Thursday, September 25, 2014

GulfcoastStamper Has Moved!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peacock or Partridge?

As a Stampin’ Up!  Demonstrator I get the privilege of pre-ordering from the upcoming catalogs before the rest of you even get to see it.  (and at a discount no less!) My new box of awesome Halloween and Christmas goodies showed up on my doorstep late last week and do you know what I did all weekend?  You would think I couldn’t wait to break out all my new toys, right?  Wrong.  I just can’t seem to get enough of this stinkin’ peacock!
I have had the idea rolling around in my head of turning my Perfect Peacock into a Christmas Partridge (minus the pear tree) for weeks.  I finally had to get it out of my head and onto paper before it rattled around in there any longer. 
Isn’t he beautiful? (if I do say so myself!)  I heat embossed him in Gold on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock (that had been pre-cut with my Silhouette).  Then I broke out my Blendabilities in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler .  For  the pinkish centers in the picture above I used the light marker from the Cherry Cobbler Blendability set and went over it with the light Old Olive Blendability marker to dull the red a little.  For the gold centers in the picture below, I use our Gold Stampin’ Dazzle marker. 
Which one do you like best?  I still can't decide. 
He was finished off with some Crystal effects on the flowers, a 5/8” Gold Satin Ribbon bow and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Peace on Earth sentiment is from the holiday carryover set Greetings of the Season which will be retiring with the new Holiday Catalog release at the end of this month. 
Please let me know what you think and leave me a comment with which one you like best!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Peacock Lantern

A few weeks ago I held a class featuring the Perfect Peacock Stamp set from Stampin' Up!  I shared the first two projects from that class HERE and HERE.  The following is the third and final project which was created with a little help from my Silhouette:
I found the lantern pattern in the Silhouette store but it was much smaller (too small for my peacock) and it had a star cut out where my peacock is now.  Since the pattern was sized to fit one piece of 12x12 paper, I had to use my cut tool to break the pattern into two pieces and enlarge it enough to fit my peacock.  I imported a scanned image of my stamped peacock and used the trace feature on my Silhouette to get my cut out sized just right to fit my image. The Perfect Peacock image was stamped on Stampin' Up!'s vellum card stock, colored with my Blendability markers and adhered to the inside of my lantern matching the outline. 

He does not photograph that well and he is so much prettier in person but please let me know what you think of him!
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In addition to the weekly deals this week Stampin' Up! has released a new photopolymer stamp set...can you see where the Yee-Haw comes from?
How cute is this?  And, it's a very large set....25 stamps! 
Click HERE for all the details!

Weekly Deals - August 12th - August 18th
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mojo Monday meets Project Life

I'm sure you have heard by now that Stampin' Up! as teamed up with Becky Higgins to create an exclusive line of Project Life products that are available to you now.  Project Life was created to simplify scrapbooking...still giving your pages that personal, "crafty" touch while not requiring a ton of tools, supplies and more importantly, time, to get it done. 
The main concept with Project Life is that there are Pocket Pages that you can just slide your pictures into along with Pocket Cards to add journaling and personal touches.  BUT, did you know Pocket Cards aren't just for scrapbooking? 
When I saw this weeks Mojo Monday sketch I immediately thought of my Everyday Adventure Pocket Cards from Stampin' Up!  Two coordinating cards, a little card stock and a little ribbon and I was good to go.  Quick and easy-peasy. 
I love the bright colors of Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry together.  Did you notice that my two-toned heart on the front matches the hearts on the Pocket Card?  (I think you will agree that was very clever of me!)  
I think these colors would brighten anyone's day!  Although not an exact match to the sketch, here is the Mojo Monday Sketch that inspired my card: 
Why don't you play along?  I would love to se what you come up with!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

A Baby Weekend

Happy Monday! 
My stampin' space has been sorely neglected the last few weeks while I have been working on a baby shower gift for my good friend Lynn's daughter Jennifer.  The baby shower was on Saturday and I am happy to say that I made it on time (due to a few marathon nights of crocheting last week!) This is what I have been working on:
I even managed to get some Stampin' Up! product in there!  The ribbon on the corners is our new satin ribbon in Very Vanilla. The shower was a Pooh theme and I just have to share the adorable favors that Lynn made for all of us to take home:

How cute are these little bee hives?  They were filled with exotic teas and a spoonful of honey. 
I did manage to get a little stampin' in early Saturday morning when I realized that I still hadn't made a card to go with my gift. Jennifer still does not know what the sex of the baby is and we were supposed to dress for the shower in either pink or blue to cast our votes.  I stuck with that theme when creating my card:

Yep, I'm going with a boy!  I used a sketch from last weeks Paper Players challenge. Of course I did not get my card done in time to participate in the challenge but I love the way it turned out just the same.  Now that crunch time is over and I can retire my crochet hook for a little while I will be back to stampin' up a storm this week!  Please check in again and thanks for stoppin' by!