Monday, March 31, 2008

Glitterfying Ribbon Slides

Of course Glitterfying is a word. Why would you even have to ask? LOL. Take a look at the ribbon slide in the top left of this card. It's from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware in the Occasions Mini catalog. I filled the channel with a bit of Tombo Multi-Adhesive (LOVE that stuff) and then dumped purple Fine Cosmo glitter on top. Let it dry and tap off the excess and you've got super bling for your creation. The stamp set is Bloomin' Beautiful also from the Occasions mini.

Rub-ons on Toe Nails

Yes, seriously, I put rub-ons on my stubby little toes. I did two coats of color and let them dry. Then I stuck the rub-on onto it. I didn't even need to rub; it just stuck. Then I put two coats of clear on top. If you decide to do this, go over the rub on only ONCE in each spot -- don't go over an area that you've already covered with clear. It'll smear if you do. I'll let you know how long these last.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Made by my son

My 8 year old made this card for one of the girls on his swim team. He came up with the color scheme, sketched out his design and did most of the work. He used the Just B and Simple Type Alphabet stamp sets. Of course, the recipient LOVED the card and gave him a great big hug. I'm not sure how I feel about the fact that she's 3 years older than him, but it's probably too early to be concerned :-)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

An Apple a Day

The Tart & Tangy set in the Occasions Mini is so stinkin' cute. Someone who makes home-made jam could make adorable labels using these stamps. Unfortunately, I'm good at getting myself into jams, but not making the kind you put on toast.

I'm also inspired to make slightly demented cards with it. Some day I may actually make them and then get the nerve up to post them. Does my mom ever read my blog?

Anyhoo, I whipped out this quick and easy card recently. I think the supplies are pretty self-explanatory, so until next time, Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Just Celebrate Margo!

Check out these adorable cards that my 2nd level upline, Margo, sent to me. Both cards are made with the Just Celebrate stamp set in the Occasions Mini catalog. Don't you just love the googly eyes on the owl?
I really like Margo's clean stamping style. As I mentioned to her, I forget about using white or vanilla as a matting layer. Now that I've been reminded, you may see more of my creations using those colors. One of the best things about being a SU demonstrator is that you get to meet people you wouldn't have met otherwise. Margo is one of those people. I feel blessed to be in Margo's organization; she is such a hoot (pun intented).
Until next time, happy stamping!

Monday, March 17, 2008

I made someone's day

Leah and Carrie both made my day by saying I'd made their days (make sense?). That was so cool. Now I get to pass this along to other fantastic bloggers.
Joanne, aka Sleepy in Seattle is an amazingly talented stamper. Check out her work!
Kimberly has a lot of fun projects on her blog.
Juanita has some wonderful scrapbook pages and card to inspire you.
Ann has an adorable set of cards using the Tart & Tangy stamp set from the Occasions mini.
Sally has a brand new blog. Visit her and make her feel the cyber love!

Then these recipients do the the following. If you already have this award don’t worry about passing it on, just display it proudly:)
1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs you find of interest and that inspire you.
2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3) Display the logo “You Make My Day”
4) Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
That's all for now. Later Dudes. (Yes, I've been around the boys too long!)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Pi Day

In our house we celebrate March 14th for two reasons. Most importantly, it's my son's birthday (happy birthday!!!!). Secondly, it's Pi day. What's that, you ask? March 14, aka 3/14, aka 3.14 -- got it yet? If not, think back to your math classes in high school. Pi, which is the number used to calculate the area or circumference of a circle, is 3. 14 -- now does it make sense? (Actually, it's an infinite number, but we won't go into that.) OK, fine, we're a bunch of geeks.

And, now on to some stamping... As much as I tried, I couldn't stay away from the glitter for very long. In this sample, I used the new Chunky Glitter on one of the Sticky Cut hearts. The Sticky Cut letters and shapes are seriously fun. They're super sticky (duh) so are perfect for adhering to glitter, beads, or just about anything. They come in all the letters of the alphabet, plus a few shapes. We'll be using these at stamp clubs next month.

I'll be posting more samples with the Sticky Cut letters soon. They're a bit addicting.

Well, I'm off to celebrate my son's birthday at school. Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Perfect Day for Picnic Paper and (Die-Cut) Blooms

The scrapbook page that I made earlier this week was so cheerful that I wanted to make some other projects using the same supplies. So, I made these. There's no stamping involved in these. The primary products that I used came from the Occasions Mini catalog.
They were:

Die-Cut Blooms, which are super easy to use. You just punch them out and you've got a great flower for a focal point. They're on page 14 and are onl.y $8.95 for 4 sheets of 12x12 textured cardstock. Each sheet has approximately 20 different flower shapes and a bunch of circles. The four sheets are Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red.
A Perfect Day Rub-Ons which coordinate with the Die-Cut Blooms. They're on page 15.

And, last but not least, I used the Summer Picnic double-sided designer series paper. This paper works perfectly with the previous two products. I just love how SU designs products to coordinate with each other. It makes creating projects practially fool-proof. Although, to be honest, there is one of my cards that I'm not posting. Sometimes you strike out.

Scroll down to see each of the individual projects with comments.

At first I was trying to just use Soft Subtle cardstock and the first couple turned out fine.

But, then some of the projects looked a little bland, so I added some black mats and used more red to help them "pop." This is actually 1/2 of the biggest flower. I added faux stitching around the edge of it.

Who wouldn't enjoy getting a gift bag like this? The bags were on sale at the "M" store last week so I picked up a few knowing that I could decorate them somehow. I mounted the biggest flower from the Bashful Blue die-cuts onto the protective cardboard that comes with the designer paper and cut it out. The crop-a-dile punched through it like butter so I could tie the ribbon onto it.
I'm not totally in love with the placement of the rub-on cherries. The idea was for it to look like they're hanging from the ribbon but I'm not sure that I accomplished that.

This one may be my favorite of the bunch. The 3 flowers across the top are punched out from one of the sheets of designer paper. I then mounted those on larger squares that I punched with the 1 3/8" punch.

These are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. You could make so many different cards, scrapbook pages, etc with these supplies and it wouldn't take too long.

Wow, this is a long post. Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Summer Days Scrapbook pages

If you haven't seen some of the new products in the Stampin' Up! Occasions mini catalog, you're missing out. I love the new Die-Cut Blooms on p. 14. They're kind of hidden, but boy are they worth it with 4 12x12 sheets of textured, die-cut flowers of all shapes and sizes! Anyway, the scrapbook pages below are for a new Demonstrator Challenge on If you're demo, check it out! If you're not, you'll just get to see my creations here from time-to-time.

I made this layout with the aforementioned (don't I sound smart?) Die-cut Blooms, A Perfect Day rub-ons, and Summer Picnic Designer paper, all from the Occasions mini. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

More Bling: Glitter Window

Are you tired of glittery projects yet? Here's one that we did at my stamp clubs last month. In real life, the white opening is super duper glittery. The technique is called Glitter Window. It's actually pretty easy (and a bit messy). You punch out an opening in your top layer and put some packing tape on the back side with the sticky side up. Then dump Dazzling Diamonds glitter on it and tap off the excess. Stamp an image on a piece of cardstock and adhere that behind the window. Then complete your card as desired. Supplies used for this project are:
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds
Ink: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Berry Bliss Designer paper
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Scallop Punch, Gold Brads, Flower Fusion.
Happy Stamping!