Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fun Flowers

Just when I think spring has finally arrived here in Denver we start getting summer-like weather! It was raining last week and today is it supposed to reach 87 degrees. I prefer the temperature to rise gradually but Mother Nature has other plans for us. That is ok though, I am loving all the pretty flowers that are blooming! Flowers are great inspiration for card making!

Today I want to share this fun card I made to swap at our team meeting. Yes, the main focal point here is a flower. I made the flower with the Fun Flowers die and the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and added a pearl to the center. I also made a frame with the Oval Scallop Frame die and then ran it through my Big Shot in the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder to add some texture. I used dimensionals to "pop up" the frame, added a little bow to the top and I was done. This card is perfect for Mother's Day or any special day!

Here is a different view so you can see the frame "pop" from the card base.

All Stampin' Up! products were used to make this card!
  • 121812 Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
  • 114521 Oval Scallop Frame Bigz Die
  • 122464 Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch
  • 119247 Basic Pearls Jewel Accents
  • 120780 Sweetheart stamp set
  • 119256 Old OliveTaffeta Ribbon
  • 120175 Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
  • 100702 Old Olive card stock
  • 115318 Soft Suede card stock
  • 102028 Confetti White card stock
  • 122384 Patterns Designer Series Paper (Wisteria Wonder)

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out the retired items list on my sidebar.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April Challenge Photos

I have been participating in the Photo A Day Challenges hosted by Fat Mum Slim and I love them. I know I have mentioned it before, but it is inspiring. It is a little reminder to take more photos. Photos are such a great way to keep memories alive!

  • Day 1. Your reflection - That is my reflection in my dryer. If you look close it is a double reflection!
  • Day 2. Color - Bright and colorful graffiti near my house. Sometimes graffiti is used to deface property, this mural is art.
  • Day 3. Mail - Some junk mail and my Stampin' Up! package waiting for me when I got home. I love to see that brown box on my porch. Paper, punches, and stamps oh my!
  • Day 4. Someone who makes you happy - There are tons of people who make me happy. On this day it is my handsome Man. He is one of the best guys I know. He makes me very happy! 
  • Day 5. Tiny - Such a cute and tiny tag. It is from the Jewelry Tag Punch that Stampin' Up! offers. I love to use this tag to embellish my cards!
  • Day 6. Lunch- Sushi lunch with My Man. It was sooo good. The one at the top was called Zombie Brains, too funny!  
  • Day 7. Shadow- I took this photo at the cemetery when I went to visit my grandpa. I miss him tons. I am glad the sun was in the perfect spot. I thought it was a pretty cool photo.
If you are interested in playing here is the April list.

 I know my cell phone has an awesome camera. That is how I take most of my photos for my blog. 
 Do you take pictures everyday? If so, do you use your camera or cell phone?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Stampin' Up! Retired List

First, I want to start off by saying Congratulations to Dolores! She is the winner of the "Too Young to Retire" contest! Eight of the 10 stamp sets she predicted to retire are, indeed, retiring.

Now, are you ready to see the list? You can click here to see the stamps in my online store or click the button to the right, on my sidebar, and you can see the stamps listed by (catalog) page number. This years list is long! I bet that means we will get some really great stamps in the new catalog on June 1, 2012.

Dates to remember:
  • The deadline to order stamps from the retired list is May 31, 2012
  • The list for the Definately Decorative will be realeased April 25, 2012
  • The list for the Retiring Accessories will be released April 25, 2012
Be sure to check back for updates and any additional information!

Are any of your favorites on the retired list this year?
I can tell you that I am sad to see the Medallion stamp and  Fox and Friends on the list. Let me know what you think about the list!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Too young to retire - CONTEST!

Well, I am not retiring but some of your favorite items might! On April 15th Stampin' Up will release the list of items that will RETIRE from the current Idea Book & Catalog. While this makes me sad to see items go away, I am excited to see what new products will be available in June.

In preparation for the Retirement List, I thought it would be fun to have a contest for you! Here is how this will work:
  • Flip through your 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catlog or click here to see it online.
  • Next, choose 10 stamp sets that you think will RETIRE this year.
  • Leave me a comment that lists the 10 stamp sets YOU think will retire.
  • The person that guesses the most correct wins a free Stamp Set from my stash!
  • Deadline to enter is April 14, 2012 at midnight.
This is also a great time to make a list of your favorite Stampin' Up! products so you can be sure you have everything you want on your wish list before it retires. Good Luck!

Also, Stampin' Up! has just added more items to the Clearance Rack so be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quick Tip Continued

As you can see above I made an adorable gift tag using my Quick Tip.

Here is a close up. I used the stamp set Elementary Elegance to stamp the Happy Birthday and decorative frame. I was able to use some extra scraps I had around to make the banners. I punched a hold at the top and added the ribbon to attach it to a gift. I was able to create a cute gift tag with a few embellishments. It is the perfect finishing touch for any gift!

~Thanks for stopping by!~

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quick Tip Tuesday

I just wanted to share a quick tip I came across while I was browsing through Pinterest. I am not sure who came up with this great idea but I wanted to share it.

Using the new framelits Stampin' Up! offers you can make cute tags in different sizes or add a fun border to your card stock. I am enjoying creating with the framelits dies. I hope you will try it! Come back tomorrow and I will show you what I made using this technique! 
~ Thanks for stopping by! ~

Friday, April 6, 2012

March Photo A Day Roundup!

Yeah! I am excited to share my March Photo A Day collage with you. Throughout the month I have shared some of my photos here with quick descriptions for each day. I am really digging this challenge Fat Mum Slim has started!

I have also linked up to the Linky Party the House of Smiths is hosting! I cannot wait to see everyone's photos!

I have already begun the April Photo A Day Challenge! I am now also participating on Instagram since it finally became available to Android users!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back to follow the April Photo A Day Challenge!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I'm hoppin!

Easter is less than one week away so I wanted to share these cute cards we made at my Easter Card Class. I had a lot of fun making these cards. Do you send out cards for Easter?  

I hope the Easter Bunny stops by to visit you!

p.s. I love this time of year because I get to eat my Cadbury Mini Eggs! I LOVE these delightful chocolate eggs. I try to savour each one. Luckily, My Man bought me this mega sized bag, so hopefully it will last me awhile. He loves me! Do you have a favorite Easter candy? Jelly beans are yummy too! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Last night I turned OFF the tv and cleaned up my stamp/craft room. It was a disaster! I am so happy I took the time to clean up. I listened to Pandora and got to cleaning. I need to swoon over my Pandora station for a second, it knows me, it can read my mind and it played the perfect music last night. I recently created a station based off The Civil Wars, it was excellent. Now, my little room is all cleaned up and ready for some creating!

I have to show you these cute treat tubes we made at my March Stampin' Class. They are so fun and easy to make. The idea was from Stampin' Success, a magazine sent to Stampin' Up Demonstrators each month. I was bummed because I did not have the punch they suggested using, but then I came across Jessica's idea and I was excited to try it!

These treat tubes are so cute! You can make them as big or as small as you like depending on the paper size you cut for your project. We used the Fun Flowers Die to cap the ends per Jessica's great idea! We embellished our projects with ribbons, a tiny tag and a window using the oval punch and window sheets. You can fill these with candy or your favorite fun treat!

What would you fill your treat tubes with? I am excited to hear your ideas!

-March Photo A Day Challenge-

  • Day 17. Green- This green book is pretty much the go to manual for my job. It has tons of valuable information in it. Every few years it gets updated and the color changes. I am digging the green!
  • Day 18. A corner of your home- I love this corner of my home. It is where my beautiful lanterns from Pier One Imports are hung.  I love the colors and the shapes. They look so pretty at night all lit up.
  • Day 19. Funny- How I Met Your Mother, this show cracks me and My Man up! If you do not watch this show, give it a try!
  • Day 20. Before/After- My fingernails before polish and after polish. I love this color. It is bright and cheery and has some sparkle to it. I think I bought it for under $3 from Forever 21. This polish has lasted longer than some of my fancy name brand ones. I doubt that I will find this color again in the bins at F21. It is ok though, I think this is a popular colors for this season, I am sure I will find something similar!
Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for some fun Easter cards I will post soon!

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