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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Something to Smile about!

Are you ready for something to smile about? Watch your inboxes for a fun promotion happening in July!

You're gonna love it!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christmas in June for the Stampin' Queens

What? Christmas?'s hot enough out there, so thinking of Christmas might help you cool down a little bit!

Where I live, it's 42C with the humidity factored in. For my American friends, that about 108F. So yeah. It's hot! Youngest DS can't even go outside in these temps due to his cardiac condition - it's THAT bad. (the temps, his heart is repaired)

So today, you get CHRISTMAS!

I'm putting the finishing touches on a my all day stamping event which is coming up this coming Saturday (YIKES!) and this is one of the cards we'll be making:

I started off with a Very Vanilla base and then added the strip of Red Cardstock. I stamped the images from Merry and Type onto Very Vanilla using Gumball Green and Real Red Inks. These colours look GREAT together!

The images were punched out using the Postage Stamp Punch and adhered to the Real Red Strip using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped just below the image panel, using Gumball Green Ink.

Here's the sketch for you if you'd like to try it out:

And this week? There's BLOG CANDY!!!! One lucky person who plays along will get a 10-second bow maker. Check it out here.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Sassy Salutations, Merry and Type
INK: Real Red, Gumball Green
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Real Red
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's time to Blog around the Block!

If you've arrived from Marisol's blog, you're in the right place! Welcome!

I love participating in the SUDSOL blog hops because it gives me the opportunity to check out my fellow demonstrators and all the amazing things they create! Many of them use templates and ideas found ONLY on the SUDSOL site. This is one of the FABULOUS benefits of the SUDSOL membership - exclusivity! We have an ENTIRE gallery filled with ideas to help you get your stamping business going!

Since last week I was HEAVY into "Prom-Sanity" while I was creating for this blog hop, my first two samples are My Digital Studio created layouts:

For the above layout, I used a pre-designed digital template available for purchase with My Digital Studio called Grad Party. All I had to do was a pic, my DD's name and the name of her school. DONE! Five minutes or less!

For the above layout, I used elements from the same Grad Party suite and designed my own layout. This one took me a little longer, but it was DEFINITELY worth it. :)

The next two cards are two that I created for my Stampin' Extravaganza event which I'll be hosting on June 23rd. YOU get a sneak peek - LUCKY YOU!!!!

This first card was created using one of the new IN COLOURS for 2012-2014 called Primrose Petals. It's SO pretty!

I started off with the card base and then decided on the strip of designer series paper from Patio Party and the stitched grosgrain ribbon. I was never a big fan of the grosgrain ribbon in the past, but since they've added that row of stitching down the middle, it seems to have made it "softer" and easier to work with.

I then ran the oval frame from the Designer Frames Folders through the Big Shot and cut it out. I stamped the sentiment in Primrose Petals and punched it out using the Extra Large oval punch which fits perfectly in the centre of the frame!

The finishing touch was the itty bitty button with a length of baker's twine tied through it.

This next card is one that could be reproduced quite easily...for a WHOLE graduating class!

This card base is More Mustard with a layer of More Mustard DSP. I stamped the sentiment in Not Quite Navy on Whisper White and matted it on a piece of Not Quite Navy. I added a little bow...just 'cause I could!

Here's a teeny peek at one of the other cards we'll be making at Extravaganza:

I do hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog and that you'll leave me some comments to let me know what you enjoyed most!

Happy Stampin'!

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Get ready for a BLOG TOUR!

SUDSOL Blog Tour, February 1st!

Once again, I'm participating in the SUDSOL blog tour! You're going to love it as we'll be showcasing cards and projects made with stamps from the NEW 2012-2013 catalogue!

Be sure to come back on June 13th and join in the fun!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Artistic Thanks in Island Indigo

Are you ready for the CUTENESS? This is my second post for today, so please scroll down to see what else I've been up to!

As I was going through my email this morning I came across a card that inspired me to put away the laptop and create RIGHT AWAY. I can tell you...that doesn't happen very often!

Check this out:

Cute, right? It's a 3 x 3 notecard. These are such fun to make! I love the way I can use up little scraps of paper to create something wonderful!

Here's a little close up of that one perfect pearl in the crown:

To me, it seemed to be the perfect touch!

And did you notice that tiny little thanks? Here's a close up:

Is that not the cutest thing you've ever seen in your WHOLE life? It's from a brand new stamp set in the 2012-2013 catalogue called Lovely Little Labels. And do you know what the BEST part is?? You can buy an itty bitty punch pack with the most fun little labels to punch out your sentiments and images from this set. There's even a teeny tiny postage stamp!

