Simply Adorned

I have been wanting to play with the Simply Adorned Charms ever since Stampin' Up! has released them, and FINALLY got to create with them.  Oh, so much fun!  I ordered the 1 x 1 charm first, because I knew I wanted to use Cute by the Inch stamp set (Hostess Level Two).  The front of the charm is beveled, which makes it so pretty.  The back of the charm is flat; however, it still looks awesome when decorated.  Two necklaces in one charm.  Now, I can't wait to order the other ones and see what I can create with those.

For the front of my charm, I used a direct marker technique for the image.  I colored the petals in Pacific Point, the stem and outline in Old Olive, and the friends in Pumpkin Pie.  I gave it a huff and stamped the image on Whisper White paper.  Then I punched it out with a 1 x 1 square punch.  Lastly, I added a little blue bling to the center of the flower.  Cute!



For the back, I stamped the owl image on a Kaleidacolor pad with oranges, reds and browns.  Then I punched it out with a 1 x 1 square punch, and added the orange bling for its eyes.  Love it!  There are so many possibilities.  I can't wait to make one for all the holidays.

The Simply Adorned Charms are nickel-plated with tempered glass on front and back and a lobster clasp.  Locket-style charm with hinge lets you insert custom artwork or photos.  Packaged in a gift box.  These are various sizes: 

116799     1 1/2 x 2 Charm              $21.95
116798     1 x 1 1/4 Charm              $18.95
116797     1 x 1 Charm                    $17.95
118476       5/8" Square Charm          $8.95
117349       5/8" Circle Charm            $8.95
117342        Bracelet 8"                      $7.95
116800     Chain 24"                       $10.95
116853     Chain 34"                       $12.95

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Halloween Easel

This is the first easel card I have made.  I love these cards!  I always thought they looked hard to make.  Oh, I was wrong.  This card measures 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.  This card will go perfectly with the Halloween treat box I made for the last LIVE Ustream class.  Join me this Wednesday, September 29th at 9 p.m. CST to see how I made this.  If you make the treat box for someone special, you could add this card for that extra special treat.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: house of haunts, tiny tags
Paper: wicked fun dsp, old olive, cajun craze, black, rich razzleberry
Ink: black, black marker
Accessories: black button (other), 1/2" lace trim
Punches: bat (other), scallop edge border, decorative label
Techniques: easel card

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Batty For You

Our boys had a four day weekend from school, so I took them back to my parents to visit my Aunt Dotty.  She lives in Seattle, WA and was back for her class reunion.  Seth was able to make the trip, so I had to drive.  I don't mind driving, but it sure is nice to sit back and read a book.  Missed ya, Dear!  We had a great weekend and now it is back to school and our regular routine.

I made this card for an online class I am taking from Andrea Walford and Sophia Landry.  We were supposed to use colors we don't normally choose.  I have this new Peach Parfait that I haven't use yet.  Orange is my favorite color, but I tend to lean towards the fall colors.  In addition, I decided to use a monochromatic color scheme.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: batty jumbo wheel (retired), halloween (retired)
Paper: whisper white, black, peach parfait DSP, peach parfait cardstock
Ink: black pigment ink, black, peach parfait
Accessories: dimensionals, embossing powder, black pearls
Punches: bat (other)
Techniques: embossing

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House of Haunts

This is one of my favorite Halloween stamp sets, House of Haunts.  I love the silhouettes of the house and tree.  I wasn't going to show you this card at first, because I am not 100% thrilled with it.  The longer it sat on my desk, the more I decided I liked it more than I thought.  I am still not 100% happy with it, but it is okay.  It is only my second brayer card on my own.  I need to keep practicing.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: house of haunts, teeny tiny wishes
Paper: old olive, night of navy, whisper white, black
Ink: marina mist, not quite navy, concord crush, black, pear pizzazz, old olive, early expresso
Accessories: blue button (other), black cord (other), dimesionals
Punches: medium jewelry tag
Techniques: brayer

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Happy Halloween Box #2

I made this little treat carrier with the Big Shot and Box #2 die.  I love making Halloween projects with all the fun embellishments and paper.  The colors are awesome!

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Owl Punch Penguin

This is another reason I love, love, love the owl can make more than just owls with it.  I showed this to my downlines last night at our team meeting after making the owl card from yesterday's post.  I got this penguin idea from Diana Gibbs again.  Isn't he the cutest?

