Monday, November 5, 2012

An Ornament Share ... Uncle Sam??!!

 I have 2 seconds before dashing out the door for work tonight!  I'm working the overnight shift tonight, into Election Day, so I thought I'd look festive!

I made a pin using the Ornaments Framelits and some punches.  Check out Uncle Sam!!  (Do you recognize him??!!)

Punches Used:  1 1/4" Round, Mini Round Punch, Curly Label (moustache), Large Tag.  I used the Googlie Eyes left over from Halloween and some silver and red glimmer paper to jazz it up! 

The Blue "glimmer" paper is silver that I colored with the Pacific Point marker.  It wasn't dry so you can see the blue mark on his cheek/beard where I smeared!  

I attached a pin back to the back of the ornament that I doubled up for strength.  
Duty calls!! Gotta run!!  Leave me a comment!


Don't forget to vote tomorrow!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

No tricks ... just treats!

Tuesday night was my annual Halloween Treat class and I had a lovely group of ladies attend!  We had lots of fun and there was certainly enough chocolate!  I bought out the stores and made a goody bag for each lady to fill their treat containers, plus extra!!!

Here's photos -- no time to post details but I will say that most of my ideas came from Stampin' Connection (SC).  SC is an online, invaluable resource to me and all Stampin' Up! demos when I need ideas for a specific card type, stamp set, paper, holiday, etc.!  This was no exception! 

Check out my photos!

 I used multiple stamp sets and I'll probably forget one or two:  Monster Munchies,  Googly Ghouls (my fave!!), Toxic Treats, last year's (but still current) Wicked Cool, and the hostess set, Mixed Medley.  Oh yes, I also used Perfectly Preserved and the Cannery framelits for my "preserved spider 3x3 card that you see!  

Thanks for stopping by!  


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Frosty Friends!

Hi People!

I'm back again -- so much stamping that I haven't had time to post!  I'm participating in a stamping "Boot Camp" right now so my drill sargeant is pushing us to get organized and share with everyone!  Yep, the business opportunity, stamping in general with all of it's fabulous health benefits, etc.  (Yes, I firmly believe that a hobby is healthy for both the heart and mind!!)

I met with my upline yesterday and she encouraged us to participate in Mary Jo's Sketch Challenge.  The challenge was even greater because we (my upline and 3 other demonstrators besides me!) all had to use the Frosty Friends stamp and choose a patterned piece of paper (preferably different but that didn't end up being a requirement as Marilyn and I both chose the same one unknowingly!) from the Festival of Prints pack.

I really love this Frosty Friends stamp set.  It's one of the single stamps available in the "not so mini" Holiday Mini Catalog until the end of December.

Here's Mary Jo's Sketch:


Here's my version/interpretation of the sketch:

I flipped the sketch and made my card more horizontal than the sketch above.  The little jewels in the corner are our jewel rhinestones that I colored with a red sharpie.  I love that I can match my jewels and pearls to any color scheme!  The finishing touch was the snowflakes, cut out with the new Snow Flurry Bigz die and the silver glimmer paper. 

Want a closeup view?!
You can almost see the glittery snowflakes in the air (Dazzling Diamonds is my friend!) and on the hats, trim, etc. 
Thanks for visiting today!!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

I Figured It Out!! Wonderfall is Wonderful!!

Well, I planned to have a tutorial for everyone today, but I discovered that my planned tutorial was NOT the best way to use the stamp set and die!  I bought the Wonderfall stamp set and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  The Autumn Accents die is a die with 4 fall leaves and an acorn -- it's beautiful!  The maple leaf may be symmetrical, but the other leaves are not, so it's important to line up the stamps.

I had already tried perfectly positioning the leaves and then hoping for the best as I CAREFULLY lowered my inked stamps.  That worked about 30% of the time!   

I then thought that I'd cut out a bunch of leaves, perfectly positioning the paper, then stamp THROUGH the stencil I made onto a 2nd sheet, and once again, perfectly position the 2nd sheet of c/s to run it through the Big Shot, and voil`a ... the leaves would magically be in the right place!!  Well.... it still didn't work so great!  So... I had to come up with another method. 

Method number 3 was the keeper for me!  I LOVE my stamp-a-ma-jig!  Here's what I did:

Step Number 1:  Cut out your leaves using the Big Shot and your chosen cardstock (c/s) color.  I used Very Vanilla since I'll be stamping my images on the leaves after.

Step Number 2: Stamp your leaf image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet.  (As you can see, my SAMJ gets lots of use.  There are certain wood stamps that I use all the time so these are stamped with Black Staz-On on the absolutely clear side of the sheet -- the other sheet that has a bit of "texture" to it is the side that I use with my classic inks that I remove in between uses).  Anyway, I've stamped the image on the sheet and then I place my cut-out leaf BACK INTO the stencil.  This way, the leaf isn't going to move and I have the inked stamp heading right where I want it too!

Step Number 3:  Here you see that I just finished perfectly stamping the leaf.  By keeping it in the stencil but cutting it out first, it doesn't slide around so it sees the ink EXACTLY where I want it too!

Here's my finished card.  It's heading out in the mail this morning since I participated in a swap.  This particular swap was to use the colors More Mustard (my card base and one of the leaves), Tangerine Tango or Pumpkin Pie (I chose Pumpkin Pie -- for my large oak leaf), and Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso (I chose Early Espresso for my Core'dinations Card Stock mat, as well as for my maple leaf -- the acorn was stamped using a combination of Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip so I used markers to color the stamp).  I used the Tiny Tags stamp set for my little sentiment hanging on the Baker's Twine, and the Bronze Button was the perfect ending accent!

Here's a closeup of the card:

Thanks for joining me today!  Laura, you should see your card in about 3 days! 


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Stamps:  Wonderfall (128084 wood or 128087 clearmount), Tiny Tags (118091 wood or 118952 clear)
Paper: Very Vanilla c/s, Early Espresso Core'dinations c/s (127848)
Embellishments: Early Espresso Baker's Twine (123124); Brushed Bronze Button (127833)
Tools: Big Shot (113439) and Autumn Accents Bigz die (127812), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049); Jewelry Tag punch ( 117190)


Friday, September 14, 2012

A "Tail" of Two Cats!

I've been very tied up these past few weeks, preparing for the new school year with 2(!) teenagers in high school now!  On top of that, I just finished painting my daughter's room for her birthday present!  Now, this week, my family came from NY and Virginia to visit and celebrate Lyndsey's 17th BD, and we tore up all of our wall-to-wall carpet upstairs!  The good news is that there was hardwood underneath, in very good condition!  These reasons all add up to not a lot of time to post on my blog!  I'm back though! 

The title for today's post gives away the theme of my cards: cats!  I have two cards to share with you.  They're both so fun in their own way!!

I  made the Hello Kitty card out of punches for Lyndsey -- she ADORES Hello Kitty!  Isn't it so cute?!  It's primarily made out of the oval punches, both the wide oval and the retired small oval punch.  The bow is from the 1/2 inch and bitty round punches, and the ears are the retired butterfly punch.  The cute whiskers are from another retired punch-- the slot punch.  You could easily cut little scraps for whiskers too though!

This cute card above is the new Frightening Feline individual stamp from the holiday mini catalog.  Don't you love the evil gleam in her eyes?!  It's the Rhinestone Jewels, colored with an orange sharpie marker!  The paper, although it doesn't show up true to color in the above photo, is the gumball green cardstock -- it's my all time favorite green!  Love it!! 

I matted my image on the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  I really love the patterns to all the papers in this halloween package -- this chevron design is very chic right now!  Oh, and the ribbon is the new Basic Gray Striped Satin from the mini catalog.  I embossed my feline with gumball green embossing powder so she'd show up nicely against the Basic Black cardstock. 

The Tangerine Tango c/s really brings out the eyes, don't you think?! You can see the evil eyes even better in the picture below:

In case you're wondering, this picture below has the backdrop of my beautiful new hardwood floors behind it!  We pulled the carpet up to find the floors in brand new condition (except for the edges!  Still pulling staples and puttying in spots!)  Can you believe that this gem was hidden below our carpet for 12 years?!

I hope to share more fun cards in the next few days!  Although you haven't seen much of my work lately, I've still been stamping and holding nearly weekly card classes all summer!  Anyway, that's all for today!  Stop by again and please leave a comment for me!

Supplies (for "Halloween" card only):
Stamps:  Frightening Feline (128105)
Paper: Cardstock: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango; Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (126906)
Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 127837) , Heat Tool, Gumball Green Embossing Powder (128981), VersaMark ink.   (non-SU orange sharpie marker).


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Case to the Holiday Catalog Ornament!

I always thought that I would grow up to write a book someday ... the title of my post today sounds like a mystery waiting to be solved! Alas, that's not what I'm writing about today so I'm sorry if I led you on!! LOL!

"Case" is an acronym that means "Copy And Share Everything". That's the heart of Stampin' Up! You see a sample, it makes you want to imitate the creation to come up with something as good or better than the last sample you made! I just loved the cover of Stampin' Up's new Holiday Catalog (It starts tomorrow friends!!) and I set out to make one similar to share with you!

I had all the materials that they did ... the Holiday Ornament framelits (did I mention that I can preorder all of these goodies as a demonstrator??!!), the Ornaments Keepsakes stamp set, the silicone sheet to make hot-gluing a cinch, my score board, the new Cherry Cobbler tulle ribbon...
Here's what I created!!

To make this ornament, you need to stamp 20 large and 20 small ornaments, then individually cut them out with the coordinating framelit.

I stamped the large round-ish ornament in Old Olive, and then stamped the smaller oblong ornament in Cherry Cobbler.

This is perhaps the most time-consuming step of the entire ornament. I probably should have invested in a second set of framelits, and if I attempt this again, I quite possibly will! I can always "gift" the second set later, right?!!

I've given this tip to my class-members when cutting out stamped images with the framelit. If you don't want your framelit to move (after you've gone through all the trouble of stamping!), you should have a small pad of post-it notes next to you. You can re-use the same post-it multiple times (it does wear out eventually!) but you ensure that your stamped image will be perfectly positioned when you cut it out. This is especially important with the use of my Big Shot (LOL!) -- the cutting pads have been in use for 3 years -- they're marred and cracked and warped, but refuse to break, so I don't want to ruin another pair (although I have 3 sets of back-up pads waiting to be used!!).

You then put your ornaments in each size in groups of 4 -- you'll score 3 of the 4 ornaments right down the middle on your score board, and set aside the 4th ornament of each group. The non-scored ornament will serve as your back or base to the other 3 ornaments.

Adhere the other 3 ornaments that are scored together, 1/2 back to 1/2 back to 1/2 back (does that make sense?!). Check out my photo below.

Adhere the 3 united ornaments to the one non-scored ornament to make a 3D ornament that you'll attach with the other grouped ornaments.

Phew! Sounds complicated but it's really not!

I'm not going to show the last few steps in the interest of time, but I'll talk you through it. (I don't have the other 16 + 20 ornaments stamped or cut out yet, and I didn't think to take pictures throughout the creation of the first one!!

You will also need to cut a 1" x 12" strip of designer paper (I used the new Candlelight Specialty DSP that's in the mini!) that you're going to score for your center rosette. I scored every 1/2", but you could do bigger or smaller increments. The width of your paper before scoring is what determines the size of the rosette. If you did a 2" x 12" strip, your rosette after assembling would be 4+". The depth of your rosette is determined by how closely your score lines are made. In other words, if you don't want a "deep" or "too-raised" rosette, score closer together after you've cut your strip. Assemble your rosette. I've pictured a close-up view of my ornament and rosette.

Next, you need your hot glue gun (most immediate results but the other glues that Stampin' Up! sells would most likely work) and the new silicone craft sheet. When they say that the glued object lifts right off the craft sheet, Stampin' Up! was not kidding! I used my glue gun to adhere a bunch of the loops of embroidery thread (the cover ornament used linen thread but mine is MIA!) together. I made 6" lengths of thread into loops. Set them aside or wait for them to dry, then assemble your ornament.

You're going to lay all 5 sets of the large ornaments on your new silicone craft sheet. I squeezed a good dollop of hot glue into the center, then started laying my ornaments side by side, uniting them in the center of the glue by the tops of the ornaments.

