Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2nd Annual Retired Stamps and Accessories Sale!

Retired Products Blowout
Saturday, 8/17/13
Sunday, 8/18/13
16870 NE 24th Pl, Blvu
HUNDREDS of retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets for sale; along with plenty of retired accessories.
Handmade cards available for sale
Come early for best selections!
Book a party at the sale and get a goodie bag, including a brand new 2013-2014 Annual Catalog
What: Retired Stampin’ Up! products for sale 
Dates:  Saturday, August 17th, 2013   and
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Location: 16870 NE 24th Pl, Blvu
Time: 9am - 2pm both days

Friday, August 9, 2013

Check's in the Mail!

Yay!  It's Friday!!!  Today's card is a departure from my normal standard A2 size.  Believe it or not, I started this card with the intention of replicating my card from Wednesday with the Washi tapes.  I thought I wanted to add a little Gorgeous Grunge int here, so I started with that.  Then, one thing led to another (how often have you heard this from my blog??), I ended up with this.  Oh!  And I started off with the card in the horizontal orientation.  But then I didn't know how to place my sentiment that way, so I turned it vertically.

The reason that I had to do this particular size card is because I need to send a check to my hairstylist.  Due to issues with her credit card machine, she could only take cash or check.  Since she didn't tell me in advance, I didn't bring either.  She knew I was good for it, since she's been doing my hair for the last 12 years.  But I didn't want to forget, either.  Since I had just 20min after my cut and color to be at home before having to head out again, I wanted to make a quick card, stick the check inside and mail it off the next day.  The size of this is roughly 6 1/2" x 3 3/8".

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Gorgeous Grunge, Hello Lovely
Ink: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Strawberry Slush, Island Indigo
Papers: Gumball Green
Accessories: Chevron ribbon

Oh!  Want to see my before and after picture of my hair?
Long, much gray and shapeless before     Shorter, no more grays after

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop August 2013

Happy Hop Day!  We are all so excited about this one.  We get to use goodies from the Holiday Catalog that just debuted on August 1st!  Whether you have come from Diana's blog or starting here, hop around with us, we're sure you'll find something fun along the way!

For my project today, I was inspired by what I saw at the Convention last month.  I could not wait to try my hand at this.  As soon as I got my order, I tore into it and made this fun banner.
You can see more samples on pages 12-13 of the Holiday Catalog.  The kits are on pages 30-31.  For someone who's always shied away from similar kind of offerings before, I'm so glad I finally got to see this item demonstrated on stage.  It was so easy!  The kit comes with 18(!) blank pennants, along with templates for the background and alphabet.  It comes with a spritzer.  But I'll tell you a secret.  I didn't want to bother with it, and I used a sponge.  I literally swiped the sponge across the templates and was done with a pennant in about 2 minutes.  Then, I used some items from the accessory kit to dress the banner up a little.  I also used the Festive Flurry framelits to cut the snowflake ring.  The whole thing really didn't take quite so long, if I wasn't experimenting with the best, easiest, and fastest way to make these.  I think this would be a great way to dress up my house.  I still have 13 pennants left.  I may use them to either do my kids' names, or make them for Thanksgiving ("thankful"?).  Any other ideas?  In any case, I can't believe there are 18 pennants!  You can totally do at least 2-3 banners with the kit.  Then, if you want more pennants, you can just get the refill kit, since you would already have the templates.  Even more cost savings right there!!!

OK, that was my favorite thing in the Holiday catalog.  I hope you will also give it a try!  Your next stop is with Jennifer.  Have fun!
Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  3. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  4. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  5. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  6. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  9. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  10. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper
  11. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  12. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  13. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  14. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Clean and Simple Hello

Today's card is a super simple card.  But I LOVE it!  I hope you like it, too.  I'm not sure if I CASE'd this card from anyone.  If I did, and you know where it's from, please tell me.  Having a busy summer and being sick all summer has turned my brain into mush.  I have seen so many awesome cards made with Washi tapes.  I thought I should be more daring and use more than just a little bit on a card.  So I just tore these at different lengths and stacked them up.  A simple sentiment and a flower from Flower Shop bundle and some bling, and voila!  Instant card.  I really love the simplicity of this.  I've actually made quite a few of these in the last couple of days.  So if you see one in your bag for your order, you'll know why. :)

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Flower Shop, Four You
Ink: Gumball Green, Island Indigo
Papers: Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Pansy punch, Gingham Garden Washi Tapes, Large Basic Rhinestone

Monday, August 5, 2013

CASE'ing a Swap

Happy Monday!  Today's card is CASE'd from a swap card that I saw at Convention.  Here's the original swap:
I don't know the creator of this card.  If you do, please let me know, so I can give credit here.

Anyways, I needed to make a quick card for a child's birthday party.  And in my haste, I didn't take a picture of it.  But, as I was creating, my daughter specifically requested that I make one for her too, and that she wanted a toucan and and an elephant.  So, that's what I did.  I changed the card up a bit, channeling my inner-Shelli Gardner.  At Convention during her demonstration, she did movable cards. And this oldie-but-goodie twirling card was her first demonstration.  So, I thought it's appropriate to add that element here, since it's a child's card.  If you need more info on how to put this together, just drop me a note.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Zoo Babies, Designer Type photopolymer stamp set
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloup, Early Espresso
Papers: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Soho Subway DSP
Accessories: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch
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