August 6, 2011


Good morning all! I hope you are enjoying your weekend whatever you are doing :-) Today Kayla and I are going to repaint/redecorate her bathroom - she wants a very pale purple and gray - sooooo pretty! Right now it is a gold color and decorated in sea life so it will be a big change, lol!  I will take pics when we are done - everything has already been taken out of it, but I can do the before and after I think *wink* She is very excited, so I am excited to be doing it with her!! But, I did promise to share with you the male version of the Dream Canvas I shared yesterday - this one is of my son when we were in Fort Bragg.  He was standing on this huge rock formation just looking out at the water, and I had to take the picture! I LOVE how it turned out, shows Tyler's contemplative side, which we don't see very often as he is a big jokester :-)  As you can see, the layout is very similar to the one I did of my daughter, just a few things moved around to accommodate the picture, and of course the colors are different -more masculine! The letters are cut out on the Big Shot with the Serif Essentials alphabet but this time using Soft Suede and the Brushed Gold card stock - love it! The lace border is also cut out in the Brushed Gold, and added to the border of the pic, which really draws your eye to it!  The patterned paper is Beau Chateau, but the negative sides of the paper are used as they have a more masculine look and feel to them.  The ribbon is Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon with an overlay of Soft Suede Taffeta - yummy combo!!! The stamp set used is called The Open Sea - fitting, right??  I stamped the ship and the compass in Versamark, added gold embossing powder, and heat set them with my heat gun. Then, I just cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals.

Here is a close-up of the ship so you can how nice the embossed gold looks - I love it!  The chipboard is from my stash and is sponged with Soft Suede classic ink.  There are bitty buttons down the side of the lacy ribbon border, and then some Early Espresso twine on the side to give some visual interest.   I love how this one came out too, and will have to decide where I want these two to hang because they need to be seen, lol! I hope you enjoyed seeing both versions of this canvas, and if you love the products and want them NOW, you can order them in my online store or contact me and I will be happy to help with an order *wink*  I will be teaching a similar class in September so if you are interested in making a canvas, watch for the schedule and get signed up because this class always fills!!  Now, I am off to put on my painting duds and get to painting with my daughter!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend - be back on Monday with something cute to show you, but until then, STAMP SOMETHING :-)
Canvas Recipe:
Paper - Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Brushed Gold card stock, Beau Chateau designer Series Paper
Inks - Soft Suede classic ink and Stampin' write marker
Tools - Lace Border punch, Eyelet Border punch, Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Versamark, Big Shot, Serif Essentials Alphabet
Accessories - Early Espresso bakers twine, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, designer buttons, bitty buttons, chipboard

August 5, 2011


I can't believe it is Friday night already - Sheesh!! I promise I have not forgotten about all of you, I just have been working on projects that I cannot share just yet, but will soon :-) I have been in my stamp room most of the week working away - don't you feel sorry for me, lol??!!  I LOVE my job, so much fun!! My stamp room is not looking so pretty right now, but I made lots of pretty things IN it *wink* And, I want to share one of them with you - it's the Canvas from the Vintage Summer Canvas class I taught last week.  It is one of my favorite classes to teach, I just love watching people get so excited about the piece of art they have created! I have these hanging all over my house, and they sure do make beautiful gifts as well!  I actually am going to share two versions because I did the male version and the female version so my customers could choose depending on the pics they brought! I will share my male version with you tomorrow!!  This first one is of my daughter - this is on the ship tour we took in the Harbor when we were in Annapolis this past May. I just loved capturing her in this moment - my heart melts when I look at this because I can still see my little girl in there underneath all that teen attitude, lol!  We used the Beau Chateau Designer Series paper, sooo pretty and perfect for this project! We also used some of the brushed silver card stock and punched a beautiful lace border for the picture using the Lace Border punch! The letters were cut using my Big Shot and the Serif Essentials Alphabet - they are mirrored letters using Blushing Bride and the Brushed Silver card stock and they look fabulous together!! That pretty little journaling note is one of the many that you can get in the new Beau Chateau Side Notes pack - you get TONS of different choices, and they are all soooo pretty! I did very little journaling, just enough to remind me of where she was that day.  My customers really liked the journaling addition as it is the first time we have really done any journaling on our canvases so I may have to keep doing that :-)  The stamp set we used is called Creative Elements and I am totally in love with this set, it has so many beautiful images in it, and they all scream vintage!! We used the butterfly and the pretty flower, both which we stamped twice, cut out, and popped up! The flower is actually trimmed to the inner piece on the second layer and then a pretty vintage brad is added to the middle, making it really dimensional.  To finish off our canvas, we added a lace border with Victorian Lace ribbon and Marina Mist satin ribbon, which we layered together and then added buttons to give it some depth.  Lastly, we created a beautiful flower out of the Beau Chateau fabric and the Flower Folds die on the Big Shot - lots and lots of layers, but it really came out gorgeous!
 Here is a close-up shot of how pretty this flower really is!!I just love how all of our products coordinate to make gorgeous creations - and they mix and match so well that they are all fun to play with!   I loved all the beautiful canvases - no matter whether they use the same stamps or colors, the pictures make them each unique so it is always fun to see everyones finished projects! I am excited to share my male version - I think you will love that one too *wink* If you love the products you see here and want them all for your very own, you can order them all in my online store or contact me and I will be happy to take your order for you! And remember, right now is our big paper pack sale - buy three, get one free so it is a PERFECT time to stock up on all of our beautiful papers!  And now, I have to go and pretend I am cold because I am stamping Christmas cards for a Stamp a Stack on Monday -  very hard to do August in California :-) I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I will be back tomorrow with the other canvas to share but until then, stamp something!!
Canvas Recipe:
Paper - Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, Brushed Silver card stock, Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
Inks - Marina Mist, Blushing Bride classic inks, Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker (journaling)
Stamps - Creative Elements
Tools - Big Shot, Serif Essentials Alphabet dies, Flower Folds die, Lace Border Punch, Eyelet Border Punch
Accessories - Victoria Lace Ribbon, Marina Mist Satin Ribbon, Beau Chateau side notes and fabric, vintage brads, designer buttons 

August 1, 2011


Happy Monday stampers!!! I woke up this morning full of ideas and headed straight back to my craft room, lol! I love days where I have nothing planned so that if I want to play all day, I can *smile* and today is one of those days!! Of course, it IS a beautiful day outside so I may have to go out for a little while and maybe hang out with the kiddos by the pool, lol! However, first I am stamping :-)  I wanted to share with you the frame gift set we made in class the other night!  We used the new Flirtatious Specialty Suite designer series paper - I love the fun, bright colors of this pack, it makes me happy! We started out with an unfinished wood frame and using Sticky Strip, adhered the patterned paper to the frame.  There is no glass on this frame which I like so that the center can have some 3d items if you want. The yellow circles are punched from a sheet of DSP and popped up on dimensionals with some pretty rhinestones added to the center - love it!!! We used the stamp set Precious Butterflies, a hostess set that is absolutely gorgeous and definitely a favorite of mine :-)
The pretty butterflies on the frame are cut out using the Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot die, then embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder (the same one is used on the main images for the card).  Across the bottom of the frame and the side of the card you can see the pretty Lace Border punch was used on some patterned paper - doesn't it look wonderful??! I really like the effect of using this new punch on the patterned paper - it really makes it pop!  It's just soooooo pretty!!!  And, of course we had to add some of the gorgeous pearls to make our butterflies all girly to match the frame - love those!!
And, on the frame, my favorite part is the flower - it is made out of the YUMMY Flirtatious fabric! We used the Flower Folds Big Shot die and created a beautiful embellishment! Here is a close-up picture of just the flower so you can see how pretty it turned out! It is really full and fluffy IRL! The center is a button from my collection - they were allowed to pick whatever they wanted from my big button jar, even if it is retired, which I think this one is (uh, oh!)  I love it though - so I don't feel too too bad about it, lol!
 The BEST part of this frame is of course the picture in the middle! The beautiful girl on the left is my daughter and the other beauty is her best friend Jordyn - these two are joined at the hip, I swear - they spend pretty much every waking moment together, lol! This was taken at the American Idol concert - I just made it black and white so I could do any color I wanted on the frame *wink* This is one of my favorite pics of the two of them - they are both smiling and look like they are really having a lot of fun!  I know I didn't talk to much about the card, but all the products used on the frame were also used on the card, with the exception of the flower - I did this so if my customers want to gift this frame to someone else (they all said they were keeping it though, lol!) they had a matching gift card to go with their pretty gift!  I will leave you with the recipe for this and then I am off to stamp! I am so excited to play today - I just know I am going to come up with something fun, cute, and wonderful to share with you later on this week - lol!! If you like any of the products that I used in these projects, you can order them in my online store OR contact me and I will be happy to place an order for you! Or, if you would like these products FREE, why not host a workshop? Contact me now and let's get you set up with your very own afternoon of stamping fun :-)  Have a wonderful day and I will be back soon with another fun project to share :-) Until then, go STAMP SOMETHING!!!
Frame/Card Recipe:
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla card stock, Flirtatious Designer Specialty Designer Series Paper
Inks - Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, Regal Rose class inks
Stamps - Precious Butterflies (hostess set)
Tools - Big Shot, Flower Folds Die, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Finial Press embossing folder, Lace Border Punch, Designer Label Punch, 1 inch Circle Punch
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls, Daffodil Delight Wide Striped grosgrain ribbon, Daffodil Delight narrow grosgrain ribbon, Buttons, Whisper White Twine


Dates: August 1-31, 2011
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