Saturday, June 18, 2011

I Can't Believe There's NO Stamping!

Can you believe it?  Not one bit of ink ... none, zip, zero!  But, can you see it?  Those swirls are stitched!  I've been wanting to make this spread for a LONG time (a couple of years!).  I used the In Stitch'z templates from Bazzill, and as soon as I saw these in the store, I pictured them being used just like this.

I created these pages while I was at Kelly's Anime Convention in Somerset last weekend.  In fact, one of my graduates, Dawn, from my SDU course at Michaels, came down to the convention with her daughter, Arianna, and her friend, Maria (two adorable girls!).  We walked around a bit with the girls until they felt comfortable, and then Dawn & I went up to my room to create!  I worked on these pages, and Dawn made some awesome cards with her new stamp supplies she got from my workshop.  We had a great time, and I'm so glad they came down.  We're gonna have many Anime Conventions in our futures!  lol

Getting back to the pages, here they are close up.

I used Baja Breeze for the background, Crumb Cake for the sand, and Whisper White & Marina Mist for the waves.  The envelopes were made with Marina Mist using the retired envelope template, and I created my own template for the little Crumb Cake tags.  I also added a white eyelet to each tag and some of the same fiber I used to stitch the swirls.

I really enjoyed making these pages, and my mind's racing with other projects to come!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hooo, Hoooo, Hooooooo!

 Everybody has been asking for this card, and we finally made it!  I had to order a new XL owl punch because I don't know what I did with mine (why is it the expensive items are the ones I misplace?).  This card is almost exactly the same as the one my friend, Pat Mitello, designed, except she used Marina Mist cardstock, DSP & ribbon.  I had to change to Old Olive because I didn't own any Marina Mist DSP, and I really like this card in the green.

Pat designed this card for our group's shoebox swap in January to promote items from our Sale-a-Bration mini catalog.  Both stamp sets used were FREE from that catalog:  Punch Bunch & So Happy For You.  We also used the Woodgrain background stamp as well.

Although this card is adorable, lots of punches and steps were involved, so my other two cards for this week's Techniques class were much quicker to make.

Here are the deets:  Old Olive cardstock, DSP & 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Naturals White cardstock for the base layer, Early Espresso cardstock for the awnings, small circle, branch & ink, Whisper White cardstock for the owl & woodgrained piece; Soft Suede cardstock for the large circle ring, and Crumb Cake cardstock for the sign.

For punches:  2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 2-Step Bird XL, 2-Step Owl XL, 1/16" Circle, Scallop Edge Border.

For accessories:  Basic Pearl, Linen Thread, Versamarker, Embossing Buddy, ruler, heat tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig & Crystal Effects.

 This card looks real complicated, and I have to admit, I was nervous myself about making my first one, but it's so simple!  This card (actually all 3 cards) I made at the shoebox swap in January.  This one was based on a design by Dale Morin.  I changed the DSP and the saying inside, but the rest is all Dale.

We used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base, Real Red cardstock for the "ribbons", and Sending Love Specialty DSP for the ends.  Oh, and how could I forget the fabulous Glimmer paper for the heart!  I'm not a glitz lover, but this paper is awesome!  Thanks Dale, for getting me to try some!

We also used Real Red ink inside for the saying from the All Holidays stamp set.  For accessories, we used the Full Heart punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, the Movers & Shapers die with the heart from the Punch Windows die set, and of course, the Big Shot.

And, finally, this last card was based on another design by Dale.  Almost everything is exactly the same, except she used the Easter Blossom set from the Occasions mini catalog, and Marina Mist satin ribbon.  Since I don't have that set, or that ribbon, I substituted a stamp from Artfully Asian and we used 5/8" Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon.

The base of the card is Wild Wasabi with a layer of Very Vanilla.  The frame is the Framed Tulips embossing folder run through the Big Shot.  The stamping was done on Glossy paper w/Black StazOn ink.  Springtime Vintage DSP is at the bottom.  We added some Basic Pearls, white crayon, and sponged on Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi ink.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's All Gotta GO!

This weekend is my BIG yard sale I'm having with 3 other Stampin' Up! demonstrators (rain or shine).  We're holding the sale on Sunday, June 5th from 10am-4pm here at my home, but all our customers are invited to a special PREVIEW sale on Saturday, June 4th from 10am-1pm!

Although we can't sell items from the just released retiring lists from this catalog, we do have LOTS of items from the past:  stamp sets, papers, inks, scrapbooking items, storage, all type of bags & totes, and more!  And, everything's priced to go!  I mean low, low, LOW prices!

We'll also have lots of household items too, including furniture, a boys bicycle, oversized snowboard with bindings, and a boat dock box.  And, that's just my stuff ... just imagine what the 3 other demonstrators will be bringing to the sale!  All I can say is, IT'S GONNA BE HUGE!

Last Chance!

Today's the big day ... the sad day ... the day we find out which sets will be retiring from Stampin' Up!  I usually look at this day with dread, but also with anticipation.  Why?  Because in just one month, the new catalog will be released with LOADS of new stamp sets & accessories!  And, don't forget, FIVE new In Colors!  Oooh, I just got goosebumps!

There are 3 retiring lists to click on:  Stamps, accessories & Definitely Decorative.  There are plenty of stamps, but the accessories & Definitely Decorative items are only available while supplies last, so it's recommended that if you want to order something, you should do it directly from my website here, since the website always has the updated list of items still available.