The last day of 2012~~time does fly, even faster as you get older! When I was at Bath and Body Works prior to Christmas, I purchased a few of their little hand sanitizers, including one that contained red sanitizer and the label said "I (heart) You". I went back Saturday and purchased a few more as we will be making these at our next class and the labels were perfect for Valentine favors/gifts. So if you need little gifts for teachers, co-workers and others, drop by your local Bath and Body Works store and pick up a few. By the way, the hand sanitizers were five for $5 and come in a wide variety of colors and themes including PARTY, Island Margarita, I Love Bling and more. After attending my card class and making one holder, you will be ready to make the holders not only for your Valentines but also to use as favors for your next event. Enjoy this last day of 2012. If you are going out tonight, be safe! Happy New Year!
Friday, December 28, 2012
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
I received some very nice crafting Christmas presents that are not SU products. I wanted to share a couple of those products with you so today's cards include both SU and non-SU products. The stamped image on the Calypso Coral card is a Flourish image colored in with my Stampin' Up markers and layered on Gumball Green cardstock. I added some texture using the diagonal plate on my Simply Scored board. (By the way, the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate is one of the Sale-a-bration choices.) The Calypso Coral baker's twine is a nice finishing touch for the bouquet of flowers. The Valentine is a very clean and simple card to create. The scroll flourish is a Memory Box die which I think is just so pretty. This die cut is very delicate so you need to be careful when removing it from the die and releasing it from the cardstock from which it was cut. The stamped image is one of the images in the Stampin' Up set You Are Loved. A little embellishing with rhinestones is all this card really needed. Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
We had a wonderful Christmas with our children on Christmas Eve and our dear friends on Christmas Day. Today will be a reorganize the house day--not my scrap room for a change! (Well, the scrap room needs a little help, but not a priority--lol.) Over the weekend I did find time to play with something new--SU's little pinwheel Sizzlit. As you can see, it is just adorable. The Very Vanilla card uses DSP from the More Amore pack in the Spring mini while the black and red card uses products in the annual catalog. A very cute item, it has little holes to insert the brad and therein lies the challenge. My old, chubby fingers had a problem holding the formed pinwheel and getting that mini brad in. Thanks to a fellow demo, her solution was to line up the tiny holes on a paper piercer and then add the brad. You will have the joy of playing with this little toy at the January classes. Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!
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Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
We had our first real snow of the season and happily it wasn't nearly as bad as predicted for our area. The snow has stopped, the ground is covered and icy and I sit here listening to the strong winds. Today will be a stay-at-home day so that I can spend time organizing my Christmas chaos~~ and playing with ink and paper, too! The image on today's Valentine is from the You Are Loved stamp set and coordinates with the Decorative Label punch. I again matted the image on top of one of my Sure Cuts A Lot labels and added a tiny red heart. The embossed heart detail was created using one of the embossing folders in the Adorning Accents collection, something I don't use very often and which I should. To finish off the card I used my corner chomper (not SU) as it goes so well with the decorative label. Have a wonderful day and find yourself a little time to soak up the sounds and scenes of this last weekend before Christmas. And for those traveling~~safe travels.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Today's card is a cute, fun creation. The color combination was influenced by my need to use a little more of that Pool Party Coredinations cardstock. The stamped image is one of the images in the Patterned Occasions set in the SAB brochure and when you spend $50 during SAB you might chose this stamp set as your freebie! I inked it up with my markers and then used a variety of circle punches for layering. And the finishing touch is the wavy scored border on the Pool Party cardstock. Another item being introduced in the Spring Mini is the Simply Scored Borders Plate. Place this board on top of your Simply Scored tool and you can add a variety of embossed decorative line designs to your cards and scrapbook pages. Next time you are here you will definitely have to play with it. In the meantime, have a great day!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Is that little stamp with the little heart cute or what? It is one of a set of 8 stamps that is in the Sale-a-bration brochure, Pretty Petites. The stamp measures less than 1" wide and high and it has a coordinating punch to go with it, the Petite Curly Label Punch. Each of these can be yours free with each $50 purchase come January 22nd, the start date of Sale-a-bration. I have been playing a bit with SU's My Digital Studio software lately, trying to learn more about it. Since I have an electronic die cutter and I have the Sure Cuts A Lot program, I wanted to see if I could make mats for the mini curly label punch. So I imported the Curly Label punch from the MDS program onto my SCAL mat and succeeded. I added texture by using my Simply Scored tool and used two of the stamps from the Fabulous Phrases set to coordinate with that tiny little heart. Have a great day!
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Over 300 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail-only while supplies last! And for the first time ever, stamps are included at up to 40% off. Go to my SU website, click on Shop Now, Clearance Rack and then New Clearance Items. These are while supplies last and includes dies (Matchbox Die #114890 is one of them--yeah!), stamp pads, individual markers and so much more. Check it out. And it goes way beyond 10 pages. Keep clicking on the arrow to see everything. Only online orders are available, so you will need to order directly. I am off to finish looking at the Clearance Rack items. Have a great day!
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Today's cards were very easy to create~~no special technique or shape. I just wanted you to see new ribbon that is in the Spring Mini. When I first looked through the Spring Mini, I saw pretty pink and pretty gray ribbon. The descriptive title of the ribbon is 1 1/4" Two-Tone Ribbon and next to it are two pictures of ribbon. Well, the 1 1/4" did not register as I oooohed and ahhhhed over the ribbon pictures. So when I tore open the SU box and saw the ribbon, I said out loud to myself, "Wow, this is wide ribbon!" The minute I said it I knew that I did read that it was 1 1/4". No matter the size, the ribbon is gorgeous and it ties beautifully. It is soft and shimmery and looks pretty on both cards. So when you receive your Spring Mini in the mail you will ooooh and ahhhhh over much of it, but remember--the ribbon is wide! Have a wonderful day!
Monday, December 10, 2012
was very productive. We began the weekend having Friday night dinner with Sydney and Matthew~~always a joy, seriously. On Saturday morning Sydney was up before me and John so she used her resources to get ready for breakfast. She pulled a bar stool into the pantry to get the cereal and then moved it further down the counter to get the bowls. It was right about that time when John walked into the kitchen. She had my cereal breakfast set out and ready for me while John made her his chocolate chip pancakes--the pancakes he never made for his daughter--hahahah!!! And then the baking began. We actually baked, iced and decorated cookies for the entire day. Two moments were very memorable: Sydney's little hands were actually big enough to use the cookie press gun herself this year; and Sydney calling John (who had gone to the store) to ask him to get red Twizzlers she can pull apart to make bows for the cookie wreathes!!! I treasure these memories and watch her grow each year, from a little girl who sat on the counter to sprinkle decorates on cookies to the beautiful young lady who can use the cookie press and tie bows made of licorice. The cookies are good, but the love that is in the cookies means so much more. Have a great day!
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Friday, December 7, 2012
Two posts in one day~~all because yesterday I had a vision in my head for this snowman and he was melting. So I put it on cardstock and the only thing I would change on this card: I wouldn't let his smiling face show when he is almost melted~~~hahaha! Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
I usually watch Diane Sawyer on ABC Nightly News. In the past, the ABC Nightly News has done special segments on products that are made in the USA. And during this holiday season, they are again showcasing companies that manufacture their products here in the USA. According to ABC, if each of us spent just $64 on American-made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs. So that got me thinking and I sent an email to Stampin' Up asking which of their products are made here in the USA. The answer: rubber stamps, wheels and ink. That means that many SU products are manufactured outside of the USA, but at least when I purchase stamps and ink I know I am helping someone keep a job. Today's 3x3 card offers a sneak peek of a couple new items in the Spring Mini: a new stamp set, Ciao, Baby and the new 7/8" Mini Scallop circle punch. Both items are very cute! Since the stamp and ink are the only items on this card that are made in the USA, maybe I should get a stamp that I can put on the backs of my cards that says: "Created In the USA"! Have a great day.