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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Check out this blog candy!!

Here is where you'll find it on Hilmarose's blog! Along with a bunch of other great ideas and inspiration.

My Mojo!

It's back!!!! I thought I lost it there for awhile. Last night I came up here with the intention of making up some birthday cards for SCS Birthday Babes and got nothing....just stood there staring at my stamps and ink and paper....not even knowing where to start. I was just frustrating wanting things I didn't have and thought I needed. So, I've challenged myself to forget about all the cute projects with the Big Shot.....forget about all the stamp sets you don't have yet....forget that you don't have the wide ribbon....and just work what you've got.

Well, I did that today and came up with a really cute scrapbook layout for a friend. Then I cleared off my stamp table, put stuff away where it belongs, and I'm ready to get stamping again.

I won!!!!!!

Can you believe it? Thanks for choosing my number. Here is the card I won from Holly's blog. Isn't it too cute? Thanks Holly!!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I did it!

I submitted an application for the Purple Onion Design Team!!! OMG!!!! I've never even considered joining a design team before, so I'd like to thank my wonderful boyfriend for giving me the confidence and kick in the butt to actually do it.

Altered Comp Book

This is an altered comp book I created awhile back complete with glitter mishap for my open house. I used the Simply Said stamp set with Bravo Burgandy and Always Artichoke cardstock.

Emergency Card Kit

This comes to you from the inspiration of my upline Karie.

It's an Emergency Card Kit. It comes with 10 hand stamped 4-1/4"x5-1/2" cards, 5 in a feminine design and 5 in a gender neutral or masculine design. All stamps are from the Inspired by Nature set, and have been stamped in Versamark ink and colored using Stampin' Pastels. Each design has a matching envelope. Also included are 10 greeting tags that get placed into the Mellow Moss rectangle. There are 2 "Thinking of You", 1 "Best Wishes", 1 "Good Luck", 3 "Thanks so Much", 1 "Get Well Soon", and 2 "Birthday Wishes". All greetings are from the Sincere Salutations set. It also includes a handmade box for you to keep it all in. All you have to do is tape the saying of your choice to the card design of your choice and mail if off to the lucky person. It can be yours for $30 for the complete set.

Christmas Cards

Here are some of the Christmas Cards I've been creating over the past few nights.

This one is by far my favorite, and may replace the ones I've already started as my Christmas card for this year. It uses cardstock weight vellum over a bashful blue inside. The Snow Burst images are stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink. The greeting from Snow Swirled is stamped in Encore silver. And it's finished off with silver cord I had laying around. I really like the simple elegance feel to it.

This card was created from an inspiration I had from a recent Stampin' Success magazine. It's base is Naturals White. The Snow Burst images were stamped inWhisper White craft ink on Bravo Burgandy, Always Artichoke, and Sahara Sand card stock then punched out using circle punches. The greeting from Snow Swirled was stamped in Bravo Burgandy. The Sahara Sand circle is lifted up with a Stampin' Dimensional. I like how the card really focuses on the stamps and color combination.

This is my least favorite of the bunch. The base is Bashful Blue cardstock. The tree from Snow Swirled is stamped in Kiwi Kiss on Whisper White cardstock and layered on Kiwi Kiss cardstock. The snowflakes on the base are stamped in Bashful Blue and Versamark inks. The snowflake in stamped in Whisper White craft ink on Kiwi Kiss. I punched it out with the scallop punch, and layered it with another scallop punch in Whisper White. It's lifted off the base with a Stampin' Dimensional. The greeting is stamped in Kiwi Kiss.

Monday, August 25, 2008

New Design

So, I went to put in a new layout here today and managed to blow away all my gadgets. I think I managed to get them all back....hopefully I did anyway. But I like the simplicity of this new layout much better than my old one. Now I just need an updated pic of me to put up.

Haven't done any stamping today, but I did manage to get some Christmas cards done last night. I have a bunch of new Christmas sets I wanted to try out. So I made 4 different cards with one of the sets. Hopefully I'll get some more done tonight with the other sets. I'm trying to get a bunch of cards ready for display at my open house.....which seems to be rapidly approaching.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Ok, so I can't find that tutorial on the build-a-brad bracelet so I figured I'd make my own.


Ok, so you start off with determining the types of brads you want to use. Here I used 4 of the larger rinestone brads from the pretties kit with 4 of the small white flowers, 5 of the small rinestone brads from the Pretties kit, and 10 silver brads. You'll also need jump rings for in between everything, I used 21 here. And a clasp.

