Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Three Words Bright Summer Fun!

WOW the Blog Tour was so much fun and I'm actually only just now recovering from the excitement of it all, what a ride and it was due to your support! So again I just want to extend a great big thank you to you all.

For today I wanted to bring you a card I made using my new stamp set Three Little Words. When the new catalog came out this set caught my eye right away! I just liked the sayings and the images were simple but so pretty. I was also in the mood for something by of funky and bright, hence the card you are now viewing! lol The other set I used was the True Friends set which I've showcased before, I really like that set too.
This turned out to be a FUN card, it just kind of makes you feel happy :-) The colors are very cheerful! Just one more thing I wanted to point out about this card that might not show up so great on the picture was that I just one of the True Friends stamps in Versa Mark for a tone on tone background, I love that look.
Card Details:
  • Card Base - 5-1/2 x 4-1/4, top fold on the 4-1/4" end
  • Stamp Sets - Three Little Words #113254 and True Friend #110378
  • Paper - Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point and Whisper White
  • Ink - Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Summer Sun and Riding Hood Red
  • Accessories - Crafter's Tool Kit, Brads, Versa Mark

Well I really appreciate you stopping by today. I'll see you again in the next couple of days! Until then here's to hoping all is wonderful in your world!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Drum Roll PLEASE!!

Good Morning Everyone!

WOW what a fun day yesterday was, with the blog tour and all! I want to think you ALL so much for supporting us in this great event! I had 1,897 visits to my blog yesterday! Excuse me just a moment while I recover!!

Stay tuned we have a tour scheduled for May and then after that who knows!! You'll need to keep checking back to see what else we might have up our sleeves.

Well as promised it's time for the unveiling of the winner of the $25.00 SU Gift Certificate and the winner is ..............................

True Random Number Generator Min: 1 Max: 137 Result: 104

Jenn comment was as follows:

Anonymous said...

I like the second card. I love the color combo. Thanks for sharing...on to the next stop! :)Jenn
April 27, 2009 6:34 PM

Jenn you forgot your email address so contact me by Sunday, May 3rd to claim your prize! Leave a comment here with your email address. If I haven't heard from Jenn by Sunday I will re-draw for the GC on Monday, May 4th.

Again a great BIG thanks to you all for supporting us!
I worked on some cards last night but didn't get them ready to post. I'll finish up tonight and have something for you to see tomorrow!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

BLOG Tour, STOP 1 Soft Summer

Happy Monday, April 27th! Blog Tour Day! I thought it would never arrive :-) I'm so glad you have joined us, you are in for a very scenic tour, one full of beautiful handmade cards and projects and you are hopefully going to be inspired beyond your wildest dreams.....LOL. How's that for an exciting lead in? Seriously though I hope you will be inspired as you travel the destinations we've laid out for you. Grab you a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and relax and enjoy the tour. And thanks so much for coming!!

All three of the cards I'm showcasing today use the great new set from the Occasions Mini called SOFT SUMMER. It's a great two-step stamping set and the images are just beautiful. On this card I also used some of the new Walk in the Park DSP from the Mini. On another of the stops ahead you will get lots of ideas for this paper.

But for now here are the details for this card:

Stamp Set: Soft Summer, Three Little Words
Paper: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze,Cameo Coral,Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White and Walk in the Park DSP
Ink & Markers: Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit, Styled Silver Hodgepodge, Stamp-a-ma-jig

This next card uses the other set of stamps from this set, also 2-step stamping stamps. At first I was drawn to the stamp images in the previous sample the most but after working with this image I have to say it would be difficult for me to choose a favorite now.

I love Pink and Gray together so that is the route I went on this card. The 2-step stamping with this image really makes it jump off the page. It really gives the image dimension that looks almost real. I liked how the graduating circles really drew your eyes to the image too. The scallop circle frame for this was made using the 1/2" Circle Punch! You can have a scallop frame for any size circle or oval shape that you happen to be making by using this method!

Here are the details for this card:

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 Square Card

  • Stamp Set: Soft Summer

  • Card Stock: Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Watercolor Paper

  • Ink & Markers: Creamy Carmel, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red

  • Accessories: Riding Hood Red w/Very Vanilla Trim Taffeta Ribbon, Double Rectangle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch Stamp, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Vintage Brads, Crafter's Tool Kit

And finally last but not least is another card made using the same Soft Summer set and the same images used in the first card. Remember this is a 2-step stamping set so you get lots of added dimension for your card without really even trying!

I love the Pacific Point color, boy am I going to miss this years InColor choices. If you don't already have the papers and inks with these shades you better grab them quick because they will be gone in July :( sorry I digressed there. I was talking about the card! Back to our regularly scheduled tour. As I said I love the Pacific Point color so used it as the main focal color for this card. The Kiwi Kiss color really compliments the Pacific Point well too.

Here are the details for this card but don't forget to read on down for your next tour stop link and for details about my BLOG CANDY!!

  • Stamp Set: Soft Summer

  • Card Stock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White

  • Ink & Markers: Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Old Olive

  • Accessories: Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Stampin Dimensionals and Glue Dots

I want to thank you so much for stopping by today and now for some exciting Blog Candy NEWS! Leave a comment on my blog letting me know which of the cards you like best and why and I will be choosing one lucky winner from all that answer using Please only residents of the USA are eligible for the blog candy....sorry :( And the prize you ask?? You will be winning a $25 gift certificate from me for Stampin Up merchandise, shipped direct to your home from SU! I know, I know that's exciting!! Some of the profiles are not listing emails, so please leave me a way to contact you to let you know if you win! I'll also post the results on my blog tomorrow.

And don't be a stranger come back soon!

Are You Packed Yet? Only 1 Day Left!

For one day only, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, take a tour of some really fabulous blogs. Hop onto the tour here and follow the links to see samples of the beautiful designs from our Occasions Mini Catalog. And "Get Connected" through our current promotion. Buy $40 from the Occasions mini and get a free stamp from our "under $10" page 208 in the Idea Book and Catalog.

You'll want to stop by as I'll be offering blog candy that any stamper would be excited to have! See you on the Tour SOON!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Garden Whimsy

Happy Saturday Evening Everyone! I was so happy to see the weekend arrive this week. I love my job but some weeks just really need to come to an end! :-)

I thought I would share a RARE scrapbook page again. I used the Candy Lane papers and the Garden Whimsy stamp set. All the images are popped up and I thought an Easter picture or any spring picture would be really cute on this page.

Now for a little reminder, don't forget about the blog tour that a group of us are hosting on Monday, April 27th. It's going to be an exciting trip full of so many ideas for you on using your new Occasions Mini goodies or you might even see something used that you don't already have and simply must have!!

A little hint about the blog candy!! It's something anyone visiting my blog or any of the other blogs on the tour will be very excited to have!!! If you don't know what blog tour I'm talking about give the Tour Banner in the top left hand corner of this blog a click and it will take you to the post with all the information.

Thanks for dropping by and see you soon!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LNS Challenge #16

Another challenge for you this one was a sketch challenge offered by the LateNightStamper09 yahoo group. This is a great group of friendly and sharing SU loving customers and demos alike. A great source of inspiration, feel free to check it out and tell them Diane sent you :) This is the sketch they assigned and it was a very fun challenge for sure.

I used the True Friends set, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and that great 1-1/4" Pink Pirouette ribbon which I had never used yet, I know GASP! I was happy with how it turned out. That's why I love the sketch challenges I'm just as surprised a you are as it comes together. It's like the challenge takes on a life of it own, I know now I sound crazy! :)

True Friends - 110378 - $22.95

Candy Lane - 113980 - $9.95

Card Details:
  • Card Base - 5-1/2 X 4-1/4
  • Stamp Set - True Friend
  • Ink - Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
  • Paper - Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Candy Lane DSP
  • Accessories - Jumbo Pewter Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Designer Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Circle Punches, 1-1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to be check back here on Monday, April 27th for the exciting Occasions Mini Blog Tour! Click here to read about all the details.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Trip You are not GOING to want to MISS!

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 27th........that's when the fun begins. Hitch a ride along with us for the first ever Blog Tour! (At least it's my first ever). First stop is right here on my blog. I'll be sharing with you several samples using the "Soft Summer" Stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

But there's more......
After you browse my samples, your next stop will be my very talented blogging friend Connie Babbert at Inkspired Treasures . She'll be showing you how to use the SO CUTE stamp set "Scene in the Garden" from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

There's even more.....
On Connie's blog, you'll find a link to your next stop, and so on. Upon arrival at each stop, you'll find examples from a different stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalog! There will be a whole wealth of ideas for you on this tour. You won't want to miss a single one. The links will be available only on April 27th, so please don't miss the bus.

Yep, as always, we have a special to go along with this adventure!

Because Stampin' Up!'s "Getting Connected" promotion will still be running, spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from the "Under $10" on page 208 in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for Free.

