DATES TO REMEMBER

  • August 1-31: BONUS DAYS Redemption! Use your $5 Coupon!
  • August 1-31: Carols Of Christmas Early Release
  • August 19: Stamp-A-Stack, 10-noon

Friday, September 28, 2012

Perfectly Penned Dots

Two similar cards, using up some pieces of Designer Series Paper from an old Hostess Pack. I'm trying to use them all up so I can use the others I've been hoarding!
 
 
 
 
Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned
 
Colors: Always Artichoke & Whisper White
 
Accessories: Designer Series Paper, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack- circle
 
 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Labels Collection Thank You

I'm cleaning out my scrap box again! This time I started with a stamped image of Elegant Thank You, which retired this summer. That was one of my favorites! I started out trimming it to a diamond, just to be different, but it wasn't even and looked funny. So I trimmed around it with my Paper Snips. The Designer Series Paper is from an old Hostess Pack- we used it on this card for the last Stamp-A-Stack. This was the last piece I had in Night of Navy.
 
 
Stamp Set: Elegant Thank You (retired)
 
Colors: Night of Navy, Whisper White
 
Accessories: Designer Series Paper (retired Hostess Pack), Labels Collection Framelits, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Tool & Mat
 
The new Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper on page 164 of the Catalog would work great on this card, too!
 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Congratulations Stripes

I had some pieces left from this card at the September Stamp-A-Stack and decided to change it up a little.
 
 
Stamp Set: Layered Labels
 
Colors: Night of Navy, Whisper White
 
Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Designer Series Paper (from an old Hostess Pack)
 
The Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks also have striped pieces similar to this.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fabric Frame Project

My upline Betty has a Stamp Share every month where we get together, eat dinner, swap cards, and do some stamping. At the August meeting, one of our projects was putting Stampin' Up! fabric and quilt batting into a frame. I don't know exactly what you would call it, so I'm calling a Fabric Frame. Pretty original, huh? I didn't make mine that night- I was too busy talking. In my defense, it was right after the fire so there was lots to talk about! But I did finish it a few weeks ago and took a picture when I did the cards from the Stamp-A-Stack. Here it is:
 
 
Ta Da! I actually used fabric! (I don't sew) It's a little crooked, but it's done. 
 
 
Then I thought I should take a picture with something on it, so I used my phone. Too lazy to get the big camera out! That's my Make N Take Helper button from Convention last year. It was the first thing I saw that wasn't a card (didn't want a hole in them!). The frame is about 14 x 16 1/2.
 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monthly Card Club

Have you heard about my Card Club? We meet the first Tuesday of every month, 1-2:30 or 6:30-8 and make 2 cards. It's only $5 or FREE with an order of $25 or more! I have everything ready for you to make the cards- just RSVP by the Sunday before so I can prepare. You can just come and make the cards with no commitment, or you can place orders and earn Hostess Benefits!
 
Here's my twist...
 
Instead of having a minimum number of people to get enough orders together each month and have everyone take turns being the hostess, everyone will be on their own. When you place a total of $150 in orders, you get $20 in FREE merchandise! So you could place 2 orders of $75 each, 6 orders of $25 each, or any combination, even if you need to skip a month. Once your orders total $150, you get to pick out your FREE items! No waiting for it to be "your" month!
 
This is my way of thanking you for being my loyal customers! I really do appreciate all of you!
 
The next Card Club will be on October 2nd. Let me know by September 30th if you'd like to join us!
 
This is one of the cards we made in September:
 
 
Stamp Sets: Watercolor Winter, Petite Pairs
 
Colors: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
 
Accessories: Core'dinations Card Stock, Stampin' Sanding System, Labels Collection Framelits, Dimensionals

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vintage Ornament

This was the most popular card at the September Stamp-A-Stack. I CASE'd it from Connie S. Isn't it pretty? I liked it so much I made more of them for the Stamp Share with my upline Betty's group.
 
 
Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes, French Foliage
 
Colors: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
 
Accessories: Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Dimensionals
 
There is a lot of sponging on this card- something I normally don't do much of. But it really looks nice on this card!
 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers are quite popular lately, so I wanted to feature them at the last Stamp-A-Stack. I wanted them to be on a card, so we made these:


Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Banners

Colors: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Antique Brads, Blossom Punch

The flowers are very easy to make!

1) Punch 5 flowers from card stock
2) Punch a hole (or use a paper piercer) in the center of each
3) Spritz each flower with water (I used 2 sprays from a Stampin' Spritzer)
4) Scrunch each punch, then open
5) Layer the flowers and add a brad
6) "Fluff" the petals of your flower

The flowers will vary with the punch you use:


Blossom


Fancy Flower


Scallop Circle


Here are my variations together, along with one from a swap card I received that uses 2 colors of card stock


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's Almost Mitten Weather

The temps are getting cooler- time to get out your mittens! Or stamp with some...
 
 
Card #3 from the September Stamp-A-Stack, CASE'd from Michele R.
 
 
Inside
 
Stamp Sets: Make A Mitten, More Merry Messages
 
Colors: Night of Navy, Whisper White
 
Accessories: Striped DSP (this one is from an old hostess pack), Labels Framelits, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, mat and tool

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tweet Leaves

Don't you love the samples in the Stampin' Up! catalogs? I do! But sometimes I forget about them- rarely do I make them. I really liked the sample for "Tweet Leaves" on page 31 of the Holiday Catalog and decided to have everyone make it for the Stamp-A-Stack.
 
 
Stamp Sets: Tweet Leaves, Woodgrain, Perfectly Penned (I don't have Sweet Essentials, which is what was used in the catalog sample)
 
Colors: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
 
Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Designer Ribbon Slides
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baby Feet!

I had good intentions of geting the cards from the September Stamp-A-Stack posted sooner, but I kept forgetting to take pictures of them! Too much going on lately! Still not much happening with the Building- just waiting for everyone to get their estimates for what it would cost to rebuild so the insurance company can decide what's next. We're getting sick of waiting!
 
On to the cards! The first one we did was made with a set my sister Darla (who is also my downline) let me borrow- Baby Prints. We did blue and pink versions.
 
 
Colors: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
 
Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Postage Stamp, and 1" Square Punches
 
 
Colors: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
 
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Postage Stamp, and 1" Square Punches
 
And, of course, there are Dimensionals on both! Darla wouldn't have it any other way!
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Stamped Cookies!

 
I made some stamped cookies for the Stamp-A-Stack on Saturday (I'll share the cards soon!). The cookie stamps come with two recipes, so I made them both. Almost everyone said they prefered the Sugared Shortbread cookies (the 4 word designs on the bottom) over the Sugar Cookies (the pumpkin face in the middle). They're both good, but you really taste the butter in the shortbread ones! You may not recognize the designs on those cookies- they are made with stamps that were only available at Convention this year. One of my sidelines (Hi Lisa!) bought me a set because she knows how much I like to bake. Unfortunately they were in the Building during the fire. The box they were in was covered in soot, but they were OK, other than smelling like smoke. I soaked them in water with baking soda for two days and they like new now! I'm so glad because there is no way to get more of them! They say "Thank You", "Love What You Do", "I [heart] Stamps", and "Stampin' Up!". Check out page 161 of the Catalog to see the designs that are available, as well as some really cute packaging ideas! Also page 15 in the Holiday Catalog!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sweet Baby

I haven't made any baby cards for awhile but came up with these recently.
 

 
Stamp Sets: Baby Bundle, Itty Bitty Banners
 
Colors: Bashful Blue/Marina Mist and Pretty In Pink/Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
 
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon