Saturday, January 31, 2009

thank you for your order

I made a bunch of these to give to customers who placed orders at my open house. Easy-peasy!

I got idea from Stampin Success, but the element was put on a basket and blooms die cut. Tough to tell from scan but the "thanks" is cut out and popped on dimensionals.

stamp: a little something (level 2 hostess)
ink: rose red classic and kiwi kiss classic
paper: whisper white, baja blue and ski slope dsp
accessories: 1 3/4 inch circle punch and stiped baja blue ribbon

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ode to snow

Like a good portion of the mid-west and east we got snow today! Then it turned to freezing rain, so the couple of inches is slushy heavy wet snow and the pavement will most likey be "black ice". Don't you love winter?
Anyways, the SBS 24 challenge this week was to do a winter themed project. I had an idea in my head for a scrapbook page of our day of sledding over Christmas break. But, it did work out on paper. I figured I would save that for my scrapbooking club at my friend Erica's next week.
So, this is the remnants of my idea- I had some chipboard from back of notepad I ran through my big shot using my snowflake die- and then I inked it with white craft ink, dumped heat and stick powder on it and then some iridescent ice and heated with heat gun. I used a snowflake from short and sweet and build a brad. The designer paper is ski slope from winter mini.
So out of frustration of scrapbooking comes the realization that cards are soooo much easier or quicker! So here is to celebrating Winter!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Laura's bouquet

Laura made a bouquet using love you much stamp set, and I thought it was so stinkin' cute that I would make one myself! Check out her blog, her stuff is awesome!
This is a little tin from Target ( I know we all have $1 spot finds in our closets).

I had a tough time with the getting the lollipop sticks to stay on peppermint patties- tried glue dots, sticky strip and then went to old faithful- tombow mulitpurpose glue-it rocks!

We are getting another snow storm here in Massachusetts tomorrow- I am so done with Winter! However, I thought I would share my son's crazy hair day photo with you!
May you have a hair raising day of fun!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

open house cards

I had my new catalog open house party on Friday. Thanks to all the ladies who came for morning and evening sessions. It is always fun to have people come over and stamp!
These are the two cards we did for make and takes. I can not take credit for the designs. Lacking mojo, I went to SCS for inspiration and casing. I got the love you much card idea from Julie.
I did it simpler with out scallops and paper piercing- but liked her use of the heart punch and library clip. I like trying to get use of embellishments and not using a lot of ribbon. CASE (copy and share everything). It is okay to case, just give credit to those who's idea you copy! Don't forget the catalog where it gives you great ideas to use!
For my other one, I got idea of using summer picnic designer paper, with the cherries to match the cherry on top with the goody gumdrops level 3 hostess set. I did show them how to use stamp-ma-jig. It took me a good year to buy into the stamp-ma-jig, as I am more a free stamper. But do agree it saves on aggravation! Tough to see from scan, but there is dazzling diamonds on ice cream and focal image is popped up on dimensionals. I use this sketch a lot of make and takes, just a simple design that works and uses just a little designer paper.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

untypical wow valentine

One of my goals for the new year was to try to do some of the demo challenges on SCS. This week's workshop wow was to do a non-typical valentine based on this cookie bouquet as inspiration. The challenge was to use the colors:

* tempting turquoise

*lovely liliac

*night of navy

*certainly celery

real red could only be used as an accent color.

I used the heart shape cookies for my inspiration starting point and embossed the hearts in silver or real red craft ink with clear embossing over it. I ran into a snag when I had no lovely liliac in my stash- luckily I had some retired dsp that had mostly a solid base color or lovely liliac on one side. For my touch of red, I had some retired SU jumbo heart eyelets. These almost 4 years old (hoarder alert), but I realized I could set them with my crop-a-dile! The stamp set I used is on special this month in a bundle package -Love you much, you can save 20 % off when you get stamp set, paper and punch together for $41.48.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I organized a swap for some of new hostesses sets and sneak peek. This is my card I did, it shows the faux metal technique. Here's the scs tutorial link, if you want to try it out.
card recipe:
stamps: a little something (hostess level 2)
ink: versamark
paper: kiw kiss, coral cameo, ww, raspberry tart dsp, rose red
accessories: photo corner punch, silver embossing powder, silver brad, large star punch and rose red 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, large scallop punch.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New cattie favorites!

the new catalog came out yesterday! I have linked it on my sidebar, but it is a pdf file and it will take 20-30 minutes to fully load.

So, I thought I would scan some pages of my favorites so far...

1) Thoughts and prayers- great sympathy and get well set

(you can click on it to enlarge it)

2) all in the family accessories too- I don't have the all in the family set but after seeing these accessories, I am definately adding to my list. I have two boys that do Karate (one is black belt and one is second degree brown) and they both play guitar.