This is one trip you won't want to miss! Check back often for updates and details. One last reason you will NOT want to miss the bus, I'll be offering BLOG CANDY you won't want to miss! Mark those calendars!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mojo Monday 81 Challenge

Late as usual on my challenge, there just aren't enough hours in the day, can I get an AMEN on that one! :) This card was for the Mojo Monday sketch that was listed on Monday the 6th. I think the deadline for playing is Sunday evening so I'm posting right under the wire! I thought this was a really great sketch and very easy to work with. When I saw the layout I automatically thought of Bloomin' Beautiful, it just seemed perfect for the sketch with the beautiful rose, verse and little bee. And the Candy Lane paper worked nicely as well. I'm going to keep this short and sweet as I have lots left to do still today to get ready for another work week. I'll post all the card details below.

Card Details:
  • Card Base - 4-1/4 X 5-1/2
  • Stamp Set: Bloomin' Beautiful (#111490)
  • Paper - Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa and Candy Lane (#113980) DSP
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun and Close to Cocoa
  • Accessories - Trio Flower Punch, Crystal Effects, Scallop Circle Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you soon!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Three Clovers Challenge & Planning for Father's Day

I am really into challenges these days, I wonder how I ever motivated myself prior to that! lol First let me begin by apologizing for this picture today, I'm not kidding I took it at least two dozen times, I took it in my normal spot with all my OTT work lights, I took it with a flash, without a flash, during the day, on about 5 different settings on my camera and still it appears a bit blurry. I finally gave up and picked the best of the two dozen and decided to post as it appears here. I am very sorry for the quality. I simply can't understand how they turn out so good sometimes and then like this others.........OK deep breaths and I'm letting it go........aaahhhh.

Anyway, I used the Thoughts of Father stamp set, I believe this is one of the best values in our Stampin' Up! catalog. It has great images for father's day or any male card you might be needing to make but besides that the images are just beautiful and could be used for so many themes. This set sales for only $15.95 if you can believe that! The Three Clovers challenge this week was a color challenge - Rose Red, So Saffron and Always Artichoke, these are three of my most favorite colors so it was easy! The card layout came from a swap card I received from Shannon over on another yahoo group I am apart of called CardSwappingForFun is not a huge group but there are some talented ladies in the group and we have some fun swaps. Check it out if you are interested.
Card Details:
  • Base Card - 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 Gate folded - folds are on the 2-3/4 & 8-1/4
  • Paper - Rose Red, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Watercolor paper
  • Ink - Black Stazon, Rose Red, Saffron, Always Artichoke
  • Accessories - Always Artichoke Brads, Tool Kit, Dimensionals, Blender Pens

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking. See you next time.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Embrace Life Scrapbook page

My blog post today is for a scrapbook page. I actually made this for my upline Jaycene @ "Ear"resistable Stampers as a sample. I don't think I've ever posted a SB page! This was a 6 X 6 layout and I was actually happy with the way it turned out! I used the long flower from Embrace Life for the center focal point and the sentiment from that same set for the words. The stamp set has some really great images in it and the same with the paper, it was used during February for lots of Valentine cards and projects but the paper is just generally beautiful and can be used any time. More page details below.

Page Details:
  • Page - 6 X 6
  • Paper - Candy Lane, Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa and Riding Hood Red
  • Ink - Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery Markers
  • Accessories - Boho Blossom Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Designer Label Punch, Circle Punch and Word Window Punch!! WOW lots of punches! We love our punches.

Well thanks for stopping by again today, hope you enjoy the departure from my regularly card scheduled posting :-) And if you need any of these items that I used in today's project be sure and contact me.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Color Inspiration #48 & Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #64

Good morning everyone! I'm on a roll and creating again. It's feels great and I'm hoping I can keep it up! I combined a couple of challenges today. I took the Color Inspiration #48 from Kristina Werner's blog and the Monday Lunchtime sketch from the very talented Mary Jo at TechnoStamp, and combined them, both of these ladies are great about inspiring creativity!

I chose the Blooming with Love set for this card. It's a wonderful choice for a Mother's Day card or any cheerful design you might have in mind. The colors were perfect for this stamp. So very pretty. And this sketch turned out perfect to showcase that flowerpot images. I had to laugh at myself as I made this card, advanced math in school was the bane of my existence and as I looked at this sketch I thought wow this won't be hard, then as I tried to decide on the diamond square for the stamping area, I thought how do I decide what size that needs to be??? I'm sure you math geniuses out there could easily tell me what size the square needed to be in relationship to the rectangle it sets on, well NOT ME! I ended up cutting that piece down like 4 times before I found the right size! LOL So if anyone out there has the simple mathematical equation for this take pity on me and share it!!! I've listed all the other pertinent details below the card.

