Friday, July 31, 2009

Today's card is another CASE. Today's card is a Patty Bennett inspiration. I actually had to make this card three times before I got one that was presentable! LOL! You can't see it in the picture, but the bottom of the flower pot is brayered with Dusty Durango ink. This gives it a "textured" look. The top part of the pot is just folded over before using the eyelet punch on the edge. The flowers are from the Level 3 Hostess set, Kind and Caring Thoughts. This is such a pretty set! One of the perks of being a demonstrator is that we get to preorder certain things before they are available for customers. I was able to preorder this hostess set - and I am glad becuase I don't often have the opportunity to be the hostess with high enough sales for a Level 3 set!
I used the Dusty Durango and Old Olive markers and applied ink directly to the stamp, "huffed" and
stamped. I did the middle set first, reinked and then did one set on each side. For the two side sets, i only inked up the top portion of the stamp.
Naturally, the inside of the card got to see some ink as well.

Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Dusty Durango and Old Olive markers
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Modern Label punch, Eyelet Border punch, dimensionals

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Good Thursday morning to ya! I am a little excited this morning as I finally learned how to put a watermark on my pictures. I am a very slow learner, and visual. Veronica ( - she gave my blog a makeover recently) put a tutorial up on her website which was really easy to follow.
Anyway, today's card is very much inspired - okay, almost completely inspired - by a creation of Jackie Pedro's. Her card was just so beautiful, though, that I had to make one. These colors are very stunning together. Of course, I added a little to the inside as well. My cards just don't seem to be complete anymore without some decoration on the inside too.
The butterfly image is stamped directly on the white circle and then stamped again on a separate piece and cut out for a little dimension.
Stamps: Simple Friendship
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, scallop edge punch, white gel pen, scallop die, Big Shot

Thank you for stopping by! I am off to work on some of my upcoming classes in between chasing grandchildren and dogs! Fun, fun, fun! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Final Deal!

This week, the Heart to Heart punch is on sale for the final Deal of the Week!

For this week only, you can purchase the Heart to Heart punch for just $10.99 (#113694) ~ more than 30% off the regular price of $15.95. You can't beat that. I love Stampin' Up!'s punches!!

Don't wait, this offer is only available through July 31st!

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Did you enjoy the Royal Blog Tour? I hope so! I know I had fun preparing for it! I just want to thank each of you who took the time to go through the tour. It takes a lot of hard work from those involved behind the scenes to put a tour like this together and everyone did a wonderful job! A special thanks to everyone who took the time to leave me sweet comments and to those who subscribed to my blog feed too! I love hearing from you all. We can keep one another inspired!

Have a great day!

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Are You a Big Shot?

It's Wednesday again! They just come around so fast, but that is okay because I get to share a challenge with you. A Diva challenge! This week, we have another Big Shot challenge. You can use any current Stampin' Up! Big Shot die to create your card or project. Those are the only rules! How easy can that be?I received the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder in my last order and decided to put it to good use. I was going for simple and I think I actually achieved that with my first card. I just love the new Rich Razzleberry In Color! It is definitely one of my favorites! Since the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder only dry embosses half of the card, I simply used the "for you" sentiment from Great Friends in the upper left naked space and added some Rich Razzleberry ribbon. Pretty easy, huh?
Well, I thought so, anyway. My darling daughter, on the other hand, decided I did not pick a pretty color scheme. She felt I should be using Basic Black and Real Red for a more striking color combination. So, I whipped out the Manhattan Flower embossing folder as I thought that dry embossed image went better with the "striking color scheme" that she chose. I used the same Great Friend sentiment in the upper naked corner. But, she didn't like this one either. She felt the Basic Black should be the base of the card with just a layer of the Real Red and wanted to use the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder again. I wasn't happy with the scalloped black layer under the sentiment, but the Wide Oval punch was too large of a layer. I wish we had just one more punch... The butterfly was, of course, stamped in Real Red and cut out with snips, attached with a dimensional. This butterfly is also from the Great Friend stamp set.

Pop on over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the rest of the design team have come up with for your inspiration. They always have some good stuff! You can add your Big Shot creation to the Diva blog using Mr. Linky. It is very easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Welcome to the Royal Blog Tour!

Welcome to my blog! I am using the level 3 Hostess set, Kind and Caring Thoughts, to showcase 4 cards that I hope will bring you some inspiration. I think that decorating the inside of the card gives it an extra special touch and so I have done that as well on some of the cards.

My first card is a base of Whisper White with the color combination
layers of
Orchid Opulence and Rich Razzleberry. After stamping the main image in Rich Razzleberry,
I placed several circle rhinestone brads on the image before layering on the Orchid Opulence. A piece of Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon is used across the layer of Orchid Opulence - on which I used the scallop edge punch and white gel pen dots on the scallops. The sentiment comes from the Fresh Cuts stamp set and is placed on a 1-1/4" punched circle, follow
ed by a 1-3/8" punched circle layer and a scallop circle punched layer.

The base of this second card is Kraft cardstock, on which I stamped the largest floral image in the Kind and Caring
Thoughts stamp set in Versamark ink randomly.
The layers of cardstock are Old Olive, Perfect Plum and Whisper White.
I colored the floral image with a Perfect Plum and Old Olive markers in order to get the different colors on the one stamp. On the edges that are scalloped, I used Stampin' Up!'s
scallop edge punch before using the white gel pen to place a white dot in each scallop.

The ribbon is Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain and the embellishment is a Filigree Designer Brad with a circle rhinestone brad in the middle.

My next card utilizes the new In-Colors again.
I am really enjoying these colors. I created the base of this standard-sized card in Bermuda Bay with a layer of Dusty Durango underneath a layer of Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. The ribbon is
Dusty D
urango polkadotted grosgrain with a
Flower Designer Brad attached.

My final card uses sketch SC237 from Splitcoast Stampers. I am very pleased with how this card came out.

The base of the card is Whisper White and it is folded so that it opens from the bottom - as were two of the other cards.
The bottom layer of DSP is from the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP packet and the next layer is
Certainly Celery DSP, followed by Crushed Curry grosgrain ribbon. The leaves were made from the Little Leaves S
izzlet die which was run through the Big Shot. The floral image was stamped in Crushed Curry onto Whisper White and then the top portion was cut out and placed on top of the die cut leaves with a dimensional. Six vintage brads were placed as shown.

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Another Great Friend creation....this set is getting a lot of use! I love the boldness of the red against the softness of the green.

Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, Certainly Celery DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlets die, Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

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Friday, July 24, 2009

A friend of our family has recently had her first baby and her grandma made these adorable birth announcements for little Amberly. Aren't they precious? The announcement was inspired by this card on Splitcoast by bwstamper. You did an awesome job, Jan!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bad Diva!

Sometimes I think I have really lost it! Did you ever feel that way? Here I am just blogging along with my cards and my calendar sitting right next to me, thinking today is Wednesday.....Duh! I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short!
Well, I apologize. My card for this week's Diva Coffee Break Designs was ready, but obviously my brain was not functioning at the proper capacity. We had a sketch this week to work with. I flipped my upside down.

Stamps: Friends 24/7, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Night of Navy
Cardstock: Brocade blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Night of Navy DSP (from Hostess Level 1 packet)
Accessories: White Organza Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

Make sure you pop on over to the Diva Coffee Break Design blog and see what the rest of the design team has come up with for your inspiration. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day.
This card was completely inspired by another fellow demo, but I am so sorry that I did not record her name. She used a different animal and layered a tad differently, but basically it is the same card. I was having a hard time liking this Animal Stories stamp set so I decided to CASE the first time I used it. The designer paper (Tall Tales) matches the stamp set nicely.

Stamps: Animal Stories
Ink: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Animal Stories DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon

I don't normally make square cards, but this one measures 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

When I am away from those that I love, I sometimes like to send a little note to let them know I am still thinking about them and missing them. This card fits that occasion perfectly! I did make this card about a month and a half ago so, unfortunately, the designer paper is retired.

Stamps: Loads of Love
Ink: Black Craft Ink, Real Red
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Gray, Urban Garden DSP (retired)
Accessories: Large black eyelets, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, black grosgrain ribbon, blender pen, Crop-A-Dile, Heart to Heart punch, clear embossing powder, heat gun

My image as well as the sentiment are embossed with Craft Ink and clear embossing powder. That made it pop out a little more and also made it easier to color in with the ink and blender pen.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Butterflies are so cheerful and carefree! Two of the new In Colors are used on this card, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry along with the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. I didn't think I was going to like this designer paper, but I find myself using it more and more!

Stamps: Great Friend, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, Modern Label punch

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Deal of the Week!

Each week in July, Stampin' Up! has been offering a "Deal of the Week". This is now week 4 and the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Kit is being offered at quite a deal! For this week only, July 20th through July 26th, you can purchase the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Kit for only $18.99 (more than a 30% savings!)





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Cute party favor!

Isn't this little party favor adorable? My kids make fun of me because I like tiny, cute things. For those of you just getting to know me, you will soon come to find that I LOVE my Big Shot and the dies that Stampin' Up! sells to go with it! This too was made with the Big Shot and the Bag with Scallops die (item #114519, $34.95 US). It is a tiny, little thing - measuring just 4" tall, but the perfect size to add some candies for a birthday party or shower favor or even a small gift for a class gift during the holidays. The Big Shot cuts three different pieces to the bag and it goes together quite easy!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (balloon), Tenny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pik, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Bag with Scallops die, scallop circle punch, Modern Label punch, SU! chalks, dimensionals, non-SU! brads

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Anything BUT an A2

Happy Saturday Stampers! Our design team challenge this week over at Late Night Stampers Group is to make a card that is any size OTHER than a standard A2 sized card. For those of you who don't know, a standard A2 card measures 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". Pretty much all of my cards are made this size. But, I stepped out of my comfort zone and created a square card measuring 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" using the Baroque Motifs stamp set.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Barely Banana
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Vintage brad (black), photo corners punch, scallop edge punch, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

By the way~ please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of new look of my blog!

Friday, July 17, 2009

CASing Chat

This card is heavily inspired by Chat from It is hard to see with the lighting in this picture, but I used one of the images from Kind and Caring Thoughts, which is a Level 3 Hostess Set, and stamped it in Bashful Blue on Bashful Blue cardstock. The designer paper is also from the Bashful Blue collection. On the main image, some of the flower pieces are stamped a second time and cut out and placed on top of the first image with dimensionals.

Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue DSP
Accessories: Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Item Code

Page #*


Retail Value**



For All You Do stamp set




Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad




Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad




Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad




Dusty Durango Classic Stampin' Pad




Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad




Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad




Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")




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**All products may be substituted for like items; see Mini Starter Kit order form for details.

The standard Starter Kit ($199) will continue to be available during this promotional period. During the promotional period there will also be a standard Starter Kit incentive for new recruits who choose the standard Starter Kit instead of the Mini Starter Kit; new recruits who choose the standard Starter Kit will receive the following, along with the standard Starter Kit supplies:
  • All six of the new In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
  • One pack of In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")

Incentive items have a $43.65 value and are not substitutable.

The standard Starter Kit includes:

  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle and ink cartride
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  • Versamark Pad
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