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:


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