Sunday, January 30, 2011

Create-a-Card Event

We had so much fun on Saturday making cards. We had nine people there, most of them being beginners. Each person made three cards. Here are those cards. The cards are all using supplies and stamps from the new Occasions Mini Catalog. Card #21
Stamp Set: Build a Blossom
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Build a Blossom Punch, 3/4 Circle Punch, 1/2 Circle Punch, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Sorry for this being crooked. I scanned it in about six times and couldn't get it just right and wanted to get the post up before LMan woke from his nap.
Card #22
Stamp Set: Create-a-Cupcake
Paper: Regal Rose, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Early Expresso
Accessories: Create-a-Cupcake Punch, 1-1/4 Square Punch, Red Glitter Paper, Polkadot Embossing Folder

Card #23
Stamp Set: Baby Blossoms
Paper: Very Vanilla, Rose Red
Ink: Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Adornments, Tulipe Embossin Folder, Wide Oval Punch, Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Occasions Mini Catalog Accessory Share - Includes 45 Pieces

Create-a-Cupcake, Build a Blossom, and Sew Suite are just a few of the stamp sets available in the new Occasions Mini Catalog! This mini also features many different accessories! I fell in love with the vintage flower adornments, springtime vintage big buttons, and sweet stitches designer big buttons. If you like the accessories but don't want to spend the money to purchase all of them, then this deal is for you.

For $15, you will receive 6 vintage flower adornments (2 vanilla, 2 rose, and 2 baja breeze), 6 sweet stitches fabric covered designer brads (1 in each pattern), 6 vanilla rosettes (ribbon flowers - 2 of each of the 3 sizes), 12 sweet stitches designer big buttons ( 3 tangerine tango, 3 melon mambo, 3 daffodil delight, and 3 chocolate chip), 12 springtime vintage designer big buttons (3 crumb cake, 3 rose red, 3 pear pizzazz, and 3 night of navy), and 3 beveled windowpane pieces (1 of each size).

Email me at, or call me (309) 645-4142 if you are interested in joining in on this share.

My husband is so creative

So I usually go to bed before my husband and one night he decided to get crafty and made me a card. He came up with the design all on his own and I was so impressed. He is home sick today, so I thought I would share his card to brighten up his and everyone else's day!
Stamp Set: It's Your Birthday
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Real Red, YoYo Yellow
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Well, the sewing project hasn't been as successful as I had hoped. I borrowed a sewing machine which must have a vendetta against me. So I put that on hold to make a few cards. After this post it is onto cutting cards out for my class on Saturday.

Card #20
Stamp Set: Trendy Tree, Occasional Quotes
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizaazz, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Pear Pizaazz Seam Binding

Card #21
Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy, Cheep Talk
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: 1-3/8 Circle Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hostess Gift

This is a special gift that my hostesses will receive for booking workshops during Sale-a-Bration. It includes 6 cards and envelopes in a card box. If you would like to receive this call or email me today to book your workshop! Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st.


Stamp Set: Build-a-Blossom
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Build-a-Blossom Punch

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hello Baby

Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Elegant Soiree, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Two-Step Bird Punch

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some Oldies, But Goodies

I spent the day today at my mom's where she played with Steven and my niece, Reagan, so my sister and I could get some quality scrapbooking in. For some readon I couldn't get in the mood, so instead punched out some material to make some rag bags. I have been trying to convince my mother-in-law for years that she needs to get into the business of making purses with no success so I am going to try and break out and make myself one. I have never sewn before so hopefully it will turn out okay. Stayed tuned, hopefully I will post it by Tuesday.

I didn't have any time to make a card today but the other day made a couple that I didn't get around to posting so you get them now.
Stamp Set: Four Square (retired)
Paper: To The Nines DSP (retired), Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Friday, January 21, 2011


I fell in love with this stamp set the minute I saw it in the new Occasions Mini, and pairing it with the build a cupcake punch is perfect. Here are two cards I made today while little Steven was napping.
Stamp Set: Create-a-Cupcake, So Happy For You
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Build a Cupcake Punch, Dimensionals
Stamp Set: Create-a-Cupcake
Paper: Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Build a Cupcake Punch, Twine

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Because I Care

I don't use this stamp set as much as I should, in fact I don't use most of my stamp sets very often. I need to change that. This is a level one hostess stamp set, so if you host a workshop or party of $150 or more you can receive this for free.

Stamp Set: Because I Care

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Baja Breeze

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: 1-3/4 Square Punch, Black Brads, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Christmas Scrap Page

Steven took his nap at my mom's today so I could play on My Digital Studio. My internet out here in the boonies is too slow for me to send my pages to the professional printers so it is either print from home, or scrap at my mom's where there is a built in babysitter. I got the idea from this page on the Digital Studio website and changed it up a bit. It took me about 2 hours to do, but I think it was worth it!

Welcome to the world little Luke!

A friend of ours had a little baby boy yesterday. She wasn't due until the 20th of February, however Luke decided he wanted to meet his family early. He and mom are doing wonderful. Steven and I had a busy day today, however I had to find five minutes to make little Luke a card. Here is a quickie for today!

Stamp Set: Fox and Friends, Occasional Quotes

Paper: Badhful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Corner Rounder, Chocolate Chip Ribbon

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Build a Blossom Card

Headed to a card class so I should have more cards to post later, however I wanted to post this card real quick. When I first saw this stamp set in the new Occasions Mini I didn't think I liked it, however it is really starting to grow on me. What do you think?

Stamp Set: Build a Blossom, Short and Sweet

Paper: Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Certainly Celery DSP

Ink: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Versamark, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Blossom Punch, 1 inch Circle Punch, White Embossing Powder, Powder Pals, Heat Tool

Friday, January 14, 2011

Reagan Grace

Many of you know for Christmas I made my mother a scrapbook of the grandkids. She loved it and the best part is every holiday now we can just give her a couple more pages for her book. Here is one of the double spreads I made of my niece Reagan.

I really love playing with My Digital Studio. If you are interested in checking it out let me know. I learn new things everyday that I play on it!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Playing Around

This will be my last card with the Just Believe stamp set, as I am returning it to my mom. Thanks for loaning it to me Mom! I had a lot of fun with it. Here is a slide out card made using the sponging technique.
Card #10
Stamp Set: Just Believe
Paper: Early Expresso, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DSP
Ink: Early Expresso, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Tab Punch, Butterfly Embossit, Sponges, Rhinestones, Crop-a-dile, Pretty in Pink 1/8 Grosgrain Ribbon, 1-3/8 Circle Punch

Here is a view of the inside.I love the new Bring on the Cake stamp set from the new Occasions Mini Catalog. I didn't want to spend the money and buy it, as it is a pricier stamp set, so I bought the download instead. For 7.95 you can purchase the stamp set and make the images whatever color, size, and direction you desire using your My Digital Studio or your favorite digital program. Check out my card!

Card #11
Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake
Paper: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: My Digital Studio, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Daubers

I am participating in a monthly swap with several other demonstrators around the United States. Each month is designated with three themes that you have to chose from and make a card. Here is my card for January's swap. The theme was Thank You.
Card #12
Stamp Set: Occasional Quotes, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Powder Pals, Embossing Buddy, 1-1/4 Square Large Punch, 1-3/8 Square Extra Large Punch

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Just Believe

Playing around with a stamp set I borrowed from my mom. I love this and after using it and seeing some scrapbook pages made with it will definitely have to download it for My Digital Studio.
Stamp Set: Just Believe
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Expresso, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Early Expresso
Accessories: Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Stamp Set: Just Believe
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Always Artichoke 1/8 Grosgrain Ribbon, Twine, Pumpkin Pie Button, Glue Dots

Stamp Set: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Ink: Poppy Parade
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Stamp Set I Hated to See Retire

I loved, loved, loved the Sweet Scoops stamp set that was available in the summer mini catalog and was so sad when it didn't make the cut into the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. Here is a card I made with it.

Card #7

Stamp Set: Sweet Scoops

Paper: Certainly Celery, Early Expresso, Whisper White, Certainly Celery DSP

Ink: Certainly Celery, Early Expresso, Real Red

Accessories: Stamp-a-mi-jig, Early Expresso Satin Ribbon

I love Marina Mist!

The In Colors and this year the New Colors of Stampin' Up! never excite me at first. It always takes me awhile to warm up to them, but when I do I fall in love. Cherry Cobbler is my most favorite and I thought an amazing color for Christmas. Now I find myself using Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz and loving them. Here is a card using Marina Mist.
Card #6
Stamp Set: Punch Bunch (Sale-a-bration set), Bring on the Cake (Occasions Mini)

Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Marina Mist Marker, Basic Black Marker, Basic Rhinestones, Scallop Circle Large Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, White Satin Ribbon

Thursday, January 6, 2011

MDS card

I saw this card idea on the My Digital Studio website which is packed with ideas and blogs to help with problems or give you inspiration when you are having a brain freeze.
One of the nice things about My Digital Studio is you can resize stamps to fit your needs perfectly.

Card #5
Stamp Set: Enjoy Every Moment, Petal Pizzazz
Paper: Sahara Sand
Ink: Concord Grape, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Neutral Brads, Neutral Buttons

Scrapbook Page

In November, Marty, Steven, and I, along with the Counsils' went to Layfette, Indiana for a wedding. Nathan Counsil is two months younger than Steven, however the two boys did wonderful in the car, and were great at the wedding and reception. Here is the scrapbook page I made using My Digital Studio to remember the event.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Two Birthday Cards

Card # 3
Stamp Set: Roses in Winter (retired) and Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Pear Pizzaaz, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzaaz, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Card #4
Stamp Set: Choo Choo, Hello, You
Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, and Right on Tracks Wheel

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

90 Cards in 90 Days

So I am a part of an email list serve where a lady was advertising a new program to her fellow customers and friends. She challenged them to make 90 12x12 scrapbook pages in 90 days. She offered themes for each week to give them starting points and they would earn points for each theme as well as check in point that they participated in. I thought this was a really neat idea! Though, I don't think I could accomplish 90 pages I thought it was a great goal to go for. I decided to challenge myself to 90 cards in 90 days. So, hoping that my internet cooperates I will try to post 90 cards within the next 90 days. Think I can do it?

Card #1

Stamp Set: Fun and Fast Notes

Paper: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White

Ink: Rose Red

Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Blender Pen, Watercolor Crayons (Subtles), Dotted Embossing Folder

Card #2

Stamp Set: Messages For Mom

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Silver Brads, Blender Pen, Scallop Trim Border, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Two Cards One Style

Steven crashed at 7:45 tonight so I had some time to play in my new stamp room. These cards took about five minutes to make. Trying out some of the new buttons and flower brads today. I used Funky Four and Heard from the Heart. The colors are Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive.

Saleabration Card

My husband's birthday is tomorrow and he complained for the past two years that I always buy him a card instead of making him a special one. This year in honor of him turning 36 I decided to make him a "wise old owl" card. This owl is from a new Saleabration stamp set that will be available beginning January 25. It is free with a purchase of $50 or with a workshop of $300. It coordinates perfectly with the owl punch from the Idea Book and Catalog. I used Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy, and Bashful Blue. The 1-3/8 circle punch and Messages for Mom stamp set. He doesn't get it until tomorrow, so don't tell him!

Stampin' Spot Up and Running

Finally my Stamp Room is finished for now. It was so much fun to organize, purge, and find a place for everything. I think it turned out pretty good. What do you think? We had a fun time at the free Openhouse on Thursday. Will be having another one on January 17 from 10-3. Bring a sack lunch and join us for a free day of stamping.
I love this new paper sorter one of my husband's friends made me. It is amazing and holds the paper so nicely. If you are interested let me know. He will make it to your desires!

This is the view of the walk in closet.