Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Shoebox Swap

Today, I thought I'd share all the wonderful cards from our Shoebox Swap on Saturday.

Designed by Sue Komberec

Designed by Jay-Dee Veach

Designed by Mary Lou Nelson

Designed by Mary Lou Nelson

Designed by Me

Designed by Me
As you can see, they were all fabulous! The girls really took the Spring theme to heart! It was a fun day and we all had a great time! If you'd like to join us for our next one on April 26, go to my website and RSVP to the event. Theme for that one will be Birthday Cards. We can all use those, right?
These are the cupcake treats I made for the attendees. The cupcake wrappers were cut with my Cameo and the little chicks are chocolate candies.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sale-a-Bration

Just a reminder that Sale-a-Bration ends tomorrow, March 31. If you'd like to place an order, please go to my website (www.calstamper.stampinup.net) and place your order in my store. I have created a Hostess Code (QWJCDSUN) so if you could use that, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all who have placed orders through my website and/or with me directly during this year's Sale-a-Bration!

Cute Easter Treats

What is your favorite Easter candy? Mine has always been Peeps. I know...nothing but fluffed sugar, but I can't help myself! Next comes jelly beans. So, I made these little treat holders for the girls that came to my Shoebox Swap yesterday.

This is the front
This is the side view so you can see how the eggs fit inside
I modified the template that I found on Sandi McGiver's blog. She calls them egg crates. She also used the Tag Topper Punch, but since I didn't have it and my little plastic eggs were much bigger, I had to make some modifications. The plastic eggs were filled with Starburst Jelly Beans.

The cover itself uses a piece of card stock 12 X 2 1/2 inches, scored at 5 and 7 inches. The base that holds the egg uses a piece of card stock 3 X 3 1/2, scored at 1/4 and 1/2 on all 4 sides. To cut the circle for my plastic eggs, I used the 1 3/8" circle punch. Then I used the retired Scallop Eyelet Punch for the top and then used the Chalk Talk Framelits to put the hole in the top for the ribbon. * I didn't use SU! card stock for the bases as I was out of 12 X 12, in the colors needed when it came time to make these.

I also used the flowers from Love and Sympathy and the sentiment is from the retired set All Holidays. I also used the Fringe Scissors and Wild Wasabi card stock (2 1/2 X 1) for the grass along the bottom, . I hope I've inspired you to do something 'handmade' for Easter.  Leave a comment here or on my FB page and let me know your favorite Easter candy. Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Anniversary

FINALLY...I had an idea in my head work out in card stock and ink!
This card is for my daughter and son-in-law. The colors of their wedding were Mauve and Gray. So, I pulled out Basic Gray for the card base, some old Mauve Mist (from a couple of color renovations or more ago) and some of the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. The stamp set is You're Lovely from the SAB Brochure. The top half of the Mauve Mist layer is embossed with an embossing folder from my stash (Paisleys). I used my crimper for the MM and BG 'ribbon' across the middle. The labels were cut from the Labels Collection Framelits. I used my Sharpie markers to color the rhinestones. The butterflies are cut from dies in my stash. I think they will like it!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Too Many Ideas

Have you ever had one of those days where you have just too many card ideas running around in your head?
These two cards are a result of mine! Of course part of it could be that I have never mastered the art of watercolor! I love the look and practice, but mine never look like the beautiful samples I see on other blogs! I am not unhappy with the look of these cards, they just disappointed me because they didn't turn out like they were pictured in my head. Have you ever had that happen? Frustrating, isn't it? But, I will push on and maybe someday what I have in my head will make it to card stock and stamps! I hope that you continue to pursue your passion as well.

Keep on Stampin'!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Uniquely Yours Weekend Retreat


Just wanted to share that a friend of mine is sponsoring an All Inclusive, Uniquely Yours Weekend Retreat at Palouse Divide Lodge.  This will be a relaxing and fun weekend that’s Uniquely Yours. You bring your own projects—photos, papers, stamps, fabrics, yarns, beads, sewing machine…whatever you need for a 4-day weekend that is all about YOU!  You can craft when you want, nap when you want, get some fresh air and go for a walk or hike.  There is internet and some cell phone service depending on your carrier—or—turn the phone off and escape the daily grind! Breakfast is served around 9am each day, and dinner about 5pm. Lunch is not provided and there is not a fast food place around! We do have a full Kitchenette available-microwave, refrigerator, sink.  There is a snack table that is for sharing, so please bring something if you can. You can also bring your private snacks, please label them. There will also be a private massage therapist. She performs chair massages and schedules in 15 minute intervals.

This retreat will be held September 11-14, 2014. Cost for this event is $200 for 4 days/3 nights. That includes meals as stated above. A $50 deposit is due at registration (no later than July 1, 2014 with the balance due by August 15. 2014. If you pay in full by July 1, there will be a goodie bag included. If you are interested in joining us, please leave a comment with your email addy and I will forward all the information to you.

This sounds like it will be a fun time and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there! Thanks for stopping by today

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Card in a Box

This is my second attempt at making one of these cards that are all over the internet right now. The first one went to my downline Diane for her SU! anniversary, but I forgot to get a picture. This one is for a friend's birthday. I can't tell you who or it will ruin the surprise. But, if you are my friend and you have a birthday coming up in the next few months....it could be you!
I used Primrose Petals card stock for the base, Modern Medley for the DSP layer and various birthday sentiments. I also used the Create a Cupcake stamp set and punch. I'm having a class on this Card in a Box on March 22. If anyone is interested in learning how to make these cuties (that by the way will fit in a regular A2 size envelope for mailing), you can contact me no later than March 15. You can RSVP by emailing me or going to my website and clicking on RSVP under the event on my calendar.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Moose on the Loose

I just wanted to share what was on our front deck this morning! Yep, she was ON the deck. By the time I got the camera, she had wandered out into the yard looking for something to eat. She did trim the bushes around the deck for a bit before wandering out into the yard. This is why I love living in the sticks!

Sorry for the glare on the pics, but I took them from the bedroom window. I didn't want to open the door and 'spook' her. Although she is the first moose we have seen on the property, we have seen deer, wolves and our morning and evening turkey flock. Life doesn't get much better than this!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Birthday Cards for March

Today I want to share a few birthday cards that I made for birthdays in March.
 This card is for my avid golfer friend. I used Night of Navy for the card base. The next layer is some retired DSP (Prestwick). Then there is a layer of Garden Green embossed with the Argyle Embossing Folder. The golfer silhouette was cut with my Cameo and layered over everything else. The sentiment is from the retired Hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes.
 This card if for my dear son-in-law who will turn the big 5-0 this month. The card base is Basic Black. The next layer is the new Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in the Occasions catalog. The 50 is cut with my Cameo using Basic Black and the Gold Foil sheets. The sentiments are from retired sets and stamped on banners from the Banner Framelits.
This card is for a dear friend. The colors are Strawberry Slush (card base) and Pistachio Pudding (embossed layer). The embossed layer is done with a Marianne die that I received for my birthday. I love that it embosses and cuts at the same time. The sentiment is from Apothecary Art.