Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hector Ambriz Page

Today I have another page from Chris' scrapbook for you. You can see my original post for all the details of this project, or click here to see all the pages I have posted so far. This one is another baseball card. I scrapped two copies of the card to show the front and back, as the picture is shown on both. And of course a 5 x 7 of the actual photo. The stamp that I have used to capture the journaling is from the "For the Record" set by Autumn Leaves.

So, this page, along with the pages I posted in my last 3 album posts were the original set that I scrapped and gave to Chris for Christmas. These were all the published pictures he had that first year. Since then, he has gotten a lot more, so stay tuned for more pages! :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

February Demo Swap

We had our monthly demo swap yesterday. This month's requirement was to make a card using any "all natural" set with watercoloring. Specificially we were going for using the SU! watercolor crayons directly on the stamp. I however I had trouble getting my to turn out, so I ended up just using my watercolor crayons and my aquapainter to do the watercoloring. Here is my card:

Here is Merrigrace's card:

Here is Kim's card:

Here is Lenore's card:

Don't they all look great? I am looking forward to next month's swap. We will be doing a "retro" theme. Specifically following the Retro Fresh style watch in the catalog. I am looking forward to that one!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Want to Viturally Participate in Our Demo Swap?

This Sunday is our monthly demo swap. This month we were challenged to create a card using any current "all natural" set (example pg. 80-103 of the current Stampin' Up! catalog) and use a watercolor technique of your choice (watercolor crayons or blender pens). If you want to "virtually" participate in this swap, create a card with the above specifications, post it on your blog, and leave me a comment here by the end of day this Sunday, the 22nd. On Monday, I will post pictures of my card, the cards I received from the swap, as well as pics and links to all your cards! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Henry Sosa Page

Today I have another page from Chris' scrapbook for you. You can see my original post for all the details of this project, or click here to see all the pages I have posted so far. This one is another baseball card. This one is kind of cool because it is an autograph card. For this one I scrapped 2 copies of the card to show the front and back. It is also cool because this player is from our local minor league team - the San Jose Giants. He has since moved up to the majors and now plays for the San Francisco Giants.

Anyway, this is another basic page to commemorate another published piece of work. The stamp I used for the journaling this time is from the "For The Record" set by Autumn Leaves. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Plethora of Hello Kitties and One Last Valentine

I hope everyone had a great weekend (and Valentines Day). I had a nice long weekend because of the President's Day holiday. So, I was able to get all of Aimee's Hello Kitty invites done. Here they are (and my poor tired Cricut after cutting out 26 of these):

And here is Aimee with them all. She is very excited about her Hello Kitty party. I got all of these in the mail today. Now we just need to go shopping for the rest of the party supplies!

Lastly, I made one last Valentine. I realized that I had forgotten to make my husband a Valentine from Allison, our 4 month old (Aimee made him one herself so I didn't need to worry about that). I blame it on "mommy brain" for totally spacing on this one. So here is what I quickly made:

This is pretty much a CASE of this card here. Once I saw this I knew I had to CASE it because one of Allison's favorite toys is this little mouse rattle that we have dubbed "Mr. Mouse". So this is a "Mr. Mouse" card!


  • Happy Heart Day and A Happy Heart Stamp sets
  • Real Red, Pacific Point, and Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black, Pacific Point, Real Red, Close to Cocoa, and Pink Pirouette ink
  • Blender Pen
  • Dimensionals
  • 1", 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" circle punches
  • Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hello Kitty Invite

My older daughter Aimee is turning 4 on March 1st. This year she wants to have a Hello Kitty birthday party. So, for her invitations I bought the Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut cartridge. This cartridge is one of the ones that has the card feature, so I created this card for her invite:

It is kind of hard to tell from the photo, but the card fold is on the left hand side. For the inside I was going to print out all the party details on a piece of white card stock and paste it inside. What do you think? Too cute, huh? Now I just need to figure out how many of these I need to make and start "Cricuting"!


  • Cricut and Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge
  • Black, White, Red, and Yellow Card stock

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Birthday Card & Ghirardelli Box

Here is a birthday card and Ghirardelli box I made for the director of my girls' Preschool/Daycare. I pretty much CASEd this card here, except instead of using the rub-ons, I stamped the cupcake with Whisper White craft ink. I then made the matching Ghirardelli box to go with it. I sent this to school with the girls this morning. Hope she likes it!

  • It's a Loop Thing stamp set from Hand Drawn Bundle (Level 3 Hostess)
  • On Your Birthday stamp set
  • Hand Drawn Designer Paper from Hand Drawn Bundle
  • Whisper White, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, & Baja Breeze card stock
  • Riding Hood Red Ink
  • Whisper White craft ink
  • Certainly Celery Brads
  • Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Word Window Punch
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Mat Pack and Paper Piercer

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Adam Moore Page

Today I have another page from Chris' scrapbook for you (see my original post for all the details of this project). This one is another baseball card. I scrapped two copies of the card to show the front and back, as the picture is shown on both. And of course a 5 x 7 of the actual photo. The stamp that I have used to capture the journaling is from the "For the Record" set by Autumn Leaves. Again, I tried to keep it simple and as "manly" as possible! :)

Thanks for looking! More pages to come later.....

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cards from My Technique Class Sunday

So I am finally getting around to posting my cards from my technique class this past Sunday. This class was all about Valentines day. So without further ado, here you go!

This is a free standing pop-up card. This is the first time I tried one of these. I think it turned out pretty cute.

  • A Happy Heart stamp set
  • Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, and Whisper White card stock
  • Real Red and Old Olive markers
  • Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red ink
  • Corner rounder punch
  • 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches
  • Word Window punch
  • Pewter jumbo eyelet
  • Cropodile
  • Sticky Strip

Next we made this cute little treat bag with the Big Shot and filled it with conversation hearts.


  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock
  • Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette ink
  • Scallop Circle punch
  • Blender Pen
  • Big Shot and Bag w/Scallops die

This card is a Gate Fold card. To keep it closed, I added a little Velcro dot on one side of the bird medallion.

  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White card stock
  • Close to Cocoa and Pink Pirouette ink
  • Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
  • 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches
  • Scallop circle punch
  • Blender pen
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Velcro Dots

And lastly we have this card. We used the Big Shot again to make the little envelope for the front of the card and then punched a bunch of hearts to "burst" out of the card.


  • Happy Heart Day stamp set
  • Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa, and Whisper White card stock
  • Riding Hood Red ink
  • Blender Pen
  • Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Eyelet Border Punch
  • Heart to Heart Punch
  • Small and Large tag punches
  • Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot and Scalloped Envelope die

So, those were our projects this month. Time to start planning what we are going to do next month. Next month's class is scheduled for March 8th. So if you happen to be in the San Jose/Morgan Hill, CA area and what to join us, just let me know. I would love to have you!

Another Valentine Card

First I would like to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on Allison's baby book. It was great to hear that this inspired some of you to possibly to do the same thing. Someone asked the question as to where I got the storage boxes for my ink pads that you can see in one of the photos. Those are actually the boxes that the ink pads come in from Stampin' Up! when you purchase the whole color family set. They are really great and and worth buying the pads in a set to get.

Anyway, today I have a Valentine card to share with you. This is the card I made to send to my parents. I sorta CASEd this card here. I couldn't help it. When I saw it, I knew I had to try it myself. I really wish the Season of Friendship set was in the currently catalog. For the grass, I just cut a piece of Kiss Kiss card stock and then sniped it with my scissors along the edge. Super easy!

  • Season of Friendship stamp set
  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Heart to Heart Punch
  • Close to Cocoa card stock
  • Pink Pirouette card stock
  • Kiwi Kiss card stock
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Kiwi Kiss ink
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, February 6, 2009

Another Scrapbook - Allison's Baby Book

First I would like to say thank you for all the great comments on Chris' scrapbook. I will post more pages on this next week. Posting this reminded me of other ongoing scrapbook I have. When I was pregnant with Allison, I decided that I didn't really need to have a traditional baby shower since I was having another girl and kept everything (clothes, baby gear) from my first daughter Aimee. So instead I had a scrapbooking baby shower. My BFF Merrigrace and mom threw it for me. They bought one of the Rock-a-Bye Girl Simply Scrappin' kits one of the 12x12 linen albums, and an extra pack of Whisper White cardstock from Stampin' Up!. Then I pulled out all of my inks, punches, baby stamps, ribbon, etc. and had my friends and family over to create a baby scrapbook for me! Here are some shots from the shower:

Everybody hard at work.

Even Aimee did a page.

More hard work.

The end result.

So, at the end of it all, I have a beautiful scrapbook made with love and all I have to do is add the pictures! How great is that? There is a page for every month as well as a page for the birth and a page to commemorate the shower itself. So today I will share with you everything up to 2 months, since I haven't yet printed out Allison's 3rd and 4th month pictures. (I hope to do that this weekend so I will hopefully be able to post those next week.)

Here is the cover of the album. I ended up embellishing this after the fact. I used the 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon, the A from the On Board Simon Upper chipboard (retired), and a chipboard pink heart from American Crafts that I had in my stash. I covered the A with Whisper white craft ink and then sprinkled on some dazzing diamonds.

This is the first page in the album. This page was made by Merrigrace and commemorates the shower. She had the ingenious idea to take everyone's thumb print and make a flower out of it. Aimee's little print is in the middle. She hand drew a stem, which is kind of hard to see in the photo.

This next page is for Allison's birth. Don't I look glamorous? Ladies, this is what you look like after being in labor for 23 hours and then delivering a 9 lb. 11 oz baby! This page was made by my friend and neighbor Diane. I journaled all the vitals on the sticker on the right.

Next we have Allison's one month photo. This page was made by my mom. The feet prints are from the retired Stampin' Up! set "I'm Here".

And lastly, here is the 2 month page. This page was made by my sister Kelly.

I have to say, the Simply Scrappin' kits are awesome. We made this whole book and I still have a bunch of pieces left over that I can use to create more pages. Stay tuned, because next week I will hopefully have the 3rd and 4th month completed pages to share with you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chris' Scrapbook

Today I would like to start sharing with you an ongoing project I have. For those that don't know, in addition to his normal 9 to 5 job, my husband is also a freelance sports photographer. (If you are interested, here is a link to his web site). He started up this business a couple of years ago and has been getting published more and more. Yesterday he was at Barnes and Noble picking up a magazine that he knew he had just got a picture published in and picked up another magazine and started flipping through it. Turns out he found 4 of his pictures in that magazine! When he got his first couple of photos published I decided to start him a scrapbook where I would have the actual photograph that he took alongside the published work (baseball card, magazine clipping, etc.). At the time he only had four baseball cards, so I scrapped those and put them in an album and gave them to him for Christmas that year. Since then I have been adding to it as he gets more stuff. So since he got a boatload yesterday (which now makes me way behind on getting all the new stuff scrapped) I thought I should share the pages I have done here. Posting something every week. So, here is what I have for you today:

This page is for the first baseball card he got with one of his photo's on it. On the page, I have the photo that he took and a copy of 2 different baseball cards that were made from it. There were other versions of the card produced (different colors, etc), but the same layout, so I don't have copies of each. In the photo log at the bottom I have journaled the name of the player, where the picture was taken, which game it was taken at, and the date. The photo log stamp is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Trading Collection. I just attached the cards with photo corners because he would kill me if I damaged the cards by putting adhesive on them! In this album I have been keeping the pages pretty simple. I figure for this type of book, fancy embellishments wouldn't be appropriate (or appreciated by my husband!). So these pages are definitely guy focused.

Thanks for looking! I will post another page next week. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Allison's First Valentine

Today I wanted to share with you the Valentine card I made for my daughter Allison. She is 4 months old and this is going to be her first Valentines day. I made this little 3 x 3 card to fit in her mailbox.

  • A Happy Heart stamp set
  • Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, and Riding Hood Red cardstock
  • Close to Cocoa and Riding Hood Red ink
  • 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, and scallop circle punch
  • Pink Gingham ribbon

Monday, February 2, 2009

Two Birthdays Yesterday

Two people I know celebrated birthdays yesterday. Since I was short on time, I pulled two cards out of my stash that I had made a while back. The first was one was for one of the gals at my daughter's daycare. This is the card I sent with her this morning:

  • Upsy Daisy stamp set
  • Baja Breze and Whisper White cardstock
  • Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss Ink
  • Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Big Shot & Top Note Die
  • Urban Garden Designer Series Paper
The second was for my mother-in-laws husband (he is not my husbands father, but my mother-in-laws new husband, so does that make him my step father-in-law? Who knows....). This card is actually a CASE from one of the older catalogs. It was the only masculine card I had in my stash, so it works! Hope they like them!

  • Dotted background stamp (retired)
  • It's Your Birthday stamp set (retired)
  • Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turqouise, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White cardstock
  • Chocolate Chip Ink
  • Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turqouise, Certainly Celery markers
  • Tempting Turqouise and Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon
  • Soft Subtles brads

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sale-A-Bration Starts Today!

Hi everyone. I wanted to let you all know about Stampin’ Up!s Sale-A-Bration promotion, which start TODAY! Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate! Click on the image on the right to download a copy of the catalog.

Customers: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 purchase.

Hostesses: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product with a $300 or more workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits.

Recruits: Choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $47.95) from the current catalog when signing up during the promotion. Plus, get 15% off the regular $199 price of the Starter Kit--that's $335 worth of products for only $169!

I would really like to get some workshops on my calendar, so it you would like the chance to host a workshop for you and your friends, now is the perfect time! You will have the chance to earn free stamps, in addition to Stampin’ Up!s generous hostess benefits. Please let me know if you are interested in holding a workshop!

Let me know if you have any questions about this promotion! Hurry – Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st. Feel free to contact me anytime to place an order or book a workshop. Don’t forget, you can shop online via my website at anytime. Plus, if you place your order via my website from February 1 - April 30 you will receive a FREE copy of the Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog – a $9.95 value!