Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peek-A-Boo Birthday

I think it's time for another video, what do you think?  It just so happens that I have a super fun project with a video to share with you today!

At Convention a few weeks ago, Shelli demoed projects that move and one really stuck out to me.  She did one that uses the Peek-A-Boo Frames die and used it in an unconventional way.  How many of you have the Peek-A-Boo Frames die collecting dust on your shelf?  I know mine was pretty dusty when I got home and went to make this card!!!!!

Check it out...

And, here it is open....

Isn't it fun!  I love interactive cards like this one.  Who wouldn't want to receive a fun birthday card like this one!!!  And, I really love this color combination...Smoky Slate, Island Indigo and Crushed Curry. 

Now, rather then me trying to type out how to do this card, it's much easier for you to watch.  So, enjoy the tutorial video and then go dust off your Peek-A-Boo Frames die and make a few cards like this!

So, what did you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know if you give this card a try!

Head on over to my online store with the shopping list to order everything you need to make this card in the comfort of your own home!  Don't forget to use the August hostess code 9S2F9VJ2 (on the shopping cart screen...bottom left) so you get entered in a draw for a free embossing folder of your choice!

 Have an inspired day!

Shopping List
Stamps:  Petite Pairs, Birthday Candles Jumbo Wheel
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Island Indigo & Crushed Curry markers
Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Chevron Ribbon (Crushed Curry), Baker's Twine (Island Indigo), Epic Day Washi Tape
Tools:  Big Shot, Peek-a-Boo Frames die, Oval Punch
Other:  Stampin' Sponges

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hi, Hello, Howdy....

Say what you want with Personalized Stamps!  Although they are shown mostly with addresses in the catalog, you can get our Personalized Stamps with anything you want on them!

This particular stamp is one I won during prize patrol at Convention!  It's one of my favorite personalized stamps this year...the Casual Monogram Personalized Name stamps.  You can get any letter of the alphabet on the top line and then whatever you want on the bottom 3 lines.  I love how this one is an H and the other lines have lots of ways to say hello!  So cute!

Anything that you want to avoid having to write over and over again is perfect for a personalized stamp.  Here are some ideas for you:
  • kids names (my kids have stamps with their names on them so they can stamp valentines, etc)
  • addresses
  • favorite quotes or sayings
  • favorite Bible verse
  • your web address
  • a "follow me" stamp...your website, your FB page, your Pinterest
  • "For Deposit Only"
  • a special stamp for the back of your projects (handmade by...)
When ordering personalized stamps, remember that there is character limits per line, so just make sure you don't go over those limits when planning your stamp.  I can give you more info or you can find in in our Annual Catalog!

I love the rustic Natural Trim ribbon and Linen Thread combined with a sophisticated Vintage Faceted Button.  It's kind of a mish mash look that works so nicely...especially with these colors.  Lovin' the Coastal Cabana and Soft Suede together!

You will want to contact me for information about ordering your own personalized stamp and for everything else head on over to my online store with the shopping list so you can order what you need to create this card!

Have an inspired day!

Shopping List
Stamps:  Casual Monogram Personalized Stamp, Flower Shop
Ink:  Soft Suede ink pad, Stampin' Write Markers (Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana)
Paper:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla & Coastal Cabana cardstock
Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural Trim Ribbon
Tools:  Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 9, 2013

Coastal, Coastal Cabannnnnaaaaaa.....

You have to sing my title in your head to the tune of Copa Cabana!  It's what goes through my head whenever I reach for my Coastal Cabana ink pad...which is a lot because I'm finding I am LOVING this new In Color!  It's a beautiful color that is both soft and striking...yes, that is possible!!!!  It reminds me of the color of the Caribbean when you're looking down at it from an airplane.  And, really, who doesn't love a color that makes you sing when you use it!!!!

Waaaay back in June when I did my new catalog kick off party, this was one of my make & takes.  I wanted something simple and cute that showcased one of the new in colors, and I think this card did just that!  It's a super simple monochromatic card that would work for lots of different occasions just by changing out the sentiment.  You could even change the color aren't feeling the Coastal Cabana love like I am!

Don't forget to head on over to my online store with the shopping list to get all the supplies you need to create this card at home!

Have an inspired day!

Shopping List
Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Coastal Cabana*
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana*
Embellishments:  Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
*You could order the 2013-2015 In Color Cardstock and Ink Pad bundle and make these cards in all the new In Colors!  It's a great way to get all the new In Colors...all 5 ink pads and some of each color cardstock.  Priced at $36.95, it's like getting the cardstock FREE!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Birthday Basics Candles

I can't believe that in less than a month my kiddos will be back in school!   Shhhh...don't tell anyone, but I'm a little excited!  The days when all 5 of my day home kids are here combined with my own 3 kids it gets a little crazy and exhausting around here!!!!  I also thrive on routine and although I love the first few weeks of lazy summer days when we just do whatever, I start longing for the routine of school days by August.

Anyhoo...I'm sure you stopped in today to see some stampin, so lets get on with it, right!  I'm sharing my second swap card from convention with you today.  I always do 2 different swap cards at SU events for a couple reasons.  First, I get bored doing lots of the same card and second, lots of times it's nice to be able to swap 2 for 2 with someone if they have 2 fabulous cards!

My card was super simple, but super fun!  And, I actually had 2 versions of it...but I totally forgot to take a picture of the other version.  It had the birthday hat paper on it and was done with Island Indigo rather than Raspberry Ripple.

You can see I did a layer of the DSP matted with cardstock and then embellished with some fun little banners.  The stamped banner is popped up with some Stampin' Dimensionals.  To get two colors on one image, I used my Stampin' Write Markers rather than an ink pad.

This card is super simple and doesn't require a whole lot of supplies.  Head on over to my online store with the shopping list to order the supplies you need to create this card today!  If you use the hostess code 9S2F9VJ2 and place your order before August 30, you will be entered in a draw for an embossing folder of your choice!

Have an inspired day!

Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
DSP:  Birthday Basics
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Stampin' Write Markers (Raspberry Ripple, Smoky Slate)
Tools:  Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, August 5, 2013

Best of Brides & Babies...Christmas Card?

When the Best of Brides and Babies set came out in May, I immediately thought the bells would be perfect on a Christmas card.  Here's what I came up with...

I went with untraditional Christmas colors for this one...Island Indigo and Smoky Slate.  All the stamping is done on Shimmery White cardstock.'s been a REALLY long time since I pulled that cardstock out (so long that I had to check the catalog to make sure it hadn't retired!).  You can't really see it in the picture, but IRL it has a pretty and subtle shimmer to it. 

One set of bells is matted on Smoky Slate, embellished with some super fun mini silver brads and then popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

First Christmas card of the year and I love it!  What do you think?

Remember, the Best Of sets are released on the first of each month.  For every 6 that you collect, you can choose a stamp set valued at $17.95 for free!  The sets will be available until next March and you have until next April to redeem your free set(s).  You can find all the info on the Best Of sets in my online store or by clicking the Best Of tab at the top of this page.

Have an inspired day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Papillion Potpourri Prettiness!

A long time ago one of the girls in my downline, Cheryl, taught me a super awesome trick for coloring butterflies...specifically the two very detailed butterflies in the Papillion Potpourri set that have coordinating punches.  Ever since then, every time I need a butterfly I turn to one of those two and color them with this technique.  The technique is simple and involves sponge daubers and ink before you punch.  At the end of this post I have a video for you showing you how to do it!

Recently I made a really pretty butterfly card for my convention swaps...and got lots of compliments on the butterfly!

The card itself is a pretty simple one layer card.  I did a little tone on tone stamping on the background of the card for a subtle look.  The crumb cake layer was embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder...still one of my favorite embossing folders...and I rubbed ink over it for a kind of burlap look.  I added some luscious Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon and a few more cardstock elements before the butterfly was added.

See that chevron pattern stamped on the oval?  It's the large oval from the Oh, Hello set stamped and then punched smaller.  I love that chevron oval and find that I pull it out a LOT for easy small backgrounds.  And, that thank you.  Be still my heart...I LOVE that font!  This is quite possibly my favorite thank you stamp in the entire least for now!!!!!  ;)

Let's get on with that video so you can see how to make beautifully blended butterflies for your projects!

Now, go forth and make butterflies people!!!!!

Remember, everything I used to make this card can be found in my online store.  Head on over there with the shopping list (at the bottom of this post) so you can order everything you need to create this card in your stamping space.

Have an inspired day!

Shopping List
Stamp Sets:  Papillion Potpourri, Oh Hello, Lots of Thanks
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Embellishments:  Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon
Big Shot:  Square Lattice embossing Folder
Punches:  Elegant Butterfly, Oval
Stampin' Dimensionals
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Sponges

August news for Stampin' Up!

Hey Lisa....what's going on?!?!?!  August is a busy month in Stampin' Up! world!  There are new products, a new catalog, new classes and I have loads of fun ideas to share!

Today the new Holiday Happiness catalog is live!  You can order all your holiday products starting today...and, let me tell you there is some FUN stuff in this catalog.  Head over to my online store to get festive!

You're going to FLIP over this new product!  I'm so excited to introduce Thinlits to you!  These fantastic new dies cut and emboss to make flip cards easy!  There are two sets to choose from and each comes with an assortment of companion dies (including words and shapes).
Circle Thinlits  Item #133480  $40.95
Label Thinlits  Item #133479  $40.95
And, check out this quick video to see how they work!
Love it!  I can't wait for mine to come!
August 1 means there's a new Best Of stamp set!  This month it's Best of Halloween and it's so fun!  I can't wait for the class featuring this set in September!
And, finally, I've been adding classes!  Please check out the Events Tab or my Calendar to see what I have going on!  Contact me to register for any of my events....I can't wait to see you and your friends at some classes this fall!
I will be back tonight with some stamping for you.  Have an inspired day!