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!