Monday, January 31, 2011

Message Board using Springtime Vintage Fabric

I made this pretty Message Board for my upline, Carol, for her birthday.  I used Stampin' Up's new Designer Fabric called Springtime Vintage.  I used all 3 fabrics that come in a set; the small Baja Breeze flowers (on the body of the board), the large Rose Red flowers (on the magnet strip on the top of the board), and the small Regal Rose flowers (on the corkboard).  The canvas size is 14" x 18"; I got this size because the fabric comes in a "fat quarter" size of 18" x 28".  Since the fabric is 18" wide, I was able to wrap it around the 14" wide canvas and staple it to the back. 

I then attached the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon and adhered Pearls to the spots where the ribbons cross.  I used the Big Shot large Scallop Circle die to cut Cherry Cobbler cardstock circles and covered them with fabric cut out using the Big Shot Clear Circle die.  I adhered fabric to a piece of galvanized sheet metal, then I adhered Regal Rose cardstock to Stampin' Up's Magnet Sheet and ran Carol's initials through the Big Shot Serif Essentials dies.  Next, I adhered a piece of Stampin Up Cork Sheet (6" x 12") to the right side of the canvas.  Finally, I decorated the top of the Message Board with a flower made out of fabric that was cut using the Big Shot Flower Folds XL die. 

I used Tombow Adhesive to adhere most of the items on the board.  Then for a little bling, I added a couple of the new Vintage Flower Adornments located in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I got the layout idea for a message board from fellow demonstrator Becky Roberts' 2010 12 Days of Christmas projects; thanks Becky! 

I hope you like the project and contact me if you have any questions!

ADDED 2/2/11: Thanks to everyone who left me wonderful comments!  Also, I bought the 14x18 art canvas at my local craft store.  I bought the least expensive canvas I could find since it was being covered; it just needs to be one that is stretched and stapled to the back.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Build a Blossom Card

This is the other card my guests could choose to make at my Open House.  I inked each petal in Peach Parfait then before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock, I accented each petal using a Sponge Dauber and Poppy Parade ink to give them a 2-tone look.

Stamps: Build a Blossom and Elements of Style
Inks: Peach Parfait, Old Olive, and Poppy Parade
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, and Sunny Gargen DSP
Accessories: 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, White Taffeta Ribbon, Pumpkin Taffeta ribbon, various punches including the NEW Blossom Petals punch, sponge daubers, Dimensionals, and SNAIL.

Thanks for looking and sorry I haven't posted the instructions for the easel calendar box, but I'm working and preparing for a hostess club, so for certain next week!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another Open House Project

This is one of two cards I offered at my Occasions Open House.  Each guest could pick which card she wanted to make.  You can't see it well, but after everything was stamped and attached, we painted some Smooch Top Coat on the Bee's wings and parts of the Cage, then we sprayed the whole card with Champagne Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.

Stamps:  Nature Walk and Sanded
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Very Vanilla and Soft Suede
Accessories: Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Big Shot machine, Smooch Top Coat, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Pastels, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-o-Dile, SU Distressing Tool, 1/8" Olive Taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals, SNAIL, and paper snips.

Thanks for looking and contact me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SALE-A-BRATION starts today!

Stampin' Up's yearly Sale-a-Bration campaign starts today!  That means that you can pick any item in this Mini Catalog for FREE with every $50 of merchandise you purchase (excluding shipping and tax)!  So, for example, if you order $100 of merchandise, you can pick 2 free items and so on.  This year's Sale-a-Bration offerings include stamp sets, a paper & sticker bundle, a ribbon & button bundle, a decor element item, and even a My Digital Studio images CD!  Click on the mini catalog image on my sidebar to download the mini catalog.

Thanks for looking and please feel free to order online or call me if you have any questions!  Be sure to check back tomorrow; I'll have more samples of the projects we made at my Open House.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Open House Project

Here's the first project we made at my Occasions Mini Catalog Open House.  It's a Valentine's Day pouch made using the new Petal Cone Big Shot Die; this Die is really versatile and easy to use!  I added texture on the cone using the Love Letterpress plate and added texture to the white scallop using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  One heart is punched out from the new Red Glimmer Paper (you've got to buy this!) and the other is die cut using the Scallop Heart Embosslit.  The "Be My Valentine" banner was cut out from the stamped image using the Be My Valentine single stamp.

ADDED: I attached the 2 Petal Cone die cuts with 2 strips of Real Red cardstock cut at 1 1/2" x 4 7/8" then scored at 1/2".  These strips turn the cone panels into a cone box/pouch. 
Thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, January 14, 2011

YIPPEE! I Won the SU Art Contest! - Reposted

Hi everyone! I just wanted to tell you the great news - I won the monthly WOW Art Contest and my project will be featured in the Stampin' Success demonstrator magazine published this month! I entered this My Digital Studio Easel Calendar and was lucky enough to win; and I win any 3 stamp sets of my choice! Here's a picture of my entry:
You can see more of the calendar at this post and don't forget that I will make a FREE calendar for anyone who places an ONLINE ORDER of $50 or more (total before shipping and tax)!  Because of my mom's illnesses the end of last year, I wasn't able to meet my sales requirement, so I appreciate any help you can give me!  Just click on the Stampin Up logo on the top of my sidebar to shop ONLINE.  Thanks so much for looking and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

1/14/11 UPADATE:  Since the SU monthly magazine is now out, I've been getting questions about directions for this project.  So, I'll try to get them posted within the next couple of weeks.  Please check back.

Holiday Mini Catalog Carryover Items

This flyer shows you all the items that you can still purchase from the last Holiday Mini Catalog.  All of the SU exclusive Big Shot Dies are being carried over as well as some great accessories and fabric!  Yippee!  I really love the Candy Wrapper Die!

Be sure to take a look at these before to attend my Occasions Mini Catalog Open House next weekend and let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New My Digital Studio Downloads

Here are the most recent My Digital Downloads just in time for Valentine's Day!  Remember that you do not have to own My Digital Studio Software to purchase these downloads.   - you can use them in any program that supports .jpg and .png files like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Digital Image Pro (DIP), and Corel Draw.

Also, don't forget to visit and join .  This is Stampin' Up!'s website for all things My Digital Studio!  It contains samples, videos, tutorials, and tips for both demonstrators and customers.

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Thanks for visiting and click here to order any of these downloads at my ONLINE store; just go to my demonstrator website and click on "Shop Now"!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Another Mini Catalog sample

This is a card made by my friend Donna Rolston and I think she did a great job!  She used the new stamp set Sew Suite, the new DSP Sweet Stitches, the new embosslit called Sweet Buttons (it embosses and cuts out the buttons for you), and the new Sweet Stitches Big Buttons.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Easter Blossoms Card

I wanted to show you a sample of one of the stamp sets in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  I love this set and this little girl is just too adorable!  The image is embossed and the seam binding ribbon and patterned paper are all from the new mini catalog.

Stamps: Easter Blossoms.
Paper: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP.
Ink: Rose Red classic ink and Rose Red craft ink.
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Eyelet Border Punch, Trio Punch Pack, Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls Accents, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, and SNAIL.

Thanks for looking and please visit my ONLINE Store at if you'd like to purchase the items used to make this card!

Occasions Mini Starts Today!

This new Occasions Mini Catalog starts today, and WOW, there are some great items in it!  You can click here to get a list of the Stamping Supplies used to make the samples in the mini catalog.  If you'd like to view the mini catalog, please click on the image in my sidebar to download a copy.  Thanks for looking!