Saturday, January 23, 2010

See What You Are Missing!

Hi Stamping Friends!

Well it's been so long since I posted, I almost forgot how!  :)  I'll spare you all the details, but besides computer issues and life in general, I haven't had as much time as I've wanted to spend blogging.  I have been stamping though!  I wanted to show you a card from my recent hostess club and also from my Stamp Camp, which is tomorrow.  For those of you who live nearby, you can see what you are missing!

For my Spring hostess club, we practiced the Cracked Glass technique.  I love it for a pretty vintage look, which is perfect for the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  I gussied this card up a bit after the gals left.  I added the hat pin and pearls, and also the little rhinestone flower.  I still have room in my Monday night hostess club if you are interested!

This is a card we will be making tomorrow at my Love Notes class.  All the cards have a friendship/love theme.  This card is CASEd from Nancy Riley.  I love how it turned out.  I have eight gals coming tomorrow.  I'm really looking forward to it.  It's been awhile since I've had a camp.  I'll be having a birthday card class in March, for all you local gals.  Mark your calendars so you don't miss out!  Love the two different looks of these cards, even though it's the same stamp set.

I'd like to say I plan on keeping up with my blogging, but I'm heading to the Dominican Republic in two weeks on a mission trip, so I don't know how much time I'll have to visit all my blogging buddies.  Thanks for hanging with me!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A New Year & A New Look!

Hi Stamping Friends!

I haven't been stamping lately, 'cause I've been so busy fixing up my blog.  What do you think?  I downloaded this Blog-In-A-Box from the Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I love it!  I've been having so much fun making sidebar buttons and rearranging all my Widgets.  But now I'm ready to stamp.

All my favorite challenge blogs are back in full swing after the holidays.  So today's double challenge card gets the sketch from the Stamping 411 blog SSC132 and the color combo from the Color Throwdown blog CTD74.

Keep in mind that I haven't stamped in awhile, so this card is pretty basic.  Suffice it to say that I'm not in love with it, but I just need to start stamping again to get in a groove!

I love pink, brown, and orange for Valentine's Day, but that Dusty Durango was hard to work with!  It's such a fall color to me.  The card base is Chocolate Chip layered with Regal Rose that has been embossed with the SU! Polka Dot Texturz Plate.  I haven't got my SU! Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder from the Occasions Mini, but it's on it's way!  The heart image is from the Priceless set and the sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes... LOVE this set!!  It has every sentiment for every holiday.

I guess I better get back to stamping.  I have over 180 cards I need to make for my Stamping For Missions fundraiser.  YIKES!

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Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop!!

Hi Stamping Friends!

Happy New Year!!!  A new year means new stamps!  Stampin' Up! is offering new stamps starting January 5th in their Occasions Mini Catalog.  And today you can see some fabulous sneak peeks on the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop.  (This hop does not officially start until noon on the 1st, so if you are early, please be patient while we get all the links working!)

If you have been hopping with us, that means you just came from Melina's blog.  And if you are just joining us, then you can start hopping right here and check out the other talented stampers.  I've got four projects for you using the Stampin' Up! Embosslit die called Scalloped Heart of Hearts item #117332 $11.95.  It is on page 15 of the Occasions Mini catalog.  What a versatile little die this is!

My first card uses the sketch from the Mojo Monday blog MOJO119 and the color challenge from the ColourQ blog CQC13.  Here are the challenge pics:

And here's my card using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit die:

Don't you just LOVE these colors together?!  Here I used two of the hearts to create a butterfly.  I love how this die embosses AND cuts out the image for you.  So nifty!

This next card also uses the hearts in a unique way.  I saw a card like this on SCS and CASEd the idea, but tweaked it a bit.

Four hearts=one lucky charm!  I love how this turned out!  I don't normally send out St. Patrick's Day cards, but my hubby looked at it and read the sentiment and said I could give it to him for Valentine's Day!  :)  Too funny!  I may just have to do that!

This next card is what I thought I would give to hubby for Valentine's Day.

A nice masculine Valentine card, without a lot of fluff or frills.  Sort of a modern, tailored look.  For this heart, I punched out one red and one black heart.  Then I took the red heart and punched it out with my Large Heart punch.  This cut off the scalloped edge and gave it a great layered look.

My final project was inspired by some flowers I saw in the Stampin' Success magazine (a monthly Stampin' Up! magazine for demonstrators).  The colors for this come from Stacey's Stamping Stage blog ACT10.  Here's the challenge inspiration piece:

And this is my 3-D item for the day:

My flowers are actually Valentine treats, as I used a lollipop for the stick.  My "flower pot" is the Baskets and Blooms die.  These would be fun to make with your kids to give at school. 

I hope you enjoyed getting a peek of what you can do with the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit die.  Make sure you put it on your Wish List for your first Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini order!  Now it's time to hop on over to Cindy's delightful blog HEART'S DELIGHT CARDS

Thanks for hopping by!
Happy Stamping!