Friday, December 13, 2013

FabFri 33: Merry Little Tree

Hello all! Man, it has been a LOOOOOOONG time since my last post. Life has been super crazy! Between traveling for Thanksgiving and running the Santa's Shop at my kids' school last week, I haven't known which end was up for a while. I did sit down and make a card for the sketch at Fab Friday though. We hope you will take a minute from your busy holiday preparations and play along with us. This is our last challenge for a few weeks as we are taking off the month of January. Here is the sketch...

And here is my card...

It doesn't follow the sketch exactly, but it doesn't have to. The sketch is just a starting point.

Sorry for not listing my supplies and for the quick post, but I have a to do list as long as my arm today and have to get to it! Have a great Friday!
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Friday, November 15, 2013

FabFri31: O Holy Night

It's Friday again and time for another fun challenge at Fab Friday! We have a sketch this time. Check it out...

I flipped the sketch for my card and came up with this...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: O Holy Night
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF, Midnight Muse ribbon
All in all a very simple card, but I think the glimmer paper helps to make it special. I do love sparkly Christmas cards. :)
We hope that you will come and play along with us. Have a FAB Friday!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Card Buffet Choices (Round 2)

Hey there! This is going to be super quick because it is almost time for my kiddos to get home from school. I promise I will come back soon and post supply lists for the cards, but for now, just pictures. :)

If you plan to attend the buffet on November 22nd at 7:00, please email me ( with your choices no later than Monday, November 11th at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to use the name of each card design to avoid confusion, and also be sure to tell me how many you want to make of each design you choose. Thanks!

Card #1- Elf Shoes
Inspired by a card made by Dawn Olchefske
Card #2- Nativity

Inspired by a card made by Kay Kalthoff
Card #3- Ornament

Inspired by a card made by Lorri Heiling
Card #4- Snowflakes

Card #5- Tree

Inspired by a card made by Amanda Mertz
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can make it to the buffet on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Gently Falling for Fab Friday

Hey there! Are you still on a bit of a sugar high from all of the candy you swiped from the kids' trick-or-treat bags? Why is that stuff so hard to resist? I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween. I just can't believe that it is already November! How the heck did that happen? The months are just flying by! Soon we will be eating turkey, fighting the Black Friday crowds, and getting all ready for Christmas. Crazy!

Anyway, it is Friday and Fab Friday! We have a wonderful color combination that is perfect for Fall cards...

I decided to pull out one of my very favorite stamp sets, Gently Falling, for this one. I was lucky enough to have a stampy play date with my awesome friend, Jen Timko, last week and I made this card while she was here. It is so much more fun to stamp with a buddy. I love that she is so close and hope that we can get together often during the coming months. Here is my card...

This card uses the super cute and fun Expressions Thinlit dies. I just love them. I had some reservations about them and didn't order them right away. I thought they would be hard to cut out and difficult to adhere, but with a sheet of wax paper between the die and the card stock and a few dots of mono glue, they are actually really easy to use. I stamped off for the leaves and then fussy cut them and popped them up with dimensionals. A very simple card, but I like the way it turned out.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Gently Falling
Paper: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Big Shot, Expressions Thinlits, Early Espresso stitched grosgrain, dimensionals, mono adhesive

Before closing, I just have to share a card that my little girl made. Her Kindergarten class has a project each month that the student is supposed to work on with their family. This month, the project was to make a Christmas card to send to our troops serving overseas. This project was just perfect for my budding, young stamper. Here is the card she made. I thought she did a great job. :)

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit us at Fab Friday and play along. We can't wait to see what you make!
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Sparkly Snowflakes for Fab Friday

Hey stamping friends! I can't tell you how good it feels to be back to stamping (at least a little). I have had to sit out the last two challenges at Fab Friday because I just couldn't manage to get cards made in time. I'm glad that things are settling down a little bit and I am finally adjusting to my new responsibilities and my new routine.

So, it is Friday (YAY!) and it is also a Fab Friday (double YAY!). We have a fun sketch for you this time. Check it out...

I took a few liberties with the sketch because I don't own the Chevron punch. I used banners instead and I think it works. Don't ever let something like that keep you from playing along. The sketch is just a starting point and doesn't have to be followed exactly. Here is my take on this one...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Brushed Silver, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Winter Frost DSP stack
Ink: Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Bitty Banners framelites, rhinestones

I just love sparkly Christmas cards. Between the silver glimmer paper, the Brushed Silver CS used for the base (which is hard to see in the picture) and the rhinestone in the center of the snowflake, this card is pretty blinged out!

I hope that you will come and play along with the Fab Friday challenge. We'd love to see what you make. Be sure to also check out all of the other design team member's projects. You won't be disappointed.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Christmas Buffet Choices

Hey there! Yes, I am still alive. Life has just been kicking my tail lately. I have taken on several new roles at my kids' school and it has really thrown me for a tailspin trying to get everything figured out. I haven't been stamping at all (or at least not until just a few days ago when I started working on the samples I am about to share).

Below are the choices for my first Christmas Card Buffet of the year. This buffet will be held on Friday, October 25th. If you are a local customer and plan to attend, please be sure to email me ( to let me know which designs you would like to make and how many of each. Please remember, that I ask that all attendees make at least ten cards, but there is no maximum. I need your RSVP and preorder no later than Monday, October 14th. When ordering your cards, please be sure to include the name of the card listed above the picture in order to avoid any confusion. Thanks! Now, here are the choices...

#1 Snowflakes
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree, Greetings of the Season
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim die, Decorative Label punch, XL Oval punch, Rhinestones 
#2 Santa
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Santa's List, Snowflake Soiree
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Seasons of Style DSP stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Gumball Green ribbon
#3 Festive Flurry
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer, Winter Frost DSP stack
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Silver ribbon, rhinestones
#4 O Holy Night
Supplies Used:
Stamps: O Holy Night
Paper: Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Champagne Glimmer, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF, Midnight Muse ribbon
#5 Gift Card Holder

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Tag It
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Gumball Green, Early Espresso,
Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Seasons of Style DSP stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Circle Collection framelits,
Deco Label framelits, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine
Opened to show the gift card
Please excuse the poor photography here. This is a regular card so you can write a greeting on the inside, but it has this little added "card" on the front which is perfect for holding a gift card. My card was inspired by this card made by Cindy Beach.
Thanks for stopping by today! Local ladies, I can't wait to stamp with you on the 25th!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Truly Grateful for Fab Friday!

Hey stamping peeps! It's Friday and time for another Fab Friday challenge! Yay! We have a wonderful fall color combination for you this time. Check it out...
These colors are the ones in the awesome Sweater Weather DSP, so that made it easy to come up with my card. I really love the Truly Grateful stamp set! That background stamp is great (I am a sucker for background stamps) and the font on the sentiment is really nice too. It is a little bit hard to see in the picture, but I ran the DSP layer through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice EF to give it some extra texture.

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Naturals button, linen thread
OK, now it's your turn! Be sure to stop by over at Fab Friday and see what my fellow design team members have come up with and be sure to play along with us!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Card Buffet Choices

Hey there, stampers! I am holding a fall themed card buffet in a couple of weeks and I always post my choices ahead of time. That way my customers can preorder their cards. It makes things much easier for me because I don't have to try to predict which cards will be popular and everyone gets exactly what they want and nothing that they don't.

If you are a local customer and plan to attend the buffet, please be sure to email me your selections no later than Monday, September 9th. Please list the card name (listed above each picture) as well as how many you would like to make of each design you choose. If you plan to make the same number of each design, you can also tell me that and skip the card names.

Card #1 Halloween Happiness
Stamps: Halloween Happiness
Paper: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Gumball Green markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF, Gumball Green ribbon
Card #2 Magnificent Maple
Stamps: Magnificent Maple, Lots of Thanks
Paper: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, So Saffron
Accessories: Clear Block D, linen thread
Technique: Clear Block Stamping


Card #3 Gently Falling

Stamps: Gently Falling, Petite Pairs, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Rich Razzleberry stitched grosgrain ribbon
Technique: 2 Step Stamping, Stamping Off
Inspired by: this card made by Nadine Weiner 
Card #4 Truly Grateful
Stamps: Truly Grateful, Woodgrain
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso
Accessories: Burlap ribbon
Inspired by: this card
Card #5 Thanksgiving
(flipped and open)
Stamps: Harvest of Thanks, Tags 4 You, Truly Grateful
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Big Shot, Label Card Thinlit, Labels Collection framelits, Square Lattice EF,
Label Bracket punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch
This is one of the new flip cards made with the new Label Card Thinlit. I altered the original design so that once it flipped open, it also had an additional flap where you could write a greeting and sign the card. If you would like to see a video on how this id done, Patty Bennett has a great one that you can check out by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by! Local ladies, I hope to see you on the 20th!
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Washi Tape for Fab Friday!

Wow! Those two weeks just slipped away from me! In the past two weeks, both of my kiddos have celebrated their birthdays (and my hubby's is tomorrow) and school has started! We have had a skating party, a family party, and a trip to the American Girl store. Is it hard to believe that my stamp time has been extremely limited?!? My youngest started Kindergarten on Monday so I am adjusting to my new routine and schedule as a SAHM with all of her kids in school. I have to say that so far, I'm not loving it. Sure, I have more time to myself and am able to get more done (and much more efficiently), but my house is just SO quiet. I miss my little rascals during the day. I told my husband that I may have to resort to watching trashy daytime TV just to have a little bit of noise in the house!

So, anyway, my apologies for not posting, but at least now you understand the reason. It is time for another challenge at Fab Friday! Yay! It is a sketch challenge this time. Check it out!

I see lots of possibilities for this sketch. It is a pretty versatile one! I am teaching two classes today all about washi tape, so I have it on the brain and decided to use it for my card. I think this card could easily fit many occasions by simply changing the sentiment.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Chalk Talk, Hearts a Flutter
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Large Heart punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Season of Style washi tape, Epic Day washi tape
Technique: double bow
Isn't that bow pretty? I saw a youtube video about how to tie them and decided to give it a try. It wasn't hard, but I will have to do it MANY more times before I can do it on my own.
OK, now it's your turn! Come on over to Fab Friday and play along with us!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

FabFri24: Too Kind (Again)!

TGIF! It's Friday! Woo hoo! It's also a Fab Friday! Does it get any better than that?!?

OK, so I know I said I was going to give my "Too Kind" stamp set a well deserved break, and I fully intended to do just as I had promised, but then I saw these colors...

They are our colors for the Fab Friday challenge, and they just scream "Too Kind"  to me. My apologies for using this set once again, but it really couldn't be helped. ;-)

Here is my card using these gorgeous colors and my new favorite set...


I have to give a shout out to my friend and fellow Fab Friday design team member, Cindy Beach. After a conversation at convention about my frustrations with my photos, she was sweet enough to send me some tips and they are really making a big difference with the photos of my cards. I still need some practice, but I think they are looking better already. Thanks so much, Cindy!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Too Kind, Papillion Potpourri
Paper: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, 2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, So Saffron
Accessories: Bitty Butterfly punch, pearls

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to play along with us at Fab Friday! The challenge is open until August 22nd. I can't wait to see what you make! Pin It

Monday, August 5, 2013

Big Shot Class Card #2

Hey there! Quick post tonight. I just wanted to share my second card for the Big Shot class I'll be holding on Friday. Here ya go...

I really like the color combination in the Birthday Basics DSP. I did struggle a bit to find the right colors to use with this particular piece of DSP, but I think the Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple and Basic Gray works nicely with it. I did add a layer of Summer Starfruit as well (even though my friend Rita was totally against the idea- sorry Rita!) just to brighten up the gray card base a bit. I hope the ladies coming to my class will like it.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Yippee Skippee
Paper: Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Birthday Basics DSP
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection framelits, Floral Fusion sizzlit, Perfect Polka Dots DSP, Raspberry Ripple ribbon, pearl

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

So, you want to be a Big Shot?

Hey there! What has gotten into me? Posts two days in a row?!? Crazy! I hope you're having a great weekend. It was so rainy here yesterday. Looking forward to better weather today so we can spend some time outside as our last two weeks of summer vacation begin.

I started a Learn to Stamp class series in June. This month's class is all about the Big Shot. We will focus on all of the great ways that the Big Shot can enhance stamping and card making. This is one of the cards we will be making. It features embossing folders and embosslits. I REALLY love the Too Kind stamp set and find myself reaching for it over and over. I have so many new sets that I need and want to use that it may be time to give this set a short break. Anyway, here is the card.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Too Kind
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Modern Mosaic EF, Pistachio Pudding ruffle stretch trim, rhinestones
Techniques: 2-Step Stamping, Stamping Off

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Birthday Overload!

Hello, stampin' friends! It is birthday month at my house. Both kids and my hubby have birthdays this month! We definitely go into birthday overload around here during August!

As part of my birthday preparations, I made this super fun banner with a new product from the Holiday catalog, the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. Check it out!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: None
Paper: None
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Accessories: Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, ink daubers

This kit is so cool! It comes with 18 banner (6 of each shape), background stencils in polka dots, stripes, and chevrons, 26 letter stencils, stampin' spritzers, and jute twine. You only have to add ink! I see so many fun possibilities for these banners. "Thank You" to hang in your child's classroom for Teacher Appreciation week, teachers could make a "Welcome Back" banner to hang in their classroom at the beginning of the school year, so many holiday possibilities. I can see myself getting several of the refill kits (just the banner pieces without the stencils) so that I can make several for different occasions as needed. The very BEST part is that the banners are made of canvas and not paper, so they can be stored and used over and over for years to come! Love that!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Swappin' Convention Style

Hey there, stampers! I am home and trying to recover from my trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up Convention. It was a wonderful, crazy, and completely overwhelming experience. This was the 25th Anniversary for Stampin' Up and Convention was a HUGE celebration and party. There were about 5,800 demonstrators from all over the world in attendance. I'm so glad that I was blessed enough to go. I had an awesome roommate, Mindy, and we had a blast together. I also met so many wonderful new stamping friends and got to visit with old friends as well. It was truly an amazing experience!

Below are the four designs I used for my convention swap cards. I did two organized swaps and then made fifty more for general swapping. The first is for an organized swap organized by Lyssa Zwolanek. I participated in this swap at convention two years ago and got the best swaps then and this year did not disappoint either. They were all beautifully made. Here is mine...

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Sketched (hostess), En Francais
Paper: Crumb Cake
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush pad and marker, Melon Mambo marker, Pistachio Pudding marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection framelits, white embossing powder, Very Vintage buttons, linen thread, Strawberry Slush ruffle stretch ribbon, stamping sponge

I love this stamp set, but to be honest, I am not great at coloring. I searched for a good technique for coloring in this gorgeous flower and decided to try the technique used by my friend, Jennifer Timko, on this card that she made for a convention swap last year. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I have to admit that this is not a typical card for me. I just sat down one day and started playing and this card happened. It is much more vintage than the cards I usually make, but I like it.

I made the next card for a swap with the Fab Friday design team. What a fantastic group of stampers they are! I loved getting to meet everyone. This was the sample card we made at my birthday card class earlier this month. My swap was the same except that I used the "You're too kind" sentiment from the Too Kind stamp set instead of this birthday one. I had a hard time getting a good picture of this one, my apologies.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Too Kind
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color DSP stack
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, 2 1/2" circle punch, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Pistachio Pudding ruffle stretch ribbon

The  next two cards were my general swaps. I try to make general swap cards that are easy to duplicate, but that are nicely designed and stamped well. I hope that these accomplished that goal.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Remembering Your Birthday, Positively Chevron, Birthday Candles wheel
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla, Birthday Basics DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green marker, Basic Gray marker, Summer Startfruit marker
Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle die, dimensionals

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Zoo Babies, Petite Pairs
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Big Shot, Alphabet Press EF, Smoky Slate Chevron ribbon, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, rhinestones, pearls

OK, that's all I have for today. My post convention goal is to blog more often and have a stronger online presence. Wish me luck! :) Pin It

Friday, July 12, 2013

FabFri22: Chalk Talk

Hi stampers! Long time no see! I'm so sorry for not posting much lately. Life has been CRAZY! Between having two kids home all day everyday, wanting to make the most of summer, and getting ready for Stampin' Up convention next week, I just haven't had much time to stamp. I have been doing a little bit of stamping for my birthday card class tonight and a few swaps for convention (which I will post after convention). Be sure to check back soon to see all of those cards!

Well, it's Friday and time for another Fab Friday challenge- yay! We have a color challenge for you this week. Check it out!

I decided to do a birthday card for my design team card so that it could also be one of the cards for tonight's birthday card class. I think this is a great color combination for masculine cards. Here is my card...


Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Chalk Talk
Paper: Basic Gray, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Houndstooth EF, Epic Day washi tape, small silver brads

I really like the Chalk Talk stamp set and matching framelits. I used three different framelits from the set on this card. The Real Red layer is the first. The Tempting Turquoise layer was made by using two of the top halves of the long, thin label. The stamped image was cut out using a third framelit. Another fun, new product I used it the diagonal striped washi tape in the background. If you have never tried using washi tape, give it a try. It is so easy to use and there are so many ways to use it. I especially love that it can be torn and that it is repositionable!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to play along with us this week at Fab Friday! I can't wait to see what you make.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

FM114: Brick Wall

In my quest to do more stamping for fun this summer, I have been keeping my eye on all of the challenge blogs out there. I saw that The Friday Mashup had a really technique challenge that I hadn't tried before called "Brick Wall", so I decided to give it a try.

And here is my card (a little early since it is very fall-ish, but oh well)...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Gently Falling, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain EF, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, paper snips, sponge
Techniques: Brick Wall, 2-Step Stamping, Stamping Off, Sponging

Isn't that a cool technique? I really had fun making this card for my dad's birthday in November (provided that I can keep track of it that long). ;-)

A couple of thoughts and tips for this technique...

  • Check out the photo tutorial on Splitcoaststampers and watch the video.
  • Allow yourself some time to play. This is not the technique for those times when you have ten minutes to make a card.
  • I found that drawing the bricks on the backside of the cardstock and then cutting worked better than using the trimmer.
  • When cutting apart your stamped cardstock, do one strip at a time and immediately sponge it and glue it down. Otherwise, this will become a very tricky jigsaw puzzle.
  • I found that using liquid glue worked well because it allowed me some time to make adjustments and make sure everything was straight.
OK, I think that's all of the advice that I can offer. This is a fun one! Give it a try!
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Friday, June 14, 2013

FMS90: Simply Sketched

I just love the new hostess set called Simply Sketched. I think that all of the hostess sets are great, but this one is definitely my favorite. I got a chance to stamp for a few minutes this afternoon while the kids played outside. It was gorgeous here today- 75 and sunny! They were disappointed that it was too cool to swim, but I was happy that it wasn't terribly hot or rainy. :)

I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my card.

And here is my card...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Simply Sketched
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack
Ink: Strawberry Slush marker, Pistachio Pudding marker, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Scalloped Oval punch, Oval punch, pearls, sponge dauber

I wasn't totally sure how to color in this stamp. I did the marker to stamp technique, but it looked too plain without a little added color on the flower and bud. I decided to try sponging a little color on using a sponge dauber and I really like how it turned out. It was quick and easy and I like the contrast of the Strawberry Slush outline with the Crisp Cantaloupe sponging.

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FabFri20: New In Colors

Woo hoo! It's Friday! Time for another fun challenge at Fab Friday. We have an awesome color combination for you this time. The challenge is to use all five of the new 2013-2015 In Colors. When I have my new catalog party each year, I try to use all five of the new in colors on a project. Sometimes it is a real challenge because they don't always work well together. This year, however, they are BEAUTIFUL together. I really love this group of colors! Aren't they gorgeous?

And here is my card...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Chalk Talk
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Backed Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Backed Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic EF, Mosaic punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Large Oval punch, linen thread, rhinestones

I hope you like my card and I also hope that you will play along with our challenge and link up your project so we can see what you do with these awesome colors! Pin It

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Goodies!

Hey there! A post that isn't for my Fab Friday design team- can you believe it? I made this card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #89, but of course, I missed the deadline to link it up. Oh well! At least I stamped! I really want to take a little more time to stamp for fun this summer. We'll see how it goes.

I used some brand new goodies for this card. My first order included new colors and two new birthday sets- Sketched Birthday and Remembering Your Birthday. I used both for this card. I love making birthday cards and I LOVED this fun sketch, so I combined them. I thought the banners were perfect for a birthday card. What do you think?

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Remembering Your Birthday
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack
Ink: Black Staz On, Coastal Cabana marker, Strawberry Slush marker, Crisp Cantaloupe marker, So Saffron marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Square punch (for making the banners), White Baker's Twine
Technique: Paper Piecing
Did you notice how I "colored" the cake plate? I used the paper piecing technique and used one of the designs from the In Color DSP stack to color the plate. I originally tried to use my Pistachio Pudding marker, but I'm not the best at coloring and just couldn't get it to look good. This is a great option if you are better at "fussy cutting" than you are at coloring (like me). Here is a close-up of the piece of cake and the plate so you can get a better look.

My kids and I went on a mini vacation to my parents' cabin in the mountains of West Virginia over the weekend. It is a great place to get away. There is no cell phone service, no internet, and no cable or satellite. We stay busy by going for walks (or runs), fishing, building campfires, and seeing the beauty of our home state. Here is a picture of the kids and me at Blackwater Falls in Davis, WV. I have crazy hair and no makeup and the kids have goofy faces, but this was the best we got. :) Summer fun!

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