October 28, 2008

Floral Serene Spring

I knew when I saw the Serene Spring Hostess set that I would have a great time watercoloring the image...and I was right...lots of fun to make this card!

Stamps: Serene Spring, Floral, God's Blessings
Paper: Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink: VersaMark, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Regal Rose
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Circle Punch. Aqua Painter

October 27, 2008

Holiday Projects from SU CEO Shelli Gardner

This video features SU CEO Shelli Garnder showing three projects for the holidays. Each place setting includes a napkin ring, nameplate, favor, and confetti - all based on the same template. What fun!

Click here to watch the video ---> Studio 5 SU Video


October 24, 2008

Finally!! A scrapbook page...

...and this is one that I started at Hollies...and really, really did not like where it was going!I scrap in 12 x12 but have problems with one picture layouts! I rearranged, added, subtracted and well... this one is done and saved as is...for what it is worth!The journaling is not finished.

I used the Prestwick Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up which I got because it includes wonderful BV colors! However, it was perfect for this CUBS page. If you click on the picture it will give you a larger view to show you the pinstripe detail on the designer paper.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin' Up: Prestwick Designer Series Paper, Red and Night of Navy cardstock, My Way Punch, Circle Punches, Words: Cricut Disney Cartridge of some sort:)

October 22, 2008

I Won!

This card won a stamp set from the mini for me!!...so, ya, I LOVE this card! My up-up-upline ran a stamping challenge to "just stamp something" and submit it...this was my entry.

Stamps: Baroque Motif
Paper: Basic Gray, Certainly Celery
Ink: Basic Gray, VersaMark
Accessories: Pearl from Pretties Kit, Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder

Oh, and, I picked the Season of Simple Grace Stamp Set. I love this simple nativity set...can't wait to get it! Check it out in the Holiday Mini (see link at the right).

October 20, 2008

$350 = free stamp set + a video to check out

During Oct and Nov, any $350 order (club, workshop, individual) gets to pick a FREE stamp set from the Fall/Winter Sampler. Check out the detail at the link to the sampler at the right.

Also, SU is going to start including video demonstrations on our SU websites. Go to my SU website at the link to the right and see a video featuring one of the stamp set in the Fall/Winter sampler - Just Jawing.

Fall Birthday

The tree was stamped using Chocolate Chip Ink and then
colored using sponge daubers and pastels.

Lovely as a Tree, Hugs and Wishes, Twill Background
Paper: Kraft, Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke, Rose Red,
So Saffron,, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Accessories: Pastels, 1/2 inch Circle Punch

October 15, 2008

I love clean stamps!

Okay, most of you know that I LOVE clean stamps. I love clean stamps for several reasons -

  • Cleaning your stamps keeps ink from building up in the rubber lines thus keeping the images crisp
  • No leftover ink on your stamp - If use a stamp previously inked and stamped with blue and then go to stamp with yellow your image will be "yucky" not a crisp wonderful yellow
  • A clean stamp does not put gross inky stuff on my versamark pad - If you want to keep your versamark pad clear for good clear watermark images - clean your stamps.
Basically, I like crisp, clean, clear images when I stamp - thus I clean my stamps.

To clean my stamps, I use a Stampin' Scrub from SU with the Stampin' Mist. I spray one side of the scrub "Wet Side" and keep one side dry to "dry" off the stamp after it is cleaned.

Now, since I clean my stamps regularly my Stampin' Scrub gets dirty! I have had several questions on how to clean the stampin' scrub and decided to try to upload a how-to video instead of pictures. So for what it is worth --- here it is!

Sooooo - um - yes - my scrub is usually MUCH dirtier than it was in this video (I wonder if I had already cleaned it:)...scratching my head! And, I guess I used a little more than a "dab" of soap! That is basically what the words at the end of the video say...Oh well, you get the idea!

ETA: Although I have been cleaning my pads like this for years, one of my wonderful customers broke the hinge on her pad when she was "wacking"! Wack softly and hold firmly - or - just sop up water with towels.:)

Hope this helps someone!

October 14, 2008

Christmas Card Event

Last Saturday I participated in a Christmas Card Stamping Day with 10 other demonstrators. Here is my card for the event. The riding hood red strip at the bottom is stamped with the Christmas sentiment stamp from Heard from the Heart - kinda hard to see:) If you click on the picture it will make the image bigger and closer

Stamps: Holy Triptych, Heard from the Heart, Twill Background
Paper: Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Riding Hood Red, VersaMark
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelet, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

October 12, 2008

Happy Birthday

These two cards are using the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set included in the 20% off October Birthday Promotion. See the link under SU specials in the column to the right----->

The first card is a simple - no matting - straight forward card using an easy to do simple layout with no embellishments. I just stamped the image and colored it with markers.

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pretty In Pink DSP (old)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Jet Black StazOn,
Accessories: SU Markers,

The next card uses the same image except this time I stamped the image and watercolored it using the ink pads and aqua painter. The frosting is covered with versamark using the pen and then embosssed with white embossing powder. Then I matted the image, layered the patterned paper and used a ribbon embellishment. I also used the Polka Dot background stamp on the card stock base.

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes, Polka Dot Background
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pink Piourquette, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: VersaMark, Riding Hood Red, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, Jet Black StazOn,
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain, Dimensionals, White EP,

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October 10, 2008

November Library Classes

During November, I am doing two craft classes at the Bradford Public Library - one for children and one for adults. Details are below.

Children's Craft Class
Monday, November 3rd 3:30 pm
Bradford Public Library
Cost: $2.00

Make a spider peppermint patty and a friendly monster bag of carmel corn!
To register, contact the library by stopping by, calling or emailing at librarian@bpld.org by October 29. You may also email me at the link to the right------>

Adult Fall Library Class
Monday, November 3rd 5:00 pm
Bradford Public Library
Cost: $5.00

Make a Thanksgiving card and a fall decoration.
To register, contact the library by stopping by, calling or emailing at librarian@bpld.org by October 29. You may also email me at the link to the right------>

The designs for the children's class are not totally my own. I have been seeing them in all kinds of publications and done in all kinds of ways! However, for the adults class, the only part of the design that is totally not mine is the paper corn shock, however, I put my own twist on that too!

Thanks for looking!

October 07, 2008

20% off Simply Sent Kits Oct 4-Oct 11

Celebrate World Card Making Day!

From October 4-11, in celebration of World Card Making Day, get 20 percent off Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Sent® card kits and Card Elements—no additional purchase necessary! World Card Making Day celebrates the art and creativity of handcrafted cards, and these kits contain everything you need to create and embellish beautiful cards every day.

o see more detail click HERE or click on SU Online ordering to the right and follow these links - Shop Now(right top) and specials(left column).

Below is one of the Simply Sent Kits - Sending Happy Thoughts - and two pictures showing what is all included. These Kits (not the card elements) contain everything you need to make cards! They are a great way to get started! Take a look at the pictures and you will see ink, adhesives, precut cardstock, embellishments(brads, glitter, and a booklet with step-by-step instructions!

These first two cards are the two that are featured with step - by - step instructions in this kit

I will provide instructions for these next two cards when you purchase this kit.

This is offer is only until Oct 11 - if you are interested make sure you either order online at the link to the right or email me in time so I can enter your order online before the end of Oct 11th.

Thanks for looking!

October 03, 2008

Fresh Cut Note Cards

The two cards above use the Fresh Cut Notes found on page 167 of the Fall/Winter 2008 SU Idea Book. The flower is die cut into the prescored notecards.

The top one has a stamped piece of Whisper White mounted on the inside cover to show through the die cut flower.

One the second card, I traced the die cut flower on a piece of olive cardstock and then cut out the flower with my craft knife...okay, no groaning! Several people have said to me "No way could I do that!" Well, in all honesty, I really did not even think about it as being hard - I just did it!

Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Fresh Cuts Notes, Old Olive
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Accessories: Olive Brad, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Craft Knife

October 01, 2008

Bundle of Joy

This card features two of the in-colors Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red and the scallop border punch. To get the muted Twill background on the pink base, I stamped off the riding hood red inked Twill before applying the stamp to the cardstock.

Stamps: Punches Three, Hugs and Wishes, All Scallops
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Paper
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip,
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Taffeta, Scallop Punch, Wide Oval, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pretty in Pink Brad, Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! is 20

Stampin' Up! turns 20 this month and is celebrating with us! For every order over $20 from Oct 1-31, you can order one or all of the 8 pre- selected birthday sets listed below for 20% off. To see the sets - click HERE and then click Shop Now under my name at the right top, go to specials found on the left and click on Birthday Promotion.

Holiday Mini Catalog is Here

The Holiday Mini Catalog has arrived in some of your mailboxes...but even if it hasn't you can view it online HERE and under Stampin' Up Links to the right------>

Along with Fall and Christmas stamps and paper, featured in this mini is the BIG SHOT and exclusive SU dies.

Remember you can order from me 24/7 via the link under Stampin' Up links to the right--->

Oct or Nov workshop = free stamp set

October 1-November 30, 2008
Host a $350 or more workshop and choose one stamp set from the Fall-Winter Sampler for FREE! Choose from any of the stamp sets below--up to a $31.95 value !

Click HERE to see the sampler or click on the Fall Winter Sampler Promotion link under Specials at the right.

Aqua Painter Promotion - Until they last

Special Product Offer!
Single large-tip Aqua Painter
Item 114617
While supplies last!

This is the "tool" that I use with the SU ink pads to watercolor. It is usually sold in a pack of two but for a limited time you can purchase just one - the large tip. Click on my email address under contact me with questions or for an order.