Monday, February 28, 2011

New stampers!


Okay so technically....she may not be a 'new' stamper, but this is the first time she has stamped with me so....she is new to me! My friend Marcy came to my stamp night on Friday and made this totally adorable card! I love the colors she put together....not colors I would have chosen, but they rock! This is a Valentine card for her son. It looks amazing in person. Very dimensional. On the inside, she put the negative of the punched hearts along the bottom border. super cute! I hope she keeps coming so I can steal more ideas from her!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Scissor wizard


Jeannie is amazing with scissors! She always sends me the most amazing cards! I don't know where she finds the time to do all the cutting! She says she enjoys it. I think it is awesome! She sent me this card for Valentine's day. Yes, I felt the love. Thanks Jeannie!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Love from below


My sweet downline Araceli made me this totally adorable card a few weeks ago. She is ooober talented!! It is made using the saleabration set Bliss, the embossing folder Framed Tulips, and the awesome red glitter paper. I love the layout and the colors and everything! totally a copy-able card. Feeling the love for anyone? make them this card! I can help!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Foofy bookmark


This cute book mark is made using the Flower die in the mini catalog and some wide grosgrain ribbon. Totally easy! Punch out the flowers, sponge the edges, layer together with dimensionals, add a vintage brad to the top and voila! Foofy bookmark. One your boy children probably won't steal but...watch out for the girls! Before you know it, it will be tied around their head like a head band. Not a bad idea.......

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I do instead of homework....

yes,I have tons of homework to do so, I decided to scrapbook instead! Why not? In the long run, isn't keeping your family memories alive more important than being able to graph vectors and inequalities? Yes, they are. I am attempting to post the 'movie' I made of my February 2011 Digital scrapbook. I used My Digital Scrapbook from Stampin' Up! for this. The pages were all designer made. I only changed a few things here and there to personalize them. I think the colors and layout are perfect for my little album. This whole thing only took me about an hour to do. If you haven't tried MDS....you've got to try it! Loads of fun! It doesn't quite satisfy my urge to get out the paper and scissors and stamps and glue....but it will do in a pinch!

Wishing Big


Now that I am back in Arizona, I have the opportunity to go to my upline's group meetings. I love meeting with other demonstrators! These women are especially creative. I love all the great ideas I come home with! I wanted to share this particularly cute card done by Jimi. I love the colors and the texture and all the dimension on here. She used the big shot die Movers and Shakers for the window and circle punches for the colored circles on top. It is way cute! Thanks for the idea Jimi!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Eye of the Artist


I was showing my friend Marlene the wonders of the water color pencils the other night and came up with this card. It was intended to be a quick..."this is how these work" project and not really a card, but the peer pressure got to me quick to make it into something. I guess this stamp is actually a fern of some sort, but the great thing about being the 'artist' of the card....it is whatever I say it is! So, either a mighty cold fern or a new breed of flower. I decided to play off the yellow tips of the 'flowers' and do a yellow card base. Not my favorite choice of colors, but I think it works. And of course...when in doubt, add glitter! I just dabbed a bit of tombow to the edges of each 'flower' and dumped some dazzling diamonds on there. NOW it looks good. You never know how it is going to turn out....just go with it!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's a manly card matey!


My mom joined me at my stamp night on Friday. I'm so glad she is willing to come stamp with me...even tho she 'says' she is creatively challenged. Whatever. I will bring out that inner stamp artist! It is my goal!
Anyway, she wanted to make a birthday card for my son who will be 17 next week. I think part of her problem is the overwhelming amount of 'stuff' that can be used to make a card. I helped her out by giving her a base to work with. I gave her the card base, DSP and red stars. She was able to use it to make this totally cute card. I think it turned out awesome! Good job mom!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My fingers are stuck together


Yes, it is true. I had a real 'run in' with a bottle of Liquid mono, or Tombow last night. I had seen this tutorial online for making beautiful roses using Stampin' Up!'s owl punch. What??? You say? Yeah, no kidding! This woman is amazing. I had to try it! It was surprisingly easy. This is my very first attempt at the owl rose and it turned out great! I'm not going to describe how to do it, just watch her tutorial. But be warned...if you are not careful, you too will have your fingers glued together. Gotta love that Tombow.....

