Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bliss Card

Bliss is a stamp set that is only available during the Sale-a-Bration event. This stamp set is free with a purchase of $50. I love it and find myself using it a great deal.
Card #55
Stamp Set: Bliss
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Day 54!

Today is day 54 of my 90 Cards in 90 Days. Before this post, I had 49 cards posted that I personally made. I also have posted at least two 3d projects and several swap cards I received. It has been fun trying to think of a new card or idea, and though I haven't done it everyday, it has been a great way for me to have some "Roe time".

Marty will be back to work on Monday, so things around here should go back to normal, or at least as normal as can be.

I had a card class this weekend and here are some of the cards we made.
Card #50
Stamp Set: Create-a-Cupcake
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Glitter Red
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, 1-3/8 Circle Punch, Create-a-Cupcake Punch, Corner Rounder
Card #51
Stamp Set: None
Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip
Ink: None
Accessories: Butterfly Emboss-it Folder, Old Olive 5/8 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Scallop Border Trim, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Card #52
Stamp Set: Apple Blossom
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Border Trim
Card #53
Stamp Set: Circus Circles, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Early Expresso, Soft Suede, River Rock
Accessories: Linen Thread, 1 inch Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool
Card #54
Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, Messages for Mom
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 1/2 Inch Circle Punch, Label Punch

A Girl Scout Card

On Thursday, Carol Smith's girl scout troop is making birth announcements to donate to a hospital for mothers who can not afford them. I was tasked with designing a boy announcement, as well as a girl one and then teaching them at their girl scout meeting. The girls are between 5th and 8th grade, so I wanted it to be simple enough, yet cute. Here is a look at what I came up with for the boy announcement.
Stamp Set: Punch Bunch
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Extra-Large Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, Bashful Blue Gingham Ribbon

Friday, February 25, 2011

Took some time for me today!

Well many of you know that this past weekend my husband had his appendix removed. I spent the entire weekend at the hospital and then all this week caring for him and trying to keep up with Steven, who has decided he likes staying up late and taking short naps. Today, I decided to take some time for me and invited my aunt over to stamp with me. Steven slept for part of it and crawled under our feet for a little while, but it was nice to have a break. Hopefully Marty starts feeling better soon and things go back to normal.

Tomorrow I have about five ladies coming over to stamp, stamp, stamp! They are making 75 invitations for an anniversary party. I am really looking forward to that!
My aunt needed a belated birthday card for a 17 year old boy, so here is what I came up with real quick.
Stamp Set: Long Fellows
Paper: More Mustard, Old Olive, Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Blender Pen, More Mustard Marker
I love how this one turned out! I am thinking I will make several of these!
Stamp Set: Vintage Label, Bliss
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Old Olive Striped Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Cordoroy Button, Hemp, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Trim Punch
Stamp Set: Plane and Simple
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Glue Dots

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Birthday Invitation, a Post-it Holder, and an Easter Card

On Friday Marty came home from work saying he had a tummy ache. His "tummy ache" led to spending the next 42 hours in the hospital with appendicitis. It was scary for awhile, and crazy hectic trying to take care of him, my 11 month old son, and my yellow lab, but thankfully both grandmas stepped up to the plate and helped me out big time. Needless to say, no stamping got done, and with my hubby off work all week, my 11 month old upset cause daddy can't hold him, and me completely exhausted I don't know if I will have a lot of posts this week. I promise to catch up later. Here are a couple I made at the end of last week.

This is a post-it holder and pen I made for some of my up-and-coming craft shows. I have four within the next couple months. I used Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke, and Whisper White. The stamp sets are Inspired by Nature and the newest butterfly stamp (the name has slipped my mind). I used Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the butterfly and added some rhinestones to make it pop.

My baby boy will be a year old in a couple weeks. I can't believe it! Here is his birthday invite. I used the Party This Way, Introducing, and Big Bold Birthday Stamp Sets. Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, and Whisper White make up the card. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the arrow up and the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.

