Monday, August 29, 2011

classy halloween

This has to be one of my all time favorite cards from convention this year. It really POPS in person! The background is embossed...both dry and heat!
I will be demoing this card at an upcoming technique class in September.....wanna come? This card and more can be yours.......:)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hello case

When I saw this set in the catalog, I was not impressed. It just didn't do anything for me. That being said,...after seeing all the samples at convention I had to buy it! I really like this card by Sharon Skelton. I love Blue and Brown together! Add a little bling and..what's not to love! The white square is embossed with the polka dot embossing folder. I was going to case it and post my version but....her card is just perfect!
(I may case it anyway! ) Thanks for sharing Sharon.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blue memories

When I make a card I like, I like to make more than one. I really liked the card I showed yesterday, but a couple of the elements were retired Stampin' Up! items. I made this one using all current ingredients. Again, the same butterfly with the tree and 'swinger', but this time no rosette. I also left the tag off since that is not a Stampin' Up! item. Instead of sponging with espresso and blush, this card has suede and bashful blue. I think it turned out pretty cute. Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Remember when....with pearls

I was in a nostalgic mood the other day. I was looking through my stamps and came across this Forever Young set. I love the tree and the feeling of days gone by it gives me. I really like how this card turned out. It makes me remember days of carefree youth swinging on my grandmothers swing out back.
I used vanilla cardstock for my butterfly and word base. The tag in the background is an actual premade tag from the local craft store. ( I have hundreds...don't ask...) I sponged it with espresso ink and stamped the brocade image from the Daring Adventure set. It turned out a bit bold and smeared so I put my Aqua painter to the task and really smeared it around. Hey, if you can't beat it, join it, right? My favorite DSP is in the background of course, heavily sponged as well. I added some vanilla seam binding through the hole in the tag and then tied the original tag string around that. Pearls and a fabric rosette finish it all off.
Does it give you the same feeling? Let's go swing!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grow Green

Does this stamped image look familiar? yes, it is the same as yesterday. I really like it. But, again, I am missing the razzleberry ribbon. Did you send in your request yet to Stampin' Up!
I absolutely love this DSP! It is from the Spice Cake collection....coming out in September. It is SUPER yummy and has fabric to coordinate! Schedule a workshop and I will bring it to entice you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

grow through life....

This stamp is one they gave us at convention. Exclusive! Gotta love that! I think it is cute and I love the saying, "don't go through life, grow through life." Words of wisdom for sure.
I stamped the image with Old Olive and then used an aqua painter to add some color to the flowers, leaves, and butterflies. Not to bold....I just wanted a bit of interest on there. The card base is Soft Suede with a strip of old olive at the bottom and a matte of Rich Razzleberry under the image. Did you know Stampin' Up! doesn't have any Razzleberry polka dot ribbon? I was very upset frankly. I think we should all request that TODAY! lol I used some vanilla seam binding instead and it works for me. The background image is the large Good Works stamp stamped with Soft Suede. My downline may be seeing some of these cards.....its prize week!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

fall life

I always dream of the fall. Dream the the leaves will change color and fall and the air will get crisp and cool and that I suddenly live in Vermont. lol Arizona autumns leave a bit to be desired. Here we are, almost at the end of August and we are still waking up to 80 degree mornings and 100 degree lunches. sigh...
I can, however, live out my fall fantasies with stamps. See? Stamping makes all your dreams come true! I love this Gently Falling stamp set. It is beautiful with both the layers, or just one or the other. For this card I used pumpkin pie, more mustard and soft suede stamp pads. The ribbon is actually chocolate chip but, we won't tell, will we? Can you see that I even sneaked a bit of my newsprint DSP on here? I told you it went with everything....

Monday, August 22, 2011

Easy does it

I had a big sale at my house this weekend. I have SO much retired paper and stamps and wheels and....well, you get the idea. The people that came got a screaming deal on some wonderful crafting supplies. I still have more so, I may be doing it again this weekend.
As was expected, I had a easy little make and take at the sale. This is the card my guests were able to make. Have I said how much I love this DSP? It goes with everything! The package is huge! It just lasts and lasts! I think I may actually need to order more....but it has lasted a long time and I've used it on almost everything lately.
The card base is Soft Suede. The stamp is from the Button Buddies set. Instead of buttons for flowers I used the retired Rosettes. I actually like these quite a bit. I miss them already!
My office is almost done! I only have one more wall to do. yay! Here is a little sneak peek of some amazing organization tools I found. These little shelf units are from They hand make each unit when you order it so, it's 'just for you!' The have brackets on the back so you can hang them on the wall, but I chose to put them on my shelves. I emptied a few of my drawers so I could move some other things around. It is working great!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bloggers sketch

My internet has been giving me a hard time. On and it me or is it Qwest....? We don't know. I blame them, they blame me. Either way, it has kept me from being consistent on some web items like the bloggers challenge.
This week our challenge is in the form of a sketch.
I love sketches. It gives me a base to go from. I can just add my own touch to it then.
As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to use the new stocking set and punch from Stampin' Up! I love it! Of course, it is not available til Sept 1st.....but you can book a workshop with me and I will bring it and let you use it! Sept is right around the corner! I also decided I wanted to use my snowflake die instead of a circle in the background. I don't know if this card turned out 'exactly' how I wanted....but it does have some sparkle and I do love that! The edges of the stocking as well as the red strip along the bottom are from the Red Glitter paper. I LOVE it! I stamped JOY with Real Red and added a fun button to the O. A 1/8inch hole and some linen thread and it is done! I originally started out making a square card but my JOY wasn't enough to fill the card. wow...does that have a double meaning? lol maybe!
Enjoy! And check out what the other bloggers did with this sketch using the links below.