Monday, December 22, 2008

Pun Fun Ensemble

As we're snowed in here in Bellevue, I've taken a break from my Christmas Cards and made some cheerful cards using Pun Fun. Each of these cards started with a 2.5" square image in Whisper White cardstock that I stamped with Black Staz On and then colored with my Watercolor Wonder crayons and Blender Pens while watching It's a Wonderful Life (no pun intended, in spite of the stamp set I was using). I'll be posting more about Watercolor Wonder Crayons soon.

Each image is mounted on a piece of Basic Black cardstock so it would coordinate with any other cardstock I wanted to use.

If you have a stash of these focal points on hand, you can quickly (or not so quickly) create a card when you need one. Here are all of them together. As you can see, you can vary your layout and complexity a lot with the same starting point.

This first one is a super duper quick one if you have the focal point already complete. Simply stamp the sentiment and adhere the image and presto, you're done! These other ones are a bit more time consuming, but not too terrible. They use a variety of punches, the Big Shot, etc. In the latte card, I actually used Whisper White as the card base. For some reason, I usually forget that it works for the base as well as for stamping on.





I just realized that I don't have an individual image of the skunk card. If I get to it, I'll post that too.
If you want to see more of my Pun Fun samples, click on the following links
As always, if you want to order any of these supplies, email me or order directly through my website. To do that, click here.
Remember that the 10% discount on retiring stamp sets and FREE SHIPPING ends tomorrow.

Cheers,
Sharon

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Never Been Used Challenge

Some friends and I have weekly challenges and this week's was to use something we'd never used. I'd had the Gratuitous Graffiti background stamp sitting unmounted in its case for several months so I chose that for my challenge. I'd gotten it because I thought it would make quick "thank you" cards. Well, I was certainly right! This card went together very quickly.

Actually, it's a double challenge because I used the Color Challenge 197 from Splitcoast also. The color challenge was to use Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy. I love this color combination! You could easily make a masculine card with it, which is always a challenge.

The other Never Been Used components of this card are the Flower Layers with Leaf die and the Trio Flower punch.

To make this, I simply stamped the background image in Basic Gray on Whisper White and then sponged Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze all over. Then I sponged around the edge in Not Quite Navy. The die cuts, punches, Kiwi ribbon, rhinestone brads and Curly Label stamp and punch complete the supplies.

So, my challenge for you is to dust off something you've never used or that's been sitting on a shelf for a while. If you post it on your blog, send me a link and I'll put that here.

Cheers,

--Sharon

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December Project ideas on SU Website

Did you know that Stampin' Up! posts project ideas WITH INSTRUCTIONS on their website every month? They're fantastic! This is the one for December.


The directions for both the card and pencil wrap are posted there. Click on the photo to go to the SU website.


Let it Snow card
Stamps
Big On Christmas stamp set
Jolly Stampin' Around wheel

Paper
Bashful Blue card stock
Riding Hood Red card stock
Whisper White card stock
Bashful Blue Patterns Designer Series paper

Ink
Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
Only Orange Classic Stampin' Pad
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Jet Black StazOn pad
VersaMark pad

Accessories
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon
Silver brads
Stampin' Dimensionals
Blender pens

Instructions
Wheel Jolly image in VersaMark ink along bottom edge of Riding Hood Red card.
Adhere Bashful Blue Patterns Designer Series paper to card. Attach three Silver brads to card.
Tie Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon around front of card.
Stamp "Let it snow" image in Jet Black StazOn ink on Whisper White card stock. Watercolor image with Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Garden Green, Only Orange, and Riding Hood Red ink using blender pens.
Apply Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter to letters.
Adhere image to Bashful Blue card stock using Stampin' Dimensionals. Adhere Bashful Blue card stock to card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

As always, if you want to order any of these supplies to make these projects, please contact me or order directly through my website.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Retiring Stamp sets 10% off and FREE SHIPPING

Stampin' Up! has announced which stamp sets will be discontinued as of January 19th. And, in an unprecedented move, the retiring stamps are all 10% OFF through December 23rd. And, more good news...from now until Dec. 23rd, orders of $70+ get FREE SHIPPING. So, place your orders now by either emailing or calling me, or ordering directly from my website. http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sharongraham/

If you want to see all the sets go to my website at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sharongraham/ Scroll down and where it says PROMOTIONS click on details. That will take you to all the current specials, you can download the retiring list by page numbers, and you can shop on-line.



Happy Shopping!
---Sharon

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Week of Gift Ideas -- Friday (kind of)

Ok, so it's not really Friday when I'm posting this. Between my workshop Friday night and various family commitments, it just didn't happen. So, for all of you who were going to order $1,000 worth of stamping supplies from me and then changed your mind, please forgive me :-)
Don't you love my fantasy world?

This last installment of gift ideas is a Photo Wallet. We made this at Crystal's workshop Friday night and it was a hit. It's the perfect gift for grandparents who want photos of their grandchildren. I got this idea from Splitcoaststampers.com which is an awesome website for ideas. You can find the instructions for it at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/photo_wallet/
The photos below show the wallet closed and open. It's secured with a belly band that slides off.




The idea is that you could put journaling on the white areas and photos on the colored sections. I really like this color combination because you can change the blue to pink for a girl album. Or change one of the greens to pink if you have boys and girls.

Hope you've enjoyed this week of gift ideas. It's been fun sharing it with you. I plan on posting a few more ideas before Christmas, so please stop by again soon!

Cheers,
---Sharon

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Week of Gift Ideas -- Thursday

Today's featured project is card sets. All of these sets of cards were made with 2 colored pieces of cardstock, one 4" x 12" piece of designer series paper, a little bit of neutral cardstock and embellishments. We've been making these at stamp club and the gals are loving them!

As you can see from the samples below, the components are the same and there's a bit of variation in the layouts. The first photo also shows the card holder that we made. That takes another piece of solid cardstock for the folder and more designer paper, contrasting cardstock and neutral cardstock for decorating it.






I have the instructions for cutting the cardstock and you can download them by clicking here. Enjoy!

Cheers,

---Sharon

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Week of Gift Ideas -- Wednesday

Here are a few fun ideas to dress up a little gift for a host(ess). This first photo is bottle tags for wine, champagne or sparkling cider. You can dress up that bottle that you give to your host(ess) and maybe they won't notice that you brought 3 Buck Chuck (our favorite cheap wine).

You've probably seen these decorated Frappucino bottles before. Once you drink the yummy beverage, you can wash the bottle and the lid in the dishwasher, decorate it and fill it with goodies such as chocolate covered espresso beans, nuts, M&M's, or whatever your heart desires.




This final sample would be perfect for letters to Santa. Target has these mailboxes in the dollar spot occasionally. Just slap on a bit of designer paper, ribbon and glitter and you're good to go.


As you probably noticed in all of these samples, I used my beloved Ski Slope designer paper and my Big Shot for the snowflakes. If you want more instructions for any of these projects, please email me.

I'll be back soon with Thursday's projects

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Week of Gift Ideas -- Tuesday

Remember the glass bowl that I stamped on a couple months ago? Well, here are some additional ideas for glass items you can stamp on and give as gifts. I used White Staz On for these containers also. As I mentioned before, if you mess up, you can just wipe off the ink with rubbing alcohol while it's still wet. Gotta love something that is so forgiving! In anticipation of your questions about how washable these are, yes, you can hand wash them.
Please ignore the double images. I stamped on all sides of the jars, so you can see the image on the other side too. Looks kind of weird in the picture, but is fine in real life.

The jar on the left could be used for olive oil, dish soap or fancy vinegar. The jar on the right at one time had fancy almonds in it. You could easily fill something like this with home made candy or nuts and give it as a gift.

The glass bowl/plate that I showed you earlier (click here to see it again), could be filled with delicious home made cookies. And, I just hit the jack pot for clear glass plates at Bed, Bath and Beyond. You can get a box of 6 for $9.99. We'll be using them at Crystal's party on Friday evening. If you'd like to schedule a hand-stamped gifts class before the end of the year, contact me right away. I only have room for one more in my schedule.

If you need a bazillion recipe ideas for holiday goodies, check out this site. http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cookbook/


Thanks for stopping by. If you have decorated glass items to share, please comment and include a link to your projects.

Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Week of Gift Ideas -- Monday

Let's kick off our week of hand-stamped gift ideas with an easy idea that's sure to please lots of people on your gift list. I'm talking about home-made bath salts in an decorated container. It's easy to make, fun to decorate, and very affordable.

There are a lot of samples that use glass bottles, but frankly, I don't like the idea of combining wet hands, glass and bare feet in the bathroom. So, in the spirit of "reduce, reuse, recycle," I recycled a water bottle for my bath salts. The band around the bottle uses Ski Slope paper and Not Quite Navy cardstock. The adorable star dangling off the neck is from the Star Bright Designer Series Paper Ornaments Kit (say that three times fast) which makes more than 65 ornaments. Check it out on page 15 of the Mini Catalog.

My recipe was pretty simple: Epsom salts, a few drops of scented oil and soap coloring from the craft store. I ground it up in the blender because I find that the chunky Epsom salts don't dissolve all the way in my tub. For hundreds more bath time recipes, check out http://www.bathandbodyrecipes.com/ One recipe I saw on there was for Hair Glitter. Heck, just come hang out in my craft room for a few minutes and you'll get glitter on more than your hair!

And, what gift is complete without fantastic packaging? You can easily transform a plain gift bag into something that your recipient will love with a little designer paper and tag. The red tag on the left can be taken off and used as an ornament. I used my Big Shot and the large scallop die and cut out the white cardboard that comes with the designer paper as a base and then layered the cardstock on top of it. The snowflake is another of the BS dies that I blinged up with glitter and a red Rhinestone Brad.

If you have other home-made bath ideas that we can put in decorated containers, please tell me about it in the comments section. If you have samples on your website or blog, please let me know and I'll post the link in this post.

Thanks for stopping by. Please visit again tomorrow for Tuesday's gift idea.

---Sharon

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

20-50% OFF SALE -- HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA



Click on the image above to order selected Stampin' Up! product bundles for 20-50% off. It should take you to my SU website. Then click on the SHOP NOW button at the top, right-hand corner. www.sharongraham.stampinup.net

Available through December 1 while supplies last.

I'm working on figuring out how to convert the pdf document to a list that you can read here. Until then, just click on the image above.

Happy Thanksgiving!
--Sharon

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stippling Fun

We made this card at recent stamp clubs. It's pretty quick and easy to make, but still very striking.
The stamp set we used is Inspired by Nature. I stamped it in Close to Cocoa and then highlighted certain areas with a CTC marker to give it dimension. After that I used my stipple brush (those totally rock!) and stippled More Mustard right around the image, then used Pumpkin Pie a little further out and then Tangerine Tango around the very outside.

Come on back in the next few days to see some fantastic card sets and other hand-stamped gift ideas.

Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, November 10, 2008

6th Annual Holiday Open House

You’re Invited to Our Sixth Annual
Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 15, 2008 รก 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: 2431 169TH Pl. SE, Bellevue

We’ll have door prizes, food, hot chocolate and fun. Bring your gift list and a friend, and enjoy your shopping experience this holiday season!

Thanks for shopping with us. You are supporting local businesswomen!

Vendors include:
Stampin' Up! (that's me!)
Mary Kay
PartyLite
Silpada Jewelry
Pampered Chef
Usborne Books

In addition to taking orders for catalog merchandise, I'll be selling hand-stamped cards and other items, and a bunch of retired stamp sets.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Instructions for Christmas Card Crank Cards - part 3

Here are two more of the cards that we did at the recent Christmas Card Crank. These two were both simple ones that people were able to complete quickly.

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps: Season of Joy
Ink: Real Red, NQ Navy
Cardstock:
  • Baja Breeze -- 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
  • Real Red - 5 1/4 x 4
  • Whisper White - 5 x 3 3/4
  • Ski Slope - 2 x 3 3/4
Accessories: Ticket corner punch (love that thing!)


Supplies for card 2:
Stamps:
A Holly, Jolly Christmas
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock:

Whisper White - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and 3x3
Real Red -- 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
Ski Slope - 2 x 5 1/2
Accessories: Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

The ribbon is just folded in half and taped on the back of the focal image piece. Super duper simple!

Hope you can come and stamp with me soon.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Instructions for Christmas Card Crank Cards - part 2

Oh my goodness, my sincere apologies for not posting for so long. With Halloween, swim meets, soccer games and life in general, somehow the posting didn't get done. If it's any consolation, I'm wearing nice pants today because all my jeans are dirty LOL

Anyway, I promised that I'd post the cards we made at my Christmas Card Crank in October, so here's the next one.


Supplies:

Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas

Ink: Black Staz On

Markers: Real Red, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa

Cardstock:

  • Real Red -- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Old Olive -- 4 x 5 1/4
  • Chocolate Chip -- 5 1/4 x 1 1/2
  • Ski Slope designer paper -- 5 1/4 x 2
  • Confetti white -- used Big Shot and Top Note die, which I then cut in half

Accessories: Scallop edge punch

That's it for today. Stay tuned for more of these.

