Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Baby Dresser

There are a lot of these Dresser Cards out there right now. People are doing them in all different styles and colors. But however you make them, they sure are cute! I looked at different cards and kinda took something from each card and put it all together and came up with this card. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Baby Tees (wheel)
PAPER: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
INK: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
ACCESSORIES: Jumbo Wheel Handle, Colored Pencils, Blender Pens, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Rhinestone Jewels, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals, Sponges

For the Baby Tee, I used the wheel and rolled out a few T's. Then I cut out the tee and colored it. When finished, I hung the onesie over the drawers. This would be so easy to change out for a boy card or a neutral card, simply by changing the color on the knobs and the colors on the Onesie. What a simple, whimsical card for you to make.

The weather here is cold but the sun is shining. I was up early today because we have some guys here this morning cutting down some trees in our backyard. All I hear is buzzing. Even when they stop, I hear buzzing. I think I will be hearing buzzing in my ears for a long time! Enjoy your day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Another Hartford Swap

Another story and swap from Hartford Regionals. Here is Buffy after she won a prize at Regionals from the Prize Patrol. Buffy is holding her loot which was a stamp set which will be in the new Summer Mini and a shopping bag from SU using a design form the Spring Vintage DSP. So cute! Can't wait until the new mini comes out. I think you will be surprised by the variety of the stamp designs. I think there is something there for everyone. Buffy looks happy doesn't she? We all were because we ALL had a great time there!

And here is the swap that Buffy made for our "LOVE AT FIRST STAMP" group. Isn't it sweet! So very vintage looking. For this card, Buffy used:

STAMP SET: Easter Blossoms
PAPER: Spring Vintage DSP, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
INK: Soft Suede
ACCESSORIES: Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Adornments, Baja Breeze Glass Glitter, Tulip Border Embossing Folder

I can't say enough, how much fun we all had in Hartford. I would love to go back to that city. I found it a very nice place. Enjoy your day!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Strength and Hope from Hartford

I have another swap from Hartford. This swap comes from my Upline, Kim. If this set does not look familiar to you, it is because this stamp set is in the Summer Mini and will also be in the 2011-12 Stampin' Up Catalog. It is the STRENGTH AND HOPE stamp set and the great thing about this stamp set is that Stampin' Up will donate $2.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from each stamp set sold. The supplies that are used for this card are:

STAMP SET: Strength and Hope
PAPER: Concord Crush, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
INK: Concord Crush
ACCESSORIES: Windowpane, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Decorative Label Punch, Tulip Frame Embossing Folder

I think this is a nice card and the money goes to a good cause. I like when Stampin' Up joins forces with an organization to help out a good cause.

Here is the reason that I have been busy the last few days. Isn't he cute! I know that I am prejudiced about him but isn't that what being a grandparent is all about? He is only 3 months but he wants to do things like the big boys. He is so curious about things and takes everything in. We love him. I just had to throw a picture of him in my blog today especially since I watched him twice this week. Usually I only get to see him once a month, so this week was extra special for me. Go out and enjoy the rest of the day!

Friday, March 25, 2011

More Swaps from Hartford

As I have said before, after a great time at Regionals, we all went out to dinner with our "Love at First Stamp" group. During a fantastic meal, we had a meeting and swaps. This is one of the swaps I received. This swap came from Jen, Susan's downline. I thought it was interesting so I just had to share it with you. The textured flower was made with Sticky Pages and Taffeta Ribbon. What a great idea! A circle of Sticky Pages was cut using a circle die with the Big Shot. Once the orange protective piece was removed, the ribbon was scrunched all over the sticky area. This flower reminds me of a Zinnia. Jen made a number of these using different colors. They were so cute. Thanks Jen.

