Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Strength and Hope Class

Strength and Hope class
May 12 or 14
I've mentioned the Strength and Hope Campaign that Stampin' Up is running throughout the Summer Mini Catalog period.  That is 4 months of support to Breast Cancer awareness!  I am going to do a class each of those 4 months using the Strength and Hope stamp set and all proceeds from these classes will also be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  $2 from each stamp set ordered will also be donated by Stampin' Up.  Each class will feature 3 cards, you will make 2 of each for a total of 6 cards.  The classes will be $10 each.  Whatever is left after I buy the supplies for the class will be donated. 

Nearly everyone you meet has been touched by a family member with Breast Cancer.  I have a couple of cousins battling it and my sweet Mother-in-law had it.  Surely donations will be used to make progress in stopping this disease from killing so many women. 

The 3 cards in the picture are the ones we will make in our May class.   I will offer the class twice during May, Thursday, May 12 at 10AM or Saturday, May 14 at 10AM.  I hope I'll see you at one of these classes.  Email me for directions to my house if you can come.

6 cards for $10, that works out to $1.66 per card.  You can't buy them in the store for that price AND, you will be donating to a very deserving cause. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Gifts for Grandchildren and Blog Candy Winner!

Yesterday was a rainy, beautiful day.  I got a bit wet on the way to church, it just poured!  I felt like I was wet up to my knees by the time I got into my car, drove there and got out and walked in.  It was an amazing meeting though and I loved every minute of it.  I gave my 2 grandchildren who live here their Easter gifts after church, the other 3 will get theirs when they come next week.  I mailed a package to them last week and completely forgot to put their Easter stuff in it.  I drive myself nuts with my forgetfulness!

Anyway, Easter is over but I wanted to share what I made for them.  First of all, skinny bags stuffed with M&M's!  I loved the little duck from the layout I posted last week so much, I put some on the bags.  He just makes me smile  :~)

Next, remember this little box I made last month?  It's hard to believe, but I used the same die to cut out paper to make the carrot treats.  The bunny is the same one from the layout also.  I left the jelly beans out of one of the carrot treats so you could see the bunny's face.  Fun, fun!

I've been working on baby shower invitations the past few days.  I made several to give them an idea of what could be done.  I'll show the samples in a day or 2.  Until then, I reckon I better clean up my stamp room, it's a disaster!

I am thankful for all who entered for my blog candy as well as everyone who contributed to my 50,000 blog hits!  I wish I could give you all something but I guess you will have to be satisfied with my projects I share - until the next blog candy is awarded!  Except for Trina!  I drew Trina's name.  Trina, send your mailing address (privately to ) and I'll get it sent your way.  Congratulations!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Layout

First of all, don't forget to register for my blog candy, check out Monday's post to get the details!

Here is the layout we did in our scrapbook club for April.  I love the punch art!  I also used the Presto Patterns Paper.  Isn't it cool how you can sponge whatever color ink that will match your layout?  I used pastels to convey the Easter feeling of Spring flowers.  If you look closely you can see the patterns embossed on the paper.  There are so many cool looks you can get with the Presto Patterns paper.  I hope there will be more in the new catalog when it comes out in July!

We used the Lovely Letters stamp set for the title and the grass stamp from the Inspired By Nature set for the bottom border.   I punched and matted the "Hoppy" part of the title and just stamped the "Easter" part together.  I used lots of punches on this page, here are close-ups of the punch art duck and rabbit.

 I love this little punch art duck I found.  I have seen several that are similar but the one I saved didn't have who created it.  I suspect she wouldn't have been the original creator, just as I am not.  It looks a little like the punch art that Kim Score creates but I couldn't find it on her site.  If anyone knows the original creator, let me know so I can give proper credit.  This little duck just makes me smile  :~)
I've seen lots of these carrots made from the Petal Cone die.  I did my own twist to it as well as the bunny.  He is a composit of 3 or 4 punch art bunnies I have come across.  When I first saw the petal cone die I thought it was one I wouldn't need.  Then the super talented Stampin' Up demonstrators started making things besides the cone with it and I'm convinced that it needs to find it's way to my house too!  If you notice the banner with the year on it at the top of the page, just to the right of the Easter title, that is also part of the Petal Cone die.  I added a bit of the Hodgepodge Hardware over it to highlight the year.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

50,000 hits! That deserves some blog candy!

I've been watching my  blog hit counter get closer and closer to 50,000 hits but got busy toward the end of last week with creating projects for the display as well as a power point Inservice program I had to prepare for the Seminary teachers I supervise so I wasn't paying as much attention to  my blog.  While I wasn't looking it went over 50,000!  I think it happened Friday while I was stressing over the power point.

To celebrate I'm offering a Wide Oval Punch and the Happy Moments stamp set as blog candy.  Both are unused and fun to create with.  Thanks to everyone for visiting my blog often.  I have 4 ways for you to enter for the blog candy.  1.) Each person who leaves a comment on this blog post telling me which project I've posted they like the most will get an entry in the drawing.  Be sure to leave contact information with your comment!  2.) If you aren't already a follower of my blog and sign up to be a follower you will get another entry.  3.) Each person who places an order with me, either from my website or from me personally will get their name in a drawing once for every $5 spent.  And, 4.) Book a workshop with me during the month of May and you will get 10 entries in the drawing!  Good Luck everyone!
For my cards tonight I want to share 2 cards I made with the inlaid embossing technique.  The first one is one I made for my display, it uses the leafy vine part of the 2-step bird punch and one of the flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch.  I adhered them all over the Whisper White cardstock card front and then embossed the whole thing with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I really like the look with those punches!  I added a Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery layer and then stamped an image from the Strength and Hope stamp set on a small square that I created with the Framed Tulip embossing folder.  It took 4 times running it through but I really like having the option of creating different sizes.  
The second card is one we made at the retreat Saturday.  Can you figure out where the flowers came from?  There are 2 new punches in the Summer Mini Catalog called Triple Layer Punches.  These flowers were all punched with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch as well as the 1/2" circle punch for the centers of the larger flowers.  The Triple Layer Punch is like 3 punches in one!  The other punch is called the Doily Triple Layer Punch so you can imagine that it is beautiful too.  The Summer Mini Catalog will begin on May 1st so get ready to see some more new product!

