Friday, November 15, 2013

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit

Stampin' Up recently introduced a new holiday ornament kit.  This is the Festive Flurry Ornament kit.  It inlcudes all the pieces needed to create 10 of these fabulous ornaments.  No need to order the stamps, framelits, ink, rhinestones, etc. - it is all in the kit.

Top presents, embellish cards, create a wintery garland, or trim the tree. How you use them is up to you!

The kit includes everything you need (minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including:
* 10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon
* Printed cardstock - die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper)
* Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40)

All for the price of $14.95.  Check this one out in my online store!!
Festive Flurry Ornament Kit - Item 135813

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pool Party STARS Challenge

This is my final card featuring the This and That Epic Day DSP and the Simply Sketched stamp set from Stampin' Up.  And of course it is Thursday, that means it is time for another DOStamper STARS Challenge.
I changed up the sketch a bit.  My stamped image is on a slightly larger square and I added three Basic Jewel Rhinestones on the same piece.

Hope you have enjoyed these cards.  If you have missed my previous cards, here are the links: 
Calypso Epic Day - Calypso Coral
Sketched Epic Day - Gumball Green

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Simply Sketched

Paper:  Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Whisper White, This and That Epic Day DSP
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Pool Party
Other:  Basic Jewel Rhinestones

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Calypso Epic Day

Today I am featuring my second card using the This and That Epic Day DSP and the Simply Sketched stamp set from Stampin' Up.

I love the chevron design on this Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the bird using Calypso Coral on Whisper White.   I then punched out the design using a 1 1/2" circle punch and layered that over a 1 3/4" scallop circle.  The sentiment is from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set.  I love the look of layering the Large Oval Punch over the Modern Label punch.

Thanks for checking out my card today.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Simply Sketched, Six-Sided Sampler

Paper:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, This and That Epic Day DSP
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Other:  1 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Basic Jewel Rhinestones

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sketched Epic Day

Happy Saturday.  Today's card is inspired by the challenge at Seize the Sketch:

Over my next series of posts, I am going to feature the Simply Sketched stamp set from Stampin' Up and the This and That Epic Day designer series paper collection.  I love the look of Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper, but once I get them I just can't seem to cut them.  This is my attempt to use up some of the my stash and make some great cards.  Of course, once I use it up I can always get more, right?  LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by.
All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Simply Sketched, Regarding Dahlias

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, This and That Epic Day DSP
Ink:  Gumball Green, Early Espresso
Other:  None

Thursday, November 7, 2013

STARS Color My World

Here it is - Thursday again.  Time for another Color My World challenge. 

I thought about these colors for awhile before I came up with this card.  Actually, I ended by using Basic Gray instead of Smoky Slate.  I think it is still in the spirit of the challenge.  I love the Dahlia stamp and feel like it can be used in so many ways.

Thanks for stopping by.  Check out my fellow STARS.
All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Regarding Dahlias

Paper:  Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Jet Black Stazon
Other:  None

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Getting Ready for the Holidays

I am starting a new series of posts today featuring Stampin' Up product that you can use to get ready for the holidays.

The first post features some holiday ornaments created with the Gift Bow Bigz L Dies.

The ornament may look familiar to you.  It is the actually the same construction as the small pumpkin from a couple weeks ago.  See the Truly Grateful Pumpkins post.  I have replaced the stem with a Candy Dots Brad Base blinged out with a large Basic Jewel Rhinestone and Silver 1/8" ribbon as a hanger.

The angel is very sweet and easy to construct.   I cut 2 Small bow loops and 2 bow tails from Pool Party.  I then stamped the pieces using the Mixed Bunch stamp set with Island Indigo ink.  The halo is punched from Silver Foil Sheet using the 1 3/4" and the 1 1/4" circle punches.  The face is punched from Pink Pirouette using the 1 1/4" circle.  The center piece is Island Indigo cardstock punched with the 7/8" scallop circle and layered with a Frosted Finishes embellishment.

My upline, Dawn Olchefske has a video on her website featuring this project.  Check it out:  Stampin' Up Gift Bow Die Angel

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy these projects.

Stamp: Mixed Bunch
Paper: Ornament - Island Indigo, Winter Frost Specialty DSP.  Angel - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Silver Foil, Pink Pirouette.
Ink: Ornament - Versamark.  Angel - Island Indigo.
Other: Gift Bow Bigz L Die.  Ornament - Candy Dots Brad Base, Basic Jewel Rhinestone, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder.  Angel - Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Frosted Finishes Embellishments.
Circle Punches - Ornament - 1" Circle, 7/8" Scallop Circle.  Angel - 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Stamp Set of the Month

For November’s Stamp Set of the Month, I have chosen Hello Lovely.  This is a great stamp set if you like to stamp.  The designs can be used individually or together to form patterns and designs.  And, of course, it includes sentiments making this set even more versatile.
For my featured cards, I started with a palette of the 2012-14 In-Colors.  The tiled card is stamped using Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit and then combined with coordinating cardstock.  The Hello Lovely card is a combination of Primrose Petals and Basic Gray.  The Ampersand card uses one of the 2013-15 In Colors – Crisp Cantaloupe matched with Early Espresso.

