Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rosh Hashanah Card

I had the opportunity to do a workshop with a group of ladies last night who requested that we make a Rosh Hashana card for the upcoming holiday.  This is the card I designed for the class.

The ladies, who were first time stampers, loved the card, and were amazed that it was so easy to put together.

The tree and grass are from the Sheltering Tree stamp set; the bee is from the Touches of Texture set; the sentiment is from the very retired Jewish Sayings set.  The apples were punched fromt he Tree Builder punch.  

Cardstock:  Whisper White Thick, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Olive Green, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobber, Basic Black
Stampin' Write Marker:  Daffodil Delight
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Touches of Texture, Jewish Sayings
Punch:  Tree Builder
Other:  Embroidery Floss

Happy Stampin'!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Camping Birthday Invitation

This is an invitation I designed for a little boy's birthday party.  He was having a backyard camping sleepover.

The tent is made from Mossy Meadow cardstock.  After I shaped the tent, I made stitch marks along the edges.  I used the Number of Years set ad the coordinating Large Numbers framelits to make the "9th Birthday" embellishments.  The fire was made by embossing some Soft Sued paper with the woodgrain embossing folder and punching out two "logs" using the retired word window punch.  I sponged the logs to bring out the wood.  The flames were made by sponging Whisper White paper with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie and punching out with the retired Bird Builder punch.  The tent closure was made by inserting two brads into the sides and winding some embrmoidery floss around them.  

He loved the invitations and the party was a huge success!

Happy stampin'!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Birthday from Us!

I made this card for a coworker a few months ago.  This was inspisred by a card I saw on Pinterest.  I thought the two owls were appropriate since it was from me and another co-worker.

The cardstock is Soft Suede.  The card front is embossed with the Woodgrain folder and sponged up with Soft Suede.  The leaves are from the Bird Builder punch and punched out in Garden Green as well as sponged.  The owls are made with the Owl Builder punch using Crumb Cake, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla.  The top owl is dressed in Cherry Cobbler, and the bottom owl is dressed in Pacific Point.  The sentiment is from the retired Something to Say Set and die cut with the Banner Framelit.

I just love this owl punch and seem to go to all the time!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Whitewashed Birthday

This is the  third of three cards made at last weekend's Whitewash Technique card class.  Although I used ther retired Beautiful Bunch set, this look can be achieved with any large flower.  I think the Flower Shop would be a great set to do this with.

For directions on how to do the whitewash technique, please see my blog post from this past Monday.

Carstock:  Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark, Crumb Cake, White Kraft
Markers:  Calypso Coral
Stamp Set: Rose Wonder, Beautiful Bunch
Framelit: Rose Garden

I hope you've enjoyed the whitewash projects, and I hope you'll give the technique  try!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monthly ATCs

This month I joined two groups over at's ATC swap -- Halloween and Drinks.

I was on an embossing roll -- this Halloween ATC is almost ALL embossed!

I used the retired Tee Hee Hee set.  The hat, dress and tights were embossed and fussy cut. The shoes were also embossed but  right onto the ATC.  I made the clothesline by stamping the brooms on either side of the card and then tieing some rope and securing with a brad on either end.  I pop dotted the dress and the tights onto the clothesline and stamped the clothespins and then pop dotted the hat on the top of the broom/post.  I sponged the sky with Soft Sky and Night of Navvy.  The grass was sponged with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke.  Since it's supposed to show a witch's outfit hanging out to dry in anticipation of Witches' Night Out, I added a bit of bling by adding rhinestones on the hat, dress and shoes.

This next ATC is made using the Mixed Drinks stamp set.  Again, I embossed the wine and the glasses.

The background, wine and chevron ribbon are all Cherry Cobbler.  The glasses were embossed using Smoky Slate.  I added the rhinestones to cover up a tiny smudge, but I think they look good where they were placced -- you can never have too much bling!

Happy Stampim'!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Whitewashed Peony

This is the second of three cards from this weekend's Whitewash Technique card class.  I just love how it turned out, and I think the touch of Wink of Stella finishes it off beautifully.

See yesterday's blog post for the directions on howto do the whitewash technique.  Although the marker I used to whitewash the peony is Melom Mambo, it ended up looking like Sweet Sugarplum.

Cardstock:  Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Stamp:  You've Got This
Ink:  Versamark, Versamark
Stampin' Write Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo
ReInkers:  White Craft
Other:  Rhinestones; Daffodil Delight ribbon

Please check back tomorrow for the last of the whitewash cards from class.

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Whitewash Get Well Card

This past weekend, my card class was focused on learning the whitewash technique.  We made three cards, and this is the first one.

The technique is pretty easy.

