Thursday, September 11, 2008

My New Blog

I am excited to announce that I am switching my blog to a new blog service.

I hope you will follow me over to

With this new blog service I will be able to offer blog features my old service provider could not. Some of these features will be available to you very soon!!! Wanna hint? I will offer a gift registry so this year you will get exactly what you want for the holidays!!!!

If you are one of my Feedblitz subscribers (receiving emails when my blog is updated), I am trying to work with Feedblitz to transfer your subscription. I'm not sure if they will provide this service. I have a new Feedblitz subscription on the right sidebar of my new blog. I hope you will subscribe to my new blog.

If you have my blog listed on your Google Reader page, you can easily add the subscription to the new blog and then delete the old one by clicking on "manage subscriptions" in the bottom of the left sidebar.

Finally, if you have a link to my blog on your blog (and thank you for doing that, btw), all my news postings will be to the new blog. So, if you want to keep it up to date, you will need to switch it to the new blog.

Thanks so much for sticking with me during the transition. I truly appreciate it!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Hauntingly Spooky Card

I am going to put it all on the line...right now....I am a Halloween freak!!! I love decorating my house (with cute things....not icky things), dressing up with my husband on Halloween night to greet the trick-or-treaters with strobe lights, fog machines and spooky music. Needless to say, we are the hit of the neighborhood with the trick-or-treaters. LOL!!!

So, when my new Ghostly Greetings designer series paper arrived, I whipped out my new Haunting jumbo wheel and started playing. Oh, what fun!!!

I burnished my background on Shimmery White cardstock. What! You never heard of burnishing? You're just going to need to sign up for my newsletter to see how to burnish. This technique is spotlighted in this week's newsletter!!!

The focal image is my new Haunting wheel using Elegant Eggplant ink. The sentiment comes from the coordinating stamp set: House of Haunts. I love how the sentiment fits perfectly in the KeyTag punch. Woo hoo!!

Card Ingredients:
stamp sets: House of Haunts (111574)
Haunting jumbo wheel (112480)

paper: Elegant Eggplant
Kiwi Kiss
Shimmery White
Ghostly Greetings designer series paper

ink: Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad
Summer Sun Classic Stampin' Pad
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

accessories: Key Tag punch (107272)
Photo Corner punch (109042)
sponge daubers

If you have fallen in love with this card and would like to order the ingredients to make it yourself, you may access my Online Ordering website by clicking the 24/7 Online Ordering icon on the top of my right sidebar or by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.....I'm here to help!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Online Ordering Now Available!!

I am SO excited to announce that Stampin' Up! now offers Online Ordering.

Here's how to do it

  • go to my demonstrator website:

  • click on the Shop Now button (under my information on the top right of my website)

  • the first time you place an order, you will need to set up an account with your own user name and password

The new online catalog is AMAZING. I am especially fond of the new search feature. For example, do you love the brand new Kiwi Kiss color? Try this: do a search on Kiwi Kiss. You will be shown everything that comes in Kiwi Kiss.....even designer series paper with Kiwi Kiss as part of its pattern. Cool, huh?

Now, I don't really want Online Ordering to replace my special relationship with all of my stamping friends. I still would love for you to place your orders via phone call or email. But, Online Ordering is perfect for those times when I am not're stamping while burning the midnight oil and I am sleeping in're at a friends house stamping and you have to have something she is're on vacation....I'm on vacation, etc......

I encourage you to visit my website to today to check out all the wonderful things Online Ordering has to offer.

As always, you may call or email me with any questions you may have!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

You Like Me...You Really Like Me

My good friend, Robin Merriman, awarded me the "I Love Your Blog" award last week. I can't believe I forgot to post it. Well, actually maybe I can. You see, it was the first week of school and DH was away on a business trip. So, a normally hectic week became even more hectic when I had to play both Mom and Dad. Thank goodness, Dennis is home this things can get back to normal!!!

As part of this award I am supposed to nominate seven people whose blog I admire. I read lots of blogs (thank goodness for Google Reader), but there are several that I look forward to every day.

The list of blogs that I love to visit are at the bottom of my blog (just hit the End key on your keyboard to get to the bottom). I hope you find them all as inspirational as I have.

It was a busy weekend.....we went to Apple Day in Excelsior, MN and then dinner with our good friends on Saturday night.....yesterday was a DS's double-header baseball game in Bloomington (they lost both hoo).

Today looks like oodles of laundry, vacuuming and stamping!!!!

Until tomorrow (or later if my mojo is in action).....Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

This Challenge was Grrreat!!!

As Robin would say to Batman: "Holy Color Combo, Batman"!! This one was tricky!!! Lisa, how dare you make me think this hard the first week back to school. My body is so not used to getting up this early again!!!

Here's this week's Blogger's Challenge: use Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red and Tangerine Tango in one card that doesn't look like my scrap pile threw up. The challenge was easy until that Pacific Point got thrown in there. Hmmmm...what to do, what to do?

I know.....hide as much of the Pacific Point as possible. LOL!!!

Once I figured out a starting point, this card came together pretty easily. I knew I wanted to make a boy card. So I debated between my Just Baseball set and Under the Stars. As you can see, Under the Stars won that battle. Of course it did, would you want to fight this big 'ol bear?

Did you know that Under the Stars in on sale for 15% off? Yup...Uh huh...until September 30th. If you've fallen in love with him as much as I have, you can email me to place your order (as long as you live in the US.....I can't take orders from my international buddies...sorry!!).

Did you also notice that I used my Big Shot for the scalloped circle the big 'ol bear is resting on? That machine is totally WICKED. I love it!!! No more pulling out my corner rounder punch, pulling off the guard, punching around my circle and oh no...the scallops don't match up. Now, I need to hide the mess up with something. NO MORE MESS UPS!!! This Scallop Circle #2 die makes working with scallop circles so easy!!!!

Here are some other details about the card

  • dragged my Tangerine Tango ink pad down the strip of Tangerine Tango cardstock to tone down the brightness of the orange
  • stamped the star (also from Under the Stars) in Riding Hood Red and then did a little direct-to-paper technique to make it more distressed-looking.....helps it blend with the Tangerine Tango piece.
  • watercolored the bear.....not really as careful as usual because I wanted a real distressed look to this card
  • used a combo of my Designer Label punch and small oval punch to make a cool embellishment for my sentiment. Do you like the Riding Hood Red striped ribbon tails? This ribbon is sweet!! I'm still offering my ribbon share if you want to try it out for yourself....check it out HERE.

You can check out all the other wonderful creations my bloggin' sisters have made this week. Just click on the Blogger's Challenge icon on the right sidebar of my blog. If you have the time, leave them some comments. They love to hear from you as much as I do!!!

Well, it's off to work!!!! Laundry, dishes and toilets (ewwwww) await!!!

Until tomorrow....Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tutorial Time: Moonlighting

Today I am going to teach you about a fun technique called Moonlighting. It's perfect for this time of year as we all start playing with our Halloween stamp sets again.

For this tutorial I am using my newly introduced House of Haunts stamp set. This tree image is absolutely perfect to showcase the Moonlighting technique.

I stamped my image with Versamark, sprinkled with Black embossing powder and heated til shiny.

