Sunday, February 28, 2010

Embellish and Stamping 411 Challenge combo

Hi there blog peeps! Hope you're enjoying your weekend! We started the weekend off with some heavy rain yesterday, but today is just a gorgeous and clear day in Southern CA. It's a little cool (high 50's or low 60's) but I guess for other regions around the globe, that's probably pretty temperate! Anyway, I'm back to share a card that incorporates 2 challenges - the Embellish Color Challenge with Borders and this week's Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch 140 Challenge Here's what they look like: I love the colors in the Embellish challenge - so springy and Easter-y! The colors I used are Stampin'Up!'s Barely Banana, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery and splashes of Melon Mambo, and Old Olive. The peach color I used was ribbon from PTI. The challenge also included using a border, so I used SU's Scallop Trim Border punch.
The sketch from 411 was a nice and clean sketch, so I wanted to incorporate it in my card. Here's what I came up with:
Isn't that flower fun? I was inspired to try this circle flower from Mary Fish's card from Stampin'Pretty. Then I wanted to add a little texture to "make it my own" by folding each petal in half and then crimping it. For the flower center, I went around the circle using my papersnips to cut lines about 1/4" long to create the fringe, then wrinkled the circle to add more texture. The scallop leaves are crimped the same way I did the petals. Here's the recipe for you:
{Circle Flower Birthday Card}
*Cardstock: Barely Banana, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Sweet Pea DSP, and Tall Tales DSP
*Stamp Set: Wow Flowers (for the birthday sentiment)
*Inks: Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo Markers
*Accessories: Scallop Trim Border punch, Modern Label punch, Scallop Oval punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Word Window punch, Sherbet buttons, Linen Thread, PTI hibiscus ribbon, Polka Dot embossing folder
Hope you like it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

February Final Friday Winner!

Hi all! Happy Friday! Do you know what else today is? It's time to announce the February Final Friday Winner! It's amazing how many people responded this month. The number of comments before the cutoff time was 69! So, are you ready to find out who the lucky winner is?

Drumroll, please....and the winner is: Lucky number 3, who happens to by Tany Sol from Israel! Congrats to you! Here's what she had to say: Thank you all for playing this month! It was fun to see what books you guys have been reading. I really need to get back into reading, myself. I'm in 2 book clubs, but have not been the best book club citizen of late. I'm still trying to adjust again to the new work schedule and all that fun stuff. I know I'll figure it out...thanks for staying with me and popping! I really appreciate it :)

Hope you have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend ahead! I'm hoping to get some crafting in this weekend to get my creative juices flowing. Come back soon and see what I come up with!

Ciao for now. :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Simply adorned!

Have you seen Stampin'Up!'s simply adorned jewelry pieces? They are just goregeous! Here's a look at the bracelet and the adorable little circle charm. You can stamp a little something on both sides of the circle charm, which I think makes it so versatile. Plus, since it fits a 1/2" circle punch, you can create all kinds of inserts to suit your mood or outfit!
Here's a look at the other side. I used the Charming stamp set. Too cute!
This is a full view of the bracelet - it's got such a pretty toggle clasp! The bracelet is a bargain at $7.95 and the circle charm is $8.95. You can check out the details in the Occasions Mini catalog. Here's a quick peek:
Hope you like it! It's a fun way to incorporate your crafting into your own fashionable style.

These pieces are available to order online at my Demonstrator Website. Just click on the "Shop Now" button and you'll be good to go!

Good night! Time for me to go to bed :)

Greetings all!

Hi blog peeps!! I know I've been MIA since last week, so just wanted to do a quick post. The new job is going well and has kept me busy! Then, went to Palm Springs for a girl's weeken to celebrate a couple friends' birthdays. Needless to say, the last week and a half has been jam packed with activity.... But alas, I haven't had a chance to stamp! I will leave you with a couple of photos of Palm Springs that I took from my phone this past weekend. It was beautiful weather! In the high 60's ;)

If you're wondering, that is my hubby Michael, who coincidently had a golf tournament at the same place I was staying. So, while it was a girl's weekend, I got the best of both worlds ;)

Have a great day and be sure to come back tomorrow when I'll be announcing the winner of Feb Final Friday giveaway!

Bye for now!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Flower visors, anyone?

