Monday, May 16, 2011

Sudsol Blog Tour today! Welcome!!

Welcome to my blog and the May 2011 Sudsol blog tour!!
There are some awesomely skilled and creative designers in this blog tour. 
Hope you’re enjoying their posts and projects!

 My project is a set of masculine shabby chic nautical cards in reds and browns. I find that I don’t ever have enough masculine-type cards with interesting details, so I wanted to focus on that. The Stampin Up summer mini-catalog has some great nautical themed items and my projects use them.

Card #1: Expresso and crumb cake sailboat

Supplies: Crumb cake, early expresso, sahara sand & very vanilla cardstock; cherry cobbler & early expresso ink; rhinestone, square lattice embossing folder, ticket corner punch; dimensionals; Nautical Expedition DSP; Sail Away stamp set; The Open Sea stamp set.

Why am I a SUDSOL member?

Recently I had a question about ordering digital products and posted it on Sudsol, and within 2 hours, I had 6 responses from the very helpful Sudsol members! You can’t beat that for getting instant answers to your questions anywhere!!

I have been participating in the weekly design challenges, which have inspired me to improve my designing skills and trying new Stampin Up products…and several times I have won, which gave me another free week to my membership! This was very motivating, and I know I have become more creative and had fun doing it too.

And there is an endless supply of advice, help, sharing, and inspiration from other SU demonstrators - not to mention tons of projects, tips, patterns, and class/workshop plans. Here you don’t feel like you are just another person paying for a membership, rather you will “meet” and make new friends!

Sudsol is The Absolute Best site for Stampin Up demonstrators who want to take their designing and creativity to the next level(s)!!

Card #2: Trifold sepia technique ship

Supplies: Soft suede, chocolate chip, crumb cake & cherry cobbler cardstock; soft suede & chocolate chip ink; vintage brad; Nautical Expedition DSP; baker’s twine; blender pen; white pigment/craft inkpad; dimensionals; Sail Away stamp set; The Open Sea stamp set.

Why should you sign up for Sudsol?

I did the free 2-week trial and was so impressed with how valuable everything on the site was. I knew that I could never take it all in in just 2 weeks so I signed up – it is worth every penny and more. You will get a wealth of new ideas every single day and learn so much! The Creative Library has project pictures, patterns, and instructions – it is better than surfing the web with all the ideas that are available to you in Sudsol! All in one spot – a one-stop site for SU demonstrators…be prepared to lose track of time on this site!! I highly recommend that it is the next thing a new Stampin Up demonstrator do so she/he can learn the ropes real quick.

Card #3: Nautical Expedition DSP large sailboat cutout

Supplies: The Open Sea stamp set; Nautical Expedition DSP; chocolate chip cardstock; early expresso ink; bakers twine; vintage trinkets; dimensionals

Click here to link to my SUDSOL gallery and see what I've made, and many of them were a direct inspiration from Sudsol members!  

Sign up for my blog candy!

Email me ( your name and email and tell me which one of my cards in the blog tour and/or my gallery were your favorite(s) to be put onto the list of entries for blog candy!  You might win my handmade Beveled Windowpane Pin that uses the upcoming stamp set, Four Frames, and designer series paper, Paisley Petals!!

Here are some pictures of the pin, and you can read more about it in my previous blog post. My mother loved her pin for her Mother’s Day gift!

I would love to read any comments you might have - please post them at the bottom of this post, OK?  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and visit the blog tour...

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour


  1. I love your Tri Fold Sepia Technique Ship card. Great projects!

  2. From one paws blog gal to another--love the sailboat project you shared with us today--all of the mare GREAT--but I LOVE that one.
    Enjoy the ride---and try remember to---stamp, create, play .. . Everyday!
    Hugs, Nola

  3. Absolutely beautiful cards, love how you used the sailboat off the DSP

  4. Absolutely fabulous cards, Mary! I LOVE the nautical look and am inspired by your beautiful creations! TFS!

  5. beautiful color combos!! Love all the masculine cards!

  6. WONDERFUL work - so talented. I loved it all. I will be back to enjoy your blog often.
    Marti Crapo

  7. Gorgeous projects!! My favourite is card #2, but the pin is lovely too!!

  8. I love your cards I love the nautical look for summer and not just for the men in our lives.:-) I liked the ship on the crumb cake and expresso cardstock with the embosing very pretty.
    Kathy T

  9. Loved all the projects, but the pin is my favorite!

  10. Really great projects! My fave is the trifold sepia card, but every one of them is lovely!

  11. I love you cards, especially the trifold card.

  12. Wow! Wow! Wow!! love all of your cards, and the pin as well! Hope there is a tutorial in the works for the last fancy fold card! Great job!!

  13. Your all given design of cards are very well butsailboat design card is simply superb.

    Plastic Card
    Plastic Cards



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