Saturday, March 31, 2012

Paper Rose

I suppose I'm showing my age, because every time I see a paper rose, I think of Marie Osmond singing "Paper Roses" back in the 1970s :)  Isn't this pretty?  Yes, I know, no such thing as a purple rose in nature, but hey, it's my favorite color :P

If you're coming to Technique Tuesday in April, this is one of the items we'll be making.  These are so much fun to create and you're not going to believe how easy they are.  Paper roses made this way are nothing new, but the technique was new to me, and hopefully to you too!

There are still four spaces for April 10th's Technique Tuesday class, so if you'd like to learn how to make this and other paper flowers, RSVP and sign up!  They're super easy, but so impressive.

Happy stampin'!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Elementary Elegance Embossed & Watercolored

I bought Elements of Style (WM 118611, CM 120045) awhile back but finally started using it just a couple of weeks ago.  This card front was stamped with Black Craft Ink, embossed with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, then colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  The small medallion was embossed in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  A bit of Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon finishes it off.  Pretty, huh?!  I haven't had much time to stamp lately with starting my final master's class last week (can't believe I'm almost done!).  As usual, unfortunately, the start of a new class starts the migraines right back up again :(  I'll be glad when August gets around & my practicum is over, and I've finally finished this MSN :)  It's definitely well-worth all the stress, and I apologize for sounding whiney, but I really could do without these headaches!!

Well, Sale a Bration ends tomorrow!  If you want to take advantage of the SAB free items (one for every $50 ordered before tax & shipping), better hurry!  Tomorrow will be crazy for online ordering - don't miss out!

Happy stampin'!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Love Teaching Classes!

Have you wondered about the classes I teach in my home?  Here's a "before" photo from the Birthday Stamp a Stack I held last month:

I'd love for you to join me sometime soon to learn a new technique, hang out, and just have fun!  Check my website under "Events" to see what's coming up!  I guarantee you'll have a good time stamping with my friends and me :)

Happy stampin'!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting Over My Cricut Phobia :)

Thanks to my friend & downline, Debbie, that is.  I just started going back to crops last summer after meeting - or actually, I should say RE-meeting Debbie.  Long story short, our boys (her youngest, Jake, and my James) graduated high school together.  Debbie found my DBWS & signed up as my downline.  As we were emailing back & forth about Stampin' Up!, before we actually set up a day to meet, we realized we had actually already met at some point before, because of the boys.  Since then, she's taken me to several crops, including the AWESOME fall and spring four-days that our CM gal, Chip, puts together.

Anyway . . . Debbie is a HUGE scrapbooker, a total Cricut guru, and does some of the most amazing layouts I've ever seen.  As previously mentioned on my blog, my SIL Cheryl, from Wyoming, gifted me with her baby Cricut last spring.  I "sort of" figured it out with a quick lesson from Cheryl, and from time to time would take it out to experiment.  I decided I'd take it along this time and devote myself to using it for cutting out letters and embellishments.  Debbie & I got together about a month & a half ago, and she gave me a private Cricut lesson so I'd be ready to rock with all the other scrappers and their Cricuts at the spring crop!

Here's a little sample from a new cartridge I was playing with:

Stampin' Up's cardstock works beautifully with the Cricut, and of course with all the colors we have, you can just about match ANY photos or color schemes you have in mind.  Aren't these CUTE????

Here's one simple page I did, highlighting a photo of Rick's aunt with him & our kids back in 1994:

What do you think?!  I loved making my own little layered heart die-cuts.  The DSP was from the last Holiday Mini.  It was actually from two different suites, Holly Berry Bouquet and Frostwood Lodge, but again - note how well Stampin' Up's colors work together.  It just makes coordinating SO incredibly easy!

Gotta run - til next time, happy stampin'!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fresh Vintage in Black & Melon Mambo

I'm really going to miss the SAB set Fresh Vintage.  This'll definitely be one of the sets I'll keep even when it retires on March 31st.

As you know, this weekend was the four day spring crop.  Just got home around 3:30 and I am TIRED!  I actually ran out of all the Christmas DSP I took with me - and even stopped at the Crop Shop in Greensburg on the way and couldn't resist buying a few sheets of pretty Christmas paper there.  My project was to scrap all the Christmas photos from an album that was sitting in the basement.  Remember when those fabric-covered, lace-embellished, handmade photo books were all the rage in the '90s?  That's what I deconstructed.  There's still a pretty hefty pile of photos left to crop & scrap, but after running out of DSP, I quit and started futzing around with cards instead.

Realized I forgot to include some of the supplies I need for my upcoming card swap (Basic Gray cardstock), so didn't get too far with those, either!!  Loved some of the samples I saw at Regional using Melon Mambo & Basic Black, so this is what I came up with.  I'll add more to it later - perhaps a punched sentiment using the Scallop Oval punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Loving making these paper flowers lately - if you're coming to Technique Tuesday in April, this is one of the things you'll be learning.  Super-simple and they add so much texture!

Alright, gotta run - my eyes are CLOSING!!  Happy stampin'!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crop til you drop!!!!

I am leaving today for my spring 4 day crop weekend with my friend & downline, Debbie!!!  Four days and three nights of wild and crazy scrapbookers = HEAVEN!!!!!  In honor of this event, here are a few thoughts about scrapbooking:

Until I return, happy stampin'!  (and croppin'!!)


