Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Utah part 1

This past weekend Ron and I took a long weekend trip to Utah. We've been there so much that it's always hard to decide which areas to revisit. We have our favorites with Bryce Canyon being top, followed by Zion but since we weren't taking DS with us we promised to not go to Bryce. We had visited Arches about 2 1/2 years ago but didn't see the whole park, so we decided to go there and to go to Canyonlands since we've never been to that park. We arrived in Utah late Friday night and so we drove from Salt Lake City to Moab Saturday morning. We arrived at Arches National Park about 1 p.m. We knew it was the weekend and we expected crowds but we didn't know it was Free Public Lands Use weekend which meant that none of the National Parks were charging their admission price. So, as you can imagine Arches was very crowded. We drove up to the first trailhead that we hadn't done on our last trip which was to Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch. We decided to do Broken Arch first since it was a longer hike, it was out in the full sun, and there were a lot less people headed that way. It was a hot hike but we did enjoy seeing this arch which isn't really broken, it just has a large crack in it! After we walked around the arch and enjoyed the scenery, we headed back to the trailhead to go to Sand Dune Arch. You had to walk through a really narrow slot to get to the area which was kind of cool. What was not cool was the amount of sand I had to trudge through because I really do not like sand. I don't like the feel of it and I hate the way it gets in everything! But, I trudged on and we got to the arch which was teaming with people. We were finally able to get a shot without people in front of it. Ron walked a little further in and took some other pictures and then we walked out and back to the car. We headed for the next trailhead and when we arrived there was no parking at all. We looked at each other and decided it just wasn't worth it and decided to drive over to Canyonlands which is about 25 miles away. On the way over there we saw some lightening and it sprinkled on us quite a bit. We got to the visitor's center and got out of the car and we couldn't believe that it was at least 20 degrees but probably closer to 30 degrees cooler than it had been at Arches. It was also quite windy as you'll see from one of the photos. Across from the visitor's center was Shafer Canyon Overlook which was just beautiful because not only did you feel like you were immersed into this canyon but you could see the Rockies in the background. It truly was a great view. We met a couple who had just relocated to Colorado but had lived in our area for many years. We had a nice chat with them and exchanged info on our favorite places to visit! Here's a great view of the canyon. After we left there we proceeded up and decided to go all the way to the top and work our way down. The furthest overlook was Grand View Point and it really was a grand view. We did about a mile hike along the rim which was really nice. The air was cool and the crowds minimal so just a really nice hike. You can tell from my hair in this picture that the wind was whipping up pretty good by this time. By the way you'll notice that Ron and I don't mind getting close to the edge and we always take pictures because it really freaks out our friend Sandy! After we left there we went to Buck Canyon Overlook and then we decided to head over to Green River Overlook since it was starting to get close to sunset and we were told this was one of the best sunset locations in the park. We knew it was going to be kind of iffy on sunset pictures because of the clouds but decided to try it anyway. While we didn't get the great sunset pictures we love. We did get a few that we though were interesting.

We then headed back to Moab for a late dinner and to check into the hotel for the night. It was a long day but a good one. We turned in fairly early because we planned on spending the morning and part of the afternoon back at Canyonlands before heading back to Salt Lake City.

After breakfast, we headed back out to Canyonlands on Sunday morning and it was a nice day. We knew it was going to be warmer than the day before but we had packed a lot of water. We decided our first stop would be Mesa Arch as we figured it would only get more crowded as the day went on. The trail to Mesa is a loop and since most people seemed to be going on the right hand trail, we chose to go on the left hand trail. We were glad we did because we didn't see the arch until we go right up to it. We discovered on the way back on the other trail that you can see it for quite a while before you actually get to it. What I loved about this arch was what you could see on the other side. There was just a great view through the arch! After climbing around it, I decided that it looked wide enough to walk on so I climbed up and stood on top of the arch! It was really quite thrilling! Ron wasn't too thrilled with me being on top of the arch but he took my picture anyway. After that we took photos for several other people and then had someone take ours together.

