Friday, July 29, 2011

Stampin' Addicts New 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome Stampin' Friends!  I hope you enjoy this Stampin' Addicts hop featuring all new stamp sets!  We have 18 stops for you to peruse as you add to your new catty wish lists!  If you've been following the hop in order, you've enjoyed Trina's cute creations with the Many Mustaches set. (How Cute that her blog is called Stamps and Whiskers too-even though the name is in relation to her cats!) If not, keep hopping and you'll reach it, or if you are lost, go to the chat thread on Stampin' Addicts to find your way.

There's also a huge 5th Saturday Stamp Jam going on over at Stampin' Addicts in conjenction with this Blog Hop. Feel free to check it out and join in the fun!

I'm featuring the Polar Party set....Yes, it is a long time until Christmas, but I just couldn't wait to take the plunge with these record breaking temperatures in Oklahoma this year!

First, I have this Candy Bar Holder...A regular size Hershey Bar fits inside, and I used the cute new Letters to Santa blue plaid designer series paper for the tabs.  Just some stamping and coloring of the set...(I can't wait to Dazzling Details glitter glue in the Upcoming Holiday Mini for snow, but I used the Smooch Accent ink to add shimmer in this example.)  On the little tree, our Cherry Cobber Twine made a perfect little accent rope and tied in a little more red.  I think the peppermint candy makes a surprising addition and adds more Candyland style interest under the candy cane (also a stamp in this set) cut out.

Next is this tiny gift tag....My penguin-loving daughter thinks it might make a better tree ornament...Either way-I'm glad she likes it. The picture makes it look a little flat, but the Four Frames border is popped up on dimensionals (edges so they will be narrow enough), and the little penguin is walking out of the frame. His banner is just a toothpick cut easily with our craft and rubber scissors with "Merry" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes on it with a Basic Rhinestone.

Finally, I have this Wiper Card using Black White and Pool Party with Island Indigo (Antarctica is an island after all ;)) and Pear Pizzazz....

The little penguin lifting his foot is perfect for the wiper portion I think....and I'll never tire of SU!'s super-faceted and shiny rhinestones!

Now, it is time to Hippity Hop to Sara's Lily's Ink Pad blog to see her fun creations with the Easy Events set....


Friday, July 22, 2011

Rhonda's Stampin' Up! New Catalog Girls Evening Out

I’m excited to share all the new ideas we learned at convention, fun swaps cards as well as the Holiday Mini catalog with you all! I hope you are ALL able to join me on Thursday the 28th of July for a come and go anytime from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for two FREE Make and Take cards and root beer floats.

The projects will be simple but fun and similar in style to these two cards, so it is a perfect time to bring friends who may not have stamped before as well:

I love this new In Color Wisteria Wonder…we’ve needed a light purple! All the new ribbons are lovely too, and I’m excited for you all to use them. This will be July’s Stamp Club meeting as well if you are a part of that, and as always catalogs are free for stamp club members/hostesses or with a $25 order. If you aren’t ready to order, the big catalogs are $5 which is refundable with a $25 order (just remind me when you order).

I hope you are ALL able to drop by for some fun!

Stampin’ Up! has a great $99 starter kit promotion (with two brand new stamp sets-you could also choose new In Colors for your ink pads if you’d rather) through the end of July as well. If you are at all interested, be sure and talk to me about it soon. My downline may attend Technique Classes for only $5 instead of $10, and Stampin’ Up! is giving away a free Holiday Memento box kit! For the first person to sign directly under me, I am offering the awesome Convention 3-ring binder ($25 value) which includes tabs and the complete supply list for all the projects in the catalog. Here’s a link to the list of the Starter Kit contents , and here are pictures of the lovely Binder:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I also didn't swap....

This little spider from the super cute Kidoodles set....I used a Stampin' Addicts Technique challenge which is also found on page 69 of the new catalog, but I was afraid I would not have time to finish several of them in time.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I actually swapped this on Thursday...

This was my card for the Stampin' Addicts Meet and Greet on Wednesday.  I used marker to stamp to ink this nice large background stamp in Concord Crush and Always Artichoke.  The Sweet Floral stamp is really large so I put it to one side of the card and also used a blender pen to create the Wisteria Wonder color in the light spaces on the flower. I did not use Wisteria ink...that is the Concord Crush ink which makes for a fairly quick card.  I used the Tasteful Trim die and the new Artichoke Denim ribbon for the embellishment at the bottom and some pearl bling at the top.

There are two pictures because I first used the new Family Reunion set to create the "to my Mom" sentiment, but I switched to the Happy Birthday sentiment from the new Petite Pairs set because the former required the use of the stampamajig :).

Friday, July 15, 2011

Today, I'll swap this get well card...

The scalloped circle is from a new big shot die, and the lace ribbon border punch is cut in half and attached to each side of the Flirtacious designer series paper.  I really enjoy the cuteness of the Kidoodles set and especially this cute little rhinoceros. I really enjoyed coloring her with the new Wisteria Wonder marker and adding the matching ribbon and polka dot brad. I used the MOJO195 sketch for this card.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Roomie Gift for Trina

My friend Kris/PaperFairy Kris created this adorable Simply Adorned Charm Insert Storage CD Holder for Craft Project Central and taught me to make one.  I LOVE it, and I'm so proud of Kris!

So of course, when I needed something for a Convention Roomie Gift, I jumped at the chance to make one for Trina, my roomie who is willing to put up with me for 4 whole days! I used the new Hostess Designer Series Paper, Cheerful Treat. I like it and think it is, but I hope Trina does too. :)

Front Cover

Open...see the matching "T" charm insert...

Pulled to fully open:

Flipped over to the back side:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stampin' Up! Convention 2011 Friend Trinkets

These are some tiny Reese's Peanut Butter Cup holders I made with the top half of the small cello bags....I used the bottom half for something you can see posted tomorrow :).  I used the new Pennant Parade Christmas Tree as well as the stocking from the Snow Much Fun set with some new colors and the new Lace Ribbon Border punch which is so dramatic!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What I'm ~not~ swapping....

I love this new chickadee Christmas set, but sadly, I didn't think I'd be able to make 37 of them, so it will have to wait for a technique class I guess.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pennant Parade Christmas Tree

The Pennant Parade set is adorable, and I really love this new background Letterpress Plate Fancy Fan.  It really dresses up a simple card!  I'm off to convention tomorrow so check back each day to see what I'm swapping. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Great New Hostess Benefit Changes!

I hope you'll love the new changes as much as I do!  No more being shut out of a Level 3 Hostess set if your party doesn't make that level! No more getting extra hostess sets after you have them all, just choose catalog merchandise! It's a good thing!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thumping Technique Precious Butterflies Card

I used the new Wisteria Wonder 2011-2013 In Color with Marina Mist and Pear Pizazz for this card.  The Precious Butterflies set is a new Hostess Choice this year that I obviously couldn't resist.

This was for Technique Challenge #94 a couple of weeks ago on Stampin' Addicts.

For marker thumping just choose a solid image stamp (not line art).

1. Ink your solid image stamp in one color.
2. Use a marker to add another color (or two) to the stamp by thumping the marker sideways onto the inked stamp. Be sure not to pounce the tip of your marker onto the will damage your marker irreparably. Perhaps if you have an old worn out marker the angle of your addition of the marker ink wouldn't matter.
3. Huff to rewet/moisten the ink on the stamp.
4. Stamp your image.
5. Finish your card.

You also might want to gently scribble any extraneous colors from your marker onto scratch paper before putting the marker away.

The bluer butterfly in the middle of the circle of butterflies was stamped in Marina Mist with Wisteria Wonder thumped on it. The other butterflies were all stamped in Wisteria Wonder with Marina Mist marker thumped on it.