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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Up on the Rooftop

I just love this little owl - he has so many personalities.  Here he is dressed as Santa - Up on the Rooftop.  I got the idea from a fellow demonstrator's gift tag swap.  I don't know where she got the idea from so I can't give credit to the original creator, but here is my version:


Colors:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver
Stamp Sets:  Best Yet (retired)
Accessories:  Two-Step Owl Punch, Large Oval Punch, Boho Blossoms (top of hat), Tasteful Trim Bigz Die (snow), Dazzling Diamonds, Snow Paint from craft store.   The hat was created by hand and the chimney was created using a Martha Stewart Score Board.

Happy Holidays,
~ Maria

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Deck The Halls Christmas Tree

On December 4, my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Group, The Crazy Stamping Ladies,  finally had our big Secret Stamping Sister reveal so now I can post pictures of the gifts I made for MY secret sister, Lyn.  Here are pictures of her final gift for Christmas - Deck The Halls Christmas Tree:

Side 1:

Side 2:


Close Up:

 Close up of presents:
I bought the unfinished wood Christmas Tree at Michaels and decided to decoupage it using Stampin' Up's Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper.  After adhering the paper with Mod Podge and doing some heavy sanding and sponging, I put another layer of Mod Podge on top and then sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to give it a glistening effect.

Here are the rest of the supplies I used to make this fun holiday project:

Colors:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 
[STAR-TREE TOPPER] Silver Glass Glitter
[BOWS] 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon in Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla
[SNOWFLAKES] Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die, Vanilla snowflakes sponged with Early Espresso and spritzed with White Shimmer Paint
[BIRDS] Merry Details Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die, Cobbler birds sponged with Early Espresso and spritzed with White Shimmer Paint
[BUTTONS] Deck The Halls Big Designer Buttons, tied knots with Hemp Twine and 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon in Early Espresso
[PRESENTS] Matchbox Stampin' Up! Bigz Xl Die using Deck The Halls DSP and Seam Binding Ribbon
[SNOW] Purchased Snow Paint from Michaels and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds
[ADHESIVE] I glued the bows on with a hot glue gun and adhered the glass glitter to the star using Tombo Adhesive.  The snowflakes, birds and buttons were adhered with dimensionals and glue dots.

I hope you liked the project.  Happy Holidays to you and your families!

Thanks for stopping by,
~ Maria

Saturday, November 27, 2010

On The Green

Here's a card that I made for my boyfriend's birthday last week.  I thought the golfer went nicely with the argyle-patterned paper:


ColorsPear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamp SetsOn The Green
Accessories 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz, Build-a-Bear Workshop Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper, Movers and Shapers Die with 2" Circle

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving #7

Here's the next card in the Countdown to Thanksgiving series:


Colors: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon in Early Espresso, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Enjoy,
~ Maria

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving #6

Here's the next card in the Countdown to Thanksgiving series:

Colors: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Oval Scallop Frame Bigz Die, Linen Thread, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving #5

The next card in the Countdown to Thanksgiving series:


Colors: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Decorative Label Punch, 5/8-Inch Crochet Trim Victoria, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Monday, November 8, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving #4

Another card in the Countdown to Thanksgiving series:


Colors:  More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Enjoy,
~ Maria

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving #3

Here's the next card in the Countdown to Thanksgiving series:
Colors: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Stamp Sets Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Leaves #2 Originals Die, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, 3/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Monday, November 1, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving #2

Here's my second card in the Countdown to Thanksgiving series:


Colors: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Leaves #2 Originals Die, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Buttons 5 Sizzlits Die, Linen Thread, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Enjoy,
~ Maria

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and so many things to be thankful for, I thought it would be nice to showcase cards made with Thanksgiving/Fall in mind.  Over the next several weeks, I will be posting cards all made from the same color scheme using the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper as my inspiration.

Here's the first card in my Countdown to Thanksgiving:


Colors: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
StampsDay of Gratitude
Accessories: Autumn Spice DSP, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen, Natural Hemp Twine, 3/4 Inch Circle Punch, 1 Inch Circle Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you again soon.
~ Maria

Friday, October 15, 2010

BOO Sign

Here's another project that I made for Halloween:


ColorsBasic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White
AccessoriesRaven 1/2-inch Lace Trim, Serif Essentials Bigz Alphabet Die Set, 2-Step Owl Punch (ghost), Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Bitty Bat Punch, Stamping Sponges, Sizzix Album Cover & Pages Die, Chipboard

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stamp Till You Cramp Project Reveal

The Crazy Stamping Ladies held our semi-annual Stamp Till You Cramp customer event on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Boys and Girls Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Our participants enjoyed a fun-filled day with plenty of stamping, friends, fun and food.  In total, our participants made 6 projects (4 full projects and 2 mini classes). 

Here are pictures of the two mini classes:

Owl Treat Box

Colors: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Woodgrain background stamp
Accessories: 2-Step Owl Extra Large Punch, Build-A-Bear Workshop Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper, Sizzix Scallop #2 Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-way Glue Pen, Stamping Sponges



Wood Sheet Leaf Card

Colors:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
Stamp SetsTeeny Tiny Wishes
AccessoriesWood Sheets, Sizzix Leaves #2 Die, Cutter Kit (Distressing Tool)

Please use the links below to follow this blog hop to see all 6 projects.  Next Stop is Shadee Ladee's Blog:

http://shadeeladee.blogspot.com/
http://crazystampinglady.blogspot.com/
http://stampinking.blogspot.com/
http://simistamper.blogspot.com/
http://stampinista.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by,
~ Maria

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wicked Fun Graveyard

Here's another card that I made for Halloween using the 2-Step Owl Punch.  My inspiration came from Lynn Pratt's card which can be seen on her blog.


Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: 2-Step Owl Punch, Bitty Bat Punch, Wicked Fun Speciality Designer Series Paper, Decorative Label Punch, Sponge Daubers

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mummy Costume

Here's a little 3x3 card that I came up with for Halloween.  Isn't he cute?


ColorsCajun Craze, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories2-Step Owl Punch, Wicked Fun Speciality Designer Series Paper, White Cotton Thread

Enjoy,
~ Maria

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Night & Day Halloween Gift

Here's a gift that I made for my Secret Stampin' Sister last year for Halloween.  The wooden box was purchased from Michael's and then decorated with Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper - Night & Day (now retired).  The card was made to fit in the box and used the Paper Flocking technique to create "feathers" from paper.


Colors:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Yoyo Yellow
Stamp Sets:  Twick or Tweet
Accessories:  Modern Label Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8 Circle Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Black & White Gingham Ribbon (retired), Night & Day DSP, Black Acrylic Paint, Sizzix Fun Serif Alphabet




Happy Crafting,
~ Maria

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cards for Mary's Stamp Camp

The following card sets were created for a friend of mine, Mary, who held her very first Stamp Camp with her Women's Group in Sioux Falls, SD.  I helped her out by coming up with projects based on Stampin' Up!  products that she owned.  Here's what I came up with:

#1 - Birds and Butterflies Card Set:

Colors: Crumb Cake, Chococate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Inspired By Nature, Great Friend
Accessories: Linen Thread, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Beautiful Wings Stampin' Up! Embosslits Die, 1-3/4 Inch Circle Punch, Top Note Die, 2-Step Bird Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Stampin Dimensionals






#2 - Season of Friendship Card Set:

Colors: Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Season Of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Dotted Scallop Punch, 3/4 Inch Circle Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Modern Label Punch, Modern Label Movers & Shapers Die, White Gel Pen, Whisper White Craft Ink, Sponge Daubers, Stampin Dimensionals






#3 - Hawaiian Card Set:

Colors: Old Olive, So Saffron, Temping Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Tropical Party, On Your Birthday
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Stampin Write Markers in Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Island Floral Die, Lattice Die, Brads (Brights), Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die, Eyelet Border Punch, Large Flower Punch, Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin Dimensionals




Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wicked Cool Workshop

Here are the two projects that we are making at my Stampin' Up! Workshop this weekend:

Card #1 - Spooky:
ColorsRich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Stamp SetsWicked Cool
AccessoriesWicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper, Bitty Bat Punch, Designer Label Punch, 2-1/2 Inch Circle Punch, Cutter Kit (Distressing Tool), 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon in Razzleberry, Sponge Daubers


Card #2 Wicked:
Colors: Old Olive, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Wicked Cool
AccessoriesSpider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Raven 1/2 Inch Lace Trim, 1-3/4 Inch Circle Punch, 1/8 Handheld Punch, Sponge Daubers


Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stamp Till You Cramp Preview Blog Hop

It's right around the corner - the stamping event of the year and you won't want to miss it!!  Only a few weeks left till our Annual Fall Stamp Till You Cramp Event - Sweet Celebrations! which will be held on Saturday, October 9 in Thousand Oaks, CA.  So if you live anywhere in our area, you'll want to check it out and sign up TODAY!  The price goes up on September 26 - so be sure to register NOW!

You can see all the details of this event at http://stampinista.blogspot.com/2010/08/all-day-stamp-till-you-cramp-event.html.  Below is a Sneak Peek of my projects for the two Mini Classes:


But our projects won't be all you'll get - there will also be food, a candy buffet, decorations, doorprizes, raffle baskets, displays and a LOT of FUN!! 

To continue on this Blog Hop and see snippets of all of the projects we'll be making, you'll want to go to Crazy Stamping Lady's blog next - (I've listed all the sites on the Blog Hop below) -


BONUS purchase option for those of you out of our area or those who cannot attend due to other commitments - purchase all of the prepped supplies to make ALL four of our projects and BOTH of our mini classes for a total cost of $35 plus $5 S&H (checks for $40 payable to "PMB") - we will include everything to make the projects except the inks, stamps, adhesives and jar. You will also receive by email full color pictures of all of the projects, with a complete materials list and brief instructions and tips on make the projects. Order by October 13th and your project materials will ship out to you around Oct. 20. If you'd like to order this kit contact me today! NOTE: Watch for another Blog Hop after our event showing the full projects - so you can see exactly what you'll be getting to make!

I'm waiting to hear from you - just email or call me and we'll get you signed up for this great day of STAMPING!!

Thanks for stopping by,
~ Maria

DON'T MISS IT!!!


Get ready for the Crazy Stamping Ladies Blog Hop...
for a sneak peek at all the great projects we'll be making
at our October 9th Stamp Till You Cramp - "Sweet Celebrations"
Be sure to check back tomorrow and hop along with us!!
 ~ ~ ~

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Owl Anniversary

Here's a card that I made for my boyfriend, Alan, for our 19th anniversary. This card is 5x5 and fits nicely in our Medium Whisper White Square Envelopes:


Colors:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories:  Two-Step Owl Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch (branch), Scallop Square Stampin' Up! Clear Bigz Die, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Daubers, Dimensionals, DSP (retired)

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Greetings Earthling...

Here's a card that I made for my nephew's 3rd birthday. 


Colors:  Poppy Parade, Brilliant Blue (retired), Yoyo Yellow (retired), Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Greetings Earthling

Accessories: Blender pens, Backgrounds 1 Stampin' Up! Texturz Plates, Crystal Effects, and Sizzlits die (space ship)

Enjoy,
~ Maria

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ornament Punch Flower

Here's another project that we made at my last workshop.  This flower was CASED from my sideline demo, Sandy Merritt, who demonstrated this ornament flower technique at our July demonstrator meeting.  I modified the project slightly from Sandy's original to be a 4x4 card and to include some of our new colors.

ColorsSoft Suede, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride and Daffodil Delight.

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags stamp set

AccessoriesOrnament punch, Jewelry Tag punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 1-inch Circle punch, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Linen Thread

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Friday, August 13, 2010

All Day “Stamp Till You Cramp” Event

Click flyer for more details
When:  
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

Where: 
Boys and Girls Club of Thousand Oaks
1980 E. Avenida De Las Flores,
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  
Your day of stamping will include:
• Fabulous 3D and card projects
• Refreshing drinks, snacks and lunch
• Learn something NEW in a mini class
• Chance of winning several stamping give-aways!
• Special recruitment, purchase and hostessing incentives
• Special stamping bundle; profits will go to Boys & Girls Club of TO
• Your very own stamping goodie bag

Cost:
RSVP and pay by Sept. 25th - fee is $60 (RSVP with payment must be postmarked no later than September 25th to get the ‘earlybird’ pricing above).  Register after Sept. 25th and the cost of the event will go up to $75

Please contact me today to reserve your space!  Also, ask me about discounts for new attendees! 

Thanks,
~ Maria

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Poppy Delight

Here is a card that we will be making at my workshop next Friday.

Colors:  Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Stamps:  Awash With Flowers, A Word For You
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog is HERE!

Beginning today, July 1, 2010, you may begin ordering out of the beautiful new catalog. 

Click here to download the 31 MB PDF.

Enjoy,
~ Maria



Monday, June 28, 2010

Retired Allstar

Here's a Father's Day card that I came up with for my last workshop using retiring inks, papers and stamp sets.

Retiring Colors:  Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Only Orange and Close To Cocoa. 
Retiring Stamp Sets:   Just Baseball, Just Basketball, Just Football and Sporting.
Other:  Wonderful Favorites stamp set, 1-3/8 Circle punch, and Key Tag punch (previously retired)


Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lovely Flowers - Part II

Here's another card that was inspired from the Level 3 Hostess gift - Lovely Flowers Bundle.  This card was part of our Crazy Stamping Ladies June Card Challenge.  The challenge was to make a 3-D Flower card using any colors and embellishments.

Colors include: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry and Old Olive.

Accessories:
- Scallop Circle Bigz Die
- Birds & Blooms Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die 4-Pack
- Little Leaves Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die
- Circle Rhinestone Brads
- Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
- Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz


Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Island Floral Birthday

Here's one of the projects that we made at a recent workshop.  This card features many items from the Summer Mini Catalog


Summer Mini Items include:
- Island Floral Stampin' Up! Bigz Die
- Island Oasis Designer Series Paper
- Tropical Party Stamp set
- Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
- Vanilla Smooch Spritz

Other Items include:
- Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons
- On Your Birthday Stamp set
- Scallop Oval Punch
- Large Oval Punch

Colors:  Real Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie.

Thanks for looking,
~ Maria

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lovely Flowers Mother's Day

Here's the Mother's Day card that I made for my mom this year.  She loves flowers and birds so I thought this was the perfect card for her. 

The idea for this color scheme came from the Level 3 Hostess gift - Lovely Flowers Bundle and features the colors Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry and Old Olive. 

The flower was created using Birds & Blooms Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die 4-Pack.  I sponged the edges of the flower, curled up the edges, spritzed it with the new Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz and then layered it together with Stampin Dimensionals between each layer.  I also included an Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad (in purple) for the center. 


Other accessories include:
 - 2 Step Bird Punch
 - Little Leaves Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die
 - Scallop Square Stampin' Up! Clear Bigz Die
 - Elegant Bouquet Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Die
 - Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen
 - 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon - Rich Razzleberry
 - Well Scripted stamp set (now retired)

Here's a couple other cards that I made using the same color scheme:



Thanks for looking,
~ Maria