After the fun of Mesa Arch we proceeded on to Upheaval Dome which was an interesting site. They aren't sure what caused it some think an asteroid others think it was a salt pit but whatever it was it was cool. A nice couple offered to take our picture so here we are!We then headed to Orange Cliffs overlook which was pretty awesome. Even more so when we discovered we could hike over to one of the cliffs which we did. It was a very interesting area and we enjoyed the usual formations. Before we could go though, I had to take one more foot dangling picture of Ron. You see, we have a whole series of pictures of him dangling his feet over different cliffs at different National Parks. I'm not sure how it all started but it's become quite a tradition with us. I have to admit though, this was a really, really high cliff and I held my breath until he was far enough back that I felt he was safe!

It was late afternoon by the time we got back to the car so, we headed on to Salt Lake City. Tomorrow I'll post about our trip to Big Cottonwood Canyon to see the fall colors!

Fall Again!

Ok, so I know you'll probably think I have a one track mind and sometimes I do. As I mentioned in a previous post DH took me away for a long weekend and we ended up in possibly our favorite state, Utah. We had a great time visiting two National parks (I'll post some pictures either later tonight or tomorrow) and if that wasn't enough I saw true FALL COLOR for the first time in my life! Can I just say now how spectaular it was to see it with my own two eyes! Living in Texas we don't get a lot of color, we sometimes get some yellow leaves although half the time that is due to heat stress not really to fall. But to actually see trees with yellow, orange, and red leaves was just a dream come true for me. I know for some of you, it's not a big deal. In fact, many locals told us that due to weather conditions this year they didn't have eye popping color. Well, maybe not to them but, to me it was very eye popping and yes, I took A LOT of photos. Photos which I will be scrapbooking soon because I want to remember this for a long time. On another note, above you will see another fall card I created. All products are from Stampin' Up:

Stamp sets: With Gratitude, Holidays & Wishes
Paper: Real Rust, Ruby Red, Glossy White, Autumn Vine DSP
Ink: Versamark, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Really Rust, More Mustard
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, Alpine Ribbon originals, Big Shot pennant die, sponges
Felt ribbon was cut with the pennant die to create the scallop ribbon.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Saturday, Happy Fall Y'all!

I love fall, I just wish the weather here would decide it's time for fall! Since the weather doesn't want to seem to cooperate, I just make cards that remind me of the season I hold so dear! When this set appeared in last year's Holiday Mini catalog, I had to have it. I loved the images and they are so perfect for watercoloring: not to big, not to small, not so intricate that you want to strangle the artist who drew it by the time you are done! For this card, I chose to use the Juntos Designer Series paper that can only be found in the Spanish language supplement of the Stampin' Up! catalog. As soon as I saw the paper in that catalog I knew it would be perfect for fall cards...don't you agree? All products from Stampin' Up! The base of the card is Mellow Moss but it's really showing up grayish in the photograph!
Stamp sets: Autumn Havest, Wonderful Words
Paper: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Shimmer White, Juntos DSP
Ink: Basic Brown, Summer Sun, Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Scallop circle for Big Shot, Colzzule Circle cutter, crafter's tool kit, Aquapainter, Really Rust maker, More Mustard marker, Dimensionals, Wide Chocolate grosgrain ribbon, More Mustard grograin, Always Artichoke grosgrain
Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Here we go again....LOL!

I told you'll this was the week for birthdays around here...I have a friend and my sister in law both celebrating birthday's today. I made this card for my sister in law earlier in the week. You see, she and my husband have this competition to see who can find the meanest card every year. With their birthday's three days apart it's always interesting to see what the other comes up with. Somehow along the way, I got mixed up in this (well my sil mixed me up in it and she sends me a not so nice card) which I got in time for my birthday yesterday. (Yes, you read it right...dh's birthday was Tuesday, mine was yesterday, and sil's is today...mix that with the fact that I have two friends with birthdays this week and it's nuts!) While I've never participated in this "exchange" I decided this year to make her a really nice card and send it to her. So, yesterday while I was gone to lunch with a friend SIL calls and says, "you were nice, I wasn't...sorry but I hope you have a good birthday anyway." I had to laugh, I told my DH that when she got my card she'd feel a little guilty and from her message I think she did. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Fabulous Flowers, Full of Life (inside greeting)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Baja Breeze striped grosgrain, Kiwi stain ribbon, Dimensionals, Crysal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals, sponges
I had a good day yesterday, both DH and DS gave me wonderful cards that while not handmade I could tell they both spent some time looking for cards that had handmade elements to them. DS gave me a wonderful bouquet of flowers that he picked out and bought on his own. They tooke me out for a nice dinner. DH is wisking me away for a long weekend...so I'm a happy girl!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wanted...a Happy Birthday!

In my quest for manly cards, I decided to host a swap with some fellow demonstrators. Here is one of my swap cards for my "Manly" swap. As you can see there is a lot of aging and distressing on this card. I wasn't too sure about it but some online friends told me they liked it so I just finished these up for my swap. I love the new rope twine that is coming out in the Holiday mini catalog. While I'm sure it will look great on holiday cards, I'm loving it for rustic cards! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Wanted, A Little Birthday Cheer, Totally Tabs
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Accessories: Tab punch, Vintage brads, Rope Twine, sticky strip, Cutter kit

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yet another birthday card....

This week is a busy week for birthdays, it must be all those New Year's Eve parties! Here's a card I made for a friend who has a birthday this week. Sorry it looks so crooked in the picture! This card uses the Inspired by Nature set and the new button bouqet buttons which I just adore! It also uses the Bella Rose designer papers and the colors in the paper were the inspiration for the card. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Inspired by Nature, Totally Tabs, Sanded background
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip marker
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Tab punch, Pink Pirouette grosgrain, Button Bouqet, Crystal Effects. It's hard to see in the picture but the entire bloom is covered in crystal effects giving it a raised look.
I'm off to make yet another birthday card which I'll post on Friday. Tomorrow is quick card Thursday so I'll work on that tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Today is my husband's birthday, so I made a special card for him.

For some reason this bear just kind of reminds me of him. I wanted the bear to be holding a Happy Birthday banner, I tried it several ways none of which really did what I wanted but this one got close. I used the cake from the Viola set for him to balance on his head because this bear is just talented that way! All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets: Under the Stars, Viola, A Little Birthday Cheer

Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Washington Apple DSP, watercolor paper

Ink: Basic Brown, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Aquapainter, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sponges, ticket corner punch, Bashful blue striped grosgrain, Circle designer brad

Tonight we are going out to dinner followed by his favorite cake, Red Velvet, from the Red Oven Bakery.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pocket Silhouettes Tri-Fold Card

Here's another card made with the Pocket Silhouettes set. I have really grown to love this set because it is very versatile. I love that it comes with four images and two great sayings. And that although it can be somewhat "floral" in nature it also has that kind of "weedy" look so some of the images can be used for more masculine cards as well. On this card I used three of the images, both sayings plus a saying from another card. This card also features paper from the Urban Garden Designer Series paper line. All products available from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Urban Garden, Full Of Life
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Shimmery White, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Square scallop punch, Kiwi stain ribbon, dimensionals, 1/16 handheld circle punch

Now I'm off to go make a special birthday card for my dear, sweet hubby who's birthday is tomorrow! I have an idea in my head, now if I can just get it down on paper! Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Frankie Boo!

