Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trying to catch up

Wow, I had not realized just how long it has been since I updated this blog!  I apologize to those of you who have subscribed! 

My post today will be of Fall and Thanksgiving cards.  Hopefully very soon I will get my Christmas Cards posted. 

This card uses the Stampin' Up! Sweater Weather DSP.  I love that paper.  The ribbon is the seam binding dyed with Espresso reinker.  The leaves were stamped with the Wonderfall set in VersaMark...then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The DSP was dry embossed then sponged with Early Espresso.  The saying and Acorn are from a Papertrey Set.  The inside, shown below was cut with a deckled Nestability set and stamped with Early Espresso.  The card base is SU's Sahara Sand.




The next card was made for our South Stamp-a-Stack in September
 

This card also uses Sahara Sand for the Base.  The other colors are Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Always Artichoke.  The leave are all from Wonderfall, stamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The "Thankful for..." is from Truly Grateful.  All items are Stampin' Up!

Well, can't for the life of me get this to rotate!  This is the inside and the paper is some I've had for forever so not sure whose or the name.  Not sure if SU or not.  The punch used was a border punch from my stash.

And, last one for today:

 


This card uses the Best of Autumn set (which I love) and is colored in a combination of colored pencils and markers.  The saying is again from Truly Grateful and the paper is the Sweater Weather DSP.  Th ribboon is the dotted Espresso.
The focal point is stamped on a die cut from the new Deco Label Framelits.

 

The card base is Crumb Cake and the inside is Very Vanilla.  A strip of the Sweater Weather paper is behind the punched out border to add a little color.

That is all I have time for today.
I'm headed to a friends home to work on a different type of craft project.  I'm making little gifts for the loyal people who attend Tami and my classes each month.

Have a wonderful day and hopefully will see you here again soon.

Hugzz, skm
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Difficult day - non stamping post

Yesterday was a difficult day for me.  As those who know me well are aware, my "baby" girl and her baby boy and hubby are moving away.  Jay got a great promotion and the family is moving to Chicago.  This breaks my heart but I have to admit it is a good thing for them.  The rest of us, however, will all miss them terribly.

They had a going-away shindig yesterday at one of their favorite places, The Platte Bar and Grill.  SO many turned out to wish them well and reminisce.  I enjoyed, SO MUCH, seeing all their friends come to see them off.  Many of their friends feel like my kids too...they have been around for so many years!

I just want to share this wonderful photo of my kids, taken by one of their friends yesterday.

Travis, his lovely wife Courtney. Megan and her wonderful husband, Jay. Lucas and his darling girlfriend, Jessica!
This group of people are the most important people in my and Lee's life!  Just missing the Grands!!!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

August class

Tami and I had smaller classes this month than usual, but we still had SO much fun.  The group of ladies that come are so special.  Love them all.

Tami's cards this month were incredible.  This first one was inspired by an on-stage presentation by Pam Morgan at the convention last month.  So simple....yet so stunning!

Gold embossing on DSP.

  
Inside
Tami used her favorite new stamp set (and one of mine too) called Gorgeous Grunge!  Love this set.

Tami's next card was very vintage.  Inspired, I believe, by a card by Jackie Pedro.
Tami used some of her birthday gifts from friends on this card.  Stamps, embossing folder and clock die are not SU.


The flowers were made with the pansy punch and the Boho Blossom punch.

My first card is a fun-fold card.  Paper used was the Modern Medley (My absolute favorite) and basic black.  Stamp set was Petite Pairs.  The Happy Birthday Die was not SU.


View from the top.

The second card is also a fun fold.  Stamps sets used were Teeny Tiny Wishes, Papaya Collage, and our retired In My Thoughts.  The designer paper is Winter Frost, from the Holiday Catalog.  Some of the designs are appropriate for non-winter/Christmas cards as this card shows.  The rose is shaped and popped up, then painted with the retired Shimmer Smooch.
Front.

Inside

Close up of the Rose (Pool Party paper and leaf colored with Pistachio Pudding marker)

Detail of closure.  Retired slit punch with button and baker's twine bow.
Hope you enjoy!

