LOVE that $10 Card Class!

January 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Stamp Set- Heartfelt Thanks, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring | Leave a comment

I have three lovely cards to show you!  I went with a heart theme, but none of the cards is exclusively for Valentine’s.

These are the cards we’ll be making at my $10 Card Class this Friday evening (2/6, 7PM, my house).  If you’d like to join us, just let me know by this Weds (2/4).  You’ll also take home matching envelopes.

class sample 1 by you.


 Lots-of-Hearts Flower Card

class sample 2 by you.

 class sample 3 by you.

class sample 5 by you.

class sample 4 by you.

Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals


Love Birds Gate-Fold Card

class sample 6 by you.

class sample 7 by you.

class sample 8 by you.

class sample 9 by you.

Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
Paper: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, AquaPainter, Silver Brad, Dimensionals


Heartfelt Standing Card

 class sample 10 by you.

class sample 11 by you. 

class sample 12 by you.

Stamps: Love You Much, Heartfelt Thanks
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Riding Hood Red Classic
Paper: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, AquaPainter, Uni-ball White Gel Pen


I’m on Stampers Showcase

November 12, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in Accessories- Punches, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques, Wheel- Sweet Stars | Leave a comment

Well, I’m not.  My card is.

Do you remember the card I shared with you yesterday?  It had been featured on the Stampers Showcase on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website.  Coincidently, one of my cards is featured there today!  Stampin’ Up! chooses 4-6 cards to be featured each day.  They receive these cards from contest submissions and swaps at Events.  This card is a swap I made for Convention.


Stamp Sets: Pun Fun, Sweet Stars Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Uninked Jumbo Cartridge inked with VersaMark Refill
Paper: Real Red, Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke and Whisper White Card Stocks
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter, 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Star Punch, Silver Brad, 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch

I hadn’t planned on posting today.  I’m starting a pattern this week that I can’t possibly keep up.  Oh well.  🙂

Technique Video: Watercoloring

November 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Projects, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | 1 Comment

Stampin’ Up! has provided a wonderful technique video on my Demonstrator Website (  I believe the video changes each month.  Click on the photo below to go to the page where you can watch the video.  It can also be found on the main page of my Demonstrator Website.

Carrie Cudney did a great job on this.  I always love to watch her present at the Stampin’ Up! conventions

As Carrie said, if you have any questions about watercoloring, just ask!  It is one of my favorite techniques.

Also, if you’d like hands-on training, watercoloring is a great technique to learn in a workshop.  I find that new and advanced stampers have a great time with this technique.

April 08 Totally Hands On Samples

April 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Accessories- Rub-Ons, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stamp Set- Enjoy Every Moment, Stamp Set- Nursery Necessities, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Dry Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques, Techniques- Glitter | Leave a comment

These are the projects that I’m teaching for my April workshops!


This fun little card uses the Nursery Neccessities stamp set.  Its a baby set, but for this card I’ve made it more generic.  I think you could send this card for any happy occassion. 

To start the focal point, I punched the Large Star Punch through Brocade Blue card stock. 

Then I created a dry embossing template with the (small) Star Punch.  To do this, I simply punched through a piece of thin chipboard.  Then, using the an embossing stylus, I raised the smaller star centered inside the larger one. 

Next, to define the raised section, I sponged Brocade Blue ink, keeping the embossing template in place as a guide.  Then I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a 2-Way Glue Pen.


I placed the star on an Always Artichoke scallop with a Dimensional, then punched a hole through the scallop and threaded the grosgrain ribbon through.



To finish it off, I stamped the small star from the stamp set with Bashful Blue Classic Ink onto the same color card base and stamped the saying with Always Artichoke.  Then I dry embossed the small star overlapping the stamped images.






 I stamped the big pretty flower from the Doodle This stamp set twice on Glossy White card stock.  On one of them, I added color using a Lavender Lace Classic Pad and an Aqua Painter.  Then I cut out both flowers using our wonderful Paper Snips.  They are my favorite scissors!

I again used the 2-Way Glue Pen & Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to highlight parts of the flower.

A dimensional pops the flower up away from the page.



The saying is from the Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons.  I think it would have looked better if I had used the black one.

But I LOVE the swirly doodles in this set!!




For the 3D item this month, I made a gift enclosure.  It holds a Jamba Juice gift card, but you could also put other things inside like a tea or Kool-Aid packet, or orange flavored lollipops.

I love the Tart & Tangy stamp set in the Occassions Mini Catalog!  It is SO cute!  And its so convenient that the images fit perfectly in the circle punches.

The stamp set also works so well with the Enjoy Every Moment set, that I used on the inside and with its jumbo wheel, Daisy Dash.  I like how the flowers on the wheel look with the Scallop Circle punch and the punched scallop edge on the flap.

(Enjoy Every Moment & the Daisy Dash jumbo wheel are part of this month’s promo.)


Mystery Hostess Make & Takes

January 7, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Time Well Spent, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | 2 Comments

I’m still bummed that I couldn’t have my New Catalog party last Friday.  But now I’ll be able to make some of the raffle prizes even better.  🙂   There’s a package of brand new Rub-Ons on their way to my house right now!  And I know just what I’m going to do with them first.  hee hee 

I hope you’ll be able to make it on the 18th.  I want to show you what we’ll be doing for the Make & Take.

It’s a matching 3×3 card and a snack-size Hershey bar.  I used a brand new hostess set called “Time Well Spent”.  It is a great set for making notes and cute goodies for friends.

I’ll be doing a quick watercoloring demonstration at the party for those who’d like to see it.


It’s My Party & I’ll Stamp If I Want To! Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack

March 27, 2007 at 11:18 am | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Basket Full of Fun, Stamp Set- Canvas, Stamp Set- Eat Cake, Stamp Set- Everyday Flexible Phrases, Stamp Set- It's Your Birthday, Stamp Set- Letterpress Alphabet, Stamp Set- Looks Like Spring, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Set- Riveting, Stamp Set- Sincere Salutations, Stamp Set- Wild About You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on It’s My Party & I’ll Stamp If I Want To! Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack

So, I’ve been wanting to do a Stamp-A-Stack for a few months now.  A Stamp-A-Stack is similar to a Stamp Camp, where you come to my house to make cool projects.  At a Stamp-A-Stack, though, you make multiples of the same items so you build up your stash of handmade cards to give away.  I always need extra birthday cards myself. 

This Sunday is my birthday.  And I decided, for my birthday, I’m finally going to host that Stamp-A-Stack I’ve been planning.

These are the cards we’ll be making.  I think you’ll like them!

We’ll be making 3 each of the 4 cards (that’s 12 cards total) with matching envelopes for $20.  Those in my Stamp Club have a special price of $16. 

The event will be on Saturday, April 21st @ 2PM

You must sign up & pre-pay by Tuesday, April 10th!  That’s only 2 weeks from today!  Click here for my contact info.

We’ll have chocolate cake (I have to with us making that yummy chocolate cake card!), punch, chips & dip…  Expect a party!

The cards we’re making are designed so there is something for everyone on your card list- a pretty, feminine one, one for the kids, a nice masculine one, and a general birthday card (I know very few people who don’t like chocolate!). 

At each of the card stations there will be instruction posters with step-by-step photos.

Here are close-ups of each of the cards, and also their insides.


Feminine Birthday Card

Inside of Card (this card can be used for any occassion if you don’t stamp the birthday saying)


Inspired by this card


Kids Birthday Card

Inside of Card (this card could also be used for any occassion, if you skip stamping “happy birthday”)

Inspired by this card.


Masculine Birthday Card

Inside of Card:

Inspired by this card.


Chocolate Cake Card

Inside of Card:

Inspired by this card & this card.

I hope you’ll join us!

a wedding card

March 14, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Both Way Blossoms, Stamp Set- French Script, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on a wedding card

A friend of mine got married last Friday.  She’s a really sweet girl and I wanted to make her a nice card.  But I didn’t have much time because my husband took Friday off so we could do something fun with the kids.  By the time we left Fairytale Town, I knew I had to hurry.  So I planned this card in my head on the ride home and it didn’t take very long at all to stamp.

First, I stamped the Print Pattern background on the Very Vanilla layer.  I heated it with my Heat Tool because I was really hoping that it wouldn’t pick up the embossing powder that I would use on the French Script background.  I even set it aside to dry while I worked on the focal point.  I stamped the roses from Both Way Blossoms (it’s a hostess only set that will disappear the end of June!) and “cherish” from Warm Words in Basic Black Craft ink, then poured Crystal Clear Emboss Powder over it and heated with the heat tool.  Then I colored the roses with an Aqua Painter and Elegant Egglant & Always Artichoke Classic ink.  (I could tell from the invitation that their wedding color was purple.) I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch (I know, I keep using that one!).  My husband suggested I emboss the edges clear, I think it was a great idea! So next I went back to the layer with Print Pattern on it, and I stamped French Script with Black Craft and embossed with clear.  The embossing powder did still stick to some of the Print Pattern, even though I let it dry.  But I still really like the way it turned out. Last, I wrapped a Black Grosgrain Ribbon around the background layer and added a Cream Grosgrain knot.

For the inside, I used the Mini Envelope Template to quickly make an envelope out of Vellum Cardstock to hold the gift card we were giving them.

I think the card looks much better in person, with the embossing all over it, but you get the idea.

Polka Dots & Paisley!

February 28, 2007 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Polka Dots & Paisley, Stamp Sets, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on Polka Dots & Paisley!

Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! gave all demonstrators the stamp set, Polka Dots & Paisley, for Christmas.  Just one of the many perks of being a part of Stampin’ Up! 🙂  Thanks, Shelli!

Polka Dots and Paisley will be sold in the Spring Mini Catalog from March 1st through June 30th.  Also in the catalog are coordinating Designer Series papers and a jumbo wheel!

I made this card for a swap I’m doing with some other demonstrators next week.  I think I may also use it as a project for my March workshops.

Stamp set: Polka Dots & Paisley

Paper: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Basic Black Cardstocks & Watercolor Paper

Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery Ink Pads, Lovely Lilac Marker

Accessories: Aqua Painters, Black Gingham Ribbon, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, 1/8″ Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch

Ahoy, a pirate birthday!

February 6, 2007 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Projects, Scrapbooking, Stamp Set- Ahoy Matey!, Stamp Set- Matey's Map jumbo wheel, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on Ahoy, a pirate birthday!


I made this two-page spread last week.  It’s of a really fun birthday party for Esther’s friend, Ricky.  I waited to post until I had shown Ricky’s mom first. 

Stamp sets: Ahoy Matey, Classic Alphabet, Matey’s Map jumbo wheel 

Paper: Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Real Red & Watercolor Paper 

Ink: Jet Black StazOn Pad, Basic Black Jumbo Wheel Cartridge 

Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Bluebird Grosgrain


I finally used the Watercolor Paper this weekend.  Stamping on this paper with StazOn works so well for watercoloring!  I love how thick and durable it is!  It doesn’t fall apart when wet the way other cardstocks sometimes do. 


Ricky’s parents asked if they could have copies of the photos we took.  So of course I stamped the CD label, too!  🙂 


a little pickup

January 30, 2007 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Canvas, Stamp Set- Dotted, Stamp Set- Loads of Love, Stamp Set- Loads of Love Accessories, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Technique- Watercoloring | Comments Off on a little pickup

Made this card for my mom last week.  She’s having bad car troubles.

sets:  Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories, Dotted background, Canvas background

paper:  Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Ultrasmooth White

ink: Basic Black, Versamark

accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, White Grosgrain

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