Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thank a Million

It's 100 blog posts! Thanks a million for hanging out with me.

I really appreciate it.

This is what I made for my older son to send for his birthday thank-you cards. Of course, I made a whole passel of 'em. He's got a passel of thank yous to write. He thinks this is a hassle - a passel of hassle, but truly it's a blessing to have so many people give you birthday gifts and things like that.

You probably have to get old like me to appreciate all of that.

Hope you're able to hurdle all your hassles today -- and, truly, thanks a million!

Paper - Pool Party card stock, Cream Confetti card stock, Lucky Limeade card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Sale-A-Bration DSP; Ink - Early Espresso, Early Espresso Marker; Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes, Word Play; Color Spritzer tool; Linen Thread, Mini Library Clips, Label Punch, 2-1/2 Circle punch.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Quick, Quick -- I Need A Hand-Stamped Card

How quickly can you count to three? 1 . . . 2 . . . 3!

That's all it took for me to do this card, too. Okay . . . okay . . . it took about five minutes, not five seconds.

Looks so nice though. Just a quick swipe with the wheel; next, a stamp; and then a spritz - and voila! All done. A great shimmery card.

These are my thank yous to the people who helped me pull my nephew's shower together. I think they'll like 'em.

Inks - Baja Breeze, Early Espresso; Paper - Whisper White; Texture Jumbo Wheel, Stampin' Around Jumbo Handle; Stamp set - Just Believe; Medium Whisper White envelope; Vanilla Smooch Spritz.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a quick work day so you can make lots of great cards and other things that make you happy.

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stamping Happiness

Have you created Happiness for anyone lately?
My husband asked me to make some thank-you cards for him to use. This created some happiness for him. These are the cards. I did the envelopes, too.
He said he liked them so much that he didn't want to send them to anyone. He can, though. I made eight of 'em. Plenty there to keep one if he wants and still send a bunch out.

It's the right thing to do.

Stamps - Pursuit of Happiness, Wonderfully Worn, Borders; Paper - Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze; Ink - Cajun Craze, Marina Mist; Early Espresso and Always Artichoke Markers, Stampin' Sponge, Medium Very Vanilla envelopes, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Snail adhesive, 1-1/4" square punch, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hand-Stamped Invitation

What's for dinner? How manytimes do you get asked that/ask that?

It's a frequent thing at our house . . .

Here's the invitation for the Shower that my sister and I made. Isn't it cute? and inside was the recipe card that we stamped, along with all the party info that people need. We used the Domestic Goddess DSP -- really enjoying that paper! I just like the name, too. What a hoot it is . . . Domestic Goddess . . . ha!

Paper - Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP; Punches - 1-3/4" circle, label.

Hope you know what's for dinner at your house today ~~ thanks for stopping by. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stamping Thank You Notes for My Nephew

Over the weekend, I hosted a Shower for my nephew. It was a couples shower, and men were invited to the shower as well as women. My wonderful nephew is getting married this spring, and he's the first one of the next generation to take this mighty step.
My sister and I made all the invitations to the shower (I'll show you those tomorrow), and I offered to make matching thank-you notes for the couple, too. Of course, I've made the envelopes look matchy-matchy in addition.
The entire theme of the event was about food, recipes, kitchen stuff -- things that a guy can appreciate as well as any gal. Everyone was asked to bring a recipe card filled out with a recipe that their family loved or was their go-to meal. When people arrived, they made a scrapbook page with their picture (we took a picture of them as soon as they arrived and printed it up on the spot), recipe card, a yum scale and other decorations as they wanted.

Don't bother to count these thank yous! I'll tell you that there are 25 of them, all ready for my nephew and his sweetie to send out.

Paper - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Domestic Goddess DSP; Ink - Basic Gray, Pool Party; Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail adhesive, Medium White Envelopes; Stamps - Elegant Thank You, and I cannot remember the one with the oven mitt, tea cups and utensils.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Spring In My Stamping

I was feeling "spring" again, so I went back to the Mixed Bunch stamp set again with the Blossom punch for another go-around. I love how this stamp set is versatile, along with the punch. I've gotten so many different cards out there -- yippee!

Paper - Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade; Ink - Melon Mambo, VersaMark, Basic Black marker; Blossom Punch, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, Sponge Dauber.

So what do you think? Do you like the pink, black and white?

