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March 2010

Guys Have Birthdays, Too!

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit. 

With one exception, my March calendar is full of birthdays for guys.  Namely my husband, son, nephew, and son-in-law.  I looked in my stash last week for a "guy card" and realized that I needed to replenish; all the "guy cards" were gone.  Fortunately, the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack provided just the right inspiration to make a quick stack of "guy cards."


Since "guy cards" tend to favor strong colors, I knew that the Taken With Teal background papers in the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack would be perfect.  I ran a few pieces through the Big Shot to make a stack of Top Notes and sponged the edges of each one with Taken With Teal.  I adhered each Top Note to a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock; I rounded the corners and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip so that there would be an easy transition to my Chocolate Chip base card.  Two slots were punched into the Top Note/Sahara Sand and a piece of Pumpkin Pie Striped grosgrain ribbon was run through and tied off at the bottom.

The focal point of the card is the stacked packages image from Happy Moments, a stamp set that you can earn for FREE only during Sale-A-Bration (with a qualifying order of $50 in merchandise).  This image is stamped with Basic Black ink four times:  on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock and on three scrap pieces from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack.  The 'happy birthday" image is also stamped with Basic Black on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock just below the stack of packages.  The images stamped on the three scrap pieces of paper are cut apart and then one package from each paper design is attached to the stamped image (in its corresponding location) with SNAIL.  The edges of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock are sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The edges of a piece of Whisper White cardstock are sponged with Taken With Teal and then attached to the Top Note slightly higher than center.  The Pumpkin Pie cardstock is attached, centered, to the Whisper White cardstock.  Holes are punched in the corners of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock using the 1/16" hole punch and Silver Vintage Brads are inserted and set.  The focal piece is then attached to the base card, using Stampin' Dimensionals, approximately 1/4" from the top, left and right edges of the card front.


The Happy Moments packages are stamped on the lower left corner of the envelope front using Basic Black ink and the packages are colored with Stampin' Up's Many Marvelous Markers in Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and Sahara Sand (similar to the package colors on the card front).

A quick and simple card in strong colors with hardware (the metal brads) thrown in for good measure.  It doesn't get more guy-friendly than that, does it?

Have a great week!  I need to get a few of these cards in the mail (one of them is already late...).


Stamps:  Happy Moments; Inks:  Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Taken With Teal; Many Marvelous Markers:  Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments:  Silver Vintage brads, Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Top Note die, 1/16" hole punch, 3/16" corner rounder, horizontal slot punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Enter to Win in the Mystery Hostess Event!

You're Invited!

What:  Mystery Hostess Event

Who is Eligible to Participate?  YOU!!

When:  Friday, March 12, through Friday, March 26, 2010

Winners Announced:  Saturday, March 27, 2010

We're down to the last few weeks of Sale-A-Bration and I want to make sure that you've had every opportunity to earn one (or more) of the more than 70 great items available for FREE with a qualifying merchandise order of $50.  To give you that opportunity, I'm conducting a Mystery Hostess Event.

Here's how you can participate:

  • Select merchandise from the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog, Occasions Mini Catalog, or Decor Elements Catalog and place an order with me.  If you don't have a catalog, just click on one of the catalog icons on the left sidebar.
  • If your merchandise order is $50 or more, be sure to select one of the more than 70 FREE items available in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  If you don't have a Sale-A-Bration brochure, just click on the Sale-A-Bration icon on the left sidebar.
  • Phone or e-mail me your order before 9 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010, and your eligible!

Hostess Benefits are Shared!  Everyone who submits an order during the Mystery Hostess Event is automatically eligible for a drawing to distribute the Hostess Benefits.  The number of winners who will share in the Hostess Benefits is dependent upon the total merchandise ordered, so the greater the number of people to submit an order means that there's the potential for more Hostess Benefits to distribute!

Door Prizes!  For every $10 in merchandise ordered, you'll earn one ticket for the Door Prize drawing.  If your order exceeds $50 in merchandise, you'll receive an additional ticket for the Door Prize drawing.  This means that if you submit a merchandise order of $50, you'll qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item AND 6 tickets for the Door Prize drawing.  There will be one Door Prize drawn for every 10 tickets in the pot. 

There are lots of opportunities to win in this event, so be sure to participate!  Now is the time to knock a few items off your Wish List; you may end up with a whole lot more than you planned!

For additional information, please be sure to contact me for assistance.


Important Note:  Orders placed on-line at the Stampin' Up! store do NOT qualify for this event.

A (Soft) Subtle Challenge

Hello!  It's bright, it's sunny, it's warm!  It's Spring!  Woohoo!

I am so excited!  For the first time in weeks I was able to walk around outside, in the morning, without a jacket or sweater.  Wow!

A few weeks ago I featured a card made for a challenge to use one color in the Stampin' Up! Bold Brights family, Basic Black, and either Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  Today's post is for another challenge, this time to use one color in the Stampin' Up! Soft Subtles family, Going Gray or Basic Gray, and either Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  I don't use the Soft Subtles or Gray colors as a card base very often, so I knew that this one would definitely be a challenge.  I mulled this over for a while and finally decided on Perfect Plum, Going Gray, and Whisper White.

I used the sketch design from Diva Coffee Break Designs (DCBD167) to help me get started and then started thinking (obsessing) about a focal point for the card.  Then it hit me:  Think Spring!  So as I'm looking through stamps, my eye traveled up to the Big Shot and I realized I had a Bigz die that I hadn't used yet.  What could be more Spring than a Daisy? 


The card base is Going Gray cardstock.  The lower card front is punched with the Pinking Hearts Border punch and then backed with a strip of Perfect Plum cardstock.  A floral bunch from the Tiny Tags stamp set is stamped with Perfect Plum above the punched border.

