Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy I Do Day

My friend, Alicia, is getting married in December and she wanted a holiday type invitation. At first she thought she wanted it to be in greens and reds to celebrate the Christmas season, but then changed her mind. She wanted her bridesmaids to have black dresses so they'd be able to wear them again at some point. So she changed her colors to black, cherry cobbler (which we all love!), silver, and white. Her wedding is going to be very simple, but sweet and pretty. I found out today that she was very anxious about me making the wedding invitations because she wanted them to be "plain and simple" (her words). Alicia is a soft ball player and she loves to hunt actual deer and ducks! She kills them and eats them (shudder). On my mini farm I have Ducks (for eggs and because I think they're cute...they are my pets), Chickens for their eggs, dairy Goats (also, my pets), and cows (we are going to eat them). I was a little afraid I wouldn't find something she liked. Luckily, I found the Word Play stamp set in the catalog and showed her the "Happy I do Day" stamp. She loved it and said it was perfect! This is the card I came up with...she was grinning from ear to ear...whew!  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My gorgeous centerpiece

Beautiful sunflower!
Love, love, love this arrangement of sunflowers in my gallon-size mason jar! I bought the flowers at the grocery store yesterday.
The zucchini and tomatoes are from my garden. I have fresh food everywhere - on my counters, in the fridge and in the dining room. I love it. 

My stamping area

My BFF and wonderful upline, Terry Blais, "helped" me organize (this means she told me what and where to put everything) my stamping area, which is my dining room. This area is behind me when I'm creating. Everything here is current and within arm's reach.

The little table on the left holds my Big Shot and dies. And this bookshelf holds 90 percent of my embellishments, tools, and adhesives. If you look closely on the right side of the shelf, you can see where my ribbon is kept.

Yep! It's a huge strip of gutter cut to size to fit on the bookshelf! I used those 3M wall adhesives to hang them up and voila! Perfect! I love it because I don't have to take them off a dowel to replace or take a roll for a class..

This bookshelf holds all of my current stamp sets and 12 x 12 dsp and cardstock, markers, and projects that I'm working on. On the left side, you can see a black row of something...those are my "whale" punches. I used small curtain rods I bought at IKEA.
 I saved the best photo for last. This is what my dining room looks like when I'm not stamping...drumroll...
TA DA!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Frankenstein swap

This little guy was stamped on a tag that comes in the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit (126914). These kits are awesome as a go-to quick and easy card or foo foo.
The Howlstooth & Scaringbone DS paper 126906, Googly Ghouls stamp set 128063, tag, googly eyes, and 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 127837 are all in the Holiday Catalog. You can even get everything in a bundle 129853 for $16.95 and that includes the clear stamp set! 
I had to come up with a swap for our American Ink team gathering and found this card design in the Stampin' Success September issue on page 6. It looked simple, cute, and fast.
Now it's your turn! Each week, you're invited to add your Halloween creation to this blog hop, along with the code near the bottom of each post. When you add the code to your blog while you are in the edit HTML mode, your readers can play along, leave comments, and view the samples right from YOUR blog!

At the end of 13 weeks, one person will get a $50 Stampin' Up! gift certificate! The more times you enter the blog hop, the better your chances of taking home the Grand Prize. You also get a ticket just for displaying The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop badge on your blog. Whoo hoo!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Apothecary Butterfly card

The Elegant Butterfly punch (127526) was one of the first items I bought out of the new catalog. I love how Stampin' Up! makes so many of our stamp sets match up with our punches!
The Little Labels Punch Pack (126881) is so stinkin' cute that I try to use them all the time. The Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126876) was perfect for this card.
The Fancy Fan Folder (127751) added wonderful texture. Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003) was used to cut out the Floral District DSP (126919). The butterfly stamp image came from Papillon Potpourri (123759) and the words came from Lovely Little Labels (126262). Only one ink pad was used - Rich Razzleberry.
Lovely Little Labels  126262
Little Labels Punch Pack (126881)


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Googly Ghouls bats for September team make and take

Isn't he stinkin' cute? 

Yes, I'm a bat freak the tinier the better! The girls in the American Ink team all got to make this cute card. The 2 bats came from different stamp sets...  Googly Ghouls 128063 and Monster Munchies 127907. I also used the Labels Collection Framelits 125598 and our wonderful 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon... Tangerine Tango 124144 and Black 124145. The other really cute and cool thing about this card (and Stampin' Up!) are the Googlie Eyes! We now have in the Holiday Catalog Googlie Eyes!!! 127539 and they come with adhesive already on them! And, yes, I cheated and gave my teeny bat a teeny eye that I already have tons of...I just had to!

