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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Last Post For The Evening...Season of Friendship...

So I simply HAD to have this set, and tonight was the first time I have inked it up since owning it for 6 months! I know, disgusting!!!! Well, worth the wait, I say! Look at this beauty of a color combo - Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Old Olive & Perfect Plum!! YUMMIE!!!! Stamped all the leaves in different colors, cut them out and popped them up - cause that's what I do - POP & LAYER, POP & LAYER, POP & LAYER!!! Bwahahahahaha!!!

Oh yes, and a word to the wise....I hope you notice that my sentiment is stamped crooked on a card that took such detail to make!!! I really could have screamed!!! So make sure you put them on the blocks straight people - or THIS will happen to you!!!
I have just done my preorder for the new catty all in CLEAR MOUNT - fingers crossed that they work for me this time round! This should eliminate my angling!!!
Have a great nite peeps!!!

Mama & Papa Day Cards....

So with these holidays sneaking up on us, my last Stampers 10 class did a couple simple cards for ma's & pa's!
This mother's day card is gorgeous close up....we used Soft Suede & Barely Banana. Running a piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot in the Manhattan Flower Embossing folder created a subtle & elegant print. Then we took the brayer and inked it up in Barely Banana & went to town over the embossed image. Super cool effect!
Sentiment from All Holidays.

What father wouldn't love this fun little card done with Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, & Old Olive!! Whisper White Craft ink gave a gorgeous imprint of the wood for the background. I then stamped out all the tools in the Tool Time set, colored with SU Markers, & cut out. Popped them off the piece of Woodgrain printed Close to Cocoa and wrapped them with Hemp String. Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, Modern Label Punch & Word Window Punch.

Rich Razzy Medallion....

Love, love, love this color combo - Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black & Whisper White. Clean, crisp & sassy!!!
Lots of layers, even with the ribbon this time! As well as using the Medallion Background stamp, I also used my favorite go-to thank you right now from With All My Heart. Added some "bling-age" to the centre of the Medallion for an extra special pop!

A Twist On The Two -Step Bird Punch...

So, here's the little secret behind this simple card....
Punch out the bird & branch using the Two Step Bird Punch (which is simply wonderful by the way!!) on some scrap paper. Then, THROW AWAY WHAT YOU PUNCHED OUT! Yes, you read right, all you are going to use for this technique is the piece of paper you NORMALLY toss out - the stencil!!! Uuuuhhuh!!!!
Take your daubers out and sponge on the body of the bird with Soft Suede, then move the wing to where ya want it - then go darker with the Soft Suede. Finally, I used Old Olive to sponge on the branch. Finished up with the Thank You sentiment from With All My Heart!!!!! I also wheeled the Soft Suede background with the Very Vintage Wheel before adhering to the Crushed Curry base.

Next Up...Trendy Trees Times Two

One of my favorite "go-to" stamps sets, Trendy Trees is super fun to play with. It does require using the Stamp-a-ma-gig or to be able to see into the future - which ever one you have!!! LOL!!! This first card is done layering the squares and I have also used the owl from Animal Stories to jazz it up a little. Colors used here were Whisper White, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango & Soft Suede, as well as Modern Label Punch.

This next little number uses a great color combo - Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry & Basic Grey. Lots of layers make this card quite simple, yet elegant!

My Dear Kind & Wonderful Layers....

In an unprecedented attempt to make up for my lack of blogging lately, I finally rounded up some cards from my last few classes and snapped some photos!!!!
I love this color combo of Melon Mambo & Soft Suede - lots of distressing & lots of layers. I used I Heart Hearts Stamps Set from the Occassions Mini as well as All Holidays from the big bold catty!! The gals LOVED this one - hope you do too!!

A close up shot shows how popping a few pieces adds texture.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Safari Shower for A Little Someone...

Last weekend had me craftin' like crazy to make a fun, unique & practical gift for a friend for her baby shower. After lots of thought and head scratching, I decided to do a set of stamped onsies and 48, yes - you read right - 48 thank you cards! I also bought a Safari themed scrapbooking kit to get her started on "the addiction"! To my surprise, when I arrived at the par-tee (which started at 2pm and went till 3am!!) I was thrilled to find out her baby's room theme was Safari! Woot woot for me!! She seemed very pleased with the gift so I thought I would share some snapshots with you! All images were stamped with black Stazon and colored with Copic Markers, then heat set.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Color Renovation!!!

Well this has definitely been a busy three months - bad on me - blogging was something I didn't do very well at. What I did do VERY well at though were my SU Sales these past three months. We have come to a close on this great time of year, Sale-A-Bration, and I have managed to be in the top 20 rank of sales for Alberta! Yay for me!!!
So with the end of one promotion, comes BIG announcements from headquarters....
So without further hesitation....
Stampin' Up! announced a Color Renovation for the July 2010 catalog and I am VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT! I am excited by the color chart with the four new color collections. Stampin' Up! is on trend with the paper craft market and best of all, they are bringing back some of those In Colors from years past.

The new Color Collections include:

Brights Collection:
Regal Rose, Melon Mambo (current In Color), Rich Razzleberry (current In Color), Pacific Point (former In Color), Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight (new!), Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango (former In Color), Real Red

Neutrals Collection:
River Rock (former In Color), Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Early Espresso (new!), Crumb Cake (formerly called Kraft), Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Regals Collection:
Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, More Mustard, Cajun Craze (new!), Riding Hood Red (former In Color), Cherry Cobbler (new!), Bravo Burgundy

Subtles Collection:
Pink Pirouette (former In Color), Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist (new!), Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze (former In Color), Wild Wasabi (former In Color), Certainly Celery, So Saffron

The following colors are to be retired on July 1:
Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Pale Plum, Orchid Opulence. Lovely Lilac. Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Taken with Teal, Glorious Green, Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss, Green Galore, Gable Green, Barely Banana, Yoyo Yellow, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Going Gray Be sure to start stocking up on ink, paper, and accessories now! After July 1st, these colors will no longer be available!

~Things to remember~

~You'll notice that Neutrals has been added as a color collection and Earth Elements has been eliminated and many of the colors from all collections/families have been reorganized into different collections.
~Kraft has been renamed Crumb Cake. This also means that this color will not only be available in card stock as before, but you will also be able to purchase the ink pad and marker! (Yippee! I love this color!)
~Stampin' Up! will continue offering brand-new In Colors! This year we can expect 5 new colors and they will last 2 years, instead of one! This means that after this first year we will have 10 new In Colors at a time.
~Don't stress if you have items that come in a set like the markers, watercolor crayons, pastels, etc. Stampin' Up! will be coming out with Color Kits to fill in those items with the new colors as well as some more new fun products!
A lot of the colors on the retiring list I do not use, nor have I in a while. This has revamped my stamping enthusiasm because I love the In Colors and now I can pull out my stash and stamp with them again!

I also place my Summer Mini order next week and will be looking forward to playing with the few new goodies I ordered.