Wednesday, November 25, 2009



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Craft Fair

This past Saturday I was fortunate enough to have a table at the Mayo employees craft fair with my friend Carmen. This is an annual event with 300 tables of handcrafted items. I was very happy with the crowd and how many items sold! Here are some photos of the table before the doors opened and we sold out of almost everything! Did I mention this sale was awesome?!?! We had individual and boxed cards, Rudolph and pumpkin boxes, post-it-note holders, stamped candles, gift card holders, tile coasters, covered note pads, punched Santa and Thanksgiving candy, stocking stuffers, triangle treat boxes and framed Noel and Peace sayings. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Big Shot

Maybe you've heard that the Big Shot is great for materials other than just cardstock. Here are two great examples of pins that can be made using fabric. The blue and white flower was made with the Stampin' Up! Blossom Party die and the Scallop Circle die. The fall themed orange flower uses the Stampin' Up! Flower Folds exclusive die and a Pumpkin Pie corduroy button. The possibilities are truly endless with the Big Shot!

Altered Note Pads

I made this for a craft expo last weekend. I cut a piece of Creamy Caramel card stock 8 1/8" x 9 1/4", score at 4 1/8" and 4 1/2". I used the acorn stamp from the Autumn Splendor set and punched it out using the 1 1/4" circle. I layered that over a 1 3/8" Chocolate Chip circle and finished it off with a gold brad for some bling. The designer series paper is Autumn Meadows from the Holiday Mini catalog. I love that the in color ribbon is two sided! Here I used the solid side of Dusty Durango. To finish off the top half I used the Leaves Die for the Big Shot and cut out two leaves using Dusty Durango and Chocolate Chip card stock. I'll have more projects to share, thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Digital Studio

Stampin' Up! is offering My Digital Studio in the starter kit for new demonstrators!!! What a deal! The software can be used to create scrapbooks, cards, calendars, blog elements and so much more. Check out this link for more details.

Monday, September 28, 2009


A circle punch and some sponges or a brayer are all you need to create the spotlight effect shown in this card. I sponged Summer Sun all over white cardstock for the base layer. Then I punched a circle out of a post it note and placed it where I wanted the "sun" . Then I sponged Really Rust, So Saffron, and Pumpkin Pie to create the rest of the background. The cat-tails are grass image from Inspired by Nature stamped in Really Rust with the tops punched using the horizontal slot punch and chocolate chip paper. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baby Gift

Today was the big day for my super cute godson
Liam, his baptism! I used the now retired, sniff, Wild About You and the Cute as a Bug sets to create Liam's wall hanging. I cut the letters out of Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke cardstock using my Cricut and layered them to look shadowed.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


When I saw this super cute box posted on the Stampin' Up! website, I knew I had to try it. This guy uses the Top Note die for the Big Shot, 1" and 1/2" circle punches, rounded tab punch, basic black stampin write marker, certainly celery and lovely lilac cardstock. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Guy card

It seems like no matter how experienced the stamper, creating a card for a guy is difficult. For me personally, I find these cards the most challenging type to make. I fell back on the trusty set Lovely as a Tree and Old Olive and Chocolate Chip cardstock. The tree was inked in Creamy Caramel and "thumped" with Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust and Close to Cocoa markers. I love the multicolored effect thumping adds to an image. Hope this helps someone looking to make the perfect card for the special guy.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Post convention party swaps

Becky created this really cool card using the Dasher stamp and the movers and shapers die with the curly label insert. I just love the dasher stamp, what a versatile stamp and it's less than $10!

Heidi uses another under $10 stamp, Little Boo, with some of the Cast-A-Spell designer series paper to create a super cute Halloween card. It's hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner! Summer has really flown by this year.

Angie used the new background stamp Medallion as the focal point for this card. She stamped on the back of the vellum cardstock with the in color Soft Suede and finished off the card with Dusty Durango polka dot ribbon. As always, the cards from this swap are awesome!! I will post more another day, my computer may just explode if I try to do more tonight! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Catalog Swap

This is the swap I came up with for our post-convention party this coming Monday. I was inspired by this card and changed the layout to work with what I had on hand. Supplies: Dusty Durango and Soft Suede cardstock and ink, modern label punch, word window punch, little leaves sizzlit, flower daisies #2 die, perfect details texturz plate and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. Once we swap I'll post some of the other sistas cards. Check out the Simply Sweet Sistas blog on the left for their convention experiences. They had an awesome time and I can't wait to hear everything they learned come Monday! Thanks for looking.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sample Wedding Invitation

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to create a sample wedding invitation. The bride's color is lavender. Here's what I came up with after much internet searching for ideas. The colors are Lavender Lace and Old Olive. I used Fifth Ave Floral and Ever After stamps sets with the eyelet border punch. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Convention swap

Here is the swap I made for convention. Even though I am unable to go, darn job, some of my stamping sistas have graciously offered to take swaps for those of us left behind. I cased this card from Splitcoast, thanks for the idea! I used the new in colors Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzelberry, which I think is my new favorite color! Off to go put in my pre-order from the Holiday Mini! I can't wait to get my hands on those cool new products. Have a great night!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here's a couple of tags from a set I made as a gift a little while back. The stamps are from the level 3 hostess set Kind & Caring Thoughts and Animal Stories. I used the new In Colors Crushed
Curry and Dusty Durango on the lion. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It has been a LONG time since my last post, but I'm back! I needed to focus on studying for my final exam before graduating with a Master's degree in forensic science. Just took the exams today and fingers crossed everything went well. Whew, what a relief to be done!!
So now it's time for fun and playing, woo hoo!! Here's a card I made for a girl's baptism. I love the combination of pink and brown for a girl's card. The giraffe is colored using watercolor pencils and a blender pen. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Pick a Petal Birthday

I am going to miss the current in colors once they retire on June 30th. This card was made using Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Basic Black ink, as well as Tangerine Tango, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock. You can view the Last Chance List, formerly the Retired List here. The items on this list are going fast, so hurry if you want to order them before they are gone!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thank You

My upline LeeAnn was kind enough to lend me her Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Pocket Silhouettes stamp sets so I could create this card. I used chocolate chip and barely banana cardstock, and chocolate chip, so saffron, summer sun, and more mustard ink. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 30, 2009


What better birthday card for a one year old than Elmo? I was inspired by this card to try my own Elmo card. It's a very easy card to put together. Using the large scallop circle die for the Big Shot, I folded a piece of real red paper and put the fold just under one side of the circle to make the card base. To make the eyes, use the 1 3/8" circle punch and going gray cardstock, 1 1/4" circle punch and whisper white cardstock, and the 1/2" circle punch and basic black cardstock. The nose is punched out of more mustard using the 1 3/4" circle punch and popped up with dimensionals. Then I cut a 3 1/2" circle in half to make the mouth. Have a great day!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Gift Set

I just love making sets of cards for someone
to give as a gift. It's so much fun to see everything come together and know that the person giving the gift is very happy with what I have made. Thanks for looking!

Clear envelope brag book

So if I may toot my own horn a bit here, I think these clear envelope brag books turned out pretty well for my first attempt :) These were given as Mother's day gifts and can be easily put in a purse to show off family anytime. The tutorial can be found here.

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