Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!!!

The winner for the Roll of Satin Ribbon is...

Bea Lincoln


Thank you, everyone, for visiting my blog!! I so appreciate your kind thoughts and input!!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Stamp-A-Stack Cards

These are the cards we made for our Thank You Card Stamp-A-Stack. I changed one of them to use as a Sympathy card, as I had a dear friend lose a relative this week. I have alternate greetings available for the girls who request it so that they can customize the cards they make to suit their needs. We had a great time crafting! Hope those of you who were thinking about will join us next time:)

When the envelopes have that special bit of attention, it really makes the card more elegant! This envelope is lined with the same Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper that we punched with the Scallop Square Punch. We used Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Brocade Blue Card Stock. The filligree brad is just the right touch to add interest but not make it too busy. I CASED this simple layout from SCS (can't remember who) and will definitely find it handy for many different occasions.

This card was actually my favorite! Black and Red are such a striking combination. Those of you that stamp with me have probably noticed that I seem to find Baroque Motifs Stamp Set to be the perfect accent for many of my projects. I used the little flower to add variety to the black piece of cardstock. Though it does not show up in the picture, we added them with Basic Black ink to give it a faint background.

This next card, is the one I changed to a Sympathy card. So quick and easy with the top note die! I am always looking for fancy ways to snazz up the inside of a card using dark color base card stock. The white top note gives me an easy to decorate writing area that is quite distinct!

This last card is a 4x4" card made with Fresh Cuts Notes. Everyone enjoyed working with this easy, pre-scored notecard and matching envelope. The colors used are Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral. These are fast and fun to make when we used the Fresh Cuts Stamp Set. The five petal flower punch and boho blossoms punch.

Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cardstock Share UPDATE- We need your help to close out this share!


Here's a little update as to how much is still available and where everybody's at for this share.

As of now, this is the amount of each color that we have remaining- See this post for the all the freebies you get by helping Wendy and I with this share :)

Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy have all sold out.

Creamy Caramel has 4 left
More Mustard has 3 left
Really Rust has 4 left
Cameo Coral has 3 left
Garden Green has 1 left

Thanks for visiting:)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Last Friday Night Stampin' Event at Grace Church

We had a little group last Friday but it was sure a lot of fun! These are 2 things I brought for us to make:)

This first card is actually more like a shadow-box that can mail like a card. How neat is that! I made it for one special friend who has a birthday this month:) Hope she likes it!

I wish I could take credit for the idea but this stroke of brilliance comes from another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator named Barb Mullikan. She did a great video tutorial to make this card almost exactly the way I did.

Recipe: Vintage Vogue Stamp Set; Pale Plum and Whisper White Card Stock; Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, and Kiwi Kiss (retired) Inks; Paper Snips, Button Bouquet (retired), Linen Thread, Silver brads, medium Window Sheet, 1 1/4" Square Punch,Score Pal, Crop-A-Dile, glue dots, dimensionals.

The next little goodie was LOTS of fun to make! The ladies were surprised how much easier this was to make than it looked:) They so enjoyed the cool, new punch($15.95 value) we can get for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalog just for having a $50 order.

The template is made from Jenny Moors' great tutorial for an Easel Desk Calendar. Take a look at the side view to see the easel part. What a neat idea that makes a dynamite gift. You can fill the drawer with note paper, 3x3" cards or chocolates, or any other little treasures you might think of. I'm usually a great, big copycat on decorative designs but this one is actually my own:) I just love the Seasons of Friendship Stamp Set!!

Recipe: Seasons of Friendship Stamp Set; Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Basic Black, Kraft and Whisper White Card Stock; Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy and Basic Black ink pads; Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard Markers;Scallop Trim Border, 1 1/4" Square, and 1"-1 3/8" Circle Punches; Kraft Corduroy Button brad, Earth Elements brad, Vippie's Calendars.

Thanks, so much, for visiting!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Heart Treat Cups

Just in time for Valentine's Day, our new Heart Treat Cups coordinate perfectly with the Sweetheart stamp set and the Full Heart punch.

  • Heart Treat Cups (#120435) and the coordinating Sweetheart stamp set (#120415) will be available for purchase January 5, 2010.
  • While this is not a limited-time offer, we are not certain how long the initial inventory (earmarked for Valentine's Day) will remain in stock.
  • The coordinating Sweet Treat Padded Envelopes (#116802) and the Full Heart punch (#113693) are available for purchase now.
  • Now is the time to book your workshop to make unique Valentine's Day projects.
  • While the new Heart Treat Cups are ideal for Valentine's Day, they are also perfect for many other occasions including Mother's Day, wedding and bridal shower favors, anniversary cards, or just simple projects that show you care.
The flyer may be inserted into your upcoming Occasions mini catalog. Download HeartFlyer_US Feb 2009.pdf (509.4K)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Featured Artist: Sheri

I want to take some time to show you what this little lady has been up to! Those who know Sheri agree that she just loves anything mechanical from household repairs to computer hardware, she has the tinkering touch:) So, it comes as no surprise that it is her favorite form of cardmaking, too. From punches to paper cutter, she loves those tools and can make them do just what she wants.

