Here is my last card for the month! I have given you 31 cards/scrapbook pages using NEW Stampin Up items this month! Have you loved it??!!

This last card is so cute! We used the Stregth & Hope Stamp Set. See the images in the set below...

Strength & Hope (Wood Mount #118100 $17.95, Clear Mount #123660 $13.95, page 27 of the mini). There is also a digital download available (#124475, $9.95), it includes the 4 images in the stamp set, 12 Designer papers and 10 embellishments. Awesome!!!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Stregth & Hope, Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Whisper White, Ink Colors: Melon Mambo and Basic Black, Ribbon: 5/8" Basic Black Satin, Tools: Curly Label Punch, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and Perfect Polka Dots emobossing folder, Embellishment: Jewels-Basic Rhonestone.

5/30 - Flower Garden

Ok...I'm a day late on this post. Yesterday was a busy day and we left our house early then got back really late! So here is your card for Monday.

This card was made using two Textured Embossing Folders: Square Lattice and the new Flower Garden (#123113, $7.95, page 24 of the mini). We rubbed a little Pretty in Pink ink over the embossed image and I love how it just pops on this monochromatic card!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set: Don't remember the name of this one, Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink, Ink: Pretty in Pink, Ribbon: Generic, Tools: Square Lattice Embossing folder, Flower Garden Embossing folder and 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch.


Scrap That Baby - Baby's Day Out

I ran across this challenge online and thought it would be a great one for our zoo pictures from our first visit this season. Scrap That Baby is to showcase layouts of children 4 and under.

We decided to become friends of the zoo this summer so that we can do whenever we want to have some fun and see some animals! We've been twice so far this season and we plan to go again on Tuesday! WOO HOO!

Most of the items that are on this page are from Sassafrass. I just love their bold colors and funky style for layouts about little kids!

Their chipboard animal alphabet was perfect for this layout!

See that ribbon??? I got it from The Ribbon Jar. It's an online ribbon store and it has got some CUTE stuff!!

I love recording the details of our little outings as mother and daughter. Brooke's favorite animal was the polar bear today. She loved to just watch him swim back and forth.

One of my favorite things about this side of the layout are these Sassafrass cards. So cute and perfect for the zoo!

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Comtempo Alphabet (SU), Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise (SU), DSP (Sassafrass), Stickers and Embellishments (Sassafrass), Ribbon (The Ribbon Jar)

5/29 - Memorial Weekend

Here's another card sample using the Land of the Free stamp set...

#123100, $8.95, Wood Mount Only, page 18 of the mini.

This card was made at the demo swap I was a part of at the beginning of the month. It's a great grungy card showcasing this stamp set on the stripes of an American flag. Hope you all are having a great Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

Don't forget to check complete your card for the Color Dare this week! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set: Land of the Free, Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla, Ink: Chocolate Chip, Embellishment: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Other: Platinum Shimmer Paint.


5/28 - Land of the Free

Here's another new card for you today! This card uses the new stamp set, Land of the Free (#123100, $8.95, Wood Mount only, page 18 of the mini). This set is just SO CUTE!!!

I love how simple this card is but still shows off the Red, White and Blue and the new stamp set!!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set: Land of the Free, Cardstock: Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White, Ink: Real Red and Night of Navy, Tools: Square Lattice Embossing Folder.


5/27 - Sail Away Again

I was spoiled by my mom today! See, with my last pregnancy, I was very pregnant in the winter and my daughter was born in February. With this little guy, I will be very pregnant in the summer and needed some shorts and capris! So my Momma took me shopping today! So much fun!

She spoiled me and bought me 4 pairs of shorts, 2 capris and one tank top! I am so blessed to have a great Momma!!

Then, since we were in the area, we had to make a stop by Archiver's. So I spoiled myself with a few little treats! YAY! Can't wait to make a SMASH book of our summer!! I think I will start it with this weekend and continue through August when little Noah is born!

After that my mom treated all of us girls to lunch...yep Brooke (my daughter) and Erica (my sister), got to come too! So much fun! Thanks for a great day MOM!

Anyway, here is another card using the Sail Away stamp from the new Summer Mini (#123013, $9.95, Wood Mount only, page 11 of the mini). Don't you just love all of the texture on this card: Weathered Background Stamp (retired), Square Lattice Embossing Folder and sponging of ink!

Supplies Used (All SU)
Stamp Set: Sail Away and Weathered background (retired), Cardstock: Early Expresso, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White and Crumb Cake, Ink: Early Espresso and Not Quite Navy, Tools: Two Tags Sizzix Die, Sponge, Square Lattice Embossing Folder and Corner Rounder Punch, Embellishments: Early Espresso Baker's Twine and Whisper White Baker's Twine.

5/26 - May Club Layout

Playing catch up again! Hoping I can finish the month our strong and on time over the next few days! There are just 4 more days left in this month and I can't wait to show you the last samples I have from the summer mini!

This is the club layout that we made for May! My pictures are all from Mother's Day 2011! We used the In Colors this time around...I love them!!!

The DSP came from the In Color 6x6 hostess stack that you can get if you have a $150 workshop! WOO HOO! And that cute heart came from the Hearts & Brackets Original Die by Stampin Up!

After I created this page, I was sure to send an email to my club members to help mentally prepare them for the cutting that was going to be involved! I cut out 9 flowers from the Proud Peacock stamp set! They just look so cute cut out and popped up on dimensionals!!

My hostess this month wanted to do some embossing and use the new Baker's Twine on her layout. So we embossed the flower image from the Proud Peacock stamp set using Clear Embossing Powder and then we used the Early Espresso Baker's Twine to tie all of the flower bundles together with a bow!

Supplies Used (All SU)...

Stamp Set: Proud Peacock, Cardstock: Pear Pizazz, Concord Crush, Whisper White and Blushing Bride, DSP: 6x6 In Color Hostess stack, Ribbon: 1/2" Stitched-Poly in Concord Crush, Embellishments: Glimmer Brad, Concord Crush button and Early Espresso Baker's Twine.


5/24 - Lisa Martz Teacup Card

I saw this card on a blog last night and I just LOVED it! I think it's mostly because it uses 2 of my favorite things from the new Summer Mini!!

This card is by Lisa Martz. View her blog here. And see more details on this card here.

Pretty Postage Stamp Set (Wood Mount #123095 $11.95, Clear Mount #123097 $8.95, page 11 of the mini catalog). I love how she used her markers to colors the "thanks" image in 3 different colors!

Postage Stamp Punch (#122344, $15.95, page 10 of the mini). This punch is one of my new favorites! I have so many ideas on ways to use it for cards and layouts!

Supply list is located on her blog.

5/23 - Mary Fish's Best Dad Ever Card

Ok, ok, ok...I missed a few days of showing you a new card with NEW SU Merchandise for every day of the month of May. So I'm posting for 5/23, 5/24 and TODAY, right now!

I ran across this card on splitcoast last night and I just had to share it with you all! I know I will be CASEing it soon...how about you?!!

I've never come across Mary's blog before but I'm so glad I did! Her stuff is SO CUTE! Check out this post for the details of this GREAT card!


Care Dare #102

Sorry this post is later than normal everyone! See, I live in Kansas and it's the height of tornado season and it's been a crazy few days around here! I was going to post this morning but as soon as we got home from a few errands, the sirens were going off and we had to take cover.

Anyway, the excitement is over for the moment SO...here's my card for this week's Color Dare challenge!

The colors this week are: Concord Crush, So Saffron and a Neutral of your choice. I didn't think I would like this color combo but I think it's one of my favorites now! Check out my card:

I created this card for my Mom's birthday. We had a little celebration over the weekend. Hope you had a great celebration mom!

One of my favorites parts of this card is the little flower buttons that I put on top of the Concord Crush buttons. And of course the great Baker's Twine that I used to lace the buttons with!

The "Great Friend" Stampin Up stamp set is still one of my favorites! I just love that butterfly and I love the font that is in it as well! I stamped the butterfly in Concord Crush ink on Whisper White cardstock and the added a little glitter to the white parts. Can you see it?

Well I hope you all will play along with us this week! Please submit your creations to the Color Dare website before Tuesday of next week!

Forgot to mention too that I got this sketch from Clean & Simple's sketch #141! Check it out here!

Supplies Used...

Stamp Set: Great Friend (SU), Cardstock: Crumb Cake and Whisper White (SU), DSP: 6x6" In Color stack in the hostess section (SU), Embellishments: Buttons (SU), Early Espresso Baker's Twine (SU) and So Saffron edged circle diecut (Unknown)


5/22 - Another Open Sea

This card also uses the new stamp set "The Open Sea". You can see the images in my last post!

I love the design of this card! And the color combo is perfect for the nautical theme too!

Supplies Used (All SU)...

Stamp Set: The Open Sea, Cardstock: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White, DSP: Nautical Expedition, Punches: 1-3/8" Circle and 1-1/4" Circle, Embellishments: Silver Brads and Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.


5/21 - The Open Sea

Can you believe all of these great samples that I'm showing you from the new Summer Mini?!! I love that there are SO MANY!

Here's another sample made mostly with the new stamp set: The Open Sea. Images and details below...

The Open Sea (Wood Mount #123030 $26.95, Clear Mount #123032, page 9 of the mini).

You will also see the new DSP: Nautical Expedition on this card. Details can be found on this post!

And of course that new Early Espresso Baker's Twine that I keep talking about! I just love that stuff!

Supplies Used (all SU)...

Stamp Sets: The Open Sea and Best Dad Ever, Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake, DSP: Nautical Expedition, Ink Color: Early Espresso, Embellishments: Crumb Cake brad and Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Punches Used: Decorative Label, 1-3/8" Circle and 1-1/4" Circle, Big Shot Dies: Top Note and Lots of Tags Sizzlits.

5/20 - April Club Layout

Last month for club, my hostess wanted to try out Embedded Embossing. I had just started seeing it aroun the blog world so I had some research to do. But I learned more about it and came up with this cute layout for my club members to complete.

My pictures on it are all from New Year's Eve last year. We have a party at our house every year and this year did not disappoint!!

The Embedded Embossing technique was used on 3 squares on the right side of the layout. This first one was made using a 3"x3" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, using the Hearts & Brackets die to cut out the cute heart, and then after gluing those pieces together I used the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder to give it the pattern. After that was all done, I added the pearls.

This square was created using the new Triple Layer Punch: Blossom Bouquet (#122464, $23.95, page 6 of the mini). Then I used the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to add the texture. After all of that was done, we sponged a little white ink over the top of the tops to help them stand out a little more.

And this last square was created using DSP from the Brights DSP Stack. We punched the circle with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. Then we used the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder to give it the texture.

This was a fun technique and I hope you like the new punch that is featured on this page!!!


Triple Challenge

I got a little creative today and combined three different challenges:

Paper Pal Arts gave a great sketch.

And Wee Memories challenged everyone to use stickers or rub-ons this week.

And here's the card I came up with!

I am loving tickets lately and you can see my signature buttons on this card as well! I used a hodge-podge of stickers from an old Stampin Up Simply Scrappin Kit! I love how this turned out. Not sure who I'm going to send it to yet, but won't they be lucky to receive it???!!!

And see what is laced through the buttons holes? That is Stampin Up's new Early Espresso Baker's Twine (#123124, $2.95 for 25 yards, page 10 of the mini)!!

Supplies Used...
Cardstock: Sahara Sand and Early Espresso (SU), Embellishments: Stickers (SU and one random red one), Buttons (SU), Baker's Twine (SU) and Tickets (Unknown)


Mashup #6 and CAS #2 - Best Dad Ever!

This afternoon I have a card for you all that was inspired by two challenges and a NEW stamp set from the Summer Mini that I've been dying to use!! So here goes...

The first challenge was for Friday Mashup. They wanted to see Masculine Monochromatic cards this week for Challenge #6.

The second challenge was for CAS-ual Fridays. They wanted us to use buttons and twine this week for Challenge #2. I'm a button-aholic so I jumped on this challenge!!

Besides the challenges and the NEW stamp set that inspired me this week, I have to say that my hubby's new shirt and tie combo also helped me with this challenge! Don't you just love that green???

So here's my card!

I finally used my Best Dad Ever Stamp Set! When my hubby saw this card he pointed to the tie all the way at the right and said, "Hey, there's my tie!" Ha ha!

New Stamp Set: Best Dad Ever (Wood Mount #120399 $18.95, Clear Mount #120681 $14.95, page 13 of the mini).

Supplies Used (All SU)
Stamp Set: Best Dad Ever, Cardstock: Garden Green, Whisper White and Sahara Sand, Ink Colors: Garden Green, Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke, Embellishments: Pear Pizazz button and Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta ribbon

Sketchy Thursdays 5.12 - Kids at Play

Remember this post when I told you I won an Echo Park kit of my choice for this layout?? Well I got it in the mail rather quickly and I decided to play with it for this Sketchy Thursday challenge!

Here is my layout. We spent the day having lunch and playing with some friends a few weeks ago and I took some cute pictures so I had to scrap them!

Cardstock is Stampin Up's Daffodil Delight. Stickers and DSP are by Echo Park. Baker's Twine, button, and ribbon is from Stampin Up!

Journaling Reads: "Today we had lunchand played with our good friends, the Cowdens. Own, Miller, and Isabelle are so much fun. And their Mommy, Natasha, is a good friend of mine. FUN!!"

I just love that banner!!!

And I love that Stampin Up's Brights Collection coordinates so well with this Echo Park Kit! The kit I got is called Playground! LOVE IT!

I thought this "Kids at play" sticker was very appropriate for this layout!

Hope you enjoyed this layout. I might even be back today with another creation! Who knows??

CD101 - Hello Blossoms

I love being a part of the Color Dare Design Team! It's so much fun to be challenged with new color combos every week! This week the color combo is #101: Regal Rose, Old Olive and Early Espresso. And here is the card I created...

Last week I showed you card that I made for my MIL for Mother's Day and today I'm showing you the card that I made for my Mom! Hope you enjoy it!

I started this card like I do a lot of cards, with a Crumb Cake cardstock base! It's one of my favorite colors. I need to get back to my Make it with Crumb Cake Mondays. I will try to do that this week!

The DSP from this card is from the Brights Collection Patterns DSP Stack. This stack of paper has lasted me a LONG TIME! I love that it was only a $19.95 investment! The Rose Red cardstock was punched with the Scallop Border Punch (I think I prefer this color better than Regal Rose...I totally spaced it when creating this card and used the wrong color. Sorry!).

I love ribbon! And I especially love Stampin Up ribbon because it matches our colors perfectly! This card uses the Early Espresso 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I simply tied it in a bow!

Then I stamped the Hello Blossoms image (NEW IN THE SUMMER MINI: #123102, $7.95, page 7 of the mini) on Whisper White cardstock using Rose Red and Old Olive inks. I matted that piece of cardstock with a little Early Espresso. Then I used 5 Clear Rhinestone Brads, one for the center of each flower!

I love how this card turned out and I hope you do too! If you would like to play along with us, just link up your card creation by next Monday!

Supplies Used (All SU)
Stamp Set: Hello Blossom, Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Rose Red and Early Espresso, DSP: Brights Collection Stack, Ink Colors: Old Olive and Rose Red, Ribbon: 3/8" Taffeta in Early Espresso, Embellishments: Clear Rhinestone Brads


5/17 - Sail Away

Here is my sample for today, using the new Sail Away stamp from the Summer Mini Catalog.

This card was easily created with a little masking (the sun), watercoloring, and spritzing of ink! It does look manly, doesn't it?!
New Stamp Set: Sail Away (Single Stamp, #123013, $9.95 USD, Available in wood mount only, page 11 of the mini).

Supplies Used (All SU)
Stamp Sets: Sail Away and Best Dad Ever (sentiment), Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist, Ink Colors: Stazon Jet Black, Early Expresso, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist, Tools: Sponge for masking, Color Spritzer Tool and Aqua Painter to watercolor, Embellishment: Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine


5/16 - Flip Flop Fun

If you know me, you know I LOVE flip flops! I was so happy to see this stamp in action at the demo swap I did a few weeks ago!

This is a cute little treat holder! I love the summer-y color combo: Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango! LOVE IT!

New Stamp Set: Sunny Fun (Wood Mount #123040 $19.95, Clear Mount #123042 $14.95, page 16 in the mini).

The flip flop image was embossed on this little treat holder with Stampin Up's new Melon Mambo Embossing Powder (#123223, $4.75, page 23 of the mini). I think I might need to get some of that!!

The treat holder was held together by a little velcro. I love this idea!

Supplies Used (All SU, except the baggie)

Stamp Set: Sunny Fun, Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango, Ink Colors: Versamark and Melon Mambo, Tools: Floral Fusion Sizzlit Die and 1/2" Circle Punch, Embellishments: Jewels - Basic Rhinestone and 1/4" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon