Thursday, February 27, 2014

Retro Tag

This week at Retro Sketches, the sketch is actually a tag! I don't make that many tags (unless you count the insanity at Christmas), so I thought I'd give it a shot. You could absolutely put this onto a card as the focal point too.

Check it out:


It's still Crumb Cake/Real Red/Coastal Cabana week and I just love the way this tag turned out! You won't want to give it to just anybody, of course, with all those pearls on there...you have to be sure all your hard work will be appreciated!

I started off with Crumb Cake Base (2" wide) which I punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper. Then I added layers of Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper and stamped some images from Lacy and Lovely which I hand cut before adding to the tag.

The sentiment from Lots of Thanks was stamped in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and notched before being added as the top layer.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lacy and Lovely, Lots of Thanks
INK: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana
PAPERS: Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Fresh Prints DSP
ACCESSORIES: Scalloped Tag Topper, Ribbon, Marker, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paper Crafts Crew - Red, White and Blue!

In keeping with our colour theme for the week, I used Real Red, Crumb Cake and Coastal Cabana one again. I must admit that I really do like it (and would probably use it even if it wasn't the UDI colour combination).

I started off with the idea of using all the images in the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set, but didn't like the way it was turning out, so I changed my mind and used the "a thousand thanks" sentiment and then added hearts from the Make a Cake Stamp Set. I just love, love, LOVE the way it turned out!


My card base is 5 ½" square and the Crumb Cake layer is 5 ¼". I didn't measure the other pieces, but they are 5 ¼" wide. :)

The images on the Whisper White cardstock were stamped freehand, but if you don't think you can get them on there fairly straight, then you might want to use your Stamp-a-majig.

You can check out what the rest of the crew has been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lots of Thanks, Make a Cake
INK: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana
PAPERS: Real Red, Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Fresh Prints DSP Stack
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Diva Birthday!

Good morning!! First off...scroll down. I cheated a little bit and posted the MOJO Monday today (Tuesday), but back dated it so it actually appeared on a Monday - LOL!

Today's colours were SO much fun! You'll see them again this week...pretty much every day in fact. I create in batches and tend to use the colours that I have out. Since I usually start with the Utah Divas Colour Inspiration, that's usually what I have out. :)

My card started off with a Crumb Cake Base which I scored and folded to create a 3 ½" x 5" base. Since we now carry Crumb Cake Note Sized Envelopes, this will coordinate perfectly!


I added a layer of Real Red Cardstock and then punched out several flags from the Fresh Prints Paper Stack and added them to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

My card was inspired by one Shelli did at Leadership during her Main Stage stamping presentation.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Real Red Cardstock; Fresh Prints DSP
ACCESSORIES: Bakers Twine, Punch, Stampin' Dimenstionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Merry MOJO Monday - Christmas Collectibles

Fresh Prints for Christmas? You bet!! There's Real Red and Crumb Cake in the stack and those are two great Christmas Colours! Check in out:


The Mojo Monday Card the week was tall and skinny. Since I created a 5 ½" square card for Wednesday, I decided to use the left over 3" x 11" piece of Real Red Cardstock. I LOVE the way it turned out! Of course, thanks to our Envelope Punch Board, I'll have NO trouble creating a custom envy.

To the Real Red base, I added a layer of Whisper White and then some strips from the Fresh Prints DSP Stack. I opted for the Christmas Collectibles stamps this week and stamped my image in Real Red Cardstock. I added it to the card front with a circle cut from the Circle Framelits.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Christmas Collectibles (still available!)
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Real Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock; Fresh Prints DSP Stack
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Framelits, Linen Thread, Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Paper Crafts Crew - Just Because

I just love today's card! Sorry it's late!


I went with a monochromatic look and had fun with Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral. These two colours together just make me happy! So does that sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts. It just looks so delicate with the little flowers, don't you think?

I started off with a base of Crisp Cantaloupe cut to 5" x 10" and scored it at 5" to create a square card. From there, I added layers of Designer Series Paper from Venetian Romance, This and That and the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper.

My sentiment was stamped using Crisp Cantaloupe and I cut it out using the Oval Thinlits and my Big Shot. I punched out the flowers from the same DSP and added candy dots to the centres.

Since my card is late, it likely won't be on the team site, but you can check out what the rest of the crew has been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: A Dozen Thoughts
INK: Crisp Cantaloupe
PAPERS: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral Cardstock; DSP from Birthday Basics, This and That and Venetian Romance
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Thinlits, Ribbon, Punch, Candy Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

UDI meets Star Stamper!

At Leadership, everyone in attendance received the CUTEST Photopolymer stamp set! And with it, the news that beginning in June Stampin' UP! would be manufacturing the Photopolymer stamp sets RIGHT THERE in Kanab AND that they would now be clear mount cases! Awesome news all around! And wait till you see what they have in store for this new line - SO excited!

