Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quick idea for you!

Okay I know a very simple card but I wanted to remind you or tell you that you can color those new rhinestones that Stampin' Up! (finally) carries with a Sharpie. No longer to worry about not having the right color. Love it! I used a blue Sharpie for these rhinestones on this card. I just did a quick card to show you how fun it is.
Oh, and I tried black and mine just came out an odd purple color. Have fun finding different Sharpie colors.......

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wedding Day!

Our neighbors daughter Katelyn was married yesterday and beings we were all dressed up, I thought it was the perfect time for a family photo. Love it! The wedding was beautiful and her colors were black and red so this is the card I made for the happy couple.

This card is CASE'd from 'cmb268' on Splitcoast. I changed the supplies a little and I love how it turned out. The saying is from an old Stampin Up set called Ever After.
I got a little slack at the SU regional this weekend about updating my blog. Sorry it took me so long ladies (sometimes I feel like I am talking to myself on here).......
Supplies: All SU unless otherwise noted- stamps Elements of Style & Ever After, Ink-my new fav Cherry Cobbler, stazon black, Martha Stewart border punch, White Satin ribbon, pearls, Groom DSP-retired.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Invitations and Cheer Clinic

These are CASED from Nichole Heady's card that she made last month for the Papertrey release. I wanted to make my mom some birthday party invitations so when I saw Nichole's card I knew it would be perfect. I made a few minor changes like sponging the edges and I needed to use a larger label so my sentiment would fit and ribbon instead of twine.
These are my girls at the football game. They did a couple cheers and a dance before the varsity football game. It was so cute!
Supplies: PTI Leaf Prints, SU pumpkin pie and Cajun craze ink, Ivory and Cajun Craze CS, PTI wood grain impression plate, SU choc chip ribbon, Label ? nestablities.

Monday, August 23, 2010

For the love of Scallops!

When it comes to stamping I have lots of favorite things like polka dot and striped paper, flowers, and scallops! I love scalloped edges! I have way to many scallop border punches, but they are all a little different. I love this large punch from EK success. The paper is from SEI! I love to get SEI paper packs because I know for all the paper inside will work well together. I hope you like my use of scallops!

Supplies: PTI bday inside & out, Pti leaf set, SEI paper, SU ink, ribbon and CS, Marvy scallop punch.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Look what I found at the Iowa State Fair!

Okay, so we went to the Iowa State Fair yesterday and saw the biggest Bull and Boar, some crazy looking chickens, a tiny (full grown) horse, etc. And as I was looking for a non-fountain soda in the "Art" building I checked out a vendor selling stamp supplies and found this beauty from Hero Arts. Love it! My goodness, I can find stamps any where!

Supplies: Hero Arts Daisy, PTI Thanks inside and out, SU craft reinkers, SU blender pen, and Color Box brown ink, Scor Pal, SU Kraft CS.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Quick note card!

I needed a quick card to send a check and this is what I ended up with. No explanation needed. I am super sad that summer is coming to and end. I love the simple days of summer and just doing as we please but I know my girls are super excited. Wishing you a great school year!

Supplies: Technique Tuesday (daisy) and Hero Art (saying), Kraft and white from SU, Enchanted Evening Ribbon and Ink PTI, white ink colorbox.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Another Chicago photo!

My awesome friend, Kriss took me to the Kid Rock & Bon Jovi concert when we were in Chicago. It was awesome! I thought it was terribly exciting just to be in the Bears stadium. It is huge and I love NFL football and have only been to one NFL game in my life. (Close does count in this case :-) But back to the concert, Robert (Kriss's brother) hired a limo to take us downtown to the concert. We had an awesome time!!!

Now to some stamping, just a quick summer card to share. I love blue and yellow and this flower set from papertrey.
Supplies: Beautiful Blooms II PTI, Sentiment from Hero Arts, SU ink and CS- Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist, Colorbox white, Stickles pearl-yellow, and ribbon SU, Scallop Die from SU.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

CHA was amazing!


I went to CHA in Chicago with my friend Kriss last weekend. It was so amazing! Meeting all the Papertrey gals and especially Dawn McVey was so cool! I will share the cards I made at the PTI tables with you soon. I just wanted to jump on quick and share these pics.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

July 24th is my birthday so I thought I would share a birthday card. This is inspired by a card I saw as I walked past the card section at Target. I loved all the different patterns on the candles. The pattern paper is from an SEI stack pack that I picked up at a recent scrapbook show in Des Moines. I love it! The candle flame is from Round and Round from Papertrey....it is supposed to be a leaf. What do you think? The flame is stamped with Versa Mark and then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder. I really had a hard time trying to match my CS with the colors in the pack. Is it too much Choc Chip???

My birthday was low key, we had to take a tree down that was struck by lightening a year ago so I spent most of my birthday picking up sticks. Then in the evening my sweet hubby took me out to eat at a fancy fish place in Des Moines, it was wonderful! Hope you had a great weekend too.

Supplies: SEI pattern paper, SU sentiment and Papertrey leaf-Round & Round, SU olive and choc chip CS, EK edge punch.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Trying out my new stuff!

My hubby was out of town for a few days so the planting had to stop (Ya!), so I took some time to stamp with my new SU goodies. I love this new stamp set-Growing Green and the new antique brads are stunning and a great price. The sentiment is from Afterthoughts which is a new level 1 hostess set from SU. I cut off the saying below 'Thanks,' I know gasp! Have a wonderful day!

Supplies: All SU unless noted. Growing Green & Afterthoughts stamps, Ink-White and Choc. Chip, CS-Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, White, Lots of Tags Sizzlit dies, Antique Brads.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Taking a break!

Before.....This is what we have been up to and why I haven't posted lately. We are making our front yard beautiful. So this is what it looked like before the landscaping started. We hired a crew to tear everything out and rebuild and they finished last week. Then our job started! We are doing all the planting, mulching, and of course daily watering. We have planted over 100 perennials! WOW! Can I tell you that I am sore all over!
I will post more photos once we are done but there are more plants to the left, right and all around. Cross my fingers that all the plants survive (hence all the watering). Anyhooo, now to my break........

I just love this new stamp. I embossed the flowers (& sentiment) in black and colored them in with ink pads and a blender pen. The background is embossed with a plate from Papertrey, which is one of my new favorite things.
Supplies: Stamps-Hero Art and PTI, Impression Plate - PTI, Ink and Ribbon SU, Sizzix Die Su, CS-Marina Mist and Regal Rose SU.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Beautiful Day here in Iowa!

Finally!! We have had a crazy summer here in Iowa. It has been so humid, hot and rainy in Iowa this June. Crazy amount of rain! And FINALLY today is beautiful! I wanted to share a card that reminded of the beautiful day. I love polka dot paper and this gingham ribbon is just my favorite. I picked up both of these last week at the local scrapbook store. Hope you are having a beautiful day where ever you are!

Supplies: PTI sentiment, Daisy die Big shot, Leaf Sizzlit, Ribbon and Polka Dot PP ?? (sorry), Corduroy Button SU, Nesties Lrg Scallop Rectangle.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Anniversary Card for My Parents

My parents anniversary was June 7 and I sent this card to them. I found this beautiful Stampendous (Ranunculus) stamp at Archiver's a few weeks ago. I just think it is so pretty! I only used a fraction of the 4 1/4 * 5 1/2 stamp, I embossed it in black and then used sponge daubers to fill in the roses and leaves. I used nestabilities to cut the circles and the background is from Papertrey. And finally, the sentiment and punch are from Stampin' Up! My mom said they really loved it and I loved playing around with my new stuff!

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Catalog CASE

On page 17 of Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 catalog is a card just like this. I changed the saying, added the ribbon, an extra layer, and used this new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder instead of stamps. I am really pleased with the changes, I think it jazzes up the card a little. The CS is the new Marina Mist and old Certainly Celery (SU used Old Olive). I really love Marina Mist, I think it is my favorite new color that SU has brought in to the color renovation. Love it! Oh and don't you just love this embossing folder, the image is so deep and beautiful! Finally, I have had this bird punch for about 6 months and this is the first time I have used it. How sad! Poor lonely bird. I just needed to be inspired! Thanks to the new catty!

Supplies are all Stampin' Up! Saying is from Occasional Quotes, For all you do (on bird), Ribbon is Black Taffeta, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Two-Step Bird punch, Paper Piercer for birds eye ( just can't have a bird with no eyes)

Friday, June 18, 2010

I love this new Pattern Paper from Stampin Up!


As you well know, I love pattern paper! The new PP from Stampin Up is totally my style. I didn't do much to this card because I wanted the PP to be the main focus! The CS is Daffodil Delight (NEW) & Pumpkin Pie from SU. The new clear sizzlit die is awesome, I stamped the saying first and then put the die on the CS and sent it though my big shot. All nice straight! Love it!
Supplies: Saying from SU, All CS and ribbon SU, and sizzlit from SU.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Father's Day Card

Hello, I hope you are having a wonderful day! I wanted to share with you the Father's Day card I made for our grandpas'. I just love this new embossing folder from Sizzix. It came in a package with some smaller little embossing folders but I am not sure I will ever use them, I was mainly after this one for "manly" cards. I love how all the new embossing folders out on the market emboss so deep now. I took this photo off our new deck. Sorry for the shadows but I love all the sun we have today in Iowa! The border punch for the water is by Fiskars, stamp set from Papertrey, Ink, CS, and brads all from Stampin' Up!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hero Arts Large Flower


Okay, first off, forgive me for the shadow. I took several photos and this was the best. I love this new Hero Arts Cling "Large Flower." The name kinda makes me laugh, is that the best they could come up with? But, it is the reason why I like it so much, I love how large it is. Anyhoooo. I stamped the flower in black on SU rose red pattern paper and cut it out. The flower did not come with a leaf so I stamped the flower again on SU certainly celery pattern paper and cut off one petal and made it a leaf. What do you think? I think it works! The saying is from Papertrey and is one of my favorites. Make it a great day!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Great new Crate paper!


I found this great paper at Archivers Wednesday and I just couldn't wait to play with it. I wanted the paper to do all the work. It is a thick almost fabric feeling paper and I love it. I say it is new but it might just be new to me...... I used an Martha Stewart edge punch on the bottom with SU Bermuda Bay cardstock. The ribbon and stamp set is also Stampin Up. I really haven't sewed much on cards but my only advice to you is keep white thread in your sewing machine at all times and make sure your card is open and flat before you start sewing. Silly me I sewed my first card shut! AUGH! Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Let's have tea!

I love the simplicity of this card! I have had this tea set for a while now and haven't done anything with it. The QuicKuts embossing folder is also new for me and I LOVE IT! I have used it a ton lately. Both stamp sets are Papertrey and the pattern paper, ribbon ,and Kraft CS are all from Stampin' Up! Hope you have time for tea today.

Teacher Appreciation!

My twins are in the same classroom and we love their teacher. She is fabulous! I am room Mom and wanted to do something nice for her. So last week was teacher appreciation week and this is what I made for her. The center of the flowers is photos of all 18 students and on the back of their flower the kids signed their name and I wrote what their favorite thing about Mrs. Upah is. Oh, and of course, Hersey chocolates on the bottom that they kids signed too. She loved it!

Supplies: Pattern Paper - October Afternoon, Ribbon-May Arts, Flower Die-Nestie, Paint Bucket-???, Grilling Skewers, Modge Podge for Bucket.

May is the month of weddings!

This is a crazy month for us, 3 weddings! Wow! At 35 years old, we really don't have many weddings to attend. But, making wedding cards has been a really nice (challenging) change. I used Stampin' Up! Bride and Groom paper, Papertrey's Big Bold wishes stamp set, satin ribbon and flower from SU and finally black pearls from ??.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!

I had a wonderful Mother's day and I hope you did too. This is my mom, my sister and of course my twins. I love this photos, just the girls! (Very angry with myself that my camera was on a very poor pixle setting. Uggg!)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

You make me Smile!

