Monday, October 19, 2009

Another Deal of the Week!

This weeks deals:

Regular Price 
Special Price
Basic Jumbo grommets
Mini Library clips
Circle Designer brads
1/2" Library clips

Give me a call if you'd like to order any of these great deals!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pretties Monogram Card

This is another card I submitted.  It's hard to see, but I used the stained glass technique on the little S circle in the middle of the flower.  I used pastels and a sponge dauber to color the flower from the pretties kit, and also on the edges of the little circle, the green paper, and the yellow paper.  Also hard to see is the textured chocolate chip circle...I did that with my Big Shot and texturz plate.  Again, it's a simple card, but I like it, especially the colors.

Ingredients:  Stamps~Lovely Letters Alphabet set; Ink~Chocolate Chip craft ink; Paper~Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Very Vanilla card stock, Juntos DSP; Accessories~Pretties Kit, metallic eyelets, Big Shot, sponge dauber, Stampin' Pastels, Crafter's Tool Kit, Glassy Glaze embossing powder, heat tool, VersaMark ink pad

Monday, October 12, 2009

Deal of the Week is Back!

Once again, Stampin' Up! is offering a Deal of the Week...only it's better than's DEALS of the Week!  This week, three fabulous Big Shot dies are being offered at a crazy discount:
Deals of the Week

Special Price
Perfect Setting Bigz XL die
Flower Burst Embosslits die
Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die

If you'd like to take advantage of this week's deals, be sure to call me, or hop on over to my website to place your order!

Monday, October 5, 2009

September Club Projects...Finally

I love this page.  It's so simple, but I love leaves and I love the colors.  I cut out the leaves using my Big Shot and the Leaves #2 die.  Then I ran them through the Big Shot again using the Perfect Details Texturz Plate.  Check out the close up picture to see the texture on the leaves.  The rest of the ingredients:  Stamps~Schoolbook Serif Alphabet; Ink~Old Olive classic ink pad; Paper~Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Old Olive, Kraft and Whisper White card stock; Accessories~Big Shot, Leaves #2 die, Perfect Details Texturz Plate.
This card uses a technique that's shown in the catalog on page 52.  It uses Watercolor Wonder crayons on Twill Tape.  It also gave me a chance to use the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, which is so pretty.   Here's what else I used:  Stamps~Thoughts & Prayers; Paper~Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy and Very Vanilla card stock; Accessories~Rich Regals Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Twill Tape, Scallop Circle Punch, Small Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimentionals, Sticky Strip

Now for Some Stuff I Like

Still losers, but winners in my eyes.  I loved the cards that I submitted.  I tried to use techniques and items that I don't normally use, which is part of the reason I'm proud of these. 

The first one is my Christmas card from last year.  I used Old Olive cardstock for the card itself.  The tree (and everything else) is from the Snow Swirled stamp set.  I love that set!  I used Old Olive and Real Red markers to color directly on the stamp, then stamped it on Whisper White cardstock.  The "star" at the top is the little snowflake from the set, stamped in silver.  It's nearly impossible to see, but I edged the white cardstock with a sponge dauber rubbed in the Old Olive pastel.  That piece is then mounted on Read Red cardstock and Brushed Silver cardstock.  I also stamped random snowflakes on the Old Olive card front with VersaMark.  The white snowflakes you see are stamped randomly (well, not randomly, but it's supposed to look that way!) on a clear window sheet with white Stazon ink.  I punched two holes at the top, through the window sheet and OO card, then threaded Read Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon through them for the bow.  I really liked this card, which is why I decided to include it in my submissions, rather than reinvent the wheel.  Again, simple, but with a wow factor.

This card is another favorite.  OK, they are all favorites.  I used the now discontinued Doodle This stamp set for this card, along with the coordinating Doodle jumbo wheel.  I stamped it onto watercolor paper with Chocolate Chip craft ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then, using Watercolor Wonder crayons and my aquapainter, I watercolored the flower and stem.   There is a jumbo eyelet in the center of the flower, and behind that, a little 1/2" circle of More Mustard card stock.  I used my Big Shot and Top Note die to cut out the white and More Mustard layers.  There is also MM pastel dabbed onto the watercolor paper around the edges.  The Old Olive strip was punched with the scallop edge punch, and is stamped using the wheel (above) and VersaMark ink.  The other card stock colors are Chocolate Chip and Elegant Eggplant.  Ribbon is 5/8" OO grosgrain.  This was the first card I made for this contest, and was so happy with the way it turned out.  It's a fairly large card...roughly 6"x6".  A fun size to try.

Friday, October 2, 2009


I'm having trouble posting the September club projects, so until I can do that, I'll post some more of my losing projects.  These are the two 3D items I submitted.  It's a lousy photo, so in case you can't tell, it's a votive globe.  What you can't see is that the shape of those flowers has been punched out (think tin punch look) all over the vellum windows, and then stamped in white all over the plexiglass windows (that are in front of the vellum.)  It looks a lot better in person.  At least to me.  Not to the judges :) Although as I sit here looking at it, I can think of five million things I could do to improve it.  It's all about the layers, apparently, and this project is sorely missing them.  Some buttons in the middle of the flowers would be a great place to start.
I'm not going to list any of the ingredients for the globe.  They were all SAB items from last year that are no longer available.  Sorry.

See, here's the problem with posting these so long after the fact...half of the materials used on the frame are discontinued as well.  I stamped some of the butterflies with the Flight of the Butterfly set (which is still available and now has a coordinating punch!)  I cut the bigger one out with my Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterflies die.  The ribbon is white organdy and green grosgrain (both still available.) I sewed the big butterfly's trail with my sewing machine and white thread.  And since I only used one of my daughters in the photos, I used the other's middle name for this frame.  Mostly because I didn't have the right letters for her first name :)