Sunday, August 29, 2010

Monster To{get}her

I never buy cutesy stamps. I just don't like them. They are not me. When I saw this stamp set in the new catalog, I knew it had to be mine and it was on my first catalog order! Isn't that crazy? I plan on having lots of fun with this set. It's just adorable! The card was quick, colorful, and easy to put together.

Cherry cobbler cardstock (#119685; $6.95)
Marina mist cardstock (#119682; $6.95)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730; $8.50)
Cherry cobbler stampin' pad (#119669; $5.95)
More mustard stampin' pad (#103162; $5.95)
Marina mist stampin' pad (#119668; $5.95)
Tangerine tango stampin' pad (#111834; $5.95)
Wild wasabi stampin' pad (#109014; $5.95)
Designer label large (#119862; $15.95)
1 3/4" x 7/8" oval large punch (#119855; $15.95)

A Clean and Simple (CAS) card

I never do CAS cards because I feel like they are always a failure. They never seem finished. This card literally took about 30 seconds and I love, love, LOVE it! I think it is a homerun card!

Whisper white cardstock (#100730; $8.50)
Elizabeth single stamp (#117120; $9.95)
Because I Care hostess stamp set (wood - #118384; clear - #120118)
Basic black stampin' pad (#101179; $5.95)
Marina mist stampin' pad (#119668; $5.95)
Basic rhinestones (#119246; $4.95)

Whooo loves this card?

I adore this card. It was going to be an exact CASE for a card I made at my upline's post-convention event, but I messed up the cut at the class and the first card I made at home to prep for my new catalog party. I decided that it would be too easy for people to mess up, and I want everyone to leave absolutely delighted with what they've made. So I changed the format of the card a little but left everything else the same. This is is so super cute!

Crumb cake cardstock (#119686; $6.95)
Chocolate chip cardstock (#102128; $6.95)
Baja breeze cardstock (#111352; $6.95)
Old olive cardstock (#100702; $6.95)
Greenhouse gala DSP (#117167; $9.95)
Basic Rhinestones (#119246; $4.95)
Tombow multipurpose liquid glue (#110755; $3.95) This is so important for gluing tiny pieces!
Two step owl extra large punch (#118074; $16.95)
Two step bird extra large punch (#117191; $16.95)
Big shot die cutting machine (#113439; $99.95)
Perfect polka dots embossing folder (#117335; $7.95)

New Catalog Party cards

Knowing that the new catalog was released in July, it seems a bit odd that I'm just now posting pictures for my "new catalog party". Well, yes and no. It is shameful that these amazing new items went live almost two months and I just now (yesterday - Saturday) had my party. The awesome news from that party is that I was able to meet a personal goal and PROMOTE because of that party! Woo hoo! I've had a downline for almost three months, but I was short on my sales because I'm largely self-funded. Because we've tightened our belts around our house, I decided that I wasn't going to cough up the chunk I needed to promote on my own. So, now I'll officially be a Supervisor!

The first card I'm going to show you features the sweet treat cups and Sweet Centers stamp set. It is a take on the 3-D item on page 59 of the catalog. I simply made it into a card!

Daffodil delight cardstock (#119683, $6.95)
Chocolate chip cardstock (#102128, $6.95)
Very vanilla cardstock (#101650; $8.50)
Pear pizzazz 1/2" stitched poly ribbon (#119265; $8.95)
Sweet treat cups (#116802; $2.95)
1 3/4" circle extra large punch (#119850; $16.95)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Found Inspiration!

Mary left me a comment today and told me that she had seen my inspiration for yesterday's Happy Birthday card. It was LeeAnn Graff. She is absolutely right! I follow LeeAnn's blog because she is amazingly talented. I made a similar card with a slight variation that I thought was much cuter (and I think more like LeeAnn's original), but I may have given them away before taking pictures. I'll look one more time.

I have more cards to show you, but I just walked in the door after work (it's 10:06 right now) and I'm too tired to download the pictures off the camera. Hopefully tomorrow. Until then, sweet dreams...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Quick Share - Happy Birthday!

I totally cased this idea from some talented individual, but it was several months ago and who knows where that scrap of paper went on which I wrote the original creator's name? Sorry! If you (original creator) happen across my humble blog, please let me know, because I'd love to mention you and add a link to your inspiration!

This is about as CAS as I get. While I love the Clean And Simple look, I never feel like I can get it to look "finished" and at heart, I'm really all about layers and ribbon (and anything metal...and chipboard!) The stamp set is Happy Everything. Whatcha think?

Enjoy the posts this week. I'm really working hard to get everything posted at least one day in advance because it is crazy busy at work this week. I've been working for about 3 weeks, but the teachers came back for their first day yesterday (Monday). I spent all day in meetings starting at 8:00 and ending at 7:30. I will have the same schedule every other day this week until Friday. I'll be exhausted by then!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blast from the Past!

Ok. Yeah. It's me. I'm the blast from your past. I've not posted in so long I'm ashamed to post again. Quick recap of the summer.

June:* I finished up the school year, orchestrated eighth grade promotion, and got through our "flex week" (individualized instruction for students who need extra help to pass state level tests).
* Spent some time traveling and attending conferences and professional development.
* Went to Austin with my mother and the girls and had a blast! See the pictures for proof!

* I had a card class and a scrapbook class at the end of the month! You'll see pictures of those creations soon.

* Early in the month I accepted an administrative job at a local school district. I flew high on a cloud for much of the remainder of the month.* We didn't take a vacation this year. We had planned to go to the Stampin' Up convention in Utah on vacation and circle through New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado on the trip. I kept putting of the registration even though I wanted to go so badly.
* I planned to "downsize" our vacation and make a trip through Texas instead with our main stop in San Antonio. I found awesome hotel rates on the Riverwalk but kept putting of the reservations.* Thankfully, we didn't go on vacation at all because I would have lost all of the money on non-refundable hotel reservations! I ended up going on contract the third week of July.

August:* I've been working every day. I really enjoy my new job - I'm there to provide instructional support to the teachers and help them become better teachers. I've met so many helpful and nice people. I think it's going to be a great year!
* On another note, the job is a little different than how it was portrayed when I accepted the position. I'm going to be super busy. Last year there was a person who did half of my job, half of another job, and had FOUR aides to help her complete my half of the job. I don't have any help. Agh!
* That being said, I'm really looking forward to the year. I think it's going to be great!
I've been cleaning the stamping room this weekend and I came across a couple of cards I thought were very fitting - a blast from the past! Both use retired supplies and show things I created pre-SU demo.
The first card is an acetate card I created and produced (well, seven of them) in about 15 minutes. The outside image is embossed. I layered the real red piece on the inside of the top flap and the very vanilla piece on the outside of the top flap. It allowed me to use regular SNAIL and not worry about the adhesive showing. I also layered a mirror piece of real red on the back side of the card and a matching vanilla piece on the "normal" inside flap.

The second card uses Holy the Triptych stamp set. I bought this immediately when it first came out and envisioned a trifold Christmas card. This was a "quick" card I made just to try out the set. I stamped the Holy Family image and watercolored it using blender pens and an aquapainter. Then I stamped the filigree frame over the image in Versamark and embossed in black.

Enjoy and check back this week. I'm posting more projects from the past (some not so distant!).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop 2010 - Enjoy Every Moment

Thank you for joining me today! You have found the Stampin' Addicts 2010 Retiring Sets Mega Hop! I'm stop 9 on the hop. You only have a few weeks left to grab the sets you see here, so don't delay! Call your Stampin' Up demo today! The blog hop will make a complete circle, so keep following the links to see all of the fabulous projects!

If you are following the hop, you just came from Sara's blog where she featured Best Wishes and More, a super-versatile set fit for just about any occasion! I love the stationery set she made! Isn't it so cute? A perfect gift for a house-warming gift, don't you think?

The set I'm featuring is Enjoy Every Moment. What I love so much about this set is how the pieces fit together and integrate to create multiple images. Did you know that the larger flower with the dot outline is a perfect fit around the dotted circle O on the Enjoy stamp? I've tried to layer the stamps in my projects for a variety of different looks. I'll be posting details this coming week about some of the projects and I'll show you the other page of that scrapbook layout. So be sure to add me to your favorites or to your blog reader and I'll see you later next week!

The first project was a card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch (#142). The enjoy stamp is quite large for a card, but there are several ways to add it as a focal point. On this card, I used my Stamp-a-majig and placed the letters in a "haphazard" fashion (Yeah, right! I stamped that piece four times!). I also subbed that pointy flower in for the dotted circle O. A quick rumpled flower (using the large flower in the Birds and Blooms Sizzlet set) and a clip from the clip assortment round this card out.

The second project is a case from the catalog and I made it this week to send to someone special. (Someone's having a BABY!!! But my lips are sealed. And see the gender-neutral colors? [Big happy smiles!]) The original card was on page 144 of the Idea Book and Catalog. The card is simple and shows that this "friendly" set has a lot of uses!

The final project is a scrapbook page. I used SCSC241 as a base and modified it a little. I used a lot of layering on this page to include some two-stampin' effects as well as popped images on top of images. I stamped the title in white craft ink and embossed using white embossing powder. A little piercing added a touch of detail. I can't wait for you to see the other page of this layout and hear the story behind it! Come back on Tuesday for the Blog Hop Deets!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects using this cute set. Before you head off to call your demonstrator to place your order, check out Holly's blog. You will definitely want to put Hoppy for you on your next order! I can't believe that that lily pad! So precious! Thank you for checking out the Stampin' Addicts blog hop. We'd love to see you on the website!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Between Neighbors

I get hit by the genius stick so seldom in life that I have to share when I do. When I got my sneak peek of the summer mini catalog I instantly fell in love with one of the sets - Bouquet Bunch. I don't know that anyone else loved this set as much as I did. Isn't it a crazy set to love so much? I saw this set and almost immediately pictured this card in my mind. Isn't it just amazing? I really impressed myself! The card was very tedious with a lot of cutting and steps. I had originally planned for this to be a card for one of my classes, but it took me over two hours to get this card finished. So for now, I'll just have to treasure it on my own! The sky is sponged using the scallop circle punch as a mask for clouds. The fence is actually made from the medium jewelry tag punch - 24 of them! It is two punches tall with the ribbon strategically placed to cover where the top of one meets the bottom of the other. Each medium jewelry tag punch is sponged with river rock around all of the edges. The leaves were colored with garden green and old olive markers to look more realistic. They were cut out around the outer leaves and layered with dimensionals to give the appearance of some of the leaves spilling out over the fence.

Bashful blue cardstock (#105120, $5.50)
Melon mambo cardstock (#115320, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Bouquet bunch (#118529-W, $13.95; #120039-C, $10.95)
Bashful blue stampin' pad (#105209, $5.95)
Melon mambo stampin' pad (#115656, $5.95)
Garden green stampin' marker (#100080, $3.25)
Old olive stampin' marker (#100079, $3.25)
Melon mambo polka dot grosgrain ribbon (#115611, $9.95)
Scallop circle punch (#109043, $15.95)
Word window punch (# 105090, $15.95)
Modern label punch (#116630, $15.95)
Medium jewelry tag punch (#117190, $10.95)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bouquet Bunch with Mojo

This is a card I made several weeks ago. This card is based on the Mojo Monday sketch 140. I actually made it the day the sketch came out! I think it turned out so well!

Soft saffron cardstock (#105118, $5.50)
Old olive cardstock (#100702, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $5.50)
Sweet Pea DSP (Retired)
Basic brown stampin' pad (#104315, $5.95)
Chocolate chip stampin' pad (#100908, $5.95)
Taken with teal stampin' pad (#103257, $5.95)
Old olive stampin' pad (#102277, $5.95)
Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon (#109051, $7.95)
Hodgepodge very vanilla hardware (#112454, $29.95)
Tiny tags (#118091-W, $22.95; #118592-C, $16.95)
Bouquet bunch (#118529-W, $13.95; #120039-C, $10.95)
Aqua painter (#103954, $16.95)
Curly label punch (#112208, $15.95)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Flowers for Father

This is a quick and easy card for Dad. It came together in just a few minutes and was super easy!

Crushed curry cardstock (#115319, $5.50)
Soft suede cardstock (#115318, $5.50)
Very vanilla cardstock (#101650. $7.50)
Flowers for every season (#111592, $14.95)
Well Scripted (Retired)
Basic brown stampin' pad (#104315, $5.95)
Soft suede stampin' pad (#115657, $5.95)
Crushed curry stampin' pad (#115659, $5.95)
Dusty durango stampin' pad (#115654, $5.95)
Old olive stampin' pad (#102277, $5.95)
Real red stampin' pad (#103133, $5.95)
Large oval punch (#107305, $15.95)
Scalloped oval punch (#114889, $15.95)
Aqua painter (#103954, $16.95)
Soft suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon (#115612, $9.95)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Are you ready for a new catalog?

Are you ready for a new Stampin' Up catalog? I can't wait! It will hit your hands in July (as long as you are a current customer or tell me you'd like to become one!). However, in order to get ready for the new catalog year, we have to make room for the TONS of new items we'll be getting. Today SU released the retiring lists of stamps, Definitely Decorative items, and accessories. There are literally HUNDREDS of items on these lists (15 pages long!). Some of my favorite stamp sets are on that list. I'm a little sad to see them go, but I know that means that they will be replaced with new ones! So here are the important deets:

1) SU manufactures their own stamps and Decor Elements, so they don't really "run out". While an item may be backordered, the wait time is usually very short.

2) Accessories are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST only! SU does not manufacture these. Once these are gone, you won't see them again. I would suggest getting these quickly if you want them.

3) All of the retiring Decor Elements are on sale 25% off.

4) Check the retiring accessories list carefully. Some of the items are being reconfigured and will return in a new form. These changes are likely to be mainly packaging and cosmetic in nature. Other items are being sold at a discount. There is also a separate column on this list that shows when an item is sold out, so the list will be updated as July draws nearer.

I've added buttons to my sidebar for the stamps, home decor, and accessories. Those will take you to PDF files you can print. Please contact me if you'd like to place an order or visit my Stampin' Up demonstrator website. If you don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you explore your creativity!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Done does not mean DONE

As I've learned over the past few weeks, done does not really mean DONE. I've been working on my final revisions for my dissertation before it is published. On one hand, I know I could fix the things they marked, submit it, and be finished. (I saw a PhD comic once that said, "If you write it, they will sign it.") But, that thing's going to sit on my bookshelf a long time. I don't want to look back years from now and regret throwing a bunch of junk down. And I'm paying a small fortune to have that little bugger copyrighted, printed, bound, and published to the required websites. So, I'm still working - about finished - but still working. I have begun a huge (well, huge to me) renovation project that will result in a cleaner house (no more piles of research sitting in stacks close to my computer) and a (hopefully) clean scrapbook room. This will be my first summer off in many years. Trying to think back, I believe I've only NOT worked (at something) for one summer in my 9 years of marriage. I have visions of catching up on a lot of scrapbooking this summer! It will begin on Thursday - my first day off - with a girls' trip to the American Girl store for lunch at the Bistro. Eliza got a gift card for her birthday (in April - does that make me a bad parent?) and she hasn't spent it yet. My mother hasn't been to the store yet (we drug Daddy along last time) so she will join us on Thursday. We are going to have fun! I also have four cards I never posted. You'll be seeing those this week.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


After three years of long school hours and no vacations, I finally graduated today! Praise the Lord! Here is a picture of me after the ceremony with the girls. EG was not happy - she was hungry and tired, especially after a 3 hour graduation ceremony!

I was terrified. I worried all week because I knew that I would be the first one of the doctoral cohort to graduate. This morning I figured out that I was first. I mean first, FIRST. In the entire university. Out of 1200 graduates. I was the first one to walk across the stage. I just prayed that I wouldn't trip, fall, or faint! I made it. It was a great day!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Big Shot Demo Card

My aunt (Hi!) bought a Big Shot from me. She came last weekend and I was able to give her her order. He had some questions about how to work her new tool, so we had a Big Shot lesson. This was a card we made to show her how to use the embossing folders and to give her one idea she could replicate easily. Unfortunately, I can't get the silly thing to picture upright. Just tilt your head and enjoy!

Supplies to make this card:
Big Shot die cutting machine (# 113439, $99.95)
Certainly celery cardstock (#105125, $5.50)
So saffron cardstock (#105118, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Certainly celery stampin' pad (#105217, $5.95)
So saffron stampin' pad (#105213, $5.95)
Stampin' sponges (#101610, $3.50)
Elegant Boquet embossing folder (#115964, $7.95)
Pretties kit (#109114, $29.95)
Eyelet border punch (#113692, $15.95)
Mini glue dots (#103683, $4.95)
Well Scripted stamp set (W - #117072, $19;95; C - #118601, $14.95)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First Day card and the LESSON LEARNED

Wow, was that ever a blooper! If you are reading this, you missed the huge blooper that appeared about an hour ago! Woops! Honestly? I uploaded the picture and put a few "placeholders" to help manage my alignment. Then I scheduled the post for tonight and uploaded. I intended to write the blurb at work today - perhaps during lunch? - or definitely when I got home from work.

However, I got a call today at work that superseded my little blog. I eventually want to get into higher ed. That is the ultimate goal and why I went ahead and got the doctorate. It's a hard field to break into, though. I got the opportunity to adjunct at a local college for their teacher certification program last year. It was a wonderful experience, but I didn't get to go back this spring. A couple of weeks ago, I got a call for the department chair asking me to do a review for one of the certification tests they will be taking soon. I was to teach seven class sessions. Today, I got a phone call at lunch asking me if it would be possible to start tonight as the other teacher had to cancel out at the last minute. Well, yes! Could I really say no? The way it turned out, I get to add on this session rather than exchanging it for one of the other sessions (read: more money, more fun!). So I went straight from work to the college where I taught my class. I just got home. Big woops! Forgive me. :)

I mentioned in the blog hop that this card has a story. I love books. I own - literally - thousands of them. I have a SERIOUS problem with cutting them up. I just can't do it. I knew I needed book print for my "DSP" on the card, but I didn't know how to get it. [Background: This was my last project of the three to complete for the blog hop and it was 2 a.m. in the morning on the day the post was to go active. It was also a work day.] So I was scrambling around trying to find a book I would sacrifice. I finally found that I own an educational law textbook in both a fifth edition and a sixth edition. This would be perfect, right? I could cut up the fifth edition and not "lose" anything! Thank goodness for my retentiveness to want the latest edition! So I took the book downstairs and opened it up to the middle where there was a nice crowded page. And I sat there. I ran my fingers over the print. And I sat some more. I just couldn't do it.

I finally rationalized that there had to be some part of the book I could sacrifice. The index was my first thought, but that would look rather silly as a DSP, right? But...there was a preface, right? And the preface in the sixth edition would be the "preferred" one since it was most recent, right? I could cut up the preface. Quickly - before I could change my mind - I ripped out (ok, not so quickly - I didn't want to leave ragged edges in the binding of the spine) a page of the preface. Whew. The hardest part was over. I had done it (this is where the soundtrack to Rocky plays through your mind).

So I cut my paper and proceeded with my card. Only after I had photographed it (and it was 3 a.m. now with my alarm set to ring in 1 hour and 45 minutes) did I realize what I had put on my card that I plan to give to my eight year old daughter on her first day of third grade. Geez Louise.

LESSON LEARNED: If you "make" your own DSP out of recycled magazines or books, be sure to read the content before creating your masterpiece. (And be aware that the Supreme Court has ruled very specifically about sexual abuse and harassment in public schools and that current laws reflect those rulings within employment practices.) Have a wonderful day.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Blog Hop Thanks and the bookmark

I want to thank everyone who visited my blog over the weekend. If you subscribed to my blog or became a follower, thank you so much! You are awesome and I hope I can satisfy your daily blog surfing. I hope I have inspired your use of this stamp set. I'd love to see what you create.

Today I'm going to give you a few tips about the bookmark. The bookmark is pretty simple and straight-forward. I really followed the recipe in IBC just changing the colors. I did not like a button on it, so I left that off. I did add the row of apples stamp in bashful blue as a tone-on-tone accent at the bottom.

Supplies used for the bookmark:
Bashful blue cardstock (#105120, $5.50)
Real red cardstock (#102482, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Basic black cardstock (#102851, $7.50)
Scallop edge punch (#112091, $15.95)
1/16" Circle punch (#101227, $8.95)
Horizontal slot punch (#105089, $5.95)
1" Double stitched ribbon, real red (#115607, $8.95)
Black Stazon ink pad
Green galore ink pad
Real red ink pad
Bashful blue ink pad
Blender pens

I chose these inks because they matched my project. The great thing about Stampin' Up! is that you can color coordinate your paper and inks on all projects! Many of the colors have matching accessories - brads, eyelets, and (my favorite!) ribbons! To color in my images, I squeezed the ink pads (when they were shut) and then flipped open the lid. Don't slide the lid underneath. By squeezing the ink pad, you deposited a little bit of ink on the upper inside of the lid. Use your blender pen to collect a little ink. Try it out before touching your image - you may need more or less to achieve the color and gradation you want. Then, color your image as you desire. This allows you to create shades of a color and add a gradation to increase the perception of depth. Have fun with your coloring. Be sure to post a link back in a comment for me to see what you created!

If you have a demonstrator, I'm sure she (or he!) can help you with this technique. If you don't have a demonstrator who is meeting your crafting needs, I would be honored to help you create. Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Summer Mini Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in this blog hop celebrating the new Stampin' Up! summer mini catalog on Stampin' Addicts. SA is my favorite online stamping community. It is a free website dedicated to supporting Stampin' Up stampers and demonstrators. It is loaded with awesome ideas and friendly stampers who are always willing to share their ideas.
If you are following the hop, you just came from Krystal's blog. Krystal is awesome! Don't you love that Go, Graduate stamp set? It's really versatile! If you are starting here, no problems. Keep hopping through; the blog makes a complete circle. I guarantee you won't want to miss a single stop out of this lineup! If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of all stops on the hop HERE.

The set I featured is First Day. I fell in love with it when I saw it and imagined all kinds of cute things I could do with it both as a parent and a teacher. So, let's get right to the projects:

I knew I wanted to make one of the gift boxes that were so popular at Christmas that held all the little gift tags. My daughter will go into third grade next year and they get lockers for the first time. There is a special day before school starts for students to go up to the school and decorate their locker. She's already excited. I thought this would be cute to sneak in her locker after she's finished. I resized and rearranged and this is what I ended up making. It contains pencils, a hand-held pencil sharpener, a stack of sticky notes (with a message from Mom), Hershey nuggets, shaped paper clips, and some binder clips. Notice that I stamped her initial "E" on both sides of the binder clip in Stazon ink. It makes it a little more personal.

My second project is a direct case from the Stampin' Up! big catalog. The bookmark is simple but makes an impact. You can find the original bookmark on page 147.

My final project is a card I will give my daughter on the first day of school. It's an odd size - 4.25 x 4.25. I based it on the Mojo Monday sketch 136. I bought First Day in the clear mount stamp so it made the placement of letters on the ribbon fairly easy. The sentiment is from the Crazy for Cupcakes set.

One final look at all three projects.

There is a story for this card. Check back the week of Monday, May 3, and I will post details about each project including supplies. Thank you for checking out my stop on the hop. Jump right on over to Rhonda's blog where she features a super-cute collection of summer items - including a DSP with fab colors, a new Big Shot die, and a matching stamp set. You definitely don't want to miss her projects. I can't wait for you to see what she made!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Non-stamping Sweet Pea card

This is another card my April class made. It is a fast put-together so it's really great for people who are in a rush and need a card fast.

Supplies I used for this card:
So saffron cardstock (#105118, $5.50)
Sweet Pea DSP (#117161, $24.95)
Chocolate chip cardstock (#102128, $5.50)
Sweet Pea stitched felt (#177266, $7.95)
Old olive grosgrain ribbon (#109054, $7.95)
Corner rounder punch (#109047, $6.95)
Scallop trim border punch (FREE during SAB but will continue in the new catalog)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Painted Inspired by Nature

This is one of the cards we made at my April card class last week. I have loved the Inspired by Nature stamp set since it first came out. For some reason, I never bought it. It was on my list so many time, but somehow it always got cut. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago when I saw yet ANOTHER gorgeous card using it. Isn't it fabulous? I colored the image with my Stampin' Up markers (always start with the lightest color and add progressively darker ones so you don't stain your lighter markers) and added accents to make the flowers more life-like.

Supplies I used for this card:
Ruby red cardstock (#102030, $5.50)
So saffron cardstock (#105118, $5.50)
Certainly celery cardstock (#105125, $5.50)
Sweet Pea DSP (#117161, $24.95)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon (#109030, $4.95)
Ruby red stampin' marker (#100.075, $3.25)
Summer sun stampin' marker (#100077, $3.25)
More mustard stampin' marker (#100076, $3.25)
Old olive stampin' marker (#100079, $3.25)
Close to cocoa stampin' pad (#103139, $5.95)
Inspired by Nature (#111656, $23.95)
Ticket corner punch (#107214, $6.95)
Stampin' sponges (#101610, $3.50)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Donna's Card

On Friday my very good friend - Donna - defended her dissertation and officially became Dr. Donna. I am so proud of her! We have gone through so much together over the past three years. I absolutely couldn't miss her defense and wanted to take her an extra special card in honor of the occasion. I forgot to take a picture of it, so I had to ask her to take a picture and send it to me. I made those roses using a technique that a sideline taught me (Julia), but she got it from Julie Williams' blog. Aren't they gorgeous? I think it's much more beautiful in real life. The card is 5.5 x 5.5, an odd size, I know.

Supplies I used for this card:
Pretty in pink cardstock (#100459 , $5.50)
Barely banana cardstock (#102701 , $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730 , $7.50)
Versamark pad (#102283 , $7.50)
White embossing powder (#109132, $4.75)
Regal rose stampin' pad (#105130 , $5.50)
Bone folder - very important for the roses (#102300, $6.95)
Extra large fancy flower punch (#118073 , $15.95)
Pretties Kit (#109114, $29.95)
So saffron grosgrain ribbon (retired from SAB a couple of years ago)
Happy Everything stamp set - inside the card (#115235, $18.95)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sidebar Updates

I realized this morning that I had not updated my sidebar. Oops. I've removed the Sale-a-Bration flyer and I've added two widgets addressing the color renovation at Stampin' Up! The first widget will take you to a PDF of the new color families that Stampin' Up will be introducing this summer (I can't wait!). The second will take you to a PDF of the retiring colors. While I'm very excited about some new colors - Stampin' Up sent us samples of the five new ones - I'm going to be boo-hooing over the loss of a few of my favorites. I adore ruby red and summer sun (you'll see it on my blog several times this coming week!) and I don't know that I can sponge my edges without close to cocoa! I know I'll grow to love the colors and and how I think about and use the remaining colors. Can I say STOCKPILE? I predict a little bit of hoarding coming my way.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Week in Review - April 24

It has been another wild week around here.

Monday night was the Night of Pops and Praise for my orchestra. We've been working hard on that music for the past couple of months. It went very well - it's always a fun night. We play, there is a small vocal group that sings, and the World Famous Apache Belles dance a few numbers. This year we did a Broadway theme with My Fair Lady, Irving Berlin, Magnificent Seven, Lord of the Dance (this one was a beast to play!), and several others. Lots of fun!

Eva Grace had her dress rehearsal on Tuesday for a dance recital. The theme of the show was "When I Grow Up..." and her class was "... I may be a Cowgirl". It was very cute.

On Thursday I defended my dissertation. After you make your presentation (about an hour long), they question you (about 30-40 minutes in my case), and then they send you out of the room while they deliberate. It's a nerve-wracking, nail-biting 10 minute wait but it's an AMAZING feeling when your chair comes out and says, "Congratulations, Dr. Carnes!" Then you walk back in the room to your other committee members standing to shake your hand and congratulate you. I still have edits to complete before it's published, but it's awesome!

