Friday, July 29, 2011

Pool Party TABLE!!!

I LOVE this color!!!

I've been waiting forever (since Soft Sky) for a nice clear aqua blue and I finally got it!
So, to celebrate, I painted a table! 
Isn't it so pretty!?!
I would have painted my whole stamp room but that will have to wait til I don't have to explain it to a landlord, which might get a bit awkward :)

In case any of you have forgotten, I thought I would refresh your memories about how much I have used Pool Party in the last month since it came out:
A lot, right?
And I don't plan on stopping either, especially now that I have a Pool Party TABLE!

Now, some of you may be so amazed with my arty creative-ness that you just HAVE to know how I managed all this. Well, let me tell you about it!

I bought this little table from my 11 year old neighbor (who is adorable!) for $10 at a yard sale. I knew I wanted to paint it (because I love me a painted table) but wasn't sure where exactly it would go. Sometimes it take a little while for something to really click. You know?  

So here it is, in the garage, waiting for sanding.
Also, I REALLY need a rotary sander. It was soo much fun!

And here it is with a coat of primer. Strictly speaking, it probably only needed one coat, but I wanted the white layer to be nice and thick so I put quite a lot of primer on it.
And the same for the paint. I knew I was going to sand it after it dried so everything got at least 2 coats, of not more.

As a final step I just got that lovely rotary sander back out (thanks Candi!) and kept going til I liked it. It was great fun and I can't wait to paint another piece of furniture. But what Stampin' Up! color should I use?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sending Sympathy

Normally I love a chance to stamp a card and use some new product but today's card is a sad one.

Jared and Maija-Liisa, I am so so sorry for your loss. I love you both. I know you'll get to be with your sweet babies one day but for today, my heart goes out to you.
 Inspiration came from this lovely card.
I used:
* Clearly for You and Petite Pairs
* Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Whisper White card stock
* Early Espresso, Pool Party and Crumb Cake ink
* Color Spritzer Tool, Pool Party and Early Espresso Markers
* Designer Frames embossing folder
* Scallop punch
* Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Isaac!!!

My nephew Isaac turns 7 today!!! I had my son (who turns 7 this Thursday) design and color his card for me. Pretty good huh?
We used the new Need For Speed stamp set (which is great for any age of little boy) and a couple Stampin' Write markers to color it in.

After seeing how much fun Cannon had coloring this stamp I figured I'd give it a shot too and here is what I got:
(my plane sort of looks like its crashing. Oops. )

And I put a few of them in a pack for Mr. Isaac so he can use them for Thank You notes, which I know everyone (his mother) appreciates.
We got him a real present too in case you were wondering.

I used:
* Need for speed and On Your Birthday stamp sets ("thank you" is a non SU! sorry)
* Black Stayz On ink
* Basic Grey, Real Red and Whisper White card stock
* Stampin' Pastels and a blender pen
* Stripes embossing folder

Friday, July 8, 2011



Seriously. How could I not get this stamp set?

I used:
* Tagtastic (Hostess) stamp set
* Island indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Whisper White card stock
* Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo and Early Espresso markers
* Decorative Label and assorted circle punches
* Square Lattice, Polka Dots, Antique Wallpaper and Stripes impressions folders
* Pool Party ruffled ribbon

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bringing Baby-PPA 101

More new stuff!!!

The challenge today over at Pals Paper Arts is all about the blues. After staring at these beautiful blues for a minute I just had to make a baby boy card. What else could I do?
And of course I had to use my new a-la-carte stamp Bringing Baby. Woot!

Ppa colors

I used:
* Bringing Baby and Tiny Tags stamp sets
* Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White and Naturals Ivory Card stock
* Marina Mist d.s.p.
* Black Stayz On and Night of Navy ink
* Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake ink
* Blender Pens and Stampin' Pastels
* Color Spritzer tool and Soft Suede marker
* Linen Thread
* Sewing Machine and Thread
* Square Lattice impressions folder
* Jewelry Tag and Extra Large Scallop punches
* Mini Clothespins


New Stuff! Turtle & Co. 3 ways!!!

Is it just me or did June disappear REALLY fast this year? I had all these plans for stamping and blogging and holy cow, I lost an entire month!

In good news, I got a box full of new catalog merchandise today!!! So of course I stamped all evening and had a really fabulous time.

The set I used today is called Turtle & Co. Part of the purchase price of each of these sets is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I thought this was a good way to kick off the new catalog. I have known a number of people who have received help from RMHC while their young children were being treated for serious illnesses and I know they're a good organization that is truly helping families. I'm going to buy stamp sets anyway, so I might as well help others while I'm doing it. Thanks Stampin' UP!
Did I mention this set is really cute too?
While using Turtle & Co. I also used as many other new products as I could. I'll point them out as we go along. New product will be in BOLD.

Card #1: Senior Froggy.
I used:
*Turtle & Co. Stamp set
* Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Melon Mambo and Whisper White Card stock
* Melon Mambo d.s.p.
* Jet Black Stayz on ink
* Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo markers
*Extra Large Scallop punch
* Stripes impressions folder
* Mini brads (so fun!)
* Color Spritzer Tool
*Sewing machine and thread

Card #2: Mr. Turtle himself.
I used:
* Turtle and Co. Stamp set
* Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral and Whisper White card stock
* Black Stayz On ink
* Lucky Limeade marker with a Blender Pen
* Stripes and Square Lattice impressions folders
* Color Spritzer Tool
* Mini Clothespins (how cute are they?)
*Bakers Twine

Card #3: Slow Snail.
I used:
* Turtle & Co. Stamp Set
* Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White Card stock
* Black Stayz On ink
* Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade markers (LOOOOOVE the new in-colors!)
* Polka Dots impression folder
* Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon and Baker's Twine
* Lots of Tags Sizzlits
*Large Oval Punch