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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Crumb Cake

It is Wednesday - Let's hop!  If you started with Robbie, then you are moving right along!  This week's challenge was to use the Color Coach's selection for Crumb Cake, and I opted for the Garden Green and Cajun Craze combo... we also had to use lace in the card...  Have you ever just felt like you were forcing it?  Well, that was me this week.  Here's what I have for you, such as it is...
I guess it isn't as bad as I thought - or maybe I am just tired!!  PLEASE keep hopping!  You have a good line of folks to look forward to today, beginning with Carol!  She's bound to cheer you up!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Can You Case it - Sketch Challenge!

Hello - and happy post-Easter chocolate withdraws...  I am showing you the card I submitted to the Can You Case It design team this week.  This week's challenge is a sketch.  I love sketch challenges when I am feeling a bit stuck - they unstick you every time!~ 

Here is the sketch:

and here is what I did with it:

Simple card, but I though it would make a less feminine wedding card, or even a nice graduation card! 

If you would like to play along this week with us at Can You Case It, please just click on the link and upload your card...  You do NOT have to have a blog, or website - you can do it straight from Pinterest or Facebook!  Need help?  Leave a comment on our website over there and let us know where you have the picture stored... we can help you get it uploaded in no time!  Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what is happening in our weekly Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!  See you then!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Retiring List and BONUS specials!

Hello!  What a crazy spring it's been!  I am merging all of my family's calendars this week, and should have a whole new class schedule out to you later this week - you know you need Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduation, Wedding (etc.) cards in the near future - let's get them made!!  In the meantime, I didn't want you to miss out on the latest - the Stampin' Up! Retiring List came out this morning.  Stampin' Up! is getting ready to launch their new catalog (starts June 2014), and they have announced all that is retiring - get this stuff while it lasts - when it is gone, it is gone!  There are two other great deals listed below!  Be sure to check them out!  Enjoy!
Retiring Lists

There are a couple of great ways to get to this list right away.  If you know your catalog inside and out, you can download the two different List PDFs (one is for retiring stamps, and the other is for retiring accessories, like dies, embossing folders, ribbon, paper, etc...)  get them Here:  Stamps and Accessories.  If you are more of a Look/See kind of person, you can see all of the items and a picture of each by clicking HERE!  Don't wait on this  - they run out so often, that they update the list with items that sell out daily!  You can contact me to order, or you can order online anytime .  If you order online and USE THE HOSTESS CODE:  9NC6VENN for each $35 you spend, you will receive a card kit containing a sample card and pieces to make 4 other cards (with envelopes!) !  It gets even better!  Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed April 21-25! 
Free Shipping
moving-boxes.jpg You heard that right!  All orders placed between April 21 through April 25, no matter how much you you order, will get free shipping!  You can order through me by emailing me, or you can order online - no matter how you do it, ALL orders placed during this time will get you free shipping!!  Stock up now!
Feel free to contact me with any questions.  Keep your eyes open later in the week for a whole new class list!   Here is a sample of a card from an upcoming class!

If you see a class that you would like to take, but the offered times just don't work for you, gather a few of your friends and I will schedule a private class just for you!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Can You Case It? ~ Chevrons!

Hello everyone, and welcome!  This card was created for the Can You Case it design team.  Our theme this week over on our challenge site is Chevrons.  They are big!  You can do anything you want with them, and use any of Stampin' Up!'s vast collection of chevron stuff... DSP, punches, embossing folders, scoring... etc!  Just join us!  Read more about how you can play below...Here's my card, made for my father-in-law's birthday:
 Hard to tell what is going on here, so here is a close-up...
I used cardstock:  Early Espresso (base), Crumb Cake, and gold foil.
Ink: Gold (LOVE IT) and Early Espresso
Stamps: Off the Grid (stamped in gold), and Bring on the Cake (stamped in Early Espresso)
other: Chevron Punch, 7/16" Natural Trim, gold baker's twine from the Occasions catalog.

Now, if  you wanna play... Welcome!
We would love to help you out!  First, it is fun!  Make a card (YAY~!) you can upload it to Facebook or Pinterest (if you don't have a blog), or if you have a blog, upload to Blogger or Wordpress.  If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you can even upload your card to your DBWS ~ and go to the site and follow the add your card link.  If you have questions on how to do this, we can help you!  Just go to that website and leave a comment ~ we will contact you to help!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Basic Grey, (and a sneak peek!)

Good morning, and happy Wednesday - you are half-way there, my friends!  As it is Wednesday, I need not remind you that today is Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop day!  If you started with Robbie, you have come here inspired - that's a good thing!  If you are starting with me, don't fret...  just keep hopping after checking out this sneak peek card and you will make it full circle - it is a short hop today!

Our challenge this week was using Basic Grey, and the Color Coach says: Melon Mambo and Old Olive or Real Red and Pumpkin Pie.  Well, I almost never love red and orange together, unless yellow is in the mix, so I went with the first combo.  The added challenge was to you the oh so fab Envelope Punch Board...  As if that wasn't good enough, I chose to pop in and see what one of my favorite challenge blogs was doing this week.  The Paper Players challenge this week is to have three of a feature on your card... gotcha.  Here is what I did:

 I used the new petite petals punch from the Occasions catalog for the flowers, the ornament mini punch from the Holiday CarryOver list to make the leaves, and of course the Envelope Punch Board to make the grey envelope.  I have layered two different ribbons here for a bit of added interest, and because all of my pearls are in my car outside (and I am feeling lazy), I used my Uniball White Gel Pen to make the centers on the flowers.  In case you were wondering what the promised sneak peek was... check out this close up:

This sentiment was given to us at our most recent Leadership Conference, and it is from a stamp set that will be released in the upcoming Annual Catalog (are you as excited as I am???)  The stamp set is called So Very Happy, and it makes me smile so I think you'll love it!!

I hope you enjoyed today's card - but now it's time to move along... Next on the hop is Helen, and it is sure to be a winner!  Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow check out the fun bunny card I made with a special bunch of friends recently!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Can You Case It? In Colors

I have to say, Summer Starfruit was not my favorite color when it was first introduced as an In-Color in 2012.  But, now, as they are getting ready to retire it (get those colors while you can), it has grown on me.

I made this card for my Design Team submission for the Can You Case It challenge website.  The challenge this week is to use the retiring In-colors.  I only used the one, then I used Smokey Slate and Basic Grey... Here is what I've got:

Here it the front of the card:

 It is a fancy fold card, know as a "twisted easel".  The top twists back, and anchors on the popped up message on the inside like this:

Here are the supplies I used:
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Smokey Slate, and Basic Grey
Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Sorbet (Saleabration - free with a purchase, and available only until the end of March.
Stamp: See ya Later (also a free Saleabration item)
Ink: Basic Grey
Other tools:  Scallop circle punch, banner punch (yep - Saleabration again), and labels framelets, and a sponge!

If you would like to play with us this week, be sure to go to Can You Case It and enter you card!  If you would like to order any of these great supplies, and get some fun, free stuff that is only available until the end of March, then go to my store and browse HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Chocolate Chip

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  Half way through the week, and time again for our Coloring Down the Lines Blog hop.  You may have started with the talented and fun Robbie over at Inkedx2, but if you are starting here, just keep a hoppin' -  you'll circle back.  We have used the Color Coach to tell us what combo they love together... and this week's color is Chocolate Chip.  The combo I have chosen to use is Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi..., and the added challenge was to make a card that is not the standard 4 1/4"x 5 1/2".  I thought this week was hard, (maybe "hardwood" as the case may be), but here is what I have.

This is a 4x4 card, which is a great alternative, because if you don't want to create a new envelope specifically for your card (why wouldn't you with the new envelope punch board??) then you could use a regular envelope that you either modify or keep as is!

I have used:
Cardstock: Naturals White (LOVE), Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi
Ink: Chocolate chip
Stamp: Hardwood from the new catalog
tools: squares framelets collection, Little Leaves sizzlet, (and therefore the Big Shot), the little flower punch is from the mini punch pack, and of course the pearls are the Basic Pearls.

Now please hop on over to Helen's site: Blue Dahlia Designs and see what she's done today!  Stop back tomorrow to see another fun card from my recent Stand and Deliver card class!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring has Sprung over at Can You Case It?

Hello and happy weekend!  Today is Sunday, and Spring has officially sprung, even if Chicago hasn't felt it yet!  It is perfect timing, because things are realling blooming over at Can You Case It.  CYCI is a challenge website, that just encourages you to play more with paper!  This week's theme is Spring, and you can make any paper craft item that reminds you of that theme!  I know we just had green, but there isn't much out there that says spring to me more than daffodils.  Now, this flower isn't too daffodil-like, but close enough for me!

This is a card I will be teaching in my upcoming Stand and Deliver class tomorrow morning.  I still have some spots left, so if you wanna come play, email me right away!!

Here's a side view of this fun card!
Cute on a desk, right??  Be sure to check out all of hte other entries over at Can You Case It and be sure to upload your project!  You can upload from your Pinterest page of your creations, your blog, your Facebook account, or, if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator you can upload from your DBWS!  Just leave a comment on the website with the forum from which you will upload and the specialist from that forum will contact you back to help you!  Can't wait to see what you make!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Can You Case It? - Feelin' Lucky??

Hello everyone - as promised earlier in the week, I wanted to pass on my card entry in the Can You Case It challenge this week.  This week's theme was GREEN...  sounds funny for a theme, but we thought it could be Spring, or St. Patty's day, or just somethin' green (oooh, how about a money holder for gifting??).  I went with the St. Patty's day theme, as I just had to find a way to use this very fabulous gold sequin trim!  Here's what I did.

Here's what I used, and if you love them as much as I do, be sure to take advantage of the free stuff you can earn for Sale-a-bration through March 31!!  Click here to browse!
  1. Gumball Green (this perfect green is an "In-color", meaning that it will be going away as of May 31.  If you love it as much as I do, be sure to place your order for the paper, ink pads, INK REFILLS, markers, etc... asap because once the "retiring list" comes out next month, as soon as the stuff is gone, it's gone!)
  2. Designer Series Paper Stack in the In-colors (you got it - same note as above, and it coordinates perfectly with those great colors!  This paper is double-sided for all of you scrapbookers out there - tons of options)
  3. Whisper White - my go to cardstock - never used it? Give it a try - you will never go back.
  1. Full heart punch.  I used this to punch three hearts which I put the points in the middle to form a shamrock.
  2. small heart punch - can't believe how often I use this little guy.  I just punched one from scraps of the DSP used in the bigger hearts, and flipped it over.
  1. Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a new one from our newer spring catalog.  Good for so many reasons, and perfect for the geometric or masculine cards you may make!
  2. Gold sequin trim - oh yeah, this is a show stopper.  String a length across your card, and/or pull a few sequins off to add just a little splash of gold.  Looks like gold coins here to me!
Be sure to get on over to the Can You Case it Challenge this week .  There is still time to post an entry... And, this weekend a whole new challenge will be added!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Summer Starfruit

Welcome Wednesday - here we go!  You may have started over at Robbie's website, Inkedx2, and that would be a good thing... but if you started here, don't worry... you won't miss out, just keep a' hoppin' and you will circle back...  Today being Wednesday and all... you are here for the weekly Coloring Down the Lines hop, where we use the Stampin' Up! Color Coach to catapult us out of our comfort zone - color wise... this week - Summer Starfruit.  I chose the Marina Mist and Real Red option, although when you see it you may think I'm lyin'.  I'll explain after the picture (oh, by the way... the BONUS challenge was to make something other than a card...)

So I have used the Petite Purse die - gotta love love this little beauty!  I used Marina Mist cardstock, Summer Starfruit DSP from the DSP color family stack, I used two different sizes of little scallop circles for the flower, and I used Filter Paper to make that fun little flower.  After assembling the flower (with a mini brad) I spritzed the flower with Summer Starfruit re-inker, then re-crumpled (is that a word?) the flower and spritzed a second time with Real Red re-inker. It did make it a bit orange (hmmmm - go figure), but I like that it still looks natural with the different shades and tones in that flower.    Here is a picture of a real flower I saw this last fall at the Chicago Botanical Garden...

WOWIE, RIGHT??  In hindsight, going for this look, I should have probably spritzed the flower in Starfruit, then, when it dried, I should have dipped the tips of the crumpled flower in a diluted Real Red re-inker solution!  Next time!

Go on now, feel free to hop along to Helen's blog, Blue Dahlia Designs, (it'll be fun), but be sure to stop back later this week to see what I made for the Can You Case It? challenge!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Basic Black

Good Morning - Wednesday again and time to HOP!!  If you began with Robbie over at Inkedx2 then you started in a great place... if you are starting here, just keep going forward and you will circle back.  Today's Coloring Down the Lines challenge color is Basic Black.  I chose the Basic Black, Smokey Slate and Bermuda Bay combo.  The added piece today was to use something metalic...glimmer paper, ribbon, sequin trim, etc... Here's what I have:

I used: cardstock - basic black, smokey slate, watercolor paper and silver foil
ink - bermuda bay
stamps - Too Kind, Express Yourself
dies - Delicate Doilies Sizzlit - for the foil paper

Now hop on over to Helen's site, Blue Dahlia Designs!  Thanks for hopping by!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Can You Case It?? Dots Challenge!

Something about dots always feels like a party to me...  this week over at Can You Case It? we are all working with dots this week - and it just makes me smile~ The goal of this new challenge website is to get you moving... sometimes it is a sketch, sometimes a color challenge, and, like this week, it can even be a theme...  Come play!! 

I wanted to add just a bit of extra challenge to my card, so I incorporated a sketch from Unscripted Sketches.  When I saw this sketch, I thought of a gift - and since dots say "party" to me... natural fit!

Here is their sketch:
and here is what I did with DOTS!!
I thought this would be a quick and easy little boy birthday card - although they are my fav colors together, so it would work for me too!  I used the Best of Birthdays stamp set  , the 2012-2014 Designer Series Paper Stack (which is on SALE right now through Monday night - so order right away!) ,  and the Gumball Green 3/8" stitched satin ribbon.  I love this ribbon because it has enough body to hold a good bow, yet is silky, not stiff, to the touch.    Be sure to come play with DOTS this week over at Can You Case it? and we'll have a card party! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Raspberry Ripple

Good Morning!  I have an odd one for you today - so, if you began at Robbie's website, Inkedx2 then you know what I am talking about - but if you began here...  so this week's color combo for our Stampin' Up! Color Coach blog hop is Raspberry Ripple.  The Coach says we need to use Old Olive and Blushing Bride with that - but I just can't see it... the other combo was harder, as the added feature this week, is that it had to be a Christmas Card... that's right - would seem even more crazy for March if we weren't supposed to get a few more inches of snow this morning...  EEK, so now it is Christmas in March with wacky colors, and because I am a multi-tasker, I have added the additional challenge of a sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments... their sketch looked like this:

and here you go:

I have used the Ornament dies (remember that I used them a few weeks ago to make vases in the flower box card - just snipped the bottom off...).  Today I used them for their intended purpose - well almost... I am trying to make them look like lights here.  After cutting ornaments from both the Raspberry Ripple and the Blushing Bride cardstock... I cut just the tops using the new Silver Foil paper.  I think this looks like the tops of the Christmas "lights".  I also used the Chalk Talk framelets to cut out the sentiment, which is stamped in Raspberry Ripple ink on Naturals White cardstock, using the Petite Pairs stamp set.  This set is great as it is one of the very few sets that Stampin' Up! designed with outside AND coordinating inside sentiments.    Gotta love that!  Check it out!

Now Hop on over to Helen's site -Blue Dahlia Designs and see what fab thing she has done with this crazy combo!