DivaSC107 Just Buzzin' By

10.30.2010

Happy Saturday and welcome to sketch 107 with the Utah Divas International. My blog is just one stop on the hop. To see additional projects, following the link to Alisa's blog below or click here to be directed to the UDI blog.

So here's our sketch for today. Interesting, right? It will be fun to see how the other ladies interpreted it; it's always amazing to see how many different ideas can result from the same start!

I decided to turn this sketch into a fold out card. Here it is closed:
And once you open it up, it looks like this:

Good layout for sending a long note or for including pictures! Do you want to try it? Here's how it began:
  • Cut a sheet of card stock 5 1/2" x 12".
  • With the long side at the top of your trimmer, score at 4" and 8".
  • Turn your card about a 1/4 turn, then a bit further.  The 1st score line should rest in the cutting track. Tilt so that the top panel is completely to the left of the track, the third panel pokes out to the right of the track.
  • Trim your card stock at this slant. The panel that remains complete is the back of the card (shown above to the right). Z-fold the remaining panels to complete the base of your card.
Now we are off to Australia so see what ALISA has in store for us. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Just Buzzin By, Itty Bitty Bits
Ink: StazOn, Stampin' Write Markers to color 
Paper: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Tools and Embellishments: Mini Vintage Tags, 1/4" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Congratulations, Martha!

10.29.2010

My good friend Martha has met one of her Stampin' Up! goals: to become a Sr. Supervisor!
WOO HOO! Way to go, girl!
This purse was created just for Martha. I filled it with goodies to congratulate her on her promotion and (hopefully) motivate her as she works towards future goals.

I'm lucky to be Martha's upline and greatly value our friendship and working relationship. This business is about a lot of different things, among the most important are the relationships we build. We each have our own business, but work together to review ideas, projects, business and company information. Having a team is beneficial in so many ways including that it meets one of our main goals: to spend time with other moms!
To visit Martha's blog, see her projects and congratulate her (!), click HERE. For more information regarding joining our team, click HERE or contact me.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Purse Template: Becky Roberts
Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits
Ink: Daffodil Delight
Paper: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Patterns Designer Series Paper (Brights), scrap Whisper White
Tools and Embellishments: Build-a-brad, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Metallic Brads, Coluzzle
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Creative Sketches 2 Challenges

10.28.2010

Creative Sketches has two challenges for you today!
First is to use the sketch you see here; the second part of the challenge is to make your creation holiday related. I somehow managed to forget that second part when creating my cards. What can I say? I got excited about using some images I printed out with My Digital Studio and forgot all about the "holiday" part! Here are three hybrid projects. (Hybrid because they use both digital and traditional crafting elements.)
The card on the right sticks to the layout while the tag turns it on it's side. On the left-hand card, I expanded the image area to fit a trio of trees and added some ribbon for additional color.
To see additional projects, be sure to stop by the Creative Sketches blog and see what the other designers have to share.
Thanks for stopping by!

Critters on the fabric?

10.27.2010

No - just Merry Crittermas images layered over fabric! (No pet hair this way! lol) Here's a fun card made using a classic 3 image layout and some of our lovely Candy Cane fabric.

The images were stamped with waterproof ink onto watercolor paper and then colored in with Classic Ink. If you are new to stamping, you may not know that you can squeeze your Stampin' Up! ink pad (while it's closed) to create a color palette. When you open the case, you'll have transferred some of the ink onto the lid of the pad. You can then pick up this ink with a painting tool of your choice and color in your images. For this card, an Aqua Painter was used to color in most of the images along with a  Blender Pen for some of the details and tight areas.
The fabric was cut with good scissors (promise!), but I pulled a few strands off each side so that there would be a little bit of fringe on the edges for added texture. The sides of the fabric are wrapped around the strip of Wild Wasabi that runs across the card. This allowed me to secure the fabric well and should keep it from unraveling any further.
And that's really it for this card. Coloring in these images is fun and so is incorporating fabric into paper-crafting. I hope you'll give it a try! Thank you for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
layout based on Stampin' Addicts sketch challenge
Stamps: Merry Crittermas
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, ink pads used for coloring: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze
Paper: Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Real Read, Watercolor paper
Tools and Embellishments: Candy Cane fabric, 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Big Shot,  Perfect Dots embossing folder, Oval punches
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Use It Tuesday - Brads

10.26.2010

So... how many brads do you have in your embellishment stash? Tons, right? Well, let's get to using them!
Idea One: Mix them up and underscore a simple image or sentiment.
I really like this because it doesn't matter if the brads match; great way to use up those random brads left over from previous projects.

