Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Stampin' UP! summer day

I just got back from attending what my upline calls the Summer Stampin' Day and had a absolutely wonderful time!
A large group of ladies got together and stamped our hearts out with the cutest projects that Denise Sullivan and her friend Amy Storrie prepared for us.....SUPER CUTE!!!

Here's what we put together:

5"x7" framed art featuring the Eastern Elegance designer series paper

Stack of cards with matching basket that features the Gingham Garden designer series paper and washi tape.

Multi-fold scrapbook album featuring the Gingham Garden designer series paper.

Spa gift box featuring Tag a bag gift boxes, Eastern elegance paper, and chevron ribbon.

Spa gift box (showing inside contents: candle, towel, and bath salts)

I just cannot stress how these pictures do not do these cute projects justice, but I hope you enjoyed seeing these and are inspired to make your own!

Thank you for stopping by! Until next time.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Stampin UP father's day card & flower vase

My stamp club ladies got together this past Saturday to create some projects using the yummy products from the new 2013-2014 Stampin' UP! catalog !

This month we created a unique and eclectic Father's Day card using the Show & Tell photopolymer stamp sets. I really like the color combinations for a masculine card.

My tips:
  • create long arrows by inking & stamping half of the image first, then the other half next to it.
  • SU's online class-Seeing the Possibilities (item 134532)-provides all the basics you need to make the most of their newest photopolymer stamp offerings
Supplies used:
  • cardstock: basic gray, smoky slate, bermuda bay, chocolate chip, whisper white
  • inks: chocolate chip, basic grey, bermuda bay, white kraft ink
  • stamp set: show & tell 1,2 ; designer typeset
  • embellishments: neutrals candy dots    

 Our next project is not necessarily a Father's day gift but a simple home decor item that can strike a good conversation in anyone's home!

My tips:
  • punch out 3 flowers. curl two of the flower's petals upward then 1 of them downward.

  • the top flower is made by cutting a slit between two of the petals toward the center of the flower. Then overlap one petal over the other to create a raised flower (you now have 5 petals instead of 6)
  •  create the rose shape in the middle of the top  flower by punching out a 1 3/4" circle and cutting it into a swirl shape; curl from the tip with a skewer to create the rose.
  • works best if you use a low-heat glue gun.
  • cut 3 different lengths of floral wire to offset your flowers.

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: island indigo, whisper white
  • inks: pool party, island indigo, versamark
  • designer series paper(DSP): quatrefancy 
  • stamp set: oh,hello; chalk talk
  • white embossing powder & heat gun
  • other: floral wire, 6 1/2" tall vase (dollar store), filler paper

 Hope you enjoyed today's post! I would love to hear feedback from you, so tell me what you think!

Until next time!....

Friday, June 7, 2013

Stampin' UP! quatrefancy paper

It's a beautiful and cool morning today! The sun is finally been out after all the rain and cloud cover we've had.

I just want to do a quick post on a recent card I made for a co-worker of mine that will be soon expecting her first baby boy. Pure sweetness!

 Boy, are you up for an exciting year of new 2013-2014 Stampin' UP! products! From the new colors to stamp sets to beautiful designer paper, you will LOVE it all!

I fell in love with the quatrefoil design printed on the window sheet that comes in the Quatrefancy specialty paper. You can use it by itself or you can place any color paper you desire behind it to fit your project colors.

I used coastal cabana as my color behind the window sheet for a masculine yet soft baby look (if that makes sense).

My tips:  
  • pierce the oval shape from the back side of the paper to create bolder holes.
  • make a couple of your background images come to life by stamping them in a different color, cutting them out, then raising them up with a dimensional.
  • use the same stamp set to create a matching envelope.
  • Crumb cake envelopes are a great alternative to white envelopes for any card.

*Supplies used:
  • cardstock: crumb cake, whisper white, coastal cabana, midnight muse, crisp cantaloupe (for the heart shape)
  • designer series paper(DSP): quatrefancy specialty
  • inks: midnight muse, versamark, coastal cabana
  • stamps: cuddles & kisses, baby bundle (retired)
  • punches: scalloped border, owl (for the heart shape)
  • framelits: oval
  • linen thread
  • essentials paper piercing template & paper piercer 
* you may place an order anytime and at your convenience  simply by clicking on My Online Store to the left.

Tell me, have you been playing with the new SU! products? Leave me a comment below as I love hearing from you. Thank you for stopping by!!! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Stampin' UP! catalog Blog hop

 Welcome to my very first Blog Hop! You are about to enter into a very exciting time with us demonstrators while we strutt our stuff with new and fun products in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog that was released last Friday (May 31st).

 I am the first stop or you may have hopped over from Denise Sullivan's blog, so buckle yourself up for a fun ride!

The new 2013-2015 In-Colors are absolutely beautiful! They remind me of the caribbean (even though I've never been). The colors are smooth and not too bold and not too soft .....just right.

(from left to right): baked brown sugar , coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, pistachio pudding, and strawberry slush

I created this project in 2 different colors and I just can't make up my mind which one I like best: pistachio pudding OR strawberry slush.

These little guys have a drawer that you can pull out to reveal your stack of 3"x3" post-it notes as shown on the left. It's also personalized with a monogram using the occasions alphabet stamp set.

The mosaic punch, coordinating embossing folder and stamp set was used in my design. Although I would like to take credit for the overall design of the box, I did, however, downsize the original design that was created by fellow demonstrator, Connie Babbert.You can view her "desktop calendar box" HERE.

Now you must be wondering about dimensions and supplies, right?! I just so happen to create a pdf tutorial for you to make your own "desktop post-it note easel" (click below).

Post-It note easel tutorial (pdf)

Hope you enjoyed taking a tour of my project and don't forget your souvenir! You are also most welcome to make comments below our posts and let us know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

Your next blog-stop is with the lovely and talented Caren Curtis: #2 on our blog hop!
Click on the links below:

1) Jessica Lewis -  (YOU ARE HERE)
2) Caren Curtis -
3) Cali Bradford -
4) Sami Brown -
5) Denise Sullivan -