Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moving Forward Tricycle

Hi!  At Convention we were all lucky enough to receive the Ronald McDonald House Charities exclusive stamp set and yesterday I finally got some time to play with it.  Here's my first card:
I used my markers to color the tricycle, I thought it turned out very cute.

I popped the flowers, basket and the bird up with Dimensionals and added a couple of Rhinestones for a little "bling".


Stamp Set:  Moving Forward
Paper:  Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP, Rich Razzleberry
Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Basic

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stamping 411 Saturday Challenge SSC 266

Hi!  I totally fell in love with Stamping 411's Saturday Sketch Challenge this week!  Click here to visit their fabulous site.  The card base is 4 1/4" X 4 1/4", what a great size (it fits into a regular envelope so you don't have to pay extra postage or make a trip to the post office!!)  Here's my entry:

This is a sneak peek at some of the products in the Holiday Mini which will be available from August 1 - January 3.  I'm crazy about the new Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and Holiday Ornaments Framelits.  Isn't the DSP darling?

I heat embossed the ornament with Gumball Green embossing powder and dry embossed the Cherry Cobbler layer with the Snow Burst embossing folder (oops,  I forgot that this was retired).  I love this cute, little card!  I know I say that a lot...who wouldn't love anything made with the terrific Stampin' Up! products?!

Stamp Set:  Ornament Keepsakes
Paper:  Whisper White, Snow Festival DSP, Baja Breeze, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Versa Mark
Extras:  Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder (retired), Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Cherry
             Cobbler Baker's Twine, Gumball Green Embossing Folder, Heat Tool

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shower Card

Hello!  I made today's card for my niece Sarah's bridal shower.  I could not believe how perfectly the Stampin' Up! colors matched the colors in her wedding invitation, so I had to use them for her card even though fall is a couple of months away.
I love this dress and knew I wanted to use it for the card, but I really struggled with the rest of the card. After a couple of hours my son and his girlfriend decided that this was the best of my efforts, so I stuck with it!

I colored the stamp with my markers, I really like the flow.


Stamp Set:  Love & Laughter
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border & Corner  
Extras:  Basic Rhinestones, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Daydream Medallions

Hi!  Wow, I had a bad case of stampers block this morning!  Kind of scared me since I just spent four wonderful days at convention looking at thousands of beautiful cards and projects.  Lots of great ideas to case.  Maybe that was the problem, too many to choose from!  I don't think I saw a card like the one I ended up making (although after looking at all those samples, who knows), I just started pulling stuff out that I knew I wanted to play with.
I love the Daydream Medallions stamp set and coordinating Floral Frames Framelits.  What a fun card! I really like how it turned out.  The Summer Smooches DSP is so cheery.

I added the bow at the end because it seemed like it was missing something.  

I've started a mini scrapbook using the largest die from the Floral Frames set and I'll share when it's done.  


Stamp Sets:  Daydream Medallions, You Are Loved
Paper:  Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo (sponged on card base edges)
Extras:  Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Daffodil 
             Delight Brad

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reason To Smile

Before I get to today's post I wanted to share with you this wonderful Lip Dub Video that they showed us at Convention.  It stars the Stampin' Up! home office employees.  I just cannot stop watching it, click here to see for yourself how fun it is!  It was wonderful meeting many of them in person.  How fun it would be to work there.

Here's a card made with the Reason To Smile stamp set that is available only this month.  Place any order of $50.00 or more (before shipping and handling) and you can purchase this set for only $5.00!
I heat embossed the flowers and then used my blender pen dabbed in my ink pads to color them in.  The blender pens are by far my favorite Stampin' Up! product!!!
I sponged the over the flowers and background with Early Espresso soften the look a bit.

Stamp Set:  Reason to Smile
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink:  Versa Mark, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso
Punches:  3/4", 1" & 1 1/4" Circles, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Boarder
Extras:  Sponge, Black Embossing Powder

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Convention Make & Takes

Hello!  Well here they are...my make & takes from Convention.
I really liked these two cards.

This is cute too.  Love the new Natural Composition Specialty DSP!  The flower is so pretty...I would have never thought of this.  We got lots of ideas of things to do with fabric, I'm excited to try them out.

Don't look too close, these weren't my best stamping!  Although the great thing about stamping is that it  doesn't have to be perfect...sometime it even looks better when it's not.

I struggled with this scrapbook page.  They had us mount some of the stuff on the outside of the page protector.  I wasn't going to do it, but then I did and I love it!  It's hard to see all the details, but one is that the little booklet on the lower right only has the back page inserted in the sleeve so you open the book to insert more photos.  Very cool idea...I'm going to do it when I scrapbook our next holiday/vacation.  By the way the Stampin' Up! page protectors are wonderful.  I'm switching over!

That's it for today, thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


i am...home.  I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful time I had at the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City.  This year's theme was "i am".  All of the presenters/MC's talked about how many things we are, and it's true, we all are many things.  I am...so very grateful that I was able to attend Convention this year (my family gave up our annual summer vacation so I was able to do so, thank you Kurt and Kyle). I was overwhelmed as I walked into the Main Stage area for the very first time, it was difficult to hold back the tears.  It is hard to explain, you just have to experience it for yourself...although not everyone is as emotional as I am!  i am feeling many things: excited (to share what I have learned with family and friends), inspired (got lots of great ideas!), energized (well, I will be after I catch up on my sleep!), awed (everyone, and I mean everyone was so very nice), surprised (they had one of my cards up on a display board!!!!  Yes, really!  Thank you to the sweet lady standing next to me...I grabbed her and said "Oh, my gosh thats my card!!"  She didn't care that we had never met, she just joined in on my excitement.), thankful (for the new friends I have made), and happy (it was so much fun!!!).  I'm feeling many more things, but I can't go on forever!!!

One of my favorite things was walking around and looking at the display boards...they were beautiful!
Here's the one with my card (the bunny on the left).

Isn't this lovely?
Look at all you can make with these products!
Gotta love Halloween!!!

At each class they told us to blog, post on Facebook, etc. about it and use #Convention2012 along with certain key words to win prizes.  At first I thought that I probably wouldn't, then I got to thinking...it's not so much that I want to win a prize (although it would be fun) I really just wanted to thank them for sharing their many ideas and talents with me.

Shannon West, what can you say...she is so awesome.  What a lovely, young woman.  She's fun, creative and a wonderful presenter.  Not only did I have fun in her "I Am Having Fun" class, I got so many great Halloween/Fall ideas from her in one of the general sessions.  I was not going to buy MORE stuff, but now I have to just so I can make her adorable projects.  How awesome it would be to spend a day with her!  Did I go up and tell her how much I enjoyed her presentations, no, I am just too shy.  So, if you see this Shannon, thank you for everything!
Look how cute this treat bag is that Shannon made!!!

Karen Hauley had a class called "I Am Earning An Incentive Trip."  She invited Jill, Meg and Cynthia up to chat about how they earned these wonderful trips.  (This was a class I had not signed up for, I skipped  my Make & Take in order to attend.)  I am...glad I did.  These women (who are just like me) really made me feel as if I could achieve this goal.  They were funny and very entertaining too.  Thank you Karen for a wonderful presentation.  By the way, loved the t-shirt!!!!!  I'm glad you're here to wear it.

Pam Morgan gave me some great ideas in her "I Am Making Money" class that I am going to try.  I love that she reminded us to focus on the products and not always try and "Wow" our customers, sometimes that is overwhelming for them (and me!).  Thanks Pam!

The "I Am Savvy class" with Donna Griffith was super cool.  Meg, Dawn & Laura each showed us great projects to make with all the wonderful  Stampin' Up! products.  Best of all each one of their projects is doable.  Thank you!

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Emily Montoya's class "I Am Reaching Out" to the younger generation.  She is plucky!!!

The most amazing thing to me is how kind, funny, genuine and "real" Shelli Gardner is.   I was feeling a little embarrassed about my teary eyes until Shelli came out on stage wiping hers.  She thanked us all many times throughout the convention, and I sat there thinking...she really means it. What a remarkable women she is.

Joining Stampin' Up! and going to my very first Convention has been an incredible experience.  Everyone was so very friendly, funny and fabulous.  I will remember it always!  I highly recommend joining the Stampin' Up! family, and if possible, attend Convention, I promise you won't regret it.

So, they talked about using social media and keeping it short, sorry that I went on and on.  I just wanted to share a little of my experiences with you.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to finish my Make & Takes today and post them tomorrow or Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Convention Name Tag

Hello!  Well, today is an exciting day for me...I'm on my way to Salt Lake City to attend the Stampin' Up! Convention!!!!  This is my first one and I'm very excited.  Many people suggested that you make a name tag to attach to the bag we will be getting.  I used the new In Colors thinking that maybe they'd use them on the bag.  Here it is:
I was really happy with the way it turned out.  Can't wait to see if it matches!


Stamp Set:  Everything Eleanor
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit
Extras:  Chevron Embossing Folder, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Retired Ribbon
              and hardware.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will not be posting the rest of this week, stop by after Sunday to see what I made in my classes!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Clockworks Convention Swap

Hi!  Today's card is another swap for Convention.  I love this set and couldn't resist posting another card made with it!

The Midnight Muse base has been run through my Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder.  The clock face was stamped onto White Vellum card stock and the Summer Starfruit clock case was stamped onto Whisper White card stock and the center was cut out with a 1 1/4" circle punch.

Stamp Set:  Clockworks
Paper:  Midnight Muse,Whisper White, White Vellum card stock
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Jet Black Stazon
Punch:  1 1/4" Circle
Extras:  1/8" Mini Brads, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Googly Ghouls Convention Swap

Hi!  Today's post is one of my swaps for Convention (only three more days!!).  When I saw this stamp set in the Holiday Mini I must admit that I wasn't too keen on it, however, my husband and son loved it...so, I bought it for them!!!  I really like how this swap turned out and I hope the ladies swapping with me like it too.
The three DSP strips are 1" wide and the "Booo" shape was made with my Big shot and the new Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I put a dot of Crystal Effects on the witch's eyes to make them pop (hard to see here).  I did buy the cute googly eyes that are also in the Holiday Mini, but I didn't have enough for all my swaps so I decided not to use them on any.

Stamp Set:  Googly Ghouls
Paper:  Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, Basic Gray, Jet Black Stazon, Certainly Celery (witch's face)
Punch:  1" Square (to cut strip ends)
Extras:  Crystal Effects, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Sponge

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Note Pad

Hi!  Today I'm showing something I made using a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers that I have been wanting to make forever...that's right forever.  I bought the Thoroughly Modern file folders from the Stampin' Up! clearance rack at least two years ago specifically to make some File Folder Notebooks.  My plan is to take this to convention, so I didn't decorate the cover much because I didn't want it getting hung up on anything in my tote bag.
Here's the front of the outside.  I really wanted to add something to the flap on the right, but everything I tried looked funny.  Any ideas????  I'm open for suggestions.
The inside has a pocket on the left, a 5 x 7 mini legal pad and a loop to hold a pen.  It's hard to see but the pen has a piece of matching Throughly Modern DSP inside.  Isn't this cool?  I did not attach the note pad so I could take it out.  Well, that's it.  Stop on over at Splitcoaststampers.com and take a look at the wonderful File Folder Notebook tutorial and make one for yourself.  :)

Sorry I have been showing so many items made with retired paper...I'm really trying to use it up!  We all know that anything you see can be made your own by choosing different paper and stamp sets.


Stamp Set:  Everything Eleanor, Morning Post Alphabet
Ink:  Rose Red, Soft Suede
Punches:  1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Extras:  Sticky Strip, Pen, Retired Thoroughly Modern File Folder & DSP

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mini Journals/Scrapbooks

Hello!  I am patiently waiting for the UPS man to drop off my Stampin' Up! order...it has all the fall and Christmas pre-order stuff in it.  To pass the time I photographed some of the projects I have been working on.  Here are two little journals or scrapbooks that I made to use up more of the DSP I have been hoarding.
Here are the covers.  I used the Blossom and Elegant Butterfly punches to decorate them.
These are the first two inside pages.  I used the Top Note and Little Leaves Sizzlits dies on the left page.  The flowers were stamped with the Reason to Smile stamp set (available only in July).
I love these pockets that have the pull out...you could write on these or attach photos.  The rest of the book has plain white paper to journal on.  A Bind-it-All was used to bind the books.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Springtime Vintage Mini Tote

Hi!  Well, I finally did it...I used the Springtime Vintage Fabric that I bought last December!   One of my goals this summer was to make a tote with this fabric.  Many wonderful demonstrators have directions on their blogs on how to make purses and totes.  When I sew things like this I rarely use a pattern, and this time was no exception.  I cut the squares (using a Sizzix Die) with my Big Shot,  I have to say that it was so cool to cut several squares at one time!  Love that Big Shot! Then I sewed them together and this is how it turned out:
This is rather small, 12 inches wide, 6 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches deep.  I have so many larger totes  and I wanted to make a smaller one.  This actually holds my swaps for Convention perfectly (I decided not to make too many), I'm still not sure if I'll take it along or not though.
The die I used is not sold by Stampin' Up!, I've had it forever and it measures 4 inches square.  There is a piece of quilting batting between the two pieces of fabric to make it sturdier.
The flower is made with the Stampin' Up! Flower Folds Bigz XL die.  I cut out several layers of each size flower and sewed them onto the tote along with a Old Olive button.  After it was attached I damped the flower and scrunched it up and let it dry overnight.  
I'm not a fan of double straps so I only have one that attaches on the sides of the tote.  Well, that's it!  I'm sure I'll find good uses for this, and if I don't it looks lovely hanging in my stamping room!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Everything Eleanor

Hello!  Today's card was made with the new Everything Eleanor stamp set.  I just had to buy this set after I saw all the beautiful cards other demonstrators were making with it!  It is a really pretty stamp set and very versatile.  
It is hard to see, but the flowers are mounted with dimensionals.  I used my bone folder to curl up the edges of the larger flower in the upper right hand corner.
The Garden Green corners were punched with the Scallop Trim Corner punch.  I'm looking forward to making more cards with this lovely set.


Stamp Set:  Everything Eleanor
Ink:  Garden Green, Rose Red
Paper:  Rose Red, Garden Green, Whisper White
Punch:  Scallop Trim Corner
Extras:  Basic Pearls,  5/8" Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals

Thank you so very much for stopping by!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bright Blossoms Birthday

Hi!  Today's card was made by my son for my birthday.  I was really surprised yesterday when he told me he wanted to stamp my card.  I was even more surprised when he said he had an idea!  He chose to work with the new In Color markers.  Didn't he do a wonderful job?  He rather proud of his three stamp stack on the right side!  Thanks Kyle, I love it!

Happy Birthday is stamped on the inside.  He even cleaned the stamps and put them back in the case!


Stamp Sets:  Bright Blossoms, Wacky Wishes (hostess set)
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Ink/Markers:  Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July Calendar Page

Happy 4th of July!  I thought today would be a good day to show you my July Birthday Calendar page.  Since this is my birthday month I really wanted to do something in pink, but then again I wanted to use the red, white & blue theme.  So I compromised...I did use Midnight Muse, but instead of red I used Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals.  I really love this page!!!
  Aren't the colors beautiful?  I tried something new with the butterflies, not sure what they call it, but I put drops of the ink refills onto a baby wipe and then used that as my stamp pad.  I'll definitely try this technique again...I'm thinking fall leaves.
I stamped the flowers onto a separate sheet of Whisper White card stock, cut them out and attached them on with glue dots.


Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor, Papillon Potpourri
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
Extras:  Baby wipe, glue dots

Monday, July 2, 2012

Reason To Smile

Hi!  Today's post was made with the Reason To Smile stamp set that is on sale only during the month of July.  With a $50.00 Stampin' Up! order (before shipping and handling) you can order this stamp set for only $5.00.  Click here to order your Reason To Smile set today!
I chose Marina Mist and Always Artichoke to work with, I hadn't used these colors in quite awhile and wanted to work with something different.
I tied the flowers together with some white Baker's Twine.


Stamp Set:  Reason To Smile
Paper:  Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink:  Marina Mist, Always Artichoke
Extras:  Argyle Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Baker's Twine, 

Thank you for stopping by today, happy stamping!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Hi!  Another Clockworks card, this stamp set sure has gotten a lot of use!  My brother-in-law has a birthday coming up and I thought he'd enjoy a card made with three of the new In Colors!  Ha, ha, ha!  Believe me, I'm sure he doesn't care!!
The base is embossed with the new Argyle Folder.  the three strips are 1" wide and I used the 1" Square punch to cut the ends.  This is something that Shelli Gardner makes it look easy to do and I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet...but, I'm getting there.
The clock face was stamped with Basic Black ink on White Vellum Card Stock.  I stamped the clock case on Whisper White and cut around the stamped image and then glued the vellum on with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


Stamp Set:  Clockworks
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Whisper White, White Vellum
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Basic Black
Extras:  1" Square Punch, Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder

Thank you for stopping by!

DSC#286 Daisy Delight

Hello! I thought this week's challenge was right up my alley! Just looks like a Connie card! lol I decided that the only stamp set ...