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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tween Birthday Boy and a Final Jingle!

Hi Stamping Friends!

Just thought I'd share the Tween Birthday Boy card pack I will be selling for my mission fundraiser.





I used Kraft cardstock for the bases and Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, and Very Vanilla for various elements.  The DSP is called Urban Oasis.  Bummer is it's retired!

And for the grand finale... the last Christmas Jingle card.  This is number 20 out of 20.  Remember, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the Early Bird special of $40.  After tomorrow, the price is $45 and includes all supplies to make 20 cards, plus envelopes, a glue stick, and a pack of Dimensionals.  What a bargain! 


The cute ornament is made using the Delightful Decorations stamp set that is featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  It's punched out using the new Ornament Punch, also in the mini.
If you can't make it to stamp all 20 cards with me, I can make you a kit and send it to you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Inspiration

Hi Stamping Friends!

Today I have a card that was inspired by this photo from the Pottery Barn:


Isn't it gorgeous?!  It's a challenge from the Pals Paper Arts PPA9.  I love the colors of fall.  Green and brown being my two faves.  I've got different shades of the two all over my house.  I put together a quick card for this challenge, because I almost missed the deadline!  This card needs something, I just don't know what.


I kept it clean and simple.  The Always Artichoke Top Note panel reminds me of the vases in the photo.  The Really Rust and Crushed Curry leaves are a Sizzix die.  The little pumpkin is from the Autumn Harvest stamp set.  The sentiment is a current Level 1 Hostess set called Holiday Best.  The card base is Kraft cardstock.

And here's a Christmas Jingle card before I go.  Only a couple more left!


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jingle all the way!

Hi Stamping Friends!

Didn't want you to think I've already abonded my blog!  So I thought I would post another Christmas Jingle card. 

Remember, the Early Bird price of $40 is good until October 1st.  After that the price is $45.  Your registration payment must be received by October 15th.  I look forward to stamping with you on Nov. 14th and 15th!

I've got more mission card packs designed... Tween Boy Birthday and Tween Girl Birthday, but haven't taken any pics yet.  I've got a crazy busy week ahead and hope to be able to post them soon.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 25, 2009

More Mission Cards

Hi Stamping Friends!

Juat thought I'd do a quick post of another set of the cards I'm making to raise funds for my mission trip.  These are the Birthday Girl set.  Same layouts as the boy set, just more girly! 




And I can't leave you without showing you another Christmas Jingle card!  Be sure to mail in your payment by Oct. 1st to take advantage of the Early Bird Special! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stampin' Addicts Post Challenge

Hi Stamping Friends!

I've told you about my new online hangout called Stampin' Addicts.  They are fun stamping community that has lots of fabulous Stampin Up! ideas.  Today one of the moderators, challenged everyone to upload as many cards as possible, because they wanted to beat their own record of the most uploads in one day.  Stampin' Addicts just opened shop in February of this year, so they are a fairly new site.


Well you know how much I LOVE challenges!  So I used today's Stampin' Addicts Sketch Challenge SASC29 and combined it with the color challenge over at the Diva Coffee Break blog DCBD146


The colors are Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Real Red and Very Vanilla.  Not a combo I would have chosen on my own, but that's what I love about challenges... they get you out of your box!  I used the Circle Circus and Smarty Pants stamp sets.  The Soft Suede panel is embossed using the SU! Texturz plates for the Big Shot.  The button is from the SU! Playground pack. 

Of course I need to post another Christmas Jingle card.  I'm almost to the end of my 20 cards.  I think I only have 4 more left after this one. 

















Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cards for Missions

Hi Stamping Friends!

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had the priviledge of attending the 15th anniversary celebration of Students International.  It's a Christian mission organization that has mission sites in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Figi, and Costa Rica.  Our church has been partnering with them for a number of years.  Our high school and college students have the opportunity to go on a two week mission trip during the summer.  My husband has been to the Dominican Republic site and had an amazing time. 

So fast forward to the dinner/fundraiser that we attended.  I was enjoying the food, listening to students give testimonies to the awesome experience they had with SI.  Then the director's wife steps up to the mic and starts talking about how they had their first Women's Only trip to the Dominican Republic last year what an incredible experience it was and they are so excited to plan a second one for this coming February. Well... I want to go!  So I'm in the process of planning card bundles to sell to help raise funds for my trip.  Each bundle will have 5 cards and will cost $15.  I'm planning on sending out an order form to all my family and friends. 

Here's the first pack that I've designed.  This is the Birthday Boy set: 

I have the Birthday Girl set designed as well.  Hopefully I'll have time to post those tomorrow.  I hope to have a teen set, plus a set for women and one for men.  I was also thinking of doing an All-Occasion set, as well as a "Blue-Plate Special".  I'm sure my plans are bigger than my energy, but God will provide!


