Wednesday, December 26, 2007
“For each of you may this be a merry Christmas. But more importantly, I wish for each of you a time, perhaps only an hour, spent in silent meditation and quiet reflection on the wonder and the majesty of this the Son of God. Our joy at this season is because He came into the world. The peace that comes from Him, His infinite love which each of us may feel, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for that which He freely gave us at so great a cost to Himself- these are of the true essence of Christmas.”- Gordon B. Hinckley
and one more....
"I like that Christmas that fulfills my needs ... to be forgiven from greed and selfishness, to fill my empty soul with peace and compassion, for hope and faith and charity, for myself renewed and hope restored in an erring world."- Robert D. Wigert
May the Spirit of Christmas remain in our hearts all year long,
Monday, December 24, 2007
Leslie Bumgarner brought this project for our Stamp Therapy Day. I had seen a picture of one so I was tickled that she chose this for us to do as I could absolutely not see the Tag Punches in this. The petals are made with SU Cardstock Vellum and Whisper White cardstock; the new Snowflake punch is used for the flower center and the punchout is then covered with Liquid Glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The cardstock is Bashful Blue wheeled in the same. Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon accented with white completes the card. Isn't this flower stunning!
This card was sent to me by an online friend, Marjie Shulsinger from Denver, CO. In addition to stamping, Marjie enjoys quilting and it is reflected in this intriguing card creation! She punched the color pieces with the smaller of the two punches on the Corner Punch and adhered them on 1 1/2" squares of cardstock. She also used the new Star Punch, the 3/4" Circle punch and the Word Window Punch plus the Wanted stamp set. All products ©Stampin' Up!
I borrowed Marjie's inspiration and took this as my project for our Stamp Therapy Day; however we used different colors to make ours. Thanks, Marjie, for the inspiration!
Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! May you and your loved ones be blessed as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wrap a piece of Real Red cardstock around the popcorn package then in the center front add a piece of white cardstock torn on both edges. Add a second piece of white cardstock the same length as the red one, torn on only one edge, around the bottom of the red and secure in the back. The 3/4" wide belt uses Stampin' Up!'s largest square punch, 1 3/8", on the silver metallic cardstock and the 3/4" square to punch the center black cardstock piece. The gold buttons are stamped with a stamp from the Little Pieces set using Encore gold metallic ink on black cardstock, then punched out with the 1/2" circle punch and adhered with foam Dimensionals to pop them up.
What a great way to package a treat for someone! And they are QUICK and EASY, which is quite a plus this time of year. Thanks, Connie, for a great project for us to make!
If you wish to order any of the supplies for this project, please email me at funstampin @ cox.net (remove spaces) and I'll be glad to help you! You can also order online at my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website here: http://margaret.stampinup.net and click on the "SHOP NOW" button.
Stay warm! Hope we are all remembering the Reason for the Season as we go about our Christmas preparation activities! : )
Monday, December 17, 2007
Here's mine; Wish I had bought that little Merry and Bright set! It's just so cute AND useful!!
Gayle also brought us another cute little project to make; she was working on a bunch of these herself so she was generous to share them with us! Using the Scallop Punch and 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches and various stamps that coordinate with them, she was making little ornaments or treats using York Peppermint Patties©. The hanger is Stampin' Up!'s silver cord and it's all stuck to the pattie wrappers with Mini Glue Dots! (gotta' love those Glue Dots!)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
We had just moved to a different house in the same city but hadn't completed the move, so I have also been working on that, with lots of help from friends. Of course, I haven't stamped since August until last week when my sweet group of fellow Stampin' Up! demos had a "stamp therapy" day for us, including lunch! How could I refuse that offer?! It was such a blessing to be with the girls again and they brought wonderful projects to make... it was so good to chat, stamp, eat, stamp... Thanks, ladies!! : ) It was great therapy for me! : ) I'll be posting the projects we made that day; they were fab! What talented and generous ladies!
I'm almost finished at the other house and we are to close on it soon so that will be done. Thanks to my friends/customers who've given me orders, I've been able to remain an active demonstrator, and I look forward to getting back to stamping with you, having classes and workshops and having some fun stampin'! It really is good therapy! : )
Thursday, August 23, 2007
These pictures are so up-close that you can see the elegant texture of the cardstock. It is enough texture to give depth and richness to the cardstock and yet receive the stamped image perfectly!
Notice the use of the new large 5 Petal Flower Punch, 1" Circle Punch and new Corner Rounder punch (row of scallops) in addition to the Three For You flower punch! Stamp set is Sweet Thing on pg. 79 of the Fall/Winter Collection.
