Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Card Ideas

People are always asking me where I come up with ideas for cards. My answer? Everywhere! I went shopping with a friend the day before her surgery and we saw some really cute pillows. So we took pictures of them and I came home and made a card. We also took pictures of sweatshirts. She made cards from that idea. I see cards in framed art and cards make nice framed art too. Anywhere you see can be a card.

Here's a picture of one of the pillows and the card I made from it. Now I need to order more crystal brads.

To see more of my ideas, check back here. Even if I'm behind on my posts, I will eventually put something up.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sweet Treat Cups

I'm really liking the new Sweet Treat Cups (item # 116802)that are in the Holiday Mini from Stampin' Up! They're 2 1/2 inch plastic half cups with adhesive attached. They're perfect for adding goodies to a card or a page. You'll find them on page 7 of the Holiday Mini. You get 12 of them (so lots of playtime) for just $2.95! The link to the mini is on the right hand side of my blog. We made a card with them this month at our Stamp Club. Ours has a bookmark inside so you can get the candy out without tearing up the card. So it's prefect to give away and then they can eat the candy, use the bookmark and still have the cute card to look at.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


When I first got my Big Shot, I cut out tons of the Top Note. It's perfect to make frames or bag toppers. Then I found myself totally in love with the Scalloped Envelope. It's the perfect size to tuck in a little note on the front of a card, put a small journaling note or even fold into a cute little box. Then I moved on to the large scallop circle, Box #2, and the pop-up die. All of these are my favorites. I can make more boxes, a dress, a tree, a ball, a sucker, a cute baby gift. Then along comes the Holiday Mini. It, of course, has new stamp sets for the holiday season. Then I find that there's a new die for my Big Shot....a Build a Bear. Also has clothes and more. So now I find myself addicted to dressing little paper bears and using them on all my crafts. Check out the new little cheerleader bear. Isn't she darling? Her pompom is from the Daisy #2 die. Be on the lookout for more bears in the upcoming week.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Regionals here I come

Today's the day. I leave for Regionals this afternoon. My swaps are done. OK, most of my swaps are done. I did cut some cs and such to make another swap when we get to the hotel. I couldn't decide what daisies and what centers to use so I made 3 kinds. I'm looking forward to hopping in the pool at the hotel tonight and going to the seminar tomorrow and seeing tons of new ideas. Can't wait to share them with all of you when I return. Saturday September 19 is my Open House. We'll be making a card with the Build a Bear dies. Plus lots of cute ideas using the products from the holiday mini. IN the meantime, I've been playing with the Decor Elements Definitely Decorative collections. I bought the rolls and ran then through the Big Shot using the Daisy #2 die and added them to my mailbox. Isn't it cute? It's right in front of my house and you can see it when you come by next time.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy September

I can't believe it's September already. I posted a picture of some lovely mums I saw at the farmer's market. SO, no, those aren't mine. This year was not a great year for growing much of anything. I only got 2 batches of tomatoes from my plants this season. Oh well, it'll be better next year. I'm getting ready to head off to Regionals next week. I'll be bringing some swaps home to share with everyone. I'm taking the card we made at club with the Daisy #2 flowers and the glitter covered pop up glue dot, a few 3 D items made with the Big Shot and maybe one other card if I get cracking in the next day or so. We'll see. I'll post some pictures in the next day or so along with an idea for the Sweet Treat cups in the holiday mini.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stamp Club August

We started a new session of Stamp Club for Monday evening. This month's hostess was Donna. These are the cards we made at club this month. The Daisy card uses the Big Shot die Daisy #2 and features a glitter center. I've been really liking the Medallion background stamp and I loved sharing it with the group too.



Let me know if you'd like to make one or both of these at your workshop.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Horde No More Update

This Saturday is my Horde No More sale. You'll be able to find card kits, cut card stock and instructions from previously held classes, and scrap maps. I also have baggies of ribbon, single sheets of paper, 6x6 paper packs, eyelets, brads and other doodads. I have collected drawers, baskets, bags, and carrying cases full of stuff. Most of which I bought and never laid eyes on again. Cleaning my craft room has been like going shopping. I found lots of cool stuff that I want to use and some that I wonder what the heck I was thinking about when I bought it.

My home 10 am- 3pm Saturday August 1st. I will provide drinks for shoppers.

