Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last Day to Order & Update

Today is the very last day to order from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. You will need to order at my ONLINE STORE today to make sure you get the retired products on your wish list. Remember if you order today, I will also mail you a FREE copy of the brand new catalog, as well as enter you into my drawing for my retired In Color supplies.

Remember these wooden pins?  My new ribbon share will also come wrapped on these pins.  The 1/4 stitched grosgrain ribbon comes in ten colors.  The share includes one yard of each color for $8.00, shipping is $2.00.  EMAIL ME to be put on list for the first round of this share.

Check back on June 1st for my list of retired stamps and accessories that I will have for sale.  All items will be priced to move.  This will be a first come first served sale, I will go by the date and time on any emails that I receive to make everything fair.  I will do both a post and update the info at the top of my page.  I have really cleaned out my craft room, so look for a BIG list from me!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthday Boy

Hey there, thanks for joining me for this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  Today's challenge is masculine cards, so grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty and show us what you have come up with.

This card has been in my head for a while now.  Most of you know that my husband works on a Nascar Sprint Cup team, so we watch the races faithfully every week.  We always support my husband's team, so it is with great chagrin that the inspiration for this card came from a competitor's car design.  I just couldn't help it, I just love the blue and white stripes.  I added some real red in though to break up the two colors. and give it a bit of a kick.

The center panel was made from a rectangle that I cut at an angle to give me a different shape.  I attached the midnight muse stripes and trimmed off the edges.  I then mounted it on real red and trimmed to give me a border.

The Happy Birthday is from the new Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, and is die cut with the matching bitty banners framelits, the whisper white flags were also cut this way.  The midnight muse flags are just a piece of cardstock scored twice and folded back to pop up.  The edges were flag cut with my square punch.

The whisper white background was embossed with the houndstooth embossing folder.  This embossing folder is perfect for masculine cards, I love the look it gives.

There you have it, a nice CAS masculine card perfect for any birthday.  This card is pretty flat, and should be nice and easy to mail, that is one benefit to both CAS cards and masculine cards, no extra postage!  Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners, Perfectly Penned (inside)
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red
Tools:  Big shot, bitty banners framelits, houndstooth embossing folder, simply scored, square punch

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Summer Birthday

Hello there! Here is surprise Sunday card! I took last week off from card making, and was really wanting to get back in the craft room today. I found this awesome sketch from LeAnne at The Paper Players and since I needed a Birthday card for my wonderful Aunt Pauline, I thought that this would cheer her up since she has been feeling so sick lately.

I really love the look of sewing on cards, so lately I have been having fun with it. Each panel was sewn along the edge. This is super easy to do, just attach your papers where you are not going to sew with SNAIL, and sew the edges. I personally like the sewing not to be perfect, it gives it a handmade feel.

The Summer Smooches DSP colors are so bright and cheerful. A itty bitty banner Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped in island indigo to match the DSP and die cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits. Some whisper white stitched ribbon makes a great bow and adds interest without taking away from the background papers.

This is a simple combo of punches. I wanted a scallop frame, instead of a scallop punch. Start with the large scallop punch, then punch the negative image with the large circle punch, you will get a little scallop circle frame. I then punched a pool party large circle and glued the island indigo frame on the circle. The Button Buddies stamp set is where the flower came from, simply stamp and punch with the smaller scallop punch, it fits perfectly. A daffodil delight button from the brights buttons is tied with some lucky limeade bakers twine.

There you have it a card perfect for a summer birthday! I really hope you enjoyed it, I was glad to get back in the craft room and just have fun with regular cards. I even finished my Wednesday Stampin' Royalty card, so nice to be ahead of schedule! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps: Button Buddies, Itty Bitty Banners, Layered Labels
Paper: Summer Smooches, island indigo, whisper white, pool party
Ink: Island Indigo, real red
Tools: Big shot, bitty banners framelits, large scallop punch, scallop punch, large circle punch, whisper white stitched ribbon, brights buttons, lucky limeade bakers twine, sewing machine, white thread

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ribbon Share & Give Away!

Hello all!  Sorry no post today for the Stampin' Royalty.  I took this week off to get back on track.  My Artisan projects have been shipped off, and I am busily cleaning my craft room up.  Which is a plus for you!  My retired products will be ready for sale on June 1st, and let me tell you, there is a TON of stuff, so check back then for the best selection, I will have them priced really good so that they can make their way into YOUR home for some love.

Remember this ribbon?  I told you that I was going to have a Ribbon Share on this great versatile ribbon.  Here are the details, you need to EMAIL ME ASAP to be first on the list for the first round of shares, I will do as many shares as there is interest.  Here is the info; one yard of each of the ten colors, each wrapped on one of my special wooden pins.

