Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My Samples for Sketch Challenge #2

So, I'm a day late, but I did promise a sample for the Sketch Challenge! I have three! I combined my Sketch Challenge #2 with a color challenge from SUDSOL - SDC 5.

Card #1: Punch Pals
Stamps: Punch Pals
Paper: Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Garden Green, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: NEW Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Square Punch

Card #2: Perfect Princess
Stamps: Perfect Princess, Floral Background, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Almost Amethyst
Ink: Blush Blossom, Basic Black
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way Glue, Tag Punches, NEW Scallop Border Punch

Card #3: All in the Family
Stamps: All in the Family, Polka Dot Background, Short & Sweet
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Basic Black
Accessories: Taupe Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch

Happy Stamping! Good luck with the challenge!

Monday, July 28, 2008

A New Challenge!

Okay, Ladies! It's time for Sketch Challenge #2! Are you ready!? I can't wait to see what amazing cards you come up with this time! I will come up with a sample tomorrow and post it. This one is due on Saturday, August 16th.

Rules: Preferably current Stampin' Up! stamps and use your imagination! I know you can do this!!

Camp Cards Continued!

I promised that I would post the remaining four cards from Camp last night - so here they are!

Card #5: Froggy Film Strip! I cased this card from a fellow demonstrator on SUDSOL - Amy Dietz.
Stamps: Background Basics, Unfrogettable
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gable Green
Ink: Gable Green, Stazon Black
Accessories: Spiral Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Gable Green Marker, Key Tag Punch

Card #6: Sweet Shapes Spinner. I cased this card from a fellow demonstrator on SUDSOL - Trista McCoard
Stamps: Daisy Field Wheel, Sweet Shapes
Paper: Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Certainly Celery Marker, Blush Blossom Marker, Word Window Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals, Pennies, 2-way Glue

Card #7: Peaceful Wishes Christmas Card - Inspired by a card from lea_65 on SCS
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes
Paper: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
Ink: River Rock, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: 2-way Glue, Pink Fine Cosmo Glitter, Ticket Corner Punch

Card #8: Blossoms Abound Birthday. This card was cased from bensarmom on SCS - check out those scalloped corners! What a cool idea for the scallop punch!!
Stamps: Weathered, Blossoms Abound, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Mellow Moss, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Scallop Punch, White Gel Pen, Sponge, Black Gingham Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots

Thanks for looking! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Today is Camp Day! Retirement Party...How about a Sneak Peek?

So tonight at 6:30 is my Retirement Party Stamp Camp. 8 Cards for $20. All the cards are made with stamp sets that are retiring with the current catalog on August 10th. Some of the paper and ink is even retiring (in-colors)! So, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek of four of the cards we'll be doing tonight. There's still room if anyone would like to jump in last minute!

Card #1: Snowmen - For those of you that know me, you know that ordinarily, I'm all Stampin' Up! all the time, but I've recently gotten a Cuttlebug and I LOVE IT! I cased this card from Aimee30 on SCS (and added some of my own touches to it!)
Stamps: Festive Favorites
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-Way Glue

Card #2: Year After Year Tent Card
Stamps: Print Pattern, Amazing to Zany, Year After Year
Paper: Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Only Orange, Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Sponge, Basic Black Marker, Oval Punches, Blender Pen, Always Artichoke Marker

Card #3: Bandana Print Criss-Cross Card - Once I saw the amazing bandana print cards that were on SUDSOL, I just had to do this one! I was inspired by all of them! There are some amazing demonstrators on that board!
Stamps: Polka Dot & Paisley, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Pure Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Square Punches, Round Tab Punch, White Gel Pen, Basic Black Marker

Card #4: Dilly Dally Pocket Thank You
Stamps: Dotted, Much Appreciated, Dilly Dally
Paper: Groovy Guava, Pure Pomegranate, Whisper White
Ink: Groovy Guava, Pure Pomegranate, Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, 1/8" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Sticky Tape

I will post the remaining four cards either tonight or tomorrow morning! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

WOW! Check Out What My Stampers Can Do!

Well today is Club day and I have now scanned in all the cards that my stampin' ladies have made. Check out all these GORGEOUS cards!!

I am totally overwhelmed by how talented these ladies are!!

July Club - Last One for Spring-Summer Catalog!

It's the last club for this catalog! Here is what we're doing today (and all the recipes)!

