Thursday, December 20, 2007

Handmade Christmas ornaments

Here are 2 of the hand made ornaments on my tree. They are both done using those clear Christmas ornaments that you can get at any craft store. The first one uses a piece of acetate in the middle of the ornament that I embossed snowflakes onto. In person it is really neat because it looks like the snowflakes are just floating in the middle of the ornament. I finished it off with a white bow.

The 2nd ornament is kind of blurry (sorry about that), I couldn't seem to get a good picture of it. But this ornament really makes the red pop on my tree. Our tree has light green, gold and red ornaments on it and I made a bunch of these ornaments to really give some shimmer and consistency to the tree. Again this uses the clear ornament and I added about 20-25 drops of re-inker into the ornament. Then you swirl around the ink until the entire inside of the ornament is cover. Turn it over and let the extra ink drip into a plastic cup. Then add our dazzling diamond glitter and shake it all around until you have a good coverage. Dump out the extra glitter, but don't throw it away because now you have a beautifully died glitter that can be used on your other projects. I put it into a small Ziploc bag and it seems to keep fine in there. Then just put the top back on the ornament and your good to go.

Happy stampin and have a great day!


Oh My goodness, I'm in heaven, I just received my new catalog and I have to tell you I love it! I would post pictures but it's against SU policy so I can't wait to show it to all of you. There are some really fantastic new Designer papers both for girls and BOYS, I know that a lot of people say there isn't enough scrapbooking paper for boys, but I don't think you'll be disappointed this time. Of course there are fabulous new stamp sets, more variety this time, definitely something for everyone. We have new glitter too! A set that they are calling chunky glitter which looks like it will be fun to play with (of course you all know how much I love glitter, there aren't to many projects that I do, that I don't add glitter to.) There is another set of glitter that is fine like our dazzling diamond glitters but it comes in different colors. I can't wait to get my hands on both of these new sets of glitter! Also there are 5 different sets of rub-ons and I can't wait to try those out as well. Can you tell I'm excited. Club members will receive their catalogs at our first club meeting on Jan 14th. If your not a club member but would like to purchase a catalog let me know. If you want to check out the catalog feel free to come to our club meeting on Jan 14th. If your not a club member their is a guest fee of $5.00 to cover materials or if you purchase $25.00 worth of products then your fee is waived. RSVP is due 2 days before club meets.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Where Have I been?

OK So I know that I have been MIA lately and here is the reason why. I was put on bed rest for 2 weeks and then our well completely ran out of water so we had to have a new well put in can you say "OUCH". So we had no water for Thanksgiving week, and then it was Thanksgiving so that kept us busy and then on November 29th we had our beautiful baby girl Hannah May who weighed in at 9lbs 3oz. We came home on that Friday and then on Sunday we were re-admitted to the hospital for another 4 days because Hannah was very jaundice. But we are all home now and happy and healthy so here I am and I will be posting as often as possible.

Kayla's Birthday Invitations

Kayla's birthday is right after Christmas so I needed to get them done so yesterday while the girls took their nap I quickly whipped these invites up. Kayla loves them and I guess that's what really counts. I used Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Certainly Celery for my colors. It's really a fun color combination, you should try it out. I used the Eat Cake stamp set and the Hugs and Wishes stamp set. I also used the happy birthday cuttlebug embossing folder to give the background a little texture. Of course I added dazzling diamond glitter to the cake and the candles. I hope you like it, now I'm off to make my Christmas cards. Those should be done by now right? Oh well.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lovely as a Tree - Get Well Soon

So my husband calls me from work and says to me, "Can you make a Get Well card for a co-worker who has cancer?" My response is "Of Course I can" Then he goes on to tell me, it has to be bigger than the ones that you usually make because a bunch of people are going to sign it. Can you make it as big as the ones that you would buy in the store. I've omitted the brand name because that's almost like swearing to me! So it took me a while to figure out what the dimensions would be for this particular size card and then I remember that I have some bigger envelopes so I just folded a 81/2x11 piece of paper and half and then just matched up the paper to the envelope and trimmed off the extra. Then I knew what my dimensions would be for the 2nd card. I decided to give Craig 2 options to pick from. One that is very, very simple and then one that had just a little bit more detail to it. I figured that I would try and keep it as manly as possible seeing that it was for a construction worker (you know how manly they are).

I really like the first option but it will be interesting to see which one he picks. Both cards use the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. (one of my favorite sets, it's so versatile. You can use it for any season for any occasion, I find my self picking this set up almost every week to use. I guess I've gotten my money out of this set!)
Have a great day and Happy Stampin!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Glass ornaments with paper

How fun is this ornament? I absolutely love these, they look really great on the tree. What a great way to bring paper crafting to your tree. With this months special of buy 3 packs of designer paper and get 1 for FREE this is a great project to do with your scraps of paper. The best part is that it's so easy to do.

Cut strips of 1 inch by 4-6 inches depending on how much curl you want. Wrap a strip around a pencil and then put it in the top of your ornament. Continue until your ornament is full. That's it, super easy and super fun to do.

I'm going to make up a bunch of these and put them in a bowl as a centerpiece on my dining room table. I'll post a picture when their done.

So on a non- stamping related note, I had a doctors appt on Monday with an ultra sound to keep an eye on the little one, well guess what she weighs 7 lbs ALREADY! and I have 4 more weeks to go. Can you say ouch. The mid-wife says to me, yup you grow them big. Great! But all is well, both the baby and I are doing great!

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Aunt Deb's b-day card

So it was my aunt's birthday last weekend. Ok so she's really not my aunt, she's my husband's aunt but she is such a sweet lady that I call her my aunt, plus I'm closer to her than my own aunt's. But anyway her birthday was last weekend and I forgot to make her a card, so I finally got around to it and this is what I made. I used the hostess set Garden Silhouettes. I stamped the entire flower image in mellow moss and then used two different color purples markers to color in the flower part of the stamp. I stamped it on whisper white card stock and then used my coluzzle cutting system to cut out my ovals. I didn't want an entire oval so I just used my paper cutter to cut a straight edge down the left side. I wanted to give the flower an extra little punch so out came my 2-way glue pen and my dazzling diamond glitter and I added just a little bit of bling to the flower. I used the Tres Chic background stamp on the base of the card. I stamped the birthday wishes from Sincere Salutations with mellow moss ink and then used my designer label punch to punch it out. I went around the edge of the label with my eggplant marker and didn't quite like the way it turned out so again out came the 2 way glue pen and dazzling diamond glitter and that made it look much better. Hope you like it.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Bundle of Joy - baby shower card

Ok so I had a baby shower to go to this morning at 10:00 a.m. so what was I doing at 9:30 when I should have been dropping my daughter off at my mom's house? Yup you guessed it, making a baby shower card. You would think I would have a whole box of cards ready to go that I could just pick through, but no I have to wait until the last minute to make my cards. Maybe some day I'll get better about that. So here is my baby shower card and this picture really doesn't do it any justice. If anybody has any tips on shooting pictures feel free to let me know.

This card uses the bundle of joy set. I stamped the bear in timber brown staz-on ink and then water colored him in using different hues of brown. For my card stock I used, pretty in pink, close to cocoa and chocolate chip along with watercolor paper for the bear. I added spots of glitter to the bear which doesn't really show up to well as well as glitter to the chocolate chip card stock layer around the bear. In real life it sparkles so nicely. I then added the 3 buttons on the left of the card with mini glue dots. It's hard to see in this picture but the close to cocoa layer has the moon and stars from the same stamp set stamped all over randomly and the chocolate chip layer has our paisley background stamped on it in chocolate chip ink.

I hope you enjoy and don't be like me and wait until the very last minute to make your cards. Do as I say not as I do!

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Charity Auction - Bouquet of Cards

One of my customers asked me if I would donate an item to her ladies group that holds an auction in November. Of course I jumped at the chance. I decided to make this bouquet of cards to give towards the auction. How cute is this? This was a lot of fun to make. I filled it with 20 hand-made all occasion cards with envelopes. The auction is Saturday November 3rd. It is being held at the South Deerfield Polish Club, (right next door to Wolfie's Restaurant) on South Main Street in South Deerfield. The preview starts at 7:00 pm with the live auction starting at 7:30pm. There will be lots of great items up for auction as well as services. If your in the area this would be a great event to attend. It sounds like it's going to be a fun event that no one should miss.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Chipboard Ornaments

Check out these ornaments that I made using our On Board Trimmings Chipboard from the Holiday Mini Collection catalog. These where so fun to make. Some I used designer paper on, while others, I used our white craft ink on and then embossed in our iridescent ice embossing powder. They are really shimmery in real life. I really like the square ornament in the center. I love how you can make it into a picture frame. This is a picture of Kayla on her first Christmas. On the back of the ornament I wrote down all the details so that I would remember. Her age, which year and so forth. I plan on making an ornament like this every year so I can have the memories right there on my tree.

Anybody who is planning on signing up for the Christmas Ornament Class on November 9th this is similar to what you will be making if you signed up for the chipboard part of the class. Remember there where 3 options, the chipboard ornament class, the microscope slide ornament class and the glitter glass ball ornament class. Each class is $15.00 or take all 3 for $40.00. Registration with payment is due by November 2nd.

Happy stampin and have a great day!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Christmas Card Buffet

Ok here are the cards for my Christmas Card Buffet on Wednesday November 14th. Come make as many cards as you want to. Choose from one of the style or do all 5 the choice is up to you. Just let me know which cards you want to make and how many of each. The cards will be $2.00 each. Registration with payment and choice of cards is due by November 5th. I will show each card separately with a name to each card so when you register just go ahead and use the names and how many you want to make. This will be my last Christmas card class before Christmas, due to the fact that I will be having a baby in early December.

MISTLETOE PEACEFUL WISHES: This card uses the colors real red and old olive with whisper white.

THE SNOWFLAKE SPOT: This card reminds me of Santa with his red, white and black.

PINE CONE PEACEFUL WISHES: a very elegant card that just screams Christmas.

SNOWMAN MERRY CHRISTMAS: This little cutie was made by a very talented lady over on SCS, by the name of Yvette.

If you are a member of SCS you should be able to see her original card.

ICICLE SNOW: this card has the really fun to do icicles that shimmer and shine very nicely.

So just let me know what cards you want to make and how many of each so that I can have them all cut out and ready for you when you show up.
Class November 14th 6:00-9:00pm
please bring your own adhesive.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Paper Party Promotion Nov 1 - 30th

Stampin Up's special for November is FABULOUS! Buy 3 packs of our designer paper and receive 1 free package. (That's a $9.95 value for FREE). The best part is that their is no minimum purchase required to receive this special and no limit on how many you can purchase. Just in time to start making all your projects for the holidays. On top of the special I'm offering an incentive to my customers. I will send out a e-mail once a week for the four weeks of November with a fun idea on how to use your designer paper. Purchase your paper in the first week of November and receive an e-mail all four weeks. Purchase your paper in the second week of November and receive 3 e-mails. Purchase your paper the third week of November and receive 2 e-mails with great ideas. Purchase the paper the last week of November and receive 1 e-mail with a great idea on what you can do with the paper. Be sure to check out all our designer papers on pages 170-173 of our catalog. To purchase your Paper party promotion, just give me a call or e-mail me at

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the samples of the Christmas cards that will be available for my Christmas Card Buffet on Wednesday November 14th.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Dad's birthday card

I needed a card for my dad's birthday and I couldn't figure out what stamp set I wanted to use. Normally I would use one of my tree sets or leaf sets but I wanted to do something a little different and then I remembered that I hadn't used my Eat Cake stamp set in a while.

Is a card really a manly card if you use glitter and ribbon on it? Probably not but I had to do it. For the cake I used my bashful blue, creamy carmel and close to cocoa markers to color in the stamp. On the thicker close to cocoa layer I used my paisley background stamp in close to cocoa ink just to give it a little more texture. I'm pleased with the way this card came out. This is the first time I made a square card, it measures 51/4 x 51/4, it fits perfectly into our square medium envelopes. I bought the envelopes so that I would have to try a square card, I've seen so many beautiful square cards but I always stick to the common size so now that I have the envelopes I will have to make more of them. It is a fun size card to work with.

Supplies: Eat cake stamp set cardstock: kraft, bashful blue, close to cocoa, whisper white

Ink: bashful blue, close to cocoa

Markers: close to cocoa, creamy carmel, bashful blue

Accessories: ticket corner punch, soft subtles brads, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamond glitter, blue and carmel gingham ribbon, hole puncher

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thanksgiving Card Buffet

So here are 2 of the 4 options for my Thanksgiving card buffet on Friday November 2nd. The other 2 cards are in the previous posts. For my Thanksgiving card buffet all you have to do is pick which cards you want to make and how many of each you want and I will have everything cut out and ready to go for you. This first card is A Tree For All Seasons, I really like this card, very simple and fun to make.

The 2nd card is the Give Thanks Card, it uses water coloring to color in the basket full of leaves. Water coloring is so much fun to do and it is very calming to me.

For the card buffet pick out which cards you want to make and send me a check for that amount of cards. The cards are $2.00 each to make. RSVP with payment are due by Thursday October 25th. Please bring your own adhesive. Can't make it to the card buffet but would like to order some pre-made cards, just give me a call or e-mail me at for pricing and you can place an order.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Friday, October 5, 2007

In the spotlight - Thanksgiving

So here is another Thanksgiving card, same colors as yesterday (I'm really liking these colors together for fall themed cards). This time around I used the Hostess set In the spotlight. I'm trying to use stamp sets that you might not normally think of as fall stamp sets. I used my favorite layout again, such a simple eye pleasing layout. I randomly stamped the images on the confetti cream card stock in wild wasabi, really rust and close to cocoa. I then added a piece of our 5/8 in. chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon. I have to say I really like the size of this ribbon it gives a nice touch to the card. On the wild wasabi card base I stamped the words Happy Thanksgiving in close to cocoa and then used the dotted line (also from In the spotlight set) under the saying. This card could be considered a little retro I guess.

This card will also be one of the options at my Thanksgiving Card Buffet on November 2nd. Check out my events page on my website to get all the details of this event. Registration due by October 25th.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Supplies: In the spotlight, holiday and wishes stamp sets; wild wasabi, really rust, confetti cream card stock; wild wasabi, really rust, close to cocoa ink; 5/8 chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon.

Baroque Thanksgiving

So here I go again using the baroque motifs stamp set, but doesn't it look like the vines that would be on a pumpkin? Well that's what I thought anyway when I had this idea in my head. I water colored the pumpkin image from the Autumn Harvest Stamp set. I also added a orange square rhinestone brad. Very simple card, but I'm happy with it. This will be one of the options for my Thanksgiving Card Buffet on Friday November 2nd. The other options will be up by October 18th so that you can tell me what cards and how many of each you would like to make. The last day to RSVP for this event will be October 25th. Have a great day and happy stampin!
Supplies: Wild wasabi, really rust, whisper white, watercolor card stock
wild wasabi, really rust, only orange, pumpkin pie classic ink, timber brown staz-on ink
Baroque motifs, Autumn Harvest, Holidays and wishes stamp sets
square rhinestone brads- fire

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Unity Candle

So one of my customers (and friend), called me up and said that her daughter was trying to put their invitation onto their unity candle and that they couldn't get it to stay on. She asked if I had any thoughts on how to do it. So we discussed doing it like we had done stamping on candles so I told her I would give it a try. So what I did was copy the invitation onto tissue paper. Let me tell you that was a treat all on it's own. If you ever try to print onto tissue paper make sure you have all the sides of the tissue paper taped down WELL to a piece of copy paper. After 4 or 5 tries I finally did get it to print out onto the tissue paper and then I have to tell you when I was heat setting it onto the candle that was the most nerve wrecking 3 minutes I've had in a very long time. When your stamping on candle it's just for fun and if you mess up you can always start over, but with the unity candle this was the only candle that I had. But I have to say it came out perfectly, I was even impressed at how good it looked when I was done. I sighed a big sigh of relief. Then I just used the ribbon and wrapped it around the candle and tied it in a knot both on the top and bottom of the candle. If I had my pretties kit I would have added some pearls to it as well, but it was still on Mr. Brown's truck somewhere. And yes I do have permission from my customer to post the candle on my blog.

The only thing she did ask was that I wait until after the wedding to post the pictures so that they didn't have uninvited guests at the wedding.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

World Card Making Day - Wanted

So here is another card for World Card Making Day on October 6th. I used the Wanted stamp set as well as the coordinating Outlaw designer paper. Stampin Up did a great job this catalog season, with making coordinating products,which makes it just that much easier and fun to put cards together. I love the paisley stamp in this set and I used really rust ink on really rust card stock to get that great tone-on-tone affect. I also used the circle scallop punch on this card and I tell you there are so many stamps in the catalog that fit perfectly in that punch. The stars on the sage shadow stripe are also stamped in sage shadow ink to keep that tone-on-tone thing going. I like this card because you could really use it for any occasion for male or female.
Last chance registration for World Card Making Day - All occasion class is October 1st.

Supplies: Wanted stamp set, creamy caramel, really rust, sage shadow classic inks, sage shadow, very vanilla, really rust, close to cocoa card stock, outlaw designer paper, circle scallop punch.

Happy stampin and have a great day!

