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Monday, November 19, 2012

Online Extravaganza 10-day Sale

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Today is the first day of Stampin' Up!'s huge 10-day sale, Online Extravaganza!
In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own door-busters! To see a complete list of all items on sale, including the door busters for today and November 28th, click on the link above in Purple.

Today there are some awesome door-buster sales for 
24 hours only!  

November 19th Specials:

Page 181, Item 125586  Simply Scored Diagonal Plate SALE $9.56 (reg price $11.95)
page 186, Item 113439  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine  SALE $79.96 (reg price $99.95)
page 186, Item 113474  Big Shot Doctor's Bag  SALE $55.96  (reg price $69.95)

November 28th Specials:

Page 7, Item 118941  Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)  SALE $53.56  (reg price $66.95)
page 7, Item 120279  Clear Block Storage Caddy  SALE $13.56  (reg price $16.95)
page 175, Item 109127  Stack and Store Caddy  SALE $27.96  (reg price $34.95)

During these 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products!  Check out my stampin' store for all the items on sale.
You can also include other things on your order that are not part of the sale, making your shopping experience even easier.

~ be creative ~

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My blog has been live for a year!

I can't believe I've had this blog for a year now.  I am glad there are a few of you that come and check things out occasionally.  I appreciate it very much!

I wanted to share the swap cards I got from my stampin' club this month.  These ladies have been with me for a long time, and I am so grateful.  I am grateful for the time we get to spend together, that they have become dear friends of mine, and they haven't given up on me!
I look forward every month to seeing them, and spending some time stamping with friends.
**Ladies, I hope you continue to come and play with me every month forever! **  {hugs}

Here are the cards I got this month.  They make me so proud!

Robbie's card is so awesome!

Wendy V's card is lovely with the Fall papers and sweet pumpkin

Look at these sweet vines--she curled them!

Lou Anne was on the same wave length, and also did a pretty fall card. I love the colors she chose.  Such a clever way to make leaves, too!

She even used her wood grain embossing folder to make her tree.  Love the details

Linda did a gorgeous card using the Doily die.  I love purple and yellow together.  And the sparkly glitter she  sprayed over the whole thing!

She added Crystal Effects to the flower for dimension and shine

This is another card Linda made.  This was her invitation to her 60th birthday bash! She's amazing!

Thanks, Ladies, for showing me how YOU can 
~ be creative ~

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October Class Projects

This month's class projects were inspired by need to have a card for an occasion I didn't realize I needed a card for, so I had to create something fast.  I thought it turned out pretty nice, and figured my classes would appreciate a 'back to basics' type of project.  Too often we're all caught up in the need to add more shtuff (spelled that way b/c that's the way I like to say it):  ribbon, buttons, brads, layers, bling, more ribbon, and, and, and...
So I wanted to remind my classes that less can be more, and simple, fast cards are just as beautiful as those that take 10 hours to complete.

The first card used the Mixed Bunch set and a few colors of ink.  I made two versions, the one you see below which uses several of the images, and one that just used the one line drawn flower for the background stamping and the punched piece.  I did that so they can see they can create this card with only one image or several, depending on which set they choose to use.

Paper: More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy (for the little flower center)
Ink: More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze
Accessories: scallop border punch, brad, dimensionals, sponge
stamps: Mixed Bunch, Sincere Salutations (retired)

The second card we made was just gorgeous.  I wanted to use a traditionally Fall stamp set, but in colors that aren't necessarily fall colors.  Of course, they could be if you added some Soft Suede and Tangerine Tango--bright, happy Fall colors!
In this case, we used Island Indigo card stock and ink.  I just LOVE this color.  It's so rich and a beautiful jewel tone. The neutral is River Rock, another great color that goes so unexpectedly with so many colors.

This is the same card, but I changed the direction of the bird (unintentionally, might I add) but this time, I took a step from one of the ladies in my group, Linda, and sponged the bird's body, too. It gives him such lovely dimension.

