Thursday, March 31, 2011

Melon Mambo Madness

Ok, so I might have gone a little overboard with the Melon Mambo......  But, it was my friend's birthday and I know she loves pink!

This is what I came up with from this week's Inspiration Challenge over at Stampin' Celebration.  First, I finally got some more time to play with the new Petal Cone Die (item #121810) for the Big Shot.  Soooo much fun!  I filled it with candy and cute shredded pink paper.

I stamped the cardstock with my Circle Circus Stamp Set - such a fun, versatile set!  Next, I wanted to make a matching birthday card.

Like I said, a little overkill on the melon mambo.... and kinda crazy on the circles....  I just couldn't stop!  lol.  But, it's festive and fun - and hopefully she'll like it!  :)

Want to know where my inspiration came from?  Here is this week's photo from Stampin' Celebration:

There is just so much you can do with these inspiration photos!  So, grab your stash and join us over at Stampin' Celebration.  You have until next Wednesday to link your photo.  You might even be our next Guest Designer!  Make sure and check out the other Design Team projects while you're there!

I am sad that Sale-a-Bration is coming to a close!  I have one more order to submit tonight to get a few more freebies!  I hope you had a chance to take advantage of this awesome promotion!  If not - go to my online store to place your order and get a free Sale-a-Bration set for every $50 you spend!!  If you need any help, contact me!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bookmark Bliss

I love making these little bookmarks!  They are so quick and fun to make.   This was one of our projects at a recent private workshop.  The hostess had quite a few 8th grade girls there so I tried to make it girly!  We used the Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set Bliss.  (My favorite Sale-a-Bration set - which you can only get through tomorrow!) 

Products Used:
Stamps:  Bliss
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso
Punches:  Oval (#119855) , Scalloped Oval (#119856)
Ribbon:  Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon
Other:  Big Shot, Two Tags Die

These are some bookmarks I made (30 of them total!) for the girls in a Bible Study I just completed.  I used a retired stamp set and Crumb Cake, Baha Breeze and Blushing Bride cardstock.  I think they turned out cute and hopefully the girls liked them!

Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day of Sale-a-Bration!  I'm kind of sad because it's such a great promotion!!  I mean, who doesn't love free stamp sets?!  But, never fear, I stocked up on some of the freebies and will offer you all a chance to win some blog candy every now and then!  ;)

To take advantage of the last, lingering moments of Sale-a-Bration, you can order 24/7 in my online store.  Or, feel free to contact me with questions, product recommendations, or to place your order.  Don't forget that you can earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration set (shown here) for each $50 order placed.

Hope you're all having a great week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

DREAM Chipboard Coaster Sign

Happy Thursday!  Time for another inspiration challenge over at Stampin' Celebration.  This week's photos made me think "wedding card."  But, what I really wanted to make was a little chipboard sign for my scrap room... so I did!  Here it is:

Now I need a cute shelf like this to put it on!!  My room is painted a pretty green color so I think it will look nice against it.  I just got the Beautiful Wings Embosslits - love those little butterflies!  It's hard to see all of the little details in these photos but I'm happy with how this turned out!  It's always fun to make something other than a card or scrapbook page!

Here's the inspiration photo this week:

I really got good use out of my Big Shot with this project!!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sandy Speckles Stampin' Around Wheel (for one of the little flowers)
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Elegant Soiree DSP
Punch:  XL Heart to Heart
Other:  Big Shot, Square Duos Die, Alphabet Simple Die, Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Pearl Jewels, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (on heart)

Make sure and check out the other Design Team's creations over at Stampin' Celebration.  We've been really happy with the participation - you ladies rock!!  Make sure and upload your sample by next Wednesday for your chance to be our next Guest Designer!!

Don't forget there is only ONE WEEK left of Sale-a-Bration!!  Take advantage of this promotion while you can!!  You'll receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration product for every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up! products and My Digital Studio Downloads.  Contact me to place your order or visit my online store and shop 24/7!!

Also during Sale-a-Bration, there is a fabulous deal on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit!  Through March 31st, the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit (worth over $300 plus free shipping) will be 15% off!  

