My March Class

March 17th, 2014

I held my “monthly” stamp class on Friday night.  I hadn’t had one since November, so it was great to see everyone and to get stamping!  This class featured Stampin’ Up products since one of my regular students is a Stampin’ Up! Demo and SAB is going on.  I like to give my girls the chance to order during SAB.  At the end of the evening I discovered that one of the stamp sets we used (Charming) is actually retired.  D’oh!  I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to SU these days.


Anyway – I wanted to share the three projects we made in class.

First up is a card featuring that retired set.  I’m not sure how long I’ve had it, but I had never inked it up before and it’s quite pretty.

The sentiment is Taylored Expressions – Many Mini Occasions and the little tag die is also TE.  The paper is all SU.

The next card features the new So Very Grateful stamp set along with the new Hardwood Background stamp on SU notecards.

The image was embossed with black craft ink and iridescent embossing powder.  It was them water colored with ink from classic pads and an aquapainter.  The background was stamped with Coastal Cabana ink.

Our third project was created with the Petite Purse die.  So stinkin’ cute!  And thank you to Dawn Olchekske for her great video with all the tips on how best to assemble this little purse.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fantastic week!

Bold and Graphic

April 11th, 2012

Happy Hump Day! Today I want to share my favorite card from those we created in my March Class.  I was inspired by several cards in the galleries at SCS (especially this one by Mary Brown and this one by Kay Kalthoff) to pair Field Flowers with the Doily Background.  I decided to try something a little bit on the bold side.  It’s funny when I first stamped the Island Indigo flower over the Lucky Limeade doily, I said “oh no…this is NOT going to work!”  But then I looked at for awhile and started playing with layers and added a few Kaiser rhinestones and I ended up loving it.  A lesson in not reacting too quickly, I guess.

Clean and simple for sure.  I love the bold graphic look of this.  I’d encourage you to play with colors.  Try some things you think won’t work and sit with them for a bit before you throw them out and move on.  You might be surprised.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the monthly TE Calendar Challenge.

Fresh Vintage Birthday

April 10th, 2012

Happy Tuesday. I’m back with a quick post to share another one of the cards we made in my March SU Class.  This card was CASEd pretty closely from this beauty by Dawn Olechefske that I have in My Favorites Gallery at SCS.  Instead of black and white I went with Crushed Concord along with Shimmery White.  And rather than a one layer card, I added a colored base.  Other than, it’s pretty much Dawn’s card.

The Fresh Vintage stamp set was my favorite SAB product.  There were so many wonderful samples in the gallery at SCS, that I had trouble narrowing down just what I should do for class.  I just love how simple, yet impactful this card is.  I’m so appreciative of all the people who post their creations and give tips and details.  This is the type of sharing that really helped me develop my stamping and still helps me now!

Thanks for stopping by!

August Class Cookin’ Card

August 25th, 2011

Happy Thursday!  I wanted to be sure to share the third project from my class last week before too much times goes by.  As soon as I saw the Now You’re Cookin’ A la Carte stamp and the Domestic Goddess designer paper in the SU catalog, I knew I needed them.  First they remind me of my 40’s kitchen and second, I coordinate a Summer Supper program at our church and I knew they would be perfect for thank you cards for the team leaders!

I had this idea rolling around in my head and then I saw a card on JanTink’s blog that solidified it.  At least I’m pretty sure that’s where I saw it because I can’t find it now.  The image was stamped with white craft ink on Kraft (Crumb Cake) cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It’s SUO except for the little black scallop mat behind the image that I die cut with a Nestie. Looking forward to playing with that stamp some more!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow morning with a new Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge.

August Class Favor Box

August 24th, 2011

Happy Hump Day!  Just a quick post to share one of the projects we made in my class last week.  Even though I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I still like to hold a New Catty Class once a year and take an order as the hostess.  So here’s an SUO project featuring the Box #2 Die and the Four Frames stamp set.

I purchased the box die quite some time ago and I hate to say that I had never used it.  It’s an adorable little favor or gift box and these went together in a snap.  I checked and Ghiradelli squares will fit inside, among other things.  😉  I picked up several packages of the crocheted flowers from the SU clearance rack awhile back, so I pulled the color scheme from there.  Sweet and simple!

I hope you’re having a great week!  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are having a great weekend.  I mentioned yesterday that I made two samples for my DTGD Challenge.  I wanted to share my second sample with you today.

This card is SUO (oh except for the KaiserCraft black rhinestones.)  I’m planning a Stampin’ Up! Class for August 19th so of course I had to order some new stuff!  The first set I wanted from the new catty was Button Buddies.  I just thought the images were all sooooo cute!  For todays’ card I paired it with a new SU sentiment set – Pursuit of Happiness.  The sentiments in this set just spoke to me and I wanted it immediately!  Cardstock used here is Limeade and Black.  I used rhe rock’n’roll inking technique with various colors of ink on these flowers.  I used an embossing folder over just part of the image panel to add some textural interest.

So have you guessed yet what my challenge is?  If your a Splitcoast Fan Club Member please come play!

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!

SoCal Snowflake

November 22nd, 2010

Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  It was wonderfully rainy here on Saturday – the perfect day to veg out!  And yesterday it was crisp and cold…California cold that is 😉 .  Last night we headed over to Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach which is a yearly Christmastime tradition for us.  It was a little early in the season, but we figured we should do it while we had the chance.  Roger’s Gardens is a beautiful nursery and at Christmas time they have many Christmas trees decorated with ornaments for sale, as well as lots of other Christmas home decor.  We each pick out a new ornament every year.  This year I got a little puppy (big surprise, huh?) and Curt got a red car (he was hoping for a guitar, but there were none to be had.) It was nice to be there without all the crowds.

I want to share with you the Christmas card we made in my class last week.  It’s 5″ x 3.5″ and uses pretty much all Stampin’ Up! supplies.  The dp is retired (from last year I believe) and the felt snowflakes are currently available on the clearance rack.  I spray painted some of them gold for these cards.

And here’s a look at the inside –

I realize it might seem a little strange to some of you to see a snowflake card photographed with a backdrop of greenery, but hey I’m in SoCal.  I’ve got to play the cards I’m dealt.  LOL!

Oh `- you might notice a different blog banner.  That is one that I used 2 or 3 years ago and when the administrators did a blog upgrade last week that banner appeared out of nowhere!  Weird!  I haven’t had a chance to fix it yet (will need help from the Rocket Scientist).

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