World Card Making Day - Sunflower

Today my post is one of the cards for World Card Making Day. October 6th I will be holding a all occasion card class from 9:00-11:00am we will be making 5 cards and this just happens to be one of the cards. I really like the stamp set, Give Thanks and this sunflower is part of that set. I stamped it in chocolate chip ink and then used my blender pens and ink from the covers of my ink pads to color in the sunflower. I also used the paisley background stamp and inked it up in Summer Sun ink and then stamped it on very vanilla cardstock. On the Kraft cardstock I took just the flower part of the stamp and inked it up in creamy caramel and just randomly stamped it all over. I took a very thin piece of very vanilla cardstock and layered it between the paisley background stamped cardstock and the kraft cardstock just to give the card a little more interest. Of course I finished off the card by using the ticket corner punch on the old olive layer and the confetti cream layer. Well that's it for today. If you are planning on coming to World Card Making Day on October 6th, please be sure to register by October 1st.

Supplies: Give Thanks stamp set, paisley background stamp, very vanilla, kraft, old olive and confetti cream cardstock, blender pens, yo-yo yellow, summer sun, more mustard, old olive, creamy caramel, close to cocoa classic ink pads, ticket corner punch.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Snow and Faux icicles

So here is another card for tonight's Christmas Card Class. It uses the new SNOW jumbo wheel from the holiday mini collection as well as 2 of the new in-line colors for this year. How about those cute icicles on the top of the snow layer. The icicles where featured at Stampin Up's convention this year. They are pretty easy to do and I might just have to do a tutorial on them soon. So check back if your interested in seeing how easy they really are to make. In real life they shimmer very nicely. I think that they add a nice dimension to the card. This is one of my absolute favorite layouts for cards, it's one that I fall back on time and time again, one because it's super simple to do plus I love the way it looks, nice and crisp and clean.
Supplies: Snow jumbo wheel,Tags on board stamp set, Whisper white, soft sky and blue bayou cardstock, bashful blue jumbo ink cartridge, blue bayou classic ink, soft sky and blue bayou double stitched grosgrain ribbon.

Last chance registration for upcoming Ronald McDonald House Charity Card Class is Monday September 24th. The class will be held Monday October 8th 6:30-8:30pm. Class fee is $30.00 and includes the Just Like You stamp set ( a $25.95 value). $2.00 of each Just Like You stamp set sold will go directly to the RMHC. Come have a fun night of stamping and helping a good cause at the same time. Please bring your own adhesive. There is also a designer paper add on for an extra $11.45 you can go home that night with a package of the coordinating designer paper. Call or e-mail me for more information.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Friday, September 14, 2007


Christmas Card Class - Friday September 21st - Come make 10 cards 2 each of 5 designs. Class fee is $20.00. Please RSVP by Monday September 17th. I only have a few spaces left for this class! Please bring your own adhesive.

October 6th - World Card Making Day-come join me in celebrating such a fun day. We will be doing an all occasion card class. We will be making 5 cards for $10.00, bring a new to me friend with you and take the class for $6.00. Please RSVP by October 1st. Please bring your own adhesive.

October 8th - Ronald McDonald Charity Class - Come have a great night of stamping and help out a great charity at the same time. Class fee is $30.00 and includes the Ronald McDonald Stamp Set, Just Like You, a $25.95 value. We will be stamping 4 cards and the best part is that $2.00 of every RMHC stamp set goes directly to the charity. Registration fee is due by September 24th so that I have plenty of time to get the stamp sets here in time for the class. There is an optional designer paper add on: Go home with a package of the matching designer paper to add a little flair to your cards or scrapbook pages. Just add an extra $11.45 to your registration fee. Please bring your own adhesive.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Baroque - Christmas

So as you all know, I absolutely love this stamp set, Baroque Motifs that is. I knew that it would make a really pretty Christmas Card even though it's not a Christmas set (just shows how versatile the set really is). The small flowers kind of remind me of poinsettias so I thought that I would try them in purely pomegranate, sure they would have looked great in real red or bravo burgundy but I wanted to give them just a touch of something different. The swirl stamp was stamped in always artichoke, it was hard to pick a green color because there are so many that look nice with the pomegranate, I was debating between wild wasabi, old olive, mellow moss or the artichoke. Well artichoke won out. I used our new gold cord (it's stretchy which makes it really nice for Christmas presents or tags as well as many other things). I just tied it in a simple bow. I stamped the words Merry Christmas in Gold ink and then I also ran the gold ink around the edges of all the layers of cardstock, it makes it look like there is more layers of cardstock then there really is. Anyway I hope you like it.

Supplies: Bravo Burgundy, always artichoke, whisper white cardstock, gold cording, gold ink, baroque motifs stamp set, Holidays & Wishes stamp set, always artichoke classic ink, purely pomegranate classic ink

Have a great day and happy stampin!

The Snowflake Spot - Soft Sky

I know that the lighting on this card is really off, but I promise that I did it on purpose. I wanted to show the glitter on the card and it's really hard to capture glitter on a camera. This seemed to be the best way to do it. So I have to say that I really like this card a lot and this photo really doesn't do it any justice. This card is one of the cards that we will be doing on Friday September 21st at our Christmas card class. I do still have a few openings so if your interested in coming to the class feel free to call or e-mail me.
The card uses the new background stamp Tres Chic, which I have to say lends it's self to many different cards. It's basically just a bunch of different words all randomly placed on the stamp. But the words that are on it could be used for almost any occasion. I stamped the Tres Chic background onto very vanilla cardstock with soft sky classic ink. I also stamped the snowflake in the soft sky as well. I used layers of soft sky and night of navy cardstock and the new double stitched soft sky ribbon. On the snowflake I used the 2-way glue pen (one of my favorite ways to apply glitter) and dabbed it on some of the dots on the snowflake and then applied our dazzling diamond glitter. This is my absolute favorite glitter, it's so fine that it covers nicely and it sparkles so nicely, especially at night when the lights are dimmed. Last year I used the glitter on my Christmas ornaments and let me tell you with the lights from the tree you would have thought I had real diamonds all over my tree. OK well maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but you get my point. Anyway enough ranting, and back to the card. I also applied the dazzling diamond glitter all the way around the edge of the soft sky cardstock just to give it a little extra sparkle.
Supplies: Very vanilla, soft sky, night of navy cardstock
Soft sky ink, soft sky double stitched ribbon, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter, ticket corner punch, Tres Chic background stamp, The snowflake spot stamp set.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Charity Class - Just Like You

How great are these colors? They are so much fun together. This card is almost completely cased from the catalog page 105. I just changed a few little things. This stamp set is this years Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set. For every one of these stamp sets that is sold $2.00 of the sales goes directly to the RMHC. How great is that? Monday October 8th I am having a charity stamp class. The class fee is $30.00 and includes this great stamp set (a $25.95 value). We will be doing 4 cards using this stamp set. So for $30.00 your getting the stamp set and a class, with s&h and tax if you do the math your getting the class for FREE. There is also a designer paper add on for anybody who is interested in going home with a package of the coordinating paper just add another $11.45 to your registration fee. Registration is due by September 24th and your space will not be held until I receive payment. Please bring your own adhesive to the class. This is such a great charity to help out and the great thing is that we'll have a fun night of stamping at the same time.

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

garden silhouettes - black and white

So I've had this card in my head for a while. I love black and white together. I think that it can be so elegant. I don't emboss very often and I'm not really sure why, because I always love the effect that it gives me. Ok so I know why I don't emboss very often because it's just a whole extra set of supplies that I have to carry out to my dining room table. If I had my craft room set up so it was useable I would probably do it more often. I don't know if you can see it or not but I emobssed the swirls from baroque motifs in clear embossing powder on both layers of the black and it looks really cool in real life. I stamped the flower image on whisper white cardstock and then cut it out with my coluzzle cutting system. Scallops are so in so what I did was cut the next two sizes of circles with the coluzzle and then used my corner rounder punch to create the scallops. I also scallopes the straight white cardstock the same way. Then I used just a small piece of the grey taffeta ribbon and taped it down to the white scalloped circle and then used stampin dimensionals to pop the black circle up off of the white circle. I'm very pleased with this card, what would I do differently now that the card is done? I would have embossed the flower with black embossing powder to give it that nice shiny look and to go better with the card. I hope you enjoy!
Supplies: Whisper white cardstock, basic black cardstock, garden silhouettes hostess set, baroque motifs stamp set, coluzzle cutting system, basic black ink, versamark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, grey taffeta ribbon, corner rounder, stampin dimensionals.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Scallop Christmas Wreath- Punch Class

Tonight I have a punch class and I'm very excited. This is one of the 4 projects that we will be doing. How cute are these Christmas wreaths? Super easy to make using our new circle scallop punch as well as a smaller size circle for the middle. A very simple card but cute none the less.
Supplies: Kraft cardstock, wild wasabi cardstock, real red cardstock, circle scallop punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1/8 handheld circle punch, gold cord, Holidays & Wishes stamp set, real red classic ink, stampin dimensionals.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

STAMP CLUB- Our last stamp club meeting will be Monday September 10th from 7:00-9:00 pm. If you've wondered what stamp club is all about come on by and see how much fun we have. We will be starting back up with stamp club in January and I'm already taking names. If your interested give me a call or e-mail me to save your space.

Opportunity Night!
Monday September 17th I will be hosting an opportunity night for anybody who is interested in becoming a stampin up demonstrator. Come have a good time stamping and asking any questions you might have. Please RSVP by September 12th if you plan on attending. If you don't feel comfortable coming by your self please bring a friend with you. The evening will start at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Today I'm showing you a card that we will be making at Stamp Club next Monday.I'm showing them two really fun ways to use the Lovely as a Tree stamp set (one of my all time favorite sets). This card uses the Reflections technique. I needed a thank you note for an older gentleman who let's us stay on his property when we go camping and he lives on a lake so I thought that this card was appropriate for him seeing that you can see the reflection of the trees in the water.
This month is our last stamp club meeting until January and I have to say I'm sad. But if you are interested in seeing what stamp club is all about feel free to come to our last meeting September 10th 7:00-9:00p.m.

Supplies: various SU markers, whisper white cardstock, wax paper, brayer

Have a great day and happy stampin!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Playground layout - full of firsts

So I have another scrapbook layout for you today. This layout is full of firsts for me. I used our new textured paper for the first time (and love it), I also used our
new crop-a-dile to set the eyelets for the first time( It's so nice to be able to do it all with one tool and silently also which is great seeing that I do alot of my work when Kayla is napping. I also used the word window punch for the journaling which is the first time I've tried that.

So let me tell you about the layout. I've started a notebook where I draw my sketches in there first before I even get out any cardstock. So I sorted through my pictures first and decided which ones I really wanted to use and which ones I could do without. Then I decided how much they could be trimmed down. From there I knew that I wanted really big scallops on one of the pages and I don't have any way of making really big scallops so what did I do? I took our big circle punch 13/8 circle punch to be exact and punched out a bunch of circles and then layered them half way behind the eggplant paper. I knew what colors I wanted to use right away because of the colors in the photos. Kayla is wearing a purple outfit that matches elegant eggplant and her sweater is blue bayou. So I used 12x12 blue bayou textured paper and elegant eggplant cardstock. Because of the white scallops on the first page I knew that I wanted to bring the white over to the 2nd page so I used the word window punch and punched out a bunch of those and used them to journal on. I also brought white over to the 2nd page by using my white kraft ink and rubbing it on the edged of the eggplant cardstock to give it a softer look, as well as bringing in 3 of the now retired SU small flower eyelets. Like I said earlier using the crop-a-dile to set the eyelets was so nice. If you would like to set up a time to get together to see how cool this tool really is, give me a call! For the title I also used the the white kraft ink with the typeset alphabet lower stamp set.
Supplies:Blue bayou textured cardstock, elegant eggplant and whisper white cardstock, white kraft ink, elegant eggplant marker, corner rounder punch, word window punch, 13/8 circle punch, small flower eyelets (retired) crop-a-dile, typeset lower alphabet stamp set.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Stamp Club - Remake

So if you go a few post's down you'll see one titled Stamp Club Project, well I had some cut cardstock left over after our club meeting so today I saw it and said hmmm, how can I use the left over cardstock and make a different card? So here it is, what do you think? I've wanted this stamp set booglie eyes from the time it came out last July and I finally got it, I figured it's a pretty versatile set, I can use it for cute Halloween cards, candy holders, or for great scrapbook pages so I broke down and got it. I also used my new scallop circle punch on the card (yup I'm in love with it), It layers great with our 13/8 and 11/4 circle punches as you can see here. I popped it up on stampin dimensionals and added the wild wasabi and eggplant ribbon. I hope you liked my post today!
Supplies: Eggplant,wild wasabi, whisper white cardstock, Basic black classic ink, eggplant and garden green markers, blender pen, 11/4 circle punch, 13/8circle punch, circle scallop punch, stampin dimensionals.
Happy stampin and have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Our lil' Pumpkin-scrapbook page

So today I thought I would share a scrapbook page with you that I have been working on. I used one of the new stamp sets that will be coming out in the Holiday mini collection on Sept 1st. The stamp set is named Autumn Harvest and it is a super cute set (not to mention that it is DIE CUT!) can you tell that I'm excited about that. Anyway so I had stamped these 2 pumpkins and the leaves from the set and watercolored them all, last week. They were meant to be a card, but I had this cute title just swimming through my head "Our lil' Pumpkin", so I knew that I had to make them into a scrapbook page. So I went through my pictures and found these cute pics of Kayla from last fall, picking out our pumpkins so then I was off. What color papers to use? What alphabet sets? Well I knew that I had a package of the fall flowers designer paper so I rummaged through that to see which paper I wanted to use. As soon as I saw the striped paper I knew that was it. So this particular patterned paper uses really rust, sahara sand and white. So I knew that I wanted to use really rust cardstock on my page and then I was going through my scraps of papers looking at my greens and then I found this 8X81/2 piece of wild wasabi and I was sold. Then I just started playing to see how I wanted to the papers to end up, I turned the wild wasabi so it was a diamond and decided that I liked it better as a square, and I put the really rust directly in the middle and then tried it off to the side and thought that was more pleasing to the eye. So that's basically it. One more scrapbook page down, I won't tell you how many more to go! Here is a close up of the watercoloring, I love to watercolor it's so calming to me.

Supplies: Fall Flowers designer paper, reallly rust and wild wasabi cardstock, Autumn Harvest stamp set, Big Deal alphabet, Typeset Alphabet Lower, Really rust and Wild wasabi classic ink, wild wasabi double stitched ribbon, watercolor crayons (earth elements), aqua painters, 3/4 circle punch, 11/4 circle punch, stampin dimensionals.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Just had to share!

Ok, so I'm super excited about the upcoming Holiday mini collection catalog which debuts Sept 1st. and here's my reason why. All the stamps are laser cut (yeah no cutting). Check out how cool this is.
Picture 1- See how all of the images are cut around them.

Picture 2- See how I'm pulling the pre-cut image off of the sheet of rubber.

Picture 3- Here is the sheet of rubber with the image pulled all the way off.

Picture 4- Here is the image all ready to be placed on a piece of wood. How cool is that!

I have this rule that when I get an order in, I can't do any stamping until all of my stamp sets are put together and with these sets being pre-cut I had my sets together in a matter of minutes. I also heard a rumor that all of the upcoming mini catalogs will feature these die-cut stamps. Yeah, isn't that exciting!
Happy Stampin! and have a great day!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Stamp Club project

So here is one of the cards that stamp club will be doing tomorrow. The card uses the baby wipe technique. It almost looks like a tied-die effect to me. I love how the elegant eggplant and the wild wasabi go together so nicely. I think the bronze brads help it to stand out as well.
Supplies used: Looks like spring stamp set, paisley background stamp, elegant eggplant classic ink pad, elegant eggplant, wild wasabi, whisper white cardstock, vintage brads, eggplant 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, black gingham ribbon, white 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch.

Our last stamp club meeting will be on September 10th, from 7:00 9:00pm, anybody who is interested in joining my stamp club feel free to come to the September club meeting to see what it's all about. We will be starting a new club on the 2nd Monday of the month, starting in January. Spaces are limited. If you have any questions about stamp club feel free to call or e-mail me. Happy Stampin and have a great day!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

A New Sign Up Bonus from Stampin Up!

Stampin Up just announced that from now until September 30th anybody who signs up to become a Stampin Up Demonstrator will receive a FREE set of classic ink pads (color family of your choice) That's 12 ink pads for free. That's a $57.95 value for FREE. That's almost $400.00 worth of products for the $199.00 price of the starter kit. Feel free to go to my website or to to see the special. If your interested in signing up give me a call and we can get together and I can answer any questions you might have. This special works great for any type of demonstrator, whether you are signing up just to get the discount or to make a new career for your self

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Hostess Appreciation Day!

Saturday was hostess appreciation day here at my house. We had a great time of stamping and fellowship. There where 9 ladies attending the event. We had fun doing 4 projects. We did a card with a bookmark that can be torn off of the card, using the baroque motifs stamp set (probably my new favorite set). We also made a paperclip bookmark, a 6X6 scrapbook page and a candy wrapper for a choclate bar. Each lady went home with a free stamp set and their completed projects. Thank you to everybody who came out to this fun event.