Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sale-a-Bration Ends Today!

Hi there! Just a reminder that Stampin' Up!'s awesome Sale-a-Bration promotion ends today! If you haven't gotten to take advantage of this promotion, today is the last day you can until next year!

Sale-a-Bration in a nutshell: Spend $50 on Stampin' Up! merchandise and receive a free stamp set, ribbon bundle or paper pack out of the Sale-a-Bration brochure! Super exciting! My mom and I were able to get all of the rewards and they're all great! You can read more about this promotion by clicking HERE or on the picture. From there you can order on Heidi's website by clicking on the "Shop Now" button.

Here's a card I made using the Polka Dot Punches Sale-a-Bration set. Fun and spring-y!

Thanks so much for stopping by our blog today! I hope you have a good one! =)

Monday, March 30, 2009


From Heidi ...
Another Monday and new week...where does the weekend go? I hope you all had a great weekend.
Here's a card I made awhile back for one of our classes at the Tumbleweed Rec Center. I used an older stamp set, All the Best, because it had a nice solid image. I stamped the image with a Versamark and then chalked pastels over the image. I have a couple of other stamp sets I'd like to try this on along with some fun color combinations. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tea Book

From Heidi...We had a potential request for an order a few weeks ago for one of our tea books with an apple on the front. We didn't hear back from the person who made the request, but I thought the idea of the apple tea book was so cute, I went ahead and created one. I thought I'd share this with you, it's cute...thanks for looking.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Beautiful Blooms

From Adriel:
Look what I was surprised with!!!

I planted iris bulbs a few years ago and one of them popped up again this year with a bloom! What a nice surprise!! I just love flowers... here's a couple more.

This is a blossom on my lemon tree. My brother got this tree for me on my last birthday (last May) and I have been waiting and waiting and now there's tiny little baby lemons all over it! =) (And yes, I realize the blossom itself is not the baby lemon... this is just one of the blossoms left over that didn't actually get pollinated and did not become a baby lemon. *grin*)

Another flower from my potted aptenia (I guess I'm spelling that right).

I just love that bright pink!

I would have had another photo to show you, but as I went over the shoot a picture of another flower, I heard some buzzing (somewhat loud), which sounded like several bees and then I saw something flying close by and I got scared and ran inside. Now stop chuckling... I thought I was being attacked by a swarm of bees!!! So alas, didn't get the fourth pic. But that's okay, because I don't even know the name of the plant and then I would have had to look like a dummy... LOL!
Well, enjoy the pictures and savor them, because flowers don't last long! =(

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gift Tags Galore!!

From Adriel:

Hope you all had a great weekend! What can I say? It went by way too fast... =(

We're looking forward to stamping with some of you this week at our SAS! The sponging technique is a great way to add more interest to your projects. I think you'll like the cards we'll be making and you're going to fall in love with the Sixth Avenue Floral set!

In the meantime, here's some gift tags to inspire you that we've made for spring and for our Etsy shop.

This set of tags is very simple and made with soft earth tones. We used the Sale-a-Bration set "Botanical Blooms" and the scallop edge punch as well as the eyelet border punch. The rounded corners add to the softness. Hemp cord finishes off these tags for an added earthiness!

This set of tags is made with bright pastels and the hostess set, "A Little Somethin'", which works great with various punches. By using the Stampin' Write markers, you can get a multi-colored image! Layered with other punched shapes and some marigold yellow ribbon, they make super cute tags!

This set of tags is sweet and girly, using primarily the curly label punch and the Boho Blossoms punch. The Boho Blossoms are the main focal point of the tag and rhinestones added to the centers make them extra special! White satin ribbon finishes them off for added girly-ness! =)

I hope we gave you some fresh ideas for making your own gift tags! Dress up those gifts you plan on giving or even your baked goods with a beautiful tag! =)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Triple-Decker Fifth Avenue

From Heidi...
Just in case you haven't had enough of the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set yet, here's one more for you. I didn't come up with the paper-pieced and dimensionaled floral idea, I cased the idea form another card I saw on SCS, I love how this effect gives depth and dimension to this floral design. Adriel placed this card in our Etsy shop and gave it the triple-decker name...kind of a fun description of it. Thanks for taking time to look!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wedding Guest Album

From Adriel:

I know last month I mentioned a custom wedding guest list album I was working on. I never posted any pictures of it, so I wanted to share them with you!

This wedding guest book doubles as a memory album of sorts, as there are pocket pages inside for keeping the invitation and cards received, as well as some completed pages for putting photos on. The album stands on its own and makes a wonderful way to remember that special day! This was our first real custom order with a deadline and being such an important item, I felt the pressure while making it! I kept hoping the bride would like it! =)

Anyway, I wanted to share it with you! The couple was married on March 14th, so at this point, the lists are all filled up with the names of their guests along with all the wishes. Anyway, it was a challenge, but enjoyable! =)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! =)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Our First Blog Award!

We have been awarded a blog award by Kim! Thank you so much, Kim!

In return, we are passing the award onto five other bloggers who have supported us in our blogging efforts with their kind comments of encouragement and in following us! So, this award goes to...

Thank you, ladies! And thank you to all our followers! =)

Monday, March 16, 2009

March Stamp-A-Stack Cards

From Heidi...
As you can tell by this month's cards, Adriel and I really love the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. We're looking forward to using it in this month's SAS cards along with sponging. Sponging can be used to make paper edges look distressed, or can be used to create a soft look on a floral design, or you can create a desired shape by masking off an area and sponging. We'll be using sponging to create all three of these effects in our cards this month on Tuesday, March 24, 7-8:30 PM. If you'd like to join us, we have 3-4 spots still open. Email us or give us a call to reserve your spot. 5 cards/$10 class fee.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stitching and Bleaching

From Heidi...
I started this card several weeks ago, but got interrupted with life and other projects, so I thought that today I'd better finish the card before I lost the pieces to it. I used the bleaching technique with the new Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. I used tearing, sponging and stitching to get a vintage effect.
I agree with Adriel, I love this set. I made another cool card with it using paper piecing, so I'll have to share that one with you on another day. Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Card #2 for KWerner's Color Inspiration Challenge #45

From Adriel:

Okay, here's the other card for this challenge!

I used the same supplies as the last card... same stamp sets (with the addition of Fresh Cuts), same ink (except for the curly sentiment where I used plain black ink), same card stock. I made this card based on the layout and design of THIS CARD I shared awhile ago. I love it in black and white, too! =)

Thanks for looking and let me know which of the cards is your favorite! =)

Card #1 for Kwerner's Color Insipiration Challenge #45

From Adriel:
I did something yesterday that I haven't done in awhile. I made a couple of cards for a color challenge on a blog that I frequent. Krisitina Werner has weekly videos on her blog and I just enjoy watching her create and seeing what's up with her. Anyway, she has a weekly color challenge and I've done a couple, but I haven't participated in a really LONG time! Yesterday I spent an hour or so of my afternoon making a couple of cards inspired by the color inspiration #45. I enjoyed myself so much and wanted to share them with you. I will post the other card separately, so I can enter both into the challenge! =)

I used LOTS of embossing powder on this card... I didn't use any plain ink. I don't use embossing powder all that much, so it was fun to do.
Basic Black CS
Whisper White CS
Basic Gray CS
Textured White CS from Bazzill

White Craft ink

Black Craft ink

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

Curly Label punch bundle

Delight in Life set
Whisper White tafetta ribbon

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out my other card for this challenge! =)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stuck on this Set

From Adriel:

I showed you all an Easter card made with one of flowers from the Fifth Avenue Floral set... I made a few different cards last week with this set, so I'm showing you another card with this set! I love the lined images and how sleek they are. They are great for using as the focal point of a card, or as a background, as shown on this card.

This set makes it easy to make your own beautiful decorative paper! I used a combination of four different punches to make the tag: Designer Label punch for the top, 1-3/8" circle punch for the middle, Round Tab punch for the bottom and Boho Blossoms for the little embellishment. It was super easy to make and it looks great!

I finished the inside with white cardstock, because this chocolate chip card stock is way too dark to write on.

I worked today on pictures of new projects (my mom made a couple of cards that I can't wait to share with you!), finishing up a couple of projects and working on cards for a class we have coming up next Tuesday at Tumbleweed Rec. for kids! My own kids, Kayla and Jacob, helped me out with putting together the samples for the class, so I think we are good to go. =) My kids want me to put the cards that they make up for sale in our Etsy shop! LOL! They're so cute! =)

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stamp Club Cards

From Heidi...I hope you're all having a great start to the new week! My Monday is actually going better than I thought it would. I was scheduled for jury duty today, but when I called in this morning to get instructions, I found out that my group had been dismissed. So, my hectic week has turned into a much calmer one...Yay!

I'm sharing the cards we'll be making at this month's Stamp Club, Thursday, March 19. We're making 5 birthday cards to go with the birthday calendar we made last month. If you're not a club member, you're still welcome to drop in and make these cards with us for $10, or spend $25 in merchandise and make and take the cards for FREE, or join our monthly club and qualify for hostess benefits. If you're interested in joining the club but you're not sure, we'd love for you to come and try out the club free your first time. Either way, we hope you can come and join us.

Thursday, March 19
Session 1 - 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Session 2 - 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Little Easter Cards

From Heidi...
Here's some little 3x3 Easter notecards I made last week. I used the "Live Like You Mean It" and "All Holidays" stamp sets; CS - Kiwi Kiss, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana; Ink - Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, and Perfect Plum; Punches - Scallop Edge, Boho Blossom, 1-3/8" square punch; Ribbon, brad and paper piercing. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Easter Card

From Adriel:

Before I share the Easter card, I just want to remind our readers that we have a giveaway going on right now through March 6th HERE. Simply follow the link and leave a comment and you're entered in the giveaway! I just want to make sure you all get a chance to enter, because it is a great giveaway!! =)

Okay, now on to the Easter card! I really wanted to use a new set we recently received called "Fifth Avenue Floral". I wanted to also use a new technique with embossing powder that I noticed on the front of the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book/Catalog, so that's how this card got started. In addition, I had to use the new eyelet border punch and I fell in love with it! It's so delicate and makes a lovely addition to the card! So here's my card:

Okay, so what was the new embossing technique I wanted to try? Well, on the front cover of the new catalog, they took white CS and embossed it with white embossing powder and then added color to fill in the flowers. I just loved the effect! So I wanted to do that as well, but I was using Vanilla CS and I didn't have Vanilla embossing powder. No problem! I had Versamark and clear embossing powder. It worked beautifully! So then I wasn't sure what kind of color they applied. So on one flower, I tried water coloring with the blender pens and ink... that worked okay. On the other flower, I used a sponge and added color that way, very carefully. I love how that one turned out!

The flowers, of course, are the focal point of the card, but I still needed to add some more to it before it was officially "done". I used very soft earthy colors and distressed the edges with a sponge and some Sahara Sand ink. If you're looking for a good color to distress with, I would highly recommend Sahara Sand. It's great! =) As I mentioned before, I had to try out our new eyelet border punch and I'm glad I used it on this card. It added the right amount of delicateness to it. I had some Kraft tafetta ribbon on hand and used that, which added a touch of elegance. I also had some adhesive half-pearls that worked beautifully in the corners! And BTW, did you know you can make those cute little bracket thingys with your curly label punch? Yes! It's true! Maybe we will do a little tutorial on that sometime! =D
All in all, it took me a good part of my afternoon, but it was worth it! =D

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Feature and a Giveaway Today!!

We have exciting news! We are being featured on another blog and also giving away one of our file folder organizers!

We are being featured at krazycouponlady and that is also the blog to enter in our giveaway. There is no cost to enter the giveaway, simply follow this LINK and follow the directions! Here's what we're giving away!

Please remember, you have to go to krazycouponlady and enter there to be entered into the giveaway! I hope some of you hop on over there, because this is a great giveaway! These file folder organizers are awesome and look great! =)

Spring Flowers

From Heidi...

Since I told you in our newsletter about my bulbs and Spring flowers blooming, I thought I'd share a few pictures of them. If you're in the Midwest or East Coast, these pictures will be a reminder that your Spring is right around the corner. Enjoy!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spring Tea Bag Book

From Adriel:

My mom made this cute tea bag book the other day! I love the designing she did with it and the special touches that make it "her". Since I took the pictures of it, I'm posting it! =)

This is such a cute way to let a friend know that you're thinking about them! It's great for Easter or just a spring-time "hello".

My mom used a couple of our FREE sale-a-bration rewards that we recently received for this project. The floral stamped image is from the Botanical Blooms set and the patterned paper is the Delicate Dots DSP! Isn't it great?!
I think this kind of project would be great to do for our Stamp Club sometime! =)

BTW, Sale-a-Bration is continuing through the end of March, so there's still time to get these fun products for free! You can find out more about that HERE.