Monday, April 19, 2010

My darling Sweat Peas!!!

HI All!

Looooonnnnng time no talk, huh?  I had a super busy weel alast week and didn't get much stamping in other than the stuff that had to be done....please forgive me!

I have some things I sent in for DIVA display last month and just realized I never shared then with you.  Sorry about that!  So, some of the stuff is retired at this point from Sale A Bration, but you could easily substitute something similar.

I sure will miss some of the things I used here....make sure to get your stock before they are gone forever.....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Thinking of a Cottage Garden

HI All!
i know.....second post today!!  If you are here and didn't see the earlier post about the color changes....scroll down - you won't want to miss it!!

I pulled out the scs sketch today and was able to play, a little bit.  I have so many sets that haven't even been inked sad!!  I need to ink 'em .....need to!  I love the hat image from Garden from the Heart set in the Occassions mini.  It sold me on the whole set, really....hehehe!!!  So i knew I wanted to start is what I did:

I used up some scraps of cottcge wall designer series paper.  Hey!  maybe since we will be keeping rich razzleberry.....maybe this paper won't retire.....hopefully!!  It is so pretty!
The card base is rich razzleberry.  The sentiment is from teeny tiny surprise there, huh?  lol!!  I punched it with the small oval punch and matted it with the large oval in old olive.  My hat image was stamped with balck staz on ink onto watercolor paper.   Wanna see a little closer???? did I do?  I used ink refills and an aquapainter to color it in.  The colors I used were: soft suede, certainly celery, old olive, perfect plum, rich razzleberry and the shading was done with sahara sand.  Don't you just love the little button detail???  It is from the playground collection of buttons and I tied it on with linen thread.  That panel was mounted with stampin' diemnsionals along with the sentiment.

I couldn't leave the inside out, right??

I stamped the hat with rich razzleberry stamped off two times before stamping it onto whisper white.

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Hi Stampers!!!

WOWZERS......Do I have an announcement for you!!!

Yesterday Stampin' Up unveiled the Brand New Color Collections!!!!  Starting July 1st, with the new Idea Book and Catalog, our colors will be grouped into "Collections" rather than "families."  Stampin' Up! has also decided to return some classic past In Colors!!!!  I can't contain my excitement over this!!!!  Holy excitement Batman!!!!  Let me show you the new color collection chart.

Did you see the five BRAND NEW colors?
Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobler, and Marina Mist.
Also....Crumb Cake is now the new Kraft!!!  Oh gosh....I can't stand it, I am so excited!!!!!

There will also be options to purchase all of the new colors and returning in colors in stampin' write markers, pastels, and water color crayons!!  How much better can it get!  Stampin' Up! has answered the demonstartor wishes in full force!!!

Now, for the chart of colors that will no longer be available after June 30th:

Some of these colors I will be sad to see go....but I am sooooo ready for a fresh new pallet of color to create with - I already don't miss them.

ALSO......There was some announcement concerning In colors!
Starting July 1st, there will be 5 new In Colors and they will stay around for 2 YEARS!!!!!  Every year, there will be 5 more In Colors introduced and they will have a life of 2 Years!!! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flooded with Sympathy

Hi Stampers!
It seems like lately, I have needed a disturbing amount of sympathy cards.  So my stash of those are completely depleated, I think.  So, I sat down today to do a couple of challenges.  Mine - a sympathy card, Mojo Monday's sketch challenge and lastly, SCS color challenge - certainly celery, tempting turquiose and soft suede.  Here is the sketch that I started with:

Isn't that a great sketch??  It was begging for me to use some of those Kisses love notes from the Occassions Mini catalog - love them!!!! 

Here is what I came up with:

The card base is soft suede, stamped with the baroque motifs swirl.  If you are a customer of mine and you don't own this stamp set.....I have failed you!  This has to be the most versatile stamp set I own.  I layered the Kisses Love Notes with a piece of certainly celery card stock that has been stamped with Dot, Dot, Dot stamp, a single stamp also in the Occassions Mini. The horizontal panel is tempting turquoise that I tied with whisper white satin ribbon - so luxurious!!!!  And, if you are one of my club members, you will recognize the technique used on the flowers and leaves.  The flowers are from fifth avenue flowers and the leaves are from flower fancy - BOTH are on SALE this month!!!!!  I flooded the flowers with tempting turquoise and so saffron and the leaves were flooded with old olive and certainly celery.  see?

The oval panel in the center was cut with my big shot and the ovals die.  The sentiment is from teeny tiny wishes - another MUST HAVE.  I say that a lot, huh?  LOL!!!  I then accented the flowers and horizontal strip with flat backed pearls from the pretties kit.  Take a look at the dimension on this beauty......

And I just had to embellish the inside....

What do you think?  I am very pleased with how it turned out!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Flight of the Sweet Pea!

Good morning stampers!!  What a beautiful weekend we had for Easter!  I have another display card that I had sent in for the DIVA display using sweet pea felt flowers.  This idea just came to me while sitting at ly desk staring at a pile of felt pieces....two leaves were kaying there together point to point and a cocoon had hatched!

Well????  lol!

The card baseis rich razzleberry.  The designer series paper is raspberry lemonade.....yummm......  The main image panel is whisper white that I sponged with bashful blue ot make sky.  The sentiment is from flight of the buterfly.  I glued two leaves end to end with tombo mono multi and then punched a word window in chocolate chip.  I cut it in half and put a 5/16th inch brad for the head and drew in antennas with a stampin write marker.  That panel is matted with old olive.  the whole thign was set off with a knot of rich razzleberry polka dot ribbon.

I have to say....I think this is cute.  Can I say that???lol!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Awash in my two step!!

what?????  I bet you have no idea where that came from!  lol!!

Well, I am about to show  you a brand new stamp set that will be available in the next idea book and catalog!!!  Torture, huh?  Well....Stampin' Up! is having a "Two-Step into Spring" campaign in April!!  You can either buy this GREAT set early, only in April, or you can earn it for FREE!!!!!  You can click on the sale flyer on my side bar to get the full details!

I was anxious to create my own designer series paper with this set since I ordered it last month (yeah....a major perk of demos - to preorder goodies!!).  Be sure to contact me if you are interested in becoming a demo. 

I also wanted to participate in this week's Paper Pals Art challenge - a color challenge to use Lovely Lilac, Barely Banana, and Certainly Celery.  I had to throw in so saffron and a smidge of basic black....I hope I am no stoned out of the challenge ;)

We went to see the Easter Bunny last weekend and my daughter ran right up to her and gave her a great big hug.....I have to admit, I was rather jealous of that great hug :)  Here is the double page spread:

I can not get a two page spread to look nice in a picture, no matter what I do....sorry about that!  But, not to fear.....I have taken pictures of them separately as well.  You figured, huh?  lol!!
Here is the left side:

Wanna close up of "my designer series paper?" 

I gotta tell you....I really like this color combo for spring :)  I wasn't sure I could love anything done with Lovely Lilac.....I am more of a pale plum kind of!  But I love this!  Thanks PPA for pushing me into a new comfort zone!!!!  I used the billboard die and the big shot for my title.  sweet, huh? 

And I couldn't leave you hanging on the right hand, could I?

By the way...the designer series paper that I used was from Animal Stories and Sweat Pea....I need more of these....need, I say....NEED!

How about a close up of those accent flowers??

I absolutely LOVE this stamp is a two step set that requires no "real" lining just looks better a little off, know what I mean?

Well.....Here i am, feeling all good that I have last weekend's scrapbooking done.  Too bad I wasn't caught up to here....LOL!!!!