I had a card class on Thursday night (scheduled when I thought the defense deadline was April 16) and made some pretty cards I'll be showing you over the next week.

On Friday, by very good friend defended her dissertation. I couldn't miss that! I made her an absolutely amazing card (well, I thought so!) and gave it to her without taking a picture of it. I'm trying to get a picture so you can see it. It was definitely a WOW card! After her defense we had a wonderful leisurely lunch to celebrate our successes. Then we went back to campus to run a few errands. I bought my graduation regalia. I finally have a velvet robe and a tam! It makes me want to jump with glee!

This morning was EG's dance recital. Very cute! This afternoon, I had a Simply Adorned class where participants received the chain and the 1x1 1/4" char and made 5 inserts for it. I think they turned out well!

Look for posts of cards beginning on Monday. Also, we are getting very close to the new Summer Mini Catalog which means a Stampin' Addicts blog hop! I absolutely LOVE the set I'm featuring. I can't wait to show you!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Week in Review - April 17

This has been a super crazy week. I've been preparing for my dissertation defense which is scheduled for this coming Thursday at 10:45. I'm excited but very nervous. I have four people on my committee and I know that one friend will be there for sure, another is trying to make it, and my husband will be there. I hope I don't embarrass myself!

The week at work was very long and hard. I'm sure glad that one is over! That's about all I can say about that.

On Tuesday of this week, I went to my upline's monthly meeting where we learn techniques and make things. We make three projects each month. There is always a technique that we learn and usually a card and a 3-D item. This month we made two 3-D items.

The first project I'm showing is the notepad we made. Inside is a junior legal pad. The project features the new Awash with Flowers set. This is a special deal from Stampin' Up. If you hostess a workshop of $350 this month, you can earn the set for FREE this month only as a sneak preview. The set will be one of the new ones featured in the 2010-2011 catalog that comes out in July.

The next item was a heated Big Shot flower. I used the scallop circle die and the scallop circles #2 die. I think the spring colors are very cute. Now I just need a spring cardigan in a certainly celery or mambo melon color. What do you think?

My favorite project of the night was featured by Julia Lassiter, one of my sidelines. She doesn't have a blog, but she got the technique from Julie Williams' blog. These are the most beautiful, gorgeous, amazing flowers you have ever seen. I'm going to spend some time working on these this afternoon. Isn't this fabulous? It's paper! I think it looks like a sugar flower from a cake. The paper is so saffron and it is sponged with regal rose. Expect to see some projects using these flowers soon!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Review of the last week

Whew! It's been a crazy, wild, scary, and exciting week. I started the week with very little sleep as I finished my dissertation and prepared it for submission. I finally sent it for submission on Wednesday morning around 2:30. I had some preliminary edits from my chair by mid-morning and sent out my (most recently) edited version to my committee on Wednesday afternoon. I'm in the process of scheduling my final dissertation defense right now. I'm nervous and very excited!Yesterday, we went to Athens to visit the Freshwater Fishery. It was Outdoor Fools Day. I'm definitely not an outdoorsy type of person, but we had a lot of fun. We saw fish, tried our hand at geocaching, painted, built boats and rockets, walked four miles, and tried archery. It was lots of fun. Pictures follow the post.

Roy is doing some landscaping at the cemetery where my grandmother is buried. I received two Stampin' Up orders this week, including a box with my pre-order for the new Summer Mini Catalog. I'm so excited about the cute new stuff. I have tons of ideas I can't wait to try. Tonight I'm headed downstairs to play. Look for some fun stuff this week! Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Song Recipe

This is the first of three swaps I designed for my mother. She had to create spring-themed 6x6 recipe scrapbook cards.

Personally, my life is like Nemo - keep typing...keep typing...keep typing... Wednesday is the "drop dead deadline". I don't like the way that sounds because it sounds too prophetic. I went to the eye doctor this afternoon to renew my glasses prescription. He told me I'm getting very close to the bifocals step - I completely blame the dissertation. Am I that old?

Supplies are listed below. Enjoy!

So saffron cardstock
Mellow moss cardstock
Whisper white cardstock
Spring song stamp set
Watercolor pencils
Blender pens
Stazon ink
Mellow moss ink
Eyelet border punch
Sticky strip
White brads

Monday, April 5, 2010

Simply Adorned Swap, Part 2

This is the second part of the swap I participated in. Stampin' Up now sells a charm bracelet with both square and round charms. I participated in the square charm insert swap. It's really hard to design something so tiny! I didn't expect it to be nearly so difficult. I decided to make a happy/fun insert and used the Picture This hostess stamp set from the spring mini catalog. It was a stamp set I initially didn't order and I've seen so many cute things with it. It's really versatile and super cute! The back of the insert is supposed to look like a honeycomb. I cut out the tiny bees and painted the wings with champagne shimmer paint (yes! it's still available!) and popped it up on a tiny piece of a dimensional. I've listed all of the supplies below. Enjoy and come back tomorrow. I'm still not done writing (last ditch effort to meet the "drop dead deadline" by Wednesday, but I've scheduled several posts to keep you entertained until after the deadline. Drop in and leave a comment - I need all the positivity I can get!

