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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday is Color Dare Day!

I always look forward to Wednesday for two reasons. I love the mid-week service at my church and I get to see all the entries for the Color Dare. Check them out at Here is my entry for this week.
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Teen Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Thoroughly Modern DP
I used some wide Barely Banana striped ribbon to give this card some punch! Paper piercing in the lower left corner adds a little interest, but the icing is the gold stickles on the leaves---can you see them in the picture? I love doing the Color Dare! Thanks, Riley for some great combinations!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Mary!

Tomorrow is my baby sister's birthday. I was able to spend the week-end with her and this is the card I gave her. Since I was hand delivering this one, I really added the layers!

I also used my new matchbox die to make a box of cutouts for her. Of course, I gave her some new stampin' toys. I hope she will have some time to play soon!

As I mentioned, I was with Mary over the week-end to celebrate not only her birthday, but also to attend Homecoming at Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church. It was the 50th anniversary of the sanctuary and building that we attended while growing up. We had a great time and ate entirely too much good food. The only disappointment was not finding a box behind the cornerstone. I guess in 1959 they just were not thinking about someone looking behind the stone for treasure 50 years later! The finale of the homecoming festivities was a concert by the Staunton River Boys. This was a group of men from several different churches who travel around the state and sing. They were a real blessing!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Wednesday!

I always love Wednesday's. It means we are half way to the week-end! Most of my stamping is done on the week-ends so they are very special to me. This week-end is a little different. All of my family is meeting in Lynchburg for a special homecoming at Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church. They are opening the time capsule that was buried when the church building was started. It is going to be a very special time!

Wednesday also means a new Color Dare! Check it out here:

This is my card for this week. Hope you like it!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

First SU Event Today

Well, it was a little disappointing, but at least it is under my belt. I held my first Stampin' Up Open House today. Twenty invitations resulted in two attendees! But, that is okay. I think they are both interested in My Digital Studio and participating in my Stamp Club to start in October. I may be off to a slow start, but I am just going to keep on plugging along. I love paper crafting!

After I cleaned up from my bomb of an event :) I made this card.

Stamp Set: Holy Family
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon; SU Markers and Blender Pen

I started with a Bravo Burgundy card base and rounded the corners with the corner rounder. I cut a piece of Very Vanilla slightly smaller, rounded the outside corners only and ran through the Big Kick in the Holly Cuttlebug embossing folder. Next I cut a Top Note out of Old Olive. The image was stamped on watercolor paper using Timber Brown Stazon ink and then colored with SU Stampin' Write Markers. The image was then cut with the Curved Rectangles Nestibilities. I stamped the star with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. The halo around the baby's head was also embossed in gold. Then I used a sponge dauber and sponged all visible surfaces with Champaigne Mist Shimmer Paint--love that stuff! I added the 1 1/4 inch striped Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and cinched it at the top with a piece of Old Olive satin ribbon.

I am really please with the results. I will definitely be making another card with this set. So pretty!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Color Dare 34

I just love the Color Dare colors for this week!

Blush Blossom
Certainly Celery
Chocolate Chip
I knew this had to be a baby card, so I reached for one of my favorite sets, Bundled in Love. I used two different Cuttlebug embossing folders to give the card some depth. My corner rounder and eyelet border punch add a delicate touch. I sponged the edges of the image layer with Chocolate Chip and added the green rhinestone brads for a little bling. The Certainly Celery ribbon finishes off the project. Hope you like it!
You can see all the other great design team entries here:
Hope you have a great week-end! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Best Buddie

Well, I have been so busy getting ready for my first Stampin' Up event this week-end that I haven't been able to post a new card. So, here is a picture of my best buddy, Snickers. He really keeps me company now that the kids are all gone and David is travelling.

Speaking of my first SU event--I am so excited! I sent out 20 invitations to an open house. I just want to get the word out that I am selling Stampin' Up products. I don't really care if I get any sales, well, it would be nice. But, mainly, I want my friends to make a card and see how much fun they can have with just a few simple supplies. I would like to get 3-4 people to be in my first Stamp Club that will meet once a month. The fee for the club meeting will be $10 or a $40 order. Anyone is invited this Saturday, September 19 from 1:00-4:00pm.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Autumn Birthday

Good Morning! I am really enjoying this beautiful fall weather. The Color Throwdown challenge this week just screamed for a card with a fall theme. Here is what I did.

