Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thank you cards

I have been wanting to use this color combination for a week or so, and finally got chance. I made some thank you cards for the kids to use...they have LOTS to be thankful for (they were spoiled rotten this Christmas!)

Colors are Always Artichoke, Ric Razzleberry, and Very Vanilla.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

NOT a Christmas card!

With everything and everyone being in hyper-Christmas mode, I needed a little change of pace. I was able to put in a pre-order for new Stampin' Up products this month and was excited to play around a little bit today. I made this simple little card using 2 new sets which will be available January 5th. I {Heart} Hearts and Well Scripted are the names of the new favorites, I can tell already!

Colors are Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.

Bad blogger!

Oh look, I've used this title funny! OK so it's been a month and a couple days since I've posted. But I actually have done more stamping than I have the rest of the year (believe it or not!) So let me just cut to the chase here and post all the Christmas cards I was busy making. It took several samples for me to finally decide which ones I liked well enough to duplicate 40 times for the masses. Sending out Christmas cards has been a real hit-or-miss thing with me, especially since my separation...just didn't feel like it. Things are looking up though, and I am pleased to report that I not only made 40+ cards, but I also wrote them out, addressed the envelopes and have mailed MOST of them already! Wahoo! Now Christmas shopping on the other hand...not so wahoo just yet.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas cards!

It's beginning to look a lot like...ok ok, the girls are already groaning. They keep saying, "But MOTHER, it's not even Thanksgiving yet!" That didn't stop me though. And it didn't stop them either. We turned on Elvis's Christmas album and created this card today. (Kids are home for Veteran's Day!) The colors are handsome hunter, bordering blue, and ridinghood red (last year's In Color, sorry, but I had the matching ribbon so just HAD to use it!) The stamp set is Snow Swirled (#111690 $24.95) and I love the snowflakes and the awesome tree. I'm planning to make this one of my Stamp-a-Stack cards, which I probably need to schedule soon!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Very Thankful

I am the proud owner of another new stamp set. This one was a "feel good" purchase because this stamp set is our yearly fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities, it's called Very Thankful and is on the inside back cover of the big catalog. I fell in love with the turtle stamp, but when I was looking for card ideas, I decided that the peacock was pretty amazing, too! So, here's my first Very Thankful card, made for a great bunch of women - my first online stamp club members. We wrapped up our year this month, so it's sadly over, and I'm sending out kits to make this card with everyone's final order. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

First Workshop - this Thursday

OK well, we were challenged by the founder of SU at regionals to hold a workshop by a certain date in order to earn a free stamp set...and I am just CRAZY about free stamp sets. my attempt to jump start this business, I've invited teacher friends from work to come over for a free workshop. I'm planning to start simple - let them make 2 cards to take home and I will demonstrate a couple other things in addition to the cards. We'll see how I do...or if anyone will show up. :) Here are there cards that I've designed just for this workshop.

First we have my new favorite fall set (Falling Leaves) which I can't get enough of. The card base is Soft Suede cardstock, and I just randomly stamped the leaves like on my swap from regionals onto Very Vanilla cardstock in ruby red, crushed curry, and old olive inks. Then I added the little wavy saying "so thankful for you and all that you do" in soft suede ink. Tied it up with a soft suede polkadot ribbon and VOILA! Easy peasy, I am guessing most of my guests will not have stamped before, so I wanted to keep it simple. Nora says it's too simple, but well she's 12 and knows everything.

The other card Nora actually approved of. It's a birthday card because next to thank-yous, it's the kind I love to make the most. There's always somebody having a birthday, and if I ever actually mailed out the cards I made, wouldn't that put a smile on someone's face? Anyway...the stamp set I used is Crazy for Cupcakes, background is melon mambo cardstock, 3 strips of patterned paper from the Razzleberry Lemonade set (LOVE IT!)the ribbon is melon mambo polkadot, of course, and the cupcake image is just stamped in basic black on white cardstock. I used a blender pen to color it in, but you could also use the markers now that SU has finally come to their senses and released the In Colors in markers as well as inks! Image is matted on yoyo yellow cardstock and pop-dotted. Both cards have a panel inside that has a coordinating stamp (leaf or balloon) and of course matching envelopes.


Well here I go again, neglecting another blog - whoops! Let me backtrack a bit and just say that I have now found the needed motivation to force me to turn my Stampin' Up obsession from a hobby to a real business. I've had to quit my full-time job at the school and will be trying to focus on building a home-based business and going back to school.

I am happy to report that I made it to the regional SU conference in Cincinnati with my buds Glenna & Stephanie a couple weeks ago. We had an awesome time, learned some new techniques that I am looking forward to experimenting with and incorporating into some classes and workshops. I might even need to scrapbook some of the pictures we took over the weekend like this one:

Oh, and here is what I ended up doing for my swaps. Since I knew I was planning to make lots (and in retrospect, still could have made many more there were SO many people with wonderful swaps to trade with!) I changed my design a little from the last card I had posted last month. I made the same card in 3 different color schemes just so I wouldn't use up all my stash of a certain color and so I wouldn't get bored stamping the same thing over and over. I ended up making 56 cards to swap and traded them all away, so when I came home with 56 different card ideas...the girls and I were just gaga over them. I've (of course) added a few more stamp sets to my wishlist, but got many more ideas for sets that I already own. Hooray!

Some things to look forward to seeing here are: "magic" cards, techniques using reinkers, and my on-going perdonal dilemna - do I, or do I not need to own a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine???

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Falling Leaves

This card I am very proud of. I always start by looking at ideas online ( normally)but this time I strayed far enough from the idea - choosing my own colors, using different stamps, painstakingly figuring out measurements, etc. - that I consider it my own. The card itself is Soft Suede from the new In Colors, the leaves are Elegent Eggplant, Mellow Moss, and Dusty Durango (also an In Color). Stamps are from the Falling Leaves set, another of my new favorites. Picture is a little dark, but it looks SO nice in person, I am thinking about using this for my swap to bring to Regionals next month.

Circle Circus cards

Glenna ordered this stamp set and now I have to add it to my wish list! We could have spent the whole weekend making cards with JUST this set. It's SO cute. And honestly, in the catalog, it didn't do anything for me...I wasn't going to get this one. Wonder how many more would be my new favorite stamp sets if I just saw them in action???

Great Friend cards

I have lots and LOTS of cards to share. My BFF Glenna came up to visit for the whole weekend. (We have 9 kids between us, so both of us getting a WHOLE weekend away is truly a rarity!) I will put up the pictures in a few different posts by stamp set.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Using scraps!

I love it when I use my scraps. Usually I try to save them and maybe once in a while I will try to organize them, but normally they just pile up until I can't stand it anymore and throw them away. So, it's a big deal when I use my scraps...well to me anyway. And so here's the card I made with my scraps from the housewarming card that I just posted last week.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

House-warming card

I made a house-warming card, a couple actually, and I even mailed one and gave the other away...that's huge for me, usually when I make something I have to keep it. My box of cards keeps growing. What am I saving them for? No idea. But I like to have them. :)

Anyway, here is my card. It's a pure scraplift from, but I had to change the papers and colors, so I wanted to post it anyway. The house is part of the jumbo wheel called Neighborhood (item #109685)The cardstock colors are Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, and Bashful Blue, and those color markers along with Certainly Celery and Real Red were also used. The striped ribbon really tied a nice knot, I usually struggle with that a lot more than I did with this one - it's Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped Grosgain Ribbon (#110715) now I need to put the rest of the colors on my wishlist! The patterned paper is from the Washington Apple designer series paper collection that was recently retired from the last catalog.

The house, circle, and clouds are all pop-dotted, and with the ribbon knot it was a little bulky. I'll be sure to post if my card comes back to me from the post office, but I hope it won't. The "congratulations" greeting is from the Fun & Fast Notes set (#113500) which is one of my favorites!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Paradise Found

Sorry for the misleading title, I do live in Aurora afterall, but I got a chance to play with my new stamp set, and it's called Paradise. My girls Nora and Carmella sat down to stamp with me again, and I really love that. We each decided to do our own thing with the same stamp set. We are in a simple card-making mood lately, nothing special, just playing with cardstock and colors...maybe a little sponging. We're having a great time though!

Here's Nora's card. Along with the Paradise stamp set, she used a retired background stamp (the giant flower) from a couple years back. Her card is garden green, and she used whisper white cardstock as well. The ink colors are regal rose and garden green. The ribbon is Rose Red 1/4" grosgrain.

Here is Carmella's card, not bad for 10-years-old, huh? She used the Paradise stamp set, and the canvas background stamp (also retired, sorry!) Card is certainly celery, as is the ink used on the leaf images. The background is stamped in pretty in pink.

And last but not least, here's my card. I used a garden green card, very vanilla cardstock, ink colors are garden green, crushed curry, and dusty durango. All of our greetings are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A new blog...

...for a new me. After being a "hobby demonstrator" with Stampin' Up for um 3 years or so, I've decided to finally try to step things up and make it a business. Big thanks to my pal Stephanie who has just become a demonstrator herself for giving me a kick in the pants! So, stay tuned, I plan to post my card ideas, techniques, and any events I might plan. Not sure what else, but it will certainly be an adventure.