Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Challenge Card

I did this card for a challenge by fellow demonstrator Jan Tink. The challenge was three fold. We could to them all separately or do them together. I chose to do them all together and it was a challenge! The three parts were the sketch, color combo (Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Perfect Plum), and technique which was moonlighting. I'm fairly pleased with the results and have to say that when I first read the color combo I didn't think I'd be able to do it. But, it's not too bad! All products are from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Inspired by Nature, Short & Sweet
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, Shimmery White, So Saffron, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive
Accessories: Tangerine Striped grosgrain, dimensionals, Button bouqet buttons, glue dots, small oval punch, 1 3/4 inch circle punch, post if note (to make the mask for the moon)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Beautiful Butterflies

I saw a beautiful butterfly out in the garden the other morning. I think it was an admiral butterfly which are sometimes mistaken for monarchs. Anyway he was fluttering around in the tall plants and so I was inspired to come in and create a card with my Flores Suaves set.
All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Flores Suaves, Inspired by Nature, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Shimmery White
Ink: Basic Brown, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango reinker, Sumer Sun reinker
Accessories: Top Note Die for Big Shot, Small oval punch, Large oval punch, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, rectangle hole punch

I'm off to finish up a gift for a friend who is celebrating her 50th birthday! Have a great Saturday everyone!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quick Card Thursday

I'm so excited about today's quick card Thursday because today I have a sketch to share with you. As I watched the Olympics, this idea came to me. So, I sketched it out. Now, I have to warn you that my sketch is hand drawn and it's not a neat as I'd like it to be. I'm investigating into a program that will allow me to sketch on the computer which will be nice!
**Edited 8/29--thanks to my son I have a nice computer drawn sketch. He's promised to work with me so I can eventually do these on my own!

So, after I got the sketch drawn it was a cinch to put together a card to go with the sketch. But, I didn't stop there I used the sketch as the basis for another card. Both of these cards came together in under 10 minutes. Quick, simple, and cute! All products available through Stampin' Up!

Card 1--Wow Flowers Birthday

Stamp sets: Wow Flowers, Short & Sweet

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Shimmery White

Ink: Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: 1 1/4 inch circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, small oval punch, dimensionals, scallop edge punch

Card 2--Starring You Birthday

Stamp sets: Starring You

Cardstock: Tangarine Tango, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Shimmery White

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Large Star Punch, Scallop Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Pennant Die for Big Shot (large scallop), 1 3/4 inch circle punch, Word Window punch, dimensionals

I hope you'll use the sketch to come up with a card of your own. If you do, please upload it to the comments section as I'd love to see it! Have fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Under the Stars again!

Ok, this is my last group of cards for this set! I have to admit I've really had fun playing with it, but it's time for it to be put away at least for a little while! First card uses the cute little racoon. He seemed very lonely sitting in the box while the bear and mosquito were having fun. So, I made this quick little card with him. This card measures 4x4. All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets:Under the Stars, Short & Sweet, Boho Backgrounds

Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Watercolor paper

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Red gingham, Black gingham, Small oval punch, large oval punch, dimensionals

Next card I'm back to the bear, and I think it's a funny one! He just looks like he's doing a little dance so this quote just seemed to fit.

Stamp sets: Under the Stars, Smarty Pants
Ink: Basic Brown
Paper: Real Rust, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Juntos DSP (from the Spanish Language Catalog), Watercolor paper. I thought the DSP resembled honeycombs!
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip grosgrain

I hope you've enjoyed my Under the Stars cards. I had a lot of fun making them. This set is on sale until September 30th if you decide you just have to have it!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bear Meets Mosquito

So, yesterday I showed you my first creation with Under the Stars. I mentioned that one of the reasons I bought the set was for the mosquito. Here, in Texas, we have big mosquitos and yes, I know other areas do to but I swear this year the mosquitos are the size of small aircraft! To top it off I think they are waiting outside the door for me and pounce as soon as I walk out. I've had bites before, but not like this year! Anyway, I had this card in my head from the minute I saw the set but just had to figure out how to get it on to paper. I'm pretty pleased with the results. I guess this kind of falls under the "not so nice" category especially since the mosquito seems to be enjoying himself a bit too much! I did two versions, hope you like them! All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets: Under the Stars and Smarty Pants, Everyday Flexible Phrases

Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Watercolor paper, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP

Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter, Dimensionals, Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain, Flower Designer Brad

Monday, August 25, 2008

Who can resist this bear??

