Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Future video tutorial suggestions

I am taking requests for future video tutorials. Is there anything you'd like to learn? Something you want to see step by step? Leave a suggestion in the comments section!!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Another Good Friend card

This is another card that I cased. Once again I thought I got this from SCS but I can't find it now. I stamped this and the card on my previous post on the same day. To make the circle on my homemade designer paper strip, I used an eraser top from a new pencil. This is another quick and easy card.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Good Friend

I Cased this card from ??? I can't find where I originally got the layout. I thought it was from the SCS gallery but I can't find it. Anyway, this was a quick and fun card and uses the retiring in colors and the stamp set Good Friend.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bird On A Branch- Asian style

This is the set Bird on a Branch. I used Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock and used craft ink and embossing powder for all the images :)

Saturday, June 13, 2009


This is a card I made for my son to give to someone to thank them for his graduation gift. It's a quick and easy card. I let punches and designer series paper do the work for me. I used Kraft cardstock for the base. Chocolate Chip cardstock and Parisian Breeze designer series paper for the back ground. The large star and small star punches with Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, and Kraft cardstock. Baja Breeze striped ribbon. Natural Hemp. Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval Punch and the stamp set Thank You from the current catalog.

Friday, June 12, 2009

More Coloring Therapy

After doing the bunny I still wanted to color! So, I pulled out one of my Level 2 hostess sets from this catalog. I used More Mustard, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip cardstock. I stamped Sanded background on the More Mustard cardstock with More Mustard classic ink. Then I stamped the french mini background in Chocolate Chip classic ink on top of it. It took 6 times to fill in the background. I used my stamp a ma jig to line it up. I sponged the edges of the Chocolate Chip and Old Olive cardstocks in Chocolate Chip classic ink. Then I stamped the swirled image from this set in Chocolate Chip classic ink on the Chocolate Chip cardstock. You can probably just barely tell, but it does add to the look. I stamped the rooster image in Black Staz On ink onto water color paper. I used Stampin Up markers to color in the image.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coloring Therapy

I really like coloring--whether it's watercoloring with inkpads or watercolor crayons and the aquapainter or using markers & blender pens on the watercolor paper, I love it! Unfortunately, I don't own a lot of stamp sets suitable for watercoloring! I will for sure be getting some more from the next catalog.

This is a retired hostess stampset that is fun to watercolor. This was my therapy one night :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Graduation Card

This is a card I made for a friend of the family that graduated from High School. I used the owl punch idea from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts at www.dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com
and I got the grad cap idea from Yvonne's Stampin Place at www.yvonnesstampingplace.com

I used some very old number stickers to make my year 2009. I just stuck them on the cardstock and used the 3/4" circle punch to center and punch it out and 1" circle punch to layer.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Embossed Reinker Spread technique

I learned this technique from Patty Bennett's site. pattystamps.typepad.com/pattys_stamping_spot

I learned that you have to use white craft ink. Versamark won't work. (the reinker soaks into the paper and goes under the embossed areas, so that you no longer have a clean white outline). I also learned that Stampin UP's Shimmery White cardstock is the best for this technique. The other papers I tried, whisper white cardstock and glossy white cardstock, didn't give me as good results.

We made this card when I met with my downline :) Each rose turns out unique and there's no going wrong!! :)

We used Rose Red cardstock, Cameo Coral cardstock, Shimmery White cardstock, Old Olive cardstock, Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, Oval All stamp set, Top Note Die, Leaves sizzlit, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Cameo Coral reinker, Rose Red reinker, Summer Sun reinker, Whisper White craft ink, Clear embossing powder, embossing buddy and embossing heat gun, and aqua painters.

Monday, June 8, 2009

This is a quick and easy card that we made in my May class :) It uses the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set for the self created background paper and the Oval All stamp set for the sentiment. We used Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy. That's one of my favorite combinations! I'm going to miss these in colors. But I'm looking forward to the new in colors :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's Sock Monkey again! This time I made a thank you note for my son to use to thank someone for their graduation gift. I used water color paper and used SU markers to color the image. I usedSu mmer Sun cardstock and Real Red hostess designer series paper and 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Father's Day Flip Flop Album

This is the flip flop album I made for Father's Day. I used Good Morning Sunshine designer series paper and SU cardstock, lots of punches and ribbon and stamps to make it. Next week I'll add my pictures and a few final touches. And a poem.

If you're a local customer of mine and would like to make one of these, please contact me!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pun Fun Hip Hippo Ray

This is a birthday card that I made! I hope you enjoy it! I used brilliant blue, real red, and basic gray for my colors! The DSP came from a level one hostess pad from last catalog!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quick and simple Great Friends card

This is a quick and simple great friends card. I used pink pirouette and riding hood red cardstock and inks (boo hoo, they're leaving us :( ). This card is really self explanatory. The one tip I can give you about stamping images to make your own background is 1) stamp off the paper too. You don't want all your images perfectly within the confines of your paper. Afterall if you bought designer paper and cut it, some of those butterflies and flowers would be cut off in the middle. 2). Turn your stamp every which way when you stamp. You want your butterflies to be facing different directions and even upside down or to the side, same with the flowers on the top part.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Great Friend

My upline let me borrow the stamp set Great Friend from her. I really had fun with it. I love the sentiment and the frame that comes with this set. The butterflies are so pretty and are suprisingly easy to cut out. I used all in colors for this card. I'm going to be so sad when they leave.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More Sock Monkey paper piecing

Paper piecing Sock Monkey is ADDICTIVE!! There is just something theraputic about stamping him on designer paper and cutting out the different pieces and layering them! The first one, I used Rainbow Sherbert designer paper. The second one is from the retired incolors from last year!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This is Sock Monkey. My upline let me borrow this set from her. I had SOOO much FUN with it. I love paper piecing it together. I do think though that I should make his mouth red! I used scraps of the Candy Lane dsp that I had left over. The sentiment came from A Happy Heart. I think I'll be using this card for a care package when my son is off to college!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Owl Together Now

This is a card using the stamp set Owl Together Now. I used the same technique as shown in the video below. It utilizes watercolor paper and the Stampin UP markers.

Inside the card, it says "owl of us!" I used my chocolate chip marker to color just that part of a stamp that has a longer phrase.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Scene in a Garden--which one do you like??

Here are two cards I made using Scene in a Garden stampset from the Occasions Mini Catalog. It's a great set. If you love to color, this one is perfect! A stamp-a-ma-jig is a must for this set so that you can get all the accessories sitting just where you want them.

I'm curious which card you like better????? One is a mistake. Can you guess which one??

I used Stampin UP markers and watercolor paper to color the images. It's my favorite method for coloring!! I'm imbedding a tutorial I made and placed on youtube. It's a bit long--about 15 minutes. Time flies when you're having fun coloring!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Kind Word

A Kind Word is one of the best new stamp sets to color! I love the three images in this set. On this one, I used the tree branch from Owl Together and the girl from A Kind Word. I used Brocade Blue and Yellow Saffron together for the first time, and I LOVE how they look! I'll definitely be repeating this combination.

I hope you enjoy this card! I'll be posting a video tutorial tomorrow on my coloring technique.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Delinquent has returned!

Wow! I can't believe I haven't a whole month has passed since I posted! I've been busy--but not too busy to stamp!!! LOL! Just too busy to take pictures, I guess.

So, today, I took pictures of a bunch of cards I made and filmed a tutorial. I've got to edit the video and then I'll post it.

Until then, here is a photo for you. This is a onesie invitation my friend and I made for another friend's baby shower. We made over 40 of these things!!

I also made a diaper cake for my friend, but unfortunately, I didn't take a picture :(

I'll have more Stampin UP cards for you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Forest Friends with shrubs

This is another Forest Friends card. I know I've been overwhelming you with them. This is the last one for a while (I think). If you've watched my video tutorial on this, you'll know how I made the hill. On this card, I've added some shrubs.

Here's how I did the shrubs. You know the paper that you tore for the hill? Keep the bottom half. You'll use both pieces to make this card. You use the top half, when you block off the upper page and sponge the bottom to make the hill. When you're done, you'll take the lower piece of torn paper and use it to cover the hill you just sponged. HINT: leave a tiny bit of hill showing above your torn paper (this will make sure your shrubs are grounded and not floating). Then ink up your tree stamp in solid green and stamp at the bottom to make a shrub. If you want, you can use your ruby red marker to make little berries on the shrub.

The butterfly is also a neat touch and it came from the set Branch Out.

If you have any questions, from my above explanation, please let me know.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Birthday Cards :)

A week ago, it was my birthday!! It was awesome b/c I am surrounded by awesome family and friends!! My best friend Kellye took me out to Red Lobster to eat!! It was yummy! But I had to change my top when I got home (blush!!). I am always dropping stuff on myself! Kellye was really brave taking me OUT to eat!! It was a great time!!!

Anyway, today's card is one that I received from her! Can you believe this is her first card she made by herself with her own design?? It looks GREAT!!! I can't wait to see other cards she makes!!

And later today when the sunlight is bright enough, I'll take a picture of my upline's birthday card to me. I've always loved Mary's work. She can do do simple or complicated cards and they all look GREAT!!! I love CASEing her work!!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Petal Pizzaz card

This is a card I made using the Stamp set Petal Pizzaz. I'd entered it into the monthly SU Demo contest. It didn't win, but it's one of my favorites :)

Stamp set: Petal Pizzaz
Cardstock: Rose Red, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Raspberry Tart
Inks: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive
Tools: scissors, Scallop circle Punch, paper piercer
Accessories: Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Filigree brads, silver brads

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Inspired by Nature/ Chalkboard Technique in purples

This is just like my previous Inspired by Nature chalkboard card, except I changed the colors this time to the purples that are in the bold brights family. I'm a purple lover!! But I really like the pink/red tone one I did too. I just love the Inspired by Nature set.

I also used Oval All and the new Scallop Oval punch, and the sentiment was punched with the large oval.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Branch Out


This is a quick card made with the set Branch Out. I used the same sponging and masking technique I did with the Forest Friends card to make the ground.

I love all the little accessories that come with the tree. I can't wait to play more with this set. But it might take me a few days. I'm in the middle of cleaning & reorganizing up my scrapbook/stamp room that also serves as our home library and catch all. You know how it is when you clean something like that. For a while there, it looks worse than when you started.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Forest Friends

These are two more cards I made using Forest Friends. They're all very similar. I made several trying to figure out the best way to do the hill. Once I figure out how to make my hill by masking and sponging (as I showed in the video), I went to town making several MORE different cards. Tomorrow I'll show you something different.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Branch Out & Forest Friends Owl

My daughter loves owls so this card was made for her to send to a friend. The tree looks so bare and bleak though. It would be great for Halloween :) But my teenager might like it just the way it is. Depending what dd wants, I might add some leaves to it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Another Forest Friends card

This is one of the first Forest Friends cards I made. I love the dark rich colors in this one, but unfortunately, my picture is also dark :( This card takes a bit more time because I stamped the deer on creamy caramel cardstock and then cut him out and popped him up with dimensionals. Looks good though :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Forest Friends card & video tutorial

Ever have one of those days where Murphy's Law hits? Well, it hit me several times while filming the video! LOL! So, this video tutorial is broken into two segments. I've made lots of cards with this set and you'll be seeing them over the next week. I hope you enjoy them :)

Flower Pot Card

I had a lot of fun making this flower pot card. You can find directions for how to make one here. http://sluman.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2009/01/25/flower-pot-pocket-card/

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

10-10-20 Stamp a Stack Class on 4/23 and 4/24

On April 23rd and 24th my house will be open from 7-10pm for a Stamp A Stack. You'll create 10 cards, each taking 10 minutes or less, and the cost is just $20. I've posted samples of 3 of the cards we'll make at the class. The class will take less than 2 hours and you can arrive anytime after 7 pm and leave whenever your finished (or hang around and talk :). Stations will be set up for each card and there will be baggies with your name on them with precut supplies. Stampin Up Whisper White envelopes will be supplied for the cards. Reservation and prepayment must be received by April 20th. If you reserve and pay for your spot by April 14th, you'll receive a $5 discount, making the class $15. Contact me today to reserve your spot!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Another less than 5 minute card--Pun Fun Bird day

This is a card that i finished in less than 5 minutes! I used the bird from Pun Fun. It says Happy Bird Day. I used Tangerine Tango for the base, Summer Sun and Real Red for the stripes. And I used my favorite Watercolor Crayons to color the image. I love the crayons. They almost melt with the blender pen; it's fun to color with them.

