Saturday, June 25, 2011

fabulous florets trifold card holder...on CPC

Another fun project to share with you from Craft Project Central...

Make this pretty little trifold card holder, give it to a friend and tell her once she uses the cards inside, so make more and pass it along to another friend! And so on, a kind of "pay-it-forward" gift! What could be more fun than that? This is a fun and easy project that is a great gift, as mentioned, and is also a great class or club project!

Visit HERE to see the beautiful inside!

This project is created by Wendy at Wickedly Wonderful Creations.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

more Craft Project Central projects...and some winners!

Last week was a busy week for me! I had a 3 for $6 card night on Tuesday. The next day, the family and I headed up North a couple of hours and took a trip to Great Wolf Lodge, a hotel with a HUGE water park. It was such a blast!! We got back on Thursday night and I went straight to work preparing for my Farewell Fiesta Stampin' Event on Friday night. Then came a busy Saturday and even busier Sunday with Father's Day! I've taken the last few days to just unwind and get things done around the house and play with the kids a little (in the SUN - yes, we finally got sun on Tuesday!). Which means over the last few days not a lot of stamping has been done!

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I do, however, have a couple more projects to share with you from Craft Project Central. Don't forget that every month you subscribe to for only $10, you are receiving 10 full tutorials with pictures, step by step instructions, and a complete supply list. Each of these projects are created with Stampin' Up! only products, which would be great for a stamp camp or club.

Here is part two of the Fabulous Florets Wedding Ensemble (click here for part one). This project includes instructions and templates for the table tent, menu card, place card, favor box, and thank you card! This great project can easily be altered for other party themes like birthdays, showers, Thanksgiving, etc.!

{this project is designed and created by Sonya at Paper Creations}

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Here is a cute little "planting party" birthday invitation and favor box. This is a cute idea for a boy (or girls) birthday party. It would also be cute for a garden party or as a gift for someone who loves gardening! Project includes instructions and templates for the invitation and favor!

{this project is designed and created by Lynn at Stamp-n-Design}

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And, before I go...

I wanted to share with you the winner of my giveaway last week. I had my sweet little girl draw a name before heading to bed (after bath time if you notice the wet hair!).

And the winner is...

Sarah, you will receive a FREE June subscription ($10 value) for Craft Project Central! Congrats! I'll send your e-mail to CPC's hostess and she'll get you hooked up with a username and password to receive all of the tutorials for June. Thanks to everyone who entered to win!

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I also held a giveaway last week for my customers that for every $25 spent in catalog product, their name would be entered into a drawing to win a FREE 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog ($9.95 value) and a $10 gift certificate!

And the winner is...

{my sweet boy right before bed time!}

Congrats, Terri! I'll get you your FREE catalog when it goes "live" on July 1st and have fun picking out something with your $10 gift certificate. There are lots of fun things in the upcoming catalog!

Monday, June 20, 2011

farewell fiesta card night!

Friday night I co-hosted a Farewell Fiesta card making event with my upline Andrea...6 cards for $12. Each of the six cards featured mostly retiring stamp sets and accessories. I was responsible for designing and preparing three of the cards and Andrea was responsible for the other three. We wanted to be able to ink up some of our retiring stamp sets before we say "adios" to many of them! We held a door prize drawing every 1/2 hour and had lots of retiring or long-retired products to buy and many Fiesta-themed goodies to eat...and margaritas! I think the ladies had a fun time...I know I did! It was a fun time with 12 stampers who joined us for food, fun, and stamping the night away!

Below are the three cards I created...

Stamp Set: Seeing Stars (retiring)

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red

Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red, Versamark (for embossing)

Accessories: Dimensionals, Real Red 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (retiring-25% off!), Night of Navy 1/8" Taffeta ribbon (retiring-25% off!), red brads, White Embossing Powder

Tools: Star punch (retiring), Paper Snips (to cut out small stars), Paper Piercing Tool & Mat Pack, Embossing Tool

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Stamp Set:
Hello Again (retiring)

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Melon Mambo, markers - Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Daffodil Delight 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon (retiring)

Tools: Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die, Paper Snips (to cut out butterfly), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Small Oval punch (retired-sold out!), 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch,

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Stamp Set: Birthday Bliss (retiring)

Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade, Pawsitively Prints II DSP (retiring-25% off!)