Some of my other favorite stamps sets are-

Fifth avenue floral, special blessing (finally a set for first communion and baptism), hit the road, sip by sip and totally tool.

I also am psyched for some of the new accessories- I love the new chocolate chip brads in large and small size! The fine glitter in chocolate, olive, pink, aqua, large heart punch, rockabilly dsp, simply scrappin hoppy memories.

Oh and the cordory buttons! see.....

Finally, one last favorite item- under $10 page. They have some kits to make 4 cards (stamp, and spot) for $10! and some single sentiment stamps!

Monday, January 19, 2009

sewing challenge

The SBS 24 challenge this week was to do sewing on a card. Let's give a little background on my experience with sewing. My mom was a fabulous seamstress, she made our clothes, clothes for my dolls, did slip covers, etc... My two older sisters are pretty adept at sewing too! I can thread the bobbin and do a straight stitch. I did do some curtains from remnants when we first moved into our house.

Anyways, to my reason why I have an aversion to sewing. When my son was 2 (about 9 years ago), I tried to make him a telly tubby costume for Halloween. That fleece put me over the edge and the machine has been in the closet since then.

So, fast forward to today- I used faux stitching by paper piercing around the squares and then using a white gel pen. The stamps are from the new Stampin Up Spring and Summer catalog. Which goes live today- check my website later today to view catalog on line.
They are both hostess sets that you can earn when you host a qualifying workshop. I am currently booking for February and March, and it is sale-a-bration time! Earn free sale-a-bration sets with a $50 purchase.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

simply scrappin Saturday

These are some pages I did about 2 weeks ago. I actually got about 11 pages done. Although some I just needed to add photos to them.
I used one of my favorite Stampin Up products
- simply scrapping kits. This is Boho blend, and I thought the colors would be great for some summer photos. This is our day at Water Wizz a local water park. I did use a the jumbo wheel swirly and a sissix alpha through my big shot.

This is at Cape cod during our summer vacation. I totally just used their layout on the front picture of the kit. Another great resource of these kits.

This the boys at Mayflower beach in Cape cod. This was one our favorite things to do is to go to beach after dinner in early evening to fly kites, go crabbing and baseball/football when it is more quiet at beach.
I did a little stamping with the swirls, but again this a copied layout from the front of the kit.
The best part is I still have a ton of stuff left to make more layouts, cards or 3-D items!

Maybe these summer photos will put a little warmth in your day, it's freezing here!!!! One of these years I will make my husband book a tropical vacation for February break~

Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's a bird...

Okay, I must admit this whole papercrafting trend of birds, freaks me out a little bit. I like the cute penquins, maybe an owl, but the rest is just not my personal taste.

However, I did make a card using birds today, but they are stinkin cute! This is a retired Sale-a-bration set called "too punny". This is one I did not get rid of, it's a keeper. Sale-a-bration is not too far off, starts 2/1-3/31- earn free sets with $50 purchase.

A friend of mine broke her ankle skiing and just had surgery this week, so I wanted to send her a card to cheer her up. I chose some bright, happy designer paper and then picked my color scheme from there. I also was inspired to stamp inside my card after being inspired by some of my blog roll friends do it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

quick clean and quick stamp

I really needed to get some housecleaning and chores done today. But I promised myself, I would get to take 20-30 minutes to stamp today for my reward. So, I hit the bathrooms and kitchen and laundry for today. I will save the vaccuum and dusting for tomorrow.

I used kwerner color inspiration for today and scs sketch challenge- so I had some ideas to get started. The color combo was ruby red ( I substituted riding hood red), pretty in pink, pumpkin pie and whisper white.

I did use some prints pip dsp for panels, tough to see. The stamp set is fresh cuts, a set I got on special last June and never really use. I used my sponge daubers to sponge on pretty in pink and pumpkin pie over the image. I used designer label punch and hardware to complete the card.

I realized yesterday I did not have many adult women birthday cards in my stash- so decided I needed to work on building it up. It was a quick one, but a great break from housework!

Blog candy alert-Kerry, is celebrating her one year blog-oversary and is giving away great prizes check it out!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sweet stamp camp

Sorry for glare in photo. These projects are for my upcoming Sweet Stamp Camp on Saturday February 7th from 9:30-11:30 am.
We are going to make these great valentine gifts to give to teachers, grandparents, friends, loved ones and more. Cost is only $15 and you need to sign up by 1/30, contact me at
1) mini accordian album- 3 x 3 pages, put on photos or reasons why you love someone
2) mini spa box- contains bath salts and diffuser
3) peppermint pattie tin- 6 decorated peppermint patties with scallop punch, can't have valentine's day without some chocolate!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wicked Funny

In the demo forum each month they do "WICKED" challenges - color, sketch and technique. Here in New England area- "wicked" was a huge slang term meaning "awesome" vs. evil. I tried the technique of sparkly stained glass, although I failed with the shoe image. I think it was too small or not a steady hand with the crystal effects. Definitely would give it another go using a larger image. The color scheme was to use baja blue, coral cameo and blush blossom. Man this was a tough combo, I never use blush unless it is for a face. I retried the crystal effects over the shoe. The sketch was this sketch challenge 210 at SCS. Not my favorite card I ever have done. So, I decided to do a re-do because I wanted to play with this stamp set humor in high heels so more.

So, this time I jazzed it up with some new designer paper being released for Spring Summer catalog- Raspberry tart.
I picked up some purple in the paper with the perfect plum background, added some cosmo and dazzling diamond glitter to shoe and a felt fusion and rhinestone brad. I am much happier with this version. Plus, I got another challenge done for SBS 24 this week which was to make a humorous card!
So, I hope you have a "wicked good day".

Thursday, January 8, 2009

calendar cutie

This is a calendar idea I saw on Splitcoasters. I did this project with my son's 3rd grade class for Christmas gifts for parents. I donated all the supplies, I did not want the teacher taking money out of her pocket.
They did really well with it, I did change out the chipboard piece for just picture matted on some cardstock as their photos were much smaller than the chipboard opening. I just had them use glue sticks to adhere the paper, I helped sand the edges. Now that I got my bind-it-all, I am thinking on making some more calendars!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

waiting, but one last bronc

There's lots of new catalog chatter as the lucky demo's at Leadership get to see the new cattie first.
I am really hoping for a few more masculine sets! This set, bronc buster will be retiring. It was my go to set- along with lovely as a tree to make masculine cards. I also used canvas background, another favorite for masculine sets that is retiring too!
I stamped image in chocolate chip craft ink and then clear embossed it onto some western dsp that is also retired- hoarder! I also did the same to "celebrate" which is from everyday fundamental phrases, also on hit list. I used new designer brads and used the 5 in one tool to distress edges.
Got use them before they go on January 18th! Don't forget about the inventory blowout sale. I will link to my Stampin up website online store, if you want to check out some great accessories up to 50 % off.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Did you get what you wanted?

So, I asked for the Wii fit for Christmas. Of course my DH waited until 2 weeks before Christmas and can not find them anywhere, unless you wanted to pay and arm and leg on Ebay. So, in his desperation attempt to make up for it he asked me if there is anything else I would like. So, I asked for a bind-it-all. Thankfully, I do work at the health club so I can work out any day I want, but wanted the Wii fit for those days I could not make it. I wonder if I can use the bind it all for a tummy tuck?

So, yesterday I grabbed some chipboard coasters that came with my bind-it-all and decided to play. I covered it is some retired dsp in case I made mistake! I thought I would make a little book for DH for valentine's day, fill it with why I love him. Procrastinator is not one of the reasons!

I used the new set Love you much for the cover and some various ribbons. The bia is actually fairly easy to use, so no mistakes made :}
I hope you got what you wanted!
Just in case you did not- Stampin Up announced
Inventory Blowout sale through Jan 18th, while supplies last. You can look at specials on my website.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


The SBS 24 challenge this week was to do a friendship card. I also wanted to pull out some stamp sets that will be retiring soon from Stampin Up and sadly have been sitting on my shelves unused.
This is one of my favorite sets to watecolor- "seaside sketches" it has so many pretty images, great to use on coaster tiles. My watercolor method was to use markers. If you haven't tried it, one of my favorite techniques! You just scribble your markers on top of clear plastic stamp case and pick up with aquapainter. Another reason why I love my markers! I will be starting a marker club next month, great way to budget and earn hostess benefits. Contact me at if you are interested in joining.
Also, I used "paisley background" stamp set. So many great backgrounds are retiring too! I hope that means a lot new ones!!! I used it on the photo corner as well. The sentiment is level one hostess set from Fall-Winter catalog. You still have until January 18th to order and then they are gone forever!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Punchy New Year!

I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. We had a snowstorm here in Massachusetts yesterday- I spent about 3 hours scrapbooking! For the evening our family spent it in front of the fire playing board games and watching a Three Stoogers marathon.

I wanted to share some class samples from a kids punch art class I did this week. I got the idea from Heather Summers. The frog and penquin are totally copied from her video tutorials on her site. So, if you want directions go check out her site if you never have- she is genius and is one of the founders of UStamp.
I have seen other punch animals on splitcoasters, so I got butterfly from there and from there was able to come up with a monkey face. As these were kids classes, I kept the design and stamping fairly simple! It was so much fun, I look to do a kids punch art 2 class probably over next school break or run after school class.