Monday, October 31, 2011


I can't take credit for this beautiful card. You may have seen this on Jenn Picard's Blog. I received this card-actually this is CASED, not her original-from Jenn in an Artisan Swap that we participated in at Convention. I had all the projects from the swap displayed, and several of my card ladies wanted to make this card, so this was the other card we made for card night this month.

She used Naturals Ivory Cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. This was mounted on a Soft Suede base. She ran a piece of Calypso Coral through the Big Shot using the Lots of Tags Die and made a frame out of it by punching the center out with the Extra Large Oval Punch.

She used the Rock and Roll technique for the stamped image-which we all thought was fun! I stamped the flower image in More Mustard first, colored around the edge with the Calypso Coral Marker and rolled the perimeter of the stamp in Chocolate Chip-not sure if that's what she did, but it worked great. I stamped the sentiment over this in Early Espresso.

She tore the corner off and backed it with distressed First Edition DSP. We antiqued it by using a dauber/sponge in Soft Suede and that really brought the texture out. She added a Crumb Cake Seam Binding bow and a little tag attached with Vintage trinkets. The tag was stamped with the Tiny Tags set and punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch.

Everyone was thrilled to take home such a beautiful card, and I was thrilled that it involved a little less thinking on my part this month. Thanks Jenn! Stop back tomorrow for a cute project we'll be making at our demo meeting tomorrow night. Have a good one!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


This is another card from card night this month. I love the Frostwood Lodge DSP, and knew I wanted to use the woodgrain design for a card like this. I mounted it on Early Espresso, stamped with the Woodgrain Background stamp. That piece was mounted on Whisper White with a Cherry Cobbler base.

I've had the Printed Petals stamp set for awhile and have never used it-not a big floral fan. I'm really not sure why I bought it-I think it may have been 40% off or something-I can't pass up a deal! Anyway, I thought the scalloped image looked kind of like a wreath, so that's what I used in Garden Green. I stamped another wreath in Garden Green cardstock and layered it behind it with dimensionals. I punched some ornaments out of the Red Glimmer Paper and added a bow with the gorgeous new Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon.

I made the little mail slot in Basic Grey by running it through the Big Shot using the new Peekaboo Die. I cut it in half and stamped Versamark over it and sponged a little Champagne Shimmer Paint over it to make it look like metal. I really wanted to heat emboss it, but thought my card ladies would hurt me! So I opted for this route.

I made the tiny envelope with the Petal Card Punch, and of course it had to have a little note inside. I used the sentiment from Field Flowers and punched it out with the new 1" Square Punch. I added a little Glimmer heart using the Owl Punch. I finished it off with a banner from the Petal Cone Die that is stamped with Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes and a couple of Mini Brads. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas---can't wait!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011


I just got done with this month's round of card nights and this is one of the cards we made. Unfortunately, I've been needing sympathy cards lately. I'm so glad we finally got Wisteria Wonder-I tend to like to use lavendars and greens for these cards. I put them with Sahara Sand and thought they complimented each other well.

I used the Love & Sympathy set and the Sahara Sand DSP from the Neutrals Stack. I added a bit of the Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, along with some Certainly Celery Satin. I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch along with the Decorative Label Punch for the sentiment. The Bird Builder Punch was used for the leaves and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack was used for the flowers. I finished it off with some Basic Pearls. alot of the gals really liked this card-I hope you do too! See you tomorrow! Night...

Thursday, October 27, 2011


This was the other card we made at card night last month. My nephew, James, is serving in Afghanistan and I've been meaning to get a card and a card package to him. Now I'm half way there! I used the Service & Sacrifice set. I have to admit, I'd thought of ordering this set just for the adorable little flag, but now I can justify getting the set.

I got the idea for the Baker's Twine cross stitching from Mary Fish. She had a really cute card on her Stampin' Pretty blog.  I call it the 'sewing without a needle technique'. I put a little bit of glue on the end of the twine and twisted it into a point. I threaded one piece diagonally through the Dotted Scallop strip, going in one direction, every other row. I threaded another piece of twine going in the other direction, and tied a knot on the end.

We no longer have a star punch and I don't have the Stars Die, so I punched out a flower using the 5 Petal Punch and trimmed the petals to look like a star. I placed it on the layered medallions from the Perfect Pennants Die. I used the Big Top Birthday DSP and added some Real Red Satin Ribbon to the medallion. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night and check back tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This is another card we did for card night last month. I couldn't wait to break out the Gently Falling set and Spice Cake DSP. What made these even better, was that I qualified for a Title Benefits Bundle and got them at 40% on top of my 20% discount! The buttons or fabric were included also-I can't remember which-but I love them all!

First, I stamped the En Francais Background in Sahara Sand. Next, I colored the leaf image with markers in Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard and Soft Suede. I misted the stamp with water and then stamped the image on Watercolor Paper. I stamped the coordinating leaf in Soft Suede over the top. This is a 2-Step stamp set and it's so much fun to use!

I added a piece of the Spice Cake Fabric over the strip in the middle with dimensionals in the 4 corners and added a Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon bow. I have the ribbon in all 5 of the In Colors-I absolutely love it!

I stamped the sentiment in the Occassions Alphabet and put a scalloped oval behind it. I hope you like it. Have a good night and stop back tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


This is a card we made last month for card night. It uses the Spooky Bingo Bits set. It has the most adorable Jack-o-lantern and owl, along with 22 other images in the set-lots of fun! I used the Spider Web embossing folder and used a dauber with Frost White Shimmer Paint to highlight it. The DSP is Frightful Sight, and I added some Old Olive Taffeta and Basic Black Satin Ribbon. I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch, along with the Modern Label and Postage Stamp Punch. I finished it off with a couple of the Mini Brads-you get 200 of these little gems and they seem to last forever! I'll be back with another card for you tomorrow. See you soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I thought I'd share a couple of ideas with you for the Simply Sent Card Kits that are  being promoted this month. These were made with the Everyday Elegance set, and the name describes them perfectly-they truly are elegant.

Through October, with the purchase of any 2 Simply Sent kits, you get a free coordinating stamp set.

The Idea Book & Catalog shows examples for a thank you and congratulations card, but I decided to make them into Christmas cards.

When you buy 2 sets, you'll have enough supplies to make 16 cards. I figured 16 store-bought cards could cost you up to $80. You can easily buy 2 kits, a stamp set, cardstock, ink, ribbon and embellishments for a lot less plus get a free stamp set in the deal. It really is a quick and inexpensive way to get started.

Check out the other designs in the catalog on pages 192 & 193. You can pick any 2 kits and get any one of the 3 stamp sets for free! Remember, the promotion ends on October 31st. I hope you get some ideas for creating your own! Thanks for coming by-see you back here tomorrow! Have a good night!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


CEO and co-founder of SU!, Shelli Gardner just celebrated her 50th birthday, and SU! asked us demos to make her a birthday card and seen it to them. They surprised her with a party and gave her all the cards we made her-3 basketfuls! This is the card I sent to her.

It was a bit of a challenge for me. Her style is different from mine, so I had to work at it. I looked through the catalog for any sets that had the little heart next to them, denoting Shelli's Signature Collection-products that reflect her personal style. Well I only had 6 of those sets, so I was a little limited, but I was able to make it work.

I used the Elememts of Style set and Beau Chateau DSP. She also likes the Victoria Crochet Trim, so I figured I couldn't go wrong there. I also used a Mini Vintage Tag that was a little rusted and thought that would be the perfect touch for her Vintage style. I added some pearls and a Trinket Key adorned the pleated DSP at the bottom, which I did on the Simply Scored. I finished it off with a squirts from the Color Spritzer Tool. I hope she liked it and I hope you like it too!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


This is a project I made for the Artisan Album on Facebook. SU! called last Wednesday wanting the 10 Artisan winners to each make a Halloween project to feature in a monthly album they are going to have every month. We had 1 week to come up with something! And I had so much going on, I couldn't even start on it til the night before at 9pm! I really do work best under pressure, but that was a little ridiculous! Here is a link to Facebook so you can see the other projects:

For this haunted house, I used the Mini Milk Carton Die. I ran 4 of them through the Big Shot and Sticky Stripped them together. I covered the seams by making little cardstock strips for siding-yes, I am aware that I am insane! I made the steeple thing using the Petal Cone Die and Sticky Stripped that to the house. I used the Scallop Border Punch for the shingles on the roof.

Next, I made the windows using the new Peekaboo Die in the Holiday mini. I broke out my Silver Glimmer Paper, along with Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie to make the windows. I stamped and cut out several images from the Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp Set and popped them out of the windows. I added a little door with Always Artichoke trim and a Mini Library Clip for the handle.

For the finishing touch, I colored a toothpick with the Basic Black Marker and stuck it in the top of
 the roof and attached the little moon to it.

Hopefully they'll give us a little more notice for next month's project! I hope you enjoyed this and be sure to check out the other awesome projects-they're SPOOKtacular! Thanks for coming by!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Happy Friday to you! I almost went to bed without posting again-my bad! And it's only 8:30-even worse! Shelli Gardner shared one of these adorable bats on her blog awhile back and I decided I'd make a few of these cute little suckers! This one is going to be for my little grandson's Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Venghaus. But we changed it to Mrs. 'Fanghaus'. I hope she likes Halloween! The little tag says 'I'm Batty For You', and comes from the Batty for You stamp set . I used the Petal Cone Die for the body and the Perfect Pennant Die for the wings. I ran them through the Spider Web Embalming-I mean Embossing Folder and notched out the wings with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I added a little bit of purple glitter, which is now retired, which coordinates with his Concord Crush Glimmer Brad eyes(2010-2012 In Colors). I used the tip of the Petite Pennants Punch for the fangs, and added some Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon. For the sentiment, I used the 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" Circle and small Scallop Circle Punches. I added some Hershey Nuggets for her to sink her teeth into....okay, I'm going to bed now. Fangs for looking...good night!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I'm so sorry I bailed on you last night! I crashed right after Modern Family, and it didn't hit me til this morning that I forgot to post my last SAS card last night-sorry about that! And today has been non-stop; this is the first chance I've had to do it. I know October is a crazy month, but this one has been extra nuts! Anyway, back to the card. I saved the best for last. I love red and brown, so this is my favorite. It uses the Stitched Stockings stamp set, matching punch and Holly Berry Bouquet DSP, all from the Holiday mini. I used the Designer Frames Embossing Folder on Very Vanilla and added a Chocolate Chip Designer Label on top. I added a Real Red oval and pearls to give it more depth. I used the Chocolate Chip Scalloped Dots Ribbon underneath the DSP and repeated the scallop pattern with the polka dot DSP, using the Tasteful Trim die, at the bottom. I used Many Merry Messages for the sentiment and added some yummy Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon-I almost want to eat it! I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards we made. I've got lots more to share, so make sure to visit soon! Thanks for looking and have a great night!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Hello! Sorry, but tonite is gonna have to be a quickie! I need to get to work on an Artisan project that is due tomorrow-and I haven't even started! In my defense, I only had a weeks notice. So hopefully the coffee kicks in soon! This is another card from the SAS. It uses the Holiday Happiness set, NOT in the mini! I used a Crumb Cake base with Always Artichoke Cardstock and Cherry Cobbler DSP from the Paper Stack. I also tried out the new Artichoke Denim Ribbon-love it! It has a Folk-Arty, Primitive look to it which works well with this card. It's a great masculine ribbon. I stamped the star in More Mustard and the ornaments in Cherry Cobbler and popped them up with dimensionals. I did a faux stitching accent at the top with the Mat Pack and Paper Piercer. That's about it for this one. Stop by tomorrow for the last card. Have a good night and pray I come up with something for tomorrow!

Monday, October 17, 2011


This is another card we made at the SAS on Saturday. I used the Christmas Lodge set from guess... Yes! The Holiday mini! This set makes me wish I was snuggled in a little cabin in the woods, in my flannel p.j.s sipping hot chocolate by a wood burning fireplace...sounds heavenly! Back to reality...I stamped the tree image in the background on Very Vanilla using River Rock. The sentiment and house are stamped in Soft Suede. I stamped the house on an oval that I cut out with the Big Shot, and used the branch image in River Rock to frame the house. The strip at the bottom is from the Neutrals DSP Stack in River Rock, and I added a scallop border on top using Vellum Cardstock. I finished it off with some Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon, a tiny strip of Beau Chateau DSP at the top, and some gold glitter. Hope you enjoyed my little break with reality. Stop back tomorrow and see what I have in store for you. Thanks for visiting and have a great night.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Here's another card from the SAS. I used the Snow Much Fun set, adding a few extra snowballs. I broke out the Snow Burst Embossing Folder and Frostwood Logde DSP from the Holiday mini. Can you tell I love this mini? I think I've ordered something from every page in it! I punched out a few snowflakes with the Snowflake Punch and added some Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon-love that stuff too! I used the Modern Label Punch for the sentiment, the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle and 2 1/2" Circle Punches for the snowman. I stamped the mini snowflake with the Short & Sweet set and punched it out with the 3/4" Circle Punch. Snowbody had as much fun as we did on Saturday! Stop back for another one tomorrow. Good night!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


We had a great time today stamping, eating, singing Christmas carols, eating more! This was probably the easiest card we made. It uses the Festive & Fun set from the Holiday mini. I used a Crumb Cake base, then added a Chocolate Chip layer. I ran Wild Wasabi and Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots and Stripes Embossing Folders-I love those things-so much bang for the buck! The Jolly image was colored in with Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Wild Wasabi Markers. We stamped another wreath, cut it out and popped it up with a dimensional. We added a bitty bow out of the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, and one down! Check back tomorrow the see card #2!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Here's a better picture of the cookies made with the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps. I decided to make some more for my Stamp-A-Stack tomorrow, and thought I'd get a picture now, before they disappear again. Make sure to check back as I'll be posting pictures of this fun week-end.

