Family Photo Box

February 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Here is my Parisian Breeze Photo Explosion Box with my family photos added to it. We took these pictures at a favorite park a couple of weeks ago.

I love how it turned out!  It looks very different than my finished Rockabilly box, even though the design is exactly the same.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

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Unfortunately, it’s too late to sign up for my Explosion Box class for this Saturday.  But if you’d like to learn how to make these, just find at least two other friends who would also like to take the class, and we’ll schedule another one on a date that works for you.


Icecream Photo Box

February 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 2 Comments

**Today is the last day to sign up for my Photo Explosion Box Class!**

So, I finally found a few minutes to take some photos of my Rockabilly Photo Explosion Box with the photos I added to it. As I mentioned before, I had decided to go with an icecream theme: more specifically, photos taken at our favorite icecream parlor: Leatherby’s Family Creamery.

If you thought my box was cute before, just look at it now! Priceless! Yes, once you add your personal photos to a project, the completed item means so much more.

I made all the photos (which span over the last 4 1/2 years) black and white to help the project visually flow and so there wouldn’t be any clashing with colors. Also, B&W really goes well with the colors of the box.

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 You’ll notice that some of the sections don’t have a photo.  I added accents simply by punching out leftover scraps from the project with the scallop circle and other circle punches.  (When I hold the class, I’ll have my punches available so the class participants can do the same, if they like.)  I’ll probably add journaling to those sections later.

I haven’t added photos to my Parisian Breeze box yet. I took my family out to a nice park last week and we got a ton of photos. I’ve almost finished narrowing them down. That box will be a little different from this one. 1) I’ll be using color photos. 2) There won’t be any panels left blank (I may even put a photo on the center square). When I finish it, I’ll take pics to show you.

Photo Explosion Boxes

February 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, New Products, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up! | 4 Comments

Last week I got my order of new Stampin’ Up! supplies and in it was the new Rockabilly Specialty and Parisian Breeze Specialty Papers.  They are beautiful!!!

I made some adorable photo boxes with them.  I’ll be teaching how to make these boxes at my Photo Explosion Box Class on Saturday February 21st @ 2pm.  Class members will choose whether they want to make the Rockabilly or Parisian Breeze box when the sign up.  If you’d like to join us, please be sure to contact me by Weds Feb 11th, as I’ll need to order the supplies.  (Class members will need to bring their own paper cutter with a scoring blade and their own adhesive.  Thanks!)  ETA:  Class fee is $20 ($18 for current stamp club members.)

You’ll take your box home all ready to add your photos. Plus, you’ll take home the instructions and templates. Photo boxes make a great gift to keep on a desk or coffee table!

(Click on individual photos below to enlarge.)

Here’s the Parisian Breeze Specialty box.  I wish you could reach right through the computer to feel this paper!  It is textured, and much heavier than our normal designer papers- almost as thick as our card stock.  It is very nice!

parisian breeze 1 by you.

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And this is the Rockabilly Specialty box.  I love the glossy design on these papers!  What I also love is that on each sheet in the pack, on one side is a very classic pattern: either stripes or polka dots, and on the other side is a trendy pattern like skulls and crossbones or cherries.  I was initially going to go with just classic stripes and dots and my box.  But then I decided that I’d be using photos taken at a favorite ice cream parlor, so I used some cherries.  Too cute! 

When you make your own box, you’ll get to choose which sides of the papers you want to use and where in the box they will go.

 rockabilly 1 by you.

rockabilly 2 by you.

I’ll be adding photos to these boxes soon, and will post new pics then.


Galt Club Projects

January 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, New Products, Scrapbooking, Specials, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Pastels, Techniques- Glitter | 1 Comment

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The ladies in my Galt Stamp Club asked for Valentines projects this month!  I was happy to comply, and of course reached for my Love You Much Bundle as the base for each of the projects.  (The bundle is 20% off only through Jan 31st- time is running out!)

I’m so excited about what I came up with!  We had a great time Friday night stamping.

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This is the card we made.  Have I told you how much I love those two birds?  They are just so sweet!

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The glitter window along the bottom of the card is just adorable!  When it is closed, you can see the Candy Lane Designer paper showing through from the inside of the card.  Below, you can see the Dazzling Diamonds really shine!