Hi all! The other day, I made my first fabric flower and got SO HOOKED on making these, that I made a few more, in different flower styles, even! I also had a bunch of visors that I had ordered from a friend years ago {circa 2006}, but never ended up doing anything with them. Well, lucky me - I rediscovered them and pinned the fabric flowers on them and they are JUST ADORABLE! Aren't these fun for the spring and summer? We've gotten quite a warm up in weather here in Southern CA - it was mid 70's yesterday - that these visors would be perfect to use out and about. How cute to have a visor for the beach, too, don't you think? Here's a close up of the flowers I made. I used the flower folds die for one of them, and for the other two, I created the flowers using the scallop circle #2 dies! Here are closeup's of the different flowers: This first flower is made the same way I created my first fabric flower post. The fabric is also part of that same pre-packaged quilting squares I used!
This flower is made using both scallops on the Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die. It's only 2 layers instead of 3, but you use the same method as the flower folds flower in putting it together.
This last flower also uses the Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die. The only difference is when I folded it in half, I actually offset the fold so it wasn't quite in half - that way, the reverse side would peak through and give it some extra dimension.

Now that I've made a few of these, I think I want to order some more visors! I've been doing some research and have found this site carries the Anvil visors, but haven't ordered from them before, so I may do some more research. They're a pretty good price though! Hope you enjoyed this! If you're local, you can come to my March Big Shot class, where we'll be making these. Sign up for my newsletter to get the details!

Have a great day!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Embellishment Birthday Mojo!

Hi blog peeps! Happy President's Day {for those of you in the US}! It's been a long time since I've played in a Mojo Monday or Embellishment challenge, so I'm so excited I got to finally both! Primarily because I have the day off {yay!} and got to squeeze in a quick card before getting my day into full swing. Here are the inspiration photos: I have to say that the color palette was sort of a challenge for me with the Blue thrown in, but I had a fun time figuring out my color schemes. The colors I used are SU!'s Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, and Buckaroo Blue {retired}. I decided I wanted to mix some printed DSP together and was pretty pleased with the outcome! Here's the full card for you: Hope you like it! I actually started with the cupcakes, which was an extra scrap piece from cards I had made a while back, so I created the rest around that. I ended up using all kinds of punches, stamp sets, and goodies, too. Here's the recipe for you:
{Embellishment Birthday Mojo}
All supplies Stampin'Up!
*Stamp Sets: Four Square, Crazy for Cupcakes, Party Hearty
*Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Whisper White, Buckaroo Blue, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
*Inks: Buckaroo Blue and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pads; Old Olive, Garden Green, Pretty In Pink, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip Markers
*Accessories: Top Note Bigz die, Scallop Trim and Pinking Hearts Border punches, Scallop Square punch, Bojo Blossoms Punch, 1/2" circle punch, chunky glitter, regal rose grosgrain ribbon, Elementary Ribbon Originals
Thanks for stopping by! Time for me to take advantage of my day off. Toodles for now!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi all! Happy Valentine's Day to you! Just wanted to share a picture of me and my Sweetheart, Michael :) This is from our wedding day...we'll be celebrating 10 yrs this year! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

making my first fabric flower pin

Good morning and Happy Saturday! I've been intrigued with the fabric flower pins that I've been seeing on blogs, stores, and magazines lately, so I thought it was time to deconstruct it and make my own! Luckily, there are lots of helpful tutorials on this, so it wasn't too difficult to figure it out. I found this video by Christie Daugherty to be super helpful! I thought I'd do a quick pictorial of the steps and components for this pretty flower pin. So here we go...
For the pin I made, I used the Flower folds die to create 3 flower layers. I've circled the flowers on the die cut that I used. You might be wondering what kind of fabric I used for this - well I just went to JoAnn's and bought a pack of pre-packaged quiltiing squares that are about 5" precut squares that happen to be sized perfectly for these flowers. They are just light-weight regular fabric, although I know that other folks have used heavier upholstery fabric as well. One 5" fabric square will cover the 2 smaller flowers, and you'll need another square to cover the bigger flower. Each flower uses 4 pieces of fabric, so I picked out 4 different patterns to create each petal. That means you'll need to stack your 4 fabric squares on top of the two smaller flowers on the die and the other 4 squares on the bigger flower. Once the pieces are positioned, you're ready to run it through your Big Shot. Next, you'll want to arrange your 3 flower layers like so: You'll fold each fabric flower in half and then create each flower by "weaving" the 4 flowers over each other. You'll end up with 3 flowers that have 4 heart petals in each of the different fabric prints, as you can see pictured above. You'll want to secure each of the layers with a glue gun (you should watch the video in the link above to see exactly how to do this). Once you have your flower all glued together, you can finish off the back with a pin and the felt scallop circle (again using the glue gun to adhere).
And here's a picture of the front, where I added the button to finish off my flower!
And...viola! Here's the finished flower pinned to the bag. So fun!

You gotta try it out! Fabric Flowers are all the rage these days. You can decorate your bags, shirts, sweaters, even make hair clips - whatever you want! Plus, they make great personalized gifts, too. Hope you enjoyed this! Now, go out and make your own flower pin ;)

Friday, February 12, 2010

valentine treats!

Happy Friday, blog peeps! I have some Valentine treats to share with you...they were my little farewell/Valentine treats to my co-workers, since this was my last day at my current job. Yes - you heard right! I am moving on to a new job and start next Tuesday. No more 110-mile round trip commute. Yay! I'm very excited. I'll still have a commute (it'll be shorter), but I'm so psyched about the work I'll be doing that I think I can definitely handle it! I'll be back doing interactive marketing at an internet company. :)

So, where were we? Ah, yes. The TREATS!! Here they are: I am just soo in LOVE with that little Monkey from the Fox and Friends stamp set. He also fits perfectly in the Full Heart Punch! I made him a little more valentines-y by adding the Small Heart punch at the end of his tail. Too stinkin' cute, I tell ya!
Here's a look at a few assembled ones. I had the lofty goal of making one for everyone in my department. But, time was of the essence, so...
I made a total of 6 for our department. I ended up making little love note cards for the rest of the folks, so I was able to give them a little something.

Anywhoo...that was my Friday! Hope you guys had a great one. I'm off to dinner, so I'll chat with you guys in a bit!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

love you much, sweet pea

Isn't that a cute little title? Well, it's actually the name of my card! I used the Love You Much sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set and used the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack to add a pop of subtle, soft textured print. Here's a look at the full card - I really like how girly-ish it came out. As you can see, I'm still on the same color combo as my prior post. I think I'm just really into the kraft with the pretty in pink color combo. I love the small flower from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and the dotted heart from the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set. I'd say this card is part Valentines-y and part spring-ish. What do you think? Here's the recipe for you:
{love you much, sweet pea}
All supplies Stampin'Up!
*Stamp sets: Vintage Vogue, I {Heart} Hearts, Well Scripted clear mount stamps
*Cardstock: Kraft, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack, Prety In Pink, Whisper White
*Inks: Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
*Accessories: 3/16" brad, Scallop Trim Border and Pinking Hearts Border punches, Sherbet button, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Twine
Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting me today ;)

Ciao for now.


I was inspired to create this card...well let's say I basically CASED the sketch...from Dawn McVey's card on this post. I just love Dawn's style!! Of course, I translated this card into fun Stampin'UP! goodies I recently got from the Occasions Mini - the paper is from the Sweet Pea Designer Paper Pad, and the beautiful stamp is from the Vintage Vogue stamp set. So pretty, don't you think? It's so simple and quick to put together, too! I think that's why I love this layout. This particular card isthe one I made for my friend Robin. I also ended up using this design for one of my swap cards for a new swap group I'm in called the SWAP Team. Fun, eh? Here's another look at the card. So, one thing I love about the clear mount stamp sets is the placement of the stamp. It's so cool to be able to know exactly where that stamp is gonna land on my white space! I also can't get enough of the Scallop Trim Border punch. Fun fun. Here's the quick recipe:
{Sweet Pea Friends Card}All supplies Stampin'UP!
*Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft, Pretty In Pink, Sweet Pea DSP
*Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue Clear Mount stamps
*Inks: Pretty In Pink Classic Pad
*Accessories: Scallop Trim Border punch, Pretty In Pink Satin Ribbon
I know this post isn't Valentine's related, but I figured it was in the PINK family, so it was ok ;)

Well, I hope you guys have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I {heart} Haiti Relief efforts

Hi all. In keeping with Valentines week and sharing the love to those around you and especially those in need, I would encourage you to donate to Haiti in whatever means or whichever organization you choose to. The important thing is to donate and make a difference. Having said that, if you would like to give to help support the people of Haiti, or, say you've already given but would like to give more, and you happen to enjoy stamping and LOVE hearts, Stampin'Up! has a special promotion for you. If you purchase the I {heart} Hearts stamp set from now until the end of the month (February 28th), Stampin'Up! will donate $2 towards Haiti relief. The set is a beautiful and versatile set. And, as you can see from my Valentine samples from the last few weeks (and as recent as my last post), you'll see that I've used this set for many projects!

So, if you'd like to partake and share some love, you can order this set from my Demonstrator Website by clicking "Shop Now", then click "Haitian Relief" in the left column. It's that easy. The set comes in either the traditional wood mounted stamps or the clear mount stamps - choose what you like.

Hope you have a great day!

{fancy favor} Valentine

Are you ready for some more Valentine's projects? I got a couple Fancy favor boxes for you today. I just love the Sending Love DSP, that I had to use it for these cute little favors. Here they are. I made them more like little sack pouches, since both get sinched up. The "friend" fancy favor is really more like a purse. Isn't the flower on the pink favor so cute? I made that using 4 layers of the Scallop Circle punch, all scrunched up and then put back together. Just so fun. I love to craft. I think I'll be making more of these this week!

