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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Artistic Etchings

As promised, I want to share with you a couple of the Valentine cards we made last weekend in class. I had quite a stressful couple of days. UPS lost my Stampin' Up! order and I had to make many calls trying to locate it and still no package. It was very aggravating. I contacted Stampin' Up! and they are so nice and promised to ship the replacement Monday morning. I still wonder whatever happened to it and who has it. Aughhh! Oh well, I have to let it go. It's something I cannot control.


Card Recipe

Stamp Set: Artistic Etchings (W 118517 C 120573)
Paper: Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (126918), Card stocks in Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla
Ink: Classic Stampin' pads in Crumb Cake, Island Indigo and Basic Black Craft pad (102192)
Accessories & tools: 2 1/2" Circle punch (120906), Heat tool (129053), Stampin' Emboss powder in Clear (109130), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)




Card Recipe

Stamp Set: Artistic Etchings (W 118517 C 120573), Hearts a Flutter (W 129249 C 129252)
Paper: Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (126918), Natural Composition Specialty Paper (126917), Card stocks in Raspberry Ripple and Very Vanilla
Ink: Classic Stampin' pads in Raspberry Ripple
Accessories & tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Framelits Die in Hearts a Flutter (130159), Full Heart punch (119883), 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, Antique Brads (117273), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

I love this Artistic Etchings stamp set. I think it is very versatile and perfect for vintage looking cards/projects. Well, there you have it. Thank you for stopping by. A portion of my Sunday will be spent in Chuck E. Cheese's for my niece's 4th birthday party.

Next week, I will share with you what I've been creating with the Sale-a-bration products. If you are new with Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration aka SAB is a once a year promo beginning this year on January 22 and ends March 22, 2013. Every $50.00 order (excluding taxes & shipping) entitles you to receive one free item from the very exclusive SAB Catalog. The choices this year are awesome!

Please go to Sale-a-bration 2013 to check this year's fabulous freebies!



Sunday, January 20, 2013

More Amore

Thank goodness, for three-day weekends! I sure would love to at least have one three-day weekend a month. I have plenty of chores and errands that I want to get done today, so that I can just relax tomorrow. So, this will be a short post. I want to share with you a couple of Valentine's Day cards I made with the Hearts a Flutter bundle from the brand new Spring 2013 catalog.  The big scalloped heart is from the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper. Isn't it so pretty? All I did was cut it out with my paper snips scissors. It was so easy. I am so in-love with this paper pack. I can already see me hoarding this.


 Card Recipe

Stamp Set(s): Hearts a Flutter (W 129249 C 129252), Delightful Dozen (W 122650 C 122652) Distressed Dots (122815)
Paper: More Amore Specialty DSP (129309), Glimmer Paper in Red (121790), Card stocks in Very Vanilla, Pool Party and Primrose Petals.
Ink: Classic Stampin' pads in Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Primrose Petals.
Accessories & tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies (130159), Embossing Folder in Honeycomb (129378), Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits (117332), Punches in Scallop Trim Border (118402), 3/16" Corner Rounder, Small Heart (117193) and Extra-Large Oval (119859), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430) and Paper Snips (103579)



Card Recipe

Stamp Set: Field Flowers (W 122760 C 122762)
Paper: More Amore Specialty DSP (129309), Card stocks in Very Vanilla, Pool Party and Primrose Petals.
Ink: Classic Stampin' pad in Primrose Petals.
Accessories & tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies (130159), Big Full punch (119883), Scallop Square punch (119884), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430),1/2" Seam Binding ribbon in Pool Party (125582)

Well, that's all I got for today's post. Thank you for stopping by. I had an amazing Valentine's Cards class yesterday. I will post the photos of what we created next week. See you soon!
Friday, January 11, 2013

Retired BNF Friday #19

The first full work-week of 2013 was very busy, but nice. I had to constantly remind myself each time I sign something of the new year. Yet, I know I will be writing down 2012 for quite some time, then I will get the hang of it. And by that time, it will be 2014. Such is life.

As I was going through my stash of greeting cards, I noticed that I don't have very many Masculine cards in my reserve. I decided to put together one from one of my favorite stamp sets called Coast to Coast. I have always loved light houses and it is my dream to one day visit one.

I embossed the image using a heat tool, black craft ink and embossing powder

Card Recipe

Stamp Set(s): Coast to Coast, Made for You (W 126340 C 126342)
Paper: Card stocks in Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Whisper White and Lucky Limeade
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' pad (126980) and Basic Black Craft pad (102192)
Accessories & tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Heat Tool (129053), Stampin' Emboss Powder in Clear (109130), Argyle Embossing Folder (127750), Large Oval Punch (119855), Baker's Twine in Early Espresso and Star brad.

Happy Friday, everyone. I will be working on Valentine's projects this weekend for my upcoming class. Thank you for stopping by.
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Life is a Ticket

I have not forgotten about my blog. I've just had a hectic start to 2013 and have not had much time to create anything to share. Between the holidays and family visits, it's been really busy...yet also wonderful. My nieces and nephew are getting much bigger and it brings me joy to be around them.

Around this time ten years ago, we were all in the Philippines. We celebrated the holidays there and had this amazing grand reunion with our relatives that we have not seen in a very long time. So much has happened since then. Children grew-up, babies were born and loved ones died, to name a few. In the grandiose scheme of life, ten years really does not seem like a lot, right? I used to not think much of years, but as I get older I am learning a much deeper perspective of time as they come at me in seconds, in minutes and in days.

I found myself at a fork in the road a few weeks ago. I have always been cursed with the inability to say no. I am the oldest, it's my job to please and make everybody happy. That's how I was raised. However, lately I have recognized the importance of redefining many things in my life, and that includes the phrase, "no, thank you". It was so foreign to me that I did not know what to do at first. I had to ask myself just one question: Will the gain be more valuable than how much it will cost me now? And again, with time being measured in nano seconds and not in years.

One of the best gifts of aging is wisdom. I know that now. What was once very important to me, no longer applies. As life changes, so do we...whether we like it or not. My resolution this year is only one, to enjoy and to take advantage of my one-time admission to the greatest show on earth called life. I hope that you will all join me in doing the same.

The sentiment Life is a Ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth is not Stampin' Up!

























Card Recipe

Stamp Set(s): Postage Due (W 126395 C 126397, That's The Ticket (W 128072 C 128075), Feeling Sentimental (SAB 2013 January 22 to March 22, 2013)
Paper: Card stocks in Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy and Very Vanilla
Ink: Classic Stampin' pads in Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake and More Mustard for distressing.
Accessories & tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821), 5/8" Crochet Trim ribbon in Victoria, Ticket Duo Builder punch (126883), Sponge Daubers (102892).

Well, that is all I have for today, folks. Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year to all of you!