Thursday, December 30, 2010


Hey Crafters! Today's card is simple but fun to create. The card base is Whisper White c/s which I layered with 1" strips of Blushing Bride dsp. This dsp is a Level One Hostess gift which is a Paper Pack of 60 sheets of dsp, gorgeous! The ribbon is also Blushing Bride Stitched Poly ribbon. I used Blushing Bride c/s to punch the scallop circle which is layered with 1 3/8" circle punch of Pear Pizzaz c/s and that is layered with 1 1/4" circle punch of Whisper White. The sentiment was stamped using the Elements of Style stampset and Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzaz Stampin' Write Markers. I definitely see myself using this layout for other cards; i.e., Easter and birthdays. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 27, 2010


Hey Crafters! We're two days past Christmas so on to new projects, this one is a Valentines card. The card base is Crumb Cake which was cut with the Big Shot and the Movers and Shapers die. The stampsets used are Vintage Vogue and Artistic Etchings. I sponged ths card and punched heart with Chocolate Chip classic ink and also used Crumb Cake and Real Red classic inks. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Hi Crafters! Today's share is an idea from the #1 Demonstrator of the year, Kimberly VanDiepen. Her idea used hand sanitizer which I changed to an item I knew my 10 year old grand daughter would love, nail polish! The c/s is 2 x 11 inches, the scoring will depend on the size of your nail polish or hand sanitizer. It took me about 30 minutes to nail down the scoring for the nail polish I purchased. If you want to email me personally I can give you the dimenstions I used for this particular project. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Hi Crafters! Three days until Christmas so I'm going to finish the week posting Christmas projects even though I've been in my stamp room creating birthday and Valentine projects! lol! This was a fun card to create and I got the idea for the ruffle from a Stampin' Up! project video posted on our demonstrator website. The card base is Always Artichoke, I used the Bells & Boughs stampset and Deck the Halls dsp from the Holiday Mini. I punched a 1 3/4" whole in the card then used Very Vanilla Seam Binding to create the ruffle by applying Sticky Strip around the "back" of the punched circle the gathering and sticking the seam binding. The sentiment is from the Come to Bethlehem stampset that I stamped on Very Vanilla c/s then placed behind the punched opening. I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card but I also used dsp to cover the piece of Very Vanilla c/s on the inside of the card which I cut to cover the entire left inside of the card. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Hi Crafters! Today's project share is a project I found on a couple of different SUp! Demonstrator blogs; two of which were Dawn Griffin and a Julie, not sure of her last name. Here is my version. I love these gift card holders and plan on making many more as diffent events occur. This holder was made with Soft Suede c/s for the outside and Very Vanilla c/s for the inside. I used the Bells and Boughs stampset from the Holiday Mini first stamping the outside of the card holder in Soft Suede Classic Ink, but also stamping the Twill Tape Ribbon with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink which I hope you can see because it came out quite nice actually. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, December 17, 2010


Hey Crafters! Today's share is a card that used Candy Cane Christmas dsp from the Holiday Mini unfortunately it is sold out; sorry but I wanted to share the project. The card is Real Red c/s layered with Whisper White c/s and the Candy Cane dsp. I used Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon which I layered with Clear Tinsel Trim also from the Holiday Mini. I punched the bird with Real Red c/s and the Two Step Bird Punch. I attempted to make the bird match the birds on the dsp with Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker and White Gel pen. I was happy with the bird but thought the tinsel really added a little sump'n sump'n! Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Hi Crafters! Today I'd like to share a fun gift idea that you can personalize and have fun doing it. Stampin' Up!'s Simply Adorned product line is one I adore. I love that with one charm and chain I can have hundred's of different looks, all I have to do is create them! How fun is that? My charm is the 1" x 1 1/4" which is a great size for me. Here are two inserts I made to wear during December. I used the Tags Till Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Mini for both of these inserts. I also used the Basic Pearls in each, I added Dazzling Diamonds to the snowman because he needs to sparkle, don't you think? Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Hi Crafters! This is an easy project and one I use for gift tags. This is a picture of ones my class will create this Saturday. I used the Two Tags die and the Big Shot. I can't wait to use this die for Valentine tags and Easter tags, etc. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Hi Crafters! Today's share is a gift bag with a tag and matching tissue paper. I love creating my own gift bags! Talk about a cost effective way to package gifts! I bought the kraft gift bags at a discount store along with the tissue paper. I stamped the front of the bag with the snowflakes from the Northern Hearts stamp set which is a Level 1 Hostess set in the Holiday Mini, I used Crumb Cake classic ink. I then stamped plain white tissue paper using the same snowflake images and Crumb Cake classic ink. The tag is Always Artichoke c/s which is stamped with the same snowflake images but this time with Always Artichoke classic ink; I also used scraps of Newsprint and Deck the Halls dsp plus a small piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding from the Holliday Mini. It may be hard to see but I spritzed the gift bag with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz spray. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Thank You

Hello Crafters! Well, I believe I finally finished all of my Christmas cards I plan on mailing out that means this week-end I'll be addressing envelopes. I also have a class on 12/18 and one of my friends and class attendee asked if I would design a "thank you" card for them to create. I'm sorry to say I wouldn't have thought of that so I did design one and hope the class likes it. The card is Cherry Cobbler c/s layered with Very Vanilla c/s then dsp from Deck the Halls dsp in the Holiday Mini, the band of dsp is from that same dsp pack. The punch used is our new Decorative Label punch. Simple but sweet huh? Thanks for visiting.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Hello Crafters! The Holiday Mini was released with loads of fun new products one of which is our new fabric line. I really love this fabric but problem for me, I can't sew but I wanted to use some fabric on a project but how can a non-sewer (is that a word?) use beautiful fabric in a project? By using our Fabric Adhesive Roll (#122194)which I ironed on the back of the Candy Cane Christmas fabric then ran through the Big Shot using the Top Note die, I like it! The card is Real Red c/s which is layered with Whisper White c/s then the fabric Top Note image was added using; now get this...the Heat Gun! So simple, so fun and so attractive. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Season stampset, a Hostess Level 2 stampset. Do you like the ribbon? It's a peace of material from the same fabric set. Lastly I added a big designer button from the Candy Cane button set. If you haven't used fabric in your paper crafting I hope you will try it! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Hello Crafters! Today's card share uses one of my most favorite stamps, notice I said "stamp" and not stampset? That's because Dasher is sold as a single stamp in our a la Carte selection of stamps, which are single stamps that can be purchased rather than an entire set. Dasher (#116816) sales for $8.95, you can find him in the 2010 Idea Book and Catalog. The card is Riding Hood Red c/s layered with Very Vanilla c/s which I ran 1/2 through the Big Shot using the Finial Press embossing folder. I stamped Dasher in Riding Hood Red classic ink and stamped him directly on our Newsprint dsp. The ribbon is retired Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain but you can purchase Real Red striped grosgrain and change out the c/s for Real Red and get the same look. The button is available through the Holiday Mini, Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons which I altered by adding Basic Pearls to the center of. The sentiment is from the Come to Bethlehem stampset. Not all my Christmas cards will be this elaborte but I do so enjoy making extra special Christmas cards for extra special people on my list. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 29, 2010


Hello Crafters! I hope you had a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving! As for me, this is the first time ever that my turkey was NOT cooked by the time we sat down to eat! I don't know what happened! Our daughter was due to be home from work by 4pm so we planned dinner for 5pm; based on the weight of the turkey and the instructions on my roaster oven I calculated (AH-HAH! So THERE'S the problem! lol) the time required to cook the turkey and by 5 it still needed a couple of more hours! Thank God we had the ham my daughter cooked plus all the fixin's were done so we ate...I turned off the turkey, put it in the refrigerator a little later then completed cooking it the NEXT day! I hope your dinner preparations were less stressful than mine!

Today's share is a simple creation using the Big Shot. The box was made with the Fancy Favor (my FAV) die which I cut then ran back through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder available in the Holiday Mini. I completed the project with a handle using Silver Tinsel Trim from the Holiday Mini. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Monday, November 22, 2010


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Sunday, November 21, 2010


Hello Crafters! Today's card share is my last fall posting, I am now working on Christmas cards, gift card holders and stocking stuffers. This card is not technically challenging but I like the simplicity of it. The two stampsets used are Lovely as a Tree #115026) (look for more use of this one with my Christmas projects!) and Thankful For (#120788). Cardsock used is Crumb Cake and Whisper White, I also used Rich Razzleberry dsp from the Brights Patterns Paper dsp pack. Not sure if you can tell but on the stamped acorn/leaf images I used Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and More Mustard Stampin' Write Markers coloring directly on the rubber stamp, it came out pretty cool. The sentiment is stamped using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink. I completed the project with a new Old Olive Glimmer Brad from the Brights Glimmer Brads (#121006) in the Holiday Mini. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Hi Crafters! Let me begin by apologizing for the pictures of this project. I tried and tried to get better pictures but I couldn't and I really wanted to share the project with you. I have been wanting to make a fall banner since our October Stampin' Success magazine came out, of course I tweaked it a bit, I am really liking these banners. I'll be doing a Christmas one too. For this fall banner I used the Big Shot and the Two Tags die; the letters were cut using the Go Go Boots Alpahbet medium sizzlits dies. I also embossed two of the tags, one with the Finial Press embossing folder and the other with Vintage Wallpaper folder. The stampset used is French Foilage but I also included a chipboard leaf that was from a retired chipboard set which included leaves and snowflakes. The colors used are Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Cajun Craze c/s and Classic inks. I also used Newsprint dsp, Chantilly Crochet Trim and Very Vanilla Book Binding. I hope you can see it enough to enjoy it. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hello Crafters! Today's card share uses our Wood Sheets (#116309) and the Leaves #2 die with the Big Shot. Once the leaves were die cut I used the cut out sheet as a template and with a sponge dauber and Peach Parfait classic ink sponged the leaf images on the Peach Parfait c/s. The "fall" letters were stamped with Chocolate Chip classic ink using the Jumble Alphabet (#115199) set. Kinda cool I think. The trim is cut using the new Tasteful Trim (#120893) die in the Holiday Mini and the Level One Hostess In-Color paper pack set, I used a sheet of the Peach Parfait design. Happy Thanksgiving was stamped with the Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set; the project was completed using the Color Spritzedr Tool and a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


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Monday, November 8, 2010


Hello Crafters! Today's share is a fall card using our Newsprint dsp which I LOVE! I know what you're thinking, I love it all! LOL The card is Old Olive c/s layered with Chocolate Chip c/s. I used the French Foilage stampset (#120845) from the Holiday Mini once again which I stamped on the Newsprint dsp. The images are stamped using Chocolate Chip, Peach Parfait and Old Olive Classic Inks. Then I added Crystal Effects to the large image stamped in Olid Olive, not sure if you can see it clearly but it really gives it an amazing affect. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Hey Crafters! This project was demonstrated at Convention two years ago, I believe that was the year our Decor Elements line was introduced. From the moment I saw it demonstrated I knew I wanted one for my home to bring out during the Thanksgiving season. Sorry I couldn't get a better picture of it! The frame and leaves were purchased at a discount store, I used Old Olive dsp from the Brights collection for the background. The Decor Element I used is Season of Thanks (#114883). I'm happy with the outcome, maybe I put a few too many leaves but all in all I love it and have it displayed in my entry way right now! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Hi Crafters! It's late and I'm tired but I wanted to post a card I made with the Leaves #2 die and the Big Shot. The brad is from the Holiday Mini...yummy sparkle! Oh, I also used the Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots textured folder to emboss the layer of Soft Suede c/s. Going to bed now, thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Hey Crafters! I hope you had a great week-end, I had a great evening on Sunday. Our church held a Harvest Festival for the community with free games, hot dogs, chips and candy...of course! I "manned" the Cake Walk, it was my first time and what fun it was! People get excited to win a whole cake or a dozen cupcakes, I'm going to volunteer for that again next year! Today's project was inspired by one my friend and team member Linda created and by request from one of my customers, Amy Jo. I used the cardboard from Decor Element packages I had received which I first adhered dsp (Deck the Halls from the Holiday Mini) to then put through the Big Shot using the Scallop Square Die. I used the Crop-a-dile to punch the holes through the cardboard then added the silver rings. Can you tell what I used to hold the gift cards? Yes! Those are badge holders that you may use at work or receive at a class or conference as a name badge. I love, love this gift card holder! I added two gift cards for my sample but you could easily stamp a piece of cardstock, pretty it up; then add a personal heartfelt note to your gift card receiver. I made a few extra that I plan on selling at a yardsale/handmade gift boutique I'm attending this Saturday in Goodyear, AZ. If you're in the area I hope you will stop by, email me for details. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Hello Crafters! Today's share is not my creation, I downloaded it from the projects section of my Stampin' Up! online store. It's a Stampin' Up! creation made with Decor elements. I didn't have a halloween project to share (besides the BOO wall hanging I posted earlier)and wanted to share something related to today. I hope you enjoy it, I love it! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Hey Crafters! Sorry for the eight day delay in updating my blog, I have been sick. Ugh! I had an intestinal virus since the 21st and I'm still not 100% but I'm sure better than I was last week! Today's share is a card I'm very happy with. I used the French Foilage stampset (#120845) from the Holiday Mini again, LOVE IT! I used Crumb Cake c/s for the card and layered with Very Vanilla c/s and Old Olive dsp from the Brights DSP series paper stack. I then inked a background on a piece of Very Vanilla c/s; the images are inked with Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso classic inks, then I covered the larger leaf with Crystal Effects to make that image pop! I love the look and hope you enjoy it also. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Hey Crafters! Today I'm sharing a project with very little stamping...I KNOW! The Deck the Halls dsp (#120810) in the Holiday Mini is gorgeous and cut makes a perfect card layer! The c/s is Always Artichoke and I used the Deck the Halls designer buttons (#121002)and Always Artichoke seam binding (#121000) also from the Holiday Mini. The sentiment is from the Christmas Greetings stampset (#115448) in the Idea Book & Catalog. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Hello Crafters! Today's fun Autumn project came to me while wiping off my kitchen table. The picture above is of the placemats I have on the table and while wiping them I began to notice the colors; h-mmm, that looks like More Mustard and that looks like Chocolate get the idea. So I used the French Foilage stamp set from the Holiday Mini, More Mustard c/s and classic ink. The leaves are stamped with Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip and Elegant Eggplant which I then cut out and adhered to the project. What do you think? Was I true to the inspiration or did I go off course? Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Hey Crafters. Here's another idea I got from my friend Nancy in Cottonwood, isn't it cute? I used the Scallop Square die to cut Pumpkin Pie c/s. I applied Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the edges then poured Black glitter from the Chunky Essentials glitter set on the glued edges. The letters are retired On Board chipboard letters that I inked black with Basic Black Classic ink. I added a couple of buttons and a glitter brad from the Holiday Mini then adhered to Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 11, 2010


Hey Crafters! The project I'm sharing today is a bookmark. How do you like the background? I'm kinda like'n it myself! To get this effect I used More Mustard, Old Olive and Night of Navy classic inks. I rubbed each ink pad on wax paper, sprayed it with a little water and after it beaded up I layed the bookmark on top of the ink and swirled it around a bit then used my Heat Gun to dry it. The stampset is Elements of Style (#118611), the bird is stamped with Chocolate Chip classic ink and the swirly vine image with Chocolate Chip Craft ink, to which I applied Clear Embossing powder as soon as I stamped it then heat embossed it, just to make it pop a bit. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Hello Crafters! I love decorating for the holidays, Autumn/Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite. Here is a very simple project for my Thanksgiving decor. I had the candle and candle holder, it usually comes out at Christmas with a red candle and a berry wreath where the ribbon is in this picture. This ribbon is actually retired, it's Chocolate Chip striped grosgrain but if you like it you can order Early Espresso striped grosgrain, it's a little darker and gorgeous! I used the French Foilage (#121166) stampset from the Holiday Mini, I cut the leaves out along with the circle "paris" image. I used the Paper Piercing tool to pierce a hole in all three stamped images and tied them together with Linen Thread then tied it on the striped grosgrain ribbon. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Hey Crafters! Today's project is an insert for our Simply Adorned 1" x 1 1/4" charm. I used the French Foilage stampset and the Tiny Tags stampset for the small heart. I also added small scraps of paper from the Love Letter dsp. Not a huge project but fun none the less. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Hi Crafters! This past week-end was our team meeting in Cottonwood. My upline, Jennifer, holds quarterly team meetings and since her team members are spread out over several cities she changes the location each quarter so eventually we each end up in our own city. This is another demonstrator perk, being on a great team and attending team meetings where either Jennifer or her entire team brings projects to share which provide training and inspiration! This time Jennifer brought all of the projects and I will post some of those later; but today I want to share an idea I got from Nancy, the meeting was held at her home in Cottonwood. I went coo-coo crazy over her great craft room and took pictures of all of the projects she had on display.The project I'm posting today is a copy of a treat box Nancy had on display in her craft room. It's October, Halloween is coming so Frankie is just too appropriate! I used the Top Note die and the Fancy Box die with the Big Shot. The Top Note was used for Frankie's face and hair. I used Wild Wasabi c/s and Black of course. The eyelids and "whites of the eyes" were punched with the 1 1/4 punch, the blacks of the eyes with the 1" punch. The nose was punched with the Round Tab punch. In the second picture I just want to show how the Top Note was placed on the front of the Fancy Box to make it a treat box. For the completed project I added another Wild Wasabi Top Note to the back of the Fancy Box with "hair" to make it look like the back of Frankie's head, you can barely make it out in the first picture.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Hello Crafters! Here is a Christmas card made with the stampset Autumn Days (#115452). This is a beautiful set for Autumn but can also be used for Christmas and I've even used it for masculine cards. The card is Crumb Cake c/s layered with Deck the Halls dsp from the Holiday Mini and a piece of Cherry Cobbler c/s that was first embossed with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder and the Big Shot. All of the stamping is done on Very Vanilla c/s using Always Artichoke and Chery Cobbler classic inks. The sentiment is from the All Holidays (#114916) stamp set and the ribbon is Very Vanilla taffeta. How do you like that big Always Artichoke button? It's from the new Big Designer button set, Deck the Halls from the Holiday Mini...ooh ooh I love these buttons! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 27, 2010


Hello Crafters! I am really into fall cards right now but I thought I'd put those colors aside for this project. I used Blush Blossom c/s for the card and layering along with Very Vanilla c/s. I also layered with Blush Blossom dsp from our Patterns DSP Paper Pack In-color. I used the For All You Do (#115360) stampset. I stamped the flower with Very Vanilla craft ink then used a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker to outline the flower, I used Chocolate Chip classic ink to stamp the stem. I applied Fine Cosmo Celery glitter (#108796) to the flower centers using the Two Way Glue Pen. The sentiment is stamped with the Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370) stampset then punched with the 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large punch, it's all pulled together with Certain Celery 5/8" satin ribbon. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Hello Crafters! My card share today is simple but I think lovely. I used the French Foilage (#120845) stampset from the Holiday Mini, Pumpkin Pie c/s and Whisper White Craft ink. The sentiment is from the Falling Leaves (#115368) stampset which is stamped with Early Espresso classic ink. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Hey Crafters! So this is a project that although I do like it I'm not totally happy with one aspect of it. I used the Just Believe (#116948) stamp set to stamp on Newsprint dsp, bit I thought the print on the dsp was a little dark so I used sandpaper to try to lighten up a little. Okay, so this is what I'm not quite happy with. Although it somewhat did what I wanted, the effect was not quite what I expected. Maybe I rubbed too hard in some areas. Well I didn't hate it so I decided to continue and see if I liked the end result, which I do actually. I used Marina Mist c/s for the card layered with Night of Navy c/s and the Nedwsprint dsp. I used Marina Mist and Old Olive classic inks. Isn't this a beautiful stamp set? The 5/8" grosgrain ribbon is also Marina Mist. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Hello Crafters! Today's project share is a card we created in my Sunrise & Stamps class. I hold this class once a month from 8am to Noon; we create, have a Continental breakfast and just plain ol' have fun! I used the Great Friend (#113792) stamp set on Crumb Cake c/s using VersaMark. I added a piece of Baja Breeze c/s strip and punched Pretty in Pink c/s with the Curly Label punch, I added a couple of rhinestones from our Basic Rhinestones to the punched piece. The sentiment is from the same stamp set; lastly I used the Color Spritzer Tool with the Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker to add a cool spattered look. Thanks for visiting.