Friday, February 27, 2009

Party Hearty

Don't you love cupcakes! They are just so "FUN"! With St. Patrick's Day in mind, I was thinking green! So, this is what I came up with!
What do you think?
Paper: Delicate Dots DSP, Certainly Celery (textured), So Saffron (textured), Basic Black, and Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Black
Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes and Party Hearty
Embellishments: Crystal Effects on Faux brads, dots from Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, and Certainly Celery Ribbon.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Country Rooster

This is a new Hostess Set called Rustic Rooster. (Ask me how you can get this for FREE!) When it was first released I knew I had to have it! It took me a while to experiment with this guy before I found something I was happy with. I love roosters and have many in my kitchen! It looks like my kitchen, blue and white!
Paper: Ballet Blue and Whisper White
Ink: Ballet Blue and Craft White
Stamps: Rustic Rooster and Elegant Cheer
Embellishments: White Organza Ribbon, Blue Fire and Ice Rhinestone Brads, Corner Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Designer Label Punch, and piercing.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Go Create a HEARTMADE Card Today!

Isn't blog surfing fun? You can spend hours surfing the net looking for awesome ideas and walk away from your computer totally inspired by the creativity and talent of others! But what do you do with all that information? Does it inspire you to create? Do you run madly to your crafting area and put those ideas to paper? Do you like what you make? Or do you just shake your head and tell yourself that you could never make something like that?

Would it surprise you to learn that most creative stampers have a "trash" pile? Cards that never get posted to their blogs? Mistakes, "dog cards" as I call them, horrible color combinations that just don't measure up....and would be an embarassment to post! I am so guilty of only posting those cards that I think other's would enjoy seeing, while the others get recycled and some even go directly to the trash can!

So, what do you do? Here is what I've learned:

1. Go to websites like Splitcoaststampers and scroll thru the current gallery. Stop and check out the cards that generate lot's of comments. Really give them a hard look. What separates them from the rest? Usually it's lot's of layers, great use of embellishments, and following the latest sketch challenge!

2. Everyone is nervous about their own creations, even some of the best stampers! We see all our imperfections and can even point them out. The secret is understanding that not everyone is looking for those imperfections. No one sees them until you point them out. So, instead of going there, sit back and listen to the "owwwww's and ahhhhh's" and let it sink in that you can create something that others admire!

3. Just the fact that you tried is an encouragement to try again. Keep trying. Practice makes perfect! Well, perfect shouldn't be the goal, after all, creativity is all about beauty in the eye of the beholder! And ultimately your recipient is the one that matters most! What a treasure of the heart to receive something handmade, Heartmade!

Go CREATE, today!

Be Kind~ Post Your Comment

How often do you leave your mark? A comment on someone's blog! Do you just surf in and out, under the radar so to speak, gathering ideas, casing cards that catch your eye, searching for your next project?

Blogging Etiquette 101

Leaving comments is the highest form of compliment! It encourages those who really do struggle with their creations. It motivates! It builds up! It creates self confidence! It strengthens relationships! It builds friendships! It gives "warm fuzzies" to the recipient! That's what creativity is all about!

So.....I have a challenge for you!!!

I came across this blog today! She had a challenge on her blog and now I am passing it on to you! Are you up for the challenge? I hope so!

The first 5 people to comment on this post will receive something Heartmade by me. But there is a catch...

Here are the rules:

1. It's my choice what to make... and you won't know what it will be until you get it!

2. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make, but I hope you do!

3. What I create will be just for you - completely original. :)

4. It will be done this year.

5. Now for the catch. The catch is that you must re-post this on your blog and offer the same giveaway to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. It's all about sharing the love! Be sure to come here and post a link, cuz I WILL check your blog! *wink*

Be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it, and link back to me! So....who will be the first 5 people?????

Edited: I realize that not everyone has a blog and I really do want to offer this challenge to you, so here is what I am proposing!!!

A. If you do NOT have a blog, leave me a comment stating so, and I'll send the same offer above to 5 gals, (and also to 5 who do have a blog).
That's 10 special Heartmade gifts from me to 5 bloggers with blogs, and 5 bloggers without blogs!!!
(Does this remind you of the star bellied sneeches with stars upon thars....and the sneeches who didn't have stars???) LOL

If you are one of the first 5 to post a comment who do not have blogs, I'll share here what you are recieving from me when I get ready to mail them out!

{hOpE} I haven't confused anyone!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thinking of You

I just love the "soft" look of this card, and am very happy with how it turned out. It's something I would give my grandmother if she were still alive! Grandma and I share a love for roses! One of my fondest memories are those of her beautiful rose bushes growing on the trellises of her front porch! When they were in bloom the fragrance was intoxicating!

Here's to all the grandmothers! May you be blessed with the love of your family!

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Bella Rose DSP (my favorite)

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette

Stamps: Wonderful Watercolors & Echoes of Kindness

Embellishments: Eyelet Punch, Top Note Big Shot Die, WW Organza Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Hatpin and beads from the Pretties Kit!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quilted Raspberry Tart Thank You!

I came across a challenge last week, and lost my paper stating who was responsible! LOL! I did work on the challenge and here is my finished piece.

Paper: Raspberry Tart DSP, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss

Stamps: Only Ovals

Ink: Kiwi Kiss and Rose Red

Embellishments: Pearls from the Pretties Kit

EXCITING NEWS BULLETIN! My oldest DD just informed us that they are having a baby girl!!! Her due date is mid July and we are all so excited for them!!! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sale-A-Bration means FREE Goodies!!!

Like this beautiful pack of coordinating designer series paper called Delicate Dots! It's one of the 6 FREE choices you can receive by placing an order with me during Sale-A-Bration!!!

Paper: Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, and SAB Delicate Dots DSP

Stamps: All Holidays

Ink: Certainly Celery and So Saffron

Embellishments: SAB Ribbon Bundle and Vanilla 5/16th Jumbo Brads.

Don't you love how the papers coordinates so well together?

On a different note, my youngest DD just passed her driver's license test today!!! Woo Hoo! 

Monday, February 16, 2009

Echoes of Kindness 2

I wanted to create another feel for this design and stamp set. What do you think?

Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, and Bella Bleu DSP

Stamps: Echoes of Kindness and Friends 24/7

Ink: Stazon Black, So Saffron, and Always Artichoke

Embellishments: 5/8" Grosgrain in Very Vanilla, 1/4" Grosgrain in Always Artichoke, Designer Label Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, and Pearls from the Pretties Kit.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Echoes of Kindness

I could hardly wait to ink this stamp set up! It's a new hostess set called Echoes of Kindness and I'm sure will become a favorite of many stampers!

I based my card design from one I received from my upline, Vivian Swain. You can view her lovely card HERE!

I wish you could see this in real life. The dazzling diamonds and pearls really set this card off!

Card Recipe
Paper: Candy Lane DSP, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Stazon, Rose Red, and assorted SU markers
Stamps: Echoes of Kindness and Glad Friends
Embellishments: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Pearls from Pretties Kit, faux brads, signo gel pen and dazzling diamonds.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A new technique! Glitter Window

Today while blogging, I came across a new technique and just had to try it! Here's a "Shout Out" to Renee Van Stralen, and her blog: Stamping for Sanity! You can check out her card by clicking on her blog name. Thank you Renee for graciously responding to my inquiry and sharing your directions with me!

Here is my card!

Paper: Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla and Candy Lane DSP

Stamps: Love You Much and Holidays & Wishes

Ink: Real Red and Chocolate Chip

Embellishments: Red Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Heart to Heart Punch and Dazzling Diamonds!

To make the glitter window, first you punch out your images. Next you place a lighter piece of card stock behind the one you have punched out. You will stamp your images on that.
On your punched out piece, you apply clear packaging tape to the back side, sticky side facing out (front). Apply dazzling diamonds to the exposed sticky tape, and carefully tap to remove all the excess glitter.  Assemble your pieces with stamped images showing thru the glittered tape piece.

I'm hoping you can click on this second photo to see the glittery effect!

Layering with the Curly Label Punch

I posted this card yesterday and thought to myself that I didn't do a very good job explaining how to layer the label. 

So, I have created a little tutorial explaining how I did it. 

You start by punching out two of your background layers, and then punch out your wording!
TIP: It's always easier to stamp your words and then punch them out, than trying to stamp your image into a small area!

Cut your two background labels in half, one lengthwise, and one width wise, as shown.

Apply glue and carefully separate the two pieces.

Attach the other two pieces as shown here...

...and here. You will have left a small gap between all 4 pieces, extending them in each direction.

Apply glue again.....

And now add your wording!


I hope that these directions are easier to follow!

Please leave a comment and let me know!!!

Thank you for visiting!!!

Susan Shields

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Last Raspberry Tart for now!

Ok, so the final card this week, I have a pretty simple design to share with you. Once again I am using SU Raspberry Tart DSP, Rose Red CS, the Big Shot and Top Note Die. I added ribbon and a layered piece for my saying using the Curly Label Punch. How did I layer it, since it only comes in one size??? Well you cut out multiples and then layer and tape them together under your white piece. 
Clear as mud, right? Perhaps tomorrows post will clear it up for you!

Good night my blogging buddies!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hearts into Flowers

Here is my next creation using Raspberry Tart DSP!
I've stamped my heart 4 times, cut them out and layers them into this flower. I also used my Big Shot again and the Top Note Die using Rose Red CS and another pattern piece from RT DSP, cutting the green pattern layer on the dotted line to expose the Rose Red behind.
I finished the flower by using the Big Shot and the Button Die and layered the different sizes on top of one another and using a needle and linen thread, actually sewed them together! This was attached on top with a stampin' dimentional!

Today was a challenging day! I had to change sheets for my son, who spilled a large cup of water in his bed, then proceeded to step in something wet and disgusting, while grooping thru the darkness (we have 2 cats who "yak" alot!) YUK!  After changing my sock.....and no, it ended not being a match to the other foot....I raced out the door. I was late to work. As I climbed into my vehicle I noticed that the visor was down.....and my CD visor full of CD's was gone! Someone had taken it from my van during the night! Now I usually keep things locked up, but my arms were loaded yesterday when we returned home from church and I had thought I might be heading up to get groceries later, and well, we do live on a nice street! It wasn't the first time I left it unlocked, and to be honest, it probably won't be the last time. It's just life!
Wouldn't you think that the events so far would be enough??? Nope...not to be that easy! I come home for lunch most days for a couple of significant reasons. Today I was supposed to bring my daughter's puppy to her for her last period class. Well, due to the rain, and his love for digging and chewing....he was one muddy mess! So, he got to stay home and she went to puppy training class without him. No way was he getting into my vehicle like that!

Ok, so I have survived this day, and am happy to report that these events did not rob me of my joy! So they were inconveniences, but in spite of them all, my days was more than just good! 

Hope the circumstances in your day were not overwhelming and that along the road you found the simple things that cause us to be thankful!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Raspberry Tart #2 and some exciting news!

This second card is using our new DSP Raspberry Tart.
I used our Big Shot with the Top Note Die cutting two pieces, one in Kiwi Kiss CS and one in a pattered piece of Raspberry Tart. I trimmed along the dotted lines and folded the top edge over! You've got to love those double sided patterns! Carefully glued the two pieces together on three edges so you can insert a smaller piece of CS to form your message card!
I made the label using a punch and finished with some ribbon!

Easy peasy!!!

Now for some exciting news! I've been hired as a Creative Designer to create cards for my upline's upline, Sherrill Graff! I will be creating samples for her using new products from our brand new catalog. These samples will be shown at her upcoming events and shows and then donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas. How cool is that???

These talented demonstrators have also been hired to create for her for the month of February. Be sure to stop by their blogs and see their creative ideas!

If you are interested in joining a "GREAT" group of talented ladies, come and check out our Yahoo group called "latenightstampersconvention2008". You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Having Fun With Raspberry Tart DSP

I have been having fun with SU's new DSP Raspberry Tart! This card is the first of several I'll be posting in the next few days.

I love the bright colors and different flower shapes!!! 


Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, and Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: Rose Red
Stamps: Only Ovals
Embellishments: 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Rose Red
Techniques: Layering, Big Shot Top Note Die, Wide Oval Punch, and 5 Petal Flower Punch. (I used two and folded them in half to create my flower.)

Regarding blogging....I apologize that it's been a while since my last post! I'm sure most demo's understand that "life get's in the way" and our best intentions and plans fall by the wayside. In my life, family comes second! First place belongs to God. While that has been a struggle for most of my life, it is now becoming much easier as I have surrendered more of my will over to the one who loves me most. My desire is to let Him out of the box I've kept Him in, so that He can reveal His true nature and identity to me and thru me! He is a good God! And I am so blessed!

My blog was started with the intent to share my love of crafting with whom ever was willing to stop by. I cannot commit to daily blogs. I work two jobs and have a houseful to attend to! But I do plan to continue to share as time allows! I just wanted to say that, and also to THANK those of you who have subscribed. I hope I don't disappoint!

For those who are not demonstrators: I just want to share with you a few of the specials SU is currently offering!

First: If you are interested in a FREE Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog, you can receive one simply by placing any size order thru me at my Stampin' Up! Website. This offer runs thru March 31st while supplies last. There is no minimum amount required. That is a $9.95 value!

Second: It's Sale-A-Bration time. That means FREE stamps, paper, and ribbon offers! From now thru March 31st, you will receive your choice of SAB selections for every $50.00 in product you order. To see these different selections, you can view the Sale-A-Bration catalog here!

Thirdly: I invite you to join my team! It doesn't matter where you live, I'll be there for you! If you are like me, you get most of your ideas from online anyways......and having someone to cheer you on, encourage you, and help you make your way is what I will do! 
During Sale-A-Bration, you can save 15% off the regular price of the starter kit, plus you can choose any stamp set up to 47.95 for Free! Joining  Stampin'UP! has never been easier or sweeter! This promotion began Feb. 1st and runs through March 31st. 
If you have questions, email me and I'll do my best to answer them! Or go to my SU website and click on the JOIN NOW button at the top right hand side of the page! You will need my recruiter authorization password which is: susansharesstamping

Again, if you have questions, please contact me and I'll answer them!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sale-A-Bration Is Here!

Sale-A-Bration Is Here! And who doesn't like FREE STAMPS? It was during Sale-A-Bration 2008 that I signed up to be a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator! And I am so glad I did! Everyone benefits during this promotion, so be sure to read the details listed below!

Dates: February 1- March 31, 2009
Promotion Details: Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate!
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!
To Veiw the Sale-A-Bration catalog, click here!
If you have ever considered joining Stampin'Up!, now is the perfect time to do so! What are you waiting for? Contact me and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have!

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