You'll also receive a BONUS product bundle worth $50!

You can choose either the Standard Starter Kit or the Traditional Starter Kit and save 15% (normally $175 - now $148.75)!!  Both kits are worth over $300 and ship for free!  What I love -- is that you can totally customize the Starter Kit to include the Stamp Sets, Ink Pads, Paper and Markers that YOU want!  Also, as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you'll receive 30% off your first product order of $150 or more placed within your first 45 days plus earn hostess rewards on your order!!  To find out more information or to get started, visit my Stampin' Up! website hereContact me with any questions!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Stampin' Celebration and Blog Candy Winner!

Whew..... it's been awhile since I've posted!!  Between two jam-packed weekends of baseball, 2 workshops plus some internet issues, I just couldn't seem to get this posted!!  So, without further adieu, here's my card to show you:

This is the card I made for this week's Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge based on this inspiration photo:

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Naturals White, Certainly Celery
Stamps:  Easter Blossoms, Occasional Quotes hostess set
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight
Other:  Eyelet Border Punch, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Blender Pen

Make sure and stop by Stampin' Celebration to check out our Guest Designer's card and the rest of the Design Team's work! 

** Thanks for those that stopped by and left a comment!!  Sorry I'm late to post this - but the winner of the Blog Candy stamp set is......  JENNIFER!!  Send me your address and I'll get your goodies in the mail!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Blog Candy Giveaway!!!!

Happy Friday!!  Guess what?  I realized today that my blog has hit over 5000 visitors!  I'm pretty excited!  I started this blog a little over a year ago and really didn't expect to have many people actually read it!  (Well, except for my mom, of course!)  I have really enjoyed this creative journey and love sharing this awesome hobby (obsession) with you all.  In appreciation of my readers out there in blogland, I thought it was time to offer a little blog candy!  Here's what I'm giving away:

This is a clear-mount stamp set that contains all of the cute stamps above.  Want to win it?!  Simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite Stampin' Up! product is and I'll enter you into a drawing to win this blog candy for FREE!  I'll announce the lucky winner on St. Patrick's Day so make sure and check back then!  Good luck!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I have card class tonight and then this to tackle:

The shipment arrived for my ribbon share so I'll be busy getting this cut and ready for everyone.  There are still a few ribbon share spots open.  If you're interested, you can see the details here.

Check out the following links:
Scrapbook Retreat
Upcoming Events 
Shop Stampin' Up!  
Join Stampin' Up! 

Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Goodies

Happy Thursday!  I'm so excited - I finally have the Petal Cone Die!!  I couldn't wait to use it and thought the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge this week was the perfect time!  So.... here's what I came up with:

I wanted to make a couple of cute little St. Patty's Day treats and Stampin' Celebration gave me just the inspiration I needed!  I cannot take credit for coming up with this little box design on my own.  I found this idea from a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Angie Juda.  I love her website and she even has a step-by-step video on how to make this box using the Petal Cone Die.  You can see it here.  Isn't it cute?  I plan to fill it with some chocolates!  I twirled and crimped some paper for the inside.  (Although I could have had my kids do this.  They think the crimper is the coolest tool ever.  I have to be careful not to leave it out or every piece of paper on my desk will be crimped.  Hopefully, Bellsouth won't mind that crimped bill - hee hee.) 

Products Used:
Stamps:  So Happy For You (free Sale-a-Bration set!), Afterthoughts (free Hostess Set), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Old Olive
Paper:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Brights Patterns DSP
Punches:   Decorative Label Punch, Large Oval
Other:  Big Shot, Petal Cone Die, Crimper, Dimensionals

Here's this week's photo that inspired me:

Hop on over to Stampin' Celebration and check out the other Design Team's projects.  Upload your project for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  (And get your St. Patty's Day goodies done!)

Order Info:  The Decorative Label Punch was carried over from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  It is a fun punch and is still available for purchase.  (And, there will be some CUTE coordinating stamps to go with it in the Summer Mini!!)  Item # 120907  $16.95 -- shop now in my online store!

Check out the following links:
Scrapbook Retreat
Upcoming Events  
Ribbon Share  (Still a few spots left)
Shop Stampin' Up!  
Join Stampin' Up! 

Thanks for visiting!  I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Friends & Chocolate

Happy Monday!  I wanted to share another card we made last month at our Crazy 4 Cards class.  We used the stamp set Eat Chocolate from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  This is a fun stamp set!

I just love this sentiment....  All you need in life is a friend who has chocolate - so true!  lol! 

Product Used:
Paper: Baha Breeze, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Elegant Soiree DSP
Stamps:  Eat Chocolate
Ink:  Early Espresso
Other:  Early Espresso 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Die (#120903)

Eat Chocolate Stamp Set - # 122006 (clear) or #121931 (wood)
Shop 24/7 in my online store

Check out the following links:
Scrapbook Retreat
Upcoming Events  
Ribbon Share  (Still a few spots left)
Shop Stampin' Up!  
Join Stampin' Up!

Thanks for visiting!!  Have a great week!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Scrapbook Retreat!!

Ok, all you design divas.... ready to join us for a weekend scrapbook retreat?  My friend Mandy and I are planning a fun, creative girls' weekend at the Scrapbook Lodge in the North Georgia Mountains June 10-12th.  Come get pampered for the weekend as we'll provide food, fun, games, goodies, make 'n takes and plenty of relaxing time to work on your favorite creative projects. 

There are two packages available:

The Royal Treatment ($165)
  • 50 hours in the Royal Lodge (1 pm Friday-3 pm Sunday)
  • 6 Meals plus Snacks
  • 2 Fun Classes
  • Make 'n Takes
  • Goody Bags
  • 4 feet of table space
  • Tons of stamps, punches, Big Shot Machine and dies available
  • Contests & Prizes
Queen for the Day ($70)
  • 10 am - 10 pm Saturday
  • 3 Meals plus Snacks
  • Make 'n Take
  • Goody Bag
  • 4 feet of table space 
  • Tons of stamps, punches, Big Shot Machine and dies available
  • Contests & Prizes
*Don't forget to bring your suit for the hot tub!*

Space for overnight guests is limited to 12 and Saturday seats are limited to 8.  You can reserve your spot with a $50 deposit below:

Register for Design Divas Retreat in Ellijay, GA  on Eventbrite

For more details and photos, visit our event website at:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lucky Stampin' Inspiration

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and there is some fun inspiration for it over at Stampin' Celebration!  Here is the Inspiration Challenge photo for the week:

I don't think my card is quite as cute as I had envisioned, but here it is:

I do love all of these patterned papers.  They are from the free Hostess 1 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack.  I made the Shamrock our of the heart punch and actually hand cut the stem - which is really not my thing, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

Products used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Pack (In Color), Pear Pizzazz
Stamps:  So Happy For You (FREE Sale-a-Bration Set)
Ink:  Certainly Celery (also used to sponge around the shamrock)
Punches:  Full Heart, Modern Label
Other:  Big Shot Tasteful Trim Die (Still available/#120981), Designer Buttons in Brights, Linen Thread, Brads in Brights

There are so many fun little elements on this card - I love our Brads, Buttons and Linen Thread!  And I really love the Tasteful Trim Die for the Big Shot.  This was offered in the Holiday Mini Catalog but is still available for purchase!  This die is so versatile!  I use it all of the time for cards, scrapbook pages and other fun papercrafting projects!  I love that these steel-based dies can cut through chipboard, metal, wood, cork.... so much fun!!  To check out the Tasteful Trim Die in my online store, click here.

If you've ever thought about purchasing the Big Shot, now is the time.  During Sale-a-Bration, you earn FREE products for every $50 purchase! Woo hoo!

Check out the following links:
Upcoming Events  
Ribbon Share  (Still a few spots left)
Shop Stampin' Up!  
Join Stampin' Up! 

Don't forget to stop by Stampin' Celebration and check out our Guest Designer's cards this week, as well as the other Design Team projects!  We'd love for you to join us by uploading your photo for this week's challenge!  
Thanks for stopping by!!