Punch a circle from any scrap of cardstock using your 1" Circle punch. Use Dotto or a piece of tape that doesn't have a lot of tack and place where you want to make your moon.

Pounce your sponge in some More Mustard ink and swirl color to the top 2/3 of your image.

Pounce the same sponge in some Pumpkin Pie ink and swirl on the top 1/3 of the image.

Using a clean sponge, pounce in some Old Olive ink and swirl on the bottom 1/3 of the image.

Carefully remove the circle punch and your moon is revealed!!!!

That's all there is to now know how to Moonlight!!!!

If you make a card using the technique, please send me an email or leave me a comment with a link to your card. I would love to see it!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Shot with the Big Shot

I am going to make a confession......I {heart} gadgets. So, when Stampin' Up! announced its partnership with Sizzix, I think I nearly pee'd my pants. Okay, I exaggerate, but I was REALLY jumping up and down!!!

I've owned Sizzix products for years. They lived a secret life in a drawer only to be used on my personal stash of cards. Now, I say "NO MORE". I can now share my excitement about the Big Shot die cutting machine with everyone!!!!! Yeah!!!

Starting today, you are able to purchase the Big Shot from me...your favorite Stampin' Up! demonstrator (wink wink). Why purchase from Stampin' Up!?

- we offer exclusive dies only available from Stampin' Up!
- earn exclusive hostess stamp sets and catalog merchandise for FREE when you have a qualifying order of $150 or more
- you have me as your Creative Coach to help you use your machine and show you beautiful projects ideas.....try getting that kind of service from a craft store!!!! LOL!!!

Enough chit chat!!! You can always email me if you have questions about the Big Shot or if you would like to place an order!!!

Let's talk about today's projects!!!!

The little Halloween party favor is from my favorite Big Shot die. It's called Basket and Blooms, and it is a Stampin' Up! exclusive die.

Now, you will have to forgive me for using retired Halloween DSP, but my order of the new DSP won't be here until tomorrow. I'm forgiven, right? It's too cute not to be forgiven!!!! LOL!!!

I assembled the bag, adhered on the bands (which are part of the die) and stamped the owl/tree image from my awesome new House of Haunts stamp set. I punched out the owl with my 1" circle punch and adhered onto two circles (1 1/4" of Kiwi Kiss and 1 3/8" of Pumpkin Pie). I filled the basket with some straggly spider-webby looking ribbon, and my spookly little party favor is done!!!!

The card is pretty easy to figure out. I will mention two techniques I used on this card. See how the owl looks like it's sitting in front of the moon. I used a technique called Moonlighting to achieve this look. I will do a tutorial on this tomorrow to show you exactly how it's done!!! It's so easy!!! The second technique is direct to paper on the Kiwi Kiss blocks. All I did was drag my Kiwi Kiss pad down each of the Kiwi Kiss cardstock pieces.

stamp sets: House of Haunts
paper: Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, retired Halloween DSP
ink: Versamark, Basic Black
accessories: Photo Corner punch, Scallop Edge punch, Black Embossing Powder, heat tool, sponges, 1" circle punch

Until tomorrow....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy Labor Day!

It's know what that means? Another Blogger's Challenge. This week's challenge was to make a labor day card....either a patriotic card or a baby card.

As I don't own many patriotic sets, I thought I would make a card for a baby girl. The adorable giraffe comes from the Wild About You stamp set. The sentiment comes from the brand new Level 1 Hostess set called Best Yet.

The focal image is stamped with So Saffron ink. I added definition to the image by using my Close to Cocoa marker on the eye, mouth, horns and tail. I also doodled some dots around the edges for more visual interest. After sponging the edges lightly with Close to Cocoa ink, I matted the image on Close to Cocoa cardstock.

The striped paper comes from the brand new Pink Pirouette Prints Pack designer series paper. The new patterns are gorgeous!!! I used my beloved Scallop Edge punch on the top edge (seriously, if you do not own this punch, what are YOU waiting for????? It's awesome!!!!).

The sentiment is punch using the 1 1/4" square punch which is set atop a piece of Certainly Celery punched with the brand new Scallop Square punch.

The final touches include some Certainly Celery photo corners and wide grosgrain ribbon.

Now I just need to know someone who has a little girl to give this card to!!!

Do you wanna see what my blog sisters have been up to this week? Click on the Blogger's Challenge icon to see all their wonderful creations!!!!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!!!! It's the last hoorah before school starts!!!!

Until next time....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quick and Easy Holiday Card

I know there are several other bloggers out there who are really smart about their holiday cards. They make ten cards a month so that when the holidays roll around, they aren't rushing around in a panic making holiday cards. They can happily nibble on their Christmas cookies knowing that one big holiday hurdle is done.

I just want to make the point that I am most definitely one of the panic-filled people!!!! I am nibbling on Christmas cookies because I am completely stressed out that I need to make 65 holiday cards. LOL!!!

As I was meandering through the catalog, I really fell in love with this color combination. It's Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive. Isn't it pretty????

I also am in total love with this brand new stamp set called Snow Swirled. I especially love it because it is on sale for 15% off until September 30th. Nothing's better than a beautiful stamp set for a really good price!!

On Shimmery White cardstock, I stamped the large snowflake image in Not Quite Navy craft ink and the medium snowflakes in Old Olive craft ink. I then sprinkled with Irridescent Ice embossing powder and heated til shiny. The littlest snowflakes are stamped with Baja Breeze classic ink.

The base card is Baja Breeze. The bottom two corners are rounded with my Corner Rounder punch. I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze ink and added some dot work with my white gel pen. I stamped the sentiment (which comes with the Snow Swirled stamp set) and the little snowflake in Not Quite Navy ink.

The focal image is adhered to the base card with a small torn piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock. A length of Old Olive narrow grosgrain is tied into a classic knot where the focal image meets the torn cardstock.

One holiday card made.....only 64 more to go..........time to eat a cookie!!!!

Until tomorrow......Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's Ribbon Share Time

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting another ribbon share.

This time the ribbons will be the 5/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon (offered in the 6 In Colors) and the luscious Taffeta ribbon. This ribbon share is only available to people living in the United States.

Here are the details about each share:

In Color 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
- 6 colors (Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango)
- 2 yards per person
- $13.00 plus $5.45 shipping (USPS Priority Shipping with delivery confirmation)

Taffeta Ribbon
- 9 colors
- 2 yards per person
- $17.50 plus $5.45 shipping (USPS priority Shipping with delivery confirmation)

You may choose to join either or both ribbon shares.

I accept personal checks and PayPal.

I will be accepting spots for the ribbon share until it is full or September 5th (whichever comes first).

Simply email me to join the ribbon share

A Rose is a Rose

It's time to showcase another new stamp set. This one is called "A Rose is a Rose". This stamp set is truly gorgeous. If you've been with me a long time, you know that I was really upset when Stampin' Up! retired my beloved Roses in Winter. There have been new rose sets introduced by Stampin' Up! but nothing that I loved. Until now!!!

A Rose is a Rose is a two step stamp set. If you are unfamiliar with the term "two step stamp set", it simply refers to building the layers of the image by using two separate stamps.

