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.

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 Lots-of-Hearts Flower Card

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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

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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

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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


Autumn Vine Projects

December 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Projects, Stamp Set- Baroque Motifs, Stamp Set- Sincere Salutations, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | Leave a comment

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I enjoyed lots of family, food & fun over the week.

autumn vine projects 1 by you.

Here are two projects I made recently using the beautiful Autumn Vine DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The Holiday Mini is good through Jan 18th, so there’s still plenty of time to get some of this paper.

The first project was an invite to a dinner.  I had to make a lot of them, so I kept it simple, but still elegant.  I also maximized my use of the the DSP by using (3) 2″x1″ strips on each card.  That gave the splash of color I wanted, but didn’t use much paper at all!

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The gold embossing is the “wow” on this project.  I received a lot of compliments on the invites.  Non-stampers especially are impressed with the embossing technique.  I used my favorite stamp set Baroque Motifs for the swirl and Sincere Salutations for the saying.


The other project is a CD sleeve.  I made a photo CD for my daugher’s teacher (with photos of their field trip to the pumpkin patch) but I didn’t have a sleeve to put it in.  So I made my own!  It was really easy!

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Mini Backpack

September 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Hodgepodge Hardware, Projects, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing | 6 Comments

I just took my oldest to her 1st day of school!  It was a big deal for the whole family.  After she went to bed last night, I made her a little gift: a mini backpack made of card stock & Designer Series Paper.  I gave it to her this morning and she loved it!

Mary Arima came up with the orginal idea.  Isn’t she smart!  I got my template from dfaust (that’s her SCS name, I don’t know her real name, lol).  Click here to view the template.  She altered the orginal a little & included the measurements.   She also made the entire backpack template fit on one 12×12 sheet of card stock.  Then you just add the small amounts of Designer Series Paper to embellish it.  I got the idea to use clear embossing to create a vinyl look from Susie Nelson’s backpack.

If you have a child in school, you could make one to celebrate the end of the first week (or first month, or first report card, or whatever!).  This would also make a really cute teacher gift!  Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

 Esther's mini backpack 1 by you.



Punch holes in the back panel and tie the ribbon through for straps before assembling the box!





I love this little ribbon slider charm from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit!  I tied a knot in the ribbon, then inserted both ends into the ribbon slider.  After assembling the backpack, I punched two holes in the flap to push the ribbon through.  Then I used Sticky Strip on the inside to secure the ribbon ends.


 I tried not to get too much glare when taking the photos.  But I’ll add this one.  It really shows how “vinyl” the Designer Paper looks!  I covered the pieces completely with the VersaMark pad, then poured on the clear emboss powder, and heated.  This gives an all-over shine.  Plus, it makes the backpack (and especially the flaps) a little more sturdy.

I put some candy in the main section, and a little note about how proud I am of her in the little pocket.

I’m really happy with how it all turned out! 


Stamp Set: none!
Ink: VersaMark Pad
Paper: Sweet Always Designer Series Paper (new!) & Pink Pirouette (new In Color!) Card Stock
Accessories: Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (flower ribbon slide), 1/4″ Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/8″ Handheld Punch, Coluzzle Cutting System, Clear Emboss Powder, Sticky Strip, velcro

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

Reese’s Box

February 19, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Baroque Motifs, Stamp Set- Circle of Friendship, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | Leave a comment

I’ve seen a couple of these boxes made for Reese’s Miniatures online and I thought it would make a super cute Valentine’s gift.  So, I made one for my sweetie last week & he loved it!!  In fact, he still hasn’t eaten any because he said it looks too nice.  🙂 

It was incredibly easy to make & I plan on making more!

Stamp Sets:  Baroque Motifs and Circle of Friendship
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Basic Black & Real Red Card Stocks
Accessories:  Gold Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 1″ Circle Punch , Mini Glue Dots, Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Transparency Sheet, Reese’s Miniatures


January Stamp Club- Polished Stone

January 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Baroque Motifs, Stamp Set- Enjoy Every Moment, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Polished Stone, Techniques | 1 Comment

I had a few requests from my club members to learn the Polished Stone technique.  It is a good one!  This is what we made:

Stamps:  Enjoy Every Moment, Baroque Motifs

 To create the Polished Stone look, you need 2 Classic Ink Refills, a Metallic Ink Refill, Glossy White Cardstock, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, clothes pins & clear acrylic sealant.

Polished Stone Directions:

    1. Hold cotton ball with clothes pin.  Dip cotton ball into rubbing alcohol.
    2. Put 1-2 drops of each Classic Ink Refill onto cotton ball.  Rub 1 drop of Metallic Ink Refill onto cotton ball.
    3. On a protected surface, dab your Glossy White cardstock all over with the cotton ball.  Let sit a few minutes to let rubbing alcohol dry.
    4. Spray with clear acrylic sealant to seal in metallic ink.

If you are interested in attending a Polished Stone class to receive hands-on instruction, let me know.

Christmas Ornament

December 6, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Projects, Stamp Set- Baroque Motifs, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Home Decor, Techniques | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas!!

I love this time of year.  I especially love the decorations. 

My husband, Tom, participated in an Ornament Exchange today at work.  So, I had the opportunity to make one!  Lucky me!  It was so fun to make & I think it turned out beautifully.  Now I want one for myself.  🙂 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s chipboard and last year’s (retired) designer Christmas papers.  I also used the Baroque Motifs stamp set & gold heat embossing.


Then I made a simple box with a belly band to give it in.  From what my husband said, the recipient may have been more impressed with the box than the ornament!  🙂


Wild about Markers

August 25, 2007 at 9:23 am | Posted in Accessories- Markers, Events, Projects, Stamp Set- In the Spotlight, Stamp Set- Wild About You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | 1 Comment

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my brand new Many Marvelous Markers set!

You know, a marker is one of the most inexpensive items in the catalog (you can buy one for just $3.25), but they really are one of the most versatile!  I’m holding a class to teach you 20 different ways to use the Stampin’ Write Markers.  You really need to come!  🙂

Class Info:
Saturday, September 8th at 2pm
My house- 4931 Concord Rd
(only $10 for current stamp club members)
RSVP & Prepay by Saturday Sept 1st

Contact me to sign up!

In my class, you will see all 20 techniques demonstrated, receive instructions for all techniques, and will make 3 cards (using 7 of the techniques).

Here are a couple of projects I made tonight featuring the markers.  They really do look much better in person.  The colors just don’t look right (the lighting wasn’t very good for the picture).  Of course, I’ll be showing them in the class. (and lots more, too! but you’ll have to come to see them…)

Thank you! Thank you!

August 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Looks Like Spring, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | Leave a comment

While I was at convention, of course I had to leave my sweet family.  My husband, Tom, could only get three of the five days I would be gone off work.  We thought we had someone to watch the kids on the other days, but due to some scheduling conflicts, that fell through.  So, the week before I left, I had to find someone else to take care of my kids for two days.  A couple of friends from church that we do a Play Group with once a week volunteered.  I am so grateful that I didn’t have to worry about my kids while I was gone!  They had a great time playing with dad and their friends that week.  Tom said the kids didn’t miss me at all.  lol. 

To show my appreciation to my friends, Hannah & Erica, I made them gifts when I got home:

notepad set

notepad set 2

This is the blue set.  It includes a decorated notepad with matching pen and huge symphony bar (yum!).  The other gift set looked exactly the same, except everything that is blue in this picture was pink.  I know, these papers are retired.  So if you  fall in love with them, I can’t sell them to you.  😦   But the stamp set that these papers were designed for, Looks Like Spring, is still current.  I love this one!  The matching Spring Flower Bouquet Punch is also still available.  I also used the Distressing Tool in the Cutter Kit, Versamark, and Clear Embossing Powder.


July 27, 2007 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Pick A Petal, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | 1 Comment

8/13/07  Ok, I know I posted this.  There was even a comment on it.  But I realized that it wasn’t there anymore and was now saved in my Drafts.  So I’m posting this again.

 July 27, 2007 @ 21:11   I am so stinkin’ excited!  In 2 1/2 days I leave for the Stampin’ Up! Convention!  Watch out Denver, here we come!!!

Today, I finally finished my swaps for the Splitcoast Stampers dinner that will be held on one of our free nights at convention.

Keep checking back here for updates next week.  I’m not sure I’ll have the time, but I’m really going to try to post a couple times while I’m there to let you know what fun I’m having!

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Stamp Set: Pick A Petal

Ink: Whisper White Craft Pad

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red Cardstocks

Accessories: 5/8″ Red Grosgrain Ribbon (new!), 1/4″ Black Grosgrain Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, 3/4″ Circle Punch

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