Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today is the last day...

to order from the Occasions Mini Catalog as well!! Here are two cards I did for workshops this past month that both use sets from the mini that are NOT carrying over to the new catalog tomorrow...so, get them while you can!!

Here is a card I just love ~ I have to admit that I cased it from a very talented demonstrator named Mary Fish ~ she's also featured in this month's Stampin' Success for all you demonstrators out there! This card has so many layers on it ~ but what a great idea to use this set from the Mini. Lots of stuff going on...you use the Circle Scissor to cut a circle out of Whisper White card stock, then punch a top and bottom using the Word Window punch. You layer your fish into the fishbowl, then attach a Window Sheet onto the back of that top fishbowl layer to make it look like glass! How fun...

Supplies: Stamps: Just Cruisin' By, Polka Dot (background) Paper: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss Ink: Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red Accessories: Pacific Point ribbon, Circle Scissor, Word Window punch, 1" Circle punch, Large Oval punch, transparency sheet, 1/2" Circle punch, Pop-up Glue Dots, Mini Glue Dots

This next card is a Z-fold card using the set And Many Mower. This was the first time I had made a z-fold card...it is SOOO EASY!!! You basically cut a piece of card stock 11 X 4-1/4, then you fold it in half like you would to make a regular sized card, but then you take the front of the card and fold it back in half to meet the original crease. Add a square for your design to overlap the inside of the card and you're finished!! Go try one today...I promise you'll love it!! Plus it's an easy way to showcase some Designer Series Paper. I colored my image on the front using our In Color ink pads and a Blender Pen...but, did you hear, Stampin' Up! is now offering our In Colors in a package of markers!!! Woo Hoo!! Now it is even easier to color images and stamps with the oh-so-popular In Colors!!

Stamps: And Many Mower
Paper: Urban Oasis DSP, Kraft, Naturals White, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Accessories: NONE (I can't believe I made a card without ribbon! ;D)

Come back soon!! I'm going to be showing some great ideas using NEW PRODUCT that's available starting tomorrow!!

The end of the month is today!!!

Oh, My!!! It snuck up on me...the last day of the month is today....so that means today's the final day to order retiring stuff!!! So...here are the final two last chance cards.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies: Stamps: To You & Yours (on the dormant list...it is retiring!), See You Around (wheel is retiring) Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Kraft Taffeta ribbon

Stamps: Life's a Breeze, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Rainbow Sherbet DSP, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Silver Brads



The last chance lists have been announced by Stampin' Up!~

For the last chance stamp sets click HERE...Stamps on this list are available until June 30th. Contact me to order the ones you want TODAY!!

For the last chance accessories, click HERE to download my Excel file (yes...I just figured out how to attach a file in Blogger so I don't have to have this long list attached to my blog! :D). These accessories are only available "WHILE SUPPLIES LAST" ~ some of the items are available for up to 50% off!! Contact me today to order the items you want while they're still available.

For the last chance Definitely Decorative list click HERE...Almost all of these items are available until June 30th. The only item that's available "WHILE SUPPLIES LAST" is the Designer Delight (stencil) found on page 23 of the current Decor Elements brochure.

Please let me know if you have any questions!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Swimming, Dollywood, the Zoo, & camping...

Oh, My!! Sorry I've not been around...I've been busy the past week. My sister came in to visit my Mom early last week so the kids and I decided to go up and spend a few days. My Mom has a pool, so the kids got to go swimming. Then, we went to Dollywood on Tuesday and the Zoo on Wednesday. I got home last Wednesday afternoon, unpacked and repacked to go camping on Thursday...not to mention I had a class Thursday night before I went to the campsite. But we're back now and hopefully can get semi back to normal this week. Anyway...on to a picture of another Last Chance Card...

These two cards are pretty much the same...I had cut a couple of different pieces of Washington Apple DSP (now retired!! ~ it's sold out...) and gave everyone the option of either the Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon or the Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon (also retiring!). (Excuse the Chocolate Chip ink on the second card...it kind of hit the ink pad during class! ;D) Both cards use two retiring sets: Blooming with Love and Absolutely Fabulous.

Hope you like them!

Stamps: Blooming with Love, Absolutely Fabulous
Paper: Washington Apple DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, So Saffron
Accessories: Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon or Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Last Chance Card 4

Here's another Last Chance card...

I thought this had such a nice masculine look to it! This is the set Wonderful You. I paired it up with the Urban Oasis DSP (also retiring!!). For the solid image leaf stamp, I inked it with Close to Cocoa, stamped off, then stamped on my paper to give it a shading closer to the Kraft card stock in the base of the card. Several of the ladies in the class made this into a Father's Day card. Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by...

Stamps: Wonderful You
Paper: Urban Oasis DSP, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Kraft
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Basic Brown
Accessories: Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Ticket Corner punch, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Vintage Brads (black)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Last Chance Card 3

...and yet another card from my "Last Chance Card Class." There are 7 total so be prepared to enjoy a few more days of them!!

This card uses the set Stitched Exotics along with the retiring Raspberry Tart paper. This is just a basic stamped card ~ left blank to use for any occasion. The main flower image is stamped on a scrap piece of paper and cut out...add a Rhinestone Brad for some bling!! Just use a paper piercer (there is one available in the new catalog coming out on July 1st ~ you no longer have to purchase the entire Crafter's Tool Kit to get a Paper Piercer!!) and mat to punch a circle wherever you want a brad ~ you don't have to be able to reach it with a punch. The swirl image in the background is stamped using the same stamp twice...you just stamp it one way, then flip the stamp over and stamp it the other ~ swirls are great for stamping twice like that!! Finish it off with the scrumptious Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon that is also retiring.

Hope you like it!! See you again soon...

Stamps: Stitched Exotics
Paper: Raspberry Tart DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon, Circle Ice Rhinestone brads (green), Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, June 22, 2009

Last Chance Card 2

Here is another card I offered at my "Last Chance Card Class." I just love this set ~ A Little Birdie Told Me!! My favorite thing to do with it is to Paper Piece...that's where you stamp the image onto a neutral card stock (Whisper White on this card), then stamp the image onto colored or patterned paper and cut it out, then adhere it to it's place on the original stamped image ~ what a quick way to add color or patterns! This set is also very versatile...it comes with words that are for a promotion, marriage, illness, celebration, birthday, good news, or just "you're the best!" Be sure to get this set while you can ~ once July 1st is here, it's gone forever...

Thanks for stopping in!!

Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me
Paper: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Real Red 1/2" Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Designer Label punch, 1" Circle punch

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Last Chance Card 1

This is a card I did in my Last Chance Card Class and a couple of workshops this month. It uses retiring In Colors and the set Say It with Scallops (the retiring Ronald McDonald Stamp Set). You also get to try your hand at using one of our wheels called It's Beautiful...which is NOT retiring and is in the new catalog coming out on July 1!

The circle was punched using the 1-1/4 Circle punch after the image was stamped in Pacific Point on Whisper White...it creates a "reverse" image with this solid stamp ~ I had several ladies that wanted to know where the "blue paper" was to stamp the image on...not realizing that it's actually "blue ink" on Whisper White card stock. And, this image is actually a square stamp. Don't forget to think outside that box...just because the image is square doesn't mean you can't make it a circle! And don't you just love our clips ~ so cute!!


Stamps: Say It with Scallops, It's Beautiful (jumbo wheel)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: 1-1/4" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Scallop Edge punch, Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Clips Assortment (1/" small library clip), Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June Club Card 1

Here is a card we did in my 3 clubs this month ~ it's using a retiring stamp set called Wild About You. We used the "thumping" technique with Stampin' Up!'s markers. For this technique we inked our image first in Certainly Celery Classic Ink, then used the Garden Green marker. Using the brush tip end, you just "thump" the marker onto your inked stamp, huff on the stamp, then stamp your image onto your cardstock. Just remember to always ink in a lighter color, then thump in a darker color so you don't mess up your markers! Don't you just love the "bite" taken out of the corner using the Scallop Circle punch!

Hope you like it!!

Stamps: Wild About You
Paper: Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Garden Green
Accessories: Slit punch, Hemp Twine (natural), Scallop Circle punch

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stampin' Up! is now on YouTube

Good Morning, Everyone!

Yes...Stampin' Up! is now on YouTube.

I just wanted to let you know that I've created a link in my sidebar to the Stampin' Up! YouTube Channel. There are free videos that Stampin' Up! is sharing to teach you more about our company and our products. There are some great ideas on these videos as well. If you'd like, you can subscribe to their channel and whenever a new video gets posted, it notifies you. All you have to do is click on the subscribe button and create a username and password ~ it's all FREE!! So check them out today...


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Good Friend Explosion Box

Here's another Explosion Box I made. I had had some requests for a tutorial, so I had to make a new sample and take pictures along the way. What's different about this explosion box compared to some I've seen, is it will hold a total of 20 4"X6" photos...the actual box is made using a total of 6 sheets of 12X12 cardstock. And, I just love this Good Morning Sunshine DSP ~ so sad that it's retiring!! Get yours while it's still available...

If you would like a copy of this tutorial, please click here and download your FREE copy today!! Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how you like my first tutorial!! Thanks...

Glad you stopped by...

Stamps: Good Friend

Paper: Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Naturals White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun

Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

FINALLY!!! A Card...

Sorry I've been MIA...sometimes life just catches up to you...

Anyway, here's a baby card I made for my husband's cousin who is expecting her first child in August. I just love the Texturz Dies ~ they add so much to a simple card. Plus...I got to use pink since she's having a girl ~ no pink things around here with 2 boys and a husband! ;D Sorry for the backdrop for the photo ~ I took a picture on the way to the shower laying the card on the console of the truck...it was one of those last minute cards ~ easy to come up with if you stamp!! Hope you like it!


Stamps: Beautiful Baby (those single stamps in the back of the catalog!), Nursery Necessities
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot, SU! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates, SU! Lots of Tags Sizzlet die, Metallic Eyelets, Crop-a-dile (love this for setting eyelets...if you've never tried it, you're missing out!!!), Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Word Window punch

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's Official!!!

Hi, Everyone! Sorry I've been absent this week but I've been really focused on wrapping up this....

I have a club order that I'm waiting on the hostess to pick out her benefits ~ once that's done and I push "SEND" it's official!!! I have earned the Southern Caribbean Incentive Trip with Stampin' Up!! I figured last year was just an accident (especially with double points), but to do it a 2nd year in a row, I'm really excited and proud!! Thank you to my customers and downline that have supported me this year ~ you all are the greatest!! I promise once I get back from out of town this weekend, I will get some projects posted. Thank you for your patience....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hi, everyone! Sorry I haven't posted anything new in a couple of days. I have 2 clubs this week and another workshop, plus 2 swaps I've signed up for. So...I'm busy stamping away ~ I just can't share any of it yet. I'll try to get something posted soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Special Card

In a previous post I mentioned my SAM (Service Account Manager). When you earn the Incentive Trip with Stampin' Up! they assign you what's called a SAM ~ they're the person at Stampin' Up! that you call direct to help you with anything in your business that you need. I had called my SAM a couple of weeks ago to ask about ideas for increasing my sales in June to see if she had any insight since I'm so close to earning the Incentive Trip to the Southern Carribean this year. We also talked about my downline and things I had done to increase my sales. Stampin' Up! uses the SAM Program to interact more with their demonstrators which helps all demonstrators ~ just a good line of communication! Anyway, within a few days of talking to her, I received a card (handmade, of course!) from her in the mail...so I thought I would share it with you. Employees at Stampin' Up! all stamp, too!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Baja Breeze (textured)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Decor Stencils...

Today's project was an idea my SAM (Service Account Manager) sent out last week. There were a couple of demonstrators that had submitted ideas using our Stencils found in the Decor Elements catalog. Both of these projects were inspired by projects done by Kimberly Van Diepen...

(ETA: The date has been changed for this class ~ it will now be offered on Monday, June 29th at 6:00 pm!! Contact me today to reserve your spot.)

Do you like what you see? Do you want to learn the different ways to use these stencils? Well, you'll be happy to know that I'm offering these two projects, plus a card at a Stamp Camp on June 27th from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at my house. Cost of the class is $35 ~ included in the price of this class are the 3 projects, plus you get to keep the Kind Thoughts Flourish Stencil, a package of Sponge Daubers, and the On Board Art Journal ~ that's more than $30 worth of products! Contact me today to reserve your spot (Deadline to sign up is Friday, June 12th so that I can order your Stencil, Sponge Daubers, and Art Journal.)...

Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy!

Stamps: Fundamental Phrases, Great Friend
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Classic & Craft, marker), Old Olive (Classic & Craft), Ruby Red (Classic & Craft), Creamy Caramel (Classic & Craft)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button, Antique Brass, Jumbo Eyelet, Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Wide Oval punch, Small Oval punch, Glassy Glaze Enamel, Sizzix Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Lots of Tags die, Color Spritzer, Kind Thoughts Flourish Stencil, stencil paste

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Flip-Flop Card

I participated in a Folding Card Swap in the month of May. There were so many neat cards!! Here's the card I did for it...

This is called a Flip-Flop Card. It's so hard to tell exactly how this card works without seeing it in real life. In the top photo you see the front...just imagine the card laying flat. Then you just pull on each side and the middle of the card "flip flops" to the other side (shown in the 2nd photo). I just love the Sweet Always paper!! I will miss it when it's gone. Everything I use it on is just so stinkin' cute!! It really makes a project with it's color combination.

Glad you stopped by...

Stamps: Oval All (Occasions Mini), Absolutely Fabulous
Card Stock: Sweet Always DSP, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Double Rectangle punch, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Flower Fusion Too (Chocolate Chip), 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads (Whisper White)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Embossed Wedding/Anniversary Card

ETA: Click here to go to my home page!

My downline Katy had done a wedding card that I thought was really pretty and simple, so I thought I would use her card as inspiration and make one of my own.

You can see her card HERE.

And here is my version...

I just love the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die!! It makes such a beautiful image with very little effort. I used the Shimmery White Card Stock for the card base ~ just enough shimmer to make it special. I only ran the front half of the card through the Big Shot using the Embossing Textured Impressons Die. After I embossed the flower image, I cut around the outside edge and layered the Basic Gray card stock behind it to make it POP. Hope you like it!


Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Shimmery White, Basic Gray
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Key Tag punch, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Horizontal Slot punch