My Stampin' Up! Classes

Monday, March 31, 2008

Beautiful views of Bermuda...

An unfinished church in St. George, where we ended up after our walk.
Some of the luscious foliage we saw.

The more adventurous chose to rent bikes or scooters while in Bermuda. It was a scary proposition considering people drive on the opposite side of the road. I had to concentrate when just crossing a road! We stuck to travel by ferry, bus and foot.
This was one of our first views of Bermuda.
On our first day in Bermuda, we took a bus to St. George and walked for 2 hours around the point of the island. It was a gorgeous day and we passed by many forts. We also saw everything from little geckos to hens with baby chicks.

Whoo hoo - new owl set coming up...

Guess what? We received a brand, spankin' new stamp set on the cruise with which to do our make & takes. It was a die-cut set called Owl Together Now.

Here are a couple of display boards with a variety of stampin' ideas. Can't wait till August when the new Fall/Winter Collection debuts! Whoo hoo!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Visiting New York...

We arrived in New York on March 26 to spend a few days in the Big Apple. The uniform for the typical New Yorker was anything black - shoes, trench, pants or dress, it was all black.

We bought a hop-on, hop-off pass on a double-decker bus with tour guide that went everywhere from Harlem and Brooklyn, to Greenwich Village, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. The photo of the Statue of Liberty was taken as our cruise ship, the ms Noordam, was leaving New York. Pretty, huh?
After visiting New York in August many years ago and visiting in late March when it's much cooler, I'd opt for a spring trip anytime! We had a wonderful time and my hubby loved the cheesecake (so did Louise!).

Monday, March 24, 2008

Time for You...

Time for You is such a sweet stamp set. I used markers (Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue and Creamy Caramel) to color in the bench image, and some Afternoon Tea paper to add some green foliage on the side.

The card base is River Rock, as is the ribbon knotted through the jumbo eyelets. And the layer behind the bench is Close to Cocoa.

I hope you find time to send a card to somebody today!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Get a few servings of fruit today...

With the Tart & Tangy stamp set, you'll be able to get in the recommended daily fruit allowance - at least in stamping!

This 3" x 6" card uses textured Pumpkin Pie card stock, striped Pumpkin Pie grosgrain, and Summer Picnic paper.

The "orange you cute" comes from One Smart Cookie in the Occasions Mini.

Orange juice anyone?

A Simple, Tart & Tangy Thank You...

Louise played with Summer Picnic paper and the Tart & Tangy set and came up with this thank-you card.

I think the hardware and poly-twill old olive ribbon looks great with the red gingham.

The card itself has a layer of Bashful Blue on Certainly Celery, and the red strip is pierced. The scallop is out of Summer Picnic paper too. The sentiment comes from the stamp set Hi & Hello.

Tart & Tangy...

I mixed the Wild Wasabi card stock promotion (16 pre-scored cards for $3.95) and the Tart & Tangy stamp set with some striped red grosgrain and Summer Picnic paper and got the card on the right.

The wasabi card is textured, which I love! And the saying comes from One Smart Cookie, which is a great complimentary set to Tart & Tangy.

I can see using this card as an invitation to a great summer picnic!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friendly Flowers...

I absolutely love this saying, "If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished," from the Full of Life stamp set in the Occasions Mini Collection. I also love the bright colors from the Jersey Shore designer series paper pack.

The strip of Orchid Opulence is pierced, with some striped Pumpkin Pie grosgrain tied around the front and knotted. The flower, from Friendly Flowers, is punched out with the scallop punch and stuck on with dimensionals.

I think this is a friendly card that's full of life. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Essence of Life...

This card features Soft Sky and Basic Gray ink and card stock, along with a Ruby Red butterfly.

All of the stamps are from the Essence of Life set in the Occasions Mini Collection.

The Whisper White top layer was brayered with Soft Sky, then stamped with the floral image over the top of it in Basic Gray. The designer paper is Spring Break.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Live Your Dream birthday card

Mix a phrase from Full of Life with flowers from Live Your Dream and some Rose Red designer paper and you've got the card to the right.

