September 28, 2009

Darling Di~~

Me with Diana Gibbs

I have one more photo for you from the September to Remember event that I went to in Gilbert AZ on Saturday. This is the famous Di Gibbs, SU Artisan Award winner and SU cruise earner (many many times) and my bud! She is a hoot! And Di, your hair looks great! She and Rhonda put on a great event, and if you are local, next time you need to go!

~~Stamping Smiles~~


September 26, 2009

September To Remember Event~~

Me with Linda Hansen~~~

Today I attended a fun event in Gilbert AZ called "September To Remember". It was hosted by SU Artisan Award Winner, and my friend Diana_Gibbs. 62 stampers assembled to create, share, swap and learn from each other in this all day event for SU demo's and customers! I was able to share a table with my friends Nita and Jeanne. We talked and laughed and played with paper for the entire day, broken up only by lunch!

Nita with Linda Hansen~~~

The guests speaker for the day was the "famous" Linda Hansen. Formerly employed by SU (until the layoffs this spring) Linda came to share her heart and some business and stamping tips with us. What a sweet lady!

I learned about Shimmer Paint, stencils, and some other fun things that I will be sharing with my club members soon! I hope next time you will be able to join me at an event like this, it was a real treat! Di and her Gal Pal Rhonda, put on a wonderful event! I know it was oh so much work for them to prepare for, and I for one, would like to say thank you to them! Wow girls.....nice job!

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 24, 2009

Punch Purses~~

How did I ever stamp before punches? IDK! My BFF, Jo Ann, sent me a card with this purse punchy idea, so I CASed it! I used the 1 3/8 circle for the purse with the top little bit cut off, the Designer Label Punch for the purse flap, and the Scallop Oval and Large Oval for the purse strap. I adore the Cottage Wall DSP, and I think I will need to buy another pack soon~~~~

Who doesn't love a new purse! Especially when they are on sale! I honestly HATE shopping for a new purse though. I always want my new purse to be just like my old one, only different. It is the different part that makes me hate the shopping! I remember one time being in the store a REALLY REALLY long time with a friend, and we pretty much destroyed the purse department before we found one we could settle on! And wallets....don't even get me started! At least with this purse, there is just new DSP to ponder! Enjoy! Any me!

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 23, 2009

Showing Off~~

My Ink Pad Rack holds 72 ink pads!
My two card stock racks have 36 slots EACH!

My dad is here for a visit this week, and per my request he built these for me! Aren't they gorgeous! I LOVE being able to see all my card stock and access my ink pads easily from my "work station"! Thanks Dad! You rock~!!

~~Big Stamping Smiles~~

September 22, 2009

More Perfect Pumpkins~~

I promised you another pumpkin today, and here it is! For this one I used the Large and Small Oval punches from SU. I sponged the edges and added the Little Leaves with Old Olive. I adore the Top Note die, and it was a nice frame for the pumpkins with out being square. The striped ribbon is SU Pumpkin Pie....notice the theme.....and Teeny Tiny Wishes framed with the Scallop Oval punch. There we go again, more punches! I love em'!

If you are planning to send out Thanksgiving cards, you can start now and easily have them ready to go in time! When you celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to Whom you are giving thanks!

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 21, 2009

Perfect Pumpkins~~

I know you may have seen these pumpkins done a zillion times before, but I had never done them! I used the Wide Oval punch from SU to make these. The secret to making them look really good is sponging! I used Pumpkin Pie CS and sponged with the same color ink. I sponged around the edges and sides. The part of this card that is all me (at least I had never seen it done) is the Little Leaves Sizzix die I used to make the Old Olive leaves and pumpkin top! Ever had one of those "now I can't sleep because of this card idea" moments? Yeah...maybe it's just me! Anyway, this little epiphany came to me Thursday night, so Friday morning I changed our club card to this one! Genius I know.....

This is a very basic card. Just Kraft CS, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White CS, clipped the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch by SU, and the little greeting is from the new Teeny Tiny Wishes set. Fast and easy!

Maybe you are not hopelessly addicted to punches, but I am! SU has so many great ones that can be very specific, or used to create so many fun things! I have 34 Stamping Up Punches, and 17 others! But hey, whose counting? Maybe some day I will put pictures up of my Wall of Punches! But maybe that would scare you......

Stay tuned tomorrow for another punch card!

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 17, 2009

So one day last spring, I walked into work at school, and my boss had on the most amazing outfit. As soon as I saw it I said (as only a paper crafter would do) "I want to make a card just like your outfit!" I saw the look on her face that said "you are nutso...." But Monday morning, I handed her this and it was an instant hit! Her skirt was navy, her top white, and her blazer was the most amazing shade of lime green! Ta-da!

I used the Fifth Avenue Floral SS for this one, along with Night of Navy, white and Green Galore CS. The same color ink was used for the flowers. The ribbon is from my LSS. I paper pierced the scallop border, and added the sentiment with Dimensional's to give it some pop. It came together easily thanks to my SU punches! I am in love with my punches!

I guess that makes me a grown up stamper, finding inspiration in clothing!

