Monday, June 30, 2008

Cards: Here comes the bride

In this card I used one of the stamps from the She's All That stamp set. Again I used Purely Pomegranate in the cardstock and I discovered the versatility of the SU die cut blooms. If you look at that corner i used one of the blue flowers and folded it to mimic the flowers in the bride's bouquet. It took a little trial and error but i slit each pedal down the middle, folded the flower and hooked it on the edge of the card. To give it a more realistic look i took a green mini flower from the same die cut blooms to look like the base of the flower. I added a Prima flower and a doodlebug jewel for the BLING factor. The patterned paper I chose was the Au Chocolat Designer Series Paper by Stampin'Up. I love love love double sided patterned paper and the fact that it's chocolate color is an extra bonus. The satin ribbon I found in the Michaels $1 bin (I'm a big bargain hunter, LOL!).

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cards: Friends

I thought this SU rubon (Love and Happiness) would look better with the idea of friendship than the small flower stamps that came with the Simply Said stamp set. I used the Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon (love that color) on Barely Banana cardstock. The color of the Prima flowers are my favorite (blue and purple). Believe it or not the yellow mini rose I found at Walmart (a real steal). If you haven't guessed it from my earlier blog entries I am a big Walmart shopper.


I woke up today with a brand new inspiration to create. As it stands even though I'm a Stampin'Up demonstrator I hardly ever MAKE the time to rubber stamp. Watching Kristina's YouTube videos showed me how creating a card a day can kick start anyone's portfolio. I started today with that in mind and when the dust settled I had created 5 cards. Please stay tuned for photos (unfortunately I finished the cards too late to take them).

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cards: Color inspiration 13

Receiving this challenge was an amazing gift!
Seeing everyone's take on this challenge has been a bigger inspiration than I could have imagined.

These are the materials I used:

- Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi long notes card
- Felt Fusion flowers
- Stampin' Up Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper
- Stampin' Up Purely Pomegranate
- Stampin' Up Whisper White
- Stampin' Up scallop punch
- Heidi Swapp pink jeweled brad (not pictured)
- Stampin' Up Accents & Elements (Lone Star)
- Stampin' Up rubons Eastern Elegance

I love using the scallop punch and I even recycled in this project...

I took Kristina's advice and decided to take these pictures without flash. I love the softness. Using the macro setting of my digital camera is also a favorite. Still getting used to the many features of Photoshop Elements so all the colors may not be as TRUE as I would like them to be.

I noticed the faintest hint of a paisley pattern in the inspiration photo and since I love paisley I decided to use it on my card. The scallops in white and pomegranate i used to create a pillow effect on the card. Here is where I recycled...The circle under the felt fusion flowers is actually from the back of the So Many Scallops (pre-punched) Stamp Set #111409. PLEASE NOTE: I stapled the circle to the card and then roughened the top with basic grey file so the pop dots would adhere.

Color Inspiration Challenge #13

While surfing through YouTube I discovered Kristina's page (Starofmay) and her blog ( I overdosed on her whole library of videos this weekend and got big time INSPIRATION from them. She posted this as a color inspiration to create a card or scrapbook page. I chose a card because I wanted to use the Stampin'Up long notes cards I had bought a while back. I hope she inspires you as much as she did me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Early bird preview!

July 1, 2008 -- Introducing Décor Elements™. . . Stampin’ Up!®’s new addition to our Definitely Decorative® product line! Our Décor Elements designs coordinate with many of our exciting products, so you can combine them to make beautiful, handcrafted home décor pieces. Personalize your surroundings with a variety of exclusive images designed to create a customized, unique space. With our self-adhesive vinyl elements (which are easy to apply and remove), you’ll discover how easy and cost effective it can be to do your own decorating!

As a Stampin'Up demonstrator I am so proud of this company's consistent commitment to improving and enhancing their product line. I look forward to hearing your opinions on these new products.

God bless!

Monday, June 9, 2008

My new TOY!

As an early birthday present I treated myself to a Nintendo DS Lite with the Brain Age 2 game. I chose the Crimson and Black one. After adding a gorgeous Basic Grey rubon and some Bling (Heidi Swapp, MAMBI, Walmart) it shows my style for ALL to see.
I encourage anyone who has problems remembering what they were about to say to get Brain Age. Believe it or not my first result showed I had a Brain Age of 80, yes 8-0! I have now worked it down to 70 but it is still not where I need it to be. The game also taught me SUDOKU and now I'm hooked.

details - Nintendo DS Lite

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Inspired by Grunge

Coming back from such an inspiring day made me create this pin for my niece with Tim Holtz grungeboard, plastic frame, and crackle paints (spiced marmalade, fired brick). I could not leave rub-ons off my creation. The LOVE sticker is by Making Memories.

She has gotten tons of compliments at school from classmates asking her where they can get one just like it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


This was the result of Tim Holtz' Distress-a-palooza class. It was so much fun to try different techniques (crackle, distress embossing powders, fragments, stamping, and distressables elements) on one amazing project.

Everyone in the class had the same materials but with slightly different layout templates (by Tim). Each frame was a masterpiece.

Below you will see detail close-up views of this wonderful keepsake.

I look forward to sharing what I have learned and how this project has inspired me and re-infused my creativity. Thanks Tim for an unforgettable experience!