Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sweet Scoops and Summer Mini Recap

My sister-in-law was kind enough to host a "Sweet Tweet" workshop with me.

Sister-in-law is in the red.
She loves candy and birds and thought, why not combine the two for one fun afternoon. (And that is exactly what we did!) Here is one project that we did using the Sweet Scoops stamp set. (I'll show you the other project tomorrow.) Just like the ice cream parlor, you can get as many flavors you want with this set using our delectable colors.

 This note card holder is made from Stampin' Up!'s small open-ended envelope.
  1. Lick the flap of the envelope and close.
  2. Trim a sliver off the top of the envelope.

     3.  Fold in half.

     4.  Using the 3/4" punch, cut out a half circle from each inside half of the envelope.

The picture looks like its punched on both layers of the envelope but is only on the inside layer of the envelope.

     5.  Decorate your  cover and add the ribbon for your closure.

These are the darling treats waiting inside.

And although I didn't get a picture of it, which I really regret, I loved the final product from one guest. She stamped her sccop of ice cream a little lopsided. So instead of redoing it, she improvised... drew some drops of ice cream and made it look like it was melting. So creative and by far my favorite that night!!

Unfortunately, this set will vanish at the stroke of midnight. As well with the rest of the summer mini catalog items.

So here is a recap of some of the Summer Mini Catalog before they are gone, gone, gone!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sneak Peek: Halloween

Today, I wanted to share with you a project that involves no stamp or ink. I know, can you believe it? It involves Stampin' Up!'s home decor elements.

Starting September 1st, you can order these wonderful vinyl decor items that you can pretty much put anywhere you want.

Another sneak peek: the black rhinestone accents! So fun and easy to use. I just love "bling"! It instantly brings your project to another level. Fun stuff!

Come back for more sneak peaks and I would love to hear your comments on this project.

{Project Details}
Black Spooky Decor Elements and Black Flourish Designer Jewels.

To order on-line 24/7 click here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blissful Bride

Here's another pretty set from the Summer Mini Catalog, Blissful Bride.

I love the colors of Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso together. Its warm and delightful! But I felt that it needed another punch of color, so I went to my handy, dandy Color Coach and found Cherry Cobbler. And I know that I was going to show you some more watercoloring but it just didn't turn out as I had hoped so here it is in its simple form. But I think that's what makes this sophisticated. Then for some added umph, I added the pearls as the buttons for the dress.

And finally . . . my "go to greetings", I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes set to complete the card. Simple, clean, and beautiful!

{Project Details}
Stamps: Blissful Bride (120036-clear) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370-wood)
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Whisper White card stock.
Accessories: Basic Jewels- Pearl (119247) and Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)

To order on-line 24/7 click here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


B-U-N-C-O, B-U-N-C-O, B-U-N-C-O, and Bunco was the game-o!

Date: Thursday, September 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $15/person


A special event to celebrate a love for stamping and games! Come and learn to play Bunco (EASY to learn dice game) and participate in a make & take.  Accepting only 12 reservations and will be a first come first serve basis. Deposit must be in my hands to hold your reservation! Everyone will go home a winner with at least $10 worth of free products of your choice. Prizes, prizes, prizes. Contact me now! 

Pedaling Past

I don't know what it is about this set but once I saw it in the Summer Mini, I had to get it.

I CASEd (copy and share everything) right from the Summer Mini Catalog.

The catalogs are great because it is filled with gazillions of ideas to copy and make your own. I've changed the colors and look a bit but it started with the idea from the catalog.

Can I just tell you how much I'm loving the new products that Stampin' Up! is carrying now? I just love the new crochet trims and especially the new colors. I love the brightness of Marine Mist that was used in this card. I also forgot how much fun it is to watercolor. You can be sure that I'll be showcasing more watercoloring in future blogs.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Pedaling Past (116972-wood OR 120069-clear mount)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Marine Mist, and Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink Pads.
Paper: Cajun Craze, Marine Mist, and Whisper White Card Stock.
Accessories: Aqua Painter (103954); 5/8" Crochet Trim-Victoria and 1/8" Marine Mist Taffeta Ribbons.

Friday, August 13, 2010

In A Word . . .

I wanted to share some creations using the stamp set, In a Word. Its a fun set to use because if you look closely, you have two words in one and the meaning behind these simple words are endless.

I got my inspiration for the circles on this card from one of my favorite demonstrators, Mary Fish, and color inspiration from the Color Coach (121620). This color combination of Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango is probably one that I would never have come up on my own but I love its brightness and boldness.

Watch for more Summer Mini Shares and then for sneak peeks for the NEW Holiday Mini, wait till you see!

{Project Details}
Stamp: In a Word (117143-wood OR 120057-clear mount)
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad
Paper: Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango Card Stock; Whisper White Textured Card Stock.
Accessories: Corner Rounder, 1/2" Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, and 1-1/4" Circle Punches; Color Coach (121620).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Color Confections

Continuing on with Convention shares, I have to say that this is one that I LOVED!

Its the Sweet Shop.

Three-tiered cake all made out of Newsprint DSP and SU card stock.
Candy ribbon rolls, paper chocolate bon bons, and much more

A place where everything displayed showcased our delicious colors and yummy accessories. Its where I found my inspiration for my upcoming workshops.

Yummy door prizes: buttons, ribbon, and brads.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Convention 2010 Pictures

 (Taking pictures with the props from Convention 2010: Elisa, Michelle, and myself)
So I finally downloaded some pictures from my camera (it went dead and couldn't find the recharger until now). But I wanted to share with you some of the fun things that we did and were able to capture.

Not only do we attend "business" meetings, we get to have fun/free time. And during one evening, Stampin' Up! hosted a Flower Power Party. It was where many dressed the part and enjoyed far out demonstrations, fun games and activities, and just love and peace all around.

Face painting with Michelle, Ana Marie, myself, and Elisa--my partners in crime!

After our time there, we wanted to continue the fun with what else. . . DESSERT

Spencer's for Steaks & Chops: Creme Brulee and Strawberry Shortcake for Dessert

Bambara Restaurant: Warm Valrhona Chocolate Bundt Cake with Espresso Ice Cream and Hazelnut Brittle. 

Looking at these pictures make me want to eat them now! Such good memories!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Convention Swap #2

Here is my second swap that I made.

I wanted to make this card to showcase the Big Shot and the Movers and Shapers Curly Label Die along with the Punch Windows set.

{Project Details}
Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts and Woodgrain Background
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink Pads.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla Card Stock.
Accessories: Big Shot, Movers and Shapers Die, Scallop Edge and Full Heart Punches, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, 2-Way Glue, and Dazzling Diamonds.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Love Birds All Around

If you love birds, owls, and just cuteness, this class is for you. Make 18 cards with me in my Stamp Ink Diva Studio with the Love Birds Scrappin' Kit and have enough materials leftover to make duplicates when you get home. I will add another class date if there is more interest. But if you live far and cannot make it to my studio to participate, I have Kits to Go available. Better yet, get it free with a $50 purchase order through me.

Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Stamp Ink Diva Studio in Corona, CA
Cost: $25

To reserve your spot, please send payment by September 2. Members pay $22.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes and Thank You Kindly
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad and Whisper White Craft Ink Pad.
Paper: Love Birds Simply Scrappin' Kit and Whisper White card stock
Accessories: Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Silver Brads, 3/4" Circle Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, and Mat Pack.

Swap Share for Convention 2010

Every year, the highlight of my summer would be my trip to Salt Lake City for a Stampin' Up! Convention. Its a stamper's heaven: seminars on different products and presentations, make and takes, and overflowing of ideas.

One of the many fun things at Convention is swaps. Picture little boys trading baseball cards, but only its demonstrators sharing their creative cards and 10x more fun!

This is one of my cards that I made.

TIP: I used a technique that I like to call "masking with embossing folders". Wow, that's a long name! But the idea is to put chipboard shims in desired shapes (I chose rectangle) and put them on the places you'd like to see the embossed images and the other areas will not get embossed. I've completed a similar project, look here.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Elements of Style
Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Ink Pad; Baja Breeze, Basic Black, and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Markers.
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla Card Stock.
Accessories: Boho Blossoms, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, and Wide Oval Punches; Big Shot; Perfect Polka Dot and Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder Embossing Dies; White Gel Pen; Basic Pearl Jewels.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stamp Club for July

I have to say that I love having club meetings throughout the year. They have become my friends and less so a customer. Look at what they made!

Using our new Petal Card Extra-Large Petal Punch and the Hostess Level 2 Set, Cute by the Inch, they created little perfect tags.

Don't they say that good things come in small packages? I would have to definitely agree. And if you want this set, host a workshop with me and let me help you earn this set. Contact me now for more details.

  1. (For those who don't like to cut by free hand) To punch out the square sentiments, insert it into the 1-1/4" square punch lining up one corner of the image to one corner in the punch. Then reinsert the punched piece, lining up the other corner to a corner on the punch and voila.
  2. Using the Petal Card Double Punch. Punch the card stock with the punch on a flat surface. Give it an extra push while punching (all in one move) until you hear a second click. (Its a faint click) But because its a double punch (cutting and scoring in this case), it needs a little extra "umph" if you get my drift. It does double the duty with one move.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Hostess Level 2 Cute by the Inch (116992-wood/120130-clear)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Early Espresso Stampin' Makrders
Paper: Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and Very Vanilla card stock.
Accessories: Petal Card Extra Large Double, 1-1/4" Square, and 1/16" Circle Punches; Linen Thread, and 1-1/4" Striped Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (retired).

Convention Swap & SU! Demonstrators in Training

I wanted to make another card to swap at Convention besides my organized swaps so I made this.

Thankfully, I had my Stampin' Up! Demonstrators in Training to help me out. Ian and Joelle helped stick the Stampin' Dimensionals, Riley worked on the big shot, and they all took turns punching the tiny circles out of the Poppy Parade card stock.

I love that I can work on my projects and still include my little ones in on the fun.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Dot, Dot, Dot (115332) and Thank You Kindly (111700)
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Poppy Parade, and Whisper White card stock
Accessories: Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlet Die; Owl and Scallop Trim Border Punches; 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon