Friday, August 19, 2011

Meet today's card....

Bonnie - are you sitting down? What about you Tami???

Let me start off by saying - Spice Cake DSP - mmm, mmm, good! This paper is on my list to stock up and hoard!

Yeah - look at how pretty this card is!! Now, I'm not going to take full credit - I cased it from this card over on Maile Belles' blog. I think I changed enough up to make it not identical tho. I don't usually like to copy everything.

I did use My Digital Studio to print the sentiment in Soft Suede directly onto the cardstock. One great way to create sentiments that may be lacking in your stamp line up. Plus I like that I can print in SU colors to match!!! BONUS!

I just love the color combination and the overall patterns. This card just makes me yearn for about you???

Comments??? Anyone, anyone????

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I {heart} this day!

Today was Will's first day of Kindergarten! He was so excited to go, was happy to have his picture taken - by the front door. He clearly stated that he did not want me to take his picture by the bus. So, this was my lesson to him that he can't always have his way! Mamma get HER way on things like this....

Reason #2 that this was a good day....this card. I LOVE it! I will tell you that I could scream from the rooftop that the new Spice Cake DSP in the Holiday Mini ROCKS!!! I love the colors - they are so IN. I even have the new Spice Cake fabric and just need to figure out what I'm going to do with it. It's beautiful! I so love it that I would really like to have yards and yards of it! Seriously - that BEAUTIFUL!!! Back to this card:

The stamp set is Fallen Leaves ( I think that's the right name???) And yes, I did fussy cut those leaves and acorns. And yes, I do wish there was a die, but I managed, and most of you know that I don't mind cutting. See that paper a little closer? Cool - eh? I also used the new houndstooth embossing folder on just a portion of the sentiment piece, then used a sponge dauber over the top. Loving the houndstooth!

What do you think? Leave some comment love for me would ya??? That means you - Bonnie!!! :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

We had Christmas in July....

Christmas in July Card class that is! And today, I'm going to share the cards that we made so that you can see what you missed out on!!!

First up is one of my favorites - I just love the nostalgic look of these carolers in the A Christmas Carol set. I opted to only color the little boy. I wanted him to stand out among the rest - and it worked. He just looks like he's giving it his all!

I do think that next time I will use the music wheel in the background on this one! Is it just me tho - is the guy playing the bass a little on the creepy side???

Card #2:

Nothing really over the top here...but I do love the ruffled ribbon flirting out from under the sentiment section!

Card #3:

I was having a hard time incorporating that blue plaid that comes in the Letters from Santa DSP. I'm too traditional! In the end tho - I really like this card - almost the best. We used Irredescent Ice EP on the ornaments - it gave some extra pizzazz!

Card #4:

A little woodgrain, some snowflakes and a Merry Christmas!

Real stitching or faux? Faux it is! Some paper piercing does the trick on making it look really real!

Card #5

Clean, simple, and sparkly! Right up my alley - look ma - no DSP! OMGoodness and no buttons! What the....someone take my temp...I must be sick!

Sparkles on here were easy - some Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds. However, just hold onto your hats, because SU will have an even easier solution for this starting Sept. 1 - Dazzling Details!!! It comes in a little bottle - liquid for it. I think you'll see a lot of it in your future.

Card #6

Snowflakes stamed with Frost White shimmer paint - my stamp must have had some residual ink on it b/c it stamped a little on the Pink Frost White side???

That's all for today folks....Merry Christmas!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Finding Inspiration...

Do you ever have trouble finding inspiration? Today, this card was purely inspired by a pillow I saw on Pinterest. If you haven't jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet - it's a time sucker. But there are so many great sources of inspiration, you just have to be disciplined with the amount of time you are on there. Well, I have to be disciplined.....or I'm sucked right in!

So - for today's card - I found inspiration from this Crate and Barrel pillow I spotted on Pinterest. Pretty simple, yet pretty graphic in the same boat.

And this is the card I came up with:

I kinda like it - what do you think?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sending Thanks!

Here is a SUPER quick and easy card....

My lighting wasn't great on this card, it's much brighter in person really! But let me tell you how simple:

Cut your DSP a half inch smaller than card base, distress, and adhere to card front. Adhere ribbon strip to card front - this is the new ruffled grosgrain ribbon in Lucky Limeade. Die cut your flowers from felt - I always use a good quality wool felt because you won't end up with frayed edges. I stamped polka dots on the turquoise flower with white craft ink, but they don't really show. Sew the flowers and button all together with some bakers twine, attach to card front with glue dots. Lastly, stamp your sentiment and punch out! Easy peasy!!


Stamps: Petite Pairs

Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Just Add Cake DSP

Ink: Whisper White, Crumb Cake (for distressing)

Accessories: 1" Circle punch, Felt(PTI), Button (PTI), Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, White Bakers Twine

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Buy 3....Get ONE FREE!! Plus a Big Shot giveaway!

This is always my favorite promotion that Stampin' Up! offers! Most of my customers know that I HOARD paper. And a lot of you know that I just purged a ton of paper at my Catalog Kick-off Party!!! Now, it's time to stock up on paper again! It's so easy - buy 3 packs of DSP and get 1 Free!! Buy 6 packs, get 2 free. Buy 9 packs......oh, you get the picture! Contact me today to order yours!!!

Also - I still have a few spots to fill on my calendar! You've heard of my Big Shot give-a-way, right??? No??? Well, I'm giving away a Big Shot. Yeah - FREE! F-R-E-E!!!! One of my August or September hostesses is going to win a BIG SHOT. What's more, I have the 6 remaining workshop dates written on envelopes. You pick your date, and you get what's in the envelope(items range from punches to ink pads to watercolor crayons, and DSP). So, you are going to get something above and beyond the awesome merchandise you'll earn at your workshop anyway. Then, I will put all of the hostess names in a hat and after the last workshop, I'll draw a name from the hat. That person is my Big Shot winner. My available dates are:

August 18th

August 23rd

August 25th

September 8th

September 22nd

September 28th

Contact me today to schedule your workshop. Your chances of winning a Big Shot are better than your chance at winning the lottery!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

The crowd favorite

I recently had my 2011 Catalog Kick-off Party, and this card was by far the crowd's fave! Gosh - and it was the simplest, most clean and simple card on the scene!

There wasn't a whole lot to this card - I simply stamped the Hello, Doily stamp in Whisper White onto a piece of Very Vanilla, then heat embossed it with white ep. Once it was set, I very lightly used a sponge dauber inked with Crumb Cake, and swirled it on, starting at the center, and moving to the tips of the doily very lightly. I didn't want to over do it, just a soft look to the card. I love the way it turned out, and would like to note that I've tried other color combos without as striking of a look.

Again, super easy and super stunning! What do you think - I'd love to hear from you, so just leave me some comment love!