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!).