More Sweet Cakes!

Here’s a few more super quick, easy cards from my display board at Retreat to share with you using the Sweet Cake stamp set and the Sweet Shop Specialty DSP. The second card has some of the cute new Sweet Shop Designer Stickers on them. Very cool!  The Sweet Cake stamp set goes away on April 30, so don’t forget to place your order along with your favorite items which appear on the Retired Accessory List on April 25. These items will go very fast so you will not want to hesitate.

Supplies:

Card 1:  Stamp Set:  Sweet Cake; Card Stock: Pool Party, Soft Suede, and Whisper White; DSP: Sweet Shop Specialty; Ink: Wisteria Wonder and Soft Suede; Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Scallop Oval Punch, Pool Party 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon.

Card 2:  Stamp Set:  Sweet Cake; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo,  and Whisper White; DSP:  Sweet Shop Specialty; Ink:  Calypso Coral; Accessories:  Sweet Shop Designer Stickers, Oval Scallop Punch, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Card 3:  Stamp Set: Sweet Cake and Fabulous Phrases; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pool Party and Soft Suede; DSP:  Sweet Shop; Ink:  Soft Suede; Accessories:  3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon in Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Jelly Bean Brad.

Card 4:  Stamp Set:  Sweet Cake; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder; DSP:  Sweet Shop; Ink:  Concord Crush; Accessories:  3/8″ Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cupcakes!

Don’t you just want to lick the frosting off all those cupcakes? This background paper is from the lovely pack of Specialty Designer Series Paper, Sweet Shop, two of which have embossed designs like the one from yesterday’s card (the lovely polka dots). But today’s card is just full of cupcakes! And the centerpiece – another cupcake from the Sweet Cake stamp set! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate with this card?!!

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Sweet Cake and Fabulous Phrases; Card Stock: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White,  and Soft Suede; Ink: Soft Suede and Calypso Coral; Accessories:  Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, and Scallop Oval Punch.

I’ve Got a Crush on You!

Concord Crush that is! Isn’t this color yummylicious? Is that a word? Not sure, but it sure describes this card. And not just for the cupcake!  This card is part of a group of cards that I made for a display board at the Asheville Retreat – the stamp set is Sweet Cake. It’s available through the end of April in the Mini Occasions Catalog as well as the Wisteria Wonder polka dot dsp featured in the Sweet Shop DSP paper pack. This is an easy card to make – just Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, and Concord Crush colors. I’ll be posting the rest of the cards in the next couple of days. But be sure to get your Concord Crush on because it will be retiring the end of May as part of the 2010-2012 In Colors. A new set of In Colors will be revealed in the new 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog in June.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Sweet Cake; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush; Ink:  Concord Crush; DSP:  Sweet Shop; Accessories:  Dimensionals, 1/2″ Concord Crush Poly-Stitch Ribbon.

Published in: on April 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kindness Matters Binder Tutorial Now Available on Etsy!

You can now purchase the tutorial for my Kindness Matters class that I taught at retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. This class was very popular and I really enjoyed teaching it to a great bunch of ladies!  The binder holds eight 5-1/4″ square cards, 2 each of 4 different designs along with envelopes. The binder and cards can be easily adapted to any designer series paper and stamp set so it is great for classes or a stamp camp, and if you are not a demonstrator, just to make and give as a gift. The cost is $12.50. Here’s the link to my new Etsy Shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sherindipity

Mocha Morning I Do!

With Summer around the corner, so come the wedding processions. Here is a lovely card using the Mocha Morning Specialty DSP again. As you can see from all my cards posted this past week this DSP is great for any occasion.  To give this card some extra shine, I sprayed it with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. I also sponged Very Vanilla Craft Ink onto the square behind the heart to give it an aged feeling and embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Here is a closeup.

Here are some more pics of the ladies from the North Carolina Retreat too!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Word Play; Cardstock: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; DSP:  Mocha Morning Specialty; Ink:  Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Craft Ink; Accessories:  Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Heart Punch, Big Shot, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponges, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired).

Thanks ladies for such a great time in North Carolina!

Mocha Morning Graduate

Spring is in the air, but the end of the school year will be here before you know it. So here is a little Mocha Morning for your graduate!  The wording on this card is from Word Play and is one of my favorite stamps from the set and very versatile – works for graduation, new job or retirement.  And the Early Espresso ribbon and the mini library clip definitely are perfect embellishments for this card.  Get your Mocha Morning Specialty DSP before it’s gone!

Here’s another project using this great DSP from a class I took at the North Carolina Retreat. My friend Bonnie Henderson taught this beautiful Frame Class and I really loved making the flowers out of Mocha Morning Specialty DSP.   Check out the texture on the leaves – she showed us how to use the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to make the veins on the leaf. So cool!

Supplies for Card: Stamp Set:  Word Play; Cardstock:  Textured Crumbcake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:   Early Espresso; DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories:  1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Library Clip, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Retirement List will be out on April 15th, please be sure to check out this list on my demonstrator website by clicking on the “shop now shopping cart” button at the top right sidebar of my blog – it will take you to my site.  These items will start to go quick so don’t delay if there are items you want from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.

