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Heat Wave + Rose Garden = Disaster

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Reminder: today is the LAST DAY to order from the SUMMER MINI CATALOG from Stampin' Up!  CLICK HERE to view it.  CLICK HERE to order online 24/7.

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Oh man... last week we had 2 days of weather OVER 100 DEGREES!!! That is just not normal for the San Francisco Bay Area!!!  YiKES!!!  My poor roses just COOKED!!

I went out and rescued some roses from the heat, brought them in for a bouquet,

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and then just had to sit back and cry over all the burnt plants...

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Oh well... we are back to our lovely weather in the 70's like it is most of the time...  Thank you Lord for the cool!  :)

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New My Digital Studio Downloads - Play Date card

I was playing around in MY DIGITAL STUDIO with some ideas for a swap card and I came up with this as a possibility.. it's kinda cute, don't you think?  I layered it with a punch image at the bottom and layered it onto 2 layers of cardstock!  So it's a Hybrid MDS card.  I used the NEW DOWNLOADS from the Play Date series... see below for ordering info and ORDER ONLINE 24/7 HERE.

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Item     Description     Price
122157 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Color Pack $3.95
123367 Flower Brads Brights Pack $1.95
123374 Flower Brads Subtles Pack $1.95
123381 Flower Brads Regals Pack $1.95
123388 Flower Brads Neutrals Pack $1.95
121438 Play Date Designer Series Paper $4.95
123432 Play Date Quick Accents Kit $5.95
123433 Play Date Embellishments $3.95
121439 Forest Friends stamp brush set $1.95
121440 Letters stamp brush set $9.95
123431 Funky Four stamp brush set $3.95

Stampin' Up! has released 11 NEW Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio.  Please note that you do not have to have My Digital Studio to purchase these downloads - you may use them in any program that supports .jpg and .png files & layers such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Microsoft Digital Image Pro (DIP), Ulead Photo Impact (PI), Corel Draw.

CLICK HERE for a list of all addtional Digital Downloads Available.

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123367    Flower Brads Brights Pack   $2.95
123374    Flower Brads Subtles Pack  $2.95
123381    Flower Brads Regals Pack    $2.95
123388    Flower Brads Neutrals Pack  $2.95

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 121440    Letters stamp brush set   $13.25

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 121439    Forest Friends stamp brush set   $2.95

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 123431    Funky Four stamp brush set $5.95

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 123433    Play Date Embellishments  $5.95

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 123432    Play Date Quick Accents Kit  $7.95

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 121438    Play Date Designer Series Paper $6.95

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 122157    Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Color Pack  $5.95

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Island Oasis Stamp a Stack class - part 4

Here is the final card we made this week in my Island Oasis Stamp A Stack class featuring the Island Oasis Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!  

REMINDER... THESE SUPPLIES ARE RETIRING ON AUGUST 31 IN THE SUMMER MINI CATALOG!!!

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The palm tree is colored with Soft Suede and Old Olive markers, and the sun uses a fun technique that I tuaght in one of my previous 6x6 Technique Book classes (click HERE).

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Island Oasis Stamp a Stack class - pt 3

Here is our 3rd project from this weeks Island Oasis Stamp A Stack class. In addition to the  Island Oasis Designer paper, this card also features the Island Floral Die and the Big Shot.  I've added some flower punch shapes too!

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Island Oasis Stamp A Stack Class - pt 2

Here is another project from my Island Oasis Stamp A Stack class this week...

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This class features the Island Oasis Designer Paper (pg 27, item #117173) and the Tropical Party Stamp set, (pg 26, #118515) both from the SUMMER MINI CATALOG from Stampin' Up!, WHICH IS RETIRING IN ONE SHORT WEEK!! 

Here is the secret for creating the yummy bright sun... punch a hole in a window sheet and use sponges and Classic Ink pads to sponge a gorgeous sun!

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Island Oasis Stamp a Stack class - pt 1

This week I am teaching my Island Oasis Stamp A Stack class.  I'll be posting one card each day.

Class participants will make 8 cards (2 of each design).

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This class features the FABULOUS Island Oasis Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!... with 12 designs to select from, any design you choose looks great on these cards!

Many of the supplies for this class are featured in the STAMPIN' UP! SUMMER MINI CATALOG which is retiring on Tuesday, August 31, 2010... so don't delay .. order now!  CLICK HERE for supply list.

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Class participants are making 2 of each design, and will have fun deciding which side of the DSP to use! :)

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I love Left-overs!

ok.. WAIT.. that's technically a LIE, cuz I HATE left-overs.. the kind that you accumulate in your fridge and throw away the night before garbage day.... 

but what I mean is ...I LOVE little LEFT-OVER Pieces on my stamping desk...  I make both of these cards in a jiffy just using little things that were left on my desk after prepping for a class and a swap!

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This card features the fabulously YUMMY new DSP from the HOliday Mini Catalog called Autumn Spice.. it's TEXTURED HEAVY WEIGHT CARDSTOCK designer paper.. wow... is it FAB or WHAT!?  I also used the NEW Extra Large Decorative Label Punch, and the NEW Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (ok.. i think it's ribbon.. whatever)... both from the new Holiday Mini... if you don't have yours in the mail yet, CONTACT ME!

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Can you see the GREAT texture in this new Heavy Weight designer paper? Wow!!!

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And this card features the GORGEOUS Island Oasis DSP (pg 27 Summer Mini catalog, item 117173) from the SOON TO BE RETIRED SUMMER MINI CATALOG... DON'T MISS OUT... only a few more days to order from the SUMMER MINI!

I also used the Peach Parfait Stitched Poly Ribbon (item 119264, pg 190).  The stamps come from the Friends Never Fade set (item 118750, pg 99) and With All my Heart (item 118134, pg 47). 
   

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Thoughtful Friend Builder Wheel

I was so excited when I learned this fun technique from Cindee (she's in my Luv 2 Stamp Group - whoohoo!!).. she wheeled a sheet of Whisper White cardstock using the new Builder Wheels and then punched out images from the sheet to use as focal points on cards.. too clever!

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Supplies I used for this 4x4 card:

  • Bees & Blossoms Builder Wheel, #118617, pg 121
  • Thoughtful Friend Builder Wheel, #118616, pg 121
  • Posy Party Builder Wheel, #118615, pg 121
  • Jumbo Handle, #103661, pg 193
  • Builder Wheel Spacer/Spindle, #119895, pg 193
  • Triple Cell uninked cartridge, #121206, pg 193
  • Reinkers: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry pg 166
  • Sunny Garden DSP, #119831, pg 174
  • Subtles DSP pack, #117152, pg 175
  • Old Olive c/s, #100702, pg 166
  • Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, #119750, pg 191
  • 1-3/4" scallop circle punch, #119854, pg 201
  • 1-3/4" circle punch, #119850, pg 203
  • Paper Daisies, #119243, pg 188
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"Double" Decorative Label punch

Many of you asked about the "double layered Decorative Label tag" I featured in yesterday's blog tour post...

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I watched THIS VIDEO by the very talented Angela McKay to learn how to make the double tag!  Thanks Angela!!!

The new Decorative Label punch is found in the Holiday Mini catalog which should be arriving in your mailbox this week if it didn't already arrive.  It's found on pg 25.  If you are one of my customers and did not receive your Holiday Mini yet, please let me know.  You DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT! :)

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Blog Tour - Holiday Mini Catalog Theme

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WELCOME to the August 2010 Control Freaks Blog Tour !!!

You have probably joined me after visiting Dawn's Blog and you can click on the "next blog" link at the bottom of the post to continue on the tour  :)   Our tour officially starts on Friday, Aug. 20th.. so if you are joining us on Thursday night, some of the blog tour links may not be quite up yet.. so please check back Friday morning for the full tour.

This month we are featuring products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog.  Please enjoy the samples and the tour !! 

I am featuring a Halloween theme this month.. I'll list the Holiday mini catalog products under each photo for you.. enjoy!! 

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Candy Wrapper Treat Supplies:  Candy Wrapper die (with Big Shot) (pg 10 holiday mini), Extra-large Decorative Label punch (pg 25 holiday mini), 1/2" black lace trim (pg 8 holiday mini), "Midnight Raven" stamp (pg 41 holiday mini).  Bat punch, oval punch, oval scallop punch all in regular catalog pgs 200-203, "Spooky" image on pg 23 in the regular catalog, Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon pg 191 regular catalog, Brights DSP pack pg 175 regular catalog.

Fright night card 

Fright Night Card Supplies:  1/2" black lace trim (pg 8 holiday mini), "Midnight Raven" stamp (pg 41 holiday mini), Glimmer Basics brads (pg 36 holiday mini), Extra-Large 2-1/2" Circle punch (pg 19 holiday mini).  Bat punch, lg circle scallop punch in regular catalog pgs 200-203,  Brights DSP pack pg 175 regular catalog, paper piercer tool pg 198 regular catalog.  Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black.

Toil and trouble card

Toil & Trouble Card Supplies:  1/2" black lace trim (pg 8 holiday mini), Extra-large Decorative Label punch (pg 25 holiday mini), 3/4"x15/16" oval punch (pg 25 holiday mini), Spider Web Embossing Folder (pg 6 holiday mini), Nite Owl DSP (pg 9 holiday mini)  Jewelry Tag punch in regular catalog pg 202, "Wicked Cool" set on pg 23 in the regular catalog, Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon pg 191 regular catalog, Distressing Essentials kit pg 195 regular catalog.  Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White.

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It was really fun distressing this new "Night Owl" DSP with the new Distressing Kit.. rub ink from the kit over the crumpled paper, spritz with a water bottle, then distress the edges with the tools that come in the kit!!  Distressing kit is on pg 195 in the regular catalog. I also sprayed the spider web background with a mixture of Frost White Shimmer Paint (pg 195) in a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol.
  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead and ENJOY THE BLOG TOUR!
 

Tourclickhere Please Visit Connie Babbert's blog by clicking on the link to the left! :)


 



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Island Oasis Class Sneak Peek

Are you coming to my Island Oasis Stamp A Stack class next week?  (see schedule HERE).. hope you will be able to join us... there are 4 spots left for each night! Sign up and pay below by 8/20 if you want to join us! :)

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - Bonnie & Jill

Oh I just love Bonnie Thurber and Jill Kocherhans,.. they are 2 LOVELY ladies who work at Stampin' Up!, they are amazing stampers, they have AMAZING voices and they are just lovely lovely ladies all the way around!! 

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Left: Jill Kocherhans, Right: Bonnie Thurber

They entertained us at Convention with an amazing stamping presentation and ended it by singing a fabulous song.. I just love you, gals!! :)

So the FIRST WOW was this card.....  guess what that brown flower is ....

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They TEXTURED a piece of CHIPBOARD in the BIG SHOT with the LATTICE embossing folder!!!

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Then used a sponge dauber and some Craft Ink Refill to "color" the texturized chipboard... OH>> PICK ME UP OFF THE FLOOR!  I LOVE THIS!!!!!!

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Next, check out this cute cupcake kit.. give this to a hostess or a friend, complete with a box of cake mix.. how fun!!

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and for another cute gift idea.. how about these little square notecards in a box?

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Bonnie.. you are so fun... can't wait to see you again in Sept. :)
 
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Loved this pull out card idea... complete with a darling pinwheel on the front!

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For the pinwheel, she cut a square of DSP, drew an X from corner to corner with a pencil, then cut with scisssors ALMOST to the center on each line (leave about 3/4").

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Poke a hole in the center with the pokey tool (Paper Piercer).

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punch a 1/16" hole in each corner

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put a brad in one hole at the corner and bring it to the center and repeat with each corner until they all pull to the middle. . then secure it to the card with the same brad.

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At the end of their fabulous Stamping presentation they sang SISTERS from the old movie White Christmas.. it was just amazing, and we were so blessed to hear their gorgeous voices! 

Thanks, Bonnie & Jill for all you do !!

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Super Cute Button Bracelet!

My friend Steph Leider made this adorable button bracelet - she gave them to several of us at Convention... isn't it just WAY too cute!?  Thank you sooooooooo much Steph!!

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She used stretch cord and small beads (available at craft stores) and our FABULOUS NEW Designer Bright Collections buttons!  Here are a couple close ups to help you see how she strung them:

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Steph used the Brights Collection plus the Certainly Celery button from the Subtles Collection. You could mix and match and use any color combo you want!  You could have one for each outfit! :)


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buttons found on pg 186 in the Stampin' Up! catalog

 


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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - Sweeeet Treats!

Just wanted to share more of the amazing "paper sweet treats" that were on display at the Stampin' Up! convention in July .... I just can't imagine creating all these wonderful paper treats...  the artists at Stampin' Up! are BEYOND Amazing!!! :)

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These paper strawberries were amazing.. I'm told they were made with the CLEAR FLOWER DIE (pg 207, item 114534) and the scallop circle punch (pg 201, item #119854) and the Island Floral Die (pg 206, item 118871) with the Big Shot!  SOOO COOL!

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I'm not even hungry right now but I could totally even EAT these cute paper cupcakes!!

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Below: super cute cake made from the PLAY DATE Designer paper (pg 175, item #117168):

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