Of course the day would not be complete without a Christmas Jingle card.  We are getting to the end of our Christmas card parade.  
I have a couple challenges I want to partcipate in, so I should go get stamping!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Woot! Woot!

Hi Stamping Friends!



Remember this card?











Well because of it, I was chosen as the Featured Stamper over at the Color Throwdown blog. How cool is that?! I just had to share my excitement. Can you see me grinning from there? :) I hope to be back later for another post. I'm working on a little fundraising project I want to share with all of you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September Mystery Hostess Club Projects

Hi Stamping Friends!

Just thought I'd share pics of the projects we created Sunday at the Mystery Hostess Club gathering. If you missed your chance to join one of my clubs this time, new clubs will be forming in January. It's so simple to be a club member. Just agree to spend $25 per month for 6 months (this time it was $30 for 5 months) and during one of those months, you will have a chance at being the hostess. This means you will receive all the benefits of hostessing a workshop, but you'll never have to clean your house or harass your friends to do it! :)

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I chose to use my Halloween Frights set. We made three projects: a card, a banner and a favor box.

















Can you tell I love my Big Shot?! The banner and box were made using Big Shot dies. The Only Orange pumpkin on the Fancy Favor box was made by punching out three ovals and layering them. The jack-o-lantern face is a stamp from the Autumn Harvest stamp set. The Green Galore stem is one of the flowers from the Boho Blossom punch. The sentiments on the card and box were punched out with the Modern Label Punch.
And the day would not be complete without another Christmas Jingle card. Remember, if you can't make the class, I can put a kit together for you and you can make the cards in the privacy of your own home!


















Remember to check out Stampin' Addicts for more Stampin' Up! fun!
Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Quick Post!!

Hi Stamping Friends!


Just wanted to leave a quick post, as I'm short on time this evening. This first card is one I created for two challenges over at Stampin' Addicts, my new hangout. I love this website because it is almost entirely Stampin' Up! stuff, which I'm all about! This card is a combination sketch challenge and color combo challenge. I really love how it turned out!























The colors are Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pale Plum and Rich Razzleberry. Don't ya love it?! I never would have done this color combo on my own, that's why I love challenges... gets you outside your box. And we all know I need to get outside my box every once in awhile! The stamp sets I used are Just Jawing and Extreme Elements (a current fave!).



The second card is another Christmas Jingle card.





















I really wish I was a better photographer, because these cards are so much cuter IRL! Anyhoo! Remember ther Christmas Jingle Early Bird Special ends October 1st!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Diva Disaster!

Hi Stamping Friends!

I couldn't wait to partcipate in the sketch challenge over at the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog DCBD145! I tried to use a stamp set I haven't touched in awhile. I tried to come up with an unusual color combo. I tried to be creative. But all I really ended up doing was making a mess! :)

So here's my first attempt at this sketch:




















UGH! Isn't it awful?! It's like a train wreck. Your eye doesn't even know what to look at 'cause there's so much (TOO MUCH!) going on. The stamp set is Fresh Cuts. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The DSP is Autumn Traditions, which is how I came up with the color combo... Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red, More Mustard and Soft Suede. Really too many colors to try and fit on to one little card front! Because this card was such a disaster, I could not sleep until I had redeemed myself.

This is my second attempt at using this sketch:




















Isn't it so much cuter?! I used the Crazy For Cupackes set. The sentiment is from Wow Flowers. The DSP is Razzleberry Lemonade. The colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry. The Pumpkin Pie panel is embossed using the new SU! Impressions Folder called Petals-A-Plenty in the Holiday Mini. Even though there are just as many panels and colors going on, this card is easier to look at!



Of course I also have another Christmas Jingle card to show you. We're on card #12. Only 8 more to go! We are going to have a blast at this Stamp Camp. You don't want to miss it!!















Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Our Coach Rocks!

Hi Stamping Friends!


I have a few challenge cards made, but I didn't have time to take pics yet. Hopefully tomorrow. But I do have a couple of cards for you anyway! My 13yo DS and 11yo DD have been on a USA swim team for a year now. It's amazing to see how much they have improved in that amount of time. I'm really proud of them. I could never swim as much as they do. I can barely make it 25 yards, let alone the 3,000 yards (and sometimes more!) that they swim at every practice! Our coach is a really nice guy. I stamped a "thank you for a great year" card and gave him a gift card to a local car wash.





































I'm really lovin' the Extreme Elements stamp set. It makes a really cool, hip card, without a lot of fuss! The sentiment is from the Just Jawing set. The colors are Bermuda Bay, Green Galore, and Summer Sun. Pretty close to yesterday's color combo, but I wanted a brighter yellow. The DSP, Good Morning, is retired.



I also have another Christmas Jingle card. I think this is number 11. I can't remember!

















Don't forget to send in your registraion payment ASAP!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

PPA8 plus CTD60 equals a Double Challenge!









Aren't these colors fun?! So bright and summer-like. I was really excited to see the Color Throwdown challenge CTD60. I decided to combine it with the Pals Paper Arts challenge PPA8 which was to make a K.I.S.S. card. In other words Keep It Simple Stamper! :) Here was the challenge:

**Clean with lots of "white" space

**Simple Design

**Minimum time to create

**Limited Layer and Embellishments

This was VERY difficult for me to do. I always like to keep adding stuff to cards. I'm definitely a "more is more" kind of gal. Here's my card:

































I think I took the "white space" stuff a little too seriously. It's not that I don't like this card, it just needs something MORE! :) But in staying with the challenge, I'm going to keep it simple. Maybe if I had added another ribbon loop. Maybe that would have helped. Or maybe I could have made the large Whisper White panel Barely Banana instead. Who knows! It is what it is. Obviuosly I was quite challenged with this challenge! I used the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and finally opened my Butterfly punch. It works so awesome with this set. It's definitely a must have!



I also have another Christmas Jingle card to show you:




Hope to see lots of you on Nov. 14th and Nov. 15th at the Christmas Jingle Stamp Camp!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Jingle!

Hi Stamping Friends!


Here's another Christmas Jingle card for ya! Remember, if you can't come to the Stamp Camp, I can provide a kit for you. Just email me ASAP!

















Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Christmas Jingle #8

Hi Stamping Friends!


Well I didn't have time to stamp today, but I still have something to show you! If you are keeping up with my 20 days of Christmas Jingle, we are on card #8. Remember, my Christmas Jingle Stamp Camp will be held on Nov. 14th and Nov. 15th. You will be creating 20 unique cards using the elements out of the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrapping Kit. The cost is only $45. If you are unable to make it and would still like to make the cards, I can prepare a kit for you. If I need to mail it, it will be extra for shipping and handling. Registration is due by October 15th. If you have any questions, email me! And without further chit chat... here's my card:

















Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Sketch and An Inspiration

Hi Stamping Friends!


On my trek to make some thank you cards, I decided to combine two challenges. The sketch challenge SSC116 comes from the Stamping 411 blog found HERE. Here's the sketch:










And the inspiration challenge comes from Makeesha Byl's blog Inkspirations found HERE. Here's the inspiration piece this week:









Make sure you check all the other challenge players on both blogs. It's one of the ways I've found some really awesome blogs. I love when I find a Stampin' Up! only blog. Especially if it includes a challenge!

So here's my card:


















As you can tell, the colors really inspired me! I used Yo-Yo Yellow and Brilliant Blue. It was fun to work with Bold Brights. This is such a summery combo. Bummer is there isn't much in the way of embellishements in these two colors. I could only find the brads. The ribbon is really Summer Sun and it doesn't match as much as I would like, but it works! I used the stamp set Eastern Blooms and Matchbox Messages for the sentiment. The impressions folder is a new one out of the Holiday Mini called Petals-A-Plenty.


I also have another Christmas Jingle card from my upcoming Christmas Stamp-A-Stack:

















Let me know if you are coming ASAP! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Diva Jingle!

Hi Stamping Friends!

I have two cards for you today. The first is for a fun Stampin' Up! only blog challenge at the Diva Coffe Break Design BLOG. It's been quite a while since I've done one of their challenges, so I decided to combine this week's color challenge DCBD144 with last week's sketch challenge DCBD143. The colors to use this week were: Soft Suede, Pale Plum, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry. Quite an interesting combo. But I like it! This is what the sketch from the previous week's challenge looked like: And here's my card:
























I flipped the sketch on it's side. I used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, because I thought the colors had a funky, modern feel to them and it made me think of this set. Plus I needed to dust it off as it hasn't gotten enough love lately! The "Thank You" sentiment comes from the Enjoy Every Moment Set. I'm still trying to make enough thank you cards from my birthday!



My second card for today is the 6th card from my Christmas Jingle Stamp Camp. Can't wait to see all of you in November!























Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Christmas Jingle #5

Just a quick post tonight as I've only been home for about an hour today. Swim meets in 100+ weather... NOT fun! Anyhoo! Here's another Christmas Jingle card for my Stamp-A-Stack. Don't foret to send in your registration payment.






















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Happy Stamping!