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September 2012

Another Swap Card

Here is the other card I made for the women in my downline who attended the Tacoma WA Stampin Up Regional.   It too is a copy of a card I made and shared earlier.  

Tacoma regional swap 2

This is probably my favorite one that I made for them to swap.  I am still loving the little polka dot flower.   If you want to know more about the card please check this post for more information.

I know you are expecting more details about the Tacoma Regional but unfortunately I am writing this on Friday to post  on Sunday.   We are on a little adventure that I will tell you about soon. 

Tacoma WA Regionals!

Today is the Stampin' Up!  Tacoma, WA Regional!  By the time you read this I will be immersed in the fun and excitement that accompanies any Stampin' Up event.  I will try and remember to take pictures but I tend to get caught up in the moment and forget.  I am really excited that some of the women in my group will be attending and for a couple this will be their first Stampin' Up event.   I have been thinking about what to give them as a gift and on Thursday it came to me.   I decided to make them cards to swap.  Not a lot but just enough to get the feel of what it is like to swap.  I think most demonstrators love to swap and it is such a fun  that I wanted to be sure they all had the opportunity to experience it.  

Here are two of the cards I made .  If they look familiar it is because I pretty much copied cards I had made in the past with just a few changes.

Tacoma regional swap 1
Tacoma regional swap 3
I made one other design for them to swap and I will share that with you tomorrow.  I want to also remind you that the awesome Back to Spool promotion will be ending at the end of the month, which is like tomorrow,  so be sure to place your order today!

Stippled Blossoms Birthday Makeover

I have had this Stippled Blossoms card on my desk for awhile.  There was just something about it that I was not happy with.  Today I decided to work on it and see what I could figure out.  It was also one of those days that I just could not seem to get started so it was easier to work on a re-do then start from the very beginning.    


Stippled Blossom houndstooth redo

The only product I used that was different was the ribbon.  Unfortunately this is a retired ribbon, Early Espresso taffeta.    I have to tell you what I just did.  I looked in the catalog and looked under the wrong type of ribbon and thought that Early Espresso Taffeta was current.  I then went to my ribbon shelves and started to move ribbon from the retired shelf to the current shelf.    I now have to move the ribbon back to the retired shelf since I was looking under the wrong category.  Don't ya hate it when that happens?

Here is the inside of the card.

Stippled Blossom houndstooth inside redoSo, what do you think?  I hope I made it better.  I am now putting the card away.  I don't think it can take being torn apart again.

Dress Shopping Update: The shopping trip was succesful and she found two dresses that she loved.  She bought one for Homecoming and the other for prom.   All I can say is that Homecoming dress shopping is not for sissies!  It was a fun day and I was so tired when I came home. 

Bright Blossoms and the Perfectly Preserved Flower

I am a pushover for polka dots.  I love the little polka dot apple in the Perfectly Preserved stamp set in the Holiday catalog.    Don't get me wrong I love the whole set but a polka dot apple sealed the deal for me.  I was planning a card  with the apples but got sidetracked.   

Bright Blossoms oval frame

So, do you see the Perfectly Preserved apple?  Well, it has taken a new shape and is now a flower.

                                        Bright blossoms and perfectly preserved apple Bright blossoms and perfectly preserved appleflower dieBright blossoms and perfectly preserved flowerjpg

Now you can make polka dot flowers in any color.  

Bright Blossoms oval frame closeup

I also stamped the apple in Pool Party ink and punched out a smaller flower using the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.  

Here are all the supplies I used:
Stamps:  Bright Blossoms
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Summer Smooches DSP, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Chevron folder, Designer Frames folder, Cannery Set Framelits
Ribbon: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding
Extras:  3/8" Designer Printed Brads 

As always if you have any questions about this project please contact me and I will do my best to help.  

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It is hard to believe that Christmas is 13 short weeks away!  Don't panic there is still time for a handmade Christmas.  I am here to help and next Wednesday I will send out my first 12 Weeks of Christmas email.  What is the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails?  Every week starting on October 3rd for 12 Weeks I will send  out an email that will feature a Christmas card, gift or wrapping idea.  This is my way of thanking my mailing list subscribers.  

These ideas will not appear on my blog or Facebook page.   If you would like to receive these emails you need to to become a subscriber  to my mailing list.  How do you do that?  Go to the left hand side of my blog and fill out the form and it will take you through the necessary steps to be a part of my mailing list.    Be sure to follow the entire process to make sure you are on my mailing list.

Don't delay and sign up now for the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails!

Joyous Celebration 4 Square

It has been a busy few days!  Sorry to be absent.  I am gettting ready to go shopping for a Homecoming dress with my "niece".  It will be fun and a new experience since I had a boy child who did not like going shopping.

Here's a quick share of a card I have been working on.

Joyous Celebration

If you have any questions leave me a comment or send me an email.  Gotta run there is a special dress that we need to find!


Window Frames Framelits Layers

I really like the look of the layered Window Frames and decided to make a list of all the measurements of the the layers  and leave it in the case that holds it.  As long as I remember to open the case and pull the list out I won't have to measure it again.  Here's a sample of what the layers look like.  

The smallest Window Frame ( will refer to as frame 1)  layers with a 1-1/8" sqaure
Frame 2 layers with a  2" sqaure
Frame 3  layers with a  2-1/2" square
Frame 4 layers with a  2-7/8" square
Frame 5  layers with a  3-3/8" square
Frame 6 layers with a  3-7/8" square

  Window frames framelit layers

Hope this list will be useful to you and maybe even save you a minute or two looking for a ruler!  If you don't have the Window Frames framelits yet you can order them through my online store  and  remember you receive a FREE spool of the 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon with every $40 purchase.    Sweet deal and another good reason to shop!



Window Frames Framelits Meet Button Buddies-Round 2

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  Today's card is very similar to what I posted on Sunday! It is almost like the game where you need to find 6 things that are different between the 2 pictures but here there really is only one thing different.  

Window Framelits meet Button Buddies 2
I couldn't decide if the big layer of red and white polka dots was too busy.  When I covered some of the polka dots up with the black cardstock it certainly toned it down but maybe too much?

Stamps: Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Polka Dot Parade, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Stripes Folder,Window Frames Framelit
Ribbon1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 

Window Framelits meet Button Buddies 2side

Do you fiddle with your cards a lot or are you quick and decisive?  I am working towards quick and decisive but I have a LONG way to go!  Have a fabulously creative day and if you need any crafting supplies let me know!

Window Frames Framelits Meet Button Buddies

Have you noticed I have totally given up on clever titles?  Someone told me that the title of the blog post is very important and I needed to work on coming up with better titles.  I tried for a little while and realized I could either try and strain my brain tryng (emphasis on trying) to come up with something clever or write the post.  I opted to just write the post and hope for the best.  

Button Buddies vase with dots

I love the layering behind the Window Frames framelit.  I learned that trick from Mary Ammar. The black layer behind the Window Frames framelit is a 2-3/8" sqaure.   Fun and an easy way to really focus on the cool shape of the framelit.

Stamps: Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Polka Dot Parade, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Window Frames Framelit, Delicate Designs Folder, Large Scallop Edgelit
Ribbon: 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 

I have not used Button Buddies very much lately.  I used to be obsessed with the big flower image.  You can look at  other samples by looking under the Categories in on the left side of the blog and find the stamp set.   Click on the name and it will bring up all the posts that mention Button Buddies. Here is a link to one of my favorite cards using Button Buddies.   Have a wonderful day and be sure to stamp something cute and tell me about it!

Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP Not Just for Halloween

I love the Howlswtooth & Scaringbone DSP in the Holiday catalog.   This is one versatile paper pack.  It is perfect for your Halloween projects but also works well for manly projects and basically for almost any occasion.  The designs are pretty classic and there are 2 fabulous polka dot designs and you know I love me some polka dots!  I needed to make some simple but elegant cards.  What could be better than gray, vanilla and a little hit of red?

Howlstooth dreams
Super simple and a breeze to make.  Love the liitle bit of red glimmer paper and that super fun Glimmer Brad!

Howlstooth dreams side

Here you can se that the front is cut  1" shorter so you can see the Dare to Dream sentiment from the Loving Thoughts set.   This is a great card idea when you need a bunch of cards in a hurry.  No one will know that the paper was designed for Halloween.  Nothing scary about this package of DSP except for the name.

Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, Red Glimmer paper
Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Scallop Edge Border
Extras: Brights Glimmer  brad

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