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I made the glitter window by first placing the Close to Cocoa card stock (punched with the Scallop Edge Punch) over the base of the Riding Hood Red card and securing with Dotto, a good temporary adhesive.  Then I punched out the hearts using the new Heart to Heart Punch.  I removed the Cocoa piece and stuck packing tape across the back where it couldn’t be seen.  The sticky part of the tape is seen through the hearts in the front.  Then I poured Dazzing Diamonds Glitter all over the piece and brushed off all the excess glitter.  Finally, I added adhesive to the pack of the Cocoa card stock, lined it up with the hearts on the card base, and glued it down.

Here is what the card looks like open:

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I colored the Chipboard Square with Close to Cocoa Craft Ink and a Sponge Dauber.  Once it was dry, I used a 2-Way Glue Pen to add some glitter to the frame.  It needed some glitz, too!  The birds are softly colored in with Pastels.


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I designed this 6×6 scrapbook page to be fast and easy to assemble since the other two projects are a little time-consuming.  But I love the way it looks!  The photo I chose wasn’t a good quality one.  It was taken in low lighting and was pretty grainy.  So I decided to go with a vintage look.  I changed the overall photo to B&W first, then tinted it with a Chocolate Chip color.  After I printed it, I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Chocolate Chip ink to color the edges, creating a feathered vignette-look.

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I covered the stamped flower with a punched out one from the Trio Flower Punch and secured with a Silver Brad.  I also used  a VersaMarker to darken the inside of the letters.  I did the same thing with the heart on the accent:

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I got the idea for this sweet box from Stampin’ Up!’s website for demonstrators. 

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This part was made by stamping the same image three times using Chocolate Chip ink: once on each Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, and Riding Hood Red card stocks.  I punched out the largest part with the Scallop Circle Punch, the middle with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, and cut out the heart with my Paper Snips.  Then I colored in the dots with the Uni-ball White Gell Pen.

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The hearts on the base of the box were made using both the Heart to Heart punch, and a Stampin’ Wheel!  First, I punched the hearts out of a piece of plain paper.  Then I used Dotto again to temporarily stick the template I made to the box (do this before you assemble the box!).  I sponged on ink with Close to Cocoa.  Then I inked up my Doodle Jumbo Wheel with Chocolate Chip and wheeled over the punched out template.  Ta-Da!  A super-cute design on my hearts!

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Some Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon and a stamped saying finishes the project!

Photo Wallet

June 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Accessories- Markers, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stamp Set- Canvas, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Techniques | 3 Comments

I made this photo wallet out of card stock for my husband for father’s day.  You can click on each photo to enlarge, or click here to view the entire set as a slideshow.  I hope you like it!






Stamps: Canvas background 
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad & Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Confetti Cream, Wild Wasabi (retiring Aug 10th!) and White Vellum Card Stocks
Accessories:  Star Punch, Large Star Punch, Word Window Punch, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Gold Brads, Stamping Sponges


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.)


Sale-A-Bration Workshop Make-&-Takes

February 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Accessories- Rub-Ons, New Products, Projects, Scrapbooking, Specials, Stamp Set- Birthday Whimsy, Stamp Set- Friendship Blooms, Stamp Set- So Many Scallops, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | 1 Comment


These are the projects my guests have been making this month.  All the stamp sets used are free Sale-A-Bration sets!  We’ll be making these projests at my workshops through the Sale-A-Bration period (March 17th). 

Click here to view the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There’s still time to get these stamp sets free.  Just contact me soon!




Stamp Set:  So Many Scallops (free SAB set!)
Ink: Real Red Classic Ink Pad 
Paper: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Bashful Blue Card Stocks
Accessories:  1/4″ White Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals







Stamp Set:  Birthday Whimsy (free SAB set!)
Ink: Rose Red & Taken with Teal Classic Ink Pads
Paper: Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White Card Stocks
Accessories:  1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Tag Corner Punch, Rectangle Hand-held Punch, Dimensionals




Stamp Set:  Friendship Blooms (free SAB set!)
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink Pad 
Paper: Basic Black Card Stock
Accessories:  Love & Happiness Rub-Ons (free SAB item!), 1/4″ White Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, White Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

Drum roll please…

July 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Projects, Scrapbooking, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Techniques | 6 Comments

Annoucing the winner of six California State Fair Creative Arts Competition awards…

That’s right, ME!  I still can’t believe it!

The state fair has a scrapbooking division and a card-making division in the creative arts category.  The scrapbooking division has two classes, the card-making has four.  Each participant can submit only one entry per class.  So I entered in all six, and I recently found out that each of my six entries placed!

I scanned my projects before I turned them in.  The scrapbook pages look a little funny in the scan because they had to be 12×12 2-page spreads.  My scanner only goes up to 8 1/2 x 11 so I had to scan each page 4 times and stitch them together on the computer. 

