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!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

With Gratitude

I ordered this stamp set, With Gratitude, this fall. I must say that i love it! It makes such pretty cards! I can see this stamp set put onto a pillar candle...gorgeous! Maybe I will have to make one of those tomorrow :)

The card base is Old Olive stamped with the new background stamp-Sanded. I inked up Sanded in Chocolate Chip and then sponged the edges of the base, as well as everything else on this card, with Chocolate Chip. I LOVE the look sponging gives to cards...a little softer than using the daubers - which I love too! I Love too much stuff, I know. :)

The Main Image is stamped with leaves from With Gratitude in Old Olive, Close to Cocoa edged in Chocolate Chip and the "main" leaf was inked up in More Mustard with Pumpkin Pie rolled on the one edge and then "rolled" Ruby red on that same edge of the leaf. I then reinked Sanded in Chocolate Chip and stamped that over the main image. I matted that on Chocolate Chip.

The "With Gratitude" is also in the same stamp set. I stamped in on Old Olive in Chocolate Chip and stamped Sanded over it. I then took my Crop a Dile and punched the larger hole on both ends using the hole punches on the tool. I set Jumbo Antique Brass Eyelets with the Crop a Dile also. Did you know that the Crop a Dile punches holes and sets eyelets and snaps without any noise? This is a must since I am a "nap time stamper" - lol!


Happy Fall...even though it is in the 80's today!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A Wreath for You....

Two of my Club Girls on Tuesday night always admire this card when i put it on my display board. Here you go Karen and Becky :)

The card base is Real Red. I them made a panel out of Certainly Celery . I took a piece of Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and adhered that to the back of the Celery panel with Mini Glue Dots. I next stamped my "Merry Christmas" greeting for the Holidays & Wishes Stamp Set in Real Red lining it up on the card front using my Stamp a Ma-Jig. ( I don't hardly ever put a greeting on the card front without using this)

The main image was done on Whisper White card stock. I punched a lot of flowers using the Three for You Punch Box out of Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke. For top layer of my wreath, I put Real Red Brads through some of the flower punches to simulate holly berries. After I had my wreath as full as I wanted it to be I mounted that main image onto Real Red and then mounted that onto Old Olive. I tied a simple bow with the 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon and adhered that to the wreath with a Mini Glue Dot.

Here is a close up of the main image.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Stamper 6 Club

I am now taking paper crafters for the Stamper 6 Club that starts in January. Email me if you are interested!

Turtle Sweet Turtle!

I had a request to post this card on you go Patty! (This is one of my favorite cards too!)

The card base in Chocolate Chip. The larger segment is Old Olive stamped in Old Olive with Print Pattern Background Stamp. Then...tiny make the diamonds look embossed...take your White Gel Pen and draw a line on one side (the same side) of all of the diamonds. Love that look!

The small segment is Pretty in Pink stamped with the open hole stamp in Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Pretty in Pink. Then I took random holes and colored with my White Gel Pen. The is the best couple of dollars I have spent...I really like that pen!

I then took the Argyle Stamp in All in a Row and stamped the edges of both segments with Chocolate Chip. I absolutely love that look....a sewn look without the sewing machine!

Now for the main image:

I stamped the turtle from Silly Sealife in Timber Brown Staz-On ink. I used Staz-On because I was planning to color the image. It will not smear or run when you get it wet like regular ink.
I used ink from the lid of the Classic Ink Pads to color him in with my Aquapainter.
The colors I used were Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Pretty in Pink (around the turtle to soften him a little) I then took the tiny dot stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds and stamped all around the edge with Old Olive and Pretty in Pink. That image was matted in Pretty in Pink and that was matted on Old Olive that had its corners punched with the Ticket Corner Punch (another favorite!) and then, finally (lol), that was matted on Chocolate Chip.
The greeting is from Hugs and Wishes and it was stamped in Basic Black.

I hope you enjoy!
Happy Stampin!