Friday, September 18, 2009

Take Two!

hi there Stampers!

I posted a few posts ago the cute yet very simple Sweet Centers card I made for my daughter's Halloween Party. Well, after looking at fellow bloggers projects, I decided to make it easier for the little kiddo's to get into the yummy candy! I originally made an "X" on the back of the card, with a utility knife, so they could peel back the "X" and get out the M&M's, without ruining the card. Then I came across this blog (Love her and this great tutorial!!!) and learned a new, fun and EASIER way to enjoy the candy....and not ruin the card! I also like this technique because you can easily refill the candy and use it again!!!! ;o) All you do is slide out the little black tab and the candy comes out of the back!! Ta-Da!!!! I LOVE THESE SWEET CENTERS!!!!!!!!!!! I think that these little cards will be a big hit with the kids AND their grown ups!!!

Let me know what you think!!! Thanks for looking~

Thursday, September 17, 2009

An oldie but goodie!!!

Good morning stampers! I know I know......WOW I am on a roll with posts!!! Hopefully I will keep up this momentum! I was looking through my huge basket of card samples last night when I came upon this card and it made me smile!! These cards were very popular last year, but it made me happy when I saw it so I figured I would bring it back in hopes of it making YOU smile!! How cute is this card?!?!
I have finally decided on the cards we will be making at the Christmas Card Extravaganza Class and am placing my order TODAY so that I can't change my mind (again!)!

Hope you have a FABULOUS day today! It is a dreary day outside here in VA...a perfect day for stamping!!! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A serious case of "CASEing"

Hello Stampers!!
Many times at my Stampin' Up! Workshops and Stamp Camps, I, like most demonstrators, get asked "how do you come up with these ideas for cards and projects?" and I can honestly say, that most of the time.....I DON'T!!!!!! Not completely at least! That is what is so great about being a stamper.... you don't have to be some creative genius (although many of you are!) you just have to be able to CASE (Copy And Share Everything!) I am a "pro" at CASEing! I am always checking out blogs, participating in swaps, and drooling over other stampers creations! Most of the time, I take those ideas and use them to spark something creative within my own mind and make the creation my own...however, sometimes I see something that I fall in love with and copy it exactly! (giving them ALL the credit of course!!!!) This week, as I am continuing to plan for my Christmas Card Extravaganza Class, I have found SEVERAL cards that I have fallen in love with and haven't wanted to change a thing!!!! You all out there in blog land are so creative!!! Below are some of the cards that I have either completely CASEd, or have tweaked just a little bit to make it my own. We will (probably) be making these at the class. Just when I think that I have come up with all the projects , I find another card that I love and just HAVE to make! ;o) I think I need to stop the madness and stop browsing the web!!! (NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!) So, THANK YOU FELLOW STAMPERS, for all of your creativity!!! Hopefully, one day, I will make something that will inspire you! ;o)

This is a FABULOUS card from Renae Wilson. I don't know her, but I LOVE her work and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!!! This card reminded me of this birdie card I made, I think it's the same type of fold. So anyways, I CASEd it exactly, and then I made some changes so that it would be more cost effective for my class! Here is the EXACT thing,

and here it is the very minor change that I made. I just used Old Olive Cardstock in the background so that I could make the beautiful Merry Moments designer paper last further.
My customers that attend the class can choose whether they would like to make "regular" cards or picture front cards. I decided to make a couple of changes to this card so that it could be used as a picture card as well! I think this style of card looks GREAT with a wallet size photo!!!

Then I cam across this card and FELL IN LOVE!!! I had already ordered the Christmas Cocoa Specialty designer paper from the Mini Catty but couldn't bring myself to actually USE the gorgeous red and white flocked paper!!! It's too pretty to use I thought! Then I saw this card from Linda Walsh and had to make it!!! I basically copied it exactly except for I didn't use the ticket punch corner, used a different greeting, off-centered it and I added a bow to the red ribbon!

I hope you are having a great day and I hope to hear from you soon!!! I have THREE spaces left for the Christmas Card contact me SOON to save your spot!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sweet treats and gifts

Hi stampers!

WOW...I know.....2 posts in less than a week!!!!!! I told you things were going to get back to "normal" around here!!!! ;o) I thought that since I have been such a bad blogger lately, I would share TWO projects that I have been working on!!

When I got the Holiday Mini catalog, the first thing I HAD TO HAVE was the Sweet Centers stamp set and the Sweet Treat Cups!!!! HOW ADORABLE ARE THESE!?!?! I was instantly imagining bringing these little goodies to my daughter's preschool for parties!!! It's only Sept 11th and I have already made her class treats for Halloween!!! They are sooooooo easy and sooooooo stinkin' cute!!! I'm sure you have seen them all over the web already but here are the ones I made! I decided to not make them into "lollipops" this time...I will wait and do that for Valentine's Day! (yes, I've already planned them out in my head!!) I chose to make them into little cards. Anyways, hope you like them!! Contact me to get your very own adorable stamp set!!!

While I was doing my weekly browsing and idea searching of the very creative stampers out in blog land, I saw this very creative and fabulous idea for a gift card holder!! I loved it!! I got out my handy dandy Big Shot and made one right away!!!! Unfortunately, I was so excited that I completely forgot to write down the blog I found it on....I have searched through my "History" and still cannot find it, however I will continue to look and will update it when I find it! I only penciled down the sketch....but if this is your sketch, please; let me know!!! Mine is much more "plain and simple" than hers, but I was just so excited that I wanted to get it completed quickly!!! But I am happy with how it turned out and I will be playing around with it and adding more embellishments when I have more time!!! I used retired SU! designer paper and cardstock. ****UPDATED on Wed, Spet 16***I found the wonderful sample that I CASEd! Check it out here!!!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks for looking!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Christmas Card Extravaganza!!!

Hi Stampers! Hope you are having a great one!!! I am busy busy busy planning my projects for my Christmas Card Extravaganza Class on Oct 4th!!! I cannot wait! I have 4 spaces left, so please contact me at for further info and to save your spot !!! All the info can be found here! Here is one of the cards I have come up with using the Faux Quilting technique and the Merry Moments Designer Paper! Hope you like it!

Check back tomorrow for another card I'm working on!! Have a great day and thanks for looking! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!! ALSO.....don't forget about ordering YOUR ADORABLE GROWTH CHART!!!!!! I just got mine in the mail, and as soon as I put it up, I will post it!!! Elle is so excited!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! Check out the info here!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm baaaccckkkk!!!!

Hi stampers!!! Yes, I know...I've been MIA in the blogger world!!! I have been relaxing in the sun and having my toes in the sand!!! We just got back from a fabulous family vacation in the Isle of Palms, Charleston, SC and had a wonderful time!!! And we couldn't have come back at a more perfect time...the weather the past two days in NOVA have been amazing Fall-like days and I LOVE IT!!!! The Fall is DEFINITELY my favorite time of the year!!!! Elle goes back to preschool next and then after that....I am hoping things get back to normal around her...or as "normal" as they can be!!!

The new Holiday Mini came out today and I have got to say that I LOVE IT!!!!! I cannot wait to get a chance to actually play with all of the new things I ordered!!! Check it out and let me know what your favorite new item is!!
Click here to check out all of the great new products!

I also would like to remind you that my Christmas Card Extravaganza is filling up quickly...don't miss YOUR chance to get ALL of your Christmas cards Started and FINISHED in one day!!! Contact me to find out more info and to save your spot SOON!!!! The info is below! As of this afternoon there are only 8 spots left!!! Here is the information:

Christmas Card Extravaganza Classes!

Come and make all your Christmas Cards in one day!!! Enjoy a wonderful day out while starting and FINISHING your Christmas cards!! Just think about how wonderful the feeling will be when you walk out of the building KNOWING you are completely finished with your Christmas cards!!!!

You will be making 40 cards for $45. There will be 4 different cards, you will make 10 of each. You may also add additional packages of 10 cards for $8 (ie. 60 cards for $61) You can also choose between 2 different TYPES of cards: regular card OR picture front card! Ok, I know this all sounds pretty confusing...let me TRY to narrow down the info.....

All you need to do is let me know let me know you are attending! Then, how many cards would you like to make? (Minimum is 40, increase in increments of 10!) The last thing you need to decide is: do you want to make regular cards, or would you like to make "picture cards" (a picture will be the main focus of the front of the card!)

The Class is Sunday, Oct 4 from 12 - 6.

Prepayment of the full amount must be made to "hold" your space. Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis. If you are unavailable to attend after payment is made, you will be mailed the materials to make the projects on your own (minus stamp sets!)

Space is limited to 20 stampers per class.


Have a great day! I promise, I will have a sample tomorrow! Have a great evening!
Thanks for looking!