Saturday, April 30, 2011


Create with Connie and Mary this week has a color challenge - Perfect Plum, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi.  I decided to use the new level 2 hostess set from the upcoming Summer Mini called Love and Care for my card. 

I sponged the edges of the top panel and the sentiment and then after it was all complete, I added some homemade mist.  A mixture of Perfect Plum reinker and rubbing alcohol.  I would maybe add a little more alcohol next time to get the color a little lighter, but I do like the effect it gives.

So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Whisper White card stock
So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum inks and markers
oval punch
scallop oval punch
Love and Care stamp set

Friday, April 29, 2011

Great Friend

Here are some more of those little circles I mentioned awhile ago that we were trying to help a friend use up at our March scrapbooking retreat. 

I used some retired paper (Pale Plum) and some altered paper from a swap I did last year at VC Rocks.  The border is done with the Framed Tulips impressions folder and I added some dimension to the circles with the Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder.  The card needed a little bling so I added a few basic rhinestones as well.  The stamp is from the All Holidays set.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Oh Boy!

Another My Digital Studio page made for a Glee Club challenge on Soul Scrappers. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Butterfly Mother's Day

I made a few more Mother's Day cards and this one shows a preview of the Flower Garden impressions folder. 

Also used:
Beautiful Wings embosslit, 1 3/4" circle punch, vanilla shimmer smooch spritz
Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White card stock

It is really hard to see on the pictures, but there is a lot of shimmer on this card and it really adds to it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fun Flowers tag card

I was playing around with a few scraps again and came up with this card and I really like the way it turned out.  The Old Olive tag is the part that was the scrap, I had used them for a project one time and have a few left overs laying around. 

The images on the Very Vanilla layer of the tag are from the Tiny Tags stamp set and the sentiment is from Just Believe.  I also used the Springtime Vintage designer series paper and the First Edition Specialty paper.  The flowers are cut with the Fun Flowers die and put together with an antique brad.  The distressing is done with the mahogany distress ink found in the distressing kit.  You will also find a little Victoria crochet trim ribbon and some hemp twine to finish off the tag.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thanks A Million

I decided to make the sketch for Mary Jo's challenge this week match the Late Night Stampers patriotic challenge and do it red, white and blue.
Originally, I was not going to spritz the card, but I smudged some Pacific Point ink so needed to cover it up!

Word Play stamp set
Real Red, Whisper White card stock
Celebrations quick accents
Celebrations Designer Series paper
Blueberry Crisp designer series paper
Pacific Point, Real Red classic ink
Brights button
hemp twine
glue dots
On Board Mix and Match chipboard (star)

Red White and Blue

We are challenged to make patriotic cards this week at Late Night Stampers, so I decided to do one in My Digital Studio since I don't really have any patriotic stamp sets.

Front of the card

inside left of card

inside right of card

I played around a little with the drop shadowing and changed the color so it wasn't black, I will have to experiment a little more with it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bunnies and Chocolate

My friend, Patti Kerlin, showed a bunch of us how to make these cute little bunnies with Hershey bars about a month ago and I thought I would make my kids and nieces some for Easter.  I decided to use dies and punches for mine...

These are super simple and I know I have seen some other samples of bunnies that are much more elaborate, but they were fun and quick to make. 

I used the larger scallop on the scallop circle #2 die, the 2 largest oval punches, part of the 3 heart punch and the 1/2" circle punch.  I used Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso card stock and the white gel pen.  The papers are from the hostess level 1 paper pack.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Petal cone carrot

I have seen so many cute ideas for using the petal cone and since I just got it I had to play!
Pixie stix or other long treats fit into this perfectly.

Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi card stock
Easter Blossoms stamp set
hemp twine
brights buttons
perfect polka dots impressions folder
petal cone die

Friday, April 22, 2011

CCMC 147

I used the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary for this card and used the faux mother of pearl technique on 2 of the layers.  I didn't have the frost white shimmer paint, so I used the champagne mist color instead and then brayered Blushing Bride over the top (on glossy white card stock).

For the flower stamp, I used my markers and first did a layer of Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz and then added some accents with Regal Rose and Old Olive so it would be a darker image on the altered paper.
Blessed Mother stamp set
Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Glossy White card stock
Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks and markers
hostess level 1 paper pack
corner rounder
petal cone die (for the sentiment banner)

Six photo challenge

I have a digital challenge up on Soul Scrappers right now to create a page using 6 photos, 4 embellishments, 3 Designer Series papers,  and 2 stamps.  This is my sample made with My Digital Studio. 

Come on over and join us!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Another My Digital Studio page, this time done for our Late Night Stampers challenge of baby things this week.  I had another card made, but really did not like the way it turned out so I went with this instead :) 

It is hard to believe these pictures are already 7 years old.  My little monkeys are still inseparable!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Inspirational birthday

At a retreat that I attend semi annually, we have an inspiration box that contains odds and ends of things that people have had laying around.  We can go through the box and pick something out to create a project with and this was the card I came up with last time.  The H and B came out of the inspiration box and I sanded them down and then sponged them with Soft Suede ink.
The rest was either from my scrap pile or was something that was close to me in my workspace at the time.  I always love using the fabric and have fallen in love with the music notes wheel as well so I put them together.  The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake and I added a vintage flower adornment, a vintage trinket, basic pearls and a piece of vanilla seam binding.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Springtime Smiles

I flipped Mary Jo's sketch for this card and made a super quick and easy one.  I also spritzed the card when I was finished with my own mixture.  After I emptied one of the Vanilla shimmer mist containers, I added a little Champagne Mist shimmer paint and alcohol to refill it and that is what I used on this card. 

Blushing Bride, Naturals White card stock
Easter Blossoms stamp set
hostess level 1 paper pack
Peach Parfait and Early Espresso classic ink
oval and scallop oval punches
Flower Garden impressions folder

champagne mist shimmer paint
antique brad

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bear Hugs

I just broke into one of the stamp sets I received as a FREE Sale-a-bration set - Beary Hugs and thought I would make a quick and easy baby card.

Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Regal Rose and Whisper White card stock and markers
Bear Hugs stamp set
tag punches
eyelet border punch
retired DSP

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just for You

There are so many awsome projects coming up at UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance right now!  I am trying to CASE a few of them and here is a card that I cased with the original being made by Heather Dean.  I made some changes to the colors, textures and stamp set, but the rest of her project is just awesome, hopefully I will have some time to make it as well! 

Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz card stock
Baja Breeze classic ink
Springtime Vintage and Love Letter Designer Series paper
Just Believe stamp set
Fun Flowers die
antique brads
eyelet border punch
Pear Pizzazz seam binding
linen thread
word window punch
modern label punch
finial press impressions folder

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mother's Day

I used the sketch Mary Jo has posted on her blog this week to create a bright and colorful Mother's Day card. 
Messages for Mom stamp set
Whisper White, Melon Mambo, So Saffron card stock
Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron classic ink and markers
Sweet and Sour Specialty paper
Boho Blossoms punch
basic pearls
Framed tulips impressions folder

CCMC 146 color Challenge

Create with Connie and Mary has a color challenge this week - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point.  I love using bright colors on boy cards and my son's love cards using the "Extreme" stamps on page 88 and 89 of the Idea Book and Catalog.  I got the color spritzer tool out again for as a final touch for this one.

Extreme Skateboard, Extreme Elements and Happy for you stamp sets
Pacific Point, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie classic ink and card stock
Whisper White card stock
brights buttons
Pacific Point ribbon (I cut a strip off the edge and threaded it through the button)
color spritzer tool

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Inspired by nature

I really like the combination of Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo, especially for flower cards. 

Inspired by Nature and Upsy Daisy stamp sets
Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive markers
Melon Mambo, Whisper white and Daffodil Delight card stock
Perfect polka dots impressions folder
fabrid brads
brights buttons
hemp twine
2 1/2" circle punch
3" circle die
scallop oval punch
1 3/8" circle punch

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Apparently before I was introduced to Stampin' Up!, they sold sheets of circles (must have been before the punches?).  A friend at a retreat was on a mission to use up a bunch of them that she had purchased and never used so she was sharing :)  I made quite a few cards with a sheet of them, but thought it would be fun to use the negative part as well.

I cut part of the sheet and attached it to some Daffodil Delight and then ran it through the Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder.  Then, just added a quick sentiment, a scrap of fabric and a fabric brad to finish it off.  It was a fun little challenge to lighten things up and get some more creative juices flowing!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Candy Pouch

This is a project that was done by Jessica Luther for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance, it is a cute little candy pouch and card.  I used the Sale-a-bration Ice Cream Parlor kits to recreate it and the Afterthoughts stamp set for the card. 

It was super fun and easy to make and is a nice little gift, I gave it to my secret pal as a thank you during my retreat at PRBC in March.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Upsy Daisy Birthday

I love the way these little rosettes look when you die them (of course they are adorable just in their vanilla color too). 

Upsy Daisy Stamp Set
Bashful Blue classic ink
Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue and Naturals White card stock
oval punch
scallop oval punch
Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Life is Good

I am excited to share the latest of my projects that posted on UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brillance, it is one of my favorites and I love the way it came together. 

The base is a 11 x 14 canvas and I used tons of Big Shot dies and impressions folders and materials on it.

There is still time to come over and see all of the project by our awesome designers!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Birthday!

This is a super simple card that I made for the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge this week.   I used one of the Two Tags die cuts and cut about 1/4" off each of the long edges.  You can open up the flap and see an image of a cake.

Afterthoughts stamp set
Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White card stock
cordoroy button
Pacific Point classic ink
spiral punch
Two Tage die
Big Shot
1/8" Real Red taffeta ribbon
Celebrations quick accents

Just for You

This card was made using Mary Jo's sketch challenge for this week.  I used the sneak peak Designer Series paper Paisley Petals as well.

