Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A tisket... a tasket....

....a yummy, chocolate-filled basket!!    Ok..ok.. I was NEVER good at poetry!

But... I did want to show the cute little baskets of YUMMY GOODNESS that I gave to the girls who attended my class on Saturday. I normally give something to all the attendees.. and they just LOVED these little baskets:

CUTE... HUH?... i found this gem on Kerin's blog.. definately check it out.  She's got some really CUTE stuff on her blog!

These were filled with Hershey kisses and tied with a pink satin ribbon.  The basket is cut from the Baskets and Blooms die and I also used the tag, and two of the flowers from that same die.  I stamped it using the Elements of Style and ran the basket through the Big Shot again using the new Lattice Embosing folder.. all from the new Summer mini.. (Please contact me if you need one.. this is ONE catalog that you can't live without!!)  The flowers were sponged... and curled a little using my bone-folder, and the tag was also sponged.  Fill it with some yummy chocolate, and tie it with a Pink Satin Ribbon!  Fantastic!!!!  What a great gift idea or a neat party favor!

TIP:  Stamp your image first before dry embossing!!  It makes a WORLD of difference!

Big Shot
Baskets and Blooms die
Stamp set:  Elements of Style
Paper: Sahara Sand Cardstock
Ink:  Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Lattice Embossing FolderPink Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone brad, Hemp Twine, Sponges, Super Sticky strip

CUTE... Huh?

Until next time!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Doncha just LOVE a little sprinkle of MOJO

... it SURE does get the creative juices flowing!

These sketch challenges ALWAYS sparkes a small creative flame. Everyone needs a morsal of MOJO, and this sketch is NO different!

(I'm thinkin' my color could be better on my camera!)

The sketch is simple enough.. a few layers a strip of paper and/or ribbon, a tad bit of hemp will do the trick!  I started out with my very favorite color Rich Razzleberry and build up from there.  Then I grabbed another favorite DSP called: Cottage Wall, and backed it with some Old Olive cardstock.  Oh My Heavens... this paper is GORGEOUS!  I gave my big shot some much needed attention and added a slice of Whisper White after cutting it with the Top Note Die and embossing it with the Floral Bouquet folder.  YEP.. still have all my fingers!!  The sentiment is from the All Holidays set and it was inked using the Many Marvelous Markers... namely (Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, and Pale Plum.)  GOSH.. this paper goes so well together!!  I sponged the sentiment edges, mounted it on Old Olive and assembled the entire works using a Jumbo Grommet, and a Jumbo Brad.  Don't forget to add a bit of hemp... and...TADAAAAAaaaaa.... DONE!

NO animals were hurt in the making of this card!  AND...All of these items can be purchased on my demonstrator website... YEP... EVEN WHILE in your jammies!! (I won't look!)  :)

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oookkayyy... until next time!


Here's the list of supplies!

Stamp Set:  All Holidays
Ink:  MM Markers in Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Pale Plum

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Feel like relaxing?

That is JUST what this card makes we want to do.... RELAX!

I made this card for the SplitCoastStampers Sketch Challenge #280.
Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

Now doesn't that JUST make you want to sift your toes through the sand on some deserted beach?  YEP!  That's what I was thinkin' 

This stamp set, Tropical Party, and designer paper, Island Oasis, comes from Stampin' Up!'s new Summer Mini.  Don't have one? .... Want one?  PLEASE email me for your copy today!

Happy Stampin'


Supplies used:

  • Stamp set: Tropical Party, Embrace Life

  • Paper: Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Island Oasis

  • Ink: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue

  • Accessories: Brads, Scallop punch (for the clouds), sponge daubber, Markers
TIP:  Use your Many Marvelous Markers to color directly to the rubber, and huff it before you stamp!

Monday, May 10, 2010


It feels sooooo good to stamp and not have to worry about homework!  eeeeyuck!  I had enough of that to last me a LIFETIME...

Speaking of Lifetimes.. check out this card for the MOJO sketch.  I just LOVE this Bella Bleu DSP.  Everyone of these papers coordinates SO WELL together!!

This is a 6 x 6 card... L@@K...

Here's the inside:

Just as pretty as the outside!
(in the new Summer mini, and if you don't have one, email me!)
Supplies used:
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Gotta git to bed!
Happy Stampin'

It must be......

my new favorite stamp set... because since I've gotten it, that's all I've been using!  Tomorrow night I'm going to play with  Elements of Style!

So... anyway... I've been making LOTS of birthday cards lately.  I make them for the Birthday Club at work. Each month I need about 4-8 cards. So, its been fun supplying them with different cards each month! 

