Friday, March 26, 2010

Here Comes the Bride

Happy Friday everyone.  Sorry I have been remiss in posting.  I just haven't had the where-with-all this week.  I know you know what I mean.  But, today, I have been feeling much more creative.  I wanted to share with you a card that I made for my nephew's soon-to-be wedding.  I actually started making this card for his fiance's shower which is in two weeks.  Then after I made it, I felt like it would be a much better wedding card.  I still have another card in mind for the shower.  I guess I  better get started on it.  Time is slipping away.   I found the template for this design on line and will give  you the info. Here is card:
       I really like this template.  I used a blue background because her wedding colors are going to be blue.  I used Stampin' Ups bridal paper and half pearls.  This is the website where I found the template:  I was going to make the card bigger and add a sentiment and some ribbon, but it didn't work out very well so I ended up shortening the card.  The sentiment is inside.

Here is a close up of the bridal paper: 

Well, that's all for right now!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!




Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two for Tuesday!

Hello everyone!  I am so excited about what  I have for you today.  I got up this morning and made my card for Mojo 131.  This week's template calls for a long card.  My card is 9 inches long by 4 inches wide and uses a standard No. 10 envelope.  Now, the only No. 10 envelopes I have are those ugly white ones with the blue imprint on the inside.  You know the ones for sending bills, yuk!    Ooops, I  don't want to get ahead of myself.  Let me add pictures as I go along.  Here is my card for Mojo 131:

I really liked making this card.  As you can see, it is almost twice as long as the normal cards I make. And, Iam still using Easter sentiments since I still have a few more Easter cards to make.
Here's my recipe:  (all items SU!)
 Stamp:  Happy Moments, Well Scripted
Tea party DSP
Pretty in Pink, So Saffron (std cardstock)
Ribbon:  Pretty in Pink satin
Accessories:  Watercolor crayons
                                                                                     oval cutter, std and scallop (nestabilities)
My card varies slightly from the original template in that my ribbon and sentiment are on the top vice the bottom.  I should have moved my flower stamp up a little more.  But that's OK.  That's why it's called a template and it can be deviated from. 

So, back to my problem with the envelopes.  I started looking on the web for envelope tutorials and found this wonderful, wonderful site.  It is the best envelope tutorial I have seen around, because there is no measuring.  You have got to check it  out for yourself.  Click here to view the tutorial.  I bookmarked it for future reference!  For my envelope, I used some paper I had bought at my local craft store, on sale.  Here is the envelope:
I took two views, both are with the flap open.  I actually punched the envelope flap for decoration.  I used my tombow tape to seal the envelope.  Now, by using scrapbook paper or almost anything else, you can make your own adorable envelopes in no time flat.  AND... they don't have to be white!!!!!  That is the best part!!!  One of the other amazing things about the above tutorial, is that she shows you how to take larger envelopes and make them smaller to fit your card.  She is a genius!!  Plus, she tells you how to get free envelopes.  A definite MUST SEE video!

Can you tell  how excited I am about this post!!  I have so enjoyed my morning making  my card and sharing all the wonderful things  I have learned.  There are so many smart and talented people out there.  I love learning!! 

Well, that's all for today.  I really, really need to do some house cleaning.  I have been neglecting it for cardmaking.  Oh well, I'm living life to it's fullest!!  The dust will just come back, hahahaha!

Many blessings to you all!!


P.S.  If you're interested in starting to stamp or expanding your inventory, please don't hesitate to visit my Stampin' Up website.  The sale-a-bration is still going on for one more week!

Thanks again!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bubbly Monday!

Good Monday morning to everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  It was fabulous here in Virginia.  We had 70 degree weather and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I'm glad I took advantage of it because, it is raining today.  But that's ok.  You can't have beautiful  spring flowers without the rain.  I'm excited about  showing you the card I have for today.  It was totally unexpected.  The  inspiration for this card came from this ad we received in the mail:
So, can you guess which part of this ad was the inspiration?  Pretty obvious I'm sure.  Here's my card:

What do you think?  I love all the colors.  I just wish I had had smaller circle punches.  The smallest I had was 5/8" inch.  I will have to put smaller circle punches  on my shopping list.  I just went through all of my SU paper and tried to find the brightest colors that somewhat matched the ad.  I really didn't have a stamp that I thought went with this card, so I did the next best thing.  I used my computer and created my own sayings.  I did use one stamp and that was from SU called Circle Circus.  I love this stamp set. It is the smaller bubbles in the sentiment. I wanted to use this set to make the card, but it just wasn't doing what I wanted it to do. This goes to show you that even without a stamp set, you can make a great card. 

I'll be working on my Mojo Monday  card today.  Hopefully, it will be ready for you tomorrow.  I also have a card to show you tomorrow that is a previous Mojo sketch.  I love it.  I hope you will too. Have a great Monday!



Friday, March 19, 2010

Mojo 130

Happy Friday everyone!  Here I am again posting a Mojo Monday on a Friday.  I think I need to get better at this!  It just seems that when Monday is arrivews,  I have other projects in the works that I have to finish first.  As if now, I have no other projects, so my goal is to put Mojo Monday on the front burner come Monday! We'll see.  So here's my Mojo 130.

I really loved this sketch.  Once I finished this one, I decided that the smaller square and the circle needed a mat.  I think I'm going to make another card, different paper, etc., and try matting them.  I'll post that one eventually and we'll see the difference.

The paper I used was from the Spring/Summer 09 catalog, Washington Apple DSP.  The sentiment is Well Scripted  ( I love this set - see it here!)

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I'll be seeing you Monday!



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Simple Birthday

Hi everyone.  It's almost Friday, yay!   The weekend  is almost here.  This is the weekend I get to see Bounty Hunter.  I'm looking forward to it.

Here is a simple card I made today for my nephew's birthday.  It is very simple and didn't take long.  His birthday is actually today.  I'm a little behind.  I did send him a text message to wish him a happy birthday and to let him know the card was in the mail.  And by that, he knows "the check" is in the mail.  That's why I didn't go to alot of trouble making an elaborate card.  He'll take the money and toss the card.  Boys will be boys.

That's all I have for today.  I hope you have a great weekend.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Music of the Heart

Hello everyone!  Today, here in VA, we have sunshine!  YAY!  We haven't seen that for a while!  I have a very special card to share with you today.  It is one I made a while back.  I am planning on sharing some of my cards with a fellow demonstrator who I went to high school with.  I just found out she is a demonstrator and we decided to trade cards.  This is one I am going to send her.  It has much significance to me.  I'll share that with you, but first, here's the card:

When I first saw this SU stamp, I knew I had to have it.  Music has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember.  The friend and fellow demonstrator I am sending this to was a fellow church youth choir member.  I sang in the youth choir for five years.  It was a wonderful group of young people.  The statement on the card, "Music expresses that which cannot be said", is so true for me and for so many people.  Music moves the heart and soul.  It has always been that way for me. It can soothe; it can uplift; it can cause reflection....  I could go on and on about the power of music.  I know that it is more powerful for some than for others and I am thankful I believe I am one of those people that it is so powerful too.  Music, especially spiritual music, has always been a part of my life.  There is another saying that goes something like this: A song is the prayer that our heart sings when we cannot find the words."  I wish I could remember the exact quote, but I am sure you get the meaning.  Music is a very powerful, spiritual thing.  Just take a look....

"Bring me now a minstrel... and it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha." II Kings 3:15."

I went to a Baptist college in Georgia, Brewton Parker College, and I sang in the choir.  It was one of the highlights of my life.  We sang some very powerful music (Christian).  We lived, ate, and breathed music.  For me, to sing was literally breathing.  I know my fellow choir mates would say the same thing.  I can think back and remember, we would even sing in the stairwell as we were standing in line for meals.  It was great!  We were always, always singing!! 

Thanks for traveling down memory lane with me. I hope some of it inspired you and that music touches your heart!



Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday Happiness

Good Monday to everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I didn't end up going to the movies after all. The movie I wanted to see doesn't start until this Friday.  The movie is Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston.  It looks like it is going to be funny.  As my husband stated, he hopes we haven't seen the best parts during the previews.
Here is my card for today. I have used the Cottage Wall DSP again.  It is sooo pretty.  I love using it.  Purple is one of my favorite colors.  I saw this card on Splitcoast Stampers website and decided to CASE it. I hope you like it.                                      Here is the Recipe:  Paper: Cottage Wall DSP Stampin' Markers: old olive, orchid opulence Stamps:  Kind and Caring Thoughts, Warm Words   Accessories:  Birds and Flowers Embosslits, scallop border punch, rhinestone brads, white satin ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.



Friday, March 12, 2010

Mojo Monday 129

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is having a good day and looking forward to a wonderful weekend.  It's raining here in Stafford, but it has been a quiet and productive day.  I caught up on TV watching from the night before.  American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, and Private Practice.  I love watching TV commercial free and fast forwarding through all the superfluous stuff.  YAY! for DVRs. 

On to card making...  Have you ever had one of those days?  I was making this card and I got down to the part that calls for the actual stamping.  The very first time I stamped the insert, I got it perfect except for one small thing.  Part of the sentiment was a little smudged.  Now, I am an "A" type personality about many things.  That means, I  couldn't let that little smudge go.  I reinked and restamped those images six  more times.  And unfortunately, none of them looked as good to me as the first one with the smudge.  I hate when that happens.  So I settled for what I thought was the best one out of the other six.  I'm sure I was too close to the subject to be impartial about what I was looking at.  Eeny, meeny, miny, moe worked very well, lol!   So here's what Moe picked out!

This card was made for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  This challenge site is my favorite. Here is the link to their site if you would like to check it out:  Mojo Monday

 This is my second time at participating in their challenge.  I must say I enjoyed this one much more than my first one.  I hope that means I'm getting better at this stamping thing! :)

The paper I used is SU!s designer paper series called "Cottage Wall"  It is my favorite DSP!!  This is the first time I have used it since I purchased it.  I knew I wanted to use it for this challenge.  I hope you are enjoying it also!

Here is the Recipe:
Paper:   Cottage Wall DSP (115671), Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:       Rich Razzleberry (IC) (115658)
Stamp:   Kind and Caring Thoughts 115324 (hostess set!)
Accessories:  Square ice rhinestore brads (109113)
                      Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon (115613)

I've decided that I'll take the weekends off.  That gives me time to do one of two major things:  make more cards or do something with my husband!  I know we are going to go to the movies, but that doesn't take all weekend.  Maybe I'll be able to do both things!  That would be perfect!

I hope all of you have wonderful weekends and I look forward to catching up on Monday!



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mother's Day Again

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this wonderful Thursday.  At least it's wonderful here in VA.  However, tonight the rain starts. Oh well. 

Here is the card I had prepared for yesterday, before my muse took over during the night.  This is a Mother's Day card.  I actually CASEd this from a wonderfully talented  woman named Kerin Sylvester.  You can see her work at Splitcoaststampers.  I only wish I had a pinky full of her talent. As least she's sharing her wonderful talent with the rest of the world and we get to "make it our own".  Mine is not exactly like hers.  I couldn't seem to get the card measurements right.  I'm sure that has alot to do with the fact, that I didn't have the same flower stamp as she did.  That's how it works!  There was  a lot of  scissor cutting on this project too!  Whew!
Here's my recipe:
Paper:  old olive, cameo coral
Watercolor crayons:  garden green, cameo coral, rose red
Ink:  black (for the sentiment)
Punches:  medium oval, scalloped oval
Technique:  watercoloring 
Accessories:  old olive satin ribbon; finial press embossing folder

That's all for today's blog entry.  I hope everyone has a great evening! Thanks for dropping by!



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vintage Mother's Day Card

Hello everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  Only two more days and the weekend will be here.  I had another card ready to show you today, but last night in my sleep no less, this idea hit me!

This is a photo of me and my mom when I was about 18 months old.  I immediately knew I wanted to use the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  The photo is sepia tinted, so it just lended itself to vintage.  Speaking of...., as I was making the card and thinking vintage, I thought to myself this photo is almost 50 years old.  Does that make me vintage????  I think it does!  I wasn't quite sure how to feel about that. I never considered myself old.  I guess if you don't think about it, you don't consider yourself vintage.  So, I think I'll just stick with the card being vintage, lol!  Since this photo was already sepia, I tried to keep the ink and card stock in the same "sepia" tones. The Vintage Vogue stamp set is one of my all time favorites.  I love, love, love it!
Here's my recipe:  (Items can be purchased by clicking here)
Ink:    Chocolate Chip, large flowers 
          Close to Cocoa, smaller flowers
          Soft Suede, vines
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted
Accessories:  Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, pearls
Tools:  Scallop Trim corner punch; oval nestabilities

I think I am going to put  this in some sort of vintage frame.  This will be a mother's day present for my mom.  Now, I'll have to make another one, because I want one!

Thanks for dropping by!



Monday, March 8, 2010

Sweet Pea Monday

Good morning everyone!  Hmmm, this picture doesn't look like much does it?  It will in a second.  This is the craft project I told you I would show you.  I am  part of a stamping club called "Rapid Stampers" and this is one of the projects we made.  As you can see, this is a small brown paper bag that you can buy at any of the local craft stores.  It has been  cut down to 3 1/2 inches tall.  Now to view the front......

Now we have something!  Isn't it cute?  This can be used as a little treat bag and can hold numerous things and was so easy to make.  The paper is Sweet Pea DSP (Item # 117161). The little flower is made from felt and is part of the Sweet Pea Stitched felt package. (117206) There is a variety of flowers and petals. The pink paper was cut a couple of inches longer than the bag and was punched using the medium oval punch (107305).  The white card stock for the sentiment was punched using the small oval punch (107304).  The sentiment is from the vintage label collection (11912).  The vintage label collection is part of the ongoing Sale-a-bration event we have going and can be yours free for spending $50!  To see all of these items and more Click here. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!



Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring is on the way!

