Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sharing the cards I received for Christmas

Good morning!

I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend! I had my first ever Stampin' Up! Open House yesterday and had a great turnout! I think the thing that made me the happiest was hearing how much they liked the projects that I made and all said they had fun.

Here are the cards I've been promising to share from Christmas:

Kathy W.

Tammie S.


Thank you ladies for the beautiful cards. I'm a sentimental hoarder and keep all things hand-made:)

I will be back later to share the final project that we made at my Open House yesterday. I hope you have a great Sunday!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Sorry this is so late, but I wanted to share...

Good morning everyone! I'm sorry this is so late, but I've been meaning to share my Christmas card for a while now. Here it is:

Supplies Used:
  • Stamps:Dasher & Christmas Punch
  • Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White & retired Ski Slope DSP
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Other: Punches (Wide Oval & Ticket Corner), Crop-A-Dile (used to punch reindeer's nose), Retired 15/16" Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon, Tombow Multi-purpose adhesive, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals, Little Felt Flurries, glue dots, & Rhinestone Circle Brads
I will be back later to share the cards I received for Christmas.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentine's Matchbox Treats

Good Morning!

I'm in the process of getting ready for my very first Open House this weekend. I was planning to make a Valentine's Bag w/Scallops, but I wasn't able to, because the punch wouldn't go up far enough on the cardstock. I didn't think I was going to be able to do this either, but I decided to crease the smallest fold on the box top and then punch. It took a tiny piece off, but that part is folded under, so you can't even see it:)

I used Stampin' Up! Window Sheets to create the window. I cut a piece to fit the box and used a glue dot in all 4 corners and stuck them to the top of the box. I also used a 1" x 3" piece of Sending My Love Designer Series Specialty Paper (talk about making the paper go along can wrap 48 Hershey Nuggets with one 12" x 12" sheet!) I put two glue dots on one of the small ends and wrapped it around the chocolate attaching it to the other end of the paper.

The only problem I had was deciding which ribbon to use! I wrapped the Pretty In Pink Taffeta ribbon around the box front. (the back is hidden, but does not get in the way of the sliding bottom). I originally tried this with the Real Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon, but thought the White in the stripes stood out too much, so I decided to wrap that ribbon around just a portion of the box/heart. Which one do you like more? 

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Real Red, Pretty In Pink & Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Bix Shot/Dies:Bigz XL Matchbox die
  • Punches: Full Heart & Heart to Heart
  • Ribbon: Pretty In Pink Taffeta & Real Red Striped Grosgrain
  • Other: Window Sheets Medium, Dimensionals & Glue Dots
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day! 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Clear-mount Stamps & Valentine Card

Hello fellow stampers!

I'm sorry it has been so long. One of my New Year's resolutions is that I'd get better at updating my blog and so far, I'm not doing very well:(

I went to a meeting Thursday night and got to meet with a great group of stampers. There was some swapping and we did a couple make & takes. The coolest thing was getting to use the new clear-mount stamps. I have to admit, I'm one of those old dogs that doesn't like new tricks. I never in a million years thought I would want to convert, but they are amazing! I would go to great lengths to keep my wood blocks in excellent shape. Before mounting them, I would take them outside and put them on brown paper and spray them with polyurethane spray. When ink would get on the sprayed block, 9 times out of 10, I could use a little Stampin' Mist on a paper towel and wipe off the ink. It can be a pain when it rains for days on end or when it's cold & windy outside. A couple times I found the blocks on the ground with dirt sticking to the spray and the paper was missing. There were also times when I'd get sidetracked and forget that the blocks were outside. Luckily, none ever got ruined, but the clear blocks sure make life easier. You just use a little Stampin' Mist and wipe off the ink.

I received my newest order this week and finally got a chance to sit down today and make a Valentine card. I love the new border punch. It adds such a beautiful touch. Here is the card I made today.

Supplies Used:
  • Stamps: Sweetheart & Yummy
  • Cardstock: Pretty In Pink, Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White & Sending Love Specialty DSP
  • Ink: Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip & Old Olive
  • Other: Treat Cups, Heart Punch, & Border Trim Punch & M&M's
If you haven't already, I hope you will give the new Clear-mount stamps/blocks a try. I'm so glad that I did and can't wait to get more:)

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

They're here!

That's right everybody! The new Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog, Sale-A-Bration Brochure & Definitely Decorative Inserts are here! If you have not seen these yet, be prepared for your head to start spinning! I couldn't believe my eyes. There are clear-mount stamps, new punch styles, and much, much more. To view these new publications, please click on the pictures for each one on my left sidebar.

Sale-A-Bration is such an exciting time. It's like Christmas all over again for us stampers! For each $50 you spend (before shipping & tax) you can choose a free item from the brochure. If you rather have something else, there is a list of stamp sets in the back of the brochure that you can choose from the current Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog. (Please be sure to use the item number located in the back of the Sale-A-Bration brochure when placing your order. They are different.) There are so many to choose from! Can you tell that I'm excited? 

I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post. December was just crazy for my family. We did something totally out of the norm and went on vacation the week before Christmas. We went to Disney World. We had such a great time, but it gave me less time to do shopping and make cards. Everything had to be done before we left, because we weren't coming home until Christmas Eve. I'm happy that we got to see what it's like in Florida at Christmastime, but it was strange being away from Maryland too. Of course the year we go away, we get a snowstorm that dropped 22" of snow. We got to see it briefly before it all melted.

I'd like to share a couple photos with you. The first one was taken at Sea World. I just thought Shamu looked so cute with his Santa hat on. The other two are of the Cinderella's Castle. It was changing colors and was so beautiful.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year to you all!