Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Birthday Chic


Hello there!  Today's card is my Goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  This week's challenge is a "Birthday" challenge, that's right, any type of birthday related item is good!  Create something fabulous, and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty and link it up!



Check out this new stamp, you can get the whole Vintage Verses stamp set FREE with any $50 purchase, how cool is that?!  I love the hip and trendy fonts, this stamp set will be a keeper.  You can shop 24/7 right from home at my ONLINE STORE right now and pick up this great set for yourself.

Can you tell what I stamped the image on?  It is the new canvas creations, it has a nice vintage worn feel to it, I am sure that it would fray nicely, but I didn't try that yet.  I stamped in raspberry ripple ink for a darker look.  My big shot cut through this canvas fine, but I did need to use an extra shim for a nice sharp cut.

I received a cutie birthday card from Patti Willey, that used this stamp, and was die cut the same way, layered and pierced and oh so pretty.  I borrowed this look from her, check out Patti's blog, she has some really pretty cards to share.

 
 
This cutie vintage flower was made from a technique that I showed y'all way back in 2011.  You can click HERE to take you to that post and a link for the how to video.  It is very easy to do, and it works best with wide ribbon.  This is the new 1 1/4 two-tone ribbon in pink pirouette/rose ribbon, I snipped a flower from the flower trim and glued it in the center.  You can see when the edges are frayed the two tone look you get, BUT if you are going to make one for yourself, here are some important tips:
  • Sew the long running seam tightly
  • instead of 1/4 inch cuts in the ribbon, make them wider, close to 1/2 inch
  • DO NOT pull on the ribbon too much, really you want to tie the thread and set the back with a glue gun, and walk away.  If you don't, you will get one that looks like this:

While it is pretty, it was loosing the threads and shedding everywhere, and it looks very, very messy, so unless that is the look you are going for, the less you work with it, the better.


A close up look at the fabulous new More Amore SDSP, even though it is a "valentine" themed paper, you can still use it for other occasions.

I used this great sketch from The Paper Players.  I have not played there for a while now, shame on me!  It is another great challenge blog and one I frequent often, they have an amazing design team as well.
 

There you have it, a fun Birthday Chic (or chick) however you want to say it, card, both applies. 


 
Paisley Anne, our new Whippet puppy is doing great, she is growing fast, as you can see.  She is about five months old now, and has been completely house trained since she was about three months old, wow.  Paisley is super smart, our smartest puppy yet, and oh so sweet.  Here she is snuggling with her new favorite toy, and her best big sister Schyler.  She is a great addition to our family.
 
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!
 
Stamps:  Vintage Verses
Paper:  More Amore SDSP, primrose petals & pool party card stock
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple
Tools:  Big Shot, windows collection framelits, festive paper piercing pack, large basic pearls, canvas creations, pool party seam binding ribbon, 1 1/4 two-tone ribbon in pink pirouette/rose red, flower trim

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Polka Dot Kindness


Hello there!  Today's card is my goddess card for The Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  This week's challenge is anything with Polka Dots, easy peasy.  Grab your supplies, create something fabulous and link it up over at Stampin' Royalty.


The Daydream Medallion stamp set and floral frames framelits is a combo that cannot be beat!  The images go together so well, they make a beautiful focal point.  The Kindness Matters and the Papillon Potpourri stamp sets were also used today. 

That cutie primrose petals scallop circle was snipped out of the new More Amore SDSP laser cut heart page.


I heat embossed the butterfly with clear embossing powder, and added some bling.  This also adds to the polka dot challenge!


Somehow, so often the "old" supplies are overlooked for the new, this Patio Party DSP has been neglected.  The colors are vibrant and oh so pretty, perfect for any occasion.


Fun and funky!  I always need thank you cards for my wonderful customers, so who knows, this one might make it's way to you!  Don't forget that this is the PERFECT time for you to make the most of your money.  Sale-a-bration is here, you can receive a free product with each $50 purchase.  I also have monthly drawing for all my customers, so any SAB order will enter you into that drawing as well.  My ONLINE STORE is always open and ready to help you find what you need.




Mackie had her first high school dance last weekend.  The Winter Formal was the place to be.  We had fun dress shopping and getting make-up and hair done.  It was great girl time, she had a blast and is looking forward to next year's dance already.



Mackie's cheerleading team was invited to cheer at the Charlotte Checkers hockey game.  Tate had a ball and was even given a hockey puck from the visiting team.  He loved his first game.

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

Stamps:  Daydream medallions, kindness matters, papillon potpourri
Ink:  Midnight muse, summer starfruit, versa mark
Paper:  Patio Party DSP, More Amore SDSP, midnight muse, baja breeze, & summer starfruit card stock
Tools:  Big shot, floral frames framelits, elegant butterfly punch, polka dot embossing folder, clear embossing powder, basic rhinestones, heat tool, sewing machine and thread

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today's the DAY!

Sale-A-Bration 2013
 Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!'s premiere promotional event, is an annual party with loads of free products! This year's party is better than ever-we're celebrating our 25th anniversary! So put on your party hat and BYOC (bring your own confetti). 
 

Click below for details.





Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!
Customers may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50* they spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone!

View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here. See available My Digital Studio products here.
*Excluding tax and shipping

AND guess what?  An order of $150 also gets FREE silver glimmer paper in addition to your 3 SAB items!  An order over $400 gets both the additional silver glimmer paper and a free product bundle in addition to 8, yes that is 8! SAB items!  Wow, you can really haul in the savings!

Contact Me! if you have any questions.  My ONLINE STORE is open 24/7.  All orders that qualify for SAB benefits will be entered into a monthly drawing for a Pop Up Posies Designer Kit!

Thanks for stopping by, have fun shopping!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

More Vintage...

 
It's time for a fun new Sketch Challenge over at Pals Paper Arts. Our Resident Artist, Margaret Moody, has created some exciting new sketches for us this year. All you have to do is create something fabulous, using the elements of the sketch. Then link up your creation to the Pals Paper Arts blog. The challenge goes live this Thursday, January 17th and runs all the way until January 31st, so you have plenty of time to play! 
 
 
I have added one of my favorite stamp sets From My Heart to this card that is chock full of new products.  A lot of the products are vintage related, hence more vintage for you!  I stamped the stamp in crumb cake ink, on a piece of the Tea for Two DSP for a wonderful vintage feel. 
 
 
These flowers are part of the Artisan Embellishments kit, I have been hording this kit, but I talked myself finally into using them.
 
Do you also see the new Delicate Details Lace Tape?  This also has been waiting to be used.  I really love it.
  
 
More fun sewing and look at that fabulous chevron cut out.  Very easy peasy, just follow the pattern on the DSP using your paper snips, so simple.  The Tea for Two paper pack has a lot of elements that you can snip or punch out to customize your projects.  They all work together for a soft feminine look. 
 
 
So what do y'all think of all of this vintage?  I am starting to love it, I don't know that it will become my "style" but I sure do love to dabble in it! 
 
We have been super busy as usual here at the Conner house, take a look at what has been going on:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We headed to Savannah Georgia this past weekend for Mackie's sailing team.  The regatta was held in the tiniest lake, I didn't know how they were going to sail in it, but they did.  We battled with no wind for most of the day, so there was a lot of sitting around waiting, and since Mackie was a little sick, it was not the fun we planned.  We had planned to do some sight seeing after the regatta but did not get a chance since we had to head home to get the puppy.  We did have a wonderful time there for the short time we were there though, my cousin Catherine surprised Mackie by meeting us there, so fun! 
 
When we got back, Mackie wanted to start to practice her driving skills.  She is starting drivers ed next week, and will turn 15 in a few weeks, I cannot believe it!  Tate came down with Mackie's cold, poor baby, I just hope Catherine, Chris and I will not get it as well!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!
 
Stamps:  From My Heart
Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, lucky limeade and island indigo card stock
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Tools:  Big shot, labels collection framelits, artisan embellishments kit, delicate details lace tape, sewing machine, thread, paper snips
 
 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Info

Stampin' Up! has been very busy!  They are listening to all of our comments and suggestions, by coming up with some great new products and services.  Grab a snack and a drink and lets go through all of them together.  If there are any questions, just simply EMAIL ME, and I will help you get the answers!

 
Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy.

Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month and shipping is included!  
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block! How awesome is that! 

Please remember to select me, Sandra Conner, Mooresville NC, as your demo.  All new subscriptions to My Paper Pumpkin with me as your demo will receive a embossing folder of your choice!  Email me your selection, and it will be mailed out to you ASAP.

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You asked, and we listened! We're excited to introduce our new, very manly stamping kit: the Dude, You're Welcome! kit.Guys don't always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You're Welcome! kit, they'll have
  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
Basically, the kit includes everything a dude needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box.

Item
Description
Price
132807
Dude, You're Welcome! Kit
$24.95

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Best of 25 Years Stamps
As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! 
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.  Here is the first month "Best of Birthdays" 132939 and only $14.95!

Best Of Birthdays Clear-Mount Stamp Set
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Ten Never-Before-Seen Images!
You wanted more? You got more! We are making ten more never-before-seen images available as single stamps available through March 31, 2013.

Details
  • These won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • These stamps are only available through March 31, 2013, so get them while you can.
Flyers
So there you have it, a TON of new info, email me if you have any questions!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Just for You

 
Hello there! I hope your start of 2013 has been great, ours has, busy but great.  Today's card is my goddess card for this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  The challenge this week is a photo challenge, take a look, grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to link up your creation.
 
 
I love this inspiration picture, it looks like a nursery to me, such cheerful colors.  This picture brought to mind the new sale-a-bration free Sycamore Street DSP.  Hang in there, this paper will be available free to you starting January 22-March 22 with a $50 purchase.
 
 
 
A close up look at the beautiful paper.  Tangerine tango scallop ribbon and pool party seam binding ribbon match perfectly. 
 
 
Some fun sewing. 
 
 
Lots of Tags sizzlits made this beautiful oval.  The Friendship Preserves stamp set and matching windows collection framelits are still available.  The Bitty Banners stamp set and matching bitty banners framelits made the alternative sentiment.  The chevron embossing folder adds some texture, and a large basic pearl finishes it off. 
 
 
 
This card was based on this fabulous layout.  I knew right away that this layout would showcase this great new Sycamore Street DSP to it's advantage. 
 
 
 
We have been keeping busy so far this new year.  Tate started preschool on Tuesday.  I had been resistant about enrolling him, but Mackie and Chris finally talked me into it.  I knew that Tate was ready, but I was not.  Tate is my constant companion and I knew that I would miss him way too much.  I did find a preschool that I love, so that really helps alleviate some of my distress.  He had a great first day and I only cried a little, ok a lot, but he had a ton of fun.
 
This is Tate at his cubby (no, that is NOT his jacket, lol) and riding to school in Daddy's truck.  He had a great time and is ready to go back.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!
 
 
 
Stamps:  Friendship Preserves, Bitty Banners
Paper:  Sycamore Street DSP, island indigo, pool party, crumb cake
Ink:  Tangerine tango, pool party, island indigo
Tools:  Big Shot, lots of tags sizzlits, oval punch, windows collection framelits, chevron embossing folder, large pearls, seam binding ribbon, scallop ribbon
 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New PPA Look!


Today, the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog has a new look, and a new format. Each member of the design team gets to choose a Pick! We are excited to make these changes to make the PPA one of the best challenge blogs out there. Are you ready to see what the first challenge of the year is? It is a color challenge, take a look, grab your supplies and head on over to the PPA to link up your creation, we can't wait to see it!

There is a lot going on today in the Stampin' Up world, the holiday catalog is finished and the brand new Spring Catalog is live and available for purchase.



I know that y'all have been seeing a lot of the new items around blog land lately, but now you can get them for yourself.  I have featured a few of the new items on today's card.  Check out that cutie doily, love them!  Also the new Hearts a Flutter bundle, which includes a stamp set and matching framelits!


This love stamp is from the Affection Collection stamp set, it was cut out with the new hearts a flutter framelits, I manipulated it to cut the same edge on both sides, for a label look.


Some sweet black 1/8 taffeta ribbon works beautifully with these colors.  Basic rhinestones add some sparkle!


My wonderful family gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas, so I had to break it out and start playing with it.  I have been missing sewing on my cards since my mom's old sewing machine gave up last year.


I really love pink and black, when you add the basic gray in, it makes for a very trendy color palette.  So striking.




Here are some fun family pictures from Christmas, the kids had a great time, we were able to spend some wonderful quality family time together.  Today Mackie heads back to school, so back to our normal routine.  I will miss having her home, she is such a great girl.

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

Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Affection Collection
Paper:  Basic black, melon mambo, basic gray card stock, howlstooth and scaringbone DSP
Ink:  Basic black
Tools:  Big shot, hearts a flutter framelits, doily, black 1/8 taffeta ribbon, basic rhinestones, scallop square biz die
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