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February 2011


Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! is what this card is all about! Raedean Shibata used the greeting from the Occasions Mini Level 2 Hostess set, "Something to Celebrate!" to make this card a happy one! She stamped the greeting three times, first in Tangerine Tango, next in  Peach Parfait, then last in a once stamped-off Daffodil Delight. These colors are all found in the "Sunny Garden" Designer Paper she used from page 174 of the Big Catalog, along with the "Fun Flowers" Bigz L Die from the Occasions Mini! Raedean stamped the large flourish in Pear Pizzazz from "Baroque Motifs" on page 132 of the Big Catalog as the perfect Background! She made her own bling-y brad by adding Super Nova Stampin' Glitter to a 5/8" Jumbo brad with Crystal Effects, and awesome touch!

Raedean Shibata

Here's another "no name", but they did a great job in the "Clean & Simple" category with "Clearly for You" from the Occasions Mini, the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border punch, and the "Sweet Buttons" Embosslit from the Occasions Mini! Perhaps they forgot that the wheeled border at the bottom is a retired wheel, but "Petite Petals" Jumbo Wheel on page 106 would make a great current alternative!

No name 2

Tammy Overstreet has combined the "Vintage Wallpaper" Textured Impressions Folder with the "Fun Flowers" Die and some "Chantilly" Crochet trim to create a soft, feminine, vintage-y look! She also used the "Petals-a-Plenty" Textured Impressions Folder, then punched out an individual circle flower as the center of her flower! The addition of the the tiny "Basic Jewels" pearl is the perfect finishing touch!

Tammy overstreet

Have a "Stampingrox!" day! See you tomorrow!

A Sunday Post!

Slooowly I am getting better at posting to my blog on a consistent basis, which was one of my goals at the beginning of January. I actualy started after I returned from Leadership in mid-January, and have been building up ever since! How do you like it? If some of you would leave me a comment, I might be encouraged to offer you all some blog candy one of these days, how about that?????!!!

These next three cards are some of my favorites from this month's swap (although they have all bee SO GREAT, it's really hard to choose!)

Rene Watson used the "Scallop Square" punch on page 201 of the Big Catalog to highight the "Springtime Vintage" Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini catalog. She added some "Victoria" Crochet Trim and a Basic Jewels Pearl to the "sending Springtime smiles" greeting! Her color palette base is Old Olive and Not Quite Navy! Beautiful!

Rene watson

Sadly, "No Name 1" is how I had to label this card after I loaded it on my computer. It is such a beautiful card, but I can't give anyone credit! Whoever you are, you did a fantastic job, stamping and coloring the blossoming branch from "Easter Blossoms" on Whisper White before running it through the Big Shot with the "Square Lattice" Textured Impressions Folder. I love the extra little touch of the Basic Pearl in the little girl's bow!

No name1

Susie Wood tore her "Springtime Vintage" fabric from the Occasions Mini into strips before adding it as a background layer to this beautiful creation! She also used the Occasions Mini "Baby Blossoms" for her focal point flower, with the Crumb Cake stamped-off background stamp from "Charming" on page 130 of the Big Catalog before punching with one of our Circle punches and layering on the smaller scalloped square from the "Scalloped Squares Duo" die for the Big Shot! This is all layered on a Very Vanilla Big Shot "Lattice" layer which is then layered again on "Perfect Polka Dot" Very Vanilla for an elegant, tone-on-tone look!

Susie wood 1

Fabric embellishment close up. "Friend" is from "Your a Gem" in the Occasions Mini!

Susie wood 2

Wow, seven days of posts in a row! Do you think I can keep it up? We'll see!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


Happy Saturday!

Hope you have some fun things planned for today, but even if you don't, perhaps I will give you some stamping inspiration with this installment of beautiful swap cards!

Kathy Johnson chose "Peace Within" from page 64 of the Big Catalog for her spring-y card. Watercoloring is not my strong suit, but she nailed it on this one! I love her addition of the tiny "Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack" flower and pearl to accent the greeting!

Kathy johnson

Kathy Morgan combined "Easter Blossoms" from the Occasions Mini with a Window Sheet, Black Staz-on ink, reinker, and Crystal Effects for this gorgeous card. I love the way she added the Basic Jewesl Rhinestones to the lower right side for just the right amount of "bling"!

Kathy morgan

Katy Simecka went traditional Easter with her choice of Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White! She used the "Easter Blossoms" Occasions Mini set and stamped the eggs in Craft ink before sprinkling Clear Embossing Powder and heating with the Heat Tool!

Katy simecka

If all goes well with getting my taxes done, (insert non-smiley face here!) I just MIGHT be back tomorrow (Sunday!) with a post! Until next time, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

More Spring Swaps!

Deb McCahan used markers on the backside of "Fifth Avenue Floral" white embossed vellum for this "happy" card! This is really a WOW in person! Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, and Pacific Point make a great spring combo!

Deb mccahan

Diane Tritz used the frame stamp from "Just Believe" on page 109 of the Big Catalog as her focal point for this cheery card. She added distressed flowers punched with the "Itty Bitty Shapes" punch pack, and mounted it all on a Whisper White "Finial Press" Textured Impressions background. She also used "Sunny Garden" Designer Series Paper behind the focal point.

Diane tritz

Karen Kurz used scallop die-cut "Sweet Stitches" fabric from the Occasions Mini to create this flower, which is actually a detachable pin! This card would make a great birthday or Mother's Day card! The flower stem is from the "Sweetheart" stamp set on page 58 of the Big Catalog, the buttons along the bottom are from "Button, Button" in the Occasions Mini, and the button in the flower's middle is a "Sweet Stiches" Designer Big Button, also found in the Occasions Mini!

Karen kurz

See you tomorrow! Until then, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Spring is on it's way!

Yes, my friends, spring IS on it's way, at least in my mailbox! This week I received my monthly swap I participate in, and the theme this month was "spring or Easter", which means I have some beautiful cards to show you!

This first swap from Barbara Dykhouse used the "Build a Blossom" stamp set with the "Blossoms Petals" punch, along with the "Framed Tulips" Textured Impresssions Folder to create an all-occasion card. All I have to do is add the sentiment of my choice and stamp the inside accordingly and it's ready to go!

Barbara dykhouse

Beth Weinstein paired Rich Razzleberry with a selection from the "Springtime Vintage" Designer Paper and "Thanks for Caring" stamp set to create an elegant sympathy card. She also used the "Framed Tulips" Textured Impressions Folder. Can you tell it's a favorite of just about everyone?

 Beth weinstein

Last for today, Cindy Ewertz used the Occasions Mini "Clearly for You" stamp set along with the "Easter Blossoms" phrase, "sending Springtime smiles" to enhance the "Petal Card" punch as this card's focal point. There's lots of texture going on here with the "Square Lattice" Textured Impressions Folder and the "Scallop Trim Border" punch, and Decorative Label punch! Cindy Ewertz

I'll be back tomorrow with more from this month's swap. Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Another Petal Cone Die Project!

This project is one of my favorites, not mailable at all, but a fun graduation project! The Petal Cone Die was turned upside down, a bottom (actually a top) added, and then a card on top as the finishing touch! The "tassel", (which is not CASED but is my own brainstorm!)is actually 5/8" Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon cut into three strips and braided. I tied off the end with two of the strips, then frayed all the ends to get the tassel-y look! You could tuck some money or a gift card in the base, or just attach it to your gift!

Petal cone grad

For the inside I used a "Teeny Tiny Wishes" phrase, (pg 157 in the Big Catalog) LOVE that set, it comes in SO handy for just about every occasion! I also love how the fonts are all diferent for the words, so much fun! "You're one of the GOOD ones!" is from "Smarty Pants" on page 152!

Petal cone grad inside

Well, I've got to get going today, lots to do to get ready for the "Create a Cupcake" class this Friday!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

The Very Versatile Petal Cone Die!

Last week I showed you the Easter Carrot Box we made at our "Yes, Ma'am's!" downline meeting with the Occasions Mini Petal Cone Die, so I thought today would be a good day to start showing you some of the other projects that can be made with this VERY versatile die!

First, here's a Petal Cone "cone basket" similar to how it is shown on page 15 of the Occasions Mini. I have CASED this project from somewhere, but have not kept track of who's original idea most of these were from, so if this is your's, please let me know so I can give you credit!

Petal cone

Next is a very vintage-y heart shaped basket. I also see Thanksgiving possibilities for this shape! (doesn't this one remind you of a turkey?) I used the "Vintage Wallpaper" Textured Impressions Folder on this one before assembling the box.

Petal cone basket

Here's a Petal Cone Ice Cream Cone! I used the sprinkles from the "Build a Cupcake" punch and covered them with Crystal Effects to give them the chocolatey yumminess look! The waffle look of the cone was achieved with the "Perfect Details" Texturz Plate. The edge of the ice cream scoop is from the "Tasteful Trim" Bigz XL Die.

Petal cone cone

Here's the inside. The "spoil yourself today" is from awesome new birthday set, "Bring on the Cake" in the Occasions Mini.

Petal cone cone inside

That's all for today! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Happy President's Day!

Good morning and Happy President's Day! We had a busy day yesterday, celebrating my hubby's birthday! We try to get the whole family together on a Sunday close to the birthday boy or girl's birthday, and yesterday was Mark's Day! It was a glorious day too, it was warm and spring-like outside, so after our big lunch the grandkids and some of the older "kids" went out to jump on the trampoline and fly kites! I'm glad we had a good day for it yesterday, because today is gray and threatening rain!

Just a few more swap cards to show you today, then it will be on to NEW stuff tomorrow!

Carla Starry used the "Delight in Gladness" and "Butterfly Bliss" Builder Wheels from the Occasions Mini with Pacific Point ink and cardstock to create this perky, happy card! She also used the "Beautiful Wings" Embosslit with the Big Shot to create the butterflies fluttering around on this card!

Carla starry feb 15th

The unknown creator of this lovely card used the "Emboss-Resist" technique with images from "Easter Blossoms' in the Occasions Mini. She stamped and clear embossed the springtime branch image from this set on glossy cardstock which had been die-cut with the larger square of the Scallop Squares Duo Die and the Big Shot. After embossing the branch, she then applied ink over the entire square with most likely a brayer. The embossed image "resists" the ink!

Easter blossoms feb 15

And lastly, St. Patrick's Day will be here before we know it, so get your green ready! Diane O'Connor used the "Lucky Shamrock" single wood stamp from the last page of the Occasions mini as her focal point for this card, as well as the "Framed Tulips" Textured Impressions Folder, Springtime Vintage Designer Paper, and the "lucky" definition from "Define Your Life"!

Diane o connor

That's all until tomorrow! Have a Stampingrox! day!

More Downline Meeting Shares!

Cathy Hewlett, Linda's 1st level downline and my 2nd level,  always brings a bunch of fun samples to share to our meeting, it was hard to pick just a few to show you, so here are several! Cathy holds a Technique Class at her home every month, featuring fun and different stamping techniques. I will try to tell you which technique these are if I can!

For this first card Cathy used the "Countryside" stamp set from page 115 of the Big Catalog, painted with White Craft ink and an Aquapainter to achieve the worn, old look! "wish big" is from "Short & Sweet" on page 148.


In this next sample with the "Eastern Blooms" set from page 112, Cathy used one of the "Clear Mount Blocks" found on page 192 to stamp the background square!

Cathy 2

Cathy used the "Burned Batik" techniqe with "Baroque Motifs" stamp set on page 132 to create this feminine card.

Cathy 3

Occasions Mini "Bring on the Cake" stamp set was paired with the "Sweet Buttons" Embosslit to make this quick and simple birthday card! The "happy birthday" was stamped and colored with Stampin' Write Markers on the Daffodil Delight cardstock before running it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder!

Cathy 4

Cathy used the "Inspired by Nature" set from page 104 of the Big Catalog to make this gorgeously stamped-on-vellum card! The butterfly is from "Great Friend" on page 122!

Cathy 5

A masking and a brayering technique wer used on this card using the oldie-but-goodie favorite, "Lovely as a Tree" from page 114!

Cathy 6

Easter is late this year, but it's not too soon to be thinking about getting ready! Cathy used a masking technique again to stack these adorable little chicks from "A Good Egg" on page 48! She also added a little shadowing around each one with her Aquapainter and Basic Gray ink!

Cathy 7

Until next time, have a Stampingrox! day!

Downline Meeting Shares!

One of the big features of our Downline Meetings is sharing, and taking pictures of those shares. Here are a few that my 1st level downline, Linda Reaney, shared at our meeting. This first card uses the free SAB set, "Bliss". along with Very Vanilla Rosette's, Basic Pearls, and the Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Folder!

Linda 1 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2011

Linda used the "Newsprint" Designer Series Paper from page 175 of the Big Catalog as the background for this beautiful Daffodil Delight Build a Blossom flower punched with the Blossom Petals Punch, both form the Occasions Mini.  She added an Antique Brad from page 187 of the Big Catalog along with Dazzling Diamonds glitter!

Linda 2

Linda also shared this cute "peek-a-boo" card using the "Create a Cupcake" stamp set and the "Build a Cupcake" punch, also from the Occasions Mini! She used "Playdate" Designer Series Paper from page 175 of the Big Catalog as her inspiration for the card.

Linda 3

  Linda 5

These were just a few of the samples that Linda shared with our meeting!

I'm planning to start posting on Saturdays all the time, so come back tomorrow to see what Cathy shared!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!