Monday, October 19, 2009

Deal of the Week

Here's the latest Deal of the Week. Be sure to snatch yours up while they're on sale!


The third deals of the week are from October 19, 10 AM (MT) through October 26, 9:50 AM (MT).

Item 
Page 
Description 
Regular Price 
Special Price
114348
179
Basic Jumbo grommets
$6.95
$4.49
109857
179
Mini Library clips
$12.95
$8.99
112571
179
Circle Designer brads
$5.95
$3.99
112581
179
1/2" Library clips
$6.95
$3.99

Friday, October 2, 2009

Welcome to the MDS Blog Carnival!!


It's finally time for the My Digital Studio Blog Carnival! There are a bunch of amazing bloggers who are participating, and you can see them all by clicking on the logo above. Clicking the logo at the top takes you to a post on the Stampin' Addicts website where you can find all of the links to the participating blogs. If you haven't visited the Stampin' Addicts site before, be sure to take a few minutes and look around while you're there. It's a wonderful site full of terrific ideas and there's even a gallery full of amazing ideas where you can find tons of wonderful inspiration. 


I'm so excited to share with you a few more fun projects created with My Digital Studio. It's such a terrific paper crafting program, so let me get started by showing you a few things I've created. 


This is the first page I created with My Digital Studio. Some of the touches I was able to add were the ribbon with staples, the journaling around the photo and the stitching. My Digital Studio includes these fun options and so many more. 

This next page is the cover page for an album that includes pictures from my niece's 1st birthday party. 


This page is very similar to the page I showed you yesterday of Jordan and Samantha. I love the look of using one of the photos for the background of the page, and the picture of her first cupcake was perfect for this type of page.


She is so adorable, and I love the stink-eye look she gives. You can see that in the picture in the top right corner. It cracks me up every time!


This last page documents a memory I just had to preserve. Amelia wanted to share her cupcake with my son Jordan. But when she held out her hand to give him a bit he accidentally bit her finger. They were both in tears for a while, but we were finally able to get them both calmed down. It's something we will all laugh about for a long time.

I appreciate you all stopping by. Be sure to leave me a comment. I'd love to hear what you think about My Digital Studio. And don't forget you can get your hands on your very own copy for 50% off by hosting a qualifying party in October or November!!

You can click here or follow the links below for a list of the other bloggers participating in the My Digital Studio Blog Carnival. Be sure to check them all out for more terrific ideas!


DMDezigns/Dawnmarie: My Digital Studio - The Birdseye Overview
HowManyCats?!/Comeka: Digitize Your Sketch Library with MDS 
Yapha: Turning Templates into Treasures
Willysgirl/Sarah: MDS Xmas and Extras
Hollylogic/Holly: MDS as a Design Tool (or How Not to Slice Up All Your Brushed Gold)
Lyssa: Playing with Stamps You Don't Own
Lilysinkpad/Sara: Simply Scrappin' Kits Go Digi
JulieA/Julie: Wanna Little Music with Your Slideshow?
lovetostampandscrap/Cheryl: Creating a Calendar to Beat All Calendars
Melina Stamps!/Melina: Man-Scrapping with MDS 
BroncoMom/Joyce: Build Your Own DSP
Britiney: Clever Album Covers - A Piece of (Cup)Cake
S1itcher46/Kim: Hybridizing and Cataloging Collections
Kelli: Side-by-Side Test: Is it Actual or Is It MDS?
Scrapbookmama/Ellie: Keeping the Spotlight on Your (Adorable!) Subjects

My Digital Studio with Friends

My girlfriend, Carrie came over today to play and craft and we put together this darling page of our kids, who are in love. Yes, they're only 4 (yes, FOUR) but they're planning their wedding and future together. It's so funny, but they sure are darling together, and Carrie and I are looking forward to spending holidays together after they're married.

I love making pages with a photo as the background, and this picture was perfect for that technique because it was a little out of focus. My Digital Studio uses all of the fonts on your computer, so I found this super fun font called Birth of a Hero. I love that it's a little grungy. We used the bird stamp from the Always stamp set and added a cute little heart. I have a bunch of cute pages to share with you during the My Digital Studio Blog Carnival which starts tomorrow. Be sure to stop back by to see more digital scrapbook pages.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Digital Studio & Deal of the Week

Starting today, the all-new My Digital Studio is available for Customer Purchase. This program is amazing. Here's a short video to show you some of the great features of this program. This is a revolutionary new Digital Crafting solution. I can't wait for you to see all it can do!



As part of the amazing hostess special during October and November, if you host a workshop with $400 in sales, you can purchase My Digital Studio for 50% off!!  I'll be demonstrating My Digital Studio at my Ladies' Night Out meeting next week, so be sure to let me know if you can make it. I hope to see you there!

In addition to the new My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up! announced that they're bringing back the super popular Deal Of The Week!!


This week SU! is offering three punches at steep discounts. The Trio Flower punch, the 5-Petal Flower punch, and the My Way arrows punch. 

The Trio Flower punch and the 5-Petal Flower punch are being offered for $10.99, and the My Way arrows punch is being offered for $11.99. That's a great deal on some terrific punches. This offer ends at 9 a.m. on October 12th, so be sure to get yours today. You can order directly from my Demonstrator Website by clicking on the SHOP NOW button. Be sure to check back next week for the new Deal of the Week! I know I can't wait to see what it is!!

This is REALLY the last one


I forgot that I had mentioned before that I'd made another card with the ornament background. On this card I used the ornament and stamped it in white craft ink onto Kraft card stock to create a beautiful and delicate background. This was another fun idea for using these little ornament stamps for an occasion other than Christmas. For the sentiment, I inked it up in a combination of Sahara Sand and Creamy Caramel to try to get a match to the Kraft card stock color. I stamped the sentiment and the dotted circle onto a metal-edge tag and mounted those onto a vellum scalloped circle. This makes a beautiful but simple wedding card. I promise this is really the last of the Convention Display samples. Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by to see them and took the time to leave comments!!! I'll try to keep the craftiness coming, so be sure to stick around!

My Digital Studio Blog Carnival - Coming Soon!!



This blog carnival from Stampin' Addicts is going to be THE PLACE TO BE for My Digital Studio inspiration during October! You can click here for a list of participating blogs. All of the MDS project posts will go live on Saturday, October 3rd. If you stop back by later, you can find the list by clicking the link in the sidebar on the right. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the local Susan G. Komen affiliate does a bra display around Boise. Because my mom volunteers in their office, and because she doesn't think I have enough to do *grin*, she signed us up to decorate one of the bras. Our bra will hang at Global Travel (a travel agency) downtown, so we wanted something with a travel theme. Here's what we came up with.



I thought it turned out SUPER cute. We painted the cups with fabric glue and then poured sand onto the glue from my kids' sand box. The water is cut from fabric and we added glitter along the wavy edges. My mom found all of the cute beach stickers somewhere in town. For the palm trees we wrapped the straps with brown fabric and then cut leaves from green fabric. The coconuts are circles cut from brown felt. I love how it turned out and may even have to make a trip downtown to see it displayed. If I do, I'll try to remember to take my camera! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack - up to 80% off!!


Everyone loves a clearance sale, and SU! is having a great one.

Stampin’ Up has started a clearance section with steeply discounted retired products! Go check it out pronto and see if you can score some of your old favorite colors, embellishments and accessories and some of it is 80% off—no that’s not a typo!

This order must be placed through my shopping website—not through me personally. Here’s a couple of FAQ to help you figure out how this works. Happy shopping!!!

Q: Why does the order have to be placed online?
A: Because the products are only available while supplies last and may sell out at any time.

Q: Is the Clearance Rack a time-sensitive promotion?
A: The new Clearance Rack is to be a permanent part of the online store. Hooray for that!!

Q: How often will the Clearance Rack be updated with new items?
A: Clearance Rack items will be posted and removed based on inventory levels. Because there is no set schedule you should check back regularly through www.britineyj.stampinup.net  for new postings.

Q: If they run out of a certain item, will SU restock inventory and post it for sale again?
A: No. Clearance Rack items are retired, discontinued items and are only available while supplies last. This is first come, first served—so check regularly for the best deals!

Q: Where can I see a list of available Clearance Rack items?
A: To see the available items, simply visit the online store at www.britineyj.stampinup.net and click on Shop Now. The Clearance Rack is on the menu. There's a bunch of great stuff in there and more to come. Be sure to look around and enjoy how easy and simple it is to place an online order any time of the day or night.

Imagine--ordering in your jammies! And you can order right when you think of something you need, instead of trying to remember to call me and having to wait for someone to host a show. If your order qualifies, you can also earn hostess benefits from online order as well. Go check it out today!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tree Trimmings Banner



After I created the glass ornament with the stamped ornament inside, I couldn't wait to find something else I could hang those darling little ornaments from and it suddenly occurred to me that they might look pretty hanging from the bottom of a banner. You should have heard me squeal!

Once again I used the beautiful Bella Bleu Designer Paper and cut out the banner with the Pennant Die and trimmed off the scalloped edges. Then I cut out the pennant pieces from Not Quite Navy card stock and mounted the DSP pennants onto them. I cut out the letters from Kraft card stock using the Serif Essentials alphabet dies.

Once I had those two steps done, I outlined the letters and the edges of the pennants where the two papers meet with the Two-Way Glue pen and covered them in Turquoise Ultra Fine Cosmo Glitter. I created my own "rivets" from Not Quite Navy card stock where I threaded ribbon along the top to hang the banner from. The Elementary Ribbon Originals includes the yummy Not Quite Navy taffeta ribbon I used along the top.

At the bottom of each pennant I created another ornament hanger by stamping the ornament image on a window sheet with Not Quite Navy craft ink and then embossing them with clear embossing powder. I cut them out carefully and glued a string of monofilament along the back with Crystal Effects. I strung ivory pearls and beads on the top and bottom of the stamped ornaments and attached the monofilament to the bottom of the pennants. The little Kraft Taffeta bows at the bottom of each pennant add a fun and elegant touch.

I was so thrilled with how this turned out I could barely bring myself to send it in to SU! I haven't yet taken the time to recreate this for myself, but I sure hope to before the holidays. I may even have to do it with some of the delicious new flocked DSP in the Holiday Mini! If I get that done you can be sure you'll see it here!! Thanks for your patience while I finally got all of my display projects posted. I appreciate all of you who have taken the time to leave me a comment.

Although I'm out of Convention Display projects, I'm never out of ideas. Stop back by soon to see more fun projects!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I Love New Shoes

Okay, I'm down to my last two Convention Display samples, and as promised, I've saved the best for last. One of the things I pictured in my mind when I saw the Things I Love stamp set was a cute shoe in a box. I searched online for a cute shoe pattern and when I finally put this together I was giddy!!
 


This turned out exactly as I had pictured in my mind. I created the shoe using Brushed Silver card stock for the sole of the shoe and white satin ribbon for the toe of the shoe. I embellished it with pearls from the Pretties Kit and I used beads from the Pretties Kit for the heel. Hopefully you can also see that I stamped on the box using White Stazon Ink. The lid says, "things i love . . . " and around the bottom of the box it says "new shoes". I made the box to fit the shoe using a window sheet. I think this would be a darling project for a party favor or craft at a Cinderella birthday party. What girl wouldn't want one of these beautiful slippers (or a pair) of their own. The white taffeta ribbon wraps around the lid for a special finish. I still have one more Convention Display Sample to share with you, and it's my absolute favorite, so be sure to stop back by tomorrow. I can't wait for you to see it!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tree Trimmings Ornament


When I first saw the Tree Trimmings stamp set I thought it might be fun to create an actual ornament with one of the ornament images from the set. How to do that was an entirely different issue. After some experimentation I was finally able to pull it off. For this ornament I stamped the ornament image twice onto a window sheet with Silver Encore ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder to set the image. Then I cut the two images out carefully.  After I cut the images out I cut one of the images in half from the top to the center. Then I cut the other one in half from the bottom to the center. I then slid the two ornaments together along the slits. I used Crystal Effects to secure them together so that they didn't fold flat. I also used the Crystal Effects to attach a piece of clear monofilament (plastic string like fishing line) that the ornament could hang from. Once I had the stamped ornament finished I gently rolled the image together and slipped it inside of a clear glass ornament. I glued the top of the monofilament to the inside of the ornament topper so it hangs from that. Once the topper was placed back on the ornament I finished it off with a knot of red ribbon. I really like how it turned out. You could create a beautiful set of ornaments for your own tree or to give as a gift. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for another fun project. Hope to see you then!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tree Trimmings Background


I love it when I can use a stamp set in a way that is different than what it was intended, and I was excited when I came up with this idea for using the Tree Trimmings stamp set. On the Tempting Turquoise background I used one of the ornament stamps to create a sort of damask-like background. It gives some interest to the page and some subtle texture. I finished off the page with a picture of my family and the "Tt" from Defining Alphabet combined with the "Together" definition stamped onto vellum. I have another project using this stamp as a background image, but I can't find a picture of it. I'll take one and get that up in the next few days. Until then, stop by for a few more of my absolute favorite projects with this stamp set. I'm saving the best for last!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Three Tree Trimmings


I think this is the very first sample I created for my Convention Display samples. I love the ornament images in the Tree Trimmings stamp set. They're so elegant and they make such fun cards. For this one I stamped the ornament image onto Kraft card stock with Real Red and Old Olive craft inks. I mounted those images onto Real Red card stock and then onto Shimmery White card stock. To coordinate with the shimmery white card stock, I added a knot of white taffeta ribbon to the top of each ornament. For the background I ran a piece of Kraft card stock through my Big Shot with the diamond pattern embossing plate from the Backgrounds 1 set. I mounted the textured piece onto a Real Red card base. This is another fun Christmas card idea that could be customized in your favorite holiday colors. I'll be back tomorrow with another project using this stamp set. Be sure to stop back by.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gold Tree Trimmings


The last group of Convention Display samples I made with the Tree Trimmings stamp set. For this card I  stamped the ornament in Gold Encore ink onto vellum card stock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I used my scallop edge punch to scallop the edges of the vellum. I used Night of Navy card stock to create a mitered corner frame around the stamped ornament. I mounted that onto Brushed Gold card stock and added navy grosgrain ribbon. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. This isn't my favorite or the most "wow" sample I made, but it is a pretty and elegant Christmas card. I'll be back with another sample with this stamp set tomorrow. Be sure to stop back by!

Monday, September 21, 2009

I love cute purses


This is my last project using the Things I Love stamp set. I created this cute little purse from the Bella Bleu Designer Paper using a pattern on the SU! website. It's a little hard to see but I stamped the cute purse image onto a piece of vanilla card stock and embossed it with white embossing powder. I punched out a flower with the Boho Blooms punch to put it on. I finished off the bag with a handle made from Vanilla grosgrain ribbon and attached it with the Neutrals brads. The closure is one of the Filligree flowers and is attached with another Neutrals brad. I think this is the last of my projects using this set, but I have several more fun projects to share, so stop back soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I love shopping



The little shopping bag image in the Things I Love stamp set is so darling. It makes a perfect card for a girlfriend with a gift card inside. For this card I stamped the shopping bag image in Real Red craft ink onto a circular tag and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut out a tiny red frame using my circle punches and mounted that onto the front of the tag. I mounted the tag onto a piece of Kraft card stock that I punched twice with my scallop circle punch and then I mounted that onto a Real Red circle. I stamped the sentiment with Real Red craft ink onto a piece of the Bella Bleu Designer Paper. I mounted that onto a layer of Real Red card stock and then onto the Kraft card base with a knot of red grosgrain ribbon. These little images are so fun for cards for girlfriends, for you mom, or for your daughter. They make such fun girlie cards! I still have one more projects to show you with this set, so stop back soon.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What I REALLY Love



This is a scrapbook page I created with the Things I Love stamp set. Of course when I saw this stamp set the first thing that came to mind was my boys. They're what I REALLY love. I used the yummy textured Soft Suede card stock for the background and a piece of the Bella Bleu Designer Paper under the photo. The Really Rust mat on the picture picks up the rust color in the leaves in the picture and I used a Vanilla die cut bloom as the mat for the small picture at the top. I used my Circle Scissors Plus to cut the photo into a circle. I love how this page turned out and I love even more that it makes me smile every time I see those sweet faces.

Friday, September 18, 2009

More Things I Love



Here's another card I created for my Convention Display Samples using the Things I Love stamp set. This one uses a layout very similar to the card I shared yesterday, but this one highlights the cute shoe image. Everyone loves shoes, right? Well, every woman anyway. For this card I stamped the shoe image and the words in Versamark and embossed them with black embossing powder. For the mats and the accent at the bottom I used the faux alligator technique. (My Ladies' Night Out gals got to use this technique to make an adorable purse this week. I'll show you that later.) For this technique you cover black card stock (in this case, you could really do this technique on any color of card stock) with Versamark and then coat it with embossing powder - either clear or black will work for this. Then use your bone folder to draw lines in the embossing powder and heat. You get this fun faux alligator texture on your card stock that is super cute on girlie projects like this one and the cute purse (see how I'm keeping you all on the edge of your seat for that one!) I finished this one off with the beautiful organza ribbon. The base of the card is Black card stock and the front is Pretty in Pink. I love the look of black and white and pink for girlie cards. When you add black patent leather shoes, it's almost too much!

Things I Love


I realized last week that I still have a few of my convention display samples to share with you, and some of them are my very favorite projects! For this card I used the Things I Love stamp set. It has some darling little images of things every girl loves (shoes, shopping, and chocolate!) and I had fun coming up with some projects using this set. Here's my first one. For this card I used textured vanilla card stock for the main panel and I stamped the chocolate truffles in Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Close to Cocoa craft inks and embossed them all with clear embossing powder. I also stamped the "things i love" and "but most of all, . . . YOU!" in Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I matted the truffle images on coordinating colors of card stock punched out with the scallop square punch and finished it off with a touch of chocolate grosgrain ribbon. When I mounted this stamp set I cut the words apart from the images, so I could easily stamp the word "chocolate" under the truffle images. I did the same thing with the shoe image and he shopping bag image. That's something I love about Stampin' UP!'s stamps. Since I get to mount them myself, I can customize them to my liking. This is a really fun stamp set and I have several more cute projects to share with you, so be sure to stop back by soon!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Carrie Swap

My girlfriend, Carrie, recently joined the Great Swaps Girls swap group. We recently did a swap with stamps from the new catalog. This was her first time swapping with the group and I couldn't help but share her adorable card!
She used the new FYI stamp set and one of the new texture plates for the Big Shot. The clip with the dangling heart made me squeal! It's so cute! She got the idea from the card at the bottom of page 45 in the catalog! I LOVE it!!! Way to knock one out of the park, girlfriend!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Flower Pot Card

Here's one more project from my most recent Ladies' Night Out.

The two flowers on the right are attached to a card that slides down inside the pot. You can use it to write your greeting or message. I used Pumpkin Pie card stock for the pot and a piece of designer paper from the Razzleberry Lemonade set. It makes the pot look more like a real pot and a little distressed on the bottom. All of the flowers and leaves at the top are made with sizzlits and the Big Shot. The flowers are from the Birds & Blossoms set and the leaves are from the Little Leaves sizzlit. The flowers on the greeting were punched out with the Trio Flower punch and the centers were punched out with the 1/8" hole punch. I'm loving the new Real Red polka dot ribbon. It finishes off this cute little flower pot nicely. Thanks again for stopping by!

From the Mouths of Babes

"Mommy. Do we have any microscopes here because I want to see germs!"

Monday, September 14, 2009

Faux Shaving Cream Medallion

Here's another card we made at my Ladies' Night out. See! Now don't you wish you'd come! Call or email me to find out when we're meeting again. You can also see my class schedule on my Demonstrator Website. Be sure to check it out!!
I got the inspiration for this card from Tiffany Bauer over at My Crafty World. You can see her card here. Again, I CASED this almost exactly, because when I see something I absolutely love I don't want to change a thing and her card was stunning! For this card we used the beautiful new Medallion stamp. I inked it up in Cameo Coral and then inked up a wheel in Ruby Red. I then smooshed (yes, that's a technical stamping term) the inked wheel around on the inked stamp. Then give the stamp a little huff of breath to make sure it's still moist and stamp it down on your card stock. The result is this beautiful swirled image which looks a lot like the shaving cream technique without the mess. On this card we also used the color spritzer to add the speckled background. I didn't realize my customers hadn't seen or used it before, so that was a fun little bonus. I'm going to have to get that out more often! Thanks again for stopping by.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Inspired by Nature Journal

A while back, my upline surprised us all at a group meeting by giving us these beautiful hand-crafted journals.

It's made with the Stampin' Up! Onboard Journal and she personalized them with our initials and some beautiful stamped images from the Inspired by Nature stamp set. It also has a matching pen, but it looks like I forgot to include that in the picture. I love this journal and I take it with me to all of our group meetings. It's nice to know my notes are all in one place and I can easily refer back to them later because I can find them!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another Watercolor Rose

My girlfriend, Carrie, shared with me this beautiful card she made using the same technique I showed you yesterday.

She used Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry to make this beautiful card. With this technique you can make roses that mimic something you would really see in nature. You can even use your own rose garden for color inspiration. The flower image on the bottom panel is also embossed for a nice added touch. Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Watercolor Roses

I'm sure you may have seen this technique all over the place, but I finally decided to try it for myself. This is a card we made for my Ladies' Night Out in July. I CASE'd it exactly from Deb over at Artfelt Impressions. You can see her beautiful card here.
For this technique, you stamp an open line image onto shimmery white card stock with Versamark or White Craft ink and emboss it with white or clear embossing powder. Then you use a spray bottle filled with water to completely soak the image with water. You can then use an aqua painter and your ink pads or drops of ink refills to float in the color. The embossed image keeps the ink from spreading all over the image. You can put color in each "space" created by the embossing and add more or less wherever you want the shading. It's a fun technique with spectacular results. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

SU! Dormant List

I was looking tonight for something on the dormant list. I had a hard time finding it, so I figured I'd post the list here for anyone who is interested. I hope this is helpful! I'll link to this post on my sidebar so you can find this again quickly.

DORMANT LISTS

The Dormant List contains stamp sets that, while they have not been retired, are not listed in the current catalog. These sets are available for purchase during the listed timeframe and may or may not be listed again in future catalogs.

Stamps

Item #Stamp SetLast Publication this Set Appeared inPage #
113407Backwoods2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog102
114492Beautiful Baby2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
114486Birthday Wish2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
113200Branch Out2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog100
114496Celebrations2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
113732Central Park2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog106
113206Classic Sketches2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog119
113226Classy & Fabulous2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog51
113750Easter Beauty2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog29
114024Bella Pascua2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog29
114498Flowers in Silhouette2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
113405Font of You2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog46
113216For the Bride2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog61
114028Para la novia2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog61
114494Forever2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
109425Friend by Definition2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog135
114488Fun Flowers2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
113716Garden Greetings2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog55
114490Glad Friends2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog208
111580Grand Soiree2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog126
113242Hit the Road2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog103
113710Lexicon of Leaves2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog101
113236Man's Best Friend2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog72
114423Ocean Commotion2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog97
113728Playful Petals2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog99
109276Polka Dot2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog135
111544Putt Putt2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog81
113240Quilt Quips2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog53
113754Really Retro2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog132
113403Sip by Sip2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog51
113726Sweet Stems2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog99
113250That's Funny2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog63
113688Wonderful Watercolors2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog85
114032Acuarelas Maravillosas2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog85

Wheels

Item #WheelLast Publication this Wheel Appeared inPage #
113836Fashion Forward2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog51
111259Pinch Me2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog28
107559Spot On2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog120
107560Watercolor Vine2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog84

Razzleberry Daisy

At my first Ladies' Night Out after the new catalog came out, I wanted to make a card that showcased several of the new in-colors. I was also hoping to use a stamp that hadn't seen ink in a while. Well, I was able to kill both birds with one stone when I came across this fun card in the catalog.
I love how the strip of Razzleberry Lemonade paper includes three of the new colors. I also LOVE how many fun ideas we can get from a few minutes browsing through the new catalog! We stamped the Upsy Daisy flower image onto Crushed Curry with the same color ink and then we used the Rich Razzleberry to stamp the sentiment of their choice! Honestly, when I sat down and tried to come up with an idea to use several of the new colors together I was stumped, but this paper made this card quick and easy to pull together without having to hurt my brain on how to use these colors together. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sweet Centers Spinner

Last week my girlfriend, Carrie, came over and I helped her finish up some swap cards she was working on. Then, as a fun surprise, I got one in the mail on Friday!