Here they are side by side so you can see the difference a little sponging makes

stamps: Autumn Splendor, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Island Indigo, River Rock
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White
Accessories: Bird punch, pearls, sponge

And here's a picture of one my wild kitties that hangs around outside.  We named her Oreo, and she's a very sweet kitty.  She lets me pet her and pick her up for about a split second.  She has such pretty green eyes

So don't discount the simpler cards.  They are so quick to make, and can be any mood you need by just changing the colors you use.
Now, go out and 
~ be creative ~

Friday, September 7, 2012

Time for Fall

Last month in my stamp class, one of the cards we made used the lovely fall leaf set and the popular triple time stampin' technique.  This card went over quite well.  It looks hard to do, but is really very easy.

We used Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive and More Mustard inks. The leaf set is French Foliage, and is so pretty.  They look like real leaves!  Lookie:

We added the sentiment on top with a label from the  Apothecary Accents framelits collection.  A little piece of ribbon (this one is retired from last season's Holiday mini--quilted chocolate satin) and a couple of gold brads finish it off nicely.  The edges were sponged on the sentiment, too, to give it a little dimension.
Here's a close up of those details, and you can also see the mustard color; I stamped the words stamp with it.

Here are the measurements of the card stock pieces so you can make one, too:
2 x 3 1/4
3 x 4 1/4
4 x 5 1/4

Soft Suede:
2 1/4 x 3 1/2
3 1/4 x 4 1/2
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (card base)

Our group of ladies swaps each month and one of my gals, Linda,  decided she was going to bogart my idea of the triple time stampin' technique a month before. So she already knew what to do when we made the card above.  But I wanted to show her card, too, because hers is stunning. 

He details are just as stunning

and sparkly

Thanks for stopping in.  Hope you will make time to 
~ be creative ~

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Some Christmas craft show ideas

I signed up to be a vendor at the Monroe Aquatic Center's annual Christmas craft show this year. The event is on Saturday, October 3rd, 8am - 4pm.  I have done it a couple of times in the past, and is where I actually met all my stampers who have become very dear friends of mine.  I got very lucky with the ladies that wanted to stamp with me and I hope to meet some more wonderful people to add to our stampin' family this year.
I am sharing a couple of projects that I'm going to make for my booth this year.  Thanks to my dearest and bestest friend, Leah, who will be helping me out.
Let me say this publicly--she is awesome.   Not only is she helping me make several things for the booth, I conned she volunteered to help me that day by manning the booth with me, too.  Seriously--that's the mark of a true friend---one who's willing to sit with you in a booth at a craft show for 6 hours!

Ok, so enough suck up talk, and on to the projects. These are sweet little tea holders that have a tea bag on one side and a little note on the other.  The center of the treat holder has a cello bag that can be filled with candy of your choice, a cookie, a gift card, or any treat you like.  They are very sweet and easy to make.

The next little project is a tall bag using designer series paper.  I found the pattern somewhere online.  I truly am sorry for not being able to give proper credit, but if you know the original designer, let me know, and I'll be sure to give her credit here.
These little bags are perfect for tall gifts--pencils, eye liners, emery boards, lotions, etc.  I thought about giving them away with a pack of microwave popcorn and a movie gift card.  It uses almost a whole sheet of DSP, so they are about 12 inches tall.

And just because I love my wild cats, here is the mamma kitty that hangs out and has kittens all the time.  We've named her Bastet, after the Egyptian goddess.

She is pretty, isn't she?  

~ be creative ~

Monday, August 6, 2012

Christmas in July

This month at my stamp club, we made a Christmas card and a hanging plant tag (for a stake).  Quite the oxymoron, yes?  But they loved the projects anyway, and we had a good time.
I found a website that showed how to make these stair step card, and we copied her sample almost exactly.
Thank you Amy Celona!  

Here's the card we did

(the beer in the background is really not supposed to be part of the project, but makes for an interesting photo none the less)

Here is the plant stake we made.  We used the scallop circle die for the main shape.  We added some butterflies from the large butterfly die, Beautiful Butterflies die.  We attached the butterfly with a brad--they had a choice from an In Color asstd. pack, a glitter brad or a retired rhinestone brad.  
We embossed the circle and the butterflies with several embossing folders, whichever one they liked.  The sample below uses the Elegant Lines and Spiderweb (for the butterfly) folders.
We colored the embossed image with Sharpies.

Hope you like them!
~ be creative ~

Friday, July 13, 2012

Birthday boy

I made this sweet little card for my cousin's 6th birthday.  He is such a sweet little guy, and we were lucky enough to get to see him (and his family) while on their way down to Disney World.
I think this dino set is so cute--they have the cutest little smiles!  I got it to use for my son's cards earlier this year, and look forward to finding more uses for it.  It's hard to resist!

Hope you enjoyed this post, though it's short and sweet.
~ be creative! ~

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Relaxing day at the spa

Oh, how I wish I was at the spa for the day.  *sigh*
My coworker decided his wife, who just turned the big 4-0, deserved a day at the spa.  So he asked me to make a card for him to give to her.  He wanted calming colors, and large enough to put her itinerary on there, too.  So I designed this 5x7 card for him.
I really had a ball making this card for her.  He told me later that she went out to buy a frame for the card.  That really made my day.

Here's the front of the card, and some detailed shots:

This is the back, where he wanted to put her itinerary for her special day

The products I used were almost completely Stampin' Up!.  Most of these items are retired products so I was thrilled to be able to use some of these things up!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, whisper white
Ink: same as above, plus Basic Grey
Stamps: Fast and Fabulous, Tropical Party, Sanded, Watercolor trio
Accessories: build-a-brad, Kraft taffeta ribbon, Baja breeze pleated ribbon, white satin ribbon (non-SU), linen thread, dimentionals, scallop trim border punch

Hope you enjoyed my special birthday card as much as I enjoyed making it!
Make time to
~ be creative ~

Monday, June 11, 2012

Class Projects for June

Hello, there!  I am sharing the cards we made in class this month.  One of my stampers requested a technique using shaving cream.  So we made a card using this method, and a generic man-card. They could use this one to be a man birthday or a Father's Day card.  They really had a great time with the shaving cream!
It also happens to kind of fit in with this month's Craft Project Central Sketch Challenge #12 (the three banners are my take).  I saw the sketch before designing this card, and then promptly forgot about the challenge itself.  However, I must not have forgotten completely!
To see more about this Challenge, click here.

Here is the full card:
and some close-up shots of the shaving cream and the details on the tiny butterflies.  We used the butterfly embosslit and the beautiful wings Bigz die.

This is the first version I made, but I thought it really needed to be stepped up.  but it's still a pretty card, and anyone receiving it would still get a gorgeous card.  (please ignore the ink 'oops' on the yellow cardstock)

Here is the Father's Day card we made.  This uses the Island Indigo and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Up! colors--I love this color combo!

Hope you enjoyed the cards today.  
Make sure to spend some time today to 
~ be creative ~

Monday, April 30, 2012

Nature Shots and some cards, too

I have been a slacker when it comes to posting.  I don't know why I make it such a big deal to take pictures of the cards I make, and upload them, edit as necessary, rename and save, and post to a blog.  *sigh*  I didn't realize the work involved in posting regularly.
Now, if I actually got to stamp on a daily basis, I know I could create posts and schedule them to post each day, giving the illusion that I don't work full time, have a family, try to work an SU business, spend time with said family. exercise (what's that??) AND sleep.

Really, it is my intention to share projects I have been making with my stamp group, and if there is anyone else who stumbles upon my blog, I hope you get something useful out of it, too.

Today's share is a few nature shots I took at my friend, Leah's, house.
gorgeous Peony

a hawk in her nest

if you look closely, you will see them snuggled and the egg that didn't hatch is between them

I'm hungry!

And I can't resist--I know it's a crappy picture, but look at that face!  pure joy :-)

Ok, I also promised to share some cards I made.
I have a friend in my stampin' group that has begun her battle with Leukemia again.  She loved all the cards our group sent to her the last time she spent some time in the hospital.  So I hope this card brings her a little bit of joy, and some Spring into the room with her.  Love ya, Becky!

And here's a card I made for my sister-in-law who just got a new job.  

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

~ be creative!~