Thursday, December 15, 2011


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Monday, November 21, 2011


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I have seen so many beautiful wreaths made with DSP and I thought I'd give it a try using a picture frame. A glue gun worked best for me in applying and making the flowers. Please click on the picture to get a better view.

This is frame #1.

This is frame #2.

I made these frames and cards for my step-daughter's birthdays.

Up close images so you can see what I did.

After punching out the scallop circle, I scored it so it looked like hearts.

I used a skinny piece of DSP to thread through the button.

I used Mary Brown's tutorial, click here, for making this beautiful bow!!!

I also use Perfect Pennants Bigz Die to get the circles to put under the scored flowers.

What I used:

DSP Mocha Morning....most strips were 12" x either 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2"
Sometimes I would use the scallop punch on the strip THEN score between the scallops.
I used 1/2", 3/4" circle punch on top of the flower and the 1 3/4" and 2 3/8" scallop circle punches for under the flower. Along with the Bigz die Perfect Penants (to get the scalloped circles), I used the Itty Bitty Shapes punch as well.
For the leaves, I punched them out with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch, crimped them, then scored down the middle with the bone folder to give it a vein.
I used Neutrals Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (striped), and hemp twine for one of the buttons. Had to add some bling, Jewels basic Pearl!

Contact me if you have any questions!!! Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Yesterday 5 of my stampin' friends came over and we had a great time! Here are the items that they brought in addition to the shoebox swap!!

Carol Wenker made these adorable items!!!

She painted the face on this little pot and created this flower pot full of tootsie pops with bats!!!

She also made us all these pumpkins from orange slices! Quite creative that girl!!!

Top View:

Then our friend Margaret Schuster created and demo'd these adorable boxes with chocolate nuggets inside. She used the Petal Card Double punch to create these boxes and the Spooky Bingo Bits to decorate the outside of the boxes.

Next Margaret created Frankie for everyone, filled with chocolate!!! She demo'd this as well!!! Frankie's head has been run through the Big Shot using the Spider Web embossing folder and also punched around with the scalloped edge border punch.

She showed us how to make a package bow using the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch!

Margaret also brought cupcakes with decorations from Batty for You!!!

Carol Wenker also brought some pins she had made using punches from the Owl Punch, Petite Penants Builder and Oval Punch. Aren't they stinkin' cute????

I hope you enjoyed checking out the goodies the gals brought! I will post the cards we made later!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


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Sunday, September 18, 2011


Yes, this card is very similar to one I posted the other day. But for this Challenge over at Late Night Stampers, click here for more details, I need to use only 2 In Colors. I chose Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait.

This is a new technique I found recently from Silke Ledlow, click here to see tutorial and some beautiful samples.

I used Upsy Daisy for the sentiment, and Summer Solstice for the flowers and leaves. I hope you like it and will leave me a comment.

Friday, September 16, 2011


I am really in love with the new set called Summer Solstice. Isn't it purty????

Stamps: Hostess Happiest Birthday Wishes, Summer Solstice
Cardstock: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight


My grandson Parker, turned 1 a few weeks ago and the party theme was Pirates!!!! ARRRGGGGHHHHH So I created this card for him. Notice the P on the pirates shirt and on the ship's flag! Yes, I had to go there!!!

Stamps: Ahoy Matey '06 (retired)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point
Ink: Black Stazon, Soft Suede, Real Red & Soft Suede Markers
Accessories: Embossing Folder, Scallop edge border punch, sponge, dimensionals

Now to get his present wrapped and sent off....that's another project!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trying to play some more!!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 191! (TSSC191) from Mary Jo Price-Williams.

Go to her website (click her name) and it will give you all the details you need to play along.

I thought I'd try to participate more in challenges so here I go!

Stamps: Daring Adventure
Ink: Soft Suede
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, DSP Mocha Morning, Crumb Cake
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, brads-neutrals, embossing folder stripes, sponging

Monday, September 12, 2011


I wanted to send my friend Pat Huntoon a card because I miss her and because she brings out my inspiration to create! So when you are creating a card for Pat, you can't send mediocre stuff, you gotta bring out the big guns! So I cut, embossed, punched, stamped, folded, sponged and masked my way through this card! I hope she likes it!!!

She also has a great sense of humor and has done tons of cards with Cool Cat, so I had to add her to my card as well!

Stamps: Cool Cat '05 (retired), Travel Post '04 (retired), All Year Cheer II '02 (retired) (I Miss You)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Sofe Suede
Ink: Stazon Black, Soft Suede
Accessories: embossing folders (stripes and square lattice) jewelery tag, sponge, neutral brads, glue dots

As usual the card looks much better in real life (IRL) but I thought taking a picture outside with concrete behind it added a bit of grunge to it!!! Please feel free to leave me a comment!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I have seen so many paper flowers lately that I HAD to give them a try.

I used the Designer Series Paper called Frostwood Lodge from the Holiday Mini Catalog (page 28)

Here I used the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, punched 2 of them. Scored them and then on each circle I cut up to the center of the flower (just once) and fan folded them. Make sure you end up with a Vally (V) on one flower and a Mountain (M) on the other so you can glue them together. I used the 1/2" circle punch for the center. Added crystal effects to keep it adhered and put a clear acrylic block on top to hold it for a while.

Here I used a 12" strip x maybe 1 1/2", scored about every 1/4", fan folded it and adhere the ends together. For the bigger flowers I used the 3/4" circle punch and added crystal effects. Again adding the acrylic block to hold it in place while it dried.

Here is the biggest one and I see how crooked my center dot is! Remember, this was just a test!

I just used 12" x maybe 2" (I just grabbed some scrap DSP).

I hope this encourages you to give it a try! Also you can always bling it up with buttons, rhinestones, ribbons etc.

Have fun and please leave me a comment!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


This morning I was in a hurry to create this Baby Shower Gift Card and so I just took pictures as I did it! There have been 2 videos I have watched recently that showed how to make your own envelope, so without anything but my memory, I created this gift card holder. I'm pretty proud of myself too! : )

So here is the front of the envelope with a belly band that gets removed.

Next is what is looks like opened up!

And finally, the back of the envelope! Now that I look at it, should it have been the front???

Anyway tell me what you think and if you want measurements, I will post them.

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red & Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Eyelet Border, Basic Rhinestones, glue dots and dimensionals (to pop up the flowers) 3/4" circle, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Sprayed Shimmer Paint w/rubbing alcohol to give it pizzaz!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Blogger's Challenge: Monochromatic Blues

I very rarely participate in Challenges, but I felt moved to try it! Here here it is! Funny how it is a Winter card and it's over 100+ degrees outside!!

If you'd like to play along with this weeks Bloggers Challenge, click here. I'm going to try to do this right and link back to the correct blog.

I used Stampin' Up! products.
Stamp: Warmest Regards
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pacific Point and Bashful Blue
Ink: Pacific Point and Bashful Blue
Accessories: Embossing Folder: Northern Flurry, Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon, dimensionals, sponges, sizzlets lots of tags, scallop trim border punch, rhinestones. I also made a spray with shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Well it's finally here!!! Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog! It is FILLED with fantastic products that will supply all of your upcoming holiday needs!

Holiday Mini
Stampin' Supplies List

We made this card at my Open House last week and everyone really seemed to like it! Of course it WAS over 100+ outside so it was kinda hard to get into the Christmas Spirit. I took the edges of the seam binding and frayed and pulled on it to get the antique wrinkled effect. Looks cute with the mini jingle bell on it! Sorry I didn't see how crooked the ribbon was until AFTER I came inside, but just use your imagination and make it straight!

Stamps: Stitched Stockings page 34 of mini
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Designer Series Paper Frostwood Lodge page 28 of mini
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (dang I just realized you can't really see it on this picture)
Accessories: Builder Punch page 34 of mini, Scallop trim border, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells page 30 of mini

Don't forget, you can always order directly from me at my Stampin' Up! website here!

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Well I am happy to say that I've been in a creative mood and am very happy with my latest creations BUT I just can't get good pictures and it's driving me nuts!! The cards look so pretty in real life, but once I post them, not so much!

I CASED this card from Sharon Field from the website. Thank you Sharon for your inspiration!

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Kindness Matters
Cardstock: DSP Mocha Morning, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla
Ink: Markers Peach Parfait & Chocolate Chip
Accessories: C. Chip Satin Ribbon, Jewels, basic pearls, Punch itty bitty shapes, glue dots, dimensionals


Click on photo to enlarge!

Well I finally made a card after 3 weeks of not stamping!! I have to say, after spending time with my dear friend Pat Huntoon this summer, I was able to create something that was out of the box for me!! And I LIKED IT! I kept thinking...."what would Pat do?" So I tore this, sponged that and added glitter and ribbons and pearls OH MY!! Whadda ya think?

OK Pat so now it's out of the bag.....this is your card!!

Here is the recipe:

Stamp: Summer Solstice
Cardstock: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, DSP Paisley Petals
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (all sponged), Chocolate Chip (greeting)
Accessories: C.Chip Satin Ribbon, Jewels- basic pearls, dimensionals, 2 way glue stick, Dazzling Diamonds, Square Lattice Emb. Folder, scallop trim border punch

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Promotion Details: During August, get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper when you buy three! Stock up on all your favorites, including brand-new designs from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. Qualifying items listed in chart below.

Click chart below to enlarge

Things to Remember:

  • There is no limit to the number of free packages of Designer Series Paper you can earn.
  • Specialty Designer Series Paper and Hostess Designer Series Paper are not part of this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
  • On-line ordering deadline is Aug. 31 at 11:50 P.M. MT

Thursday, July 28, 2011


This card is REALLY REALLY pretty in real life!

Stamp: Pursuit of Happiness
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, white detailed embossing powder, sponged with Tangerine Tango and dimensionals.


When I got my package of DSP Mocha Morning, I was telling my friend all about it. Which pages were flocked, which sheets had metallic on it etc. Then I told her that I didn't like the HUGE polka dotted page at all!!! She sent me link to Mary Fish's website called which had this BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS card made with the HUGE polka dotted DSP. So OK, I had to admit, it was stunning as well!!! So I tried (that's the key word here) to CASE it, but I didn't have a lot of items with me so I had to improvise! Mary does take better pictures than I do as well. But in real life my card is pretty too! : )

Here is Mary's card:

Here is mine:

Here is the recipe:
Stamp: Pursuit of Happiness
Cardstock: DSP Mocha Morning, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, Antique Brad, Crochet Trim Victoria, Heart (from the Owl Punch) and dimensionals.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


This summer I have been so fortunate to have been able to stamp with a group of ladies who live here in CT. They are wonderful, creative and they love to laugh!

Here is my crafting area BEFORE the girls arrive:

Here is my table after stamping for almost 5 hours! From left is Lois, Donna, Rhonda and Pat.

Here are the girls with a card they made:

Thank you Rhonda for bringing the techniques and supplies for us to make the above cards! I'm going to try them when I get home!

Pat tried the new letterpress folder called fancy fan. AFTER we tried it once, we decided to read the directions!! Evidentally you are supposed to use CRAFT ink, oh well!!! It sure looks good to me!

Rhonda brought this beautiful arrangement of flowers made of designer paper! They are soooo beautiful!!!

I'm going to miss you all!!!! mmmmmwwwwwaaaaaaaa