1/30/10

Charming Card

This card was inspired by one of my favorite card designers and fellow demos, Cindy Beach.  She made a card similar to this and I really liked the color combo of Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Kraft, and Very Vanilla.  The stamp set "Charming" was featured in the Holiday Mini, but is still available to purchase because it was meant to go with the Simply Adorned Jewelry Line, which is also available in the current Occasions Mini Catalog.  I also used the following on this card: Very Vanilla 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Rose Red Button, Rose Red Felt Flower and Always Artichoke Brad.  Punches used were: Eyelet Border, Modern Label and Word Window.  I ran the smaller piece of Not Quite Navy card stock thru the Big Shot using the Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder. The DSP is a piece of Bella Bleu, one of my favorites. 

1/29/10

Think Pink Class Project #6

This is the final project from the class I had last Saturday night.  I cannot take credit for designing this card, I got the idea from Heather Summers, a great SU! demo from Canada.  It features the "Fox & Friends" stamp set and a striped pattern from the "Sweet Pea" DSP Stack.  The words are from the FREE Sale-a-bration set, "Whimsical Words".  The color combo is: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White.  Polka Dots are courtesy of the "Perfect Polka Dots" Textured Impressions Folder and the ribbon is the luscious new Pretty In Pink Satin Ribbon.  I will be working on some new projects this weekend to share with you next week.  Stampin' Up! is sending me some new goodies next week as well, so there will be lots to show you!

1/28/10

Think Pink Class Project #5

Here is another card from my last class.  This one features the FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set called "Happy Moments".  The cool thing about this set is you can put both the image and the words on the same clear block and stamp them on the card stock at the same time, so they line up perfectly every time.  I hand colored the flowers on the cake with a blender pen dipped in "Regal Rose" and used the Creamy Caramel Marker to color the cake stand.  The color combo on this card is Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla. The vanilla piece was ran thru the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder.  The Pretty in Pink strip was punched with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch and I topped of the piece of "Sending Love" DSP with a lucsious bow tied with Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon.  Gotta love this ribbon, perfect bow every time!  Of course, I dusted the cake image with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds for some bling.  Thanks for looking!

1/27/10

Think Pink Class Project #4



It is Wordless Wednesday but since I am a nice person I will share the details for this card :)
Color Combo: Cameo Coral, Certanily Celery, Whisper White
Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Tools: Ticket Corner Punch, Large Fancy Flower Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impressions Folder for Big Shot, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat Pack.
 Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brad

Bonus:
Ruby finally updated her blog!
Check it out HERE

1/26/10

Think Pink Class Project #3


Hello friends!  Here is yet another card that my stampers made last Saturday night!  It was probably the easiest one of the night.  The stamped images are from "Vintage Vogue", a new fave.  The butterflies are die cut with the "Beautiful Wings" Embossit die for the Big Shot.  The color combo is Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White and Old Olive.  I added a little Dazzling Diamonds to the big butterfly and the flowers.  This would make a perfect Mother's Day card.  You can get a closer look by clicking on the picture.  Thanks for looking!

1/25/10

Hey Foxy Lady!


Hello Stampers!
I am so lovin' the Fox & Friends Stamp Set right now!  What do you think of this card?  It was totally inspired by a fellow demo, Heather Summers, of Canada.  I loved the color combo on her card, but I changed up the design just a bit to add my own flavor and I love it.  When I showed this card to my stampers at Saturday night's class the first thing that came to their minds was Victoria's Secret lingerie.
 What else could you expect from a bunch of Stamp Tramps, right?
 
Anyway, this card features the color combo of Pink Passion (go figure!), Old Olive, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I used the fox from Fox & Friends as well as our brand new punch, Scallop Trim Border.  I love the lacy look of it, and yes it does remind me of undies from VS!  We also used the Heart of Hearts embosslit for the scalloped black heart underneath the pink one and also the Perfect Polk Dots Textured Impressions Folder for the Big Shot.  Throw in a litlle black grosgrain ribbon and you've got yourself a super cute Valentine or Anniversery card!

1/24/10

Think Pink Class Project #1


Last night was my "Think Pink" Card Class and I had such a good time.  I had a great turnout and we had so much fun.  We made 6 cards, each featuring a different shade of pink.  This first card features the color "Melon Mambo" and I think it was my favorite project of the night.  The stamps used are "Extreme Guitar:, "Extreme Elements" and  You Rock from "Just Jawing".  I punched a star with the large star punch and added one of our star circle brads to the center but my favorite part of the card is the sticky strip with Silver Chunky Glitter that runs down the middle of my black 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.  It adds just the right amount of bling, don't you think?  I will share the rest of the cards from the class in my next five posts.

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1/19/10

Just for You Tags


Here are some tags that I made for one of the frequent shoppers of Unique Boutiques.  She spotted this tag on one of my gift bags that are for sale at the shop and wondered if I could just make her 15 tags.  So I did.  I used the Two Tags Die for the Big Shot which made this project super simple.  I also used a retired background stamp (I know, but I just can't let this one go) called French Script, with which I am sure many of you stampers are familiar.  It is an oldie but a goodie!  I also used the medallion stamp from "Charming" as well as the "Just for You" stamp from "Oval All".  I sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock with Close to Cocoa and then added some vintage buttons from my stash as well as our Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla Striped Ribbon.  I love, love, love this ribbon.  I topped off the tag with some Kraft and Very Vanilla Tafetta Ribbon and my tags are ready to go!  Not the best picture, I know, but it was taken with my Blackberry, so please forgive me.  Coming later this week.....cards that will be featured at my Think Pink card class on Saturday, January 23rd.  It is not to late to sign up, I have a couple of spots left!  Just click the Pink Link in the upper right hand corner of my blog for more info.


1/16/10

Birthday card for SisterFriend!


Here is the birthday card that I made for my SisterFriend, Sandra.  I have no actual blood related siblings, but Sandra and her sis, Amelia are my SisterFriends, my Portuguese sisters and the godmothers to each of my children.  Yesterday was Sandra's birthday and this is the card that I made for her.  Today, Sandra and Lucas (her son and Natalie's best friend) joined us as we celebrated Natalie's birthday by taking a trip to the Lego store in Sacramento.  Natalie as been dying to go there and she had asked for money for her birthday so she could go on a Lego shopping spree, so we went.  Unfortunately, the Lego store in Sac is NOT like the Lego store at Downtown Disney, so Nattie did not find the items on her wish list, which meant a side trip to ToysRUs (where we saw a dude stuff a whole hook full of Sony Walkmans in his pants...LOL) and another trip to Target where Natalie finally got everything she wanted for her birthday.  One of the highlights of the day was our lunch at The CheeseCake Factory in Sac, it was yummy!  Especially the Fried Mac & Cheese Balls that Natalie ordered.....they were heavenly!  Sandra and I also scored some great buys at the Bath and BodyWorks store as well, which was awesome.  So here are the details on Sandra's card:

Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss and Basic Gray Cardstock. Basic Gray and Mellow Moss Ink.  I {heart} hearts & Well Scripted stamp sets.  Beautiful Wings & Heart of Hearts Embosslits for the Big Shot.  Finial Press Embossing Folder for the Big Shot. Half pearls from the Pretties Kit.  Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon.  Small Heart Punch.

I also special ordered a 1 line stamp with the following words to stamp inside Sandra's card:

To My SisterFriend

I think this stamp will be great to use on cards for all of my closest friends.  Just a another reminder on how you can get any kind of stamp that you want from Stampin' Up!

1/14/10

New Goodies, New Card!



I am so loving this new Designer Series Paper!  It is called "Sending Love" and it is gorgeous!  Every single sheet is double sided and one side has glitter accents.  It is so pretty that it is hard to choose which pattern to use on my projects.  This project shows 3 of the patterns available.  The ribbon is also new.  Real Red Satin is just one of 8 colors that we now carry. It is the best for tying bows (especially for bow-challenged people like me). Be sure to watch for my upcoming ribbon share, it is a great way to get a sample of all of the colors at once without breaking the bank   And how do you like that scalloped edge on the large heart?  That is made with the new Heart of Hearts Embosslit for the Big Shot.  The great thing about it is that is works very nicely with our Large Heart Punch.  The little heart border is made with the Pinking Hearts Edge Punch, also a brand new item as well as the words "Love you much" from the Well Scripted Stamp Set.

Samples of
Sending Love DSP:


1/12/10

So Shelli and So Cool!


(Pictured above: Stampin' Up! founder Shelli Gardner on stage at SU! Leadership Conference)

So I was blog surfing a bit ago and one of my favorite stops is the blog of Stampin' Up! founder, Shelli Gardner. I saw the coolest thing on her blog today: my friends!  That's right, my little group of demo sisters that got to go to Arizona for Leadership last week are featured on Shelli's blog today.  I spotted, my upline Kim as well as my other demo friends, Beverlee, Karen, Angie, Niki and Patricia.  How cool is that?  You can check it out for yourself and those of you that come to stamp camp in Tracy will recognize Kim, Karen, Bev, Angie and Niki.  How exciting for them! And if you haven't checked out Shelli's blog, you should add it to your blog list, she always has inspiring stories and gorgeous projects.  Take a look here: shelli's blog

By the way, how gorgeous is that stage in the picture above? Rich Razzleberry onstage, awesome!

1/11/10

Stamp Club Project #1



Here is one of the projects that I designed for my Stamp Tramp stamp club gathering last Saturday.  All of the projects were Valentine's theme. This card features a few of the new items that are available in the brand new Spring Occasions Mini Catalog.  I just have one thing to say:

 I LOVE THE NEW CLEAR BLOCK STAMPS!!!!! THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!

I had my reservations when SU! first told us that they were going to inroduce the clear blocks and cling on stamps, but I love them and from this point on I will probably order all of my stamps for the clear blocks.  Here are my reasons why:
  1. Storage Factor:  The stamps come in a DVD case and all of the images are pictured on the spine of the case so you can store them bookshelf style and not even have to pull them out to see what is inside. AND they take up 50% percent space, which is very important to me.
  2. Easy Stamping:  No need for a Stamp-a-ma-jig for stamp placement. Since you can see thru the block it is super easy to line up your alphabet or 2 step stamping stamps.
  3. Easy cleanup: You will never have a dirty block again!  The clear blocks clean up with your Stampin' Mist and Stampin' Scrub. 
  4. Save Money: Our unmounted stamps are priced $5.00 to $7.00 less than the wood block mounted stamps. Yes, you will need to by the clear blocks to get started, but if you purchase a clear block with every unmounted set (which, again, are cheaper than wood mounted) you will pay the same as you would if you were buying wood, and you will have a full set of clear blocks in no time.  Or you can buy all of the blocks in a bundle and save over $10.00 (this was the option that I chose).
  5. And finally, the clear blocks are beautiful!  I know it sounds silly, but when I started taking them out of their packages I noticed right away how nice they are.  The have rounded, beveled edges and look just like glass.  The are just as thick as the wood and a bit heaver, which gives you a nice, even image when you stamp with them.  I feel like I don't have to push down on the stamp as much when I am inking it on the pad or applying it to my paper AND you don't rock it as much which means no extra ink where you don't want it.  I spoke with someone that owns one of our competetor's clear blocks and was told that ours our superior, so that is also a plus.
Anyway, that is my opinion, but judging from my workshop sales at stamp club on Saturday, I think all of my ladies agreed with me!  I think everyone was very happy with  the results of the new stamps as well as the other new products that I featured on my projects.

Now, back to the card!

Here is what I used to make this card:
New Products I {heart} Hearts Stamp Set, Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Sending Love DSP, Pinking Hearts Edge Punch.

Other supplies:  Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card stock. ChocChip Taffeta Ribbon, Modern Label, Word Window and Heart to Heart Punches, Final Press Textured Impressions Folder.

1/10/10

Gone for a bit, but back with a chocolate bunny!

I have been absent a few days from the blogging world, and NO it was NOT because I was in Arizona with my demo sisters, enjoying the warm weather and awesome Stampin' Up! Leadership and Regional Events (BOOHOO!!!). Unfortunately, I had to stay behind and work my boring day job: I work in the accounting office for 3 luxury auto dealerships. End of month and end of year at dealerships = no fun for Julie!  I don't know why Stampin' Up! cannot schedule their events around MY schedule...LOL!

Anyway, I have been very busy creating new projects for Stamp Club and my upcoming Think Pink Class and I have a few to share with you, but I am waiting for my camera battery to recharge (thanks hubby, for leaving me with a dead camera!) so when it is ready I will post our projects from yesterday's stamp club gathering.

In the meantime, here is a project from the Stampin' Up! site that features our NEW Chocolate Bunny Stamp.  You can find this little guy in the Spring Occasions Mini Catalog. Enjoy!  SUPPLES USED: Bashful Blue CS ,Close To Cocoa CS, Old Olive Textured CS, Whisper White CS, Chocolate Chip Stamp Pad, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Sherbet Designer Buttons, Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Little Leaves Stampin' Up! Sizzlits, Lots Of Tags Stampin' Up! Sizzlits, Perfect Polka Dots Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Die.

1/5/10

Another Heart Treat Card!


Hello stampers!
Here is another lovely card Heart Treat Cup sample provided by Stampin' Up!  This card also features the brand new stamp set: "Sweet Heart" which just became available today.   These Treat Cups are a great way to add a little extra "sweet" to your Valentine's cards this year.  I am picturing a card with Conversation Hearts inside, wouldn't that be cute?  If you are attending Think Pink class (info here) on the 23rd of this month you will get to make a project featuring this great new accessory.  Hope to see you there!

1/2/10

Pull-up Treat Holder

Happy New Year! 


 Here is a project from our last Stamp Tramp Gathering.  It is a pull up treat holder and I got the idea from the #2 Demonstrator in the US, Kimberly Van Diepen.  I am such a fan of her creations, she is big into Vintage/Shabby Chic, which is my favorite style.  Her original idea was a vintage Halloween gum holder, but I wanted to make mine more feminine, so I used the "Friends 24~7" and "Flores Suaves" Stamp Sets.  The color combo is Rich Razzleberry, Mellow Moss, Whisper White and Crushed Curry.  All items were stamped in Rich Razzleberry: the words from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set, the butterfly image from "Flores Suaves" (which is found in our Spanish catalog) and the fluer de li background image from "Friends 24~7".  I sponged the butterfly with Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry and also a little bit of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, which I am happy to say, is now a basic item,  woohoo!  Love this paint!  I also added a bit of the paint to the background piece as well, for a little extra sparkle. The ribbon is Whisper White Taffeta and the flower is one of our white Crocheted Flowers with a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the center. The holder is adhered with Sticky Strip, which is the only adhesive that you would want to use to hold the box together.  I punched the holes for the ribbon with our Slot Punch and the ribbon is 24" long which is more than enought to give you a decent bow. I also added a strip of Sticky Strip to the outside of my holder and covered it with Chunky Glitter for some more bling.  Just love this technique!
If you would like to re-create this project, the measurements for the treat box are:

Cut cardstock at 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"  
 Score at 1/", 2 1/2", 3", and 5"

This would also be great for Valentine's Day as well, just switch out the vintage stamps for a Valentine's set.  Speaking of Valentine's Day, the next project you will see on my blog will be created with my BRAND NEW Spring Mini Catalog stuff.....I am so excited.  Now I need to get off of this computer and get busy creating so I can share with you later!  Have a great Saturday!