Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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 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
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
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!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
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Monday, September 21, 2009
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
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
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
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!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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
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!
Monday, September 14, 2009
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
|Item #||Stamp Set||Last Publication this Set Appeared in||Page #|
|113407||Backwoods||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||102|
|114492||Beautiful Baby||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|114486||Birthday Wish||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|113200||Branch Out||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||100|
|114496||Celebrations||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|113732||Central Park||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||106|
|113206||Classic Sketches||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||119|
|113226||Classy & Fabulous||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||51|
|113750||Easter Beauty||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||29|
|114024||Bella Pascua||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||29|
|114498||Flowers in Silhouette||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|113405||Font of You||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||46|
|113216||For the Bride||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||61|
|114028||Para la novia||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||61|
|114494||Forever||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|109425||Friend by Definition||2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog||135|
|114488||Fun Flowers||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|113716||Garden Greetings||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||55|
|114490||Glad Friends||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||208|
|111580||Grand Soiree||2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog||126|
|113242||Hit the Road||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||103|
|113710||Lexicon of Leaves||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||101|
|113236||Man's Best Friend||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||72|
|114423||Ocean Commotion||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||97|
|113728||Playful Petals||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||99|
|109276||Polka Dot||2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog||135|
|111544||Putt Putt||2008 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog||81|
|113240||Quilt Quips||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||53|
|113754||Really Retro||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||132|
|113403||Sip by Sip||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||51|
|113726||Sweet Stems||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||99|
|113250||That's Funny||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||63|
|113688||Wonderful Watercolors||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||85|
|114032||Acuarelas Maravillosas||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||85|
|Item #||Wheel||Last Publication this Wheel Appeared in||Page #|
|113836||Fashion Forward||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||51|
|111259||Pinch Me||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||28|
|107559||Spot On||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||120|
|107560||Watercolor Vine||2009 Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog||84|
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
You can see more of Gina's work here.