Bridal Shower

I'm going to a bridal shower today and this is the card for the beautiful bride to be!  Her wedding colors are orange, yellow, burgundy, and ivory.  So I used Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, and Bravo Burgundy for my flowers to go with the color scheme.  The cake is made with 3 pieces of Very Vanilla, which were run through the Big Shot Perfect Details Texturz plates (hard to see in the picture).  There is actually no stamping on the front of this card!  But I did stamp on the inside.  I made this after receiving an order earlier this week and strangely the only thing from the new order that I used was Whimsical Words.

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz, Floral Fusion Sizzlet, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Corner Rounderc


Scallop Trim Punches

As soon as my Scallop Trim Corner Punch arrived on Monday I had to give it a go with the border punch.  So, I punched one corner and then I punched the other corner on the short end.  Then I went all the way down the long end with the border punch.  When I got to the end I lined up the corner punch and punched it out.  It all lined up!!  I didn't even have to measure the piece of cardstock!  The corner punch doesn't have the guides like the old punches that "force" you into the corner.  You have a little more room to move around, so you can line everything up very easily.  These two punches combined easily create a scalloped edge piece of cardstock!!  You have to try it!



......but only for a minute!  My disappointment stems from the outside of my box.  I've heard reports of Sale-a-bration boxes that say "Caution: opening box may cause extreme excitement."  And this is the second box I've received during Sale-a-bration that does not say that.  But even without the warning opening the box caused excitement.  And it wasn't even all for me!!!  I love going through a box of goodies and seeing what everyone else ordered.  But the best part is after sorting everyone else's goodies the rest are for me!!! 


Masculine Party Hearty

I think I will give this card to my nephew for his birthday.  I had a masculine birthday card in mind when I started it (knowing the next birthday on the list was his) and I think he'll like it.  Don't you just love those polka dots?  I do!  They are from the new Polka Dot Embossing Folder.   Look how crisp they are?  I was loving my Texturz plates, but I think I have a new love!!!

Stamps: Party Hearty
Ink: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing folder, My Way punch


Shaving Cream Scrapbook Pages

Today is scrapbook class day!! These are the pages we are making!! We will be using the shaving cream technique to make the swirly accent pieces. We will be using the I {heart} Hearts stamp set (yes, again!) and this gender neutral color scheme. Not all Valentine's Day or love themed projects need to be Red!

Stamps: I {heart} Hearts
Ink: Ruby Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Ruby Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Small Heart Punch, Paper Snips


Haitian Disaster Relief


Top Note Pincushions

There's no stamping here, only sewing, but I wanted to show you these pincushions because I made them using the SU! Top Note die and Big Shot.  I saw the tutorial on Angie Juda's blog and had to give them a try myself.  I am a sewer after all!  These are way cuter than my tomato pin cushion!  I just used some scrap fabric I had laying around.  The only thing I did differently than Angie was to use fleece in the middle, since I didn't have any flannel on hand.  They are so cute I want to make a bajillion of them!!  Too bad I really only need one!


M&T Version 2

Here is a stamped version of the sour cream container. This is a great option if you don't have any Designer Series Paper or a Big Shot on hand to make your container.

Stamps: I {heart} Hearts
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Crimper, Sticky Strip, Small Heart Punch, Hemp Twine


Open House Make & Take

Today I am having an Open House. This is the Make & Take we'll be making. Sour cream containers are such a quick and easy favor and I thought they'd be a great thing to show my gals how to make for Valentine's Day. This is the first variation, which has been embossed. The Real Red heart was cut out and a hole punched in it with the Crop-a-dile. The small heart with punched out with the new Small Heart Punch.

p.s. There are some Reese's Peanut Butter Cup hearts hiding inside the container. :o)

Stamps: I {heart} Hearts
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Crop-a-dile, Small Heart Punch, Sticky Strip, Crimper


Love, Love, Love

Get ready for the season of love!  And can I tell you that I love the new clear mount rubber stamps that Stampin' Up! is offering!?!?  I put in a small order on the first day of Sale-a-bration and the Occasions Mini catalog so I could try out the new clear mount rubber stamps and get my hands on the SAB punch.  I only got one stamp set, so I could give the clear mount a try and I have to say that I may be a convert!  I think I may prefer the clear mount over wood mount now!  I like how you can see through the block to get a better idea of where you are stamping and putting the images on the block, stamping, cleaning, and removing really isn't more time consuming than using the wood mounts.  So, I would suggest when you put your SAB and Occasions Mini catalog order in you give the clear mount rubber stamps a try!

