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! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thoughtful Branches # 2

Hi!  As a follow up to my post the other day, I promised to tell  you how I fixed my icky card. You know, the one I made that didn't turn out so well? Here's the one I did at first. The mojo wasn't working very well. I stamped the leaves in 2 colors, added way too many apples and all in the wrong places. I even put some "weeds" (that's what they look like) at the bottom of the tree.
And here's my rescue card.  It's a good thing this bundle has framelits.  I cut out the leaves in 2 different greens, and offset them so you get the effect of different colored leaves. I then stamped some apples and a bird. Cut them out with the framelits and was able to hide most of those apples in the tree. The bird at the top, hides that apple that was strategically placed there by mistake.
The moral of this story?  Never fear any of your "boo boos". There's always a way to fix it.  Creativity is about "going for it", no matter if you think it works or not. Eventually, it will.
Have a great day!  Later next week, I will post some cards I made with the new goodies I got form the Holiday catalog.  YAY! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Hi!  Did you hear?  There's a new "bundle" now available from Stampin' Up!  Take a peek at the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the Beautiful Branches matching Thinlits Dies. There are so many cards out on Pinterest and blog land, and the ideas that people have come up with are just so versatile. It amazes me how many things  you can make with this bundle.  Don't feel like stamping? That's not a problem. My first card was made by only using the thinlits, although I did cheat just a bit and stamped the sentiment.  I snipped around the sentiment to give it some interest.  This hydrangea is made by just using the leaves thinlit for the tree.  I cut it out in Wisteria Wonder as well as Elegant Eggplant.  Just by offsetting it just a tad, you get the depth you need for a hydrangea flower.  Here's my card:
 My second card is really not very good at all, in my opinion. I thought since I didn't stamp the first card, I would do nothing but stamp this one.  My efforts at having apples in the tree, and some that have fallen on the ground, didn't work out so well.  But, have no fear. There is always a way to fix mistakes.  My next post will show you how I fixed this disaster.
This new bundle is available "while supplies last", so hurry if you want to make sure you can get it. Click on my online store to place your order.  Stay tuned next post for an update to this card, as well as a sneak peek at the NEW Holiday catalog.  Yes, it's almost here! In the meantime, thank you for stopping by today and make it a great day! Happy Stamping! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Fruit Stand

Hello friends,
  Sorry about not posting more often, but this summer is so busy!  And as a retired person, it seems I am busier now than ever.  I don't know how I found time to work 40 plus hours a week before.  I guess the big difference is now I'm doing things I needed to do all along, but never had the time. Stamping has taken a little bit of a back seat, although I still have my monthly stamp camps.
   Today, I'd like to show you the cards we will be making in August.  I simply adore the new Fruit Stand Suite (page 149) in the new catalog.  Bright colors of sweet fruits, just ready for summer. All cards feature the new Fresh Fruit stamp set and the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
 In Color Card stock Peekaboo Peach with Pear Pizzaz and the matching ruched ribbon.
 Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzaz card stock; some retired Candy Dots
 Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush card stock
 I didn't want to waste this beautiful paper, so I put the 2 strips leftover on the inside and stamped my sentiment
 Cucumber Crush & Watermelon Wonder card stock. Thick Baker's Twine in Cucumber Crush
Tangerine Tango, Cucumber Crush & Black card stock and matching inks.

So, what do you think?  I love this paper so much, I've already purchased 3 packages.  Want to be sure we have enough to go around for stamp camp.  :-)
Thanks for stopping by today.  If you currently do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to send you a catalog. If you live close by, join us for my monthly stamp camps.  We have tons of fun! Until next time, happy stamping! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Love You Lots!

Welcome!  The new 2016-17 Annual catalog is here! You can now order to your heart's content and fall in love with everything you see.  I know I have.  Today's post is all about love.  One of the NEW hostess sets, called Love You Lots, is available for FREE when you have a qualifying order or workshop.  If you are in Gilbert AZ and would like to earn this adorable set, contact me today and I'll show you how.  In the meantime, here's some cards I made using this sweet set. I also used the carried over stamp set called In The Meadow, for my flowers and grass.  Some added sparkle for the butterflies and flowers, using a non-SU glitter pen.

Cute as little "bugs in the rug".  Sweet Ladybugs. 
 Great friends, this little mouse and elephant.
 Who doesn't love Hedgehogs?
One frog...many friends (used the masking technique)

Hope you like what you see.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, I would love the chance to show you how.  Call or email me today for details.  Attend one of my monthly stamp camps and enjoy a fun filled afternoon with several friends. Enjoy your day. :-)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Say Hello to Some New Friends..

The new Stampin' Up! catalog is just about ready to debut it's pretty little face.  June 1st is right around the corner.  I can't believe it's already June.  Seems like it was just Christmas not too long ago.
Today, I'd like to show you some of the cards we will be making at my June 11th stamp camp. This is a wonderful time of the year, and I'm happy to say, I have record attendance for this one.  We always spend some time going through the catalog, page by page, so I can point out all the wonderful bundles (there are 19) and new stamp sets, and gorgeous papers.  I say this all the tine; the new catalog is better than the last.  It always is, trust me!  If you don't already have a demonstrator, I would love to send you a new catalog.  Just click on the contact me link. I'd love to show you how to unleash YOUR creativity!

Here's my cards:

 Love and Affection...a beautiful new stamp set with matching paper (Affectionately Yours) and embossing folders (Floral Attraction).. Used here with Night of Navy and Crumb Cake card stock. This is the front.
 And this is the inside. I love the monochromatic look and I don't do this often enough.
 A simple, sweet and quick card.  Pop of Pink Washi Tape and DSP, along with the new Perfectly Wrapped stamp set.  Add a few rhinestones and you've got a great card for any occasion.
 Remember Work of Art? Well, meet it's sister, Painter's Palette.  A splash of 3 new In Colors (Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo. Teamed up with Daffodil Delight and a few sprinkles of black, stamped off once for the true artist look.  More rhinestones make this card pop.  Easy to mail too since it's a single layer.
 Meet another new In Color, Emerald Envy.  This card stock, ruched ribbon and ink are a perfect shade of green. Very bright and I can't wait to use it at Christmas.  A piece of Playful Palette DSP Pack (great 6 x 6 size), and the new Layering Love stamp set.  A quick card that gives a great message.
The Swirly Bird stamp set is probably one of the most unusual, yet most intriguing stamp sets I've seen in a long time.  There are 24 stamps in this set and believe me, there are endless possibilities with this set. Full of shapes that you can turn in to little boats, kites, flowers, just pure craziness! I love it! Thus, I named this card "Have a crazy birthday" and cropped the sentiments from the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set, using the new Duet Banner punch. How did I get those sentiments to curve like the punch?  It's easy, since the stamps are clear photopolymer. 

So there you have it. Some sneak peeks from the new catalog.  I hope you like them.  I sure did have fun creating them. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a safe, Memorial Day weekend.  Remember to say a prayer or two for our service men and women, who boldly serve and protect our great Country. God Bless them all.