Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tickling Your Fancy (I hope!)

Thought I'd feature some other demonstrators cards tonight. We had our monthly demo get-together a week ago, so I have lots of pretty samples for your perusal!


She used River Rock textured CS - she's excited that it's one of the returning "In" colors and couldn't wait til July to dig it out again!

She used the "Farm Life" set. I think this is the first sample I've seen using this set, but I've been eyeballing it ever since we got this catalog...


She copied this directly from the Summer mini! I got my copy today, so if you're on my mailing list, you should be getting your copy any time now. Look on page 5 - there it is!

She may have used different stamp sets, but that's what so awesome about our stamps! Lots of different sets will yield a very similar look - so if you don't have the EXACT stamp sets used, IMPROVISE! It's fun!

Del's card

She used the XL Bird punch from the Occasions mini-catalog, along with some of our DSP to make those tulips!

And don't they make a lovely Mother's Day card? Springy, pretty, just right for Mom...

Veronica's card

The set used for this card is in the Summer mini. I've debated with myself about buying this one, and Veronica may have just pushed me over the edge!

The name of the set is Watercolor Trio, and this set is available either wood or clear mounted.

She also used the Butterfly embosslit - another item I love! If you want that embosslit, you'll need to order soon, as it's featured in the Occasions mini.

There's a chance it will return in July, in the new catalog, but can you wait that long? Buy it now!

Teresa's card.

I love how she used the Medallion background stamp to create this card, adding the XL 5 Petal flower punch and the Messages for Mom set (both featured in the Occasions mini!) .

She scrunched up the flower that she'd punched from DSP to create dimension on this card.

And, finally, my card - the one I hope will Tickle Your Fancy!

I just LOVE that Peacock feather from the Nature's Nest set.

It's a great stamp to watercolor, so that you can get the correct hues of an actual peacock feather!

I used Bermuda Bay and Taken with Teal CS along the matching Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon.

I also used a stamp from the Priceless set to make my background on the main portion of the card. It really adds a lot to have the tone on tone effect on a card.

I haven't shown any pix of the cats for a while and I got a pretty decent shot of Velvet out in the garage tonight - so, here ya go!

I cropped this out of another photo, just so I could get all the distraction out of it - and so you couldn't see how messy my stampin' garage is! LOL...

She always looks a little peeved when I take her picture. She's so beautiful, it's hard not to take the pix, but because she seems to always have an attitude, I don't use her photos very often.

So - did I show you something here that you need to order from me? I hope so!

I'm still working on samples from the preview items I received from the Summer mini-catalog and will be featuring them here soon!

In the meantime, get your stamps out and stamp something!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

El Nino Strikes Again

We're supposed to have a big storm in the next two days. It's APRIL! We seldom get rain at this time of the year. But we welcome it, any time it wants to come...

The patio roof is gone. Taken down in about 2 hours. Friday or Saturday the jack hammering starts to remove existing, cracked, cement.

And, of course, now that the patio project has been started, they called today to tell me the shower pan will arrive tomorrow. We started the patio project because the shower pan wasn't supposed to be here for another two weeks yet! Geesh! The best laid plans...

But now that the patio cover is gone, it's going to be REALLY sunny in the kitchen, so guess we'll continue down that path, and the master bath will just wait...

I've gotten some of the items that will be offered in the upcoming Summer mini-catalog, but honestly, I haven't had time nor energy to even play with much of it! Have started a couple things, but they're not finished, so will continue to show you things I've already got completed. Most of them feature things from the Occasions mini, which is in effect until April 30th. See something you like? You can still order it!

I haven't mentioned as yet, the upcoming Color Renovation that Stampin' Up! announced to the demonstrators last week.

I was in shock for several days. Some of my favorite colors are being discontinued.

Here's a snapshot of those being discontinued:

I hope you can read all the color's names. LOTS of discontinued colors. Several of which are my "go to" colors. So, I'm a little sad about that.

Here's another view of the colors being discontinued:

And here's a visual (minus new colors) of the Core (or Carry Over) Colors:

But, I'm very excited about the changes! I have received one sheet of each of the 5 new colors that will be unveiled in July, which will become a part of the new Core Colors we'll offer.

The names of the new colors: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Marina Mist. I'll leave their hues to your imagination for the moment...

Some of the new Core (or Carry Over) colors were previously "In" colors which are returning! I'm excited to be able to use them again.

