Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Santa Brought Stamps!!!!

Santa brought me NEW stamps and accessories from the Spring/Summer 2008 catalog. Well, the preview brochure. If you check out the brochure, you'll see the AWESOME stuff I got. On page 4, you will see the Eastern Elegance rub-ons that I got. Page 5 shows the stamp set I got - A Beautiful Thing. When you flip over to page 8, you'll see the Ginger Blossom DSP that Santa was sweet enough to bring! Lastly, on page 11 is the new punch that Santa brought. Merry Christmas to me!!!! Well, I'm off to Starbucks, then to play with my new toys. Have a great day with your families!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas to All!

Hi there! As you can probably guess, the new job (plus the holidays) has been keeping me pretty busy. Yesterday, I got this note from Sharon:

Hi Michelle,
I guess the new job has you pretty busy. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day and I just wanted to let you know that I've "missed" you!
Happy Holidays!
PS. I'm in SE Milwaukee so if you ever want to get together and stamp, let me know. Maybe some of your creativity will rub off on me! haha

Needless to say, I felt a little bad about neglecting you all! The truth be told, as well - I work on a computer for 9 hours a day, and the thought of coming home and doing MORE on a computer honestly turns my stomach! But, I will suffer through for you loyal blog readers out there! Sharon - email me your address... I have something for you!
So, let me get right down to the nitty gritty... to put your mind at ease, I *have* been stamping! I actually had a mini craft fair down the street this past Tuesday that I can share with you. I did a TON of prep for this event, but really didn't have too many purchase my homemade products. I did get rid of a few retired stamp sets, though. Overall it was a good time with the neighbors! But first, I *must* show you the picture of Latte and Gandy with Santa Paws....

Poor Latte couldn't take all the excitement... she passed out sitting up on the way home...

Ok, now to the stampin' stuff...
First of all, do you all remember Linda, who my first blog candy winner??? Well, let me tell you a bit about Linda... she is a cancer surviver! So, you *know* I had to make her gift something special... I made a candle with two pink ribbons and her initials in between. I also made her my VERY FIRST stamped ornament... haven't done another one since, either. Linda - you have the one and only I've ever done. This was also stamped with pink ribbons.

Stamp Sets: Godspeed (ribbon), Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Ink: Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac, and Tempting Turquoise Craft ink
Accessories: Waxed paper (for candle), Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write Marker

The next items were for my mini craft show. I did gift card holders, altoid tins, and 3x3 cards with purse-holders. I also stamped the envelopes of the gift card holders - both front and back (on the flap). I've shown the front of the envy here.

Stamp Set: Like it a Latte
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava (envelope)
Paper: So Saffron/Sahara Sand/Old Olive gift card holders, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Apple Cider DSP (paper pieced on the cup)
Accessories: Groovy Guava Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects (on the cups)

Stamp Set: Fast & Fun Notes
Ink: Groovy Guava, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Paper: So Saffron/Sahara Sand/Old Olive gift card holders, So Saffron (star)
Accessories: Pretties Kit (flowers, pearls), Ribbon Originals (sherbet/theater), Prima Flowers, Crystal Effects (on star), Watercolor Wonder Crayons/Aqua Painter (to color flowers)

Stamp Sets: Time Well Spent (S/S 08 Level 3 hostess set), Fun & Fast Notes
Ink: Rose Red
Paper: So Saffron/Sahara Sand gift card holders, Whisper White, Cutie Pie DSP
Accessories: Rhinestone brads, Circle punch, Pretties Kit, Stampin' Write Markers (color flowers), Watercolor Wonder Crayons (color flowers and Pretties flower)

Stamp Set: Warm Words
Paper: Dashing DSP, Petals & Paisley DSP, Winter Bright SSK DSP
Accessories: Winter Bright SSK, Accents & Elements
Stamp Set: Priceless
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Basic Gray, VersaMark
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate (regular and textured), Bashful Blue (regular and textured), Pretty in Pink (regular and textured)
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle
Accessories: Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Pretties kit (1/2 pearl), Crystal stickers pearls

Well, I've got a HUGE storm right now (gale-force winds), so I've gotta get to sleep early, so I can get up early. Yes, I have to work tomorrow. But, I'm off Tuesday! My parents come tomorrow for Christmas (no Leeza, though). My mom's making her world-famous apple pie! Well, it's famous in my world, anyway. BTW... I'm getting NEW STAMP STUFF for Christmas from my sweetie! So, I will probably be stamping with mom on Christmas day! Until then...
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I Host Try a New Technique Challenge Today!!!

