Thursday, June 28, 2007

Oops... forgot to mention

While I am away on vacation for the next two weeks I will have access to a computer and hopefully the internet too. So when I have a chance I will post some card samples (contest submissions, mini coaster books and so forth) and pictures from my trip. And everyone have a great Fourth of July!

A little post before I go on vacation

Well it is the night before I fly to Spain and I am getting really excited (hope I can sleep tonight!). I'm all packed and the cats have been taken to a friend's place (thanks Jessica!)... which was a fun drive since the little loves find transport by car unbecoming and are quite vocal in their discontent with me.

So now I am down to the last couple of tasks... print off some papers, charge my IPod and camera batteries, verify my flight time and procrastinate vacuuming by playing on the internet... he he he. And what better way to procrastinate then to share one of my latest cards with you? This one uses the new Baroque Motifs stamp set. Enjoy!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; Wild Wasabi (new), Creamy Caramel, River Rock (new) and Whisper White cardstock; Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Almost Amethyst stamp pads; Elegant Eggplant and White Organdy ribbon; Pewter Hodgepodge hardware; Mat Pack and Paper Piercer.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Not a card... but a Magoo Pillow Sandwich

So Monday night I needed to take a break from my paper crafting to sew up a couple of kitty pillows for my cats. I don't put a lot of effort or money into making these because it only takes a few months for my cats to completely cover these things in hair. And yes, I have tried washing them... which was a huge mistake!!! Not only was there still a ton of cat hair on them, but the inside of my washing machine was coated with cat hair (yick)... that stuff has some mighty strong sticking power!

But I digress... back to the story... I was almost finished but needed to leave the room to hunt down some yarn and needles... and what happens in those few minutes? Magoo puts the moves on the pillows... squeezing between the two of them and creating a Magoo Pillow sandwich... he he he. I thought he was cute so took a couple of pictures to share with you! :) I especially like the tail sticking out... enjoy!

Mini Coaster Book #3

The third coaster book in the series is a quick and easy one using the Polka Dots & Posies and Polka Dots & Petals stamp sets. I also used some of my ribbon scraps to accent the O-wire.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Polka Dots & Posies stamp set; Polka Dots & Petals stamp set; Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky and Shimmery White cardstock; Polka Dots & Posies designer paper; Cool Caribbean, Buckaroo Blue and Marigold Morning stamp pads; Lt. Blue gingham, Vintage Violet stitched grosgrain and Cool Caribbean rick rack ribbons; Bind-it-All and 1/2" black O-wire.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Is it or isn't it?

Rumor has it that the Thoroughly Thankful set from the 2006 Fall/Winter mini will be making it into the 2007 big catalog. That's good news for me! I bought this set last year but didn't have a lot of opportunity to use it... so I couldn't wait to make another card with it when I heard the news!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Thoroughly Thankful stamp set; Groovy Guava (new color!), Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Shimmery White cardstock; Regal Rose designer prints paper; Groovy Guava, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Timber Brown StazOn stamp pads; Blender Pens, paper piercer and mat pack; Stampin' dimensionals; chocolate grosgrain ribbon.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mini Coaster Book #2

Here is the second in my series of coaster books. I've a few more ready to post... but I need to fix one of them first - the Crystal Effects dried a little wonky and now the main image has some interesting warps in it. :)

*Just a note: I have been using heavyweight coasters to make these books... not the medium weight ones like I said in the prior post.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Unfrogettable stamp set; Warm Words stamp set; Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Shimmery White and Pretty in Pink (used for inner pages) cardstock; Petals and Paisleys designer paper; Black StazOn ink pad; Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Apricot Appeal and Barely Banana markers; Prep School Ribbon Originals; Sakura Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds; Stapler, heavy weight coasters, 1/2" black O-wires and Bind-It-All.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Zoofari Pileup

So, I am all done shopping for my trip in less than a week (except for cat food and kitty litter for the critters while I am gone) and I've done a trial run on packing my luggage (42 pounds so I am good to go!)... now what do I do with my time to keep busy and not think about the almost-here-oh-my-gosh-I-am-so-excited trip? Make some cards of course! Here is one using the new Zoofari stamp set. Poor rhino is bearing the weight of the whole group... he's gonna be pooped! Ha ha... I still have the father's day card I made earlier in the month stuck in my head!

Quick Notes: stamped the animals in StazOn black and then outlined them with markers to add a hint of color. I then colored in the teeth and cat spots with a white gel pen.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Holidays & Wishes stamp set; Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set; Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal and Vintage Violet cardstock; Certainly Celery designer prints paper; Black StazOn ink; Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink and Apricot Appeal markers; white gel pen and Rich Regals brads; Tag punch and 1/16" handheld punch; Stampin' dimensionals.

Mini Coaster Book #1

So what do you do with all of your designer paper you want to use up? and all the coasters that you bought and have sitting on a shelf? and uses the new Bind-It-All that you just had to have?

Well, I decided to make a bunch of little coaster books. I used two medium weight coasters and covered them with designer series paper (these are the covers). Cut six 3.75" x 3.75" pages for inside the book. Punched them with my Bind-It-All and then used a black 1/2 inch O-wire to bind it all together. Then I decorated the cover. Helpful hint: decorate the cover after punching... otherwise it does not fit in the BIA's punch slot! So here is the first one I made... I have and will be making a bunch more... but you are going to have to wait for future posts to see all of them. :) I know... I am sooooo mean.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Looks Like Spring stamp set; Rough Texture jumbo wheel; Bashful Blue, True Thyme and Shimmery White cardstock; Night of Navy and True Thyme stamp pads; Oxford designer series paper; linen thread, gold brads and Fresh Favorites II buttons; Stampin' Dimensionals; medium weight coasters, 1/2 black o-wire and Bind-It-All.

Friday, June 22, 2007

No sentiment needed...

I challenged myself to create a card that does not use a sentiment... this was really difficult for me! I feel compelled to have words on my cards... and it is really hard to resist that urge! But I did it! However I may have over-compensated for the lack of words :) First there was the glitter and then there was the ribbon and finally a few brads... but NO WORDS.

Quick notes: the flower was colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I then used a blender pen to smooth out the crayon lines. I used a Sakura Quickie Glue pen to dot the vines with glue and adhere dazzling diamonds. I did some piercing on the True Thyme accent piece and added a few brads.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Doodle This stamp set; Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand and True Thyme cardstock; Certainly Celery designer prints paper; Basic Black stamp pad; Regal Rose and Always Artichoke Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Blender Pens; White gel pen; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds; mat pack and paper piercer; white narrow organdy ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals; silver brads.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Artisan Award Submission #3

So this card may not have been a winner but I really like it (of course that might be because I have a "thing" for frogs). Heh heh.

Quick notes: I used a certainly celery marker and blender pens to add just a hint of color to the frog. I scribbled the marker on a plastic container and then used the blender pen to pick up the color and then colored the frog. I did not use the marker directly on the stamped frog image.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Unfrogettable Stamp Set; Flannel Plaid Stamp; Certainly Celery, Bravo Burgundy and Sahara Sand Cardstock; Certainly Celery and Basic Black stamp pads; Certainly Celery Marker and Blender Pens; Stampin’ Dimensionals; 1 3/8” Square Punch and 1 1/4” Square Punch; Prep School Ribbon Originals.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

How Fabulous Flowers

I was in a purple mood tonight and this is what I came up with. I'm trying to make a bunch of more generic themed cards that I can send to anyone for any reason... especially since my secret stash of cards is being dominated by thank you and happy birthday cards. Those don't really work when you want to send a "Hey, how ya doing" kind of card. So what shall I do? Make more cards for the ever growing collection that is my not-so-secret stash of cards!

Quick Notes: I stamped the main image in black StazOn ink and then traced the image with a white gel pen. I then used a sponge and Vintage Violet ink to distress the edges of the main image and the vintage violet background. I just had an ohhhhh moment as I was posting this: adding some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flower centers would make this card even more fabulous. :) I do like my glitter! Maybe I'll go back and do that later.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Because of You stamp set; Amazing to Zany stamp set; Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Vintage Violet and Naturals White cardstock; Black StazOn and Vintage Violet stamp pads; white gel pen; Word Window punch; Pewter Hodgepodge hardware; wedge of sponge; Black Gingham ribbon and silver cord.

** Edited: uploaded a better picture.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Artisan Award Submission #2

I decided to decorate a frame for one of the two 3D objects that I submitted for the Artisan Award. Hmmm... I'm really missing this frame... I'm going to have to make a second one for myself one of these days. Good thing I took a picture! :)

Quick Notes: Mix several drops of So Saffron ink with white craft paint. Paint frame edges and allow paint to dry. After adhering paper to frame use sanding block to sand off excess paper.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Petal Prints Stamp Set (retiring as of June 30th); Itty Bitty Backgrounds Stamp Set; Warm Words Stamp Set; It’s Your Birthday Stamp Set; A to Z Accents Stamp Set; Rough Edges Jumbo Wheel; True Thyme, Brocade Blue and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Sentimental Journey designer paper; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; True Thyme, Brocade Blue and Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad; Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad; So Saffron Ink Refill; Sticky Strip and Sanding Blocks; 1/16” Handheld Circle Punch; Wood Frame and White Acrylic Craft Paint from Michael's.

A little birdie told me...

that congrats are in order! Ummm... actually I don't have anyone to give this card to right now... no new baby or new job announcements, but when there is I'll be ready with this card :)

Quick notes on the card: the base card is a 6.5" x 6.5" piece of Sahara Sand cardstock folded in half. The corner corner rounder was used to create a scalloped border on the True Thyme cardstock and a circle was cut from Apricot Appeal cardstock using the Coluzzle cutting system. Also a black pen was used to draw dots on the edge of the Apricot Appeal circle.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Hugs & Wishes stamp set; Shara Sand, True Thyme, Apricot Appeal and Naturals White cardstock; Black StazOn and True Thyme stamp pads; Basic Black, Pixie Pink, Apricot Appeal and Pretty in Pink markers; Rose grosgrain ribbon; corner rounder.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Pick a Petal or two or three...

It's cute, it's quick and it's simple, and I really like how this card turned out! I used the Pick A Petal stamp set that will be available July 1st as well as some of the new In Colors. I hope you enjoy this Sunday night super-duper easy card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Pick A Petal stamp set; Hugs and Wishes stamp set; Soft Sky, Blue Bayou,Barely Banana and Naturals Cream cardstock; Blue Bayou and Basic Black stamp pads; Neutrals buttons; mat pack and paper piercer.

***Edited: For some reason this picture disappeared so I uploaded it again. Weird!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Going on a trip...

My friend Cammy and I are taking a trip to Europe soon and I thought it would be nice to have journals to take with us so we can jot down notes on all the sites that we see. I know from prior trips that by the end everything begins to run together and it is really nice to have some notes to refer back to (that and I tend to forget names of things!). I finished Cammy's last night and it turned out really neat. I'm quite happy with it!

I cut medium weight chipboard to 6.25" x 9.5" and then covered with Sentimental Journey designer paper. The journal pages are 5.5" x 8.5" pieces of Naturals White, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue and True Thyme cardstock. I also used five 6" x 9" manila envelopes... one for each destination. These can hold any brochures, postcards or other little things... so they don't get misplaced. Once all the pages were cut I used my Bind-It-All and 1" O-wires to fasten it all together. After that I added some decoration to the cover. Then stamped each journal page with a date and the manila envelopes with location names. And since I was on a roll I took a Pentel RSVP pen and inserted a coordinating strip of paper into the barrel so it matched the journal. Whew! One down and one to go! :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Typeset Lowercase Alphabet stamp set; Typeset Numbers stamp set; Rough Edges Alphabet stamp set; Letterpress Alphabet stamp set; Naturals White, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, True Thyme, Sahara Sand, Baroque Burgundy, Apricot Appeal cardstock; Baroque Burgundy, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Close To Cocoa, True Thyme, Marigold Morning, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip stamp pads; Crystal Effects (only on "CAMMY"); pewter Hodgepodge hardware, Prep School Ribbon Originals and white wide organdy ribbon; 8.5" x 11" medium weight chipboard; manila enveopes; Pentel RSVP pen; Zutter Bind-It-All and 1" O-wires.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Doodle Happy

Here is another sneak peek at new Stampin' Up! products. This is the Double Line Doodles stamp set that will be available July 1st from Stampin' Up!. I've had the set for a while... since last August when I received it at the Lansing regionals. Finally I feel free to share it with you! I didn't want to tease too much by showing it earlier :)

I used blender pens and stamp pads to color the flowers and added a little paper piercing and stitched ribbon as accents.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Double Line Doodles stamp set (available July 1st); Warm Words stamp set; Always Artichoke, Vintage Violet and Whisper White cardstock; Certainly Celery designer print paper; Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Vintage Violet, Apricot Appeal and Basic Black stamp pad; Vintage Violet stitched ribbon; mat pack and paper piercer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Contest Submission: Flashy Fish

A couple months ago I entered a Stampin' Up! Artisan Award contest for demos... well a couple weeks ago I found out that I did not win... boo hoo :( However I really like the projects that I sent in so I will share them with you anyways.

The Flashy Fish card is just one of ten projects that I had to create and send in; five cards, three scrapbook pages and two 3D objects. Over the next couple of weeks I will share the rest of the projects with you, but for now here is the first one!

Some quick notes on creating the card: First off I stamped the fish and trimmed them. Then I colored the fish with watercolor crayons (blending the colors a little with a blender pen) and applied VersaMark to the entire fish and coated with Heat n' Stick powder. Next I heated the fish with a heat gun until the powder was melted and sticky and quickly while still sticky I coated the fish a second time with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Finally I gave the fish a quick blast with the heat gun a second time to set the glitter. A bit of work but they turned out really nice and quite flashy! Too bad the fish are retiring this year, glad I got 'em while they were available.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Fishy friends stamp set (retiring June 30th), It's Your Birthday stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set; Spot On jumbo wheel; Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Apricot Appeal cardstock; Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Basic Black and VersaMark stamp pads; black gingham ribbon; Heat n' Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter; watercolor wonder crayons and blender pens; heat gun.

P.S. "demos" is short for demonstrators. I needed to abbreviate cause there wasn't room to display the full word. It made the post look a little wonky.

A Flower for a Friend

I decided to use one of my more neglected stamp sets to make this sweet little 4.5" x 4.5" card. The layout was inspired by a sketch challenge posted by Beate Johns, check it out here (her blog has a lot of amazing cards on it!).

Hmmm... now to the difficult part... actually mailing this card to a friend instead of hoarding it in my secret stash of cards. Not so secret anymore, but hey I am trying to break the hoarding habit and the first step is admitting that you have a problem!!! :)

Quick note on the card... the pink color of the flower is Baroque Burgundy stamped off once.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Looks Like Spring stamp set; Baroque Burgundy, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Baroque Burgundy and Always Artichoke stamp pads; Four Seasons designer paper; Fresh Favorites II buttons, Rich Regals brads and Linen thread; 1/16" hand held circle punch and Coluzzle cutting system.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Zoofari amok...

Well tonight was craft night with some of the gang from work. For those of you not there here are a couple of the cards I made. I've got to caution you though... the second card isn't my normal "nice" card :).

The first is a Happy Birthday card using the Zoofari stamp set. I didn't have a barrel stamp so I freehand drew that on some naturals cream cardstock and cut it out. The inside of the card says "hope it is as much fun as a barrel full of monkeys!".

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Hugs & Wishes stamp set; Sky Blue, Close to Cocoa and Naturals Cream cardstock; Certainly Celery Designer prints paper; Classic Black stamp pad; Close to Cocoa marker.

The second card is one I made for my dad for Father's Day. I got a little creative with this one and added some steaming piles of poo behind the rhino. :) And then on the inside of the card I wrote "... hope it's not crappy!". I laughed so much when I made this card, hopefully my dad will find it just as funny!

I didn't have a Father's Day stamp with me so I used the Happy from the Holidays & Wishes set and then hand wrote the "father's day" part of the sentiment.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Holidays & Wishes stamp set; River Rock, Close to Cocoa and Naturals cream cardstock; Certainly Celery designer prints paper; Brocade Blue, Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa Markers.

*** Edited. I updated better copies of the cards. The original ones were not the best quality and steaming piles of poo really require the best picture available :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Click on the pictures...

and a larger version of the picture will be opened. This way you can see all of the detail!

