Tuesday, April 11, 2017

inspired by {make it prima} april mood board

This last year, as I was dipping my toes back into the craft waters,
I was sticking mostly to Stampin' Up! products.  It made sense - I'd decided to sign up
once more with them as a demonstrator, thinking that I'd hold workshops and classes
to get comfortable again and re-find my design groove.
It was fun.  And I met lovely people.  But definitely didn't happen as I had hoped.
No workshops or classes happened (not from lack of trying!),
and it's now time for what's next.
So, I'm going forward by going backwards a bit.
I'm re-finding my old loves.  Finding new ones.
And, as I have expanded my Pinterest horizons,
one of the recommends that came up was this one:
Make it Prima April Mood Board
Isn't it pretty?  and fun?  and inspiring?!
No surprise - It's Prima. : )
 I pinned it.  Clicked it.  Saved it.
And then I went digging through boxes and bins of my scrapbook stuff.
Oh, my goodness.  It was like I had gone to a reunion and run into old, dear friends.
I found a bunch of years old Prima things, very loved years old Prima things.
I pulled things together that went with the April mood-board from Prima.
Added things that I've ordered here and there more recently.
Mixed old and new and had a wonderful time putting together this page of Ellie.
An old favorite photograph that tells a story all of its own (my favorite kind of photograph!).
I chose this quote from Winnie the Pooh:
"You don't spell it.  You feel it."
That's his response to Piglet's question of, "How do you spell love?"
Groove re-found.
And love felt.
Thanks for visiting : )

Materials used:
Prima Marketing papers:
IOD Angelique – Heavenlies (2007) – cut out to frame
IOD Angelique - Angel Breath (2007) - background
IOD Angelique – Harp (2007) - tags
IOD Angelique – Angel Kisses (2007) – lower layering pieces
IOD Angelique – Wings (2007) – upper layering piece
4x6 Paintables – Secret Garden – with some watercoloring
Prima Marketing:
Color Bloom Spray Mist – Tea Stain (on tags)
Rossibelle Flowers
Charlston Flowers
Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Treasures - Resin Birds
Finnabair Mechanicals - Grungy Butterflies
Say It In Crystals – rhinestones (2008)
Ribbon and trim from years ago (unknown name)
Small paper flowers and fabric leaves from years ago (unknown name)
Linen thread
Ranger Stickles – Cotton Candy
Misc. Styrofoam birds egg – Etsy, maybe
Rustic hanger with clips – old Jenni Bowlin kit, I believe


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

{altenew april 2017 inspiration challenge}


playing along with Altenew's Inspiration Challenge for April :)

used Altenew's Reflection scrapbook kit for most all of the page (plus a doilie and mini clothespin from Stampin' Up and some ancient ribbons from my drawer).  this kit is the most exciting scrapbook collection box of goodness found since I started back to crafting last year. it's artsy, pretty, chock full of different materials, and huge - and comes in this amazing box you have to hold in your hands to truly understand my joy.  very exciting for an old-school kit club fangirl :)


in my mind, the blue of the challenge goes immediately to Ellie's eyes and shirt from the photo that I scrapped.  the teal and yellow of the challenge were easily brought in with the beautiful print paper and fun ribbon snips.  I sponged the edges with Pacific Point to frame it more effectively.


it felt good to get creatively lost in a scrapbook kit again - oh! and I see they're releasing a card kit version of Reflection soon...  just sayin'...
edited to add:  ooh, yes, there is a new card kit revealed today on their blog :)


Saturday, April 01, 2017

my last hurrah with The Crew

April is my final month with the Creative Crew at Splitcoast Stampers.
So many great challenges and inspiration from the hostesses!!
Our theme for April is Shades of Spring.
You can see the whole Crew's gallery here :)

For the Step It Up Challenge, we do a Step One and then turn the volume up to Step Two :)
I used the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit, Bunny Buddies, as a foundation,
but, do you recognize the bunny that I used?  It's from the Foxy Friends stamp set!

 For the Technique Challenge, I used a template posted in the Splitcoast forums by "Snietje".
Anita posted instructions to make her "book card" here.
Mine doesn't look like much when it's closed...
but it makes a beautiful, accordion-folded-frame at the inside of the card!
I added Window Sheet pieces within the folds of the frame to create a diorama, of sorts.
The stamp set used for the layers is Touches of Texture; the floral paper is from English Garden (retired).

 For the Sketch Challenge, I adapted the card sketch to a 12x12 layout.
I used the (retired) English Garden Designer Series Paper to keep with the colors in 
this month's Shades of Spring theme.  Added some vellum and a doilie from the Occasions catalog.
(And I'm still open to someone giving me direction on the singular "doilie" or "doily" word.
Does it only work in plural?!  It just looks weird - "doilie".)

The alphabet is Letters For You which coordinates with Large Letters Framelits
- NO fussy cutting!!  I love them :)  They're showing up on most of my pages these days - LOL!

This is my card for the Inspiration Challenge.  Wendy gave us a cute pic to use as inspiration
- a photo of a bunch of floral lamp shades.  Get it?  "Shades of Spring"?!  LOL
(They remind me of this shade that I did way back.)
Again, used the English Garden Designer Series Paper.  The stamps are from Best Birds.

 The Color Challenge presented a, well, challenge for me :)
The colors look so pretty together, but I had a hard time bringing them together in a design.
I mentioned already that I used English Garden print papers on other projects,
but I wanted to do something a little more modern for at least one challenge.
So, here we have Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder and Blushing Bride butterflies,
sent with a mini Stampin' Up! note.
(If you're a customer of mine and get this card in the mail,
please act surprised!)

Huge thanks to Susie, Patty, Bev and Wendy for having me on the Creative Crew!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

*lots of fun stuff to post today!*

so many fun things to post today!

Splitcoast CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge card, my one-year anniversary back with Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-Brate my anniversary with me by posting a comment and entering my drawing for huge (yuge?!) blog candy, catalog mailing address time, customer thank-you's time, ... *phew!*  let's get to it!

Joining in the Clean and Simple Challenge (CAS422 Winged Things) on Splitcoast Stampers this week,
I made a white-with-white card using the retired Swallowtail background stamp and LOTS of embossing.
Clean and simple, but lovely and elegant, like my mum who inspired it.
(I did a post a while back about white butterflies being my mum's "patronus" to me!)

You can't see it well (or at all) in the photo, but there is an embossed butterfly stamped onto the background layer which is raised up with foam dimensional strips.  Then the top butterfly was embossed and fussy-cut, attached with a skinny strip of foam dimensional.
The Swallowtail stamp is retired, but this embossing and layering can be done with most any "winged thing" :)
To take part in the CAS challenge, too, click here :)

On to the next item on the agenda,
this Friday marks my 1-year anniversary being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! again!
I almost can't believe it's been a year already,
and I almost can't believe it's been ONLY a year already - LOL!

Won't you stroll down memory lane with me?
My Top 12 favorite Stampin' Up! stamped highlights from this last year:













 Soon, I'll be getting Thank You gifts ready to send out to each of my customers from this last year.
If you haven't ordered from me yet this whole last year, you still have time to order by this Friday, March 31st!!
(Thank You gifts will be mailed out the first half of next month.)
Make sure I know your favorite items so you'll really enjoy your gift!!  LOL

And, speaking of mailing things....

Drawing to be held April 1, 2017 at noon EDT


I love to share celebrations and milestones with others, so I'm giving a humongous blog-candy gift to one person whose name will be drawn from the comments on this post!

Each of the items pictured in the photo right above here are included.

New items from Sale-a-Bration and Occasions, not used yet!  Looking for a good home :)

So Very Much stamp set
Hey, Chick stamp set
Delicate Details stamp set
Tasty Trucks stamp set
Designer Tee stamp set
Inside the Lines 12x12 Designer Series Paper
Glimmer Paper 6x6 Assortment Pack
just one mini egg carton (out of the original box of 8). 

Enough for some serious Springtime fun!!

Please leave a comment letting me know what has been your favorite item from the ending-soon Sale-a-Bration (this Friday, eek!!) or Occasions catalogs.  That's all that is required!

Then a lucky someone will be drawn from the comments and announced on Saturday, April 1st, after noon EDT.  One entry per person, please.  (Demonstrators can play, too!)
Within the United States only, too, please.

Ooh, and while we're discussing mailing things,
it's time to update your mailing address with me for the next big Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog mailing!!
If you're not already on the list, please sign up soon.
There is no charge, and I hear that this catalog is a can't miss :)

I'll add you to the mailer!
(Catalogs don't mail out until late May/early June, but the automatic mailer needs time.)

Be sure to check back this Saturday, April 1st, to see who gets that blog candy.
It's also going to be my last post for my Creative Crew challenge time on Splitcoast.
See you then!!

And, for Pete's sake, don't forget -

the last day to order and take advantage of choosing FREE Sale-a-Bration items is this Friday, March 31, 2017.

Visit my Stampin' Up! demonstrator website for all of the current catalogs
and to shop, of course! :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

color me spring - no, stamp me spring!

How stampers do coffee break!!
Proof that, if it doesn't move fast enough in my house, it will get stamped :)
Do you love Starbucks' spring cups as much as I do?!  I was so excited when I first saw them.
"I could totally stamp those!!"
 So I did.

How stampers do coffee breaks : )
 Starbucks' version of Pantone's Primrose Yellow =
Stampin' Up!'s Daffodil Delight
(Dragonfly Dreams and Butterfly Basics stamp sets)

How stampers do coffee breaks : )
and Starbucks' version of Pantone's Island Paradise =
Stampin' Up!'s Bermuda Bay
(Butterfly Basics stamp set)

How stampers do coffee breaks : )
my favorite :)
(Swallowtail stamp - retired Stampin' Up!)

How stampers do coffee breaks : )
ooh, don't forget!

One Week left of Sale-a-Bration!!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

to lift your spirits :)

For March's local Stampin' Up! demonstrator get-together,
I made a white-white-white card combining some old and new elements :)

The Lift Me Up Bundle in the Occasions catalog pairs nicely with the
retired World Traveler Embossing Folder.

 Things are starting to run out from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!!
Finalize and place your orders soon so you don't miss out on your favorites :)

Monday, March 06, 2017

*Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!* (a little early)

That's Happy St. Patrick's Day in Gaelic, by the way :)

I know it's too soon, but that's how it goes with card-making, right?!

On the left is my last challenge card for March Creative Crew at Splitcoast Stampers.
I had screwed up and only done four challenge projects, and, then, even after
I had started the project, I forgot to finish it, photograph it, and upload it!  *sheesh*

Anywho, here's my Technique Challenge card :)
The tutorial that I selected is the one that was featured in one of  the recent SCS newsletters,
Z Box Pop-Up Card by Deb Valder (click to go straight to Deb's tutorial)
Mine was also inspired by Dina's sample that she created for the newsletter, Z Bunny Garden here,
and my card that I made to share at this month's local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator get-together.

 See how it is when you start opening it?!  Isn't that fun?!
There are little layers that are revealed like a pop-up book.  So cool.
So, McFoxy here is wishing you good luck, and then, hey!
It worked.  You found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow :)

And here is the card from our demonstrator get-together last month:

Stampin' Up! Supply list for both:

Stamp sets:
Foxy Friends
Every Occasion
Lift Me Up
Snow Place
Thankful Life
Banners for You
Designer Tin of Cards

Thinlits and Framelits:
Bunch of Banners Framelits
Perfect Pines Framelits
Snow Friends Framelits
Birds and Blooms Thinlits
Up and Away Thinlits

Woodland Embossing Folder
Cable Knit Embossing Folder

Duet Banner Punch
Tree Punch

Gold Glitz Dazzling Details
Blender Pen

Stampin' Write Markers:
Real Red
Daffodil Delight
Garden Green
Pacific Point
Basic Black

Classic Inks:
Chocolate Chip
Calypso Coral
Crumb Cake
Emerald Envy
Smoky Slate
Basic Gray

If you'd like to place an order for these supplies,
please Contact Me!
Sale-a-Bration is in its final month for 2017!!