Imagine the Possibilities

That phrase can mean so many different things to different people – graduation from high school or college, searching for a new job, finally getting that new job, searching on-line for a new boyfriend, or a boost to your ego after getting rid of that guy you met on-line. And, hey, how about a new outlook on life?

For me, I’m always trying to build my Stampin’ Up! business. Something that is not easy these days with the way the economy is going. I try to work hard at it everyday.  Some days are better than others, especially since I am a full-time caregiver for my handicap stepson, Donnie. His care will always come first. That’s my boy in the pic! Life is all about balance and sometimes the scale just doesn’t tip towards stamping.  I am  forever thankful that my customers are so understanding on those days.

But the joy I get at placing rubber to ink and then to paper to create something that has so much personal meaning, I guess this is something maybe only a papercrafter can understand. Everyday I try to imagine the possibilities, what can I make that will bring joy to another person and who can I share my love of stamping with?  I hope it will be you!  Leave a comment below about what inspires you and on Wednesday, September 28, I will have my husband randomly pick a name to send this card to along with a few other surprises!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Word Play and Nature Walk; Cardstock: Confetti White, Early Espresso, and Marina Mist; Designer Series Paper:  First Edition and Botanical Gazette (retired); Ink: Early Espresso and Marina Mist; Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and 3/8″ Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon.

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Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm  Comments (7)  
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A Pumpkin With Spice!

Spice Cake Designer Series Paper is filled with so much spice it’s overflowing from this cute  floral display I made for my hair stylist, Ashley at West Wing Salon & Spa.  She does an amazing job on my hair so I wanted to make something nice to let her know I appreciate her.  I found this beautiful little ceramic pumpkin container at my local grocery store in three different colors – orange, olive and purple. I can’t wait to to fill the remaining two containers with matching flowers. I’ll have to check my paper stash and see what I can come up with.

The flowers are made using the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch.  For instructions on how to make these flowers see my November 19, 2010 posting by putting “shower” in the search engine on my right sidebar. I made several of those beautiful bouquets for my daughter’s wedding shower. My scallop punch definitely got a workout when I made them. LOL!

I added an oversized styrofoam ball to my ceramic pumpkin pushing it in as far as it would go to secure it and began inserting the flowers into the ball using large corsage pins.  In the past I have also attached the flowers using a low temp glue gun, but by using the pins avoided the mess this time.  Stamped my tag with “Life is a matter of moments” stamp and attached it with linen thread to my bow and using the large corsage pins inserted the bow into the flower arrangement. Because of the pretty blue pearl on the end of the corsage pin I didn’t mind having it show.

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Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Elements of Style; Cardstock: More Mustard and Soft Suede for flowers, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso for the tag; Ink:  Early Espresso; Designer Series Paper:  Spice Cake; Accessories:  Neutral Brads, 5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Punches:  Large Oval, Scallop Oval and 1/16″ Circle. Non-Stampin’ Up!:  floral container and corsage pins.

Published in: on September 23, 2011 at 10:46 am  Comments (2)  
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Bright Hopes

A card can come together so easily when it starts with the right stamp set. Bright Hopes is that stamp set. So simple, yet elegant. This stamp set is what makes it all worth it to make your own Christmas Cards, don’t you think?  This card is featured in my Holiday Card Stamp A Stack tonight.  If you couldn’t fit it into your schedule this week, it is being offered again next week. This class features three different designs and attendees will make 5 of each design. This class also includes envelopes – all for $20.00. 

My Holiday Card Stamp A Stacks are offered twice a month through November. In December the Stamp A Stack will be Gift Cards.  Take these classes once a month or twice a month and you’ll be one step ahead of the holiday rush to get them in the mail this year.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Bright Hopes; Cardstock:  Very Vanilla and Soft Suede; Ink:  Soft Suede; Designer Series Paper:  Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories:  Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Dazzling Details.

Published in: on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Snowbuddy Likes You!

These two snowmen are so much fun! That’s because they are part of the Snow Much Fun stamp set in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. This is Card #2 which was done as part of my swaps with my Sherindipity Stampers Group featuring stamp sets from the New Idea Book and the Holiday Mini Catalog. Card #1 was posted on September 9. Card #3 will be posted on Thursday, so check back again!  I used the same setup from a previous card I posted on August 8 – Holiday Dreaming, but changed my Frostwood Lodge Designer Paper from green to red and made my card alittle larger at 5-1/4″ square. I love this size – it allows you to add just alittle more to each card! I also had room to add a little more love to it – check out the three hearts from the Heart to Heart punch.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Snow Much Fun; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, and Cherry Cobbler; Ink:  Garden Green; Markers:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, and Pumpkin Pie, Designer Series Paper:  Frostwood Lodge; Accessories:  1/2″ Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon, Heart to Heart Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Eyelet Border Punch, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Circles #2 Die, Big Shot, Silver Glimmer Paper and Rhinestones.

