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Friday, January 23, 2015

Vellum Valentine - Take the Plunge!

Welcome!  Today I am sharing with you, my submission for The Paper Plunge Design Team's challenge this week - Vellum.  We are allowed to cut it, punch it, emboss it (this is what I did), stamp on it, etc...  I thought I would show you a cute Valentine decoration I made using Vellum this week!
This is my project.  I used vellum, and the Curvy Box thinlit to create this cute favor!
After cutting the pieces, but before assembling, I embossed the vellum with the brand new Happy Heart embossing folder!

You can kind-of see it in the photo above, but since it was vellum, I thought I would add a little light inside.  This is a great way to showcase vellum's opacity.  I used a little battery operated "candle".  If I were giving this away, I would probably fill it with candy (afterall, who doesn't like candy??).  I took a photo of this in the dark so you could see the light inside:
I hope you enjoyed this little project, and that you will share your creation with us over at The Paper Plunge.  Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Soft Colors blog hop

Hello!  I owe you and my very good friends, an apology.  I thought I had set this post to publish, but I hadn't.  My friend and fellow hopper, Joni, let me know during the day, but I was in a video conference, and promptly forgot to fix it the minute I got off ~ then life happened.

Sorry I am late, but here it goes:
If you are hopping over from Robbie's website, then you are on the right track.  We are a big, happy circle, though, so you can keep on hopping from here and you will circle back!

Liz picked the following picture for us to use this week:

I liked the black outline against the soft colors, so that is what I also did this week:

I stamped the image with Staz-On, then used just my clear blocks, and tapped them straight on my ink pads.  I then spritzed the blocks with my Stampin' Mist, and stamped them right on the page.  I like colorblocking, so this is a fun and easy way to create a background! I will list all of my supplies below, but to see what everyone else did, be sure to hop over to Carol's website to see what she is up to...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines- Poppies

Hello, and happy Wednesday!  Let's Hop!  If you started with Robbie, then you started at the beginning, but if you began here, be sure to keep on hopping - don't worry, we are one big circle! 

This week's photo and colors just made you say Poppy!  Check them out!

I didn't have the die I was looking for, but knew the materials I wanted to use!  I wanted soft, wispy petals, so I used filter paper, which I cut with my Flower Frenzy die, then I used Calypso Coral and Real Red reinker to dye the filter paper.  Here is what I did:
 and a close up:

Now hop on to Carol and see what she did today!  Be sure to stop back on Friday to see what we will be doing over at The Paper Plunge!  Also be sure to check out below to see the All New Sending Kisses!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sending Kisses - YAY! First Month!

Hello, Happy New Year, and Oh, Happy Day!  Today we launch our very first Sending Kisses Kits & Crafts!

You will see the tab above (on my website - if you are receiving this email by email subscription, then you will need to click on the title of this post to get to the website) for Sending Kisses.  Every month, my buddy Robbie and I will select a specific stamp set, (for January it is Groovy Love).  If you order that specific stamp set from one of our websites - mine is, and enter the Hostess Code for that month (this month it is: AXGDUWPB) then you will receive a pdf (actually it is usually 4-8 pages), that contains 4 exclusive cards made using that set, along with photos, measurements, supply lists, and step-by-step directions- with pictures when needed, for you to complete the cards at home!
Here is the stamp set you will need:
Groovy Love
And here is a Sneak Peek of the 4 great cards you will make:
Order NOW!
Do you want to order all of the supplies to make the cards at the same time as you get the stamp set (you could take advantage of Sale-a-bration benefits with each $50 purchase beginning January 6th), 
email me here, and I will send you the general supplies we used so you can order ahead! (no measurements,  instructions, or PDFs will be included until you place your order using the hostess code:
There are a few other options to help you along too! 
Card Kit
You can order the card kit from us here for only $8!  With this you will receive the PDF (just like above), but you will also get the complete kit - all supplies, accessories, etc... for two of the cards (minus the stamped images per Stampin' Up! policy)... You can use the stamp set you ordered to complete the cards.

PDF Only
Already own Groovy Love?  No problem!  If you don't need the stamp set, but still want access to the exclusive cards and directions, you can buy the PDFs only for just $3!  What a deal!