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: teeny tiny wishes
Paper: ruby red (retired), bordering blue (retired), thoroughly modern (retired), whisper white, black, summer sun
Ink: chocolate chip, real red, marina mist
Accessories: dimensionals, white string (other), 1/4" grosgrain ribbon chocolate chip, perfect polka dot impressions folder, white gel pen
Punches: 1 3/8" circle, circle scallop, modern label, word window, 3/4" circle punch

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I saw this card on Diana's blog, and knew I had to CASE it.  I love, love, love it!  Diana is a fellow SU! Demonstrator and Paper Craft Planet DT member.  The only parts I changed were the sentiments and the breast of the owls.  Oh, thanks Diana for your inspiration.

This is one of two projects I will be showing my downlines in class Monday night on Ustream.  I have a private classroom for us for training, questions and updates.  My downlines live all over the U.S., so this is a way we can meet.  I am showcasing the two-step owl XL punch for them.  I will show you the other project Tuesday after they see it.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: teeny tiny wishes, congrats (retired), woodgrain
Paper: early expresso, crumb cake, old olive, whisper white, black, pumpkin pie, real red, Thoroughly modern (retired)
Ink: early expresso
Accessories: none
Punches: 1 3/4" circle, two-step owl XL, two-step bird xl, word window, modern label

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Boy, what a busy week.  So many people ask me...What do you do with all of your time now both of your boys are in school?  My answer...What time?  LOL!  I seem to spread myself thinner the more "free" time I have.  Between my Stampin' Up! business, volunteering in Tate and Tanner's classrooms every week, PTA, Religious Education (now, I am taking EPIC - history of the Catholic Church), Eucharist Adoration, online classes, stamp meetings with fellow stampers and cleaning my house (yes, this is last...hee hee)....I try to hang out with my family.  Whew!  I am having so much fun with all of these activities.  Thank you, God for such a blessed life!

Yesterday, I volunteered in Tate's classroom and worked at the Open House last night.  Tanner calls it "Opening House".  Tanner was so excited to show us his room and all his artwork.  It is so fun to be around such excitement for school.  Tate was happy that his parents had an assignment, when we got to his class.  We had to write him a letter.  Then he gets to proof it and make corrections.  Ouch!  I hope I don't get too many red marks.

Today (Friday), is the day I clean the entire house.  At least it will be clean for a day.  The boys are staying all night at Grandma and Grandpa B's, and Seth and I are going out with some friends.  We are meeting at my favorite restaurant, JAZZ.  Yummy!  They have cajun food.  I get this delicious shrimp dish.  I don't even know what it is called until I see it on the menu.  My mouth is watering right now!

I did make the boys a magical wand holder; however, I need to tweak it before showing you.  I hope to get some time to create this weekend.  I have an order coming today that has some wonderful products I need to make a brayer Halloween card I have had rolling around in my head.  Until then, I have some digital update news for you.  Here are the newest downloads available for My Digital Studio or your scrapbook program (i.e. Adobe Photoshop).

(123200) To the Nine DSP  $4.95

(121434) Typewriter Numbers  $5.95

(121435) Timeless Stamp  $3.95
(122161) Word Window Punch  $0.95

(121436) Favorite Thoughts Stamp  $3.95

(121437) In a Word Stamp  $3.95

Oh, I booked my flight to San Diego yesterday.  YAY!  Seth has a business meeting there in October and I am going to tag along and hang out with my friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Denise!  It is going to be so much fun.  Grandma and Grandpa will be staying with the boys, because they have school.  They want to come, because they think California means Disneyland again.  I keep singing the song, "We're NOT going to Disneyland."  Remember that song I'm Going to Disneyland?.

Have a good one!

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Spider Candy Wrapper

This is the final project we will be making at the Halloween workshop on Sunday, October 19th.  Don't ya just love the candy wrapper design?  It is the new Big Shot die by Stampin' Up! in the holiday mini catalog on page 10.

The cardstock was embossed with the new spider web textured impressing embossing folder and then swiped with white craft ink.  You can't see the shimmer (bummer); however I spritzed it with silver foil smooch.  I love that word "smooch".  I made this cute wrapper at my friend, Kim's house last week.  Love it!

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: batty for you
Paper: black, whisper white, pumpkin pie, pear pizzazz
Ink: concord grape, whisper white pigment
Accessories: silver foil smooch spritz, pear pizzazz andpeach parfait stitched-poly ribbon, spider web embossing folder, candy wrapper big shot die
Punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, scallop circle
Techniques: 3D

Tonight...LIVE Class....Ustream

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Happy Day

I had a request from Maria (Hi, Maria!) to create a card for a Ustream class using the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set.  Last night, I decided to sit down with that set and Inspired by Nature to create a project for my next Ustream LIVE class this Wednesday, September 15th.  This is what I created:

Tate was doing his homework while I was creating and he was getting frustrated with his math assignment.  I explained to him that I started over and tore apart this card numerous times and he didn't see me getting frustrated.  He said, "Yeah, but that is something you LIKE to do!"  Smart kid!  I had to agree.  Then I told him getting frustrated doesn't help.  He is going to work on that.  

I used the direct marker technique to stamp my sunflower image and my stamp-a-ma-jig to place the sentiment by them.  I hope you can join me tomorrow night.  If you would like to stamp with me here is the list of materials I used:

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: inspired by nature, flight of the butterfly, tiny tags
Paper: greenhouse gala, old olive, daffodil delight, chocolate chip, whisper white
Ink: chocolate chip, real red, daffodil delight
Accessories: old olive marker, daffodil delight, chocolate chip marker, early expresso marker, 1/4" old olive, real red brads, dimensionals, hemp twine
Punches: medium jewelry tag
Techniques: direct marker

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Halloween Carton

Remember the Mummy Can I made here?  I finally made the second project for the Halloween workshop I am holding on Sunday, October 17th at 1 p.m.  This little milk carton is another spooky and cute candy holder for your Trick or Treaters.

I have one more project to show you to complete the workshop.

Other side

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: batty for you
Paper: old olive, whisper white, cajun craze, wicked fun dsp
Ink: old olive
Accessories: white gel pen, dimensionals, milk carton sizzix die
Punches: 1 3/8" circle, circle scallop, 1/16" circle punch
Techniques: 3d

Don't forget this Wednesday night, LIVE class on my Ustream channel at 9 p.m. CST.  I will showing you direct marker technique and using stamp sets Inspired by Nature and Flight of the Butterfly.

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Sketch Challenge - September 11, 2010

Hello!  I am your hostess this week for our weekly sketch challenge at Paper Craft Planet.  Once you have uploaded your card into your photos at Paper Craft Planet, tag it sk091110.  I will grab it, and put it in our featured gallery.  Thanks for playing along this week.

Sketch was made with My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up!

Here is my card:

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: paisley prints, paisley party, teeny tiny wishes
Paper: old olive, whisper white
Ink: old olive, old olive marker, pumpkin pie marker, cherry cobbler marker
Accessories: itty bitty buttons, dimensionals, mini glue dots
Punches: itty bitty shape punch pack
Techniques: direct marker coloring

Have fun creating!


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I am so happy!  Finally, I can go to Michelle Zindorf's blog and recreate the cards she makes.  I understand what she is doing....YAY!  This card is awesome!  I love the colors!  Orange is my favorite.  Here is her tutorial.  I am glad mine resembles hers.

My sister and parents are here for the weekend, so I won't be creating much.  I am the hostess starting Saturday at Paper Craft Planet for the sketch challenge.  I hope you can play along with me.

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Shore Do Love You

Our wedding anniversary is in November, so I thought I better get a card made.  I know it is early, but I felt like using my retired set Crab & Company and it fit the theme.  I don't use my retired sets a lot; however, sometimes they call to me...pick me, pick me!  I love this set and was sad, when it retired.  In fact, the paper I used Thoroughly Modern is retired too.  Seth doesn't care.  In fact, he would NEVER know.  He doesn't follow my blog, but I show him everything I make.  I told him this was for my parents....ha ha!  Their anniversary is this month.

Once I chose the stamp set and papers, I decided to play along with Susanna at Paper Craft Planet's sketch challenge this week.  She has a great sketch for you!  The only thing I added were the little clams at the bottom of mine that weren't on her sketch.  I couldn't pass up putting pearls on them.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: crab & company (retired)
Paper: thoroughly modern (retired)
Ink: black staz on, taken with teal (retired), crumb cake, rose red, real red
Accessories: basic pearls, hemp twine, aqua painiter
Punches: 2 1/2" circle, 2 3/8" scallop, oval scallop xl, oval large, 3/4" circle, 1/16" circle
Techniques: watercoloring

See the scallop behind my main image?  If my circle is 2 1/2" and my scallop punch is 2 3/8", how does my scallop show?  I punched a few scallops, cut them and arranged them behind the main image to make it fit.  Neat, huh?

Oh, I almost forgot....I watercolored my main image with ink pads and an aqua painter.

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