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June 1, 2012
Release of new annual catalog

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Love Kites

The weather in San Diego has been bright, warm and sunny lately - perfect weather for kite flying. Though I didn't have time to actually bring myself to the park or beach to fly a kite, I did the next best thing I could think of and created a card using the Send Me Soaring Stamp Set (2012 Sale-a-bration)

Card Recipe
Paper: Island Indigo CS; Pool Party CS; Whisper White CS; Lucky Limeade CS; Bights Patterns DSP Pack (old Olive); Everyday Enchantment DSP (2012 Sale-a-Bration [SAB])
Stamps: Send me Soaring (2012 SAB)
Ink: Calypso Corral; Basic Black
Accessories/Tools: Calypso Corral and Lucky Limeade 1/8" taffeta ribbon (2012 SAB); Large Oval Punch; Scallop Oval Punch; Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder; Big Shot

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sweet & Simple Sunday - Pinwheels

I may be "behind the times" with the latest and greatest in stamping, but I feel like Pinwheels are the the newest trend these days. I wanted to experiment with some retired DSP I have and used one of the new SU background stamps to add some quick and easy texture and embellishment.

Card Recipe
Paper: Confetti Cream CS; Early Espresso CS; Blueberry Crisp DSP;
Stamps: Netting background stamp; Bring on the cake Stamp set
Ink: Early Espresso; Not Quite Navy
Accessories/Tools: Night of Navy 1/4" grossgrain ribbon (retired); Antique brads; 3/16" neutrals brads; Designer Label Punch

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sweet & Simple - New Uses for Old Things

I have been saving these small 8 ounce jars looking a use for them. Well, this weekend I realized I could easily decorate them and use them to hold my makeup brushes. These jars are way cuter than the red SOLO cups I was using before!

For this jar, I used the Twitterpated DSP from this year's Sale-A-Bration period, and the Pocketful of Posies DSP from the 2011-2012 annual catalog. Other supplies included Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Chantilly Lace Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, and Pearls

For this second jar, I first ran a piece of Pool Party cardstock through the Big Shot using an embossing folder with a vintage design. Then I sponged over the cardstock with Soft Suede classic ink.  Again, I used a piece of Twitterpated DSP in Peach Parfait. Other supplies include Notable Alphabet stamp set (new to the 2012-2013 annual catalog), En Francois background stamp, Whisper White cardstock, Curly Label punch, Early Espresso baker's twine

For this last jar, I used Elegant Soiree DSP (retired), Confetti Cream CS, Basic Gray CS, Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp set, Serene Silhouettes stamp set (new to 2012-2013 annual catalog), Big Shot, Bitty Banner Framelits (new to 2012-2013 annual catalog)

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Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

wedding card

This card is one I made over the weekend to celebrate a friend recently getting married. I uses some SU and non-SU supplies to make this card. I really love how the Pear Pizzaz and Peach Parfait look again the Soft Suede cardstock - elegant and beautiful at the same time!

ard Recipe
Paper: Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz (retired), WhisperWhite; Everyday Enchantment DSP (retired)
Stamps: Everything Nice (retired), Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Soft Suede, Peach Parfait
Extras: More Msutard grossgrain ribbon (retired), Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot, extra large oval punch, SU pearls

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Working on getting my mojo back

It has been way to long since my last blog post. I sincerely apologize - work has kept me busy pretty much every weekend of June. Luckily, I am crossing my fingers that with the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, I will have a few days where I won't be working so late so I can focus on projects featuring some new items in the recently released catalog.
Today's card project features the new 2012-2014 In-Colors and coordinating accessories - the new dahlia assortment and satin stitched ribbon.

Card Recipe
Paper: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Stamps: Button buddies, netting background stamp, teeny tiny wishes
ink: Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Accessories: 2012-2014 in-color Dahlia assortment; Summer Starfruit 3/8" satin stitched ribbon, stripes embossing folder

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Itty Bitty Banners & Bitty Banner Framelits

This weekend we celebrated Father's Day, and I suddenly realized I need to have more masculine greeting cards on hand! So I have decided that my the theme for my next couple of greeting cards will be to make "masculine" and/or gender neutral cards. 

Tonight's card project features a mix of retired and current stamp sets. I used the Well Worn DSP and Have a Seat Stamp Set retired from last year's catalog. I wish I had bought this stamp set sooner just because I think it is perfect for making masculine cards.

To make this card perfect for any occasion, I used the new Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and new Bitty Banners Framelits.

Other supplies used to make this card include Extreme Elements Stamp set; Not Quite Navy classic ink; Early Espresso classic ink; and Night of Navy 1/4" grossgrain ribbon.

Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set

Bitty Banners Framelits

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You Make my Whole Face Smile

The new 2012-2014 In Colors are bold, bright, and beautiful! To show them off, I made this quick card using the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set from the 2012 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  The new In-Colors are (clockwise from the top left of the card) Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals.

Card Recipe:
Paper: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals
Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions
Tools: 3/4" circle punch
Accessories: Island Indigo 3/8" ruffled ribbon; 2011-2013 in-color designer printed brads

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

To New Beginnings....

A good of friend of mine who runs her own business as a esthetician recently relocated her business.  To congratulate her on the growth of her business and the new location, I wanted to make something for her to celebrate this  new beginning....

I created this 12x12 sign with the help of my Big Shot and Stampin Up dies and materials, and my Cricut, which I really should use a bit more. I started with Stampin Up's Pocketful of Posies DSP (retired - from 2011-2012 catalog), and moved forward from there. 

The larger butterflies were cut with the Big Shot and SU's Beautiful Butterflies Die and more Pocketful of Posies DSP. For the bodies of the butterflies, I used SU's Chantilly Lace ribbon.

The letters were created using my Cricut machine and Cricut Lyrical Letters cartridge.  Cricut has these awesome markers that you can use with the machine to first draw the image before you cut it so that the image has a nice outline. Essentially, you remove cutting blade and insert the marker in its place, select your image and have the Cricut draw. Then remove the marker and put the cutting blade back, re-select the image and let the machine cut it out. Here, I used SU's Pear Pizazz (retired, 2010-2012 In Color) for the letters.

My friend really liked this little gift I made her, and she already put it up in her shop! For anyone in the San Diego area looking for a great place for a facial, wax, or needing make up services for a special event, check out Just Skin! Lorraine did my makeup for my wedding 2 years ago, and I have been seeing her ever since. =)

Here is the link to Just Skin's facebook page and website =)
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Summer Afternoon

It's official...the new 2012-2013 Stampin Up Annual Catalog is out!!!! Here is my first card featuring a stamp set from the new catalog. The stamp set I used is called Summer Afternoon and is actually a Hostess Set in the new catalog.  I have been aching to use my watercolor paper lately, and this stamp set gave me a perfect opportunity to do just that! Check it out!

Stampin Up's Watercolor Paper (#122959) allows you to watercolor like a pro! It absorbs water to help keep the paper flat.  The photo image is not the best, but if you look closely, you will see that, with my aqua painter, I colored the bicycle with Pool Party and Island Indigo. the tires were colored with Basic Gray. With my Lucky Limeade, I was able to paint in the grass area. and tried to create some depth and shadow.

The new catalog is also filled lots of beautiful and fun new Designer Series Paper, but I still have lots of the DSP from the 2011-2012 catalog handy that I don't want to go to waste. So I used various pieces of my Paisley Petals DSP (retired) to add some more color and embellishment.  Stay tuned for more card projects and don't forget to take a look at the new catalog through the link on the right side of my blog!

Card Recipe
Paper: Marina Mist CS; Paisley Petals DSP (retired); watercolor paper
Stamps: Summer Afternoon (hostess set)
Tools: 1 3/4" circle punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; scallop trim punch; Aqua painter
Ink: StazOn; Pool Party; Lucky Limeade; Island Indigo; Basic Gray; Calypso Corral
Accessories: Designer Buttons - regals collection

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