Bye bye for now,
skm

Saturday, July 20, 2013

All good things must come to an end.

Convention is over. So sad. I really did have a great time. It was so fun to spend time with all three of my downline ladies. Mickie, Tami and Jacque.


Stamp in' Up! Was....as usual, very generous. More prize patrol and all attendee giveaways than ever before!!!


I have TONS of swaps to share with you over the next week or so. They were of such great quality this year for the most part.

Off to have pizza and look at Luther's swaps!!! See you back in Denver.

Bye bye,
Skm

Friends

Here is a photo of my downline gals and me. Both Jacque and Mickie are joining for their first time!!!


Convention

Here is a photo of 5800 of my closest friends.

Having a wonderful time!

More photos later.

Monday, July 1, 2013

JULY! Seriously? Already???

I can't believe it is already July.  2013 is flying by.  Today is suppose to be a really nice, relatively cool day.  I'm looking forward to it!  Some friends are coming by to stamp so that always makes me happy!

I'm going to share a few things today.  I'm involved in a few swaps at our annual Stampin' Up! Convention this year.  It is held in Salt Lake City in a couple weeks.  I have two of my three swaps completed.  I can't do the last one until I receive my pre-order from this year's Holiday Mini.  I ordered right at midnight, so hopefully I get my stuff by the end of the week.  May be tight due to the holiday, but I'll keep my fingers crossed!

First off is the card I'm doing for an invitation only swap called Over the Top.  This card uses:

Stamp: Lovely Romance
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and (My fav!!!) Modern Medley DSP
Accessories:  Seam Binding (dyed Cherry Cobbler - scrunched), Boho Blossoms Punch, Rhinestones, Wide Scallop Edgelit

The scallop on the edge of the dotted piece has been changed to the wide edgelit one.

  
Inside 


This second card is for a "Best of" swap.  I chose "Best of Flowers" because I adore the miniature "Upsy Daisy" Stamp!

Stamp: Best of Flowers, Simply Sketched (saying)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Modern Medley DSP
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Vanilla Seam Binding






This last one will be the LAYOUT of my holiday mini swap, BUT.....the stamps, paper, etc. will all change to use product from the new Mini.  This is the card the class attendees will make this coming weekend.

Stamps:  Simply Sketched
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi markers
Paper: Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso and Tangerine stripe from retired Brights Designer Stack.
Accessories: Lace, Dew Drops (will use Candy Dots when I get them).









This last card is a CASE that we will be making for my other card this weekend.  The original that I cased can be found here.  I love this look!  And it won't cost extra to mail...which is a good thing.


Outside using Serene Silhouettes, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi Ink.
Inside      
The colored parts are masked off with a low-tack tape and then lightly sponged with the inks.  THEN, I laid  all the framlits on at once and cut the design.  I again cut the bottom two layers out of white and backed the openings so I could pop them up.  Fun to do!

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!
skm





Sunday, June 23, 2013

June Stamp Camp projects

The first project I'll show is from our South Stamp-a-Stack.

This uses fun stuff from our Brand New Catalog!

Stamps: Label Love, Chalk Talk, and Tape It!
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark, Real Red Marker
Other: Silver Embossing powder, Button Embosslit, Cobbler Baker's Twine, Artisan Label Punch, non SU washi tape on white and then cut out to form the black and white banner piece, oh, and the Chevron Embossing folder

Outside

Inside

With the Washi tape craze, I think Tape It will be one of my favorite new sets!  You can get the look of the tape without have to buy it in every color!!!!


This next project was my card for our West Stamp Camp this weekend.

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, En Francais, Papillon Potpourri, the new hostess set Express Yourself,
Paper: Whisper White, Primrose Petals
Ink: Versamark, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Black Staz-on
Other: NEW Deco Labels Framlits, Rhinestones, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Tulip Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder,

I used all 4 of the Deco Framelits.  I cut a mask for the front larger label (this was done by cutting both the smallest and next smallest framelits at the same time out of copy paper and then discarding the small insert-use repositional adhesive on the resulting "ring" and adhering it to the second smallest piece) ....embossed the swirl from Everything Eleanor on it, then sponged lightly with the Smoky Slate, followed by En Francais stamped with Basic Gray.  We then used a bit of paper towel to wipe the basic gray off the embossed swirl.  The antennae were stamped in the Black staz-on so they would stick to the embossing.

I hope this is clear....feel free to contact me with any questions!

Outside (the last little rhinestone wasn't suppose to me there! )

Inside
Well, that's it for today.  I'm staying in trying to get some household chores done today.  Our smokey Colorado air has wreaked havoc with my lungs so trying to give them a break!  Hope you all have a great weekend.

Ta ta for now,
skm

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Keeping my promise!

As promised here are the cards that Tami and I did at our class last weekend.

First, a "Tami" card.  Tami absolutely excels at masculine cards and this one is no exception.  A great Father's Day card!

Uses the shaving cream technique and "The Open Sea" stampset.

Inside
Tami's second card, my personal favorite, is simply STUNNING!  And what makes it even more fun is that Tami made her own stamp out of scraps of rubber from trimming her old stamps and the excess around the clear mount stamps!  Wonderful technique!  Beautiful card!


Inside 

My first card is a CASE, but I thought it was so darned cute.  I made the bear from Chocolate Chip for the male and from our yummy new Baked Brown Sugar for the female.  She also had a bow in her hair....but unfortunately I didn't get a photo of it before I gave her away....so here is Mr.....





There was literally NO stamping on this little guy.  Many punches and the largest heart framelit.  Some sponging was done for texture, white gel pen and Soft Suede Marker for details.  The inside said either, "I miss you BEARY much" or "Hope you have a BEARY happy birthday".  Both sentiments were computer generated.

My second card used some products other than SU, but I'm addicted to all paper crafting stuff so I like to use some of the other things I have here when we have these classes.  I love side-step cards and this card would be easy to duplicate using stamps instead of the dies.

Colors are Marina Mist and So Saffron.  Stamp sets are "Best of Flowers" , Artistic Etchings, and Papillon Potpourri.  The butterfly punch and the butterfly embosslit were both used.  And, of course BLING....love the bling.  The lattice can be hand cut.  Patterns are available on the internet.  I took the easy way out and used a die.  The DSP used was Tea for Two.  I'm going to miss this paper....but LUCKILY the same pattern is in the new catalog...using new colors and the name of it is "Afternoon Picnic".

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the small butterflies are on clear strips so they appear to be "flying".



Well, that's it for now....Dexter is pestering pretty hard for me to go play.

For those of you who haven't met him...here is My Baby!



Bye bye for now!
skm

Monday, June 3, 2013

OK, I'm a terrible blogger....I admit it!

I just can't seem to get on here on a regular basis!  I'm sorry!!!  Just too many other things that take precedence.

Anyway.....some day I'll go backwards and post the older stuff, but today I want to show you the photos of the card I made for my #1 Grandson's 5th birthday last week.  I cruised the net looking at MANY samples and the result is a combination of several cards I saw.  If you've made an Angry Birds card....I probably looked at yours and am giving you all credit right here and now!  ;)

Here is the front:





And here is the inside:


His whole party was the Angry Birds theme and many gifts followed that theme.  Since the kids just got a new home with a larger back yard, we gave them a "fort" to put back there to play in.  It seemed to be a hit with both the birthday boy AND his little brother.

MANY punches were used.

Red Bird:
Body - 1 3/4" Circle
Eyes - Owl punch
Nose - 3/4" circle (cut to center and fold over itself to create a cone)
Tail and top feathers - boho Blossom punch
Eyebrows - I used the retired slot punch, but you could just hand cut little rectangles

Yellow Bird:
Body - Heart and 1 3/4 circle (for white part)
Eyes and Nose - Owl Punch
Again, Boho for the feathers and slot for the eyebrows

Numbers:
Timeless Type Alphabet sizzlets out of the red glimmer paper
Tag - Happy Birthday from Bitty Banners set and framelit

Grass:
I used a  non-SU die, but it would be very simple to hand cut some grass.  I then ran it through the woodgrain embossing folder to give it some texture.

