Friday, July 29, 2011

Thank you for stopping by......

I just wanted to say thank you to those who have recently started "following" my blog.  I love that you've stopped by and enjoyed it.....I am new to the blogging world and haven't figured out how to reply directly to the I figured I'd just post a quickie here....Thank you and i hope you continue to enjoy and be inspired!

Also, I have had a few questions about the Designer Frames embossing folders regarding a crease line that shows up on whisper white - I did have this happen although you can't really tell in the picture of the birthday wishes card/envelope post.  I turned to our ever helpful demos on Stampin' Connection and they said that if you use only 1 cutting plate and a thicker shim with your BigShot you won't get that crease line.  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like it should work!  Good Luck

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Wishes

Happy Thursday stampers!  Today's creation is a little birthday envelope. Just mixin' up the traditional birthday card layout.   I used alot of fun products on here.....the new mini clothespins (how cute!), the Designer Frames embossing folders, the Four Frames Set(with co-ordinating Decorative Label punch of course) and the Petite Pairs set.  This would also work really well for a gift card holder, just attach your gift card where I have put the embossed frame...what about a little sucker attached to it for that special little person in your life - my kids would go crazy if I left them a secret little note with a lollipop attached!  I may just do that for our upcoming holidays - leave a little treat in their suitcases!

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by....hope you were inspired by something you saw here!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Some pretty butterflies

Hiddy ho Stampers! 

For this card, I was playing with the new embossing folders.  They come 2 in a pack and are little frames, I just love them!  I masked off the frame so I could stamp the En Francais inside of it.  I used my Beautiful Wings Embosslit and the punch from the trio pack.  I don't know what I'd do without my Bigshot, so many possibilities all the time!  The colors are Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze.  I've been playing alot with the butterflies lately and made a card the other day (by request of my mom) and forgot to take a picture of it, but it was covered in a rainbow of butterflies - it turned out great and I'm sad that I didn't take a pic to share with you.  So in my frenzy of butterflies, it inspired my sister and downline to make some of her own.  Check hers out at

Thanks for stopping by and I'm off to try and finish a cute project I am making for my youngest daughter, hopefully be back soon to share that with you.  Stay tuned......

Monday, July 25, 2011

Masculine Anniversary

This was the card that I made for my husband on our 12th anniversary (just last month).  He is an avid outdoorsman so this buck suited him well and the Newsprint DSP is so great. The buck image is embossed in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla textured cardstock Really quite a simple card, but I think he liked it.  Just a quick post today, I'm off and running........

Friday, July 22, 2011

WANTED: People who want a discount on Stampin' Up Products

119 Starter Kit and Free Project Kit Promotion

Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Note Cards (20)
Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
Blender Pen (1)
Clear-Mount Block C
SNAIL Adhesive

It's always more fun to stamp with friends! The limited-time $119 Starter Kit is the perfect choice for the lover of Stampin' Up! products.   This kit includes over $200 worth of products including some from the new Idea Book and Catalogue.  As well if you choose to take advantage of this in July, you will receive a Christmas Keepsake Kit for FREE ($50) value.   If you sign up as a demonstrator, get your amazing starter kit, start receving products at the demonstrator discount of 20%, you will never have to do another thing if you don't want to.  There is no pressure to hold workshops or get sales - it's completely up to you.  You will have a big box of all kinds of new things to play with and will enjoy the continued discount on all future orders as long as you decide to stay active.  This is only available until the end of July and I also have a "special" surprise for those who take advantage of this already amazing offer.  You will also get to have access to my Stampin' Up meetings with other demonstrators, you'll receive a Stampin' Success magazine full of great ideas on a monthly basis, you will make new friendships with others who share your love of papercrafting.  Contact me today if you have any questions and would like to get your items shipping right away!

PS:  Here is the keepsake box that you will receive and I will get one also when you sign up today!

More Faith in Nature

This set is just so pretty, I can't stop trying new things with it.  This one is done with watercoloring on Stampin' Ups great watercolor paper.  For all those who say they can't watercolor, you've got to try it on this paper with the blender pens - it's fool proof really!  I always envied my sister's ability to watercolor and now I just do what she does and it turns out beautiful everytime.  I've also used the new mini brads, just for that perfect little accent.  The colors are Lucky Limeade and Peach Parfait, with a a little crumb cake for the shadowing.  The flower also has some smooch on it, just a hint of bling and the new Striped Embossing Folder, I really don't know where I'd be with my embossing folders, I just LOVE them.  Stampin' Up really has outdone themselves this year, because I am in love with just about everything!!

Have a great weekend, sounds like we may even get some summer.   We have a nephew getting married tomorrow, so the family fesitivities have already begun.  I am hoping to get away from all the craziness just for a few minutes today to get a wedding card made.  Isn't that bad......a whole room full of possibilities and I wait till the very last minute to get the card made!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Faith in Nature

This was last week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I really love having a sketch in front of me to inspire me, sometimes it ends up looking just like the sketch and other times it takes on a completely different look - either way they are a great source of inspiration.  This is using the Faith In Nature hostess set and it's so beautiful.  For this card, I clear embossed the pear image and then used the resist technique with my sponge duabers over top.  I also got to use my Tasteful Trims die to make that nice big scallop edge.  You can make your own rick rack with it as well, think I'm really going to love using that one.  Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake are the two main colors used.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Top Picks

So last Saturday a bunch of local demonstrators got together and had a fun stampin' day together and I unfortunately, couldn't make it.  DH had a prior committment and no babysitter left me in a pickle, so I couldn't get there.  But I was able to participate in the card swap that we all did (18 of us!).  So I am going to share with you my top picks.  This first one is from one of my downline, Joanne, I just love the little flowers and the color combo - thank you Joanne!

