Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween! I guess since it is actually Halloween, I thought I'd better have something Halloween up! So...I made this card for Alex - I guess it'll be cool enough for a 13 year old! Probably if I put something inside (besides Love, Mom), like money, it will go over real big! Anyway, I got this set, Just Jawing, as a freebie with a $350+ Stamp party (the special is good through the end of November). Although this wasn't one of my favorite sets, it was awesome to have for Halloween and it was FREE!! I chose it because it was one of the few I didn't already have! Anyway it does have some other cool pieces in it that I'll probably use separately for other occassions.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thankful Thoughts!

Tonight was the Big Shot Top Note Die Class. We made this card and three other projects. Even though Halloween is tomorrow, we didn't make anything Halloween. I kinda feel like I'm becoming retail-minded in my card and project-making. Even though the holiday isn't officially even here yet, I'm already thinking of the next holiday! Anyway, the weather sure changed to more fall-like weather so it was fun to get into the fall-Christmas kind of mood! So... back to the card - it's a super-simple layout, but I really think the Top Note die dresses up any simple card! We used the Thankful Thoughts set - not a new one! - but just a nice fall look to it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Random Creation!!

Over the weekend, I was playing with some ideas for next month's First Friday Technique Class. So, I started this card, but never finished it - got to one of those "Now what??" moments! Anyway, I needed to see it finished; and this was what It turned out to be. It is a "Flap Card," just one long piece of cardstock with a flap scored at the top (or, in this sample, the flap is turned to the side) and then embellished. I like the colors, but something in the combo of it all still isn't quite right?! Anyway, that's the fun of it all - either start all over, keep changing things, or whatever - it is just cardstock!! I love the saying from the Level 1 Hostesss set though - Best Yet - it has a lot of versatile sayings!

Have a good one!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Cards!

I just wanted to give you a close up of a couple of cute and easy cards from a stamping demonstrator friend of mine, Dena. What a great way to use up those pieces of Ghostly Greetings Designer series papers! She used the set "Eat, Drink and Be Scary" from the Holiday Mini catalog. I especially like the layout with all the circle punches - I could see making that card using different colors and papers, and recreating it for any occassion!
Thanks for stopping by~


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Top Note Flap Gone Wild!

So, I was working on a little treat cover today, and realized I was having one of those... Oh, but-this-would-look-cool, I-better-add-one-more-thing kind of stamping days!! You know you really should just stop, and call it done, but that one other thing "might" make it look better?! Anyway, I was having one of those days when I made this little treat cover. I like the idea of it, and I like all of the things on it, I just think I could have maybe rearranged or left some off! But I really do like these Hawaii Papaya Designer Series Papers! I didn't think they were my kind of colors, but they really have grown on me!
Anyway, have a great week - I hope share some more Top Note ideas with you this week!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Top Note Owl!

I have seen a lot of versions of this little owl around lately, and I thought I'd make one to share too! He will be one of the projects we'll make at this week's Big Shot Top Note Class this Thursday night! (I'll be sending out more details about the class soon.) I really liked this owl because it's a couple of Top Notes and all the rest of his parts are Stampin' Up! punches. He was super fast and easy to make. The hardest part was digging out only the orange, brown and a few yellow peanut M & M's! I think I'll have to find another "body" to fill him with though so I'm not forced to eat all the rest of those green, red and blue peanut M & M's!!
Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Create a Calendar Kit

This is a super easy to put together kit that is available in the current Holiday Mini Catalog. I'm not always so into the kit ideas, but this one is really all together and easy to do, and I like how it came out!! I had placed a pre-order from the Holiday Mini a while back, and kinda just set aside this "Create-A-Calendar '09 Kit." But once I took it out and put it together - it took all of about 15 minutes or less, even with my add-on of the Rubi-coil spiral binding - I really liked it!! Sometimes it is OK to just put together someone else's idea; it doesn't all have to be original!! I have seen some other great ideas in assembling this though. I wish I would have put it together as shown (without the Rubicoil binding), but added one of Stampin' Up!'s Chipboard clipboards with it! You can then pull out the current month and clip it, while the rest of the year is stored in the folder of the rest of the months! You'll have to come to the next class to see it in person - A cute and quick gift to give!!
Check back this week - I'll have some sneak peeks for the Big Shot Top Note die class scheduled for this Thursday night! I hope you'll want to join us!
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mini Magazine File Box

So, here's the little box I was telling you about. It really is kinda small. It fits the three 3" x 3" cards (from the last post) and three envelopes. But it's just a piece of cardstock with some folds and cuts here and there, and it becomes a "mini" magazine file box! Of course, it's decorated with matching Urban Garden designer series papers, and couldn't resist a felt flower and specialty flower brad!! Maybe this will be an upcoming project for one of our First Friday Technique Classes...

Have a great day, and make some time to stamp something fun!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Quick 3 x 3 Cards

I made these three quick 3" x 3" cards today. I used the words from the Pocket Silhouettes set and the Urban Garden designer series papers. The papers helped me put together the rest of the cards' color combinations - Love those designer series papers!! The cards aren't really that special or anything, just quick cards for a quick note or thank you. But wait till tomorrow, I'll post the super fun little box I made to put them in! You'll have to check back tomorrow!!

Thanks for stopping by...


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Christmas Set in Disguise!

I received these two cards from Convention swapping back in August. They both use the set Party Hearty, which is still on special until the end of this month! I probably could have eventually come up with a card like the one on the left - a cute birthday card! But I probably would have had to have a real brainstorm to come up with the one on the right! - They turned those party hats into Christmas trees, just by making them tree colors and highlighting the tops! I'm not always so good at seeing things outside of the box - and some stamped things look like they weren't meant to be out of the box, if you know what I mean! - but I think this was a pretty good one! Anyway, kind of cool that this set could be used for a fun Christmas card too!
Have a great day,

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween Nights

This is a cute card that I got in a swap with an awesome demonstrator friend, Chari! I love swapping cards with my demonstrator friends - they're all so talented! I look forward to revceiving their cards in the mail - it's so nice to get cards, and not just bills, in the mail!! I like how she used the Top Note die in this card. And I also like how she used the new Alpine Ribbon Originals to guide her color choices for the card. I think the ribbon, and especially the Designer Series Papers too, help me in choosing the colors for my cards a lot too. Otherwise, I tend to get stuck in my same favorite colors! The set she used is the Halloween Frights form the Holiday Mini

Friday, October 17, 2008

Scallop Envelope Card from Class

On Thursday, we made three projects from the Scallop Envelope Die and the Big Shot. This was the third project we did. The other two were shown in previous posts. We die-cut the Scallop Envelope from the Hawaii Papaya designer series papers. At first I wasn't sure I liked the color combo of the papers, but they grew on me pretty quick! I think when you put it all together with the coordinating cardstocks and ribbon, it just brings it all together and makes it work!! So, we ended up making it a stand-up frame card, and the note to write on is just the little insert card in the scallop envelope on the front. I kinda like how it turned out!
Hope you're having a great weekend,

More Halloween Goodies!

Happy Friday! Here's a couple more Halloween goodies. There are both made from the Big Shot dies and the Ghostly Greetings designer series papers. The little basket and it's tag are from a Stampin' Up! exclusive die, Baskets and Blooms. And the little pouch is the Sizzix Pillow die, also sold from Stampin' Up! Super cute, quick and easy to do!! Just change the designer series papers and run it through the Big Shot for a new look! I've been using mine A LOT!!
Have a good weekend, and stamp something cool for someone special!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Friend, Frank!

So, last weekend my mom came over and we made these Frankenstein boxes. The idea came from a card I had received from Convention swaps. There are so many cool ideas out there that people come up with. My favorite part of the box, besides the Butterfinger candies inside!, has to be the perfect saying that goes with Frank! If the picture is hard to read, it's a quote that says:
FRIEND. GOOD. -Frankenstein
It's from the Stampin' Up! set called Smarty Pants. There are five other great sayings in that set too!
Have a good one!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Big Shot Scallop Envelope Sneak Peek!

So tomorrow night is the Big Shot Scallop Envelope Class. You already saw the treat holder we'll make. And, as promised, here is another sneak peek at what we'll be making. It is a Scallop Envelope Box, created with four scallop envelopes! We'll also make a Card with a Scallop Envelope - but I do have to leave something as a surprise, right?! Remember to RSVP if you're coming so I'll have a packet of supplies for you.

Off to do some stamping...


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween is Coming!

So I know that not a lot of us probably send Halloween cards, but wouldn't it be great to receive one?! Anyway, I sure would like to receive one like this one! I got this in a demonstrator swap from my good friend Chari! It's awesome, with one of the latest techniques we did in our class recently, Moonlighting - plus a new set from the Holiday Mini Catalog, called Halloween Frights and a Jumbo wheel, Frightful Fence. But, I think my favorite part is the cute circle punch area with the clip - those little details just sometimes make a card!!

Hope you have a good one!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Always a Good Day for A Cupcake!

So, I thought I'd share a close up of this card I made for a swap with some of my demonstrator friends. Even though you may not be able to see it very well from the picture, the best part is the glitter on the cupcake tops! I always love the look of the glitter, but I often skip it because of the sparkle it leaves on everything else - including my face and clothes. But there is definitely no substitute for Dazzling Diamonds glitter! And...this set, Crazy for Cupcakes, is one on special for 20% off this month only for Stampin' Up!'s twentieth birthday!

Hope you had a good Monday,


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Big Shot Classes Start this Week!

This is a sneak peek of one of the three projects we'll be making this Thursday, October 16th. The class is the first of three classes using the Big Shot! In this class we'll be making this cute treat holder (It was adapted from my super-good friend Liz's idea!). We'll also make a Scalloped Envelope Box and a card. Here's the scoop on the class if you'd like to join us:

Thursday, October 16th, 6:00 - 7:30pm, at my house - RSVP by Wed. 10/15, class size will be limited!

We'll make three projects using the Scalloped Envelope and the Big Shot.

Everyone is welcome! Those that bought the Big Shot Special - which is still available! - attend FREE! Otherwise, you may join us by either buying the Scalloped Envelope Die, with a discounted fee for the class for $30, or by paying the class fee only for $10.

Please email if you'd like more details! Also, check back and I may be showing another Sneak Peek of the projects before Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by! - Julie

Friday, October 10, 2008

Halloween Treats!!

Hi Stampin' Friends!

I'm excited to be jumping into the world of Blogging! I've thought about it for a while, and decided that it will be a great way to be able to share some Stampin' creations and to keep in touch with you in between stampin' classes. I hope you will enjoy coming by here to visit!

Last Friday, we had our First Friday Technique Class. Instead of our usual three cards and one 3-D item, we made THREE small 3-D items! They were quick Halloween Treats that you could make in a few minutes to give to a friend!

On the left is a super-quick Petal Card - punched from the New Big Shot - using The Ghostly Greetings designer series papers. It holds a small chocolate candy inside.

In the back of the photo is a bat topper made from the new Scallop Square Punch and 1/8" circles for eyes. It fits well over the smallest cello bag - of course filled with candies too.

And, finally to the right was probably the favorite of the class - the Scallop Circle Punch spider! He is made from two Scallop Circles, four sets of Photo Corners, two 1/2" circles, and three 1/4" circles, with a Peppermint Patty sandwiched in for his body!

Of course, all supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for dropping by!