Monday, June 30, 2008

Last Day for Fresh Cut Notes!

I LOVE these cards and the matching stamp set! I had to order a bunch of extra notecards because I liked them so much & they're so quick to stamp up for my friends. The one I have here features a layer of acetate (overhead transparency) that I stamped on with white Stazon ink.

Check it out!



Here you can see the inside of the card so that you'll see how the transparency was attached after I layered the five-petal flower punch. I used a few dots of Mono Multi & voila!


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pull out Album

Okay, this one's not only cute, but it's QUICK! My whole album took about 20 minutes to make...seriously! And I was reading the directions as I went, too! This was one of the most recent SCS tutorials. If you want to have detailed directions, please check it out.

Here's mine. I used designer paper from the's only going to be here through the 30th, so order some now if you fall for the colors and patterns like I did. I had to order extra!


And once it was assembled, I just attached eight wallet-sized photos onto the fold-out insides & the book was DONE! It was so easy that I've already decided I'm going to be making bunches of these with my zillions of fun, retired designer papers that need some serious lovin'! Try it for yourself!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Last day of Carousel Notes...for now...

Alright, I have one last project to share with you (for now until I think of something else really cool). This project is one that a fellow demo came up with & I think it's absolutely ingenious! Janine Tinklenburg designed this purse...take a peek!


At first glance, it just looks like a decorative purse, but open it up, and...


It turns into a mini scrapbook! Look a little closer...


...and it even has pockets for more room to place photos & journaling! This is one cool "card" to give someone! I still have to dress mine up a bit, but you can see it's going to be quick & easy to fill!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Carousel Notes, take three!


Here's a nice change-up of the old tried-and-true bagalope. I used both the Carousel Note along with its envelope for this fun gift package.

To make the basic package, just seal the envelope and score three sides at 1/2". The cut off the remaining side. Fold the scored sides VERY well & when you open the envelope, it becomes a bag. You can, of course, modify how far in you score your envelope to make it a fatter, shorter bag or a taller, thinner bag.

My topper is the notecard. I scored it twice. I found the middle scallop & scored it on either side (from valley to valley, if that helps). When I stuck it on the top of the bagalope, I realized that the middle scallop hung off & looked like those humongous shoulder pads everyone wore in the 80's, so I cut off the ends. I Crop-a-diled a pair of jumbo eyelets into the top & tied some Chocolate Chip satin ribbon (Theater Originals ribbon assortment, if you're looking) through the holes, and voila! I was done! ...with a little simple stamping thrown in using my beloved Live Your Dreams set... :O)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Carousel Notes...another idea!

Here's another fun Carousel Note project for you:


I had to use two of the Carousel Notes to create this hinged card, but it was another super easy creation! I used the Afternoon Tea designer paper again along with the Live Your Dream set and the Chocolate Chip twill tape from the mini. This time, I added a punched image using my scallop circle punch to mirror the Carousel Note's design. To attach the front and back of the card together, I used some of my fabulous Mono Multi & wrapped the twill tape around where I'd made my score line so that I covered the line. Easy-peasy! Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Less than one week left of the mini catalog!

In honor of the soon-to-be-expired mini catalog, I am going to be posting some fun projects using the Carousel notes from the mini catalog. It took me awhile to get them and then some more time to mess around with them...don't forget I was busy having a baby during this mini catalog, so I get a little leeway!

I have found that I REALLY like these! At first, I had no clue what to do with something so different from every other precut card I'd ever used, but once you start, the possibilities just keep presenting themselves! This card is something fairly simple without adding too much to the original card.

I used my Afternoon Tea designer paper along with the Live Your Dream set from the mini in addition to the Chocolate Chip twill tape...also from the mini...for the basic card. I really wanted to work in the "thanks" from the stamp set for my greeting, so I used my designer label punch through the Whisper White layer of cardstock, layered it over the Chocolate Chip cardstock, attached the silver hodgepodge frame (from the mini catalog!), and stamped "thanks" through the hole in white ink. I also decided to jazz up the scalloped edge by dry embossing using my Crop-a-dile. Then I sponged *everything* because after glitter and ribbon, a girl's best friend is an inky Chocolate Chip sponge! I swear that color goes with everything under the sun!

The final step? Address the lovely Chocolate Chip envelope & mail this puppy off to a friend! Yes, I actually sent this off already...I'm widely noted for taking forever to mail things out. I hate taking all the kids to the post office... :O( Plus, I'm just a procrastinator...I still have one last thank you card from Lucy's birthday *last* year to mail out. Yeah, her next birthday is in three weeks...oops!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Decor Elements

Decor Elements are coming soon!

More and more people are using Stampin’ Up!’s® rubber stamps and accessories to customize their home. Because of this demand, Stampin’ Up! is now offering additional coordinating home décor products for making customized personal space easy, cost effective and flexible.

Stampin’ Up! is adding a new product to the Definitely Decorative® product line by introducing wall graphics, expressions, and lettering. The new product, Décor Elements™, will be available July 2008.
Enjoy creating a complete space that reflects your style and expresses who you are.

I can't post the brochure on my site because of copyright issues, but if you want a copy, email me a request. I can send it to your email address!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Card Samples

Here's an oldie but goodie technique! I love my Pearl Ex powders and was so sad when Stampin' Up discontinued's one product that I can't even begin to imagine getting rid of from my personal stash! So, anyway...I embossed this flower in black onto the black cardstock. Then I colored the flower image using my Aquapainter filled with Future floorwax. All you have to do is dip that (or a regular paintbrush dipped in floor wax) into the Pearl Ex jar & the wax will "melt" the powder to make it paintable...and *very* shiny!
Here's a card I did for a swap awhile back. I LOVE Groovy Guava! I really didn't think I liked Blush Blossom, but when it meets up with Groovy Guava, even Blush Blossom becomes beautiful! I stamped the peony from the Pretty Peony set in Blush Blossom and then the detail stamp in Groovy Guava onto Whisper White. I then used my Marvy mega oval punch and giga oval scalloped punch to cut and layer my focal point. The rest is just layering the same colors and stamping a greeting in guava to finish it. Super easy & a great layout for many other cards! For added effect, I stuck it to a small birthday present that I wrapped in the Groovy Guava 12X12 background paper...voila! Matching card & package!
Here's another easy & quick card with a layout that is so duplicatable! If you were in a hurry, you could omit the scalloped edges made with the corner rounder. Notice the Groovy Guava double-stitched grosgrain ribbon...I'm having a guava phase!
Here's a card that I made for my mom (I know I still haven't sent it, Mom! Call this a preview?). It uses some discontinued papers from the Porcelain Prints assortment & my fun stylized silver hodgepodge hardware! Oh how I love that stuff! I punched using the designer label punch on the background paper & then layered it onto the Certainly Celery. Stamp the greetings & use the brads to stick the frame onto the front!
Here's the inside of the card. It has two pockets so that I can fill them up with photos of my three adorable children!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Henry's Baptism

Henry was baptized on May 17 (yeah, I'm slow...) by Father Denis at St. Dominic's in Benicia. It was a sweltering day, so most of us were fairly informal in our dress so that we didn't melt before Henry could be baptized.

Here's Lucy! She spent most of the baptism making noise & trying to explore the church. I had to actually retrieve her once in the middle of it all...definitely it was too hot, in her mind, to be sitting still! Here we all are. Henry's godmother is my good friend and stamping buddy(!) Cheryl and his godfather is Gene's good buddy Augie (Thomas, really).
I'll try to post some more good photos later of some of the other fun things we've been up to lately!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Quick Card Layouts Class

On June 28th, I'll be offering a class in which we'll be making FOURTEEN *easy* cards using some interesting but quick layouts! Each participant will receive a full package of 20 notecards with envelopes along with an assortment of ribbons, fibers, and assorted embellishments to finish their cards with flair. Additionally, you will have a handout with the layouts on a sheet you can file away once you get home & even better yet, I will make a key ring-sized sampler of all 14 card layouts for you to use as reference once you get home & would like to copy the ideas even more quickly!

This class is also available via mail as a class to-go. I added $5 to cover the costs of mailing via priority mail. I will be placing an order for all supplies so that they'll arrive & be ready on June 28. I will mail out packages after class.

Please reserve your place on or before June 20th for either the class at my house or the class to-go kit. If you plan to pick up your packet instead of staying for class, please let me know that so that I can plan according for class attendance.

$30Class Kits to be made and/or picked up at my house

$35 Class kits to be mailed to you

Tart & Tangy Class

Make 10 outstanding cards along with a notecard holder to give them in, or keep them for yourself in it!

This class includes the stamp set Tart & Tangy from the current mini catalog, all the pieces of cardstock you'll need (precut & scored!) with envelopes, three markers, ribbon cut-to-size, dimensionals for adhering layers & prepunched circles/scallop circles (if you don't have your own punches). The top right item is a card box that will accomodate all 10 notecards and envelopes easily. Order your class to-go by June 20th so you won't miss out on the fabulous papers and stamps from the mini catalog!

I will place an order on June 20th for supplies for this class. I will cut & ship them the following week & all should be in the mail on or before the 27th.

The first link is for the Tart & Tangy class if you'd like to come to my house to pick up your kit.

The next link is if you'd like me to mail your kit via flat rate priority mail.

This is the first time I've added this option, so be patient if formatting isn't perfect!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

How long does it take to get home from the zoo??

Yes, this is a tricky only takes about an hour to get long do you suppose it took us to come home yesterday? SEVEN HOURS! Yes, I typed that correctly 7 hours. How does that happen? Leave it to me to create this kind of situation...ugh! I'll tell it from the beginning...

We had a marvelous time at the zoo! Lucy & Joey did such a good job getting ready to go & we made it over the Bay Bridge in time to avoid the lines & use that zippy carpool lane (a big woohoo in my book!). Everyone & everything got loaded up into our *very* nifty triple jogging stroller that so excellently holds everything I need to take with us (thank you to all the Coopers for that huge gift!!!!). We ignored all the gawkers all the way to the petting zoo & managed to pet and feed all the know they would starve without Lucy shoveling food into their mouths, right? Joey tried one of the hay pellets and decided that he'd finally found a food that he *didn't* like. Too bad my camera was put away at that moment! He stuck to feeding the goats after that attempt at sharing with them.

We visited nearly all the animals & had a lovely lunch with the black swans & the anteater in their semi-secluded's a great place for lunch since most people manage to miss the little path between the bushes that leads back to their pens. We even bumped into the Mohuns/Gleasons while we were visiting the giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and antelopes. Lucy & Joey had a good time looking & Henry seemed to be pretty happy through most of the zoo, too. Henry's pretty happy nearly all the time, so I was glad he was his normal sunny self.

As we loaded everyone and everything up in the parking lot, I never would have guessed the ordeal ahead of us on our anticipated drive home...I was ready to be home after the 20ish minutes it took to change two diapers in the truck, load all the gear, load the stroller, and then strap in three kids who didn't really want to be strapped in after a day of fun! Traffic wasn't too bad around 3:30 when we hit the road. We made it most of the way home...just onto highway 37 past Novato when I realized the temperature gauge was a little on the warm side...then closer to orange...and closer...we stopped before it hit orange. Nap time was over immediately for all the kids. Grrrr! Here I was on the side of the highway with three not-so-happy kids inside of a truck that had decided that it didn't want to go further without exploding...what to do?

I drove just a bit further to a little road so that I could get out of the truck without worrying quite so much about getting run over. Eventually after I'd had a slight personal breakdown (hey! everyone else was crying! If you can't beat 'em, join 'em...), I decided I'd get out that lovely stroller & have to push the kids to the farm down the road to make a phone call to AAA. No! I don't live in the 21st century! There is no cell phone in my pocket...except for this moment, I can't say that I want one, either.

We got lucky & someone needed to use the road for a turn-around. They let me use their cell phone to call AAA. I was cut off but only after I'd given them my info. Of course, after sitting in the truck again for what felt like an eternity, I realized they weren't really sending any help...grrrrr! I had seen that I was close to a call box, so I loaded Henry into the sling & told Lucy several times to hang out with Joey & watch me from the window as I walked to the blue sign to make a phone call. As soon as we made it to the phone and started talking to a CHP guy on the other end, a CHP car pulled up next to us on the road. At last! Someone who could help!! This has to be the only time I've ever been happy to have a police car pulled up behind my vehicle! LOL!

