Saturday, March 31, 2012

Summer Smooches Wreath

Sale-a-bration ends tonight (Saturday, March 31st). So, now on to some new things. I've been wanting to make these "Fabric Rose Flowers" for a while now. So I went and looked at a bunch of You Tube videos on how to make them. I cut a piece of 2" x 23" piece of fabric and practiced & practiced. But for what ever reason, it wasn't working. Then, when I stopped thinking about it so hard, it finally worked. Yipeee! I did this while I was watching TV last night. So this morning I went to make the flowers for my wreath.......I was back to "not working".......What?? So, after a little more practice it came back to me. I think all the flowers are a bit different. But in nature the flowers don't all look the same, right??? I think, I'll stick with that!
So now, on to my wreath, what do you think? This is our new "Summer Smooches" fabric. You will be able to purchase this along with some other "Summer Smooches" items, dsp, ribbon, fabric brads, and a stencil. These items will be in our new Big Catalog coming out June 1st, but Stampin' Up! is giving you a preview and you can order them in April. How cool is that? Ok, back to the wreath, I'm so easily sidetracked.....I actually made the grape vine wreath a long time ago, when I was taking a floral design class. I had put it away and new it would be perfect for my fabric roses. The red & white Tulle was left over from my daughters wedding 7 years ago, April 2nd. I thought my roses needed some leaves, what to do, what to do.....The one thing I can cut free hand is leaves, perfect. Out comes my Lucky Limeade card stock, I cut a bunch of leaves in different sizes, sponge them (of course) and bingo!
Here is a close up of my flowers.
More close ups.
My husband said, why don't you make the center a different fabric. Hmmmmm, great idea honey!
I used up one whole package of fabric, with just a little strip left over. I did use a WHOLE lot of hot glue, no sewing for my roses. So now my porch has a brand new wreath, ready for spring.

Important Dates For You

Here are four very important dates you should know:
Saturday, March 31st
Sale-a-bration Ends
Last Chance to get FREE GIFTS
with your $50 purchase!
Sunday, April 15th
The Retiring Stamp List will be released.
Wednesday, April 25th
The Retiring Accessories list will be released.
REMEMBER: Retiring Accessories are on a
"First come, First Received" basis! When they
are gone, you WILL NOT be able to order
them again.
Thursday, May 31st
Last day for the current Stampin' up!
catalog. (Note: this is 1 month earlier than
stated on the catalog).

Friday, March 30, 2012

Thanks Cards

Sale-a-bration ends Saturday, March 31st. Have I convinced you that you need these Designer Papers yet? I used Kindness Matters stamp set. Its FREE during Sale-a-bration too! I've been selling all my old Sizzix dies, retired stamps and AccuCut dies on Ebay. I included one of these simple cards with each purchase.
Kindness Matters Stamp Set
Crumb Cake & Vanilla Card Stock
Everyday Enchantment dsp
Labels Collections Framelits
Pool Party, Peach Parfait & Poppy Parade markers
Soft Suede Classic Ink (for the Thanks)
Super duper easy! Its easy to place an order in my Online Store or contact me, I would be happy to place your order for you.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Starter Kit $125 Until March 31st

Don't forget, only 2 more days to take advantage of the Starter Kit for only $125, thats over $300 worth of product and supplies, plus you can choose FREE dsp of your choice or Digital Download each month through December. And if thats not enough, wouldn't you like to own this Dauber Case? First one who signs up will also get this from me. You only have until Saturday, March 31st. What are you waiting for??? I'd love to have you on my team!

Sale-a-Bration, Only Two More Days.........