If you place an order of $40 (before sales tax and shipping) on my online store by November 25, 2013, I will send you the kit to make all these fabulous cards.  This includes all the cardstock cut to size.  You just need to add Hello Lovely stamp set and ink to create these cards.
Everyone who orders by November 25, 2013 is entered for a chance to win FREE Stampin' Up product. 
Check out the details of my Stamp Set of the Month program.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday STARS Challenge

Happy Halloween!!  Today's challenge is a photo challenge.  The photo has such an autumn feel.  I was inspired by the colors and the acorns for my card today.

I created the acorns by using the Chalk Talk Framelits.  I just cut them down to the size that looked right for the card.  This was my first time using Soft Sky.  It is a fun blue color. 

Check out my fellow STARS' projects as well:
All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Truly Grateful, Four You
Paper:  Soft Sky, Sweater Weather, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso
Other:  Labels Collection Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Truly Grateful Turkeys

It is the last weekend of October already.  Where has the month gone?  I am sharing the final project in my October Truly Grateful Project Series. For today's project I found a little inspiration on Pinterest.  This project was designed by fellow Stampin' Up demonstrator Kirsteen Gill.  I am again using the Gift Bow Bigz L die from Stampin' Up.  I love this little turkey.  I think he would be great at the "kid's table" of your holiday dinner - marking a special spot for each child.


For the colorful feathers, I used the largest stamp in the Truly Grateful stamp set.  I stamped both the bow tail and the small bow loop using matching ink.  These are then adhered to the largest circle in the Circle Collection Framelits Die cut in half.  The next layer of Early Espresso "feathers" is adhered to the 2nd largest Circle Framelit from the same collection.  For the turkey body, I left one plain and then thought it looked too flat.  So, I had to step it up a bit with the second turkey.  I used the Chevron Embossing folder on his body and wings.  I think it adds so much dimesion and interest.  I used the 1" X 8" Cellophane Bag from Stampin' Up for the legs.  They are filled with a special treat for your little guests.

I hope you have enjoyed these projects and will use some of these ideas for the upcoming holidays.  Thanks again for stopping by.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Truly Grateful
Paper:  Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
Other:  1" x 8" Cellophane Bag, Google Eyes (non-SU), Gift Bow Bigz L Die, Modern Label Punch, Circle Collection Framelits Die, Sticky Strip, Chevron TIEF

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lovely Circles

For today's cards I am combining two fabulous challenges.  Tuesday Morning Sketches #221 & ColourQ #211


These colors really seemed to work for me, even though the cards don't have any Halloween images.  I love the way the sketch and color inspiration photo incorporate circles.  For this card set, I used the various sentiments in the Lacy and Lovely stamp set.  I stamped the various circle images in each color and layered them over the corresponding cardstock.  The card base is Smoky Slate.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Lacy & Lovely
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Jet Black StazOn
Other:  Basic Jewel Rhinestones, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

STARS Thursday Challenge

It's that time of the week again. Time for another DOstamper STARS Thursday challenge.  This week is a sketch challenge.
The layout was fun to work with.  I combined the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set with Gorgeous Grunge.  Don't see the grunge?   It is actually the cross-hatch pattern on the Pool Party cardstock.  I layered a couple punches with the sentiment and added a little bling.  My clean and simple card is done.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Six-Sided Sampler, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Other:  Hexagon Punch, Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stampin' Up Anniversary Celebration

We're celebrating Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary all year long, but during the week of the actual date (October 25th to be exact) we thought we should pump up the party even more. So what better way than a sale on the very products that started it all: stamps, of course!

Dates:  October 22-28, 2013
Offer:  Get 25 percent off 25 stamp sets.
Humongous List of Stamps on Sale:  All the info is in my Online Store

Check out this fabulous deal from Stampin' Up.  What's better than a party where YOU get the gifts!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Autumn Sampler

Today I am featuring a home décor project.  This Autumn Sampler features many different images and punches from Stampin' Up.  I chose the colors based on Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper. 

Here is the unframed sampler: 

Each of the 9 squares has a finished size of 2 1/4".  Many of the squares have elements that are 3-dimensional, such as the rosette, the pumpkin and the butterfly.  To really showcase these, the layout is framed in a shadow box.

Hope you give this type of project a try.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge, Lovely as a Tree, Papillon Potpourri, Label Love, Pennant Builder
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango,
Punches:  Owl Builder, 1" Circle, Elegant Butterfly, Artisan Label, Bird, Decorative Label
Other:  Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons
Miscellaneous:  8 x10 Shadow Box, Michaels

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Truly Grateful Pumpkins

This is the third project in my October Truly Grateful Project Series.

For today’s project I have created some fun pumpkins. They are created using the Gift Bow Bigz L Die from Stampin' Up. They are sitting on a small table in my family room with a candle and some other fall decorations and they look great. These would also mix well in a Thanksgiving tablescape.

