Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Upcoming New Catalog Mega Blog Hop!

Hi there!

I just wanted to bring your attention to an upcoming blog hop!  This hop will feature over 25 talented stampers and products from the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  The hop officially begins at 12PM EST on Friday, July 30th, and run through August 1st.  Check out this post on Stampin' Addicts, which lists the bloggers!

I won't be participating this time, as I've had quite a bit on my plate the last month or so.  I can't wait to check out the projects!  I'm sure I'll be adding to my wish list.. :)

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Floral Love card


I hope you have been having nice weather where you are.  It's a bit humid here, but that's ok with me, as the sun is shining and it just looks so pretty outside.

So about a couple of Wednesdays a month, I have been cropping at a local scrapbook store with a small group of lovely ladies.  The store charges $5 for you to come and use their space and supplies, and you also get free drinks and chocolate.  I try not to bring too much stuff, as it always takes me forever to finish something anyway.  I like to think it's because I'm so detail-oriented.  Others may just call me slow.  LOL

Anyway, here's one of the cards I made:

River Rock was one of my favorite colors the year it was an In Color.  I'm so glad it's back!

I stamped the vines from Vintage Vogue in VersaMark on River Rock, and layered flowers from the set that I stamped and cut out.  I love, love, love this quote from the Occasional Quotes Level 3 hostess set.  Really, I adore all of the sentiments in that set!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Floral Love card supplies:
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Occasional Quotes
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pads, VersaMark ink
Paper:  Naturals White, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock
Accessories/Tools:  Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Pewter Brads, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot, sewing machine and thread

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hello, Paris!

Good morning!  No, I'm not in Paris... I only wish!  :)

Sorry it's been a while!  I was out of town all last week, and am still getting everything situated.  Since we've decided to stay at our apartment for another year, we've also decided to paint some rooms.  We're painting at least our bedroom.  I'd love to paint my craft room, but Seth says that'll be too hard with all of my stuff in here, LOL.  I'm still thinking about it.. any suggestions for craft room colors??

Well, I do have a card to show you.  I've had a bit of a dry spell this summer.  I need to order some new goodies from the catalog to pump me up!  :D

As you can see, the Artistic Etchings set is one of my favorites!  I love the pairing of the new Sweet Shoppe Alphabet with this set.  And don't you think that the medallion makes a fabulous sun?

Well, I must get going on some things around the house and organizing.  Thanks for stopping by!

Hello Paris card supplies:
Stamps:  Artistic Etchings and Sweet Shoppe Lowercase Alpha
Ink:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, and Very Vanilla cardstock, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Soft Suede 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Scallop Edge Punch, Mini Library Clip

Friday, July 9, 2010

Vintage Collage card

Happy Friday!!

Today I wanted to share a card I created using a collage-type of look.  I used one of my new favorite stamp sets again, Artistic Etchings...

First, I sponged Baja Breeze Classic ink all over the lattice piece from the Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper pack, then punched the Scallop Trim Border.  I then stamped various images from the stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Baja Breeze (the medallion in the upper left was stamped after "stamping off" on scratch paper).  Next, I rubbed off excess ink with a paper towel to reveal the paper design, and inked the edges with Early Espresso.  I added a little tag on the side as well.  The Eiffel Tower was stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake cardstock, cut out, and adhered over the Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon.  My Cherry Cobbler card base was inserted about 1/3 of the way into the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions folder, and finished off with a strip of Newsprint Designer Series Paper.

Well, that's all I have for now!  I'm working on the rest of my circle journal layouts, so I should have those up sometime soon before I send them off to Lisa!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Vintage Collage card supplies:
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pads
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake cardstock, Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Series Paper, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Accessories/Tools:  Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Metallic Brads, Big Shot

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hydrangea Thank You card

Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend!

Here's a card that I made, using Mojo Monday's sketch this week...

I just love this new stamp from the new Idea Book & Catalog.  So pretty!  It makes me want to buy some hydrangeas for my room, but I'm not sure they'd last too long indoors.

Anyway, so I tried out stitching on paper for the first time!  I think it turned out pretty nicely.  I was tickled pink when I tried it and it worked, and couldn't help admiring it.  LOL.. you can relate... right??

I watercolored the hydrangea petals using Poppy Parade, one of SU!'s new In Colors.  It's such a pretty red! I don't have the ink pads yet, just the markers that I pre-ordered last month, but watercoloring is a breeze with markers!  Simply scribble with the brush end onto something like a plastic clamshell stamp case, then pick up the color using an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen.  I did the same with Pear Pizzazz (another new In Color) on the stem and leaves.  After I had a base color, I went back in and added shading by directly coloring on the image with the markers.

I removed the rhinestone from a Clear Rhinestone Brad to add a nice accent onto the tag.  I can't wait to get the new Rhinestone (and Pearl, by the way) Accents in the new catalog!  My wishlist is definitely a mile long.. whew!  :)

Well, gotta run!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous rest of the evening!

Hydrangea Thank You card supplies:
Stamps:  Because I Care
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, VersaMark ink
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, and Poppy Parade cardstock
Accessories/Tools:  Soft Suede 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait Stampin' Write Markers, Blender Pen, Curly Label Punch, Cutter Kit, Ovals Originals die, Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder, Big Shot, sewing machine and thread

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's here!!

The long-awaited 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog is here!  You can click here, the photo above, or on the sidebar to see the online version.  And check out the Stampin' Supplies here.

If you would like a paper copy of the catalog, please email me at melissahuie@gmail.com.  I am selling them at only $5 each, plus shipping - a $9.95 value!  With your copy of the Idea Book & Catalog, you can also receive a free Summer Mini and 2010-2011 Definitely Decorative Catalog (if you need them).  If you live in the Knoxville, TN area and would like a catalog, I can certainly hand-deliver it to you to save on shipping!  (Contact me to earn one of those gorgeous new hostess sets while you're at it!)

Speaking of the 2010-2011 Definitely Decorative Catalog - that's now available as well!  Click here to view the catalog, and click here to see the supply list!

If you're looking to update your collection of colors, Stampin' Up! has put together a few kits to help you do so!  Click here to see the "retrofit" kits!

One more thing.. I have decided to part with some of my retiring stamp sets, ink pads, and a couple of other items.  Check out the tab above!

Have a wonderful evening!