28 February 2012

A special bag for Columbus, Ohio

This past weekend I attended the Stampin' Up! Regional Event in Columbus, Ohio with Patty, Elaine and Debbie.  I hope they had as much fun as I did.  Swapping is a magical part of any stamping event and Friday my aunt and I made this cute bag to collect our swaps.  (Swapping is like Trick-Or-Treat without the chocolate!)  This bag was a plain canvas, three-pack.  Three 4" ruffles are sewn onto the bag.  I'm not a sew-er, but let me know if you have any questions.  We turned the edges because I was working with a professional who would cringe at the thought of frayed edges and non-ironed fabric.  :)  
Wouldn't this be cute with a Big Shot initial and a flower in the bottom corner?  

Here's a link to a no-sew bag if you're interested in making your own with less steps (bonus points if you manage to not glue yourself to the bag): http://scatteredthoughtsofasahm.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-sew-ruffle-tote-with-tutorial-and_22.html

ETA: Thanks to Pinterest I found another tutorial.  It's not exactly how we made the above bag, but this one involves sewing as opposed to the glue link above: http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2011/10/creative-guest-ruffled-tote-tutorial-by.html

I'll be back this week with other great projects from Regionals.  It's not too late to join my team and take advantage of Sale-A-Bration perks!

Sweet Deets:
Canvas Bag (generic bag)
Candy Lane Designer Fabric (SU! exclusive)

23 February 2012

You're So Sweet!

Man, it's a lovely day today.  The sunroof was cracked on this mornings drive into work.  It smells like spring.  I cannot wait to see the Cherry Blossoms start blooming.

Here's a quick card that I haven't shared with you.  I'll be honest, I'm on the fence with the Sweet Cake stamp set, but one advantage to having awesome teammates is using and sharing their stamps and ideas (thanks Jan!).
The giant chocolate heart is placed on a shabby piece of In-Color Patterns DSP and becomes the focal point and is made with the Framelits Heart Collection.  I stamped the image in Rose Red on Whisper White and then I used a marker on a clean stamp to color just the cupcake bottom part, stamped again and quickly cut it out and aligned it with the original image.

I hope you have a sweet day!
These products are from the Occasions Mini catalog.  Let me know if you have any questions about the products used!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Sweet Cake
Ink: Pool Party, Rose Red
CS: Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts framelits

22 February 2012

An Easel Card, instructions and tutorial

Hiya!  I'm busy getting ready for a great weekend, but I found this great instructional 4 minute video for a new fold.  Thanks for checking it out.  I hope it inspires you to be crafty today.


21 February 2012

Vintage Beauty

While at Diva day (speaking of, I'm headed to another Diva today thanks to my wonderful team and customers), I had the opportunity to recreate a Stamping Legend's card.  Jan had some cards she received in San Antonio and I'm certain this little gem is The Kimberly Van Diepen's Card.
What I love about this card is the great use of scraps.  I can't make myself throw away scraps, but I fall short at using them sometimes.  This card made me get out of my comfort zone and get a little messy!  Remember to spritz in the color catcher or directly over the sink/trash can.  Also, stop one spritz early - nothing is worse than going slightly overboard with the smooch.

Kimberly posted her original, check it out here.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Loving Thoughts
DSP:  Everyday Enchantment, First Edition
Ink: Poppy Parade, Soft Suede
CS: Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede
Accessories: antique brads, basic pearls, chantilly crochet trim, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, decorative label punch, postage stamp punch, blushing bride smooch spritz, blushing bride pleated ribbon

16 February 2012

Embossed DSP

A quick little technique for you today.  I think Jill Hilliard pinned a similar card and I thought it would be great to recreate it this weekend with stamping friends.  We used Versa Mark to stamp the Fresh Vintage flower onto the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment DSP and then white embossed it.  It's OK to stamp on DSP.  It's really fun.


Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB Exclusive), Loved Ones
Ink: Soft Suede, Versa Mark
DSP:  Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB Exclusive)
CS: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan embossing folder, beautiful butterfly bigz die, rhinestones, embossing folder, heat tool

15 February 2012

You Suit Me to a Tea

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week.  I am already looking forward to the weekend!  I really enjoy these calming colors together.  The mini tags say You Suit Me To A Tea.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Tea Shoppe
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pool Party
CS: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, 3/8" ruffled ribbon,  large lace ribbon border punch, jewelry tag punch, set designer frames textured impressions embossing folder, sponge, perfect polka dots embossing folder, 1/2" chantilly crochet trim, pearls

14 February 2012

Trio Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day!  Here's the card I'm giving Mr. Sweetest Designs today.  It's a quick little card.  I didn't have any dimensionals with me while I stamped with friends, so I improvised a bit.  That middle heart is really jumping off the page!
 Here's something else that has been around my house.  Actually, I made these bottles in November and they've been up since.  They were snowy looking.  These are recycled bottles, labels removed, spray painted white.  Then spray adhesive is generously applied and epsom salt dumped over.


Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: P.S. I Love You
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo
CS: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

13 February 2012

Purple Mixed Bunch

I had so much fun this weekend :)  Here's a card we whipped up.  There's not much to say about this card, it's a quick little card with the embossing folder and the coordinating punch/stamp set.  


Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder
CS: Concord Crush, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: 3/8" ruffled ribbon wisteria wonder, blossom punch, big shot, elegant lines textured impressions  embossing folder, 3/4" circle punch

11 February 2012

No Stamped Project Today

With a bit of luck, if everyone is still healthy, I am stamping today with some of my dearest friends.

Anyways....while I was sick this week I was cleaning out some drawers.  Do you have a "junk" drawer?  Well we have (ahem) several.  Every store we shop at has some bonus frequent discount card.  I am guilty of grabbing another card at the checkout because I have no idea where the card is and just want the discount.  Please tell me I'm not alone.
We also had quite the drawer of gift cards.  Which is great, but not really helpful if you're out shopping and don't have the gift card with you.  Sooooo......I made the ring of cards that neatly stow in my purse pocket.
I used my cropadile, binder ring and a scrap piece of ribbon.  If you attempt this, make sure you don't punch throw the swipe-y part or any of the bar codes/numbers.  Much to my demise, not all cards have this information in the same spot.

Have a great weekend!

10 February 2012

Croppin' Queens Swap Card

Once a month our team has a swap.  It's great fun to participate in swaps.  I made several identical cards and I swap them away for other beautiful samples and ideas.  Due February 1st were Sale-A-Bration swaps.  I hope my fellow demonstrators and swappers enjoyed this card.

Please let me know if you need a Sale-A-Bration catalog, or are interested in earning free products.  Want a little?  Place an order.  Want a lot?  Host a show or class.  Want it all?  Join my team!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Elementary Elegance (SAB exclusive)
Ink: Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Versamark
CS:  Peach Parfait, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB exclusive), 1/2" stitched poly peach parfait ribbon, curly label punch, big shot, beautiful wings embosslit, scallop trim border punch

09 February 2012

Four Squares

Are you using your Sale-A-Bration product?  I sure am :)

What do you think of this card?

Truth:  The bottom card was the original I made at Diva Day.  Of all the cards (and I made a TON), this striking card was my most favorite.  For my re-make, I used a Poppy Parade panel and stamped the Fresh Vintage image in VersaMark.  Love it!  I then sponged the edges with Soft Suede.  The stamps are punched out with the Postage Stamp Punch.  The bottom card was almost the same, the flower was stamped tone-on-tone (peach parfait ink on peach parfait card stock), no sponging and some sentiments on staz-on black.

Which do you prefer?

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Fresh Vintage
Ink: Versa Mark (top card only), Lucky Limeade, peach Parfait, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede (top card only), staz-on (bottom card only)
CS: Very Vanilla), Poppy Parade (top card only), Peach Parfait (bottom card only)

08 February 2012

Thanks and Smiles

Two quick ones today, make sure you scroll down to see both!  These are cards I made at Diva Day!  I love earning stamping days with my most favorite teammates.  Don't miss out on any of these wonderful products available during Sale-A-Bration!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Outlined Occasions (SAB exclusive)
Ink: Staz-On
CS: Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Blossom Punch, Adorning Accents Edgelit dies, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB exclusive), Everyday Enchantment Brad (SAB exclusive), Marvelous Markers

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions (SAB exclusive)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Poppy Parade
CS: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment ribbon (SAB exclusive), Pool party Seam Binding, Big Shot, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

07 February 2012

Fresh Vintage

My dear friend has a great eye and she recently pinned this great card that I HAD to copy.  Literally, I ran to my stamp room to make this card.  It.  Was.  That.  Good.  :)
It's from a fellow demonstrator, Pat Mayer and Pat had posted it on Stampin' Connection.  Stampin' Connection is a demonstrator-only website where we chat and share ideas and photos.  Joining my team now will allow you access to Stampin' Connection!

I switched the card up from Pat's original.  The entire card is black and white.  So crisp!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Loving Thoughts
Ink: Staz-on Black
CS: Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: 1-1/4" square punch, 1-3/8" square punch, Big Shot, Polka dot embossing folder

06 February 2012


Sorry for my brief absence.  I think I've said it, but I'll say it again; the Sale-A-Bration papers are amazing!  Here's a quick little card that shows off this great paper.

Contact me about earning this great paper FREE!  I hope you have a great Monday!!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Elementary Elegance Stamp Set (SAB exclusive)
DSP:  Everyday Enchantment (SAB exclusive)
Ink: Poppy Parade
CS: Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, pool party seam binding, dimensionals

02 February 2012

FREE MDS for 30-days!

Happy Thursday!  We are LOVING this warmer-than-usual weather!  It's been so wonderful here to have the car windows down and walk outside without the bulky winter jacket.

Anyways, I'm here today with a FANTASTIC 30-day FREE trial.

MDS Express TrialHave you ever thought about getting the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio Software?  If you have, now you can give it a try for FREE!
Stampin' Up! is offering a 30-day My Digital Studio Express trial version beginning February 1, that you can take advantage of.
With the FREE trial, you'll get:
It's simple; add the free My Digital Studio Express trial (item 129600) to your online shopping cart, and then download and install it from your Download Manager.
If you don't already have the My Digital Studio software, make sure to take advantage of the free trial offer.  Try it out and see the fun and ease of My Digital Studio.  

Q: How do I order the My Digital Studio Express Trial?
A: You can order My Digital Studio Express through my Stampin' Up! Online Store.  You can order the free trial by itself, or you can add it to an order with stamping supplies or digital downloads. If the My Digital Studio Express Trial is the only item you order, you will not be asked for any credit card or payment information.  If you are a new online customer, you will need to create an account.

I'd love for you to try it out (after all, it costs you NOTHING!).
Need more info?  Here's the details.

MDS is much more than scrapbooking.  You can use it as a design station for your traditional cards.  You can make hybrid cards where you print some elements from MDS and your home computer and add traditional elements.  You can also use it for marketing, graphics in newsletters.  I've used MDS to create my blog header, signature and favicon.

I'd love to show you the benefits of MDS.  Contact me to schedule a one-hour session to get you started.  


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