Friday, February 26, 2010

Sending Love Creations

Here are a few images of some things that I made with the Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper "Sending Love". I really like the cute patterns in this paper pack. I've had a clipboard sitting around my craft room for several months and I thought this paper was the perfect match.

Supplies (all Stampin Up unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Whimsical Words (119119), Vintage Labels (119122)
Paper: Sending Love DSP (117153), ivory scrap
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Pretty in Pink (101301)
Other: Chocolate Chip ribbon (117287), flowers (Michaels $ spot), buttons (Oriental Trading), Sticky Strip (104294), clipboard

I found this cute chapstick holder idea on Anne Matasci's website. I emailed her about it and she was kind enough to return my email with some rough directions on how to put it together. It's basically a scrap of paper with 2 scored line and then you use your xacto to cut 2 parallel lines in the spine and it pops up to hold the chapstick. This is another project using a coupon! I got the chapstick for $.09 after a coupon at Kroger. woohoo!

Supplies (all Stampin Up unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Vintage Labels (119122)
Paper: Sending Love DSP (117153), ivory scrap
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Pretty in Pink (101301)
Other: Scallop Circle punch (109043), chapstick

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My first workshop cards

I hosted my first Stampin' Up! workshop on Saturday. It went really well (at least I thought so). We made 6 cards in total- 2 each of 3 different designs. Most of my guests were seasoned stampers, but I still tried to keep them fairly simple. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my cards.

Small Wonder Card (design by Anne Matasci; all products Stampin' Up):
Paper: Certainly Celery (105125), Bashful Blue (105120), Whisper White (100730), Pale Plum (101658), Barely Banana (102701)
Ink: Bashful Blue (105209), Certainly Celery (105217)
Stamps: Baroque Motifs (113490), Whimsical Words (119119)
Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138)

Congratulations Card:
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Sweet Pea DSP (117161), Bashful Blue (105120)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Stamps: Well Scripted (118601)
Other: Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)

Purple Card (design from Stampin' Success):
Paper: Elegant Eggplant (105126), Summer Sun (103124), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (105210), Summer Sun (100537), Perfect Plum (101437), Whisper White (101731)
Stamps: Circle Circus (115778), Thank You Kindly (120248)
Other: 1 ¼’ Circle Punch (104403)

Friday, February 12, 2010


About 2 months ago, I discovered a new scrapbooking store in my area called Anthologies. (It's actually closer to Ft. Worth, in Hurst, but a lot of the local scrapbook stores in my area have closed.) I started following their blog and reading about this class they held monthly called "Scrapstashers". The premise of this class is that you are told only a few days before what scraps and supplies you need to bring and in what sizes. You don't find out what you're putting together until you get to the store. I find it exciting to use my scraps and to not know what we're doing until we get there. It adds a mysterious element to the class. Since it takes me almost an hour to drive over to the store, I haven't done any of the other classes. If you're in the DFW area you should check them out sometime. It's a great store with a super nice staff.

Here are the projects from the February Scrapstashers class:
Isn't this little tin carrying case just darling? They called it a "chocolate survival kit" and suggested that we stuff it with chocolate. I don't need to add that tempation to my scrap space so I think I'd better leave it empty!
Supply List (all supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Sending Love DSP (117153), Pretty in Pink (100459)
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink (117289), Chocolate Chip(117287), White Sheer (Michaels)
Other: Tin (Maya Road tin, the package for their chipboard shapes and letters), Buttons (Oriental Trading), Scissors, Heart Template (cut from Cricut), adhesive

Gift Bag:
I think this is a super cute bag and a great way to use up scraps. It takes a while to notice that it's just a plain brown paper bag. No one would say you're "brown baggin' it" with this cute creation. I also think it will be really easy to use this idea for any season.

Supply List (all supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Sending Love DSP (117153), Pretty in Pink (100459), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink (117289), Very Vanilla (117291)
Other: Scallop border Punch (118402), Flower Punch (Fiskars), Brown paper bag (Grocery store), Buttons (Oriental Trading), adhesive

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Baby Cards

A friend at work recently asked if I had any "baby boy" cards and after looking through my stash I realized that I didn't. So, I set out to work. I think I found the reason why I didn't have many- I don't have very many "baby" stamp sets. I've now got my eyes open for sets that could work for babies. Feel free to leave me a comment about your favorite baby stamp set.

Supply list (all supplies Stampin Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Barely Banana (102701), Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (117161)
Stamps: Baby boy (not SU), Short and Sweet (115060)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (103139), Bashful Blue (105209)
Other: Scallop Trim Border (118402), Paper Trimmer

Friday, February 5, 2010

Gift idea- Coffee samples

One of my other pleasures in life is saving money. I clip coupons and get pure satisfaction when I save money at the grocery store. I strive for a 40% savings or more :). We were lucky enough to score free tickets to the Mavericks vs Lakers game a few weeks ago and on the way out they were passing out free Community Coffee. Matt and I don't drink coffee so he almost gave his free sample back. Luckily, I was close enough to intercept and knew I wanted to dress them up a little bit and use them as a gift. I have a good friend that moved to Dallas about a year ago from Louisiana where I hear that Community Coffee is all the rage. She will be one of the lucky recipients of my spruced-up freebie.

For those of you that don't have a way to get free Community Coffee samples....what about trying this idea with a packet or two of hot chocolate, or kool-aid for a kid?

Right now I'm really enjoying 3-D altered projects and making something beautiful by recycling something ordinary. It's amazing what a little bit of patterned paper and some embellishments can do to an ordinary object.

Supply List (all supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Real Red (102482), Sending Love DSP (117153)
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink: Staz-On Black (101406)
Punches: Modern Label (116630), Scallop Border punch (EK Success)
Other: Sticky Strip (104294), Community Coffee Samples (free, sorry!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Desk Candy

I don't have much on my desk at work, but last May I bought this cool magnetic frame from Creative Memories with the bright idea that I'd make a calendar page for each month and decorate it all cutesy. I even bought the calendar pages to use with it. Fast forward 9 months and I've finally done something with it and brought it to work. I really like the results and it's adding just the touch of cheer to my dreary desk.

Supply List (all supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted):
- Paper: Real Red (102482), Sending Love Designer Series Paper (117153)
- Stamps: A Happy Heart (111758), I {Heart} Hearts (118571)
- Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Real Red (103133), Pretty in Pink (101301)
- Markers: Real Red (100052)
- Punch: Small Heart (117193)
- Other: Frame (Creative Memories), Calendar page (Creative Memories), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Rub-on letters (American Crafts), small magnet (Hobby Lobby), small clothes pin (Michael's)