Stampin’ Up! Class Preview

September 10th, 2009

I have a Stampin’ Up! Class coming up Friday night and here’s one of the projects we’ll be creating.



This is a little notepad (slightly smaller than 3″ x 6″) I found at Big Lots awhile back.  It’s decorated very simply with Razzleberry Lemonade dp and Razzleberry ribbon along with an image from Wandering Words stamped on Shimmer White cardstock.  We’ll be making a beaded pen to match.  Beaded pens have been one of my favorite projects for several years.  The addition of a beaded pen makes any little notebook type gift really special.  And they are so quick and easy to make!  I was excited when SU started to carry the sticky sheets in 12×12 as I love using those for all types of beading projects.

Thanks for stopping by.


Shabby Chic for TEBB

September 9th, 2009

Today is the last day to play the challenges in the Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash on the SASI Blog and be able to be entered for the awesome prizes.  There are 13 challenges to choose from, so I know you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.  You don’t have to use TE stamps and you can combine the challenges any way you like.  I had hoped to play in a bunch of them, but I ended up spending most of the 3 day weekend cleaning up and organizing my stamp room.  It’s still not 100% finished, but I stopped at 85% finished so I could stamp some.

This card is for 2 challenges – Sharon’s inspiration and Laurie’s paper distressing.


Sharon’s inpsiration photo really spoke to me and I wanted to work in one of my favorite styles – shabby chic.  I used some retired SU colors – Cool Caribbean and Pink Pirouette along with Close to Cocoa and Shimmer White for the 5.25″ square card.  The colors are actually a little softer in real life, but I had a hard time getting a really good photo. The bird from SU Friends 24-7 is embossed with Close to Cocoa craft ink and clear ep and then die cut with a rectangle Spellbinders Nestie and matted on scallop rectangle nesties.  Behind that is a curved rectangle nestie with some piercing in the corners.  The pink panel is stamped with the flourish from the same stamp set. The button is actually just Caribbean cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Timeless Heritage die and then rubbed with Brilliance Pearl Beige ink.  I used the Brilliance ink around a lot of the panel edges as well.  It has a beautiful shimmery pearl finish and I just noticed that eclectic Paperie has these on sale. I used the distressing tool from my SU Cutter Kit to rough up the pink and caribbean panel edges – I’ve always loved that little bit of texture you can get from doing that.

Isn’t that little key charm so cool?  I had to run to Michael’s this weekend to pick up something for my organizing project.  I hadn’t been in there in awhile and I was surprised to see two full aisles now dedicated to beading and jewelry making.  There was a large section of charms on cards that are fantastic for card making!  This key is from Blue Moon Charms – Lost & Found Collection.  I got 5 charms on a card for $3.99.  I thought that was pretty afordable.

Between my stamp room being a wreck and all this turmoil with the new SU IDA I’ve really been in a stamping funk.  It felt good to just get stuff out and PLAY with this card.  🙂  I have a Stampin’ Up! class coming up Friday night and have lots of prep to do for that.  I’m happy to have a mostly clean space to work in. Thanks for stopping by.


One year ago today Taylored Expressions debuted the very first Stamp a Sweet Impression stamp sets: Sweet Celebration, Trick or Sweet, and Frighful Night.  To celebrate, Taylor is throwing a huge Birthday Bash over on the SASI Blog AND all 3 of those original sets are ON SALE for 40% OFF through Monday in The Store.  There are tons of party challenges to be posted every hour all day today each with an awesome prize!  You have until Wednesday night to play and enter for prizes and you don’t even need to use Taylored Expressions images to play.

 Taylor asked the Baker’s Dozen Alumni from the original team last year to help celebrate by highlighting one of those original sets.  I just had to make a birthday card with Sweet Celebration.


I used elements from the TE Cupcakes Key Ingredients along with the coordinating doodlebug brads I had been hoarding.  I actually managed to use 7 of them on this one card – can you find them all?  The Cupcake KI is sold out, but you can purchase the elements separately – click here for the patterned paper.  The trims I used are the Double Loop Pastel. The image is stamped on TE Choice Snow White cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  It was die cut with the Spellbinders Curved Rectangles Nestabilities.

Of course today is also Release Day at Taylored Expressions and what a release it is with 4 new stamp sets (including the next in the Giving Tree charity series and three Halloween offerings), 2 new Key Ingredients and 3 Bundle Deals.  You can get all the details on that by hopping over to Taylor’s blog.  While you’re there be sure to scroll to the bottom of her post for links to a ton of samples by some amazingly talented ladies including the current Baker’s Dozen, the rest of the Baker’s Dozen Alumni, and a an incredible list of TE Friends who are special party guests today!

Before I close I just have to share one of my very favorite cards from my first month on the Baker’s Dozen.  I went crazy making Halloween cards last year – even though I don’t like Halloween in the least – because these sets are so cute.  This card features both Trick or Sweet and Frightful Night. I like to call this little cuppie Vampy.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful long weekend and I hope you get a chance to play in some or all of the TEBB Challenges!