This is the message you heard from the beginning. Love One Another. 1 John 3:11

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June's Club Cards.....continued

Here is the 2nd card from Stamp Club.   This card uses one of my favorite techniques and I love, love this Hostess set, Love and Care from the Summer mini catalog which is good til the end of August.

The technique I used is called Emboss Resist.   To start, you take a piece of whisper white card stock, stamp your image using versamark ink and emboss this image using clear embossing powder.  After using the heat tool to emboss the image, let cool a minute or 2 and start sponging colors around and over the embossed image.   When you are satisfied with your sponging, buff the embossed images with a paper towel.   These images "resisted" the ink and now "pop" up..  You can even stamp over these images and the ink will resist on the embossed images.  With the butterfly from Strength and Hope (Making a Difference stamp set) from the Summer Mini catalog (check inside back cover of the Summer Mini for more information on Making a Difference).

 This card is without the butterfly image.   Both cards are Night of Navy card stock for the card, I used Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze (my favorite color, at least now), Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy inks were sponged over the embossed images.   I stamped the sprig stamp with baja breeze ink on and around the embossed images.  I backed the image with baja breeze card stock, punched with the heart border punch and tied it all together with some wonderful night of navy satin ribbon.
The new Idea Book and Catalog arrived at my doorstep today.  Those members of my stamp club get theirs for FREE.  Want yours for FREE, contact me to find out how.  


Carol Valentine

Friday, June 24, 2011

Stampin' Yard Sale

I have hundreds, YES hundreds of Stampin' Up! stamp sets, inks and card stocks for sale.   The prices are 30% to 60% OFF.   I can ship anywhere in the USA only.   I don't have any pictures of these stamp sets, they are listed and pictured in past Stampin' Up! catalogs.   You don't have to leave your house, drive all around (at $3.60 gallon of gas) or pay tax either.   I accept Paypal only and prices listed do no include shipping.   I will ship priority and will combine stamp sets, card stock and inks and more.
Contact me via email to purchase or if you have any questions.

A haunting we will go (-cat/pumpkin) $5S

A is for Adorable $7 NM
A Little Love $6 S
A to Z accents $7 NM
All about autumn frame (-leaves) $7 S
All around abcs $15S
All in a row $6 LS
All that Jazz $9 LS
Along the same lines $5S
Alphabits $4 LN
Animal Crackers $7 LS
Antiques abc lower $15 S
Antiques abc upper $15 S
Art of Life $5 S
Artifacts $10 LS
Artfully Asian $7 LN
Asian Artistry $10 VLS
Attitude ABC lower $15 LS
Attitude abc upper $15 LS
Autumn Fest $9 LS
Basketful of fun $10 LN
Basketful of fun $10 LN
Baskets of blooms $5 S
Be happy $8 VLS
Beautiful butterfly $8 LS
Bees & blooms $3 S
Beyond basics $4 S
Birthday best $4 LS
Birthday Whimsy $5 LS
Birthday Whimsy $5 LS
Bitty boos (-boo, skeleton) $6 S
BK "." Petite Print $7 VLS
BK Big blossom $7 LS
BK Canvas $7 LS
BK Country plaid $7 LS
BK dotted print pattern $7 LS
BK Filigree $7 LS
BK Floral $7 LS
BK From the garden $7 LS
BK Happy Birthday Greetings $7 LS
BK Hearts and Swirls $7 LS
BK Linen $7 LS
BK Print pattern $7 LS
BK Stipple plaid $7 LS
BK Victorian $7 LS
Blooming w/love $10 VLS PENDING
Blooming w/love $10 VLS
Bold Birthday $5 S
Bold Blossom Greetings $5 S
Botanical Blooms $3 LS
Brighter Days $9 NUM
Brighter Holiday sayings $6 LS
Brighter tomorrow $10 VLS
Brushstroke blossoms $4 S
Brushstroke hummingbird (-leaves) $5 S
Bundled in love $10 S
Button Bear $12 S
Candy Cane Xmas $10 VLS
Celebrate Everything $7 LS
Celebrate invite (-balloons) $9 S
Celebrate season (-celebrate) $7 S
Celebration Invitation (- balloons) $8 LS
Celestial skies (-sun) $3 S
Chinese symbols $4 LN
Christmas elves $8 S
Christmas Peace $8 S
Christmas Punch $10 NM
Collage numbers $5NM
Congrats SAB 09 $6 LS
Cottage Rose **pending*** $6 S
Crayon Fun ABCs & 123s $20 S
Crazy for Christmas $5 LS
Create a coupon $10NM
Curly Xmas $6 LS
Cute converse $7 LN
Cute converse $7 LN
Days Gone by $10 LS
DD race car $12 S
Delight in Life $5 S
Delight in life $5 S
Doodle abcs $20 N
Doodle This $10 S
Double line doodles $10 ls
Dream come true $10 VLS
Eat cake $10 LS
Echoes of Kindness $9 S
Embrace Life $10 s
Event full $8 LN
Ever After $9 NM
Everyday celebrations $10 NM
Everyday flexible phrases $15 LN
Fall Whimsy $6 S
Fanciful Flower $8 S
Fanciful flowers (-branch) $7 s
Fancy favorites $6 S
Favorite frame $10 S
Favorite Greetings $9 LS
Festive fall $6 S
Festive favorites $9 S
Festive Favorites $9 S
Finials and frames $8 NM
Flashy Florals $5 S
Flashy Florals $5 S
Flower filled $8 S
Flower filled $8 S
Flower garden $8 LS PENDING
Flowers for a friend $10 LS
Flutterbys $10 S
Four seasons borders $4 S
Frame fun (-branch) $10 S
Fresh fillers $4 LN
Friendship Blooms $7 NUM
Fun filled $7 LN
Fun frame borders $8 LS
Fun in the Sun $15 S
Fun with Shapes $10 VLS
Funky furniture -- 7 stamps only $7 S
Furnished w/love $8 NUM
Game Night $8 LN
Gentler times $10 VLS
Gently Falling $6 LS
Gently Falling $6 LS
Going Out in Style $8 S
Golden Rule $10 VLS
Grapes $4 S
Hand Painted designs $10 S
Hand stamped by $3 LS
Happiest of Holidays $6 LS
Happiest of holidays $6VLS
Happiness Always $7 S
Happy Heart Day $10 VLS
Hats off to you $10 S
Haute Couture $9 LS
Haute Couture $9 LS
Headline ABC's & 123's $20 LS
Heartfelt Thanks $9 S
Heartfelt Thanks $9 S
Holiday Hannah (-2 stamps) $8 VLS
Holiday Hello $9 New
Holiday Spirit $7 S
In a Pear Tree $10 LS
In any event $10 NM
In full bloom $9 S PENDING
In full bloom $9 S
It's a date $5 NM
It's All Good $6 NUM
Itty bitty bkgnd $4 S
Just like you $10 LN
Just like you $10 LN
Kid prints (-hand/foot) $7 S
Krayola kids $8 S
La dee da $9 S
Lace snowflakes - 3 only $3 S
Lexicon of Love e $4 LS
Listen w/heart $3 S
Listen w/heart $3 S
Little hellos $6 LS PENDING
Little layers $5 VLS
Little layers $5 LS
Little shapes $5 LN
Little shapes $5 LN
Little Somethings $7 LS PENDING
Live like you mean it $7 s
Live Like you mean it $7 s
Living large $8 LS PENDING
Looks Like Spring $10 S
Love is in the air $8 LS
Love It L@ & brass template $15 NM
Love notes $5 S
Love w/o end $10 LS
Love w/o End $10 S
Love Ya $7 S
Love Ya $7 S
Love you bunches $7 LS
Love you bunches $7 S
Made from Scratch $4 LS
Marvelous morning glory $7 S
Marvelous morning glory $7 S
Merci $6 S
Mice Day $7 LS
Mini Mates $12 LN
Mini Messages $5 S
Mini Messages $5 S
Mini Seasonal Borders $3 LS
Miracle of Christmas $8 S
More the Merrier Hostess set $12 LN
Much Love $5 LS
Nature's Christmas $10 VLS
Nesting Place DD $8 LN
Nesting Place DD missing branch $7 LN
Never Ending Joy $8 LS
Never Ending Joy $8 LS
Not so short notes $4 S
Notable notes $4 S
Occasionally $5 S
Of the Earth $6 NM
On the beach $10 S
Ornamassortment $6 LS
Outline numbers $5 NM
Outrageous abc $15 S
Paint prints $5 S
Paint prints $5 S
Painted garden $5 S
Paper Dolls & Accessories (- 1 collar) $20 LN
Patterned Pines L1 $9 ls
Peace to the world $8 LS
Perennial favorites $6 VLS
Perfect Presentation $8 VLS
Petal Prints $10 S
Phrases for a friend $5 ls
Poinsettia greetings $7 LS
Polar Bears $9 NM
Polka Dot Punches (only 3 stamps) $3 NUM
Polka dots and paisley $6 LN
Pretty poinsettia $8 S
quick and cute $6 LS
Quilt Quips $9 NM
Reindeer Greetings $6 LS
Riveting $6NM
Rose rhapsody $8 s
Roses in winter $8 S
Rough Edges ABC $8 NM
Roughing it $15 S
Say it Simply $3 NUM
Scene in a Garden $12NUM
Scribbled $4 NUM
Seaside $10 S
Season Wreath $8 LS
Seasonal borders $4 LS
Seasonal Sketches $8 VLS
Send a celebration $6 VLS
Shapes and Shadows $8 s
Sidekick Sayings $5 LN
Simple circles $5 LS
Simple Shapes $6 LS
Simply Summer $8 LS
Simply Summer $8 LS
Sketch event (-branch) $5 S
Small Script $5 LS
Smorgasborders (-friends) $5 S
Smorgasborders (-friends) $5 LS
Snow flurries $5 VLS
Snowburst $6 LS
So many sayings - split 1 or 2 missing $8 LN
SO Very $5 LN
Soft Summer $10 LS
Soft Summer $10 LS
Special greetings $12 LN
Spring Garden $8 S
Spring Solitude $9 NUM
Stamp Your Art Out $10 VLS
Stella stamper $15 S
Stem Silhouettes $10 LN
Stipple Celebrations $9 S
Straight Up mini abc $8 NUM
Sweet and Sassy $8 LS
Sweet Herbs $10 NM
Sweet of you $8 S
Sweet Shapes $10 S
Tag alongs $5 S
Tag Time $8 S PENDING
Tags for all $10 LN
Tags on board $7 LN
Tags so much $6 LS
Take Shape $10 S
Terrific Tags $6 S
Thoroughly Thankful --separated $7 missing verse
Tiny Talk $6 LS
Tis the season $8 VLS
To Have and To Hold $10 S
Too terrific tags $6 S
Very Puny SAB 07 $7 NUM
Very Thankful $7 LN
Very Thankful $7 LN
Victorian frame $9 S
Wanted $9 LS
Watercolor garden $9 VLS
Wild Rose $10 S
Wings of Friendship $6 LS
Wishing You $9 NM
Wonderful words $5 S PENDING
Wonderful words II $5 S
Year after Year $9 VLS
Yummy $5 LS

More Stamps

A Little Birdie Told Me $15 NM

Baby Firsts $12 NM
Beary Best $21 NM
Best of Cluck $17 LS
Best Yet L1 Hostess $8 NUM
Crab and Company $20 NM
Easy Elegance $9 NM
Fancy Flexible Phrases $20 NM
Fantastic Foliage $12 LN
Figures of Speech $14 LN
Fishy Friends $15 LN
Friendship Flowers $15 NM
Furnished w/Love $8 NM
Hedgehog Happiness $12 LN
Holiday Tag Team $15 NM
Love Notes $7 NM
Love Notes $7 NM
Loving Hearts $12 LS
On Angel Wings $8 NM
Painted Posies $9 NM
Pretty Amazing $15 NUM
Sage Advice $12 NM
Simple Florals $12 NM
Small Script $6 LN
Stew Pot Pals $20 NM
Tag Time $16 NM
Unfrogrettable $18 LN
Wild About Your $17 NUM
Winged Things $16 NM
Winter Wilma $12 LS
You Are My Sunshine $15 LN
You Make Me Happy $15 LN
Yukon $15 NM


Doodle - Jumbo $5
Lovely lady bugs - $2
See you Around - Jumbo New $5
Solitude - New $3
Stems & Silhouettes - Jumbo $5
Sweet Stars - jumbo new $5
Swirling Stars - Jumbo $4
Whimsical blossoms - New $3
Non Sup - Ocean waves - $2


BRIGHTS Embossing stack NIP $6
Designer Hardware SOHO NIP $2
Earth Elements eyelets $1
Earth Elements ink spots LN $10
Flower eyelets $1
Microbeads - New $2
Perfect Layers Tool NIP $7
Prep School Ribbon NIP $3
Red bead duos - NIP $4
Rich Regal eyelets $1
Stack/Store empty (3) $3 ea
Stack/Store filled w/empty cases $7
Stars eyelets $1
Subtles Ink spots LN $10

Card Stock

All are unopened packs of 8 1/2 x 11  card stock, unless otherwise noted.   $4 per pack:

Positively Pink (2 pkgs, 1 opened missing 1 sheet)
YoYo Yellow
Only Orange
Earth Elements assortment
Ballet Blue (2 pkgs)
Creamy Caramel textured
Apricot Appeal (2 pkgs)
Glorious Green
Ruby Red
Taken with Teal
Bordering Blue
Lovely Lilac textured
Cameo Coral (23 1/2 sheets)


Leadership 2007 Bag  $10
Convention 2007 Blue Bag $10
Mini Catalog bag $3

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June's Club Cards

Well, we are wrapping up another Stampin' Up! catalog year.   On July 1st the New Idea Book and Catalog will debut.   It is a beautiful catalog and Idea book, full of stamps, ink, paper and more.   I have a stamp club that meets once a month on two different days, we make a couple of cards, munch and enjoy the fellowship of sharing our love of stamping.   Currently I have 2 spots open on this Stamp Club, which requires only a $15 per month purchase.   If you are interested in getting together with others, stamping, building your stamp supplies on a budget and getting free stampin' goodies too.   Contact me to fill one of those spots.

Here are pictures of the two club cards: 

The first one is a "wiper card", but as most of my stampers agreed, a great easy card to make, without making it a wiper card.   I used tempting turquoise card stock, tangerine tango card stock, Brights DSP pack (tangerine tango), tangerine tango  and tempting turquoise ink,  I also used some tempting turquoise 1/4" gross grain ribbon... Notice the repeat of colors.   That is one of the GREAT things about Stampin' Up!.  The colors all match, the ribbon, the ink, the card stock, the designer series papers, oh and there is more.....buttons, pastels, water color crayons, vinyl (for cutting images on the BIG SHOT), embossing powders, brads, oh and fabric!!!! yep designer fabrics that coordinate well, with stamp sets, DSP and more. 

OOPs,  I got sidetracked....sorry, here's the first card, I used the set that is retiring (boo hoo) Priceless. 

This the card in the closed position...It fits in a regular envelope.

This is the card in the open pulling the front piece of card stock to the right and the back piece of card stock to the left, the image pops up...kinda like a wiper blade....

 Check back tomorrow for the 2nd card from stamp club.

Carol Valentine

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Flower Garden Embossing Folder Card

I decied to play around with the newest embossing folder from the Summer Mini catalog....Flower Garden.

It is a vertical embossed image, so I used a strip of cardstock and just emossed that strip.   I the used the vanilla ink pad and carefully swiped it across the embossed image being careful not to press too hard since I just wanted to ink the embossed image.  This card is the basic sketch as my daughter, Christine's card that I did the other day, using the border punch down the sides of the stamped image.   I used Melon Mambo as the card base, then I picked through my card stock scraps using white and old olive.   I stamped the hello from the Swirls & Curls verses (Level 1) from the summer mini in Old olive ink, punched it with the large oval punch, then a scrap of old olive for the scallop oval punch and for the decorative label punch I used a scrap of Melon Mambo.   I sponged some Melon Mambo ink on the decorative label piece to give it some dimension and used dimensionals to pop it up from the card.

OK, I know it is late and I am trying to keep the lights low, because the lights are attracting the STINK BUGS!!!!   3 so far tonight YUK!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dreams du Juor Card

This card is for my daughter, Christine, her birthday is June 19th and the card is in my car waiting for me to mail it.....grrr... late again....Sorry Christine.

I used the retiring set, Dream du juor.   I copied this card from a picture I took at the Stampin' Up! Convention a few yrs ago, I colored the images using pastels...a quick way to color an image in and I love the look of pastels.  The card is white and pretty in pink and old olive.   If you look close, I added some of those cute rhinestone pearls on the card.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Challenge Card

Are you up for a Challenge????   I have found the best way to get my creative juices flowing is to check for a sketch or color challenge and try to come up with a card.   This week I have done a lot of stamping and just taking a card sketch or color combination and start stamping.

I have a Challenge for all of you.   If you have a current catalog, turn to page 75.  The cute card with the birds from Happy Together (retiring this month).   Take this sketch from this card and make a card using any Stampin' Up! stamp set and make a card.   You need to keep your card like this one,  and include image that is cut or punched , use dimensionals to pop it up on your card.   Make your full card, mail or give it to me, by July 1st.   All cards submitted will be voted on and the winner will receive FREE Stampin' Up! gift from Me...All cards submitted will receive a Thank You  gift from Me.   ALL cards received will be donated to Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore for the guests who stay there to use.   

Here is a picture of the card on Page 75.

Here is my card that I did....I used Poppy Parade as the base color of the card, then I checked out the DSP in the catalog and used the colors listed with the Sunny Garden DSP which uses Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and Peach Parfait.   Don't you just love this Color tool?    I stamped the "sun" from the stamp set, Touch of Kindness from the Summer Mini catalog and stamped the greeting on white card stock and put it inside the sun.  I added some Crystal Effects to the scallops of the sun. I used a scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock at the top, then Whisper White for the main image of the birdbath, which I colored using the aqua painter and the lid of the ink pads from my color pallet, adding a baja breeze for the birds and water drops, which I put some crystal effects on too.  The bottom color is Pear pizzazz, which I used the scallop border punch on.   I also added some daffodil delight 1/4" gross grain ribbon.

SO, get your fingers inky and make your card and set it to me no later than July 1st.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A few more Father's Day cards

I hope all you Guys had a wonderful Father's Day.   I have a couple more cards to share, they are Father's day cards, but can be for anyone really...birthdays, thinking of your, get well.

These 2 cards use the stamp set, Countryside... #120495 (clear), pg 115 of the catalog, or pg 100 of the NEW catalog......  The first person who is not a member of my club, who leaves a comment on this blog or emails me will get the NEW catalog for FREE.  and this new catalog is BEAUTIFUL.

This first card I CASEd  from a card on splitcoast, Natasha Zandbergen...  I changed it a little, used the same cardstock and retiring Elegant Soiree DSP (one of my favorites).  I also used the Spiral border punch which retires in just a few days.  I also used 2 Non SU items.   The ribbon is from the ribbon outlet near my friend, Kathie's house...who can resist ribbon that is SO CHEAP!!!  and this color matched Soft Suede exactly!!! also the brad on the ribbon is just something I had in a container, who knows where or when I got that one.  This card was for my husband  and father in law.   I made 2 alike...something I do all the time.   Since I am cutting the cardstock in half to make a card, I figured I might as well make 2, it doesn't take any extra time.  The base card is Soft suede, the top cardstock is Baja Breeze, a FAVORITE...., crumb cake and the Elegant Soiree DSP.  I stamped the images on Very Vanilla and the back layer under the wheel barrow is Basic Gray...I didn't figure any of these color choices on my own.   I just used the colors that are in the DSP.   A great color tool.  Someone has already figured out the color combination!!!

  This next card is a CUTE 3x3 card, one of my downline gals made....Jessica Robinson, SO CUTE, going to CASE this one, but change it to a regular size card.   Have a bunch of GUY cards to make this summer.

If you see me around town this week, I will have my NEW catalog with me and will gladly show it to you...Those of you in my Stamp Club, yours will be FREE and I will be handing them out with the club order when it arrives later this week.

Happy Father's Day You Guys!!!

It's Father's Day and  to honor the many Fathers out there......I have been making several manly cards....
Is your father in your life right now?  Cherish him, there are so many without a father figure in their life.   Me, I've been lucky.....I have had several and many not related to me.   My father, Joe passed away when I was just 4, so I really don't remember him, but he made me and for that I am truly grateful.  My longer here either, but I think of him often and miss him.  Always gentle and kind, he taught me many things.   How to pack....well, when he packed a box with items, they were all nestled in there perfectly and no wasted space.   To treat others how I would want to be treated... and do fun things that I wanted to do.   Sometime during my job at SSA, I had George,  Ralph, Lee, and others whose names I can no longer recall..    My father in law, Jim, my ex husband, Jim..Some Dads at Northwest...Jerry, Harry, and many others.   My husband, Rodney and my father in law, George  And now there is Ed, my Mom's husband, who keeps her off the streets and outta trouble, hehehe.    SO, you see, even if you are not a birth father to someone, you just might be their Dad.... 

Now onto some of the cards I made for these Dads....  These first 2 cards use the retired set, Winds of Grace, Sanded background stamp and Happy Father's Day stamp, also retired from an old All Year Cheer set.

 The next two cards use the set, Countryside and the background stamp....well, I just made some marks with the ink pad....

 This next card uses the set, Uncharted Territory.   The background stamp on this card is also just the edge of the stamp pad.  I also used some of the new baker's twine.
I will share some more cards tomorrow.   For today, tell your Dad, whoever he is, how much he means to you.... and to my "Dads"  I love you all.