This was a simple card we made on World Card Making Day. I used the Halloween image from the Festive & Fun stamp set in the Holiday mini. I used the Frightful Sight DSP and Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon.

This card featured the Always Thankful set and yummy Spice Cake DSP, all in the Holiday mini. I added a little Pool Party border and the Soft Suede Striped Ribbon. I finished it off with a Glimmer Brad and one of the cute Vintage Trinkets brads that looks like a little button. And I sponged some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire image.

This was our 3rd card that we made. I think it's my favorite. I'm usually not a big fan of red and green, but something about this just worked. I stamped and punched out 4 trees from the Pennant Parade set and scored them down the middle with the wonderful Simply Scored. I folded them all in half and stacked them on top of each other with SNAIL. I attached the tree to a piece of So Saffron behind the Real Red frame. For the frame, I used the Big Shot to cut out the largest oval on the Ovals Die. I then centered the punched out oval on the oval Designer Frames Folder, and traced around it with a pencil, and ran it through the Big Shot to get the cute dotted outline. Then I punched out the center of the red frame with the Extra Large Oval Punch. I ran some Early Espresso Baker's Twine through the darling  Mini Jingle Bell and attached it to the top of the tree. I used the Pines & Poinsettias set for the holly and I used the Holly Berry(I keep wanting to call it Halle Berry) Bouquet DSP. I finished it off with some of the luxurious Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon-it's like butta, all from the Holiday mini.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards we made on WCMD. Keep checking back-I've got lots more to share. Time to get back to cleaning for the big SAS tomorrow! Have a good night!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!

This is the project we made at my downline meeting last week. I made the cookies using a gluten free peanut butter cookie recipe that Jackieb410(sorry, I don't know her real name) shared on Splitcoast last month. They were wonderful and SO easy to make! I had to make several batches to get the cookie small enough to fit into the envelope. The bigger cookies looked better, and I was going to take some pictures of those, but they had all magically disappeared!

Sorry you can't see the cookie very well. My hubby took these and he was supposed to get some of just the cookie, but I can't complain-he's cheap help! Thc cookie stamps come with a wooden knob and 3 silicone stamps that you can interchange. There's a heart for Valentine's Day, a Jack-o-lantern for Halloween and a snowflake for Christmas. There's a shortbread and a sugar cookie recipe that come with the stamps. I can't wait to try out the snowflake with shortbread. I found a gluten free mix that I hope will work...and taste good. I'll let you know. You can find the GF peanut butter cookie recipe and lots of others at:

Make sure you stop by tomorrow-I'll share the cards we made on World Card Making Day! Thanks for coming by!

Supplies: Button Buddies Stamp Set.
Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade Stampn' Write Markers.
Whisper White, Lucky Limeade Cardstock.. Just Add Cake DSP.
Big Shot Die Cutting System. Scallop Envelope Die.
1 1/4" Circle Punch.
Brights Buttons.
Lucky Limeade Ruffled, So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon. Early Espresso Baker's Twine.
Cellophane Bags. Dimensionals. SNAIL. Skewers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Sorry for the blog break-life has been hectic! I just finished up my card kits for my Stamp-A-Stack that I'm holding this week-end. 220 kits! I designed 5 Christmas cards and they'll make 4 of each. I'll be posting pictures of them, so stay tuned!

Before I tackled the SAS prep, my mom had me busy with favors and decorations for her 50th class reunion. And before that was the Pot of Blue & Gold Raffle that she needed my help with. I asked her if there was a theme and she said think 'Margaritaville'-talk about a FUNdraiser! Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of the table decorations, nor did I win the $100,000-but I did get some pictures of the favors and decorations at her reunion that I can share with you:

These favors were made with the Fancy Favor die using the Big Shot. I also used the Petite Pennants Punch to pop out the cute little pennants. I strung them on some Baker's Twine, did a little stamping and added some ribbon. 'They've got spirit, yes they do! They've got spirit, how 'bout you?' Sorry, getting past my bedtime!

I made several of these to scatter around on the tables. They were made with the now retired GoGo Boots Alphabet dies.

These were the meal cards I made for each of the guests:

Dianne, Heather and Teresa, some of my wonderful card lady friends, took pity on me and offered to come over and help me punch all the pieces out for these. What took them 2 hours, would have taken me 2 days! Dianne even brought lunch for us! For dessert, we had some peanut butter cookies that I made using the new cookie stamps. I'll share pictures of those with you tomorrow. We had a fun time! I'm so blessed to have such a great group of gals in my life!

I found  ideas for these little critters on Splitcoaststampers. I typed in 'Punch Art Animals' and got lots of ideas-sorry, I don't recall the names of any of the talented ladies who came up with these little guys, but go check them out.

I've got lots of projects to share with you, so be sure to check back tomorrow! Good night!