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May 2010

More "Rolling with the Punches" Class Sneak Peeks!

My head/chest cold is slowly but surely improving, and I even had time to stamp this weekend. Here's more sneak peek samples for the class you can attend this coming Friday, May 28, 6:30 p.m., or Saturday, May 29th, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. if you live in the Southern Illinois area! Contact me to sign up to attend or to register to receive this class kit by mail!

Here's a fun card using the Ornament punch (you can still order it!) and the small oval punch:

Happy everything ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

and the inside:

Happy everything 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Also we will be doing the "spotlighting" technique with the Summer Mini single stamp, "Birthday Block"!

Birthday block ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

and the inside:

Birthday block 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

A birthday giftcard-holder using "Just Jawing":

You rock ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

and inside:

You rock 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Our fourth sneak peek for today using the single stamp from the Summer Mini, "Motorcycle"! This is a three-part card. I'll show you all three parts here:



part two:

Motorcycle 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

and part three:

Motorcycle 3


I still have TWO more punchy cards to develop this week, but don't worry, I have PLENTY of ideas!

Until tomorrow, have a STAMPIN' ROX day!


I'm sick, but you still get to see some new cards!

Happy Friday Stampers!

I had planned to show you the Poppin' Pastels technique today, but I've gotten progressively sicker all week with this head & chest cold, so my energy level has been pretty zero for the past couple of days. I just didn't have the gumption to work on taking the pictures needed to show you this technique, so I had to shelve that idea until next week. I've even had to reschedule a workshop this week because I was too sick and contagious, so you know it's really been bad. I think I've actually plateaued today, not better, but not worse, so I hope I start improving tomorrow. But fortunately for all of us, I received my May swap package in the mail today, so I have some good cards to show you!

Remember when I showed you my swap:

011 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

I did change it a bit to make 21 of them. I used the "Friendly Words" jumbo wheel on the base of the card instead of the En Francais Background to speed up the process.

When I opened my package, I found that two other gals had thought of the same "fancy fold" to use for their swaps too! This one is by Jan Rodrian:

Jan rodrian ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Kathy Morgan used the same fold for her "Motorcycle" card! She also coated the fenders and gas tank with Crystal Effects, which gives the red a glossy, intense look!

Kathy morgan ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Diane Tritz created this "stairstep" card with "Elements of Style"! Black & White is so elegant and classy!

Diane tritz ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Another stair-step by Nancy Hall with Tropical Party, Birthday Block, Party Hearty, and Island Oasis Designer Paper:

Nancy Hall ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

And a modified "stair-step" with Tropical Party  and the "Happy Grad" stamp by Raedeen Shibata:

Raedean Shibata ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

This swap came with no name, but it's a fun fold called a "spring card"!

Spring card ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Here's a cute little "grass skirt" card by Kelly Acheson. (Hi Kelly!) Kelly was one of my evening dinner table-mates on the cruise!

Kelly Acheson


and the inside:

Kelly acheson 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

"Tropical Party" is a very popular set, Susie Wood used it for her swap too, along with the "Square Lattice Embossing folder!

Susie wood ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Elaine Paget used "Elements of Style" with the Easel card fold and the "glitter windowshade" technique!

Elaine Paget ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Ruth Anne Lilley used the "Z-fold" for her "Watercolor Trio" card:

Ruth anne lilley ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Carla Storry  created this great grilling mitt card to complement "King of the Grill"! She used Bordering Blue cardstock, one of the retiring colors:

Carla Story ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Beth Weinstein used "Party Hearty":

Beth weinstein ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

and the inside is an easy-peasy gift-card holder!

Beth Weinstein 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Cherri Gustafson created this box-top folded July 4th card:

Cherri Gustafson ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Which opens up, of course, "like a box" where you can write your sentiment or tuck in a treat:

Cherri Gustafson 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

And last but not least, a cool triangle tri-fold by Jackie Ordway using "Sweet Scoops" and Island Oasis Designer paper!

Jackie ordway ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

I plan to make some of these and add a pocket for a gift-card or money!

Jackie ordway 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

That's all for today, stampers! Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here on Monday, hopefully with that "poppin' pastels" tutorial!

Have a Stampin' Rox! weekend!


Poppin' Pastels: an Oldie-but-Goodie!

Happy Thursday Stampers! I thought today would be a good time to start showing you some of the samples from my super-duper workshops I have planned for the next couple of weeks! One of my new hostesses purchased the Stampin' Pastels recently and so we decided to show her friends a few of the ways to use this great-value accessory! To start off today, I'm going to show you the "Poppin' Pastels" technique, the first pastel technique I ever learned way back when I started as a demo over 7 years ago! This may be an old technique, but just by using a gorgeous current stamp, it looks fresh and exciting!

