Friday, March 30, 2012

Fabulous Florets Against a Diagonally Scored Background

This is the first morning I don't have to run off somewhere for someone in the family.  I'm looking forward to spending the day in my stamp room. Tonight begins the Passion Play at FBC Ellijay.  If you are local and would like to attend there are three performances scheduled this weekend.  Click here for details and remember you do not have to have tickets in hand.  If you do attend please make sure you say hello...I'm playing keyboard on the right side.

Last night was my first I Love Cards Buffet.  We missed those of you that were unable to attend.  There were a variety of cards to choose from and I am hoping to have several more for next month.  I didn't have enough time to have dinner before everyone got here so we decided to add pizza and a salad from Johnny's to the event...yum.  Make sure if you are local you add this fun class to your schedule next month.

This is one of the cards on the buffet that will still be available for next month.  The stamp set is one of my favorites from the big catalog called Fabulous Florets.  I'm not sure why but Rose Red is not a color I use and now I'm thinking why not.  It's gorgeous especially paired with the crumb cake and old olive.  I love ribbon because it adds so much to a card but sometimes I like to show you that you can make a quick and beautiful card without it.  I wish you could see this card IRL with the textured background and's stunning.

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The textured background is so easy to create now that Stampin' Up! has come out with the diagonal score pad.  It sits on top of the Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool and you can create textured background, envelopes, and boxes in minutes.  Some people are asking if it sits on top of the Martha Stewart scoring tool and the answer is yes.  I have one here that I don't use anymore and we gave it a try at last club.  Everyone who tried it decided it's not as secure because it slips some but it is workable.  At least until you order your Stampin' Up! one to replace it. :)  

The scoring adds so much and I love the effect you get when you stamp over it.  Click here to see another card that shows this effect even more so. son's cute new puppy.

Do you have the diagonal scoring plate yet and if so what is your favorite thing about it?  I would love to feature a few of your projects made with this tool.  Feel free to email me a link to your project or if you don't have a blog a picture and your name.

Stamp Set: Fabulous Florets (C123027) (W123025), Three Little Words (W113254)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Rose Red (101778), Chocolate Chip (100908)
Paper: Card Stock - Rose Red (102544), Old Olive (100702), Crumb Cake (120953)
Tools and Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586), Paper Snips (103579), Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Happy Friday!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Tulip Peep

I could hardly wait to share my newest Easter card with you today!  I was feeling a little silly last night and thought I would combine two Easter card ideas I have recently run across online.  The Easter theme works perfectly with a new challenge site I came across today...Hand Stamped Sentiments.

I'm sure many of you have seen the cards with the three cracked eggs across the front and the little peeps sticking out of each ( Stamp with Tami - video and Flowerbug's Inkspot).  Well in the past I have also seen tulips with Easter eggs in the center.  You can find a video on Valita's incredible blog. So...I thought how cute and silly it would be to combine the two and this is what I came up with.  My children are fully grown now but I know that they would have loved this when they were little.  Isn't it cute!  Makes me smile. :)

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There are several punches involved in this card.  Can you guess which ones?  Punches are so much fun and there are so many creative ways to use them.  Someone is always thinking up one more idea to share.  You could spend days online looking at all the examples.  All kinds of animals and's amazing!

What I love is that not only does Stampin' Up! have a great selection of punches but it's difficult to come close to the quality.  And now with the new design they store so well.

So have you guessed yet?  Do you have your answers locked in?  The tulip petals were created with the Owl Punch and and the leaves with a large Circle Punch.  I used the 1-3/4" circle but you could use the larger 2-1/2". The egg is punched with the Extra-Large Oval Punch and the peep is the body of the Bird Builder Punch.  And I almost forgot, The Scallop Edge Border Punch was used for the grass.

The colors used are So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and DSP from the brights collection for the egg.  And yes...that is the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder again. :)

Only a few days left and Sale-a-bration will be over until next year!  A free product for every $50 you spend during this promotion.  What a great time to add to your punch collection or stock up on paper or cross items off your wish list.  Order online Here or email your order to me and I will place it for you. 

