October 4, 2011


Good morning all!!! Well, it's not such a great morning for me - seems I have a nasty sinus infection, probably from all the extreme changes we have had in the weather lately.  It went from 93 one day to 60 the next, back up to the 100s and now below 60 again - I mean, really??? No wonder everyone is sick :-( However, I have so much to do that I can't let it keep me down, so I will be off to see the man with the good stuff later on today, lol!! In the meantime, I thought I would share my second swap card with you! I was signed up to do the Netting background stamp, but since it IS a background stamp, I used other sets on here too :-)  I wanted a nice, bright, and cheery card so I went with Tangerine Tango card stock for the base, with some Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point accent papers, and I love it!! The Netting stamp is done with Tangerine Tango classic ink on Whisper White card stock to make it really pop! Then, I used the flourishes from the BFF stamp set - such a fun stamp set, I can't believe it took me this long to ink it up!  Doesn't it look like a patterned paper?? I love making my own, so fun!! The main images and the sentiment are from the Hostess stamp set Precious Butterflies - Looooove it!!  I stamped them on Whisper White card stock, and then softly sponged Pacific Point ink over the top.  I backed the image with a Scallop Circle that I cut out on my Big Shot. The sentiment is stamped on Wild Wasabi card stock, then punched out using the Decorative Label punch, and popped up on dimensionals over a piece of Old Olive thin grosgrain ribbon.  I was worried that it would look funny mixing the greens, but nope, looks great!! I again kept it simple since I needed to make so many of these, but I think it turned out pretty, and I hope my swap group likes it too *wink* If you like any of the products I used here, you can purchase them all for yourself in my online store! Or, if you would rather, you can contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you :-) Now, I am off to get ready for the doctor, ugghhhh!! I hope you all have a fabulous day, and take time to be creative!! See ya manana!!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White card stock
Inks - Old Olive, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango classic inks
Stamps - Netting background stamp, BFF, Precious Butterflies(hostess set)
Tools - Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, 3 1/2 inch Circle Die, Designer Label punch, Dimensionals, Sponge
Accessories - Old Olive thin grosgrain ribbon

October 3, 2011


Good Monday morning stampers!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine was extremely busy with the Card Buffet and a workshop - whew!! I don't think I really had time to register it was the weekend, lol! And, it's now October - can you believe it??!! I can't - the months are flying by :-) Pretty soon it will be....oh, never mind - I don't want to go there, LOL!!! One of the things I love to do is swap - it gives me samples of some wonderful cards with different styles and great techniques that I may not have done in awhile or may be new to me.  I recently participated in a swap where we had to sign up for a certain catalog set and we would then get different set samples back! Since the swap is now closed and sent back, I can share one of the sets (I did two) that I chose with you today! The set I chose was Established Elegance because I love the vintage look and feel to this set, and wanted an excuse to try out the typewriter, heehee! The base of this card is Soft Suede card stock and I paired it with the beautiful Beau Chateau Designer Series paper -isn't it yummy??! I kept the card fairly simple because I needed 20 of them, but still wanted that WOW! factor :-) I stamped the typewriter in Soft Suede classic ink on Naturals Ivory card stock and then I cut it out.  I then popped it up on dimensionals over a square of the same card stock that I stamped with several of the other images in this set using Blushing Bride classic ink. I inked the edges in Soft Suede ink, rounded the corners, and then adhered the whole thing to a Scalloped Square that I cut out on my Big Shot(did you know you can get one of these FREE??).  I also folded down one of the corners and added a vintage brad, and stamped another one of the beautiful images in the corner using Soft Suede ink.  I then decided to stamp my sentiment (from the Petite Pairs stamp set) on another piece of Naturals Ivory and roll it like a scroll coming out of the typewrite - cute, right?? Lastly, I added some Victorian Lace ribbon and the card was done! Like I said, simple - but still very pretty, don't you think?? I hope the swap ladies like it :-) I had fun making it, I love to design cards just because! I have another swap card since I signed up for two, and I will share that one tomorrow :-) If you like the products you seen here, you can order them in my online store, or contact me and I will be happy to take your order for you! Also, don't forget about all our wonderful specials this month - click here and you can see them all in one place :-) Now, I am off to work on some of my craft fair projects and some workshop items - very busy day here in the Hobson stamp studio, lol!! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I will be back tomorrow, promise!! In the meantime, I hope you take the time to be creative, it does the heart good!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Naturals Ivory card stock, Beau Chateau designer series paper
Inks- Soft Suede, Blushing Bride classic inks
Stamps - Established Elegance, Petite Pairs (sentiment)
Tools - Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Die, Corner Rounder, Ticket Corner Punch, dimensionals, sponge
Accessories - Victorian Lace, Vintage brads

October 2, 2011


Happy October everyone!!! YAY! It has finally started cooling down here in Northern Cali - 70s in the forecast all week here - whoohooo!!! I had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating World Card Making Day by hosting a Card Buffet where there were all sorts of different cards to stamp for a $1 per card - it was sooo much fun!! Lots of people came, and there was lots of laughter, stamping, and just a great time!! This past week has been CRAZY busy, and I have been fighting a pretty bad sinus infection BUT I wanted to let you know today of the exciting news from Stampin' Up!  This month - it is AMAZING!!!! Check out these specials - they are going to blow your mind :-)  See that picture above?? Yep, it's true - a FREE BIG SHOT, WHOOHOOOO!!! Here are all the details:

From October 1st-31st anyone who signs up to be a demonstrator will have their choice of a FREE BIG SHOT OR A $100 SHOPPING SPREE - YOUR CHOICE!!!! WHOOHOOO!!! - ISN'T THAT AMAZING!!!! In addition, the new-demonstrator starter kit (an amazing deal for only $175) contains $310 worth of stamp sets, card stock, ink, accessories, and all the business supplies you need to get started!!! And, if you want to customize this kit so that you get the stamps YOU want, the inks YOU want, etc. you can also do that!
SO, ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR FREE BIG SHOT??!!! Simply click here and you are on your way to an unlimited amount of creativity, a wonderful new family of stampers, and FUN!!! But hurry, this offer is only good until October 31st, and just like all the witches, warlocks, ghosts, and bats they will be gone :-) AS AN ADDED BONUS, IF YOU JOIN MY TEAM DURING THIS PROMOTION, YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN MY NEW RECRUIT BIG SHOT CLUB!!  You will learn all kinds of wonderfully fun ways of using your Big Shot so YOU can get the most out of your new toy :-)
If you have any questions or want to know more about being a demonstrator, please don't hesitate to contact me! You can email me or call me at (530)589-6900 - I am happy to chat with you about how wonderful it is to be a demonstrator :-)

Have a wonderful Sunday!!