The shares will be $8 for a one yard of each color share, $2.00 for shipping.  You can order more than one share, shipping will increase by $1.00 for each additional share.  I will need this info on your email:
  • Name, Address, and Email address
  • How many shares, and if you would like both shares on one wooden pin, or wrapped separately.
  • How you would like to pay, I will accept Paypal or money order.
Per SU policy, I cannot invoice you until June 1st for your payment.  BUT you can email me and I will put you on my intended list.  As soon as I receive payment (after June 1st) and the share fills up the order will be placed.  Keep in mind that I cannot order until June 1st, so the sooner you get email in for your place in line, the sooner you will get your new ribbon.


With any new purchase of SU products with me through June 15, you will be entered into my drawing for all of my retired 2010-2012 in-color supplies.  This includes cardstock, ink pads, markers, ribbons, accessories, etc.  All yours!  You can either place your order in my ONLINE STORE or directly with me.  If you order online, I do get a notice from SU, so you will be covered.

Also, if you order before May 31st, and your purchase is more than $30 pretax/SH, you are also eligible for a free 2012-2013 catalog mailed to you from me!

What should you purchase?  Well, let me tell you that the Beau Chateau DSP was used on one of my 3D Artisan projects, and you are going to HAVE to have this paper so you can recreate this project.  It is simply stunning.  Some of the other DSP packs I used are Mocha Morning, and Big Top Birthday.  You might just want to pick those up as well because there will be plenty of CASEing going on after I show you the finished projects.  Don 't forget to get your favorite stamp sets and accessories before they are gone.

Thanks for reading through this whole post, you all are Stars!  Have a great day.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Artisan Update and a few MDS pages

Hello there!  I know I am not posting as much as I used to, but I am still working hard to bring you some great new tricks and tips.  Unfortunately, since they are on my Artisan Award submissions, you will have to wait until I can properly show them to you, then you will have a bunch of catching up to do!

Here is what I have just about finished: 12x12 scrap page, 8 1/2 x 11 scrap page, and my favorite 8x8 scrap page.  Scraping is different for me because everything is usually put behind a page protector, and it gets smashed.  I like lots of 3D on my items, so the scrapping is my challenge.  The only things that need to be finished are the menu of items that I have used on each piece.

Both of my 3D items are finished, one has the menu, and one does not.  Boy you are all going to love both of these items when you see them!

I have four out of my five cards done.  I do have a card rolling around in my head, so it shouldn't take me too long to figure it out.  Today was the day that I gave myself my deadline to have everything done.  I am just about 85% done, and if Tate has a good nap tomorrow, I think I will be done soon.

Ok, thanks for listening to my checklist, here are two MDS scrap pages that did not make the cut.  They are the same, but had different colors.  These pages are 8 1/2 x 11 pages.

This one I did for Catherine since she loves purple.  I also chose a white background and I would figure out which one I liked better when they came in.  I will show you the white one now, and you can tell me which you prefer, I love to get feedback.

They are the same page, but they make a different impact.  I had a purple one printed for Catherine to frame.  I think it would be easy to find a frame and hang this page on a wall.  Or, for all of you thinker's out there, Stampin Up can print a book for you, hard bound, or you can just have them print an individual sheet, like I did here.  I have some scrapbooks that I will start to add these pages to.  Super easy.

MDS has a free 30 day trial, you can find it at my ONLINE STORE, take a look, you will really love it.  If you purchase it now, you will receive the new MDS2 upgrade free at the end of the year.  A really great bargain!

So which did you prefer?  Let me know, keep the comments flowing, I love to read them.  Hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


The Pals Paper Arts Pals are getting ready to play along with a simple and classy sketch by Margaret Moody. We hope you'll play along too!  Get out your crafty goodies and play along. This challenge will run until the end of the month!  Here is the sketch, I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Today's card is a larger sized card at 5 1/2 x 6.  This is a wedding card for my neighbor's daughter Abby and her soon to be husband Tim.  I wanted the card to be a little bigger than the standard A2 card size.

Check out the new items!  This is a new stamp set called Layered Labels, and it has its own matching framelit set called Apothecary Accents.  There are four stamps and four framelits.  I am using two on this card, the congrats sentiment and the large die cut that the cake is stamped on.  This is also a peek at some new in colors, this label is in primrose petals card stock and ink.  This beautiful DSP is from the new Patio Party DSP pack.

This great cake image is stamped from four new stamps from the Make a Cake stamp set.  I highly recommend the stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement!  The largest label from the apothecary accents framelits was used, I cut a second one out of midnight muse, and split it and glued it to the edges to give me a bit of border.

Even though the top of this layout is supposed to be blank sort of, I could not snip off the pretty top of the framelit.  I masked the bottom of the image and just stamped a bit of the Layering labels stamp up top to add a little interest.

