Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Christmas Happiness

My son, Jordan is a HUGE train fanatic. When my friend Angel was at Convention she sent me a text message of this new stamp set. He went crazy because "steamies" are his favorites!! He told me right then & there that WE WILL be using that stamp set for our Christmas cards because it reminded him of the Polar Express. So I finally broke down and ordered it last week. I have been looking for some different samples & found one that I really liked but it was done with black, grey & white only. Jordan first wanted it to be blue but then remembered Christmas Colors and picked these out. I am not sure that we are completely happy with it yet. So we will keep playing but at least wanted to get the idea out there. Who knows maybe it will end up being blue in the end.....blue is okay, right??

For this sample I stamped Whisper White Craft Ink onto Basic Black Card stock. Then I embossed it with Iridescent Ice to try & get the snowy effect onto it. Then it is layered on Real Red Card Stock & embellished with Red Gingham Ribbon. I also stamped the "Happiness is a Journey not a Destination" saying in Whisper White Craft Ink onto Garden Green Card stock & embossed it with Iridescent Ice. and layered that onto the Whisper White Card Stock that I stamped with the Polka Dot Background stamp in Real Red.

I would really love to hear what you think of this card. I am not quite sure what I think of it. Do you think it is missing something??

Thanks for looking & would love to hear your opinions!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We Will Miss You Violet!!

My Aunt Violet is moving to Arizona next week. She has always been more like a sister than an Aunt. I will miss her alot. My son, Jordan, is also very fond of her & is having a hard time with this. Her daughter (who is Jordan's Godmother) moved to Phoenix a few years ago. She is pregnant and due in December. So, Violet is moving closer to help her out & just be closer to them.

I made this card to give her this weekend when we are there to say good-bye to her. Green is one of her favorite colors. The layout and colors are different challenges that I thought I'd participate in.

I stamped the "grass" on the Kiwi Kiss paper with Versamark. To get the multi-colors on the flowers I used Sponge Daubers. The added a little sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds

The recipe for the card is as follows:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature & Heard from the Heart.

Paper: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss & Chocolate Chip

Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Versamark & Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Dazzling Diamonds

Monday, October 20, 2008

Recipe Swap

I have an upcoming Upline/Downline meeting and it is our annual Holiday party where we each bring a dish to pass & enjoy everyone's treats. We normally exchange cards but we decided to do a 6x6 recipe swap. I am trying to work mine out & would love to hear what you think...Is it missing something?? Is it okay??


Stamps: Tart & Tangy

Ink: Real Red, Gable Green, Close to Cocoa

Paper: Real Red, Gable Green, Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Square Scallop Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1-1/4" Square Punch (used to take off the corner of the mini apple crisp)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Shelley's Christmas Card

My friend Shelley stopped by last night so we could figure out her Christmas Card for this year. She has had her eye on the SU Stamp Set "Christmas Classics" She likes to make cards that require a little extra work (putzy). So this is what we came up with.

We tried the new Scallop Edge Medallion & layered the ornaments that we cut out on the top. We also thought the Riding Hood Red Medallion got lost a little so we layered Whisper White behind it. After we took the picture, we decided it needed some Dazzling Diamonds on the ornaments to make the "pop" even more.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Christmas Classics
Ink: Garden Green, Riding Hood Red & Tangerine Tango
Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, Riding Hood Red Tafetta Ribbon & Silver Elastic Cord

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I have an in-home workshop on Wednesday evening for a friend of mine. She requested that we do a Halloween card for one of the cards. There are a variety of experienced to brand new stampers so I didn't want to overwhelm the newbies. So, this is the card that I came up with.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Halloween Frights & Haunting Jumbo Roller
Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss & Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black & Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Circle Scallop Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch & 1-1/4" Circle Punch

After I took the picture my son wanted me to add "wiggly" eyes so we added them to the pumpkin at the top. VERY CUTE!!

Sailing to Recovery - 10/14 Card Class

This is the card that I talked about making in my previous blog entry.
I made this card for a male friend that had surgery.
Since it was a male friend, I wanted to use up some of my retired supplies. I also had a request for a "man card" from one of the ladies that attends my lunchtime card class at work. So since I still had quite a bit of the Blue Bayou Double Stitch Ribbon I thought I'd have them make this one. This will also give them a new technique...Polished Stone, which most of them have never done.
Stamps: Winds of Grace, Polka Dot Background & Fresh Cuts
Paper: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Soft Sky & Glossy White
Ink: Black Stazon, Blue Bayou Ink Pad & Reinker, Soft Sky Reinker, & River Rock Reinker
Accessories: Blue Bayou Double Stitch Ribbon

Monday, October 13, 2008

Christmas Cardinal

I recently signed up for a Mini Catalog swap. The first card I made was the Cardinal with Pink Pirouette. I like it but thought I wanted to see what the new Baha Breeze looked like. I couldn't decide which one I liked better so I am sending half Baha Breeze & half Pink Pirouette. I hope they enjoy them!!

I got the layout over at SCS from a Sketch challege (SC193) about a month ago. I have used it for this card and a Get Well Card that I made the week of the challenge.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Baha Breeze or Pink Pirouette, & Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black & Black Stazon
Accessories: 1/4" White Grossgrain Ribbon, 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch, Silver Brads, Tag Corner Punch, Ruby Red Stampin' Write Marker, Summer Sun Stampin' Write Marker, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker,

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gerber Daisy Photo Book

Here is a little photo book that I did for a class recently. I got the photobooks at a clearance store but I seen them at Walmart recently for $1. I removed the "preprinted" papers & filled in with my own. I was trying to get the flowers to look like Gerber Daisies so I cut slits into the indents on the scallop punch to make the petals on the flowers. I ran the middles thru the crimper for some added texture. To make the leaves, I folded the oval punch in half & then ran it thru the crimper, opened it up to use as a leaf.

We had a baby shower for my cousin over the weekend & this was one of the prizes.

As always, all images are Copywrite Stampin' UP!

Recipe for the photo album:

Paper: Garden Green, Whispter White, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun & Chocolate Chip.

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Circle Scallop Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Small Oval, Crimper, Summer Sun Stampin' Write Marker

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Aqua Painter Special Product Offer

Special Offer Dates: October 1-31, 2008, or while supplies last

Special Product Offer Details:
Purchase the large-tip Aqua Painter (item 114617) for $7.25.
No minimum purchase, no limits, while supplies last.
Click on my photo to the right to be directed to my Stampin' UP! Website for more specials or to place an order.

This card was done at a recent card class. We used the Aqua Painter and Watercolor Crayons to color the image. Then we sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds to make the flower pop off of the page. The recipe for the card is as follows:

Stamps: Morning Glory, Fresh Cuts
Papers: Basic Black, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Small Oval Punch, 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch, Silver Brads, 2-Way Glue Pen & Dazzling Diamonds

Birthday Promotion

Promotion Dates: October 1-31, 2008

Promotion Details:
Spend $20 in regular catalog merchandise and qualify to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 perent off.

This card was made at a recent Upline Meeting utilizing one of the stamp sets on special this month.
The Card Recipe is as follows:

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White
Inks: Rose Red & Basic Black
SU Markers: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red & Going Gray
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch & Rose Red 1/4" Grossgrain Ribbon

All of the stamp sets on special are as follows:

Item # Page # Description Retail Price 20% Off Price
109439 62 Big Bold Birthday $27.95 $22.36
112895 62 CumpleaƱos genial y divertido $27.95 $22.36
(Spanish Big Bold Birthday)*
111532 63 Party Hearty* $26.95 $21.56
110994 64 Bitty Birthday $12.95 $10.36
111618 64 Crazy for Cupcakes* $23.95 $19.16
111546 65 Simple Birthday Thanks* $17.95 $14.36
111702 65 Time to Party* $16.95 $13.56
108559 68 Crab & Company $27.95 $22.36

CLICK HERE for a link to my Stampin' UP! Website if you'd like to place an order.