I woke up to a beautiful morning today and I was inspired by something I saw.  Well the inspiration was two fold.  A few days ago, I was on facebook and a friend of mine from college, who lives in Florida, told us she saw robins in her yard.  She wanted to let her "northern" friends know that spring was coming their way.  Well low and behold, (a southern term) this morning as I was looking out my kitchen window, there was a big, beautiful, red breasted robin in my yard!  I immediately thought of my friend and her comment.  Thanks Rhonda for the inspiration!  Today's inspiration card includes a cute little robin on a branch with a few buds.  I'm thinking they are cherry blossoms, since I do live in the land of cherry trees and Washington DC has an annual cherry blossom festival.......  which, by the way, the "peak" day for cherry blossom watching has been predicted for March 27th.   You still have time to make plans.

This stamp set is SU's Spring Song which you can get for free by purchasing $50.00 worth of merchandise during our "Sale-a-bration" campaign.  Visit here to take advantage of the sale (sale ends March 31). 

SU! products I used:
Punches: Modern Label Punch, Eylett border punch
Paper:  Cameo coral, Certainly celery and watercolor paper
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Real Red, Pretty in Pink

I used all of the above inks with a blender pen to do my watercoloring with.  I also used a dauber to add a little bit of color to the white circle and the sentiment so they wouldn't scream white.  It just toned it down a little and helped it blend in with the rest of the card.

So tomorrow, I have a craft project for you!  I hope you'll join me!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope spring is on your way too!



Thursday, March 4, 2010

On My Way

Hello everyone!  It's been a long day today, but a productive one; not card wise, but otherwise! I had many errands to do today, so it cut into my craft time.  Some days you just have to do the right thing!
I am attaching a few cards for you to look at.  I'm going to start with Easter cards and work my way back a holiday!

This card was made with the Stampin' Up Set "Abundant Hope"  I love the daffodils.  On this card, I have watercolored the flowers.   I enjoyed making it very much.   This type of "foofoo" card is my favorite.  It is very southern "bellish" hahaha!  The beautiful butterflies were made using the newest SU embosslit called, "Beautiful Wings".

Here are all the items I used: (All items are Stampin' Up)
Stamp Set:  Abundant Hope
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
Ink:     Green Galore, Bashful blue, ballet blue, summer sun, and barely yellow
Ribbon: Very Vanilla Satin
The pearls are some I had on hand.

Here is one more card made with the same Abundant Hope stamp set.

The piece surrounding the Happy Easter saying is from the Vanilla Hodgepodge collection.  I love using these.

Here are a few Valentine's Day cards I made.  What I love about these templates is that you can use them again for giving to that special someone anytime of  the year.  All you have to do is change the sentiment, and voila! - you have a new card!

This was one of my favorite sketches! I loved it so much, I made three cards, but changed the color of the paper!  I like that!  If you would like to see the other two, let me know and I will happily post them for you!   This card used the SU heart embosslit.  Gotta love those embossers!

This card was soooo simple!  I used my one inch square punch with the Sending Love designer series paper and you have a clean and simple card, but still beautiful!  Disregard the date on that picture, my camera setting was incorrect.  Half the time I never even use it!

And last but not least:  (My photo taking is obviously better in the previous photos!  I learned a few things about taking the photos.  Sorry these are not as good.)

Hearts, hearts, everywhere!  And as you can see from the sentiment, "love you much" this can be used for more than Valentine's day!

Thanks for dropping by and looking.  If you would like to view these items and any others from "Stampin' Up!" please feel free to visit my website:



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the opening of "Stampin' Southern Style". I'd like to tell you a little about myself and how this blog came about.

I'm originally a Georgia girl.  I married a Marine Officer, my Darling Husband (DH) John, and we have  moved around the country for 22 years. Our last duty station was Washington DC (we arrived in 2004). He retired three years ago and we are still here. We actually live in Stafford, VA,  with our two dogs, Max and Maggie, and my DH commutes to work. So it seems this is where our roots are.  Six years is the longest I have ever been in one spot for quite awhile. 
I am no longer working, yay! Now I fill my days with stamping. I started a little over a year ago and have been addicted ever since. If I don't make at least one card a day, or do something in my craft room, I seem to go through withdrawals. Many of you know what I mean.

I have been soaking in the various stamping websites, bloggers, and the wonderful, creative, talented, and inspiring stampers.  To them I say, "THANK YOU!"

Soooo, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring. I just became an official Stampin' Up Demonstrator. Just consider me an apprentice, if you will.  I am sitting at the feet of the Masters,  and wish to learn as much as possible. 
My creations will be novice at first, but I hope as time goes by they will be much more than that.  This is my journey and this blog will be the journal of my progress.  I hope you follow along.

More to come.....

Blessings to you,

PS:  Photos of my children:

This is Max.  He is a Manchester Terrier and nine years old.

This is Maggie (whose nickname is Piglet!)  She is a Fox Terrier and also nine!

Thanks again!