Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I Double Dare Ya!

I am posting 2 cards which each use 2 challenges: the sketch challenge from splitcoaststampers, and the Color Dare. Once again, I am relying on my photo-shooting skills instead of my hubby. Oh well! All card stock, stamps, ink, and accessories are from my beloved Stampin' Up!

Last week's Color Dare called for tempting turquoise, Bermuda Bay and crushed curry. The sketch was simple and clean. I used a floral image from Eastern Blooms, and a sentiment from Thank You Kindly. The dsp is from Razzleberry Lemonade. It's hard to see, but I added some rhinestones to the flowers...and of course, Ribbon!!

This weeks Color Dare could have looked Christmas-y, but I tried to stay away from that. Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla, and Old Olive look great together! I sponged a bit of creamy caramel on the main image panel too. The stamp set is a soon-to-retire Hostess level 1 set: Of the Earth. A small, old olive ribbon tag and ruby red brads finish it off.

I have to run to get dinner ready before my hubby gets home!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's a Tropical Party!!

Last night, I held my monthly Stampin' Club...and we had a great time in the tropics!! My hostess-with-the-mostest (Waving Aloha to Patti!!) loves parties with themes. So, we decided to focus on great items from the Summer Mini Catalog. I chose to feature Island Oasis DSP in all three projects. Patti even encouraged us to wear bright colors, and brought floral leis and yummy snacks featuring pineapple. We need to do this more often!!

Our first project was a quick Birthday card using the cute set Tropical Party. LOVE this set! I had actually made a different card the night before club, didn't like I made this after work in 5 minutes! These solid image stamps are PERFECT for a very quick card! The only embellishment is a tiny bit of ribbon scraps. We stamped the inside too, because, was easy! Love the colors together...tempting turquoise, rose red, pumpkin pie, old olive.

Next we made a drink umbrella, using the same Island Oasis DSP and my new scallop circle Big Shot die. I will confess that it was tough for me to explain the scoring. We struggled with this a bit, but had a great time laughing about it! No drinking was involved... seriously! An outsider looking in may have questioned that!! For a great tutorial on this little umbrella, check out my cyber-friend and fellow SU Demo, Rhonda.

Our final project was a Pull-out scrapbook. I found the tutorial on splitcoaststampers. Patti is a scrapbooker, so any project that gives her a chance to showoff photos is a plus. This little book takes some time, but it is so well worth it! When finished, you end up with room for 14 small photos! The only stamp used was from Define Your Life. Some chose "journey", others chose "memories." (This set is way more versatile than I realized!) We embellished with grosgrain ribbon, and used several punches, including the corner rounder, the photo corner, 5-petal flower and Extra Large Fancy Flower. A pumpkin pie corduroy brad adds the final touch.

Our Tropical Party was a great way to spend the evening! Let me know if you want to join the fun!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, June 12, 2010

NEW Catalog Preview!!!

...and with that, a new blog template. I picked this in about 30 seconds...I have zero patience to go through so many blog templates! LOL! Hope you like it!

So, I got some new goodies with my Stampin' Up preorder! What's that, you ask? It's one of the great perks I get for being a demonstrator! Several stamp sets, designer series paper, card stock, ink, and accessory items were available to choose from before the new catty (catalog) goes live on July 1st. I got a good stash!!

I know a lot of people don't or can't buy so much at once. But you can get some great stuff to add to your current supply of goodies! You also can chat with me about your style and wish list, and I will help you plan what to order when. Don't forget about the retiring goodies, too! click ----->

This first card features the NEW dsp "Greenhouse Gala," cut out with the oh-so-classic top note die on my big shot. LOVE this floral pattern! I already had the chocolate chip and whisper white cardstock...and the baja breeze was admittedly from it's In-color year! Glad I stocked up! Come July 1st, we can all order it again! I used my NEW baja breeze marker to color just a bit of white taffeta ribbon (had that already, too) to make a small ribbon tag. The stamp is from All Holidays (already had it), and I colored it with NEW pear pizzazz and baja breeze markers.

And now...something completely different.

Believe it or not, the dsp in this card is from the same Greenhouse Gala! This zig-zag pattern is great for guys!
I decided to cut along the zig-zag for interest. The pattern has some chocolate chip, but I went ahead and mounted it on the new Early Espresso card stock. Can we say "YUM!"?? LOVE the rich brown-black shade. This stamp is also from All Holidays, colored with baja, real red, and espresso markers, and layered on pumpkin pie and baja breeze. NO accessories! Gasp! My husband took the picture and said he loved it. Too bad it isn't for him!

2 cards...3 new markers, 1 new pack of dsp, 1 new card stock color...everything else in my stash already. Not bad, huh?

I'll be back with more..I'm having a great time experimenting with my new goodies!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last Chance!

Well, every year at this time, Stampin' Up! puts out a list of stamp sets and accessories that are retiring June 30. This year, the list is LONG! Lots or ribbon is going buh-bye...I am sure new ones are on the horizon for the new IBC available July 1st. Lots of dsp is leaving...a bunch of stamps...some punches and big shot and other coloring tools.

I still have to review the list to see what I cannot live without. I am always sad to see ribbon go, so I have to find strength not to order ALL of it!

If you want to order anything now, just click on the last chance list picture over to the right and it will take you to a beautiful place where you can order beautiful things!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}