The last card for today is an Easter Card I made for the monthly swap I participate in. I cased it from the catalog. I used the Easter Beauty stamp set.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sesame Street

Who doesn't love Sesame Street? I am sure at one time or another all of us could send the theme song. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? My niece is all about Elmo now, and I look forward to the day Steven will attach himself to one character or another. For me, it was always Snuffleupagus! Who did you like?

For today's cards I present Cookie Monster and Elmo! At least I tried to recreate them. These cards use the Scallop Circle Die Cut, 2-1/2, 1-1/4, and 3/4 Circle Punches. Cookie Monster is Pacific Point and the cookie is Crumb Cake with Chocolate Chip of course. Elmo is Real Red and his nose is Pumpkin Pie.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Two More Swap Cards

Here are two more cards I received from the Monthly Swap.

This card is by Daphne Laswell.

This card was made by Julie Brewer.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pay It Forward Stampin' Up! Style

I saw this on the Stampin' Up! webpage today and thought this was really neat. I am going to try to get at least a couple sets done. Would you like to make some? If you are please let me know. If you want to make them but don't have the supplies, come on over to my house and use mine.

I live in a rural part of Arizona, and work at a community hospital that services about 8-10 rural communities. We have alot of births at our Maternity Center and thought about doing a card charity project for the new moms. Many of these moms can't afford birth announcements to help celebrate the birth of their child or children (if multiple birth). I had spoken with the Nurse Manager of the Maternity Center about this and she thought it was a wonderful idea, stating that so many families can't afford such a thing.

I want to give birth announcements for the new moms in a gift set of 10 that they can mail out to friends and family. Instead of doing something for ourselves, lets do something for others and pay it forward. Share our love for our products and do something nice for someone else. So here's what I was thinking:

Make either TEN (10) ALL BOY or TEN (10) ALL GIRL birth announcements WITH Envelopes (SU! PRODUCTS ONLY - ENVELOPES CAN BE GENERIC) identical FULL Cards (5 ½” x 4 ¼”) and send them to me by the last day of February to be presented to the Nurse Manager and CEO of the hospital as a gift to new moms. I'd like to present these by March 14th.

Use at least 2 layers and make it pretty with a couple of SU! Embellishments. PLEASE MAKE THESE DEMO QUALITY! - YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR WORK! Make these mom's say "Wow! These were made for me?!?!?!"

Inside the cards, use standard wording (YOU CAN USE STAMPS OR MICROSOFT WORD FOR THIS):

Announcing the birth of our son/daughter (depending on whether you are making boy or girl cards)



You can attach to the back of cards the following:

Your Name
Your SU! Title
City and State that you are from

Bind the cards and envelopes together as a set using a 1 1/2" strip of our card stock wrapped around the middle of the bundle. and create a tag for the front of the strip stating: For the New Mom!

With your help, I'd like to present the Maternity Center with about 200 sets of Birth Announcements, 100 sets of boy announcements and 100 sets of girl announcements. When presented I would present a framed list with the Names and City and State of all Demos who made the presentation possible, as I wouldn't be able to pull this off without all of you fabulous ladies. Please help me make this possible for lots of moms :)

Getting ready for Swaps

I am sorry for the lack of posts. Steven is cutting four teeth at once and he hasn't been sleeping well, which means I haven't gotten much sleep. The past two days when he has gone down for a nap so have I. I did find some time to complete a couple sets of cards for four swaps I am participating in. I love swaps! If you are unfamiliar with the term you make so many cards of one card, usually it is between 6-8. Then you send it to the host and they inturn exchange everyone's cards and you get that many cards back, all different. I get a lot of ideas and such by participating in them. Today I will post two of the cards I made for my swaps , as well as, two I received from a swap.
You probably recognize this card. I posted it a month or so ago using baja breeze and basic black. I decided to switch it up a bit and go with the much loved mixture of chocolate chip and pretty in pink. This card is for a Women's Birthday Swap.
This card is for a Children's Birthday Swap. It used the stamp set Greetings, Earthling. I thought about adding some glitter to the bellies of the aliens to add a little pizzazz, but didn't know if I would like it. What do you think?
One of the swaps I participate in is actually once a month for the 2011 year. Each month we are assigned three themes and we can make our cards whichever theme we want. January was thank you, St. Patricks's Day, or a birthday.