Hi there! Well, today, I host the Try a New Technique Challenge on Splitcoast. The post can be found HERE. I hope you'll play today. As Linda had already guessed, we are doing gift card holders (or 3x3 cards), but with a catch - Paper Piecing. Check the spelling there - paper PIECING, not paper pieRcing. I've been trying to give you all hints and projects featuring this technique. I think some of you had it, but were a bit too timid to admit it. :) Here are 5 projects that I've created to showcase this simple but elegant technique. Did you notice that Bella's coat was pieced too yesterday?? Anyway, I hope you'll play with me today! It's a TON of fun.

Stamp Sets: Fun & Fast Notes (tree), Tags On Board (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Gray, Real Red
Paper: SU's Old Olive Gift Card Holder, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP (pieced onto tree)
Accessories: Chocolate Satin ribbon, Zig Painty pen, Close to Cocoa Watercolor Wonder Crayon

Stamp Set: Like It a Latte
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU's Old Olive Gift Card Holder, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Apple Cider DSP (pieced on cup)
Accessories: Groovy Guava Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon (tied in stay put bow), Liquid Appliqué (heated longer to look a little brown, like coffee foam)

Stamp Sets: Bundle of Joy (giraffe), It's Your Birthday (sentiment)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel, Apple Cider DSP (on background and pieced on giraffe)
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta ribbon (tied in stay put bow)
Stamp Sets: Time Well Spent (flower), Fun & Fast Notes (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Gray, Rose Red
Paper: SU's So Saffron Gift Card Holder, Whisper White, Cutie Pie DSP (background and pieced on flower center), Soft Sky Prints DSP (pieced on flower petals)
Accessories: Pretties Kit (flower & clear rhinestone brad), Rose Red Watercolor Wonder Crayon (colored flower), 2-way Glue Pen with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon, Pop Dot

Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Dashing DSP
Accessories: Prima flowers and leaves, Stardust gel pen, Crystal Stickers Pearls, White grosgrain ribbon (tied in a stay put bow), Silver brad

I hope these samples have convinced you to play along today! Have fun!!!!

Mini VSN and Some Challenges

While I haven't been "chatty", I *have* been stamping! The first two projects are for SCS's mini-Virtual Stamp Night. The first one is called I Feel Pretty, where you are to draw inspiration for your project from this beautiful dress (picture in the post). When I saw it, I immediately thought of a Paris shopping trip. And who better to lead said shopping trip than Arivadercibella?! The dress looked like Le Jardin paper, so of course, I used that. The rest of the colors were drawn from the dress. Check out the challenge... it's a SUPER beautiful dress!!!

Stamps: Arivadercibella, Hero Arts International Postage, Tagger's Dozen
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Silver Encore
Paper: Barely Banana, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Almost Amethyst, Le Jardin DSP
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayon (Not Quite Navy), Stampin' Write Markers (Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Blush Blossom), Crystal Stickers Pearls

This altered paint can is for the Pampering Paint Can Challenge. This paint can was found at Home Depot, on recommendation of my sweetie! Yes, they DO have empty paint cans. This pint-sized one was less than $2!!

Stamp Sets: Espress Yourself, What's Brewin'
Ink: Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Rebecca DSP, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa), Prima flowers, Hero Arts' Gemstones, Chocolate Satin ribbon, Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon, Michael's patterned ribbon, Crimper
Cutting Tools: Coluzzle (to cut the circle for the center), Corner Rounder punch (to scallop the center), Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle punch, Slot punch
The two large flowers on the lid were colored using markers.

This next project is for one of my days of Christmas projects... two pens with a jumbo paper clip bookmark. If you've never done a beaded pen before, they are SUPER easy and WAY cute! Check out this tutorial, and you'll be all set! If you'd like me to do a video on this, let me know, and I'll be happy to star in a special production just for you! :)

Paper: Dashing DSP & Cutie Pie DSP
Accessories (pens): Microbeads, Sticky Strip
Accessories (paper clip): On Board Flowers, Glue stick, Crystal Effects (to bind it together)

This next project was a challenge combo again... it fulfilled the Ways to Use It challenge to Tape It Up, as well as this week's sketch challenge # 153.

Stamp Set: Fun & Fast Notes
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP
Accessories: Coluzzle, Sticky Strip with Stirling Silver glitter (my tape), Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Old Olive), Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Hero Arts' Gemstones

The last project for you today is another for my 12 Days of Christmas project blitz. It's an origami box with matching bow. These two were made with Dashing DSP.
Tomorrow morning, I host the Try a New Technique Challenge, so make sure you check it out!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas....

So, we got about 6" of snow last night. It sure is beautiful, especially when I don't have to go outside in it! :) The furry kids absolutely LOVE the snow (odd!)!!!! Here is Gandy in his Sphinx pose in the snow. Latte wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get a picture, and she can't lie down in it where I can see her head.

After the kids' romp in the snow, I paid my dues to the US Postal Service to mail ALL of my Christmas cards and packages. There are 2 packages and 1 card that still need to go out, but 1 package and 1 card are waiting on addresses. The last package is waiting on this weekend's photo opportunity with Santa Paws. But, I'm calling myself DONE with Christmas... all the presents are wrapped and under the tree or at the post office.
Now, as promised, here are the tile coasters that I made for the Try a New Technique Challenge # 145. This first set is for my fiance. I used Hero Arts' international postage stamps. They were SUPER easy... lucky for me, both of the sets I made were for guys who like things clean and simple.

The next set is for my father, a retired Army warrant officer (guess where I got my idea to go in the military??). I used a variety of patriotic stamps that I'd collected over the years.

Well, I'm going to enjoy my cup of hot cocoa and start a fire. Two reminders before I sign off... Saturday starts the 12 Days of Christmas, and Monday I'm hosting the Try a New Technique Challenge (still time to win your prize by guessing the technique!)... Until later...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Getting Ready for Christmas

Linda's package was mailed today, but you don't get to see what's in it until she does. Since she's such a loyal reader of my blog, I didn't want to spoil the surprise by posting the picture. Remember - no one has yet guessed the 2nd part of the technique that I'll be hosting one week from today. There's still time to get your prize!
Today was spent getting everything ready for Christmas. Since most of our friends and family live out of state, most Christmas presents must be mailed. (Hanukkah gifts are already gone, since it was SO early this year!) The first photo I have for you is the hand-made gift tag that each present will have. I used silver gel pen to write the To/From on them.

Stamp Sets: Tags On Board (tag), Label Classics (to/from)
Ink: Silver Encore
Paper: Night of Navy
Accessories: Gold Star eyelets (unknown manufacturer - had these for YEARS), Crop-a-Dile (to set eyelets)

The next project is for my cousin and her daughter. I got them matching necklaces, so I wanted to make an origami box to put them in.

Stamp Sets: Circle of Friendship, Label Classics (to/from)
Ink: Rose Red, Silver Encore
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Certainly Celery Prints DSP, Rose Red Prints DSP
Accessories: Sherbet Ribbon Originals velvet ribbon, Silver Star eyelet
Punches: Designer Label, 1/2" Circle, Slot, Tag, Crop-a-Dile (to set eyelets)

This next project was for the Demonstrable Card Challenge # 28 called Time for Thanks. The challenge was to make a thank you card using the new Time Well Spent stamp set that we all got for free. I chose to make a 3x3 card, since they are super nice to have on hand for a quick thank you.Stamp Sets: Time Well Spent (butterflies), Fun & Fast Notes (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Gray (duh!), Tempting Turquoise Craft, Lovely Lilac Craft
Paper: Bashful Blue Textured (base), Whisper White Textured (butterflies)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamond + 2-way Glue Pen (on the spots of the butterflies... not sure if you can see it in this photo)
Markers: Basic Black, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise

The last project of the night is for the Bella Sketch Challenge # 6. This Bella was sent to me by my secret sis... did I tell you how much I *love* my secret sis?!?! In any event, I actually USED some of my Accents & Elements stickers. I think the world stopped spinning for a bit when I put them on the paper, but all is back to normal... I will go back to hoarding them.
Stamp: Bellabustah
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Mellow Moss, Whisper WHite
Accessories: Accents & Elements (one piece from 3 different tins!!), Prima flowers, Ice Circle Rhinestone brad, Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon

I also did the Try a New Technique challenge... it was to stamp tiles, which I had NEVER done before. They are SUPER easy! I made 2 sets - one for my dad and one for my fiance (well, me, since we live in the same house, huh?). The sealant on them is drying, so you will get to see them tomorrow. :)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Three More Challenges

I was up WAY too early this morning... why?? I have NO IDEA!! But, I decided to stamp. Before I share the cards, I have to share this photo of the kids romping in the snow yesterday... it was TOO FUNNY. They couldn't go out to play once it turned to freezing rain, though. :(

Next, Linda - I still need your address!!! Please send it, so I can get your prize to you. No one has yet to guess the technique I will be presenting next Monday when I guest host the Try a New Technique Challenge on SCS. There is still time to get make your guess and get the prize! Post a comment with the technique here. For a hint - check out my video on the stay put bow.
Ok, now to 4AM stamping stuff...
This card was for the Bella Color Challenge # 5 to use Real Red and Barely Banana. I added a bit of pizazz with the Taken with Teal accents. Well, I think so, at least. This Bella was a stamped image I received from my Secret Sister... LOVE HER!!!! To my knowledge, this is the first time I have ever colored an image with markers. It's definitely the first time I've done that for a Bella.
Stamp: Grumpybella (AKA me prior to coffee!)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (I think that's what she used)
Paper: Barely Banana, Real Red, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Le Jardin DSP
Accessories: Ticket corner punch, Prima Flowers, Barely Banana brads, Stampin' Write Markers (Real Red, Barely Banana, Taken with Teal, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust)

This next card was a new challenge I tried. Being up at 4Am, I had a little extra time to kill. This challenge is based on a Featured Stamper, who was CuttersCallous this week. How it works - you check out the featured stamper's gallery and pick a card that inspires you and re-create it, only you have to change at least 2 things. The card I chose was Figgy Snowman. I didn't have the images or the paper she used, so I needed to change those. The paper I had that was close to hers required I change the color scheme, as well.
Stamp Sets: Fun & Fast Notes, Tags On Board
Ink: Basic Gray (of course!)
Paper: Sage Shadow, Kraft, Whisper White, Wintergreen DSP
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Garden Green, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa), Key Tag punch, Crystal Stickers Pearls, Kraft Taffeta ribbon
Some folks have asked about the Crystal Stickers I keep talking about. They're made by Mark Richards. You can see some of them HERE. I purchased mine at Archivers (go figure!), but there are plenty of places that sell them. A Cherry On Top has a pretty large selection. Hope that helps!

The last card I have for you is from another new challenge. This challenge gives you something for inspiration, and you create whatever you "see". This week's challenge was to use this piece of Paper Studio wrapping paper and come up with [whatever]. I came up with a 3x3 card using paper piecing. It's yucky outside, so I was trying to be chipper on the inside. The holiday colors were working for me, but the mittens and cold insinuations so were NOT working for me!
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Ink: Basic Gray (did you need to ask??!!)
Paper: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Dashing DSP
Accessories: Prima Flowers (and leaves, too), Silver brad, Crystal Stickers Pearls, White grosgrain tied in a stay put bow (this was the 3x3 card made in the video for the stay put bow)
I think I'm either headed to Starbucks or back to bed... if the roads are still icy - bed it is! Until tomorrow...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

I'm an Elf!

So, I was reading Tanjii's Creative Corner, like I do every day (little behind these past days), and she said she was an elf, and her elf name was Baby Snaggle Tooth. I *HAD* to check that out!!! So, anyway, here's my elf name - no idea what it means, but here it is...

My Elf Name Is...

Minty Cartwheels

Retired List & FREE Set

The retired list for Stampin' Up! is up! Make sure you get these products before they are gone for good! Click HERE to see the retired list (you need Adobe Acrobat Reader). I have a bunch of sets that are on the retired list plus some hostess sets, so check back after January 1 for the garage sale, or get one for free.
For every 4 stamp sets or $100 in product you purchase, you will receive one of my retiring sets or retired sets (your choice) for FREE. This, of course, is first come, first serve, so get your orders in ASAP! The sets I have available are listed below. Feel free to make an offer on the already-retired sets. My shelves are full, so I will be making some GOOD deals on them! Click the links to see photos of the stamps. After you click the link, select "next photo" to see examples of projects made with these sets. Happy shopping!

Retiring Sets I have:
Retired Sets I have:

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Brightly Colored Sketch Challenge & Half-Winner!

While I'm waiting for today's Ways to Use It challenge to be posted, I'll share yesterday's sketch challenge card and some news with you.
First of all, I didn't post this yesterday, because I was at a job interview, and guess what - I got it!!! I will be starting work in the next 10 days (have to wait for a drug test and background check to go through first). That's good news for me, but maybe not-so-good news for my blog... I'm not sure how often I will be able to complete the challenges and post them once I start working.
On a happier note for the blog, lindass was the first to guess correctly that my technique will feature gift card holders as the project. Linda - please send me your address via email (wannastamp@gmail.com), so I can mail your prize. No one has guessed the actual technique yet, so there's STILL time for that. Next week, I will post a hint, and I'm *sure* you'll get it with just one hint.
One last announcement... starting December 8th and continuing on for 12 days, I will be featuring a special gift-giving project that can be made at my house for just $5. This, of course, is my 12 Days of Christmas. If you're on my mailing list (sign up to the right), you'll receive the email listing them all this weekend. I will offer the kits, as well. If you do not live in the Chicago area, I will mail them to you via priority mail for $4.60 or $7.95, whichever box your project(s) need.
On to the card....First the recipe, then the story...
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Ink: Pink Passion & Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Pink Passion, Whisper White, Winter Bright SSK DSP
Accessories: Zig Painty pen, Metal buttons, Crystal Stickers Pearls
Now the story...
This card took me COMPLETELY outside my comfort zone. I was cleaning up the crafting room and came across these metal buttons (not really sure what else to call them - little help??) - they're like bottle caps without the rough edges and mounted on self-adhesive foam. I have NO IDEA who even makes them. I know I got them at a Scrapbook Expo in California, but that's all the info I have on them. If anyone else can shed some light on this guys, I'm all ears... I would love to get some more. Anyway, back to inspiration... I found these and wanted to use them. Lucky for me, Roxie's sketch challenge fit them perfectly. The buttons (I'm calling them that until someone tells me what they really are!) are Basic Gray, Pink Passion, and White. That's right - Basic Gray!!! My new favorite color! I started with a Basic Gray card base, added the Pink Passion (had to look up the name of this color because I had NEVER used it before) strip. The large block, I knew was going to be Whisper White with some sort of pattern on it. The striped button led me to the Winter Bright SSK DSP (again, a favorite). It wasn't exactly the same colors, but I think it works, so that was my final strip. I had to use my new Time Well Spent set, so I stamped the little flower in Pink Passion and Basic Gray on the Whisper White. I was going to use the large flower from that set, as well, but I remember my Pretties Kit large flower and went with that instead. At convention, we learned to color the Pretties Kit flowers with markers, so I used the Pink Passion marker to draw stripes along the center ridge of the petals. The buttons came on a strip of 4, so I used the last one for the center of the flower. After stamping the sentiment on the striped strip in Basic Gray (of course), I thought it needed a little something extra to fit with the flashiness of this card. In a recent trip into Archivers, I happened to see Mark Richards' Crystal Stickers Pearls. I resisted. But then, I had ordered a Stardust pen. When I went to pick it up, there on the counter were the Pearls. I had to have them at that point! So, they got stuck on the little flowers in the sentiment after I colored them with the Zig painty pen. Anyway, that's the story of this card! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stay Put Bow Video AND Blog Candy!

As promised, here is the video for the Stay Put Bow...

I used it for the cards pictured below for today's color combo challenge. I couldn't decide between using the large flower to make a full-sized card and the smaller one for a 3x3, so I did both! One of the colors was Basic Gray, and if you've noticed lately, I'm posting quite a bit with this color... LOVE IT!!! I hope you like my color challenge cards...

Color Combo Challenge # 142 - Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, & Certainly Celery
Stamp Sets: Doodle This, Priceless, Short & Sweet
Ink: Basic Gray, Bashful Blue Craft
Paper: Certainly Celery, Basic Gray, Bashful Blue Textured, Certainly Celery Prints DSP
Accessories (both): Light Blue Gingham ribbon, Crop-a-Dile (for stay put bow), Zig Painty pen, Pop Dots
Accessories (full card): Ice Circle Rhinestone brad
Accessories (3x3): Microbeads - these are smashed into the pop dot in the center of the flower... look closely!

I have a bit of news to share... on December 10th, I will be hosting a challenge on SCS!!! I will be hosting the Try a New Technique challenge, so make sure you check it out!!! Two of the projects for the challenge are on the video... can you guess the technique??? There WILL be Blog Candy for you if you guess correctly!! When I decide what to give, I will post a picture. The quicker the correct guess, the bigger the prize. A small hint for you - this is a two-part challenge. More hints to come in the coming weeks... stay tuned and get your thinking caps on!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Three More Challenges

I took a stampin' hiatus over the Thanksgiving weekend, but I'm back now! I had to get caught up with all the challenges, so here are today's challenges...
Bella Sketch Challenge # 5 + Bella Black Friday Bonus Challenge - make a holiday Bella from a non-holiday Bella. The Bella image came from my Secret Sis... LOVE my sis!!!!!!!!
Stamps: Cosmobella, Tags On Board
Ink: Basic Gray, Jet Black StazOn
Paper: Dashing DSP, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Corner Rounder punch, Word Window punch, Large Oval punch, Fire Circle Rhinestone brads, Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Night of Navy, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Glorious Green, Real Red)

