Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quick post - my son's a tv star!!

Check this out and look closely at the drum set player right after the announcer say BOB MARLEY.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter class project #3 card

Hi all
Tonight I have just a quick posting of a project from last Sunday's class. This card was inspired by one made by Andrea Walford.  She used different papers and colors but the format is the same.  And as has been happening lately, I used the dry embossed textured impressions folders ...AGAIN.  I thought the design  in the embossed paper was a nice match for the DSP I chose.

Upon arrival, one of my stampers said this was her favorite project of the collection but when she found out how easy it was to make, she changed her mind and picked one that was more "involved".  She is a new stamper but has definitely caught the stampin bug.  We are glad she joined us. 

We are fast approaching the end of Saleabration (Thursday!).  Hope you have made all the purchases you want and earned all the free rewards on your wish list.  Remember to check out the special purchase price and extra freebies for joining me on the inside as a demonstrator!!  Whether you want to build a business or just get a break on the cost of your own stampin materials, now is a fabulous time to sign on with me.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easter class project #2 mini easter basket

Hi all
Today I am sharing with you a mini Easter basket that we made at the Easter class.  This project has a background story.  I belong to several online stamper groups and the other day a lady posted, asking for help.  Her demo had made a little box out of the petal cone die but the lady had trouble with her project -it didn't seem to be turning out correctly.  She posted for help.  I guess it is the OT in me but I wanted to see if I could help her so I die cut two petal cones and set about to try to make it.  I spent some time on it when I should have been prepping for my class so it just made sense to me to use the project in the class too.  After all, I had told one of the ladies there would be a basket of some sort in the class.   Here is the project....Sure hope it was what the lady was trying to make.

I will be posting a tutorial of how I made the box ...but not tonight....Gotta go do my progress reports for school....there are soooo many to do!
Remember the deadline for earning saleabration rewards ends on Thursday.  Don't miss this great deal - whether you want to purchase products or sign up to receive the 20% discount.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Easter class project #1 bunny in grass

Hi all
Here is the first project the ladies did at the Easter stampin session yesterday.

The chocolate bunny stamp is retired but as a "kid" who still gets a big chocolate bunny each Easter (I have to nibble slowly on my bunny because of the carbs in candy.... part of  last year's bunny is still on the scene!) I cannot forget to use my bunny!  He has to visit each Easter.  The bunny is stamped in chocolate chip ink on crumb cake c/s.  The DSP is the retired Afternoon Tea paper which I really liked...and still do, although I don't have much left now.  When I saw someone use border punches as the decoration on eggs, I knew I had to give it a try.  I don't have too many Easter greeting stamps so I went digging through my collection to find an alternative.  This stamp is one we received at convention....I just omitted part of the phrase.  Now look what it says inside....

Too funny!   Share your chocolate bunny!!!!  holy cow!! Thanks to Terri Knox Robinson who inspired the front of this card.
Hope you will pop back during the week to see the other seven projects we made.

Have you ever shared my blog address with your stampin friends?  Please do!  I'd love to think my blog gives you ideas to add to your stampin creations as well as those of your stampin friends...local or far away. And remember, your posted comments inspire me to keep creating, so leave me a post and I will continue to offer you fun stampin ideas!  Don't just be a lurker!!!
Saleabration is ending on Thursday...if you have not earned your free rewards yet, get busy and finish your shopping list - each $50 of your subtotal earns you a reward.  And the recruiting kit deals are also coming to a close - contact me to find out the details - you could be saving 20% or more on all your stampin purchases.
I have posted two new classes for April 3 and 10th on my SU website
Hope you will join us for some fun!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Think Spring!! Project eight

Hi all

Tonight I want to share my last project from the "Think Spring" class.  It is a three dimensional card that can stand up to be open on display.

When I made this sample, I originally had a plain cover of the DSP.  I looked at the card all week and was not satisfied that it was quite right.  At the last minute I added the words to the cover instead of the inside and had the ladies stamp a different greeting on the inside.
When I put together the class, my butterfly die had not yet arrived but thankfully it came yesterday so when I make more, I will not have to hand cut three butterflies per card.

Have you given any thought to attending one of my classes?  We typically make 6-8 projects and i do all the pre-cutting....all you have todo is stamp and assemble.  We'd love to have you and your friends join us for the fellowship and fun. 


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Special offer from me on my SU anniversary +!!

Hi Stampers!!

March is my anniversary month -  I first joined Stampin' Up! fourteen years ago.  It has been a wonderful fun ride - I so enjoy birthing new ideas and projects,  many of which are inspired by the wonderful stampers I know personally or who I follow online.

I want to celebrate I am offering free (10%) shipping on any order of $25 or more placed through me between today (March 24) and (Monday, March 28th) IF you write "Happy Anniversary" on your order.

If you are submitting a paper form, write "happy anniversary" directly on the form.
If your are sending your order by email write "happy anniversary" in the subject line.  Please do not write your credit card number in the email - call me with that information for your protection, please.

Of course, we are in the last week of SAB so if your order reaches $50 (subtotal) or more, you also earn free SAB rewards.  Be sure to tell me which free SAB item you have chosen.

Unfortunately, I cannot honor my free shipping offer on orders placed through my online store.

Happy stamping to all!!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Think Spring!! Project seven

Hi all
Whoops!!  Tonight, I got so busy prepping projects for Sunday's Easter stamp session that I forgot to post a project for you here!!  But finally, I am here!

Today's project is a tweak of one by Bronwyn Easley.  At this time of year, a spray of butterflies is such a hopeful image...makes me believe that spring weather will soon catch up with the calendar.  This project uses several retired items - the Bermuda Bay ribbon (turned over so the polka dots don't show),  the yellow corduroy button and the retired hardware (love that white hardware!).  Yes, I am still obsessing on the tulip frame textured embossing folder, love the look!  What do you think of this lovely?

Remember ... I need to hear from you by Thursday evening (the 24th) , if you plan to attend the session this Sunday (the 27th).  Easter is the time to get going on those Easter greetings!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Think Spring!! Project six

Hi all
Well, I don't know about you, but I had really hoped spring would be a bit warmer!!  I'm still wearing my fleece scarf....time to discard that, right?

Tonight I am sharing a sweet treat card.  I am such a sucker for those adorable Wilton candies.  I really have to avoid baking too many sweets is too hard to resist eating them.  But I love those little candies so instead of using them in cookies, I like to use them in shaker cards.  Here it is....little butterflies....

The cup is inserted from the inside out.  I fill the cup then remove the covering from the sticky on the cup.  Then I place a piece of acetate over the back of the cup.  Then I attach mini glue dots to the front of the lip around the cup and attach it to the back of the cover of the card.  This allows the recipient to remove the candies and cup without destroying the card. 

Remember, if you are planning on attending the Easter project class this coming Sunday, I need to hear from you by Thursday night.
Be sure to check you supplies - Saleabration is the best time to get the cardstock and inks you use often....and earn a reward at the same time.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Think Spring!! Project five

Hi all
Today I want to share a lovely card inspired by one made by Glenda Calkins

My version is different because I altered the layers somewhat and I made the focal point a bit smaller.  I like all the elements of my cards to be contained within the borders of the card.  When elements hang over the edges, I find they get abused when the card gets put in an envelope to be mailed.  This is a great card to do in stages - running the crumb cake and white layers through the Big Shot, punching the scalloped circles and the plain circles, stamping the greeting which is colored by markers.  Several of the layers are separated by dimensionals.  And for the local folks, the colors are reminiscent of Calvert Hall High School colors!!  Go Cards!

Did you step out to look at the "Big Moon" last night?  One of my coworkers told me about the big moon.  I didn't trust myself to remember to go look so I set the alarm on my phone to remind me.  After chatting with another demo from Carroll County, I wondered if I blocked the alarm so I went out to look.  Well my husband and I looked all around but could not find the moon!!!  So big it disappeared.  We laughed!  Then, as we went back into the house, my alarm went off'!  I went through the house and looked out the back of the house and hollered "I found it!!!"  It was very low in the sky, hiding behind the house next door.  It didn't look so big but it did look bright.  Now today I have to remember to go to Rita's for a free Italian ice in celebration of the first day of Spring!!  This day would be more convincing if they weren't calling for snow flurries on Friday!
Think will feel like it is here soon!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Think Spring!! Project four

Hi all

Today I want to show you an example of inlaid embossing, a new technique that is very popular right now.  It is very simple to do.  First, we stamped the grasses on the white cardstock, then we glued the punched flowers to the grasses.   Then the card stock is run through the Big Shot with the square lattice folder.  Wow!  such a great effect!!

Do you have the Big Shot?  If you don't, now is a great time to get one!!!  Check out this idea...

The machine is $99.95.  If you add dies, embossing folders, or other stampin products to your order and bring your subtotal to $150, you would earn $15 in free hostess products, a Level one hostess set and three free Saleabration choices.  Wow!  that is a great collection of goodies!
Let's chat about what you would like to get!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Think Spring!! Project three

Hi all
Today I want to show you a great card/gift.  You know I love all the Sizzix dies and it is a no brainer that I would want to use them enter the petal box die.

 I only needed to cut one of this die because this is not a box, but instead, it is a sealed-shut, folded-flat cone.  We made the flower and then attached it to an extra large paper clip (about 4" long).  The brad in the center of the flower was used to hook the flower to the paper clip.  We added some hot glue to the back to hold the flower in place (I am NOT a fan of glue guns but I have to admit sometimes that is just the way to get a job done.)  I put two slits on the back part of the cone, parallel to the fold of the scalloped flap so that we could weave the legs of the paperclip in and out of the slits, hiding the clip inside the cone. Here is the clip removed from the cone....

Now how cool is that!!!  Thanks to Chiaki Haverstick for the inspiration!!  Notice I ran the body of the cone through the Sizzix with the textured impressions folder - gave it a bit of pizzazz. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi all
Hope everyone enjoyed a fun - and safe - St. Patrick's Day.  I am taking a pause in the posting of my  projects from last Sunday's class to show you the St. Patrick's Day treats I made for the staff at my two schools.

In the past, I have used wiggle eyes on my treats, but it was getting costly when added to the cost of the candies (in this case, Andes mint candies) so this time I tried using a swirl from the Holiday Hoopla set.  I used a marker to make the center of each swirl solid so it would look more like an owl's eyes.  I like it.  It actually took way less time than gluing on the goofy eyes....and it was way less messy. 
This blue box has been wonderful for transporting these treats each month - I actually had four layers of treats in there  - with about 32 per layer - so I was able to carry lots of them easily. I filled in the open space in the box with a hand towel - held everything nicely in place.
Come back tomorrow to see some more of the "think spring" cards.
Now is the time to sign up for the Easter class to be held on Sunday, March 27th.  If you have already mentioned to me that you want to come but have not yet paid for the session, please shoot me an email so I can be sure to make sure you are on the sign up list.  Thanks, hons!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Think Spring!! Project two

Hi all
Gonna post quickly tonight...I need to hit the hay!! 
This is a pretty card inspired by one made by my upline.  She used the top note die with the hole in the middle but from there our projects went in different directions.  Hope you like it.

The centers of the flowers are highlighted with the glass glitter.  So pretty.
Tomorrow is the deadline to sign up for the box class to be held this Sunday.  Hope to hear from you.

Think Spring!! Project one

Hi Stampers,
Hope everyone made it past the clock switch without a hitch!!  When I was at school on Monday, the secretary told me that over a dozen children were more than an hour late to school that day because of daylight savings!!!  Wow!!!   I know there are plenty of folks who show up at the wrong time for church on Sunday after the clocks get moved, but to still be out of sync on Monday...that's scary!!
Me?  I did fine... except that by Monday evening I was dragging!  I was busy all weekend with prep for my Sunday stampin session (the ladies were great!)and failed to go to bed "early"  and Mondays are always very hectic for me...I see lots of kids on Mondays!  So basically I napped through most of Monday night.  Tonight I have been busy putting the final touches on the St. Patrick's day treats for the staff at my two schools.  I'm only at the one school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so they need to get their treats tomorrow...the other school will get them on Thursday.  I will be posting a picture of them later this week.  For today, let's take a look at one of the projects from Sunday's class.  For the ladies who were present at the session, you will remember that Emily had to leave us mid-session because her daughter in law had gone into labor.  Well, I don't know all the details, except that her grandson came on Monday by C-section.  Over 9 lbs.  and of course, adorable!!!!  I hear everyone is doing well.  Hope to see more pictures and hear more details soon.

As I recall, this was Kittie's favorite project, of the eight. This picture is a tad distorted as the part that is showing up as gold is really Stickles glitter glue in pale yellow and crystal.  Must be the light that is making it seem like gold.  Anyway, this was inspired by a card done by Tania Gould, I just switched out the stamps and changed the colors a bit.  What attracted me to this card was the way the flowers poke through the frame. Love it.  The primary color is melon mambo.
A couple of reminders, if you plan to come to the box making class this Sunday, I need to hear from you by Thursday night.  When you contact me, please let me know if you have a specific purpose for your box (recipes, card saver, phone/addy file, photo saver, coupons, etc) so that I can be prepared to help you customize your box.  Also if you have a particular color in mind, let me know.  Later this week my son is performing with the steel drum group from his school (his first opportunity to perform publicly on the full drum set - he is not on the steel drums) and so we will be tied up enjoying that special moment with him.  Thus, I will not have as much time to prepare for class, so I need an early commitment from you.
Also, you need to keep in mind that the end of Salebration is very near.   Get your orders in through me or my website before the end of March.   It would be awful if you missed out on your free gift for each $50 you spend from the mini catalog or the big Idea Book and Catalog.
Thanks gals for a great time on Sunday.  Whitney, your stampin speed amazes me.  For a newcomer you are amazing!!  Don't you wish you had started stampin sooner?  Clearly this is your "thing!"
And Patti, aren't you amazed how much we got done for you?  Great day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Think Greens!!!! Project #8

Hi all,
Today I am showing you the last card from the Think GreenS stampin session.  This is a fun little project!

It makes use of the petal cone die.   I cut off the tab that you use when you are assembling a 3D box and turned the die cut into a card instead.  The face of the cone is rolled with a wheel just to break up the solid green-ness.  I used some retired DSP for the top layer - it is actually two circles of DSP - one on the inside of the card and one on the front.  That front one is folded over and lines the inside too.  I love the pop that brads can give.  Here is the inside of the card:

Isn't this fun?  And guess what?  The card fits inside a standard bill paying envelope.  Love it!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Think Greens!!!! Project #7

Hi all

This project is soo simple - you could make a dozen in no time!  The large medallion was stamped in certainly celery ink.  The small shamrock medallion was stamped in wild wasabi ink and is layered on a wild wasabi scallop circle - stacked on dimensionals, of course.  I did add some green glitter glue as a bit of  bling to the image.  At the bottom of the card are two ribbons; one is the green ribbon from last years SAB sale and the top ribbon is our whisper white organza - because of the see through edges of the white ribbon, you can see the green layer below.  The whole card is layered on wild wasabi to help make the images pop.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Think Greens!!!! Project #6

Hi all
Tonight's share is based on a card I saw online, where the crafter highlighted various details of a snowman.  I decided to use that idea to create a card highlighting things related to St. Patrick's Day.

This card gave me a chance to use our glitter glass.  I applied Crystal Effects to the edge of the die cut oval punch and sprinkled on the glitter glass.  The ladies did this card as one of their first so they had plenty of time for the CE to dry before they left the class.  The gold ribbon is one of SU's retired ribbons and the DSP is the Deck the Halls retired paper.  I also thought this would be neat as a Claddagh layout - with hands (friendship- had a hard time finding some SU hands), a crown (for loyalty - SU has several crown images) and a heart (for love,of course).
This was a fun card to assemble.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Have you been waiting to order the SU ornament punch?  Good news!  It is available for order again.  Yeah!  This punch is great for Christmas but also makes a beautiful magnolia like flower.  Remember, when you combine it with other products you need to a $50 subtotal, you will earn a free gift from Stampin' Up!. Contact me for help with your order.

Think Greens!!!! Project #5

Hi all
This card was made similar to one that is on the Stampin' Up! website.