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 15, 2009

Tag Wallet~~

OMG! I am So excited about today's project! Some of you know I spend way to much time each day scouring stamping blogs to find cute stuff to CASe, and idea's for my club girls! Well, yesterday's scouring did not disappoint!
Is this adorable or what! Curious about the inside? Of course you are.....

This was so easy and fun to make, I made three yesterday! The tags take longer than the wallet itself, but how fun is that! I always try to give proper credit and today's fun-ness came straight from HERE . Thanks to Deann for the idea and easy to use template! One thing I figured out while doing this is, when you adhere the flap closed to the inside (after punching the windows for the tags) is do not adhere it flat, leave a gap so the tags can fit in nicely and not be to squished! That way the tags will fit in better.
I used some retired DSP from SU and some ancient tag stamps, but you can easily adjust this and use anything you want to make the tags with, just punch out. I used four punches, the Word Window, Scallop Edge, and both sizes of the Tag Punches. The CS is (ret.) Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa. The tag string is just embroidery floss. Cheap!
This would be so fun with Christmas DSP and Christmas tags wouldn't it? I feel another one coming on! What a sweet little gift for a friend.....
Make some one's day and go mail a smile!
~~Stamping Smiles~~
AKA Craft Nerd

September 12, 2009

Double Dipper~~

Happy Saturday to you! Have big plans for the weekend? I have a ton of work to do here at camp....sadly stamping is not on my agenda this weekend (but I will try to sneak something in......)

This card is a CASe of a swap I saw at my up lines house last week. I am sorry to not be able to give proper credit to the owner of the idea! I did not take any info off the back (bad stamper, bad!)

This was so simple and easy to put together. I started with Only Orange CS cut to a tent fold, added a layer of white CS 1/4 inch smaller on all sides, added the greeting, and then the Popsicles. For those, I used a 2x3 inch piece of Only Orange CS, folded it in half, used a corner rounder on all four sides, and added the sticks (one popsicle stick cut in half) with sticky tape (there it is you have yours?) then finished if off by accenting with my white Signo Gel Pen (SU) and voila! Super easy! I can see this card with Real Red, Gable Green, Yo Yo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Lavender Lace.......any color a popsicle would be!

Recently at a Stamp Club meeting here at my house, I was called a "Craft Nerd" for pointing out a current trend in stamping. This is a title I wear proudly now! Craft Nerd.....thanks Michele! So, I would like to point out a trend in paper crafting. Decorating the INSIDE of the card slightly! On this one, all I did was add a layer of white CS to make it easier to add a hand written note, but there are lots of ways to simply and quickly add interest to the inside. Look for more on that in future posts.

Why not eat a popsicle today before summer is gone gone gone and we are looking at Hot Cocoa! Hey....that gives me an idea.......

~~Stamping Smiles~~
Your Resident Craft Nerd

September 11, 2009

Krafty Birds~~

Today's fun-ness is a CASe from HERE. I adored the simplicity of this card and the ease with which it went together! I used Cheep Talk and Teeny Tiny Wishes for this one.
When one stamp has an image that needs to be more than one color (such as the birds beak, feet and body look better NOT all the same color) the best choice is to use your SU markers and color directly on the stamp itself! That's all I did here, and then I finished off by giving him a black eye~~~ (he he!)
I also adore tearing CS to get that somewhat rustic look you see on the bottom of the Real Red CS. Not everyone loves tearing, but I do! I also used my Mat Pack and paper piercer here to get the tiny holes you see above the birds, as well as my Scor-Pal for the fun lines. This card could be done in any color and with any sentiment you desire.....quick and easy!

Club Girls----you will all be getting your Holiday Mini in the next few days. Some even today! Club date reminder: Saturday September 19th at 9:30 AM and Friday September 25th at 6:30 PM. Many of you have not RSVP'd yet, and ya need to! I have three fun projects for you this month!

Please take a minute to click into the Breast Cancer Awareness site here on my blog, and click to give! No money needed......just a click counter! Happy Friday~~~

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 10, 2009

Pizza Box~~

This is the most adorable little Pizza Box! Once again, SCS saves the day. I like to just go in there, look to see what I can make with what I have, and start creating! This little guy is 4x4 finished, and could hold a variety of things, from a nice little set of 3x3 cards to a yummy treat! You decide! HERE are your directions.
I used Bella Rose DSP (ret.) by SU! Paired it with some Old Olive and Chocolate Chip CS and voila! Once again, get that Sticky Tape for anything 3-D with moving parts. You do not want your adorable gift coming apart on the receiver! Not when you put so much love into it!

I thought the directions left out one important thing. If you decide to add ribbon around the box, like I did, be sure not to wrap the whole box. If you do, you will not be able to get it open! I took this photo to show you to wrap the ribbon ends to the inside flaps, that way they do not go all the way around and keep your box closed! The ribbon goes on the top part of the box.

I hope your week is going along nicely and that you are taking the time to love on your family! Just a note of joy for March of 2010 I will be a first time Grama! My oldest daughter and her hubby are expecting! We hope to discover the sex of the baby in October, stay tuned! You may start to see more baby themed things this spring!

