Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wish "In Color"

The sentiment on this card, the word "wish" followed by its definition, is part of the Define Your Life stamp set. I LOVE this set!!! There are 25 words with definitions that are great for both cards and scrap book pages. This is a newly acquired set for me, so I'm sure you'll be seeing much more of it in the future. No surprise on the colors again...this time the "In Colors" are Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss, and the Whisper White and craft paper are added to complete this color palette. Fall colors are coming soon...really!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ginormous Welcome

I have owned the Ginormous Flowers stamp set for quite some time, but it is only recently that I am finding great joy in using it. I am loving the design of the flowers paired with the new "In Colors," and layering with punches gives a special added flair. The large flower is stamped on the white card stock in Pacific Point, then there is a layer of Kiwi Kiss punched from a large circle punch, and finally, the center of the flower is stamped in Riding Hood Red. I also used an oval punch to cut out a window for the "welcome," which is mounted on the inside of the card, to show through. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Punches, Punches and More Punches!

This card was very quick to put together because punches make fast work! I used two circle punches and the scallop punch for the flower (plus a punch to make the holes in the scallop circle) and an oval punch for the word window. This is another "In Color" card, featuring Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze. The paper clip is hooked onto a dimensional dot, which is what the flower is attached with. Are you loving the "In Colors" yet?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Upcoming Classes

With the holidays quickly approaching and some great sales promotions from Stampin' Up, I have been inspired to ink up my new stamps, cut into some great new designer series paper, and use some cute embellishments. I needed a goal to my crafting frenzy, of course, so I set out to design several exciting new classes for you. Here is a list of what I have planned so far for October and November:
  • Let's Celebrate!(It's Stampin' Up's birthday!) - Friday, October 17 - 6:30-8:30
  • Colors Of Fall - Friday, October 24 - 6:30-8:30
  • 'Tis the Season (Christmas Card Class) - Friday, November 14 - 6:30-8:30

Please see the "Events" page on my Stampin' Up website for complete details on each class, as well as the RSVP dates. http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/amycrilley/events?month=10&year=2008

Stamper's 10 will also be meeting on the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 11 - 11:00-2:00
  • Saturday, November 8 - 11:00-2:00

I hope to see you for some crafting fun!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Upsy Daisy "Thank You"

Can you believe that I used only ONE "In Color" on this card?!? That's right, the Kiwi Kiss is the only one that made it's way into this color palette. The daisies are stamped in Tempting Turquoise, and they are layered on the old "In Color" Blue Bayou, which is the color of the card itself, as well. I wasn't sure about this color combo as I was crafting the card, but once I was finished, I was really pleased with how it turned out! What do you think?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Enjoy"ing the new "In Colors"

Okay, okay, I promise to show you something other than the new "In Colors" soon! (In fact, I've been working on a few fall/harvest cards over the weekend that incorporate the Earth Elements colors and two new stamp sets (one from the new Holiday Mini!). I will show you those later in the week.
This card highlights a great use for the new scallop square punch. The Pink Pirouette frame that boarders the Riding Hood Red "enjoy" is actually created by punching the scallop punch three consecutive times. It takes a bit of practice to learn how to line it up properly, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes fairly easy. I love the color combination of Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze! I added a pearl to the center of the flower, and, yes, that is glitter on the flower (because I couldn't resist). I also added a spiral paper clip for an accent, though I think next time I would have tied a pink ribbon on it, just to add a final touch. This was the Make & Take for September's Stamper's 10 meeting.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"In Color" Butterflies

Here we are again with the new "In Colors!" I truly can't believe that I wasn't crazy about these colors when I first saw them! (Though I do have to admit that I still miss the Purely Pomegranate and the Blue Bayou and the...well, all of them.) Nevertheless, I am having a great time with my new favorites. This card features Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, and a bit of Kiwi Kiss as the boarder of the butterfly images. The butterfly is from the Happy Heart Day stamp set (featured in last season's Holiday Mini). I used two sizes of square punches to punch out the butterfly images and the Kiwi Kiss boarder, and I used the new scallop punch to put a fun edge on the Pink Pirouette paper. I threw in a bit of Riding Hood Red designer series paper, and added a bit of sparkle to the butterfly wings to dress the card up a bit. What do you think?

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Simple "Thank You" Card

I wanted to create a very simple, clean "thank you" card featuring black and white with just a splash of color. I chose to use blue, and of course, this particular shade (Pacific Point) is one of the new "In Colors." The flower image is actually the bottom section of the large block stamp "Happiness," which I inked with Pacific Point. I used the new square scallop punch to frame the image to make it stand out and accented the layers with black ribbon. I wanted to add just a little something extra, so I used my paper piercing tool to make a row of dots in between layered paper and the sentiment. There is a small silver dot (made by a silver gel pen) on either side of the sentiment, the center of each flower is also accentuated with a silver sparkle. I think it took me longer to type this entry than it did to make the card! Sometimes easy is good!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

"In Color" Sweet Treats

I thought that after a week of (very quick) hard work, the teachers at my church's new preschool could use a sweet treat on the first day of school. I used the new "In Color" card stock, designer series paper and ink to whip up these super easy boxes. The scallop punched circles are covering peppermint patties, and the box will fit three of them. If you'd like to learn how to make this, and other cute treat holders, keep an eye out for my upcoming "Party Favors" class.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Decor Elements Unveiled!

For those of you already familiar with the new Decor Elements product line that Stampin' Up is offering, you may be excited to know that Phase 2 has just been released for demonstrator preorder! (For those who are hearing about Decor Elements for the first time, please visit http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryID=227 to see what the well deserved buzz is all about.) I am happy to report that the new phase is offering a wide variety of new color options and will coordinate with the following stamp sets: Bugs & Kisses, Nursery Necessities, Teacher's Pet, Just Sports, Always (the bird), Ginormous Flowers, Flight Of the Butterfly, Seeing Spots and Wonderful You. There are also really great Christmas elements, a few of which can stay up all year round. (I will be ordering the "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" element for the dining room to put over some framed family photos...after the room is painted, of course.) The new phase will be available for order beginning October 1st! I can't wait to be able to share this exciting new line with you!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


This stamp is actually part of a larger block stamp (page 134 of the current catalog) that my mother-in-law had big plans for. We have had it since the spring, and it is just now seeing ink. This is a card that I designed for her to inspire her to explore the options that a large block stamp has to offer. She is always there to help when I have a tough time with a design, so I thought I'd return the favor!

Once again, the Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette are part of the new "In Colors." I know, I am a bit fixated on the "In Color" color combinations right now! There is also a bit of the Riding Hood Red Designer Series Paper (stripes this time!) behind the Happiness stamp. I used a circular paper clip, adorned with a bit of pink ribbon to add a bit of flair, and I used the new scallop punch on the Pink Pirouette layer.

By the way, I showed this new creation to my mother-in-law. The verdict? She loved it!

Just a little note...

Confession: The "Just a little note..." stamp is not Stampin' Up! (GASP!!) I know, I know, how could I? I really love it, though, and I have been wanting to use it as a flower stem for quite some time. In terms of stamps, this is quite a hodge podge cards, as the leaves, stem and flower are all from different stamps sets. (Yes, the other two sets I used are Stampin' Up.) The colors I used are again from the new "In Colors." This time I selected Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss to be paired with Whisper White. The polka dot Kiwi Kiss paper is part of the Designer Series pack, which I of course LOVE! You will see more of the Designer Series Paper in different "In Colors" in future posts. So, what do you think?

How time flies...

when you are incredibly busy! As some of you know, I have recently started a new teaching position at our church's brand new preschool. I am teaching the pre-k class, and it has been quite a bit of work to prepare for not only a new school year, but a new preschool program. Now that the school year is underway, I have returned to my beloved stamps and to the world of blogging with a renewed fervor. I am committed to posting several times a week at least (with every day being my ultimate goal). I am truly so excited about the Fall/Winter Idea Book and all of the new products being offered. This is, beyond a doubt, my favorite collection yet. I love the stamp designs, the colors, the papers, accessories, the new Big Shot Die Cutting System (though I've yet to order it, I am in awe of all that it can do)...in short, I LOVE the new catalog!! I have already placed my preorder from the upcoming Holiday Mini, and I am in anticipation of it arriving on my doorstep on Monday by the time I am home from school. The next few months will bring many exciting promotions from Stampin' Up and several new classes and workshops from me. Please be checking back to this blog often for the latest sales, items I've created and workshop dates and times. (There is a link on the side bar that will take you directly to the promotions section of my Stampin' Up website, as well as a link that will direct you to my events calendar.) As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to earn free Stampin' Up product by hosting a workshop. Also, if there is a specific technique or project that you would like to see offered in a class or workshop, please email those suggestions.

Okay, now for today's card. I am in love with the new "In Colors" from Stampin' Up. I have to admit, when I first saw the new colors unveiled, I was very concerned about color combinations. But, to my delight, I have found many, many ways to use the "In Colors" together and with other color families. This card is made with Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White (with a bit of silver glitter pen added in for some pizazz). The dots around the flower are done with marker, and the holes lining the corners of the Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White are made with the paper piercing tool. I'd love to see a picture if you've worked with the new In Colors, and comments are welcome!
I'll be back tomorrow with a new card...