Supplies used:
Yoyo yellow cardstock (#102824, $5.50)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Basic black ink (#101179, $5.95)
Yoyo yellow stampin' write marker (#100050, $3.25)
Circle Circus stamp set (#115778, $28.95)
Picture This stamp set (#116928 - wood; #118538 - clear, Level 1 Hostess Set)
Champagne mist shimmer paint (#116806, $5.95)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Simply Adorned Swap, Part 1

Today's post is about the first of two inserts I made for the swap I participated in. This insert is for the necklace charm. Below are pictures of the front (tree) and the back (flower). Yes, you can decorate the back of the charms! Isn't that great? I do a little more elaborate front and then put less on the back. The space between the back glass and the front beveled glass on the charms is enough to add in some dimension and embellishments. You can see that I added in some of the mini brads. Because there is only one layer (don't stick the brad through the paper!), I cut the legs off the brads with my craft scissors and applied the brad with mini glue dots. I think it turned out cute! I've added the supply list below. Have a good day and a beautiful Easter weekend.

Simply Adorned Chain - 24" (#116800, $10.95) - 36" is available
Simply Adorned 1" x 1 1/4" rectangular charm (#116798, $18.95)
Whisper white cardstock (#100730, $7.50)
Close to cocoa stampin' pad (#103139, $5.95)
Green galore stampin' pad (#102122, $5.95)
Glorious green stampin' pad (#103040, $5.95)
Tempting turquoise stampin' pad (#100814, $5.95)
Real red CRAFT stampin' pad (#101190, $7.50)
Clear embossing powder (#109130, $4.75)
Heat tool (#100005, $29.95)
Trendy Trees stamp set (#113258, $17.95)
Little Flowers stamp set (#115020, $11.95)
Sanded background stamp (#109294, $17.95)
Bold Brights Brads (#106957, $8.95)
1/2" circle punch (#104390, $5.95)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Simply Adorned Jewelry

I bought a Simply Adorned chain and charm from Stampin' Up. I love the quality. I've had them a little over a month but I've not had time to do anything with them. Enter a swap I joined a couple of months ago and I now have some inserts to wear my jewelry. I'll show you some of what I made over the next few days.

The charm I bought was the 1 1/4 x 1 " locket. These are a little small. I didn't want to get one that was too big. I've seen some of the larger ones, though, and they look very nice. These are the first two inserts I made. The one on the left has a tiny butterfly I cut out, popped up with a dimensional (well, a sliver of a dimensional), and painted with champagne shimmer paint. The one of the left was colored with my Stampin' Write markers. After I stamped it, I colored over it with my two-way glue pen and sprinkled dazzling diamonds over it. It gives it a nice shine!

If you are interested in the Simply Adorned Jewelry line, you can order from my demonstrator website. Better yet, if you are in East Texas (or don't mind a little road trip), I'm having a class you will love:

This class will use the Simply Adorned jewelry line to create a beautiful gift for Mother's Day, a birthday, graduation, or for yourself! The class fee includes a charm (1" x 1 1/4") and a chain (24"). You will create 5 different inserts to give with your gift. This will make a perfect accessory for any outfit. I can't wait to share the Simply Adorned line with you!

The cost of the class is $40 and includes the charm, the chain, and five inserts to get you started on your collection. You will also create gift presentation for the box as well as a card for your recipient.

Your payment will be your RSVP and must be received by April 10 so I can order the supplies in time for the class. Join us for this class - I know you will love the jewelry. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Still Here

You can still count me among the living. It's been a crazy week. Basically, I have to have the full version of my dissertation to my chair on Sunday night, the final version to my committee by next Wednesday, and then defend it by April 16 in order to graduate in May. I'm trying. I'm not so sure about it working right now. I've added three chapters. I still have two chapters to write. Fortunately, one is pretty short (maybe 12-15 pages?). I designed some recipe cards for my mother for a swap she signed up for, so I even have some crafty stuff to show! I honestly haven't had time to take pictures or upload them in the past week.

I leave for work around 6:30, drop both girls off with brother and sister-in-law (it is a HUGE help for them to take the girls to school for me), work all day, then head to a local university library (not the one where I'm getting my degree - this one is 20 minutes from my house rather than 75 minutes) where I write for 4-5 hours. I've been getting home between 9 and 10. I've been spending weekends (7-8 hours a day) there too. Hopefully it will all be finished soon. I have so many plans for what I want to do after I graduate. Peace and blessings to you.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bitty Mail

Some time ago, my oldest invaded my 3D stash and decorated a little mailbox (How dare her! I was going to get around to altering that mailbox. It was only down there - what? two years?).

She promptly put it into the living room and directed everyone to send her mail on a regular basis. My mother does a much better job at getting mail to her (mostly daily), but I've put things in there for her as well. I knew it was time to send some mail, so I headed downstairs to make something quickly. I couldn't just scribble on a legal pad, right? This card took me five minutes - LITERALLY. I used scraps on my desk and made them fit into something that would work. Everything on this card is a scrap - even the ribbon which I used to hold the card closed! Um, yes, I did use a cameo coral marker because my earth element markers were already on my desk and I would have had to get up and walk across my room to get my soft subtles. It really looks fine (don't judge me!). I think it turned out just precious! The card measures 2x2 - it really is tiny!

Supplies for this card:
Pretty in pink cardstock, cut 4x2 and scored at 2" (#100459, $5.50)
Chocolate chip cardstock (#102128, $5.50)
Sending Love DSP (#117153, $11.95)
Very vanilla cardstock (101650, $7.50)
Picture This stamp set (Level 1 Hostess; #116928 - W; 118538 - C; FREE)
Chocolate chip stampin' write marker (#100071, $3.25)
Cameo coral stampin' write marker (#100475, $3.25)
Chocolate chip taffeta ribbon (#109065, $6.95)
Sweet Pea felts (#117266, $7.95)
Word window punch (#105090, $15.95)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Scrapbook: Me

I've been busy (trying) to write on my dissertation this week. It's been horrible. For the last two years I have written - literally - hundreds of papers, thousands of pages. And I sit in front of the computer all day and eek out one page? Where is the justice in that?

