Friday, January 27, 2012

P. S. I Love you Framed hearts

Don't you just love the P. S. I love you set? So many cute images and sayings - I had to have it of course. Then the matching framelets die just got me hook, line and sinker. The base card is real red of course with whisper white layered on it. I took crumbcake CS and die cut the largest heart from the framelet die set. Took another whisper white and used the same die to cut another whisper white which I embossed using the Elegant Lines EF and layered it exactly over it and put some jewel rhinestones into the little circle embossed areas.
I stamped the little cherub in real red craft ink and angled it (yes, using the stamp positioner! Ouch!) and emobssed with iridescent ice EP and stamped the cicle heart in crumbcake. Stamped the modern label image in chocolate chip again on white and stamped the sentiment in real red and punched it out and used dimensionals to layer it. Added some more rhinestone jewels to make it look like the arrow was shooting out the message.

The little heart was stamped with Kraft white and embossed with iridescent ice- really sparkly in real person, then framelet cut with coordinating heart frame. Mount it with dimensionals to pop it up.
It is a really sweet card. Now if I would send it to someone......
Why is it that with all the cards I make, I still don't seem to be able to get it out to all the people I love? I end up just calling them at the last minute to tell them I love them or sometime not even that. But know this, I am thinking of you, and I really do love you and some day I may get my cards out to you so you would know for sure....
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My First Leadship Experience

At my first Stampin Up convention umteen years ago I wanted to get a picture with Shelly Gardener the cofounder but the lines were an hour and a half long with all the hundreds of women who wanted the same. So I gave up and went to the bathroom and who came up behind me? Shelly! I was so excited I had someone take a picture of the two of us on my 24 picture instamatic- remember those before we went digital?- and Shelly told me that this was the first time she had been asked to get a picture taken in the bathroom. Well the sad story is that it was the 25th picture on my roll, and it never came out. I was hearbroken. But at the more sedate leadership meeting I ran into Shelly and I told her the story and how I had to have another. She then tells me she has had a few more incidents like that in the bathroom since. She was so incredibly sweet. Can you believe that she is over 50? Just beautiful inside and out, I tell you.

But Leadership was more than that for me. It was about stamping, swapping, learning about new items, give-a ways but it was really more about relationship and friends.

Mercedes and I got to room and hang out together and when she went up to Shelly, she remembered her and her beautiful cards that Mercedes had won. I feel honored to have such wonderful and talented person to call my friend.

We saw wonderful samples and creative ideas like this bracelet made of our buttons!
We saw demonstrations on stage and news about things happening at Stampin Up and ALL GOOD!
This was one of our make and takes using the Send Me Soaring set from the occasion mini. The polka dot kite was stamped then punched out with the heart punch. Darling!
My upline Tami treated her downlines to a dinner on the riverwalk where Shelly was dining with her family just outside the glass window at the same time. Such amazing talented women!
Tami is sitting, second from the left and Liz Price - our own amazing Artisan of the Year - on the far right. And my sweet friend Dena Rekow standing far right- she moved to Iowa and I was so happy to see her again!
They had some really fun stage action, dancing, harleys, and amazing demos. The theme was MY WAY- that you need to make this the way you want to make it work for you.
I was so inspired that I set a goal to go to Leadership every year if I can. It was the most amazing 3 days of my stamping life and I can't wait until next year to do it again!
Maybe some of you will join me!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I was so excited to find out that one of my cards I submitted from the Occasion Mini won the card contest. I submitted several - which I will show you over the next week- but this one landed me this booty of sweet shop suite with the Designer paper, stickers (just gorgeous! ) and the Jelly bean brads.

This was my card that was hanging in the winner's gallery-shucks!
The base is Island Indigo with a layer of crumbcake stamped with A to Z stamp in crumbcake and sponged around the edges with the same ink. I cut a piece of First Edition DSP 3/4 inches tall and then stamped the You're My Type onto the crumbcake piece above the DSP. I then put a piece of scallop border ( but in the submission I useed a ribbon border punched out and cut in half lengthwise). I then stamped the typewriter and message in Island indigo and adhered it to the typewriter image on the crumb cake using dimensionals. (Note that I stamped the image on the bottom so I could see the handle on the right and left side but did not want to cut it out.... Take calendar alphabet ( and you can say practically anything) stamp your message coming out of the letter with island indigo- another card I made said - to my sweet...." you could put a heart inside to say sweetheart.... or put the words, sister, mother, friend, as you wish. I changed up the color to use pool party, Indigo and white and that one is also oh so pretty... I've been so jazzed up by this meeting- details and pictures to follow...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Leadership!

I was promoted with Stampin Up to Supervisor and had an opportunity to go to Leadership which I had only heard of before with dreamy expression from my demonstrator friends and now I know why. I am in San Antonio having a ball!

For the first time there is a contest with each of the stampsets in the Occasion Mini - which is my absolute favorite of ALL TIME- of course I say that about each and every one- but really, truly, this is my ALL TIME favorite!

This was one of the cards I submitted using the Candy Conversation stamp- which I split into the heart and word image separately. Base card is Crumbcake, with a layer of real red then whisper white stamped with (down the line) pink pirouette, pretty in pink, regal rose, melon mambo and then real red. I used the cling stamps with clear acrylic block with the Clear Mount Perfectly Placed Guides- I aligned the middle heart with one of the lines so it was really easy to align it perfectly! Used the markers to stampe th arrow and sentiment (black and real red) then took a 1/4 inch real red grosgrain ribbon. Cut a length abouy 10 inches long then took the middle part made two bunnyears and tied it into a bow then taped the edges behind the red card stock to make a neat and tidy bow.

I am entering this into the contest but there was so many beautiful samples I am not sure I stand a chance but I still hope.....

I have so many samples to share with you. Stay tuned!