Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance Sale!

It's the time of year when Stampin' Up! gears up for the new catalog, which debuts in July. In order to prepare for all the new products, they are selling off all the discontinued products. Check out the website for all the discontinued items.

Please note that discontinued stamps will be available through the end of June, but other items like embellishments and ribbon will only be available on a limited basis - when they're gone, they're GONE.

If you'd like to take advantage of the sale, I will be putting in an order at noon this Saturday, the 4th. Contact me if you have any questions!

Catching Up

Here are a few pics of what we've been up to the last few weeks.

The Going Baroque class was a success! It was fun for me to organize, and I think the ladies who came had a great time too. Here they are busy at work...ahem, play!

I took a little break from Stampin' Up! stuff to organize my daughter's birthday. I forgot to take pics of the invites, but here are the cake pops and cake. Fun, fun!

My kiddos love crafting too. Lately they've been having a blast with stickers. If they seem bored or are getting whiny, all I have to do is mention stickers and they perk right up :).

I recently discovered this hardwood-looking technique for cardstock and I love it! I demonstrated how to do it at our Two Toonies Tuesday get together last night. Here's the card:

I used Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip ink. I also used the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set and the "Something to Celebrate" set for the sentiment.

I was so inspired by the hardwood technique, I made this card this morning. I used Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, and Cajun Craze ink. The stamp is from "Baroque Motifs". I even used the stamp on the twill tape - a new-to-me technique!

Well, that's what I've been doing lately! Next up is a card class on the 21st featuring cards with out-of-the-ordinary folds. I can't wait! Let me know if you're interested and check out the "Classes" tab for more info.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Country Elegance

My hubby and I attended a beautiful wedding yesterday. While I didn't know the bride or groom very much, I knew the bride grew up in the country and would appreciate a card with that kind of theme.

In preparation for the "Going Baroque" class next week, I have been using my "Baroque Motifs" stamp set quite a bit lately. I especially like using this set to make wedding cards. The swirly stamp in the set makes beautiful backgrounds, so that's where I decided to start. I experimented with a few ideas before settling on what you see here:

I decided to go with the color theme of Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso. I have never used this color combo before, but once I put the eggplant and cajun papers together, I knew I had found it!

I love the elegance of the "Baroque Motifs" stamps, but I also wanted this card to have some character. To give the card a rustic look, decided to use hemp twine over the ribbon. I also gently inked my stamps so the stamped images would look distressed.

I had fun making up this card, and I hope the bride and groom had a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Modern Baby Boy Card

I saw a super cute card in my Stampin' Success magazine last month and decided to make my own version of it. I am in love with this layout! If I wanted to keep it simple, I could have just attacked some paper with my circle punch and glued them to a piece of cardstock - done! You could make the circles out of cardstock or some cute patterned paper. The layout lends itself to simplicity. Ahhh, simplicity. Love it!

I decided to use only paper from my scraps, since my packet of scraps is beginning to bulge. I love the combination of the blue Baha Breeze and brown Early Espresso, so that's where I started. The yellow-gold tone of More Mustard seemed like a stylish fit to compliment the other two. I also found a piece of retired stripe paper that matched perfectly - yay! I decided these papers would make a great baby boy card, so that's what it became.

Because the design of the card was already established, I decided to add some embellishments. I used the "peanut" stamp from the "So Cute" stamp set, which happens to be a Sale-a-bration freebie *wink* *wink*. I recently acquired the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and thought it would work great on this project. I also decided to use my Sweet Buttons Embosslits again. That little thing is so slick! Since the "buttons" were made of cardstock, I was able to layer them easily too. I finished off the card with a little hemp twine bow.

I'd love to hear what you think! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


The first Two Toonies Tuesday went great! Thanks to the ladies who came out despite the sicknesses that are running rampant these days. I hope you had as much fun as I did! To those of you who couldn't make it due to illness - I hope you get feeling better. Hopefully we'll see you next time! You missed out on pumpkin bars, chocolate and TimBits! All were very yummy.

As I was walking the ladies out last night I realized I didn't take any photos. They offered to do a reenactment, but it just wouldn't be the same. Next time :). So in lieu of "action" pics here's a photo of the supply table:

Here are the two cards I made. I'm not sure if they are "finished". I feel like they could use a little something extra. I'll mull over them for a bit and see if inspiration hits.

The next Two Toonies Tuesday is on March 22nd. See you then!

Monday, February 21, 2011


is our inaugural Two Toonies Tuesday! How ironic that it should fall on the 22nd :). There are still a few spots available if anyone else is interested. Perhaps you have a friend who may enjoy a night of paper crafting. Just let me know!

Double-check the "Two Toonies" page for information on what to take along.
Hopefully I'll have some photos to share on Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feeling Funky!

I am having so much fun using the Sale-a-bration stamps! One of the sets I was able to get for *FREE* is "Funky Four". I decided to pull it out yesterday and make a couple of cards.

I also tried out some new accessories: hemp twine and the button embosslit die from the Mini Occasions Catalog. Those brown buttons are actually made of card stock! I just put paper between the embossing plates, ran it through my Big Shot machine, and voila - embossed and cut buttons! I love that I can now coordinate buttons (ahem, "buttons") perfectly with my cards.

*Note for my open house guests: both cards were made with that clear-mount word set that I couldn't get to work at my party. *blush* However, I had NO problems at all before the open house as well as yesterday! I think when working with the smaller clear-mount stamps you have to make sure your hands are clean and the surface of the stamp and acrylic block are clean too. Using lotion before the open house was my down fall. I'll admit, nervous clammy hands didn't help either :).

Friday, January 28, 2011

Welcome to Crafting Gals!

Here's my story...I'll try to keep it short :). I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in November of 2010. I was excited to sign up, but I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous too. I have been a SU! customer for quite a while, so I am familiar with and love the products. Demonstrating is quite a big step for me. I can be a shy person, but I'm learning to come out of my shell more and more. I am also excited about the prospect of meeting with like-minded ladies and sharing my love of crafting.

I had a kick-off open house in January of 2011 to celebrate being a SU! demonstrator. At the open house, I asked the ladies if they were interested in hosting their own parties, attending occasional classes or joining a regular club. I had several responses to the class and club options. I was so excited! This sounded like just the thing for me! Doing parties is fun and exciting, but I liked the idea of pre-scheduled sessions that are more about creating beautiful things and getting know people, and less about selling products.

This is where "Crafting Gals" comes in. I decided to start this blog to share our monthly crafting adventures. Depending on how busy life is and how ambitious I feel, I may post some of my own projects, sneak peaks of future classes, tutorials, links and I don't even know what else! I appreciate comments and feedback, so please respond to individual posts or send me an email. Thanks!

~ Jennifer