Sunday, February 5, 2012

Snippets Unite!

It's Sunday again.. yea, happens once a week.  :)  But its also the day that Di at Pixie's Crafty Workshop opens the gates for the snippet challenge.  I tried to sneek in to the playground last night for LAST weeks snippet challenge, but the gates were locked up tight.  So here is my THIS weeks offering.

I'm trying to use up some paper that will be retiring from Stampin Up at the end of May.  The DSP on each one is from the In Colors Pattern paper stack.  The star and the flower on the lower left on each one are the snippets.  Amazing what you can cut out of 2 inch pieces of paper.  :)  My bits and pieces are growing, though.  I'm thinking I need to spend some time organizing.  ummm.. yea, right.  That would take away from my card making time.  Probably not going to happen.   As I sit here and look at my picture, I guess I should have moved my grid paper... lol... You can see what stamp sets I've been playing with. 

 Everything is from Stampin Up!

Stamps:  Sprinkled Expressions (SAB 2012), Elementary Elegance (SAB 2012), Thanks is from an old Hostess set that I don't know the name of.. oops

Ink:  Poppy Parade and Concord Crush

Paper:  Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, In Color patterns pack 2010-2012, Basic Black and Whisper White

Other stuff:  Stars #2 die, Blossom party die

See, I CAN do blog posts on consecutive days.  :)  Now I'm off to see what everyone else has done this week in blog land. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stuff :)

I just don't understand WHAT just happened to January!  It was here and now is gone.  Amazing...

So I have a few things to show.  This is what I was working on today.  Someone came in to work and requested that I make them a valentines card for her to give to her husband.  Hmmm.. what to do .. what to do.  This is what I did. 

I think it turned out pretty good.  :)  I used the Mocha Morning Specialty Paper.  It's FUZZY!!   I guess they call it Flocked... but fuzzy works for me.  This was not the card I had in my mind, but sometimes cards morph into something else.  And something else I learned today - the swirly stamp in Elements of Style matches the black fuzzy design on the paper.   Huh, who knew!?  Probably everyone else who has the paper, but sometimes it takes me awhile to figure things out.  hahaha! 
Stamps:  Elements of Style (120045), Valentine Love (122697)
Ink:  Real Red (103133), Crumb Cake (121030)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650), Mocha Morning Specialty (122366)
Extra goodies:  Basic Pearls (119247), Full heart punch (119883)

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with it.  Hope she is, as well.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CCMC 182 - Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Edited:  Hahahahahahaha... OOPS.... I thought I was being so very smart and scheduled this to post today.. but I put 2011 instead of 2012, so I don't know if this will work or not for the challenge. but thats ok. 

I have really had a lot of fun with challenges this weekend.  After being so tired the month of December, I'm glad to see I haven't completely forgotten how to use paper, ink and other toys.  :)

This is the Sketch Challenge.  You can see everyone's creations here at Create with Connie and Mary.
This is my card.  :) 
Most of this card is stuff from the new Occasions catalog.  I really love this mini!  All kinds of fun, fun stuff!  The dark paper on the side is the new Twitterpated DSP.  I absolutely love paper.  My DH thinks I have issues, but I don't.  It's completely normal.  Really.  Hmmm.. sidetracked again...
I used the Framelets Hearts to make the heart in the center and the Heart punch for the Twitterpated heart in the center of that.  Are you wondering what the silver circle is?  Well, it's actually a brad.  Have you used the glimmer brads?  I was planning on making a bow that my upline Mary taught me how to do.  If you haven't used the glimmer brads, the pokey things (what the heck are they called??) are brittle.  They break a LOT.  I can NOT for the life of me throw them away, and when it broke today, I had an OH MY GOSH moment.  Maybe I'm slow, but I don't think anyone else has mentioned this.  I took it to the garage and hammered it flat.  Its still oooooooh sparkly and it sticks really well with a glue dot.  AND the REALLY good thing, is it will go on a card, you still get the effect of a glimmer brad, and it won't make your card non-machineable in the eyes of the USPS.  :) Life is good.  Oh, and you don't have to throw away the broken brads.  You will be seeing some more of these, I think. I may have to break a few on purpose.  :)

Paper:  Very Vanilla, RidingHood Red, Twitterpated DSP
Ink:  RidingHood Red
Other stuff:  Glimmer brad-smooshed, 1 1/4 " RidingHood Red ribbon (retired), Framlets, full heart punch, heart to heart punch

Monday, January 2, 2012

I spend too much time on the computer!

If you are a Llama who will be doing the Occasions Swap... STOP READING!!!  This will be the card you will be getting.  :)

Soooo.... two posts in one day.  Pretty AMAZING, but I've been 'gone' so long, I have lots to catch up on.  :)  This next card is one that I am pretty excited about.  Have you ever started a card and it almost makes itself and then when you are done, its like WOW.   I love it!!  This is one for me. 

I was looking at the challenge blogs and saw several that interested me.  AMAZING what a little challenge will do for creativity.  :)  This challenge is for SU Only Challenge - Feeling a bit punchy.  I LOVE punches.  :)  This one is a bit clean and simple and I really like the way it turned out.

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Real Red (wow, my mother would tell me that Pink and Red do NOT go together.  Mom, I respectfully disagree.  Love ya.. mean it!)
Ink:  Real Red
Punches:  Large Tag, Extra large tag, heart to heart
other goodies:  sponge to sponge the middle sized heart, and dimensionals

Its been a WONDERFUL weekend with an extra day.  I think all work weeks should only be 4 days.  So, if you want to make me happy, go to my SU website and buy lots of wonderful SU goodies so I can retire and play with MY SU stuff. 
Have a great day and see ya soon, I think.  :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Always a day late, aren't I? :)

Whooo hoooo!  A new year begins and fun new things to do.  I work in a job where people feel the need (I really don't know why) to give me and my employee Christmas gifts.  So, each year I make a bunch of Thank You cards to send to them.  Most of the gifts are chocolate.  bummer, huh??  These are what I came up with this year.  I really had trouble with these, but they turned out ok.  I wonder if its just the fact that I really haven't touched my toys much this last month. 
 So this one has (gasp) stuff that isn't Stampin Up!  I KNOW, I KNOW!  What was I thinking??  Well, this is my story and I'm stickin to it...  I have been with SU! for just a little over a year.  I have a few things (cough, cough) that I bought before I discovered how much fun SU!s stuff is.  So, each year I try to use up some of it for personal stuff.  I just can't bring myself to throw it away, even though it really is kinda inferior. :)  The background stamp is from a 2012 SAB set that you will be able to get for FREE starting Jan 24th.  It's called Fresh Vintage and I LOVE it.  Yea, I know.  I love it all, but this one is really pretty. 

This one is the second one.  Same basic design, just a few changes.  I honestly get bored if I have to make the same thing too many times.  Just a few changes, makes it less boring.  The only Non SU! item is the card base.  Don't ask me where I got it, I have no idea.  The first layer is retired paper called Razzleberry Lemonade that I got off the clearance rack a while back.  It was before my time.  Hahaha!  Speaking of clearance rack, there are a LOT of goodies on the rack right now.  Quite a few punches that are the old style, but are still current.  Guess what I spent my Christmas money on.... Yup!                                            
During December when I'm sitting in my chair trying to survive the Christmas rush, I spend a LOT of time online looking at blogs.  I have discovered MANY fun sites.  I'm sure they were there before I 'discovered' them, but bare( bear?) with me here for a minute.  One I found is a Snippet Challenge.  You gotta check it out.  A challenge to use up your bits and pieces, so these two cards are now going to be part of the challenge.  I got to use a LOT of bits and pieces on the parts with thanks on them and the Postage Stamp punch made short work of some other pieces.  Whooo hoooo!!  Only a few thousand more of this type of stuff and I am good to go.  Thanks for looking and make sure you head over to Pixie's crafty workshop and see some of her really cool stuff!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas is OVER!

Whoo hooooo!  I've survived another Christmas at the Post Office!  I left early yesterday, have today, tomorrow and Monday off.  I'm planning on spending some time in the stamp room.  I have lots of things to play with since I ordered goodies from the preorder.  (I really LOVE being a Stampin Up! demo!)  I actually even ordered off the clearance rack and those will be here next week.  AND I have some energy and creative ideas to play with. So, come back soon and I will have some stuff to show you.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ugh.. Christmas is coming....

Seems Christmas is coming early this year.  For those who don't know me, I work for the USPS.  Christmas is NOT my favorite holiday.  :)  I love what its about, I am just TIRED by the time it gets here.  My part time employee transferred to another office a week ago and I finally got someone new in my office today.  Its been a LONG week.  10 - 12 hour days and I'm tired already.  I was planning on having a card buffet this Sunday, but it is just not going to happen.  Sorry to those who were thinking about coming.  I will try and make a couple more posts with pictures before Dec, but it will pretty much be dark in here until Janurary and I have a chance to catch up. 

I have been a SU demo for  a year and have loved playing with all the goodies.  This year I plan to do more than being a hobby demo, so keep an eye on the blog.  :)  Planning some fun  classes and plan to add some card kits to the line up.  Have some requests?  Let me know...  Have a stamp set you have and want some ideas for it?  Just send me a comment or email and let me play...  :)

Just remember, December won't be a good time for me.  Expect answers in January.