You really do make my smile. I made this card a month or so ago for my friend Kriss. I love how it turned out. I found inspiration from several card and the colors are Kriss's favorite colors. I used two PTI stamp sets- Dot Spot and Signature Greetings, the colors are from SU- Gable Green, Melon Mambo, Basic Black and finally some circle punches and corner rounder.

I had a fabulous day with my girls on their school field trip. I hope your day was just as wonderful! Take care of you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I finally did it!

Oh my gosh! I have been talking about this for a while! I am so happy with the way it turned out. I put these vinyl images up on the girls wall and they love it. I used both Cricut and Stampin' Up vinyl, and George Basic and Walk in My Garden cartridge (Cricut). The comforter on my daughters bed was from Target and was my inspiration. It feels good to check something major off my "To do" list.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Watercolor fun!

I had a Stampin' Up! show last weekend and the hostess requested that I show her watercolor crayons. I had forgotten how fun they are! I just took two Copic classes and I really think it helped make me better with this too. I love these little cupcakes, they are perfect for watercoloring. The pattern paper is my new favorite-Sweet Pea! I love it!

Supplies all SU: Sweet pea paper, crazy for cupcakes stamp set, SAB border punch, taffeta white ribbon, Black Stazon, White craft ink, watercolor crayons and aqua painter, CS-Celery, Regal Rose, Choc. Chip, white.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Papertrey Anniversary Challenge

I just love these colors together. I am sure they have been done many times over but I was inspired by Jay Leno's stage. I hope when he goes back to Late Night he keeps that stage. I love it. Anyway off to stamping, I wanted to join the Papertrey's challenge because I love a challenge and I LOVE the prize even more! Cross my fingers! The challenge was emboss resist and it is one of my favorites. It is very subtle but I embossed the flowers in clear first and then went over the top of them with Creamy Caramel and then white. I hope you like it!

Supplies: Stamps Papertrey- In Bloom, Signature Greetings, CS & Ink Stampin Up- Not Quite Navy, Kraft, Choc. Chip, Creamy Caramel, White Color Box, Border Punch SU, Buttons & Twine Papertrey, Corner Rounder- Creative Memories, Clear Embossing Powder.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Inspired by a baby dress!



Dawn McVey has featured these flowers on her blog several time and I just love them. I used an old book that I had and layered up 6 scallop circles, put the brad though, and crumpled away. Love how they turn out and how totally cute they are. I used SU retired Kiwi Kiss and Baha Breeze and basic gray for this card. My sister had a polka dot baby dress made out of these colors and I loved it!
SU supplies: Hero Arts stamp set, SU ink and CS- basic gray, kiwi kiss, baha breeze, very vanilla, Su border punch, SU scallop punch and brad, Sizzix Sizzlit die for leaf.

New Hero Arts Stamp

I love this new Hero Arts Stamp. I was waiting in line at Archivers and it called to me! I just stamped it in Choc. Chip and then used markers to highlight the petals. I can't wait to emboss this image, I think it will be beautiful! I took this photo in my newly remodeled kitchen, the title back splash took forever to find. I love it!

Supplies: Hero Art stamp set and Thank you from PTI Giga guidelines, Su ribbon, SU Pink Pirouette, celery, and white CS, SU choc. chip ink, and MS border punch.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ahhh, Winter in Iowa

Isn't this beautiful! This is what happens when fog freezes, at least that is what the weather man said. I think it is one of the most beautiful parts of winter (and I am NOT a fan of winter).
This is the view from our drive way. I took this just after the girls got on the bus yesterday morning.
And this is (below) the photo today. Oh, what a difference a day makes. We have been getting freezing rain all day. At least a quarter inch of ice is every where. We lost power for 2 1/2hrs and I consider that a blessing, it could have been so much longer!

Okay, and now to some stamping.....I was inspired by Dawn' McVey's card for this one. The rhinestones in the center & the ribbon are a light green even though it didn't show up in the photo. I needed something bright because I can't remember the last time I have seen the sun here in Iowa......


Supplies: PTI Giga Guide Lines, SU ink - Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo (CS too), Pretty in Pink & Sale a Bration border punch, SU Celery Ribbon, rhinestones, dimensional.