Monday, July 30, 2007

Au Chocolat Doodle

Here is a card I threw together today using the always adorable Doodle This stamp set. I also used the old Au Chocolat Designer papers, and the old In Color Vintage Violet. Enjoy!

SS: Doodle This, Warmest Regards
CS: Chocolate Chip, Vintage Violet, Au Chocolat Designer Papers, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black, Vintage Violet, Buckaroo Blue, Chocolate Chip
Other: Ticket Corner Punch, Vintage Violet Stitched Ribbon, Aqua Painters, Dimensionals

Friday, July 27, 2007

New Stamp Sets, Old Colours

Hey everyone,

I made this sample with current sets from the Stampin' Up! catalogue, but using the In Colors from 2006/2007. I still have the inks and some of the cardstock and ribbon that I need to use up. Hope you like it!


SS: In the Spotlight (hostess), All About U (sentiment), Priceless (flourishes in yellow), Linen (background).

CS: Marigold Morning, Cool Caribbean, Vintage Violet, Whisper White

Ink: Vintage Violet, Marigold Morning, Cool Caribbean

Other: Scallop and circle punches (not SU!), Vintage Violet Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals

August promotion

Hello all,

It is time for another Stampin' Up! sale! In the month of August, if you order the "Three For You" Punch Box for $62.95, you will receive this assortment of 30 textured Love Notes and Very Vanilla envelopes free (valued at $17.95). They are 3" x 3", and they are adorable. And, if you haven't had a chance to try out the new textured cardstock, this is the ultimate opportunity! You can see what the cardstock looks like just by looking at the front cover of the Fall/Winter 2007 Catalogue. Both projects on the front of it are using the new textured cardstock.

I don't have the Punch Box yet, but I have been eyeing it since the catty came out. I will absolutely be taking advantage of this promo, and if any of my customers would like to, just e-mail me, or call me, or post a comment below.

This is what you would receive (or check the link here to look at the Punch Box,

Punch Box:
- EXCLUSIVE Trio Flower Punch
- 9-piece DIE CUT stamp set (that means you do not have to cut them out, just mount them!)
- Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi ink spots (these ink spots are exclusive to this Punch Box and cannot be purchased on their own)
- Adorable storage/keepsake tin

Assorted Textured cardstock:
- 30 pre-scored, textured, 3" x 3" cards: 10 each of So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi
- 30 small square Very Vanilla envelopes

It's going to be a fun one!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Lovely As A Tree Reflection

Hi again,

Two posts in one day??? Anyway, I just made this card with a reflection of the tree in the water. It is a TRUE reflection, not just turning the stamp around and re-stamping upside down. I stamped the image on acetate first, and then placed that ink-down on my white cardstock, and transferred the image (that's the secret). Then, I re-inked the same stamp, and just stamped it directly onto the cardstock on top of the reflection I just made. Then, I coloured everything in. I saw this technique online, and I had to know how to do it. (Her online name is scrappinkeri42)
SS: Lovely As A Tree
CS: Chocolate Chip, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Always Artichoke
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke
Other: Aqua Painters, Wonder Crayons, Rich Regals Brads, Dimensionals

Bundle of Joy

Hello all,

So I was just playing around with one of my really old sets...Along the Same Lines. That's where the images are really stretched out and long. I made this really simple baby card with the old Sarah Designer Papers that have now retired. See recipe below.
SS: Along the Same Lines
CS: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Sarah Designer Papers
Ink: Versamark
Other: Black Embossing Powder (EP), Apricot Ribbon

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Holiday Mini Collection 2007 Update

Oh my goodness,
I can't believe it's that time of year again. Stampin' Up! has given us demonstrators a sneek peek at the Holiday Mini Catalogue, which will be valid for the months of September, October, and November 2007.
They have some absolutely adorable stuff coming out, a few are my personal favourites. As demonstrators, we are able to pre-order the products a month in advance for ourselves to get familiar with. I will absolutely be making an order next month in order to showcase the new products coming out. You can be sure I will be using the stuff at my Christmas card stamp camp in September. They have also got some really nice Thanksgiving stuff on its way.

We were also advised today that Sell-A-Bration 2008 (where you spend a certain amount of money on product and earn free stamp sets) will be in February and March (not Januray and February). They have decided this because they are releasing semi-annual catalogues now, one in July and one in January, which means they won't need a promotion in January.

This was just an update for all my customers and on-lookers!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Darling Doodles Designer Paper

Hi all,

Well, I'm sure by now we all know how amazing the new Designer Papers and Ribbon Originals are. I love every single one! It's really difficult to choose. BUT, Darling Doodles was the first one to come to me, and they are gorgeous. Se my 2 samples below that I will be selling for the Terry Fox Foundation (among many others).

Recipe for both:

SS: Garden Silhouettes, Word on Word
CS: Groovy Guava (my new favourite colour), Wild Wasabi, Confetti White, Darling Doodles DP
Ink: Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate
Other: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Sponges

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Acetate Card

Hey All,

So, I'm sure all of you know what acetate is. Ya know, overhead transparencies? Those clear plastic pages that teachers used on the overhead machine to project lessons onto a screen?

Anyway, I found a card where the card base was acetate instead of cardstock. The tricky thing there is to figure out how to adhere everything without your adhesive (because the card is clear). Go check it out here:


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My Card for the Sketch Challenge

Here is my take on the sketch challenge posted on Beate's blog ( Go and check it out and see if you can make an addition. Hope you like it!

