Teach Me Tuesday: Big Shot Basics

Hey there friends! So I think you’ll be able to tell from today’s post and video that I’m struggling from the Monday-on-Tuesday blues. I’m feeling a little “off” today after coming down with the fastest cold ever last week (seriously, one minute I was fine and then two minutes later I felt like crap). I’m also still trying to sort out what to do/when with my new schedule. I’m having a blast, but still feeling a little discombobulated… Anyway, today, I’m sharing a card I made with the random pieces of cardstock I stamped and cut in this week’s Teach me Tuesday video. I really had no rhyme or reason when I pulled out scrap pieces to demonstrate with, but I figured out a way to make it work. So here is the finished card: Nothing super fancy… just playing with paper. Want to know what is really funny about this card, though (and further evidence that I’m struggling a bit this week??)? Look at how I put this one together: Oopsie… see, I told you I was off today! No worries, I’ll just chop it apart and layer it on a new card. Big Shot BasicsToday’s Teach Me Tuesday

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Tap, Tap, Tap…. Is This Thing On?

Good Morning (yes, I’m actually writing this in the morning – very shocking!). What’s even more surprising is it’s the morning after a Cool Crops weekend — amazing that I’m up and ready to go before 8am. But anyway, I had a great time with the amazing ladies of Cool Crops and I had this card on display in my booth all weekend. What is funny is that I had multiple people tell me how much they loved this card. Want to know a secret? I cased it right out of the catalog. Yup. Page 107. Yes, it is that exact card. That’s what I love about our catalogs — they have the most amazing samples and there is no shame in copying what the fabulous Stampin’ Up concept artists made for us (the fact that they actually get paid to sit at their desk and stamp — well, that’s another story. Actually, if I think about it — I do, too!) Another interesting tidbit I learned this weekend? People actually read my blog (imagine that?!) AND they’ve missed me! Well, I have a lot of explaining to do for the past few months… honestly, life has been super hectic

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Yet another Convention Swap…

Hello and Happy Saturday! I was a little scattered with my convention swaps this year. Usually I do one or two designs and make like 80 of each. This year though I must have been board as I made five different designs and only made about 20 or so of each. Part of it was because I was using up some leftover card kits that I had lying around the house. This one was a butterfly card I had made using the old Flight of the Butterfly stamp set – but that set retired so I came up with this new creation using all the same pieces. Sorry the coloring on this one is a little off… This one got flattened a bit, too, in the clear envelopes. I really softened the fiber of cardstock on my yellow flower so it curled and had a nice texture to it. It is simple to do, just run your bonefolder over your cardstock similiar to what you do with scissors and curling ribbon. For those of you who received this swap at convention, here are the deets: cardstock: Soft Suede, 115318, $6.95 Old Olive, 100702, $6.95 Pool Party, 122924, $6.95 Daffodil Delight,

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Have you seen it?

This new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up is amazing… by far the best I’ve ever seen! I had to look through it like 10 times before I saw everything — it’s bigger and full, full, full of great products and ideas. What are you waiting for? Go check it out here now! 🙂 You can start buying goodies from this baby today — it’s a month earlier than SU normally releases their holiday catalog so you can get a head start on those great crafting projects you have planned for the holidays! Another great tid-bit of info for today is that the new MDS2 is launching! If you are not familiar with our digital paper crafting program, My Digital Studio, now is a great time to become familiar with it. It has always been great for make digital cards, scrapbook pages, photo books, banners and so much more — but now you can use it for canvases! That’s really exciting to me… it also has over 75 other great new features including being able to design in two-page spreads, use multiple colors on a stamp brush, recolor an existing embellishment, recolor a photo, text shaping and so much more! Want

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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!

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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

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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!

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I miss the sun….

I’m am so tired of rain. I actually like rainy days most of the time… especially if I can stay at home in my pjs. 🙂 However, last night Matt and I were trying to figure out the last time the sun was out … and we could not remember! I’m lucky that today is my day off so I don’t have to go out in the windy, wet world today (actually I do have to go to the dump later — such fun!), but I had such a hard time getting up this morning. If a VERY loud truck hadn’t stopped outside the house about an hour ago I might still be sleeping! And you know what… on these rainy days I find it very difficult, though, to stay away from the afternoon nap! 🙂 Anyway, I selected a bright, cheery card to share with you today. This is one of the cards I made at the crop a few weeks ago. I used my big shot and the flower burst embosslit to make the flowers. I also cut my Old Olive striped ribbon in half so the edges would fray — I loved how it looks. There’s actually

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Happy fall…

Well, it appears the summer disappeared with Hurricane Earl a couple of weeks ago, huh? I actually don’t mind the fall… except that I really don’t look forward to the winter… at all! However, I do enjoy the cool, crisp sunny days of fall. Plus the colorful pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows of fall are beautiful color inspiration for crafters like me! lol… Fall also means that it’s time to start planning for the holidays… it’s never to early to start, you know! This card here is a sample from one of my upcoming holiday card classes. The first one is on Wednesday, Sept. 29. There’s still time to RSVP if you’d like to come … just e-mail me ASAP. It will be held at the Chatham Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Each guest makes 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs) for $18… and a head start on the holidays… priceless! 🙂 I’m really excited about this fall. The new holiday mini catalog is fabulous with lots of new product including fabric, which works great with our Big Shot die-cutting machine. Keep an eye on the old blog-o as I will be featuring a fabric project that I

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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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