Now, a word of caution, clean your stamps after every use!  I was cleaning up from yesterday's card, and dropped the whisper white inked flower fest card straight down on my sentiment.  Of course there was white still on the stamp and I had to redo my sentiment.  If you take a real close peek at the top, you can see where I touched up the midnight muse with ink from my finger.  Another note, the new ink does NOT come off fingers very well.

Now usually for a wedding card, I would go all out and frilly, but this bride is not a "frilly" type of gal, and this wedding is super casual, they even included a very sweet note about wanting the guests to be casual and comfortable, and guess what?  The wedding invites are white, and what looks to be a match to both baja breeze and midnight muse, just perfect for this DSP.  Here is a peek at the invite:

See what I mean, just casual elegance!  The beauty of making your own cards, is that you can customize the card to whatever you might need.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Layered Labels, Make a Cake
Paper:  Patio Party DSP, midnight muse, primrose petals, baja breeze
Ink:  Midnight muse, primrose petals, baja breeze
tools:  Big shot, apothecary accents framelits, whisper white satin ribbon, basic pearls, stamp-a-ma-jig

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flower Fest Birthday

Hello there!  Today's card is my Stampin' Royalty challenge card.  Today's challenge is a picture inspiration, take a look at the picture, and grab your supplies and head over to Stampin' Royalty to show us what you came up with!

This card is definitely a mix of old, new, and retiring.  I needed a birthday card for my SIL Amber since today is her birthday.  She shares her birthday with my mom, who is no longer with us, so when I think of May 16th, I always think of them both.  Both of my parents are gone, it is really hard doing without them at such a young age.  At least my mom was able to meet Tate, which was a blessing.  Even though this card is for Amber, it has a bit of my mom in it, she loved flowers.

My main image is from the soon to be retired Flower Fest stamp set.  I love this set and hate to see it go.  I stamped the various flowers in whisper white craft ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder (must remember to get more white embossing powder).  The circles were cut out with the circle scissor plus and my glass mat, which are also retiring.  Get yours quick, they are invaluable!  I used the large scallop circle, five petal flower, and small circle punches for quick punches.

The whisper white background was embossed using the framed tulips EFBeyond the Garden DSP was used for the daffodil delight piece.  Both the circle and the DSP mat is poppy parade.

Here are the new items!  Both the stamp set Itty Bitty Banners, and the matching framelits, bitty banners will be in the new catalog, and available on June 1st.  Remember any $30 order you place through my ONLINE STORE through the end of the month will get you a free catalog mailed right to you!

The sentiment is "bitty" as the name states, I wanted to make it a bit longer, so I attached it to a longer piece of daffodil delight, and cut and curled the ends.  It is scored underneath so it stands out a bit.

There you have it, another birthday card!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I will leave you with tomorrow's sneak peek for the PPA.  Hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Flower Fest, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper:  Beyond the Garden DSP, whisper white, poppy parade, daffodil delight
Ink:  Whisper white craft ink, wild wasabi
Tools:  Large scallop circle, five petal punch, small circle punch, circle scissors plus, big shot, framed tulips EF

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mackie's MDS Page

This is a My Digital Studio "practice" 12x12 scrapbook page that I did with some of Mackie's webcam pictures.  I started with a blank page, and just added my elements.  It was pretty easy, and did not take to long.  This page will not be sent for my AA entries, but will be put in a frame and hung somewhere special around the house.

That is the beauty of scrapbook pages, you can do anything with them, this one will be wall art.  We have also snapped up an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook album to start scrapping her special times.  The pages are super easy to send to SU to print, and they get here real fast.  I think we are hooked! Thanks for stopping by today, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Introducing....New Colors!

Hello there!  Today's card is my Stampin' Royalty challenge #123.  The challenge this week is "punches", so grab your punches and play along.  We love to see what you can come up with!

I spy, with my little eye, three, count them three new colors!  On this card is Primrose Petals (pink), Midnight Muse (dark blue), and Summer Starfruit (yellow green).  They are all present in the new butterfly paper which is in the Patio Party DSP pack.  The companion colors are Baja Breeze and Whisper White.

Here is another new product, 1/4 stitched grosgrain ribbon in whisper white.  It is white on white, which is hard to see, but still pretty.  On the other nine colors the whisper white stitching really pops.  This is the wonderful replacement to the 1/4 grosgrain ribbon that will be retired.

Look for a Ribbon Share from me starting on June 1st for all ten colors of this ribbon, wrapped on my wooden pins for under $10 a share, you can EMAIL ME now to be put on the list.  I will fill the orders first come first served, so email me now to get your ribbon first!  A fantastic bargain!

