Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Pocket Card

Here is a cute little pocket card that I made recently. I used Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White card stock. I also used Stampin' Up!'s great new Flowers For You Designer Series Scrapbooking Paper. To make this type of card, cut your 8 1/2"x 11" paper into two pieces each 4 1/4"x 11". Then fold one piece in two to make our usual size card (5 1/2"x 4 1/4"). I then scored one layer at about 2" and folded down. At this point I cut scrapbooking paper to cover the background and the folded flap. For this card I used the new Ronald McDonald House Charity set for this year called Just Like You. I stamped the flowers at the bottom with White Craft ink. I stamped the butterflies with Certainly Celery and the "friend" (from the Everyday Flexible Phrases set) with Tempting Turquoise. I used my Circle Punches to make the cute little tags. And the Ticket Corner Punch and Round Tab punch were used to add some pizazz to the card. The final touch is a little white grosgrain. And viola', a beautiful card. Oh, I do use Sticky Strip (thin, but super sticky double sided tape) to put these together because they really need to be strong.

Why not try one these cards and e-mail me a picture? Then you might be a guest artist and see your card on my website!! :0)
Oh, I forgot to mention the little inside pull out card. The dimensions are approximately 3 1/2" x 5". I cut the Certainly Celery layer and then made the Whisper White layer 1/4" smaller. :0)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Christmas cards and comments

Traditional and non-traditional. That's the Christmas cards that I have for you today. The traditional card is one that I designed using the New Level 1 Hostess Set called Oh, So Lovely. I used Earth Elements colors: Garden Green and Ruby Red. I added a little So Saffron ink behind the holly berry image. Then the Direct to paper (DTP) technique was used on the edges of the stamped piece to give the card a little interest. I added some green and red ribbon which I stapled onto the card. The greeting stamp is from the new Holidays and Wishes stamp set. I like the traditional feel of this card.

Card #2 is from a demo swap and was designed by a very creative lady named Melissa S. My card is similar to hers but I ended up using a different color of ink on part of mine. The stamp set used is the same one as the bright card on my last post. It is called Season of Joy. I think this is a very versatile set and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a Christmas set. The card base is Blush Blossom and the additional colors are Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White and Bravo Burgundy. We used basically the same ink colors. We used lots of accessories on this card like: Scallop Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Signo White Gel Pen, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches, and White Grosgrain Ribbon.

Lastly, I've had a few people say that they don't know how to comment on the blog. All you have to do is click on the "(#) comments" at the end of each post. Then it will take you to another screen where you can see other comments and add your own. You don't have to have a blogspot account to do it. You just go on as anonymous, but then add your name at the end of your comments and I will know that it's you! I look forward to hearing what you like the best!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Christmas Card Time

I decided that today was the perfect day to start making some Christmas cards. The house was quiet because Bob had taken the girls to soccer practice, so I took advantage of my quiet time.

So here are two of today's creations. The pinecones card is made with the Peaceful Wishes stamp set. This stamp set came out last year, but I didn't get it even though I really liked it. I just couldn't resist it again this year! For the card, I used Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip and Confetti Cream cardstock. Then I used Always Artichoke, Choc Chip and Bravo Burgundy inks. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the words are in Burgundy. I did a little tearing on the top right corner to add some texture to the card. I also used repetition stamping, which is inking the stamp one time and then stamping with it two or three times in a row without reinking. It gives a variety of shades to your card.

The bright card is made with a Holiday Mini Catalog set called Season of Joy. This is just a fun kind of card! I used Really Red, Glorious Green and Whisper White cardstock and markers, plus a Yo-yo Yellow marker. I used the Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the stamp so that I could make words different colors. (I used all Bold Brights markers for this project. You can purchase color families of markers for only $31.95 for 12 markers!) I wanted to highlight the word JOY and then the star just needed to be yellow! Then I stamped the MERRY CHRISTMAS on the green cs and tied some red gingham ribbon. I stamped the circle snowflake stamp on a separate piece of white paper and punched it out with 1 1/4" circle punch. I think this is a fun and festive card.

Keep watching for more Christmas cards coming soon. Don't forget my Christmas Card Buffet coming on Sat, Oct 6th from 1 to 5pm. It will be a great time to come and get started on your Christmas cards.

Happy Stamping, everyone!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Photo Box Project

Here is the latest photo box that I have made. I used SU!s Winter Bright Simply Scrappin' Kit (found on page 176 of Fall/Winter catalog---use link on left side to connect to catalog). Everything that you need to make this box is included in the Scrappin' Kit!!!!

I think it turned out great! These are so easy to make. Then you fill them up with your pictures and give them to grandparents, children, friends, etc. When all folded up they look like a gift box. Then when you take the top off, they flop open. The last picture shows the 3 layers apart so you can get an idea how they look. I've got a class coming up on how to make these!!! Contact me by Oct 1st if you want to participate and I will give you more details.

And don't forget, if you order in September and comment on my blog, you can get a discount on your order. (This special is for merchandise orders only, not including class fees.)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Treat Pouch with Candy

This is a cute little project that I saw in one of my Stampin' Up! magazines (called Stampin' Success). You use a square of cardstock (this one is 8" square of Really Rust). Fold in half from opposite corners first. Then fold each side across so that is almost touching in the middle of the opposite side. Last fold the front flap down. I added a piece of cream cardstock that I sponged with Chocolate Chip and Really Rust. I used the Carte Postale stamp set (found at ) Does anyone know how I can change that long link to just being able to click on the name of the stamp set and go to the web page. Any help would be great!! :0) So I finished off the treat pouch with a button with a little linen thread in it, plus a small bag with salt water taffy inside and a ribbon and tag at the top. You can see the little tag better on one of these pictures, while you can see the sponged background better on the other one.

These would be great to make for individual gifts for each place setting at a dinner. Have fun playing with this idea.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Here's the Cake!

Okay, I promised that I would try to take a picture of the cake to show you. Well, here it is! It is way too much chocolate for me, but my hubby loves it.

I also thought that I would share a picture of the birthday card that my upline in VA Beach (Melissa E.) sent me this year. Isn't it beautiful? She used the new Ronald McDonald House set for this year, Just Like You (pg 105). She also used the coordinating Designer Series Paper called Flowers for You (pg 171). And the new beautiful Scallop Punch under the butterfly and the Key Tag punch (punches are on pg 182) with the greeting on it. What fun to get this great card in the mail.

Have you made someone's day by sending them a card recently? :0)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy Birthday to my Hubby!!!

Today is my husband's birthday. And the girls and I got him the most gooey chocolate cake ever (well, besides "death by chocolate" if you know what that is)!! It is choc cake with choc icing and white choc slivers covering the top and sides!!! Oh, I should take a picture! :0) I'll try to do that later.....

The cards for today are ones that I made at the Stampin' Up! Virginia Beach Regional in April also. Both cards use the Double-Line Doodles set (pg 67).

The top two pictures are a 5"x5" card. This is an interesting square card. The bottom layer is More Mustard with Whisper White on top of that. Then the "rays" are strips of paper and pieces of ribbon---fun look and very easy! Next use a metal edge tag (pg 191) and markers (pg 186 as a set or pg166-167 individually) with the direct to stamp technique to make the cute little heart and circles center. Some stamping dimensionals (pg 185) keep your tag in place. Use a 3/4" circle punch (pg 182) to make a spot to attach the Old Olive button (pg 191). The inside uses the Big Deal alphabet (pg 156) to write "Hello". And you can see from the photo that SU! sells square envelopes (pg 169) for your card to fit inside!

The other card is an unusual color combo. It uses Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery. I think the combo looks great. I also used a 1 1/4" circle punch (pg 182) and a Tempting Turquoise button with linen thread (both on pg 191). The cute little tag is part of a Tag Sheet found on pg 179. And, of course, a little ribbon (pg 190) and brads (pg 189) round out the card.

I hope these cards inspire your creativity! So, do you like the more in depth card description or is shorter better? I look forward to your comments.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sings the Rooster....

This is another card that I've been working on recently. I am actually making about 35 of these!! I am a member of a Walk to Emmaus weekend team next month and I am making one of these cards for each member of the team. The card base is Kraft with SU!s new Sanded background stamp. I stamped it with Chocolate Chip. I just love the look! Then I layered Confetti Cream on Really Rust with the rooster stamped on top and colored with blender pens. (The rooster stamp is from a retired set called Provencal.) Then I added a little brown grosgrain and the standard Emmaus greeting "DeColores" and I was all done! Now all I need to do is stamp the greeting on 34 more cards!!! :0) Roosters are a theme at Emmaus because of a song we sing on the weekend....."Sings the rooster...."

Don't forget to be commenting on my blog and then planning your September order so you can take advantage of the discount that I am offering this month. Also, the Fall Frenzy promotion is going on all month. (Discounted sets are listed in a previous post.) I plan to try to place an order on September 26th, so try to get your order to me by then.

I hope you are having a great day wherever you are! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Double-Line Doodle Creations

Here are a couple of

scrapbook layouts that I did at the Stampin' Up! regional meeting in Virginia Beach in April. The blue background layout is made for either 3 or 4 pictures. If you use 3 spaces for pictures, then you have one section to journal in. This 12"x12" layout is made with the Double-Line Doodles set and the Big Deal alphabet.

The other layout is a 6"x6". It is great for a single picture plus some journaling at the bottom. I used the new Double-Line Doodles stamp set found on page 67 of the SU! catalog. Really cute and versatile set!! The curvy edge of this layout is made using the slit punch---very easy, even though it looks difficult.

I hope you all have had a great day. Did you take some time to stamp today? Have you sent anyone a homemade card lately? BTW, thanks goes out to Katy for the cute card that she sent my family today!! Now, go grab some stamps and play a little. :0)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Christmas Stars

These are some stars that I made as Christmas ornaments. I used Stampin' Up!'s new Wintergreen Designer Series scrapbooking paper. The paper is double sided, so the pictures show the fronts and backs of each star. This is such an easy project! I'm thinking of doing these for my Christmas gift camp coming up later this fall. What do you think? Would you like to learn how to make these?

We've had another busy day here with piano lessons, haircuts, a home school meeting later tonight.....oh yeah, and a little fire in our back field!! :0) My husband was burning some brush and the fire had died down and was just smoldering when he came in for lunch. Next thing he knew a fire truck with lights flashing and sirens screaming was pulling into our driveway. That's when he saw that the fire was doing more than smoldering! We arrived home from piano lessons seeing the fire truck and lots of smoke, but most of the fire was out by then. My girls were very worried about their chickens that live in the barn at the edge of the field that was on fire. I went and checked on Rhoda, Aleta, and Chirper (our pet chickens!) and they were all fine. Everyone needs a little excitement in each day, I guess! Hope your day was less exciting than ours!! :0)

Thanks for checking out my website.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

More Baroque Cards

Here are two more cards made with the new Baroque Motifs stamp set!!! I love, love, love this set. It is so elegant and versatile. The top card uses the new Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate In Colors and some of the great new ribbon, plus a little piece from the Hodgepodge Hardware and the oval punch.

The bottom card is made with So Saffron and Night of Navy card stock, and I used the Fine Lace Background stamp, plus some white grosgrain. I cut out the Navy flower and used Stampin' Dimensionals to make it pop up a little.

I hope you like these creations! I can't wait to hear what you think.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Day Two

I've been so busy all day that I am just getting to posting now. Here are my "Faith", "Hope", and "Love" Name Frames!! I finally finished them and they turned out really well. What do you think? When I host Name Frame Camps, this is the kind of great things that you can make! Most people do names, but these are another option! Super easy and lots of fun, plus they make great gifts. Check out my Stampin' Up! website to see when the next Name Frame Class is.

Also, remember that if you comment on my blog and place a Stampin' Up! order with me this month, you get a discount. I included this information in my newsletter to you. If you are on the blog and did not receive my newsletter, just e-mail me for details!! And remember the Stampin' Up! special this month is order at least $30 worth of regularly priced merchandise and receive up to one of each of these sets for 30% off!! The list below shows the discounted price of each set.

Pg 26---Bitty Boos Too---105355---$12.57

Pg 29----Haunting Halloween---109284---$13.27

Pg 30---Thoroughly Thankful---107383---$16.07

Pg 108---Autumn Fest---109373---$16.77

Pg 91---Elementary Essentials---109421---$19.57

Pg 17*---Stem Silhouettes---110366---$22.37

*Holiday Mini Catalog 2007

(You can see images by clicking on either Fall/Winter Catalog or Mini Catalog links on the left side of the blog.)

And, of course, the great Choose Your Family promotion being offered now by Stampin' Up! Check out this link for details: .

Have a great day and watch for more projects tomorrow!

Monday, September 3, 2007

A New Adventure!

I am embarking on a new adventure today---the world of blogging! I've been avoiding it because it seems difficult and I don't have time to learn something new. Friends have encouraged me that it is easy, so here I am! A new learning experience begins today. I wanted to start this blog as a way to share my creations with my Stampin' Up! downline and customers, but everyone is welcomed to check it out! I hope that you find some inspiration here.

Here is a picture of the cards that you can make at my upcoming Creating with Baroque Motifs Class on Sept 18. You just order the stamp set including s/h and tax for $30 and you get to make these great cards using your stamp set and the supplies provided at my class. If you're interested, let me know right away! I am just loving this stamp set. You will be seeing many more cards made with this set because I just can't put it down!! These cards also use some of SU!s great new In Colors for this year. They are Wild Wasabi (green), River Rock (tan), Purely Pomegranate (reddish), Groovy Guava (peachy), soft sky (light blue) and Blue Bayou (darker blue---not pictured).

Have a great day! Make some time today to stamp! I would love to see you creations!