Cherry Amour

Cherry Amour

This was such a fun card to create.  I had seen some paper flowers made from other newsprint paper and knew I had to try it.  I sponged Cherry Cobbler ink onto the Die Cuts from the Flower Folds Die, putting more color around the edges.  I roughed up the petals a bit and made the center from the 1-3/8" and 1-3/4" circle punches.

I also stamped off the filigree circle with Cherry Cobbler ink before stamping onto the Newsprint DSP panel on the right.  I am finding that stamping the Cherry Cobbler ink at full strength is too dark for the look I am going for....although it was perfect for the Christmas card in my previous post.

I also sponged Cherry Cobbler ink onto the raised portions of the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder to make it stand out.

Before I added the flower to the front of the card, I spritzed the flower with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz to add some shimmer.  Here is a close-up:


Stamp Sets:  Artistic Etchings

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Newsprint DSP

Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Folds Die, Vintage Wallpaper DSP, Movers & Shapers Die, Sponges, 1-3/8" Circle punch, 1-3/4" Circle punch, Modern Label Punch, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, Dimensionals

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Cherry Cobbler....YUM!

How could anyone not fall in love with a color named after a dessert?  The new Cherry Cobbler is one of my absolute favorites!!!  I've paired it with the Artistic Etchings stamp set to create 2 very different cards for you today.

The first card, I "copied" from the new catalog....the orientation was changed and I modified the "Amour" tag, but it's pretty close to the catalog version. 

My 3-year old daughter loved this card so much, I caught her trying to take it to daycare with her today.  She recognized the Eiffel Tower....I'm amazed at what she has picked up from her favorite show, Little Einsteins.  I would not have know what the Eiffel Tower was when I was her age. 


Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings

Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP

Accessories:  Paper Piercer, White Gel Pen, Mat Pack, Modern Label Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Filigree Designer Brads

One of the great things about the new catalog is all the fabulous color combinations.  I'm sure I would have eventually paired Cherry Cobbler with a green, but check out how great it looks with Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  I can't wait to use this combination on many of my holiday cards.

Artistic christmas 

Stamp Sets:  Artistic Etchings, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (sponged around edges)

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Accessories:  2-3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Filigree Designer Brad, Modern Label punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain, sponges

I hope you've enjoyed today's cards and I hope that I get a chance to stamp a little more this weekend.  Have a good one and happy stampin'!


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New Stuff!

I am starting to feel like I have too many toys and not enough time!  I received a Cricut Expression and Gypsy for Mother's Day, the sewing machine for my birthday....and both already have a thin layer of dust on them.  So when it came time to order new items from the upcoming 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog, I decided to use a little restraint and only order a few things at first. 

I had my order ship by Next-Day air so that I could also get my hands on that new catalog.  I can't tell you any specifics, but you are going to LOVE it!  My wish list keeps growing and growing.

Lucky for you, I can show you projects that I make with the new products I received.  This is your official first sneak peek at new catalog items....and I tried to cram as many as I could onto this one card!  LOL!


I used the Mojo Monday 141 sketch for the layout.  Mojo141Sketch 

Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings

Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black

Paper:  Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Newsprint Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallop Rectangle Clearlits, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

I absolutely love this new stamp set called Artistic Etchings.  It is a set of 6 stamps and also features a key and Eiffel Tower images.  Here are a couple of close-ups:

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You can check out the Scallop Rectangle Clearlits die in the picture above.  What is great about this die, is that you can stamp your image first, then because you can see where the die will cut, you can cut out the image accurately.  The finished piece measures 1-1/2" x 2".

You can also see the great textured background that I created with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I sponged Crumb Cake ink over the raised images to make them stand out more.

By the way, Crumb Cake is the new name for Kraft.  We now have a stamp pad in Crumb Cake, too!  I love the way it looks on the sponged edges.

And finally, check out the Newsprint Designer Series Paper.  It gives a nice vintage look to any project and you only need to use a little bit.  I'm sure it will last me forever!