Also the Clearance Rack has added over 50 new items. You won’t want to pass up these items either. Fabulous markdowns!

Mocha Morning Continues!

Here are some more projects using the Mocha Morning Speciality DSP. What’s so special about a specialty DSP you say? Well, usually there are one or two sheets that have something special about them like flocking, raised images, glitter, etc. Mocha Morning has two different sheets that have beatiful black flocking on them so I thought I would show you two cards that have this feature. Here’s a close up pic of the flocking and the little embossed butterfly. Another Mocha Morning card with that specialty flocking on it is this one with a favorite saying from the “Style Beautiful” stamp set. That wording says it all. These two cards are also easy and quick to make but pack a punch in the style arena.

Supplies: Card 1 – Stamp Set: Word Play; Cardstock: Crumb Cake Plain and Textured, Whisper White, and Basic Black; DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty; Ink: Basic Black; Accessories:  5/8″ Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, and Basic Pearls. Card 2 – Stamp Set:  Style Beautiful; Cardstock:  Basic Black and Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black; Accessories:  Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon.

Mocha Morning for Dad

Quick post before I head out the door to go grocery shopping! Stampin’ Up!’s Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper is great for making men’s cards too, like this one for Father’s Day. The colors are great – Soft Suede and Early Espresso, and this was one quick card too. To make this card especially manly, I pulled out my Big Shot and embossed the strip of Soft Suede CS behind the wording with  the Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  See you tomorrow with another Mocha Morning DSP card!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede; Ink:  Early Espresso; DSP:  Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories:  5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

It’s Going to be a Mocha Morning Kind of Week!

So much going on right now and I haven’t had a chance to post lately, but while brainstorming last night I remembered I hadn’t shared my Mocha Morning cards from my North Carolina retreat display board on my blog yet. So that’s what I’ll be doing all this week. After you see these cards, you will realize that if you haven’t purchased this lovely Stampin’ Up! Specialty Designer Series Paper yet, you must. But you will have to do it soon as it will be retiring as all good Stampin’ Up! designer series papers do when a new catalog comes out.  And that will be early this year, with the new catalog making its debut in June instead of July.  So I hope you enjoy my Mocha Morning DSP creation today and keep coming back for more the rest of the week.  This is my favorite of the bunch!

Here is a pic of me and my friend, Bonnie Henderson, another SU! demonstrator, who organized the retreat that I attended last month in Asheville, NC . Bonnie was also my roommate and we had so much fun – staying up until the wee hours of the morning laughing at each other’s escapades from years long ago! Thanks Bonnie for allowing me to teach at your retreat and I look forward to doing so again in the fall.

Here is another pic of a great bunch of gals that attended one or both of my classes that I taught at retreat.  They are referred to as the Tennessee Gals. They were so fun and willing to share all their ideas with me as well as including me in with their lunch and dinner groups.

Two of my friends that I met at retreat last fall, Kathy Williams and Sandy Sluder, both from Tennessee, were unable to attend this spring retreat so I decided to swing up through Tennessee on my way back home to Maryland and had dinner with them at the Chop House in Kingsport and got to share all my cards and ideas with them that we did at retreat. It was such a pleasant evening catching up with each other. For some reason my flash was not working on my camera and the room was so dark those pics did not turn out so I don’t have them to share with you.  But here is one of the Tennessee mountains that I took when I was on my way to meet up with them. Such a pretty state!

Supplies:

Stamp Sets:  Bordering on Romance (Mini Occasions – last day to order April 30) and Party Time; Cardstock:  Textured Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Lucky and Limeade; Specialty Designer Series Paper: Mocha Morning; and Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Aqua Painter, Dimensionals and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired).

Thanks from Toby

Its been a few weeks since we laid our Toby to rest. He was such a beautiful dog that I wanted him to be the focal point on the card so all I added was just a simple linen thread bow and some brads to embellish. I gave this card to our vets, Dr. Harris and Dr. Kerns at Midshore Veterinary Service, to thank them for their friendship, care and support over the last seven years.  Toby was so protective of me each time we went to the vet’s and would sometimes growl at the staff that I often had to leave the exam room so they could work with him. But they always came out with a smile saying what a great and loyal dog he was to me. One of the things my husband will miss as Spring rolls around is his golf ball chaser. Toby loved to go over to the field with him while he practiced his swing and would bring back his balls for him. We keep looking to see him everywhere in the house as he was constantly under foot and following us from room to room. I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I tripped over him, especially getting out of the bed in the middle of the night. We never knew which side he was going to sleep on as it seemed he rotated sides torn between having to make the decision between the two of us. He was a extremely faithful and we love and miss him dearly.

Published in: on March 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm  Comments (10)  
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Mocha Morning Valentine

This is a just a quick blog entry to show you the card I made for my hubby for Valentine’s Day.  It is an Easel Card and was very easy to make.  I viewed Brian Pilling’s video from Stampin’ Up! to get all my measurements and scoring lines for construction. This card went together quickly especially when I could use my Simply Scored Tool to make all my scoring lines. Easel cards are great because it allows you to display your card creation, but it can also fold flat for mailing. No special mailing required. My hubby loved the fact that he could keep the card out for display on his dresser. I used my Perfect Bow Maker to make the bow on this card.

Supplies:  Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts, Take It To Heart and Style Beautiful; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumbcake, and Basic Black; DSP:  Mocha Morning; Ink:  Craft Black Ink; Accessories:  Simply Scored Tool, Embossing Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder, Large Pearl Basic Jewels (8 mm), Hearts Collection Framelit Dies, Big Shot, 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals.

Here is  Brian Pilling’s Easel Card Video from Stampin’ Up to help you with measurements and construction of an Easel Card.

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Enchanting Swap!

Camera is still MIA! Hoping it will reappear before I leave for Leadership this weekend. I don’t want to have to use my camera phone the whole trip so I am still searching. But I wanted to show you all my swap card so the camera phone it is.  I used the new Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper because I needed something quick that would pack alot of elegance at the same time.  The Soft Suede flower is punched with the new Blossom Punch from the Mini Occasions Catalog. There is a matching stamp set to use with the punch called Mixed Bunch, but I didn’t purchase it as it comes as a part of my Leadership packet. I will feature it in another posting. However, so my blossom wouldn’t look naked I ran it through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to give it some texture. The center of my flower was stamped using a Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Fresh Vintage. This set coordinates with the Everday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. Both are available beginning January 24 in the new Sale-A-Bration catalog. Sale-A-Bration is a wonderful time to hostess a workshop! As Hostess you can earn FREE product in addition to the regular hostess benefits and as an attendee of a workshop with every $50.00 you purchase, you get FREE product! The Everyday Enchantment DSP and Fresh Vintage stamp set are two of the items you can get for FREE! My greeting is from another new stamp set you can get for FREE – it is called Elementary Elegance. It features a beautiful frame, two word greetings and some cute little stamps such as the butterfly featured next to my greeting. Pearls add a finishing touch to my butterfly and the center of my flower and some of the new 1/8″ Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon as leaves for my flower. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Elementary Elegance and Fresh Vintage; Cardstock:  Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Poppy Parade, Soft Suede and Lucky Limeade; DSP: Everyday Enchantment; Accessories:  Blossom Punch, 1/2″, 1-3/8″ and 1-1/4″ Circle Punches, Oval and Oval Scallop Punches, Basic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and Lace Crochet Trim, 1/8″ Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon.

Published in: on January 12, 2012 at 11:34 am  Comments (1)  
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Tea for Two!

Yes, Please! Isn’t this teacup from Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp set, “Tea Shoppe”, absolutely wonderful?  The pansies on the cup are so delicate and are one of my favorite flowers – as a young girl I remember my mom planting them every year in our garden. This card is a great way to invite a friend over for tea and cookies and a chat come Springtime.  Yes, I know we are just coming up on winter, but we can plan ahead, can’t we?  Make a couple of these cards, then set aside a few days in March to invite a friend over, each on their very own special day. We are all so busy and our calendars get filled so fast these days, why not send them out now so you can make sure everyone’s date on their calendar is available, including yours! Get some girl time in! There are two new products featured here, along with the Tea Shoppe stamp set:  the Framelits Dies – Labels Collection and Embosslits Die – Fashionable Hearts. They become available for purchase on January 4 from the new Mini Occasions Catalog!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Tea Shoppe and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Retired) or you can use the Color Spritzer Tool with a marker; Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, and Confetti White; Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Pink Pirouette 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Rhinestones, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponges, and Framelits Dies – Labels Collection and Embosslits Die – Fashionable Hearts.

All Wrapped Up in a Pretty Package!

I love wrapping Christmas presents! Don’t you?  And doesn’t this card look just lovely as a glittery package? Stampin’ Up!’s awesome Silver Glimmer paper makes it just perfect combined with the Cherry Cobbler ribbon. I’ve adorned the little bells with rhinestones and outlined them with two-way glue and applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter to really make them shine.

Speaking of gifts I am off to finish up the last of my Christmas shopping for my family. We are having Christmas at Thanksgiving this year since my daughter, Lindsey, is due to deliver my second grandchild on December 20.  I better get going – so much to do!

Be sure to click on the shopping cart on my right side bar to check out the Stampin’ Up! On-Line Extravaganza with specials up to 60% off and two items marked down for 24 hours only – the Simply Scored Tool and the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps! This main promotion runs from November 21 through November 30!  Check out my exclusive special on my Facebook page as well. While there, if you have not already “Liked” my page, please do so! That way you can see daily postings! Thanks!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Bells & Boughs; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Silver Glimmer Paper; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and More Mustard; Accessories:  Paper Snips, Rhinestones, XL Oval Punch, Oval Scallop Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Two-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Filigree Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Linen Thread.

Published in: on November 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm  Comments (2)  
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