Friday, August 29, 2008

Sweet little baby girl!!!

This week's Blogger's Challenge was either to do a patriotic card or a baby's Labor Day weekend...get it? hehehe!!

I had a very long over due baby gift to get made for a friend of the family that had her baby in the beginning of June.....and I just now got her gift made!!! ARGH!!!!! My summer has consumed me. I did get to see her though.....what a beauty!! She is so precious! Want to know what the best part of not having her gift done when I got to see her the first time...I'll get to see her again!!! So Grandma of Alexis.....If you are reading this....don't look if you don't want to see it here first! lol!!!

And those of you who will cringe at the sight of a little non Stampin Up ribbons and retired Stampin Up designer series paper...I apologize....I did make up for it by using the BIG SHOT!!!!
The tin was covered in printed paper from a retired Sell-A-Bration simply scrapping kit, Just Delightful. I absolutely love the patterned paper in this kit!!! I think it is gorgeous!

The name tag on the front was made with the exclusive top note die for the Big Shot. I cut it out twice, once in pink pirouette and once in whisper white. I cut the perforated edge off of the whisper white to create a mat with pink pirouette. I then used my ABC Alphabet Lower stamp set and aligned her name with the stamp a ma jig using regal rose ink. love. I accented that with a moon and star from Nursery Necessities. The star was inked with so saffron and punched with the large star punch. The moon was stamped with pink pirouette and cut out. I mounted it up on stampin dimensionals. I then cut a slit in my name panel to thread ribbon through it and around the can. I used my hobby blade and cutting mat for this. I had these ribbons in my stash and they matched perfectly!!! So soft......

The "lollipops" were accented with Nursery Necessities as well. I really love this stamp set!!!

Now for the lid of the memory can:

If you can't read it on the picture, it reads:

Baby books are great ideas
But sometimes life gets busy.
Living with a little one
Can put you in a tizzy.
Milestones pass too fast at times
To find the proper page.
So, jot a note of each event
With date and baby's age like
"Took three steps on May 10,
or Teething in December."
Drop the note in this memory can
so you're sure to remember!

This isn't my original writing...{blush}....I found it online and have no idea the original creator.

I printed it out accented it with 1 inch circle punches of pink pirouette.

And for the "notes".....I covered a journal. It was covered with patterned paper from the same simply scrappin' kit. I accented it with a moon from Nursery Necessities and stars punched with the star punch in regal rose.

I sure hope Alexis's mommy can put this to good use....I should have made myself one. I thought I could at least keep up with my daughter's scrapbook...but sure enough...I'm behind! lol!!!

Let me know what you think....Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'm crazy about....


When I first saw the stamp set, Crazy for Cupcakes, in the new Idea Book and Catalog....I knew it would be mine...on my first order!!! I have been waiting for Stampin' Up! to give us a really awesome line art cupcake set. You know what??? They didn't even ask me! lol!!! They must have known.....

Well...Kristina has issued another color challenge {#20}...and as soon as I saw the colors...I thought....CUPCAKE!!!!!!

Now I have a stack on my desk of unmounted stamps that I won't even go is embarrassing how many I have sitting unmounted....ininked.....all lonely!!! Actually, I have a stack on my desk...on my a box....with a fox....( this is starting to sound like a Dr. Suess book )....I don't really have them with a fox...but the other locations are legit! You get the!!! Anyway...with all these brand spankin new sets laying around...I just had to use my new Crazy for Cupcakes! And thank you Stampin' Up!....the new ones are all die cut!!! I was stamping with in seconds! Getting a little off track here, huh? sorry ;)

Here are the colors:
Beautiful, huh?

chocolate chip, regal rose, pirouette pink, certainly celery, very vanilla

What's not to love about these colors?????

Here is what I came up with at 5:00 AM!!! What is wrong with me....I should have been sleeping!!! God knows I won't be getting a nap little one won't let that happen. She is a non napper...just ask her how she feels about taking a nap...she is not interested. lol!!!

sorry about that aweful shadow on the left......the celery layer is at the edge of the card base.
My base is chocolate chip. I stamped the top edge with the larger dots from Itty Bitty Backgrounds in chocolate chip ink. Next I took a celery panel and wheeled the new cupcakes wheel in certainly celery ink on a diagonal. I then accented each cupcake and the circle confetti with my white gel pen. I wanted to pull some of that new luscious pink pirouette from my main image panels to the celery I punched 1/4 inch circles and adhered them with tombo mono multi glue...all lined up in a row like cupcakes on a!!!! Just kiddin'....I really didn't mean for them to look like cupcakes...I just like things of three lined!!!

