Monday, December 17, 2012

Baby Wipeeee

I love playing with new goodies.  This is a stamp set that I just got from our Holiday Catalog.  I used the baby wipe technique on the heart image.  I can't wait to mail this one off to a friend....

Here is a close up at the heart.  I used Riding Hood Red and Rose Red.

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monochromatic Christmas

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments for a fun challenge using monochromatic colors. 
I wanted to use Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant with lots of sparkle.  

I painted the embossed background with white shimmer paint.  I also rubbed some paint over the stamped image of the little snow-family.  You can kind of see the shimmer, but it really shines in the light.  
Join us this week and get your colors coordinated!!

Happy Stamping,

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bright Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....a bright one at that!  I love bright colors, especially on my tree!  This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we want you to find some inspiration in a photo of some brightly glittered bulbs.  This is what I came up with....

I painted the "Merry Christmas" stamp with the coordinating markers to match the banners behind it.  Super easy and super fun!

Here is the inspired my stamping friends and join our challenge this week!!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Water Color Winter #2

Today I wanted to show you a different card using the stamp set Stampin' Up! gave me to work with for the SU! magazine.  This one was not included in my 4 entries.  

This week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments we are challenging you to make a project using fancy folds.  Here is my card....

It's called the Joy Folds Card.  I found the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  Click here to see the directions.  Basically it's a card within a card.  Super cute and very easy!!

It is the same size as a regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card, but it has different folds and layers to create this look.  

*Helpful Hint* I actually put a tiny drop of the Tombo Multipurpose glue under the front flap and let it dry before I shut it.  That created a removable glue dot so it would stay closed when I wanted it to.

So hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and get scoring to make some fancy folds!!

Stamps: Watercolor Winter, Greetings for the Season
Colors: Real Red, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade and Very Vanilla,
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Swirl die (retired), Window Frames Framelit
Tools: Scoring Tool, Paper Piercing pack, tool and mat

Happy Stamping,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Watercolor Winter #1

A while back I announced that I was featured in the Stampin' Up! Magazine for Demonstrators.  I made 4 projects with the stamp set called Watercolor Winter.  I wanted to post all four of the projects I made over the next few days, with the exception of tomorrow....I'll be using the same stamp set, though.

Here is the card that I made.  It's actually part of what they call "online extras".  There was A LOT of cutting involved in this one...all the way down to the flowers and the holly.

Can you see that Champagne Glitter Paper?  I used that in 3 of the 4 projects.  It sure adds a nice sparkle to this card!!  I also used the stamp set called "Greetings of the Season" from the Holiday Catalog.

I hope you like it!!  I had a lot of fun being asked to do this super fun project for Stampin' Up!  I can't wait to show you more!!

Happy Stamping,

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful Fall Layout

Although our fall season came late here in Southern California, making projects like the one I made this week really helps me get in the mood for Thanksgiving and the cooler weather.  That is DEFINITELY what I'm thankful for....cooler weather.  It was SO hot this year for so long, it's nice to be in the 60's during the day!!  Still mostly sunny, but it's a lot nicer!
Enough about the weather, let's be thankful!! 

Page one has a cute little safety pin with 2 tiny tags hanging from it.  I can't wait to fill this page up with photos from this years Thanksgiving!!  I also embossed all the solid color leaves using a variety of patterns.

I stamped the background of both pages with the leaves from the Gently Falling Stamp Set. I went back and added photos on this page to enter it into a weekly challenge.  Makes it look even cuter!!

Thank you to Erica Cerwin for inspiring me to pair the button with some of our lovely tulle (Pictured below). She's so good with the details.  Check out her blog Pink Buckaroo Designs!

Here are those 2 cute little tags.  Love!! Can you see the embossing on the leaves, too?!

Oh yes, I will be entering this at the Friday Mashup Challenge.  Check out their fabulous projects by clicking here.

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Little Flake

It's finally getting cooler here....that means it's in the 60's-70's.  Burrr....right?!  Hee hee!  I think this week's challenge with a "snowflake" theme is taunting me.  Actually the snow capped mountains that are just to the North of me are taunting me.  I'm not much of a snow person, but those mountains make a nice backdrop.

Here is my project for this week....I saw this quilled snowflake on Pinterest and then found the tutorial on Martha Stewarts website.  Where else?  LOL!

Here is a shot of it straight on....

Here is the other side/angle....

Here are the instructions that I "borrowed" from my pal Martha:

Before working on the ornament, practice some quilling basics. Wind a strip of paper around the needle; it will form a tight curl. Play with the paper to stretch it back out to the shape you want. Try folding a strip in half and curling both ends in for a heart shape, or curl them out for a V shape. Quilling paper is easy to manipulate, but working with it is not an exact science: It takes some practice to make the same shape twice.

Tools and Materials

8 strips of quilling paper, 3/8-inch wide and 4 1/2-inch long
Quilling needle or round toothpick
Clear-drying craft glue
Metallic thread

Snowflake Ornament How-To

1. Fold each strip of quilling paper so that one of the halves is about 1/2 inch longer than the other, and curl the ends. Repeat with seven more strips.
2. On a flat surface, fit pieces together with their points in the center. Using tiny dabs of glue, attach pieces together in pairs, and then join the four pairs. Let glue dry, and attach a piece of metallic thread to hang ornament.
Tip: Use glue sparingly on quilling paper; dab it on with a toothpick to control the amount.

I won't take credit for the idea, but I will take credit that I DID make one.  It actually was pretty easy.  I thought about putting it on a card somehow, but I was running out of time....the kids were screaming for me.  I was hoping they wouldn't notice that I left the room.  Oh well, it was just long enough to whip up this adorable snowflake.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Gift Card Holder

I really like making gift card holders, but the bad thing is, I find myself never giving them away.  I like to buy gifts because I like wrapping presents in boxes.  I know, weird, but I think it's fun to shop for people and to wrap them up all pretty.  :)
This is a gift card holder that we made at my demonstrator downline meeting this past week.  I really like the simplicity of it, but I also love the bright colors.

So, here's how you do it:
1. Take a 4 1/4" x 11" sheet of cardstock and score at 3 1/4", 5 1/2" and 7 3/4"
2. Fold it into a "W" shape 
3. Using the Word Window punch...punch out 2 times side by side, but only slide the paper in so only 1/2 of the window is punched out.  See photo below:

4.  Take a 1" circle punch and punch a half circle out in the center.  See above photo.
5.  Adhere the center fold so the gift card won't slide out.
6.  Decorate up the front and attach a ribbon to tie closed.  

I need to be better about taking photos of each of these steps.  Please comment below if you have questions. These are so super easy...anyone will love it!!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Gift Giving

I bet you can't guess what this is?

If you guessed a gift card holder, then you're right!!  I like to whip these out by the dozens over Christmas time.  But I thought it would be fun to do a fall themed one.

I'm loving the new Autumn Accents Die.  I cut a couple of them out in Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and More Mustard.  Then I took the Vintage Jumbo Wheel over the background then used my blender pen to add some color with the matching inks to the leaves.  Add a button and a tag then you're done!

Here is what the middle looks like:

Stop by here (my blog) tomorrow for the step by step instructions on how to make this!

But first, hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments this week to join us for a color challenge and check out the other fun creations.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Gift Giving #2

I don't always drink from a bottle, but when I do I drink Sparkling Cider.  LOL!

This year I wanted to create fun ways to thank a hostess for being so gracious at Thanksgiving.  Yesterday it was a mason it's a bottle tag.

Here is a close up shot of the leaves.  I love this die!  The leaves can be funky, realistic and vintage.  Depending on how you use them!  So versatile!  And you can't go wrong adding some sparkle paper with your bottle of sparkling cider.

Wanna join me for this class?  Contact me today to save your spot!

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fall Gift Giving #1

Fall would be so fun to have!  However here in Southern California it's been so hot!  In fact, today we went to Balboa Beach for lunch, a stroll and some ice cream.  It was GORGEOUS!!  We celebrated my mom's Birthday!

So, in honor of those that actually get to experience fall weather I'm hosting a Fall Craft Class this week.  Here is my first project....a mason jar with a lovely bow and a super fun tag.

Here is a view of the top.  I cut a 6x6" piece of Designer paper, got it wet and folded it around the lid of the jar.  It forms so nicely, kinda looks like fabric!!  Then I tied it off with the SU! Early Espresso tulle.  Love this stuff!
Then I tied on a rosette that has a nice embossed leaf and a little gratitude stamp from Friendly Phrases stamp set.

I plan to fill these with something yummy!  

Happy Stamping!

Snowman Stamp...They Are My Family

Okay, the title IS here's the story.  I saw this stamp in the Holiday Catalog and immediately saw MY family.  Here they are folks, from Left to Right....
Bryan(daddy), Luke, Tyler, Me (mommy) and Travis in the front

Needless to say that I HAD to have this stamp. I came up with this card for my downline group gathering this past week.  I love the colors...Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler and White.  So crisp and bright and fun!

I hope you all enjoy your holidays, because before you know it, it's gonna come and go!

Happy Stamping, 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tag For Christmas

I love Christmas!  I wish I had more time to make Christmas crafts throughout the year!  That needs to be my New Year's Resolution!!  Start making Christmas stuff EARLY!!  Well, this year, I hosted my Christmas paper crafting class early!  All of my friends that came got to make this cool tag. 

Tags are so much fun and can spice up any old wrapping paper or plain bag.  I think this sweet and simple tag could use some glitter or bling, but I didn't want to distract from the swirls, the ornament stamp and the fun little sprouts of ribbon.  

Join us this week and TAG us!!  :)  Hand Stamped Sentiments is THE place to be for tagging this week!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Card #2

Pictures do not do this technique justice!!  You must try it!!  Check out the previous post to see the steps to making these lovely fall leaves.  They are SO realistic!!

This is a card that my customers will be making at the next class coming up in less than 2 weeks!  I love the way it turned out!!

And a close up shot so you can see the detail.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Life Like Leaves

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and be inspired by this lovely fall photo.  
I just happened to stumble across a video tutorial by a lady named RaeDeen from Iowa on Stampin' Connection on how to make die cut leaves look more real.  Oh yes, she nailed it!  So I tried to make them myself.  AWESOME!!  I love how they turned out!! Looks so fab with the woodgrain embossing folder, too!

At first I wasn't sure about the smaller, lighter colored leaf, but I think it adds a nice touch.  In this close up shot, you have to check out the spines, the spots and the layers of sponging.  Also, before crumbling the card stock, I spritzed it with the gold shimmer spritz.  It's hard to tell how much it's just enough.  

Click on the photo to enlarge the image!!

I don't think the lady that made this has it on You Tube...I couldn't find it.  So here we go......
In words, this is how I did it:
1. Die cut the maple leaf shape out of Daffodil Delight.
2. Using your stylus from the scoring tool, make the lines for the spines. Then trace it in with the Early Espresso marker....the small tip side.
3. Sponge the leaf all over with More Mustard, Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.  I did it in that order for the one on the left and I used Early Espresso and Cherry Cobber and Always Artichoke on the right.
4. Using the Spritzer Tool...spritz the leaf with the Early Espresso marker.
5. Spray with a shimmer paint/alcohol mix then crumple up.
6. Open it up and let dry.

ALL DONE!  I guess I need to get on the ball and start making videos.  

Happy Fall Y'all and Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Naked BOO Pages

I know, it's a catchy title, but my pages are missing something.....the photos of my 3 spooky kids in their costumes.  Well, duh, Halloween isn't here yet.  Guess what?  I work ahead of schedule.  Hee hee....sometimes.  But I cheat, I host a monthly scrap booking class so that way I'll work ahead.  

Anyways, I've been inspired by the banner I made a couple weeks back.  Click here to see it.  That's how I came up with the colors and theme of these pages.
I like to keep things simple, where you'll still notice the photos.  I didn't want to go overboard....if you know me, you'll know that I like simple, clean lines!!

Here is a closer shot of the left page:

Here is a closer shot of the right page:

I do like little splashes of interest.  Here is my favorite....the little mummy is on 2 layers of the Window Framelits and the Tangerine layer I paper pierced.  Then I added tiny banners and a Basic Gray button with some taffeta ribbon.  Cute, right?! 

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween this year!  We got invited to our first family Halloween/trick or treating party and I am SOOO excited.....maybe even more than my kids.  :)

Happy Stamping,

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gettin' Inky With It

This week for Hand Stamped Sentiments I wanted to make another Halloween card, but the more I looked at those stamps, the more I was not made a fall card instead!  Here is what I came up with:

Jiggy on over this week to Hand Stamped Sentiments and be challenged with a fun technique.  Ink up your embossing folders and "impress" us!!


Okay, here's how I did this.....and no....I didn't use our "core-dinations" paper either. 

1. I rubbed Soft Suede ink on one side of my embossing folder.
2. Ran a piece of Naturals Vanilla CS in that embossing folder through the Big Shot.
3. Next, I inked up my Brayer with Soft Suede ink and inked off a little then ran it over the embossing/inked side. 
4. Stamped some leaves from the Gently Falling Stamp set in Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit.  
....And here's a close up shot of the embossing....

On a side note, I have some super sweet and exciting news!!  I was asked a couple months ago by SU! to be a guest artist in the Stampin' Success Magazine.  Of course, I said YES!!  They sent me the set called Watercolor Winter from the Holiday Catalog and told me to create 4 projects.  
If you are a Demonstrator, it's on page 20-21 of the Nov/Dec. 2012 issue of Stampin' Success!! YES....It's for real!!  I still can't believe it and I'm still on cloud 9!!

Thanks for indulging me in a bit of bragging.  :)  

Happy Stamping!

Work It Girl

Oh yes, it's that time of year for craft fairs and boutique shows.  I have been SO busy stamping away and making cards and other gifts for a craft fair I did this past Sunday.  It ended up being a great day.  Here are some photos of my table.

This is a little collage of some of my favorite notepads and other items.

Here is a better shot of my business cards.  They were a big hit!

I hope have a great week and Happy Stamping!