Idea Two: Monogram Letter
Create a monogram initial for someone's name or to replace a word.
To create your letter, draw or print the letter you need on the back of your paper. Pierce holes for easy insertion of brads. Remember to draw/print your letter as a mirror image so that it will be correct on the front. 

Idea Three: Create a swirl or trail
This is perfect for using up a large number of brads!
To create a swirl or trail - draw, print or stamp your swirl on the back of your paper. Our stamp set Flight of the Butterfly includes a couple of sentiments that are written as if they were the flight path of the butterfly. I stamped one onto the back of the paper then used a Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the brads. 
Once the brads were inserted (from the front), I used the end of my Paper Piercing Tool to open and set the brads. (The legs of the brads are sharp - use a tool or beware of poking your fingers!)

So there you have 3 ideas for using brads. I hope you are inspired to use up some of the neglected goodies in your stash! Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Thank You Kindly, Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes, Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Night of Navy, Stazon Black, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum
Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink
Tools and Embellishments: Soft Subtles brads (ret), Earth Elements brads (ret), Flower Brads Subtles, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Big Shot, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die, Texture plate (fiskars)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Fall, Christmas or any occasion

10.25.2010

Next Sunday (Oct. 31) we'll be having a stamp-a-stack! Here is a preview of the card choices for this month. (Want to make one of these cards? Schedule a workshop and we'll feature it as your Make & Take project!)
Autumn Splendor
Watercolor a stunning maple leaf and create a colorful fall greeting.


Merry Crittermas
What could be cuter than Glimmer Brads, Builder Wheels and these critters?!
 Aviary
A sweet all-occasion card
Thoughts & Prayers
Tis the season.... for colds and the flu! Be ready to wish someone well with this colorful greeting card based on one in our Idea Book & Catalog.
Class attendees: if you haven't already selected your cards, contact me and let me know your choices.

 Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Smoochy Dreams du Jour

10.23.2010

Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! I'm just one stop on the Utah Divas sketch blog hop. To see additional projects made with this sketch, just follow the link to the next blog (below). You may also visit the Utah Diva's blog by clicking HERE.

As you can see, the sketch this week leaves a lot of room for interpretation. For me, sketches with "room" always call for a fun technique. In this case it was a little bit of masking and a few pumps of Log Cabin Smooch Spritz!
A word to the wise: the Smooch reeeaaaalllly spritzes! There's no pumping "just a little". It's all or nothin'! You'll want to protect your work surface and surrounding area. (There's a tool for that! The Color Catcher*  is only $5.95 and worth the tiny investment!)
For the background, cover a few areas with punched or die cut shapes then spray over the card stock. Leaving the shapes in place, stamp over them with a background stamp (En Francais was used here, very lightly). Optional: remove the punched shapes and stamp a smaller stamp in this vacant spot.
If you don't have any Smooch Spray, you could also try this with our Color Spritzer Tool and Stampin' Write markers. However, you'll need to put some temporary adhesive on the punched shapes. The Color Spritzer blows out some air and it will blow your shapes out of place!
Thank you for stopping by! To continue on the hop, CLICK HERE to be directed to Alisa's blog. She has a couple of beautiful cards to show you and is also part of a great fundraiser for a child. Check it out!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: En Francais, Dreams Du Jour
Ink: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Tools and Embellishments: Smooch Spritz Log Cabin, 1" Circle punch, Vintage Brads, Stampin' Sponge, mentioned: Color Catcher - page 195 of the Idea Book and Catalog
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) 

Creative Sketches goes Manhattan

10.21.2010

Today's challenge with Creative Sketches involves both a sketch and a technique!

Along with the sketch shown above, the challenge technique is dry embossing. I decided to cheat and let the Big Shot do the embossing for me along with a portion of our Manhattan Flower embossing folder.
This particular embossing folder coordinates with our Fifth Avenue stamp set. The large rose from this set was stamped onto the card base. Using the same color ink as card stock gave me a nice tone-on-tone image that doesn't overpower the Paper Vellum layered over it or draw attention away from the embossed flower.
For sparkle, I ran a Two-Way Glue pen over the raised lines of the embossed flower and sprinkled on a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds (our super-fine glitter).
Lines of pierced holes follow the sketch as drawn and add some subtle interest to the left edge of the vellum panel. Last, but not least, pearl accents on the top corners dress up the top of the card and also camouflage the glue dots holding the vellum in place. (The bottom of the vellum is secured under the embossed flower.)
Well, that's it for me! To see more creations based on today's challenge, CLICK HERE to be directed to the Creative Sketches site. Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Thank You Kindly, Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Paper Vellum
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Manhattan Floral embossing folder, Two-Way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Jewels Basic Pearl
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Faux Embossing this Friday

10.20.2010

Here is a look at our project for this week's card class!
We will be using a Faux Embossing technique to create a card. This one technique provides for two different looks and uses punched shapes to create the background design. I can't wait to share it with you!

RSVP today to reserve your spot!

Resources: Yapha Mason
Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Aviary
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Impressions Pad, Silicon Mat, Metallic Brad, Hemp Twine, Paper Snips, Punch XL Bird, Punch XL Oval
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

New Updates to My Digital Studio

10.19.2010

It's time to update your copy of My Digital Studio!

The My Digital Studio version 1.0.5 update is now available. With this latest update, you will receive functionality upgrades as well as access to seven new professional print output products--including a trifold card, a journal, a 5.5" x 6.5" calendar with easel, and four postcards.
It is important that you have the most recent version of the My Digital Studio software prior to installing the Professional Print Product Update.
Updating your software:
  • If you have installed the initial update (version 1.0.1), simply click "Help" and select "Check for Updates" in the My Digital Studio software. The update will be performed automatically.
  • If you have not completed the initial update, download the My Digital Studio update for a PC (version 1.0.1), or download the My Digital Studio update for a Mac (version 1.0.1). Then, complete the steps listed above to get the most recent update.
  • Please note: once you download and install the update, your My Digital Studio software will display as My Digital Studio "1.0.5.665" in the About My Digital Studio screen under the Help menu.
Along with these great additional project options, nearly all of our current professional print products have been permanently reduced approximately 15-60 percent--just in time for all your holiday printing needs!
Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Crosses of Hope DivaSC105

10.16.2010

We have a very creative sketch for you to try today! Remember, I am just one stop on this blog hop. To see a complete listing of participating Utah Divas, CLICK HERE. To visit the next stop, just click on the link provided below.



One of the new stamp sets in this year's Idea Book & Catalog is Crosses of Hope. It's a beautiful set that can be used for a variety of reasons (dedication, Baptism, sympathy, wedding... the list goes on!) One of the images is our focal point in today's card:

The Cajun Craze card base is layered with strips of card stock in the same color. To highlight the 3 strips as shown in the sketch, I ran them through the Big Shot with our Square Lattice embossing folder. This folder is great because it gives you two different patterns; one side of the sheet looks like small crosses and the other looks like square links. (To get a better look, click on the photo to enlarge it - the top and bottom strips are the cross side, the middle strip is the link side.) Double your money :)
Our main image, is just one of 3 lovely Cross images of different designs in this stamp set. It also includes a stamp with the sentiment "God Bless You".
To continue with the blog hop, CLICK HERE to be directed to Barbara's blog and see her lovely project for today. She will also provide you with the next stop on the hop.
Thank you for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Crosses of Hope
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Scallop Trim Border punch, Metallic Brads
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Only 3 days left!

10.15.2010

 Need supplies?
There is an incredible sale going on at Stampin' Up!
Dozens of items are available at reduced prices, many up to 80%!
Don't miss out, Click here to SHOP NOW.

Creative Sketches challenges you!

10.14.2010

Ready to play? Here's your color challenge for today:
Beautiful colors, aren't they? Soft Suede is lovely and Always Artichoke is such a classic color that you can't go wrong with it. However, it was the Marina Mist that inspired the most. Here it led me to turn the bird in this stamped image into a Scrubjay - one of the protected birds in my area.
The challenge colors were used to color in the image and were also repeated in the card stock and Designer Series Paper. All edges were sponged to help antique and unify them a bit and our Basic Pearl Jewels add a touch of elegance to the stamped sentiment and one large panel. All work together to create a card suitable for a loved one going through a tough time.

For additional projects and ideas inspired by today's challenge, please CLICK HERE to visit the Creative-Sketches blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Every Moment, Because I Care (hostess)
Ink: StazOn Black and Soft Suede
Stampin' Write Markers in: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Old Olive and Crumb Cake
Paper: Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Tools and Embellishments:1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch, Decorative Label XL punch,  Jewels Basic Pearl
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Quick, colorful and sassy!

10.13.2010



That's right... sassy!
Looking through my files, I found this card and thought it would be fun to share it again. At this time of year, we often begin to think about gift-giving. There's still enough time to make a few batches of cards to be able to share with friends and loved ones. And to complete your gift, scroll down and check out the easy box shared yesterday. You'll have personalized gifts ready in no time! (The link for the how-to tutorial is posted above the supply list.)
Make the most of your time by creating cards that are not overly time-consuming. Using fun colors with bold images (even small ones!) keeps your creation fun and sassy!
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the 2nd Creative Sketches challenge; just wait 'til you see the color challenge we have for you - you'll love 'em! (More muted than today's, but still eye-catching - lol.) Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black Classic Ink, Old Olive Craft Ink
Paper: Rich Razzleberry (textured), Basic Black, Whisper White, square of chipboard
Other: Black embossing powder, Heat Tool
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Use It Tuesday - Designer Series Paper

10.12.2010

Yes, more paper ideas... I know I'm not the only one with a large stash of paper! lol
Last week's issue of the Splitcoast Stampers newsletter shared a tutorial for a simple card box. It's perfect for use with either card stock or with heavy texture Designer Series Paper, like this one from our retired Parisian Breeze collection. Check it out:




It was simple to make and resulted in an adorable box that easily fits greeting cards and envelopes. This box was left as is, without additional layers or much embellishment. However, the paper is so cute and is thick enough that it didn't "need" anything extra to support it. This will be perfect for gift-giving during Christmas and also meets the goal of using supplies already on-hand! Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!
Resources: Splitcoast Stampers (tutorial)
Stampin' Supplies: 
Paper: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools and Embellishments: Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Sticky Strip. Chocolate Chip Stitched wide grosgrain (retired)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

DivaSC104 Every Moment

10.09.2010


OK, last week's Diva sketch was too easy, so Carol decided to REALLY challenge us this week! LOL

Just kidding, this sketch was wonderful. I love trying to figure out what to put in each of the areas. The only problem is that we have so many lovely papers and images to choose from that it's sometimes hard to narrow it down!

This time, inspiration started with this lovely stamp set, Every Moment and our Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper. Although I didn't use the patterned paper after all, it did guide me in my color choices.
Simple water-coloring added a boost of color to the images (also inspired by the DSP). The lovely thing about this type of coloring is that staying in the lines is not a "must". Good to know when you are having a let's-cut-back-on-coffee day and your hands are not cooperating!

To see more projects created with this sketch, CLICK HERE to hop to Barbara's blog. You may also visit the Utah Divas Blog for a complete listing of participants. Thank you for stopping by!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Every Moment
Ink: StazOn black, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
Paper: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Watercolor paper
Tools and Embellishments: Aqua Painter, Linen Thread, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Creative Sketches Inaugural Challenge!

10.07.2010


I'm so excited to share in a brand-spankin' new challenge with you today! I am just one of 9 stampers taking part in Creative Sketches, a new design team who will be sharing challenges with you each Thursday. Today's challenge is the sketch shown here, but each week we will rotate between sketch, color, technique and additional challenges designed to help you get the most out of your creative time. We certainly hope to inspire you and hope you'll play along with us!