I changed the colors (to pear pizzazz and melon mambo) and the embellishments.  I pulled out my old copper brads and cording - it just seemed like a great match to the pear pizzazz tone.   I enjoy making cards of atypical sizes (3 x 6) - this card fits in a bill paying envelope and is a great way to use 12 x 12 cardstock if you tend to have that size instead of the 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock.
Tonight is the deadline to sign up for the stampin session I am having on Sunday at 2 PM.  Hope you will consider joining us to make projects to celebrate spring!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Think Greens!!!! Project #4

Hi all
When you spend your workday dealing with kids who have sensory issues, it isn't surprising if you enjoy handling textures.  This card is a collection of textures, inspired by one made by Donna Rogers.

First, we have the scalloped heart of hearts embosslit die for the clover.  The surface of the 3 hearts is 3D polka dotted.  The naturals cardstock band is distressed on the edges - I love that little tool.  Of course, the base of the card used the square lattice texture and there is texture in the border punch.  Finally, the rhinestone adds a texture element as well.  A great card!
Remember tomorrow is the deadline for signing up for Sunday's class (to be held at 2 PM) - topic is Spring!!   Sorry I cannot extend the deadline this week....too much coming up over the weekend.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Quick message to my viewers...

Thanks to the help of a great lady, Sharon Field, I have fixed my settings.  This should make posting your comments less frustrating.  Thanks, are a peach!!  Now I invite my visitors to leave a comment and see if the feature really is easier to use...go for it!!
Thanks, Peggy

Think Greens!!!! Project #3

Hi all
Today I am going to show you another project from the Think GreenS!! stampin session.  Did I mention that we did use all six of the Stampin' Up! green colors?

This card uses some retired always artichoke designer paper, a retired corduroy button, the retired organdy ribbon, and some celery green ribbon that was a freebie during last year's Saleabration.  Of course, the shamrock is made from the heart punch - the stem was cut free hand.  The cardstock is wild wasabi and happens to be some of the special paper that SU sold after it had been pre-cut incorrectly for some SU event.  I bought several packets of it because I love this color!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Think Greens!!!! Project #2

Hi all,
This little card is a quickie ..once you understand that you need to position the ribbon before you stick down the DSP and the stamped image.

Here is the sneaky secret about this card.  The rhinestones are Stampin' Up! rhinestones.  What?  you say you have not see green rhinestones in the catalog?  That's because these rhinestones were made green by applying green ink from a Sharpie!!!   I have heard that you can also color the rhinestones with our markers and then heat set them but I haven't taken the time to try that strategy yet. Hopefully I can try that tomorrow.  I am so hooked on the tulip textured impressions folder.  Love the way it sets off the focal point! This card is a tweaked version of one I saw on the internet by Debra Currier.
Wonder how I will use the textured embossing folders at next Sunday's Spring!! stampin session? ...hope you will join us to find out!  Remember, Sale-a-bration is ending sure to get your orders in to earn your free gift!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Think Greens!!!! Project #1

Hi all

We had a great stampin session today...the gals were really stampin' along!!  Kudos to Whitney who was the first to finish the eight cards, even though she is a relatively new stamper!!  Way to go!!
Here is one of the projects the gals made....

This card is obviously good for St. Patrick's Day but would also be appropriate for a guy's birthday or some personal accomplishment (ex.  earning a raise, promotion) or as a thank you for helping out.  This card was inspired by one made by Glenda at  Only part of her card showed on the blog so I got creative to fill in the missing parts.  I love using gold brads ...such a great little addition that can really make portions of the card pop!!
Come back each day this week to see the other projects from today's class.
The registration for the next class (Sunday, 13th @ 2PM) ends on Thursday night...hope you will join us to make some projects inspired by SPRING!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hello March!!

Hi all,
Wasn't it nice to see March come in like a lamb today?  Sure beat the fierce winds we had last Friday.

Just a quick note tonight ...did you notice that I have posted several new stampin' classes for the month of March on my Stampin' Up website at  check it out!!  The class descriptions include registration deadlines...hope you will join us for some stampin fun!  What could be easier than having the projects planned for you and all the materials pre-cut?  Easy peasy!

Today is also the first day of the last month of Saleabration.  Hope you have check out the rewards being offered.  You can place your order through me or by inputting it directly through my website.  Just be sure that you check your subtotal so you can earn every possible reward!!  There is still plenty of time to hostess a Stampin' Up! workshop to earn additional free rewards but contact me soon so we can start planning your event.  Remember that you can hostess your event in my home or yours.