Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paper Crafts Crew

Since my world works in colours I have out, these colours were some I used on yesterday's card too. I added in some Coastal Cabana and took out the Pear Pizzazz. :)

I was sad to learn that Oh, Hello was retiring. It wasn't originally one of my favourite sets, but I've grown to love it and will be sad to see it go. :( Of course, I'm excited about all the new stuff on the horizon and can't wait to share some of THAT with you!


So, I started off with a So Saffron base and added a layer of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper and then a strip of I am Me Designer Series Paper. These are still available at time of typing, but you better hurry and get your last minute orders in! Both accessories AND stamps are only available while supplies last and at least TWO DOZEN items are no longer available from the list that JUST came out on Monday! Free shipping applies till Friday, just be sure to use Hostess Code: 6SDWJQYW when placing your order to qualify to win FREE product!

The arrow and camera were stamped and cut out from the Peachy Keen Stamp set - one of my favourites from the Occasions Catalogue.

You can check out what the rest of the crew has been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Oh Hello, Peachy Keen
INK: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
PAPERS: Whisper White, So Saffron and Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock; Afternoon Picnic and I am Me DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Flowers for the Divas

What's your motivation? What keeps you going when you just don't feel like doing something you know you SHOULD be doing?

We're told (as direct sellers) that the motivation for what we're doing should be SO big that even if we feel like "phoning it in", we won't. For a while, I had that down. My motivation. It was huge and I wanted it...until I didn't.

I'm a firm believer in the "fake it till you make it" philosophy. Smile enough and EVENTUALLY you'll internalize it and be smiling on the inside too. Wear capris and EVENTUALLY spring will get here. FINALLY!!! (True story...I've been wearing capris since mid March - even if only inside)

Maybe it's the long winter, maybe my motivation isn't what I thought it was. Maybe I'm just in a rut. Who knows.

But, I'm going to fake it till I make it and internalize some "happy place" thoughts till I get this thing back on track. It's not that I don't like stamping, I do. Something happened and it started feeling like "work". If I could pinpoint what happened, I'd go back to that time and undo it. Since that's not possible, I'll just carry on and see where it takes me. I still very much enjoy stamping...I just need to figure out how to make it NOT feel like work.

So...to that end, I'm sharing a card I ENJOYED making today! It's for the Utah Divas Colour Challenge and it just screams spring!


Our colours this week were:
  • Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Calypso Coral
  • So Saffron
I was trying to get a terra cotta look on the vases. Do you think I succeeded? I did all the colouring with my blender pens and ink squished into the ink pad lid. If you haven't seen the technique, you should come to one of my classes as we use it fairly often.

I thought this card would make a good "get well soon" card, so I stamped "better get better" from A Dozen Thoughts (which, thank goodness, is NOT retiring - PHEW!).

What do you think?

STAMPS: Vivid Vases, A Dozen Thoughts
INK: Soft Suede, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe and So Saffron Cardstock; Gingham Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Blender Pens, Paper Piercing Accessories, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!


Monday, April 21, 2014

So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Bye..........

Not me!! The Stampin' UP! retired list!



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Happy Stampin'!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I see a trend - Another bookmark/tag for the Divas!

I just LOVED this weeks colour combo of Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi. It sounded so much like Spring...and then it snowed...again...*sigh*

I can't believe that it's March 18th and there's STILL all that snow on the ground - ARGH!!

Perhaps this will brighten up that dreariness outside:


My favourite part is that big fat Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon at the top. :)

I used my markers to colour in the stems (Wild Wasabi) and the flowers (a blend of Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum) and then stamped them on the Very Vanilla Cardstock. I then stamped the flowers several more times and fussy cut them to add some dimension to the top most flower.

If you're coming to class on April 5th, this is one of the items we'll be creating!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Blessed Easter
INK: None, I used Markers
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Utah Divas Flowers!

I won't bore you to tears with another diatribe on my dislike of Summer Starfruit...instead, I'll just show you what I created:


I decided on a bookmark for this week and I used one of the stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue called Blessed Easter.

I used the direct to rubber technique with markers, blending the Gumball Green and Garden Green for the stems and adding Summer Starfruit to the flowers.

It's my mom's birthday today, so I think I'll send it to her! She's an "old school" reader, like me - preferring books to a kindle/e-reader. This bookmark would be just perfect!


What do you think?

STAMPS: Blessed Easter
INK: No actual ink pads were used in the creation of this bookmark :)
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Gumball Green Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Markers, Ribbon, Linen Thread

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Retro Tag

This week at Retro Sketches, the sketch is actually a tag! I don't make that many tags (unless you count the insanity at Christmas), so I thought I'd give it a shot. You could absolutely put this onto a card as the focal point too.

Check it out:


It's still Crumb Cake/Real Red/Coastal Cabana week and I just love the way this tag turned out! You won't want to give it to just anybody, of course, with all those pearls on there...you have to be sure all your hard work will be appreciated!

I started off with Crumb Cake Base (2" wide) which I punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper. Then I added layers of Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper and stamped some images from Lacy and Lovely which I hand cut before adding to the tag.

The sentiment from Lots of Thanks was stamped in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and notched before being added as the top layer.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lacy and Lovely, Lots of Thanks
INK: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana
PAPERS: Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Fresh Prints DSP
ACCESSORIES: Scalloped Tag Topper, Ribbon, Marker, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paper Crafts Crew - Red, White and Blue!

In keeping with our colour theme for the week, I used Real Red, Crumb Cake and Coastal Cabana one again. I must admit that I really do like it (and would probably use it even if it wasn't the UDI colour combination).

I started off with the idea of using all the images in the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set, but didn't like the way it was turning out, so I changed my mind and used the "a thousand thanks" sentiment and then added hearts from the Make a Cake Stamp Set. I just love, love, LOVE the way it turned out!


My card base is 5 ½" square and the Crumb Cake layer is 5 ¼". I didn't measure the other pieces, but they are 5 ¼" wide. :)

The images on the Whisper White cardstock were stamped freehand, but if you don't think you can get them on there fairly straight, then you might want to use your Stamp-a-majig.

You can check out what the rest of the crew has been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lots of Thanks, Make a Cake
INK: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana
PAPERS: Real Red, Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Fresh Prints DSP Stack
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!