Try a New Technique Challenge # 144 - Clear Nugget Box + Matching Card
The bottom of the nugget (Snickers) box is lined with the striped paper from the Winter Bright SSK. I didn't have any transparency sheets, so I used the "window" from my new ornaments' box. It worked very well!
Stamps: Tags on Board, Michael's $1 foam snowflakes
Ink: White StazOn (snowflakes), Handsome Hunter (tree), VersaMark (sentiment), Real Red Craft (chipboard tag)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Winter Bright SSK DSP
Accessories: Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched grosgrain, On Board Accents (tag), Acetate sheet, Silver gel pen

Demonstrable Card Challenge # 27 - Masculine Cards
Today's challenge was to create a masculine card. This is my take! This technique is called repetitive stamping. To do this, you ink the stamp once in a dark color, then stamp the image multiple times without re-inking. In this case, it gives the illusion of movement.
Stamp Sets: Wanted, Much Appreciated, Sanded BG
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Really Rust
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Apple Cider DSP
Accessories: Star punch, Pewter Jumbo eyelet, Crop-a-Dile (to set eyelet), Cutter Kit (distressing tool), Hemp Twine, Pop Dots

This card was the first one I've staged with some props... do you like this photography style, or just the card please?? Please post a comment and let me know. Thanks!
Have a great week!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wrapping Up the Holidays Promotion

Check out all of these sales from Stampin' Up! These sales will run from November 23 - December 15, or while supplies last! Order yours by December 10th to make sure it's here in plenty of time for Christmas! Check out ALL the details HERE.
  • Holiday Tag Bundle - ONLY $4.95 - A new item just for this promotion! This bundle includes several pre-cut pieces that makes 15 quick and easy toppers for gift giving. This bundle includes...
    • 30 pieces of Whisper White CS cut to 2" x 4 1/4"
    • 15 pieces of Real Red Textured CS cut to 3 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • 15 pieces of Soft Sky Prints DSP cut to 3" x 4 1/4"
    • 15 pieces of Real Red zigzag twill tape cut to 3 1/2"
  • Empty Accents and Elements Tin-3 Pack - $9.95 - A new item chosen just for this promotion!
  • Tags for All Stamp Set 20% off! - That's just $24.76 to hand-make ALL of your holiday tags and cards!!
  • Hand Selected Accents & Elements for just $8.21!
  • Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon Buy 1, get 1 free! That's just $9.95 for 30 yards of ribbon!
For SUPER CUTE projects made with these items, check HERE.

One more thing before I leave you... here is Latte's first snowfall... she LOVED it! She got to play with Auntie Leeza on Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

So, today, I decided to make something to sit on my piano in my living room... a little frame for the kids. This fulfilled this week's color challenge, as well as this week's sketch challenge. While I didn't exactly make a card, I think this is a valid substitute. Plus, look at them - aren't they so cute?? I don't think you can see it in the photo, but the striped paper is dry embossed with the Fiskars texture template paw prints.
Stamps: Unknown vendor paw prints
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Winter Bright SSK DSP
Accessories: Fiskars paw print texture template, Empressor stylus, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, 1 3/8" Square punch

I hope you all have a safe and happy thanksgiving! I'm hoping the snow will let us go to my parents' house tomorrow morning... wish us luck! Be sure to check back Saturday, as I will be posting Stampin' Up!'s sales for the holiday season! They look really cool thus far... don't have all the details, but they're supposed to be available Friday. I'm going to *try* to post them Friday, but Saturday for sure! Until then...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Two More Challenges

I decided to do a few more challenges today. The first one is a Bella Challenge!!! I happened across these (a month late, of course), but now I'm WAY stoked!!! Jamie (AKA jaymerz) posts the weekly sketch challenge using Bellas. This card here is for Sketch Challenge #4. I rotated the sketch, so my javabellas would fit nicely. This card went this afternoon to my good friend, Kate (AKA scrappintica), whose birthday is November 30th. There was, of course, something coffee-related inside!Stamps: javabellas
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Cutie Pie DSP
Accessories: Corner Rounder punch, Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Night of Navy, Old Olive, Rose Red, So Saffron, Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Lavender Lace), Crop-a-Dile, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon
This is the LAST card that uses a stay put bow that I will post before I post the tutorial... I promise!!!

The next "card" is for this week's Try a New Technique Challenge #143 called You are my cup of tea! For this challenge, we were supposed to make a tea bag holder. It was foggy and rainy and cold outside, so all I could think about was hot chocolate. So that's what I used to decorate my tea bag holder. This will not hold a Swiss Miss cocoa pouch, BUT if you change the dimensions (after the recipe for this card), it would easily work that way.
Stamp Set: Like It a Latte (LOVE THIS SET!!!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (cup + sentiment), Sahara Sand (marshmallows - all of them), Pixie Pink Craft (hearts)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White - the yucky weather made my Certainly Celery look more Mellow Moss and Green Galore, but I promise you, it's Certainly Celery
Accessories: Crystal Clear embossing powder (hearts), Crystal Effects - that's how I got the cup to look liquid

To make the actual cocoa pocket, you'll need a piece of card stock 5 1/4" x 11". You will score it at 3 5/8" on both ends. The center will be slightly larger (like 1/8"), but it works very well to make the pocket with it slightly larger. I adhere the edge of the left-hand side to the score line - that gives a slightly fatter pocket to put the hot chocolate mix in. Is that in English??? Maybe I need more coffee... HTH!
Until next time...

Stamp a Stack Christmas Card

Today's Demo Challenge on SCS was to create a card for a Holiday Stamp a Stack. For those of you who don't know, a Stamp a Stack is just what you might think it sounds like - you come and stamp a stack of cards all the same. Usually, they're birthday cards, thank you cards, or Christmas cards. This is the card that I'm going to try to hold my Stamp a Stack around this year. This card is super simple, but very elegant (IMO). For those of you who despise using Whisper White for its SLOW drying time, try the TEXTURED card stock... it's dry time is next to nothing. HTH!

Stamp Set: Solemn Stillness
Ink: Night of Navy, Encore Silver
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red Textured, Whisper White Textured
Accessories: Real Red narrow grosgrain
This card also uses the stay put ribbon technique... I AM working on this tutorial for you!

Yesterday, I jumped on the Scalloped Circle ornament band wagon. OMG are these SO SIMPLE to make! They turn out super cute (again, IMO). The first one I did used Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper. You just cut 8 Scalloped Circles + 12" of cord (I used Silver elastic) + beads of your choice. You just fold the scalloped circles in half and tape the "wrong" sides together. Use a strip of Sticky Strip to lock the cord in place, close the last circle, and you're DONE. You can embellish it with beads or glitter or whatever you like!

Paper: Soft Sky Prints DSP
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, Silver elastic cord, beads

I got to thinking... I bet I could use photos instead of just paper, so I did! I took 8 photos of my furry kids (of course!) and shrunk them down. I used Power Point to save paper and just put all the photos on one page. I had to make the photos around 2" x 3" to get it to work with the Scalloped Circle Punch. I think I might have to check out one of the large Marvy punches to make my photos larger. I printed my photos on Whisper White CS. The photo paper, I thought, wouldn't bend really well. In any event, enjoy!

Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, Purely Pomegranate Double-Stitched grosgrain

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Weekend Sketch Challenge #28 + Free Stamps!

I decided to play with Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge, as well as kick out another card for the Limited Supplies Challenge (here's my first one). If you don't recognize that heart, that's because IT'S BRAND NEW!!!!!!!!! It's a Level 3 hostess set from the Spring/Summer 2008 Collection. That's right... this set, called Time Well Spent, was sent to all Stampin' Up! demonstrators FREE. Oh yeah, FREE STAMPS!!!! You knew right away, I HAD to ink it up, so this is the first of 3 cards I made with this awesome new set.
Stamp Sets: Time Well Spent, Floral BG
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant); Scallop Circle punch, Theater Ribbon Originals

The second card I made I'm calling "Groovy Butterfly". This is the first card, if you notice, made with Groovy Guava CS, one of the 2007 InColor line. For some reason, this set just begged for me to use the GG, so I did. I also used 2 more of the InColor line... This is also the first time I used my sewing machine on a card. Lots of first going down here... hmmm...
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Groovy Guava, Ballet Blue, Rose Red, River Rock, Soft Sky
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Rose Red, Ballet Blue, Elegant Eggplant), Stirling Silver glitter + 2-way Glue Pen, Sewing machine

The last card (for today) I made with this set uses the cracked glass technique. If you're not familiar with this technique, GET familiar! HERE is Beate's awesome (as always) tutorial on cracked glass. When I was mounting the set, the large flower looked like something that should be done with cracked glass to me. Again, no idea, but maybe it was the Mike's Hard Lemonade... In any event, I think it looks pretty cool cracked. I also see TONS of bright color when I look at this set, so lots of layers came with it. Just an FYI, as well, I watercolored after stamping with Basic Gray on Very Vanilla, and it was colorfast, meaning it didn't bleed when it got wet. Just another reason why I love Basic Gray!
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Ink: Basic Gray, Taken with Teal, Creamy Caramel (on the cracks)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Rose Red, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant), Stampin' Write Markers (So Saffron, Certain Celery, Rose Red), Regal Rose wide grosgrain, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon
This project uses a Stay Put Ribbon technique that I learned at a FABULOUS Inkerbelles gathering earlier this year. I'm working on a video to show you how to do them... I'm trying to make it my Thanksgiving present to you all, so stay tuned!