He called AAA for me & got the tow truck out to get us moving again...bad news...we couldn't just put water in on the roadside, so we had to be towed to Novato to the garage. So I buckled everyone up again (they'd been bouncing around in the truck for all of this!) & the tow truck hauled us all to town. It was kind of fun to ride like that...the kids got a kick out it!

At the tow guy's shop, we put some water in & then hoofed it (Lucy walked, Joey was in the little stroller & Henry was in the sling) about five blocks to a pay phone that *worked* so that we could call Gene to let him know that we'd be on the road soon. He said he'd meet us in Novato so that he could follow us home & make sure we made it this time. WOOHOO!! We walked back to the truck & buckled up for yet another time. This time we only made it a few blocks before the truck went quickly and massively to the orange end of the temperature gauge...uh oh!

This is where we met a guardian angel named Kathy...she was walking her dog & could see that we were in need of some kind (all kinds, in fact!) of help. She let me use her cell phone to call the tow truck driver back to where we now were, and I called my mother-in-law because I didn't know who else to call to let know about what had happened & why we weren't going to be able to meet Gene (who was already on the road to our non-rendezvous point). She even went to Taco Bell trying to flag down Gene. She met us back at the tow shop afterward to report back that she couldn't catch Gene. Kathy then asked what else she could do for us...she was worried about dinner for the kids. It *was* almost 9pm at this point, and they'd been just polishing off the leftover snacks from the zoo...isn't it a good thing I'm an over-packer?! Kathy went to KFC & bought all of us something to eat. By the time she came back, Gene had called the tow guy & told him just to tow all of us in the truck back to Vallejo & park us at the house. We said goodbye to Kathy & buckled up (again...!). Our friendly tow truck driver hooked us up and away we went (again...!).

We popped the kids into their beds at about 10:30. I was in such a fog that I just kinda sat in a stupor until I went to bed...somehow I survived being trapped in a Suburban with three kids under the age of three for nearly seven hours...holy cow! Sadly, the Suburban didn't come out of the day even as well as I. Old Blue is going to the junk yard...blown head gaskets don't fix themselves & also cost more than the truck's worth, so we'll have to bid it a fond farewell. What lessons did I take from this experience?

  • Don't feel guilty for packing way too much food for a trip with the kids
  • Stay longer at the zoo...the trip home is a killer! LOL
  • Don't mess with stuff under the hood...the whole thing is MY FAULT! I messed around checking oil, water, etc. & the water cap didn't get on tightly enough...yeah, I think I won't worry about that crap anymore...I couldn't have done any worse even if I had run out of fluids...the end result is the same.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Fresh Cuts!!

I am so excited about the current Stampin' Up sneak peek product from the upcoming catalog that starts in August! This month everyone can purchase a stamp set called Fresh Cuts along with the Fresh Cut notecards (with envelopes, of course!). I wanted to show the many options as well as the ease of using these cards with the stamp set.

The first photo is just the notecard after I punched out the precut flower (they're laser cut, so it's quick to pop out the petals).
Next, I layered a piece of Soft Sky cardstock inside to make the flower have a little color.
Then I punched out a Pixie Pink 5-petaled flower with our coordinating punch...have one, yet? You'll want one with these makes such a FAST & cute card whip together!
Every flower needs a center, right? So here's a flat-back pearl from the Pretties Kit.
...and a quick Pixie Pink greeting from the Fresh Cuts stamp set...
...and a *beeeeee-autiful* collage background stamp from the Fresh Cuts set inked in Soft Sky...
A few vine-y stamps in Pretty in Pink from the Fresh Cuts sets along with a Soft Sky double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, and my card's done!
Here's one that I whipped up very similarly but with a flower from the Pretties Kit & a rhinestone brad center in place of the pearl.
What to do with those scraps of flower petals? Don't throw them away! Make more flowers! I stuck mine onto Only Orange cardstock & punched them out with my small oval punch to make these flower petals.
I will have more ideas to share in the coming days! Keep checking back...I'm determined to get back on the blog-train again & post more frequently!