Baroque Motifs - Black & White - cased from SUDSOL (Julie Mazurak - thank you!)
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Double Rectangle Punch, Scallop Punch, Vintage Brads (Black), Dimensionals

Spring Song - Classic Ink Wash
Stamps: Spring Song, Weathered
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Aqua Painter, Cutter Kit
Technique(s): Classic Ink Wash, DTP (Direct-to-Paper)

Popsicle Card - by request!
Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Smarty Pants
Paper: Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Whisper White
Ink: Only Orange
Accessories: craft sticks, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals, Scallop Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Fresh Cuts - Mini Glitter Dots - Andrea Walford Technique
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, Very Vanilla
Ink: Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Mini Glue Dots, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon

Seaside 6X6 Scrapbook Pages
Stamps: Seaside
Paper: Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue
Ink: Sahara Sand
Accessories: Large Tag Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Light Blue Gingham Ribbon, Caramel Gingham Ribbon

I can't wait to see how everyone did with the sketch challenge! I'll post a little slide show of all the entries! And today we'll set our dates for the next round of clubs!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My Afternoon Today - Emma's Birthday Invites!

Well, Emma and I spent the afternoon together working on her birthday invitations. She picked the layout/style and it snowballed from there. I'm finally wrapping it up and putting them in envelopes now. Nothing like the last minute either - it's next Sunday! I've blocked out the actual invite details in the picture. Check them out!

And for those who want to know:

Stamp Sets: It's A Cheer Thing (Retired), In The Stars (from Occasions Mini), Tiny Talk (Retired), Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Encore Silver, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Star Punch, Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens
Technique: Swing Card

While Hubby's Away, I Guess I'll Play!

So, Jeff and John have gone to Orlando for the World Tang Soo Do Championships! Good luck, John!!! I know he'll do his best! But, while they're away, I have time to play!

So, here's a link to a slideshow to show what I've been making (well, this was just last night and this morning). I wonder what I'll do tonight?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Christmas in July & Sad to See These Sets Go

Crazy as it sounds, now would be a good time to start thinking about making your Christmas Cards (if you haven't started on them already!). So, I've been thinking about it - and have you seen how many Christmas sets are being retired (they'll be gone as of August 11th when that new catalog comes out)!?

I made four Christmas cards using all sets that are retiring with the current Stampin' Up! catalog on August 10th.

Card #1 - Peaceful Wishes
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Pure Pomegranate, Very Vanilla
Ink: Handsome Hunter
Accessories: Pure Pomegranate Grosgrain, Fine Cosmo Glitter (rose pink)

Card #2 - The Snowflake Spot
Stamps: The Snowflake Spot
Paper: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Two-way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Night of Navy 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Large and Small Tag Punches, 1/8" Circle Punch,

Card #3 - Reindeer Pocket Card
Stamps: Festive Favorites
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Rose Red
Ink: Stazon Black,Handsome Hunter
Accessories: Handsome Hunter 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Large and Small Tag Punches, 1/8" Circle Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens

Card #4 - Celery Christmas Tree
Stamps: Print Pattern, Year After Year, Warm Words
Paper: Certainly Celery, Handsome Hunter
Ink: Certainly Celery, Handsome Hunter
Accessories: Celery wide grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, vintage brads, dazzling diamonds glitter

Stampin' with my Kids!

So yesterday, John was at camp and Emma got to go out with a friend. Allison wanted to do something special, so she stamped with me. First she picked out a color - tempting turquoise paper. Then she decided that it would be a birthday card for Emma (her birthday is next week). She chose to use the SAB set Birthday Whimsy. She used Pink Passion for the stamping. She sponged the edges in Lovely Lilac and Only Orange - pretty good for a five year old, huh?

Today, the girls went to the store with Daddy, so John stamped with me. He decided to make a thank you note for his birthday (coming up in August - I still need to book the party too!). He's going to have a cooking party at Grab-A-Chef ( Check out his card!!! He used Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the base, then whisper white. He chose to use Voila for the stamp set. He stamped it all in Black Stazon and then colored with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens. He cut out the cake and popped it up with dimensionals. He made the ribbon with the scallop punch, 1 3/8" punch, and 1 1/4" punch in brilliant blue and real red. The "thank you "came from the In the Spotlight set (retired hostess set:() Pretty cool, huh? We cased the card from "bigfootbecky" on

Thanks for looking! Happy Stamping!

My Second Card for the Sketch Challenge

So, this time I tried it with the new Fresh Cuts stamp set! Check it out!

Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Cutter Kit (distressing tool), Rich Regals Brads

Hope you like it!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Perfect Princess - For My Club Sketch Challenge 1 (SC1)

So I gave my Club a Sketch Challenge. Therefore, I needed to do it too, right? So here is both the sketch that I gave them and my entry! It may not be my final try, though. Hopefully, I didn't get too much glitter on my scanner!

Stamps: Perfect Princess
Paper: Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Ink: Stazon Black, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Blush Blossom & Certainly Celery markers, Fine Cosmo Glitter (celery), Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad (green), dimensionals