A Quick Card

I really wanted to use my new Garden Silhouettes stamp set but wanted to keep it simple. So I stamped the main image on Pixie Pink cardstock three times, the third time I stamped off first to add a softer look. Next I stamped the "lovely" and that was it for stamping. Then I used the mat pack and a paper piercer to edge the pixie pink piece with some little holes, attached some white organdy and pink gingham ribbon and glued it all to the Purely Pomegranate card base. Then I added a little glitter with my Sakura glitter pen. Took less than 15 minutes to complete the whole card (probably took longer to type up this post!).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Garden Silhouettes stamp set; Purely Pomegranate and Pixie Pink cardstock; Purely Pomegranate and Basic Black stamp pads; white organdy and light pink ribbon; mat pack and paper piercer; Sakura glitter pen.

Blue Bayou Putty Cat

Well, I took a few minutes to play with my new Zoofari stamp set tonight and this is what I came up with. I just love the little "Putty" cat image and had to use it! Used some ribbon scraps I had lying around and a couple of brads to add some oomph.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Hugs and Wishes stamp set; Zoofari stamp set; Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Mellow Moss and Naturals Cream cardstock; VersaMark, Basic Black and Blue Bayou stamp pads; Creamy Caramel marker; Black and Mellow Moss gingham ribbons; vintage brads; blender pens.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Polka Dots & Sore Fingers

Okay, so I didn't make this card tonight... but I did make it in the last week and it is really cute so I'm posting it for your viewing pleasure. Oh and see that little black shelf... I put that up all by myself on Sunday (I shouldn't admit this... but it was incredibly easy to install). :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Card uses the following supplies: Polka Dots and Petals stamp set; Amazing to Zany stamp set; Buckaroo Blue, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke stamp pads; Certainly Celery Designer Paper Prints; silver brads; Mellow Moss gingham ribbon.

In other news I'm all done mounting my new stamp sets... but my fingers are a bit sore! And sadly the stamping has to wait since I need to do some laundry and other chores that cannot be procrastinated any longer. Talk at you later!

New Goodies!

When I got home from work tonight there were some new goodies waiting for me on my porch. Can you guess what I will be doing for the rest of the evening? Trimming all of my new rubber! Sometimes the perks of being a demonstrator are awesome; I can preorder new stuff before it is available to the public! So I got the following:
  • Zoofari Stamp Set
  • Pick a Petal Stamp Set
  • Holidays & Wishes Stamp Set
  • Hugs & Wishes Stamp Set
  • Sihouettes Level 2 Hostess Stamp Set
  • Jumbo Wheel See You Around
  • Soft Sky Designer Print Paper
I also picked up some of the new 2008 In Color cardstock as well as the stamp pads. The colors are Blue Bayou, Soft Sky (so delicate and pretty), Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate (just luscious looking).

This will hopefully tide me over until I can see the new catalog and the rest of the new stuff that will be available July 1st. More shopping! Well I am off to trim my stamps and start working on some new cards :)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Traveling Cat

Here is my muse: Magoo, hanging out on the luggage. That is a large suitcase but he makes it look sooooo much smaller than it is. He's looking a little annoyed in this picture... he really does not like the camera flash!

And before I forget - thanks mom for lending me the luggage... I'll have to clean the cat hair off of it before I return it! :)

My first card upload

So I needed a birthday card yesterday and I was feeling creative so I used my slit punch and the Coluzzle circle template and created this Happy Pink Giraffe Card. The circle template was used to cut out the large circles and the slit punch to add a scalloped edge to the larger circle. I also added some *bling* to the penguins and polka dots on the giraffe with dazzling diamonds. I liked the way it turned out... so much that I had to make a second one for my secret stash of cards .

Image copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Wild About You stamp set; Amazing to Zany Stamp Set; Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana card stock; Palette o' Prints designer paper; Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' ink; Coluzzle and slit punch; 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds.

New Blog!

Hello everyone! I'm finally making the leap and creating a blog to share all my craftiness with you! So soon there should be plenty of pictures of my latest cards and other crafty projects. Just bear with me as I figure out all the bells and whistles. As far as the title of my blog goes... I named it after Magoo, my fat cat. Look for pictures of him and his sister Isa showing up in future posts. I've got a couple of good ones of them napping on my luggage... think they have figured out I am going on a trip soon or do they just want to shed on something else? :)