Monday, May 14, 2012

Petite Purse Preview

This is a project we made at April's club meeting, and a "sneak peek" of the new catalog! We used the Petite Purse die, which I LOVE, and the Summer Smooches DSP! Both will be available again on June 1, so make sure you are ready! The purse is definitely "petite," but it holds 4 mini candybars or nuggets quite well!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Where did April go?

April sort of got away from me. We took one child back to college, picked up the other *from* college and took her to a study abroad program, Layne traveled for work, one daughter went to All-State Choir, flood irrigation season started . . . . Anyway, I didn't do much stamping, much less photo-taking!

Here is a card we made for April's hostess club--it uses the Summer Smooch suite, which will be available again on June 1! It's so easy to make cards with this set and DSP! Can't wait to see what else is in the new catalog!

If you'd like to receive a catalog from me, please let me know. If you've purchased $50 or more from me in the last 6 months, your catalog will be free!

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, It’s Your Day (p 192)
Paper: Old Olive, Island Indigo, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango Classic ink and marker, Island Indigo Classic ink
Accessories: Cropadile, In Color Polka Dot brads, Brights Brads, Brights Buttons, Stampamajig, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wonderful Wisteria

Lovelovelove this designer paper from the Sweet Treats suite. Get it before it's gone on April 30!

Stamps: Mixed Bunch
Paper: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Treats DSP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Lace Edge Punch, Wisteria Ruffled Ribbon, Sweet Treats Brads, Blossom Punch

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Little Red Smooch

APR-red&black-smooch by amysings
APR-red&black-smooch, a photo by amysings on Flickr.

I am loving the new Summer Smooches suite! This red polka dot paper is so yummy! And the stamps are super easy to use!

Stamps: Bright Blossoms
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Basic Black Classic; Riding Hood Red, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Labels, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fairy Purses and Notes

My little girls aren't quite so little anymore, so I had to find a new audience! I started a new part-time job in February, and my boss's two granddaughters are the perfect ages to appreciate my fairy purses and fairy notes!

Made with Stampin' Up!'s brand new Petite Purse die and Flirtatious DSP, these tiny purses are perfect for little treats or papers. We'll be using this die at club next week, so make sure you're there to check it out!

The Petite Purse die is part of the Summer Smooches special--some previews of new catalog merchandise and some exclusive products!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Classic cream and black

I love the classic look of these cards! I was inspired by Dawn Olchefske, who makes such lovely things. I used 6x6 textured Vanilla cardstock, scored in half. Then stamped the large image from the Sale-a-bration set Fresh Vintage in black. Emboss with the oval Designer Frames embossing folders (also available for Sale-a-bration!). Then add a sentiment punched with the large oval punch. I also used the new Diagonal Plate to make envelopes from First Edition Specialty DSP. So fun!

Don't let Sale-a-bration pass you by! March 31 is the deadline to get your FREE product with every $50 purchase.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Treat Tube Again!

Here's another treat tube like the one I posted Tuesday. This one is a little larger--it holds about 12 candies. The flower top on this one comes from the Big Shot Flower Folds die. When I first saw these, I thought they looked kind of tricky to make, but they really aren't! Give them a try for Easter or Mother's Day, or any time you need a little gift!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fancy Flower Treat Tube

Stampin' Up provided us with this cute template this month, and I've been seeing them all over the internet! This one was inspired by Angie Juda. If you'd like the instructions, leave me a comment! Here is the view "behind" the tag:

Stamps: Elementary Elegance (SAB), Fresh Vintage (SAB) 
Paper: Sweet Shop DSP, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Whisper White  
Ink: Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade  
Accessories: Window Sheets, Simply Scored, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, paper piercer, Sticky Strip

Thursday, March 8, 2012

With a cherry on top!

If only we had scent capabilities on the internet, you'd be able to smell the cherry embossing powder on this card! We made this card at club on Tuesday using the Mouthwatering set and the yummy scented embossing powder. So fun! Can't wait for cherries to be ripe here, but it's still a few months away. Guess I'll just have to be happy with the embossing powder! 

Stamps: Mouthwatering, A Word for You  
Paper: Naturals White, Real Red, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Real Red DSP 
Ink: Real Red Craft and Classic, Old Olive marker  
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Big Shot, Polka Dots texture, Scallop Squares Duo die, Perfect Pennants die, Cherry Scented EP, Poppy Parade Stitched Poly ribbon

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

You're so sweet

This card makes me anxious for summer! And what goes better with summer weather than ice cream? Nothing!

We'll be making this card and matching envie tonight at March's club meeting. If you're local and interested in joining or just attending a club meeting, let me know!

Stampin' Up!'s new Diagonal Scoring Plate makes custom envelopes a snap--you'll be amazed how easy it is! And with the Sweet Shop set of products, you can't go wrong. I love the brads, the stickers, the stamps, the scented embossing powders, the DSP . . . well, apparently, I love it all!

Don't forget Sale-a-bration ends on March 31! Get your order in now!


