Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A BurlapThank You!

 I love free stamp sets, don't you? And I happen to really like the Fresh Vintage stamp set that's available for free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration! (Check it out here!)I've been working on some cards with a vintage feel and introducing some burlap along the way. I love the contrast of satin ribbon and roughness of burlap and Linen thread. So in this card the burlap just peeks out at you from behind the postage stamp pieces of Mocha Morning DSP.

Here's a close-up of the embellishments....

Cards created using:
Very Vanilla card stock 101650
Crumb Cake & Early Espresso ink
Postage Stamp punch 122344
Scallop Square punch 119884
Eyelet Border punch  119853
Fresh Vintage stamp set 125117
Kindness Matters stamp set 122902
Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon117291
Designer Buttons - Neutrals  119743
and a touch'o'burlap!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Twitterpated - what a wonderful word!

Here's an interesting combo - Lucky Limeade and Basic Grey. What do you think? The card has a great little flip embellishment that wishes a Happy Birthday.

 Complete instructions for both of these projects are available for immediate download at the Cupcakes, Whirligigs and Sweets tutorial, along with four other projects.
 I thought it would be fun to do it up in brand new colors with a bit of a vintage feel. I think I like it!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tomato Basil Soup

I've been working on a number of exciting projects, but since they're not quite ready to post I thought I'd share a great recipe for Tomato Basil soup! It's beyond delicious!

Tomato Basil Soup

2 T crushed garlic
2 T dried basil or 6 leaves fresh basil
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped bell pepper
1T olive oil
2 c chicken broth
1 - 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
2 T white sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened

In a heavy saucepan, saute garlic, basil, onion, celery and bell pepper in olive oil for 5 minutes or until tender.

Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes and sugar to pan and continue cooking for 10 minutes.

Carefully pour half the soup into a blender along with cream cheese and blend until smooth. Blend remaining half. Transfer back into pan and reheat.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a fresh basil leaf! Serves four.

Note: When using a blender for hot liquids be careful not to fill blender more than half full - it's just too easy to get burned.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Using My Digital Studio Free Trial

Here it is - what I quickly made in 15 minutes using the FREE My Digital Studio that Stampin' Up! is offering to each of us.

It was my first time ever to create a project online, but I found it simple to use and it's impossible to make a mistake! Very cool! Just hit delete and you can start over or change something with no wasted paper, ink or embellishments.

 I don't often take the time to create scrapbook pages so was excited to complete this one so quickly! And, as you can see, this little gal deserves to have a page all her own!

This page was made completely with what is included in the FREE trial and can be expanded into an entire album,  be shared online with music as a background, or printed using Stampin' Up!'s professional printing services. There is even an online community available for ideas and support.

Begin your 30 day FREE trial today!

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Digital Studio - try it for free!

            Now is a great time to become acquainted with 
                                My Digital Studio™

    Learn how to create cards, calendars, photobooks and  
     more!  Stampin' Up! is offering you a 30 day free trial

What a great way to create a couple of projects and explore all that it has to offer. Check it out today - I just downloaded my free trial and hope to share my creations with you soon!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cupcakes, Whirligigs & Sweets

             Here it is! A brand new tutorial full of whimsical, colorful projects you'll be sure
                                                       to use for many occasions.

            Fourteen pages of step-by-step instructions, including a supply list and cutting      
      instructions,along with numerous pictures are available for immediate download today.

         It's like a class designed just for you, that can be created any time of day (or night!) -
     even in your jammies! So download the tutorial, grab a cup of coffee - your class is ready!

Tutorial Download


Friday, February 17, 2012

Here's a Jingle to Give You a Hint!

                             What's coming around the corner just as fast as it can come?
You're going to love it when you have it all done!
Cupcakes, Whirligigs, Sweets and more..
To give you ideas for projects galore!

Hint: Check back tomorrow for the answer!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Guess What's Coming?

   Here it is - a sneak preview of a brand-new project  I'm creating to share with  you!
                          It's colorful, whimsical, and perfect to brighten your day! 

                                                    Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pool Party Colors

Happy Monday morning! 

This  wonderful little stamp set, "Send Me Soaring!, from the Occasions Mini catalog, was the stamp set I chose when asked to design a few projects for InkingEverythingWithBecky (have you checked it out yet?)

Well.... I keep picking it up and creating another card and then another card and then ...   I go to the mailbox and if there isn't a copy of the great magazine Stampin' Up! does just for it's demonstrators and they're showcasing "my" stamp set! So, of course I had to copy one of their cards  just to show you. (the one on the right - cute, huh?)

The other one  - all mine. Everytime I look at this Sweet Shop DSP I think of water so I knew somewhere along the line I had to come up with a little boat to float in it! So here it is along with a few how-to pics. Enjoy! 

Here is a close-up! I embossed the full sail with the Adorning Accents Hearts embossing folder and also embossed the "water" with the Adorning Accents Scallop embossing folder. Tuck it into the water and you're done!

To create the "boat" I used the Round Tab punch as shown. 

For the sail I used one complete triangle and one half triangle from the Petite Pennants punch.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thank you's

Simple little thank you's for a group of gals that made my workshop so much fun!  It's always good to be surrounded by great friends and gals that are enthusiastic about stampin'!  Thanks for a great afternoon!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Inking Everything With Becky went online today!

Well, today is the day - InkingEverythingWithBecky is now online. Here's a sneak peak - don't you love the wonderful creativity? Click here to see what's in store for you when you subscribe to this incredible site!