Guest Stamper Debby Perl


My friend Debby came over the other day so we could do some stampin'. She hadn't done too much "masking" so we thought it would be fun to play with that. Even though it's spring-time now, we still pulled out this fall stamp set simply because it is the absolute BEST for practicing this technique. Enjoy!
And just for fun, let me show you our work table; you could still see the surface at this point! LOL

On, no! Where did they go?


Hi everyone - just so you know - blogger (picasa?) seems to be having some issues today with the servers that hold photos. I was a little freaked when I checked in and saw x boxes instead of my project pics.
If you are seeing the same thing, no worries! I'm sure they'll have things up and running again soon.
Thanks for stopping by!

DivaSC76 Double Sweet Pea


 Happy Saturday and welcome to our weekly sketch challenge withUDI. Our sketch this week was another simple one, but I think you'll be happy and surprised to see what-all can be done with it!

For both of my projects, I used our Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (from the Occasions Mini catalog). I started out trying to make the card but I got a little sidetracked! I just couldn't bring myself to cover all of the butterflies on this gorgeous sheet of paper. So I took the sketch and also made a 6x6 scrapbook page with it. Here we go!

Hola! (Hello!) The images on this card are from our Hola De Nuevo stamp set which you can get as a Sale-a-bration freebie. (It's also available in English). I thought this would make a cute any occasion card. I left the stamping very simple; if you look closely you'll be able to see that the flower was stamped twice so that I could cut out the second image and apply it over the first with a dimensional. I also added some Crystal Effects mixed with Dazzling Diamonds for sparkle. It's so cute in real life!
As much as I like the card - check out this page!
Same sketch, just tweaked a little. And see how this page really allows me to let the pattern on the paper show? I was even able to cut out one of the butterflies to use as an additional embellishment with the ribbon. Now, if all of my pages would come together so quickly I wouldn't be ages behind in my scrapbooking! LOL
Thank you for stopping by today. To see more projects made with our sketch, your next stop is Alisa Tilsner's blog. To return to the UDI page, click here.

Supplies for both projects:
Stamps: Hola De Nuevo, Baroque Motifs
Ink: Baroque Burgundy, Rose Red, Old Olive, Regal Rose
Paper: Baroque Burgundy (Textured), Whisper White, Rose Red, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper
Tools/Other: 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Paper Snips, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Bravo Burgundy Wide Grosgrain, Rose Red Narrow Grosgrain, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Scallop Trim Border Punch
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Cottage Wall Quick Cards


I need to take a picture of the card we made in class today, but until that happens I thought I would share this previous card with you.

Butterflies cut with the Big Shot are paired with Cottage Wall Designer Series paper and minimal embellishments to make easy any-occasion cards.
Easy peasy and quick to assemble, these cards would make a great card set to give as a gift! Enjoy!

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Why do I?


This page was made entirely with our digital paper-crafting program, My Digital Studio. I'll be meeting with my team today and our challenge for this meeting was to create a scrapbook page telling our "why". Why we are demonstrators or why we love Stampin' Up! I had fun choosing my favorite colors and images and adding just a little bit of text. (And, no - not going to put a picture of myself. Blech.)
I hadn't played with the program in a while and I had forgotten about a couple of "stamp" sets that are included in the program. There's one in particular that has been on my wish list (for rubber stamps) for a while. Why didn't I notice it in there?? Tomorrow, I'm going to try printing out the image to see if I can use it to make a quick card. I'll let y'all know how that goes.
But this page... this one I finished up last night while getting bummed watching the news. I think I'll give up that nonsense and just spend more time with paper-crafting. Know what I mean? LOL
Before I go: remember that time is running out for taking advantage of Sale-a-bration and the 15% discount on our starter kit. Be sure to contact me right away if you are ready to save some money! Thanks for stopping by!
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DivaSC75 Chunky Pretties


It's Saturday and time for a Diva Sketch Challenge. This week, we had the additional challenge of using items from our Pretties Kit (embellishments). This kit comes complete with silk flowers, half-back pearls, hat pins and beads. They really add a nice elegant touch to any project.
 For my card, I chose to alter the silk flower from the Pretties Kit. Based on a technique shared at a Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar, I combined Crystal Effects and Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink re-inker and painted the flower with the mixture. While it was still wet, I poured on some of our Chunky Glitter (the white/clear one).  If you decide to try it yourself, do this step with the flower first; it takes a little while to dry.
Some additional notes about my card:
  • I used a Jumbo Grommet on the flower to mimic the pattern on our Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper.
  • It was difficult to get the grommet to go through the flower; instead, I bent the legs in and attached the grommet to the flower with glue dots.
  • Fire Circle rhinestone brads decorate the center of the flower as well as the strips of paper radiating from it.
Thank you for stopping by to view my card. To see additional projects made for this challenge,  the next stop on the UDI hop is Elizabeth Harris all the way over in Tampa. (lol, only 2 hours from me....). Or, if you would like to return to the Diva blog, click here.

Ink: Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink re-inker
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper; card stock: So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie
Tools/Other:Jumbo Grommets, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, Chunky Glitter, Mini Glue Dots, Pop-up Glue Dots, Crystal Effects
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Play in the dirt!


Ever since I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Mini catalog (Something Sweet), I saw a magnifying glass using the "handle" and circle stamp. Most samples I've seen use these pieces as a baby rattle, but I kept seeing the glass! I finally got around to playing around with the idea this weekend. I should have done the word placement a little differently, but this was a fun try. And it's always fun to try to create creatures out of paper punches. :)
Another project I'd like to try is to put a butterfly in the center, perhaps on a die cut or stamped flower. I think the butterflies embossed and cut with the Beautiful Wings embosslits would work perfectly with this. But since I don't have it yet, it will have to be a project for another day. (Patience... patience... I tell myself!)