I'll start off by showing you the first sample I made using the "Medallion" Background stamp:

004 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

If you get a chance to see this card in person (and if you come to one of my events or workshops in May & June you WILL get to see it!), the colors I used of Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, and Chocolate Chip are so much brighter than my rinky-dink point-and-shoot camera can capture! I used our White Organdy ribbon, and the Designer Label punch. I punched out two separate Designer Labels in Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise to mat the "thinking of you" label. For the ribbon, I wrapped a separate piece of white organdy around the edges of the card layer and attached to the back with SNAIL adhesive. I then hand-tied a separate bow using 16 inches of white organdy. After manipulating it for a bit to get the loops even and tidy, I attached it to the first organdy layer with a mini glue-dot.

My next sample is the same color scheme, but this time I used the Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Pastels to color the same White Organdy ribbon!

008 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Here's the same card for a third time, but this time I colored the organdy ribbon with the Tempting Turquoise Classic inkpad and a stampin' sponge! A roll of White Organdy ribbon is an economical way to embellish your cards when you can color it so many different ways!

006 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

The wrapped ribbon layer was laid directly on the inkpad and rubbed with the stampin' sponge, which gives it a more intense ink color. The ribbon for the bow was laid on my stampin' grid sheet and rubbed with the inked stampin' sponge, which gives it a slightly softer look.

Here's my favorite stamped inside from these three cards:



That's all for today, stampers! Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on how to actually do the "Poppin' Pastels" technique, along with a couple of neat tips I discovered along the way!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampin' Rox! day!


More "Rolling With the Punches" Class Samples Sneak Peeks!

Happy Wednesday stampers! I'm actually kind of under the weather today. Yesterday morning I felt that familiar scratchy feeling in my throat that usually signals a cold is coming on, and I was right! By last night I had a raging sore throat, runny nose, and ears all clogged up. I talked to my hostess for tonight, Barb, and we decided it would be best to reschedule her party so I don't infect anyone! I've got a super-duper party planned for her, so we are hoping to get her rescheduled soon! Today I am feeling some different, not better, but different, than yesterday. The sore throat is gone, but my throat still feels all hollow and dry, and my head & ears are all stuffed up. I'm going to wait until at least tomorrow to decide if a trip to the dr. is in order. Lots of fluids and decongestants today and Nyquil tonight! Usually if I can sleep at night I can shake a cold off pretty quickly, let's hope it works out that way this time!

Now, I know you didn't check in here to read all about my sniffles, did you? You came by to see if I had any cute stamping ideas, didn't you? I don't want to disappoint, so here are a few sneak peeks from my upcoming "Rolling With the Punches" class on May 28 & 29!

This adorable guy I CASED with some modifications from "Stampin' Success" the monthly demonstrator magazine Stampin' Up! sends out to all demos. Jackie Topa was the featured stamper this month and she does FANTASTIC punch creations! I couldn't resist this adorable monkey face peeping out of the "hut" window! Does it remind you of  "Gilligan's Island"? Jackie used linen thread to "tie" the "wood" and the window frame together, but I decided since we are going to be making 10 different cards at this class in less than four hours we needed a little streamlining, so we are just going to use the Close to Cocoa marker to make the "nails" in the construction! lol! I also added the hinges on the side of this door, and the "let's celebrate" is from "Family Phrases"!

020 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Here's the inside: (I went with the "celebrate you" so this card could be used for multiple occasions!)

021 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Next up is this gorgeous Oval punch tulip card I found on one of the convention boards last year. I made a few additions to make it more my own (See if you can guess what I used with the Big Shot to make the leaves!)

022 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

And lastly for today, here's an adorable birdie anniversary card! Oval punches again, and the Scalloped Oval, and the beautiful "Razzleberry Lemonade" DSP!

023 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

That's all for today, stampers! I hope these samples will help convince my local stampers to RSVP to come to this class. If you aren't local, I am offering this class as a "Class to Go" kit for $25 for all the supplies cut, punched, and ready to go along with the class hand-out directions! Just email me and I will send you a Paypal invoice! All kits will ship by June 1st!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampin' Rox! day!


Tropical Party Birthday!

Here's the card I promised to show you yesterday. I merged the giftcard layout from yesterday's post with elements from this cruise swap by Mary Robinson:

Tropical party cruise swap ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

I LOVED how the Square Lattice embossing folder gives a "grass thatch" look to the kraft cardstock, especially when it is sponged with a little Soft Suede! I took this concept and merged it with the giftcardholder card layout and came up with this:

Tropical gift card ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Pretty neat, huh! I am pretty pleased with the result. I change up the focal point a bit by using the Scalloped Circle #2 Bigz Die for the Garden Green scalloped circle (a color that is retiring but will be replaced by the return of past In-Color "Wild Wasabi" in the new IB&C on July 1st!) and used the Circles Die for the Whisper White stamping piece.

Here's the inside:

Tropical giftcard 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Pretty neat! In the past I've done lots of almost exact CASEing of cards I've received in swaps and from my web surfing, but lately I've been challenging myself to stamp more originally, and even though this card does have elements of the original inspiration, I feel I've changed it up enough to make it my own, what do you think?

Let's try something, shall we? Everyone who leaves a comment on this card from now until Friday May 21st  will have their name put in a drawing to receive this card, including a coordinating envelope ready for you to use! I would love to hear from more of you, I know you're out there!

Until tomorrow, have a STAMPIN' ROX DAY!

My Baby the Grad!

Ben the grad

Happy Monday to you all! We just had a great weekend, our baby boy, Ben, graduated from Mt Vernon Township High School Magna Cum Laude this past Saturday Night! Mark & I can hardly believe we have no more high schoolers! That part of our life is over. We have been so blessed, all our kids are healthy, smart, love God, and are all-around good kids! In our growing-family years, alot of people thought we were crazy having a bunch of kids (for those of you that don't know, we have SIX kids-3 girls and 3 boys!) but I just KNEW we were missing someone at the supper table until Ben came along! I am so thankful for him and all my kids!

The boy in the extreme right edge of this picture is his cousin, Dillon, who graduated, Summa Cum Laude. Ben will be starting Rend Lake College in a few weeks, taking a sociology class. He earned a 2 year tuition waiver for his ACT score of 29!

Now that you know what a proud mom I am, here's a couple of grad cards I mass-produced this week. Both are CASES of cards I received as cruise swaps. The first one is an exact CASE, which unfortunately I don't have the name of the creator, but the second one I changed the colors a bit so it would be a general grad card for anyone at any school:

Grad 1 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

And the inside:

Grad 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

See the cool slot for a giftcard or money? It was punched with the Word Window punch! Easy peasy!

Here's the second grad card:

Happy grad 1 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

And the inside:

Happy grad 2 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Both cards use graduation stamps from the Summer Mini catalog: "Go, Graduate" and the single wood-mount stamp, "Happy Grad"! I used Brushed Silver cardstock and the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the second card.

Right now I am working on a modified version of the giftcard holder card using "Tropical Party". I will be back tomorrow with the card & details!

Until tomorrow, have a STAMPENDOUSLY GREAT day!

A NEW stamp set, Cool NEW product, and June Hostess Special from me!

I participate in a monthly swap where I receive 20 fresh, new ideas each month. I send 21 hand-stamped samples all the same to Carol in Minnesota and in about a week I receive back 20 different swaps! Each month as a theme and this month's theme was "Fancy Folds". Here's my swap I just put in the mail today:

006 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

I use my new Summer Mini set, "Watercolor Trio", and the "En Francais" Background Stamp. I LOVE this set! It will only be around until the end of August, so if you love it like I do, you better get it now!

I have no idea what the name of this fancy fold is, I learned it from my upline years ago and I don't think she had a name for it either, she learned it someone else (which is how it goes in the stamping world!) I know I've done different versions of it over the years, including making the square/diamond shape look like a graduation hat! One of my stampers asked me for the pattern for this card fold a couple of weeks ago which got me thinking about it again, so decided to freshen it up and use it for this swap. "Old becomes new", which is great! With new stamps, products, and techniques coming along all the time, being a Stampin' Up! demo never gets old!

(Note to my downline: This card is in the running for the Shoebox Swap on the 22nd, let me know if you want to make this one!)

Here's how it looks from the end:

007 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

And the back:

008 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

The new product I used on this card is from the Summer Mini, "Smooch Spritz"! This cool stuff comes in 4 different colors: Vanilla Shimmer, Log Cabin, Gold Glow, and Silver Foil. It comes in a GLASS vial and you have to shake it up ALOT before you start spritzing it so it doesn't glob on your card, but it give a gorgeous, all-over shimmer to your project! Lookie:

009 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

"Smooch Spritz" is a reasonable $4.95 per vial and SU! also offers a very helpful "Color Catcher" for $5.95 that is a MUST when you use the spritz (ask me and the drawers under my stamping table know this!).

I also am announcing my June Hostess Special:

Every hostess in June who has at least $400 in sales and one future booking will receive $20 in extra free stuff from me! Hostess who qualify will be able to choose their $20 free the night of their party, no waiting till later! I currently still have June dates available, so contact me to get your date set! SU! announces the Retiring Stamp List on June 1st, so June is a GREAT time to have a party with all the sets we will be saying farewell to!

Also, if you would like to make this card at your June party, just let me know!

Now, on a non-stamping note, here's my granddaughter, Ava, in our apple tree! Her mom is a photographer, and you can really tell it by her darling pose!


And let's not forget her little brother Cohen, who was actually just inches off the ground!


Have a STAMPENDOUSLY GREAT weekend! Be back on Monday with more stampin' ideas for you!

Punch Class is Coming!

We are taking a small break from cruise pictures to talk about my upcoming punch class on May 28 & 29. We will be making 10 different punch projects at this class at my home for the $20 fee. I showed one of them in an email earlier this week, but here's another one we will definitely be doing:

011 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2010

Isn't this cute little "bug" adorable? I found a couple of examples of this on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator showcase, and they found it from someone else, so I can't really give you the originator of this punch project, but we WILL be making this one at class! "He" (I'm sorry, but this guy looks like a "he" to me, and I sent one of these to my brother for his birthday!) is made with a bunch of the SU! oval punches and after I made one it was easy to do again!

Everything will be prepped and ready for you to make this and 9 other punchy projects when you RSVP to me, so let me know soon, because space is limited to 8 per session!

Until tomorrow, have a STAMPENDOUSLY GREAT DAY!

Stampin' Up! Cruise in St Maarten!

St Maarten

Our next port was St Maarten, which is the Dutch side of the island of St Maarten/St Martin (the French side) We booked a "Rhino Rider' excursion this day, and WOW! is all I can say! Rhino Riders are a cross between a jet ski and a speed boat! Almost impossible to tump over (or so our guide, Peter, told us, but fortunately we didn't find out he was wrong!), this vehicle can really buzz over the water!!!! Several of us caravan'd from the Dutch side to the French side on our Rhino Riders (I let Jessica drive while I held on with the straps provided on each side of the boat!) When we got to "Happy Beach" (which turned out to be a nude beach, but we kept our suits on! You never can tell exactly what an excursion will entail just from reading the cruise-line description, I've discovered!) we were given snorkel equipment again. Jessica went right for it, but I was still a little chicken, so I floated around in my life jacket a little bit, then decided the water was calmer than the day before and we were closer to the shore, so I tried snorkeling and actually got the hang of it! Jessica was quite surprised when she looked up and found me snorkeling close to her! I'm glad I overcame my fears and shared this experience with her!

St Maarten 2

Here Jessica is holding St. Maarten's (didn't know there really was such a guy!) peg-leg!

All the rest of our pics from this day are on a water camera that hasn't been developed yet, sorry! So, I guess I'll just have to show you a few more swaps:

Sweet Scoops by Cindy Ewertz:

Cindy ewertz


Sentimental Journey with Travel Journal DSP by Karen Titus:

Karen titus


Elements of Style by Kathy Morgan:

Kathy morgan


A "nameless swap" using Sentimental Journey and Travel Journal DSP!

Travel journal dsp


And lastly for today, Tropical Party by Susie Wood:

Susie wood 2


I will be back tomorrow with our last port-of-call, St Croix! Until then, have a STAMPENDOUSLY GREAT DAY!

Antiqua Catamaran Day!

Antigua catamaran
Our first real day in the sun was on Antigua, where we took a catamaran excursion to "Bird Island". We had the opportunity to snorkel (Jessica did, but I was too chicken to snorkel out in the open water, so I just floated around with my floaty-belt!)and float in the Caribbean. Jessica had her good camera with us today, so she has all the great pics, but I shot a few of my pretty girl anyway! I am so thankful to have had the chance to spend a whole week with my oldest baby girl!

Antigua 2
No matter how many times I cruise, I don't think I'll ever get over how gorgeous the turquoise water is around all these islands!

Here's a few more great swaps:

Sweet Scoops by Diane Sisneros:

Dianne sisneros


Elements of Style by Jane Wike:

Jane wike


Elements of Style by Jennifer Wiede:

Jennifer Weide


A "Pop-up-Pull" card by Jo Ann Unrau:

Jo an unrau


And now "popped up"!:

Jo an unrau 2


lastly for today, a July 4th card by Missy Shipman:

Missy shipman 2


That's all for today! Be back tomorrow with more! Until tomorrow, have a Stampendously Great Day!