Narog!!

1/15 My Swap Card and a RAK

One of the sneak peek stamp sets that I've had a chance to play with is called "Game Night." I made this card for a swap that I participated in. I LOVE how it turned out. The dice and the chess piece are embossed in black . . . so awesome and shiny in real life. The card suites are punched with a 1/2" Circle Punch and then popped up with a dimensional. I stamped Game Night across the bottom with the aid of my ever trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig. How people stamp without it, I'll never know . . . but then, they probably are able to relax a whole lot easier than I am. I need a beach, a drink, a good book and three days of nothingness to relax! Needless to say, that doesn't come along too often. I've gotten used to my A-type personality as the years have chalked up and I guess I've been coping just fine! (And tools like the Stamp-a-ma-jig make me just giddy so I guess whatever it takes, huh?! lol)
Stamps: Game Night Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper …

1/14 A Dance Card and some RAK Goodies!

I'm a mom to three daughters who dance two to three times a week and even more often when they are in rehearsals. I sell quite a few of my cards to dance parents and during performance week, it's hard to keep the dance cards in stock so I'm building my stash early. Here is one I made recently. Isn't it pretty? I just love the pink and purple together and so do my girls!

Supplies I used:

Stamps: En Pointe
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Shimmery White, Basic Black, non SU patterned paper
Ink:StazOn Black, Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Vintage Brad, Black Gingham Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals, non SU fabric flowers

Last evening the door bell rang and in walked my dear, sweet customer, CindySueEastenson with ALL KINDS of goodies for me! I am just can't get over all the fun stuff she had for me! A Hope Box that she made back in October for Breast Cancer Awareness, a peppermint pattie dream, and a clear nugget box with yummy chocolate all decorated for Christmas.

And then,…

1/12 Tango Birthday and a RAK

I have another new stamp set that I purchased as part of my New Catalog Preview order. It is called Petal Pizzazz. It is all about BIG RETRO FLOWERS! I've never had a BIG flower set so I felt quite justified in ordering this set . . . after all, it's my "job" to have the latest and greatest on display for my customers, right?? lol!

Did you notice that really huge silver eyelet? It's part of a package of new designer hardware that SU is coming out with. This eyelet is from a set called Hooray. It's just so totally cool!!

Here are the supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Upsy Daisy for the sentiment
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain, Hooray Designer Hardware, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder, Scallop Circle Punch

I got some happy mail today!! Look at what my stampin' friend Lynn sent to me! The mittens are just a…

1/10 Inspiration Challenge

One of my favorite jumping off points to making a card is to seek inspiration in a magazine photo, a beautiful piece of fabric and even from my own work that I may have not looked at in a while. Today I went to SCS because I knew that Saturday is their Inspiration Challenge day. I was directed to This Site and to a couple of others like it featuring Tenugui. Tenugui are cotton printed towels evolving out of the Japanese culture. My grandmother always had a cotton printed calender hanging in her kitchen and when the year was over, it became a dish towel. I have no idea where she picked them up as I've never seen them except in my grandma's kitchen.

I just got a new stamp set in that I ordered during the free shipping special in December. It is called Bella's Bloom and when I noticed on of the cotton calenders looking much like the flower in Bella's Bloom, I was inspired!

I decided not to use pink and green but rather orange and green. I wanted to do something to match the…

1/9 KW Color Inspiration & Project Cards

This afternoon, I started getting caught up on all my blog reading. I have several . . . ok, MORE than several! . . . that I like to check out on a regular basis. But, the holidays were busy and the days after the holidays were busy and then I was just busy and you know how it goes. So, I started skimming and then I had to stop and play with my stamps because I got to this post on Kristina Werner's blog. I love her color challenges and this is what I came up with. The colors to play with were: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Old Olive and Whisper White.

I double layered the Top Note for some extra punch and I loved how it turned out. I had to include a little picture, too, of what I did on the inside. I've read on a couple of blogs that decorating the inside of your cards in now the "in" thing?! Hello . . . I've been decorating the inside of my cards for years!! I just think it gives your cards that finished touch. And besides . . . what is the very fir…

1/8 Sweet Stems & a RAK or two!

Ahhh, just the feel of new paper in hand, the sight of a new stamp set waiting for its first inking. These are the simple things I treasure in my paper crafting world. Oh, and new toys!! Yes, yes . . . just look at that beautifully embossed and perfectly cut embellishment on the close up above! It was crafted from an "Embosslet" that I used in the Big Shot. It's called Sweetest Stem embosslet and it matches the Sweet Stems stamp set and some new DSP called Raspberry Tart. (How do they come up with such luscious names?) I think I would buy it just because I love the name so much!

Isn't that little ribbon bling cute? My friend, Mary Rindal, taught me how to make it. You just tie the ribbon in a knot around your finger, snip, snip and ta-da, you have a cute little accent for your card! Thanks, Mary!
Here are all the supplies I used on this card that was just sooooo much fun to make!
Stamps: Sweet Stems, A Little Somethin'
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Raspberry Tart DSP, Watercol…

Lovin' A Little Somethin'

I LOVE being a SU demonstrator and having the opportunity to use Sneak Peak stamp sets. There is a new Level Two Hostess set called A Little Somethin' that is so darn cute and totally "punch ready!" Every image in the set coordinates with one of our punches. I decided to make a Thank You card using the image that coordinates with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I liked the scroll-like images . . . kind of reminded me of my all time favorite stamp set called Baroque Motifs, so of couse, I had to get that out as well and use it on my card. This one was a quick one to put together.

Here are all the details:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Sanded Background, A Little Somethin'
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Coluzzle, Dimensionals

Retiring Accessories Announced and a BLOWOUT sale!

First, the retiring accessories . . . Here is the information:

Retiring Accessories List
The items highlighted in red are already sold out. (WOW - that was quick!)
I will try to keep this information up to date so you can refer to it if you need to.

102782 - ALBUM LEATHER BLACK 12X12 Not Available
105381 - ALBUM LINEN POST REAL RED 6X6* - Not Available
112040 - DESIGNE…

1/4/9 A Thank You RAK and a New Year Baby

Look at this fabulous Big Shot card that Marlys sent to me!! Thank You so much, Marlys for this lovely card. I can't wait to show my customers what you can do with the Big Shot. Marlys came as a guest to one of my mp clubs last year and now she is a stamp club member herself. She has a wonderful, positive attitude and always makes our clubs and classes extra fun.

Every year I make a New Year Baby card. Not because I know someone who has had a baby . . . but because the new year is still just a baby!! I wonder what this year will bring . . . no one knows until it has a chance to grow up a bit. Meanwhile, aren't we all a bit more hopeful and looking a bit more positively towards the future? New babies do that to us, don't they. Happy New Year to you and your family and I wish you much joy and better times ahead. . Supplies for this card: . Stamps: Nursery Necessities Paper: Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, White Vellum, Whisper White Ink: Riding Hood Red Accessories:

1/3 Christmas RAKs

I don't even know how to start this post because my heart is bursting. I am so blessed by many friends in my life. Some of them are stamping friends and when they send me a hand crafted card, my heart sings! I just had to share some of the Holiday Treasures that my friends sent to me. Thank you, dear friends!

Julie has been my friend since 2000 . . . she is my dental hygentist! Going to the dentist is a lot more fun knowing that I will get to visit with Julie. We've shared many a card idea through the years at the dentist office!!

I met Pam at the park back in the late '90s. We b0th had little kids and we seemed to have a lot in common. She became one of my Creative Memories customers and then followed me into Stampin' Up. We are "ballet moms" and car pool together every week.
Pam introduced me to Marcy. Marcy also became a CM customer and now she is my SU customer. She is also a loyal Mary Kay user and since I also sell Mary Kay, well . . . it didn't take …

01/02 A Fond Farewell

Happy New Year!! I'm excited about the Fond Farewell Party I am planning for Tuesday, January 13 from 6:30pm - 9:30 and Friday, January 16 from 9:30 am to 2pm. I've picked my top five favorite retiring sets to highlight at this event and this card is one of the five designs that we will be creating! Isn't it pretty??

This card uses a technique called Direct to Paper. That's where you take your ink pad and rub it directly over your paper giving you a fabulous distressed look instantly! This card also highlights watercoloring . . . ever so easy with an Aqua Painter!

So, are you curious which retiring sets are my Five Favorites? Well, they are: Merry & Bright, Wonderful Words, A Light Unto My Path, With Gratitude, and Summer by the Sea. I also picked my favorite background, Canvas, to use on the Gratitude card.

Please RSVP by January 11 for the Tuesday night event, and by January 14 for the Friday morning session. The cost will be $15 for 10 cards. You can select a hand …