Two pieces of Whisper White cardstock were run through the Big Shot with the Daisies #2 die and all the flower petals were sponged with Perfect Plum.  The daisies were stacked on top of each other using SNAIL and a Perfect Plum flower punched with the Boho Blossoms punch was used for the center.  A 5/16" Whisper White brad was used for the center of the flower.  The tag that hangs from the flower center with Linen Thread is stamped with images from the Tiny Tags stamp set using Perfect Plum and Basic Gray inks and punched with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch and a Crop-a-Dile (for the 1/8" hole at the top of the tag).  Mini Glue Dots attach the daisy to the centerpiece mat stack of Whisper White, Going Gray and Perfect Plum.  The mat stack is attached to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 


The floral bunch (Tiny Tags) was used to stamp two Perfect Plum rows of images along the left side of the Whisper White envelope.

I really like the way this card turned out!  I'll have to admit, though, that it will probably be another day before I can get the rest of the Perfect Plum ink stains off the side of my left index finger (used to rest the diasy petals while sponging) after sponging the petals of 72 daisies.  The nail brush removed most of the ink, but there's still a bit of a stain that remains. 

The price we pay for our passions...

Edited to add:  I was selected as the Featured Artist for the Diva Coffee Break Designs Challenge #167.  Thanks to Kirsten and the staff from DCBD for the recognition!


Stamps:  Tiny Tags; Inks:  Basic Gray, Perfect Plum; Cardstock:  Going Gray, Perfect Plum, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 5/16" Whisper White brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Daisies #2 Bigz die, Crop-a-dile (1/8" hole punch), Paper Piercer/Mat Pack; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Dots, Shine and Bling

Hi there!  Last week was a crazy week...working your way through a bad cold and sinus infection really takes a toll.  Today I'm finally feeling like I'm moving forward towards "normal."  I'm sure the warming trend is a major contributor; after weeks of jackets and wind chills, it's FINALLY in the 70's.  Woohoo!

Today's post features the second project from Sheila's workshop.  Sheila and her friends are avid scrapbookers and asked that I incorporate some fun ideas into a scrapbook project for the workshop.  For me, fun means bright, colorful and shiny.  These 6" x 6" pages certainly hit the mark!


The pages use a base of Real Red cardstock.  The border is created by matting a strip of Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper with a strip of Real Red cardstock and Cameo Coral cardstock.  The edges of the Cameo Coral cardstock are punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  Two pieces of Whisper White grosgrain ribbon were knotted together and the ends split at each end of the border.  (The ends are folded to the back and held in place with a bit of SNAIL.)  The borders are then attached to the base pages.  The embellishments are stamped with the scallop circle image from Vintage Labels in Real Red ink on Cameo Coral cardstock.  The left page embellishment features a Medium Clear Rhinestone brad inserted into a button, a Real Red cardstock circle, and the label punched with the Scallop Circle punch.  The right page embellishment is also stamped with the scallop circle image from Vintage Labels in Real Red ink on Cameo Coral cardstock.  This embellishment features a Styled Silver brad inserted into a Whisper White cardstock circle, a Real Red cardstock circle, and the label punched with the Scallop Circle punch.  The embellishments are attached to the pages with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I encouraged the scrapbookers to wait to place the page embellishments until after they mounted their photos.

I also reminded the workshop participants that techniques used for scrapbooking frequently translate into great card fronts.  (A snippet of info that was passed on to me by my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood, and demonstrated with the scrapbook page shown here.)  By scoring the page at the 3" mark on the edge perpendicular to the border, you can create a 3" x 6" card.  


I placed the page embellishment on the border and stamped a sentiment using Basic Black ink.  The scallop circle label was stamped a couple of times on the envelope front using Real Red ink and a small message was placed in the center of one of the labels using Basic Black ink.  


I had a wonderful time meeting Sheila and her friends and hope to work with them again very soon.  They all agreed that well-placed design elements--whether on a scrapbook page or card front--make the difference when you want to create a project with visual impact.


Stamps:  Vintage Labels, Heard From the Heart; Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red; Cardstock:  Cameo Coral, Real Red, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper; Embellishments:  Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, White/Clear 5-petal flower button (Button Latte), "Genuine" brad (Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Scallop Circle punch, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Scallop Trim Border punch; Other:  Small Open-End Whisper White Envelope

Friends and Neighbors

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit.

It's hard to believe that it's already March!  Where is the time going so quickly?  This weekend I conducted a workshop for Sheila and her friends.  What a lively and fun group!  Today's post focuses on one of the projects we made during that workshop. 

The card design was inspired by a sketch I saw on Sandi MacIver's blog.  The stamp set choice was made to recognize the visit of some dear friends and former neighbors (they are escaping their home in Cumberland, MD, for a warmer climate; I certainly hope that the warm climate shows up for them while they are here!).



The great thing about this card and envelope is that they are quick and easy to make using simple stamping techniques, a little bit of cutting, and layering using a few punches.  The houses and tree stamp images come from the Good Neighbors Stamp Set and the decorative paper comes from the Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper pack.  One or both of these items is available to you FREE until March 31, 2010, during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration promotion with every $50 in merchandise you order from Stampin' Up!  In fact, these are only two of the more than 80 items you can choose from!  Sheila and her friends were quick to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration opportunity.  AND thanks to her friends, Sheila was able to choose an additional Sale-A-Bration item because her workshop merchandise sales exceeded $300! 

Be sure to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration by booking your workshop today!  If you live on Florida's Space Coast, I'd love the opportunity to meet you and your friends!


Stamps:  Good Neighbors, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay Textured, Crushed Curry, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments:  Crushed Curry 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 1 3/8" square punch, 1 1/4" square punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope