Monday, July 30, 2012

More Mojo . . .

. . . Mojo Monday, that is!  I am ADDICTED to these challenges :)  Thank you, Mindy Backes <cough cough>.  I am also addicted to the new Floral District DSP - just cannot get enough of working with it!!!  Here's my creation for the Mojo Monday 252 challenge.  It uses my favorite stamp set, Elements of Style and of course, the Big Shot.  Tangerine Tango is really growing on me, and of course, who wouldn't love Rich Razzleberry?  Don't ask me why the black butterflies - it's just one of those wacky ideas I get :)  Hope you like this week's "mojo"!!!

Happy stampin'!


So Sorry . . .

. . . . that I never have as much time to stamp as I would like to :)  BUT I spent a good part of yesterday playing with some of the new DSP, stamps, and embossing folders from the 2012-13 catalog, though!  I am LOVING the newest Edgelits and embossing folders.  They add such a vintage look to cards.  Here's one made using the So Sorry stamp set, along with the new Large Scallop Edgelit and Delicate Designs folders.  Scrumptious!!!  I didn't take a photo, but inside I stamped a floral edge from Bordering on Romance and the sentiment "times are tough right now" from So Sorry for a personal touch.  The DSP is Floral District.  Colors used were Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango.  A few pearl embellishments finish it off.

Once again, ssssssssh and don't report me to the stampin' police - I used a non-SU! punch & one that's retired, too :P  (I just CAN'T get rid of punches!!)  Anyway, hope you like this little cutie of a card :)

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dare to Get Dirty!! 2012 SCS Fan Club Challenges

Here's an entry for the DTGD12 SCS Fan Club Challenges!  I used my own sketch to come up with this card.  If you're not a Fan Club member yet, it's not too late!  Get in on the challenges this week & get "Dirty"!!

I can't tell you what the challenge is, but I'm sure you can figure it out :)

Happy stampin'!


Monday, July 23, 2012

A Little Mojo: Mojo Monday 251

Okay, I AM going to challenge myself to be more creative (see my downline blog post today).  What's with the "I Am . . .", you ask?  Well, Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 just ended - no, I didn't go (this year, anyway) - and this year's theme was "I Am . . . "  (fill in the blank).

This card was designed from the sketch for Mojo Monday 251.  When I saw today's sketch, the set Betsy's Blossoms just JUMPED into my head, along with the lovely Floral District DSP.

What do you think?!

If you'd like to get your hands on some of this yummy DSP or the darling stamp set, give me a call or head on over to my DBWS to shop now :)

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guest Designer!!

My friend Jeannette came over tonight to catch up on a couple of classes. While we were stamping & chatting, she was clever enough to notice that one of the butterfly stamps from Papillon Potpourri really coordinates with the pattern from the Square Lattice embossing folder - I LOVE her variation of one of my Mailable Monday cards - check it out:

I also love how Jeannette ALWAYS stamps her envelopes to match when she comes to my classes :)  Isn't this card adorable??  I'll be CASEing Jeannette on this one for sure!

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cool New Ad Campaign!

Here's a sneak peek of a new ad campaign that will be launching this month in several US magazines.  I just like the concept!  Super cute :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

One Layer PLUS Card Class!

Here's a pic of my dining room all set up for the One Layer PLUS class I had tonight at 7 p.m.  I absolutely adore my customer-friends - they are all so much fun to be with!!!  Kim B., Kim F., Shari, Lynn, Rose, and Hope all absolutely LOVED the cards I designed for tonight's creative "girls night out".  Here are photos of the cards we did:

I had a really great time designing these cards, and am so proud of myself that I used sets I already have!  Too often I get inspired by another demo's design & then rush to buy the stamp set they used :)  This time, I forced myself to think outside the box and go through all my sets to see what would work together, and I am so pleased with the results - not to mention the "oohs" and "aaaahs" from my girls tonight :)

I'm looking forward to getting together with another dear customer-friend tomorrow night, Jeannette - we've been trying to catch up for about two months now.  She'll be over at 6 to work on TWO classes - this one and my Mailable Monday cards from last month.  Can't wait!!

I'll be scheduling more fun classes soon - so keep checking "Events" at my DBWS :)

Happy stampin'!


Monday, July 16, 2012

When You "Knee'd" to Get Better . . . :)

My sister-in-law (and downline) Cheryl, just had her knee replaced, so here's a little get well card I came up with :)

I liked this design from Mailable Monday so much, I embossed an extra "blank" for when I'd need to send something out.  A quick stamp with Perfectly Penned and Papillon Potpourri & a quick cut with the Decorative Label and Elegant Butterfly punches did the trick!

It's a good idea to have some "blank" cards around ready to go.  Then, you can just quick-stamp an appropriate sentiment, use one of our FANTASTIC punches, pop it on & there you have it - a pretty, personalized, hand-stamped card to brighten someone's day!

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

One Layer PLUS

This is a technique I learned from Lyssa Zwolanek's blog, and I have totally FLIPPED for it!!

This card uses stamps from three (yes, THREE!!) different sets, and I just love how nicely they go together:  Papillon Potpourri (the butterflies), Elements of Style (the flourish), and Perfectly Penned (the sentiment).  I stamped the images using Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The largest butterfly is punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch and popped up with Dimensionals.  Want any of these products?  Well, head over to my online store to shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!

If you're signed up for my "One Layer PLUS" class this week, you'll be making this elegant little card, plus five other designs using Lyssa's sweet technique.

Happy stampin'!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Triple Frame Birthday

I've been trying to warm up to one of the new In Colors, Summer Starfruit.  It's just not growing on me though :P

Here's a little birthday card I came up with, using a triple frame technique I saw on Mary Fish's blog.  I love how it adds just a little something extra to the layers.  Colors used are Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit.  I also used the new In Color Dahlias, the Pretty Postage Stamp set, and a retired border punch.  (Yeesh, I didn't even realize this punch had retired 'til I went to look the name up in my catalog!  Sorry about that!!)

Anyway, if you're coming to my downline meeting tonight, you will get one of these little cuties in our swap :)

Happy stampin!


Monday, July 9, 2012

A New & Borrowed Technique . . .

There's one blog I follow daily, and that's Lyssa Zwolanek's.  She's one of the top demonstrators in the US for Stampin' Up! and freely shares her tips, tricks, and creativity.  I hope to meet her in person one day, perhaps at Leadership in January - my goal is to go this year, since I promoted to Sr. Supervisor.  She has a style I love and her blog posts make you feel like you're right there, maybe about to have a cup of tea & cookies together after a session of stamping - guess you could say I'm one of her biggest fans :)

Lyssa came up with this technique last week, which she calls One Layer +, and I just love it.  It's clean and simple, quick, and so pretty.  Here's my attempt:

The technique uses just a couple of ink colors, with the darker ink taking subtle attention.  Then you choose an image to stamp, cut or punch out and "pop" up with Dimensionals.  Here, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso are shown, along with the stamp sets Cottage Window and Wicked Cool.  I know it's a little early for Halloween, but the cobweb from Wicked Cool was just BEGGING me to go in this little window frame :)  I used my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker to extend the web all the way to the edge of the frame.

You've probably heard me talk about the Stamp-a-ma-jig at least once or twice in class.  This is a perfect example of a project to use it with.  I lined up the cobweb and the little spider in my window frame easy peasy!  If you haven't used the SAMJ yet, give me a call, and I'll have you over for a quick lesson.  I promise you won't want to "two step stamp" without it once you've tried it!

Anyway, I think this is a super-cool technique to use, especially if you need a quick but impressive card.  Give it a try and see what YOU think!

Well, that's about it for now.  I have a few other cards I need to think about designing for my next class, plus the everlasting homework for my graduate class - boy, will I be glad when August is here and I am DONE!!!!

Happy stampin'!