Thursday, March 31, 2011

When I first saw the Springtime Vintage Paper I didn't like it one bit.  What was wrong with me?  Seriously!  Isn't it the most scrumptious paper ever? 

If you haven't noticed, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to swap!  I try to participate in at least one swap a month.  It really makes me step outside my comfort zone and do something that I may not be totally comfortable with.  I really need to start doing challenges, too.  I'm a huge CASEr and I like to use swaps and challenges to force me to find my inner artist -- I know she's in there somewhere LOL. 

I really wanted to show you the most recent swap I participated in but I can't find the darn picture!  As soon as my swap partner posts pictures, I'll come back and share, I promise!

Progressive Scrapbook Page for UStamp!!!

My first UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance 2011 project has posted.  If you haven't figured out by the title *wink*, it's a progressive scrapbook page.  I showed everyone how to step up your 6x6 page to an 8-1/2x11 page and finally up to a 12x12 page.  I love this type of scrapbooking.  By starting off small, I don't feel so overwhelmed.  I actually made two of these, one for my daughter and one for her best friend.  The girls absolutely LOVED them.  This is where I get my gratification ... from those who love receiving my work!

We've only just begun over at UStamp, so click on the blinkie on my sidebar to head on over and join us!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Welcome to the Team!

Just a quick note to welcome the newest memeber of my Wanna Be Creative team, Sarah Piere! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Don't Forget to Sale-a-Brate!!!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s biggest sale of the year!  Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31, so place your order today.  You will receive a free Sale-a-Bration item with EVERY $50.00 purchase before tax and shipping/handling.  I will be back with something crafty either later today or tomorrow!  Until then ...

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another Quilted Card

I loved my first quilted card I just had to make another!  I had a swap coming up and I decided to use this card.  I wanted to utilize my Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack, Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack and So Happy for You stamp set!  Don't forget, you can still get these amazing products until March 31.  After that, these will never be seen again!

Peach Parfait Card Stock (119794)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Melon Mambo Card Stock (115320)
Pacific Point Card Stock (111350)
Pacific Point Classic Ink Pad (111837)
Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack (122242)
Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Pack (123529)
So Happy for You stamp set (wood mount - 121853; clear mount - 123220)
Lattice Square Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976)
Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Classes and Clubs and Camps, OH MY!!

Don't miss a day of the LIVE FUN!!

Opening Day Website Invites go out

April 29, 2011
Last Project posted May 18, 2011



Early Birds SAVE $5


a Chance to Win 1 of 5 FREE Passes

for the NEXT Event!!

Early Bird pricing ends April 6th.

Early Bird Prize winners announced April 7th.

Register for EARLY BIRD Pricing NOW

Join us for UStamp with Dawn & Friends!!

Classes, Clubs and Camps 2011!!

Do YOU l♥ve papercrafting??

If you answered YES!! (and I know you did!!) than you can not miss this event!!

No way!! No how!! You just CAN'T!!

Each "project" that we share will be an ENTIRE "Class, Club or Camp"!!

YEP you read the right!! I said ENTIRE!!

What does that mean...

Well if you are not a Stampin' Up! Demo, than you will enjoy all the Classes, Clubs and Camp projects online as you always do, except that there will be WAY more projects!! Woohoo!!

If you ARE a Stampin' Up! Demo, get your calendars out because you are going to be able to schedule YOUR Classes, Clubs and Camps right away because the project design is already done for YOUR Classes, Clubs and Camps!!

How awesome and easy will it be for you to schedule your events knowing that you have all the projects already designed for your Class, Club or Camp??!!

Oh I can answer THAT....


It gets even better because...

You will be enjoying 40+ of these and let me just tell you that the number of "projects" within these events types is...well...honestly just...


EVERY Designer "Class, Club or Camp" Project's will include product(s) from the current Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog and the Summer Mini too!!

40+ Stampin' Up! Colors Showcased

TOO MANY Color Combo's to count!!

Color Combo PDF Booklet

EVERY "Project" with PDF Tutorial

20 days of World Wide 24/7 Creative FUN!!

New Designer Projects Posted EVERY 12 hours!!

Live Chats, Prizes and a few fun surprises too!!

Not only is this THE Biggest ONLINE "Classes, Clubs and Camps" Event EVER showcasing Exclusively Stampin' Up! Products...

it's the ONLY one EVER!!

I am thrilled to share with you the

Creative Geniuses

who will be designing for us...

(in alphabetical order)

NEW Designers for this session:

Corinne Somerville (Stamping with Roxy)
Erica Cerwin (Pink Buckaroo)
Lorri Hieling (Confessions of a Stamping Addict)

Returning Designers for this session:

Beth Fesperman
Betty Traciak
Bron Heslop
Caroline Colgan
Chi Nguyen
Danielle Daws
Gilda Fellows
Heather Dean
Ilina Crouse
Jackie Topa
Jamie Adcock (That's Me!!)
Jaron Winders
Jenn Picard
Jessica Luther
*Karen Burniston
Kirsten Brown
Kris Sobolik
Linda Hansen
Marisol Gutierrez
Miriam Cassell
Paula Dobson
Rachel Yurkanin
Rosemarie Diehl
Rebecca Ingals-Fleet
Tammy Maxvill
Tanya Bell
Tanya Boser
Tracey Old
Twila Davis

*Designer of the Sizzix Pop-up Cake Die and the
Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop-up Oh Christmas Tree Die!!

Early Bird Pricing is ONLY $19.99!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Digital Studio Scoreboard

This page couldn't have come together more easily!  And I absolutely LOVE the results.  I used the pre-made template that came Scoreboard Stamp Brush Set digital download.  All I had to do was click and drag my photo into the photo box.  I could have chosen to leave it exactly as it came, but I wanted my colors to match so I used the fantastic color match feature to match the colors on the page to my son's uniform.  Added a little journaling and voila! 

My Digital Studio (118108)
Scoreboard Stamp Brush Set (includes 10-piece stamp brush set and one 12" x 12" page) (122264)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

UStamp Designer Swap

For the last few rounds of UStamp with Dawn and Friends we have done a Designer Only swap and this round was no exception.  This is probably one of my favorite cards that I've made recently.  I love the stamp set, the color combination, just everything!  I hope you like it as much as I do! 

Cajun Craze Card Stock (119684)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Watercolor Paper (105019)
Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (117154)
Jet Black Stazon Ink (101406)
More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker (100076)
So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker (105114)
Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker (119678)
Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Marker (105106)
Just Buzzin' By Stamp Set (113228 - wood mount only)
Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die (113469)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Grecian Square Quilt Card

I saw a fabulous card at Dannie's Designs.  She got the tutorial for the fabulous quilted card here, so I quickly went directly to the tutorial and had a look!  My mother-in-law is an avid quilter and I thought this would be the perfect type of card for her!  And can I just say, Oh My Goodness!!!  This was so easy to make and I love the final look!  I did want to try a different variation on the card in the tutorial so I headed off to search the World Wide Web for quilt block patterns.  I found some great instructions for a Grecian Square quilt block and went from there!  I really like how this card turned out.  I imagine I can kick it up a notch or two by adding some embellishments, but I think to do that I would need to turn it into a standard size card (this one is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4") because I don't want to cover up the quilted pattern.  I may try that next!  I would LOVE to hear what you think about this card!

Pretty in Pink Card Stock (100459)
Concord Crush Card Stock (119792)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Lap of Luxury Designer Series Paper (120436)
1 3/8" Square Extra-Large Punch (119877)
3/4" Square Punch (Retired)
Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963)

Elegant Brooch Gift Set

EDITED:  Found this post in my drafts folder and, although the event has finished it is too gorgeous not to post!  Sorry about the delay in the post.

The second project for UStamp with Dawn and Friends has posted. This beauty was created by the super talented Paula Dobson

To have access to this and many, many more project tutorials, head on over to UStamp with Dawn and Friends and register today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Teenage Boy Birthday Swap Card

I signed up for a swap over at Splitcoaststampers for a Teenage Birthday card.  I chose to do a boy card as they are really outside my comfort zone and I wanted to challenge myself.  I aw a video for the Gate Fold Card with a Twist and decided to give it a go.  I'm really pleased with the results!  This was a relatively easy swap as it was a 5 + 1 for a total of only 6 cards.  It went rather quickly, I believe it took less than an hour to complete them all.

