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12/11 Twelve Day Sale Begins!

Click HERE and you will go to my Shop Now page where you will see information about the 12 Days of Holiday Sales from Stampin'Up. Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a new level! . You can place your orders online and have them shipped to you directly, or you can contact me with your order. Each person who orders during the 12 Days of Holiday Sales will have their name put into a drawing and after the first of the year I will announce a winner who will recieve a stamp set of their choice from the soon…

12/7 Feeling Sluggish?

The Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge went up this past weekend and I have been looking forward to trying it out. Of course, I am thrilled with the results . . . as I always am when I play a 411 challenge!
I used the snail image from the bugs and kisses set and to classy him up a bit, I kissed the shell with the medallion stamp from Charming.
I put together a little tutorial to show you how to "kiss" just a specific part of your image.

The first thing I did was stamp my snail image with Sage Shadow. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig as I stamped and this is most important. Do not move the stamp-a-ma-jig after you have your image stamped! It is lined up perfectly for when you stamp your next image directly over the top of your first image. The second step is to use a marker and color in just the portion of the image that you want "kissed"... in this case I used a Chocolate Chip marker to color in the shell.

Step Three is to "kiss" the clean dry stamp image of your choi…

New 411 Challenge - COLOR!

Stamping 411 has decided try out a color challenge! This is the first week . . . so if you have a chance to play, be sure to upload your card and leave your link! It would be nice to make this challenge just a popular as their awesome sketch challenges! . I am using the stamp set called, "Charming", and though it will not be pictured in the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog, you will still be able to order it . . . that's exciting - especially because all but one of the charms will be available to purchase in early January. I can hardly wait. I don't know that actually "making" jewelry is something I'm very interested in, but I will be all over making the seasonal inserts that will fit into the charms and that's where this beautiful set will come in so handy. . Can you see where I used the Big Shot on this card? It's the skinny Not Quite Navy oval layer behind the sentiment which is punched out with the Wide Oval Punch. I recently purchased the Ovals …

12/2 Wanted - Something Different!

Whew . . . I've been busy! But not so busy that I didn't have time to do this week's sketch challenge at Stamping 411! You might notice that I uploaded the sketch picture upside down - that was on purpose! Sometimes I like to flip sketches around - makes it more "me!" . I wanted to use a stamp set that had an image that I could use as my circle accent and that's when I found "Wanted." It was at the bottom of the pile . . . but not because I don't want it! lol! Just so happens that Christmas sets burying all my regular sets. . Black and White cards are so striking and when Stampin'Up introduced Night & Day Designer Paper in the Holiday Mini Catalog I was totally excited about making Black & White cards. But . . . didn't quite get around to it. Can you relate? . This card features vellum card stock . . . I didn't want to hide the awesome designer paper behind my horse image. It also features a clear button backed with black card …

11/28 Founder's Circle Project

This gorgeous Pop Up Thank You Flower was a Founder's Circle project. Isn't it fabulous? We used a Big Shot with the Stampin' Up Flower Folds Die and Bitty Box & Envelope Die. Are you wondering about the stamp? It's a Sneak Peak! Debuting in January you can watch for "Tiny Tags!"

Thanks for dropping by my blog today and I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!


Stamps: Tiny Tags debuting on January 5 in the Occasions Mini Catalog
Paper: Dusty Durango (115321), Very Vanilla (101650) Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Flower Folds Die (115970), Bitty Box & Envelope Die (115967), 1/16" Hole Punch (101227), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), 1" Circle Punch (109046) Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon (115212), Linen Thread (104199) . Online Shopping is Easy at my Stampin'Up Website. Online Holiday Extravaganza is in Full Swing until November 30! Don't miss it!! And, a sweet little gift from me with every online order…

11/27 Crushed Curry Bookmarks

I'm just finding all kinds of things as I clean up around here that I've forgotten to post to my blog!! I made these bookmarks way back in July for my Hostess Appreciation Night. I think I was so busy in July, that I decided I would post things after convention in August. Well, give me a week and I've forgotten it!! lol!

I actually love these bookmarks and I've been using them quite a lot. I made quite a few extra to give as gifts, too, which I gave out to people right away. I need to make some more again. It's just such a nice . . . "you're so nice gift!"

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Medallion (115223), Defining Alphabet (114952), Define Your Life (114950)
Paper: Crushed Curry (115319), Nouvau Chic Designer Series Paper (115670)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Crushed Curry for the tone on tone look (115659)
Tools: Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), Tag Corner Punch (107215)
Accessories: Linen Thread (104199), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064)

Online Shopping is…

11/26 Looks Like Fresca!

First off . . . . Happy Thanksgiving! I am soon to be off enjoying the day . . . and I hope you are, too! This is a card I made for the sketch challenge at Stamping 411. I've had a very busy week with two Christmas Dozen classes on Monday and Tuesday, the usual kid stuff, and then the day before Thanksgiving . . . we somehow managed to work in laundry, grocery shopping, baking, two dentist appointments and a trip to the theatre to see New Moon! Then . . . stamping my challenge card! Why not . . . I was up doing laundry anyway!

