Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I was feeling much more inspired today to create cards.
Yes...my box arrived yesterday and I've been pawing through my new toys!
The card was made with Fine Feathers (126517) and One in a Million (126382), the new In Colors Midnight Muse and Gumball Green (inks and papers), a fancy little Blender Pen, some 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Midnight Muse and Gumball Green (126847 & 126848 respectively), the Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder (119976) and, for those looking closely, a sneak peak item....the soon-to-be-out-in-the-Holiday-catalogue Ribbon Slides Designer Round (127834).
It was the perfect finishing touch for this card. And I love how the feathers really go with the 'above & beyond' sentiment...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I just haven't felt very creative lately...I'm eagerly awaiting my most recent order from Stampin' Up!, filled with lots of goodies from the current catalogue and a few from the upcoming Holiday catalogue (I love being a demonstrator!), and just can't seem to find the umph! needed to get a card right. I have lots of pieces and half-finished cards lying around, it looks like a gremlin got into my stamp room and played...only one little card out of the whole mess!
However, it's an important card...it's my friends birthday tomorrow, and I'm mailing it today (thank goodness she doesn't live far). I really hope she likes it!
I used the Patio Party DSP, Make a Cake stamp set, and my Nestibilities Labels set for the cut outs. The paper? I'm still waiting for my current In Color paper to match the Patio Party colors exactly, but I think the pink I picked out is pretty close to the new Raspberry Ripple color (which is coming later today...). I don't know if you can see the sparkle from the glitter, but its there! And the pretty label area, I used the thick double sided tape to 'pop' it up.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Lots of demonstrators have these, so I thought I'd throw it out there on my blog.
I've had a couple requests and filled a few spots for a ribbon share from the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue. Now I can only do this with US people, sorry, but policy forbids shipping current items across country lines for demonstrators.
2 yards each of the following colors: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit.
If you're anything like me, you love ribbon. You may not always use it, you may hoarde it so you don't run out, you may piece it out in small precious bits on cards so you always have a little, or you may only need a small piece to go with your current color obsession. Me, I tend to hoarde and grudginly add it small bit by bit to cards. So, in the interest of saving your pocket book, because the ribbons themselves can cost almost $50 for each color grouping if you buy all the colors, here is my offer:
Shares run $12 each and include basic shipping, and 2 yards of each color listed, wrapped around a piece of cardboard to keep nice and neat. If you want both shares, the price will be $22, you save $2! If you want Priority Mail, you'll need to let me know and we'll bump the price up by and extra $5.00 ( Priority mail: 1 share-$15.00, both shares-$25).
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and I can invoice you via paypal.
As soon as I have 5 interested parties, who have paid, I will order the ribbon, cut/wrap it, and ship it out asap. If more than 5 people respond, I'll be happy to start a new share.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Yay! I did it this week...pulled the Mojo Monday sketch and posted it before the end of the week. No longer will I be number 167, or 205, or 250 (you get the idea) in the list, but maybe closer to the middle?
Sadly, mine is neither Round nor Square, but slightly rectangular, as I have no envelopes to match the square. I streched my talent a bit and decided to use the Patio Party (126916) DSP and Make a Cake (126742) stamp set. I say streched because the paper is sooooo busy!
Very little stamping, lots of pretty paper and hanging lanterns. Hey, it's a party!
I really hope you enjoy it:
Don't forget the inside!
More lanterns and patterned paper (why stop now?), and one of my very favorite retired Stampin' Up! sets, from way back in 2005, Mixed Greetings.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I've been experimenting with a new soap recipe, and I have to say, this batch turned out perfectly...creamy soft lather with lots of bubbles, lovely scent that is not disappearing, just the right touch of scrubbiness...lovely! You can see the finished bars below.
Doesn't this just look like the beginning of dessert?
Doesn't this just look like the beginning of dessert?
Don't eat it...it's all my oils and lye water mixed and soaponified via the Hot Process method (Crock Pot Soap!) and you can see bits of ground oats and traces of newly added shea butter to add a nice bit of unsaponified oil to condition your skin while cleaning.
I used to be a bit of a stickler, something of a snob really, about 'cold process' soap. But I've played around a bit and am loving the texture of the soap and really, the whole Hot Process process. I still need to leave it to harden a week or two, but you can check it right away, you don't loose your expensive essential oils in the heating, and I get to play in the bubbles while washing up. And I can easily picture myself in my little forest dwelling, stirring my kettle of soap and waiting for it to finish. I really need to get these to market...and go harvest some more herbs for my next batch...
Ok, back to the present...I don't know if you've ever made soap, but the smell is so nice while it's cooking...I've now come to identify the 'fresh soap' smell with creativity and relaxation. And yes, I sit there and sniff it a few times through the whole process just to get that 'I'm making soap' high. Just remember if you do this, wait till the lye water is incorporated to sniff, don't sniff the lye fumes...not really pleasant.
One last note, I just made another small batch last night, testing a baby soap this time, and I must say, it's coming out lovely! Chamomile & Calendula, but I'll post that later.
Go dream of bubbles...
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Something a bit different today. Yes, I used some Stampin' Up! supplies, but no...it's not a card! It's my Gnome Garden!
With all the popularity of the banners and pennants this year, I felt my gnome garden needed some sprucing up for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
It was so easy, especially on a mini garden. A few folded triangles taped to pretty gold cording.
I'm thinking I need to do this in my own garden...I don't think the skewers will work, they're a bit short, but I'll find some way to hang them.
Isn't that just the cutest!
Friday, June 22, 2012
I know it's not Monday, but my week seems to have flown by. On the plus, it's not Sunday night, so really, I'm ahead of the game this week!
Hope you enjoy this. I was hoping to figure out how to use the peacock without having to color the whole thing, and here it was...what does your Mojo Monday creation look like?
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Bits and Pieces, Odds and Ends
I loved the card at the top right of page 79 in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue.
This is my attempt to recreate it using things on hand. I haven't placed my first big order from the new catalogue yet, so I only have a few items.
Using my 'Nestabilities' set (Labels 18), and some scraps of 'Urban Garden' DSP left in my craft drawer, and a few bits and pieces, I re-created the card. Who would have thought my old DSP scraps would fit so nicely with a new set? I knew I'd have use for them someday!
Stamp sets - 'Serene Silhouettes' (127324) and 'One in a Million' (126382)
Ribbon - 'Baja Breeze' 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon (122331)
Paper - Chocolate Chip textured, Whisper White, and Sahara Sand
Ink - Chocolate Chip (126979) and Baja Breeze (126960)
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 18, thick double-sided tape, Scotch ATG tape, Scallop Edge Border punch (119882), white printer paper (for the inside!)
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Welcome to the Pals New Catalog Blog Hop! The Stampin' Pretty Pals are excited to share some fabulous cards and projects showcasing our favorite products from the new Stampin' Up! Catalog! You've probably hopped over from Nakaba Rager's blog at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/naki/blog, I'm stop number 31 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for new Stampin' Up! products from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Back to the card - the sets I used are Make a Cake (126724), One in a Million (126382), Framlits-Apothecary Accents (127003), & Textured Impressions Square Lattice (119976).
The colors were from the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge, PPA136 - Night of Navy, Real Red, & Whisper White. Just a bit of early 4th of July inspiration, or a nod to the Queen's 60th Jubilee...take it as you like, the words can always be adjusted, but both celebrations are surely worth a cake!