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Monday, March 28, 2011

Versatility

I have a class coming up on Thursday in which I am featuring designer series paper. I have made samples using the same elements in two different ways. This is the first one I designed, although I'm changing the ribbon from the Pear Pizzazz to Poppy Parade and the ink from Early Espresso to Poppy Parade, as I used on the second card. But this gives my guests two ideas using the same elements.

This butterfly uses the reverse side of the dsp for the two layers. I love the way they turned out, but really wish I had used the Poppy Parade ribbon on the first one. But my class attendees will.

Products Used:
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock, 119795, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Poppy Parade Card Stock, 119793, $6.95 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, 117167, $9.95, 12 double-sided sheets, 12" x 12"
Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack, In Color, 117158, $19.95, 40 double-sided sheets, 12" x 12"
Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, 119263, $8.95, 15 yards
Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad, 119782, $5.95
Something to Celebrate Stamp Set, W 121897, C 121955, Level 2 hostess set, Occasions Mini Catalog
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, 114507, $21.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Saturday, March 26, 2011

So Distracted!

Why is it so hard to clean up my stamping area? All those little pieces of paper and what-not are just begging to be put to use! I had the pack of Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper and sticker sitting out as well as remnants of items and just had to use them. The card below has no stamping on it--I merely used stickers and ribbon on my Whisper White card stock.

This card utilized one of those pieces of dsp plus stickers. The only stamping is the True Friend circular stamp from Punch Bunch stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

But I like this card the best of the three. It's more leftovers plus a button and a scrap of ribbon. The flower is made with the Fun Flowers Die for the Big Shot.

Products:
Punch Bunch stamp set, C 123211, W 121847, free from Sale-a-Bration with purchase of $50
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad, 111837, $5.95
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Daffodil Delight card stock, 119683, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Pacific Point card stock, 111350, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack, 122242, free, Sale-a-Bration
Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack, 123529, free, Sale-a-Bration
Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, 119264, $8.95, 15 yards
Hodge Podge Hardware, Styled Vanilla, 112454, $29.95
3/4" Circle Punch, 119873, $10.95
Designer Label Large, 119862, $15.95

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More Ice Cream Parlor

Sale-a-Bration is almost over! Just one week left! I have to admit that I have purchased enough product that I have everything in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, including three Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack and the coordinating ribbon and buttons. And to think that all those products cost me absolutely nothing--they were free with every $50 I spent.

This card is made with Peach Parfait and Pacific Point card stocks, Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon and the Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon from the Ribbon & Button Pack (also in the Sale-a-Bration catalog). There isn't a single stamp used on this card since the flower is made with the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die and the same designer series paper. I figure the card cost me less than $1 to make.


Products Used:
Peach Parfait Card Stock, 119794, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Pacific Point Card Stock, 111350, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, 119264, $8.95, 15 yards
Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack, Free Sale-a-Bration item
Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack, Free Sale-a-Bration item
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, 121812, $22.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Sale-a-Bration

There was a time when I used very little designer series paper. Now I'm hooked. In fact, I'm even planning a class on March 28th to stamp a stack of cards featuring designer series paper. This is an example of how dsp can add personality to your cards.

Products Used:
Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set, 111618, $23.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, 115370, $36.95
Pretty in Pink card stock, 100459, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50, 40 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper, 122242, free with $50 purchase through March 31
Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack, 123529, free with $50 purchase through March 31
Blender Pens, 102845, $9.95, set of 3
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin Pad, 115656, $5.95
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad, 119667, $5.95
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad, 111837, $5.95
Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pad, 101301, $5.95

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sense of Time

With some leftover card stock from a recent workshop, I put this card together using the Sense of Time stamp set and one stamp from the Sale-a-Bration Bliss stamp set, which you can barely see on the clock face. To "antique" this image, I sponged it with Crumb Cake ink, although I sponged the ribbon with Early Espresso ink to make it look aged as well.

Products Used:
Sense of Time stamp set, 113804, $22.95
Bliss stamp set, free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration (ends March 31)
Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, 119265, $8.95, 15 yards
Pear Pizzazz card stock, 119795, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Early Espresso card stock, 119686, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Crumb Cake card stock, 120953, $6.95, 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 119670, $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 121030, $5.95
Antique Brads, 117273, $5.95, 20 brads, 5 designs
Cutter Kit (distressing tool for edges), 106958, $16.95
Stamping Sponges, 101610, $3.50, 3 sponges
Backgrounds 1, Set of 3 Texturz Plates, 114512, $11.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Just Believe" Stamp Set

This is one of the cards we made at Christy's workshop last night. The fun thing about it was that several people used their imaginations and reworked the same items on the card to make it just a little different. We even had children stamping and they showed their creativity as well. How fun to pass on the joy of stamping!