This Love Note doesn't have the Three For You Punch Box flowers on it but I thought it was so attractive I wanted to share it with you anyway! You'll recognize the flowers punched using the new scallop circle punch and also the five point flower from the Spring Bouquet punch. The Rose Red flower was first stamped with the large flower from the Looks Like Spring set before punching out with the scallop punch.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The new In the Spotlight Hostess set is used for this card and the really cool thing is that two of our wonderful new paper punches coordinate with this set: the Scallop Circle and the Five Petal Flower! How fun is that (not to mention easy!!) I also used the 3/4" circle punch for the smaller circles. A strip of the attractive new Designer Paper, Cutie Pie (very appropriate name!) pulls the whole color scheme together. (Actually I started with the paper for my color scheme). If you would like to earn this great set for free, book a workshop asap!
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The card was made by Nancy Kuhfuss of Rochester NY. She used Garden Whimsey, Polka Dot and Hugs and Wishes (greeting) sets. I love the combination of our new Basic Gray cardstock and inks with Pretty in Pink! So Cool, and so retro (think 1950's pink and charcoal!) Nancy used Pretty in Pink grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbon and Silver embossing on the greeting to embellish her card. It is so eyecatching! (although my scanner seems to have washed out the color a little). Thanks, Nancy for a great swap!
Friday, August 3, 2007
A few weeks ago I posted a card I had received from a Pastels Challenge on an online group. This is the card I made to send to my swap partner, made with Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, White cardstocks and Rose Red Designer Paper. The white layer was stamped in Versamark with the large swirl stamp from Baroque Motifs then various colors of Stampin' Up! Pastel chalks were brushed on with a cotton ball. The Ticket Corner punch was used on the corners of the white to enhance the look.
The Baroque Motifs medallion was stamped on Pretty in Pink cs with Rose Red ink then cut out and layered on with Stamping Dimensionals. One of SU's new ICE Rhinestone Brads in the center of the medallion adds some fun bling! Completing the card is a tie of new 5/8" Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon; I'm really enjoying having a new width of ribbon in addition to the 1/4" width that I like and have used so much!
We demos did a good bit of swapping card samples at convention, and this set, Baroque Motifs, was the most popular set used on the swaps I received! I do love it! It is fun to stamp with and come out with a beautiful result! If you come to any of my events, you'll have the opportunity to see these swaps! (and probably use this set too!) : )
Have a happy weekend and thanks for visiting!
Friday, July 27, 2007
WooHoo!! The Bronc Buster is making an appearance! This set is also part of the new Style Watch section of the Fall/Winter Collection 07 titled "BoHo West". It is basically western with some touches of bohemian added; it reminds me of the style elements of historic homes and clothing I've seen in the western part of the United States from the 1800's...western with a little Victorian vintage edge to it! I'm lovin' it! : ) On this card you'll see several new Stampin' Up!© products: new Photo Corner Punch; the Outlaw Designer papers (corner punch); new Star punch; Bronc Buster stamp set of course; and the NEW 5/8" grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip (under the horseshoe/star emblem punched out with the Key punch). There is a nice selection of new colors in this wider grosgrain! The small star is from the set Starstruck which was new last year, and just fits in the Star punch perfectly!
We are going to have so much fun using all these new goodies!! : )
Wishing you a good weekend!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Hope you are doing well. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We've moved into our new (to us) home and I'm still unpacking boxes. I'm so sorry to have been MIA for so long, but this moving thing has been quite overwhelming! I now have telephone, cable and internet access again too! Neither my phone nor email changed so you can still contact me the same as always.
The new Fall and Winter Collection (aka catalog) is out and it is a beauty! I can't wait for you to see it, and all the great new stamps and products for us to enjoy! So many great stamps, accessories and tools to play with and make cards, scrapbook pages and items for our family and friends and those with whom we wish to keep in contact! You'll love it too!
If you wish to get one, please let me know. You can also see the Collection online at http://www.stampinup.com/ but it's much more fun to have your own copy in your hot little hands! : )
I just received my first order from the new Collection yesterday! New ribbons and stamps and inks, OH MY!! : ) Now, for time to use them! : )
I hope to have some things to post for you soon, in the meantime, keep on stampin'!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
My card uses the So Saffron designer paper from the Palette O'Prints May special. (These designer papers in sixteen (!) different colors will be in the new Fall Winter Collection [what we know as the catalog]). Almost Amethyst, So Saffron and Whisper White cardstock were also used for the card, as well as the two largest Stampin' Up! circle punches on which the Daisy punchout was layered. The greeting was stamped in Craft Whisper White using the Happy Everything set. Notice the line of square steps punching across the bottom; this was done by very carefully removing the paper guide from the punch, then repeatedly punching right next to the previous punch all across the bottom of the card. It made a separate strip, which I then just lined up with the larger piece and adhesived down to the card.