Check out this tutorial for my pumpkins. 

Stamp: Truly Grateful
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (Large), Cajun Craze (Medium), Tangerine Tango (Small), Always Artichoke (Leaves), Chocolate Chip (Stem)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke
Embellishments: Linen Thread, 1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon, Naturals Designer Buttons, Gift Bow Bigz L Die
Circle Punches/Framelits: Various
Other: Hot Glue gun and Hot Glue

Thursday, October 17, 2013

DOstamper Stars Challenge

I tried a new challenge today.  My upline is Dawn Olchefske and I am a member of her group - DOstamper Stars. 
I recently got some new stamps from Stampin’ Up and really wanted to play with them.  For this card, I combined the Gorgeous Grunge and Hello Lovely stamp sets.  The Gorgeous Grunge set allowed me to use the colors in a fun way.  I love the sentiments from Hello Lovely. 

Check out my fellow STARS:

Thanks for stopping by today.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Hello Lovely, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight
Other:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Truly Grateful Gift Tag

Welcome back to my October Truly Grateful Project Series.  For my next project, I am featuring a Gift Tag.  This could be used on a wine bottle that you are bringing to a holiday party or just to add more interest to your Thanksgiving tablescape.

This project can be created easily and adds a lot of impact.
Thanks for stopping by.  Next week we will be stepping things up a bit with the addition of the Gift Bow Bigz L Die - but there won't be any bows.
All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Truly Grateful
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip
Other:  Chalk Talk Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Chevron Embossing Folder, Naturals Designer Buttons

Friday, October 11, 2013

Metallic Motorcycles

Today I am featuring one of the fabulous cards that is included this month in my Stamp Set of the Month.

I absolutely love the way the motorcycles look with Silver Emboss Powder on Basic Black cardstock.  This would be a perfect masculine birthday card. 

If you place an order of $40 (before sales tax and shipping) on my online store by October 25, 2013, I will send you the kit to make this card and 2 others.  This includes all the cardstock cut to size.  You just need to add the Rev Up the Fun stamp set, (130520 Wood Mount, 130523 Clear Mount) ink and silver emboss powder to create these cards.
Stamp:  Rev Up the Fun
Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark, Basic Black
Other:  Chevron Embossing Folder, Silver Embossing Powder

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cajun Fishing

I had a lot of fun with the OWH World Card Making Blog Hop.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left messages on my blog. All of the cards were great and the best part is that the heroes will have some fabulous cards to send home to their loved ones.

I am using the OWH Card Sketch #193 for my card today.  For the color I found some inspiration on Dynamic Duos.  At first Cajun Craze and Island Indigo seemed like a stretch for me, but then I found a way to combine them that made sense to me.

I used the stamp set By the Tide.  I stamped the coral/seaweed with Cajun Craze ink at full strength at the bottom of the Very Vanilla card layer then stamped off twice to create the background.  I stamped the fish in Island Indigo twice (stamped off once).  I added a Cajun Craze and Island Indigo layer behind the stamping and then attached the whole thing to a Crumb Cake card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: By the Tide, A Dozen Thoughts
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Other:  Regal Candy Dots, Island Indigo Baker's Twine

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Truly Grateful Fall Project Series

As a special series in October, I will be focusing on one stamp set and showing a variety of ways to combine the stamps with limited supplies to create cards and home décor items.

The stamp set used in these projects is Truly Grateful which is featured in the current Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.

Since yesterday was World Card Making Day, my first project is a card.  This really showcases my stamping style.  I like to use all the stamps in a set to get the most of my sets.  I stamped the round tree layer on Crumb Cake to create my background paper.  The acorns were stamped on a strip of Crushed Curry.  The sentiment was stamped on the second largest Chalk Talk Framelit that was actually cut twice to create this "custom" shape.  Linen Thread was wrapped around the Burlap Ribbon and tied with a button.  The Chocolate Chip tag was embossed using the Chevron Embossing Folder.
Hope you enjoy this project.  Check back next Sunday for my next project.
All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Truly Grateful
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso
Other:  Chalk Talk Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Chevron Embossing Folder, Naturals Designer Buttons

Saturday, October 5, 2013

WCMD Bloghop

It is World Card Making Day!!  What a great day to make cards.  Of course if you need a little inspiration to get started, OWH is hosting a Blog Hop today.  Check out this link to see more great cards.  Here is the sketch that I selected for today:  OWH Sketch 145

I started out making one thank you card, but then I couldn't stop.  The colors in the designer series paper I selected just inspired me to try other combinations.  The layout is fairly simple, but I just love the way they turned out.  I can't pick a favorite - they are all bright and colorful.  Let me know which color you like the best in the comments below.


Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you feel inspired to create some cards for OWH today.

All items Stampin' Up unless noted

Stamp: Five-Way Flower, Regarding Dahlias
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Other:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Basic Jewel Rhinestones