Thursday, June 16, 2011

Father's Day and Sympathy

I have been slacking lately with my blog posts and I will be gone all next week for my son's baseball tournament in Orlando so this might be my last post for a while. 

I was really pleased with the blog hop I was in this past weekend.  I received a ton of comments and added a few new followers.  If you didn't get a chance to check it out just go to the previous blog post to get started.....
Father's Day is this weekend and I wanted to make sure I got a card off to my dad so he gets it on time.  The mail from Georgia to Ohio tends to be a little slow.  I had seen this card design and really liked the way it looked.  I used the Botanical Garden DSP....I like how punching a circle out with the 2 1/2" circle punch gives a little depth to the card.  I love using the new blossom bouquet triple layer punch....I used the 3rd level of the punch and cut the flower images in half to make the border.  The circles adorning the big circle are made with the 1 inch circle punch.  A little seam binding ribbon and antique brad tops off the card.  I hope he likes it.....

This next card was made for a friend of mine whose father just passed away.  I don't think to make alot of sympathy cards but I really like how it turned out.  The flower garden impressions embossing folder is the focal point of this card.  I then sponged the raised flower image with bashful blue ink to make the image stand out more.  I stamped pocket silhouettes two times...once in bashful blue ink and another with basic gray ink.  I bordered the silhouettes with bashful blue circles. I need to use this stamp set more often....   

Monday, June 13, 2011

More Bargello Cards and Blog Candy Winner!!!!

I had some more strips of the new flirtatious specialty DSP that I wanted to use up with the bargello technique.....this picture don't do the colors justice.....this paper will be available July 1st.  I am also loving the lace ribbon border (available July 1st)......If you did not see the blog hop over the weekend just check the previous post on my blog and check out all the wonderful cards and projects that SU! demonstrators created over the weekend.  If you go onto the UStamp blog site, you will see all the project ideas given for FREE!!!!  How awesome is that!!!!

I also want to announce the winner of the blog candy that we are giving away from the Blog Hop......Tui Nathan!!!!!  She is from Australia and she will receive a FREE PASS to UStamp's I (heart) the Holidays!!!!  Congrats Tui!!!!!!

From now until the unveiling of the new catalog.....July 1st....I will be giving away blog candy every leave a comment if you would love a chance to win!!!!  Good Luck!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! World Showcase Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! World Showcase Blog Hop.
If you have been following the Blog Hop from the beginning, you have just been wowed by Erica's Summer Fun Party Favor!!!  What a great idea to create a gift box for suntan lotion....I love it!!!!

If you are just joining the Blog Hop, no problem as you can start at any point. All the Designer's Blogs are linked together so you will be able to see ALL the super projects we have for you.

For my project a wanted to showcase a technique I have seen on other blogs and I had to try it.  It's call the bargello technique. 
If you are like me, I collect lots and lots scraps for DSP (designer series paper).  This technique is a great way to get rid of those many strips and create a great design to have your friends and customers wanting to learn how to do this technique.  When I first saw these cards, I thought this was a really complicated technique but in reality it is soooooooo simple!!!!!  I could make these cards all day long.
I am featuring the new designer series paper called "Flirtatious Specialty".  I just love the colors and the designs in this series......melon mambo, pretty in pink, daffodil delight, whisper white and one of the new in colors.....WISTERIA WONDER!!!!! 
The melon mambo medallion piece is from the specialty paper.  It is a lasered piece that you can cut apart to use as doilies or keep it together as a layer piece.  Starting July 1st you can start purchasing the new products when the catalog goes LIVE!  Check back for more details or go onto my stampin' up website to place your order.
As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!! Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a FREE PASS to the next UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! session - I ♥ the Holidays!! I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Monday, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient. If you have already joined I ♥ the Holidays!! for the Special Party Pricing and you are selected as the winner, you will get a FREE Pass to the NEXT event after I ♥ the Holidays!! which will launch in the Fall.

AND now for the really cool part!! You will NOT want to miss out in THIS!!
By clicking this really cute blinkie...yeah...go ahead and click it!!...
you will be taken to
Of course it's ***FREE*** to join and there you will find the tutorials for all the blog hop projects,
PLUS live chats, challenges and more prizes!!
You will even have an opportunity to be considered for a spot as a Guest Designer!!
Yes!! It is all FREE, so tell all your friends and join the fun with UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!

AND last but certainly not least, please hop on over to NEXT BLOG where you will find Kirsten's project to show you.
Thanks again for stopping by!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Coming Soon!!!!

Starting tomorrow, Friday, June 10th UStamp with Dawn and Friends will host its first ever blog hop!!!!!  As you know I have been designing for UStamp for a few months and I was so excited when I was asked again to design for the blog hop!!!!  I have seen alot of blog hops and I love seeing all the ideas.  The best part about THIS blog is that you will have access to the designers' PDFs.  What that means is that you will be able to download the instructions on how each designer made their card or project right away.  Please check back tomorrow to see all the excitement....

Friday, June 3, 2011

UStamp Blog Hop

 I am so excited to announce the new UStamp with Dawn and Friends first ever blog hop!!!  It will start June 10th and the best's FREE!!!!!!!  If you have are or have been a member of UStamp, you know how wonderful the designers and ideas are...well, this go around you will be privvy to all the designers and ideas at no cost to you!!!!!  I am so excited to be a part of this blog hop.  Each designer will have a pdf tutorial for their card/project.  So make sure that you are ready to begin hopping on June 10th!!!!  I already have my project in mind and it will be featuring sneak peek products from the new IBC available July 1st. 

Tomorrow I will be picking the lucky winner for the first ever BLOG CANDY give away!!!!  I'm so excited to be doing this....please leave a comment under yesterday's blog post and let me know what you think about my card using the bargello technique....good luck!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bargello Technique and BLOG CANDY!!!!!!!

I have been wanting to try this technique for a's called the bargello technique.  It is a great technique to use when you have scraps of DSP (designer series paper) around.  The DSP I used for this card is springtime vintage.  The paper is no longer available for purchase but I just can't part with it.  I love the colors and designs.  Just by cutting strips of the DSP and lining them up next to one another in a pattern really makes for a great new design. 
You will want at least 3 strips of each pattern about 3/4" width and 6" long. 

The directions can be found at the Splitcoaststampers website.

To make the label, cut 2 of the label punch and cut one horizontally and the other vertically and border the stamped label.

Now for the blog candy.....this is my first time giving away FREE product!!!!  I will be giving away 2 hostess stamp sets from the catalog....something to celebrate and silhouette sentiments.  I am also giving away a spool of 1 1/4" striped grosgrain pumpkin pie ribbon.   Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think about this technique.  I will be randomly picking the winner on Saturday, June 4th. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Playing with Triple Layer Punch

I decided I wanted to play around with the new triple layer punch offered in the summer mini....I'm really having fun with it.  There is so much you can do with it.  I decided to use some springtime vintage DSP to layer onto rose red cardstock on the butterfly card.  The butterfly comes from the strength and hope stamp set....I just love the lines of the butterfly.  I stamped the butterfly in baja breeze and sponged the edges with rose red.  After layering the flowers I added a pearl to the center of each flower.  The baja breeze cardstock is accented with the scallop border punch. 
With this card I wanted to intertwine the flower edges together.  I just cut a slit in each flower and looped them within one another. I stamped the background with the strength and hope stamp set in versamark.  To accent the card I added some vintage florets.  I really liked how the cards turned out and can't wait to continue making more cards and projects using the triple layer flower punch.

Today, SU came out with the discontinued products....check out the website or click on the "discontinued sets" widget on the right side of my blog.  Have a great day!!!!!