So on for those two regal rose strips....I tor the bottom edges and rolled them up, kinda like those blower things at parties, for dimension.

Now the fun part...the main panel:

I stamped the cupcake and sentiment with basic brown on very vanilla. I colored in the image with a blender pen and ink refills. Here is where I cheated the color challenge a little...I had to do the liner in grey...I don't know why....I just wanted it that way....sorry if I offended any of you die hard challengers....I really am!

Did you notice the flame??? I colored it in with summer sun and then made a very light glow around it before putting dazzling diamonds on it with my 2 way glue pen. And the "sprinkles"....Aren't they darling? I colored in the rectangle ones in with chocolate chip...who doesn't love plain, regular chocolate jimmies???? And for the circle ones...I pulled out my beloved bead dou in pink that I have been hoarding and adhered some two toned pink beads with tombo mono multi. Why would a person hoard beads???? I don't get tons of them in a pack....and I used a whole 7 here....And to look at the package...The naked eye wouldn't even realize that there were 7 missing....I need to stop hoarding!!!! And you know what???? If I bring my self to completely empty a container of beads...7 at a time....I can order more!!! Why aren't all of you holding me to my New Year's resolution to stop hoarding awesome stampin' supplies???? Come on....I needed you....

Anyway...that panel was matted with chocolate chip ad then pink pirouette. I mounted that up on, none other than, stampin' dimensionals!

What do you think??? Let me know...I am in need of comfort now...I used 7 beads after all!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 61

Well.....Today's eye candy is inspired by the blogger's challenge. It is a color challenge this week. We were to use chocolate chip, ruby red, more mustard and old olive. And since my new baby arrived this week, the Big Shot, I had to use it today too.
Wanna know something?? And those of you that know me personally know that I am. not. a. night owl!!! However, I was up until 1:30 playing in my stamping room!!! That Big Shot may kill me!!! This morning I am paying for it.....The little one doesn't really care what time I went to bed. As a matter of fact, she gets up pretty much at the same time even if she were to have went to bed at 1:30..... I will need lots of coke zero and tea!!!!

Well, enough feeling sorry for myself. Here is the card for the day:

The base is more mustard (check). I stamped it along the bottom with Upsey Daisy. This set is one of the sets on sale in Stampin' Up!'s "Never Seen Before Sale," be sure to click on the flyer on my side bar. There are some must have sets on that list!!!

My main panel was vanilla and ruby red (check) cut from the exclusive top note die in the Big Shot. Did I mention....I {luv} my new Big Shot. I really do.....
I stamped the Upsey Daisy in chocolate chip (check) and then sponged More mustard and ruby red all over in varying depths. The sentiment is also from Upsey Daisy, it was stamped in Chocolate chip.

Now for the ribbon treatment. I layed my ribbon over the main panel where I wanted it to come through and made two little pencil marks. I then took my cutting mat and hobby blade and cut a little slit in it. Thread the old olive (check) 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon through.....adhere main panel with stampin dimensionals....tie knot. Done! let's have a recap - chocolate chip (check), more mustard (check), ruby red (check), old olive (check).
Wondering what all the (check)-ing is all about??? Well, my little one wanted "Honey my Bee" (The Bee Movie to the rest of the world....) for her birthday and "Krist and Bridgette" (as she calls them...she says Bridgette very well....but she combines the Kris/Kristen that the rest of us call him into her own nick name.) totally came through with it along with a polar bear that she asked for...where did that come from???? I think she already knows that Kris always knows someone that knows someone that can hook you up with weird things like a polar bear. lol!!! Well....I can tell you it has been played here every day since August 2nd at least 4 times a day. I think we had a break through yesterday though. She was looking at her Barbi Mariposa movie and when "Honey my Bee" was over she said can we put this movie in while holding up her book!!! I jumped right up to go to the Barbi movie. Wow...I really got off track, huh??? Any way...during The Bee Movie ( a very funny movie, by the way!) , when Barry gets ready to go out with the pollen jocks for the first time, until this day...he has never been outside of the hive. The bees all line up military style and go over their check list, like "stinger...check" - things like that, and each bee says "check" and it comes to Barry (main bee in the movie, voice by Jerry Seinfeld - hilarious!!!) and he says "Scared out of my shorts....CHECK!!!" It is a funny part of the movie. But as I type all of this....I am thinking you had to be here to see it! So.....since I can recite The Bee Movie.....when I have a list in the grocery store...I am like....bread - check!....milk - check!.....cereal - check!...You get the picture. Ok....I have rambled enough!!!!!

