In Stamping Mode

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Quinceanera!

So I will be attending my very first Quinceanera (a coming of age ceremony to be held on a girl's fifteenth birthday) in mid-August and couldn't wait to borrow my friend, Valeria's Quinceanera stamp set from the Celebrando Creatividad catalog. Wow, that was a mouthful! Anyway, I found out that her dress will be green, since that's her favorite color, and whipped out some Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper to use on my card.

But wait, there's more! I wanted her dress to sparkle so I painted on some Pixie Dust Blingz all over the dress AND the crown.

Is that not just super-fab?!?! Speaking of which, today is your last chance to enter to win free Shimmerz over on the Shimmerz blog!

Ok, I'm off to tuck my little ones and then then watch So You Think You Can Dance. Who will be leaving tonight?!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mmmmm Cupcakes!

Holy cow! Just looking at this gives me a sugar rush!! Taylor, over at the Taylored Expressions blog had a super cute sketch to do last Friday and I just KNEW I wanted to use her cupcakes in it. In order to make the icing look SUPER DUPER yummy, I had to top with Pink Shimmerz. :) Because, seriously, I could do with little cake and much icing!! :)))) I also put Crystal Effects on top of the Shimmerz because I just adore that combination. Here's a little close up of how shimmery shiny it is.

Almost blinding, I know!! LOL! This card also has quite a bit of dimension, so I thought I would include a side view for fun times.

I'm having some girlfriends over to stamp this evening, so I hope to actually accomplish something (aside from stuffing my face and gabbing). haha!

Oh yeah!! I had a reader request the instructions on how to make the card for my last post here., so here goes!

Base cardstock is Pretty in Pink cut at 9" x 4.5" and scored in half
Panels are whisper white base cut at 1 3/8" x 4 3/8" with Soft Suede atop at 1 1/4" x 4 3/8"
The Soft Suede pieces were run through my Backgrounds I large circle Texturz plate
The Pumpkin Pie scalloped circle was cut out using my Scallop Circle #2 die
The Whisper White circle was cut out using my Circle Scissors at ~ 3"
I stamped the greeting from Flight of the Butterfly in Soft Suede ink
The butterfly was cut out using the Butterflies die and using the Old Olive dp from the level 3 hostess kit
Ribbon used is Pumpkin Pie grosgrain and I used a large Orange rhinestone brad from the Fire Circles rhinestones.
I free-handed the stitched look on the border of the circle with my Old Olive marker

I hope this helps! :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hope your day is as happy as happy gets!

My goodness I've just about fallen off the face of the earth! Well, you can't get rid of my just yet. :) I began stamping this last Monday (when this MOJO Monday sketch came out) and I just finished it last night! I knew that I wanted to go with some funky colors...Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie. I found this combination in the catalog and really liked it! I'm not sure mine turned out as fab, but it's "AIGHT!"

This is another Stampin' Up! only card. What can I say? I'm getting into Convention mode and I'm super excited about seeing ways to use new goodies!

I hope to stamp more this week. Oh....and make swap cards :o

Thanks for stopping by and getting, "in stamping mode!" :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Shimmerz Colors and a Giveaway!!!

You read right! There is a giveaway in celebration of the release of some new colors over on the Shimmerz Blog so be sure and get there fast for your chance to win!!! Aren't they just yummy??? So to celebrate, I wanted to make a yummy summery card using some of my Pixie Dust Blingz. :)

This is my Clean and Simple card for the week to use the awesome summery colors of Yellow, Orange, and Turquoise. I was completely out of Tempting Turquoise, so I used the new In Color, Bermuda Bay. I think it works! :) Anyway, I really wanted some sparkle on my flowers, so I pained on some Angel Wings Blingz...and for your viewing pleasure... :)

Thanks for stopping in and don't forget to stop by the Shimmerz blog for some fantabulous inspiration as well as the chance to win some free Shimmerz for yourself!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dust off that Orchid Opulence

How have you been neglected for so long, oh Orchid Opulence? Can anyone seriously remember the last time they've used you? It may have actually been some time in 2001, lol!

As soon as I saw the Cottage Wall dsp in the new catalog, I knew it was a must. When I read that Orchid Opulence was one of the colors used, I seriously thought to myself, "didn't that color retire ages ago?" How sad is that?! Well I'm glad it's made a comeback and I'm loving it on this card!! This has to be my most favorite one I've made in a long time! I used the latest Splitcoast sketch for inspiration.

Now I'm off to get ready for the day and *hopefully* take the kids to a water park. We will finally have some relief this weekend from the 100s and only hit the 90s!!! Wooooooot!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and I look forward to seeing those who can make it to my Open House on Sunday. :D

Stamping Mode Supplies (all Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Wings of Friendship (level 2 hostess)
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Paper: Cottage Wall dsp, Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Silver Brads, Eyelet punch, Fine Cosmo Glitter (orchid), Fine Supernova Glitter (olive), Dazzling Diamonds, Large oval punch, Scalloped oval punch

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A True Friend

I don't know about you, but I am just LOVING this new Level 3 hostess set from Stampin' Up! I used all three of the items that come with it *flex*. lol! The designer paper, stamp set, AND rub-ons are just divine! I'm also liking taking pictures of my cards on my messy desk, lol! What do you think? It's ok, or too distracting? hehe

This card follows the latest Mojo sketch seen here. I also wanted to use my new Sizzix die out of the Stampin' Up! catalog again because the box it makes is just too cute! Here it is to match the card. :)

Adorable, yes?!?! :)

Stamping Mode Supplies (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Flower Lines
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Lovely Flowers dps
Accessories: Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon, Scalloped square punch, Lovely Lines rubons, Three flower punch, Lots of Tags die, Fancy Favor die, Button Latte, Finial Press embossing folder

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mojo Margaritas!

Doesn't it just make your mouth water?! I love me some margaritas!! This one's a strawberry margarita and you can view more details and another AWESOME project of mine on the Shimmerz blog HERE.

This sketch is from the Mojo Monday sketch. Cutting this short...I have my card club beginning in a few! Until next time!

Thanks for getting "in stamping mode."

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Shabby Princess Birthday

Happy Birthday Sophia!!!
Today will be a Princess day for all. My good friend, Valeria is holding a Princess themed birthday party for her most precious daughter, Sophia, who is turning 3! Catie, of course, will be in her best princess attire...(well, what mommy came up with on a whim). :) I wanted to make a card that incorporated a for a princess of course! I also wanted pretty things like ribbon and flower and pearls. I tried adding buttons but it just became too much, lol! I also just HAD to use some of the Shimmerz Spritz in Mudpie. Shabby Chic has never sparkled soo much and I LOVE IT!! :) Here's a better image of the sparkle, and let me just tell you, the Mudpie Spritz was just perfect for that Shabby look.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a WONDERFUL Friday!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Clean and Simple with Circle Circus

Here's another Clean and Simple card and I used a new set called Circle Circus. After seeing some cards made with it, I just HAD to have it. This is just an all around great set and you can make quick cards that look great in a pinch! I expect I'll use this stamp set for my Convention swaps. :) Anyway, the color combo is one that I saw used recently on another blog and I just love the way these look together! The colors are Bordering Blue and Soft Suede.

That's it for me for now. Hope you are having a great week! I'll have a big post up tomorrow. :)

Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Circle Circus, Short & Sweet
Ink: Bordering Blue, Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White, Bordering Blue
Accessories: Soft Suede polka dot ribbon

Friday, July 3, 2009

Mojo Friday with some Shimmerz!

There is a color of Shimmerz that I still haven't opened and I just LOVE the way this color looks!! Well...I guess it's kind of lack of color, lol. I painted Buttercream (YUM!!) Shimmerz on my flower and look how gorgeous it came out! The stamp set is from Verve and it's called Wishful Elegance.

I followed the latest Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration, and I gotta be honest, almost scrapped this whole project! I persisted with making it right and I think it's not all that bad! The dsp is from the Fleuriste collection from Cosmo Cricket (my first time getting my hands on Cosmo Cricket stuff!!) The cardstock is the new Soft Suede, which I really love. Ok, enough jibba jibba, onto the card!

Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!!

Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Wishful Elegance
Ink: Soft Suede, Distressed Linen by Tim Holtz
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Fleuriste by Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Large oval punch, Scalloped Oval punch, tool kit, Opal Liquid Pearls, Pretties kit half back pearls, 1/4" vanilla taffeta, Wheatgrass Basic Grey Blingz, button from my stash

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Get Well Wishes

Boy, I needed some serious get well wishes earlier this week! I had just a horrible, HORRIBLE cold and having a cold during the summer just plain bites! Luckily, I'm feeling better I'm just wishing my kids were driving me bonkers. Oy vey. I did get to stamp a card, and hopefully I won't have to use it, but if someone gets a cold like mine any time soon, I'm sending this their way!

I followed the latest sketch challenge from Splitcoast as closely as I could. :) This card is entirely Stampin' Up! only and mostly new stuff too!

Stamping Mode Supplies (Stampin' Up! only)
Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Accessories: Rich Regals buttons, Fire circle rhinestones, tool kit, linen thread, 1" circle punch
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