Monday, August 27, 2012

A little trip down memory lane...

I'm often complemented on my cards and told that people could never make that. Well friends, that was me a few short years ago! I'd been crafty growing up making wreaths and other decorative items for 4-H, small sewing projects (I had quite the scrunchie collection).  I grew up and moved out and it wasn't until 2009 I went to a bazaar in England where I met a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I saw all of her adorable cards and booked a party. It was a great party (went over $1000 in sales!!) and the rest is history. I was addicted. I signed up to be a demonstrator (more for hobby than actually sales) in 2010.

My party was geared toward making Christmas cards.  I wanted to hand-make my cards that year and I cased a card from that holiday mini. Here are a few of my very first cards.
Christmas card 2009. I was quite impressed!

My party make and take
I worked day and night on my Christmas creation that year and my friends and family raved about them. As simple as they were. No fancy glitter or Hallmark stamp on the back. They loved them because I made them. Imperfect as they were (a stamp-a-ma-jig would've greatly helped!).

Needless to say I've learned a lot over the years with the help of fellow stampers and excellent online tutorials. If you think for one second you can't make something amazing, think again!

Thanks for stopping by on my little trip down memory lane! Have a stamp-tastic day!

Snow Buddies stamp set, retired, Holiday Mini 2009.
Real Red textured card stock
basic black ink
Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon
Delightful Decorations stamp set

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sharks invade London!

Hi everyone! I made this adorable card the other day for a derby sister in-law moving to the UK this fall. NO stamping is involved, whatsoever! Isn't that great!! I found the directions here.

Here is what you need to make this cute (but scary!) guy:
(all punches listed are Stampin' Up!)

Body – wide oval cut in half

Teeth – large oval punched over and over with retired small star (or you can use scissors)

Eyes – small circle punch from punch pack, white gel pen highlight

Lower fins – small oval cut in half

Top Fin – 1.25 inch circle next to same hole (to get curves on both sides)

Tail – Full heart – re-punched on both sides with a large oval. (put on a post it note so you can hold on to it)

Shade, assemble and voila! A shark! I also used the bird builder punch for the grasses and the stripes embossing folder for the background.

Hope you enjoyed! Have a stamp-tastic day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gratitude for Nacho Challenge!

This morning when I logged into Facebook, I noticed a new challenge blog that Tammy Fite participated in and posted about. So, went over and checked it out and decided to play along!!

Here is what I came up with.  Fall is definitely in the mood today! It was the first day of 3rd grade for Evan and a balmy 55 here in North Pole, AK! So, it'll only be a matter of weeks before the leaves start falling and snow makes its way to the ground.

 I love this Days of Gratitude set and chose to emboss them into the paper for a stunning look!

I need to sharpen my border punch, it is fraying my paper :(

Thanks for stopping by! Have a (warmer) stamp-tastic day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Imagine the Flowers

Hi all! My men went Caribou hunting on Wednesday and have left Felicity and I lots of time to do whatever we gals please! Naturally, I took to making a few cards!

I cased this card from LeAnne Greff. I purchased her latest Technique Tutorials and I had to make this one first!! It is 'inlaid embossing' and simply stunning with some minor tweaks on my end!

I'll also be posting this to The Friday Mashup's latest sketch! I always love playing along when I get a chance!

Enjoy and have a stamp-tastic day!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thing One(sie)!

I have been OBSESSED with making these onesie cards since I received one from my friend, Belinda. They are super easy and always come out adorable! (I think this is the fourth one I've made so far.) This one is for my friend Jessica who just had a baby boy, which they decided to wait for the birth to find out the gender. I am far too impatient to wait 9 months, I could barely make it 20 weeks!

The only non-SU items are the "Thing(random set of letters I picked up) and 1(CTMH)" stamps.

Hope you enjoy! Have a stamp-tastic day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Home is where the heart is!

This accompanied the wreath for my friends who just purchased their first house together. I found it on Pinterest (don't you love it?!) but here is the original post (its in German). I made a few minor changes just because of some items that I didn't have on hand or chose to change up, but it came out beautifully!

Hope you enjoy! Have a stamp-tastic day!!