For the large rose, I stamp the more solid stamp with Pirouette Pink ink. Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I overstamp this image with the more defined stamp using Pretty in Pink ink. The smaller flowers are stamped first with Pretty in Pink and then overstamped with Riding Hood Red. The leaves are stamped in Kiwi Kiss. The first step is done with stamped off Kiwi Kiss. The second step is done with full strength Kiwi Kiss. I did add some Dazzling Diamonds to the large rose for some added sparkle.

The sentiment is stamped with Close to Cocoa ink. The entire focal image is sponged with Creamy Caramel ink.

A strip of distressed patterned paper from the Bella Rose DSP collection is sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. I wrapped a length of Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain and tied it into a classic knot. The focal image is matted on Chocolate Chip, then Riding Hood Red and finally on Pirouette Pink.

I love the classic look of this brand new rose set. Although Roses in Winter will always have a special place in my heart, I look forward to playing with this brand new set....A LOT!!!!!

Oh well....time to start the day......until tomorrow....Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Christmas in August

Can you believe it....Christmas is four months from today? Unbelievable!!!!

I thought a couple of cute little Christmas projects would be perfect for today. You will have to forgive me for using some retired DSP. I haven't received this year's holiday themed designer series paper yet, but it's on its way!!!

For the little gift bag, I ran a 6" x 12" piece of Dashing (retired) designer series paper through my Big Shot using my Baskets & Blooms die. Did you know that you can only purchase this die through Stampin' Up?

After assembling the bag, I tied a length of Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around the bag and tied into a classic knot.

I stamped the deer image from Deer Friends (a level 2 Hostess set) using Chocolate Chip ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. I colored over the antlers with a Creamy Caramel marker. I punched the deer out with my 1 1/4" circle punch. I took a half plastic bead and colored the back of it with a red Sharpie marker. I attached it to the deer's face using Tombow Liquid glue. I matted this onto a 1 3/8" Chocolate Chip circle which is then matted on a Creamy Caramel Scallop Circle punch.

Isn't it adorable?????

I also made a matching little 2 1/2" x 5" card. It's pretty much made the same way as above.

It's another beautiful day in MN. I am off to throw a load of laundry in and go enjoy the rest of the day.

Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Sorry about my lack of blogging, but it's been a whirlwind the past few days. Yesterday, we spent the day at the Minnesota State Fair. Our state fair is known for all different kinds of food on a stick. Here are some examples: Eggroll on a stick, Pizza on a stick, Pickles on a stick (one of my faves), Alligator on a stick (hubby tried that one a few years back), deep fried Snickers on a stick and SO much more!!!!

Last night I attended my first ever Country music concert. I have to admit that Brad Paisley is truly an amazing artist. Chuck Wicks and Jewel were the opening acts. It was a fun time had by all.

So, today as I am dragging my tush a little (got home after midnight), I realized that I missed my Blogger's Challenge. Oops!!! Sorry girls!!! I ran downstairs to make a card for a party we are attending later tonight. Our friend next door is turning 50, and his family is throwing him a surprise party.

This week's challenge is a color challenge. The colors are Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard and Ruby Red. The stamp set was an easy choice. I grabbed my new "Cheers to You". What guy wouldn't be happy with a mug of beer on a hot summer day?

This card is pretty self-explanatory so I won't get into any major details. I do want to point out that adding Crystal Effects on the beer mug just makes it so more extra special.

Here's the recipe:

stamp sets: Cheers to You, Canvas

paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Confetti White

ink: Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard

accessories: Choc Chip wide grosgrain, Old Olive narrow grosgrain, Crystal Effects, aquapainter, circle punches (1 1/4" and 1 3/8"), sponges, dimensionals, markers, Crafter's Tool Kit

I'm going to go soak my blistered feet in a nice warm tub.....I encourage you to take a look at all the other Blogger's Challenge projects this week. Simply click on the Blogger's Challenge icon on the right side of my blog. Until tomorrow...Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Spooktacular Day

I was working downstairs in the Stamping Studio when DH came down the stairs with my box of new stamping goodies. I think I quoted Hannah Montana when I said "Sweet Niblets" as he put the box on my table.

I had a hard time choosing which stamp set to assemble first. In the end, I chose to play with my brand new Halloween goodies first.

This stamp set is called "House of Haunts", and I used a technique from the new catalog. I colored the focal image with three colors of markers: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant. I then misted the stamp set with a fine mist water bottle and stamped the image on Confetti White cardstock. I then misted lightly on the cardstock and swooshed (yup, that's a technical term) my aquapainter over the image to blend a little. Once the cardstock dried, I sponged the edges with Elegant Eggplant ink and distressed the edges. The focal image is matted on More Mustard.

The base card is Elegant Eggplant. I dragged my Whisper White Craft pad across the cardstock and put it aside to dry thoroughly. In the mean time, I worked on my Kiwi Kiss band. I used my Scallop Edge punch on the bottom edge only and used the direct-to-paper technique on all the edges. I stamped "Happy Halloween" also in Kiwi Kiss ink.

The finishing touches include a classic knot using Pumpkin Pie narrow grosgrain and some buttons tied with Linen Thread. The More Mustard buttons are sitting on two 1/2" Pumpkin Pie circles.

I grunged the card up using my Color Spritzer Tool and Elegant Eggplant marker.

So, what do you think of my spooktacular Halloween card? Leave a comment....I'd love to hear from you!!!


stamp sets: House of Haunts

paper: Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss

ink: Whisper White craft, Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss

accessories: Stampin' Write markers (More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant), 1/2" circle punch, Earth Element buttons, Linen Thread, Scallop Edge Punch, Pumpkin Pie narrow grosgrain ribbon, aquapainter, fine mist water bottle

Life is a Highway

This week, life is a highway with a major traffic jam!!! LOL!!!

My big box of brand new Stampin' Up! goodies is scheduled to arrive today. I can't wait to play with my new Sizzix exclusive dies. I've been seeing them on my fellow demo's blogs, and I've been a little bit jealous!! I also purchased some awesome new stamp sets, patterned papers, ribbons and embellishments. I am truly excited that I can play so much faster now that the stamp sets are all die cut. No more hot spots on my fingers from cutting all that rubber. Now THAT'S exciting!!!

I have been working on some items for a "top secret" mission that I can't really talk about yet. I promise, you all will be the first to know!!!

Anyway, it's been a crazy week. Between school orientations, school pictures, dance open house, Taekwondo and prepping for Stamp Club, my white roots are starting to show (ah....don't fall for that....they were showing anyway)!!! Plus, the Minnesota State Fair starts tomorrow!!! Yeah!!! How many kinds of food on a stick can you think of? Minnesota State Fair is known for its food on a stick. My personal fave is "Pickle on a Stick". Yum-O!!!!

I will post a pic of my new play toys as soon as they arrive!!!! I look forward to showering you with brand new ideas and projects!!!!

Until later....Happy Stamping everyone!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Blogger Challenge #60

It's Friday again, and you know what that means. That's's time for another Blogger's Challenge.

This week's challenge was to make a birthday card. That's it!! No other rules!!! Any sketch...any colors.....yeah!!!

Once again I reached for my brand new "Flight of the Butterfly" stamp set. I used a brand new color combination on this creation: Baja Breeze, Sage Shadow and Close to Cocoa. I hardly ever use Sage that's quite an accomplishment for me!!!

