Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farewell to the Old....Hello, New Catalog!

Our May gathering in McPherson was a time to say goodbye to some retiring sets and hello to the new catalog and in-colors....

Two of my favorite sets that are retiring are Perfect Blend (especially when you use it with Gorgeous Grunge).  This is cased from Stampin' By the Sea.

And....this card, using the set From My Heart.  I love the sayings in this set and really like this card.  I pretty much cased this from Mommy Stamper found here, but added the little flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set and did my blushing bride banner behind with 2 of the banners punched out with the banner punch.

It also used the retiring Label Collections framelit (sniff!) and fancy fan embossing folder.

My next card that I demonstrated uses the beautiful Painted Blooms designer paper that is retiring...tomorrow.  I'm hoping there's a replacement for it in the new catty.  The paper makes the card and I used the Banner Blessings photopolymer set which will not be around for much longer since SU only guarantees its availability for 6 months after it's introduced.  I got the idea from Susan Campfield's blog here.

I used an old olive card base with soft sky layered on top of that then the designer paper.  The sentiment was stamped with versa mark and then embossed with black embossing powder.  I used a blender pen and pink pirouette ink to fill in the banner.  I then highlighted the letters with soft sky ink and a blender pen.  Cut it out with the framelit from Apothecary Accents (also retiring) and you have a quick, easy and striking card!

The last card I made for the group used watercolor paper, melon mambo, crushed curry, and island indigo ink and an aqua pen.  But first I had to emboss the Watercolor Thank You with white embossing powder.  I found this on pinterest from catherinelovesstamps.com

The card I demonstrated used crushed curry baker's twine.  After the party, I added long retired island indigo twine to the second card which I liked a lot better than crushed curry.  The melon mambo heart
had dazzling details spread over it which makes it shine (which you can't see).

After this was over we made a notecard sized card using a few of the new in-colors--and everyone got a new catalog!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SU Party continued...

Hi all--I intended to post these pictures of projects that we did at our Hillsboro party on Saturday morning, but life got in the way!  About 3 in the morning we got a text that said we needed to head to Kansas City to welcome our granddaughter into the world!  Let me tell you she is oh, so sweet!

Meet Payton Jo--we are in love with this little one!

Now onto the projects that I need to post!  I was so excited when I heard that the butterfly thinlits were once again available!  I had had a project ready to go for the first party when they went "unavailable." 

First I shared a card that I made using the butterfly bundle and then the make and take which I cased from Mary Fish.  I believe I shared that earlier when I was able to have it as a make and take for my McPherson Group!

This is so easy and simply, but elegant!  I offered it in 3 colors--pink pirouette, wisteria wonder and soft sky.  I love how creative each person was with where they placed the butterfly and sentiment!

We also used Guy Greetings to create a Father's Day card (or card of choice for a guy)

Here's the inside...

I had an example using the shoes stamp all ready to go and it got time for the party and I couldn't find it anywhere!  Crazy!  But when I got home---there it was in my pile of cards...go figure.
All of the examples are on the note card sized cards in Crumb Cake from SU--I think they are one of the best deals in the catalog! 

Our last project was a cute little box made with the curvy box framelit which I'm so excited to see is in the new catalog!  I got this idea on pinterest--here's the link.  I changed it a little, but it's the same general idea!  Loved the little bug candies so ordered them on amazon.  =-)

Cute on the outside....but it's what's inside that makes this special! Take a look!

The little Lindt chocolates come in bees, ladybugs and beetles.  I used the stamp set And Many More for the sentiment inside.  

It's a busy week ahead, but I'm heading to my stamp room right now...hopefully I'll get to do more than just clean up and put away!  


Friday, May 1, 2015

SU Party Time!

It's been a crazy week at school so I'm later getting this post made than I wanted to be....but here goes...

Can I just say that I love being a Stampin' Up demonstrator?  I get to meet the nicest people and have a lot of fun too!!  I had a great time seeing the "Hillsboro Area Stampers" last Saturday!

I shared Dawn Olchefske's cool box pop-up card (and messed it up a bit -ha!) because I thought it is a versatile WOW card that folks can make for graduations that are coming up in May.  Here were my examples:

This first is an exact case (copy and share everything) of Dawn O.'s card that she demonstrates on her video here.

When it's closed it fits in a regular A2 envelope --very cool!

