Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Circle Circus

My goal was to try to post something on my blog at least once every week but it hasn't happened. Oh well...on to my share for this week.

This is a set when I first saw it, I didn't think too much of it. Of course, it's been out for awhile so I decided to play with it. The first card is for a swap I am in and the second was from a card class I had last month. I changed it a bit for the swap.

Stamp Set: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

Stamp Set: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

Happy stamping!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's a Great Time to Join Stampin' Up!

You have got to check out this AMAZING deal from Stampin' Up! If you have been thinking about becoming a demonstrator, now is a great time to sign up. With the brand new catalog, your starter kit will be full of all the newest items because you get to choose what you want. You can join my team AND you will earn this awesome tote using the colors and patterns from the Greenhouse Gala DSP.

Remember, the Starter Kit is $175, BUT, you get over $310 worth of stamping products or you can choose the Digital and Starter kit for $175 and it's value is over $320.

This special offer is good September 1-October 18, 2010, or while supplies last.

New recruits who join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator during the promotion period will receive a FREE craft tote (valued at $39.95) with the purchase of their Starter Kit.

Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote Description
* 100% twill nylon exterior; 100% nylon interior
* Dimensions: 15-3/4" x 7-5/8" x 8-7/8"
* Includes attachable shoulder strap for easy transport
* Center section fits 12" x 12" card stock, Craft Keepers, and Paper Cutter
* Outside pockets fit extra-large punches perfectly
* Outside flap pockets offer secure spot for accessories
* Back zipper pocket holds up to seven Stampin' Pads

Things to Remember:
* This incentive is available to all new recruits, including first-time joins, rejoins, etc.
* Free Craft Tote will automatically be added to Starter Kit and shipped at the same time, but in a separate box.
* Free Craft Tote will also be shipped for free.

Happy stamping!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

VC Rocks Blog Hop #4

Welcome to Stamping Fun with Kim...your next stop in the VC Rocks blog hop. You most likely must have joined me from Mary's blog. If you are joining part-way thru the hop or get lost, just go to the starting point which is the VCRocks home page.

This month is our last bloghop!! :-( VC Rocks will shutting down for the year at the end of the month. It's been a great summer!!!

This month's I have been busy with swaps and classes that I'm keeping this month's project simple. I'm getting ready for a Christmas card class at the end of the month. Here are two of the cards we will be doing.

Supplies Needed:
Stamp Set: All Holidays, Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock

This is a really simple card but I love the look of it!

1. Randomly stamp the motif with River Rock onto the Whisper White. Do the same with the flower using Cherry Cobbler.
2. Attach the Whisper White piece onto the Cherry Cobbler (5 1/2 x 4 1/4).
3. I stamped the square piece with Cherry Cobbler and attached it to the River Rock piece.
4. I attached the Cherry Cobbler square offset then attached the River Rock piece.

Very simple!!!

My second card is just as easy but requires a little punching and cutting.

Supplies Needed:
Stamp Set: Seasons of Joy
Cardstock: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, 5/8" Wide Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon

1. Stamp the motif with Razzleberry on to the Razzleberry card base (5 1/2 x 4 1/4).
2. Stamp the greeting using Old Olive on to a scrap piece of Whisper White. I cut out the "&" symbol and the christmas tree.
3. I then punch out the snowflake using the 1" circle punch and one of the flowers with the 1/2" circle punch. I added a brad to the center of the snowflake.
4. Stamp the greeting again with Razzleberry on to Whisper White piece. I then added all the Olive pieces to this with dimensionals.
5. Using the ticket corner punch, punch the corners and then attach piece to the old olive piece.
5. Attach ribbon and then attach stamped image with dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed the projects! I apologize for the fuzzy pictures. This is what you get when you take pictures using your phone camera.

For more fun stuff, continue to the next stop of the blog hop by visiting Diana's blog.

Happy stamping!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thoughts & Prayers

Here is a swap I've been working on for my monthly swap. This month's theme was Sympathy / Anniversary. I love how it turned out but when you have to do more than 2, it gets harder and harder to color in those flowers. Enjoy!

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant
Accessores: White Taffetta Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Happy stamping!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

VC Rocks Blog Hop #3

Welcome to Stamping Fun with Kim...your next stop in the VC Rocks blog hop. You most likely must have joined me from Angela's blog. If you are joining part-way thru the hop or get lost, just go to the starting point which is the VCRocks home page.

This month on our blog hop we are to feature items from the New Catalog, Summer Mini... or anything SU!. I haven't purchased any new sets from the catalog YET but I did get the new colors.

This month's project is a little photo wallet I did with my stamp club a couple of years ago. A friend of mine had two daughters graduating the same year (one from high school and one from college) and she did these up in their school colors and added their pictures inside with some journaling.

Supplies Needed:
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Night of Navy
Accessories: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Metallic Brads

1. Cut Daffodil Delight to 4" x 11". Score at 1 3/4", 2", 5" and 8".

2. For the panels (Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Old Olive), cut to 7 1/2" x 2 3/4". Score in half at 3 3/4".

3. For the journaling blocks (Very Vanilla), cut 3 panels to 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".

4. Stamp one side of the wallet with the motif using Daffodil Delight. Optional: You can round the corners if you like.

5. Adhere the inside panels, alternating directions. I stamp on the top panels using coordinting inks. This is optional.

6. Attach the journal blocks to the outside panels.

7. Fold up wallet.

8. Cut the belly band (Cherry Cobbler) to 8" x 1". Once you wrap around the wallet, you may want to cut off excess. You may also want to put a little adhesive to keep close. Slide off.

9. Using an Early Espresso scrap, punch out a 2 3/8" scallop circle punch. Then stamp image on a scrap piece and punch out with the 1 3/8" scallop circle punch. Adhere to the Espresso piece.

10. Using a paper piercer, I pierced a hole in the center of the scallops. I then eyeballed the center of the belly band with the 1/16" hole punch and then attached the scallops to the belly band by using a pewter brad from the metallic brads.

11. Slide back on to your wallet. Then add your photos and journaling.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. Leave me a comment of your favorite new item(s) in the catalog and the winner, by random drawing, will receive this photo wallet.

For more fun stuff, continue to the next stop of the blog hop by visiting Kristin's blog.

Happy stamping!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Friends Never Fade

My upline, Jackie Ross, had her open house last night. I went and had the opportunity to see the new catalog. It's amazing...all the new gadgets!!! New ribbons, new punches, new everything. I've looked through it once but I'm going to really pour over it tonight and make out my wish list. I did place an order to receive all the new colors of stamp pads, cardstock and markers. I CANNOT wait for that to come in. I've got my own open house in the works. Once I nail down the date, you will be the first to know.

Last night, we had a chance to stamp this for a make and take. It uses the new stamp set, Friends Never Fade, and the new punch in the summer mini, Punch Pack. It also uses the returning in colors, Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette.

I'm excited about kicking off the new Stampin' Up! year!!! I'm looking for a few good hostess so if you are interested, please let me know!

Happy stamping and 4th of July!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eastern Blooms

I'm in a monthly swap and for the month of June the theme was birthdays. I decided to play with a set I've had for a while...Eastern Blooms. This is not a set I would have purchased just by looking at it but I've seen alot of cute camples using it.

I saw this design on the demo's stamping connection website and I modified it some. I added the dazzling diamonds though I don't know if you can tell from the pictures.

You know when you color with the markers on the first one, it always looks like a good idea until you have to do multiple copies. Luckily, I only had to do 7!

Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink stamp pads and markers
Accessories: 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds

Just a reminder that today is the last day to purchase anything from 09-10 SU! catalog! Tomorrow the new catalog comes out with a whole lot of new ideas. I'm looking for some hostesses so if you would be interested in hosting a party, please let me know. I would love to show you and your friends the wonderful art of stamping!

Happy stamping!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

VC Rocks Blog Hop #2

Welcome to Stamping Fun with Kim...your next stop in the VC Rocks blog hop. You most likely must have joined me from Alexandria Snider's blog. If you are joining part-way thru the hop or get lost, just go to the starting point which is the VCRocks home page.

This month our blog hop is suppose to feature something retiring, something from the summer mini, or a sneak peek. Since I don't have anything from the latter two, I'm going to share something that is retiring.

I did this card at one of my technique classes. It's called the shattered glass technique. I cased the idea from Dawn Griffith's blog. Sorry for the glare on the picture.

1. I put strips of masking tape on a piece of glossy cardstock (hence the glare). You can choose the way you put the tape on. I did it criss cross.

2. Using Green Galore and Pink Passion, I daubered (is that a word?) color patches on the cardstock.

3. I used the Embrace Life stamp set and randomly stamped images on it with Black Stazon.

4. Pull off the tape and you should have white portions not stamped on.

5. I then adhere the glossy onto a Green Galore piece and then adhere it to my card base (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 - Pink Passion).

6. For the flower, I used regular white cardstock and used the daubers again to put color on the flower.

7. I then cut the flower out and put in a clear rhinestone brad and attached the flower to the card.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. For more fun stuff, continue to the next stop of the blog hop by visiting Diana Clark-Sutton's blog.

Stamp Set: Embrace Life
Cardstock: Green Galore, Pink Passion, Glossy White, Whisper White
Ink: Green Galore, Pink Passion, Black Stazon
Accessories: Daubers, Clear Rhinestone Brads

Happy stamping!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

VC Rocks Challenge

One of the fun things we do at VC Rocks are different weekly challenges. Every week one of the moderators give us a different challage...be it a card or scrapbook page. I sometimes find it hard to just sit and stamp for fun unless I'm working on a class project so these challenges are great way to get the creativity to flow. In past years, I haven't participated in the challenges so this year I decided to try them.