I know I couldn't. His little face and body language just cracked me up the minute I saw it in the catalog. I have to admit that while I love to watercolor, I tend to stick with sets that are more realistic when it comes to watercoloring sets. But, after seeing this bear and this set in use at convention I put it on my wish list. Then when it was on the Never Before Seen sale, it seemed like a good time to buy it. I made a pact with myself that anything I bought this year, I had to use it within two weeks of taking delivery so today I sat down to use this set entitled, Under the Stars. What's funny is the other main reason I wanted this set (besides the bear) was for the "skeeter" image. However the skeeter did make the cut for this card!
All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Under the Stars, A Little Birthday Cheer (greeting)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Watercolor paper, Holiday Treasures DSP (yes, the Christmas paper but the stripe just seemed to "go" with my image)
Ink: Basic Brown, Old Olive
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Border punch
I had a lot of fun making this card and another one which I'll post in the next day or so. I found the bear very fun to color. I didn't use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stack the S'mores I just went nose to table and it worked pretty well. I just smile every time I see this bear! I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it!

1st day of School!

Today is the first day of school in our area and I have to admit it feel weird not being in a school today. It's the first time in over 10 years that I haven't worked in a school setting. But, I still got to experience the first day of school with my "grandson" Miguel today. He is starting kindergarten and my son is starting college! So, it was an exciting day today. We got up early this morning and Cameron and I picked up Miguel and took him to ChickFilA for breakfast. It's somewhere I knew he would eat (he's not a good eater). Sure enough he downed four nuggets and a jug and a half of chocolate milk. Not bad for him! After breakfast, Cameron and I drove Miguel to his school. As you have experienced (I'm sure) parking was a nightmare but we found a spot and walked him up to the school. After a few pictures outside, we went inside and found his classroom. He was all smiles today and very excited about starting Kinder. His Mom is a teacher and had to be at school for her students, so that's why I got to do school duty today! Because Mom missed it, I took lots of pictures to share with her. In fact, I came straight home and emailed them to her at school so she could see them on her lunch break. I also created a scrapbook page of the morning's events. The page is 81/2 x 81/2 to fit the new Stampin' Up! chipboard album. On the left hand page you'll see a big white rectangle. I'm going to have Miguel write his name on that piece so we'll always remember what his writing looked like on the first day of Kindergarten. I used the new Prestwick papers as the starting point for this page because Miguel loves blue. I also used several retired Stampin' Up! sets. I'm so glad I hung on to them for just this ocassion. Shortly after we got home, it was time for Cameron to leave for his first day of college. It's so weird because I clearly remember his first day of Kindergarten. Of course back then, it was only half a day!
As he got ready to leave he said, "Mom don't you want to take my picture in front of the wisteria?" I've done that every year since we moved into this house! So out front we went with the camera. Here's my big college student! Funny thing is, whether it's kindergarten or college they are both off to school with their backpacks on their backs! Here's to a great year for both of my "boys!"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Urban Fabulous Flowers

Ok, I admit it I've been neglecting my "older" stamp sets. It's so easy to do when you get all these fabulous new sets. I've had Fabulous Flowers for a while now almost nine months but it's not one I've used very much. I'm not sure why because I love this large flower and I love the Dare to be Fabulous saying! I think one of the reasons I haven't used it too much is that while I don't mind stamping this image three times and cutting it out to give the flower dimension, it's not something my club members would be happy about. So, I never pulled it out to use with them. Well, today I saw it there looking a little forlorn and decided today was the day to use it! It just so happened that I had my Urban Garden DSP sitting out and I immediately noticed (ok so maybe some of you had already noticed but I hadn't) how similar the large flower in this paper looked to the large flower stamp. I decided I needed to use these two lovely things together! This card measures 51/2 x 51/2 so it's not your "typical" sized card. I used the Coluzzle to make the circles and them moved them over to the edge and cut them off on one side. Of course I used Shimmery White to stamp the flower images and the greeting. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Fabulous Flowers
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Shimmery White, Urban Garden DSP
Accessories: Coluzzle Circle, Paper snips, Scalloped Edge punch, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, dimensionals

