Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mi Tierra in San Antonio

Thought you might like to see What I experienced my first time at an authentic mexican restaurant. Many pictures tell the story. The Taco Salad I was served was fantastic. The Bakery smelled so good and looked delicious.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Simply Stunning Creative Challenge

Each Month Shelli Gardner has a creative challenge and asks us to participate in a creative challenge. I encourage you to visit often to gather fresh and easy ideas to expand your creative horizons. This month I am submitting these two cards that are stunning to the viewer but very Simple to make. The first one I simply glued some of my punched elements onto my cardstock layer and ran it through my amazing Big shot and square lattice folder available in the Stampin' UP Idea Book and Catalog. I mounted the layer onto another layer and card base and was finished with my Simply Stunning Card for Valentine's Day.

My next card is just as simple but I stamped with the Clearly for you stamp in each corner of a Blushing Bride Base piece to make it look like a Table cloth and then took our Tea Shoppe Tea Cup stamp. I stamped it in Tangerine Tango onto Blushing Bride and Colored the image with Tangerine tango out lining the flower a bit with Regal Rose Marker. Cut the tea cup out and glued it onto a Pear Pizzazz piece and then ran it throught the Square lattice folder. Mounting onto a layer and card base my card was finished! Simple can be elegant without being hard to do. Hope you enjoyed this and try it for yourself.

My Demonstration at Regionals San Antonio

I was so honored to be asked to demonstrate at Regionals in San Antonio. I had my own booth and had to do the demonstration several times. I didn't get to see any of the other demonstrations so if you demonstrated please send me your information. I only wish they had kept everyone in the Theater and let each of us present on stage. It would have made more sense for each of us to just do it once and for the corporate to only have to do their thing once. I am sure we could have worked out the make and takes times with each group rotating between breaks and doing one project at a time. Just sayin'. I do feel honored they picked me and I enjoyed seeing your faces up close and was happy to answer any questions.

This first one is from the new Twitterpated DSP that is in our new Ocassions Mini. I just love love love that paper! And I am sure you will too!

Notice the little center on my bookmark that sits in the project? You can make one and it adds a great bit of dimension to the flower. Just get the new blossom punch and fold inward all the petals (sponged it looks great) When you push down the last petal poke it under the first folded petal. Kind of neat right?

The dimensions for my project are 12x12 then minus 3.5 inches off one side.
making paper 12x8.5"
score on short side at 2.5" and 6"
Score on long side at 1.25, 2.5, 5, 7. 9.5 and 10.75

you will need to cut the 2.5" squares off each corner there is a score in there that will be used later but just ignore it when cutting the 2.5" squares off.

The next squares get folded toward the middle on the diagonal.

There will be two flaps on each side of the center fold them inward and you will see where the pockets are made from.

Turn the paper over finding the 5 and 7" scores and bending them so the ends of the paper meet forming a tent shape. that top (first and last) score can be folded inward or outward depending on which side you want showing. Your crop a dile will come in handy for making two holes at the top where you folded the paper over and the ribbon that holds the cookies (2 in either a 4x6 bag or a clear envelope with the top cut off and a bread tie around it) The outer pockets hold the tea. This project is great because it uses no adhesives! Just the Ribbon which I know we all have plenty of! I will try to get a better tutorial up soon. At least with some pictures of the steps. For now I am on the Road.

This one is made from the everyday elegance DSP in the Saleabration mini. The best part is the paper is FREE! yes with every $50 order you get a free saleabration item. If you are a hostess there is a free hostess bundle for qualifing sales!
The Bookmark is made by stamping the tea cup from the Tea Shoppe set also in the Ocassions mini and cutting a template and tracing it onto glossy white paper. Then cut that out and stamp it with versamark with the bordering on Romance stamp set (also in the ocassions mini) then clear embossing powder is added and heated and image colored with our wonderful classic Markers that seem to glide across the image. I added a tiny bow on the handle of the cup and added it to the two tags die. Simply fold your 8.5x2.5 piece of paper and put the fold just below the top scallops and it will make a cute book mark that you can add my poem to or just stamp your own sentiment.

This next view is of the center parts where I store our sweet pressed cookies. The cookies use the shortbread recipe. I found if you are having trouble using the press you are probably putting the whole egg in.
Just put the yoke into your ingredients and no egg whites! The egg whites cause it to be too sticky. You must also use real butter and don't line your cookie sheets just put the dough directly on sheet.
Here are some Lollipops that I traded for 3-d swaps. Notice they have that cute center I made up in the centers. They were a big big hit!  you do know that it is the same punch from the flower  but fold the petals inward one at a time and tuck the last petsl under the first and it sort of locks the little medalian into place.  They look cute either stamped or just sponged. We even figured out they are big enough to put a quarter in so they would be a great tooth fairy gift under someones pillow!

This final one is also from the everyday elegance DSP. I love that it has so many beautiful vintage type prints in it and coordinate beautifully with each other.

Thanks for your kind comments.

Debi Pippin

Here is a link to a video tutorial it will make things a little clearer for you...
Although she refused to give me credit for my original design.  Not sure why some demonstrators are like that but to each his own.

Thank you Kimberly Morris

Salebration starts Today!

Saleabration starts today so for every $50 order placed you will get to pick an item from the salebration flyer. I am also looking for members to join my team. Now is the time as it is $50 off your kit and you will receive a package of DSP paper every month you order on a demonstrator order for up to a year as long as you order each month! What a deal.
You do know as a demonstrator you get 30% off your first order and 20% off of each order following. Plus many many other perks. One biggie is being able to attend Convention and other SU events, come on and join my Lucky Ladies Team. I am offering in addition to the SU offer two free classic ink pads of your color choice.

To Join simply go to my website

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Leadership Bound, Swaps and roomate gift

I am sitting here at Tampa Airport waiting for the plane.  My swaps are done and my roomate gift is made. thought you might want to peek