Friday, February 19, 2010

30/30 Winner

Do you remember this?

It's the 30/30 chart.  For every $30 in Stampin' Up! merchandise purchased, you could write your name one of the 30 squares.  All the spaces were filled in before the end of the 2009 and so it's time to pick a winner.

I wanted to make this as fair as possible, so used to pick the winner.


#25 Jan   Congrats Mom!

I actually cringed, as I know you will, mom, because YOU won this drawing.  But, here is the time stamped screen shot to prove I did this fair.  Scouts honor, I did.  Well, I'm not a scout - not even a boy, so I couldn't be a scout, but honestly you won fair & square.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ode to the 2010 Winter Olympics

Oh My!  
The Olympics were so awesome last night!! 

Congratulations to Shani White (Gold), Chad Hendrick (Bronze),  Lindsey Vonn (Gold),  Julia Mancuso (Silver), Scotty Lago (Bronze), and 
my favorite redheaded Olympian Shaun White (Gold)!

We sorta look alike don't you think? 
Well, if I took my glasses off and russled my hair.  Haaaa!  
Well anyway...redheads rock!

When I was making this card, my daughter asked me who I was going to send it to.  Hmmm, not sure, but I was so inspired by all the determination & dedication of the athletes that an "Olympic" card was all I felt like making.  I hope you enjoy it!


The rings were created with the 3/4" circle punch & the 1" circle punch.  Punch the smaller circle first, then go back and punch the larger circle.  Cut small slit in rings to connect.
Cardstock used in the rings: Brocade Blue, Basic Black, Real Red, Summer Sun, Glorious Green

All products used are Stampin' Up!

P.S.  The patriotic music is just for today.
I couldn't help myself. ⚑

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

All in the Family

I love making gifts for my family.  It gives me the warm & fuzzies and I honestly think it means more to those on the receiving end.  Often times my intentions are all I have time for, but this project actually came to fruition and I was so pleased with how it turned out. 

This "family tree portrait" was a gift to my dad & my step mom.  I love the idea of it because the family is spread all over making it next to impossible for us to be in a portrait together.

I used the All in the Family stamp set along with Thoughts and Prayers in this project.
All supplies are Stampin' Up! except for the green,  polka dotted background paper.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What Is A Stamp Camp?

What do you get when you add some crafty ladies, a Saturday afternoon, and some Stampin' Up! supplies?  

A Stamp Camp & a ton of fun!
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Here are some pictures from my I {heart} Hearts class that was held on Saturday.

Here's a little display of cattys, additional projects made with the I {heart} Hearts stamp set, and my little workshop mascot, Sadie.

A few project bins, ready and waiting.
(If you'd like to see a close view of all the cards we created, please view yesterday's post.)

A place for everyone to sit and crank out their creativity.

Sweet ladies at work with room left over for you to come and join us.

Yummies for your tummy.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my stamp camp and maybe we'll see you soon. ❤

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sweet Valentine!

I was suppose to post these final Valentines on Saturday, but the day just got away from me due to a fabulous heart themed workshop.  I will post some pics from that event tomorrow.

So without further adieu, here are my last 3 valentines of the season.

This card originally designed by Ilina Crouse.  I absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to show my monthly stampers the reverse applique technique used in this card.

This card has a very unexpected color combination, but I think it really works.  

 Mary Fish created a card with this same combo and it really struck me.  So, when I sat down to crank out cards for my recent workshop, these colors were screaming at me for some attention.
I had to oblige.

This final card is so sweet and simple in every way.  It is the perfect Valentine for my daughter, who is super sweet, but by no means simple.

I hope you've enjoyed all the Valentines over the past week.  I sure have enjoyed making them and sharing them with all of you.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

I {Heart} Hearts

This card was totally inspired by Julie Dinn.  

It is all about the heart and everything that is Valentine's day. 

The hearts on the card were made using the stamp set I {Heart} Hearts.  

I love this set and just can't stop using it make fabulous Valentines. 

I hope you'll stop back tomorrow to take a peek at my final Valentine projects.  

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used
stamps: I Heart Hearts, En Francais, Love You Much
paper: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
ink: Real Red, Pretty in Pink
accessories & tools: Polka Dot Red Ribbon, Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fresh & Fuss Free Valentine

It's Thursday and Valentine's Day is almost here.  
Have you made a card for that special person?  If not, I hope I have given you some inspiration this week to create something special.

Today's card does not have a lot of fuss. 
I love the color combination. It's fresh and a bit unexpected.  And it gave me an opportunity to use some left over Christmas paper from the Merry Moments paper pack from Stampin' Up! 

Supplies Used
stamps: I Heart Hearts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
paper: Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments Designer Paper
ink: Close to Cocoa 
accessories & tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Full Heart Punch, Playground Buttons, Hemp Twine

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vintage Valentine

I am discovering that I am really drawn to the vintage style and today's Valentine reflects that a bit.

My inspiration:

My interpretation:

I used 4 different punches on this card, which can sometimes make a project a bit too busy.  However, although "punchy", I think it turned out uncluttered. 

Have a fabulous Wednesday and I'll see you tomorrow with another Valentine.

Supplies Used
stamps: En Francais, Bella Toile, A Happy Heart, I Love Love Wheel
ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
paper: Confetti Cream, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
accessories & tools: Chocolate Chip Ribbon,  Jumbo Brad, Spiral Punch,  Full Heart Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Big Shot, Damask Texture Plate

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Under the Stars

Happy Tuesday!

Thanks for popping by to see Tuesday's Valentine.

The inspiration behind this card was 2-fold. 

1st: I headed for the stamp set "Under the Stars" because while I was making this card, my hubby was camped out under the stars with the men's group from our church and the little grizzly sorta made me feel closer to him.  

2nd: Although not traditional "sweetheart" colors, I was intrigued by this color combination and wanted to try something a bit different.


All in all,  I think this card has just enough whimsy to fall into one of my kid's Valentine boxes.  In fact, I'll probably have to duplicate it because they both claimed it as their own.


I just love this "crafty" little bear. He left a mess on the floor just like I would.
Supplies Used
stamps: Under the Stars, I Heart Hearts, Family Phrases
ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Write Markers: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
paper: Basic Grey, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
accessories & tools: Twill Tape, Crushed Curry Ribbon, Linen Thread, Small Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Big Shot, Large Scallop Square Die, Button (not SU)

See you tomorrow!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Very Vanilla Valentine

Happy Monday!

As promised yesterday I will post a Valentine every day this week.

Today's card was inspired by a beautiful picture I ran across while blog hopping last week. It was taken by Leslie at A Creative Mint.  I love the simplicity of this color palette and just knew it would translate well into an elegant Valentine.

Here's my inspiration:

Here's my translation:
I hope you enjoyed today's Valentine as much as I truly enjoyed creating it.

All products used are current SU products.
Supplies Used
stamps: En Francais, I Heart Hearts, Bella Toile
paper: Confetti Cream, Kraft, Whisper White
ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red
accessories & tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Hemp Twine, 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Playground Designer Buttons, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Folder

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Butterfly Kisses

Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a fabulous 2010 so far.  I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned it before, but I home school my two children and it has been keeping me pretty busy this year - and last, which is why I haven't posted in so very long.  I have still been making cards and holding workshops, but I haven't had the time to blog about it and well... I miss that.  I am going to try my very best post more often and share my creativity with you. 

Today's project was inspired by the yarn that I used in a scarf I made last month.  I loved the colors and thought they would make a fabulous card.

Once I made the card, the little butterflies inspired me to make the little matching box.

Can you guess why I titled this post Butterfly Kisses?  
Take a look inside the box and you'll know for sure.

Stop back by tomorrow for some Valentine inspiration.  I will post a different Valentine everyday this week in honor of one of my favorite holidays.

Supplies Used:
stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
paper: Sahara Sand, Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Taken with Teal, So Saffron
ink: Really Rust Classic Ink, Really rust, Old Olive, So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Markers
accessories & tools: Linen Thread, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Bigz XL Bitty Box & Envelope Die, Hershey Kisses :)