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 www.frenchiestamps.com

 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! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Holiday Catalog Is Here !

Your Early Access to 2016–2017 Annual Catalog Products

It's finally here and ready for viewing and ordering!  Believe me, and I seem to say this all the time, this catalog is AWESOME! There are so many wonderful new products, and there are many items that coordinate with things in the Annual Catalog.  For example, the Jar of Love Bundle on page 175 in the annual catalog, works with the Jar of Cheer stamp set in the holiday catalog. And, if you love nostalgic, old time Christmases, then take a peek at the Father Christmas and Christmas Magic stamp sets.

I've been making some cards with some of my goodies, so stay tuned for updates on those very soon. In the meantime, check out the catalog today. Just click above on the Online Store link.

If you don't already have a demonstrator, I would love for you to contact me so I can send you your very own copy.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek # 2

Hi and welcome! I have another Holiday catalog sneak peek for you.  This time, we move on to Fall and Thanksgiving.  I love this time of year; the colors change, the weather gets cooler and the change in seasons is always nice and refreshing. Even here in Arizona, we welcome that change because our weather gets cooler, but you can still go outside without a jacket during the day. This is a good thing.
My first card uses the new Basket of Wishes stamp set and the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Mint Macaron is my card base with a Very Vanilla panel for the main image.  I colored the pumpkins and gourds with a blender pen and various inks.  A piece of the new 3/8" Ribbon Pack in Rich Razzleberry peeks from behind the main layer.
 The second card has a Cajun Craze card base with another piece of the Petals & Paisleys DSP. I also used the Vintage Leaves stamp set, along with the Leaflets framelits from the annual catalog.  A piece of linen thread completes the look.  Behind the main layer is a piece of our Gold Satin ribbon.
I hope you enjoyed my sneak peeks today. Until next time, happy stamping! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks

Oh my! I don't know how they do it.   I say this every time a new catalog comes out. The Holiday catalog is no exception.  I haven't had a lot of time to play with my new goodies, but I did manage a couple of cards. Let's start with the first Fall "holiday". Halloween, one of my favorites. Must be all those delicious colors.
The first card has a minimal amount of stamping. I love to sponge, and when I first saw this great bundle, this card was in my head.  I love when that happens.  Quick, easy and a fun card to make.
Supplies used: Basic Gray card stock; Halloween Night Specialty DSP; Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper; Bundle: Spooky Fun Stamp Set and Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies

 The second card had just a tad bit more stamping but uses most of the same supplies as above. The border around the DSP is our Silver Foil Paper.
Tomorrow, I'll show you some sneak peaks of some Fall/Thanksgiving cards. We will make those at my stamp camp next month.
If you want to have your very own copy of the new Holiday catalog, contact me today.  If you live close by, I would love to have you attend one of my workshops.  Have a great day!