Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine's Day Home Decor..'SAB' style!

Now you know by now that Stampin' Up!'s promotion Sale-a-Bration (SAB) has officially begun...hooray!! Who doesn't love earning FREE and EXCLUSIVE goodies!!!

This FABULOUS promotion runs until  March 31, 2012.
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Here are some samples to get you inspired for Valentine's Day and all of these products were made with ONE pack of Everyday Enchantment DSP...I love this paper, it's so shabby chic! I have earned several packs of this beautiful paper and can't wait to make more goodies, so stay tuned!! Yes...that does mean I have spent alot (hee hee!!)
Very simple, quick and easy and the hubby helped me figure out how to hang the hearts, I thought they would also look cute over a window or hung on a branch? Here is a close-up:

Here is a glass block that I bought at Lowes and I think that this little guy will get decorated seasonally...won't that be cute?? I put a 10-count strand of lights inside and the picture really doesn't do it's so pretty IRL. Here is what it looks from the back:

All of these projects came together pretty quickly because of the Big Shot and dies...I LOVE our new Framelits, these used the Hearts Collection (125599). Shhhh....there are even more designs coming out too!! I am SO excited!

I also used another new product in the Occasions Mini Catalog...the scented embossing powder (pg. 35)...remember how we had to make 'scratch-n-sniff' cards with  clear embossing powder and Kool-Aid?? Well...this is already done for you. You can smell it immediatly after you remove the lid of the powder. I embossed the angel and tag on the glass light and on the hanging hearts below the 'love always' tag. I used the vanilla (125590) and it's faint but elegant. Not sure how long the scent lasts...but it's pretty cool so far!!

Here is a close-up:

This banner was fun~ or maybe I should say funny...I cut the pennants and then the hardest part was trying to figure out in what order did they look best...since I used only 1 piece of DSP per pennant I wanted the other side to be 'pretty' too!! So...after a couple glasses of wine and a fun little game that my daughter Regan and I came up with, this is how it ended up. She would hold the small pennants, I had the large ones...we then took turns like playing cards and layed each one down making sure that we liked the colors on both sides and that it matched the previous one (guess you had to be there) . We both agreed that we liked it..then it was off to decorate and we LOVED it finished and hung! Here is the other side:

Here is a close-up view of these cute little accordian flowers..these are so fun to make. We now have a die that makes these too!!! Thank-you Stampin' Up!

Additional Supplies Used
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip CS (for all the letters), silver glimmer paper (124005)
Accessories: small heart punch (117193), full heart punch 119883), glue dots (103683), sticky strip (104294), curly label punch (119851), linen thread (104199), Victoria Lace trim (118481), Neutrals Buttons (119743), crop-a-dile (108362),  Simply Scored (122334), Perfect Pennants die (123126), Serif Essentials alphabet die (113464), 3/4" circle punch 119873), 2 3/8" scallop circle punch (118874)

As always, if you have any questions... let me know!!
Stampin' hugs~ Erin

Monday, January 16, 2012

Vantine's Heart Wreath Tutorial

Here is what I made over the weekend~
It uses the new fabric called Twitterpated (125412) found in the current Occasions Mini Catalog.

Saturday I dedicated my time to watching football. I was glued to the game Saturday night..what a victory!! I am originally from Rhode Island and a big HUGE Patriots fan... so I am very happy!! It took days, seriously I mean DAYS to take down all of the Christmas decorations around the house and I was SO not in the mood to do it~ it's so much work. It's all been put away and I'm focused on the next little holiday...Valentine's Day!!

Here is the finished photo of the one I made for the tutorial: (see link below)
While watching the games yesterday I made this heart wreath, since today is MLK and the banks are closed (and I work at a bank  at BB&T) I felt that it was time I made a video here you go!! The kids are home from school today too...they were so funny trying to be quiet while can't see in the video but Aiden is walking behind me on his tippy-toes trying not to laugh!! Silly kids!!
Here is the tutorial:
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!!

