Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Live Your Dream!

Today I'm going to share several pictures I took of cards stamped with the new Live Your Dream set that were displayed on the sample boards at the Stampin' Up! Tulsa Regional Seminar. Many of the cards also use some of the Afternoon Tea Designer Paper which has become so very poplar. Both of these items as well as the round Carousel Notes are in the current Occasions Mini Catalog.

I'm sharing a number of these today as I may not be posting again for several days.

On the right is one of SU's Scallop Notes:

The words on the scallop card are from the "A Perfect Day" Rub Ons.
Hope you enjoyed these samples of this lovely and versatile set!
Happy Wednesday, everyone! See you soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tulsa Regional

On March 8, several of us attended the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar for demonstrators in Tulsa. I said that I would post some of the Make 'n Takes for you later, so here they are!

We had two other projects but I haven't photographed those yet. Another day, when the taxes are done. : )

This first one is made with the set So Much and is a cute little 3x3" size just perfect for many uses. The large circle in the back has been paper pierced on the stamped lines.

This vertically folded card is made with the beautiful set Live Your Dream from the current Occasions Mini Catalog. All these images are in that set. Oh, by the way, this set also matches the Afternoon Tea Designer Paper!

This pocket card is wrapped with a strip of Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and these stamps are also part of the Live Your Dream set. The Soft Sky is the inside card.

Last one for today is a 6 x 6" scrapbook page featuring the Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and Live Your Dream set. Now all I need is a picture of a cute little girl or boy. Hmm, I think I can find on of those! : )

Have a happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 24, 2008

Technostamper Challenge #10

Can it be TEN already??

Yes, it is...the tenth week of Technostamper Sketch Challenges!

Here's the sketch for week 10 (the butterfly isn't part of the sketch):

My card:

I used the "Genuine" stamp from Bronc Buster as my main image; the secondary image is Paisley stamped with Bayou Blue ink on River Rock cardstock. The Sanded background is stamped in Soft Sky on the Soft Sky layer and it is also sponged with Bayou Blue and distressed.

Sets: Bronc Buster, Sanded (background), Paisley (background)
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, River Rock, Brushed Silver. Western Sky DSP.
Inks: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, VersaMark. VersaMarker and Brocade Blue markers.
Accessories: Silver ep, sponge, Cutter Kit Distressing tool, Notched corner punch (retired SU), Arrow punch, Ruby Red Brads, Brushed Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Kit (brads), Paper-Piercing tool and Mat pack for piercing around inside of arrow.
Go to Mary Jo's website at to see all the others who participated today (and the remainder of this week)!
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for dropping by!
Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Glorious Gift!

Happy Easter!!

Jesus is Risen, is alive forever and He loves You!
May you accept God's everlasting love through Jesus which will bring you eternal life and joy.
John 3:16, The Bible

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Welcome, First Day of Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring and it was beautiful here...75 degrees and sunny! Gorgeous if not a little windy! lol!

It was so sunny outside today that I looked for something appropriately bright to make a card with. My new Summer Picnic paper and brightly colored die-cut flowers just called out to be used, so that I did. I love the combination of these colors and the die-cuts are so easy to use...just pop out and go! I applied The Perfect Day circular scallop Rub-on to some Celery cardstock and punched it out with the Scallop punch (it fit perfectly!) for the center of the big red flower. I punched a flower out of Celery with the Five Petal flower punch and cut off two petals to use for leaves. A line of small white rub-on flowers accent the front opening of the card. Red grosgrain ribbon and a brushed silver flower slider from the Brushed Silver HodgePodge Hardware accent the completed card!

Stamps: none
inks: none.. Yikes!
Papers: Certainly Celery, Real Red cardstock; Summer Picnic Designer Paper (Occasions Mini)
Accessories: Die-Cut Blooms, A Perfect Day Rub Ons, Scallop Punch, Five Petal Flower Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Red grosgrain ribbon, Brushed Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, white gel pen.

Happy Easter weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Jesus died so we could be forgiven for our unrighteousness.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Card for Easter

Illuminations is a beautifully ornate set of four large stamps. Each has a lovely expression in the center of the scrollwork: Hope, Thanks, Cherish and Joy. Think of all the occasions for which these could be used, everything from weddings, to Christmas and many others in between! You won't find this set in the Spring-Summer Catalog but it is available. It is currently on the Dormant list, which means it can be ordered even though not in the catalog. I have been eye-ing it for quite some time; I just recently purchased it and am so glad I did! It's very elegant!

The Baroque Border standard wheel in Lavender Lace forms the borders for the card. By embossing the image, I was able to sponge on several colors of ink to highlight it. The edges were distressed using the Cutter Kit and a circle Fire Rhinestone brad accents the torn corner. Lucious Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon is the finishing touch.

Set: Illuminations, Baroque Border wheel
Cardstock: Lavender Lace, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: Lavender Lace, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Whisper White Craft, Lavender Lace cartridge
Accessories: Fire Rhinestone brad, Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon, Cutter Kit, Standard wheel handle, white embossing powder.

If you wish any more information on this set (price, etc., or to order) please contact me.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Birthday Whimsey Sale-A-Bration!

Birthday cards are the greeting cards sent most often in America, say the surveys. Seems we can never have enough of them! The above card is one you can make pretty quick and easy, and the stamp set Birthday Whimsey is FREE with a $50. merchandise order during Sale-A-Bration! I love the delightfully whimsical style (hence the name, huh?) and the fact that this set can be used for males and females of all ages! We made one similiar to this at a Stampin' Up! party the other night; I added the doodling, button and some Dazzling Diamonds for bling to this one! The Happy Birthday greeting on the circle is from another Sale-A-Bration set, So Many Scallops, set of 4 various occasion scallop stamps that all fit our Scallop circle punch and can be stamped and punched out in a flash, ready to apply to your card!

Stamps: Birthday Whimsey, So Many Scallops
Ink: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, So Saffron Marker
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron, Cutie Pie Designer Paper
Accessories: Scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Ticket corner punch, Fresh Favorites buttons, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals. All products ©Stampin' Up!
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I participated in a card challenge with an online group and the assignment was to make a card for our partner using a color scheme primarily of green.

I chose Wild Wasabi cardstock and one of the green prints from the new Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and layered them on Perfect Plum cardstock. I used a Cuttlebug to emboss the Wasabi cardstock and added White Craft Ink to it, then embossed. The sentiment from A Beautiful Life set was stamped and punched with the Designer Label Punch, placed into a coordinating frame from the new silver Hodgepodge Hardware and applied to the card using the stitched Wasabi grosgrain ribbon. Prima flowers centered with small pearls provide the accents. I mailed it to my partner today; I hope she likes it!

Happy Saturday! Have an enjoyable weekend!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Die Cut Blooms

One of Stampin' Up!'s new products for your creative ventures, Die-cut Blooms, is found in the current Occasions Mini Catalog. The package contains four 12" x 12" sheets of beautiful textured cardstock die-cut into numerous shapes and sizes of flowers and centers! Each sheet is a different color: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Old Olive, and these can be quickly punched out, mixed and matched with each other or combined with the coordinating A Perfect Day Rub-Ons (also in the Occasions Mini)! These can easily be used to put together scrapbook pages, cards, tags or home decor items!

I saw these little 4" x 4" frames at a local store and felt they would work well for this project using the die-cut blooms. I took the glass out, applied a piece of Old Olive cardstock that had been stamped with the Canvas background to the backing then layered my die-cut flowers. In the center is a blue Rhinestone Ice circle brad for a finishing accent. I slightly curled some of the red and olive petals between my thumb and finger to give some dimension to the piece.

The frame came with a white ribbon hanger which I replaced with SU's Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon to complement the blooms (not seen in picture). Viola! Done!

The ladies at my workshop last night enjoyed seeing a simple easy way these die-cut blooms could be used. I hope you do too!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Really Cool Rub Ons!

Have you tried the new Rub Ons from Stampin' Up!? These are so cool and I'm having too much fun playing with them! I have to watch myself because if it doesn't move, I may find myself applying a Rub On to it! LOL!

I was in a store recently which had just put out all these new spring tins so I bought this red one with flowers pierced around the top. I thought it would be just perfect for these white rub ons from the Sale-A-Bration set "Love and Happiness" which is FREE with a $50. order until March 17! SU's Red and White Striped grosgrain is tied through the top of the tin. I love the way this turned out. What do you think?

