Welcome to Pink for October

Web sites will Go Pink during the month of October to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, get people talking about breast cancer, and raise money for research.
But to be clear, raising money isn’t the primary purpose of this web event.
The hope is that you turn your site pink (in whatever way works for your site), go out to that World Wide Web thing (in fact you’re on it right now! :) ) and educate yourself about the multiple issues related to Breast Cancer, then take that newfound knowledge and tell someone else what you’ve learned.


Birthday Blog Winner

I finally decided on a birthday set to order from my upline Colleen Becker. I ordered Dots are Hot! The winner didn't post to my website but sent me an email. Lisa McGevna suggested this set. I got quite a few emails and some comments on the blog. Thank you ALL for your great suggestions. I'm going to have to place an order myself for all the awesome sets you suggested!! :0) Lisa will receive, 1 package of the Designer Series paper Darling Doodles (one of my favorites), Groovy Guava Double Stitched ribbon and a pack of the Rich Regals brads. Thank you all again for sending me your suggestions!

Circle of Friendship

Have you seen the movie Meet the Faulkers? It's one of my favorite movies and in the movie Dustin Hoffman tells his son in law (Ben Stiller) about his "circle of friends" and how he has to earn being in his circle. It's too funny. You'll have to see the movie to get that one. Sorry. Anyway, that's what I thought of when I titled this post. This card is for a friend you want to send flowers to but you don't want the flowers to die. These flowers are perfectly preserved forever. The Pink Passion base was cut out using the Coluzzle. I used our new 5 Petal Flower punch and our Spring Flower Bouquet punch to create all these flowers. Then I used the polka dot stamp from the Three For You punch box with Craft White and Classic Pink Passion ink for some of the flowers. I stamped the saying from the Garden Whimsy set and punched that out with the Large Oval punch. The cardstock colors are Whisper White (of course), Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Only Orange and Apricot Appeal. I used our Circle Rhinestone Brads in Fire and our regular brads in Earth Elements, Rich Regals, and Soft Subtles. All of the flowers and the saying are on dimensionals. Here's a quick tip: I accidentally got some Pink Passion ink on the white background, after it was all assembled. AAAGGGHHH!!! So, I just dabbed my finger into the White Craft Pad and rubbed it over the mistake and it was all gone!! WOO HOO!! It seemed to cover it up pretty well. Can you see it?? I hope not. WOW, that was a long winded post. Sorry. :0) Big hugs to you all!


Another "Priceless" Card

Here's another card I made using the same template as the porevious card. It's more of a Christmas theme. I don't usually like red's and green's for Christmas cards but I love the new Designer Series Paper- Dashing so I had to use it. It only took about 10 minutes to make. It's so nice that we have two circle punches that nest to make it so much easier. I also used the In Colors River Rock cardstock and pad which I have had for a month now and never used. I just wasn't sure I liked this color but it's really growing on me. Now that it's officially Fall, I think I need to start making some Fall/Christmas cards. So, I'll try. I'm not much into Fall cards but I've seen some really cute ones so I figure I need to go out of my comfort zone and keep up with the seasons. I can't promise a lot of Fall cards but I'll do my best. HAPPY FALL!!


Priceless CASED

Here's a card I cased from Nancy Riley who cased from Kristina Werner. You can see Kristina's blog here-kwernerdesign blog. To see the original card click HERE. Go to Nancy's blog to see her original card-iSTAMP. I love both cards! Both of these stampers are incredible!! How lucky I am to be able to get such wonderful inspiration from these stampers! I hope you like my version. Have a great week and don't forget to take some time to stamp!


Faux Bow Birthday

Well, I was checking out some of my favorite blogs tonight and came across a technique by Nicole Heady. Her Faux Bow Technique. Check it out: Nicole Heady-Faux Bow I had to try it! First of all, it's so awesome that Stampin' Up! has everything you need to make a card but most importantly EVERYTHING MATCHES!! The cardstock, the ink, the buttons, brads, even the rhinestone brads!! The only thing I was missing was some polk a dot ribbon. Oh, yes, we have ribbon to match too, just not polka dot ribbon. SO, I decided to make my own and use Nicole's technique. I am in love with polk a dots lately and now I can make any color I want in any width ribbon I want. I couldn't stop with the ribbon, I had to stamp my flower too. (From the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit) What a FUN card to make and it was so simple!! Isn't this the coolest technique ever??!! Ok, now go and make some of these Faux Bows and send me pictures. I can't wait to see what you come up with!


Stamp Camp XX

Well, if you missed Stamp Camp XX last Sunday, you're in luck. Here are some pictures of the projects we made. If you like these projects, I suggest you sign up early for our next Stamp Camp. We will have more awesome projects for you to make. Meanwhile, if you didn't make it to this stamp camp, let me know and we can set up a time for you to come to my home and make them. Our next stamp camp should be in January or February. Happy Stampin!

The first two cards were created by Katja Pastor. Isn't that the cutest Frankenstein you've ever seen?? I love glitter! You can use this card to hold gum, candy or a gift card. Cool huh??
Look closely at that little tag. Is it metal?? NOPE! It's embossed in silver and stamped. Doesn't it look just like metal! Katja is so creative. What a great idea for dog tags on an Armed Services card or scarpbook page.
These next two cards were created by Gina Cardera. The yellow one was a card she learned how to make at Stampin' Up! Convention this year. It's one of my favorites! I really like the new size and we have envelopes for this card to fit in perfectly!
These next two projects were created by Debbie Colbacchini. Just look at that chipboard flower! It's so cute!! Polka dots are so hot right now. Oh, and that "Altoid" tin below. How cut is that?? Deb sure went out of the box on that one!! LOLOk well, here are mine. You've seen both of these before but I did them a little differently this time. I hope you like them.

14th Anniversary

My DH and I celebrated our 14th Anniversary yesterday!! WOO HOO!! 14 years and I'm still in love. Here's the card I made him. I used a Hambly's Transparency sheet and layered Basic Black behind it. I stamped Happy Anniversary with Black Staz On on the front. Then when you open the card there's another full card inside. I know that sounds wierd but check out the picture, you'll understand. I know I could have just used the card inside but I wanted to use that Transparency sheet really bad. I just love them! Anyway, I hope you like it. Thanks for checking things out and I hope you're day is wonderful! PS Sorry for the finger in the second photo. I couldn't keep it open to take the picture. :0)


3 More Surprise Pop Up Cards

Ok, these cards are using the same colors as the previous pop up card I did. I had some pre-cut cards left over after my upline meeting so I thought I'd use them. The stamp sets are all different though. On the first one I used the Season of Joy stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Let me tell you...I LOVE THE SETS IN THE HOLIDAY MINI!!! The rubber is ALL pre-cut for you. All you have to do is peel off the back and stick it on the wood. Then peel off the stickers and stick them on the wood and you're DONE and ready to start stampin'!! How easy is that??!!

The cardstock colors are Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Bordering Blue and Whisper White. The ink colors are, White Craft Pad (for embossing), Blue Bayou Classic Pad, and Soft Sky Classic Pad. I heat embossed the white with Detail White embossing powder. There is also a Rhinestone Brad from the Ice Squares collection and some Soft Sky stitched ribbon. The brad is from the Soft Subtles collection. The tag pull is made using the large Oval Punch, the 1/2" circle punch and the 1/16" circle punch.
This next card uses all the same cardstock and Classic Ink Pad colors. I added some coloring with the Stamp n' Write Markers. I used Real Red, Green Galore, Only Orange, YoYo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac, Bliss Blue and Ballet Blue. The tag is punched with the Horizontal Punch to hold the ribbon which is Only Orange, Real Red and Whisper White. I also used some white floss through the button which is from the Fresh Favorites I collection. The stamp sets used are Dare to be Darling, All In A Row (faux stitching) and Outlined for Fun. I also popped up the image on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The last card uses the Priceless stamp set. All the colors of the cardstock and ink are the same as above. I added some Blue Bayou and Soft Sky double stitched grosgrain ribbon and some white floss. The brads are from the Soft Subtles collection. The button is also from the Soft Subtles collection. I did add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter using the all around glue pen. I punched the flower out with the 5 Petal Punch and the tag uses the 1/2" circle punch and the 1/8" circle punch. I curled the flower petals up a little bit to show dimension and to keep the sliding part of the card smooth. I also used Stampin' Dimensionals under the flower but put them only on the bottom two petals underneath.

My Birthday Cards from Friends & BLOG CANDY!

First of all, sorry for the blurry pictures. I don't know what's going on with my camera but I just can't get a good picture! I'll keep playing with it and hopefully I'll get it fixed soon.

I just got a couple of beautiful cards from some friends and wanted to share them with you. The first one is from my Stampin' Up! Upline, Colleen Becker. Colleen makes me a card every year AND always gives me a FREE stamp set of my choice. This year is no different. Thank you very much Colleen. I really appreciate that you remember my birthday every year. I've been a demonstrator under Colleen for 11 years now, can you believe it??? I can't I signed up with her after my very first demonstration. Actually it wasn't even a demo just for me. She came to my work one year for Secretary's Day and did a presentation. I was hooked the moment I laid eyes on my very first stamp!! Thanks Colleen!
This second card is from a good friend and a stamper in my downline. Edra Jandro. Edra has been with SU! for a few years now and is a wonderful demonstrator. She always has new and exciting things she's working on and never fails to send me a birthday card! Thank you so much Edra!

I would love to do a little poll here. So, if you could leave me a comment on which stamp set you think I should get I think I'll have a little Blog Candy for the winner. The winner will be chosen by the stamp set I choose. If I have more than one person with the same answer I will send both the Blog Candy. Thanks for your help!!

My Upline Meeting

Here are the projects we made at my upline's meeting tonight. We all get together once a month to stamp and chit chat. Each person brings a make n take for each of us to make and I just wanted to share them with you. If you would like to recreate any of these cards, please let me know. I would be happy to have a class for you and your friends and we can gather at my home or yours.

This is the card designed by Colleen Becker (my Upline):
This is the card designed by Valerie Cook:This is the card designed by Korrin Lucca:These tags were designed by Lori Owles:and...this is the card I designed. I got the idea from Beate Johns blog. You can go here to get the full instructions. Splitcoast Technique Tutorials: Surprise Pop-up


Acetate Thank You

Well, here's the final card I came up with for my Son's thank you notes. I used acetate for the background. I've had these acetate sheets for years and just never used them. I have been so into acetate lately that I just had to use them. I got them at Office Max so they're not anything fancy. They're not the really nice sheets like at the scrapbook stores but they are working just the same. I am going to have to get the white Staz-On ink pad so I can create nice backgrounds on the acetate. I've seen some really elegant cards using this pad so I have to try it. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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