Thursday, August 17, 2017

Punch Art Kitties - Fox and Friends

Fox and Friends makes such cute animal cards. 
I love this little cat.  I am definitely using up retired designer paper.

When I was cleaning out my room I found kit sets for cards
from back when I did classes at Hobby Lobby. 
Cute cards, so I put them together to sell.

A few retired sets I never got to use much.  
Buy less, use your sets more, is my new motto!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cats and Dogs

I am making some cards to sell in a shop, 
so I pulled out my favorite sets to create with.
I colored these Pretty Kitty images with the markers,
adding texturing by layering the colors.

I'm using up some retired papers as I make these.
Here I used the Festive Embossing Folder to add more texture to the card.
A simple thing, but an easy way to dress up a card.

I used the Watercolor Pencils on the Bella cards. They are so easy to use. 
They work well when adding shading to a stamped image.

More tomorrow!
Happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Early Release - Sneak Peek!

A Christmas stamp set and matching framelits from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.!

146036Carols of Christmas Bundle (wood-mount)$52.00$69.25
146037Carols of Christmas Bundle (clear-mount)$45.00$59.25
146038Lot Cantiques de Noël Bundle (French; clear-mount)$45.00$59.25
144674Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies$30.00$40.00
144801Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (wood-mount)$28.00$37.00
144804Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (clear-mount)$20.00$26.00
145028Cantiques de Noël Stamp Set (French; clear-mount)$20.00$26.00

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

An easy paper pieced card for the guys, or anyone, in your life.

By placing the strip of cardstock across the middle, you only have to worry
about lining up the outer edge perfectly.  So much easier!

We love the new 1/4" Copper Trim ribbon.  You can shape it into a poofy bow or leave it flat. 
If you don't like the bow you can flatten it out and start over!  It's very forgiving.
The Happy Birthday greeting is from the Better Together stamp set.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jar of Love - Summer Bouquet

This set is so popular!
I had to do a summer bouquet card with it.

I used Tempting Turquoise to get the look of the old blue canning jars.
My class attendees really liked this card!

Happy stamping!

Friday, July 21, 2017

July Customer Swap Cards

Lovely cards again this month!
Remember the rule is, anything goes.  I want them using their products!

I got them up a lot faster too!

The pink Snoopy card is fabric.  It's a fun card idea.
She glued it behind the pink frame and added batting to puff it up.

I did a poll of who follows my blog by showing off my carousel
from my display stamper entry, found here.

Sad to say of my regulars only 2 visit my blog.  
I think it's time to have a contest for my customers where they have to find something
on my blog, and everyone that visits wins something.  Maybe a sampler of the new In Colors?
Everyone loves the colors this year.  Need to think about this.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Customer Swap Cards

A few of my customers asked to do a swap each month. 
I thought this was a great idea, as I heard several say in class, they never stamp at home. 
They rarely make anything outside of what they make at class.

I told them anything goes, So it's not all SU.  
I really just wanted them to be using their products.

Cards from May

Cards from June

They did a great job, and had lots of fun!  
We meet different days thru the week.  I wish the gals swapping could be there
on the same day.  They miss the fun of the swap exchange and the oohs and aahs.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nature Sings -Christmas in July

I love this Caribou in the set.
He's done with the Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.
the new Plank Embossing Folder is the base layer.

I'll be offering one Christmas card a month from now on.  
Hope it helps everyone at stamp buffet to get their Christmas cards done on time. 
Especially me!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Little Wild Baby Card

A card for the QC swap group.  Love the sweetness of the card. 
I stamped the little lion on Crumb Cake.  I colored with the Soft Suede and Blushing Bride markers. 
New Powder Pink cardstock and designer paper
New Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon
Happy stamping!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Scrapbook Page Tray

Here is the tray, which was going to be my other 3D item for the Display stamper entry..
It just looks too much like another scrapbook page.
We spent Josh's 21st birthday in Hawaii.  It was a bucket list birthday for him.

He had some wonderful experiences snorkeling at 6AM in Hanauma Bay.  We tried to do
all his bucket list ideas, so we rented a car.  We were able to snorkel before there was
almost anyone on the beach.  He wanted to drive all the way around the island.  We almost did it. 
We hit a roadblock at the beach in the top left.  We were denied access due to it being
a military area.  We did find the Dole Plantation right after that, so it all worked out.

He almost missed Scuba Diving as he had a throat issue and couldn't go the day we schedule
his trip.  When I returned the snorkeling gear to the shop, I talked to the owner about Josh's disappointment, as it was a bucket list birthday. The guy was awesome!  He had friends
from the Navy Seals who took Josh Scuba Diving the day before we left ( The Dr. gave
the okay to do go.)  Josh had the best time, saw a jelly fish, a sea turtle, and so much more.  
I think it was a better experience for him than the original trip would have been. 

