Sunday, November 27, 2011


Is it too early to think about SPRING?  I really love the changing seasons, sweaters, scarves, jackets, baking bread,  hot cider with caramel and whipping cream,  but I am not looking forward to the COLD this winter.  I love a fresh blanket of snow, but don't like the look of the dirty snow.  This whimsical  Bird Gazebo highlights the use of the Big Shot and the Petal Cone Die.

Caramel Apple Cider

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Click on picture to watch the YouTube Video
Simple and Fun!  In the current Stampin' Success Magazine ( for Stampin' UP! Demonstrators) we had an article that featured using Scraps!  These Pin Wheels are from my scrap pile! I save my bits and pieces to use later for cards and projects. The color combo was inspired from a picture challenge at Artistic Avenger. 
Stamp Set: Sweets for the Sweet
Ink: Basic Black, Pacific Point
Card Stock: Whisper White, DSP- Brights Pattern Paper
And More:  Mini Brads, Square Punch, Small Oval Punch,  Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Note Cards

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Card Box Front Beau Chateau

Card Box Class- Friday,  December 30, 2011
Times:  1:00 or 7:00 p.m. 
Location:  Laura's House
Class Fee:  $20.00*
PrePay and RSVP by December 10, 2011

*Optional Punch Purchase-  If you would like to purchase the Ornament Punch (119847) for your own use, please include an additional $19.96 to your class fee. (price includes taxes, shipping & handling). 

Class Fee Includes:  Card Keeper, 1/2 pkg Designer Series Paper Beau Chateau OR Timeless Portrait. All supplies needed to complete project will be included to use during the class.

Cancellations after purchase:  We can arrange a time for you to pick up your box and paper to complete on your own or at an arranged time with me.

**You are welcome to bring your own Paper Trimmer and Scoring Tool to use during the class.

When Reserving your space, please select Timeless Portrait or Beau Chateau and if you would like to purchase the Ornament Punch.

Card Box Lid Timeless Portrait
Card Box Lid Beau Chateau

Sunday, November 20, 2011


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The Online Extravaganza is Coming!!

The Online Extravaganza, begins Monday, November 21, 2011, and continues through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Savings include...FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

And...there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT]) - so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of the Online Extravaganza!

These deals are available online and with customer and workshop orders.  To see them all and take advantage of the savings... Here's a PDF link to view.

Log in on Monday, November 21, to my Online Store, look around, find out what the two special items are and then place your Holiday Online Extravaganza order!

Note: When you place your qualifying order on my Demonstrator Business Website you will be eligible for all the usual hostess benefits.

T is for TRAIN

The theme for the MCC this week was:  TRAVEL. I chose to highlight a train made with TONS of punches and using several Dies with my Big Shot.  Whoo Hooo! and Choo Choo! You can visit the other challenge projects here on Monday 11/21/11

DSP:  Brights Patterns & Beyond the Garden
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, White Confetti, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, TAngerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight.
Punches: Heart to Heart, Small Heart, Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Circle, Large Heart, 1/2" circle, 1" circle, 1 1/4" circle.
Big Shot Dies: Serif Essentials Alphabet, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Tasteful Trim
And More:  5/8" Basic Black Satin Ribbon, 1/4" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon

Friday, November 18, 2011

Every Little Bit

A sweet 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card made using the stamp set - Every Little Bit. It has so many amazing cute images to add to make a quick and easy card.

Stamp Set: Every Little Bit
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Pool Party
Ink:  Basic Black, Pool Party
And More:  Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, Cherry Cobbler Ribbon

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Checkers & the Owl

I hadn't used my Owl Punch for a looooooong time and thought it was time to take a break from all the Snowmen that I'd been making!  My inspiration for the colors and checkers came from a catalog that I get several times a year.  It is so whimsical and I just love browsing through it for ideas and smiles!  Have you ever seen the MacKenzie-Childs home decor? Browse through their catalog and see what inspires you.  We have a specialty store here in town that carries their line of dishes and I go "visit" them from time to time to get my fix!

Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, DSP In Color Pattern Paper
Ink:  Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade
And More:  Black Polka Dot Scallop Ribbon, Gold Brads, Owl Punch, Linen Thread, 1" Square Punch

Technique Tip:  Be inspired by your favorite pictures, clothing items, check your catalogs for ideas.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Berry Blossom Calendar

This was the 3D Project we made last Friday at our Monthly Card Class.  Decorate 2 Coasters and tie it up  with a ribbon, and you have a desk top calendar.

Ingredients:  Berry Blossom DSP, Lucky Limeade CS. Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Krispie Snowmen

I just couldn't resist!  This Krispie Snowmen were made for a treat for some of my little friends! M & M's, Corn Candy, Gummy Savers, Fruit Rollups, Rice Krispie Treats, and White Almond Bark.  

Friday, November 11, 2011


This adorable Snowman was designed for a dear friend who wanted a Snowman for her son's classmates.  The colorful scarf is made with the Cello Bags and Skittles.  The hat & face were made using the Top Note Die and the Big Shot.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

KKC05 Snow Much Fun

This week was a color challenge at Artistic Advenger was Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze.  I am on a Snowman kick, so using the stamp set SNOW MUCH FUN was an easy pick for these colors.
Stamp Set:  Snow Much Fun
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Sahara Sand 
And More:  Baja Breeze Ribbon Seam Binding, Stripes- Embossing Folder, White Gel Pen, Blender Pen

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


This Friday, this will be one of the cards we will be creating.  I CASed (Copy and Share) bits and pieces from other demonstrators to make this card.  The first time I saw the snowman's belly filled with Mica Flakes was from Catherine Pooler on a site for SU! demos only.  She is a great designer and is generous in sharing her talent.  As a demonstrator, we have access to almost 200,000 samples of cards, scrapbook pages, 3D items.  PLUS we have a forum to share tips, ideas, ask questions, etc.....
It looks like I will have a reoccurring theme with my next few posts- Snowmen!  I hope you enjoy and have a La Dee Dah Day! ( I will not be sharing the ingredients and tips til after class on Friday!)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup MCC

Here's a fun project using a lot of items not always noticed in the Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog.  The frame is from the $1 bins at a large chain store.  The inserts are: Magnet Sheets, Cork Sheets and Chalkboard Vinyl Sheet.  This was a fun recipe challenge and I hope you visit Butternut Sage Designs to see the other entries that will be posted Monday 11/7/11!

Technique Tip:  I put 2 magnets on the back side of the Chalkboard Vinyl and a ribbon pull to easily change out the writing on the chalkboard.

Cork Sheet with Pushpins

Magnet Sheet with a Flower Magnet
Here's the yummy soup recipe:

   via Campbell's Kitchen

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
2 soup cans Milk
1 4 oz. Chopped Green Chilies
1 cup Chopped Cooked Chicken
Tortilla Chips*

Cook on low in Crock Pot for 5-6 hrs.
*Add Tortilla Chips to each Bowl and
ladle soup over chips and serve.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Butterfly Embossed Card

Did you know you can make your own Embossing Folders with your Big Shot and Die Cuts? The background is Embossed using the Butterflies Die.  This idea came from another Demonstrator at Butternut Sage Designs.  She was very generous to share her technique with us! 

Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy
Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, DSP- Island Indigo Pattern Prints
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
And More: Lucky Limeade Ruffled  Ribbon, Beautiful Butterflies Die Cut, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Scallop Circle Punch, Ovals

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Theses purses are so much fun to make! AND I really love the Designer Series Paper Beau Chateau.  Wouldn't this Purse with 4 Cards make a great gift set?  4 Cards and Envelopes fit beautifully inside the Purse. You can watch the video to see how to make the purse. There wasn't any stamping involved with either project.  

The Rooster was a pattern on one side of the DSP and I punched it out with the Oval Punch. I used the Pink Pirouette Marker and colored in the negative areas on the Rooster. All the pieces were then sponged with Soft Suede.

Do you like the Bow?  I used 3 ribbons and placed an Antique Brad in the center with a Jeweled Pearl.
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