Friday, March 28, 2008

Inspirational Challenge!

We all surround ourselves with colors & patterns that we love. Well, I have been seeing stamp artists take an inspirational piece (such as my purse) and use it to create their cards. You can use anything that inspires you, from dishes, to a beautiful blouse, your favorite comforter, absolutely anything!!!

I made this purse, a long time ago, and have always loved the colors and oh yes, paisleys.

I used the Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set, stamped the paisleys in Bravo Burgandy on Mellow Moss cardstock. I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons in the Rich Regal colors (my favorite color family). I colored the paisleys with crayons & used my Aqua Painter to blend. Also used my Signo White Gel Pen to color in dots on paisleys and polka-dots across bottom of card. Sentiment is stamped on Whisper White, backed with Not Quite Navy & do you see the little "bling", the Ice Rhinestone Brad. Ribbon is Wide Grosgrain in Burgandy. Ribbon adhered with glue dots (best way to adhere ribbon). All supplies Stampin' Up!

I really like the way this card turned out. I hope you like it too! Find something that inspires you to create something beautiful today! Have a great one!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

More Summer Picnic

I just love these little totes. I created another one with the Summer Picnic Designer paper and Bashful Blue cardstock, & matching card using the Tart & Tangy citrus stamp using Versamark on Kraft cardstock. Also used Only Orange & Old Olive cardstock, the Small Oval Punch & stamped sentiment from All Holidays in Basic Black. The Summer Picnic designer paper is available through May 31st from the Occasions Mini Collection. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Friday, March 21, 2008

One More Easter Card!

One more to share...the bunny ears are made from the Pick A Petal set. I made the fence using the slit punch & chalk to look like fence slats. Sentiment from retired set.
All supplies Stampin' Up!

Happy Easter!

Easter is almost I thought I would share a couple of last minute ideas with you.

On the first card, it is a little difficult to see, I made a cross mask & chalked around the edges. Stamped some flowers (from a retired Stampin' Up! set) and also stamped Celebrate from the Wonderful Words set. This card could be used for any religious celebration. I will be using it for a Baptism.

The 2nd card was cased from an idea I saw on SCS. I used my Petals wheel with Lovely Lilac ink. Then I rubbed various colors of chalk over the cardstock. I then cut out ovals (Easter eggs). I added a few eggs cut from solid colored card stock, used my slit punch for scallops from Lovely Lilac cardstock, stamped the greeting from All Holidays, and finished with Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon. All Supplies Stampin' Up!

I wish each of you a very blessed Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Summer Picnic Card Tote

With the first day of Spring less than 24 hours away, I can't help but think ahead to the Summertime!

The new Summer Picnic Designer paper just screams Summertime to me! I love the bold fresh fruity images! I found this little tote idea on SplitcoastStampers. It is made from a sheet of 12 x 12 Summer Picnic Designer paper. With a few folds, it forms a little double pouch bag that holds 3 cards & envelopes perfectly!

I am also sharing the cards tucked inside. They are stamped with the Tart & Tangy stamp set, and uses the Summer Picnic Designer paper .

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking, & I hope you create something beautiful today.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Stampin' Up! Promotions

Stampin' Up! has 2 new great special offers beginning today!

The Free Wheelin' Promotion! With the purchase of selected stamp sets, you receive a coordinating jumbo wheel absolutely FREE (an $8.50 value). This offer is good from now to April 30th!

Here are the details...

Item 112848 Wonderful You bundle, includes Wonderful You stamp set and free Stems & Silhouetts jumbo wheel $33.95

Item 112851 Life's a Breeze bundle includes Life's a Breeze stamp set and free Something Fishy jumble wheel $29.95

Item 112850 Pun Fun bundle includes Pun Fun stampset and free Sweet Stars jumbo wheel $30.95

Item 112849 Stitched Exotics bundle includes Stitched Exotics stamp set and free It's Beautiful jumbo wheel $33.95

Item 112853 Enjoy Every Moment bundle includes Enjoy Every Moment stamp set and free Daisy Dash jumbo wheel $29.95


With the new Hostess Promotion you earn an extra $25 in hostess $$$ with your workshop totaling $350! This great offer is good until April 30th!!!

With the Wild Wasabi special cardstock offer, you can purchase a pack of Wild Wasabi textured cardstock including 16 sheets of 4 1/2 x 11 cardstock pre-scored at 1 1/2 & 5 5/8 for $3.95. Item #110294. It is also available until April 30th!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!
Today's card uses the Sale-A-Bration sets, So Many Scallops & Lots of Thoughts.
This card uses the bright color scheme of Pumpkin Pie, Pink Passion, & Taken with Teal. The designer paper used is Bali Breeze. All supplies Stampin' Up!
The Sale-A-Bration is ending in just 3 days. If you are interested in earning a free stamp set with $50 purchase, or the demonstrator sign-up special of purchasing the starter kit for only $159 plus ANY STAMP SET IN THE CATALOG FREE, call me asap! Don't miss out on the Sale-A-Bration.
Have a great week-end!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Stamp Club Workshop Cards

These are the 2 cards we made at our first Stamp Club workshop! I am so excited to have our club, & hope they enjoyed our first projects.

The 1st card uses the Embrace Life & All Holidays stamp sets. It is a window card, and used Dazzling Diamonds on the flower through the window. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is used to line everything up nicely. This is a great tool...I have had it sitting on a shelf for over 1 year & hadn't used it yet...from now on, it will be within arms reach. It is very easy to use & helps you to line everything up nice & straight!!! Cardstock is Whisper White, Blue Bayou, & Soft Sky. Ink is Creamy Caramel, Blue Bayou, & Black. Ribbon Whisper White Taffeta.

The 2nd card uses the new Tart & Tangy set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. It is a Scratch N' Sniff...smells like strawberries!!! So much fun!!! After assembling the card, we painted the strawberries with strawberry kool-aid which was mixed with a little bit of water (leave it a little thick) and let it dry. Sentiment is from One of A Kind. We also used the slit punch to make the scallops. Cardstock is Real Red, Old Olive, & Bashful blue, Markers used Real Red & Old Olive, Basic Black stamp pad. Ribbon is Real Red Grosgrain & Real Red Gingham.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! except the kool-aid :)......Have a great day visit again soon!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tart & Tangy

Happy Friday to Everyone!!! Looks like another snowy end to the week. Well, at least today's card makes me think of Summer!

This is a very simple card that uses the new Tart & Tangy stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I also used the Sweet stamp from Everyday Flexible Phrases. Ink is YoYo Yellow, Gable Green, & Only Orange. I used Only Orange cardsock for base, & also for the Scallop Circle Punch. The orange is stamped in Only Orange, & punched with 1 3/4 circle. Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock also used. The ribbon is retired Gable Green Grosgrain. All Supplies Stampin' Up!


Today's card used the Friendship Blooms Sale-A-Bration set.

Cardstock is Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White., & Regal Rose. Ink is Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, & Regal Rose. Again, the blooms are stamped using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up! (I am really liking this tool)I cut the large blooms out & adhered them with brads. I used the Bo Ho blossom punch with Old Olive cardstock to add some texture to the large blooms. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Not sure about these colors...was trying to try out the Eastern Eclectic style shown on page 10 of the Stampin' Up Spring-Summer Collection 2008 catalog.

Let me know what you think!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


This card was designed with FREE STAMPS!!! I used the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets Friendship Blooms & Lots of Thoughts.

The cardstock base is Almost Amethyst, stamped with same ink. The row of blooms is stamped with markers Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, & Pink Passion. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up in a row. The White Gel Pen accents flowers on card base. The blooms and sentiment are stamped on Whisper White, & both are matted with Elegant Eggplant. I used the 1 3/4 circle punch to punch the front of card & sentiment peaking through the card. The scallop on front was made by 1st punching Elegant Eggplant with 1 3/4 circle punch, then punched with the Scallop Punch. Just remember...always use the smaller punch first when making frames, like this one!

I have taken 3 pictures to see how the sentiment shows through the card. I really like this effect on could use any size punch & sentiment...I think it always makes your card more interesting!!!

Supply List:

cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

ink: Stamp n' Write Markers Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Passion, White Signo Gel Pen

accessories: 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, & Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

stamp sets: FREE Friendship Blooms & Lots of Thoughts All supplies used are Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Cutest Little Leprechaun!

This is a brief interruption from the regularly scheduled cards to share the cutest little leprechaun! I saw this idea on SplitcoastStampers, with two different versions of this little guy. The original version was by Jode Vasbinder on SCS.

Mine uses the small tag punched in Glorious Green for the hat, word window punched twice, once in Black & once with Glorious Green. The little shamrock is actually the 3 flower punch (I snipped on it a bit to make the shamrock). The face is the 1 3/4 circle punched in Blush Blossom, ears Blush Blossom punched with 1/2" circle. Beard is Only Orange punched with Scallop punch (See, I told you this was a Must Have). Face designed with chalk & Black Stamp N Write marker. The Happy St. Patrick's Day stamp & Wheel are retired. Card base is Whisper White. All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Monday, March 3, 2008

More Sale-A-Brating!!!

Todays post uses the Sale-A-Bration set So Many Scallops. It is stamped in So Saffron ink, on white. I stamped again using Rose Red and cut center with 1 3/4 circle punch, then punched one of the flowers from the Boho Blossom punch and adhered with brad, then punched with Scallop punch. The background cardstock uses Rose Red, stamped with small flower from Seeing Spots.

Designer paper is from Cutie Pie (love this one!!!). Ribbon is double stitched Wild Wasabi. All supplies are Stampin' Up!

There are so many Great Special Offers going on at Stampin' Up! right now, that I wanted to be sure you knew about all of them!!!

Sale-A-Bration continues now until March 17th. With Sale-A-Bration EVERYONE can earn FREE stamp sets. Hostesses with a workshop totaling $300 earns a FREE stamp set. Customers placing a $50 order earns a FREE stamp set for each $50 in purchases, NO LIMIT!

New Recruits have a special offer until March 17th as well...The demonstrator kit is available for purchase for only $159 plus tax, (that is $40 off) PLUS new recruits that sign up during Sale-A-Bration can also choose any stamp set in the current catalog, or current mini-catalog for FREE! That is a value worth up to $47.95!!!

The new Occasions Mini-Catalog is now out & full of great new products!!!

Stampin' Up! is offering a limited time, special purchase offer of Wild Wasabi Textured Cardstock. You get 16 sheets of textured card stock, pre-cut at 4 1/2 x 11 1/2, scored at 1 1/2 & 5 5/8 for only $3.95!

If you would like to know more about any of the great Stampin' Up! special offers, give me a call, or visit Thanks for visiting. Come back soon for more Sale-A-Bration samples.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sale-A-Bration Continues!!!

Sale-A-Bration continues through March 17th! I will be sharing several cards using the FREE Sale-A-Bration sets YOU can earn from purchasing $50 in products.
Todays post features the stamp set Lots of Thoughts! Background paper is Certainly Celery, Designer paper punched from 1 1/4 punch, framed with Black using the 1 3/4 punch. Three for You Flower punched in Tempting Turquoise with brad. Ink used was Tempting Turquoise, & Certainly Celery. Card also uses Whisper White cardstock. I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to allign the Happy Hellos along the side of the card. All supplies Stampin' Up! Visit again SOON as the Sale-A-Bration continues!!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008 features Shelli Gardner

Today I want to share an interview with Shelli Gardner, the Cofounder & CEO of Stampin' Up!

She was hosted on with her story of how Stampin' Up! evolved from her passion of stamping to the International business it has become. The interview is approx. 36 minutes long, and Shelli begins approx 8:49 into the podcast. If you have a few minutes, it is very interesting to hear how this remarkable woman has shared her passion for stamping with over 500 employees, 500,000 Independent Demonstrators, down to you, our valued customers.

I hope you enjoy listening, and Craftcast is a great source of info. for any crafter.