The colors are Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky (card stock, ink and double-stitched ribbon), and Rose Red.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tart & Tangy orange...

Louise was inspired by the Occasions Mini as well as a fellow stamper with this bright orange-y card. The thanks comes from Phrases for a Friend, the orange is from the cute fruit set Tart & Tangy, and the ribbon is some of the new Old Olive poly-twill.

Luscious, eh?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Good (and pretty) Egg...

This was one of the projects at my Easter Eggstravaganza yesterday. It was fun!

The chick was stamped first. Then the egg was cut out and placed over the chick's eggshell to make it look like it's peeking out from behind. The flower in the build-a-brad came from the same Porcelain Prints designer paper as the egg, and was attached through the Confetti Cream and Blue Bayou layers.

On the side of the card, the Blue Bayou scallop was made with a slit punch. It's hard to see the pierced holes in each scallop, but they're there!

A strip of paper from the same pack has some double-stitched Blue Bayou ribbon with a flower slide (from the new silver hodgepodge hardware kit!) on it.

Look below for more ideas using A Good Egg.

A Good Egg at a Summer Picnic...

Actually, those are the names of the stamp set and designer paper used on this card, respectively. Cute, aren't they?

That's also some of the new Old Olive poly-twill ribbon offered in the Occasions Mini. It's soft and easy to work with.

The real red flower is from the Boho Blossom punch, with a 1/4" circle of Bashful Blue card stock for the center.

Friday, March 7, 2008

A Good Egg scrapbook pages...

Cutie Pie designer paper adds a lot of pop to Louise's 6" x 6" pages. One design has a cluster of flowers - perfect for the inside of a big egg as shown on the second page. The photo corners with buttons and ribbon will emphasize the photos. I can't wait to put the kids' photos from this Easter (March 23) on these pages! Too cute....

Carrot box...

I love this pattern. It's so easy to work with. Fill it with some jelly beans or whatever you like and it makes a nice treat for Easter.

I used A Good Egg stamp set and stamped the flowers, circles and other design in Rose Red ink all over the Pumpkin Pie card stock carrot. The greens are made using a 2" x 4 1/4" piece of Wild Wasabi card stock folded in half and attached to the top of the carrot with adhesive and two bashful blue brads. Then I used scissors to fringe the grass for a more realistic look.

The chick and egg stamp is stamped in Basic Gray ink and colored in with So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie markers, then layered on a Wild Wasabi scallop that's attached to the box with dimensionals.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Live Your Dream card with Hodgepodge Hardware

 One of my downline made this card with Live Your Dream. She cut out the blooms - inside and out - and stuck them on top of the Wild Wasabi stems with dimensionals.
Purely Pomegranate is the ink and card stock, used along with More Mustard.

For Father...

My Dad's a sucker for apples, puppies, tools... all the stuff featured in the stamp set For Father in the Occasions Mini Collection. The "Thanks" comes from another set in that mini called Live Your Dream.

This card came together easily with Blue Bayou ink and card stock, as well as some designer paper from Porcelain Prints and Certainly Celery card stock. I added a photo corner and some hardware and that's it!

Birthday Whimsy...

Birthday Whimsy is really growing on me. This cake was stamped in Bashful Blue to match the Cutie Pie designer paper, then the cake was stamped again on a second piece of Whisper White and cut out and put on with dimensionals. I took a So Saffron marker to color in the candles.

Add a strip of double-stitched Wild Wasabi and take a ticket corner punch to the two top layers and it's really a quick and easy card.

There are still 13 days left to get this set FREE with your $50 order.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Tart & Tangy...

The Occasions Mini Collection has some really great stuff in it. Louise made this card with the Tart & Tangy stamp set (only $12.95!) plus the coordinating Summer Picnic designer paper ($9.95).

This card also uses Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive and Bashful Blue card stocks, along with some hodgepodge hardware and black gingham ribbon.

It feels like summer!