A couple cards for a swap

I'm not going to Stampin' Up!'s big convention this year. So I signed up for a swap with other demos that also cannot go. Just wanted to show off the ones I made. We may make 1 or both at a future Stamp Club or workshop. The Asian Artistry (hostess level 2) uses the reinker spread technique and features a cute ribbon technique that I really like....the tabbed ribbon. Sometimes all you need is a little piece to show it off. This is a great way to use all those little pieces you have left. The Animal Stories(#116716-$15.95) card features the wax paper resist technique. Instead of crumpling the wax paper, I ran it through the Big Shot(#113439 $99.95) using a Texturz plate from the Backgrounds I (#114512-$11.95)set

SU! decided to go back to the once per year Idea Book and Catalog. So, again, it runs from July 2009-June 2010. Book a workshop and see all the cool new stuff.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Adding more to Horde no More

Well, I'm back. I now have a whole boxful of goodies that I bought to scrap with. These aren't from Stampin' Up! but they too have been collected and never used. So go through your scrap stuff and see what you need. The only things I have that aren't going are adhesives.....I use those. Scrap stuff that going in the box: hardware (I have little heart, key and misc charms), clips, 3-D stickers, flat stickers, glitter stickers, rub ons, fibers, ribbon, punches, etc.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stamp Club Projects- July

We had our Stamp Club meeting on Monday July 13th. Our club meets once a month (for 6 months) and we make 2 projects, swap 2 cards, eat, chat, learn new techniques and have a good time. We're looking for 1 more person to join the new session from August- January. We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month. 7 pm, my home. I'm also looking to start a daytime club starting in September or October. It would be during the day and include lunch. The day has not been chosen as of yet but we will work with what works for the members. If you are interested in either club, let me know ASAP.

Here are the cards we made at July club. I really love the dress card idea. I CASE'd it.....thanks to whoever designed it. I've been having a fine time making them for all occasions. I added the purse (made with the round tab punch) as a coodinating accent. Yes, you're seeing a pop tab in the belt. The bird card is made with the new Asian Artistry Hostess set and features the new Polka Dot Ribbon in Melon Mambo.

I'm already in love with this year's In Colors. Did you know that all the In Colors have a matching polka dot ribbon and markers? I'm so excited to have them in marker form and not having to make my own with blender pens. In Color Markers are $17.95 for the set of 6 double sided (brush and fine tip) Item # 116329

Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Catalog

The new Stampin' Up! catalog is here. I'm so excited about the new things. I love so many things about this catalog. My Most favorite thing is that they have gone back to a once per year Idea Book and Catalog. I just didn't have the time to really fall in love with stamps sets when they came out with so many new ones all the time. I absolutely loooooove the new In Colors for 2009-2010. Here's the new colors and the new polka dotted ribbon. I have some so you'll have to come out and see how cute it is in person.

I made this card for my demo swap this month. I used the new level 3 hostess set 'The More the Merrier'. It has several of my favorite things (cupcakes, pumpkins, and snowmen). Colors in the card are: Kraft, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo for cardstock. I also used Chocolate Chip ink and markers. Plus Pink Passion and Orchid Opulence as accents. Just a touch of the Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon for a finishing touch. Do you like the plain or the polka dot background best?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June Stamp Club

Here are the cards we made at our June Stamp Club. The rose card features the Reinker Spread technique. It is absolutely gorgeous and the sparkle from the Shimmery White cardstock is stunning. The hinge card was inspired by Sandy Hancock. It's not a total CASE, but it's close. I was looking for a patriotic card for club. Sandy shared her card with her downline group, which I'm a member of. Thanks Sandy!

Every month a group of us meets at my home where we make 2 projects, learn new techniques, eat, chat and place an order. We each bring 2 cards to swap. I love seeing the cards we all make. I love watching how the newer members evolve and seeing what ideas the more experienced stampers come up with. We take turns being the hostess and get the hostess credits for that workshop. The hostess brings the snacks and we all get to try each others' recipes (or shopping skills). At the end we all take home 2-4 cards and an occasional 3-D item per month, a chance at hostess and all the goodies we get, lots of new tasty recipes, plus products of our own choosing. We'll be starting a new session in August and have space for you. Contact me for details.

30 Cards from 1/2 a Simply Scrappin Kit

I'm behind again but here are the cards from May's Stamp Camp. We made 30 cards; 20 standard size and 10 gift cards from half a Simply Scrappin' kit. We used Sunshine Garden which is now retired. We made a large assortment of cards and won't need to buy or make any on the fly for awhile. I have all the samples and 2 full kits left. So if you missed the class, let me know and we can get you a pack and instructions.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The end of this year's Colors

Well, it's the end of May. On June 1st the Last Chance list will be posted and it'll be your last chance to get your favorite stamp sets, accessories and this year's In Colors. I don't have the list yet but I do have all the info about this year's In Colors. Get them now, before they are gone.

Baja Breeze

  • Classic Ink Pad #111833 $5.95
  • Classic Ink Refill #111844 $2.95
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock #111352 $5.50
  • Striped Ribbon #111375 $9.95

Red Riding Hood Red

  • Classic Ink Pad #111836 $5.95
  • Classic Ink Refill #111839 $2.95
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock #111348 $5.50
  • Striped Ribbon #111374 $9.95

Tangerine Tango

  • Classic Ink Pad #111834 $5.95
  • Classic Ink Refill #111841 $2.95
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock #111349 $5.50
  • Striped Ribbon #111373 $9.95

Pacific Point

  • Classic Ink Pad #111837 $5.95
  • Classic Ink Refill #111840 $2.95
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock #111350 $5.50
  • Striped Ribbon #111370 $9.95

Kiwi Kiss

  • Classic Ink Pad #111835 $5.95
  • Classic Ink Refill #111842 $2.95
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock #111352 $5.50
  • Striped Ribbon #111372 $9.95

Pink Pirouette

  • Classic Ink Pad #111838 $5.95
  • Classic Ink Refill #111843 $2.95
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock #111351 $5.50
  • Striped Ribbon #111373 $9.95

  • 8 1/2 x 11 Assorted Cardstock #111347 $7.95

  • 12X12 Assorted Cardstock #111346 $8.95

  • 12X12 Assorted Textured Cardstock #111345 $11.95

    Designer Series Paper made with these IN Colors

    Color Codes:

    PPoint= Pacific Point
    BB= Baja Breeze
    KK= Kiwi Kiss
    PP= Pink Pirouette
    RR= Red Riding Hood Red
    TT= Tangerine Tango

    Textured Coverweight Paper $11.95
    114039 Rockabilly (Textured Heavyweight) (RR;KK)
    113993 Parisian Breeze (Textured Heavyweight) (BB)
    114038 Sweet Slumber (Textured Heavyweight) (BB)

    Double Sided Paper $9.95
    112042 Urban Garden (KK;BB)
    112041 Bella Rose (RR;PP;KK)
    113980 Candy Lane (PP;RR)
    113981 Bella Birds (PP)
    113966 Good Morning (PPoint KK)
    113975 Raspberry Tart (KK)
    112468 Sweet Always (PP)
    113978 Urban Oasis (KK;BB)
    112461 Washington Appple (RR)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lost and Found and New

Yeah! I found the camera. So now I can go back to taking pictures and posting. I will put some up later today or tommorow of the projects we'll be making at class this Saturday. We're starting a round of technique classes with a book of instructions so if any of you feel the need to make cards at 2 am (I have.) and you don't remember how we did something you can go to your book and look it up.

New! Stampin' Up! has Decor Elements stencils. Yes, stencils. You can use them to accent a card, stencil the wall, paint on outdoor furniture or any place else you've ever used a stencil. I used the Kind Thoughts Flourish small (# 116572) here on my wall. The stencils are in the Decor Element brochure. If you don't have one yet, ask and I'll get you one.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Break

It's Spring Break here and my daughter is home from school for the week. I have been scrapping and trying new layouts for pages and cards. She is a great help. I show her my ideas and get what she thinks. Anything she proclaims as "super cute" gets saved and will be demo'd at a class, workshop or club. Anything she vetos gets reworked. Sometimes just a color change or a different stamp is all it takes. I would love to share pictures this week but I have mislaid the camera. So today I'll just have to share something that was photo'd before the camera went MIA. My daughter in bed with the giant bear and her favorite member of the Winnie the Pooh family, Piglet.

We're doing some cleaning this week and then I will show you the cards we made at stamp club this month. Hopefully I will find it before my technique class on Saturday. We're learning some of the many ways to use Versamark. I still have a few openings left. Hope you can join us.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Decor Elements

One of the things that I really love about Stampin' Up! and their products is that I can completely personalize everything. Just because a stamp looks one way in the book doesn't mean it can't be used in a completely different way on a card, page or even a wall. The same applies with our Decor Elements. The first one I got is Life is Good so I put that up on the wall in our Rec room which is also the room I hold classes in.

This room is also the same room we hang out with friends in. We've held birthday parties, had family and friends over for dinner and my husband and his friends hang out and game there too. When I saw the newest Decor Elements sets that includes the dragon, knight and fairy....I knew it was perfect for us.

When I got the set in and I showed it to my husband....the first thing he said was this line from Shrek. It's just after he rescues Fiona (the princess for those of you who don't know) and she realizes that he didn't kill the dragon first. She tells him that's what all the other knights did and he says "....right before they burst into flames" and they pan to a smoky outline on the wall of a knight. So that gave me an idea that I just had to run with.

First I added the fairy next to Life is Good

Then I added the dragon under my pictures

Using craft ink and one of the stamps from Priceless....I made flames.

Then I added the knight a little off kilter....since I'm sure one doesn't remain standing when you've been roasted by a dragon. I used a sponge and Close to Cocoa craft ink to make him look smoky. I'm not sure that SU had that in mind but it fits us very well and I'm sure that he will get lots of chuckles for some time.

Maybe your idea is a bit different than mine but that's what I mean. You can completely make anything all your own. SU even now carries vinyl to make your own element using the Big Shot and dies. You can combine both to create your own style. Mix them up with Definately Decorative stamps or anything you want. Need help developing your ideas? Give me a call and we can work on something together.

Want to try a Decor Element but are a little scared to add it to your wall? If you pre order one (up to 13 inches) I will put it on your wall or wall hanging at your workshop. They're addicting. I keep looking for new places to put them. I already have a space planned in a corner of my bedroom where I read and have been considering decorating the bathroom. I saw one on a front door that was out of the world and a friend of mine wants to use some on her mirror as a cheap alternative to etched glass. Besides that, she can change it when she's tired of it. You can't un-etch glass.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bookmarks and Stamp Club

One of the things I really enjoy doing with my stamping is making bookmarks. I teach a kids class every summer and we make them, I go to assisted living centers and make them there too. They are easy and beautiful. Unlike a card, you can keep it for yourself and admire your work. Unlike a scrapbook page, you can take it with you. They make great quick and easy gifts too. I made these with one of my new favorite stamp sets. Petal Pizzazz (7 stamps, 2 step stamping, Definately Decorative...meaning perfect to stamp on walls, clothing and other fun stuff. Item #113417 $32.95, page 90 of the Spring/Summer 2009 IBC)

Want to make your own? Here's how:

First cut your paper. I like to use half a sheet of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 then cut into 4 strips 4 1/4 x 2 1/8. You can stamp them before or after you cut.

+++++++++++Note: This post has been edited and the dimensions adjusted to the correct ones. If you tried this before, the bookmarks were too skinny. Try again+++++++++

Then I snip the top corners with the tag punch or the paper snips.

Using the Scallop Edge punch, add a decorative edge to the corners.

Punch a hole for the ribbon using the horizontal slot punch.

Thread the ribbon through the reverse side, snip and tie.

Add final images to bookmarks. I used images from Flight of the Butterfly (10 stamps. 2 step stamping, Item #111564 $31.95, page 98 of the Spring/Summer 2009 IBC)

Finished. Beautiful. Simple.

Mine are shown here on Tea Party DSP.

Order the things to make your own bookmarks and get free stamps and accessories from the Sale A bration mini. Sale A bration goes on until March 31st. For each $50 spent, you get a free stamp set or accessory (we have a ribbon bundle or a pack of SU exclusive Designer Series Paper)

Check it out on my website:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Behind Again

OK, so I've been neglecting my blog again. We've had some amazing snow and I've been stamping and scrapping. One day we so much snow that I had to clean my car off with a broom so I could get inside to the snow brush.

Some of the cards have found a new home and others are waiting for you to come over and make some to match.
This one is from the Love You Much set and bundle special from January. We made it at the January stamp club.

This is one made for a demo only swap. It's the level 2 hostess set Rustic Rooster. I had to get it since the heritage of Reister is German for ruler of the roost aka....they took care of the chickens. I will get a lot of use from this set.

This weekend I have a Stamp a Stack Plus which includes 3 each of 2 designs plus 2 3-D gift items. Here's one of the 3-D items we're making. I've seen several of these out there and had to CASE the idea. There's still room so let me know if you're interested. The class fee is $15.