Ink: Early Espresso, markers - Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds (adhered with the 2-Way Glue Pen)

Tools: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4" Circle punch, 2" Circle (using non-SU! cutting tool), Corner punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch

Saturday, June 18, 2011

homemade dog treats...on CPC

I wanted to share with you yet another fun project from Craft Project Central! To get your hands on 10 full tutorials all you have to do is subscribe to the month of June...and for only $10!

Treat your dog and his furry friends to these homemade Beefy Dog Treats! Wrap them in this cute cellophane gift bag and send along a matching 6" x 6" recipe page. Embellish your package with a personalized pet identification tag! Project instructions include the Beefy Dog Treat recipe, recipe page layout, gift bag topper, and templates for several different pet ID tags!

This project was created by Kris at Paper Fairy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

color challenge - Hello Again!

I just wanted to pop in real quick to share a card I created for the Paper Players Color Challenge this week, which is also one of the cards we will be making tonight at my Farewell Fiesta Card Making Night! My co-host and I have created 6 cards all using retiring sets as we "ink up" some of them one last time before saying "adios"!

LOVE these colors together!!

I'll be back to update with all of the details after tonight's event!
Updated: Find out all of the details on this card HERE.

Gotta run!

And, while you're here...
scoot on over to enter into my giveaway by clicking HERE.

Edited to add on 6/9/11:
I'm so pleased and honored to be chosen as "A Cut Above" for this week's Paper Players Color Challenge. Thank you, Cindy!

3 for $6 Card Making Night - June

On Tuesday night I traveled to my mother-in-law's home and held a 3 for $6 card night with her and her friends! She lives about an hour away and we started to have card nights every other month since there were so many friends interested in making cards, but it was such a long drive for them to come my way (understandable!). With the beginning of summer, it wasn't as well attended as the last one, but I really enjoyed being able to stamp with the few ladies that were there and answer questions without feeling like I was running around everywhere!

The first card is a CASE from the ever-so-talented Mary Fish with just a few little changes made. I just love this Tiny Teacup stamp and I'm so glad it's staying in the next catalog. My mother-in-law holds a monthly "Grandma's Tea" with her friends and I knew this was the perfect stamp for her (she ended up purchasing one for herself!) It's a single stamp with the tea cup and the "hello" right underneath it. I've seen some really fun things made with this ONE stamp! It doesn't show it in this picture, but I ended up adding a small little flower with a rhinestone in the middle and stuck it right next to the hello. I'll try to update with a new picture later!

Stamp Set: Tiny Teacup

Paper: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Perfect Plum

Ink: markers - Concord Crush, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Dimensionals, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon

Tools: 1-1/4" Square punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch, Small Oval punch (retiring and no longer available!)

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This next card I actually used for one of my card nights last summer, but I just had to pull it out again to use for this summer as it was new to these stampers AND the Tart & Tangy stamp set is retiring, so I wanted to ink it up some more!! I added the rhinestones this year instead of the silver brads which is what I used last time. If you look closely you'll see the polka-dotted textured background on the Pumpkin Pie card stock.

Stamp Set: Tart & Tangy

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron

Ink: So Saffron, markers - So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Rhinestone Accents, Pumpkin Pie flower brad, Dazzling Diamonds

Tools: Ticket Corner punch, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates (used with Big Shot)

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The last card we created each guest had their choice of what color scheme they wanted to go with. It was interesting to see which colors were the winners and by far more chose the green and purple (it would have been my first choice, too!) You may recognize these cards as I shared about how to make a "quilt" card awhile back. I added a little butterfly accent this time around.

Stamp Set: With All My Heart

Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Sunny Garden DSP

Ink: Poppy Parade

Accessories: Dimensionals, Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon

Tools: Top Note Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (used with Big Shot), Wide Oval punch

Stamp Set:
Perfect Punches

Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP (retired)

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Dimensionals, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon

Tools: Top Note Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (used with Big Shot), Wide Oval punch

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Don't forget to enter to win a FREE JUNE SUBSCRIPTION to Craft Project Central by leaving a comment on MY FOURTH OF JULY PARTY ENSEMBLE POST. With a FREE June subscription, you will get 10 full tutorials with step-by-step directions, pictures, and a list of supplies for each project!

My Project Contribution to June!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

4th of July Party Ensemble...on CPC (and a giveaway!!)

Yay! It's finally my day to share with you the project(s) that I designed for Craft Project Central this month. I was so honored to be asked to be a June contributor and as part of the perks I get to give away a FREE June subscription ($10 value) to one of my blog readers! All you have to do is leave a comment by Saturday at midnight on this post telling me one of your favorite things about summer!

Are you throwing a Fourth of July party this year? Create a coordinated ensemble of patriotic ideas to add a special handmade touch to your party decor! Your guests will love the bright colors of red, white, and blue adorning the table! Project instructions include, Firecracker Party Favors, Straw Tag Decorations, Napkin & Silverware/Utensil Holders, and Flavored Drink Holder instructions! And, if you’re not throwing a Fourth of July party, use these instructions to make these items for any other type of party, birthday, shower, holiday, etc.!

June Bonus Project

To get the instructions for this bonus project, just subscribe to June, and meet one of the other bonus project requirements of: subscribing to two or more months in a row, putting the Craft Project Central badge/blinkie on your blog, or referring a friend and letting us know when they subscribe!

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And just so you know...the Star Punch & Seeing Stars Stamp Set I used for these projects are both retiring at the end of the month! You'll want to get your hands on these products before they're gone...they are great products for the 4th of July! Let me know if you'd like to place an order!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

vintage scrap album & tote...on CPC

I have another beautiful project to share with you today from Craft Project Central.

This project was created by Monika at M.A.D Stamper.

Here is a lovely vintage-style mini scrap album perfect for holding some of your cherished memories! The matching tote is perfect for presenting and keeping the album safe! This is a great gift for grandparents, teachers, friends, etc., and is a great class or club project!

Subscribe to June at Craft Project Central for only $10 for the month!
You will receive 10 complete tutorials with pictures
(+1 bonus project for subscribing to 2 months in a row!).

Come back tomorrow because MY PROJECT will be featured!!


I'll be giving away a FREE June subscription to one of my lucky blog readers!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

fabulous florets seed keeper and garden journal...on CPC

This past week I haven't really gotten the chance to play much in my stamp room! My daughter's last week of pre-school was this week and the sun has actually been shining, so the time to be in my stamp room has been limited. I am itching to play along with some sketch and color challenges, but I fear that this next week will be a tough one, too, as I am preparing for TWO Stampin' Up! events next week! Plus, our family is going out of town for an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge as a celebration into summer!!

So, for now I want to share with you yet another fun project that is being showcased on Craft Project Central for the month of June! Head on over to subscribe to June to get 10 wonderful project tutorials for only $10! Be on the lookout for a giveaway here on my blog to win a FREE June subscription to Craft Project Central. PLUS, my project that I have designed for Craft Project Central is coming soon!!

This beautiful project below is created by Kim at Paper Punch Addiction.

Do you or someone in your life enjoy gardening? This pretty accordion box is great for holding those extra flower and vegetable seeds for the next growing season. Keep track of what you plant and when, in the included gardening journal that fits right into the accordion box. Also works great for a coupon file, holding extra note cards, receipts and photos!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

watering can treat container...on CPC

One of the perks of being a guest designer over at Craft Project Central is that I get to see a sneak peek of the projects created by some fabulous stampers and then I get to share them with all of you!

This next project is created by the super-talented Connie Collins at Constantly Stamping.

Turn a simple paper cup into a fun and fabulous treat container that is the perfect favor for a women’s brunch or summer get together! In just a few easy steps you can create several favors to give as gifts to family and friends! Makes a great class or club project too!!

Subscribe to June 2011 to receive not only the full tutorial for the above project, but for 9 other projects, as well! 10 projects for only $10 per month you choose to subscribe to.

For more featured projects for the month of June, go HERE.

happy owl...happy graduation!

My cousin's high school graduation party was on Sunday and I wanted to give her a gift card to Bed, Bath, & Beyond so she can find some fun new dorm room accessories when she goes off to college.

Of course I wanted a little something to hold the gift card, and I had remembered making these mini pizza boxes at one of my stamp club meetings and I knew it would be perfect!

I've seen these little graduation owls floating around blog land, and I couldn't wait to make one of my own to add to the top of the box!

{directions for mini pizza box found HERE}

~ box closed with band around it ~

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)

Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Celebrations DSP

Ink: Real Red

Accessories: Dimensionals, non-SU! red ribbon

Tools: Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Two-Step Owl punch, Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die

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How to Create the Graduation Owl

To create the owl's wings I used the Scallop Oval Punch and cut it in half lengthwise. I then cut one of the halves in half again (see below) to get the two wings. Glue the wings underneath, making them stick out as much as you would like.

To create the graduation cap, I free-hand cut the "kite" on the top as the cap. I cut a strip of black cardstock wide enough to fit the top of the owls head. Using the 1 1/4" circle punch, I punched the end of the strip of paper to get a rounded effect.

Cut the strip of paper down to size and then adhere the "cap" on top.
**Additional notes: You'll notice that in my owl with the finished project up above, I snipped off the owl's feet and replaced them with Tangerine Tango color. I glued the feet down first and then placed the owl's body on top of it. It took a little extra work, but I like the result. I also free-hand cut the mini triangle for the owl's beak. I also took a white piece of paper and rolled it up tight around a thin piece of dowel and then tied a ribbon around it. I adhered it with a couple of glue dots.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

for baby

I was invited to a baby shower for Saturday afternoon and wanted to make a cute little baby boy card. So, I decided to try another card using this week's colors at The Color Dare, but this time add in Chocolate Chip like I was supposed to (unlike my first card). I really love the addition of Chocolate Chip with the colors Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise, and Pear Pizzazz.

Updated to add on 6-7-11: What an honor it was to be chosen as the Featured Stamper at The Color Dare for this card!

{punch art sailboat inspired by Mary Fish}
**The sails of the sailboat are created using a 1 3/8" Square punch cut in half, then I cut a 1" square and cut that in half. The little "flag" at the top is cut free-hand. The bottom circle is half of a 1 3/4" Circle punch.**

Stamp Set:
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Brights Pattern Pack (Tempting Turquoise)

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: 1/2" Poly-Stitched Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Itty Bitty Buttons, glue dots (for button)

Tools: 1 3/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Square punch, Word Window punch

travel organizer...on CPC

Today I'm sharing with you another project that is a part of the lineup for the June projects over at Craft Project Central. If you missed my earlier post about being chosen as one of the guest designers for June, go HERE. You'll also find all of the details on how you can get the directions, supply lists, templates, etc. for 10 projects for only $10!

The project below is created by Naoko at Stampage. She has designed a fun little travel organizer that you can use this summer to keep track of your vacation itinerary, receipts, event tickets, photos, etc.!

{for a peek on what it looks like inside - go HERE}

Visit Craft Project Central to subscribe to the month of June...
there are many more projects to come!

Friday, June 3, 2011

turtle birthday

You know how sometimes you make a card (and spend HOURS on it!), but you feel like there is something just not right about it? However, you finally realize enough is enough and you just call it good to be done with it. That is how I felt with this card! I still feel like something is "off" about it's missing something, but before I waste any more of my time and energy on it, I just have to say it's finished. Some lucky little kiddo will get it and smile...and that's good enough for me!

I created this card using colors from this week's color challenge at The Color Dare...

Pear Pizzazz
Tempting Turquoise
Very Vanilla

You'll notice that the turtle is actually stamped on the inside of the card and I made hole for it to show through from the front.

Here is the inside...

And up close...
I added a little black dot for the eye...does it seem too creepy?
I also added some "shadows" on the ground.

