Thursday, November 28, 2013

Many Thanks!

Thankful to the bountiful blessings I have received throughout the years: a family who completes me, wonderful friends, old and new, for the wisdom and laughter they share with me. Lastly, my gratitude to life's experiences for as tough and as surreal as they have been made me the woman that I am today - continuing to embrace this deck I have.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Joyful Tidings

In a couple of days, it will be Thanksgiving. Oddly enough, the cards I have been making are for Christmas. That's how much I love this holiday! It doesn't mean that I like Thanksgiving any less.

Today, I share one of the holiday cards I showcased at the Holiday Boutique. I love the combination of Pool Party and Real Red mounted on my all-time favorite layer, Crumb Cake. I accented the sides with designer paper from Season of Style from the Holiday Catalog.  The Christmas tree stamp is from a retired set, Holiday Tag Team, embossed in white. I thought to combine Basic Pearls and Candy Dots from the Brights Collection. The sentiment is from Christmas Messages. To finish off the card, I drew a white border using a white pencil.

Enjoy this little creation from me. Know that I'm always thinking and cooking up new cards for everyone to serve as an inspiration for you all.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Awesome Holiday Sale Starts Today!

The goodness just keeps on coming! Stampin' Up! just announced its Holiday Sale going on starting today, Nov. 20 through Dec. 2.

In addition, three awesome products are on sale at 30% off for a limited time. Orders must be in by tonight, 11/20 before 10:50pm.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Feeling the Love

Hello there!

I have been away from my sandbox for about a month and being able to play in it again in the past week was refreshingly therapeutical! While life's routines and circumstances are constant variables in our playbook, there is no reason why indulging in our hobbies and other activities we love to do shouldn't be a part of that as well. I know you know all this already; it is more of me talking out loud and giving myself my own advice.

I have my Tramps to thank for pushing me to go out there and keep playing. This weekend was our last workshop for the year. I have to tell you that I truly enjoyed myself to be in the company of fun loving women. Our gracious hostess with the mostest kept our bellies filled with the unlimited supply of feel-me-good scrumptious food (thanks, Janine!). Oh and let's not forget those margaritas who have done a fine job of making me tipsy (among others) almost instantaneously!

For this workshop, Janine made a special request to create holiday tags. When I first heard of the request, I had a smile on my face. While I have never made a tag in my SU! life, I had a few ideas floating in my head and also looked to my Stampin' Pretty Pals galleries for inspiration.

We made our holiday card first. I have always loved snow scene cards, perhaps because we hardly see them in our neck of the woods. There are so many wonderful tutorials online but the one I recently discovered is this snow scene technique by Heather. I went for the festive colors of Christmas - Old Olive and Real Red using the Warmth & Wonder hostess set from the 2013-2014 Holiday Catalog and embellishing it with the Cherry Cobbler baker's twine. Janine had a great idea to spruce up this card by adding a snow star in silver gel pen and putting a rhinestone in the center. What an awesome, creative finishing touch! I just love it!

Next on the list is the much awaited tags. I created three for our class. There was a lot of Big Shot cranking going on and my sore arms are testament to that (even with my dear friend, Ulrika's help). They were a hit and SU! is busy filling those Chalk Talk framelit orders.

What a way to end our workshop year. This is the good stuff, the reason why I came back and decided to do workshops - meeting wonderful people along the way. Honestly, while my creativity comes from within me, it is fueled by those who believe I can do it. Thank you for that!

What's next for me? Well, I am getting ready for the Holiday Boutique Fair at my daughter's school for next weekend. I have over 200 cards and tags to showcase. I will post my creations this week until the end of the year. So watch out for those.

For now, I shall leave you momentarily but promise to be back with awesome goodness!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In Honor of SU's 25th Anniversary....

Not that we haven't been celebrating year-round, because we have. Check out the "Best of 25 Years" stamp sets available for each month. The ultimate celebration starts today, October 23 through October 28: 25% off 25 stamp sets. That stamp set that is sitting on your wish list is now ready to get off it and be in your crafty little hands very soon! Take advantage! Can't wait to play with them very soon!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Party More. Get More. Treats for Everyone.

For those who want to host a party in October, get something a little extra...

For our stampers who are ready to seize their opportunity as demonstrators, here's a little nudge....