Have a happy day, and try to stay dry!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great week, and don't forget to brighten someone's day with handmade card art from the heart!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Connie Babbert sent me this cutie made with the Polka Dots and Petals from the Spring Mini catalog. What a clever use of the stamps and round punch to form a flower! The So Saffron center is covered with sparkley bling (Dazzling Diamonds glitter!) too! That Connie is really clever: just look how she used just the bottom of three Rounded Tab Punches underneath the So Saffron layer to make scallops out of Designer Paper! Too cool, Connie!
Stampin' Fun For Everyone! is the set used by Jane Bosi to create this card! Both the striped and floral cardstock is from the Flowers and Friends Simply Scrappin' Kit which has been a Hostess set this catalog year. Jane used the oval punch to make a window for the verse, which is actually stamped on the inside of the card. Isn't this just so cute!! (This set will be retired on June 30th).
All products ©Stampin' Up! except the alphabet and the scalloped square punch on Jane's card.
Thanks, ladies! How fortunate am I to receive such great cards and get to share them with you!
Have a great week! Thanks for dropping by!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I also made good use of a couple of scraps from making my coaster album a few days ago. Both the So Saffron and Rose Red prints are from the Palette O'Prints that was the May Stampin' Up! special. I'm sure you also recognize the flowers that are stamped with Looks Like Spring then punched out with the Spring Bouquet punch.
I added a partial second layer of twill to the first and frayed the end. I added a brad to the twill in the center of the buckle to finish the "belt".
All products ©Stampin' Up!
Hope you enjoy. Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Leslie wanted to be sure to let us know that she received inspiration for these cards from Splitcoast Stampers. Thanks, Leslie, for sharing these cards with us! They are really fun and useful cards!
Thanks, friends, for dropping by today! Happy Saturday!
Friday, June 1, 2007
I used the Doodle This set from the Spring Mini Catalog on the front cover, colored with AquaPainter and markers, and then highlighted it with a good dose of Dazzling Diamonds in the center and accenting the edges. These papers are beautiful by themselves but I just couldn't resist adding some doodle-y swirls on the edges of the front and throughout the mini book. This set is so much fun to stamp with... I love the whimsical nature of the stamps and projects made with them! A few grosgrain ribbons give a finishing touch to the album!
These little booklets make great mini albums for a special occasion or remembrance. They are also a great size (4"x4") to carry in one's purse to show off pictures of loved ones (such as children, grandchildren or pets?!) : ) I don't have any pictures in mine yet, but hopefully soon!
In the upcoming Stampin' Up! Collection (new term for the catalog), these 12"x12" "Prints" Designer Papers will come in packages of 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 designs and each package will be an individual color. There will be 16 color choices available plus a selection of the new In Colors™! Wow! Lots of cool new Designer Papers!!
I'm working on a big project right now so my postings may be a bit more infrequent. I'm not ignoring you nor forgetting to post; it's just that my time will be limited for awhile.
Thanks for dropping by!!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
This would make a great card for Father's Day, birthdays or many other uses by changing the greeting on the front.
Thanks for dropping by today!
The inside of the card uses a verse from the birthday set "It's Your Birthday" (p. 182), and there is plenty of room to write a message to the recipient. The designer paper has small numbers on it, so there is a subtle coordination that goes well with this message. : )
This would be a super card to send to anyone, and how much fun to send to someone who works in an office.
Thanks for dropping by! Happy Wednesday!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Ink Colors: Elegant Eggplant, Cool Caribbean, Pixie Pink
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Cool Caribbean, Pixie Pink, Whisper White
Accessories used: Dimensionals, 1 1/4" sq. punch, 1/4" sq. punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Spiral punch, narrow white organdy ribbon.
This long card which will fit into a business envelope and use regular postage was one of the cards we made at Stamp-A-Stack last Saturday. It's fun to do different sizes of cards!
All products ©Stampin' Up! Thanks for dropping by!
Monday, May 7, 2007
I'll be sharing more of the cards in the next few days! Thanks for dropping by!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Come back soon! I'll have some more projects to share with you! Have a good day!