The first card was made by Deb Lippert. I so love the Upsy Daisy stamp set.

The last card for today was made by Anjanette Potter.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Card

I can't believe that Monday is Valentine's Day already. I remember thinking in August that I didn't know if I would be able to handle staying home and not teaching this year. I thought the house would be immaculate cause I would not have a whole lot better to do than entertain Steven and clean, occasionally scrap. Well guess what! The house is a mess. I probably have five loads of laundry that need to be done. The sheets on all the beds need to be changed and the bathrooms could use being scrubbed. But guess what I am doing? Lounging around. Steven hasn't been sleeping very well which means no one has been sleeping well. My plan was to nap when he napped today but I just couldn't fall asleep. I made one card then vegged in front of the tv.
Here is my card for today.
Stamp Set: More the Merrier (retired)
Paper: Marina Mist, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Blender Pen, Word Window Punch

Friday, February 11, 2011

Playing Around at Night

Well for once Steven went to bed at a reasonable time (8:30) which means that here in the next 30 minutes or so he will be up. Marty is sick on the couch watching home improvement shows learning new things which he will probably never use, so I snuck off to my stamp room.

The first card is a quick little 3 x 3 card I made. It took me under five minutes to make which is always nice when you want to mass produce them. Maybe I will do that tomorrow!

Stamp Set:Messages for Mom
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Playdate DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch

Package of Notecards
I am starting to get things organized for the several craft shows I have coming up and this is one of my new items. It is a package of four notecards. Here is a picture of the packaged set.

And here is one of the notecards.

Here is a quick and easy Wedding card.
Stamp Set: Oval All
Paper: River Rock, Old Olive, Porclein Prints DSP (retired)
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch
And here is a matching notecard!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Trying to Get Caught Up

Steven woke up at 6:45 this morning so at 8:50 when he was ready to take a nap I was ready! I quickly emptied the dishwasher, which I have been avoiding doing for the past two days, started a load of laundry, and went into my stamp room. I got four cards done before he woke up! Now he is down for a short afternoon snooze so I had a minute to get them posted.

Card #34
Stamp Set: Inspired By Nature
Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border, So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon

Card #35
Stamp Set: Punch Bunch
Paper: Concord Grape, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Grape
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Square Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Card #36
Stamp Set: Because I Care
Paper: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Markers: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, Not Quite Navy Button

Card #37 I am very happy with how this turned out!
Stamp Set: Beary Best Friends, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pawsitively Prints DSP
Ink: Stazon Black, Craft White, Old Olive
Markers: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Crumb Cake Corduroy Buttons, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black Thread, Blender Pen

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Extreme Guitar and MDS

So I have always admired the extreme stamp sets that are available, but the 9.95 each price has always turned me off. My Digital Studio recently came out with the image downloads for .95 each which totally excited me. I downloaded it, added the words (typed them out), printed them out, and then attached it to the card. My husband said he could tell it was printed because you can never stamp that good, but I don't think it looks too bad.
Card #33
Stamp Set: Extreme Guitar
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: none
Accessories: Brick Embossing Folder (not SU!)


So I figured out today that I am a little behind. Today is actually Day 37 in my 90 Cards in 90 Days Challenge and the card I have for you this afternoon is only my 32nd card. I have some catching up to do!
This card uses the new Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Bliss. It is such a fun, beautiful set! It is a free set if you purchase $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise. I think it is just so elegant!

Card #32
Stamp Set: Bliss
Paper: Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand
Ink: Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder

Monday, February 7, 2011

Starter Kit on Sale with a free Bonus Bundle!