http://valitasfreshfolds.blogspot.co...unch-rose.html

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm a jeweler


The rosettes Stampin' Up! carries are so yummy! My stampin' Grandma gave me these earrings at leadership made from them. Super easy! Just glue the rosette to some empty earring bases. I thought it would bee cool to have a matching ring....so I ordered some ring bases from a place online and made some! Hot glue, a big SU button, and a rosette and you have a super cute ring! My 13 year old HAD to make one too. You KNOW it's cool when the 13 year old likes it. I may just be Hip today! lol

Thursday, February 10, 2011

stamp a stack of love




This Friday I am hosting a card making class at my home. Here are some of the cards we will be making. Please email me and let me know if you can come and what cards you would like to make. Card are made in a 'stack' meaning you get to make 4 of every card you choose for $6. Come stock up and be prepared for the coming month!
If you need cards that are not pictured, let me know and I will have them available too! The greeting on all cards can be changed to meet your month's needs. Can't wait to stamp with you!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

brOOch


What a weird word. Seriously....Brooch. Anyway, this is the brooch we made at leadership.....kind of. I modified it for the stamp camp. Instead of using a clear tile in the center we used a clear button and a rosette. I like the way it fluffs up so cute. The fabric Stampin' Up! carries is so colorful and classy. I really like it a lot. This brOOch could also be used as a hairpin or on a bag or any number of things. Super easy to cut out with the Big shot and just hot glued together. If you look reeeeealy close you might see that there is some newsprint paper in there as well as a shimmer paint colored daisy from the pretties kit. SO shabby chic.....you need one in every color pallette!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Boxes of love




Here is another project we did at stamp camp this month. This little chest of drawers is made using the Match Box die for the Big Shot. It is so cute! We filled the drawers with red hots and other Valentine candies. Fun stuff! You could also use it for little earrings or other fun gifts.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Insta-wow


My new friend Marlene came to stamp with me this week. We had a great time chatting and being creative together. I made this card and then she made one too. She didn't really like the way she stamped the flowers on hers until she fed it through the Big Shot using the waffle weave embossing folder. Wow! It really made it pop! Then, she loved it! The paper looks like fabric after you emboss it. I love the effect! Talk about taking a so so card to instant wow!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Glitter fish


Diane Kileen is another demonstrator friend that comes up with the cutest stuff! This is her card from our last upline meeting. I love how she used the Ornament punch to make these fat little fish! How stinking cute is that? I am also totally in love with this red glitter paper! You NEED some of this!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

casing Julie


Some people are under the false impression that to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator you have to be super creative. Not so! There are SO many good ideas out there, you can go a long way on just copying other people! For example....at my last upline meeting, Julie Hicks brought a super cute card that I promptly brought home and copied. Her's is cuter than mine, so I'm not showing it! I love her idea to use the scalloped circle thingy behind the heart. I will be showing a tutorial on how to do this next week. I know, you are still waiting on the ink in embossing folder technique I promised two weeks ago. Have you ever seen The Money Pit? well....they will be done in 'two weeks.'.......really...

Friday, February 4, 2011

I LOVE stamp camps!











I haven't done a stamp camp since I moved back to Arizona and I have missed them! Camps are one of my all time favorite things to do. I love getting together with my stampin friends and just crafting all day! Camps are also where we get to do bigger more involved projects than just cards or scrap pages.
This is one of the projects we will be doing tomorrow. The block is from the Decor blocks that Stampin' Up! sells. They come in a set of four, but I thought this was a fun and cute idea to use them independently. I used the new newsprint DSP to cover the block and then used the Big Shot to cut out LOVE. I kept my color scheme to black and white with just the pop of red here and there. The photo holder is made from 14 gauge wire I picked up at Home depot. I used wire cutters and pliers to bend them into the shape I wanted and then hot glued it to the top. I hope my campers like this project!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sign of Creativity


As many of you know, I am an organizer by trade. I love organizing craft rooms more than any other room. I am thinking I might need to make myself a new craft room. Right now, my craft room is just crammed into less than half of my bedroom. I thought it would work but....not so much. I want a place I can do my classes and have everything 'right there' so I don't have to run to my room every half second.
In the mean time...this is my work space. And, it isn't even in my craft area. It is my formal dining table. I know.....crazy....but seriously....what does YOUR space look like?? touche.....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Flowers to die for....


I saw a lot of these flowers at leadership. They are made using the new Fun Flowers XL die for the Big Shot. Talk about easy peasy lemon squeezy! One run through the BS and you get enough flowers to make this super cute pin or brooch or whatever you want to use it for flower. You gotta get this one! Mine is on it's way.....just you wait Henry Higgins....beautiful things will be made next week using this one!