Sunday, January 31, 2010

Glittery heart

YAY!! Welcome to a special Sunday post!! If you're a follower of my blog you know that I update everyday except for Sunday, but this was too cute to wait until later in the week. So I had to show it to you today!! I love this little heart pouch so much!!

I used the Sale A Bration DSP-Good Neighbor. I love the colors in it!! I ran one sheet through the big shot with the petal card die. Fold over 3 sides and you have the perfect pouch for some candy!! And of course I put Ghirardelli in mine! So yummy!
For the heart. I punched a heart from some Melon Mambo cardstock. Covered it with Tombow glue and poured the chunky glitter on it. If you have the sticky sheets you could use one of those too. I didn't have those, but the tombow glue works great. After you pour the chunky glitter on shake off any excess and then pour dazzling diamonds on it. The dazzling diamonds glitter just makes it's way to the tiny spaces between all the chunky glitter. And it adds extra sparkle! You could also use heat and stick powder to do this.

Here's my Chocolate, I just used some more of the Good Neighbor DSP and wrapped it around the chocolate. Super cute, quick and easy!
I'm having the most fun with our Sale-a-Bration products this year. There is still plenty of time to Sale-a-Brate with me!!! I have so much more to share so call me and book a workshop so I can show you and your friends more amazing SAB products!!
Stamp Sets: Picture This
Carstock: White, Melon Mambo, Good Neighbor DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip marker
Accessories: Chunky Glitter, Dazzling Diamonds, Tombow multi glue, Full Heart Punch, Big Shot, Heart embosslit die, Window sheets, Melon Mambo ribbon, dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Highlights from the Meeting!

Our meeting on Thursday was sooo much fun!! If you want to join in our endless fun, I'd be happy to talk to you about the wonderful opportunity of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and ALL the perks you get!

I have soooo soooo sooooooooo much to show you so go grab some coffee or tea and come back here, I'll wait..............

Oh good you're back, let's start the fun!

This was a gorgeous box Amber made. She always has a prize for people that do demos. So those that do demos get put in a drawing for the prize, this was this months prize and I won! Well actually Kim won, but she already had a box so we drew again and then I won!
Isn't it just beautiful though! I love it!! Thanks Amber!!!
Ok on the demo's:
This was Kim 1's (We now have 3 Kim's in our group!). She showed us how to make the flower, I just love that paper, it's the Cottage Wall DSP by the way. She also told us how she got the Old Olive corduroy brad. She used a Kraft one and an Old Olive marker, it looks amazing and you'd never know it used to be Kraft!

This was Mindy's demo. Perfect for Valentines day. She used scallop circles and made a flower holder for the Dum Dum sucker. Such a cute idea-and really fast and easy! Kids can do this one!!

Amber demoed this. I can't wait to order some of these heart chipboards. She made a hanging pouch with it. I'll be making these soon on my blog-watch for them!! Amber said this idea came from Joanna, who's also in our group but lives in AZ. HI JOANNA!!!

The last one is by Kim 3. It was her first demo and she did a great job!! She used the sheets of sticky strip, attached it to a black piece of cardstock, then attached all those hearts!! Once she got all the hearts on she poured Iridescent Ice EP on it, heated it up and it's just beautiful, no more sticky and it's super sparkly!!

Now Make and Take Time!
This was one of our make and takes. Love it!! Check out that new heart border punch from the mini!

This was our second make and take. Super cute!! I love those glassine envelopes from the mini! Can't wait to order them!
Swap time!! The theme was mini catalog or Sale-a-Bration.
This is Kim 3 swap. So pretty!!

Corinna's card. I love that sparkly DSP!!

Kim 1's swap. I love Kim's simple, classy design.

Mindy did this one. I love the bird!!

Angela did this one. I love that flower and I have a bunch of those grommets and I just don't know what to do with them so thanks Angela-I love this idea, I'll be doing this for sure!!

Camelita did this one! She's only days away from having her first baby!! Her nursery is decorated in monkey's and butterflies so it was no surprise to see the monkey from the Fox and Friends set in her swap!

This was Michelle's swap. I love how she did the ribbon--and there's that sparkly DSP again from the Sending Love package.

Amber did this adorable bird house and yes that's the Milk Carton die!!!

This swap was done by Joanna, she mails her cards from AZ to us for the meeting! This was the outside of her card, then you open it and get this....
....isn't it great!! I love it!!!

Last but certainly not least is Karen's. Love the colors, love the set, love everything!!!
So that's it, that was our meeting, along with alot of laughing and having a great time!! I'll have a special Sunday post tomorrow so make sure to check back!
Thanks for looking, see you TOMORROW!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Beautiful Butterfly

Last night was our demo meeting! I always always have a blast!! Plus this is our first meeting since leadership so those that attended had LOTS to show us! What a fun time!! I'll show the swaps I received tomorrow-make sure to check back.

I LOVE this card. I had a hard time parting with it last night. This was the card I demoed at the meeting. I wanted to show a different way to use the masking technique. I wish I could take credit for this idea but I got the idea from Rose's blog, which I love by the way. I used the Butterfly die for the big shot, but instead of using the butterfly that cut out I used the other piece of the cardstock as a stencil. I used a sponge and sponged color on the inside of the butterfly then stamped on it with the mask still on.

I love the pearls on it! Plus as an extra bonus I used Perfect Plum ink and cardstock-I can't even remember when I used that color last. Not a commonly used color in my house. I like it and I think the two plums together work great, but I just never ever reach for Perfect Plum when I'm crafting, so I guess you could say I stepped out of my comfort zone for this card. But I absolutely love it!
Stamp Sets: En Francias, Friends 24/7, Whimsical Words SAB
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly Die, Pretties Kit, Vanilla Ribbon, glue dots, sponges
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Birthday Boxes

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this card!! This is the card I made for the swap tonight at our demo meeting. I was stumped for almost an hour on this card. I have the scraps that didn't work to prove it. Then all the sudden out of no where I got this idea, well not really out of no where :) I went to check the mail and in the mailbox was a swap I had done. So like anyone would do, stopped everything, ripped open the envelope and started going through my new 20+ cards. One of the cards used this stamp set and used some DSP for each box. So instantly I knew that's what I would do. The card, by the way, was made by Kristen E. (Kristen if you're out there...your last name on the stamp on the back wasn't real clear, so I didn't want to spell it wrong--hope you understand-thanks for the AWESOME card) So what DSP would I choose? What else but the Sweet Pea Pack! I ran the Blush Bloosom carstock through the big shot with the polka dot folder, then lightly sponged it with Rose Red ink.

So CUTE!! When I first became a demo years ago, Rose Red was one of my favorite colors and I used it all the time! And it still is! I love it!! Hmmm maybe that's why I love the Sweet Pea DSP so much......
Stamp Sets: Happy Moments SAB
Cardstock: Rose Red, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Vanilla, Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot embossing folder, sponges, Word Window Punch, Chocolate Chip ribbon, paper snips, dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thinking of Felt

I'm having wayyyy to much fun with all the new mini catalog products and the SAB sets. I don't think I've used a regular catalog set in weeks! That's ok, and I'm on day 3 in a row of using my Sweet Pea DSP--YEAH! I don't know if I'm officially not hoarding it anymore, because I keep using scraps of the same sheet {smile}! Eventually I'll run out of scraps. Today's card came together very quickly, it literally just used scraps of cardstock I had lying around on my desk. After I got all the paper attached to the base of my card I needed an embellishment. So I reached for my Sweet Pea felt. I love them!

I used white satin ribbon that I lightly sponged with Rose Red ink. Doesn't it give it a great look? Custom one of a kind ribbon in any color! Normally I'm not a huge fan of all that white space, but on this card I think it works. This would be such an easy card to mass produce. With the felt pieces you could make a ton of them! You could make them without the greeting, then when you need a card (thank you, birthday, thinking of you, etc) just grab a greeting, stamp it and you're ready to go in no time! But anyway, I'm getting carried away!
I have lots to do today. My SAB class is this weekend-so excited for that AND our demo meeting is tomorrow night! Gotta work on my swaps and demo! I love our meetings! Now is a great time to join the SU family too! I'd love to have you in our group, contact me if you're interested!!
Stamp Sets: Whimsical Words SAB
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, White, Rose Red, Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Rose Red
Accessories: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, White Satin Ribbon, sponges, dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday--Mini Milk Carton Box

I've mentioned before how much I love the mini milk carton die from the mini, but now I have even more reasons to love it. I made this little carrier for the milk cartons and it's too cute! I'm so excited to show it to you!! This carrier holds 2 of the milk cartons, if you want it to hold 4 just make 2 boxes and stick them together back to back. I think 2 is a great number-how cute would it be for a gift, in one carton you have a stampin' spot, in the other a small stamp. How adorable-I know I'd love to get that gift!
So for the tutorial I'm going to give the dimensions and show you how it needs to be cut and scored, then I'll show a finished one. And I hope you think it's as cute as I do!

You'll need some cardstock that's 5 1/2 x 7 1/4. On the 5 1/2 side score at 1 and 4 1/2. On the 7 1/4 side score at 1 and 2 3/4, also score at 3 3/4 from the outside up to each 1 inch score line, the picture will better illustrate this.
On the dotted lines you'll fold and on the solid lines you'll cut. Notice how the top score line doesn't go all the way across the cardstock.

Once you get it scored and cut apply sticky strip to the tabs with the 'x' on them. And assemble your box, couldn't be easier!

Here's the finished ones! I just love it!!! I used some more of my Sweet Pea DSP for this one.

The new bird punch! LOVE IT!!
One other tip I'll point out, if you plan to make your carrier hold 4 cartons, make sure you glue them back to back BEFORE punching the handle (I used the wide oval for mine). That way the handle is lined up perfectly. I think it's super adorable with just 2 though, and if you make the handle a little taller you could hang it on a door knob-how adorable would that be!?! You could hang it on the door knob of coworkers offices, kids bedrooms, neighbors! How adorable. I think I might just do that!!
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Love the Sweet Pea

I've kind of been hoarding my Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper. I can't help it though I love it too much. But I tend to have that problem alot though. I'll hoard the paper all year. Then before I know it it, it's retired and I have a stash of new paper. Well I'm really trying this year not to hoard the DSP. The Sweet Pea paper pack is SOOOO amazing. I love every pattern! I really do. When I do choose to use it on a project the decision of what pattern to use is so hard. I think that the pattern I used on this card has got to be one of my favorite though! It's the same paper, one side is striped and the other is the Pretty in Pink pattern. And I love all the colors in it!! Ok but enough about my paper addiction.
This card really is so pretty. I've seen these flowers made with the eyelet border punch all over and I couldn't wait to try one for myself. They're really easy to make and I love the look of it! I won't go into too many details of how I made it, Tami White has an amazing video on her blog that shows how to make them. So make sure you check that out!

Isn't it stunning though. I was actually surprised how fast I made it too. The sponging was the longest part and really that only took a minute or two.

Look at the detail in the DSP! I love SU, they have the BEST paper!!
Stamp Set: Whimsical Words SAB
Cardstock: Rose Red, Sweet Pea DSP, White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Sticky Strip, Filigree Brads, Dimensionals, Old Olive Ribbon, crimper
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday and I have an AWESOME tutorial for you!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sweetheart Treats

I just love the new Sweetheart stamp set! It's so adorable, it works perfect with the heart sweet treat cups. And as cute as the sweet treat cups are, this little pillow box is sooo adorable. I've seen the pillow boxes made like this on so many sites, but using different punches, the curly label punch is really cute. But I thought why not do it with the heart punch for Valentine's Day. What fits perfect with the heart punch? The Sweetheart set!
Isn't it cute?! And it couldn't be easier to make. Cut the pillow box out with your big shot, stamp the heart in the center of the bottom panel (when I say bottom panel what I mean is-before you fold and assemble the pillow box hold it with the tab you put sticky strip on the bottom, the panel above that score line is where you want to stamp-I hope that makes sense). When you punch the heart you'll have to fold the tab where you put your adhesive up. You'll punch a tiny bit of it, but it won't effect the box going together. I hope that all makes some sort of sense. I feel like I'm rambling a little.
Stamp Set: Sweetheart
Cardstock: Real Red Textured, White
Ink: Versa Mark, Real Red, Pink Passion
Accessories: White EP, Heat Tool, Window Sheets, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Big Shot, Pillow Box Die, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you Monday!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sparkling Bride

I love glitter! I've said it before but I love glitter! I always seem to have it on me, even if I haven't been working with glitter. I think it's just embedded in my desk on my chair. I had a lot of fun making this card. I saw a card similar to this one from my upline's leadership pictures, thanks again Amber for showing me them! I thought it was soooo cute I had to make one. Fortunately for me Dan has a friend that's getting married this month. So I got to make this card! YAY!! The card that was in the picture, was a little different, I think she used the half pearls from the pretties kit on the dress. I used the polka dot embossing folder for my dress and put dazzling diamonds all over it. I couldn't remember how the tux was done, so I kind of did my own version. I punched a heart in black and white, then cut the black one to act as a tie and jacket. The background is stamped in versamark and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. This card is so sparkly, I love it, it's so pretty!

The scallop heart are from one of the new embosslit from the mini catalog.

I just love the sparkle!!!
Other then all the glitter I left the card pretty simple and I think it's beautiful and I hope the bride and groom think so too!
Stamp Set: Vintage Labels, Friends 24/7
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Glossy White, Basic Black
Ink: Black, VersaMark
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Full Heart Punch, Small and Large Oval Punches, 2 way glue, Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice EP, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vintage Polka Dots

We had a yucky weather day yesterday. It was windy and cold and all around yucky weather. But on the upside it was the perfect day to be inside stamping! Which is what I did!

Stampin' Up! is making a difference again! From now until February 28 when you buy the I {heart} Hearts Set in the mini $2 will be donated to the American Red Cross for the Haiti Earthquake. This is a great way to help, and the money will be going to a great place. For more details on helping click here. You can order from my website or contact me.

I tried some new color combos yesterday-by accident. I made this card and finished it, then looked and thought, hmmmm the flower needs some leaves. So I grabbed my Old Olive pad-out of habit, it's what I always use for leaves. I attached them to the card, then it hit me Old Olive and Sage Shadow-hmmm. Should have used Sage Shadow for the leaves. Then I started debating, do I take the card apart, do I just switch card bases, just the leaves? But the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. Since the leaves are small and there's not much Old Olive I think it works with this card. Had there been an overwhelming amount of Old Olive I'm not sure it would have worked. So I left the card as is and I have to say I'm really quite pleased. I think it works, what about you?

I love the polka dots and the DSP-that's the new SAB Good Neighbor DSP by the way!

Stamp Sets: Vintage Vogue, Happy Moments SAB
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, White, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Good Neighbor DSP, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Whoo's There

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Fox and Friends set in the mini!!! Oh it's just so cute! And every card made with it I just love more and more!! This card is too cute and came together in just minutes. Can you tell I'm a fan of cards that do that? Maybe it's because normally it's at the last minute that I'm stamping a card I need. And I don't know why that is. I stamp EVERY day. I have to! So you'd think I would have a huge stash of cards waiting to be mailed and given away. Well I wish that were true. I do hope someday to have that stash of cards, perhaps when I'm more organized....
This little owl is just a cute as can be and how cute are the little googlie eyes that I added. Oh my goodness! Doesn't it just make it the perfect Valentine card for a little girl? I may do this card again in shades of blue for Logan.

The owl is stuck on the inside! I just love this card!!Isn't he the cutest!!!!??!

Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, Whoo's Your Valentine
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, White, Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Old Olive Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, 1 3/4 inch Circle punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday-Fun with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder

I ended up with 2 posts yesterday so if you didn't see them both, make sure you scroll down and check 'em out!

I'm having way too much fun with the new Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder. I just love it and everything has polka dots now! But I thought I'd show you some of my favorite ways to use it. This card is very simple and you can use it for any occasion, very easy to mass produce too. So let's get started. For this card I'm using Bashful Blue ink, cardstock and satin ribbon, and some Brilliant Blue cardstock and ink. Lets get started!

Of course you'll need your big shot. I'm using the Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon, and I'm going to put polka dots on that with our folder. This technique I learned from my upline (I'm pretty positive it was her, I did see it on a blog after she told me, but now it's all running together. But I'm 99% sure it was from Amber). She told me about it after she returned from Leadership. I love this idea and I couldn't wait to do it! Do it the same way you would do cardstock. I did add 2 shims to it. I found you got a better impression that way. If you're ribbon doesn't all fit at once. Do half then take it out, turn it around and do the other half.

Isn't that just awesome! Love it!!

The next technique I'm going to show you is also really cool and fast. I'm using a sponge to add ink to the inside of the folder on the smooth side. You could also use a brayer to do this. My sponge was handy so I used that.
Then you would put your cardstock in and run it through the big shot. And you get this...

Awesome right!?! Now you can take your embossed ribbon and cardstock and attach it to your card.

This is the new level 1 hostess set in the mini catalog, Picture Perfect I believe is the name of it. It's really cute and I can't wait to use it more!

How cool does that look, and it's even more textured in person!
I just love it.
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!!