Friday, December 26, 2008

Another framed art project

Well, I can finally show you the other frame project I did this Christmas! My wonderful downline Jaime adores the Bella Rose designer series paper, so of course I had to use it on her gift. This is another variation on the framed art project in this post.

Stamps: Warm Words
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Bella Rose designer series paper, curly label punch, striped Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Wishing each of you the happiest of holidays! I hope that you get to spend Christmas surrounded by those you love. Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Don't get me wrong...I'm still in the Christmas spirit, but I'm just so danged tired of making Christmas cards! I'm doing an all-birthday card stamp-a-stack next month, so I got a head start on the projects. I've actually been quite productive this weekend and have 3 of the 5 designs ready! Here's one that I did, aiming for a masculine card:

I tried to keep it very simple with nothing that would feel "girly" to a potential recipient, so no ribbon, no glitter, nothing more than stamps and cardstock.

{{ cheers}}
Stamps: Cheers to You
Cardstock: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, watercolor paper
Ink: stazon black, Summer Sun, Baja Breeze
Accessories: 1-3/4" circle punch, aquapainter, stampin' dimensionals

Friday, December 19, 2008

Framed Art

When I came across a fabulous framed art project on Dawn McVey's blog, I just knew I had to try it out. And what better way than with some yummy new designer series paper that will premiere in the Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog? Ready for a sneak peek?!?

I made this as a gift for my dear upline, Sherrie (thanks again for all your support this year!). I placed the punches along some Regal Rose cardstock, layered it onto Pink Pirouhette and again onto Kiwi Kiss. I added a faux bow and placed it inside an 8x10 frame. For the final touch, I used a sticky cuts letter on the glass and added some cosmo glitter. Trust me, this picture just does NOT do this project justice - it's so sparkly and bright IRL! This new designer series paper is so much fun!

I made a variation on this project but can't post it until the recipient receives it - I don't want to ruin the surprise! But look for it on my blog sometime next week.

Thanks for stopping by!

{{framed art}}
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouhette, Regal Rose
Accessories: Raspberry Tart designer series paper, curly label punch, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, sticky cuts letters, fine cosmo glitter

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bright snowflakes

Well, despite some very kind comments from fellow bloggers, I wasn't completely satisfied with the Christmas card I posted yesterday. I sat down with the same layout and changed up the color scheme to something brighter. The color combo was inspired by my wonderful upline, Sherrie, who loves green and pink. I like this one much better! ENJOY!!

{{bright snowflakes}}
Stamps: Snow Swirled, Warm Words
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Pixie Pink, Pink Pirouhette
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pixie Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: scallop edge punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, corner rounder, stampin' dimensionals

Monday, December 15, 2008

Another Christmas card

I need just a few more Christmas cards to finish up my annual mailing and started playing around with a few scraps I had sitting on my desk. The end result was this:

I think I'm going to try it again with a brighter, fresher color combo and see what happens. This one is nice, but it's feeling a little dull with all the dark colors. What do you think??

Stamps: Snow Swirled, To You & Yours
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Ski Slope designer series paper, scallop edge punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, stampin' dimensionals

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Patchwork Christmas

I have seen some fabulous cards with the look of a patchwork quilt recently. I only have a few scraps left of the Holiday Treasures designer series paper, so I knew I just HAD to give it a try. I ran some cardstock through my Big Shot machine and then through a xyron machine to make it completely sticky. Then I cut the DSP into 3/4" squares and attached them, trimming the edges. I have to admit it's a bit tedious, but I just LOVE the effect! I hope you enjoy my creation!

Stamps: Heard from the Heart, Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chipe, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Holiday Treasures DSP, Top Note die, stampin' dimensionals

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Service Project

My husband is the leader of my son's cub scout den and the boys needed to complete a service project. Last year, they made cards for a local nursing home, but this year, we decided to send cards to the troops overseas. I was tipped off to a "Holiday Cards for Heroes" program through the American Red Cross to get cards to the soldiers. So I whipped up some red, white and blue cards because I wasn't sure what holiday the recipients celebrate. The boys added a personal message to the cards and then they each signed all the cards. Some even added some cute drawings inside. I wanted to keep the cards simple because I didn't have much time to throw them together. So I pulled out this old, retired stamp set that Stampin' Up! sold back in 2001 and designed this...

The boys seemed to really enjoy the project, and it felt great to send good wishes to those service men and women who are away from their friends and family this holiday season.

{{God Bless America}}
Stamps: God Bless America (retired), Starring You
Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Accessories: none (can you believe it? I made a card without dimensionals?!)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

O Christmas Tree

I'm well on my way to making the nearly 100 Christmas cards I'll be mailing out this year, but now that it's December, I'm feeling the pressure to get these done and out earlier than I did last year. Looking for a quick and easy holiday card, I turned to my trusty Deer Friends hostess stamp set, some punches and designer series paper from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' kit.

No, it's not the most original design, but if you're looking for something that's easy to mass-produce, this tried-and-true layout fits the bill! Remember, most people are just thrilled with receiving a hand-made card from you. It doesn't have to be totally decked out to impress them! In fact, I'll probably take this idea and slightly alter it with different colors/patterns and crank out a bunch tonight.

{{O Christmas Tree}}
Stamps: Deer Friends
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun
Accessories: scallop edge punch, I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, stampin' dimensionals

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy {belated} Birthday Angel!

I made this bright and cheerful card for my friend and fellow stamper, Angel (howdy! ) more than a week ago. But then she took off to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday last week, and I didn't want her to catch a sneek peek of her birthday card before I had a chance to give it to her. Now that she has it in her hands, I can safely show the rest of you! I love the yummy color combo in the Sweet Always DSP and this retired stamp set still gets some lovin' from time to time. Happy birthday Angel!! :-)

Stamps: That's Nice (retired)
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Passion, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sweet Always designer series paper, Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble gobble

Just a quick post to wish everyone a ...

We're in Chicago visiting my mom and stepdad and I'm looking to our eclectic Thanksgiving feast - Italian, Polish and traditional goodies. I had to taste test the Buckeyes my mom made and am proud to say they pass the test. Although I'm a little sad that I have to share them with everyone! ;)

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Snowman greetings

Just a quick post today...not much to say about this card except that I just love the little banner Mr. Snowman is holding. I kinda goofed on my coloring and wanted to hide a little bit of his belly so I was inspired to make him hold a greeting to cover my faux pas. I think it turned out adorable if I do say so myself!

{{happy holidays}}
Stamps: Punch Pals
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Black, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Frosty Day designer series paper, tool kit, blender pen, word window punch, silver cord, stampin' dimensionals

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shoebox swap

Here's a simple card I designed for a shoebox swap with some other demonstrators:

The theme was Valentine's Day and I used the Sweet Always designer series paper as my inspiration for the color combo. I was looking at my display board and found another card I had made using color blocks and thought the layout would carry over for this project. Hope you like it! :-)

{{love you}}
Stamps: A Happy Heart
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: corner rounder, key tag punch, stampin' dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch, Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, sponge, Sweet Always DSP

Thursday, November 20, 2008

An award and a project

The very talented Lynn Put , a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, bestowed the Kreativ Blogger Award on me - what an honor! I find so much inspiration at her blog and encourage you to check it out for yourself!

According to the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

So here are five blogs that I love to visit:
Cards n' Crafts by Ret
Stampin' Pretty
Ramblings of Me
Stamping With Sheryl

And now on to a new project. My awesome upline, Sherrie, hosted a stamping night with her downline and we got to make these adorable holiday shadowbox frames.

It starts with a frame from IKEA (love that place!). We used various papers and chipboard pieces from the Country Living Holiday Collection to customize our project. The sparkly green frame inside will hold a small picture and that ornament dangles from the top of the box. I also used Rub-Ons (20% off this month with a $20 purchase!) to add the sentiment to the front of the frame.
Ta ta, for now! :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The big announcement

Thanks to everyone who participated in my inaugural blog candy! I had some comments from folks I haven't heard from before but who visit my blog - it's so exciting to see new people checking out my projects!! And I love hearing people share their grateful feelings. With the commercialism of Christmas already nipping at our heels, it's nice to slow down and truly enjoy the people and things that give us strength to deal with the craziness of everyday life. By far, I am so thankful for my family and try to remember to let them know how much they mean to me. Don't forget to give your loved ones a big hug today, ok?

So, you're probably on pins and needles to find out who won, right? Ok, so maybe the anticipation isn't quite that dramatic, but who doesn't love to win some freebies?! I asked my husband to close his eyes and pick a number out of my hand, not having a clue of what he was actually doing to make it an objective drawing. Please imagine a drum roll please........

Comment #3 was drawn and so the winner is Krissy!!

cardcrazy said...
Congratulations on 10,000 hits! Your blog is always an inspiration.Aside from being thankful for the blessing of family and friends...especially my husband and two little boys, I am thankful that I have a creative outlet that helps me to keep my sanity! There are many days that I am so grateful to be able to "escape" to the peace and quiet and relaxation of stamping!Congratulations again, and Happy Thanksgiving!Krissy in Illinois

Krissy, please email me with your mailing address so I can ship your goodies out. Thanks again to everyone for participating!!!

And now I'm off to see what award Lynn has bestowed upon me...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Blog Candy

Oy vey, what a crazy last couple of weeks! I haven't done much blogging because I'm having camera issues. The flash on my digital camera died not too long ago, so I replaced it but I've been struggling with the new one. It takes great pictures, but apparently when I transfer the pictures, I have to manually turn off the camera (my old one powered down on its own). I ran out the batteries the first day! I replaced the batteries but kept getting errors about them. I'm guessing it has something to do with the cheap-o batteries I bought at the dollar spot at Target. So while I was battling this issue, I tried to use my husband's camera. For some reason, though, it refused to transfer the pictures to my computer!! I now have some decent batteries in my new camera and things seem to be back to normal. So I can post some more of my projects!!

Well, in the spirit of thanksgiving, here's a card I made earlier this week:

And that leads me to my blog candy.....

To celebrate passing 10,000 hits on my blog and to thank all of you for helping me achieve that milestone, I'm offering my very first blog candy. Included is a retired stamp set "Make It Count," an adhesive remover (fabulous little tool!!), a small "Happiness" decor elements in white and a hand stamped post-it note holder. To win, just leave me a comment with something you're grateful for this year. Post your comment by Saturday, November 15th at 10:00 p.m. EST and I'll announce the winner on Sunday. Good luck!

{{thankful thoughts}}
: Thoroughly Thankful
Cardstock: Kraft, Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron
Ink: Versamark, Basic Brown
Accessories: gold embossing powder, heat tool, Autumn Vine designer series paper, Alpine ribbon originals, stampin' dimensionals

Saturday, November 8, 2008

10,000 hits!

Woohoo, my blog has exceeded more than 10,000 hits! Thanks to everyone who stops by to check out my Stampin' Up! projects! Stay tuned for some blog candy...

Monday, November 3, 2008

All Wrapped Up

Are you ready for some fabulously cute gift-giving packaging ideas? Well, here we go...

These five projects will be featuring in my "All Wrapped Up" class later this month (11/14 and 11/16 if you're in the Cincinnati area!). All projects are designed around the Frosty Day designer series paper in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The paper has such fun, non-traditional holiday colors (Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss and Close to Cocoa).

The gift bag project includes the bag and matching gift card. The small box on the bottom left is the famously-fun pizza box (got the idea and pattern here). The bottle wrap is perfect for giving bottles of wine or dipping oils or infused vinegars and has a little bit of bling that you might not see in the picture. I got that terrific idea from fellow demonstrator, Mary Knabe (thanks Mary!!). The small project on the bottom right is a gift card holder that opens with a pull of the ribbon. And lastly, the snowflake ornament doubles as a gift card holder with a pocket on the back.

So are you sufficiently tempted?! If you're in the Cincinnati area and would like to come make these projects, the cost is only $20 and I have 1 opening left on Friday the 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 5 openings on Sunday the 16th at 1:30 p.m.

{{all wrapped up}}
Stamps: Punch Pals, Cute & Curly, Snow Swirled, Best Yet, Warm Words
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: blender pen, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, large oval punch, wide oval punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon, Pretties Kit, Big Shot, word window punch, curly label punch, 2-way glue pen, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, stampin' dimensionals

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Holiday swap

At my upline's monthly meetings, we often do a swap, and this month's theme is either a gift tag or a gift card holder. I started out with an entirely different project in mind, but quickly realized that I didn't have enough of the ribbon I was going to use. So I changed gears and came up with this design:

I started with a 4-1/4" by 7-1/2" piece of Baja Breeze cardstock and scored it at 2" and 5." I stamped the snowflakes with Baja Breeze ink for a subtle tone-on-tone effect. Using the oval coluzzle template, I trimmed the top flap. I created the belly band using Ski Slope designer series paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The medallion is made from a snowflake stamped in Baja Breeze on Whisper White cardstock and punched with the 1-3/8" circle punch. I layered a Riding Hood Red scallop circle behind it and attached it to the belly band using stampin' dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card holder:

{{gift card holder}}
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Ski Slope designer series paper, coluzzle, stampin' dimensionals

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Judy's workshop

I've been doing so many classes lately that I haven't done any workshop in a while. But one of my stamp clubbers wanted to have a workshop with some of her co-workers, and we had so much fun! I just love to see the excitement when someone stamps for the first time or learns a new technique!

Here are the two projects I demonstrated:

Using a very basic layout, I showed them how to add a little "pop" to the image. I first inked the flower image with So Saffron ink and then with a sponge dauber, I applied Tangerine Tango ink on the tips of the flowers.

And this one showcased the fabulous designer series papers, some punches and using stampin' dimensionals to add some dimension to the card without too much bulk:

And here are the 2 make-and-take projects:

Unfortunately, you can't see how the card sparkles in this picture. We used iridescent ice embossing powder on the trees and it's amazing how a little bit of sparkle can transform a card!
And this one was a special request from the hostess - it's a double-pocket card that can hold a gift card (front pocket) as well as a note (back pocket with the tab).

Hope you enjoyed my projects and found a little inspiration! Special thanks to Judy and her friends for a fun morning! :-)
{{haiku daisy}}
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango
Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Haiku designer series paper, sponge dauber, stampin' dimensionals
{{best wishes}}
Stamps: Cute & Curly
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Urban Garden designer series paper, curvy label punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, stampin' dimensionals
{{sparkly trees}}
Stamps: A Wish for Peace, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Basic Brown
Accessories: Alpine ribbon, 2-way glue pen, iridescent ice embossing powder, heat tool, stampin' dimensionals
{{gift card holder}}
Stamps: Best Yet
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blue Bayou
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: corner rounder, silver brads, round tab punch, large oval punch, wide oval punch, stampin' dimensionals

Monday, October 20, 2008

No tricks here, only treats!

Looking for a fun Halloween treat to give friends, neighbors, teachers? With very few supplies and just a little bit of effort, you can create a fabulous one-of-a-kind treat jar. I got the idea for this project from my upline (thanks Sherrie!).

Start with a small glass jar (this one came from IKEA and only cost $1.99) and some rub ons. The Chills & Thrills rub ons come in white and black. To use the white images, simply cut a strip of Ghostly Greetings designer series paper or dark cardstock to line the inside of the jar. Then using the high tech tool that comes with the rub ons (aka popsicle stick!), start decorating the top and the sides with whatever images you like. Simply fill the jar and you have a Halloween treat sure to please anyone!

Accessories: Chills & Thrills, Alpine Ribbon Originals, Ghostly Greetings designer series paper

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Post-it Note Holder Tutorial

Wow, I was surprised with all the requests for instructions for making this project! I tried to post my pictures a few days ago and my computer kept locking up on me. So I'm giving this yet another try and hope that it works.


Start with a 7-3/8" x 3-3/4" piece of cardstock and score at 3-1/8" and 3-1/2" and 3-7/8"

Fold on the 3-1/2" score and make sure the smaller panel is in front

Cut two slits on the 3-1/2" score

Open it up and place sticky strip from top to bottom (minus the space between the two slits)

Fold 0n the 3-7/8" score to adhere, pushing out the little tab to hold the pen

Now, just decorate the front and you're done!!

