Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PPA Sneak Peek and a Announcement

Hey there!  I hope everyone is doing well, especially after the past week that the East Coast had.  We weathered both the earthquake and hurricane very well, and were extremely lucky to not have any damage.  I know that is not the case for a lot of people, so I send out well wishes to everyone in need of them.

On to today's sneak peek.  I have actually finished my PPA challenge card early and will let you all get a bit of a peek.  It is a challenging challenge, but I know you can do it!

Hmm, what do you think it is?  Stay tuned tomorrow for the reveal, AND the new Holiday Mini, AND an announcement from ME!  Busy Day!  Do not forget that I still have my purchase special that is available until 10 p.m. EST (through email) and 11:59 pm online.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Now I am going to ask you two questions!  What do you think the PPA Challenge is, and What do you think MY announcement is?  Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

And since you all love the puppy pictures, here is Sasha and Schyler again, Sasha is doing her princess and the pea impression, she just can't sit on the settee, she has to sit ON the pillow that is ON the settee.  I love my girls, they provide many hours of laughter and love.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

End of the Month Reminder and a Bonus with Purchase!

There is only one more day to take advantage of the buy 3 get 1 free Designer Series Paper special.  If you love a good selection of DSP to work with, now is the time to stock up.  You can get as many sets as you would like, just make sure you purchase in increments of three!  Click on my Shop with me button at the top of the page to take immediate action of this promo, it ends on August 31st.

Also ending on August 31st is the Summer Mini Catalog.  The Strength and Hope Breast Cancer awareness stamp is leaving, so grab it up while you can.  All of the wonderful masculine Nautical Expedition DSP and stamp sets The Open Sea and Sail Away, will in fact sail away.  So if any of these are on your list, click the Shop with Me button.

For today and tomorrow (August 30 and August 31st) only, if you place a $50 order through my Shop with Me button, you will receive from me (by mail), a brand new Kraft gift box (sized 3 1/2 x 3 1/2), and enough pieces of the new Spice Cake DSP to decorate it.  I will also include some coordinating ribbon and a brand new designer button which is fabulous!  So in order to get this wonderful bonus, please either click HERE or click my Shop SU with me button, or email me!  But hurry, this offer only goes until 10 pm EST on August 31st.  Contact me if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Paper Players #61

The Paper Players is a new challenge blog for me, and I find that I love the challenges.  They do come up with some great challenges, so let's play!  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge, inspired by Jaydee.  Here is what I came up with:

Look at that fabulous paper bow!  I came across this bow tutorial online, and I was immediately hooked.  I could just imagine the possibilities!  It does take a bit of practice, but it is super easy.  I am going to try to either do my very first video or an detailed picture tutorial on it in the next few days.  So check back for it.  This layout is wonderful, I loved it the moment I saw it and knew which DSP to use.  Do you recognize it?  It is the Domestic Goddess DSP.  There are some really fun prints and a really great color scheme with this DSP.

My main flower is the stamped flower image from Button Buddies.  The scallop circle punch can punch this out, which is great.  I fussy cut the other two layers, and for some reason today, my skills left me.. The edges are a bit ragged, sorry.  Each one was popped up with a stampin' dimensional, and a new In Color brad was used for the center.  The sentiment was stamped in pool party using the Pennant Parade stamp set.  It was punched with the 3/4 inch circle punch and layered on a 1 inch Calypso coral circle punch.  Some baker's twine was threaded through and around the brad.  I liked the movement of it just dangling, so I did not adhere it.

Here is a nice up close picture of the bow, it is nice and three dimensional, the only thing is, it would probably get a little squished in an envelope, so I will need to figure something out, maybe a small envelope box, hmmm, I will get right on that!

Here is the inside, using up all of my scraps, it is a great way to make sure you stretch your paper.  I hope you enjoyed this card, and when I had the camera out, I snapped this picture:

This is our little Sasha girl, she was all tuckered out from playing outside.  She does not like the flash however, and closes her eyes just before the picture is taken.  She has the cutest brown eyes, she is just too cute for her own good.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Button Buddies, Pennant Parade
Paper:  Domestic Goddess DSP, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron
Tools:  Corner rounder punch, scallop punch, circle punches, baker's twine

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Many Family Projects

Today I have multiple items to show you.  My husband had a birthday, and Mackie went back to school, so I will show you some projects that I made for both.

My husband's hobby is home brewing.  He enjoys to play around with different recipes and types of beer.  So when I saw this card on Lynn Pratt's blog I knew that I would have to try it.  I kept it pretty much the same, but added my own little twist.

It was a pretty quick card, just a few templates to cut.  I stamped the Happy Birthday in the new Perfectly Penned stamp set, and embossed the black with the houndstooth EF.  Very CAS and masculine which my husband prefers.  Next up are some projects that I did for Mackie's cheerleading team.

Since we share our football team with another school, we also share the cheering responsibilities.  These are little 3x3 cards that we made for our other shared cheerleaders.  The words were computer generated using the RGB values that match SU colors.  I also made some bag tags for our girls so they can keep their bags straight.

Both sets of alphabet stamps are retired, they are Whimsical and Rough Edges.  Whimsical is one of my favorites, so I am keeping it!  The petite pennant builder and itty bitty punch pack was used.  The silver paper gave a good bit of sparkle.

Mackie was also inspired to dress up her binders.  She loves zebra prints, so she made these:

She took a 12x12 sheet of textured Very Vanilla, and glued the zebra stripes that she hand cut out of black cardstock on, both have a ribbon and bow, but they are hard to see.

These are the cards she made first to test out the zebra technique.  She spritzed the zebra print with smooch spray, and embossed it with the vintage wallpaper EF.  Mackie also made the flowers using the crimp, scrunch, separate technique.  These are solely her creations that she made on her own.  I did none of it.  When I see how much she has grown as a stamper/papercrafter it makes me so proud.  I love the time that we spend in the craft room together and hope that she continues on with it.

So this is what we have been working on in the last few weeks.  The weeks leading up to back to school are very busy.  I am looking forward to getting back into a normal schedule, so look for hopefully daily posts from me.  If you have any questions about any of the projects above, please ask!  As long as your email address is on the comment, I always reply.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

PPA 108 CAS Soften the Edges

This week's challenge at PPA is a CAS challenge.  Soften the edges, round some edges or adorn them.  I don't know about you, but I find CAS (clean and simple) so difficult.  It truly is a challenge for me, so after THREE different layouts and different designs, here is what I came up with:

Since I love decorating for Halloween, and up until last year, had an annual Halloween Party, I thought that I could go ahead and start some Halloween projects.  The new Frightful Sight DSP is great and has a good color palette with cajun craze, basic black, basic gray, cherry cobbler and old olive.  I went right to the paper to dictate my color choice and it works rather well.

I stamped and embossed with black powder the pumpkin from the House of Haunts stamp set.  The tree is also from that set stamped in basic black on a basic gray large oval.  A black scallop circle is the base of the medallion.  I rounded the corners of the cajun craze base card stock and the DSP.

The saying is from an old pack of SU Halloween rub-ons that I thought fit this paper, so dust off those old supplies and mix them in with the new for a updated look.  The edge was rounded using the 1 1/4 circle punch, just by sticking the edge into the punch.  So a simple card, great for mailing, but still packs quite a punch!  I hope you were inspired, thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Stamps:  House of Haunts
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Frightful Sight DSP, Old Olive, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Cajun Craze
tools:  Scallop punch, oval punch, circle punch, SU Halloween rub-ons, corner rounder punch, black embossing powder, versamark ink pad

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Charlotte Regional Info and a Surprise!

As promised, here are some of the swaps that I received at the Charlotte SU Regionals.  It is strictly on a first come, first served basis.  There were around 400 SU demos and guests there, so you brought as many swaps as you wanted to leave with.  I made 24 which I felt was a good number for me.

We did two make and takes using new stamp sets and items from the Christmas Mini catalog that goes live on September 1.

We learned some great new techniques, and received some great prizes.  We were challenged to keep a "Creativity Journal" to keep our creativity going, and they supplied the journal and some decorative ideas.  The new Petite Pockets 123131 die was showcased, and we received the supplies to make a cutie little scrapbook, as well as a new Stampin Card Keeper.  Here are all of my items:

Now, on to the surprise.  We were given a sneak preview of a great new Occasions Mini stamp set called Sweet Cake.  The prize is that when you join SU through me in the next two weeks, not only do you get $345 worth of product for the great price of $175 (plus free shipping), you get the Sweet Cake stamp set FREE!  It is a wonderful addition to your starter kit.  Please email me or click HERE for more info.  I have not received word yet if I can show you the samples, so I will just have to describe it for you.  Think retro cupcake with a word box!  I really like this set, and cannot wait to see more of it!  It will definitely be on my list. 

Thanks for stopping by, some of my my next post's will showcase some of the inspiration boards that we saw, and a few projects made by my girl Mackie.  Hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PPA 107 Sketch Challenge

Today's PPA challenge card is a sketch and I just squeaked it in.  I had another post for today scheduled, but I am waiting to hear back from Stampin' Up! to see if I can give you a sneak peak at a stamp set that is going to be in the Occasions Mini Catalog, yes, the Occasions catalog that comes out in January, it is huge if I am allowed to show you!

When I saw the sketch, I knew that the new set Button Buddies would work great, and since today for the first time, I could smell fall coming, it is hard to describe, but you can tell finally that it is on it's way.  The pumpkin buttons are from the Rich Regals button pack.  The DSP is Well Worn, and I just knew that it would fit this card.  The base is cajun craze, and crumb cake was punched with the curly label punchCherry Cobbler was layered behind the curly label punch.

A piece of crumb cake seam binding ribbon was pulled and layered just under the button layers, I felt that the card needed a bit of softness, and even though this card has a masculine feel to it, it works well.

The sentiment is from Just Believe, and I felt that when this card is given, I could make into any type of card that I need.  It is stamped in early espresso, and simply punched out with the modern label punch.  All in all a simple card to make, but an has an elegant finished look.

Since I have changed the location of my craft room, I am still trying to get good pictures.  I am not happy on how the pictures have turned out.  My husband, Chris is going to install a photobox shortly, so in the meantime, please bear with me.  Please check back with me for my next post that has more Regional info.  I hope you were inspired, enjoy.

Stamps:  Button Buddies, Just Believe
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Well Worn DSP
Ink:  Garden Green, Early Espresso
Tools:  Modern label punch, Curly label punch, seam binding ribbon, rich regal buttons,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Regional Card Contest Winner!

I attended the Stampin' Up! Regional Convention in Charlotte on Saturday.  It was a wonderful experience.  There were product demonstrations, make and takes, workshop tools, WOW demos, and much, much, more.  It was nice to meet other SU demos from the area, and it was all around a wonderful day full of stamping and inspiration.  Oh, and I got to meet the Co-founder of SU, Shelli Gardner!  She is so very gracious, and very approachable, such a wonderful CEO.

So we were able to bring cards or 3D items to swap with other demos, you could bring as many as you would like and also had a chance to enter your swap into a creative challenge.  Here is my swap:

I CASED my own card that I made for the hat HERE .  I needed to make it a little more accessible using items that I had a lot of so, I switched the DSP to the First Edition DSP.  I embossed the Eiffel Tower in Black Embossing powder and sponged it with crumb cake.  The black background was embossed using the vintage wallpaper EF, then sprayed with champagne mist shimmer paint which was mixed with rubbing alcohol to give it a nice sparkle.

A little strip of crumb cake seam binding ribbon sets off the four frames stamp which was punched with the decorative label punch.  A scallop circle was punched out of the First Edition DSP, and cut in half, folded and sponged with crumb cake.  A black circle was embossed and punched on top, and a flag cut sentiment topped it all off.  Oh, and three little rose red brads just gave it the right touch.

So guess what?  It was a top three pick!  There were three winners, and mine was one!  There were such wonderful cards on display, so I was really surprised.  I wish that I could remember what Shelli said about my card, but I can't, I was in such a daze!

Here is my card on the board, you can see how great the other swaps were.  It was just a great all around experience!

My prize is a $50 shopping spree with SU, and I got this wonderful card.  I just had to take a picture, and will keep this card as a wonderful memento of a great day.

In the upcoming week, I will post more pictures of some of the swaps that I received.  A big thank you to Cindy Hall from and her friend Karen for graciously letting me hang around with them today.  I meet both of them for the first time today, and they welcomed me with open arms!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

PPA 106 Dress For Success

This weeks PPA challenge is Dress for Success.  Dressing for Success is easy as 1-2-3 this week at Pals Paper Arts. Follow our simple recipe to success: Use 1 piece of designer series paper, 1 punch and 1 sentiment.

I really tried to stay within the challenge guidelines, but when I was assembling the card, I realized that I used the ticket corner punch in addition to the modern label punch.  Oh no, I was really trying hard to follow, I must of had a mind blank during the creative process.

The beautiful SDSP Flirtatious was used for the one piece of DSP.  The Kindness Matters stamp set which is one of my favorites and so very affordable at $8.95 (clear mount) was my star of the card.  The butterfly stamp was stamped in early espresso ink and colored with the pretty in pink, melon mambo, pumpkin pie, and early espresso stampin write markers.  The sentiment was stamped in early espresso on a scrap of the SDSP, and punched with the modern label punch.  I knew that I wanted to have a scalloped edge at the bottom, but since the challenge was 1 punch, I found an alternative.

In this stamp set, there is a half round doily stamp, and after some practicing on scrap, I drew a straight line in pencil on the card base and stamped a row of doilies in melon mambo, instant "scallop" border.  Erase the line when you are finished and layer up your paper for a fabulous look!  A piece of early espresso satin ribbon, just went perfect down the middle.

I hope you enjoyed my challenge card today, my favorite part of the card is the stamped scallop border.  Which is your favorite?  I love to read your comments.  Hope you were inspired, Enjoy!

Stamps:  Kindness Matters
Ink:  pumpkin pie ink pad, pretty in pink, pumpkin pie, early espresso, melon mambo stampin write markers
Paper:  Flirtatious SDSP, pretty in pink, early espresso, whisper white
Tools:  modern label punch, ticket corner punch, early espresso ribbon, color spritzer

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August Pals Hop

Welcome to the August Pals Hop! This month, we're featuring fun and creative 3-dimensional projects! Enjoy the hop and the amazing creations that the Pals have come up with.
You've likely hopped over from Patti MacLeith, I'm stop number 8 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for 3-D paper projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track!

Hats are super popular, especially this mini top hat.  My daughter Mackie and I first saw the "headband" mini top hats on Glee, then after the royal wedding, hats of all kind are a hit.  I do credit my daughter Mackie for today's hat and the choice of the new SDSP Mocha Morning that was used.  I was a bit stumped on what to do, and I asked her if she had any ideas.  She thought for a while and suggested a hat.

I built the top hat out of plain black cs, the top is a 3 1/2 inch circle and the base is a 5 inch circle.  I embossed both with black embossing powder using the scroll stamp from Baroque Motifs.  After I assembled the hat, I cut a strip of the beautiful black flocked Mocha Morning SDSP and attached it.  Crumb cake seam binding made the trim and a tail was left in the back.

The rich razzleberry flower was made using the pennant punch.  The pennant was crimped, crumpled, separated.  I snipped at the base so I could curl and glue to form each petal.  I assembled the flower on a 3/4 circle and curled the ends under.  I made my own button with a punch of the SDSP layered on black cardstock and punched two button holes with my crop-a-dile.  I then threaded rich razzleberry ribbon and tied a knot, and topped it of with a basic rhinestone.  I thought that the flower needed more, so I frayed and twisted some crumb cake ribbon to get some texture.  Black ribbon and more of the rich razzleberry ribbon was layered behind it all.  We do need to get a black headband, then I will figure out a way to attach it, and Mackie can have fun with it.

I made a matching card, just because I love the paper and color scheme.  I used basic black and embossed it with the stripe EF.  Before I ran it through though, I inked the folder with my versamark pad.  After I embossed it, I put some black embossing powder on it and heat embossed it.  It was not perfect, it would be better to brayer the versamark on after using the stripes folder for a more precise  look.

The sentiment was flag cut and stamped with the cherish stamp, the decorative label with the medallion stamp both are from the Baroque Motifs stamp set.  A bit of crumb cake seam binding ribbon makes the bow.  The itty bitty punch pack was used for the small flowers.  I left the inside blank for now since this can be used for any type of sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by, please leave me a comment to know what you think about this project, I love to hear from you.  I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Nina Dee at, stop number 9 on the August PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  1. Stephanie Uzee at Stampin' with Suzee
  2. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  3. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
  4. Jason Casper at Jason's Stampin' Pad
  5. Melanie Collins at Oops a Daisy Designs
  6. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
  7. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  8. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions
  9. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  10. Leah O'Brien at My Stampin' Room
  11. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  12. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  13. Kylie Nicolsi at Kylie's Crafty Corner
  14. Pam Giudici at Wacky Whippet Stamper
  15. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
  16. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner
  17. Martha Stewart at Seasons of Stamping
  18. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
  19. Barb Furlong at the Love of Stamping

Monday, August 8, 2011

Christmas in August

Here is the second installment of my pennant class.  A Christmas card!  This set is so versatile!  I never thought that I would make a Christmas card in August, but the stamp set & punch combo makes it very simple and easy.

So what do you think of the new Letters to Santa DSP?  I love it, it has the traditional red and green, but add a bit of blue, brown and pink and you have a very trendy color palette that mixes well with the vintage images.

The early espresso cardstock was embossed using the stripes EF, and a riding hood red scalloped edge border was crimped, crumpled and separated to make the medallion around the trees.  The whisper white circle base was sprayed with vanilla shimmer smooch spritz to give a little sparkle.  A pretty blushing bride knot is just the right accent.  The decorative label punch was used on the sentiment that was colored with stampin' write markers, it was layered on a early espresso decorative label, and a blushing bride modern label punch.  Two rhinestones were added for more sparkle.  Some more trees were stamped and punched for the inside to make just the right Christmas card.

I hope you were inspired by my card, and hope that it inspires you to start to think about Christmas cards.  The new Holiday Mini will be starting to circulate in the next few weeks.  There are some fabulous new items, but I am not surprised, I wouldn't expect otherwise!    The PALS blog hop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th, so please stop back to see what I have made.  Enjoy!

Stamps:  Pennant Parade, Word Play
Paper:  Letters to Santa DSP, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Ink:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, & Riding Hood Red stampin' write markers and ink pads
Tools:  Scallop edge border, ribbon, circle punch, petite pennant builder punch, decorative label punch, modern label punch, stripes EF, basic rhinestones
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