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Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 2018 Blog Hop

Hello and happy March!
I forgot that today is the day before blog hop day! (or in other words...I blew it!!)
All of my cards today use sets from the Sale A Bration catalog. This is the best time of the Stampin Up year!! You get great stuff for FREE with your $50.00 or $100.00 order! This promotion ends March 31, 2018.  

The first card showcases Lots of  Lavender stamp set. I love this image! I also used the Sweetheart Embossing Folder. The trick is that my image covers up the heart!! By using the Lots of Labels framelits, you don't know that there is a heart under there. Even though I used Fresh Fig Card Stock and Ribbon, the Stampin Blends I used to color the flowers are Rich Razzleberry in both the light and the dark, as well as Old Olive, light and dark.

 On the inside I used just part of the folder. The verse is from Ribbon of Courage stamp set.

 My next card uses the Party Pandas set. I believe that this set is actually the most popular of all the first release freebies. I made the balloon slightly bigger! The verse is from Lovely Inside and Out stamp set. I also used the Fox Builder punch for the "end" of the balloon. A wee bit of shading under the panda was added using an aqua brush and Smoky Slate ink. The cardstock is Bermuda Bay and Basic Black.

This card features the Epic Celebrations set. I chose Tranquil Tide cardstock, ribbon and ink. I used Smoky Slate for the background guitars and Basic Black for the verse and guitar. The aqua brush was used to color in the guitar as well as add some spatters to the background paper in Tranquil Tide. Crumb Cake was used to color in the fret board on the guitar with the aqua painter. 
Here I used Heartfelt Blooms with Dapper Denim ink on Whisper White cardstock. The Dapper Denim looks rich with the mat of Soft Sky cardstock. This stamp is really amazing. When you look at it you would swear that there is barely a design on it! This process was developed by Stampin Up and has a patent pending! I suspect that we will be seeing more like this in the new annual catalog!

This card is cased from the Sale A Bration brochure! I used Rich Razzleberry ink and Old Olive ink to stamp the flowers on the  "create my own Designer Series Paper" front piece. Then I used the light and dark Stampin Blends to color the flowers in! The cardstock of Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry really sets off the design! I used a layering oval die to make the Calypso Coral mat for the Stitched framelit Whisper White piece that supports the Rich Razzleberry die cut YOU. This is a matching free set of three dies. 

The inside carries on the theme with the verse in Rich Razzleberry ink and more flowers in Calypso Coral ink. 

Phew! That is a lot of cards!! I was having major problems with my computer. I'm sorry for the wonky way the photos are placed. Now we get to see what Connie has created for the hop. The next button below should take you to her blog but if it doesn't, please use the list below to hop to all of the people on our team hop. Thanks for stopping by!







Monday, January 1, 2018

It is 2018!!

Happy 2018!
It is a clean slate! Fresh start! A chance to get organized!! 
Whatever your goals are for the new year, I wish you much success.

I would really like to get and stay organized. That statement might surprise many people who know me. I have OCD thanks to my Dad, who had extreme OCD.  I have a hard time working when things are out of order. One of my Dad's favorite things to say was "A place for everything, and everything in it's place." It is a good rule to live by. Once you make that first fatal mistake and do not put something away in the right place, it escalates out of control quickly! 

My dad passed away 26 years ago this year. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. He was very supportive of all my endeavors. I think he would have loved my success as a card maker. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was incredibly kind. 

He would have loved this card because of the perfect spacing between the "tiles". He was a classy guy! On his birthday in 2018 he would have been 89! 

I have used the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper and the Tailored Tag Punch from the new Occasions catalog. (page 45) This DSP is going to be a favorite! It is so nice to have a masculine paper. Not all men hunt, sail or fish! And I dearly love punches!! Especially if they have stamps to match! This punch comes as a bundle with some great stamps in the Truly Tailored Bundle.

I will be setting up my Spring schedule of classes soon! Call me if you wish to be included in the group emails about all of my classes. Would love to have you join us. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sometimes even Friday if needed. My classes are limited to only 4 people per class so that everyone gets individual attention and has the chance to learn and grow in the hobby we love! Classes all start at 10:00 am. 
Now go create something!
Happy New Year!!


Friday, December 1, 2017

December Blog Hop!

Hello and Happy December!

What did you think of Barb's project?? I can hardly wait to see what everyone has done. Please leave a comment to let us know what you think of our work. We appreciate your feedback!