Sale-a-bration is about to come to a close. Here are some cards we did at my last Stamp-a-stack. I am going to be really said when we can't get this dsp any longer.......only 2 more days. I'm loving all the cards made with these "flags", at least thats what I call them.
Here is what I used for the above card:
Curly Cute Stamp Set
Everyday Enchantment dsp, ribbon & brads
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Sof Suede Classic Ink
Large Oval Punch & the Flower from the Punch Pack
For the above card I used:
Vanilla, Pool Party & Peach Parfait Card Stock
Everyday Enchantment dsp
Sprinkled Expressions & Petite Pairs Stamp Sets
Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches
Next up is this Poppy Parade Card, here is what I used:
Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla Card Stock
Everyday Enchantment dsp
Fresh Vintage & Petite Pairs Stamp Sets
Beautiful Butterflies Die, Labels Collection & Edglits Framelits & Adorning Accents Embossing Folder
Large Oval & Scallop Oval Punches
Black & Vanilla Stripped Ribbon & 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon
My next card is cut at 4 1/4" x 11" scored at 2 3/4" & 5 1/2".
Here is what I used:
Mixed Bunch & Curly Cute Stamp Sets
Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla Card Stock
Everyday Enchantment dsp & brads
Lucky Limeade & Pool Party Classic Ink
Old Olive 1 /2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
Blossom, & 1" Circle Punches
Now, after seeing all these really cute cards, don't you need this dsp??? Of course you do. You can get it FREE with a $50 order (before shipping and tax), no limit. You can purchase from my online store or contact me and I would be happy to place your order for you. What are you waiting for? Only 2 more days. Sale-a-bration ends Saturday, March 31st.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sale-a-Bration, Only a Few More Days.........

Sale-a-bration ends this Saturday, March 31st. I've attached a couple of the items you can get for FREE with a $50 order (before shipping and tax). These Designer Series Papers, brads and ribbon are absolutely GORGEOUS! I will be sad when they are no longer available.
Anyone who places a $50 order or more (before shipping and tax) will receive one of these cards and I will also email you a tutorial on how to make this card using our Framelits dies. Now thats on top of getting a SALE-A-BRATION item free. No limit!
Thinking about "joining my team"? You only have a few more days to take advantage of the Starter Kit at $125 ($50 off regular price) and the FREE "Designer Series Paper of your choice or Digital Download" for the rest of the year!
And I'm going to make the deal even sweeter! The first person to "Join my Team" will also get from me, a Sponge Dauber Case and 12 Daubers, (a value of $18). You must join by March 31st to qualify for all these FREE goodies
You can visit my online store here to place an order, to join my team, or to just look at the catalogs. And as always, you can call me at 925-778-8266 or email me at,
Don't miss out on ANY of these FREE goodies!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blossom Builders Class

On Saturday I had my Blossom Builder's Class. This is what we made. This cute little tote to put our six 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards and envelopes made with the Diagonal Scoring Plate. Each person got 1 sheet of the Blossom Builders and had plenty left over to make more cards.
I will be adding the instructions tomorrow. Need to read up on how to put a pdf on my blog.
Attached is my class hand out with instructions on how to make the tote and the envelopes.

Monday, March 19, 2012

34th Wedding Anniversary

This is the card I gave to my husband for our Anniversary yesterday. We spent the morning at our Grandson's 3rd Birthday Party at Pump it Up! You know its one of those places that has the jumpy things. They all had a ball. Didn't really do anything else, but be together. Which was nice.
I love being able to make my own envelopes now, with the Diagonal Scoring Plate.
Here is a close up of the front.
This is the inside.
Here is what I used:
Framelits, Hearts Collection
Fashionable Hearts Embosslits die
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit die
Sweetly Said & Loving Thoughts stamp sets
Real Red, Whisper White card stock
Summer Smooches dsp (available April 1st)
Real Red Ink
Real Red button
Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine
Diagonal Scoring Plate
By folding your card stock in half and putting that fold just below the die, you can make a card with any die. Which is what I did.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Easter Bunny & Chick

I saw this bunny on Sandy Hancock's blog. Theresa Vargas made the bunny for their downline meeting, and I think was one of the winners. Can you guess what die the ears are made from? Yep, its the new Dresden Die. Who would of thought to use that die as ears?? I used the Fancy Favor box for my goodies. It worked perfect.
Here is what I used for the bunny:
Dresden die, ears
Fancy Favor Box, to hold your goodies
Heart Framelits die for her face (The largest one is the scallop)
2 1/2" Circle for her checks
1" Circle punch in black for her eyes
1" Circle punch in Pretty In Pink for her nose
White Gel Pen
Medium Cello bag to hold your goodies
Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon to close your cello bag
And these were originally made by Cindy Vila for Sandy's meeting. You have to scroll down a bit.
These are the items you will need to make them:
Extra Large Oval Punch (2) in Daffodil Delight
1 3/4" Scallop Circle, cut in half, Daffodil Delight
Boho Blossoms Punch (the small pointy flower) in Daffodil Delight
Small Oval Punch (retired) in Pumpkin Pie (You will need 3 of these, 2 for the feet, 1 for the mouth)
3/4" Circle Punch, Pumpkin Pie
2 1/2" Circle Punch in Lucky Limeade (2) one of them I used the Perfect Polka Dots EB folder
Owl Punch, in black, the 2 smaller circles
White Gel Pen
1" x 8" Skinny Bag
Candy to fill your skinny bag
I used Malted Eggs and they were a bit too big. Several of my bags split. I would use small jelly beans or M & M's.
Edited to add: for the feet you will punch a small oval and then put back INSIDE the Boho Blossoms big flower.
Don't forget to sponge everything! It really makes a difference!
TIP: Take a 3/4" x 10" piece of scrap card stock, fold in half. Put that inside the skinny bag to help you put your candy inside. So much easier.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mason Jar Gift

We only have 2 more weeks of Sale-a-bration left, so don't wait to place your order to get your FREE stuff. Order online, ANYTIME! Sale-a-bration ends March 31st!
I just realized that I forgot this last make n take from Leadership. I thought this was such a clever way to give some cards to someone. In a Mason Jar! And I love the flag!
Here is what I used:
Mixed Bunch & Loving Thoughts stamp sets
Blossom Builders Kit (page 18 of the Occasions mini)
Twitterpated Fabric (for the lid)
Baja Breeze c/s & classic ink
Daffodil Delight Button
Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine
Mason Jar
skewer for the flag
This goes together in minutes!
Here are the cards that go inside. They are 3" x 6" cards in Pink Pirouette. The only stamping is the Happiness which is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.
The flags are punched out using the Petite Pennants Builder Punch in Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze & Daffodil Delight and sponged with the Tea Stain spot that comes in our Distressing Kit which you can find on Page 203 of the big catalog. You will need to use your Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the "Happiness" on the flags that come with the Blossom Builders. The flag is stapled to the dsp & the Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine is wrapped around also and then adhered to the card base. Make sure you use the tea stain to distress all the edges.
This is such a fun little gift or hostess gift. You could even add a piece or two of chocolate!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Matching Notecards to put in our Purses from Yesterday

These are the note cards my Club Gals made to go inside their purse. All very simple. Plus we made matching envelopes to go with the note cards using the new Diagonal Score Plate.
EDITED TO ADD: These note cards are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". You can see the "purse" here.
This is what we used for our note cards:
Fresh Vintage(SAB) & Thank You Kindly stamp sets
Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment dsp (SAB)
Pool Party, Lucky Limeade markers and Classic Ink pads (also black ink)
1" Square, Postage, 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" Circle, Scallop Trim Border, Eyelet Border, & Flower from the Punch pack, Punches
Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon, Pear Pizzazz Pleated Ribbon
Basic Pearls

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stamp Club Projects!

When I saw these purses on Sandi Dailey's blog with a tutorial, I knew I had to make at least one. Sandi is also the demo that I got the Paper Flower idea from. I made my purse box an inch wider (where you can fit 4, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" note cards and envelopes. I wanted my note cards just a bit bigger with an odd size note card, because we used the new Diagonal Score Board to make our envelopes to match our purse. I will post those tomorrow.
Isn't this flower fabulous? I found that on Jill Olsen's blog. She has a video. These flowers are so much fun to make. The first purse is in Poppy Parade, this one is Lucky Limeade.
Here is a mini tutorial on how to make the flowers.
You will need 7 flowers punched from the Blossom punch. Sponge them all front and back. You will use 1 for the base and the others you will do like this:
Put the flower in your hand, spritz with water, then take your bone folder, (pointy side) and start twisting and cupping your hand. The flower will start to fold up a bit.
Like this. Then add one of our tiny little clothes pins to hold it together and let dry.
Once dry, you will take off the clothes pins and arrange on your other flower in a circle. I used hot glue. I put a glob in the center and then added each flower. (I forgot to take a photo). For the center of the flower, I used a 1/2" x 4" piece of Lucky Limeade card stock and cut up about three quarters of the way on the long side and rolled up. This will fit in the center of all your petals and cover up any holes you might have. The leaves are from the Blossom Builder punch. I punched 3 out of Lucky Limeade, sponged them and curled the edges, hot glued them to the flower and then hot glued the flower to the purse. Clear as mud? Leave me a comment with your email address and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.