Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Our neighbor has a peach tree and usually asks me to come over and pick some peaches, which I'm always anxious to do because I love peaches. As I'm picking, I sing the song, "millions of peaches, peaches for me...millions of peaches, peaches for free..." Anyway, I decided to try to make some peach jam this year. So I put some in all the baby food jars I've been saving and dressed them up with some Ginger Blossoms dsp to give to the neighbors. I printed out little labels and put them on the side and top of the jar. Yeah for peaches!
Monday, July 28, 2008
I decided to try another sketch challenge. I have been having fun trying these new layouts.
I tried two different cards. Which one do you like? My dh said he likes the first one.
I changed a couple of things on the second one. I love using the Berry Bliss dsp. I'll be sad when it retires too.
Stampin' Up!'s annual convention starts tomorrow. This year is going to be special because it's Stampin' Up!'s 20th anniversary! I had planned on going, but my son had surgery two weeks ago so I decided that I needed to be home with him. But I will be keeping tabs on what's going on at convention and I'll let you know any news!
Stamps: One of a Kind, Boho Backgrounds
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate
Paper: Berry Bliss dsp, Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, dimensionals
Friday, July 25, 2008
I love making these 3x3 boxes! They are just too cute! Nicole featured them as a 3D demo challenge on splitcoast. If you're a demo, join in the fun!
I used the new Dreams du Jour set for these 3x3 cards and box. I just love how it looks with the new Bella Rose dsp. Check out this post for the pattern. Have a fantastic weekend!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I will really miss this beautiful set, Blossoms Abound, when it retires next month. I love two-step stamping and the beautiful effect it has! For this project I made a little mini tote and some 3x3 cards to go with it.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is the news I've been waiting for! Stampin' Up! is going to be unveiling a new ONLINE ORDERING system! You be will able to order through my demonstrator business web site or directly through the customer web site! More details will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Here is my first one. I used the retiring Le Jardin paper, some ribbon and some large pewter eyelets! Here are the instructions and pattern. What a beautiful way to give a gift!
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Retiring Accessories List is now available and for the first time ever, selectitems are 25% off! Click on the picture above to see and download the list. For the complete list of Retiring Accessories, email me and I will send it you. These items will no longer be available August 10th or until supplies run out! So don't delay, get your order in to me as soon as possible!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Here is the next sneak peek: Heard from the Heart. It a set with four cute sayings. I was inspired by Kristina Werner's simple style for this card. The only In Color I haven't tried yet was baja breeze so I used some bella rose dsp and some olive grosgrain ribbon to go with it. I really love simple cards.
And now for the exciting news: the blog candy winner! Thanks to everyone for their great tips on lighting for pictures. I'm going to try to take some of my pictures outside and see how they turn out.
As for the blog candy winner: It's "j" Jean! Email me your address and I'll send your blog candy to you!
Stamps: Heard from the Heart
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose dsp
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: scallop edge punch, olive grosgrain ribbon
Thursday, July 17, 2008
BLOG CANDY ALERT: See 2 posts down!
Here is another sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets: Wow Flowers. Since I had so much fun with the last sketch challenge, I decided to try the next one.
I even used my build-a-brad set for the first time. It's so cute to be able to create your own brad!
Don't forget to check out the blog candy post! I will post the winner tomorrow afternoon!
Stamps: Wow Flowers
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Bali Breeze dsp
Accessories: Build-a-Brad, scallop punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, dimensionals
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
BLOG CANDY ALERT ( see next post to win!)
As promised here is a sneak peek of one of the new Stampin' Up! sets that will be available in the new catalog August 11th, Dreams Du Jour.
I decided to try my first splitcoast sketch challenge. Here is the layout:
I also used the new In Colors Kiwi Kiss, Pirouette Pink, and Riding Hood Red and the new Bella Rose dsp. And I just had to use the new scallop edge punch too! Here is the card:
I used a lot of dimensionals on this card! I just love the way they make everything pop! I also made the butterflies 3-dimensional by stamping them on the cardstock and then stamping another one and cutting it out and then popping out the wings.
How did I do? I'll have to try some more splitcoast challenges, this one was fun!
Stamps: Dreams Du Jour
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Bella Rose dsp, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Red gingham ribbon, scallop edge punch, lots of dimensionals
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
As promised, I have some blog candy! It looks like everyone really liked this box and cards, so I thought I would offer one as blog candy. Nicole even wants to feature it as a 3D demo challenge on splitcoast!
I still need some help with lighting for my pictures. So if you would like to win this cute box, please leave me a comment with a tip on how to use better lighting for taking pictures of cards and projects.
Here are all of the cards that are in the box. I will pick a winner on Friday, so good luck! Keep checking back for more sneak peeks this week!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I got my box of new Stampin' Up! goodies this morning!
I got all the new In Colors, three new stamp sets, Bella Rose dsp, and....
here's the first sneak peek: the new scallop edge punch!
Even though using the corner rounder to create the scallop edge was cool it was time consuming. With the new scallop edge punch you'll be able to create those cute scalloped edges in just a few punches! And there's more! Check out Mary Jo's blog where she shows even more ideas for the scallop edge punch.
It's easy to use. You just slide the cardstock in one side and you'll feel a place where the cardstock stops. Punch down and then slide the cardstock over.
Then you just line the cardstock with the scallops on the punch and punch again and slide it over again till you've reached the end of the cardstock .
You'll end up with a beautifully scalloped edge that was quick and easy to make!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
For the last card I used the Artfully Asian set. Since I'm half Chinese, I love Asian sets and keep all of them! I used groovy guava, river rock and basic black, but I decided to use basic grey to stamp the sentiment and flowers. This is the first time I've used basic grey and I really like the softness of the color. I just heard the other day that gray is the new black!
I stamped the "Thank You" and then punched it out with the large oval punch. I wish SU had a larger oval punch, but they don't so I improvised. I punched two large black ovals and placed one a little up and one a little down so it looks like a larger oval. I figure it's better than trying to free hand cut an oval, right?
Stay tuned for next week! I will be showing some of the new products that will be available in the next catalog and well as some blog candy!
Friday, July 11, 2008
I made these tiny treat boxes for door prizes for my Retiring Stamp Party last night. They were quick and simple to make. I followed the tutorial I found on splitcoast. I used the soft sky prints designer series paper for the box and then punched scallops out of the same paper.
Paper: Soft Sky Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Scallop punch, slot punch, white taffeta ribbon
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here are the new In Colors! I can't wait to get them. My order is coming Monday! Stay tuned, I will have more sneak peeks and blog candy next week!
(Thanks to Dannie for the picture!)
Save the date: Thursday, August 28th will be the New Catalog Party!
I'm so sad that the In Colors are retiring and that means a lot of the Designer Series Paper that have the In Colors will be retiring too. Porcelain Prints in one of my favorites so I decided to make some cute cards and a box to go with them. I've been wanting to make this box I received as blog candy from the very talented Kelly Lunceford. So I measured it a made a pattern.
Edited to add: I figured out how to put a link to pdf to the pattern.
I've also been trying to experiment with taking pictures of the cards. I'm not satisfied with how the lighting is turning out. I use several different lights, but I keep getting a shadow. So in this picture I took away the piece of white cardstock that I was using for the back. Do you think it looks better that way? Can anyone give me some hints and tips on lighting?
I made three boxes. For the first one, I used wild wasabi cardstock and then some of the Porcelain Prints dsp on the front.
Stamps: Wild Rose
Ink: Bayou Blue, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Bayou Blue, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Porcelain Prints
Accessories: Scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 5 petal flower punch, wild wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon, blue bayou , wild wasabi , & river rock double-stitched ribbon
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
All New Stamp Sets Are Die Cut!
Woo hoo! Happy Dance!
From the Stampin' Up! web site:
We're excited to announce that all new stamp sets in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog (including new hostess sets) will be die cut for your convenience! We know you enjoy the flexibility of custom mounting your stamps, and with these die-cut sets, all you'll need to do is pop, peel, and place before you begin stamping.
Only our new stamps will be die cut; sets carried over from the last catalog and those on the dormant list will still require trimming. But, each new set will feature a die cut icon so you and your customers will have no problems identifying die-cut sets.
More time to stamp!
With the 6 new In Colors every year, the only retired color I have ever kept is Cranberry Crisp. I still love it. I can't part with it. I decided to use it with close to cocoa to make this quick birthday card. I don't know if I'm going to part with this year's In Color colors either because I have really grown to love them! Are there any retired colors you can't part with?Stamps: Boho Backgrounds
Ink: Cranberry Crisp, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, paper piercer, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Dates: July 1-August 10 (or while supplies last)
The following Hodgepodge Hardware finishes are being offered at a special 25 percent discount:
Item # Page # Item Description Regular Price Sale Price
105532 188 Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105531 188 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
105515 188 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95 $20.96
Contact me today to order yours before they are gone!