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Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Gift for You

I just am crazy about the new ornament punch (#116794, p.25, $15.95) in the new Holiday Mini Catalog. I used the Finial Press Embossing Folder (IBC #115963,p. 195, $7.95) to enhance the red ornament. I embellished the ornaments with my 2 way glue pen and Gold Fine Galaxy Glitter. The background is Brushed Gold CS (IBC #112935, p. 159, $7.95) and a scrap of Old Olive CS embossed with the Finial Press Embossing Folder. I used a piece of twill tape from SU (IBC #116232, Ribbon Originals, p. 182, $9.95). I thought the twill tape had kind of a golden glow that went well with the brushed gold CS. The sentiment is in real red, punched out with the scalloped oval. I used a stamp from the Christmas Punch stamp set (IBC Level 2 Hostess Gift).

Autumn Wreath

Is this a beauty or what? I CASed the idea from the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog, p. 92. I used a variety of papers and cardstock. Here is the supply list:
Autumn Traditions #115668, p. 160 (I used one sheet of each design)
Brushed Gold CS #102935, p. 159 (2 sheets)
Old Olive CS #106544, p. 156 (2 sheets)
Mellow Moss CS #106548, p. 157 (2 sheets)
Craft CS #107070, p. 159 (2 sheets)
Gold Embossed leaves from the Autumn Splendor Stamp Set #116503, p. 12 Holiday Mini Catalog painted with an Aqua Painter and ink from Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango, IBC p. 155-157 (Thank you Sandi MacIver for the leaves)
12" wire wreath from craft store, cover with old green ribbon to have something to hot glue the leaves to.
I used the SU Leaves #2 die to cut the leaves.

Altered Candles

I had a fun day on Saturday, just playing with Ideas I had seen on YouTube. I'm not sure exactly who inspired me, but there are several who have videos. I recycled some old candles, I thought this was a good way to give them a facelift. I used the Fresh Cuts Stamps Set (IBC #111634, p.107, $21.95) and Always Artichoke (IBC #105243, p.157, $7,50). I stamped the images on tissue paper. On the larger round candle I wadded up the tissue paper and then stampsed my image. In the closeup you can see the the texture it gave. On the smaller, taller candle I added a littl gold galaxy glitter with my 2 way glue. Then I put the tissue paper in place on the candle and held in it place with a piece of wax paper long enough to wrap around to the back and create a place to hold on to. I used my heat gun to melt the stampsed tissue paper into the candle. This idea will make great hostess gifts for my upcoming workshops and so easy to demonstrate.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's Snowing....Challenge #41

The sketch for the challenge can be found at LNS Challenge. This was a fun challenge. I had just received the Christmas Punch stamp set (Level 2Hostess Set #115366, IBC p. 14). I created the well for the snow (Dazzling Diamonds #102023 p.180. $4.50, ) with the left over rubber after mounting the stamps. I used the Brushed Gold cardstock (#102935, p. 159, $7.95) for the background and the striped pattern as the accent strip form the Christmas Cocoa Speciality Paper (#116770. p. 20 Holoday Mini Catalog, $11.95). I used SU Fine Galaxy Gold Glitter (#114286 p.180, $13.95 for the set) to top off a couple of large brads from Hodpodge Hardware (#112454 p.178, $29.95).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Join the Holiday Card Class

Holiday Card Class

This class is designed to highlight several techniques and to show how you can make several simple, really beautiful cards with just a few supplies. You will really appreciate the results you can achieve from just one (or two) stamp set(s), and a punch or two
Date: October 24th, noon-4pm
Price for class: $25.00
Prices include classroom instruction, use of tools and all materials for 8 cards. We will make 2 of each style pictured plus another 2 cards (design to be determined).

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Hutto, TX 78634
For additional information or directions, please email me at

Thanks to Sandi MacIver for the ornament card design and to Amy Celona for the Rudolph inspiration! Thanks, Ladies!

Stampin' Up! LateNightStampers Challenge 40

For the Stampin' Up! Late Night Stampers Challenge #40 So Simple, I used Night of Navy Cardstock (IBC #106547, p.157, $7.50); Whisper White Craft ink (IBC #101731, p.156, $7.50); Snow Swirled Stamp Set (IBC #111690, p.36, $24.95); Gold Fine Galaxy Glitter (IBC #114286, p.180, $13.95 set) and Crystal Effects (IBC #101055, p.192; $6.25).

Monday, September 7, 2009

Getting A Start on the Christmas Season

I couldn't wait to use this new stamp set of 6 titled "Snow Swirled" (p.36; $24.95) from the Stampin' Up! 2009 Ideabook and Catalog. I used Versa Mark to heat emboss the tree in gold on the inside of the card. The snowflakes in the set were stamped on the front with Bashful Blue Craft Ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder from Stampin' Up! To finish the card I stamped the verse on the inside and Season Greetings on the front, then tied it all up with Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon.

