Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pink & Black Vintage Wallpaper

This pink and black card uses the new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder as well as other new product like Antique Brads, Basic Pearls, Blushing Bride cardstock and an adorable new set called Birthday Bakery (Hostess Level 1 set). I really like the pink and black color combination and this Birthday Bakery set is so cute. One image reads: If you are what you eat, eat something cute!
Fun stuff!
Have a great weekend,

Friday, August 27, 2010

Punch Potpourri & matching punch

Have you noticed in the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog the any image that has a coordinating punch will have a thin outline around the image? Have your noticed that? I think that is a great resource. I used the Level 1 Hostess set Punch Potpourri for this card. The butterfly image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock in So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Riding Hood Red, then punched out with the matching punch. I also used Basic Rhinestones, Tasteful Trim XL die for the white small paper ric-rac trim (Love that DIE!) Stampin' Dimensionals pop up some of the butterfly wings and the main large piece on the front.

Happy Friday!
TGIF! Yeah Coyote Football Season starts tonight! Go Kaleb! Go Coyotes!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

On the road again....

Here are 2 of the card projects for the monthly stamp workshop I do for a group of gals in Mitchell, Nebraska (75 mile drive and where I am headed tonight). Both card use new sets, new cardstock, new big shot dies and much more. The birthday card is Crumb Cake cardstock with Play Date dsp. The red card is Poppy Parade cardstock and ribbon, The Best Things stamp set and the new die in the fabulous Holiday Mini catalog: Tasteful is a 12" long die of 4 different fun shapes of small and large ric-rac, the scallop on this card and another bubble like trim embellishment. I can't wait to use that die on scrapbook pages.
Contact me to get on the email list for upcoming classes in this and any area.
Have a great day, hope you find time to stamp something!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Anniversary Card

Here is a card I made for some friends for a 50th Wedding anniversary. Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder was used on the background piece. Cardstock colors are Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler. The punched piece that says "Happy Anniversary" is a new punch found the in the holiday mini catalog...I'll be passing those out at classes this week if you haven't already received one in the mail. This mini catalog is the best one yet, my wish list is very long. This mini includes Fabric!, new dies with a long jumbo ric rac as my absolute favorite, awesome holiday sets, gorgeous fall designer paper and so much just need to get your hands on a copy. Let me know if you need a holiday mini catalog or want to place an order after Sept. 1 for any of these items.
Oh, back to the card. The rhinestone embellishments are in the new Idea Book & Catalog on pg. 188 and they come in pearls too. They are self adhesive and really add some "bling" to your cards.

My inspiration for this card was a card done by Rochelle Gould. Just click her name to go to her blog. I just realized that Rochelle is also an Artisan Award Finalist for this year. Here's the complete list of the runners up to the Artisan Award for this year. Stampin' Up! picks the top 10 winners and announces that back in June...then at convention they announce the finalists so we are happy if we see our names on that list. So we are the ones that came really close to winning...but didn't :-(. I'm sure it was a 21 way tie for 11th place! LOL
Deborah Paise
Cindy Beach
Heidi King
Melissa Riker
Sandra Farrell
Lynsay Mahon
Beth Prout
Ellen Raymond
Amy O'Neill
Jennifer Thomas
Ilina Crouse
Ashley Van Camp
Ann M. Fitton
Jan Tinklenberg
Deborah Pippin
Rochelle Gould
Staci Lynch
Amy Bollman
Mary Bieber
Lynn Pratt
Jennifer Picard
Jennifer Diercks

Wow, three Jennifer's on the list! :-)
Congrats to all my fellow demo finalists. This is my second year of being a finalist and I know Jan Tinklenberg is also a repeat finalist. Might just have to try again next year but will have to wait and see if I have the time, $ and inspiration. My contest entries were blog post back in June, Juen 6-16.
Have a great day, Jennifer

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cute Cards

I saw these cute cards at convention and just had to photograph them. I wish I knew the creator's name so I could give them the credit. If you come to my monthly stamp classes and like these cards let me know and I can figure out how to make them and use them as a class project.
Happy stamping,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Have you ever stamped in a parking lot?

It's high noon in western Nebraska on a hot summer day. I met my friend Jennifer at the local Walmart parking lot which is 20 miles from each of our houses. She wants to borrow some Big Shot dies for her daughters upcoming wedding so we meet here to make the switch. Besides just giving her the dies and letting her go on her merry way I wanted to show her the cool new embossing folders in the new Stampin' Up!Idea Book & Catalog. The aroma of the nearby feedyard fills the air in Sidney, Nebraska, it's a hot summer day and we pop open the back of my Sante Fe so we have room to use the Big Shot. Jennifer tries out the new embossing folders and makes all the parts to put this card together at home. We giggled of course, worked up a sweat and got a few odd stares from the cart boys but other than that no one thought we were too was really too hot to stop and pay too close attention! :-) So now I can say I had my customers stamp in a busy parking lot. Have stamps will travel!!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Convention thoughts......part 1:

Going to Stampin' Up! annual convention is one of the highlights of my summer. This was convention #14 for me. I always enjoy seeing stamping friends I have met over the years and rooming with friends in my upline and downline, we always seem to have so much fun.

Me, upline Kim, downline Joanne.

Highlights of convention for me this year was going early on check in day and having the entire sample display area almost to myself (everyone else was in line for Momento Mall). It was fun to take samples of everything that caught my eye and not have to wait for masses of people to get out of my road so I could take pictures. I was in this area for about 30 minutes and took tons of pictures.

Our annual lunch time swap with Sue Hyer and Deb Valder's group proved once again to be an awesome swap with very talented stampers.

Another thing I like to do at convention each year is find a new restaurant to try. This year I went to Dear Lizzie's with Deb Valder and Kathy and Amy in her downline. We enjoyed shopping in this adorable little shop and then sat down in the bistro for a little lunch. Amy purchased a gorgeous necklace to wear at awards night...Congrats Amy for placing high in the Rising Star Award! Here's a picture of my table while I was waiting for my sandwich to arrive. The place was decorated very fun with antiques, lace,& alot of shabby chic style deco. Lunch was delicious and I enjoyed a chocolate cupcake for dessert! YUM! Next time I go I would like to go for afternoon tea.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Decor' Elements Cheer & Dance Fundraiser

I recently did a fundraiser for our Cheer & Dance squads. We met at one of their houses and I showed off the vinyl wall art items. I put a few samples on some glass jars and gave those away as doorprizes. I also gave away vinyl images as doorprizes. Then the host mom got a special treat my having me apply the image of her choice (that she picked out a few weeks in advance so I had time to order it) to the wall of her choice. Lori picked this "Many Welcomes" and we applied it above some cupboards that sit above a bar counter in her kitchen. The wall was extremely rough but with a little extra rubbing I managed to get there on there. I like the way this image looks, espeically the white on the dark green walls.
These would make great Christmas presents so if you are in the mood to think about your Christmas gift giving keep these Decor' Elements in mind.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Open House

My Open House was fun. Thanks to everyone who came to see me that day, many of you drove from Colorado & Wyoming! Here's a pictures of my sample table showing the scrapbook layouts and also the candy dish with some of the fun salt water taffy I bought at convention. Info about fall classes will be coming soon. School starts for teachers tomorrow here at Potter-Dix H.S......I'm not sure where my summer went :-).