Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blessings for You


Hello there!  Today's card is my goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty challenge.  This week's challenge is to use the emboss resist technique.  Grab your heat gun and embossing powder and get to work!  Link up your creation before next Tuesday at Stampin' Royalty.

But, before we get to the fun stuff, I really want to say that my heart goes out to all that have been impacted by the storm, I am saying my prayers for a fast reconstructing for the northeast.  We were blessed here and only received very strong winds, so strong in fact that Mackie wanted to sleep in our room.  I am sure the USA will pull together like they do for other countries.  We will have to all work together to get things back to good.



Here is my emboss resist piece.  I used very vanilla card stock, stamped my stamp from French Foliage in versamark, heat embossed with clear powder, and then sponged my color on to make the clear embossing pop.  Use a paper towel after sponging to get the color off of the embossed part for the best finish.




Do you recognize the paper I used here for my leaves and the little curled tubes?  It is the packaging that comes in most Stampin' Up! shipments.  I simply stamped with my french foliage stamp set in cherry cobbler, cajun craze, and more mustard, crumpled them up and punched a square with my square punch.





Here is a tip, when punching the packaging paper, since it is so thin, you will get better results, if you fold a few folds and punch three layers or so at one time.  Roll into a megaphone shape and glue, glue onto a circle punch and decorate how you would like.


I accented with the early espresso core'dinations card stock embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder, two finishing touches edgelits in more mustard help to give the border a bit of flair.  Some twine and a naturals designer button finishes off the card.

I used the sketch from the new Fab Friday challenge blog for my starting point, I didn't flag cut the ends of the early espresso since I loved the woodgrain.  It is a great sketch though!

Happy Halloween to y'all, I really hope that you all have a great night.  Here is Tate and Chris getting ready to carve our pumpkins.  I will share some of our Halloween pictures with you soon.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

1 Day Sale!! 15% Off Stamp Sets!

Are you ready for some fabulous news?  For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is having a one day sale on Monday, October 29th!  Almost all stamp sets will be reduced 15%, take a look at the details:

Here are the details:
  • Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include
    • Hostess sets
    • Bundled stamp sets
    • Digital stamp brush sets
  • There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
  • You can view the catalogs and order at my ONLINE STORE or email me if you are local. Don’t forget that any order will enter you into my drawing for a free Season of Sweets Designer Kit. The drawing will be held on November 1st, and the kit will go out into the mail that day.

    Also any order over $150 is also eligible for Hostess rewards, so stock up now for your holiday needs.
     
    Have fun taking advantage of this wonderful promotion, they are not offered that often!

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    My Creative Space

    Hello there!  Today I will share my craft room with y'all.  Last year we changed a bunch of rooms around in the house, and my craft room went from being upstairs, to moved downstairs so that I may craft more during the day.

    Having a toddler around really made this decision for me, now with my room downstairs, I can work in there while Tate is playing, if I chose to do so.  That being said, he really likes to be in the craft room when I am in there.  Tate is really good at putting things where I cannot retrieve them, for instance, one of my itty bitty punch pack punches is missing, and I CANNOT find it, lol!


    This room was originally decorated to be my husband Chris' card room, so it does have more of a masculine feel.  The walls are a green venetian plaster that have been burnished.  The walls have a very smooth almost glass like feel, even though there is a texture to the walls.

    The cabinets are black dorm room modular style.  This is a great way to furnish your space, check out the big box stores during back to school time, there are plenty of great items that work well in a crafting room.


    This used to be my husband's bar space, but now the shelves hold home decor items that are not being used due to seasonal decorations.  This area is now used for cutting, scoring, big shot, heat embossing, glue gunning, and of course diaper changing (hopefully for not too much longer since we are potty training).  I have a nice big closet (to the right), and there is also a full bath attached to this room.


    This is by far the best was to store a bunch of punches.  These are the kitchen rods from IKEA.  I originally saw this idea on Mary Fish's blog, and loved it.  We made the cornice boards way back when we originally decorated this room.


