Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Stamp-A-Stack cards

Oh boy, it's been a few days since I shared anything new with you. Sorry about that! I was very busy hosting my annual Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. I had sessions on Friday evening, Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning! It was a little busy, but it worked out great for me. I wasn't overcrowded, so I wasn't running around like a wild woman!! It was nice to sit and visit with some of my stampin' friends! Thanks to all who attended! I hope you liked all of your cards!
We stamped 5 different cards twice for a total of 10 cards/envelopes. Details for 3 of the cards can be seen here, here and here.

Following is the 4th card. I was clueless to the fact that this stamp set is retired, until Sunday! It's one of my favorite Holiday stamp sets, so I guess I thought it was still current. This card is much prettier in real life. I added Crystal Effects to the berries. It's so pretty! This is a great mass-reproducible card!

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke
Paper: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Bravo Burgundy Grosgrain ribbon, Corner Rounder, Crystal Effects, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals , Stipple Brush

And here is the fifth card:

Stamps: To You & Yours
Ink: Baja Breeze, Real Red
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Ski Slope
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, White Taffeta Ribbon
I was inspired to create these cards by many cards on other blogs and SCS. Those are my 2 main resources for creating cards.
Thanks for coming back to visit!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Heartfelt Thanks for Day-Time Stampin'

Hi! Following is a card that we stamped at my Day-Time Stampin' class on Tuesday morning. We stamp 3 different cards. The other 2 were the same cards that we stamped at my Friday night stamp club. You can see those in a previous post. I hope you all enjoyed your cards!!

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Sincere Salutations, Canvas
Ink: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Paper: Sahara Sand, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla.
Accessories: Ivory Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers - Barely Banana & Mellow Moss, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Stamp Club Project #3 - Box in a Bag

Hi! Here is another stamp club project that we created on Friday night. It's a Box in a Bag, and the tutorial for this box can be seen here. They are very simple to make! Go ahead, try one! I used the Autumn Vine DSP from Stampin' Up's mini catalog to make this one. My stampers used different papers to create their own. Some used snowflakes, polka dots, and purple flowers!! They all turned out so cute! Put a little treat inside, and you have a great thoughtful gift to give to that special someone.

The third project for our stamp club can be seen here. We did the second card in this post.

My Holiday Stamp-A-Stack is this weekend. Please let me know if you would like to attend. I have scheduled 3 sessions for your convenience...Friday at 7:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Monday at 10:00 a.m. I hope one of them will work for you! Contact me today to reserve your spot.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stamp Club Project #1

Hi! When I attended Stampin' Up's annual convention back in August, I purchased a DVD called Workshop WOWs. This DVD included many live presentations by demonstrators, that were taped at various SU! events through this past year. I was inspired by many techniques that were shown. The following card shows a technique called Magic Pastels. This card is very similar to the sample shown on the DVD...with a few tweaks here and there! :)

Here are the directions for the Magic Pastels Technique:
  1. Stamp your image in a light color. For this card, I used Sahara Sand.
  2. Using your Pastels applicators, color your image. The uglier the better!! (Q-tips actually worked better for me!)
  3. Next, you will need to use your Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp your image again in a darker color, directly over the top of the Sahara Sand image. For this card, I used Chocolate Chip.

So there you have it! It's quite easy!

This was one of the 3 projects that we stamped at stamp club on Friday night. I think the ladies had a great time! There was ALOT of laughter going on! Stamp club is a great stress-reliever for many! After a long week of work or whatever, it's great to relax and stamp, and enjoy an evening with other stampers!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a great week! And if it's not?? Make it a great week!


Sketch from Jen

Hi! I tried another one of Jen's Sketches. I really enjoy playing with these sketches. You should try it if you haven't already! I actually did 2 cards for this particular sketch. Enjoy!
Here is the sketch:
For the first card, I turned it on its side. The snowflake image circles are embossed with Iridescent Ice EP. They really shimmer!
Stamps: Big on Christmas
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Petals Patch DSP (retired)
Accessories: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Snowflake Punch (retired), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Stampin' Write Markers, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds
Here is my second card:
Stamps: Have a Heart, Polka Dot
Ink: Staz-on Jet Black, Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter
Hope you are having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Stampin' Space!

Hi! Well, my stampin' space is finally presentable! My husband installed 16 feet of cabinets (16' on top and 12 feet on the bottom) and countertop! He also installed under-cabinet lighting! I absolutely love my space! Here are a few pictures, as promised:

I hope you enjoyed a little piece of my stampin' world!

My stamp club met tonight, and I will be sharing our projects with you this weekend.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

To You & Yours Cards

Happy Wednesday to you!! I created 2 cards to share with you using the To You & Yours Stamp set. The house image just screams for glitter!! I was inspired by this card to create the following card:
Supplies (above):
Stamps: To You & Yours
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Ribbon Originals Alpine (in the Holiday Mini Catalog), 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Supplies (above):
Stamps: To You & Yours
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP (in the Holiday Mini Catalog)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Hope you like today's cards. They looked really pretty in real life with the glitter!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Punches Three!

