27 August 2009

Applying Decor Elements

A short video today. It will quickly walk you through the steps of applying decor elements vinyl to your project. Here Shannon demonstrates applying to a wall, but the same method is used applying to your car, mirrors, glass, candy dishes, trays, etc.

Thanks for stopping by!

26 August 2009

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek

A quick and easy card using the new set, Note to Self.

Stop back for some tips and tricks for the textured impressions folder and the Big Shot!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Note to Self
Ink: Real Red (marker), Soft Suede (marker)
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Elastic Cord, Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty, 1” Double Stitched Real Red Grosgrain, Aluminum Foil, Dimensionals

25 August 2009

Retreat Recap, Part One

Phew. Hello my slightly abandoned blog readers. I have quite a lot going on right now.
Let's start with Thursday night:

Hello Keith Urban! He was with Sugarland at the Verizon Center. It was an AWESOME show with GREAT friends! I almost didn't notice in the pain-in-the-arse night track work on the metro that delayed us arriving home in a timely fashion.

Friday morning I departed for a three-day REMARKABLE retreat in Harrisburg, PA. Three days, almost 100 ladies and cardstock and glitter galore! Yes, it was amazing and I didn't get much sleep and I want to shout from the rooftop all the amazing ideas and techniques that are running though my tiny little brain. Oooohh, you should join my team so you can go with me in April to the NEXT remarkable retreat.

Before I left, I made these great tags for all my bags. And when I say all, I MEAN ALL. How do you pack for three days of stamping? I had no idea! I had 5 bags plus one suitcase. I originally wanted to laminate identification cards but didn't like the idea of not being able to update the cards. I mean, Baja Breeze is soooooo last catalog! HAHAHA. These cards are fantastic and I love them!! They are protective baseball card holders for collectors. They are rigid but economical. I used a bit of ribbon to tie the tags to my bags. On the back I quickly wrote my cell phone number in case someone picked up my bag by accident (100 ladies = lots of bags!). The one for my suitcase also had my address . Trust me, I made these in minutes. Literally, minutes.

The first element to any great team or Stampin' Up! meeting are swaps. Swaps are card fronts (5-1/2" x 4-1/4") made with the intent of giving them away! For each one you give away, you get another in return. As the creator, you make one layout and bulk assemble 35 other cards. In return, you obtain samples using color combos you wouldn't have thought of, new techniques you've not tried or cards with stamps sets you (gasp!) don't own! In this particular event the swaps were organized and in groups of 36. I made my cards ahead of time and I decided to participate in two diffent swaps. There were no other guidelines! I made 36 of this card, and let me tell you, not something I'd recommend. Holy cow what was I thinking? It was a labor intensive card. The second card I swapped, you've seen before, you just didn't know it! It was this holiday card from the upcoming mini!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: En Fran├žais, Note to Self, Razzle Dazzle, Sanded, Warm Words
Ink: Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Versamark
Cardstock: Kraft, Mellow Moss, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear EP, ½” Soft Suede Polka Dot Grosgrain (reverse side showing), 3/8” Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack
Techniques: Faux Tearing, Emboss Resist

Friday night we had a Christmas Party. There were decorations (look how cool Dasher looks - it's a large decor element on canvas with glitter!) and we sang carols (SU! style!) and had a gift exchange. The gift was to be $5-$10 and something handmade. Here's what I wrapped for the exchange: A blank bag tag (as described above), the gable box you saw HERE filled with chocolate, and a glass jar with I decorated with a decor element vinyl flower and filled with more chocolate. Don't blame me, the foil was a great purple color and looked amazing in the jar. I reshot this photo about 8 times trying to get the color to show up well without getting a glare! (The things I do for my readers!).

Ok, I have much, much, much more to share. But I need sleep sleep sleep first.


20 August 2009

Oh Baby

I had a ton of scraps sitting on my desk and realized I totally loved this color combination, and decided it was perfectly worthy of a baby boy card. Plus, I need to get some milage out of my newly puchased wheel! Need help with your bows, click here. On this card, I used Martha's Favorite Bow. For whatever reason (I'm guessing I mess up my right-hand and left-hand when I follow instructions), I have to tie the bow upside down so it works and lays correctly on my project! There's nothing else complicated with this card. :)

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letter jumbo wheel
Ink Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Whisper White
CS: Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Star Punch, Large Star Punch, 3/8" Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Bashful Blue brad

18 August 2009

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek!

Have you received your holiday mini catalog yet?!?! It should be arriving in your mailbox any day now. It's 39 pages of goodness. There's stamps, and punches, and DIES and new DSP and paint and jewelry charms and magnetic gift boxes! It will make your head spin!

Let's get started with a sneak peek today. The white portion was wheeled at the top and bottom. Edges were covered with a DSP (top) and sahara (bottom) strip. The oraments were stamped, cut out with the new punch. Elastic cord was looped to mimic a real ornament. Not shown here, the oraments are popped up on dimensionals. Super fun!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Sparkle and Shine jumbo wheel
Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry
CS: Whisper White, Sahara Sand textured (4" x 1" strip), Rich Razzleberry
DSP: Night and Day (4" x 1" strip)
Accessories: Ornament Punch

17 August 2009

Great Friend Envelope Card

Hello my friends. Happy Monday morning. I have something a bit different for ya today! (I like to keep you guessing!). This darling card is made from an envelope. The envelope is sealed, the top is cut off, the bottom is decorated and then ran through the crimper. This way the top snuggly fits on the bottm (the bottom has been slightly decreased in size by crimping). The message is tucked inside.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry
CS: Confetti, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Big Shot SU! Little Leaves!

14 August 2009

Oh Baby

This sweet card is a bit more loud than my usual style. And there’s a debate in my house if sailboats are appropriate for baby girls, but I think so! This card goes together quickly thanks to several punches.

I started with the Cottage Wall DSP. The coordinating colors for the DSP are located in the catalog. When I get a new pack of DSP, I place a sticky note on the inside of the DSP with the colors of the pack, so I don’t have to continuously look them up.

I quickly cut out the elephant and the sailboat and punched the star. All three are raised on dimensionals and rest on a 1-1/4” white square that has been sponged with Rich Razzleberry and then layered on a 1-3/8” Old Olive square. I used Teeny Tiny Wishes (I feel I have already gotten my money’s worth out of this versatile greeting set!), cut out with the large oval punch, layer on an Orchid Opulence curly label. Two more stars and an Old Olive playground designer button, threaded with a scrap of Rich Razzleberry paper finishes off this easy card.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
CS: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
DSP: Cottage Wall
Accessories: Playground Designer Buttons, Large star punch, 1-1/4” square punch, 1-3/8” square punch, large oval punch, curly label punch.

13 August 2009

Spotlighting, Part Deux - Holiday Style

Hi friends, is it too early to break out the Holiday cards? I've been working on all kinds of crazy holiday projects and I'm busting at the seems wanting to share them with you! Let's get started, shall we? Let's start with another spotlighting card. Missed the technique? Click here to get caught up on this easy technique. The image was stamped twice, colored once, raised on a 1-3/8" circle of bashful blue.

Another tip - there are labels at the end of each post. If you click on the label, all the blog entries using that one particular label will pull up for you. I use the names of stamp sets for the labels.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Heard from the Heart
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue
CS: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Accessories: 3/8" Whisper White Taffetta ribbon, Sponge, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, dimensional.

09 August 2009

Oh Baby

Hi friends. Happy Tuesday. Have you missed me? I've missed you.
I fell in love with this card by Jan Tink. I've been eyeing it for a long, long time. I actually had to purchase the Nursery Letters jumbo wheel to make this card. I used the cottage wall DSP as inspiration. I actually started with a piece of the DSP, deemed it too busy, and ripped it back down to be more similar to Jan's card. The card was quite simple with the use of punches. Detail is added by a bit of paper piercing.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
CS: Kraft, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: Star Punch, Large Star Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Linen Thread

Happy Sunday Blog Candy!

Hi friends. Thanks for stopping by today. Since the inception of this little blog-o, I've hinted at blog candy. What's blog candy you silently wonder? GLORIOUS FREE STUFF! Yes, I have piles and piles of new unused product reserved for my hostesses and customers, but today I'm giving you a chance to win FREE STAMPS (there's three sets: Bundled in Love, Itty Bitty Buds, Sweet Little Sentiments) and DSP PAPER and a BLACK STAMPIN' WRITE MARKER! Whoooo hoooo. Winner does not need to be local - contest includes free shipping.

Here are the rules.
Contest runs through August 30th at 12pm.
Subscribe to this blog and leave a comment letting me know you just subscribed OR If you already subscribe, let me know in a comment. Worth one entry.
Become a follower of this blog, worth one entry.
Place an order via online, phone or email: Each $50 increment earns another entry. (1 for $50, 2 for $100, 3 for $150 etc.)
Leave a comment on any or all posts. One entry for each comment you leave from now until 8-30-09. No limit on entries earned. This can include previous posts.
Refer a friend who subscribes or places an order. Worth 2 entries.

Winner will be announced here on Tuesday, September 1st.
Good luck!

07 August 2009

Friend to Friend

I hope you don't think I forgot about you, my lovely blog reader. It's been one of "THOSE" weeks. Yes, in capital letters. I have received several orders this week and I will be distributing/delivering and sending the product your way this weekend! :)

Here's my card that uses faux tearing, tearing, and faux handmade paper. All techniques I showed you here. I was waiting to display this card - I used it in a swap and wanted all the receipients to receive their card. I know exactly who I'm sending this card to. Don't you like to receive just-because mail? Maybe this card is heading your way....

Also, I don't think I told you the quality issue with Bermuda Bay has been corrected and now is available for order!

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY (and thanks for stopping by. Visit this weekend for a big announcement.)

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Friendly Words (jumbo wheel), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
CS: Crushsed Curry, Kraft, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Linen Thread, Modern Label Punch, Modern Label Mover and Shaper Big Shot Die

05 August 2009


Hi friends and shoppers. This weekend is TAX FREE WEEKEND IN VA! Whooo hooo. School supplies are included. Here are the list of SU! supplies that can be ordered, tax FREE!

Uni-ball Signo gel pen, 105021, $3.95
Basic Black Stampin’ Write journaler, 105394, $3.25
Stampin’ Write markers, various, $3.25
Watercolor Pencils, 101879, $19.95
Watercolor Wonder Crayons Bold Brights, 106695, $19.95
Watercolor Wonder Crayons Earth Elements, 106696, $19.95
Watercolor Wonder Crayons Rich Regals, 106698, $19.95
Watercolor Wonder Crayons Soft Subtles, 106697, $19.95
Watercolor Wonder Crayons Neutrals, 106746, $9.95
Stampin’ Pastels, 105542, $24.95
Craft & Rubber scissors, 103179, $19.95
Paper snips, 103579, $9.95
Pencil sharpener, 100745, $4.95
Blender pens, 102845, $9.95
2-Way Glue Pen, 100425, $3.50
SNAIL adhesive, 104332, $6.95
SNAIL refill, 104331, $4.50
Mini Glue Dots, 103683, $4.95
Pop-Up Glue Dots, 104183, $3.95
Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104430, $3.95
Anywhere Glue Stick, 104045, $3.95
Dotto, 103305, $12.95
Dotto refill, 100902, $6.50
Sticky Strip, 104294, $6.95
Tombow Adhesive, 110755, $3.95

This is good August 7th-August 9th only.
Happy shopping.

03 August 2009

Pick A Petal

Happy Monday, did you have a great weekend??
Here's a QUICK flower using the Pick A Petal set and a button for the center. This great button is included in the Playground Button Bouquet. I LOVE BUTTONS. I again varied the borders around the image for interest, similar to this baby card. I left the card blank, I will add a sentiment on the inside when I'm ready to send!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Pick A Petal
Ink: Basic Black
CS: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Playground Designer Buttons

02 August 2009


Do you remember the last tutorial? Let's try a technique, shall we? Coloring in images can be tedious and time consuming. Spotlighting selects an image or a portion of an image to highlight by only coloring that particular section. Layering circle punches or square punches highlights the spotlighting. Look for this technique in the future!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Embrace Life
Ink: Staz-On
CS: Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Accessories: 1" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon, markers


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