Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
Welcome to my little ole' stamping blog! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I have lots of creative things to share with you with the occasional life post thrown in! Come on in, relax and stay awhile! :)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Exciting news!!!

   Hello and happy, happy Friday to you!!  I have got some really exciting news to share with you today!!  My very sweet friend and fellow Stampin Up! Demonstrator Carole Parsons and I have spent the last month creating a fun new color challenge blog called Color Me Beautiful!! goes live!  Woooo Hoooo!  So, come on over and meet our (super talented!!) Design Team and check out our new place!!  Tomorrow we will introduce our first color challenge and we would love to have you play along with us!

Look forward to seeing you there! :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thinking of you!

   Hello!  Thursday already!  My goodness!  This week is just zooming by!!  I have the last of the cards that I made for my mom to show to you today!  These are Thinking of You cards. I happen to think that these are the most special kind of card you can send!   Everyone likes to know that someone is thinking nice thoughts about them!

I used the Simply Scored tool to create a simple border on this card!  The flowers are the new 1  1/4" Scallop Circle punch!  (I think this little guy is so adorable!!)  I added a quick sentiment, stamped some subtle tiny hearts in the background to absorb some of the empty space and topped the  whole thing off with butterflies! :)

This card uses the Floral Frames Framlet dies.  I embossed the background with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute and this one has a butterfly flitting around too! 

When is the last time you made and sent a card to to let someone know you are thinking of them?  Today is probably a good day to do just that! :)

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More Happy Birthday!

   Hi there!  I have a few more Happy Birthday Cards to share with you today! These use one of my favorite techniques called reverse masking!  I used a similar design, but different colors and it amazes me how different changing the colors makes the card  feel!  Take a look:

I used the Just Believe stamp set for the main image and sponged the setting sun on!  To do this I punched a circle out of card stack and used it as my stencil.  I  placed it where I wanted my sun and sponged inside of it with  More Mustard.  Such a simple trick, with a WOW look!  Browns and creams here.

Blue background changes the whole feel of the card.  This one has a more masculine feel to it!  I used the same reverse masking technique, but switched up the colors.  

Fun, fun, fun technique!  Try it out!  

I hope that you are having a good week!  I will be back soonest with more cards to share!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Twisted Tuesday!

Twisted Tuesday time!  Today's fun challenge is called Cooling Off!  Autumn is in the air and with that comes the wonderful relief of Summer...the cooling off!  Our challenge was to interpret that however we liked and run with it!  The twist is that there must be some inked edges!  Here is what I came up with:

This card just screams August to me!  I used the fun new Woodgrain Embossing Folder to make the background.  I used my Big Shot and the beautiful new Autumn Accents die to cut out the gorgeous leaves.  I cut them from the new Champagne colored glimmer paper (I am in love!!) and stacked them.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and the trees are from Lovely As A Tree. Two of my favorite sets of all time!  

This challenge made me feel happy and  excited about the arrival of Autumn.  It is my very favorite season and it is right around the corner! Cool crisp air,  smell of apple cider in the air, big ole' plump happy pumpkins!  

Ok, what are you waiting for?!  Grab your Fall feeling goodies and make a creation!  Head on over to the Twisted Tuesday site and  check out the challenge!  Also, be sure to check out the creations made by the amazing design team!  They are all quite talented! :)  See you over there! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy biiiiirthdaaaaay to you!

   Hello!  New week and lots to do!  How are ya?!  Busy, healthy and happy I hope!  I have a few cards to share with you today.  These are a few more of the cards I made for my mom (Hi mom!)  They are birthday cards because well you can never have too many of those big guys laying around!  Take a look:

Check out that adorable bike riding polar bear!! Is he not the cutest thing?  My mom lives where it gets coooold, so even though he is retired I thought he would be perfect for this card!  He is from the set Tagtastic and is stamped in Midnight Muse.  The DSP is from the Summer Smootches collection and the flower is the Blossom punch.

Card #2 uses the schnazzy new Chevron Embossing Folder as the background. That Happy birthday is from the Curly Cute set.   

I  included this picture not to show you that fun Chevron folder up close (although it is pretty nifty!), but to show you my very nosy ca'ts big ole head! LOL  That is her kitty snoot in the top right corner!  She was very interested in this card for some reason!  She knocked it over three times before I could finally get it's picture! LOL

Anyhow, those are a few of the cards I have been working on!  I have several more to show you and will be back soonest with them! :)

Hope that you have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Happy middle of the week day!  Recently one of my very favorite people in the whole wide world (Hiya Mom!!) asked me if I could make a couple of cards for her!  Of course! :)  She asked for a variety of cards so I decided to start with the Thank you ones!  I feel strongly that one should always be thankful for things!  I pulled out lots of supplies and went to work!  Here is what I came up with:

Thank you in Crumb Cake!

Thank you in Pretty in Pink. 

Thank you in Baja Breeze.

I used the new Finishing Touch Edgelits for the bottom.  I made three score lines using my Simply Scored and ran a strip of border from the Ribbon Lace border punch above that. The stamp sets are Mixed Bunch and Lovely and Lacey.  The leaves are from the Little Leaves Sizzlet.  I finished off the card with a rhinestone center for the flower.  Easy peasy!

Do yourself a favor and think about something you are thankful for today!  You will be glad that you did! :)

Have a wonderful day! Be back soonest with more to share!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Twisted Tuesday!

   Hello!  It is Tuesday and you know what that means!!  Time for another twisted challenge!!  Today's challenge is a sketch challenge!  LOVE these!!!  Here is today's sketch:

The can add no ribbons and no trims!   Ack!!!  Tough challenge!!  A card just doesn't feel finished to me until you add the ribbons and trims!!  LOL  Here is what I went with:

No ribbons, no trims!!

Side view.  

Head on over to Twisted Tuesdays and check out the cards made by the other amazing design team members!  Be sure to link up your creation and play along!   See you there! :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lotsa news!

  Hello!   I have lots to talk to you about today!  I am very excited to be introducing a fun new color challenge blog that my friend Carole and I have been working on!!  We will be throwing out a new color challenge once a week every week on Fridays starting September 1st!!!  This will be a Stampin Up! only color/image challenge blog and we would LOVE to have you join us!!  We are also in the process of assembling a top notch design team!  Interested in more details?!  Check it out here!!

   We would LOVE to have you stop by and play along!! :)

   Also, if you are still on the fence about joining Stampin' Up!, now is a great time!  The starter kit is only $99.00 and totally customizable!!  Wooo Hoooooo!  Plus you get one of these adorable printer's tray projects!!  Take a look:

The printer's tray project is only available through the end of August!!  I would love to have you join my team!!  You can find more info here.  Please feel free to email me with any questions!  However, if you are  just feeling froggy and want to jump right in you can follow this link and sign yourself right on up and I will contact you! :)  

I absolutely love being a Stampin Up! demonstrator!  There are so many fun and wonderful perks that go along with it!  So, whether you would like to start your own business or just get a discount on all of your stamping goodies it is a win win! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with some crafty goodness to share!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Snow fun!

   Hello!  Hope are you enjoying your weekend? I finally carved out a little bit of time to sit and make a scrap book page today!  Woo Hooo!   I am really pretty behind with my scrapping and would love nothing more than a full weekend of un-interupted time to just sit and scrap away!!  Wouldn't that be fun!  Oh well!  I will take a page here and there over none at all! :)  My page uses a fun title from my very wonderful friend Pam!  She sent it to me and I dug through some old photos and was able to mash all of this together. Take a look:

I used Stampin Up! Crumb Cake as my background and stamped the tiny little snowflake from Every Little Bit all over it.  I added a drop of the new Silver Dazzling Diamonds ( that stuff!) in the center of each snowflake.  I tore some Whisper White card stock to make my snow and cut out the cute little pine trees using the new Holiday Framelits.  

The snowflakes are from a retired SU punch and the blue centers are rhinestones that I colored.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Snow Much Fun.

I added lots of 3d snow!  Fun, fun, fun!  Made me want to build a snowman of my very own and then take it's picture and then scrapbook it...of course!

Scrap booking is just so much fun!!  I am working on a few other pages and will be back soonest to share those with you as well!   

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Twisted Tuesday!

   Hello Tuesday!  Time to get twisted once again!  Today's challenge is called Feeling Blue?!  You are to make a card or creation using all blues and the twist is to use only one other color! Not quite as easy as it sounds, but I went for it and this is what I came up with:

I used Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, Comfort Cafe DSP  which is all blue and my 'other' color was Whisper White!  My ribbon is Not Quite Navy.

View from another angle.

Close up of the flutterbies in all their shades of blue!

This was a fun card to make!  Hope that you will play along!  Head on over to Twisted Tuesdays and link up your blue creations!  Look forward to seeing what you come up with! :)

Also, be sure to check out the other design team members cards.  As usual...they are amazing!

Be back soonest with more to share!

Monday, August 13, 2012


    Hey there!  Just a quick reminder that there are only a couple of days left to sign up for my August's online clubs!  Click here for more info! Time to get your scrap on , your Christmas cards jingle-a-lingin and your card kit grooves on! :)

   Also, remember if you join my team in August you will receive this adorable Halloween project!  Click here for more details! Feel free to email me with any questions!

  Have a great day!  Be back soonest with more to share!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I am so excited I could bust!!!

Hello!  Happy Thursday! How are you?!  I have got some crazy, exciting news to share with you today!!  I have been hard at work  putting together some fun online clubs and couldn't wait to share them with you!!  *bouncing!!*  I am now offering a Christmas Card Kit Club! It will start this month and run through November!  Click here for more details!  To show my utter enthusiasm for the new Christmas club here is a little holiday eye candy:

Another club that I am offering is a (drum roll please!!!) Stamp of the Month Club!  This is a great way to build up your stamping supplies on a budget!  Click here for more details! Here is the kind of card you can expect to receive with your stamp of the month:

Last, but certainly not least (I have always found that to be a funny saying! LOL) I am offering a Scrap booking kit Club!  All of these come with a stamp set, but this one also comes with the supplies to make your own 8 x 8 scrap book layout!  Click here for more details!   Here is a scrap book layout to get the creative juices flowing:

You can  find all of these up there under my header where it says Join My Clubs!  If you are interested you can sign up for them there or email me here and I will get you all taken care of!  I am sooooo excited!  What a fun thing to think that I can get all of my friends together to stamp with me! :)

I also wanted to share my new Stamper Appreciation program with you! 

Click the image for details!
 For every $50.00 that you spend with me you will earn a flower that looks like this:

Your name goes smack dab in the center! :)

Once you have 'collected' 10 of them I will buy you a stamp set of your choice!  WoooHooooo!  I will be keeping track of your purchases also, but it is up to you to let me know when you have 'collected' all 10!  Here is a punch card that you can print out and use to keep up with your flowers!  Your on line orders count as well as any orders you email or call me with!  So, let the shopping begin! LOL :)

Hope that you are having a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with lots more to share!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Versatility of a stamp set!

   Hello!  How's Wednesday treating you?!  Ok, so I have been doing some thinking about some of the reasons that stamping is so appealing to me.  It has become an outlet for me; a kind of therapy really!  Creating something pretty from raw materials is very rewarding to me!  It has become a stress reliever and goodness knows life can throw stress at you with both hands!  It is an avenue for socialization! I have met some of the most wonderful and amazing people through and because of stamping.  All the way around it is win win! :)  One of the reasons I am so over the moon about Stampin Up! is because they offer their stamps in sets.  In my opinion that makes the set much more versatile.  For example take a look at this set:

Here are a couple of things I made with it:

Using the cupcake liner and icing (yum!) stamps I made a few cupcakes!  I used the coordinating punch to punch them out.  I added sprinkles with the dotted stamp and used the heart stamp and candle stamp to dress up the center cupcake.

Side view.  I used the Heart Embossing folder for the bottom of the card and added some bling to dress the whole thing up!

Next I made a matching tag keeping with the theme:
I used the Bitty Banners to cut out the Happy Birthday sentiment.  

Next I switched up the theme a little, but still using stamps from the same set I made this little gift basket:

It is a simple basket made from a 5" x 5" square using the scallop lace border punch to make the handle.

I also used it around the top edges to make the basket a wee bit taller.  I used crochet trim to make the bow and topped it off with one of the new Dahlias.

Close up of the bow.

View from the back.  This basket is covered with the flower stamp from the same cupcake stamps set!  I used markers to color it so the leaves would be green and the flowers purple.

Last card completely switches themes and colors, but is still from the same set:

The clouds are made from the cupcake icing and the basket is made from the cupcake liner!  How cute is that?!  the actual balloon was made using 1 1/2" circles.  I scored each down the center and then glued them back to back.  The sentiment is from the same set too!

Better view of the hot air balloon! :0)

See!  Lots of options from one set!  Makes me feel like I am getting much more for my money! Who doesn't love that?!

Ok, I have a full day ahead of me so it is time to tackle my To Do list!  Have a wonderful day! I will be back soonest with more to share!