I haven't been downstairs to create in quite a while and I've run out of pre-scheduled posts. I started looking through my old pictures at some projects I never blogged. This is one. I like it for several reasons - the colors and style are different than I normally do, the pictures are ones I love, and it was a project that I worked hard on and incorporated some time-consuming techniques I don't often have the luxury of completing. Most of all, I love it because it is scrapbooking.

I got into this whole crafting thing for scrapbooking (read the "More About Me" on my sidebar). I adore scrapbooking. Try as I might, I can't get any of my customer to develop a love for it and the only classes I have are card classes. I like cards and they are fun to make, but my heart is in scrapbooking. If I ever finish this dissertation (I'm not holding my breath today), I can't wait to spend time scrapping and teaching my daughters to make their own memory books. Sigh. Until then - keep typing ... keep typing .... (Remember Nemo).

I made this a couple of years ago and several of the materials had been retired even then!
Chocolate chip cardstock
Cranberry crisp stampin' pad (retired)
Afternoon Tea DSP (retired and STILL one of my favorites!)
Silver brads
Non-SU metal clip
Very vanilla cardstock
Pretties kit
Big Shot die cutting machine
Top note die
Chocolate chip taffeta ribbon
Curly label punch
Cutter kit
Sanding blocks
Tab punch

Techniques: sewing, sponging, distressing, sanding

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thanks, Sweet Pea

I needed to make a card for a customer-friend this week. She's moving and I don't envy her a bit. Ugh! I hope she likes it - and I hope it gets there before this posts on my blog later in the week since I know she reads it (Hi!). I used the Mojo Monday 129 sketch for this card. When I first looked at it, I had a lot of trouble conceptualizing that how it should look. Once I sat down and started creating, it just fell together. I love all the layers (I added a couple, I think) and these colors! And guess what? I can make a card without using my Big Shot! (Nevermind that had originally envisioned using an embossing folder.)

Supplies I used to make this card:
Old olive cardstock (#100702, $5.50)
Taken with teal cardstock (#101584, $5.50)
Chocolate chip cardstock (#102128, $5.50)
Sweet Pea DSP (#117161, $24.95)
Chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (#109051, $7.95)
Trendy Trees stamp set (#113258, $17.95)
Good Neighbors stamp set (#118378 (W) or #119116 (C); FREE with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration)
Chocolate chip stampin' pad (#100908, $5.95)
Taken with teal stampin' pad (#103257, $5.95)
Ruby red stampin' write marker (#100075, $3.25)
Old olive stampin' pad (#102277, $5.95)
Ballet blue stampin' pad (#100907, $5.95)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mail Call at Kids Camp

My baby is growing up. (Sniff, sniff.) Each year our church holds a camp during spring break for 3-5 graders. They are gone four days and three nights. During the second grade year there is a preview opportunity where the kids are able to go for one night. Eliza is a second grader this year and was very excited to have her turn for camp. I would normally sign myself up to go as a sponsor, but I've never had the luxury of having the same spring break as the rest of my family. So ... off I sent my baby to her first overnight camp. I was a little teary and she was completely stoked. One of the ladies in the orchestra with me was a sponsor, so I had an insider who would take extra good care of her. She told me that Eliza had the best time and never held back - she did everything! I'm so glad she was able to go and had an amazing time. It made it easier on me.

One of the things that parents could do was send mail that would be delivered each day after lunch. I got up super early last Friday morning to make this card for Eliza. In honor of my little girl going off to camp, I even decorated the inside - something I rarely do. It came together very quickly and had only a little stamping. I was happiest with the ribbon rouching. I had a couple of "leftover" sketches on my desk and grabbed one to make this card. I believe this is Mojo Monday sketch #120.

Supplies I used for this card:
Big Shot die cutting machine (#113439, $99.95)
Perfect polka dots embossing folder (#117335, $7.95)
Scallop trim border punch (#118402, FREE during Sale-a-Bration with $50 order)
Chocolate chip cardstock (#102128, $5.50)
Pretty in pink cardstock (#100459, $5.50)
Very vanilla cardstock (#101650, $7.50)
Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (#117153, $11.95)
Corner rounder punch (#109047, $6.95)
Sticky strip (#104294, $6.95)
Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (#109056, $7.95)
Sweet Pea stitched felt (#117266, $7.95)
Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set (#111618, $23.95)
Chocolate chip stampin' pad (#100908, $5.95)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Top Note Dresser

I saw one of these top note dressers on someone's blog (I'm so sorry, but I can't remember where I first saw this) and have since seen them on several other blogs. When I planned my Big Shot class for last week, I knew that I would have to reproduce that dresser as a sample. Isn't it just precious?

I used the stiff backing from packages of DSP to make the core of the top and bottom. I then covered that piece with DSP on both sides. I think it's very important to use the correct adhesive on this layering. I used the Tombow and it worked beautifully. I was able to get close to the edge and hold is tight. Nothing short of a tornado (or my three year old!) is separating those layers! As a reminder, with Tombow, a little dab'll do you!

Everything else was easy as pie! I didn't have a template, but the project is self-explanatory and just takes a few cuts. I didn't do a lot of embellishment because I fell in love with the simplicity of the paper. It's one of my favorite patterns and the color is fabulous!

Supplies I used to make this project:
Big Shot die cutting machine (#113439, $99.95)
Top note die (#113463, $21.95)
Tombow multi purpose adhesive (#110755, $3.95)
Sticky strip (#104294, $6.95)
Matchbox die (#114890, $42.95)
Pewter jumbo eyelets (#108432, $9.95)
Elementary Ribbon Originals (#116231, $9.95)
Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper (#113974, $9.95)
Very vanilla cardstock (#101650, $7.50)