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LNS Challenge #36

The LateNightStampers challenge was to use the Big Shot for a project. I have been wanting to try to make a votive with the Bigz XL Fancy Favor Box, so this was the perfect opportunity to try out this challenge. On the Night of Navy Fancy Favor Box I used the Curly Label punch and double punched with it to make a window and lined the window with vellum which I ran through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder. Inside the box is a battery operated tea light. I also used the Sixzzix Embosslit Cherry Blossom (Crushed Curry) and Sweetest Stem (Old Olive), for decorating the outside of the box. The flower center was punched using the Trio Flower punch in Night of Navy.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bigz XL Fancy Favor Box Organizer

Make an organizer from Stampin' Up!s new Bigz XL Fancy Favor Box die cut. I made this organizer with 8 of the fancy favor box die cut using SUs In Color Textured cardstock (p.155 $11.95). The flowers were cut using SUs Bigz XL Flower Folds die ( p. 201 $42.95) in Melon Mambo accented with the swiss dot texture folder and apricot patterned designer series paper. The small leaves were cut using a Sizzix die Little Leaves (p.196 $5.50 in Gable Green) and a Leaves #2 (p. 202 $15.95 in Old Olive). As you can see I have filled my organizer with supplies that will be used at my workshops. Not only is it useful, but it makes a lovely table centerpiece. I have to credit this idea to MeGa Stampin Studio. Isn't their idea the greatest? I did make my organizer larger and I fancied mine up just a little more. But that's what's great about sharing ideas...using your own creativity!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge #139

This is the first time I have entered the Diva Coffee Break Challenge. (Diva Coffee Break Designs Website). I thought the Stampin' Up! Urban Garden Designer Series Paper and the Asian Artistry Stamp Set went well together for this challenge. I used a little bit of Old Olive Ribbon Originals to add a bit of embellishment to the lower left corner. I colored all stamps with SU Writer Markers. The Curly Label punch was cut in half and attached to the sentiment.
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Passion for Promarkers Challenge Week #11

Well I don't have Promarkers (Promarkers Website), but I do have Stampin' Up! Writer Markers which I used to color the rooster from SU's Rustic Rooster. Thought it went well with the Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper from the new Idea Book and Catalog. Flowers were cut and embossed using the SU Embosslit Cherry Blossom. I used a touch of ribbon from Ribbon Originals. The Birthday sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from SU. The Brads I used for the flower centers are from Hodgepodge hardware.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fifth Ave Floral Project

This is a project that I will be teaching a workshop for on September 26. The workshop is $25.00 and must be paid in advance to reserve your seat. The workshop will be from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm (lunch will be provided). All supplies will be provided and you will be taking home the fold out box that holds 8 cards and envelopes. Please email me if you are interested in attending this workshop and I will be happy to provide you will all details. I have a limited number of spaces available, so please reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Rubbernecker Stamps-Wacky Wednesday #23

This is my first entry for the Rubbernecker Stamps-Wacky Wednesday #23 Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday is inspired by some of my favorite embossing folders and embosslits. The paper and ribbon is Stampin' Up Melon Mambo and Green Galore (Embosslit Sweetest Stem). The Cuttlebug die cut butterfly hovering above the Prima Marketing flower is on a hidden spiral and embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. A little glitter gel pen adds some bling. The sentiment tag is cut from the SU Modern Label punch (trimmed) and stamped with StazOn.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mojo Monday Week #98 Challenge

Stampin' Up!s Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper provided the inspiration for this weeks Mojo Monday Week #98 Challenge (Mojo Monday Website). The solid color cardstock is the new SU Melon Mambo, as is the polka dot grosgrain ribbon. The Melon Mambo circle is embossed with two Stampin' Up! speciality embossing folders (Elegant Bouquet and Manhatten Flower); the center Manhatten Flower is embossed on vellum. Sentiment is from the Fresh Cuts stamp set, stamped in Whisper White and punch out with the Modern Label punch. A little bit of clear glitter gel pen was used to add a little sparkle.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dream Gardens

Oh my! This is one of my favorite new stamps from Stampin' Up!'s current Idea Book and Catalog (Dream Gardens - p.104). I used Stampin' Up! Design Series paper (Lovely Flowers) and black cardstock. I stamped all images with Whisper White Ink and olored the them with SU Chalks in Glorias Green, Orchid Opulance and Taken with Teal. I also used a small piece of Hodgepodge Hardware (colored with SU Writer Markers) at the top of the ribbon hanging. Ribbon is Old Olive.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Have a Petal Party Birthday!

What better way to enjoy a hot summer day, than by staying inside (and stayin' coo) to create a bright flowery birthday card with Stampin' Up! products! The coordinated papers used in this card are from the Simply Scrappin' Kit Petal Party. This kit also includes the embellishments (except for the ribbon which is the new 1/2" Polka Dot in Melon Mambo and the designer buttons in Certainly Celery. The Birthday Wishes stamp is from the Sincere Salutations Stamp Set and was stamped in Pixie Pink. The textured Old Olive background paper is also from the kit and was embossed with the new Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder using a Sizzix Emsobbing Machine. All products on the card are made by Stampin' Up! and are available in the 2009-1020 Idea Book and Catalog.