SS: Bundle of Joy, All About U
CS: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Rose Red Prints Designer Paper, Confetti White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Timber Brown Staz On
Other: Rich Regals Brads, 1/16" Circle punch (for the brads), Coluzzle cutting system (for the ovals), Corner rounder (for scalloped edges), Word Window punch, Aqua Painters and Watercolor crayons

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Sketch Challenge

Hi All,

Beate has this great sketch challenge up right now. For those of you that don't know what that means, it is a layout. SO, she has posted a certain layout (or sketch), and you can make any card you want with any colours you want, as long as you follow that general layout. She has posted her sample as well as the general sketch sample to follow. I will post my card later. Check out the link here: Doing sketch challenges is a great way to try new things and get new ideas!

Good luck!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Iris Twist Tutorial

I have made my own tutorial for the Iris Twist technique. This one has been around, but for those of you who haven't had the chance to do it, or don't know how, follow these very easy instructions, and you'll be finished in no time!

What you will need:

Iris Template

Two strips of designer paper 12" x 1"
One piece of cardstock that coordinates with your papers 4" x 5 1/4"
One card base that also coordinates 5 1/2" x 8" folded in half
One small square of neutral cardstock, where you will stamp your small image
Glue Stick
Snail Adhesive

Take your piece of cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") and cut out a 2" square. If you have a 2" square punch, that will be fine, otherwise, I have used a hobby blade with a mat underneath.

Next, take your 2 strips of designer paper, and fold them in half long ways. Unfold them, and run your gluestick all the way down the inside of the fold. Fold them back together and apply some pressure to ensure the glue holds. You may want to let these dry for a minute.

Now, apply some repositionable adhesive to a spot on your Iris template, without going inside the box.

Adhere the template to the FRONT of your cardstock, so you can see the box through your square cut out when you flip it over to look at the back.

Apply some gluestick on your cardstock around the template. DO NOT GET GLUE ON YOUR IRIS TEMPLATE! Keep it on the cardstock only.

Take your first strip of designer paper. With the fold towards the centre, adhere the paper so that it lines up with the line that says 1A. Ensure it is stuck to the cardstock, and trim the excess paper off. You will continue to use the rest of this strip around the other lines.

Put some more glue on top of the end of the last designer paper piece (you will stick the next one on top). Glue the next strip on the 2A line (only gluing on to the cardstock, not the Iris template). Trim off excess.

Add some more glue onto the end of the previous piece, and adhere the next strip to the 3A line. Trim off excess.

Apply more glue, and adhere the last layer of designer paper on the 4A line. Trim off excess. Let this dry for a minute.

Add glue to the previous designer paper, once again, being sure to keep glue off of the template.

Take the second strip of designer paper and adhere to the cardstock, lining up with the 5B, 6B, 7B, and 8B lines on the template. Let this dry for a minute.

Remove the template carefully. Turn the card front over and take a look. Take your small, neutral cardstock, stamp your image, and adhere to the back of the card front, ensuring that the image shows through the small square at the front.

Stamp the card front if you would like more design. Otherwise, adhere your card front to your card base. You're finished!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Pick a Petal Mania

Hey everyone....
Well, surfing around the net again. I found Joy's blog where she makes the Pick A Petal stamp set sing. Check out her sample here:


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

New In Color Comparisons

So, while I was snooping around the net, I found another girl's blog showcasing how the new In Colors stack up against other colours from already existing families. Visit Jeanne Streiff's blog to see the chart at

River Rock, Baby

Hey Ladies,

This card is one we'll be doing at my next workshop on July 15. I tried to use the Petals wheel with the Polka Dots & Paisley/Petals stamp sets, but it wasn't feeling it. So, I pulled out Big Pieces, which is from the Winter Mini catalogue 2006/2007, and they have brought it back!
SS: Big Pieces, Wonderful Words, Petals Jumbo wheel
CS: Whisper White, Basic Black, River Rock (brand spanking new colour)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, River Rock
Other: Circle and Square Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponges
Have a great day!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Colour Combos with the new Designer Papers

Hello everyone,

My upline was kind enough to send us all this information. If you were looking through the back section of the catalogue at the GORGEOUS designer papers, you'll know what I'm talking about. There are so many of these designs on my "To Get" list. Here are the actual SU! colours that you will find in each set of papers:

Brocade Backgrounds: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, River Rock .
Cerise: Real Red, Very Vanilla .
Charbon: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla .
Creepy Crawly: Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust .
Cutie Pie: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron .
Darling Doodles: Brocade Blue, Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi .
Dashing: Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Very Vanilla .
Fall Flowers: Old Olive, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky .
Flowers for You: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise .
Le Jardin: River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Very Vanilla .
Linen Prints: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pink Passion .
Notations No.2: More Mustard, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi .
Outlaw: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla .
Petals & Paisleys: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Taken with Teal .
Porcelain Prints: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi .
Uptown: Almost Amethyst, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi .
Wintergreen: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Soft Sky

There it is. If you were looking for some designer papers to match the colours you already have, you may be able to find it in there. Alternatively, if you fell in love with one of the designs, and needed to know which colours you should purchase to co-ordinate, this list will help you greatly.

Thanks Caroline for the breakdown!

Cheers everyone!