Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Halloween Workshop Projects!

Last night I spent a wonderful evening with my friend Lisa at her home with family and friends! Thank you Lisa! Boy, we had a good time playing with my stamps, and even made the best of it when I had forgotten the brown ink for my owl and he had to be Staz-On Black! Yikes! Anyway, we discovered that the owl was a very big part of her life right now as there must be an owl mascot at Brandeis University where her daughter is now a student! How funny to see that owl pop up!

Anyway, here are the 3 projects we made:

This is the first photo. We used the Jack of all trades stamp set for this card. Notice the little bit of bling on his hat? The ladies loved the bling! We had sparkling teeth, eyes, hats, you name it! I didn't think of all that! The "spooky" from the Wicked Cool stamp set was stamped in Versamark on the orange c/s -- pretty sure that was Tangerine Tango although "Jack" was stamped in Pumpkin Pie. I was going to use black satin ribbon across the middle but discovered late yesterday that I was running low, so I embossed a black c/s strip with the Spiderweb folder -- that worked too so I could demonstrate our fabulous Big Shot!! The paper is Fright Night -- I never did purchase any of the Pick your Poison paper but I'm not quite sure why -- I think the rat on one of the pieces of paper turned me off!!

Project number 2 was a matchbook -- I used the hostess stamp set from the mini catalog -- we stamped the autumn wreath in Tangerine Tango and then colored in the leaves. Then I (not we!) stamped the owl in Soft Suede and popped him up! Isn't he so cute?! Inside, I stapled a pack of M&M's -- yum!

This was kind of project number 3. Above is actually my hostess gift -- a small 3x3 box filled with 3x3 cards like the one above (all different -- pumpkin pie c/s, black, concord crush, old olive, etc.), each stamped with a different character from the Batty for You stamp set. I demonstrated the embossing technique with the "Ghostess with the mostest" stamp set which I thought was entirely appropriate for my hostess!!

Well, gotta run and prepare for this weekend's open house! If anyone lives around here and wants to host a party with me, call me! I'll come up with some more fabulous projects!! And if you're around on Sunday afternoon, come check out my Holiday Open House! Can't wait to share with you all!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Spooky Invitation!

I recently had a request for a Halloween Birthday Party Invitation! What fun!! It was for a 7 year old girl and I definitely saw something on Stampin' Connection which started the wheels turning! I'll tell you right now -- the outside was definitely cased from someone!

I recalled seeing the Out on a Limb little witch being used for the front of a card and I fell in love with her! Well ... so did my client! Check out this adorable card ("IMHO", as Jan Tink always says ... "in my humble opinion!" LOL!) So, here she is!

The base of the card is Basic Gray c/s. I took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Concord Crush cardstock and used my Big Shot to cut out a 3" circle with that die. I then put a So Saffron square behind the open circle. I stamped the trees and "branches" (same stamp, just horizontal) from the Out on a Limb stamp set, stamped my broom, used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp my witch on the broom, and was done! Well, done with the one ... only 19 more to go!!

I used My Digital Studio for the inside elements of the card (with a tiny bit of stamping!). Party Time II was an update released this summer -- I really like this one! Oh yes, and the bat punch is retired but how can you not use a bat punch at Halloween?!

I used the "Haunting Celebration" stamp image from the Party Time II MDS update for the top, the "for/when/where/RSVP" for the left side, and then just inserted text (whited out for privacy of course!). I'm finding that playing with the MDS program is very fun and it gets easier with practice. What I also discovered though, is that I get instant gratification when I order a stamp -- bonus!! I can go online, order the stamp or the update, and it's "automagically" delivered to me so I can use it the same day! Wow!

The stamping took me minutes inside -- the spider web from Wicked Cool, and the spiders from Out on a Limb.

I hope you all have purchased My Digital Studio! There's a special hostess download that can be used for hostess gifts, baked gifts for friends and neighbors, etc.! Gotta have that! Check it out!

This kit includes:

  • 10 Designer Series Paper patterns
  • 4 new punches exclusive to this ensemble
  • 36 piece stamp brush set
  • a variety of embellishments
  • 2 greeting card templates
  • 1 postcard template
  • templates for tags, labels, boxes, and a banner
Seriously people, it’s a lot of stuff. It will be perfect for all your holiday parities! But what I really love about this ensemble is that the templates, punches, and Designer Series Paper patterns are so versatile that you are going to find uses for it all year long. Don't forget though -- it's only available to hostesses, so contact me if you want to have a party!!

Anywho, thanks for stopping by! I'll have more to share tomorrow I hope!!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card-Making Day!

We had a wonderful time at our Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event in Dracut Massachusetts today! There were several demonstrators there: Selene Kempton (organizer, Stampin' 411 operator, lovely and so generous lady!), Tami White (# 1 in SU company and such a neat person!), Marilyn San Clemente (my upline! my mentor! my friend!) to mention a few. Here are some photos (just a few):

Selene, with her husband, who helped her out ALL DAY! She was very busy calling out raffle numbers like a Bingo Operator -- so many fabulous raffle prizes donated by demonstrators, friends, and local businesses!

There were 5 different cards that people could make. So organized! The cards were super-lovely! I wish I had a picture of the table flowers! All made with paper: Flower Die Cuts using the Big Shot, the Flirtation Doily Specialty Paper, etc.! So cool!

People were swapping! I forgot and ran out of time to make my swaps with my nursing schedule overnight last night! Great time to meet other people with the wonderful passion for stamping AND sharing!

The inside of Harmony Hall in Dracut, MA -- this hall was donated! What a great space!

Can you see some of the samples against the wall in the back?! No end to the creativity shared!

Of course, since the event WAS for "Stampin' Out Breast Cancer", the color of the day was pink! These lovely ladies were spotted by the Fashion Police and awarded the "spirit award"! (I might have made up the name of the award, but you get the gist of it!) Do you notice that even the exit signs appear to be pink? Not sure if that was an accident or not, but too funny!

Besides pizza and water, one of the local party places donated this cake and these cupcakes! Don't they look lovely? I think my flavor was pumpkin! Yum!

Well, I took 146 other pictures, but they were mostly swaps and samples. I guess you'll have to come next year (October 6th, 2012) to see what fun we had!!


Friday, September 30, 2011

Faux Mother of Pearl Technique Card!

Hi all! I finally got around to completing my card for a challenge put out by Sharon Fields (Created by You). She does Saturday tutorials weekly (I wish I could even blog weekly!), and challenged her readers to also try the Mica Flake Faux Mother of Pearl technique. Of course, I LOVED her project! She did both a card and some jewelry (which some lucky reader -- hopefully moi! -- will win!).

In Sharon's samples, she used the silver glitter paper -- since mine was in transit but I had the red glitter paper in my stash, I chose to do my technique using the red paper. I used the Easy Events stamp set and made this a quick and cute, easy to share, Christmas card. It's missing something -- maybe gold brads? I did spray it (the completed card) with some of my homemade shimmer spray though so it's ultra-sparkly!

A close-up view of the Faux Mother-of-Pearl

So, just like Sharon taught in her tutorial, I cut my sticky sheet to the same size as a scrap of Red Glitter paper. I peeled off the protective layer, stuck the sticky to the glitter paper, burnished the back of the sticky sheet and peeled off the second layer -- then I carefully poured some of the Mica Flakes onto the sticky sheet and consequently, all over me! -- they're extremely staticky! I sanded off the excess Mica Flakes, again getting the flakes all over me, and then sponged on some Real Red classic ink, removing the excess ink with a paper towel. I didn't see the need to seal the paper, although a spray sealant could work.

Stampin' Supplies: (click on the shopping cart to connect to my store!)

Easy Events
Paper: Whisper White and Real Red c/s, Red Glitter Paper, Sticky Pages
Ink: Black Staz-On, Real Red classic ink to sponge on the faux Mother of Pearl strip, markers.
Embellishments: White Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, my "homemade" shimmer spray (I mixed shimmer paint with alcohol, following a formula I found online), mica flakes.

That's all for today! Tomorrow I hope to share some pictures of the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Morning Cup in Mocha Card Class

This is this week's card class: 3 cards and a 3D card-sized tea envelope.

Personally I love these cards. Most of them were a re-take of cards in the present Idea Book and Catalog. I love showing different ways of viewing cards in the catalog -- it doesn't just show the stamp sets, but the limitless ways to use these stamp sets for cards, 3D items, scrapbook pages, etc!

I guess I don't have an inside shot of the tea envelope, but it has 2 scallop envelopes on the right side, cut with the Scallop Envelope die. I sized one of the envelopes to hold a gift card from Starbuck's or D.D's. The top can hold a tea bag! I love the flocked specialty paper!

If anyone lives in the north Boston/southern NH area, please feel free to RSVP for Tuesday night's class! I'm doing a 2nd class on Wednesday morning if anyone needs a daytime class!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Field Flowers!

Hi all! I went to a fabulous luncheon on Thursday, hosted by a new and dear friend, Donna Centamore. I met Donna about 2 years ago at another Stampin' Up! function, hosted by Barbara Lash, who ALSO happened to be there this week! We had been communicating back and forth after becoming somewhat "blog buddies", and I told her I wanted to be invited to her next luncheon! She was good for her word, and my invitation came a few weeks back. I needed to prepare a shoebox swap, so this is what I "swapped":

It's another side-step card, and I've fallen in love with this kind of card! So simple now that I know how to do it! I used the Curly Cute stamp set with the Field Flowers, and the background stamp is "one of the french ones!" (Shh, it might be retired!). The paper on the side, which you can barely see in my lighting, is one of the Soft Suede patterns from the Neutrals stack.

Here's a view of our yummy lunch ... before we all dug in!

Come back later this week to see some of the other swaps I got to make at this luncheon! Oh yes, did I forget to mention we had CHOCOLATE?! Yum!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Something to Share!

Well, I've been terribly busy these past 2 weeks with company, both friends and family! It's been wonderful, but hasn't left me any time to create and share with you, my friends!

This morning, I was looking through a past issue of Stampin' Success, the magazine that I receive monthly as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. In this magazine, there are business articles to help me promote my business to you, my customers and friends, but there are also fun ideas of cards and other projects that I can show you to promote the products from Stampin' Up! This particular issue was showcasing the new In Colors that were introduced July 1st of this year, and I'm in love with all of them! The project was a cute little birdhouse, which I made today to share with you. I made this one in Island Indigo which is a beautiful blue color that reminds me of the island waters away from the Carribean (not quite as light as the Pool Party island waters, but deep and blue and vibrant).

On our demonstrator website, there is a place where we can get templates for cards, scrapbook pages, and other fun projects. This birdhouse was #23 from the template library.

I couldn't make the birdhouse exactly as they did in the magazine as I don't have the Flexible Phrases stamp set, so I chose the Pendant Park stamp set. I embossed the "hello" and the beautiful border at the bottom of my birdhouse with VersaMark ink and Silver Embossing powder. My flag pole is pathetic since my flowers were already attached and I had to work around them, so please don't look at that! LOL! The bottom trim beneath my embossed trim is from the In Color 2012 Color Stack. I love the In Color stacks especially! There are 4 pages each of 2 different patterns in each of the 5 colors. (I love the other stacks too, but there are only 2 pages of the 2 different patterns to equal 4 pages of each color -- I run out too soon! LOL!)

The cute little flowers are from the Itty Bitty Punch collection: I punched them out of Whisper White c/s, then inserted a small blue brad from the Regals collection. Ideally, I might have used the In Color brads to match exactly, but they were a bit large for these flowers.

Anyway, that's my quick share for today! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 9, 2011

You're Invited! Stamp Out Breast Cancer on October 1

Good Morning Friends,

I and a team of other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have been waiting FOREVER to share this event with you and we've finally put all the finishing touches on an event that is going to be AMAZING!!

You are cordially invited to the SECOND Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event. This is a very special event in that, ALL supplies are donated by demonstrators and friends. This means that EVERYTHING that we collect for the fundraiser goes straight to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Charity. We couldn't be more excited!

This year's event will be held in Dracut MA, at the GORGEOUS Harmony Hall. It is a historical building that was actually moved up Lakeview Avenue. Then, it had a major restoration. It sits beautifully preserved at 1660 Lakeview Avenue in Dracut.

There are two ways to Participate. Register under "event registration" and come and join us to make these 5 projects for your $25 donation. Register ONLINE and save $5.

If you cannot make it for any reason, you can make a donation to "directions only" and for your $20 donation, you will receive the instructions to recreate these gorgeous projects.

To do either, click here.

Here are more details about this very special event.

All supplies for the projects you will be making, have been donated. Therefore, 100% of your donation is going to Making Strides. We will also be selling raffle tickets for items to be raffled off during the day. There will be lots of stamping loot and maybe even gift cards raffled off (we are still working to get more raffles). All raffle proceeds will also be donated to the Making Strides. Last year; our first year, we raised over $2,000!!! We were so excited! Enjoy munchies and be inspired Display Boards with lots of great project ideas.

  • Donate an item for our Raffle and receive an extra entry for the grand prize! There are two Grand Prizes for the raffle this year. A Big Shot and a basket with supplies to recreate the projects shown including the two stamp sets as well as many other fun things.
  • Interested in some great card ideas? Participate in our Stampin Up Only Card Swap. Design one card using Stampin Up supplies and make 10-20 copies of that card and bring them along that day. You can swap your card design with others at the event for copies of their card design! You may also bring more than one design and swap multiple designs. You will go home with lots of great card ideas in hand!! Full cards only please. These cards should reflect your best work. Clean lines and straight layers. If you would like to label your card with your name, please do that on a post it note inside. We would all like to be able to use the cards after.
  • Donate one of your swap cards to the swap basket and it will be donated to the cancer center at Lowell General Hospital. You could win a prize for your generosity. And last but not least - Don't forget to wear Pink!! The fashion police will be on patrol and handing out surprises!! We hope to see you on October 1st!
Your Stamp Out Breast Cancer Team,

Barbara Kupfria
Christine Miscia Crutcher
Diane Giarrusso
Jeanne Nielsen (me!)
Joanne Cardone
Judy McCullough
Kathy Doucette
Lisa Fuller
Marilyn SanClemente
Priscilla Grunes
Regina Maginnis
Selene Kempton
Tami White

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Step It Up Saturday with Field Flowers!

Good morning all! Today I'm initiating a new series that I hope to do on the first Saturday of every month. I got the idea from Gretchen Barron. If you have a minute, you should google her site and check out how she steps up her cards! She's very talented!

Anywho, back to the subject at hand ... I made 3 cards, each one a little (or a lot!) different than the previous one. I used the Field Flowers stamp set for all of my cards.

The first card is a very basic, nearly CAS (clean and simple, which is usually only 1 layer) card.

I matted the vanilla card stock with my image on Concord Crush card stock (c/s) and attached it to my Wisteria Wonder base.

The sentiment from this set is stamped in the corner in Concord Crush Classic Ink. That's it! Nothing to it!

My second card is a bit more involved: more layers, more punches, more popped up. Usually, that's all one needs to do to take a card to the next level. Add another layer of card stock, pop up your image or parts of your image, with dimensionals.

If you look closely at this card, you can see that I layered the "stamens" of the flower. I also used my Color Spritzer tool and my Soft Suede marker to give the card a bit more depth.

The sentiment is another stamp from the Field Flowers set -- after stamping it in Concord Crush on Very Vanilla c/s, I used my Large Oval Punch to punch it out. I used my Scalloped Oval punch and some Concord Crush c/s scraps to mat my sentiment.

Oh yes ... don't you love the butterfly? It's from the Beautiful Wings embosslit, and I use this one a lot with my flower stamps! Love it!

Now, for my card with the ultimate "bam power"! (Remember the toothpaste commercial? He brushes his teeth and the result of the fresh mouth is the "BAM"?!! That's this card!! LOL!!)

I won't lie ... this card took me a while! So many details to talk about here!

First, I stamped my Very Vanilla c/s with a retired French Script background stamp and Crumb Cake classic ink. I thought I had the current En Francais stamp, but alas ....

I didn't want to make the background stand out, so I made sure that I pressed very lightly when stamping (*I usually lay my large background stamp down on the table, bring the ink to the stamp rather than the stamp to the ink, and then bring the c/s to the stamp, if that makes sense!) I then used the a la carte Elizabeth stamp with Soft Suede classic ink in my corners. Pretty, huh?!

I next stamped my image with more classic inks (this applies to all the cards): Always Artichoke for the flower stem, Concord Crush for the petals, Soft Suede for the stamens. Once again, I stamped, cut out, and popped up my stamens!

What about my c/s mat? Well, I embossed the Concord Crush c/s with the Lattice Embossing Folder and my Big Shot. Let's see ... what else? Oh yes, another c/s layer -- I punched a strip of Wisteria Wonder c/s with the Scalloped Trim border punch that I layered just under the Very Vanilla c/s and my image.

After all that, the only thing left was to embellish the card further. I used my Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit to punch/emboss a few more butterflies. The last thing I did was adhere a piece of Sticky Strip to the bottom of my page, cut a (longer) length of Crochet Trim, and haphazardly adhere it to the sticky strip. A quick bow, again with the crochet trim, accented with one of my Vintage Brads, was all that was left to add!

One last peek at the three cards together:

Sorry! It's not a great photo, but you get the idea!

Thanks for joining me as I "stepped it up" today!


Friday, September 2, 2011

New Mini Catalog -- Live Yesterday!

Good day to all my friends!

The 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog is now live!! It runs from September 1st to January 3rd.

A few things you might want to look for:
*New Hostess Program
*Simply Scored Board
*Great new autumn paper and a matching stamp set, fabric and coordinating buttons!
*1"x8" Cellophane Bags (for pretzels, gum balls or other treats)
*Mini Jingle Bells
*Dear Santa stamp set and a matching Stocking BigZ Die
*Stiched Stockings and matching Stocking Builder Punch and "Stitched Stockings" stamp set
*Peekaboo Frames and a 1" Square Punch (plus my favorite, a Christmas Countdown Stamp set)
*New Holiday Personalized Name Stamps

I love all of the new products! Click on the catalog image above to be connected to my store and all of the great products in the catalog. Better yet, if there's something in there that you like, PLEASE call me for a catalog and I'll mail it right out or drop it off to you!

Now, for a quick card share -- this card is for my dear daughter, Lyndsey, who turned 16 today!

Lyndsey and Chris on their first day of school, 2 days ago

Lyndsey's 16th BD card

I wanted to do something special for Lyndsey's card, and the gorgeous Spice Cake paper from the holiday mini catalog just "screamed" special! I used the stamp set, Array of Sunshine. It's available to hostesses with a $150 party. Call me to schedule one today! I'll help you get this new set ... and more!! For other details, I think the stamp set for the sentiment was Perfect Words, another Hostess stamp set. The original sentiment was "On a scale of one to ten, you're an 11." Well, she can't be an 11 on her 16th Birthday, can she??!! So, I used the Billboard alphabet die to make a "16" (it's a modified "a" and an "i") out of the Pool Party paper, and attached it to vanilla card stock, punched out using the 3/4" oval punch. I'm very ingenious, aren't I?! (Or is that "in-Jeannious?" LOL?)

Close-up view of Lyndsey's card -- there's a lot of dimension going on here!

One last thing -- tomorrow I'm starting a new blog series called "Step-It-Up Saturdays". Check out my 3 cards, all using one stamp set, but each a little bit different: a basic, an intermediate, and an all-out "bam" card!

Hope you come back to visit tomorrow!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dressing for Success!

Good Morning All!

I was checking out some of my favorite blogs this morning, and stumbled across Pals Paper Arts and their challenge of the week. Sometimes I need inspiration and a challenge to get to my projects, and this challenge was just the one to get me blogging this morning!

The challenge is titled "Dress for Success" -- the "challengee" is supposed to use one designer paper, one punch, and one sentiment on their card. I've been working on cards for my September classes, and decided that the card below fits just the mold!

I used one piece of Designer Paper -- but also paper-pieced the coffee pot and mug. Don't you just love the new Mocha Morning Specialty Paper?! Some of the pieces are flocked or shiny, while there are some regular two-sided designer sheets as well.

My punch is one of my favorite punches to use to jazz up a card -- the scallop edge punch. I believe this was the first edge punch that Stampin' Up! developed, and boy, do I use it a lot!

I firmly believe this sentiment -- of course, if there are errors on this post, it's because I'm still sleeping!!! LOL! The image and sentiment are from the Morning Cup stamp set.

Clear Mount Stamp
120489 Wood Mount 116988

Here's one more close-up view of the card I made. You can see I popped up my image after I stamped it in Black Staz-On ink on my paper and hand-cut it out.

If any of my class-people recognize this card, it's because I've advertised it as part of my Morning Cup Card Class for September, but that's another post that you'll have to wait for!

Here's What I Used (click on the shopping cart to be connected to my store!):

Morning Cup Stamp Set: Clear Mount Stamp 120489 Wood Mount 116988
Mocha Morning Designer Specialty Paper; Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla C/S
Black Staz-On
Tools and Embellishments:
Paper Snips, the Stamp-a-ma-jig (my favorite tool of all times for perfectionist moments!), Crumb Cake Seam Binding, the Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals (to pop up my image).

Now, to go get that cup of coffee I be needin'!!! Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Card Class next week and ... My Snowbuddy!

Hi everyone! I'm back!

I enjoyed a few weeks, on and off, in New York with family and friends, and in New Hampshire, with friends! What a wonderful reprieve from the everyday struggles of figuring out something to cook for dinner and taxi'ing the kids to their various activities!

If you live in the northeastern part of Massachusetts (or even west or south if you feel like coming for a class!), I'm holding my Pretty Postage Card Class next week:

Pretty Postage Card Class, August 2011
Dates and Times:
Monday evening, August 15th, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday morning, August 16ht, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (also Open Stamping time!)
Tuesday evening, August 16th, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (again, also Open Stamping time)
Wednesday morning, August 17th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

$20 per person -- includes all paper cut and scored, envelopes, my instruction

*You must RSVP (you can go to my website and click on events and RSVP through the RSVP tab on the date of your choice, or you can email me at Please bring scissors and your own adhesive to class.

I bought the Snow Much Fun stamp set several weeks ago as I absolutely adore snowmen! I'm not sure if it was the preorder in June, or during the month of July when the new catalog made its appearance, but regardless, it took a while for this set to see ink!

I'm pretty sure that this card is self-explanatory, and I'm pretty sure it's not going to be a stamp class as the card itself took quite a while to complete! Lots of cutting and layering went into it!

I used the new Textured Impressions Stripes Embossing Folder with my Big Shot to make the "picket fence" -- after embossing part of a 4"strip, I used my Scallop Edge punch to make the pickets.

After that, it was just a matter of stamping the various images with Staz-On ink onto my white cardstock. It may or may not show in the closeup photo, but I used the white shimmer paper to stamp my images for a bit of glimmer and shine!

Closeup of the cut card

I knew right away that I wanted to use the new Pool Party cardstock color to make this card. I love the look of the Tulip border using the Tulip Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. If you look at the stamp set, I definitely did some rearranging of the images. For one, I snipped the ornaments off of the tree -- I liked them, but what a pain to cut around! The little birdie sitting on the fence is actually a part of the tree image -- it was perched on top of the tree but I decided I wanted one perched on the fence! That's the beauty of cutting out your images: you can definitely change the look!

The last thing I did was glitter up my tree to make it look like snow on the branches. I had a denser snow look in mind, but this works too!

Supplies: (click on shopping cart to shop now!)

Snow Much Fun (wood: 122560, $2 7.95; clear: 122562, $19.95)
Stampin' Up! White Shimmer, Pool Party cardstock
Black Staz-On
Other Supplies:
Big Shot, Framed Tulips and Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Two-Way Glue Pen, Markers (Pool Party, Garden Green, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Basic Gray).

Anywho, thanks for joining me for a little bit of "cool art" on this humid day in August!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Guess What I Got in the Mail?

A week or so ago, I got my 3D swap from Jamie Adcock, a military wife demonstrator from Japan! Wait till you see the photos! I got so many ooh's and aah's from all of my stampin' customers that made it to my Open House last week! You'll soon see why!

Here's a couple of photos:

Yep, that's the whole set! A matching card and envelope, 3 3x3 cards that were inside the little purse, and the purse itself! But wait ... there was more! She said that her kids helped her pick out some Japanese candy for me to sample! Yum!

Here's a close-up photo of the handle that she braided with ribbon -- I'm guessing it was satin ribbon but it might have been our retired grosgrain too.

Here are the 3x3 cards tucked into the adorably adorable purse!

Here's the standard-sized card -- I think you can see the gorgeous envelope in my top photo since I obviously missed it in this one!

Don't you love the Paisley Petals DSP? I certainly do, and I sold a few packs after my customers viewed this swap! I think Jamie told me the template for the purse was available for purchase from Becky Roberts on her Inking Idaho blog if you're looking for it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fancy Folds Fabulous Florets Stamp Class

Good morning all! I sure do hope everyone's been able to stay cool!

