Friday, August 5, 2011

Easel Card

Using up some retired rub-ons and Designer Paper and made this Sew Suite Easel card.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cupcake Builder Punch

This was a contest entry a few months ago. I like to use the small oval punch to add a cake color to the cupcake builder punch shapes....looks like the yummy cupcakes on those fun tv shows like Cupcake Wars and D.C. Cupcake.

I ran the frosting shape through the Big Shot Machine with the Manhattan Flower Embossing folder...I like the swirly frosting effect it makes. You can find that embossing folder on page 218 of the current Idea Book & Catalog.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Occasions Alphabet: So Shelli Creative Challenge

The So Shelli Creative Challenge this month is "Thinking of You": any sympathy or condolence cards, hang-in-there cards, you-can-do-it cards . . .whatever. Just a way of reaching out to someone who needs to know that they aren’t alone.

With that in mind I created this card for this challenge (and it was very similar to a card I made for swapping at Convention 2011 which was a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City, Utah). I absolutely love this new alphabet set called "Occasions Alphabet"! I can make up several of these cards to have on hand and then just stamp and punch the saying I need for that particular occasion from this set. I can easily make this card a birthday card by using the "H" is for Happy...hope that's what your birthday is, or a friendship card by using "J" is for JOY...that's what knowing you brings to my life or "F" is for're one of the best, or "E" if for EVERYTHING...that's what you mean to me....ok, you get the picture, right? Plenty of possibilities from one fabulous stamp set. Check out this stamp set on page 171 of the new Idea Book & Catalog.

Cardstock used: Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Embossing folder: Flower Garden
Ribbon: Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly
Stamp set: Fabulous Florets, Occasions Alphabet, French Foliage
other: Basic Rhinestones, Decorative Label Punch, color spritzer tool, Concord Crush marker

Happy stamping,

Convention display: "GRAD" Page

Well, I can't believe it is already the first part of August...where did the summer go? I won't be long before the kids are headed back to school and in our case both kids will be in college this year. Both will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln...GO HUSKERS!!!!!!!!!!!

This grad page was another Artisan Award entry that I found on display at convention.

Here's hoping that the empty nest allows for more stamping time! :-)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Convention displays: MY GIRL scrapbook page

One of the highlights to my convention every year is seeing the beautiful displays of samples. I especially enjoy finding samples that I have sent in for various contests. This "My Girl" scrapbook page was an Artisan Award entry. I used the scallop oval die cut to create these cute little black shoes to go with this adorable pictures of my daughter (who is now in college but I needed a baby pic for this page LOL!) I was a finalist again this year for this contest.

Congrats to the 2011 Artisan Award winners:
Heather Summers
Heather Stevens
Laura Mellinger
Heather Klump
Cheryl LeFore
Heidi King
Summer Stone
Sandra Farrell
Jennifer Pickard
Connie Collins

FINALISTS Not in any particular order

Marisa Gunn
Staci Lunch
Martha Devries
Katie Kempton
Connie Collins
Laura Mellinger
Gaylyn Pantana
Laura Pinto-Nu-win
Elizabeth Germs
Rochelle Gould
Twila Mooneyham
Janel Hermann
Marlene Peters
Renee Van Stralen
Amy Bollman
Andrea Powers
Sharon Trauth
Jennifer Pickard
Diane Browning
Mercedes Weeber
Diane Kanode
Heather Stevens
Sandra Farrell
Jan Johnson
Summer Stone
Ellen Raymond
Carrie Gaskin
Heidi King
Cheryl LeFore
Betty-Jane Gent-ner
Debi Pippin
Laura Tollander
Jennifer Thomas
Tracy Roefs
Dee-lia Lively
Jackie Topa
Julie Leblain
Erica Cerwin
Mary Haugen
Heather Summers
Mindy Bywater
Heather Klump