Thursday, September 30, 2010

Buttons Anyone?

I don't think I ever shared this card.  I think I made this for a challenge, but I'm really not sure.  It uses the Something Sweet Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 117688; Clear Mount - 118589) as well as the Fresh Favorites II buttons (retired) as well as Brocade Blue (retired), Rose Red (102544) and So Saffron (105118) Card Stock and Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad (101778).   I love the idea, but I think it needs a little something.  What do you think? 

My UStamp Project Posted

If you haven't already signed up for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cards with Cool Moves 2010 then you are missing out!  Here's a sneak peak at the cards I designed for this round.  Come on over and join us!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Another CASE

I saw this card by Danielle Daws and fell in love with it!  I just had to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it.  I did change a few things up.  I'd love to hear what you think.
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad (103133)
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad (109120)
Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117286)
Snow Swirled Stamp Set (111690)
Heart From the Heart Stamp Set (111644 - Wood Mount; 120006 - Clear Mount)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Baby's Got Bling

This is one of the cards I designed for UStamp Early Fall.  Even though the class has officially ended, you can still sign up and take advantage of all 160 card designs!  Just hop on over to UStamp with Dawn and Friends and sign up.  And while you're there, sign up for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves 2010!  There are TONS of cards and this round (which starts TODAY) is all about "movement"!  I am so excited to see all the fabulous projects that are in store for us! 

On with the card:  I can't share details as this was designed for a paid site, but I can share the photo.  I am so happy to be able to give this to a lovely lady this weekend at her baby shower.  I sure hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Until later, Happy Stamping!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

August Thank You Cards

As my business begins to grow I am excited to thank my customers with a handmade card for their orders.  These cards, inspired by my friend and fellow stamper, Gilda, went out to all the ladies who placed orders with me in August.  I can't begin to express how thankful I am to each and every one of them! 

Poppy Parade In Color Card Stock (119793)
Pear Pizzazz In Color Card Stock (119795)
Poppy Parade In Color Classic Ink (119782)

Pear Pizzazz In Color Classic Ink (119784)
In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117158)
With All My Heart Stamp Set (Clear Mount - 118623; Wood Mount - 118134)
Scallop Oval Extra-Large Punch (119856)
1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch (119855)

Stampin' Up Candy Wrapper Die

I think one of my favorite new items in the Holiday Mini is the Candy Wrapper Die (120890) located on Page 10.  This die only uses half a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock. These are the perfect size for a little treat. I had an amazing turnout!  There were 11 women there and we had an absolute blast!  Can't wait until next month.   I made one of these for each of the ladies in attendance.  I plan on making orange and black wrappers for my son's class for Halloween. I'll be using the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120889) from the Holiday Mini on those!  I'll post pictures when I get them done.

Supplies used:
Purely Pomegranate Card Stock (retired)
Kiwi Kiss Card Stock (retired)
Whisper White 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock (100730)
Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink (retired)
Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink (retired)
Perfect Punches Clear Mount Stamp Set (120516); Wood Mount (117022)
Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (116824)
Scallop Oval Extra Large Punch (119856)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

We Have a Winner!!!

I used to pick the winner of the free pass to UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves 2010 and the winner is:

Lucky Number 16:  AMANDA HARBISON.

Amanda Harbison said...

You are a great artist - thank you for sharing your craft. I am inspired by your stamping - I'm glad to follow your blog. I'd love to win a pass for the UStamp! thanks

Amanda, I will forward your email address to Dawn at UStamp and you should be receiving an email invitation around the 24th.  Please let me know if you do not receive your invite!

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments and for following my blog.  I really appreciate the support!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I finally finished my mom's cards.  All 90 of them!  This is what 90 cards looks like.  I'll be sharing my swaps in the next day or two.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Crazy Busy

I have nothing to share today, but I have been VERY busy!  I finished my designs for the UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves 2010 and am working on finishing up the 90 cards I promised my mom.  I can't share the UStamp projects with you; however, as soon as I'm done with my mom's cards I will share.  I'm hoping to finish tonight so I can put them in the post tomorrow.  I have also been working on swaps for a Recreate the Catty swap I'm participating in over at Splitcoaststampers.  I'll share those with you when they are finished, as well!  Until then...