For our first challenge we had to make a celebration themed card using ONLY In Colors and 1 punch. There was an advanced challenge which involved using 3 different In Colors from 3 different years, 2 punches and NO flowers! I didn't quite make the advanced challenge but I did make the basic one. It's not one of my favorite cards but I tried. Be sure to check back later this week for the next challenge!

Stamp Sets: Priceless, Wonderful Words
Cardstock: River Rock, Tango Tangerine, Riding Hood Red, Black
Ink: River Rock, Tango Tangerine, Riding Hood Red, Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Piercing Tool

Happy stamping!

Friday, May 14, 2010

VC Rocks First Annual Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampin Fun With Kim! You probably arrived here from Stamp With Jane but if not, you can start at the very beginning by going here - VC Rocks Blog.

For this first blog hop, I decided to share with you all the flower pot pocket card. These have been pretty popular so this isn't probably the first one you have seen. When I first saw this, I knew that I had to make one. I did this with my techniques group and the ladies loved it. They are pretty easy to make. Some are a little bigger but this size is made to mail.

Stamp Sets: Curvy Verses, Weathered Background Stamp
Cardstock: Really Rust, Mellow Moss, Ballet Blue, So Saffron, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Really Rust
Accessories: 5-Petal Flower Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (SAB), Dimensionals

1. Score 9” x 3 ½” piece of cardstock in landscape position at 2” and 5 ½”.

2. Fold the 2” score line in a mountain fold and the 5 ½” score line in a valley fold.

3. Punch the edge of the 2” front flap with the Scallop Edge Punch.

4. To create the flower pot shape, place the cardstock in the paper trimmer with the top 2” flap flipped up and the bottom flap folded behind. Line up the 2” score line with the cutting track and the 5 ½” fold line with the ½” mark on the trimmer. Place the cutting guide over the card and cut. Turn cardstock and repeat.

5. Ink up the Weathered background stamp with Really Rust and stamp the front.

6. Tie ribbon around the top part of the flower pot to hold the pot together, no adhesive needed.

7. Adhere the 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” piece of cardstock to the 2 ½” x 4 ½” piece of cardstock. This will be the insert piece with the flowers attached at the top. Stamp your sentiment on the lower portion with Really Rust.

8. For the flowers, I punched out with the 5-Petal Flower punch in Ballet Blue, Regal Rose, So Saffron, and Rose Red. I then punched the center with 1/2" Circle Punch in Chocolate Chip.

9. For the leaves, I used the same punch and punched Mellow Moss. I placed a flower over the leaves and rotated it to make the mellow moss look like leaves.

10. Now attach your flowers. To help with alignment, place insert piece inside of flower pot before attaching flowers. I placed the bottom center first and then the outside flowers. I then added one to the pot itself.

This is my first Blog Hop, and it is the first Annual Blog Hop for VC Rocks! VC is a super-fun group of stampers and SU! addicts. There is so much to do all summer - virtual hotel, doing swaps, taking classes online, and so much more! If you want to join the group, go to our blog and check it out. Deadline for new members is May 30.

I do hope you enjoyed the project. Thanks for stopping by and now onward to the next stop on our hop, Lisa's Crafty Place.

Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Flight of the Butterfly

I'm part of a yahoo group named VC Rocks. What is VC Rocks? VC Rocks is a virtual celebration of the rubber stamp company Stampin' UP! Our annual celebration runs from mid-April through August. Its a CELEBRATION of Stampin' UP!'s new catalog release and annual convention for demos and customers, an expression of our ENTHUSIASM for Stampin' UP!'s new stamps and products, a SHARING of creative stamping and scrapping ideas through swaps, make and takes, challenges and classes, SUPPORT for our SU demos with swaps and ideas for their business and ENCOURAGEMENT of friendships based on our common interest in stamping and Stampin' UP!

Would you like to be a part of the group? You can go to the blog site and sign up but I must warn you that there are a lot of emails!!!

Anyway, one of the challenges was to create a card using bold brights, 3 layers and something with wings. This is what I came up with. Sorry for the bad picture...I took it with my phone. Details below...

I love these two colors together and I'm going to miss Pink Passion so much. Speaking of Pink Passion, this will be one of the colors retiring. I've heard through the grapevine that alot of the retired colors are being placed on back order. Stampin' Up! will fulfill those back orders through May but through June once supplies are gone, they are gone so you better get your favorites before they are gone! You can place an order by calling me or through my website.

Well, I hope you all enjoy the card share. Please come back this weekend because VC Rocks will be doing a blog hop and I'm on the hop schedule. Come check out some new and refreshing ideas using our outgoing colors.

Happy stamping!!

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Green Galore, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Passion, Green Galore, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, May 7, 2010

I'm Back!!

I've been gone for a while...I got married in July and have never stopped going. I did give up SU! in May of last year but missed it so much that I decided to come back. I officially signed up at the end of March. I have been doing my monthly classes with my ladies in Kaufman but I hope to have a couple of more during the summer.

I haven't done much stamping but I do have some new stuff to share so I do hope you'll come back and check out what's new.

So glad to be back!!!