Stamp set - Mixed Bunch; Paper - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White; Dazzling Details; Sponge Dauber, Heat Embossing White and Iridescent Ice Powders, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, punches - 3/4" Circle and Blossom, 1-1/4" Square; Snail adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Or is this bright yellow, orange and white more your style?

Do you see how I used the paper snips to create more of a petal look to the Blossom punched flower?

Are you as ready for spring as I am?

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's Time to Party with Fancy Favor Boxes - So Easy

Making party favors has never been easier . . . let me show you how.

Paper - Daffodil Delight card stock, Pacific Point card stock, Rich Razzelberry card stock, Bashful Blue card stock; punches - Itty Bitty Shapes, 1" circle, Boho Blossoms, 1-3/4" circle; Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die; Big Shot; Snail Adhesive; Sticky Strip; Clear Circle Brads; Paper Piercer; Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cheerful Cards - Joy of Spring

This is another project that I made to showcase the versatile Mixed Bunch stamp set and the coordinating Blossom Punch. I did a technique of folded flowers and made leaves, along with some great heat embossing. Some of my friends just LOVE the heat embossing, and they're very good at it!

A close-up of another card using the Whisper White Craft Ink and the Iridescent Ice emobssing powder. I never thought up that combination before, but CraftyPerson used it and it works wonderfully.

For this card: Card Stock and Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pumpking Pie, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White; Stamps - Mixed Bunch; Punches - 3/4" Circle and Blossom; Inks - Daffodil Delight, Craft Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie; Heat Embossing, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Snail, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots.

For the top card: Paper: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Vellum, Pretty in Pink; Ink - Lucky Limeade, Craft Whisper White (clouds), Pretty in Pink, VersaMark, Adhesive Sheet; Punches - Blossom and 3/4" Circle, White Embossin Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Sponge Daubers.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Card Making - Variation on a Theme

Variations are nice. Here's an example of one for you. It's the same idea, but a different color scheme than yesterday's card.

This is a great card for so many occasions. I like the simplified look of the card. Yesterday's was very springy, today's is a little more formal.

Hope you like it. What has been varied in your life lately? Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thinking About Spring Flowers . . . on Cards

Higlighting: Mixed Bunch stamp set (#125535 wood-mount, #125537 clear-mount) & Blossom Punch (#125603)

Did you know that stamp sets with coordinating punches are favorites of people everywhere? They are! Why? Because coordinating stamps and punches make creating terrific looking projects that are fast and simple.

One of my favorite coordinating sets from the Occasions Mini is the Mixed Bunch stamp set. Beyond the obvious, you can use this floral set to create window cards, flower stencils, folded flowers, and butterfly and dragonfly punch art, just to name a few!

Tip: When you're using the punch, place it upside down on a solid flat surface when punching for ease and accuracy every time. It's great for those with arthritis. Like so many of Stampin’ Up’s punches, this punch is a great multi-tasker.

Stamps• Mixed Bunch; Paper• Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Vellum Card Stock; Ink - Daffodil Delight; Pumpkin Pie; Craft Ink Pad – Whisper White; Stampin’ Write Marker - Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Basic Black; Dazzling Details; Stampin’ Emboss Powder - White; 3/8” Taffeta Ribbon – Whisper White; Sponge Dauber; SNAIL adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Punches: Blossom, 1/2” Circle

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wonderful Card - Stamping Fun

Isn't it wonderful?
When my sister was dating her husband (a super long time ago), she would write letters home. She used to say that he was wonderful, school was wonderful, the weather was wonderful. My mom used to say that her letters were so full of wonderful . . .

I guess you get the picture.

How about this card? Isn't it wonderful?

It's even labeled "wonderful", just in case you didn't realize it was wonderful. Okay, okay. Enough with the wonderful stuff already!! Ha, ha!

Here's a different shot with the decorated envelope -

The label shape was traced on Very Vanilla card stock using the On Board Merry Medley chipboard. Then the label shape was cut out and adhered to the chipboard. We also used the Tea Stain ink spot and a Stamping Sponge to distress the edges of the label.

Stamps - Mixed Bunch and Loving Thoughts; Card Stock and Paper - Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit, Very Vanilla medium envelope, On Board Merry Medley chipboard; Ink - Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker, Distressing Essentials Tea Stain Ink; Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine; Brights Designer Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Snail adhesive, Scallop Edge Punch, paper snips, Stamping Sponges.


Happy birthday to my older son!!! 18 already . . . how can that be? Seems like he was just born.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Need Stamping Ideas?

Whenever I need some ideas for making a crafting project, I like to look up blogs (like this one - thank you), pictures on Google, magazines, and idea books.

Take this card for example . . . I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) the card from the latest Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.

How about that flower? It's layered from the Boho Blossoms punch. What an easy way to get a bit of "wow" on a card. So fun!

Stamp set - Inspired By Nature; Card stock - Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Blushing Bride; inks - Rich Razzleberry and Peach Parfait; Library clips, linen thread, Boho Blossoms Punch, Basic Pearls.

Have you needed any ideas lately? There are lots of great places to find them. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Handmade - But Not Hand Stamped

My younger son gave me a handmade birthday card this year. He said it had a self portrait on it (a drawing of him), and then his picture is talking to me.
"Yer Gettin Old"

Nice, huh? Crazy kid.

Gotta love him. Happy birthday to me. Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It's a First . . . Video time - Easy Matchbook Valentine Treat

We had a lot of fun creating the cards together over the last two weekends. I wanted to be sure to put up a video of the Matchbook treat.

You can see how easy it is to make the matchbook treat. And if you came to class, but forgot, now you can watch the video and review it for yourself.

Here is what is used: Whisper White Card Stock, Chocolate Chip Card Stock, Real Red Card Stock, Pink Pirouette Card Stock, Red Glimmer Paper, a Heart Treat Cup, 1 Clear Circle Rhinestone Brad, 1 15" Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dot Ribbon. Punches - 2-1/2" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Full Heart. Snail adhesive, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, February 6, 2012

It's Tool Time . . . a Card for the Guys

This is a card made for a man, for sure. In fact, we made this card at the last Stamper's Club that we had. I encouraged everyone to make two of the cards . . . one to give away and the other one to keep as a template for making them again.

One of the members of the Stamper's Club told me later that very soon after Stamper's Club, she had to use both the cards -- two men she knew had birthdays one after the other! She was glad to have the two cards -- and both the guys really liked them a lot.

I was checking out Jackie Topa's blog about a month ago and came across this create tutorial that she had available called "It's Raining Men". Everyone really enjoyed this card, and it's great because it gives you a whole new way to use the Brayer, Big Shot and Embossing Folders.

Stamp set - Totally Tool; Ink - Black Stazon, Basic Grey, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight; Blender Pen, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Brayer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Piercing Tool to make hole for brads, 4 silver brads, Scissors, Stamping Sponges

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

It's In the Collection

So you collect anything? So - even when you were little . . . did you have a collection of anything? Maybe it was rocks, maybe it was dolls. Did you have one?

As an adult, I collect old typewriters. Yep, that's right. I collect old typewriters and give them a home. It all started with the typewriter my grandpa used when he was in college. I found it in his attic, and he told me I could have it.

When I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Mini catalog, I knew right away that it was going in my collection of stamp sets. I made about 20 cards with it and really like it. I think it can be used for birthdays, just thinking of you, get wells, thanks, on and on, on and on.

What do you collect? Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Regionals in San Antonio - Make and Take 2

Here is the other card we made at the Regionals in San Antonio. We used the Send Me Soaring stamp set in a whole different way. As a matter of fact, those flower petals were made using the kite from the Send Me Soaring stamp set and then punching them with the small heart punch.

We did the petal on the stem in a similar way -- the kite was stamped and then the petal was created by using the circle punch twice (on one side and then the other side).

Stamps - Send Me Soaring set; Card Stock and Paper - Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper; Crumb cake, Whisper White, Calypso Coral; Ink - Pool Party; Old Olive; White Gel Pen, Bitty buttons, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Blossom Bouquet Punch, Small Heart punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" Circle punch, Calypso Coral Stampin' Write pen, Scallop Border punch, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon.

A really fun card. Figuring out a way to use that stamp set in this way really brought home the value of the stamp set for me. You can bet that as soon as I got home, I placed an order for that great stamp set. I've used it a couple times since then, too.

Have you gotten any value from something lately? Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Friday, February 3, 2012

You Send Me Soaring

Here is one of my favorite things we made during the Regionals held in San Antonio, Texas during January. This card is so cute because you can move the circle around and make different colors of kites show up! See, we start with green . . .
. . . and then we go to the Pool Party Blue . . .
. . . and finally end it with the Calypso Coral.