Lori is coming today with Eli to spend the weekend with us. What an enjoyable weekend it will be. Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Babies and More Babies

If you have been reading my blog, you know that there has been an explosion of babies in my life. For some reason the past few months have contributed to "The Year of the Baby". They are everywhere! Friends, neighbors, family, all seem to be having babies. So I decided I needed to step up my amount of baby cards that I have on hand. Here is one of those cards. This card is a good card for a baby shower when you do not know the sex of the baby. It is a good gender neutral card. The mother and baby elephant is a single stamp which you can find in the front of the catalog with all the single stamps. To make this simple card, I used the following supplies:

STAMP SET: Baby Steps
PAPER: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight DSP
INK: Daffodil Delight
ACCESSORIES: White Satin Ribbon, Round Corner Punch, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, Perfect Polka Dotted Embossing Folder

If you like this stamp, you can get it now from Stampin' Up FREE until the end of this month! All you need to do is take advantage of the SALE-A-BRATION promotion. Just buy $50 worth of product and this stamp set or a number of others that are listed in the Sale-A-Bration brochure that you can choose from is FREE! How great is that! If interested or need more information, just contact me. It is snowing here again today. Hope the weather is better where you are. Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More from Hartford

This is Cindyrae and Katherine who are my sideline sisters. they are from Massachusetts and we very rarely see them. So it was wonderful that the Regional was in Hartford and we were all able to get together. There was non stop talking when we were working on our Make & Takes at Regionals.

This is the swap that I received from Cindyrae when we had our group meeting at dinner in Hartford. I love this card. It is so simple but so sweet. If you look very closely, you can see that she changed the last word of the sentiment. The sentiment really is printed as Mother, but she stamped the word friend and placed that over top the real word. It was a beautiful sentiment to give to all of her fellow stamping sisters. We don't get to see each other often but we do consider each other good friends.

The weather was lousy here yesterday. It was snowing first thing in the morning. It is supposed to be Spring so where is the sun? That is the question that I want answered. Well I am off to take the Lucy to the vet. Enjoy your day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hartford Regionals

Yesterday the
"LOVE AT FIRST STAMP" group were together to attend the
SU Regional in Hartford. We had a good time and it was the first time that there were so many that were able to attend a function like this. We used a total of 3 tables! That was a record for us. There was a lot of swapping going on. So many people with such great ideas! Stampin' Up had wonderful presentations planned for us. The demos that presented the Workshop Wows were fantastic. It always amazes me the techniques and stamping tips that all these people come up with. Sometimes I wonder how they come up with all these ideas.

After the regional, we all went to City Steam Brewery Cafe in Hartford. There we had a group meeting, great meal, and of course WONDERFUL swaps within our group!
I posted Susan Peter's swap today. If the DSP looks unfamiliar, it is because this DSP is a sneak peek of what you will find in the new 2011-12 SU Catalog. This paper is also going to be a part of a special that SU is promoting next month. But I will post more about that at a later date. We were asked to create a card using an accessory from the Occasions Mini. Susan used the Flower Fun Die to create this beautiful flower. What a simple, beautiful and understated card! There were a lot of beautiful cards yesterday and I promise that I will post some more of them.

It was a long day yesterday. Four of us left here at 4:30 in the morning to be able to get there in time. Swaps, meeting, stamping, more stamping , dinner with my "Stamping Family" and finally back on the road again. I walked into my house at 11:20 at night last night. That was a lot to pack into one day! I plan to relax today and I want you to enjoy your day!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Love at First Stamp Swap at Hartford

Tomorrow I will heading to Hartford, CT for a Stampin' Up Regional. I love going to these events. They really get the creative juices flowing. After the Regional, our group ( Love at First Stamp ) are getting together fro dinner and a swap among our group. We were asked to make a swap using an accessory from the Mini. I have had such a hectic last couple of months, my creativity was just not working. So I cheated a bit and used last month's technique class project for the base of my swap. I took the idea of the purse and changed it into a gift card holder.

Here is the purse for the swap and you can see that I used the ribbon "Rosettes" on top of the "Faux Alligator" strap instead of the Vintage Brad. I think it looks adorable! A velcro enclosure helps to attach the strap to the purse.

To create a gift card holder, I used the Word Window punch to create the slit for the gift card to slide in. All in all I am happy with what I made. With me being sick and Lucy getting sick and having to have surgery, I just did not have the energy to create something new. But this is a great example of how you can take one idea and change it to create something else.

I hope everyone likes it. I can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with. In the next couple of posts, I will be letting you know what wonderful things went on at Regionals. Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Swap

Today I was playing around with brighter colors and came up with this card. I wanted to do another swap if I had time and this card did not take much time. So I think this card might be the second half of the swaps I am making for Regionals. The camera does not do this card justice. The colors are much more festive looking than they show in this picture. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Teeny Tiny Wishes
PAPER: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Celebrations DSP
INK: Pacific Point
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Border Punch, Cupcake Punch, Pear Pizazz 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon, Red Glimmer Paper, Dazzling Diamonds

This would make a nice card for a kid because it has a playful feel to it. I guess I need to get back to work if I hope to have all these cards done for Regionals in Hartford. Enjoy your day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cute as a Bug!

This is the card that I have been working on for my swap for Regionals in Hartford, CT. I needed to do a card for kids, especially since I have a grandson now. So I brought out this older stamp set, "BUGS AND KISSES" to make a cute card for a boy. While working on it and running out of time to come up with an idea for a swap, I decided to use it as my swap. I saw this layout on Gretchen Barron's blog and I decided to use that layout to put my idea too. When this set first came out I made a card with the magnifying glass and always wanted to do it again. I do like this card and hoping that Eli's mother likes it. Eli is much too young to tell me what he thinks of my cards. At 3 months, he mostly just drools and babbles. The supplies that I used for this card was:

STAMP SET: Bugs and Kisses
PAPER: Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black
INK: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Word Window Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Window Sheets, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Dimensionals, Basic Black, Real Red, Blush Blossom and River Rock Markers

I am hoping that the people at Regionals like my card. I enjoy going to these Stampin' Up events. They are a great place to learn more, meet new wonderful people, and have a great time with the people you are already friends with. Well the sun is shining here after many days of rain. I am going to try to finish my swaps today or at least try to. Enjoy the day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March Technique Class- Card 3

This card is extremely simple but I changed this card a number of times. As a matter of fact, I changed the color scheme of this card the night before my first March Technique Class. The only thing that I kept was the Windowpane and the stamp set I used with it. This technique was Mabelized Windowpane. I ended up going with Whisper White card stock textured with the Finial Embossing Folder. I think took Baja Breeze and lightly sponged the raised impressions. Rose Red seam binding and card stock add the pop of color that it needs. I fell that this an elegant looking card which can be used for any occasion. I ended up with using the white card stock because when I used colored card stock, it seemed to overwhelm the windowpane.

After posting this card, I am going to work on a few designs for cards. So while I am going to try to get some work done, go out and enjoy your day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

March Technique Class- Card 2

Things have been crazy this week again. Lucy had surgery on Thursday and we were able to bring her home this afternoon. She is not allowed to run, jump, or go the stairs. She is on pain medication and you can tell that she is really in pain because she does NOT want to jump, run, or go the stairs. So I did not get a chance to post earlier today because I just keep watching her making sure she does not tear the stitches.

Anyway, back to the card. This card is so plain, but so beautiful. The only thing that is stamped, is the sentiment but I love it. This card came together very easy. Sometimes the card comes together fast and I like it but then sometimes, it takes me a long time to get that card to look the way I want it to. The technique on this card is Colored Jewels. This technique is so easy and can really help to make the card pop. To color the Rhinestone Jewels was to use a colored Sharpie. The small rhinestone's on the bottom right of the card were colored with a Sharpie to have the rhinestones coordinate with the flower. I think the color helps to balance the color on the card.

I will be posting again on Sunday with the third card that we will be making this month. This weekend I also need to make a few baby cards since 2 friend's children had their babies this week! Like I said, this has been a crazy week. Enjoy the day!

Friday, March 4, 2011

March Technique Class- Card 1

It feels good to be able to post again. I was sick for 2 weeks. I did not know how bad I felt until I got better! I knew that I was really sick when my husband started to make meals without me asking him to. So many
health issues have been going on with the past few weeks with a number of family members and also the dog . This is the first day that I felt good enough to get my stamping stuff out and try to do some stamping.

This is one of the cards that we will be making in my Technique classes this month. The theme for this month is "ACCESSORIES". I am going to be teaching different techniques that use accessories. This card is made from using the "CLEAR BLOCK SHADOW STAMPING". It is another way to use your Clear Mount Blocks. I just had to use the stamp set "Nature Walk" I love, love, love that stamp set. It is a set that is very versatile and can be used for masculine cards. This stamp set can be found in the Occasions Mini.

Well I am planning to finish the projects for this month's classes. The ideas are in my head and now I just have to make the cards. Keep watching to view the other 2 cards that we will be making. Go out and enjoy the day!