Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mingle Swaps

Good Morning! I wanted to share my Mingle swap card with you. It was all SUO (of course) using the Send Me Soaring set from the mini catalog. We still have a month to order from the mini, there are many, many fabulous stampy things in there so if you haven't seen it, click the link in my right-hand tool bar. Occasions Mini Catalogue.

There were so many wonderful cards, but these two were my absolute FAVOURITES. This first one is from Lisa Hunter who is probably one of Stampin' Up's best customers ... hee hee. My friend Barb Bird made the second one, she's a demonstrator from Williamston MI and does beautiful work. Aren't these 2 cards just lovely?

My Swap Recipe
Stamps : Send Me Soaring
Ink : Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Nursery Nest DSP
Accessories : Large Scallop Circle Big Shot Die, Big Shot, Circle Scissor Plus, Cupcake Punch (clouds), Polka Dot EF, Edgelit, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Sponges

Friday, March 30, 2012

Summer Smooches Class

Here are some detailed pictures of the class I'm offering to promote the Stampin' Up April Special "Summer Smooches". This product bundle is a customer special for April. The bundle is one of the 'suites' in the upcoming 2012/2013 catalog but you can order yours BEFORE the new catalogue goes live on June 1st.

If you order the stamp set, designer paper and seam binding ribbon ($34.85/wood $30.84/clear) you will attend the class for free. If you prefer to wait, then the class will cost $12. All the details will be in the customer e:mail so let me know if you'd like to come! The cards are 3x3 and you'll learn how to make matching envelopes from the Designer Paper with the newly introduced diagonal score plate. A MUST HAVE!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Michigan Mingle

Here I am in Novi MI at the MINGLE! So excited to be here with all my buddies. I made this cute little picnic basket as my door prize. I filled it with Cadbury Mini Eggs (yummy!). I got the idea from a Norwegian blog. Due to the language barrier, I shall make an English version for you next week.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The MI Mingle

I'm about the spend the weekend with some of my best friends in the WORLD! It's the Michigan Mingle. We get together to stamp and mingle once a year, and it's this weekend. I have been busy working on swaps and gifts. Just finished making a ton of these to give to my 'special' friends. All made from SU fabric. I loosely based the design on this, but changed it up to make it easier. I will make a tutorial next week if anyone wants to know how I made mine.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Club Projects

What a busy week! Here are the projects we made in this month's Club. I love my Club girls, they aren't customers to me, they're great friends, which is why I love my job! Thanks for making it another great run, girls!

Hard to get everything in focus, so I took 2 pics!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Easter Colour Challenge

Today's colours for the Splitcoast challenge are Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Poppy Parade. Perfect for Easter. This is my watercoloured card. I used the Large Scallop Circle for my card, along with watercolour paper, blender pens and SU Markers for the colouring. Easy peasy!

Stamps : Teeny Tiny Wishes, Everybunny
Ink : Stazon Black
Cardstock : Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight
Accessories : Large Scallop Circle Die, Big Shot, Circle Scissor Plus, Blender Pens & SU Markers, Cupcake Punch (clouds), Dotted Embossing Folder

Friday, March 9, 2012

Scoring/Fold Challenge

The challenge today on Splitcoast is to make a card incorporating a scored fold. You could make those cute rosettes, or any scored 'back & forth' fold. I decided to pull out the new Bright Blossoms set (I'm loving it!) and pair it with the Domestic Goddess Paper. It's the perfect match after the really bright card I made previously with this set!

Look at this fold, it's amazing. And it's not my idea, LOL. I humbly apologise to whomever came up with this, I was blog browsing, scribbled down the score dimensions THOUGHT I'd bookmarked the page so I could give credit, but I didn't. I must have been hurrying. If it's YOUR brilliant idea, let me know so I can acknowledge you!

To replicate this amazing fold, you will need a 12" strip of cardstock (cut to whichever depth you prefer) and you will score at :
1/4"   1/2"   1 1/4"   1 1/2"
2"   2 1/4"
3"   3 1/4"    3 3/4"
4"   4 3/4"
5"   5 1/2"   5 3/4"
6 1/2"   6 3/4"
7 1/4"   7 1/2"
8 1/4"   8 1/2"
9"   9 1/4"
10"  10 1/4"  10 3/4"
11"  11 3/4"

I broke it down so your eyes won't bleed :) You'll have to follow the close-up pics to see how it folds.

