Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Graduation Invites~

 I'm sharing with you the Graduation invites I made for my daughter who will graduate in one month. She wanted to do a vintage theme party, because it's so her in all reality, so I decided to make her invites instead of purchasing them from the company that makes them.  I used the Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla and Gold theme. I cut two panels from Detailed Floral Framelits from Stampin' Up, did some scoring and then adhered it to another piece of Blushing Bride card stock that was folded in half.
I then printed off her party info and adhered it to the front of the folded piece and tied it shut. I actually think I stripped the gears in my Big Shot doing nearly 100 of these, but it was worth it to make them. She has overcome lots of obstacles to get here and I wanted her to feel that we were proud of her.
I will post after graduation all the decorations that I made to go with her party. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to go check out the RETIRING GOODS here:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Basket Builder Easter projects~

Man! Where oh where has time gone? Either the days are flying by or I'm slacking...okay, maybe a little of
So, I thought I'd better squeeze in some Easter projects (better late than never) before the big day. I am sharing some workshop projects and a project from my big event I hosted in March.
This first one is a make and take I offered at a March workshop. I am in love with the Basket Builder Bundle. (Say that more than 3 times).  I think this one will stay in my stash for a while.
I did the little basket that holds a small treat (found on Pinterest) and a 3x3 card with handmade envelope. 

 I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope and am using up some retiring DSP from the 2015-17 Pattern Paper Stack- Watermelon Wonder.
 The basket holds a Cadbury Caramel Egg just perfectly. The baskets are easy peasy to make. It actually took longer to cut out the grass, bow and bunny than it did to put the basket together.

 This adorable Easter egg crate was a project that my convention attendees made and took home. I used the So Succulent DSP and made a belly band.  Then wrapped a piece of the Gold 1/8" Ribbon around it, loosely, into a bow. 
 I cut out a basket in Whisper White, the bunny in Chocolate Chip, the two eggs in Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo, the grass in Pear Pzazz. I had them glue the pieces to the underside of the basket and then added another cut out basket to the backside.
 On the inside, I had them stamp and cut out the "peep" and chocolate bunny and attach them to toothpicks with hot glue. I love the sentiment from the stamp set.  I had them stamp that onto Whisper White using Chocolate Chip ink and then punch out with the Wide Oval Punch and adhere to a toothpick as well. To help them stay up in the crate, we used hot glue in the bottom of the crate and then stuck them into it, stuffing paper shreds around it for added support.
We had a great time and I plan to have another in October centered around Christmas! Well, I'm off to dye some eggs. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oh So Succulent~

Hello Tuesday! Just wanted to share one of our cards from class this month. This one is bright and spirited and think this is one of my new favorite color combos. Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder and black. I used the Oh So Succulent stamp set to stamp the flowers from in Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder inks. 
I used the FREE Salebration offering called So Very Much and stamped it in Basic Black ink. I love how big the word is because so many times, I want to make a nice card to say thank you and this one is nice to have big and bold! I finished it up by punching out half circles with my 1/2" circle punches on each side and wrapped Linen Thread around it and tied a knot.
Next post will be some more cards from February card classes.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Celebrations

 So, here we are again! Today I am sharing with you a fun and quick card that I did at the same workshops this week- I had TWO (2) WORKSHOPS IN ONE WEEK! Yay! Anyway, I started with some fun, fresh colors. I used Watermelon Wonder as a base and then layered Peekaboo Peach on top of that. To achieve this technique, I ran the Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Celebrations Duo (142760) embossing folder with the word Celebration on Whisper White card stock, and then the key to this technique is to LEAVE THE PAPER ON THE FOLDER and then use the two dot stamps from the Happy Celebrations stamp set and stamp directly onto the paper.
I used the larger dot with Watermelon Wonder and then the smaller one in Peekaboo Peach and Crushed Curry.  Then I wrapped it twice with the Crushed Curry Baker's Twine and tied a bow. Then I stamped out the words from the same stamp set in Whisper White ink onto Dapper Denim cardstock and trimmed the ends and popped it up with Dimensionals.
Well, I'm off for dental appointments and checkups. Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Window Box Bundle~

 Good Thursday everyone! Again, where has this week gone? Wasn't it just Monday? Anyway, I had a wonderful workshop this past weekend with wonderful ladies. My hostess asked me if I could show this adorable Window Box bundle. And of course, I needed to get it out and play with it, actually, more like justifying my purchase-lol. So, I cut it out using Calypso Coral card stock (you need two pieces to make the box as intended), and then ran one through using the pretty detailed die that also comes in the set, through the top piece and assembled the box as directed.
 Then I pulled out my Bold Butterflies die and cut the butterfly from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP stack (142744) from the Occasions Catalog and used my Mono Multi glue to adhere it. I added some pearls to make it pop. For the banner, I used the little die inside the bundle to make this 3D. It cuts and scores it for you! And then from the coordinating stamp set, Window Shopping (143265) I stamped out the "friend" in Crushed Curry onto Whisper White.
 And then of course, I used FREE ribbon from the Salebration selections! LOVE this ribbon! It is so soft and easy to tie.  I made this box into a tea light decoration. I sold tons!
 So, I wanted to showcase the fact that all of our bundles that are 3D boxes, bags etc. the stamps can be used for cards as well. So, here are a couple of cards that I made from the same stamp set and DSP stack. Trying to show them that they can make more than just what something is intended for so that their money goes further. The first card, above, is using the same stamp set, dies, DSP and Bold Butterflies die sets.
 This one I cut the candles directly out of the front of the card and put a piece of the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP behind it and then another down underneath it on the front of the card. I used the Happy Birthday from the same stamp as well. (There's that FREE ribbon again!)
Well, I have my grandson today, so I am going to be away from my computer for a bit. Have a super Thursday!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sending Love Valentines Class~

 Good Saturday morning! I'm excited to say that today I am cropping all day with some friends, so I wanted to get this post up before they get here. This is a class I offered this month for Valentines Day. My customers order the Sending Love Bundle plus the Designer Series Paper and got to make these projects for free.
 I saw this on the SU! website and changed out the colors to my favorite-red! It's the Baker's Box made to look like a mailbox. I cut and assembled the box and then added the flag using just a flat toothpick and a piece of Whisper White flag with a heart punched out using the Owl Builder Punch. I stamped the Love out on Soft Sky and added to the front of the box that I had decorated with a piece of the Sending Love DSP.
 The bag is my favorite for a couple of reasons. One, I love coffee and these bags remind me of no really, it's because they are so nice to have on hand for quick gift giving. Two, they hold ALOT of candy (or coffee). I cut a piece of 2 x 6 DSP from the stack and flagged the end with the Banner Duo Punch. I assembled an envelope from the die set and then cut two hearts, one in Crushed Curry and one in Island Indigo and stuck them inside the envelope. I punched out a Silver Glimmer heart using the Large Heart Punch and tied the bow on the front. I used a Gold Binder clip to hold the bag shut and the tag on.
Lastly is the cute little note card and envelope. I figured you need a card to give with gifts, so why not. I started with a 3x6 piece of DSP and folded it in half. Then layered up another piece, contrasting the first one, and then Whisper White.  I used all the stamps and dies from the Bundle to finish it off and also used one of the Wooden Love Embellishments. I made the envelope with the Envelope Punch Board.
Well, sorry so short, but I need to go pull out my Project Life boxes and start working!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sending Love Card~

Happy Thursday! I'm gonna make this short and sweet as I am busy today with card class out of town tonight and working on some upcoming workshop projects. This is not my original idea. I cannot remember whose blog I saw this on, but I wanted to share it with my customers last weekend at a workshop, so I did one of my own. This is a fun bundle and Valentine's is one of my favorite holidays(is a holiday?-lol) so I jumped on this bundle quick! So, for this particular die, the hearts that go down in a strip, are meant to be a "border" die, it cuts off at the edge of your paper and leaves a neat edge of hearts. (See my blog post from Feb. 1st for a photo of what I mean). In this case, you don't want them to fall away from each other, so I cut my paper longer than the die so it stays in tacked. I just ran it through 4 times onto Whisper White.

 For the colored paper underneath, I cut a piece of Watercolor Paper and scribbled my Watercolor Pencils, Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo in swatches back and forth, then using my Aqua Painters, blended it all together. ( I wish I would have taken a photo of this step) I let it dry completely, then I laid the panel of hearts on top of it, trimmed around it and adhered it to a piece of Basic Black card stock and then to my base of Whisper White.
I cut out the adorable envelopes from Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral and then stamped the little insert and stuck it in the one envelope, I added a cute little clip to the side of the Melon Mambo one.  I adhered some of the FREE Ribbon from Salebration to the backs of the envelopes.  I used Dimensionals to stick it down to the front of the card so it wouldn't squish down the hearts. I gotta run for now, hope to be back soon to finish up this workshop showcase before the next one. Have a great rest of your week!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Yummy in My Tummy Treat Bag~

  Good Tuesday! I'm up early today, even though there is a 2 hour delay today for our schools, who'd a thunk there'd be a delay for FOG in FEBRUARY in the MIDWEST! Usually it's for snow, but we've had none of that yet. We have had spring like temps here and it kind of scares me. So, this past weekend, I had another workshop and I am SO BLESSED! My girls are so in to helping me keep my busy booming and to help me earn that trip to Alaska. So, for one of my projects, I wanted to give them some ideas for Valentines day. I feel in love with this little guy when I saw it and decided to make a treat bag. SUPER EASY and SUPER FUN!
I used the 3x6 Cello bags. Can't tell you how much those have come in handy this year for several gifts. I stamped out the little monster from the stamp setYummy in my Tummy  (142922)onto a piece of Tasty Treats DSP (142770) and then fussy cut it out. Once I had it cut out, I used my Layering Circles framelits and cut out his tummy(at my party, I used the next bigger one up-this one was too small). I adhered him to the bag.
For the tag topper, I cut another piece of Tasty Treats DSP, cut it 2x3 and then scored it in half and folded it over the top of the bag and stapled it down.  I stamped out the Hugs onto Whisper White card stock in Peekaboo Peach ink and punched it out using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch and glued it over a Soft Sky piece of paper that I flagged at one end.  Then I used a Gold Binder Clip (141673) and tied a Melon Mambo 1/8" Stitched Ribbon (141650) onto it.
I will be back tomorrow to post another project from the workshop. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Inspire,Create ad Share February Blog Hop

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 Hello and WELCOME to this Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be a part of a Blog Hop again! It's been 2 years since I have been a part of one and what an awesome time to jump in, one of my FAVORITE holidays.  This month's blog has to do with all things hearts and love! So, here are my projects:
 This is a candy basket (forgive me for not putting candy in it, but I had nothing to hang this on for the candy to stay in, kept falling out) but it will hold a fair amount of chocolate. I started by using the largest Heart in the Sweet and Sassy Framelits set and cutting two of them from Very Vanilla card stock. I made the "basket" part by just cutting a strip of Very Vanilla and scoring it in half, then on each long side at 1/4" and folded into a "v" shape and adhered it to each of the hearts.  I added a handle to it of card stock and finished it up tying a beautiful bow of Blushing Bride Striped ribbon. The next photo shows it sideways so that you can maybe make sense of those directions.

 For the front decoration, I used the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (#142798) from the Occasions Catalog. I used Sahara Sand card stock also and just cut the next two sizes(layers) of hearts that are in the set of dies.   I then went to my favorite Valentines BUNDLE in the Occasions Catalog, Sealed With Love. You get a ton of stamps and dies in the bundle. It includes the die to make this adorable envelope, plus another one that is showcased on my next project.
 This is my card to give with the candy. I started by making the base from Blushing Bride card stock and then using the fantatic heart border die also included in the bundle.  Once I cut that, I pulled up the hearts to give them dimension.
 Here is a close up. Just under those hearts, I glued a piece of the Falling in Love DSP along the edge to separate the Blushing Bride. I added a pattern piece of DSP to the front of the card as well, for breaking up the colors.
For the focal point on the front, which I think it's fair to say, the heart border is a focal point for sure, I went ahead and continued using the bundle. I used the Scallop Squares to cut the Blushing Bride square, and then I cut a piece of Very Vanilla from the Stitched Framelits and stamped out the Love Note in Archival Black ink.  I made another sweet little envelope from Sahara Sand (this is the second envelope die in the bundle) and then stamped out the hearts from one of the stamps in the stamp set in Blushing Bride and used a framelit made just for these, to cut them out and glued them inside the envelope.
I added a wooden heart from the Wooden Embellishments (also featured in the Sending Love product suite) to the front of my envelope. Then again, I used that gorgeous ribbon, tied a bow and then wound some Linen Thread around it several times to break up some color again. THANK YOU for stopping by!

Please head on over to Deb's blog for MORE inspiration!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Birthday!

 Hello Tuesday! I wanted to share a project I made this past weekend at a workshop for some local ladies. I have so many products from the Salebration and Ocassions catalogs that I kind of went nuts and did a lot of projects for it, but oh it was fun to get the new stuff opened and used.  This card was simple, but used lots of new product! I started by using a Emerald Envy piece of card stock and then layered up Basic Black next, then cut the striped piece of Party Animal DSP and added that to the base.
 For the focal point, I used the Candles Border Punch (LOVE!!!) along the bottom edge and then cut another piece of Party Animal DSP, just a strip wide enough to fill in the candles, and adhered it to the back of the candles. I cut a strip from the same pack and placed it above the candle to "divide the paper" before stamping it with the Happy Birthday from the FREE Salebration stamp set Designer Tees in Crushed Curry ink. I then wrapped a piece of Emerald Envy 1/8" ribbon around it all and place Dimensionals on the whole thing and placed it down on the base layers.
 I added some Regals Enamel Dots in the corner, just because it was a little naked up there. Plus the fact that I am loving them right now!
I decided to show them how to decorate the inside of the card, something I forget to do when making cards, so I added some more paper and stamped another image from the Designer Tees.
Come back tomorrow for a BLOG HOP!  Create Inspire and Share Blog Hop! 17 BLOGGERS will inspire you for Valentines day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Balloon Adventures~

I wanted to take some time today before card class and post another swap of mine from the Stampin' Up! Achievers Swap I recently participated in. I always have so much fun doing this swap, because there is so many talented ladies in this swap that I am never disappointed in the ones I get back.
This swap was for the Ocassions Mini and the Salebration catalogs.
I choose to use the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Up and Away DSP that is FREE with a $50 purchase! I love how the two books coordinate with product to kind of go hand in hand.
This one is done in Peekaboo Peach as the base of my card.  I layered up a Whisper White with a banner of Up and Away DSP( I used the Triple Banner Punch for flagging the end). I wrapped a piece of Smokey Slate Thick Baker's Twine around it.
I stamped the Crushed Curry balloon onto Whisper White and cut it out using the Stitched Framelits(WHICH ARE NOW BACK IN STOCK!) and then stamped the polka dot balloon in Watermelon Wonder and punched it out using the Balloon Punch and popped it up with Dimensionals.  I stamped out the balloon strings with the Basic Black Archival Ink Pad.
I finished it off by stamping the sentiment in Peekaboo Peach in the bottom right corner.
I think that these two catalogs are going to be the BEST that we have had in a long time!
I'm off to my craft room for card class! Have a GREAT Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Well, it's finally here! Salebration! I'm not sure how most feel, but this time of year, the biggest promotion of the year for SU! is "almost" as exciting as the NEW CATALOG in June. It's hard to compare, but I am always excited beyond the stars for BOTH~
So, I am part of a group of demonstrators that are called SU! Trip Achievers and we have a swap each time a new catalog comes out, so three times a year, I join for two groups of swaps in which I have to make 16 cards for each group (so 32 cards) and receive 32 BACK! It's awesome to be able to get a ton of samples to display without having to come up with 32 different cards on my own.
So, anyway, this is one of mine! I love Valentine's Day, and so when I went to OnStage in Novemember, this set was offered as a preorder for those who attended, along with the DSP. One of the perks of being a demo is getting to PREORDER a month before the catalogs go live.

So for this card, I used several new things and blended with some "seasoned" product. I made my card out of Real Red card stock and added a layer of Basic Black.  I ran my Whisper White through the Big Shot with the new Falling Petals Embossing Folder and then turned the image around so it's the concave side of the hearts is displayed.  I then added a strip of Sending Love DSP(new product) and wrapped some Basic Black Thick Baker's Twine to it and tied a bow.
I cut the circles from the Layering Circles and the Stitched Framelits(white piece).  I stamped the hearts from the Sealed with Love, the hearts are in a straight line, but since they are Photopolymer, I was able to bend and manipulate them onto the block to make them curved, I stamped them in Real Red ink.  I used the sentiment from the same stamp set and used Momento Black ink.  I punched a Silver Glimmer Heart with the Large Heart Punch.
So, I hope by now that you have a set of new catalogs in hand and I've inspired you to find something to purchase. Tomorrow I am going to show my other swap.
Thanks for stopping by.