Monday, February 28, 2011


Hello Fellow Stampers!  I am so happy to announce that a few weeks ago I signed my very first recruit and I am EXTREMELY excited about it!  I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for a few years now but I was more of a hobbyist than anything else.  But recently I decided that I would like to share what I've learned throughout the years and in the process hopefully be able to supplement part of this hobby! lol.  So it is with honour that I welcome Kathleen Collins to my team and hopefully she will be the first of many (if you join my team you'll be a lucky recipient of one of these beauties as well!)

To show my appreciation I made Kathleen this card:

The image is one that my upline, Christyne stamped out for me.  You may recognize it as the Stampin' Up! motto and an extremely rare stamp that was available at Convention last year...I would LOVE to get my hot little hands on one of those but in the meantime I know where I can get some images if need be.

I started off by punching out the image with the Decorative Label Punch, then I punched out the shape two more times in Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant.  I then cut the shape in half and snipped off the ends and spaced them out to create a border around the main image that was stamped in Elegant Eggplant onto Very Vanilla.  A stripe of DSP matted on the same colour combination as the image, finished off with a Very Vanilla satin bow was all it took to make this card.

Thanks for looking!


Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Stamp: Love What You Do (demo exclusive)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: dsp, Decorative Label Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Can't Wait...Bring On The PINK!!!

Hey's been since a crazy but great weekend!!  Happy Belated Family Day!  We took the kids up north for a winter fun filled weekend that included skating, skiing, swimming (I know this isn't really "winter" but my kids are like fish, so where there's water chances are they're in it!), tobagganning, snowshoe-ing, and just quality family time.  It was a great resort since it was private so my older boys were able to go off and do things together with some friends they met there if they didn't want to do what the younger kids wanted to do, and it gave DH and I peace of mind that they weren't going to get lost or worse.  Definately a family oriented and kid friendly place!!  So now that we're back, I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things and realized that I'm late with my posting AGAIN!!  lol...

So on that note here's the invitation that I made for my brother and Lisa's baby shower.

The base is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  The text was printed on Whisper White cardstock, then mounted on Elegant Eggplant and Sahara Sand.  I just LOVE the ultrasound picture!!  She's sucking her thumb and it was the PERFECT picture!  The picure was also mounted with the same combination as the text.  I wanted to give the "Registered At" piece a softer look, so I punched it out with the Modern Label Punch and then slid it into the circle punch to round off the end since it was too long.  The finishing touch was the "Please Join Us for A Baby Shower" which was computer generated and printed on vellum.  I think this invite came together beautifully just like my niece will be!

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Accessories: Ribbon, Modern Label Extra-Large Punch, 1" Circle Punch

Saturday, February 12, 2011

January Stamp Camp Project

Hi Everyone!  TGIF!!!  It's been a really long (but great) day!  We started the day off with a Valentine's Party at a friend's house, where the kids got to make a gift and card for dad.  They were all so cute!  My girlfriend 'borrowed' this awesome idea that we make heart shaped cookies, poke a hole through it before baking, and then when they were done we strung them with licorice laces to make necklaces.  So adorable!!!  But not many survived long enough to be fashionable accessories before being gobbled up! Then we made cards for daddy (of course they HAD to be handmade!!!)  I will have to get permission from the other moms and/or do some editing on the pictures before I post.  Oh and the kids also made their own pizzas for lunch!  Did I mention that there were 9 kids all under the age of 4???  So needless to say us mommies needed a cup of coffee or two to keep up!

Then I took my kids skating for the first time (well at least for the younger two) and lemme tell ya my back is definitely feeling the love now!  It was so much fun to see how much they were enjoying themselves but I think I will take the younger ones when it's not so busy. 

So after a day filled with hearts and love I decided that I will share with you the project that my stamp club made for January's class.  It was a Valentine's Day gift for our significant others....

First I'll start off with the card.  It's a Double Slider card and the tutorial for it can be found over at Splitcoaststampers.  Here's a look at it 'opened'.

As you can see there's a smaller front panel and a larger back panel that comes out to reveal a whole lot of love!  I used a number of different sets to complete this card and I really like the way it came together.   Now I know I said that it's supposed to be for our SO's and I did try to come up with a more masculine colour combo but to me Valentine's Day screams RED and PINK!!! lol.

As for our project, it's a cute little mini scrapbook/photo album that can be carried around to show off pictures of the kids.  Here's a closer look.

This adorable little album can hold up to 12 pictures and is the perfect little size!

Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for looking!

Card Supplies
Cardstock: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Pretty in pink
Stamps: Sweet Centers, Simply Said, Punch Party (retired), All Holidays, A Word For You
Accessories: Full Heart Extra Large Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Round Tab Extra Large Punch, ribbon

Album Supplies
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, assorted dsp
Ink: Real Red
Stamps: Define Your Life
Accessories: Bag with Scallops Die (retired), Scallop Trim Border, assorted embellishments

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Addition

I am excited to announce that I am going to have a new niece!!  WOOHOO!!!  My baby brother (well I guess not so baby anymore but just saying that to piss him off if he reads and my sister in law, Lisa, aka E-Si, are expecting their first baby in May.  I am so excited for them!!!  I see LOTS of PINK in the near future!!

So we were talking one day at dinner at my parents' house how I found that hats and mitts didn't fit my kids when they were first born.  The only one that I found didn't slide off their head was the hand-knit one from the hospital.  That conversation led me to my next project....please keep in mind that I can only knit in a straight line, so I'm an expert in scarves, scarves, and more scarves! lol.  I googled knitting patterns and found that I didn't understand anything...even the ones that said "beginners" and "easy" were beyond me since I didn't know what "purl" meant (I know now that it means to "knit backwards").  So I "winged" it and came up with my own's the end results.

I made the pink set first and literally knit in a straight line then stitched up the side and the top.  But when I got to the blue set I became a little adventurous and ended up tapering the top so that it closed on it's own.  I'm quite proud of myself!  Here are close up's of both sets.

I am going to try to make at least a few more sets before AJ gets here! 

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