Saturday, May 28, 2016

What if they pick me?

I'm putting myself out there.  I am submitting an application to make display board samples for OnStage in November 2016!  I'm so nervous even writing this blog post.  What if they don't pick me? What if the DO pick me?  But I've worked hard this week,  have really pushed myself creatively and I'm in love with the things I've made, so I'm proud to share them with you.

The application requires three card fronts, one scrapbook page, and two 3-D items.  I had the three card fronts made when I realized that they were all three yellow and green!  So I made a fourth card today with my new BFF, Peekaboo Peach.

Here are the three card fronts.

I think Pun Intended is one of my favorite stamp sets.  I used Peekaboo Peach, Playful Palette paper stack, and copper embossing powder.  Don't the people you love inspire you?





I love how people have been stacking stripes of washi tape from one of the washi tape sets.  I thought the pineapple would look great with green stripes behind it, so I stacked all of the same color on the card.  Oh, and I used orange sequins from an old Halloween Paper Pumpkin!  Save the extras, they come in handy.



And here's my favorite!  It's inspired by plates from the Crate & Barrel catalog. LOL  The plates had such a Moroccan Nights feel, but were in bright summery colors that I just couldn't resist.  I even made a tassel.
















I scrapbooked the pages of Jessica and me at the 10 Nautical Miler race in Millington, TN.  It was a horrible race, hot and boring and yes, we are awesome to have finished it! My race number should have been a clue.



See, I do love the Pun Intended stamps!  The camera is my favorite one.  I embossed the camera and the light flashes in silver and used the Playful Palette paper stack to add contrast to the black background. Look at the washi tape around the edges.

I was so intimidated by the 3-D items, but then I ended up having so much fun making them!  The kitty cat gift bag (or as my son says, the hello kitty gift bag) was so cute that my son (my 26 year old son!) and I started giggling and laughing and couldn't quit!  The party hat ended up being harder that I thought it would be, but I'm happy with the finished product!



Look at this cute kitty gift bag!  She has rhinestone eyes, because, of course she does.  The Sweet Sugarplum ribbon actually looks good against the Watermelon Wonder paper, who would have thunk it!





This hat!  It took forever.  I had a failure before I got to this, but still.  Look how cute it turned out, though!  I used the Pop of Pink DSP, Pop of Paradise Stamp Set, Sweet Sugar Plum, Flirty Flamingo, and Bushing Bride ink, and the only ribbon in the right color that I could find!
























So there they are, my application pieces.  I hope you like them!  Leave me a comment below to tell me what your favorite is!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Display Board Sample Creation

Eeek!  I am applying to make display board samples for OnStage in November!  I've never done anything like this before, but being creative and stretching myself is what I love most about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I'm doing it!  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

The application requires three standard size card fronts, one scrapbook page, and two 3-D items by June 3.  I have the ideas for my 3-D items and I can do a scrapbook page with one hand tied behind my back so I started working on cards last night.  I want to make more than three so I can choose the ones that I think best reflect my creativity and style.

I started with this as my inspiration.  As soon as I saw it in the Crate and Barrel catalog I knew I wanted to make something like it.  I love the colors and the pattern is like the stamp in the Moroccan Nights set.
 I love these colors!  I chose Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Cucumber Crush, Real Red, and Calypso Coral to give my card this feel.
















I put the stamp on the block and got busy coloring it...by hand...with Stampin' Write Markers!  I had to take off my glasses so I could see the details well.




Look at that colored perfection!  I squealed when I put my glasses on and saw it.  LOL













And then I stamped it.  Oh.  My.  Gosh! So pretty!

I wanted to emboss in clear over it so it would be shiny.  I put it aside to thoroughly dry and got to work designing the card.  I cut a sample piece of paper to work with so I wouldn't get anything on this beauty! 

Once I had my general card idea I was ready to emboss.  I oh, so carefully stamped in Versa Mark on top of it.  I lined it up almost perfectly! I sat down on the floor out of the air conditioner wind to put on the clear powder and emboss. (I also spilled embossing powder on the floor, ha!)




Such shiny goodness!  I am totally in love!

 I trimmed it to size and then finished up the card by embossing the Cucumber Crush card base and using a thinlit to cut out the word "Hello" in gold glimmer paper. I even made a tassel from the Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine!

So...what do you think? I am totally in love with it!  I can't guarantee that I'll make a whole batch of them, or that I'll ever send this one to someone!




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tin of Cards with a New Stamper!

Tonight was the good bye to the old Stampin' Up! catalog party.  M'Liss, Becky, Lynn, and Laura came over and we made 16 cards + the dividers in the Tin of Cards kit.  This was Laura's first time to ever stamp!  She did great...I think she's hooked!

Don't they look like they're having fun?

It's possible that I might have had to have a glass of wine and once may have uttered "Jesus take the wheel!" but it they all got finished and what's a little black ink among friends?

Lynn was a super champion speed stamper!  She only had two hours to finish her kit, so she hustled, and with a little help at the end she completed the kit!

And the winner is...Lynn!

The ladies got the first chance to shop my BOGO sale, but I think they left some goodies for you.  See you Saturday for the BOGO open house.  Don't forget to bring your email coupon with you!

Joyful Stamping, 
Elizabeth

Sunday, May 22, 2016

BOGO and the New Catalog

My annual BOGO starts on May 26.  What's BOGO you ask?  I have pulled out all of my retired stamps (and there are a BUNCH!) and priced them with their original price.  You get to browse my retired inventory and pick out what you love.  That's the BO part.  You get a gift certificate in the amount you spend to buy NEW products starting on June 1.  That's the GO part!

How amazing is this...basically two for the price of one.  And the new catalog is simply amazing.
Check out a few samples made with new stamp sets.
Pun Intended (Hostess Set)

Sublimely Yours

The Open House on Saturday, May 28th is from 10-5.  Just stop by while you're out running errands and take a look at all of my retired goodies and some new samples.  

Can't wait to see you!

PS. The gift certificate doesn't include shipping and handling.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Anticipation, it's Making Me Crazy

The new catalog is almost here!  I can not wait...and I know that you're going to love it just as much as I do!

I spent a little time up in the craft room tonight making some samples with the new In-Colors.  I used the Pun Intended hostess stamp set (love the camera and the punny sayings!) to showcase the In-Colors.  I really like how color on color stamping looks, don't you?





I keep going back and forth between Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach as my favorite.  But tonight Flirty Flamingo was the winner.  Look how pretty this is!

Isn't that a cute saying?  "News Flash you are awesome"  
So perfect with the camera.

I made one more goodie tonight.  On Saturday I'm getting together with a couple of neighborhood girlfriends for our monthly "Girl Day".  We have an activity and a special drink each month and also lots of time to visit!  We are making these cuties.
There is a mini legal pad inside there!  
It opens to the side for easy note taking, list making, or doodling.
I used the Pop of Pink DSP because I LOVE it!

All of these previews don't really seem fair do they since you can't get your hands on them?  Make plans to attend my BOGO/new catty kick off open house on May 28th for a look at the catalog, a chance to stamp with the new in-colors, and find out how to earn free stamps with my Buy One Get One.

Text, call, or email me for more info.

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Just Another Manic Monday

My stampin' blocks were so gross!  I am a messy stamper and they were covered with StazOn ink and adhesive boogers!  I got Charlie a Goo Gone pen for his Christmas stocking.  I had some extra time while I waited for my stamping friends to come over so I got the pen out and started cleaning my blocks.  Look at the before pictures on the bottom.  Now look at the shiny blocks on top!  I'm a happy stamper now!  I highly recommend this for cleaning your blocks.  I think I got the pen at Michael's...or maybe Walgreen's.



After my super cleaning session, Marcia and Jen arrived to stamp.  We made a card with the new copper embossing powder (love!) and the watercolor brush.  Teaching them to embossing was like teaching someone how to do magic!  It's so amazing when the dull looking powder melts into beautiful metallic copper!

After the embossing and watercoloring, we explored ideas for Marcia's upcoming stamp party.  We are going to use the You're Sublime stamp set and the new In-Colors.  


I think simple will be nice and make everyone feel like they're super stampers!  And the You're Sublime stamp set is one of my favorites!

BTW - Marcia is super crafty and may now be hooked on stamping!


Here's a picture of a mouse sleeping in an iris to make you smile! 
















Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ronald McDonald House


You may not know, but Stampin' Up! supports the Ronald McDonald House.  In each catalog there is a special stamp set; part of the money from the sale of that stamp set goes to the Ronald McDonald House.  Additionally, at each of our Stampin' Up International events people bring cards that are sent to various Ronald McDonald houses for the residents to use.

I would love for someone to host a Ronald McDonald card night!  You invite your friends who pay $30.00 for the class.  They each make 10 cards using their own Ronald McDonald House stamp set.  Five of those cards go to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Ronald McDonald House and the other five (plus the stamp set) they get to keep!  I will provide the paper, ink and adhesives. while you provide the people and snacks (NO happy meals, though!)

Here is the 2015-2016 RMH stamp set.  If the class is before June 1, we will use this set.


Email me or leave a comment if you're interested in hosting.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Miami Inspiration

I just spent the week in Miami!  And while I didn't have time to stamp I did gather a ton of inspiration.  The colors were amazing and the shapes and shadows were beautiful.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

Don't you love the shapes of the palm branches against the squareness of the buildings?

















I love this yellow Art Deco building set against the blue sky.
Hmmm, Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise maybe?














I love how the blue of the ocean is so much darker than the blue of the sky. And the dark green of the palm trees in the shadows makes the blues pop.
Maybe a card with Pacific Point, Pool Party, and Always Artichoke?










Look at this beach inspiration.  Blushing Bride umbrellas, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake Sand, and Tempting Turquoise water.  Oh, and my toes!













Real red shirts, garden green helmet mohawk (lol), pool party shirt, and wild wasabi water.

I love the angles of the umbrellas with the palm trees peeking through the gap.  The gradient of the sky is cool next to the green of the grass across the street.
I think the umbrellas look like Delightful Dijon, don't you?














Which is your favorite picture?  The first person to make a card drawing inspiration from one of these pictures will get a prize from me!  You can either post your picture in the comments or email it to me at ekmhart@gmail.com.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth