Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tacoma Regionals

Boy, i thought that when the kids went back to school, I would have more time to stamp and post.  Hahaha! It seems like things have been busier than normal.  With 3 playing football ( 7th grade, 8th grade and high school) I am attending two or three games a week, plus getting dental and doctor visits out of the way, and trying to prepare for my new stamping classes and starting up a new business with my daughter, yeah, things are a bit busy.  Well, now that I am done whining, ( I know there are some of you out there that are thinking what's with her?  I do that all the time!!) I do have several cards to share!

 This is one of my swaps I did for Regionals.   I used the Harvest Blessings set.  I really wanted this set as my father-in-law had a tractor just like this one, and my husband rode on it so it has special memories for me.  I used crumb cake for the base, Comfort Cafe DSP for the background; the top banner is Cajin Craze with the saying stamped in Early Expresso and sponged around the piece with Early Expresso. The button is from the neutrals collection with linen  thread tied in it.  The bottom banner is the Early Expresso Coordination paper run through the Woodgrain folder in the Big Shot.  I stamped the tractor in Early expresso onto Vanilla Naturals paper  and then tore it out. I used dimensionals to adhere it to the paper.

 And we got a great surprise at Regionals!  Shellie Gardner was there!  So I got to have a picture with her!  She is so nice! And tall! Its not just the heels! Yea, I may be a bit short (5'2"), but she is taller than most women. Anyway, it was fun to meet her and talk with her for a bit.
Thought I would put in a few Halloween cards for you to check out.  There were a lot with the witches boot from the Bootiful set. They were all so cute! Both of these have the same colors, but the style is so different.  One uses the bigshot  web folder and some spritzing and the bottom one uses the Halloween Bingo Bits set and the Postage punch.  Can't remember where the web stamp is from and I don't have my book handy to look it up. Sorry.

This one uses the Toxic Treats set and the Howlstooth paper set that are in the Holiday catalog.  It also uses the Trim Big Shot die for the black ricrac.  I thought that was pretty cool. Been wondering how to use that more.

And of course, there were the Christmas cards.  Lots of pretty ones.  I really liked the one on the left as it used the cocoa cup from the holiday set I can't remember the name of right now. (It's in the Holiday catalog and comes as a bundle with framelits)  There is the cup, a gingerbread man, candy cane, and several more items.  Really cute. And I love the DSP and how they used the bakers twine and the punch. And the window framelits with the paper-piercing.

That's it for now.  If you want to make any of these great cards, you can order on-line at my website 24/7.
And don't forget to check out the Treasure Hunt!  You could win $150 of Free StampinUp! Merchandise!!
Have Fun and Hope you have a great day!

Jeannie B

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Farmer Consumer Awareness Day

For the last 20 years we have had a Saturday set aside to help educate the consumer about Agriculture and where their food comes from and how it is grown and processed  and shipped to the market.  It has grown and includes different vendors who really don't have anything to do with agriculture, but have things that are interesting to the public.  This is where I come in as I had a booth there this year, (actually second year) and I mainly displayed things I did at Convention and some of my swap cards.  I gave away almost two boxes of catalogs (not any of the Spanish ones though, sad) and I made several items that I gave away with my business card on them.  One was a cute folder that had a Dumdum sucker in it with a heart punched out of DSP on the front and the modern label punch image punched and stamped with "Kindness Matters" from the set Kindness Matters. I got it at convention from Melanie Hendricksen - Virginia Beach, VA  It is very cute.  And the other one was a magnet calendar I made from the long skinny tag on the Bigz Two Tags Die.  Unfortunately, my camera is having issues and I can't download the pictures!! Grrr!  So I will have to show you some more pictures of cards from convention.  Which isn't a bad thing, but not what I had planned.

 This one is special because of the way it was cut.  You folded the cs and then ran it through the big shot with the labels collection framelits.  It uses the set, Summer Silhouettes.  CS looks like Midnight Muse, Marina Mist and Whisper White. DSP is the Polka Dot Parade. And the ribbon is Midnight Muse. Not sure who made it, I didn't get that information. Sorry.

I love white on white cards!!!  I did one before and just love the elegant look!  This was one of the cards up on the boards at convention.  There were about three rows of about 10 boards with 20 or more cards on them! Talk about overload!  You had to go down one side, taking pics of the ones you REALLY liked, then stop and do something else for awhile, then come back and go down another side.  It was too much to try to do it all in one round! Anyway, they just had the cards, no names or anything. 
CS is Whisper White(obviously!) Uses the square lattice, framed tulips, vintage wallpaper, and adorning accents embossing folders. 
Punches - Boho Blossoms
Stamp set - Pursuit of Happiness
Accessories - Pearls, Labels Collection framelits, pink and green markers (not sure what colors) Also a flower stamp I can't identify right now.

 And I had to add a Halloween card as people are leaning that way right now.  Well, it is next month!  This was so cute!  The headstones are punched with the oval punch, the big one, I think, and the creatures are done with the Owl punch!  So Cute!  And it's a Pop-Up!

Anyway, hope everyone has been checking out the Treasure Hunt we are having.  I have a listing of all the blogs you can check out for cool cards and ideas, and a list of the ones participating in the Treasure Hunt.  All you need are 50 clues and right now there are 54 participating blogs.  Should be easy...and fun!!  So give it a shot.  You could win $150 in StampinUp! Stuff!!!  Whoohoo!

       And there is special going on right now.  When you order $40 of StampinUp! merchandise, you get a FREE Spool of  the NEW In-Color Ribbon!!  They are SOO pretty! 

      That's all for now.  Here's hoping I can get my camera fixed soon! Until then, have fun with the Treasure Hunt!

Jeannie B

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

  Well, we have labored today for Labor Day.  We worked some outside and did some clean-up, mowed the lawn, had a BBQ and relaxed.  Beautiful day.  And I canned some pears.  I also finally got to go through my last order from the new holiday catalog and put out some of my goodies so as to play with them tomorrow.   Can't wait.  I have been very busy and also sick for the last several weeks.  School has started and I hope things will get better as to some free time to play with my stamps and Big Shot.  I do have a couple cards I want to share with you.

 It was really hard to pick just two cards I took pictures of at convention.  They were all so beautiful! And wonderful ideas!  This one was pretty and dainty.  Very much for a girl or wedding.  It uses some of our new items; the Labels Framelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, and Designer Frames Folders.  It also uses the retired Eyelet Border punch. It uses the Bordering on Romance set and the card stock is Whisper White and Blushing Bride,which is also retired.
 This next card was so striking.  I love how they made the flower from the Blossom Petal Builder punch! And they put a flower on the inside also!  It is punched out from Whisper White cs, sponged along the edges with Daffodil Delight and put together with the center made up of pearls.
Gorgeous card!

 And there are so many more!  I need to go through them to get some ideas for workshops I want to do later.

  If you would like to order some of these products to make some gorgeous cards of your own, just click on the order button at the top to shop on-line  from the comfort of your home.

I hope your Labor Day was fun and you had a good time with the last fling of the summer!  Take care and have a good day!

Jeannie B