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 09, 2009

Oh My Stars~~

I decided that the bear in this set, called Under The Stars by SU! gets all the attention, so I changed it up a bit. I know it is hard to see the compass on the yellow piece of CS, but it is there! This one was super fast and easy. Gotta love those! I used SU Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun and Very Vanilla CS and inks. I just measure the size of the wood block that the stamp is mounted on to get the size for the CS~~

Hope today is a good one for ya!

~~Stamping Smiles~~


September 08, 2009

Pretty Post It Holder~~

As I post this, I am realizing that I don't know when I last made a card! I did make a couple to prepare for Club this month, but I have been so into the 3-D stuff! If I didn't have like 100 cards (or more) in my stash to send out, I would worry.....
This cute little Post It Note holder was made with directions from SCS. Once again, SCS is a wonderful site where you will find ideas and tutorials and 1000's of card ideas for your SU (and more) stamps! I love this place! The resource section of SCS is incredible! HERE are your directions! The paper I used here is SU Old Olive, Orchid Opulence and Cottage Wall DSP. I am in love with the Cottage Wall DSP. It reminds me of my Grandmother. She loved purple, so I think of her when I see it!

Here is the view open. My pencil was a little long, but oh well! I will look for a shorter one before I give it away. I just didn't want to leave my craft room and enter the "real world"(where there are dishes and laundry and children needing you!), so I took the photo with what I had in there. All you need to make this, that you may not have on hand already, is Sticky Tape. You NEED Sticky Tape! It is the bomb!

Let me know if you follow me here, paper crafters. "The cutest card I ever made is the one I just finished." Do you know what I mean by that? It's why we have hoards of cards waiting to be mailed out. We make a card, get on a roll, make more cards, and then the cutest one is there, and done, and gorgeous. But then we make another, and now it is the cutest. And so in lies the problem. Often when you need a card, the one you made, say, yesterday, isnn't good enough. The card you need today must be custom. Made just for that certain someone. Not "any old" card will do (even though when you finished it, it was the cutest card you ever made) So we start over.......and we end up with a stash of 100 cards or more just waiting!

So here is my encouragement to you----take that "old" card out of your stash, give it an envelope and a postage stamp, and send it packin'! You'll be glad you did! I always am~~

~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 05, 2009

Double Pocket Card~~

Todays fun-ness (ha!) comes to you from the SCS rescource gallery! I found the tutorial today by Beate Johns HERE. It went together surprisingly easily (with the right tools of course!) I suggest you try it. This was my first attempt, and I am already planning another one with SU! DSP.
The front pocket is the ideal place for a gift card for the receiver! I didn't have one handy, so I made a tag to go there. You could make the card with the colors of the gift card so that it would coordinate nicely! The back tag is where I will be writing the message or stamping the greeting.

My CS is SU! Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and some DSP I had lying around. The ribbon is also SU Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss (ret.) If you decide to make one, be sure to upload it to the gallery on Splitcoast so we can all enjoy it!
Leave me some love~~
~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 02, 2009

Post It Pals~~

I have way to many coasters and I enjoy finding new ways to create fun things with them. Yesterday I was cruising around Angie's blog and found THESE ! As you can see I had way to much fun making them too! They just have a stack of post it notes inside and can sit on a desk or work space nicely! Once again, I utilized my SU punches for a finishing touch. How did I ever survive with out punches? I resisted for so long, but they have been one of my best investments....This one is almost all SU! I used the DSP to line the inside as well. The stamp in the front cover is from Taggers Dozen (ret.) I blinged it up a little by adding just the tiniest rhinestone to the image there! I used my Bind It All to add the o-rings and voila! fast and easy~~(with the right tools of course!)Here is the inside view. Of course I used blue post its to match! I also used my SU sanding blocks to smooth the edges after I adhered the DSP to the coaster. If you do not own a Bind It All, you can also make this with a couple of the "rings" that can be purchased in the office supply section just about anywhere, and your Crop-A-Dile. Be sure to tie on a couple ribbons to finish it off!
Here's Shelli's "wisdom" for the day.....The secret to a happy stamper is to have everything you need to complete a project! Translation, buy it, because some day you will find a use for it and therefore will not have to run to the store or wait for UPS in the middle of a project! Wise huh? Yeah, I'm deep....real deep!
~~Stamping Smiles~~

September 01, 2009

Super Spirals~~

Today's goodness is a simple and gun little covered spiral note pad. These are cheapest at Sam's Club, but can be purchased just about anywhere in the office supply and paper section. The possibilities are endless with color combos and themes. For this little guy I used retired Rockability SU! DSP. The alphabet stamp is from a clear set purchased at Jo Ann's. I adore the SU! circle punches (I have them all!) and I have several other circle punches as well. I find my self drawn to them quite often. Dress this baby up with some matching ribbon tied into the spirals and voila! Cheap and easy!

I learned this from Angie Juda on her blog, and HERE is the link directly to the video you can watch on her site (free) to make your own. While you're there, cruise around a while. She has a ton of videos to watch on some pretty cool projects.

Leave me some love in the form of a comment! You'll make my day!

~~Stamping Smiles~~