Saturday, February 27, 2010

diva sketch surprise challenge


Welcome to another saturday sketch challenge. A surprise was added to the sketch this week and the team was asked to use rub ons on their creations. You may start your hop, skip and jump on anyone's link. Their site will direct you to the next blog. Let us know what you think.

Adriana
Alisa
Elizabeth
Jeannette
Leonie
Lorie
Max
Ruthie
Tammy
Tiffany
Carol.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Finnally Friday with A Friendly Bird!!


Hello all!!! Sorry I've missed posting the past couple of Fridays. Just really busy and I lost track of the days!!

Ribbon is one of my favorite embellishments to use and I use it often! You can do so many different things with ribbon to create a truly unique card or project.

Here are some ways you can use ribbon on your creations:

* Make ribbon flowers

* Use green ribbon as stems and leaves for flowers

* Make ribbon butterflies

* Use ribbon as a background through "punched windows"

* Use ribbon scraps to create a unique background for your creation

I'm sure there are many more ideas than those I've listed and I would love to hear how you use ribbon!

My idea was to create a "ribbon punched window", but I'm not sure it came out as well as I had envisioned it!!

I started with a strip of Almost Amethyst and used my Boho Blossoms punch for the flowers. Then I took scraps of ribbon from my stash, Old Olive striped and plain gg, White satin, White taffeta and Elegant Eggplant ric-rak. The placement of each of the ribbons was pretty much random and I just put the punched strip over them to see how it looked.

I cut the bird from chipboard with my Birds & Flowers die and covered with Afternoon Tea dsp. I highlighted the wing and beak with a piece of Elegant Eggplant and crystal rhinestone for the eye!

The distressed the edges of the Almost Amethyst strip before attaching. The bird is popped up with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the new set in the Occasions mini: Vintage Vogue.

Happy Stamping!!!!

~~~Ann~~~

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Diva Inspiration Challenge #84

Thursday already?!? Where has the last week gone? This week's inspiration picture is nice and bold. I found it on Clipart.com and just loved the big bold flowers and colors. Have fun with this week's challenge!! :)

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

Maria
Elizabeth
Carol
Katy
Robin
Karen

Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or public gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to a public gallery, be sure to put DivaIC84 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)
~~Maria~~

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Good News!

Mini Products Still Available for Purchase

Stampin' Up! has chosen to carryover several products from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This list of products (shown below) is available for purchase. In addition, these products will be available in the next Idea Book & Catalog. 

As usual, there may be additional products from the Holiday Mini Catalog (not currently listed as write-in products) that also may appear in your next Idea Book & Catalog.  


 Item #  Description  Price
116794 Ornament punch $15.95
116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $5.95
116854  Frost White Shimmer Paint $5.95
116807  Platinum Shimmer Paint $5.95
116829 D├ęcor Elements Blocks $9.95
116824  Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty $7.95
116821 Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers  $29.95
116819 Stampin' Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die $42.95
116820 Stampin' Up! Embosslits Merry die $11.95
116823 Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die $5.50
116822 Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die $42.95
118140  Stampin' Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die $5.50
118108 My Digital Studio $79.95
116519 Charming stamp set  $19.95 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next week...
Happy stampin'!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

diva sketch challenge


It doesn't look like much, but the possibilities are endless with this sketch. There are so many visions running through my head. Let's see at least eleven different ideas from the team right now.

We're trying something new this week. We will be hosting a link to the next person on the list so you don't have to keep coming back to the divas for the next link. Hope it works well for you. Please let us know how you like this idea. Of course, if you like jumping back and forth you may continue to come back here and hit each one individually.

Adriana
Alisa
Elizabeth
Jeannette
Leonie
Lorie
Max
Ruthie
Tammy
Tiffany
Carol.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Diva Inspiration Challenge #83

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.......

When I saw this picture for today's inspiration, first thing I thought about were the endless hours of singing Teddy Bears' Picnic with my daughter when she was younger. It was a favorite song of hers' and she even had a book of it too. So, every night at bedtime my daughter would request this book and we would sing this song as we made our way through the book - again and again... Definitely a precious memory that makes my heart smile. :)

For ev'ry bear that ever there was will gather there for certain, because today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

Maria
Elizabeth
Carol
Katy
Robin

Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or public gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to a public gallery, be sure to put DivaIC83 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)
~~Maria~~

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring Fever

It's been awhile since I showed one of my own projects, so I thought today would be good day to post my latest idea.  I found this cute little journal at a craft store in the $1 bin and instantly knew that it had potential!


I'm really looking forward to Spring - especially after all those crazy snow storms last week - so I thought these colors would work nicely :)


I'll have more pictures and info on my blog if you're interested!

Supplies: 

Old Olive cardstock
Sweet Pea DS paper pack
Sending Love epoxy brads
Whimsical Words SAB set
Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Linen Thread
Curly Label punch
3/4 inch circle punch


Monday, February 15, 2010

Scrapbook pages and a Contest :)

Happy Monday!  For those of you who don't have to work today, I hope you have a fun day.  Maybe you will find some time to stamp.  For me it will be a day of organizing my stamp room (Something I do quite often :) I will also be getting ready for my hostess club tomorrow.

One of our Divas, Becky Teusink who lives in Holland, Michigan has shared some wonderful scrapbook pages.  These pages gave me the inspiration I needed today to get some scrapbooking done. 




Thank you for sharing with us Becky!  You are a very talented gal :)


Time for a contest!!!!  Send ONE page (any size) to utahdivasinternational@gmail.com to be entered into a drawing.  All pages will be shown next Monday on our blog and 'you' the viewers of our blog will have the chance to vote for your favorite.  The winner will receive an assortment of Designer Series Paper. You do not need to be a member of our group to enter the contest.

Have a wonderful day :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

diva sketch surprise challenge







Why oh why did I pick today to showcase your least favorite colors. This card should be something you love cuz it's Valentine's day tomorrow. Boy, I sure wasn't thinking straight when I did these sketch surprises. You can always do a re-count of the ballet and get me kicked off the team. haha.




Let's see how very creative the team did with their least favorite colors.

Alisa
Elizabeth
Jeannette
Lorie
Leonie
Max
Ruthie
Tammy
Tiffany
Carol.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Diva Inspiration Challenge #82

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! This week inspiration pic is just fitting - flowers and hearts!! However you get to spend Valentine's Day, I hope it's just what you wanted!!

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

Maria
Elizabeth
Carol
Katy
Robin

Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or public gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to a public gallery, be sure to put DivaIC82 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)
~~Maria~~

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vintage Birthday

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are staying warm and dry wherever you are.  I have a card to share with you today.  It comes to us from...me!  ;)  

My mom requested a birthday card for a co-worker.  The birthday cake was white with blue flowers so I used that for my color combo.  I made my own DSP using the Vintage Vogue set and Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery ink.  After I stamped all the flowers and vines, I sponged on a bit of Night of Navy ink.  The sentiment and frame is from the SAB set, Vintage Labels.  I sponged that piece also.  It's punched out with the Wide Oval punch and layered on a Lots of Tags die-cut.  I added a strip of Night of Navy punched with the Scallop Trim border punch.  A piece of Bashful Blue taffeta is the finishing touch.  I decorated the inside, too.  You can just see the edge of the Vintage Vogue border stamp.

The Vintage Labels stamp set and the Scallop Trim border punch were FREE for SAB!  


Supplies(all SU!): Stamps- Vintage Vogue, Vintage Labels. Ink- Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery. Paper- Whisper White, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue. Accessories- Big Shot, Lots of Tags sizzlit, Wide Oval punch, Scalloped Trim border punch, Bashful Blue taffeta.

Until next week...
Happy stampin'!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vintage Vogue

Today's project is a beautiful spring card from Brenda Taylor!


The card uses the rock -n- roll technique, it is a little difficult to see in the picture, due to the two shades of purple.   I started by inking the stamp in Lavender Lace and then rolled the edges into Eggplant Envy, this is repeated for all the flowers, then I stamped the leaves. 


Vintage Vogue & Whimsical Words stamp set

Eggplant Envy, Lavender Lace & Whisper White card stock
Eggplant Envy, Lavender Lace & Old Olive ink pads
Ice circle rhinestone brads, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and pop dots


Brenda - thank you so much for sharing your card.  With all the snow around here, it's nice to see some spring flowers!

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Punches

Hello Friends,

How about our new punches?  Considering buying them but not sure how to use them?  Already bought them and haven't a clue where to start.

Well here you go!  Not only do you get to see a fabulous video showing you how to use them, but you get to see our very own BONNIE THURBER show you how to use them.  Sit back and enjoy!



Remember, if you spend $50 or more, you can receive this punch or another item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for FREE. Contact your Demonstrator for more details.





Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

diva sketch challenge

Well, I don't know you about, but I'm a little bit disappointed that the ground hog saw his shadow this week. If you were in Michigan you wouldn't have seen a shadow and been jumping for joy. Of course, if you lived in the real world you would know it is really a myth to get us through the second half of winter. oh well . . .

The sky is the limit with this week's sketch. Oh, the possibilities are endless don't you think? Take a look at what the sketch team did this week.

Alisa
Elizabeth
Jeannette
Lorie
Ruthie
Tammy
Tiffany
Carol.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Finally Friday and Time to Tie One On!!!


Hello all!!! Did I grab your attention with that title??? This week our creation comes from Adriana Benitez and has she been creative!!!

Here's what she has to say about her card:

I was playing around with ribbon the weekend and was trying to come up with a "different" way to use it. I thought I'd use the wider ribbon and see if I could get it to look like a man's tie. It worked!

I think you could use this for a Father's Day card, Congrats (promotion at work?), Graduation card, etc. But here I wanted to use this Cottage Wall paper so I made a Newlywed card instead. (I was hoping the two rhinestone brads on the top right would resemble earrings....)

Oh - and my hubby deserves some kudos - he held the paper and ribbon in front of him to show me how he ties a tie since I had no clue :)

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry,
Orchid Opulence
Other/Tools: Clear Circle Rhinestone Brads, Ice Circle Rhinestone
Brads, Large Oval punch, Movers & Shapers Die, Old Olive 5/8" Satin
Ribbon, Big Shot

What an awesome idea Adriana!!! Need to try this out, but I have no man to help me tie it!! I'll figure it out!!

Happy Stamping!!!

~~~Ann~~~

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Diva Inspiration Challenge #81

Happy Thursday!! I hope you're ready for the sweet smell of this week's inspiration. I love the variety of flowers and colors in this bouquet of flowers. I'm sure you will have no problem coming up with some great creation this week! :)

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

Maria
Elizabeth
Carol
Katy
Robin

Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or public gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to a public gallery, be sure to put DivaIC81 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)
~~Maria~~

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

May your layers be many!

Happy Wednesday!  Today's post is a birthday card created by me!  :)   

The Bermuda Bay Scallop Trim square started out at 3 13/16".  Check out Gretchen's blog for lots of sizes to start with to make perfect frames!  The Crushed Curry square is rolled with the Cupcakes wheel in Versamark and then embossed with Iridescent Ice.  So sparkly!  :)  The image is from Birthday Bliss.   (I just happened to get this set for free for SAB!  I am so excited that we can choose from the big catalog this year!)  I stamped the image in Jet Black Stazon and colored it in with my blender pens and In Color markers.  I scribbled on the stamp case with the markers, and then I picked up the color with the blender pen.  You get a softer look than if you colored directly on the paper with the markers.  The card base is Crushed Curry, and it's layered with Melon Mambo and DSP.  The DSP is from the SAB paper pack, Welcome Neighbor.  A piece of Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon is the finishing touch.  I love how it came together!

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Birthday Bliss.  Ink- Jet Black Stazon, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, Versamark.  Paper-  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Welcome Neighbor DSP.  Accessories-  Cupcakes Stampin' Around wheel, Iridescent Ice EP, blender pens, Scalloped Trim border punch, Scalloped Trim corner punch, Bermuda Bay polka dot grosgrain.

Until next week...
Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Great Valentine's Day gift

Check out this adorable Valentine's Day project from Stephanie Gittins!




Valentine Coupon Book

I love this fun little coupon book. It's such an inexpensive but personal gift; you can create coupons for anyone in your life! I plan on making some for my little boys with coupons like "30 minutes of Nintendo", "Make cookies with Mom", or "Trip to McDonalds". To make the covers more sturdy, I cut pieces of the cardboard that comes with every package of Designer Series Paper, and then covered both sides with cute paper. The coupon pages are perforated to tear out easily. To bind the book, I lined up all the pages and held them with a large binder clip, and then cut holes with my Crop-a-Dile.

Stamps: With All My Heart, Boho Friend Wheel (on inside pages)
Inks: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers. Close to Cocoa Classic Pad. Real Red cartridge.
Paper: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Very Vanilla & Pretty in Pink Cardstock.
Accessories: Cutter Kit, Crop-a-dile, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Red Corduroy Buttons, Paper Piercing tool, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Around handle.

Steph - I love it too! What a fun idea! Be sure to let us know how your Stamp Camp goes; I think the ladies will love this :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

I {Heart} Hearts

Happy Monday Everyone :)

Today I have some fabulous cards to showcase right here on our blog.  I asked certain Demonstrators to share their creations with us using the "I {Heart} Hearts" Stamp Set.

Remember, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 for every set sold.  Click here for more information.

Here are our creations:

Elizabeth Harris


Gretchen Barron


Janice Rosenthal Rock


Leonie Schroder


Lorie Ames


Maxine Conrad


Melissa Hedine-Tootle


Monika Davis


Sue Erickson

I think all of these are fabulous.

Have a wonderful day!