Saturday, May 31, 2014


Hello there! Happy Saturday to you:) This is another card we'll be making at Card Night on Thurdsay. It features all the brand new 2014-2016 In Colors. I'd like to introduce you to Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow & Blackberry Bliss. Lost lagoon is my favorite as it's a good substitute for Baja Breeze, which I still grieve over. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a layer of Lost Lagoon Cardstock on top.

I love how the new In Colors lend themselves perfectly for masculine cards, so that's where I was going with this~although it would work perfectly for anyone:) I wasn't sure if the doily was a little too feminine. I decided to ink it up with Hello Honey using a Brayer to man it up a bit. I made the call that it works. Who says doilies are just for goilies?. I adhered the doily to the base with SNAIL and wrapped a piece of Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon on top and secured it to the back with SNAIL. I stamped the polka dot image in Lost Lagoon ink by just lining the stamp up along the ribbon. I added a piece of Epic Day Washi Tape on top and adhered the Lagoon piece to the base.

I used the Perfect Pennants stamps/Framelits Bundle for the sentiment and cut it out with the Big Shot. I wrapped a piece of  Summer Starfriut Thick Baker's Twine around the pennant~which I just now realized is gone, but one of the other colored Baker's Twine could be substituted or there's always the old faithful Linen Thread:) I attached the pennant with Dimensionals. I used the Circle Card Thinlits to cut out the star in Mossy Meadow. The new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack would have been easier, but I don't have it...yet:) I added a fun Mini Metallic Clothespin to the star and attached the clothespin with a couple of Glue Dots. I finished it off by sprinkling a few 'Poorman Candy Dots' around. I simply used the Cupcake Builder Punch to pop out the circles and attached them with rolled up Glue Dots. 

I wanted to remind you of a few things...If you're planning on attending Card Night this Thursday, June 5th, please let me know by tomorrow~Sunday, June 1st. Also, make sure to familiarize yourself with the cards we're making, as I won't be there. Check back over the last few posts to see the cards we'll be making. I'll post the final card tomorrow, which features the brand new Blendabilities Markers, and there's some things you need to be aware of before using them:)

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 1st is the deadline to sign up & pay for the Product Shares:
   DSP:If you were to buy all the new DSP it would cost you $113.50-
           Get a half sheet of each paper for only $30!
   RIBBON:If you were to buy all the new ribbons it would cost $269.10-
           Get 1 yard of each new ribbon for only $28!
   TWINE:If you were to buy all the new Twine it would cost $38.15-
           Get 2 yards of each new Baker's Twine for only $9!
EMBELLIES:If you were to buy all the new embellies it would cost $27.75
           Get an assortment of all for only $8!
I WANT IT ALL!:Get every Product Share for $70 & save $5!
*Tax & shipping is included in prices. See more details in previous post.

Club Members receive many perks:
   ~Discounted fee for Card Night
   ~Bonus project at Card Night
   ~Free catalogs
   ~Generous Hostess Benefits
   ~Double Rewards Points during your month as Hostess
* I gave away 8 $50 Shopping Sprees last year! New Clubs are forming-let me know if you're interested in a spot.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful day:)

Friday, May 30, 2014


Hello there! Ive been not-so-patiently waiting for my brand new SU! goodies to get here, and they finally did! I got busy yesterday and knocked out the other 3 cards we'll be making at Card Night this Thursday:) I'm always stumped as to what to do for July 4th. I don't think there's a big demand for 4th of July cards, but I wanted to acknowledge the holiday in case someone wanted one. The inside sentiment says Celebrate Amazing, Spectacular, Fantastic You, so I think it could work for several occasions:) I've seen several versions of these cute Bomb Pops online, and decided I could make it work with the fun sentiment from the brand new Metro Type Alphabet. It's a photopolymer set, which means it's totally clear, so it was a snap to use.

