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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Valentine Card Class

I have a Valentine card class coming up in January, so I wanted to post pictures of a couple of the cards we'll make.  The problem is that it's a dark, dreary day here, so the lighting was terrible when I took the pictures.  Okay, I have to admit that I don't take very good pictures even when the lighting is good.  Still, these cards are a lot cuter in person.

 The card above and below is a tri-fold card.  I used the You Are Loved stamp set.
The card below is a gate-fold card.  Again, I used the You Are Loved stamp set.
 Someone asked for a more masculine card, so I made the card below.  I used That's the Ticket stamp set and my heart punch.
Valentine cards are my favorite cards to make, so I'm planning to make many more designs.  Maybe we'll have a sunny day AND I'll remember to take pictures of the cards.

Happy 2013!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A few Christmas cards

Now that the "the greeting cards have all been sent, and the Christmas rush is through," I decided to post pictures of a few of the cards I sent out this year.  I forgot to take pictures of all of them, but these are the cards I did photograph.   (By the way, that quote above is from a Karen Carpenter Christmas song.)

I cased one or two of these cards, changing only minor things.  CASE = Copy and Share Everything.

Above:  Open Sleigh stamp set
 Above:  Lovely as a Tree stamp set
I cased the above card from Pattie Welp, a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  I love this card!
Above:  Scentsational Season stamp set
 Above:  Delightful Decorations stamp set
  Above:  Delightful Decorations and Lovely as a Tree stamp sets
  Above:  Curly Cute stamp set and Northern Flurry embossing folder

 Above:  Lovely as a Tree and More Merry Messages stamp sets

Merry Christmas.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thinking about Christmas

I've been making Christmas cards and realized that not only have I not been posting them, but I haven't even taken pictures of them.  Admittedly, it may be because I'm not very good at photographing the cards that I block that step out of the process.  In any event, I quickly snapped a couple pictures to post.

The first card is done with the Labels Collection Framelits for the Big Shot.  That red piece you see below lifts and opens up the card.  That's a button glued in the center and tied with Baker's Twine.

You can see how the pieces interlock.  The card was made using the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' set from the Holiday Catalog.  

I made several variations of the card below, experimenting with different papers and embossing folders.  I used the Scentsational Season stamp set and Framelits Dies.

The card below was inspired by one done by another Stampin' Up demonstrator.

Well, as you can see, I'm starting to think about Christmas.  I did make several Thanksgiving cards, and maybe I will get them photographed before I mail them.  Maybe.

As always, thanks for looking at my cards.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Single Stamps Available until January 2, 2013

First of all, on Monday, October 29, Stampin Up! is having a stamp sale!

All stamps are 15% off, on Monday ONLY. Look through our catalog and let me know which sets you need for Holiday projects or any sets that have been on your wish list. Monday is the time to order them!

Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.  
The sale includes all stamps in our current catalogs including:
  • Background stamps
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Cookie press stamps
  • Single stamps
The sale DOES NOT include
  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets
 There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
Stamp prices in the Online Store will be changed for October 29 only to reflect the 15 percent discount.
Single Stamps are Available!

Several weeks ago, Stampin'Up! announced that until January 2nd, 2013, we have the opportunity to purchase single stamps from the Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings Stamp sets.  Based on the interest, it appears both demonstrators and customers love the single stamps.  Therefore, Stampin' Up! has added TEN MORE individual images - including three images that you have never seen before!  

Click on any flier pictured below for a larger view of the stamps offered.

  • These stamps are available on any order type-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online. 
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • Stampin' Up! will not promote this offer on the Customer site until November 1, but you can order directly from me.
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers. 
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
Let me know if you want to purchase any stamps.  Monday, the 29th, is the perfect time to buy!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Christmas Tags

There's a new blog hop for October -- holiday tags.  Click on the Stampin' Hop tab or here to get to it.  If you visit each blog in the hop and leave a comment, your name will be entered to win a stamp. 

The tags I made for the hop are pictured below.

My favorite tags are the poinsettia tags.  I found the directions for making the poinsettia on a Stampin' Up demonstrator's blog at . 

My favorite tag is the poinsettia tag below.  I ran Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder.  That's how I got the lines on the petals.  After embossing the cardstock, I punched the petals out using the Blossom Petals Builder punch and sponged the edges with Cherry Cobbler ink.

It's a rainy day here in the Seattle area today.  After a record-breaking dry spell, the rain is very welcome.  It feels like autumn now.  I plan to make some pumpkin bread and hot spiced cider today.  Maybe Tom will do the clean-up after I bake...

All for this one,

Saturday, October 6, 2012

November Stamp Projects

For the November stamp workshops, we'll be making three projects:  a gift card holder, a candy bar slider, and a Christmas card. 

The gift card holder pictured above has an envelope made just the right size to fit a gift card.  I got the instructions from Sharon Cline, another Stampin' Up demonstrator, when she posted a picture and explained how she made the card.

The bow unties and the gift card fits inside the envelope.  Below is a picture of another card made with the same technique.

In the November workshop, we'll also line our envelopes:

The second project we'll do is a candy bar slider card.

When you pull on the candy bar on the top, the card slides out the bottom:

We also will be making a Christmas card to round out the class.  

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Baby Card

My daughter, Krista, came over Friday evening for Tom's birthday.  She mentioned she needed a card for a baby shower, so we put our heads together and she made her first card.  She did a fantastic job.  Cute, cute, cute.

She decorated the envelope, too.  Below is a closer look at the card. 

The stamp set is Easy Events.  She used colors in the Brights collection:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Color Palette

I'm doing another card using the color palette from the Color Me Beautiful website.  The challenge is to use at least three of the Stampin' Up! colors on the palette in the design along with SU stamps.  Stampin' Up's colors coordinate in card stock, ink, ribbons, buttons – everything!

If you want to learn more or see the other cards and projects in this challenge, visit the Color Me Beautiful website at

Here's the card I made using all four colors:

I used Stampin' Up's Paper Daisies and colored them with the Rich Razzleberry Ink Refill.  Once they dried, I glued them to Lucky Limeade paper and put a pearl in the center.  It's hard to see in this photo, but I used all four colors in the card.  The Basic Gray cardstock outlines both the Rich Razzleberry and the Tempting Turquoise papers.

The second photo shows the colors better, but it's at a strange angle.  I need some photography lessons!

How about a close-up of the card?  Now you can see the colors and the flower better.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Workshop Projects

It's stamp workshop time!  I'm having two classes on October 1, one from 9:30 - 11:30 AM and the second one from 1 - 3 PM.

The card below is done with the baby wipe technique.  I'm looking forward to showing that technique to the people who come to class.  The stamp with the leaves is from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.

The Halloween cards below have googly eyes (fun, fun, fun) and are made with the Googly Ghouls stamp set.  There are several images to choose from, so people will have a choice whether they want a mummy, bat, witch, etc., on the front of the card.

Another Thanksgiving card we'll do is one that you can color in the wreath or just leave it as stamped, which is what I did in the photo below.  If you know me, you may know that I don't like coloring in anything by hand.  Never did.  I find it frustrating.  Maybe it's because I hurry and can't stay inside the lines.  Okay, back to class information:   You can choose from the wreath or an autumn scene (not pictured but very nice indeed) using the Full of Blessings stamp set from the Holiday catalog.

I hope these photos give you an idea of what we'll be making.  Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Color Challenge

I got an email from a Stampin' Up demonstrator about a color challenge she and a few other demos are doing.  The challenge is to use as many of the five colors below in a card or project.

I decided to make a card using all the colors.  I used the hostess set called A Cherry on Top.   I'm glad I had the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me line everything up with this card!

I put some Dazzling Diamonds on the center cupcake.  A happy accident was that I had put Crystal Effects on the top knob portion of the "glass" and some of the Dazzling Diamonds adhered to that, too.

The color challenge blog is at if you want to know more about it.  Each week they will post a new color challenge.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cards for Earlie Sue

My friend, Earlene, visited in July and we spent a day making cards (and working on her website).  Earlene Fowler is listed on the right side of my blog (as my favorite author) under Websites I Love to Visit.  There's also a link to her website.  If you haven't read any of her books, I highly recommend them.  She's a wonderful writer.

Okay, back to card-making.  Below are two of the cards she made when she visited us:

Unfortunately, the stamp set she used isn't available anymore, but her cards turned out very cute.  She made a third card, but she already sent it off before we got a picture of it.

Hope you enjoyed a peek at a couple cards Earlene made.


Friday, August 17, 2012

September Stamp Class Samples

I'm trying something a little different in September with my stamp class.  We'll use the same stamp set to create several cards.  Below are a couple samples of what we may be making.  Everyone will get to do some design work so every student can use (and create) on her own.  We'll use the Pretty Postage stamp set.

We'll use some Designer Series Paper to make a simple folded frame.  I found a tutorial showing how to make it on Split Coast Stampers.  It's very easy to make and adds a nice touch to the card.

 And, here's yet another card.

 I chose designs that people could make at home without needing all the tools of the trade.  That way, I hope they will all use their new stamp sets.

 Below is the Pretty Postage stamp set every student will get.   There are four stamps to the set.

For those coming to class, I hope this gives you a taste of what is to come.

As always, thanks for visiting my blog.


Monday, August 6, 2012

New Blog Hop, New Cards, & Record-Breaking Hot Weather


The Hoppers' August Blog Hop is over, but I thought I'd share the card I had posted.

I chose the real red/pumpkin pie/early espresso combination for my autumn-themed card.  I used the baby-wipe technique where I put drops of the three colors on a moist baby wipe and used that as my stamp pad.  The leaves have all three colors.

Products used:  

Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Punches:  Large Oval, Small Oval
Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree, Full of Blessings (from the Holiday Catalog)
Tools:  Big Shot
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots

I changed one of the sympathy card designs for my upcoming stamp camp.  Since we'll be making two sympathy cards, the second one will be the one pictured below.

I like the simplicity of it and think it'll be an easy card to make in class.

Speaking of stamp camp, we'll also make some Christmas tags.  Below are three that we'll be making in class.  Cute and fun to make.  Does it get any better than that?

This last weekend was hot for the Seattle area.  I saw in today's paper that we broke a temperature record for yesterday.  Today is ten degrees cooler, so it's quite pleasant outside.  I'm sure glad the garbage strike is over.  Trash piling up with record-breaking heat isn't a good combo...

Thanks for stopping by.