Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Watercoloring with 'Vivid Vases'

Good morning!
I LOVE this stamp set......I did the first time I laid eyes on it.
I have used it many times in workshops over the past few months.....
and I'm excited to say that it is going to be carried over 
& available to purchase in the upcoming new 2014-2015 Main Catalog!  
This was one of the technique cards everyone did at m Spring STYC last weekend.
The watercolor paper is amazing!
And it just makes the images pop off the page!

'Vivid Bases' & 'Express Yourself' (hostess set)
cs:  Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar & Watercolor Paper
dp:  Kaleidoscope Designer Series 12x12 paper
ink:  Black Stazon, Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, 
Elegant Eggplant, Baked Brown Sugar
supplies:  Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pens

What a busy day yesterday back in the swing of things with the boys!
They are so sweet!
We had a fun day together getting ready for Brayden's birthday party that we had last night.
We had a few of Brayden's favorite things- walking tacos, strawberries, 
watermelon & chocolate sheet cake.
He got a big motor controlled monster truck from the Seeley family
& the boys all had a blast playing with that.
We gave him money & we'll go shopping together after we get home to pick him 
out something he wants.

Today I'm headed to pick up the boys & run a few errands.
Then back home for the day with them.
I will be headed to Osky tonight to deposit our hog check & get a few groceries.
Then home to sort stamp orders, work on swaps & get more things from STYC put away.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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A cool photo of Nathan in his stock car!

'Oh Hello'

Good morning!
Here is a pretty shadow stamping card.
I stamped the darkest image first, then the middle one & the the last one.
I did not re-ink my stamp in between each stamped image- 
thus getting lighter images when stamped each time.
Cool huh!
 I will update this post with the supply list soon.

WOW- what a fun day yesterday was!
26 of us- my Iowa Inkers Team & side-line demonstrators went 
to Des Moines to the 2014 Stampin' Up! New Catalog Premiere.  
It was an awesome event.
And I enjoyed getting to be there with so many demonstrators in my team.

 Here is a photo of the front of the upcoming New Stampin' Up! Catalog!

I am off to get the twins this morning & spend the day with them.

I hope you have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Just for you....

Good morning!!
Here is a beautiful card that everyone made at my Spring STYC.
It was inspired by the tips on page 23 of our Stampin' Up! Catalog.
You just drag your ink pad over the card stock to create this awesome background & then stamp the 'World Map' background stamp over it in a darker color!

The layout was also inspired by a card that my dear demonstrator friend LeeAnn Greff created.
We chat often & share our ideas back & forth & I so treasure this.

Deke & I will be "sailing away" next week on our Stampin' Up! trip 
& we're so looking forward to spending alot of time with LeeAnn & her husband Andy!  
We can't wait to see them & SO MANY of your other SU! family too!
It is awesome that our hubbies look forward to seeing our SU! family as much as we do.
As I know that we keep in the loop with many of them on FB 
& it is going to be awesome to see many of them in person next week.
All Stampin' Up! events are amazing- but it is our connection with our 
SU! family is what makes it the best!

 'Open Sea' 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' & 'Old World Map'
cs:  Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla
ink:  Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
supplies:  Fancy Flower punch (3 attached together to make the clouds), Chevron Ribbon, Burlap ribbon (shredded for the ribbon), Word Window Punch, dimensionals, glue dots, Paper Snips

Manda & Steve have a dr appointment today for baby Seeley & they are taking the twins with them.
The boys are excited to get to hear their baby brothers heartbeat & see Dr. Hunter.
I can't wait to hear all about it tomorrow when I go get them tomorrow morning.

So since G'ma has the day off I'm headed to Des Moines to the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog Preview event with many of my downline & side-line demonstrators.
I think there are 25 in our group that will gather for this event together.
We are all excited!!
I know it will be awesome!
I was up all night working on my swaps & can't wait to share them & see what everyone else does for their swaps.
This SU! event is just another perk of being a SU! demonstrator.
If you'd like to be able to join me for fun things like this- 
I'd love to have you join my 'Iowa Inkers' team too!

What a whirl wind of a weekend I had!
My Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp was a huge success.
But it was also tons of work.
I spent many hour planning, preparing & creating everything to make it an awesome day.
I spent the whole day yesterday cleaning up the hall I rented though.
Bless my Aunt Kathy for coming to help me for about 5 hours yesterday afternoon.
She has been a blessing & wonderful helper this past week as I prepared for this big event.
My downline & dear friend Judy was also a blessing 
& helped do some of my Big Shot cutting for me too.
I couldn't have done it all without their help.
Thanks to everyone for a great day of stamping & letting me share my love with each of you!!
Mark October 25th, 2014 on your calendar now 
& plan to join me for my Fall Stamp 'Til You Cramp event! 

Ok.....gotta run......lots to do yet before we head to Des Moines.

I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A beautiful Faux Patina technique card.....

Good morning!
We had a super fun day stamping yesterday at my Annual Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp.
Lots of great friends, neat cards & yummy food!
What more could you ask for?
This is the Faux Patina technique card that everyone made.
Isn't it beautiful!
 'Simply Sketched' (hostess set), 'Gorgeous Grunge'
cs:  Rose Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
ink:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Early Espresso, Versamark pad, Crumb Cake
markers:  Old Olive, Rose Red
supplies:  Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, sponges, sponge dauber, Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Multi-purpose Glue, Brayer, Artisan Label Punch, Ticket Due Builder, dimensionals
Here is a Faux Patina tutorial that I found on how on line to learn how do this awesome technique.
 Click here!

*I brayered by ink on so that I got more of an even color.
*I used the largest splatter from the 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp set to stamp onto my card with the Versamark ink pad inside of rubbing my versarmark pad onto my cardstock piece.
If you have any questions- let me know!!!
I am headed off soon to spend the day picking up 
& cleaning up from my class yesterday.
Gotta run....

I hope you have a SUPER Sunday!!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Here is an Ombre Spiral Flower card.....

Good morning!
As many of you will be reading this post I'll be headed to South English to finish setting up 
for my big Annual Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp! 
This is a techniques class.
And here is one of the pretty cards that everyone will be making!
It showcases a couple of my favorite things in the Occasions Catalog.
*Spiral Flower Die
*Fringe Scissors  
Ombre is really in right now.
 The definition of ombre is the French word for color that is shaded or graduated in tone.
And I just love the effects of this card with the fringe scissors!

'A Dozen Thoughts' 
cs:  Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz
ink:  Calypso Coral
supplies:  Fringe Scissors, Big Shot, Spiral Flower Die, Jumbo Pearl, dimensionals, Bird Builder Punch, Mulit-Purpose Liquid Glue

Have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Brody & Drake had to sit on the mower with Papa this afternoon when he got the mower out.  
What a beautiful day it was! 

Woo Hoo!

Photo: Winner winner at CJ!
 Stock Car WINNER at Columbus Junction tonight!!
 Congratulations Nathan & the 52 Wood Racing Team!
Photo: Hard at work....

Today is the last day Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING!

Here is a masking tape technique card using 'Springtime Hello'!

Good morning!!
Here is a sneak peek!
I used the masking tape technique.
Check out the Hexagon Hive thinlit.
And the Decorative Dots embossing folder that was available during Sale-a-bration
& will be available to purchase beginning June 1st in the New Catalog.
This is just one of the many cards everyone coming to my 
Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp will be making tomorrow! 

I still have LOTS to do tonight after the boys go home.
Wish me luck!!

I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Belly Band!

Good morning!
Here is a card that everyone did at my April classes.
What a pretty flower card this is!
Check out the Shimmery White card stock.
 'So Very Grateful'
cs:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Gray, Shimmery White
dp:  Birthday Basics Designer Paper
ink:  Basic Gray
markers:  Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe & Pistachio Pudding
supplies:  Dimensionals, Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, 
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, 
Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Stretch Ribbon, 
Basic Pearls, Mini Brads, Modern Label Punch
Here is a close up of the belly band.

Due to the rain the races got cancelled last night.
Deke worked on the farm late.
And I spent the night cutting card stock!
I have piles & piles.....woo hoo!
Everyone joining me will be making some awesome cards on Saturday.
I will be taking photos of these cards & will start posting them in the next few days.
Deke is gone all day/night again to 3 different meetings.
So I am hoping the weather is nice enough the boys & I to be able to go out to play.
Aunt Kathy & Judy have been helping do some of the Big Shot things & scoring for me.
I am thankful for their help!!!
The count down is on.....
only 2 more days & my Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp' will be here! 
I'm EXCITED & I hope everyone joining me is too!

Gotta run....
I hope you have a great Thursday!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

'Gifts of Kindness'

Here is a bright & cheery card that could be used for many different occasions.
I made this into a birthday card, but it could be for anything!
Love how these 2 flower punches look cool together.
This is a fun fold too.
'Gifts of Kindness' 'Petite Petals' & 'Flower Shop'
cs:  Gumball Green, Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White
dp:  Birthday Basics
ink:  Gumball Green & Elegant Eggplant
supplies:  Gumball Green Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, dimensionals, glue dot, Basic Pearl

Guys are racing tonight.
Hope Nathan has good luck.
I'll be home cutting card stock.
I have tons to do!!!
Sunday night I'm literally going to crash.

Hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekly Deals- April 22- 28, 2014

These items can be added to your wish list & you can get 
them with FREE shipping if ordered by this Friday!!

FREE SHIPPING, the RETIRED LISTS & Maddison's graduation invitations!

The retired list was released yesterday.

Click below to see the links to the PDF's for the retiring stamp sets & accessories.

Available April 21-June 4, 2014, 
 OR while supplies last only:

  • Retiring Stamps
  • Retiring Accessories
Last week if you read my blog you heard me mention that I spent many hours working 
on Maddison's graduation invitations.
Here are some of the piles I had as I was putting them together.
 We originally were going to put a graduation photo on the front.
But the photos they got were going vertically instead of horizontally.
So I went to plan B & this is what I ended coming up with.
This is a tri-fold card.
I typed & printed the "Class of 2014" of the computer & then cut them to size.
I used the SAB embossing folder- Decorative Dots on the top flap.
I LOVE this folder & it will be available for purchase in the new catalog in June.
And I stamped the graduation cap & scroll on the inside from 'Pomp & Circumstance'.
The Crushed Curry & Basic Black are Sigourney School colors.

I have been stamping, stamping & stamping!
This is going to be a killer of week getting everything ready for my Spring Til You Cramp
that is on Saturday!
This big stamp camp is a techniques card class.
And I've got LOTS of cool cards created to share with everyone joining me.

Spring Break is over with & my boys will be back this morning!
I'm looking forward to seeing them.
Deke has a meeting this afternoon.

Tonight I'm a farmer helping Deke on our farm.

When I get back in the house I'll be a busy bee stamping some more.

I hope you have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saying GOOD-BYE.......and FREE SHIPPING NOW!!!

Today is a BIG DAY at Stampin’ Up!  In order to make room for all the wonderful and new items I’m sure Stampin’ Up! will be sharing with us in the 2014 Annual Catalog, a number of current items must be retired.  Below are the Stampin’ Up!’s Retired Items List & I am excited to share them with you.  All of the items on this list are available from April 21 through June 4 or while supplies last, so please take note and take action as soon as possible.
Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last:
  • Retiring Stamps
  • Retiring Accessories
Things to Remember:
  • Orders can be placed online, via email, or phone.
  • Retiring stamps and accessories are only available while supplies last. The lists of retiring products will be updated each business day by 4:00 PM (MT) with availability information.
Click here to order from my on line store any time!

 It’s easy to act now and order now because THIS WEEK (April 21-25), Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping on all orders.  Woo hoo!  Stock up on retiring items before they are gone and pay no shipping.  Does it get any better than that?!

Here is an Easter tri-fold card!

Here is another Easter card that I made.
I love the fold!
I've done this fold a few different times & 
it is always a big hit with everyone that is making it.
It is a fun tri-fold card to do.
'Eggstra Spectacular' & 'Delightful Dozen'
cs:  Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Watercolor Paper
dp:  Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper
supplies:  Dolies, White Twine, Scalloped Edge Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, dimensionals, glue dots
 The top flips up!
And the bottom flips down.

What a beautiful day it was!
We had a really nice Easter with our many of our family at my sister Beckie's.
We also invited Brayden's mom & step-dad (Mike) to join us for Easter Dinner.
And Uncle Jerry & Aunt Kathy came too.
The kids had fun hunting for Easter Eggs & we all enjoyed yummy food, 
awesome weather & wonderful company! 
We missed a few that couldn't come- but were thinking of them.

Deke is gone to meetings all morning.
There is no school for Sigourney today due to Spring Break.
So I'm a stamping fool all day again today!
I've got some super cute cards that I've been creating for my upcoming 
'Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp'- 
which is this coming Saturday!
It is going to be a long week here getting ready for it.
But- I always love sharing though & 
look forward to seeing everyone that is joining me on Saturday!

I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!
Happy Stamping!
Manda, Drake, Brayden & Brody with the Easter Bunny!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!

Many blessings to you all as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
 We're going to my sister & brother-in-laws for lunch.
I hope you enjoy this day with your family and/or friends too!
 This is a bunny that everyone stamping with me this month got to make!

He is made with lots of ovals!!

Have a day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our 3 boys at the Easter Egg Hunt.
Brody, Brayden & Drake

A Shadow Box Graduation Card!

Good morning!
Here is a quick post.....
This is one of my April workshop cards.
It was a big hit with everyone.
I love it & have lots to make in May for all of the graduation parties we are invite to.
This is a Shadow Box graduation card.
Check out the cut tassel made with the Fringe Scissors.
Cute huh!
'Pomp & Circumstance', 'Dictionary' Background stamp
cs:  Basic Black & Very Vanilla
ink:  Black Stazon
supplies:  Candy Dot Bases, Neutrals  Candy Dot (Black), 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Simply Scored Scoring tool, Paper Piercing Mat, Paper-Piercing Tool, Sticky Strip, Fringe Scissors, Linen Thread, Paper Snips

See how it stands up.
And it lays flat to fit into our envelopes.

card measurements:
Basic Black- 
*4 1/4 x 5 1/2- score at 1/2", 1", 4 1/2" & 5" 
(need 2 of these- one for front & one for back)
*2 3/4" Strip for 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
 Very Vanilla-
4 x 3 1/4- need 2 of these
(for inside piece & then piece on the back to stamp greeting onto)
3 1/2 x 1- for front of card (w Dictionary words stamped on it)
4x 1/2" - stamp congratulations on this
2 1/2" strip- to stamp graduation cap on & punch out
3 1/2 x 1 1/2- put sticky strip on top edge & snip with Fringe Scissors to make tassel

I stamped all day yesterday & plan to stamp all day today!
So much to do to get ready for my big Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp that is next Saturday!
I have noodles to make tonight too for our Easter dinner tomorrow.

Woo Hoo!
I hope you have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 18, 2014

FREE SHIPPING- April 21-25!!

What an awesome special from Stampin' Up!

Get FREE shipping on everything (excluding expedited orders) April 21-25! 
The lists of retiring products will be available on April 21, so you can take advantage of free shipping by ordering all your favorites right away!

THE RETIRING LIST will be released next Monday, April be sure to note that date now!

Here is an update from Stampin' Up! 

Retiring Products: Your chance to stock up on retiring products is almost here-watch for the list on April 21!  You won't want to miss out on getting any of your favorite items before they are gone!   

New this year: 
BOTH stamps and accessories will be available only while supplies last.

A clean & simply Sympathy card......

Good morning!
Here is another card I did last month at my class.
It is a clean & simple sympathy card.
 'Simply Sketched' (hostess sets)
cs:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe & Whisper White
ink:  Baked Brown Sugar & Crisp Cantaloupe
supplies:  Big Shot, Circles framelit, Tea Lace Doilies, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers
NOTE:  I just dabbed on color onto the flower using a Sponge Dauber.
 Deke is headed to meeting all day again today.
Aunt Kathy is coming down to stamp with me.
I have lots to get put away from all of the classes I've had the past 3 weeks.
HOPE I get it all done.
 I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Step By Step on how to do these labels.....

Good morning!
I've had a few of you ask how & what these labels are.
Below is the steps & supplies I used when creating this pretty card with 'Happy Watercolor'.
 These are the labels that I used.
 1.  I stamped the image onto the label sheet.
 2.  I colored the flowers using my Pink Pirouette marker.
 3. I then peeled the back side, approx. 1"- like shown above.
 4.  I lined up the edges of the labels to a piece of card stock that measures 3 1/4" x 3 1/4".
NOTE:  Be sure to leave them all together & attach to the card stock piece all at one time! 
You do not have to stick down each label individually.
5.  I made sure that the labels were straight & pressed down good onto the card stock & then carefully pulled the backing piece off & pressed down the labels as I went.
Thus they are all stuck onto the card stock at one time- not individually.
6.  Finished pressing the labels all down to the card stock.
NOTE: If you get the labels crooked you can carefully pull the labels back off of the card stock, as long as you do it right away & reposition them each individually then. 
 7.  You are done!

There is no school in Sigourney today, as it is their Easter break- which means I don't have the twins.
So I'm sorting & bagging stamp orders this morning & then getting my hair cut right after lunch.
Tonight is my normal stamp delivery run, so I'll be doing that too.
 I have a list a mile long of things to do in the next 8 days.

I hope you have a very special Thursday!!
Happy Stamping!