Monday, February 28, 2011

UStamp with Dawn and Friends! Big Shot Brilliance!!

I'm going to be a designer again (Creative Crew girl so I design 2 projects) for the next UStamp with Dawn and Friends! The theme is Big Shot Brilliance. Every Big Shot die will be used in the 40+ projects posted. The online event starts on March 18th. Today is the last day to get the early bird pricing of $19.99 so if you want to register, go to

Saturday, February 26, 2011

UStamp with Dawn & Friends! Oh My Word!!

My second project posted on UStamp with Dawn & Friends! Oh My Word!!
I made a square around or room album for my Mom for Mother's day. It's a really neat little album -- just four pages with room for lots of tags. And of course I made a coordinating card and envelope.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CCMC - OM4 Design Challenge

Now that I finally started my blog (it has been on my to do list for over a year), I can start participating in challenges ... well, actually, I can start posting the cards that I create from challenges! Here's a card I created based on this week's challenge on Create with Connie and Mary. It may also look familiar from a post of a few days ago ... YUP, here's the card showcasing the Twisted Kissing technique.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

One Sheet Wonder Stamp a Stack class

Here's a sample of the 16 simple and fun cards we will be making on Sunday 2/27 (2:00 - 5:00 pm) or Tuesday 3/1 (7:00 - 10:00 pm) at my One Sheet Wonder Stamp a Stack class. If you've never heard of the "one sheet wonder" technique, then you need to come to this class! We'll make 16 cards using just one sheet of the Ice Cream Parlor designer series paper from Sale-A-Bration. The cards are a variety of birthday, thanks and all-occasion. I'll also have a sample of 16 Christmas cards using"one sheet wonder" and the Holly Jolly DSP so you can see how this technique can be used with lots of different papers. Hope to see you on Sunday afternoon or Tuesday night. Email me if you have any questions or if you want to register for class.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Springtime Scrapbook Pages

I've been busy creating scrapbook pages! I am dreaming of spring ... With the cold temps and snow, I warmed myself by sorting through spring pictures. The first layout is from Easter 2009, mostly of my son Drew's hunt for Easter eggs. The second layout includes pictures of my husband Eric and Drew flying a kite last spring and my three boys (Eric, Drew and my older son, Patrick) doing what they always do when we're hiking and come across water -- skipping stones. We'll be making these two layouts (2 pages 12x12) at my next Scrapbook Pages class on Thursday March 17th (7:00 - 9:00 pm). Hope you can join us!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stamping Technique Class on Thursday

We'll be learning some neat stamping techniques at my Technique class this Thursday (7 pm). We'll make 3 cards using 3 different techniques. The first shown is the Shimmered Block technique. Bet you can't guess what I used?? The second technique we'll cover is Twisted Kissing ... doesn't that sound like fun :) And, finally, we'll make a card using the Watercolor Highlighting technique. Won't you join me?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

UStamp with Dawn and Friends Oh My Word Scavenger Hunt

As one of the designers for UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Oh My Word!! 2011, I am participating in a fun designer blog scavenger hunt tonight. I have been assigned a key word that I will add somewhere in this post. You must find my assigned word, then go to the other designers' blogs who are participating in the blog scavenger hunt and find the other key words, unscramble them to create a sentence and email Dawn. The first three people who email Dawn with the correct answer will win a handstamped prize! I hope you are the lucky winner!!

I've created three cards using the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and DSP. The first card uses the stamp set Punch Bunch, the Ice Cream Parlor DSP and the Pacific Point buttons. I also used Peach Parfait cardstock and ribbon, the scallop square punch and the scallop square clear die for the Big Shot. Wouldn't this be a fun card to send to some "friends" for their birthday!

The second card uses the SAB sets So Happy for You and Sweet Summer as well as the Ice Cream Parlor DSP from SAB. The cardstock colors are Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point. I had fun coloring the images with my SU! markers. This would make another great card to send to "friends."

The third card is my favorite. I completely CASE'd it from the wonderful blog of Teneale Williams. I liked it so much that I didn't change a thing. But it was a challenge to recreate because there are so many details. I especially liked that Teneale used Perfect Plum, a color I rarely go to when creating. It goes beautifully with the Elegant Eggplant card base. This card uses the stamp set Bliss from SAB. It's a gorgeous stamp set!

Thanks for visiting my blog, "friends" of UStamp! And, that, my friends, is the key word (friends) you need for the Designer Blog Scavenger Hunt!!

UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Oh My Word!!

I'm a designer for an online class featuring craft projects made with Stampin' Up products. My first project (of two) posted today. I made these huge (size of a grapefruit) peony flowers using coffee filters and SU! reinkers and a card and tag, of course. Here are a few pictures of the project. UStamp just started a week ago and there's lots more projects to come. If you want to sign up, just follow this link for info:

Scrapbook Pages Class Tonight

Here are the two 12x12 (2 page) pages we are creating tonight in my Scrapbook Pages Class. I designed these two pages for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blowout. The pages feature the Love Impressions Specialty DSP, Glitter Paper and XOXO stamp set from the Mini Occasions catalog. Love everything in that catalog. While this project is from an old UStamp class, you can still join the class and get the pdf if you want to create this. Or if you live in Northern Virginia and want to make these two scrapbook pages, contact me at and we can set up a time for you to come over and play!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stamp Club Cards

We made these three birthday cards at my Vienna stamp club on Friday night.

Stamps: Take a Spin (Occasions Mini)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue; Pacific Point; Real Red; Pear Pizzazz; Whisper White
DSP: Celebrations
Inks: Pacific Point
Accessories: Big Shot; Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die; 1/2" Circle Punch; Game Spinner Hands; Stampin' Dimensionals


Stamps: Punch Bunch (Sale-A-Bration)

Cardstock: Old Olive; Peach Parfait; Whisper White

DSP: Ice Cream Parlor (Sale-A-Bration)

Markers: Old Olive; Peach Parfait; Melon Mambo

Accessories: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch; 1 3/8" Circle Punch; Big Shot; Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals


Stamps: Easter Blossoms & Bring on the Cake (Occasions Mini)

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink; Basic Black; Whisper White

Inks: Basic Black

Accessories: 2" x 1 3/8" (Wide) Oval Punch; Big Shot; Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Basic Pearls; uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen; Stampin' Dimensionals