Next I flattened out all the brads using a small pair of pliers to save my fingers and lined them up in the order they'd go on my bracelets.

Then you start assembly. I use jewelry pliers to bend each side of the brad around the jump rings and back to the back of the brad. You can see that in the 2nd photo here.

You keep alternating jump ring, brad, jump ring, brad until you acquire the desired length. Put the clasp on the last jump ring and you're done.

Double M&Ms

Last night was my first Double M&Ms meeting with my upline and her other downlines. I had a blast! We made some great project and I meet some amazing women.

So, I took some artistic license with a few of the projects, but it's that one of the things we love about stamping and gift making? The ability to take one idea and transform it into something unique.

We made a gift bag using Tangerine Tango and the Inspired by Nature set. I added twill tape to the top of the CS. We punched out scallop circles and 1 3/8" stamped images and added them to pixie sticks and mint patties. We made our In Color sample ring. Got to play with her new Big Shot (so going to have to get one of those now) to make a scallop folder that holds a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate. The little book on the left was made with the Eastern Blooms set, sm vanilla envelopes, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, and Tangerine Tango CS. The adorable pink box includes matching note cards using the Eastern Blooms set, the new Hidden Garden rub-on, Pink Pirouette 1-1/4" grosgrain, a rinestone brad from the Pretties kit, 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain ribbon around the top, and Pink Pirouette CS to make the box. The Live with Passion card uses Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla CS. The sentiment and flowers are stamped in Chocolate Chip, and the grass in Versamark. Then the sentiment was punched out using the wide oval punch, a clip added from the Clip Assortment, and some Chocolate Ship ribbon.

I wore my bracelet I made using the Hodgepodge Hardware and Pretties Kit brads, and now I'm going to be teaching them all how to make it at a future meeting!!! So excited!!! This is a picture of it at it's full length, then the detailed pic. Looking for the blog I got the "directions" from for this but for the life of me I can't find it right now, so I'll have to update you later with it.

Dusted Garden

A little old with a little new. This was made for the Dust Off midnight....on SCS. I used an old stamp set I don't think I've ever actually inked up, Botanical Garden. The sentiment is from Warmest Regards. The BG stamp is French Script. All 3 sets are now retired, so I have a feeling they will see much use again for awhile.

Then I added in the new with the In Color inks and papers in Baja Breeze and Pacific Point. Added a clip from the new Clip Assortment and some ribbon and called it a night.

The main image was created by taking the Baja Breeze ink pad directly to the glossy CS and dabbing it around.....wait for it to dry.....take the Pacific Point ink pad directly to the glossy CS and dabbing it around....wait for it to dry. Use embossing buddy over CS, stamp image in Versamark ink, apply black detail embossing powder and heat.

Brayered Batik

This is the card I made for the Brayered Batik challenge on SCS last night.....yes I was up that late and later!
It uses the Balmy Breezes stamp set from SU, Late November spectrum pad, brayer, twill tape inked in Old Olive with sponge daubers, and Old Olive and Summer Sun is sponged onto the images on the right. Layered using Summer Sun under the main image, then onto Basic Black and onto Night of Navy.
I guess it looks ok....I think it's growing on me, cause last night when I finished it up I wasn't sure I was liking it so much.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Newspaper Challenge

Newspaper challenge for VSN on SCS. I don't get the paper, so I used the classifieds from one of my stamping magazines.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Open House Make and Take

This is the Make and Take I'm going to offer at my Open House in Sept. It's a simple card using Flower Fancy and Define Your Life. Images are stamped onto Very Vanilla CS and layered on a Rose Red card.

Gift for my sister

This is a gift I made for my sister for her 30th birthday for my mom to give her.

I used some printed paper I had here, 2 types of ribbon, a button, punched out flower, brads, and dewdrops. I sewed a transparency over the 4 yellow blocks to create pockets so she can rotate the pics she decides to put in there.

1st Open Stamping Night

So, in 2 hours I managed to get one card finished and this is it. Well....I also did a card for my mom for Christmas. Although I think it may be a bit too involved.

Anyhoo.....this card uses the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set. Whisper White, Certainly Celery, and Rose Red cardstock. Rose Red and Only Orange classic ink pads. And the adorable flowers from the Flower Fusion Kit. Accessories are silver brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

September Stamp of the Month Class

Here are the projects for September's Stamp of the Month Class. It used the Simply Said stamp set. There is a clear card, 2 regular cards, and a 6x6 scrapbook page. It's gonna be a fun class so hurry and signup now before all the seats are taken.