Are you a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
You can order the Demo file (no need to order the stamp set from us here) for only $8, and you will be all set to teach this great class. This includes the PDFs for the four cards, as well as a Class Planner!  The Class Planner includes all supplies needed and special cutting instructions, plus any tips or tricks which could be helpful, for a class of 10!  Won't it be great to have the work done for you?  You'll know exactly what you need to order and how to prep - no muss no fuss!

Click Here to get started making your own Groovy Love!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Happy New Year

Well, HELLO!!  And welcome to the last hop of the year!  If you began with Robbie, then you are doing just fine, but if you started here, you are not off-track...  You can just keep hopping and you will circle around!  This week's inspiration photo is a New Year inspired picture... Check it out...

I loved the Champagne pictures... but didn't want to color glasses this week...  I still wanted to stay in the New Year theme, so here is what I have come up with...

I made a card that reflects a GREAT New Year's resolution... If you are in the market for one...

I have mixed the "old" with the "new" here, and used stamp sets from both the annual catalog as well as stamps from the brand new...just released and soon to be available Occasions Catalog - If you don't have one of these little beauties yet, please let me know and I will get one to you asap!

Here's what I used:
Stamps - Draw the Line (these are the lines that make it look like notebook paper) - current catalog
               Hello Life - (this is the GREAT sentiment) - upcoming Occasions Catalog!
Punch - Spiral Border punch (this is the very cool notebook paper border)
Big Shot Bigz Die - Perfect Print Numbers Die (this cut out the 2015)

Be sure to hop on to Carol's website next and check out what she has done... I wonder if she will also be using some new stuff for the New Year!  Thanks for another great year!  See you in 2015!~

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Blues and Greens

Hello!  It's Wednesday - Let's go!  If you started the hop with Robbie, then you are right on track!  If not, no worries - we're a big, happy circle, and you will see all of the week's entries if you just keep hopping along!  Today's challenge was mostly blues and greens, but I am still feeling "holiday" so I have gone that direction.  Here was the inspiration picture:

And here is what I did with it:

It is a bit hard to see, but I used my 2-way glue pen and highlighted a few areas on the card, and then used Dazzling Diamonds to add a little "snow sparkle" highlights. 

Now hop along to Carol's website and see what she has done today!  Have a great holiday!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Card for the Plunge

Hello!  Hope you are all doing well!  I recently had a private Christmas card class for a wonderful group of ladies, and wanted to show you one of the cards we made!  Since this week's theme for the Paper Plunge is also Christmas cards, I thought I would share it there too... If you are popping over from there, be sure to scroll around a bit here - I have some fun stuff for you!  In the meantime, check this out:
 We used our Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color little pearls to make the berries on the wreath to add a bit of dimension.  We also used several dies, stamps, ribbon, and glimmer brads - fun card!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Coming Soon - Sending Kisses!

Do you ever sit down to create and nothing comes to mind?  Are you strapped for time and need to make a card to send?  We have your answer!

Sending Kisses is a monthly program based on a chosen stamp set.  Using the set, we have designed and created 4 cards.  These cards are exclusive to this program - you will not find them on our blogs, websites, or any other public platforms. 

We have several ways for you to take advantage of Sending Kisses.

Option 1 – Order the stamp set from us and we will send you, via email, a picture of the 4 cards we have designed using the set to inspire you.

Option 2 – Order a card kit from us.  You will order the stamp set directly from our websites, and get your kit here!  The kit includes all supplies for 2 of the cards, along with a PDF file to help you create them, and photos of the additional two cards to inspire you.

Option 3 - Already own the stamp set?  No problem!   Order the PDF file only.

Are you a demo?  We have another Option for you.  Order the demo file and you will get directions for all 4 cards and a list of supplies for a class of 10, with specific cutting tips and instructions, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions, contact us!  We are here to help you!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Something Sweet for The Plunge

whew!  It has been so very long since I have posted here, you all must think that I dropped off the face of the earth!  Actually, I have been super bust meeting many of you at the various craft fairs and fundraisers that I have been attending lately!  I have been frantically crafting in order to keep up with the many special orders I have had, and after having a bunch of sick kiddos, ended up in bed myself...hopefully I am past the worst of it, and get back to showing you all of the very fun stuff I have made lately.

This week over at The Paper Plunge, our challenge is Card Candy!  These are all little masterpieces that are stuck on a window sheet that you can pop off and stick on a card or scrapbook page to embellish it!  Great little gifties for all of those cardmakers on your list!  I actually made these for the last convention, but since everything here is still current, and since I had shared it with you yet, I felt like it was fair game!  Here is what I have for you:

Thanks for stopping by!  I will try to get a little more consistent for you in the new year, and I will try to post more pictures of some of the stuff I've been working on lately!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines- Count your Blessings

Good morning everyone!  Wednesday again, and getting a bit blustery here in Chicago.  Today's hop encouraged me to show you how the very last leaves that have been clinging to the trees are finally giving up the ghost and dropping (or blowing) off the trees.  If you began at Robbie, then you already have an idea of what we are doing, but if you are starting here, no worries - you will circle back in time! 
Here is this week's inspiration photo and Stampin' Up! colors:

and here is what I have chosen to do with them:

 As you can see, I swirled all of the colors into here, stamped with both Soft Suede and Basic Black, and I even added a few little gold sequins (Nothing Gold Can Stay - for you big readers out there)... 

Now be sure to hop on over to Carol's website today and see what she is up to today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Soft & Simple

Good morning, and happy Wednesday - are you ready to HOP??  Great! If you started with Robbie, then you started right at the beginning... but we are a big circle, so even if you started here, if you just keep hopping you will see all of us!

Here is this week's inspiration picture:
and the coordinating Stampin' Up! colors are:
Pistachio Pudding
Wild Wasabi
Basic Black
Crisp Cantaloupe
Pear Pizzazz

And her is what I have for you today

I hope that you have enjoyed the hop so far today, and that you will continue to hop along and visit Carol and see what she has for you today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 31, 2014

BOOO! Take the Plunge!

Happy Halloween (for all of you Halloween lovers out there)!  I will admit something to you.  I am not really a Halloween lover.  I love my kiddos, and they really wanted to have a party this year, so I caved.  We are having a Halloween party ~ and I am enjoying myself.  I probably only own about 6 seasonal decorations, so it was a bit of a stretch for us, but we rocked it!  The theme this week over at The Paper Plunge is "Anything but a card"... not a problem here - we have been crafting fools the last few days, and not a single card in the mix.  I am also cheating a bit here... First - my kids made the treat bags I am putting here.  Second, they were last month's Paper Pumpkin kit.  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit that is mailed straight to your door, with everything you need (except adhesive) to make a project... these kits are so easy, even kids can easily be successful completing them, and they make a fun group project.    Here are some of the things we made:

We also made the Halloween Wreath kit... this was only slightly more challenging as it needed a hot glue gun and a bit of patience making the bead spider:

We wrapped washi tape around the bottoms of votive candles to spruce them up, and one last thing we did, we took paper straws (all the rage right now), and used the mustache framelits die and cut out some black mustaches... we then added them to the straws (to one side), and they are adorable when you hold them up to your face!  How fun is that??

Okay - so maybe we'll survive this season afterall!   Be sure to pop over to The Paper Plunge and give this "Anything but a card" challenge this week! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WooHoo! Handmade Market

Well hello there!  An extra post for me this week, which is amazing since I have been running like a chicken without a head, but I really am excited about an upcoming Handmade Market at Vintage Fresh, where I will be showcasing many little holiday goodies!  One of the things I get tons of requests for each year are little grab-and-go gift items that are great for all of the people in your lives that you like to acknowledge with a small token.  A gift that is both handy and always appreciated is a post-it note holder that people are proud to have on their desk or counter!  I made some of these fall versions for the upcoming market - I completely love the Designer series paper that Stampin' Up! has for fall, and the little wooden leaf accents are just so fun!
It is hard to see in this photo, but I have added a little strand of gold sequin trim into the ribbons at the top, and, in person, that makes a huge difference!  The Handmade Market is Nov.7th and 8th - I will look for you there!!  Hope you enjoyed this!  Be sure to stop by again tomorrow, as I will have my Design Team entry for the new challenge over at The Paper Plunge!  Thanks for stopping by!