Wednesday, March 17, 2010

You Don't Have To Be Irish To.....

enjoy St. Patrick's Day! So make it a great day everyone!!

I made this card for last weeks Color Challenge that I hosted on Stampin' Connection.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Stamps: Go Green
Paper: Green Galore, Glorious Green, Gable Green, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green
Access: Build-A-Brad, 1/2" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Embosslit Scalloped Heart of Hearts, Sizzlets Lots of Tags, White Taffeta Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tote Bags in All Sizes......

I am so Addicted to Sewing these tote bags that once I got started making them using the Big Shot, and the Square Scallop Die, I can't stop. I have sold almost 30 to date and still have several more cut out and ready to sew. I thought I would share with you the ones I have available right now. For those of you who have told me you are sewing challenged here is the perfect opportunity for you to get one of these without having to sew!! they make great gifts too!!
I make my totes with the lining squares all the same, unless noted, and use a coordinating fabric for the handles. Each has a center magnetic closure.
I make 3 different sizes to choose from:
Small (approx. 11"W x 7" tall x 4"D)
Medium (approx. 10"W x 11"H x 4" D)
Large (approx. 15"W x 11"H x 4" D)
I will also take special orders and have many fabrics on hand to choose from.

B1031 - Medium Tote: Black and White with touches of Pink
The seams are clipped and then washed to give it the ragged look.
The handles are made from the black w/white dots and the lining is black w/ small pink flowers.

B1032 - Large Tote: Brown, White and touches of Blue
The seams have been clipped and then washed to give it the ragged look
The handles are from the brown with tiny white dots
The lining is the brown with white flowers

B1034 - Medium Tote: Lt. Turquoise and Off White
This one has not been washed yet
The handles are from the off white polka dots and the lining is a coordinating lt. turquoise scroll pattern.

B1033 - Medium Tote: Brown, White and Pink
The seams are clipped and then washed to give it the ragged look
The handles are from the brown with white flowers and the lining is the brown with tiny white dots

B1035 - Large Tote: Lt. Turquoise and Off White
This one has not been washed yet
The handles are from the scroll patterned fabric and the lining is a coordinating off white/lt. turquoise polka dot

B1036 - Medium Tote: Lt. Turquoise and Off White
This one has not been washed yet
The handles are from the scroll patterned fabric and the lining looks the same as the front.

I will post more as I complete them. But feel free to email me with any questions or to place your order. If you live local you can stop by and pick it up or if you are out of town, I can ship anywhere in the US. Please email me at (or click email link on the upper right side bar of this blog) for more details.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

VSN Winter Olympics - Final Part 4

I am so glad you are back to see the final part of my VSN Winter Olympic Challenge cards. I love to participate in these Virtual Stamp Night Challenges....the challenges are not only fun, but give you the opportunity to use many different stamps and supplies, also to do new techniques or to remind you of those that you haven't done recently.

cont'd: Saturday Challenges

"Bundled Up" Callenge
Whether bundling up to get to the venue or bundling up because we’ll be outside watching an event ~keeping warm is a must. So lets bundle up our cards and keep 'em warm and toasty!! The challenge is to "bundle" the card, ends must fold over each other-like a tri-fold card- and has to be wrapped at least twice by something…ribbon, twine,etc.
My tri-fold card for the "Bundled Up" Challenge

Stamps: Garden from the Heart
Paper: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Night of Navy DSP (hostess)
Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy; Markers: Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Barely Banana
Access: Dimensionals, Eyelet Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, Paper Snips, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads

How to make my tri-fold card: I used a piece of 12 x 12 Cardstock; cut to 5-1/2" x 12"; scored at 4-1/4" and 8-5/8", then used the Eyelet border punch on the outside edge.

"Tickets Please" Challenge
To go to the Olympic Games, one of the most important things to take with you and have on you at all times is your tickets to the event!!! The challenge is to make something to hold your tickets so you won’t lose them – by making a pocket card.
My card for the Tickets Please" Challenge

Stamps: Starring You
Paper: Raspberry Lemonade, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Ink: Melon Mambo
Access: Gold Brads, Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge and Star Punches, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder, Paper Piercing Tool, Sticky Strip

"In Hot Water" Challenge
After waiting for 4 years between Olympic games, sometimes, you need an explanation of just what the event is, what are the rules, how do countries and athletes prepare? This challenge was a chance to scratch your head a little, to use an old technique that will seem very new to many, Tea Bag folding. It's one of the 'original' paper arts.
My card for the "In Hot Water" Challenge

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sending Love Specialty DSP, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Access: Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Clear Button, 3/4" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die

I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the cards I created for the VSN weekend.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

VSN Winter Olympics - Part 3

I hope you aren't getting tired of seeing my VSN Challenge cards yet, I still have several to share with you.

cont'd: Saturday's VSN Challenges

"Going for the Gold, Silver, Bronze" Challenge
With all the talk about winning gold, silver and bronze, sometimes the Olympics just sounds like a metals commodity exchange. The challenge was to create something using a faux metal technique and incorporate it into a card. Because Olympic winners are presented their medals hanging on a ribbon, must use ribbon on your card.
My Card for "Going for the Gold, Silver, Bronze" Challenge

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink
Access: Big Shot, Embosslit Flower Burst, Silver Brads, Black Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

How to make my Faux Metal: Most faux metal techniques requires embossing powder, I do not have any of the metallic powders, so I used aluminum foil and my Big Shot with the Embosslits Flower Burst die.

"Go For The Gold" Challenge
Olympic athletes come to the games to compete for the top honor of winning the Gold Medal. This challenge was to GO FOR THE GOLD by using GOLD on your card!
My card for "Go for the Gold Challenge"

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Oval All
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Kraft, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Raspberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry; Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Access: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Large Oval, Scalllop Oval, Eyelet Border Punches, Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Brads, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

"Sharpen Your Blades" Challenge
Many events in the Winter Olympics require you to "sharpen your blades"...figure skating, speed skating, short track, luge, bobsled...for stamper's we have "scoring blades". The challenge was to use your scoring blade to make a decorative pattern using scored lines.
My Card for the "Sharpen Your Blades" Challenge

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip; Markers:Cameo Coral, Old Olive
Access: Scoring Tool, Scor-Pal Board, Gold Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

"Triple Inspiration" Challenge
Olympics is all about inspiration, and training to be the best of the best. This challenge was to make a card for the person in your life that inspires you and to use 3 different ribbons in your creation.
My card for the Triple Inspiration" Challenge

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Paper: Welcome Neighbor DSP, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Access: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Designer Lable Punch, 1/8" Hole Punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today and check back for Part 4 for the final challenge cards!!!!
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Digital Downloads for MDS

Spring is almost here and now you have three new digital downloads to help add new life to all your My Digital Studio projects! You will love these new ribbons, Designer Series papers, and 3-D box patterns, and they’ll make the perfect addition to your My Digital Studio library.

Item Number
121063 Satin Ribbon - Digital Download $3.95
120171 Mini Project Boxes - Digital Download $1.95
120172 Springs Shades Designer Series paper - Digital Download $4.95
Use the search keyword DWNLDA in OEX to see these new images, and place your order today!

What, you don't have the My Digital Studio software yet? You can order it online HERE or contact me to place an order.
My Digital Studio - by Stampin' Up!
My Digital Studio - Item # 118108
Price: $79.95

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VSN Winter Olympics Part 2

In my previous post, I shared 5 of the 16 challenges. Today I am sharing a few more of the challenge cards from the VSN weekend over at SCS.

Saturday's VSN Challenges

"Winners Podium" Challenge
The winning Olympic athletes stand on a podium to accept their medal and be honored for their achievements. The challenge was to make a Free Standing Pop-Up Card to represent the winner standing tall and proud on the winner's podium.
My Card for the "Winners Podium" Challenge....

Stamps: Sweetheart, I {Heart} Hearts, Whimsical Words Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Whisper White Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Brocade Blue Access: Full Heart Punch, Jumbo Antique Brass Eyelet, Regal Rose & Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbons, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Linen thread, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Paper Trimmer, Score Blade

"On The Waterfront" Challenge
Vancouver, the host city of the 2010 Olympics Winter games, is not only a busy seaport but recreational activities involving water abound. The challenge was to make a card that incorporates water as a theme.
My card for the "On The Waterfront" Challenge....

To create my "water" feature: I took three strips of Ballet Blue cardstock, punched each with the Scallop Edge Punch, then rubbed the White Craft Ink pad over the edges, then rubbed each with my finger to blend. I crumpled each strip to give it a worn look, then mounted it with Dimensionals for a shadow effect.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Itty Bitty Backgrounds Paper: Kraft, Old Olive, Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla Ink: Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, White Craft Access: Scallop Edge Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Small & Large Oval Punches, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Set, Dimensionals

"Interview With The Glitterati" Challenge
A big part of the Olympics are the personal interviews and the participants in their brightly colored costumes. The challenge was to glitter up your image, glitter the entire image in loose glitter! No Stickles or Glitter Pens allowed.
My card for the "Interview with the Glitterati" Challenge.....

Stamps: Hello Again Paper: Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Whisper White Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede; Markers: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede Access: Heat n Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Big Shot, Finial Press Impressions Folder, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Oval, Modern Label Punches, Dimensionals, Gold Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Set, Paper Snips
To Create the Glitter Panel: Stamp a bold image onto pre-cut Whisper White panel, ink the entire panel with Versamark Ink, cover the entire panel with Heat-n-Stick powder, tap off excess powder and heat with Embossing Heat Tool until shiny, immediately add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the entire surface, tap off excess and set aside to dry.

"I Believe" Sketch Challenge
The theme song of the 2010 Winter Games is "I Believe", so this challenge will honor the thousands of musicians who take part in the games, playing a pivotal role in entertaining the fans and athletes. Include these three elements as part of the challenge:
1. Include a musical element on your creation
2. Follow the sketch provided
3. Give a little love to the INSIDE of the card!

My card for the "I Believe" Challenge...

Stamps: Simple Friendship
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Shades of Spring DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence
Access: 1-3/4" Circle Punches, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Linen Thread, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals
Other Paper: Copied sheet music for the piano "I'll Be There For You" (Theme from "Friends")
The inside of my card.....

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you liked my take on the challenges. Check back tomorrow for part 3 of the VSN challenge cards.

If you would like to view my Album in the SCS gallery showing all 16 challenges, click HERE.

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