Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 05/01/13

Welcome to another Artisan Wednesday Wow ... Facebook Style!! We are sharing our monthly Stampin' Up Facebook projects today ... did you SEE Sarah Sagert's beautiful little summer mini album?? She rocked it!!

Today I'm sharing a little set of note cards ... this is what it looks like all folded up ... but wait ...

... when you unfold the flaps, there are four little cards hiding inside!!


I love the little Pop-Up Posies Kit! It's so much fun stacking the flowers to make fluffier flowers!!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Delicate Doilies Large Sizzlits Die, Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Time to check out the wonderful cardmaking craftiness of Amy Bollman!! The girl is awesome sauce!!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Fab Friday #17

It's Fab Friday again, my friends!! This week we are playing with a sketch ... AND I'm playing with NEW Stampin' Up goodies, too!! (Thanks to three things: (1) I was asked to be a Workshop Wow Presenter at last Saturday's Stampin' Up Regional and was given new goodies to play with, (2) the attendees of same-said Regionals were able to "cash and carry" some preview goodies from the upcoming new catalog, and (3) the rest of the stuff I ordered for the "preorder" arrived at my house yesterday afternoon! WOOT!! WOOT!!From Millan.Net

Aren't the colors just a-MAZ-ING??? I even got to play with some new stamps, too!! Here is the sketch we are playing with today ...

Stamps: Simply Stars, Banner Greetings
Paper: Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pearl Basics, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sewing Machine

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Amy O'Neill
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 04/24/13

Happy Wednesday Wow!!! Just before me was the superlative talents of Sarah Sagert!! What talent!!

Rain or Shine ... I really, REALLY love this set!! What could be cuter than itty-bitty umbrellas??? AND rubber rain boots with which to splash in rain-y puddles??? This set just makes me so-dang happy!!

Stamps: Rain or Shine, Bootiful Occasions
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Melon Mambo Striped Organdy Ribbon, Essentials Papering Piercing Pack and Pierce Mat/Tool

Moving forward to my good friend, Amy Bollman!! There's not a thing she makes that I don't LOVE!!
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Freakin' Birthday!!

It's time for another Control Freak's Blog Tour ... and this month we are celebrating BIRTHDAYS!! Did ya SEE the awesomeness that was created by my good friend and Stampin' Wizard, JanTink??? Sooooo fabulous, as usual!!

Do ya ever feel like you are creating the same things over and over??? (Even with the help of the Internetz and Pinterest I STILL feel like I am drawn to the same things over and over!!) I'm TRYING to be different ... I'm TRYING to do "new" ... but I seem to be repeating myself (at least in MY mind!)!! I have a VERY hard time not tying a horizontal bow around my creations ... it just IS what it IS!!

Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Petite Pairs
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  2 1/2" Circle Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Basics

ONE more!! Yep ... this looks like another one of "my" cards ... I guess I just like what I like!! (And who WOULDN'T want a pile of presents???)

Stamps:  Best of Birthdays,
Paper:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Real Red
Accessories: Postage Punch, 1" Square Punch, Modern Label Punch, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder

Moving on to the super-talented Yvette Ashe!! LOVE her style!!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 04/17/13

Welcome to Wednesday, my friends!! Wasn't Sarah Sagert's creation just AMAZING (as if we would EVEN be surprised, right??)??

I now affectionately refer to this beautiful, giant Swallowtail stamp as "Mothra" ... not gonna tell ya who got me started with that ... and if it's not making you grin from ear to ear (the "Mothra" reference), then you are makin' me feel OLD!! As many of you may already KNOW, I am a PUSHOVER when it comes to ANYthing "butterfly-ish" ... so this stamp makes me mui-mui happy ... it can be a bit challenging when you are working with one big ol' image ... but I really-really-really like this one!!

Stamps: Swallowtail, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Comfort Cafe
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Corner Rounder, Scallop Border Punch, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Pearl Basics

By the time this posts I will be on my way home from Disneyland (I know, I know ... AGAIN ... Hello, my name is Wendy. And I have an addiction.) After having such a great month selling used stamp sets (THANKYOUEBAY!), I decided to take the dollars and buy myself an annual passport ... I don't seem to EVER get tired of going ... hence, my addition ...

Now it's time for y'all to see what Amy Bollman has cooked up! Another beauty, to be sure!!
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Cards for Crayton #5 - OINK!!!

My nephew has an AWESOME sense of humor (honestly, he has had me in stitches since he was a wee lad!)! So, I figured that if there were ANYone who could appreciate a pig in "shades", it would be HIM!!  Hence, card #5 in my "Cards for Crayton" challenge ...

I haven't put "shades" on s stamped "character" since way-back-in-the-day when I put some on the little crab from "Crab and Company". I had SUCH a great time making this one ... was smiling ALL the way!

Stamps: Button Buddies, Letter It Alphabet, Spec-tacular
Paper: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso
Accessories: Window Frames Framelits Dies, Paper Piercing Mat/Tool, Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Crystal Effects

I'm getting SOOOOO excited from the Stampin' Up Regional/New Catalog Sneak Peek coming up on Saturday!!! The BEST part will be seeing so many of my stampin' friends in one place at one time!! CAN'T WAIT!!

Happy Monday, friends! Be sure to come back and check out what we have in store for our "Artisan Wednesday Wow" this week, too!
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Fab Friday #16

From Millan.NetIt's FAB FRIDAY!! Woot!! Woot!! This week we are working on a color challenge ...

Sooooo ... there is a REASON that we call these CHALLENGES!! Seriously??? This one WAS a challenge for me!! I tried FIVE different times to create something with this color combo. This color combo is AWESOME, by the way ... I just could NOT seem to make it work until I had attempted it MULTIPLE times!!

Stamps: Friendly Phrases
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Accessories:  Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Large Oval Punch, Large Scallop Edgelits Die, Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (Brad)

See??? Isn't this PURDY????

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Amy O'Neill
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

Have at it, friends!!
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 04/10/13

Wednesdays are always fun for the Artisan Design Team! We absolutely LOVE to share what we have made we our latest stampin' goodies! Hopping around, you should have just come from the oh-so-wonderful Sarah Sagert. She is FAB!!

"There be WHALES here!!" (For those of you who are "Star Trek" fans, that quote will bring a smile to your lips ... for those of you who are NOT ... well ... it still fits this card!!) I am sending this one to my nephew, Crayton ... which makes this card #4 in the "Cards for Crayton" challenge I have given myself. So, it is on its way to Spain!

Stamps:  Oh, Whale!, Sweet Essentials
Paper:  Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Happy Whale Clearlits Die, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, Cute Clips, Lucky Limeade Striped Organdy Ribbon

Next up? Amy Bollman!! She is FAB, too!! Soooo honored to be part of this team!!
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 04/03/13

Welcome, Wednesday Wow Watchers!! Didn't you just L-O-V-E the GORGEOUS gift tag holder made by the ever-spectacular Sarah Sagert? She always has the most incredible ideas!!

To be quite honest, this was an "11th-hour" project ... quite literally ... I was emailing my pictures for this to Stampin' Up for their Facebook page at about 11:30 p.m. the night it was DUE!! I sat forEVUH staring and staring and staring ... couldn't think of a THING to make ...

The idea for this bracelet?? NO clue where it came from! Just happy it came!! I used the faceted buttons and some jewelry wire (with a little bit of chain link I had leftover from another project). I used the small circle punch from the Bitty Punch Pack and punched out some circles from the Print Poetry DSP. Stuck that with a glue dot to the smaller of the two buttons I used, then used ANOTHER glue dot to place the small button onto the larger button that I already had wired to the chain link ...

See??? Here's a more "up-close-and-personal" looking shot ...

Not as hard as it may appear, I promise!! Once I FINALLY came up with an idea, it didn't take long at ALL to put it all together!!

Stamps: NONE
Paper:  Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Pack
Accessories: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Circle), Glue Dots, Ultra-fine Jewelry Wire, Lobster Claw, Split Rings

Onward on upward!! Amy Bollman's "ticket" card is A-MAZ-ING!! Soooo stinkin' cute!!
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