On Stage Day #1! Salt Lake City

We’re here at Salt Lake and we’re so excited for day one of On Stage!  Mary and Aimee, two of my downline, are with me and my husband Pat is our  chauffeur.

Here’s a few shots of the Stampin’ Up! headquarters. Friendly people and you’re surrounded by beauty and creativity! Very inspiring!

We are off now for a little exploring in some breakfast before registration. Hopefully we’ll see some pretty leaves! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll post more pictures soon.

SSINK Halloween Fun Tags & Trimmings

Happy Halloween!!  Have you ever purchased a whole bundle ($53) just to get one stamp?!!  I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s done this…

That’s what happened when I saw this sentiment:  “It’s what’s INSIDE that counts”!  Had to have it!  Here’s the bundle called Tags & Trimmings:

I’m sure you’ll see more projects on my blog in the next couple of months where I use this bundle!

These little bags (Mini Treat Bag Thinlits) are one of my favorite things and they’re so cute & simple to make!!

Here’s a picture of a class I had recently!  The items for the pencil holders are retired, but the rest are current Stampin’ Up! products.  You can find all supplies at the bottom of the post.

Hope you had a fun time making a few things for Halloween!!  I sure did!  Head over to the SSINK Blog Page to see more Halloween Fun Ideas!

SSINK Favorite Holiday Catalog Suite: Quilted Christmas

My favorite Suite from the Holiday Catalog is Quilted Christmas!  The more I play around with it, the more ideas pop into my head!

This suite includes Christmas Quilt Stamp Set, Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, Quilted Christmas DSP, 1/4″ Ribbon and Stitched Felt Embellishments.

Recently I challenged my downline, the Maui Big Shots!, to start using their DBWS and to add an event to their blog.  Ramona Corson and Mary Green met the challenge, so this is one of the gifts they’ll receive from me:

I just love the Pizza Boxes!!  They’re sturdy and glossy white and simple to assemble.  They are the perfect size to hold a set of 3 X 3 cards.  And now there are 3 X 3 envelopes available for purchase!

I’ll be having a Quilted Christmas Suite Class on Monday, Nov. 27th at 10 am.  For $50, you’ll go home with the Christmas Quilt Bundle plus a pile of Stitched Felt Embellishments!  

We’ll make 3 cards plus a 3-D item!  RSVP by 11/18 to hold your spot in this fun class.  One lucky attendee will win the Quilted Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!

Be sure & head over to the SSINK Blog Page to see more Favorite Holiday Catalog Suites!

SSINK Here Kitty Kitty

Our house is pretty quiet now that our girls are gone.  But we do have Swiffer & Kaboodle!  Those two can be pretty entertaining!  It’s exactly like Garfield & Odie!!  Swiffer is the hyper tag-along little brother & Kaboodle basically taunts him or puts up with him.

We never wanted a cat.  My husband didn’t, at least.  He’s allergic to cats.  But this stray cat insisted on being one of the family!  Kaboodle just LOVES Pat!  She always wants to sit on him & when he pets her she purrs so loudly and does that thing with her paws where they dig into you because she’s just so, so happy!  And did I mention she drools?!!  Seriously!  The happier she gets…

On to my cat card.  I don’t have the set called Pretty Kitty yet, but I do have the Cat Punch!

I used Basics Pack 2 Washi Tape in the background & used Foam Adhesive Strips to pop up the cat (instead of dimensionals) because I needed something skinny.  All supplies listed at the bottom of this post.  Found the original idea for this card HERE on the Cow Whisperer’s blog.  Her’s is black & white & very pretty!

I’m really hoping Stampin’ Up! will not retire this cute punch, but will come up with a new stamp set so that we can use it even more!!

CLICK HERE to go to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Page to see more Here Kitty Kitty ideas!

 

SSINK Fabulous Flowers!

The Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team is bringing you Fabulous Flowers today!

I’ve used Oh So Eclectic to stamp these pretty images.  I especially like the way the leaves stamp!

This card is quick to put together- I’ll give you the measurements here so that you can make one!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic, Better Together
  • Ink:  Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Gold
  • Paper:  Powder Pink card base (5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4), Pear Pizzazz (2 1/4 X 5 1/2), Very Vanilla (2 X 5 1/2)
  • Accessories:  3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon (gorgeous!!)

Head over to the SSINK Blog to see more Fabulous Flowers!!

 

SSINKspiration Merry Patterns

Today’s card is made using Merry Patterns Stamp Set.  I totally LOVE this set and have just begun to play around with it!

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This beautiful set is only available if you place a $300 order by yourself or by hosting a party.  The promotion is good through October 31st.  Please contact me if you need ideas on how you can get this cute stamp set!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler (base is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, another piece on top (4 X 5 1/4), Merry Little Christmas DSP (2 X 5 1/4), scraps of Whisper White & Old Olive
  • Accessories:  Sparkle Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon- Old Olive, Wink of Stella for candle flames
  • Tips:  I stamped off one of the candle stamps, but they’re all actually cherry cobbler.  Except that one of them didn’t stamp well, so I stamped it in Old Olive then fussy cut the candle out!  I used the “masking technique” to cover the candles before stamping the greenery.

I haven’t even tried the deer stamp yet.  I just remembered, I did try this set another time using the sentiment, “Tis the Season”.  It looks like I did something really fancy, but the pink design in the middle is just a stamp!!

Be sure & go to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Blog Page to see other ideas using Merry Patterns!

 

 

SSINKspiration Case the DT: Diana Eichfeld

Today the SSINK Team is CASEing a team member:  Diana Eichfeld!  Diana always comes up with some very beautiful & creative ideas!  Here’s her card that I’m CASE-ing:

I started here because I just love her card!  But when I started playing around with the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, my card ended up a lot different.  But I love the way it turned out!

The colors are Cherry Cobbler & Soft Sky.  Peace on Earth.  What a beautiful and appropriate sentiment for this Christmas!  You’ll find the supply list below.

 

Be sure and check out what the other team members have CASED from Diana!

#ICS Blog Hop Colors of Courage

 

I think all of us have had friends of family with cancer.  Such a tough thing to go through.  There’s no right or wrong way to navigate through that, but one thing I’ve seen over & over is COURAGE.  Courage and faith.

As I write this post, my dear friend, Chari, is going through her first chemotherapy for breast cancer.  I can’t be with her, but we keep messaging back & forth, and that helps a lot.  When I first moved to Maui, I didn’t know anyone & I attended a Christian Woman’s Club luncheon.  Chari sat next to me & I was so touched when she just came out & asked if we could be friends.  Sure!!  She & her husband were new to the island, also, and we all ended up spending lots of time together.  We all learned to windsurf, had babies, spend many years together on Maui until they moved to Washington.

Here’s a card for Chari:

 

Double Z Fun Fold Card

Measurements:

  • Card Base Wisteria Wonder – 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Delightful Daisy DSP – two pieces at 2 1/2″ X 4″, one at 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • White layer – 3 1/4″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ & 6 3/8″

God bless you, Chari!  You’ll get through this.  There are so many people who love you & are praying for you!!

Next on the hop is Terri Takashige!  You won’t want to miss her creative ideas!!

#SSINKSC48 Sketch Challenge

Here’s a fun Sketch Challenge from the SSINK Team!  I love these challenges because they force me to come up with my own ideas.  Give it a try!!

To make this card, I basically started with some stamp sets I’d been wanting to play with:  Merry Patterns & Christmas Sweaters!  The Merry Patterns Set can only be earned by placing a $300 order through the end of October!!  Let me know if you have a big Wish List or would like to host a party!  I chose the colors by looking at the Quilted Christmas 6 X 6 DSP.  That’s a simple way to choose a color combo guaranteed to look great!

I don’t get a lot of use out of my sweaters here on Maui.  But my daughter, Malia, is spending her first winter in Syracuse, NY, where I hear it gets mighty cold!  She’s already made a request for sweater money.

Here’s a close up of that cute sweater…

Now head over to our SSINK Page to see what the other designers have done with this sketch!  Give it a try!!  We’d love to see what you come up with!