Today's card is quite simple and sticks to the sketch - hope that's not too boring for ya! ;)
The main sentiment and the additional line below the ribbon are actually part of the same stamp. Using a Stampin' Write marker allows you to isolate the portion you want to use for each area and just stamp what you need.  Definitely an "oldie but goody" kind of technique!
To visit the Creative Sketches blog and see what the other Design Team members have to share, CLICK HERE. Thank you for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Bella Toile background stamp, Afterthoughts (hostess set)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Peach Parfait
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Peach Parfait, Naturals Ivory
Tools and Embellishments: Paper Piercing tool, Mat Pack,  Itty Bitty punch pack, Jewels Basic Rhinestone, 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (retired item)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) 

The white rabbit and 2 challenges

10.06.2010

Do you remember the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland? Always frazzled because he was running late? Well, that's me today! So much to do and so little time!
But before I run off to work on that ever-growing, never shrinking to-do list, here's a card created using a color challenge from Color Throwdown (#113) and a sketch challenge from CPS (#186).  The colors to use were Perfect Plum (which I always find challenging, eek!), Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. Enjoy!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the inaugural challenge of Creative Sketches! This week is a sketch challenge and we are looking forward to sharing weekly challenges including sketches, colors, techniques and more! See you tomorrow!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Ink: Early Espresso, Blender Pen and Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Certainly Celery to color
Paper: Perfect Plum, Early Espresso and Naturals Ivory
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, Spellbinders dies
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

NEW! 3 day shipping option

10.03.2010

Starting October 1, a new 3-Day Shipping option will be available for those of us who live in the eastern region. Cost for this service will be the basic shipping charge plus $10 for each $500 in merchandise or fraction thereof. (The split handling fee for My Digital Studio orders will be an additional $5.) This service is only available to demonstrators and customers who live in UPS 4, 5, and 6 ground transit times. Please note that the 3-day option does not include expedited handling, so the 3-day shipping time begins once the order has been processed and fulfilled in the order it was received, not from the date of the order.




*Just a note: While helpful, there will be some times when this option is worthwhile and some times when it is not. This is not expedited shipping, so your order will not be placed ahead of others for assembly and shipping. Depending on the day of the week your are ordering, this option may only get your package to you one day earlier; some times that day is vital, other times it is not. Have questions?  Just contact me  and I'll be happy to share additional information with you.

Time for a Diva Sketch!

10.02.2010

Happy World Card Making Day and Happy Saturday. Around here, that means it's time for a Utah Divas Int'l sketch challenge! I hope you'll play along and link back to your creation in a comment so we can check it out.

To visit the Utah Divas Int'l blog and see a complete list of participating Divas, CLICK HERE. Otherwise, you can follow the links embedded in each person's post along the hop and make your way around. Let's get started!
I made a little discovery today while making this card: The small circle punch in the Itty Bitty Punches pack is the exact size of the gumballs in our Something Sweet stamp set! How cool is that?! It made it so easy to stamp and punch out a bunch of gumballs so that I could fill up the candy dispenser!
This stamp set works perfectly with our round Treat Cups, but this card is going in the mail so I opted to insert a piece of clear Window Sheet behind the punched circle. Mounting this layer over the gumball layer gives it a little bit of dimension but without the bulk.
On the bottom layer, the gumballs were stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock with the additional punched gumballs layered on top. Again, the punch made it so easy that there are a bunch of gumballs in this machine! (Too bad they're not real.....)
Now we're off to BARBARA'S BLOG to see what delightful thing she has done with the sketch this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Something Sweet
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Real Red
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Real Red, Clear Window Sheets
Tools and Embellishments: 1 3/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty Punches, Hobby Blade
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Sweet Baby on it's way!

10.01.2010

A friend of mine will be a grandmother very soon. Her son and daughter-in-law are nearing the date for their baby girl to arrive so it's time for their friends and family to celebrate her pending arrival. These invitations were made especially for her.
The image is one I found on-line; it's actually a coloring page that I reduced in size and printed out using My Digital Studio. The tag and party information (on the inside) were also printed out using MDS.
They'll also be able to thank their guests in style using thank you notes created with the same embossing folder, printed Thank You (yes, using MDS) and a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels for bling. The cards were kept simple so that if they have a few left over, they can always use them for another occasion.
Have a celebration  coming up and need some help? Contact me for information regarding creating your own invitations or having me do them for you!
Stampin' Supplies: 
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing Folder, Pretty In Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, 1 3/8" circle large punch, 1 3/4 " Scallop Circle XL punch, Basic Rhinestone Jewels
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!
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