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Friday, November 17, 2017


Here is a cute little pencil holder that I will be making for the 20+ first graders who I help with kid writing one day a week.  It can hold 4 pencils and can be adapted for any holiday or occasion.

Here are the dimensions for making:
Thanks to Dannie Graves for the idea and the dimensions.  So cute and so easy!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I am working on some samples of projects I can work on at our scrap and stamp weekend.  This is a treat box I will be making for the members of my bell choir.

Of course I used the Mini Pizza Boxes from the Holiday Catalog to hold the treats.  I LOVE these little boxes.  I hope they hold them over when the catalog ordering period ends.  I used some retired DSP so I could get rid of it, but there are lots of other current Christmas DSP papers you can choose from.  The message is from The Little Things Stamp Set also in the HC.  I colored the images with the new Stampin' Blends.  They work great.  I have to find some more things to color.  I used the Circle Framelits and the Stitched Framelits also.  The cutest little thing is the Mini Bow, found in the HC.  They come in red, white and green and you get 45 in a box.  I needed to use them for a project that would not have to go through the mail.
Inside the box will be some bell shaped chocolates and bell shaped gumdrops plus some mints.  I will hand them out at our combined Bell Fest on Dec 10th.  Everyone will need a little hit of sugar during our day long practice session.
On Friday I will share another project I will be working on.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Just a little late this morning.  I had a Bible Study and got up late.
I know it is a little early for Christmas, even though we see it everywhere in stores now, but I am working on getting my Christmas card ideas together.  I will be going to a scrap/stamp weekend beginning this Friday so I need to have my ideas ready to go so I know what supplies to take along with me.  I am trying desperately to use items I ordered earlier so that I don't have a lot of left-over Christmas items when the holidays are over.
Here is the first card.

For this card I used the Swirly Snowflakes Die for the top border. The embossed snowflakes on the left side are part of a retired embossing folder.  I put Wink of Stella on them (not sure if that shows up)
The "peace" is cut from Silver Foil paper, but is also a retired thinlit.  The ribbon across the top is the Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon in the AC (pg 199).  This ribbon is so pretty and comes with a gold edge also.
Jewells help to finish off this pretty easy card.  I get bored with making all of my Christmas cards the same so there will be more samples to come.

Friday, November 10, 2017


First of all - DISCLAIMER!
I will explain the corners in a minute.
This was a 50th anniversary card I made to send to my college roommate.  It looked great until tragedy struck.

Here goes - I wanted to take a pic of the card for the blog, but I forgot and put it in the envelope.  In order to release the glue on the envelope flap I placed it in the microwave.  Right away it sparked and started to burn on the corners!  Lesson learned - never put anything in the micro that has metallic paper on it.  I am sending my roomie an explanation because I refuse to do this whole card over again.  It is now even more unique than ever.  I know their anniversary was great, despite the card!  What a great milestone, but it seems just like yesterday.
Supplies used:  Gold Foil Paper and Glimmer Paper, Vanilla c.s., Bloomin' Heart Thinlit, Number of Years Stamp Set and Large Numbers Thinlits, Gold Embossing Powder. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


The second Christmas card we will be making at the retirement community is just a fun, general one with Christmas colors.

For this card I used Cherry Cobbler c.s. embossed with the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder.  The other side of the front is a piece of Be Merry DSP.  The ribbon is last year's silver Sale-a-bration ribbon. The message is from the Snowflake Sentiments (H.C. pg 35) and the Silver Foil snowflakes are from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlit Dies (H.C. pg 35).  I also used the scalloped edge Layering Oval Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
I hope the stampers will find these cards fun and easy to do.

Monday, November 6, 2017


At the end of the week I will be sharing some card making at a local retirement community.  They want to make a Christmas card so here is the first one we will be making. This is the religious one.

I tried to make it easy since I am not sure the people have stamped before.  The Foil Designer Acetate is adhered to a piece of Night of Navy c.s.  I did this so that when they stamp their Bethlehem city, they won't have to worry about where the left part of the stamp ends.  It will be covered with these pieces.  A piece of the Year of Cheer Washi Tape is added to the edge.  The city and the message are stamped with Sahara Sand and Mary and Joseph are stamped with Night of Navy.  I will cut this out for them using the Big Shot.  I will already have the star cut out of Gold Foil Paper.
Of course, the stamp set is Night of Bethlehem.  Love this stamp set and matching framelits!

On Wednesday I will show you the other card.  I'm off to jury duty today, so hope it goes well. 

Friday, November 3, 2017


Today's post will highlight a diorama card.  At our Proverbial Stamper's meeting last night, Cheryl George demonstrated how to make these cards.  Even though they look difficult, they are very simple and the basic design can be stepped up to be really cool.  Here are Cheryl's samples:

Here are the directions:
Fold the cardstock and the DSP in opposite directions and then glue together.  You can decorate an inside layer or stamp right on the inside layer, depending on the color of the card stock base and what you want your final result to be.
I am anxious to try some of these myself.  Let me know how you make out and "thanks to Cheryl"!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


On the road home from the beach and didn't get to a Monday post.  Here are some Halloween favors I made for my sorority sisters for our long weekend shopping beach trip.  I used the Mini Pizza boxes and lots of stamps and embellishments - some retired and some current.  I LOVE these little boxes.

Sorry, the second pic is a little blurry, but I already gave them away so I can't retake the pic.

Hope everyone had a good Halloween and you weren't  too scared!

Friday, October 27, 2017


Here is card #3 from the stamp-a-stack:

This card was a little labor intensive, but I love it and I love this set!  Supplies used:
Archival Black Ink, Versa Mark Pad and Gold Embossing Powder, Night in Bethlehem stamp set and matching framelits (HC), Gold Foil Paper, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape (HC) (this stuff is gorgeous!), Very Vanilla Cardstock.
There are so many wonderful cards you can make with this set.  Order one for yourself by going to the Shop Now button on the right and then see what beautiful cards you can make.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


First stamp-a-stack is done and it has been a long day!  Here is another card that the group made:

Supplies used:  Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and matching punch (AC), Starburst Punch (AC), Labels to Love stamp set and matching Everyday Label Punch (HC), Banner Triple Punch (AC), Be Merry DSP (AC), retired twine, inside messages, deer from DSP, Stamp and Write Markers, Real Red and Tranquil Tide Ink.
Christmas is just around the corner.  What Stampin' Up products do you want for Christmas?  Go to the Shop Now button and choose what you would like.

Monday, October 23, 2017


I have been working hard on the Christmas stamp-a-stack cards.  I switched up doing 5 of 4 different cards to 4 of 5 different cards because I had too many ideas.  Since the second stamp-a-stack will be the Watercolor Wishes Kit I don't have to come up with as many ideas this year.

This first card I ended up loving, although, originally, I wasn't sure I wanted to use lemon lime twist for Christmas.  Here is the card:

I used the Seasonal Bells stamp set, retired embossing folder and silver twine, silver glimmer paper, metallic edge ribbon (LOVE this stuff), and Merry Music Specialty DSP.  One down and 4 to go!

Friday, October 20, 2017


Things have been busy this week and I haven't had a chance to post.  I have been working on a few things, but I will share next week.

Here are some treat boxes I made for my grandchildren for Halloween.  I used the boxes that were in the Oct Paper Pumpkin.  Then I used an old tree die, punched out a 1 3/8" moon, and punched out a cat using some retired orange glimmer paper. I also used the black jewels from the Holiday Catalog and put a dab of white in the center with the White Gel Pen.

Now I need to make a few more for several neighborhood kids.

Come back next week and I will share some Christmas stamp-a-stack cards.

Friday, October 13, 2017


My last card for the week and another stamp camp choice is a Halloween card.  I love Halloween, but many do not.  So this card is simple, but not spooky.

Once again I used the Painted Autumn DSP, the Black Shimmer Ribbon, Oh My Stars Embossing Folder, Classic Label Punch, Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, Cat Punch, and Stitched Shaped Circle Framelit.  I used mini pearls for the cat's eyes and Rhinestone Jewels for the cat's collar.  There are also some Black Rhinestone Jewels at the top, which are in the Holiday Catalog.  Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango are the cardstock colors.
This card would even be nice for any cat lover - doesn't have to be used for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Another October stamp camp card:

This is a very simple card, but simple is often so pretty.  The pumpkins are cut out from the Painted Autumn DSP.  Cardstock colors are Tangerine Tango, Smokey Slate and Black.  I used the Layering Ovals Framelits, the Black Shimmer Ribbon, and the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  The message is from one of my favorite retired sets - Simple Salutations. 

Monday, October 9, 2017


I am at the beach again - this time on a golf trip.  Doesn't look like the weather is going to cooperate, but what can you do?  The cards this week are cards for October stamp camp -  Just quick posts while I'm away.

This card uses the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, Painted Autumn DSP, the Leaf Punch, and the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  Ink colors are Daffodil Delight,  Crushed Curry, Old Olive (stamped off to be a little lighter), and Chocolate Chip.  Cardstock is Crushed Curry.
This set is so great and can be stamped with so many different colors for the flower.

Friday, October 6, 2017


Well, I finally tried a double z fold card.  Easy and fun and I liked how it turned out.  I also will tell you about a fun technique that I used to make the leaves.

Now, to tell you about the leaves.  They are much prettier, brighter and shiny in person.  To start you need a piece of Glossy Cardstock, which Stampin' Up is carrying again.  I used a half sheet, but you can use whatever size you want for your project. 
  • Drop a drop of re-inker on the glossy cardstock.  
  • Immediately dab it with your sponge to spread it out a little.  I tried rubbing the re-inker with the sponge, but did not like the way that turned out.  You do need to dab right away or you may get a small dot where the re-inker was placed on the paper.
  • Continue this with as many colors as you want.  I used Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie.  This is perfect for getting varied colors for leaves, but could be used for other objects also.  Here is what your cardstock will look like:
  • It is best to let this dry before trying to use.  You can dab it with a tissue to help it dry more quickly, but you will lose some of the vibrant color if you do.  When it is completely dry, rub over it lightly to remove any residual ink.
  • When it is dry, you can either stamp an image onto the paper using Black Archival Ink or you can just cut out your framelit images without stamping.  I actually think I liked the leaves better without the ink outline.  My second piece of Glossy Cardstock was also brighter than the first one I did.

  • I went back and cut out the little leaf framelit in the spaces I had left.
This was so much fun.  This will be one of the stamp camp cards for October and the leaves are all ready to go.  Try this and see what you can come up with.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


My daughter and son-in-law's anniversary card:

This card uses the Wood Words Stamp Set and the hearts are from the matching framelits.

Monday, October 2, 2017


Next week when I am away it will be oldest grandson's sixteenth birthday, his mother's (and my daughter's) birthday, and my other daughter's anniversary, so I am trying to get their cards done.  Here is the one I made for my volleyball playing grandson.

I thought it turned out pretty well.  Everything on the card is Stampin' Up, but some things are retired.  I found some Mesh Tape from MANY years ago in my stash for the v-ball net.  The posts and the ball swish are from Works of Art Stamp Set.  "Celebrate" is from a very old retired message set, and the 16 is from some retired number thinlets.  The "floor" is the Wood Grain DSP.  The ball is the 1 1/4 Circle Punch and then I drew lines on it to look like a volleyball.
I always make up a poem for the inside of my grandchildrens' cards and I had fun making his again this year.  I won't bore you with it, but I loved doing it.  That just adds another little touch of "homemade love" from Grams.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Speaking of Shrinky Dinks, I have to show you this awesome necklace made by my talented friend and fellow demonstrator, Debbie Paisie.  She does the most wonderful things!

This picture does not do this justice for sure! I wanted to show this cute idea, though. Wouldn't this make the cutest gift?!  She made this darling Christmas necklace and matching earrings out of Shrinky Dinks using the Christmas Sweater Stamp Set.  I hope you can click on this and make it bigger so you can see it better.  I might have to try this myself.  Thanks, Deb, for your great crafty creation.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Here are the wine glass markers we made on our girls' beach trip.

There were 7 different designs, but I haven't loaded al the pics on my computer yet.  Most of us used the By the Seashore retired stamp set.  Two girls used the little dogs in the Bella and Friends set.  I had never made shrinky dinks before and it was really fun!  I think I will be making some Christmas ones for the family to use on Christmas Eve.  
The hoop part is an earring base found at Hobby Lobby.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Just back from beach week so doing a quick post till I get settled back in.  I realized that for the mini pizza box post I did on Wed, I showed you the inside with the note cards but didn't show you the decorated outside.  So here is what the two different boxes look like.

I used the Daisy Punch and the Double Banner Punch, new Leaf Punch, Delightful Daisy DSP, White Perfect Accents, and a Gold Faceted Gem.  I am LOVING these boxes.  They are very sturdy, easy to put together and decorate, and have a glazed inside so you can put something like a cookie inside and it will not leak through the box. And even better - you get 8 for $6.00.  Product number is 144645 in case you want to add them to your on-line order.

Come back tomorrow to see a quick, easy little craft we made at the beach, which you could also use for Christmas gifts.

Friday, September 22, 2017


Today's boxes have a Christmas theme.

The box at the top I won at our meeting.  The deer box uses a window sheet and framelits to cut the hole - also the new LOVELY Champagne Foil Paper.  On the box on the right, I used Embossing Paste and colored it with red ink.  Then I just added some embellishment and the cute little mini bow from the Holiday catalog.  They are a good deal and so cute - come in red, green and white.  You have to have these!  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Here are three more mini pizza box ideas.

These boxes are the perfect size for little notecards, using our mini envelopes.  The ones on the left using DSP and the Daisy stamp set.  The one on the right contains cards left over from the Soft Sayings Card Kit.  Now, who will I be giving these to?

See you Friday for some Christmas boxes.

Monday, September 18, 2017


I am pre-posting this week's posts because I am now at the beach.  Yippee!  Hoping that Hurricane Jose stays out to sea.

For our team meetings I did a presentation on the mini pizza boxes in the Holiday Catalog.  So that is what I will share this week.  Here are the first 3, centering around special days.  Yes, you can cut the box with a thinlit and run it through the Big Shot.

I love how these turned out.
Come back Wed to see a few more.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Just a quick share this morning as I rush out the door for a full day.  I am sharing several bridge fold cards made by Sondra Jumper at our Sept stamp fest.  She also made several others that were beautiful.

If you look up bridge fold on Pinterest you can find several demonstrations of how to do this.  I haven't done one yet myself, but it is on my to-do list.  Here is one tutorial that is quick and easy by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek.  Thanks, Lyssa.

Come back next week.  I will be at the beach, but have three posts that will share samples of the mini pizza boxes I decorated as a demonstration for our Joyful Heart Stampers' meeting.  So much fun.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Back again today.  The card I am sharing today is one made by Tiffany who demonstrated at our stamp fest.  Stampin' Up has brought back the Glossy Card Stock and I am so glad. There are so many things you can do with glossy.  Here is one of her samples.

This is called the Faux Woodgrain technique.  This is really very simple to do.  Just open your ink pad and make sure the lid is clicked into place so it doesn't slide around.  Then take your pad and simply slide it down your glossy paper with a direct to paper approach.  Then go back and use just the edges of the ink pad to slide some "lines" or "grain" onto the paper.  You can use one color or multiple colors together for a different look.  Let your paper dry for a few minutes before adding more layers.
I will definitely be trying to make some of these.  I love that we can bring back some old techniques.
See you again Friday for my regular Friday post.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


So sorry I missed Monday.  Not sure where it went.  I am posting a picture today of a card we made at our Joyful Heart Stampers stamp fest.  It is SO pretty and yet so simple.  Isn't that sometimes the case?!  I think this might be one of our Christmas stamp-a-stack cards.

This picture does not do this card justice, because it uses the beautiful Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape from the Holiday Catalog that is shiny and sparkly and WOW! The message is heat embossed with gold to add another layer of bling.  I LOVE this card.

Come back tomorrow for another card post since I forgot to blog on Monday.

Friday, September 8, 2017


I have been working on some simple cards for a new venture.  On Monday I will be having a card class at a local retirement community.  The people there are not all OLD so I think it is something they will enjoy doing.  Here are the cards we will be making.  I'll let you know how it goes.  The cards use some retired DSP and Washi Tapae.

Both of these cards with their messages, make me think of all the people in Houston and those in the path of Hurricane Irma.  Prayers surely go out to them for safety.  My prayer is that God will turn this storm out to see.  We need a miracle!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


This morning I am sharing the Embossing Paste display board that I shared at our Saturday Stamp Fest.  I have showed you several of these cards, but put a few new ones on the board.  Once you get started playing with the paste it is hard to stop and there are more and more ways to use it displayed on Pinterest.

I am hoping that you can click on this picture to make it larger so you can see the description by each card.  I also shared the two cards I had posted here on the blog a couple of days ago.  Try your hand at using the paste and see what you can come up with.  Have fun!
Click on the Shop Now button to order yours and any other products you might want now that the Holiday Catalog is out.  Hostess Code is at top of the side bar.
If you have any questions about the embossing techniques shown here, feel free to contact me.

Monday, September 4, 2017


First of all, Happy Labor Day.  Thanks to all of those who still work outside the home to make our lives easier.  Hopefully, you are off today.

First thing I want to announce is a new promotion called Merry Patterns.

I LOVE this, don't you?!
Host a $300 party anytime from Sept 1 through Oct 31 and receive a specially designed Christmas stamp set for FREE along with your other hostess benefits. And HERE is a video from Stampin' Up to show you the fun stamp set and some ways to use it.  Contact me to host a party, then call your friends to do some fun stamping.

Now to share a project.  We had so much fun at our meeting and Holiday Stamp Fest on Saturday.  There were great demos of new products and wonderful make n' take cards created by members of our team.  Here is one that uses one of my favorite new sets, Painted Harvest, created by Ellen Adams.

Friday, September 1, 2017


I have been working on a couple more embossing paste samples for our Joyful Heart's Stampers meeting and stamp fest on Saturday.  Here is what I came up with:

Here is how to create this look:
  • Create a mask by cutting out a shape using your Big Shot and a piece of regular copy paper.  You can use any shape or size you want.  For mine I used the largest square in the Layering Squares Framelits. It should be the same size as the card stock piece you want to use embossing paste on.  Here, this one is 4 x 5 1/4.        
  • Next, lay your piece of card stock underneath the mask and adhere with Washi Tape so they don't move.
  • Lay your stencil on top of the whole thing.  Center it or make it random, whatever look you are going for.  On one of the cards I laid the pattern straight across and for the other one I angled it.
    Then just apply your embossing paste in the normal way.  My paste was first colored with Chocolate Chip ink.

    Today is the big reveal for the Holiday Catalog.  It goes live and you will love it!  Click on the link to the right to see it if you don't have one yet.  I will be glad to see you get one if you contact me.  
    Have a great weekend.  Looking forward to our stamp fest where we will see all kinds of new products and get to make some fun cards.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Had a crazy day - left the house at 8:30 am and returned at 8:30 pm!  Needless to say there was no stamping in my craft room today.  So I am borrowing a card picture of one of the cards we all will be making at stamp fest this weekend.  Thanks to Debi Calendrelle for creating this beautiful card.

I LOVE this!  Uses the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, coming out in the new Holiday Catalog, which goes live in 2 days!

Monday, August 28, 2017


The Color Challenge for the Proverbial Stampers Team this month was to use Berry Burst, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  Here is the card I came up with.

This was a very simple card using the Daisy Punch and matching stamp set and the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  The message is from Colorful Seasons.  Because it is a photopolymer stamp, you can bend it slightly when you place it on the block.  That way it fit perfectly in the Double Banner Punch.  Such a cool trick!  At first, I had trouble getting it to stick to the block, but I wiped the block and the stamp off with an alcohol wipe and let them dry.  It really helped.  Try this trick if you are having trouble getting stamps adhere to your blocks.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Today's card has a very easy fold or you to use with any DSP.

I used some of last year's retiring colors for this card - a piece of DSP, Tip Top Taupe card stock and ink and Mint Macaron card stock and ink.
The flower is made with the Eastern Beauty Thinlits and is made with Calypso Coral and Flirty Flamingo card stock.  The message and leaves are from the upcoming Painted Harvest Stamp Set.  The leaves are punched out with the new Leaves Punch (LOVE it!).
The DSP is cut at 4 x 51/4.  Find the center of the long side of the DSP and make a small pencil mark.  Then cut straight in from that mark for about 1 3/4".  Then score at an angle from the end of the cut to the corners.  Fold and adhere with a little adhesive.
This card will be going to a friend who is now under the care of Hospice. He has brought joy and smiles to many in his life.  Praying for him and his wife in the days ahead.