Monday, January 28, 2013

Feel Goods for Paper Players #130

Hello there stampers! I am here (a wee bit late) with my card for the Paper Players challenge. This week, the lovely and talented LeAnne is our fabulous hostess and she has a fun sketch to try out.  
For my card, I went with a bunch of brand new stamping goodies that have been needing to see some love in my craft room. I love the sentiments on the Feel Good stamp set from the Spring Catalog. The paper, embossing folder ribbons and buttons, I earned for FREE through Stampin' Up's awesome Sale-A-Bration promotion. Click HERE for more details! I just love the colors in this paper, especially because it has Summer Starfruit included in the combo. That color makes me smile! All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of this post.
Please stop by and visit the Paper Players this week! I hope you will play along with this fab sketch with a card of your own. The challenge closes on Friday February 1st a Noon (PDT). Have a HAPPY day today! :) 

The Paper Players Design Team
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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Feel Goods
Paper: Sycamore Street DSP (Sale-A-Bration), Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo and whisper White card stock
Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic ink
Accessories: Vine Street Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration), Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack (Sale-A-Bration), Basic Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non SU Accessories: oval and scallop oval dies

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

It's the most wonderful time of the year at Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration has officially begun! Who is ready to party? 
There are three great ways to earn benefits during this promotion. 
Check out the details below! 

Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!
During this promotion you may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50* you spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone! 

View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here. See available My Digital Studio products here.

*Excluding tax and shipping

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Sale-A-Bration +  Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host a Stampin' Up! party!
  • Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $150 workshop!*  
  • Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $400 workshop!* 
Hostess Bundle Details:
The Hostess Bundle includes
  • Madison Avenue stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack
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Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE! 

That's right, during Sale-A-Bration new demonstrators will receive $156.50 worth of products for only $99. How cool is that? There are so many awesome benefits to being a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I'd love to tell you more about them and have you on my fabulous team. 

Contact me today to join my team! 
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dapper Dad for Paper Players #129

Hello there! This week at the Paper Players, the lovely and talented Jaydee is our hostess. She has an awesome sketch to use with a CAS (clean and simple) theme.
I don't know about you, but I always have a need for "guy cards". I never seem to have enough on hand. I used the *new* Dapper Dad stamp set from the Spring catalog for the first time on this card. The bow ties seemed a little boring on their own, so I dressed them up with some Silver Basics Designer Buttons, also new in the Spring catty. "Naked buttons" creep me out, so I added some twine to the centers. Also, it is tough to see in the photo, but I added some paper piercing to the bottom corners. All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of this post.
Please join us this week at the Paper Players and share your CAS-tastic creation. The challenge is open through Friday, January 25th at Noon (PDT). The rest of the Design Team created some awesome projects. Stop by and say hello to them: 
The Paper Players Design Team

Before I sign off, I wanted to share a recent photo of little Abby, although she is not so little anymore. She's 5- 1/2 months already and is quite the sassafrass. She also loves the camera, which is great because I snap a LOT of photos of her. My little diva! Have a HAPPY day! :) 
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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Dapper Dad and Best Dad Ever (sentiment) 
Paper: International Bazaar DSP, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Chocolate Chip card stock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic ink
Punches: 1- 1/4" Square punch (for banner "tails) 
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, twine, Paper Piercer and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-SU! Accessories: silver pearls

Sunday, January 13, 2013

All Dressed Up for Paper Players #128

Hello there stamping friends! This week at the Paper Players, I am hosting with a fun color challenge. I wanted to base the combo around a color that I don't tend to use very often, Pacific Point

I finally inked up another new stamp set from the Spring catalog: All Dressed Up. This set has coordinating die cuts, too. Love that! 
This was an easy card to create, not that you could tell by how long it took me to put it together. I couldn't decide on the embossing folder, then whether to use pearls or rhinestones for the buttons, then the ribbon...or no ribbon. Arrrgh! I'm still not 100% sure I love it but it is finished and that's what matters. All of the supplies I finally settled on using are listed at the end of this post.
A quick shot of the inside of the card. That popped up banner is covering up a sentiment that was stamped crooked the first time. Hooray for cover-ups! :)
I think these colors can be used for SO many different occasions and the Design Team really rocked this challenge. Stop by and visit them to see what they came up with. Please join us at the Paper Players this week and play along. The challenge is open through Friday, January 18th at Noon (PST). 
The Paper Players Design Team

Also, please check out the all new Stampin' Anne Facebook page, if you haven't already. Click HERE to check it out and "like" the page. Have a great day today! :) 
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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: All Dressed Up (Spring Catalog)
Paper: Brights DSP Collection, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Pacific Point Classic ink
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Dress Up Framelits Dies (Spring catalog), Itty Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Oh, Hello for Dynamic Duos #35

Hello there stampers! This week at Dynamic Duos we are taking things "Soft and Subtle" with a combo of Certainly Celery and So Saffron. Although Certainly Celery is not my favorite shade of green, I REALLY like this pairing. 

I will be honest, I had no idea where to start when I decided to use the Oh, Hello stamp set. I love that sentiment, by the way. It is something you would say to someone who maybe was standing behind you and you just realized they were there..."Oh, Hello". So nonchalant. Love it! Sorry for that moment of randomness, that is just how I roll sometimes. :) 
Here is another attempt at "shabby". Does it qualify? I'm not sure. I sponged pretty much every edge of the card (and the white doily) with some Crumb Cake ink. There is a "chevron-theme" going on this card, too. After I lined up the little chevron pieces I thought about running some stitching down the middle and then I remembered....I don't sew. So, I opted for a line of pearls instead of the stitching.

Finally, I added a punched and layered sentiment and a little punched butterfly just because it felt like it needed something else. Lots of items from the *new* Spring Catalog on this one. All of the products I used are listed at the end of the post.
I hope you will join us and play along this week at Dynamic Duos this week. Please stop by and visit the rest of the Designers to see what they created with this subtle color combo: 

Before I go, I wanted to share some exciting news! Stampin' Anne is (FINALLY) on Facebook! I hope you will stop by and "Like" my new page. Please, please! It's a great way to stay connected and share some more crafty goodness. Check it out by clicking HERE or clicking the photo below.

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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Paper: Subtles DSP paper pad, Newsprint DSP, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Crumb Cake card stock
Ink: Certainly Celery and Crumb Cake Classic ink 
Punches: Extra-Large Oval, Decorative Label and Bitty Butterfly (Spring Catalog) 
Accessories: Ovals Collection Framelits (Spring Catalog), Chevron Embossing Folder, Paper Doilies (Spring Catalog), Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon (Spring Catalog), Stamping Sponges, Basic Pearls and Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hearts a Flutter for The Paper Players #127

 Hi there stamping friends! Hope you are having a super-fantastic day today! The weather is gorgeous here in South Texas on this bright and sunny day. This week at the Paper Players, Ann is our hostess with a fun theme challenge to play along with: "Love is in the Air". Time to get a jump start on those Valentine's or just a card for that special someone, letting them know you care.
For my card, I decided to use some of the new items from the SU Spring catalog. You can view the catty by clicking HERE. There are quite a few vintage-inspired items in the catalog and admittedly, that is not one of the styles I feel comfortable creating with. So, I went at this card with a different approach. I'm calling it "Simply Shabby". I came up with a simple layout and then dressed it up with the embellishments. That actually made it a whole lot easier to use the products and didn't make me over think I tend to do.
I love the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and coordinating die cuts. It really makes it easy to create a lot of layers on cards, without a lot of fuss. I used the Heart punch to layer inside the scalloped heart and added some texture from the Fancy Fan Embossing folder along with some pretty pearl trim. You just can't participate in one of Ann's challenges without using pearls, I tell ya. The lace came from the uber cool new Artisan Embellishments Kit. I just cut it down the middle and added it to either side of the middle layer using some Sticky Strip.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of the post. 

Finally, a quick shot of the inside of the card, using a Valentine's Day sentiment: 
I hope you will join us this week at the Paper Players and share the "love". Please stop by and visit the rest of the Design Team to see what they whipped up for inspiration. This is the first week our awesome new Guest Designers are joining us, too. Whoop whoop! Have a great day today! :) 
The Paper Players Design Team

Before I go, I have had a few people ask about Oscar, our foster dog. Yes, Oscar still lives with us and he is still looking for his forever home. He is doing very well and there has been talk that he might have already found his home with us. I will keep you posted on that. But, until then, here is a shot of the big guy just being cute. 
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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter (Spring catalog) and Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: More Amore Specialty DSP (Spring catalog), Rose Red (even though it is Primrose Petals in the paper...oops!), Pool Party and Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Rose Red Classic ink
Punches: Full Heart punch, Scallop Edge Border punch
Accessories: Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits (Spring catalog), Big Shot, lace from Artisan Embellishments Kit (Spring catalog), Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Sticky Strip and Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The New Spring Catalog is Here!

Hello there! I am so excited to share my first card made in 2013! Whoop whoop! Well, I actually made 30 of this particular I guess that is one way to start the crafting year out right. Go big or go home! This is my card for a swap with some of the most awesome Stampin' Up! Demos out there. Our theme for the swap was to feature new items from the Spring catalog, which went live TODAY!
I used the new Oh, Whale! stamp set along with the coordinating die cut, the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, the new Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP and super fabby new Striped Organdy Ribbon in Melon Mambo. Bright, cheery and BLINGY! As I mentioned above, these products are available to order TODAY! For real! I'm so excited about this catty and I know you will be too. You can order from my website anytime 24/7 by clicking HERE.
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Stampin' Up! also started the My Little Valentine Promotion today! You will receive the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE (a $7.95 value) when you purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Set. The 4 piece stamp set was created exclusively for this promotion and will not be available again after January 21st! Click HERE for more info about this awesome promotion. 

 Have a HAPPY day today! :) 
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Year in Review - The Conclusion

Before I get to the cards, I want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! I hope you had a fun time ringing in 2013. This year is going to be great! Are you excited? I know I am! 

To finish up my 2012 recap, I am am back with my favorite cards from July-December of 2012. 

July was a REALLY fun month! I was super-excited to attend my first-ever Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was so amazing! I can't wait to go back again. This card has been dubbed the "traffic light card". The flowers completely reminded me of a traffic light the way I placed them. It was not intentional. This color combo is fabulous, though! It is saved in my book of favorites, for sure. 

Ahhh, this card. This card had to be my most popular, most "Pinned", most CASE'd card of the year. I am still getting emails about this card, which totally makes me smile. August was an eventful month for me, as I had foot surgery on both tootsies. I was down for the count for two months and this card was one of the first cards I made when I finally hobbled back into my stamp studio. 

This was a wedding card a family member and I really enjoyed putting it together. September was also  a pretty special month, as it was when we rescued our little kitten Abby from the shelter. Her story is shared in my September posts. We originally intended to foster her but after about a week , ok a DAY of having her in our home, we completely fell in love. She has officially been adopted and we couldn't be happier! 

Every year, I bust out the Snow Swirled stamp set for a holiday card. It is my "go-to" holiday stamp set. Even if that set retires, it will always have a place amongst my stamp collection. This is just one of those sets that I think everyone should own and looks great in any color combo. 

November and December were very challenging months for me in my stamp studio. Between work and my commitments at the animal shelter, time was limited in my stamp studio. My favorite card from November features another favorite stamp set, Day of Gratitude. Perfect for the fall season and super easy to fussy-cut the images. Love that! 

My favorite card in December featured some brand NEW products coming out in the upcoming SU! Spring Catalog. Not to mention, this color combo from the Paper Players challenge is a total keeper. Perfect for so many different occasions, from holiday to everyday. Love it! 

Thanks for stopping by and strolling down memory lane with me as I revisited 2012. I want to thank everyone who visits my blog and especially for the awesome words of encouragement that are left. You have no idea how much they mean to me. I am so excited for 2013! Lots of new things on the horizon here on the Stampin' Anne blog. I can't wait! Have a super day today!! :) 
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