Tuesday, August 23, 2011

UStamp with Dawn and Friends!


I just wanted to share with you my special holiday project!  When Dawn came to me and asked me if I would like to be a guest designer for her UStamp with Dawn and Friends holiday event, I was just so excited!  This event is called I ♥ the Holidays and is just filled with all kinds of lovely goodness!

Here's a look at my project, which went up at midnight - I just love how it turned out!

The little book on the left is a Christmas Planner!  I've always been meaning to create one of these, but would always run out of time.  Nothing like being prepared for Christmas in August!  :)

The planner opens up, and there is a mini book inside, with folders for gift, meal, and decoration planning and journaling, as well as spaces for you to document special traditions and other notes.  There are also pockets inside for the card and tags!

If you'd like step-by-step instructions on how to make it, head on over to UStamp with Dawn and Friends!  You get over 40 amazing tutorials and project ideas from awesome designers.. well worth the price IMO!

Have a great night, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kindness Matters


Here is a card I created, using Stamping 411's sketch as a starting point:

I'm telling you, I just love the products in the new Idea Book & Catalog... those romantic/vintage images just appeal to me so!

I stamped the large doily background image onto First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper - isn't it pretty?  One of my new favorites!  I also love the half-doily image in the Kindness Matters stamp set (and that font?  Gorgeous!) - it fit so nicely in the large scallop die-cut from the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, which I cut from the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper.

The focal area of the card was created by first embossing the Lucky Limeade cardstock with the Designer Frames embossing folder, then I tore around the embossed portion.  I cut out an oval using the Ovals Originals die, and stamped it with the trio of butterflies.  The butterflies were also stamped onto another piece of Very Vanilla, watercolored, and cut out.  I added them on top of the stamped oval with Stampin' Dimensionals to add more dimension:

It felt so good to make a card!  It's been way too long. :)

Well, I have to run for now, but thanks for stopping by!  Have a great night!

Kindness Matters card:
Stamps:  Kindness Matters and Hello, Doily background stamp
Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade
Paper:  Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla cardstock, First Edition Specialty and Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Crumb Cake Designer Button, Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set, Ovals Originals die, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponge

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Memory Makers August Blog Bounce - Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Memory Makers Magazine Blog Bounce!  If you've been following along, you should have arrived from Lain's blog, but if not, you can start at the Memory Makers Magazine blog, or you can just continue on from here.

Our theme this month is all about the changes in our lives!  If there is one thing that is "constant" and predictable about life, it's change.  Some of you may know that Seth and I have been together for a long time.. 9-1/2 years this month, to be exact!  I thought it would be fun to create a page with a few different photos of us from over the years.  :)

I used a PageMap from this month, changing a few things here and there, but sticking close to the sketch.  I really love this sketch and can see myself using it for many different layouts!

It was a lot of fun to pull out some of our "older" photos, from before the digital camera age. :)  I did a lot of stamping and distressing on this page, and even misted some Vanilla Shimmer and Gold Glow Smooch Spritz!

The journaling reads:  "It's funny to see that even after 9-1/2 years together, we really haven't changed much physically.  Well, Fluffy looks cuter. :)  But our love is definitely much deeper. ♥"  (By the way, Fluffy is 7 years old; she joined our family in 2004.)

It felt so good to stamp after not doing so for a while!  Here's a close-up of my title area:

Don't you think that the Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper is just perfect for the theme?  I absolutely love this collection! :)

Ok, I have to run for now.  Your next stop on the blog bounce is Wendy's blog!  Enjoy the hop, and thanks for stopping by!

"Us" scrapbook page supplies (12" x 12"):
All supplies are by Stampin' Up!
Stamps:  Creative Elements, French Foliage
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, and Pool Party cardstock, Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Vintage Type Rub-Ons (retired), Vanilla Shimmer and Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Basic Black Designer Button, Linen Thread, Old Olive 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Mini Library Clip, Stampin' Sponges, Pearl Basic Jewels, Top Note Bigz die, Simple Letters Alphabet Bigz dies, Lots of Labels Sizzlits dies, Modern Label Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Big Shot