Products Used:
Just Believe stamp set, W 116948, $33.95, C 120453, $25.95
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 119670, $5.95
Early Espresso card stock, 119686, $6.95 for 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Pear Pizzazz card stock, 119795, $6.95 fro 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon 117291, $8.95 for 15 yards
Designer Buttons, Neyutrals, $8.95 for 72 multi-colored and multi-shaped buttons
Hemp Twine, 100982, $2.95 for 12 yards
Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, 115963, $7.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Monday, March 7, 2011

Stunning in its Simplicity

I have some pre-cuts laying around and I decided I just had to use them up! This card was made with some of those. I think the red and black combination is simply stunning!

Products Used:
Baby Blossoms stamp set, W 121927, $27.95; C 122000, $19.95
Something to Celebrate, Hostess Level 2 set, Occasions Mini Catalog
Real Red card stock, 102482, $6.95 for 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Basic Black card stock, 121045, $6.95 for 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50 for 40 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 103133, $5.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 109014, $5.95
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, 101179, $5.95
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, 119275, $15.95

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Congratulations Cards

I tend to think of myself as little more than a hobby demonstrator. I don't put a whole lot of time into scheduling workshops, although I do hold classes in my home. Once I got addicted to stamping, I realized I needed to find a way to support my habit. Thus began my venture as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

In spite of that attitude as a demonstrator (or maybe because I need so much in order to support my habit), I have frequently managed to place in the top 10 for sales in our team of demonstrators, the Heartfelt Stampers. Each time I do, I receive a wonderful card from my upline, Aly Schilling. Since I haven't posted them in a while, I have three to share with you today. The first one was for placing 6th in November, which is also the month my first and only recruit signed up to become a demonstrator under me.

I don't think I held any classes or workshops in December, but January sales put me in the top 10 once again. Designer Series paper, rhinestones, Hodgepodge Hardware, brads and ribbon dress up this Basic Gray square card so beautifully! I believe she used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border for pieces below the dsp. And, of course, the Designer Label punch made it easy to back the coordinating piece of hardware.

I'm not sure what number I was in January, but in February I was seventh in sales. This is the card Aly made for me this time. Notice how the background design is made simply by placing pieces of card stock punched with the Curly Label punched and placed at angles. I love it! And those rhinestone jewels ad the perfect amount of bling. She used only one stamp; the rest of the card is designed with punches.

What a privilege to be honored with such inspiring cards!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pleasant surprise!

I am so humbled and so appreciative of the two fellow stamping bloggers who recently presented me with the Stylish blogger award! Many thanks to Patty Braun and Christina Dowty. What a delightful surprise.
As a recipient of this award, here is what I have to do:

1) Thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to her blog
2) Share 8 things about myself
3) Pass this award to 8 other individuals whose blogs I have recently discovered
4) Leave a comment so they can pass along the recognition

So here are eight things about myself:

1) I have a very strong faith in God that affects my daily living.
2) My family makes my life complete -- my sweet husband of almost 42 years, two grown and married daughters plus their hubbies, one grown, single son, two grandsons and one granddaughter. And I can't forget my baby sister's family...
3) I'm a core leader in the Finger Lakes Community Bible Study.
4) I love chocolate way too much, especially milk chocolate!
5) I play the piano.
6) I eagerly look for comments on my blog.
7) I can't clean my stamping room without scraps suggesting "just one more project"!
8) I love to bake (and eat the results), knit and sew, in addition to my stamping addiction

Eight blogs I've recently discovered, in addition to those bloggers who passed this award on to me:

1) stampingmoments.blogspot.com
2) kittystamp.blogspot.com
3) stitchinnstampinonpaper.blogspot.com
4) stampingsolutions.blogspot.com
5) craftyqt.blogspot.com
6) stampndesign.blogspot.com
7) heartfeltinkspiration.com
8) yaphamason.com

This was harder than I thought it would be! There are so many great blogs out there—how could I choose just eight? So I decided to choose terrific sites that have not yet received this award. These stamping ladies sure do come up with some wonderful projects!

And don't forget to check out Patty's (rocpaperstamps.blogspot.com) and Christina's (thecrazystamplady.blogspot.com) wonderful blogs. They're the special ladies who passed this award on to me! Have fun--and get lots of ideas.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Build a ... Goldfish!

Yes, I used the Build a Blossom stamp set. I even used the Blossom Petals Punch for the body, but the fins and tail had to be cut by hand. Isn't he cute? Such a quick and easy card!

Products Used:
Build a Blossom stamp set, W 121923, $25.95; C 121994, $18.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, 115370, $36.95
Bashful Blue card stock, 105120, $6.95 for 24 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50 for 40 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11"
Patterns Designer Series Pack, Subtles, 117152, $19.95, 40 sheets, 12" x 12" (2-sided)
More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pad, 103162, $5.95
Blossom Petals Punch, 121808, $16.95
Paper Snips, 103579, $9.95