My card is just a tiny one today (note card size - 3 ½" x 5"):


The arrows are from the ORIGINAL (and unfortunately no longer available) Photopolymer Stamp Set Designer Typeset. Why not check out the whole line of Photopolymer Stamp Sets HERE. If you like the images in the Designer Typeset, you can still get it as a digital download. Unfortunately, the Star Stamper Set was only available to Leadership Attendees. You should come with me next year and see what kind of awesome goodies we all get! :)

The colours for this weeks UDI colour challenge were So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pumpkin Pie and you can check out what the rest of the crew did HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Designer Typeset, Star Stamper
INK: So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pumpkin Pie
PAPERS: Whisper White Cardstock/Notecards
ACCESSORIES: Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Merry MOJO Monday

I'm back with another Merry MOJO Monday! Do you sense a theme here? My goal with MOJO Mondays is to create a Christmas card each week. I started a little late, so I won't quite have 52 cards by Christmas, but I think I'll be pretty close! Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Since I don't have much Christmas/Winter DSP left, I used the same colours as last week.


My base is Island Indigo with layers of Winter Frost DSP and Pool Party Cardstock. I stamped the image from Festive Flurry on Whisper White Cardstock and cut it out using my Big Shot and coordinating Framelit. While the paper is no longer available, you can STILL order the Festive Flurry Stamps and Framelits. Order the wood mount bundle and you can also order a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Order the clear mount bundle and you're just $3 away from earning a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

I used the "merry" from Pennant Parade as my sentiment.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Festive Flurry and Pennant Parade
INK: Island Indigo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Island Indigo and Pool Party Cardstock; Winter Frost DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Framelits, Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Catching up with thanks to Jane!

MONTH-LONG OBSERVANCES
Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
American Heart Month
American History Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Avocado and Banana Month
Bake for Family Fun Month
Beans Month
Beat the Heat Month
Black History Month
Candy Month
Canned Foods Month
Cat Health Month
Chocolate Month
Creative Romance Month
Dog Training Education Month
Exotic Vegetables and Star Fruit Month
February is Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
Friendship Month
Great American Pie Month
International Boost Self-Esteem Month
International Embroidery Month
International Expect Success Month
International Friendship Month
International Hoof Care Month
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Jobs in Golf Month
Kids ENT Month
Library Lovers Month
Love the Bus Month
Low Vision Awareness Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National African American History Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
National Cherry Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Condom Month
National Embroidery Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Haiku Writing Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Laugh Friendly Month
National Mend a Broken Heart Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Pet Dental Health Month
National Prevent a Litter Month
National Senior Independence Month
National Snack Food Month
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
National Therapeutic Recreation Month
National Time Management Month
National Weddings Month
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
National Wise Health Consumer Month
National Women Inventors Month
North American Inclusion Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Potato Lovers Month
Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month
Relationship Wellness Month
Responsible Pet Owners’ Month
Return Shopping Carts to the
Supermarket Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
Spiritual Teacher Month
Spunky Old Broads Month
Sweet Potato Month
Umbrella Month
Wise Health Consumer Month
Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month
Youth Leadership Month

WEEK 1 OBSERVANCES
African Heritage and Health Week
Boy Scout Anniversary Week
Children’s Authors/Illustrators Week
Consumer Protection Week
Dump Your Significant Jerk Week
International Coaching Week
International Friendship Week
International Networking Week
International Snow Sculpting Month
Just Say No to Powerpoint Week
National Burn Awareness Week
National Patient Recognition Week
National School Counselors Week
Pride in Food Services Week
Publicity for Profit Week
Solo Diners Eat Out Week
Women’s Heart Week

WEEK 2 OBSERVANCES
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Staff Education Week
Celebration of Love Week
Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month
Freelance Writer Appreciation Week
Getting Dizzy Week
Have a Heart for a Chained Dog Week
International Flirting Week
Jell-O Week
Love a Mensch Week
Love Makes the World Go Round, But Laughter
Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
National Children of Alcoholics Week
National Condom Week
National Date Week
National Green Week
National Justice for Animals Week
National Pancake Week
National School Counseling Week
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
PTA Take Your Family to School Week
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Risk Awareness Week
Winter Olympics

WEEK 3 OBSERVANCES
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week
Build a Better Tradeshow Image Week
Great Backyard Bird Count Week
Love Your Pet Week
National Conference on Education
National Engineers Week
National Entrepreneurship Week
Texas Cowboy Poetry Week

WEEK 4 OBSERVANCES
American Crossword Puzzle Month
Bird Health Awareness Week
Learning Disabilities Week
National Crossword Puzzle Week
National Eating Disorders Week
National Future Farmers of America Week
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
Peace Corps Week
Read to Me Week
Telecommuter Appreciation Week