Today my Stamp Clubs meet for the first time since June! I wanted to have a little something special for them when they returned so I made these cute little Frankie Boxes. They have an assortment of Hershey's Kisses inside (I was amazed at the selection at Target this week!). These were made using the standard 2,4,6,8 box pattern. The difference is, I didn't pinch the sides and put a ribbon through them. They are open top boxes. If you want the measurments and stuff, just email me and I'll send them to you. All products from Stampin' Up! except the filler and Hershey's Kisses!!
Stamps: Smarty Pants
Cardstock: Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Paper snips, My Way punch (arrows), 1/2 inch circle punch, 1 inch circle punch, Basic Black marker, Hobby blade

I really loved the way these turned out. I got a swap card at convention done like this and I based my boxes on that card. I loaned the card to a friend but I'm almost positive the demo that created it was Dawn Griffiths!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday, already!

I really don't know where this week went! I've been busy working on projects for my stamp clubs which start back tomorrow and running what seemed like an endless bunch of errands. Today was no different. I had an appointment with my allergy doctor and then had to go pick up my new glasses, there was half a day gone! I have quite a few projects to share that we'll be doing in Stamp Club tomorrow. The one I'm showing today has kind of a twist to it. The original card is a Halloween card but I have some members that don't do Halloween but I wanted them to be able to do the card, so I designed a card using an entirely different set but with all the same materials. Both card feature the "moonlighting" technique which they are learning tomorrow. Besides doing the card, they will also do a 6x6 technique page so they'll have practice doing this technique. The card on the left uses the Upsy Daisy set and the card on the right uses the Haunting Jumbo wheel. I love that I was able to do two entirely different cards using the same materials and everyone will be happy! This evening I'm working on something spooktaular for my groups tomorrow. It's been several months since we've all been together and I wanted to have a special little treat for them!
Have a super weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall is in the air!!

Ok, so it was in the mid 80's this afternoon but the mornings have felt down right fallish this
week and that excites me! Fall is my favorite time of the year and so I've been enjoying using my fall sets. This set was in a mini catalog last year and reappeared in the big catalog this year and I was so glad. I really love this big ole' pumpkin. It's one I would pick to carve because of it nice long shape! I used the new Autumn vine designer series papers which will be availabe in the mini catalog on October 1st. The sentiment is also from a set in the mini catalog called Happy Blessings. Here's the details (all products from Stampin' Up!):
Stamp sets: Autumn Harvest, Happy Blessings
Paper: Sage shadow, Real Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Autum Vine DSP
Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Water Color Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Chocolate Felt Stitched ribbon (Alpine Ribbon originals in Mini catalog), Earth Elements button, glue dots, White gel pen.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shades of Gray

I did this card today for a color challenge. The challenge was to use Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray, and Always Artichoke. There's very little Artichoke in my card, just the stem and leaves on the rose but the other colors are there! I made this card by first making a mask with acetate using the Big Shot Top Note die. I then used removable adhesive to glue the mask down on top of my shimmery white cardstock. I stamped the rose image in Basic Black and then used the reinkers to color the rose. When it was dry, I masked it. I then stamped the butterflies and bees using Basic Gray. I then covered them up with a mask as well and then stamped the verse stamp also using Basic Gray. After that, I removed the masks from the butterlies and bees and I sponged Going Gray all over the card. (The rose was still masked.) Once I had it sponged the way I liked it, I peeled up the rose mask and added a little color around the rose where the mask had covered too much. (It's hard trimming that stem down to just the right size!) After that I removed the Top Note mask which left the appearance of the Top Note without actually using a Top Note on the card! Then I finished up the card by distressing the edges and adding ribbon. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Flores Suaves
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Riding Hood Red reinker, Always Artichoke reinker
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray, Shimmer White
Accessories: Riding Hood Red tafetta ribbon, Gray taffeta ribbon, sponges, Top Note die, removable adhesive, cutter kit

Time to Celebrate!!

First off, I apologize for not posting the last couple of days. I've been suffering from severe allergies and my eyes just can't take the glare of the computer for too long. But, today I got this in my email:



Shelli selected your submission for her Creative Challenge as one of the winners, and she’ like to send you a free stamp set. If you can call or e-mail me with your mailing address and the stamp set you’d like, I’ll make sure I get it in the mail to you.

