Thursday, February 28, 2013

You Are My Sunshine...

Hey there stampers! Just a quick post tonight. I am taking a few weeks off from teaching stamping classes because life is going to be very busy over the coming weeks. I LOVE teaching classes, but I find that I don't stamp very often unless I am preparing for an event. I hope to use this break from classes to stamp more for fun and do more challenges. My stamping really seems to improve when I "challenge" myself more often.

In that spirit, I sat down tonight and finally inked up the new single stamp "Sunshine" (available until March 31st) that I ordered not long ago. I love this stamp. It is super cute and it reminds me of my two sweet kiddos because I used to (badly) sing "You Are My Sunshine" to them when they were babies. I learned a new technique in the online class called "The Basics" offered by SU! and wanted to pair it with this stamp. What do you think?

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Sunshine
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight marker, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Window framelits, brayer, Iridescent Ice EP, heat tool, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercer, brights brads
Don't you just love the sparkly rays of the sun with this sentiment? So fun!
Anyway, thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the newest Fab Friday challenge!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Online Classes Offered by Stampin' Up!

Are you a new stamper or are you an experienced stamper who would you like to learn new techniques or "brush up" on your stamping skills? Stampin' Up is now offering a fun online course called "The Basics". It covers tons of techniques that will be helpful to all stampers.
The class includes 34 unique projects with printable instructions and complete supply lists. Several of the categories even include YouTube videos!
The online class is divided into six categories:
  • stamping basics (seven projects)
  • the Stamp-a-ma-jig (four projects, video)
  • masking (four projects, video)
  • embossing (seven projects, 2 videos)
  • markers & watercoloring (six projects, video)
  • Big Shot and punches (six projects, 2 videos)
Each section is designed to teach you the basics and then builds on them by including more advanced tips, tricks, and techniques. The instructions are presented in a simple and easy to understand format. The videos can be viewed as many times as you like and you can do your projects right along with the video by stopping and starting it as needed.
I downloaded the class last night and was impressed with the set up and design of all of the instruction sheets and videos. I have been stamping for four years, and there were tips and tricks shared in this class that were new to me. There really is something for everyone!

Click here to view The Basics on my shopping website (item #133385). The class is a download, which can be permanently saved to your computer so that you can work through the projects at your own pace. When downloading, select "For other applications" rather than "For My Digital Studio." If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a wonderful day! 
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Fab Hello

It's Friday and time for a new Fab Friday challenge! Woo hoo! We have a pretty color challenge this time. The colors are all from the Subtles collection and are perfect for a springy card!

My card is inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest a while back.  (There is a link to the card below in my supply list). I wanted to make a card using some new products from the Spring and Sale-a-Bration catalogs and I thought this fun layout would be perfect.

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Distressed Dots, Pretty Petites (SAB), Papillon Potpourri
Paper: Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Curly Label punch, Petite Curly Label punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Perfect Plum taffeta ribbon, Bitty Buttons, basic pearls, white baker's twine
Inspired by: this card made by Michelle Le Breton
For this being one of my favorite color combos ever (any purple, green, and blue really), I struggled with this card. I just couldn't get all of the elements to come together the way I wanted them to. Does that happen to everyone or just me? It sure can be frustrating, but I am happy with this final product, so I guess it was worth the trouble. :) I'm not 100% sure, but this card might make the cut as one of the designs for my classes coming up later this month.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to swing by Fab Friday and play along. The challenge closes on February 28th. I hope you will play along! Pin It

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

January Class Cards (Part 3)

Hello again! Here is my final post with my January cards. (I did reserve one card to share at a later date.) This one is a fun birthday card using the Sycamore Street DSP and the Patterned Occasions stamp set (both available for free through Sale-a-Bration) and the Hearts a Flutter framelites. It is a CASE of a card made by Krista Fenton. I try not to CASE much any more, but when I see a card that is as cute as this one, I can't help myself. :)

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Patterned Occasions (SAB set)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Sycamore Street DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Hearts a Flutter framelits, white baker's twine
Inspiration: this card made by Krista Fenton

Sorry for the short post! I hope you enjoyed my class cards! Check back on Friday for the latest Fab Friday challenge. It's a color challenge this time and I picked the colors. :)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

January Class Cards (Part 2)

I know, I know... I said that I would post a project from my most recent class each day until they were all posted. Oops! We had a semi-busy weekend and I didn't get a chance to photograph them until today. The good news is that I only have one more to show you after this post (I am saving one to share later) and I'm going to schedule its post for tomorrow. :)

If you are in need of some last minute valentine treats, look no further than the Petal Cone die! I used it to make these adorable mini take out boxes. Take a look!

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Real Red, More Amore DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Petal Cone die, Stampin' Trimmer, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Large Heart punch, Bitty Banners framelits, sticky strip, glue dots

I gave you a top view because the side view wasn't much to look at. How cute are these little tags? I made them with the Champagne glimmer paper (which is still available- yay!) cut with the scalloped heart framelit from the Hearts a Flutter framelit collection and the Red glimmer paper punched with the large heart punch. Don't they layer nicely? The little banner was cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, which works beautifully with the framelits. I got the idea for these treats from Dawn Olchefske's blog. She even has a video posted on exactly how to make these fun little boxes.

We also made a Valentine's Day card at my class.

Here is another version on the same card that could be used as an anniversary card or just a love card, rather than a valentine.

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Delightful Dozen, Seasonal Sayings, Hearts a Flutter
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Red Glimmer
Ink: Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black marker, Cherry Cobbler marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron EF, 1 1/4" square punch, Postage Stamp punch, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine

Hope you liked these projects for Valentine's day. Check back tomorrow to see the last project (I mean it this time). ;-) Pin It

Friday, February 8, 2013

January Class Cards (Part 1)

Hello! I promised to share the cards we made at my classes last Friday and it has taken a week, but I am finally getting it done beginning today. My plan is to post one each day until they are all posted.

Here is the first one...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Just Thinking
Paper: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, Honeycomb EF, Window Frames framelits, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Large Rhinestones, Basic Gray satin ribbon (retired)

I really liked the way this card turned out. I have to give credit to my sister, Marcy, who suggested this color combination. I think it works so well and is one of my favorite color combinations.

I apologize for the short post, but my daughter had a snow day from preschool today and we are getting ready to play some games. Enjoy the rest of your day! :) Pin It

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fab Pinwheel

Wow! It's been two weeks since I posted once again. Thank goodness I am on the design team at Fab Friday! It keeps me stamping and posting semi-regularly. I will have some new cards to post soon. I have classes happening today and will share the projects we are making over the next few days.

Mindy has a sketch challenge for us this time. I usually love a good sketch and this one is great, but for whatever reason, I struggled making this card. (Could it be because I procrastinated and worked on it up to the last minute? Nah!) ;-)

Anyway, here is the awesome sketch...

And here is my take on it...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Wishes Your Way, Tiny Tags
Paper: Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Watercolor, More Amore DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Basic Black marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Clouds EF, Pinwheel Sizzlet, Small Heart punch, Owl punch, Ribbon Trim Border punch, Aquapainter, small silver brad

I decided to go with a valentine again. I have a lot of this pretty DSP to use and I thought the pinwheel looked adorable with the hearts design in the background. I used lots of new products for this card- the pinwheel sizzlet die (so fun!), the Clouds embossing folder, and the More Amore DSP. I think they all work wonderfully together.
Can you see the detail on the background behind the pinwheel? I very, very lightly spread some Pool Party ink on the sky part of the background (which is watercolor paper embossed with the cloud EF) using an Aquapainter. I wanted to make the clouds pop a little bit more. Also, for the sentiment, I inked up the "Blowing Wishes Your Way" sentiment with a Basic Black marker and omitted the word "wishes" then I stamped the "love" from Tiny Tags and punched it out with the small heart punch to turn this into a valentine. I cannot take credit for this idea. I saw it on Pinterest, but I don't think I pinned it. If it is your idea, please leave me a comment so that I can give proper credit.
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to pop on over to Fab Friday and play along with us!
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