Or...think about ordering the Starter Kit.  So many products for only $125....a $340 value.  A way to earn extra income, get discounts on your products or just because it is a great deal!  I need one more starter kit ordered to promote to the next level with Stampin' Up! and would love for that new recruit to be you.  Click Here to sign up and place your order or give me a call if you have questions.

Thanks for stopping by today....hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bordering on Romance Done Softly

It's been a week since I've been able to post and I've sure missed being with you all.  Hope you missed me just a little bit. :)  I could go into a long explanation but I'm afraid it will sound like a lot of excuses so I'm not going to go there.  Just know that I'm glad to be back!

Today I would like to share a soft and pretty thank you card using the stamp set Bordering on Romance.  It's from the Occasions Mini Catalog and I can't believe it's the first time I'm getting to use it.  I love the sweet flowers in this set but what's really fun is the borders that coordinate with the edgelits dies that I didn't actually use in today's card.  I'm saving those for another day. :) 

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The Stitched-Poly Ribbon is a fun ribbon to work with.  I love the white edges and the feel.  It's available in the 2010 - 2012 In Colors which will only be available until the end of June.  If you haven't ordered this ribbon in the past consider it in your next order.  You won't be disappointed.

The flowers are fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals which makes them feel like they are floating on the embossed layer.  I colored them with ink pads and a blender pen.  And yes...that's the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder again.

For those of you that are local - this is one of the cards that you can choose to make this Thursday at the I Love Cards Buffet.  This class is for beginners or advanced card makers.  You choose what cards and how many of each you would like to make.  What a great way to add to your stash of cards to send to family and friends or to copy over and over again. The fee is $12 for 5 cards or Free with an order of at least $25.  Additional cards are $1.50 each and can be made if time permits. Click Here to register for class.  Even though the time is listed as 6:30pm feel free to arrive 1/2 hour early.

Stamp Sets:  Bordering on Romance (C125482), (W125480), Thank You Kindly (111742 - wood only)
Ink:  So Saffron (105213), Certainly Celery (105217), Blushing Bride (119786)
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Certainly Celery (105125)
Tools and Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Basic Pearls (119247) Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon (119267), Paper Snips (103579), Big Shot (113439)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Easy Events Wedding Shower Card

It's Sunday and I have a long day ahead of me.  I play in the orchestra at First Baptist Ellijay and we are preparing for our Passion Play.  It's a lot of work but well worth the effort.  If you're local and would like to attend the dates are March 30, 31 and April 1.  Let me know - I will be happy to make sure you have tickets.  The price is great - free!

Today is a quick and easy card.  Mother is heading to a wedding shower right after church and asked if I would make her a card to put with her gift. can you say no to your mother.

I have several new recruits and a few others thinking about purchasing the Starter Kit so I wanted to show how you can take the Easy Events (C123225) (W116958) stamp set and other items from the kit and make a cute but simple card.  Something that you could easily do at a workshop or party. Or just because you need a quick card.

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I bumped it up just a bit from the items in the starter kit by using the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder (117335) and the Big Shot (113439).  Of course I know that every card maker  and scrapbooker will have the Big Shot on their wish list sooner or later.  I also used the 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319) instead of the Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon that comes in the kit just because it's one of mother's favorites.  An inexpensive pack of Stampin' Up!'s Basic Pearls (119247) and you are all set.  Wasn't that easy?  My basic card making class is this Monday the 19th at 6:30pm.  We will be learning how to plan and cut a simple card like this along with basic stamping and card making skills.  I'm hoping to post some of the material for this class here on my blog for those of you that are beginners.  The class may be showing closed now but if you would like to attend give me a call.

There are two weeks left to purchase the Starter Kit at the Sale-a-bration promotional price of $125.  It's a great time to join my team.  I would cherish the opportunity to support you whether you join to become a full time demonstrator or only to receive a discount on your products or any level in-between.

During Sale-a-bration for every $50 you purchase you receive a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Time is running out.  Don't delay!  I have a few dates open in the next two weeks for those of you that would like to book a party and take advantage of the freebies during this promotion.

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Isn't Hemmingway cute in his St. Patty's Day photo!  This is Laura's and Matt's (my son) new puppy in a bed of clover.  This is the message I received from him this morning. :)

They're spending the day in Savannah, GA enjoying all the celebrations.  I wonder if they're in this picture.  Apparently Savannah's celebration is as big or bigger then New York's  I just read they are expecting a million people!  I hope they have a safe and fun time.

Today I wanted to share a few note cards we did in club this month. Everyone got a chance to make a few envelopes with the new Diagonal Score Plate.  It's so easy and fun now to make your own envelopes to match your cards.

This first little gift card is done with the Apothecary Art Stamp Set (C125527) (W125525) and the coordinating Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125599).  The glitter was applied with a glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. (102023)  The envelope was made with paper from the Attic Boutique Designer Series paper. (125407)  The size of the card is 2-1/4" square.

This time we used a piece of Old Olive card stock and used the Framelit Die to make a folded tag.  I also wanted to show them how much easier it was to apply the glitter using Stampin' Up!'s Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. (120805)  It will make a great addition to any gift bag.

Lastly I wanted to show them how easy it was to make a little gift card with one layer.  This was stamped with the Clearly for You Stamp Set (C121976) (W121911).  Quickly colored and sponged and you are ready to go.  Tiny Basic Pearls ((119247) add the little extra.

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Have you made any envelopes yet with the new diagonal score pad?  Have you tried other sizes besides the standard A2 size?

Have a wonderful day and pull out your stamps tonight!  Hope to see you tomorrow.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fancy Flower Mother's Day Purse

Posting really late today because my husband decided that there would be no stamping, blogging, or creating of any kind today.  He felt we needed together time.  :)  I couldn't say no...he is so patient and supportive of my Stampin' Up! business.  We took a drive in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains and ended up in Dahlonega for lunch and some shopping.  It was a great day!

This month my club members made the purse featured in the Easter blog hop.  Only this time it was decorated with a cute embossed flower. I think now it would make a perfect little purse for Mother's Day. Don't you agree? How about a gift card and small chocolate candy bar on the inside?  

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For the dimensions and scoring of the card stock refer to the Easter Blog Hop post.  While you're there join in the fun! Hop from blog to blog making a comment at each one and you will automatically be entered to win a fabulous prize of Stampin' Up! products.  

The Fancy Flower, 5-Petal Flower, and Boho Blossom Punches were used to create the flower.  Before assembling I ran them through the Finial Press Embossing folder for texture.  I think the buttons from the Twitterpated Suite in the Occasions Mini are so cute.  Though the color is Baja Breeze they still blended well with the Pool Party card stock.  If you decide to make one or more of the purses for Easter or Mother's Day I  would love to see how you decorate them.  Email me with a picture or a link to your blog.

Hope to see you tomorrow.

Card Stock/ DSP: Pool Party (122924), Poppy Parade (119793), Very Vanilla (101650), Everyday Enchantment DSP (126154)
Accessories: Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117291), Twitterpated Designer Buttons (125579)
Tools: Fancy Flower Punch (118073), 5-Petal Flower Punch (119880), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (125595), Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (125601) Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Just a reminder...don't miss out on the Sale-a-bration Starter Kit Promotion!  Only 15 days left.  You pay $125 for a kit valued at more than $345.  You have a choice of the Standard Kit or the Digital + Kit.  Join my team today!  I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mixed Bunch Love Notes

Oh my gosh... how I have missed sharing the past couple of days.  I have been busy with clubs, a workshop, and an awesome day Saturday at a My Digital Studio retreat followed by our demo PAWS (play alot with stamps) meeting.  It's so much fun being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator !

Today I would like to share one of the make and takes we did at the PAWS meeting.  I know many of you have already purchased the Mixed Bunch stamp set ( C125537,W125535) and are asking to see more projects using it.  This one is a "bunch" of love notes (3" by 3" cards) using the newest In Colors all "mixed" up.

Cindy Shuster is the demo that designed this make and take.  She was able to take a pack of the assorted In Color card stock, coordinating ink, and brads and come up with dozens of these cute little cards. The coordinating Blossom Punch (125603) makes mass producing these notes quick and easy!

The sentiment on each card is different.  The Fabulous Phrases (120501) stamp set has 30 words that you can use separately or group together.  It's a set I go to often.  On the inside we actually used a business stamp set  for demos but with Stampin' Up! the possibilities for sentiments on the inside are endless! Wouldn't you love to have a bunch of these love notes on hand?  Use them for birthdays, get well, or just I'm thinking of you today.

How many of you have a stash of cards to choose from when you need one? Or do you rush around at the last minute making a card before you walk out the door?  I know...I've been there. :)

Before I leave you today I would like to remind you that the Hoppers are giving away a blog gift on Easter Sunday.  All you need to do is visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered.  We would love for you to play along. Check it out HERE.

And over the next couple of days I will be sharing some of my swaps from the PAWS meeting.  Today's share was made by Anne Arnold and I have to say it was one of my favorites.  She doesn't have a blog right now so I'm sorry that I can't direct you to other samples of her work. 

She used the KISS technique with this card.  The two stamps that she kissed together are Inspired by Nature and Weathered.  Sorry to say I don't have the Weathered stamp and it's retired. :(  
I'm thinking that maybe the Wonderfully Worn background stamp may create an interesting effect.  Have you tried this technique and do you have another suggestion of a stamp to use with Inspired by Nature?

Remember that Sale-a-bration ends on March 31.  Every $50 you order earns you a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  It's a great time to stock up on products!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Welcome to the Hoppers Easter Blog Hop!

The Hoppers are back with another fun Blog Hop!  This time it's all about Easter. Hop from blog to blog for some great Easter ideas.  I hope you are ready for loads of inspiration and a chance to win a fantastic prize. All you need to do is visit each blog and leave a comment.  Then on Easter Day - April 8th a random name will be drawn and the winner announced. 

The Prize is a Stampin' Up! Pack of Designer Series Paper, a Stamp Set, and a Roll of Ribbon!  So don't miss out - make sure you leave a comment on every blog for a chance to win.  The winner will be contacted by email and their name will be announced on our blogs.  Make sure that information is in your comment.

The project I would like to share with you today is a cute Easter Purse that holds a yummy treat!  I cut a piece of Pool Party card stock 4-1/2" x 8" and scored it at 2-1/2, 3-1/4, 5-3/4, and 6-1/4 inches. The Edgelit Die was placed on the edge with the short fold and the run through the Big Shot.  I used the coordinating Embossing Edgelit for more detail and the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (2-1/2" x 4-1/2") because you all know that's my favorite!  And isn't she the sweetest bunny? You'll find her in the Everybunny Stamp Set.  The coloring was done with the 2012 - 2013 in color ink pads and a blender pen.

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I designed this purse because I didn't have a treat holder in my bag of tricks to fit the Russell Stover Caramel Eggs.  Yum...they are one of my favorite Easter Treats!  Who am I trying to kid...I love all chocolate candy and when you add caramel I'm in heaven.  lol

You'll find the links below to help you hop from blog to blog.  After viewing my project - "hop like a bunny" to your next stop for more great Easter ideas.

Stamp Set: Everybunny (C122707) (W122705)
Ink: Lucky Limeade (122935), Calypso Coral (122939), Pool Party (122938), Wisteria Wonder (122936)
Card Stock/DSP:  Pool Party (122924), Calypso Coral (122925), Whisper White (100730)
Tools/Accessories: Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (125595), Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (125601), Big Shot (113439), 1-3/4" Scallop Punch (119854), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1-1/4" Circle Punch ( 119861), 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Dimensionals (104430) 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tea Shoppe and This Week's Mojo

I almost forgot to share my card for this week's Mojo Monday Challenge and it's already Friday!  I haven't played with the Tea Shoppe stamp set yet and thought this may be the perfect opportunity. The three little tea cups are so sweet.  They actually come with all three on the same stamp but I decided to cut them a part so that I can use them individually.

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The designer series paper used in this card is the Twitterepated from the Occasions Mini as is the Tea Shoppe Stamp set.  Remember... you have until the end of this month to order from this catalog. 
I also used the Large Sizzlits Die - Paper Doily for the circle in the sketch. After placing the larger of the basic pearls on the banner I couldn't resist adding the tiny ones to the tea cups.  The tea cups and the tag were both popped up with dimensionals.