(name removed for privacy)

When the president and co-founder of Stampin' Up! started her blog right after convention she announced that she would have challenges posted every month or so. Her first challenge was a take on our convention theme this year which was Celebrate. This was an easy challenge for me because I created the book you see above as a convention swap. So, I submitted it for the challenge. Needless to say since that was back in August, I hadn't even thought about it in a long time. When I checked my email today I was just too excited for words and wanted to come and share the news with my blog readers! Now, to figure out what stamp set to get!!

For those of you who haven't checked out Shelli's blog, you might want to do so. It's www.soshelli.com She has a new challenge posted today and anyone can submit projects for her challenges. You don't have to be a demonstrator to participate. She made that very clear at convention that she hopes her blog is read by demos and customers alike.

I'm working on a couple of projects this week and hope to get finished up soon. I'll try and get some pictures taken and a new card or project uploaded for you later today.

Oh and the chipboard word books can be found at www.Icut4U.com

Until later!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eastern Blooms Meets Washington Apple!

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm posting really late tonight. I spent the morning doing a little stamping and then this afternoon I spent playing with my grandson. We had a great time. He discovered my punches on his last visit but we ran out of time to use him. Today he remembered them as soon as we walked in the door so he punched, he punched, and then he punched some more. It really was fun watching him and listening as he discussed all the different shapes! After he was done punching he glued his "work" to some paper. One for me and one for his Mom. We was so proud!

Here's my "work" for the day. I made this card this morning and I used the Eastern Blooms set and this year's Ronald McDonald set, Say it with Scallops! Eastern Blooms is on sale until the end of October. I really love the wavy lines in this large flower image. Kind of a funky, eclectic look. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms, Say it with Scallops
Paper: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Shimmery White, Washington Apple DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Satin ribbon, square scallop punch, dimensionals

We had a lot of rain in our area today and some wind as a result of Ike that blew through Texas today. It's so hard to imagine the extent of the damage no matter how much we see on the news. My heart goes out to everyone who is dealing with the terrible aftermath of this storm. Let's all keep those suffering in our prayers and remember to be thankful for what we have every day!

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Big Shot Birthday Book

I have to admit that I've been having a lot of fun with my Big Shot since it arrived on my door step. Yes, I've used it to make cards with and even some scrapbook pages but the most fun I've had with it is seeing what I can run through it and what all it will cut. When the Sizzix people at convention told us it would cut through over 50 types of material I was skeptical but I haven't found anything yet it won't cut. This week I ran some heavy plastic through it and here's the result. I used the Top Note die to make this little see acylic type album! I had so much fun doing it. I also used the Rock Star card elements kit which will be on sale for World Card Making day and a couple of different sheets of rubons. I had some pictures laying around from when I took my grandson Miguel to the zoo for his birthday. This book contains my favorite shots of him from that day. You can really see his personality in this book. It's one I will treasure for a long time. All products from Stampin' Up! except the plastic material and the binder rings!

Stamp set: None

Papers: All papers were in the Rock Star Card elements kit

Accessories: A Perfect Day rubons, dimensionals, bashful blue striped grograin, bashful blue stitched grosgrain, pumpkin pie grosgrain, old olive grosgrain, night of navy grosgrain
Tonight I have a class and then tomorrow I start preparing to my club meetings next weekend! I'm so excited for clubs to start up again. It feels like it's been forever since I've seen all "the girls". Can't wait! Have a great weekend everyone!

Quick Card Thursday..more like Friday

I'm so sorry I forgot to post yesterday. It was a busy day and my garage door opener has decided not to work so things weren't "normal" around here. I was also putting the finishing touches on my class packets for my class tonight. I'm now up at 3 a.m. because I had a severe allergy attack. I think it's under control (for now) but I'm wide awake! I may need a nap today. Ok, here's my quick card for today. This set never ceases to amaze me. When I first got it at leadership last year I was disappointed. It wasn't a set that just thrilled me out of the catalog but the more I've used it the more I appreciate the many different "looks" to it. It's a set that looks GREAt using a monochromatic scheme or like I did for this card in just black and white.
All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Always
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Shimmery White and Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, black grosgrain, white grosgrain
That's it! I just love the classic look of this card! On another note, Stampin' Up debuted online ordering this week. You can place your orders through my Stampin' Up website:
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/roamingstamper/ just click the shop now button in the top right hand corner. This is just for indivdual ordering right now. Club and workshop orders will still need to be placed with me for your hostess to get credit. However, that will change in the future making it much easier for hostesses to get those long distance orders!

Until later.....have a great Friday!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Happy Blessings

Ok, most people who know me know I love the fall. It's my absolute favorite time of the year. I enjoy decorating for the fall, I love the weather, and the colors of fall. Not that we have "real color" here in Texas but a few trees leaves change to yellow and occasionally even a tinge of orange. Most of all I think I love fall because my son was born in the fall. He was actually born the day before Thanksgiving. So, it's always been a time of celebration in our home. I'll never forget when he was about 10 and we were at a store shortly after Halloween and of course there were nothing but Christmas decorations everywhere. He looked at me and said, "what happened to Thanksgiving?" That's how I feel! Not that I don't think Christmas is important because it is but Thanksgiving...well, if it wasn't for those people coming to America in search of religious freedom who knows what our lives would be like? Ok, sorry for the little rant but you have to admit everyone overlooks Thanksgiving! When I saw the Holiday mini, I knew I had to have this set. First off, it kind of looks like my hearth and mantle in November! Secondly, I love the saying, "Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Fall, Happy Blessings, to one and all." Wow, that just sums it up! So shortly after I mounted this set, I started to work on my first creation. It's a cut out card and it wasn't easy but I do love the way it turned out. I just love all the colors, the pumpkins, the sunflowers, and of course the adorable scarecrow! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Happy Blessings
Ink: Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White
Accessories: Vanilla hodgepodge frame, natural hemp, self healing mat and hobby knife, Watercolor wonder crayons, aquapainter, pop up glue dots, dimensionals, sponges
Happy Fall everyone...it will be here soon...it has to be!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

It's a Stretch Free Standing Pop Up Card

Wow is that title ever a mouth full?? A few years ago I got a card like this in a convention swap. I was completely in love with it, so I took it apart and figured out how to make it. Now, there are directions all over the place (of course back then I didn't think to search for directions). Anyway, Stampin' Up! use to have some of these tall, skinny stamps that were perfect for these types of cards. We haven't had any in the catalog in over a year, so when I saw this set in the new catalog, I knew it had to be mine. I was excited to pull out the directions and do this type of a card again. A couple of things to note, the button on the top left side is from the new Button Boquet collection. The scallop rectangle on the front is made from joining three of the scallop squares to make the rectangle, how cool is that? This card also uses the yummy Sweet Always designer series paper. The colors were just perfect for this tiered cake! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: It's a Stretch, A Little Birthday Cheer
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Shimmery White, Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette reinker, Tangerine Tango reinker, Regal Rose Reinker
Accessories: Blender pen, dimensionals, square scallop punch, trimmer with scoring blade, chocolate stitched grograin ribbon, chocolate grosgrain ribbon, pink gingham, glue dots, white gel pen
On another note, a word of warning for anyone who uses Paypal. Today my Paypal account was hacked into. I was thankfully sitting at the computer as things "went down". A charge of over $1400 came through in a matter of minutes all coming out of my checking account. My hubby and I were on the phone immediately and online doing research as soon as this happened. Seriously, I watched as the emails kept coming through right before my eyes! If you have a Paypal account, I suggest a couple of things if you want to keep it. Change you password frequently, like every other week. In fact, change your passwords on everything frequently. If you continue to shop using Paypal, think about getting a security key. You can get more info on that on the Paypal website under security options. I still have some things to sort out with my bank tomorrow but I think it's going to be ok. Many other people have had this happen over the last few weeks, so don't think it can't happen to you. I am VERY careful about things, never click on links on emails, etc. but yet, it still happened. I don't want to scare anyone but please, please be aware. If you get an email from Paypal that a new credit card has been added to your account or your account information has been changed, DO NOT CLICK on any links in the email. Go to the Paypal website and log into your account and see what's going on. Then file a report online immediately and get on the phone and call them as well. It was quick action today that kept my experience from being worse. Until tomorrow.....

