Thursday, January 29, 2009

Almost Spring in Buffalo

Winter is almost over, we can see the deer wandering around now.



(my brother e-mailed this to me. I just had to share. LOL)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Spellbinders/nestabilities storage

Oh you are gonna flip when you see this!! (at least I did). I am so excited about this storage system, I cannot wait for mine to get here.

If you own spellbinders nestabilites die sets (or any spellbinders dies, really), do not walk--RUN over to Stampin' Kub's Blog and take a look at his awesome storage idea!

What are you still doing here? GO! NOW!

lol.

see ya later!
L.

Photo Clippie Cube and Beautiful Butterflies Die

I'm sure there is better name for this! This is a really pretty photo holder that my convention roommate Mara made for a 3-d swap she was in. This is an extra she had.


I am thinking of making these for the 3-D swap at the SCS event this year.
I'm going to try to make one up for Valentine's Day using the Candy Lane papers and the Love You Much set from the new catalog. We had an opportunity to use these products along with the new heart to heart punch at Stamp club last week-end. I'll be posting those samples as soon as I can get David to take the pics with the good camera. The one I had been using is not working right for me :(

On the bright side, I got some of my NEW STUFF today- yeah!!
I think I am most excited about the new Butterfly die, I can't wait to use it. It is a sizzix die made exclusively for Stampin Up! Wanna see??

The die doesn't look like anything because it's hard to tell anything on the all black foam, but here is the index sheet that comes packages with the die... aren't they pretty?

The half butterflies are of course meant to be used with folded cardstock. You place the fold in the middle of the 1/2 butterfly so that when you cut it, it will open up to a full butterfly...like the pennant dies that were carried over from the last mini catalog.

There are even instruction on how to do it on the back of the index sheet:

Kind of hard to see on the scan, but I'm sure this will be very helpful to some people.

This die is part of Shelli's signature collection, and I was tickled to see her signature printed on the back of the die.

Tomorrow I plan to upload some projects I get made using my new stuff. Or at the very least, pictures of what results from my playing around with it.

See you then!

Laura

Monday, January 26, 2009

More Valentines...

Here are a couple more swap cards that would make great Valentines.

Sock Monkey card by Tana Conley:

I know, people either love him or hate him. I don't exactly love him, but I have to say, this is certainly one of the cutest cards I've seen done with this set. The sponging onthe card base & on the monkey was done with waxed paper, and the monkey body was paper-pieced onto the card.


Love you card by Susan Merrell:

Even though the brocade basics set used to do the background is retired, you could easily substitute the scroll from Baroque Motifs. The love you stamp is from the set Dreams Du Jour.
There is such a lot of beautiful detail in this card- I just think it's gorgeous, don't you?

See you tomorrow!

Laura

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Valentines

It's been a while since I posted any card pictures. I still need to upload the stuff we did at club last week-end, but I found some swap cards from Convention that would make great Valentines and I believe they use all products that are still current, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Both of these cards use vellum techniques that are so pretty...

First up: From the heart card by Kathleen Innes


The vellum overlay and Pink Pirouette layer on the top are both cut to exactly the same size. The pink layer is stamped with the flowers a couple of times randomly in black, then the flowers are stamped in black once on the front of the vellum. It may be hard to tell from the scan, but it looks very cool in person.
The layers are then held together with a faux bow- no need to try to hide any adhesive showing through the vellum.

Next: Always heart card by Nancy Student


The vellum overlay on this card was cut to the same height as the red layer underneath it, but Nancy cut the vellum wider than the red piece so that she could wrap the vellum around the sides and adhere from behind. Again, this eliminates the need to hide any adhesive that would otherwise show through the vellum. Very clever!
The heart on this card was embossed in white on the front of the vellum and the center of the heart was colored from behind with a Real Red stampin' write marker.
I love this technique and really should do it more often!

I found a bunch of great cards that I never posted from convention and scanned them, so I'll be posting something every day or as often as I can. I was able to register for the London, Ont. regional & will have a whole new bunch of swaps from there in a couple of month. Then in April I'm going to the SCS WNY gathering again (it was such a blast last time!) so I should have plenty of eye candy for a while. Who knows, I may even get some of my own work up here now & then.
I get stuff made, I just have trouble finding time to take photos, crop/edit/upload etc. And now that David has started his own website, I have to fight for computer time. I need my own personal photographer/blog editor--LOL. yeah right! Right after I hire a housekeeper, nanny & personal stamping assistant-hehe.
(I am always joking after classes about how I hate the clean-up part and need a personal stamping assistant to clean up after me, fetch my scissors, etc!)

see you tomorrow!

Laura

Friday, January 23, 2009


click the picture for step-by-step project directions!

Kristina's Color Challenge #39

This is what I'm working on...


It's been forever since I had time to sneak in a challenge. I saw this over at Kristina's blog and I loved the bright colors. If I hurry, I'll just have enough time to get get something posted before the cut-off. I'll edit this post to add my card once it's done... see ya in a bit.

ETA: well, bummer- I suddenly started feeling sick shortly after this post, so I didn't get the card done in time for the round-up. I'm feeling a little better, though so I'll get the card uploaded tomorrow or Sunday. These colors were fun to play with!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Updated Retired Accessories List

These items are retiring & can only be ordered through the end of the week!

Retired Accessories List

Items on this retired accessories list will be available at regular price while supplies last or through January 18, whichever comes first.

If an item is marked unavailable, our supply is exhausted and the item can no longer be ordered.



Item # Product Description Availability
111377 ACCENTS & ELEMENTS ROOF GARDEN
112012 ACCENTS & ELEMENTS SEASON TO SHARE
112088 ACCENTS & ELEMENTS TRUE ELEGANCE
102782 ALBUM LEATHER BLACK 12X12 Not Available
104188 ALBUM LEATHER BLACK 6X6
105384 ALBUM LINEN POST MELLOW MOSS 6X6*
104516 ALBUM LINEN POST NAVY 6X6
105381 ALBUM LINEN POST REAL RED 6X6* Not Available
103977 BUTTONS BOLD BRIGHTS*
103978 BUTTONS EARTH ELEMENTS
103981 BUTTONS EARTH ELEMENTS & NEUTRALS
105446 BUTTONS RICH REGALS
105445 BUTTONS SOFT SUBTLES
103604 DAYS-TO-REMEMBER CALENDAR 12X12
102174 DAYS-TO-REMEMBER CALENDAR 8 1/2X11
112465 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER BANBURY Not Available
112462 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER GEORGIA PEACH
112463 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER GHOSTLY GREETINGS
112040 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER GREEN TEA
112470 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER HAIKU
112460 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER HAWAII PAPAYA
112469 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER HOLIDAY TREASURES
112458 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER JUNIOR VARSITY
112459 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER MAINE BLUEBERRY
112466 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER MUIRFIELD
112149 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PARISIAN SUMMER
112467 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PRESTWICK Not Available
111355 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SUMMER PICNIC
112039 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER WINDSOR KNOT
112963 ELEMENTOS PARA TARJETAS DIAS FESTIVOS HECHOS A MANO SIMPLY SENT
106523 ENVELOPE TEMPLATE FIVE-IN-ONE CARD COVER
104104 ENVELOPE TEMPLATE MINI Not Available
107298 ENVELOPES CONFETTI WHITE MEDIUM
110695 ENVELOPES OPEN END KRAFT SMALL
109115 ENVELOPES OPEN END VERY VANILLA SMALL
103372 METAL EDGE TAGS ALUMINUM WHITE SQUARE
107925 ON BOARD BITTY BOOK*
109190 ON BOARD CLIPBOARD 9X9*
109180 ON BOARD SIMON UPPER
112086 ON BOARD SOMETHING SEASONAL
107923 PAGE PROTECTORS RING 3.25 X 3.25 Not Available
104942 PUNCH 1/4 INCH CIRCLE Not Available
104943 PUNCH 1/4 INCH SQUARE
107273 PUNCH 3/4 INCH SQUARE
104389 PUNCH DOUBLE CIRCLE*
100391 PUNCH HANDHELD 1/8 INCH CIRCLE Not Available
104830 RIBBON GINGHAM CARAMEL
104829 RIBBON GINGHAM LIGHT BLUE
104828 RIBBON GINGHAM LIGHT PINK
104831 RIBBON GINGHAM MOSS
109037 RIBBON GROSGRAIN MORE MUSTARD 1/4 INCH
110282 RUB ON ANCHORED
111806 RUB ON CHILLS & THRILLS
111805 RUB ON SCHOOL DAYS
111417 RUB ON WORD FLURRIES
110283 RUB ONS TAKE NOTE
112193 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN I WISH
112186 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN PINA COLADA
112068 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN SUMMER HOME Not Available
112043 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN U R SWEET
112061 SIMPLY SCRAPPIN WINTER RETREAT Not Available
112016 SIMPLY SENT CARD ELEMENTS HANDMADE HOLIDAY
109868 SIMPLY SENT CARD KIT LIFELONG NOTES
103647 STAMPIN STORE MINI
105813 WRITE ME A MEMORY FONT CD VOL II

Retiring Wheels
107212 MATEYS MAP
106749 BRIGHT BULBS
109672 BRONCO Not Available
104100 MAKING TRACKS
108978 SANDY SHELLS
110332 SNOW
101233 SNOWFLAKE
109694 SWEET STARS
111249 TAKE A NUMBER


*This item is discounted and included on the Inventory Blowout.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Custom Decor Elements

Custom Decor Elements - yep, you heard right! I got this info. second hand of course, since I wasn't actually at leadership, but from a good source. If you don't know what Decor Elements are, you can view the brochure here.

They are vinyl designs that can be applied to a wall, mirror, door, car, boat etc. they can also be used on lots of smaller things like vases, decorative jars, candle holders, picture frames, etc. They can even be used on our linen covered scrapbook albums. Pretty much on anything you want to put them on, and they are removable with no residue.

Up to now, the line we offer has been very cool, but not customizable. I'm not sure when this will be available- I'm assuming soon. You'll be able to order the Decor Elements in custom phrases, words & or quotes. So you could put your child's name on their wall or door, or a beautiful saying or welcoming greeting over an archway in your living room...you get the idea. The possibilities are endless!

If you want to order anything out of the current brochure, just contact me at inkerbel@hotmail.com., or shop at my website. I can also send you a copy of the brochure if you send me your contact info. (sometimes these things are easier to look at on paper rather than online- at least for me).

Moving on- I also heard that there will be some sort of special coming in February that has something to do with a free catalog! I don't have the deets on that just now, but I'll be sure to post as soon as I know and am allowed to.

Speaking of rules- some of the pictures may have been taken down from the links I posted earlier with leadership pictures. That's because some people thought it was okay with SU! to post stuff & then found out later it was a no-no.
Not a huge deal, as it will only be a few more days before the new catty is here & everything will be online anyway. Gotta play by the rules!

Tomorrow I hope to actually have pictures for you to look at- I know pictures are a lot more fun than all my blah-blah-blah. Once my BSS samples are done for the store I'll have more time to post the fun stuff.

Have a great day!

Laura

Friday, January 9, 2009

More New Catalog Info.

More links to Catalog spoilers and cool pics from Leadership.
Do not look if you don't want to know. Me, I can't get enough, and quite literally don't even have time.
So....
I usually don't post links without checking them out first, but I only got to the second one on this list. So far, I am giddy. I love everything. I want everything. And the excitement of the Leadership attendees just shines right through.
Really makes me wish I was there- I so hope I can go to the Reginal Seminar in Canada this March. (closest one to me).

Anyway, without further ado:

Where the Rubber Hits the Road
Understand Blue
Dina Anker's Photos
Kristinstamps
Stampin by the sea

(these are not all hyperlinked to specific posts- some have so much info on multiple posts that I just linked to the homepages. The most recent posts for jan08 are what you want, anyway.)

I'm sure all the links have cool stuff. I'll have to wait til tomorrow to find out. It is late. I am tired. My poor boy was up sick again until 1am, and I'm still working on my class samples for BSS.

Oh one last thing- I was reading the blog update at Understand Blue (above) and read this, which I just loved:
"There are two things that will serve you well in your life and your business - enthusiasm and sacrifice. Be enthusiastic about everything you do, and recognize you will have to sacrifice things for love."

If you want to hear more you'll have to check out her blog. Really funny & interesting reading, plus great pics of new stuff!

Check back soon-

Laura

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Singing & Dancing Cat

Okay, so this a NSR post, which I know is horrifying considering all the new catalog info. flying around right now, but it was too funny not to post.

Overheard from the kids room:

(cat crying): meow...meeeow....rrrrroooowwww...meeeeoooowwww

Me calling in from the living room: Hey!! what are you doing to that cat!?

8yr old Loren: Nothing!! He's singing!

Me: No, he's not! He's crying...leave him alone!

Loren: No mommy, he's singing! Really. He started singing when I was teaching him how to dance.


LMAO!!!

Okay we now return this blog to it's regular stamping program already in progress....

P.S. For those of you non-stamping addicts who occasionally read my blog for it's content other than stamping, NSR= Non Stamping Related!

Back with more new catty info in a bit!

Digital Scrapbooking with Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! announced at Leadership that they will be introducing digital scrapbooking in the near future. It is going to be set up to work with Stampin' Up!'s existing products & color line.

I've never done digital scrapbooking myself, but it will be very interesting to see what SU! comes out with & learn about it ;)

If it's from SU!, it's sure to be good.

More info to come, stay posted!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Catalog Sneak Peek!

Link with photos & some descriptions- WOW I am so excited I can't even begin to tell you- Oh man I cannot wait for the catalogs to arrive!

If you don't want to see, don't look. For those who do, here's a link to a blog with some great sneak peek photos!

I'm so excited about the new papers & sizzix dies, and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on those trees!!

For those of you waiting patiently, (or maybe not so patiently) for the finished oragami project that I promised to post last week, hang in there. I wasn't able to finish it as quickly as I'd hoped, our New Year's holiday was quite eventful, and we are still getting caught up with real life.

Hopefully it will only be one more day before I have it up- it's a really cool project, I know you'll love it!