I have had a fabulous weekend of playing with my stamps and working on projects. I have to say that it's been a lot of fun and I have a lot to show you over the next week or so. I also have to tell you that in the past week I've decided that I'm addicted to Shimmery White cardstock, my Top Note Big Shot die, and my shadow stamps! The last one is really crazy because I wasn't too keen on them when I first saw them. So, I apologize in advance for my upcoming posts (well and quite a few prior ones) that have used those three items. I also did two Quick Cards using the same sketch for Thursday and while the sketch is similar the cards are different. I also apologize for using the "In Colors" so much. I have really grown to love them (well except Baja Breeze but it's growing on me). Tomorrow I get to take my "grandson" Miguel to his first day of Kindergarten. I can't believe he's already starting Kinder. I'm so honored to get to be the one who drops him off for his first day. Of course, I will have pictures and hopefully a scrapbook page made by the end of the day! Until tomorrow.....

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Iridescent Upsy Daisy

I've been working on various swaps and other things including some submissions for some upcoming Stampin' Up! contests. On the right is a card that I just made for a new set swap. I didn't know how it was going to turn out when I started it, but have to say I'm pleased with the results. Sometimes when I start to create, I have a pretty clear picture in my head of what I hope to acheive. Other times, I have an idea but have no clue if it's going to turn out the way I think it should. This card kind of fits both categories. I knew what I wanted it to look like but I wasn't sure if I knew how to get there! It's hard to see in the picture but the main image is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. I have grown to love this stuff so much that I'm having a very hard time not creating with it. So, along with the shimmer from the iridescent ice embossing powder there is just this really nice sheen to the whole project because of the Shimmer white paper. The first thing I did was after cutting out the Shimmer White with the Top Note die is I trimmed away the perforated edge. This allowed me to mount it on the chocoloate chip and get that great matted effect. I then stamped the grass image using basic brown. Then inked up the floral image with versamark and stamped over the grass. Applied the Iridescent Ice embossing powder and embossed. Next the color was sponged on then I wiped off what little had accumulated on the embossed image. It's just a nice shimmery image and it reminds me of a fall day. All products available from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Upsy Daisy, Inspired by Nature (grass image)
Cardstock: Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Shimmery White
Ink: Basic Brown, Versamark, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Riding Hood red
Accessories: Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, Ticket Corner punch, Top Note die, Irisdesent Ice emobssing powder, dimensionals

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Quick Card Thursday--Upsy Daisy in Blue

I have fallen in love with shadow stamps! I didn't think it would be possible but the more I use them the more I enjoy the verstility of them. For one thing you can use them in a monochromatic setting like the card I did here. Or you can add color to them with markers or even do poppin' pastels with them. There are so many different ways to use them and so I think I'll enjoy these for a good, long while (or at least until they retire!). This set, Upsy Daisy, is one of the sets that is on sale until the end of September. It's $16.11 and it comes with this great floral image and three verses: Thank you for your friendship, You're on my mind, Birthday Celebrations. This makes it a great stamp for new and established stampers! I want to get back to my quick card Thursday feature and so I reached for this stamp to see what I could do. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Shimmery White (I know I've been on a Shimmery White kick lately but I can't help it!)
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Pacific Point doubl stripped ribbon, Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon, dimensionals, large oval punch, Big Shot top note die, Button Bouquet buttons, white gel pen (to make "stitching" on button), glue dots

This card was so fast. After cutting the Top Note, I just stamped the image in Pacific Point. Stamped the greeting and punched out. Assembled the card. Easy! I'll be doing lots more with this set...check back!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Insipred in Pink

This was one of the sets I got free for attending convention. It's called Inspired by Nature. It has this really great "grassy image" and then this big image of three coneflower type flowers. What I love about these flowers is they can be so many colors. They can be the Black Eyed Susan types with yellow petals and big brown centers or they can be purple like my purple coneflowers in the backyard. I've seen so many different varieties of this flower which is why this set so versatile. For this sample I chose to experiment with two of our new "In Colors". I really love Pink Pirouette this year. It's just a beautiful shade of pale pink. Paired with the Riding Hood red, they make a stunning combination. For this piece, I inked up the "grass" with the Pink Pirouette and stamped off and then stamped it on Shimmery White. Then I inked up the flower stamp with Pink Pirouette then I took a sponge dauber and sponged some of the Riding Hood Red on the top of the coneflower. It gives it some depth and a really nice shaded look. This sample also uses the new, Stampin' Up! exclusive Big Shot die called Top Note. I love this die, it makes such a nice little frame for this card! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Insipired By Nature, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Shimmery White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Top Note die, small oval punch, large oval punch

Monday, August 18, 2008

Yummy Cupcake!!

Most of you know how much I love cupcakes. I won the Crazy for Cupcakes set at convention but I knew as soon as I saw this stamp that I had to have it. I mean who wouldn't want a cupcake this size?? This set is called Simple Birthday Thanks but I personally think it should be called Life Sized Cupcake! It's a set with some thank you lines in the middle so a young child can write easy thank you notes. I simply cut out the center because I wanted it blank. It's hard to tell but this is a flap card. The icing lifts up to reveal the inside of the card. I had so much fun making this card! Of course with a cupcake this size, it needed the appropriate greeting and what could be better than "Wish Big"! All products are from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Simple Birthday Thanks, Short & Sweet
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Pink Pirouette Reinker, Regal Rose Reinker, Riding Hood Red Reinker
Accessories: Aquapainter, Crystal Effects, Chunky Sprinkles Pink glitter, Small Oval and Large Oval punches, magnetic closure for card (non SU)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mini Note Card Class

Join me for this fun class! You will make this cute little mini "pizza style box" holder, the belly band, 8 cards (2 of each design), and 12 greetings. Envelopes are included for the note cards. What I love about this box is that inside is a small envelope that has all the greetings so you can add the greeting you need when you need the card! It makes a great gift for teachers, friends, and co-workers!
I have two sessions available and will limit the class to 6 participants.
Class fee: $18 with no additional purchase
$15 if you purchase one of the three sets we use for this class
$10 if you purchase two of the three sets we use for this class
The sets used in this class are A Flower for All Seasons ($14.95), Short & Sweet ($15.95) and Lovely Labels ($12.95)
Class Dates: Friday, September 12th 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, September 20th 7-9 p.m.
Register by September 1st by emailing me at or calling me at 817-875-8490. Complete instructions on how to recreate this project at home are included in your class fee.
Prepayment is required and there are no refunds however, if you find you are unable to make the class you can transfer your fee to another class.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Flores Suaves

When I saw this set in the new Spanish language catalog, Celebrando Creatividad, I just knew I had to have it. I loved the beautiful images especially the line art butterfly. So, this set was on my first order and I couldn't wait to get it so I could work with it. One of the prettiest butterflies I ever saw was blue with some golden flecks on it. I probably loved it so because it was so different but also because I happen to be very partial to blue. While I have some other more traditional things in mind for this butterfly, this is my first card with this set. It will not be my last. Flores Suaves loosely translated means Gentle Flowers and there is a very nice flower image in this set but I chose to use the background writing image, the butterfly and the bee. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Flores Suaves, Pocket Silhouettes (greeting)
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Brillant blue, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Blender pen, Stampin' Pastels, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, dimensionals, sponge
I am having so much fun with my new sets. Honestly, I haven't been this excited about new stamps in a long time! I'm pretty much taking today to start working on lots of samples with my new sets. I should have lots of new things to show you as the week goes on. Have a super weekend everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Simply Sent Card Elements Class

Just so you don't think I haven't been creative all week, I really have. I spent some time on Tuesday working on samples for an upcoming class in November. Stampin' Up! will be discounting the Simply Sent card kits for World Card Making day, so I thought it would be a great time to plan a class and take advantage of the special! Here are two of the nine cards we will make in the class. The class will be $16 and that included your Simply Sent Elements card kit and all the "extras" necessary to make the cards (except adhesive). I'll be sending out more info on the class soon, but I'm planning on having it on November 1st.

My "Little Man" turns 5

Here is my precious 5 year old "grandson" on his birthday! I just love his sweet smile and his cute little cheeks. He was so excited to be turning 5 and proudly told everyone he was 5 (holding up 5 fingers) all day! We had a super day. We started the morning with breakfast and then we sat down to do some stamping! Miguel loves to do "arts and crafts" but we had a special project to do. He was going to meet his Kindergarten teacher on Thursday and he wanted to make something special to take her. He absolutely loves to use the wheels, so we decided to make her a basket and fill it with some chocolates because Miguel likes chocolate as much as stampers do! Here he is creating with the wheel!
Here is the finished project.

He was so very proud of his project as well he should be. We used a retired Stampin' Up! apple wheel and then cut it out using the Big Shot and the new exclusive basket die. It turned out so cute. I was told that his teacher was very excited about his gift. After we finished stamping, we decided it was a great day to go to the zoo. Now, I haven't been to the zoo in a few years but Miguel and his Mom go frequently and he had no problems telling me which way to go to see things and no problem correcting me if I went the wrong way. I have to say it was an interesting trip. We'd get up to an animal he'd look for a couple minutes then be ready to move again. Don't get me wrong, we had so much fun. Oh, I forgot to tell you that I let him open a special present in the morning. A kid friendly digital camera so he was anxious to use it while we were at the zoo and he did a great job. Of course I took my camera as well and here are some of my favorite shots of the day. The first ones are from an area called Parrot Paradise. It's an enclosed area with all kinds of parrots, parakeets, and other small birds. You can purchase seed sticks to feed the birds and they fly around and land on your stick and stay there and eat. It really is cool and Miguel had a blast! After we had done that and seen probably 20 animals as we dashed "Miguel style" through the zoo, it was time for some lunch. After lunch it was getting hot and late and Miguel told me it was time to ride the train. Of course, he also told me that his Mom always lets him get candy before they ride the train. I kind of figured that wasn't totally true but afterall it was his birthday. So, we went to the candy store and he picked out one of those candy neckaces. Here he is enjoying it on the train. Now, I know that he loves to ride the train but I found out how much he loves it because we rode it back and forth 4 times!
Just look at that smile!!

After that we came back to my house and we just spent some quality time playing. Popo came home shortly after and "the boys" enjoyed goofing off and Miguel enjoyed copying everything PoPo said and did and then giggling wildly about it. Pretty soon his Mom came to pick him up but it wasn't the end of the day because we all went out to dinner and then he came back over to open presents. As we were leaving the zoo he said, "this has been a good day but it's going to be great because I get to open presents after dinner!" He really enjoyed opening and playing with his gifts and he did enjoy his new camera but I have to say his favorite gift of the day was the transformer his Mom got him. He played with that thing off and on all day (mostly on)! After gifts, we had brownies and they were good. Miguel really enjoyed his. See for yourself.
Happy, happy 5th birthday to my sweet "little man!"

It's been a busy week!!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted much this week. It's been a really, really busy week. I spent Tuesday unpacking boxes and going through things. I'm still sorting out from the remodel and am almost done (thank goodness). I have purged so much stuff but it feels good! I also worked on some class samples. Wednesday I spent the entire day with my 5 year old "grandson". We stamped! We went to the zoo! We played! We went to dinner! We opened presents! We ate brownies! I had a simply wonderful day with the sweetest little boy in the world. I'll post more on our day later. Thursday I was headed to do an exit interview for work when I got a call on my cell about a job. I ended up having an interview which I totally wasn't expecting. It's something I'll consider taking if it's offered but right now I'm still in limbo. I also had lunch with a friend and made about 40 cards for a friend who works at a hospice. Today I've been packaging up orders that came in yesterday for delivery tomorrow. And I plan to sit down, mount my new stamps and stamp! So, I promised some stamping projects will be uploaded today. Until later......

Monday, August 11, 2008

New catalog order!

I'm patiently waiting until 1 p.m. central time to be able to place my first orders from the new catalog. It's not easy waiting because I want my new "stuff" now! I just hope we don't crash the server when we all log in to order at the same time! If you haven't picked up your new catalog yet, email me or give me a call and I'll get it to you! I'm in the process of planning upcoming classes and will be sending out a newsletter this week with more information on that. You can also check back here because I will post it once the newsletter is sent. Have a super day everyone, we already ran into a little rain earlier. Here's hoping we get some more and some much needed cooler weather!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Three little boys=lots of loot!