February 1st
Bubble Gum Day
Car Insurance Day
Change Your Password Day
Clark Gable’s Birthday (1901)
Decorating with Candy Day
G.I. Joe Day
Give Kids a Smile Day
Freedom Day
Healthy Heart Day
Hula in the Coola Day
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Jerry Spinelli’s Birthday (1941)
National Freedom Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
Serpent Day
Spunky Old Broads Day
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Wear Red Day
Women Heart Health Day
Working Naked Day

February 2nd
Ayn Rand’s Birthday (1905)
Bonza Bottler Day (2/2)
Candlemas Day
Crepes Day
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
Groundhog Day
Hedgehog Day
Ina Garten’s Birthday (1948)
James Joyce’s Birthday (1882)
Judith Viorst’s Birthday (1931)
Marmot Day
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
Popcorn Day
Purification Day
Sled Dog Day
Superbowl XLVIII
World Play Your Ukelele Day
World Wetland Day

February 3rd
Carrot Cake Day
Four Chaplains Day
Gertrude Stein’s Birthday (1874)
James Michener’s Birthday (1907)
Maura Tierney’s Birthday (1965)
Norman Rockwell’s Birthday (1894)
Take a Cruise Day
The Day Music Died (1959)
Plane Crash killed B Holly, R Valens, Big Bopper

February 4th
Charles Lindbergh’s Birthday (1902)
Create a Vacuum Day
Facebook Birthday
Liberace Day
National Stuffed Mushroom Day
National Wear Red Day
Quacker Day
Spoiled Cats Day
Thank a Mailman Day
USO Day
World Cancer Day

February 5th
Christopher Guest’s BIrthday (1948)
Digital Learning Day
Disaster Day
Hank Aaron’s Birthday (1934)
International Pancake Day
Move Hollywood and Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
National Weatherperson’s Day
John Jeffries Birthday (1744) – First US Weatherman
Old Shoes Day
Western Monarch Day
World Nutella Day

February 6th
Babe Ruth’s Birthday (1895)
Bob Marley’s Birthday (1945)
Canadian Maple Syrup Day
Great Pie Day
Lame Duck Day
Monopoly Board Game Invented (1935)
National Compliment Day
Ronald Reagan’s Birthday (1911)

February 7th
Ballet Day
Bubble Gum Day
Charles Dicken’s Birthday (1812)
Cordova Ice Worm Day
Girl Scout Cookie Day
James Spader’s Birthday (1960)
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birthday (1867)
Send a Card to a Friend Day
Sinclair Lewis’ Birthday (1885)
Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
Wear Red Day

February 8th
Boy Scout Anniversary
John Williams’ Birthday (1932)
Jules Verne’s Birthday (1828)
Kite-Flying Day
Laugh and Get Rich Day
Moo Cow Day
Opera Day

February 9th
Alice Walker’s Birthday (1944)
Autism Sunday
Bad Poetry Day
Carole King’s Birthday (1942)
Charles Shaughnessy’s Birthday (1955)
Corvette Day
Hershey’s Chocolate Founded (1894)
Lunar Eclipse Day
Man Day
National Stop Bullying Day
Read in the Bathtub Day
Toothache Day

February 10th
Boris Pasternak’s Birthday (1890)
Chinese New Year
Clean Out Your Computer Day
E.L. Konigsburg’s Birthday (1930)
Glenn Beck’s Birthday (1964)
Plimsoll Day
Shrovetide
Umbrella Day
Westminister Dog Show

February 11th
Be Electrific Day
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
Extraterrestrial Culture Day
Leslie Nielsen’s Birthday (1926)
Make a Friend Day
National Inventor’s Day
National Shut-In Visitation Day
Professional Sports Wives Day
Sarah Palin’s Birthday (1964)
Satisfied Being Single Day
Thomas Edison’s Birthday (1847)
White T-Shirt Day

February 12th
Aaron Sanchez’ Birthday (1976)
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (1809)
Darwin Day
First Barbie Dolls for Sale
Judy Blume’s Birthday (1938)
Log Cabin Day
Michael McDonald’s Birthday (1952)
NAACP Day
National Plum Pudding Day
Oglethorpe Day
Paul Bunyan Day
Safety Pup Day

February 13th
Ash Wednesday
Bess Truman’s Birthday (1885)
Blame Someone Else Day
Dream of Your Sweetheart Day
Employee Legal Awareness Day
Get a Different Name Day
Grant Wood’s Birthday (1892)
I Value Your Friendship Day
L.L. Bean’s Birthday (1873)
Lent Begins
Madly in Love With Me Day
Peter Gabriel’s Birthday (1950)
Read to Your Child Day
Stamp Collectors Day
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Birthday (1919)
World Radio Day