Did you know that if you sign up to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator during Sale-a-bration, you get this $50 product Bonus Bundle absolutely free?
The Standard and Digital Starter Kits are on sale now until March 31st for $149! This is over $360 worth of Stampin' Up! product! Call or email me today!

A Quick Post

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I had a crazy weekend. First I had to go to a babyshower, however on my way there my wonderful four wheel drive vehicle got stuck. My dear husband and son (who had just gone down for a nap) had to come rescue me. Then cleaning the house for the inlaws who always join us for the superbowl. Today I had a lot of running I had to do, but I finally found some time to post the cards I made earlier today during Steven's morning nap.
Stamp Set: Artistic Etching, Elements of Style
Paper: Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Bravo Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon

I saw this one online somewhere and just thought it was so cute. Of course, I changed it up a little bit using different colors, colored the "goofy" and added the ribbon.

Stamp Set: Fox and Friends, Smarty Pants

Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bring on the Cake

I had a little bit of free time last night because Steven decided he wanted to go to bed early, so while watching Law and Order SVU I colored. Now during the daylight I see that my coloring wasn't so great but you get the idea!
Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Celebrations DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Markers: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Real Real Taffeta Ribbon, 1-3/8 Circle Punch

I also wanted to show you this gift card holder I made using the Celebrations DSP. The verse is from Messages For Mom.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowed In and Stamping!

My neighbor has been working on plowing us out with a large tractor and plow for the past 2-1/2 hours. I feel bad watching him but there isn't a whole lot I can do to help, so I am making cards instead! Maybe I will give him a thank you one!
I have a very dear friend who would look at this card and say, "Wow! That is a really hard card!" She always counts the layers on my cards to decide how "hard" they are. Well, let me tell you this card took less than five minutes. I just received the Color Coach as a free gift from Stampin' Up! due my high volume of sales and don't know why I haven't ordered it before now! It is great! You select a color that you are interested in using, in this case I chose Concord Grape and it gives you three choices for color palettes that pairs up with this color. This color palette was one of the choices it gave me. Maybe later I will try the other two palettes.
Stamp Set: Punch Bunch
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Grape, Whisper White
Ink: Peach Parfait
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, Sqaure Lattice Embossing Folder

Stamp Set: Apple Blossom
Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Playdate DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red Button, Mini Glue Dots
Evening Soiree Designer Series Paper is becoming a part of many of the cards I find myself making lately, as well as my scrapbook pages. I think it is so sharp and I love the colors, baja breeze, crumb cake, soft suede, very vanilla, etc. Here is a quick card I made using this exciting paper.
Stamp Set: Elements of Style
Paper: Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Expresso, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Paper Snips

Beary Best Friends

Hello all! I hope everyone is safe and warm in your houses. I love the snow when I know I, or anyone else I love, doesn't have to go anymore. Marty is working from home today, so we are all bundled tight inside. There are drifts in my backyard that go up to my shoulders and you can't even make out the highway from the front windows!
Stamp Set: Beary Best Friends
Paper: Celebrations DSP, Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Markers: Pacific Point, Real Red, River Rock, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede
Accessories: Pacific Point Striped Ribbon

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Steven Got His First Tooth!

I am so sorry for the lack of posts recently. My only excuse is that I have been tired! Steven has been keeping me very busy! Last night we discovered at almost 11 months he got his first tooth! We were so happy for him. He decided he wanted to be a party animal though then and didn't go to bed until after 11:00 and only would fall asleep in Mommy's arms, so he spent the night snuggled up on the sleep number. He sure is a bed hog for such a little man! Needless to say, when he went down for a nap today so did I. Here are two cards I was able to get done before I laid down.

I am really hoping that we get snowed in here! I have no plans to go out, went grocery shopping yesterday and so I am kinda looking forward to watching the snow fall for the next two days.
I realized today that Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and I haven't made any cards for it yet so here you go.
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper" Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Glitter Red
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: 1-3/8 Punch, Owl Punch, Bird Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Stamp Set: Inspired By Nature

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White

Markers: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Old Olive Brads, Crop-a-dile, Scallop Square Die