Three of this year's "In" colors will stay: Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzleberry. I liked ALL this year's "In" colors immediately, so I'm glad some will stick around.

Other "In" colors we'll be able to play with again are: River Rock. Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, and Riding Hood Red.

In addition, we'll get five new "In" colors. Haven' seen anything but their names as yet, so my imagination is running wild.

Let me take this moment to remind you to go through your existing pads, markers, re-inkers, chalks, etc and MAKE SURE, if you want any of the colors being discontinued, that you order them NOW!

Do NOT wait until the Discontinued List comes out in mid-June and be disappointed because the items you want/need are gone!


Here's a card I worked up earlier this month. I'd intended to use it for my brother's birthday card, but changed my mind at the last minute. Still think it's a cute card, though!

Nature's Nest, Inspired by Nature, Bermuda Bay ribbon, Chocolate Chip CS, So Saffron CS, Certainly Celery CS... Used the Pinking Hearts punch, and a Chocolate Chip Sending Love epoxy brad from the Occasions mini...

I popped the turtle up with some dimensionals to add a little visual interest.

So, are you RUNNING to your craft space to take inventory of what you'll need to purchase so you have complete sets of the Discontinued colors?

Just because I won't be featuring these colors after July 1st doesn't mean YOU can't USE them after that!

And if you have a re-inker for all your pads, you'll still be able to get years of use from them.

Do your inventory and let me know what you need! You can call, email, or place an on-line order for any and all items you'd like.

OH - and something I need to remind you about. There's a continuously changing Clearance Rack that's available ONLY through an on-line order. So don't forget to check that out occasionally. You can click on the link on the left side bar of this blog to access the Clearance Rack.

Last week I saw the Raspberry Tart DSP listed there - did you need some more of that? The Clearance Rack is the place you'll need to go!

Happy stampin'!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Yeh, I'm Still Alive

Sorry - I've been very busy being a "gopher" lately.

I hired someone to install a shower head in the bathroom that only had a tub.

Well, as you can well imagine, that one little "thing" escalated to a whole bathroom renovation! And in the process, I got to "gopher" a lot of things from Home Depot and Lowe's!

It's complete now, and it came out BEAUTIFULLY!

Here are some before and after photos...


I had painted and papered this bathroom about 10 years ago. I LOVED the color, which doesn't come out very well in these photos. These two are the best of the lot, to show the color.

But, with the addition of a showerhead and the necessary shower tiles, it quickly became apparent this color was tired and needed to be replaced.

And then, I decided to get a new vanity, and new flooring, and...

Well, you know how it goes - it becomes a SNOWBALL! Cuz once you've got the new paint, vanity, and flooring, you now need new rugs and a new shower curtain, and, of course, the shower needs all the amenities!

Here are some of the DURING and AFTER pix:

I chose a color called Desert Sandstone this time around. Then I decided I needed a little less of that color in this small room, and chose a complementary, lighter color in the same tone. Used the darker color for an accent wall, and the other color for the other three walls.

The new vanity is a complementary color to the existing (and not replaced) mirror/medicine chest. And, after much consideration, I decided to go with a vanity that is half as deep as the previous one was. It makes the room look SO much bigger!

Of course, I also have less storage space now... And I have THREE big boxes of "stuff" that I took out of the old bathroom that I'll need to do something with.

And see that yellow item on the top of the toilet? That was a gift I received at the Manager's meeting at Leadership in January! I'm still debating how to use it in the bathroom, but the color works well with the other things I've put in there.

I finally found a shower curtain that I like today. And while going through my closet looking for a specific thing to hang in there, I found a treasure I'd forgotten I had, that will become the focal point of the entire room.

After my dad passed away, my mom decided to come to San Diego to live for a while to see if she'd like it here. She met a woman, who, in her early 70's decided to learn how to oil paint. Her name was Mallie, and she was a doll. And a very good painter, too!

They lived near the beach, so of course, she painted beach scenes. But my favorite by her was a desert scene she'd given to my mom. So, she gave me one as well (they're almost identical), which I had framed and which now hangs in my living room.

When my mom passed away, I brought her picture back with me. My dad had made the frame from wood recovered from my grandfather's cider mill when they tore it down, so of course, it has very strong sentimental value to me.

Well, I found it, and decided it was PERFECT for my new bathroom! The colors are perfect and it opens up a color palette for me that I'd never considered until I tried it in there.

