Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone!

I don't have any photos to share yet as I don't quite yet have the photo-editing software up and running on my new computer but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy 2008! See you next year with lots of fun stuff to share!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I just had to share what I got for Christmas! The imac is a gift from my husband, Jeff. He knew my old mac ibook was getting bogged down with all my photos and music and that I would keep putting off buying myself a new one even though I really wanted to. Now I should be able to have tons of photos and projects on this guy! It's totally awesome!

And that's not it....I was so spoiled this year! Both my parents and Jeffs gave us awesome presents. I don't know what we did to get such cool stuff! Guess we were really good this year (he he he...yeah right!)

Here are a few holiday projects I made but with all the rush rush I didn't get a chance to post them earlier:

This tree is super easy and fun to make. It is made from one sheet of designer double-sided paper (I used Wintergreen from Stampin' Up!). You start with a Styrofoam cone and cut your paper into little strips. I think mine were 1/2" by 4" and then you just fold them into loops and poke into the cone using little pins (just the cheap ones from the sewing section at Wal-mart). Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. I alternated which side of the paper was facing out for each row. Then add a bow to the top and you have a gorgeous Christmas tree! These are even cuter in person!

Here's another variation:

For this one I think I made the strips a little shorter...1/2" x 3" and instead of folding them, I curled them with a bone folder and then attached them with pins. Otherwise it's made the same as the top one. I'm not sure which one I like best, I love them both!

One more project--

Here is a variation of the 2-4-6-8 box. It's made from acetate and then I made the tops and bottoms with designer paper (I used Dashing from Stampin' Up). I will probably make more of these later for valentines day since I ran out of time to make them for Christmas! Seriously, I think Christmas came early this year! I didn't get any of my projects done!

Hope you enjoyed and I'll try to post my holiday cards next!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Catalog!!!

Check out what was in my mailbox last night!! I was so excited! Since the doesn't start until Jan 3rd, I was sure I wouldn't get my copy for a week or so yet! But to my surprise, It was waiting for me last night! There are some really cool new sets in here that I can't wait to order, plus a lot of my old favorites with new ideas! I just love seeing all the cards that Stampin' Up comes up with! I have also pre-orded a couple of boxes that should be here by Jan. so let me know if want to reserve a copy!

On a side note, sorry I haven't posted in forever! I do have some other fun projects and holiday stuff I've made to show you. I will try to take photos and get that stuff up soon!

Friday, October 12, 2007

halloween kitty card...

Here is a fun simple card I made using the Haunting Halloween set. I started with a piece of river rock card stock for the base. Then I used a piece of patterned paper I got in a little 8x8 fall paper stack at Archivers (got this for free when I spent too much there a couple weeks ago purchasing my bind-it-all!). I stamped the witchy cat on some white card stock and colored it in with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I like how the coloring turned out on this one. Sometimes coloring is my favorite part...takes me back to being a kid when I loved coloring books! I used some purple and black card stock to mat the cat image and used the slit punch to make the black parts that pop over the top. Then I just added a little ribbon, the "witching you" sentiment and....done!

stamps: Haunting Halloween
ink: basic black, watercolor pencils
paper: river rock, whisper white, lovely lilac, basic black
other: patterned paper, pumpkin grosgrain ribbon, polka-dotted ribbon

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pixie stix treats!

Halloween treats are so fun to make! This little pumpkin pixie stix holder is cute and easy. I started by cutting a piece of paper 3" x 11". Then fold it in half and fold down the top about 2 inches. I used the corner rounder on the corner and then stamped a pattern over it using the the circles from polka dots and petals. I stamped the pumpkin from Carved & Candlelit and layered it with black. Then I punched holes with the tiny hand held hole punch through all the layers and used brads to attach it all together. Now you should have a little pocket just big enough for some pixie stix or some Halloween pencils!

stamps: Carved & Candlelit, Polka dots & Petals
ink: pumpkin pie, basic black
paper: pumpkin pie, basic black, whisper white
other: black eyelets, hole punch

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Popcorn Halloween Treat

Here is a fun alternative to Halloween Sweets... a popcorn holder! These are super easy to make and so much fun to give. You just wrap card stock around your popcorn and adhere it in back (adhere the card stock together but don't adhere it to the popcorn, you want it to be able to slide out) Add some stamping first if you'd like. On this one I just used pumpkin pie card stock because it went best with the patterned paper. I made the scallops with black card stock using the slit punch and layered it with the patterned paper from the Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper . For the center image I stamped the pumpkin image from Batty for You.

To make it a slider, you need to punch a hole through the top of the holder, front and back, and then put your ribbon around the popcorn and up through the holes. Then tie it on top. If you pull on the ribbon, the popcorn should slide out.

stamps: batty for you
ink: pumpkin pie, basic black
paper: Creepy Crawly designer series paper, pumpkin pie, basic black, whisper white
other: black grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, circle punch corner notch punch

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Witching you...

Another card with the Haunting Halloween Set. This set is so much fun to color! For this card I cut the paper the long way (at 4.25 on the 8.5" side) and folded it to make a card that opens the other direction. This is a fun way to vary a card layout.

The card base is wild wasabi and the other green is mellow moss. I stamped the stars on the mellow moss and then accented it by adding more dots with a white gel pen. For the main image I stamped the image on whisper white and colored in with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. Then I framed it with a piece of black card stock and assembled it, adding ribbons. The "witching you" is stamped on a piece of river rock and then I used the corner rounder to make the rounded corners.

Then after the card was finished I added green stickles glittle glue on the frog and the bubbles. here is a close up:

stamps: Haunting Halloween
ink: mellow moss, basic Black, watercolor pencils
paper: whisper white, basic black, wild wasabi, mellow moss
other: polka dot ribbon, green stickles, white gel pen

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sweet little pumpkin mouse

Well, Since it's October, I'd better get going on using all my Halloween stuff! I just love this cute little mouse from house mouse designs. I stamped him on whisper white and colored him in with watercolor pencils and an aqua painter. Then I punched him out using my big Marvy circle punch and framed him with a big scallop circle, punched out of close to cocoa card stock with the big Marvy scallop punch. For the card base I used pumpkin favorite lately...and stamped circles on it from the Polka Dots and Petals Set from Stampin' Up! I stamped more dots from this set on the chocolate chip piece and layered that on the center of the card. I used some polka-dotted black ribbon and some orange grosgrain and copper cord to wrap around the center. For the tag, I stamped the circle from Polka Dots and Petals in pumpkin pie ink and stamped the word "sweet" from Everyday Flexible Phrases in black. I punched this out and attached it by tying it with the copper cord.

stamps: Little Punkin (house mouse designs), Polka Dots & Petals, Everyday flexible phrases
inks: pumpkin pie, chocolate chip, basic black, watercolor pencils
papers: whisper white, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, pumpkin pie
other:copper cord, polka-dotted ribbon, orange grosgrain, scallop punches from Marvy, circle punch

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Wow! It's October!

When did that happen? I can't believe how fast it became fall! I haven't had much time to stamp over the past few days since I was out of town visiting family for the weekend and now I'm playing catch-up with stuff around the house. But Here is a card I haven't shown you that that I made a little bit ago. It uses the True Friend stamp set from the holiday mini catalog.
I started wit a piece of River Rock card stock (I didn't really like this color at first but it's really growing on me...) I stamped the flower on the background with river rock ink. Then I used a piece of the coordinating designer paper to frame my main image. The main image was simply colored with chocolate chip and close to cocoa markers and stamped on whisper white paper. I framed it with a piece of chocolate chip cardstock and tied a piece of white grosgrain around it. Then to finish off the card, I stamped the "thank u" in chocolate chip. It's simple and easy but I love how it turned out.

stamps: true friend
paper: Apple Cider Designer Series paper, River Rock, chocolate chip
ink: chocolate chip, river rock, close to cocoa
other: white grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Witching you...

...A Haunting Halloween....
This is one of the sets that you can get for 30% off this month with a $30 purchase so of course I had to have it. Priced at only $13.27, how could I resist? If you'd like to know more about the specials, contact me!

I decided that since I hardly ever use purple, this would be a great time to try it. I think purple goes great with Halloween and is a nice break from all the orange and black. I started out with a piece of orchid opulence paper for the card base. The strip of yellow is more mustard stamped with the star stamp from the Haunting Halloween set with more mustard ink and then I went around and added more dots with a white gel pen. For the main image of the card I stamped the cauldron and stars from the same set and then colored them using watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I then mounted the image on wild wasabi card stock and added the ribbons (white and black grosgrain) and attached it to the card. The sentiment "witching you.." is also from this set. Inside the card I stamped the "...a haunting Halloween" sentiment.

Here is another card I did with this set using basically the same formula but with the cat instead of the cauldron and no green:
stamps: Haunting Halloween
ink: Basic Black, More mustard
paper: orchid opulence, more mustard, basic black, whisper white, wild wasabi
other: gingham ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, dotted ribbon (not SU), watercolor pencils and blender pen

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

fun quiz to take!

I just found this fun quiz to take to find out what scrapbooking item are you. Check it out here.
Here are my results:

What scrapbooking item are you?

You are PAPER!You are an all natural basic person who likes to act as a foundation to others. You are willing to take a backseat in most of your relationships and let others take the spotlight, while you show your support and help them shine! Underneath it all, you are the one who makes it all happen. You are the focus and stability in any group, even if you are not the leader. Others look to you to set the pace and provide ideas for ways to get things done. But Paper Beware - sometimes you get a little edgy with the people who look to you for support and can give them some papercut remarks that can hurt their feelings. Remember to watch what you say, because you are best when leading by example.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

No Spiders for Halloween...

Ok, I know I've said I love Halloween--and I do--but I have to say as cute as some of the Halloween sets with spiders are on them, I hate real spiders. They give me the creeps. I was just entering my stamp room tonight to do some stamping and I see my cat, Newton, on the floor batting something guessed it a spider! I huge spider! I was so totally freaked out. The only thing worse than finding a spider is killing it. I don't know why I'm so afraid of them but this one was big and brown and I was too scared of it to squish it so I carefully captured it with a piece of paper under a piece of tupperware and ran it outside and flung it far away from me into the yard... ewwwww! I still have the shivers just thinking about it!

At least this card doesn't have a spider on it! This card uses the Batty for You stamp set and the polka dots and petals stamp set. I started with a pumpkin pie card base. Next I stamped a strip of white with polka dots and circles in black, pumpkin pie and river rock. I framed this strip with a piece of basic black that I scalloped using the slit punch. The ribbons tied around are pumpkin grosgrain and black gingham. Then I stamped the Frankenstein and the vampire from Batty for you on white and punched them out with circle punches. I framed them with scallop circles punched from river rock card stock ad attached them with dimensionals. I can't seem to make a card without dimensionals lately!

stamps: Batty for You, Polka Dots & Petals
paper: pumpkin pie, river rock, whisper white, basic black
ink: pumpking pie, river rock, basic black
other: pumpkin grosgrain, black gingham, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, slit punch, dimensionals

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another Treat Jar...

I just love these treat jars! They're so cute and easy to make. I just filled the inside with Hershey's Kisses and then Stamped the flower from Doodle This twice on whisper white card stock. I colored the flowers with Markers (this one I did red to try to make one "Christmassy") and then punched one of the flowers out with my Marvy Giga punch (you could also use a cozzule or other circle cutter). This is the bottom layer. Then for the second flower, cut close to the edges. It's hard to see in the photo but I did use a glue pen and glitter to add some sparkle to the edges. Then put a rhinestone brad in the center. For my brad I used the Stampin' Up! fire brads. Attach the flower with dimensional dots and your all done. Then all you need is ribbon. I found the ribbon was a little tricky to tie, so I added a little piece of sticky strip on the back side to hold it in place and that helped.

stamps: Doodle This
inks: Real red and Ruby red markers, basic black ink
paper: whisper white
accessories: artichoke grosgrain ribbon, fire brad, dimensionals

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Halloween Treats!

I just love Halloween! I thought these would make the cutest little treats. I started out with a small piece of black card stock and used the corner notch punch on all four corners and a hole punch on each end. I Then attached it to the bucket with orange grosgrain ribbon tied through the holes. For the scallop, I used the SU scallop punch on pumpkin pie cardstock, then the small hole punch to punch holes in all the scallops. I stamped the spiders from Batty for You on white cardstock using black and pumpkin pie markers to ink them. I had to stamp this a bunch of times... the letters on the wording on these stamps are so close together I kept getting too much ink on them and then they would look smooshy, but i finally got results I was happy with. I punched them out with the circle punch and layered them over the scallop. Then I attached that piece to the bucket with a dimensional dot.

For the inside I put candy in small cello bag, tied with pumpkin pie grosgrain and black gingham and used the Halloween stamp from the Party Punch hostess set stamped on white. Then I used the two sizes of tag punches to layer it .

Here are some close-ups of the two designs I did:

stamps: Batty For You, Party Punch
paper: pumpkin pie, whisper white, basic black
inks: pumpkin pie, basic black
other: grosgrain and gingham ribbon, corner notch punch, scallop punch, 1/16" hole punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, tag punches, cello bags, candy


This post isn't stamping related but I just wanted to share a photo of me with Grandpa at his 80th birthday party a few weeks ago

...isn't he sweet?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Stamping Space is being Invaded!

Where am I supposed to stamp? My kitties think that stamping is so much fun, they just love to sit by me and watch... unfortunately, that means much less room for me to spread out! Good thing I have a pretty big table! Actually, It's quite unusual for both of them to come and sit by me at the same time. It's usually just one or the other but last night they were really interested in what I was working on or something!

In case you haven't met them, that's Newton on the left (big orange guy) and Hobbes on the right.

Somewhat Later that evening ...

Guess I wasn't so interesting after all!

too funny!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Birthday Wild Ones

Besides it being my grandpas birthday this week, it was also my little brothers. I made him this card with the Wild About you set. I started with pumpkin pie paper and used the Boho Friend wheel to make a background. Then I stamped my 3 characters on squares of whisper white with blue bayou, pumpkin pie and wild wasabi. I then mounted the three of them on a piece of wild wasabi and did faux stitching on the edges. Last I added the birthday hugs and wishes sentiment. I like how simple and cute it turned out.

stamps: boho wheel, wild about you, hugs and wishes
inks: blue bayou, pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, black
paper: whisper white, pumpkin pie, wild wasabi
accessories: white gel pen, paper piercing tool

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What I've been up to...

It's my Grandpas 80th birthday this week and last weekend they had a big party for him with all his family to celebrate. I wanted to stamp him something useful and after much deliberating I finally decided to make him an album to put all his photos from his party in. I don't know why it took me so long to think of this! I just bought a simple 8x8 album at Archivers and made pages with photo corners already in place so once he has the photos from his party, he can just slide them in!

Here's some photos of the inside pages. I used the Apple Cider Designer paper (love this stuff) with coordinating cardstock and stamps. I also used some chipboard shapes and the cuttlebug to create some accents:

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Since it's September now I've been starting to think about fall and my favorite part of fall is Halloween! I know it's early for some but I couldn't resist using my new Halloween set! For this card I made the base with pumpkin pie paper, then made black scallops with the slit punch. the middle is done with the Polka Dots and Petals set...I love just using the circles and dots from this set, they're so versatile. I then stamped the images from the Batty for You set on white and punched them out with the 1 and 1/4" circle punch and framed them with scallop punch. I thought it turned out so cute!

stamps: Batty for You, Polka Dots & Petals
ink: River Rock, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
paper: pumpkin pie, river rock, whisper white, basic black
accessories: pumpkin grosgrain, gingham ribbon

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Happy Hoppers Fall card

I went to Hobby Lobby recently to see if they had any new stamps and look what I found! I just love the House Mouse stamps and now their new line of Happy Hoppers! I couldn't resist this cute little bunny with all the apples. I just loved this image.

I stamped the image on white card stock with basic black ink and colored it in with Watercolor Pencils and Blender pens. I haven't tried the blender pens with the watercolor pencils before. I usually use them with the chalks but just thought I'd try it and it worked perfect. All you do is color in the in image with the watercolor pencil, they work just like colored pencils. To make the watercolor effect, color the parts you want darker and then use the blender pen to pull the color across the image into the lighter areas. You can also use it to blend more than one color.

After I had the image colored I wasn't sure how to make it into a card because it's a rather large stamp and didn't leave much room for a sentiment or background or anything. I struggled with it a little bit but like what I ended up with. I started with an old olive card base. I mounted the image on real red cardstock. I punched a circle out of the same green as the card base and wrapped red gingham ribbon through the circle and around the image. This got layered on a piece of creamy caramel. (To make the holes in the caramel piece I used the paper piercing template). I then stamped the "hello" from In the spotlight and punched it out with the 1/2" circle punch and attached it with a dimensional.

I think it turned out pretty cute.

stamps: An Apple a Day by House Mouse Designs, In the Spotlight
ink: Basic Black, Watercolor pencils, creamy caramel
card stock: old olive, real red, whisper white, creamy caramel
accessories: red gingham, dimensional
techniques: paper piercing, watercoloring

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cherish Card

I made this card for to send for an anniversary card. I love how versatile the Baroque Motifs set is. I've used it so much already. Hope you aren't sick of seeing it! I also used two of the new in colors from Stampin' Up!, River Rock and Blue Bayou.

stamps: Baroque Motifs
ink: River rock, blue bayou
paper: river rock, blue bayou, whisper white
accessories: copper cord (retired), copper brad, dimensional
other: ticket corner punch, paper piercing tool

Monday, August 27, 2007

Last Weekends Party...

Ok, so I'm a little behind in posting... These are the projects that we made at my customer/hostess appreciation party on the 19th. So, if you missed it, here's what we did...

First project: a 2-5-7-10 box.
If you'd like instructions, let me know because I did do up an instruction sheet for this one. It's made from one full sheet of paper and is super cute! For this one we used the Baroque Motifs set

stamps: Baroque Motifs
ink: purely pomegranate, wild wasabi
paper: purely pomegranate, wild wasabi, whisper white
accessories: celery grosgrain
other: paper piercing, punches, score blade on trimmer, sticky strip

Second project: Moose Card
For this card I used the Moose you set but wanted to make it a birthday card so didn't use the "moose you so much" sentiment on the bottom of the stamp. So I colored the moose with markers, omitting the bottom sentiment. By doing this I was also able to make him two shades of brown so his big antlers stood out more.

stamps: Moose You, Everyday Flexible Phrases
ink: chocolate chip marker, close to cocoa marker, mellow moss ink pad
paper: Mellow moss, brocade blue, whisper white, chocolate chip, close to cocoa
accessories: artichoke grosgrain, eyelets
crop-a-dile, oval punch

Third project: Mini friend Pail
I found the cutest little pails...they're only like two inches tall. They're meant to be wedding favors but I just couldn't resist using them for this little mini make-and-take. I also was having tons of fun with my new crop-a-dile. The brad in the center actually goes all the way through the pail! It was SUPER easy to punch a hole in the metal pail using the crop-a-dile. You can even squeeze it with just one hand! I'm so glad I purchased this tool! If you're interested in learning more about it, contact me, I'd be glad to show you how it works. It also punches through chipboard like butter and sets eyelets easily and silently!

stamps: Simply Said
ink: apricot appeal, pumpkin pie
paper: whisper white, chocolate chip, so saffron
accessories: pumpkin grosgrain, fire rhinestone brads,
crop-a-dile, 1 3/8 circle punch, scallop punch, tag corner punch, ticket corner punch, cello bags, chocolate

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Baroque Motifs in fall colors

Ever notice how when summer starts to get towards the end and the holiday stuff starts appearing in stores that your color palette starts to change? I don't know about you but I'm suddenly starting to want to make cards using browns and rusts and fall colors instead of brights and pastels. I always go through phases on what colors I use the most!

This card is using the great & versatile Baroque Motifs set with Really Rust and Chocolate Chip. I love how this set can be used in any season just by changing the colors!

stamps:Baroque motifs
inks: Really rust, close to cocoa, white
paper: whisper white, chocolate chip, really rust
accessories: dimensional

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sweet Little Jelly Jar

I found these cute little mini sized jelly jars and thought they would be cute to embellish--I was right. The flower from the Doodle This set fits perfectly inside the lid. I stamped it once on a white circle and then again and cut it out to make a layered effect. I raised it up a little with dimensional dots and then added one of the new ice brads in the center--love these new brads!

Then ribbon, of course, and fill with treats. What a perfect little gift!

stamps: Doodle This
paper: whisper white
ink:basic black, colored with markers
accessories: teal grosgrain ribbon, ice brads

Monday, August 13, 2007

new scallop punch!

Check out my new scallop punch! I ordered it with my new catalog stuff but since it was back ordered at first it didn't show up until later. I really love it. It layers perfectly with the 1 and 3/8 inch circle punch. I used it with the In the spotlight to make some fun flower cards.

stamps: In the spotlight, Hugs and wishes
paper: Old olive, certainly celery, whisper white, pretty in pink, purely pomegranate
ink: purely pomegranate, pretty in pink, old olive
accessories: grosgrain ribbon in light pink and white, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, dimensional dots.

This card is similar to the last one, just a different color scheme and layout. I think this set coordinates really great with this punch. Now I have to search through all my other stamps to see what else it would go with.

stamps: In the spotlight
paper: Certainly celery, whisper white, so saffron, taken with teal
ink: taken with teal, always artichoke, so saffron, certainly celery
accessories: teal grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, dimensional dots.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Another cat card...

Still playing with this set. I like that it's versatile enough that I could give this card to a guy if I use the right colors.

This card starts out with a really rust background. Then I used the Meow roller with so saffron ink on so saffron paper to make the yellow strip. I used the slit punch to make a scallop border across the bottom with black cardstock. The kitty from the Here Kitty Kitty set is stamped the in black and colored him with earth elements markers. I stamped the hat on a separate piece of cardstock and attached it with a dimensional dot. Then everything was attached to a really rust card background. I used a white grosgrain ribbon to accent.

I really like this color combination. I think it will be great for fall birthdays!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

happy Birthday from the cat...

Here is a fun card I made using the new set Here Kitty Kitty! As a side note: I've decided one of my new favorite colors is sage shadow. I don't know why I never used it before. It's so so pretty...I love how it looks with chocolate chip.. So for this card I used Sage Shadow and the coordinating kitty wheel to create a background. I then stamped the kitty and colored him with earth elements markers.. I love how you can put a hat on him...and then used so saffron and chocolate chip papers to frame him. I used celery grosgrain ribbon and the circle punches to make the tag. If you can't read it, it says " happy birthday from the cat". I just love it!

stamps: Here Kitty Kitty, Meow roller
papers: sage shadow, so saffron, chocolate chip, whisper white
inks: basic black, sage shadow, markers
accessories: celery grosgrain ribbon, circle punches


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