Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sneak Peek - Valentine Defined

Happy Tuesday!  I woke up feeling creative today and knew I wanted to finish my parents' anniversary card.  (My mom has strict instructions not to view my blog until after she receives it in the mail - lol!)

With this card, I'm giving you a sneak peek of a new stamp set, Valentine Defined, coming out in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  You'll be able to order from this new mini on January 4th - woo hoo!  Here's the card I created:

Isn't it cute?!  I love when you can use a stamp set for so many different occasions!  Here's the sentiment I stamped on the inside of the card:

This is from the Hostess Stamp Set, Occasional Quotes.  I grab this stamp set all of the time!!  So many great sentiments in it!
Here are the supplies used for this card:
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso (inside sentiment)
Stamps:  Valentine Defined, Occasional Quotes
Punches:   1 3/4" circle, 2 3/8" scallop circle
Ribbon:  Blushing Bride Stitched Poly
Other:  Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool, Sticky Strip

This is one of the cards we'll be making at the January Crazy 4 Cards Class.  To learn more about this class or to register, click here.  There are morning and evening classes available.  :)

Well, that's it for today!  Off to play Dicecapades with the boys - a fun, new board game that Santa brought us! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hello Baby!

I'm a little worried about posting this.... wondering if the recipient will see it here before it arrives.... but I just can't wait!  :)

My cousin had a baby and I wanted to make a card to go along with the gift that my mom and I bought for her.  She has a little owl on the nursery wall which looks so cute!  So naturally, I wanted an owl on the card!!  I based this card on a sketch (Card Pattern #95) over at Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Blog.  Here's my take on this week's sketch:

Supplies Used:

Cardstock:  Baha Breeze, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Patterned Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (hello baby sentiment), Word Play (envelope)
Punches:  Two-Step Owl Punch, Scallop Trim Border
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz

I hope she likes it! I mailed the package across the country today (yes, I went to the Post Office 3 days before Christmas)!  I can't remember the last time I've seen her because there are so many miles between us.  So, I'm hoping it will be a nice little unexpected surprise for her!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Extreme Skater Birthday Card

My son was invited to a birthday party last weekend so I wanted to make a quick card for him to take.  I had some new stamps that had not been inked (gasp) and was anxious to play with them.  I had seen some fun ideas combining these two stamp sets on the Stampin' Connection (Demonstrator only site) and wanted to give it a try.  Here's the card and matching envelope I came up with:

I showed it to Evan and he loved it.  He actually thought it was "cool."  I love that boy!  ;)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Extreme Skateboard, Extreme Elements, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock:  Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
Envelope:  Naturals White
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window

I also wanted to mention that I've been busy planning my January Classes!  Check out my class calendar and register today!  :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cute Gift Card Holder

Happy Saturday!  The kids are on Christmas break so we are all very happy campers over here!  I still have a lot of shopping to get finished - one of these years I'll get it done early - but I'm making a dent little, by little!  Yesterday the boys had their class parties up at the school.  I wanted to show you this cute little gift card holder I made for one of the teachers.

Isn't it adorable?  It's a bandaid tin decorated with our fun Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper.

 Here's the matching card to go inside.

Complete with a gift card to Target.  (pronounced "Tar-jay.")  hee hee.

She loved it and thought the tin was pretty darn cute.  The funny thing is, my son said, "What do you mean a bandaid tin?"  OH..... I guess he doesn't know what a metal bandaid container is.....?  Sheesh, that made me feel OLD!  lol!

I have a few more of these tins that I'd like to play with.  Wouldn't they be cute filled with gift tags, a little mini album, or cards?!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion - FREE Bitty Buttons!

I know it's hard to think about Valentine's Day already... but Stampin' Up! has a promotion starting TODAY to help us get ready for this holiday!  Think of all the CUTE Valentine's cards and treats we love to create! 

Here's the scoop -- between now and January 24th, you can get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons when you purchase a Filled with Love Bundle, including the Filled with Love Stamp Set and exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack-only available through this special promotion!

