Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Flowershop

I just LOVE this card!  I got the inspiration for the layout from this card by Amy O'Neill.  The greatest thing about Stampin' Up! releasing the Dictionary Stamp when they retired the First Edition DS is that now you can have your print IN any color and ON any color!  Oh the possibilities!

Stamp Set(s) - Dictionary, Flowershop
Card Stock - Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Ink - Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
Accessories - Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Pansy Punch, 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Convention 2013 - Scrapbook Page Swap 2

For this group I had December.  Again, I designed this layout in My Digital Studio first and then assembled it from actual cardstock, stamps, and accessories.  It made it so much easier to move things around, change colors, and arrange the layout digitally before doing all the cutting and stamping for real.  For the decorative edges, I scored the paper using the Simply Scored and the Borders Plate, then cut the design out by hand. 

Stamp Set(s) - Ornamental Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Card Stock - Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Polka Dot DS
Ink - Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, StazOn Black
Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note Die, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Brights Glimmer Brads, Paper Piercer, Simply Scored, Simply Scored Borders Plate

Monday, July 22, 2013

Convention 2013 - Scrapbook Page Swap 1

For my Scrapbook Swap I am in two different groups.  In each group there is someone assigned to each month so at the end of the swap everyone had a two page spread for each month of the year.  For this group I had November.  I actually designed both of my page spreads in My Digital Studio (MDS) and then assembled them with actual paper and product.  MDS is a great tool for planning and layouts, not just digitally scrapbooking.

Stamp Set(s) - Woodgrain
Card Stock - So Saffron, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke
Ink - So Saffron
Accessories - Big Shot, Bigz Alphabet Typeset, Bigz Autumn Accents, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Simply Scored, Simply Scored Borders Plate

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Convention 2013 - Simply Pressed Clay Swap

I got the inspiration for this card from Amy K.  I think the card is just gorgeous and a great display of the 5 new In Colors!

First I created all the flowers.

I then dyed them with a Stampin' Spritzer filled with alcohol and re-inker.  Some of the flowers only took two coats but the lighter colors took a couple more.  The dried pretty quickly.

When I stamped the flowers,  I first laid out a scrap of paper so to leave a void for my words.  I decided against using a label punch because there were so many layers already.

Here is a close up of the flowers after they are finished and on the card.

Stamp Set(s) - Serene Silhouettes , Loving Thoughts
Card Stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink - Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush
Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note Die, Simply Pressed Clay, Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Stampin' Spritzer, Boho Blossoms Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Convention 2013 - Vintage Swap

I have been super into vintage cards lately so I can't wait for this swap!  I also had a lot of fun creating this card.  The vintage look was achieved by Crumb Cake Sponging the entire surface and Early Espresso Sponge Daubering the edges (yes I Daubering like its a word *smile*). 

I made the tag myself.  Cut your paper at 2-1/2" x 3-1/4".  Then using the Simply Scored and the Diagonal Plate, Score at 1-5/8" on the short side and 2-3/8" on the long side.  Then I cut along the score lines.

The button is made from Simply Pressed Clay and then dyed Early Espresso by spraying it with a Spritzer filled with alcohol and Re-inker. 

Stamp Set(s) - The Open Seas, En Francais, Clockworks, Creative Elements
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Simple Scored, Diagonal Plate, Simply Pressed Clay, Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Sponge Dauber, Sponge, 3/4" Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip,
Stampin' Spritzer

Friday, July 19, 2013

Convention 2013 - Bling Swap 2

Sorry this picture didn't come out so great.  I didn't realize until after I packed up the cards :(  I got the idea for this card from Shelia Dawson.  The Evergreen Set is another one of the carry-over sets I talked about.  Holiday Carry Over List

Stamp Set(s) - Evergreen, More Merry Messages
Card Stock - Whisper White, Night if Navy
Ink - Night of Navy, Versamark
Accessories - Big Shot, Designer Frames, Basic Rhinestones, Heat Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Convention 2013 - Blig Swap 1

Inspiration for this card came from Dawn and Friends.  It is a very elegant and eye catching card.  Everyone I show it to  ooohs and aaahs over it.  The tray is made from the Scallop Border Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch and a rectangle I cut out with scissors.  The ribbon on this card is a sneak peak from the up coming Holiday Mini.  Just love that shimmer and sparkle!

Stamp Set(s) - Love & Laughter, Wedding Words
Card Stock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glitter
Ink - StazOn Black
Accessories - Jumbo Wheel Handle, Scallop Border Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones, 1/8" Silver Ribbon (Holiday Mini Sneak Peak), Dimensionals

Convention 2013 - Wednesday

I cant promise I will post everyday as things are going to get very busy starting tomorrow afternoon, but I thought I would post today.  My flight into SLC was uneventful, which is very good.  I have already participated in a Scrapbook Swap (pictures will be posting of my scrapbook pages early next week) and an event hosted my Lisa Rodriguez.  She put on an AMAZING event again this year!  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

Here is the Treat Spread that Lisa had for us!  Incredible!

Here are the Make and Takes from Lisa's Event.  So much fun!

This is a gift from Kathy Johnson, my downline.

This is a gift from Marge McGuire, an adopted downline.

And what a beautiful view.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Convention 2013 - Wow Christmas Swap 2

I actually created this card for my downline Christmas card last year.  There are 6 holiday sets, a framelits set, and a punch pack that carried over from last year.  Even though they are not in the catalog you can still purchase them.  Click Holiday Carry Over List to see what they are.  Enjoy!

Stamp Set(s) - Ornamental Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Natural Composition
Ink - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Basic Pearls, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Convention 2013 - Christmas Wow Swap 1

This card is inspired by Carla Clements.  It is a beautiful Christmas card without a Christmas Set.  It is fun and whimsical.  Enjoy!

Stamp Set(s) - Lace & Lovely, Sassy Salutations
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Season of Style DS (Holiday Mini Sneak Peak)
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories - Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Monday, July 15, 2013

Convention 2013

I am almost ready to fly out for Stampin' Up Convention 2013!   I am so excited!!!  My posts over the next week or two will be coming daily and start with Convention 2013 as the title.  I will be posting up each of my swaps for convention.  Two cards that I am swapping in general I have already posted:
Two-Step Stampin' Flowers
Monochromatic Mosaic Flowers

As most know I have a bee theme to my online name and sites.  So I decided to make this little bee to go on my name tag and some other things for convention!  I got the design from a picture I took off the Display Boards at last year's Convention.  I thought he is just ADORABLE! 

For the stripes, I punched an Ornament out of Basic Black and then used the Wide Oval Punch to punch out "slices"  every other slice was used here and the other half was used on another bee.  The head is the top of a Large Oval Punch.

Card Stock - So Saffron, Basic Black, Vellum
Accessories - Ornament Punch (retired), Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Basic Pearls

Two-Step Stamping Flowers

When my Raining Flowers retired, I knew I needed a two-step replacement.  I fell in love with Too Kind as soon as I saw it!  Plus the set comes with stems and I always seem to be looking for that.

What is two-step stamping you ask?  It is where you use one stamp to stamp one color and then another stamp that is slightly different to stamp a second color on top.  Like the flowers in my card.  Two-step stamping can be the flower on one stamp and the stem on another stamp also shown in my card.  Basically, you don't have to color a stamp with markers; you use different stamps to achieve the same look.  

My card for this post came from page 55 in the new 2013-2014 Catalog.  I used the layout and colors to design my card using my new set.

Stamp Set(s) - Too Kind
Card Stock - Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink - Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories - Linen Thread, Dimensionals

Friday, July 12, 2013

Monochromatic Mosaic Madness

 Okay, I'll be honest, I can not remember where I got the idea for this card.  I have been looking all over for it but cant find it.  Sorry.

I LOVE the simplicity of this card.  You can do this in any color and it is gender neutral!  The stamp on the bottom was inked once and stamped 3 times.  Enjoy!

I was talking to some customers and they thought the card could using something on top, so we created this.  Which do you like better?

Stamp Set(s) - Mosaic Madness, Label Love
Card Stock - Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink - Bermuda Bay
Accessories - Artisan Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How Awesome Is The New Catalog!

The 2013-2014 Catalog not only has amazing products, but it also has incredible samples, tips, color combinations, and techniques.  This card design and colors came from page 72 of the Catalog along with the technique I used to make the tag that says "so many smiles..."  I used the Artisan Label Punch instead of the Ticket Punch that they used.  Check it out!

Stamp Set(s) - Petite Pairs, Mosaic Madness
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry
Ink - Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry
Accessories - Artisan Label Punch, Basic Pearls, Mosaic Punch, Dimensionals

Monday, July 1, 2013

Oh My, Its Fourth of July

Can you believe we are half way through 2013.  Time is just flying!  Here is my 4th of July card this year.  Just a little celebration fun.  Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!

Stamp Set(s) - Pennant Parade, Sketched Birthday
Card Stock - Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point
Ink - Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories - Pennant Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots