Sunday, April 29

Quick and Easy!

I love the scallop square punch with this number 3 stamp instead of the postage stamp punch everyone has been using with. The Everyday Enchantment paper is bordered with Basic Black and the bottom only of the tent style card is embossed with dots! Next time I had better move the strip down a little I think. Does it need something? Hmmm


a couple of my favorites


This card uses Stampin'Up!'s Flirtatious Designer Specialty Paper which comes with two sheets of laser cut doilies. Instead for this version I used the inside of the Paper Doily Sizzits Die in Pumpkin Pie and layered it with an polka dot embossed piece of Melon Mambo, a border punched Pretty in Pink strip and a patterned paper piece from the Flirtatious pack. I love it! Products seen below.  
 
This took me a week of 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there. I had too much trouble with the rosettes and finally gave up on that one! I stamped the patterned paper with musical notes which is difficult to see in the photo. My apologies for the blurry photo. I added some Regal Rose dyed crochet trim and some Soft Suede ribbons and sponged the rest of the patterned paper. I used my Stampin'Up! Sizzix Big Shot to make the oval die and punched the leaves and flower next. Then I stamped the bird around and cut one out.  After that i attached all that and stamped the sentiment which I think should have been pink now or perhaps Kiwi Kiss? Of course I am my own worst critic but I cannot get anyone else to do that except my husband and he's crazy when it comes to stamping ideas! Seriously, he would suggest that instead of the oval i should put cotton covered clouds or something so the birds would look like they're flying through the sky or something. See his suggestions are insane! I added a back to the punched flower with Soft Suede and the Kiwi corduroy button at the last minute and sponged like crazy. The back panel is Vanilla.  I really had fun with this card even though I am not totally happy with. I didn't look too closely at the inspiration sample while i was making the card but I did use it and loved it! 


the inspiration:


I love STAMPIN'UP! stamping!

 so simply, love the pearls and framelits! 
 hmmm not sure i like the colours together no but initially i did obviously
 i think i over did it with the arrows but some thing was missing
 nature walk card
 straight from the catalogue
 party this way
 pennant stamp set and punch card
 LOVE sesame street! 
 simple and easy
 charming lace doilies card
eleonor mcgarry's amazing talent

Friday, April 13

thinking about Earth Day….


Did you know that Stampin' Up! does a lot to be green? Without a lot of hype and look-a-me fanfare they have been doing good behind the scenes for years.  
 Want to know more?  I thought you would!
  1. Rubber - Rather than dump excess rubber from making stamps into a landfill Stampin' Up! donates it local parks in Kanab to use in playgrounds. They also donate it to charities like Courage Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides horseback riding therapy for physically or mentally challenged children. These organizations take the ground rubber and sell it for use in playgrounds and horse stables.
  2. Wood Blocks - The wood blocks for our stamps are created from renewable resources with sustainable practices. They work with a tree farm in which maple trees are grown specifically for the purpose of harvesting wood.
  3. Card Stock & Paper - The paper used as packing material in shipping boxes is 100% recycled. Our card stock also includes recycled paper that's left over from other paper runs, which would otherwise end up in landfills. The darker the card stock color the more recycled material it contains. So does that make Basic Black the new "Green"?
  4. Designer Series Paper - Stampin' Up! works with a paper broker (did you even know there was such a thing?). The paper broker ensures that the mills used for our Designer Series Paper and card stock engage in environmentally friendly practices. The broker certified our mills through he Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC). Wow, lots of acronyms! Basically it means our mills are taking steps to lessen their carbon footprints and the paper comes from sustainably managed forests. One mill even generates its own power!
  5. Stampin' Up! Buildings - Systems in both the Riverton and Kanab building filter any pollutants that my result from stamp production. The buildings were designed with energy conservation in mind. Both buildings have geothermal wells, which help maintain building temperatures, cutting down on use of heating oil or natural gas. All lights are on sensors and timers, so electricity isn't wasted when employees are away from the office. In the Utah desert climate water is an important concern. Native, water-wise plants are used in landscaping, including wildflowers growing in front of the Riverton office instead of grass. Wouldn't you love to go through a field of wildflowers on the way to work?  Ahh!  Sprinklars are times to minimize evaporation reducing the amount of water used. Indoors, artificial plants are mixed it with live plants in the beautiful atrium water feature. This creates a lush garden while minimizing the amount of water used.
  6. Carbon Footprint - Stampin' Up! strives to reduce their carbon footprint. They engage in shipping practices that will require fewer greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, to be released into the atmosphere. UPS picks up shipments from the Distribution Center each day during non-peak traffic hours. This cuts down on the amount of gas UPS needs to use to get our orders out. (More info about UPS eco policies at http://sustainability.ups.com)  For stamp shipments from Kanab to Riverton, we "carpool" with companies who are sending shipments from Salt Lake City area to Kanab. For example: Sysco delivers food to Kanab and surrounding towns and normally their trucks would return empty. Instead of driving back without cargo, Sysco trucks bring stamps from Kanab to Riverton!  Smart for the budget and the environment!
I hope you've enjoyed these tidbits about stamping "Green"!