Monday, April 30, 2012

Nurse Owl

Today we received some unfortunate news regarding my mother-in-law so I needed a card for my husband to bring her for her surgery tomorrow.  I wanted something light hearted and thought this card fit the bill and will hopefully lift her spirits.  I've always loved the owl punch so couldn't resist making this one.  Her little nurse hat is the apron upside down.   

again I didn't get as clear of an image as I wanted, sorry!

Cardstock:  Cherry cobbler, Very vanilla, Crumb cake, Marina mist, Early espresso, and Regals patterns designer series paper stack

Stamp set:  Word Play

Accessories:  Owl Builder punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Itty Bitty shapes punch pack, 1/2" Cherry cobbler seam-binding ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!  Kari

Friday, April 27, 2012

Send Me Soaring

My husband and I had our first date night in I can't tell you how long...possibly before the kids were around. And it's only because they had a birthday party to go to!  I know it's sad....So I got home from work today and had a little bit of time to come up with a little boy birthday card.  I've been wanting to do this card for awhile so here was the perfect chance.  Could easily swap out the kites and replace it for the balloons in Up, up and away. 

I apologize for the blurry photo.  Camera wasn't cooperating!

Cardstock:  Whisper white, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Daffodil delight, and Not Quite Navy

Stamp set:  Send Me Soaring, Up, Up and Away, and Inspired by Nature

Accessories:  Sponge, Modern label punch, Decorative label punch, 1-3/8" circle punch

With all the excitement generated from the retired lists coming out in the last few weeks, don't forget about the current mini catalog that expires in just a few days.  April 30th is the last day to get anything out of the current Occasions Mini catalog.  Some items may carry over into the new Idea Book but we won't know for a few weeks yet.  So don't take the chance on missing out your favorites from the Occasions Mini catalog.  Click on the catalog on the sidebar to the right and double check your wish list. Until next time, happy stamping!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Retired Accessories list & definitely decorative

This morning Stampin' Up! released the retired accessories list and the definitely decorative list.  The biggest surprise is the stamp pads.  Here's the scoop! They are not discontinuing any of our colors but introducing a new Firm Foam Pad of our Classic Stampin' pads.  These new pads are offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.  Also on the list is a lot of the 12" x 12" cardstock.  The plan is to convert the colors to be available in color assortment packs but still keeping the popular colors available to be purchased individually. This also holds the same for the Stampin' Write markers. 

As depressing as this may seem, keep in mind that the new catalog is just around the corner and it will hold tons of new product that you will absolutely love.  These retired items will be just a memory. 

These new lists released today are only available while supplies last.  So procrastination is not your friend if there's something you're really after.  Make your list and shop on my webite 24 hours a day (after your husbands gone to bed...) 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thank You!

Pocket silhouettes is another of my favorite stamp sets so I was completely bummed to find it on the Stampin' Up! retired stamp list.  (insert sad face....)  It's so versatile!  It could be used on a sympathy card, a thank you card, birthday card, or just a "because" card.  I came up with this thank you card for the club girls this month that accompanied their order.  I used this color combination since this color is also retiring and I have a lot to use up.  Seems I overestimated my need for packages of DSP this year.  Definately need to cut back with the new catalog! 

Card stock:  Concord crush, very vanilla, First Edition Specialty DSP

Stamp Set:  Pocket Silhouettes and Curly Cute

Accessories:  Big Shot!, Labels collection framelits die, Dexxtured impressions designer frames, extra-large oval punch, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, concord crush 1/2" stitched-poly ribbon

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the latest releases for MDS.  I can't wait to show you a project I've been working on.  But it's a gift so you'll have to wait until the recipient receives it.  I'm so proud of my first project...I hope you'll love it as much as I do! 

Don't forget to check out the retired stamp list that will only last until May 31.  Make your shopping list and then head over to my Stampin' Up! website to do your shopping! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Masculine Happy Birthday

My husbands birthday was a few days ago so I came up with this simple card in a few minutes.  He's a real simple guy so didn't need anything over the top.  Thinking about how old he is makes me feel old.  And thinking my 20 year reunion is this summer doesn't help me feel any younger either!  I remember going to my dad's 20 year reunion and it doesn't feel that long ago.  Anyway, back to the reason you're viewing this blog:

Cardstock:  Tempting turquoise, read red, whisper white, and Big Top Birthday DSP

Stamp set:   Delightful Dozen

Accessories:  Big Shot!, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, brights & neutrals designer buttons, hemp twine

Don't forget to check out the retired stamp list that's only available until May 31st.  Don't forget to check back on April 25th when Stampin' Up! releases the retired accessories list. 

New Downloads

It's official!!!  I'm going to convention in July!  Who wants to join me for a few days of fun, excitement, free product and classes to learn the latest tips & tricks from the awesome Stampin' Up! staff?  Join me as a guest or sign up as a demonstrator and get a lower convention registration fee. What do you have to lose besides a little less sleep :-)

Today I am again amazed with the adorable new releases for MDS. Check them out below:

Keep This Memory Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Keep This Memory Photobook Template #129879
Decorative Overlays Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Decorative Overlays Stamp Brush Set #129880
For The Grad Trifold Template -- Digital Download
For The Grad Trifold Template #129876
Mother's Day Blossom Trifold Template -- Digital Download
Mother's Day Blossom Trifold Template #129922
Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper -- Digital Download
Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper #129891
Rad Dad Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Rad Dad Stamp Brush Set #129869

Good Times II Kit -- Digital Download
Good Times Ii Kit #129780

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Retired Stamp List

With much anticipation the retired stamp list was published today!  The list is quite large as the next catalog is going to be smaller so they had to make some adjustments.  I am quite unhappy that several of my favorite stamp sets are on there. I don't know if I'll be able to part with some of them (insert sad face)...

Check out the retired list here...  Be sure to print off the list and mark your catalogs.  You don't want to miss out on some fabulous sets.  Once you've gone through your list you can place your order here!  Remember these sets are only available until May 31st or if they sell out before that.  Because once they're gone, they're gone!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stamp Club-Up, Up, and Away

Tonight's post is the final project the girls made at stamp club.  I just love hot air balloons and airplanes...good thing my last child was a boy :)  You can guess how his room is decorated! 

Cardstock:  Bashful blue, whisper white, certainly celery

Stamp set: Up, Up, and Away, Petite Pairs, Wonderfully Worn

Accessories:  5/8" bashful blue satin ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue, Big Shot!, Adorning Accents embossing folders, Adorning Accents edgelits dies

We're nearing the end of this season's stamp club.  So if you're interested in joining the new season starting at the end of the summer please let me know.  Drop me an e-mail, I'd love to hear from you,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Stamp club & New MDS Downloads

Yeah, it's Tuesday and that means one thing in the Stampin' Up! world:  new MDS downloads!!  It amazes me that they come up with some awesome creations each week.  And this week is no different.  Check it out!
Earth Laughs Framable Designer Template -- Digital Download
Earth Laughs Framable Designer Template #129889
Grad Party Ensemble -- Digital Download
Grad Party Ensemble #129877
Hexagon Punch -- Digital Download
Hexagon punch #130924

Wonderful You Board Book Template -- Digital Download
Wonderful You Board Book Template #130103

You Go Grad Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
You Go Grad Stamp Brush Set #129878

Adventure Awaits Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Adventure Awaits Stamp Brush Set #129871

And lastly we have one of the creations that the stamp club girls made.  I saw this creation by the talented Kathleen Hopperstad and knew I wanted to do this card.  I changed it up with colors I wanted to use simply because I had more buttons in these colors and I used different leaves.

Disregard the scallop oval with the sentiment.  I messed up when I stamped the sentiment on the card and didn't want to start all over so I "fixed" my error :)

Cardstock:  Crumb cake, whisper white, and old olive
Stamp set:  Mixed Bunch and Delightful Dozen

Accessories:  Mixed bunch punch, 1" circle punch, Brights designer buttons, white bakers twine, Big Shot!, Little Leaves sizzlits die, versamarker

Also new out today, Stampin' Up! added 55 new items to the clearance rack.  Don't wait to take advantage of these great sales.  Because once they're gone, they're GONE!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Treats

Can you believe its April already?!  Where has the year gone?  And of course we've been having amazing spring weather and just because Easter is this weekend they're predicting a wonderful snow storm to come thru and wreak havoc on everyone's travel plans....including mine!  Today's post is one of the projects from Stamp Club this week.  It's a very simple project that can easily be duplicated on a larger scale for class treats.  This wonderful idea came from a very talented demonstrator, Michelle Last, from England.  Check her out here.  I have found some awesome blogs from some very talented British demonstrators! 

Your paper is cut 3" x 8" and you score at 1", 4 1/2", 4 3/4", and 5".  The little chick is created with the bird builder punch.  Just take your punched bird and reinsert him thru the top of the punch and punch off the tail feathers so he looks more like a chick.  You do the same thing with the wing.  Using a sponge dauber brush the edges of the chick with more mustard.  Draw in his beak and eyes with an early espresso marker. Once you attach to the front, also draw in his legs with early espresso marker. 

Cardstock:   Crumb cake, so saffron

Stamp set:  Delightful Dozen, Pocket Silhouettes

Accessories:  Eyelet border punch, Extra-large oval punch, Bird builder punch, 3/8" pink pirouette taffeta ribbon, 3" x 5" cellophane bags

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Summer Smooches

First off ladies, I must apologize!!  I have been delinquent on posting fun creations to my blog for you to view....My husband's job has him working every day for at least 2 weeks on 12 hour shifts so that leaves me a single mom.  My daughter's softball practice is running 3 nights a week so by the time I get home from work there's little time left to enjoy myself stamping....So, enough of my pity party, let's get on to something fun and new.  Stampin' Up! has released some teasers for you as a sampling of what will be available in the next big catalog.

125495Bright Blossoms Wood-Mount Set$16.95
125497Bright Blossoms Clear-Mount Set$12.95
125409Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper$10.95
125583Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon$6.95
125411Summer Smooches Designer Fabric$9.95
125589Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads*$6.95
125626Summer Smooches D├ęcor Stencil*$7.95
125606Petite Purse Bigz L Die$32.95
129919Summer Smooches Photobook Template$17.95
129601Summer Smooches Digital Kit$9.95

*Exclusive to the Summer Smooches Special Offer; will not be available in the 2012-2013 catalog

And you must check out this fun video for the new petite purse die.  It's just adorable!!

I'll have some posts later this week for the club creations for April.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I would love to hear from you,