Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stamper's Holiday Retreat-2010

Yep... it's been a month since I've last posted.. ugh!  I know.. i know..  But, I've been extremely busy :)

Between getting ready for the Retreat, and my wedding in December, I haven't had much time to post much.  It probably won't get much better the closer we get to the wedding. 

The Holiday Retreat was awesome!!  There were 16 really FUN holiday projects, and I am SURE that everybody enjoyed making them.  Here's a few pictures from the event:


My display boards:

Everyone.. busy working!!

Toni... making the Tote Bag Project

Nadine & Janet discussing the next step in their project...

JoAnn only has a few seconds to look up for a picture...

Pat, Karin, Barb, & JoAnn

Janet, Nadine, and Sandi

Barb & JoAnn

Each project was contained in a basket, and the baskets floated back and forth between the stampers. 

The Big Shot was in the center of the room so everyone could get to it, because almost EVERY single projected had something on it that used the big shot.  Embossing folders, or die cuts... the Big Shot was used well.

I'm making pretty good progress on the wedding... and Leo just told me this morning that there is only 57 more days left before the wedding... AAARRRGGHHHHH.... I have SO much stuff to do, yet!!

Here's what I've got to do yet...
- Finish my wedding dress (I have to add the sleeves, and hem it)
- Make Leo's dress shirt (not even started, yet)
- Alter the bridal party's wedding dresses (that should be pretty quick)
- Make hair clips 
- Doctor up the guest book, and tiki torches
- Make the unity candles
- Write up the "Sand" ceremony verses
- Finish the bouquets
- Make Thank You cards
- Make gift boxes

I'm pretty sure, one good work weekend will knock a lot of this stuff off my list. 

However, TODAY... I am dedicating to my brother, Barry!  We are on our way to Millsboro, Delaware to visit him and his wife, Sue.  He just got out of the hospital --had some major surgery, and a few other issues that will be taken care of soon.  I am praying daily for his recovery.  Even with the wedding fastly approaching, NOTHING is more important than making sure family member know that we love them, and want them to be happy, and healthy!  So, today, I dedicate to my brother!  I love you Barry!  :o)


Thursday, September 9, 2010

ATTENTION STAMPERS!!!!

YOU are invited to
 
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Seating IS limited to the first 20 stampers!! 
soo, get YOUR reservations in, NOW!

Details:
  • Over 15 Holiday themed projects 
    • Cards
    • Gift boxes
    • Tags
    • a 6 x 6 Scrap page of the event!
  • Door Prizes
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  • FUN
  • Stamping ALL day long!!
  • OR.. EATING all day long (whichever you prefer!)
More details:
  • Saturday, October 9, 2010
  • Cost  $35.00 (pre-paid)
  • Holiday Inn Express - Exton PA
  • 1 pm until WHENEVER!
  • Discounted rooms available for overnight stay!
  • FUN, FUN, and did I mention FUN?
Email me for your reservation to an ENTIRE DAY of stamping fun!
Don't miss out on this SUPER FUN event!
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Elegant Lines - II

Ok.. the first time I used my Elegant Lines embossing folder, I spritz the cardstock with the Frost White shimmer paint, and put it in the embossing folder on the wrong side!! ...  After I tossed that aside and made this last card, I re-thought the error, and decided to use it anyway!  This card uses the negative impressions of the embossing lines.  If you look closely, you can see that the line images are indented instead of raised.  But, what an awesome look!!

The stamp set is called Sihouette Sentiments and is another Level 1 Hostess set.  You can get this set, or any of the other Level 1 sets for FREE just by placing a $150 order. Click HERE to visit my on-line store!!

This card uses the same basic layout as a previous post.  I finally broke the wrapper on my Woodland Walk DSP.  This is such gorgeous paper and it matches the Growing Green stamp set. (one that I don't have... YET!)

You just can't go wrong when you pair up the Wild Wasbi Textured cardstock up with this DSP.  It matches perfectly... like ALL Stampin' Up! products!

And just how about that GOJUS 1/8 inch ribbon!  SWEEEET!  Speaking of ribbons, don't miss out on my ribbon shares!  Check that out here!


Supplies used in this card:
#120127 Sihouette Sentiments
#101406 Black Stazon
#121075 Wild Wasabi classic ink
#119277 Elegant Lines embossing folder
#117389 Woodlandp Walk DSP
#118402 Scallop Edge Punch
#119859 Wide Oval Punch
#119856 Large Scallop Oval
#119959 1/8 inch Early Espresso Ribbon
#104430 Dimensionals
#116631 Paper Piercer & #105826 Mat Pack
#112533 Jumbo Brads

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Simple... yet... Elegant

Elegant simplicity!


I was playing around with the Elegant Lines embossing folder and the etchings in the folder are SO deep that it kept giving me crease lines across my cardstock.  So, I figured if I sprayed the cardstock to moisten it that I wouldn't get those ugly crease lines.  I sprayed my cardstock with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and the Frost White shimmer paint and the results were impressive!

I simply LOVE these half-pearl embellishments. They have adhesive on the back so they can be easily placed anywhere on your artwork!
Here's my card (if you want, you can click on the picture for a closer view).


The Rich Razzleberry DSP was created using the Presto specialty paper and sponged with Rich Razzleberry.  This cardstock is awesome!  You can spritz it, sponge it, smooch it, and the designs on the cardstock just POP! Smiley from millan.net I just LOVE IT!

Don't forget, You can shop in your Jammies!!
  visit my on-line store 24-7:  Carol's Corner
Supplies used are:
#119277 Elegants Lines embossing folder
#100730 Whisper White Cardstock
#115316 Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
#117175 Presto Patterns Specialty DSP
#120516 Perfect Punches
#119247 Basic Pearls Accent Jewels
#119856 Scallop Oval Extra Large Punch
#119859 Extra-Large Oval Punch
#116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint
#101610 Stamping Sponges

Sooo.. until next time!!
Carol



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time for......

a little MOJO!!

It's always a GREAT design... and even BETTER when an idea pops into your head the moment you see the sketch!  The second I looked at the sketch I realized that I NEEDED to use the Because I Care stamp set!

This was the VERRRRY first time that I've inked this stamp, and it certainly won't be the last!  This image is so realistic that I could almost smell the hydranga flower..  ...oooohh kayyyy... maybe not THAT realistic.  But it IS beautiful!!


Here's the MOJO sketch: 


And here's my take on the sketch:

There are LOTS of cool elements going on here.. first of all, Let me tell you that this idea was cased from my very close friend and downline, Nance Clugh.  She's an awesome stamper!  And it was HER idea to punch out the little flowers and add dimenstional!  

So... what I did was stamped a number of small flowers with the single flower stamp, and then punched them out using the flower punch in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack trio set. (noooo.. I didn't cut them out by hand!!)  Then they are all raised up on dimensionals to give it an illusion of depth. The Scallop Edge Border punch gives the Lap of Luxury DSP a nice edge.  I matched the DSP up against some Concord Crush cardstock to make it pop!  The 1/2 inch stitched poly ribbon finishes it off nicely!!  What a GREAT ribbon to work with!  Easy peasey to tie bows!!

Here are the supplies used:

Annnnndddd... that's all for tonight, folks!!
Until next time!!

Carol


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August Class....

August card class was a lot of fun..  It's a shame if you missed it, because in this class we made some really awesome cards. Smiley from millan.net    
One was a slider card, and the other was a Marquee card!

This first card was shamelessly stolen from Jan Tink!  If you have never read her blog called Stamps, Paper, Scissors... please do yourself a favor and read it!!  I read it from beginning to end once and HONESTLY.. I laughed Smiley from millan.net for hours!!  Her creativity and sense of humor astound me!!  It cracks me up how whenever she mentions our CEO of Stampin' Up! Shelli Gardner.. she always follows with... (may she live forever!).   I oogle and Ahhh over Jan's artwork as well as getting side-stitches Smiley from millan.net from her comic relief!  Jan also provides a video on how she makes her Marvelous Magical Marquee card, so I won't go into construction details... so.. here's the card!

The center of the card opens like a camera shutter Smiley from millan.net ... to reveal.......

