Friday, August 15, 2014

Setting Some Stamping Goals!

I love being a Stampin' Up demonstrator, but if I'm truly honest with myself---I'm my own best customer.  So I've set some goals for myself to try and grow my business and to do a better job creating on my own:

Goal 1 - Set up a Facebook Stampin' Up page--done (no followers yet)
Goal 2 - Figure out how to take better pictures - working on it--have a photo box ordered and on the way
Goal 3 - Participate in some sketch/design challenges
Goal 4 - Blog on a more regular basis

During the course of this next year--I'm going to try and post at LEAST once a week a card or project that I've designed all by my little lonesome.  I don't think I can give up CASEing cold turkey.

So let the Project begin….

Step 1--Find some Sketch sites and try to create some cards using their sketches.

Step 2--Figure out the techy stuff so I can post to their sites…without out totally messing up everything!

Step 3 -- Set up some classes to try and increase my business.  I have ideas...but can I follow through with them?

Okay--enough about that--here's a card that I made recently for a swap that I participated in through VC Rocks:

I used paper from the All Abloom pack, For the Birds (colored with a blender pen), and the sentiment from Love and Sympathy.  Can you see my dots from the embossing folder?  I did that by putting the paper in the folder and pound it with a hammer wherever I wanted the dots to be!  Not sure why I didn't take a picture of the inside!!  I had it all fancied up too!  Now I'm off to complete some of my goals before I turn old and gray--oh wait, I'm already there!  Ha!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday….with a "Cars" flair

Last week we celebrated my grandson Brody's 3rd birthday--such a special day for this blessed boy!  I don't know about you, but grandchildren are part of what makes getting older all worth it for me!

Brody is in love with all things to do with "Cars"and "Planes."  So when I saw this card that Heather Summers' mom created I knew I had to CASE it.  There weren't any directions with the card so I had to improvise, but I'm so thankful for the idea (see it here) and was pleased with how it turned out!


Above is the front of the card and here's the inside…

Hope you enjoy!  

Friday, July 25, 2014

July Blog Hop - Fancy Folds and More!

Welcome to the July VCRocks Blog Hop—we may be small in number, but I hope you enjoy what you see!  I’ve got both a 3-D item and a card! 

My upline demonstrated this idea at our last party and I knew right away I had to make one for this blog hop!  It’s a little gift box made with the envelope punch board.


You cut out 2 envelope pieces (that coordinate) for any square card—mine was for a 3 x 3 card, so both of my papers were cut and scored as directed on the punch board for that size card.  After they are punched and scored you need to score on your scoreboard at 3/8 inch along all four sides of both pieces.  Fold your score lines and attach together with sticky strip and decorate!  Don’t forget to leave a flap that’s not glued—so you can get in and out of your box.  I attached a little ribbon loop to mine so it’s more easily opened.


I used some very old designer paper that I still love—it coordinated with the set “Tart and Tangy.”  I made my little cherries from candy dots and the sentiment is from a retired set, “A Word for You.”  My flower is made from the pansy punch – 5 of them hooked together with a brad, saturated with water then scrunched to for the flower—let it dry and it keeps its form.


My card is made using a tutorial by Dawn Griffith found here.  My son’s birthday is this week and this was perfect for him.  


I used the newly retired dsp paper and got my colors from the paper—soft suede, coastal cabana, so saffron, tangerine tango, and very vanilla.  I love all the details I was able to add and yet keep it a masculine card!  Here it is opened to the first folds:

And the next:


And finally all the way open:

Thanks for looking!  Hop on back to the VC Rocks Blog to get to the next spot of creativity!  I'll have to add more details later….got food poisoning yesterday and I'm not feeling very good yet!




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy Anniversary….

Hi all--I'm on vacation in Northern Indiana so I'm posting this from there….this is the card I created for my parents as they celebrated 58 years of marriage in early June.  I used the first photopolymer set that SU offered to create the words in the middle.  The card front was actually a swap that I received a long time ago….


And as you open it--obviously, the knot ties!


I'm looking forward to having some stamping time when I get home from vacation!  



Friday, June 27, 2014

VC Rocks--June Blog Hop!

The theme this month is: "Rock Your Creativity Using Stampin’ Up! Punches or Sizzix Dies" and I had a couple of ideas in mind, but not much time.  I'm helping to host a family reunion this weekend for 40 - 50 people (fixing a couple of the meals) so I'm busy, busy, busy!!  The real question probably should be…why did I sign up for this blog hop?  Hmmm….. =-)

Anyway--a looong time ago I bookmarked this page from Shelli Gardner's blog "So Shelli" --I really like some of the ideas on her banner.  I used the new bigz die called "Party Pennants" some of the embellishment ideas from Shelli's banner and a mix of old and new Stampin' Up materials.

Here's a view of my whole banner which just fits under my shelf that hangs on the wall in front of my stamping desk.


And some close-ups of the banner….



List of supplies used:


Bigz L Perfect Pennants
Artisan Label Punch
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Swallowtail
Delicate Doilies (retired)
Apothecary Art
Choose Happiness
Jumble Alphabet (retired)
Keep Calm (retired hostess set)
Pearls
All Abloom DSP
Venetian Crochet Trim
Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon
Gold Baker's Twine
Dazzling Details
Paper: Naturals Ivory, All Abloom DSP, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Mossy Meadow
Ink:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Mossy Meadow

Have fun hopping to all the blogs!  I know I can't wait to see what everyone has created!!
Here's a link back to VCRock's Blog--from there you can navigate to each blog in the hop.
Enjoy!









Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mother's Day Card….more than a month later….

I made my mom this concertina card for Mother's Day and forgot to take pictures of it before I sent it….thanks to my daughter I got this set of pictures AFTER the fact….




As always you can click on individual pictures to enlarge them.  If you have any questions over what I used let me know.  




Thursday, June 19, 2014

Work of Art….part 2

Whew!  I now know that I like to have my internet in working order….otherwise I get very frustrated!! It's been 3 days since I've been able to get on and make a post….3 long and frustrating days….It's now after midnight on Wednesday evening and FINALLY I have some internet access, so I'm staying up and posting while I can!  Well--you can strike all of the above out--finally went to school so I could get internet fast enough to load the pictures!

When I last left you, I said I'd be back with some more creative examples using Work of Art---so here they are (quickly since I don't know how long my good luck will last)…

#1  Patriotic Work of Art



I saw a number of flag/patriotic cards--I created this one with Night of Navy and Real Red on whisper white card stock.  I did block both the left and right side of my card stock with long post-it notes after looking at the length of the stripe stamp in Work of Art.  I added "celebrate" from Itty Bitty Banners.  I also used the new cotton 1/4 inch ribbon--ooh--it is nice!!


#2 and #3 Polka Dot and Zig Zag Fun case'd from Pinterest (of course).  This first one is from Lisa Curcio and the second from Sylvia Nelson.



Hope you enjoy!