Tuesday, July 31, 2012


We had a blast last Thursday kicking off the first club meeting of the 2nd half of the year!  To save me a lot of time and mess, I had the group make their own nametags.  I got this off Stampin Connection.  I wanted to highlight the heat and stick powder.
Paper: Summer Smooches DSP, Definitely Daffodil, white, chipboard
Ink: turquoise marker, versamark
Tools: Big Shot, 3.5" circle die, retired alphabet dies, apothecary accents framelits, modern label punch, heat tool
Accessories: heat and stick powder, turquoise fine galaxy glitter, double sided adhesive sheets, dimensionals, glue dots, daffodil stitched ribbon, hot glue and broach pin

Here is a video to teach you how to use the heat and stick powder!

Didn't they do a great job!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Huntsville Holiday Blast All Day Event

I am so excited to announce that I and my downline will be presenting the Holiday Blast Stamping Event this fall in Huntsville, AL!  This will be an all day event creating projects for the upcoming 3 big holidays!  

Holiday Blast
Date: Saturday Oct 13th
Time: 9-4
Place: Magnolia Trace, Huntsville, AL
Fee: $60*
Included: Seasonal Sayings Stamp set 
and a catered lunch.

Please click here to download the registration form.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Well, in the Stampin' Up! world, we start holidays way earlier than your average Jane.  So, here is a Halloween Project for ya!  This was made at a local event.  I'm going to have to guess the supplies :)
Stamp Set: Spooky Bingo Bits, Teeny Tiny Wishes, (not sure about the "spooky")
Paper: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Polka Dot Parade DSP, White
Ink: Black
Tools: Big Shot, Fancy Favor Die, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch
Accessories: white baker's twine, dotted scalloped black ribbon on broom

Tip: I know several people are getting frustrated making the little Lollies.  (That's what the accordion flowers are called).  You can cut a 1x12" strip of paper and score it every 1/2".  Then fold accordion style on the score lines and adhere the ends together.  Punch out another circle and put liquid tombow all over it and put in on the lolly.  You'll have to hold it a little bit and then put something heavy on it to keep in flat.  You can use a scoring blade to do this or what's even easier is our Simply scoring Tool.  But what's even easier is our designer rosette die that cuts and scores the folds for you!  Hot glue is also an option instead of tombow if you get too frustrated.  Here is a close up of the broom.  It's just a candy stick.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas Card Club #4 Tags

So for our 4th project at Christmas Club last week, we made 12 little tags to put on whatever you need at the last minute this Christmas Season!
Stamp Set: Jolly Bingo Bits
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: versamark ink, pewter embossing powder, dazzling details, crystal effects.

Sorry for the blurry pictures, but each image has something shiny about it!
embossed with pewter embossing powder

Used Dazzling details to line the Christmas lights

Used Crystal Effects to make it look like the plastic wrapping

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas Card Club #3

Stamp Set: Tags Til Christmas, Stylin' Snowfolk
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, White, Be of good Cheer DSP
Ink: Stazon Black*, gumball green, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie
Tools: Big Shot, square scallop die, square scallop punch, 1" square punch, 1-1/4" circle punch

*Apparently there have been problems with the new formula of black ink.  It seems to be too slick to stamp on white and vanilla.  They are currently working on a new formula as fast as possible.  In the meantime, we are suggesting you use our stazon black pad for all your black ink needs :)  I would also suggest our stazon cleaner to clean your stamps :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas Card Club #2

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday is a change in the Christmas Card Club rewards.  Everyone who attended the class yesterday got a punch card with a place to punch all 6 classes this fall.  For each person who comes to all 6 classes, they will receive $25 of product in December, 5 classes will receive $15 and 4 classes will get $5.  So, strive to make all of them, but even if you can't, you still have a chance to get some free stuff in December :)  So, plan on coming to the next one on August 18th.

Stamp Set: Embellished Events
Ink: Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler (SU's Christmas Colors this year)
Paper: White, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka dots embossing folder, top note die, 1-3/4" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch
Accessories: dimensionals, basic pearls, cherry cobbler baker's twine, gumball green stitched ribbon

This is the Bargello Technique and I think it's really cool.  Click here to see Mary Fish showing you how to do it.  I don't reinvent the wheel, remember?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas Card Club #1

Ok, I got a little chastised this week by one of the sweetest people!  She said, "You're not posting everyday!  I need it!"  She's right and here I am at 5am Sunday morning getting the week ready :)  Love you Sandra!

We had our first Christmas Card Club yesterday and I had a blast.  As usual, I made the cards too involved and they took a while.  I promise next month will be a lot easier :)  I just have a hard time making cute cards that are quick, but still impressive...personal problem :)

Here is my favorite.  I can't believe I have been a demo for 8.5 years and I am just now getting Lovely As A Tree!  I am in Love!!  This is a masking technique just like the tree one I did last Tuesday.  I just used post it notes to mask at 1" and 3.25".  Then I sponged with the new Midnight Muse.  Do you have it yet?  Gorgeous!!!  Then I used versamark to stamp my image and then embossed with white powder.  Then stamped the greeting at the bottom. Easy Peasy!

Stamp Set: Lovely As A Tree, More Merry Messages
Ink: Midnight Muse, Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, sponge, Powder Pal (retired...no idea why!)
Accessories: white embossing power, post it notes

PS...Be looking for more information about the Huntsville Holiday Blast this week!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wow'd Myself

I know there must be that technique that intimidates all of us somewhere.  This might be one of the top ones for me.  I don't consider myself to be an artist, the paintbrush kind.  I did find this somewhere and thought I would try it.  It was so easy that I had my club do it and they all did awesome!!
Stamp Set: Lovely As A Tree, Word Play
Paper: Wild Wasabi, White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
Accessories: post it notes, sponge daubers

All I did was use large post it notes to mask the part I wanted to sponge.  Then, I just sponged back and forth to get the color I wanted.  The next time I do it, I'll use a sponge instead of a dauber.  It will give a softer effect.  The dauber was used at the base of the tree too and I didn't just love that.  Just color the "sky" and then stamp the trees over it!  Isn't that beautiful?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Reason to Smile Class

New Class Announcement!
Reason to Smile Class
Got this from LeeAnn (obviously) and had to do it!

I've been wanting to do a class surrounding our current promotion.  
This stamp set is called Reason to Smile and 
it is only $5 with a $50 order.

This class will be $20 and will include 10 cards and a purse to put them in!  
Great gift!  Don't feel guilty if you want to use this 
to give to your child's new teacher.  
I'm all about brown-nosing :)

2 lucky girls will win one of these sets for free!!!!

If you want to make sure you get this beautiful set, 
send me your $50 order and the class is free 
as well as the stamp set.  I'll buy the set for you.  
Here are the other images from this set.
Reason To Smile

The RSVP for this class is Friday the 20th.  
I hope you can make it!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fancy Fold

Shatze made this one for our Inkerbelles Swap.  A few of my girls went up to Nashville for a card day and they learned how to make this fun card!  It has candy inside :)
Don't forget RSVPs for the Christmas card class 
are due by noon today!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Another Swap

Here is Kimmy's Swap.  Another cute one from Betsy's Blossoms.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Allison's Swap

Allison made a really cute project for the Southern Inkerbelles Swap a few weeks ago.  She did a great job! It's a grape Icee in a little wrapped card!  You can even see the new banner framelits that I don't have yet :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

More Club Cards.

I thought this one was a good CAS. Clean and Simple.  I saw this on Stampin Connection.  You stamp the big blossom from Betsy's Blossom set and then punch it out with the blossom punch.  Fun idea!  These are also 2 new colors from the InColor family.  Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit.

Stamp Set: Friendly Phrases, Betsy's Blossom

Paper: White, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
Tools: Blossom punch, scissors
Accessories: Gumball Green ribbon and dimensionals

Monday, July 9, 2012

More Home Decor

When we moved, I was very excited to get a stamp room all to myself.  I wanted to make sure the walls were full and very pretty!  Here is what I put on one wall.
I've always wanted to just frame 12x12 DSP.  This was my chance!  I found these frames at Michael's for $3 each and then the chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby.  Just covered them in DSP and painted the top with Mod Podge!   Then put them on a little shelf.  My 2 year old likes to come in and move the letters around :)  It's always fun to see what she comes up with!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Christmas In July

Do you even like that saying?  It's very overused, but in my case, appropriate.

Announcing my first Christmas Card Class 
of the season!

This is the first Christmas Class of the year!  We will make 3 each of 4 designs. 

The club will meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2pm.  You will receive a punch card.  If you fill your card, you will get a free stamp set in December.  The cost is $25 each month.  

Because of preordering this month, I don't have a preview of cards for you this time.  I will every other time.

RSVP for this class will be Friday the 13th by noon.  You may reply to this post if you'd like to come.

I hope you are excited about the possibility of getting your cards made early this year! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bird on a Window Sill

I always get so excited when I find that perfect card.  For me, that is something that is simple, but very elegant.  I have a very hard time coming up with that combination so I get very happy when I find one.  See what I found?

Stamp Set: Curly Cute
Paper: Night of Navy, White
Tools: Bird Builder punch, 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square punches
Accessories: jumbo pearl and dimensional

Just a hint: To make the window, punch a 1" square from your cardstock and then center that square hole inside your 1-1/4" square punch to make a frame.  Turn your punches around so you can see the hole and where you are punching :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Momma!!

Ya know...I'm 35 years old and I still love my mama more everyday!  I hope you all have a mother as wonderful as I do!  Today is her birthday and she has just had back surgery and I know is probably in some pain on her big day.  That stinks!  So, Mama, here is a preview of one of the cards I'll be sending you in your birthday package :)  I love you!!  Even though this isn't a birthday card, the amount of gratitude I feel for you is overwhelming and I appreciate you so much!  (I hope she isn't on too many drugs that she forgets to read my blog today :)
Stamp Set: Apothecary Art, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, White
Ink: Night of Navy, Daffodil marker
Tools: Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing folder, labels framelits, simply scored tool, word window punch, decorative label punch
Accessories: New daffodil stitched ribbon, basic pearls, dimensionals

I love this card!  It's called a flipit framelit card and I am seeing it everywhere.  I had to try it out and demo it for stamp club last week.  It swivels back and forth on a 1" strip.  Here is what it looks like when you open it.
Kinda hard to tell in the picture.  This isn't a card you are going to write a novel on, but there is room for a short sentiment.  Because I don't feel like I need to reinvent the wheel, here is a video tutorial on how to make it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Room Decor

So, most of you know we have been in our new house for 2 months now.  Just now feeling like I can slow down on feeling like I have to have every inch of the house decorated.....ALL EXCEPT my daughter's room!  For some reason, I love all things little girl and needed to cover every wall in her room.  So, this is what I came up with!
I missed the boat in ordering sheets of vinyl from Stampin' Up! to make these, but I did find a roll of it that Cricut sells at Michael's.  Then I just cut a whole bunch out with my big shot and the beautiful butterflies die. It was super easy and very cheap since I already had all the tools!  I think this masterpiece costed me $5!  That's a bill the husband won't frown at :)  Then of course you have already seen the rosette I made for her using our designer rosette die.

Then I wanted to do some paper butterflies and needed to have something to put all her hairbows on.  So, I found this little fence at Hobby Lobby and hot-glued ribbon hanging from it.  Then I added some paper flowers and butterflies.
Pretty fun, huh?  Here are the close ups :)

 I ran espresso through the big shot with the beautiful butterflies die, then embossed them with the elegant lines embossing folder.  Put them together with glue dots and fluffed up the wings.
Here is one of my favorite flowers to make.  This is pink pirouette paper punched out with the blossoms punch and embossed with vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  There are 4 flowers crinkled and layered together.  Then I used one of our new Vintage Faceted Designer buttons with some limeade baker's twine and glue dotted it to the fence.

This was a very fun project for me!  I love having all this stuff at my fingertips so I can make things as they come up in my crazy head :)  Have a great day!