My card base is Close to Cocoa. I added a layer of Pumpkin Pie to give it dimension. Using the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge for this week, I added the next layer. I use Pumpkin Pie as the base again with Close to Cocoa on top. I stamped in Versamark, the leaves from the Falling Leaves set. Then embossed with clear embossing powder. Next I used the same embossing technique on the Ruby Red piece that I edged with the spiral punch. Now for the main image! I stamped my image (Crazy for Cupcakes) onto watercolor paper. I watercolored the image using SU markers and a blender pen. After the image was completely dry, I ran it through my crimper first one way and then the other. This technique is called the Seersucker Technique. I then sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa. The main image panel is layered with Ruby Red and Close to Cocoa and popped up on dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set. What card is complete without some bling! I added three small square crystals to the top left corner of the image and then iced my cupcakes with Crystal Effects. Yummy!

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Color Dare Design Team

I am honored to be a member of the Color Dare Design Team. Here is my first post for the team. Hope you like it!

Check out the Color Dare website to see how the rest of the team used these colors.

Stamp Set: Gifts of Christmas
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum and Old Olive

Monday, September 7, 2009

Take Three

Wow! Three posts in one day. This is my card for today's Mojo
Monday 103 sketch challenge.

Stamp Set: Gifts of the Earth
Cardstock: Natural Ivory, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke
Ink: Brown Stazon

I sponged the edges with Always Artichoke and paper pierced the corner of my image. The Riding Hood Red stripe ribbon adds the finishing touch.

Well, it has been an awesome Labor Day! I have done all my favorite things--cook, sew, stamp and talked to my daughter for over an hour! Life is good!

Wow! What a rainy day we are having today. I have accomplished so much. I finished a tote bag for a friend and now I can do some paper crafting. Yard work was on the agenda for this afternoon, but I am content to stay inside with my paper and scissors! Here are some little bags I made late last night!

Happy Labor Day!

Today I want to share a sewing project with you. I call this my Ultimate Tote. My customers love all the pockets and the sturdy construction. This one has an elastic strap on the inside that is perfect for holding a baby bottle or bottle of water. Here is a picture of the inside.


Friday, September 4, 2009

I Made It!

Yes, I finally made it! I started this card on Wednesday for the Color Dare and I finally finished it tonight. The last part of this week really got crazy, but it's the week-end and Monday is a holiday--woohoo!

Here's the scoop!

Color Dare #32
Cameo Coral, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron (Washington Apple DP)

Stamp Set: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Basic Black

I paper pieced the cupcake with Ginger Blossom DP and Thoroughly Modern DP. I just love the little rainbow sentiment and the yummy polka dot Bermuda Bay ribbon. Brushed silver brads and Stickles finish it off.

Hope you enjoy your long week-end. Check in from time to time to see my new posts

Don't forget to check out my Stampin' Up website. I have a special going on until October 31 that you don't want to miss!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mojo and Color

The card I want to share with you today is for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 102 and the Splitcoast Color Challenge CC234. I pulled out two of my new SU sets for this card. I made the card larger (A7) so I would have plenty of room to add my artwork. Here is what I used:

Stamp Sets: Wings of Friendship, Of the Earth

Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Razzleberry Lemonade DP

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black

I embellished the card with SU ribbon, brads and black corner punches. I like the way this turned out. I am beginning to prefer the larger size card over the A2 size.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Today is the first day to order from the Holiday Mini!

It's here! Today you can order from the Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog. There are lots of great stamp sets in this catalog and the Hostess Benefits are wonderful. If you host a workshop between now and November 30 and your orders total $250 or more, you choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10!

*Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.

Speaking of My Digital Studio!!! Stampin' Up will be releasing a digital scrapbooking product on October 1, 2009. This product offers much more than scrapbooking. With My Digital Studio you will be able to create scrapbooks, calendars and cards with the ability to print them yourself, or send to SU's printer for professional printing. I will have samples to show you in the next few weeks! FYI--My Digital Studio may be used on a PC or a Mac!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!