Friday, August 22, 2008

Upcoming Classes

My goal for the new Stampin' Up! catalog period is to be better prepared and not procrastinating. I am known to be up late designing projects the night before a class or workshop. I want to be better prepared and have a plan. So before my New Catalog Party, I made samples from my upcoming classes. If you're interested in coming to my classes, visit my website at for more information. I should have that updated soon.

Color Me Happy class

My Color Me Happy class is early in September. We are making color inventory books for everybody to keep track of their supplies, and what they have and need. We will also make cardstock rings with samples from each of Stampin' Up!'s cardstock colors in the exclusive color families, the neutrals, and the new in-colors.

Bella Rose Stamp Camp

I'm holding a Bella Rose Stamp Camp later in September, to use this beautiful pack of designer series paper! I love this pack! In this class, we will make 5 cards and 2 3-D projects, all using the Bella Rose paper. One of the 3-D projects will be this tool caddy, where you can keep your tools handy at your workspace. Sorry, the tools won't be included. ;)

Holiday Treasures Box of Cards class

My Holiday Treasures Box of Cards class will be in early October. We will make 10 small gift cards - perfect for throwing into those gift bags when you're ready to exchange - along with a beautiful little box to hold those cards until you're ready for them. We will be using the Holiday Treasures designer series paper for these projects.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Playing with my new stuff!

I am loving Stampin' Up!'s brand new Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog!! I placed my order of new stuff the very first day, and couldn't wait to play with all of the new goodies! Here are some of the things I created those first few days. All of these samples use only Stampin' Up! stamps, cardstocks, inks, and accessories.

The new scallop border punch is AWESOME!!! For this card, I used close to cocoa, riding hood red, and pink pirouette cardstocks, and close to cocoa and riding hood red inks. The images are from the A Beautiful Thing stamp set, and the sentiment is from Heard From the Heart.

For this card, I used handsome hunter, riding hood red, and whisper white cardstocks. I used the Heritage Holiday stamp set for the images, and stamped them using jet black staz-on, and the sentiment is from the new hostess set Best Yet, stamped using encore silver ink. I used the blender pen to color in the images with riding hood red, handsome hunter, and so saffron inks. I sponged the edges of the Santa image with handsome hunter ink. The scallop punch worked well for this one too. I also thought the new riding hood red tafetta ribbon and the ribbon slider from the stylized silver hodgepodge hardware were perfect accents!

I love the new stamp set called A Holly, Jolly Christmas! That is the only set I used for this card. I inked the Santa stamp with the real red and basic black markers. I used baja breeze, real red, and whisper white cardstock. The red snowflake layer is designer paper from the I Wish simply scrappin' kit. And you guessed it! I used the new scallop border punch across the bottom of the front.

This card base is whisper white cardstock, and the card front is kiwi kiss. The sentiment is from the new Heard From the Heart stamp set. The images are from Doodle This. I stamped the first image in whisper white craft ink onto the kiwi kiss cardstock. I stamped the flower image twice in whisper white craft ink onto white vellum cardstock. I colored them using blender pens and pink piroette ink refills onto the back of the vellum, then cut the images out with my paper snips. I put one of the green rhinestone circle brads through the center of the flowers and the kiwi kiss cardstock for that added touch.

For this card, I used the new hostess set Window Dressing for the images, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds for the background. I stamped the window image onto vellum paper, more mustard, and night of navy cardstocks to piece together. I colored the window frame with the more mustard marker, cut the more mustard stamped image for the window sill, and the night of navy stamped image for the shutters. I stamped the little girl image onto whiper white and colored her in using a blender pen and ink pads. I stamped the little bird onto baja breeze cardstock and cut it out. The card base is baja breeze cardstock as well.

For this card, I used riding hood red, close to cocoa, handsome hunter, and confetti white cardstocks, and close to cocoa and handsome hunter inks. I stamped the reindeer image from the new hostess set, Deer Friends twice - once in close to cocoa and once in handsome hunter. I used the 1 inch circle punch to punch out around the reindeer head on the close to cocoa image. I used the 1 1/4 inch circle punch to punch around the phrase on the handsome hunter one, then placed the preciously punched reindeer on top. I placed those layers onto a 1 3/8 inch circle of riding hood red, then onto the handsome hunter scallop circle. I added white dots around the scallops of the scallop circle with the white gel pen. I used the color spritzer tool with the ruby red marker around the sentiment from the Heard From the Heart stamp set. I colored the reindeer's nose with the ruby red marker, then put crystal effects over it. This ended up being one of the make 'n takes at my New Catalog Party.

This was the second make 'n take at my New Catalog Party. It uses old olive and real red textured cardstock. The main image is stamped on shimmery white and the designer paper layer is from the I Wish simply scrappin' kit. Both of the images are from the Heritage Holiday stamp set. The Santa was stamped using jet black staz-on, and the hat is colored in with the real red marker. The ornaments were stamped with old olive ink onto the old olive cardstock. The sentiment is from the Best Yet hostess set.

For this card, I was playing around with a new technique, Vitalized Vellum. The center top layer is actually white vellum cardstock. Cool, huh?! For this technique, I used kiwi kiss, old olive, and always artichoke classic ink pads. The images and sentiment are all from the Season of Joy stamp set. The card base is always old olive cardstock, and the layers include the vellum piece I worked with, along with whisper white and always artichoke cardstocks. Old olive grosgain ribbon is atied around my top layers. I wasn't completely happy with the always artichoke with the other colors, but I love how the technique turned out!

I loved the technique so much, that I had to keep playing with it. This time I used apricot appeal, pumpkin pie, and tangerine tango classic inks on my white vellum cardstock. The card base is pumpkin pie, and for the layers, I used whisper white and aricot appeal cardstocks with my decorated vellum. The lion image and the "wild about you" phrase are from the Wild About You stamp set. On the scallop image, I inked the lion image with pumpkin pie and apricot appeal markers, and punch it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch, then layered onto a 1 3/8" pumpkin pie cirlce, and an apricot appeal scallop punch. The phrase is stamped in pumpkin pie ink onto pumpkin pie cardstock.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Creating for Tanya

My cousin Tanya will turn 40 on Monday. Her mom is throwing her a big party (it was supposed to be a surprise party, but Tanya didn't cooperate with that idea). Tammy thought of the fun idea for anyone who wanted to join in to create a scrapbook page for Tanya of any sort they wanted.

I did a "cousins" page for her with pictures through the years. These included Tanya, my sister Tammy, our cousins Marshall and Abbey, and me. One was taken in 1987 at a family reunion. One was from my wedding in 1997. One was taken the month after my youngest son was born in 2004. And the other is from last summer. I enjoyed looking at the similarities and differences in these pictures. I used my Cricut for this page. The title is done using my new Jasmine cartridge.

I also did a double-page "zoo" page because for the last couple of years, Tanya has given my parents "grandparents' zoo passes" to take the kids to the zoo as often as they'd like. We just went last week for the kids to enjoy the zoo with my Mom, so I scrapbooked that day for Tanya. I used my Cricut for these too. The title is done using the Zoobaloo cartridge and the monkey, tiger, and zebra.

This is the card I created for her. She has decided to 'embrace' the forties and be fabulous instead of dread this birthday. So I thought this would be fitting. I used SU's basic black and purely pomegranate cardstock. I used versamark with SU's heat n' stick powder, then glitter from the fine cosmo pack. I also used SU's designer label punch for the "fabulous" sentiment. Both stamps are from SU's Just B stamp set. I put the black layers through the Cuttlebug using the D'vine swirls embossing folder. I used the ticket corner punch and SU's black brads in the corners of the "B" layer. Then I ran the white envelope through the Cuttlebug using the same folder. It was super-classy!