Jan 31, 2012

In the Meantime....



Hi there! It's been a crazy busy, wonderfully hectic weekend! I had three private classes this weekend and of course card class on Monday so I haven't had a chance to put together my next post about Scrapbooking with Stamps, but I promise I will get there soon!


In the meantime, I thought I'd share this valentine card with you. It uses the take it to heart stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I actually earned it for free as part of a challenge Stampin' Up issued to demonstrators last fall. I love that about Stampin' Up.... they are also giving us perks and such.


Anyway, this card also uses the new embossing folders and the heart framelits for the Big Shot. It cuts out the heart images in the Take it to Heart stamp set perfectly!


I have a few other cards I can show you in between my scrapbooking posts. I'll be back soon with the next installment of the scrapbooking series. I hope you are having a great week!

Jan 24, 2012

Scrapbooking with Stamps - Part 2



Welcome back! Sorry it took me a bit to get back here with installment two, but here it is.




This time we're using stamps as a border. Repeating a stamped image is a great way to add a little pizzazz to a page and by using an image out of the same stamp set as an accent (the heart), it's easy to coordinate the page.




I used the "Best Friends Forever" stamp set (page 90 in the catalog).






You can see in the full picture here that I actually used my first tip of using stamps as backgrounds on this page, too. I stamped the same image I used for the border as a background for my title.




I love the new Labels Framelits for creating titles... it really works well to add a little emphasis.


These pictures were taken at the Stampin' Up convention in July 2011. They had a "Product Park" set up featuring all the new products in these cute little vignettes. Every time I went back to look, I always found something new... fun!


The paper I used here is the new Sale-A-Bration paper, which you can earn free beginning today with every $50 order.


Check out my website for more details and to see some of the other products you can earn for free.


Just a quick note as well to thank everyone for the kind comments about my first post in this seires. I'm so happy that you are enjoying them and I hope I provide you with a bit of inspiration to hit the books... the scrapbooks, that is!


Here's a list of the supplies I used for this page:


Best Friends Forever Stamp Set (w/122805; c/122807)

Labels Collection Framelits (125598)

Enchantment DSP (Sale-A-Bration; 126154)

Top Note Die (113463)

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)

Pearls (119247)

Stampin' Dimensionals ( 104430)

Soft Suede 12 X 12 Cardstock (124298)

Pool Party Cardstock ( 122924)

Pear Pizazz Cardstock (119795)

Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)


Thanks for stopping by.... see you soon!

Jan 16, 2012

Scrapbooking with Stamps - Part 1

If you've been visiting my blog for any length of time, you likely now that I was originally a scrapbooker. Making cards and 3-D items is totally a "new" past time for me.



Twelve years ago I officially caught the scrapbooking bug. Technically I started long before that by putting my photos in those (horrible) magnetic albums, perfectly captioned with clippings from my favorite magazines.



But it was about a decade ago when I really started scrapbooking in the traditional way we all think about it today.



When I first signed up as a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I was so excited at the opportunity to include stamping in my scrapbooking. Since becoming such a compulsive card maker, my scrapbooking has sort of dwindled to nearly non-existent recently. So in an effort to get some pages done and show you the benefit of using stamps in your scrapbooks, I'm starting this 8-part series on scrapbooking with stamps. In it we'll "talk" about eight great ways to use stamps in your scrapbooking.



Up first is using stamps as backgrounds on your pages. For this "Daddy's Girl" page of my niece and her Dad, I used the Hello Doily background stamp (how appropriate, a background stamp!) to add some visual interest to my page, but without overtaking my photos.



That's what I truly love about Stampin' Up products: Coordination! My cardstock matches my ink, matches my ribbon (if I used any), matches my patterned paper, etc. It really makes designing a cinch!



I started this series by using stamps as backgrounds because this is one of my absolutely favorite ways to stamp on my pages. It adds such depth, but without distracting from our major focus -- the photos!




Here is a close-up of the background stamping I did on this page. You can see it peeking out from under the yellow scallop circle.

I also stamped the Hello Doily Stamp randomly all over the darker purple cardstock (Concord Crush).

Beginning to scrapbook can be intimidating so I also want to point out another little tidbit about my process in creating this page.

The colors actually came from a combination of my niece's school colors (purple & white) and her honor society sash around her neck (yellow). Initially, I was going to pull the blue out of my brother-in-law's shirt and the yellow from her sash, but then I realized blue is the rival schools' color -- not a good idea!

All that to say, I usually do pull my colors directly from my photos as I find that the easiest method for color selection. Of course if you want super simple color ideas, check out the Stampin' Up color coach! It's a great tool and while it makes it easier if you use SU colors, you can also use it with other brands and companies' colors, too -- just get the closest match.

I hope you enjoyed the first part of this series. I'll be back soon with part 2 focusing on creating borders with stamps!

If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I'll answer them next time around. Thanks for visiting....


Jan 3, 2012

Happy New Year

Welcome 2012. Glad to have you here! Hopefully, your a kind, healthy and happy year.


If you've been around my blog for any length of time you know that I love a New Year. It's fun to have a fresh start. Are you familiar with Ali Edwards "One Little Word" campaign each year? The gist of it is that she selects one word to focus on each year... it sort of become her mantra for the year and often plays out in ways she never imagined when she first selected the word.


While I've never really participated in "One Little Word," I have selected "realize" as my word this year... as in realizing my blessings, realizing the moment, realizing success. That's what I would like my 2012 to be. What's your word?


One thing I hope YOU realize is that the Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog is ending as of the end of the day today! So if you really wanted the adorable Stocking punch and Stitched Stocking Stamp Set -- get it now or it is gone forever (we've already been told the punch isn't carrying over to the next catalog... gasp!). Here is a really fun Christmas card I made with the stocking stamp set and punch:


Fun, yes? I love the little jingle bells that are on this card, too. Those are in the holiday mini catalog, too so they will be gone as of tomorrow, too.


Don't be too sad, though, as when one catalog ends another begins! We start with the brand new 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog tomorrow. That has some gorgeous new products in it. Be sure to check out my website first thing tomorrow so you can see all the new goodies.


I had a sneak peek event last week for my customers where we played with some of the new products from the mini catalog. Would you like to see??

Below is a card featuring the new Twitterpated product Suite - one of my favorites (although it is hard to pick):





Sorry this picture is a little fuzzy. I still need to get a new camera.... :(


Anyway, this card features hearts made with our new framelits for the Big Shot -- LOVE these! I think they are my favorite new product in the mini... although that is a tough call. I'll show you one more card that is actually part sneak peek and part last chance for the holiday mini:





This card features paper from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit in the Holiday Mini (so last chance to get that one) and it also features some other new framelits -- the labels collection. Aren't they fun? Love, love them.

Also on this card is the Stamp Set called Apothecary Art. This one is a great scrapbooking stamp set and I can't wait to start creating some fun pages featuring this set.





Of course, before I start "playing" I needed to get to work on making thank you cards for all my wonderful holiday gifts so that is what this card was for. I've already made up several so that I can get them sent out ASAP.





I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that you'll be back to visit me again real soon! Happy Tuesday!



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