So I have a great memory for Josh to hang in his home,
oh well, it only took 14 years to get something together.

I spent May and June hauling stuff out of my house.  I am a craft hoarder.
I also had the resale booth for a time where I was making over furniture and such.
All that stuff is out of here!  I have so much more space, and room to work on
the things that really matter to me.  Like this memory tray for Josh.
I have lots of projects to work on yet, many are for charity, dolls, and knit hats, and such.
I love doing projects that make a difference.  I'll also be stamping and sharing. 
I have several new sets to use and share ideas for!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Display Stamper Entry

Yes it's that time already again.  We have to apply to be display stampers long before
the event happens as part of the planning process.  I was honored to be chosen
for the April Onstage Event, and had so much fun creating ideas with the box of products 
I was sent. I'm hoping to get chosen again!  Here are my entries.
We need to show 3 cards, a scrapbook page and 2 3D items.

 Flirty Flowers Stamp Set
Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White cardstock  Delightful Daisy dsp
Wisteria Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz ink
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Dimensionals
Delicate White Doilies, Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon, White Baker's Twine

A Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp set and Framelits
Watercolor Wash BG stamp
Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie cardstock, Glossy Paper
Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black Ink, Brights Enamel Shapes

 Nature Sings Stamp Set
Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White cardstock
Always Artichoke, Craft White Ink, Basic Black ink  Crumb Cake, Smokey Slate Markers
Layering Circle Framelits, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, sponge for inking edges, Triple Banner Punch

This is the cutest Carousel, (if I do say so myself!) for a baby shower.
None of those in my future as a Grandma, but that didn't stop me
from the fun of creating one!
A Little Wild Stamp Set and Framelits, Teeny Tiny Wishes Greeting Set
Scalloped die from Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Window Box Thinlits
So Saffron, Smokey Slate, Whisper White Cardstock, Delightful Daisy dsp, Hole Punch
Basic Black, Smokey slate, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride inks  Straws, Skewer, Thick Foam Core Board, Subtles Enamel Shapes

I had lots of fun watercoloring the animals.  I recommend using
the Shimmer cardstock.  I used Whisper White and it worked
but the cardstock started to pill after a little too much water.

My other 3D.
Little Teacups made with the Gift bag Punch Board.
I found this idea on Pinterest by a German demo, Bibi Cameron. 
I made it a bit more summer themed!  I had made a tray scrapbook page
but decided it wasn't really 3D.  I'll share that and more stuff this next week.

I added Daisy Punch petals under the cups to make it more a "garden party" style.
There is one teacup with Hershey Nuggets, as one of my friends doesn't like hazelnuts.
Two fit in the teacup perfectly.
Delightful Daisy dsp, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White Cardstock 
Daisy Punch,Tear and Tape Adhesive, Mono Multi Use Glue

They fit a Ferrero Rocher candy perfectly.

 My scrapbook page was fast and fun!  I love the new Memories and More products.
It makes it so easy to scrapbook.  This picture is a favorite of mine, it was stuck in the edge
of another frame so I thought, it brings me so much joy to look, at I need to get it on a page.

 Color Theory Card Pack, Layering Oval Thinlits
6" x 8" Assorted Pack Page, Brights Enamel Shapes

I have a hidden journaling spot.  By adding a second card over a journal card
you can attach this with Washi Tape or a paper punched shape to make the front card lift up.
This card is on the outside of the pocket. 
I added another folded circle at the bottom to help the flap stay flat.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you enjoyed my projects!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

At Home Stamp set and Framelits

Yes I fell down the rabbit hole . . .

At Home Stamp set with matching framelits
Display Stamper cards

oh wait, I didn't get the framelits in my product box for display stamper, 
just the stamp set, so I fussy cut this card!!!
You all know how much I love doing that!  lol

So where have I been?  Just busy with life.
The blog is always the first thing to suffer.  Sorry.
I don't blog to get business, I do this to share the ideas and products.
If I get some orders, yeah!, but that is not my push for this. 
I am not a business driven person.  

When I realized this, I found I was able to enjoy what I do, so much more.
I was going to quit last fall, then after SAB, then in the beginning May.
I had no energy, no brain power, and my house was a disaster.
So I've made an effort to organize everyday and it looks so much better.
I feel better, clutter really depresses me.  I joined a Facebook group, 40 bags in 40 days.
I wasn't able to do much until after Onstage, but it is such a supportive group
and full of so much inspiration, that I feel better about my house.
Now, I realize it took 5 years to get this way due to health issues,
and it won't be better in a week or even a month.  I'm getting there though.
 So now with better health I can get it under control again.

Very good news!!!
I have been doing an exercise program called Essentrics. 
It is by Miranda Esmond White and it's about Reversing Agig. 
She has a book and CDs and an online website.
Yes I'm promoting a business, not being paid to do so though.
This program has changed my life. 

I have been doing this regularly since January. 
May 28 I was going through the program and something gave in my foot
with a pulse of pain.  Remember I popped 2 joints in my right foot when I fell 
15 months ago,and folded the foot against my calf, and there was no hope of repair or healing.

After a few minute I realized the nail gun shooting nails into my foot, level of pain was gone. 
The inner joint on the foot had gone back into place while doing the foot stretch exercises!!!
A week later the joint in the 2nd toe did the same thing.  Both toe joints are back in place!
Take that!!! 4 Doctors who said there was nothing to do for this issue. 
I was told my foot would never be normal again.
I can now walk without that extreme level of  pain.  Whaoo!!

I wont be dancing anytime soon, but I an dancing inside, with every step I can take.
Hoping this healing will give me back my old energy. 
I have been able to do much more around the house!
Thanks for reading to the end. 
Many of you have contacted me to make sure I wasn't sick again. 
I appreciated all the thoughts and prayers you have sent me through this time.
I believe it helped make a difference.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Circle Tab Punch and Washi Tape

I used this punch on several projects for my display projects.. 
This sample shows it the best.

A 2 pocket card with tags. 
One of these pockets could hold a gift card too.

 The punched shape is 2 circles with the rectangle base,
it folds in half to create the tab.  It is great for pull up cards and tags.

I think it will be great for protecting fingers from getting inky,
by holding sponges as we did with the old Tab punch, like Tanya Boser shows here.
Just replace the punched shape.

Here are a couple more cards with the new Pick A Pattern Washi Tape.
It is a 5 roll assortment: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 5/8", 1" widths.

Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Basic Black go together so well!
SU is reconfiguring the Pearls and Rhinestones.  The embellishments won't have
the string of stones, just single pearls and rhinestones on the sheets.
We aren't losing them!
This greeting is from a new set, At Home With You, that I received
as part of my products for Display Stamper.  More from that set later.

This card was an aha moment.  I had a scrap laying on the desk
with a bird and branch cut out but not lined up like this.  I realized it was the perfect way
to feature the peekaboo technique for dsp or washi tape! 

Running the Washi Tape at an angle allowed more of it to show through the opening.
Real Red, Whisper White and Black really pop on this card.
The greeting is not crooked on the card.

I got great advice on ho to boost my blog from other bloggers at Onstage. 
I am reviewing my notes and will make a few changes.  Getting a stand
for my camera is number one.  So many of my shots are off kilter.  The new phone
with a good camera is an improvement.  There are other things I am considering.
One day at a time!

More projects to come yet!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Loyal and True Stamp Set

 This is an awesome set to use for cards for the troops. 
Wonderful sentiments and contains 7 images.

For this card I inked the biggest block with 2 colors (Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake) 
stamped on Whisper White for the background technique,
I then sponged the sun in the corner (Pumpkin Pie) .
The images are stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. 
You need a well inked stamp pad to get a good image for the soldier.
Linen Thread, W. White, Crumb Cake, Espresso cardstock.

This collage card showcases more of the images.
I combined Timeless Textures with it, for a grunge look.  The star stamped image
is from Loyal and True stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink, a new In Color. 
The only stamp image I didn't use in the samples was a small heart shape.

This sentiment from the set, is great for an anniversary, birthday or just a thinking of you card,
for family to send to a loved one.  I cut 2 of the sentiment shape one in white and one in black.
I cut the black in half horizontally and lined it up to make the greeting pop.
It features new Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, 5 rolls each a different pattern.
This heart punch is retiring.  There are still the Sweet & Sassy Layering Heart Framelits
with many heart sizes to use!

More later this week!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wood Textures Desigher Series Paper

New product again! 
This is the coolest dsp Stampin' Up! has had in a long time!
It is 2 sided with all but one design being a very similar pattern on each side.

This is the pattern that is 2 sided!  I love the ends of the log in the design.
I sponged with Early Espresso ink around the edges of the base layer,
to add a little depth to the card.
The embellishments are Linen Thread, yay! staying, Thick Baker's Twine,
and the new Touches of Nature Elements.  Wood accents that are natural tone
on one side and whitewash on the other.  I used them all with the natural side showing.

I tried to make all my display projects easy enough to be used as workshop cards. 
They can always be stepped up with another layer before adding the dsp to the base. 

Next post a new stamp set for our armed forces.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lovely Laurel Thinlits - More display Board Projects!

My other projects using the Lovely Laurel Thinlits from the next catalog.

A card with the open window.  The 2 diecuts of  the leaves hold the bottom portion
of the front on the card.  This designer series paper is a 6x6 pack called Wood Textures. 
This sheet design has a pink tint to it.  Perfect with Blushing Bride cardstock.

Of course, leaves such as this, say wreath!  I cut many, many leaves to create the wreath.
I used a circle shape cut from vellum to make it light enough to hang on the display board.
Tagboard would be sufficient to use as a base for home décor use.
The ribbon is new, 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding in Berry Burst, a new In Color. 
I gathered 16" pieces to create the 6 flowers.
I wanted to iron this so bad, I'm not a fan of the wrinkled look. 
I didn't, or it wouldn't have been a good representation of the product for the display board.

The leaves are cut from Tranquil Tide a new In Color
that looks either green or blue tinged, depending what colors it is paired with.

The butterfly is 2 diecut layers of Powder Pink another new In Color
and sponged with Berry Burst ink.  Yes the butterfly diecuts are staying!

I caught a flu bug.  I really hate my immune system.  It's not doing it's job!  lol
Thankfully it didn't last more than 2 days.  It did put me behind in my promise to myself
to be more on track.  I have card classes this next week so I need to get moving
and get projects prepped.  I didn't want to do it feeling yucky and cover stuff with germs. 
I do not want my customers sick!  I also had no strength to do much of anything. 

More display stamper projects coming in the next week!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cake Topper - Lovely Laurel Thinlits

I struggled with this product in my display stamper box.
It came in a bubble envelope with no paper work. 
I wasn't sure how to put it together, it has slots and stuff. 

It's really cool and makes a fantastic pop up card.
Which I saw the how-tos at Onstage, and will share that pop up card soon.

I found inspiration when looking at cakes, my secret pleasure,
I just love to look at wedding cake pictures. 
I realized these would make a great cake topper idea.

So for that 25th Anniversary . . .

Close up view.
The banner and leaves are all part of the thinlits set.

and also the 50th wedding anniversary!

I used the Large Number Framelits for the years.

Large Numbers Framelits Dies
#140622 $31.00


The retiring list is out.  Click here to see the deals.

Please use hostess code HBH4QCG3 for orders less than $50.00.
I'll send you a fun thank you gift!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Glossy Cardstock will be back!

Long post, lots of pictures!
I'm saying up front, my ideas overall are simple and basic. 
I used to do so much over the top stuff but found my customers didn't have time
to make these, with me or on their own.  So I have gone to doing mostly quick and cute,
(Emphasis on the cute!) for most of my projects.  Easier to prep for one thing! 
I have several new customers that can easily make the cards and love the finished projects!
New stampers were usually overwhelmed by my past classes.


Starting with the new catalog in June you will be able to purchase Glossy Cardstock again!
Yeah!  I love techniques with Glossy cardstock!

I created an assortment of tags for my display board,
to feature techniques that work with glossy paper. 

The Bubble Wrap Background is created by inking a sheet of bubble wrap
larger than your cardstock piece, with 2-3 ink colors then pressing it to the glossy cardstock. 
The colors really pop on the glossy cardstock!
Inks: Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Dapper Denim
I work lightest to darkest when inking most anything.
Great technique for beginner stampers!


I omitted the metallic reinker in the directions.  After inking the piece of Glossy cardstock,
I cut the heart from Bloomin' Heart thinlits. 
Then cut the butterfly from the Bold Butterfly framelits, from the heart shape.

Saran wrap Background - so easy, great for beginners!
Wad up a section of saran wrap.
Ink it up on the stamp pad.
Stamp lightly on your glossy paper.

Close up view of the textured look of the saran wrap stamping.

Versamark Resist and a new stamp set!
Loyal and True - 7 piece - Armed Forces stamp set
I combined 2 techniques here.  Versamark Resist and Baby Wipes
I stamped the soldier in Versamark, heat set the image with the heat gun. 
Then using baby wipes folded over several times, I dotted the edge, with reinkers
in Real Red and Pacific Point.
I dragged the baby wipe over the Glossy Cardstock to create the waves.
I stamped the stars in Pacific Point and heat embossed the greeting in Silver.

Another new product!
Circle Tab Punch - It punches 2 joined circles with rectangle bases
that fold in half to create the tab.

Versamark Resist on this item also.

A pull up pocket card.  I cased the idea from Paper Pumpkin!

Available starting in June!
New! Glossy Cardstock
8-1/2" x 11"
Glossy finish on one side, matte
finish on the other. Lignin free.
24 sheets
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