For Baby Grace

I’ve been meaning to post a picture of the "g" sign I made for my new baby niece a couple of weeks ago. I found these alphabet letters on clearance, and knew immediately that I wanted to make the "g" for Grace. I had seen her room before she was born, and had an idea in my head of what the sign would look like. The SU! Palette o’ Prints paper was perfect. The sign is probably almost 2 feet long in real life. I covered chipboard flowers with the same designer paper in different colors, and used clear buttons in the middle of the flowers, with contrasting designer paper under the buttons to make them pop. I used the Doodle Alphabet (which I really hope sticks around through the new catalog!!) for her name.

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Productive Morning, thanks to Nick!

My 7 year old son Nicholas wakes up around 7:00, but doesn’t have to get on the bus until 9:00…so he has some lounge around time. Usually we sit together on the couch, sharing the blanket and watching "toons" while I have my coffee. I’ve been pretty perky in the morning lately because I am pretty excited about school ending on Friday, and not having to wake up my older son Ben at 6 am anymore, and also because I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalog in less than 3 weeks!!! Anyway, short story long…this morning Nick announces to me that he doesn’t want to snuggle and doesn’t want to share the blanket, and "can’t you go stamp or something?" *grumpy* Hmmmm…let’s think about that (not!)…yeah I can go stamp!!

The first thing I made was this cute little miniature lunchbox for his teacher for her end of the year teacher gift…no peeking Miss Taylor! It only measures about 3×4" and was so fun to make! I covered it in paper from the "Sarah" collection from Stampin’ Up!, and stamped Miss Taylor with the new Doodle Alphabet in the Spring Mini Catalog. I colored in the letters with Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, and Brocade Blue markers. I punched out 2 flower shapes in coordinating papers with the daisy punch, and held them together with a brocade blue brad. Even if Miss Taylor sees this little lunchbox on my blog…she doesn’t know what’s inside!

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Next I used my new stuff again to make this birthday card. I used the Soft Sky designer paper, Soft Sky card stock and Blue Bayou cardstock. I stamped the present image from Year after Year in black staz-on on Confetti White card stock and watercolored it with Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky for the shadowing. I used my corner rounder to make the scalloped edges. I was happy to find that the buttons from the Fresh Favorites I collection matched pretty well, since we don’t really have matching ribbons for the new colors *yet* (hint, hint!) I used the word Celebrate from the set Wonderful Words, which is one of the few word sets not retiring!

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Artisan Award

Back in March Stampin’ Up! began a new contest called the Artisan Award, which I entered but did not win. We had to submit 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages, and 2 3-d items. Since I didn’t win, I can now show them to you! Here are my 3-d items, and a couple of the scrapbook pages I did.

My first 3-d item was a frame using the Ahoy, Matey set to make a sign with my son Nicholas’ name on it. The idea for this came to me while I was sleeping in the middle of the night one night…strange, I know, but I woke up around 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning with this in my head. I worked on it all the following day, and I mean ALL DAY! I can’t remember exactly, because it was a while ago, but I think this went the quickest of the projects, and it took about 10-12 hours for me to finish.

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  I used Naturals Ivory paper, and the Matey’s Map jumbo wheel…I watercolored each piece with classic pads and an aquapainter. I tore the edges and sponged them in 3 different browns. The letters were done in Chocolate Chip ink on Really Rust and Creamy Caramel card stock. I’m really proud of the way it turned out, I just wish I had it back since I didn’t win!

My other 3-d project was this little frame. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s actually 4 piece of glass layered inside of the frame. It’s pretty cool. There’s about a 1/2" space between each layer of the glass, so it gave a really neat 3-d effect. The picture is my son Ben when he was a baby.

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Again I watercolored, and the "b" is covered in white craft ink, then stamped with the argyle looking stamp from Looks Like Spring in Brocade Blue, then the whole letter is embossed with clear embossing, with just a couple of sprinkles of glitter in it. You can’t tell very well from the picture, but the background is stamped with all the words from Warm Words.

Here are two of the scrapbook pages I did. Both of them included pictures from when we went to Niagara Falls last summer. The Marineland one has the end of the envelope cut off, and the journaling is tucked inside, you can pull it out by the little tag & cord.

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I’ll save the rest to post another time. I’ll have to see what I can come up with next year!

Yay, New SU! Stuff to Play With!

I got my order of brand new Stampin’ Up! stamps, papers and accessories the other day, but I’ve been so busy with end of the year shool and sports stuff I haven’t even been able to play with it…until today! I got all the new In Color paper and stamp pads, some stamp sets, designer paper, and rhinestone brads!

I signed up for a swap with some very talented stampers from our group, and my item is the Soft Sky Designer Paper, which I used in this card. I was playing around with the paper today to figure out what my swap card would look like, and this is what I came up with. However, as I was making this card I thought to myself, "What am I, CRAZY? There’s no way I’m cutting out this flower twice per card for 20 cards for a swap!"

I used Purely Pomegranate for the card, words, flower layer and sponging on the edge of the designer paper. I used two different patterns of Soft Sky designer paper for the background and flower, and I used an "Ice" circle Rhinestone Brad for the center of the flower. The flower is on dimensionals to pop off the card. I really like the way it turned out…I just don’t want to make it 20 more times for a swap, so back to the drawing board!

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Grid Technique

I decided today to try something new with the stamps I have, especially the retiring ones that I should enjoy before they’re gone! I’m not so patiently waiting for my order of brand new colors, stamps and accessories to arrive tomorrow! I’ve been anxious to try this technique for a while now, it’s called the grid technique. I used Winged Things (retiring) and It’s Your Birthday for the stam sets. I watercolored the images using my Watercolor Wonder Crayons (bold brights), and mounted everything on Gable Green and Tempting Turquoise card stock. I also used some white wide organdy ribbon to finish it off. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out for my first try….although it didn’t make me feel any better about the fact that my new stuff won’t be here ’til tomorrow! Img_3832

Mother’s Day Gift

My sister picked up a great box at the Christmas Tree Shop for me a few weeks ago. She thought I might be able to use it for something SU related or alter it because it was such a neat box for a really good price. It was covered with a kind of velvety yellow paper. I didn’t know if I wanted to attempt it because it was such a pretty box, but I can’t resist turning everything into something SU! I finally decided to rip off that paper and see if I could turn it into a stamping project! It was like peeling wallpaper, but I finally got all that velvety paper off. I covered the box with some pretty SU paper, and I used organdy and grosgrain ribbon too. I made a bunch of cards to go inside. My mom has told me many times how she just needs all occasion cards, so I only made 4 birthday, 2 sympathy and 2 thank you’s, the other 12 had no words.

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Demo Meeting Last Night

Last night I went to our monthly demonstrator meeting, which is always a good time! I made a swap card using Bugs & Kisses, Happy Everything, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I used Certainly Celery, Garden Green and Rose Red card stock. I don’t know if you can tell by the picture, but there’s glitter on the dragonfly’s wings that make him very sparkly!

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I also participated in our Creative Challenge, which was to make 3 samples using Hodgepodge Hardware. I also used the Palette O’ Prints paper which I Love! I’m using it on everything these days! One more reason to be anxious for that new catalog right? Oh, did I mention I won the challenge too? Yay, more free Stampin’ Up! stuff…my favorite!

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Img_3776 On this one I embossed the hardware so it was light pink, I’ve been doing that a lot lately!

I also made this card this week to use for thank you notes, boy do I want that Beautiful Beach set to stick around!

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Mother’s Day Class

On Thursday night I had a Mother’s Day Class, which featured cool little things you can make for your mom, or another special occasion. Everyone that came enjoyed the projects, and did a great job on them too! We made a Mother’s Day Card, paperweight, photo wallet, and votive holder. Check out my Stampin’ Up! website for my other upcoming events! Here are the pics:

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I got the idea for the votive holder from semichocolate on SCS, and the Mother’s Day card from studbo on SCS…but I didn’t exactly case them, I do want to give credit for the idea though! They were both a hit!

The Retired List is Here!

Finally! I’ve been waiting to see what the retired list would hold in store for me this year, and I was very surprised when I saw it! You can check it out HERE. Every year Stampin’ Up! releases a list of stamp sets that will no longer be available after June 30th, because on July 1st a new catalog is released and there must be room for all the new stuff! There are approximately 230 sets on this list, and wheels too! On one hand, I’m sad to see some of my favorites go, such as Roses In Winter, Petal Prints, Fishy Friends, and In Full Bloom…but on the other hand, bring on the new stamps! I was surprised to learn that I am losing 42 sets and 11 wheels this time around, yikes!