My sentiment is from the Create a Cupcake, Itty Bitty Bits, & Four Frames stamp sets.  Look how nice the new ink pads stamp.  Just a little bitty tap, and voila, full coverage.  I love them, and you will too!  Perfect images every time, it just makes me want to stamp everything!

Since this is a Punch challenge, I punched a bunch of circles and glued them on the baja breeze card stock base, then embossed the whole thing with the stripes embossing folder.  It makes a great background and showcases the new colors perfectly.

As a SU demo, I have a bunch of perks, one is taking a peek at the brand new catty.  It is so new and different.  Remember, if you make a $30 purchase (before SH & tax) through my ONLINE STORE I will have one mailed to you FREE!

I really hope you enjoyed this card today, it was nice to whip up a quick and easy card for you.  Drop me a line and let me know what you think, I so enjoy your comments.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamp Sets:  Create a Cupcake, Itty Bitty Bits, Four Frames
Paper:  Patio Party DSP, primrose petals, summer starfruit, whisper white, baja breeze, midnight muse
Ink:  Primrose petals, midnight muse, summer starfruit, baja breeze
Tools:  circle punches, designer label punch, big shot, stripes embossing folder, stitched grosgrain ribbon,

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Summer Fun

Get ready for some refreshing colors as we play with this week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge! Join the PPA on Thursday, May 3rd for some fun in the sun! Hope to see you on Thursday!

These colors just bring to mind summer time.  The inspiration for this card, funny enough is an outfit that I bought for Mackie just last week.  The shorts are the prettiest coral color, and the top looks just like the background for this card, blue and white stripes.  I thought it was a great color combo, and when I saw this week's challenge and had to chuckle to myself!

The striped background is just 1/2 inch strips of baja breeze and whisper white card stock attached to the so saffron border.  I wanted a clean crisp look, so I resisted the urge to emboss it.  The scallop circle is from the Berry Blossom DSP.  A simple so saffron circle sets off the cupcake from the Create a Cupcake stamp set and the cupcake builder punch.  A couple of basic rhinestones and this cupcake is ready to go.

Baja breeze seam binding ribbon, makes a perfect double bow, that adds a bit of flair to the card, so light and summery.

The Happy Birthday stamp is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, and look how perfectly the designer printed brad matches the scallop circle, see y'all this is why I LOVE Stampin' Up!  Everything ties in together!

Just a nice clean and simple card.  I have done the hard work for you, now you can CASE this and whip it right out, easy peasy.  I had this card in mind from the beginning, but strayed off to a bit more fussy card, and half way through, I knew that that card would be one of my artisan cards.  I stopped that card, and went back to the one in my mind.  After I was finished with this card and the picture sent off, I wondered if I should of kept this card instead.  I love how this one turned out.  Sometimes simple is better! 

What do you think?  Should I have kept this one a secret?  Of course your not going to be able to compare it to my other one, yet.  I will ask the question to y'all later.  When and if I decide to enter my other card.  My collection is growing, I have TWO scrapbook pages done, another one planned out.  One of my 3D items is done, and boy wait to you see it, I really hate to part with it, it is beautiful.  My second 3D item is planned, but I am waiting on supplies.  The only thing that I am behind on is the cards, go figure!  I am working hard.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really hope you have been inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Create a Cupcake
Paper:  Bright Blossoms DSP, baja breeze, whisper white, so saffron, calypso coral cardstock
Ink:  Baja breeze, calypso coral
Tools:  scallop circle punch, large circle punch, cupcake builder punch, basic rhinestones, designer printed brads, baja breeze seam binding ribbon

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Birthday Presents!

Today's Stampin' Royalty challenge is a scrapbook page.  Whoa, scrapbook pages are definitely my weakness, but since I have been doing some pages for the upcoming Artisan Award in My Digital Studio, I am finding it much easier to do.

This page is a "standard" page that came with the Happy Bday digital scrapbook.  I simply selected a page that I liked and did some tweaking around.  Now there is a whole book that you can make, you just click to add pictures.  So simple, and then you can send it off for printing!  WOW, wonderful.

I wanted to add three pictures on this page, so I moved everything down, added my pictures and added the picture borders, and drop shadows.  I played with the flowers a little bit, and added my journaling.  Total time from start to finish was about 15 minutes.  Easy Peasy.

You really need to try out the MDS, there is a free 30 day trial going on, so go to my ONLINE STORE and try it out today!

I get my printed pages today from SU.  I did a bunch of pages and had them printed for the best results.  Two of them will go back to SU as part of my Artisan Awards submissions, I just will have to decide WHICH two!  Keep your fingers crossed, please!  Would you like a sneak peak of my PPA challenge card for tomorrow?  Well here it is:

Come back tomorrow to see the whole card, and what the challenge is!  I love to read your comments, so let me know what you think, I will reply if your email is on the comment.  Have a great day.
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