Here is a card set that I stamped up in less than an hour (from start to finish)! I had a little bit of stampin' time this afternoon, so I thought I would keep it simple. I thought they turned out pretty cute! I used the Punches Three stamp set (Level 1 Hostess set). It's a 3-stamp set, and I used all 3 stamps!!

Here they are individually:
Supplies (above):
Stamps: Punches Three, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Perfect Plum
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Parisian Summer DSP
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Pink Pirouette Striped Ribbon, Dimensionals

Supplies (above):
Stamps: Punches Three, To You and Yours
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Paper: Confetti White, Glossy White, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories: Square Scallop Punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Supplies (above):
Stamps: Punches Three
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Spring Showers DSP (retired)
Accessories: Square Scallop Punch, Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Love & Happiness Rub-ons (retired)

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tons of Leaves!

Hi! We had a little bit of play time later in the afternoon, so we played in the leaves! Well actually, RJ played in the leaves, and Joe and I picked them up! I love the Fall, but the amount of leaves in our yard is absolutely crazy!!! What's more crazy is that there are still a few more leaves to fall! Oh well, I really do enjoy this cool, crisp weather. RJ loves to be outside! And he is a BIG helper when it comes to raking leaves!
I'm working on straightening up my stamp area in the basement. Pictures are coming soon! I'll make sure to share with you all when it is presentable! I'm loving my new area with the new countertop and cabinets! Can't wait to show you!

Happy Fall to you!


Friday, November 7, 2008

Snow Swirled Snowflake

Hi! I participated in a Vendor Business Fair with my MOPS group. If you stopped by my table today and are visiting here for the first time, thank you so much!! Congratulations to Kelli for winning my door prize of 15 hand-stamped cards/envelopes!! Enjoy!!

Following is a card that I created when my stampin' friend, Sally, came by a couple of weeks ago. I really love the color combo. If you are wondering where the Baja Breeze Scallop Circle came from, I used one of my Marvy Punches. I have been collecting them for months, buying one each month using my 30% coupon from Archivers!!! I wheeled my background on Kraft Cardstock using my Snowflake Wheel with White ink.

Stamps: Snow Swirled, Snowflake Wheel
Ink: Baja Breeze, White Craft
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, White Tafetta Ribbon

Do you have some fun things planned for the weekend???? My husband and I are planning a date night. I can't remember the last time we both went out together, just the 2 of us! We are making it an early evening because I have to work early the next morning (Yuck!). But it will still be nice to go out for dinner. We are going to Pujols 5 in Westport. I'll let you know how it goes!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Another Sketch Card!

Here is another card that I created from a sketch. I found the sketch here. I followed it, except I left off one element and I didn't make a square card.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Real Red, Always Artichoke
Paper: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Watercolor Paper, Very Vanilla, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Crystal Effects, Watercolor Crayons with Aquapainter, Gold Zig Painty Pen

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Hi! I have always wanted to partipate in a Sketch Challenge, and I finally did it! I am a big "sketch" person. I find a layout that I like, and I sketch it on a piece of paper. Then I let it pile up in my work area, and go through them when I'm looking for inspiration. There is a blog that I visit quite frequently called Fresh & Fun, and she posts a Sketch Challenge every weekend. Here is the one she posted over this past weekend. You can follow it exactly, or sometimes it's just want you need to get the juices flowing! For this one, I pretty well followed the sketch. Here it is:

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Real Red, Real Red & Old Olive Markers
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, Summer Picnic DSP
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Here is the sketch:

I'm working on another challenge that I started this afternoon. I'll finish it tonight and get it posted later or first thing in the morning.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lovely As a Tree-Version 2

Ok, I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I created the Gold/Silver Lovely As a Tree card again. For this card, I added the large tree from the set and punched my sentiment with the Large Oval Punch. Which one do you like better? Here is Version 2:My MOPS group is having a Business Fair for those in our group who would like to share their home business. I'm making different things to sell, and here are a couple of the post-it note holders. I used a retired stamp set and DSP that I just couldn't part with. Colors are Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery. Gel pens are from the Dollar Spot at Target.
Oh, I have a question too...Can somebody tell me what happened to October???? It's already November 2nd! Life is just flying by before my eyes! Does anybody know how to slow it down?? I'm looking at my calendar and trying to get some dates together for my Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. My intention was to have my SAS this coming weekend, but my work schedule didn't allow it, plus they didn't have the schedule out until this past Wednesday. That's retail for you!! So I'm thinking about Friday, November 21st and probably on Sunday, November 23rd. And I'm going to add a Day-Time Stamp-A-Stack for those of you who find it easier to attend during the day. All dates will be announced very soon!
Thanks for stopping by!