Thursday, February 2, 2017

High Time for High Tide

Sponging!  It's not just for cleaning anymore.  Hello friends and welcome. Today I am showing you one of my favorite sets in the Occasions catalog.  High Tide.  In my opinion, we never seem to have enough stamps for masculine cards. Or, maybe I don't make masculine cards enough. Well, I have no excuse now.  
Sponging is one of my favorite techniques. It can be done with Stampin' Up! sponges, or with our sponge daubers. On this card, I used our sponges to cover a wider area.  Our sponges come large and I believe there's 4 to a package.  Just cut them into quarters, or in half, (whatever you're more comfortable with) and go to town.  Here's my card:

I sponged the sky first, using Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo ink.  To get the horizon line with the water, just use a post it note and lay it down on your card.  Sponge the sky first. Then turn your post it note so that it covers the sky area, and sponge the water.  I used Marina Mist.
This stamp set is a "2 step stamp". I stamped the lighthouse in Night of Navy, using the more solid image first, then added the 2nd stamp on top of it, in Basic Gray.  The ground is also Basic Gray and the waves of the water are done in Marina Mist.  I didn't want a stark look to the birds and sentiment, so those are stamped in Basic Gray as well. 
This set is very versatile. The sentiments are perfect for anyone, including your lady friends. To see it and order it, check out my online store, using the link above.  It's still Sale-a-bration time, so you get to choose free products with a qualifying order of $ 50.
 I'd love to read your comments.  Let me know what you think.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, please email me today and I'll send your catalogs out right away.  
That's it for me today.  I hope you enjoy your day.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Roses for Brenda

Hi my friends! Welcome to my blog.  I hope you are having a good new year so far.  And here it is, another month gone. February is just around the corner.

Today I wanted to share a card I made for a woman in our neighborhood. Our community has a Facebook page, and we just found out that one of our neighbors has just been diagnosed with colon cancer.  I have not had the pleasure of meeting Brenda, but I offered to make a giant card, that everyone can sign. Brenda loves roses, so some of us are buying rose bushes, or donating money to buy them, and several of the neighbors will be planting roses in her yard for her to see every day. Our spring here in Arizona will arrive very soon, so they should be ready to bloom pretty quickly.  I thought the Rose Wonder stamp set, paired with the beautiful Floral Boutique designer series paper, would make a nice card.

Because the card is so large, I couldn't use the Envelope punch board to make an envelope. I just measured the card, and made a pocket to insert the card.  I also used Wisteria Wonder for the card base, with a Night of Navy layer.  I colored the rose with Wisteria Wonder and the leaves with Pear Pizzaz and Always Artichoke.  It's hard to see here, but the Wink of Stella pen in clear, gives the rose a little sparkle.

I hope this card cheers Brenda up; she has a heavy road ahead. If you can, please say a little prayer for her.  I'm sure she and her family will appreciate all the prayers sent their way.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Until next time....

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Stamp Camp Fun

Hi friends,
  December has been a very busy month, as I'm sure it has been for you too.  Can you believe that it's almost 2017? WOW...seems like just a few weeks ago I was getting ready for spring to arrive. I hope your year has been great.
  I held my last stamp camp of the year last weekend.  This is the one where I treat all my customers to a fun filled afternoon, complete with 2 cards to make (at no charge to them), a lot of wonderful food and deserts, and they each go home with at least 3 gifts.  It's my way of thanking them for their support all year long. I also launch a sneak peek of the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, and they get to see all the goodies I am able to order ahead of time.  I love the looks on their faces when they see all the new products, especially the stamp sets and papers. Most everyone makes a comment like "uh credit card is in trouble".  Or, "I need another part time job". It's always such a fun day!
  Here's our 2 cards:

I believe this is called a panel card.  A few score lines, mountain & valley folds, and this is a quick card to make. You can turn it over to stamp or write your message and sign the card. And, it fits perfectly into a standard A2 card size envelope. We used the new Christmas Magic stamp set in the Holiday catalog. This set is on the retiring list, and is on sale right now. Hurry if you want one, because they won't last. Garden Green card stock and This Christmas DSP was used for the end and center panels.
 This angle shows how the card is folded and sits on a desk or table. 
 A Happy New Year card is one I tend to forget about making.  Not this time though. I used the It's a Celebration stamp set. (also on the retiring list). Dapper Denim card stock, with silver and whisper white layers, stamped with Dapper Denim ink for the front panel and the inside.  I used Whisper White Ink to stamp the designs on the front.  A lot of glittery rhinestones were needed to help celebrate a New Year. 
Well, those are the last 2 cards of the year. I'm anxious to start working on next month's stamp camp. I'm using products I just received from the new Occasions catalog.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, give me a call or email.  I'll be sure to get you your very own Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalog ASAP.
From our house to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!  Peace.....  and love.....  XO

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November Stamp Camp

Hello and welcome!  I hope you're ready for turkey day. Thanksgiving is here and nothing is better than spending quality time with family and friends.  My brother just moved to Arizona 4 weeks ago, and he hasn't had a home cooked Thanksgiving meal in years. Guess who's cooking?  Yes, I sure am and it will be fun.  Just the hubby, brother and me.  Can't wait for all those yummy dishes. And the best part is the turkey sandwiches the next day.  :-)

I wanted to show you the cards we made last weekend.  We had a full house and I'm happy to say, 2 new ladies attended.  We had a great time as always.  Here's our cards:

 I really like the Sweater embossing folder.  This card took minutes to create. The secret to getting a good embossing is to slightly spritz your card with water and dry it before you run it through the Big Shot.  That delicate mist gently breaks the fibers, just enough to get a good, deep impression.
 A non traditional color Christmas card. Sweet Sugarplum with shimmer card stock.  This set is just beautiful. I love the sentiments as well as the images.  We heat embossed the star with white embossing powder, then gently sponged Sweet Sugarplum over the top. A final stamp with the "swish" in the set, with a few stars and we were done.  The Sweet Sugarplum framelit and then the silver Glimmer paper smaller star framelit, finishes the card so beautifully.  I CASE'd this card from my friend, France Martin.  Her blog is

 Another non-traditional card using Pool party. I did use some retired punches for this card, but it still looks great, don't you think?
 Presents & Pinecones. The designer paper here is just beautiful.  Paired with the Pinecones framelits, it makes  a perfect winter card. 
There's a set of designer papers in the annual catalog called This Christmas.  Don't pass this paper by, because you will be sorry.  It's a larger package of paper than usual, and a bit more expensive. But believe me, the patterns on this paper are so pretty. These stripes are on one side of another gorgeous design.  Another quick card to make; using the new Bell punch and matching stamp set.

Well, there you have it.  I am enjoying all the time I get to play in my craft room.  I've decided to do more with my Stampin' Up! hobby, and turn it more into a business.  I'm loving this retirement thing; who wants to go back to work?: My goal is to win the incentive trip for 2018 - An Alaskan cruise.  That's been on my bucket list for years.  I hope I can do enough to make it. If not, I'll sure have a lot of fun trying!

Happy Thanksgiving!  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Hello and welcome. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today is the day that the little goblins will come around, asking for Trick or Treats.  I thought I would share the 3 cards we made last month at stamp camp, to commemorate this day. All items can be found in the current Holiday catalog and I couldn't be happier with how they all turned out.  Take a peek:
 It's hard to see in the photo, but the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper is so beautiful! I hope they keep it around after the catalog ends.
 This designer paper is black with silver dots; a perfect backdrop for this spooky scene.
 The Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set is so awesome. The Cooker Cutter punch makes it quick and easy to have a Count Dracula on hand.  I hand drew and cut out the casket myself.
Mr. Frankenstein was created using the Curvy Keepsakes Framelit die.  Complete with scars, he's sure to be a hit when filled with your favorite candy.

Well, that's it for today.  It's time to get dinner started, then go sit outside to hand out all those treats for our neighborhood goblins!  Have a great week!

Monday, September 19, 2016

More Holiday Catalog Goodies

I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner.  Whew!  Talk about a fast year...where did it go? I am happy to share some of my own designs, using products from the Holiday catalog.  Here we go:
Jar of Cheer is one of my new favorites. It pairs so well with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies from the annual catalog.  In fact, there's another matching stamp set also, called Jar of Love, also in the annual catalog.  I love how so many sets in the annual catalog, match things in the Holiday catalog.
As soon as I saw this stamp set, I had immediately envisioned the snowman in the jar, with the tree behind it.  To get the tree behind him, I stamped the snowman twice, then cut one out.  I used the cut one as a mask to stamp the tree behind. A little bit of glue and Dazzling Diamonds, and this little guy looks like he's in his element, having fun in a winter wonderland. The jar sits on top of the gumdrops found on our Candy Cane Lane designer paper.  I love this paper!

 The Pine Bough textured embossing folder makes a nice background on Real Red card stock.  I stamped the Christmas ornament image inside the jar.  I also used the Presents and Pinecones designer paper.
 How about a non traditional color Christmas card? I used Delightful Dijon for the card base, along with a piece of Presents & Pinecones dsp, and stamped my sentiment right on the dsp.
Well, that's it for today.  I have many more to show you, so check back in a couple of days. Until then, happy stamping! 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sunshine Wishes

Today we had our monthly stamp camp and we made 5 cards.  Two of the cards were under the Sneak Peek #2 post a few days ago. I'd like to show you another one.  I really wanted to break into my new Sunshine Wishes bundle. The stamp set has a lot of words, and a "swish stamp" that I just love.  I used Rich Razzelberry for the card base, and Whisper White for the layer. I wanted a card that could be used for a Fall theme, so I chose Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzelberry and Peekaboo Peach ink pads. Who would have thought they would go so well?  Here's my card:

So, what do you think?  We "stamped off" once, on some colors, and full strength on others.  The good thing about this is you can do it as light or as dark as you want.  There are no rules for this card.
Well, that's it for me today.  I hope you have a great week and I'll be back in a couple of days to show you some Christmas cards I've been working on.  Until then, happy stamping!