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I was having "snow much fun" creating cards for nieces and nephews and just had to share this one in particular. Do you remember the Halloween Moon card I had made a couple of months ago? I had gotten so many positive remarks about that one card that I challenged myself to make a winter/snowman card using a fence. But this time, after embossing the cardstock for the fence, I even cut the cardstock so that it l had wood slats just like you see in your neighborhood. And since this is a winter card, I added snow to the fence. Easy enough to do: just drag the top of the cardstock pieces against the Versamark ink pad, pour white embossing powder over it and heat. Over the next few days I will be posting sneak peeks of products that will be in both the Spring Mini (effective January 3rd) and the Sale-a-bration brochure (SAB starts January22nd). There are a few items that I am anxious to get my hands on and when I do, you will see my creations using those items right here on my blog. I have ordered Spring Minis and SAB brochures to be mailed directly to my regular supporters. Not sure exactly when they will be mailed, but I am thinking you will get them mid-December. But if I see you before you receive your copies, I will share mine with you. Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Today's cards were created using the Snow Much Fun stamp set in the annual catalog. During the Online Extravaganza the price was right and it was too cute to pass up. And look at just how cute these cards turned out! We have a number of nieces and nephews that we send gift cards to each Christmas and these snowman cards will be perfect. The cards with pink will be for the girls. I will make similar cards for the boys, but will change the colors~~red and green or blue and red. So many possibilities! The images were stamped using Black Stazon ink and then colored in using my SU markers. I used a blender pen and Bashful Blue ink to lightly add a little "shadowing" along the outlines of the snowmen. To finish off the card on the right, I drew a black outline and sponged a little Bashful Blue and Basic Gray along the outline to give the illusion that the tree and snowman are on snow-covered ground. The "Happy Christmas" sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set, also in the annual catalog. Hope your day is "so much fun"!
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Monday, December 3, 2012
We had an enjoyable afternoon, but no Cricut machines this month. Instead, five of the six regulars (missed you Nancy) had a cookie exchange and played a little bingo. These are two of the little favors, both made with the Two Tags die. The Cherry Cobbler DSP was left over from the JOY frame class and the white favor is Whisper White cardstock which was run thru the Big Shot using an embossing folder.
Each holds a little Hershey nugget. (I think Hershey should send us a free bag of Nuggets or Hugs or Kisses as it seems that papercrafters are some of their biggest supporters--lol!) A strand of red and green garland adds a very festive touch to the "sweets" bar in the dining room together with a vase filled with candy canes, a bowl with Sixlets, white cupcakes and cute little snow people. Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time.
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Friday, November 30, 2012
The Christmas Lodge stamp set in the annual catalog is one that held my interest for quite a while, but I just couldn't justify purchasing another Christmas set. So when the tree stamp became available as a single purchase, I ordered the single stamp. I had an idea as to how I would use it, and it worked as I envisioned. Of course, I did waste a few pieces of Whisper White cardstock, but once I knew what green would work best and how many times I needed to stamp off, the cards look very nice. After inking the image with Old Olive, I stamped it once on a scrap paper and then the second time on the Whisper White cardstock for the Olive Green Card. For the Cherry Cobbler card, I inked the stamp and stamped it twice on a scrap before stamping it on the Whisper White cardstock. I used Early Espresso for the sentiment (from More Merry Messages) and even though it shows up on both cards, I think the more faded tree on the Cherry Cobbler Card is a tiny bit better. Have a great day!
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Regina got thru surgery. Her husband called to let me know she was in recovery. And then a few minutes ago, Regina herself called! We only talked for a minute, but she sounded relieved~~very relieved. And so am I. Thanks for the prayers sent up for Regina. She said they were heard. Goodnight all.
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. . .has been fighting lung cancer for the past months. (A little side note~~Regina never smoked. It shouldn't make a difference, but some people do wonder about that.) About 5 months ago she underwent surgery, chemo and proton therapy. Unfortunately, she has had a recurrence. This morning she is going in for removal of her left lung. She is so brave and has gone thru so much already. She is keeping up a good front but I know she is very worried--especially about her family. Regina is married and has eleven year old twins, a girl and a boy. She is also the person who would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. So today's post is a request: Please say a prayer for Regina, her family and her doctors performing the surgery. Send good thoughts to the Otten family. Have a great day and find a little prayin' time.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
No other lights are needed in our living room~~unless you want to read! I find it ironic that our Christmas tree is so calming. You think of Christmas and the shopping, the baking, the present wrapping~~so much to do to get ready for Christmas. Yet I walk past the tree and think about how pretty the tree is and take a few minutes to look at it and reflect on Christmases past. And do you know what I remember the most? Our Christmases I spent with my family and friends. I do remember a few gifts~~the Little Women book my parents gave me when I was a child, the gumball machine engagement ring my husband (of 38 years) gave me and can't forget the iron he gave me--lol! Those gifts were significant for one reason or another. But when I look at the tree, I think about the family--Santa Claus coming to our house on Christmas Eve and handing out presents with my Mom and brothers and sister and Grandpa and Aunt Helen and Uncle I all sitting around and smiling and laughing; the stuffed cabbage dinner we had every Christmas Eve that our kids and my nephews did not enjoy; all of us sitting in the living room on the sofa, chairs, the floor and just being a family~~a joyful time; going to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and so much more. I guess the shopping and wrapping are all part of the Christmas celebration, but above all else, it is about the love and laughter of family and friends that will carry over year after year. I hope that as you prepare for the holidays, you can take the time to look at your tree and find a little peace and quiet.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Happy Monday! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration--as always. Once everything from Thanksgiving was put away, out came the Christmas decorations. John put out the lights up outside, just before the cold air arrived. Then yesterday we focused on the inside decorations and put up the Christmas tree. The living room always looks so pretty with the tree lit. I will have to post a picture of the tree later in the week. Today's photo shows gift envelopes made using the Petite Pocket die with tags punched using the Decorative Label Punch. Both are items that I use often and both are on sale thru November 28th during the Online Extravaganza for 30% off. These pretty pockets are the perfect presentation not only for gift cards, but also for monetary gifts, checks, candies, little trinkets and so much more. The layer under the Decorative Label tags are not available through SU as I created those using my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot program. Have a great day and a good week.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Woke up to our lovely little granddaughter's smiling face and eagerness to get ready for our Thanksgiving company. Last night she toasted three loaves of bread while she donned her Laura Ingalls' bonnet and at the same time as Charlie Brown was toasting his bread--hahaha!! Earlier in the day, she made these cute little turkey cookies, a recipe she found in her American Girl magazine back in the summer. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and that her mommy has brought her up to know the importance of not only family, but of working together to make a day special. I hope your day started as wonderfully as ours and that you have a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I am in the midst of getting ready for Thanksgiving and as usual, I got side-tracked--lol!! Last month I was searching online for Bogdon Chocolate Covered Peppermint Sticks. A container of about 60 sticks cost $8 and the shipping was between 6-12 dollars. At that cost for shipping, I waited for a while and found a pack of 60 or so for $9 at my local World Plus Market--no shipping charge. If I had waited a little longer, I recently saw them at Hobbly Lobby for $6.99 and with a 40% off coupon they would have cost even less. Oh well, I would be spending more in gas money running around looking for the best price! I originally needed these peppermint sticks for Snowman Soup packs and found that the sticks also fit very nicely into a pocket made using the Petal Cone die. I used Raspberry Ripple and Shimmery White cardstock, a little bit of tulle and a star brad to hold the tulle in place. This is the first of a few Petal Cone die favors I will be making for Christmas. Now back to Thanksgiving! Have a great day and find yourself a little relaxin' time in the midst of your Thanksgiving preparations.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Monday, November 19, 2012
This weekend John was off hunting and Sydney and I had a girl weekend here. While making cards and Thanksgiving favors, I introduced Sydney to the Lennon Sisters and Lawrence Welk! I don't even remember exactly how they became a big part of our weekend, but I was reminiscing and telling Syd how we used to spend our Saturday nights when we were kids~~watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Out came the iPad and Syd and I polkaed and waltzed, all while being creative in my scraproom!!! It was fun and a bit sentimental as I watched those videos and thought about how my family enjoyed such simple things~~together. Also simple are today's cards. I stamped random snowflakes to make pretty backgrounds and then embellished a few of the flakes with little silver stars or Dazzling Diamonds. The snowflake wreath image is from the Four Seasons hostess set, punched using the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and adhered using dimensionals after the ribbon and/or seam binding was tied around the white cardstock of each card. By the way, when Syd woke up Sunday morning, she wanted to know if I could put on that "polkying" music again! Must be that good Polish and German blood. Have a great day!