Scrapbookers Unite Class

Here is the 6x6 layout for the 1st Scrapbookers Unite class. It uses the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set. The papers are Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Brilliant Blue.

I haven't finished the 12x12 layout yet, as I'm still waiting for my Certainly Celery DSP to arrive!!!!

Brayered Sky Class

This is the card for the 2nd technique class using the Brayered Sky technique. It's super easy using a brayer, multiple ink colors, and post it notes. It's done on glossy paper. The trees are shadow stamped in Going Gray then Basic Brown.

Technique Class

This is the card for my first technique class. So, the pic isn't the greatest....gotta work on my photography skills.
The card uses the 2-step stamping technique with the stamp-a-ma-jig and heat embossing. The twill tape is colored to match using the ink pad to "dye" it.

Twine Challenge

SCS VSN challenge with twine. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this container since it's too big around for a single piece of cardstock to fit. So, I decided to lace it up. Used my new Crab and Company stamp set and some ribbon and called it done. Super cute!!!!

Dr. Suess Challenge

I did this card for a VSN challenge at SCS. It was Dr. Suess inspired. I used the bouncing brayer technique in their resouces page with a Late November Spectrum pad on glossy white cardstock. I then stamped the flowers from Simply Said in Basic Black. I colored in the flowers with Really Rust and More Mustard Stampin' Write Markers. Layered it on Perfect Plum then Not Quite Navy cardstock. And topped it off with some ribbon.

New "Class" Opportunity!!

I've added a new "class" to my schedule. I guess it's more of a workshop. I have a ton of Christmas card samples and will help you figure out what card you want to send out this year. Then we'll sit down, come up with a sample, figure out all the necessary products, and order the ones you don't already have. Then for an additional fee I'll even cut all your cardstock for you, so all you have to do is stamp and assemble. All the details are on my Stampin' Up! demo site.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Getting ready.........

Just finishing up getting ready for my Open Stamping Night. My catalogs even arrived today just in time. I have everything in the room set up, lots of stuff printed out, my "store" all set to go, and the house is clean. Just need to get my printer back working and I'll be in good shape.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


last night I was working on putting all my new stamps together!!!! Then by the time I got everything sorted thru and put away and all the stamps put together, oh and made myself some dinner, it was almost 10pm!!!! But I did manage to make up the card for my techniques class. It will include not only 2-step stamping but heat embossing as well for the card background. It's a really great looking card and I'm sure everyone that comes to the class will love it.

And I'm also thinking of offering a by mail type service. Like "Sentiments by Mail" or something. Where you could purchase the kit for the class if you couldn't make it in person. You'd get all the materials for the class cut and ready to go, instructions, and photos of the finished projects. So, if you have any ideas on this, let me know. Or would you maybe just perfer doing a kit that has nothing to do with the classes I offer. Huuummmm.....gonna have to ponder this one for awhile.

OK, gotta's about lunch time and my tummy is grumbling!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday, Tuesday.......

Kinda like Monday, Monday.......since I wasn't feeling well yesterday, today is basically my Monday. So, I realized that I completly forgot to add watermarks to all my pictures, doh! Gotta have my darling boyfriend do that since I don't have software to do it. And I never took pics of my class projects either. Sheesh! Gonna have to get on that tonight too. Of course my new stamps will be waiting for me when I get home, so I'm thinking there isn't going to be alot of housework and stuff going on tonight. I'll have rubber to cut!!!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


It's a ton of thinking to get all the pics and links and buttons up here. I just hope they all work right. Sheesh!!!

So, I went out to the Novi Stamp Expo thingy today. It was ok....bunch of rubber stamps and accessories. No real crafts or handmade cards like I was really looking for. Oh well! Did find some cute stamps though!!! You'll see them in the Holiday Joy Card.

This is where all the magic happens......

Looks pretty clean right now waiting for the big shipment on Tuesday. After that I have a feeling it will never look the same. This is where I create all my handmade cards and stationary. This is also where I'll hold my stamp classes. The table is on wheels so I can spin it around so there's enough room for additional people. As it sits right now 2 people can work at it and be all spread out. It's an old cutting table my grandmother had before she passed away and it works perfectly for me. Ok, I think that's it for brain hurts. Back to the fun stuff.........stamping!!!!!

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