Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tickets & Tokens Scrapbook

I made a little retirement gift for a friend at work - she loves to travel, so the Tickets & Tokens Simply Scrappin' Kit was perfect for the project. Plus, I'm sure it will be going away soon because it uses the 06-07 In Colors...

I made it very simple so she can add her own pictures, memorabilia, and embellishments. That's the beauty of the Simply Scrappin' Kits - everything matches, all the card stock stickers are die cut and ready to use. It is SO easy!


Saturday, May 26, 2007

My first altered mailbox

I first saw these adorable mailboxes over at Expresso Yourself. My darling friend, Kate, told me that Target often has them in their Dollar Spot. But, alas, my local store NEVER EVER has had them.

And since she is an amazingly generous, precious dear she sent me some - just because! She and her sister are such sweeties!! They even put a recipe up on their blog so simple little me could figure out how to decorate mine. Check it out HERE. Be sure to go visit them and tell them I said hi. :)





Materials (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)


Card stock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Petals & Paisleys
Stamps: Double-Line Doodles (not available until the Fall-Winter Catalog!), Polka Dots & Paisley
Ink: StazOn White, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Other: Pink Gingham Ribbon, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Punch (by Marvy), White Mailbox (by Target), Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig



Monday, May 21, 2007

Stampin' University

This past weekend I took my new recruit (Holly!) and my best customer (Tricia!) to a Stampin' University put on by my upline (Penny!). It was a blast - we got to learn 18 different techniques and do a make-and-take. I can hardly wait to try some of the new techniques and maybe do a tutorial on here.

We were told to bring our cameras and notebooks so we could get all the information down - this was serious stampin' business! So, I made Holly and Tricia each their own little altered notebooks. I somehow managed to not get a picture of the one I did for Tricia, but here's the one I did for Holly:




Materials (All SU! unless otherwise noted)

Stamps: Doodle This, Doodle Alphabet
Designer Paper: Almost Amythest
Card stock: Basic Black, Almost Amythest, Whisper White
Ink: StazOn Black
Other: Soft Subtles Color Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Bone Folder, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Wide Black Organdy Ribbon, Narrow White Ribbon, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sprial Notebook (by Five Star)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Ready for a sneek peek?

Fall ~ Winter 2007 Preview Brochure

Okay, you have to pace yourself!

I'll post the new colors this weekend, but they are in the back of the brochure so you can check them out.

I LOVE the new punch box! As soon as I saw it all the possibilities started popping in my head. There are going to be some cute scrapbook pages lined with flowers soon!!

All my customers and anyone on my mailing list is going to receive their own copy of the brochure. Would you like to get one, too? Just shoot me a quick email with "Preview Brochure" in the subject line and I'll send you one when they are out.

Have a great day, and stamp a little something for someone sweet!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Girls gotta have glitter!

I had never used SU! glitter before, so when I placed an order a few weeks ago and had some extra "free product" money to spend I decided to get some Dazzling Diamonds, since I hear about it all the time.

Oh. My. Gosh! WHY didn't any of my stamping friends tell me about this stuff years ago? It is so easy to use and produces absolutely gorgeous results! You can use it with a 2-way glue pen (like I did in the project below), Liquid Glue, or with Heat & Stick Powder (which I also bought, but haven't tried yet).

Pictures do not do it justice, but I'm going to try to show you.




It's so sparkly and too much fun! I swear, when you use it you'll want to wear lip gloss and jelly shoes! I've used it in several projects over the past few days, so I'll be sharing them for a while. Ooooh, so pretty! :)

Materials (All SU!)

Card stock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Stamps: Doodle This, Polka Dots & Paisley, Warm Words
Inks: StazOn White, StazOn Black
Other: Soft Subtle Color Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, White Narrow Organdy Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Bone Folder


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

If you had one wish...


There are only 13 days left to get your cards out to Shane to celebrate his birth and life! Please send a card or two his way.
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Monday, May 14, 2007

Another set from the Retiring List

When I found out this set was retiring, I just had to get it! Swell News has some really cute stamps, and I got to use it right away. My cousin is expecting her first baby this fall, and I'm so excited for her! I used some of the new Designer Paper from the Fall-Winter Collection Catalog to do the paper piecing on this card. I don't think she reads this blog, so it will be a surprise. I hope she likes it!



Materials (all SU!)
Stamps: Swell News, Polka Dots & Paisley
Card Stock: Always Amythest, Old Olive, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Always Amythest, Petals & Paisleys
Ink: StazOn Black, StazOn White, Old Olive
Markers: Certainly Celery, Always Amythest, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Basic Black, Blender Pen
Other: Soft Subtles Color Wonder Crayons, Slit Punch, 1/4" circle punch, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Corner Rounder
Techniques: Paper piecing, watercoloring

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

All the pretty paper

I ordered one of the 6x6 pads of new Designer Paper and when it arrived I got straight to work on a card. I just love the colors and patterns. I've always liked experimenting with monotone techniques - and this makes it easy! I'll try color combos next!


The little file folder tag pulls out:

I used the sanding block to do all the distressing, but I think the next toy I'm going to get is the Cutter Kit. It has a nifty little distressing tool that I've never used before but would like to try out. Does anyone have it? Do you like it?


Materials (All Stampin' Up!)

Designer Paper: Always Amythest
Card stock: Whisper White, Always Amythest
Stamp N' Write Markers: Basic Black, Always Amythest
Stamp Set: Double-Line Doodles (not available yet!! It's going to be in the new catalog!)
Other: Round Tab Punch, Spiral Punch, Sanding Block, Snail Adhesive, Paper Piercing Tools from Crafter's Toolkit (one of my favorite things evah!)


Monday, May 7, 2007

Another RAK!

I got another RAK today! I sent my first one out today, too. I'll post a pic later this week. The one I received today is from Denise (Annees on SCS). I just recently got this stamp set, so it gives me an idea of how to use it in a simple but elegant way.

The stamp is one of the current hostess sets - Blooming with Happiness. Only a few more weeks to earn this as a free gift - if you are interested let me know.

Thanks, Denise, for the sweet card! :)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

My very first RAK!

After a crazy day I quickly got the mail in the torrential rain and I was happy to find this:


Isn't it cute? It's from Kitty (Oregon Stamper on SCS). I don't have that punch and I really want it! :)

If you like this card, now is the time to order the stamp set she used to make it. Pocket Fun is on the retiring list, so after June it will be gone! Use the links on the left to check out what other stamps sets are going away in just a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

May flowers

April Showers really did lead us to May Flowers...and stripes, paisleys, swirls, dots, and more!

You are going to love May's promotion - Palette o' Prints: 4 colors, 12 patterns, 48 6x6 sheets of fun!

Just look at how beautiful this Designer Series Paper from the NEW Fall-Winter Collection 2007 catalog is.

And that is just a small sample. There are TWELVE patterns in these four gorgeous colors. Right now is the only time you can order them before the new catalog is released in July.

For every $35 you spend, you can purchase a 6x6 sampler pad of these new Designer Papers for only $9.95. (That is less than $0.21 per sheet!!)

Additionally, if you host a workshop with over $400 in sales you will get a sampler pad absolutely FREE! (That is NO cents per sheet! :) )

So, pick these May Flowers up before the month is over and you have to wait to see them again. And we all know how dreadful waiting is! Email me to set up your May workshop or to place an order.

Happy May Day - give someone a hand stamped card today, it's the little things that make life brighter.
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