31 January 2011


It's yellow and brown and simple to recreate....

I love that little tag....
Take the little stamp and make a wallpaper/background by systematically randomly (is that a paradox, or what??) placing it. 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Clearly For You
Ink: Daffodil Delight
CS: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Whisper White
DSP:  Brights Pack
Accessories: Linen Thread, 1-3/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop border punch, 1/8" taffeta Early Espresso ribbon, 1/8" taffeta Daffodil Delight ribbon

30 January 2011

Nature Walk, the finale

Just a quick one today before I head out to the gym...

Stamping on DSP is a great layered look!  You'll see this again this week. 
I did a little stamping and then white embossed the flower. 
The background is stamped color on color.  That's where I inked French Script with Bravo Burgandy and stamped in on Bravo Burgandy cardstock.  It's subtle but AWESOME! 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nature Walk
Ink: Bravo Burgandy, Versamark
DSP: Botanical Gazette
CS: Bravo Burgandy, Whisper White
Accessories: whisper white taffeta ribbon, pretties flower, antique brad, white embossing powder.

29 January 2011

Nature Walk, numero three

There is another post coming later today.  So check back for another one...
Remember these card layouts are easy and can be reused by any stamps you have!
Scraps of Botanical Gazette.  A snipet of scallop trim border punch.  The center image is stamped (and I cheated and didn't color it or anything!).  Now here comes todays small tip that can make a big difference.  Look closely at the frame around the bird.  The Bravo Burgandy is larger at the top and the bottom.  It's purposely and can be dramatic.  Three little pearls (do you know these are self-adhesive??) in the corner finish off this simple card...

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nature Walk
DSP:  Botanical Gazette
Ink: Not Quite Navy
CS: Bravo Burgandy, Very Vanilla
Accessories: scallop border punch, basic pearls

28 January 2011

Nature Walk, Part Two

Who's ready for some sweet butterflies??  I AM!  Three of the butterflies come from the Botanical Gazette DSP and the upper right butterfly is the stamped image.  It's lightly inked.  Some messy linen thread, a torn piece of paper and we call it a day!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nature Walk
Ink: Early Espresso
DSP:  Botanical Gazette
CS: Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Linen Thread

Nature Walk, Part One

Have you checked out the new Occasions Mini? There's a little set on page 27, Nature Walk. 
The set allows for "just because" cards.  The Botanical Gazette DSP coordinates perfectly with the stamp set. 

Stampin' Up! products always compliment each other that way...
See that snipet of So Saffron?  I would have never selected So Saffron on my own, but look at the other colors in the DSP pack - there's So Saffron.  So although not present in my card, I was brave enough to add a tiny strip.

The bird cage was delicately cut out and popped up on Stampin' Up! dimensionals. 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nature Walk
DSP:  Botanical Gazette
Ink: Night of Navy
CS: Night of Navy, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Night of Navy satin ribbon, linen thread, scallop trim border punch, vintage trinkets, corner rounder

27 January 2011

How about some Love?

Hi sweets.  I hope this winter weather doesn't have you in a funk. 
I have a couple lovely projects to show you today.

I must say, this first card is a SCRAP card. You know all the pieces and parts you have sitting on your desk upon completion of a project or projects?  I'm sure you don't throw them away.....
I stamped the key and cut it out.  I punched a full heart from DSP.  There's a snippet of newsprint DSP.  The backgrounds are embossed.  Some scrunchie ribbon and distressing on the edges and volia.

Here's a little something I also whipped up.  The stamp set was in the Holiday mini, but I thought you might like to see the card anyway.  (Thanks for understanding!).
Let me know if you need specific product listing.  I've been very busy today....almost the weekend!

26 January 2011


Just a quick note on this cold and snowy and rainy and icy Wednesday. 
It's SALE A BRATION time. 
Here at Sweetest Designs that translates to YOU earning FREE product.

You can see the entire SAB catalog here
I'd love to help you earn free stuff.  If you have questions, please use the CONTACT ME or EMAIL ME buttons.

Hostesses earn additional freebies.  Wink!

If you decide your wishlist is too long, SAB is a great time to join my team.  Call to discuss all the perks of becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll be back with 1,000 pictures I have taken.  It's been project-crazy for me and I'm excited to share all my latest creations with you (including SAB projects!). 

Your creative coach,

22 January 2011

Hello, Baby.

A family member is expecting in March and her shower is this weekend.  We can't attend, but here's our adorable card we sent!  (Oh, and it was super easy to make, thanks to the use of my Stampin' Up! punches!)

The front panel was stamped with the woodgrain background stamp (adorable!). 
I punched out a wide oval to peek-thru to the inside! 

The inside was the owl punch sitting atop the branch from the two-step extra large bird punch.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain background
Ink: Early Espresso
DSP:  Elegant Soiree
CS: Baja Blue, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla [owl:  Baja Blue, Basic Black, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White]
Accessories: small oval punch, large oval punch, wide oval punch, owl punch, two-step extra large bird punch

20 January 2011

Eat Chocolate, Final Chapter

One more eat chocolate!  Did you like this weekly series?  I'm thinking about doing it again! 
Here's a fun little treat holder that was created by simply cutting a slot.  A full size chocolate bar fits snug into this card! Simple and delicious for the recipient.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

Accessories: Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Scallop Edge Punch, Neutral Designer Buttons

19 January 2011

Eat Chocolate, Bright Edition

Whew, these colors are BRIGHT!  They were inspired by the new DSP pack in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog (yes, another sneek peek!). 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Ink: Pacific Point
CS: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle Punches, 1/4" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestones, scallop edge punch. 

18 January 2011

Eat Chocolate, Part Two!

Day two of chocolate!  Here's something completely outside my comfort zone...

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Ink: Basic Black
CS: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
DSP:  First Edition (NEW IN THE MINI TOO!)
Accessories: Markers, Big Shot, Lattice Embossing Folder, Circle Die, Mini Library Clips, Linen Thread

17 January 2011

Eat Chocolate, Part One!

It's Chocolate week!  This is the best form of chocolate, ZERO CALORIES. 
This stamp set is adorable in the new occasions mini.  These cards are wonderful to send to your girlfriend for any pick-me-up occasion!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Ink: Early Espresso (stamped off once to achieve a lighter color!)
CS: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
DSP:  Neutral Patterns Designers Series Paper Pack
Accessories: Heart punch, 5/8" Satin Ribbon Early Espresso, Cutter Kit

16 January 2011

An Elegant Thank You

Sometimes a card can just take my breath away.  Is that silly?  I first saw a similar card at a team meeting display board and I was moved to recreate it.  I used Early Espresso, Baja Blue and Very Vanilla.  It was a very easy card to make, but I think it leaves a big impact.  After I embossed the baja panel, I gently used a sponge with baja blue ink and rubbed it over the raised embossed design.  Stunning. 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso
CS: Baja Blue, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Antique Brads, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Oval Scallop Punch, Chantilly Lace 1/2" Crochet Trim, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder

13 January 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

HI! Have you seen the new mini catalog? It's adorable! These are a couple QnE's (Quick and Easy's)!.
Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: XOXO
Ink: Basic Gray
CS: Real Red
DSP: Love Impressions
Accessories: Big Shot, Whisper White Grosgrain, glimmer brad, 1-3/8" circle punch

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Valentine Defined
Ink: Basic Gray
CS: Real Red, Whisper White
DSP:  Love Impressions
Accessories: Heart Punch

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):

Stamps: NONE!
Ink: VersaMark
CS: Crumb Cake
DSP: FREE! From Sale-A-Bration (more Sale a bration sneak peeks later!)
Accessories: Heart Punch, Melon Mambo Pompom trim, Letterpress plate heart pressed,
Hope this gets you ready for Feb. 14th. 
Have a great day!

02 January 2011

NEW CAMERA! (and a bunch of other stuff)

Hi.  Thanks for all the well wishes and emails saying "Where are you?"  I got caught up in a bunch of nothing and I lost sight of motivation.  Good for you, I'm back.  I'm back working out, being happy, baking, trying new recipes, stamping, thrifting and sharing.  Baby, I'm back!  I already have at least 10 things to share with you.  I didn't expect any of my holiday giftables to get so many wonderful compliments.  I'll gather you some tutorials and dimensions to recreate things I've been making.  And don't worry, they will work for year-round gifts.  Get excited!

Santa brought our house a new camera! So we've been playing....

I know enough to know I can't get this setting back!  I LOVE me some blurred backgrounds!

Apeture, exposure, shutter speed.  I have no idea!  :)

Still trying to blur the background....Since bf wouldn't be my subject, I rounded up my Build A Bear monkey!  And I haven't picked up shoes and newspaper from my floor.   

Trying for a shot further away.  My after-holiday mantle isn't complete yet.  It's a work in progress.  Right?  Feel free to leave some hints on color and height options for me.  I'm stuck for now. 

Anyway, January 4th kicks off the NEW Occasions Mini catalog!  Did you get your complimentary copy from me in the mail?  EMAIL me if you need one.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!


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