Showing posts from March, 2010

3/30 UDI Baby Card

Earlier this week, I was cleaning off my desk and as I was about to put away some Basic Gray and Bashful Blue paper, I noticed how nice they looked together. I decided that they would be a great pair on a baby card so off I went to find a sketch challenge. I found one at UDI. Obviously, I took the liberty of turning the sketch on its side . . . but isn't it lovely? I am really happy with the way this card turned out . . . and it was very quick to make, too. Have a great day and thanks so much for dropping by my blog today.

Stamps: Fox & Friends Clear Mount (118565), Nursery Necessities (113506)
Paper: Bashful Blue (105120), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Bashful Blue (105209)
Tools: Clear Mount Block B (117147), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Word Window Punch (105090), Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Heart to Heart Punch (113694)
Accessories: 1" Double Stitched Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon …

3/28 Planning Ahead!

Every year I like to throw a party for my hostesses . . . but with so many hostesses . . . I think I need to start doing this every six months!! I always do a fun gift for each hostess and now that I've seen the Summer Mini (sneak peak perks are one of the coolest benefits of being a demonstrator!) I've got ALL KINDS of ideas rolling around in my head! Anyway . . . here is one of the ideas . . . a ribbon jar made from a Starbuck's Coffee Frappuccino drink. This cute little gift goes together very quickly with a strip of paper around the middle, a ribbon, some linen thread, a couple of cute tags from the Tiny Tags set, a little bit of decoration on the cover  . . . .  fill it up with ribbon and ta da - a gift that is sure to please!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed the 3-D idea. Here are the supplies to make this project:

Stamps: Tiny Tags Clear Mount (118592)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper (113976)
Tools: Cle…

3/27 First Time with Le Jardin Botanique

I received this stamp set as one of my free sets from last year's Sale-a-bration Demonstrator Rewards program. It's a beautiful set . . . that until today had never seen ink! Le Jardin Botanique was one of those sets that I KNEW I had to have and that I knew once I had it, I would never get rid of it . . . not even if it retires because I love it so much. So why in the world haven't I used it? No idea. One of those great stampin' mysteries that may never be solved! lol!

But, today was the day. I was inspired by the color challenge this week over at Stamping 411. Basic Black, Old Olive, Rose Red and Regal Rose . . . those are some colors with promise! I knew I could make something pretty and I think I succeeded.

The main image panel is the fabulous cold press watercolor paper from Stampin' Up. I used markers to color the stamp and then I spritzed it with a fine mist of water before stamping it onto the watercolor paper. It gives the image a softer look. All of the w…

3/25 A Tweet Thank You

I've been busy and not all of it has to do with stamping!! Run, run, run, run . . . you get the idea? Three teenagers and need I say more? Anyway, tonight's the night to play and since I was feeling the sweet taste of freedom (if just for an hour or two), I looked for a color challenge. . . I didn't want to be constrained by a sketch tonight! It wasn't long before I found something soft and sweet over at Diva Coffee Break Designs. Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Close to Cocoa . . . calm, soothing colors and exactly what I felt like working with.
I got my Big Shot Machine out ( . . . OK, so it is never actually 'put away!') and I cut a Lattice from Certainly Celery card stock. Then I cut a Whisper White Scallop Oval Frame. Close to Cocoa really made the lattice pop so that color was a natural choice for my backdrop. Flowers from the Flower Trio Punch topped with white half back pearls from my Pretties Kit and I was starting to make some progress! Yeah!
I pu…

3/21 Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

I've got a thing lately for Garden Green, Bermuda Bay and So Saffron! Here is another card using these great colors. Again, the image is from my "relaxing" time that I spent coloring at Caribou. (ahhhh . . . just the thought relaxes me!) The sketch is from the Saturday Sketch Challenge at Stamping 411. I modified it a bit so that my bow is below instead of above . . . but other than that, I stayed true!
The designer paper is from Pawsitively Prints. I love that gingham print - so springy! The sentiment if from All Holidays and the main image is from the Occasions Mini set called Abundant Hope. I made the bow by folding the ribbon and securing it with Mini Glue Dots. The large half-back pearl is from the Pretties Kit. A pretty card that went together very quickly.
Thanks so much for dropping by to visit! Here are the supplies you need to create this card:
Stamps: All Holidays (114916), Abundant Hope Clear Mount (118547)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Bermuda Bay (115317), Whis…

3/20 Pretty Easter Blessings

I found another sketch challenge that I thought might be fun to play. It is by Mary Jo Price-Williams who had a blog called Techno Stamper. She creates a Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. Is it really Saturday, already? I've had the print out of the sketch on my desk for almost a week!! YIKES - time flies!

Anyway . . . onto the card! I used the stamp set called Abundant Hope. I had colored a bunch of these images a couple of weeks ago at my local Caribou with pastels and a blender pen on Whisper White paper and it's fun to use them here and there. I've never colored images in advance before without a clue of how I would eventually use them, but I have to admit that having images pre-colored and ready to go is kinda handy!
My card uses the Big Shot and the small dots from Texturz Backgrounds 1 on the Garden Green panel. This is something that is definitely prettier in person! The Bermuda Bay layer is rolled with Bermuda Bay ink and the jumbo wheel called Very Vintage. Then I…

3/19 Very Thankful with Baroque

This card came together so quickly! Seems like I just started it a half hour ago and now I'm posting it already. I love it when that happens. Stamping 411 issues a Color Challenge every Thursday. Patti does an awesome job selecting colors every week and this week our colors were Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and So Saffron. 
I started with a sheet of Very Vanilla paper and tore off the bottom part and used a sponge dauber to darken up the edge with Elegant Eggplant ink. I used some Designer Series Paper from Cast a Spell to enhance the bottom, which also decorates the bottom edge of the inside panel at the same time. I stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs onto my card with the Elegant Eggplant ink. The ribbon is 1/4" Apricot Appeal Grosgrain. (It's close enough to So Saffron to count!)
The sentiment and the two stamped circle images are from the stamp set called Very Thankful. It's this year's Ronald McDonald house set. I like it a lot and every time a Stampin'Up…

3/18 Daisy Inspiration from UDI

How do you like this card?? Isn't it gorgeous? This will be one of the projects that my customers get to do at my Big Shot Class later this month. I love inspiration challenges where you are given a picture and told to "go from there". It doesn't always come together as quickly as a sketch challenge . . . but the freedom and creativity that it brings on is wonderful!!
The inspiration picture from Utah Divas International, is a bunch of daisies wild and free on a black background. I immediately grabbed some black textured card stock for the base of my card. Then, since I am prepping for an upcoming Big Shot Class, I looked at my dies to see what I had that might work for the challenge & my upcoming class . . . well of course - Daisies #2!! I ran the die through my machine with Whisper White paper twice giving me six flowers. I used a sponge dauber to enhance the edges with Crushed Curry ink to three of the daisies . . . one of each size and then staggered them. I …

3/17 Another Sneak Peak at AWF!

I had just a little time to play today with my new flower set called Awash with Flowers. I love these flowers paired up with this year's In Colors, don't you?  My card is based on the sketch challenge over at Diva Coffee Break Design. I really want to focus on challenges for a while and I think this one is a good one to follow because it is very oriented to Stampin'Up. Maybe you will be inspired, too! Once you have the idea for your layout, your card can go together very quickly.
Notice the sweet little rhinestones on this card? It comes from our Eggcellent Eggs Kit in the Occasions Mini, page 23. In this kit, there is a sheet of adhesive-backed rhinestones in several different sizes. I had to have this kit JUST for the rhinestones!!! I just LOVE those itty bitty ones. They fit perfectly on the ends of the poppy flower. You can use them individually as I did here, or in a sparkly row. I've got my fingers and toes crossed that something like this will come out in our ne…

3/16 Sneak Peak at Awash with Flowers!

I am so excited to share with you a "sneak peak!" A two-step stamp set called Awash with Flowers that will be part of the 2010/11 Idea Book and Catalog! Isn't it BEAUTIFUL? Customers will be able to purchase this set in April AND there will even be a way for hostesses to get it for FREE during April. Let me know if you would like to book a workshop for April . . . I'd be up for it! Truly, once your guests try out this stamp set, they will want to order it! Two-step stamping is quick and easy and the results as you can see are GORGEOUS!!

I made this card first off to play with my newest set, but also because I am going to enter it in the Late Night Stamper's Birthday Card Challenge. My sentiment is from the stamp set called Well Scripted and it is featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I LOVE that the whimsical feel to the words match the mood of the flowers.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the flowers again, just to carry the theme through and then I used a…

3/15 Stamping 411 Challenges!

I love the way black makes bright colors even brighter! Do you have your shades on? I spent some time today playing with the 411 Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge. My sketch card features textured card stock with various Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. The fabulous bold ribbon isn't just for Christmas!! I think it is working out great here on this graduation card. The clear button has a skinny strip of paper acting as faux thread and it is adhered to a square of Glorious Green card stock with a couple of mini glue dots. My images are stamped with StazOn Jet Black ink onto Shimmery White card stock.
Stamps: Four Square (111632), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) Paper: Textured Black (108693), Textured Red, Textured Yo Yo Yellow, Textured Glorious Green are all from the Bold Brights Texture Pack (108698), Shimmery White (101910) Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406) Tools: Big Shot Machine (113469), Finial Press Embossing Folder (115963), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117…

3/14 Easter Blessings

This is the card my customers will make at my Christian Inspiration class coming up. I used pastels and a blender pen to color the daffodils. That is not my typical go-to technique . . . but I thought I should give it another shot. For some reason, it seemed to work better this time. Maybe because I was coloring these flowers while I sipped a coffee at my local Caribou store. It was a peaceful moment of "me" time! I added a little bit of sparkle to the flowers with my 2-way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds. Thanks for dropping by today!

