11 Jan 2010


Did you miss me? I've just returned from the Leadership Conference in Phoenix, and it was amazing! I have lots to share but first I want to show you two cards I created just before I left. This first card features the "Sending Love" Specialty paper in the Occasions Mini (page 13) This paper is gorgeous and comes complete with glitter! I experimented with mixing the bold designs and I really like how it turned out. The card stock colours used are Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Very Vanilla. I also used the Scallop Border punch that you can earn for free from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, and the Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch from the Occasions Mini. The sentiment is also a new set from the Occasions mini called "Well Scripted".

The next card uses the same "Sending Love" DSP, but I used a smaller print along with card stock in Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and Very Vanilla. I used the Pinking Hearts Border punch, and retired satin ribbon in Chocolate Chip (we have new satin ribbons in the Occasions Mini in a whole variety of colours but they aren't quite as wide.) The flowers are from Flower Fushion in the retired colour Pink Pirouette, held together with a Real Red brad. The sentiment is again from "Well Scripted". There are lots of beautiful new products in the Occasions Mini so be sure to take a look! Call or email me to place an order.

Soon I'll be posting photos of swaps I received at Leadership, so stay tuned!

8 Jan 2010

3-D Swap

I've only managed to pull together one 3-D item to swap, but I really like it. It's a style we used in a Christmas class, but this time I used a Valentine theme.

This is a combination card/mini album, and I used one sheet from the truly divine "Sending Love Specialty" paper in the Occasions Mini. One side of each sheet has glitter - I love it!! The other cardstock used is Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, and Real Red.

Inside I used punched hearts and borders, stamped messages, and love quotes I printed on cardstock using my computer printer.

I also used some of the new "Sweet Pea Stitched Felt". There are 52 pieces in five colours to mix and match. And although I used a lot of embellishments there is still room for personal messages or photos!

On the last page I attached a pocket which holds four 'Love Coupons' - always fun!

And I stapled ribbons to one end of the coupons so they are easy to remove.

I hope you like this fun little folder.


7 Jan 2010

Last Swap Card

This card is as soft as the previous Valentine card was bold. The colours used are Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, and Very Vanilla, with a touch of Chocolate Chip ribbon to anchor it all.

Again I used the "Scallop Trim" corner punch and the polka dot impressions folder (both in the new Occasions mini). I also used one of the dies from the Sizzlit 4-pak "Lots of Tags", and the stamp set is "Charming". I used a sponge dauber and Pretty in Pink pastel to sponge the flower design.

6 Jan 2010

Another Card to Swap

This card is for a Valentine Swap and I like the dramatic combination of Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White. There's nothing shy about this card!

The stamp set used is "A Happy Heart", plus the new "Scallop Trim Border" punch (you're going to see a lot of this one!). The background is the "Finial Press" textured impressions folder, and the hearts in the Scallop Circle Punch are found in the new Occasions mini.

When you lift the flap of the 'tic tac toe' design, you find the message.

Hope you like it!


5 Jan 2010

Leadership Swaps

In the next few days I'll be sharing with you a variety of cards that I've made to 'swap' at the Stampin' Up!Leadership Convention. And that also means I'll have a whole new batch of cards to show you when I get back too!

The first one uses a new Occasions Mini stamp set called "Garden From the Heart". Most of you know that flowers and gardens are close to my heart so this set was a 'definite'. I've used the spring garden colours of Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Very Vanilla. I've also used the new "Scallaop Trim Border" punch from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue - you can obtain it by placing a $65 order and choose it as your treat! (See the Sale-A-Bration and Mini Occasion catalogues by clicking on the icons on the right hand column.) The matching corner punch is in the Occasions Mini, along with the butterly embosslit.

Oops! Forgot to mention the raised polka dot background is made with the new "Perfect Polka Dots" textured impressions folder.
Hope you like it!


3 Jan 2010

It's Still the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Wow, just get over Christmas and the New Year celebrations and we're still having fun. The new Occasions Mini catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration catalogue go live on Tuesday! And there are so many neat new things to check out! Like gorgeous new punches...and beautiful Valentine DSP... and of course new stamps, but they are more than new - they are also available with Clear Blocks!!!

Now I'm a traditional kind of gal, and thought I'd try out a set of the clear block stamps just so I could give you my honest opinion... WELL, I Love Them!!! And it doesn't hurt a bit that they are less expensive than the traditional wooden block style (both styles are available in new stamp sets).

I'm off to Leadership this week, but if I can get my camera working I'll be giving you photos of the new products and cards I have made with them. Until then - take a peek at the catalogues (see - they are over there on the right hand column). If you want a copy of your own just let me know and you can pick them up at my studio!