If you'd like to register for the next Christmas Card Crank on November 30th which will feature all new cards, click here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Instructions for Christmas Card Crank Card

Over the next few days I'll be posting instructions for making the Christmas Card Crank cards at home. Of course my not-so-hidden agenda is that you'll want to order the supplies to make the cards or sign up to attend the next one on November 30th :-) Today I'll just post one because I'm supposed to be cleaning and setting up for tonight's Crank. If one of you could please explain where all the dust bunnies and piles of paper come from, I'd appreciate it.

SUPPLIES:

Stamps: Scandinavian Season (#111774)

Ink: Baja Breeze (#111833)

Cardstock: Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Baja Breeze (111352) and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (112994), Big Shot (113439), Join in the Cheer Decorative Strip Die (113452), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401), 1 1/4" circle punch 104403), and 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon (109051)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Fold Real Red (8 1/2" X 5 1/2") cardstock in half and crease with bone folder.
  • Stamp snowflake image on scrap of white cardstock with Baja Breeze ink. Punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch. TIP: Hold punch upside down so you can see through the opening and can position the punch as desired.
  • Punch Baja Breeze scrap with 1 3/8" circle punch and Real Red scrap with Scallop Circle punch.
  • Adhere designer paper (each strip is 1 3/4" x 5") to Chocolate Chip cardstock (4"x 5 1/4").
  • Wrap Chocolate Chip ribbon (6") around and glue/tape on back. Adhere to card base.
  • Use Big Shot to die-cut Peace/Love/Joy/Cheer on 3"x12" strip of Real Red Cardstock. Punch out words from your Peace/Love/Joy/Cheer strip. Or, if you don't want all those words, use a smaller strip of cardstock and position it over the word(s) you want.
  • Carefully separate the words with the Paper Snips. You can also use the left over curly-cues to embellish your card. You can see a sample of that here.
  • Complete card as shown.

Please let me know if these detailed instructions including measurements and item #s are helpful. Or, if there's a format that you would find more helpful, please let me know that too.

Have a fantastic day my stamping friends!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jingle all the Way

The next phase of Decor Elements is available now. There are some classy, fun and cute vinyl elements that you can use to decorate your home. The nice thing is that you're not limited to putting them directly on your walls or windows; you can use them on vases, plates, other glassware or even frame them so you can use them year after year. That's what I did with this Christmas one.

This was an easy holiday project. I cut some Ski Slope designer paper to the right size and then applied the Jingle all the Way. The two snowflakes are fun foam that I cut using my Big Shot.

To order any of these supplies (other than the frame), please visit my SU website.

This is one item that I'll have for sale at the Holiday Multi-Vendor Open house on November 15th. Stay tuned for more info about that.

Have a crafty day!



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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Guest Stamper cards

My friend, Joanne, made these beautiful cards. Isn't she talented? Both cards use Stampin' Up! stamps from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This first one uses Eat, Drink & Be Scary which is on page 5. The designer paper is from the big 'ole catalog. One of the best things about that designer series paper is that it's Halloween on one side and generic, not-Halloween on the other. So, it's more versatile than you might have thought.


This second gorgeous creation uses Scandinavian Season, which is also in the Holiday Mini on p. 13. The designer paper is Ski Slope also from the Holiday Mini (p. 12). I really like the way Joanne did the paper diagonally.

To order any of the supplies used on these cards, please go to my Stampin' Up! website.
Click on the Shop Now button in the top, right corner.

Thanks for stopping by. I will be posting some ideas for hand-stamped Christmas gifts over the next few weeks.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autumn Harvest

I get most of my produce from a local organic farm. Each week I get to go out and pick some of it, and the rest is already harvested. Anyway, last week we got a big ole 15 lb pumpkin. Now I feel like Bubba in Forest Gump...pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chili...LOL

What's that got to do with rubber stamping? My pumpkin reminds me of Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Harvest stamp set (#110372, p. 30, $17.95 for a set of 6 stamps). You just can't go wrong with this beautiful set. Ironically, when I first saw it last year, I didn't like it. Then I started seeing so many beautiful samples, I HAD to have it. I'm so glad that I got it!

For this card I used Black StazOn and watercolored with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and blended with a blender pen. Then I stippled around the images with More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa. The designer paper is Autumn Vine from the Holiday mini catalog. You can't really tell from the scan, but the ribbon is felt. It's from the Alpine collection, which is also in the mini.

This stamp set is so versatile, that you can use it for Halloween cards also. The one below is one that I made last year.


Although the Wasabi ribbon and hodgepodge are retired, it would be pretty easy to duplicate using products we currently carry.

Hope you are enjoying a nice Fall day.



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Friday, October 10, 2008

Eastern Haiku

We made this card at my September stamp club meetings. It's a pretty easy card, despite the level of detail. Everyone loved getting a chance to test out the Big Shot. Several said they were surprised at how easy it was to use.

The Haiku Designer paper is just gorgeous! One improvement that everyone made was to sponge around the edges of the So Saffron half-scallop with Tangerine Tango. It definitely looked better!

We sponged the edges of the bird with Tangerine Tango also. To make the branch, we used the Marker direct to Rubber technique. You simply use the brush tip of the SU markers and color on the stamp. It's an easy way to get multiple colors on one stamp. You can also omit part of an image if you want.

Supplies:
Stamps: Eastern Blooms #111626, p. 91 ($21.95 for a set of 5)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, More Mustard and Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: Haiku # 112470, p. 168 ($9.95 for 12 double-sided sheets)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, More Mustard & Chocolate Chip Markers
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Earth Elements Buttons, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Dies, Scallop Circle #2 Die

As always, to order any of these supplies, you can email me at sharongraham@qwest.net or order directly from my website.

Have a fantastic Friday!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Joy" Fold Card

I just love this fold. It's called the "Joy" fold on Splitcoaststampers.com. I'm not really sure why, but I'm guessing that someone named Joy came up with it.

The first photo is of the closed card. I used the Bella Rose Designer paper and my Big Shot, of course! The second photo is of the card open. Isn't that a nifty way to fold the card? You could also put a gift card or something inside.





For more details about the Joy fold, go to http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/joy_fold_card/

Have a fantastic day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Never Too Early for Joy

Yes, I realize that it's October and that it's a bit early for Christmas...but, we crafters need to plan ahead! Here is another card made with Stampin' Up!'s Cardinal Christmas stamp set. The "Joy" at the bottom is from the Big Shot die, Join in the Cheer, which is exclusive to Stampin' Up! It's several words together and I just cut that one off.

The Designer Paper is Holiday Treasures from the main catalog. It's absolutely gorgeous and the little thumbnails in the catalog don't do it justice.

Other details:

Stamps: Cardinal Christmas

Cardstock/Paper: Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Holiday Treasures DSP

Ink: Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive markers; Ruby Red Classic ink pad

Accessories: Gold Brads, Alpine Ribbon Originals from Holiday mini

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Holiday Mini is here

Oh boy, it's finally time for the Holiday Mini Catalog. If you haven't seen it yet, do whatever you can to get your hands on it. It is completely fantastic! Beautiful papers, yummy ribbons, felt snowflakes, and so so much more! Oh, duh, you can view it online on my SU website. I'm such a dork. Go to http://www.sharongraham.stampinup.net/ and click on SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner and you can see it. You can even order things online if you don't want to have to email me. Pretty cool, huh!?



Anyway, here is one card I made using A Cardinal Christmas. It is such a beautiful set! You can see it here Once you check out the stamp set, if you want to order it, please visit my website at http://www.sharongraham.stampinup.net/ The designer paper is called Ski Slope and is also in the mini.

Gotta run. Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Christmas Card Cranks 2008

How many years have you planned to make Holiday or Christmas cards and then didn’t have the time to get it all done?

This year, I’ll do all the boring cutting and you do the fun stamping! In each of these fast-paced Christmas Card Cranks, you’ll make 20 Holiday/Christmas Cards—4 each of 5 designs. (That’s what we call “crankin’ out a bunch of cards!”). $29 per session. Different cards at each session unless otherwise noted.

Registration and payment due 10 calendar days prior to the class.
I’m allowing 4+ hours for each session, but the stamping should take you approximately 2 hours, so feel free to arrive any time in the first 2 hours.

Session 1: October 24, 6:30-10:30 pm -- registration due October 14
Session 2: November 30, noon -5 pm – registration due November 20

SUPPLIES ONLY: If you can’t attend the event you can still purchase the packet of supplies. Just use your own stamps and ink at home.
COMPLETED CARD SETS: Love the look of handmade Christmas Cards but don’t have time to make them? Order Completed Card Sets for $39 (plus $5 postage to mail you your card sets).

Bring 2 adult stampers who have never stamped with me before and get a $5 rebate off your class registration. PLUS – When you place a $50 order at the class, you will receive a special gift.
You must PRE-PAY AND PRE-REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS so that I have enough supplies for you. I will supply SU’s Anywhere Glue Sticks as adhesive. If you prefer another type, feel free to bring it.

These are the projects for Christmas Card Crank #1 on October 24th


I'm trying to get online registration figured out, so bear with me. I think it's working now, but if it doesn't, please let me know.




Christmas Card Crank Registration

Click on the arrow to choose your session(s) or Supply packet





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COMPLETED CARD SETS

Set of 20 Assorted Handmade Christmas Cards & Envelopes

$39/set of 20 plus $5 to mail you your cards




Friday, September 26, 2008

More Fantastic Swaps

Here are the beautiful swaps from the rest of my team. Aren't they talented!?!
Janice used the polished stone technique to create the gorgeous background. And look at the interesting way she did the double scallop in the frame. Wow!

Sarah's Inspired by Nature card is stunning. You can't tell from the scan, but the grass is embossed with sparkly embossing powder. She used the Silhouette Color Scheme from pp 10-11 of the catalog. See, you don't have to re-invent the wheel :-)

Technically Joanne isn't part of our team, but it sure feels like she is and we're lucky to have her. Her beautiful Rose is a Rose card features the Parisian Summer designer paper and the color scheme is based on that. That's one of the many great things about the designer paper -- it's easy to choose your colors because they're already there! And, of course, the SU designer papers coordinate perfectly with the SU ink, cardstock and other accessories.



Thanks for visiting. Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fancy Fold

I saw this fold somewhere and didn't write it down, so this is the way I remember it.
You make a basic side-folding card base and then cut off a triangle. Then make a smaller top-folding card base for the inside. Cover it all with DSP, add a little stamping and you're good to go. It's easy, once you figure out the angle for the cut. I used the acrylic grid that SU used to sell which helped a lot.


For the flower, I punched out a piece of Riding Hood Red with the circle Scallop Punch and then snipped in close to the center. Very easy!
Other supplies:
CS: Apricot Appeal and Bashful Blue
Stamps: Thank you Kindly, Pocket Silhouettes (on the corner of the Thank You -- it's subtle)
DSP: Washington Apple
Punches: Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Punch, little circle punch (either 1/2" or 3/4" -- I'd have to go measure)
As always, if you want to order any of these supplies or have me teach you how to make it, please email or call me. You can also order SU products online and not even have to talk to me :-)


Have a fantastic day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

100 Card Swap

I recently participated in a 100 card swap. What that means is that I made 100 identical card fronts (they don't open) and 99 other people did the same thing. The swap hostess then separates them and sends you back 1 from each of the other 99 participants. As I was working on making 100 identical cards, I really wondered what possessed me to do such a thing! But, having received the other cards yesterday, I know why. They were awesome! Stampin' Up! has so many amazingly talented demonstrators.

This shows my work in progress. I chose the new set Harvest Home which is a beautiful set, just perfect for watercoloring. Of course, watercoloring 100 focal points and 100 leaf borders was a bit much. Then, I discovered that I didn't have enough Chocolate Chip cardstock to do one of the layers I'd planned, so I distressed and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink instead. That adds another dimension without adding another layer.
This is the final product. I like how it turned out. Actually, the other 100 don't have glitter on the leaves. My 9 yo said that he'd never seen shiny leaves, so I shouldn't do that to the rest of them.

Stamps: Harvest Home

CS: Confetti White, Choc Chip, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss DP

Ink: Black StazOn,

Reinkers: Tangerine, Riding Hood, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Mustard

Acces: Choc Chip Grosgrain, Jumbo Eyelets, Aquapainter

As always, if you want to order any of these supplies, either email me or buy it online by clicking on the Online ordering button on my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More Beautiful Swaps

Check out these two beautiful swaps made by demonstrators on my team. Aren't they gorgeous?!?

Julie made the first one. I love the clean layout. Didn't she do a fantastic job coloring the border?

Stamps: Beautiful Borders
CS: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac, Very Vanilla
Ink: VersaMark, Black StazOn
Accessories: 1/4" Eggplant Grosgrain, Earth Elements Buttons, Linen Thread, Black Embossing Powder, Lilac, Eggplant, Olive & Artichoke Markers



Betty Vene made the second one. The beads on the cupcake are so cute and the way she used the scallop border punch is just amazing. Not to mention, she cut out the inside rectangle with her hobby blade. Too bad her daughter (aka, Me) didn't inherit her excellent cutting abilities.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
CS: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Pink beads, Hologram Highlights EP, Crystal Effects, bold Bright brads, Dimensionals


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