Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's Time for a Quickie --

Quick Accents, that is!

Do you love the look of multi-colored images? When it comes to our busy lives, we don’t always have time to hand color a lot of details on our cards. That can be especially true when it comes to making a big stack of Christmas cards! Well, no worries! I’ve got the perfect solution. Check out page 187 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog, and you’ll see the Quick Accents.

Quick accents are multi-colored, heavy-weight die cuts that are self-adhesive. The beautifully detailed designs coordinate with Stampin’ Up! colors, Designer Series Paper, stamps, and punches! And each package of the Quick Accents includes two 12” x 12” sheets, one with paper ribbon strips and one with die cut shapes. These accents are forgiving if you change your mind and need to move them. I love using them on cards, tags, scrapbooks and a whole variety of projects.
When you combine the accents with the coordinating Designer Series Paper and stamps, you have a whole suite of creative options at your fingertips! The Letters to Santa Quick Accents coordinate with the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper, several punches, and the Winter Post and Merry & Type stamp sets. That's a good value!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Let There Be Peace On Earth

and let it begin with me . . . and with this card!
Still working on the theme of Designer Series Paper (DSP), I've used the Letters To Santa pack. This card also uses the Letters To Santa Accent Pack, which is so incredibly wonderful.

I know -- I'm getting ready for the holidays early. It's gonna be here before we know it though, and I've got to get ready for my classes that I'll be holding. I'm already getting customers asking when I'll be holding the Christmas card classes, so I think that means I had better get some ideas. This card is quick, easy, and really looks great. I really like the different colors. It's a holiday card that's not trying too hard.

Four the Holidays stamp set, Quick Accents Letters to Santa, Letters to Santa DSP, Red Riding Hood Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Old Olive and Early Espresso card stock.

Hope your Monday was a good one. Have you shown anyone a little Peace on Earth lately? Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guy or Gal? It's Androgyny!

It's another week of working at the law firm this week. I'll be there for six weeks. It's fantastic to see everybody there again for a little bit. Today I was even told to get a parking pass for the parking garage. That's always a good thing. Sure makes it easier to get in and out of the parking garage. I like to think it means that they actually plan for me to be there for a while - it's a kind of job security thing.

When I was walking in to work today, I was walking by, behind and in front of this person who I couldn't tell if they were male or female. It was one of those androgynous people. You ever have that happen? The entire time, you're guessing in your head, "It's a guy." "No, it's a woman." "No, wait. It's a guy." There was no way to tell. The clothes were all black. The hair was a unisex cut. That drives me nuts.

I guess this card is an androgynous card, wouldn't you say? It could be a guy's card or a gal's card. The colors are perfect for either.

Petite Pairs stamp set; More Mustard, Naturals White, and Basic Gray card stock; First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Basic Gray Classic ink; Filigree Designer and Brights brads; Word Window Punch; Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Stampin' Dimensionals; Paper Snips.

This stamp set is so cool because it has these great words that you can use on the outside and the inside of the card. I really like that. They are small, so you can use them with the punches easily, too. Very versatile stamp set. As soon as I saw that Petite Pairs stamp set, I knew I had to get it. I got it for free with the new Hostess program that Stampin' Up! has. I'm really crazy about that new Hostess set up. It's a good thing. I'm glad that Stampin' Up! decided to change.

Whaddaya know? I made ten of the cards. Are you surprised? Probably not. Ha! These cards were so easy. They only took about five to seven minutes each.

Last Friday, I managed to give away almost 20 cards in one day! I like this idea of mailing the cards and giving them out to other people to use. I didn't send any out today, but there's always tomorrow!!!

Thanks for stopping by ~~ hope you had a great Monday. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You're On My Mind

I can barely keep my eyes open for this blog post today! I'm getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepy . . . I'll stay awake a little longer, but then this chickie has got to hit the hay. I've actually kept my goal of sending cards out. I gave three away today and asked people to mail them to someone special. I mailed out eight myself. I hope everyone I've sent a card likes them. I know it's so nice to get an unexpected card - or even an expected one.

I got a hand-stamped thank you card today. It was using the direct to paper technique of swiping the ink pad directly on the paper - hence the name of the technique. Easy and cool looking. Great to be on the receiving end of the card thing.

I'm still on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) kick, so here's a card that I CASEd from the catalog again. It's on the page with the stamp set, Upsy Daisy that was used on this card. I don't have the catalog in front of me right now, so if you find the page, give me a holler. I didn't have enough linen thread to use around the card (I'm making ten of these -- keeping that goal of mailing my cards out in mind -- and so I used a mini library clip instead. Everyone loves these little clips. I also used the vintage trinkets with the little button-looking brads.

Those little button brads look so nice all lined up at the side of the image. See the KISS technique?

Easy and quick card that I used the KISS technique with the image. I think the catalog used heat embossing, but I didn't have time for that. I also broke out the sewing machine for the row of holes at the bottom of the card.

Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla card stock; Paisley Prints, First Edition, and Regals Paper Pack DSP; Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Upsy Daisy and Best Friends Forever stamp sets; Mini Library Clips; Vintage Trinkets; Stampin' Dimensionals; paper snips, and sewing machine.

