Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Share

Today I'm sharing some cards that two of my daughter's made.  They created these beauties while I was making the cards for my Fun, Fabulous, Fall Stamp Camp.  The girls kept interrupting and interrupting my creative process with requests like, "Mom, would you get me a purple card base?"  and, "Mom, I need the butterfly punch."  For a very short time I found myself getting frustrated with them.  But I quickly realized that they really, truly loved what they were doing.  Who can be frustrated about that???

Dide asked me, "Mom, can you get me that stamp with the bowl of cherries?  Then can I have the one with the little girl?  ...I need a Cherry Cobbler marker, please.  ... I need a purple marker for her dress and a brown one for her hair.
Clarice LOVES using punches.  I gave her a folder of scraps and she went to town! She drew faces on the butterflies, hearts on the top of the card, and gave her flower a stem. Inside, she used the Create a Cupcake stamp set with Tangerine Tango ink. It didn't photograph well.

My friend and downline Lynn lost a close friend to a tragic accident yesterday.  He left behind a wife and two children.  When Lynn called to tell me about it, all I could say was, "I'm sorry!"  Here are a few songs that I'd like to share with you for those who are suffering from a loss. (Go directly to my blog to watch these two music videos.)

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge

Hi, everyone!  I found a cool, new challenge to participate in called Fab Friday.  I used the sketch challenge to create one of the cards for my Fun, Fabulous, Fall Stamp Camp.  I'm all filled up for Wednesday, but do have a few spots left in my Thursday class.  Here's the card:

I love, love, love the new Woodgrain embossing folder!!!  The new Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock works lovely with this project, don't you think?

I used France Martin's idea on how to create veined leaves with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  The designer series paper is from the Orchard Harvest collection.  I got that dsp for free at Convention!  I used other patterns from that pack in another one of my Fun, Fabulous, Fall cards.  A post of that one will be coming soon!

Here is the original sketch:

Stamps:  none
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core'dinations, Orchard Harvest designer series paper, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
Ink: Soft Suede (for sponging)
Accessories: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Woodgrain embossing folder, Stampin' Sanding System, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thanks a Bunch - Freshly Made Sketches

Here's a card that I made for Freshly Made Sketches.  

This is the first time I created something using the International Bazaar designer series paper.  This is also the first time I've used the Window Frame Collection Framelits, the zigzag edge from the Finishing Touches Edgelits, and the Friendship Preserved stamp set.  The green color in this paper pack is Lucky Limeade  Unfortunately, my stash of that card stock has been depleted.  So I substituted Old Olive.  In this case, I think the green shades blend well together.  Old Olive and Chocolate Chip is a favorite color combination of mine.

Here's another peek:

Tell me what you think about this card.

I still have to share my creations from last week's Convention Stamp Camp.  Now I'm busy putting on the finishing touches to my Fun, Fabulous, Fall Stamp Camp cards.  I'll show both of those sets of cards during the next few weeks.

Stamps: Friendship Preserved
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, International Bazaar designer series paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 7, 2012

September Blog Hop - Halloween

Welcome to the September edition of the Hopper's monthly blog hop!  This time around we're featuring some wicked Halloween projects.  Since I was in the mood to do some punch art, this is the card that I came up with.
The card base is Elegant Eggplant.  The pumpkins are cut from Pumpkin Pie card stock, the small oval punch, large oval punch, and the 1 1/4" circle punch, then embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder and sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The leaves and stem are cut from Garden Green card stock with the Bird Builder punch.  The clouds are cut from Basic Gray card stock using the frosting shape from the Cupcake Builder punch and sponged with Basic Gray ink.  Last, the moon is cut from Shimmery White card stock with the 1 1/4" circle punch and sponged with Daffodil Delight card stock.

I came up with this idea for creating the bat shape:
Simply cut the bottom wings of the butterfly off with a 3/4" circle punch! Super easy!

The prize this month is 30 6x6" pieces of retired Halloween card stock and some Basic Black grosgrain ribbon courtesy of Diane Squires.

Just leave a comment on all the Hopper's blogs and we'll choose one luck winner from all the posters at the end of the month.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Shimmery White, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Cupcake Builder punch, Bird Builder punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Big Shot, Elegant Lines Textured Impressions embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Attention Teachers! Want Some Free Digital Designing Software???

Are you a teacher?   Would you be interested in receiving a copy of the original version of My Digital Studio, the digital designing software for free

Stampin’ Up! is donating the original version of My Digital Studio to schools and teachers.  This program comes with over $500 worth of digital content and includes more than 2,000 images.  But don't delay!  Supplies are limited. As you know, anything free does not last long! 
What can you use it for?
-  Bulletin Boards
-  Newsletters
-  Cards for students and  parents
-  Awards
-  Photo journals and memory books of special class activities
-  Class Scrapbooks
-  And so much more!!!
You'll be able to check out lots of ideas and videos at and find a whole new world of digital friends who love My Digital Studio, too.
Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! Quantities are limited.  So contact me soon to get the details on how to get this awesome deal for your classroom and school.
Happy Digital Stamping! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to Spool Time - September Promotion

Hi!  I just love the September promotion from Stampin' Up!

Click here to go to my online store and check it out for yourself.

Open Sleigh - One of My Convention Swaps

Here's a card that I designed for one of my Convention 2012 swaps. I forgot that I didn't share it yet.  
The designer series paper is from the set Bring on the Cheer.  I "tied" the bow with a Champagne Glimmer Brad from the Neutral Glimmer Brads collection.  It think it matches well with the Early Espresso card stock.

Here's another view:
Because I couldn't get the Early Espresso embossing powder in time to create my Convention swaps, I used Early Espresso ink. (Love those new ink pads!)  For my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, I'm going to simplify this card a bit and have all the ladies emboss the sleigh.  Knowing my customers, it'll be a hit!

For those locals who want to attend my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, the dates are Wednesday, October 10th at 1 pm and Thursday, October 11th at 10 am. I may also add an evening class and will be delighted to facilitate private evening classes in someone else's home.

A few days before school started, one of my girls got a cruddy throat virus.  It has now passed through the entire house.  My husband Randy ended up with a sinus infection and was home from work almost all of last week. (Kinda put a damper in my "back to school" crafting workout, LOL!)  Clarice ended up with bronchitis.  The rest of us made it through without a secondary infection.  The last victim of this "crud" is Bradley he and is really whinny!  He may miss his first cross country meet tomorrow. Let me tell you, this illness wasn't fun; I had the sorest throat EVER!  So I know how Bradley is feeling right now.  Hopefully, he will get over it in a day or two without complications.

Stamps: Open Sleigh
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer designer series paper
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon, Neutrals Glimmer Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!