...Upon a Star

Well, I had a wonderful two weeks with my hubby and a great holiday weekend. I hope everyone's weekend was good, too. I'm back in stamping mode and have something to share....funny how new rubber gets you back in stamping mode. I'm so excited because I got both star punches and Classic Backgrounds which has this great polka dot star in it. I stamped my star in Real Red and Tempting Turquoise on Very Vanilla and punched it out with my Large Star punch. I stamped the background image with little stars 3 times along the side of my Real Red base with Real Red ink. I attached my two large stars to the card base, then added a star punched from Tempting Turquoise to my base with a Stampin' Dimensional. I added a strip of Very Vanilla along the bottom and stamped my sentiment in Tempting Turquoise. To finish it off I added a piece of Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. I'm ready for another birthday!!


Come On In!

I don't have much to share with you guys right now as I've been busy with an ongoing project. I will be ready to share soon, though! For now, check out my stampers sign. I made this before my scrapbook class on Friday so I wouldn't have to answer the door while my class members filed in. I knew I wanted to have the sign laminated or covered since it was going outside (although on a covered porch). Well, I don't have a laminating machine at home, so my gracious hubby offered me one of his comic book covers. I stamped my title in Pumpkin Pie with Big Deal Alphabet and Chocolate Chip with Short Order Alphabet. I added the lady bugs in the top corner with Ruby Red, the tulip with Ruby Red and Old Olive and my butterfly in Pumpkin Pie. I mounted it to a piece of Pumpkin Pie, put it in the comic book sleeve and hung it on the door.

I'm heading out of town first thing Friday morning for the holiday weekend and I won't be back until Monday. Have a great weekend everyone!!!


Big Birthday!

Well, not yet. My birthday is in a month. But, I'm in love with these candles. And these colors! So, I stamped my candles in Taken with Teal, Rose Red, and Old Olive with Summer Sun flames using the masking technique. I did a little two step stamping and added the dots and stripes to my candles as well as the outline to the flames with Basic Black. I added some of my favorite Old Olive Polytwill ribbon to my piece of Whisper White then adhered it to a piece of Basic Black. I adhered this to my Taken with Teal cardbase and added my sentiment in Basic Black.

A quick and easy birthday card. And even though it has a Rose Red candle I think it's still gender neutral.


May Scrapbook Class

Last night was scrapbook class night. We had so much fun putting together our birthday pages. We used the stamp set Big Birthday Candle and we used pieces from the Confetti Simply Scrappin' Kit.

Our base is Taken with Teal. We measured where to put our strips of Old Olive to make sure the pictures fit. On the first page the top corner will fit a 4 x 6 photo exactly. The bottom corner will fit a 5 x 7 with a little bit of Taken with Teal showing. We stamped the candle on some DSP and cut it out. We stamped the flame with Summer Sun on Whisper White and the outline in Basic Black and cut them out, too. We adhered the candles to a piece of Sahara Sand. We added the flames with Stampin' Dimensionals. Before adhering it to our page we added a little Old Olive Polytwill ribbon.

We stamped our title with Short Order Alphabet and Big Deal Alphabet in Basic Black, Old Olive, Rose Red, Summer Sun, and Taken with Teal. Some people added Rose Red photo corners and some added a Round Tab.

Our second page has a strip of DSP across the top (everyone got to pick which piece of patterned paper they wanted) and a strip of Old Olive underneath. We then measured to 6" so that 3 4 x6 pictures would fit across the page (or 2 flipped longways). We also added a piece of Sahara Sand and a tag from the sheet of die cuts that come with Simply Scrappin' Kits with a piece of Old Olive Polytwill ribbon. This is the basic layout of the pages. I then let the girls use the extra die cuts to add their personality to their pages.


Happy Friday!

Today is scrapbook class Friday! I'm so excited about the birthday pages we're making tonight! I'll share them with you tomorrow.
For now, here is a card I made for this week's sketch challenge. I was supposed to be getting ready for class, but I made this instead. I took a piece of Old Olive cardstock and ran my Whimsy wheel over it using Old Olive ink. I added a piece of Old Olive Polytwill ribbon to it and adhered it to my So Saffron base. I stamped the large butterfly from Garden Whimsy on my Whisper White piece of cardstock in So Saffron and Ruby Red using the Rock and Roll Technique. I mounted that piece on a layer of Ruby Red and adhered it to my cardbase with Stampin' Dimensionals. I then stamped my sentiment from Short & Sweet in Ruby Red on Whisper White. I punched it with my Word Window and attached to to my cardbase to finish off the sketch.


Stampin' Oscar

I had a little helper today while I was down in my stamping studio. Oscar had to get up on my lap and check out what was going on on the table. Apparently he likes stamping better than chewing on his rawhide bones.

I got to play around with my new stamp set. I ordered Life's a Breeze with the Free Wheelin' Promo last month and just got around to mounting it today. I've been working on a special project to be revealed at a later date, so I used this stamp set on it, but I also whipped up a card, too. I started with a Summer Sun top folding base. I added a piece of Not Quite Navy and a torn strip of Close to Cocoa across the bottom. I stamped the sun in Summer Sun and the boat in Close to Cocoa and Night of Navy on a piece of Whisper White. I added the piece of Whisper White just under my torn layer of Close to Cocoa and added my sentiment to the Close to Cocoa layer. It makes me ready for summer!!

What's to come!

Stampin' Up! announced today that in June there will be the opportunity to purchase a stamp set that will be included in the Fall IB&C. There will also be laser cut cards that can be purchased with or without the stamp set. Not only that, but there is a special bonus for hostesses. If you hostess a workshop of $400 or m ore you will receive that stamp set for free. So, hurry up and book your June workshop!


Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful day. I met my mom for lunch and shopping. And this is the card I gave her. I love this color combo. I stamped the leaf all over my Certainly Celery base with Certainly Celery ink. I added a layer of Chocolate Chip, which I had stamped with Versamark and embossed. I then stamped the heart with Pretty in Pink on Very Vanilla and cut it out. I added it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!


Rust Tulips

I really wanted to use Really Rust and I've been on a Garden Whimsy kick since it's my newest(mounted) stamp set, but I wasn't sure I could pull it off. I mean, Rust colored tulips? I figured using my Stampin' Pastels would lighten up the tulips. So, I stamped my tulips with Versamark and rubbed with pastels on Very Vanilla and cut it out with my oval Coluzzle template. I then cut out a Really Rust circle with my Coluzzle and using my corner rounder I made the scalloped edge. I adhered my layers then adhered them onto my Very Vanilla card base. I added a strip of Old Olive Polytwill ribbon to the bottom of my card. I then added my sentiment stamped in Very Vanilla craft ink on Old Olive and punched it out with my Large Oval punch. I adhered it to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Once my card was all put together I realized that my Old Olive and Garden Green pastels had been switched in their container and so my tulip stems are actually Garden Green and not Old Olive, so they don't quite match. Oh, well, you might not have noticed if I hadn't told you.


Glitter or No Glitter?

So, which do you prefer? I was playing around with Garden Whimsy and I just felt like the card was missing something. So I decided to add some glitter! So what do you think?

Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Fine Cosmo Glitter, 1/4" Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon


Watch out Martha Stewart

I have gotten so much done this weekend. I painted the trim and doors in the hallway. I painted the dining room. I painted the hinges on the vanity in the half bath. I painted the floor vents in the dining room and living room. I cleaned my sewing room. I gathered things for a yard sale. And I made cushions for the window seat. Oh, yeah, and I stamped. I made 8 cards and 9 scrapbook pages. Crazy! Here's one of the cards I made and I so love how it turned out. I started with a square of Whisper White and stamped my sentiment from Garden Whimsy in Basic Black. Then, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up and stamp my lady bug. I took my Real Red square and punched it with my slit punch (which I often forget that I have)(actually I have two of them). I put my Whisper White Layer on top of my Real Red layer and added a black brad on the slit. I adhered it to a piece of Basic Black which was wrapped with some Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. I then added it to my Whisper White cardbase. This will make a good pick me up kind of card. Now, I'm off to bake a pie!


Sleek and Simple

What do you do when you need a manly thank you card, but you only have flowery stamps? You stick to using alphabets of course. I seriously whipped this up in about 5 minutes. I stamped "thanks" in Jumbo Outline Alphabet overlapping the letters a little bit. I then colored in the overlapped areas with my Versamarker. I adhered my Basic Gray piece to my Real Red cardbase, then added a small strip of Whisper White.

And what do you do when you're a friend calls you up and asks for a manly birthday card and you only have a few minutes to make one? You use the same idea from earlier, but adapt it to a birthday. On this one I colored the letters in where they didn't overlap (really I colored them where they overlap first, but flipped it over and tried it this way, too). Then you add "happy" with Short Order Alphabet and you're done.


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April Scrapbook Class

Here are the pages from Scrapbook Class last week. We used the stamp set Enjoy Every Moment and the coordinating jumbo wheel, Daisy Dash. I just love this stamp set, so I was so excited to share it with my scrapbook class. Our color combo is So Saffron, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White. These pages were the perfect opportunity to practice using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up our title as well as to use the Coluzzle cut out our bigger circles. Everyone also got the opportunity to play a bit with their creativity on the second page with all the little circles. I also added a Build-a-brad to my page. Everyone got to add a Ribbon Slide to their page, which I think coordinates so well with this set. Now to find the perfect pictures to add to my pages.

A new month, new promos

Well, it's May. That means it's time for new promotions! We've got two great promos going on right now. Well, technically 3.

The first one is Get On Board with Chipboard. Click the image to find out how you can get 25% off your On Board Chipboard.

There is also the Cutting Combo promotion where you can get a free Hobby Blade. Click here for more information.

And if that weren't enough there is also the new recruiting promotion where you can Expand Your Toolbox. Click the image below for more information.
The links for these promos are also on my sidebar for quick reference. As always, contact me with any questions or when you're ready to place your order!