Friday, December 31, 2010

A Look Back...part 2

I hope you enjoyed yesterdays look back. I have a few more of my favorites to show you today, on the final day of 2010!

I had forgotten about this card but once I saw it again I fell in love with it all over again. I'm not a big fan of yellows. I don't use them alot. But this card I LOVE!! I think it was one of the first times I used Daffodil Delight and I remember when that color came out I was very uncertain about it. Well this card proves I was wrong and I'm a fan of Daffodil Delight!

This card and the next one were from the same post. I copied them out of the catalog, changing a few things but basically keeping them the same. I just love that we have the wonderful catalog as inspiration to use all the time!!

While pregnant I learned the value of keeping cards simple. They can be so beautiful without 20 layers or tons of accessories, and I found that to be so true, while pregnant and after having Megan when my stamping time became more and more limited. This card is a true example of how cards don't need to be extravagant to be beautiful!

Of course if you follow my blog you'll know about the dozens and dozens of chocolate baby announcements that I made while waiting for Megan. These were probably my favorite :)

When SU announced they would be adding fabric to their line of products I wasn't sure I'd like it (I'm not a sewer--but thankfully my Mom is). After making these little guys I was hooked on fabric and can't wait to use the new stuff in the new mini!!

I love this card. I think it's because it was so easy to make. The DSP SU carries is amazing and you can create such stunning cards with very little effort thanks to our awesome DSP!

Finally the last of my favorites. I just love this card and the vintage feel of it. So pretty!!!
Of course there's so much more that I love and would have loved to show you again but I'm looking forward to the NEW stuff I'll be showing you next year! My goal is to get back to blogging 5-6 days a week. I DO see that happening soon. Megan's schedule is becoming more predictable now and I think, just maybe I may be able to get back to stamping daily and carving out that 15-20 minutes of stamping time for me. As always I will share my stamping projects with you. Thanks for sticking with me this year. It's been extremely challenging and I'm praying for a much easier 2011-at least with fewer sick days and less medication than 2010 had :)
Have a safe, happy and wonderful New Year! I'll see you soon!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Look Back..part 1

As we approach the end of the year I thought it would be nice to look back and pick a few of my favorite projects from the year. I looked through my entire blog for the last year and was happy to find some projects I had forgotten about. I was also surprised to see how little I posted (understandably though). In March I only had 3 posts and none of those were of stamped projects :) While it's been a challenging year for me physically I'm glad to have found some projects that I just loved making and sharing with you. I think I might be recreating some of them in the next few weeks too, I just LOVE them!!! So enjoy. I've attached the links to the original posts so if it's a project you don't remember you can go back and look at it and read about it again or possibly for the first time :) So in no particular order here they are.....

First up my Shimmering Watercolors Rose card. I just loved this card!!! And I so miss that stamp set :( The texture and shimmer were amazing on this card. Forgot who I sent it to but I know I gave it to someone!

This has got to be one of my favorite gift card holders ever! It's so easy and so cute!!!

I'm not sure what I like most about this card, the colors, the stamp, the ribbon, the layout--not sure but I LOVE it all!!

This card is and probably always will be one of my favorites!!! I just love the flowers, colors, accessories and that flower punch is a must have punch in any stampers supplies!

These little guys are so adorable. I want to make more of these for Easter this year too. They're just so cute and how can you not love those little faces! Especially the bunny-he's defiantly my favorite!

This wreath is defiantly a HUGE favorite of mine. I plan to hang it up again this year! I remember making this project while laying on the couch super sick. It took me so long to sponge everything and it was truly a labor of love.

This card just seems so elegant and pretty to me. Such clean lines and the colors are so pretty. I think you can pair just about any color with black and it becomes a stunning card.

I think this is my favorite Father's Day card that I've ever given to Dan. I just love all the texture and the water coloring and I think he loved it too!
I have a few more of my favorites to show you tomorrow so check back and continue my look back with me :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Switching Gears

Oh my I did such a good job at posting last week and this week I'm really dropping the ball :) It's time to switch gears though. Christmas is over and it's time to move on to the new mini catalog and Sale a Bration!! Sale a Bration starts in less than a month--I'm so excited!!! Call me today to book a workshop. Sale a Bration is by far my favorite time of the year (in terms of Stampin' Up! anyway!). So in keeping with switching gears I have a project today that shows so many new products from the mini catalog! New paper, new dies, it's all so exciting!
Isn't it cute?! It's made from the new Petal Cone die that is fantastic! I can't wait to use it more. I see some super cute Valentine's Day cones in my future!

This die is so cute and I love the paper-oh my goodness I LOVE THE PAPER!! You have to get this DSP. Every sheet is so beautiful!

The picture unfortunately doesn't do much justice to how great this DSP is!

I just love this project! I'm also ready to get back into doing classes and workshops full time again so I'll be posting soon about some fun classes I'm excited to do and as always please contact me if you'd like to host a workshop. I can't wait to do them again!!
Hopefully I'll be back soon with another project. I have lots of thank you cards to make so I need to get started on those :)
Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Petal Cone Die, Sticky Strip, Scallop Trim Punch, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Peace On Earth

It's Christmas Eve. The day here will be spent getting ready for the church pageant. Megan will be Jesus and Logan is an angel. We'll also be putting any finishing touches on cookies for Santa and any last minute presents we may have. Dan has today off, so most of the day I'm sure will just be a lazy play day with the kids kind of day. I'm looking forward to it. Logan is super excited for Christmas and the anticipation is killing him, oh to be a kid again.

The card today is the Christmas card that Dan and I sent out this year. I actually had them done in September. I didn't want to have to worry about when I'd do my cards after Megan was born so we made sure to have them done before she came.

The card is pretty simple, I stamped the image twice, once on the bottom piece of white then on the top. I ran the bottom one through the big shot for some extra texture.
I actually colored them after the card was assembled. I found it easier to line up the images before they were colored. I love the greeting on this card too. The font is just amazing, I love it!
It's a pretty simple card. No big accessories or ribbon just a simple card. I LOVE IT!
Stamp Sets: A Wish For Peace, Peaceful Season
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Staz On, Cherry Cobbler pads, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots folder, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Las Minute Stocking Stuffers

I can't believe I've had a post up almost everyday this week :) Maybe it's a sign that my life is returning to somewhat normal and I'll be able to post more often. :)

I made the project today in literally minutes and it's sooooo cute I had to share it!! If you're looking for some last minute co worker gifts, stocking stuffers or something to do with those kiddos that are home here's the project for you!

Isn't it adorable!? I just wrapped a candy bar in Cherry Cobbler. Put some ribbon around it, used the Brushed Gold and Basic Black CS for a belt buckle and your done. It couldn't be easier! I just LOVE it!!! I made 6 of them in just minutes! They go so fast!!
Isn't it adorable!?
Super quick post today, I will be back tomorrow and on Christmas Day with a post so keep checking, I'm on a roll!!!
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Basic Black
Accessories: Sticky Strip, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gifts from the Party

Our demonstrator Christmas party was Monday night and despite what my post yesterday says I did get to go! YAY!!! We had such a good time and the gifts were OH MY GOODNESS AMAZING!! I can't wait to show you and I'll be making a bunch of these in the future!! So we'll get right to it. I hope I can remember who made what. I'll try, for my fellow demos out there if I'm wrong please let me know!

First up is Michelle C's gift. She made a checkers board with our fabric and checkers pieces with ribbon and buttons! How super creative is THAT!! I'm sooooo making one of these!!!! I actually almost took this home but Corrina stole it :)

This was Corrina's project. A fabulous notebook! I love the cover!! There was 3 different sections inside that she covered and decorated, here's one....
I love this one and the paper!

Amber's Mom made this one, she made it as a door prize for the person who went first. Isn't it awesome! It's a pin cushion with our buttons in the jar. That fabric will be in the next mini catalog and it's simply amazing!

This bag Amber made, isn't it amazing! She used the new die, fabric and buttons all coming out in the next mini catalog! I just love this bag, it's so pretty!!

Angela made this tray-so so so pretty in person! She used our DSP and then covered it with crystal effects. On the tray was lots of bath salts and stuff like that. I just love the tray though and the paper-LOVE IT!!

Kay made this one. A great wall decoration. You can't really tell from the picture but she put rhinestones on the tree and ribbon. It look amazing in person! Kay wasn't feeling great so she wasn't there, hope you're feeling better Kay!

Vanessa made these coasters. Each of them were different, all amazing and so pretty. I only took a picture of this pattern, I think there were 4 total. They were all great though!

Michelle made this box, so pretty, I love those colors!! She did so much sponging on here too, it's just so pretty in person. The flowers are especially beautiful!!!

Mindy made this pillow. It's so creative. She weaved the Cherry Cobbler seam binding through the burlap, isn't that just amazing and so creative. Mindy also brought the MOST amazing ornament. I hoping to make some today and show you later. They're so cool. Thanks for the inspiration Mindy!!

And finally the project I got to keep!! Karen made this bowl. I can't even describe how amazing it is. I'm so happy to have it!! Inside the bowl was this beautiful ornament!

