Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Merry Christmas Wreath

I am dreaming of a White Christmas in August.  The temperatures in Kansas are inching towards 100 this week.  After a few weeks of beautiful fall like weather, it is hot!  I am hoping to keep cool by working on some Christmas projects. 
These two cards feature some of the products from the Holiday catalog.  The Expression Thinlits, the Wonderful Wreath stamp, and Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper Stack.  They make  quite a statement without much time and effort. 
Card Details
Stamp Set:  Wonderful Wreath(Wood Only)
Paper:  Seasons of Style DSP Stack, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Whisper White
Ink:  Old Olive
Cool Tools:  Expression Thinlits Dies
Visit my online store to order the products used in this card.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Magnificent Maple

The card today is one I case'd from Sandi MacIver.  It is a quick and simple card.  I often get inspiration from Pinterest.  Sometimes I choose to case and other times I just use a technique or color combination. 
Last weekend, I exhibited at a local crop, which was put on by 
S & S Cropping for a Cause.  For a $1 donation, an attendee could make this card in one of two color combinations.  If you live in the area around Topeka, Ks., these events are put on by two wonderful women, Shelly and Stacy.  The proceeds always go to a worthy cause and we really have a great time.  The next one is scheduled for September 21st.

Card Details
Stamp:  Magnificent Maple
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink:  Old Olive, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant
Cool Tools:  Designer Frames

Card Details
Stamp:  Magnificent Maple
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Cool Tools:  Designer Frames

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Spooky Banner Fun

Stampin' Up has wonderful banner kits in the Holiday Catalog.  I am lovin' these and can't wait to share them with you.  I started with this Spooky Banner for Halloween.  The Build a Banner Simply Created Kit and Accessory Kit are very easy to use and go together quickly.  I will be holding a class on Saturday, September 21st.  The fee is $30.  If you are interested and live in the Topeka, Kansas area, contact me at  

Project Details:
Kits:  Build a Banner Simply Created Kit and Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Witches' Brew DSP
Ink:  Black Staz'On, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry.
Cool Tools: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Accessories:  Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Designer Rhinestones, Black Sharpie, Orange Button(retired).

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Paper Pal Arts Challenge 168 Too.

Check out the great Paper Pal Arts Challenge this week.  Sketches are a great way to challenge your paper crafting skills.  Here is another wonderful sketch from the resident Paper Pal Arts designer, Margaret Moody.
PPA168Here is my second card using the sketch. I love the background stamp from the Truly Grateful Stamp Set.  It will be fun to use on all types of cards this fall and winter.

Card Details:

Stamp Set:  Truly Grateful and Tags 4 You
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Black Staz'On
Cool Tools: Label Bracket Punch, Deco Labels Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots Texture Folder
Accessories:  1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Paper Pal Arts Challenge 168

It's time for another fun challenge, and the Paper Pal Arts Resident Artist and talented designer, Margaret Moody, has provided a marvelous sketch this week!  Lots of layers, panels and shapes make this an exciting starting point to motivate our creativity.  Join in this week; I can't wait to see what is created!
PPA168I have a couple of cards to share this week.  I couldn't decide on just one so I will post both of them.  With the release of the Holiday Catalog on August 1st. There are lots of new products to use.  Here is a card perfect for fall.  It uses the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, Magnificent Maple stamp,  and the new Expressions Thinlit Dies.   I did take some liberties with the sketch which is part of the fun.  


Stamp Set:  Magnificent Maple
Paper:  Sweater Weather, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla.
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie
Cool Tools:  Expressions Thinlit Dies, 2 1/2" Circle punch
Accessories:  Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Button, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's a Halloween Bash

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the combination of orange and black.  Of the new Halloween sets in the Holiday Catalog, the Halloween Bash is great for quick and easy cards.  It coordinates perfectly with multiple Stampin' Up punches.  

Card Details
Stamp Set:  Halloween Bash
Paper:  Witches' Brew, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black
Ink: Pumpkin Pie and Black Staz'On
Cool Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Argyle Texture Folder
Accessories:  Designer Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Holiday Catalog Favorites


Thank you for joining us for the August Pals Blog Hop. Even though it's only August we want to provide some inspiration for your upcoming holiday projects. This month's blog hop will showcase new products from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the new stamps, new punches and other accessories!

You should have just left stop number 18 on the Pals Hop - Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti. If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

As you will probably notice in the coming weeks, I love the Holiday Catalog and want it all.  This weekend I worked on 3 different banners made with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  I had so much fun.  They are easy to make and so cute.  Be sure to visit my blog in the days ahead as I will be posting these projects soon. 
I am always looking ways to use my Stampin' Up products in new ways.  So here are a couple of Halloween cards that use one of the Banner templates and an extra supply from the Halloween Kit.  What do you think?

Don't you just love the polka dots?  I used daubers and the polka dot template, so easy.  I added the spider and web, which I didn't use on my "Spooky" banner. 

It is easy to use different color combinations.  The sentiments on both cards are from the NEW Halloween Bash Stamp Set. 

Card Details
Stamp Set:  Halloween Bash
Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Witches' Brew DSP
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie and Staz'On Black
Cool Tools:  Build a Banner Template, Decorative Label, Large Oval, Scallop Oval punches
Accessories:  Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Halloween Banner Accessory Kit, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

 The next stop is Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness, stop number 20 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings
  5. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  10. Laurie Chilton at Stampin' Ink
  11. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  12. Amy Williams at Stampin' on the Range
  13. Shannon Jaramillo at Ezpeasycards
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  15. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  20. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  21. Brian King at Stamp With Brian
  22. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  23. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin Mojo
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stampin with Avery's Owlery
  29. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'
  30. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Six-Sided Sampler Flower

 The Six-Sided Sampler forms the cutest flower.  You can choose to use the same hexagon stamp or a combination to make a variety flower shapes.  The "Hello Sweet Friend" fits perfectly.  The Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral make a such pretty combination.  The card front was run through the Big Shot in the Chevron Texture Folder.

 Card Details
Stamp Sets:  Six-Sided Sampler
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, and Whisper Whisper White
Ink:  Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral
Cool Tools and Accessories:  Hexagon Punch, Chevron Texture Folder, Designer Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Guest Stamper on Stampin' Pretty

I am so pleased to be the guest stamper on Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty blog.  It is such an honor and wonderful exposure.  If you are visiting, please let me know what you think of my project.  I really appreciate your comments.

This was my first year to attend the Stampin' Up Convention in Salt Lake City.  It was wonderful and I can't wait to go again next year.  I do regret not attending the training session with Carrie Cudney.  It got rave reviews from all who attended and a few have shared photos of her multi-media projects online.  They are so cute!  It really got me thinking about making a few of my own.  

Tips and Tricks
  • I used Modge Podge to adhere the Witches' Brew DSP to the 6" X 6" canvas.  
  • When using the Positively Chevron or any large background stamp, you can ink it randomly.  The results give the impression of something which is worn or old.  
  • Bits and pieces of washi tape were added randomly to the canvas.  I particularly like the Pumpkin Pie chevron and the Basic Black skulls.  Try tearing the tape for more interest.
  • Pumpkins are easy to make by using 3 oval shapes.  You can use any of our oval punches or framelits to make different sizes of pumpkins.  I used the Extra-Large Oval punch for the pumpkin on this project. 
  • The Halloween Hello stamp set was perfect for this project.  The witch flying by, the candy corn, wrapped candy, and the cute little sign were all done using stamps from this set.
  • The ghost was made by using one of the Oval framelits. The top of the Very Vanilla was made with the framelit and the bottom was cut with my paper snips.
  • Gorgeous Grunge is my new favorite because I seem to be using it on every card.  The "skid marks" and random dots were added to the friendly little ghost.

Project Details
Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Halloween Hello, Positively Chevron
Paper:  Witches' Brew, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Black Staz'On, Smoky Slate
Cool Tools:  2 1/2" Circle Punch, Extra Large Oval, Oval Framelits, Artisan Punch, Bitty Punch Pack, White Signo Pen, Sponge Daubers.
Non-Stampin' Up products:  Modge Podge and Wrought Iron Acrylic Paint

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Six-sided Sampler Wreath

Do you need an idea for a quick and simple Christmas card?  Check out this card which used the Six-sided Sampler Bundle from the Annual Catalog.  You could easily step it up by adding texture, candy dots, and ribbon.

 I stamped 12 Gumball Green hexagons and punched them out with hexagon punch.  Then I arranged them on my Whisper White card front, which was added to a Real Read card base.  I punched out 9 circles with the Bitty Punch Pack.  Of course, my wreath needed a little bling so I added a Designer Rhinestone to each of the clusters of the red berries.

Card Details
Stamp Sets:  Six-Sided Sampler and Sassy Salutations
Paper:  Real Red and Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red and Gumball Green
Cool Tools:  Hexagon and Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories:  Designer Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals

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