Thursday, August 30, 2007

Playground layout - full of firsts

So I have another scrapbook layout for you today. This layout is full of firsts for me. I used our new textured paper for the first time (and love it), I also used our
new crop-a-dile to set the eyelets for the first time( It's so nice to be able to do it all with one tool and silently also which is great seeing that I do alot of my work when Kayla is napping. I also used the word window punch for the journaling which is the first time I've tried that.

So let me tell you about the layout. I've started a notebook where I draw my sketches in there first before I even get out any cardstock. So I sorted through my pictures first and decided which ones I really wanted to use and which ones I could do without. Then I decided how much they could be trimmed down. From there I knew that I wanted really big scallops on one of the pages and I don't have any way of making really big scallops so what did I do? I took our big circle punch 13/8 circle punch to be exact and punched out a bunch of circles and then layered them half way behind the eggplant paper. I knew what colors I wanted to use right away because of the colors in the photos. Kayla is wearing a purple outfit that matches elegant eggplant and her sweater is blue bayou. So I used 12x12 blue bayou textured paper and elegant eggplant cardstock. Because of the white scallops on the first page I knew that I wanted to bring the white over to the 2nd page so I used the word window punch and punched out a bunch of those and used them to journal on. I also brought white over to the 2nd page by using my white kraft ink and rubbing it on the edged of the eggplant cardstock to give it a softer look, as well as bringing in 3 of the now retired SU small flower eyelets. Like I said earlier using the crop-a-dile to set the eyelets was so nice. If you would like to set up a time to get together to see how cool this tool really is, give me a call! For the title I also used the the white kraft ink with the typeset alphabet lower stamp set.
Supplies:Blue bayou textured cardstock, elegant eggplant and whisper white cardstock, white kraft ink, elegant eggplant marker, corner rounder punch, word window punch, 13/8 circle punch, small flower eyelets (retired) crop-a-dile, typeset lower alphabet stamp set.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Stamp Club - Remake

So if you go a few post's down you'll see one titled Stamp Club Project, well I had some cut cardstock left over after our club meeting so today I saw it and said hmmm, how can I use the left over cardstock and make a different card? So here it is, what do you think? I've wanted this stamp set booglie eyes from the time it came out last July and I finally got it, I figured it's a pretty versatile set, I can use it for cute Halloween cards, candy holders, or for great scrapbook pages so I broke down and got it. I also used my new scallop circle punch on the card (yup I'm in love with it), It layers great with our 13/8 and 11/4 circle punches as you can see here. I popped it up on stampin dimensionals and added the wild wasabi and eggplant ribbon. I hope you liked my post today!
Supplies: Eggplant,wild wasabi, whisper white cardstock, Basic black classic ink, eggplant and garden green markers, blender pen, 11/4 circle punch, 13/8circle punch, circle scallop punch, stampin dimensionals.
Happy stampin and have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Our lil' Pumpkin-scrapbook page

So today I thought I would share a scrapbook page with you that I have been working on. I used one of the new stamp sets that will be coming out in the Holiday mini collection on Sept 1st. The stamp set is named Autumn Harvest and it is a super cute set (not to mention that it is DIE CUT!) can you tell that I'm excited about that. Anyway so I had stamped these 2 pumpkins and the leaves from the set and watercolored them all, last week. They were meant to be a card, but I had this cute title just swimming through my head "Our lil' Pumpkin", so I knew that I had to make them into a scrapbook page. So I went through my pictures and found these cute pics of Kayla from last fall, picking out our pumpkins so then I was off. What color papers to use? What alphabet sets? Well I knew that I had a package of the fall flowers designer paper so I rummaged through that to see which paper I wanted to use. As soon as I saw the striped paper I knew that was it. So this particular patterned paper uses really rust, sahara sand and white. So I knew that I wanted to use really rust cardstock on my page and then I was going through my scraps of papers looking at my greens and then I found this 8X81/2 piece of wild wasabi and I was sold. Then I just started playing to see how I wanted to the papers to end up, I turned the wild wasabi so it was a diamond and decided that I liked it better as a square, and I put the really rust directly in the middle and then tried it off to the side and thought that was more pleasing to the eye. So that's basically it. One more scrapbook page down, I won't tell you how many more to go! Here is a close up of the watercoloring, I love to watercolor it's so calming to me.

Supplies: Fall Flowers designer paper, reallly rust and wild wasabi cardstock, Autumn Harvest stamp set, Big Deal alphabet, Typeset Alphabet Lower, Really rust and Wild wasabi classic ink, wild wasabi double stitched ribbon, watercolor crayons (earth elements), aqua painters, 3/4 circle punch, 11/4 circle punch, stampin dimensionals.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Just had to share!

Ok, so I'm super excited about the upcoming Holiday mini collection catalog which debuts Sept 1st. and here's my reason why. All the stamps are laser cut (yeah no cutting). Check out how cool this is.
Picture 1- See how all of the images are cut around them.

Picture 2- See how I'm pulling the pre-cut image off of the sheet of rubber.

Picture 3- Here is the sheet of rubber with the image pulled all the way off.

Picture 4- Here is the image all ready to be placed on a piece of wood. How cool is that!

I have this rule that when I get an order in, I can't do any stamping until all of my stamp sets are put together and with these sets being pre-cut I had my sets together in a matter of minutes. I also heard a rumor that all of the upcoming mini catalogs will feature these die-cut stamps. Yeah, isn't that exciting!
Happy Stampin! and have a great day!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Stamp Club project

So here is one of the cards that stamp club will be doing tomorrow. The card uses the baby wipe technique. It almost looks like a tied-die effect to me. I love how the elegant eggplant and the wild wasabi go together so nicely. I think the bronze brads help it to stand out as well.
Supplies used: Looks like spring stamp set, paisley background stamp, elegant eggplant classic ink pad, elegant eggplant, wild wasabi, whisper white cardstock, vintage brads, eggplant 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, black gingham ribbon, white 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch.

Our last stamp club meeting will be on September 10th, from 7:00 9:00pm, anybody who is interested in joining my stamp club feel free to come to the September club meeting to see what it's all about. We will be starting a new club on the 2nd Monday of the month, starting in January. Spaces are limited. If you have any questions about stamp club feel free to call or e-mail me. Happy Stampin and have a great day!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

A New Sign Up Bonus from Stampin Up!

Stampin Up just announced that from now until September 30th anybody who signs up to become a Stampin Up Demonstrator will receive a FREE set of classic ink pads (color family of your choice) That's 12 ink pads for free. That's a $57.95 value for FREE. That's almost $400.00 worth of products for the $199.00 price of the starter kit. Feel free to go to my website or to to see the special. If your interested in signing up give me a call and we can get together and I can answer any questions you might have. This special works great for any type of demonstrator, whether you are signing up just to get the discount or to make a new career for your self

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Hostess Appreciation Day!

Saturday was hostess appreciation day here at my house. We had a great time of stamping and fellowship. There where 9 ladies attending the event. We had fun doing 4 projects. We did a card with a bookmark that can be torn off of the card, using the baroque motifs stamp set (probably my new favorite set). We also made a paperclip bookmark, a 6X6 scrapbook page and a candy wrapper for a choclate bar. Each lady went home with a free stamp set and their completed projects. Thank you to everybody who came out to this fun event.

Teen Birthday Card

Today was my nephews birthday so I need a card for a teenager. I wanted to use one of the new designer papers from the outlaw collection. This is a great pack of paper because it can be used for both male and female cards or scrapbook pages. I just used a small part of the striped paper. The striped paper has sage shadow, really rust and chocolate chip in it so that's where I pulled my colors for the surf boards. The surf boards are part of a retired set called do the hula. It's a pretty simple card but for a teenage boy you really don't want to much going on. I did rough up the edges of each layer to give it a more worn look. The surf boards are up on stampin dimensionals so that they stick up off of the card a little. That's it quick and simple.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Great News!

Well I just found out that MA is having their annual tax free holiday on August 11th and 12th. I'm so excited because this means that I will be running my tax free holiday promotion again this year. There is no tax applied to any orders and guess what, I'll pay the S&H for you so the price you see in the catalog is the price that you pay. To my customers, I will be taking orders on the 11th and 12th until 8:00p.m. both days. What a great way to be able to get more products for less. Hopefully your as excited as I am. Any questions feel free to contact me.
So today I'll be busy cleaning all day to get ready for my hostess appreciation day tomorrow morning so no stamping to show you today but I promise after today you'll get to see some. Have a great day and happy stampin!