20 November 2009

Happy Anniversary!


My sweet friend Leah asked me to make a special card for her friend's anniversary.
This is what I came up with.
I used the Wedding Sweet set, along with the Calendar background stamp.
The inside phrase reads "...and cherish it in your heart...forever.    Happy Anniversary"
The inside stamp was a personalized Stampin' Up! stamp.  I used the 4-line address stamp.
I also used the White Organza ribbon and
slipped a hatpin with beads (from the Pretties Kit) through the knot. 
The heart is from You & Moi.
Everything is stamped on Whisper White and layered on Groom paper and then a textured real red card.

17 November 2009

Winter Post

I made this card using my Big Shot & Top Note, the oval coluzzle, vellum card stock.  I stamped the couple in black craft ink and embossed with black EP.  Then, I turn the vellum over and using my stamp-a-ma-jig, stamped the "reflection", making sure the skates touched on the tips, like they were on the ice.  I colored the back of the vellum (non-embossed side) with Stampin' Write markers and assembled the card using night of navy, and black.  Very easy and pretty cool!  Hope you like it!  :0)

14 November 2009

Punchy Christmas Card!

Here is one of my recent Christmas Cards.  I traded this with other SU! demonstrators all over the country!  It showed up on Patti's Blog (look for the link to her blog over there on the left-hand side somewhere!)....thanks for posting, Patti!  This is one of my favorite cards this season.  I love using the Photo Corners punch to make the tree!  Such a great use for scraps!  Hope you like this one!

26 August 2009

Cupcake anyone?

I got this picture from my friend in Australia, Christie...She made these for her daughter's birthday party. Aren't they cute? What a great idea, using different papers and then just mixing and matching!

09 August 2009


Well! I'm home from Convention 2009 and boy, am I tired!! What an amazing 4 days! You'd think it was impossible to cram so many activites, classes, information, swaps and fun times in those four days, but stampin' up!, as well as my favorite demonstrators have done just that! I hope to post a lot of pics, as well as pics of swaps I received over the next couple of days....

Check back soon!

07 July 2009

Vinyl & my Big Shot...

I bought a huge jar from Target (around $13) and filled it with all kinds of sweet incentives for my stampers who purchase $50 or contribute $11.95 to send a box of cards to the troops.

Tonight I was inspired and put my Big Shot to good use. I used the Go Go Boots Alphabet dies, the Serif Essentials Alphabet dies, along with the Decor Elements Sheets in Chocolate. I cut out the letters needed for "Stampers' Treats" and very easily arranged them on the transfer sheet and applied them to the jar. So SIMPLE! and FAST -- the entire project (including clean-up) took about 20 minutes.

I am inspired now, to put up more customized vinyl throughout my home. Maybe put the kids' names on their doors, or a favorite quote on the wall... not to mention all the great shapes SU! has for the Big Shot! The possibilities are endless...

For more information on using the Big Shot or Decor Elements, contact me or check out my SU! website which has some great videos to show you just how easy both are to use!

23 June 2009

Wedding Guest/Gift/Shower Book

I made this book for a friend of mine whose daughter was getting married. The wedding was fairly small and all the guest books they looked at were for over 100 people. She asked me to make a book for the guests to sign, as well as to list the gifts at the shower/wedding and also a section for the guests to write an encouragement or wish for the couple.

The supplies that I used were:

Eggplant Envy CS - covers and dividers
Eggplant Envy Textured CS - covers
Whisper White CS - pages and cover
On Board Long Board - covers
Eggplant Envy Classic Ink & reinker
Pretties kit - flower and rhinestone brad
Baroque Motifs - swirly stamp
"Champagne" font - dafont.com (free download - awesome website!)
Bind-It-All machine

18 May 2009

Ideas and more ideas!

I made these 4 cards - each is 5x5 - using that beautiful Tea Party DSP! I love the scallop circle die and the beautiful butterflies die. They work well together, doncha think?

07 May 2009

Card Folios

Here are some of the Card Folios I've been making this week. Comment or contact me for the directions. These are very easy to make and can be made using standard cards (the first three folios) or Stampin' Up! note cards (the fourth one - "for you").

I think the first place I saw this idea was in the Summer 2006 Take Ten magazine.

This was made using Urban Oasis DSP & the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set:

Closed View

Open View

Individual Card View

This was made using my last piece of Parisian Summer Specialty DSP. I used Versamark and the Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel, along with the Scallop Oval, Oval Punches and Three Little Words stamp set.

Closed View

Open View

Individual Card View

This one was made using a Medium Window Sheet (look in the Occasions Mini) and SAB paper, along with the Beautiful Butterflies die and some metallic stick-ons.

This last one is my favorite. It was made for the Stampin' Up! notecards and envelopes (20 of each for $5.95 in the Idea Book and Catalog), one sheet of Pacific Point card stock, Pacific Point ribbon, Ice brads and the Great Friend set (look in the Occasions Mini)...

Closed View

Open View

Individual Card Designs View

30 April 2009

Thank You says SO MUCH!

Today I had a nice surprise in my inbox. I received this email thank you from Cpt. Leon over in Iraq:

Hi Sharon,

Thank you for the wonderful box of hand crafted cards you sent us.
Wow! We really appreciate them and they are being used by my company
and many members of our brigade. We have a PX here, but by the time we get
a shipment of cards for the appropriate holiday it's too late to sendthem.
Your cards come in handy because you sent us cards for a variety of
occasions. Thank you for thinking of us and supporting us during
our deployment. I'm glad you enjoy receiving our

God bless you!

Like I said in my last post, I've been sending cards to the troops for over a year now. Every time I get a thank you, it makes me want to make like 5 million more cards! I feel so good knowing that my hobby is blessing others! Think of someone you need to thank and send them a card today! Think how good they'll feel to get your thank you!


26 April 2009

Something Tangible

I have been sending cards to the troops for over a year now. Not ones that I've written to them, ones that I've made, left blank, included an envelope and sent over to Iraq, Qatar and Afghanistan so they can use them to write home to their spouses, families, etc. When my husband was overseas, he opened one of the boxes and it was emptied in 15 minutes!

The men & women serving our country do still write home. Nowadays, deployments are a little easier because of email, webcams and Skype, but most of our troops and their families still value the written word. I think this is because you can hold on to it, reread it, tuck it in your uniform or helmet, put it under your pillow, cry over it, keep it in your purse or backpack or tape it to the mirror in your bedroom.

Cards and letters are tangible things - something that your loved one wrote, something that they touched -- it was theirs and now its yours -- it connects us with our loved ones or friends or whoever wrote the letter.

Do you have any letters from a grandmother or other relative that has passed away? When you pull them out to read them, what do you notice? Her handwriting? The date? Does it remind you of whatever was going on when she wrote it? Does it bring a tear to your eye as you picture her sitting at her table or desk writing the letter to you? See? The written word lasts longer than an email! I have bits of paper with little notes written to me by husband and left on the counter when he went to work - they are just scraps, but they were written by him. I haven't kept all of them, but I've kept a lot of them. So whether your message is on a scrap, sheet of notebook paper or a handmade card, it is a souvenir, a snapshot in time, a memory.

Take the time today to send someone you love a message - something you want them to know, something you should or want to say to them, or just say hi. Give them a tangible piece of yourself.

I'd love to hear your comments!

25 April 2009

Why stampinsanity?

For my first post, I thought I would explain my blog's name: stampinsanity.

Do you see it as Stamp Insanity? or Stampin Sanity?

I chose this name because both apply to me! Sometimes I am absolutely insane with my stamping - can't think about anything else, projects galore in my head, stamping every chance I get! Other times, I must stamp to stay sane! I homeschool and wear several other hats in the real world, so sometimes, stamping is necessary to help me maintain some form of sanity in my life! I have been stamping since 1998 and have never, not once, never gotten bored or tired of it. There is always some new technique or embellishment or tool to use and I just can't stop! I find that thumping that wooden block on the ink pad and then on the paper is very therapeutic! It helps get out aggression and frustration.

So now you know. I hope I can post often and share some cool projects with you. Stay tuned for more!!

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