Friday, August 29, 2008

Class in the Mail: Paper Bag Scrapbook

If you missed my recent Paper Bag Scrapbook class, you can get it as a Class in the Mail. This project is fun and easy and makes a great brag book for moms or a great gift for grandparents!

Your scrapbook contains ten pages plus four pull-outs for your photos and journaling.

With your kit you will recieve:

Step-by-step instructions with photos
3 paper lunch bags
Precut cardstock and Designer Series Papers
Pre-Stamped Elements
Punched Accents
Jumbo Eyelets
Glue dots and Dimensionals
and full package of Sticky Strip

In order to complete your scrapbook, you will need:


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Halloween Card

Yup, I am making Halloween cards! Mostly because Tasty Sweet is one of the new stamp sets I just recently got. This card coordinates with a treat holder we will be making as one of this month's stamp club projects. If you would like to know more about stamp club, email me for more details.

As I started working, I realized that my card was starting to look like Laura's sketch for this week, so I pulled out her sketch to finish my card.

Materials used for this card are: Tasty Sweet stamp set; Kiwi Kiss, Elegant Eggplant; Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock; Kiwi Kiss and Elegant Eggplant Classic Stamp Pads; Elegant Eggplant and Pumpkin Pie markers; Pumpkin Pie Striped grosgrain ribbon; stampin' Dimensionals.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kristina's Color Challenge 20

It's been raining here (Faye remnants). I'm not complaining, because we really, really need the rain, but it's been really hard to get motivated to do anything. Yesterday, I didn't get much (productive) done, just read on the couch. It has been a while since I've read a book, so it was nice.

Today I did manage to get myself motivated to stamp and get some other things done around the house. One of the things I created was a card for Kristina Werner's color challenge. The colors were: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla. I really like theses colors together and they reminded me of a card my friend Trish made for my daughter's birthday. So this is my version of Trish's card.

Supplies for the card are:
Wild About You and On Your Birthday stamp sets; Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla Card Stock; Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette Classic ink; Certainly Celery and Regal Rose markers; Crafter's Tool Kit; Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Baby Card

I have needed to make two baby cards for a while now. One for a cousin and one for a friend. Luckily they both had boys, so I made the same card. I think I need to make a couple more in pink and blue, so that I have them on hand. I know that there is at least one more girl on the way and I'm sure it won't be long before there are more.

Supplies for this card are: Nursery Necessities; Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Card Stock; Bella Rose and Bashful Blue Patterns DSP; Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue Markers; Chocolate Chip Classic stamp pad; Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon; Dimensionals.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Color Inspiration #19

Thank goodness for playdates! My daughter wore herself out this morning at a friends', so I have gotten tons done during nap time. I finished preparing for my class tomorrow (I will be offering it as a class by mail, so check back next week for that) and I had time to stamp a couple of cards! I will share one now and one tomorrow.

One of the cards was for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White and an accent color of our choosing. This one was hard for me! First I had to find stamps that would look good in either black or basic gray. I have lots of flower sets and I was having a hard time picturing those stamped in black or gray. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of gray is elephants, so I chose to use Wild About You for my card.

We were alowed to use another color of our choosing, so I decided on Pumpkin Pie. I really wanted to use my Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon. This one one of the thigs I just had to have last year when it came out, but I have used very little of it, so now is the time!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Stamps

I placed an order from the new catalog almost as soon as I could and my new stamps and accessories arrived yesterday! Of course, yesterday was one of the days that the UPS man did not arrive until after 5:30 pm and between dinner and going to a meeting at church last night, I didn't get to stamp with my new stuff yesterday. {sigh} I am tempted to ask the UPS man what it would take to change his route so that I am first! Here is a picture of all of the new things I got. The cardboard tubes are Decor Elements (more on that in a bit!)

I love that the new stamps are die cut! It only took me about 20 minutes to assemble 4 stamp sets. I didn't assemble the Hostess Set because I will be using that as a door prize at my fundraiser. The Calendar Alphabet took me longer to put together because there are so many little tiny pieces to put together (it's a mini alphabet).

I also got a chance to use my new stamps to create a card for Kazan's sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You. To create my scallops, I punched circles from Pink Pirouette Patterns DSP with my 1 inch circle punch and attached them to a piece of Pink Pirouette textured card stock. The cupcake is from the new set Party Hearty. I colored the image with Regal Rose and Night of Navy markers. I layered the cupcake on a piece of Baja Breeze and put the whole thing on a Night of Navy card base. I stamped the greeting (also from Party Hearty) in Night of Navy ink using my Stamp-a-majig.

My other project this afternoon was using the Decor Elements. My husband and I have the same laptop (from the outside at least), so I got the Happiness Decor Elements and applied it to the front of my laptop so that we can tell them apart. We really haven't had a problem so far, so really it was just an excuse to play with Decor Elements! I debated about which way to put it on, but I finally decided to apply it so that it is right side up when the laptop is open.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cards for a Cure Fundraiser

I am very excited to announce Cards for a Cure!

