Friday, January 30, 2009

More Bella Rose

This card is a little 4x4 card using Bella Rose DSP. I punched the scallop square with my scallop edge punch. The video for this technique is here I tied some Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon under the scallop square and then made a little bow with some Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon and tied some hemp twine around the middle and adhered it to the card with a mini glue dot.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Spring-Summer 2009 IS LIVE!!

Head over to my website to check out the new catalog! If you don't already have a catalog, please contact me and I would be happy to get you one. $5 if you're local and same price excluding shipping for those out of towners. The site is a little slow, but it's totally worth the wait. I can't wait to get my first order in!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simple Baby Card

I made this baby card for my best friend who is expecting her first baby in July. Congrats Michelle! She doesn't know what she's having yet, so I wanted to make something gender friendly. The first colors that come to mind are yellow and green. The sentiment at the bottom is a little crooked, but I had some help from my 2 and 4 year old daughters on this card. I originally put a broader ribbon on the card, but it was really too bulky to mail, so I switched it out for the 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain.
Stamps: ABC Images, Nursery Necessities
Ink: Black Stazon, So Saffron & Pumpking Pie Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: So Saffron DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: WW 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circles, Scallop Circle (paper pierced)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Best Job in the World

I was doing my morning checking of email and blogs and all sorts of fun stuff that I do every morning when I came across an article on yahoo titled "The Best Job In The World." Of course I had to read on. You can read it for yourself .

A lot of you don't know me, so you don't know that this would absolutely be the perfect job for me. Of course, aside from being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, which I love, and a mom to 3 and a wife. (those are just minor details :). I've had this wish since I was a little girl of travelling to Australia and cage diving with a great white shark. This dream vacation is actually on my bucket list of things I want to do before I die. I actually considered going to school to be a marine biologist, but after reading some of the brochures, realized that there's no way I could do that job, I have severe motion sickness and can't live for months on end on a boat. The condition also hampered my desire to be a flight attendant when I was 20. But with the job in Australia I wouldn't even have to leave the ground, except for the occasional snorkeling expedition. The pay's not too shabby either, $105,00 US. You get free room and board, have to blog about your time there and be on occasional interviews with the media, which would quelch my desire to be a news anchor, or an actress for that matter. This would be the perfect job, consuming ALL the things that I wanted to be when I grew up. But I just sit here, comfortable in my life and realize that I would miss my kids terribly for a year, unless they'd let me bring them!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bella Rose and a Button

Here's another card done with Bella Rose DSP. I was a little skeptical about Stampin' Up!'s paper when I first became a demonstrator. I didn't think that 12 sheets was enough to do much with, but Oh My Goodness, I can't seem to use up this paper. Thank goodness I still like the paper. For this card, I wanted to really highlight the pretty roses on the paper, so I punched one out with the 1" circle punch and attached a clear button tied with some hemp twine on top. You can't really tell in the picture, but in person, the button acts as a magnifier to the paper. The picture really doesn't do it justice.
Here it is closer, you can see the layers better.
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Bella Rose DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Clear Button, Hemp Twine, RHR Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: 1" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge

Monday, January 5, 2009

Inventory Blowout

I went to the Stampin' Up! website to check out the retiring accessories list and there's also a HUGE inventory blowout going on. Visit for more details. And if you're interested in anything, you may want to order online, cuz I have a feeling some of the items are gonna be flying off the shelves.

Heads Up!

Just wanted to let you know that the retiring accessories list will be posted at noon MT, 2 PM local time. These items tend to go fast, so if you want to place an order, you can do it on my website. If you have any questions, let me know.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


One of the tools that I don't seem to reach for enough is the coluzzle. I made this card about 4 months ago and just found it on my computer. It's pretty plain, but I was really getting into my punches around then and came up with a BIG scallop circle using the coluzzle and the slit punch. The card still needs a little somethin', but for now it'll have to do. I cut a smaller circle out of the middle and then cut a larger circle around that one with the coluzzle. Then took my slit punch and punched all the way around. I punched the small holes with my crop-a-dile. I inked up the stamp using the Old Olive Stampin' Write marker and for the Riding Hood Red I used my blender pen and my RHR ink pad. If I remember correctly, I then punched out the stamped image with the 1 3/4" circle punch. I put dimensionals on the scallop circle and the stamped image, stamped the "so happy for you" and adhered it on the card. I think it could really use a background stamp for some dimension, and now that I know how to do the scallop circle, I'll be making more cards using it. Thanks for looking!
Stamp set: Pocket Silhouettes, Nursery Necessities
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive (Marker)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My First Challenge

I have decided that I really need to branch out in my creativity, and take a little help with matching colors and following sketches that are out there instead of coming up with everything on my own. I've decided that for my first go, I'm going to try out Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration. I decided this at 6:15 this evening, but hey, better late than never. I was finishing up my daughter's window treatments last night and the thread that I used for her treatment was so close that I used it to hand stitch on my card. If you get a chance you should really check out Kristina's blog. She posts videos on Mondays and Fridays. She's amazingly creative and fun to watch.

Stamp: Just Celebrate (Spring Mini)
Ink: Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White, Rose Red DSP (retired)
Punches: Scallop Edge, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Double Circle, Corner Rounder