Friday, July 29, 2011

Wow, it's already Friday....

I have been so busy crazy lately rearranging my craft room that I haven't even had time to play. So, I decided to share more pictures of fun ideas that I got at Convention.

This is a little sneak peek at a new stamp set....and yes, also a new punch....coming out in the Holiday mini catalog. I'm so excited. I loved this card. I think we will be making this one at a Christmas card stamp camp. Here is another fun sneak peek at a new item in the Holiday mini. It's a die cut for our Big Shot of a stocking. Boy, do I have some fun plans for those in my house this Christmas time....I can hardly wait to get my hands on this new toy.
And, then how cute are these flowers with buttons for the centers. This also uses a new fun thing coming out in the new Holiday mini. They are called shaker frames, and there are so many fun things to do with them. This is just one cute idea.

I also liked this sweet little card. How fun with the ribbons sticking out the two sides just for a different ribbon element.

So, that is it for today. I am hoping to finish the room today, so I can get in there and play again soon. My daughter is moving back home for about 6 months, so we are going to share my craft space....should be interesting. I'm so happy to have her back home that I will make any sacrifices necessary.

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Make it a wonderful day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Live in the sunshine

Wow, this is my second post of the day. When I woke up this morning I felt like playing with one of the challenges out there. I decided to play along with the Stamping 411 challenge today.

How cute is this little flower? I used the triple layer punched flowers, 5 of them, got them wet and scrunched them up. I then attached all the layers together with a brad and then scrunched them up again. It's cuter in real life though. The challenge was to have the card the other way, but I had already cut the Calypso Coral to fold this way, and added the DSP to the bottom when I realized, so I left it.
I love how that little scallop around the 2 1/2" circle punch fits so well. It is one of the pieces from the Perfect Pennant die. I used the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set for the sentiment.
Thanks for peeking in today, and if this is your first visit today. Keep scrolling down for a "berry" sweet card I posted earlier today.

Sweet Strawberries and Gingham

Okay so this is two cases thrown into one card. And, for the life of me I can't remember who either of the cards were from....I'm sorry. If it's you, let me know and I will give you the credit due you.

How cute is that gingham? But Stampin Up doesn't have any gingham DSP you say? That's because that is a piece of whisper white cardstock turned into gingham. Cool huh? I took my new stripes embossing folder and brayer with some Lucky Limeade ink and inked up my brayer. Tip: make sure you ink up the side with the stampin up logo on it.

I inked up the embossing folder and ran my paper through the Big Shot once, then inked it up again, turned my paper 180 degrees and then ran the paper through the Big Shot again. And this cute gingham is what I got.

I just love this technique. Probably because I like gingham. It just says happy and summer to me. Then I used the new Berry Blossoms DSP and the Fruit and Flowers stamp set for the inside. My cute little strawberry is punched from the Heart punch with some Calypso Coral.I think this card is "berry" sweet.
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Have an amazing day today.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thanks for your order gifts

In June I told my club ladies that if they placed an online order, that I would make them a little handmade gift for their order. Well, I had 5 ladies place orders online. 3 of them have already gotten their little gifts, but the other two placed their orders on June 30th....the day I had surgery. So, I am finally getting to making their little gifts for their June orders. I think they turned out pretty cute myself.

I used the new Button Buddies stamp set for these cute little 3x3 cards with envelopes. And the topper has a brand new stamp....that I received free at Convention for attending 5 different classes. It is just the neatest stamp and I'm so excited to finally be able to use it. Cute and simple topper. The only thing holding the cello bag shut is that library clip with the little flower.
Here is what each little card inside looks like.

This one is the cute little pig. The little pig is stamped in Regal Rose and then I used Regal Rose DSP for the envelope, but the button and the little cardstock around the pig is Pretty in Pink. This one is a little different because I ran out of red I used some crystal effects to make it look like a juicy cherry. Not as cute, but it works. I added a little knot with some 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon at the stem. The envelope is decorated on the back with some Big Top Birthday DSP.

Here we have the Rich Razzleberry flower with a decorated envelope using the Pocketful of Posies DSP.

The little baby rattle I wanted to keep unisex and made it Daffodil Delight. I added a little bling to the middle of the button and then a little 1/8" Daffodil Delight tafetta ribbon bow. For the Congratulations I used the Baby Bundle stamp set. This cute little vase of flowers uses Marina Mist and again a little bling in the middle of the flowers with a little Very Vanilla 1/8" taffeta ribbon bow.

I hope they like them. I just love this new stamp set and had so much fun making these little cuties.

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Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just because.....

This is one of the make n takes we got at Convention. I like how sweet and simple this card is. It uses the Raining Flowers stamp set we got for free....yay, I love free. How fun is that ribbon on the bottom. It uses the new Island Indigo lacy ribbon with some Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon on top and then stapled. Too cute. Here is another sweet and simple card. This is a case from a sample I saw at Convention. It uses the stamp set Easy Events ..... another freebie from Convention.
Well I have this post scheduled ahead of time, but today is my 50th birthday. My girls are kidnapping me and taking me to a spa for a day of pampering, and then off to my sons for a family dinner. I can't believe I'm 50. I used to think 50 was old, and now that I'm here, I realize it's not that bad. So, here's to making it to 50!!! I hope the next 50 years are as wonderful.....actually I don't want to live another 50 years....that's just toooo
I hope you are all having a wonderful day today too.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Thinking out of the box....

I saw one of these at Convention. One of the ladies in our group made these for one of her swaps, and I was just in love with it. How do people think of these things? Can you tell what this is made from? Yep, the milk carton die. You cut two dies and cut off one of the flaps on each die, and then attach the two dies together and you get this adorable box. Then you just decorate it to your liking. I mean look how stinkin cute that top is!!! What a great way to give a gift. It would be like a gift inside a gift. I got my directions to make this on It's down a ways so you really have to scroll down, but it was worth it.
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I hope today is a good day for everyone.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hello Doily

When I saw this stamp in the new IB&C I just knew I had to have it.

This is a case of one of the cards I saw on display at Convention.

That cute little doily on top of the stamped image is from the Flirtatious DSP, and how fun it is that cute fan on the top? I made it using my new Simply Scored that I won at Convention. I can't wait for everyone to see it and use it. To make that fan I cut a piece of DSP 12" x 1 1/4" and then I scored it every 1/4" and then folded it back and forth. I adhered the two end pieces together and then layed it down and added that button on top. Easy Peasy. I also made this card using the Hello Doily stamp set and the sentiment is from Perfectly Penned....another great stamp set. I stamped the image with Versa Mark and then embossed it with White embossing Powder. It looks so amazing in person. Then I die cut a butterfly from vellum, added some bling to the body and attached it to the doily. I sponged the edges with some Rose Red which is what Iused to stamp the sentiment. I popped it up with some dimensionals and added it to the Blusing Bride cardstock.
Doesn't that look like a real doily on there? I love this stamp. It will get a LOT of use in my stamp room. I think we are going to be making this Thursday night too.

Thanks for peeking in today.

Have a wonderful day.

I hope it's not too hot where you are. We are having a heat wave and I hate it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Candy on a card????

So this is one of the darling projects Carrie Cudney shared with us at Convention. Isn't it adorable? It is little Hershey Miniature candies on a card. I would have never thought to put little candies on a card, but that's why she is where she is, and I am not!!! hahahaha

I wanted to duplicate the original as close as I could. I used Blushing Bride for the colors, and the DSP is from the Nursery Suite. The ribbon is Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon that I got wet and scrunched up and then dried with my heat tool. How cute is that cake pedestal? It uses the new Lace Border punch. So, at Convention this card "WOWWED" everyone, including me. I couldn't wait to come home and make one. Then I made it and didn't think it really said "Birthday". It said "Princess" to me. Well, I wanted to make this card for club on Thursday since 2 of my club members and myself all have July birthdays, but I wanted it more birthday than princess. So....... ......I made another one using different DSP, and I LOVE it! So, this is one of the cards we will be making at club on Thursday night. I hope the ladies like it. For this card I used the Just Add Cake DSP, and it gives it a whole different feel. The feel I was looking for.

So, what's your favorite Hershey's miniature candy? Mine is Mr. Goodbar.

Thanks for peeking in today.
Tomorrow I have some more samples of cards I made yesterday.

I spent the whole day in my craft room just playing. So much fun.
See ya tomorrow.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Workshops in a Bag

This year at Convention they outdid themselves. Everything was a +one thought. So, every year they have wonderful Make n Takes that they give us the stamp sets we need to make everything, not to mention all the paper, ribbons and embellishments needed to make the projects. They give us 2 hours to make them, and we NEVER get them done.....hahahahaha

I didn't even scratch the surface of the make n takes this year. That's on my to do list, to finish .....finish, hahahaha to do them. I will show those when I get them done. BUT, in addition to the make n takes, they also gave us a cute bag with enough stuff to do a workshop! Talk about generous. It was all cut for us and put into kits for us and everything.

These are two of the three projects they had for us. I put them together as samples last night.

How cute is this??? It's a set of 4 thank you tags in a little cello bag with a cute little topper.

Here are the 4 cute little tags before putting them in the cello bag.

And I'm sorry, I just think this little topper is so cute and simple. I'm so excited that Stampin Up now sells those cute little clothespins.

These tags use the Easy Events stamp set, all 5 new In Colors, the 2 1/2" punch, the Itty Bitty Punchs, Lucky Limeade that new ribbon, and the small cello bag.
This card was pretty cute too. It uses the new Easy Events stamp set as well.

Here is a close up of the image. It has dazzling diamonds around the outside of the leaves on the tree and how cute are those corners. You just use the little circle punch in the Itty Bitty punch pack and punch out a section on each corner, and then wrap Bakers Twine around the corners and edges and secure on the back. It's simple to do and adds such a cute little touch.

Then you just stamp on the envelope too and everything is all matchy matchy and cute. The fun thing I liked about this kit, is they used the natural white paper, and it is so fun to work with. I haven't really used it before and I'm going to start using it more now. I really liked it. The envelope is also a natural white envelope.

So, those are two of the workshop in a bag projects. I wasn't really to sure about the other one, so I might do something different on that one. If I do I will show you that one too.

Now I need to finish unpacking and do some laundry....ugh....

I'm so excited for club on Thursday night. I have so many ideas I'm not sure which ones to head is spinning with ideas thanks to convention.

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Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Home and totally exhausted...: )

I have a few photos from Convention to show you how much fun it was. Tomorrow I will have pictures of some of the fun projects we got to see.....but for now....

I wanted to show you how close we stayed to the Convention Center this year. This picture was taken from the outside elevator of our hotel. We are literally right across the street. And here is a picture of our hotel as we walk out of the Convention doors. I can't tell you how nice that was to be so close. Stampin Up gave us a lot of free stuff and some of it got heavy after awhile, all I had to do was run ..... well maybe not run.....walk across the street and drop it off and just head back for more......greedy huh? hahahaha Sometimes I waited in line to use the restroom longer than if I had just gone back to the hotel room.....hahahahaha
Then, just to give you an idea of how many "crazy" women were there.....I took a picture of the masses as we were coming out of the general session and heading for some lunch. I got up the escaltor and took a picture from one side......

.....and then turned around and took another picture of the other side. Lots of ladies huh????? And we were all there because we LOVE to stamp and play with paper. I met a lot of super nice, super friendly people, and then there were those not as learn to just ignore those ones after awhile. But, it really was a blast.Here I am all excited because I just won a wonderful treasure. It is a brand new ..... wonderful .... tool that Stampin Up will start selling in the Holiday Mini Catalog, and I got mine for free. It is called a Simply Scorer......and yes, it is way better than any scoring tool out there on the market. Anyone wanna buy my old Scor Pal? hahahahha

It was very exciting to win that particular prize. Woo Hoo for me. I even made it on the YouTube Convention 2011 highlight You Tube debut. : )

Every year Stampin Up has a theme, and this year's theme was GROW!!! This was the main stage and me and my BFF Chris Twardowski took our pictures in front of it before our class started. It looks really fun in person.

Here is a picture of the girls I hung out with. Me on the end, Chris, new friend, and Sue. This was the last day and the last general session, and we are all absolutely exhausted.

We even had this cute little guy in our group. He is 7 weeks old and I'm sure the youngest attendee at Convention. He was sooooo good.

Here are more of our group at the kick off party on Wednesday night. The theme was Flower Party, that is why Sue has a flower on her head. Let me tell you, some of those ladies got crazy with their garden party hats....

Then on Friday night we try to get together for dinner at the Olive Garden. These are the ones who were able to make it. It was good food, and great company.

These are just a few of the pictures of some of the fun we had while there. I have to say that 3 years ago I peeked into peoples blogs that went to Convention and saw how much fun they had, and thought I want to go to that. So, almost 3 years ago I became a Stampin Up demonstrator so I could go to Convention. It is soooooo much fun and worth the time and money. If anyone is one the fence about becoming a demonstrator, or wants to make lots of new friends with fun people, you should become a demonstrator and come with me next year. You won't regret it.

Tomorrow I will have pictures of samples and not bore you with my own personal pictures.....well maybe a few more....hahahaha

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Have a great day.

Friday, July 15, 2011


I saw this card on Stampin Connection made by Lisa Martz and just loved the way she used that stamp set and the colors she used together. I knew immediately that I needed to make 8 of these to send to my club ladies from convention. I was even happier to realize that I had all the stuff I needed to make them.....woo hoo. the base of the card is 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" and uses the new In Color Island Indigo. Then there is a layer of Pool Party right underneath it and then some DSP from the Pocketful of Posies pack. I love those colors together. It just makes me happy, what can I say. Then I used the largest scallop circle for the Pool Party scallop, then using the clear circle die and some Island Indigo for the next layer and then the white circle on top was the 3 1/2" circle die. Lots of cutting and prepping, but sooooo worth it.

This is the loving I gave to the inside.
And because I wanted one for myself as a sample, I made a 9th one, but unfortunately the DSP only had enough of the one pattern to make 8 cards, so I found this pattern in there and thought it would work just fine. I think it does.

Wrapped with a layer of that new wonderful In Color ribbon, and a little bling, just finished the card off nicely. As you can see I also stamped on the outside of the envelope. It's all in the details right???

I hope my club ladies like them.

Thanks for peeking in today.

I have nothing else to show until I get back, so you will just have to be patient and see what I brought back from convention.

See ya!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Butterfly Magnets

At first I wasn't really sure about these guys, but then when I added the ribbon for the body and the antenae....and then added the pearls....I was happy with them. I think they turned out pretty cute. These ones just used the Butterfly die and the DSP from the Pocketful of Posies pack.
Well by now, I have shopped at Momento Mall, gotten my hands on the new Holiday Mini excited about seeing that.....and had lots of fun. But, since I am typing these posts....BEFORE....convention to have ready....I have no idea what those were like. But, I can'twait to share it with you when I get home.

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Tomorrow I'm going to show you the card I sent my club girls from convention.
Hopefully, they will have gotten it already.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Convention Pictures

Andrea & Sue
This is Sue and I "sharing" our new clothing attire we purchased today at Momento Mall. I really do like my new cardigan, I also got one of those cute t-shirts.

Here I am with my wonderfully fun roommate Chris. We are getting a one on one lesson on My Digital Studio. I'm so glad we got this little lesson, because I have been so intimidated by MDS, but not anymore.....well not as much.

I just had to post this picture below. I am a total blog stalker, and these are two of the wonderfully talented ladies whose blogs I stalk. In the yellow shirt is Sandra Farrell, and then me, and then Jenn Picard. Love these ladies works of art.

The next few pictures are just some fun displays they had for us to view. I think they are pretty self explanatory, so enjoy. If you have any questions on any of them, leave me a comment and I will do my best to explain.

I do have to say that this package is sooooooo much better looking in person. But the glitter paper as wrapping paper was gorgeous.

These were some of the items we could buy at Momento Mall. I didn't get any today....but I'm going to change that

These are just a few of 198 pictures I took just today.
Am I having fun?????? OH YES AM!!!!!!!
Convention is such a wonderful way to spend 5 days of my summer.

If I get a chance I will blog more pictures tomorrow.
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