Let me know what you think of the challenge card (check) ....see I can't help myself!!!!! LOL!!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I have been hit....

...with the Big Shot!!! I will spare you the song..... I did get to play a little last night...and let me tell you....this is my favorite cutting system that I own! The others are going into the sale bin!

Wanna see what I made last night...I cranked it out in no time at all!!! {pun intended....cranked it!!!} That just came to me! Ok, enough of my dumb jokes......

The card base is kiwi kiss....sooooo yummy!!!! See that die cut center??? That is the new top note die!!! I love this will be seeing quite a bit of it! (That was your warning....)

Anyway, i cut the top note in two colors, riding hood red and confetti white. The die is designed to give you a perforated edge...which is lovely all by itself....but I cut the edge off of the confetti white one and matted them together. Oh heart is racing!!! The only stamping I did here was the sentiment, from Upsy Daisy in chocolate chip, and the flourish leaves, from Stitched Exotics in kiwi kiss. The flower were all die cut, from the birds and blooms sizzlet die set in the starter kit using bella rose designer series paper. I did, however, use my boho blossom punch for the 2 flower centers on the polka dot kiwi kiss flower to change it up a little. Don't the dies and punch work well together? I think they do. Two of the flowers were mounted up on stampin dimensionals...of course {wink, wink}. Oh yeah...the polka dot chocolate chip panel is also from bella rose designer series paper. That is one beautiful collection of paper!!!!

If you are looking for ways to speed up your paper crafting...the Big Shot is definitely for you.

It took me longer to layout the flowers than to cut out and stamp this entire card. I was able to do two entire cards before my husband said "are you done in there yet????" I will show you my other one tomorrow....and if I get a chance to sneak up there again today....I will not hold out on you....I'll post it! I owe you a few posts for the lack of posting lately....don't think I didn't notice! lol!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Witching you.....

.....a card to look at before my big shot arrives today!!!! If you didn't see yesterday's post on the big sure to scroll down right after this post.

I took inspiration for this card from a sketch challenge. I have been wanting to make up some Halloween cards before my order came from the new catalog because I figured I would forget all about the stamps and goodies I already own to play with the new. Do you do that???? And really, I didn't even order that many new stamps. I'm just anxious to play with anything new....

The scalloped circle was made by cutting on an odd number of the coluzzle circles and using my 3/16th corner rounder to scallop the edges. There are scallop circle dies coming the big shot, so I won't have to do this any more.....but you all know I will probably still do it on occasion....I can't imagine not using my corner rounder to pretty something up.....

The card base is lavender lace. No, that is not a new is in the soft subtles family. lol!!! I just don't pull it out very much. The witch kitty is from Haunting Halloween. It was stamped onto confetti white and water colored with ink refills and an aquapainter. She was cut out with the coluzzle as well leaving the hat stick out of the circle. I like to do this technique with circles and ovals. Give it a try.

The sentiment is also from the same set. I punched it out with the oval punch and matted it onto a 1 1/4 circle punch of pumpkin pie and a 1 3/8 circle of lavender lace. I accented the circles and scallop circle with simply making dots with my basic black stampin' write journaler. In the upper right corner....I decided that I needed to pull some pumpkin pie from the lower what is the easiest way to do that? Brad washers! See my tutorial HERE on how to make these.

Did you notice the bling on that basic black panel? It was so hard to capture on film....but trust me, in real life - it is super sparkly!! I stamped the star/dot from Haunting Halloween in basic black craft ink and embossed it with irredescent ice embossing powder and the heat tool.

That about sums it up for this little kitty....My order is due in today with my big shot...hopefully my little one will cooperate enough for me to get to play. Oh why, oh why doesn't she take naps any more????? I think it is a conspiracy that her daddy and she have against down time for me! lol!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hit me with your "Big Shot"......

Why don't you hit me with your "Big Shot?"
Hit me with your "Big Shot".....Fire away!!!!!! should be hit me with your best shot....but you know how it is.....
Would you have guessed that my big shot is being delivered tomorrow!?!??!? And I wouldn't want to be UPS if it doesn't!!!

So I thought I would show you the list of materials you can cut with the Big Shot:

Brass (.055)
Light weight steel
Aluminum (.016)
Tin (.008)
Aircraft plywood (1/64")
Basswood (1/16")
Balsa (3/32")
Mat board (adhesive or none)
Foam with chipboard (.1)
Corrugated pad
Adhesive-backed cork
Fine sandpaper (.00)
Extra thick template plastic
Template plastic
Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
Bubble wrap
Sheet foam
Friendly (jewelry) plastic
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Static cling vinyl
Warm & natural batting
Fusible fleece
Quilt batting
Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
Heat n' shrink plastic
Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
Pop-up sponge
Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
Iron-on fabric
Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
3-D illusionary plastic
Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
Suede paper
Funky fur
Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
Shaggy plush felt
Vinyl flooring
Shelf lining
Embossing rubber
Thin leather
Gasket material

Now that's a lot of stuff!!!!

And as for card stock and designer series paper, you can cut multiple sheets at a time!! Can I get a Whoop whoop!!!!? Or as Lauren would say - a "hoo hoo!"

Want to see a teaser of some projects made with the Big Shot?

You can make a coordinating outfit in a matter of minutes! I can see my little girl getting a new outfit from me real soon.....and as far as tote bags go.....we all need one of them!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 60!

Happy Birthday!!! - That is this week's blogger's challenge! It also is Bridgette's birthday today - Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

This is the card I made for her. She loves horses, has one of her own that she enjoys riding any free chance she gets. It would be a peaceful thing to ride through trails taking in the beauty of nature....if I weren't afraid to ride the horse!! lol!!! So, for me, it wouldn't be so peaceful...but you get the picture! ;)

The main image is stamped with black craft ink and embossed with black embossing powder on glossy card stock. I masked the "moon" and sponged the night sky with baja breeze, not quite navy and night of navy.

Did you notice the concho type medallion in the corner?

It is made by layering a black punch from the snow blossom punch, a 1/2 inch punch out of baja breeze and finally a star brad from the styled silver hodgepodge hardware. I {heart} the new hardware!!!! It is so much more fun to work with than the retired hardware....I {love} the detailed pieces in the new collection!!!! Any way....did you notice the "enamel look" of the star? I did that by putting a tiny bit (I mean tiny...I applied it with a straight pin) of crystal effects into the star. I then took my straight pin and added color from my night of navy reinker to the crystal effects and stirred it around until the color was consistent and spread it out into the star. I set it aside to dry. (I actually did this after it was in the it was a one time shot....I would recommend doing this and standing your brad straight up in a corkboard or stiff foam until it dries)

Here's a closer look at the beautiful details of the it!

Happy stampin' ya'll!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another sweet monkey love......

I really do love this stamp set, Sock Monkey, I must say. When I first saw it, I was there is no way I'd order that....the more times I would look at it I would think well, it is kind of cute. And then when placing my order.....I had to have it! I fell in love....sweet monkey love!

This was the initial way I had in mind to color this little guy...after watercoloring, of course! lol! Sock monkeys look like a bunch of tiny dots in real life, right? He is paper pieced with confetti cream for his hands, feet and face.

The bananas were colored with white craft ink and a blender pen. I matted that layer onto very vanilla and then made a scalloped panel out of the new In Color - Tangerine Tango!!! hint: I made that layer using the brand new scalloped edge punch. It is not perfect, I know...but I am working on perfecting it! I used the 1/8th handheld circle punch to thread my vanilla taffeta ribbon through...tied a simple knot...and voila--monkey love! Did I mention that the card base is kraft?

Monday, August 11, 2008 order is in!

The tension has surpassed! I was finally able to give Stampin' Up! my right arm for my first order....I have no self control for stampin' supplies!

Now I sit and wait.....for UPS to bring it to me. Hopefully it won't be two and a half weeks like the first day of retirement and preorders......Please - don't be that long! I could have paid for expedited shipping....but I would rather spend that extra money on more stamps other than higher shipping amounts. In two days when my stampin' buddies get their expedited orders and are using new stuff...I will kick myself.

Well, off to do more studying of the new catalog! Who needs clean laundry???? lol!

The tension is mounting!!!!!

The new catalog goes live at noon today - MOUNTAIN TIME!!!!! Come on Stampin' Up! Don't you know that is 2:00 pm here????? This is like torture!!! I am ordering my big shot and accessories today!!!! I need new stuff!

If you picked up your copy of the Idea Book and Catalog from me - what do you think? Each catalog blows the other one's away, in my opinion! I look and drool...look and drool....wish and dream....pine over each page thinking of ideas of what I would do with each set! I do not have a problem! You won't get me to admit anything! lol!!! I have so many stamp camp ideas rolling around in my little head and stamp club things I want to many ideas, so little time! Sleep is underrated, right?

Stay tuned -
I am working on ribbon share information and a club where you can earn you Big Shot over a 4 month period and earn extra freebies!!!!!

OH MY......My ordering is yearning to be entered in the computer!

NOTE: Check out all of the new links on the left hand side of my blog! Never Seen Before Sale, a Recruiting Special and after the New Idea Book and Catalog goes live - you will be able to access it right from here! (Just click on the picture)

I have also included a link to my favorite Stampin Up Color Combo Chart!!!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Click on the links below to access retirement lists and sale flyers:

Retirement list - Alphabetical
Retirement List - Numerical

Retired Accessories List

Sale on Selected Retiring Accessories

Kits for sale:

Bracelets to Go

Friday, August 8, 2008


They're here!!!!

If you are a club member...feel free to contact me to get your copy before clubs next week!!!

Our copies aren't spiral bound....this is a picture from Convention - Convention goers are spiral bound already! :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

oooo....let the previews resume!!!!

Today's card comes straight from a Simply Sent Card Element Kit called Flower Power. It coordinates with the stamp set Wow Flowers. Both will be available in the upcoming 2008/2009 Fall Winter Idea Book and Catalog. Oh how I can't wait to get my paws on it!!!!!

Now back to what a Simply Sent Card Element Kit is.....

Well, I can only tell you what this kit is....I haven't seen any others. It comes with enough supplies to create six cards, three designs - two of each. This is one of the recommended designs. But you know....I couldn't totally stick with the recommended you will see some "strayed" designs coming in other days. The card stock bases are textured card stock....oh Stampin' Up! how we long to be able to buy textured card stock in 8 1/2 x 11.....please....... And the kit comes with double sides designer paper and all the accessories to complete the cards...this kit came with mustard brads, mustard and olive buttons, and white and mustard grosgrain ribbon.

I did stamp this card with the sentiment "happy birthday" from Wow Flowers in elegant eggplant. oh yeah....another "stray" from Stampin' Up! design.....the ribbon was recommended to be in a row, where it is, but stapled to the card. Instead, i adhered one side down with sticky tape and put a single knot on the other end and adhered that down with mini glue dots.

See those adornments??? Those are the adhesive die cuts that are in the kit too!!!! Makes card making super easy!!!!! Quick Too!!!!!

What do you think?

Saturday, August 2, 2008


You guys won't believe what was just released at Convention yesterday!!! I wasn't there, but my upline called me to confirm that the rumors were true.....hi Pam! :)

Stampin' Up! has joined up with Sizzix!!!! We will be now carrying an exclusive die cutting system and Stampin' Up! exclusive dies that coordinate with our stamp sets!!!!! How unbelievable is this????? From what I understand customers will be able to order these things beginning September 2.

Wait until you see the dies....oh my!!! Some of my favorites are scalloped circles (larger than our punches!!!!), border dies, a little scalloped envelope die that puts the score lines right on your cut out, pennant dies....and too many more to even remember off hand.

I know that this will be a definite must for card makers and scrap bookers alike!!! I can't wait to get my new lot of goodies!!!!! And you want to know what?????? Our system cuts any other dies already on the market!!!! And with the steel dies you can cut multiple sheets of card stock at a time....and oh can cut 50 different materials with this system!!

Oh...I am too excited about this!!!

Can I get a woop woop???? (Or a "hoo hoo" as my daughter says!!! lol)