Feb 22, 2011

Think Summer....

I think it is fitting that I am featuring the "Sweet Summer" Sale-A-Bration stamp set this week.
For the second day in a row I'm waking up to snow -- granted it is just flurries and not adding up to much, but I. Am. Done. I don't even like the to look at snow anymore!
I'm also waking up today with the start of a cold... Yuck! You know, sore throat, one side of my nose that won't stop running and an overal feeling of yuckiness.
So to say that I would like summer to arrive would be an understatement! Actually, though, I don't want to skip spring as I love that season. I love the fresh feeling spring brings with new buds on the trees and little birdies chirping in the morning. Just as long as it is no longer 20 degrees and snowing -- that's the weather I would like now. I'm just saying.
Anyway, enough whining from me today... on to today's card. It is actually not very summer-like colors, but I like the pop of bright blue. The color is Pacific Point and I usually find it hard to work with, but this card came together fairly easily.
I love the mix-and-match aspect of the Sweet Summer stamp set. You'll see I used a different "flower" than yesterday so each and every card you make with this set can be truly different. Fun!
Don't forget that if you place a $50 order with me either online or through e-mail you will qualify for free Sale-A-Bration item -- which could be this cute "Sweet Summer" Stamp set!
I hope you have a great day! I'm off to cuddle under a blanket with my breakfast before I must get ready for work.

Feb 21, 2011

Back in Business....

Happy Monday! The only reason why I can say that is because I have the day off ... :)
And it is going to be a goof off day filled with fun stuff -- no housework, no working, nothing boring like that!
I wanted to get back in the routine, however, of posting my daily Sale-A-Bration posts. This week we are looking at the Sweet Summer stamp set, which you can earn free with a $50 order.
This one took a little while to come together. I started with the Sale-A-Bration Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series paper mixed in with this card, but it simply overpowered the stamped images so I went simple with just some embossed polka dots (made fabulously easy with my Big Shot), a little punch action (with my scallop border punch, my little tag puncy and my big circle punch) and of course some ribbon.
This stamp set doesn't look like much when you see it in the catalog, but it really makes some great cards once you start playing with it.
Visit my Web site to place your $50 order and earn your Free Sale-A-Bration set!

Feb 17, 2011

I know... I've been naughty!

Hello there blog friends...

I, of course, must begin with an apology for being absent for the past week and a half. You see, I had every good intention of finishing my Sale-A-Bration preview projects prior to leaving for vacation, but alas I had way too many things on the "to-do" list before I left and it just didn't get done.

And then of course you know how it goes when you return from a vacation... everything and everyone wants something from you.... right now! Well, this is the first time I've had a moment to breathe and take stock of what needs to be done and I've been home for five days now.

So I promise I will get back to the Sale-A-Bration parade of samples on Monday. We'll take a look at the stamp set "Sweet Summer" all next week. It's another one that I think I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with.

In the meantime, I thought I'd show you some 8 X 8 template pages I made with the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper in the Occasions Mini Catalog. It coordinates perfectly with the Nature Walk Stamp set and the Rustic 8 X 8 album. Here's a picture of what I've done so far...

You can't really see all the pages... perhaps I'll load a few of them and show you over the next couple of days -- although I can't promise anything as there is still a lot of work for me to do to catch up! Thankfully, I have a long weekend this week... Yipee!

I'll leave you with a few highlights of my trip to Las Vegas (sorry no photos as I really didn't take any -- gasp!):

Viva Elvis - This Cirque de Soleil Show was one of my all-time favorites. Matt and I love to catch a Cirque show whenever we can. They are a bit expensive, but always deliver. I especially liked this one as Elvis is a favorite of my Mom's -- I wish she could have seen it! I bought her a very cool gift though in the gift shop... can't wait to give it to her!

Pawn Stars - This was probably more exciting for Matt than me, but it is always cool to see what something looks like that you've seen on T.V. We went to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (I think that is what it is called) -- it is the Las Vegas Pawn Shop featured on the TV show Pawn Stars. The "Old Man" (as he is dubbed on the show) was actually in the store when we went -- although he was hiding in the back!

Candied Apples - I don't know that I've ever had a candy apple, but in The Orleans where we stayed the first two nights they had this won.der.ful. chocolate shop (click on photo gallery to see the candy apples). On Super Bowl Sunday we got three Candy Apples to share -- one of them was called Cheesecake and Oh. My. Goodness. was it yummy!!! I might just go look to see if they will ship me one it was that good!