    This is my main crafting space.  It is a dining room table that has the extender taken out for this room, though in my last room I was able to use the whole table.  We painted it white and faux distressed it in an ivory color, it looks yellow in this picture because of the lighting.


    Here are my shelves that store my ribbon, completed samples, catalogs, and my bigger big shot accessories.  This is also one of Tate's favorite areas to grab and go...


    Chris made this ribbon rack for me, it can either sit on a flat surface or hang.  I also utilized the bottom to hold my extra ink pads that are not in everyday use.  The little bottom rack is a rack from IKEA that was stained to match the ribbon rack.  The white patch is where the TV was, we have not patched that yet.


    This is how I store my 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  I found these fancy rolling paper racks online.  I keep the card stock arraigned in color family in hanging file folders, identified with color tags.  Scraps go right back into the same color folder for ease of use.  I really do like this method, it keeps everything in place.


    My 12x12 card stock and DSP are in paper holders sitting on the back cabinet.  When I get a new DSP pack, I carefully cut the top of the plastic open and leave all of the paper in the plastic, when I need a piece, I just pull it out, I replace the unused paper and scraps back in the plastic wrap.  I have three paper holders, one for card stock, one for current DSP, and the last for any retired DSP I am hoarding.

    My stamps are all stored in the center shelves along with my ink pads sitting on the top of the shelf.  These cabinets are great for both hiding stuff on the left hand side and easy to get to on the right.  I sit between the cabinets and table so I can reach everything I need.



    This was my craft room upstairs, so pretty much the same layout.

    I do plan on redoing the colors in my craft room over the next year to make it a bit more feminine, I am thinking that I would like the table stained in a nice warm espresso, but I will have to see!  We are always so busy here, this will be a big challenge.

    So do you want a peek at tomorrow's post?  Spirit week is among us at my daughter's school, so we made something for her, take a look and head back here tomorrow for the full run down.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy.


    DISCLAIMER!!!!  I have to let y'all know that my craft room is usually not this clean, especially after a project, it usually looks like a tornado hit it.  And since this room is right off the garage, it becomes the drop zone for everything from shoes to bags, to extra paper towels, you get the picture.  It always looks lived in that's for sure!

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Owl Treats for You!


    Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  The challenge this week is Halloween, so any project that is for Halloween is perfect.  Head on over to Stampin' Royalty to show us what you have created!



    I know that some of you are familiar with my Top Note Die Box, which is my favorite little treat holder ever.  They are so easy to make.  Instead of the top note die, I have updated it with the new window frames collection framelits.  When I cut off the bottom circle, I realized that it looked like some sort of an animal head.

    Tate was in my craft room with me (helping he says) and as soon as I put the eyes on it, he said Owl immediately, so off I went to punch a nose with the pennant builder punch, and emboss the owl body with "feathers" by using the fancy fan embossing folder.


    I really kept my little owl CAS, so just the eyes and beak are on the front.  I kept trying to add more, but in the end, less was better.  I used the 1 inch circle, 3/4 inch circle and the owl builder punch for the eyes.  Everything is popped up with stampin dimensional's for a 3D effect.



    So for my little box, you can look back to my Top Note Die Box Tutorial to get the measurements and instructions on how to make it.  The sides I decided to dress up, so I stamped first with the bat stamp from the Wicked Cool stamp set.  I cut a 1/2 inch piece of houndstooth and scaringbone DSP for my handle, flag cut the end, added a itty bitty punch flower and some black and white bakers twine.  I did this on both sides.  Make sure you attach the handle with either sticky strip or tombo glue.



    There you have it, a very quick and easy treat holder, just perfect for making a bunch to hand out to those special little trick or treaters.


    Here is a picture of my special little fella, he loves to help out in my craft room.  Of course there is a LOT of cleaning up for me after a visit by him, but he enjoys it so much.


    When I was taking these pictures, I also realized that after moving my craft room, I didn't share the pictures.  Would you like to see where I create?  I can put together a post for you if you are interested, so let me know, check back with me on Thursday and Friday.  I have a fabulous craft item that I made for Mackie, and I would love to share it with you all.

