Monday, April 29, 2013

Mother's Day Collage frame

I'm so excited about hanging out with some of my stampin' ladies this Friday for my Mother's Day collage frame class!

This collage was inspired by the Artisan embellishments kit found on page 10 of Stampin' UP's spring catalog (view the catalog under the Catalogs tab toward the top of the page).
I don't usually make alot of vintage projects so this kit was perfect for me to step out of my comfort zone without having to think much. The design and coordinations are done for you.

I can't wait to send this to my dearest mom as this years Mother's Day gift! I believe she will love it and cherish it for many years to come. I can't thank God enough for such a wonderful & beautiful woman that has always made herself available to me and my brothers throughout our lives!

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: crumb cake, very vanilla, primrose petals, pool party, so saffron, gumball green, early espresso
  • designer series paper (DSP):  tea for two
  • inks: early espresso, primrose petals, gumball green, pool party, crumb cake
  • stamps: papillon potpourri, hearts a flutter, secret garden, tea shoppe, morning cup
  • punches: heart, elegant butterfly, extra large oval, ticket duo builder, word window, modern label, itty bitty shapes
  • big shot framelits: hearts a flutter, secret garden
  • embellishments: artisan embellishments kit, pearls
  • tools: sponge daubers, tweezers (for placing small items)
  • My digital studio: Holiday blitz stamp (to create the "my mom" banner)
  • non-Stampin' UP: 9"x9" shadow box frame (IKEA) 

Would you like to create this yourself? Get my to-go kit which includes:
  • artisan embellishments kit
  • tea for two designer series paper 
  • 9"x9" shadow box frame (white)
  • all supplies are cut & prepared to put together in the comfort of your own home.
  • a pdf of instructions on how to  assemble
  • does not include inks, punches, and framelits 
  • available thru May 1st (to be on time for Mother's day)
  •  $35 OR $40 (includes $5 shipping)
  • contact me at to participate

I would love to hear from you! Tell me what other projects have you created with the Artisan Embellishments kit? Comment below. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


 The awaited day has finally arrived........Stampin' UP! has released the retired list of stamps and accessories. Take advantage of getting what you'd like and find many products that are at an amazing discount!

 I understand this may be a bit frustrating to many of you because you just don't have enough time and moolah to purchase everything you wanted.  

Keep in mind that good changes are coming and you will be crazy excited to meet the new and fun 2013-2014 catalog filled with beautiful products starting on May 31st!

Click on the icons to the right ------> to view the pdf of the retired lists
OR get the sortable excel files:
Remember, all these items are available while supplies lastPromotion ends JUNE 3rd.

Until next time!.... 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Stampin Up Henry says card

Happy Friday to you!
I thought I'd share a card I put together using the Henry Says stamp set in the spring 2013 catalog.

My inspiration for this card came from the faux marble technique. When I thought of using the color blue, I knew that the color and technique was perfect for a cloud. Then it just all evolved from there.

If you haven't experienced the faux marble technique, you should give it a shot. It may be a bit messy but the end result is so fun and eclectic! Here's a video the I found useful to guide me:

My tips:
  •  If you are making multiple cards, use a cookie sheet lined with foil to cover a full 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock.
  •  use the cupcake punch to punch out "clouds"
  • for the "grass" look, use the scalloped edge punch. Punch out like normal the first time, then punch again but this time off-center.
  • cut out an extra ear, curl it, then adhere the right edge with a glue dot to Henry for dimension. 

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: whisper white, pool party, basic grey, gumball green, primrose petals
  • ink: basic grey, daffodil delight, island indigo & pool party (for clouds)
  • stamp set: Henry Says
  • punches: scalloped edge, cupcake, itty bitty punches
  • Big Shot products: cloud embossing folder
  • dazzling details
  • non-SU!: shaving cream, spatula, paper towels, cookie sheet, foil         

I hope these tips were helpful & inspirational!
I 'd love to hear from you. Please comment below.

Until next time!~

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Candy winner

It's time to announce the winner of our Blog candy contest!
 The winner will receive the soon-to-be-retired Baja Breeze ink pad and seam binding ribbon!

Drum roll please...............................................................................

 Gina Smith!
    Gina, you are today's winner! This special flower-holder was made from the petal card double punch.

 My tips:
  • Punch out 8 pieces of CS (cardstock) using the petal card double punch and snip one end of each piece.
  • layer & adhere each piece as shown below. 
  •  attach the opposite ends together and adhere onto a 2 1/2" circle.
  • open up the petals and decorate as desired: in my case I re-used an empty button container that fit perfectly inside this flower holder. A cute and dainty gift for that special someone.

Thank you for taking the time to view and comment! Until next time............. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stampin UP stamp club project and BLOG CANDY!

I'm feeling some mixed emotions about the upcoming Stampin' UP! 2013-2014 catalog and I'll tell you why. I hate losing some beautiful and fun stamp sets, embellishments, and colors, but I also understand that SU! is replacing something new and fun with the old. Sigh.....

I'm sure you've heard by now: some of SU!'s colors will be retiring soon and if you haven't heard, the following 10 colors will soon be retired (refer to my blog post from last week):
  • baja breeze ***
  • regal rose ***
  • pretty in pink ***
  • bashful blue ***
  • certainly celery ***
  • riding hood red
  • bravo burgundy
  • not quite navy
  • more mustard
  • river rock 
***NOTE: the re-inkers are already SOLD OUT

 One of my favorite colors that I've used alot is baja breeze! I'm not looking forward to saying goodbye to this one =o(
With that said.....I have some BLOG CANDY to give away!

If you comment on this blog post what punch was used to create this special gift by Sunday, April 14th......

  ... I will select a random winner to receive the soon to be retired baja breeze ink pad and baja breeze seam binding ribbon:
I  will announce the winner, answers, and projects on Monday. Good luck to all of you!!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Stampin' UP! color refresh

I am excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! Stampin' UP! is welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!

The beautiful Carrie Cudney shares what these colors would look like in the video below:

Beginning on April 4, 2013, all retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. So, get your favorites and look forward to the exciting colors coming in the 2013-2014 annual catalog! 

Shop for your favorite retiring colors and get FREE shipping April 6-8, 2013. (Free shipping is for North America only.)  
Click on the link to the left for my online store to start shopping!