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August 2010

Still Batty for You!

Here's another cute way to package some Haloween treats. 


Stamps:  Batty for You
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper:  Basic Gray, Black, and Whisper White
Big Shot: Milk Carton die, Spider Web embossing folder ( NEW! Holiday mini catalog)
Punches:  Bitty Bat punch, Scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches
Extras:  Mini Library clip (this is holding the mik carton closed) Black grosgrain ribbon, teeny tiny red rhinestones (Thanks again Mary!)

I cut the milk carton out and then ran it through the embossing folder.  I don't think this was a good project to show off the embossing folder but not to worry I will be showing you more ways to use the folder in the near future.  The milk carton is a perfect size to give someone a small treat or two. 

Have a great day and stamp something cute and tell me about it!


I know it seems too early to show Halloween projects but October will be here soon!  I also wanted to continue in my quest to use all my new goodies from the big catalog and also throw in a sneak peek or 2 from the Holiday mini.  That reminds me, did you get your copy of the Holiday mini?  If you haven't please let me know and I will get one to you. On to the project!

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Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Black Stazon
Paper:  Wicked Fun Specialty paper, Black, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Candy Wrapper die (NEW in the Holiday mini)  
Punches:  Bitty Bat Large
Extras:  All 3 of the Smooch sprays, Moonlight Smooch accent ink,  Black grosgrain ribbon, wire

I smooched sprayed each of the bats with a different color fo spray.  I even sprayed the ribbon with the silver smooch.  I cannot seem to get a picture of the shimmer so you will just have to come by and check it out.,  I used the Moonlight Smooch ink to make the bat's eyes.  I thought the Smooch ink applicator would be like a nail polish brush but it is a little firmer which makes it easy to make small dots or accents.  Instead of making the candy wrapper box I folded up one of the ends to make a box just like the sample on pg 10 of the holiday mini.  This makes this die even more versatile! 

I have another Halloween idea for you so check back tomorrow!  Till then, go stamp something cute and tell me about it!


Snowflakes in August?

I could not resist.  I know I said I was going to work on samples with my new "big" catalog supplies before I played with my new Holiday mini supplies but I had to try this one out!  This is  a new embossing folder that will be available in just a couple of weeks when the Holiday mini catalog goes live. 

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Stamps:  Snow Swirled (sentiment)
Ink:  Black Stazon
Paper:  Cardstock Vellum, Brushed Silver, Basic Black, Whisper White
Big Shot: Northern Flurry embossing folder
Extras:  Basic Rhinestones, Black Satin Ribbon, Shimmer Paint Frost White and Platinum
I brushed on shimmer paint to the embossed snowflakes.  It really adds and makes the snowflakes stand out even more.  Check it out when you come by. 

You should be receiving your Holiday minis soon!  I know it seems like I have been promising that for so long.  Check back with me and I will be showing you more sneak peeks soon!

Back to the Word Play Series

Here's a quick birthday card that would work for anyone.


Stamps:  Word Play
Ink:  Not Quite Navy and Poppy Parade markers
Paper:  Level 1 Hostes Designer Series In Color Paper Pack, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Big Bold Cupcake Sizzlits
Embellies:  Basic Rhinestones

I am off to do some stamping. Check back and see what I made! 

Recycling and the Big Shot

Yesterday I was out and about with a friend and we stopped in a grocery store so I could buy some ribs for the BOY"S (aka my son) homecoming dinner.  While we were there I found some cuuute candy and hopefully I will share a project featuring them, unless I eat all the candy first.  As we left the store there were a bunch of vending machine and I saw some pretty soda cans.  This reminded me of a project I wanted to try using my Big Shot.  I purchased 3 cans of soda.  I really only wanted one can to try this project out but the vending machine was pretty darn cool and so I had to buy 2 more cans, good thing I ran out of coins!  Now I was on a mission to find  more pretty drink  cans (yes, my friends are so kind and indulge my obsessions) so we stopped at another store and I found 3 more really pretty ones.  The bad part was I really did not want to have to drink all the drinks so  my friends "volunteered" and we each took a can to drink. 

Here is the can AnneMarie drank. I think it was Mango Ice Tea.

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Paper:  Peach Parfait, Garden Green and Basic Black
Punch:  Scallop edge
Big Shot: Daisies # 2

I cut off the top of the can and then down the side and then cut off the bottom.  The edges can be a little sharp  so don't do what I normally do and run your fingers along them.  I ran a single layer of the soda can through the Big Shot.  I was able to get 2 of the large and medium daisies and 1 small daisy.  The circle in the middle is from the large daisy.  I used mini glue dots and dimensionals to assemble the flower layers and  attach them to the box.  Once I ran  the can through the die the edges no longer felt sharp. 

Here's the can Gail had to drink.  Now this one was a sacrifice cause it was some kind of energy drink.  I hope you got to sleep last night!    You see how we suffer?

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Paper:  Basic Black and Melon Mambo
Big Shot:  Matrchbox die and Blossom Party (click here for another idea using this die) and the Perfect Polka Dot folder

I love the color of this can, I just wish the contents were yummier. 

Here's the can I drank which was Blueberry Ice Tea.

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Paper:  Marina Mist and Basic Black
Big Shot:  Blossom Party die
Wheels:  Very Vintage JW(jumbo wheel)  
with a white ink cartridge.

I am pretty excited about how these turned out and I have more cans that I want to run through the Big Shot.  I am hoping that the BOY will help me drink some of them.  Now don't be alarmed if you see a short shadowy figure going through your blue recycle bins it is just me checking for pretty cans to cut up! 

Check back tomorrow when the Word Play series resumes!

Word Play continued

Thanks for coming back!  I have  2 more cards to show you using the Word Play set.  I have to tell you that this has been a lot of fun for me to do.  Soemtimes it is easier for me to stamp if I limit the possibilities.  Does that make sense? 

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Stamps Word Play
Ink:  Pacific Point
Paper:  Whisper White, Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack and level 1 Hostess Designer Series Paper pack In Colors! (seriously this is a great paper pack and only available to hostesses)
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder
Punches: 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" and 2 1/2" (in the Holiday mini!) circle punches


Yes, it is only August but before you know it it will be December! 

Stamps:  Word Play
Wheels:  Jolly Jingles (JW in the holiday mini!)
Ink: Early Espresso and Poppy Parade (I did not have a blank cartridge to ink up so I rolled the wheel over the ink pad.
Paper:  Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Brushed Silver, Level 1 Hostess gift Designer Series Paper Pack In Color
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Magnetic Movers and Shapers Punch Windows
Punches:  Ornament punch, 1/2" circle, Scallop Edge border
Embellishment:  silver cord (retired)

Check back for more form the Word Play set!

Word Play

It has been a little bit since I last posted.  The summer is flying by and there is a lot going on.  I will tell you all about it soon. 

In the next few days you should be receiving the Holiday mini catalog.  I hope you like it as much as I do!  I was sharing with my buddy, Linda (hi Linda!)  that I kinda went a little crazy when ordering from the the Holiday mini catalog (yes, demonstrators get to order early from the minis!)  She told me that she exercised a lot of control and only ordered a few things.  Huh?  She explained to me that she still had stamps that she had not inked up from the new catalog so until she did she was not going to order more.  Again, huh?!  Well,  I decided to put all my new goodies that I had not played with yet in a seperate bin and focus on getting some samples made with those sets  before I played too much with the really NEW stuff. 

The first set I decided to work with is Word Play ( page 147).  This was another one of those sets that I had to have on my first order.  I love the bold images and knew I could  use it to make some manly cards. I wanted to make the cards pretty simple and really showcase the images. Here are a couple of the cards I made.

008 copy Stamps: Word Play
Wheels:  I (Love) Love  (JW-jumbo wheel)
Ink:  White ink cartridge, Early Espresso
Paper:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
Big Shot: Movers and Shapers & Punch Windows(this is the largest heart), Scalloped Heart of Hearts,.
Punches: Full Heart punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon and Whisper White Organza ribbon

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Stamps: Wordl Play
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Pacific Point markers
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, and Brights Patterns Design Series Paper Stack ( pg 175)
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder and Floral Fusion sizzlit
Punches:  Scallop Edge  Border
Embellishments: Circle Fire Rhinestone brads

I think this would make a fun class, maybe a Stamp a Stack.  Let me know what you think!  Stay tuned and I will show you more samples from the Word Play stamp set!

I Have My Eye On You!

Seriously isn't the new Owl punch the cutest thing ever?  I knew I had to have it and you know I think you do too!.  Some of you are thinking well, it is cute and all but how will I use it?  Here's a quick idea for you.

Stamps:  A Word for You page 158
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper:  Sunny Garden DSP and Whisper White
Big Shot:  Scallop Circle, Clear Circle, and Perfect Polka Dot folder
Punches:  Owl punch and Dotted Scallop Ribbon

If you have changed your mind and need to order the Owl punch give me a call or click here and head on over to my website.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sweet and Sour and Paper Daisies

Who knew that Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie would look so great together?  I love the designs and color combination in the Sweet and Sour Specialty paper.  The colors and design look so fresh and happy.  Here's a quick and easy card using the Sweet and Sour paper and Paper Daisies another new embellishment in the Stampin'Up! catalog.


Stamps:  Just Believe
Paper:  Rose Red, Sweet and Sour Specialty paper, and Very Vanilla
Ink:  Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie
Punches:  Scallop edge
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dot Embossing folder
Embellies:  Basic Rhinestones and Paper Daisies (page 188) 

There are 40 Daisies in every package, 10 each of 4 sizes.  On this card I used the 2 largest flowers.  The daisies are white and can be colored in many different ways.  Here I lightly sponged the daisies with Pumpkin Pie ink and then went over the edges with Rose Red ink.  They take the colors well and it is really simple to do.   In the fuutue I will share with you other ways to color the daisies.  I love that I can customize them to fit the project.  You will definitely be seeing me using these a lot in the future.  If you would like to order your own package of daisies contact me or visit my online store here.