Life is busy!!

By | September 11, 2010

I'd like to apologize for my lack of posts lately.  We've had lots going on and I just haven't had time.  My son left for his first year of college two weeks ago, then school began here and it was back to work.  It seems every day is filled to the brim with busyness.  I hope to be more regular at posting. 


Today I'm sharing two cards made with the single SU stamp "So Many Thanks".  Both cards are the same layout but have two entirely different feels.  The first one uses Pear Pizzazz as a card base, the other Poppy Parade.  Both use DSP from the Sunny Garden collection.  Card stock colors the DSP strips are mounted on are Peach Parfait and Daffodil Delight (the DSP strips are 1 inch each). The ribbon is 1/2 inch Stitched Poly Pear Pizzazz.  The green card uses Pear Pizzazz ink stamped on Pear Pizzaz card stock.  I added a self-adhesive basic rhinestone for some glitz.  I used markers to ink the image on the red card.

Hope you enjoyed the cards.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 

Blessings to you!

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SU Only Challenge #1

By | September 7, 2010

Welcome to the first SU Only Challenge…with a theme of Fall.  So glad you stopped by to visit.   Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I work in the local school district, and although I enjoy having my summers off, I like the comfort of resuming the school year routine. 

I created my card for this challenge with the new Day of Gratitude stamp set found in the Holiday Mini.   I saw this stamp set and knew it was a MUST HAVE for my collection.  Here are the card details (all Stampin' Up!):

Card base: Cajun Craze (LOVE this new color!)
DSP:  Autumn Spice Designer Paper (from the Holiday Mini)
Ink/Card stock colors: Old Olive, Cajun Craze
Accessories:  Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Old Olive brad, Ticket corner punch 

Now it's your turn.  We'd LOVE to have you play along with us and share a fall themed project.  Just link it here.

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New Blog on the Block

By | August 29, 2010

There’s a new blog on the block…a Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge blog…and I’m excited to let you know that I have been asked to be a design team member there.  The first challenge will post on September 7th and challenges will be posted bi-weekly for now.  Three winners will be chosen for each challenge.  Here’s the site address: 

I’ll be joining these FABULOUS team members:  Michelle Laycock, Karen Barber, Jenn Diercks, Amy Fink, and Cindy Coutts.

Please help spread the word and make sure to stop by September 7 and play along with us!


Uncharted for PPA54

By | August 5, 2010

A funny thing happened as I was blog surfing today…I came across the challenge for Paper Pals Art – a masculine KISS card.  Why is this funny??  Because I had just created a KISS card sample that fit the theme perfectly. (It's a sample for a card designing class I will having in my home next week.)  Here it is:

I just received the Uncharted Territory stamp set and can already tell it will be a "go to" favorite.  This is my first card inked using Pacific Point and I think that will be another new favorite.  The top half of the card base is from the Blueberry Crisp designer paper pack.  Ribbon is Very Vanilla 1/4 inch grosgrain.
We've been busy sorting and rearranging around the house.  It's been a HUGE project and will be glad to have it done.  Definitely has cut into my "being creative" time, but need to do these things in the summer when school isn't in session.  When school begins again and my husband and I go back to work, we just don't have the time or energy to tackle the "big" jobs.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Always appreciate it…feel free to leave a comment.
Blessings to you,

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Can you stand just one more??

By | July 21, 2010

The Friends Never Fade cards I have posted the last several days were also samples I created for my open house.  I’m about to begin my second year as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and I have decided to try something a bit different this time around.  It seems last year, I purchased/earned stamp sets that I never really had a chance to get to know.  This year, I’m making a real effort to make several cards with each stamp set shortly after I receive it, just to play with the stamps and get a feel for the set’s “personality”.  The fun thing about the Friends Never Fade set is that it coordinates so beautifully with the Garden Gala designer paper and makes into a gorgeous card!

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One More Friends Never Fade

By | July 20, 2010

Yet another card to show the versatility of the Friends Never Fade stamp set and Garden Gala designer paper.  Sentiment is from the new Level 3 Hostess Set Occasional Quotes.  Card base is Cherry Cobbler, which I think makes the yellow Daffodil Delight and blue Marina Mist really pop!

Garden Gala

By | July 18, 2010

The Garden Gala designer paper is the perfect companion to the Friends Never Fade stamp set.  I ran the designer paper through the Big Shot with the lattice square texture folder.  I accidentally ran it through so that the raised bumps were on the opposite (wrong) side of the paper — OOPS! —- but then decided I liked the weathered look that the indented impressions gave to this pattern.

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Mojo Monday

By | July 17, 2010

I found time to try one more challenge with my new Stampin' Up! goodies.  Again, I used the "Just Believe" stamp set along with three of the new In-Colors and Sunny Garden Designer Paper.  The card base is Daffodil Delight and I attached a piece of Designer Paper from the Sunny Garden set.  The circles were stamped with Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait, then punched with a circle punch.  The ribbon under the circles is 1/2" Stitched Poly Pear Pizzaz.  I traced and free cut the bottom circles (Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight).  I stamped the sentiment and leaf images in Peach Parfait.

This was a fun challenge, and great way to try out my new stamp set.  Thanks for taking time to look!

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Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge

By | July 17, 2010

This has certainly been a busy week for me.  Thank goodness I discovered how to do automated posts!!

The open house went wonderfully well and everyone who came seemed to have  fun.  My order of NEW Stampin' Up! products came just in time for me to display them.  I ordered the "Just Believe" stamp set, and when I saw the weekly challenge at Techno Stamper, I knew just what I wanted to do. 

Here are the details: The card base is Sahara Sand.  The image is stamped using Not Quite Navy ink and the paper that I used was from the Blueberry Crisp Designer Paper Set.  I sponged the edges with the same ink.  The long blue pattern piece attached to the card base is from that same pack.  The solid blue is a piece of Not Quite Navy card stock.  I used paper instead of ribbon, and it is also from the Blueberry Crisp pack.  I sponged it with Sahara Sand ink to tone done the brightness of the white.  When I got that call done, I decided the card needed a "pop" of color, so a cut a butterfly out of Daffodil Delight using the Beautiful Embosslits die.

This was a fun card to make.  I LOVE the way that it turned out and this might be a card we make in one of my monthly classes.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I always appreciate it!

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After the Party

By | July 16, 2010

If you had been at my home yesterday for the Open House, you could have made one of each of these cards. The first one uses the palm branch stamp from Tropical party and tropical designer paper.

This second card uses squares of tropical designer paper, as well as a butterfly image from Flight of the Butterfly and a sentiment from the new Level 3 Hostess Set Occasional Quotes.

This last card uses an image from the new stamp set Friends Never Fade.  Other new products include two of the new colors – Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist.  I can already tell these will be favorites of mine!!

Well, that about wraps up all the tropical posts for now.  Hope that you didn't get too tired of them.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Happy Stamping!

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Party Day!!!!

By | July 15, 2010

If you lived in my area today, you’d be able to stop by my home for the New Catalog Open House and some stamping fun.  All the tropical card samples I have posted on my blog will be on display.  There are make-and-takes for all to make, door prizes, retired Stampin’ Up! product for sale, new catalogs for browsing and OF COURSE….goodies to enjoy.

This card was a CASE of another card.  The designer paper gives a nice bright look to this card.

Happy Stamping!

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Tropical Party #8

By | July 14, 2010

Aren't these the CUTEST little items you've seen in awhile?  I thought so and that's why I tried my hand at making them.  I found directions for the tiny purses here and the straw hat and bag here.  I think it's fun to make cute things like this.  The square lattice folder makes the paper look just like a straw purse.

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Tropical Party #7

By | July 13, 2010

The flower lei idea came from a post on Angie Juda's blog.  I wanted to try creating the lei wreath, and when complete, decided to make it into a card.  Flowers are stamped with Rose Red and Tempting Turquoise.  Card base is So Saffron, and I stamped tropical images in So Saffron ink around card edge for a border.

The grass skirt card was an idea borrowed from Marie at Stamping Inspiration.  My card certainly isn't as involved as hers, but it will give my customers an additional tropical card idea.  The card base is Old Olive card stock.  I cut another strip of Old Olive to use for the grass skirt and just adhered the top of the card stock to the card base.  This leaves the grass part of the paper free to move. Two different tropical designer paper designs were used as well.  Stamped sentiment is from the Perfect Punches stamp set on page 131 of the NEW catalog.

Aloha until tomorrow!

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