Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Back again!

I'm back again! Sorry I have been gone for a while but I have been on vacation. We were vacationing in the Outer Banks. What a wonderful time! September has been a great but tiring month, because I have been traveling so much. I have been in Alabama, Cincinnati, and the Outer Banks! I really have never traveled so much in one month. This is the view outside our window. This is the first thing we saw when we woke up the first day. It was fantastic! The horses are wild and are protected. they roam free and it is amazing how how close they come up to your house. What a wonderful experience.

Now that I am home, I will be able to post regularly again. I do enjoy sharing my creations with you. Stay with me because I will be posting my upcoming Stamp A Stack information with you. Enjoy the day!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Technique Class Pumpkins

Here is the second card that my classes are working on for techniques this month. The technique on this card is the tying of ribbon. This is very simple to do and can give your card slightly more personality. This was shown in the new Idea Book and Catalog and I thought it just added that something extra to a card. I used the 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon for the project plus Linen Thread to tie the ribbon in various spots. I used it on this more simple card. I think if you would use this technique on a card that was not as simple, you would loose the effect that the ribbon gives. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Autumn Harvest
PAPER: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Only Orange, Whisper White
INK: Black Staz-On
ACCESSORIES: Wonder Crayons - Soft Subtle, Bold Brights and Earth Elements, Blender Pens, 5/8" Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

This is my favorite time of year, when the leaves are changing and it starts to cool off. I love making Autumn cards because of the colors. The Earth Element color family fits in so nicely when working on Fall cards. Today I am packing for yet another vacation. It seems that all my trips have been this month. I plan to take along some stamping supplies to keep me busy in case it rains. The weather forecast for next week is not looking very good so I want to make sure I have something to keep me busy. Go out and enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Branch Out

I love this set! I think it is so versatile. You can use this set for any season. It is not in the main catalog right now but on the Dormant List. Although I really like this set, this is the first time that I have used it for a class. This month's technique is "RIBBON". On this card, I am showing my customers how to tie a ribbon using only one hole! I think that it is good to be introduced to a variety of ways to do something. There are so many different ways to tie ribbon. It is nice to change the way we tie our bows to give the cards we make different looks. This is a very simple card and could be used for a number of occasions. This card took only a few minutes to make. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Branch Out
PAPER: Old Olive, Night of Navy, Dusty Durango, Whisper White
INK: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Blender Pens, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8" Handheld Punch

I am sorry for not posting for a while but it has been a crazy month so far. I was only home 4 days when I got back in a car and 6 of us drove from Pennsylvania to Cincinnati for Regionals! I had a great time with my upline and sidelines as we spent time together all weekend. I can't even begin to tell you all the things that happened. It was one adventure after another. I will tell you though, 3 out of our group of 6 WON Door Prizes at the Seminar. What are the odds? So congrats Kim, Erin, and Buffy!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Regional Swaps

It is nippy here this morning as I start packing for Cincinnati. My upline and 4 sidelines are piling in a van tomorrow for a 10 hour drive to get there. We all got together Tuesday night for pedicures and a lot of fun before we start our trek to Ohio. More about that in a later post. So before I pack everything away in preparation for tomorrow, I decided to take a picture of one of my swaps. I used the Cottage Wall Designer Paper again. I just love that paper. the combination of the colors of the paper are fantastic! I also used a stamps from the sets "FLOWER FANCY" and "GREAT FRIEND". I like the way the card turned out. I hope that the people at Regionals feel the same way. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS: Flower Fancy, Great Friends
PAPER: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP
INK: Black Staz-On, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES: Eyelet Border Punch, Blender Pens, Dimensionals, 1/4" Pink Grosgrain Ribbon

I just love the new In Color, Rich Razzleberry. It really coordinates well with Orchid Opulence. I think this has become my favorite color combination to use this year. I am so excited about going to Regionals and seeing new ideas and meeting other demonstrators and see what kind of things they are doing. It is going to be a wonderful weekend! Especially when you get to share all that with great friends!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Autumn Days Are Here

Around here, it is beginning to feel like Autumn. The air has been cooler the last few days and I am beginning to get in the harvest time mode. Yesterday, I made batches of soup to freeze and today I think I will make apple crisp. Those are things that I do in the Fall. I think I will also get my Autumn decorations out today. So it is so appropriate that I post this card today. The image comes from the stamp set "AUTUMN DAYS". I really like this set because I think it is really versatile. I used the Aura stamping technique. If you notice the wheat is a little fuzzy in the back. I misted the watercolor paper with water and then stamped the image on using Crushed Curry. After I allowed the image to dry, I then stamped the image again using Dusty Durango. The background looks fuzzy because I went the paper first and allowed the image to get blurred. This is a very simple card otherwise. Sometimes simple is best depending on what feel you are going after. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Autumn Days
PAPER: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Whisper White
INK: Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango
ACCESSORIES: 1- 1/4" Old Olive Striped Ribbon, 5/16" Jumbo Brads

I like the new wide striped ribbon that Stampin' Up has this year. I think it really adds to the card. I hope the weather is as nice where you are as nice as it is here. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Last of the Teddy Bears

Well, I am posting the last in my series of Build-A-Bear cards. I don't know if you missed me or not but I just have returned from my family vacation in Alabama. My cousins and I drove down there to spend a week with another one of our relatives. We had a great time but I have not been able to access my blog to post. So I am back and ready to show you more cards. This one is so cute and feminine. The adorable print is from the Pawsitively Prints DSP from the new Holiday Mini. The dress was colored with a blender pen and the dots were placed there by using a marker. The Whisper White Eyelet Border just completes the whole girly feel. I think kids are really going to enjoy this new stamp set. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Beary Best Friends
PAPER: Pawsitively Prints DSP, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
INK: Black Staz-On
ACCESSORIES: Eyelet Border Punch, Blender Pens, Earth Elements Wonder Crayons, Soft Subtle Wonder Crayons

Just think of all the projects that you can do with this kid friendly set. I know I have a lot more than I can think of. I just have to find the time now to do them. Enjoy the holiday!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More and More Bears

Here I go again with these bears. They are just so gosh darn cute. For this one, I used the newest Texturz Plate to create a texture on the card stock and only using the plaid DSP for the background. This is a very simple card but it is a card that kids will smile when they receive it. The salutation is from the new stamp set "Beary Nice Wishes" which coordinates with the Build A Bear collection. Today starts when you will be able to order these items from the new Holiday Mini. I think the new items in the Holiday Mini are fantastic! You can email me to place an order or you can place one online at my demonstrator website at