Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Snip & Tuck Cupcake Card + A Winner!

Today's card is called a "Snip & Tuck" card, because of the unique opening. These are so fun to make!

Stamps: Create a Cupcake, Tiny Tags, Dot, Dot, Dot
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie dsp
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Real Red narrow grosgrain ribbon, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Build a Cupcake punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Basic Rhinestones, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch

Julie Davison has a fantastic tutorial on her blog, if you want to make one for yourself. I used my Build a Cupcake punch and coordinating Create a Cupcake stamp set. These items are available in the Occasions Mini catalog, which ends April 30th. If there's something in there you've had your eye on, now's the time to make your purchase.

Thanks to all of you who left comments on my 500th blog post! I really enjoyed reading through all of your kind words. And the winner of the blog candy is:
Jennie Maier said...

I look forward to checking out all your creative designs! Your work is awesome. Congrats on your 500th! Happy Easter.

Jennie, you can e-mail me with your contact info so that I can send off your goodies.

Thanks again for stopping by - have a great day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Summer Splash Sneak Peek + Blog Candy!!!!

Hi there! I've been playing around with some of my new stuff from the Summer Mini catalog - wahoo! I am loving all of these summery, sunny images. They just put a smile on my face, especially with all of the cold, crummy weather we have been having.

This set is called Summer Splash and has all kinds of adorable beach images. I paired it with the coordinating jumbo wheel, Fish Frenzy. I love these colors together - Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.

Here's a close-up of the glitter on the star fish:

Stamps: Summer Splash, On Your Birthday
Paper: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Fish Frenzy jumbo wheel, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point makers, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Pumpkin Pie wide grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval punch, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch, Dazzling Diamonds

I do so love sharing my creations with you all, and today is my 500th blog post! I can hardly believe it. To celebrate, and to thank you for visiting, I will be giving away the following blog candy:

There's a pack of 6x6 designer paper, a clear mount Sweet Summer stamp set, a package of Basic Pearls and a spool of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon. Just leave me a comment before 8am Tuesday, April 26th and you have a chance to win these goodies. I'll be picking one random winner and it could be you! I hope you have a blessed Easter weekend. See you next week!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Make a Silly Monster

This is a cute little card made with the Make a Monster stamp set. This set is so fun and easy to use! I love playing with all of the eyeballs, hair and teeth. :) I actually bought it for my kids, but they haven't had a chance to use it yet since I've been hogging it.

This was the last of the cards I put together for the mega stamp-a-stack. Fun colors, don't you think?

Here's a sneak peek at a little give-away coming tomorrow in celebration of my 500th blog post! Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Stamps: Make A Monster, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Big Shot, 3 1/2" Circle die, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Pumpkin Pie narrow taffeta ribbon, googly eyes

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dreaming of the Beach...

Can you hear the seagulls crying and feel the sand between your toes? This card makes me think of a late afternoon at the beach, soaking up the last warm rays of the day. It could just be the fact that we woke up to SNOW this morning - what is up with that?!? I am in need of some warmer weather, and this card reminds me that there is a warm spot on a beach calling my name.

This is another one of the cards we made at the mega stamp-a-stack. What a great masculine card or sympathy card! And so quick to put together - first I stamped the lighthouse image and then ran it through my Square Lattice embossing folder. I really like the added texture to the main panel. Add a bit o' Crumb Cake seam binding and a sentiment and you're done! Stop by tomorrow for another card and a preview of a special treat coming on Friday. 'Bye for now!

Stamps: Uncharted Territory, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Crumb Cake seam binding, Wide Oval punch

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy and Elegant Four Frames

Here's a quick and easy card made with the Four Frames set and Paisley Prints dsp:

We made this at a mega stamp-a-stack this month. I wanted to keep the cards quick and simple, since everyone was making 4 of each card design. I like this card because you can change up the sentiment and it can work for a number of occasions! Stop by tomorrow for another card from the mega stamp-a-stack. Have a great day!

Stamps: Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Paisley Prints dsp
Ink: Basic Black, Baja Breeze marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Designer label punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones, Whisper White satin ribbon

Friday, April 15, 2011

Little Bunny Buckets

If you are looking for a cute little Easter treat, look no further. The tiny bunnies are just too cute for words!

I case'd these cuties from Mary Fish's blog and added the grass and scallop circle background. I thought these would make fun little favors for the Easter dinner table. I found the buckets at Target a couple of years ago, in the bridal section. I think I've seen something similar at party supply stores. They are quick and easy to make, and a lot of fun to share.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you back here next week. Be sure to stop by - I have some fun surprises in store. See you then!

Stamps: none
Paper: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Ink: none
Accessories: ears - Blossoms Petal punch, head - 3/4" circle punch, body - 3/4" x 15/16" Oval Punch, tail - Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" Circle Scallop punch, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, mini buckets

Thursday, April 14, 2011

FTL 135: Sew Fabulous!

I have to admit that this week's Fall-to-Layout was a bit of a challenge for me, but sometimes it's good to work outside your comfort zone. I've wanted to use this Sweet Stitches designer paper for some time, and I thought it would be fun to pair it with the Four Frames set for this card.

I also pulled out my Sweet Buttons embosslit to create my buttons - how fun to be able to create button accents in any color. I really like the way it all works together!

Stamps: Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White, Sweet Stitches
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Sweet Buttons embosslit, Designer Label punch, medium oval punch, Whisper White satin ribbon, stick pins

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome to the World!

It's spring and you know what that means - babies! I don't know if this seems to happen to anyone else, or if it is just me, but there is always new crop of bundles of joy to welcome to the world each spring and this year is no exception. I created this card for one of my friends who just had her 5th little one.

I combined two challenges for this card - Fall to Layout 134 and this week's Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoast. I love, love, love this card! Just think how fun this would be in different color combinations - so many possibilities! I used my Stars #2 die to create the stars and I was inspired by the colors of these baby bibs in the Clean and Simple challenge. What fun! And that Baker's Twine will be available May 1st in the Summer Mini - Wahoo! I can't wait to play some more with my new stamps from the Summer Mini. Keep an eye out for some more sneak peeks. :)

Stamps: A Word for You
Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stars #2 die, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Cherry Cobbler & White Baker's Twine

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Strength & Hope Swap

How about a little sneak peek for you today? This card uses one of the sets from the Summer Mini Catalog, which becomes available May 1st. It is called Strength & Hope, and I'm loving the beautiful images. As an added bonus, when you purchase the Strenght & Hope stamp set (or the digital kit), Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I made this as a swap for a recent downline meeting. I love the soft colors and soothing tone. A perfect card to share with someone special, just to let them know you care.

Stamps: Strength & Hope
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Blushing Bride dsp
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circles #2 die, 3" Circle die, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Very Vanilla seam binding, Basic Pearls, Cutter Kit

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hugs & Kisses for Mom

Here's another card from this month's stamp-a-stack. We couldn't let Mother's Day pass us by, so we made this card, using the Embossed Resist technique.

If you aren't familiar with this technique, Patty Bennett has a wonderful tutorial on her blog. Go check it out! This was new to my customers - isn't it fun to learn a new way to use your stampin' tools? In the original tutorial, Patty uses a frame with an oval opening and for this card I used a frame with a rectangular opening.

Thanks for stopping by today! I know things have been kind of quiet here this week, but I've got some fun stuff in the works. Stay tuned... 'Bye for now!

Stamps: Mother of Mine, Tiny Tags
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, wooden frame (for Embossed Resist technique), Whisper White organza ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Jewelry Tag Medium punch

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Four Frames Easter Card

Hi there! It's good to be back from our little spring break trip and I'm excited to share a card we made at last weekend's stamp-a-stack. This card uses the sneak peek Four Frames stamp set. This set will appear in the next Idea Book and Catalog, but you can purchase it this month, along with the Paisley Prints designer paper (which I also used on this card). WARNING: This paper is absolutely gorgeous! For more information on how you can get your hands on these goodies, visit my demo web site.

This month's theme was "Spring Fling" and all of our cards focused on springy colors, flowers and butterflies. I really like that little butterfly accent on the frame, made with the Beautiful Wings embosslit. This is a pretty card that works for Easter, but would also work as a sympathy, wedding or even birthday card, just by switching up the greeting.

Have a super day! See you soon!

Stamps: Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Paisley Prints dsp
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist
Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Decorative Label punch, Basic Pearls, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Whisper White satin ribbon

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Stampin' Specials!

There are some fun promotions this month, so take advantage of them while you can! Visit my Online Store for more info on either of the specials listed below.

Spring is Blossoming Promotion

Spring is Blossoming with Sneak Peek products from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. You can get these brand-new products in one of two ways:
Option 1: When you spend $20, you are eligible to purchase the Four Frames stamp set and/or Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. Both items can be purchased once the $20 minimum is met; there is a limit of five per product once the $20 minimum is met. Ordering another $20 of Stampin' Up! products resets the limit and allows you to purchase another five Designer Series Papers and/or stamp sets.

Option 2: Customers will receive the Four Frames and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper FREE if they host a $350 workshop (net sales before tax and shipping).

You can view the Four Frames stamp set and the Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper in my Online Store. If you are interested in hosting a workshop during the month of April, it's not too late! Contact me today to schedule your personalized stampin' party.

Grab Bag of Stampin' Up! Products!
Beginning today, April 1, and continuing while supplies last, you will be able to purchase special "grab bags" in my Online Store. These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.
Item numbers for ordering:
125873 - $5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)
125874 - $10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)
125875 - $15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

Grab 'em while supplies last!