Saturday, December 31, 2011

The (Stampin') teacher is in ;)

I've spent today on the computer (So what else is new, right?  Hush your mouth!!) working on my Stampin' Up! business.  Which does NOT feel like work, by the way, because stamping, talking about stamping, buying stamp supplies, etc. etc. is SO MUCH FUN!!

Anyway, please take a minute to drop by my demonstrator website and click on "Events" to see what crazy fun classes I've come up with for you in January, February, and March.  RSVP for a class - or two or three :) - and then hop back over here to conveniently pay online.  Isn't technology a time-saver??

Everyone please have fun with your New Year's festivities, but stay safe.  Best wishes to all for everything you need in 2012.

Happy stampin' and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All a Twitter(pated)!

The Occasions Mini catalog begins January 4th!  I can't wait for you all to see the adorable and exciting new products that are being introduced.  Sooooo, I designed a card or two (or three) to give you a little sneak peek of some of the new, yummy things:

This was my first attempt.  It's "OK" but something just wasn't hitting me right.  Off to Split Coast Stampers to get some opinions from my fellow demos . . .

"Lose the rhinestones"  "Put them in the snowflakes"  "Lower the label"  "Lose the patterned paper" (Um, NO!  That's one of my sneak peeks!!  lol) "Too much glimmer"  "Not enough glimmer"  "Frame the label"   . . . and on and on and on :)  Well, you get the idea.  Back to the drawing, er, stamping, board . . .

I actually liked the silvery one better, but glitter & I do NOT play well together - soooooo, another sneak peak item took the place of the silver glitter (which I'm pretty sure is still sitting in my wrinkles, a week later).

OK, did you find the sneak peeks?????

How about that pretty, vintage-y paper behind the white label?  That's a small scrap from the new Twitterpated Suite.  It's very Victorian (I just love it, especially since I miss Springtime Vintage so much from last year's Occasions Mini.).

Do you LOVE the ribbon?  NEW Pleated Satin Ribbon in FOUR colors!!!!  That's the Blushing Bride.  It's so easy to work with and really adds some WOW to the cards.

Notice the gorgeous red glimmer on the white label on the right hand card?  If you already love Dazzling Details, you'll go crazy for it in Cherry Cobbler - just in time for Valentine's Day!

Well, don't forget that the Holiday Mini ends on January 3 - and if you didn't order the Stocking Builder punch yet, get it before it's gone, gone, gone - it's NOT carrying over!!

Head on over to my DBWS to shop the Holiday Mini and the Clearance Rack - TONS of current punches in the old body style still to be had for awesome prices, along with some great papers, buttons, and more.

Happy New Year, and happy stampin'!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christ-MASS Production!

Well, I banged out 32 of these bad boys today.  Wanted to create a card that would be simple & mailable.  Kittie Caracciolo has some really gorgeous cards on her blog and I wanted to try my hand at making something similar, but much less "dimensional".  I adore Kittie's work!

OK, I confess, it's not Stampin' Up! only, but you know I can't resist a pretty die & that branch punch just makes such nice pine-y foliage ;)  But see??  See how your non-Stampin' Up! stuff can work so well with Stampin' Up! stuff?  I bet you've got some craft supplies lying around that you don't know what to do with because you can't figure out the best way to use them.  Well, give me a call!  I can recommend some wonderful stampy things from the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog to make you love ALL your neglected tools and supplies again!  Face it, we've all got some things lying around or lost in drawers because we bought them & now can't remember why or can't decide how to use them.

This card uses Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Garden Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock and the lovely Frostwood Lodge stamp set.  Notice the little holly berries?  That's a sneak peek from the Occasions Mini - yep, more Dazzlin' Details coming soon - that's Cherry Cobbler & it's SCRUMPTIOUS!!!  I love me some bling!!  I used Stazon Jet Black ink & spritzed the window view with some homemade glimmer mist (email me for the recipe, credit to Lyssa Zwolanek for sharing).  I wish you could see better how it makes the stamped image sparkle.

Well, off to address my cards!  Merry Christmas!!

Happy stampin',


PS  Head over to my DBWS & check out the Clearance Rack Blitz - but hurry!!  It's going FAST.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Highlights from Gift Card Holders Class

Here are some samples that my students created from the Gift Card Holders class I held this past Friday!

 Dee's cards
 Kim's cards
 Michelle's cards
Shari's cards

As you can see, they had a lot of fun using punces and the Big Shot to embellish their gift cards!  We used paper from the Holly Berry Bouquet DSP pack, red & silver Glimmer Paper, and a variety of Textured Impressions embossing folders as well as the Stocking and Stocking Accents dies.

Aren't they cute?!  If you haven't ordered your Stampin' Up! goodies yet, it's not too late!  Order online through my DBWS by December 14th for delivery by Christmas.

Happy stampin'!


Paper Rosettes Class Highlights

Finally have some time to blog again!  My nemesis, homework, has been on my back :)

I held a Paper Rosettes class on November 18th & just HAVE to show off my students' work!  First of all, I was really nervous because this was my first class with "strangers" - however, soon we were all chatting away like old friends & having a great time crafting together.

Here are their creations.  I just LOVE how they used Stampin' Up! punches to highlight their wreaths with butterflies, birds, and owls!

Shari's wreath

Kim's wreath

If you haven't ordered your Spice Cake DSP yet, better hurry!  The Holiday Mini ends on January 3rd!

Happy stampin'!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best "Stupid Gadget" I Ever Bought!

OK, so this isn't stamp-related, but my baby is coming home from the marching band Disney trip today, and I wanted to make her some cupcakes.  Love to bake.  Hate to make cupcakes.  No matter what I do, I end up with batter all over the pan, the counter, myself - you get the picture.

Several months ago while DD17 & I were in Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I saw this nifty little batter gadget on the clearance rack for $6 because it was missing its lid.  It looked sad.  I like to make pancakes, too, but that's another story - but anyway, I thought it would be cool to be able to pull the little handle & make myself quick, perfect pancakes.  Yep.  That hasn't happened.

Anyway, I remembered this little "stupid gadget" (as DH likes to call my clearance rack finds - and can't blame him, because my junk drawers and shelves sort of take over the house sometimes - "OOOOOH, what does THIS gadget do?") as I was mixing the batter.

WELL.  Let me just say, this is my new favorite toy.  No drips.  No messy pan.  No messy me or counters!!!!  In about five seconds, I filled the cupcake liners and VOILA.  Into the oven they go.

I see MANY cupcakes in my future ;)

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!



Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Monday! Online Extravaganza Starts Today!

Two super deals that are today only - Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps and Simply Scored - and lots of cute things on sale all week.  Go to my online store to shop, make sure I'm your preferred demo, and the sale prices will show up in your basket!  Shop Now!

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy stampin'!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stampin' with my CCD kids :)

Here's a Thanksgiving card I designed last month but never got a chance to blog about :)  I took my Big Shot & all the supplies into CCD class this morning so my class kids could make cards for their families.  Inside, they listed things they were thankful for.  It was kinda funny but kinda sad that a lot of them said things like "My iPod" "My cell phone" "My laptop" . . . fortunately, there were a few who managed to save me from total disillusionment by saying they were grateful for their families, pets, homes, and the like.

What was I grateful for?  Well, since I woke up with a migraine & sick to my stomach, I was really thankful I'd already had this card designed & ready to go!!

Happy stampin' - and Happy Thanksgiving!!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Monthly "Class in a Box" - Coming in December!

Coming in December!  "Class in a Box" by mail.  Can't make it to a class but would like to get crafty?  Check back soon for details - still working them out, but I promise it will be FUN!

Happy stampin'!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Bright Hopes Silver Shimmer Pool Party Northern Frost Lodge . . . Oh heck, it's holiday-ish!!

Borrowed the double or blank embossed technique from this card in the Split Coast Stampers gallery, and since I just got the Northern Flurries Sizzlits die and some more Silver Shimmer paper, I just had to make some snowflakes to go with it.  Pool Party is my favorite new In Color this year.  It's just so pretty with the white and silver, isn't it?  I almost ALWAYS forget to add ribbon to cards, but remembered I'd ordered some of the ruffled ribbon before I fastened down the card front.  A little sponging on the edges adds some dimension.  The stamped image in the center is from Frostwood Lodge and the sentiment is from Bright Hopes, both from the Holiday Mini (also where you can get the Silver Shimmer paper).  If you'd like to order any of the supplies for this card, just hit the "Go Shopping" button over to the right and you'll be all set!  The holiday are fast approaching and this card could serve as either Christmas or New Year's, so be sure to shop the Mini before it's too late :)

Happy stampin'!


Addendum:  I had some requests as to how I left the "blank spot" in the center of the card, so here's a link to the video I learned it from.  The video uses a Cuttlebug, but I used my Big Shot:  Double or "Blank" Embossing Technique
I played around with this some more so I could give instructions using the BS. I cut an oval out from chipboard (used a piece from my order of Shimmer Paper) using a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of chipboard, with the oval cut out of the center. Using the Snowflake Embossing folder, which I taped the chipboard to the outside of so it wouldn't slip & my cardstock inside, here is the sandwich:
Multipurpose platform on Tab 1
ONE Cutting pad (clear acrylic from BS)
Embossing folder with chipboard taped to outside, cardstock inside (folder closed, of course)
Silicone rubber embossing pad

I then trimmed a bit from each edge of the embossed cardstock & rounded the corners with my punch and stamped my image in the center.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Re-Purposing Planners

So I was in Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago & saw these REALLY ugly little planners - see it there, in the photo above?  That sad, sad, cheap blue vinyl yuck-o little guy?  Now, a planner's definitely useful, but there's no good reason it has to be butt-ugly, right?

I brought home a bunch of them & pulled out some DSP scraps - VOILA!!  Prettier planners :)

Ssssshh - the one with the peace signs isn't Stampin' Up! paper.  That one's for DD17 :)

Look around YOUR dollar store.  I bet you can find some sad, lonely, ugly but useful little thing YOU can prettify up, too.  See, crafting doesn't HAVE to be expensive!!

Happy stampin'!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Spice Cake Rosette Wreath

If you're signed up for my November 18 Paper Rosettes class, this is what you'll be making :)  Didn't sign up in time?  Never fear, Jeni's here, with another class in January.  Stop on over to my website, Stampin' Up! with Jeni Szmyd and click on Events to sign up for the January class.

I'm so happy with the way this wreath turned out!  Our Spice Cake DSP won't be around for long though.  The Holiday Mini ends January 3, so stop by my website to order yours today!  This beautiful paper just BEGS to be made into wreaths, cards, boxes and bags for the Thanksgiving season and beyond.

Happy stampin'!


PS  Can't come to the class?  Contact me for a "Class in the Mail":  Stamp With Jeni

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gift Card Holders!

Just in time for the holidays!  I had some time at the crop I went to last weekend to experiment with some gift card holders.  I can't remember where I got the tutorial for the one on the right, but the one on the left is by Dannie of Dannie's Designs (she has some AWESOME free tutorials!!).

Isn't the coffee cup one cute?!  I love how it slides out of the "cup".  The other one is pretty nifty too.

If you'd like to learn to make these gift card holders and more, be sure to head over to my website, and click on the "Events" tab - I have a gift card holder class scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd where you will make 12 gift card holders for only $20 AND every class member will receive a holiday treat of a $10 gift certificate good on a $25 or more order if you place an order the day of class!

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wedding Whimsy

My niece, Julie, is in town this weekend for a wedding.  Which means great-aunt Jeni gets to babysit Hayley Rose for the day!!!!!!  In the meantime, Jules asked me if I'd make her a wedding card for Katie.  Didn't have time to come up with something original, so off I went to CASE Split Coast Stampers & my favorites Gallery to see what I could copy.  Vicki's card filled the bill nicely & makes use of some punches & embossing folders I already have.  The bridesmaids' gowns are apple, described as a "not vibrant" red.  I decided to go with Cherry Cobbler for the main color:

Had a bit of ribbon left over from my pre-Stampin' Up! days that just went perfectly on this card!  What do you think?!

Happy stampin'!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"Witch"-ful Thinking

Took another homework break for some stamp therapy.  This is the first of six Halloween cards commissioned by a friend of mine.  She asked me to re-create the card in the top left corner of the Holiday Mini but asked if I could include the kitty somewhere on the card.  I thought it would be fun to perch her up on the top of the scallop trim :)