Anywho, she has some neat cards to share with you from her Fill the Keeper Class. She cut her Simply Scrappin' Kit just right to make 60 standard size cards (A2).

She had lots of coordinating die cut adhesives (fancy name for cardstock stickers:) to make each one interesting and different.

She left space for a greeting so she could
customize it for the occasion she is giving it for- Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well... Having a personal touch all ready to go is just this sharp gal's style.

If you have nice things you'd like to tell her about her work shown here, leave her a comment below.

Thanks for visiting:)

Cardstock Share UPDATE

Here's a little update as to how much is still available and where everybody's at for this share.

As of now, this is the amount of each color that we have remaining-

Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie and Not Quite Navy have all sold out.

Close to Cocoa has 1 left
Creamy Caramel has 4 left
More Mustard has 3 left
Really Rust has 4 left
Ruby Red has 2 left
Cameo Coral has 3 left
Garden Green has 2 left

Top orders so far are:

1st Place- Wendy (26 packages)
2nd Place- Angela(14 packages)
3rd Place- Susan (9 packages)

Don't delay if you want a certain color! They are sure going fast:)


Announcing: Textured 12x12" Cardstock Share

12x12” Textured Cardstock Share – Earth Elements Family

As many of you know, SU! Only sells this product in packs of assorted cardstock. A fellow demonstrator, Wendy Hawkinson, has an eager customer that needs 125 sheets of only Old Olive for her wedding invitations. I gave her a suggestion that she really liked and she asked me to offer it to all of you! If you would like to order a pack of Textured 12x12” cardstock (all one color) in one of the remaining 11 Earth Elements colors listed below, then this product share is for youJ I will have 5 packs of each color available, so choose as many as you wish!

FREE Stuff available for everyone!!!

Every order will be eligible to earn FREE Hostess Sets or SNAIL refills!

· Highest number of packets ordered wins– Level 3 Hostess Set (your choice!)

· 2nd Highest number of packets ordered wins– Level 2 Hostess Set (your choice!)

· 3rd Highest number of packets ordered wins- Level 1 Hostess Set (your choice!)

· Free SNAIL Refill for every 3 packs ordered

· Every order of $50 product gets one free SAB Item of your choice!


Per packet : $11.95 (I pay for shipping and tax to SU!)

Shipping to you:

· $3.00 1st pack (this covers the cost of the $1.00 box needed to send uncut 12x12” c/s).

· $2.00 for each additional pack.

Order Deadline: Check or Money orders for the full amount of the order made out to Lee Bradford must be received by 1/27/10.

Lee Bradford

170 3rd St. SE

Barberton, OH 44203

Call or email to check status of order and delivery date: inkartfromtheheart@ sbcglobal. net or 330-745-5716. I will post updates of colors no longer available on my blog daily. www.inkartfromthehe art@sbcglobal. net

Email me with your choice of color(s), number of packets total, your mailing address, phone number (in case I have questions about your order), and SAB choice if ordering $50 of paper.

1. Chocolate Chip

2. Close to Cocoa

3. Creamy Caramel

4. More Mustard

5. Pumkin Pie

6. Really Rust

7. Ruby Red

8. Cameo Coral

9. Summer Sun

10. Garden Green

11. Not Quite Navy

Any questions, feel free to call or write! Thanks for helping me help others!!

Inky Blessings,

Lee Bradford
Stampin'Up! Supervisor
The most valuable part of a hand-stamped card is...the love.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

I'll bet you had no idea we had such a holiday, did ya? I found all kinds of crazy-goofy reasons to celebrate and create cards or scrapbook pages on Jane Hignite's blog . Check out her heading for 2010 Fun Holidays and you will see what I mean! So, if you love trivia and really like to find fun ways to surprise your family or friends with a card or gift, this list will give you many ways to do just that:)

In honor of this blessed event, Clint baked some homemade Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies. Too bad they got all eaten this afternoon as I was hoping to show you a picture of these yummy delights. We ran out of cherries with a little batter left, so, if I can manage to finish baking them tomorrow, I will take a picture for sure.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First Sample of the New Year - Vintage Vogue