Ok, I just have to share a picture with all of you and hope you can relate. In a week's time, I have three special birthdays all for little boys age 5 and under. So, I went to Target to shop for them and it looked like Christmas morning in the basket! I just had to crack up at the sight of it. So, I brought it all home and put it on the loveseat and look a quick photo before I wrapped it all. Big birthday wishes go out to my "grandsons" Miguel who's turning 5 (and very proud of it), Kevin who is two (and proudly holds up one finger when he says "2"), and my great nephew Caleb who is turning one and will be walking at any minute according to my Mom and his great-grandmom!

Another Open House Project

Today is the last of my three New Catalog Open Houses! I've had a really great time showing my customers the new catalog, new products, and new tools we have available. I previously showed you the birthday tag and bag topper that we did. Now, it's time for a card using all new "In Colors" and a great new set that I got at convention called Eastern Blooms. I really love this set because it can be used in so many different ways. This card uses the faux silk technique which seems just perfect for this blooming stem! All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets: Eastern Blooms, Sanded (background), Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive marker, Tangerine Tango reinker, Chocolate chip
Accessories: Jumbo pewter eyelet, Chocolate Chip double stitched wide ribbon (it's so yummy!), tissue paper, glue stick, CropODile, blender pen

To do the faux silk we used the Old Olive Marker to color the stem, then we used the Tangerine Tango reinker and blender pen to color the blooms. After it dried, we crumpled up the tissue and then flatened out but not so much that we removed all the wrinkles. We then applied glue stick to the whisper white cardstock and gently laid the tissue on the whisper white. Again, we didn't smooth as you want the wrinkled effect of the silk. This project was well recieved by my customers. They loved the technique and the colors of this card!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Quick "Card" Thursday

Ok, so today's project isn't a card but it's oh so cute and oh so quick! We will be doing this project at my new catalog open house tomorrow! I'm so thankful that Mr. Brown dropped off my three boxes of catalogs today. I was getting way nervous that I was going to have a houseful of ladies sitting around looking at my one copy of the catalog! This is a fun, cute, and quick bag topper. It's made with the new exclusive Top Note die for the Big Shot!
I'm thinking this would be a welome treat for teachers the first week of school or the office staff. The first week is rough so who wouldn't like a little chocolate covered pretzel break? Best of all only 100 calories!
All materials from Stampin' Up! (well, except the pretzels)
Stamp sets: WOW Flowers
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: 1 1/4 inch circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Pennant Big Shot die (large scallop), Top Note Big Shot die, small cello bags, dimensionals

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Retired Stamp "Sale"

For those of you who have bought retired sets from me in the past, I’m doing my retired sale a differently this year. When you tell me what sets you want, I’ll add them up and then you will place an order out of the new catalog for that amount. You will take home the retired sets at no additional cost. How’s that for a deal?? It’s a way for me to clean out the sets I no longer use and a way for me to hostess and earn free hostess dollars to spend buying new sets to share with you!!

Retired Sets for Sale (Please note some are retired this year and some from years past. If you need a picture of a set I have listed, please let me know and I’ll email it to you.)

Stamp set: Sale price:
Wild Rose $29.00
Trimtastic $22.00
Big Pieces $25.00
Polka Dots and Paisley $14.00
Give Thanks $17.00
Festive Favorites $19.00
Eat Cake $20.00
All Through The Year $14.00
Bud Basics $13.00
Blossoms Abound $19.00
Background Basics $9.00
Sweet Shapes $20.00
Office Accoutrement $25.00
Amazing to Zany $36.00
It’s Your Birthday $25.00
Rough Edges Alphabet $16.00

Older sets:
Double Line Doodles $16.00
Dotted Autumn $12.00
Tags & More $12.00
A Light Heart (Heart Association stamp set) $10.00
Loving Hearts $12.00
Aged To Prefection $9.00
Something to Celebrate $14.00
Happy Birthday Greetings (background) $10.00
Stippled Celebrations $14.00
Flower Filled $15.00
Going Out in Style $12.00
Bundle Up $12.00
Perfect Petals $7.00
Mini Mates $15.00
Fontastic $10.00
Petite Backgrounds $7.00
Gently Falling $7.00
Flora & Fauna $14.00
A Merry Little Christmas $14.00
Fun Phrases $8.00
In The Wild $12.00
Letter Prints $11.00
Mini Messages $7.00
Smorgasborders $7.00
The Fine Print $7.00
Cool Cat $9.00
Bunny Hugs $9.00
Peace & Love $15.00
Cute as a Bug $9.00
Happy Harmony $7.00
Play on Words $11.00
Tiny Talk $9.00
Happy Hearts $10.00
Sweet Holidays $10.00
Natural Beauty $12.00
Background Sampler $9.00
Word by Word (background) $13.00
Off the Chart $16.00
Flaky Friends $18.00
Stippled Stencils $7.00
Doodle Alphabet $20.00
Alphadots (with matching numbers) $20.00

I have the following Uppercase Jumbo Monogram Alphabets for sale for $12.00 each:

Convention Attendee Barbie!!

I just finished uploading all my pictures from convention and because the last day was SO EXCITING, I totally forgot about the "commercial" that Stampin' Up! did to announce convention next year. First off, let me say that several demos submitted commercials for events and they were FANTASTIC! I'm hoping I can get a hold of one of them to put on the blog, but we'll see if that comes through. Anyway, here's a few pictures from Convention Attendee Barbie. In true Barbie form, the scene opens with two little girls playing with their "Convention Attendee Barbies." What I love so much about this is the accuracy of it all. She has on her Stampin' Up! apron, she has on her convention name tag, and notice the Decor Elements Happiness on the wall not to mention the cards on the table. I so wish it didn't go by so fast and I could have taken better photos! Anyway, the commercial progresses and the doorbell rings. Well, who do you think should be there but, yep you guessed it UPS man Ken! I'm truly surprised I got a photo at all because by this point I was laughing so hard that I almost wet myself! Then again, in true Barbie fashion the commerical ends with the picture below and those words we are all so familiar with, "Convention Attendee Barbie comes with accessories shown. UPS Ken not included." I really have to give the art department some big kudos for this one. It was fantastic! Of course, now I want my own Convention Attendee Barbie and UPS Ken!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Crazy for Cupcakes!!

Ok, so who told the designers at Stampin' Up! about my passion for cupcakes?? There are sooo many cute sets with cupcakes on them in the new catalog and how lucky I was to win the Crazy for Cupcakes set on the last day of convention!? I finally sat down today to mount my new stamps (took no time at all since all new sets are DIE CUT!!!) and started designing projects for my new catalog open house on Friday. Here's a cute little tag we'll be doing at the open house. All products from Stampin' Up!:
Stamp set: Crazy for Cupcakes
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue marker, Summer Sun maker
Accessories: Tag corner punch, Summer Picnic DSP, Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon, Pink Chunky sprinkles, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects
Now I'm hungry for cupcakes, guess what I'll be making for the open house??

Monday, August 4, 2008

Convention Loot!!

Hi everyone! I'm back from convention and am trying to get everything unpacked and put away, clothes washed, swaps sorted, and life back to as normal as possible. First off, I miss Utah already. While it was hot there during the day at least it was cooler in the mornings and the evenings. I am so having a hard time with the 106 degree heat here! UGH! I also miss seeing the mountains when I walk outside. It happens everytime I come home from there. Ok, now that my whining is out of the way let me show you my convention loot!! Here's a picture of everything I got while at convention. Now, some of it is from the make and takes which I chose not to do while at convention. The rest was the three free sets we received, the Ronald McDonald set we got from UPS, my Prize Patrol gift bag, and a set my dear, sweet, and kind friend Joni gave me that she earned for $20k in sales and says she'd never use! Isn't it just the best sight in the world, all that new rubber!! My plan is to get everything mounted tonight so that tomorrow I can sit down and stamp! I can't wait to play with my new stuff and plan my projects for my upcoming open house!
Thanks again to everyone who tuned in and followed my trip to Utah and convention. I had so much fun blogging the events each and every day! Your comments have been so kind and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Faux Metal