Stamps: I {heart} Hearts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, Taken with Teal
Paper: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals


Sympathy Silhouettes

Again, I headed over to the challenges at SCS to get me through the wait!  This time I opted for a color challenge!  I was determined to bust out a stamp set that doesn't get much love.  And then I was determined to use the least loved stamp in that set.  I love the way it turned out.  This color combo is much prettier once you put it together than it sounds.  I thought the soft colors would make a good sympathy card, so that's the sentiment I opted for.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Barely Banana, Really Rust, Basic Gray
Paper: Barely Banana, Really Rust, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch


No Stamping In Here!!!

I can't get any stamping done right now. My room is a mess!! But it has a fresh coat of paint on the walls. My stamping room is in the finished basement. It is one big room, but sort of divided by a half wall. The other half of the room underwent a paint color change last week and new furniture is moving in. It's now a TV room (hubby thinks it's his man room), so this week we're finishing the paint job on the other side of the room, my stamping space. The plan is to get the room all put back together before Tuesday since my new Stampin' Up! order is coming and I want to play!!!



...is the hardest part. I am waiting for my new stamp set. I only ordered one stamp set, but knowing that the order is in and I don't have it yet makes it hard to use what I have. So to get my hind end moving I decided to take a look at the challenges over on SCS. This week's technique challenge was paper quilting. I've only done quilting once before that I recall so I figured it was time to try it again. I laid my "quilt" on a scrap of cardstock and then ran it through the Big Shot and then began assembling my card. I used markers to color my stamps and my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up my sentiment. The stamped layers were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. I have a tendency to shy away from using Designer Series Paper on my cards (I'm afraid it makes them too busy), but this was a great way to get out of my box and I'm happy with the way it turned out!

Stamps: Cheep Talk
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Old Olive, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Heart Treat Cups

Put more heart in your projects with the new Heart Treat Cups by Stampin' Up! Ideal for Valentine's, Mother's Day, or just to show how much you care, the Heart Treat Cups were designed to coordinate perfectly with the Sweetheart stamp set and the Full Heart punch to create beautiful projects that will be as much of a treat to make as they are to receive.

To view the Heart Treat Cups and coordinating stamp set, Sweetheart, click the picture to the right.  These are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your order in soon!


Happy New Catalog Day!!!

Today starts Stampin' Up!'s best loved promotion, Sale-a-bration!!!  And today you can also start purchasing items the new Occasions Mini catalog!!!  And you can also start purchasing new Decor Elements!!! 

The Sale-a-bration catalog features items you can earn for FREE with a $50 purchase (before tax and s&h).  There are limited edition stamp sets, a paper pack, and a punch to choose from.  If none of these items are your cup of tea or you've earned them all already you can also choose any stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalog that is $15.95 or less.  You can also earn free products by being a hostess during Sale-a-bration.  You can earn a free item for every $300 in workshop sales.  And if that isn't enough to entice you there is also a special if you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator.  With the purchase of a starter kit you can pick an additional stamp set valued at $47.95 or less.  Phew!  Are you exhausted from all the excitement?  I hope not!  Because you haven't yet clicked on the picture to the right to view the wonderful products!!!

The Occasions mini catalog has great products for your upcoming Valentine's Day and spring projects.  There are some great new punches (featuring a new design) and the mini explains the new clear mounted stamp option!!  If you love the option of unmounted stamps you are going to love this!  You'll get the same great quality rubber stamps, but you can use them on acrylic blocks instead of wood!  This is a great option if you don't have a lot of storage space.  I know you are excited, so go ahead and click the catalog cover to the right to view all the great products.

I know you can hardly contain your excitement, but I have one more thing to show you.  The new Definitely Decorative insert.  These are additional Decor Elements and stencils that are now available.  There are some wonderful two step Decor Elements in here as well as chalkboard elements!!  Yeah, that's right, they're chalkboard!!  You can write on them!!!  These are available in addition to the current catalog.  Go ahead, click the picture and take a look!!

Once you've had a chance to view all these great new products and you've made your shopping list head over to my website to place your order!!  By ordering through my website you can ensure that you receive your free Sale-a-bration items and if your order qualifies (at least $150 before tax and s&h) you can also receive Stampin' Reward benefits of a hostess set and free money to spend!!!


Just a few more days...........

You only have until tomorrow to order your must have items from the Holiday Mini Catalog!!!  Starting Tuesday, January 5th this catalog will be a goner!!  But don't fret........the Sale-a-bration and Occasions Mini Catalogs are coming!!!  To view the items in the Holiday Mini click on the picture to the right or view them at my website.