Here is what you get:


And here are the bundle item numbers:

Description  Wood-Mount Item  Wood-Mount Price  Clear-Mount Item  Clear-Mount Price 
Filled with Love Bundle
Contains the Filled with Love Set* and Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack
124380  $32.90  124381  $26.90 
Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack (non-bundled)
12 sheets total: three 12" x 12" sheets of two double-sided designs in Real Red and Pretty in Pink
124156  $9.95  ---  --- 

The Filled with Love Stamp Set is available in the Holiday Mini Catalog until January 3, 2011, after which, it will only be available through this promotion.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Card Sketch

Today there's a new card sketch by Kimmy over at one of my favorite websites Let's Scrap!  I had some Jolly Holiday scraps lying around and thought I'd put them to good use.  (I love that paper!)  I have been wanting to use this little snowman.  I borrowed this stamp set (Punch Pals) from my friend Lisa - and do need to give it back at some point!!  Here's my take on the sketch:

(You can always click the photos to view larger.)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Punch Pals, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Old Olive
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Jolly Holiday
Other:  Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch

Make sure to visit Let's Scrap and check out the awesome gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!  Share some love & leave me a comment!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I Love My Stamping Friends!

I have had so much fun with all of my stampin' friends - new and old!  Thanks to everyone who has attended my events and those that have invited me into their homes and offices!  I love this time of year and it's the perfect time for handmade creations.  I wanted to share with you a card we made at the offices of Fulton & Kozak (for all of your accounting and mortgage needs - plug, plug).

Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Stamps:  Contempo Christmas (tree & sentiment), Snow Swirled (snowflakes)
Other:  Real Red Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels

I did manage to snap a few photos of some of my recent events:




I love creating with all of you!  Thanks again for joining me on my stamping adventure!

I have lots of fun classes and workshops planned for 2011.  You can view my calendar of events here.  If you'd like to earn FREE products by hosting a workshop in your home or mine, contact me for available dates.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

What a Mess!!

Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow - and maybe the day after that?!  Cleaning my scrap room!!  I've been crazy busy between holiday happenings, the boys' social lives and extracurricular activities, working on our basement, and my Stampin' Up business!  Over the last two weeks, I've had 8 events to work!  It's been a whirlwind -- but so much fun!!  I must say, I'll take this job over any that I've had!!  {wink, wink}

So.... many of you have seen the pictures of my "studio" in an older post, and have asked if it is always that clean.


Well, I decided to take a picture of my mess to show you that it is not!  This is what my desk looks like after two weeks of creating with no cleaning up in between!


I am definitely ready for it to be nice and organized again.... (sigh)

Well, that's all I have for tonight!  I do have some projects to post this week so check back!!  Remember to sign up to become a "follower" so you'll be notified when there's a new post!  Also, if you'd like to be on my mailing list, sign up to receive my monthly newsletter.  There are lots of fun classes coming up in January, as well as the Let's Scrap Blog Hop!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Greenhouse Gala Scrapbook Layout

Oh scrapbooking, how I've missed you!  It's been quite a while since I've taken the time to scrapbook a layout!  I've been so busy getting my Stampin' Up! business started, that I haven't taken the time to actually scrapbook!  I've had lots of fun creating cards and paper crafting, but scrapbooking will always be my first love!  ;)

I have been waiting to use my new Stampin' Up! Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  I knew this paper was perfect for Cheri's sketch this week over at Let's Scrap!!  (Her sketches ROCK and always inspire me!!) 

Here's the layout I completed.  My Grandma came in September to celebrate our 40th and 90th birthdays. Remember the card I created for her here?  Well, I have a picture of her reading it - pretty cool!  My Grams has to be the most beautiful 90 yo on the planet!  I just love her to pieces and will cherish these photos forever!!  And the best thing about scrapbooking is, my kids will cherish them and can share them with their children!!

(Click the photo to view larger)

Supplies Used:
Paper-Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Stamps-Punch Potpourri
Ink-Early Espresso
Other-Circle & Scallop Punches, Real Red 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch

I love this layout and still have a bunch of paper left from the paper pack to use later!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!!