Saturday, January 31, 2009

It's a Little Bright...

but I like it! Hi! I found another layout that I liked, so I sketched it on a post-it and stuck it to my cabinets. I looked at it for a while, then I thought about what stamp set I wanted to use. I immediately thought about this little rocket ship from Pun Fun. It's really glittery in real life. Such a fun card!

Stamps: Pun Fun
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, Watercolor Paper, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories: Large Star Punch, Star Punch, Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals, Aquapainters.

I have been preparing for a Demonstrator Meeting that is taking place on Saturday. I'm sure I will have several things to share with you!!

Have a fun weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Blogging Companion!

Here is my blogging companion, Gabby. She loves to be right next to me (or should I say computer) when I am on my computer! She usually goes after the "mouse" on the screen! It is so funny! Don't you love the little heart-shaped nose?!! She is our youngest feline family member, and a big trouble maker with the other cats! She keeps the "older" cats on their toes at all times! She will be 4 in April.

After a while, Gabby will lay her head down on my computer...

And when I need to type something up in that corner, it doesn't even phase her to move!!! I just type away, squeezing my fingers below her head, and she doesn't even budge!!

Wasn't that snow just beautiful this morning? I can say that since I didn't have to drive in it! I'm hoping to take RJ out in it in the next day or two. He will have a blast!
I have a few cards to share with you soon. So make sure to stay in touch!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Celebrate You

Hi! Here is a card that I created based on the layout I saw on my own Demonstrator Business Website. If you go to my SU! website, and hit "Shop Now", then "Browse Projects". There is a lot of inspiration there!!!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, A Little Birthday Cheer, Polka Dot Bkgd.
Ink: Basic Black, Pacific Blue
Paper: Bashful Blue, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Blue, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango Prints DSP
Accessories: Pacific Blue Striped Ribbon, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Hope you are all staying safe in this cold, snowy weather! Stay warm!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Love You Much again!

Hi! Hope you all had a great weekend!! We didn't do much here, but it was kind of nice.

Here is a card that I created with the Love You Much Bundle. Don't worry, I will be done with this set soon!!! I do love it though!!! And the punch is wonderful! I colored in the "Love" with Blender Pen and Pink Pirouette Ink Pad. The Riding Hood Red Heart is popped up with a Dimensional.
Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Mellow Moss Marker

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My inspiration piece is MIA!

WooHoo!! It's the weekend!! Do you have any fun plans???

One of my favorite blogs that I visit is Dawn McVey's blog. A couple of weeks ago, she had a really cute card that has been stuck in my head since it caught my eye! Well, I finally recreated it and I wanted to show my version to you. When I first went to my stampin' area to start stamping, I thought it might be a good idea to look up the card, because...well, why mess with perfection!!! I had some ideas in my head, but sometimes I get so stuck on where I get my inspiration, I don't know where to start. So I opened Dawn's blog and searched her blog to find the inspiring card...but it was gone!!!! She removed it for publication, which means it's probably going to be in a magazine or something!!! Hooray for her...not so good for me. Soooo...I had to recreate something based on my memory. I'm not sure how close I am, but I really like what I came up with. The concept of the square punched pieces is there, but not sure if anything else is simliar to her creation.

Supplies (by Stampin' Up! unless noted):
Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: 1-3/8" Square Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch (by Marvy), Clear Buttons, 3/4" Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots, White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

The following card was my warm-up card. When I have an idea that I want to put in motion, I usually start with some of my retired supplies until I like what I create. I really like how both of my cards turned out! So fresh and cheerful!

Supplies (by Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Versamark
Paper: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Cutie Pie DSP (retired)
Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, White Embossing Powder, Clear Buttons, Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Hope you have a great weekend!! Not too much planned here!! Stay warm and get those stampin' supplies out and start stampin'!


Friday, January 23, 2009

Eastern Blooms and a great day!

I had a wonderful day yesterday! The weather was warm, I didn't have to wear a heavy coat, and I cracked the windows in the car! I also ran a bunch of errands while RJ was at Parent's Day Out. It's so much easier and peaceful without a toddler!! Oh, and breakfast with my friend was such a treat!!! We had a great time and we stayed and talked for over 2 hours!! In the afternoon, RJ and I both took a good nap. In the evening, I played volleyball, then had dinner with my volleyball friends. It was a great day!!

