Monday, February 22, 2010

Card to 12" Scrapbook Layout

Make & Take Projects

On Saturday, 2/20/10, I was a vendor at the Saving The Memories Crop.  Although I did have several of my Scrapbook Layouts, and some retired SU product available for purchase, my main 'job' at this event is share the fun of Stampin' Up!  Guest could come to my table for a FREE MAKE & TAKE card, shown below.

FYI - The Dazzling Diamonds on the flower & bird were my husband Micheal's idea!  He thought it needed a little 'bling'  Gotta Love That Man!!  Plus...he was right!!  The bling really completed the look.

Below is a second option that I had available as a Make & Take of both pages for just $3.

 Both projects were made using Apricot Appeal & Chocolate Chip card stock, Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel, Vintage Vogue stamp set, Extra Large Two-step Bird punch, & the Scallop Trim Corner & Border punches.

I love teaching new techniques and at this crop I have several 'regulars' who always come to my table and often bring projects from home to ask for some help.  One of the girls, Patty, brought her Watercolor Crayons for a quick tutorial between the make & takes.  You can't see her in the photo below, she's behind the camera, but that's the pile of stamps and stuff she brought to use with the crayons in the bottom right corner of the photo...Thanks Again Patty!

Yep, that's me in the blue shirt1  Behind me and the Make & Taker's you can see some of the other croppers.  This location has great lighting, clean bathrooms (all of it is beautifully kept up) and Diane & Kim make sure the food is always great!!   It's why I recommend to so many people.  You can email Diane Alberts if you want more information on the Crops they have coming up.  Her email is  Please tell her I sent you ~ maybe I'll get a discount on one of the next crops ~ OK, they already treat me pretty good, I guess that's more than enough, and it is a CHARITY CROP too!

Here's a few more photos of the croppers...yes, and other vendors too.

I'll be there in again in April with another FREE Make & Take project, a few cash & carry items.  If you know you are attending and will need extra adhesives, card stock, ink, etc . . . be sure to let me know so we can place an order to be delivered to you before then, or if it's just a small item you can send payment direct to me and I will order the products then deliver them at the crop!  Just be sure to give me two weeks so that the order arrives to me in time!

Can't Wait That Long?  Remember that I am having a
T.A.C.O. Crop on March 27th 
(Totally Awesome Crop Opportunity) 
1 pm - 9 PM   Just $5!
at The Stamp Sell-er
Email me today to sign up!

Hugs, Karie B.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

ABC Class Projects

Anything But Cards aka: ABC Class

I thought you'd like to see the February 17th class projects.  We made Tile Coasters.  Everyone had a wonderful time and found out how easy it is to make these fun projects.  A few people made them with stamped images but the ones shown below were made with one of the Definitely Decorative stencils.  They were a Big Hit ~ Thanks for the idea Jan Wakeland (my Stampin' Up! Upline) for teaching me this last summer at your house in PA! 

Tomorrow I will be at the Saving The Memories Crop (Madison Hgts, MI) teaching a fun Make & Take project with an optional 2-page Scrapbook layout project!  I will share that with you soon.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Karie B.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day Cards & Grandkids!

I woke up on Valentine's Day morning to find surprises from my sweetheart, Micheal, around the house.  Below is a card he made for me!  I don't know how he sneaks into the Stamp Sell-er without me knowing it and gets into all my stuff!  He 'doctors' everything he touches but the stamps he used are from a set that is not yet available (A little Sneak Peak).  The set is called  Elements of Style and will be out in the Summer Mini this May.

Obviously the stamps are actually a bit different from what you see here....he said he used the stamp box to make one a reverse image, did the huff technique, moved the head on the humming bird, and you can see he is a bit of an artist with all the swirls and the heart shape!  I love it!  You can't really tell but it's all on Pretty In Pink card stock which makes it even more soft and pretty!  I am so lucky to have him as my Valentine!

