Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Up Up and Away!

Hello Friends,

I have so missed posting to my blog.  I went to the hospital for some blood tests as I have been so very tired lately.  Literally falling asleep as soon as I got home from work at 11am.  I have a severe case of Anemia.  There were a lot of things put on the back burner due to this 'tiredness' and my blog had to be one of them :(  Hopefully the iron tablets they put me on will do the trick!)

Just a couple of days left of being 21 hahahahah.  My birthday is Thursday and the cards are 'a coming'.  This card was created and sent to me by one of my team members and a sweet friend - Edie Bunting.  Edie has suffered with some major health issues that makes mine look so trivial.  She is such a strong and courageous woman and one who I have a great deal of admiration and respect for.

It's always exciting to receive a card in the mail.  Edie used the 'Up Up and Away stamp set and the Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper.  What a bright and cheery card.
Thanks for thinking of me Edie :)
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I love the "u" in us

Hello Friends,

One of my team members, Stephanie Krauza made this adorable card for our team swap.  She used the "PS I love you" stamp set from the Occasions mini and used the new edgelit die - also available in the mini.

This stamp set is awesome for anytime of the year not just Valentines.  I was so glad Stephanie joined our swap and look forward to seeing more of her creations.

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Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pals Blog Hop

Hello Friends,

Spring has sprung and it's time for Pals Blog Hop! Today the Stampin' Pretty Pals are sharing some fabulous Spring themed cards and projects that we think you'll enjoy! You've probably hopped over from Leah's blog at http://www.leahsstampincorner.com/

I'm stop number 19 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for spring themed paper projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track.

I am loving the Kraft Boxes!  So many creative uses for them.  I used the "Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper for the outside decorating of this box.  This paper is one of the choices for a FREE item with a $50 order. Click here for more information about Sale-A-Bration.
The recipient will have 8 cards for everyday use.

The selection of cards in the box.

Close up of the 'butterfly' on top of the box.
To create the Butterfly, I ran chipboard through the Big Shot using the Beautiful Butterflies Die then distressed it with Soft Suede Ink.  I did the same thing (didn't distress) using the First Edition Designer Series Paper.  Finally I ran a piece of the Everyday Enchantment (using the same Die) and added a large pearl in the middle.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals (they always do the trick) to adhere the 'butterfly'.

If you missed my project from last months PALS blog hop - click here for another idea using the Kraft Boxes.
All the sentiments I used for the 3x3 cards are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set.
 Wow! This set includes a greeting for almost every occasion. Don't just buy it, keep it handy, cause you're going to use it a lot!

Wood Mount Stamps: $36.95 Item #115370  Set Quantity: 24

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Emily at http://stampingwithemily.com/, stop number 20 on the Spring Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!

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  1. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  2. Kim Luithle at Kim's Stampin Stuff
  3. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  4. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  5. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  6. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  7. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  8. Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train
  9. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  10. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  11. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin' Blog
  12. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  13. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
  14. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  15. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner
  16. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  17. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  18. Leah O'Brien at Leah's Stampin' Corner
  19. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  20. Emily Steggell at Stamping With Emily
  21. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space
  22. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  23. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings

Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Haylie

Hello Friends,

One of my special friends had a birthday over the weekend and this is the card I made for her.  Haylie is 'the' sweetest, and as soon as I saw this paper from our 'Sweet Shop' collection, I thought of Haylie. Ice-creams, Milk Shakes etc - SWEET!

I used Calypso Coral for the card base.  This is one of our In Colors and will be round for another year.  It is one I haven't used much at all but now that Spring is hopefully on its way, I guess I will use it more.  I cut out some of the Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper using the Top Note Die with my Big Shot.  I  then added some of the Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon and tied a bow. 
Next I cut out the letter 'H' using the Serif Essentials Die and Lucky Limeade card stock.  Adhered it to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals and then added some Rhinestones. 

I added a treat inside but now think I should have added a gift card too for an ice-cream/milkshake.

Happy Birthday Haylie!!  You ROCK :)

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Curly Cute Thank You

Hello Friends,

Another of our Stamp to the MAX swaps.  This card was created by my team member and friend - Carrie Horlacher.  Carrie told me this was not her 'best work' and I have to tell you I was super impressed with it. 
Two fabulous stamp sets used here - "Mouthwatering" from the Occasions Mini Catalog and "Curly and Cute" from the Idea Book & Catalog. 

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Take a Seat

Hello Friends,

I am a huge fan of Black & White/Black & Vanilla cards.  Elegance at its best!  This card shows a couple of dies that can be used with our Big Shot.  Start with a Basic Black card base and add a piece of Whisper White card stock in the middle. The Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder creates a very tasteful background.  Layered with the Top Note Die with a piece cut from the right hand side.  I stamped the 'seat' image from the 'Take a Seat' stamp set in Basic Black ink.  Added a piece of Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, a sentiment and a rhinestone.  DONE! 
Very quick, easy and simple - yet elegant !

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Summer Smooches

Hello Friends,

Our Summer Smooches collection will be available on April 1.  Here is a peek at the Designer Series Paper.  I love it !  So bright! SO SPRING :)  I LOVE the Seam Binding Ribbon and now we get to use "Daffodil Delight". 
Just a few simple 'Thank You' cards using the Curly Cute Stamp Set and the Modern Label Punch.  Size 3"x3"

Here's a close up.

Watch for an invite to the Summer Smooches Stamp Camp.  Will also be available as a kit in the mail.

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Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Simple Make 'N' Takes

Hello Friends,

This past Saturday I had a workshop at Carol's house.  She was so prepared and put such a lot of effort in making sure things were set up for her workshop.  16 people showed up and we had a fun time. 

The guests made the 2 cards above.  One is a 3x3 card and the other is the standard size (5 1/2" x 4 1/4")  The small card uses items offered in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. (Spend $50 receive any item from the Brochure for FREE - click here to see the brochure.)

Triple Treat Flower
Bright Buttons
Stripes Embossing Folder

The standard size card uses the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

Wood Mount Stamp Set - #125535
Clear Mount Stamp Set - #125537
Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pad - #119667
Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad - #119782
Whisper White Card Stock - #100730 
Poppy Parade Stitched-Poly Ribbon - #119263
3/4" Circle Punch - #119873
Paper Snips - #103579
Snail Adhesive - #104332
Stampin' Dimensionals - #104430

Very simple,quick and easy - perfect for a workshop make and take.

Carol is a Pampered Chef Consultant so I knew there would be some awesome treats.  I didn't take a picture of all the treats but I did get the cupcakes :) See the chocolate treats in the background - WOWZERS!! They were delicious!

Anyways there is a reason I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and not a Pampered Chef Consultant :) 

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Stamp to the MAX swaps

Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing 3 swaps from our recent team swap.  Elizabeth Harris created the swap above.  I have been a fan of Elizabeth's creations for a while now.  I was excited to see the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper used as I am loving it.  With one month left of Sale-A-Bration, I want to use it as much as I can.
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Lisa Fennewald made this card (Original created by Sandy Mathis) using the Elementary Elegance stamp set which is available in clear mount or wood mount.  It is FREE with a $50 purchase for the rest of this month.  You can choose the ribbon and brad pack as a free item or a pack of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper which are also shown in this card.  Click here for more information about Sale-A-Bration.
Many people tell me they could never be a Demonstrator as they are not creative.  Neither was I !  I can assure you that you don't need to be creative to become a Demonstator.  I find so many inspiration from other Demonstrators, magazines, blogs, websites etc.  I made the card above and copied it from one of my most favorite friends - Kimberly Van Diepen.  I love Kimberly's style and so anytime I need something amazing - I know I will find it with Kimberly.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Introducing the Simply Scored DIAGONAL Plate

Hello Friends,

So excited to let you know Stampin' Up! has created a Simply Scored Diagonal Plate to go with the Simply Scoring Tool. 

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate Item # 125586 Price: $11.95

The Simply Scored Diagonal Plate is perfect for quickly creating handcrafted envelopes, boxes, and more! * Sits on top of the Simply Scored base * Held securely in place by rubber pads on the back of the plate * Has etched grooves every 1/8" * Can score any size card stock up to 12" x 12" * Includes instructions for creating common envelope sizes.   Check out Jackie's project below and visit her blog for a free video tutorial.  

Simply Scored Item # 122334

Price: $29.95

Take the chore out of scoring! The Simply Scored Scoring Tool’s base fits paper or card stock up to 12" x 12" and features score tracks every 1/8". Features two easy-to-read rulers (with inch markings down to 1/8") along top and left side for perfect scoring. (One standard left-to-right ruler and one zero center ruler.) Includes three markers and stylus. Bottom of base has nonmarking and nonskid feet to secure it on your work areach Base measures Approximately 15-1/8" x 13-1/4" x 1".

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