I'm so pleased with my "new" bathroom!

The master bath is on the list to be renovated, as well, but I had to order the shower pan, which won't be here for about 2 more weeks.

So, next on the list of "Things To Do" is tearing off the old patio (cover and cement) and re-doing that.

So, if I'm gone again for a while, just know that I'm "gophering" again - but I'll be back, I promise!

I HAVE been stamping a little during all of this. Both my brother and sister-in-law have birthdays in April, so here are the cards I made for them

Hope you're still stamping, too!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Day After The Earthquake

Hey Everyone!

Hope you all had a very Happy Easter.

We here in SOCAL had a rockin' and rollin' one! Yep - the earthquake that's been making the news this week was felt by just about everyone here.

And it was a doozy, let me tell you!

I've lived in SOCAL for 35 years. I've experienced a number of earthquakes, and generally, they're just a little blip on the screen of life. You realize AFTER they're over that it was an earthquake. We have earthquakes every day - most of them are tiny - 1 -3 on the scale. Very few people feel those, unless they're very sensitive.

But not this one! Oh no... We rocked and rolled for about a minute. Now, that may not sound like a long time, but believe me, when you're experiencing an earthquake, that's an interminable amount of time.

You're just SURE it's never going to stop.

I have to say, for the first time in all these years, I was frightened.

My friend, Susan, called me almost before it was over to make sure I hadn't missed it ( I hadn't!) and we chatted for a little while before hanging up. She told me when we were chatting they'd registered it at a 6.9 tremor.

Before two hours were over, they'd re-evaluated, and decided it was a 7.2.

That's larger than the quake that hit Haiti several months ago! And look at all the damage that one caused. Remember, Stampin' Up! even contributed to that one by giving a percentage from the sales of all "I {Heart} Hearts sets sold during the month of February.

We've been VERY fortunate. I've only heard about two deaths, and some, but not major, damage to buildings, along with some roads having buckled and a few bridges damaged.

Of course, the news each night tells us a little more, but, really, we were VERY, VERY fortunate that the damage wasn't worse.

There have been a large number of aftershocks, but I've only felt one. Don't know if I'm not paying attention, or I just happen to be lucky enough to live somewhere we're just not feeling them.

Anyway, in years to come, I'm sure each Easter will bring back memories of where we each were and what we were doing when the "The Quake" hit.

But you didn't come here to discuss earthquakes, I'm sure.

So, let's get on to some stamping!

Last week was my friend, Jay's, birthday. I had a number of photos I'd been promising to make him copies of - mostly of his dogs, Angel and Rocky, along with a couple of him that I've taken over the past year or so.

So I thought, what better time to give him a little scrapbook of all the photos I'd been promising.

Remember last couple of times, I'd been showing you the scrapbooks made using the toilet paper holders? Well, I decided, since I didn't have a lot of photos, I'd make him one of those.

I started with Brocade Blue DSP from one of the Hostess gift 6x6 Designer Series papers.

These are the handiest little pads of paper! Next time you hostess a workshop (call me and book one!) treat yourself to that as your Level I Hostess gift. It'll last you a very long time!

I added some Rich Razzleberry CS, on which I used the Pinking Hearts punch.

Unfortunately, that punch was offered in the Occasions mini-catalog, which has expired. I'm 99.9% sure it'll be back in the new Idea Book and catalog, which will debut July 1st. I sure hope so, cause I like the punch very much!

I'll quickly show you the rest of the covers of Jay's book, then at the end, show you the fully decorated product.

And here's the finished product:

I didn't want to get TOO frilly, since this WAS for a guy, but at the last minute added the blue daisy and Kiwi Kiss corduroy button.

And they MADE the outside of the scrapbook.

It was so jammed with photos that the inserts kept falling out as I was working on it, so I used a piece of Bluebird grosgrain ribbon (long retired, but I like the color! And it matched the DSP, LOL) to tie it closed. The ribbon"belly band" just slips right off so you can look through the book.

Jay's going back East to see his family next month, and I'm hoping he'll take it along to show relatives his puppy dogs. But if he doesn't, well, at least I've fulfilled my obligation to get those photos to him!

Have YOU made one of these TP scrapbooks? Post a photo of it in my comments section, or send a link to your blog - would love to see it!

Keep on stampin'!