Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I just love this project. I believe this was designed by Danielle Adams at our demonstrator Shoebox Swap we had this past Sunday.

Danielle used the Bigz L Die - Mini Milk Carton (117310). Isn't this just perfect for Halloween treats? The milk carton is decorated with a strip of the specialty designer paper series Wicked Fun (117400), a bat punched with the new Bitty Bat Large Punch (119279) sponged around the edges with white craft ink, and held together with Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119261).

I almost forgot, the sentiment is from the new stamp set Fang-tastic available in clear mount (121178) or wood (120853) starting tomorrow September 1st in the new Holiday Mini!

I'll be sharing more projects made at the swap in the upcoming days. Lots of good ideas for Halloween and fall card making.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saturday's Simple & Sweet Stamp Camp

I enjoyed having both old and new friends at this past Saturday's Stamp Camp. The theme was Simple & Sweet (though I might have to practice more on the simple part). Stamp Camps are great because we use many different stamp sets, punches, etc. and try techniques or use products that you might not have had a chance to get or use.

The first card I'm going to show you uses the new stamp set "Morning Cup" It is a coffee and tea theme based set and it is really cute. My friend Kiara loves coffee so I cased this card from Connie Babberts at Inkspired Treasures just for her. I did change the ribbon to 1 1/4" grosgrain tied with twine. I just love how she added the new basic rhinestones (150 per package for just $4.95) for a little added bling.

The next card was a card I received from our last demonstrator swap last month. It was designed by Elizabeth Hurst. If you have ever thought of joining Stampin' Up! and becoming a demonstrator give me a call or e-mail. Whether you join as a hobby demonstrator or to build a business, Stampin' Up! is fun for all. You will have to check back next weekend as I am going to another demonstrator event and will have lots of samples to share.

Elizabeth's card uses the "Artistic Etchings" stamp set. The card is made with two of our new colors Early Espresso and Marina Mist. Like the card above, we used the new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the background layer. I also like the bling on the crown, maybe I should have called this camp Bling & Things? :) Ok, maybe not!

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently celebrated my 22nd wedding anniversary with my husband on the 13th. My coffee loving friend Kiara gave me a card to celebrate and told me to pretend she made it. It was lovely, but cost $3.99. I immediately said I could duplicate it, so I did!

Last but not least, I Cased this card from splitcoaststampers. It was also a submission for a sketch on the Clean & Simple blog. How ingenious is this? The card is made from a stamp from the "Trendy Trees" stamp set!!!! Now that is thinking out of the box. I stamped the image 3 times on different card stock, then punched it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. I then attached to a candy stick and wrapped in a bag tied with 1/4" whisper white ribbon. The finished suckers are attached to the card with dimensionals. I just love the whimsical quality of this card.

Well school starts here in Texas tomorrow. Back to school zones and traffic. Summer was nice while it lasted. I'll be working on my shoebox swap card this week. Our theme is Halloween or Fall getting ready for September Stamp Camps.

Have a blessed night!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Card for a Friend

When I lived in Edinburg, I worked with a guy whose name was Roli. He was a fun person to work with and always had something funny or quick witted to say. One of his favorite sayings, I incorporated into this card for him.

He has decided to go back to school and substitute teach. His last day at my old job will be Friday the 20th. I plan on sending this card to him.

Hopefully this will put a smile on his face. Images are from the internet, but paper and accessories are Stampin' Up.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Catching Up!

I have needed to catch up on my blog for a couple weeks now, but just hadn't gotten around to it. I held a new catalog open house at the end of July, my daughter got her driver's license on August 4th, I celebrated my birthday on the 7th and last but not least I celebrated my 22nd wedding anniversary with my husband last night. Whew!

To celebrate my customers and the new Stampin' Up! catalog, I held a new catalog open house where customers could come and go as they pleased and make 2 cards for free. This is the first card we made. It uses the new Artistic Etchings stamp set (118517 Wood or 120573 Clear). I used the colors pink pirouette, crumb cake and early espresso and distressed the edges for a more vintage look.

The second card everyone got to make for free was a baby card using the new Baby Tees jumbo wheel (118621). This was the first time many of the girls used the Stampin' Wheel to make a card. The wheels are great for decorating gift bags or big spaces as they are so simple to use. We cut out the 3 different baby tees and layered them on the card front with dimensionals. The card also uses the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335) and the Scallop Edge border punch (119882).

The following cards are from my fellow demonstrators of The Topics!. Penny my upline does a great job of keeping us "in the know" each month regarding birthdays, illnesses, births, etc and it is wonderful to get a mailbox full of cards when it is your special day. The top card is from Pam D'Urso, the bottom card is from Judy Sumner.

The card on the left is from Carolyn Gray, and the card on the right is from Judy Sumner.

Penny Thomas made the top card and Patty made the bottom card.

The butterfly card was made by Robin Owens and though the last card was store bought and not handmade it made me laugh. My good friend Jan sent me this. You just gotta love it!

Now that I am caught up, tomorrow will be spent making cards and cutting paper for my Simple & Sweet Stamp Camp which will be held next Saturday 8-21 from 2-5pm. We will be making 5 cards with a clean and simple theme. Want to come? Cost is only $10, please RSVP by the 18th so I can have enough supplies ready for all!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend,