Friday, September 24, 2010

Wings of Sympathy

I debated and debated whether or not to share this. But as you can see, I've chosen to. Its another sympathy card share. (Can you tell, its been a hard month/week?)

This card is very simple but the idea and thought behind this was to give something peaceful, soothing, and loving.

I couldn't write down the words that truly conveyed my thoughts and prayers but leaning on this set, helped. This was my way of packaging my love and sending it to them.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) and Thoughts and Prayer (113252)
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink
Paper: Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, and Very Vanilla Card Stock.
Accessories: Big Shot and Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138).
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Silhouette Sentiments

I have to say, I hated making this card! Sympathy cards are the hardest to make. Its the obvious. You just feel terrible for your friend or family member who has lost someone very dear to them. How do you convey your feelings in words or even comfort them? This is the best that I could.

I wanted to make something beautiful, soothing and send a comforting message. I hope they felt my love for them because as the verse says: I really was praying for friends and family to comfort them, for their faith to help them stay strong and look forward to a reunion in Heaven, and the loving and happy memories to heal them.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Silhouette Sentiments (Hostess Level 1) and Thoughts and Prayers (113252)
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink; Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers.
Paper: Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla Card Stock; Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper.
Accessories: Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Antique Brads, and Vintage Trinkets.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

You Make Me Smile Class

The funky, bold, bright colors and patterns of the Play Date Designer Series Paper are an eye catching combination that is sure to elicit a "wow" from all who see it! In this class, you'll use the Play Date Designer Series Paper, FYI and Funky Four stamp sets to create these four fun cards along with a coordinating window card folder to gift them in!

Thursday, September 30
6:30 p.m.
$22 for non-members/ $20 for club members
Stamp Ink Diva Studio in Corona, CA

Class to go kits available (sorry non-demonstrators only).

Better yet, if you purchase $50 of products from me, you'll receive the PDF handout free. 

Please email me to sign up for this class:

{Project Details}
Stamp: Funky Four (113738)
and FYI (114365)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers.
Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, and Whisper White Card Stock; Play Date DSP, and Window Sheets Medium.
Accessories: Medium White Envelopes; Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and Linen Thread; Silver Brads, Mat Pack, and Paper-piercing Tool; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; 1-1/4" Circle Punch; Crop-a-Dile; and Blender Pen.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Starter Kit Technique Videos

Remember the TOTE-ally awesome promotion going on for purchasing a starter kit? Well, how about some videos to go help you along with your new starter kit? Check them out here:

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Benefits of Tea

Over the years, people have been learning the great health benefits to drinking tea. But how about the benefits of making a teapot for charity? I think its just as healthy...for the soul!

There's nothing better than the gift of giving and especially when its for a good EXCELLENT cause! Stampin' Up! has partnered with Ronald McDonald House as its charity of choice. So, demonstrators who live close to one can volunteer and help. The methods and commitment vary from house to house but I just love ours. The house brings comfort and provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.  But they provide a lot more! To continue these various programs and in maintaining the house, the OC Ronald McDonald House is having their annual High Tea. We've been asked to make party favors for their guests.

Aren't these just clever? Our fearless leader, Karen Moody, drafted this sample to use at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House High Tea Event. (And by the way, not all McDonalds contribute to this charity and wasn't even started by McDonalds, the fast food chain. Just a fact I learned.) Anyway, I'm having an event where you can come and help me make some of these to send off. As a thank you, you'll also get to make one for yourself to take home with you.

Stamp Ink Diva Studio in Corona, CA
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. 
Please RSVP.

If you aren't already involved, I highly suggest you find a charity and give a little bit of your time. It's a gift multiplied by 2: for the recipient and you.

{Project Details}
Stamp: Elements of Style and Oval All
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Basic Black and Whisper White Card Stock.
Accessories: Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches; Big Shot, XL Matchbox Die, Top Note Die, Floral Fusion Sizzlet, and Silver Brads.

Also, did you know that for every Tag Alongs (120513--C; 117018--W) stamp set sold, $2 of it goes to the Ronald McDonald House?

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you are already volunteering, I'd love for you to leave a comment about your choice of charity/cause.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2 Medals & 13.1 miles Later

I can't remember if I shared with you my Disney World Princess Half Marathon.
Matching Outfits!!!

Well, in case that I didn't, I ran it with a couple of girl friends because I just thought it would be fun. Come on, Princess . . that's all you need right? Well, we did really well for our first (completed in 3 hours) and found out that if you ran in both a Disney World and Disneyland Half Marathon in the same year, you could win a Coast to Coast Medal. After seeing the beauty, oh yeah...we were in! So, when it was time to run Disneyland this past weekend, I had to get my girls and myself other matching outfits! 