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Woke up to the news that Stampin' Up is having an online sale beginning November 19th and ending November 28th.! During these 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts--up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products! In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza--our very own doorbusters!
Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
|Simply Scored Diagonal Plate||
|Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine||
|Big Shot Doctor's Bag||
Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
|118941||Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)||
|120279||Clear Block Storage Caddy||
|109127||Stack & Store Caddy||
The above link will take you to the list of items that will be on sale. You can place orders directly online through my website, www.stampintimesomewhere.stampinup.net or you can contact me and I will place the order for you. And don't forget your Christmas Wish List or that of your stampin' friends! Now would be a good time to start your Christmas shopping without having to leave your house!
Questions? Don't hesitate to give me a holler. Off to check out the sale list. Have a great day!
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Today's cards were again created using a "stencil" left over from a previously diecut framelit (from the Labels set). After sponging the Crumb Cake, I stamped the image (off-center a bit) with Early Espresso ink before removing the stencil. This was done so that the image remained in the confines of the Crumb Cake sponged area while masking off the white area of the card. The sentiment was stamped after the stencil was removed as I wanted the sentiment to spill over into the white area. I repeated the same steps for the Marina Mist and Red card, but I inked the flower image using my markers so as the flower would stand out. I am sure you recognize the stamps I used from the Love & Sympathy set, but maybe not the "hope" sentiment. It is from the Blooming With Kindness set on page 87 of the annual catalog. In my opinion, the font used in this set is gorgeous. Now time to get back to my holiday things. Have a great day!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I have been making many Christmas and Thanksgiving cards and favors and needed a little change of pace. So, I opted to make a pretty little card for Valentine's day or just to say "love you" to someone. This polka dot Love You stamp jumped out at me when the Holiday Mini was first released, but I wasn't into the other stamps in the Seasonal Sayings set. So when SU released it as a single stamp purchase, I wasted no time in purchasing it. At the price of $4.95, I will get my money's worth. What the heck, one embellished card at my local card shop costs $4.95! And how perfect is the heart? After cutting a heart using a framelit die, I saved the heart for future use, but used the negative space as my stencil. I centered it on the card and sponged the entire area with Pink Pirouette. When I was happy with the sponging, I removed the "stencil", stamped the sentiment in black and added a few little flowers and embellishments. In tomorrow's post, I will show a couple more cards on which I used the masking technique. Until then, have a great day!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Today's photo is of our new grandpuppy, Duval. Back in April, our son adopted Molly and she is a very good dog. But Molly needed a friend as she suffers from a little separation anxiety. Matthew had been searching Pit Bull rescue sites looking for Molly's companion when he came upon Bombshell Bullies Pit Bull Rescue (www.bombshellbullies.com). He saw this little charmer, set up an appointment to meet him and now the boy belongs to Matt and Molly. The two dogs are getting along just fine and Duval has made himself right at home at Matt's house. He and Molly are good companions for each other and for Matt, too. They are both lucky dogs to have Matt as their Dad. Congratulations, Matt. We are proud of you and your determination to rescue dogs rather than purchase a cute little puppy from the pet store.
Monday, November 12, 2012
My JOY Frame workshop was a huge success. Over the past week, a few of you have seen my FAMILY frames in person and have asked if I was going to offer a workshop for it. Before I set firm dates, I am wondering how many would be interested, what date would work, etc. My initial plan includes:
- Cost: $12 (not including frame or extra paper); I will try to get black frames at a decent price of $10 again. (Not an SU event.)
- Dates I have available: Sunday November 25th and/or Saturday, December 1st.
- I have used Cherry Cobbler and Pink Pirouette for the letter shadows and tiny embellishment pieces. You would have the color of your choice using SU cardstock. So long as it coordinates with black and ivory, the choice is yours.
- You would need to supply your own adhesive and bring a paper trimmer.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
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