Then I tried a couple of graduation samples.....sold one at the party so I don't have a picture of it (Hi Rita!)  

I don't have anyone graduating this year so I didn't by the stamp in the occasions catalog, but it's perfect for this card (made in whatever your school colors are).  If I were doing this again I would have moved my image up a bit higher and I would stamp and emboss the year 2015 to the right of the little diploma.  

If you have any questions be sure and give me a holler!  I'll post the pictures from the make and take projects tomorrow! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Painted Petals is Bloomin' Awesome!

My other stamp set of the month last month was Painted Petals which I really like even though I messed up and ordered the clear stamp set instead of the photopolymer....so my stampin' ma-jig is my friend!  Here are the cards we did--sure do love pinterest and all the ideas you can find there!  I will give credit when I can because I certainly cased most of these!

Simple and easy--but so striking!  Love the use of Gorgeous Grunge along with Painted Petals.  I use wild wasabi and strawberry slush ink (and stamped off a bit) to achieve this look!  This was cased from Sam Donald (one of my favorite UK demonstrators) at pootles.co.uk

The next card was one of my favorites--it's just so sweet...

I don't own the heart border punch, but I do have the heart strip in the mini bag framelits.  I especially like the combo of rose red and soft sky...and the painted petals cotton twine is a dream to work with.  It comes in a  bundle of 3 colors--whisper white, wild wasabi and soft sky.  I cased this from Louise Sims--another UK stamper.  You can find her card here!

The third card was cased from Julie Davison's blog--really thought this was adorable.  This used Wisteria Wonder and Almost Artichoke ink.  Love the Hello You thinlit dies--so cute!

The last project we did with this set was this card which for me was the most difficult to figure out...I cased it from Amy K.

The pictures just aren't quite true, but close enough....had to do some drawing of stems with this card which of course stretched me artistically!

Don't forget that the retirement list came out last Tuesday and many things are ALREADY sold out!!
You can order by e-mail/messaging me or by ordering through my DBWS site here! (I also hear they put some new stuff on the clearance rack).  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lovely Amazing You!

I think I ordered this set the day it became available!  I love the sentiments and the font (handwriting) is my favorite!  This was one of the sets I used for my April Stamp Set of the Month.  Here are the cards we made:

Yep--this is my favorite of them all.  I used the Butterfly Basics set with crumb cake ink and the flower from the Artisan Embellishments...sure hope they come out with more of these flowers in the new catalog.

I cased this from Patty Bennett--it uses the Irresistable DSP from the SAB catalog.  Guess where the thread came from?  The Island Indigo sequins....just strip them off and you have the thread---genius!

And the last project for this stamp set was a little Easter box...

I will put the link to the directions for this cutie pie box here as soon as I find it!  Here it is!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hearts of Oz Swap

A little over a year ago I got an e-mail asking if I wanted to come meet with a group of demonstrators from mid-Kansas and I was so excited!  I love stamping and I wanted to have a chance to meet some new friends who shared my love!  A year later I'm so glad I've become involved with this group--such wonderful, supportive ladies are there!

We met yesterday to share ideas and just have a day of fun together.  Here's my swap-- I don't know about you, but I totally fell in love with the tulip card on the cover of the SAB catalog and was so disappointed when it wasn't a stamp set or die in there to create it.  Then about 2 weeks ago Mercedes Weber posted a tutorial on how to make the tulip here.  Let me tell you--I was all over it!  It's not quite the same as the catalog picture--a bit bigger.

I got an idea on something I could try that would make a littler tulip--I'll let you know if it works!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Little Boxes, Big Fun!

Who doesn't love little boxes?  Here are a couple of cuties that I found while searching the internet for ideas!  The first is a teeny, tiny box made with the envelope punch board:

It starts with a 4 1/2 inch square of paper--you score and punch at 1 1/2 inches, then flip and score and punch at 1 1/2 inches again on the same side.  You do this on all 4 sides.   The cutting is a tad tricky, but not too hard.  I'll try and post a picture of cutting directions tomorrow.

The other box I made is a smaller version of the triangle box that was shown at Leadership this year (I saw it on the live feed).  I found the directions for the smaller version here on Mary Brown's blog.  This is my first try at this box--there are some things I would change, but it is really cute and it holds more than you'd think (unlike the above box which holds about 3 kisses).  The original was designed by Pootles, I believe.