The focal image is SUPER-DEE-DUPER sparkly!!! After stamping it, I ran it through my Xyron machine and dipped it into my Dazzling Diamonds. The photo doesn't even do the sparkliness fact this photo is really bad!!! I couldn't get it to photograph right!!!

The focal image is double-matted.....first on Sage Shadow and then on Close to Cocoa.

The base card is Baja Breeze. The only thing I did to it was sponge the edges with Baja Breeze ink. I added a strip of Whisper White cardstock that was lightly stamped with my Canvas background stamp and Close to Cocoa ink. For this really spotty look, just dance your fingers over the cardstock. I sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa ink too.

The final touch was adding some Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon.

Would you like to see the other Blogger Challenge projects? Simply click on the Bloggers Challenge icon in the right sidebar of my blog.


stamp sets: Flight of the Butterfly, Canvas

paper: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Whisper White

ink: Baja Breeze, Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa

accessories: Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Xyron machine

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Do you know what the hardest thing for me is? Keeping my cards simple.

I know it sounds ridiculous, but it is SO true!!!

So, today I challenged myself!! I made a simple card. I followed the KISS rule.....Keep It Simple Stamper!!! You see, it's been a crazy week here. The Yankees are in town playing the Twins. So, as we're originally from New York and now live in Minnesota, we had to go to two of the games. Needless to say, my week has been a little hectic!!! The KISS rule made my stamping so much easier!!!

I will admit I had the withdrawal shakes......I didn't sponge on this card!!!! Can you believe it? A "Patti" card without sponging!!!! Unimaginable!!!

Anyway, onto the card. This card took me 5 minutes!!! No kidding!!!!

The base card is Riding Hood Red (an amazing new In Color). I stamped the silhouette daisy stamp from Upsy Daisy all across the bottom of the card using Riding Hood Red ink. I then overstamped the entire card with my Canvas background stamp also using Riding Hood Red ink.

I took a 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip of So Saffron and punched the bottom edge with the brand new Scallop Edge punch (which happens to be my favorite new tool from the new catty). I stamped the sentiment (also in the Upsy Daisy set) using Riding Hood Red ink.

A bow made from a length of Whisper White narrow grosgrain ribbon was all I needed to finish off this simple yet beautiful card!!!

That's it!!!! So now it's your turn!!! Go to your stamping area and stamp a simple card. You'll be glad you did!!!

Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I am often ask how I get inspired. Inspiration comes from many places. I love to look at color combinations from catalogs, home decor magazines and from nature itself.

As I've matured, my tastes and color preferences have changed. Ten years ago I would've turned my head at all the warm colors I find myself being pulled towards nowadays.

Today's card celebrates the stamper I've become. Over the years I've learned to incorporate some items that may instill fear at first. For example, I now love to use patterned paper on projects way beyond the scope of scrapbooking. It's rare to find a card of mine without some ribbon or embellishment on it. They've become part of my signature style.

Today's project focuses on some of my favorites (old and new):
  • Silhouette Stamps
  • Patterned Paper
  • Earth Elements cardstock and inks
  • sponging effects
  • brads and ribbon

I love this new "Inspired by Nature" stamp set by Stampin' Up!. I can achieve so many looks with just one stamp set by altering the technique that I use. Today I used Poppin' Pastels to achieve the soft and muted look to these cone flowers. I just love the effect!!

Here's the recipe in case you want to recreate this GOJUS (as Jan Tink would say) card!!!!

stamp sets: Inspired by Nature, Canvas

ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip

paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Bella Rose DSP, Very Vanilla

accessories: Vintage Brads, Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, sponge daubers, Chalk Pastels, sponges

Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Never Been Seen Promotion

I've already told you that the new Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog is being unveiled today.

Now, I need to tell you that TEN of the brand new DIE-CUT stamp sets from this catalog are on sale for 15% off!!!! I own two of these stamp sets already, and they are gorgeous!!!

CLICK HERE to view the promotion flyer!!!

Orders from the Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog can be placed starting 1:00pm CST today!!!

If you would like to place an order, you can either call me at (952) 843-3743 or send me an EMAIL.

I look forward to serving your stamping, scrappin' and papercrafting needs!!!!

Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog Unveiled Today!!!

I can't believe today is THE day!!! The Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog is here!!!

This catalog is the best one in years!!! I am not kidding. The variety of stamp set styles is incredible. There is truly something for everyone!!!

Once Stampin' Up! posts the link to the online catalog, I will update this post with the link.

If you would like your own copy of this awesome new catalog, I am selling them for $5 plus shipping (if applicable). Just CLICK HERE to send me an email to save one for you!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

My Love of Markers....And a Special Club Offer to You!!!

I can honestly say that I use my box of markers virtually every time I stamp.

Here are some of my favorite uses:
- color my stamp with markers, huff and stamp.....easy way to get multiple colors
- use the fine point for all my doodles and dot work
- use markers, aquapainter and watercolor paper for a stunning Copic-like effect
- color in line images
- thumping technique

As you can see, there are so many ways Stampin' Write markers can be used.

So, here's my invitation to you to join my Marker Club.

- each club has 4 members
- each month (for a span of 4 months), you will receive a color family of markers and it's matching assorted 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock pack.
- monthly fee is $46.00 (if live outside of Chaska area, please add $5.80 for Priority shipping to your home)
- during one of the months, it's your turn to be hostess!!! You will earn a FREE Level 1 hostess stamp set (your choice) and $15 in FREE catalog merchandise. In addition, you will get the box for the markers to be stored in.
- I pay any extra shipping during your hostess month (above and beyond the $5.80 extra shipping)
- each member gets list of different things you can do with your markers
- I accept personal checks and PayPal for payment

This is the best and easiest way to get a full box of markers and its coordinating cardstock.

Please EMAIL me if you are interested in joining one of my marker clubs. You won't regret it!!! I look forward to hearing from you!!!!

I've Got That Lovin' Feeling

For all these brand new catalog goodies, that is!!! I am in complete love with the stamp set used on this card today. It's called Upsy Daisy, and it's a stamp set I won at Convention. I never win anything (my husband can attest to that). So, when I called him to tell him I won this awesome stamp set, let's just say he was a little bit shocked.

Anyway, you can get excited about this stamp set too. Why, you ask? Because this stamp set is going to be 15% off starting on August 11th. SHUT UP, right???? I know.....totally awesome deal!!!!

I can't wait until Monday. My first order (and certainly not my last) is ready to go in as soon as the ordering floodgates open at noon. Yeehaw!!!

If you haven't had the chance to see the new catalog or you don't currently have a demonstrator, I would be happy to sell one to you. I sell my catalogs for $5 (plus shipping if you don't live in my area). The format of the new catalog is stupendous!!! There are tips and techniques throughout the catalog, and the samples are to die for. Lots and lots of inspiration for a mere $5.00. Try finding a deal like that in any of the craft magazines out there!!!!

This card literally took minutes to make. The flowers are inked with Chocolate Chip craft ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heated til shiny. I sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa ink, tied on some 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, matted on some Tangerine Tango and adhered to the Chocolate Chip base card. I debated about adding a sentiment, but decided at the last minute to hold off until I know the exact occasion.

Well, it's a beautiful day in Minnesota. I think it's a day to hang by the pool with plans for a firepit tonight!!! I sure am going to miss these lazy days of summer once school starts on Sept 2nd.

Enjoy your weekend......Happy Stamping everyone!!!!
stamp set: Upsy Daisy
paper: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Bella Rose designer series paper
ink: Chocolate Chip craft, Close to Cocoa
accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain, sponges, Clear Embossing Powder, heat gun

Friday, August 8, 2008

Blogger Challenge #59

Whew!! I made it.....before midnight!!! I've had a busy day watching my nieces and nephew. I missed last week's challenge due to my attending Convention. So, I am so happy to finally participate in this week's Bloggers Challenge.

This week's challenge was to create two cards using the same layout. BUT....the colors and stamp set needed to be different.

The first card uses the current In Colors (well, until Sunday anyway....then they retire for good). The base card is Blue Bayou with accents of Wild Wasabi and So Saffron. I used one of my favorite "guy" background stamps. It's called Flannel Plaid, and sadly it is retiring on Sunday as well.

stamp sets: Wild About You, Flannel Plaid, Polka Dot
ink: Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Versamark
paper: Blue Bayou, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
accessories: Circle Punches (scallop circle, 1 3/8"), Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon (sold out), Crafter's Tool Kit, white eyelets, sponges

The second card uses some new goodies from the Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. Once again, I am using an In Color for the base card. This new color is called Pacific Point. I used my Classic Stars jumbo wheel and Pacific Point ink to decorate the base card.

The stamp set is the new Ronald McDonald House set. It's called Say it with Scallops. Isn't it adorable? Even better, for every stamp set ordered, Stampin' Up! donates $2 to this very worthwhile cause!!!!

I inked up the stamp with Real Red ink, used a cotton swab to remove the ink from the star, inked it up with a So Saffron marker, huffed and stamped. I also added some dot work with the So Saffron marker.

stamps: Say it With Scallops, Classic Stars jumbo wheel
ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, So Saffron
paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White
accessories: square punches (1 1/4", 1 3/8"), Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit, staple

Would you like to see the other Bloggers Challenge creations? Simply click on the Bloggers Challenge icon on the right sidebar of my blog.

Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Wanna Sneak Peek?

I was really spoiled at Convention this year.  I came home with so many stamp sets.

We are given three stamp sets in our Convention bag.  The stamp set used in today's project is one of those sets.  It's called Flight of the Butterfly, and it is a two step stamp set.

UPS donated a stamp set to each demo in attendance.  It is the new Ronald McDonald House stamp set, and it is gorgeous.  It is designed to be used with a new scallop square punch.  As soon as I receive my punch, I will post some projects here on my blog!!!

I also won a stamp set at Convention this year.  During the Prize Patrol, they called my wristband color.  That's right.....anyone with an Orange Stripe wristband won the brand new Upsy Daisy stamp set.  I am in complete love with this stamp set.  It's part of the new Silhouettes line.  I will show you a project with this stamp set tomorrow!!!

Now, onto today's card.  This card is all about new product. 

Stamp Set:  Flight of the Butterfly
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red (new In Colors)
Patterned Paper:  Bella Rose
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  Scallop Edge punch (you are going to ADORE this punch.....really!!!)

I also used some oldies but goodies......Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain tried and true piercing tool and mat pack from the Crafter's Tool Kit and of course, my sponges.  Remind me to tell you how I went through withdrawal not sponging on my Convention make-n-takes.  It was NOT a pretty sight!!!!

Oh to spend the day with the kids.  I wish you all a happy Friday!!!!

Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Our daughter, Amanda, turns 14 years old today!!! Happy Birthday sweetheart!!!

Amanda's birthday card was a no-brainer!!! This girl LOVES her cell phone. It goes with her everywhere.

Now, I admit to having this stash of retired stamp sets that will never leave this house. I used two of those stamp sets on this card: Just Jeans (background stamp) and Pocket Fun.

The cell phone comes from Gina K. In fact, the stamp set belongs to Amanda. She wanted it for Christmas last year.

I put in a request with Stampin' Up! for a cell phone set. Let's hope they listen to my request!!! I feel SO guilty using contraband!!!

This card did take some time to make. I stamped the cell phone twice....once on Pretty In Pink Print Pack patterned paper and once on Whisper White. Cut out the image from the patterned paper. Cut the display screen and number buttons from the white cardstock. Adhere to the pink phone using Tombow Liquid glue and cover with Crystal Effects. Put aside and let dry overnight!!!

The card itself is pretty self explanatory!!!!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!! My email link is on the right sidebar of my blog!!!

Now, it's off to spend some time with my baby!!!!

stamps: Pocket Fun, Just Jeans, Classic Numbers, Text Messages (Gina K)
paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink Prints dSP
ink: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Basic Black
accessories: Pink Taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Some Pics from Convention

First of all, a big THANK YOU to my husband Dennis who let me sleep in the past two mornings to catch up on my sleep!!! Honey.....YOU ROCK!!!

Secondly, I just wanted to show you a few pictures from Convention.
The first picture is the view from the bus on the trip to the Stampin' Up! facility. Pictures cannot do these mountains justice!!!

This picture was taken in the lobby of the Stampin' Up! facility in Riverton, UT. Not a bad place to work, huh?

Wanna get 6,000 demos excited? All Shelli needed to do was show us this exclusive design of the Big Shot. We all went completely nuts when our partnership with Sizzix was announced!!!

I mentioned yesterday that there will be Sizzix dies exclusive only to Stampin' Up! This photo showcases one of those dies. The pennant die was used to make this adorable reindeer. The antlers were made with another SU only die. It's called Tulipe, and it's gorgeous!!!

I have big stamping and organizing plans today.

As fun as this new stuff is, it's nearly the end of the Spring and Summer Collection. Have you ordered your favorite retiring goodies yet?

If not, send me an email today. With a credit card, I can get your order placed lickedy-split!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I am Home from Convention

Whew!!! I am back from Convention. I must say...what an exhilirating experience!!!

Would you like to hear some highlights?

Well, I must say that receiving our catalogs at Convention is an incredible idea. There are no catalog spoilers to avoid reading on stamping websites and blogs. All demos attending convention viewed the catalog at the same time.

Speaking of the catalog, it is AMAZING. After not completely loving the past two catalogs (I felt there was a lot of the same themes repeated), this catalog truly has something for everyone. There is such a diverse assortment of stamps in all sorts of styles. My jaw was truly dropping as I was flipping the pages.

Let's hear it for:

- new ribbon (colors, widths and designs)

- new hodgepodge color

- oodles of gorgeous designer series paper collections

- decorative brads

- new punches

- and so much more!!!!!

Shelli announced that Stampin' Up! has partnered with Sizzix. Stampin' Up will be carrying an exclusive version of the Big Shot die-cut machine. We will also be offering dies exclusive to Stampin' Up! We have been given a sneak peek of some of these dies. They are beautiful.

In addition, Stampin' Up! will also carry other Sizzix dies. Even though they are available in the retail market, Stampin' Up! is proud to offer them to you as well. This means that if you put in a qualifying order, you can earn hostess benefits and free hostess exclusive stamp sets on those incredible Sizzix dies. Yeah!!!!!

I will post some pictures tomorrow from my trip to Convention. We did not have access to the internet from our hotel. So that's why you haven't heard from me!!!!

Until tomorrow.......Happy Sleeping everyone (hee hee)!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Off to Convention!!

I can't believe it's Convention time already!!! I leave this afternoon for 5 days of stamping bliss with thousands of other Stampin' Up! demonstrators. This will be the first time since I've been a demo that there will only be one session of convention. It's gonna be HUGE!!!!

My roomie, Jenn, is bringing her laptop with her. So, I will try to post a few times while I am there. We will have to see how much downtime we have. Last time we went to SLC, Jenn was VERY pregnant. So, we didn't get to sightsee too much. I told her to pack her comfy shoes so we can see the sights this time!!!

Tomorrow we get to check-in and get our bags. Our bags will contain the new Fall & Winter Idea Book and Catalog!!! Yee haw!!!! Can't wait to see all the new stamp sets and accessories!!! We also get three stamp sets to use during our make-n-takes. Of course, since the catty is debuting at convention, we don't have a clue what the stamp sets look like. Ohhhhhhhh, the anticipation is driving me nuts!!!!

Until next time.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #57

This week's Bloggers Challenge was to create a Christmas card. Can you believe it is only 5 months until Christmas? Wow...this year has flown!!!

Now, I've been busy making all my swaps for Convention next week. This is one of my swaps I will be trading next week. I really like the way this came out. It uses the brand new In Color Baja Breeze and two brand new stamp sets: Deer Friend (a brand new level 2 hostess set) and Heard from the Heart.

Don't forget to check out all the other ladies who participate in the Bloggers Challenge each week. You can access their blogs by clicking on the Bloggers Challenge icon on the right sidebar of my blog.

stamp sets: Deer Friend, Heard from the Heart, Bold Snowflakes jumbo wheel
paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery
ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
accessories: Whisper White narrow grosgrain, circle punches (1 1/4", 1 3/8" and scallop circle), Photo Corner punch, Not Quite Navy marker
P.S. I do not mind anyone CASEing my work (as long as credit is given), but please do not copy this design if you intend to swap it at Convention. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Taking a Break from Swaps

I can't believe that Stampin' Up! Convention is next week!!! I've been busy making swaps, but I REALLY needed to take a break from that. If you haven't been with me for long, I'm gonna confess a secret about myself.........I really DO NOT LIKE making the same card over and over. So, needless to say, making swaps is not one of my favorite things to do. It's not as bad as ironing, but it ranks pretty close to it....LOL!!!!

So, I pushed my swap stuff aside and made this adorable card!! It uses a brand new stamp set. It's called Deer Friend, and it will be a level 2 Hostess set in the brand new catalog. It's just like Batty for You....but Christmas-themed. This card also uses two of the new In Colors: Pirouette Pink and Riding Hood Red.

Can I tell you how much I LOVE this new pink? It's truly the color of cotton candy. It's light and delicate. I've been hoping for the release of this color for years!!!!

Here is a comparison of Pirouette Pink (on the left) and Pretty and Pink (on the right). They look so pretty together as well. I will make a card for you to show you just how pretty they look together!!!


stamp sets: Deer Friend (brand new Level 2 Hostess Set), Wonderful Favorites, Classic Stars jumbo wheel

paper: Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

ink: Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink, Basic Brown

accessories: Stampin' Write markers, Soft Subtle brads, Pink gingham ribbon, circle punches (1 1/4" and 1 3/8")

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Retiring Accessories List is Here!!!

It's crazy time!!! It's crazy time!!!

The retiring accessories list has been announced. These items are available for purchase until August 10th WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!! The items marked with an asterisk are on sale for 25% off (as per the list I posted the other day).

I will be accepting credit card orders only for these items to ensure prompt order processing!!!

If you wish to place an order, click HERE to send me an email!!!

Here's the retiring list.........

Accents & Elements Build A Flower

Accents & Elements Lucky Star

Accents & Elements Messenger

Acrylic Graph & Grid

Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate

Card Stock Brushed Copper

Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color

Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White

Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White

Notes & Envelopes Long Notes

Notes & Envelopes Love Notes

Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes*

Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes

Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes

Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou

Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava

Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate

Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock

Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky

Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi

Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou

Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava

Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate

Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock

Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky

Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi

Designer Series Paper Azure*

Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss

Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie

Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*

Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers

Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*

Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom

Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*

Designer Series Paper Le Jardin

Designer Series Paper Notebook*

Designer Series Paper Olive Press

Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*

Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*

Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke

Designer Series Paper Prints Bali Breeze

Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou

Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue

Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery

Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*

Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava*

Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac

Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard

Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive

Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie

Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*

Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red

Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron

Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky

Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise

Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Break

Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Fling*

Designer Series Paper Prints Spring Silhouettes

Designer Series Paper Prints Western Sky

Envelope Confetti Cream Medium

Eyelets Basic

Eyelets Bold Brights

Eyelets Earth Elements

Eyelets Fresh Favorites I

Eyelets Fresh Favorites II

Eyelets Rich Regals

Eyelets Soft Subtles

Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter - SOLD OUT

Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass

Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper

Metallic Art Pencils

On Board Accents

On Board Blossoms & Basic

On Board Ginormous Pieces

On Board Simon Lower

Paper Mulberry White

Punch Box Three For You

Punch Handheld Rectangle

Pure Color Pencils

Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou - SOLD OUT

Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava

Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate - SOLD OUT

Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*

Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky

Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi

Ribbon Originals Beachfront*

Ribbon Originals District*

Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale

Ribbon Originals Jersey*

Ribbon Originals Sherbert

Ribbon Originals Theater

Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*

Rub-Ons Cherished Memories*

Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*

Rub-Ons Urban West*

Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend

Simply Scrappin' Confetti

Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy

Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl

Simply Scrappin' Home Again

Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage

Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy

Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl

Simply Scrappin' Summer Days

Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot

Simply Sent Friendly Notes

Simply Sent Simple Delights - SOLD OUT

Simply Sent Three Thoughts - SOLD OUT

Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field

Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals

Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog

Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses

Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad

Stampin'Around Wheel Meow

Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture

Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots

Stampin' Color Index Labels

Stampin' Color Index Labels (French)

Stampin' Kids Markers

Stipple Brushes

Zig Painty

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Selected Retiring Accessories 25% Off

Stampin' Up! is just chock full of exciting new announcements lately. Today they announced that some of the retiring accessories will be marked 25% off.

The list of the discounted accessories can be found HERE.

Please note that all orders will need to be placed with a credit card so I can process your orders promptly.

All items on the list are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

I will send out the full retired accessories list when it is published on Monday morning.

If you would like to purchase anything on the discounted accessories list, please send me your order over the weekend. I will place your order first thing Monday morning when the sales prices are reflected in the Stampin' Up! order system (around 8am Central Time).

I look forward to hearing from you!!!

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Bloggers Challenge #56

Wow! This challenge was a doozy!!! This week it was a color challenge. The colors are: Mellow Moss, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Blue Bayou and Regal Rose. I know what you're thinking.....Whoa! That's a lot of color....that don't necessarily look all that great together!!!