Here are two cards using the same set, and looking almost the same.. with some small differences.

Supplies used:
  • Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Well Scripted, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Regal Rose, Creamy Caramel
  • Accessories: Jumbo Grommets, Filigree Brads, Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, Modern Label Punch, Lattice Embossing folder, and sponges 
Did you know that...

May is National Scrapbooking Month--the perfect time for you to share your love of scrapbooking with your customers and increase your May sales and recruiting.

To assist you in this, Stampin' Up! is offering a special promotion for the month of May: purchase a qualifying scrapbooking stamp set or the My Digital Studio software and receive a FREE package of Designer brads--choose from four designs!

Make a list of customers with whom you could share the fun of stamping and scrapbooking, then call them to see if they'd like to schedule a May scrapbooking workshop.

Purchase any one of the following sets...

Qualifying stamp sets....

My Digital Studio software
*From Summer Mini Catalog

**Last Chance stamp set!

Choose one of these Designer brads 

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy Mother's Day, Everyone!!
Yesterday we went on a beautiful hike in Gap, Pennsylvania yesterday... and BOY am I glad we went yesterday, because today is rather COLD!!  Brr.. Smiley from

When we got back last night, I made this card for my oldest daughter.  I just LOVE this set.. It's called:  Awash with Flowers, and it's one of the new stamp sets that will be featured in the new catalog coming out in July!  Check it out... it's a beauty!
I'm pretty sure she'll like it!
Here's a picture of the ribbon treatmeat:
And... here's the inside:

I think finishing off the inside of the card really completes it.  And I like to stamp something on the inside, usually a little lighter in color.  So, I stamped the main image off once before I stamped it on the inside.  The eyelet border punch also finishes the card off nicely.
Sooo... to all my female friends... have a Wonderful HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!
Smiley from


  • Awash with Flowers & Well Scripted

  • Paper: Melon Mambo DSP, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Basic Black

  • Ink: Black Stazon, Crushed Curry, Old Olive

  • Accessories: Silver Brads, Wide Oval Punch, Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge

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Thursday, May 6, 2010


I love MOJO sketches!  There's always a fun sketch, and these are GREAT because 1/2 the work of making a card is already done for you.  Sometimes I think that's the hardest part, coming up with a sketch.  If you never have participated in a MOJO sketch... you really need to try it once!  Give it a go!   a MOJO GO!

Here's the sketch:

And.. my card:

This card uses the very tropical Designer Series Paper called: Island Oasis which is featured in the Summer Mini... (by the way, contact me right away if you don't have one!!) You can get the same look on YOUR hibiscus flowers by using the Rock 'n Roll Technique.  Just stamp first in Summer Sun ink, and then ROLL the edges in Melon Mambo ink.  I also spritz the rubber with a mist of water before I stamped it.  They looked they they were water colored!!  The small 3/4 inch squares were quickly embossed using the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder also in the Summer mini, its called: Square Lattice   Remember!!  All of these items featured on this card can be purchased at my Stampin' Up! web store!!

Look how pretty!!

Supplies used:
~ Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
~ Melon Mambo Card Stock
~ Whisper White & Basic Black Card stock


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh.. Goodness.. I've been busy!

....... to finally get to stamp instead of having do to homework!!  I ALMOST forgot how to upload pictures to my blog!!
  BUT... low and behold..  a CARD:
        We will be making this in my next stamp class.. (Saturday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm)
This card features a stampset called... Elements of Style and the new embossing folder called.. Square Lattice both are featured in the Summer mini which JUST came out on May 1.
Here's a close up of the butterfly, which is cut using the Bigz Butterfly die, and the stamp technique is watercoloring directly on the rubber with the Watercolor Crayons, then misting it with a fine spray of water... it gives a soft watercolor look.. I just LOVE it!

This is another card my stamp class will be making, using the new Itty Bitty Bits, the Punch Pack, and Bitty Buttons.  The flower is made using three Whisper White Scallops using the Scallop Circle punch, roughed up, split in half, and secured with a brad.  Scrunch up the 'petals' and sponge the edges to give it a finished look like a carnation (MY favorite flower.. by the way!)

Here's a close up of the flower... It almost looks REAL!

Ok.. so.. RUN Smiley from don't walk to my stamp class on Saturday, May 15, for these two card projects, and a few other FUN things to stamp!

IF you don't have a Summer Mini... and would like one, please let me know and I'll get one out to you immediately!! 


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