Sunday, July 31, 2011

Faith In Nature

Here is another sample from our Playing With Punches Shoebox Swap ... this card was designed and shared by Susan for us to make at the swap features the new Faith in Nature hostess set which is so pretty!

Here is an up close of the pear image sponged with Pear Pizzaz and Peach Parfait colors and that wonderful accent paper in the back is our new Wonderfully Worn Designer Series paper!
I love attending a good Shoebox Swap!

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Playing with Punches to share

This is another card we made at our monthly Gold Stars Ink team meeting this month ... this set is just versatile!
This card was shared by a new member to the team Linda, thanks for the correct name Susan I am horrible with names, and featured the Delicate Doilies and the Doily Triple Layer punch with an awesome color combo of Tempting Turquoise and Cherry Cobbler!

Perfect card for sending someone feel better soon vibes!

Happy Stampin'

Friday, July 29, 2011

Playing with Punches - Shoebox Swaps

This offering is from our Playing with Punches - shoebox card swap with my upline team! Nancy designed and shared her shoebox with us to get to make this card - it was so much fun!

This card used the Lattice Bigz Die with it handcut to create the Celtic knot look, the Butterfly punch, the Boho Blossoms Punch, the 2 Step Bird punch and the ribbon punch. It also features the 2011-12 In Colors and the Butterfly Prints stamp set!

Also wanted to share that I am able to invite a 'guest' to the Upline Team meetings so of you ever wanted to come out and see how supportive and fun being a Stampin' Up Demo can be - drop me a line!

Happy Stampin'

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Selective Embossing Tricks

Next weeks Technique Tuesday class is going to cover the many varied tricks with  'Selective Embossing' using the Big Shot and Embossing folders - so this week I have been playing trying to choose a couple cards to showcase to the wonderful ladies in my group!

This card here is a basic sample of a quick and easy technique where the top and bottom of a layer are embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots leaving the middle free to be stamped!

I used the Cupcake wheel here and ran it across with the Basic Black ink and than colored them in using Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cobbler color combo and than versamarked and embossed with Iridescent Ice on the clear white icing!

Also was able to showcase the Tagtastic Hostess set again - cute little set that works awesome with the Decorative Label punch - this time I colored it with the Stamp Write Markers to make a multi colored image.

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fancy Favor Gift Bag

Here is another card from this months Big Shot class with Liz my upline - such a great idea for creating a bigger gift bag using our Fancy Favor Bigz Die!

 The Fancy Favor die is paired with the Paisley petals designer series paper and Naturals White papers and the Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die to create a two layered gift bag which is tied closed at the top with some Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon!

Just love how this gives you another option of what you can place in the Fancy Favor by adding several inches of packing room to the gift bag ... great idea for birthday parties, wedding showers or wedding favors!

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Friend

I am so loving this new set as well - the new 2011-12 catalog is full of so many awesome wonderful new treasures ... my wishlist is always growing everytime I get a chance to play with a stamp set at a swap or to see samples online! 
This My Friend sample is from a recent card class my upline Liz held .... done up showing off some of the new colored embossing powders - just so very pretty and fun to play with ... both the stamp set and some of the new embossing powders ended up on my recent order sent it!

Happy Stampin'

Monday, July 25, 2011

On the Grow Swap

Another thing I love about participating in the Shoebox swaps at our monthly team meetings - is getting to play with stamp sets you do not yet have! 
This set is our "On the Grow" from the Summer mini - which we had fun water coloring with the Aquapainter and Classic Inks from Stampin' Up.

This was a cute card designed by my upline Liz - love all the components to it that give it awesome texture ... the Ribbon Lace Border punch and the tearing give it a nice flare!

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Delicate Doilies Swap

Totally love this color combination featuring the new In Colors of Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade ... paired with the new Delicate Doilies stamp set .... love how Liz paired the emboss resist for the centre accent and how the Filigree brads just totally tie this together!
 This is just such a pretty card ... love how it turned out ... one of the things I love about attending our Team meeting swaps - seeing how everyone uses the products!

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day at the Beach

This is how I wish I could be spending the last stretch of my staycation .... on the beach watching the sun set.

I used the Color coach for inspiration here showcasing the new 2011-12 In Color of Pool Party with Chocolate Chip and Island Indigo accents.

This is another Playing with punches card ... for the Straw hat in So Saffron using the Large Oval punch, 1 3/4 circle punch run through the Square Lattice embossing folder and the Boho  Blossoms punch which a nice Basic pearl for the accent on the ribbon of the hat ... I used the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set in Island Indigo stamped on Pool Party cardstock to create the 'bathing suit' and the Full Heart punch for the neck and arms.

The sunset is created using the Stampin' Pastels collection and the sentiment is from the Happy Greetings sentiment set in the Summer mini ... available until August 31st!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Run for the Cure Fundraiser

Run for the Cure
Fundraising Raffle
Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5
Retail Value $ 275 plus
  • Crafter’s Tote
  • Pretties Kit
  • Stampin’ Pastel Set
  • Color Box Ink Palette (not Stampin’ Up)
  • Crochet Flower set
  • Bliss Stamp Set
  • Because I Care Stamp Set
  • Raspberry Tart DSP
  • Kiwi Kiss Buttons
  • Chocolate Chip Buttons
  • Star Brads (extra large metal)
  • Circle Brads (extra large metal)
  • Bright Color Sample Cardstock
  • 4 x Stamp Write Markers
  • 2 x Designer Cards
  • 20% off coupon for Stampin’ Up product (only good with orders through me)
Draw to be held after the Run on October 2, 2011
If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets to win this awesome tote please feel free to contact me to make arrangements!

Happy Stampin'

Playing with Punches!

Playing with Punches is this months 'Team Challenge' with my upline Liz and our upcoming Team swap is going to also feature playing with punches - so I have been having some fun thinking of ways to use our lovely Stampin' Up punches in different ways.

I will admit that I cased the 'Lovely Lady' concept from the Stampin' Connection website, not sure who belonged to the original idea ... but it looked like so much fun I always wanted to try it out .... so figured why not use it for my Challenge card.

Punch art certainly makes use of lots of punches ... this card features:

Whisper White paper which was run through the Square Lattice emboss folder and punched with the Large Oval and a 1 3/4 circle to create the hat with the now retired Triple Flower punch for the accent on the hat ribbon which is a double punched 1 3/4 circle.

The Scallop Oval punch for the Early Espresso Hair.

The Wedding Dress is made with the Butterfly punch and Whisper White paper which was run through the Elegant Lines embossing folder and spritzed with the Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz.

The neckline and arms are made with the Full Heart punch in the now retired Blush Blossom paper although we still carry the marker so you could create the blush colored using Whisper White and the marker to sponge the color on.

The gorgeous wedding bouquet also features the now retired Triple Flower punch - however the small flower from the Boho Blossom punch would work equally as well, the Build a Blossom punch for the greenery and is accented with Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz and some basic pearls!

Finally I wanted a sentiment for the front of the card but did not want to take away from the elegance of the bride .... so used the Tiny Tags and Jewelery punch to create a sentiment 'train' from the back of the dress .... too cute!

Truly a gorgeous shimmery sparkly card in person ... so fun to make that I am going to try making some more and find one that is a little quicker for our swap cause we have to be able to make it in less than 5 minutes and while elegant this one took a wee bit longer to punch and put together than 5 minutes - definitely a labor of love for the Bride to Be!

Happy Stampin'

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paisley Petals Card Swap

This is one of the cards from this months 'step it up' card class with my upline Liz Goldhawk .... even though I am my own demo I still love sharing with others and getting out to be inspired by my upline!

This card Liz showcased the Paisley Print Designer Series Paper, Paper Daisies, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon and the Four Frames Stamp set with the Decorative punch.

The Paisley Petals is just such pretty paper it needs little accents to it ... striking indeed!

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pop Up Window Card

Our final card from last Saturday's Stamp-a-Stack ... a pop up window card featuring Fabulous Florets with the Melon Mambo embossing powders and sentiment options from the Hostess Set 'Tagtastic'.

This first card was a quick and simple background using the Fabulous flower stamp image with Versamark to make a watermark on the Pretty in Pink paper.

This card was to showcase a 'step up' option and used the Baroque Motif swirl stamp with clear emboss powder on the Pretty in Pink layer ... which added some nice elegance to the card.

I just love the pop up card window card fold ... this was my first time trying it and I am just excited to try it with different stamp sets!

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pretty Postage Wisteria Duo

These are another card sample from Stamp a Stack - showcasing one layout but two different looks! Also wanted to show off the pairing of Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush along with the Pretty Postage from the Summer Mini and the gorgeous new 'ruffled ribbon!

The first card the background layer is stamped with the French Filigree background stamp in the Concord Crush and the Thanks from the Pretty Postage stamp set and some Butterflies from the Butterfly Wings sizzlit!

The second card is really hard to see in the photo but instead of using the Concord Crush we opted for the subtle but elegant clear embossing of the French Filigree for the background layer which allowed for the butterflies and Happy Birthday to pop a little more on this variation!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'

Monday, July 18, 2011

Doilies & Blossoms

Here is another sampling from this past Saturdays Stamp a Stack!

