Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Hello again! As promised, I have a bonus project for you since I was a slacker last night! This card was made using Polar Party. I had wanted to get this set last year, but I thought I'd hold off and see if it carried over to the new catalog. I was so happy to see these little cuties in there again. I normally don't CASE-Copy And Steal Everything-a project exactly as the original, but this one came pretty close! It may look familiar to you because I copied the sample in the catalog-p.23. I loved how the artist used the Adorning Accents Edgelits and Folder to look like snow in the background. I knew I wanted to use Pool Party Cardstock, but it was too plain, so I also stole their idea of the white embossed trees in the background. Perfect! I watercolored the little guys with Pool Party ink and a Blender Pen. I used Pool Party, Riding Hood Red and Pumpkin Pie Markers to color them in. I knew it would be way too cruel to make my Stamp-A-Stackers cut out 8 penguins and polar bears, so I opted to use punches instead. I used the 2 1/2" Circle Punch for the bear, the Extra Large Oval for the penguin and the 3/4" Circle Punch for the candy cane. I hung the candy cane with Pool Party Baker's Twine and hung that off of a piece of Pool Party Seam Binding. The sentiment is stamped in Riding Hood Red with the More Merry Messages set. Thanks so much for checking back! I'll have the last of  my Christmas in July cards tomorrow-make sure to swing by.


Good morning to you! Sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday. I got a Gymboree coupon in the mail and we took off for Coralville to do some clothes shopping for the boys! We didn't get home til about 11:30 and I was a beat pup, so I decided to get up early today and have this ready for you. I'll try to post another one later today to make up for it!

This card is made using Christmas Lodge and I paired it up with Be Of Good Cheer DSP. I inked the tree in Certainly Celery and stamped it off once. Then I colored in parts of the stamp with a Gumball Green Marker and stamped it onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. I wanted to use Gumball Green because that is the green that is in the DSP. I was afraid it might be too bright for an elegant card like this, but I think it turned out nice. Next, I daubed-is that a word?-Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on the En Francais Background Stamp and stamped it over the tree, which gave it a lovely subtle shimmer. I then stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler. It can be found in the new More Merry Messages set. Ignore the boo-boo, I must have moved it while I was stamping. Once I was done stamping, I put a double layer of the new Crumb Cake Scallop Tulle Ribbon on each side. It's really subtle and soft-I can't wait to work with it more. Next I punched a strip of Brushed Gold Cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch and added a bow made with Crumb Cake Seam Binding. I tend to make 'cutesy' cards, but I wanted to give my Stamp-A-Stackers a little variety. I'm hoping I pulled it off. Thanks so much for stopping by this morning. Check back later for a little bonus! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Hi there! Today I have a Sneak Peek for you! This card is made with Owl Occasions that can be found in the brand new Holiday Catalog. This little cutie won't be available to order until Wednesday, but I wanted to give you a preview of what's to come. I used a Baja Breeze backdrop with a strip of the adorable Snow Festival DSP, also coming soon! I stamped the owl in Gumball Green, the cap in Primrose Petals and the branch in Soft Suede-all colors in the DSP. I used Confetti in Baja Breeze for the background behind the owl. I added some Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon, and punched out the bulbs/berries with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. I used the same punch for his eyes. The sentiment was punched out with the Modern Label Punch and I finished it off with a Glimmer Brad on his hat. This is a fun set that would work great for birthdays and graduation parties as well. I hope you enjoyed this little Sneak Peek. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Happy Holidays! Well it was in my house today anyway. I held my Stamp-A-Stack and had a great crew who each made 20 Christmas cards! This is one of 5 designs that I had for them. I think this card was the easiest-I'm sure they were all happy to see him! I used the adorable set No Peeking. I really had a rough time figuring out which critter to use-they're all so darn cute. I finally decided on the little reindeer. So I knew the color scheme would be Chocolate Chip and Real Red-you just can't go wrong there! I used Summer Smooches DSP and used the Scallop Edge Border Punch on the Crumb Cake. I wanted everyone to be able to mail their cards without having to pay extra postage for embellishments, so I opted to use the Buttons #5 Sizzlet that I ran through the Big Shot instead of a real button. I finished him off with a little red nose that I punched out with the Cupcake Builder Punch, and a little stitching at the bottom using a Chocolate Chip Marker.

 I filled a roaster with a triple batch of Chocolate Crunch Chex-I'm not sure if that's what it's called for sure, we refer to it as Chocolate Crack. Sad to say, the roaster is almost empty, and even sadder is that I probably ate 2 of the batches myself! Well I'm off to bed-it's been a fun and long day. Stop back tomorrow for another card-a sneak peek from the new Holiday Catalog. Thanks for stopping by! Seasons Greetings!

Friday, July 27, 2012


Hello there! Today I have a scrapbook page for you. We're required to do at least one scrapbook page for each of the sets we're given to work with. This is definitely my weakest area. I can whip out 4 cards a day, but I can spend a couple days on one page. And I always leave the scrapbooking to the end, so I'm always under the gun on them. We had just gotten home from vacation when SU! asked if I'd be interested in being a display stamper for Convention. And it just so happened that we had gone to Disneyworld one day, so I had some great pictures to use with You're Amazing and the World Spectacular DSP. I basically cut the DSP apart and used different sections of it with Early Espresso Stitched Ribbon on the borders. I stamped and cut out some of the images from the stamp set and popped them up with dimensionals. I used the tiny ticket punch in the Ticket Duo Builder Punch and punched out about a million teeny tickets from one of the sheets of DSP, and tucked them behind the banner at the bottom of the page.

Oh, and the cute little guy in the picture is our grandson Gabriel. When we were walking around at Disneyworld, I kept seeing little girls dressed up like princesses-mini Snow Whites and Cinderellas all sparkly with glitter, and I wondered if the boys dressed up like anything. Right about then I saw little pirates everywhere, so I knew that was going to be our next stop.

It was so cool-you went into a big room that looked like you were inside a pirate ship, and they had a bunch of make-up artists transforming little boys into pirates.

Any self-respecting pirate has to have a black eye, a scar and a beard. Gabe did a great job of sitting still and loved the transformation.

Can't forget the tattoo!

Here, he's taking the oath and being sworn in officially!

I think they created a monster! But he had the best day ever! Thanks for coming by today. Tomorrow is my Stamp-A-Stack, and I think I'm all ready for it. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of the event and I'll give you a break from Convention samples. I'll have a Christmas card for you so make sure to stop back. Thanks so much!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Hi there! I have another card for you today using You're Amazing. I made it 3X3 to shake things up a little. It would go perfect with a wedding or shower gift. I'm sorry these pictures aren't the best-looks like we forgot how to take good pictures. I'll have to talk to my cameraman!

I started with a So Saffron base and layered it with a piece of vellum that I stamped with En Francais in Basic Grey. Next, I stamped the balloon image on another piece of vellum and ran it through the Big Shot using one of the Labels Collection Framelits. After that, I pierced the vellum using the new Paper-Piercing Pack. I love the little extra accent it adds to the card. I added a little scallop border at the top by running a strip of So Saffron, and then vellum, through the Big Shot using the Adorning Accents Edgelits. For the sentiment, I used Teeny Tiny Wishes and ran it through the Big Shot using the Bitty Banners Framelits-I think? For the finishing touch, I made some delicate little flowers using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and added some Basic Pearls in their centers. Even though it's tiny, it's big on romance. I hope you enjoyed todays card. I got all my prep work done for my Stamp-A-Stack, now it's time to clean-yuck! Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I'll have a scrapbook page for you. Have a good night!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Hello there! Today I have a card for you using the You're Amazing set. I started with an Early Espresso base and used the World Spectacular DSP. I cut out the sentiment using the Apothecary Accents Framelits and added a couple of the Designer Printed Brads. I layered a piece of Calypso Coral underneath that was punched with the Decorative Label Punch. I tucked a strip of Daffodil Delight that was run through the Big Shot with the new Finishing Touches Edgelits, under the Early Espresso Stitched Ribbon. At the top of the card, I punched out Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight tickets that were punched out with the Ticket Duo Builder Punch. At the bottom of the card, I punched out several elephant images from the DSP and punched them out with the Postage Stamp Punch. Well I gotta get back to cutting cardstock for my Stamp-A-Stack  this week-end. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Hi there! As promised, I have another 6-Pack for you. These next 6 projects are all made using the stamp set You're Amazing. As with Blue Ribbon, this is a set I would not have picked out to buy. I think it's got interesting images, but I looked at it and thought, I don't know what I'd do with it. Well it's amazing what a little pressure will do, not to mention the perks of being a display stamper!

When I looked at the elephant, I instantly thought of Circus Peanuts, so I put some in a cello bag and decided the Fancy Favor Die was the perfect box to put them in. I used the World Spectacular DSP, which coordinates with this set perfectly. I stamped the elephant on Crumb Cake Cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the new Apothecary Accents Dies. The blue DSP was cut out with another die in that set. I stamped the hat a second time, colored it, added some Mini Brads and attached it with a Dimensional. I used the new Ticket Duo Builder Punch to punch out the ticket image on his back. I added a Daffodil Delight scallop border around the top of the box using the Tasteful Trim Die-love that thing! And I added some of the new Stitched Ribbon in Daffodil Delight. This was a really fun project to make and it would make the perfect favor for a kid's birthday party-except for the Circus Peanuts-nasty! Thanks for coming by today. I'll have another project waiting for you tomorrow!

Monday, July 23, 2012


Happy Monday to you. Is it hot enough? I'm trying to come up with designs for my Stamp-A-Stack on Saturday and it's like a sauna in my stamp room. I'm not getting very far-maybe I need to cool off with a DQ run: ) This is the last project I made using Blue Ribbon. This card features the Patio Party DSP with a little bit of  Floral District too. I ran Whisper White Stitched Ribbon in rows to separate the different designs.

I also used the new Ticket Duo Builder Punch along with the Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches. I added a row of the new Dahlia flowers on top of the stitched ribbon. I love how the colors in this card are kind of subtle but alot of fun too! The colors used are Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit and a bit of Gumball Green, and I think they all work great together.  Well time to get back to my cards upstairs. Stop back tomorrow for a brand new "6 Pack" featuring You're Amazing. Stay cool-it may require ice cream! Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Hello there! I have another project for you that I made using Blue Ribbon. Father's Day was my inspiration for this. I wished I had more time to make one of these for my dad, husband and father-in-law. I did show it to them and told them that if I had had the time, this is what I would have made for them! It's the thought, right?

I used all but one stamp in the set for this project-always makes me feel like I'm getting my money's-worth! And always drives my card ladies nuts probably! I like it when all the stamps can feel equally loved : ). I love that these images make perfect banners, pennants, pins and medals. I'm not going to try to list everything I used for this project-we'd be here for days, but I did use First Edition DSP, World Spectacular DSP and the Regals DSP Stack. I covered some of the images in Crystal Effects to make them look like pins, and some were embossed on Brushed Silver or Gold Cardstock to look like medals.

The Antique Brads and Vintage Trinkets added the perfect finishing touches.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. Stop back tomorrow for one more Blue Ribbon card. After that, I'll have another "6-Pack" featuring the You're Amazing set. Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Hello there. I have another card for you using Blue Ribbon. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a couple different designs of World Spectacular DSP. I made an accordian circle using the Simply Scored and flattened it with my hand when I was done to give it a different look. I added some ribbon tails cut out from the DSP and added a little tassel to the graduation cap using Island Indigo Baker's Twine. Underneath the ribbon I ran 3 rows of Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon along with an Early Espresso border punched with the Scallop Trim Border. Above that I made a row of stars that I punched out of the DSP using the 1/2' Circle Punch. Sorry to keep this short, but I'm ready to hit the sack! Have a good night and I'll meet you back here tomorrow!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Blue Ribbon Pocket:

Hello! Thought I'd share something other than a card today. This is one of the 3-D projects I made for the display boards. It features the Blue Ribbon set again along with the Petite Pocket Die. I made the pocket and flower in Daffodil Delight and I covered the pocket with Early Espresso DSP from the Neutrals Paper Stack. I added a couple of the new Naturals Buttons for fun.

I punched out the Happy Birthday with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and added a bit of Early Espresso Baker's Twine. Next I punched out a scallop with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and cut slits to look like flower petals. Then I ran the Flower Folds Die through the Big Shot and embossed the flower with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder. I used a Bone Folder to curl the ends back. I added some loops all around the flower using the new 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Early Espresso and adhered them with Glue Dots. I layered the flowers with Dimensionals and attached a skewer to it. And the best part...I added a small Hershey Bar to the skewer with Sticky Strip and stuffed it into the pocket. It probably wasn't  a real good idea to send chocolate in the mail this time of year-hopefully it survived the trip to Utah! Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to come back tomorrow for another project!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Hello again! Here's another card I made for the display boards using the Blue Ribbon set. Each of the Artisans from last year got a different product suite to work with, and I got the World Spectacular Suite. To be honest, it was a bit of a challenge for me, but the more I worked with it, the more I realized how versatile the products are. I paired the stamp set up with the Patio Party DSP, and was able to try out some of the new In-Colors. I'm really loving all of them!

I also got to break in the new Ticket Duo Builder Punch-fun! And I'm also loving all the new Framelits. I used the Bitty Banners for this card. I couldn't decide which color to use in the new In-Color Stitched Ribbon, so I used three! Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit work together so perfectly. I added some Baja Breeze too. I finished it off with one of the new In-Color Dahlias-they add the perfect touch!

Thanks so much for checking back today. Tomorrow I'll have a scrapbook page or 3-D item for you.
Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Hi there friends! I want to apologize for the long break. The last time I posted, we were getting ready for vacation, and you know what it's like when you get home-trying to play catch up. Well I think I've finally got caught up-3 months later! Life had just gotten a little too nutty and I had to get off the hamster wheel for awhile. Thanks for hanging with me!

About a week after we got home, SU! contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in being a display stamper for Convention. Heck yeah! I needed to come up with 24 projects and had less than a month to git 'er done! This was the first project I made:

I was given 4 stamp sets to work with and this card was made with Blue Ribbon. It isn't a set I would have picked, but after working with it, it has grown on me. When I looked at this set, the first thing I thought of was a State Fair, so that was my inspiration for this card. I really had fun making these little pies.

I wanted the base to look like a recipe card that had been passed down for generations, so I used a Very Vanilla base and added the little spatters image from the French Foliage set.  I made the lines on the card using the Apothecary Art set stamped in Island Indigo. I also used Summer Smooches DSP and the Ruffled Ribbon in Island Indigo. For the pies, I punched out 'tins' in Basic Grey using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch, I think?  I ran So Saffron Cardstock through the Big Shot using the Buttons #5 Sizzlets Die.  I punched out a bunch of 'berries' using the flower shape in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and rolled them up into little balls for the 'pie filling'. I covered them with Crystal Effects and sprinkled them with Dazzling Diamonds to look like sugar. I used Friendly Phrases for the sentiment.

Today is the first day of Convention, but I wasn't able to go this year. I'm really glad I have these samples to share with you though-it'll kind of feel like we're there. Make sure to come back tomorrow and see some more. Thanks so much for stopping by  today!