Afterthoughts stamp set
Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy, Naturals White card stock
vintage trinkets

Friday, April 8, 2011

Quick and Easy Birthday

This is a super fast and fun birthday card using the Celebrations designer series paper and the Bring on the Cake stamp set. 

I colored in the sentiment image with Bashful Blue and added a 1/4" real red grosgrain ribbon to the side.  The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals.  Colors are Real Red, Pacific Piont and Whisper White.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Mother's Day

This is a second sample for the Late Night Stampers challenge this week. I used the First Edition specialty paper (just love this stuff!) and the Botanical Gazette designer series paper.

I cut off part of the scallop square so it would fit on the card and added the top not over it with some rolled edges. The flower image is stamped on the First Edition paper and then I stamped the same thing on Very Vanilla and cut out the flower and layered it on top. There are a few little pearls on the flower as well and I finished it off with some Pear Pizzazz seam binding and a couple more pearls.

also used:

Top Note, Scallop Square dies
Because I Care stamp set
Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso card stock
Always Artichoke, Marina Mist and Night of Navy markers
Early Espresso classic ink

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Enjoy the little things

Another Soul Scrappers challenge page, this one a color challenge using Certainly Celery, Marina Mist and Early Espresso.  I used My Digital Studio again...this really makes me wish hard for spring!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stamp Club projects

I wanted to make a couple spring cards this time around - wishful thinking!!  The first one has color added with the color spritzer tool and also some Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz. 

The layout this time is very plain and simple using the First Edition and Elegant Soiree papers.

I added a little layered flower (fun flowers die) and neutral button with hemp twine to the second page.

Monday, April 4, 2011


This week at Create with Connie and Mary, they have an inspiration challenge, here is the picture...

so I came up with this...

Marina Mist, Very Vanilla card stock
Occasional Quotes and Always Elegant stamp sets
Springtime Vintage designer series paper
Paisley Petals designer series paper
Victoria crochet trim ribbon
Vintage flower adornments
Pear Pizzazz seam binding
2 3/8" scallop circle punch
1 3/4" circle punch
finial press impressions folder


At Late Night Stampers this week our challenge is Mother's Day cards or gifts.  I used the individual stamp in the Occasionals Mini catalog called Mother of Mine on this one.  It is always hard to show in photos, but the whole card was sprayed with the Vanilla Shimmer smooch, something I find I am using a lot of lately!

Mother of Mine stamp
Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla card stock
Basic Black, Riding Hood Red ink
Fun Flowers die
Pear Pizzazz seam binding
Victoria crochet trim ribbon
vintage trinkets
antique brads
basic pearls
Vanilla Shimmer smooch
Newsprint designer series paper

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Strength and Hope

This card was made using Mary Jo's sketch challenge this week.  I used the Strength and Hope stamp set - Stampin' Up! is donating $2 for each stamp set sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from now until August 31st.

Strength and Hope stamp set
Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze card stock
Scallops #2 die
2 3/8" circle punch
Fun Flowers die
vintage adornments
basic pearls
Springtime Vintage designer Series paper
Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Eat Something Cute

I have been practicing my watercoloring a little, these cakes are fun to color in.  I used the watercolor paper, black stazon ink and then markers and the watercolor pen. 
Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Birthday Bakery stamp set
Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder, Square Lattice impressions folder
basic rhinestones
1 3/4" circle punch

Friday, April 1, 2011

Grab Bags, NEW Clearance Rack items and Sneak Peak products!

There are lots of exciting things happening this month at Stampin' Up!  We have added tons of great retired products to the Clearance Rack and in addition, there are some awesome Grab Bags While Supplies Last.

There are new MYSTERY GRAB BAGS - how fun is that!

125873 $5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)

125874 $10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)

125875 $15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

In addition to that, we have a great promotion that is a sneak peak into the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book.  During April, you can purchase the following stamp set and paper pack with any $20 product purchase. 

Spring is Blossoming with Sneak Peek products from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. You can get these brand-new products in one of two ways:

•Spend $20* on any Stampin' Up! products and become eligible to purchase both the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.

•Host a $350* workshop and get the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper for FREE!

*Net sales before tax and shipping

Four Frames Stamp Set

Wood: item 123440

Clear mount: item 123442

Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper

item 122367

You can shop for these items and much much more right here.
Have a wonderful day!

Strength and Hope

This card is made with the new stamp set Strength and Hope (along with Bring on the Cake for the sentiment).  The Strength and Hope stamp set is going to be available starting May 1st and Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from every stamp set sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I have also used a new paper pack called Paisley Petals that will be available for purchase starting April 1st, with qualifying order.  Hostesses who hold workshops with $350 or more in sales can earn it free along with a stamp set called Four Frames.  These are both preview items that will be in the 2011-2021 Catalog and Idea book that comes out in July.
The inside of the gatefold card stamped with Marina Mist classic ink.

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I am a mom, wife, farmer and Stampin' Up! demonstrator from North Dakota. I love to stamp and scrapbook and share ideas with others so I thought I would try out a blog. Hope you enjoy it!