Supplies to create this card:

Stamps: Abundant Hope Clear Mount (118547)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Clear Block E (118484), Clear Block G (118489), Big Shot Machine (113439) Curly Label Die (114506), Magnetic Movers & Shapers (115953), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Modern Label Punch (116630), Finial Press Embossing Folder (115963), Ticket Corner Punch (10721…

3/12 Mini Easter Treat Boxes

This is the cute little 3-D project that I had my clubs do this month. I used the new Mini Milk Carton Die found in the Occasions Mini Catalog on page 23. These little milk cartons are the perfect size for some sweet Easter treats. The little bunny is just precious, isn't he? That image is from the stamp set called Forest Friends. It's one of the "free" sets that you can earn when you place a $50 Stampin'Up product order during Sale-a-bration. The tag features a sentiment from the stamp set called All Holidays. The tiny butterfly is from the Embosslit Die called Beautiful Wings on page 24 of the Occasions Mini.
Supplies you will need to create this project: Stamps: All Holidays (114916), Forest Friends (120232)Paper: Pretty in Pink (100459), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730), Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (117153)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Mini Milk Carton die (117310), Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (1…

3/10 Bling for Boys

The Late Night Stamper challenge this week was to make a card with bling. Well, bling is pretty easy for me so I decided to take the challenge up a notch and do some bling for boys! My go to bling for boys is brads or jumbo eyelets. Glitter . . . not so much! BUT, I did put some sparkle on this card. You will have to look close and my husband MAY not even notice it . . . but adding it to this card made me happy!! (And, isn't that what really counts? ha ha!)
The Designer Series Paper on this card is from the paper pack called "To the Nines." It's quite manly and the first pack of paper I tend to grab when I want to make a guy card. The main image on this card is from the stamp set called Totally Tool. The sentiment at the bottom of the card is from a stamp set called Wonderful Favorites. One of my "free" sets from Last Year's Sale-a-bration Demonstrator Rewards.
To add the sparkle, I used Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol in a spray bot…

3/6 Stamping 411 Challenge Cards

This card is for the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge for this week. I admit that it is a bit on the simple side . . . but that makes it easy to recreate, right? I used our In Colors Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry to make this card. My white gel pen puts a nice accent on the flowers, but my favorite accent on this card is the Summer Sun Corduroy button embellishment. I can't stand to see a "naked" button hole so I always use linen thread or in this case faux Bermuda Bay thread to dress it up. You make faux thread by slicing off just a sliver of coordinating paper and then threading it though the button. If you break the fibers down a bit before running it though the button, you will get enough flex going that you can actually tie the "thread" once over without it breaking off.
Here are the supplies to create this card:
Stamps: Simply Said (115066) Paper: Textured Bermuda Bay (115719), Bermuda Bay (115317), Crushed Curry (115319) Ink: Basic Black (101179) Tools: Corner …

3/4 Tootsie Pop Flowers

The theme for the swap at my Stamping to Share Downline Meeting this month was "Anything Spring." I recently earned the Level One Stamp set called "Picture This" from the Occasions Mini Catalog and I wanted to feature it in my swap. Somewhere on line (and over the rainbow), I saw an idea that put lolly pops into flower centers. I have searched the world over (& thought I found true love) but turns out I can't find it!
Oh well, that's the way it goes once in a while (and sometimes more often!). I love how bright and colorful these flowers are. I used up a bunch of scraps, too! These flowers use all of the flowers from the Flower Folds Die with the exception of the largest flower. The base of each flower is done in Glorious Green and the center of each flower is YoYo Yellow. Did you notice that I ran the flower centers through the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder? Love that look! The flowers between the base and the center were meant to kind…

3/3 Designer Paper Challenge

Just today, I joined a Yahoo Group called Late Night Stampers. They have some neat challenges that I was interested in trying out. This card is for their Designer Paper Challenge. I used the paper pack from the Occasions Mini called Sweet Pea. With 24 different designs to choose from, it took me just a bit to decide what colors I should use. Finally, my eye landed on one of the flower images. I cut it out and let that image be my guide for this card.

This card is 4 1/4" square. It seemed like a nice size to show off that flower image that I chose to use on this card. The stamp set is called Fundamental Phrases. It was one of the FREE sets I got last year as a reward from Stampin'Up for having good sales during Sale-a-bration. That's one of the things I really like about being a Stampin'Up demonstrator . . . you are always recognized for a job well done. The sentiment is punched out with the Word Window Punch . . . an essential tool for every stamper! Talk about makin…