Monday, July 6, 2015


In the middle of chaos comes some peace.  The Sheltering Tree stamp set definitely brings a calming effect on this card.  I imagine that someone is having a picnic nearby.  This was also one of the cards we made at May's Card Class.  I was inspired to make this card while browsing through the Inspire Create & Share Annual Catalog. Check out page 16. I switched stamp sets but used the same template. See how easy it is to make it your own? 


Stamp Set:  Sheltering Tree
Ink: Momento Black,  Cucumber Crush, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Old Olive
Card stock:  Very Vanilla, DSP- Typeset
And More:  Mini Brads, Linen Thread

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Can't start summer without some WATERMELON! We've got a fun punch art card today.  Look at those heart seeds!  They were made with the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  I am including the Punch Art Template so you can make some slices for your card.  

This card was also made at the June Classes.  Stampin' Up! is having a Creative Challenge for their Demonstrators choosing from 4 punches.  One was the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  Check out Pinterest to be inspired by the other demonstrators!  #punchitup

Punches:  Confetti Hearts Border Punch,- Basic Black Seeds
2 1/2" Circle- Cucumber Crush
2" Circle- Watermelon Wonder
2 3/8" Scallop Circle- Whisper White


Stamps- Hello Life
Ink:  Momento Black
Card Stock-  Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Basic Black, DSP- Cherry on Top
And More- Decorative Dots EF
Punches:  Confetti Hearts Border Punch,- Basic Black Seeds
2 1/2" Circle- Cucumber Crush
2" Circle- Watermelon Wonder
2 3/8" Scallop Circle- Whisper White

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Hello Everyone, or Anyone?  It's been so long since my last post, that I may have lost my peeps!  I was "thinking of you" and wanted to post a sweet card with that sentiment !  We made this card at June's classes.  It is featuring the lovely Tip Top Taupe new In Color.  It pairs so nicely with black and white! I added a pop of Daffodil Delight.  

The gate fold with a pocket inside and layered greeting makes it so much fun!  
Cut your paper 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". 
Score at 2 1/8" from both ends.  

The note card measures 4" x 5 1/4"


Stamps:  Kind Koala, Petite Petals
Ink:  Stazon Black, Tip Top Taupe, Daffodil Delight
Card Stock:  Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, Whisper White, DSP- Neutrals
And More:  Stapler, Pearl, Petite Petals Punch

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Another Stamp Set to say good bye to- the Hostess Set Nuts About You. We all know someone who would love to know we are thinking of them and this cute card would brighten their day.  I've made several featuring either the Hardwood Background Stamp or the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I've also switched up the sequins to add another color of sparkle to the card.

Stamp Set:  Nuts About You
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Whisper White
And More:  Bakers Twine, Framelits, Wooden Autumn Accents, Sequins

Monday, May 11, 2015


We are nearing the end of the 2014/15 Inspire Create & Share Catalog and will soon be  sharing the new one!  I will miss some of the retiring products, but love getting new stamps, papers, & tools to play with!

Today we will feature the retiring DSP- Back to Black - I cut out the Pear to use as the main focal point on this card.  Then I layered several strips of Washi Tape with the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.  Sprinkled the Gold Sequins for some sparkle.

Ink:  Momento Black
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Vellum Fancy Foil, Gold Foil Sheets
And More:  Gold Sequins, Washi Tape

Friday, April 17, 2015


April's Card Class' Theme was Owls & Birds!  Here is one of the cards that we completed.  I have made a video to show you a fun technique using the Envelope Punch Board.  It's not just for Envelopes, you know!  

Stamp Set:  Petite Pairs
Ink:  Momento Black
Card Stock:  Whisper White , Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
And More:  Punches- Sweet Heart, Scallop Circle, Circles, Pennant Builder,
Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Designer Buttons

Friday, April 10, 2015


The challenge theme at THE PAPER PLUNGE  is April Showers.  I have some fun ideas for a party centered on Dr. Seuss!  I can't take credit for the all the ideas cuz the party was done last week by my daughter in law!  Here is the fun day!

The Lorax Sour Cream Treat Containers

There were Thing 1 and Thing 2 and not just a few!
I also saw Horton who hears a WHO!
The Lorax arrived to "speak for the trees".
There were treats galore "oh my, oh me!"

The Cat in the Hat shared a lot about that,
Then Sam I am brought green eggs & ham!

Sally & Ted were at the window to greet,
The buffet was filled with drinks & sweets.

You could color or draw, paint or slide.
Mold with play dough
or take a pose and say HI!

In the  bathroom was one fish or two.
I may have saw a red fish and a blue.

At the end of the day was a bag of fun,
and a hug good bye, enough said, well done!

My daughter in law- Alyssa has a delightful spark for throwing a party for the kids. Her theme was Dr. Seuss. There were around 20 little ones and many parents stayed to enjoy the day (and a beer!).  I didn't get permission to share all the kids pictures so I will stick to posting Addy & Harrison's.

I was tickled to make the Lorax sour cream styled treat container with an orange tootsie pop inside and the green eggs and ham pretzel bites!  Alyssa takes credit for the rest of the spread!  Her artwork and the help of her sister in law with the photo booth area were amazing!

Join us at THE PAPER PLUNGE  for some more April Shower ideas!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


I've been crocheting dish cloths.  I only know basic crochet stitches, and review how to do them by watching youtube videos! I don't know how to read a pattern, so videos work for me!  After collecting a small stash, I decide to share them, hence the gift tag to go with them!  This one is quick and you can customize it to compliment any gift. Get your Stampin'  Markers or Blender Pens to color in the tulips! Love is Kindness is a single stamp that is available only on a wood block in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  

Tip:  I made a double tag and tied them together with a Linen Thread Bow and wrote a note on the inside.

Stamp Set:  Love is Kindness
Ink:  Momento Black, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry Markers
Card Stock:  Whisper White
And More:  Linen Thread, Angle Tag Topper

Monday, April 6, 2015


Ready for Spring?  These flowers are!  The Flower Patch Stamp Set has Framelits that cut out the fussy cutting for you!  BUT- I did fussy cut the center layers of the large Zennia flower.  The background was added using the Striped Stencil and White Craft Ink. I applied it with a sponge dauber. 

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Friday, March 20, 2015


It's a fun challenge at The Paper Plunge!  Add some metal to your project or card!  You probably have some metal buttons or brads or hodgepodge among your stash!  How about using them and adding them to our challenge site?  My sis LOVES to alter altoid tins, maybe she will join us with her designs! HINT HINT!  

Pop on over to The Paper Plunge and see what we are up to on a weekly basis! 

A few years ago I posted a video to make Garden Stakes with butterflies.  I think you can view that video and see how easy it is to make these flowers.  I colored the Facetted Buttons and Metal Flowers with alcohol markers.  Stampin' Up! does NOT carry them at this time, but you can improvise with your favorite brand or use a permanent marker. 

The hanging garden markers can be viewed HERE.

Supplies Used:
(Stampin' Up! in BOLD)

Sheet Metal (roofing sheet metal @ hardware store)
Faucetted Buttons
Wire Stems
Alcohol Markers
Hot Glue Gun
Decorative Dots & Spring Flowers Embossing Folders
Flower Frenzy Bigz Die

Friday, March 6, 2015


It's March and as the saying goes "In like a LION out like a Lamb", or visa versa.  We are starting this month's The Paper Plunge challenge with a LION theme.  As I am posting this, I am looking forward to the evening with Harrison & Addy & dinner with their family.  I will be taking their Lion Party Favor Tootsie Pops for a snack after dinner. I used the stamp set You Brighten My Day from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  It's available with a minimum purchase - $50 US.

The punches used are Scallop Circle Punch & Circle Punches.  Depending on the size of Lion head you want will determine the size of punches to use.  These Lions were made to fit on the miniture Tootsie Pops.  

The Lion Paw Print was made with the Sweet Heart Punch and the Cupcake Punch.

Looks like we have a pack of Lions to share!  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I was sent a photo (thank you Gale) of a beautiful card using some of the FREE Designer Series Paper- Irresistibly Yours and Stamp Set- You Brighten My Day from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog. I loved the card and the technique that Elizabeth used that I made one with the supplies that I had on hand. There are several steps but SO worth it! 

Stamp Set:  You Brighten My Day (free with minimum purchase), Dictionary
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, DSP- Irresistibly Yours (free with minimum purchase)
And More:  Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread, Bird Builder Punch, Spiral Flower Die, Candy Dots

Monday, February 23, 2015


We are featuring another Stamp Set from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog- A Happy Thing.  I used the Blender Pens and the Reinkers to "loosly" color in the Lemon and Leaves.  You can also use the Blender Pens to get a beautiful effect. I was going for a soft vintage look.  Do you LOVE the new Ribbons used?  They are from the Occasions Mini Catalog- White Jute & Sahara Sand Lace Trim.  

My inspiration from this card came from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.  I combined the look from both images on pages 18 & 19 and made it my own with a few other touches.  Where do you get your inspiration from?


Stamp Set:  A Happy Thing
Ink:  Daffodil Delight & Pear Pizazz Reinkers, Stazon Black, Sahara Sand
Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Whisper White
And More:  Doily, Metal Buttons, Linen Thread, White Jute Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Trim

Friday, February 20, 2015


We are scoring on paper for this week's inspiration at THE PAPER PLUNGE.  I used my Simply Scored and Stylus to make 4 score lines 1/4" apart on all 4 sides of the paper. It makes a beautiful framed background. Simple. Elegant.

I stamped the Flower Medallion 4 times and then punched out one using the Flower Medallion Punch and cut out the different layers and offset them to add dimension.

Stamp Set:  Crazy About You
Ink:  Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Card Stock, Hello Honey, Basic Black, Whisper White
And More:  Pearls, Simply Scored, Medallion Punch

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


TIMBER!   I couldn't resist!  Take a LUMBERJACK add a TREE  and a SAW and you have a recipe for a moving slider card! We made some at our class this month and all left with the most adorable masculine card that moved!  

You can watch the video and see for yourself how easy it is to make one!

Stamp Set: Wood You Be Mine, Hardwood
Ink:  Momento Black, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
And More:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Monday, February 16, 2015


Here is a new die from Stampin' UP!  A Berry Basket!  How many ways can you use this? For our Monthly Card Class we made it into a Popcorn Treat Basket.  I also have made one to hold 3" x 3" gift cards featuring a FREE Stamp Set with Purchase from our Sale-s-Bration Catalog- You Brighten My Day. 

Stamp Set:  You Brighten My Day (free with required purchase)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Momento Black, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, & Markers
Card Stock:  Best Year Ever DSP (free with required purchase), Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana
And More:  Washi Tape, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Circle Punches, Note Tag Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequins, Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon

Watch the Video to make the Basket!

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