These little boogers are TIME-consuming but SOOOOO cute!!  Each piece was hand-stamped with Basic Black using the darling Out on a Limb set from the mini, the little witch and broom are hand-colored using Stampin' Write markers, then I hand cut all the images using our Paper Snips (LOVE these - just got 'em and don't know why on earth I didn't buy them sooner!!).  Punched out the moon from More Mustard using the 1 3/4 inch punch, hand inked the message (from the Wicked Cool set in the IB&C) on Whisper White textured cardstock using Stampin' Write markers for the two-color effect, and then punched it out with the scallop oval punch.  Used the scallop edge punch for the Rich Razzleberry trim above the Old Olive patterned paper from the Brights paper stack, added a little faux stitching with my white gel pen, and finally, I used the sweet ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade (from the IB&C).  I'm normally not much for using ribbon, but it makes this card even more adorable.  The card base itself is Old Olive smooth cardstock.  Since the images are so intricate, I used the fine point end of Tombow Multi glue to adhere them.  I always forget about good old Tombow, but it's great for when SNAIL or Sticky Strip is too big for the job.

Whew!  Only five more to go, but I need to get back to my homework for now.  If you'd like to learn how to make these cards or need supplies to come up with your own cute little Halloween or holiday cards, call me or hop on over to my Stampin' Up! demonstrator website to shop!

Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wickedly Busy . . . !!

I have been HELLACIOUSLY busy lately!!!  The class I'm in right now for grad school is so miserably boring & filled with homework that not only does it give me a migraine daily, but I detest it so badly I can't even remember the correct name of the course - Financial something or other for non-profit health care - or something like that.  Spreadsheets and math - two of my NOT favorite things.  Anyway .  .  .  I took a little break tonight to work on a couple of commissions from two friends for thank you notes & Halloween cards.  Also (excitement excitement!!!) I'm going on a 4-day crop next week (WOOOOOTTTTTT!!) where I'll be redoing my wedding photos using mostly Stampin' Up! products & getting some more things ready for a November craft fair.  Stay tuned for some new blog posts in the near future!!

Happy stampin'!


PS  Did you notice the absolutely adorable-icious little pink fabric basket holding some of my tools?  That, my stampin' friends, is a genuine Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek creation that she sent along with a retired punch I bought from her recently.  Lyssa is one of the top 100 demos in the U.S.!!!  Like a Stampin' Up! CELEBRITY!!!  Now that is definitely squeal-worthy!!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Getting Ready for the Craft Fair . . .

So, I'm participating in a craft/vendor fair October 1st down at the American Legion.  I'm making 20 of these cards to sell (among other items), with various sentiments inside.  I wanted to keep the design simple, because I didn't want them to be difficult to mail.

For this card, the front is stamped using the "Courage" set (IB&C) and Night of Navy & Cherry Cobbler classic ink.  Cardstock used is Night of Navy, which I embossed using the Stripes folder, Cherry Cobbler, embossed with a non-SU! stars folder, and Very Vanilla.  Inside are various sentiments from the "Service and Sacrifice" set (IB&C).

Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sweet Treats!

Oooooh, I just love Hershey's chocolate - especially when it's all jazzed up in these little nugget boxes!  It's hard to tell in the photo, but the boxes are also embossed with the Sizzix Spider Web embossing folder.  I made these little cuties using the Stampin' Up! EXCLUSIVE matchbox die by Sizzix and stamp sets from Gift Givers and It's a Wrap Holidays from the Holiday Mini.  I didn't have any orange colored ribbon, but I would've added some if I'd had it.

If you love this project, be sure and sign up for my Halloween "Boo-tique" on Tuesday, October 11th.  We'll be making some of these little boxes - hopefully, there'll be nuggets left to put in them when we're done!  Hop on over to my DBWS & click on the "Events" tab to sign up:  Stamp with Jeni - Stampin' Up!

P.S.  The background DSP in the photo is from the Pick Your Poison suite in the Holiday Mini - creepy cute!!
Happy stampin'!


Used for this project:  Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock; Pumpkin Pie classic ink; Decorative Label punch; Matchbox Die; Spiderweb embossing folder; Gift Givers & It's a Wrap-Holidays

Friday, September 16, 2011

Such a Hallo-weenie :)

Well, I wasn't going to buy any stamps until October 1, but I broke down & got some Halloween stamps this week instead . . . gonna blame it on daughter Rachel, since she wants to make cards & treat bags for her friends ;) yeah, that'll justify/enable me, right?  Actually, I do want to get a jump on my Halloween "Boo-tique" on October 11 (go over to my SU! website, & click on the "Events" tab to sign up!), so I really did need to get them now rather than cutting myself short on time later.

Five Fierce Cards!
Didn't they turn out cute?!  I used a little something from several different sets & mixed them up a little:  Out on a Limb (Holiday Mini), Jack All Trades, Wicked Cool, Dark & Dreary, and Grateful Greetings (all from the Idea Book & Catalog).

This first one was the inspiration for the set.  We made a card very similar to this at my 4th level upline's (Kim Williams') last meeting.

I didn't have the Good Grid background stamp to use on the tag like we did at the meeting, so I used the Netting background stamp on both my Very Vanilla pieces of cardstock.  (The card we did at the meeting looked nicer with the contrasting stamps.)

Here are closeups of the other four cards:

If you like these cards, be sure to sign up for my Halloween "Boo-tique" on October 11, where we'll be making a card, a treat, and a 3D item just in time for trick or treat!

Happy stampin'!


Stampin' Supplies:
Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Basic Black & Very Vanilla cardstock; Basic Black, Concord Crush, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie & Cajun Craze Classic ink pads; Stampin' Write Markers in Basic Black, Concord Crush, Basic Grey, Blush Blossom & Cajun Craze; Basic Black grosgrain ribbon;  Tag & Large Tag punches; Snail adhesive

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dark and Dreary . . .

So I'm having a Stampin' Up! Open House on Tuesday.  Well, hopefully :)  Seems I didn't pick a very good date (or I maybe have a B.O. problem I'm unaware of ???  lol)   . . . Anyway, this is the make & take we'll be doing.  The stamp set is called "Dark and Dreary" - isn't it creepy-cute?!  It starts with Pear Pizzazz, on top of which is layered Cajun Craze (embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder), Basic Black & finally Very Vanilla.  The raven image is layered on Old Olive & I used Cajun Craze ink & a couple of punches with a little Basic Black grosgrain ribbon.  The main image is stamped in Pumpkin Pie.  It's a cute little 10 minute card!  Hope you like it :)

Happy stampin'!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Halloween Rosette Wreath

Paper rosettes are popping up EVERYWHERE this fall!  I just had to try making something using them, so this is what I came up with last night (yep, I made this cute wreath in just one evening!).  To make paper rosettes, you definitely need a scoring board, and what do you know?  Stampin' Up! has just introduced one, the Simply Scored, in the new Holiday Mini!

For this wreath, I used the Pick Your Poison DSP & Silver Glimmer Paper from the Holiday Mini, along with Pumpkin Pie smooth and Basic Black textured cardstock and a little Basic Black satin ribbon.  The stamped images are from Dark & Dreary in the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog.

If you'd like to learn more about making paper rosettes and just how fun & easy they are, hop on over to my DBWS & sign up for my November class under the "Events" tab.  You'll be amazed at what you can do!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to ME!!

Well, sort of.  I'm a registered nurse in real life.  Sometimes the census (number of patients on the unit) is low and someone gets to be called off.  My phone rang this morning at around 5 a.m. and it was the charge nurse from night shift:  "Jen?  Hope I didn't wake up your family.  I have to call someone off for 8 hours . . . "  Before she could even finish, I sleepily exclaimed, "I'll take it!"  Now, usually, you get called and they say they need to call someone off for four hours.  Kinda nice if you want to sleep in, but kinda sucks 'cause then you have to wait around til about 9 a.m. to find out whether or not you get the WHOLE day off.  So getting the whole eight right off the bat is SA-WEETTT!!

So, after I caught a few more winks of beauty sleep (I know, keep trying, right? ;) ) I got up, started in on the laundry, and started thinking about the swap I have coming up at my upline's next meeting in September.  I knew I wanted to use the new silver Glimmer paper & Bright Hopes stamp set from the upcoming holiday mini (speaking of which, it starts September 1st - have you requested your copy from me yet?!)  The original idea I came up with was this:

It's okay, but I was kinda "Meh".  I did the same design using silver embossing powder mixed with iridescent ice to pick up the sparkle in the glimmer paper, but all that did was fade out the stamped images.  Plus my hubby thought it was too much blue.  And I still wasn't really happy with it.  So I put everything away for a while and kept pondering.  I knew I was going to come up short on this designer paper from the Letters to Santa DSP pack since I'd already used a couple of pieces experimenting with the first card and I REALLY don't want to put another order in right now :)  (Well, I can always find a way to justify ordering more Stampin' Up! stuff, but I'm TRYING to be good lol)

So, I went through my stash to see what I had the most color of on hand in my cardstock drawers.  I have a lot of Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler left over from some past projects, and the plaid in this DSP coordinates with EE and Real Red, so the Cherry Cobbler might kind of work, I thought.  I also needed to find a way to use what I had left of the plaid DSP to make 13 swap cards.  Here's what I finally came up with:

I embossed the wreath image from Bright Hopes in white on Old Olive and punched it out with the scallop circle punch and layered it on the silver glimmer paper punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  I used Cherry Cobbler for the bottom panel, stamped the snowflake image from Bright Hopes randomly all over it and punched the edge with the scallop trim border punch.  The plaid DSP from Letters to Santa is pieced on top, then I used Whisper White satin ribbon to cover the seam and add some interest.  I cut a small banner from Whisper White textured cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Bright Hopes in Old Olive.  Finally, I added a little bling with Rhinestone embellishments and layered the whole piece onto Early Espresso to pick up the EE in the plaid.

Don't forget, you only have until August 31 to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP event!  Great buy on our beautiful designer paper.

Also, don't forget, I have Christmas Stamp-a-Stack coming up in October!  Check the "Events" tab on my Stampin' Up! website to sign up.  I promise a fun time while you make 20 beautiful, hand-stamped Christmas cards for only $20!

Happy stamping!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Four Frames Four Card Suite

FINALLY got my set of "Four Frames" that coordinates with the Decorative Label punch!  This set is SOOO cute.  I used stamps from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" to fill in the frames & went from there.

Going clockwise from the top, I used the Hello Doily stamp with white embossing powder again and added just a few pearls.  I wanted to keep that simple since it's a sympathy card.  I rounded the corners with a punch to soften it.

Next, I made a Thinking of You card using paper from the Paisley Petals suite and punched up some interest (get it, "punched up" - okay, you can groan) with my scallop border punch, and added just a little bling with some Rhinestone embellishments.

The third card is a baby card suitable for a boy.  I stamped and cut out some images from Every Little Bit, used some DSP from Nautical Expedition (which is retiring from the summer mini August 31, so order now if you want this paper!!), trimmed it with Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, and added a few Rhinestones.

Last, I used my Lace Ribbon Border punch to punch a strip from Whisper White cardstock and layered it under the flip side of the Paisley Petals paper used in card two and covered the seam with some more Night of Navy grosgrain.  I painted Paper Daisies with White Shimmer paint, put a teeny tiny pearl embellishment in the center of each flower, and one in the center of the rose on the stamped label.

I used Night of Navy cardstock and Night of Navy classic ink for all four cards, and each one took me about 15 minutes to make!

If you'd like to set up a workshop with some friends to make these four pretty cards, contact me!  I'd be glad to stamp with you!

Happy stamping!


Clean & Simple Hello Doily Greetings

 CASEd this design from Danielle George, my 5th level upline, who CASEd it from someone else :)  I just LOVE the Flirtatious Suite, which includes this large "Hello Doily" stamp.  These two cards were made by stamping the image with white Craft ink.  Then I used white embossing powder & heat set the image.  I really like how it makes the doily image look almost 3D.  As you can see, by simply changing the stamp on the Decorative Label punch out, you can make this card perfect for almost any occasion!  I used Old Olive classic ink for the sentiment and sponged the edges of the punched label to add some dimension.  The cardstock is one of the new 2011-13 In Colors, Lucky Limeade.  To pick up the texture of the doily, I used Whisper White textured cardstock for the label.  Finally, I added just a little bling by placing just one Rhinestone embellishment in the center of the doily!  Making these two cards took me LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR TOTAL!  "Clean and Simple", people!!  :)

If you'd like to learn heat embossing or any of the other clean and simple techniques used on this card at a class or workshop, contact me!  I'd love to stamp with you!

Happy stamping!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Punchy Heat Embossed Island Flowers

Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight . . . add a little Early Espresso ink on Versamark with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, some Pearl embellishments . . . and voila!  Sorta beachy, no?  Alright, I know - the title could have been better :)  That's the best you get out of me after a week of night shift!

Happy stamping!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hello Doily + Delicate Doilies + Perfectly Penned = CASEing Lyssa Zwolanek

I love looking at other people's blogs.  One of my favorites is Lyssa Zwolanek's Song of My Heart Stampers.  I've never met Lyssa in person, but she's a real artist and a Stampin' Up! leader.  She made Founder's Circle at Convention this summer, which is one of the highest honors in Stampin' Up!  Being a newbie, I'm not exactly sure what it entails, but I do know it's a HUGE deal.  Lyssa recently shared some absolutely gorgeous thank you cards that she created for some very special Stampin' Up! folks, one of them being Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up! founder.  You can see Lyssa's cards here:  Lyssa Zwolanek's Three Perfectly Penned Thank Yous

Lyssa gave me permission to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) her work, so this is my attempt at recreating her beautiful cards.  Lyssa also posts often on Split Coast Stampers, answering questions and giving great advice to all of us Stampin' Up! demos.  I hope to attend Convention next summer and meet Lyssa in person!

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:
stamp sets - Hello Doily, Delicate Doilies, Perfectly Penned; cardstock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black; accessories - Basic Black craft ink, Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, spritzer tool, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Paper Daisies, Rhinestone embellishments, Basic Black satin ribbon, Sticky Strip

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stampin' Up! Pastel Rainbow

Remember Sage Shadow Fancy from a couple of weeks ago?  My friend Vanessa sure did.  She liked it so much she asked me to make her a set of six thank you notecards using the same basic design.  I had SO much fun picking the colors for these cards!  It's like a little rainbow of butterflies . . . Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder.  I embossed the "Thanks" sentiment using a stamp from a retired set (So Happy for You) in Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, punched out the tiny florets using a punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and highlighted the centers with Pearl Embellishments.  The frame of the die cut was sponged with the coordinating inks, and finally, I brushed a new Stampin' Up! product called "Dazzling Details" that will be coming out in the Holiday Mini on September 1st over the florets and the butterfly for just a little glimmer.  YOU WILL LOVE DAZZLING DETAILS, PEOPLE!!  Be sure to get on my mailing list for your copy of the Holiday Mini!  It's to swoon for :)

Happy stamping!!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I always thought that was a strange movie.  It took me a couple of viewings to figure out that Holly Golightly was . . . um . . . kind of a "light woman", shall we say?  I'd like to think it had a happy ending, her and the soaking wet cat & Paul, all snuggly in the taxi.  Hopefully she found whatever it was she was really looking for.

Anyway, I DO love Tiffany's.  Especially their pretty little boxes.  Has to be about the BEST shade of blue EVER!!  I actually HAVE two of those boxes in my possession, courtesy of a very dear friend, Patrick, who passed away suddenly last October.  He very generously gave out those beautiful little baubles to many of his women friends, sometimes even slyly gifting them to our husbands around Valentine's Day and letting them get all the credit :)  One is a Paloma Picasso double heart necklace (hence said Valentine's Day story) and the other is a Tiffany tag pendant that I had long admired in the catalog.  He was like the BIG brother I never had, my "fourth brother", along with my own three brothers . . . and his heart was as big as he was, all 6'5" and 350 pounds of him.  Every girl should have a brother-buddy like that.  And just in case anyone thinks that's a little weird, no.  He was my husband's best friend, too.  No funny stuff.  We miss him every day.  And that's definitely not funny.

So, thinking about Patrick and Tiffany's was the inspiration for this card.  Stampin' Up! has a new set of In Colors for the next two years, and when I got my sample pack in July, both my daughter and I immediately hollered, "Tiffany Blue!!" when we saw Pool Party.  Hope you enjoy this yummy, lacy card :)

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:
Pool Party smooth and Whisper White textured cardstock; various Stampin' Up! punches; Teeny Tiny Wishes & Bliss stamp sets; Rhinestone embellishment

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Using the Color Coach

I struggle with colors.  Granted, I know what I *like*, but to sit down and match colors or contrast colors or whatever artistic people do with such grace pretty much escapes me.  Voila!  Stampin' Up! has a solution to that - our Color Coach.  The Color Coach is an index card system that lists all our beautiful colors and gives you combinations to use those colors with.  For this card, I wanted to accent the Rich Razzleberry of the first card layer.  My Color Coach suggested using Early Espresso and Pretty in Pink.  Definitely would NEVER have thought to use EE, but don't you just LOVE the results??  I used some cardstock & DSP scraps for the flower.  My daughter, who is 16 and my favorite crafting partner, has been making these layered flower embellishments lately using the Five Petal Punch, so I sorta stole her idea :)  I also used the leaf stem from the Bird builder punch, the Tulip Frame embossing folder, and the Modern Label and Word Window punches.  Finally, I used white craft ink to stamp an image from the Flower Fest set and Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment.  I used my favorite ribbon, the Seam Binding, in Always Artichoke and some Pearl embellishments for a few finishing touches.  Like I said, "Voila!"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Silly Owls

Last week I mentioned my friend with the brain tumor.  My goal is to send her a card a week, silly or not.   So here's this week's attempt at humor.  Inside each card so far I also used a stamp I have that says "Keep Calm and Carry On" - thought Lex would get a kick out of that :)

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:  Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Whisper White, Basic Black, various DSP; Owl Builder, Bird Builder, Scallop Oval and Modern Label punches, brads, Stampin' Write marker in Concord Crush

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Butterflies for Alexis

Sometimes life just straight up sucks.  I just found out a former co-worker has a brain tumor.  Alexis has two young daughters and a husband.  She moved out of the area within this last year because of her husband's job.  Everything was going great - the FB updates are awesome (nice house, lovely area, etc. etc.)  I didn't work with her much when they lived up here because we were always on different shifts, but this girl has a smile on her face no matter WHAT was going on!  If it's unfair for anybody to have a brain tumor, this would be the kid.  Anyway, I wanted to mail her a card with lots of butterflies and bright colors.  She doesn't want sympathy.  She's already talking about kicking this tumor's A**.  Pray for her, will you?


Card recipe:
Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, Blueberry Crisp DSP, Cute by the Inch (hostess), Pacific Point classic ink, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Marianne & Cheery Lynn dies, Rhinestone embellishments, Stickles

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sage Shadow Fancy

Soooo, my DD16 & I went to a stamp/scrapbook show today in Monroeville.  Have to say I was really disappointed in most of the vendors, but I WAS thrilled to find these GORGEOUS dies - the embossed frame & the large butterfly.  The stamps at the show - meh - Stampin' Up! is SO much better quality than anything I saw there!  I'll stick to SU!  for my stamps for sure!!

Anyway, this is what I was playing with tonight - hope you like it!

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Sage Shadow (retired)  Stamps:  Oval All  Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit, SU! tiny punch, Sage Shadow classic & craft ink (retired), Whisper White craft ink, White & Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Pearl embellishments, Marianne Designs & Cheery Lynn Designs dies (for the frame & large butterfly), Stickles

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SCS Monday Challenge "Clean and Simple cards - color combo red, white & black"

This is my submission for Splitcoaststampers Monday Challenge for the Clean and Simple card using the challenge criteria to use red, white and black.  A clean and simple card is all about the design - not the embellishments, technique, or tools.  I don't use much that isn't Stampin' Up! but I couldn't pass up this stamp when I found it recently.  LOVE this saying, which has become popular lately - it's from a WW1 poster used in Britain to keep the citizens' morale up.  (If you Google it, you'll find the interesting story behind it!)  Since my poor manager is always getting ragged on by administration, I'll be giving it to her to remind her to "Keep Calm and Carry On" :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SCS "Ways to Use It" Challenge for 6/23 - "No White Cardstock"

So, I finally got brave enough to submit some cards in the challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  It's kind of cool because it's really making me stretch my imagination to come up with designs - kind of like homework, but more fun, you know?  Well, definitely much more fun than the homework I get in grad school, for sure :)  This challenge was to use no white cardstock.  The only white you see there is white craft ink that I rolled the scallop circle punch out in to get a little contrast.  Unfortunately, Bobby Vinton's "Blue on blue . . ." kept running through my mind while I was creating.  Showing my age, I guess ;)

Happy stamping!


Card recipe:  Flower Fest & Swirls and Curls Verses stamps; Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point & Island Indigo cardstock; Brights Patterns paper stack; Lace Ribbon, Scallop Border, Scallop Circle punches; Rhinestone embellishments; Not Quite Navy classic ink; Whisper White craft ink; non-SU! butterfly border punch;

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch Challenge for 6/22/11

I finally got brave enough to try a card sketch challenge.  This is where a designer gives you a "sketch" and you have to make a card that matches it.  I decided to experiment with one of the new In Colors, Calypso Coral (which turned out WAAAAAAAY more orange in this photo than it actually is!!!  Yeesh.).  This sort of color is definitely out of my comfort zone, but anyway, here's what I came up with.

. . . and here is the sketch from Splitcoaststampers.
Happy stamping!