I'd love to see your creations so leave me a comment with a link to your project! Thanks!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

What a wonderful world

Today, my husband and I are celebrating 17 years of marriage! Happy Anniversary to me! :) Our 9 year old son took this fabulous picture this afternoon (isn't he a great photographer??).

I've had several requests for dimensions and instructions on my last post, so hang tight...I'm working on them. I've tried several times today and my computer keeps locking up, so it's in the works and I hope to have it posted real soon.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Grand finale

I just had 2 stamp clubs end recently and as a way to say "thank you" to the wonderful ladies in them, I made these cute post-it note holders. They hold a 3x3 stack of notes and were super simple to make. They make a great little giftable item, and I'm thinking of making some for a couple craft shows I'm doing this fall/winter. If you ever see these mini gel pens at the Target dollar spot, grab a bunch because they can be hard to find. Thanks for stopping by!!

{{nature notes}}
Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mellow Moss, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: More Mustard grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gearing up for Christmas

I just adore all the fabulous designer series papers from Stampin' Up! - both in the Fall-Winter catalog and the Holiday Mini catalog! Recently, I saw a cute idea, splitting the Top Note die between cardstock and designer series paper and just HAD to give it a whirl. I added a felt snowflake and some bling and I just love how it all came together with such little effort! It's a bit bulky with the rhinestone brad so I'm not sure it's a design I would use for cards I'm going to mail, but it's wonderful for those I'll be hand-delivering. Hope you like it!!

{{split note holiday}}
Stamps: Best Yet
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Holiday Treasures designer series paper, Big Shot, Top Note die, 1-3/4" circle punch, Little Felt Flurries, Ice rhinestone brad, stampin' dimensionals

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Holiday goodies

Ok, so some of my stalkers, er, fans, have been asking for some new projects. One of my sidelines made a cute little box with a belly band to hold some notecards. I took her idea and adjusted a bit (thanks Kristy!) to come up with this box that could hold any kind of goodies, in this case, lifesavers.

Ok, Diana, can you get off my back now?! Hee hee, just kiddin'!

{{holiday goodie box}}
Stamps: Cute & Curly
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Holiday Treasures designer series paper, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, curvy label punch, stampin' dimensionals, sticky strip

Friday, September 26, 2008

For my brother

I wanted to make a very special card for my older brother who will be attending a retreat soon, and I always struggle with more masculine looking cards. When I reached for the Winds of Grace stamp set, I remembered some fabulous cards I had seen using the masking technique. I stamped the sailboat image on a post-it note and cut it out and also punched out a circle with a 1-1/4" circle punch. I layered both masks over the sailboat stamped on glossy cardstock and used a brayer and sponges to apply several layers of colors. Sorry for the blurry scan...using a flash created a reflection off the glossy cardstock and not using a flash resulted in a blurry image. I figured it was better a little blurry than totally washed out with the flash.

{{sunset sailboat}}
Stamps: Winds of Grace
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Glossy White
Ink: Stazon Black, Baja Breeze, Groovy Guava, Really Rust, Ruby Red
Accessories: 1-1/4" circle punch, brayer, sponge, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, post-it note

Monday, September 22, 2008

September stamp club

Now that I've finished my stamp clubs for the month, I can share the project we did using chipboard letters:

I wish you could really see how wonderfully sparkly this card is IRL! But you'll just have to take my word for it. The chipboard letter was inked with craft ink, sprinkled with iridescent ice embossing powder and heat set. The bling-factor on that chipboard letter is simply fabulous! :-)

{{sparkling chipboard}}
: Simply Said
Cardstock: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: silver brads, iridescent ice embossing powder, heat tool

Friday, September 19, 2008

Inspired gift bag

Here's one of the projects I demonstrated at my new catalog /mystery hostess party last weekend:

The idea was inspired by a project at the Stampin' Up! annual convention. It's so easy to transform a plain white gift bag into a beautiful hand-stamped creation. Of course, you may like it so much that you don't want to give it away! ;-)

The coordinating gift card was created with scraps left over from the bag front. When I originally stamped the sentiment with Basic Grey over the Kiwi Kiss, it competed too much. So I "stamped off" once before stamping the image, softening the look of the Kiwi Kiss. With the lighter image, the sentiment seems to just pop. And instead of tying the card to the bag, simply punch a small hole at the top corner, cut a slit to the hole with scissors, and it fits perfectly around the handle!

Hope you like it!

{{gift bag}}
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, White craft, Basic Grey
Accessories: Urban Garden designer series paper

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The lights are on!!

Well, after 56 hours of no power, we finally have electricity! Wahoo! :) I know it was nothing compared to those down South that were hit directly by Hurricane Ike, but it definitely sucked! I can't believe how crazy I felt after being "unplugged" for a few days. The wind gusts registered at up to 78 miles an hour, sustained winds around 55 miles an hour! And during it, I was holding my New Catalog / Mystery Hostess party! Yep, I've got some serious customers! ;)

Here's one of the make-and-take projects featuring the Say It With Scallops stamp set that benefits the Ronald McDonald Charities:

That new satin ribbon is so fabulous - so smooth - and I can't enough of my new scallop square punch! This weekend, I'll post some more projects from my event, so stay tuned!!

Stamps: Say it with Scallops, Polka Dot
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun
Accessories: scallop edge punch, square scallop punch, 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Please stand by...

Thanks to Ike, we've been without power since Sunday afternoon and there's no indication of getting it back any time soon, so I'm posting this from my day job (shhhh!). I have lots of cute projects to share, so hopefully things will improve. See you soon!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


For those of you unaware of the phenomenon known as CASEing, in the crafting world, it stands for Copy and Share Everything. If you're just lacking inspiration, or want to make a quick card without much thought, start with a project that catches your eye and CASE away! Tonight as I was checking in on some fellow bloggers, I found a few fabulous card ideas and thought I'd do some CASEing.

This card is based on a beauty created by Sara on "Desperate Stamper":

I fell in love with her card and thought it was so elegant. I only changed a few colors and accessories and am happy with how it turned out! :)

The next card was CASEd from Michele on "The Stamp Link":

I just loved her little umbrella cocktail drink and HAD to whip one up with that adorable "Cheers to You" stampset. Again, a few colors changes and done! I have to admit I broke out some contraband (aka non-Stampin' Up products) to add some shimmer to the drink. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Sara and Michelle for some fabulous inspiration!

{{best wishes}}
Stamps: Cute & Curly
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: scallop edge punch, curly label punch, white embossing powder, stampin' dimensionals, Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon, Button Bouquet, Pretties Kit, Certainly Celery designer series paper

{{cheers to you}}
Stamps: Cheers to You, Tart & Tangy
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Naturals White
Ink: Stazon Black, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Real Red, Certainly Celery
Accessories: horizontal slot punch, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, Sakura gelly roll pen

A moment of silence

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Random projects

Ever since the Fall-Winter catalog came out last month, I've been meaning to make a new checkbook cover. So I pulled out the old insert and my poor checkbook was naked for a few weeks! I am really loving the color combination on the Washington Apple designer series paper so once again, I pulled it out for inspiration and ended up with a bright, cheerful cover:

One of my stamp clubs requested using chipboard so I wanted to show several ways to use it. Here's a simple card using chipboard covered with designer series paper:

And here's one using chipboard "au natural":

Thanks for stopping by! :)

{{checkbook cover}}
Stamps: Smarty Pants
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Washington Apple DSP, wide oval punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon

{{on my mind}}
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: chipboard, pretties kit, Bella Rose DSP

{{season's greetings}}
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Basic Brown
Accessories: chipboard, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, star punch, large star punch, Holiday Treasures DSP, large oval punch, stampin' dimensionals

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hate to post and run....

...but I have a weekend full of commitment for my "day job." Just a quick and easy card featuring that fabulous new stamp set, Upsy Daisy. Have a great weekend!!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke
Accessories: paper crimper, large oval punch, wide oval punch, stampin' dimensionals


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