Not Quite Navy Card Stock (100867)
Garden Green Card Stock (102584)
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (105117)
Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (117154
Basic Black Classic Ink (101179)
Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Marker (100069)
Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker (100080)
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker (105115)
Extreme Skateboard Stamp Set (115179 wood mount only)
Word Play Stamp Set (120308 wood mount; 120651 clear mount)

Club Projects and UStamp

Wow, it's been ages since I've posted!  I've been super busy designing for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance 2011, which opened today!!!  The next 20 days are going to be the bomb!  If you haven't already signed up, click on the button on my sidebar to join! 

I met with my club girls last week and we worked with the Stampin' Up! Fabric to create the ever popular fabric brooch that's been around for quite some time.  Everyone loved their creation!

We also made the super duper cute bunny card with the jelly bean belly!  I got my instructions for both projects from the super talented Dawn Griffith's YouTube channel!  

Supplies for Fabric Brooch:
Springtime Vintage Fabric (121817)
Filigree Designer Brads (112577)
Flower Folds Bigz XL Die (115970)
Circles #2 Bigz Die (114526)

Supplies for Bunny Card:
Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Whisper White Card Stock(100730)
Blushing Bride Card Stock (119796)
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (105117)
Wild Wasabi Card Stock (108641)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (100082)
Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen (105021)
Heart Treat Cups (120435)
Full Heart Extra-Large Punch (119883)
Two-Step Owl Extra-Large Punch (118074)
Modern Label Extra-Large Punch (119849)
Heart to Heart Extra-Large Punch (119881)
1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch (119855)
1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval Large Punch (119863)
Round Tab Extra-Large Punch (119864)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

All is Well in Okinawa

Hi everyone.  I just wanted to do a quick post to let you all know that we are fine here on our little island of Okinawa, Japan. We are actually located approximately 1,000 miles from mainland Japan and have not felt any of the effects of the horrific earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan yesterday.  We have been under tsunami warnings and advisories, but so far have been unaffected.  I have been busy designing for the next round of UStamp with Dawn and Friends and a few other projects and hope to have something to share with you very soon! 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Final UStamp Oh My Word Project Has Posted

Well folks, the final project has posted over at UStamp with Dawn and Friends Oh My Word 2011! and it's FANTASTIC!  Even though the "live" event is over, you can still join and have access to over 40 fabulous projects until June 30!!!  Hurry, you don't want to miss out on a single one of these super amazing projects!  Here are the rest for you to ooh and aah over! 

Square Around by Heather Dean

So Happy For You Boxed Cards by Rosemarie Diehl

A Mother's Love by Paula Dobson

Hexagon Box and Head Bands by Kirsten Brown

Wordy Photo Cube by Tammy Maxvill

Chunky Frame Art by Rachel Yurkanin

Punch Bunch Card Set by Tracey Old

Purse and Card Set by Beth Fesperman

CD and Mini Scrapbook by Chi Nguyen (not blogging yet)

LOVE Album by Gilda Fellows

LOVE Frames by Rachel Yurkanin

Fly Butterfly by Gilda Fellows

Be sure to join us for the next round of UStamp with Dawn and Friends, Big Shot Brilliance 2011!!!!  The designers are hard at work and, let me tell you, the projects are going to ROCK YOUR SOCKS!!!  Have you seen the names of the designers?  If not, check them out here!!!  This is one of the most talented group of stampers I've ever had the pleasure of working with!  And I'm proud to be among them.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fast & Fabulous Baby Wipe Technique!

Here is another fabulous technique to add to your Craft Project Central technique book! You’ll love this easy baby wipe technique that gives you an alternate method for a beautiful watercolor look! Project includes instructions for the card and technique page designed by Sonya.

To get the instructions for this project, just head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February!!

Plane & Simple Masculine Stationery Box Set!

The latest project over at Craft Project Central is by the super fabulous Jacque Craig!  Here's what Jacque has to say about her project:

"If you’re like me you have a hard time coming up with masculine cards and projects! Well here is a great masculine stationery set to give to all of the men in your life! This is a great gift for your kids’ male teachers, your co-workers, Father’s Day etc.! This project is a great club or class project too!"

To get the instructions for this stationery set designed by Jacque, just head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to February!