Thursday, July 31

Christmas in July!

After yesterday's post with all the holiday ideas.. couldn't help but get eager to get those holiday juices flowing!!!...  plus being over halfway through the year already, it seems rather appropriate to start thinking of Christmas cards and project making....  so here's a wee bit of inspiration from Paula .... to help start those brain cells gear up for the festive season!

And who said anything about having to always use Christmas images??? This was made using two new products instead... the photopolymer stamps and letter framelits! The "& Bright" image is stamped with the photopolymer alphabet set called Back to Basics Alphabet. You don't have to guess or even use a stamp-a-ma-jig because you can see exactly where you stamp!

Before using your Little Letters framelits, use a sponge dauber to daub Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Gold ink over the card front, just through the middle. I love the fuzziness of the dots! Then line up your framelit letters to spell MERRY and run card front through the Big Shot.

Now are you in the mood for holidays to begin????

Wednesday, July 30

Ideas from SU Convention

Stampin' Up held their annual Convention middle of July... and I know it's always exciting... sure wish I could go every year, but hey, that's life! Fortunately thanks to many who did go, we're able to see some of the projects made out of products from the soon-to-be revealed Holiday Catalog! It goes live August 28th.... but of course they're teasing us here with some great ideas.... the anticipation is always the best~
In addition to the awesome stamp sets and accessories,
there's lots of great Kits they've put together..
 which will make for some great classes to host in the Fall! 


I'm almost ready to get out all my holiday decorations!
I said "almost"...

Tuesday, July 29

A Rose By Any Other Name...

A Rose By Any Other Name... is what? ... well a Rose made by Jackie! And here's some adorable cards ... not sure if these are really roses.. but you know what I mean!
 sharing the ideas!

Monday, July 28

Sneak Peek SAS

My Stamp-a-Stack class on August 23rd is nearly full... if you want to attend you'll need to register asap to get a seat!

As a little tease..
here's one of the cards you'll be making...
or at least one similar to this one that Frenchie made...
it's a super cute pop-up card!
The cool thing about it is that this card will lay flat 
so it fits perfectly in A-2 envelope...
no extra postage!!
Remember, ya snooze, ya lose!

Friday, July 25

Flower Patch

It's official.... Flower Patch could very well be my new fave stamp set..... I am loving all the new photopolymer sets... sooo easy to work with ... it inks and stamps beautifully and makes it so easy to do the two-step style of stamping! Another wonderful idea from Nikki Spencer!

These floral images make it so fun and easy to create your own DSP!! To create the card, mask off a 2 1/2 inch circle and randomly stamp, making sure to cover most of the edges to form the frame. Add greeting in the clear circle center and voila!.... so easy to line up when you can see through to where you want to stamp.

And don't stop there... you know you've got all kinds of things stored in those black holes around the house you can stamp on to decorate.. such as memo blocks and notebooks and even old calendars!

Makes a cute quick and easy gift for anyone!!!


Thursday, July 24

Happy Birthday Claire!

Woohooooo.... it's party time for my awesome sister Claire!

Happy Happy Birthday sweetie.. I'm so grateful to have such an amazing sister, and better yet, best friend. I love you so and thank God for you every day!
Thank you for sharing your life with me (and your cake too).....

Wednesday, July 23

No Such Thing.....

You know I'm a sucker for polk-a-dots! I know many of you are too! so take a look at this darling idea from Nikki Spencer... actually it was a "mistake" she turned into good... see I told ya there's no such thing as a mistake!

Seeing spots before your eyes?? This is one of those cards that just evolved from a colourful mess!

It all started when she had her sponge daubers out from another project and accidently flipped the box and ended up with a very colorful pile, one that needed to be color sorted correctly back into the box....So to determine the right colors, she was daubing them onto some copy paper when the idea hit....

With the addition of some DSP scraps and a sentiment from Chalk Talk, she turned it into a fun and colorful creation.

Now the best part is she even created a matching gift card box....

I'll say it again, there's no such thing as a mistake!

Tuesday, July 22

Summer Classes Coming Up!

So I worked on some darling projects this past weekend and decided, in addition to a Stamp-a-Stack, I'm going to host an extra class in August. The class features two projects using full 12x12 DSP paper...

This class will be held Saturday August 9th
(My SAS will be held Saturday August 23rd)

Here's the first project:
Using one 12x12  page of DSP you'll make
one card
one matching envelope
one mini bag, gift card holder
I used a variety of retired DSP for my three samples....
and for the actual class you'll get to select packets made
using the new DSP papers!



The second project is a darling little gift bag & note card set
again made from one page of 12x12
I also used the Tags and Bags Kit to create
the embellishments...
love the matching mini clips!
I just couldn't stop making them..
they were so fun!

I purposely didn't stamp anything on the tags or note cards...
this way they can be ready to stamp for any occasion as desired.

Of course a simpler solution would be to
just fill them all with chocolate....
no words necessary to describe that sentiment!
Hope you can attend the class!

Monday, July 21

Colored Dots with Crystal Effects

 So how many of you love working with Crystal Effects? I sure do... cuz it just gives a great 3D element to your project... and look what else I found out from Deb Valder that you can do... yep.. you can color them with the new Blendabilities pens.... too stinkin' cute!
Here's the dots when first made...
cloudy because they were just made and still wet.
 Here you can see they are drying....
Can you tell the difference?
When dry, they become clear.
Now take your Blendabilities and color... Voila!
Here's card without embellishments...
cute but potential to be even cuter!
Tah Dah.. see what I mean???
See how they are raised?
Here's another fun idea...
for those of you who were raised in the 70's...
Reminds me of Forrest Gump!
 Now check this out... Crystal Effects to make the Smiley Face
for the flower centers and sunshine!
Stamp Sets used were
Kinda Eclectic and Think Happy!