Friday, March 16, 2012

Concord Crush Blossom

Clean and simple is one of my favorite styles.  This card uses the Mixed Bunch stamp set (125535 wood or 125537 clear) and the new Blossom punch (125603) from the Occasions Mini.  I love Concord Crush and will be sad when it retires at the end of May!  The background DSP is a scrap I had left over from an old Hostess pack.

If you love this rich purple, better order some before May 31st when it's gone, gone, gone!  Likewise the stamp set & punch - we never know what's going to carry over to the big catalog in June, so order what you want from the Occasions Mini before April 30th.  Visit my website to order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it ships right to your door :)

Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

#1 Stampers Spring Swap Card

My 4th level upline, Kim, is organizing a spring card swap.  Since I had so much fun making the waterfall card the other day, I thought I'd use this idea for my swaps.  For this card, I've used DSP from the Twitterpated Suite and the stamp set Tea Shoppe from the Occasions Mini (click to go to my website and order).  I also used my Boho Blossoms punch to make the little 3D flowers that are hiding my brads on the waterfall strip.  By the way, if you want to learn to make some really pretty paper flowers, be sure to sign up for Technique Tuesday next month!  The first class on April 3rd has already filled, but I've added another on April 10th.  Scroll over to the sidebar to pay/RSVP ---->

Happy stampin'!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Sneak Peek - Petite Purse Die

How cute are these????  This adorable die will be available in the new catalog in June.  I made these for my Fancy Folds class students & put a lip balm inside - I even color-coordinated the purses with the lip balms :)  The "stitching" is done with our white gel pen and I punched out shapes using Silver Glimmer Paper for a little bling.

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Waterfall Card

My class gals asked for a Waterfall Card for Fancy Folds class.  While they'll be using the set Send Me Soaring for their cards, my sample card uses a set called Workshop Words.  This set was a Convention exclusive, and I was so very fortunate that my upline, Michon, was generous enough to give me her set.  Unfortunately for me :(  Michon dropped in December because of family obligations - she's having a baby this month!!  I miss her, but she's thinking of coming back to Stampin' Up! after things settle down so I'm crossing my fingers :)

A waterfall card LOOKS really complicated, but it's really not.  I'll try to post a tutorial in the future, but for now, here's my card:

Isn't this a fun card?   I just love Rich Razzleberry.  It would be cute with lots of different colors, too.  (In case you're puzzing over that beautiful background stamp - it's retired (Floral), which I don't usually do, but I couldn't resist it - it's just so pretty!)

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Money Holder Card

Here's a quick little money holder card for my Fancy Folds class tomorrow.  This was a CASE of a card I saw on Split Coast Stampers .  I like how quickly it works up - the Top Note Die is used along with the Scallop Oval and Oval punches.  My "go to" sentiments set, Teeny Tiny Wishes, always comes in so handy!  If you're thinking of buying a sentiment set and can only buy one, that's my recommendation :)  Once again, here's that "sneak peek" from Summer Smooches, too!

Happy stampin'!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Paper Flowers!

Aren't these too cute??  I've been wanting to make some of the paper flowers featured on the front of the Idea Book & Catalog ever since it came out in July, but didn't have a CLUE how to do it.  One of the blogs I follow is Song of My Heart Stampers by Lyssa Zwolanek, and Lyssa had directions posted in her archives!  So, here's my attempt and a little tutorial :)  Thanks, Lyssa!!

First, punch out 5 Scallop Circles.  I used Melon Mambo cardstock and the 2 1/2 inch Scallop Circle Punch.  Then mist both sides with water til they're pretty wet.

Next, layer them one on top of one another.  They don't have to be perfectly lined up.

Next, using your Piercing Tool and mat, pierce the center of the layered scallops, or if you have a Crop-o-dile Big Bite, you can punch a hole in the middle using that.

Insert a brad into the center of the layers and fasten in back.

Now start scrunching your dampened layers.  If the cardstock feels too dry, you can mist with water in between.

Keep scrunching your layers.

You'll want to let your finished flower dry several hours or overnight.

Now you can make some leaves for your flowers.  Using a circle punch, punch out several circles.  I used Always Artichoke cardstock.  You'll also use your circle punch to make the leaf shape.

Here's how you shape the leaf.  See how the circle shape is slid into the side of the punch?

(I didn't take a photo, but I also ran my "leaves" through the Big Shot using my Spider Web embossing folder to make them sort of look like they had veins.)

That's it - wasn't that easy?!  You can use these on bags or boxes, or stick them on the ends of green wire to put in a vase.  Punch out more circles and glue them on the back of the flower to have a "base" to make them a little more sturdy.  They're also beautiful on cards - of course, they'd have to be hand-delivered :)

If you'd like to learn how to make these in person, sign up for Technique Tuesday in April - the theme is Paper Flowers and we'll make these and more.  Check the "Events" tab on my website for details.

Happy stampin'!


Easel Card

I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger lately, what with work & school!!!  Finally had a little time today to start working on the cards for my Fancy Folds class this Sunday (nothing like waiting til the last minute, right??).

This little cutie was whipped up using our new Hearts Framelits from the Occasions Mini.  Did you catch the little sneak peek of some new products?!  The DSP & Daffodil Delight Seam Binding are from a new suite called Summer Smooches that will be available in the 2013 catalog, debuting on June 1st.  I'm not normally one for really bright colors, but I REALLY like this suite!  It makes me want to sit outside on a beach chair with a frozen margarita :)

OK, back to designing for my class!!!

Happy stampin'!