Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stampin' Scrub Now Available!

Woohoo! After dealing with some quality issues, the Stampin' Scrub (item 102642) and Stampin' Scrub Refill Pads (item 101230) are now available for regular orders.

Contact me if you'd like to place an order for anything.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter!

A few gals came over this morning for some "stamp therapy" and made these projects. I just love the Easter basket and cross cards designed by my friend, Cheryl. Dawn O has a great video tutorial on how to turn the lattice die into a cross. She also has a great video tutorial on how to turn the petal Cone die into a take out box. The Eat Chocolate set from the Occasions Mini catalog is perfect for the take out box, but it's only available until the end of April! Aren't these fun projects?

Below is a sympathy card and an Easter card Pat made me. They are awesome! I love the way she used crystal effects on the flowers of the sympathy card. Unfortunately it doesn't show really well in the photo, but trust me, it's cool!

Happy Stamping! Mary

Stamping Up! is Green!

Happy Earth day stampers . . . so, did you know how awesome Stampin' Up! is about being green? I'm so proud of them for trying hard to be kind to our world and conserve energy too!

Rubber . . . they donate excess rubber from manufacturing to "Courage Reins"! A non profit group that provides horseback riding therapy to physically and mentally challenged children. This awesome group is able to fund their programs from sales of the rubber used in playgrounds and horse stables.

Wood blocks . . . these are created from renewable sources using sustainable practices. This maple wood tree farms grows them specifically for the purpose of harvesting wood.

Card stock and paper . . . paper used for shipping is 100% recycled and our card stock contains recycled paper too! In fact, Basic Black is our greenest color! Darker shades use the most recycled paper in them . . . and, our paper brokers are certified to help ensure that our paper uses paper from sustainably managed forests. These mills take steps to lessen their carbon footprint. One of the mills even generates their own power!

Building . . . Stampin' Up! facilities use geothermal wells to reduce the consumption of heating oil or natural gas. Lights are on sensors and timers to reduce the use of electricity, filters are in place to reduce any air pollution that stamp production may create. And native water wise plants are using in the landscaping and sprinklers minimize evaporation.

Carbon footprint . . . shipping practices are designed to reduce the carbon footprint. including using non-peak traffic hours with UPS and carpooling stamp facility transfers with otherwise empty Sysco food delivery trucks! Now, don't you love that!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BAM Fundraiser Class Cards

These are the six cards we made at my Build A Miracle Fundraiser Class. We raised $329 for B.A.M. from the class fees and the orders (I'm giving 20% of the net order). Thanks so much everyone! The money we raised plus what I'm donating will pay for 18 square feet of a house to be built!

I copied the first card from my good friend Cheryl. Isn't it gorgeous?

The second card used the Create a Cupcake set and the Build a Cupcake punch.

Card #3 used the Eat Chocolate set. I've been doing a little too much of that lately, tehee.

The 4th card used a simple and basic layout. You can apply this layout to almost anything!

The 5th card I copied, but I can't find it in my notes. I just love the color combo and how it changes the Framed Tulips embossing folder from a rectangle to a square.

This last card used the imbedded embossing technique. I was inspired by this card.

I'm not listing all the supplies, but if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Aunt Anita's Passing

Last Thur I went to Sylmar with my mom and sister for my aunt's rosary and funeral. Anita was my dad's younger sister. She and my uncle John were married for 64 years! That's inspirational. There must have been 300, maybe 500 people at the funeral (standing room only at the old San Fernando Mission). I can't imagine being 83 years old and having that kind of turnout for my funeral! That just shows what an amazing woman she was. Anyway, here are a few cards I received and just wanted to share with you. I'll post photos of the cards we made at last class in a couple days. Thank you to everyone for being flexible so I could attend the funeral. It was really nice to see all my relatives.

Warm regards, Mary

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Perpetual Folding Card, Feminine version

I made this card to give my goddaughter for her birthday, but changed my mind. I wanted to keep it as a sample, lol. I'll give it to her next year.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Monday, April 11, 2011

Never Ending Card, larger size

This is a larger Never Ending card I made using different directions. I like the 6x6" size, but it doesn't fit in a regular size envelope! I used the new Bring on the Cake stamp set (from the Occasions mini), black card stock, and Love Letters DSP (from the regular SU catalog). Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Stamping! Mary

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Never Ending Card, first attempt

This was my first attempt at the Never Ending card. I tried following Tami White's directions (see post from a few days back). I started with the "back" of the card (the side that has the vertical opening) instead of the side with the horizontal opening (cake image above). I realized after making a few cards, that the back should be more plain, otherwise the recipient might start there and then some of the images will be upside down when you open to the other sides.

I started with Pacific Point card stock and used the Ice Cream Parlor dsp and Bring on the Cake set. The S.A.B. dsp package had self adhesive colored die cuts which helped make the card a little easier. The cake was stamped in Pacific Point and colored with markers.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Masculine Perpetual Folding Card

This Card is for my son's b-day in July. I didn't color in the numbers for how old he will be in case i forget to give it to him! I used the Ice Cream Parlor dsp. The base card is out of pacific point card stock. The stamp sets are the new birthday set (Bring on the Cake) from the Occasions mini catalog and the Extreme Surfer.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Perpetually Folding Card for Club

At my Jan Club, Billie showed us the coolest "never ending card". It was a card that you just kept opening up and it basically had four sides. Everyone thought it was pretty neat and we wanted to try it. The next month the Stampin' Success magazine (a free periodical that SU demonstrators get) had directions for a "Perpetually Folding Card" that was very similar to what my customer showed me. I tried out the instructions on the link my customer gave me (that she used to make her card), and I tried out SU's version using the magazine instructions and a link another customer gave me from Tami White's blog (which is basically the same as the SU instructions). These cards are so addicting! You start folding and don't want to put it down!

Then for April's Club we made one! For the card base we started with two 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" pieces of Perfect Plum card stock and sticky strip. The branch image is stamped with classic Elegant Eggplant ink. When you apply water with an Aquapainter, it bleeds, thus coloring the flowers very easily and nicely.

set- Easter Blossoms
cs- Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant
ink- Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant pads, Always Artichoke marker
access- sponges, eyelet border punch, crumb cake seam binding, pearls, aquapainters, itty bitty punch pack, scallop oval and large oval punches, tombo multipurpose glue

I'll show you some of my other attempts in the next few days.

Happy Stamping! Mary