Friday, July 31, 2009
Happy Friday! Yahoo! We woke up to sunshine this morning! Oh happy day!
Here's a little card I made the other night using my Big Shot and the Simple Letter Alphabet Die. I added the "friend" from the Level 3 hostess set Lovely Flowers and then decided to stamp some flowers over the background, haven't done that in a long while. I do love the scrunched up ribbon with staples, can't seem to stop myself, sorry!
Hope you have a great Friday! DH and I are going to see The Hangover this afternoon. I've heard it's funny from so many people, sometimes it's good to just laugh at silliness.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Stamps: Lovely Flowers
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, plain chipboard.
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive.
Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Letters Alphabet Die, Old Olive Designer Button, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dot, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Stapler.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here I used that darling Perfect Chemistry again, along with the new Snowflake Punch. I also used the Big Shot with the Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate for the polka dots on the Kraft cardstock. Do you think it needs a "Christmas" on it? I planned on adding it by the "Happy" but then I kind of liked it the way it was. I would use this for some SU Convention swaps if I had more of those red buttons, sigh. I wish we could get bigger quantities of buttons!
Okay, off to run some errands. I got my hair cut earlier today, it was looooong overdue. DH is guessing about it now, I like to scare him! lol! He likes it longer, you know, and it used to be super short like this. I love having the power of the hair! hee! hee!
Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Stamps: Perfect Chemistry
Cardstock: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red.
Ink: Real Red.
Accessories: Big Shot, Background 1 Textruz Plate, Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Linen Thread, Bashful Blue 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Glue Dot, Dimensionals.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Happy Wednesday! It's time for the Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #42! This week we are celebrating National Friendship Week, so our challenge is to make a gatefold card celebrating best friends, thanking best friends, wishing best friends a "happy birthday" or a just because "you're my best friend" kind of card using some of our favorite new folders released at CHA. My gatefold is hidden behind that yummy ribbon, but here is a picture of it open and you can see the outlines where I used the new Journaling Card Folder:
For the outside of the card, I used the fabulous new Morroccan Folder, here is a picture that shows it a little better:
All month long during the Countdown to CHA, the DT at Cuttlebug Challenges has been showing great projects and tutorials using the new Cuttlebug embossing folders being released at CHA this week, and you'll definitely want to see their Be Inspired #42 gatefold friendship cards! Remember to play along with us for your chance to win the new folders!! How do you win again:
-link them with Mr. Linky on each challenge and leave a comment
-be a member/follower of Cuttlebug Challenges
-deadline: Wednesday, August 5
Easy peasy, and you could win ALL of the new folders being released at CHA! You still have time, come on! The winner will be announced on August 6!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Cardstock: SU Kraft, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday.
Accessories: Cuttlebug and Journaling Card & Morroccan Embossing Folders; SU Chocolate Chip Striped Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Button, & Linen Thread; Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday carstock sticker; Janome Sew Mini.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Happy Tuesday! I decided to start the day (late as it was! hee!) with Laura's Sketch #31 over at 2S4Y! I had some rejected/leftover parts (the "hi" and ribbon flower) from this card, so I decided to start with those, kinda cheating I guess!
This card size is 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" which worked perfectly for this sketch, and it fits in the SU Small Open-End Envelopes...well hopefully it will, maybe not with that chunky ribbon flower and button! I found the cardstock piece in my stash, and it started at 3 1/4" x 10 1/2" so I scored it at 6 1/2" and that left a 4" flap piece that flips open to see the inside of the card. It was kind of hard to see in the photo, so I went back out and photographed the inside:
Speaking of 2S4Y, I received my prize box in the mail today from Laura & Kazan for the 2S4Y Ultimate Showdown! I was so honored to make it top 10, thanks so much!! Can't wait to play with my new goodies!
Hope you have a super day! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
FYI: to make the little yellow polka dot ribbon yo yo, see this tutorial.
Recipe Stamps: Woodgrain
Cardstock: Kraft, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Pink Flamingo DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Letter Alphabet Die, Ovals Die, Crushed Curry & Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Real Red & Tempting Turquoise Designer Buttons, Scallop Border Punch, Stapler.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I used the new SU set Perfect Chemistry, love it! I thought it was going to be bigger, not sure why, I just did, but I still love it. With the new Woodgrain stamp and the new colorful buttons, I'm a very happy stamper! I'm not sure I can even make a card without a button anymore! lol!
Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Stamps: Perfect Chemistry
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Certainly Celery Designer Button, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-Jig.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I haven't done a lot of stamping lately...mainly due to my obsession with rereading all of the Twilight series books last week, ugh! (I read until 5:30 am and 6:30 am two days, see why I can't be trusted to read books during the school year?!)...but I'm all done now and plan on doing lots of new stamping this week! I have the SU Convention to start getting ready for! *wink*
In the meantime, here's a project I made at my mom's house while on vacation a few weeks ago using my new Basic Grey June Bug goodies. She asked me to make a card that could hold a vintage Sarah Coventry necklace she wanted to give to a special little girl. Can you see the little cross necklace there, hanging on the flower? I didn't have any little envelopes or envelope templates/dies, so I played around until I found a way to anchor it that didn't look too ugly, so here's the inside:
Here's the card with matching envelope:
Okay, I best get busy, now that I have all this vampire nonsense behind me...again! lol! I have some design projects to work on, plus a belated birthday celebration with my friends to celebrate two of our July birthdays. We're going to see 500 Days of Summer, looks sooooo good!, and to eat at Wild About Harry's, yummmmmmy! We love Harry!
Have a great Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Are you ready to set sail on the new Catty Cruise?! Please hop along with me and 11 fabulous bloggers as we showcase projects featuring new and exciting products from the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog! Welcome if you just came from Tracy's blog Inky Doodles! I just love what she did with the new Build a Roo set! (If you get lost along the cruise or want to see an overview, go here.)
I called my post "A Scrappy Halloween" because all of these projects are made with the new SU Cast-a-Spell Halloween paper and the new Spooky Treats rub-ons...no stamping! Okay, let's push off, shall we?! (Too corny?! I couldn't resist! hee!)
First up, my devlish little witch hat centerpiece made with the Big Shot and the SU Pennant Die:
A little card that will give someone something to crow about (sheeesh, that's bad!):
A ghoulish little card...with bling...for your favorite vamps:
Laslty, a spooky little card for the more refined monsters in your life:
I hope you enjoyed these new Halloween projects! The recipes are at the end of the post and feel free to email me or comment with any questions.
Cardstock: Basic Black, old book pages.
Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Pennant Die, Crystal Effects, Black Chunky Essentials Glitter, Basic Black 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Rusty Pickle black pom poms (I had to add it, it was too perfect!), Janome Sew Mini.
Oct. 31 Card
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, old book pages.
Accessories: Spooky Treats rub-ons, 1" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Ovals Die, Dimensionals, Black Hemp, Mini Glue Dot, Pumpkin Pie Sherbert Designer Series Button, Janome Sew Mini.
Spooky Bling Card
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Very Vanilla, Cast-a-Spell DSP, old book pages.
Accessories: Spooky Treats rub-ons, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Crystal Effects, Black Chunky Essentials Glitter, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Janome Sew Mini.
Refined Spooky Card
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cast-a-Spell DSP.
Accessories: Spooky Treats rub-ons, Big Shot, Oval Scallop Die, Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile, Very Vanilla 5/8' Jumbo Brad.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Happy Thursday! Goodness, I felt like I haven't talked to y'all forever!! This summer is flying by so fast, I can't bear to think of it! I've been running around like crazy...and reading...and I've hardly stamped!
Trying to get my mojo back, so I played with the Clean & Simple blog's FTL #51 and a color combination from SU Demonstrator website. I mounted some new stamps today, including this fabulous star from Seeing Stars, and can't wait to play with it more.
Do you see that "hi"?! It's made with the new SU Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz Die, I **heart** it bigtime!! I adhered the Ballet Blue cardstock to some plain chipboard, then ran it through the die. It looks so thick and yummy!
AND, what about that fabby woodgrain stamp?!! Yay! Thanks for listening to us SU! I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear that one out! lol!
Remember to come back Friday as we kick off the new SU Catty Cruise Blog Hop!! Our posts will be up at 9 pm CST and you don't want to miss it! There will be 12 fabulous stops on the blog hop, all featuring new and different products from the Stampin' Up! catalog!! The artists/bloggers include:
• Angie Tieman, Schwooo
• Becky Roberts, Inking Idaho
• Brooke Stockman, Designs by Brooke
• Connie Collins, Constantly Stamping
• Vicki Burdick, It's a Stamp Thing
• LeAnne Pugliese, Wee Inklings
• LeeAnn Greff, Flowerbug's Inkspot
• Linda Heller, Where the Rubber Hits the Road
• Linda McClain, LMac's Catered Crop
• Lynn Weiss, L W Designs
• Nancy Riley, iSTAMP
• Tracy Harp, Inky Doodles
See you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Stamps: Seeing Stars, Perfect Chemistry, Woodgrain.