TOTALLY AWESOME????.... I think so too!!

The next card is a slider card... and it's actually quite simple:

Here is the inside when the top tab is pulled up..

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET!

Now.. the other thing I like to do is give the class attendees a treat!!

soooo... here's the special treat!!

The flower close up....

I just Smiley from millan.net my Big Shot!!  I use it just about every single time I sit down to stamp!  If you don't have one.. think about getting one because there is SOOOoooo much stuff you can do with it!!  I absolutely can't get enough of the Big Shot dies and Embossing folders! 

This basket was done using the following supplies:
Cardstock:  Riding Hood Red; Tangerine Tango; Daffodil Delight; Old Olive

Remember.. you can always shop at my on-line store 24/7.
   (even in your jammies!!)

Until next time!!
hugs!
Carol

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

EXTRA... EXTRA... READ ALL ABOUT IT!!

HOW AWESOME IS THIS??????
i just LOVE Free STUFF!


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HOST a  qualifying WORKSHOP... and receive an additional $25 in FREEEEE merchandise

Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010

Details:   Hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!

Things to Remember

■Only customer, hostess, and workshop order types qualify for this promotion. Online orders do not qualify.

■Orders must be $350 or more to qualify.

■Hostesses may use their additional $25 in hostess free merchandise on any regular catalog/mini catalog merchandise.

■Orders larger than $350 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $700 workshop does not receive $50 in additional dollars. All orders over $350 always receive $25 in additional free hostess dollars.
 
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Contact me NOW to reserve YOUR workshop date of your choice!!!!

Hugssss!!
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Carol

MOJO149

I received a new batch of Stampin' Up! DSP today and a new stamp set... and it was JUST in time for today's MOJO sketch!!  If you have never participated in a MOJO sketch... then TODAY might be the day you decide to partake in some of the FUN!
MOJO149 gives us a choice of either a square card or a round card.  I started out doing the round card, but juuust didn't like the way it was turning out.  Sometimes I feel that I have more possibilities doing square or rectangle shaped cards.. so, I scrap'd the round card attempt and ended up with THIS:





The card base is Concord Crush, In-Color, and the DSP is called Lap of Luxury.  Every single piece of this paper is breath-taking!  Did you notice the white 1/2 pearls in the corner!  These have become my favorite new embellishments!!  Cute huh?  I was searching through my white card stock supply, and found this once piece of Whisper White that was already punched.  So, I thought I would use it and add something inside the punched hole.  My new stamp set, Style Beautiful, was BEGGING to be inked... so, I filled it with Whisper White Craft ink, and set it with the heat gun.  I think the image just POPS out from the Basic Black!  I tied a small piece of Pretty in Pink Taffetta ribbon and popped the entire element up on dimensionals.

Here's a close up of the main focal point:


Since I used a dark color (Concord Crush) for the base of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside. 


I was very happy with the way it turned out... Except, I DID notice, when I was posting this, that I missed adding the three stripes in the background. 

THIS card will be one of the cards that we will be making in class on Saturday, August 7.   If YOU are in the West Chester, Pennsylvania area and would like to come to my stamping class, please DO contact me.  Seating IS limited, so call or email NOW and save YOUR seat... before someone else does!

Thanks for checking out my blog.. Your visit means the WORLD to me!
Hugs!
Carol


Monday, July 26, 2010

Stamp Class

Last week, I went to a Stamp Class held by one of my good friends and downline, Nance.  It was GREAT sitting on the opposite side of the table.. not teaching, and just stamping!!  Actually.. it was rather NICE!  Although I must say, it did feel "different" being the student for a change, and not the teacher.  Nance did a GREAT job, as usual.  Here are the four cards that we stamped!

  • Here is card #1 using Punched Posies.. Beautiful, isn't it?

and... the inside:

Here is card #2

and.. the inside:


A closeup of the small evelope inside:

Card #3 was an AWESOME step card:
Here's a view from the side.. and YEP.. it really DOES fit into the proper size envelope
Card #4

It was a nice turnout.. and she did a FANTASTIC JOB!  Thanks Nance for inviting me!!

Hugs!
Carol