They gave us a template for doing the holes in the card back and the circle. I'm looking forward to making this card with my customers and clubs. Everyone is going to have so much fun with this one!!

Stamps - Send Me Soaring; Card Stock and Paper - Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Whisper White, Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper; Ink - Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party; Stampin' Write Markers - Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade; Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine; Silver Mini Brads (inside to make the wheel turn), Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Snail, Blender Pens, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Scallop Edge Punch, Small Heart Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Paper Snips, 3" Circle Originals Die; Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, pencil.

Today's my birthday! Happy birthday to me . . . well, I'm singing yo myself, but I'm excited about it. After all, it's only once a year, and it's a day that's all yours for celebrating.

What am I going to do to celebrate? Well, I'm gonna stamp with some of my favorite friends, that's what! Am I lucky or what? We've got the last weekend of Sweet Treat Valentine classes this weekend. I'm a busy birthday gal!

What have you done to celebrate lately? I celebrate you, every time you stop by. Thanks so much ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Leadership Make and Takes - Part 3 I think . . .

I'm not the best with the My Digital Studio (MDS). Did you check out what Stampin' Up! made for each of us at Leadership? This page was created with the MDS, printed out, and put into each of our Make and Take packages. So pretty . . . and a great poem, too! This is one of those "take it to heart" sayings that is out there.
The Baja Breeze paper was cut to look like a pennant with the pointed ends and then distressed with the Tea Stain and a sponge. I have the distressing essentials, but hadn't touched them since the purchase -- my bad! Since Leadership, I've gotten them out and enjoyed using them. They really make it look like something has been vintaged, aged, and around for a while! After using the Tea Stain, I used my nails and some Paper Snips to really distress the edges. I'll be trimming this to 8 x 10 to fit inside a frame.

Stamp Set - Mixed Bunch; Card Stock and Paper - Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit, My Digital Studio printed page (8-1/2 x 11); Ink - Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Distressing Essentials Tea Stain; Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Snail, Sticky Strip, Bone folder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Stamping Sponges.

Happiness Card - Again, there was that tea stain thingy . . . Stampin' Up! likes the vintage look and we were prompted to use the distressing tea stain on this card. As you can see, I was getting the hang of making things look all stained up at this point!

I made sure I distressed the edges of the paper and really enjoyed making this quick and easy card. We were given supplies to make three of them and then the option of putting them inside a Mason jar to create a "Jar O' Cards". Cute idea. I managed to do the one card and called it good.

The funny thing is . . . whenever I give someone a card where I've distressed the top of the paper to fold over just the tiniest bit, I always end up watching as they attempt to straighten it out. I'm thinking, "No, no. It's supposed to be like that!" Ha! Has that ever happened to you?

Stamps - Mixed Bunch, Loving Thoughts; Card Stock and Paper - Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper; Ink - Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Distressing Essentials Teach Stain; Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Snail adhesive, Petite Pennants Punch, Stapler and staples.

Well, I hope you have a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leadership Make and Takes - Part 2

This card is actually supposed to go with the pointed part of the pennant down toward the table instead of to the right side like I have it on this card. I had not been too hot on this Blossom Punch until I was making all these fantastic card and the scrapbook page further down on this post. I'm so glad we received these two stamp sets for Leadership, though. They are beautiful and very versatile. I can see getting lots of use out of them!!
I have the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper already and I really like it, too. I've used it for several projects already and actually hardly have any more left!! I see another order of it in my future!

Happiness Card: Stamps - Mixed Bunch and Loving Thoughts; Card stock and paper - Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla, Twitterpated DSP, Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit, Very Vanilla Envelope; Ink - Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Distressing Essentials (Tea Stain Ink); Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine; Stampin' Dimensionals; Snail, Scallop Edge Punch, Stamping Sponges, Stapler and staple.
This is the Wonderful You Scrapbook Page. I obviously do not have a picture on there yet . . . never fear! I'll find something.
Here's a bit of up-close detail for you. The Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit is something I had completely overlooked in the past. And believe me, that's in the past. These flowers and accessories are so beautiful and useful. They make quick work of projects and add so much punch and pizzazz. Love that library clip, too! A really fun page - just waiting for a picture.

Wonderful You scrapbook page: Stamps - Mixed Bunch and Loving Thoughts; Card stock and paper - Baja Breeze, Twitterpated DSP, Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit; Ink - Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade; Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine; Brights Designer Buttons, Clips Assortment, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Snail, Petite Pennants Punch.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!