This card featured the Lace Ribbon Border and Heard from the Heart in a quick and simple but equally elegant card ... the addition of Half Back pearls really make this simple card striking!

Here is a stepped up version of the same layout using the Blossom Bouquet Triple layer punch as an alternative to recreate the effect should you not have the Lace Ribbon border punch yet. Also gave me a chance to show off how gorgeous this new Scallop Dots ribbon in Chocolate Chip is - just love it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fabulous Florets

Another card from this months Stamp-a-Stack ... really loving the Lucky Limeade it is such a striking shade of green!

This Sympathy card features the Fabulous Florets stamp set embossed with white and sponged in Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette with the Lucky Limeade accents!
The back layer of the card was run through the Elegant Lines Emboss folder and the Corner Ticket punch to help some of the Pink Pirouette paper pop from the front layer.

The second card is the same layout we just switched up the back layers embossing folder to try in out the new Stripes emboss folder - which I love with the Organza ribbon and cannot wait to play with some more to see it used with other techniques!

The Saturday Stamp-a-Stacks are a load of fun and we are always welcoming new friends to the Stampin' table - to check out the classes please feel free to check out My Events calendar and sign up for a class!

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Just Believe in Designer Frames

Today was my Saturday Stamp a Stack and we had an awesome time together with lot of laughter and stories being shared - hardly seems fair to call it 'work' - but shhh do not tell my spouse cause he thinks it is really hard work ;-)

Here is one of the cards we made - new Designer Frames textured embossing folders are too cute and the In Color's for 2011-12 are a lot of fun to showcase!

This color combo for this card is Calypso Coral with Red Ridinghood and Lucky Limeade and Whisper White. The card front was stamped with the Just Believe stamp set using the Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade Stamp Write Markers on Whisper White paper and than dry embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and again with the new Designer Frames Oval folder using the Selective Embossing technique.

The extra large oval punch was used to punch out the sentiment which fits inside the Designer Frame Oval perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Technique Tuesday - Windfall Tapestry

Here is the actual 6x6 technique card from Technique Tuesday ... it featured the Love and Care Hostess set from the Summer Mini - which is now even easier to earn with our new Hostess program and is compliments by the Ribbon Lace Border from the 2011-12 catalog!

The color comb for this card was Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue with a hint of the new Lucky Limeade for the foliage.

I just love the 'windfall' look to the card - a great technique fold for using multiple related images or just as a collage of the same pretty image as I have done here.

Thank you for stopping by - for a list of my upcoming classes please check out my website!

Happy Stampin'

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pennant Parade

This card is the second one for our Technique Tuesday class featuring the Tapestry Background ... I love the combo of the 2010-11 In Color of Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade with the new 2011-12 In Color of Calypso Coral and a base of Tangerine Orange to create the fiery background with some Vintage Vogue leaves.

It was then embellished with the new Pendent Parade stamp and coordinating punch set - is just so cute ... I love the little banners you can make with it!

Thanks for stopping by and happy Stampin'

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Paper Pals Summertime Blues

This Technique Tuesday class card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge - Summertime Blues using a color combination of No Quite Navy, Marina Mists and Bashful Blues ... I also threw in a little bit of Night of Navy as an accent to make the ribbon punch pop more on the card!

My Technique Tuesday class this week features the 'Tapestry Technique' on the background paper and the Waterfall fold for the card - sneaking in a double technique for the ladies.

I thought both these techniques would be awesome to showcase the new Delicate Doilies stamp set from the 2011-12 catalog and the Lace Ribbon border which compliments this stamp set so nicely!

The sentiment from the Summer mini set Happy Greetings is tucked nicely inside the pull of the Waterfall Fold!

Thanks for stopping by and happy Stampin'!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Canada Day weekend

During July, you can join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator for only $119! This limited time Starter Kit—valued at $205—comes with the following high-quality products:

  • Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
  • Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
  • Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
  • Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
  • Note Cards (20)
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Blender Pen (1)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies

*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue!

Plus, join in July and get a FREE Christmas Keepsake project kit—a $50 value! Imagine an afternoon spent chatting with friends while creating something beautiful—isn't that what Stampin' Up! is all about? But act now because this special kit is only available as part of this limited-time offer.

Join Stampin' Up! in July and get brand-new products, including an exclusive project kit—all for just $119!

This is a gorgeous card design from my upline Liz featuring the Strength and Hope campaign stamp set - $2 from each set sold during the summer mini goes towards fighting Breast Cancer!

We made this at a team meeting night in May ... another great reason to join Stampin' Up this month - getting together with other demos to discuss business strategies, learn new techniques and play with product you might not own yet! I love my upline mentor and all the support that she offers me and would love to be able to continue to build my team so that I too can pay it forward to others!