Quick Thank you Card

I've been helping out with our Home & School Club's Membership Drive and needed to make a quick thank you card for one of the teachers that had 100% participation in his class. I hope this card is masculine enough because it is for one of the male teachers at the school.

I used More Mustard with the new Autumn Vine DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I layered the piece of Autumn Vine DSP with some chocolate chip and tied some more mustard grosgrain around it. Then I stamped the medallion with more mustard craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder and watercolored the image with more mustard ink. I added the little flower from the boho blossoms punch and a rhinestone brad with a glue dot.

Thanks for stopping by!


Bloomin' Basket

I love baskets almost as much as I love boxes. And when I saw this basket, I dropped everything to go make it! I found it here on Lauren's blog. I started with pink pirouette cs and riding hood red ink. I thought the Kind Thoughts stamp set would be perfect for my basket! I stamped the butterfly on pink pirouette and then cut it out and popped it up on a dimensional. I added the tag with some riding hood red taffeta and punched out the little flower with the boho blossoms punch. I'm off to take a shower and pick my brother up from the airport! Have a great day!


World Card Making Day Event

For my World Card Making Day Event, I'm having a class to make this cute criss-cross box and 10 cards to go inside! I used Autumn Vine DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog for the box and cards as well as Crazy for Cupcakes (on sale for 20% off starting Oct 1st) and cupcakes wheel. Registration is $25 for the event. Please register by this Friday, Sept 26th by dropping off or mailing a check or through paypal.


Urban Garden Inspiration

I just got the Urban Garden DSP and I love it. How did I ever live without it? I love the color combination of baja breeze, kiwi kiss, and not quite navy. I again used Inspired by Nature and stamped the grass in kiwi kiss and the flower in not quite navy. Then I stamped the sentiment and punched it out with the large oval punch and sponged around the edges and mounted it with dimensionals. I'm still getting over a cold, so I'm off to take a quick nap before I have to take my son to soccer practice. Have a great weekend!


Inspired by Nature

This is one of those sets that didn't catch my eye at first, but then as I saw all the beautiful cards and samples everyone made with it and had to have it. I love the silhouettes of the grass and the flower and all the neat images you can stamp with them.

One of the cards I saw used the Poppin' Pastels technique. I hadn't used that technique in a while so I thought I would try it again. Having grown up in Maryland, I've always loved its state flower, the Black Eyed Susan, so I pulled out my long neglected Stampin' Pastels and sponge daubers and started with chocolate chip in the centers, with some so saffron petals and always artichoke stems and leaves.

I used the new Large Oval Punch (love it!) to punch out the sentiment and then I used two more punched out chocolate chip large ovals to mat it. Lastly, I added some of the new Alpine Ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog (coming Oct 1st!)


My Stamp Closet has Retired Sets for Sale

I'm continually organizing my stamp closet to make more room for all of my stuff! And now that I'm collecting Sizzix Big Shot dies I needed to reorganize to find more room.

So, I went to IKEA and bought some more bookcases and boxes to put everything in. My closet is pretty full now! I used to have the table I used to stamp on (that you can see a part of there on the right) in the closet. It was a little tight in there. Now I use the table for my Big Shot station. And I've had to set up another table there on the left side to hold more stuff too.

I'll take some pictures of my new stamping area (I finally had to come out of the closet) with my new stamping desk and post them next week. (Once I tidy it up a bit!)

While doing all this organizing, I found some Retired sets to sell! All sets are in good, like new condition. Shipping is $4.60 and I will combine shipping for multiple items.

Stamp Sets

All in a Row $12
Be Happy $15 Pending
Bud Basics $12
Cause for Celebration $20
Eat Cake $20
Make it Count $12 Pending
Polka Dots & Paisley $12
So Much $24
The Snowflake Spot $15 Pending
Time Well Spent $25 Pending
Wild Rose $28

Ginormous pieces $15
Blossoms & Basics $12
Accents $10

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please email me. Have a great weekend!


Online Ordering is here!

Don't want to wait for my next party or class? Now you don't have to! Online ordering is here! All you have to do is go to my Demonstrator Business Web Site, click on SHOP NOW in the upper right hand corner and start shopping! Stay tuned for some great upcoming promotions that I will be offering this fall!

Inspiration from the Catalog

An easy way to find inspiration is to simply look in the catalog! I found a card on page 127 of the Fall/Winter Catalog that I liked. I modified it a bit and in a couple minutes I had a finished card! Instead of using DSP I used the bella's border wheel on some kiwi kiss.

I've been wanting to use my Curly Label Punch and coordinating Cute & Curly stamp set, so I stamped the image in more mustard and then again in kiwi kiss and cut out the oval and stamped the "Thank you" from A Rose is a Rose stamp set and popped it up on a dimensional.

I wanted a scalloped layer, so I punched a piece of chocolate chip with the scallop square punch and then cut it in half. I adhered it to the back on the top and bottom. I added some chocolate chip taffeta ribbon as well.

I've got a my son's piano lesson, cub scouts, his friend over for dinner and a Young Women's activity for me, so I better get crackin'! Have a great day!


Bella Rose Fantasy Box Class

It's been a little while since I made one of these fantasy boxes, but it was just as fun as I remembered! They make such cute gift boxes for chocolate, jewelry, or whatever you can fit into the little boxes! Some of you have mentioned that you'd like me to have a class on the fantasy box, so you'll be happy to know my first fall stamp class will be the fantasy box!

I just love opening the box to show people! It definitely has that "Wow!" factor.

Here is more information on my class. You can choose any Designer Series Paper (DSP) you want for this box. I will have it pre-cut for you before the class. The deadline is this Friday because I need to order the DSP to have it ready in time for the class, so be sure to sign up quick!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 7pm
Place: My house
Cost: $25, includes one pack of DSP of your choice (please email me your choice when you sign up)
Deadline: Friday, Sept 12th
Payment: Paypal, or check


What inspires you? Sketch Challenge 192

I am really enjoying these sketch challenges. They inspire me to try new layouts and help me with creating new cards. When I just start from scratch I have a hard time deciding on the layout, so this has been a wonderful way to get my creative juices flowing!

For this sketch I used the Always stamp set. It's so pretty. I stamped the bird in pacific point and cut it out and mounted it with dimensionals. I stamped the heart in baja breeze and then rocked and rolled it in pacific point and trimmed it out and mounted it on dimensionals as well. I originally had a strip of kiwi kiss but it didn't looks right so I used some always artichoke. I think it compliments the blues a bit better. I added some of the new kiwi kiss/very vanilla satin ribbon around the side as well.

So what inspires you to get your creative juices flowing?


Fabulous Five Petal Flower Punch

I saw this fabulous card on my friend Lynn's blog and knew I wanted to try making similar one. I punched 7 pink pirouette flowers with the 5 petal flower punch. Then, I sponged them with riding hood red, darker in the middle and lighter towards the ends.
I punched one flower from the boho blossoms punch for the center and then added a half pearl from the pretties kit. Then I punched some large ovals from the kiwi kiss cardstock and trimmed the ends to make a point for the petals. I added my favorite paper, bella rose on some riding hood red and tied some riding hood red taffeta around them.
Have a great day!