Gloves? Really? - While there were lots of other highlights from the trip -- one other very funny thing (at least to me) was when we first arrived. We exited the airport to a fabulous 68 degrees and sunny skies at 3 p.m. Vegas time. When we got outside, there was a limo driver waiting there -- unfortunately he was not there for us, but the funny part was that he was dressed in a winter coat, scarf and gloves. Gloves, really? It's 68 degree! Perhaps I should take him home to New England so he can get a taste of what cold really feels like... what do you think?

Feb 4, 2011

Never Ending Bliss?

I really think I could play with this stamp set for another week and still be a happy girl (I probably will!). However, on Monday it will be time to feature another Sale-A-Bration product.

I think next week I will show you Sweet Summer... which is another fun set.

Today's card is loaded with different supplies from vanilla shimmer smooch spritz (so fun to play with!) to First Edition Deisgner Series paper.

I really love how this card came out. I think it is my favorite of the week. I did get a bit carried away and kept adding more and more and more.

The beauty of Sale-A-Bration is that you can spend your dollars on the fun embellishments (like pearls, ribbons, buttons and punches) and then get your stamp set free.

If you'd like to place your Sale-A-Bration order and earn "Bliss" for free, click here.

See you on Monday!

Feb 3, 2011

Bliss is good

I am so in love with this stamp set (Bliss from the Sale-A-Bration brochure)! I played with it tonight and made two more cards that I absolutely love.
I pulled out the Smooch Spritz for today's card (and tomorrow's) -- that stuff is lots of fun, too!
This card is so much prettier in person... Although Matt said he likes this card best out of the two I made tonight -- I prefer the one I will show you tomorrow... You'll have to tell me which one you like.
This card uses patterned paper from the Level 1 hostess 6 X 6 paper pack, the First Edition Designer Series Paper, the word window punch, stampin' dimensionals, log cabin smootch spritz, neutrals brads, and pearls.
The color combo is the same as yesterday ( I was playing with the scraps on the table -- one of my favorite ways to make a card!) -- Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride.
So do you want this stamp set yet? Have I convinced you how wonderful it is? :)
Visit my Web site to place your $50 order and it's yours! Thanks for stopping by today... see you tomorrow!

Feb 2, 2011

Blushing Bliss...

Hi there! I am waking up today to a very soggy morning... we escaped the latest storm with just rain it looks like. I'm a little disappointed as I really would have like to have a snuggle at home snow day... ah, well.... such is life.
Today I have another fun color combo for you. I found this one in my Stampin' Up color coach. I love that thing!
Did you know you can get one for free if you join the Stampin' Up family? It's part of a $50 add-on product bonus for new demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration. Plus, you'll receive 15% off the starter kit, which is normally $175. Visit my Web site for more details.
Back to today's card... I'm really liking this one. Another simple one, but I just thing that First Edition Designer Series paper from the new Mini Ocassions Catalog just makes the card. I also used the eyelet punch and some stampin' dimensionals to give the butterflies "lift."
Just a quick post today as I'm running a little behind in getting ready for work (I'd like to squeeze in some breakfast before my shower!)... see you tomorrow!

Feb 1, 2011

A new favorite color combo....

Hello there snow. Again. It has been a very snowy winter -- although the Cape keeps getting missed a little bit with it usually turning to rain.

Usually I'd be happy with that... but occasionally it is nice to have a snow day :)

Today I have two cards for you showcasing a color combo I found on line that I absolutely LOVE!

It is Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso and Baja Breeze. Yummy, huh?

This is a very simple card , but I love the layering of stamps on the large circle. It of course uses Bliss again with the large filigree stamp in the background in Crumb Cake and the butterfly on top in Peach Parfait. That is actually a new In Color and I don't know why I haven't used it more often... it is definitely on my re-order list.

My second card is also fairly simple, but it features our new beveled windowpanes that are so very fun!

It's hard to see in the picture, but I stamped the filigree image in Early Espresso this time on the Early Espresso cardstock -- giving it a subtle tone on tone look.
Then I added another butterfly and some pearls and the "Bliss" word image under the windowpane. That's it!
If you wanted to order the supplies for both of these cards you could earn the "Bliss" stamp set for free... check it out:
Getting Started Cardstock Collection, $6.95 (120954)
Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad, $5.95 (119670)
Peach Parfait Classic Ink Pad, $5.95 (119783)
Baja Breeze Marker, $3.50 (120965)
Crumb Cake Marker, $3.50 (120967)
Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, $6.95 (122331)
Beveled Windowpanes, $7.95 (121881)
Pearls, $4.95 (119247)
Snail Adhesive, $6.95 (104332)
Bliss Stamp Set, FREE!
Visit my Web site to place an online order or you can e-mail me an order directly through me... either way you can end up with this gorgeous stamp set to play with in just about a week!
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