She used the Sweet Centers stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog and made this super cute spinner card. The center of the image is punched out to leave a hole. Then you suspend the EEK image with fishing line and twist it before closing the card. Then when the recipient opens the card, the center image spins. Isn't that a clever idea for this stamp set!? I'm sure the girls she swapped with loved it. I know I was thrilled to get one of my own! Thanks, Carrie!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sweet Centers

I'm back to share the other card we made at my upline's group meeting last week. This one is super fun!

For this card we used the Sweet Centers stamp set from the new Holiday Mini Catalog. The stamp set is designed to be used with these darling plastic treat cups. You can fill them with just about anything and they make such fun cards. The EEK image at the bottom was punched out of the center of the stamped image, and the EEK and the ghost and witch and frankenstein all have dazzling diamonds on them. Fun! I have another super cute card using this stamp set to share with you, so be sure to stop back by tomorrow!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

For All You Do

Last week the group of stampers I belong to had a group meeting. Our wonderful upline puts these together monthly and they're always full of inspiration and creativity. This is one of the cards we made at this month's meeting.

I love this stamp set. It's called For All You Do. To make this we inked up the square image with the flower in Certainly Celery and then stamped off once. Then we inked up the butterfly image in Old Olive and stamped it onto the square image and then stamped that image on to the white card stock. It's a technique called Kissing. I have another card to share with you from our meeting. Stop by tomorrow to check it out!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Another Simply Thanks

Yesterday I shared a cute card I got from Stampin' Up! that used the woodgrain background and the Simply Thanks stamp. Well, with that as my inspiration, here's one of the cards I created for the most recent Great Swaps Girls swap.
I stamped the woodgrain panel on Soft Suede and then stitched it onto the card front with my sewing machine. Then I stamped the Simply Thanks sentiment in the same Soft Suede color and added some fun bright touches with the felt flowers and grosgrain ribbon. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another card!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sweet Season Swap

Here's the second card I created for the most recent Great Swaps Girls swap.

For this one I used the Sweet Season stamp set and the Neighborhood jumbo wheel. When I saw this sentiment, the houses on the wheel were the first thing that came to my mind. I wheeled the houses onto watercolor paper and then watercolored them. the card is Real Red with So Saffron and Bordering Blue. This is one of my top five favorite color combinations. This would make a cute welcome card for a new neighbor or a fun card to send to a friend who is far away. Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back soon with another card!

Simply Thanks + Before & After

First, some crafty business. This is the thank-you card I got from Stampin' Up! for the work I did as a display stamper. Isn't it darling!! That woodgrain background was near the top of my wish list when I saw the new catalog. I'll show you what I made with it tomorrow!

We watched my niece (who will be 1 soon! eek!) on Thursday evening. She's such a sweetie. The boys adore her and we had a great time. It was the first time she's stayed with us and she did awesome. Here's a picture of her with Mason.

On the post from a few days ago where I shared the big boys' back to school pictures, I left out the little guy. Here he is on his first day of preschool for the year. Hard to believe he'll be in kindergarten next year!!

And now for the before & after (you thought I forgot, didn't you?) I've taken baxter to get his hair trimmed three times now and each time the groomer says he's not ready for a full haircut. He had gotten so shaggy I didn't know what I was going to do if she didn't do it this time. Well, I took him in again on Thursday and here's the before and after.
He was super soft and fluffy before, but every time I pet him now I think of chenille. His fur is SOOO soft!!! Isn't he a cutie! Well, that's it for today. Stop back by tomorrow when I'll have another card to share with you.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Summer Fun

ETA: Thanks to Laura for letting me know there was an issue with the picture links. I think I've fixed it now. Enjoy~

Last week we got together with some of our dear friends (moms & kids) for one last dose of summer fun before school started. The kids had a blast and my girlfriend sent me these pictures today. They're spectacular. Enjoy!






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