Sunday, February 26, 2012

Holy cow! We met Shelli!!!

Wow!  We had SO much fun at Regionals!  It was really great to be in a room with so many creative people.  We met lots of other demonstrators and sat with four of the nicest ladies, two from West Virginia, and two from Ohio.  Here's Brittny (one of my two downlines) and me waiting to get into the event:

. . . and, can you believe it?????  Our very first Stampin' Up! event, and B & I DID get to meet Shelli!  Shelli Gardner is the founder of Stampin' Up!  She's just as down to earth in person as she is in her blog & training videos.  What a thrill :)

Good thing B was paying attention, because we ALMOST walked right past her - we were so busy looking at the "Workshop WOW" booths (well, I was, anyhow) - that we didn't even realize at first what the little knot of people were fussing over until we were almost at the next booth - B grabbed my arm & said, "Jen, do you see who's standing RIGHT THERE?"  I also didn't notice til this morning when my upline, Kim Williams, pointed it out - how do you like the way the three of us coordinated with our gray & purple?  Pretty cool!

Anyway, Regionals was a blast & we took SO many photos of the beautiful display boards and the swap cards.  Unfortunately, neither of us had time to make swaps for this event, but we'll be sure to be ready with that next time!  Here are a just a few cards that really caught my eye:

It'll take me a while to go through my photos & pick out some pretty cards to CASE from all the wonderful, creative minds of my fellow demos.  Hope you enjoy the little peek of our fun at Regionals!

Happy stampin'!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Excited for Regionals!!!

I'm heading out this afternoon for my very first Stampin' Up! event - Regionals in Columbus OH.  One of my downlines, Brittny, and I are traveling together - I can hardly wait!

Unfortunately, with my schedule lately, I had NO time to make swaps for this gathering :(  BUT we'll be doing Make & Takes and getting plenty of other information to share, so worry not, my stampin' peeps - I'm sure I'll have lots of fun things to share with you when I return!

We'll be back tomorrow night, so be sure to check back late Sunday evening - I'll try to have a brand new posting up for your enjoyment ;)

Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just for You in Blue

The Fresh Vintage stamp set is quickly becoming one of my FREE favorites from the Sale a Bration flyer.  This card in shades of blue & white is a CASE of one by Katie on Split Coast Stampers.  When she uploaded her card to the gallery today, I thought it was so pretty.  Here's my version!

Cardstock & Classic Ink colors used here are Marina Mist & Night of Navy.  The Designer Frames Textured Impressions Oval Embossing Folder (another FREE choice from the SAB flyer) highlights a medallion cut out with the matching Large Oval Punch.  The sentiment is one from Teeny Tiny Wishes (LOVE that set - it's got a saying for any card!).  Then, I layered a small button from the Regals set on top of a Filigree from Filigree Brads on top of a 3/4" Night of Navy circle, and tied it off with a bit of Island Indigo Baker's Twine.  (It's not an exact match, but it works!)  Finally, some Pearl Embellishments add a little bling.

If you'd like to know more about making this card, getting your own freebies with every $50 order from the Sale a Bration flyer, or anything else about Stampin' Up! give me a call or visit my website any time 24 hours a day.

Happy stampin'!


Monday, February 13, 2012

My Quilted Valentine


Faux quilting on cards is a technique I love that I'd kind of forgotten about.  An online friend from Split Coast Stampers, Arlene, featured a card similar to this on one of our message boards the other day.  I thought it was so cute, I decided to CASE it since I needed a few Valentine's Day cards.

This technique makes use of the Big Shot (113439) & the Stampin' Up! exclusive Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976).

To faux quilt your cardstock design, first cut a card front (mine is Whisper White, cut to 4" x 5 1/4".  Layer punched cutouts and use adhesive to stick them down onto your card front in any pattern you wish.  For this card, I used cut outs punched with the Heart to Heart Punch (119881) and the Modern Label Punch (119849).  Colors used here are Real Red, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, and Basic Gray.(Have to confess for this technique I usually adhere my punched shapes with my Xyron - ssssssshhhhhh!!  You can use any adhesive you like.  I've also used Tombow Multi for this.)  After you've adhered your punched pieces, run the card front through your Big Shot using the Square Lattice folder and voila!!  It ends up looking like a piece of fabric that's been appliqued.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White & punched it out with the Word Window Punch (119857) and attached it with Tombow Multi and layered my finished card front onto a Basic Gray card, also using Tombow Multi.

Happy Valentine's Day and happy stampin'!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

MMMMMM . . . Sugar Fix!!

I finally got my sets of Stampin' Up's new Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!  They come in two different designs,  Holidays and Occasions:

Holidays.  There's also a Jack o' Lantern face but you can't see it in this photo - it's on the wooden "handle".

I'll be serving cookies made with these adorable stamps at my Birthday Stamp a Stack on Sunday, so naturally, I had to test them out!

My Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps
Here's what the stamps look like out of the box.  They come with two recipes for cookies.  I decided to try the Sugared Shortbread recipe.  The recipe said it would make about 16 cookies.  I rolled them into about 1 1/4" dough balls and coated them in granulated sugar, according to the directions.  Even being generous with the "scoops", I actually got 20 cookie dough balls!  Here's what they looked like after I stamped them:

Cookies ready to be baked!
Yummy cookies out of the oven!!
The only change I made to the recipe was to double the vanilla to two teaspoons because my family likes really "vanilla-y" cookies.  Let me tell you, these things are ADDICTIVE.  It's 12:37 a.m. right now & last time I looked, there were only 5 of these bad boys left in the kitchen!!  By the way, these are very generously sized cookies after you mash them down with the stamper - about 3 1/2" round.  I saw an idea on another demo blog to trim them into more perfect circles by cutting them with a biscuit cutter after you stamp them down - will definitely try that on another round of baking.  I also want to try decorating them with colored sanding sugars too.

So, I'll definitely be baking again before Sunday :)  If you'd like to order your very own set of Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, head on over to my website where you can shop 24 hours a day.

Happy stampin'!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Party This Way, Kidoodles!!

Whew!!  This has been one busy week.  As you may know, nurses have crazy schedules.  Mine this week was night shift Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday - one day off - back to work 3-11 on Thursday (originally I was supposed to work 7-3, but I begged for mercy since there were 8 people scheduled, so they took pity on me & changed it - at least I got to sleep in a little!!).  Add some homework to that, and my older doggie, Lucy, having some - er - plumbing issues, let's say??  (I may need to rename her "Puddles" - 'nuff said??)  ANYWAY - haven't had time to stamp until this morning.

I've been playing around with this design since last weekend, trying to come up with a fun kid birthday card for my Stamp a Stack on Sunday.  It's kind of a hodge podge of colors, using up what I have available (can you believe I'm being so good & didn't order any new cardstock this week??).  I think the DSP is from my Starter Kit from last March, actually!  The Kidoodles stamp set is so cute and I really wanted to use this little octopus guy - he's stamped in Black Stazon on our Watercolor Paper & colored with Stampin' Write markers.  Then I thought, wouldn't it be fun to add Spinner Game hands so the child could play with the card & try to hit their age??  THEN I happened to notice that the FREE Sale a Bration set I just got, Party This Way, has a balloon stamp that matches this DSP scrap - so I just had to try to work that in.  It's possibly a little bit "much" for one card, but kids like bright busy colors, so I think a child getting this card would like it, don't you?

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Grunge Rock Teen Birthday

Been wanting this set for a while for teen cards, so I was playing around with it today.  I tried to use colors that you could be for either a boy or a girl, so Cherry Cobbler & Basic Gray came out of my cardstock stash, along with some Basic Gray satin ribbon & Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and another Antique Brad (they're my favorites!).
I cut out the card base using the Scallop Circle die, folding it at the top & leaving a few of the scallops outside of the die so it wouldn't cut out a complete circle.  Ran the front through the Big Shot with the Houndstooth embossing folder.  Then I used the larger scallop circle from the Scallop Circles 2 die and stamped all over it with Cherry Cobbler ink and the "diamonds" stamp from Grunge Rock.  The sentiment uses two stamps from Family Reunion and was punched using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.  I have the clear mount set, so it was really easy to put both small stamps on one acrylic block and stamp one time!  (Normally I prefer wood mount, but some sets ARE easier to use in CM.)  The guitar does have a few rhinestones on it, but they're hard to see.  Finally, I sponged the edges of the Happy Birthday banner and the circle for a little dimension and popped them up with Dimensionals.

You could easily substitute another stamp such as "son", "nephew" or "daughter" and leave off the rhinestones for a boy, and even change it up to a square card to make it more masculine or change the colors to something more girly.

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

You're My Type Birthday

Woo hoo!  I think I've FINALLY figured out how to make & use a watermark - it's taken me a year - how sad is that??  Hey, I never said I was very computer-graphics literate :P

Anyway, in case you haven't noticed, I am IN LOVE with the Occasions Mini catalog.
This little card uses the sets You're My Type and Loved Ones.  Of course I had to break out the Big Shot and add a little texture to this "manly" creation - the Houndstooth embossing folder, in this case.  I've got tons of DSP I need to start using up - this is from Well Worn in the big catty.  Finally, I added some striped grosgrain ribbon (retired color, Early Espresso) and a couple of Antique Brads & a little Hemp Twine.  Cardstock colors are Early Espresso & Cajun Craze (with matching Classic Inks) and Very Vanilla for the typewriter image and the sentiment.

Happy stampin'!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Freshly Enchanting Happy Birthday Card

If you haven't checked out the Sale a Bration brochure yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???  Okay, I feel better now :)

This card uses two SAB stamp sets, Fresh Vintage and Elementary Elegance.  I used my Stamp-n-Write markers to color the image to match the Designer Series Paper (Everyday Enchantment pack) that the larger label is cut from (using our new Labels Framelits), and the gorgeous 1/8" Organdy Ribbon is from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad pack.  Then I used Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade smooth cardstock, Very Vanilla textured cardstock (for the smaller label), and ran the Lucky Limeade panel through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips embossing folder.  An Antique Brad helps make a "faux bow" and I punched out the sentiment using the Curly Label punch.  Finally, I added a sentiment from Family Reunion, punched it out with the 1" Circle Punch, punched a hole with my Crop-o-dile, and tied it onto the brad using Calypso Coral Baker's Twine.

My inspiration for this card came from Brenda Riehle's card on Split Coast Stampers, and if you're signed up for my Birthday Stamp a Stack this Sunday, you'll be making this card along with three other designs!

If you'd like to get your hands on some of these GORGEOUS-O Sale a Bration items, give me a call, shoot me an email, or mosey on over to my website to place your order of $50 or more.  For every $50 in product you order (before taxes & shipping), you can choose one SAB item absolutely FREE!

Happy stampin'!