Friday, September 30, 2011
Have a wonderful weekend! I'll see you on Monday! And don't forget to MAKE the time to STAMP something!!!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
So, it's another of the colorblocked cards - and I really love the Autumn Splendor set! It works so nicely for fall - or for green leaves, too. :D
Let's see. Colors are Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Pear Pizzazz. The "hello" is from Pendant Park. Super simple, but wouldn't it be fun to get this in your mail???
OK, I'm off! Trying to find my head and at least keep it around tonight. :D Have a wonderful evening - and be sure to take the time to STAMP something!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANYWAY. Today's share is FAUX TILES from Technique Junkies; we did this for an Advanced Techniques class. JUST before the Simply Scored was released - and how EASY this is with that wonderful tool!!!! I'll show you what we did to the inside, too. :D
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red
Stamp sets: Medallion, Tags Til Christmas, Many Merry Messages (inside)
Accessories: designer label punch, stampin' sponge, dimensionals, Snail
I really like this card; the medallion stamp makes a great almost Victorian feel to cards. It's simple, pretty, and elegant. In my very humble opinion, anyway. :D
OK, I'm outta here! Lots of designing to do! :) Have a WONDERFUL day, and be sure to take the time to STAMP something!!!!
(Don't forget: you can click on any picture to see the original size!)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
There are several patterns on the Web for the shoe. We used Sahara Sand card stock, and embellished it with the red glitter paper from Stampin' Up! Is it not just too cute for words??? Imagine making these for a party favor - if you're a Red Hat member, try it with Concord Crush and the red glitter paper - AWESOME. :D Get even more glitzy with Basic Rhinestones and/or Pearls all over! :D The possibilities are endless!
OK, I'm off - it's Bible Study day! Have a WONDERFUL day, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something. You'll feel better. :D
Monday, September 26, 2011
Anyway. :D Here's another card from the last Quick Card Class; the Holiday Quick Card Class is coming up soon! Let me know if you want to come!
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Stamp sets: Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Word Play and Tiny Teacup (inside - see below!)
Accessories: Take a Sip Stampin' Around Standard Wheel, designer label punch, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, Snail
It's really cute IRL. :) Just a cheery, love ya kinda card. :) Change the colors, and you change the whole feel of the card! Add some color to ONE of the cups; add a knot of ribbon, punch out the saying and pop it off the frame - you've got LOTS of options! Here's what we did on the inside:
Again, change up anything on the inside, and change the feel! :)
OK, I'm outta here. Have a WONDERFUL day - and be sure to take the time to STAMP something!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Today's share is from the last Quick Card Class; I really, really like this sympathy card! Both the inside, AND the outside. :D
Stamp sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Day of Gratitude, Blessings from Heaven
Card stock: River Rock, Early Espresso
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes embossing folder, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, Snail
And here's the inside of the card....
There's something about the color combination that's quite soothing, don't you think? It was an easy quick card!
OK, I'm outta here. 3D Mania tomorrow! :)
Have a great day! Be sure to make the time to STAMP something!!!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
OK. Back to reality. :D This is the gift I made for my new hostess last weekend, using Lisa Somerville's template on Splitcoast Stampers. (Lisa is INCREDIBLY talented; she used to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and you will be amazed if you go look at her blog or gallery!)
I LOVE this teacup stamp! I didn't ink the "hello" at the bottom - and it doesn't look that crooked IRL. :D It's TINY TEACUP, a single stamp. Very versatile, a great size, and I love polka dots. :D
Let's see. I used Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, and Daffodil Delight ink, Whisper White and Real Red card stock, and the ticket corner punch. Add a little Real Red grosgrain ribbon with a glue dot, and voila!
OK. I'm outta here. The studio is a MESS, and I have a class on Saturday - it's 3D Mania!!!!!!! :D Have a wonderful day, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Good morning! (Yes, it's still morning my time! :D)
I've been hard at work today, and have a story to tell you about this card - which I designed with the Stampin' Queens Design Challenge sketch. (If you do the challenge, I'd LOVE to see your card!!!) So, let me show you the card, then tell you the story. :) (Don't forget! You can click on the image to see the original photo size!)
So. Most of you know a few things: that Kenn and I celebrated our 15th anniversary on the 7th, that Kenn used to work at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, and that we *are* Heavenly Perspective Photography. :)
Well, because of a few things that have happened recently, and because of some work Kenn did for the Hotel before the flood, we were gifted with our anniversary dinner at one of our favorite landlocked restaurants, The Cascades. (The website will say "American Cafe" after the name, but they're really focusing on being a seafood restaurant - and you KNOW we are picky about our seafood!!!)
We had an AMAZING experience. The wait staff was wonderful - some of them remembering us from when we did lots of work there - and the food was great. We were treated like royalty, and it really made our anniversary something special. When you go, try the lavender lemonade. Simply lovely!
So. Here it is, two weeks later, and I haven't been able to come up with a unique-enough thank-you note for the person responsible for gifting it to us. Until the sketch came across my email today! I decided to use one of our appetizers - fried green tomatoes on shrimp romelade sauce with greens and crabmeat on top - as the central image. We took pictures of every dish; I thought this one had some great texture and variety of color in it, so there we go! :D
The base of the card is River Rock, run through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder; the Pumpkin Pie squares are embossed with the Antique Wallpaper embossing folder. It's pretty straight forward; I took off one tiny layer from the sketch. This is more layering than I usually do, anyway! But I think the card turned out great! What do you think??? I haven't heard from anyone but Ginny in FOREVER - but I KNOW you're out there. We're almost at 25,000 blog hits!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
OK, I'm off. I'm stampin' my little heart out today - I sure hope YOU take the time to STAMP something, too!!!!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Today's share is from the last Advanced Techniques; there's a second card, too, that came from my first attempt at the technique. :D It's a Technique Junkies technique called SPRAY AWAY.
The colors on this are Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, and Pumpkin Pie. My circle still wasn't perfect on the second attempt - my mask didn't stay where I put it too well! And I can't outline a perfect circle, either. LOL!
The next photo is the inside of this card; I really like the "Grateful Greetings" saying!
And if you keep scrolling....
You'll eventually see the outside AND inside of the other card I made a "mistake" on. Of course, there ARE no mistakes in stamping, only opportunities for embellishment - or, in this case, for a whole new idea to be born! :D
OK, I'm off! Lots to do before I leave. :) Have a WONDERFUL day, my friends, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!!!!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Today's share is another of the color block cards; they're SO fun, and have limitless possibilities!
Now, keep in mind that the color blocks on the Whisper White had already been part of a card; I recycled that part, and matted it with a 5.5"x5.5" Baja Breeze card. So the medallion was stamped and embossed on top of the dimensional-ed color blocks - and it looks aged and worn. Works for me!
I stamped the middle part of the medallion in Pacific Point craft ink, and used clear embossing powder on it. I then punched it out using the 2-1/2" circle punch and used another dimensional to raise it even higher! I know the flash made it a bit difficult to see the rhinestone in the very center, but I couldn't get enough detail without the flash.
The other colors are Pool Party and Not Quite Navy. Isn't it a FUN card? If I wanted, I could use one of the TEENY TINY WISHES sayings, and punch that out with the modern label punch and stamp an appropriate wording inside! :) Easy!
OK, I'm off. It's a rainy, beautiful fall day here in Middle Tennessee, and I'm enjoying every moment of it. :D Neither Kenn nor I have to go anywhere, which is a miracle in and of itself. I'm going to do some baking this afternoon, and some more stamping. :D How about you?? Are YOU taking the time to STAMP something?? :)
Friday, September 16, 2011
Phew! This week has been full of on-again, off-again, slow-busy, calm-crazy moments! Tired? Why, yes I am! :D
This is a card from our FANCY FOLDS class last month; I really like this card! I'm going to show it to you in two different colors, so be sure to look at both. :D
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (second card, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White)
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Versamark
Stamp sets: Tags Til Christmas, Many Merry Messages, Delightful Decorations
Accessories: Ornament punch, Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker (On second card, Sahara Sand). Wild Wasabi (Silver) embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (Whisper White Satin Ribbon on the second card!)
So, what do you think??? Do you like them?
When we did them in class, I had converted from centimeters, and we called it the disaster card. :D I got it fixed, however, and sent out the correct scoring measurements. :D
OK. I'm off! I get to meet up with a new group of stamping friends tomorrow in Smyrna; I'm really hoping they have a good time. We're doing three fun projects! If you'd like to be a hostess - and it's not difficult, you can do it here at my house, and you can earn LOTS of free stuff (my last hostess earned $50 worth!!!!!!) - contact me!! I've got more free time than I thought now! :D
Have a WONDERFUL weekend! Be sure and take the time to STAMP something - I will! :D
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This is one of the cards from the Quick Card Class. I really like the medallion stamp - and will be very, very sad when it retires! :) The color combo is one my dear friend, Pat Huntoon from Technique Junkies, cannot get enough of - so I thought I'd do a card with it. :D
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Fabulous Phrases, Medallion
Accessories: heat tool, Embossing Buddy, white embossing powder
So, what do you think? Do you like the color combo?
This card was from our punch art class; if you look around the Web, you'll be able to find out how to do it. I LOVE this card; the design's almost like a Celtic cross.
Card stock: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush
Stamp sets: Blessings from Heaven, Awash with Flowers
Accessories: Designer Label Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Backgrounds #1 Texturz Plates, Snail, Dimensionals
It's just PRETTY. :)
Today's share is a scrapbook page I did for a demonstrators-only email group challenge. Since I haven't shared any photos from our anniversary with you, I'll share one that showcases Kenn's meal. :D
Dungeoness is Kenn's favorite crab - it's from the West Coast, and is the meatiest crab there is. We were truly blessed for our anniversary this year, and dinner was FREE. God is so good to us!!
OK, there you go! Three projects, and I've GOT to tell you: not very many of you have purchased MY DIGITAL STUDIO from me. I don't have kids, but I'm having a BLAST saving our story. Even if no one else looks at my books, I have them to cherish and remind me when I need it. :) Interested? Email me, or go to my business site and click SHOP NOW to purchase it!
I'm off!!! By the way, it doesn't look like I'm going to be doing the show this fall; I couldn't get the cast together. :( But that means I won't be as wiped out as I thought! LOL! Have a wonderful day, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Card stock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Peach Parfait
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Stamp set: Day of Gratitude
Accessories: corner rounder punch, scallop square punch, 1-3/8" square punch, heat tool, embossing buddy, Tangerine Tango embossing powder, dimensionals
Yeah, I know it's a little crooked. :D Straight doesn't happen often here.... :D But isn't it a fun and EASY card? And we all have lots of scraps, right? (Please don't tell me I'm the only one with scraps coming out of my ears!!!)
OK, I'm off. I am having ONE more night of auditions, in hopes of being able to cast this show! Have a wonderful day - and be sure to take the time to STAMP something!!!
Friday, September 9, 2011
Card stock: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Versamark, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink
Stamp sets: Blessings from Heaven, Field Flowers
Accessories: Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Eyelet Border Punch, white embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, dimensionals
It's a pretty simple layout, but I think I like the card. :) What do YOU think??
OK, I'm off! I hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend! Make sure you take the time to STAMP something! :D
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Happy Thursday! How are you today?? Have you had a good week? I've been enjoying the MUCH cooler temperatures, that's for sure. :)
This is one of the cards we did Tuesday night for the Advanced Techniques class; I love Pat Huntoon and the Technique Junkies newsletter; I take what she teaches, and turn it into things I can do with totally Stampin' Up! products. :D
This one is called COLLAGED CIRCLES. While I can't tell you how to do it, I can tell you that it uses PAISLEY PETALS designer series paper, Early Espresso and Sahara Sand card stock.
OK, I'm off! Mom and Dad come home tonight from their dream vacation, so I need to make sure the house is not totalled. :D Have a WONDERFUL day - and be sure to take the time to STAMP something!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Anyway. :D I won't be available today; I'm getting a massage and we're going out to a very special dinner. Have a wonderful day, be sure to tell the people you love that you love them, and take the time to STAMP something. (I may not be stamping today, but I can almost guarantee that a thought or two will sneak into my mind.... :D)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Today I start a new Bible study, and I'm SO looking forward to it! So I wanted to share something that I made quickly. I used MY DIGITAL STUDIO to meet this UTAH DIVAS INTERNATIONAL challenge. :D And I really like the way it turned out!
I LOVE MDS because I can move things around easily; if I don't like a stamp I chose to put on there, I just delete it. :) I can make things opaque, I can make things have a shadow, I can play all I want and it doesn't take up my supplies or make a mess. :D (Yes, the studio's in the process of being cleaned up again.... :D )
If you decide to try any of the challenges, please let me know!!! I'd LOVE to see what you're creating! And I've given you several challenge blogs the last few days, so there should be something to choose from for everyone! :D
Have a WONDERFUL day! Be sure and MAKE the time to STAMP something! :)
Monday, September 5, 2011
Good morning! Happy Labor Day! (Of course, if you work from home, there are hardly ever days off or holidays.... :D)
The girls over at Sunny Challenges are wonderful stampers, and they've started a blog to encourage creativity and - well, let's face it: there are days when your mojo walks out the door. :D Now, I haven't had a lot of trouble with that lately (especially for cards!), but it's served well when I want to procrastinate doing something that needs doing. :D (ROFL! Those of you who know me well, know how true that is!)