Stamps : Bright Blossoms
Ink : SU Markers (In Colours)
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pool Party, Domestic Goddess DSP
Accessories : Circle Punches, Simply Scored Tool, Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon, Scallop Ribbon Edge Punch, 1/2 Crystal, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baby Boy

I needed a baby boy card for my cousin who had Oliver last month. I'm a little late, but I don't think she'll mind! This is an easy one, grabbed the chalks again ~ so it's Versamark & Chalk and then the sizzlit serif alpha die to make his name

Stamp : Fox & Friends
Ink : Versamark
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Lucky Limeade
Accessories : Sizzlit alpha die, Big Shot, pinking hearts punch, taffeta ribbon, chalk

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bright Blossoms

I'm on a roll today with all these blog posts. However, I HAD to ink up my new Summer Smooches stamp set called Bright Blossoms. How cute is this? So happy and perky and ... well, BRIGHT! Thought you might like to see what you'll be able to purchase on the 1st April. And no, that's not an April Fool!
Stamps : Bright Blossoms
Ink : Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock : Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Shimmery White
Accessories : Heart Border Punch, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon

NEW Petite Purse

Something FABULOUS that Stampin' Up are doing this year, is allow customers to PURCHASE a suite of products called Summer Smooches TWO MONTHS ahead of the new catalogue launch! Demonstrators were able to pre-order the product suite this month and my box arrived today. I got the DSP, stamp set and ribbon and this FABULOUS 'Petite Purse'. I literally just ran it through the big shot with the new DSP to see how easily it went together ... and had to share! I will make another one, taking more time and adding embellishments etc, but for now, here it is!
ETA: Cindy left a comment to ask if this was big enough to hold a card. Unfortunately not, it's teeny tiny. The base is 2 3/4" and the height (excluding handle) is 1 3/4".

Sketch & Thinking of You

Here's today's sketch over on Splitcoast. Nice and easy! I flipped it to make my card. I needed something for a dear friend who is having a really tough time right now. Just wanted her to know I've been thinking of her all day and want to make things better for her so badly!

I used the Occasions Mini Set "Send me Soaring". It's so fresh and pretty, I thought it would be perfect. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Stamps : Send Me Soaring, Petite Pairs
Ink : Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
Cardstock : Twitterpated DSP, Calypso Coral, Shimmery White
Accessories : Edgelit, Big Shot, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Twine, 1/2 Crystals, Sponge, Tiny Trio Flower Punch

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Colours

Karen Barber gave us some VERY pretty colours to play with today in the Splitcoast CC. Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla and Blushing Bride. So springy and fresh! Here's what I made. The teacup is embossed with Wild Wasabi EP, as is the sentiment. I tried to keep it simple, just added the teeny flower & pearl as an embellishment.

Stamp : Tea Shoppe
Cardstock : Vanilla, Wasabi, Blushing Bride
Ink :Versamark
Accessories : Wasabi EP, Heat Gun, Triple Punch Flower, Tiny Trio Flower, 1 1/4" and 1" Circle Punches, Tulip Border Embossing Folder, Big Shot


Monday, March 5, 2012

One Colour, No Colour

I know, I know, this isn't exactly eye-catching and colourful! However, I AM complying with the technique challenge rules over on Splitcoast today! We were to use an outline image, stamp it in ONE colour and DO NOT colour the image. Yikes! I had to sit on my hands to stop adding something to this!
Here's a close-up.
Stamps : Nature Walk
Ink : Soft Suede
Cardstock : Soft Suede
Accessories : 1/2 Pearl, Soft Suede Taffetta Ribbon

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Remember Chalks?

Do you remember chalks? I'm joking, of course, but I purchased a new pack of Stampin' Up's chalks when all the colours changed into collections, wow nearly 2 years ago now. Guess what? I've never even TOUCHED them. So I decided I'd give the Fresh Vintage Sale a Bration stamp set a go with chalks and Versamark. I LOVE IT! Hope I've inspired you to pull out your chalks today :)
Stamps : Fresh Vintage, Tiny Tags
Ink : Versamark
Cardstock : Baja Breeze, Shimmery White
Accessories : Chalk, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, White Twine, Label Punch

Rue des Fleurs

Rue des Fleurs is available in the current Occasions Mini from Stampin' Up. I loved it when I saw it, bought it, bought the matching DSP and haven't touched it since! How many times do we do that? 

I had the perfect excuse to drag it out yesterday, a friend of mine came over to stamp (Dawn Marie). I really enjoyed fiddling around with it and coming up with a simple design which is pretty eye-catching.
 Here's a close up of the watches. I covered their glass faces with Crystal Effects, it looks so good in the flesh, photos don't really do it justice!
And now for something completely different! LOL. This is the pen from the set, I adore this and thought it would look stunning just standing alone on a CAS card with the sentiment. I love this! I know people struggle with CAS, and some would say there isn't nearly enough 'stuff' on this card. But sometimes, it's good to go back to the very basics and just stamp, one image, one colour and NOTHING else! Try it!

Stamps : Rue des Fleurs
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Cherry Cobbler, Poppy Parade, Attic Boutique DSP
Ink : Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Accessories : Umbrella Card Finial Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Framelit Labels Die, Crystal Effects, Sponges & Ink Pen Card Champagne Shimmer Pain & Reinker