Then I spied this little copper-colored tin which I had left from last year just sitting in my stamp room. It was just calling for some decoration so...

I used this design from the sheet of black rub ons from the same FREE Sale-A-Bration "Love and Happiness" package! It sure did dress it up! Everyone who has seen it has really liked it!

Hmm, there are two more untouched sheets of rub ons in that free package, one is chocolate and one is olive; wonder what I can put those on! LOL! Plus I still have many left from my black and white sheets too!

Don't be left out of Sale-A-Bration! Call or email to order by Monday morning at the latest!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Tulsa Regional!

Saturday I attended the Stampin' Up! Regional meeting for demonstrators in Tulsa, OK. What a fun day! We had informative and inspiring presentations, took pictures, ate chocolate, received a new stamp set and also got to stamp! We made several cards and two scrapbook pages! I'll be sharing those with you soon!

Here's our group during the Make 'n Take stamping. L to R is Kimberly (Robin's upline), Robin (my daughter and upline), myself and Stacie, my downline. What an enjoyable day!

This is the card I made for a Splitcoast swap at the Regional using one of my favorite sets, Always. It was a small swap but fun, and I got to meet some ladies in person that I had "seen" online, so that was a great treat! Stamping is all about relationships so what fun to meet new stamping friends, and some actually live fairly close to where I live! We talked about getting together and stamping sometime!

Don't you just love the filigree on this bird stamp? I embossed him in White ep to give him shine and dimension. The background rectangle is white glossy cardstock done with embossing resist: Stamp in VersaMark on glossy cardstock, emboss in clear, brayer or apply color with sponge then stamp again with the darker ink. Easy technique!

Set: Always. Wheel: Baroque Border. CS: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Glossy White. Inks: Versamark, Rose Red, Certainly Celery. Other: 1/2" circle punch, BoHo Blossoms punch, White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, White Taffeta Ribbon, brayer, sponge, alcohol.

Hope you've had a good weekend and didn't lose too much sleep with the time change!

Keep on stampin'!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Time Well Spent Calendar

I needed a stand-up desk calendar and wanted some for other gifts too, so I began experimenting with the stand-up base. Then I saw the flower from the set punched out like this on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website and lastly I saw a similar calendar on another blog and knew that was just what I wanted! Jackie Ross is a demo in Texas whose design I cased but the construction differs in that I have a base on my calendar and don't think hers does (I've only seen a picture and it didn't show). Anyway, thanks, Jackie and Angie, her downline, who posted it. This will work great on my desk!

Set: Time Well Spent (Level 3 Hostess set and free gift to demonstrators in Dec. from SU!)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Real Red, Barely Banana
Inks: Basic Brown Markers: Real Red, Almost Apricot, Mellow Moss
Accessories: 1/16", 1/8" and 3/4" circle punches, Scallop circle punch, Paper Snips, Old Olive brad, Barely Banana brads, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip adhesive to put it together.

These will also be my 3-D Swaps for the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar for Demonstrators in Tulsa this coming Saturday. My daughter Robin and her upline Kimberly will be coming up Friday from San Antonio to attend with me, as will my downline Stacie also. It is going to be a fun day and weekend! Wish you were going with us!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Monday, March 3, 2008

One of a Kind, BoHo Backgrounds TSSC #7

It's time for Technostamper's Monday Sketch Challenge! . I used a color scheme of Basic Black, River Rock and Whisper White, which was the Splitcoast Color Challenge CC155 for the week. I think this is a very striking combination, don't you? I really wanted to play with it so combined it with the TSSC #7.

Sets: One of a Kind (flower), BoHo Backgrounds (sentiment), Priceless (flourish)
Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White and River Rock cardstock; River Rock Prints Designer Paper
Inks: Basic Black Classic and Craft, River Rock
Accessories: Crimper, Pearl from Pretties Kit, Clear embossing powder, Blender Pen, White Signo Gel Pen, black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, gingham ribbon, black brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals. All products Stampin' Up!

Here is the sketch Mary Jo sent us for this week:

I'm really enjoying these challenges. Join in and take the challenge yourself and put a link to yours in my comments section. Or if you don't make one, feel free to leave a comment anyway. Hope you enjoy.

Check out to see the list of other stampers who participated.

Happy Monday everyone! : )


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