Friday, September 5, 2008

Eat, Drink, & Be Scary!!

So, my Holiday mini preorder arrived yesterday and I mounted my stamps and started to play with them today. The mini ordering period starts Oct. 1st, so I'm letting my customers know up front that I will be placing an order out of this catalog on Oct. 3rd. That way you can get your the Halloween stamps in that catalog before Halloween! I really love this set and although I just used two images from it. The other images are great as well including a tag that works with our tag punch that says "Eat, Drink, & be scary" and has the cutest little spider hanging down. Of course my favorite thing about the whole set is a spider hanging from a "thread" and the thread says "happy fright night to you". Just too cute! I used that image on the dark gray strip on the right. The one thing I love about this card is all the layers. This was a weekend sketch challenge and while I tend to do layers, this card has even more layers than I normally do. It's hard to tell from the picture but the black layer under the striped paper is distressed which really adds some dimension to the card. The gray strip is scalloped and popped up with single dimensionals. The main image piece is popped up even more with double dimenionals. Oh, and the kiwi rectangle...that was made with our square scalloped punch! Here's the details on this card. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Shimmery White, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Square Scallop Punch, Scallop edge punch, Cutter kit, Tangerine Striped Grosgrain, Kiwi Striped Grosgrain, Black Gingham, lots and lots of dimensionals

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Quick Card Thursday

I can't believe it's Thursday already. The weeks have been flying by. Today's quick card was super quick but looks like it took awhile to make. I love those kinds of cards! Yes, I know it's only September but with a little bit of cooler weather this week, I can't help but to start thinking about fall since it really is my favorite time of the year. This card uses a wheel for the main image and some great sponging to get the "sunset" behind the images. All products from Stampin! Up:
Stamp sets: All Holidays, Haunting Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Ghostly Greetings DSP, Basic Black, Glossy White
Ink: Black Classic, Black craft, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun
Accessories: Iridescent ice embossing powder, sponges, Tangerine tango striped grosgrain, Clips assortment, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesday Wow Card

Ok, so I know you are looking at this card and thinking what's so WOW about that. You are thinking, it's a nice card. I like the colors, love the Urban Garden paper, the scalloped edge is nice, butterfly is cute but I really wouldn't call it a WOW. It's ok to think that because the WOW factor isn't on the outside of the card. The WOW factor is when the person gets the card and opens it up and sees this:
Now who wouldn't say WOW when they open the card and see all these butterflies zooming around? Even my dear, sweet husband said WOW when he opened the card and he looks at my stuff all the time with a sideways glance. I created this card as part of a demonstrator challenge. I had a lot of fun making the card and have to say that I'll be making more! The inside "spring" was made but taking the 1 3/4 inch circle punch, punching it out and then cutting it around and around. Then you glue it into your card base. The one thing I found out when making the card is that you have to make sure your springs are too close to the edge and the items you put on the springs aren't too close to the edge or they want to escape out the side. I hope you'll create your own WOW spring card. If you do, post it in the comments as I'd love to see it! Here's the details on my this card. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Shimmery White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Urban Garden DSP
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, Pennant die for Big Shot (large scallop circle), 1 3/4 inch circle punch, scissors, dimensionals, scallop edge punch