Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Leadership Gifts!

Here are a couple of gifts I received from my friends at Leadership
Steph made this frame using the Everyday Enchantment dsp from SAB & several stamp sets. So cute! Can't wait to hang it up!
This year I roomed with someone I hadn't met before. Rosie and I had a great time together. This is what she made for me, along with a really nice note. She used the bags from the Clearance Rack to hold all my goodies. Her swap card won in the contest SU had. She got some dsp for winning. I can't remember which one.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sale-a-Bration Starts Today!

I'm so late getting this post done. Still recovering from Leadership Conference & Regional Seminar.
So excited that Sale-a-bration (SAB) starts today. I have so much to share with you. Leadership was FABULOUS! I was able to see/meet some of my cyber friends, meet new friends and talk with some demos who I admire. I also talked with some of the gals from the Home Office of Stampin' Up! It was so nice that they took the time to talk with me. Shannon West talked with us 2 nights in a row. And Stampin' Up! really knows how to spoil us. OMG! We got so much stuff. The bag we received is awesome. Maybe we will get this fabric in the next big catalog........
Oops, I forgot some stuff. Yes, we even got some home made chocolate, that was in that cute Fancy Favor box.
And this portfolio was with our make n takes. Same fabric, hmmmmmm, and we got a stamp set to match. Can't show you yet. So cute! Shelli (Co founder of SU) even signed the tag!
And here it is opened.
So, you can see how Stampin' Up! spoils us at all of their events. That doesn't even cover the wonderful lunches we were served at Leadership. SU thinks of EVERYTHING!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tea Shoppe Birthday Card!

Still stuck on Pear Pizzazz & Pool Party....Funny how I thought these colors did not go with each other......
Edited to add: I used my markers to color in the flowers with Pool Party, then the rest of the card with Pear Pizzazz. Its not perfect, but still looks good.
This is a birthday card I made for a special friend.
Here is what I used:
Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Very Vanilla card stock
Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB)
Tea Shoppe stamp set (Occasions mini)
Pear Pizzazz & Pool Party markers and Classic Ink
Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Square Punches and Window Word Punch
Brad & Ribbon Pack (SAB)
Adorning Accents Embossing folder
Labels Collection Framelit die
White Bakers Twine

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thank You Card!

Well today I leave for San Antonio for Stampin' Up's! Leadership Conference and Regional Seminar. I will try and post while I'm gone as time permits. You know I need to get my beauty rest.......
Here is a thank you card. It seems I'm stuck on Pear Pizzazz & Baja Breeze.
Here is what I used to make the card:
Tea Shoppe & Cute & Curly stamp sets
Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla card stock
Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB)
Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink
Adorning Accents Embossing Folder
1 1/4", 1 3/8", Modern Label & Flower from the Punch Pack punches
Baja Breeze 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon
Basic Pearls, Large Pearls
White Bakers Twine

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Boxes for my Leadership Gifts

If you saw my post from yesterday, you saw the flower pins I made for my leadership gifts. Well, I couldn't just give the pins........I wanted a box to put them in. That way they wouldn't get damaged getting them to leadership and then on the way home. So I found this great blog by Connie Stewart. She has come up with a great formula to make up ANY size box you want using the Simply Scored Board. Check out her blog, she has lots of great stuff on it.
For all my box tops I used:
Paper Doily Sizzlit die
Designer Rosette die
Timeless Portrait or Twitterpated dsp
Blossom Punch for the leaves
3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon for the center of all the flowers. I just rolled it up and secured it with hot glue. You need just a tiny bit or you will burn your fingers.....ask me how I know.......
All my boxes have a Crumb Cake bottom and the top is the same color as the flower. So this one is for Patty (she has already seen it, then I took it home by mistake....). For her flower I used the Timeless Portrait fabric, so I used the same dsp for the Medallion.
This one is Baja Breeze & I used the Twitterpated dsp for this one and the rest of them.
Pear Pizzazz.
Island Indigo.
And Riding Hood Red.
Using the Rosette die to make these medallions is so easy and fast. Make sure you check out Connie's blog. She is a genius for making the boxes!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Leadership Gifts!

I made these flowers into pins for my friends that are attending Leadership. They are super easy. I originally got this flower idea from Sandi Dailey. You stamp 6 Sunflowers using the Sunflower Stamp (big stamp) on First Edition Specialty Paper, cut them out. You need to cut up into every 3 or 4 petals. Then spitz each one with water and scrunch them up. Carefully unfold and let dry. Stack them and glue together with hot glue.
Now for the fabric flower. You need 2 pieces of fabric. One is about 1 1/2" x 12" & the other in coordinating fabric, 2" x 12". You will accordion fold each piece using a strip of card stock cut at 1/2" x 11". This will be your guide. I sprayed mine with a little spray starch and ironed every few folds. Then you will cut each one in half diagonal. You will have enough for 2 flowers. Clip from the cut side down a bit on each fold. Lay them one on top of the other and make a running stitch all the way down and cinch it up and tie in a knot. Then grab the beginning and sew together. This will give you your flower. Add a brad or button to the center. I hot glued the fabric flower inside the paper flower and added a pin back to the back of my flowers. Check out Jackie's video if you need a visual. I know I do!
The first flower I used Timeless Portrait fabric and Antique Brad. I originally stamped the sunflower with Cherry Cobbler Ink, but it came out pink when I spritzed it. So I turned the paper over and stamped the Sunflower in black. When I spritzed the black flowers the Cherry Cobbler ink bled into the black. I liked this better than just the Cherry Cobbler.
For the rest of the flowers I used Twitterpated Fabric in the Occasions Mini. This Sunflower was stamped in Riding Hood Red. For the center I used a Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch in Pear Pizzazz and an antique brad on top of that.
This Sunflower was stamped in Island Indigo ink and I used another punch and green Brad is part of the Ribbon & Brad Pack you can get FREE for Sale-a-bration.
This flower was stamped with Pear Pizzazz, another punch and the Twitterpated Buttons.
This final flower was stamped with Baja Breeze ink with another brad from the Ribbon & Brad Pack for Sale-a-bration.
Thank you, Sandi and Jackie for your flower ideas!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Leadership Swap #4!

Edited to add: This post was supposed to post on Friday. Not sure why it posted earlier. So now they are out of order.......
I love these two colors together, Pool Party & Wisteria Wonder. The butterfly is made using the new Blossom punch in the Occasions mini. You punch out flower, then cut 2 of the petals (opposite of each other) off, add a brad and call it a "butterfly". Pretty cool, wish I thought of it. Actually Stampin' Up! thought of it. You can see it on page 16 of the Occasions mini catalog. I don't have the Mixed Bunch stamp set yet because that is one of the stamp sets we will be getting in our Leadership bag, Yeah! Who doesn't love FREE rubber????
Ok, so here is what I used:
Elementary Elegance Stamp Set (SAB
Sweet Shop dsp (Occasions mini)
Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party & whisper White c/s
Wisteria Wonder & Basic Black Classic Ink
Scallop Squares Duo die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
Sweet Shop Brad
Curley Label, Scallop Trim Border & Blossom Punches

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Swap #3 for Leadership

This card I sort of cased from myself........I've seen many versions of this card as well.
Here is what I used:
Take It To Heart & Candy Conversations stamp sets
Whisper White, Riding Hood Red c/s
Real Red Classic Ink
Riding Hood Red 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon (LOVE THIS RIBBON, 4 colors to choose from in the mini)
Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Adorning Accents embossing folder
Perfect Details
This was a super easy card to make. The perfect Details adds a little sparkle to the embossed hearts don't you think?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz! I Like it!

I needed a birthday and thank you card today, so I challenged myself to use something that I wouldn't normally. For me, I thought, Pool Party & Pear Pizzazz did NOT coordinate. See the dsp in both cards, they both use this color combo. That still didn't sell me..... until I made these two cards. Thanks to Mary Brown for the cute little bow. She has a great tutorial.
The first card is kind of a case from myself. I changed a few things, well a lot of things. First I cut the scallop using our new Edgelit die, and coordinating embossing folder. LOVE IT! I cut a small piece of the Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB) for the inside. Then I colored in the tea cup, from Tea Shoppe with my markers using Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz, cut it out. I used a hobby blade for the handle, it wasn't too hard. Especially for me, since I seem to be "hobby blade" challenged. Once the tea cup was cut out I layered it on one of the Label Collections dies, ran that through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder and glued that down to my card. Then the tea cup was put on with dimensionals. I love how it looks there really is a tea bag in my cup. Thanks to Jackie Topa, I saw it on her blog first. And the bow just finishes it nicely!
This next card, same stamp set. I wanted to use the 3 tea cups separately. So I had to stamp it twice, as I could punch out the 1st and 3rd ones fine, but that left the middle cup a bit short. So I punched those using the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered it on a 1 3/8" circle punch in Pool Party. I embellished each cup differently, Pearls, Bakers Twine & a little flower punched out with a Pearl inside. The Thank You is from Curly Cute, that is a must have stamp.....I punched that out with the Modern Label punch. Now that I have all my embellishments done I used the scallop Edgelit embossing folder on the side and added the same dsp (Everyday Enchantment, SAB) for the rest of the front. Don't you love how the new Pleated ribbon looks on this card? Totally makes the card. Then I added the Pearls inside every other one of the scallops.

Swap #2 for Leadership

This next card was inspired by two people. I first saw Lisa Lange's card, and then Jackie Topa. I'm loving the new Framelits, Label Collections.
Here is what I used:
Tea Shoppe Stamp Set, (Occasions mini)
Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB) & I LOVE this dsp!
Poppy Parade, Pool Party & Whisper White c/s
Poppy Parade & Pool Party Classic Ink
Framelits Labels Collection, Adorning Accents, (mini) & Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders.
Pool Party Seam Binding, (Mini)
Everyday Enchantment Brad
1" Square punch
White Bakers Twine
Thanks to Lisa and Jackie for their inspiration!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Birthday CASED card!

You might think this is the same card as my swap card. Pretty darn close! This is for a friends birthday this week, so I made it into a card. Used the opposite side of the dsp and added "it's your day".
So here is what I used:
Outlined Occasions Stamp set (SAB)
Soft Suede, Pool Party, Coral Calypso & Whisper White
Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB)
Soft Suede Classic Ink
2 3/8" Scallop Circle, Window Word, Cupcake punches
Adorning Accents embossing folder (Occasions mini) & Square Lattice embossing folder
3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Coral Calypso
Paper Crimper (for bottom of cupcake)
You need to stamp and add your dsp before you run it through the Square Lattice EB folder then add your other elements, and don't forget to sponge!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Leadership Swap #1

I have been working on everything that I want to take to Stampin' Up!'s Leadership & Regionals in San Antonio this past week. We leave on the 17th and I'm getting soooooo excited. So for the next week or so I will be sharing my swaps, roommate gifts and more.
Here is my first swap.
Here is what I used:
Outlined Occasions stamp set (SAB)
Soft Suede, Pool Party, & Whisper White c/s
Sweet Shop dsp
Soft Suede Classic Ink
2 3/8" Scallop Circle & Cupcake punches
Lattice Square & Adorning Accents (SAB) embossing folders
Coral Calypso 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
Dazzling Details for the sprinkles on the cupcake
Make sure you stamp and add your dsp before running it through with the Lattice Square EB folder, and don't forget to sponge!
Sale-a-bration (SAB) starts on January 24th and you will be able to order all things SAB, FREE (with every $50 you order, before tax & shipping).
Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

More Cards, More New Stuff!

Here are the rest of the cards we did on Tuesday for my Stamp Club.
On this card we ran the Everyday Enchantment dsp through the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then sanded it so you could see the embossed area better.
Here is what we used:
Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB)
Vanilla & Lucky Limeade card stock
Calypso Coral & Lucky Limeade Classic Ink
Paper Doily Large Sizzlit die (Occasions mini)
Fresh Vintage (SAB) & Cute & Curly stamp sets
Everyday Enchantment Brad (SAB)
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral & Pool Party Bakers Twine (mini)
This Doily die is to die for!!!!! I LOVE it!
This next card is a card I saw on someones blog and don't remember who......This was a super easy card and the girls really loved this one.
Here is what we used:
Whisper White & Real Red card stock
Take it to Heart (mini) & Always Elegant stamp sets
Real Red Classic Ink
Hearts Collection Framelits (mini)
Adorning Accents Embossing Folder (the ones with the hearts, mini)
5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon
Here is what we used for the last card:
Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White card stock
Bordering on Romance stamp set (mini) & Outlined Occasions stamp set (SAB)
Adorning Accents Edgelit die (mini)
Adorning Accents Embossing Folder
Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride & Riding Hood Red markers
Black Stazon Ink
Corner Rounder
I LOVE all our new dies, and I haven't even shown you all of them. But now you can see for yourself. You can go to my online store to see the mini catalog. The SAB catalog won't be live until the 24th. If you haven't received a mini catalog or SAB catalog and would like one, please email me with your name and address. I would be happy to mail one to you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stamp Club Cards! All New Stuff! Occasions Mini Goes Live Today!

My Stamp Club meets the first Tuesday of the month. I will be sharing with you the cards we are doing this month.
This first card I CASED from the Occasions Mini on page 18. I changed the color of my card stock, the flowers and also the stamp set. These flowers are so cute and you can find them on page 18 of the mini called Blossom Builders. You get 2 sheets of all these pre-printed flowers, in 8 different colors for $$9.95, over 60 flowers and did I mention, a sheet ofPink Rhinestones?
Here is what I used for the card above:
Rich Razzleberry card stock & ink
Blossom Builders
Square Lattice Embossing folder
Curly Cute stamp set
Next up I used 3 stamp sets for this card.
Outlined Occasions (SAB) stamp set, Take it to Heart & Bordering on Romance (Occasions mini)
Pool Party & Very Vanilla card stock
Poppy Parade, Pool Party ink (who knew these colors go so well together?)
Everyday Enchantment dsp (FREE with a $50 order)
Hearts Collection Framelets (Occasions)
Adorning Accents Edgelits die & Embossing Folders (Occasions)
Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon (Occasions)
Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack (FREE with a $50 order)
Large Oval Punch
I LOVE our new Edgelits dies, Framelits dies & what about that GORGEOUS ribbon!
Thank you Stampin' Up! for another WONDERFUL mini catalog & SAB!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fabric Flower Card! Oh My, So Easy!

Today is the last day to order from the Holiday Mini!
When Stampin' Up! released the Occasions Mini, and the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalogs (a perk for being a demo is, you get to pre-order before the mini goes live) I loved the fabric flower on page 11 of the SAB catalog. Wondering, how did they do that? Well, Jackie Topa, (fellow demo and awesome at punch art) made one and did a video. Yipeee! I'm all about visual directions. These flowers are so easy to do, with just a bit of hand sewing. Check out her video.
Here is what I used to make my card:
Black, Very Vanilla, & Cherry Cobbler card stock
Timeless Portrait dsp & fabric (for the flower)
Happy Greetings stamp set
Antique Brads
3/8" Riding Hood Red Pleated Satin Ribbon (Occasions mini) (Love this new ribbon)
Decorative Label Punch
Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch
Top Note (for inside of the card) in Very Vanilla
Needle & Thread for the flower
Thank you Jackie for doing a video on how to make this flower!
Wait to you see what I did for my gifts for Leadership.....hint: fabric flowers!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Every New Years Eve, I make Surprise Buns. My Mom used to make these for my sister and I. They are so easy, but take a while to make, because the dough needs to rise.
Start out with Hot Roll Mix (or any bread dough).
Mix according to directions on box. Then while the dough is rising you fry up some hamburger, onion. Drain, salt and pepper and then added the shredded cabbage. Let the cabbage wilt by covering and heating on low.
This is what the meat mixture should look like.
Roll out your dough and cut into about 4 inch squares, add meat mixture into center and then fold opposite corners and pinch in the center.
Set them on a cookie sheet and let rise again, then bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until brown. I forgot to take a photo of the finished ones......darn it.
Make sure you cover them with a dish towel to keep them warm until its time to bake. We had a fruit salad and Cesar salad with our Surprise Buns. We always butter the buns before we eat them. My daughter likes to use Ranch Dressing instead of butter. My SIL uses Ketchup, but then he uses Ketchup on EVERYTHING!
When our kids were still at home, my husband made cinnamon rolls for dessert. Can you say, YUMMY?
Hope everyone has a GREAT New Year! Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting me!