I also used some of the various images from Lovely Little Labels to fill in some of the white space after I stamped the Artistic Etchings collage.

One of the wonderful things about our clear mount stamps, is that you can add a bunch of them to a larger clear block and stamp them all at once! Like this:

Cool, eh? I just inked them all up at the same time, stamped off and then stamped them onto the 2 3/4" square layer of Whisper White Cardstock.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Artistic Etchings, Lovely Little Labels
INK: Island Indigo
PAPERS: Whisper White and Island Indigo Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

New Firm Foam Pads - LOVE at first stamp!

Have you had the opportunity to try our new firm foam stamp pads yet?

You're going to LOVE them!

Just look at all the exciting benefits listed below:
  • Provide better ink coverage for your stamps!
  • Light-tap stamping produces flawless images!  
In addition, our new Stampin' Pads
  • Create wonderfully solid images. The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads. When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads. Please note: if you are using the ink pad frequently you may need to re-ink your Firm Foam pad more often.
  • Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
  • Come with colour name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)-just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!
  • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
  • Are available in all colours, including our exclusive In Colors!

Contact me to order yours today!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Open Sea for the Stampin' Queens

Father's Day will be here before you know it and this set is just the ticket to make the perfect card!

Here's the Stampin' Queens Sketch for this week:

As usual, I took a few liberties - LOL! In fact, I think I was influenced by the MOJO Monday Sketch and the card I created here...which really, is a little weird since I created the Stampin' Queens Card first! The colours I chose were from the Dynamic Duo Challenge:

Here's the card I created, which will be going to my FIL for Fathers Day. It's been "hubby approved" so I'm good to go - LOL!

My FIL LOVES boats and builds model sailboats from pictures in his head! Yeah...he's pretty awesome. I know he'll like this card.

I used the tiny tags set and punch in order to add the sentiment. Here's a close up:

I'm still loving that Island Indigo Baker's Twine!

What do you think?

STAMPS: The Open Sea, Tiny Tags
INK: Island Indigo, Read Red
PAPERS: Whisper White and Island Indigo Cardstock; Island Indigo DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, June 4, 2012

AWESOME, thy name is Island Indigo

...especially when paired with Baja Breeze. Oh my! I think I may just have a new favourite colour combo!

Truly! Now, Island Indigo and Pool Party are pretty awesome together, but Island Indigo and Baja Breeze are just more...well...MORE.

I had Island Indigo out because I was creating my card for the Stampin' Queens sketch on Wednesday (you'll have to come back to see that one) and I was struck with the idea of featuring a different stamp set each week. Well, my stamp set for Wednesday is The Open Sea and I drew a complete blank as to what else I could do with it. Subconsciously, it was probably the idea of using ONE stamp set for a WHOLE week that freaked me out - LOL!

Then, as I sat there staring at my Island Indigo cardstock, I thought, "HEY! Why not feature a new COLOUR each week!" With fifty colours, I could cover almost a whole year - YES! What do you think of that idea?

So...this week, since I was already creating with Island Indigo, I decided to go with that. Wednesday's card is also my Dynamic Duo card for the week, so it features Real Red as well. I wanted something different, so I pulled out my colour coach. Lo and behold, there it was! Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry! LOVE!

See? You love it too, right? You get subtle with a bit of POP!

When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch, Betsy's Blossoms was the first thing to come to mind and I think it was a pretty good choice!

I just love the finished card! I'm planning on sending it to a dear friend and I do hope she likes it! I won't spoil the surprise by saying who, because I know she reads my blog on a regular basis. She needs a little pick me up and I think this will be just the ticket!

Here's a little close up of the tag:

Must run! Things to do, places to go, people to see and all that. Oh...and laundry, there's ALWAYS laundry!!! *sigh*

What do you think?

STAMPS: Betsy's Blossoms, Tiny Tags
INK: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry
PAPERS: Whisper White and Island Indigo Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Bitty Button, Punch, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Let's get this party started!!!

It's new catalogue time peeps! BOOYAH!!! You are gonna LOVE IT!!!

You can download the PDF here.
And find a list of the stampin' supplies that were used for the projects here.

You can check out the hostess benefits BONUS for June and July here.

And when you're ready to take the plunge ('cause you want it all!), you can read about the bonus you'll get when you join my team in the month of June here.

It's gonna be a STAMPIN' GOOD YEAR!!!