I started with a Real Red base and attached a piece of the brand new Maritime DSP. I cut out 1" strips of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the sentiment with Coastal Cabana ink. I lined up each word on a separate clear block. I lined up the letters along the bottom of the block and didn't leave any space between the letters. I had to reuse some of the letters, but it was easy to remove the letter I needed and plug it into another spot because these stamps are super sticky:) I wanted to keep each word to its own block so things will go more smoothly at Card Night, so some of the blocks are a little bigger than needed. I just made sure to wipe down the block with a baby wipe to get off any excess ink.

 To make the Bomb Pop, I used the Big Shot and Apothecary Accents Framelits. I used the 1 1/4" Circle Punch to round the edges by turning the punch upside down and inserting the cardstock into the circle through the top. I then used the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits to cut out the raised up piece. I layered this piece on top of the larger one and added a tiny bit of SNAIL to hold it in place temporarily. I went down about a third of the way and attached a post it note. I used a Sponge in Real Red ink to add the color to the top. Then I added another post it note about a third of the way from the bottom, and used a Sponge to add Coastal Cabana ink. I used my Real Red and Coastal Cabana Markers to fill in any white areas created by the mask.

I let this sit for a minute to dry and in the meantime, I punched out 3 stars using the Merry Mini's Punch Pack from Real Red Cardstock. After the Bomb Pop had a little time to dry, I stamped Versa Mark all over it, covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat-embossed it. I trimmed the bottom with Paper Snips and removed the top piece. I added 3 Dimensionals to the back and centered it back on top of the larger piece. I trimmed a popsicle stick down to 4 1/4" inches and attached it to the back of the Bomb Pop with Glue Dots. I tied a bow around the stick using Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.

To assemble the card, I added the white strips with SNAIL lining them up with the right edge. If you didn't get the words centered, you can snip a little off of the left side, as the Bomb Pop will be covering it up. I attached the Bomb Pop with Glue Dots, and the stars as well.

This was such a fun card to make and it's perfect for this hot weather that we jumped into. This was especially fun for me because Quinten LOVES Bomb Pops. He would easily eat a whole box if we let him. I told Q to save his sticks for me, and I think I had enough for Card Night in about 3 days:)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Hello there! As you may know, the brand new catalog season is just around the corner:) To kick off the exciting event, I have some Product Shares that you may want to get in on! If you're like me you want everything, but that's not possible for most of us, so a Product Share is a great way to try it out at a fraction of the cost! Here's the Shares that are available:

*DSP SHARE-Get 1/2 sheet of each new Designer Series Papers: $30.00:
   ~60 sheets @ 12" x 6"
   ~120 different designs

*RIBBON SHARE-Get 1 yard of each new ribbon: $28.00(2 yds.-$55.00):
   ~37 yards of ribbon(2 yards of each-74 yards)
   ~32 different colors
   ~7 different styles

*BAKER'S TWINE SHARE-Get 2 yards of each new Baker's Twine:$9.00:
   ~24 yards of twine
   ~12 different colors
   ~2 different styles

*EMBELLIES SHARE-Try out all of the new embellishments: $8.00:
   ~10 new In Color Clothespins
   ~6 Clothespins
   ~187 current In Color Sequin Assortment
   ~10 Basic Hodgepodge Clips

***I WANT IT ALL SHARE!-Can't decide? Get 1 of each Share for $70! That's a $5.00 savings:) Tax & shipping is already included in all Shares.

I will be placing the order on Monday, June 2nd when the new catalog goes live and I WILL NEED TO HAVE ALL ORDERS & PAYMENT BY SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST.

I'm so excited to get my hands on all the new stuff, and I'm happy to offer a way for you to do so as well! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Hello there! Today I have a card to share with you that is made with the set Work of Art. We were given this set for free at the Catalog Premiere event a couple of weeks ago. It's also one of the cards we'll be making at Card Night on Thursday, June 5th. I have a snag this month and am not going to be able to be there, but my sweet hubby is going to take over for me:) I am going to post each card we're making ahead of time and give detailed directions for each, so you'll have an idea of what you're doing and give you some time to come up with any questions you may have for me.

I started with a Very Vanilla base and stamped the chevron image twice with Soft Sky ink. I stamped the images inside the frame with Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz ink. I stamped these images onto a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, leaving a border along the edges to accommodate the frame. Next, I stamped the sentiment in Versa Mark and heat-embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. I didn't use the Embossing Buddy because I wanted the extra powder left on to resemble paint spatter.I used the Big Shot to cut out the Sahara Sand frame using the On Film Framelits. I placed the die with the design facing down and it seems to make a deeper impression. I tied a piece of Gold Baker's Twine around the polaroid piece and then adhered it onto the Very Vanilla piece using SNAIL.

I added a piece of Sequin Trim underneath the bow with some of the sequins removed and used them to scatter all over the card. I used Glue Dots to adhere them. I added some Dimensionals to the back of the polaroid piece and attached it at an angle. For a little added interest, I tucked a piece of Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape under the frame.

Watercoloring and gold are two big trends right now, so it was fun to use both on this card. I was also excited to break out one of the new stamp sets from the brand new catalog which goes live on June 2nd!

I'm in the process of forming new Clubs which will start in July and run through December. If you're interested in joining a Club and getting a new 2014-2015 for FREE, please let me know soon. Even if you live far away from me, we can set up a Hostess Code and you can place your Club order through my online store and it will be sent directly to you! If you're not sure how Club works, you're basically ordering enough to earn Hostess benefits but you're spreading it out over 6 months. And you're likely to get more in Club Hostess benefits than if placing an order on your own, because the average Club order is around $300. That means $50 in freebies~alot of times, even more! Feel free to email me with any questions you may have:)

I'll be back next week with the other cards we'll be making at Card Night~I'm just waiting for all my new goodies to get here so we can play! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Hello there! Just wanted to pop in here and share this month's Paper Pumpkin kit-Hey, Man. The kit came with everything to make 4 Father's Day or Birthday Cards for Dad, Son or Bro, and 2 gift tags. I'm so excited to have all of my cards already made so I don't have to scramble making them at the last minute!

The card bases are Sahara Sand with a subtle chevron pattern. The other colors are Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi. They included some Soft Suede Candy Dots and Baker's Twine:)

SU! has started offering Refill Kits for subscribing customers, so you can make lots of extras to have on hand!

And one of the things I like best about Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are simple enough that even an 8 year old can make them! This is the card that our grandson Gabe made for his dad:)

Make sure to check back again soon...I'll be posting cards for our upcoming June Card Night. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Hello there! These are the fun little favors I made for everyone who attended Card Night this past month. I got the idea for these from my good buddy~Jamie Hurley. You can see the cute Easter bonnets she made here: I thought these were a perfect fit since Card Night fell on May Day. I used the Circles Collection Framelits to cut them out using Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock as shown:

After they were cut, I ran them through the Big Shot again using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I am going to miss this folder SO much~I use it alot to add texture to 3-D projects~what were they thinking by retiring this??? ...Life goes on...

I attached a Circle Treat Cup to each and filled them with Sugar Babies:) I used a Sponge Dauber and Baked Brown Sugar ink to sponge the rims of the hats. I don't do alot of sponging~it looks really dated to me, but I wanted to darken up the cardstock to match the candy and it also helped bring out the texture of the cardstock.

Next, I punched out a circle using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch and glued it in place with Liquid Tombow to keep the candy from falling out.

I added some 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Bermuda Bay & Melon Mambo. I held it in place with a Glue Dot. It wasn't alot of fun tying those bows~I would recommend using 2 pieces of ribbon. Wrap one around the cup and adhere with a Glue Dot, and then make a bunny ear bow and attach it on top with a Glue Dot. I finished them off with a trio of Daffodil Delight flowers using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and adding a Basic Pearl to the center. I usually use the smaller pearls on my cards, so this was the perfect project to use up some of the big pearls I always have left over.

Retiring product I used:
Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Sponge Daubers
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

I hope you enjoyed this fun~bring on the sun project! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Hello there! This is the Hostess gift I made this month. I used the Mini Milk Carton Die to make this miniature sprinkling can. I made it out of Smoky Slate Cardstock and attached a piece of Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon around it. I used the Hostess set Express Yourself for the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie.

I tied the sentiment to the ribbon using Linen Thread. I cut a narrow strip of cardstock, made a handle and attached it with a pair of Vintage Trinkets. I needed some flowers to put in the sprinking can...

...and the Spiral Flower Die worked perfectly:) They would have worked a little better using the Mini Tootsie Pops, but I already bought these, so I made them work. I used Daffodil Delight Cardstock and tied a piece of Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon around the top of each stick for leaves.

I could not keep my little 2 year old grandson out of these, so they got a little extra love:)

The suckers were kind of heavy and kept tipping the sprinking can over, so I had to fill the bottom of the can with candy. I didn't think Jean would mind:) This will probably be the last project I make with this fun die before it goes away. Make sure to get yours before they're gone.

Retiring products I used:
Mini Milk Carton Die
Express Yourself stamp set
Daffodil Delight & Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon
Vintage Trinkets

Make sure to check back tomorrow for a fun little favor I have to share with you. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, May 5, 2014


Hello there! I have our final card from Card Night to share with you. I used Look Up To Father and Hardwood, both from the Occasions Catalog. I started with an Early Espresso Core'dinations base, which I'm sad to say will be the last time I use it:( Make sure to snag it up before it's gone for good. Next, I layered a piece of Crumb Cake that was stamped with the background stamp in Early Espresso, and I used the Distress Tool along the edges. On top of that, I aded a piece of Watercolor Wonder DSP and kept it in place with Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape.

I stamped the tree image in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake Cardstock and cut it out with the Circles Collection Framelits and Big Shot. I used the Sponge Daubers to add some Gumball Green color and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for the leaves. I used the Essentials Paper-piercing Pack along with the Mat & Tool to add some interest, and attached a piece of Natural Chevron Ribbon with staples.

I used Gorgeous Grunge in Early Espresso to add a little more interest to the background and I used the Sanding System to bring out a little extra texture in the Core'dinations Cardstock.

Here's the retiring products I used:
Early Espresso Core'dinations Cardstock
Sanding System
Sponge Daubers
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Make ssure to stop back tomorrow for a fun project using the Mini Milk Carton & Spiral Flower Dies. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Hello there! Today I have a card made with the retiring set Animal Talk. I love this fun whimsical set and will be holding on to it for awhile. As of now, it is still available in wood. I started with a Marina Mist base and ran it through the Big Shot with the help of the Scallops Embossing Folder. I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch on a strip of Pink Pirouette Cardstock and tucked it under a piece of Polka Dot Parade DSP.

I punched out the lily pad using the 2 1/2" Circle Punch from Gingham Garden DSP~I'm determined to use up every scrap of that paper! I added a banner on top using Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and ink. I stamped the little frogs in Pear Pizzazz as well, onto Whisper White and punched them out with the 3/4" Circle Punch. I popped them up with Dimensionals. I made a trio of flowers using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and Pink Pirouette & Daffodil Delight Cardstock. I finished it off with a Whisper White Stitched Ribbon bow. If you don't have the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, you might want to think about getting it before it's gone. I use those ALL the time, and there's nothing really similar in the new catalog.

Retiring products used:
Animal Talk stamp set
Polka Dot Parade & Gingham Garden DSP
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Whisper White Stitched Ribbon

Well I'm off to a Cinco de Mayo party that's been in full swing since noon~oh boy! Thanks so much for stopping by~come back tomorrow:)

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Hello there! Here's another card from Card Night using Oh, Hello~another retiring set. As of now, it's still available in wood and clear. I started with a Daffodil Delight base and layered it with Whisper White. I stamped the chevron image in Melon Mambo sing the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get them aligned evenly. Next, I added a strip of Gingham Garden Washi Tape using the chevrons to line it up. I stamped the oval design in Daffodil Delight and used the Ovals Framelits along with the Big Shot to cut it out.

I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy and added another piece of Washi Tape to attach the oval. I then wrapped a piece of Island Indigo Baker's Twine around the cardstock. Then for the really fun part...I used the Fringe Scissors for the very first time and stacked Night of Navy on top of Melon Mambo Cardstock and adhered them to the back. I was kind of on the fence about the scissors~I figured I can just cut the fringe by hand, but the scissors are so much more fun! Several of my Card Ladies thought the same thing:)

I used the Grid Paper to align the top piece of Washi Tape evenly and then attached the Whisper White piece with SNAIL. I finished the card off by adding the sweet little flower using Melon Mambo & Pear Pizzazz Markers, and attaching it with a Dimensional. Kinda sad to say farewell to this set too, but I'm sure I'll find something in the new catty to replace it:)
Retiring products:
Oh, Hello stamp set
Gingham Garden Washi Tape
Island Indigo Baker's Twine

 Check back tomorrow for another card from a retiring set that I'm really going to miss:( Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, May 2, 2014


Hello there! Here's one of the cards we made at Card Night last night using the set People Like You. I have to confess I didn't really like it when I first saw it, but I thought it would be a perfect sentiment for our Card Ministry. And after I used it for this card, I do kind of like it now:) I started with a Pool Party base, stamped the image in Whisper White Craft ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. I added a layer of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on top by adding Glue Dots to the underside of the gold dots.

I added a strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock that I punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and tucked it under the vellum. I stamped the sentiment again, this time in Pool Party and cut the frame out using the Paper Snips. I layered a Gold Foil Sheet underneath using the Decorative Label Punch. Next, I took a bunch of Gold Baker's Twine, wrapped it around my hand a few times and stuck it in place with Sticky Strip. I then added the frame on top of the twine using Dimensionals. I finished it off with a Very Vintage Button and ran a strip of Gold Sequin Trim along the top with Glue Dots.

I ended up being really pleased with this card and I'm sure our church will put these to good use:) Make sure to swing back by tomorrow for another card fom last night. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Hello there! I just got home and unloaded from Card Night. I must have went a little easier on them tonight~I got home early! This is the extra project Club Members and Downline made. Shelli posted this idea on her blog awhile back and I thought it was a perfect fit for Father's Day coming up~thank you Shelli:) I started with a Decorative Window Box and cut the front flap off. I cut the sides of the front of the box, but kept enough so I could fold it down to make an opening for the Chevron Bag to fit into. I used Sticky Strip to hold the flap down and used it on both sides of the piece with the window in it.

I cut out a piece of Basic Black Core'dinations with the Starburst Framelits and Big Shot. I then layered a piece of Burlap Ribbon on top and stapled it to the box. I used the stamp set Dude, You're Welcome and stamped the sentiment in Basic Grey. I used the framelits to cut out the circle. I stamped the image again, cut it out and attached it on top of the other using Dimensionals. I used the set Starburst Sayings for the smaller sentiment and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to align it up perfectly on an Essentials Wooden Element. I put a Glue Dot on the bottom of the wooden element and stacked 2 Dimensionals on the back to accommodate the different layers.

Next, I filled up a Tag A Bag Gift Bag with peanuts in the shell and wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around it and tied it up with a bow. I was so thrilled Shelli shared this project and I hope it helps give you some ideas for the special dudes in your life. Make sure to check back tomorrow for a card we made tonight. Thanks so much for stopping by:)