Friday, July 4, 2014

KINDA ECLECTIC CARD:

 

Hello there! Happy 4th to you! Today's card is a compilation of several different projects that were featured in the last Stampin' Success~our demonstrator magazine. I used the set Kinda Eclectic, which intrigued me but I didn't order it right away. After I saw some samples I knew I had to have it! I started with a Very Vanilla base and stamped the starburst image in Hello Honey. Next, I stamped the background randomly with Soft Sky.

I added a piece of Epic Day Washi Tape and layered 2 pieces of Flowerpot DSP on top. I used the Big Shot and the Window Frames Framelits to cut out the label. I stamped it with the leaf image that I stamped off several times in Garden Green, and stamped the sentiment on top with Calypso Coral. I adhered it with Dimensionals. I then stamped the butterfly image with Calypso Coral ink and cardstock. I punched it out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

I finished it off with a small strip of Gold Sequin Trim and sprinkled around a few more sequins which I attached with Glue Dots. Collage cards are really fun to make and Kinda Eclectic makes it really easy to look like an artist:) I hope you have a fun-filled patriotic day! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMAZING BIRTHDAY FLIP CARD:

Hello there! Today I have a fun birthday card that moves to share with you:) I used the set Amazing Birthday~one of my new favorites. I started with a Crumb Cake base and ran it through the Big Shot using the Circle Card Thinlit Die. I used my Bone Folder on the score lines to get crisp folds. I then stamped the border along the top in Crumb Cake ink as well. I used the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch in Daffodil Delight and topped that with a circle cut from the Sweet Taffy DSP using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I stamped the cake image in Rich Razzleberry and punched it out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. I attached it with Dimensionals and added a pair of Brights Buttons. I stamped the pennant image in Pumpkin Pie, cut it out with Paper Snips and tucked it under the scallop.

I then stamped the sentiment image in Melon Mambo onto Whisper White Cardstock. I stamped the top image again in Old Olive, cut it out and adhered it over the Mambo.

I repeated the process with Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise. I found it helped to leave a tiny bit of a white border around the colorblocks to cover the Mambo ink.

Obviously I didn't figure that out at the top.

I added a couple more pennants from the DSP and attached them at the top. I added one of the fun little Basics Hodgepodge Clips on top.

Here's the message that's on the flip side. It may have worked better to use a piece of DSP for the pennant so there would be a design on the back side~I'll know for next time:)

I hope you enjoyed this fun birthday card which would work perfect for anyone. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JUST SAYIN' CARD:

Hello there! Here's a card that was a snap to put together. I got the idea from SU! somewhere along the way. I started with a Crushed Curry base and added another layer on top that I ran through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. I then used Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay Markers to color the bubble outlines onto Whipser White Cardstock and cut then out with the Word Bubbles Framelits.

I then cut out another bubble from the Flowerpot DSP. I stamped the sweet little heart in Tangerine Tango and the sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay from A Dozen Thoughts. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the sentiment centered, and I SHOULD have used it for the heart.

I attached the top bubble with a couple of Dimensionals and tucked a Crushed Curry Baker's Twine bow underneath with a Glue Dot. I sprinkled a couple of Candy Dots and Basic Rhinestones around for fun:) And that's all there is to this fun card! Stop back tomorrow for a birthday card that's perfect for anyone. Time to get back to my ice cream~we had 2 of Quinten's favorites tonight~ipe peam & tatos(tacos). Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

THOUGHTS & PRAYERS CARD:

Hello there! I used up the last of my sympathy card stash, so I figured I'd better get busy and make some more. I used the set Thoughts & Prayers, which has been around for awhile, but I added some brand new products as well. I started with a Crisp Cantaloupe base and used the Big Shot along with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder to add the detail along the edge. I added a piece of Lullaby DSP, which I wrapped with the yummy Gold Satin Ribbon before I adhered it.

I cut out the label using the Labels Collection Framelits and stamped the sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar~a perfect match to the gold ribbon. I then used Markers in Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe & Baked Brown Sugar to color the stamp and stamped the image onto Whisper White Cardstock. I used the Festive Paper-piercing Pack, Mat & Tool to add the detail.

I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels and attached the label with Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding a bunny ears bow and attached it with a Glue Dot.

I wanted to let you know about the 'Buy 3, Get 1 Free' DSP Promotion that starts today and runs through July. See more details here: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=1999

Also, 6 of the Blendabilities colors are available to order today: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie & Rich Razzleberry.

Make sure to check back over the next several days as I have more projects to share with you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

INDEPENDENCE DAY!:

Hello there! You'll notice I don't have a project to share with you today, but I do have something I want to share. I've decided I'm going to discontinue Card Nights and holding events. People are just too busy and unable to commit. If I had just 1 person who was committed every month, I'd continue, but unfortunately that isn't the case. It's with a heavy heart that I made this decision, but it seems times they are a changing. I can remember looking so forward to my monthly Card Night before I was a demonstrator. I knew which night of the month it was and I didn't schedule anything else ever for that night. I totally understand how busy and overcommitted everyone is; I just don't want to keep putting this business ahead of my family and my responsibilities when noone else makes it much of a priority in their lives.

To be honest, I'm a bit relieved this has happened. I don't enjoy holding events. It's extremely stressful for me! I don't like being a leader or teacher and being responsible for everything to go smoothly. I much prefer to share from a distance:) I will continue to blog and share ideas. I'd like to eventually learn how to make videos and maybe offer some on-line classes. But that will be far down the road, if ever. I'm not sure if anybody looks at this anyway, lol.

I will continue to offer 'Cards/Kits To Go', and offer discounted prices for Club Members and downline, but I cannot do the stamping. I've made exceptions for those who give me business but can't attend occasionally, but I'm not in compliance with SU! when I do and I don't want the SU! police to haul me away:( 

I will continue to stay an active demonstrator, so if you want to continue to order with me, let me know and we can combine orders to save on shipping when it works out or you can always order online. I will no longer eat the higher shipping charges though($6.95 for orders under $70. Once the total hits $70, the lower 10% shipping kicks in.) If we put an order in as a workshop or Club, it charges the lower shipping amount. I will continue to run Clubs if there's enough people interested, but I don't want to have to send multiple emails requesting orders and payments and I won't tolerate someone holding up everyone elses's orders any longer.

There's so many aspects of my life that I have no control over~like the crappy moods~thank you 'Mentalpause'! But I've decided to take action and do something about the parts that I can change. I'm finally giving myself permission to start enjoying the journey and getting rid of the things that bring me grief. Maybe I've been watching too much Iyanla, but I'm going to own my responsibility in making my life what I want it to be. That way I can let go of the resentment when I try to blame others for my circumstances:)  My people-pleasing days are over and I'm going to learn to say no when I want to~thank you menopause for the extra hormones or testosterone or whatever it is that's giving me this fire(literally, sometimes:) I'll probably be horrified in a week when I reread this, but for now I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and I can breathe. I'll see you when I see you. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Friday, June 27, 2014

JULY CARD NIGHT SNEAK PEEKS:

Hello there! Just popping in to share this month's Card Night Sneak Peeks with you. The first card is a Get Well card using the Just Sayin'/Word Bubbles Bundle. We'll be breaking out some new DSP & Baker's Twine:)

We'll be making a lovely sympathy card using Thoughts & Prayers and you'll get your hands on the new luxurious Gold Satin Ribbon.

You'll also get to take home a fun birthday card that moves:) It features the brand new set Amazing Birthday and it's perfect for anyone!

We'll be making another card using the set Kinda Eclectic, but I'm still waiting on it to get here.

Card Night will be Thursday, July 3rd. Please let me know by this Sunday, June 29 if you plan to attend. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WEDDING FAVORS:

Hello there! My mom is getting remarried today and I'm ready 3 hours early, lol, so I thought I'd share the favors I made with you. I used a retired die-Petal Card or something like that. I like to hang onto dies that make quick & easy projects for occasions such as this. You probably noticed these aren't typical wedding colors~they're their high school colors. They got together while planning high school reunions, so they thought this would be a fitting theme.

I used Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight Cardstock. The sentiment is from Sketched Birthday and stamped in Night of Navy I ran them through the Big Shot with the Bitty Banner Framelits to cut them out. I used various DSP Stacks for the decorative paper.

I used Daffodil and Night of Navy Seam Binding and other ribbons as I didn't plan well and ran out of the seam binding. I used the Petite Pennants Builder Punch to pop out 300 pennants and glued them onto toothpicks. That took me longer than I thought and just got them finished up today!

It's a bittersweet day for me. I'm trying to be happy for my mom but my dad is heart-broken over losing the love of his life. He went over and wished her well and told her he hopes she'll be happy. My sister is home from Virginia for the wedding and it's hard to think about all of us being together without him:( I have to sing 3 songs today and I need to keep these kind of thoughts out of my head or I'll be in trouble. Wish me well that I can make it through the ceremony in one piece. Looking forward to that wine afterwards:) Thanks so much for stopping by:)