Here's a Punched Bunny card that I CASE'd from several different demonstrators, I have no clue who first came up with this idea but I had to try it.  This bunny will part of the next Thrill Me Thursday Class on March 25th!

My version uses the Scallop Oval punch (Item #114889) for the ears and feet, Large Oval punch (Item #107305) in center of those, then Scallop Circle punch (Item #109043) for face and body, 1 3/8" circle punch (Item #104401) in center. 1/8" circle for checks (Crop-a-dile Item #108362 the largest hole).  The background is random stamps of Happy Easter from the Well Scripted in the Occasions Mini pg. 19 available in wood or clear-mount.  Of course the card stock is Whisper White & Pretty In Pink....then of course the little fluffy tail is a 'pom' available at one of the big box craft stores.

Above are the fun treat boxes I made for our Granddaughters.  The stamps are from the Occasions Mini set "Love Bandit" and the Big Shot's Matchbox die....the paper is actually a retired set from Stampin' Up!

Below is a scrapbook page I created using My Digital Studio (Item # 118108).  You can see pictures of my oldest stepson's children, and a really funny picture of Michael 'fancied up' by Hailey...too funny!  It was next to impossible to get any really nice photos of the girls, they are much happier being silly. 

I hope you had as much LOVE in your life yesterday as Michael & I did with our little sweeties!
Hugs, Karie B.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Easter Card

Here's something I put together for my team's SWAP this month.
Hope You Like It!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Day!

It's finally looking like winter here in Michigan.  It's Beautiful!  Also a great reason to snuggle up with my stamps and's the best exercise to warm my muscles and make me smile!

I was shown a fun idea using the wing from the new Two-step Bird punch and turning it into a sunflower.  I punched up a version of my own....what do you think?

It is actually pretty simple, just takes a little time.  I punched out a bunch of just the 'wings'  from the Two-step Bird punch (item #117191 Occasions Mini) from a sheet out of the "Flock Together" DSP (Item #114018) then I dirtied them up a bit with a sponge, curled them for dimension before adding them to the circles.  The bottom row is adhered to a 1 3/4" circle with the 'wings-petals' on top of it.  Then another circle at 1 1/4" using 'wings-petals' cut from matching card stock (So Saffron).  This is adhered to the bottom layer with Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430).  The last row is the DSP again adhered behind the image that I stamped onto So Saffron cs with the same color ink then cut out.  That image, and the sentiment, is from the stamp set "Best Wishes & More" (Item #111602).  Of course it needed Dazzling Diamonds glitter (Item #102023).  The background is actually Whisper White (can't really tell in the photo) and the scallop mat from  Gable Green cs cut with the NEW and FUN punches, Scallop Trim Border (from the Sale-a-bration so it's FREE), and the matching Scallop Trim Corner in the Occasions mini (Item #116670).  I hope you like it!

Below shows just one quick sample idea for the new On Board Books from the Occasions mini (page 34).  I am just getting started on this book and just had to share this page with you!

The last one is a card from Stamp Of The Month a few months back.  Did you know that Stamp Of The Month has had a Price Drop?  From $35 to $25 per month!  WOW!  Ask me for details on this awesome club!

Enjoy the Snow Day if you are in Michigan, or any of the surrounding snow areas!
Hugs, Karie B.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Catching up....

I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out, but I finally fixed it!  I now have the website linking to this blog.  I am sure it would seem simple to some of you, but to me it was a real trail and error.  I am very happy that I was able to figure it out for myself and not have to pay someone to do it for me...although I admit I was about a week away from that!  I hope you will enjoy your visit, and come back often!
MARCH, 2010 
Here's a snippet photo of what you have to look forward to for next month's Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) Club.  For just $25 you will receive the With All My Heart stamp set (item #118623 *clear-mount), all the materials to complete the monthly projects (5 this month...but I am thinking of adding a 6th, I just can't help myself) and the free club meeting where you can use all my tools, inks, complete your projects.  PLUS FULL COLOR DIRECTIONS FOR ALL PROJECTS!  Email me before the 15th of February for reserve your kit! Shipping Not Included in club kit fee.

*Wood-mount version available for an additional $4.66  

On Saturday, January 30th, Open House
Guests were able to try some new Stampin' Up! products while creating two Make & Take projects.  Many purchased my retired stamp sets, and misc. retired products, but I have to say that the most popular item had to be the completed cards and card-front samples.    Below is a photo of what was left after the sale (Sorry, forgot to take before photos...oops!)
The front table had a few items on display, a place to look through the catalog and place orders, a file of my class, club options, and even a place for one of the M&T's (That table was busy!) the table in the back right of this photo has what's left of my retired stamps...not much!  If you missed this Open House, watch for future dates...I will do again!


 Above is a shot of some of the Occasions Mini stamp sets showing both options, clear-mount or wood mount.  Everyone loved the chance to try both options. 

You can see the from the photo on the below I had a competitors acrylic block available to try right next to one of Stampin' Up!'s blocks.  The competitor's is shallow and not as easy to hold on to.  SU's has the wonderful smooth ridges all the way around.  It's kind of hard to see, but when you attend a class or book your workshop I will be happy to show you the difference in person!

I will continue working on my blog and hope to have more and more updates on a weekly basis, if not more frequent.  Until next time...Hugs, Karie B.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Welcome Neighbor Challenge

My upline often sends us a challenge to keep us on our toes.  This week she asked that we do something with the addorable Welcome Neighbor DSP from the Sale-a-bration mini.  Here's two of my submissions to her.
This first one is made with ALL DSP, Card stock, & some stamps!
I admit, it's my favorite!  The card base is made with Old Olive cs, layered with 4: x 5.25" DSP.  The house is a bit tricky since I didn't measure it while I was making it....just sort of winged it.  I will give you the measurements of the DSP and then know that each piece is matted about 1/8" in Old Olive, then the whole 'house' is matted in Pretty In Pink.  Here's what I did.   * Main House 2.5" x 2.75"  * Roof 3" x 1.25" (at peak)  * Door 1" x 2"  * Window 7/8" square Chimney 1/2" by 1.5".  I matted the roof AFTER I cut the trim with the Pinking Hearts Boarder punch, then just cut it out by hand.  The ribbon is 5/8" grosgrain in Old Olive.

The Dear Father card is my 2nd submission for the Welcome Neighbor DSP challenge.  It's pretty simply, Pumpkin Pie CS, torn DSP, the image is matted in Old Olive...and the tree is from Lovely As A Tree (a long time favorite of many of my too!) I inked the tree with brown Stazon ink then colored the tree by using my blender pen and markers.

The Love You Much card is what I had as the Make & Take for my January Hostess Workshops.  Real Red cs, Whisper White CS trimmed with the Scallop Trim Boarder from the SAB mini & Corner & stamp are from the Occasions mini.  Red Gingham ribbon...and the heart, now that was the fun part.  It's cut free hand from the 12" Sticky Paper (IB&C) and then DSP cut into tiny pieces to create the 'mosaic' on top. Afterward the hole thing is covered in Silver embossing powder and ...well, embossed of course. The heart is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.  It was a big hit at all the workshops!  I learned this idea while attending the Stampin' Up! Regional event while in Phoenix, AZ.  I love being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  We get the greatest ideas!!!

Better Late......?

OK, so I am very behind on posting any samples.  But that is why I haven't 'officially' published this blog yet.  I don't want to disappoint anyone by doing so before I am organized and have all my links working properly.

BUT....Here's a sample of some things I have been playing with:

These two are using the Charming stamp set both were 
Stamp Of The Month projects.
Below are also from SOTM.  It's a great club! 
You should join too!

On Saturday we will be meeting to complete 
the projects for February!
This month we will be using the Vintage Vogue stamp set
from the Occasions Mini.

As soon as I can get my address to link to this site I am going to be better at posting things.  Since I am schedule for a blog tour coming up in March.....I better hurry huh?

Hugs, Karie B.