Socks and all! (Compression socks that are functional and so cute!!!)

And see what it said on the back of our tanks?

But I was able to complete the Disneyland HALF Marathon in 2:53. (That's less than my time from Disneyworld's Princess Run.) So I've beaten my own record! Yahooo!!!!! The funny thing was when everyone was checking their times, I really didn't want to know because what if it was over 3 hours? (I didn't train for this run as I should have so I was nervous.) But when my hubby told me my time, I was jumping up and down like I just won the lottery! Silliness!!! My husband, however, ran his first half marathon with me and he had an amazing time of 1:52:38. He's already got us signed up for another half marathon in February. I'm not too sure yet! My legs are still sore and can get barely down the stairs in my home!

Finally finished. (See our buddies in silver blankets??..waited about an hour for us. LOL)

Now let me show you the beauties....

All these pictures are thanks to Sarah. I actually am signed up for the Tiffany/Nike Half in San Francisco in October. Wish me luck. And thanks for letting me share this achievement with you. I'll be back with Stampin' Up! stuff later this week.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Tote-ally Special

Guess what??? Everyone who wants to join Stampin' Up! and become a "Creative Soul" can now take advantage of this tote-ally special promotion.

Dates: September 1-October 18, 2010, or while supplies last

New recruits who join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator during the promotion period will receive a FREE craft tote (valued at $39.95) with the purchase of the Starter Kit or Digital + Starter Kit. (Remember that most of the items in the Starter Kits can be exchanged for like items for equal or lesser price.)

Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote Description
  • 100% twill nylon exterior; 100% nylon interior
  • Dimensions: 15-3/4" x 7-5/8" x 8-7/8"
  • Includes attachable shoulder strap for easy transport
  • Center section fits 12" x 12" card stock, Craft Keepers, and Paper Cutter
  • Outside pockets fit extra-large punches perfectly
  • Outside flap pockets offer secure spot for accessories
  • Back zipper pocket holds up to seven Stampin' Pads
Click here to join.  Recruiter Authorization Password: stampinkdiva

ALSO... here are NEW digital downloads available for My Digital Studio.


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    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Wicked Cool Fun

    Tonight's Bunco Night was WICKEDLY FUN!!!! Thanks to all the wonderful women that came. It was  nice to meet so many new faces and see old friends. I hope that all that attended had fun and can't wait to do it again next quarter!

    Not only did we have fun playing the game, we made these fun treat boxes with the new Candy Wrapper Bigz Die (120890) from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

    1.  Run the DSP (Designer Series Paper) through the big shot and fold at each score line.  TIP: Its very important to fold EVERY score line so that when its time to twist the ends, it will go smoother.

    2.  Use sticky strip along the short end and assemble box.
    3.  Twist the ends and fan out. TIP: Crease at the corners where the notch is cut out, push in toward the box and twist. It takes some time to get used to but it'll just happen! (Its magic!)
    4.  Make a ribbon band by using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch and wrap around the box.
    5.  Stamp your image onto Whisper White card stock.
    6.  Cut out a Scallop Circle from Basic Black card stock.
    7.  Cut out with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch and adhere to the Black Scallop Circle.
    8.  Adhere to box with Stampin' Dimensionals.
    9.  Apply Crystal Effects to the edges and sprinkle the glitter and shake off excess.

    Don't you just love the "bling" on the perimeter of the focal point? Its our new Silver Glass Glitter. Its different from Stampin' Up!'s chunky glitter and in time, this glitter will age to give it a more vintage-y look. (You know wherever I can put "bling" I will.)

    {Project Details}
    Stamp: Wicked Cool (118738)
    Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad; Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Markers.
    Paper: Basic Black, Old Olive, and Whisper White Card Stock; Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper.
    Accessories: Big Shot and Bigz L Candy Wrapper; 1-3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle, and Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punches; Silver Glass Glitter, Crystal Effects and Stampin' Dimensionals.

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    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Whoo's the Cutest of them OWL?

    This owl of course! 

    This is the other make and take we made at the "Sweet Tweet" workshop. It involves the Big Shot and the wonderful Two Tags Bigz Die.
    As you can see, the blue line across the wide tag is a score mark. So that it folds up and tucks underneath that top slit. But instead, we folded the top and adhered Whisper White card stock to the front. (I confess that I didn't come up with this idea but I can't remember who did. Sorry. If the original person passes by this site or you know, please let me know.)  I just love the Poppy Parade In Color. It does just that ... pop! And "whoo" doesn't love this owl. Its a wonderful punch!

    {Project Details}
    Stamp: Hostess Set: Picture This (Sorry its retired)
    Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad
    Paper: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, and Whisper White Card Stock
    Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Two Step Owl Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Metallic Eyelets, and 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon.

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