Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sock Monkey Swing Card

He's back!!! Love that little Sock Monkey stamp set.

This is a "swing card" ! It is a little complicated to cut & fold, but I found the great instructions on SplitCoast Stampers. Look under Resources across the top of the web site. There are so many great tutorials there. They do such a great job with the tutorial, that I would just totally confuse you if I attempted to describe the cuts, folds, & measurements. I downloaded the template (I suggest you do so) and made one as my sample.

I snapped 3 photos so you could get the 3-D effect. (hope you can see that from these pictures)

The cardstock is Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, & Whisper White. Paper piecing on monkey is from the new Bella Rose designer paper. I colored the monkey with Creamy Caramel & Ruby Red markers. Also fininshed off with Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon.

He is soooo much fun, I'm tellin ya!

Have a great day & thanks for peeking!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Easy does it...Upsy Daisy!

Don't you just love a card that gets WOW results and is just so simple!

The Upsy Daisy stamp set from the new Stampin' Up! Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog is a "must have"! The daisy silhouette is amazing. And, check out this card. Very simple! I inked the stamp with More Mustard & Only Orange markers. Then I sponged Chocolate Chip directly on the rubber. I then stamped the image on So Saffron cardstock. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, inked with Chocolate Chip. Cardstock is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. The base of the card is Cameo Coral. I also used Chocolate Chip cardstock & punched with the new Scallop Edge punch. Also, love that new punch!!! Ribbon is Chocolate Chip Grosgrain.

Even better...the Upsy Daisy stamp set is on sale for 15% off as part of the Never-before-seen stamp sale!!! This sale is now through September 30th. If you would like more information visit my stampin up web site, or call today.

Friday, August 22, 2008

More Cats!

Quick post today, another card using the Window Dressings Level 3 Hostess set and the Classy Brassy Template. Why did I wait so long to get that template...I just love it!

I used the Classy Brassy Template on Whisper White, embossed & punched the square. Then stamped the kitty from Window Dressings with Stazon, & colored with Stampin' Write Markers So Saffron & Chocolate Chip. Additional cardstock used is Not Quite Navy, & So Saffron Designer Paper. Ribbon is Real Red Grosgrain. The sentiment is from Simply Said, another favorite of mine.

I sent this card to a fellow cat lover, & hope she liked it! Also, I hope it inspired you today! Thanks for looking...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Flip Flop Card!

I have been meaning to share this one for a while. Well, before Summer is officially over, here is my flip flop card! Summer isn't officially over until Labor Day, is it???
Anyway, I did a church stamp camp for some of the girls, & wanted something "young" for their project, something that had a Summer theme. I think they really enjoyed this one.

I drew the template, free hand, & the card opens on the top. It is approx. 5 1/4 x 4 1/2, so it will fit in a standard envelope. The base of the card is Passion Pink. The flowers are stamped in Tempting Turquise on Whisper White. I used a cotton ball to add color with Stampin' Pastels stampin' chalk. The ribbon is Tempting Turquoise. We punched holes & taped the ribbon down underneath.

This was a fun Summer card. We won't be wearing flip flops too much longer. Wow, where did the Summer go?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Smoosh Card!

This is a new technique I discovered while searching stamping blogs & web sites. I totally love the effect. Also, it is quite funny where I got the color inspiration for this card. Well, it was in church! Yeah, in church...there was someone sitting a few rows in front of me, & I loved the color & pattern of her blouse. Couldn't snap a picture of it to show you, but it was very similar to my completed card.
Here is how I created this card:
I used a clear report cover. It is a great time to go purchase one with back to school supplies readily available now. I used my ink refill for Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, & Pale Plum. You drop random ink droplets between the plastic report cover, & "smoosh". Then, take 2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock & insert inside the report cover,& smoosh again. You will get 2 pieces to "play with"! Then, I stamped images from the One of a Kind stamp stamp set in Chocolate Chip. To add a little extra color, I used my Stampin' Pastels stampin chalk & colored in part of the flowers with my blender pen. The sentiment was stamped on Pale Plum, with Chocolate Chip. I used my Label Punch, & Hodgepodge Hardware to attached to card. Additional cardstock used is Perfect Plum, & Mellow Moss. Grograin ribbon is from my stash of SU ribbons. All supplies (except the report cover) are Stampin' Up!.
Hope you were inspired to create something beautiful today! Thanks for looking.!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Online Ordering Coming Soon!!!

Stampin' Up! is adding the feature of online ordering!

Many of us already sit at our computers to do our shopping. Soon you will be able to place your Stampin' Up! orders from your home computer, and have them shipped to your doorstep. And, you can place your order directly through my Stampin' Up! business web site. The link is on the right side of my blog, added under Stampin' Up! This on-line ordering service isn't ready yet, but will be soon. And, of course, you can always contact me for your orders!

You can already link the new Stampin' Up! catalog through my business web site, as well as my calendar & creative gallery.

Today's card is in my Stampin' Up! business web site creative gallery, and was designed with the Level 3 stamp set, Window Dressing. So, if cats aren't your thing (like yesterday's card) ...there are many other images available in this set. It is so versatile with 10 stamps including a window!

I used the Classy Brass Template, Punches Plus. The card was dry embossed with the dots, & window dry embossed & paper pierced with the template. Image was stamped with Stazon, & colored with Stampin' Write markers. Ribbon is Brocade Blue Wide Grosgrain.

This is my 1st card using the Classy Brass Templates, & I love the dry embossing effect on the card. All supplies Stampin' Up. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cat in the Window Dressing

Well, anyone that knows me well, knows that this image is very comon when you come to our home.

Isn't this the cutest ...the great little window with a wide array of images to place in there including the most darling little girl face, flower vases, snowmen, and even a Halloween pumpkin.

The stamp set is a Level 3 Hostess set from the new catalog called Window Dressing. I will have a lot of fun with this one. The sentiment is from the new set, Heard from the Heart. Love that font!Cardstock is new In color, Baja Breeze. Wallpaper is the Tart & Tangy designer paper. I cut out the windows, & layered paper behind. Kitty is colored on Whisper White cardstock with So Saffron & Chocolate Chip markers, cut out, & adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals, shutters colored with Bordering Blue Stampin' Write marker, stamped on Whisper White, & cut out & adhered to front of the card. Sentiment stamped with Chocolate Chip, & added Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Hope you enjoyed today's card...have a great day!

Monday, August 11, 2008

The New Catalog Begins Today!!!

Yippee!!! Today the new Stampin Up! Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog begins!

I remember several years ago, I was at one of my niece & nephew's home. It was the day before Easter, and they had a 4 year old daughter that was so excited about the upcoming holiday. My niece's grandparents stopped by to bring their great granddaughter an Easter basket. All the little girl could say was "oh boy, oh boy, oh boy"!

That expression is so great..."oh boy, oh boy, oh boy". That is just what was going through my mind when the UPS man delivered the new Stampin' Up! catalogs.

I can't even tell you how excited I am about all the new stamp sets, ribbons, punches, designer paper, and so much more!!! You gotta get your hands on one of these new catalogs. Contact me for your copy!

Also, beginning today new promotions, including three great new Demo Kit offers for $99. Contact me, or visit for more info!

For today's card I used the Fall Flair Level 2 Hostess Set. The leaves are stamped with the new In Color, Kiwi Kiss & Basic Black. Sentiment is from All Holidays, & I inked the stamp with Old Olive & Only Orange markers. ribbon is Pumpkin Pie. Cardstock is Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, & Basic Black. All supplies Stampin' Up!

Have a great Monday...thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Just Monkeying Around!

Here he is!!! That little Sock Monkey stamp set has arrived.
Well, I must admit that when I first heard that we had a Sock Monkey, I just didn't know about that one. But I ordered it in my demonstrator pre-order, and I really like him! And, then when the new catalog arrived, I was so excited to see that there is a stamp set with great accessories for this little guy. There is even a santa hat! How fun is that?
This card, or a similar one, may be part of the upcoming Stamp Camp on September 13th. (details coming soon, or give me a call) What do you think? Comments, please!!!
All supplies, Stampin' Up!
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Fall-Winter Catalog Hostess Set

Finally got to stamp with my new goodies, and what is better than new stamps???

This is a new Lev. 2 Hostess Set from the Fall-Winter Idea-Book Catalog. It has a beautiful assortment of flowers & leaves. I just love leaves, & this set will be so much fun. This is my first sample with this set.

Stamps, Fall Flair, Hugs & Wishes
Cardstock, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Really Rust
Accessories, Twine
I hope to add more sample soon. Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Products Sneak Peak!!!

Here is a little sneak peak at the new In Colors! Stampin' Up! Demonstrators were able to pre-order some products from the new Fall-Winter catalog. Can't wait to play with my new stuff & will share when I can.

Also, new with the Fall-Winter catalog...all newly released stamp sets (including hostess sets) are die cut! No more snipping rubber. The sets will come unassembled, so you can custom assemble yours! The previously released sets will still require cutting. The new catalog will indicate which sets are die cut!

Great new designer papers, & a Scallop Punch. We won't have to use the Slit Punch to make those scallop edges any more, & more new punches!!!

Now...for the biggest new of all...Stampin' Up! has teamed up with Sizzix and we will be offering the Big Shot die cutting machine. Stampin' Up! have some exclusive dies. The Big Shot will be available September 2nd!!!

So many great thing coming...I can't wait to get my hands on the new catalog and see what else is in catalog begins August 11th!

Reminder: Be sure to get your favorite retiring products & stamps before they are gone!!! I have updated my post listing of all retired accessories. If you have any questions or need anything, give me a call.