Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Card Patterns 121

Card patterns 121 by stampinangie

Card patterns 121, a photo by stampinangie on Flickr.

Happy Wednesday!

I'm trying to post this from my iPad while on vacation in Missouri, we'll see if it works, ha!

I used Card Patterns sketch #121. The base is Kraft, the cupcake punch from SU, and some yummy fabric from Urban Arts and Crafts in Kansas City.

Hope everyone out there is well and enjoying summer! Hugs and happy stamping!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Clean & Simple FTL #145: Sew Glad We're Friends

Happy Weekend! Hope it's been a great one for you so far!

I had a great day because in addition to doing laundry, I had a long-distance stamping challenge marathon with Cindy Major! That girl can stamp and perform with details galore under extreme time pressure! Unlike me, ha! But it was super fun, nonetheless!

Our first challenge was this Clean and Simple sketch #145 and we decided to use a retiring SU set. It was super fun and easy to work with. We gave ourselves about 37 minutes for this one, no problem! (I couldn't say that for later challenges, oops!).

I used Puns From the Past because it was still laying on my desk from yesterday! ha! I stamped the sewing machine in Chocolate Chip craft ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, but it's kind of hard to tell in the photo.

Ta Ta for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Puns From the Past
Ink: Chocolate Chip craft and dye ink.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Stitches DSP.
Accessories: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, & Crumb Cake buttons, Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, sewing machine.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Baby Ava

Happy Friday! What's up?! I've had a super fun day hanging out with some friends...lots of talking, a little lunch, a little shopping, a little stamping...what could be better than that?!

Here's a little card I made for my friend Vina who is expecting her first baby July 7th. She's having a baby girl, to be named, Ava. Is that so beautiful or what?! You may remember her wedding from August 2009 here. :) My goal is to now make her a set of baby thank you cards using the same basic design and materials. I will get it done! (Yes, that's me talking to myself in an open, public forum. Does that make me certifiable?!)

What are your plans for the weekend? Lots of Father's Day activities? I will be stamping all day Saturday (except for occasional laundry breaks, ugh!), so if you feel like doing some online challenges with me, shoot me an email! I need some pressure on me! ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Puns From the Past
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Blushing Bride Patterns designer series paper.
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Perfect Pennants Bigz die (available July 1), Wilton white doily, Maya Road wooden button, Basic Grey letter stickers, Cappuccino baker's twine.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Kraft Journal: Father's Day Challenge

Happy Thursday! Did any Dallasites go the big parade downtown this morning for the Mavericks?! Sounded like great fun! I had a meeting at school from 8-12:00, so I didn't make it, but getting around the traffic was sure challenging! :)

Here's a Father's Day card I made yesterday using a challenge from the Kraft Journal blog: make a Father's Day card by using rub-ons to create your own, unique patterned paper look. Most of my rub-ons are pretty girly, but then I remembered these Hambly rub-ons I won as a prize one time. Even though they are probably designed to be "babyish" I tried to think of a way to make them work. We'll see what my dad thinks when he gets the card as to whether I accomplished it or not! ha! Here's the inside of the card:

Well, off to mail this card and pick Nick the dog from the groomers. We have vacation coming up, so he needs to look his best, you know! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pennant Parade Guest Stamper: Lori Souter!

Happy Wednesday! As I promised, I'm back with a couple of cards made by my bff and fellow Demo, Lori Souter!

She used the Pennant Parade stamp set, available in the new SU catalog on July 1, to make these darling ice cream cone cards! Aren't they the cutest?! I love the Crumb Cake background, especially the polka dots embossing folder used for a tone-on-tone background. It feels like sprinkles on the cones! Here's one with a different sentiment:

The Pennant Parade set comes with 4 pennant shapes, 6 greetings, a little flower pot, 1 star, and 1 asterisk thingy stamp. I think you're really going to like it when you see it! I have to say, since I've had a sneak peek at the new Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 catalog, I think it's really great and my wish list is longer than it's been in several years! Yay! I think, yay, but maybe it's not a good thing?! ha!

Enjoy your wonderful Wednesday! Thanks so much to Lori for these fabulous cards and to you for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pennant Parade sneak peek

Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is going well!

My friend and fellow demo Lori came over today to stamp (and help me find my mojo!) and we decided to copy this cute card from the Stampin' Success (magazine for SU demos). We used a set called Pennant Parades that will be in the new catalog on July 1. It's so cute! We decided to make matching envelopes too, but mine started going terribly wrong when I stamped the tree and pot badly and had to cover it up. It just went downhill from there! ha!

I'll be back tomorrow with a super cute ice cream cone card Lori made! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Pennant Parade.
Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, That Takes the Cake dsp.
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron.
Accessories: Pennant Flag punch, Owl punch, Scallop Border Punch.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Retreat Make and Take

Happy Saturday! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Thought I'd share a little make and take I whipped up for my friends to make at our retreat last month. Please don't look at how crooked that ribbon is, I just noticed it, ugh! I copied my friend Lori who was using some seam binding ribbon and pulling a ribbon in the center to gather it up. After that, I put down sticky strip adhesive and stuck it down on that. The flower is made of 4 scallop circles, folded into quarters, then attached onto another scallop circle.

I kind of tried to stamp today...sat there for a couple of hours...okay, I admit, watching tv too (my dvr is 95% full, come on!)...but nothing was coming! Ugh! Does that happen to anyone else after you've been away for awhile?! I will try again tomorrow, with the tv off, and some tunes playing. Wish me luck! *wink*

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Challenge Cards with Friends!

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone's week is off to a great start! I'm officially on summer vacation, whoo! hoo! I haven't got in my stamp room yet, mainly because it was inundated with boxes of teacher junk, ugh! But I've been working on consolidating, purging, organizing, and I'm almost finished, schwooo! My school is moving to a new building next year, so we had to bring home EVERYTHING we owned. I can't believe the amount of stuff I've acquired after only 5 years of teaching, scary! Reminds me of paper-crafting! ha!

In the meantime, here are the remaining challenge cards my friends and I made at our last retreat. As I mentioned before, the challenges started around 11:30 pm. For these two challenges, we had about 22 minutes and 17 minutes, although sometimes we (me included!) went over by a few minutes! :)

First up, the moustache cards, and believe me, most of the girls were not thrilled with this challenge! I gave them a pre-stamped moustache image, a black card base, piece of Wild Wasabi, and green/white baker's twine. *Please forgive the poor quality iPhone pictures!*

Here's mine:







Next up, the button cards. Everyone received a Chocolate Chip card base and a "button card" cut out from the SU Sweet Stitches designer series paper.








I hope you enjoyed looking at our limited supplies challenge cards! I love how they all turn out so differently!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!