Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Check out what's on sale!

Stampin Up has listed some great buys on the Clearance Rack of my Stampin Up website! These items cannot be added to a regular order--they must be purchased online. Be sure to catch them before they're gone!

Here are a few samples:

Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon
Price: $3.99
Catalog Price : 9.95

Real Red Corduroy Buttons
Price: $3.99
Catalog Price : $9.95

Little Felt Flurries Accents & Elements
Price: $5.99
Catalog Price : $13.95

Friday, August 27, 2010

Stampin Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop!

As long as you keep clicking on to the next blog at the bottom of each post, you'll get to see a parade of projects from the wonderful stampers at Stampin Addicts! This time, we're featuring all new products from the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog. If you've come from Betty's blog, Kitty Stamp, you've seen her great ideas for the new Stampin' Up fabrics! 

My projects feature the new Bigz XL die, Tasteful Trim. You know how I love my Big Shot! One of my favorite features about the Big Shot dies is that they cut such a variety of materials!

We have had many invitations to bridal showers the last few months, and still a couple more to go, so my thoughts were leaning in a kitchen direction when my Tasteful Trim die arrived. I used iron-on, lightweight interfacing behind all the fabric cut with the Tasteful Trim die.

The napkins are embellished with the bead trim from Tasteful Trim. I ironed our Deck the Halls fabric onto lightweight interfacing, cut, and then appliqued (which is just a fancy word for sewing it down securely with a sewing machine!) it across the corners of the napkins. I think it looks lovely! The coaster set features the large and small ricrac trims. I used fabric glue to attach it to cork, and then put the cork through my Big Shot with the Scalloped Square die.

Sorry for the shadows on this one! These are super-soft white dishtowels I purchased and then added the large ricrac trim (again with applique)! What a great way to personalize a gift or just to dress up your kitchen for the holidays! Fortunately for me, the Deck the Halls fabrics already match my kitchen colors. {smile}

I think we'll be making more of these personalized kitchen ensembles for future shower gifts. They were easy to do and will make a fun gift.

There is ONE more trim from the Tasteful Trim die I haven't shown you yet.

Aren't they the cutest fish on the block??? I admit this idea came to me in the middle of the night {laugh} And it came out even better than I had visualized. How often does that happen???

I used the In Color Hostess Color Pack and cut about 8 pieces 1 inch by 6 inches from the scalloped edge trim. The Tasteful Trim die cut easily through all the layers! Then I sponged and curled my strips (they had a hot date with a cold fish!) and added them one by one to my fish shape. A few brads, buttons, ribbon, and a spritz of Vanilla Shimmer, and they're all off to the "school" dance!

There are SO many possibilities with this die! I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you make with it!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Holiday Preview!

I was so excited to see fabric available in the new 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog! You can order from this exciting new catalog on September first--a week from today!

This fabric is from the Deck the Halls collection. I die cut it with the Lattice Die and  adhered it to Soft Suede cardstock. With the addition of a jumbo eyelet and a bit of the new Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, I think it makes a striking card that would work for Christmas, birthday, or any time!

We made this card at my downline meeting in August. If you are interested in becoming a Stampin Up demonstrator and getting fun sneak peaks of new stuff, let me know!

Please come back on Friday to see my projects for the Stampin Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop! I have some really exciting things to show you with fabric AND cardstock and one of the new dies!

Stamps: Curly Cute
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice Die, interfacing, Jumbo Eyelets, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Stampin Sponge

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Birthdays are the BEST

I send out a lot of birthday cards. I decided it was ridiculous to own all these supplies and have a million cards sitting in a box and actually MISS birthdays! So I made it a goal to keep birthday cards on hand and USE them! {gasp} This has been my August birthday card, and I'm just about out! Guess it's time to cut up some more paper!

When you mail cards, it's best to have them be as flat as possible. I've done the crimped-cardstock-over-the-bumps thing when I've needed to, but flat is ideal for mailing! Makes it kinda hard to make an interesting card, though. lol

The answer for this particular card was texture! I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the Old Olive layer. I {heart} that folder! It's as versatile as the polka dots! And it's fun to pet. But maybe that's just me!

Stamps: Perfect Punches
Paper: Peach Parfait, Old Olive, So Saffron, Greenhouse Garden DSP
Ink: Peach Parfait
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain, Wide Oval punch, dimensionals

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More from the Greenhouse

This pattern from the Greenhouse Gardens Designer Series Paper (DSP) makes me happy! It reminds me of the dahlias my grandfather used to grow. The image from Cute by Inch seemed perfect to go with it!


Stamps: Cute by the Inch
Paper: Greenhouse Garden DSP, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Pear Pizzazz Polly Twill, Pearls, Dimensionals

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Elegant Lines

I've been in love with embossing folders since they first started coming out. They are a wonderful way to make an impact with very little work! (I'm lazy at heart, you know.) We made this card at Club last week--simple, but elegant! We have a few more weddings coming up, and I'm thinking these cards will be just the ticket!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Paper: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist
Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Pearls, 1 inch circle punch, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Cropadile, crochet thread

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vintage birthday

I think my birthdays have possibly crossed over into "vintage" territory . . . and I'd love to get this card! We made it at Club on Tuesday, and it uses some of my very favorite things from the new Stampin Up catalog.

The stamp is Elizabeth--one of the single woodmount stamps (page 18, 117120). If I remember (see? I told you I was vintage), I'll show you how I've been using them unmounted--with the stickers! Anyway, I loved this stamp as soon as I saw it. All the sentiments from Teeny Tiny Wishes fit in there!

Then we used the color spritzer to add some Rich Razzleberry smudges to it, along with some sponging. The Pinking Hearts Border Punch is so great for delicate accents. I think it adds a great detail to the top element! Then on to the Vintage Brads! Mmmmmm, yummy! Go on, order two of them. Otherwise you'll hoard them! I know because, well, . . . .anyway, just order two! Add a little bit of Victoria Crochet Trim and Love Letter DSP, and off you go!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Whooo loves to read?

I'm a compulsive reader. In a houseful of compulsive readers. Some of our worst arguments come over whose turn it is with a book. lol

Remember the bookmarks from my Aloha Catalog party in June??? Well, I had cut a few extras. More than a few, actually. :-) I love to have a few small gifties on hand, so I got busy making up all those extra bookmarks! But I have a short attention span. I wanted something NEW on those babies! So I talked my daughter into making up a few of my favorite owls! Aren't they just the cutest things???

I'm really struggling to leave them in the gift box. A few may sneak their way into my reading pile.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Purple Purse for Janice

My friend Janice was my Convention buddy--which means she swapped for me, bought for me, shipped to me, and kept me updated with pics and texts and phone calls! She was wonderful!

When I mailed my swaps to her, I included this purple swap bag--purple is Janice's favorite color. {smile}

A close-up of the melty-pin I made to match it! This was my first try at these. The others I've made have been quilted or stitched or felt. I really love that I can add so much texture with this style! 

Thanks again, Janice!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Scalloped Marina Mini album

This is the last of the swaps I sent to Convention 2010. It was for a 3D swap, and I chose a mini album--which is what I usually choose! lol

I hadn't seen anything exactly like this, so I was kinda pleased with myself! It's cut from the larger scallop circle on the Scallop Circle #2 die. I used the Friendly Words Wheel, which I had cut up a while ago. I like using the individual sentiments that way! If you'd like to see the rest of the pages, click on the pics below. Thanks!

Stamps: Friendly Words Wheel (unmounted and cut up)
Paper: Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink: Early Espresso Classic and Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle #2 die, Circle Scissors Plus, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch, 1/8" Taffeta Early Espresso, Metallic Brads