Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reminder -- Last Chance Designer Paper Sale and Occasions Mini Catalog Order

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to order from the Occasions Mini catalog so don't miss out on your favorite items.

Tomorrow is also the last day to take advantage of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper so now is the perfect time to stock up for all your crafting needs.

You can place your order online, just click the link to the right.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Open Sea - Sketch Challenge

What a crazy week!  What started out as a nice relaxing family vacation at the beach ended up with an earthquake, evacuation of our beach home, and hunkering down for a hurrican at home.  Through it all we managed to have some fun and stay safe which was the most important thing.  Given the events of the week when I saw this weeks Stamping 411 challenge I immediately knew I needed to use The Open Sea stamp set.  Not only will we be saying goodbye to this stamp set this week but it just seemed perfect for all that's been going on.

The card is pretty simple so I'm just going to list the items used:
  - The Open Sea Stamp Set
  - 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
  - Nautical Expedition DSP
  - Brads
  - Petal Cone Die and Big Shot
  - Paper:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy
  - Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Now check out the original sketch design.  This card turned out exactly as I pictured and I'm going to miss this stamp set, it was one of my favorites for the Occasions Mini Catalog. 

Well, it's back to work and the real work for us...looking forward to the Labor Day holiday next weekend!

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Occasions Alphabet - Sketch Challenge

Good morning!  What a beautiful day, we're currently vacationing in the OBX this week so I thought I would start by sharing the view I have as I type this post:

Absolutely awesome!

Anyway, before we left I was able to make my card for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge but didn't have time to post. 

I drew the color combination for this card from the Timeless Portrait DSP (love it!).  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla.  I sponged the edge of the cardbase and the DSP with Cherry Cobbler ink to add some depth.  The ribbon is Island Indigo ruffled ribbon (fabulous) and I actually made a huge bow for behind the greeting.  The greeting is from the Occasions Alphabet stamp set and was colored with Stampin' Write markers and then punched out with the Modern Label Punch.  I cut a mat out with the Punch Windows Die and the Big Shot.  The final step was attaching the greeting with dimensionals, due to the height of the ribbon I had to use a total of 8 dimensionals (4 on each end) to build up the layers and WOW does it stand out.

Now check out the sketch layout, love how simple this is and is perfect for several different options.  I hope enjoy.

I thought I would end with a picture of the kids swimming last night, which they loved.

Have a great week!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sketch Challenge - Sunny Fun

 Good evening.  I love weekends where we get to hang out with family and friends and this weekend was one of those times and with the humidity taking a break it was actually enjoyable to spend time outside.  Since the days are quickly ticking away to the end of summer I thought the Sunny Fun stamp set would be perfect to capture the summer times for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge

The cardbase is Pool Party (love that name) with  a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock on top that I ran through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.  The two strips of designer paper are from the Domestic Goddess DSP set which goes perfect with the Pool Party and Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon (you have see this ribbon in person).    

The main image is stamped with the Sunny Fun set in Basic Black and then punched out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  I colored in the kids with a blender pen and Stampin' Write markers, and sponged the sky with Pool Party and Baja Breeze ink.  The circle is matted on a 2 3/8" scallop circle punched out of Calyspo Coral, and white dots were added to each of the scallops with a White Gel pen.    The final touch was stamping the greeting and then punching out with the modern label punch (half was tucked under the circle) and a rhinstone was added to add a little sparkle.

This card is so cute and summery.

Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

August Stamp-a-Stack

Good morning! 

What a beautiful morning, I love that we're getting a break from the heat and humidity.  Just wanted to share some of the projects for this Sunday's Stamp-a-Stack.  These are so great, and you're going to love them (check out that snow cone!) 

There is one additional card that will be exclusive for those who attend so make sure you don't miss out.  There's still time to RSVP so let me know if you want to attend!

Happy Stamping,

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Amazing Promotion for the Month of August

Stampin' Up! just announced a promotion as hot as the weather outside!! During the month of August when you purchase three packages of SU exclusive Designer Series Paper you get an additional package for FREE (a $10.95 value)! This is a great time to stock up on all the brand new Designer Series Paper in the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog or the Summer Mini (note: the specialty designer paper is not included in this promotion, sorry).

Contact me to place your order to go to my On-Line Store HERE and order immediately.
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