Sketch challenges are a lot of fun so give it a try.  It's still not to late to enter your card.

Stamp Set: Tea Shoppe: (C125547) (W125545)
Ink:  Island Indigo (122937), Riding Hood Red (111836), Baja Breeze (111833), Basic Black (101179), Old Olive (102277) Blushing Bride 119786)
Card Stock/DSP:  Twitterpated DSP (125406), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730)
Tools/Accessories:  Paper Doily Large Sizzlit Die (125592), Blender Pens (102845), Basic Pearls (119247)

Local customers and anyone that would like to give stamping a try...there are still spots left in Sunday's technique club/class.  We would love to have you join us.  The fee is $15 or FREE with a qualifying order or a commitment to join the club.  First timers - the fee is only $5.  Since it is getting close to class time please give me a call if you would like to join us.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay just a minute longer and leave me a comment. :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Top Note Easter Treat Holder - Everybunny

Today I'm sharing the Everybunny Treat Holder.  This was another project we did at my workshop on Sunday.  It uses the Top Note Die and is perfect for the the small size candy bars.  The size where you get eight small Hershey bars in a packet.  They fit perfect!

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This sweet Easter egg flower is from the Everybunny stamp set.  I stamped the image with Black Stazon ink and then colored it with blender pens and ink from the Stampin' Up! ink pads.  I had a lot of new stampers at this workshop and some that had never heard of Stampin' Up! so I wanted to show them how you can squeeze Stampin' Up! ink pads and use the ink that pools in the lid for coloring your projects.

The actual image includes the egg and the pot it is growing from.  Since the image was too large we used the 1-1/4" Circle Punch and used only the top of the image.  I think it is cute with or without the pot.

The flower egg is colored with Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party.  Since the Happy Easter sentiment actually says Happy Easter Everybunny I colored only the part of the sentiment I wanted with a black marker.  When you color your stamps with markers always remember to "huff" on the stamp as this remositens the ink so you get a nice image.

I have to confess this is the first time I have used the Stitched-Poly Ribbon and I have to say it's awesome! I love both the look and the feel of this ribbon.  It's a perfect choice for treat holders and handles on treat purses.  And yet I'm sure it will look outstanding on a card.

I play in the orchestra at our church and we will be doing our Passion play at the end of the month.  I think this treat will be a perfect treat to leave on each of their music stands.  I think it will bring smiles!

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment and make me smile. :)  Have a wonderful day!

Stamp Set:  Everybunny (C122707) (W122705) 
Ink:  Black Stazon (101406), Old Olive (102277), Daffodil Delight (119667), Blushing Bride (119786), Pool Party (122938)
Card Stock/DSP:  Pool Party (122924), Blushing Bride (119796), Whisper White (100730)
Tools/Accessories: Top Note Die (113463), Big Shot (113439), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Scallop Punch 1-3/4" (119854), 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon (119267)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fresh Vintage in Black and White

Hi Everyone!

Today I want to share a simple but elegant card with you.  It's one of three projects we did on Sunday at Joyce's workshop.  I thought it would be a perfect card for some of the gals that were new to stamping.  It's a black and white card using the Fresh Vintage stamp set and our basic black and very vanilla card stock.  

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Black and white is a perfect combination when you want to have an elegant, sophisticated look.  The dotted embossing folder and rhinestone bling take a plain card to a new level.  I always love to watch new stampers when they use the Big Shot and an embossing folder for the first time.  The dotted folder is one of my favorites.  So do you have a favorite embossing folder?  Leave a makes my day.

Stamping the inside of the card makes it extra special.

The stamp set, Fresh Vintage, is one of the products you can receive free during Sale-a-bration.  One free product from the Sale-a-bration catalog for every $50 you spend.  It's a perfect time to schedule a workshop or private class.  The promotion ends March 31 so don't wait.  Call or email me today to schedule.

Stamp Sets: Fresh Vintage (SAB) (C125117) (W125115), Thank You Kindly (W111700) 
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (101650), Basic Black (121045)
Tools and Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Basic Rhinestones (119246)