Thursday, May 31, 2007

Prima Flowers

Things are getting really busy around here for me. Summer classes start on Monday so I have been trying to put together 2 different syllabi, work on my lectures for the first week, etc., etc. Teaching in the summer is far more intense than teaching in the fall or spring so I usually don't have to put as much time in all at once but when you have to cover the same amount of material in 5 weeks as you usually do in 15 there is cause for panic.

Anyway - enough about that. About a month ago I got some of those Prima flowers that are so popular right now, but I couldn't figure out what to use them on. There are tons of them in a pack so I know this means I will have them until the day I am so old I can no longer see to stamp! I pulled out some of that ribbon I got in the bargain bin at Michael's and decided it was just the right colors to use with my little flowers. And lucky for me - the ribbon was pink and chocolate brown so you know I was reaching for my Au Chocolat paper!

Here is what I came up with:

I actually only used one stamp on the whole card - the "thank you" came from a Sell-a-bration set that I got over a year ago!


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Big Blooms

Have I told you how much I love the stamp set Big Blooms? It is in the Spring mini and I have to admit, when I first saw it I wasn't so impressed and didn't think that I would be get it. But it has really grown on me and I want to use it on everything. :)

Anyway - I sat down with Big Blooms and some of the Prints Designer Series paper (currently available as a promotion, but will be in the catalog coming out on July 1st!). I wanted to use only solid cardstock and the prints, but I just kept coming back to Au Chocolat (love it). That is when I decided that I could combine some of the prints paper with Au Chocolat and this is what I came up with. I love how just about everything looks great with chocolate!

After I was done with it, I surprised myself to see that I had chosen the print with the paisley on it - I am not such a paisley fan. The neat thing about the Prints paper is that it will come in a variety of Stampin' Up! colors so it will match everything great!

I actually made that one a few days ago, but didn't want to post it yet until I had done another one. A few weeks ago I bought some really cute ribbon from the bargain bin at Michael's. In fact, I sorted through and picked out ones that I knew would match Stampin' Up! colors. The one that I used in this card I knew would match Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore. In fact, this is the first time that I have ever used Taken with Teal so it was an adventure. :) I also used some of the Petals & Paisley Designer Paper on this one.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

One Sheet Wonder!

Stampin' Up! gave all their demonstrators access to a template where you can take one 12"X12" sheet of designer paper, cut it according to the template and be able to make 16 great cards. It took me a while, but I finally got mine done. I first did one (pictured above) with a sheet of paper from Petals & Paisley (from the Spring Mini) and then did another (pictured below) with a sheet from Au Chocolat (also in the Spring Mini). Enjoy!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I am such a bad blogger!

So, I have been really terrible about updating this blog lately. The truth is, I really have had no time to stamp at all. I gave my final exam this week and had grading to do and believe it or not, Colby (the puppy) really does take up a lot of my time.

Anyway - tonight I hosted a Bunco group and was cleaning and cooking all day. But once they all left I had some work to do. Mother's Day is this weekend and I had to get the cards made. So here it is:

The formula for this one is very simple. I used some of my favorite paper - Petals and Paisley, paired with some Old Olive and Regal Rose. Only one stamp was used for the whole card and it is from All-Year Cheer II which is retiring on June 30th.
Speaking of retiring - the retired list is out and it is incredibly long - over 220 stamp sets are retiring. There is some good news though. Anyone who purchases retired stamps from me gets them at 15% off. If you are interested in seeing the retired list, or want to order something from me, just let me know.
Happy Stamping!