Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wedding shower card

Hi  all
Today I want to share with you a special card I made for the wedding shower for the daughter of my dear friend, Maureen. 

Have to say I was impressed by how Kelsey's friends attended so carefully to every detail in the food, the invitation, and their welcoming spirit.   Lovely afternoon in the back yard.  So nice.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Another convention trade

Hi all
Did you visit yesterday?  Then you saw Peggy's first convention trade.   Today you get  to see a variation on it.  Peggy is smart.  When she wanted to make multiples, she just switched up a few elements but kept her base design.  Great approach to getting more cards from your supply of materials.

If you want to leave a nice comment for Peggy, I'll be happy to pass it on to her!
Tomorrow I have a special card to share with you...check back!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More Convention trades...

Hi all
Today I have a convention trade to show you that was made by my down line, Peggy.  She was not able to go to convention this year (She opted for a anniversary trip to Panama with her hubby instead...fabulous!) but hopes to be there next year for the big Stampin' Up! 25th anniversary convention.  Here is one of the cards she made that I traded for her.

The picture doesn't really show the glittered effect well.....hey!   I'm a stamper, not a photographer.
Lovely, isn't it?!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Beachy wreath

Hi all
Today I want to share with you another version of my willow wreath.  This one was inspired by dreams of a day at the beach....which unfortunately I did not get this summer. 

The base wreath is made using the packing paper from the Stampin' Up! orders punched out using the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  I'm thinking of doing one for Halloween too!
The next Holiday stamp a stack is on September 9th...sign up soon!!  We will make 5 different card, four of each card.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Baby tin

Hi all
Today I want to show you a baby tin I made last spring for a coworker's baby shower but the baby is not due until around Labor Day (Labor Day ...tee hee, right?)

Because the baby has not yet arrived, I could not put the baby's name on the tin but I promised the mom that I could add it later.  There is a poem printed on the lid about preserving those special memories as baby grows.  Hopefully you can see the green tags hanging from the left side of the tin - this is where you record the events and then you store the tags in the tin until you are ready to scrapbook the event.  There is a pen hanging from the other side so that it is handy when you want to make an entry.  There is also a metal washer to help pry open the lid.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Another Scrapbook page

Hi all
I am preparing this post ahead of time to appear on 8-20 ...the first day of school (edit: ended up appearing on 8-25 after I inserted my Xmas stamp a stack cards in the order of posts) .  Here is the page I made for the part time Pre- K teacher who got a full time K job at another school.  Great lady.  Hope she has a great work environment.

We used a special program with her class that included a figure called "Mat Man" so I decided to make her page show Mat Man saying goof bye.  This page made me smile when I made it.  Crafting should always make you smile!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Catching up....

Hi all
I was browsing through my computer the other day and came upon a 8 x 8 scrapbook page that I made last June.  When my coworkers leave one of my schools, we make each one a good-bye scrapbook.   Here is one of the pages I made using one of the papers the school bought for the book...

I love the way the shoe looks and it was the perfect image for my coworker who also works in a clothing store.  I used a white gel pen to write her a good luck message.
Check back tomorrow to see the page I made for another coworker.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #8

Hi all
I really love this last card I made to trade at convention.  Hopefully, if you have been following my blog daily, you will immediately say, "Oh, there is the (old olive) frame she used to cut the layer under the tree on yesterday's card".  Again I encourage you to make use of every little scrap you have, when you are crafting.
I am so excited about the new Scentsational Season stamp set (clear 14.95) and the coordinating Holiday Collection Framelit Dies (24.95).  So cute!!  We have had gingerbread boy stamps before but this one is what I think they really should look like!  The fact that those two products are bundled to save you money ($32.95 in the bundle, instead of 39.90, plus you save a bit on the shipping and tax, too) is fabulous!

The gingerbread boy inside the jar was stamped on cork and die cut.   The gingerbread boy climbing out of the jar was just die cut from cork and embellished with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling details.  The greeting is stamped in Real Red ink using the Friendship Preserves stamp set and the Window Frames die was used to create the frame.  I hand cut the inside of the jar with a craft knife (the jar die cuts around the outside of the jar, not inside).  I placed a piece of acetate behind the hole to add to the glass jar illusion.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #7

Hi all,
My convention trade for you today is really fun, I think.   I got to use lots of cool elements and I think it turned out great.

The only stamp on this card is from the Wacky Wishes set, which I embossed with white EP onto a die cut Window frame.  Where did I get that die cut? ...  from inside the frame around the tree!  Did you notice that I used the new Fancy Fan textured impressions folder on the layer above the white base of the card.  That color cardstock is the new Summer Starfruit In Color - some folks call it yellow but it is really more of a green. I put another old olive Window Frame inside the red frame and mounted the tree on top.  How did I make the tree?   I die cut the tree using the Holiday Collection Framelits and a Mountain Dew soda can.  I love the way the can has the green, red, and white coloring which is perfect for Christmas.  Surprisingly, the edges of the aluminum do not have sharp edges after you cut it.  I am careful to place the frame on the can so the curve of the edges of the piece is concave not convex with it and you will see what I mean.  I topped the tree with a punched glittered star.
Come tomorrow to see my last, and favorite, convention trade.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #6

Hi all
As promised, I am going to show you another convention trade - this one was inspired by the small strip of designer paper I had left from yesterday's card.

Now the beauty of this card is you can  use whatever you have left.  Just notice how much of each paper you have left from previous projects and make sets.  Some of my cards were ABA patterns others were BAB.  I just worked it til all the scraps were used.  Notice the outside corners of the designer papers were rounded.  That effect really added to the overall appearance.  The greeting is from Layered Labels.  Colors are Baja Breeze and Island Indigo. DSP is Twitterpated.  The Apothecary Accent Framelit was used to cut out the greeting.   Now go use up your scraps!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #5

Hi all
Remember yesterday I told you to look for the inside of the frame in today's post?  check it out....

I hate to waste my materials so when I cut out the center of the frame for yesterday's jar card, I knew that my next card was going to have to use that lovely center part.   I encourage you to let your scraps inspire you, too.  You might be surprised at what you come up with!!
This card was actually rather popular when I was trading - I gave out all of them before some of my favorites were gone.  What I especially like about this card is how the ribbon ran over the Island Indigo layer but under the hello layer...I think it helps tie the two layers together.  To me the difference in the sizes of the two die cut pieces was too different to run the ribbon under both images.
Look closely at the designer paper will see scraps of it show up in tomorrow's card.  Check back!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #4

Hi all
Okay...when I saw the Holiday Mini catalog (I guess you know that demos get to see, and order from,  catalogs a month before it appears for the public...lucky us!) I was sooo excited.   A long time ago, Stampin' Up! had a jar image that was such fun to use.  Well, we have another new jar image and the really fun part is that there is also a coordinating Framelits set, called Cannery, for the Big Shot too.  I know that the Big Shot can cut many different materials so I immediately had the idea to cut the jar out of metal. 

Guess what kind of metal I used? ???????  So simple!!!  Such a great look!!!
The top of the jar was cut using the cannery framelit and designer paper. So easy!!  Even the label was cut using the bitty banner framelits.  I love my Big Shot and I use it all the time!!!!
This card happens to also use the new Window Frames Collection Framelits (around the yum).  The YUM is not another layer - it is actually stamped inside the frame - this saves your card from weighing so much when you go to mail it but still looks like another layer.
Still wondering about the material I used for the jar?   It is a soda can!!  You are looking at the inside surface of the can.  Recycling!!!
The greeting "smile" was was made by omitting part of a petite pair stamp - we inked it using a marker.

Notice that in order to make the Island Indigo frame around "yum" I had to cut out the center will see that reappear tomorrow!!  Come back to see!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1 of 4, project #5

Hi all
Today you get to see the fifth card from the stamp a stack class. If you appreciate quilting, this card will probably appeal to you.
This card was inspired by one I saw on my upline's blog - not sure if she created it or it was selected from Pinterest. I don't like to copy someone else's work exactly so I did make several changes to make it my own. The hearts I punched for this card came from a retired SU hand held punch but really any heart punch would work as long as you are mindful of the overall size of each shape.  Of course, the trim at the bottom of the tree was created using the Adorning Accents Edgelit and the Big Shot.  The greeting at the bottom is from the Word Play set.  I find this card so cheerful.  Hope you like it too.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1 of 4, project #4

Hi all,
Project four from the Stamp a Stack, part 1 class is a lovely religious card which was inspired by a card I received in trade at convention. I like to have at least one religious card in each holiday SAS class.  Whether you are religious or not, I think most of us know someone who would want to receive a religious card. Not only did this lady make a lovely card but she also put her lovely card in a clear cello envelope to protect it.  BUT ...But .....but ...SHE DIDN'T  SIGN HER CARD!!!! 