Stamps: Sweet Cake, Mouthwatering
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Sweet Shop DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Labels, Sweet Shop Jelly Bean Brads, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pretty stripes

This is my current favorite card! I saw the sketch on Pinterest and knew it was perfect for these brads. The DSP and brads are from the Everyday Enchantment suite in the Sale-a-bration catalog. And don't you love the Pool Party twine! Yummy!

This is a great sketch for long scraps, and a fun way to make a quick card.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boutique Birthday

We made this card at February's club meeting. I think it's so old-fashioned looking! First we used the Adorning Accents Edgelit and Embossing folder to decorate the bottom edge of the front of the card. Then we used Watercolor Wonder Crayons to watercolor the beautiful image from Apothecary Art (this might be my most favorite set ever!) die cut it with the Labels Framelits. The DSP is from the gorgeous Attic Boutique pack. And those giant pearls? They're new from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sale-a-bration Birthday

I really love this card and need to make a few more! I think it's perfect for a masculine birthday, and those cards are sometimes hard to come by! I used the Adorning Accents Edgelit to add a little curve the the front, and then just used my favorite DSP pack--Everyday Enchantment--and some Lucky Limeade cardstock. The sentiment is from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes, and the banner is from Take It to Heart. It still needed a little something, so I added the doodles.

Have you placed your Sale-a-bration order yet??? Don't miss out on this gorgeous DSP and the accompanying accessories!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In the sunshine

Even though we had snow on Wednesday, my daffodils and crocus are peeking their little heads up out of the dirt, looking for the sunshine! This card makes me feel like spring, and it was very easy to put together.

The DSP is from the Everyday Enchantment pack--free with purchase and available exclusively during Sale-a-bration! I {heart} this particular print, and I'll probably be hoarding some of it. I used the smallest Label Framelit to cut out the very center, then stamped the sentiment (from Pursuit of Happiness) on the Vanilla layer underneath. Added some doodling, some pearls, and some stitched poly ribbon.

Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. It was fun and easy, and I think it has a dramatic look to it! I used the Triple Heart punch and the Small Heart punch. And let's hear it for yummy Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Tell your loved ones how you feel!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine Treat Box

Another Valentine treat box for you to try! This is the Big Shot die Box #2--one of my most used dies! I cut a strip of Red Glimmer paper and scalloped the edge. Attach with Sticky Strip to the top edge of the box. One heart punch is embossed, while the other is stamped with an image from Take It to Heart. Add you treat and tie with red 1/4" grosgrain. Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine Pillow Box

Sometimes I forget about the pillow box die--and yet I always love projects made with it! This was a January club project. Super simple way to give out a little candy gift on Valentines Day. If you need co-worker gifts or classroom gifts, this is an easy way to go!

We cut a pillow box out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and stamped it with the smallest heart image from Take It to Heart. Then we folded it up, secured with sticky strip, and added a candy treat. We just folded the top closed and tied the whole box shut with Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. The Valentine sentiment is from the Occasions Alphabet--one of my favorites in a long time! After stamping, we die cut it out with the scalloped rectangle clearlit and added Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. The corner heart is a small heart punch from the Red Glimmer paper.

What are you making for Valentines Day???

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Vintage Valentine Bird

I've mentioned before that I used to make valentines with my grandmother, and this is another one inspired by those memories. I'm really loving the feel of Very Vanilla on my cards right now, and I think it gives this one an old-fashioned feel.

The stamp is from Take It to Heart, cut out--of course--with the matching Hearts Framelits. I used the new Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz instead of coloring--that stuff is darker than I expected! I think it turned out beautifully and Grandma would have loved it.

Any special Valentine memories that are inspiring your crafting these days???


Stamps: Take It to Heart
Paper: Very Vanilla, Brights Stack DSP, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Framelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, Victoria Crochet Trim, dimensionals

Monday, January 30, 2012

Butterfly enchantment

Since it's been cold and cloudy, I'm creating a little spring weather in my craft room. This is one of my favorite cards! It's simple to make and uses the Everyday Enchantment DSP that is available during Sale-a-bration. I adhered the DSP to a Very Vanilla layer and then wrapped it with some of the 1/8" Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon from the SAB ribbon and brad pack. A few pearls, a few butterflies . . . easy, springy card! I made a variation on this one for a swap I'm participating in, but I think the 3x6 version is still the best. :-)

I've been on a 3x6 card kick lately, so expect to see more like this. Somehow a new shape has sparked my previously missing mojo! What are you making with your Sale-a-bration goodies???


Paper: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP, In Color Stack DSP, First Edition Specialty DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, Pearls, SAB Ribbon and Brad pack, sponge, dimensionals

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sale-a-bration Blog Hop!

Lots of great ideas from my friends at Stampin Addicts.   Start anywhere on the list and complete the circle!

1) Betty (kittystamps) -- Fresh Vintage (Sale-A-Bration 2012 Blog Hop!)
2) Holly K (catrules) -- Fresh Vintage
3) Paula (scrapshappen) -- Everyday Enchantment DSP
4) Tanya (tanya27) -- Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad pack
5) Yapha -- Sprinkled Expressions 
6) Twila (tjdstampsalot) -- Sprinkled Expressions
7) Rhonda (rhondag) -- Outlined Occasions 
8) Lisa Y (genesis) -- Outlined Occasions
9) Heidi (hlw966) -- Flirtatious Fabric 
10) Sharon (createdbyu) -- Kindness Matters 
11) Katherine -- Designer Frames Embossing Folders 
12) Shelley (Packer Fan) -- Elementary Elegance 
13) Kim (s1itcher46) -- Elementary Elegance 
14) Krystal (skdeleeuw) -- Stripes Embossing Folder
15) Mickey (MickeyRoberts) -- Language of Friendship
16) Carmen -- One Big Sale-a-bration MDS CD 
17) Debra (webdeb) -- One Big Sale-a-bration MDS CD 
18) Sara (lilyinkpad) -- Piece of Cake Ensemble MDS CD

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's a Sale-a-bration!

Everybody's favorite annual Stampin' Up! promotion is here! For every $50 in merchandise you purchase, you can choose something (fabulous) for free, from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Check it out on my Stampin' Up! website. 

This card features the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment DSP available ONLY as a free Sale-a-bration incentive! And where did I get that cute Lucky Limeade ribbon, you ask? ALSO a Sale-a-bration freebie! It comes in a set of two ribbons (Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral) and the pack of the cutest brads you've ever seen!

Did I mention that if you place a $150 order, in addition to the regular hostess benefits of $25, you also get an adorable re-useable shopping tote? No? Well, consider it mentioned. :-) Get those orders placed, stampers! With all the amazing new product in the Occasions Mini, plus all the stuff you still NEED from the regular catalog, now is the time to get the best value for your dollar!

Stamps: Occasions Alphabet
Paper: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad pack, sponge, di

Friday, January 20, 2012

Framelits and Edgelits

The Occasions Mini features a brand new product line for Stampin' Up--nested thin dies! Of course, they have matching stamp sets! Be sure to check them out. If you didn't receive a Mini Catalog in the mail, click on the link in the right side bar ------------------------------> to see it online. You can also visit my Stampin' Up Website to see everything and order anytime.

Hearts Collection Framelits Dies125599

The innovative, thin, wafer-like design of these dies lets you see where you’re placing the design before you cut! Layer dies inside each other to cut frames for stamp images. Cut single hearts for accents or layering. Use with single sheets of card stock or Designer Series Paper. Hearts Collection coordinates with Take it to Heart Stamp Set. Largest heart is approximately 5-1/4" wide. Collection includes 6 dies in a sturdy envelope for easy storage in our Big Shot Die Storage.

Labels Collection Framelits Dies125598

The innovative, thin, wafer-like design of these dies lets you see where you’re placing the design before you cut! Layer dies inside each other to cut frames for stamp images. Cut single labels for accents or layering. Use with single sheets of card stock or Designer Series Paper. Labels Collection coordinates with our Apothecary Art Stamp Set. Largest label is approximately 5-7/16" wide. Includes 6 dies in a sturdy envelope for easy storage in our Big Shot Die Storage.

Adorning Accents Edgelits Die125595
Cut unique card edges with our new Edgelits! They use the same thin, wafer-like design as our Framelits, so you can see where you’re placing
the design before you cut. If you'd like, add embossing to the cut with the coordinating Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Also coordinates with Bordering on Romance Set. Includes two dies: one scallop and one bracket edge. Edgelits are approx. 6-1/8" long.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Whole Heartedly

This heart-shaped card will be one of the projects we make tonite at our stamp club. If you are local and would like to join in future meetings, please email me!

The new Heart Framelits are so fun--and this card just makes me smile. It uses the largest of the framelits--the scalloped one. I used the Framelit on a folded, scored piece of Melon Mambo to make the inside of the card (yes, it works!), then placed a whole heart on top. The banner is from Take it to Heart, and the saying is from Loving Thoughts.

There are so many things to do with these fun new shapes. I hope you will give the new Framelits a try!

Stamps: Take it to Heart, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Melon Mambo, Flirtatious Specialty DSP
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Versamark
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Big Shot, Heart Framelits, White Organza Ribbon, White Embossing Powder

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spring Stamping

I've been unable to figure out how to blog from my iPad (can you say "frustrating?" I knew you could!), so I've just not been blogging at all. sigh. I have been stamping, though! My official stamp assistant is home from college for a couple months, and we've been stamping up a storm! A spring storm, that is. We'll start with the Valentines Day stuff!

Valentines Day is one of my very favorite holidays, so I always enjoy seeing what new Stampin' Up! offerings there will be for that day. This year, my prize goes to Take It to Heart (125522, $23.95 clear). Mainly because it matches the fabulous new Framelits Hearts dies!!! I'm in Heaven! This is a simple, old-fashioned valentine that I think my grandmother would love, if she were still alive. This little retro image really reminded me of her! Be sure to check out all the offerings in the Occasions Mini! (you can view it online by visiting my Stampin Up website
or by clicking the image in the sidebar -------------------> )

Stamps: Take It to Heart
Paper: Going Gray, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dot embossing folder, Framelits Hearts