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

    Stamps:  Wicked Cool
    Paper:  Basic Black and tangerine tango card stock, houndstooth and scaringbone DSP
    Ink:  Black Staz On
    Tools:  Big shot, window frames collection framelits, fancy fan EF, circle punches, owl builder punch, itty bitty punch pack, simply scored

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    The Clearance Rack has been Reloaded!

    All Clearance Items
     
    Taa daa!  If you have been looking for a great Stampin' Up! deal, look no further, the online clearance rack has been reloaded with a ton of new discounted items.  Click HERE TO GO TO MY CLEARANCE RACK now to take advantage of these great savings!
     
    Remember, I also am running my personal drawing that runs through the end of the month.  One lucky winner who makes a purchase through my ONLINE STORE will win a Season of Sweets Designer Kit.  Here are the details; any order through either me or at my ONLINE STORE will get you one entry into the drawing.  If you make more than one purchase, that's fine, for every purchase you make, you will get an additional entry into the drawing.
     
    I will draw a name on November 1st, and the lucky winner will be mailed that wonderful kit that day.
     
     
    Head on over there now for the best selection!

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Blooming with Kindness!


    It's time to get ready for another great sketch challenge from the fabulous Ms. Moody! Boy does she have an awesome sketch for you!  Just create something fabulous and link up to Pals Paper Arts on Thursday, October 18!


    I just love this sketch!  So hip and now!  You could do any occasion, holiday, birthday, etc...  After figuring out which paper to use, my card was put together in a jiffy!


    Remember back a few years ago when tags were all the rage?  They went out of style for a little, but now I am seeing them all over again, and not just your plain tags, they are pumped up tags!


    I used my new stamp set Blooming with Kindness for this tag, the flower was stamped in crumb cake ink on crumb cake paper.  Then let the building begin!


    I folded the Comfort Cafe DSP back in forth, with no rhyme or reason for a messy feel, and sticky striped it down on top of some victoria lace ribbon.


    I made my own tag with the retired tag corner punch, and a 1/2 circle punch for the eyelet.  After I glued on the circle punch, I punched again with a regular hole punch to make the center.  Some gorgeous summer starfruit satin ribbon tied with soft suede taffeta ribbon edge makes a pretty knot.


    This sentiment is included with the Blooming with Kindness stamp set, such a pretty sentiment.  I stamped it in midnight muse ink on summer starfruit paper, punched it out with the scallop oval punch and added a itty bitty punch flower dressed up with some basic pearls.


    Don't-cha just love this comfort cafe DSP?  I think it is perfect all year long.  This DSP pack made my job creating this card easy, just pull some different pieces together, and instant card.


    So what do you think?  I love to read your comments, you are all so sweet.  I have to say "Your Kindness makes such a difference" to all of my blog readers, because it is simply true, you all make a difference!  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy.


    Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness
    Ink:  Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
    Paper:  Comfort Cafe DSP, midnight muse, summer starfruit, soft suede
    Tools:  big shot, scallop oval punch, circle punch, hole punch, itty bitty punch pack, summer starfruit satin ribbon, basic pearls, tag corner punch, victoria lace ribbon

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Mummy Fun and a New Promo!


    Hello there!  Welcome to today's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge, which I think are the best challenges.  All of the hard work has been done for you, you just need to pick your supplies and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to show us what you have come up with!




    I have been seeing online a ton of great ideas on how to use the glassine bags that come with the ghoulish googlies designer kit, so I thought that I would add one more.  I carefully cut up one of the bags and sponged more mustard on the edges on my strips.  I left the edges the way they came with the pinked edges, and used SNAIL to attach my strips to a piece of very vanilla card stock, I then added some great big googlie eyes from my stash and mounted the whole thing on basic black card stock.


    I have wanted to use this cute little mummy stamp from the Googly Ghouls stamp set for a while now, he is so cute.  I sponged my tag from the kit with more mustard so it would not be so white, stamped my mummy, and added my trick or treat stamp from the Toxic Treats stamp set.



    I used my pennant builder punch to punch little flags out of my houndstooth and scaringbone DSP, added some basic gray taffeta ribbon and some basic black 1/8 taffeta ribbon to the top of the pennants.  I then added two different sizes of the googlie eyes to each pennant to keep with my googly theme.


    Notice anything different?  When I was writing my post, I noticed that my tag didn't have a ribbon, so I went back and added a ribbon, but since the other pictures were done and sent off, I didn't change them.

    I do want to announce a personal promotion that I am launching this week.  With any order through me or my ONLINE STORE, you will be entered to win a Season of Sweets Designer Kit!


    I love making projects from these great new kits that SU has put together for us.  This kit will arrive in time for your Christmas projects.  All you need to do to qualify for an entry in the drawing for this FREE kit, is to place an order with me before November 1st.  You will get a entry for each order placed in the next two weeks, so figure out what you would like, order HERE, and I will enter you, it's that easy!  This item will be shipped directly to the winner after the drawing on November 1st, easy peasy!

    Check back tomorrow for my Pals Paper Arts card, thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

    Stamps:  Googly Ghouls, Toxic Treats
    Ink:  More mustard, basic black
    Paper:  Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP, Basic black, very vanilla
    Tools:  Goulish Googlies Designer Kit, googlies, basic black and basic gray ribbon, pennant builder punch

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    Blog Candy Winner!

    Hello there!  I know y'all have been waiting to see who is the lucky winner of the Trick AND a Treat blog hop.  I love to give out blog candy, and I know you love to receive it!  All I can say is that you all are fabulous!  I received so many sweet, sweet comments, and I thank you all.  It is nice to be so appreciated.  Are you ready yet?  Drum roll please.....


    Love this random number generator!  The lucky comment is #34 Loly Borda-Towery, here is the lovely comment that Loly posted:

    BloggerLoly Borda-Towery said...
    Fabulous idea! Great project, thanks for sharing it and for the chance to win.

    All right Loly, email me ASAP and I will get your Card Keeper and Candy Cane designer fabric out to you.  If I do not hear from Loly by Tuesday night, I will pick another comment and let you know on my Stampin' Royalty post on Wednesday.

     
    I thought this post needed a picture, so take a look at this little sweetie:
     
     
    Introducing our new little Whippet puppy Paisley.  Oh she is so sweet, she is only 4 weeks old, so she is still with her mommy.  We met her last weekend and fell in love immediately, the breeder has been sending us pictures so we can watch her progress.  Paisley is white with dark brindle spots that look a bit like paisley's, hence our choice of a name fits her well.

    Schyler our Fox Terrier and Sasha our Italian Greyhound have not met her yet, but I hopefully do not anticipate any problems since they are both very sweet girls.

    Thanks for stopping by today, I will see you on Wednesday and Thursday this week with two great new cards.  See you then!

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Hello Friend


    Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  This week, we are hosting a picture challenge, take a look at the picture and get creating.  We would love to see what you have come up with, head on over to Stampin' Royalty and link up your creation.



    I chose the colored spots for my inspiration today.  I used summer starfruit, rich razzleberry, island indigo, garden green, and cajun craze.  I cut a bunch of die cuts using the window frames collection framelits, lined them all up on a early espresso base and ran it through my big shot using the woodgrain embossing folder.


    I did not want to cover up my background, so I stamped the Hello sentiment from the Friendship Preserves stamp set in early espresso, then quickly put early espresso embossing powder on it and heat embossed it then die cut it out.  Some beautiful summer starfruit stitched satin ribbon makes a beautiful bow and accent.


    All in all a very simple colorful card that pacts a great impact, I think the embossing makes the card.  I can see this same card recreated in many different color combos and perfect for many different occasions.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

    Stamps:  Friendship Preserves
    Paper:  Summer starfruit, rich razzleberry, island indigo, garden green, early espresso, and cajun craze
    Ink:  Early Espresso
    Tools:  Window frames collection framelits, big shot, woodgrain embossing folder, stitched satin ribbon, early espresso embossing powder
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