Saturday, March 31, 2012

Twitterpated Expo Pics

Here are some snapshots of the Twitterpated area of our booth at the Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo.

Enjoy and Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Twitterpated Designer Fabric covered Toms by Tami Waddell

Just run various sizes of die cut circles through the sewing machine and you can have lots of garland in minutes.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More Pictures to Peruse

I thought it would be fun to share a few more pictures from the Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo.  We had four collections of products that we showcased in our booth.  We included Twitterpated, Blossom Builders, Attic Boutique, and Everyday Enchantment.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Left Overs and Like It

I know I have told this story once before, but here it is again.  As a kid my mom hated being asked "what's for dinner?"  In response she would say things like "F and F" which stood for fix it and find out, or "L and L" which meant left overs and like it.  Guess what...I love leftovers!  It's all about easy yumminess.

This card is made from leftover pieces from my last Technique Time stamp class.  I used bits and pieces from different cards we made to come up with this clean and simple (CAS) cutie.  The colors are all about spring and I have to say I love the juxtaposition of the layered flower with the First Edition book paper.  I hope you like it too.  Speaking of the flower, I made this one using pieces from the Blossom Builders kit.  Let me just say the kit is FABULOUS.  The flowers are a super fun mix of shapes, sizes, and colors.  And, you get this SUPER cool sheet of pink rhinestones.

I do love a good challenge and so for today I am linking this CAS card to the Hand Stamped Sentiments design team call.  They have some of my favorite challenges and it's fun to see what they inspire the world of stampin' with each week.

Stamps - Short and Sweet
Ink - Staz On Jet Black
Paper - Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, & Basic Black Card Stock, First Edition DSP
Accessories - Blossom Builders Kit, Linen Thread, Scallop Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Have a very happy Tuesday, Elizabeth

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Triple Treat is Simply Sweet

Oh this card is so sweet!  It's a clean and simple (CAS) card that I think delivers a huge bang.  I have only had the Triple Treat Flower stamp since the middle of Sale-a-bration and I can't believe I took so long to get the stamp.  What was I missin'?  A lot, because this one stamp is AWESOME.

All supplies are from Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps - Triple Treat Flower, Thanks Kindly
  • Inks - Soft Suede
  • Paper - Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla Card Stocks, Everyday Enchantment DSP
  • Accessories - Delicate Dots Embossing Folder, Everyday Enchantment Brads, Modern Label, Fancy Flower, Five Petal Flower, & Scallop Border Punches, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Fresh Take ...

... on the Fresh Vintage Sale-a-bration stamp set.  I just love the blend of the designer papers, the ribbons, the textures, the punches, and of course the stamp images.  Look close 'cause there are lots of details.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blossom Builder Wreath at the Scrapbook Expo

Oh how I wish my camera would have taken better pictures last week at the Scrapbook Expo.  These pictures just do not do justice for this GORGEOUS wreath of Blossom Builder flowers made by my super stampin' friend Tami WaddellFirst Tami wrapped a 14" foam ring with the White Waffle Paper to create a tidy solid base for the flowers.  To finish she used three packs of the layered Blossom Builders flowers and the pink crystals which come with the kit.  It looked so cheerful hanging inside a vintage piece of luggage.

Now it's time to grab some popcorn and a coke then sit back and enjoy a free movie.  This video shows off our Blossom Builder corner of the booth at the Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo.

 Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Less Than Two Weeks to Saleabrate

There is still time to get your FREE products from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  The designer series paper called Elementary Elegance is so totally gorgeous, the exclusive stamp sets are beautiful, and the embellishments and accessory tools are not too be missed.  Get them while you can--call me!

Check out my card which features the Elementary Elegance Stamp Set, Attic Boutique DSP, Labels Collection Framelits, Curly Label, 1/2" Circle, Oval, & Scallop Oval Punches, Basic Pearls, and various ribbons. I did add a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the crown and to neatly anchor the Twill Tape I took a "bite" out of the right edge of Sahara Sand Label Collection piece with a 1/2" Circle Punch.

I have added this card over at The Old Back Porch on their "52 Card Pickup" post.  The entire blog is beautifully entertaining go and check it out.

