Summer Mini Catalog – Sneak Peek Day 3

Well I made it today by the skin of my teeth! It’s 11:28 and I’ve just now finished making a card for Day 3 of sneak peek week! It’s a super simple card as I was working well into the night again today! Ugh… but the good news is that I’ve worked so many hours this week that I am off tomorrow! So tomorrow’s post should be much earlier (although I do need to do some housework!). Anyway, on to the card. I think I put this together in maybe 15 minutes (I had a vision in my head as I was trying to fall asleep last night — love when that happens!). So I used the new stamp set called Go, Graduate. It’s very cute… I’m not normally one to buy graduation stamp sets, but this one was just too cute and I do have a niece that will be graduating soon (well, not until next year, but hopefully this set will stick around!). I used the textured impressions folder Square Lattice again. I absolutely love that thing. It adds so much to a card so even a simple card like this looks great! I colored the little grad

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Here I am!

Whew… what a day. Busy, busy, busy, but it is now just before 9 p.m. and I’m in my PJs and just about ready to fall into bed and call it a night… BUT I have one thing left to tend to 🙂 So I apologize for taking ALL day to get back here, but without further ado here is project #3 in the series of sneak peeks for the new Summer Mini Catalog: This card actually features a bunch of new stuff including two new core colors from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. I talked a bit about the Color Renovation coming with the next big catalog here. Check it out. In the meantime, lets talk about the card! One of my new favorite products in the Summer Mini is the Smooch Spritz! It comes in four colors and I used the Vanilla shimmer on the Early Espresso (new) card base and on the layered flowers (an XL Bigz die for the Big Shot machine – from the current main catalog). I also used the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz on the new Presto Patterns Designer Series paper (another one of my FAVORITES!). The paper is actually entirely white

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Hold that thought… Sneak Peek – Day 3

My third sneak peek project for the new Summer Mini Catalog is complete, but it is a busy day for me. So I won’t have time to fill you in on some more new products, but here is a quick glimpse of today’s card. And let me just say that I am super excited to share with you some of the products I used today. So FUN! Check back later when I will post the whole card and give you some details on the new products!

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Summer Mini Catalog Sneak Peek – Day 2

Good morning! Just a quick post today as I’m running a bit behind already and I have a loooong day ahead of me! But as promised, I wanted to share another project created using some new Summer Mini Catalog products. Don’t forget the catalog goes live on Saturday, May 1. This card is so not my usual color combos. I actually took the colors from some pillows in a Pottery Barn photo … and I like how it turned out. It features the new Bouquet Bunch stamp set from the Summer Mini and lining up the topiary was a cinch with the new clear mount stamps. And I love the little tiny bird on the tag. There is an adorable tiny squirrel in the set, too that I’m dying to use, but he didn’t fit on the plant… he was just a tad too big. Anyway, I digress. The background is a brand new textured embossing folder called square lattice and I think I’m in love (wink, wink). It adds such great texture to a card that I didn’t want to cover any of it up — hence the concentration of items in the center of the card — including

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Summer Mini Sneak Peek – Day 1

I have a scrapbook page to share with you today for the first day of the Summer Mini Catalog sneak peek. The new Summer Mini Catalog goes live on May 1 (Saturday) and has some really great new product that is sure to get your creativity fired up. The stamp set I used on this scrapbook page was a “must-have” for me when I went through the new mini. Those of you who know me, know that we love to travel. And this line is perfect for me. The stamp set is called Sentimental Journey and it has coordinating Designer Series Paper called Travel Journal. It’s super cute and could actually be used for other pages as well such as talking about the journey of growing up, finding your path in life or documenting a road trip. What I also love about this line is the new 6 X 6 coordinating album that is available. It would make creating a mini-album about a favorite location or trip super easy! Here is a close-up of some of the stamps from the Sentimental Journey set. I used them on Pumpkin Pie cardstock with versamark ink to give it a watermark look. I

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Spring has sprung!

For the past week or so I’ve been stalking this single tulip that found its way into an ivy bush right outside our side door. Matt says it has been there for years now, but I’ve been here with him for the past 3 years and I don’t ever remember seeing this tulip outside the door before. And I think I would remember as tulips are my favorite! I’m so glad that I finally took a second, though, Thursday morning to snap a quick picture of the bud. It had been there for days but was mostly green up until that morning. This was the first time it had a hint of color at all to it. And this is likely why… by the time I came home from work that afternoon, my lovely little tulip looked like this: Isn’t it pretty? I love all the deep colors in it. It’s funny because I had to wait a few minutes to get this shot because there was a big ugly spider crawling all over it when I took this photo (he is actually inside on the lower left petal… yuck! I was going to post the photo I had taken

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One More!

Hello there my blog friends! So I had been waiting to post to the blog because I wanted to share a card for a change, but I just haven’t had a minute to download some photos I took this week. Of course, I can’t post without sharing a little eye candy so I figured I would show you ANOTHER progressive scrapbook page. I did very well in March with getting some scrapbooking done since I had five workshops. This is is actually a page I did for an April workshop. This photo was taken at Leadership 2010 of me and a new stamping friend I made while I was there. Her name is Susan and she was fabulous! She even ditched her friends at lunch one day so that I wouldn’t have to sit by myself (not that I would have really sat by myself as everyone is so awesome and inviting — I would have just sat with a different new friend!). The journaling reads, “The love of stamps makes strangers into instant friends.” And at convention or Leadership it is so true! You have never seen a crazier bunch of women. lol! I used the Dreams du Jour

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Quick post

I was fortunate in March to have more workshops than normal and that means more scrapbook pages! So I figured I’d share another progressive scrapbook page with you today since I haven’t been able to put together any insightful or entertaining posts recently. This was a 6 X 6 make and take we made at a workshop late last month. I find progressive scrapbooking is great not only for new scrapbookers, but also for cardmakers, too since the smaller size is a similar size canvas to a card. You can’t really see it in the picture but the background is stamped with the flower image from “With All My Heart” out of the Occasions Mini Catalog. The 8.5 X 11 page looked like this: As you can see I just mounted the 6 X 6 on a polka dot patterned paper (from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack) and added a small strip of Dusty Durango to the side. You could easily add photos along the left hand side or add a title there with some smaller photos under the main photo…. You get the idea. I have to say I even surprise myself sometimes with how quickly these

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Scrapbook update

At the beginning of the year I had set a goal for myself to complete 6 scrapbook pages per month. Well, the results are both good and bad. On the good side, the little quota I set for myself has increased the amount of scrapbooking I do each month (having a lot of workshops where I demonstrate progressive scrapbooking has helped, too!). Sadly, though I have still not hit the six page requirement yet (that’s the bad side). I’ve come close. I completed 4 and 1/2 in March. How do you have a half of a scrapbook page, you ask? Well, I laid it out. Continually looked it over day after day for about a week and I just couldn’t commit to it (I hadn’t taped anything down) so I packed it all up and put it in one of those scrapbook page folders and stored it under my table for a new day. I know, I know. I should just pull it out, tape it down and call it done, but now it is just principal. I will evenutally probably do just that, but for now it remains in limbo. The 6 X 6 page pictured above was a

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Let’s Renovate!

This week has been a great week for me. Of course one of the main reasons it was such a great week was because the weather was so fabulous here on the East Coast. I even pulled out the flip flops and capris this week! So. Excited. The second reason why I am so excited is Stampin’ Up announced a new Color Renovation for the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog! We’re still going to have four color collections (they are no longer called color families), but there will be 10 colors per family instead of 12 (a little less intimidating for new stampers). The new collections are Brights, Subtles, Regals and Neutrals and combines some of our old favorites, with former In Colors (Welcome Back Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Soft Suede, Red Riding Hood Red, Rich Razzlebery, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze) and five brand new colors (Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Marina Mist). What is also great about this new color program is our In Colors will stick around for two years instead of one and we’ll have five new In Colors introduced each year. That means after this

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