Remember to post a comment, follow me, place an order or book a workshop to get entries in the drawing for blog candy!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Strength and Hope

Strength and Hope is a stamp set that will be in the new Summer mini catalog.  I got it in a preorder and have enjoyed creating with it this week.  I'll have lots of cards to share but I don't think you will get tired of seeing this beautiful set. 

One of the great things about this set, other than the fact that it is beautiful and versatile is that Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from each set sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® . BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit

The Strength and Hope stamp set is available in the Summer Mini Catalog from May 1-August 31, 2011.   You have 3 ways you can help out this important cause:

Item                    Description                                    Price
118100         Strength & Hope wood-mount set     $17.95
123660         Strength & Hope clear-mount set      $13.95
124475         Strength & Hope digital kit                 $9.95
(The digital set includes a four-piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, and 10 embellishment pieces.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Strength and Hope sneak peek

I saw a card somewhere the other day that had torn layers.  I hadn't torn paper in so long I just had to use that background idea!  I tore and rolled the edges of the top 2 layers of Springtime Vintage DSP before adding a ribbon and the stamped images from the Strength and Hope stamp set.  I stamped the butterfly and H stamps in Certainly Celery, lightly inking the edges of the Modern Label punch in Certainly Celery ink.  I wanted more definition on the butterfly so I inked the outside edges of it in Always Artichoke.  I also used some of the tiny Basic Rhinestones for the butterfly body and to accent the H. 

If you have been following my blog long you know that I love Spring and all the flowers that it brings after a long Winter of brown everywhere (and lots of white this year).  I snapped a couple of pictures of my azalea bushes Saturday that I wanted to share with you.  They remind me of when we lived in Augusta, GA and they were blooming everywhere during Master's week.  I don't follow golf but I sure like azaleas!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I cased a card that had a similar idea but everything else is different.  I don't remember where I saw the card but it was going sideways instead of tall and had 4 strips of DSP instead of 2 and she used the small heart punch instead of the butterfly.  Her card was a Mother's Day card and she used Bravo Burgundy for the background instead of Rose Red and a Bravo Burgundy ribbon instead of Certainly Celery.  She used the Pinking Hearts Border Punch and she punched it on the top and bottom of the Very Vanilla strip with the heart punches.  Other than that, they are almost exactly the same - kinda!

Whew!  Have I had a busy day!  I dug up some bushes to transplant and went and painted picnic tables and helped a friend move and have 2 of my grandchildren spending the night tonight.  I really should be in bed but I wanted to post a card I made yesterday and didn't get posted.  It's not only been a busy day but a busy week!  I am working on a display for our team meeting Saturday using the new (actually, it's newer than new.  It won't be released until the new catalog comes out in July) stamp set called Strength and Hope.  You will be seeing lots of projects made with this beautiful set soon.  Nighty night!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Save a Bundle on a Grab Bag (or 2)

Did you know that Stampin' Up! has some Grab Bags in its Online Clearance Rack! These grab bags contain discontinued products, including any combination of products like the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Paper, or Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags do not contain stamp sets or tools.

The $5 Grab Bag contains at least $20 worth of discontinued products, the $10 Grab Bag contains at least $40 worth of discontinued products and the $15 Grab Bag contains at least $60 worth of discontinued products.

Click here or on the Grab Bag Picture at the right to place an order.  I don't know how long they will last but I'm sure it won't be long! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Beautiful Cards

I got 2 beautiful cards this past weekend.  They really brightened up 2 days that were already good days.  Hey, you don't have to be having a bad day to appreciate a great card!

The first one is by Tina Taves.  I love the Pretty in Pink stripe paper and the Chocolate Chip 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  She used the Eat Chocolate stamp set punched out with the Designer Label punched and cut 3 little cupcakes out and made them pop with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Pretty in Pink circle and the Very Vanilla Scalloped Circle punch are the perfect background for the fun sentiment.  Hey, I'm no quitter either!

The second card is from the very talented Tami Black.  She used the georgous Cherry Cobbler cardstock combined with black and Very Vanilla for a great color combo.  The Newsprint DSP strip and satin ribbon are the perfect accents to set off the Puns From the Past stamp.   I especially love the teeny tiny little Basic Pearls, don't they add a great touch?

I hope everyone is ok after the storms today.  I was staying close to the basement door just in case I heard a tornado.  Quite a few of them touched down in TN and KY today.

Friday, April 1, 2011

You can purchase this great stamp set that coordinates with the Decorative Label Punch (#120907), and the new DSP when you place a $20 Stampin' Up! order in April.

Order the stamp set for $20.95 (#123440 wood) or $15.95 (#123442 clear) and the DSP for only $9.95 (#122367)!
OR, YOU CAN GET THEM FREE! Host a $350 workshop in April and get them BOTH free! (individual customer orders of $350 or more will also qualify.. email me for more info)