Saturday, August 25, 2012

Christmas swap cards; bath time for dogs

Today I went to an all day stamping event - here are my swap cards I made for it.  They have some beautiful new Stampin Up products in them from the holiday catalog.  I used glossy paper to emboss the background, which was matted on gumball green cardstock.

 I used the new champagne glitter paper that Stampin Up has along with limeade baker's twine - The star is the silver glitter pretty!

 I just love how the glossy paper sets off the shiny glitter paper.  

I also gave our furbabies a bath, which is nothing special - just put them in the bathtub and shut the glass shower doors.  But what was unusual and unique about it, was that I put them both in AT THE SAME TIME!  lol - I had some yummy dog treats to try and distract them....

Inu knew I was going to give her a bath when she saw me putting the doggy bed blankets in the laundry and their leashes and harnesses got washed too.....She tried to pretend she didn't hear me calling her to come to the bathroom, despite those delicious smelling treats!  Tootsi, however, is game for anything, and "ready" is her middle name, especially when there is food involved!!  Both of them ran around the house trying to get dry and now they are dog tired out!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Here's the Papercraft Crew's card sketch design for this week, and this is the card that I made, using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio.

I'm not quite sure how my program came up with the five-sided box around the tree so I can't recreate it, but it looks kinda cool, don't you think?  
Here are the cards that the design team came up with:

You could join us this week and upload your card here:

Or if you want to try making a digital card, you can download My Digital Studio for free on the side of my blog - it's super easy to use - don't be afraid to try it!

Swap cards received

Just wanted to share a few of the great swap cards I've received at some Stampin Up swap events or in the mail from other Stampin Up demonstrators - if you want to know who made the card, send me an email OK?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Free monthly class cards when you join my team Stampin Up!


It's a great time to take advantage of the promotions Stampin Up has right now!
Not only do you receive all the fun items to make a cute printer tray for yourself, for only $99 you receive tons of stuff in your starter kit that you get to keep, no matter what!

Join the fun in my online Stampin Up store:

YOU get to keep all the stuff you pick out for your customized starter kit, the only other requirement to continue to get discounts, advance notice of promotions, special newsletters, and access to the demonstrators pages on the Stampin Up website, is to buy an average of $100 per month! And I'm going to sweeten the deal!

When you join Stampin Up under my team, you will get the kit for the cards and projects that are made in my monthly card classes for FREE! You can even come to the monthly meetings free and make the projects if you want! Above are the projects for the July and August classes to give you an idea of what might be done....You don't have to get customers, do classes, sell stuff to others - just have fun with it yourself and make things YOU want to keep or give to family, friends, co-workers that are special. Maybe there might be another family member or special friend that you can split the cost with and be "co-demonstrators" if you want to share!!

Check out the printer tray kit items you would get when you join my team!

Join the fun in my online Stampin Up store:

I started with Stampin Up in just this way - for myself and to fulfill my creative spirit and relieve stress - Christmas is coming soon...wouldn't this be a perfect way to get started with ideas for the holidays? Stampin Up makes the holidays really special and fun! I know my family looks forward to seeing what my Christmas card will be each year...

Hope you can join, get all these items, plus monthly cards that you can use for ideas or give away!  My next monthly class will be Sun., Sept. 9 (4 - 6 pm) and Mon., Sept. 10 (11 - 1 pm).

Join the fun in my online Stampin Up store:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weekly card sketch challenge Papercrafts Crew-One year anniversary!

Time for another card sketch design challenge!  And it's been one whole year that Stampin Queens, now Papercraft Crew, has been started - Happy Anniversary!! 

Above is this week's card sketch design, posted at:

 Here is my card I designed using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio - not only can you try it out for free for a month (great for those who like using computers and digital photos), but the newest My Digital Studio version is now available with lots of awesome additions!

Here are some of the cards that the design team came up - if you go to the link for Papercraft Crew you can see more of the cards and join along!  Lots of current, new, digital items used on the cards that you can get ideas from...

Check out the card design challenge for this week here; hope you can play along!

If you enjoy using your computer/laptop for your photos and want to do more in a creative way, check out the free My Digital Studio site at: - 75 new additions to it, including .svg files for products like Cricut, as well as Instagrams, templates, and digital kits you can buy and instantly download!! 

Don't you just love shopping that is quick, painless, and immediate gratification?? (hmmm, maybe that is an "addiction!?" lol)  Find out more at

Check out my newest offer when you join my Stampin Up Team on the side of my blog.

Have a great weekend - thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monthly card class details and pix

I wanted to share a few more pictures of the cards we made for my second monthly card class - still trying to find the best setting(s) and locations for good photographs with my new camera....

All supplies are Stampin Up - the milk carton diecute for the birdhouse to match the card and the new designer paper Natural Composition that looks like wood - and of course, the
cute bird punch. 
We used baker's twine for the card and one retired Stampin Up designer paper that I was hoarding (lol) and those retired little closepins.  Gee I remember using the real ones to help my mother hang up laundry on the clothesline she had down in our basement!
  And she had this adorable clothespin bag that hung on the lines she had made that was in the shape of a dress - I loved that blue and white clothespin holder....

This card uses the Raining Flowers and lots of pop up dimensionals (one lady called them "risers!"  how original and descriptive).  It was cased from the catalog on p. 73 along with the Floral District designer papers - there are so many beautiful cards in both the annual and holiday catalogs that I want to CASE...

This card was based on the very vintage swap cards I made for Stampin Up's Convention that I went to last month - it uses the beautiful new tulle in the holiday catalog and International Bazaar designer papers.  I have to admit I wasn't all that crazy about this paper, at first....but it grew on me!  I am putting a few more photos of the very vintage swap card making details at the end of those post, where I made double tulle ruffles. 
This tulle is way more gorgeous in real life!

 This is a vertical Z-fold easel type card and the design is cased from a card that was in the demonstrators' July Stampin Success newsletter.  I love the way the Delicate Doilies were used to stamp on the paper daisy and how the vintage faceted designer button adds some sparkle to it.  And that is the International Bazaar designer paper used again!

Here is the very vintage swap card I made - it is embossed on the left with one of the Delicate Designers embossing folder - the entire card is sponged with Soft Suede to make it
look vintagey.

 The pearls were colored with a turquoise Sharpie pen, and I used the ink reinkers to make the seam binding ribbon look antiquey...

I used the sticky tape for the first layer of tulle ruffles, then another sticky tape strip to hold the second layer of tulle ruffles on.

Here is the very vanilla seam binding ribbon pile -  I completely wet the ribbon and crinkled it all up so it looked scrunched up; then after letting it dry like that, I dropped some reinker into a plastic bag with a little water, added the ribbon to dye it with antique effects from the ink.  Smushed it around in the plastic bag and then I just let it dry outside; since it is pretty arid and warm here in Arizona, it dried up quickly!  Lately it has been in the triple digits for temperature (yes you heard me correctly, triple digits like 115 degrees!  We are actually getting used to it even!

 After I tied the ribbon on the card, I cut a little piece of the tulle and tied it over the knot - can you see it in this picture?

 A couple of the swappers commented that they thought my card was great - that made me feel so good because it told me they appreciated the extra time and work I put into my cards :-)

And I even got a couple emails from the other swappers after Convention telling me they liked my card - thanks a bunch for letting me know!!


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