AAUUGGGHHH!  How frustrating!  Doesn't she know an artitist always signs her work?   Wish I could credit her properly!   Well, I did add my mark on the card by changing up the ribbon and the DSP and I added the beam of light from the star to the creche.  I also changed the size of the Label Collection die cut.  Not sure why I chose to do that - guess it just seemed like a better proportion to my eye.
Hope you will join us to make these cards (4 of each of 5 designs) on Aug 26th.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1 of 4, project #3

Hi all,
Today's project has a touch of whimsy about it.  I saw a card by Sandy D that I liked and I made a few adjustments and ended up with this card ...that has the same layout but looks nothing like Sandy's card. So funny how a few changes can totally change the end product! 

I love to use my Big Shot machine and this time I used two dies...both the Tasteful Trim - to create the wave - and the Peek a boo die for the frame.  Inside the doors of the frame is the greeting "Merry Christmas".  The DSP is retired, but we have another current DSP with polka dots.  The baker's twine was used to join the mittens which had been punched out.  The stampin' was done with the Chock Full of Cheer stamp set.  Fun card!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1 of 4, project #2

Hi all,
Today I want to show you another Christmas Stamp a Stack project.  I have to admit that I am not a big fan of blue at Christmas but in this case it was the correct choice!

This card was inspired by one by Connie LaCroix.  I switched up a few elements, including the greeting, and my gals and I agreed that the rhinestones really gave this card some special bling. Of course, I love that I got to use my Northern Flurry Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot. 
We will be doing this stamp a stack again on Aug 26th...join us.
Today is the sign up deadline for the Convention Make and Take class to be held on Sunday, 8-19-12 at 2PM.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1 of 4 project #1

Hi all
Today I am beginning to present the projects that my gals made during our Stamp a Stack class, Part 1 on Sunday.  Since some folks missed the class because they were enjoying a final vacation at the beach before school starts again, I agreed to repeat of this session on August 26th. Here's one of the projects you could make four of on the 26th.
This card is a tweak of a card my friend and convention roommate, Linda, made to trade at convention.  It features the special new Core'dinations cardstock.   When you sand off the surface of the cardstock, another tone of the color is revealed.  The sanding was minimal but the ladies really liked the effect it created on the core'dinations cardstock.  Of course, the card also features the Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Love it!
Contact me if you would like to join us on the 26th to make 20 cards - 5 designs, 4 of each.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #3

Hi all,
When I go to convention I try to show a little Maryland pride so I chose to take some of my crab cards with me. 

In this picture I used tempting turquoise cardstock but the ones I took to convention were made using Night of Navy cardstock instead. 

Just love the Apothecary Accents die cut!  I am going to be using this often!

This is my all time favorite crab image Stampin' Up! has ever had...mostly because it looks steamed and ready to eat!!!!  Yum!

Haven't had any crab crackin yet this summer - time to call my sister as my family isn't too interested in  the icky parts of crackin' crabs.  fools!

Earlier today, I updated my class listings for August, adding a repeat of the Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1 class for all of you who missed it while you were enjoying your last visit to the ocean.  Check it out on my SU website at

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Convention 2012 My Trades #2

Hi all
Today I am sharing a card using the field flowers stamp set. 

This luscious card features the new Delicate Design Textured Embossing Folder for the Big Shot.  You cannot actually see the pattern on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock very well - sorry about my poor photography skills - it resembles lace.  Very nice!
The stem is stamped in Wild Wasabi ink and the flowers are stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on So Saffron cardstock.  The bow is made from the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and is simply made by folding the seam binding into thirds and then placing the legs of the brad around the center of the stack.  We pierced a hole in the white c/s and inserted the legs of the brad.  I think the element of rounding the left side corners of the white cardstock really add to the gentle nature of this card.  Note the flowers are attached to the card using dimensionals.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

special special special

Did you know that some of the SU fabric is on sale for only .99 a pack (three fabric designs to a pack) ........while supplies last????? 
Whether you are a seamstress or not, this fabric is fabulous.  Want to work with the fabric but don't want to sew?  Contact me and I will show you how to make great projects without using a sewing machine!!!  

You can do an online order for the fabric or contact me to place your order.  Time to get creative for the holidays!!

Convention 2012 My Trades #1

Hi all
Well I think I have finally gotten caught up on posting my class projects and I'm ready to post my convention trades, that is, the ones I made to trade at Convention 2012.

The first card I want to share with you was made using the Pleasant Poppies background stamp.

I was intrigued when I noticed that there is a break in the group of poppies toward the right side of the image. So I was easily able to ink up the stamp using a black Stazon ink spot.  Then I colored the image using markers (Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke and Daffodil Delight).  I used the two tags die to cut out the daffodil delight c/s and layered a 1 3/4" naturals white scalloped circle with a tangerine tango flower from the Fabulous Florets stamp set on it.   The greeting is from the Petite Pairs set.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Patriot Father's Day

Hi all,
This is the last card from the Father's Day class.  The cover of this card is not so very fancy - just some rolled wheels across the front with the blue die cut bunting across the top.

 There is a peek a boo die cut door on the cover.  When you open the door, you see...

This is a non- SU die cut which has been glittered.   And the inside has a piece of retired DSP on the inside tool.

I love to do the patriotic images!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cup o' joe?

Hi all
One more father's day project for you.  

This is another container. 

I really like this project because we were able to use strips of coordinating Designer Series Paper to decorate the sides.  The top opens up so you can slip in an appropriate treat.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Camping gable box treat

Hi all
At the Father's Day class, we made a cute little gable box that holds a little treat.  We used a fabulous set that has now been retired ...but we have a new camping set that would also be great on this project.

Want to give you more than one view of the box.

Here is the treat that is inside
S'more's!!!!   a marshmallow figure, graham crackers and a mini Hershey bar!
Who wouldn't love getting this treat?!?!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

father's day

Hi all
First, let me remind you that today is the deadline to sign up for my upcoming Holiday Stamp a Stack class to be held on Sunday, August 12th.  E-me, text or give me a call to get your name on the list.  We will make 5designs, 4 of each design for a total of 20 cards.

This is the Father's Day card I made for my husband this year.

Inside I made a pocket to hold his treat, a gift card to his favorite haunt.

Went with the star eyelets on the cover and the grommets on the inside to give it a little texture and metal (isn't that the male equivalent of female bling?).

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hi all
In my house, a tool themed card will work for any of my three guys.

I saw this idea on line and knew I had to work it up for my Father's Day card class.  I added the cork background and the aluminum scallop circle to continue the work bench idea.  fun!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

My grandfather's clock....

Hi all
My grandfather's clock....Remember the old song that begins that way?  When I was planning the Father's Day card class, I tried to think of as many different themes for guys as I could.  My eye was caught by this clock.  

No it is not a grandfather's clock but it is the closest thing I could find.  Love the silver cord with beads on the clock!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Hi all
Another guy oriented card today...if your guy plays golf!!

The golf ball was made using the polka dotted TIEF  - that stands for textured impressions embossing folder.   I hand cut the golf tee and used an old sizzix long die for the grass.  This card opens just above the BFF label - it actually catches behind the label to stay closed.  Sadly, lots of retired products in this card.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Motorcyle madness!

Hi all
You might recall that lately I have been trying to get caught up on some of the class cards we have made over the last couple of months.  This is from the Father's Day card class..

This motorcycle is such a popular image but unfortunately it is retired.  Again, I paired it with the retired nautical designer series paper.  Good match, huh?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Maculine Nautical card

Hi all
Many stampers find the hardest cards to make are the ones we give our guys.   Here is a nice card we made at the Father's Day card class.

The retired nautical designer paper is the perfect match for this sail boat image.  I had to use the very old teardrop shape from the old coluzzle cutting set - thought is handled the image perfectly.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yummy, yummy, yum

Hi all
Oh my gosh!! Can it really be August already!?!?!? The summer moved at such a nice pace from the close of school to July 4th but it has really been flying since then.
Sometimes, I like to use cards of different dimensions - just to mix things up a bit.  Here is a fun birthday card that would fit into a bill paying envelope.

The ice cream cone is made from a pennant punch and the icing from the cupcake punch. The lollipop is made from a button stamp.

If you are a digital scrapbooker, you will want to check out the special offer from Stampin' Up! for August.   Dive into digital designing guilt-free by getting 31% off 31 digital content options and most of our print products—for all 31days in August! Check out my website