February 14th
Ferris Wheel Day
Florence Henderson’s Birthday (1934)
Frederick Douglass Day
League of Women Voters Day
Library Lovers Day
National Call In Single Day
National Condom Day
National Have a Heart Day
National Organ Donor Day
National Women’s Heart Day
Pet Theft Awareness Day
Quirky Alone Day
Race Relations Day
St. Valentine’s Day
World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
World Marriage Day

February 15th
Burger Lovers Day
Galileo Galilei’s Birthday (1564)
Jewelry Day
John Barrymore’s Birthday (1882)
Lupercalia
Matt Groening’s Birthday (1954)
National Gumdrop Day
National Hippo Day
Remember the Maine Day
Singles Awareness Day
Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday (1820)
World Whale Day

February 16th
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
Hugh Beaumont’s Birthday (1909)
Innovation Day
National Almond Day
Pistachio Nut Day

February 17th
Champion Crab Races Day
Daytona Pole Day
Human Spirit Day
Melba Toast Day
My Way Day
National PTA Founders Day
President’s Day
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Robert Newton Peck’s Birthday (1928)
World Human Spirit Day

February 18th
Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day
John Hughes’ Birthday (1950)
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Birthday (1848)
Molly Ringwald’s Birthday (1968)
National Battery Day
Play Doh Day
Pluto Day
Toni Morrison’s Birthday (1931)
Wallace Stegner’s Birthday (1909)
Watch Casablanca Day

February 19th
Iwo Jima Day
International Tug of War Day
Jill Kremetz’ Birthday (1940)
Mike Hignite’s Birthday (My Son)
Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood debuted in 1968
National Chocolate Mint Day
Nicolas Copernicus’ Birthday (1473)
Seal’s Birthday (1963)
Single Tasking Day

February 20th
Ansel Adams’ Birthday (1902)
Cherry Pie Day
Clam Chowder Day
Gloria Vanderbilt’s Birthday (1924)
Hoodie-Hoo Day
You are supposed to go outside to shout “Hoodie-hoo!” to scare away Winter and make way for Spring!
Hubert de Givenchy (1927)
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Love Your Pet Day
Sidney Poitier’s Birthday (1927)
World Day for Social Justice

February 21st
Alan Rickman’s Birthday (1946)
Anais Nin’s Birthday (1903)
Andres Segovia’s Birthday (1893)
Barley Pudding Day
Card Reading Day
Erma Bombeck’s Birthday (1927)
International Mother Language Day
International Pancake Day
Kelsey Grammar’s Birthday (1955)
Lidi Bstianich’s Birthday (1947)
Love your Pet Day

February 22nd
Be Humble Day
Clinton Kelly’s Birthday (1969)
Frederic Chopin’s Birthday (1810)
George Washington’s Birthday (1732)
International Sword Swallowers Day
International Tongue Twister Day
International World Thinking Day
Lady Olave Baden Powell’s Birthday (1889)
Lord Robert Baden Powell’s Birthday (1857)
National Margarita Day
Open That Bottle Night
Recreational Sports & Fitness Day
Robert Young’s Birthday (1907)
Sheldon Leonard’s Birthday (1907)
Walking the Dog Day
Woolworth’s Day
World Thinking Day

February 23rd
Banana Bread Day
Curling is Cool Day
Daytona 500
Diesel Engine Day
George Handel’s Birthday (1685)
Howard Jones’ Birthday (1955)
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Little Lulu Day
Tennis Day

February 24th
Dinosaur Lovers Day
Museum Advocacy Day
National Tortilla Chip Day
Steven Jobs’ Birthday (1955)
Willhelm Grimm’s Birthday (1786)
World Bartender Day

February 25th
American Birkenbeider Race
Go Bowling Day
Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Birthday (1841)
Pistol Patent Day
Spay Day USA

February 26th
For Pete Sake’s Day
Great American Spit Out
Inconvenience Yourself Day
Johnny Cash’s Birthday (1932)
Levi Strauss’ Birthday (1829)
Mark Dacascos’ (Iron Chef Chairman) Birthday (1964)
National Personal Chef Day
National Pistachio Day
Ring Finger Day
Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Victor Hugo’s Birthday (1802)
William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Birthday (1846)
William Frawley’s Birthday (1887)

February 27th
Flip a Pancake Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Birthday (1807)
Howard Hesseman’s Birthday (1940)
International Polar Bear Day
John Steinbeck’s Birthday (1902)
Josh Groban’s Birthday (1981)
National Chili Day
National Day of Action
No Brainer Day

February 28th
Floral Design Day
National Tooth Fairy Day
Public Sleeping Day
Rare Disease Day
Read to Me Day
US Snow Shoe Days