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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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


As I said on Monday, I am working on an auction item for a Junior Diabetes event.  I shared the tin of cards on Monday. Today I will share the little Bath & Body Hand Sanitizer holder I made.

This little holder is a little different from some because the size of the soap dispenser has changed.  I saw several videos that showed how to make these.  I chose the video by Charlene Becker to follow and HERE is the link for you to follow to make one yourself.  It is very easy and the possibilities for embellishing are endless.  I just chose something simple, using some retired DSP and ribbon.  I think this is something I will be making for little Christmas gifts because I love these little bottles.  Try one and let me know what you think.  Have fun!

Monday, August 21, 2017


Here is another tin of cards I worked on over the weekend to put in an auction for the Junior Diabetes Foundation which is having a local event in October to raise money.  I used a tin of card kit from last year that I had not yet put together.  Love these tins!  Wish Stampin' Up would bring them back as an orderable item.  I filled it with 25 cards - those that were in the kit to put together and some extras from my stash of cards.

I used the Large Letter Framelits, Butterfly Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, Flirty Flamingo card stock, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
I added a few other items to the auction to go with it - two cornstalk treat holders from a past Paper Pumpkin Kit, a small Bath & Body hand sanitizer in a holder, and a coupon for a free class.
Hope some worthy  buyer will enjoy the items.  

Friday, August 18, 2017


Each year I am blessed to travel to the beach in the fall with several retired teacher friends.  Several years ago I volunteered to do a craft project and now it has become a tradition. So I had an idea for what I wanted to do and today I worked on the project.  Here is what everyone will be making:

Supplies used for this project:
DSP from the retired Serene Silhouettes Pack for the background and for the dress
Beautiful You Stamp Set - girl and message
High Tide Stamp Set for birds
Wood Texture DSP for chair
Seasonal Layers Thinlits for chair
Black and Soft Suede Ink
Wink of Stella on "pool" around girl's foot and on birds (hard to see in the pic)

This was really pretty easy to do once I got my thoughts together.  I hope everyone will like it.
To make the dress you stamp the girl image on the DSP and then fussy cut around the part you need.  Then just glue it on top of the stamped image you have on the background DSP.  This is a fun way to give color to an image.

Don't forget that today is the last day for early bird registration for the Holiday Stamp Fest on Sept 2.  Register by today and pay $30 instead of $40. Visit my facebook page for all the details - such a fun event!   

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Today's post is one of the cards we will be making at stamp camp this week.  It uses the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Set.

Supplies for this card in addition to the stamp set:
Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray inks and card stock
Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
Message from a retired set
For the two-step stamping, I stamped off the Flirty Flamingo ink for part of the tulips.


I also want to let you know about the Paper Pumpkin Promotion that is now going on.  Click HERE for a video from Stampin' Up to tell you all about it.

Here are some of the details you might be asking about:
Here’s the scoop….these make a great gift…and just try it for a month! You have nothing to lose and there is no obligation to continue.
Until September 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers enjoy 50% OFF their first (September) kit!
If you subscribe before September 10, Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!
Fine print of the promotion:
  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must subscribe by Saturday, September 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount applied to September’s kit ONLY.   After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 (which includes shipping).
  • Enter the promo code,HALFOFF0917 upon checkout.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit. Try your kit out at the 50% off price….and if you find out that it is not for you…no worries, just cancel it by Oct 10th! It is that easy!
  • You never know what will be in the kit, which is one of the fun things I like about this "surprise" kit.  There is a always something fun for fall, so I know you won't be disappointed.
  • If you like the kit and want to try it for a few more months, you can then order a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription that will save you some money, or you can continue to receive one each month until you cancel.
  • Click on the Paper Pumpkin icon on the side of the blog to visit the site and place your order  Contact me if you have any questions.  
  • There is also a perk in this for me.  If I get 2 or 3 new subscribers, I get a bonus myself.  Just thought I would throw that in for a little added incentive.
One more thing before I go - the Clearance Rack has been updated so check it out and see what fun things you might want.  Remember you can click on the link at the top of the blog to place an order from my website and use the August Hostess Code that is listed on the site and at the top right of this blog.  Have fun looking and shopping.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Working on stamp camp cards for this week.  I love this Birthday Delivery Stamp Set, matching Thinlits and DSP so here are a couple of easy cards we will be making. The ribbon is from my retired stash.

These are so easy because you don't have to cut out the images - you can use the dies.  Just place the die on the image that you want on the DSP, run it through the Big Shot and WOW - you have your cut image.  You can die cut all the cute animals, the balloons, the little flowers, party hat, poodle, banner, chef, and cake.  Check out the stamp set and DSP on pg 69 and the Thinlits on pg 213. All of the stamp images that are colored in gray on pg 69 have matching thinlits.
All of the colors are so fun and the images are so cute - no need to use them just for kids - anyone would love them!
Check out Pinterest for SO many cute ideas.

Friday, August 11, 2017


Still playing with Embossing Paste, today using embossing powder also.

I used Copper Embossing Powder to color the Embossing Paste this time.
First go over your piece of card stock with your Embossing Buddy.
Apply your Embossing Paste to your piece of card stock where you want it.
Dump the Embossing Powder onto the Embossing Paste, tap off the excess, and then heat.
When you heat it, it will get bubbly and have  kind of a rough look.
The only real difference from using just plain embossing powder is the look.  When you use plain embossing powder your image is pretty smooth.  Try it and see what you think.
I used Wink of Stella on the dragonfly and also the Enamel Shapes.  I love these little embellishments.  They are not a perfect match to the Emerald Envy card stock but it is close enough.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Missed Monday, but I'm back.  Today's post is the card I created for our Proverbial Stampers August sketch challenge.
Here is the sketch template:
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And here is the card I created:

I  put some Wink of Stella on the HAPPY letters and also on the raised waves in the water.  It is hard to see here.  Once again, I was playing with the Embossing Paste.  I completely covered the water piece (white) with Embossing Paste and then put it in the Seaside Embossing Folder.  I pulled it out of the folder and dried it with the Heat Gun. Then I brayered over it with Dapper Denim Ink.
Just remember to clean your folder and your utensils right away with water before the paste dries.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Today is the final post this week using Embossing Paste.  Here is the card and then I will give you step by step directions.

Here is how I got to this point:
  • First I cut a stencil out of Thick White Cardstock using the large butterfly from the Butterfly Thinlits.  I laid it down on the black piece of card stock and used three colors of paste to colors the sections I wanted.  In the paste I mixed Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango.  This is what my stencil looked like after I pulled it off of the black piece.

  • I then dumped Dazzling Diamonds Glitter onto the black piece so that it would stick to the colored paste and heated it. I tapped off the excess and even used a soft bristle brush to brush off any excess.

  • To get the message to match, I put Crushed Curry Embossing Paste right onto my stamp.  You need to make sure you have some excess around the edges of the stamp so that your message will actually show up.  I just stamped the stamp directly onto the card stock , added my Dazzling Diamonds as I did for the butterfly, and heated it.

  • I wanted to have the whole butterfly on the paper so I cut another butterfly out of black card stock.  I laid it on top of the Embossing Paste image and glued it down with Tombow.

I added one of the new jewels to the center and mounted the black piece onto a base of Tangerine Tango.  I was thinking about going around the outside edge of the butterfly with a white gel pen, but not sure if I will do that or not.  I could also go over the black butterfly image with the Wink of Stella to make it pop a little.
I think it turned out nicely, but it does look better in real life.
This was a little labor intensive, but is certainly worth it for a special occasion or for a special person.  Try your hand at using any die for this technique and see what you get.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


I'm still playing with my Embossing Paste and here is another card I created:

To get this look, you first sponge colors onto your white piece of cardstock.  On this card I used Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Night of Navy.
Then lay your stencil down and apply the Paste as usual.  When dry, the Paste takes on a little bit of the colors underneath - kind of like the color is coming through the Paste.
The stamp set is Sharing Sweet Thoughts, which is the Ronald McDonald set this year. It matches the Dies in the Jar of Love set.
The Pool Party Ribbon is retired, but I now you can find a different ribbon.  We have some great ribbons to choose from this year.
Come back on Friday.  I am going to try something different with the Paste and you will be the first to know if it works.