Friday, July 29, 2011

Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop!

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Be sure to check out the great ideas from my friends at Stampin' Addicts! My wishlist is bound to grow!

The blog hop information is available here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Up in the air


We made this waterfall card at July's club meeting. This style card has a lot of steps, but it isn't very hard! I think Dawn Griffith has my favorite tutorial for them here, if you'd like to check it out. Basically, here's what you need:


4 Whisper White squares 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
4 Real Red squares 2 x 2
1 Real Red strip 9 x 2 (score @ 2, 2 ¾, 3 ½, and 4 ¼)
1 strip ¾ x 4


1-Stamp your images. Adhere finished balloon squares to red squares.
2- Add Turquoise Strip about one third up from the bottom. USE ONLY BRADS TO ADHERE. Put sticky strip (about 1.5 inches) in center of Turquoise strip.
3-Fold red scored strip on score lines. Slide unscored end under Turquoise strip. Decide where you want the red scored strip to be positioned. Adhere SCORED END to Sticky Strip. Pull bottom of strip to make sure it works.
4-Adhere stamped squares to red strip at score lines—begin with the bottom one first.
5-Pull out strip and stamp a greeting. Adhere ribbon with stapler and punch a half circle for “pulling.” Adhere patterned paper to card base.

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Stamps: Up, Up & Away
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack, Big Top Birthday DSP
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso
Accessories: Jumbo Brads 5/16, Tempting Turquoise ¼” grosgrain, Sticky Strip, 1” Circle Punch, Tempting Turquoise Marker, Real Red Marker

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So sweet!


We made this sweet card last week at our hostess club meeting. It was super simple to make (which was good, because the other card was a little more time consuming! more on that later), and candy makes everything more fun, right?

Hard to see in this photo, but the card base is embossed with the new Stripes Embossing folder--so fun! Then we stamped the background images and sentiment in Melon Mambo and added the candies. The "candy covers" are stamped in Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, and Pumpkin Pie. We punched them out with the 1 1/4" circle punch, then added a brad at the center. Glue dots made the rest easy!

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Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Ink: Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Pumpkin Pie,
Accessories: 1 ¼” Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Melon Mambo Scallop Dots ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ice Cream, Ice Cream


This card was my swap at the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet at Convention, as well as my club swap for July! I dabbed White Shimmer Paint on my In Color cardstock, then punched it out with the Cupcake punch. The "cones" are from the Pennant Parade set (NEW!) and the Pennant punch (NEW!). It also features new Wisteria Ruffled Ribbon and the adorable Polka Dot In color brads!

Now, let's go get some ice cream!

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Stamps: Pennant Parade, Friendly Phrases
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, River Rock, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Wisteria Ruffled Ribbon, In Color Polka Dot brads, Pennant Punch, Cupcake punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Polka Dot embossing folder, White Shimmer Paint

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ever thought about becoming a demonstrator???


I had the most amazing time at Convention 2011! Friends, stamping, swaps, free stuff, and SO MUCH energy! If you've ever thought of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, now is a GREAT time! During July, you can join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator for only $99! This limited time Starter Kit—valued at $185—comes with the following high-quality products:
  • Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
  • Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
  • Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
  • Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
  • Note Cards (20)
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Blender Pen (1)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies
*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

In addition, you will receive a free Christmas Keepsake Project Kit, a $40 value!--which we can work on together! This is a limited time offer--good just through July 1. Contact me now or check out my Stampin' Up! Website at http://amybell.stampinup.net


Friday, July 15, 2011

Flirtatious Bookmarks


More swaps/gifts for Convention. These were fun to make and they are super fun to use! Instructions are at Skip to my Lou. I found that I just needed a very lightweight interfacing, but you may want something different!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Watermelon!

 

This is my beautiful Emily, modeling a scarf I made as a Convention gift! Tonite (Wednesday) we are attending the Stampin' Up! Convention Kickoff, and the theme is a garden party! So I made watermelon scarves. Actually, it's purely a coincidence, but I fell in love with the material (seersucker), and it's great that it worked out for the theme! I made the scarves from instructions at MADE.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Whoooo is going to Convention????


All these precious little owls somehow made it into my luggage! They will be gifts and swaps for my stampin friends. I made them using Stampin' Up's Designer Fabrics, available in so many pretty new patterns and colors. I found a pattern somewhere on the internet, which I unfortunately can't find again! Then I altered the size and shape a bit. If you know where the pattern is, please let me know! I'd love to give credit.

I hand-stitched all the features on (tummy, wings, eyes, nose), then machine stitched the front and back together. Here is a close up of the owls:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Convention gift bag


This is the bag I decorated for my Convention gifts--I'll be showing you what's inside in the next few days! The bag features the Hello, Doily stamp {l-o-v-e} and the Beau Chateau DSP. Aren't they yummy???? Had to use the pattern with the chicken, naturally.

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Stamps: Hello, Doily
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink: Marina Mist
Accessories: 1/8" Marina Mist Grosgrain

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy New Stampin' Up! Year!




Click to Download in .pdf format!


The new Stampin' Up! Catalog is LIVE and ready for your enjoyment! So many lovely new stamps, accessories, dies, colors, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm--I love it!

I've been a terrible blogger lately, but it's not that I haven't been stamping. It's just all for Stampin' Up!'s Convention next week in Salt Lake City! I'm going with my bestest stamping friends, and I can't wait to show you all the cool stuff I learn!

Meanwhile, you should know that hostess benefits have changed *for the better*! (hmmm, I feel a Wicked song coming on . . . )Instead of being limited to certain sets for each level, hostesses will now receive a flat amount of hostess "credit." You can spend your "credit" on any hostess set (a better deal, as they are discounted for hostesses) or on catalog merchandise. Yay!

Enjoy making your wishlist, and if you need to order, please check out my website at Http://amybell.stampinup.net.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Remember . . .


This was my swap for our June club meeting. The theme was "patriotic." I used a lot of retiring/retired stuff! I used  the ink pad edge and swiped it on the paper to create the idea of flag stripes. Then I stamped the "remember" definition from Define Your Life (retired). I used the Stars Jumbo Wheel (retired) in Night of Navy ink at the top, and then added some Crumb Cake stars from the Small star punch (retired).

This weekend is a great time to remember all those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms!