Thursday, January 29, 2009

In a Scrappin' Mood

My hubby helped me hang a new cabinet in my craft room on Saturday, and that prompted some cleaning and rearranging over the next few days. All that work sorting and shifting resulted in a completely cleared off counter. WOW, it's been a long, long time since I'd seen that! LOL!!! It also got me motivated to do something "crafty" and I really wanted to scrap something! So with a particular photo in mind, I created the following sketch to post on SplitcoastStampers.
I won't be posting it on SCS until tomorrow, so shhhh, this is your "sneak peak!" It's a single photo layout using a square picture. In my case a 4x6 cropped to 4x4.

I used the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper, with it's coordinating stamp set and heart punch. As a bundle you can get them for 20% off through Saturday Jan 31, 2009. Contact me if you'd like to order yours.
Love You Much Bundle - Item No. 115405 $41.48

The picture is of my Mom, I think early 1995, with my now teen aged nieces! She passed away the following January, just 3 months after my wedding. She never got to know my girls, but I cherish this photograph. It really expresses who she was. I love to look at it; being read to is one of my favorite childhood memories of my mom. It makes me feel warm, and reminds me of the love I feel for her still. She was the most caring and wonderful mother, I was lucky to have her while I you Mom!!!

Stampin' Supplies:
STAMPS - Love You Much, Big Deal Alphabet, Flight of the Butterfly
PAPER - Candy Lane DSP
INK - Basic Black and Riding Hood Red Classic, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, and Certainly Celery Markers, Basic Black Journaler

Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 3/4" Circle, Heart to Heart
OTHER - Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rhinestone Brads

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Well I guess being a BIG MOUTH has got me into trouble, again! I was super sad to see Polka Dot go and it has come to my attention that it really hasn't! Sorry if I tweaked anyone out by this news. The stamp is still available, it's on the "dormant" list. What does that mean? Well just that it does not appear in the new catalog, but it is still available for purchase. To see all the offerings on the dormant list, check out the link below!

Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog Dormant List (Available January 19-June 30, 2009)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Last Hurrah for Polka Dot

When I first got the Love You Much Bundle I was eager to use the yummy Candy Lane Designer Series Paper for scrapbooking. The only problem was, with what pictures!? I still have plans for it, but need to get prints of pictures I don't have yet! ;)

Well since I couldn't just let this GORGEOUS paper sit around and wait I made this sweet card. Isn't it darling? I just had to include the
Polka Dot background stamp. It's on the retired list but I think it compliments the Valentine theme perfectly. In this instance I inked it up with pink and randomly added red before stamping to my card stock. LOVE IT! So a sad goodbye to Polka...only available until Midnight!

Stampin' Supplies:

PAPER - Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, and Candy Lane DSP
INK - Chocolate Chip Marker, Riding Hood Red Classic, and StazOn STAMPS - Love You Much, Polka Dot
OTHER - Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2 Way Glue
TECHNIQUES - Machine stitching and Watercoloring

Tuesday is my next workshop. The two cute projects above are the make-n-takes and I again utilized the Love You Much Bundle.
Appropriately named, the little 3X3 textured card is referred to as a
Love Note! They are available in three colors and include Vanilla envelopes. I wanted to give it a soft look so I layered it with Velum and colored the image from the "wrong" side.

Stampin' Supplies:
PAPER - Old Olive Love Note and Envelope, Riding Hood Red Card Stock, Velum, and Candy Lane DSP
INK - Pretty in Pink Marker, Old Olive Marker, Riding Hood Red Classic, and StazOn
STAMPS - Love You Much
OTHER - 2 Way Glue, Heart to Heart Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch

This little treat box was fun to assemble. This time I brought out a few more punches to complete the project and I decided to watercolor the love birds. The final touch...of course I had to fill it with CHOCOLATE!

Stampin' Supplies:
PAPER - Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, and Candy Lane DSP

INK - Chocolate Chip Classic and Riding Hood Red Classic

STAMPS - Love You Much
Scallop Edge, Wide Oval, 1/16" Circle, Word Window
OTHER - Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Natural Hemp, Aqua Painter, Hershey Kisses
TECHNIQUES - Watercoloring

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Stampin' Up! Specials

Don't miss out on the final days of this sale! Visit my website and click [SHOP NOW] to view the remaining accessories available. You can also place your order there any time of day!

The current catalog ends tomorrow at midnight. The stamps featured in the mini version (the sampler) are 20% off until the inception date of the NEW Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog begins January 19, 2009. For a copy of the Fall-Winter Catalog Sampler click on the image in the sidebar on the right>>

Also this month is a GREAT special on a bundle of Valentine papers, stamps, and accessories!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Better Late Than Never

Some crafty things, I've been holding out on you...sorry!
I did this 6x6 scrapbook page for my Ladies Night. My sister Barbara designed it for her stamp club and I LOVE IT! It's a great demonstration of a faux metal technique...probably the most simple way to do it.
Just emboss with metallic EP over metallic card stock. I used Stampin' Emboss Sterling Silver EP over Brushed Silver card stock. It's secured with Silver cord and a Filigree brad. The ribbon is Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon.

I did 3 different gift tags for my open house in December. Simple, quick and fun! After the open house I used mine to give out baked goods to friends and family!
My favorite is the slightly labor intensive punch art tag designed by Mercedes Weber. Pretty easy to recreate using the following punches:

  • 5-Petal Flower (ears)
  • Boho Blossoms (hair)
  • Wide Oval (Face and antlers)
  • 1/4" Circle (eyes)
  • 3/4" Circle (nose and antlers)
Use your scraps after punching shapes to punch a portion of the oval and 3/4 circle, this creates the antlers.

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