Stampin' hugs~

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Shame shame...everyone knows my name!! Looking back at my last post I am not really sure where exactly to begin...sheesh!!Bats??? Halloween?? Where has the time gone??
Obviously we are now into the new year...welcome 2012!!
Happy New Year to you all!!

Obviously there were a couple of holidays in there that seem as though I passed right over~ trust me I didn' many of you I fought the crowds shopping....spent way more $$ than I should have (smile)...baked-baked and baked some more~ yes John did help (o.k. he probably cooked more than I did) and in addition I caught the lovely 'common' cold. In a nutshell that is about it, I did enjoy a wonderful visit with my mother (she is living in Tuscon, AZ). Spent some time with my brother, his wife Karolina and their BEAUTIFUL cute little monster niece is about to turn 2 and I assisted in giving her a bath~ it was SO much fun!! I miss the kids (mine) when they were that age, they grow so quickly it's hard to 'baby' just turned 10!! His birthday was in December there is another holiday that occurred since my last post...this girl has been BUSY!!

Since I feel guilty about not sharing some recent projects here are just a few...I know that the holidays have past...but maybe they will inspire you for next season..or change out the theme to make it apply to what you need!
This first beauty is a 5x7 frame that I made (without the glass). I picked up the frame at Hobby Lobby...OMG...I had heard of this store...but where I live there weren't any stores...guess what???
We have one now here in Winchester and it's GRAND!!

RecipeStamp Set: Pines & Poinsettias (123762 W, 123764 C) and Comfort & Joy (124175 W, 120753 C)
Card Stock: Cherry Cobler, Very Vanilla, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP (124004), First Edition Specialty DSP (121878)
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Early Espresso
Accessories: Chantilly Crochet Trim (118480),  linen thread, Regals buttons, Scallop Trim Border punch (118402), 2 3/8" scallop circle punch (118874), champagne mist shimmer paint (116806), vintage trinkets (118764), large tag punch (119876) and Simply Scored (122334)

I LOVE making these little ol' lollies...with our new Simply Scored's EASY!!

This past Convention I joined a 12x12 Calendar swap. The way it worked out was great~ in a group of 12, each participant chooses a month and designs (2) 12x12 pages that 'resemble' that month. Here was what I received from another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator~ Wendy's beautiful!!

It inspired me along with art work that was shown in a recent Stampin' Success (a publication for SU! demo's).  I told you it's a BEAUTY!!

Here is the month I created for January: 

Hard to tell from the photo but on the Marina Mist 12x12 piece there are sponged snowflakes in Marina Mist ink that were created from the negative image of the Sizzix Snowflake #2 die (113460). Embossed snowflakes from the Northern Flurry embossing folder (120902) on the Poppy Parade CS. I used the stamp set Season of Friendship (111776 W). The bird and tree were stamped onto Whisper White CS covered with a piece of vellum CS. On the vellum I stamped/embossed snowflake with Dazzling Diamonds EP. It's so much prettier IRL (in real life) because I sprayed Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (118772) ALL over!!

All of the months received were awesome, makes a great gift as a completed scrapbook!!

Here is the Christmas card that I made, different layout and I like the way it came out...pretty easy to mass produce and since the card base is one layer it doesn't use a ton of CS.

Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Christmas Lodge (123767 W, 123769 C)
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, vellum CS and Frostwood Lodge DSP (124002)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: silver brads, chocolate chip taffeta
 ribbon and Silver Foil Smooch Spritz (118771)
Here is a view of how it opens:

Now on to the New Year~ and of course the Occasions Mini Catalog click the link to view the catalog online and let me know if you would like me to mail you an actual copy of the catalog. There are TONS of goodies inside..from new fabric with coordinating accessories (oh so pretty!) to AMAZING dies for the Big Shot...just wait until you see for yourself!! I have already placed my order...the box has arrived and this weekend I'm diggin' in!! So stay tuned!!

Remember that this year's Stampin' Up! HUGE promotion 'Sale-a-Bration' begins soon (January 24th!!!) Call me today to reserve a date for your Workshop with friends & family, where you the hostess earns FREE product and your guests can too!!
Until next time~ happy stampin'!
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