Pig:
Body - Wide Oval punch
Helmet - Wide oval punched and then punched again
Little strap pieces - hand cut from scraps
Eyes & Nose - all from the Owl Punch

The saying is my very own "quote" and it was printed from the computer then I cut around it to look like a cloud.

Colton loved it and I had such fun making it.....although it did take me almost 4 hours!

That's it for today.
Tomorrow..........I promise...............I'll post Tami and my cards from our class last weekend!

Bye bye for now,
skm




Thursday, April 18, 2013

SO EXCITED!!!

I'm all registered for convention and have the room we wanted at the Marriott!  Now the suspense builds until next week when I get to see the new catalog.  Oh man.............do I wish I were going to the regional in SLC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  OH WELL, I guess I can wait a few more days.....!!

I will be in South Dakota visiting with my mom (who has no internet) on the day that the catalog goes on the website....HOWEVER, I'll be driving out to my brothers to have a look and place that first order!!!!!!  Yes, I know, no willpower at all!  ;)

We have a great group of Mile High Stampers going to convention this year.  It is going to be SO fun and exciting to see what they have in store for us to celebrate their 25th anniversary year!

So, for now, here is a photo of a project that Rochelle and I have done for our latest Gift and Gab class.  We did this last month at my house and we will be doing it again on Saturday at her home.  There are still openings if you are interested!

It is a box (top center) and four cards.  We found that the cards didn't all fit in the box, so we've revamped and redesigned the box so it is deeper and can accommodate all four cards.

LOVE, love, LOVE this Mocha Morning DSP and sure wish we could still order more.  But...it's retired so this is a last chance to get a project made with it!!

Well, that's it for now!

bye bye,
skm

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I'm so far behind....

I know I'm so far behind on posting photos of the projects and cards that have been made around here lately, so I'll just start with the ones we just had at our classes this week.

This first one is Stampin' Up! Paper, Ink, and 2 stamps, but the rest is contraband.

I love the side-step cards and love the spring-like feel of this card:

The base paper was Certainly Celery.  The grass is Old Olive, the sky is Bashful Blue, and the white is Whisper White.  I'm sure going to miss Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue! :-(

This next card is ALL Stampin' Up!

The main paper is Wisteria Wonder and the accent is Elegant Eggplant.
Very Vanilla was used on the inside and on the banner.  The leaves were punched from Lucky Limeade.
The stamp sets are Daydream Medallions and the Birthday wishes from Occasional Quotes (retired hostess).

This next card is from Tami:

Card base is Soft Suede and the accent color is Island Indigo.
Stamp set is The Open Sea

Also from Tami:


Here again, paper and ink are SU, but the stamps are not.  Tami's daughter is very active in music so anything "music" appeals to Tami.  This Washi tape and music score background were just the ticket for her.
The grey accent behind the saying is a die cut from Stampin' Up!'s Apothecary Accents Framelits.

OK, that's it for tonight.  The next event I'm participating in is on April 20th.  Rochelle Hart and I will have our "Part II" of the box and matching cards Gift and Gab class.  We still have openings so contact us if you are interested!  Here is a quick shot of the project we will be making:

And a close up of the box itself:

Hope you can join us!  The class fee is $25.00.

Bye for now,
skm

Color Refresh.....AND............FREE SHIPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So many big announcements from Stampin' Up! lately.  It's difficult to keep up, I know!  Here is one that excites me.

FREE SHIPPING FOR 3 DAYS.  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday....April 6,7,8.

I have an order in, ready to go.  Please feel free to contact me to add to it....or, if ordering on-line, please use hostess code # 4N9PCWDE




Also.....the new Color Refresh.  SU told us 3 years ago when they did the BIG color renovation that they would continue to do smaller ones every 3-5 years.  Well, 3 years is here and this is what they've done for now.  I'm super excited about having a new light grey (Smoky Slate), but NOT so excited about losing my most favorite colors.........Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze!