Monday, December 31, 2007



Where has the time gone????? I promised pictures of projects with new rubber last week and alas....there were none! Sorry girls! This week totally escaped me!

Here is today's card. I used a new stamp set from the upcoming Idea Book and Catalog called Embrace Life....let me tell you...I think it is a beautiful set!!!! I just can't get enough of really beautiful flower sets...they are so versatile!

This card was a very simple one in terms of supplies. I thought it turned out nice though. I also made this same card and sent to my great Aunt to let her know I was thinking of her after a surgery she has the week before Christmas.

The card base is Confetti white. I started out doing the masking technique I did on some of the previous Holiday cards, Reverse Masking. Start by taking a quarter sheet of Velum Paper and cut a shape out of the center (here an oval). I used to use plain old computer paper but a light bulb went off in my little head to use velum paper so I could see through it and see exactly where I was placing color. Pretty cool, huh? I know I am not the first to come up with this...but all the same I was happy to pass it on to you!

It is very hard to see in the picture but I sponged Bashful blue with Stampin' Sponges around the edges of the oval, using the negative space when the oval was cut out. I then took two of the stamps from Embrace Life and stamped them in Black Staz-On permanent ink. I set that aside for just a few minutes to make sure the ink was nice and dry and then water colored the flowers with an Aquapainter and Classic Ink Refills squeezed into the lid of the respective colors. I squeeze a drop of refill into the lid when the ink pad is open so I can use it over and over. If I were to squeeze my refills onto a plate or cd case or something of that nature I would have to throw the ink away after each project. Now I know what you may be is only a drop....however those drops add up over time to lots of wasted ink...and if there is something I'm not going to's my stampin' supplies! wink! wink!

Finish off the card with Double Stitched Purely Pomegranate Ribbon tied around the "spine" and there you have it....a single layer card that looks very simple but elegant. (I hope you agree!)

I didn't put a sentiment on this card because I will do that when I need it...get well...thinking of you...happy birthday...... I quite often leave sentiments off of cards so I can choose the right one when I need it!
I'll show you more new goodies later! Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

HEY GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are a club member....check out the top left column!!!! If you would like to join a club, contact me!

If you would like to get a Spring Summer Collection for me and see how you can do it!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Here's the last of the Holiday Card Camp Cards

Well is the last of the Mohican's from the Holiday Card Camp last month:

supplies used:

stamp sets: lovely as a tree, circle of friendship, print pattern, weathered

card stock: bashful blue, creamy caramel, whisper white, glossy white

ink: old olive, always artichoke, creamy caramel, bashful blue

accessories: circle punches, sponge daubers, natural twine, blue and caramel gingham ribbons, white crayon, stampin dimensionals, chocolate chip stampin write marker

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday!

Be sure to check back because new rubber is in the house!!!!! I have some things to show you using new things from the new Spring/Summer Collection....which is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More from Holiday Camp!

Here is another creation that all the ladies made at the Holiday Card Camp last month. I have grown to really love this stamp set. The verses that come with it are beautiful yet the tree is so whimsical! Here it is:

The images, except the sentiment, on this card were all from the stamp set Wonderous Gift.
The main panel is stamped on Whisper White. Start with the tree image inked up in Wild Wasabi, stamp that close to the top of the panel. Then, I took the larger star in that same stamp set and stamped it as a tree topper in Summer Sun. There is a small cluster of stars stamp that comes in that set and I thought...wouldn't that look nice as ornaments? They are stamped in Summer Sun also.
To get the little Purely Pomegranate ornaments on the's a little tip for there aren't markers to match the In Colors, which I feel there should be - I'm sure Stampin' Up! will take my feelings into consideration when planning a new release of In Colors - I am addicted to Stampin' Write Markers.....I'm digressing, I know.....Here's your tip: take a dried out blender pen and roll it around in your ink pad and you have a marker of sort. Just be very careful...since the blender pen is dried out, the tip is VERY easy to get pushed inside of the marker. Anyhow....that is where the Purely Pomegranate ornaments came from.
Next stamp "Happy Holidays" from Many Merry Messages in Purely Pomegranate near the bottom of the main panel.
That panel was matted onto Purely Pomegranate and finished off with a simple knot tied out of Double Stitched Purely Pomegranate Ribbon. I love that ribbon! Did I mention that the new catalog ( which I got my Demonstrator copy the other day! ) has some new Striped Grosgrain ribbon? I will have to have it!!!!! Now that I am thinking about it.....there is sooo much stuff that I will have to have...there are some wonderful things coming our way! I digress again...what is the matter with me today?!?!??!? I have so much work to get done....maybe I am putting it off by rambling on and on to you! I'm sorry you have to be a part of my procrastinating!
Anyway...back to the card. After the knot is ribbon is adorning the main panel, adhere that to a card base of Wild Wasabi. That is wait! There is more!!!!!
You can't see it in this picture but there is BLING on this card! All of the stars on this card sparkle! That's right...get out the 2 Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds!

Monday, December 17, 2007

More cards from Holiday Card Camp

I know I am a little behind on posting these cards since the stamp sets were in the Holiday Mini but I wanted to post them for you anyway!

Here they are:

This one used Season of Joy....I really like this set!

This one used Holy Triptych...I really thought there were some beautiful things to come out of this set! One of these days I will post the ornament set I made for our Pastor at Church...I hope he and his family like them!

Friday, December 14, 2007

card from christmas card camp....

I can't believe this cute set is retiring!!!! It is called Hung Up on the Holidays. There are soooo many things you could use this for....simple cards, elegant cards, cards using other stamp sets ( I think it is screaming to be used with the pine stamp from Peaceful Wishes....don't you think?), and as seen here a "country" feel card:

Let's start at the main image and work back today....what do you think? Want to shake things up a!
I stamped the gingerbread man and candy cane in Close to Cocoa and Real Red onto Very Vanilla. Then I used the 1/16th inch Handheld Punch and punched on both sides of the candy cane so I could use the Silver Elastic Cord to tie little bows around them. I then sponged Close to Cocoa on the edges...on all of the edges of this card. The main panel was matted on Close to Cocoa and the Old Olive. This entire panel was placed up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The vertical panel is more Mustard matted on Close to Cocoa...all sponged up, of course. I then tied a simple double knot with Twill Tape. The sentiment "be merry" is from Warm Words and it is stamped in Close to Cocoa onto Very Vanilla. The card base is Real Red.
Let me tell ya, there was a lot of sponging going on here....oh my! I love the depth that sponging gives to a card though, it was completely worth it!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think......
Until Later....Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More on retirment party!!!!

Today I will share with you how the little gift holder that would be perfect for a gift of money is made. Remember from was in the grand door prize.

But first.....There were two special awards given out at the Retirement Party! Vera and Bonnie both received a free stamp set from me for not missing a stamp camp all year. Will you receive one next year? I hope so! Congrats (and many thanks!) to both of you again!!!!

Now back to that money holder:

Isn't this darling?!?!??!?!?

It is quite easy to make!

Start with a 6x6 piece of two sides printed paper ( I think Stampin' Up! Card Stock would be too thick for these...Whisper White and Very Vanilla would be good though.) of your choice. Here I used a piece from the Wintergreen Designer Series Papers...which will be retiring his hoo....I love this paper. I think you can use most of it for general card making, not just Christmas.

Anyhoo....I digress,! Back to the 6x6 piece of paper. Score on one side at 1 1/4, 2 1.2, 3 3/4, and 5. Turn your paper 90 degrees and score at 1 1/4 and 4 3/4. Fold on all scores with a bone folder to get good creases. Next take your 1/4 inch square punch and punch where the scores intersect by folding along each fold and punching a half of a square. are you following me???? Here is a picture of what your paper should look like when all the holes are punched:

Does this clear things up a bit?
Place sticky strip along one edge of a long middle panel. Roll up into a square tube and adhere. Tie a ribbon around the places where you have punched out and "fluff" the ends. Your finished piece should look like a tootsie roll, kind of.
Oh your gift inside before tying the second end shut.
You could make these little cuties in any size really, just make sure you start with a square and adjust your score lines accordingly. example: start with a 11 1/2 inch square and score at 2 2/4 intervals and turn 90 degrees and score in 2 inches on each side.
Have I managed to confuse you???? I hope not! I would love to hear if you make any of these little cuties!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Retirement Party Prizes!!!!!!

We had a lot of fun on Sunday at the Retirement Party!!!! We all made a fun project that I will have to post another day but here are the prizes that were won:

This was a gift bag/box that was full of peppermint patty sandwiches! And notice the handmade paper filler using thin strips of coordinating card stock and the that!!!!!
The center medallion was stamped with a stamp out of Holiday Tag Team, a very versatile stamp set! (which is retiring, by the way....)
There were also two different hand stamped candles that were won! the first one was done with Flakey Friends and the second was done with Peaceful Wishes. Can you believe that Flakey Friends is retiring?!?!?!?!?
Here is the second candle:
Now for the grand prize: Karen F. won this (I'm telling you girl...we are going to Vegas together!!)
This prize consisted of a handmade gift box with matching bow, a Holiday Popper to give a small gift or money inside, and a pouch card full of tags.
This week I promise to get the directions for that money holder posted on my daughter and I are off to my Grandmother's to decorate Christmas cookies. I can't wait to see what my little one will think of all the icing and sprinkles.....she will probably be too busy eating her work to worry about a tub of sprinkles! HAHA!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Retirement list!!!!

Hello All! If you were at the retirement party yesterday, I told you to check here for the retirement list of isn't posted on Stampin' Up!'s web site yet.....I will keep checking for you so keep checking here or your email box.

Monday, December 3, 2007

A small gift box for you! (and a verbal tutorial!)

Hello everyone! Are you having trouble getting just the right thing to put a small gift or the gift of money in without totally giving away the gift in it's packaging? (like an envelope?) If so this is the perfect solution for you!
Here is what I did:
Cut Bordering Blue card stock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2...yep the same size you cut for a standard card! That was easy, right? Now score at 2, 4, 6, 8 along the 8 1/2 side. Rotate your card stock 90 degrees and score 1 1/2 inch. Stamp as desired. Here T stamped snowflakes from The Snowflake Spot in Bordering Blue and Night of Navy. See the little sparkly specks? That is a stamp from that same set that represents snowflakes, in my head anyway. I stamped that in my Silver Encore Pad. Love it!
Now you want to prefold all your score lines and cut off the tiny 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch tab. Also cut in on the 1 1/2 inch scores just to the long score line that goes the whole way across your card stock (the score that you made at 1 1/2 along the 5 1/2 side). Adhere with Sticky Strip the remaining 1/2 inch tab to the inside of the first long panel creating a tube. Now fold in the bottom flaps and adhere with Sticky Strip to create a tall box. Fold two opposing side in to press the top together and punch both sides with your Handheld Rectangle Punch to create a place for your ribbon. You won't want to skip this step because your ribbon will slip off too easily.
I next created a simple tag stamping one of the sentiments (Joy) from The Snowflake Spot in Night of Navy onto Whisper White card stock. Then I selected the smallest snowflake and stamped in with my Encore Silver Pad. Punch that out with your Small Tag Punch and mat it in Night of Navy punched from the Tag Punch. I absolutely love that Stampin' Up! has made "nesting" shaped punches for makes everything sooooo easy! Don't you think? I digress, I know.....
Back to our project! I took Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon,wrapped it around the box and tied a simple knot. Now, back to that tag.... punch a hole in the top with the Handheld Rectangle Punch so you can thread it through the ribbon. After it is threaded onto one tail of the ribbon, continue and finish tying a bow.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Retirement...Here we come!!!!

Here is the link to the retirement list:

I can't belive it is here already! I am soooo excited to see what is in store for us in January!!!!

Don't forget to RSVP to the Retirement party on December 9th if you haven'y already!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bringing you a Season of Joy!

I really like this had very clean lines making the focal image pop out at you. The stamps are from the Season of Joy set that is in the Winter Mini catalog...only one more day to get things from this catalog...I can't believe the mini is almost over and then a retirement list Saturday.

What?!?!?!? A retirement list??!?!??!

That's right! The retirement list will be released on Saturday, December 1st. I can't believe it is time for a new catalog. It better be as awesome as this one......I'm positive that it will be!

Well...back on track with this card.

It starts with a base of Old Olive. I stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant on the bottom right hand corner. That's' it...the entire base...can you believe it?

The Swirly Tree is stamped in Old Olive onto Very Vanilla. I matted that onto Elegant Eggplant leaving the bottom portion of the mat longer than the rest so I could tie that pretty little bow. The bow is tied with the Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon right at the base of the tree image. I then matted that entire thing onto More Mustard and then to the card base.

Oh my! I forgot about the stippling around the tree on the main image! All I did for that was took my Stipple Brush and rubbed it into my ink pads (I used Old Olive and then Bravo Burgundy here) and then "pounced" it onto the main image. Stippling really softens the starkness of open spaces. You will have to try it out!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Back to Christmas Joy...Season of Joy that is!

This card was fun fun fun to do! it was a very simple fold but can create quite a presentation!
Start with a regular side fold card base and cut off a bit of the front panel. I didn't measure it...i just cut what i thought would fit the tree image on the right hand adapt this to any stamp set you are using. I then folded back 1 inch of the card front. Here it is Old Olive, by the way...forgot to mention that! sorry :( Then take a piece of Dashing Patterned Paper (that you bought on sale this month.....) and cut it to fit the left hand side of the card front.
Sorry this post is vague with the directions but all of the measurements depend on which stamp set you will use on the back panel......
Now for some fun stuff!
Take your 1/8"Circle Handheld Punch and punch a hole past your the flap of the card front (on the Dashing Paper...). I then tied bows through those holes around that folded flap with Red Gingham Ribbon. How cute is that?????
For the card inside:
I cut a piece of Real Red card stock to 4x5 1/4. I stamped the sentiment "Merry Christmas" from the Season of Joy stamp set in Real Red in the bottom right hand corner. The tree was stamped in Old Olive onto Very Vanilla and simply cut it out. I also stamped the star with "hand stamped" under it from Season of Joy in More Mustard and cut out the star portion. I adhered both to the card inert with SNAIL adhesive. I then took that insert and adhered it to the inside of the card with SNAIL also.
That's it!
If you don't have the Season of Joy stamp set and would like to get it...this is the last few days to order it. November 30th is the last day to order from the Winter Mini Catalog.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Weekend sales!!!!!

Hello everyone! If you are reading this...then you will know about my "Black Weekend" sale!

For every order placed with me over $25, you will receive a certificate valued at 10% of your order to spend on your next order.

I know I LOVE free stuff!

Email or call me with your orders before 5:00pm Monday to qualify for your "Black Weekend" sale!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

This was my Thanksgiving card this year. I used my beloved With Gratitude stamp set. I love those leaves!!!!!

The card base is More Mustard with the large maple leaf stamped in More Mustard in the bottom corner only. I stamped "Happy Thanksgiving" from Holidays and Wishes in Chocolate Chip over the leaf image. For the main image, I stamped various leaves in Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke and More Mustard randomly over Very Vanilla. I did a texturizing technique which will leave you hanging until the next Hostess Club meeting...I will teach you then! :)

See the close up:

I can see myself being very addicted to this technique.....

Anyway - That was matted on Old Olive. I made a "faux" band on the front of the card by adhering a small piece of Close to Cocoa on the left side and took another piece of Close to Cocoa card stock and rounded the two edges with the 3/16th inch Corner Rounder and adhered that to the right hand side of the card. To add a little touch of texture without using the standard ribbon knot, I took two pieces of twine ans tied a single knot around then and adhered that to the "band" with a Mini Glue Dot.

Easy, huh?

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving....

Email or call me tomorrow if you would like to order any of the promotions that were listed in the previous entry or anything in the Winter Mini Catalog...This is the last week to order from that catalog.

Until then...Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Giving Thanks...With Gratitude!

Sorry I haven't posted a stamped creation in a today - I give you two! Both cards use the same Stamp set - With Gratitude. I think this stamp set is very elegant, rustic, simple...hard to believe one set can have so many qualities!

This card uses More Mustard as a base. I stamped a leaf image in More Mustard randomly on the background. I stamped "With Gratitude" In Elegant Eggplant in the bottom corner.

The main image is stamped on Very Vanilla. I took three different leaf images and stamped them in Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and More Mustard in a random pattern. After that I took a Stampin' Sponge and "pounced" the sponge with it's respecting color over the leaves. I did the More mustard last and filled in any empty spaces with that color. I matted that image onto Elegant Eggplant and tied a simple knot around it with 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon in Eggplant. I think this card is VERY simple for the "wow factor" it punches. I hope you agree.

Next I decided to tone things down a bit:

This card starts with a Really Rust base folded on the side. I tore off the front cover sponged all of the edges with Chocolate Chip. Isn't it fun to "dirty things up?" For the card insert I took a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it to 4x11. I folded it in half and tore off the outer edges. I stamped the leaves randomly in More Mustard, Really rust and Old Olive. Then with the Tiniest Dot pattern in Itty Bitty Backgrounds I stamped over all of the leaves with Creamy Caramel. Stamp the sentiment in Chocolate Chip and sponge all the edges like the card base.

Now back to the card base:
I took my 1/16th inch Hand Held Punch and punched two holes on either end of the card front. I took two Aged Copper brads ad slipped them into the holes and wrapped twine around them and tied a simple knot before securing the brads to the card front. Now that you have your card front finished, adhere the insert to the card front towards the "spine" of the card.

There you have two simple cards that pack "some punch." I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving, We all have so much to be grateful for!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wrapping up the Holidays Campaign!

Hello everyone....sorry no stamped goodies to post today....I wanted to let you know of a promotion that Stampin' Up! is offering starting November 23rd. Black Friday...can you believe it is here already!??!?!?!? I can't!

Holiday Tag Bundle (item 112409) - A new item just for this promotion!This bundle includes several pre-cut pieces from the Holiday Glitz kit and makes 15 quick and easy toppers for gift giving.

Empty Accents and Elements Tin-3 Pack (item 112410) A new item chosen just for this promotion!

Tags for All Stamp Set* (item 110380) 20% off!

Hand Selected Accents & Elements (item 110228) 25% off!

Designer Gift Cards* (item 110264) 30% off!

Purely Pomegranate (item109863) and Chocolate Chip (item 109862) Satin Ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!

This is all of the information I have so far...If they give me pictures...i will be sure to post them.
I can't believe the Satin Ribbon Promo!!!!!! That ribbon is gorgeous!

Wow - what great deals! Call or email me if you would like to get in on any of these great promotions!

Oh yeah...can you believe that the retirement list comes out in only 11 days? That is right - 11 days!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Oh Girls....wait til you see what is coming our way!

I just got a glimpse of the Spring/Summer preview brochure showcasing some of the new goodies coming our way. All I can say is...OH MY!

We are getting rub ons that coordinate with our stamp awesome is that ?????

The new Designer Series Paper....Delicious!

New large star punch....I can't get enough tools, right??????

Oh yeah...NEW RUBBER....beautiful things, cutesie things and a nursery collection that could be used for babies or children....that is what I call versatility!

I know from the last Preview Brochure that what is in it will be just the tip of the ice burg for the new Idea Book and Catalog coming out in January. I can't wait! Don't forget...if you are in one of my hostess Clubs - you will be getting your new catalog for free! Do the perks get any better??!??!???

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Oh, So Lovely... (and a few tips...)

I made this card for a special customer that was in a car accident last Friday after leaving a Stamp Camp. She is doing pretty good though (still a little sore and need to follow up with her doctor) and that is all that matters! A car can be replaced.....

Now for the lighter stuff....

I stamped the flowers from the Level 1 Hostess Set Oh, So Lovely randomly with Black Staz-On ink on Whisper White. I water colored the flowers using classic inks squeezed out onto the ink pad lid with an Aquapainter. I absolutely love that technique!

I matted the main image onto Brocade Blue and then on a thin mat of Basic Black. The "from the heart" sentiment is from Holidays and Wishes. That was stamped in Mellow Moss and punched with the Large Oval Punch. I matted it with So Saffron and trimmed it out by hand.

Are you wondering yet how that ribbon is attached? I punched a hole using the large hole punch and hammer from the Tool Kit. (My Hand Held Circle Punch wouldn't make a hole that far in on the card.) I threaded the ribbon around the edge of the card and through that hole and tied a bow. Easy as that! The ribbon is Mellow Moss 1/4" Grosgrain, by the way! The card base is Mellow Moss as well...I forgot to mention that!

Check out the dimension on the sentiment:

Instead of using Stampin' Dimensionals...which I love, by the way...I used a piece of left over rubber from trimming the stamps. You can save the larger pieces and peel off the rubber and then adhere that to your image and peel off the paper backing and adhere to your project. So don't throw the big pieces or rubber away...ever...I tell you - keep 'em in a baggie...I'm serious! No, really...they are much thicker than Stampin' Dimensionals if you need your images to pop out further then a Dimensional will take you.

Until later....Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We have a winner....Karen! (Again! :) )

This was the door prize at the Giftable 2 Stamp Camp last Sunday. Our winner was Karen F. She won the awesome Holiday Organizer I posted earlier at the last Giftable Stamp Camp. I told her I was going to take her to Wheeling...what do you think?

Her ensemble was a stamped gift bag, a matching topper that keeps the bag closed and a coordinating gift tag. She also won a sheet of those awesome adhesive tags stamped with the Tags and More gift tag stamps. Remember that post earlier???

You can see the close up of that tag below and the details of how I got that large scalloped circle using one of your cutting tools and a punch. Intrigued yet?

Also in the picture is a portfolio that houses a set of matching thank you cards that coordinate with the gift bag.

Here are the deets on the projects:
bag: I used the Snow Jumbo Wheel from the Holiday Mini in Night of Navy ink onto Brocade Blue card stock. The topper is Whisper White folded in half with a scalloped edge using the 3/16" Corner Rounder. (Can't get enough scallops!!!!!!) The Night of Navy card stock is also wheeled with the Snow Jumbo Wheel, but it is hard to see in the picture. That was matted with Whisper White and Brocade Blue. I next used my Paper Trimmer to slice a slit on the fold not cutting through the left and right sides so I could slip it over the handles of the gift bag. This will keep the handles together and cover your gift inside.

Here is a close up of the gift tag. I learned this past week if you cut a circle with your Colluzzle on an odd number (ex. the 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc... ring from the center) you can take the guard off of your corner rounder and punch around the circle creating a scalloped circle! Isn't that amazing?!???!??! we now can have more than one size scalloped punch! Unbelievable...I know! Well enough patting myself on the back, lol! So I did just that using the 5th ring on the Colluzzle Circle Template and added a tiny white dot with the White Gel Pen. I cut a circle in Whisper White on the fourth ring and stamped a snowflake from The Snowflake Spot in Brocade Blue off the edge. I used a stamp from the Tags and More from the Holiday Mini for the "To: From:" and took my Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker to ink only those words and stamped that on the tag. Voila! Instant Gift tag!

Wow...I seem very long winded today! The card and the portfolio was done in the same colors. We will have to get into that another day.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Look what we made.....

Look at the amazing projects everyone made yesterday at my Giftable 2 Stamp Camp. All the attendees made three of each gift.
Congratulations are that much closer to having your Holiday shopping done!
Happy Stampin' everyone!!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Here's a discovery tip for you!

These stamps are from the Tags and More set in the Holiday Mini Catalog. These are just two of many awesome stamps in this set. The images all coordinate with other stamp sets in the Idea Book and Catalog so you can create coordinating gift sets if you would like. I can't imagine you not "liking" to do that???? Just kiddin'! Seriously, I was excited to see a gift tag stamp set that was coordinating with other stamp sets!

It is hard to see in the picture but the images were stamped on Avery's return address is like Avery made these labels waiting for Stampin' Up! to fill them with wonderful stamps!!!!!

I stamped the Ornament tag in both Old Olive and Real Red. The snowflake tag was stamped in Brocade Blue.

I am still in awe of Avery's ability to predict that Stampin' Up! would create a stamp in the future that would fit their labels perfectly.

If you want to create your very own adhesive tags for quick Holiday me and order this set right away...this is the last month to order from the Holiday Mini Catalog!

Tonight is the first Holiday Card Camp so if you are registered to come, congratulations! You will be ahead of the game at the end of the night with your holiday cards being under if i just had a Camp that addressed them all and sent them out.........

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

It's Fabulous! ( if I say so myself :) )

This is the gift bag and coordinating bag I made for my Mother's Birthday gift. Her favorite colors are Black, White and Red, so I went to work. Her gift will look great in this gift bag! I can't wait to give it to her.

Can you get over all of the Bling??? The pictures don't give it justice, that is for sure!

You can't tell in the picture but I stamped all of the black card stock with a flower from Fabulous Flowers in Versamark Ink and embossed with Hallogram Highlights Embossing Powder.

Both projects have a lot of the same attributes. First I stamped Tres Chic Background in Basic Grey on Whisper White. Those panels were matted on Basic Grey. The Main Flower is from Fabulous Flowers inked in Real Red and cut out. Then for the bling--- I used the 2 Way Glue Pen on all of the petals and put the Romantic Red Stampin' Glitter. for the flower center I used a bunch of Black Brads to make a cluster.

Here is a close up of all that bling:

For the bag Handles I punched the Round Tab Punch with both Basic Grey and Real Red and layered the red under the Basic Grey to set off the grey a little bit. I put two Black Brads on the top of each handle tab and adhered a piece of Basic Black card stock for the handles.

I absolutely love this flower in Fabulous Flowers...I can see a lot f awesome projects come from this one stamp set!

There it is...Hope she like it! Leave me a comment and let me know hwt you think :)

Until Later...Happy Stampin'!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Like a treat?

Here are the gifts that the ladies that attended the last Giftable Stamp Camp. I thought they may have needed a special chocolate "pick - me - up" during the marathon stampin'!
I hope all of you enjoyed your tasty treats!
What will the special gift be for attending the next Giftable Stamp Camp? Hmmm..... I Wonder????

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Unbelievable Deal!

Can you believe this new promotion with Stampin' Up!?
Purchase any three Designer Series Papers and get the fourth one ($9.95 value!) FREE! No limits, no restrictions!
Now is the time to stock up!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I Dare You......

I had a lot of fun doing this card...I have wanted this stamp set for a while now and finally got it! I'm glad I did!

We will start with the basics....ho hum! lol!

The card base is Basic Grey stamped with Sanded Background in Basic Grey. (it's hard to tell in the picture) I stamped "Dare to be Fabulous" from Fabulous Flowers in Basic Grey on Whisper White and matted that on three sides with Purely Pomegranate. before I mounted those together, I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch and punched the hole on the end with the Horizontal Slot Punch. I adhered that to the card base and used my Handheld Rectangle Punch to punch the hole in the card base. I took a double piece of Elastic Silver cord and a single piece of Double Stitched Soft Sky Ribbon and threaded it through the tag around the back of the card and tied a simple knot.

The main image panel was stamped with the Sanded Background in Soft Sky on Whisper White and I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. That was matted onto Soft Sky and I placed Silver Brads in the corners for a little bit of bling!

Now that Go-Jus flower.....

I stamped it in Purely Pomegranate on Whisper White four times. I cut it out once completely and then cut it out the other three times deciding where I wanted the flower layers to be. know what I did....I used my 2 Way Glue Pen on all of the petals and put Dazzling Diamonds all over it! I mounted each layer on top of the previous one with Stampin' Dimensionals. What would we do with out Dimensionals??????

Check out the side shot:
What do you think?
Wait until you see what else I have done with this stamp set...I will show you in a few days!
Until later...
Happy Stampin'!

Monday, October 29, 2007

We have a winner....Karen!

If you were at the Giftable Stamp Camp yesterday...Congratulations, you are 15 gifts closer to the end of your holiday shopping! If you were there, you also know that Karen F. won this amazing little shopping organizer, complete with a handmade booklet to list everyone on your list in with all of their favorite stuff!

I can honestly say...this was the hardest door prize for me to part with so far. I loved putting it truly was a labor of love :)

Check out the front:

Notice the bling for the flower center? Love those rhinestone brads!!!! Of course...I seem to love everything! Everything I own, at!

If you missed yesterdays Giftable Stamp Camp, you can still register for the next one. It will be Sunday November 11 at 2:00pm. Email me for details.

Until then...Happy Stampin'!

Friday, October 26, 2007

They say its your birthday!

I made this card for a weekend sketch challenge 25 on Beate's blog. The challenge was to make a z fold card with a rectangle panel on the front.

The card base is Chocolate Chip scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 . The inside panel is from the So Saffron Designer Series Prints and the right panel is from the Rose Red Designer Series Prints. Both panels were punched with the ticket corner punch and stamped on the edges with the argyle stamp in All in a Row. (two of my faves, as you all know :) )

The main panel is stamped with a sentiment from It's Your Birthday in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla. That was matted on So Saffron and then Chocolate Chip.

I stamped the flower image from a Level 2 Hostess stamp set, In the Spotlight, in Rose Red and twice in Almost Amethyst. I punched those out with the Five Petal Punch...which fits it perfectly. By the way, all of the stamps in this set are designed to coordinate with our awesome! I used the 1/16" Hand Held Punch to punch the centers of the flowers and then placed brads in the centers...easy peasy!
I also sponged all of the edges, inside and out, in Chocolate Chip.

Here is a view from above the card to give you a better idea of the fold:
Until later....
Happy Stampin'!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

yes...Another Season of Joy... :)

Today's card starts with a Not Quite Navy card stock base. (It is hard to tell because my lighting wasn't that great...sorry!)

First I took the Swirly Jumbo Wheel and inked in up with the Craft Ink Whisper White and wheeled that across the bottom of the card front. This either need to be embossed, dried with an embossing gun or laid aside to dry. I did the latter.

The Jumbo Swirly Wheel coordinates perfectly with this stamp set.

Next for the main image...

I took out my Stampin' Write Markers and started coloring the rubber stamp. When I had it colored the way I liked it...I gave it a "huff" and stamped it on Whisper White card stock. I matted that on a piece of Real Red card stock leaving the bottom mat much larger so I could tie a piece of Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon around it. I can't tell you how much I love the new Stampin' Up! 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon!!!!!! That main panel was adhered to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

There you have it.....

Hard to believe that Christmas is only 2 months from today!

You can get your gifts ready and your Holiday cards done at my stamp camps in me for the details.

Until later

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More Season of Joy :)

Here is today's post. If you attended my Season Of Joy Stamp Camp last month you will have the stamp set to do this card. If you weren't able to attend and would like this set, contact me before the end of is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Like I said, all images are from Season of Joy. The card base is Old Olive. The background was made from stamping various stamps from the set onto Very Vanilla. I stamped the Swirl in Bashful Blue (looks like it's windy, huh?) and the tree in Old Olive and the tiny flower in Purely Pomegranate. Those were all stamped in a semi-random pattern. I kept the trees all standing upright and the swirls all going left to right. The ribbon panels are Old Olive matted in Bashful Blue with Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon tied around that in a double knot. The main image is inked up in Purely Pomegranate and stamped on Very Vanilla. That was matted in Old Olive and then Purely Pomegranate. That main image was popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it...pretty simple, huh?

Well...I'll see you tomorrow with another Season of Joy card.

(maybe I should get back into the current holiday.....hmmmm.....since I love fall!)

Until tomorrow...Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Back in the swing of things!

Hello! I'm so sorry that I haven't posted any pictures in over a week....I will try not to let that happen again :)

Here is the card and tip for the day:

The card base is square (5 1/2 x 11) in Soft Sky. My bottom panel is a piece from the Wintergreen Design Series Paper. (love it!) On the top of that I cut a piece of Old Olive card stock and wrapped a piece of Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and tied that on a simple knot. The snowflakes from Season of Joy on the right are stamped in Always Artichoke and punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. I pierced the center with the Piercer in the Tool Kit and placed a Gold Brad in the center of those. I mounted them up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now for the tip of the day:

This is the main image panel up close....
I stamped the word image from Season of Joy in Whisper White. I inked it up in Soft Sky first and then took my Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker and colored over the Soft Sky ink where I wanted the image to be Artichoke. Gave it a little "huff" and stamped.

You can do that with any of your stamps...just remember to ink up your entire image in the lighter color and color in with the darker colors...huff...and stamp.

To finish off that main image, I matted the White on Soft Sky ans that on Always Artichoke. I mounted that on the card...that's it!

I hope you enjoyed that little tip. Let me know what you thought....

Just remember to clean your stamp in between every inking if doing more than one card so the darker colors don't contaminate your lighter ink pad.

Until tomorrow...
Happy Stampin'!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Updates information for Upcoming Stamp Camps:

Hello ladies!

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that the details of the Giftable Stamp Camp2 and the Holiday Card Camp are finally worked out.... :)

The dates for the Holiday Card Camp are Friday November 9th and Friday November 16th at 6:30 at the Slippery Rock McDonald's. Both of these camps will be the same, I just wanted to give the you choice of which night would work best for you. If you need more than one set of cards...feel free to register for both. We will be making 15 cards (three of five different cards).
The registration fee for this camp is $20.

The date for the Giftable Stamp Camp 2 is Sunday November 11th at 2:00 at the Slippery Rock McDonalds. At this Giftable Stamp Camp we will be making 15 gifts again. We will be making three of five different gifts.
The gifts will be:
1. A fold out Photo Wallet
2. A Christmas Ornament
3. A post it note folder with matching pen
4. A magnetic calendar
5. Another Chocolate surprise!

The fee for the Giftable Stamp Camp2 is $40.

If you register for both camps, save $10! You get both camps for $50.

All Stamp Camps are limited to the first 15 registrants. Send in your registration to day to save your spot! (Please make sure to send in which dates you are registering for)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Where have I been?????

I have been frantically getting ready for the upcoming Giftable Stamp Camp as well as getting things lined up for the Holiday Card Stamp Camp and the Giftable 2 Stamp Camp.

The dates for the Giftable Stamp Camp 2 will be Sunday November 11 at 2:00. The two Holiday Card Camps will be Friday November 9th and 16th at 6:30. Both of these camps will be the same...I just wanted to give you the choice of which date to choose. All of these camps are limited to the first 15 registrants. Stay tuned for more information on these won't want to miss them :)

I promise to go back to more posting when I get things in order!

Until then, Happy Stampin'!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Another sneak peek...can you believe it?

Here is another sneak peek for what is to come your way if you registered for the upcoming Giftables Stamp Camp! I can't wait until it is here....I really like the five gifts we will make that day!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hostess gift from last night

I had a workshop last night and these were the cards I presented to the Hostess as a part of her thank you from me for hostessing a workshop in her home.

The card on the right is done with the stamp set that set, so cute! Notice on the guessed it...dazzling diamonds!

The other card was stamped with a level 2 hostess stamp set, Garden Silhouettes. Two of my new favorite accessories adorn this card...the Photo Corner punch and 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon. You've gotta love both of those new accessories that were released with this new catalog! And of course...I had to do some sponging on all of the edges. I "dirtied" it up in Purely Pomegranate instead of my usual Chocolate Chip. lol!

What do you think? I hope the hostess enjoys them!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

not stamping related, but....

Can you believe we went to a pumpkin patch last Sunday when it was almost 90 degrees in October. I have a very strong dislike for the hot weather but we were afraid not to go when it was nice in case the other Sundays were rainy. So off we went....all in all we had a good time. I wanted to share a picture of one of their apple trees in their orchard. There were hardly any apples left on the trees because they had all been harvested (which we bought some from their farm market....oh my....they are soooo good!)

I love the fall. everything is so pretty this time of year, I think.

Have a "wonderfall" day!

Sparkling Snow....

Here is the card I promised my Tuesday Stamp Club Members would be posted yesterday....sorry girls, my entire day escaped me!

I used the same masking technique as in the tree card I posted earlier. (except I used an oval cut from the Colluzle Cutting System instead of a rectangle.)
The card base is Ballet Blue. The main image is stamped on Whisper White. I placed my oval "mask" over the main image card stock. I took various snowflake stamps from the Snowflake Spot stamp set and stamped them "generation style" (meaning to stamp the image several times without reinking the stamp) in Ballet Blue. Before removing the mask, I sponged ballet Blue around the entire edge of the oval mask. When I was happy with the sponging I removed the mask. I then inked up another snowflake in Night of Navy and stamped it to look like it is coming out of the snowy frame. Next I took the "Season's Greetings" stamp from the Many Merry Messages stamp set and inked it in Night of Navy.
Now for the fun part:
I took my 2 Way Glue Pen and outlined the Night if Navy snowflake and coated it with Dazzling Diamonds. It is hard to tell in the picture but that snowflake is very sparkly! If you haven't used Dazzling Diamonds need to try adds so much to your cards!
For an added touch around the card fold I took some of the new Elastic Cord in Silver that is in the Winter Mini Catalog and wrapped it around twice and tied a simple knot.
Enjoy, and as always...Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A Lovely Buck

I really do like this stamp set...I think deer are so beautiful! I never understood how anybody could shoot them....they are gorgeous! (I'm not trying to be anti hunter...that's for sure...I just think deer are a pretty animal)
I started with an Old Olive base. I stamped the row of pine trees from Noble Deer in Old Olive along the bottom. The panel is More mustard with the pine bough stamp from the same stamp set stamped, stamped randomly in More Mustard. I then took Natural Twine and wrapped it around that panel several times and tied in a simple knot. The main image is the single buck from Noble Deer stamped in Timber Brown Staz-On. I always stamp in Staz-On when I am going to color in an image so the ink won't smear or run with an aquapainter or blender pen. Next I took various colors of Wonder Watercolor Crayons and colored lightly in areas...don't color the image in completely, it is not necessary when using Stampin' Up! Watercolor Crayons. After you have applied color to your image take your Blender Pen and color over the crayon to blend. Color on a piece of scratch paper between colors until the pen colors clear. It will stain dark but will not effect coloring the next color. Continue to blend until you have an image that you like. I matted that main image onto Close to Cocoa.
I did not put a greeting on this card so I could choose one when I need a masculine card. I quite often will leave the greeting off of the card if I think it could be used for more than one reason...I add the greeting when I need it - and there is your card!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Another sneak peek!

If you haven't registered're gonna want to! I think you will love these projects I have planned for you!

I know I would love to receive handmade gifts from family and friends!

That's all for today....maybe more to come tomorrow as a special sneak peek.

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Here is a TINY preview of the upcoming Giftable Stamp Camp:

If you haven't registered yet....make sure to do so. There are only a total of 15 spots for this stamp camp and some are already reserved!

The Giftables Stamp Camp Is Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Slippery Rock McDonald's.

You will be making 5 different projects:
-a Christmas ornaments to be hung on the tree or a package
-desk calendars
-a gift box for handmade cards or any other gift to a special someone
-bookmark card to enclose in a gift or another greeting card
-a chocolate surprise!

You will be making three of each of these five gifts....a total of 15 gifts for only $40.
(A roll of Sticky Tape is also included in your registration fee, you will need it to construct your projects tonight.)

This Stamp Camp will not a "class type" Camp, you will move around the stations at your leisure.

I hope to see you there! Send in your reservation today to guarantee your spot at the First Annual Giftables Stamp Camp!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

More Gratitude :)

Here is today's card.

I started with a Close to Cocoa base folded along the top. I then stamped the large maple leaf from With Gratitude in Close to Cocoa in the lower corner for visual interest. I stamped "Happy Thanksgiving" from Holidays and Wishes in Chocolate Chip over that. For the main image, I stamped various leaves from With Gratitude in Really Rust, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive in a random pattern and then sponged with Close to Cocoa on the edges. I wrapped that panel with Natural Twine four times and tied in a simple knot. I matted that on Really Rust and tore the edges and then sponged them with Close to Cocoa.

For the three focal point leaves I stamped one in Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive. I cut them out and then gave them a coat of Crystal Effects. After the coat of Crystal Effects, you will need to set them aside for quite a while to dry. I left mine sit over night. I adhered the Close to Cocoa leaf with SNAIL Adhesive. The Ruby Red leaf is mounted with SNAIL at one end and a Stampin' Dimensional at the other to give it a natural fall. The Old Olive leaf is mounted with a Stampin' Dimensional to give it the most dimension.

Happy Stampin' Y'All!