Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Colored Rhinestones and Pearls

Some genius figured out that Stampin' Up!'s pearls and rhinestones could be colored with permanent markers. So, thanks to you, whoever you are.   As a swim mom, I have a ton of Sharpies.

Check these out. The rhinestones are colored with a sharpie that looks a lot like More Mustard.  The pearls are red.

Stamps: Bells & Boughs (of course...what else have I used lately?)
Designer Paper: Deck the Halls

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bells & Boughs

I thought I'd posted this a while ago, but apparently not.  I made this card using some bits and pieces I had left over. 
 The stamp set is Bells & Boughs. The designer paper is Deck the Halls. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gift Card Holders day 3

This is the third and final type of gift card holder that we made at November stamp clubs. The design is an adaptation of one made by Glenda Travelstead demonstrated at Regionals.

 Stamp set is Tags Till Christmas, colors are Pacific Pointe, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White. The two important things to remember if you make this card are: 2. Only put your adhesive on the red layer around the bottom and side edges if you want to slide a gift card in, and 2) Put the glitter on AFTER you stick the red on the blue. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Color Challenge

Yesterday's SCS color challenge was to use Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizazz. The color combination was pretty close to one of the cards I posted yesterday and I had some leftover pieces from my stamp club last week, so voila.  Artistic Etchings and the Vintage wallpaper embossing folder are perfect together.
The ribbon is actually Old Olive, rather than Pear Pizazz. I really wanted to use a Vintage Brad instead of the filigree one, but I can't find them.  As much as I'd like to blame the mess in my craft room on the fact that there's extra stuff here due to painting other areas of the house, the reality is that my craft room is usually messy.

Gift Card Holders day 2

Here's another type of gift card holder that's easy to make.

The cardstock is 8" x 3.5" and scored at 3.5" and 7".  The finished size is 3.5" x 3.5".  You simply punch a half circle out of the longer section and put adhesive up the sides.  Decorate however you want to.  Super duper easy, and you can get three out of a single piece of cardstock.  If you're mass producing, do your scoring before you cut for increased efficiency. The gold and silver waffle paper makes a nice bow or knot, and makes it quite festive.
 Same design with different stamps and the awesome Northern Flurry embossing folder instead of designer paper.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gift Card Holders day 1

Over the next few days I'll post some ideas for gift card holders.

This first one is super easy.  You can easily convert any card into a gift card holder by using the Small Open Ended envelopes (#107286, p. 171, $7.50 for 20) and cut them in half. I punched a half circle from the open end and then glued it to the inside of the card. 

This next one uses the same idea.  The stamp set is Welcome Christmas and the colors are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  That food combination sounds as good as the color combination looks.  Do you think that was the intent when they chose the new color names?  Notice the shadowed square behind the main image? It's not a traditional shadow stamp.  I inked up a clear block and stamped that directly on the paper. That's right, just the block with no actual rubber on it. Too cool!

Here's the same layout with Ornate Blossom instead of  Welcome Christmas.  The first one uses Cajun Craze and More Mustard. 

The final card is the same as the one above, but with Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum and Crumb Cake as the shadow. 
Can you guess how I got the shape on the sides of the sentiment? Post your answer in the comments and I'll post the answer in a couple of days. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

These are two of the swaps I received at Portland Regionals.  Unfortunately, there was no name on the back of either, so I can't give credit. If it's yours, let me know!

You can kind of tell that the bird card is on shimmery white. The glitter on the snowflakes and the branches really makes this card sparkle.  

I love the pearl accents on this card. The whole creation is so soft and feminine. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Fabulous Inky Weekend

Guess where I went last weekend?

Nah...just kidding..  I was really here

I went to SU's Regional training in Portland, OR this weekend.  One of the other groups at the Convention Center was the tattoo convention.  It was an inky weekend in Portland no matter which group you were with.
Over the next few posts, I'll share some of the swaps I received, samples I made and techniques I learned.  Imagine being with 400+ crazy stampers.  It was a blast!

This is my final swap that I made.

The words are from Word Play, the designer paper is from the super fabulous Greenhouse Gala paper pack. The colors are chocolate chip, baja breeze, pumpkin pie and pear pizzazz.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Stamp Club project

This was the third project we did at stamp club this month.  Lots of punching with very little stamping.  As in a previous project, the pumpkin was made with oval punches.  Don't you love the cute bat punch?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stamp Club Projects

These are two of the projects we did at stamp club this month.  The focus was on watercoloring, so we used markers on watercolor paper on the coffee card and re-inkers on confetti white paper on the leaf one.  Both methods work pretty well, but watercolor paper is definitely the best for blending colors.

For both cards, we used black StazOn, which doesn't run (or wash out of anything!).  The stamp set on the coffee card is Morning Cup, and in the second one is Curly Cute and Autumn Harvest.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bells & Boughs

One of the best sets in the Holiday Mini is Bells & Boughs.  It's easy to watercolor and looks like you slaved over it.  I made this card for a Wow swap with a few of my side-lines.  I'm not sure it it qualifies as Wow, but it's the best I could do under the circumstances.  Hope they like it.

Oh, and the combination of the Bells & Boughs stamp set and Deck the Halls designer paper is 20% off through the middle of December. Awesome! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why I've Been MIA

Sorry I haven't posted lately, but I have a really good reason.  After many years in the public school system, we decided to pull our kids out and home school them.  Actually, it's an online program ( so I don't have to come up with the curriculum and it's technically not "home schooling," but it still takes a lot of my time. I'm super excited and the kids are enjoying less stress and more free time.  While we're trying to figure out our schedule and develop some routines, my stamping is taking a bit of a back seat.  Stay tuned for  more projects soon. If anyone reading this is balancing an SU business and home schooling, advice is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I made a set of these thank you notes for my guests who attended my recent Pampered Chef party.  Thanks to all who came; it was fun!

Stamps: Day of Gratitude; Colors: Cherry Cobbler and White

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pumpkin Punch Art

Pumpkins are super easy to make with oval or circle punches.  I sponged around the edges of each component for some dimension.  The stems are hand cut.

The leaf border is made from Autumn Days and the sentiment is from Grateful Greetings.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Owl Birthday card

This card is for SCS's Clean and Simple challenge this week.  This owl punch is really growing on me.  Be forewarned, however, there may be some demented cards involving him. 

For this card I used the hat and sentiment from Sock Monkey.  Colors are Bashful Blue, Pacific Pointe, Pear Pizazz, Real Red and Basic Black.

Dancing Monkey and Birthday card

Some days are made for dancing  From Millan.Net
This isn't necessarily one of them, but he's awfully cute.  OK, so here's what I really meant to post until I got sidetracked with the dancing monkey. I guess he kind of goes with the sentiment on the card. 

The fun thing about this card is the embossing folder that I sponged over with various colors: Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink and Artichoke.  It was an SCS color challenge a few weeks ago.  The idea for sponging came from my friend Debbie who did it with a different folder. 

 Enjoy the rest of your day and dance a little Free Smiley Courtesy of

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Snow Flurries

Sure, I know it's only the third day of Fall, but it's never to early to plan ahead.  Check out these two Christmas cards I made with the Northern Flurries embossing folder.

Both have some great bling with the self-adhesive rhinestones. LOVE those things.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Possible Swap Cards

I'm going to Stampin' Up! Regionals in Portland in a few weeks and these are a couple of my potential swap cards. Let me know which one you like best, or if neither one is swap worthy. In case you don't know what a swap is, it's when you make a bunch of the same card and then swap with others who have mass produced a card too. It's a great way to expand your samples. I often get inspired by the wonderful swaps I get from other demonstrators.

Both of these are made with Day of Gratitude.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mojo Monday Sketch 157

I made this card for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.    I deviated from the sketch a little bit, but I don't think they'll shoot me for it.

 I used Day of Gratitude from the Holiday Mini catalog.  Colors are More Mustard, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Old Olive. I actually pulled out my color spritzer to add a bit of Olive to the sentiment circle.  Gotta do that more often. It's fun!

The designer paper is Autumn Spice, also from the Holiday Mini.
I'm testing out including images from the SU website on my blog. What do you think? Does it help? Does it make you want to buy stuff from me? LOL 

You can check out others' interpretations of the sketch here


Saturday, September 11, 2010


How long has it been since you've embossed? It's been a while for me.  The technique on this card is emboss resist.  I sponged over the white embossed with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pretty in Pink. Card base is Regal Rose.
I also used the Elegant Lines embossing folder, Tiny Tags, a flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (say that 3 times fast!) and a butterfly I found on my floor.  Time to vacuum?

Friday, September 10, 2010


These are two of the projects we made at stamp club last night.
This first one is a variation of the one I made using Cheers to You.  This one uses Friends Never Fade.  You can see it both closed and pulled out.  I'm not sure if the recipient would know to pull on the flower, so it might be wise to write a note inside the card telling them to pick the flower.  What do you think?

This card uses Day of Gratitude from the Mini catalog. I wanted to make something using non-Fall colors.  These are Concord, Pacific Pointe and Pumpkin Pie. I dabbed the ink on the stamp with the sponge daubers.  
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Sorry I've been MIA.  School started last week and other stuff's been keeping me from my favorite hobby. Here are a couple of projects I've made recently.

This first one uses the adorable owl punch in the catalog. I didn't think I needed it until people started using it to make all kinds of stuff like tulips, cows, penguins, and a bunch of other things.  I'll make some samples and show you.  In the mean time, enjoy this little guy.

This card uses the ornament punch, the leaves from the bird punch and the Boho Blossoms punch. I totally stole this idea from Jackie Topa.  

Sunday, August 22, 2010


This is a fun way to make a gift card holder or just add a little surprise element to a card. 

The drinks stamp set is Cheers to You. The designer paper is Island Oasis from the summer mini. Get it now, because it's going away after August 31st.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Inspiration Challenge

Today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS caught my eye and I came up with the following cards. 

The first card uses the medallion from Artistic Etchings. For the black and white base is I ran black cardstock though the Big Shot with Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then rubbed my white ink pad on the raised image.  I'm still perfecting my technique for placing the self-adhesive pearls so my spacing is a bit off.

For the second card, I used Awash With Flowers. The colors are Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue. You can't see very well from the picture, but I used the new Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Gold Lame (that's la-may, not lame!).

I've got time to myself for a while, so I'm going back to my stamping table.