I also have been working on some contest entries for Stampin' Up! I don't think I'm supposed to post them on my blog, but I'm checking into it. If I can, you'll definitely see them. If anyone knows if this is/is not ok, please drop me a comment. Thanks!
In any event, one is a scrapbook page made with this ADORABLE picture of my Latte puppy. How could I NOT scrapbook that?!
Just an update on Gandy, my poor Frankenstein dog... he is doing GREAT!!!!!!!! He is back to terrorizing Latte and running around. While his stitches don't come out for another 10 days, he acts like they aren't even there. Latte even bit him in the stitches while playing last night, and he didn't even wince. SO THANKFUL for that!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Belated Veteran's Day

This past Saturday, our street had a progressive dinner. It was appetizers and drinks at 5 different houses, ours being one of them. It was a BLAST!! It was our first time attending one of these in the neighborhood, let alone hosting. Needless to say, we had WAY too much food, but it made some GOOD leftovers for Sunday football. Here is one recipe that I made - Ginger Orange Glazed Chicken... it was REALLY good! I didn't use chicken wings; I used chicken breast tenders cut in half. I thought it would be less messy. We also made Gluhwein, a traditional German Christmas drink. Most folks here had never had it... most liked it, so that was a hit in my book. The next day (during half time of the Browns/Steelers game... don't get me started on the outcome of that one!), I delivered thank you gifts to the hostesses. I made Sheryl's Pouch Card Holders and put 3x3 thank you cards with matching envelopes in them. I made one slight modification on Sheryl's recipe... I scored at 2 1/2" instead of 2 3/4"... it gave a larger opening and made it less cramped inside.
Stamp Sets (3x3 cards & envelopes): Priceless, So Swirly jumbo wheel
Ink (3x3 card): Purely Pomegranate, Basic Gray
Ink (envelopes): Pretty in Pink, Soft Sky
Paper (3x3 cards): Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink Textured
Paper (pouch purse): Cutie Pie DSP
Accessories (3x3 cards): Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Accessories (pouch purse): Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Sticky Strip

For class this month, we're setting the Thanksgiving table in style. Here are sample place cards that will be at MY Thanksgiving table this year...
Stamp Sets: Dotted Autumn, Short Order Alphabet, Leaves Awash jumbo wheel
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Patch Spectrum Pad, VersaMark
Paper: Confetti White, Chocolate Chip, Apple Cider DSP (Holiday mini catty - HURRY and get it before it's gone on Nov 30!!)
Accessories: Cutter Kit (distressing tool)

The past two days, I've been in Granger, IN at my parents' house where our German Shepherd Dog (Gandy) had surgery. If you noticed in previous pictures, he had a big black spot between his eyes and a lump by his left ear. Well, these were tumors that the previous owner had not removed. On Monday, I rented an SUV (my little Acura wasn't going to work for this trip), loaded it with Gandy + crate AND Latte's + crate, as well as a turkey roaster and a few other things Momma needed for Thanksgiving and made the 3-hour drive to Granger. Gandy had to come in at 7:30AM Eastern time, 6:30AM our time for surgery, so driving the morning of was NOT an option. That evening was a TOTAL CIRCUS with TWO Germany Shepherd Dogs and a Pug under one roof!!! They all came out alive, though. Tuesday morning, I dropped him off for surgery while Latte played with Auntie Leeza. Leeza and Latte kept Poppy and I occupied. Poppy even took an afternoon nap with Latte, so she didn't worry about big brother being missing. At 4:30PM, I picked Gandy up and loaded him back in the SUV with Latte and drove back home, fighting rush hour the whole way. It wasn't so bad until I made a wrong turn and went THROUGH downtown Chicago. Oops!!!!!!!!!! In any event, we made it back and Gandy is recovering well, it seems. He is on pain pills and sedatives, so he's been sleeping most of the day. Latte is confused because she can't play with brother right now. In any event, stamping will probably be few and far between in the coming days until Gandy gets a little better.

One last parting thought before I let you out of here... Check out Kristen's Custom Monogram Tutorial... too awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time...


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