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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Nothing like last minute Christmas shopping for yourself! Today is the LAST day of the Stampin' Up! (r) Online Extravaganza. Click HERE to view a list of products that are so sweetly reduced to help you fill those stockings and more this year! 

You or I can put your order in by 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012; 11:50 PM (MT)
this evening!!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #124 - Quilts

It's time to 'get your stitch on' over at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week, with our Quilt Inspiration Challenge. And if you're not a sewer, like me, paper does the trick pretty well when you want to lay a blanket of color on your card!

As soon as I saw the inspiration photos, I knew I wanted to do some sort of a block look and needed a Get Well card for my friend, who's child was in the hospital. (She's out now, hooray!) My friend and I share an addiction for IPhone cases (a little something for Mama too), which is where I snagged my color scheme from.

I didn't do any stitching on the card but love how the Postage Stamp Punch makes it look like it has been stitched. I added a bit of dimension with an EF and then broke out the sweet silhouette stamp as well as the perfect sentiment from Delightful Dozen. I popped up just the two corner pieces and didn't emboss them like the rest. I think they both make quite the statement on their own.

We'd love to see what quilts your fancy, head on over to the HSS Blog to view beautiful inspiration from our design team and link up your own creation to play along this week!

SU! products used:
Stamp Sets - Hostess Priority Mail, Delightful Dozen
Ink - Craft White, Perfect Plum
Paper - Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White
Punch - Postage Stamp
Other - White Embossing Powder

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #123 - Paper Pleating

It's all 'in the pleats' this week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments...paper pleats that is! Grab FOLD of this technique challenge, it's entirely way too much fun and link up over at the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog! (and yes, I spelled hold with an 'f' for a reason!)

I'm still plugging away, thinking ahead and getting ready for our move the end of this month, eeeeekk! Since I'm not sure how long it will take us to unpack, reorganize and get settled and we've got a wedding to attend the end of July, I decided to use this challenge to make two cards for the bride and groom. Their wedding colors are hot pink and green, so I pulled some colors from my stash and got to folding...

I followed this tutorial HERE
 and the flower tutorial HERE

This challenge really was so much fun, I love the HUGE impact a few folds made on both of my cards AND another plus, they are still mailable! yipee! Don't forget to check out the cool folds the rest of the design team has pleated up especially for you!!

SU! products used:

Stamps - So Happy For You
Paper - Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Ink, EP - Craft White, Basic Black, White Embossing Powder
Punches - Large Oval, 1-3/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle
Other - Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Dazzling Details

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments Theme Challenge #122

The plumes have it!
Come join in over at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week as we are hosting a Peacock or Bird Themed Challenge, so FUN! I purchased this peacock feather stamp for my second set of wedding invitations made for a friend, so whenever I see it, it's hard to picture it used any other way...I pulled the same colors out but gave it a bit of a twist this time and I love how it turned out!

I've used a piece of Early Espresso on my card, can you find it???

I've covered it up with Shimmer Paint, haha!... After I used an EF on my Early Espresso, I decided to make my feather silver and sponged a bit of the Shimmer Paint around the cardstock, only to have the embossing powder stick to one of the edges. It was an accident that I LOVED and decided to finish off the rest of the edges and do the same to my sentiment banner as well. A bit of blue glitter in the eye of the feather and voila! 

SU! products used:

Stamps - Delightful Dozen
Paper - Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Pacific Point
Punch - Tab
Other - Silver Embossing Powder, Shimmer Paint, Versa Mark

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #121 - Color Challenge

This week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments, we've got a FABULOUS color palette to work with...if I do say so myself! Nothing takes care of a rainy day better than a fun POP of yellow and Daffodil Delight is one of my constant re-order colors when it comes to SU! cardstock.

My hubby's Grandmother turned 91 recently and I thought she would have fun with this fun sentiment, which I placed inside her card.

And I loved how my first card turned out so much, I created a second for a friend, I added a different style of font for the Happy and Birthday which gives this one more of a whimsical feel.

We can't WAIT to see what beautiful creations you come up with, the sky's the limit! Take this color palette and FLY!!! 

SU! products used:
Stamps - *R-SAB Whimsical Words, *R-Hostess Happiest Birthday Wishes
Cardstock - Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight
Ink - Craft White
Punches - 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/8" Square, 1-1/4" Square, XL Oval, Large Oval
Other - White Embossing Powder

Friday, June 1, 2012

The NEW catty is LIVE!!

It's HERE, it's HERE!! The new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog...

Mine came in the mail the other day and I was finally able to sit down with a cup of coffee and pour over all the fun new stamp sets, in-colors, layouts, ideas, die cuts and more!

Please contact me if you are interested in a copy of your very own!
or you can view the catalog online by click directly on the catalog in this post, the link below or the catalog on the left side bar of the blog.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #120 - Anything BUT A Card

This week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments, we've stepped completely out of the box with an 'anything BUT a card challenge'

Once I had the felt, thread, needles, scissors, buttons, SU! goodies and hot glue gun out, you obviously can see that I couldn't stop with just ONE piece of wearable art! My lovely daughter happily modeled each piece for me and couldn't WAIT to wear them all to school, although I had to ask her to wear just one and not ALL at once, haha!

The ribbon, pearl center, and crocheted flowers are all SU! although I'm sure retired...
I can't keep track anymore! 

If you're feeling like you'd like to step out of the box we'd love to have you play along over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Come check out what the design team has whipped up this week too!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #119 - Masculine Theme

I don't know about you but my 'man card' slot is almost always empty in my card box!! If you are in the same boat, what better way to get a jump start on things than to hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and play along with the Masculine Themed challenge this week?! 

I have 3 Dad's to make cards for this upcoming Father's day, so I couldn't stop at one, I made three (although 2 are the same)...

The grillin' Dad was fun to color and I used the cupcake punch to make the clouds.

The football card(s) are very simple and straight to the point, just like a man-hehe!. I picked up this EF not very long ago and I love the leather looking texture it gives off, so I thought a nice brown strip of it would resemble a football-something I really know NOTHING about, sorry.

If you have trouble with "man cards" or just love showing off your crazy card making skills, head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to check out some masculine inspiration from the design ladies. 

SU! products used:

Paper - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink - Craft White, Pacific Point
Punches - 1-3/4" Circle, Cupcake Builder

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #118 - Emboss Resist

It's time again over at Hand Stamped Sentiments for another fun challenge! Don't you just LOVE Tuesdays?!
This week we're working on the "Emboss Resist" technique. A fun and easy technique if you haven't tried it out...

I stamped my little birdcages in Versa Mark Ink and then heat embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder onto Glossy White Paper. I covered the entire piece of glossy cardstock by sponging on So Saffron Ink, and the white reverse image is what magically appeared! 

Want to check out other Emboss Resist designs? Head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments Blog and see what the lovely design team has created for you this week. We'd love it if you'd link up and play along as well!

SU! Products Used:

Stamps - Aviary, SAB Punch Bunch
Ink - VersaMark, Pacific Point, So Saffron
Paper - So Saffron, Pacific Point, Glossy White
Punches - Scallop Square, 3/4" Circle
Other - Pacific Point Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #117 - Wedding/Sophistication

This week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments, we are celebrating Sophisticated Weddings...As you can see, I got a little carried away with the challenge and had to put some serious breaks on, so I didn't paper craft our entire house into a grey and white bridal poof!!!

When I think of weddings, white is my first color of choice...but a sophisticated wedding?? Well, you can check all the Brides magazines and online forums to see that grey is the new black! 
I chose to go simple, sweet and sophisticated with this 'invitation' and 'save the date' trio.

Just a hint of silver embossing on the save the date and paper band, which makes for a fresh addition...

I took a strip of Basic Grey and topped it with a piece of White Organza Ribbon on the invitation and RSVP card, it's flat, sleek and mailable, hooray!!

A sweet little addition to the set are these coordinating table number rosettes. They can easily be placed in a vase of flowers, coffee beans, lemons, candy...the possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoyed my Sophisticated Wedding Suite, we'd love for you to pop by the Hand Stamped Sentiments Blog and see what snazzy creations the ladies have made for you this week!!
Thanks for stopping in...

SU! products used:

Stamps - Thanks For Caring
Paper - Whisper White, Basic Grey
Ink - VersaMark
Accessories - Silver Embossing Powder, Basic Grey Seam Binding (retired), Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Dies/Punches - 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, Bigz XL Designer Rosette

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hand Stamped Sentiments #116 - Color Challenge

Don't these colors just make you skip with happy pink cotton candy thoughts? This week, Hand Stamped Sentiments is holding a color challenge with these 'almost' lick-able yummy colors. 
And to pre prep for our big summer move, I'm checking off cards I'll be needing this summer when I'll be without my crafty supplies, so another Birthday card was clearly in order! 

I wasn't too sure what I wanted to use as my main focal point so decided to make a collage of Happy Birthday sentiments and tiny little stamps. I added a bit of Dazzling Details to my crown and to both dots on the i's. The 2nd 'I' is kind of hard to's on the little gray banner and is dry embossed with a non-SU Birthday folder.

I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch as the base of my card and now I can chalk another mail-able Birthday card off my list! Head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments to check out what the DT has designed for you this week and link up to our color challenge, you won't want to miss it! 

SU! products used:

Ink - White Craft
Paper - Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Textured Pink Pirouette, Pool Party DSP
Stamps - Happiest Birthday Wishes, Hostess Afterthoughts (small flower and sentiment), Party This Way, Vintage Labels, SAB Elementary Elegance (key, bird, crown and sentiment)
Punches - 5 Petal Flower, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, Square
Other - White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Details