Sunday, January 31, 2010

Never More Than A Thought Away

Well, it seems like forever since I last posted! I had my AZ Teacher Certification Test on Saturday and I have been studying like mad. Of course, nothing I studied was on the test, but I think I'm smarter than a 5th Grader now...hee hee! Glad that's over and hope I pass...don't want to go through that again ;) I can finally move on to some more important cards ;)

For this card, I used the new Sending Love DSP from the Occasions Mini. I wasn't going to get this pack b/c it just didn't grab my eye in the catalog. But, I wanted some new paper to play with and bought it. Boy am I glad I did...I love it! The colors are some of my favorites and each sheet has some type of glitter on it. Who doesn't like a little bling? This is one of the sheets from the pack. One side is the Chocolate Chip w/Flowers and the other side is the Pretty in Pink/Real Red Flowers. The Pink/Red sheet is the glittery sheet. Each flower's tips are edged in glitter. It's sooo pretty!

I orginally made this card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch last week, but didn't get it done to submit. This particular sketch called for a circle element, so I added the accordian flower.
I love how it turned out....hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Whimsical Words (Free Sale-A-Bration Set) & Teeny Tiny Whishes
Paper: Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Sending Love DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Chocolate Chip Button (Button Latte), Brown Brads, Linen Thread and Sponges

Thursday, January 21, 2010

5/8" Satin Ribbon Share

Hello Everyone!

It's a wonderfully rainy day here in AZ and I am LOVING it! I hope to get a little studying in for my Teacher's Certification test and of course, a little studio time doing some stamping.

Yesterday, I was asked by one of my girlfriends if I had considered doing a Ribbon Share. She noticed that some other demos online were doing it and wondered if I'd be interested. Of course I would be! I want it all just like everyone else!

In the New Occasions Mini from SU!, they are offering their 5/8" Satin Ribbon in (9) New Colors: Basic Black, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Basic Gray.

Previously, they had only offered it in White. Each spool of ribbon is $8.95 for 15 Yds. I am offering a more affordable option. For $20, you will receive 3 Yds of Each Ribbon Color. 3 Yds of Ribbon is enough to make about (7) Cards. This will give you an idea of which colors you may use more often than others. If you use one up, you know to purchase a whole spool, as this is something you will use often.

How To Order: Email me at Include your name, email address, shipping address and phone number. I will send you an invoice via PayPal. Once payment is received I will ship out your shares. If PayPal will not work for you, we can discuss other options.

Shipping: I will use USPS Standard First Class Mail. The shares will be shipped in a padded envelope. Orders will be charged as follows:
1 Share: $2
2 Shares: $3
3 Shares: $5

US Shipping Only.

Any questions, email me at
Thank You!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Love Bandit

This card is not for the weak at hand ;) It involves plenty of, grab your stamps and scissors! This is the new Love Bandit stamp set from the Occasions Mini. I struggle with smaller images, so it's always a challenge to use them. I've seen quite a few cards with this layout, so I thought I'd start there.

All of the Patterned Papers here are from the Welcome Neighbor Paper Pad in the Sell-A-Bration Catalog. The Clouds are perfect for the sky, the Crushed Curry patterns are perfect for the sun and the Old Olive prints are perfect for the grass. The hills were blending together, so I took my scissors and cut blades of grass along the edges. Once the card was completed, I ruffled the grass edges to give them some more dimension.

The trees, tree trunk, raccoon and heart were all stamped and cut out. I then paper pieced the trees and the raccoon/heart back together. Each of these, including the sun, are popped up on dimensionals. One of my girlfriends needed a card for her young son and I think this is perfect. I hope he likes it!


Stamps: Love Bandit
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock; Welcome Neighbor DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Scissors, Modern Label Punch, Movers & Shapers, Chocolate Chip Brads, Scallop Circle Nestabilites (or Scallop Circle Punch), Circle Nestabilites (or 1 3/8" Circle Punch) and Dimensionals (Pop Dots).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Love You Much!

I had so much fun making this card! I got to use our new Clear Mounted Stamp Sets: I {Heart} Hearts and Well Scripted. These new sets are mounted on clear acrylic blocks. This allows you to see through the block onto your card if you'd like to stamp images over each other. When you're done, you clean the stamp, remove it from the acrylic block and store it in it's DVD style case.

These new sets can be found in the Occasions Mini. We sell the Acrylic Blocks in many sizes. For this card, I used the B & C Blocks. The images in our catalogs are true to size, so you you can measure them and compare to the block dimensions in the catalog.

Notice the border at the bottom of the card? That's the New Scallop Trim Border Punch. Spend $50 or more in Jan/Feb/March and you can get this punch for Free. What a great deal!

This card is perfect for Valentine's Day or just telling a loved love them. Hope you like it! TFL!

Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts & Well Scripted
Papers: Cameo Coral, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock; Pink Flamingo DSP
Inks: Real Red & Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack and 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Punched Heart Flower

Using the Heart Punch to make a flower...ingenious ;) I first saw this in our monthly demonstrator publication. They created the flowers and put them on sticks. I saw this flower and knew immediately what I wanted to pair it with...the Stem Sayings Stamp Set.

Using the Full Heart Punch, I punched (4) hearts out of Melon Mambo Textured Cardstock. I folded them in half and scored down the middle. I then stacked the hearts and using the 1/16" hole punch, punched a hole through all four. The pink DSP circle was punched with the 3/4" circle punch. Punch a hole in the center of the circle, layer it with the hole in the hearts and connect them together with one of our new Corduroy Pink Brads. Fan out your hearts and the flower is complete! It is attached to the card with a glue dot or dimensional. I didn't have a leaf punch or die, so I used the leaves from the Sweet Centers stamp set and cut them out.

It is a perfectly sweet card. I hope you like it! TFL!

Stamps: Stem Sayings & Sweet Centers (Holiday Mini)
Paper: Melon Mambo & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Melon Mambo Textured Cardstock; Sweet Always DSP (Retired)
Ink: Old Olive Classic Pad
Accessories: Full Heart Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Scalloped Edge Border Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch, Pretty In Pink Corduroy Brads, Bone Folder, Pink Stickles, Large Glue Dot and Sticky Strip

Simply Said Hearts

This card is all about hearts! Although we don't always reach for purple when doing hearts, I love it paired with pink on this card. I had actually bought some purple buttons that I wanted to use...but, they never made it on.

I used Perfect Plum, Pixie Pink, Rich Razzleberry and Craft White to team all these hearts together. The ribbon is our new Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, and is it pretty! It can be found in the new Occasions Mini.

I made this a Thank You card, but you could easily turn it into a Valentine's Day card. Hope you like it. TFL!

Stamps: Simply Said & Short & Sweet
Paper: Kraft & Perfect Plum DSP
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pixie Pink & Rich Razzleberry Classic Pads; Whisper White Craft Pad; Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch and Sponges

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SSSC51 - Urban Circus Birthday

Something Old, Something Urban Oasis DSP is what's old and my Circle Circus stamp set is what's new. I needed a masculine birthday card for my brother-in-law and I think this qualifies. There are no bows, no pinks and no scalloped edges. I did use some brads, but I think they're OK ;)

I had two conversations this week about how hard it is to make masculine cards. I think Circle Circus is the perfect set to have. Pair it with some blues, greys or greens and you have a card good enough for your dad, brother, son or friend.

I hadn't used my Urban Oasis DSP in quite some time, so it was nice to work with an old friend. It's retired now and I am wishing I would have bought more. It's colors and designs are timeless.

Hope you like it...TFL!

Stamps: Circle Circus & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Grey and Baja Blue Cardstock; Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Baja Blue & Basic Grey Classic Stamp Pads
Accessories: Baja Blue Ribbon, Movers & Shapers Die, Grey Brads, Modern Label Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pad and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Friday, January 8, 2010

Flocked Valentine

Two postings in a row...can you believe it? What can I say, I was inspired and this one was quick.

I saw this card on the cover of the new Paper Crafts magazine and had to CASE it. I don't get the magazine, but if I were to venture a guess, this card was created by Dawn McVey. Her style is very unique and if I could recreate every one of her cards, I would!

This card is all about the Christmas Cocoa DSP from the Holiday Mini. It's flocked with a velvety feel and can be used for more than just Christmas. I used it here for a Valentine's card. So, if you purchased it and already stored it away, pull it back out and get to work on your very own Valentine's Day card.


Stamps: Short & Sweet & Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Paper: Kraft & Real Red Cardstock; Christmas Cocoa DSP
Ink: Real Red Classic Pad & Whisper White Craft Pad
Accessories: Scalloped Edge Punch and Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, January 7, 2010

High Flying Hearts

Hey Girly-Girls,

Have you seen them? You know...all those Hearts popping up in Blog Land! Well, it is the season ;) Here is the first of many to hit my blog. I have soooo many ideas, I only hope I can get them on some cardstock.

While partaking in my addiction (Yes, I'm a 5-Stepper) of reading blog after blog for hours, I saw a hot air balloon with a heart for the balloon. Immediately, I thought of Stampin' Up's Sweet Centers Stamp Set. Instead of using a Sweet Treat Cup, I used my Full Heart Punch and the Heart Mover and Shaper for hearts. How cute is this? The basket is paper pieced and the options are endless for the balloons. You could use any patterned papers. I added some paper piercing and a sentiment and here you have a Valentine's card or a simple gift card.

Hope you like it! TFL.

Stamps: Sweet Centers & Curvy Verses
Paper: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White Cardstock; Regal Rose & Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad
Accessories: Full Heart Punch, Movers & Shapers, Paper Piercer & Mat Pad, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and Dimensionals/Pop Dots

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Polka Dot Bliss

Happy New Year Everyone! Hopefully you all had a great time ringing in the new year whether it was safely at home or out with friends and family. We stayed low key at home and made it till, it was a success!

My first post of the new year puts polka dots center stage...and, they should be! I had seen this stamp set on many blogs and just had to have it. Let's call it a gift to myself ;) It's an acrylic set and I wanted to try it out.

Although SU! doesn't carry acrylic stamps, they are introducing clear mount stamps in the new Occasions Mini Catalog starting Jan 5th. SU! will still sell the wood mount stamps, but these are a nice alternative. The stamps themselves are still rubber, but you will be able to mount them on clear blocks. This is especially useful for two-step stamping or trying to line up stamps in a particular spot as you can see through the block onto your paper. Not to mention, they are stored in a DVD style case, which saves on space in your craft room.

Some other highlights in the new mini: new style flat punches, yummy new satin ribbons, a larger pack of designer papers and some super cute stamp sets in both clear or wood mounts.
Click here to check it out:

Purchase $50 worth of product Jan 5th - March 31 and earn FREE product. There are so many reasons to get this year under way! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Simply Said, Short & Sweet and Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Paper: Kraft & Whisper White Cardstock; Perfect Plum DSP & Pink DSP
Ink: Perfect Plum & Pixie Pink Classic Stamp Pads & Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink Satin Ribbon & Sponges