Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer + Stamping = Much Needed Therapy

Imagine my surprise dear friend (s)--I hesitate to think that there may be only 1, perhaps 2 followers, who will be reading this since I've been such a pitiful poster.  No excuses....just the fact that when life is busy something has to give--and my blog was it!

I'm anxious to start creating and posting projects with the awesome products from our new 2016 - 17 catalog.  My upline and I hosted a "New Catalog" party this past week--here's the make and take that I had for my stamping friends--a little 3 x 3 card using the "Pop of Paradise" stamp set....so cute!  The little pineapple is adorable--and really trendy right now!


The pineapple is stamped in one of our new in-colors--Flirty Flamingo.  Gotta love the names of the colors don't you?  Ha!  What a fun job it would be coming up with them!


I'm trying to determine a regular blogging schedule to get into this summer and hopefully maintain....so you'll be hearing from me again sooner than 4 months!



Sunday, February 21, 2016

New Year....New Start

Every year I find myself making a resolution that I will do a better job at posting to my blog on a more regular basis....only to get caught up in work and a busy schedule....forgetting to take photos and post here.  Perhaps this year will be better....

Ha!  I wrote this post in January and I'm now getting ready to finally post it....in late February.  How can I be so busy??  My husband says I need to put "no" in my vocabulary more often.  Ha!
So here's to catching up!!

Here are the cards that I started off the year with for my January Cards and Cake Party......

We started with a concertina card---I believe I had some posts about those about a year and a half ago--they really make special cards, but take awhile to create!


This is the card open.  Go back to this post to get my links to a tutorial and site where you can put in your dimensions and make your own "box envelope" for this card.

Our second project was a fancy fold called a 6 fold card.  I got the tutorial for it here from Dawn Griffith.  The card I made was for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday.



I used a lot of retired paper and the stamp set with the owls--but also used the set  "Number of Years" from the Occasions catalog with it's matching framelits.  There was actually a 3rd project--a triangle box, but most people didn't get to it since the 2 cards were a bit time consuming!  I'll post the box and direction link next time!


The cake was yummy --and Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake---so moist and tasty--even though I messed up the frosting, leaving out the evaporated milk and vanilla.  Here's a link to the recipe I used if you want to try it!
                                                   Happy Stamping!    Dawn

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall and Christmas Card Time!

I met with our fun group of Hillsboro Stampers a week ago and we did a little bit of fall and a little bit of Christmas!  I showed a quick Christmas card using Wondrous Wreath that I saw on a youtube video by Brandy.  I love this set and its matching framelits.  Then I showed how to make your own stamp pad with a baby wipe and ink refills to make a gorgeous fall card with this set--it is so versatile!  See this post for a link to a video showing this technique and similar card.

Oops...it looks like my dazzling details got a bit smushed in my travels....=-)


I stamped the greeting a bit crooked....just makes it homemade--right?

The make and takes that we did included the card above which uses the crumb cake notecards and this quick and easy card in lost lagoon that uses Flurry of Wishes.


What I loved most about this make and take was the individual style that each person added to their card.  Some turned it to landscape position, others added rhinestones and no snowflake element....I loved them all!  I got this card design/idea from Sandi McIver.

Our last project is a gift card/money holder made out of a standard envelope.  We used the "Oh What Fun" stamp set and a tutorial that I received from Chic'nScratch in a e-mail.  I believe she has a tutorial for it online also if you search on youtube.




Happy Stamping!   Dawn




Friday, October 9, 2015

Acorns, Fall, and Stamping Fun!

Fall is probably my favorite time of year.  The colors of fall just make me happy!  At the last gathering with my Hillsboro group we made some fall cards using some of my favorite techniques and here they are:


Isn't this acorn just the cutest?  I can't wait to play with it more this weekend.  The "Into the Woods" designer paper is the perfect foil for this set--Acorny Thank You---and you can bundle it too! The technique we used here was faux suede --it's hard to see, but the texture of suede is on the daffodil circle. 

France Martin designed a card a few years ago using this sponging technique and I still think it makes a striking fall card.  I used the Vintage Leaf set for the leaves and LightHearted Leaves for the sentiment.  I have 2 containers of these cute wooden embellishments left over from last year and really need to get them used! 

Our last project was this little cutie--a mint for after dinner.  I think this would be a cute little thing to put at each person's plate when they join you for a fall feast!


and you can crank out a bunch of these very easily!

Have fun stamping!  Dawn





Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set of the Month...

I had a couple of gals join me for my Sprinkles of Life SSoM in August.  There are so many wonderful cards out there that people have made it was hard to come up with the four that we did make! There are a lot of ice cream cards out there so here's what we did:


I cased this from a card I took a picture of at convention--I thought it was a clever use of the leaves stamp.


This card is similar to one that was demonstrated on the stampin' up website.


This card is totally cased from a youtube video by StampinTexasChristi.


Love the apples and the basket!  Here's the inside of the card:


Keep on stamping!   Dawn





Monday, September 7, 2015

Party Catch Up!

I am so far behind in posting and have SO much to share!  I met with the Hillsboro Ladies in early August before I had to go back to school....and the McPherson gang a week later!

First I shared some of the fun tips on making interesting backgrounds that were shared at convention this year....

•using watered down Tombow glue to make glue splatters and then adding glitter
•using the Dazzling Details and a sponge dauber + mask to create a subtle glittery background
•creating a focal point for a card with your DSP with color added using a sponge dauber or spritzer
•coloring glimmer paper with a spritzer filled with 3/4 rubbing alcohol and 20 drops of reinker


Gotta love those bundles!  Merry Everything and Festival of Trees!


Love the sentiments in the Tin of Cards set!


Here are the cards that I either demonstrated or we made!

Use that washi tape to create a fun background!

We used that same tag punch to create the openings you saw on the first 2 cards above and the one below--just make sure you use a 3 1/4 inch square piece of designer series paper.




The large stamp Definitely Dahlia is the focal point for this card--I cased this from a swap I received at convention....but can't find the name of the stamper!  =-(


Isn't this card using the Honeycomb Hello set adorable?  I cased it from Amanda Sevall.


The inside uses Gorgeous Grunge and One Big Meaning.


I've seen so many beautiful cards using the set Timeless Love!  The black paper in the background is from the designer paper Color Me Irresistible.  Yep--this set is a keeper!  I cased this from my DBWS, but no name so sorry to whoever created this--love it!


I've had Wonderful Wings since the new catalog came out and just hadn't had time to mess around with it, wow....it's a great set and you really have to struggle to make a bad looking butterfly! Ha!  This one uses soft sky, lost lagoon and blackberry bliss.

Whew!  That's a lot of cards...hopefully I'm on the way to getting caught up now and hope I can stay up with my posts.  One more and I'm there!

Keep stamping!   Dawn















Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Last Post about Convention--You're Sublime

So my last day of convention ended at noon....it started out with my participation in a "Kids Themed Swap."  Here were my cards:


This is a "magic card"--when you pull up on the cord the picture of the frog (from You're Sublime) "magically" gets colored!


I found the tutorial on youtube--posted by Dawn Griffith.

My second card featured the new dino set, No Bones About It....


Here's the inside:


There were some great presentations on the last day and I got a ton of ideas to share during this coming holiday season.  Since I wasn't heading home until Sunday morning, I went out to eat with a group of demonstrators to this place located up in the mountains east of Salt Lake City...the back patio where we ate was just a beautiful setting....



I'm so excited to put into practice some of the things I learned this year!