I have always loved small scenes. When I was a girl my mom took me to two places that I fell in love with. One was the Science and Industry building in Chicago which had the Colleen Moore doll house. Ms. Moore was a silent film star and the original flapper! The doll house was really quite huge at nine feet square and seven feet tall. Mom bought me a book about it which I still have.
The second place that I loved was the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. We went there many times. My mom actually took classes at the Art Institute and became an artist. The Thorne rooms were conceived by a prominent wealthy woman in Chicago. Mrs. Narcissa Niblack Thorne would travel the globe looking for items to put in her rooms. She had teams of artists creating items and helping to design each room. They are amazing! There are 68 miniature rooms housed in the basement of the Art Institute. As luck would have it, twenty of the 99 rooms created were given to the Phoenix Art Museum. There is a series of children's books based on the Thorne Rooms in Chicago called the Sixty-Eight Rooms, written by Marianne Malone that I highly recommend. Two children find a magic key and are able to shrink down to enter the rooms and interact with people from the era of the room! Delightful!! 
Given that history, is it any wonder that I have created a small scene for you in my card? As soon as I saw the set Night in Bethlehem I knew that I had to have it! It has a set of dies that match many of the stamps. 

Close up of the scene on the front of the card. Can you see the sparkle in the upper left corner??

The white cardstock is actually shimmery white cardstock, which I used for the die cuts as well as the front of the card. The designer paper comes from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper package in the Occasions catalog. The card base and ink are black. I used dimensionals, mini dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips to add all the depth.  
I hope you enjoyed my card. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Take time to breathe!

Use the button below to hop to Mary's Blog!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Blog Hop!!
Hello and welcome to October! You have hopefully arrived from Barb's post. If not, it's okay there will be a list at the end of my post so you can hop to everyone's blog. 

My card is simple and sweet. I am not a fan of scary Halloween. I do love the Day of the Dead though. And especially sugar skulls. The skill and talent it takes to make them is amazing. The Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix does a celebration of the Day of the Dead and has artists make up the altars paying tribute to the dead. I enjoy going to see what they dream up every year.

My card uses three colors of cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Crushed Curry. The new cat punch was one of the first things I ordered when I got the new catalog. I love it! I do hope Stampin' Up comes out with more matching stamps for this punch!! 

I also used the largest circle in the Layering Circles dies to cut out the "moon". Then I used the cat punch to punch out the silhouette of the cat from the "moon". The stamp is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. 
I found that the post office had Halloween stamps!! I ordered them on line, as well as my stamps for Thanksgiving and Christmas!! Yes, I had to pay $1.75 to have ALL the stamps sent to me, but I feel like it is a BIG WIN not having to go to the Post Office!! Plus the offices near me never seem to have the stamps I want. And these Jack O Lantern stamps are adorable! 

I will be in the Fall arts and Crafts fair at Trilogy on Saturday, October 21st! starts at 9:00 and runs to 2:00. Get a jump on Christmas gifts. I hope to see you there. Happy Halloween!

Let's hop to Mary's blog and see what she has done!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! You may have just visited with my friend Kathya. A fine artist and someone I am proud to call my friend. I hope you will hop to all the bloggers to see their creations. This month the theme is the new mini catalog.

There are many fine sets in this new catalog. It is hard for me to pick a favorite. However, I am a sucker for punches that have matching stamps! So I just HAD to have the Everyday Label Punch (144668) on page 12 as well as the set that coordinates with it, Merry Little Labels (144795). There is another stamp set in the catalog that matches the punch, on page 45. Labels to Love has verses for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and even Valentines Day! That is truly versatile! Plus there is an outline stamp that can be used with a variety of verse stamps already in your stash, that fits neatly inside the punch shape!

I have used many new products on my card. There is the Designer paper that is so lovely in Old Olive, Basic Black and White. Merry Little Christmas DSP (144621) has 12 sheets of double sided 12 x 12 paper, like always, but this has Christmas designs on one side and every day designs on the other! I adore plaid, so I used the Old Olive and Basic Black plaid on my card. I also used the 7/8" striped ribbon (144624), Merry Music Specialty DSP (144623) and the Foil Snowflakes (144642) that come in both gold and silver. I love these because they are muted silver and gold. Lastly, there are three black dots on the top of the label. These are also new! They are black rhinestones! They are in the back of the catalog, with the Halloween stuff. (144639)

Not your typical Christmas card. It came together very easily! That is one of the reasons that I love Stampin Up products. They work well together! That makes my work easier!

Wishing you a great weekend! Now hop on over to Connie's blog and see what she has made! Click on any of the names below to go to any of the blogs, or just click on the button to go right to Connie's blog!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Blog Post!

Wait, what??!! It is MAY??! How did that happen? Maybe we will get back to that later...

First, what did you think of Kathya's post?? She is so talented. I do wish we lived closer together so we could see each other more. Kathya, I do not say this often enough, but you inspire me. Thank you!

On to my card. Our theme is Mother's Day. I wasn't sure what to do, because I didn't know if I had any current Mother's Day stamps. But guess what??!! Hiding in the Oh So Succulent stamp set was the charming stamp I used!! Never even saw it.

The greatest thing about polymer stamps is their ability to bend. I attached it to the block to follow the lines on the die I wanted to use. It is stamped in Night of Navy ink on Shimmer White cardstock.

The Designer paper is a peek at some gorgeous paper from the new catalog. You WILL want this paper if you like flowers. The suite is called Delightful Daisy. There is a punch too!! Yay! What is it about navy and yellow? I love that color combo.

I made a daisy, using the new punch, twice on shimmer white cardstock. On the top piece I used a dauber and sponged some Daffodil Delight ink in the center. It fit perfectly. A dimensional is between the two daisies. I took a bone folder, which I recently received at my up line's retreat, and curled the top flower's petals. Thank you, Diana, for the bone folder, as well as ALL the other gifts!!!

Here is my new bone folder!! Eep!! It has my name on it!! I had these made for my team members, but just put their names on them.

Here is a close up of the daisy! If you look closely you can see the sparkle of the shimmer paper.

To make the sentiment really pop I needed something that would make the teeny tiny verse stand out. I stamped the verse on Shimmer White and die cut it using one of the banners from the Bunch of Banners dies.  Also, a banner was cut from Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy. With just a few snips on the blue and yellow banners they manage to fit quite nicely behind the shimmery white one!! They are popped up on dimensionals too.

Here is a close up of the banner.

The ribbon is brand new too! It is from the same suite and has darling little x's in white on yellow grosgrain 1/4 inch ribbon.

If you have stayed with me this long, you deserve a treat! Here is the full card!!
Card base is Night of Navy. A Daffodil Delight mat frames the designer paper.

If you are in need of a new catalog, please let me know. We will be able to order them soon and I will let everyone know as soon as possible once they are in my hands!! You are going to love it!! I will be having a New Catalog Launch Party with prizes, make n takes, food and sample cards in mid-May. If you subscribe to my blog, there will be a notification coming soon.

Now please head over to Mary Nobel's blog. I can hardly wait to see what everyone has created!!
Until next time~ take good care!



Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Blog Hop!

You may have just arrived from Kathya's blog. She is such a sweetheart! Please do take a few moments and visit all the stops on this blog hop. We LOVE to hear from you too. I have no way (at least that I know of..) to know how many people are signed up to see my blog. I sometimes think that I am the only one who reads this! 

We were supposed to create something for Spring. I have had this set for ages...well okay, since January, and I have been wanting to use it ever since. This image is from the Mediterranean Moments Stamp set, which is from the Occasions Catalog. There are four images; a sidewalk bistro, an adorable fluffy cat on a chair, a mini motorcycle stopped in front of a house, possibly in Paris, and the darling scene I chose for my card. 

I actually used this card in a very mini class with three special stampers, who signed up for a 3 month club. Each month they were given a free class where we made 2 cards that were not available in any other class. It was a wonderful experience. 

Some stampers call this the spotlight technique, because just part of the image is colored. The die I used left very little of the image uncolored, but you get the idea. 

The image is stamped in black ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The panel is adhered to an Island Indigo card base. I stamped the image again on watercolor paper. It is die cut with the Lots of Labels framelits. I used ink from Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Marina Mist to paint the image. It really did not take too long. Possibly 10 minutes. 

I used dimensionals to pop up the panel from the image below it, to give even more depth. 

I am going to San Diego at the end of the week, for the Stampin' Up! convention called On Stage! I am so excited because this year I get to walk ON STAGE because I made it to Silver Elite, thanks to you, my customers, and huge thanks to my team, the Ellie Cats!! I have a small team, but we would make room for YOU!! Please let me know if you are interested in being a hobby demonstrator, where you are your only customer, or making a bit of income as well as getting a discount for yourself! It truly has NEVER been easier!
How about a couple of pictures from the still evolving redo of the craft room?! Ed added 3 small shelves for me, one to hold some tape and the stapler. See the kitty cat tape dispenser?? The other two, for now, hold current cards or swaps! The knobs on the upper cabinets are Mary Engelbreit! 

The Trilogy Quilt show was last weekend and I managed to find a table runner that I HAD to have for the craft room! It has Mary Engelbreit fabric!  I really like to support the locals, and the Trilogy Quilters make projects to give to various causes. Love that! 

Please let me know what you think of my card. The next person on the hop is Nita. She is fairly new to our group. I am looking forward to seeing what she has done, as well as the rest of this talented group! 
Until next time~ 

In case you get lost here are the links to all the hoppers!