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Friday, January 27, 2012

Hedge's Family Fundraiser

I received my fundraiser goodies for the Hedges' family. Stampin' UP! is a wonderfully generous company. Usually, they only take part in your everyday fundraisers, you know, church, school, hospital, etc...which are all terrific fundraisers. I thought I would send them an email to ask for a donation for the silent auction at this fundraiser. 

This is a personal matter so Stampin' Up! doesn't usually partake in these sort of donations. Well, the wonderful representative from Stampin' UP! said she just couldn't say no when she read my email as it brought her to tears. What a wonderful woman! What a wonderful company!

The next thing I know, I get an email stating the products will be here by Feb. 1st.
How sweet is this! I hope this fundraiser is very successful as this family has been through so much these last 3+ months and they really could use the help!
 Just check it all out! Awesome!

 Ribbons, stamp pads, lots of 12 x 12 papers, embellishments, punches, simply sent kits, note kits, stamp sets and more...........

..........rub ons, a simply scrappin' kit, brads, buttons, a brass stencil, even a chipboard art book just waiting for you to embellish it with all these goodies!

 Come and place your silent auction bid! Who knows? Maybe you can win one or both of these baskets!  Here is a link for the event. I know that I will definitely be there. Hope everyone can come and support this wonderful family!
Now, any ideas how I can spruce this stuff up into 2 separate baskets/gift boxes that will create a wow? Any of your suggestions/comments will be greatly appreciated! Thanks and have a wonderfully blessed day.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Hump Day

OK, I am still working on it, but I have figured out how to put a few links on my blog. Woot woot!  So, if you would like to check out the current promotions going on with my Stampin' Up! business, just click on the promotions link on the right side of the page.

There I also added a link to project ideas and my Stampin' Up! events.

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, I have added links to view ideas using "My Digital Studio".

Back to work now.......I'll get this yet!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Tuesday

Good Morning! Here are the current catalogs and carry overs being offered by Stampin' Up!. Now if I can only figure out how to make them links! I need an html course I think. They are very cute pics, aren't they? Maybe one of these days I'll figure out a way for you to be able to actually click on them! What a concept, gee-sh!

 My youngest son decided that he wanted to check out the jazz band this morning to see if he wants to join.  He currently plays the French Horn in the normal band, so he is trying a few different instruments to see if he would also like to learn one of those for the jazz band.  I think he is leaning towards either the Trumpet or the Trombone right now, I'll find out after school for sure as he will be all excited and want to get a new instrument asap. I've already told him not to get too excited because until I am done paying off the French Horn, he will be using the schools instrument if he decides to join. One outrageous payment a month is enough. And here I thought I would be done paying for instruments at the end of this year! What was I thinking?

Since Brian decided to check out the jazz band and go to school early this morning, I am going to share with you a few swaps from previous months of club and a make-n-take card also from a previous month. Why? Because daddy drove him and I am still in my pajamas being lazy. So going to the workshop just isn't appealing to me right now.  I'm feeling a very laid back day today.  Hmmm.....maybe this jazz band thing twice a week will be my lazy day thing twice a week!  It's starting to sound like a plan to me, he he.
Supplies I used:
Gently Falling Stamp Set
Hand Penned Holidays Stamp Set
Early Espresso & Whisper White CS
Spice Cake DSP
More Mustard, Pool Party, Early Espresso & Pear Pizazz Classic Stampin' Pads
Eyelet Border Punch
Victorian Crochet Trim & Quilted Satin (in Early Espresso) Ribbons
Spice Cake Designer Button
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder

 This 1st card is a make-n-take I taught the gals back in October. I love the mottled leaves. 

These next 2 cards are swaps from club from member(s). I think they are very clever and cute!

Aren't they cute!

Please bear with me as I am still trying to figure out this whole blog thing! I can't for the life of me figure out how to put my Stampin' Up! website, or even the catalogs, etc... on here with the pics attached, I just keep getting the script link. So, I will have to sharpen my html skills a little and figure this out so you will be able to just click on a pic and go to that spot.  I'm working on it  :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

Some Crafty Gals

I had a very nice time at club on Saturday. It was good to see my friends again. One of these days I will have my head completely attached and not forget anything. What did I forget this time? The order forms, lol. Sometimes I really have to wonder about myself (I'm pretty sure the gals are already wondering about me)! Gee-sh! Oh well, we're not all rocket scientists I guess, he he.

The ladies and I always exchange swaps at club, so I thought I'd share their beautiful creations with you.  I really do have some very creative gals in my group!

They really come up with some cute ideas. This "Key To My Heart" card is so cute. I just love the way it opens! Very clever.

Here is another version of a window card. It is a "Peek-A-Boo" window card like the stocking card I showed you, except the window is round and instead of the window sheet, she embossed the stamped image on the inside to give it a "3D" effect.

I just love this card! Of course, I am partial to penguins! :) 

Here's another cute "birthday" card I'd like to share:

 I had to lay it down so you could see the cute DSP behind the scalloped edge at the bottom of the card. Stinkin' Cute I Say! 

These two cards are very cute and feminine "Valentine's" greetings.

 Isn't this pretty! A very cute monotone card. A monotone card is simply a card that utilizes just one color. For this card the color is delightful bright red.

Of course, you can't forget the pink on Valentine's Day either. It is a holiday all about us girls ya know...

 Don't you just love the colors in this card! The pink and green together are just beautiful. This too, is another version of a window or cut out image card. The tulip frame border that is embossed around the outer edge of this card is so pretty. It is one of my favorite Stampin' UP! embossing folders. In fact, I have another idea for a club project that will be using it coming up.

You'll just have to come back to see it, because I promised Michelle that I wouldn't divulge the cards on my blog before clubs were finished for the month, so she could keep her element of surprise.  So, that card won't be posted for awhile.  :)

These last two cards are examples of the swaps I made for club this month. Yes, the idea was cased online, again from that wonderful Dawn Griffith. I get a lot of inspiration from her!

 I hope you enjoyed looking at our swap cards from club this month. Don't forget to join this blog and become part of the family. Don't worry, it's free and we won't bother you (much anyway, he he)! :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's Club Time!

Good morning. It is very bright and sunny out today. It's a pretty day because of the snow we received yesterday, but it is still very cold.

For all of you ladies in my club, we meet today at Robbie's house in Roscoe, IL. Club is at 2 PM and I will be leaving Lake Geneva at about 12:30 just in case there are any delays due to the weather. Please drive safely and I will see you soon!

I'm going to share a few cards today that suit the snow. Although they are Christmas greetings, the sentiments can always be swapped for different winter occasions.

This 1st card I made is a case of a card I found online. For the life of me, I cannot find the link anywhere this morning, but when I find it I will be sure to post it so the owner can get her due credit. I want to thank her though for the wonderful inspiration!
Night of Navy and Whisper White CS
Jet Black Stazon
Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Garden Green Classic Stamp Pads
Sponge Daubers
Dazzling Details
This second card is my creation for a club swap. It is also a very simple yet pretty design.
Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White CS
Frostwood Lodge DSP
Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding
Jet Black Stazon
Bashful Blue, So Saffron & Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin Pads
Sponge Daubers
Dazzling Details
White Puff Paint

I have to go and get ready for my stamp club now. Have a wonderful day everyone.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's A "Snuggie" Kind Of Day!

The wind chills are to remain below zero, so the weather has given me a chance to hibernate today, lol. I'm not going outside again until I have to pick my son up from school. That means no shop today, so instead of working on designing a card or two, I am going to upload a few pics of cards that I have made.

These cards are my version of cards I have researched online. I have to send out a huge "Thank You" to all of the designers out there who have been inspiring me for the last 5+ years. I can't remember all of their information right now, but I promise I will post links to them when I am finished researching where I cased them from. 

I will start jotting it down from now on, because now I'm writing my own blog so I need to give credit where credit is due. 

This first card is a "window card".

Supplies I Used:
Heard from the Heart stamp set
Stitched Stockings stamp set
Stocking Builder Punch
Window sheet 
Frostwood Lodge DSP
Silver Glimmer Paper
Whisper White CS
Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Basic Black, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler & Marina Mist Classic Stamp Pads

I found the tutorial for this card from one of my favorite designers Dawn. 
 Here is the link to her website:
Thank you Dawn for all of your great ideas!

This next card was also a case from Dawn. It is one of my favorites!

Supplies I Used:
Snow Much Fun Stamp Set
Basic Black 1-4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Modern Label Punch
Baja Breeze, Basic Black & Whisper White CS
Baja Breeze DSP
Vellum CS
Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers
Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

This is a "multi panel" card. I will draw a template and upload it this week so you can visualize the dimensions easier than I can explain them without a pic. It is very easy once you "see" the design itself.

OK, time to go for now, have a great day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Playing With the Bug....One of my Favorite Toys!

OK, it is currently -12 degrees outside with the wind chill. Otherwise, our current temperature is 0. It's a little chilly, so I am going to drink my coffee and stay warm, then Rick will come back to pick me up at 9 or so, so I can start my day at the workshop.  
When I'm not playing with Stampin' UP!, I am playing with something else, I love ALL crafts! So I decided to make a few cards with my wonderful new bug, the E2. I needed quick cards to send to a few of my relatives whose birthdays are this month. Here are the 3 cards I made.
      They were very easy to make. I used my Give A Hoot cartridge for the owls and the banner, using all the layers and the shadow options. My card bases are 1/2 fold, or greeting size cards, which are simply a full (8-1/2" x 11") sheet of paper folded in 1/2 to create a finished size of 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". I layered a piece of coordinating DSP on top, then simply stamped a quick "Happy Birthday" sentiment on each using the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set with a Versamark ink pad, and embossed them with Black embossing powder for the blue cards, and White embossing powder on the pink card.
I decided to doodle on the pink card. Why not? Girls like doodle things! We're a little quirky that way. I didn't doodle on the blue cards as my "manly" brother and father-in-law wouldn't even notice it. That's just how they roll. 
 I cut the owls at 3-1/2" and the banners at 1-1/4"

Happy Birthday Terri, Steve and Fernando!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Stampin UP! Club Projects

This is my 1st official blog entry, so please bear with me as I try to stumble my way along and figure this all out. Maybe one of these days I can even figure out how to personalize my blog the way I want! Oh well, one thing and one day at a time.

If you would like to join my Stampin' Club or if you have any comments/questions, simply shoot me an email, comment on this blog, give me a call or visit my website and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  You can even stop by my workshop if you're in the Lake Geneva, WI area as I would love to meet you!

The temperatures are dropping and it is snowing outside. I cannot think of a better way to stay warm than drinking by my cup of coffee, or should I say "pot of coffee", and uploading the pictures for my January club projects.

This month we are going to make 3 cards, 2 of which are Valentine's Day greetings, and a very cute and feminine Thank You card.

The 1st card in the picture above is an adorable window card. The pictures really don't do it justice and I really do need to invest in a better camera one of these days.

For this card, I used the sentiment from the With All My Heart stamp set. I used Jet Black Stazon for the ink to give it a crisp, sharp look. The base of the card is cut at 4-1/4 x 11 inches. The designer series paper (DSP) I used was from the Neutral Collection of the DSP Packs. I chose the 'printed' paper in the color of Basic Grey. This paper was cut at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches (the finished size of the card).  I embossed the lower part of the dsp with one of the Adorning Accents textured impressions embossing folders (Gosh, I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE the new items in the Occasions mini catalog!). Then I lightly rubbed the hearts with the sanding block from my distressing kit to reveal the white core of the paper and make the hearts stand out. The entire card is  scalloped at the bottom, using our brand new Adorning Accents edgelits dies from the Occasions mini catalog. The window and frames are cut out of the card using our brand new Hearts Collection framelits dies, also from the Occasions mini. I used some Dotto temporary adhesive in the center back of my Basic Grey dsp, adhered it to the front of my base card and ran them both thru the Big Shot at the same time in order to have perfect placement on the card. For the frames (the other is located on the backside of the window, on the inside of the card) I used 2 of the dies at once on top of 2 layers of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I ran the smallest heart framelit through the big shot twice, to get 2 perfect little hearts from our Red Glimmer paper to layer back-to-back and hang from some thread in the window of the card. This creates a cute, glittery, spinning adornment for the card. The ribbon I used was the Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon. It is such an easy "WOW! card" to create!

A big "Thank You" has to go out to my great friend Melodie this month for asking me to create another Diorama card. This is the 2nd of our 3 make-n-take projects for this month's club. I just love how this card turned out. And I also made it in her favorite colors, pink and purple, or to those of us Stampin' UP! ladies, Blushing Bride and Perfect Plum.
This card is stamped using the new Tea Shoppe set. The inks I used were: Jet Black Stazon; craft Perfect Plum; and, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride markers. For the base of this card, I used  Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand cardstock, both cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored at 2" and 6-1/2" on the landscape orientation with my Simply Scored scoreboard. For the center panel, I used another piece of Sahara Sand cs cut at 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" and scored @ 1" and 5-1/2" again in the landscape position. A piece of Very Vanilla was cut at 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" (the finished size of the card) and layered in the center of the back panel so I could stamp and emboss my very cute tea cup. I also used Perfect Plum dsp from the Subtles Collection Dsp Pack and scraps of Very Vanilla. The windows were cut in the same manner as for the Valentine card above, except this time I used the Labels Collection framelits dies. The leftover 'frame' that comes from the dsp fits perfectly in the center window to create your shadow effect. I used the new Blushing Bride 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon and punched out the front sentiment using the coordinating Modern Label punch. I love this card!

 For my 3rd and final make-n-take, I made this simple and cute Valentine card.

For the ink, I used Early Espresso. I used Pretty In Pink cs for the base, cut at 4-1/4" x 11". I used Morning Mocha Specialty Dsp cut at 3" x 4" and a piece of Early Espresso CS cut with the same dimensions. I used scraps of Pretty In Pink, Crumb Cake and Red Glimmer paper to adorn the card. The big hearts were cut out using the Full Heart punch and the little guys using the Small Heart punch. I used the scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit die with the Big Shot for the scalloped shadow behind the big hearts. The sentiment was stamped and then cut out using the Designer Label punch, which I then cut out another scrap of Pretty In Pink cs with to shadow the sentiment. The ribbon is our 1/2" Scalloped Dots ribbon in Pretty In Pink.