Thursday, April 30, 2015

WOW! What a great new catalog!

I've been virtually "flipping through" the new catalog all day . . . such yummy goodness!! If you've ordered from me within the past year, you will automatically be receiving a free catalog. If you haven't, you can order one for $5.00. Reserve your copy now!

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Quick Thank You Card

My daughter is finishing up her last nursing clinical before she graduates from college in two weeks (where did the time go?) and she realized she needed a thank you card for her clinical supervisor. She looked through my basket of cards and saw one she liked, but it wasn't a thank you card, and she didn't want the colors on it. Here's that one:

This is the I ended up making for her:

The dots were made using sponge daubers and Real Red and Basic Black Ink. The card base is also Real Red. The baloon was cut from the Balloon Framelits (that coordinate with the Celebrate Today photopolyer set). I attached some black baker's twine to it. The sentiment is from Another Thank You embossed with black embossing powder. The banner was made with the Banner Framelits, and the nurse cap and stethescope brads were picked up at CKC convention I went to this weekend. (I picked them up just because they were nurse themed; not knowing what I was going to use them for!)

I'm glad to report that my daughter just LOVED the card!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The retiring list has been released. Click here for a pdf verson. Most products are marked down from 25 - 50% and are available on a "while supplies last" basis!

NOTE: Anyone who orders between now and April 30, using Hostess Code TNA92W73, with me as your demo will be entered to win a $25 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate for use in the new catalog! (Be sure the "No Contact" button is not checked so I know who you are!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Background Technique - Part 1 (Card No. 4)

Here is the last project from Part 1 of the Background Technique class I held last weekend. I just love how this card came out!
This was made by inking up an acrylic block directly onto the ink pad and then spritzing it with water using a spritzer bottle.
It will look like this:
Then I stamped the block in the middle of the cardstock. I wiped off the block and did the same process and stamped below the first stamp; wiped it off and did it a third time on the top of the cardstock.
I let it dry a bit and then stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree, tied a ribbon on it and mounted it on cardstock. That's it! Much bang for your buck! I used Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz for this design. I'd love to know what you think of these three techniques. Please leave a comment. Part 2 of the Background Techniques class is this weekend, so please be sure to come back this weekend to see three more great techniques.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Backgrounds Technique Class - Part 1 (Card No. 3)

Here's another card we made at Part 1 of the backgrounds technique class. This was super simple!
All you need is an acrylic block and a Stampin' Write Marker. I used Wisteria Wonder because I was making a sympathy card, and I find that color so calming!
With the thick end of the magic marker, simply color the acrylic block.
I went side to side, but one of my customers went diagonally and it looked great! Then I used the acrylic block as my stamp and "stamped" the paper with it.
I finished it off by stamping a flower and sentiment from the "Love and Sympathy" set using Basic Black. That's it. Easy peasy, don't you think?
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Backgrounds Technique Class - Part 1 (Card Nos. 1 and 2)

I recently held a Backgrounds Technique Class and had so much fun trying out some fun ways to make backgrounds. These are two of the cards we made. Check back tomorrow for another card sample.
To achieve this look, we used simple masking tape. You can use painters' tape also; just as long as it is a low tack tape. Cut a strip of tape and ink it up by laying it across the inkpad and press down gently.
Then to transfer the ink onto the cardstock, lay the inked tape onto the cardstock and press and rub with your finger. Gently peel the tape off. I repeated that five times to get the background.
Then I stamped the flower image from Flower Shop using Basic Black ink; embellished with a ribbon, and layered it onto my card base. I chose to use Pink Pirouette paper, ink and ribbon since I was going for a soft look. This would look equally great using bright colors or earthy colors -- any colors actually! This following card was made using the same technique except I used two different inks -- Sahara Sand and Soft Sky. The image is from Wetlands and is stamped in Basic Black.
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Friday, April 3, 2015


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