Anyway. That's what I'm going to share with you today: my challenge creation!
It was fun - and except for the ribbon addition, is a layout we've often used for simple cards.
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp set: Many Merry Messages
Accessories: Soft Holly Stampin' Around standard wheel, Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, modern label punch, 1/2", 3/4" and 1" circle punches, red glitter paper, dimensionals, Snail
Combines some of my favorite things - bling, Christmas, and holly! :D
Let me know if you try this challenge - I'd love to see your creation!
I don't know about the weather where you are, but we're at 62 degrees and rainy here in the Nashville area because of the tropical storm!!! Makes for GREAT fall weather, but I know Labor Day is "supposed" to be the last hurrah of summer. :D I have to tell you, I'm lovin' it! It's GREAT stay-inside-and-create weather. So. Be SURE and take the time to STAMP something!!!!!
Audition Notice: FATHER OF THE BRIDE SunnySide Performing Arts Ministry, Westland UMC, 110 Dawson, Lebanon
Auditions are WIDE open! Please come have fun reading and playing on September 4 and 5 (from 6:30 - 8:30), as we begin to define and refine this classic play for SunnySide Performing Arts Ministry.
Every role is open; roles are for 7 (possibly 8) men and 6 women, and one role - "Massoula", the wedding planner - can be either. Ages range from mid-teens on up! Cold readings from the script are all that will be required.
Show runs November 3-6, 10-13. Read-through will be Monday, Sept. 12. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Card stock: Early Espresso, River Rock, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso
Stamp sets: Blessings from Heaven, Fabulous Florets
Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, Whisper White satin ribbon, Early Espresso glitter brad, designer label punch, dimensionals, Snail
So, I chose ribbon, brad, and popped image for my three. :) I don't care for the ribbon, I think, is the thing. But what do YOU think???
OK, I'm off.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Good morning! It's FRIDAY! It's our first day of teaching, too, so I suspect we'll be pretty wiped out by the end of the school day. :D
ANYWAY. There's a new weekly card challenge blog called Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge; I actually got to play this week. :) So, here's the card! (You can click on the link above to go see the sketch itself.)
Card stock: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay
Stamp set: Field Flowers
Accessories: scallop edge punch, IN THE GARDEN DSP, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Scallop Circle #2 die, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, Snail
It's a bright card, isn't it! :) OK, I'm off! Have a WONDERFUL weekend, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!!!!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Good morning! Happy September! (Where HAS the year gone?!?) It's that time of year again - yes, that's right, the HOLIDAY MINI is up and open for business!!! May I just say (AGAIN, for those of you who read regularly! :D) that it would be far easier for me to list what I don't want from this Mini, than to list what I do want?!? :D
One of the MAJOR items in this Mini is the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool (featured on pages 6-7 of the Holiday Mini, item #122334, $29.95). It is AWESOME!!! I'm really enjoying using it to create lots of things - including today's sample. :)
Medallions are coming back in a big way, and using the Simply Scored makes it sooooooooo easy! (Also used IN THE GARDEN DSP, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Melon Mambo embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Boho Blossoms punch, the biggest circle punch, Big Shot, Petals-a-plenty Texturz Embossing Folder, modern label punch, Versamark, dimensional, Crop-a-dile, gold glass glitter.) I mean, how easy is this? And only the word stamp was inked at all! :)
Second thing I wanted to tell you about: Stampin' Up! is hosting a MY DIGITAL STUDIO contest! Here are all the details:
My Digital Studio Contest Starts Today!September 1, 2011
Autumn's in the air, the frost is on the pumpkin, and it's the perfect time to get cozy creating My Digital Studio cards and photobook pages for the My Digital Studio Contest! You and your customers could win $400 in FREE My Digital Studio digital downloads. And there's more! Winners and finalists will also receive a digital pin for their DBWS site, personal blog, or Facebook page.
We're accepting entries today through October 15. The contest is open to all demonstrators and customers who have access to My Digital Studio in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec). Demonstrators and customers will be judged separately; ten finalists--five customers and five demonstrators--will be chosen by Stampin' Up! judges, and the public will determine six winners--three customers and three demonstrators--via online voting.
Find more contest information on MyDigitalStudio.net
I'm entering! :D I'd LOVE to see what you enter, too!
OK, I'm outta here. We start teaching school tomorrow, have an inservice tonight, and auditions for FATHER OF THE BRIDE this weekend. If you'd like to help with the show, please contact me - and want to audition?!? AWESOME! Contact me for details!!!!
Time to start stamping and designing. Have a wonderful day - and take the time to STAMP something, too!