Archive for January, 2010


The majority of the projects I’ve been posting lately have been papercraft related. I love all things crafty – so I’ve pulled a couple crochet projects I worked on recently to showcase here.

These crochet dishcloths and pot scrubbies are not only cute – but green too! Made with 100% cotton, these can be washed over and over again. Much more environmentally friendly than paper towels or sponges!

I used Lily Sugar and Cream yarn for all these. It’s super soft, and is easy to care for. The dishcloth patterns came from the Leisure Arts ‘Kitchen Basics in Cotton’ book, whereas the scrubbies are a modified version of a pattern I pulled from the ‘Beyond the Square – Crochet Motifs’ book. Each of these worked up really quickly – which is good for someone like me that gets bored really quickly!

Yarn: Lily Sugar & Cream 100% Cotton in Ecru and Yellow


January 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm 6 comments

Will you be my Valentine?

Each year I make little Valentine’s for a couple of my nieces and my nephew. I usually stick to the 3×3 size since those are fun to make! You can’t mail 3×3 cards, so these are best suited to folks you actually see in person.

I had to break out the brand new Fox & Friends set from the Occasions Mini Catalog for these. The little animals are just too stinkin’ cute!

Here are the little friends…I can’t decide which I like best!

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Fox & Friends, Out of the Box (Hostess Level One set)
Colors -Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive
Paper – Whisper White
Accessories – Soft Suede & Bermuda Bay Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon, Elementary Ribbon Originals, Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin ribbon

January 29, 2010 at 8:00 am 12 comments

Five minute quickie

Sometimes you need a card last minute, and you don’t have time to make something extremely complicated. More often than not, that’s the case with me. I really try to have a stash of cards available, but I set up at a Vendor fair at my office over the holidays and totally depleted my stash!

This card took longer to pick out the paper than it did to make. Super simple, with no real stamping, except for the sentiment, this took me about 5 minutes to actually execute (again, once I agonized for 10 minutes on what paper to use)!

I love, love, LOVE the Sweet Pea Designer Series paper pack. The colors are all so pretty together! I’m ready for something other than the reds and greens of Christmas!

Isn’t it so yummy?! It makes me wish it was springtime already!

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors -Rose Red, Old Olive
Paper – Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper pack
Accessories – Sweet Pea Stitched felt, Modern Label punch, Paper piecer, Rose Red 1″ Stitched grosgrain ribbon, Elementary Ribbon Originals

January 27, 2010 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Stampin’ Connection’s first Sketch Challenge!

One of the newest benefits to being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is having access to their brand-spankin’ new site – Stampin’ Connection (SC). For demos only, this site has TONS of information and inspiration.

SC also has lots of Challenges! I love a good challenge, they really get the creative mojo flowing! Monday will be sketch challenge day there. Sketches are a great way to make a card – the hard part is already done for you! Now you just pick out the fun stuff- colors and images – and follow the layout.

Here’s the very first Sketch Challenge on SC:
A nice simple layout, perfect for showcasing SU!’s border punches.

Here’s my card – it’s my first using some new goodies from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!
All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage jumbo wheel, Vintage Labels (SAB 2010)
Colors – Sage Shadow, Basic Gray
Paper – Nouveau Chic
Accessories – ,Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Scallop Trim Border punch (SAB 2010), Corner Rounder punch, Large Oval punch, sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Want access to Stampin’ Connection? Contact me today to become a demonstrator and reap all the rewards!

January 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm 4 comments

Baby Boy Gift Set

Friends of ours had a little baby boy this week. He is just too cute!

I went out shopping for him today (I love shopping for babies!) and got him some really cute little outfits!

I can never bring myself to put them in an expensive, impersonal, store-bought gift bag though. I always like to make them!

I get the plain gift bags at the local big box store, then jazz them up!

Here’s the one for this little baby boy:

I adhered the Designer Series paper to the bag, then adhered the Naturally Serif letters on top of that. For an added touch I used the star punch to pop up the letters in the word Baby.

Of course, I can’t *NOT* make a card to match…

The onesie design is based on Lauren Meader’s original onesie template. I almost always use this for baby cards! How cute is it?

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – So Many Scallops (retired)
Colors -Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Paper – Delicate Dots (SAB 2009 retired)
Accessories – Corner Rounder, 1 1/4″ punch, 1 3/4″ punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Small Star Punch, Naturally Serif Big Shot die, Grosgrain Ribbon, Elementary Ribbon Originals, Stampin’ Dimensionals

January 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm 8 comments

Haitian Disaster Relief

Here is the plan:

From now until February 28, 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set that is sold, Stampin’ Up! will be donating $2 to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

I will also personally MATCH this donation for every set I sell!

To order your set, contact me today, – Or- order directly from my website by clicking HERE!

Product Name Item # Price
I {Heart} Hearts – clear-mount  (block D recommended) 118571 $18.95
I {Heart} Hearts – wood-mount 117010 $26.95

January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Birthday Girl

When I saw the girl image in the brand new Tote-ally Tess set, I knew I just had to have it. She’s so cute and sassy!

I made this card for my friend Melissa, and when I colored the hair blonde, it turned out to look just like her! Melissa loves the color pink, so I used that opportunity to use Melon Mambo for everything! I mixed in stamps from the Party Hearty set to turn Tess (or Melissa!) into a birthday girl!

Not all your cards have to be A2! The card itself is 5×5. I find this to be  a versatile size for cards, I just don’t seem to use it enough though.

One other note – this set is one of the new CLEAR MOUNT sets! Please don’t confuse this with the inferior “clear photopolymer” stamps. The new Clear Mount stamps are Stampin’ Up!’s good old red rubber, the only difference now is that they attach with cling to clear BLOCKS. The value in this is twofold – one, the stamps fit nicely into a DVD size case that makes storage a snap! Secondly, the Clear Mount sets are a bit cheaper than the wood mount sets. I just though of a third perk – we’re saving trees by not making blocks!! 🙂 Sets in the new Occasions Mini are available both ways – Clear Mount as well as the traditional wood mount – so try one of each and decide for yourself which works best for you!

OK, enough about that…onto the card!

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Tote-ally Tess, Party Hearty, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors -Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Paper – Razzleberry Lemonade
Accessories – Polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Small oval punch, Medium oval punch, Scalloped oval punch, Aquapainter

January 12, 2010 at 11:06 pm 9 comments

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