Hope you like 'em! Have a great day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Love {YOU} Much Matchbox

Since this is Valentine's Day week, my project posts are all going to be Valentine related. Looking for a little treat box to make for your Loves? How about this cute Matchbox paired with the Scallop Hearts embosslit and Love You Much sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set? Here's what I put in the inside... It's fille with kisses! Yum...and how appropriate! I do love the Sending Love Specialty Paper from the Occasions Mini - it's so pretty. I'm not sure if you can tell, but it's textured with some glitter accents on the flower. Such nice detail. You know what else is cool? I didn't need my stamp-a-majig to line up my sentiment, either! I even punched out the heart, then stamped on the sentiment, using the clear mount stamps. Makes it so easy to get it just right! Here's the recipe for you:
{Love you much Matchbox}
All supplies Stampin'Up!*Stamp Set: Well Scripted
*Cardstock: Sending Love DSP, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
*Inks: Real Red Classic Stamp Pad
*Accessories: Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Matchbox Bigz XL die, Heart Punch, Linen Thread, Playground button

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February's Final Freebie Friday Giveaway

Hi all! Isn't that title a tongue twister?! I know it's Superbowl Sunday, but it's also the day I'm announcing my February Final Freebie Friday giveaway {try saying that 10 times fast!). Here it is: Since I'm an embellishment girl, I thought I'd throw in buttons and ribbons with a stamp set! I'm loving the clear mount stamp sets that Stampin'Up! has just come out with. This set in particular is only available during the Sale-a-bration period, when you order merchandise of $50 or more. So, if you haven't taken advantage of that offer, here's an extra chance to win this cute set! Here's exactly what you get:
*Vintage Labels Clear Mount Sale-a-bration stamp set
*Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons
*Barely Banana and Certainly Celery ribbon combo
The lucky winner will be announced on my blog on Friday, February 26th. Here are the rules to play {enforced by the honor systyem ;) }
1. Leave me a comment on this post by midnight Pacific Time, Wed, February 24, 2010.
2. On your comment, please make sure to include a valid email address or blog URL (that either I can leave a comment on or have a way of contacting you). For those of you that are uncomfortable with leaving an email in a post, you can write your info like this: yourname at emailaccount dot com.
3. One comment per person please.
4. Anyone can play - international visitors welcome!
You can leave me a comment about anything, or you can answer this question: What is the last book you read? Mine was The Guernsey Literary and the Potato Peel Pie Society. I thought it was an entertaining read and would definitely recommend it!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Moxi Fab's Trigger Challenge

Hi all, it's been a little while since I've done a Moxi Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge, so I thought I'd take a second to play! Here's the inspiration photo: As soon as I saw the hearts, I wanted to make something. Plus I've been into the valentine mode, too, so here's what I was inspired to create.
I call it my Heart Strings card. I've been getting lots of use out of the Sending Love Specialty paper! I also love embellishing with buttons, so I sprinkled some pink and red from the Playground and Sherbet SU! buttons.
Hope you like it. Here's the recipe:
{Heart Strings card}
All Supplies Stampin'Up!
*Cardstock: Sending Love Specialty DSP, Kraft, Very Vanilla
*Accessories: Full Heart punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Playground and Sherbet ribbons, Linen Thread, Polka Dot Embossing folder
Thanks for stopping by!

sweet little {love} Notes

Happy Saturday, everyone! Who can't use a few little love notes or sweet Valentines? Here are a few sweet little note cards or tags I made using the Two Tags die and the fun new Heart Embosslit from the Occasions Mini. What I love is that these cute little guys fit in the 3x3 envies, so they make a perfect size Valentine! Here's a close up for you: Whaddaya think? Aren't they cute? If you want to make a bunch of these for your kids, they're super easy to make! Not only that, but they don't have to be just for Valentine's. You can make these cute little card inserts for birthday or hostess gifts, too. Just change your image on the front, and switch up your color palettes and you're good to go. Pretty cool. We'll be making this as one of my make-n-takes tomorrow for my Superbowl Sale-a-bration workshop! Anyone in Southern CA (South Bay, Torrance area) that's interested in coming? Send me an email and I'll send you directions to my house! It's from 2-4 tomorrow, so if you're not a big Football person or don't have a superbowl game to go to, you're welcome to come by!

Sorry I have been off the grid this past week. I've been trying to recover from my cold/cough situation and I think I'm recovering just in time for my workshop tomorrow. Yay!!!

Stay tuned as I'll be posting my February Final Friday Giveaway a little later today :) Have a good one!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

{pretty in pink!}

If you already have something on other than pink, dare to accessories with a splash of color {pink of course}! Let's Rally for Robin and keep her in our thoughts and prayers today!