Stamp Set: Fox & Friends,

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Pawsitively Prints II DSP, In-Color Hostess Pack

Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake used with Blender Pen

Accessories: 1/2" Poly-Stitched Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Tempting Turquoise button, glue dots (for button)

Tools: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch

Thursday, June 2, 2011

introducing...Craft Project Central

I am so honored to be chosen as one of the June designers for Craft Project Central! (My project will come later in the stay tuned!)

Craft Project Central offers ideas for workshops, classes, clubs, and just plain fun crafting, so whether you are a SU! demonstrator or an avid crafter, Craft Project Central is perfect for you! Each month Craft Project Central features projects from 10 Stampin' Up demonstrators. Each month you subscribe to will give you access to 10 projects with detailed, full-color, step-by-step instructions. Projects are easy to duplicate, practical, and functional. All of this for only $10 for each month that you subscribe! New projects will be loaded every two to three days, so once you subscribe come back often to see the new projects!

Once there is a new project up on the Craft Project Central site during the month of June, I will post it here on my blog, but you will need to subscribe to Craft Project Central to get all of the details!

Our first project is created by Julie at Inkredible Stamping. She has designed a fun and fabulous Father's day project for us!

Dad’s favorite candy or a gift card are extra special when you wrap the gift in a Dress Shirt Gift Bag! Pair the gift with a coordinating card and you’re set for Father’s Day, which is right around the corner!! Project includes instructions for the dress shirt, gift bag, origami tie (so cute!!) and the Father’s Day card! This project would also be great for gifts for any man in your life, husband, co-worker, boss (and if your boss is a female, make it feminine!)!

Head on over to Craft Project Central to sign up!

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And, in other exciting stampin' news...

I was the Featured Stamper for last week's color challenge over at The Color Dare! We were encouraged to use the colors So Saffron, Concord Crush, and a Neutral of our choice (I chose Crumb Cake).

Here is the card I created...

{more details in my earlier post HERE}

You really need to head on over to The Color Dare to play's so much fun! This week's colors are Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, and Very Vanilla. I hope to be able to come up with something fun!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

time to say retiring stamps & more!

It's June you know what that means?

Stampin' Up! has just released their list of retiring stamp sets, accessories, and Definitely Decorative decor items. Get your favorites today as they will be gone for good come June 30th.

Want to see what's retiring?

Click on each of the pictures below to send you straight to the Stampin' Up! website where each of the retiring products are located. You will find a picture of each item, as well as the price. Your price when you order through me is the "preferred price".

~ Clear Mount Stamps ~

~ Wood Mount Stamps ~

~ Accessories ~

{available only while supplies last!}

~ Definitely Decorative ~

Discontinued Products - up to 40% off!

{to see discount click on the individual product picture and it will show you the "sale price"}

I will be placing an order tomorrow, so contact me by 9:00 AM Thursday morning if you are in the Portland, Oregon area. Many of the accessories are "get them before they're gone", especially those up to 40% off, so I want to get an order in soon! You can also order off my website by visiting and clicking on SHOP NOW!

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Mark your calendars for my next event!

It's a...
Farewell Fiesta!
Friday, June 17th, 6-10 house style
{please arrive no later than 8 PM to make sure you have plenty of time to complete your cards}

6 cards for $12

My co-host Andrea & I will be designing 6 cards using all retiring stamp sets, as well as other retiring accessories.

Come help us say adios to some favorite stamps...maybe you'll fall in love with something you just can't live without!

We'll also have some retired/retiring products for sale, as well as pre-made cards and other gifts.

Door prizes every 1/2 hour and bring a friend and/or your own adhesive for extra door prize tickets.

Snacks, treats, and beverages provided!

Hope to see you there!

Man + Sketch Challege (A La Card Monkey #58)

This week over at A La Card Monkey, the challenge is a Man + Sketch Card. Perfect timing because I needed to make a handful of cards to have available for sale. I really wanted something that was quick, easy and not too bulky to send in the mail.

Here is this week's sketch...

And, here is my {clean and simple} card...

Stamp Set: Best Dad Ever

Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Sweet Pea DSP (retired)

Ink: markers - Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: 1" Double-Stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (retired), Dimensionals

Tools: none
// ADDED BY RYAN ON 1-3-14 // END ADDED BY RYAN 1-4-14