Sunday, April 29, 2012

Grape and Lemon!

Hi everybody! I've got a quick card to show you today using some fun colors! I don't think I've ever used this color combo! Purple and Yellow- Grapes and Lemons? Love it!
The pieces of this card some from many different things. That's what I love about SU- if you pull from different suites, or themes, if the color is Rich Razleberry, it will match! This Rich Razzleberry paper is from the Summer Smooches Suite (promotion only available till April 30- Hurry!)
The stamp sets are also a mix and match- Family Reunion and Messages for Mom. I punched them out with the Large Tag Die. All three of these items are retiring!
The little tag that is peeking out from top and bottom is from the Attic Boutique collection, also only available until midnight April 30!
Continuing with my retiring theme, to finish off the card, I tied a strip of the Daffodil Delight
Striped Grosgrain ribbon across the top.

So, all this week, and into next week, I will be featuring things that are retiring. Remember, all retiring stamps will be available until May 31, but any accessories are as supplies last. And, many have already sold out. So, if there is something you really want, you have to get it now!

Today's card was inspired by the sketch at Utah Divas and the colors at The Play Date Cafe.



I'll be back TUESDAY with two posts! Yep, two challenges on Tuesday! Don't forget to stop by!

And, in case you've forgotten:
2011-2012 Retirement List can be seen HERE.
Product Shares can be seen HERE.
All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper's Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Scrapbook Saturday

Yesterday, My friend Erin posted a page on her blog that I LOVED. I immediately lifted it! LOL! Mine went a little crazy and i couldn't stop with the squares, but I still like the way it turned out!


I started with a bunch of squares that were 3". I started with the row in the middle and worked out. It was really hard to get those squares even! Then, I added some white strips to create this argyle effect.

I saw this quote on Pinterest, and made it into a title. I printed the words on my computer and the cut the word mountain out on my Big Shot.  

 I added some journaling on the side shaped like a flag.
 My pictures were 4" squares.and I added Pool Party DSP on the corners. I finished them off with Rhinestone Brads.
 I really like how setting the photos on the diagonal gave the page a different feel. Very different!

So there you have it! It was fun to make and I love the way this funky layout turned out!

I used the colors from this week's Color Q as inspiration!


And, in case you've forgotten:
2011-2012 Retirement List can be seen HERE.
Product Shares can be seen HERE.
All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper's Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wow! What a crazy wild day in the Stampin' Up word was yesterday!? Huge retired accessory list has spent alot of us into a sad, crying, arms wrapped around our self, rocking back and forth mess! But only for a second! I'm really not all that upset about ALL the dies and punches I am loosing. Now, don't get me wrong, at first I was in a panic. But, then I really thought about what all this means- NEW STUFF. I mean, really! NEW DIES and NEW PUNCHES! Um, yes please! Out with the old and in with the new! Woot! I honestly get a little tired of the same old stuff and need inspiration every few months. New stuff always does the trick! ;-) SO, now, I am dying to see the new catalog! Yay!!!

Today's card is full of retired things!

This sweet little lion is from Fox and Friends. I stamped him three times- once in More Mustard, Once in Pumpkin Pie and once in Cajun Craze. Then, I colored his mane in with my Versamarker (also retiring!) and sprinkled them with Clear Embossing Powder and hit him with the heat gun. Super cute! The DSP is very old... It was a hostess item a few years back. I've been hoarding it (AKA, it was lost in a pile of junk!) and am so glad I found a use for it! Sentiment is also from retiring Under the Big Top.

So, here is my stack of retiring stamps. Over 100. Wow! So now, I need to add my retired accessories to make room for all the amazing things coming out! I will be having a Retirement Bash at the very end of May. The only way you can get your hands on my retired stuff is to buy NEW stuff! Yep, Buy 1 Get 1 free! Details to come!





And, in case you've forgotten:
2011-2012 Retired Stamps List can be seen HERE.
2011-2012 Retired Accessories HERE (While Supplies last only!)
2011-2012 Retired Decor Elements HERE.
All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper's Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

RUN, Don't Wait! Retired List are here!


Stampin' Up released their discounted retired accessories list today and its a doozie! I'm hyperventilating a tad! Lot's of punches, LOTS of Big Shot dies and all the ink pads! (Ink pads are being redesigned, they will be back in the new catalog, just a little bit different!)

So, this stuff if while it lasts only. If you want to get your hands on any of it order NOW! I placed my order at 5:30 a.m.!!!

Retired Accessories List HERE

Definitely Decorative Retired List HERE..

2011-2012 Retirement List can be seen HERE.
Yes, you can earn punches on your Round Up card too!

And, while your ordering, don't forget that the Summer Smooches Suite availability ends Monday!



Stampin Up also announced that as of May 1, the Starter Kit will be $99 and completely customizable! Wow! That is amazing news! So, if you want to join my team, NOW IS THE TIME!! Well, May 1st is the time! Ha! Email me for more details!




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All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper's Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HSS #115- Spring has Sprung!

Good morning! Today is Tuesday, so that means another Hand Stamped Sentiment's challenge! This week, we've got a super simple challenge for you: SPRING!
For today's card, I pulled out an oldie but goodie. Loads of Love! This was my very first stamp set I ever bought. And, sadly, it's retiring this year! I was very surprised to see it on the list....
I stamped the truck in Staz On Black and then used my blender pens to watercolor it. I messed up on the flowers, so I stamped them again on a separate piece of paper, cut them out and popped them up with a dimensional! LOL! Love it when a mistake turns out to make a project even better! The grass was actually an afterthought and I put it on after I had already stamped the truck. I just stamped it again on the Lucky Limeade DSP and then cut out the truck to leave the negative image and then adhered it on my original paper. I shaded under it a tad as well.

So, give it a spin and make sure to come back to Hand Stamped Sentiments and link up with us! i can't wait to see what you come up with !
And, in case you've forgotten:
2011-2012 Retirement List can be seen HERE.
All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper's Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Welcome to The Bat Cave

Last year when we were shopping for a new home, top on my list was a BIG Scrapbook room. And hubby was fine with that, as long as he got his 3 car garage. Well, we found our dream home that included a wonderful, big loft for me in which my husband lovingly refers to as the Bat Cave. (Don't ask him about that 3 car garage....There's always something you have to give up when finding a new house right!??)

I've had several requests to show you where I work, so today was the perfect opportunity. I had a small class scheduled and I spent a bunch of time yesterday cleaning and de-cluttering! So, don't think it's always this clean and organized!

I have a large table where I work along the wall. The smaller round table seats four and is for small classes or scrappy time with my girlfriends!

As you can see, as soon as you come up the stairs, there is my cave. No door. No way to keep the children and their toys out. Usually in that little area where you see the shoes, there are Potato heads, Build A Bears, colored pencils and anything else they drag in there. I shouldn't complain I guess. They love me and want to be with me... every waking second.... "Someday you'll miss it"... yea, yea... ;-)


This wall holds my sewing machine and a shelf full of IKEA boxes.

So, back to my desk. Why is there hockey on my TV? No idea. I don't allow sports in my cave. It's usually something involving Richard Geer, Kathryn Heigle or Amy Adams. You know, sappy chic flicks.  But, the TV is a necessity.

I store my stamp pads, markers and reinkers in this beautiful thing my hubby made me several years ago. I asked for one I found online that was mega bucks and he said "I can make that, no problem!" And he did! And I love it. Except for one tiny little detail.. the marker holes are just a tad too tight, so all my lids are stuck in there. He says "What's the big deal?" Yea, OK. So, there is also a jar full of new markers there too! Ha!

I'm always working on some kind of challenge. i print a bunch of them out and work on them through out the week. This is also where I keep my "SU grocery list." Oh, and always a Diet Coke!

This is a rolling shelf from a local craft store. It's a piece of junk, but it works. It's on wheels, but really it stays right where it's at. You can see one of the handles is gone! But this is where I throw nicely place all my ribbon.

OH! Busted! Yes, I hate rolling those dang spools back up! About every 6 months, I make it all nice and neat again. It lasts for about a week...

Most of my SU stuff is with in reach. These little drawers have all my jewels, spots, embossing supplies, clear blocks, dimensionals and one drawer is just for Whisper White scraps.

Pretty isn't it! Such a good hubby I have!

My punches are all stored on those $2 bars from IKEA. They are THE BEST. I forget what they are called. Email me if you need the name and I'll look it up.

These cheap and hideous lovely storage cubes are part of Martha's design at Home Depot. They store photos, cards, projects, non SU supplies.

And the Big Shot station. Love it!

My man also built me these awesome shelves for my wall. These, I absolutely LOVE!

Now, imagine these shelves crammed full of stamps. Yep, before I cleaned out all my retired stamps, that's what it looked like. Look at what I have left! Oh my word. I feel sick when i look at this shelf! And, that  includes some of the retired ones I'm keeping!

Catalog holder found at TJ Maxx Home Goods.

This is usually my "electronic dicutting" station. But, a friend is borrowing it right now, so it's missing. So, I piled all my retiring stamps there.

Stay tuned to find out how you can get your hands on these babies!

Wall of Honor. I hang my favorite pages on this wall. It's interchangeable. I get tired of some of them, so I switch them out.


A little corner for my Bernina! Love it! My mom spoils me I tell ya! And a few vintage crates to showcase projects. One is hiding because I can't show it to you yet! ;-)

A close up. Now I'm just being rude right? Why can't I show it to you? Well, I will. Just not until July. ;-)

Antique china hutch holds lots of current junk!

My vintage shopping cart holds lots of DSP!

Paper cutter station.

More of the junky SB storage from the local craft store. I mean, it works. It's just junky. Someday, I'll have fancy cabinets. Someday. this is where I store my cardstock and business supplies.

I've tried lots of ways to store scraps over the year. This is THE BEST. Easy to get to and easy to get stuff out of!

More Decor.

 Class set up.
 And I moved all the retired stamps and brought in some snacks for my guests.

So, there you have it. Where the craziness magic happens! Usually, with a lot of scraps on the floor, rouge potato heads, a few shoes and an over flowing trash can. But, hey, this is the Internet, so I can make it look like this is how I always scrap, right!?

Hope you survive Monday! Thanks for stopping by!
And, in case you've forgotten:
2011-2012 Retirement List can be seen HERE.
All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper's Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.
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