Here is a card that I created based on the same layout from yesterday's post. I did turn it 90 deg. and changed it up a bit.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Canvas
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Mellow Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Dimensionals

Another simple card!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inspired by our Stampin' Success Magazine

Hi! If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, look on the cover of the January Stampin' Success, and you will see where I was inspired to create this card. This card has the same layout as the card on the cover. If you know me, I really love to recreate cards based on a particular layout that I like. That's why I love to participate in sketch challenges so much!!

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks
Ink: none
Paper: So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Windsor Knot DSP (retired)
Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Cutter Kit, Chit Chat Rub-Ons; So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Old Olive Markers, Stamp-a-ma-jig

There you have it!! Very simple card! If you don't have the Chit Chat Rub-ons, you do need to get them!!! There are so many sentiments to choose from! And you get 2 sheets, one in Chocolate Chip and the other in White!

Have a great Thursday!! RJ is going to Parents Day Out today and I get to have a peaceful breakfast with a friend!!! I'm so excited!!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another Valentine's Card

Hi! Here is another Valentine's Card...not too mushy, not too cutesy.

Stamps: Love You Much, Fundamental Phrases
Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP
Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch (by Marvy), Blender Pen

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Using a Layout from Kristina's Blog

Hi! I saw a card on one of my favorite blogs, and thought I could create a card using the same layout. It's pretty close, but I turned it 90 deg. At first when I created this card, I didn't have the embossed images at the bottom on the Barely Banana Cardstock. I liked it, but I thought it was missing something. I tried using an embossing folder with my Cuttlebug, but didn't like that either. So I embossed the same image in Clear Embossing Powder. I like how it turned out. Also, I layered my Very Vanilla CS with the stamped image with Dimensionals on another piece of Very Vanilla CS.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Perfect Plum, Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Ivory Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder

Have you checked out the new Stampin' Up! Catalog yet? Oh my, it is so pretty!!!! You will love it! Stop by and pick up your copy. If you have placed an order with me in the past 6 months, it's yours for FREE!! If not, it's yours for $5, with a $5 coupon on your first order.

I placed my first order today along with 1000's of other Demonstrators! :) So I'm hoping to get my new "stampin' stuff" in by the end of next week. I can't wait to play!!!

Sign up for my annual Birthday Stamp-A-Stack on Friday, February 6th. I always have a SAS around my real birthday so we can celebrate!!! And it's a BIG one for me this year!! We will be using some new stamps and Sale-A-Bration stamps to create some adorable cards!!! More details coming soon! Mark your calendar and contact me today to reserve your spot. Space is limited!! If I fill up, I will open another session.

That's all for now. I'll have another Valentine's card to share with you tomorrow.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Love You Much Treat Box

Good Sunday to you!!! Here is the little treat box that we created at our Friday Night Stamp Club. The Top Note Die has so many possibilities!!! I used the White Cardboard that comes with our 12x12 Designer Series Papers, combined with our cardstock to keep the top and bottom a little more sturdy. I used a Stampin' Up! Glue Stick to adhere my Close to Cocoa cardstock to the cardboard BEFORE running it through the Big Shot. Much easier!

For the little box, I used 2 quarter-sheets (4-1/4"x5-1/2") of for top and the other for the bottom. I scored each quarter-sheet at 1". Keep in mind that when you score the 2nd sheet, score it a "little" less OR more than an inch, so that one of the boxes can fit inside the other. Clear as mud??? Let me know if you have any questions on this. I think I made 5 different boxes until I was happy with the dimensions!!

The DSP used on these projects is the Loves Me DSP from last year. I had one pack of the new Candy Lane DSP, but didn't have enough for everybody at Stamp Club. I have been using it like crazy!! So the Loves Me paper turned out great, and I had plenty of it. I punched the hearts with the Heart to Heart Punch and put Regal Rose Cardstock behind it.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Love You Much Card for Stamp Club

Hi! Here is the Valentines Card that we stamped at our Friday Night Stamp Club. We had a great time on Friday night, even though it was so blistering cold outside!! Although there are many other cities alot colder than St. Louis right now! How do they stand it??

I gave a little wave to my Happy Valentine's Day banner! I love that little touch!

Supplies (by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Love You Much, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Brown
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP
Accessories: Riding Hood Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Flower Brad, Heart to Heart Punch, Regal Rose Marker, Dimensionals

I'll check back in tomorrow with a great little treat box.

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Swap for Stamp Club

Hi! Sorry it's been so long since I last posted...I didn't mean it to be so long, but things just got in the life! Nothing bad...just a fun week with RJ! Oh, and I was a little busy getting things together for stamp club.

I wanted to drop in to share my swap card that I created for my Friday Night Stamp Club. I encourage all my stampers at stamp club to share cards with our group. It's alot of fun and we really get some good ideas!! Following is my card. I was inspired by a few different cards that I saw while I was browsing the world wide web. Here is my version...

My Swap is actually the one with Riding Hood Red Cardstock. I was originally playing around with the colors, but ended up with Riding Hood Red as my final color. But I do like the Kiwi Kiss.

Stamps: Say it With Scallops
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red & Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze DSP
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Square Scallop Punch, Paper Piercing Tools, Dimensionals

If you are coming to stamp club on Friday, you will be getting one of these!!!! I hope you like it!

I'll be back this weekend to share the projects from my stamp club. We are creating a Birthday Card, a Valentines Card using the Love You Much Bundle and a cute little trinket box using the Top Note Die and Big Shot.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2009

another Love You Much card

Here is another card created using the Love You Much stamp set. I love how the Rhinestone Brad looks with the punched little flower!

Stamps: Love You Much

Ink: Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Blender Pens, Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals

There is a lot of buzz going on about the new catalog!! Stampin' Up's Leadership Conference is going on right now in Orlando, and those lucky demonstrators have their hands on the new catalog!! I am so jealous! I so wish to be there with them!! I have only heard great things about this new catalog. Can't wait to share it with you!!!

I'll try to check in this weekend with you all. Thanks for taking the time to visit today!! Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Eastern Blooms inspired by snowflakes

Hi! I saw something similar to this card, but it was created with snowflakes. I tried to recreate it using Eastern Blooms, but I'm not sure if I like it. It hasn't grown on me yet! But it was very simple!! I'm just not sure if it is missing something or not. But I guess that would take away from the simplicity of it.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Hugs & Wishes, Spot On Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Corner Rounder

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Another Sketch Challenge - OCC

Hi! Can you tell that I love to be inspired by sketches??? Here is another sketch that I came across while browsing through my favorite blogs. I created 2 cards for this sketch. It's a great sketch to play with!

Supplies (Enjoy card):
Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pacific Blue
Paper: Kraft, Pacific Blue, Whisper White, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Supplies (Butterfly card):
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Banbury DSP
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Pretties Kit, Pink Rhinestone Brads

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Red Gift Bag with Snowflakes

For Christmas, my sisters, my mom and I usually exchange an extra small gift amongst the 4 of us. We were going to get together for lunch before Christmas while all the kids were still in school, and exchange gifts. But things were busy as usual, and it didn't happen. So I decided to give them their gifts yesterday at my sister's birthday celebration. I made my gift bags for them using my Big Shot and Snowflake Die. For the life of me, I can't remember where I got this idea, so I can't give credit to the person who inspired me. I only remember that they used the Big Snowflake on a Kraft bag, instead of red, and their tag was very different. Also, their snowflakes went off the bag, and the edges were cut to the sides of the bag. Here is my version:

I love how the white snowflakes pop off the red bag! I used Whisper White cardstock, then used my Tombow Multipurpose Glue to adhere them to the bag. But then I was thinking (Oh no!!)...I had some white self-adhesive vinyl. So I cut another 3 snowflakes out of the vinyl and put them on one of the bags. It might have been a bit easier then gluing each snowflake, but the flimsy vinyl was a little tricky to keep straight without sticking to the bag. But the vinyl was very forgiving, so that I could pull it up and reposition. So each way was pretty easy. It was probably more time-consuming to adhere the cardstock versus the vinyl.

For the tag, I used So Many Scallops (a Sale-a-bration set from 2008), then punched another Real Red Scallop Circle to offset behind the image. This gift bag is really cute in real life! It was a big hit with my sisters and my mom.

Hope you are having a great weekend! Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Love You Much & The Big Shot

Hi! Tonight, my family was together to celebrate my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Lisa!! We had a great evening at my parent's house. The food was great, and the kids had a great time being together. RJ was even keeping up with the big kids! He just loves to play with his cousins!! My mom, my sisters, and myself had a good time visiting and laughing!!

Here is another card that I created using the Love You Much Promotion. I used my Big Shot to create this Scallop Envelope.
Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Candy Land DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Scallop Edge Punch, Riding Hood Red Taffetta Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another SFYTT

Happy New Year!!! I have another card to share with you inspired by the sketch shown in my previous post. I had a lot of fun playing with this sketch!
Stamps: Party Hearty
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories: Circle Punches-1-3/4", 1-3/8", 3/4"; Word Window Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals

Wishing you the best in the New Year! I hope 2009 brings lots of stamping to you!!