Create 10 cards for $25 with a minimum of $10* donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

October 11, 2008
1 - 4 pm
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC

Registration Deadline is September 29, 2008.
Email me to register.

Why am I doing this?

On Mother's Day 2007, our very good friend Kelly Linderman lost her battle with Recurrent Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Kelly was an incredible person and she did not give up without a fight. She battled her cancer for nearly 10 years. Kelly was active in supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their goal of finding a cure for blood cancers. Kelly was the Honored walker in the 2006 Light the Night Walk and her friends and family continue to honor Kelly by walking each year as part of Team Kelly in the National Capital Light the Night Walk in Washington, DC. To read the transcripts of two news segments about Kelly click here and here.

If you can't participate in Cards for a Cure, but would still like to support Team Kelly, click here to donate.

*All proceeds from the event will be donated to the LLS, with a minimum of $10 per person donated.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First Birthday

I can't believe that today is my daughter's first birthday! In some ways it seems like she has been a part of our family forever and sometimes it seems like we just brought her home from the hospital yesterday.

Here is the birthday card I made for her. I did use some retired SU! product on my card, but after cleaning my stamp room, I am really trying to use up product instead of hording it.

I created the 1 using the On Board Simon Upper which I covered with Rose Red Prints DSP. I then embossed the 1 with a mixture of Dazzling Diamonds and Glassy Glaze Enamel.

Materials used are: Polka Dots and Petals and Taffy Alphabet stamp sets; Kraft and Almost Amethyst Card Stock; Rose Red Prints DSP; Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; VersaMark stamp pad; Scallop Edge Punch; Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals; White 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon; On Board Simon Upper; Pop up Glue Dots; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Awesome Specials from Stampin' Up!

Never Before Seen Savings
From August 11 through September 30, Stampin’ Up! is providing never-before-seen savings on brand-new stamp sets: 15% off select new, die-cut stamp sets from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog--no additional purchase necessary! Click here to download the flier.

Become a Demonstrator for Just $99!
From August 11-October 11, potential recruits will have the option of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator by purchasing one of three special mini Starter Kits priced at $99. You choose from the Stamping Focused, Scrapbooking Focused or Home Decore Focused mini Starter Kits. You can customize your kit to suit your style. Click here to download the flier. You can sign up as a demonstrator in just a few minutes on my website! Just email me for the password.

Choose a FREE set with the Full Starter Kit
Sign up as a demonstrator and purchase the full starter kit for $199 and you can choose any set from the Fall and Winter Idea Book for FREE. Email me for details on how to sign up!

Friday, August 8, 2008


I just had to share that I am posting this from my new laptop! I got it last night but our friend who hooked up our wireless network came this afternoon to get me connected to the network. My laptop is the same as my husband's laptop from work so I am ordering some Decore Elements to go on the top so that we can tell them apart.

This morning while I was working on my earlier post our desktop was running so slowly that my photo editing program shut down. This laptop is so fast compared to our old desktop! I think our desktop knew it was being replaced because it was even slower than normal this week.

Kazan's Sketch 6

Kazan posted her sketch over a 2 Sketches 4 You on Monday, but it took until yesterday for me to finally make my card! Most of the materials on my card will are new to the Stampin' Up! catalog and will be available starting Monday. My wish list for the new catalog is already way too long!

I created the flower for this card using punches. I punched the Scallop Circle out of Chocolate Chip card stock and then cut between each scallop toward the center. Then I layered a 1 inch and 3/4 inch circles and attached those to the flower with a Dimensional. Finally, I took a small piece of Twill Tape (the medium width) and tied it in the middle with a piece of linen thread and after that I unravelled all but a little bit of the Twill Tape. I attached the Twill Tape to the flower with a Mini Glue Dot and the flower to the card with a glue dot.
Materials for the card are:
Heard from the Heart stamp set; Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White card stock; Bella Rose DSP; Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Scallop Circle, 1 in Circle 3/4 in Circle and Scallop Edge Punches; Twill Tape; Linen Thread; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration 18

I finally put down my new Stampin' Up! Catalog and wish list long enough to do some stamping. Mostly because Kristina didn't give us long for this week's color challenge and I needed some birthday cards.

This week's inspiration colors were not something I would normally use together but I do like how my card turned out!

My mom just recently got Stitched Exotics and brought it over to my house in case I wanted to play with it. (Really I think she just wanted me to mount it for her.) So I decided to try it out. I really like Stitched Exotics and I have a feeling I will be borrowing it a lot!

Materials for this card are: Stitched Exotics and Warm Words stamp sets; Rose Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White card stock; Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun Classic Stamp Pads; Whisper White Craft Stamp Pad; Stampin' Dimensionals; Silver Brads.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Luggage Tags

I go to a weekend retreat for Girl Scout Leaders in our Council every fall and one of the activities always I participate in is a secret buddy swap. I like to make some of my gifts for the secret buddy swap, since we have a $9 limit.

This weekend I sat down to stamp and I made a rule for myself: that I could only use scraps and materials that had retired that I had left from other years or things that were about to retire that I hadn't used up yet. While I was reorganizing my stamp room, I rediscovered some badge holders that I bought at an office supply store, so I decided to use those to make a luggage tag for my secret buddy. I tend to end up rushing around at the last minute making these gifts, so I am trying to stay ahead of myself this year. I do this with Christmas cards and gifts, too. My husband always kindly points out that Christmas comes at the same time every year, so why am I never prepared?

For my tag I used Whisper White card stock and the soon to be retired Almost Amethyst Prints DSP (it's on the back), Seeing Spots and Taffy Alpha tamp sets; Almost Amethyst and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers. Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals (retired); and White and Celery Grosgrain ribbon (okay, this broke my rule, but I need to add it). Since I don't know who my secret buddy will be until after I get to the retreat, I made a tag that said "mine".

I had so much fun making this tag, that I made several more: for my daughter, for my friends that I stay with at the retreat and one for myself. On mine I broke the rules again and used the new Bella Rose DSP. I just love that paper. I stamped on one side and then since the paper is double sided, the back is a different pattern! Elizabeth doesn't fit on the tag. I guess I could have used a smaller alphabet, but I just got this one so I wanted to play with it. I have been meaning to make a luggage tag for me for a while because we bought a set of luggage a few years ago, but it only came with one luggage tag! So if I use both suitcases, one doesn't have an ID tag on it. Plus, this will be a lot easier to spot on all those bags that look exactly the same!

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Stamps

I got my Pre-Order for the new catalog last week and I have had time to make one card that I will share with you today.

I have been busy cleaning, rearranging and reorganizing my stamp room. I moved my stamp room into the guest room last year before my daughter was born, and I never really got done organizing it before she arrived. Now I am determined to get it finished, so that I am not running around cleaning up all of the things that never had a home every time someone comes to stay with us.
The card I made is using almost all new product that will be in the Fall and Winter Idea Book. I am really excited to see this new catalog. (I saw a few more sneak peaks from Demos who attended Convention.) I used some of the new In-Colors, the new Bella Rose DSP (which I LOVE!) and a new stamp set Heard from the Heart. And the new stamp sets are die cut so assembly was so easy!
I also used the new scallop punch with is so awesome. The strip of Kiwi card stock above the scalloped strip is the excess that you are left with after you punch the scalloped edge. I learned that neat trick from another Demonstrator, Kim Evans!
Materials for this card are:
Heard from the Heart stamp set; Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White card stock; Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette Classic ink; Bella Rose DSP; 5/8 inch Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon; Scallop Edge Punch; Cutter Kit Distressing Tool; Stampin' Dimensionals; Stampin' Sponges.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tax Free Weekend

If you live in NC, it's Tax Free Weekend and that means that some Stampin' Up! items are tax free! Below is a list of the items that are tax free. Contact me with your order before 9 pm on Sunday.

101879, Watercolor Pencils, $19.95 (pg. 183)
100745, Pencil Sharpener, $4.95 (pg. 183)
105542, Stampin' Pastels, $24.95 (pg. 183)
106695, Bold Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons, $19.95 (pg. 183)
106696, Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, $19.95 (pg. 183)
106698, Rich Regals Watercolor Wonder Crayons, $19.95 (pg. 183)
106697, Soft Subtles Watercolor Wonder Crayons, $19.95 (pg. 183)
106746, Neutrals Watercolor Wonder Crayons, $9.95 (pg. 183)
101120, Metallic Art Pencils, $19.95 (pg. 183)
100271, Pure Color Pencils, $19.95 (pg. 183)
102673, ZIG Painty, $6.50, (pg. 183)
105394, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Journaler, $3.25 (pg. 183)
109123, Basic Brown Stampin’ Write Journaler, $3.25 (pg. 183)
105021, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, $3.95 (pg. 183)
103179, Craft & Rubber Scissors, $19.95 (pg. 184)
103579, Paper Snips, $9.95 (pg. 184)
108360, Craft & Paper Scissors, $29.95 (pg. 184)
101399, Stipple Brushes, $6.95 (pg. 185)
102845, Blender Pens, $9.95 (pg. 185)
100425, 2-Way Glue Pen, $3.50 (pg. 186)
103305, Dotto, $12.95 (pg. 186)
100902, Dotto Refill, $6.50, (pg. 186)
104332, SNAIL Adhesive, $6.95 (pg. 186)
104331, SNAIL Refill, $4.50 (pg. 186)
104294, Sticky Strip, $6.95 (pg. 186)
103683, Mini Glue Dots, $4.95 (pg. 186)
104183, Pop-Up Glue Dots, $3.95 (pg. 186)
104430, Stampin' Dimensionals, $3.95 (pg. 186)
104045, Anywhere Glue Stick, $3.95 (pg. 186)
110755, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, $3.95 (pg. 186)
106694, Stampin' Kids Markers, $7.95 (pg. 194)
Individual and color family assortments of Stampin' Write Markers