Published in: on September 20, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (1)  
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I Prefer Treats over Tricks!

I love Halloween! In fact, my daughter, Lindsey, was born on Halloween and was definitely my treat that year.  Since then we have had many halloween birthday parties but one in particular I remember making a paper mache bat pinata.  It had so much glue in it no one could break the pinata. LOL! One of the dads ended up having to break it open so the kids could get to the candy. A little disappointing to the kids, but my daughter and I sure had fun making our first pinata together. Lesson learned – less glue!

I made this cute little treat box for a shoebox swap I attended yesterday with some other ladies from my upline and sideline.  However, you can make it too if you attend my Fall Stamp Camp on Saturday, October 8 from 2-6 p.m.  I’ll have three other fun fall projects as well for $15.00.  Check out the details of my Fall Stamp Camp on my demonstrator website events calendar at www.sherahlweadon.stampinup.net soon!

I used Stampin’ Up!’s new Kraft Gift boxes for the base of my project. These are a deal at 4 boxes for only $2.95. I used the Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper pack to decorate all sides and inside the top lid.  I then stamped my pumpkins using the Jack of All Trades stamp set. Love that witch hat and rhinestone bling for his eyes!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Jack of All Trades, Piece of Poison, and Got Treats; Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Basic Black; Designer Series Paper:  Pick Your Poison; Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Old Olive; Accessories:  Large and Small Tag Punches, Kraft Gift Boxes, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestones, Medium Flat Cellow Bags, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool or 1/16″ Circle Punch, Halloween Candy and Lollipop Sticks.

Holiday Goodies are in the House!

My Holiday Open House will be held on September 17 and 18 – two whole days for you to check out new products from the Holiday Mini Catalog!   Its from 10 am to 6 pm both days.  I’ll have a display of projects using new products such as this one shown here.  It’s from the stamp set “Snow Much Fun” and features that luscious Very Vanilla velvet ribbon and Spice Cake designer series paper and buttons. And click on the photo to enlarge the photo and check out how those Basic Pearls look like they are tiny glass balls suspended on the Christmas tree!   It’s not your typical Christmas card but I love the pearls, paper and buttons. If you are into the more traditional Christmas cards there are also other new designer series papers for that as well such as Frostwood Lodge and Holly Berry Bouquet.

You’ll also be able to sign up for product shares and my holiday classes I will be offering this fall.  There will be giveaways all weekend so you won’t want to miss out. Earn Sherindipity Dollars for any new catalog purchases you make at my Open House and use later towards all your holiday wish list items. Attend my Open House and find out all the details. I will also pick a mystery hostess from all purchases made during my Open House and that person will be able to choose free product from either new catalog. Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by September 15!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Snow Much Fun; Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, and More Mustard; Ink:  Soft Suede; Marker:  Pool Party and More Mustard; DSP:  Spice Cake; Accessories:  Linen Thread, 3/8″ Velvet Stitched Ribbon, Basic Pearls, More Mustard Flower Brad, Spice Cake Designer Button, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, and Paper Snips.

Thinking of You!

Here’s a lovely card just to let someone know you are thinking about them.  That’s one of my new goals – is to actually send out my cards to friends and family to let them know I am still thinking about them especially if I haven’t had time to call or visit with them lately.  Even with the age of the internet and Facebook, I generally think people still like to get snail mail.  And there’s nothing like getting a hand-made card in the mail.  Makes it alittle more exciting than just getting bills in your mail box.  It might put alittle more pep in your step as you walk back to the house.  I know it does for me.

Unfortunately I tend to be a hoarder with my cards. Yes, I admit it!  I love each and every one of them and have a hard time parting with them.  But I’m going to start sharing the love soon – so watch out – you may get one from me very soon.

If you would like to begin making your own hand-made cards but aren’t sure where to start, give me a call and we can set up a personal one-on-one session or you can host your very own party right in your home with friends and family.  As the hostess for your party, you can earn FREE product to begin making your very own cards!  Email me at sweadon@hotmail.com or call me at 410-673-1673 for more information.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Just Believe and Swirls and Curls Verses; Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Paisley Petals; Ink:  Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, and Dimensionals.

Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm  Comments (3)  
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Got Bats?

My friend, Lynne, who is also one of my Sherindipity Stampers downline, recently had quite an experience when she woke to a scratching noise on her pillow.  Low and behold she had a bat in her bedroom!  Unfortunately she and her husband ended up having to undergo the whole series of rabies shots.  I don’t know how they have held it together through all this, because I tell you I would have been going absolutely crazy! There’s only one thing I hate worse than snakes, and that is bats!  I thought I would send her a card to give her a chuckle about her experience and wish her and her husband well.  Do you know what you would do if this situation happened to you?  Here’s the pic of the bat – ewwww!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Pick Your Poison; Accessories:  1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Neutral Brads, Antique Brads, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Bat Punch (retired), Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Serif Essentials Alphabet.

Glittery Goodness!

Glittery Goodness!

The Christmas Holidays are always filled with yummy goodies so why not share this glittery goodness with your friends and family when they come to visit.  Place them on a nightstand or on their pillows right before retiring for the evening.  These little glittery boxes hold four Hershey nuggets wrapped with a Merry message stamped using the new “Its a Wrap Holidays” stamp set.  The messages from this stamp set are stamped on an Avery 8160 label.  However, before you wrap your nugget, make a belly band around your nugget with cardstock, then wrap with your stamped label.  The Hershey Chocolates Co.  has advised against wrapping the chocolates directly with the label as the adhesive on the labels can be absorbed into the chocolate through the wrapper and distort the taste of the chocolate. So be sure to wrap them first with cardstock so they remain food safe please!
 
Since I had a bit of a problem photographing this little box because of all its glittery goodness, I ended up having to take it outside so there wasn’t so much glare, but then ended up with a bit of a shadow on the side.  I suggest you click on the photo to get a closer look at all the details and those cute little birds on the branch.  I used the Bigz XL Matchbox die for the box and the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper covers the top and bottom and then wrapped with Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon.  Ahhh – there’s that new Silver Glimmer paper again. Doesn’t it just sparkle!
 
The birds on the limb are stamped with the new Christmas Lodge stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I added extra sparkle to the branch with the new Dazzling Details irredescent glitter glue, a rhinestone in the flower, and a few of the new Mini Jingle Bells on a Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine bow.  Simply delectable!
 
Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Christmas Lodge, It’s A Wrap Holidays and You’re a Gem; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Garden Green; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green; Designer Series Paper:  Christmas Lodge; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bigz XL Matchbox Die, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Mini Jingle Bells, Dazzling Details, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots and 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon.

A Halloween Hoot!

My Friend, Hootie!

Hoot! Hoot! Isn’t this owl the cutest? Especially with that cute little trick or treat bag!  And look at those masked eyes filled with mischievous rhinestones – he is definitely ready for a night out on the town full of Halloween fun.  This little guy is from the hostess set “Warmest of Wishes” featured in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog which can be purchased with FREE hostess dollars earned at a holiday party or workshop.

The background paper featured on this card is from the new Designer Series Paper pack called “Pick Your Poison” which coordinates with the new stamp set “Piece of Poison”.  I got my “Trick or Treat” saying from this set which includes some other really creepy stamps great for making all of your Halloween creations.

That beautiful black border at the top of the card was made using the new Lace Ribbon Border Punch and the finishing touch was the new Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon which I ruffled a bit before placing the Designer Printed Brad in Calypso Coral.  I like my new owl friend, I think I will call him Hootie!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Warmest of Wishes and Piece of Poison; Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black; Marker:  Pumpkin Pie; Designer Series Paper:  Pick your Poison; Accessories:  Owl Builder Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Designer Printed Brads, Rhinestones, and Dimensionals

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Gently Falling Favors

Thanksgiving Favor

Fall is one of my favorite times of year – the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change colors and then begin gently falling. Thanksgiving is then just around the corner.  Wouldn’t this box look great at everyone’s plate when you sit down for the best holiday dinner ever?  You may not have room for a full dessert, but you always have room for two little chocolates! Especially when they are Ghiradelli caramels.  They fit perfectly inside this box which is made with the Bitty Box w/Envelope Bigz XL Die.  It’s a charming little box with leaves from the new Gently Falling stamp set decorating it. I also used the new Spice Cake Fabric as ribbon by tearing strips of fabric and fraying it around the edges and then adhered Spice Cake DSP on the top and bottom of the box.  This box is very easy to put together and requires only a small amount of adhesive.  Falling Gently is full of different size leaves plus a little acorn. This set is a two step stamp set meaning you stamp a solid stamp image and then an overlay of an outline stamp in a different color to highlight and define the original stamped image.  I used Pumpkin Pie Ink with an overlay of Soft Suede Ink on my leaves. It’s so fun and easy to use a stamp set like this.  In addition to the two leaves stamped for the top of the box I then stamped two extra images and placed them on top of each of my chocolates for an extra flair when you open your box of chocolates.  Finished it off with a small acorn and a tag of thanks from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.

Would you like to learn how to make these cute little favors for your next Thanksgiving gathering?  When you host your own party, you earn a FREE 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog and based on the sales at your party you can earn product to make your own favors for FREE.  Want to learn more, just give me a call at 410-673-1673 or e-mail me at sweadon@hotmail.com and I can set up a party for you and your friends to have a girl’s night out and stamping too!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Gently Falling and Fabulous Phrases, Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, and Crumbcake;  Designer Series Paper and Designer Fabric:  Spice Cake; Accessories:  Word Window Punch, 1-1/16″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads, Bigz XL Bitty Box & Envelope Die.

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (5)  
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Fabulous Florets!

Fabulous Florets

That’s the name of this stamp set – and it really is fabulous in Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight!  This is the third Thank You card from my recent Stamp-A-Stack and is my favorite of the bunch.  And I don’t want to forget to mention that beautiful Designer Series Paper layered across this 6″x3″ card – it’s Beyond the Garden.

What’s that you ask? Does Stampin’ Up! sell envelopes for that type of card? In fact, they do, they are called Small Open-End Envelopes and they are sold on page 182 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  I like to do this type of card just to do something different from the standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. 

That cute wording is from the Happy Greetings set available in the Summer Mini Catalog only through the end of August.  The little Wild Wasabi heart adds a special meaning for the closest of friends.

Add this Designer Series Paper to your list of favorite background papers and don’t forget to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE during the month of August.  Check out the promotions page on my website at www.sherahlweadon.stampinup.net.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Fabulous Florets and Happy Greetings; Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Wild Wasabi; Ink:  Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi; Designer Series Paper:  Beyond the Garden; Accessories:  Dimensionals and Small Heart Punch.

Published in: on August 6, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (2)  
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Elegant Paisley Petals!

Paisley Petals Thank You

True elegance is what you get when you choose this Designer Series Paper! Stampin’ Up! always has such beautiful two-sided background papers – you never know which side to choose from. But the choice was right with this simple thank you card I designed for a recent Stamp-A-Stack class I held.  I pick a different theme each month for my stamp-a-stacks and this one focused on thank you cards.  With this background paper you don’t need bows or any other fancy embellishments and that makes it easy to give this card to a guy or a gal. For this card I chose to frame out my “thank you” with one of the frames from the stamp set “Four Frames”. It was just the right touch. Don’t you think?

If you would like to attend my next Stamp-A-Stack class, it will be held on August 25 from 7-10 p.m. and will feature the new Ronald McDonald House Charity Stamp Set called Turtle & Co.  $2.00 from the purchase of each stamp set is donated by Stampin’ Up! to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Hope you can come!

Love the paper used on this card?  Stampin’ Up! has a special for the month of August – buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and get an additional pack for FREE!  Check out all the different papers to choose from in the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog on pages 184 to 186, but don’t forget about the Nautical Expedition DSP from the Summer Mini Catalog on page 8.   Try not to drool too much!  They are a great buy at only $10.95 each!
 
My personal favorite in the new catalog is the new Mocha Morning Specialty DSP which we’ll be using in my upcoming Kindness Matters Stationery Kit Stamp Camp on August 14 from 1-6 p.m.  Unfortunately, this is a Specialty DSP and is not included in the DSP special.  My other favorites include:  Beau Chateau, Well Worn, Beyond the Garden, and Big Top Birthday.  Click on the Idea Book & Catalog on my right side bar to order your DSP today!
 
Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Four Frames and Because I Care (retired hostess set but thank you stamp can easily be switched out with another stamp); Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla;  Designer Series Paper:  Paisley Petals; Inks:  Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler; Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Ovals Originals Die, Big Shot, and Scallop Edge Border Punch.
 
INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ONE OF MY UPCOMING CLASSES?  Check out all the details on my events page on my demonstrator website at www.sherahlweadon.stampinup.net.
 
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