The whole while I worked on this card I kept thinking about the old soft drink called Fresca. The colors remind me so much of the Lemon-Lime taste. My mom and I used to share a Fresca whenever we golfed together. Hot sunny day at the course, and a Fresca was very refreshing indeed! Do they even make Fresca anymore? I haven't seen it in ages!
Well, enough reminiscing. My card is quite straight forward and for once follows the sketch almost exactly. I love …

11/25 Snowflake Moon

This is one of the cards that I swapped with at Convention. Can't believe I haven't uploaded it to my blog yet! I actually had completely forgotten about it until one of my demo friends e-mailed me to tell me it was on Stamper's Showcase on the Stampin'Up Demonstrator Web Site this past week. Cool!

So, here it is! I think it was the very first card I made using some of this year's In Colors. The vellum circle was made with the Circle Scissors Plus. The snowflake is our lovely Brushed Silver card stock and it is created with the Big Shot Die using the Snowflake #2 die.

The deer and sentiment are stamped with Versa Mark and then embossed with Silver Embossing powder. A very easy and straight forward card. Thank you for taking a peek at it!

Don't miss the HUGE Holiday Sale that SU has going on between now and November 30. I was amazed at some of the deals and I must admit . . . my order already went in!! You can check it all out at the Stampin'Up Customer Websit…

11/23 This is a HUGE sale!!

Today is the first day of Stampin'Up's HUGE Holiday Sale!! You can see it all by going to my Online Ordering Page. So many AMAZING deals! You can place your orders online or you can e-mail your orders to me. Check it out and Happy Shopping!! This sale will be for one week only, and you can get amazing discounts--up to 50 percent off--on over 40 products and product bundles!

11/22 Stampin' Down Memory Lane!

Well . . . how do you like this color combination? Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry and Mellow Moss. Pretty rad if I say so myself - but it seems to work with this card. I let my image be my guide when it came to picking out the colors and I was surprised at how well it turned out. . I was stamping for fun today and pulled out a stamp set I've never used - Long Time Friend. How is that possible? Oh, it's possible. You buy it with good intentions but then somehow inspiration isn't striking and off it goes to the back of the shelf. Thank goodness for a couple of relaxing hours on Sunday afternoons, I can reacquaint myself with some of my long-neglected friends (oops, I mean stamp sets lol!) . I stamped the Floral background with Rich Razzleberry onto Mellow Moss card stock. The main image panel is watercolor paper and the garden scene is stamped with Basic Black ink and then water colored with my Aqua Painter using ink from the lid of my ink pads. The green stems are just drawn …

11/21 Holly Jolly Christmas Punch

The Level Two Hostess set called Christmas Punch is so much fun to play with. This was one of my swap cards at Convention this past year and I just realized today that I never put it up on my blog!
I used traditional Christmas colors with this card: Real Red and Glorious Green. My deer from the stamp set called Winter Post was stamped in Chocolate chip. I used a sentiment from Many Merry Messages for the inside panel of my card.
Isn't it neat that you can use the Boho Blossoms Punch to punch out the trio of snowflakes that come with the Christmas Punch set? I just LOVE that! Yes, I know that my snowflakes are green . . . but it's all in the name of creativity, right? Hey . . . I had a color theme going on . . . lol! . Stampin' Up's Holiday Mini Catalog is good through the 4th of January. Do you need one? Let me know via my e-mail and I will get one right out to you! (I have just a few extra on hand!) . Here are the supplies you will need to recreate this card: . Stamps: Chri…

11/20 Easy Christmas Present!

This is such a great, easy card to make. It's a gift card holder with a "gift" image on the card! This particular card uses the SU Level Two Hostess set called Christmas Punch, but this card design offers so much flexibility. This card can be adapted to use almost any Christmas stamp set. I've made quite a few of these gift cards this year since I love to give (and receive!) gift cards and this present card is just so much fun to make. But it gets even better when you open it up!! I am going to show you two different styles for the inside of this card. One opens up to a very simple pocket gift card holder as you can see below.

The second option is to use Stampin'Up's Pop-Up Look Here Bigz XL die with your Big Shot machine and make a "wow" presentation for your gift card holder! Totally fun and everyone I've shown this to absolutely LOVES it!
I'm getting my mailing list ready to send into Stampin'Up. If you do not currently have a Stampin&…

11/18/9 Snowberry Card

Every time we go to our cabin in WI, we drive by a road called Snowberry Lane. I just love the sound of that name and decided to see if I could come up with a card depicting Snowberries. What are Snowberries you ask? I have no idea!! But, I still like the name!
I pulled out Pocket Silhouettes and I found a stamp that could pass for a Snowberry Flower. I inked it up with Stampin'Up markers using Real Red and Handsome Hunter. I stamped the flower five times across the bottom of my card. But alas, even with my stamp-a-ma-jig, I was not successful in lining them up in a straight line. So, to fix that uneven look, I decided to do a couple of ribbon layers. And, you might note . . . the ONLY layers on this card!! (I'm so proud of myself as I find minimal layers hard to do!)
To adhere the ribbon, I used my SNAIL adhesive right onto of the ribbon and then just stuck it down onto my card. Did the same thing again with the second ribbon and then took my very sharp scissors and snippe…