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, The Write Stuff Specialty DSP.
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry; Chocolate Chip marker.
Accessories: Big Shot, Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz Die, Top Note Die, Large Star Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here is my little vase made from a Crystal Light drink container (yes, the little drink canisters are now thrown loose into the cabinet!) and matching card:
Be sure and check out the Cuttlebug Challenge blog to see the fabulous projects the other designers came up with! They blew me away this week with their amazing creativity in altering items!
Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Provo Craft and remember to play along all month for our countdown to CHA for a chance to win the new Cuttlebug folders being released!! Yay! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!!
Edited to add: Here's a picture I took with some flowers (and I'm not saying where I got the flowers!) last night, it didn't turn out great, but it gives you the idea:
Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: SU Going Gray & Whisper White, SEI Bridgeport papers.
Ink: Basic Gray.
Accessories: Cuttlebug and Victoria Embossing Folder, SEI Bridgeport ribbon, Foof-a-La button, white thread, Crystal Light container.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Our sponsors this week are Provo Craft and 2 Red Banana Stamps, so you'll want to play along for sure! Remember to play along all month for the chance to win the new CHA Cuttlebug releases AND this week you can win a stamp set of your choosing from 2 Red Banana Stamps! What are you waiting for, come on and play!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Cardstock: SU Kraft, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird.
Accessories: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird chipboard stickers, Foof-a-La buttons, Martha Stewart striped baker's twine, SU Linen Thread, SU retired rub-ons, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Janome Sew Mini, brown thread.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I'm so lucky my best friend from Missouri decided to come visit this week for a long weekend, so we have been working like crazy on the house since we got home yesterday. I had summer school teaching stuff to put away (where do you teachers keep all your stuff in the summer?! Ugh!), plus we just need a general purge after living in this small house for six years. Stuff keeps coming in, but stuff never seems to go out! ha! Plus, we had to try to figure out how to squeeze in sleeping accommodations for guests. It's something we've needed to deal with for awhile, but kept putting off, but it's a good thing now that I'm working on it!
Gotta dash now, I'm still catching up on Google Reader...plan to make a round of visits tonight when I'm too tired to work anymore and need to fabulax on the sofa! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Happy Friday! I made a few cards for my mom yesterday for some special occasions she needed. I loved the way this one turned out for Aunt Ruth, who is celebrating her 90th birthday this Sunday. I used the yummy new Basic Grey June Bug collection that I found at Archiver's in Overland Park, KS last Saturday! Aunt Ruth is a quilter like my mom, so this paper was perfect!
The card base is SU Kraft and I also used Certainly Celery ran through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. I had to get some envelopes at Wal-Mart, and they are 6 1/2" x 4 3/4", so the finished card size is 6" x 4 1/4". Here is the matching envelope:
I thought this would be a good time to show my mom in action with her long-arm quilting machine. She was quilting a darling baby quilt she made for a lady at church for her baby shower this weekend. Nice shower gift, huh?!!
We did take a little time off from all of our "work" on Wednesday and went shopping at the outlet mall and saw a movie, The Proposal. It was a good, happy chick flick movie!
Hope you're having a good week! I'll be visiting you soon and catching up on my Google Reader! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Happy Tuesday, chicas! I've been enjoying my vacation immensely and got a chance to play with my paper goodies today, yay! (Yes, I hauled a super large Rubbermaid tub of stuff to Missouri!) My Mom has been working on a baby quilt with this adorable sock monkey fabric, which I went nuts over, so she gave me some squares to play with! Aren't they the cutest! I thought I would make a little card set for my Etsy shop. Here are the individual cards:
I hope you're having a great week! Be sure and stop by Wednesday for the Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired day! I made the cutest project (well, I think so! hee! hee!) before I left town and can't wait to share it!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Happy Sunday! I can't believe we are flying right into July now!
Here's a Stampin' Up! birthday card for a special friend that went out a little late, unfortunately! Hopefully she will forgive me! This Pun Fun image was perfect for her, but I don't have this set. So luckily my friend Lori had stamped some images for me a looonng time ago and I had saved them. See, sometimes it pays to save everything!
I used the new Melon Mambo In Color, paired with some new Tall Tales and Razzleberry Lemonade papers and some Certainly Celery accents. The inspiration for the card came from a card on page 60 of the new catalog.
Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Stamps: Pun Fun, Party Hearty (for hat).
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Tall Tales & Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Black and Versamark (for party hat); Melon Mambo & Certainly Celery markers.
Accessories: Aquapainters, Certainly Celery button, Linen Thead, Ovals Originals Die, Big Shot, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Stapler.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Happy Saturday! I made this card for Meda, who works for the Cuttlebug Challenge blog, helping to put the posts together with all of our projects. Her birthday is July 4, so the design team whipped up some cards for her, you can check them out here. I used my Sizzix cupcake die, then ran the top piece through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embosisng folder.
Thanks for all your comments the last few days and the vacation well wishes! We made it as far as Wichita last night and are headed on to Kansas City this morning. I surprised dh and got tickets for the Royals game on Sunday, so he's super excited about that! We used to go a lot when we lived in KC as young newlyweds, MANY years ago! lol!
I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!! Hugs and happy stamping!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Happy Friday! I stayed up way too late last night, fiddling around with this card when I should have been packing for vacation, yikes!
I had to squeeze in a card for Laura's Sketch #29, you know how I love the gang over at 2S4Y! Since time was of the essence, I multi-tasked and used Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #11 too! I love Dawn's color challenges, they really push me outside my "normal comfort zone" and make me try new combos, so thank you, Dawn!
I started playing with some Crate Paper die cuts that were in one of my Jenni Bowlin kits, and I loved the little squirrel, but he was the wrong color. So I adhered some Razzleberry Lemonade paper to some plain chipboard for sturdiness, then traced the squirrel and cut him out. Voila! It was too late to think of something clever for the sentiment, so I had to fall back with the generic "hi." I've said it before, but I could tell a LOT of people "hi" with my cards! lol!
Okay, gotta dash! Have a super Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!
Cardstock: Going Gray, Basic Black, Razzleberry Lemonade dsp.
Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Black Hemp, Thickers, Crate Paper Glitter Die Cuts, Foof-a-La button, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Happy Thursday! Is everyone super excited the new Stampin' Up! catalog is available now?! You can check it out online, click the picture to the right. It is totally fabulous, and you are going to love it!!
For this card, I paired the new little owl from Animal Stories with the retired Canvas Cuts and Fashion District Rub-Ons. Isn't that "Let's Do Lunch!" adorable?! I was trying to stick with SU only products, but I had a scrap of that American Crafts wood grain paper laying on my desk, and how could I pass it up? It was too perfect! The SUPER GOOD news, though, the new SU catalog has a wood grain stamp! Yeeeeaaaaa!
Okay, gotta dash, ten million things to do before summer school is over tomorrow and we leave on vacation, yikes! I'm freaking out inside, just thinking about it...does that ever happen to you?!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your super sweet comments lately! Hugs and happy stamping!
Stamps: Animal Stories
Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, American Crafts patterned paper.
Ink: Melon Mambo.
Accessories: Latte Button, Linen Thread, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" & 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Dimensionals, retired Canvas Cuts and Fashion District Rub-Ons.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This week's challenge at Cuttlebug Challenges is to use red, white, and blue and add buttons! Perfect timing, right?! Be sure and check out the creations from the rest of the design team using the new Cuttlebug Stars folder (I'm not-so-patiently waiting for mine to arrive, hee! hee!). You are going to LOVE it! In the meantime, I used the ever popular, my most beloved Swiss Dots folder, for the stars on my card.
This is just the beginning of the Countdown to CHA...stay tuned to Cuttlebug Challenges to see more awesome projects and sneak peeks of all the new Cuttlebug folders being released at CHA this month! And now, how would you like to win all the new Cuttlebug folders?! Here's how:
- Participate in all 4 of the Be Inspired challenges this month and you will be entered to win. It's that easy!
- Be sure to visit our Design team as they debut the Stars Folder in the new release from Provo Craft!
Don't forget to watch HSN on July 9th for a fantastic day with Cuttlebug. The hours are as follows:
The launch will start at 01:00 AM.
2nd segment 08:00 AM
3rd segment 12:00 PM
4th segment 7:00 PM
I can't wait to share more with you soon!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!!
Recipe Cardstock: SU Kraft, Little Yellow Bicycle polka dot paper, Jenni Bowlin Soda Water paper. Ink: SU Chocolate Chip craft on bamboo skewers. Accessories: Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Folder, SU striped ribbon, SU Large & Small Star Punch, bamboo skewers, Jenni Bowlin: chipboard button, rhinestone button, & cardstock alphabet stickers, Maya Road chipboard star, Janome Sew Mini, brown thread.