Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Back!

To me and to you!  It's been a long time since I have posted, and I want to get back to blogging.  I'm very excited to share with you as you journey on this road to creativity called stamping! 

I am working on a new look and hope to do some fine tuning (as well as posting!) in the days and weeks ahead.

Please stay tuned...

Barbara

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Back to Blogging!

After a rather lengthy break, I am looking forward to getting back to blogging!  I had two months of rest and relaxation, but I have missed sharing with you, my readers!  After the busyness of the holidays, January has been a much welcomed slower pace.  I was able to attend Stampin! Up!'s Leadership training in Houston and have come home with wonderful new ideas to share with you.

I made two cards to swap while I was in Houston, and this is the first of them.


Here are the details ~
  • Stamps ~ Language of Love, Take Care
  • Inks ~ Black Staz-On, Real Red, Smoky Slate
  • Papers ~ Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper, Basic Black
  • Accessories ~ sponge dauber, Stampin' dimensionals, Basic Black marker, small heart punch, mini glue dots
Here's a peek at the inside of the card.  I just couldn't throw away that extra heart!

 

Those of us who attended Leadership were lucky enough to receive this stamp set as an all attendee give away on the last day of the event.  It is in the "Celebrate the Everyday" catalog, Wood 133074 $16.95 or Clear 133077 $12.95.  If you don't have a catalog, I will be happy to send you one.  Just send me an email!


The inspiration for this card came from a post on Facebook that pictured a tree with shiny red Christmas balls and a snowy background.  The idea to make it into a card just popped into my head.  I love it when that happens, especially since my mojo seemed to take a break for quite a while!  Where do you find inspiration?  I'd love to hear!

Blessings,
Barbara

Saturday, October 26, 2013

He's Making a List...





Good morning, and happy Saturday!  Welcome to another Saturday Sketch Challenge! Here is the Utah Diva's sketch for October 26, UDISC264.  You can find all of the cards and designers here.  This will be our last sketch challenge in 2013.  Our Saturday Sketch group going to take a break from posting until after the holidays.  Look for us again in January 2014.

 
Here is a card that I did for a recent Christmas card class, and I think it fits the sketch quite well!  I just love this image of Santa.  The stamp set is called Santa's List.


Here are the details ~
  • Stamps ~ Santa's List
  • Ink ~ Black Staz-On
  • Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP Stack
  • Accessories ~ Stampin' dimensionals, Stylish Stripes TIEF
Here's a peek at the inside of the card ~



All four of the top layers were adhered using SNAIL.  I then bumped that panel up using dimensionsals, as I did with the flagged greeting.  This would be a perfect card to use as a gift card holder.  Just add a gift card with a glue dot to the inside of the card and you're good to go!

Although the DIVA Sketch group is taking a break for two months, I will be posting.  I have a lot of Christmas cards to show you! 

Enjoy your weekend!

Barbara

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Think Snow...Sorta

Good morning, and happy Saturday!  Here is the Utah Diva's sketch for October 19, UDISC263.  You can find all of the cards and designers here.



This sketch really had me stumped.  Once I started putting the elements together,  I rotated it to a horizontal format and this is what resulted.  It just did not want to work vertically.  (Am I the only one who has cards "talk" to me?)


Details ~

  • Paper ~ Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper
  • Accessories ~ Northern Flurry Embossing Folder,  Expressions thinlets dies, Big Shot
I embossed the top layer two times.  (Since this folder is 5 3/4", not 6 3/8" like the newer ones, I could send it through width wise and get the large snowflake on the layer twice by rotating the card stock.)  Then I cut the "Merry" with the silver glimmer paper, using a layer of waxed paper to ease the removal from the die.  What do you think?  I wish you could see it in real life.  It has so much sparkle!  Maybe I should add a couple of rhinestones...

Get ready for a whole new way of online shopping.  Stampin' Up! has updated the online store experience.  Here is the link to my online store.  Click on "Shop" and order from the comfort of your own home!

The hostess code from October 15-31 is XH3NMMPU.  Be sure to enter it when you place your order and you will be eligible to win free products or hostess sets.  I will announce the winners on November 1.

Thanks for stopping by!  Here in northern New Jersey we are having a glorious October.  The colors are peaking and the temperatures have been perfect ~  near 70 most days with crisp nights.  I know I will enjoy my weekend!

Blessings,
Barbara

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weekly special


Here is today's weekly deal in our online store! Remember, this will change every Tuesday.
Please note that weekly deals will be offered while supplies last! This is a great time to stock up on some basics, like pearls and in color dahlias, or to purchase framelits that may be on your wish list!  The discount will appear in your shopping bag when you check out.

Get ready for a whole new way of online shopping.  Stampin' Up! has updated the online store experience.  Here is the link to my online store.  Click on "Shop" and order from the comfort of your own home!
The hostess code from October 15-31 is XH3NMMPUBe sure to enter it when you place your order and you will be eligible to win free products or hostess sets.

Lastly, here is the latest of our photo polymer stamp sets, Endless Wishes.  Have you tried these clear stamps yet?  I just love them! It is so easy to get your greetings perfectly placed since you can see through the stamps.  And this set is full of warm greetings for Christmas!

Have fun shopping!

Warm regards,
Barbara



Saturday, October 12, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Good morning, and happy Saturday!  Did you miss me last week?  I was in Michigan visiting our children and grandchildren and did not have time before I left to work on the sketch challenge.  I went to celebrate the third birthday of my sweet granddaughter, Mabel.  Here she is with her mom, Laura, out celebrating with a birthday dinner.


Isn't she a cutie?  Of course, I do have the most adorable grandchildren ever! 

Here is the Utah Diva's sketch for today, UDISC262.  You can find all of the cards and designers here.  If you have a chance, check out all of the cards.  It is really interesting to see what everyone has come up with!


Here's my card ~


Details ~
  • Paper ~ Whisper White, Pool Party, Winter Frost DSP
  • Ink ~ Island Indigo, Pool Party
  • Stamps ~ Festive Flurry
  • Accessories ~ Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Silver Glimmer paper, Northern Flurry embossing folder, stampin' dimensionals
A photo cannot capture the beauty of the Silver Glimmer paper!  It just has so much sparkle and shine to it.  This card is a slight variation of a card that we did in my Christmas card classes this week.  We have been meeting monthly since July and make eight Christmas cards, four each of two designs, each time we meet.  It is wonderful to be working ahead so our cards will be ready before Thanksgiving!

I think this would be an awesome Christmas card to send to some special people.  It would be easy to attach a thin silver cord to the snowflake for hanging, put a date on the back of the snowflake, and use some temporary adhesive so you could remove it from the card. Of course, this would be sent only to really "homemade-card-worthy" friends!  What do you think of the idea?

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Blessings,
Barbara

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies!

Good morning, and happy Saturday!  Here is the Utah Diva's sketch for September 28, UDISC260.  You can find all of the cards and designers here.



Here's my take on the sketch ~


Details ~

  • Paper ~ Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Venetian Romance DSP
  • Accessories ~ Decorative Label punch, Bitty Butterfly punch
I saw something similar on Pinterest that I was trying to CASE, but this didn't turn out quite the way I expected it to.  Maybe there is too much white?  What do you think?

I am looking forward to this first full weekend of fall.  I hope you are too!  Enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Blessings,
Barbara