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Creativity in Motion

I recently lost my maternal grandparents -- my grandfather to a car accident and, a few short months later, my grandmother to what I truly believe was a broken heart.  My mom saw some cards I was making while she was visiting this summer and asked me to make 90 of them for her to send out to all the people who sent condolences and provided support to her during that difficult time.  I happily agreed, not realizing what an undertaking it was!  I have to add sentiments and card fronts to card bases and I'll be finished with the first 45 cards!  I have the second 45 cards cut.  Just have to stamp and adhere all the components together.  I'm hoping to be done by this weekend so I can mail them to her on Saturday.  In the midst of this, I have been working 6 hours a day and designing for UStamp.  Holy moly, I've been a busy stamper!  This is what it looks like when you're trying to get all these cards done.  Mind you, this is my "clean" version.  It gets MUCH worse LOL.  (See my new 6-foot table -- LOVE it!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

No Stamping Today

Woo hoo!  I'm so excited.  I ordered two 6-foot folding tables from Wal-Mart on July 31 and one of them finally arrived today!  One of the few bad things about living overseas is that it can take FOREVER for stuff to ship here.  Although I will say that the table arrived by the estimated arrival time of 9/9!!!  I think that might be a first.  I can't wait to be able to use my table to craft on.  I'm sure my family will appreciate me moving my stuff from the dining table (which we haven't used in about a month LOL) to my table!  Hopefully I'll have something creative to post for you tomorrow.  Until then...happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Baby Boy Album

Here is another baby boy album I did for a friend's baby shower.  It's very similar to the last one, however, I chose to do some of the embellishing on this one myself rather than leave it up to the recipient.  I like how it turned out.  Using Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scrappin' Kits (Pages 178-179 of the Idea Book and Catalog) makes it so easy to do!  You can get two 6x6 albums out of one kit.  The kit I used for this book is retired, but there are still so many options available to you! 

Monday, September 6, 2010

My Baby Girl is 13 Today

My little girl is now officially a teenager!  I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone.  I know they have to grow up, but I'm just not ready!  She's such a beautiful person, inside and out.  I had to do a page just for her.  My Digital Studio makes it so easy to do.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

More My Digital Studio -- The Climb

At the end of August I took my kids on a trip to Tokyo.  The main focus of our trip was to climb Mount Fujiyama (better known as Mt. Fuji).  The weather was perfect -- not too hot, not too cold.  Nice and sunny, no rain.  Unfortunately for me, the day before we left on our trip I found out I had both an ear and sinus infection.  The doc gave me antibiotics, which I started right away.  The flight over wasn't too bad, but the landing was excruciating.  I had about four days to begin to feel better before we headed to the mountain.  I thought I was doing pretty good until we headed up and my ears started to get clogged.  Even though I felt pretty crummy, I couldn't let me kids down, so we headed up.  I think we all did pretty well, considering.  Here is a quick 8x8 digital scrapbook page I made with a few of our pictures.  I used Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software.  If you don't have this, you NEED it!  This page seriously took me only about 30 minutes from start to print.  I printed it on my home printer and trimmed it down to size.  I used one of the pre-made layouts.  I couldn't be happier with this page and it was so easy!  I do not call myself a scrapbooker by any means, so if I can do it, so can you!

UStamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves 2010 and BLOG CANDY

It's time again for another round of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!  Get ready to get "YOUR MOVES ON"!! This is going to be a super fantastic event that you do NOT want to miss!! The NEW Banner for our upcoming Dawn & Friends!! event!! Cards with Cool Moves...2010!! gives a teeny sneak peak at what we are creating!! We are getting "OUR MOVES ON" and are we ever having a blast getting ready for opening day!! If it spins, pops, twists, turns, slides, shimmies, wiggles, flips or flops...we got it going on!!

Dawn has announced that "Cards with COOL Moves...2010"!! is going to be like no other UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! event we have ever done.  Movement cards always bring a WOW response and once we show how easy they are to create you and your friends and customers will want to recreate them too.

It's that time of year where the holidays are slowly but surely creeping up on us, so we are mixing up the project themes to include, Everyday, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas/Holiday. Something for everyone!!
UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! "Cards with COOL Moves...2010"!! will open September 24th (EST) and will run through Oct 15th. C'mon and join us and "Get Your Moves On"!! Hey don't ever get caught having to admit..."I got no moves"!! LOL!! Join us!!

Register today for Early Bird Pricing of only $19.99. Early Bird pricing ends Sept 13th and regular pricing of $24.99 goes into effect.
As Dawn has said many times in the past..."My goal has been, from the beginning for every UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!, to be even better than the last - it's a BIG GOAL, but one, based on all your awesome feedback, has been realized each and every time. This is my focus, my commitment and my way of saying Thank You to all of you who continue to be loyal UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! fans."
Here is what you can expect when you join us...

* 40 Color Combos with NO REPEATS, showcasing EVERY Stampin' Up! Color

* 40 Movement Cards with co-ordinating envelope

* 40 Regular cards with co-ordinating envelope

* All Projects include downloadable PDF with Photo's

* Designer hosted chats with prizes

* Open Chat Room 24x7

* Gallery to share your re-creations

* A cool blinkie for your website/blog COMING SOON

* Prizes, Prizes and MORE Prizes!

** If you would like the invite sent to a different email address other than the one that is linked to your PayPal Account, please include the new email address in the "notes" area of your PayPal Payment..

Anyone that would prefer to pay by check, PLEASE include your email address in your note to Dawn, so that she can put you in the invite list and send your check to:

Dawn Rapsas 174 Orton Road West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Thanks Again for making UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! so great!!  We look forward to more fun in our next round with YOU!!


Dawn has once again generously given me a FREE PASS to give away.  You can enter to win this FREE PASS by doing the following:

Leave a comment on THIS blog post AND

Become a FOLLOWER of my blog. 

You MUST do BOTH of these things to be entered into the drawing.  If you are already a follower, then you only need to leave me a comment.  Winner will be drawn on September 18 at 10:00 p.m. EST.  Good luck everyone!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

September Stamp Camp

I hold a monthly stamp camp in my area.  This month we will be doing Christmas cards.  These cards were CASEd from several different people:  Angie Juda, Heather Summers, Ann Schach, and Danielle Daws of UStamp.  I hope my girls like them!  Here's my camp flyer:

I used My Digital Studio to create the flyer.  I love that program!  If you don't have it, you definitely need it.  You can use it for so much more than digital scrapbooking!

Here are the individual cards:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tote-ally Awesome Opportunity!!!

Stampin' Up!'s new Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote is absolutely stunning and you can get one for FREE!  I am excited to announce September's recruiting promotion where new Stampin' Up! demonstrators will receive a FREE Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote (a $39.95 value) with their Starter Kit! Here are a few of its many features:

• This tote fits 12" x 12" products as well as 12" x 12" Craft Keepers, and it even holds your Paper Cutter! It's perfect for carrying supplies to workshops and crops and will help you stay organized.

• A back-zipper pocket holds seven Classic Stampin' Pads.

• Open outside pockets hold our Extra-Large punches.

• A detachable shoulder strap makes it easy to carry your tote.

The ONLY way to get this tote is to be a demonstrator, or to sign up between now and October 18 and get it for free! Contact me today and enrich your life with friends, fun, and extra income!

**** The picture below represents the Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote filled with the Starter Kit (which you can get for the new low price of  $175)!!!  There are two Starter Kits to choose from -- traditional or digital.  Ask me about your options now!

New Blog Design

I've been trying to figure out how to make my gadgets appear on both sides of my blog for ages and I finally got it!  I was playing around with Blogger and this is what I came up with.  I think I'm happy with it.  I'll have to "sit on it" for a few days to see how I really feel.  I'd love to  hear what you think!