Here is all the stamps that come in the Blooming with Happiness set I used for this card.

Card Details:

  • Card Base - 4.25 X 5.5, Rectangle 3.25 x 4.50, center square 3.00"
  • Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
  • Ink - Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze, Black Stazon
  • Accessories - Crafter's Tool Kit, Dimensionals, Circle punches

Well that's it for this post, as always thanks for stopping by and see you soon.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

DCBD Challenge 121

One last Challenge for today. I tried the Diva Coffee Break sketch challenge and you can check out all the info about this challenge here! I'm not quite as late on this one they post their challenge on Wednesday, so I'm not doing too bad. A lot of these ladies are in a great SU! yahoo group that I'm apart of, it's a wonderful place for SU product talk and lots of project inspiration. It's called LNS, check it out if you get a chance and if you decide to give it a try be sure to let them know I sent you!

I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets on this card, Lovely as a Tree, it's been in Stampin Up! line for a long time and I'm terrified they will be retiring it! I hope not but just in case if you don't already have the set you should get it soon! This was a great sketch, I didn't really think I liked it all that much when I first looked at but as I worked it really grew on me. It made a very pretty card. All the product on the card is current Stampin Up! product except the DSP, it is the paper that was on SAB just past, very pretty stuff. All the rest of the details for the card will be listed in the Card detail area.

Card Details:

  • Card size - 4-1/4 X 5-1/2
  • Stamp Set - Lovely as a Tree and Hugs & Wishes
  • Paper - Basic Grey, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, SAB DSP
  • Ink - Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron Stampin Write Marker
  • Accessories - Brads, Word Window Punch

That's it for today three posts, I'm tired. I should have posted some of these for later in the week but I was all ready late for all the challenges so I wanted to get this entered as soon as possible. Thank you so much for stopping by and let me know if there is anything I can help you with to get you stampin!

Trendy Tree Fun

Here's my second challenge of the day. On this one I took part (also late!) in MJ's Monday Lunch time sketch challenge over at Techno Stamper. Mary Jo is one of my favorite bloggers, her projects are wonderful and I always gather inspiration when I visit her site :-) Here is the sketch she offered up this past Monday.

It was a great sketch and worked wonderfully for the fantastically cute Trendy Tree set, I think it's one of my all time favorite stamp sets. I love stamping the trees in unconventional colors, hence the perfectly named trendy trees!! LOL On this card I also used the textured card stock which is so pretty and makes for a very elegant card. I didn't include a sentiment on the front of this card as I have something in mind for the inside of the card. This set also has two very useful sentiments to go with it, you can see them in the picture below.

Card Details:

  • Card Base - 5-1/2 x 4-1/4
  • Paper - Pacific Point (textured cs), Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss Whisper White and Rockabilly DSP
  • Stamp Set - Trendy Trees
  • Ink - Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa
  • Accessories - Trio Punch, Brads, Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Well it was nice to be back for a blog post, hopefully not so long between posts this next time. Hope you have a wonderful week. And as always thanks for stopping by!

Who Loves you Owl

Hi Everyone! Sorry I've been away so long. I won't go into too many details but March was a rough month myself and my children (doggies). I actually lost two of my babies and the other in in the vet hospital but on the road to recovery. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, we'll see how that goes.

When I've been in a creative funk in the past I always rely on sketch challenges to get the creative juices flowing again. It give you a starting place so that you don't feel like you just don't know where to begin! I played in two of those challenges this week, extremely late to both of them but better late than never........right??

Here is the first one from the Mojo Monday sketch 80 challenge. This blog posts a new sketch each Monday morning and they are always great. Check it out if you are needing that creative nudge like I did!!

I used the set Owl Together Now, a very cute set with lots of great images in it. If you are an Owl lover as lots of people are this is a must have set for your collection! The image and the sentiment are both popped up. I used the InColor '08/'09 colors Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss, all the InColors this round were great, I'm going to be sad to see them go. If you haven't purchased these yet you just have till July to do so, so you better hurry :-) I'll list all the details on what I used for this card in the card info area below.

Card Details:

  • 4-1/4 X 5-1/2" Card (side fold)
  • Ink - Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
  • Stamp Set - Owl Together Now
  • Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip and Good Morning Sunshine DSP
  • Accessories - Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, trio flower punch, scalloped punch, circle punches and brads

This was a really fun card to make, hope you like how it turned out. Stay tuned for the next challenge card I did!!!