A friend recently sent me a note pad holder with the coolest faux metal piece. I was so fascinated by it that I called her one night and asked her to explain the procedure to me which she did in detail. The next morning on the Stampin' Up! demo website was a tutorial for the same technique! It was fate! I had these little mini composition books made up for convention but they lacked something. I decided they needed a little faux metal treatment. All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamp set: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Brushed Silver
Ink: Rose Red
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 scallop punch, Rose Red prints paper, Versamark, Silver embossing powder, Sticky strip

I had so much fun with the faux metal technique! I will be doing a faux metal class soon!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Last Day of Convention

Today was the last day of convention and although it was a fantastic day, I'm in the hotel feeling a little sad that I won't see my stampin' sisters for awhile. BUT, it was a great day and so I'm going to focus on that. This morning we started with classes and they were super. Next my group went on to make and takes. While, I chose to go and take pictures of displays my friends all worked hard on their projects but before I did we had to take pictures, of course. Left is Leslie, me and Joni. Right is Lynne, me, and Linda.

The display boards were fantastic as usual but this year, we had some very different types of displays including displays of Decor Elements and displays of things made with the new Sizzix line. Here are a few shots of Decor Elements Phase 2!

Here are some pictures of things done with the SU exclusive Sizzix dies!

After taking photos and talking with the Sizzix representatives, I decided I was going to stand in line to see Shelli. With me celebrating my 5 years with SU and SU celebrating 20 years, I felt a picture and a short talk with Shelli was warranted. Not only did I get to talk with her, but her dear, sweet husband Sterling took our picture and he did a decent job. Of course Shelli looks as beautiful as ever andd I look like someone who has had very little sleep for the last 4 days! While I was waiting Sterling asked me if I had enjoyed convention and I told him it had been the best one yet and he said to me, "well let me just tell you that you don't want to miss closing session." After the week we've had with all the great announcements, the fun, the excitement, I really didn't know what to expect.

After lunch, our group made out way to the main stage seating area and we almost didn't get seats together. We ended up way in the back bleachers but as it turned out it was a great area.

First Linda Hansen came out and talked to us about changes that Stampin' Up! has gone through the years. Then we had some FANTASTIC main stage demonstrations. In between the demonstrations A LOT of prizes were given away. I was one of the lucky gals to win the Crazy for Cupcakes set, matching wheel, and the icing on the cake (no pun intended) the wide chocolate chip stitched ribbon! Here I am with my fantastic prize bundle.
After the annual Stampin' Up! game show, my friend Linda won a stamp set. In fact, I think about half the people in our section won prizes this afternoon! Here's Linda with her stamp set.
Next, Shelli came out to give the closing remarks. As she was giving her remarks a loud door bell rang and it walked a handsome UPS man with a package. He said he thought he was in the wrong place but said that it said to deliver to the Salt Palace. Shelli asked him who the box was for and he said, "it says everyone!" Well, as you can imagine the crowd went wild, the door opened up, a UPS truck drove in, a lot of UPS men and women came running out with UPS bags filled to the brim with the new Ronald McDonald set Say It with Scallops and began running up the isles and bleachers delivering our sets to us! Confetti was flying everywhere, music was blaring, fireworks were going off. It was just a crazy, amazing, and wonderful scene. If you don't believe me, see for yourself!
Here's Shelli with the hunky UPS man.

Here's the truck driving in and then the confetti falling all around.

Here's a short video clip (it's my first time to put in a video, so I hope it works!)

Here are some pictures of some very happy demos with their new rubber.

Next, Shelli told us that UPS had purchased the stamp sets for us so of course we went wild with applause and cheering. Once we had quieted down she asked us through her tears to help her thank her staff for all their hard work this week which we were more than happy to do so.

After that it was time to say goodbye to friends I won't see for awhile. It was a heck of a day (and week) and as always I can't wait to return to Salt Lake City next year!

Thanks to everyone who has checked out my blog this week and left all the kind comments. I have so enjoyed sharing my convention experience with you. If you are a demo reading, I hope you will start planning now to attend convention next year. There's just nothing like it. If you aren't a demo, consider becoming one before next year so you too can join in on the fun and excitement!! Tomorrow I have a long travel day ahead of me so I'd best sign off and get some sleep!