This is the card sample that I got the idea for the bat card. It's in the Stampin' Success May 2012 issue on page 13. As a demo, I get these wonderful magazines every month! They come full of ideas and samples and articles from other demos. If you'd like to know more email or give me a call.

Each week, you're invited to add your Halloween creation to Terry's blog hop, along with the code near the bottom of each post. When you add the code to your blog while you are in the edit HTML mode, your readers can play along, leave comments, and view the samples right from YOUR blog!

At the end of 13 weeks, I'll be giving one person a $50 Stampin' Up! gift certificate! The more times you enter the blog hop, the better your chances of taking home the Grand Prize. You also get a ticket just for displaying The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop badge on your blog. Whoo hoo!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New video: Learn how easy it is to make a fabric flower

I'm working on adding videos to my blog. Please let me know how useful you find them. If you'd like to order anything you see in the video, please go to my Online Store: Thanks!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Perfectly Preserved swap for American Ink meeting

This was my swap at my group's August meeting. I used Window Frames Framelits and Cannery Set Framelits for this card. The paper is from the Orchard Harvest pack.
I embossed the card front with the Argyle folder. I love canning! I can beans and tomatoes every year. This set is a favorite of mine.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

From My Heart card with Core'dinations card stock

I made this for my monthly demonstrator meeting this month. I used Gumball Green Core'dinations card stock, ran it through the lace folder and sanded the design, and also used the scallop trim border punch on the sides. I used Labels Framelits for the top two layers. I inked up this stamp from From My Heart with markers. The ribbon is Raspberry Ripple, a new In Color.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Halloween Frame

This Halloween Frame is a wonderful way to save those cute halloweeny projects and scrapbook those cute photos of your kids and/or friends! Stampin' Up! had this frame for us to look at at convention. I LOVE IT!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Memento Mall goodies from Convention 2012

I'm having so much fun with my friends. I love the convention bag - it's the white and yellow chevron design with gray detailing. You can see all of the yummy items - water bottles, hammer and measuring tape, shopping bags, booking calendar, incentive stamps, mittens, ornaments and more!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Flower pot make & take

This flower pot card stands up and is so cute in real life. I took this to my American Ink team meeting as a make and take. This photo was taken by phone, so it's not the greatest. I used the Blossom, Scallop Circle and Fancy Flower punches for the flowers, along with the bird and 1/2-inch circle punches. The top sides of the flower pot were punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Homemade Button

Flirtatious Easter Basket

I wanted to cover this plain little basket with some SU! material and found that it was quite easy...I put the basket on the material, pulled and bunched it up like I was going to wrap it and judged about 2" extra and cut it. Then I trimmed up nice, folded it over about an 1 1/2", sewed all around and left about a 2" gap, and put some elastic in it for the ruffle. The handle is a 2" strip of material doubled the length of what I wanted the handle to be and sewn up with a pipe cleaner in it. Then I bunched and twisted the material around the pipe cleaner to give it that look, I ended up hot gluing it to the basket. Also, hot glued on some buttons. Tomorrow I'll show how I made the big button with brad...gotta finish Easter dinner and head out. I wish everybody a wonderful and happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Flirtatious Flower Card

I love the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die. It's perfect for the material that SU! has for us.The flower strip is cut from Flirtatious and is about 16" long and attached to a 1 3/4" circle cut out of our sticky sheets. I adhered one side to a piece of chip board the same size. All you have to do is start winding the trim starting on the outside of the circle and go round and round until you get to the middle. If you have extra trim left just cut it off or if you have room for more trim cut some more. Then put a beautiful Large Pearl (page 26 in the Occasions Mini) in the middle or whatever bling you like. There's also a strip of Attic Boutique DS paper (page 23 Occasions Mini) and I spritzed with Soft Suede.

Detail Flirtatious Flower Card

This detail looks so impressive and is so easy to make! The really cool thing is you can make your flower as big or small as you want.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blossom Builder Card

I used the awesome Blossom Builder kit on page 18 of the Occasions Mini. This kit comes with beautiful, bright flower self-adehive die-cuts AND pretty, pretty pink rhinestone! This card used the Blossom punch, polkao-dot embossing folder.

Detail Blossom Builder Card

Look at all of the dimension, just like a garden!