I love it. I've seen them made but was never brave enough to try one myself, but now I don't have to-Thanks Karen!!!! :)
That's it! I think I got pictures of all them, I hope I did anyway :) I know I've said it before but I am so blessed to be in a group with the most talented, amazingly creative group of demonstrators. You all did a fantastic job!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Table Runner

I love this project. I love the big shot. I love the fabric. I love the possibilities it provides! This is by far my favorite technique to do with the big shot and fabric. The large square scallop die is one of my all time favorite dies! I just love it. I've made countless bags and purses with it and now a table runner and pot holders!! I've had this idea for a table runner for months and months now but I just never had the time to get it done. So with our demo Christmas party and gift exchange I thought now is the time to do it. The other project I wanted to do would have taken a little longer. And I just didn't have that time. So I cut all the fabric and headed over to my Mom's house, (my sewing machine is out of commission right now. It still works it's just not accessible because there's tons of presents in front of it). So my Mom helped me sew them together and they came out fantastic. I want to make another one-for me to keep with the new fabric in the Occasions mini, but longer so that it will go across my entire table. My table's pretty big, it fit perfectly on my Mom's table :)

Here's the pot holders, simple and so cute with the button on the corner!

The table runner! And depending on what kind of mood you're in, it's reversible. You can either have the fringy edges showing like the picture above or you can flip it over for a more finished look to it, like the bottom picture.
I just love it!! Can't wait to make more!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

What Can I Say-I Love This Card

I love these colors! Oh my goodness I'm going to be making tons of cards with this color combo. Pear Pizazz, Certainly Celery, and Rich Razzleberry! I think they just look so awesome together! I love the flowers on this card too! And of course the rhinestones!! Who doesn't love a little sparkle though.

Aren't the flowers so pretty!? They're super simple to make all you have to do is know how to kiss. No, not that kind of kissing. To kiss the stamping way, you'll need a solid image stamp (the flower) and a pattern of some kind (the dots). For these flowers I inked up my flowers in Rich Razzleberry, stamped the off on scrap paper twice then stamped, in full strength the dots onto the rubber of the flower. So you're basically 'kissing' the stamped images together. Then I stamped the flower onto my paper. So simple. And you get such a stunning look! I just love this card-have I said that yet? I also used some of the new Pear Pizazz seam binding on this card-yep that is new and will be in the new mini catalog in January! Can't wait!!
What flower isn't complete without some rhinestones!?
Stamp Set: For All You Do
Cardstock: Pear Pizazz, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, In Color DSP Hostess Stack
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Pear Pizazz Seam Binding, Crop a Dial, Word Window Punch
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!
PS Can I just say that my 'Z' key on my key board has never been used so much. Between the Razzleberry and Pizazz it sure got a work out today :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Logan's Magic Notebook

Last night was supposed to be our demonstrator Christmas party, but thanks to a snow storm we had to postpone it until Monday. But I won't be able to attend on Monday so I won't have pictures from the event. BUT I did drop off my gift exchange so I'll at least be able to show you what awesome gift I'm going to get in exchange :) I'll post on Tuesday what I made for my gift so check back then! I had it scheduled to go up today but thankfully I remembered to reschedule it so that the surprise wouldn't be ruined for those that will be attending on Monday. Hope you guys have a great time!!! I'll miss you!!!

Anyway, I have a pretty awesome project for you today. It's not really a magic notebook as my title would suggest but it's pretty cool and Logan thinks it's magic. He helped me make this. The idea of the notebook is that sometimes when Logan gets dragged along to places that will be particularly boring for him (appointments, meetings, etc) he'll have something to keep him entertained. He loves to draw and color so I thought this was perfect!
I used lots of SU fabric on this one and their adhesive sheets which I have to say are A-MA-ZING!! I just love them!!! This is a completely NO SEW project! So if I can do it you can too!!
No, your eyes are not deceiving you I did emboss the fabric!
Isn't it just so awesome!?! I saw the embossed fabric on Linda Heller's blog and just had to try it and I have to say, it's amazing in person and you really should try it! If you're wondering how I did it well you'll have to check out Linda Heller's blog. She has a video and explains it so much better than I ever could so check that out!
So that's the front of the notebook now the 'magic' part is in the back. We used the fabric and made two pockets for him to store stickers and crayons. Everything is held together with the fabric adhesive sheets-I'm telling you they're amazing! Isn't it just adorable? So hopefully he'll have endless hours drawing and coloring in his notebook and when he is dragged to 'boring grown up places' he'll be able to stay entertained. At least that's my hope!

So fun! I have a week of post ready to go up. So that I can enjoy the week before Christmas finishing up the gifts, wrapping, baking, etc. You know how it goes :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!