I knew I had to watercolor this one......I knew I needed a stamp with a lot of detail to handle that much color.....I grabbed "Summer By the Sea". This stamp set is still available for purchase. It's been on the dormant list for the past two catalogs. It hasn't been listed on the dormant list for the new catty so it should be in the Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. Yeah!!! It's an oldie but goodie!!!

Now, let's get to the card. Since there is so much going on in the focal image, I wanted to keep the Mellow Moss base card on the plain side. I added a strip of Sahara Sand wheeled with the Rough Texture jumbo wheel to add some texture. I used the direct-to-paper technique to apply more Sahara Sand ink to the edges of the strip.

The focal image is where I placed all my required colors. The Really Rust was the toughest one for me. It's too orange for a hair color. So, I decided to use that color on a beach blanket. I did add some colors for the hair (combinations of So Saffron and Close to Cocoa).

I also added some Basic Black to ground the card. It needed something to pull it all together. A neutral like Basic Black does just that!!!

The sentiments are from two different stamp sets. The "Wishing You Happiness" comes from Summer by the Sea. The "today and always" comes from the brand new "Heard from the Heart" stamp set premiering in the Fall & Winter catty. Actually, the sentiment says "Wishing you happiness today and always". I just inked up the part I needed with a Basic Black marker.

I finished up the card with some Blue Bayou double-stitched grosgrain (now SOLD hoo!!!) and some dot work with my Basic Black marker.

Whew! How dare the powers-that-be put a strain on my stamping brain like that when I just get back from vacation???? LOL!!! I still have to catch up on the two challenges that I missed while on vacation. That will have to wait until all my Convention swaps are done.

Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Craziness Begins

Although the retired accessories list won't be announced until July 21st, Stampin' Up! has announced that the Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate Double-Stitched Grosgrain ribbon has SOLD OUT!!!!

I will post the retired accessory list on my blog as well as send an email notice to all my newsletter subscribers as soon as I receive it from SU.

Please note that all items are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. Once an item is sold out, it is gone forever!!!!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the retired accessories, please send me your order ASAP. I will be asking for credit card as payment as that is the quickest payment route possible to ensure you will get all the goodies you want without them selling out.

I am heading to my Stampin' Studio now to take inventory of my favorite In Colors. I don't know if I can stamp without my River Rock (an incredible neutral), Soft Sky and Blue Bayou cardstock!!! Don't forget to order your reinkers to keep your ink pads nice and juicy in the future. Last year's reinkers are going for a ridiculous amount of money on Ebay.

I've been designing my swaps for Convention. Sorry for being MIA!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

We're Home....Finally!

Whew!!! We are back from vacation. We went back to New York and Pennsylvania to visit our dear family and friends. We were supposed to be back yesterday, but our connecting flight in Atlanta got cancelled due to bad storms. So, we spent 9 hours in the airport trying to get our luggage before going to the hotel. We never got it....went to the hotel.....back in the same clothes today (ewwwwwwwwww). Turns out the luggage arrived in MN before we did!!! Ugh!!!!!

I will post pics from the trip and hopefully a new project tomorrow!!!

Glad to be back home......hope you're still sticking with me after 12 days away!!!!!

Happy Stamping everyone!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

All New Sets will be Die Cut

Holy Schmoly!!!! I am SO excited about this one. Stampin' Up! has announced that all new stamp sets in the Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog will be die cut. That's more trimming!!!! Stamp assembly can't be simpler.....pop out the image from the rubber sheet.....attach to wood block......put on the sticker.....and STAMP!!!!

Please note that stamp sets introduced prior to this catalog will still need to be trimmed.

So how do you know if a stamp set will be die cut? Just look for the die cut icon to determine which stamp sets are die cut. Easy peasy!!!!

I will be taking pre-orders for the new catalog soon!!!! Look for an announcement in the coming weeks!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Simple, but Sweet

I get kind of melancholy this time of year. The Stampin' Up! 2008 In Colors are soon to be retiring. I really fell in love with Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and River Rock. River Rock really is an incredible neutral. I particularly love it with Elegant Eggplant. I've used this combination several times on my blog.

This card is SO easy to make. It starts with a base card of River Rock. I stamped the background with my Polka Dot background stamp and Whisper White craft ink. After letting this dry thoroughly, I rounded the two outside edges with my Corner Rounder punch and heavily sponged the edges of the card with River Rock ink.

I used my Coluzzle to cut a oval in the center of the card. On a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla, I stamped the stems from Never Ending Joy (retiring) using Always Artichoke ink. Now here is where you have choices. I happen to have a jar of tiny Primas. This would work just as easily if you owned a small flower punch (like the one in the Three for You punch box). I simply glued my flowers on with my Tombow Liquid Adhesive and added a little seed bead in the center of each flower. I used my paper piercing tool to faux stitch the edges of the oval.

The sentiment (from Sincere Salutations) was stamped in Basic Black in the lower right hand corner. I finished the card by adding some Basic Black grosgrain ribbon and tying in a classic knot.

Like I said, this card is so simple to make. I should've made several of them and left the sentiment off. Before I need to send off a card, all I need to do is stamp the appropriate sentiment. Easy peasy!!!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It's DS's last baseball game of the season. He so loves the game.....ask him anything....he's a walking statistics book!!!

Until next time....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

P.S. Have you ordered your retiring stamp sets yet? If not, contact me today!!! I would be happy to order them for you. Email me today!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #53

This week the challenge was to use any resist technique. When I think "resist", I automatically think of Crayon Resist.

I used the Crayon Resist on the card but made a matching gift bag to accompany it.

The card starts with a 3" x 3" piece of glossy cardstock. I stamped the flowers (from the retiring Bud Basics set) using Black StazOn ink. I used a white crayon to color in the areas where I want the ink to resist (stay white).

I then use sponge daubers, starting with the lightest color and working to the darkest. The colors I used on this card are Summer Sun, Only Orange and Pink Passion. After appying the color, I buff off any excess with a paper towel.

The card is finished with a Summer Sand band of cardstock. The edges are paper pierced and sponged with Only Orange ink. I stamped the sentiment (from Hugs & Wishes) in Basic Black ink and added two flowers (one from the Boho Blossom punch and a small Prima from my stash of contraband).

The gift bag is just a small white lunch bag stamped with various images in the same colors from the card. I punched two holes after folding the top over and threaded some Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon for a finishing touch.

I encourage you to click on the Blogger's Challenge icon on the right sidebar of my blog. There you will find all the links to my Blogger's Challenge buddies. Their creations are all amazing!!

Until tomorrow.....Happy Stamping everyone!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lookie What I Got!!!

My super stampin' rockin' friend, Robin Merriman, nominated me for this Kreativ Blogger award. Thanks Robin!!!! I look forward to meeting Robin in person at Convention to give her a big hug. We've been chattin' on the phone and via email. She is truly such a sweet person.

Now, it's my turn to nominate two people. I choose:

Maria Guernsey

Regina Cornelius

You can click on their names to check out their blogs. Congrats ladies!!

Unfrogettable.....That's What You Are

Okay, I switched the words around, but I still love that song by Natalie Cole and her dad.

I am trying to use some of my retiring sets. I have had this stamp set since it was featured in a mini catalog years ago.

This is a really quick card!! The base card is Shimmery White. I took some Pretty in Pink cardstock and stamped the swirled circle from Polka Dot and Petals using Pixie Pink ink. I sponged the edges with Pretty in Pink ink.

The bottom layer is Barely Banana. I stamped the flower image three times using Barely Banana ink. The sentiment is stamped with Pixie Pink ink in the bottom right corner. I used the direct-to-paper technique with my Barely Banana ink pad to ink the edges.

I wrapped a length of Certainly Celery narrow grosgrain where the two colors meet. I added a little Prima flower (which I have had forever) and a dot of Stickles in the center.

The focal image was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White. I colored it in with my markers, cut him out and adhered him on a metal edged tag. The addition of googlie eyes are the perfect touch!!!

I told you this was a quick card........

I have a gorgeous card all ready for's a stamp set that I will truly miss demonstrating to my stamping friends.....but I am keeping it for my personal use!!!

Until tomorrow......Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Try Something Different

I was playing around in my Stampin' Studio.....knowing that I wanted to make a card that is not my typical style....and this is what I came up with.

I had my Coluzzle on my desk from my Stamp Club meeting the other night. Oh, I love my Coluzzle. I know for a lot of people it involves a love/hate relationship, but it really is a snap to use if you remember the following:

1. make sure you hear the little "crunch" you know the blade has cut through the cardstock

2. make sure the blade is pointing in the right direction

3. make sure the cutting tool is straight up and down when you follow the template

So here is how I made this card:
The base card is Creamy Caramel. The next layer is also Creamy Caramel, stamped with Tres Chic background in Chocolate Chip ink and heavily sponged with Close to Cocoa ink.

The Chocolate Chip strip measures 2" x 5 1/4", and it is stamped with the three flower spray from True Friend and sponged in Choc Chip ink.

The Close to Cocoa half circle (cut with my Coluzzle) is sponged with Close to Cocoa ink and dot work is added around the edges with a Choc Chip marker.

The focal image is also from True Friend. I used my Ruby Red, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa markers to ink up the stamp. Simpy huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla cardstock. I overstamped the image with my Weathered (on the retired list....what were they thinking?????) using Creamy Caramel ink. The edges are then heavily sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. Some dot work is added with my Choc Chip marker.

Before adhering the focal image to the card, wrap a length of Choc Chip wide grosgrain ribbon into a classic knot.

I really do like this card even though the half circle is not my typical style. Sometimes it's fun just to break out of your comfort zone!!! Give it a try!!!

Until next time.....Happy Stamping everyone!!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cupcake Wishes

Doesn't everyone love a cupcake? It's a small self-contained piece of pure sugar happiness!!! This adorable cupcake card is even has no calories!!!

My Stamp Club girls had their meeting this past Thursday. We meet every other month and make a fabulous project. Last time we made altered band aid tins. This time we made this adorable Z-fold card. I learned this technique from Dawn Griffiths. Thanks for the inspiration Dawn.

The Rose Red base card is 4 1/2" x 11", folded in half.

The Z-fold portion of the card is a 4" x 10 1/4" piece of Certainly Celery cardstock scored at 2 1/2" and 5".

When planning this card, I knew I wanted to use my Big Bold Birthday stamp set. So, I searched through my stash of patterned paper and focused on my Cutie Pie pack. What awesome colors!!

I cut the dotted piece to 4" x 5" and adhered to the Certainly Celery cardstock.

The striped piece is cut at 2 1/4" x 4".

I added some Photo Corner punches, Apricot Appeal narrow grosgrain ribbon and the sentiment punched with my Word Window punch.

All this card needs is a gift card attached to the card using my slit punch, and the recipient will be smiling from ear to ear.

I will try to post more often this week. I forgot how much work a little puppy is. I can only stamp when she is sleeping......otherwise, my furniture gets chewed and my floors get decorated with puddles and piles.

Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Blogger Challenge - Manly Cards

I crack up when I hear the word "manly". You see, in July 2006, DS slipped getting into a neighbor's hot tub and dislocated his right knee cap. It was completely disgusting to see his knee cap sitting on the side of his leg rather than in the front. Ick!!!

Anyway, the ambulance took Christopher to the ER. They gave him some medicine for the pain, and it made him real loopy. When the nurse came in to check on him, she asked how he got injured. He explained and added "it's a manly injury.....arrrggggghhhhh". It was so unexpected and completely hysterical. So whenever I hear the word "manly" I think of his funny statement.

So, here's my "manly" card..........
This was the Father's Day card I made for my husband. I love this image from "For Father" (from the Occasions Mini Catalog). Since we just got the new puppy, using this image was a no brainer.

I watercolored this image using my aquapainter and reinkers on watercolor paper.

The base card is More Mustard heavily sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. The patterned paper is from the retired Outlaw paper pack. The Creamy Caramel layer is stamped with a star from "In the Stars" to carry the star theme from the patterned paper.

I did quite a bit of dot work (on the base card as well as the focal image) using my Chocolate Chip marker.

I added some yummy Chocolate Chip Polytwill ribbon and the father sentiment (from Wonderful Favorites).

My husband loved his card!!!!! He's my biggest fan....he notices all the little things I add to my cards. He makes me feel so special!!!! Love ya baby!!!

Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful creations from the other stampers who are part of the Blogger's Challenge. Just click on the Blogger's Challenge button on the right sidebar of my blog.

Happy Stamping everyone!!!
stamps: For Father, In the Stars, Wonderful Favorites
paper: More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Outlaw DSP (retired), watercolor paper
ink: Close to Cocoa, Choc Chip
accessories: vintage brads, Choc Chip Polytwill ribbon, Choc Chip marker, aquapainter, reinkers, sponges

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Very Excited!!!

Stampin' Up! has been keeping its demonstrators on their toes lately. We were told over a week ago that Shelli Gardner, the founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, had a "new product line" announcement to make on June 17th.

Of course, all us demos have been speculating what this new product line could be.

I am thrilled to announce that Stampin' Up! will venture into the area of home decor. You see, we will be adding to our Definitely Decorative (i.e. larger images to stamp on walls and furniture) line. The new Decor Elements line will have vinyl wall decor. This is all the rage now!! I'm sure you've seen them in the "cool" catalogs and home decorating shows on TV. How cool is it to add a word, quote, image or a monogram to your wall? The best part is when you want to change it, it removes easily without any wall damage.

This is awesome for the apartment owner, a college dorm room or for those people who cringe at the idea of stenciling or painting. more white more worry about having to fix a wall or cover something up when you need to move or your design taste changes.

This afternoon the demos will have a chance to view the brochure online with all the different choices. There are over 100 choices (in your choice of Chocolate or White). There is also one available in Kraft (beige).

My stamping friends (and new-to-be decorating gurus) can start ordering these beauties on July 1st!!!!

This is all new to me to, but if you have any questions about this new home decor line, please email me. I will answer any questions you may have!!!

I have Stamping Club to get ready for tomorrow. The project my club girls are making is WAY too cute!!! If you are interested in joining my Stamping Club, send me an email. It's a great way to slowly build your stamping supplies and earn hostess benefits without having to have a workshop in your home!!! Email me today to learn more!!!

Happy Stamping everyone!!!