Enjoy and be inspired to craft happy, Elizabeth

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Home from the Scrapbook Expo

It's been a blast of a weekend working our booth at the Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo.  Tami Waddell and I shared our passion for paper crafting with Stampin' Up! products by showcasing products from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Over the next few days I'll share lots more photos of our very cool booth.  For now here is a panorama photo taken on my iphone.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Subway Art Over the Rainbow


A perfectly timed challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments is all about rainbows.  You can make anything that includes this week's theme of rainbows.  It could be a card, scrapbook page, 3-D item, party favor or whatever comes to mind.

I have paired a quick and simple card with a yummy and adorable goodie celebrating St. Patrick' Day.  My card was fast and simple thanks to the Lucky Frameable Template for My Digital Studio.  I shrunk the subway art styled template to fit an A2 sized card added a few bits o' bling and Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine and walla a card.

My goodie bag is sweet with it's rainbow of licorice where you definitely find gold.  I know I have said it before that I love candy and Rolos are one of those many candies that I love.  I bite them once and let the chocolate melt in my mouth then I enjoy the caramel.

For a super fast bit o' holiday decor I resized the template to fit a 5" x 7" frame, printed it out on Whisper White card stock, added three more bits o' bling to the outside of the glass, and walla a framed piece of subway art.  Just a note to let people know that I am a tad goofy.  I really have a hard time saying subway art because in the Bay Area the only subways serve $5 foot longs.  So, since we have the Bay Area Rapid Transit, aka Bart, I will forever refer to subway art as BART ART!  You heard it here first.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth
Four leaf clover and rhinestone card detail
5" x 7" Frame
Rhinestones on top of the glass of frame

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Just Because

How about a simple and clean layout for a "just because" card.  Mixed with the Elementary Elegance DSP, the Fresh Vintage Stamp set, and the It's Your Day stamp set I put together an easy card to use for any occasion.

I started with a half sheet of Sahara Sand card stock and then layered a quarter sheet of the blue and orange Elementary Elegance DSP.  The right side banner is edged with a layer of Pool Party cards stock punched with the Pinking Hearts Border punch.

The round flower image comes from the Fresh Vintage stamp set and was stamped with Pool Party ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  That piece is layered on a Pool Party piece punched with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.  The very middle detail is one of the brads from the Elementary Elegance Ribbon and Brad Pack.  Using the Word Window punch I cropped the "just because" greeting and attached it to the Pool Party Seam Binding ribbon with an Antique Trinket safety pin. 

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I Think I Have a New Favorite...

...color combination.  A long time ago when my parents bought their first home I was only a few months old.  My mom and dad did my room up in bright yellow with white and black daisies.  Weren't they cool?  How the trends come and go and come again.  Truly, I am waiting for the big hair of the 80s.

Over at the Play Date Cafe they are hosting a color challenge that suits my new love so perfectly.  I am drawn in by how the bright yellow, soft buttery yellow, white, and charcoal look so crisp and clean.

My card features a Whisper White doily cut from the Large Doily Sizzlet found in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The daisy paper ribbon that runs across the bottom of the card comes from the Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' Kit.  I shared a card in my last post using this kit (go check it out it's bright and cute).  The textured Daffodil Delight card stock panel was stamped with the Distressed Dots background stamp. The banner greeting is stamped in Basic Gray Classic ink with the Perfectly Penned stamp set.  If you are a font junky then this is a great set for you as it has movement and and panache.

All Supplies from Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps - Distressed Dots, Perfectly Penned
  • Inks - Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
  • Paper - Basic Gray, Whisper White, & Daffodil Delight Card Stocks
  • Accessories - Spring Fever Simply Scrappin', Large Doily Sizzlet, Daffodil Delight Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Subtles Designer Buttons, White Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Has Sprung!

Here at my house in San Jose California Spring started popping blossoms in January.  White, pale pink, hot pink, and yellow blossoms have been falling to the ground as if a light snowfall which just barely covers the ground.

In the Occasions Mini Catalog there is a great collection of bright and cheerful designer papers, card stocks, and embellishments perfect for welcoming spring and everything sweet and happy.  It's called Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' and it's fabulously fun.

For my card I paired the Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' kit with the Easy Events stamp set.  I stamped the duck image on three pieces of card stock, cut out the individual elements, and then paper pieced them all back together for a striking palette of saturated color.  The tag, the chick paper ribbon, and the half circle pennants all come from the kit--so cute!

The Paper Players are hosting a Spring Has Sprung Challenge this week where I have included my card.  Pop over there and be inspired.

All Supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamps - Easy Events

Papers - Whisper White, Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' Kit

Inks - Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, & Daffodil Delight 

Accessories - Daffodil Delight Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Bright Designer Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Aqua Painter, White Bakers Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lime, Artichoke, and a Twist

Over at Pals Paper Arts they are hosting a color challenge featuring a "twist."  The fun part of this challenge is getting to add your own color choice to mix with Lucky Limeade and Always Artichoke.  My choice is not one but two pops of color--Baja Blue and Rich Razzleberry.

The base of my card is Always Artichoke and the right justified panel is Lucky Limeade.  The love background was made using Versamark and the Lots of Love Letterpress Plate.  A bit of lace ribbon on the left sets off the four flowers made from the Blossom Builders pack.  Bringing the card to the finish line is a couple sprays of Smooch Spritz.

A loopy bow made with the Elementary Elegance Ribbon (free during Sale-a-bration) has been tucked behind the focal flower and just adds that bit of softness that I like to counterbalance the flower buttons.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I Have to Share Something Funny

So, last night my husband asked why when he joined Pinterest he wasn't automatically following me like he was the rest of his facebook friends.  With wide eyes I picked my jaw up off the floor and said "what, huh, eh?"  So to make a long story short I taught him how to organize his boards, follow people he knows, and create new pins.

Tonight while teaching my stamp class he was on my laptop computer, on his Pinterest account pinning away.  You see one thing I taught him last night is that it's a pain in the back side to pin on an Ipad and much easier when you have a "pin it' button in your bookmarks toolbar.  Well tonight after my stamp class I had some fun lurking on Pinterest and came across a whole bunch of books, toys, and dolls from my childhood.  I pinned the Barbie Camper Van, a Crissy doll, the book Are You There God It's Me Margaret, and more.  I added comments like "Oh I so had this and the Barbie airplane too."  Then I had a good and hard laugh when I realized I was pinning in his account.  Now he looks like his childhood was full of dolls that grow long hair when you push their belly button, Judy Blume books, and lip gloss (remember Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers?).  I guess I need to teach him to logout.

Thanks for joining in my laugh.  By the way, what was your childhood favorite toy?  And now, since this is a blog about paper craftin' I thought I would share a peak at one of the cards from tonight's class.  the quick tip for this card is to punch four heart to make a lucky clover leaf.

And a close up of my lucky shamrock.

All Supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamps - It's Your Day, Netting

Ink - Jet Black Staz On

Paper - Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, & Very Vanilla Card Stocks, First Edition & Elementary Elegance DSPs

Accessories - Triple Heart Punch, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-ma-jig (to place greeting just right)

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I Heart Banners, Bunting, & Garlands

Give me a banner, bunting, or garland and I will be a very happy camper.  I enjoy making them in all types and sizes.  This small parade of banner flags sweeps across the front of my card and the great thing is they are all from scraps that were hanging out on my stamp table.

The beautiful greeting panel comes from the Beau Chateau Side Notes pack.  I simply added Blushing Bride marker to each of the letters and Smooch Paint to the wings of the bug.  The chunky flower is so gorgeous.  I made it with the Triple Treat Flower, a Sale-a-bration free gift, and the Elementary Elegance DSP, also a Sale-a-bration free gift.  There are four layers to the flower and each is crinkled for a bit of dimension and lift.

Head over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and see a whole bunch of banner themed projects as that is their challenge for this week.  I have added my scraps to a banner card there to join along with the theme challenge.

All Supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamps - Triple Treat Flower
Inks - Early Espresso pad, Blushing Bride marker
Paper - Elementary Elegance DSP, Sahara Sand Card Stock
Accessories - Beau Chateau Side Notes, Illuniate Top Coat Smooch Paint, Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, In Color Brads, Elementary Elegance Ribbon Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy craftin, Elizabeth