Sunday, July 27, 2008

{sock monkey}

The new Sock Monkey set from Stampin' Up! is a great set to paper piece! If you'd like directions on how to do this here is a tutorial.

Well, this is my first weekend off after starting my new job! I have to admit, it's really nice having the same schedule as Adam. Still learning the ropes in my new position, but I think it's going to be good. :)

Today we're headed up to the QC to go shopping ( I need some regular work clothes -- all I have are scrubs! ) and see the new Will Ferrell movie, Stepbrothers. I can't wait -- it looks hilarious!

Have a good day!

  • Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstock
  • Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
  • Sock Monkey and Wow Flowers stamp sets
  • Corner rounder, circle punches and Basic Gray taffeta ribbon

Friday, July 18, 2008

{paper rose}

Good morning! Today will be my last week day off before I start my new Monday through Friday job. Eeeek! :)

I saw this video tutorial on Julie Buhler's blog and knew I just had to try it with Stampin' Up's new In-Color, Pink Pirouette. As Julie said, this paper rose would be a great embellishment for scrapbook pages as well! I thought it would go perfect with SU's new Dreams du Jour set.

Have a great weekend! It's supposed to be rainy here -- which is just fine with me, since I'm a home-body and would *love* to get some stamping done.... :)

  • Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Dreams du Jour stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette ink (for sponging)
  • Stampin' Sponges and bone folder
  • Mono Adhesive and pink button

Thursday, July 17, 2008

{wow flowers}

One of the new sets that us Stampin' Up demonstrators could pre-order was "Wow Flowers". This is a cute little set of four stamps that has both a 'happy birthday' and 'thank-you' sentiment. It will be available starting August 11th, in the new catalog, for $12.95.

I CASE'd this card idea from Trishka on SCS. Great way to use all the new In-Colors together! Doesn't hurt to throw the Scallop Punch in there either..... :)

We'll be making this card at my August 3rd new catalog preview class.

Have a good one! Oh, and come back tomorrow for another preview card!

Supplies (all SU):
  • Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White cardstock
  • All 6 of the new *In-Color* inkpads
  • Wow Flowers stamp set
  • Signo White gel pen
  • Scalloped Circle and Scalloped Border, circle punches
  • Vintage black brad
  • Buttons, dimensionals, and black embroidery floss

{i love new stuff}

Well, my Stampin' Up preview stuff came yesterday, I timed it just right so I would have today off to play with it....hehe. Gotta love that two-day shipping! :)

Notice the scalloped edge punch in the bottom left corner of the box? I love that SU is jumping on the bandwagon with the scallops! I ordered all the preview stamp sets - Sock Monkey, Heard From the Heart, Dreams Du Jour, and Wow Flowers. I also got all the new *In Color* inkpads, and a package of the new Bella Rose designer paper.....see below for more detail on that.

Don't you just love this new paper? The colors go amazingly well together and with the Chocolate Chip! Remember come to my Open House on August 12th and receive a sampler pack of this designer paper free with any order!
Another cool thing about this catalog release -- all the new stamp sets are die cut! This means no cutting of the rubber required - just punch, peel and stick on the wood block. I put my new sets together last night in about half the time it normally takes me. :) As you can see above, the new Sock Monkey set is die cut. (Isn't he cute?)

All of these new products can be ordered starting August 11th. So come to my open house, get your new catalog for $5, and get some cool new supplies. Hope you have a great day!

PS -- My July 20th "Retiring" card class is cancelled due to low sign ups. If you would like a kit to make the cards, please e-mail me at You will receive all the supplies needed to make 10 cards for $15. If you'd like to see examples of them, click here , here , or here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

{christmas in july}

As far as I'm concerned, it's never too early to start on your Christmas cards! This stamp set, Snowflake Spot, is one that I'm sad to see go. The snowflakes make such a pretty background! This is another of the cards we'll make at my Retiring Stamp Set Class this Sunday, July 20th. Tomorrow is the last day to get signed up -- see the calendar at right.

Monday I start my new job! I am very excited for the Monday through Friday schedule, but obviously a bit nervous as always when starting a new job. Send some prayers my way! :)

  • Snowflake Spot stamp set
  • Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip cardstock
  • Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip classic inkpads
  • Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon
  • Photo Corner punch, Designer Label punch, 1" Circle punch
  • Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

{never-ending joy}

Well, I preordered my stamps and accessories from the new catalog! They should arrive tomorrow - I'm excited to show you some new stuff! Keep an eye out on Thursday and Friday for some sneak peeks of the new goodies. :)

The card above is one we'll be doing at my Retiring Stamp Sets Class this Sunday -- remember, the last day to sign up is July 17th. We'll make 10 cards for $15 -- 2 each of 5 different designs.

I am sad to see this set, Never-Ending Joy, go! It is really an Easter set, but I love the tulips and the fact that the stems and flowers are separate makes it great to stamp! Pretty much an all-occasion set - it could be for thank you, birthday, sympathy....etc.

Check back tomorrow for another card from this class -- a Christmas card! Yep, it's never too early to start working on those. :) Have a good one!

  • Never-Ending Joy and It's Your Birthday stamp sets
  • Ruby Red, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ruby Red, Old Olive and More Mustard classic inkpads
  • Old Olive prints designer paper
  • Earth Elements Buttons and 1 1/2" circle punch, Stampin' Sponges

Friday, July 11, 2008

{new in-colors!}

For all my customers, here are Stampin' Up!'s new *In-Colors* for Fall & Winter 2008! I received my cardstock in the mail this week and am excited to share them with you. Right now, I am loving both the Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze. You'll have to come to my open house so you can order your very own cardstock and ink, though. :) Remember, if you place an order at my open house, you'll receive a free gift of the new Bella Rose patterned paper. Don't miss it!

Click on my calendar at right for dates and details. Have a good night!

{retiring class}

With my new job starting in just a week (yay! No more weekends!) I am hoping to get back into the swing of monthly card classes and stamp camps. I am having a class on July 20th and we'll be using some of Stampin' Up's retiring sets this year.

On the above card, I've used the sets Block Party, Much Appreciated, and Be Happy. I used Basic Black, Real Red, and Whisper White cardstock, and black and red ink as well. The Spiral Punch is something I rarely break out, so I thought I'd use it for this card.

The polka dotted background is stamped from the retiring set, Polka Dots and Paisley. I also used some black gingham ribbon.

This card was inspired by Teneale's gallery at SCS. I used the set Year After Year, and stamped the gift in Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Regal Rose. These were punched out with the 1 1/4" square punch and mounted on dimensionals. The patterned paper is from the Spring Fling pack. I also used some Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon. I just love that stuff!

For more info on upcoming classes and events, click under 'July/August calendar' over on the right-hand side of the page. Thanks for stopping by - have a good weekend!

Friday, July 4, 2008

{watercolor challenge}

Last week's technique challenge on SCS was to watercolor with re-inkers. For the life of me, I could not find my watercolor brushes, so I did it with blender pens instead.

I stamped the flower image from Bloomin' Beautiful (SU) in Adirondack Pitch Black ink on Whisper White cardstock, then sponged the background with Soft Sky ink. For those of you who need instruction on how to use blender pens with re-inkers, here is the scoop:
  1. Put a small drop of ink from your re-inker on a non-porous surface. I usually use a piece of plastic packaging or transparency.
  2. Lightly dip your blender pen into the ink, and test on a piece of scrap paper by coloring. At first, your color will be dark and as the ink runs out of the blender pen, it gets lighter. This is nice because you can highlight your image with different shades of the same color.
  3. When you're done coloring and ready to go on to the next color, simply color your blender pen on a piece of scrap paper until it colors clear again. It's that simple!

You can also use blender pens with Stampin' Up ink pads by squeezing the pad when it is closed. When you open the ink pad, there will be a little pool of ink you can pick up with your pen. They can also be used with chalks, watercolor crayons, and watercolor colored pencils.

Anyway, back to the card. :) The base of this card is Wild Wasabi, layered with Whisper White and a piece of Pomegranate that I ran through the Cuttlebug. The black and white gingham ribbon is by Making Memories and the white organdy is from JoAnn's.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you had a Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

{chalk challenge}

The technique challenge this week on SCS was "chalk pouncing". What is that, you ask? Well, here's the thread.

Basically, you sponge your background with a light colored chalk. I used SU's chalk and used Pretty in Pink.

Then, you stamp your image with Versamark ink. Here, I stamped the Inkadinkado butterfly. You then "pounce" a darker chalk color on to your image using tissue. I used Lavendar Lace and Tempting Turquoise.

I matted my main image on Lavendar Lace and Basic Black. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Mixed Messages, which I stamped in Basic Black on Lavendar Lace and punched out with the 1" circle punch.

I also used my new Fiskars Diamond Border punch and some Papertrey swiss-dot ribbon in Sweet Blush behind the main panel. I used the flower image from SU's Sweet Dreams (hostess set) to stamp the Lavendar Lace background panel.

The base of the card is Pretty in Pink. Also used is a Prima flower and button.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy 4th!