Hope you've enjoyed this little sneak peek.  Happy Stampin'!


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SUDSOL Blog Tour Stop #19

SUDSOL Blog Tour

Today, I am featuring samples using the Tropical Party stamp set, Island Oasis Designer Series Paper, and the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  These are actually my workshop projects for the month of June.  In a workshop setting, I will demonstrate at least one project and provide my guests with 1-2 hands-on project(s).  Lately, I've been focusing on just a few items from the mini catalogs for all of the projects.  This shows my customers that they don't need to own everything in the catalog to create beautiful items and also shows them how versatile our stamps, ink, and paper can be.


This card is a great make & take project.  It showcases the stamping with markers technique and only takes a few minutes to put together.  You could use this card for just about any summer occasion---birthdays, a party invitation, thank you, etc.

The Tropical Party stamp set really reminds me of all the fabulous trips that I have taken to Tropical Destinations with my husband.  I think this stamp set is perfect for scrapbooking, too!


Circledetail Flowerdetail 

A great perk of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is that you have the ability to earn wonderful incentive trips.  The first trip I earned was a cruise to the Mexican Riviera.  While we were in Puerto Vallarta, my husband and I found a tree named Ficus Benjamina.  Of course, I made him get his picture taken with it!

This scrapbook page is simple to demonstrate.  Stampin' Up offers many tools to create circles and this page utilizes punches and the circle cutter.  The circles form a scallop border around the photo mat, as well as a fabulous accent at the bottom of the page.  I also used the Flower Layers Originals die, but you could easily substitute the Island Floral die or any of our other Big Shot flower dies.

I have prepared a pdf file with measurements & basic instructions for both of these projects.  Feel free to use these projects in your upcoming workshops.

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While you are there, be sure to check out my SUDSOL gallery.  It even has samples dating back to 2004.  Yikes!!!

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Mojo Monday 129

Mojo129There is a first time for everything.....I actually completed a Mojo Monday sketch on MONDAY!!!  I've been itchin' to stamp for the past week and this sketch was just what I needed to get my Mojo flowing again.

I stamped the Bella Toile in Pretty in Pink onto Whisper White card stock for the background.  Then I used 2 different Designer Series Papers for the layers.  The dots are from the Tea Party collection and the Houndstooth pattern is from the Sweet Pea collection.  The white background was embossed with the perfect polka dots embossing folder and the big shot.

For the bunny, I used the Chocolate Bunny stamp with Chocolate Chip craft ink.  I then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder and a heat tool.  The bunny was cut out and adhered to the front panel with dimensionals.

And finally, I used the Pretty in Pink satin ribbon to tie the project together.

This card would definitely be perfect for Easter, but you could easily use it for a new baby or a baby shower card.



Stamp Sets:  Chocolate Bunny (Item #116980--$7.95), Bella Toile

Ink:  Chocolate Chip craft ink

Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Tea Party DSP, Sweet Pea DSP

Accessories:  Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Heat Tool, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

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Eggsciting, isn't it?


I hope you are enjoying the card samples using the Eggcellent Eggs kit.  I've had a lot of fun designing them!

This card features a Bashful Blue card base, layered with Pretty in Pink and Whisper White cardstock.  The dotted pink strip and bashful blue strip near the bottom of the card are die-cut egg holders, trimmed to fit the card.  I added a strip of adhesive-backed rhinestones between the 2 strips to hide the seam.


I added some of the white rub-ons to the Pretty in Pink strip at the top of the card.  There are 2 sheets of these rub-ons in every kit!  So pretty!

 I'll be away from my computer for a few days while my parents are visiting with us.  I've got some plans for a little March Madness, and you'll definitely want to celebrate my 40th birthday with me on the 19th!  I'm getting a special gift this year and I'll be giving away gifts throughout the month.......check back on Monday, March 1st for more details!

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The week is getting away from me and I've still got more cards made with the Eggcellent Eggs kit to share with you.  This is one of my favorites!

The card base is Pretty in Pink layered with Bashful Blue and Whisper White (embossed with Perfect Polka Dots) card stock.  The Certainly Celery strip is another one of the die-cut egg stands.  It is so cute...check out the fringe border.

There are tons of die-cut flowers and leaves in this kit.  You could make quite a few cards featuring the flowers.  And the adhesive-backed rhinestones add such a nice touch as the flower centers.

I used the wide oval punch to create the certainly celery oval.  The greeting is from the Eggcoutrements stamp set and was punched out with the Designer Label punch.   Another die-cut flower, some leaves and a rhinestone complete the greeting.

Check back tomorrow for another fun card made with the Eggcellent Eggs kit.  These kits are only available while supplies last, so order your kit today!  

Item# 117179 Eggcellent Eggs Kit $9.95 US





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It's all in the details


If you flip through the Occasions Mini catalog, you might just miss a hidden treasure on page 23....the Eggcellent Eggs kit (item #117179   $9.95).  This kit features die-cut flowers, leaves, and egg stands, as well as rub-ons and adhesive-backed rhinestones.  There are enough supplies to decorate up to 2 dozen eggs!

But what if you don't plan to decorate 2 dozen eggs for Easter?

How about whipping up a few cards?

This week I'll be sharing those card ideas with you and you are going to love them all.  Trust's all in the details.


The first card is very simple.  The card base is So Saffron card stock, layered with Whisper White and Certainly Celery card stocks.  And by the way, I can make cards without using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  :0)

The chick image is from the Eggcoutrements stamp set.  I stamped it in So Saffron ink onto Whisper White card stock and trimmed it with scissors.  The image was layered onto a 1-3/8" circle of Certainly Celery and a Scallop circle of So Saffron. 

Now look closely at the details:


See the So Saffron printed strip....that is one of the die-cut egg stands!  And the white floral border.....cute rub-ons!   

Don't you just love it?  These kits are only available while supplies last, so you'll want to order early.  Visit my Stampin' Up website anytime to place your order.

I've got more cards made with this kit to share with you this week and I'll have details about my upcoming Easter Stamp-a-stack featuring these cards.

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Chocolate & Stamping


This is my swap card for my downline meeting tomorrow.  For the card swap, everyone makes about 15 cards of the same style to swap with one another.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to get some creative ideas to take home & share with our customers!

 I used the Mojo Monday 124 Sketch again for the layout.  You'll also notice some of my recent favorites....Chocolate Satin Ribbon, the I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set, and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder.  I kept the color pallette very simple with Very Vanilla, Kraft, and Chocolate Chip...looks like yummy chocolate, doesn't it?  The patterned paper is from the Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper pack and the greeting is from the Whimsical Words stamp set.

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Sale-a-Bration is a great time for my customers.  Did you know that you can get a FREE stamp set for every $50 you spend?  One of those stamp sets is the Whimsical Words stamp set that I used on this card, but there are many more to choose from!

It's also a great time to join my team of demonstrators.  The Stampin' Up! starter kit is only $169 + tax AND you can select an additional FREE stamp set from the catalog to add to your kit.  Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more.

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Another Day, Another Birthday

It seems like there have been a lot of birthdays in my circle of family & friends lately.  Thank goodness there is an endless supply of sketches over at Mojo Monday!  This week's sketch can be used for either a round or a square card.  How fun!

Because this birthday card is for my mom, I had to incorporate her favorite color--yellow.  I'm not a big fan of yellow, but I saw this really cute top at Kohl's the other day.....inspiration had struck!

Mojo123SketchRoundorSquare Kohls top
By combining the colors of the top and the sketch, I was able to design this card.  I also used the Vintage Vogue and Whimsical Words stamp sets just as I did on my last birthday card.


 Want to recreate this card?  Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, and Crushed Curry
  • Ink Pads:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
  • Designer Series Paper:  Razzleberry Lemonade
  • Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border punch, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Big Shot, Soft Suede polka dot grosgrain ribon, 5/16" chocolate brads, dimensionals

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