After that had sufficiently dried, I then cut small pieces of the new tulle ribbon. I think I may have been stingy -- there wasn't need for that since there's quite a lot. The width is 3 1/2" , and I probably cut five 2" lengths, then bunched them together in a cone shape. I tucked them in between each set of "petals", and then glued them in place.

I then also tucked in the smaller grouped ornaments. I didn't set them up as I did the first bunch, meaning that I individually glued each group to the larger ornament. I think if you look at my close-up view of the ornament, you can see what I mean by that.

Lastly, I added my rosette to the assembled ornament, laying it and "squishing" it on top. I accented the rosette with the new Vintage Faceted Buttons (love them!) and an extra-large pearl. I added a long length of linen thread ... yep, it showed up at the end! I glued that to the back of the ornament. To be extra sure that the ornament would stay together, I punched out a large circle of cardstock and attached that to the back of the ornament, gluing my hanger thread behind it.

That's all! If you have a few hours, it's worth the wow! Have fun!! Don't forget that the new holiday catalog goes live tomorrow!! If you don't have one yet, contact me and I'll get one into your hands ASAP!! I'd love to be your demonstrator if you don't have one yet!


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Stamp Set:Ornament Keepsakes (Wood-Mount 128048, Clear-Mount 128051)

Paper: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (126901),
Whisper White (100730)

Ink: Old Olive (126953), Cherry Cobbler (126966)

Cool Tools:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (127816) Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334, Silicone Craft Sheet (127853)

*You can also order the ornament framelits and the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set as a bundle, saving you 15% (that's $8 off the clear set plus framelits, and $10 off the wood set if you buy the bundle! Wow!!)

The Perfect Touch: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577),
Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (127841)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Layered Labels!!

Good Morning All! I'd love to say that I have some pictures of my open house this past week, but I think I was too preoccupied, flitting from guest to guest, to take any photos this year! It's so wonderful to get together with my wonderful friends, many who can't make it to classes, to visit and talk Stampin' Up!

I managed to get several samples done, most notably for my card classes for the next 6-8 weeks! Yay!! It feels so good to be that far ahead of the game! This spring, I barely got the samples done for the weekend before my Tuesday classes. Now, it's just a matter of measuring my samples and prepping for the class before the date arrives! That's what I'll be doing for tomorrow's Layered Labels class.

The Layered Labels stamp set is new to the 2012 Idea Book, and coordinates beautifully with the Apothecary Accents Framelits Collection. Here's the photo of tomorrow's class:

Although I can't find it now, other than in my Favorites file on Stampin' Connection, the baby card on the right was inspired by Anne Hile. (This isn't the last card of my stampin' classes that you'll see inspired by Anne! I love her style!).

This is a closer view of the card. The colors are perfect for baby!

The card in front is another sample that I tucked immediately into my favorites file on Stampin' Connection! It's just tweaked a TINY bit from Heidi Baks. She's another stamper that I love to case! Don't you see why?! Here's a close-up view:

My Wedding/Engagement card was totally inspired by Lynda Fraser. You can see her card here. I've always wanted to do make the hearts that look like a bride and groom using the Scalloped Heart embosslit and the Full Heart punch. That's another sample I've seen on Stampin' Connection, although the main idea of this card jumped from Lynda's sample.

I'm pretty sure that the last card was designed by me for a swap group that I'm a part of, but for the life of me, I can't figure out which swap or when! Maybe I just designed it to use the Floral District paper -- love the Daffodil Delight/Lucky Limeade retro pattern, and you should all know by now that yellow is my favorite color!!!!

I scored the paper on the diagonal using the new diagonal plate for the Score Board. What a great technique as long as one can add right! I'm finding that if I don't use the markers, I'm frequently doing math on this board! Keeps me sharp, right?!!

Don't you love my messy bow?! If you know me, you'd be impressed. I had to work hard to crumple my Daffodil Delight Seam Binding to achieve the "carefree and mussed" look! I don't usually do distressing or messy!!

If you're in the area, my card class is Tuesday night, 7 p.m. at my house, Lynnfield Massachusetts. I'll have all the paper cut and scored, except what I'd like you to learn to do on the Big Shot! Cost is $20 and I'll have kits available if you can't make it!

Let me know if you'd like a kit -- I'll even mail it to you with all the paper you need to remake these cards yourself -- I'll send a Paypal invoice which will include the $5.00 for shipping to you.

If you'd like to join my monthly card club, you can come to my Technique Class and one of my $20 card classes for FREE! Contact me for details -- I'm filling up my next card club now, to start in August!

Link Shop Now:

Stamp Set: Layered Labels (Wood-Mount 127070, Clear-Mount 127072), Betsy's Blossoms (Wood-Mount 126004, Clear-Mount 126006), Petite Pairs (Wood-Mount 122495, Clear-Mount 122497)
Paper: International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (126920), Floral District Designer Series Paper (126919), Pool Party (122924), So Saffron (105108), Lucky Limeade (122926), Daffodil Delight (119683), Midnight Muse (126843),Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: So Saffron (126957), Pool Party (126982), Midnight Muse (126860), Old Olive (126953), Soft Suede for sponging (236978), Rich Razzleberry (126950), Lucky Limeade (126984), Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Cool Tools: Full Heart Punch (119883), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies (127003), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (115964), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809), Little Leaves Sizzlits (114511), Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586), Stampin' Sponge (101610)
The Perfect Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246),Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon (125583), Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (126845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pennants and Pinwheels!

I wanted to design a fun class for my ladies using an adorable swap card I recently received through SSUS from Laura Lipe. Laura used the Floral District paper to make a fabulous pinwheel card that my ladies all ooohed and aaahed over! Well, one thing led to another and I decided that "Pennants and Pinwheels" was an extremely catchy and fun class title! So ... I had no problem coming up with pinwheels (and I still have oodles of ideas!). The trouble was that I didn't know what to do for the "pennant" part of the card class! Petite Pennant builder punch and the Pennant Parade stamp set to the rescue!

The card on the back right is Laura's card -- it used the Floral District DSP. The pinwheel squares are 2" square -- I made the mistake of case'ing it and figuring the size based on the measurement of the diagonal! Don't do that! Way too big!!

On the left, you see some remnants of my Big Top DSP (retired, but you'll see it again next week in my "Pop Goes the 4th on the 2nd! card class) The sentiment uses the Curly Cute stamp set -- this card was case'd from Stampin' Connection -- a cardmaker named "Donna" (sorry -- no more info than that!). The stamp set is Sweets for the Sweet.

The simple card in the front is cased from the new catalog -- it's on page 44 with the featured Pennant Parade stamp set. I didn't have the Made For You stamp set (that comes tomorrow -- yay!!), so I used the fabulous Bring on the Cake stamp set for my sentiment. This card was made to fit the small open-end envelopes that I think must have retired.

(Maybe tomorrow I can measure one and figure out dimensions so that you can make your own envelopes with the score board!)

Did I mention that I love my class ladies?! One of them looked at this card and said that it was the perfect size to use as a gift card and insert some fun cashola into! Now why didn't I think of that?! It just took a new cut and another score line to develop the card into just that ... a fun cash enclosure gift card! The paper was 6 1/2" square originally -- scored at 3 1/4" on one side. Instead, I cut my paper at 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", then scored it at 3 1/4" and again at 6 1/2 " -- perfect to enclose the cash!

Well, that's it for today! Time to prepare my room for Open Stamping tonight! Check out my calendar on my Stampin' Up! web page if you're interested in attending any one of my fun card classes and events!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Father's Day Tool Chest

Yep, the Sunday after Father's Day and just getting this post up! I found the tutorial from Lori Heiller here. It matched one of the cards I did for my Father's Day card classes. (BTW, the gorgeous African Violet in the background is one of my mom's prize flowers. She has such a green thumb and the flowers, inside and out, are a treat to behold!)

The stamps are from the Totally Tool stamp set that just retired. Since my dad, my brother, and my brother-in-law are all woodworkers, it was the perfect set!

The best part about the tool chest is that the drawer opens up to uncover a surprise!

Isn't it adorable?!

Stamps: Totally Tool
Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White c/s, plus misc. colors for card piecing of the tools. (Card uses Island Indigo c/s).
Ink: Black Staz-on

Have a wonderful day and hug the ones you love!!


Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer Silhouettes Sketch Challenge

Good Friday morning all!

It's been so long since I've posted that I don't think I'll lack for post material for at least a couple of months! So ... I'll start backwards!

I'm part of a group called the Sensational SU Swappers (SSUS for short!) -- I participated in a weekly sketch challenge and thought I'd share my creation with you very quickly.

Here's the sketch -- part of Taylored Expressions Weekly sketch challenges which look to be no more. In the meantime, I have about 150 weeks of sketches that I hope to NOW participate in/complete!

Without further adieu, here's my take on the sketch.

The beauty of a sketch challenge is that it gives you a starting point, but it in no way dictates how the final card will or should come out! I can use whatever stamp set I like, whatever paper, whatever color combination, and even whatever shape I'd like. The sketch should look similar to the final product, but is basically a "jumping off" point.

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Comfort Cafe DSP; Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit c/s
Accessories: Big Shot and Paper Doily Sizzlet L, 3" Circle Die; Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon; dimensionals (or "bump it ups" as my card class members refer to them!!)

Have a wonderful rest of the day! I'll be back tomorrow with my Father's Day project for my dad!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My "Pretties" Card Class

I had a bit of trouble coming up with the name for this week's card class (tonight is actually a repeat of last week's class) but pretty is exactly what I think these cards are!

I made up a combination of Mothers' Day/Wedding/Baby cards for this class -- 5 cards in all. For the lady that is without a mother, the sentiment for the Mother's Day Card could be substituted with any other sentiment.

Check out my cards closer-up:

The first card here is one of my wedding cards. You'll see that I used the diagonal score board for a lovely background. The sponged background around the card serves to antique and soften it a bit. Don't you love the butterflies?!

Card number 2 is a bib card. This card is so easy to make now that I've figured it out! I cut out the first circle with a large scallop circle die, making sure that I left 8 scallops on the fold (if you place your scored line, the folded card inside the die-cut area, it leaves your fold intact). I then cut a 2nd circle out of whisper white with the 3" circle die. To make the bib, I used the 2 1/2" circle punch and made sure that I had 3/4" remaining on each side of the punch on the fold. This will be tough on your punch -- it's hard to punch through 2 layers of cardstock but it can be done!

Card number 3 is my onesie card. I cased this card from Ilina Crouse. (My full-size card turned out too blurry to share.) After Ilina had her baby last fall, she made a bunch of onesie cards as thank you notes. Other than changing the sentiment to "welcome baby", I didn't really change too much other than the snaps at the bottom of the card. Isn't it so sweet?

Card number 4 is my 2nd wedding card. This card will be the wedding card for Bob's cousin's wedding the end of this month! I just love the unblemished white look. The 2nd view is a close-up of the card -- I embossed the white butterfly from Nature's Nest with a concocted mixture of white and iridescent ice embossing powder. I'm so sorry you can't see the sparkle to appreciate how lovely this butterfly is! I wanted to use just the iridescent mixture but it didn't show up enough at all against the white. The vellum butterflies and the vellum background scallop circle was a sweet touch too, I thought.

My last card is one that you've already seen I think, so I'm just sharing a close-up view. We made it at my Cape weekend -- my upline brought that as her shoebox swap. It was so beautiful and detailed that I figured, why reinvent the wheel?! If you can't figure out the small flowers, they're one of the flowers from the Mixed Bunch stamp, punched out with the Boho Blossom punch. Neat, huh?!

*Just a couple of notes: The Mixed Bunch stamp set and Baby Prints are being carried over from the mini catalog so you can still get them if you missed out the first time! The satin ribbon from the bib card will be discontinued with the present catalog -- I guess, alternatively, one could use Seam Binding for the card! Hurry to order any retiring stamp sets and accessories you may want before May 31st!

That's all for today. I'm going in to work this morning for an award luncheon to celebrate my Clinical Nurse IV award. That's as high up on the clinical ladder that one can "earn" at Beth Israel. It took many months (it actually took me 7 years to complete my portfolio!) to finally finish the whole process and work up the nerve to go before the panel of nurses on the committee! Phew! So glad that's behind me!

If you're in the area (north of Boston), or if you'd like a card kit for $20 (not including postage if I send it to you), please leave me a comment or an email! Visit my Stampin' Up! demonstrator website on events to see everything that is included when you come to one of my classes!

Anywho, thanks for visiting me today!! I love you all!