Friday, November 30, 2007

Thank you Donna

This card was done by on of my customers Donna Gibson. She showed us this card at the Stamp-A-Stack, we asked her if we could post this on our Blog and she kindly said yes, so I hope all of you enjoy this card as much as we did. She designed this card for her son Michael and her new daughter-in-law Kimmie for their Wedding Day, this card is truly sweet. Donna used watercolor paper, mulberry paper, three different kinds of ribbon, crystals, and there is an Iridescent shimmer on the main card. I don't now if this photo will even do it justice, if you click on this photo you will be able to take a closer look.
Donna, Thank you for letting us post this on our Blog I am sure alot of people will enjoy this BEAUTY!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thursday's Design by Candice

I have to say that this time of the year goes by so fast, I don't know where the time goes. I am trying to get ready for a Craft Fair this weekend and it is sneaking up on me fast. Well anyway here is my design for the week, hope you enjoy.

Stamps: Time Well Spent Paper: River Rock, Groovy Guava, Really Rust, White, and Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper Ink: Basic Gray, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, and Groovy Guava Accessories: Build a Brad, Aqua Painter, Hodgepodge Hardware, Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Crop-A-Dile, Rust Brads from Pink Hodgehog Paper Crafts.

Wednesday's Design by Robbie

Candice and I got a level 3 hostess set from Stampin' UP as a preview of the new catalog. We thought it would be a good idea if we each designed a card using the set. I used this sketch

from this website. They do a weekly sketch that can be fun to try. There are several websites who have a weekly sketch which you are always welcome to try. They are a great starting point if you get in a slump. Hope you like my card!

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Canvas Background, Itty Bitty Backgrounds Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Garden Green, Marigold Morning, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Ink: Cranberry Crisp, Garden Green, Marigold Morning Accessories: Cranberry Crisp brad, Gelly Roll glitter pen, aquapainter, dimensionals, ribbon.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Color Challenge Monday

Well it is Monday and only 29 shopping days until Christmas. I can't believe we are so close. Where does the time go? It is time for our color challenge for the week. Candice and I enjoy doing them and I must say they are a challenge for us to come up with the colors. We hope you enjoy our cards this week.

I used this sketch from Twisted Chick's blog to create my card.

Robbie's Card
Stamps: Holiday Tag Team, Santa's Helpers (saying - retired) Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red Accessories: Night of Navy - Real Red - Basic Black - Blush Blossom Markers, Gold Gel Pen (belt buckle), Gelly Roll glitter pen, silver brads, ribbon (Michael's last year), sponges for edges.

Candice's Card
Okay I retook the photo and doesn't that look better.
Stamps: Think Big, Letter Prints, and Circle of Friendship Paper: Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, and Very Vanilla Ink: Not Quite Navy and Rose Red Accessories: Rose Red Brads, Circle Punches, Photo Corner Punch, and Crafters' Tool Kit.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sketch Saturday by Candice

Well I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, my favorite was when dinner was all over and I got to have my slice of pumpkin pie. I have to say this was the first time that I ever made the whole dinner by myself and and it turned out really nice.
I found this sketch on a blog that I visit daily, and I thought I would give this one a shot. Sorry it is a day late but my family all left today and I just could not find the time while they were here to go downstairs to design this card so I am posting it today. Have a lovely week :-)

Stamp Set: Oh, So Lovely Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, White, and Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series Paper Ink: Basis Gray Accessories: Oval Eyelets, Pure Color Pencils, Taupe Grosgrain Ribbon, and Crop-A-Dile :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Wrapping up the Holidays Promotion!

In case you haven't heard, Stampin' Up! announced an exciting special, Wrapping up the Holidays, that runs now through December 15, while supplies last.

Item Number Description Price
112409 Holiday Tag Bundle $4.95
110380 Tags for All Stamp Set* (20% off) $24.76
110264 Designer Gift cards* (30% off) $4.55
109862 Chocolate Chip satin ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!
109863 Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!
108333 Tin 3-Pack $9.95
110147 Celebration wrapping paper* $17.95
110228 Hand Selected Accents & Elements (25% off) $8.21

Some of the details:
  • There is no limit to the number of items a customer may purchase, but Holiday Mini items are available only while supplies last.
  • The Holiday Tag Bundle includes 15 of each of the following pieces:
-Whisper White card stock
-Real Red textured card stock
-Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper (Dotted Diamond pattern)
-Real Red twill tape
  • The satin ribbon offer (buy one, get one free) is good on both the Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip ribbon. Customers may select any combination of ribbon for their free ribbon. For example, a customer can buy one Chocolate Chip and choose a second Chocolate Chip or a Purely Pomegranate ribbon for the free ribbon.
  • The Tin 3-Pack contains three empty Accents & Elements tins. These tins have never been available for purchase separately.
You can get more details, get more ideas, and download the official flier here.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Altered Tin

On December 2 at 1:00 p.m., Candice and I will be doing a workshop where we will create the cute tin pictured below. Along with the tin you will also make 3 cards that fit inside. This would make a great Christmas gift for someone. The cost of the workshop is $15. If you are interested please e-mail Candice or myself so we can reserve your spot. Check back in a few days to see the cards to go with the tin.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday's Design by Robbie

I bet you were wondering if there would be a card today or not. Well I have been busy getting my stuffed ham fixed. It is on the stove and cooking. It should be done about 7:30 tonight and then I can hang it to drip. The house smells so good. I can't wait to have some!!!
Here is my card for today. I started playing and just kept going. Hope you like it. Candice and I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! Check back in later this week to see what else we created.

Sorry the picture looks blurry but my camera did not look this way and I retook it several times.

Stamps: Thoroughly Thankful, All Year Cheer III (retired), Pumpkin Trio (Impression Obsession) Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Acorn Designer Paper (not sure where I got it) Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun Accessories: Copper Stickles, sponges, Old Olive - Pumpkin Pie - Summer Sun - Close to Cocoa markers

Monday, November 19, 2007

Preview Brochure

Candice nor I have our preview brochure yet. They were mailed on the 15th so we will probably get them next week. I know you are just as excited as we are to see what will be in the new catalog. Online they have the preview brochure. I have copied the link and put it below. Enjoy looking at a sneak peek of some of the new sets. We both love the new paper!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Winter Cards

I know we usually do a color challenge on Monday, but we are going to mix some things up a bit. Every weekend Beate puts out a weekend sketch challenge on her blog, so we decided to both do this one for today. Check out her sketch using this link Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenges. Robbie and I are both doing this sketch challenge using a winter theme for our cards. Hope you all have a GREAT week ;-)
Candice's Card
Season of Joy Paper: Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery, and Wintergreen Designer Series Paper Ink: Always Artichoke Accessories: Metal Edge Tags, Hodgepodge Hardware, Dimensionals, Snaps, Diamond Dust from AC Moore, Organdy Ribbon, Small and Large Oval Punches.

Robbie's Card
It is hard to see in the photo but the star and the word are both outlined with the Stardust pen.
Stamps: Polar Bears (retired), Warm Words Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Bashful Blue Accessories: Bashful Blue eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Stardust Clear gelly roll pens, YoYo Yellow and Old Olive marker, dimensionals, circle cutter.

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack Cards

SUCCESS!!! We had 37 lovely women who attended our Christmas Stamp-A-Stack over the weekend. There was a group of 18 on Friday night and a group of 19 on Saturday morning. We hope that everyone who attended this event had a wonderful time, Robbie and I both really enjoyed ourselves. We look forward to doing this type of event again.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Christmas Card by Candice

Okay ladies I know we have been less then productive again, but we have both been really busy getting ready for the Stamp-A-Stack for this weekend. There will be 38 women at this event and each will go home with 30 card (5 cards of the 6 different designs), "OH my gosh" this is the most I have ever had to cut for in my life. We are sorry that we have not been posting daily but after this weekend we will be back in the swing of things.
So here is a little Christmas card that I did at a workshop last weekend, I saw a similar card on a BLOG and I wish I could give her credit because her card was beautiful and it totally inspired me to make this one, but I do not remember which blog it was on, if I find out I will update you.
Stamp Set: Sidekick Sayings and Canvas Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, White and Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper Ink: Basic Brown Accessories: Pure Color Pencils, Purely Pomegranate Ribbon and the Cutter Kit :-)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Color Challenge Monday - with a twist

Wow I don't know where last week went. Candice and I are gearing up for our Christmas Stamp-a-Stack on Friday and Saturday. You ladies will have lots of fun and make some beautiful cards - in my humble opinion (IMHO). If you aren't joining us this year make sure you save some dates in November for our Stamp-A-Stack for next year!
Today Candice and I decided to try something a little different for our Color Challenge Monday. We decided to use the Palette of Prints Paper (any color we wanted) and the stamp set In the Spotlight to create our cards. I can't wait to see what Candice created. Here is mine.
Robbie's Card
Stamps: In the Spotlight Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Almost Amythest, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Palette of Prints Designer Series Paper - Almost Amythest, Certainly Celery, So Saffron Ink: Chocolate Chip, Almost Amythest, Certainly Celery, So Saffron Accessories: Circle punch, Slit punch - to make scallop, Large and small oval punch, Gold brads, sponges.
Candice's Card
Stamps: In the Spotlight Paper: So Saffron, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Palette of Prints Designer Series Paper - Rose Red, Certainly Celery, So Saffron Ink: Basis Gray, Rose Red and Certainly Celery Accessories: Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Certainly Celery Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets, Rhinestone Brad, Crop-A-Dile
If you have not used the Crop-A-Dile you have to I absolutely LOVE it!!! It makes life a little easier :-)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Saturday's Sketch Challenge - Card by Candice

When I saw this sketch challenge on Beate's Blog Fresh & Fun,
I thought perfect, I have just the card to join this challenge...
At my last show hosted by Molly, this was one of the projects that the girls did.
Some of you may have already seen this cute little 3x3.
This sketch is very simple and sweet, great for a gift bag.
Stamp Set: Two Cute Cardstock: Groovy Guava, White, and Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper Ink: Groovy Guava Accessories: Jumbo Eyelets, Rhinestone Brads, Groovy Guava Double-Stitch Ribbon, Coluzzle, Scallop Punch, 1-3/8 Circle Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, and love that Crop-A-Dile :-)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Color Challenge Monday

Candice's Card
Well that felt like a long week, I am glad last week is over with... We had our Fall Festival at my daughters school on Friday, which was a success, but all the planning phone calls and scheduling just wears me out, this is my 3rd year running this event and the night of event makes up for it all because the children enjoy it so much:-) The support that I get is always such a help, if it was not for them I don't know how I would pull this event off. I am back and I hope everyone had a great week.

Here is my card and colors that I chose, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, and Designer Series paper Wintergreen.
Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, and Wintergreen Designer Series Paper Ink: Always Artichoke Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, and Aqua Brads from Pink Hodgehog Paper Crafts.

For my design I began with Bravo Burgundy. There were 2 color combos that I was torn between I decided on this one as it just seemed more like an old fashioned Christmas to me.
Robbie's Card

Stamps: Holiday Tag Team, Warmest Regards Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Garden Green, Very Vanilla Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Garden Green Accessories: Circle punches in 4 different sizes, sponges, ribbon, corner rounder to scallop edges

Hope you had a great weekend. Candice and I are gearing up for our Christmas Stamp a Stack. We have soooooooo much cardstock to cut. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sketch Saturday by Robbie

I really liked this design when I was it. The problem is when I started playing with it my card was modified from the sketch. I had the card completed the way the sketch was layed out but when it was all finished I wasn't happy. It was missing something. So I added a layer on top. It still needed something so I added the ribbon at the bottom. Again it seemed to be missing something so I decided to try the ribbon in the top corner. I then looked at it and said hmmm maybe some brads. Well I added the brads in the points of the center piece and finally said okay. So even though I started with a basic sketch, my final product looks a little different. Does that ever happen to you?

Stamps: Fall Whimsy (retired) Paper: So Saffron, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Very Vanilla Ink: So Saffron, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive Accessories: Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive markers, sponges, dimensionals, orange and brown ribbon, Bravo Burgundy brads

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Designer Paper Promotion

If you have not heard November is the perfect time to stock up on designer paper because all packs are Buy 3 get 1 free! Nothing beats designer paper for a quick background or an accent strip. I can't get enough of the stuff!!! To make your life a little easier and to help you plan your paper purchases, here is a list of the colors that coordinate with all of the patterned designer papers in the Fall Winter Catalog. Don't forget about the Prints designer papers are all single color tone-on-tone, available in 16 different colors.

Brocade Backgrounds—Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, River Rock

—Real Red, Very Vanilla

—Basic Gray, Very Vanilla

Creepy Crawly
—Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust

Cutie Pie
- Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron

Darling Doodles
—Brocade Blue, Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi

—Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Very Vanilla

Fall Flowers
—Old Olive, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky

Flowers for You
—Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise

LeJardin—River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Very Vanilla

Linen Prints—Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pink Passion
Notations No.2
—More Mustard, River Rock, Very Vanilla, -Wild Wasabi
—Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
Petals & Paisleys
—Certainly Celery, Cool Caribbean, Rose Red, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Taken withTeal
Porcelain Prints—Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi

—Almost Amethyst, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi

—Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Soft Sky
Holiday Harmony (holiday mini)--Always Artichoke, River Rock, Purely Pomegranate
Apple Cider (holiday mini)--Close to Cocoa, River rock, really Rust, Wild Wasabi

Thursday's Design by Robbie

I bet you are wondering why I am doing Candice's design. At this very moment Candice is busy preparing for the Fall Festival at her school. When we talked yesterday she said she would not be able to post a card as she did not have the time to create anything this week. I thought I would take a card I made in one of my workshops and revisit it adding a new twist. I took a card that I had created to look like a present. The top flap opened up and on the inside was the sentiment. I decided to use that card and stick the sides together and insert a card that you pulled out and had a sentiment on it. Here is the card and the insert.

Stamps: Canvas background, Holiday Tag Team, Great Greetings (retired) Paper: Glorious Green, Whisper White, Real Red Ink: Glorious Green, Real Red Accessories: Square brad, Round tab punch, Glorious Green - Summer Sun - Close to Cocoa markers, Christmas ribbon, sponges, hole punch, Zots

Hope you enjoyed my remake. Thanks for looking!