This one is also from the newest addition to my little stampin' family - Dorothy.  It's just so bright and cheery and I'm so glad she got to go and have fun with lots of other demos!

I just love the color combination that this demo chose, Wild Wasabi being one of my all time faves!  You can check out her blog at

This card is made my April Galbraith and I loved her layout on this card and the colors, (Rich Razzleberrry and Baja Breeze) I never would have thought to put those together, but it looks beautiful.  She has used the letterpress plate, I still have to give that a try and the little flowers again, I LOVE little flowers!  Thank you April.

And last but not least, is Cristina's card.  I can always count on Cristina for a beautiful creation, love her vintagy (if that's a word) style.  And you can never go wrong with pink and brown.  You can check out her creations at

Thank you ladies for all the great inspiration!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Aviary and Nursery Nest

Todays' card is made with quite a few new items, just had to try them all!  The Aviary set is not new, but the Nursery Nest DSP that co-ordinates with it is.  I just love that everything is already co-ordinated for me.  I am a matchy-matchy girl, so it just works well for me.  The two little frames are new and they are mini-versions of the regular ones - I LOVE them!  They come 2 in the package so you get them both, they work well for a frame just on your card front or for cutting out like I did here.  The brads are the new Lucky Limeade polka dot brads - these come with all the new in colors and of courrse, I love polka dots.  Really there isn't much I don't love about this new catalogue.  I also used the Tiny Tags and the Jewellery punch for the "hello" greetings. 

Today is the rainiest July day I think I have ever seen!  My dh took the kids out this morning to his mom's for a visit, so I got to spend 2 hours, uninterrupted in my workshop!!  It was great, I just love having that time alone in there.  So I managed to get a couple of creations made to share with you soon!

Happy rainy Saturday and maybe you can find some time to play today!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sending a little sympathy

This card was made using the Field Flowers set and the Four Frames and the idea is from the Idea Book and Catalogue as well.  I said it the other day too, but this year's ideas really are amazing.  I have bought certain stamps, just to make the projects shown in the catalogue.  Of course, I added  my own twist, and used my own color choice.  It is a 2 step stampin set which was fun to play with - adds so much more depth to your stamped imaged.  I am loving all my new things but there just aren't enough hours in the day and lately or as usualy I am up to my armpits in alligators!!!  Creating something is a little getaway from reality for me, I can go up to my workshop and the rest of the house disappears, unless of course, the "little" alligators follow me!

Take some time this weekend to do something you love, for you.  Refresh your mind, renew your spirit and go crazy with some stamps and ink! Enjoy

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Easy Events

Here is another super cute and easy set to use.  It's called Easy Events and has 8 stamps, one for every occasion.  I just colored with my markers, added a little embellishment of some kind and had a quick card.  This set is so easy to use as simple, but you could also step it up and add some layers of designer paper, some ribbon and so on.  I am nearing the bedtime mark in my house and the stamp room is calling my name....who cares that the laundry is too!  It can wait till tomorrow, I need some alone time with my stamps!

Hopefully see you back here tomorrow with some amazing creation!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Button Buddies

Well, here it is, the long awaited Button Buddies stamp set.  I am in love with this cute, versatile little set.  It was alot of fun last night, when I got home from work and my box of all my new toys were waiting for me.  There is so many beautiful new things that I can't wait to play with.  I took these cute little 3X3 cards straight from the Idea Book and Catalogue.  This year's designs are so inspiring, there sometimes is no use in re-creating the wheel.  When short on time.....just CASE it!  These are simple, yet so, so cute!  I have paired them with the new greetings set called Petite Pairs.  They each have 2 stamps that match for example  "sending a kiss" matches "to make it all better".  Just perfect for the inside and outside!
Thanks for stopping by and if you don't have your new catalogue yet, then just contact me to get your copy - you honestly can't live without it!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Birthday

My daughter is off to a birthday party today and her friend likes to make cards and scrapbook, so what better gift than her own kit with everthing she needs to create a few fun goodies!  We used the new Flirtatious Designer Paper from the fabulous, new Idea Book and Catalogue!  You can view it online at or contact me for your copy - host a workshop and its free to you!  The colors in this paper are just perfect for a "tween".  We made some pre-cut cards, decorated the tin and included buttons, ribbon, flowers, brads and some stamps so she can create her own masterpieces!  The flowers on the tin are the paper daisies and we dyed the smaller one to match our paper.  It was so easy, peasy to do with the re-inkers - just took some drying time. We created a box out of 2 12X12 pieces of cardstock - that was simple too.  ( I had received a baby gift in one from one of my downline and kept it as a template - thank you Joanne)   It was alot of fun to spend the time with my daughter creating it together - I love that she loves to be in my workshop with me, hopefully it will be something that we will share for years to come.

On another note, I held my annual garage sale of my retiring items today, it was busy, busy this morning, but there is still a fair amount left.  I have stamp sets, ribbon and paper mostly.  Just send me an email if you want to have a look at it, or I can send you a list of what stamp sets I have.

Have a great long weekend!