Saturday, December 29, 2012

So Call Me Maybe

That song keeps popping up in my head everytime I see this  British phone booth.  Can't you just hear the British saying, "Oh, Hello" in their wonderful accent?  So as you can see I have been playing around with all my new stamp toys and this is not what I started out with but said what the heck.  Just different but I haven't posted in so long and have to still make my swaps for Leadership so I will leave you with this and maybe I will post another, tomorrow, two months from now!  I hope not but we will see.  It's raining here in Virginia and just a blah day so I am staying in the Stamp Cave for awhile!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Different Take

 Still have some Halloween paper left over and so I thought I would use it for a little different take on Christmas rather than the traditional colors.  This could be used for a man in your life!  I used the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP along with Early Espresso  and Very Vanilla card stock.  I sponged a little Early Espresso around the edges and added a piece of Crumb Cake ribbon and a Brushed Bronze button.  The stamp set is called "Christmas Lodge".

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Digital Art Attemped!

I'm taking a online class through Heather Summers that teaches how to use the Stampin Up My Digital Studio in more ways than you would have ever thought of and this is my second class with her.  She is a wonderful teacher and explains things so well.  She teamed up with another talented lady this time, Martha Inchley, and together they are focusing on the holidays.  This image that I created is called "Subway Art" and you can make them and print them off and put them in a frame for gifts!  Now mine is very novice but there are some awesome talented people out there that have created some really neat ones and I might just have to case a few of them!  They would make very inexpensive but one of a kind gifts for those that you don't know what to give for Christmas.  You just use different fonts and there are a zillion of them out there for free that you can use and resize and color to make your own piece of art.  Once you use My Digital Studio and play with it some, you will love it!  The sky is the limit.  The possibilities are endless and while you are having so much fun, you will wonder where the time went!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Stamping Like A Hurricane!!!

Well as you can see, I have been playing today while the Hurricane, Sandy has been sending rain and wind our way here in Virginia.  Work was cancelled and so what's a stamper to do?  And believe me I have been having a blast.  I also made some yummy shortbread cookies with the Stampin Up Cookie Press and they were awesome.  Just ask my husband!!!  I used a combo of stamps on all of these cards. The top one was made with Polar Party and Wonderful Winterland.  The word, Believe, came from the Snowflake Soiree and was the main reason I ordered this set!  The card on the left also was made using the Wonderful Winterland and the designer paper came from the Festival of Prints in the Holiday Mini. The last card on the right was made using the Snow Festival DSP.  I just cut the house out of the paper and embellished it!  I hope you are having a good day wherever you are and for my stamping friends north of me, stay safe, stay warm, and I pray that your power stays on so you can stamp!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

By The Sea

 Every time I see this stamp set title, I want to start singing: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea.  You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'd be.  La la la!  Good thing no one is around to hear me sing!   This is another Stamping on Tuesday challenge and it was definitely a challenge for me.   Would somebody tell me an easy way to trim the corners with these diagonals?  Yikes!  I know there has got to be an easier way then the way I did it.  Actually I'm not even sure exactly how I did it.  But I did stamp some shells with Crumb Cake ink on the Crumb Cake card stock before I placed my diagonal cut designer paper from Comfort Cafe and World Spectacular on it.  I then got this lightbulb moment to put a piece of the wonderful Crumb Cake Tulle ribbon from the Holiday catalog under my center piece and apply some pearls.  You know, like oysters with pearls getting caught in a fisherman's net!  Okay so can you tell I'm am a little goofy tonight.  Worked all day and trying to get ready for a card class tomorrow night after work but wanted to get in on this challenge.  Hope you had a good day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sea Glass

I love making 3x3 cards and the "By The Sea" set makes it so much fun when you stamp the images in different colors.  I used Not Quite Navy card stock and stamped the images on Very Vanilla.  I wrapped Linen thread around the images and added one of the new glass vintage buttons which made me think of sea glass because by the time you find it, the edges are smooth.  I added the word, "friends" from the set "Tiny Tags"(a must have item in my book)  and punched it out with the Jewelry tag punch.   So I am making these for a girlfriend whose birthday is tomorrow.  I hope she likes them.  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stippled Blossoms

When I first saw the Stippled Blossoms set (126747clear), I decided that I didn't need this set.  Ha!  Was I wrong.  I started seeing some beautiful cards made with it and so unfortunately I had to have it!!!  How many of you have ever done that?  So I start back to work tomorrow and thought I would try to squeeze in one more Stamping on Tuesday Challenge card.  I love Jenn Picard's work and this was one of her layouts.  Hi Jenn!  So I decided to use one of the new in colors,  Raspberry Ripple for the main color here partnered with Pretty In Pink and Old Olive.   To complete this gem, I added butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits (118138).  Did you know there 5 different butterflies on this little die?  I then added a pearl to each of them.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Storytime Teacher Gifts

I have been having so much fun making these little Post It note covers and the designer paper, "StoryTime" (126907) is perfect for making these little teacher gifts for the start of the school year.  The paper itself does all the work basically and you just have to add a few words or embellishments of your liking.  I used Riding Hood Red (111348), Wild Wasabi (108641), So Saffron (105118), Pool Party (122924), and Soft Suede (115318) card stock.  For the words I used Tiny Tags (118592 clear), Fabulous Phrases (120501 clear), Itty Bitty Bits (120060 clear), and Loving Thoughts (125845 clear).  Have a great day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Another Tuesday Challenge

You would think that this layout would be so easy but I tend to sometimes over think and make it harder than it is.  But that's okay because I like to be challenged.  Today I used Serene Silhouettes (127324 clear), Gossamer Lace (129050 wood) and Loving Thoughts (125845 clear) stamp sets with Floral District Designer Paper (126919) for my background.  I love Rich Razzleberry and so I accented the card with a piece of ribbon and a button in that color as well as the ink(126950) to stamp my image and word in.  Oops I should have said this at the beginning but I made this card for Stampin on Tuesday!  It's fun and you should try it sometime.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

Christmas Deer

  I just finished my last "Christmas in July" card class but it hasn't stopped me from playing with all the new wonderful images that Stampin Up has for you this year in the 2012-2013 catalog and the Holiday Catalog that starts on August 1st.  Just a day away!!!!  You are going to love it.  Just take your time looking through it and then go through it again and again. You will want everything!!!!  So today's card is using the "Christmas Deer" (128146 clear) stamped in Early Espresso ink (126974) on Very Vanilla card stock (101650).  I cut it out with the new Labels Collection Framelits (125598) and used it again with the Champagne Glitter Paper (127885) which will be available to you starting this Wednesday, August 1st.  The sentiment stamped in Old Olive Ink (126953) is from a new set, "Joyous Celebrations" (128069 clear) available on August 1st!  I know I sound like a broken record but please please look at the new catalog.  You won't be sorry!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July

Have been loving the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin  Up which will be available to you on August 1st. Do you know that I found a new item (to me) in it that I had not noticed before?  I can't tell you how many times I have gone through that catalog and never noticed it!  It's kind of like going through a yard sale.  You have to go through it a few times because you always notice something different when you pass through again!  So today's card is made with the new Ornament Keepsakes (128051) and the new Framelits Dies(127816) that cut the ornament images out.  Stampin Up has given you a discount if you buy both of them together (129950).  You save $8.00!  So I stamped the ornament and proceeded to cut it out by hand when my little light bulb went off and as I was finishing it I realized that I had the framelit to do all the cutting!  I am such a goofball sometimes.  So I used Early Espresso (119686) and Very Vanilla(101650) card stock.  Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP (126901) provides the beautiful printed background.   Then I took the new Core'dinations in Gumball Green (127847) and rubbed it with the new Sanding System (129367) and embossed it with the new Lace Brocade Embossing Folder (127819).  My finishing touches were with the new Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (127841) and a piece of Crochet Trim (118481) and Linen Thread (104199) along with some Pearl Jewels(119247).  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Monday!

  Happy Monday Everyone.  I almost forgot to post this card for the Stamping on Tuesdays challenge from last week.  I have been busy getting ready for my "Christmas in July" card class which the first one is in the morning.  The ladies will be making 10 Christmas cards.  They seemed to love to do this many in one sitting.  For this card challenge I used "Artistic Etchings" (120573) with the new DSP "Fan Fair" (126918) on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I added a little "Crochet Trim " (118481) and a Vintage safety pin (118764).   Oh and the background is "En Francais" (109521) stamped in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla.  So have a good night and see you soon.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

You're A Winner!

 I have never been a big fan of the circus and I wasn't going to even consider this stamp set, "You're Amazing"(126722), but I saw a card somewhere and loved the old time look of it and so starts my story of this awesome set and the DSP, World Spectacular (126897), that goes with it.  I  just love the color combos.  I will probably play with this set for a while.  The new Ticket Duo Builder punch (126883) is a must have item to use with this set.  I used Calypso Coral card stock (122925) as my base card and layered with Cherry Cobbler (119685) and Very Vanilla (101650).  
My husband and I are going to see Stevie Nicks tonight at the amphitheater here in Virginia Beach.  My husband has been a big fan of hers ever since I met him so this is huge for him to see her.  I wanted to find a wig that looked like her hair and surprise him tonight wearing it but was unsuccessful in carrying out that idea.  Oh well, I will just have to quietly sing along with her tonight!!!  Of course my husband might move to another seat if I get carried away.  I am no Stevie Nicks that's for sure but I do love to sing! 
Have a wonderful Saturday and if you are interested in any of the items above, just click on the Daisy to the right.  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Birthday To My Dad

My dad's birthday was yesterday and so I wanted to make something a little different from his Father's day card which was nautical so I turned to the Mojo Monday challenge for some inspiration in a layout for his card.  This is how it turned out and I have to say I really like it.  My parents live 12 hours away and I don't get to see them often enough and so I wanted to make this card really special.   I started with Soft Suede card stock (115318) and layered it with Pool Party (122924) and Cajun Craze (119684) which I ran through the Big Shot with the new Chevron Folder (127749).  Comfort Cafe DSP (126898) was also used.  Countryside (120495) and Memorable Moments (126682) were the stamp sets used for the images and I finished it off with 3 Regal Designer Buttons (119744).  If you like any of the items I used here today, you can order them by clicking on the Daisy to the right.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Strawberries Forever!

So I am using the Stamping on Tuesdays template for this week.  Well sort of.....  I started looking for ideas for the oval template and came across my Bigz L Perfect Pendants die (123126) and the wheels started spinning in my head (scary).  I had not used this die before so I decided to expand my horizons and go for it.  Strawberry season is over but I thought these strawberries from the "Fruit and Flower" set (122607) went so well with the Real Red cardstock (102482) and the "Summer Smooches" designer paper (125409).  The sentiment is from the new "Sassy Salutations" (126707) and the finishing touch, the button (119744) with a little bit of Baker's Twine (125572).  If you like any of these products I used, you can click on the "Daisy to the right and order them right away!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Trying to Think "Cool"

So even though it was the 4th of July yesterday, it was so stinkin hot out that I decided to work on my "Christmas in July" card class.  I used the easy  Stamping on Tuesday template for this week and came up with this card which I just love.  I used the Christmas Lodge (123769) set and Lovely Letter Alphabet (127796).  I hope you all had a good holiday for those of you living in the USA.  Today I am going to the beach with my youngest daughter, Katie, who is home for a week from Americorps.  I want to spend as much time as I can with her so have a good day and keep stamping!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer Bird

 It's been a while since I did a challenge and the one on Stamping on Tuesdays was fun and easy.  But what I like about these different challenges is that they give you a template to make a card so different than what you would normally do.  It helps you to not get in a rut which I find myself doing from time to time.  So this is a 5x5 inch card with layers of Summer Starfruit and Whisper White card stock.  I then got my Big Shot (113439) and used my Paper Doily Sizzlits L (125592) and cut out the image with Summer Starfruit card stock.  The middle image was stamped from the Hostess Set in the new catalog called Four Seasons (126832) and in Summer Starfruit Ink(12699).  I colored the bird  again using my markers and stamped it, punched it out with the 1" circle punch and applied ti with a Stampin Dimensional(104430).  I add some hemp twine on either side since it kind of reminded me of a nest.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Birds Of A Feather

I just love this new little set called Flock Together (126732) and it goes great with the Designer Specialty Paper called "Birds of a Feather" (126899).  I used one of the "In Colors", Island Indigo card stock (122923) for my base and then used a sheet of the DSP for the 2nd layer.  The birds were stamped on Whisper White (100730) in Island Indigo (126986) and another "In Color", Summer Starfruit (126991).  The words came from the really cute set called "Friendly Phrases" (126151) and I put a brad in the center of the "WOW" from the Designer Printed Brads set (122940).  The ruffled ribbon is Island Indigo (122974) and and I also used a piece of Linen Thread (104199).  Such a simple card to make but will make someone special receiving this card say, WOW!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sea Shells Down By the Seashore

 I was so excited to see that Stampin Up added a new stamp set called "By The Seashore" (126532) in the new catalog.  So I found this pretty striped paper from the new DSP, "Comfort Cafe" (126898) and thought it looked good with the solid Pool Party cardstock (122924) and Pool Party seam binding ribbon (125582).  The stamp itself was stamped in Pool Party ink(126982) and I put a lovely half pearl with an adhesive back (119247) in the center of the shell.  For the words I used the stamp set, "Itty Bitty Banners" (126257) and cut the words out with the new "Bitty Banners Framelits"(129267) using my BIG SHOT (113439).  It's so quick and easy.  

Monday, May 28, 2012

Remembering Our Service Men and Women

Today is a special day to most of us and I for one am thankful for the men and women in the Armed Forces who serve to protect us and to keep us free!!!  I made this card for my dad who served in the Navy and fought in the VietNam War, for Father's Day but thought today would be a good day to share it with all of you.   Many of you probably remember the stamp set from the Summer Mini last year, The Open Sea.  Well it is in the New Catalog this year!  So is this cool chevron DSP, "Comfort Cafe".  I took a piece of Hemp twine and glued it around the anchor.  I hope you enjoy it and Happy Memorial Day.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Summer Smooches Is Here

Well isn't this just the cutest little purse and I made it myself!!! This is the new Petite Purse Bigz L Die that you can purchase now before the new catalog comes out. The DSP, Summer Smooches, is new as well and coordinates with the new material brads. I used Indigo Blue CS and took a white gel pen to create the stitching. You could use this to give gifts in such as candy (chocolate) or money (a few dollars) or maybe just a special note. The possibilities are endless. These items are available to you only till the end of the month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Zoo Review

I love this little set that has the polar bear, zebra, lion, penguin, and giraffe in it. Of course it's been sitting in my stack for almost a year now and I decided to make a few cards with it. I used the Circle Circus set for the top image and just colored it to match the DSP from the Sale-a-brations catalog which I can't remember the name of right off the bat. But I use Poppy Parade and Pool Party colors and like the way it turned out.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Studio Sketch

It's funny how when new stamp sets come out, you fall in love with certain ones and go crazy with it. Then for the next several months you forget about it because there's so many other stamps to play with. Not only do I love to stamp but I love to read and for some reason this stamp image from Studio Sketches reminds me of "The Girl With The Pearl Earring" which I read several years ago! Combined with the yummy Sale-a-bration paper and the antique brad, I added some of the lovely pleated ribbon and some linen thread.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Share

I just love this stamp set called Furry Folk. There are some examples in the IB&C (Idea Book and Catalog) that are really cute. So I played around with it a few days ago using some of the Pocket Full of Posies DSP. That name reminds me of a song from my childhood (I still remember it!). Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies....... It has been raining here almost nonstop and there is such a dampness that is giving me a chill so what better way to warm up than to stamp!!!! Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'm Back!

So I know I have been missing for several months and believe me it has been a struggle. I have had some health issues which I have pretty much resolved except for cataract surgery next month. Then hopefully I will be stamping with full force. I have missed it so much and missed all my stamping friends. This is the first card I have really made in months and it is a birthday card for my mom. The card base is Rich Razzleberry with the Apothecary Art set from the Occasions Mini along with some of that beautiful pleated satin ribbon. I added pearls, a button and a lace bow. I hope she likes it. Hope to see you all soon.