Friday, October 21, 2011

Gotta love the hostess sets!

I really love almost all of the hostess sets in this years catalog.  I love how they are all so achievable.  I was always bummed about atleast one of the level 3 stamp sets that I would never be able to earn.  Now I can earn them all!  I really like the images in the hostess set Aint Love Grand.  I have pulled it out a couple of times but have had a hard time using it on a card.  This is the first attempt that I am actually happy about.  lovegrand I stamped the plane image with stazon ink on some watercolor paper and then colored it with an aquapainter.  I used Lucky Limeade and Pool Party for the water coloring.  The paper is from the Spice Cake DSP in the Holiday Mini, it is my all time most favorite paper yet from Stampin’ Up!  I’ve got a busy weekend ahead but a fun one, have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Up, Up and Away

I have had a lot of fun with the Up, Up and Away stamp set.  I have always loved hot air balloons and watching them in the sky.  In fact I remember one time as a child, playing in the backyard with my siblings and seeing one float over our yard, close enough for us to shout “hello” at the people in the balloon and have them shout back at us.upupandaway This card is super simple but could be used for a variety of different occasions, (I love to have those type of cards around.)  The colors are Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi and Concord Crush, and were inspired by a dress my daughter was wearing. 

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Monday, October 17, 2011

UStamp With Dawn and Friends!! Paper Parade project #2

Who wouldn’t love a 3 in 1 gift?  This is a fun Nesting/Stacking trio of boxes. KirstenBrownNestingStackingBoxesLeadAlthough the live event it over you can still get access to all of the projects from the Paper Parade session of UStamp With Dawn and Friends, which include this tutorial.

I think my favorite part of this project is the card.  I just love the look of the quilling on the strawberries.

cardcloseupstrawberry  2 nested 3 nested box1

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!! Paper Parade project one

Well in my blogging absence I had two projects post on UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!.  The live even is now over but you can still join and have access to all of the 50+ projects and ideas.  My first project was centered around the little stamp set Merry Winter.  I just love the little snowmen.  I just love snowmen in general, probably because I grew up in sunny warm San Diego, the land of no snow (except Christmas Eve 1987, I was 8 and it snowed, but of course melted as soon as it hit the ground).  I just cannot get enough snowmen.  KirstenBrownMerryWinterCardSetLead I don't know about you, but I always seem to be reaching for a quick card around the holidays, whether it is a quick note to give with a baked good, or a thank you for some kindness from someone else etc, I never seem to have enough cards around or I have to go digging through stuff to go find one that will work at the last second.  I came up with this cute guy to have out and hide my card stash at the same time. 

snowman I can keep my snowman out as a decoration and he is a card holder at the same time.

DSC_0066I will have cards at my fingertips when I need them,  And I will also know when I am out and need to go make more.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trick or Treat

Wow, I cannot believe it has been a whole month since I have posted here to the blog.  Each of my 4 kids added one new activity to their schedules this school year.  When they asked about these activities I really only thought how it would affect each of their individual schedules and not the big impact on me.  Boy was I not thinking!  Then my DH and I went out of town on a business trip a week and a half ago and I think I am finally caught up on all of the chores.  I miss all of my time, but it is all worth it.  I guess that I have learned that I am going to have to actually physically try to schedule in a specific time to work on my blog and set some posts up in advance.  Or at least that is my goal to get something here to you on a more regular basis.  The good news is that I do actually have some things to share with you!

Today I have a card featuring the Trick or Treat Letter Press Plate for the Big Shot.  I really like the look of the de-bossed, inked image.  A picture will not do it justice.

trickortreatI sure had a hard time getting the plates to work right, but after I watched the video on the Stampin’ Up! website and actually followed the instructions, it worked great!

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