Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Mojo Monday 188

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming!  I do love Mojo Mondays b/c it really gives me a chance to be creative!  I am going back to my week of Strength and Hope.  Remember this is a sneak peek and SU! donates $2 from each set to the cancer research!  Here is the Mojo sketch again.

I normally pick the circle cards, but when there is a strip going up and down, I just can't get it look like I want.  So...I went square today!  Also, I played around with some colors that I don't normally choose, so you may not love the colors...I'm not sure I do, but this is what cha get today :)
Stamp Set: Strength and Hope
Paper: River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Paisley Petals DSP (available til the end of this month)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock
Ribbon: 1/4" white grosgrain colored with river rock marker
Tools: Circle Cutters, Punch Pack, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches, Scallop Ribbon border punch
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals

Here is a VERY quick video on a technique called rock 'n roll.  You can see this on the lower butterfly :)  It's a good technique to use on large stamps.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mojo Monday 188

Here's the Mojo Sketch if you feel like getting a head start.  I'm going to try to sit down and do something this afternoon :)

1st Birthday Invitation

Well, the time has come.  My little girl is turning 1 next month!  When I was looking for themes for her party, I spotted the only obvious choice!!!  OWLS!!!!

I found this great package, knowing I had the best punch to make the invites!!  This is very similar to another owl card I did a while ago.  Had to throw in blue eyes for my baby girl!

Stamp Set: I don't know what it is called.  I think it is retired, but any invite stamp would work.
Paper: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo DSP
Ink: Early Espresso (ink and marker)
Ribbon: 1/8" pink ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Circle cutters, scallop circle die, number die, modern label punch, scallop oval punch, owl punch, Bird Punch (leaves)
Accessories: rhinestones, dimensionals, gluedots

Click here to see the other card like this plus a video tutorial.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!

Here is the Easter Card I would have sent all my loved ones if I had had time :)

(Hopefully you aren't blurry-eyed getting back from Easter Sunrise Service.  Thank Jesus for what He did for us and then go find some eggs!!)

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso (sponging and marker), Pretty in Pink
Tools: Big Shot, scallop circle die, large oval punch, medium oval punch, 1" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, heart to heart punch, word window punch, sponge dauber
Accessories: dimensionals

Friday, April 22, 2011

Please excuse our regularly scheduled programming

I have been asking myself this question, "Why am I killing myself making cards that match a theme when I desperately need to make cards to send to people now!?"  I have this thing where I feel like I need to stay in my weekly theme.  So, please excuse the interruption to the regularly scheduled "Strength and Hope" week for a fun graduation card I needed to make for my husband's cousin!  This is cased from Jackie Topa.

Stamp Set: Something to Celebrate (level 2 hostess mini catty)
Paper: Basic Black, More Mustard, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Night of Navy, White Craft ink
Ribbon: 1/4" grosgrain white
Tools: Scallop Trim border and corner punch, paper snips
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals, rhinestone brads, glue dots, yarn

Card Dimensions:
Navy and Mustard strips: 1/8"
White piece: 2x3.25"
Navy piece behind white piece: 1-7/8"x3-3/8"
Hat: 1.5x1.5"
Collar template: (punch a corner first and then measure this out) 1.5"x1-7/8"

Here is a video tutorial on how to make the collar and a few other notes I want to share with you.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Strength and Hope

Here is my next card cased from Debbie Currier.  This is the sneak peek set from our Summer Mini going live in less than 2 weeks!  Click here to see the images in this set.
Stamp Set: Strength and Hope
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Paisley Petals DSP
Ink: Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy marker
Tools: Color Spritzer Tool, Scallop trim border punch, sponge dauber
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals

Click here to see my tutorial on our color sprizter tool.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Strength and Hope

As part of our Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the Strength & Hope Campaign.  Throughout the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog sales period starting May 1st, Stampin' Up! will donate $2  from the sale of each Strength & Hope set and Strength & Hope digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  Be looking for your Summer Mini in the mail any day now, ask me for your very own copy or check my blog on the 1st to see it for yourself.  I will be showing several cards this week made with this beautiful set!  I imagine we all know at least 1 person who is fighting this disease and these people need cards more than anyone. For more information about BCRF, 

I am combining Mojo Monday with this new set.

Stamp Set:  Strength and Hope Set (avail May 1st)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, versamark pad 
Ribbon: 5/8" organza ribbon
Tools: Dotted Ribbon Scallop Punch, heat tool, eyelet border punch, powder pal, 2.5" circle punch, jewelry tag punch, sponge dauber
Accessories: clear embossing powder, pearls, dimensionals

Here is what I would have done a tuesday tutorial on today.  Can you see the cool frame I put in the middle?  Cut a 3x3" piece of cardstock and take your dotted scallop ribbon border punch and just punch in the middle of each side.  You can't see all of it in the picture, but try it for yourself.  It's a really neat accent.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Me...but you get the gifts!

Happy Anniversary to Me, Happy Anniversary to Me...but I am giving you the gifts!!

Today is the day I am celebrating my 7 years with SU!  The best decision I ever made!!

On this special day and ONLY on this day, I am offering this to all my customers!!

Any order placed today will receive 
free shipping and tax!!
(this excludes any club orders)

Have you ever considered joining my Stampin' Up! Family, Southern Inkerbelles?
If you join today, I will waive the shipping and tax and even throw in a large tabletop paper cutter to get you started in your business!

The best thing about this offer, is even if you aren't completely convinced this is for you, you have 5.5 months to decide.  You will purchase the starter kit and then no obligation to purchase anything else until 9-30.  So at that time, if you don't want to continue, you will still get to keep the fabulous starter kit.   Give me a call or email me for more details: 

I would love for you to help me celebrate by taking me up on these offers!!  Thanks for helping me have 7 totally fabulous SU! years!

PS...if you have friends you know who don't check their email daily....make sure and tell them about this special offer.

PPS. Everyone who leaves a comment on today's post, will be entered into a drawing to receive 2 free stamp sets from my "draw" of goodies!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Refresher Course on the Scallop Trim Border Punch

I know some of you have already seen this video tutorial on using the scallop trim border punch.  But, it was one of the very first ones I did and I know I have more people checking the blog now.  SO...Here's a refresher that goes with today's card.
Stamp Set: A Word for you
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black (marker too for the buttons)
Tools: Big Shot, Manhattan Floral Embossing Folder, large heart punch, scallop trim border punch and coordinating corner punch
Accessories: Pearls, dimensionals
Ribbon: 1/4" basic black grosgrain

Click here for the refresher video.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easy Shower Invitation

Here is a very quick wedding shower invite.  Click HERE to watch my bow tying tutorial.

Stamp Set:  none (I used my computer for this one.)
Paper: Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Tools: Big Shot, elegant lines embossing folder, medium oval punch, scallop oval punch
Ribbon: 5/8" satin white
Accessories: pearls and dimensionals.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Quick Lingerie Shower

This is a fun one I made a year ago.  I can't find the gal I cased this from. 

Paper: Black and White
Ribbon: 3/8" taffeta white
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mojo Monday 186 and Tuesday Video Tutorial

Well, what's 1 day late?

Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch 186
And here is my take on it to match my week of wedding bliss :)

Click here for my video tutorial on heat embossing.  Click here to see my video tutorial on how to mat the decorative label punch.
Stamp Set: Bella Toile Background Stamp, Four Frames, Silhouette Sentiments
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Vellum paper
Ink: Versamark
Tools: dotted scallop ribbon border punch, scallop border punch, heat tool, powder pal, decorative label punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, small oval punch
Ribbon: 5/8" black satin
Accessories: black and silver embossing powder, silver glimmer brad, dimensionals

Have you tried using one of our background stamps yet?  Watch my Tuesday Tutorial on how to use them.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wedding Week

Well...love is in the air for all those gals getting married this summer!  This week I hope to inspire you to make them a very special card instead of picking one up at the grocery store.  You know...I haven't bought a card in a store in over 7 years....just can't get myself to do it :)  Sacrilegious!

Today's card was cased from Lynn Pratt. Check her blog for a free template to make this card.

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, vellum paper
Tools: Big Shot, perfect polka dots embossing folder, paper piercing tool
Accessories: 3/8" taffeta white ribbon, rhinestone brad (made this before we started selling the glue dot kind.  I would use those now), black brads

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mother's Day

Here is a fun Mother's Day card I cased from Beverly J Robertson.  This is the last card we made at my Spring Card Class.
Stamp Set: Blessed Mother
Paper: Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight
Ribbon: 5/8" old olive grosgrain
Tools: Big Shot, Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, decorative label punch, medium oval punch
Accessories: rhinestones, dimensionals

Card Tips:
  • Use your markers to color directly on the flower stamp to get all 3 colors on it.
  • Stamp off the old olive large flower stamp.  That means, ink it up, stamp it on a scrap piece and then without reinking, stamp again.  This gives it a slightly softer feel.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Layers of Cupcakes "in color"

Here is a card cased right from our catalog on page 130.  I got the Itty Bitty Bits set for free during Sale-A-Bration.  I imagine that was one of the sets b/c they are going to retire it.  Can't say for sure, but if you love this set, I'd say get it soon :)  It also coordinates with our Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  So fun!  This was another card we did last night at my Spring Card Camp.

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Bits, A Word For You
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Poppy Parade
Ink: (All in IN COLOR inks) Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Big Shot, top note die, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, flower and circle punch from itty bitty punch pack,
Ribbon: 1/4" whisper white, Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals, hand cut pedestal

Card Tips: 
  • When using the ribbon scallop punch, punch a strip and then cut down the middle
  • When stamping the greeting, use a marker to color one word, stamp it on one side of the pedestal, clean stamp, color the other half of the greeting and stamp it.  Since we are using clear acrylic blocks now, the placement is much easier.
  • use tweezers to slide pearls off sheet to put on flower
  • Use marker to color words on sentiment stamp and then hand cut them out with scissors and glue onto card.
  • Cut dimensionals into fourths.
  • Start at the bottom and work your way up the cake.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Heat Embossing Thursday Tutorial

Happy Thursday!  Here is a fun card I cased from Eileen Dent.  This is one of the cards we'll be making at my spring card camp tonight!

Easter Blossoms
Stamp Set: Easter Blossoms
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Rose Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip CRAFT ink and classic ink
Tools: Circle Cutter, heat tool, beautiful wings embosslit, pretty in pink marker, powder pal
Accessories: glue dots, clear embossing powder

Here is a video tutorial on how to heat emboss.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Take Another Spin with me!

I don't know if you have sat down yet and looked through our Occasions Mini Catalog.  If you haven't, I promise it is time well spent :)  Time is running out b/c this catalog ends April 30th. You can click on the picture of the catalog to the right or click HERE to view the beautiful ideas SU! has come up with.

Today I will be featuring our Take A Spin stamp set.  This set is fun for all ages and is a great set to add to your collection b/c it covers just about all the main occasions you would need.  Check this out!
And with this set, you can purchase these cute spinners to complete your card!

Here is one of the cards we will be making tomorrow night at my spring card class using this set. I cased this from  lrflemming.

Stamp Set: Take A Spin
Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist
Tools: Big Shot, Scallop Circle #2 die, Circle Scissors Plus, mat pack, paper piercing tool, 2.5" circle punch
Accessories: Silver brads, spinner game pieces, filigree designer brads

Card Tips:
  • Size of main card 4.25" square
  • Stamp image first and then punch out using circle punch
You can put the spinner on any of these 8 occasions!  The circle stamps fit right inside our 2.5" circle punch.  I'll see you tomorrow for a Thursday Video Tutorial on Heat Embossing :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Grab a Bag and Restocked Clearance Rack.

Happy Tuesday.  No tutorial today, but I do have another update.

The home office has just restocked our clearance rack.  Have you visited it yet?  There are a ton of products on there at a crazy low price.  You can click on the clearance rack picture on the right or click here.  You can order these products online at your own convenience.  I will warn you, these items do go fast :)

Grab a Bag of Stampin' Up! Products!

Beginning Friday, April 1, and continuing while supplies last, you will be able to purchase special "grab bags" in the Online Store. These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.
Please keep the following in mind:
  • You should use the following item numbers when ordering grab bags:
$5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)
$10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)
$15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

WOW!! So much to tell!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Unfortunately in my home, we aren't very happy.  My Mother-in-law died suddenly at a very young age last Sunday.  I have just gotten back into town so this week will be hit or miss on posts.  But, while my life was turned upside down, Stampin' Up! only took off faster.  Here is all you have missed in the last few days.

Here is the promotion I was telling you about last week.
Promotion details:  Spring is Blossoming with Sneak Peek products from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. You can get these brand-new products in one of two ways:
  • Spend $20* on any Stampin' Up! products and become eligible to purchase both the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.
  • Host a $350* workshop and get the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper for FREE!
  • Please use the following bundle item numbers when entering the free stamp set and Designer Series Paper.
    Four Frames Wood-Mount Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper
    FREE with qualifying workshop! or $20 purchase.
    Four Frames Clear-Mount Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper
    FREE with qualifying workshop! or $20 purchase.

  And here are the pictures of what is now available!  
Check last week's posts to see samples I made.  Can I order this bundle for you?
Four Frames

Petals Paisley DSP
More exciting promos to come later in the week!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring is Blossoming Promotion!!

It's Friday and I am so excited to be able to share the images of our new Four Frames Stamp Set and Petals Paisley DSP with you!  Here is the 4th card in my series of Four Frames!! I cased this card from Dayanna Donng. 
I thought this was so delicate for a new baby card.  I also liked her idea of embossing 2 layers of paper.  The blushing bride hearts are punch out and then glued onto the paper then put through the big shot.  It almost looks like they have been stamped on the white paper.  Also, our medium oval punch fits perfectly in this space so you can add any sentiment without error :)  I know I already did a tutorial this week, but I have to quickly show you how I colored this ribbon!

Stamp Set: Four Frames (available today!!!), Something to Celebrate (level 2 hostess set, ocassions mini)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride
Tools: Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder,square lattice embossing folder, small heart punch, decorative label punch, medium oval punch, owl punch (little heart comes from it)

Next Week: All Ocassion Spring Cards :)