Sunday, December 4, 2016

Simple Sunday

Hey there! It's Simple Sunday - where I *try* to post a simple card. It's really not my forte. sigh.

I put this one in the simple category because it's not hard. It's easy to get everything lined up right - this is a card you could make with kids.

Seriously. That white pompom trim gets me every time. I just love it!! And a trick for you when diecutting glimmer paper - you can peel that plasticky layer off the back of the sheet and the glimmer paper will cut so much more easily! For adhering things TO the glitter side of glimmer paper I recommend using dimensionals or glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by! Check out what's going on in the YearEnd Closeout Sale in the Clearance Rack - here's some paper that's on sale (but there's lots more if you visit my shop!):


Here's what I used to make today's card:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Who likes Christmas Cookies?

My kids are BEGGING me to make Christmas cookies, so today may have to be the day we do that. :) Tasha just loves to bake!
Me... I prefer to make this kind of cookie. No calories ;)

This paper is retiring at the end of the month - so it's on While Supplies Last basis now. Get it while you still can! It was so popular it was backordered earlier in the fall so I don't expect it to last! It is so super cute. I love that you can cut out those little houses and use them for embellishments! The ribbon and the washi tape that coordinate with this suite are also on sale! Check out the Year End Closeout Sale here!

What are your favorite Christmas cookies?


Friday, December 2, 2016

Fabulous Mexi-Friday!

Mexico is my happy place. If you've known me for any length of time, you probably know that. I was playing around with the Birthday Fiesta stamp set at our retreat earlier this month, and I came up with this card. I LOVE it. I love the cactus, I love the sunset, I love that little tiny heart. I just love it. It's Mexico in a card!!

That background is sponged using our Stampin' Sponges. I like to cut them into sixths, and then staple a tag on as a little handle in the color of cardstock I intend to use the sponge for. Now I have a sponge for every color, and they never get mixed up! Anyways, the trick to sponging like this is PRESSURE. You want to start with your lightest color and rub the color in with heavy pressure in a circular motion. I really can't emphasize that enough - I often get stampers in my classes who try to just dab the color on the paper. You're not dabbing - you're rubbing it in. You want that paper to become the color on your sponge. You don't need to be careful! Then add in your next lightest color, all the way to your darkest color. I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo here. And then I punched the circle out and layered it with the Basic Black circle.  

PS - Don't forget to check out the YearEnd Closeout Sale happening on the Clearance Rack! Here are just a few of the items in the sale:

Thanks for stopping in!
Where is your happy place?


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday & A Sneak Peek

I have had quite the morning. This has been my view this morning:

 Because I'm a demonstrator, I get to order things a little earlier than you. So I've spent the morning putting in my huge big preorder of Occasions and Sale-a-bration product!! SO FUN! For a couple of hours, I forget that Christmas hasn't even happened yet and I go wild. I can't wait to get all my new stamps and tools and accessories in!! Have I mentioned how much I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?!?

So, sorry my blog post is up a little later than usual. I've been busy!! I have all sorts of things on the calendar for the new year - so if you haven't seen it yet, check it out now! New things are being added all the time, too.

ANYWAYS... I thought that in honor of Preorder Day,  I'd share a little sneaky peek with you guys too :) I hope you love it as much as I do... and I cannot WAIT to do a class using this set with you all. It's so awesome. You're going to love it!!

ALSO (I know, I know, it's a big day!) - there is a Year-End Closeout Sale happening on the Clearance Rack starting today!! Check it out!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One-Set Wednesday

Hi guys!

I was trying a while back there to design a super simple card but I kept getting caught up in adding details. You know me, lol! I love lots and lots of embellishments! So this was one in the process of working towards simple. I just LOVE those leaves. This stamp set, Pop of Paradise, is so super cute. Those leaves are stamped in versamark and then embossed with Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder on Emerald Envy cardstock. I then fussy-cut those leaves. I love the effect; don't you?!

What's your favorite stamped image to fussy-cut? Which ones are worth it for you?

ALSO - let's see your cards made with this color combo!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Technique Tuesday: DIY Designer Paper!


Today's Technique Tuesday is: DIY Designer Paper! All you need is a blank sheet of cardstock (I used Very Vanilla), a stamp set, and some ink. For this card, I used the Paisleys & Posies photopolymer stamp set and I used the colors that are used in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. Then you just start stamping! I like to start with the big images - the Night of Navy paisleys - because they take up the most room so you need to make sure there's space! Next I did the Delightful Dijon smaller paisleys, then the Cajun Craze medallions, the Rich Razzleberry flowers, the Mint Macaron leaves and finally, the Soft Suede mini flowers. It does take a bit of practice to get your DIY DSP looking just the way you want it but once you have the idea, it is a super economical way to get lots of color in your projects!

I hope you like it!

OOH - today and tomorrow are the LAST DAYS of the Stitched Shapes Sale. Unfortunately, the framelits themselves are unorderable until mid-January (you guys really loved them!!) but the stamp sets are still on sale!!


Here are the items I used to make this card:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Celebration Saturday!

It's time to Celebrate!!

So I guess that the day after Black Friday is known as Small Business Saturday - a day to encourage and support small business vs. big box businesses (we do that on Black Friday). I like it.

I wanted to introduce Celebration Saturday - a day when I will share a celebratory project with you! This one is great for a birthday, or really any occasion warranting cake. Which, in my opinion, is just about any occasion!!

This card uses the Shaker Shapes Framelits which are a whopping 40% off this weekend until end of day Monday!!! So awesome! And the "celebrate" stamp is from the Shake & Celebrate stamp set which is 20% off! I love making shaker cards - they're so cute and fun. I filled this one with cupcake sprinkles, but you could put lots of things inside these - think mica flakes, glitter, confetti, jingle bells, etc.

There are lots of things to celebrate - this weekend I'm celebrating my birthday (woohoo!) and the fact that Gilmore Girls came out this weekend. I'm writing this post BEFORE I've watched it... so we will have to talk about that later!! I've come to the end of the busy part of November - usually my busiest month of the year - and I'm still smiling - so I'm celebrating that too! I am already beginning to book Sale-a-bration parties for the new year - so if you are thinking you would like to host one, contact me! If you contact me before I contact you, I'll give you a little something special :) I love it when my customers get excited about stamping, and I especially LOVE to see your friends fall in love with it too. Just a little FYI - I am cooking up something that I'll be revealing soon that I am super excited about. Stay tuned for more information!!