Stamps: Something Sweet 
Ink: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive Classic Ink
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Whisper White card stock, Basic Black Journaler
Tools/Other: Stampin' Sponges, 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Signo White Gel Pen, Big Shot, Billboard Decorative Strip Die
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DivaSC74 Shades of Spring


 Hi Everyone! It's Saturday and time for a card sketch challenge with UDI!

I apologize that the words on the little tags are difficult to read. I need to replace the bulb in my Ott lamp (I use it with a photo box to take project pics). I had to use the light coming thru the window on a very rainy day and this was the only angle that worked!

  • The words used are rub-ons that say: Faith, Hope and Happiness. (Happiness is on the bottom right tag.)
  • The colors are taken directly from the Shades of Spring paper.
  • A line of die-cut flowers run across the card, but you could use ribbon here if you prefer.
  • Did you know? Sizzlits (like the Lots of Tags used here) fit perfectly onto the long narrow platform used for the decorative strip dies. I was able to use the same tools to cut the flowers and the tags. Cool! 
Well, I hope you like the card! If you'd like to see more projects based on this sketch, you're next stop is Alisa Tilsner's blog.  She'll direct you to the next Diva. To see the sketch and visit the UDI blog, click here.

Paper: So Saffron card stock, Orchid Opulence card stock, Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper
Tools/Other: Big Shot, Flowers Sizzlit decorative strip die, Lots of Tags sizzlits, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Char toom Rubons, Ice Circles Rhinestone Brads
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Stamp-a-stack on March 21st


Hi everyone!
The following cards are the choices for our Stamp-a-stack on Sunday, March 21st. We're going to change things a little this time. Each participant will choose 1 card design and make 10 of the same card. However, I will be providing different Designer Series Paper choices (and coordinating supplies) so that you will have some variety within the 10.
Please RSVP to save your spot by next Wednesday March 17th - 4 spots remain.
Materials fee is $15 and includes prep'd materials as shown in the photos below. Envelopes are included however you must provide your own adhesive. Thank you!

Resources: March 2010 Stampin' Success, Paper Crafts Magazine and Stampin' Style blog.
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Scalloped Flowers


This Friday in class we'll be making these pretty flowers. Ladies - please remember to RSVP by tonight! Thanks!

 Resources: Stampin' Up! Wow Workshops  CD
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Guest Stamper - Stampin' Up!


Ok, so the company isn't really one person (my usual focus for "guest stamper"). But this project is too cute not to share with you! It's a project shared by Stampin' Up! on our main company site. If you've never noticed before, they do share a new project (or more than one) every month. Be sure to check it out.

Here are the supplies they used:

•Spring Floral Stampin' Around wheel

•Bashful Blue card stock
•So Saffron card stock
•Whisper White card stock

•Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad
•So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

•Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
•Linen thread
•Sherbet Designer buttons
•Stampin' Dimensionals
•Extra Large Fancy Flower punch*
•1" Circle punch
•Bamboo skewers

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 My card for today's Utah Divas International Sketch Challenge. I've been working on some "We've Moved" cards for my brother and his family and have been trying to come up with a simple card that I can handle making in duplicate. (That is SO not my strength......) I think this sketch may just work for me and the paper definitely does. It's from our SAB paper pack and it's printed with the trees and clouds (as above) as well as some really cute houses. I'll just change out the sentiment and I think I'm good to go. Well, for maybe 5 of them then I'll try something else :)

To return to the UDI site, click here. To move on to Alisa and her sketch, click here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Asian Artistry (Level 2 Hostess Set)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Classic ink pad
Paper: Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Pad (Sale-a-bration item), Old Olive card stock, Pumpkin Pie card stock
Tools/Other: Silver Brads, Orange 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slot punch, Stampin' Sponge
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Guest Stampers


 Usually, I only share one guest at a time, but since I shared all of these projects at my last class, I need to show them all here at the same time. (See how I love you ladies? lol)

First, here is a card from my good friend Martha Stewart. To see more projects by Martha, click here to be directed to her blog. We all loved the colors and papers she used, but everyone most loved the heart and the stamp around it. Click here for information on these products.

Next, here are two projects from my new friend Jessica Garcia. Jessica shared some great HELPFUL information along with these adorable swaps: the milk carton box (cut with our Mini Milk Carton Bigz L die) fits inside an International Coffees tin. The tin can be mailed for only $1.36 as long as it is covered with paper. Isn't that a great bit of info?! How cute would it be to send some chocolately goodness in an adorable box and not break the bank - yay!
And, before I forget - did you notice that the tiniest Matryoshka doll fits in the Jewelry Tag punch? FUN!

Thank you ladies for sharing your creativity with me. Y'all are the best!!

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Class last Friday


 The following cards were created and shared for our Card making class this past Friday. (If you missed the class and would like to make them, I'd be happy to share them with you and your friends at a workshop... just contact me and we'll set it up!)

The main card (the top one) card was inspired by two Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who shared their techniques and projects on the  2008-2009 Workshop Wow DVD. Special thanks to Melissa Ellis and Dorothy Seatter for sharing your creativity!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see some projects shared by my team members - you're gonna love 'em!

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Autumn Days
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Tools/Other: Stampin' Pastels, sticky notes, Sponge Daubers, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1/4" Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon (in Chocolate Chip), Horizontal Slot punch, Top Note Die, Big Shot
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