First you heat emboss the outline of the stamp with white embossing powder.  To color the bowl and the soup, I filled an aqua pen with water and then mixed it with some White Craft reinker.  The consistency of the ink should be thin, but not watery.  Then apply the white ink to the card, being careful to stay within the lines.

Very important -- the white ink must dry completely before going on to the  next step.  I used a heat tool to dry it.

Next, I puddled Marina Mist in the lid of the ink pad and applied it ot a blender pen.  I outlined the edge of the bowl and the "pulled" the color in towards the center of the bowl.  It's also important not to over work it as you will pill the card stock.  I did the same wih Daffodil Delight in the center of the bowl (the soup).  To finish it off, I added some rhinestones on the heart as well as on the handle of the spoon.

It was a big hit at class.  Check back tomorrow to see another whitewash project.

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink:  White Craft, Versamark, Marina Mist
Embossing Powder:  White
Tools:  Aqua Pen, Blender Pen

Give it a try!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kindergarten Layout

This month's layout goes WAAAAAY back. Actually, it's a re-do of one I had done many years ago but just didn't really like.  I decided to re-do it with different papers and a different design.  It's my older daughter's kindergarten school picture -- she's since graduated college over a year ago!

Since I have such a large collection of current and retired DSP, I decided to use some of it for this layout.  The background is Real Red, and the DSP is from the Storytime collection.  I cut out the Letters that spelled my daughter's name.  The doily was made using a Martha Steward punching system and the paper used for that is  also from the Storytime collection.  I printed out "kindergarten" on my computer onto Whisper White and mounted it on Real Red.  The "5" was stamped using the Number of Years set and die cut using the coordinating Large Numbers framelits.  I mounted it on Whisper White punched out with the 2" circle punch and then mounted that on a 2 1/2" Real Red punched Circle.  I added the red pearls for a bit of bling.  The "years old" was also printed out on my computer and mounted.

Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White
DSP:  Storytime
Ink:  Real Red
Stamp Set: Number of Years
Thinlits: Large Numbers
Punches:  2", 2 1/2"
Other:  Red Pearls (non SU), MS punching system

Do you redo layouts that you've done in the past and aren't too fond of??????

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Washi Tape Thank You Card

Today's card is very long overdue in being posted (as are so many of my projects that I'm hoping to catch up on posting this month!).  This one is the thank you cards that I made my customers for orders placed in May.  They were very quick to assemble, and I really like how they came together.

I simply affixed the washi tape starting at the top of the note card.  After I attached the first four rows, I then attached two beginning from the bottom.  I stamped the sentiment in the space that was not covered by washi.  I wrapped some baker's twine around the card front and tied a little knot.  Easy peasy -- doesn't get any easier than that!  Plus, it was a good way to actually use up some of the washi that I had been hoarding!

Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White
Washi: Beach House
Stamp: Another Thank You
Ink: Pool Party
Baker's Twine:  Crushed Curry

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September Inspiration Projects - Halloween without Halloween Stamps!

This month’s inspiration theme is Halloween.  The  twist is that I didn’t use any of the new Halloween stamps that just came out in the Holiday Catalog.  In fact, I made these Halloween cards without using Halloween stamps at all – well I did for the sentiment only.  I challenged myself to use non-seasonal stamps that I had to make Halloween cards, and I must say, I totally enjoyed the challenge!

Be sure to download the instruction sheet at the bottom of the post!

1 –Sponged Pumpkin

Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie (105117), Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie (126945), Old Olive ((126953)
Stampin’ Write Marker:  Old Olive ((131259)
Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes (retired)
Thinlits:  Swirly Scribbles (141497)
Other: Sponge   (141337)


2.  Halloween Night

Cardstock: Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Night of Navy (126970), Always Artichoke (126972), White Kraft  (101731), Versamark (102283)
Stamp: Sheltering Tree (137163), Teeny Tiny Wishes (retired)
Punch: 1 ½” circle (138299)
Embossing Powder: black
Embossing Folder: Wood Grain (127821)
Other  Sponge (141337)

3.  Punch Art Pumpkin

Cardstock: Soft Suede (115318), Whisper White (100730), Pumpkin Pie (105117)
Ink: Soft Suede (126978), Pool Party (126982), Pumpkin Pie (126945)
Stampin’ Write Marker:  Soft Suede (131261)
Punches:  1” circle (119868); 1 ¼” circle (119861); 1 ½” circle (138299)
Thinlit: (141488)
Embossing Folder:  Woodland(139673)
Other:  Hemp

I really enjoyed this challenge.  I think I may challenge myself for another holiday, and I challenge you to do the same!

Click HERE for the downloadable instructions.

Happy Stampin’!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blogging Friends One Year Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Blogging Friends Blog Hop.  If you are new to the blog, we are a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators from all over the  country and Canada who share a love of paper crafting.  Our blog hop happens monthly on the 1st and the hops are always LOADED with great projects and inspiration.  If you are unfamiliar with blog hops, here's how they work:  At the bottom of my post, you will see an image to continue on to the next blog which will take you directly there.  There is also a list of all the participants and their blog links.

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This month marks our one year anniversary, which is a very special occasion in and of itself, but it's even MORE special and exciting because we have a very special guest blogger today -- the one and only Shelli Gardner, a founder of Stampin' Up!  We are all so thrilled to have her joining us.  If you've followed the blog from the beginning, you should have arrived here from Shelli's blog.  Wasn't it great?!

****It's a special month in so many ways, so I'll be giving away some great Stampin' Up! products to one lucky person (excluding the bloggers) who leaves a comment below and also follows my blog.  A winner will be chosen using  Please be sure to provide your email address so I can contact you.  I will draw a winner on September 30.****

This month's anniversary theme was "Anything Goes", so  I decided to go with the "anniversary" theme since my husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this month.

My husband is a very simple, no frills, steak and potatoes kind of guy, so when I sat down to design an anniversary card for him for such a big occasion as our 25th, I was a bit stumped.  After some careful consideration, it finally came to me.  He's such a hard worker and a wonderful provider, and has been from the beginning, so I thought I'd try to represent that in the card.  This is what I came up with.

Our house, which we built together as we were planning our wedding (talk about stress!) is brick, so the brick embossing folder was perfect for it!  I started by embossing the card front using Cajun Craze and the brick embossing folder.  I highlighted the bricks using the White Craft Ink.   The "25" was made by stamping the numbers from the Numbers of Year stamp set in Always Artichoke and die cutting them with the coordinating Large Numbers thinlits.

I pulled out the long-retired Good Neighbors set and stamped the house in Cajun Craze.  The roof was stamped with Basic Gray and fussy cut and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The tree was stamped by applying Garden Green marker to the top and Soft Suede to the trunk.  The clouds were stamped with Soft Sky and also popped up for some dimension.  The  grass is from the new Sitting Here set using Always Artichoke.

I die cut the scene using the Banners framelits in Whisper White and mounted to Always Artichoke.

Finally, I mounted the card front on Whisper White and then Always Artichoke.  I just love how this came  out because our house is beautifully built with the same color bricks, and I love that the door on the house has a heart on it and that's perfect for all the love that has been in our home for 25 years!  
I think he'll love the card and I can't wait to give it to him in a few weeks!

Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Stamp Sets:  Good Neighbors (retired), Number of Years, Sitting Here
Thinlits:  Banners, Large Numbers
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke
Stampin' Write Markers: Soft Suede, Garden Green


My next project is from a trip my husband and I took on our first anniversary to Hawaii.  We had honeymooned there and had visited the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai.  We loved them all, but especially Kauai.  When planning our anniversary trip, we decided to spend our entire time on the island of Kauai.  Well, the island was sadly hit by Hurricane Iniki the day before we were to leave on our trip.  We had a wonderful travel agent and he was able to get us on to the island of Maui and into a great hotel.  It wasn't what we had planned, but it was wonderful nonetheless.  This layout is the inside view of the hotel.

This layout came together pretty quickly.  All the pictures are mounted on Cajun Craze and then onto a piece of patterned paper from the Botanical Gardens DSP pack from 2016 Occasions and then onto Cajun Craze.  The title was made by stamping the little flowers from the "Number of Years" set and cutting it out with the banners thinlits.  All of the components of the title are from the Number of Years set and the coordinating Large Numbers thinlits. I added little rhinestones for some bling!  Finally, I tied a bow along the side using the retired Pear Pizzazz seam binding.

Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Whisper White
DSP:  Botanical Gardens (retired)
Stamp Set: Number of Years
Thinlits: Large Numbers, Banneres
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding (retired)
Other: Rhinestones
My last project is a card I made for a relative's 50th Wedding Anniversary party.  I just love how it came out!

There was no stamping at all on this card (except for the inside).  The gold heart was die cut using the Bloomin' Love Thinlits.  I used the gold foil specialty paper for the heart.  The "50" and th little flowers were die cut from the same set using Gold Glitter paper.  I added some rhinestones to the flower centers and finished off the card with some gold satin ribbon.  The card front is Whisper white and the card base is Delightful Dijon.

Cardstock:  Delightful Dijon, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Gold Foil, Gold Glitter
Ribbon:  Gold Satin
Other: Rhinestones

I hope you enjoyed these projects and that you will continue  on with the hop to see some more great projects!  You can get to the next blog by clicking on the image below or by clicking on any of the links.