Archive for July 2009

Amazing News!

July 21, 2009

Do you remember this post What a Great Giveaway ? Well…though I wasn’t fortunate enough to win the wonderful EZ View Desktop ezViewDeskTop2my wonderful friend and downline Katy did!  Andrea Wolford posted the winner today…and it was Katy from Onxystamps! Katy’s original post inspired me to also post…which I guess assisted in her win!  I’m so happy for her! Maybe when I go visiting I’ll get to see it and play with it too!


Deal of the Week

July 20, 2009

I have been delinquent the past few days on my personal challenge to stamp the challenges.  Maybe I’ll get to it tonight…but not sure.  Either way…I HAVE to tell everyone about the Stampin’ Up! Deal of the’s one I’m certainly NOT going to let slide by, and don’t think anyone else should either ;-)!

This week the Stylized Vanilla Hodgepodge is on sale! CM397BIt’s usually $29.95 plus shipping and tax and for this week only it’s $18.99…what a great price.  ALSO…if you happen to be a customer from MA…don’t forget that our State SALES tax increases in August…so place you “must get” orders in July!

The Tale of two challenges

July 18, 2009

I really am enjoying finding stamping challenges this week. I’m going to commit myself, after this week, to do at least one a week.  I think attempting  a full week of challenges will be too daunting weekly. Not only do I not necessarily have the time to create that frequently weekly, the search itself is time consuming.  For my next card I really wanted to do attempt Kristina Werner’s color inspiration.  I love her work and her eye for color combinations is unique and always on par. So…the colors I was choosing were based on her Inspiration #56

Kwerner Color Inspiration

Kwerner Color Inspiration

The colors she’d noted were a deep red, pumpkin, saffron, celery and ballet blue.  I then needed to find sketch.  A sketch is layout for a card.  I often just put pieces together and see what “works”, but honestly having a sketch sometimes can be an easier way to create.  I was inspired by Beate Johns who completed a Weekend Sketch Challenge #89.  Her card is NOTHING like the one I ultimately made–honestly her work is SOO much better then mine–but I love her blog and when I saw the sketch I knew it would be one I could work with.    So…using those two challenges, I created the following card:

Love you Much-WSC#89, Kwerner CI56

Love you Much-WSC#89, Kwerner CI56

To create this card I used the following recipe:  Stamp set: Love You much
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Candy Lane Designer Paper, Certainly Celery, Ballet Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Fairy Tales Riboon (So Saffron), 3 heart punch

The color Riding Hood Red is no longer available through Stampin’ Up!, nor is the ribbon or designer paper I used, but I have tons of those products leftover, and thought they would be great for this card.  For personal creations, I do sometimes use paper or accessories that can no longer be purchased, however, if anything seen interests you…there are always similar items that Stampin’ Up! sells and I can assist you with finding these products.

My final goal of this week will be to create something using primary colors from the Color Inspiration–Summer River as well as this week’s Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge.  Whether I do one card to meet both challenges, or two seperate items….you’ll have to come back and see!

Second Challenge of the Week

July 14, 2009

This morning I awoke REALLY early and had a decently long “to do” list to try to get to.  Some of the items included: finish unpacking from my trip, clean the kitchen, vacuum, work on my blog, complete another stamp challenge, sort some clothes for good will, and go to Staples and the grocery store.  The ONLY items on this list that got completed were cleaning the kitchen, working on my blog and completing another stamp challenge!  I guess being on “summer vacation” means I find I can put some things off!! The weather was gorgeous today, so I did spend a good part of the day outside.  Tomorrow I have a lot of little errands planned, including lunch with friends, so I KNOW I’ll be out and about and get more items accomplished.  I may not get to stamping tomorrow though…I meeting a friend out in the evening to catch up as well as give her some Stampin’ Up! Inspiration.  If I don’t do a challenge…I’ll combine two on my next challenge of the week!

I was searching for something to do for my challenge and I chose the Stamp Something: Pink, Green and Yellow challenge.  I wanted to continue to use my new “toys” that I’d received but hadn’t used. One of the stamp sets I’d received when I was able to pre-order some items (a perk one gets as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator) was the Level three Hostess set The More the Merrier.  This set has some GREAT images and sayings.  I really like the cupcakes, but wasn’t so sure about having them horizontal.  I envisioned using them vertically.  There are multiple ways one can use a stamp to change the direction of an image, but tonight I went an “easy” way.  I just stamped the image in black on Whisper White cardstock and then colored all the cupcakes in.  I then cut them out and mounted them on my card using dimensionals.  I also chose to use  the new In-colors for my pink and yellow.  I KNOW that the picture could be clearer, but I wanted to post it TONIGHT.  If I get a better picture taken in natural light, I’ll edit this and add a better picture.  Without further ado….here is my submission for the Stamp Something Challenge:

Stamp Something Challenge: Pink, Yellow and Green

Stamp Something Challenge: Pink, Yellow and Green

Recipe: Paper: Garden Green (dimension is 4 1/4 x7), Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Designer Paper, Whisper White            Ink: Garden Green, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa                                                  Stamp Set: The More the Merrier         Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Modern label punch

I chose the Garden Green because it happened to be on my stamp table from last night…but I really think it worked.  I really like the little cupcakes! I’m not sure what I’ll do with this card, but I like that I now have it on hand if needed, and the little sentiment “sweetest ever” could go for some many people and occasions.  Next mission will be to find a sketch challenge to tackle, and incorporate another color challenge, or other type of challenge within the card!

Quick Thank You!

July 14, 2009

Take a look at my new banner!! How cute?!?!  And not as “scary” as the big black eyes!!  The cat is mine (Espresso!) and I HAD to have her be part of the banner, given this blog is named for her!  My friend Kate offered to help me create a new, better banner.  She really thought about my personality, what I like and how I’d want to be represented.  THANK YOU! for helping out.  Isn’t it cute??

A week of Challenges

July 13, 2009

I’m home from my week away and I have committed to myself that I’m going to STAMP this week. My creative mojo has been lacking recently and I haven’t just stamped for myself in quite some time. Having committed myself to this, I then needed to think about WHAT I wanted to do!  I was inspired by my friend Kate‘s Color Inspiration post.  She took this gorgeous picture:

KateColor inspand then ran it through an amazing color program, to determine some of the primary and secondary colors that were refelected in the photo.  As a secondary color scheme within the shadows of the photo, she found that there were the Stampin’ Up! colors: Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green and Night of Navy.  She set a challenge to use these colors within a card or other crafting item.

I recieved some new “goodies” from the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog and have yet to use any of them!  SO…tonight I broke out the Razzle Dazzle Stamp set and took to the challenge.  This is the card I created:

OnyxStamps Summer River Challenge

OnyxStamps Summer River Challenge

Here is the recipe for this card:

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Garden Green
Accessories: Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon, Build a Brad, 1/2″ circle punch, modern label punch

It’s a simple design, and honestly not necessarily my best work, but I really love the stamp set!  I enjoyed Kate’s challenge and will be doing more this week. Keep an eye out for more updates and work!

What a great giveaway!!

July 12, 2009

I’m still on vacation, and actually didn’t even break out my stampin’ stuff, but my good friend Kate over at has a post about an AMAZING give away and I had to go check it out to see for myself.  One of the premier crafters, Andrea Wolford is having a great give away from The Original Scrapbox.  She’s giving away one EZ View Desktops.

This is what it is: ezViewDeskTop2How absolutely FABULOUS would this be to use for storage and crafting!! If you would like to win this item.  Head on over to Andrea’s site to enter for yourself!