Anyway, it's a bit of a plain card. It was quick and I've got it on hand for an emergency and it's flat so it's good for mailing. BUT it's missing some small thing. I might end up adding something before I give it away--maybe some brads and ribbon. Or maybe even some grommets from the New Occassions mini.

I have my favorite recent card hidden away because we're going to be making it in my morning class this week. It uses the new jumbo grommets and the Forest Friends set. After we make it in class, I'll post and do a video on how to copy it. I can't wait to share it with you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Make a card in less than 5 minutes!

This an easy- stamp as you're running out the door card. It uses the grass from Inspired by Nature (it's not in the catalog, but you can still order it from the dormant list--I'm hoping this makes it back into the upcoming catalog). The eggs are punched from Baja Breeze Designer paper with the Wide Oval Punch. Then I used a Jumbo eyelet, some Baja Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon and some natural twine. Easy, peasy!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hoot Hoot Hooray Birthday card

This is a card that uses To the Nines designer series paper. I love that it is masculine and has my favorite earth tone colors :) I used the set Owl Together which is a favorite of my daughter because it has owls. Something she loves. Hope you enjoy the card :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

HOPE Card with Shaving Cream Technique

My husband has been sending HOPE cards to a lady (who is like a mother to him) to encourage her as her MS symptoms increase. So, I always use the same stamp for the card but try to make it look different. This week I made one with an extra sheet of my shaving cream technique papers. He really liked how it turned out and declared it my best HOPE card. I don't know about that, but I'll take it ;-)

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Blog Look & Shaving Cream Technique

I spent a few minutes yesterday changing the look on my blog. I really love how it looks. So spring-like! I hope the new decorations don't slow down the load time.

I want to share with you today the Shaving Cream Technique. I used it on a couple of cards last week. And I have a new card tomorrow to show you that my husband thinks is my best HOPE card yet :) I hope you enjoy seeing this technique in action.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Top Note Quilted Card

This is a card that I have been looking forward to making. I've seen it around on several blogs and have no idea who originated it to give proper credit. I first saw it on Diana Gibbs blog. It's made using the Top Note die and a texture plate in the Big Shot. First you take a piece of 4 x 5.25 in. white cardstock and cover it with 1.25 inch pieces of designer series paper punched with our 1.25 in square punch. Run that decorated piece of paper through the Big Shot with the Top Note die. Remove your image and adhere it to a piece of matching 4 x 5.25 cardstock. Run that through the Big Shot using the texture plate of your choice. Now, adhere to the cardfront and add a sentiment :) I used the Curly Label punch and the Cute and Curly stamp set for my sentiment. Then I used a flower from the Boho Blossoms punch. I used the Basic Gray marker to draw faux stitching. I love quick and easy cards. This one took a bit more time, but it's worth it :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pun Fun Birthday Card

This is a birthday card I made for my nephew. I just got the Pun Fun set and I'm having soo much fun with it. I used the watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color the image and I used the star wheel for the back ground on Tangerine Tango and star punches. It's my first card with this image. I think I'll be making more because it's such a fun set :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Inspired by Nature meets the chalkboard technique

We made this card at Debra's party last night. I love this stamp set, Inspired By Nature. It looks good however you use it and is so versatile. It's not in the catalog but it still available to order.

Doesn't it look great with the chalkboard technique? When I've done this card before, people thought the image was painted. LOL!! It's actually a super quick and easy card.

The chalkboard technique is simple but there are a couple of hints to be successful. To do the chalkboard technique you need a piece of dark cardstock andwhisper white craft ink. After you stamp your image in the white craft ink, you chalk up a sponge dauber and lightly tap onto the colored chalk onto the white craft ink. DO NOT RUB THE DAUBER OR TAP HARD as this will ground the chalk into the paper. When you are done chalking up your image, blow off the extra chalk. I also like to use a flat soft paintbrush to brush away the extra chalk. If there is a haze around your image, lightly rub your fingers on the cardstock to remove any haze (the slight oil/moisture from your hands will remove that last bit).

Monday, March 23, 2009

How to mount your stamps straight

This video shows you how to use the stampamajig and graph paper to mount your stamps straight. I hope this helps you :) If you need a stamp a ma jig, please order one from me online (link on the left) or email and we'll get you set up :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Eastern Blooms Birthday Card

Can you tell I love blue and green combos :) I had this Green Tea paper left over from the Fall & Winter catalog and it matches the Eastern Blooms stamp set, so I decided to use it for this card. I has my favorite colors in it Baja Breeze, Old Olive, and Certainly Celery. You might have noticed that the flower is embossed in Baja Breeze. You might wonder how I did that since Baja Breeze only comes in Classic ink.

Here's how to emboss with Class ink pad and a Versamark pad. First ink up your stamp in Versamark and then without stamping it on paper, ink it up in the classic color of your choice. NOW stamp onto your paper. This will make your ink wet enough to emboss. Just make sure you clean that stamp before reinking it in the Versamark :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SAB- Botanical Blooms

Last night I finally got some time to play with my stamps. These are two cards I made using the Sale-abration set Botanical Blooms, Congratulations, and Flight of the Butterfly.

The first card uses Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze ink and cardstock. I love how it turned out. I CASED it from this card :) http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1270769?cat=15703

The second card is done in Lovely Lavendar and So Saffron. It uses so many SAB items. The designer series paper Lots of Dots, the grosgrain so saffron ribbon, and two stamp sets from SAB. I love how this turned out. It's also a CASED card from my upline. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1278411?cat=15703

This last card will be going to my friend who just had a baby girl. We went to the hospital last night to see them. And I got to hold the 12 hour hold baby. My heart melted!!! She's sooo sweet.

I hope you enjoy these cards :) If you have any questions, just let me know and I'll try to answer them.

Monday, March 16, 2009

3 Easy Payments to become a Stampin UP DEMO

If you've ever toyed with the idea of becoming a Stampin' UP Demo or you just want all the fabulous goodies in the Starter Kit just for yourself (since there is no obligation to hold workshops/classes, you can be your one and only customer) , NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN.

Stampin' UP has just announced a new promotion where you can get the Demo Kit with 3 Easy Payments. This special will run until April 30th. But the great news is that you can stack this promotion with the Sale-abration promotion. AND UNTIL MARCH 31, you get the Sale-a-bration new demo bonsuses---15% off the starter kit and a FREE bonus stamp set of your choice.

Here's how it works. DURING Sale-a-bration the new demo kit is just $169 plus tax (FREE SHIPPING) and you get to chose a bonus stamp set of YOUR CHOICE. If you take advantage of the 3 Easy Payments, you will receive your demo kit right away and your payment plan will look like this.

1st Payment $56.34 + tax $106.34 + tax
(charged at sign up)

2nd payment $56.33 + tax $56.33 + tax
(around 4-15-09)

3rd payment $56.33 + tax $56.33 + tax
(around 5-15-09)

After 3-31, Sale-a-bration will end and the demo kit will go back to regular price of $199 (still a great bargain) and the monthly payments will be $66.33 (a $10 increase each month).

In order to join with the 3 easy payment option, the paperwork must be mailed in (can't do it on-line). Please contact me ASAP if you'd like to take advantage of this!

To remain a SU Demo, you need $300 in quarterly sales. If you join in March, your first full quarter will end June 30th.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shaving Cream Technique cards

These are some cards I made using the shaving cream technique. I will try to do a video tutorial on this at a later date. I used cheap shaving cream on a plastic plate. Dropped Baja Breeze reinker, Old Olive reinker, and Not Quite Navy reinker into the shaving cream and swirled with a knife. I pressed whisper white cardstock into it and then wiped off the shaving cream and let dry for a few minutes. I really like the effect. Hope you do too :)