Here's the sample that was promised! The first inking of this new set:) I sure hope you like it!! I needed to make a bunch of thank you cards for and just love to come up with quick and easy no-layer cards. This card used a little sponging of an oval cut out frame from our retired Coluzzle system. It looks like the Ovals Die for the Big Shot would get about the same sized frame. Anywho, you want to center an oval frame on the front of your Whisper White card base (1/2 of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock, then folded in 1/2). Then take Cameo Coral ink on a sponge and dab it generously within the frame, keeping it darker around the edges. Next, I took my viney stamp and inked it with Always Artichoke. I loved getting it to hug the edges of the oval without having to use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (stamp positioner). These clear block stamps are soooooooo great! I then stamped the large flower onto a scrap of Whisper White c/s using Crushed Curry ink and cut it out with my paper snips. I put a dimensional under the center and placed it on the card where I wanted it, without removing the backing. I wanted the little flowers to peek out from under the larger one so I stamped them using Cameo Coral ink. Then I added the half back pearls from the Pretties Kit, adhered my larger flower and voila! Using my SAMJ, I lined up my greeting from the Thank You Kindly Stamp Set, inking it with Cameo Coral. On the inside, I used the frame edge on top and bottom using Always Artichoke ink. I just can't stand not having art on the inside of my cards:) Hope you enjoyed!

Inky Hugs,

Supply List:

  • Whisper White Cardstock

  • Cameo Coral Ink

  • Crushed Curry Ink

  • Always Artichoke Ink

  • Stampin' Sponge

  • Vintage Vogue Stamp Set

  • Thank You Kindly Stamp Set

  • Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (SAMJ)

  • Pretties Kit

  • Coluzzle System

Friday, January 1, 2010

Make Each Day Count!

I knew there was something else I wanted to make sure got posted on this blog today! This is the only 1st day of this year. In a few hours, it will be gone...forever. Sobering thought, isn't it?

We all set goals when we have something we really just have to achieve. Some of those goals send us down a path we had no way of anticipating where it would take us. It just stretches out before us with visions of unlimited possibilities!

As I begin this year, I am so giddy with anticipation of what lies ahead. Never before do I recall having such concrete goals and determination to see them materialize. I've set some goals that are personal, family, business and relational. I'd like to share a few of them with you in hopes that you will be inspired to set some goals of your own.

  • Family: Make decisions that will work toward helping each member of the family become stronger and bring out the very best in them.

  • Personal: Make specific diet and exercise changes that meet the needs of my body's health instead of my emotional thermometer.

  • Business: Focus my business to increase the level of professionalism and services given to each customer.

  • Relational: Work hard to center each relationship I have around God and His purposes for my life and theirs.

My challenge to you all would be to try to touch at least one person each day with your artistic talent. Email me at with a picture of your project each day and at the end of the month, I'll draw a prize for a retired stamp set ! Any day you send me a picture of something you made to give puts your name in the drawing:) It's up to you how many times you get in. The stamp set for this month's Make Each Day Count drawing will be...

This set is great for making cards or personalized gifts for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day! It's also perfect for Wedding cards, gifts or scrapbook pages:) There's some cute samples of other artists who have made some cards with this set! I hope to hear from you soon!
Stamp In The New Year!

Happy New Year!

There is much to celebrate, as this brand-new decade begins! Don't you just LOVE the feeling of an energizing fresh start that the beginning of a New Year brings?!! I do:)

My new little grandson was born on December 29th, 2009 at 6:09 am! He was 9lbs 4oz and certainly has his mommy's nose!

What a miracle a little newborn baby is! His big

brother, Landen, is a precious little guardian:)

There are also some other fresh new "faces" in this crafty little blog! Did you see the SAB Catalog and Occasions Mini Catalog on the right hand side? They aren't really able to be ordered from till January 5th, 2010, but you get to have a gander through the new goodies early! What a way to start our New Year!! I can't believe the new design of our punches line! A super-nice improvement.
Did I mention that we now carry a CLEAR block stamping system? Wait till you see these! They are unmounted stamps in these really nifty cases. They are the same size as DVD cases so they can be stored in any unit suitable for them. On the front of the case, you can see all the stamps in the set in their true-to-life size. SU! also put thumbnails of each stamp on the spine for easy viewing!

The stamps stick to the acrylic block using a static cling principle. You can press one onto a block right for its size or press several onto a large block for a collage effect. I think an alphabet set would be great to do this with! Spell any word you need and have it all lined up before you ink it up and stamp:) The best part about this new system is that the stamps are still made with the same high quality rubber that really sets Stampin' Up! apart. The images are crisp, clean and deeply etched to produce excellant quality images on all your projects. Unlike acrylic stamps, they will not become gummy and distorted with age and use.

Be sure to check back tomorrow and I will have my first new sample using this set :)

Inky Blessings,