Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fun New Stuff

A few days ago the UPS man dropped off a wonderful package for me: my Big Shot & preorder from the Occasions Mini. With my two successful (read: promotion!) workshops this past weekend, I haven't had much time to play around with my new stuff. But, amidst prepping for workshops, I did find time to make some cards. These 2 are my faves from last week.

Oval All
Stamp Set: Oval All
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze
Stamp Pads (Classic): Baja Breeze
Accessories/Tools: Oval Scallop Punch, Baja Buttons, embroidery thread

This is actually an SFYTT sketch by the talented Jen del Munro. God forbid I actually come up with a card design on my own! I'm totally stuck in an old sketch rut. But... I guess that's OK since these sketches are so awesome. I just hope they sink into my brain and unleash some original creativity soon.

First Top Note
Stamp Set: All Holidays
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, RHR Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Slumber Specialty
Stamp Pads (Classic): Baja Breeze, Ruby Red (marker)
Accessories/Tools: Baja Breeze Ribbon, Big Shot Top Note! :)

This card is a sketch challenge, too (no surprize!) It's WSC 72 by Jenn Balcer. But even more exciting than this actual card and the Big Shot and the sketch challenge is that this very card will be some (or all, depending on how much time I have to finish) of the swaps I take with me to the Mpls Regionals on April 4. I love it!

My next task is to make Thank Yous (I never seem to have enough!) for my 2 workshops this weekend. Neither was a terrifically LARGE workshop, but both were totally fun! Thanks to Lena & Jenn! I had an awesome time at your parties. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sketch Challenge Catch-up

As always, I'm running behind on challenges. I just can never seem to get them done on the day that they are posted. But, I am obsessed with finding card sketches online, and I've found some really great ones. Keep tuned for my sketch finds!

Today's sketch posts are the old standbys... Mojo and SCS. But they are good nonetheless!

Mojo 77

Stamp Set: Great Friend
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Basic Grey
Designer Series Paper: Walk in the Park
Stamp Pads (Classic): Regal Red, Basic Grey
Accessories/Tools: Vintage Brads, 5/8" Regal Red ribbon

So, I didn't realize the pink-ish color in the DSP was Cameo Coral... I thought it was Regal Rose. But, I don't think you can tell it doesn't match 100%. Maybe if there were more of t he pink color it would stand out. Anyway, I love, love, love this card. It's definitely going to my BFF Andrea someday. :)

SCS 220
Stamp Sets: Good Friend, On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White, So Saffron
Designer Series Paper: Good Morning Sunshine
Stamp Pads (Classic): Pacific Point, So Saffron
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 5/8" So Saffron ribbon (SAB)

I am not sure who I am going to send this to, so I haven't filled in the ( ) yet. Though in April my nephew is turning 2, my BFF has a birthday, my brother- and father-in-law both have birthdays, and more! So I'm sure it will get used. :)

I am still on Spring Break today (through Friday), and my car is getting the tires rotated and brakes fixed. So I am homebound! I plan to use the day to stamp (like, maybe I should get started on my swaps for Regionals on April 4!) and play with my Wii Fit. I love that thing. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sale-A-Brate at Jenn's workshop

Well, I'm sad to report that no one is coming to my Say It With Scallops class. Boo! But I am staying quite busy (even with spring break this week!) prepping for 2 workshops this coming weekend. The first is for Jenn, a gal I met at Holly's Workshop. Jenn is doing a more "traditional" workshop, where we'll make 2 cards and 1 scrapbook page using a simply scrappin' kit. I think I've said before, I love to do lots and make-and-takes! I used to get so bored watching an old demo of mine just demonstrate what to do. I like to let them DO it!

Anyway, here are the samples.

Botanical Blooms
Stamp Sets: Botanical Bloom (SAB), Sincere Salutation
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamp Pads (Classic): Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories/Tools: 1/8" circle punch, Wide Oval Punch, Satin Kiwi Kiss ribbon

I think I'll add some Raspberry Tart DSP to this design at the workshop. It needs a bit more.

Polka Dot Punches
Stamp Sets: Polka Dot Punches (SAB), From the Heart
Cardstock: So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Stamp Pads (Classic):
So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Designer Series Paper: Delicate Dots (SAB)
Accessories/Tools: 5/8" So Saffron Ribbon (SAB), Full Heart Punch, BIG SHOT, Bigz Scallop Envelop Die

Can I just say how excited I am to use my BIG SHOT for the first time at a workshop! I hope people love it, because I already do, and I just got it on Tuesday. Anyway, this super cute card is basically cased exactly from Patsy Waggoner, who won the So Shelli Contest with this design. I think we can see why!

I have the hostess's approval for these cards. She says she loves them! I do to... and I hope they drum up some interest so I get LOTS of SAB orders! (I am like $300 away from getting a promotion to Supervisor... come on people, BUY!) :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Say It With Scallops

I finally made my samples for my Say It With Scallops class coming up in a few weeks. Talk about cutting it close. I like this stamp set, but I do find it hard to come up with creative ideas for layouts. So, most of my layouts were borrowed from my stack of layout ideas I keep around. I think one is a modified Mojo, one is a CASE of something on SCS, and the other two came from some other Web site. Naturally, I'm too lazy to get up and go get the papers from the basement. I'll update later. :)

Hi Card
Stamp Set: Say it with Scallops, Good Friend
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
DSP: Sweet Slumber Speciality
Stamp Pads (Classic): Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Square Punch, 1/2" Punch, RHR striped ribbon

Congrats Card
Stamp Set: Say it with Scallops
Cardstock: Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Whisper White
DSP: Good Morning Sunshine
Stamp Pads (Classic): Summer Sun
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons

For You Card
Stamp Set: Say it with Scallops
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
DSP: Raspberry Tart
Stamp Pads (Classic): Rose Red
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, White Taffeta Ribbon, Jumbo Brad

Thank You Card
Stamp Set: Say it with Scallops
Cardstock: Chocolate C hip, Regal Rose, Pink PirouetteWhisper White
DSP: Sweet Always
Stamp Pads (Classic): Regal Rose
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Edge Punch,

I hope some people sign up for this class. I've had a string of busts lately, classes with no participants. I know the economy has to have something to do with it. I'm trying to keep the costs of my classes really low so people can indulge a bit & not feel too guilty.

I guess if no one signs up, I've at least got 4 really cute cards to send out sometime. :)