Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flower Trim

I just love this beautiful, simple card.  
It uses one of my favorite products in the Summer Catalog: 5/8" Flower Trim.  
Unfortunately, this product is only available through Friday. :(  
I just ordered several packages to have on hand.  They are great for cards, scrapbooks, decorative items, barrettes and jewelry.  They are vanilla when you get them, but you can easily color them in several ways.

For this flower wreath, I used a sponge dauber to rub on Daffodil Delight ink, then I lightly brushed Pumpkin Pie ink on the edges.  So easy and so pretty.  I've made many different colors of roses this way.
These little flowers can be used as a strip or individually.  
You can also color these flowers using markers, by rubbing them directly on an ink pad, with pastels, or by watercoloring with our Aqua Painters and ink.

Behind the wreath is a scallop circle punch sponged with another product that is leaving us Frost White Shimmer Paint.  Fortunately, it's on sale for 25% off, only $4.46!  

Only a few days left.  Get these little beauties before it's too late!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Raining Flowers and Button Buddies

The end of the Stampin' Up Catalog year is always bittersweet.  We are excited to see the new stamps and products arrive, but we are also sad so see some of our favorites go.

Here are two sets that are only available through May 31st.  These cards are from my technique club this month.

The first set is Raining Flowers (122765).  

We learned the technique called Watercolor Pencil Highlighting.  It's such an easy and pretty way to add a focal point to your card.  You stamp a bold image with a light ink.  Then pick an area you'd like to highlight and color it in with watercolor pencils.  Hopefully you have a set of watercolor pencils.  They were on the retired list this year and quickly sold out!  You can also try this technique with markers.

The next set is the sweet Button Buddies (122735).
You'll also notice a sneak peek at the new stamp set Label Love and its coordinating punch.  Use these new products and many more at my annual New Catalog Stamp Camp.
Click the link for details and to sign up.  Hurry!  The early bird price ends Monday!

If you've ever been to my house, you'd know I love sunflowers.  This stamp was perfect for our second technique called Faux Flocking.  You take the edge of our Paper Snips or Distress Tool (127562) and rub it against the edge of cardstock to make a little pile of fuzzy paper.  You then attach it to your stamped image using either Tombow glue or Crystal Effects.  

While I love sunflowers, my absolute favorite flower is the purple bearded iris.  We had these in our front yard when I was a kid.  I remember taking a cutting of one of these flowers to my second grade teacher at the end of the school year.  When I started gardening, I could not find the exact variety of iris I remembered from my childhood.  I was so happy to find these blooming outside the school my daughters attended when my middle daughter was in second grade.  I transplanted a few to my garden and am happily blessed by them each spring.

Thanks for stopping by for this month's hop.  
Up next:
 Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cassie's Mother's Day class

Cassie, my downline, friend, and coworker, invited me and my daughter Ruby to a stamping getaway.  She served tea and yummy treats and had these beautiful projects to make.

This fancy rosette is designed to hold a photo.  It's so pretty!  With our Rosette die, it was actually much easier to create than you'd think.

I love this sunny Mother's Day card!  We used the fun Pop Up Posies kits from the Spring Catalog.  This kit is only available through this month, though.  Get it before it's gone!

We felt like pampered stampers.  Thanks, Cassie, for a lovely evening!

Monday, May 6, 2013

April Paper Pumpkin Kit

This was April's fun Paper Pumpkin kit.  Sign up before the 10th of this month to begin receiving Paper Pumpkin kits each month in your mailbox.  These kits are a breath of fresh air!  So simple and sweet!

Those that join Paper Pumpkin through me are invited to a free, monthly class to make our projects together.  I have a bonus project for them each month.  This month we decorated a Clear Mount Stamp Case to hold the stamps we receive each month.  
I would love to see you this month at our Paper Pumpkin Pajama Party!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

6th Annual Over-the-top-swap

On Saturday we had our 6th annual Over-the-top-swap.  This is one of my favorite stamping events!  My downline and I get together on a Saturday each year in May and treat each other to fabulous projects.  Each year it's a fun surprise to see what everyone will bring.  It was a small group this year, but the ladies did not disappoint!

This is Cassie's beautiful little birdhouse and potted plant.

Here is Karen's gorgeous framed mirror.  She asked us each our preferred colors ahead of time, so every mirror was unique.  Karen prepunched 70 shapes for each of us!  

This was my project.  I got the idea from Janet Wakeland to use Stampin' Up clear mount stamp cases to store small accessories.  I can't wait to use these in my craft room.

This was Michelle C's darling box.  Here it is closed.

This is what it looks like when you take the first lid off.

This is after you take off the second lid.  You could put a small gift inside and also make these into scrapbook pages for the recipient.  What a clever idea!

This is Ruth's pretty little project.  These are mason jars with decoupaged fabric inside.  They hold electric candles, but can also be used to hold markers and pens.

This is Kathy's sweet little bird.  Mason jars are popular these days!  Inside is birdseed and a candle.  

I'm already looking forward to next year when we do this again!  We look for projects throughout the year to wow each other with!  Contact me today to find out how you can join us at fabulous stamping events throughout the year!