Right now I'm halfway through my whirlwind visit to upstate NY. My family and I visited my husband's family in Jamestown NY for a few days at the beginning of the week. On our way out of town, we stopped at Niagara Falls! It truly was lovely but I think we chose the hottest day of the year to visit! I'll have photos later, but unfortunately I forgot my camera/computer cable. We were ready to leave but Christopher really wanted to visit the Cave of the Winds first -- thank goodness he talked us into that! It was the best part of the whole visit! When you pay for your tickets, the cost includes a disposable raincoat and sandals. You take an elevator down 175 feet, and then you walk out on this deck and stairs at the base of the falls -- wow! Did I say "WOW?"!! We were totally soaked but so totally refreshed by the end of that trip! How amazing is our world? No "man" could ever create something so awesome!!

Well ... we're now visiting my parents for a few days -- this afternoon, we plan to drive to Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I don't know that we're doing the museum this trip, but Lake Onandaga and the town of Cooperstown is just lovely too. My parents live about 10 miles outside of Cooperstown. Did I tell you that my first nursing job was in Cooperstown and that the Hall of Fame day is a paid hospital holiday?! I offered to work that day (25 years ago now!), but realized that the only reason it was a paid holiday was because that was the only way they'd find people crazy enough to come into town that day if they weren't going for the baseball!!!

I just wanted to make sure everyone is planning to attend my newest class, the Fancy Folds Fabulous Florets stamp class! Say that 5 times fast! What a tongue-twister!

This class features 4 cards with the Fabulous Florets stamp set. If you're around the weekend or weeknights of July 31st/August 1st and August 2nd, feel free to email me to reserve your place in this fun class! The cost of the class is $20 and includes all paper cut and scored, as well as the envelopes of course! You will definitely want to purchase this stamp set and one of every color family designer paper pack when you finish making these fun cards! If you want to purchase the tutorial, you'll need to contact the creator, Chat Wszelaki at Me, My Stamps and I.

Hope you can make it! For more information, check out my website for dates, times and location HERE.

Stay cool everybody!


Friday, July 22, 2011

More Big Shot Swaps, Part 2

Here's the second group of cards from my Big Shot Swap with Dawn's U Stamp with Dawn and Friends group. So many neat ideas:

2 of the cards are a bit self-explanatory. The card on the left is so bright and cheerful with it's summer colors! She punched out the flowers using the new Triple Blossom Punch, adhered it to the squares and mats, and then embossed the whole thing with her Big Shot and the Square Lattice Folder. The red mat underneath was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder. So fun!

In the bottom right corner, we have a gorgeous easel card. I've made them with square layouts, but I never tried it with our Scallop Circle die! I will now though! So easy! Maybe that can be a class down the road ...

The last card is also very beautiful, but I took a couple of extra photos of this one so you can truly appreciate it's beauty and how it's made! This demonstrator used the Scallop Oval Frame die to make her main image, but adhered it to the top/middle of the card so that it opens very uniquely! Love it!

Check out these other images very quickly:

Thanks for stopping by again!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

U Stamp Big Shot Swap Cards, Part 1

Just a quick post while I'm gone for a week or two on my summer vacation! I got these Big Shot swaps in the mail on Friday! I was part of a swap that was sponsored by U Stamp with Dawn and Friends. I was a guest designer in their group last Christmas. Now, I'm happy to participate in their swaps!

Check this photo out:

I never use the Bold Butterflies die but I love it for these two cards! The smaller card in the forefront used this die, sandwiching a small note card between. Then, she used the Beautiful Wings embosslit to make the smallest butterfly on the front. Adorable!

The back butterfly card is gorgeous in it's simplicity! Black is elegant as it is, but with a clean image, there's sometimes nothing more elegant!

Don't you love the bright birthday card?! It's so fun and summery ... and it uses almost all of our new incolors for 2011-2012! The card itself is Lucky Limeade, with an embossed Lucky Limeade layer on top. Then there's the Calypso Coral that's matted with Island Indigo. The sentiment letters are all colored in with the new markers. I figured out that the sentiment comes from the Bring On the Cake stamp set. Luckily for me, I just got this in the mail this week! It was one of the stamp sets that I chose as my free set based on my sales from Sale-a-bration this past year. I LOVE free stuff!! Oh yes, and there's one more smaller sentiment, also from the same stamp set, stamped on the Wisteria Wonder card stock.

That's all for me today! Tomorrow I'll have more swaps to show you!