A "Unique" Thanks

Here is one of the thank you cards that I made for Lisa at Unique Boutiques to send out to all of our Relay for Life Sponsors.  The logo for Unique is a really cool chandelier so I tried to locate a retired SU! set called Grand Soiree that has a very similar one, but have had no luck so far.  This is a stamp that my friend Diane picked up for me at the M store in Merced, but everything else on this card is Stampin' Up!  As I mentoned a few posts back, this color combo of Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquiose, Crumb Cake and Basic Black is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  I used our brand new embossing folder, "Vintage Wallpaper" on the Mambo piece and the swirly stamp from "Elements of Style" for the Turquoise piece.  The background was stamped with the "Canvas" BG stamp and Crumb Cake ink.  The black trim is punched from our Scallop Trim Punch.  The thank you is from a retired hostess set, but I liked that style of font for the front of this card.  I will also be making a bunch of these cards to sell at both shops as well.


Pedaling Past...

Here is another card from last night's class.  This one features the set, "Pedaling Past" which has an antique bicycle theme.  I love this color combo: Real Red, Brilliant Blue and Crumb Cake.  I will miss the Real Red Polka Dot Stitched Ribbon, it will not be in the new catalog and neither will this cool stamp set, but you can order it thru the end of August because it is featured in the current Summer Mini Catalog.  Here is what the whole set looks like:
Pedaling Past 
Clear Mount 120069
Price: $14.95
Wood Mount 116972
Price: $19.95

From tonight's class...

Yay! My camera charger came and now I am back in the photo taking business.  Here is one of the cards that we made tonight at my Just Cards ~ Express class.  I got this layout from a card that I saw on Cardscraps.com, which is a really cool stamping site.  I added the Soft Suede Ribbon but other than that I kept the design the same.    The stampt sets used were "Tropical Party" and "Teeny Tiny Words".  The color combo is Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.  I also used the "Island Oasis" DSP and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  This card will also be available at Vintage Market tomorrow and if you aren't busy stop by between 1-5 pm, Ruby and I will be working there. 


Queen for a day...

Here is a card that I made for display and a possible swap and a possible class project.  I just can't decide.  I did decide to whip up a few extra and put them in both of my shops so we will see how many people like my new favorite color combo.  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black and Crumb Cake.  I used the crown image from the upcoming "Artistic Etchings" stamp set, which will be available in 6 days...woohoo!  I have already gotten a lot of use out of this versatile set and am thinking that I want to plan a whole class around it.  Back to the card.  The background is our BG stamp, "Canvas", the words are actually one of my favorite quotes and the stamp is from "Favorite Thoughts".  I ran the Mambo piece of cardstock thru the Big Shot using our new embossing folder, "Vintage Wallpaper" which is a MUST HAVE.  I topped it off with a "Scallop Trim" punched border and a cute little rhinestone from my stash.  I punched out the crowns using our scalloped square punch, which I have decided that I need to use more often.  I also sponged some Basic Black ink around some of the layers to add that vintage look.  I love this card, if I do say so myself. 

Also:  NEW CATTIES ARRIVED!!!!!!!!  I received them last night and have dispersed a few to some of my stamp club members but if you are not a stamp club member or workshop hostess you can get your copy for just $5.00 and then receive $5.00 off of your first order. You can also get one free if you place a $50.00 order by the end of this month.  Just shoot me an email to reserve your copy!


Food for thought.

My camera charger has still not arrived and my daughter cannot find her camera in her PIT of a bedroom, so I cannot share the FABULOUS cards that I came up with over the weekend! Soooo, until I get caught up with pics of my projects I would like to share are a few of my favorite NON-STAMPING blogs.  Yes, that is right, I do have blogs saved to my faves that are not stamping related..heehee. But these are no ordinary blogs, they are authored by the most EXTRORDINARY (hope I spelled that right) people.  I call these blogs FOOD FOR THOUGHT, because they are not fluff, they are real stories told by real people that posess the wonderful gift of writing (and photography for a few).  They make you think, appreciate, laugh and cry, whatever, but your day will be better because of it.  When I am feeling low and challenged by life's curve balls, I go to these blogs to be cheered up, enlighted, reminded of how lucky I am and to just think.  Here are a few of my most favorite in no particular order and the reasons why I like them so much:

PearMama's World    (love this So-Cal mama of many because she is just SO REAL and if you are a mama too you will totally get her humor.  The post attached the this link is one that we can all relate to and will also touch your heart.)

NieNie Dialogues (I believe that there are people on this planet with superhuman qualities, people that could be considered an actual super-hero of sorts.  You might have seen Stephanie Nielson and her magical husband Christian on Oprah or the Today Show, but you will not fully understand her story until you read her blog, and I mean really read it.  If you go back to the post dated August 15, 2008 and begin there, you will not be sorry.  She was a blogger before her accident and continued to do so when she recovered enough to return to it.  She is someone that has cheated death and counts her blessings every day and we all can learn a lot from her, I know I have.)

Confessions of a CF Husband (This is the blog of Nathan Lawrenson, who is another magical husband.  His wife Trisha has Cystic Fibrosis and her story is extraordinary.  I found this blog to be so inspiring and their story so unusual and magical, (the only word I can think of to describe it) that I emailed a letter to Oprah, telling her that she needed to get them on her show.  I got no response, but we will see.  I linked back to a quick rundown of their story and I hope you will read it and be as inspired as I was.)

WhittakerWoman  (This is the blog of Heather Whittaker and she is just an awesome mom!  Her hubby is Carlos Whittaker and he also has a blog called Ragamuffin Soul.  They both rock, but what I love most about Heather's blog are how she documents EVERY moment of her family life.  The good, the bad and the ugly and it is all so wonderful.  She does one thing that just amazes me every time.  She plans these themed family nights and comes up with the coolest activities, decorations, meals and gifts for her children and all on a budget.  You know I am crafty so it just blows me away every time she shares her family nights with her readers.  You really must check her blog out.)

So there they are, some of my faves.  I check in on these blogs once a week and just enjoy them so much.  I hope you take the time to read them when you can, they are just so entertaining and thought provoking (and much better than anything you will find on TV right now).  If you check them out, let me know what you think!


Blissful Bride

This seems to be a popular card.  I made these for a demonstrator meeting, but the meeting was cancelled so I decided to put them in the shops.  I had some of them on my desk at work and sold 2 before I even got them to Unique Boutiques.  I put some at Vintage and sold about half of those as well!  I guess the wedding season is under way!

I love this stamp set.  It is in our Summer Mini and it is called Blissful Bride.  I decided to pull out my Baja Breeze card stock (I am so happy it is coming back!) and use one of the new patterned papers and embossing folders from the upcoming Idea Book.  I used the handy dandy Sizzlet, Flower Fusion, to make a cute flower embellishment and then topped off the card with Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  My Baja Breeze marker is not here yet, so I used a blender pen and Baja Breeze ink to color the sash on the gown.
Blissful Bride 118527
Price: $21.95 (wood mount)
$16.95 (clear mount)


This one's for the girls!

How do you like my pink bike?  This is a girly version of my stamp club card.  I switched out the orange for pink and added a little bling to pretty it up.  I love this stamp, it is just so versatile!


More Eiffel Tower!

Here is another SNEAK PEEK from the upcoming Idea Book.  I think I really love this "Artistic Etchings" stamp set.  I had card parts cut out from a previous workshop and I just reconfigured them into a new card by adding this new stamp set and using the background stamp "En Francais".  The color combo is Tempting Turquiose, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.   I used a few punches: Scallop Trim, Modern Label and Designer Label.  I ran the Designer Label piece thru my new (old) favorite tool, the paper crimper, to add a bit of whimsy to the card.  Of course I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the medallion moon and then topped it off with some Striped Grosgrain Choc Chip Ribbon, (I will miss it!).  A little sponging around the edges always lends a vintage look to anything, so of course I did that too!  If you would like to recreate this card, I can help you.  If you would like to buy this card, visit Unique Boutiques on Saturday! 


Final Stamp Club Project

Here are a couple of tags that we stamped at our stamp club gathering last Saturday.  I gave the girls the option of using "Watercolor Trio" which is a set currently available in the Summer Mini Catalog, or "Artistic Etchings" which is from the upcoming 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalog.  Of course, everyone went crazy over "Artistic Etchngs" which has a vintage Eiffel Tower image that I love.  Some girls even made 2 tags.  I am loving this new color combo of Melon Mambo (so glad it is staying), Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft) and Basic Black.  I was stumped on Friday night for a 3rd stamp club project, but then woke up Saturday morning with these colors in my head and I knew I wanted to use the Eiffel Tower. 

The little flower is a Sizzlet called "Flower Fusion" and is an awesome little embellishment maker for just $5.50.  You can see there are 2 different types of flowers that I made with it.  I also used the Scallop Trim Border Punch which will be a basic item in our Idea book.  You might have received this free during Sale-a-bration but if not you will now be able to purchase beginning July 1st.  The black patterned paper is actually the toile pattern from our Presto Patterns Specialty paper, which will also be a new basic item, which I am happy to say.  I sponged it with Basic Black ink to give it that look.  I also used the Color Spritzer tool to spritz some Melon Mambo on the floral tag but I used Vanilla Smooch Spritz on both tags to add some sparkle.  You might have to click on the pic to enlarge it to see the effect up close.  So there you go, a little sneak peak of a couple of items that will be in the upcoming Idea Book.  If you have not reserved your copy yet, please contact me.  Our book is now even bigger with 10 additional pages!  You won't want to miss it!


Another stamp club project

This is a happy card!  This card is a total case of one I saw on the wonderful blog of Gretchen Barron
found HERE.  I did change the DSP and added some more ribbon, but I loved the color combo and brightness of the card and I think the Old Olive Striped Grosgrain really topped it off well.  My girls loved the card and I sold lots of the Tropical Party Stamp sets and Island Oasis DSP.  It is perfect for the summer and I think it would also make a great invitation for a summer party.  What do you think?


Getting ready for Father's Day!

This is one of the cards that The Stamp Tramps made yesterday at our June gathering.  We used the instantly popular "Motorcyle" stamp ( a great deal at just $8.95) that is currently available in our Summer Mini Catalog.  I thought it would be cool to kind of make a Harley Davidson theme card, so I chose Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Brushed Silver card stock for my design.  I thought the Brushed Silver card stock would look awesome after it was ran thru my paper crimper and I was right!  I also used the "Extreme Elements" stamp set for the star background on the Pumpkin Pie piece.  Punches used: Modern Label, Designer Label, Word Window and Horizontal Slot.  I added some 5/8" Black Grosgrain ribbon and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to complete the look.  I also sponged some Basic Black ink around the edges of the main image and the Pumpkin Pie piece.  I also did this same layout in Pretty in Pink and Black, which I will share later.  I also have a few of these cards for sale down at Vintage Market if you don't have time to create one before Father's Day. 
Stay tuned for some new projects!  My camera charger has croaked so I am waiting for a new one to arrive, but my daughter is searching out her camera and charger so I hopefully will have a new post later today!  Thanks for your patience.  In the meantime, here is info on an upcoming garage sale that my friend Renee is participating in.  Lots of good deals and even a demonstration!  Looks like fine.  I will be going for sure.




Here is a card a made a few weeks ago.  It is meant for weddings or anniversaries.  I pulled out one of my older sets that I really love.  It is called "Always".  The words are from the set "Define Your Life" which is a set that I should be using more often.  The striped paper is actually our "Bride" paper and I sponged on Pretty In Pink ink to change the color.  The color combo is Going Gray, Basic Gray, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink.  Sorry for the hazy pic, it was taken with my Blackberry and not my camera.


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$99 Starter Kit Promotion
From June 1-30, 2010, you can start your own Stampin’ Up! business for just $99 with the special Mini Starter Kit!

The Mini Starter Kit—valued at over $180—contains the items listed below; while all items are recommended, you can substitute a like item of equal or lesser value.

•Watercolor Trio stamp set (wood-mount)
•I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (clear-mount)
•Clear-Mount Block C
•Homemade single stamp*
•Whisper White card stock (8-1/2” x 11”)
•Brights Collection assorted card stock (8-1/2” x 11”)*
•Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
•Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad*
•Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad
•Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad
•Basic Black 1/8” taffeta ribbon*
•Color Coach*
•SNAIL Adhesive

*Sneak peek items!

The Mini Starter Kit also includes the same business supplies that are in the standard Starter Kit; no alternative selections can be made for business items. Contents are listed below:

•Getting Started DVD
•Getting Started Guide
•Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
•2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
•Summer Mini Catalog (8)
•To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
•Recruit Folders (5)
•Recruit Brochures (20)
•Hostess Brochure (20)
•Hostess Benefits Form (10)
•Customer Order Form (50)

Plus, new demonstrator who join Stampin’ Up! in June, you will receive a free box of 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogs during the first part of July!

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Stamper's & Scrapper's Garage Sale
Saturday, June 5th
1652 Moonbeam Way
(Off North Berkeley)

5 crafty ladies have cleaned and purged their craft rooms and have come up with a treasure trove of unused supplies to sell!

Tons of paper craft supplies!

Hundreds of items to choose from at rock bottom prices.

Lots of rubber stamps, papers, scrapbooks, ribbons, embellishments,tools and lots of accessories. Also lots of scrapbook and rubber stamping magazines for ideas. Many brands to choose from. Some never used! All in very good shape.