Check It Out--My New Blog!

It is up and running! Although still a bit under construction but check out my new blog and even better--the Retired List is out! Go there to find out if your favorite set is sticking around!


Where Have I Been?

I have been extremely busy! We just had my parent's wedding/vow renewal this past weekend (pictures of decorations are forthcoming, I promise) so as you can imagine that has had me extremely busy. I have also been steadily working on a new and improved blog. But as with all things technical and remotely related to computers--it is not working like I want it too! With the wedding I have had to take a break from fixing all the bugs. I am hoping to have the new blog up and running by the first of June!! So keep your eyes peeled for the new debut and address!!


6X6 Scrapbook Page

I love this layout! Isn't it adorable? The colors are great. I am going to put a picture on this page and put it into a frame, it is just too cute to hide in a scrapbook. Thank you to Christie, my fellow demonstrator for sharing it with me. For those of you who scrapbook look for information on my upcoming Scrapbook University that starts next month!!


Lemonade Stand Award

I just received my first Blog Award--The Lemonade Stand Award. This was given for showing great attitude and gratitude. From a dear blogging friend and fellow demonstrator, Aimee. Her blog is full of wonderful ideas and her scrapbooks inspire me. So check her out. Now I get to pick some blogs that inspire me: Becca, is my upline and a new blogger; Barbara, is my first recruit and incredible stamper; Lee, is a fellow demonstrator who I met through one of my groups and work is stunning; Laurel, is another demonstrator from one of my groups and I love how she uses colors in her projects; and this last award goes to Linda, who is a former trainer from Stampin' Up!, she has inspired creativity in my work in so many ways. I still remember the first time I saw her at a Regional Event and she used Crystal Effects to glue the heel back onto her shoe. Each one of these ladies are incredible stampers who have influenced my own personal style in one way or another. Enjoy your little bloggy award, you deserve it!!

The rules of the award (To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award):- Comment on this blog.- Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.- Link to your nominees within your blog post.- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.- Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

New Technique


Here is another card I made on Saturday...

It is using the brand new "Re-Inker Spread" Technique--more about this technique to come. For my Stamp Club members-this is May's monthly technique!!


Quarterly Shoebox Swap

This morning was my Quarterly Shoebox Swap and Brunch where I meet with other local demonstrators and get ideas and inspiration. So I will be sharing a few of the things we made today with you over the next few days..

This cute little book was made with the Scallop Envelope Die for the Big Shot. This is an exclusive SU! die. You might think you can only use this die to make envelopes--WRONG! I have seen baskets, boxes, and so much more made out of it. Michele came across this idea online and decided to share it with us. The DSP used is Bella Rose.


Coming Up Roses

I love the Manhattan Flowers Texturz Plate but I must admit, once it was in my hands I was stumped. This tends to happen to me a lot. I fall in love with a stamp set or accessory so I buy it. Than once it arrives I am creatively stumped. This is a card that slowly evolved.

I knew I wanted to use Regal Rose cardstock and Cardstock Vellum. So I ran the plate through my Big Shot and embossed the flowers onto the Vellum. That created a beautiful, frosted looking rose. I than stamped more roses onto the pink cardstock in Regal Rose ink. Although I think that using the VersaMark Pad and clear embossing powder would of given a very pretty look as well. I attached the cut out roses to the front of the card with 2-Way Glue Pen. Than I added Dazzling Diamonds to the embossed lines using the 2-Way Glue Pen. I really like this card. I think it would make an elegant wedding card.


A Walk In the Park With Mom

This was the card we made at my Stamp Club for April. Since Mother's Day is just around the corner I knew this would be a perfect card. It features a fun way to use the Texturz Plates for the Big Shot as well.

Brayered Texture:
1. Ink up your Brayer in the coordinating ink as your cardstock or a darker shade.
2. Roll Brayer all over the Texturz Plate.
3. Build your "sandwich" carefully laying your cardstock over the Texturz plate.
4. Roll "sandwich" through the Big Shot.
5. Pull out cardstock. Thoroughly clean Texturz plate.
6. Your cardstock will now be dry embossed in the color of the paper and the rest of the paper will be covered in ink.

RECIPE: Stamps-A Bunch of Love; Ink-Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Basic Gray & Black; DSP-A Walk in the Park; CS-Baja Breeze, Whisper White & Basic Gray; and Ribbon-Regal Rose.


May Promotions

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, Stampin' Up! is having 3 fabulous promotions...

1.) Buy three packs of Designer Series paper--including Specialty Designer Series paper--or 12" x 12" textured card stock and get one FREE!* Who doesn't need paper? Go to my website and place your order today!!

2.) Become a demonstrator for only $75 with the limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit! Already have a Stampin' Up! stash in your stamp room? Want to earn some extra money? This is a fabulous opportunity to become a demonstrator. Click here to learn more about becoming a demonstrator.

3.) Buy the new Jumble Alphabet stamp set--a sneak peek from the upcoming 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog--at 20% off!

Call me, e-mail me or visit my website to take advantage of these great deals!!


Follow Me!

I wanted to let you know that I have added two fun new ways for you to keep up with me (and my stamping addiction). Go to my sidebar and you will see a link to networked blogs through Facebook. I am now updating with Twitter, so even if I am not posting regularly (the kids have been sick again) I will be updating Twitter as much as possible. So follow along!!