Friday, June 27

Stem Silhouettes

If you haven't heard, Stampin' Up! has introduced a new line of products called Decor Elements. A fabulous addition to their line of Definitely Decorative home decor items. Stampin' Up! is about all things creative and I'm in LOVE with this new line of products. This is just the first phase, with a new phase to be introduced at convention. I already ordered a couple of the vinyl images and put Stem Silhouettes up on my kitchen wall today (it's highlighted in the picture.) I felt like it went along with the "herb-y" theme in there.

Customers can order these images starting July 1st. If you'd like to see a brochure and start thinking about where you want to create a customized unique space,
e-mail me today.

Wednesday, June 25

My Stampin' Buddies

We did the Family Treasures Album from Andrea Walford. I normally don't do scrapbooking classes and this was definitely a step-up from the difficulty level that I normally do, but we had a fun night and I think my customers really enjoyed it and were happy with what they created. Here are some pictures of them after three hours of intense labor. Beautiful work ladies!

Tuesday, June 17

Fresh Cuts with a Touch of Carousel Note

I got this idea from a sample on splitcoast and I'm sorry I can't give credit because I can't find it now. This is a much changed up version, but still got its inspiration from another creator. This is a 5 1/2" square chocolate card with a little less than 1/2 of a Groovy Guava Carousel Note on the top half. I added a little dry embossing and paper piercing on each scallop with the crop-a-dile and paper piercer for fun. The focal point and wording are stamped from the Fresh Cuts set and they also have a little paper piercing just for fun. I know a lot of folks hate to cut out images, but these flowers are really easy and with a brad add a lot of dimension to the card. I pulled out a little of the chocolate chip satin ribbon from last winter's stash to add some texture and finish off the card. Very elegant and easy card for a special thank you.

Set: Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery
Ink: Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Vintage Brads, Crop-a-dile, Chocolate Satin Ribbon

Sunday, June 15

Monkey Fun

I'm back. Long week. But successful week.

So my little man is 1... hard to believe. For those of you who don't know me, he's not really my baby. He's my best friend's baby. But I love him just the same. He's so sweet and he had such a wonderful birthday party. The theme for his invite and all of the items at the party was from the Wild About You set. Very cute. We made centerpieces for the tables, covers for the CD's that they handed out, little toothpick toppers for the cupcakes and sandwiches and lots more. It turned out so fabulous. Sneha did a great job. I'm going to scrapbook an amazing picture I took of him and I'll post the page later this week. But for now, sticking with the jungle theme, this is the card I made for him.... from the Older and Wiser set... the monkey-- just like him.Set: Older and Wiser
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Bashful Blue and Rose Red DSP, Cutie Pie DSP, Paper Piercer, Bashful Blue Brads, Dimmensionals

Tuesday, June 10

Sorry for no posts-- working-- BLECH

Greetings from Denver-- I'm actually traveling this week. Recruiting for my day job. In Denver the last couple of days and leaving this evening for Tuscon... returning Thursday evening for home in NC. Get this. Left NC on Sunday in record breaking 100+ degree humid heat, and arrived in Denver to 66 degree windy weather, and will go to Tuscon to 105 degree dry heat today. Good Lord, if I'm not sick by the time I return, I'll be one lucky duck.
Gotta get back because my little man, my best friend's baby Devak's big first birthday party is Saturday. CANNOT miss this big occasion. I cannot even imagine where this year went. This guy has grown up so quickly.

Anyway, greetings from the west. And, I promise to post a creation next week when I get back to my stamping desk. Hope all is well with you.

Friday, June 6

Happy Belated Birthday

I'm usually pretty good about remembering birthdays... but I'll tell you lately I haven't been. I have a birthday calendar at home. I have it in my palm pilot with pop-up reminders and honestly, I usually have the card ready in time, but I just don't get it mailed in time. I pride myself on being prompt, organized and almost OCD, but I'm not sure what's up lately. So this little turtle from the level 3 hostess set, Older and Wiser is very appropriate for me lately. I thought he was very very cute!

This is a relatively simple but sweet card. The image is colored in with blender pens and ink pads. I used Green Galore and Creamy Caramel mostly... but then came in with Close to Cocoa and Old Olive (shocker, I know) to add a little shading. Then I added a three dimensional party hat also colored in with blender pens. Lots of layers-- which is kinda my trademark. The designer paper is Summer Picnic from the current Occasions Mini. Last but not least to add a little texture (another Amy trademark) i added a slit punch with a turquoise brad and slide the focal point underneath. Then added the greetings in Basic Black and we're done. Lots of layers but not lots of trouble. I think this card could get you out of hot water with any friend.

Wednesday, June 4

Another Fresh Cuts

Just as promised here is another sample using the Fresh Cuts set and Note Cards. Yesterday's sample was very simple. Today's is a little more detailed.

Got this card, I stamped the main image from the set in Perfect Plum, which I haven't used in forever, on the front of the note card. Then I stamped the vine in Mellow Moss along the top. I paper Pierced around the outside and added a Plum and Moss flower in the middle with a 1/2 bead from the Pretties Kit on top. On the inside is a layer of Mellow Moss cardstock on top of a layer of Perfect Plum. I stamped the vine in Versamark peaking through the holes of the flower. Last but not least I cut the entire card down 1/8 inch and layered the entire card on a layer of Perfect Plum. If I could do it again, I'd forget the Moss vine on top... but otherwise, I like it.

Tuesday, June 3

Fresh Cuts

It's been a while... but I'm back and excited about the Fresh Cuts set and note cards. For those who don't already know, Stampin' Up! is giving us a sneak peak at the new fall catalog by letting us pre-order one of the new sets-- Fresh Cuts... and the gorgeous laser cut cards that accompany it... during the month of June. The set is 21.95 and the note cards are only $5 for 15 cards and envelopes. Love that bargain!

So here's a simple sample for you with the set and note card. This sample is very simple and highlights the card, rather than the set. Tomorrow's sample will highlight the set more.
This sample has some polka dot Amethyst Designer Paper in the middle of the card poking through the holes of the flower. I stamped the vine from the set in Certainly Celery and the For You in Basic Black. I stamped the flower from the set in Almost Amethyst and cut it out and stuck it in the middle of the flower and added a celery button on top. Then I layered the entire card on a layer of Celery cardstock that I scalloped with the corner rounder punch. Isn't that pretty?