Fly, Fly Butterfly

Well there went September! I was here, I was there. I was moving so fast I was convinced I was in two places at once. Well, maybe that was the adrenaline talking. In any case. I'm happy to say that I met all my commitments and everyone is happy. I was even able to squeeze in some play time with my tramps last Saturday. I do have to say that it took me a while to redirect my serious self to my playful self. It was a much needed break and so nice to see everyone.

I challenged myself to not use my beloved Big Shot. After all, there were cards made pre-Big Shot days, and they were beautiful! And I came through I hope. Thank goodness for the Papillon Potpourri  set that came just in time for me to play with.

I went two-tone on the first card using Island Indigo and Whisper White. The 3D butterfly is my focal point  stamping it once on paper and making a cutout to apply over the stamped image. I finished it off with Basic Pearl Jewels and Frost White Shimmer paint for a more dramatic effect. The Blooming with Kindness stamp set makes for a perfect backdrop for this card.

The second card is my Ode to Summer (although I'm not sure it wants to leave our area -- we're having a heat wave this week). I used strictly Whisper White on this card. The stripes are made by applying Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry using Sponge Daubers and masking them on the card. To add a little bit of flair, I made a mosaic of butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set with fun corners. The sentiment and brushed scroll is from the Happy Day stamp set.

There have you it. Hope to be ramping up on making more cards pretty soon. I have a Holiday Fair to attend and our next workshop both in November!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Items on Clearance Rack

Seriously, folks!

Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack for awesome deals!

And....magnetic platforms are now available to order! For those who are attached to their Big Shot and use the metal framelits a lot, this tool helps the framelits to stay in place. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing projects made with the Stampin' Up! tools we love. 
You should have just left stop number 7 on the Pals Hop - Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness. If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Brayered Silhouette at Halloween
Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, French Script (retired); Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper WhiteInkpad: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Versamark; Accessories: Black embossing powder, Basic Pearl Jewels, White organza ribbon, Stampin' DimensionalsFavorite Tools: Brayer, Labels Collection Framelit Dies; Techniques: Brayering, masking
The next stop is Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter, stop number 9 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


Complete Blog Hop Line Up List: 
    1. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
    2. Shirley Sumption at Look at My Cute Stuff
    3. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
    4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
    5. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
    6. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
    7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
    8. Maria Flores at Maria's Sandbox
    9. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
    10. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
    11. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy
    12. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
    13. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
    14. Peggy Noe at
    15. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
    16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
    17. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
    18. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
    19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
    20. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
    21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
    22. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
    23. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    Holiday Cards

    Our much awaited Stamp-a-stack happened on a very beautiful sunny afternoon in Monterey. The town was busy with the County Fair happening on the other side while the ladies went to town with card making: all twenty-four of them.

    Below are the cards that I taught at the event:

    Truly Grateful

    Stamp sets: Truly Grateful, French Script (retired); Cardstock: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Whisper White; Inkpad: Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Versamark; Tools: Soft Suede tafetta ribbon, regular oval punch, scallop oval punch, circle collection framelit dies, black embossing powder, Stampin' dimensionals;

    Stamp sets: Christmas Collectibles stamps & punch; Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Old Olive, Silver Glimmer; Inkpad: Silver Metallic; Tools: Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Leaf Sizzlit die, Expression Thinlits Die, silver ribbon

    Other than my legs feeling jello at the end of the day, I had a lovely day making these cards with our stampers.

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Where was I???

    Hi all.....miss me??? The past couple of weeks had just been filled with memorable family events and with school that started right around the corner, my time for blogging just got sucked out of existence. Temporarily, that is. This does not mean that I haven't been stamping. No way! In fact, it's the opposite. I have just done two workshops last week and not to mention preparing for the Big Stamp-a-stack event that is happening this Saturday. Feeling a little pressure but that's when I work the best so I welcome it!

    Enough of such talk, let's show off some cards from the workshop already! Doing a workshop coming from a vacation was quite an event to pull. My dear friend, Ulrika hosted the workshop and as always, I enjoyed meeting new people from this event and was happy to see familiar faces! It took some time to whip out the first card but I was happy with the results. I heat embossed Serene Silhouettes and brayered over it with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango. To highlight the image, I used the Label framelits collection to pop a window. The sentiment is from Happy Day and finished it off with candy dots from the Brights Collection. Love how this card came together!

    The second workshop this weekend was pretty special and challenging! What do I do to keep the attention of five naturally charged six year olds at workshop like mine??? I had some ideas in my head but didn't really know how and what would click with these kids. I wanted to do punch art and had the kids put them together. Thank goodness for Pinterest or I wouldn't have a clue where to begin. These cards are CASED with a little tweak from me. I prepunched and pre-embossed the papers beforehand so the kids could focus on their cards. I also brought a set of birthday stamps in case they wanted to use them.

    For the bee card, I used googlie eyes from Michael's and glimmer paper for the wings. What a fun fun card!!!

    The next card was just appropriate for what ever is left of summer. I used Sweater Weather desginer paper for the scoops of ice cream and cone.

    The punch art was a hit but which was great. What blew my mind, however, is that they had a better time stamping the sentiment on the inside of the card than working with punch art. Go figure!!!! I should have just brought clean cardstocks and a couple of inkpads and let them go to town. Ayyayaay!!!

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Happy August 1st!

    Happy August 1st everyone! What exciting things are coming our way? Let me see..

    The Holiday Catalog is finally here! Thank goodness I can finally put a product in front of the gabs and card teases I have been doing for the past couple of weeks.  Not only is the catalog loaded with cool new products, it is also interactive. On page 5 of the catalog, you will find instructions to download the Layar app on your mobile device, scan a page of the Catalog that has the interactive icon and voila, a video plays related to that particular product. Check it out!

    New products at SU! Don't forget to check out the Thinlits Card Dies that just became available today. So many possibilities with this die! For details, check out the Feature Spotlight section and when you are ready to order, click here.

    It's unbelievable that we are almost three-quarters of the way done with 2013! Time flies fast, especially for me. It was only in April that I re-joined SU! I remember being overwhelmed re-familiarizing myself with the products and learning of new ones. What kind of cards should I make? How do I keep myself "in the know?" I credit a very supportive group in my upline, Angie and the Pretty Pals for that. It was nothing short of fun as I reconnected with old friends and keep meeting new ones.

    As much as I dislike for time to go faster than it already is, I am stoked for August 31st to come for our quarterly Stamp-a-Stack event. Ever since the first one happened three months ago, I can't stop talking about it to my Stamp Tramps and now I have them all excited. This is like our monthly workshop but on 'roids! We are talking 6 designs, 24 cards total, people. Bring it on! I will have more information for you in the coming week, so hang tight.

    Happy Stamping!

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Mojo Monday 304

    Tonight I needed to play and I thought Mojo Monday would be the perfect medium to satisfy my craving. I have been lurking at this website for awhile and finally took advantage of the challenge tonight. Below is the sketch for Mojo Monday 304:

    And here's my take on it:

    The colors are inspired by an ensemble I'll be wearing in a couple of weeks at a wedding: Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate. I masked the On the Spot (retired) background in Smoky Slate on the same color cardstock to create the wide strip. The Sweet Spot (retired) circles are stamped in Calypso Coral.

    For the spotlighted image, Spec-tacular is stamped in Basic Gray on Whisper White (the circle is cut out using the Bigz Original die). One of the glasses is stamped in Calypso Coral, cut out, popped up and glazed with Crystal Effects. The sentiment is from One in a Million. It is finished off in Calypso Coral baker's twine.

    There you have it.

    Thanks for such a fun challenge!

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    Triple Treat!

    Helen is our hostess with the mostest for today's workshop. Finally had a sip of that wine from Peju. Thanks for the treats and libations!

    What started out to be a crummy day for some of my Stamp Tramps (the highway was a parking lot!) turned out to be one of the best days for stamping and chatting up with the ladies just made my afternoon.

    I waited so long for today to come so that I can share with the ladies what I had been cooking up especially with the goodies from the Holiday Catalog. Last week, I gave you a sneak peak of the card we would eventually make.

    Here is the full card using a punch and striped folder from the Holiday Catalog (which are available to order beginning August 1st). The card uses Smoky Slate (for the bottom mount), Pool Party (embossed in Stylish Stripes) and Whisper White using Gorgeous Grunge for the background and A Word for You (retired) for the sentiment. The cupcake (from A Cherry On Top, retired) is embossed in Pool Party and accented with Dazzling Detail for that pop and then mounted on a scalloped square in Basic Gray.

    Check out what the girls came up with! What an eye candy!

    The second card is one that I entered into a CAS Challenge for the Pals group. I sat in my craft room for a couple hours trying to figure what I should do for a clean and simple card. And I came up with zippo. Crickets. I walked away, watched an episode of my new favorite show, "Drop Dead Diva" and came back to my sandbox. I just started cutting, putting scraps of paper in my brand spanking new Hearts Embosslits die and started putting  things together. In ten minutes, I came up with this and uploaded for the challenge and decided to share with the girls. On Crumb Cake, I stamped the lines from Gorgeous Grunge and used twine knotted at the ends to mount the hearts. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

    This was such a treat as the ladies came up with their own versions of the card. They are all alike yet so different. Each card was perfect! I couldn't stop looking at them.

    This is the hostess at work! Only a few months into this addiction and she's working it like a pro! Could that bling she's sporting have special powers??? Heeeyy...! Sorry, Q, couldn't resist...this was such a perfect shot. It is my duty as MOH to bring this to light.

    This card couldn't have enough hearts!  Not bad for not stamping in a long time, Denise.

    As a treat, there was a special request to make the Chicken card (happy to oblige, Janine!) that I showcased in a previous post. The girls whipped this out so quickly before I could say, "Wow!" Can you guess whose card is the rebel card? Hint: Her chicken is on the wrong side of the road. Haha! Love it, Ulrika! Well, in reality, they are all rebel cards as they put their personal touches on them. Just look at that black border on Anna's card. It just made the chicken pop! This card uses the chicken(s) from Best of Cluck (retired). The image is stamped in jet black Staz-On ink and watercolored in Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive using Aqua Painters. It has three embossed layers: Whisper White is embossed three-quarters of the way in Perfect Polka DotsDaffodil Delight embossed in Honeycomb and the black strip of border is punched in Dotted Scallop.

    This day turned out fabulous. Even with traffic dampening the afternoon, the girls got to take home three cards and I have a dress for a wedding (thanks for the suggestion - now on to find that coral belt to accent my dark gray dress)! I'm forever thankful for your company and your friendship.

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    MDS, How I Love Thee!

    Many moons ago, I discovered digital scrapbooking while still doing stamping. I was immediately hooked especially when I realized there was no mess to be picked up and that I could have unlimited use of paper and embellishments. I was able to create an annual photobook for my daughter. As an unfortunate result, I slowly weaned away from stamping and got into digiscrapping exclusively. Que horror! I know.

    Fear not, I am not about to do that again. However, I am tickled pink to know that Stampin' Up! has expanded its realm into digiscrapping with My Digital Studio ("MDS") during my hiatus from stamping. I am now just coming around to check out this product and I have to say that I am pretty impressed with its features. The ease of use of the software, the coordination of the digital stamps and exclusive colors with the actual products and the availability to turn them into printed mementos are just some of the positives that I got out of this product. I made my first page from MDS with a favorite recent photo of my daughter and the poem I dedicated to her.

    Watch out for more creations out of this bad boy. :) If you want to dabble into it, take advantage of thirty-day free trial offer from SU!. Then let me know what you think of it!

    Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA 165

    I have been admiring the creations made on Pals Paper Arts Challenges and today I am inspired to join in on the fun. Come play along if you will.

    Here is the sketch for this week's challenge:
    Here is my card:

    Some products featured on this card are from the Holiday Catalog that I am excited to introduce on my next workshop. They will be available to order on August 1st.

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Organize Much?

    My dad used to always say, "if you want to think with a clear head, then have a clear surrounding." When I want to think up of new card ideas, I bunker up in my stamping room and organize like I'm nesting! This weekend, I took the opportunity to catch up on organization ideas I had been mulling over for awhile.

    • Waste not, want not. I wanted a great home for leftover cardstock so that I do not have to dig aimlessly for when the need arises, wasting time and effort. I got my label maker and made tags (I wish this was a clear label) by punching a square scallop for each color of SU! cardstock. Now it's not so messy.

    • Visualize your plan. If you can't already tell, I'm a visual person. In cardspeak, that means I have to be able to see what best colors my card would look like. The Color Coach that SU! sells is perfect for this (which I may end up getting). Until then, I created my own color swatch from leftover scraps I had. I made 3x3 squares, punched a hole in the corner and bound them in white organza ribbon. Now, visualizing my next card just got a tad easier. 
    • Know thy clear block. Now that I have a home for my clear mounts, it doesn't help that I don't remember their label name or size. I took the original label that they came in and stuck them in the caddy! Referencing the right mount with the stamp just got simpler.
    • What's in your closet? For this, I commissioned the help of my most esteemed colleague for a cool summer project, my daughter. She took an inventory of my stamp sets and typed them up for me. It took her two weeks to finish (due to subsequent firing and rehiring following a renegotiation of contract). Hehe. I took this list and made a board on Pinterest and a .pdf version so I have access to them all the time.

    Now onto the good pre-order from the Holiday Catalog came and I have had a chance to play. In fact, here's a sneak peek of what we will be playing on Sunday. Notice anything new you might like??

    The Annual Stampin' Up! Convention just wrapped up today. My upline, Angie, has been updating us with highlights and upcoming products. I cannot wait to try them. Here's a taste of what Convention 2013 was like and all the upcoming goodies that are in store for us.

    One more thing...I wanted to cheer myself up for having missed Convention due to schedule conflicts (though I couldn't fathom attending in my prior life; it looked overwhelming!). Now I know I could have had so much fun with Angie and Kalyn so I'll make sure to make it there next year. When I first saw this stamp set, I knew what I wanted to do with it. When I got it, my plan sort of went off tangent. Nonetheless, I chugged along and I am pretty happy with the final outcome. It made me smile. The techniques used here are brayering and masking.

    Stamp Sets:
    Wonderful Words II (retired)
    Whisper White
    Tempting Turquoise
    So Saffron
    Pumpkin Pie
    Wild Wasabi
    Basic Black
    Staz-on black ink (for main image and sentiment)
    Oval punch (mask for the setting sun)
    Corner punch
    White gel pen
    Pop-up dots

    Also note that I tried to make this card multiple times. I ended up using as a mat one of the failed versions. Good use of scrap!

    Happy Stamping!

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    It's a CAS Kind of Weekend

    True story...I've been cranking out cards on the weekends. I wanted to stock up so that I can send them on the fly when I need to because I've been so bad this past three months I haven't sent them on time. The make-them-as-you-go strategy doesn't cut it for me. For one, it takes awhile for me to think of a design; second, I'm still not stocked up on all the embellies for my cards so they don't all turn out the way I intend them to be. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Besides, I'm supposed to be the card lady, right? The problem is I wanted to send a couple of cards to my friends and for the life of me, I don't remember if I have or not. It's not like I can check my email history to verify, or how about "Find my iCard" feature so I can locate them? I have looked around this weekend to see if I they're hiding somewhere in the house but I can't find them! By this time, I've assumed that they had gone out. I checked with a friend today and she hasn't received hers. The million dollar question is where the heck are these cards?? Remember the tree card and the chicken card? They're missing! Spazztic!

    I was on a "CAS" (clean and simple) kick this weekend, especially after I got the Single Stamps I ordered. I had envisioned a design when I first saw this stamp and then laid it out yesterday. I have my subtle touches and I love how it came together. What is not showing is the sentiment on the inside of the card, which says, "that makes you one in a million." This ties in to the unique pair of red glasses on the front of the card, which I embellished with Crystal Effects for an added "pop." I wanted to use Smoky Slate on this card but realized I didn't have the ink pad so I opted for its darker cousin, Basic Gray. Smoky Slate, by the way, is the newest member of the Neutrals collection that was introduced in the 2013-2014 Catalog. I also made this card a square card. It was just screaming for it. One thing worth pointing out, I showed this card to my daughter, she decided this card is for her. She just got her glasses (black rimmed accented with red on the inside). So happy that she's accepted this milestone with positivity and excitement, which was so unlike me as I clashed with denial and shyness when I started wearing them in second grade. Also, it turns out that this card is very similar to my second-tier upline, Mary Fish's card. What can I say, great minds think alike. While the CASEing is unintentional, I didn't want it go unmentioned as I adore her cards very much! Take a look here.

    Here's a recipe of this card:

    Basic Gray
    Basic Black
    Whisper White
    Real Red
    Versamark ink
    Detail White embossing powder
    Pop-up dots
    Crystal Effects
    Piercing Tool, Mat & Template for the pinholes
    Gorgeous Grunge on the gray card stock
    One in a Million for the sentiment
    Spectacular for the main image

    The second card I made was inspired by my cousin's wedding shower this weekend. What I ended up giving her is completely different from this second version I made on the left. I liked the Blooming with Happiness stamp set. I thought the images are very sweet and airy (befitting of my cousin's personality). This stamp set is retired, however. The sentiment is from a stamp set gifted to me that I just received on Friday. Perfect timing!

    Crumb Cake
    Blushing Bride
    Dazzling Detail for the glitter
    Basic Pearls
    Chevron embossing folder
    White gel pen for the border
    Pop-up dots
    Happy Day for the sentiment
    Blooming with Happiness for the main image

    Happy Stamping!

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    What's Your Style?

    To pinpoint a style that is all my own is actually more challenging than it is, especially at this stage. If I were asked about my style, that usually goes into the pile of "UNDECIDED." I find that my preferences have evolved throughout the years. I have gone artsy, clean and simple, abstract, you name it. It has also depended on my mood and my level of interest on a particular day.

    I have been known to put a lot of detail into my art, from the shade of green I use when I'm watercoloring  to the number of pinholes to make a border (I know, approaching "creepy" level, but...) around an image. The impact of my personal touches is usually subtle so to put so much effort into a card is baffling to some (e.g., my most trusted critic, the hubby). I have also stepped out of my comfort zone and applied minimalism. There is a feeling of awkwardness to think that I didn't spend all that much time on an art. It feels incomplete to me at first. Then I pause, allowing my eyes and my brain to confer to form a conclusion. Have I answered a simple question: am I happy with the outcome? Once I reach that point, I stop.

    Lately, I have been drawn to watercoloring and sceneries. There are so much material out there, thanks to the talented people who have shared their techniques online (e.g., Michelle Zindorf). This is my attempt to CASE one of her cards. It's by no means, a close comparison, but I'm a novice at this technique and I can only go onward and upward from here.

    Last night, I had a chance to redo the above card. I think the idea was there, but I never quite got the look I was hoping for. The tree should have been a little more crisp and I wasn't sure about the background layers. I still love the sentiment hugging above the tree so I stuck with that. Here's you go:

    On a different note....

    Now that I have time to play again, I cannot wait for the next shipment of goodness to arrive. Two of them are stamps I got from the "Single Stamps" promotion, which I have just finally gone through. The "Single Stamps" promotion offers just that: a single stamp for $7.95 or less and there are eight designs to choose from. These stamps are not available in the Annual Catalog and can be purchased through July 31, 2013. Note that they are available only in clear mount, so a separate block is required to use it properly. Check out the selections:

    Single Stamps Assortment 3
    Single Stamps Assortment 4

    The other promotion that caught my eye is the "Best of 25 Years" promotion. SU is bringing back its favorite images from the last twenty five years and combining them into 12 sets and will release one set per month. I know I'm behind as we are now halfway through the year, but the sets are available all throughout 2013. I have my favorites for sure.

    Happy Stamping!

    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Squeezing In Play Time

    Busy week is upon me, which means less time for play. (Or so I thought!) My stamp tramps (yes, I am making it official) have been busy creating their own works of art and sharing them with me. My daughter and I have been looking at them and these are our favorites from Anna:

    ....and from Ulrika:

    I'm calling on my other Stamp Tramps to share with me their cards. I'd love to see what you have created and showcase them here. Send them to me by July 15 to enter into our Favorite Pool. Our lucky pick will win a cool prize and bragging rights!

    What a great feeling to be surrounded by people who share the same passion as me as they have managed to inspire me to make cards amidst the busy schedule. Under normal circumstances, I would have every excuse in the world not to make the cards as I let the routines of life take over. Well, not this time!

    I've been playing with old stamps using new cool products (new as in since I started stamping again). I don't know if I can get away from those cool embossing folders and punches. They make the best accents. For this card, I whipped out my Stamp-a-majig and used the cup from Patterned Occasions to make stacked cups. The original stamp already has a sentiment on it so I used SU! markers (Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose) to color the cup portion and stamp alternately. I then poked holes around the image using a piercing tool and a template from the Essential Piercing Pack and ran white gel pen around to create a faux-stitch look. I used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes as part of the border. I then mounted it on a white layer embossed in Stripes. The work that went into it is quite a lot considering the end result. Simple and's for a friend, obviously.

    The next card uses a stamp from a retired stamp set, Best of Cluck. I was a little stumped in the beginning as I saw so many possibilities with this stamp especially after I applied color. I was missing a punch or two to make what I really wanted to make. Instead of wishing for something I don't have (yet), I looked to what I have. I used my Honeycomb embossing folder and my Ribbon border punch to accent the card and then ran the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder halfway on the main card. It still feels like it's missing something, but perhaps less is more.

    Well, there you have it ladies. I hope this is enough inspiration to get your creative juices going. If you got it, flaunt it!

    Happy Stamping!