I'd better get to bed. Five in the morning will be here before I know it!

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Very Humbling Experience

Whew! I'm sure glad that today's almost done. What a good day it was, though. I headed back to the patent law firm to work today. I haven't been there since May, so it was a challenge to even remember how to clock in on the computer. There's nothin' like going back to work at the law firm to realize how much I've forgotten. I guess when my brain thinks I'm done with information, it just lets it go! It's a very humbling experience.

Does that happen to you, too? Please say it does, 'cause I don't want to be the only one who's like this!!

We made these incredible little boxes during the weekend events that were at my house last weekend and the one before. We had a lot of fun choosing the Designer Series paper (you didn't think I was done with that kick about DSP, did you?) and then folding the heck out of it to create these cool boxes. This one is in Pumpkin Pie color.
This little cutie is in Not Quite Navy. We put candy in our boxes when we made them over the weekend.

Even though they were made with the same Blossom Box Die and the Big Shot, these boxes turned out to look different. One is just folded a little bit tighter than the other, I guess.

And then you can even push the top of the box in and create this look. You can decorate the top of the box then and have even more fun with it!!

What have you had fun with today?

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

So Not Original

I've been making the boys get up earlier and earlier to begin the acclimation process for when school begins. Do you think they appreciate this? No. They do not appreciate this one little bit. Honestly, I don't blame them. It's a necessary evil though. It's hard enough to get up and be bushy eyed (or is that bushy tailed?) and ready to pay attention in school, but to do it getting up like . . . I don't know . . . five hours earlier than you're used to. That's just not right. Oh, yeah. I have really let them sleep in this summer. That's what kidhood is for, though, right? Getting to sleep in and stuff? 'Cause it sure doesn't happen ones that adulthood thing begins to happen. Okay . . .

Here we are beginning another day with a card using Designer Series Paper (DSP). In this card, we've got the First Edition DSP and the Well Worn DSP.

The First Edition is the one that looks like newsprint behind the Top Note Die Cut with the flowers stamped on it. The Well Worn was used for the bird and another spot. Can you see it?

This card is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) from the Stampin' Up! catalog on page 182. If you've got the catalog, go check it out and take a look. Whatcha think? I know, I know. This card isn't an exact copy; it's my version of the card where I used what I had instead of what they used. That's just how a copy goes.

Here's a close-up view of the "suede" or "felted" flower. It has a mini silver brad inside it, along with another piece of DSP punched from the Well Worn pack.

Elements of Style stamp set; Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, and Baja Breeze card stock; First Edition and Well Worn DSP; Crumb Cake and Early Espresso Classic inks; Baja Breeze Stampin' Write marker; Cutter Kit; Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Sprintz; Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon; Silver Brads; Silver mini brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Color Spritzer Tool; Bird, Itty Bitty Shapers, Boho Blossoms, and 1" Circle Punches; Big Shot; Top Note Bigz Die.

I've said it before, "If you make one, you may as well make more." I did 12 of these real quick last evening. I'm still on the goal of sending out cards to people. So far, so good. Yesterday, it was giving away two cards and then sending out eight.

How about you? Have you kept your recent goals? Thanks so much for stopping by today. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Making Some New Goals . . . and actually keeping them!

I've got some new goals that I'm working on this week. Since Stampin' Up! is having a special on Designer Series Paper, I'm trying to use it in different ways on cards and other paper creations, like boxes -- stuff like that.

This card is made with the Paisley Petals paper. I used a lot of layering for this and I'll be sending it out as a "Thinking of You" card.

I've got the same paper, just a different design from the paper pack for this one.

And then the same papers with a different stamp. This one is for a "Thank you" card. I used the new mini silver brads on these cards, and I think I have a new favorite embellishment. Those mini brads are just too cute!! Super easy to bend -- so be careful!

Paisley Petals DSP, River Rock, Whisper White, and Tangerine Tango card stock; Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Mini Silver Brads; Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink; Teeny Tiny Wishes and Faith in Nature stamp sets.

If I'm making one card, I may as well make ten. With that being said, here are the ten cards that I made to send out. See . . . that's another goal of mine. I want to send out more cards to let my friends know that I'm thinking about them. I think that in the middle of all the bills and junk mail that we get, it would be nice to see a card that lets someone know you're thinking about them -- in a good way, of course.

Have you thought about anyone today and let them know?

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Great Time of the Year!

This is a great time of the year.

It's summer.

The weather is great here in Ohio.

You can get Designer Series Paper (DSP) -- Buy three and get one completely Free!

Buy Three and Get One Free

I am crazy about the Designer Series Paper. I love this special, and I hope you do, too. You can order three designer series papers ($10.95 value), and get one for free. So -- now is the time to stock up or get those DSPs you need to make your Christmas cards.

Please see the flyer below for more information.

Download of Buy Three Get One Free Flyer

So I'll be sure to post tomorrow with a project using DSP. I just had to stop everything share this great special with you. We've got some incredibly beautiful papers this year, so please be sure to check out my online store for ordering yours.

Remember to keep track of your dollars spent for credit on your card for me to punch!!

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