That’s all right.  Everyone in California will just have to go to the fair to see them in person!  🙂   I’ll also bring my entries to my workshops in September.

Now you can all tell your friends, that you have an award-winning demonstrator! 🙂


“Big Trees”

1st Place & Judges Choice Winner – Scrapping Through California- Vacation Theme

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Headline Alphabet

Paper: Garden Green, Kraft, Chocolate Chip Cardstocks

Ink: Basic Brown, Garden Green

Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainters, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Stamping Sponge, Write Me a Memory Font CD

“Family Fun”

2nd Place Winner- Scrapping Through California- Family Theme

Stamp Sets: Be Happy, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Expressive Flexible Phrases (retired), Bold Alphabet (retired), Whimsical Alphabet (retired)

Paper: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White Cardstocks

Ink: Real Red Craft Pad, Brilliant Blue Craft Pad, Basic Black Craft Pad, Whisper White Craft Pad

Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Red & Black Gingham Ribbons, Basic Black & Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbons, Silver Brads, Tag Corner Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch, Crafters Tool Kit, Dimensionals

“Cherish Wedding Card”

1st Place & Judges Choice Winner- Card Making- Wedding Theme

Stamp Sets: Sketch an Event (retired), Warm Words

Paper: Brushed Silver, Glossy White, Whisper White, Basic Black Cardstocks

Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black Craft Pad, Brilliant Blue, Mellow Moss & Silver Ink Refills

Accessories: Silver & Crystal Clear Embossing Powders, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Techniques: Polished Stone & Heat Embossing

“Teddy Bear Explosion Card”

1st Place Winner- Card Making- Birthday Theme

The inside opens with a surprise:

Stamp Sets- Favorite Teddy Bear (just retired) 

Paper- Confetti White, Real Red Cardstocks

Ink- Black StazOn Pad, Real Red

Accessories- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainters, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Grosgrain Ribbons, Paper Cutter w/ Scoring Blade

Technique- Explosion Fold

“Tri-Fold Window Card”

2nd Place Winner- Card Making- “Thinking of You”


Card size: 4″ x 4″ (closed)

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Sincere Salutations, Simple Sayings II (retired), Circle of Friendship, Print Pattern background

Paper: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip Always Artichoke, Confetti Cream Cardstocks, Watercolor Paper, Recollections Designer Series Papers (retired)

Ink: Basic Brown, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke Classic Pads, Very Vanilla Craft Pad

Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainters, 1 3/8″ Square Punch, Crafter’s Tool Kit, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Slit Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Stamping Sponge, Cutter Kit, Dimensionals, Cream Organdy Ribbon (retired)

“Heavenly Peace Card”

2nd Place Winner- Card Making- Any Other Type of Card

Stamp Sets: On Angels Wings, French Script, All Year Cheer (all retired!)

Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue Cardstocks, Mulberry Paper

Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black

Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels, Pearl Ex (retired)

April Workshop Samples

June 2, 2007 at 8:44 am | Posted in Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stamp Set- A to Z Accents, Stamp Set- Everyday Flexible Phrases, Stamp Set- Headline Alphabet, Stamp Set- Looks Like Spring, Stamp Set- Springtime Stems, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Techniques | Comments Off on April Workshop Samples

I never did post the projects I created for my April Totally Hands On Workshops.  Here they are:

One of my hostesses requested a black and pink project.  Here’s what I came up with:

But I found that all the punching and sponging was too time consuming for an in-home workshop, so I simplified the idea and created these:

Greeting Card 

Stamp sets: Looks Like Spring

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White Cardstock

Accessories: Spring Bouquet Flower Punch

This punch is so cool!  It is made to match the stamp with the three flowers in the Looks Like Spring set.  For easy embellishments, just stamp the flowers stamp, line up the punch over the images, and punch! 


6×6 Scrapbook Page of my husband, Tom

Stamp sets: A to Z Accents, Headline Alphabet, Everyday Flexible Phrases

Ink: Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Bordering Blue

Paper: Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Whisper White Cardstock

Accessories: Stamping Sponge, Apricot & Bluebird Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals


Tealight Luminary – This luminary is surprisingly easy to make.  I also like that it folds flat when you’re not using it so it takes almost no storage space and can be mailed in a regular envelope.

Stamp sets: Springtime Stems (Hostess Level 1- retiring June 30th), Warm Words

Ink: Rose Red, More Mustard, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery

Paper: Certainly Celery Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter, Tag Punch, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Stamping Sponge

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!  🙂 


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