Sunday, August 23, 2009

If you stamp it...they will come...

Can you guess what this week's Cinema Saturday Challenge is?
You got it:

I just love this movie -it's been awhile since I've seen it, but ooh, it's a favorite! We're thinking we need to get it on DVD. Anyways, my card this week includes the challenge requirement of red stitching, but is more of a holiday card. I added the word "cherish" to the card, which is appropriate to the film which incorporates the things cherished by each of the main characters; baseball, family, following dreams, catching lost dreams, and more. I used a "quilting" technique I've seen a few time and have been dying to try, so here is my first crack at it -I may attempt another to add to the challenge and do some actual hand stitching, rather than the faux stitching you see on this sample:
I used the Dashing DSP from a couple holidays ago -I found my secret stash and couldn't put it back without using it! I just LOVE this paper! I also used the Warm Words set (still current) along with Real Red & Old Olive cs and ink.
For those interested, I will be demoing this quilting technique in my next series of Technique club meetings.
Contact me if you are interested in signing up!
Happy crafting!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

1000 !!!!!

Holy Smokes, Batman -we hit 1,000 today!!
If you commented (or do comment today), you will go into my drawing for some "blog candy".
Thanks for visiting my blog I do appreciate it and your comments!!
Have a great afternoon!

A quick card

I was getting some pictures together to send my grandma today, and wanted to make a quick card with the "Thoughts of Father" set (now retired). I had bought it awhile back to make cards for my dad, grandma, and uncle, with the Model A stamp. Needless to say, hadn't gotten around to using it (gasp!). So I pulled it out today, paired it with some new Stampin' Up! InColors, a blender pen, and a greeting (that I ended up masking). Here's what I got:

I used (c/s & ink): Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive.
Super simple and pretty, and could easily be stepped-up with embellishments.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stamping and Cruising the Northwest

Hello Sailors and Landlubbers alike!

I am getting so excited for the annual Stamping and Cruising the Northwest cruise coming up here pretty quick!! I've been working on projects, organizing demonstrations, and more.

While I can't show you this year's projects yet, you can see a sampling of last year's projects in one of my older posts:

For those of you unfamiliar with this: This year is the second year I've helped coordinate a stamping cruise for friends, family, customers, and anyone else who wants to join. Heidi at R&D Cruises and Tours coordinates the cabin booking and works with the cruise line. Check out her website at: Then I get the fun part of organizing the stamping classes and projects! :)

Like last year, we will be aboard the Celebrity Mercury on October 2-5th, and will have a weekend filled with stamping, the beautiful scenery of the Northwest (Nanaimo, Victoria, Seattle), and the pampering of Celebrity's friendly staff.

Above: Me (center), enjoying a meal with my mom and sister; Nanaimo, B.C; Left: Flags flying in Port of Victoria, B.C; Right: Me and the kids with our favorite, Activities Director Alejandro.
October 2008

I am looking forward to spending a weekend creating with our "alumni" and "rookies" alike in a place perfect for inspiration and creativity!

Wow! Almost 1000!

I can't believe my blog has had almost 1,000 hits so far! Thanks so much to all of you for visiting -it's fun to share and I love hearing your comments.
As a thank you, I'd like to send out a little goodie pack (notecards, accessories, etc.), I guess this is called "blog candy", to someone who sends me a comment on my 1,000th hit day.
I will be watching, and at the end of the day, I'll do a random drawing, and once the winner is selected and I have your contact info, I'll get your blog candy to you.

Thanks for making this a fun creative outlet for me to share!!
Happy Friday,

Monday, August 17, 2009

Exciting things here and there!!

Ahoy visitors!!
Did I mention how excited I was for Convention?? Ha Ha, I know I did, because I really was! I had a good time, and came home exhausted, but full of ideas. Many of you have already asked how the baby did on our trip, and she was great. I was such a proud Mama to see my baby up on the Convention big screen each day before our general session started (I've put a brag picture below).

I really appreciate all the support I received from my stamping "family" (downlines, sidelines, uplines) while I was there -You all rock!! I also want to send out a huge public thanks to my mom who came and helped out a ton as well. We love you all!!

The picture above is our "3-Generation" picture, and the one to the left is a picture from my 5 year walk. Woo Hoo! Big fun!!
The end of Convention is always bittersweet -hate for the fun to end, but so tired, you just want to sleep in your own bed.
But now, I get to channel my energy and motivation into another awesome, fun-filled event: Stamping and Cruising the Northwest. I am so excited to prepare again for this now, annual event! Looking forward to sailing the seas with stamping friends old and new, eat some great food, and see some beautiful sights...More on this to come in future posts!! Can't wait!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #45 -Sixteen Candles

"What's Happenin' Hot Stuff?" I love this line and I love this movie -it's got so many great parts to it I couldn't even begin to tell you which one is my most favorite. I think this was actually the first PG rated movie I ever saw...

So, Sixteen Candles is this week's CSCC, as a tribute to it's great writer/director, the late John Hughes, who also put out many more of my favorite 80's films.

The requirement this week was to make a birthday card, with an additional challenge to use "retro 80's" colors/design.

So, while I would really want to use pink for a 16 Candles birthday card, I did a bit more of an 80's shout-out to the bright colors. I used several colors (2+ more than I would normally use) in nice bright colors, but them into a rainbow of sorts and used some direct to paper technique on the stamped part to pay homage to that popular Paint Splatter and geometric shapes that defined much of the 80's. I also added a little "surprise" inside.
This card actually reminds me of Rainbow Brite, my Mork from Ork suspenders, my favorite Vuarnet t-shirt, and Lisa Frank school supplies (rainbows, stars, unicorns, and teddy bears -oh my!). I hope it takes you back and makes you feel young again too!!

Supplies I used:

Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, YoYo Yellow, Pixie Pink, and Gable Green c/s
Basic Black ink
Four Square stamp set

Star Punch (large and small)

Bold Brights brads

Pink Flamingo DSP

Pop-Up Cake Die

Sticky Strip

Stampin' Dimensionals

Enjoy, and like, go like, stamp something that is like, totally awesome, 'kay?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Convention Here We Come!!

I am on my way to the biggest event in the Stampin' Up! year -aside from the release of the new catalog...Convention 2009!!


Can you feel my excitement?? New products, new techniques, new ideas, free stamps and samples galore!! Woo-Hoo

I am also excited as this will also be a multi-generational family trip to Convention. I'll be traveling with my Mom (also a demo, who should get a blog herself to show off her pretty cards), and my new baby girl! It will make it all that more wonderful!

Anyways, to share some of it with you here are the cards I have designed toswap for even more ideas.

FYI, the Robot card isn't pictured larger for any other reason than that's how it got scanned.

I was surprised how quick the ideas came and got put together -that's the beauty of pretty new sets I suppose!

So, here are the supplies -all can be found in the new idea book:

Card #1: Thank You Kindly & Circle Circus sets, Rich Razzleberry, Mellow Moss (ink and c/s), Elegant Eggplant (ink), Whisper White (c/s), Scallop Circle & Modern Label punch, Cosmo fine glitter celery

Card #2: Medallion Background and Hope Happens sets, Dusty Durango, Naturals Ivory cs, Chocolate Chip Craft ink, Earth Elements watercolor crayons, Pretties kit (half pearl)

Card #3: Lots of Bots set, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, inks and c/s. Modern Label punch, Blender pens.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge #43 -Pirates of the Caribbean

Yo Ho me hearties!! I have been super busy getting ready for Convention, but I've been working hard (fast!), so that I could do this challenge.

So many options for this one! I had to re-watch the movie for the dozenth time :) to find the perfect quote, and I knew it when I heard it. The requirement for this challenge, was to use beads, and take inspiration from the film, Curse of the Black Pearl, to be more specific.
I used the new Medallion Background stamp with gold ink in the background, then embossed it with gold embossing powder and attached some beads (not SU!). The medallion reminds me of the cursed coins in the film, and once beaded it resembles a compass rose to me as well. I also used Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, and White Vellum cardstocks. Versamark ink was used in the embossing and on the Bermuda Bay c/s, and Tombo glue on the beads.
The second picture is just a close up of the embossed medallion and the quote.
We had a fabulous time on this trip, and I'm so glad to at least have one page finally scrapped for it!!