Thursday, July 23, 2015



My daughter's big day is quickly approaching and I've been busy making thank you cards for the bridal showers people have been so kind to give her.  I think I've made close to 80 or so thank you cards!  I was going to make the 200+ for the reception itself but our photographer was able to get us a great deal and so I said go for it!  That'll free up some time for me to work on other decor.  Sometimes a maker needs to know when to be a buyer. ;)

When time is precious, and I have lots of other things to take care of, I like to turn to the variety of Stampin' Up! publications for beautiful and fun crafty ideas.

This card is a CASE from one such publication.  I think it was from the Occasions Catalog.  I just changed up the colors a tiny bit to match my daughter's wedding colors.  I just love this design!

I used a few retired products on this project so please excuse that, but you can most likely find them somewhere on the internet.

I used the Watercolor Thank you stamp, which I LOVE.  I'll be holding on to that even when it retires someday.  I also used the Naturals Ivory card stock.  I was so sad when that retired that I bought up a few packages just for my stash. A couple other retired items i used was the stamp set Your Perfect Day.  Again, so sad it didn't make it into the new catalog.  I just love it.  The last retired product I used was this Calypso Coral ribbon.  If I'm giving thank you cards as a gift, I like to package them up in a cute way.  

So really, the only current products in this project is the Watercolor Thank You stamp, Calypso Coral ink, Rich Razzleberry ink, Sahara Sand ink, and Old Olive ink.  But I think they made a really great finish project, don't you think?

Well, back to the craft room to continue working on wedding decor.  But check back soon for some July Paper Pumpkin projects!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015



It's actually a very HOT kind of day here in my corner of the world.  Temps over 100 degrees for the last few days make me want to eat all the ice cream!  I love summer but don't like it when it gets too hot.  It triggers my "personal summers" even more....or as I like to call them, "power surges". LOL.  But summer brings beautiful views like this, so I can't complain too much.

Summer also gives me an excuse to sit in my air-conditioned craft room and play with my Paper Pumpkin kits!  I held my June Paper Pumpkin Playdate last week and had a great turn out!  A few of my guests weren't really sure about Paper Pumpkin at first and I had work my magic to assure them they would love it if they subscribed, and guess what?  They do!  Even my die-hard "I don't want a kit, I want to create my card/project start to finish" subscribers love it!  If you want to have a box of fun delivered to your mailbox every month, just click this link:

Anyway, the projects at the bottom of the photo are the intended June PP projects and the cards on the display board are alternative ideas.  Thank goodness for Pinterest since I had to make all of these a couple of hours before my guests were to arrive!

And here are some close-ups.

I haven't used Tempting Turquoise in a LONG time...I'm so glad I pulled it out!

This card is a creation from my own little mind.  Do you see the gold glitter dots?  Those are the glue dots that were included in the kit.  I just placed them, pulled off the backing and doused them in glitter.  Such a fun and unique embellishment!

This was also from my brain. I had used up a lot of my pieces before my guests arrived so I was just playing around while they put their cards together and came up with this.  I think it turned out cute!

This one kind of looks like a tie, don't you think? Ha!

And then one more look at the intended June cards.  Love them!

 Well, there you have it.  Want an excuse to stay out of the heat?  Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015



Do you like to kiss?  Me too!  But the type of kissing I'm talking about doesn't require you to dig out your chapstick first. ;)

Kissing is a stamping technique that has been around a long time.  It's when you take an inked solid image stamp and "kiss" it to an uninked stamp with lots of detail.  Like this:

This solid image has been inked with Cucumber Crush ink.

Kissing it to the uninked Woodgrain background stamp.

This is the awesome result:

Another way to kiss is when you ink up the detail stamp and "kiss" an uninked solid image like this:

Uninked solid image with inked detail image.

The result is this fantastic effect:

Here are versions 1 and 2 of the kissing technique side by side.  You can see they are both very different and both VERY cool:

Kissing technique 1 (left) and 2 (right).

Next I pulled out the I Think You're Great stamp set from Stampin' Up!  This set was purposefully created to do the kissing technique.  I'm about to show you a third way to "kiss" your stamps so keep reading!

I used the solid cloud "hi" stamp and the fun, funky scallop detail stamp for the next few images.

I pulled out my Tempting Turquoise ink and did version 1 of the kissing technique.  This was the result.  Isn't that so fun?

Here's where the third kissing technique comes in.  Ink up your solid image in a light color and then ink up your detail stamp in a darker shade and kiss them together.

Both stamps are inked in different shades of blue.

The outcome of this third technique are the images at the bottom of the photo.  For the left one I used Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo, for the image on the right, I used Soft Sky and Bermuda Bay.  I love how this turned out!  You can see I experimented a bit.  I was having a lot of fun!  The image at the top right, is a little hard to read so if your solid stamp has text or writing in it, you might want to forgo trying the second kissing technique.  I'm going to keep this image though and layer it underneath something else because I still love how it looks.

Here's the card I made with my "kissed" cloud.  The Daffodil Delight image is also included in that stamp set.  So pretty!  I finished off my card with some white Baker's Twine, a piece of doily that I inked with Watermelon Wonder ink and added some Temping Turquoise candy dots.

So go ahead, put that chapstick away and try this fun kissing technique!  You can purchase all these products HERE.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015



I'm getting ready for my first Paper Pumpkin Playdate and I couldn't be more excited!  I have invited all of my current subscribers to join me tonight at the Table so we can assemble our May Paper Pumpkin kits together.  This is the intended May kit:

Photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!

Here are some alternate projects I made using the kit.  I got these ideas directly from the Demonstrator Website.  I LOVE being a demonstrator and being able to get all sorts of inspiration!

Paper Pumpkin is only $19.95 per month (including shipping!) BUT, right now you can get your first two months of kits for 50% off (new subscribers only)!  That's like getting a month for free!  Just use the code SAVE50 at this link:

Gotta go!  My Paper Pumpkin Pals will be here soon!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Mint Macaron Sympathy


I made a little time this week to play with some new in-color product.  Our neighbors' daughter just passed away and I wanted to make them a card
to tell them we're thinking about them in this very difficult time.  She has been suffering for many years so I'm sure this is a bittersweet time for them.

I thought Mint Macaron was the perfect color to convey a heartfelt greeting.  I can tell this is going to be my favorite in-color.

I combined a few techniques on this card plus an older stamp set that, I'm ashamed to admit, I have hardly used!  I bought this Thoughts and Prayers stamp set when it was first introduced and have only pulled it out a time or two.  But combining it with the Mint Macaron has made me see it with new eyes.  I know I'll be pulling it out a lot more this year.

So first off, I decided to alter the Honeycomb embossing folder.  I ran a piece of card stock through and then lined it up with my stamped image.  Then I took a pencil and drew a light pencil line where I thought I'd want to cut it apart.

Please, please forgive these next couple of photos! It was gray and rainy outside and it made the Mint Macaron card stock not look very good no matter what I tried.  I PROMISE, this color is AMAZING in person!

Then I put some Tombow on the back to make sure it stayed put on my stamped piece.

I couldn't leave out my GORGEOUS Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim.  You guys!  That lace trim is just so luxurious feeling!

I adhered the lace with my Fast Fuse (another product I'm just now pulling out!  What's wrong with me! LOL), then adhered that whole panel with dimensionals to the card front.

You can see I made a boo-boo stamping the vine image the first time.  Luckily, there are always two sides to a piece of card stock!

Once it was put together, I felt like it needed one last touch.  I showed it to my daughter and she and I talked about maybe adding more color, but that didn't feel right. So I pulled out my Antique Brads and did one last technique.  I embossed it with white embossing powder.  This is a technique I learned from one of my favorite demonstrators when I was in her Stamp Club years ago.

This was just the added touch I was looking for!

The Mint Macaron card stock and ribbon will be available for purchase starting on June 2!

I don't like making sympathy cards because that means someone is going through a heart breaking time, but hopefully this pretty card will convey our feelings of love and prayers for them and their family.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April Paper Pumpkin Kit


I'm back with another card to share with you.  I have to say, I really love how this one turned out.  It's soft, and pretty and just makes me think of a beautiful Spring morning.

I used some elements from the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here's what the kit makes:

Photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!
The great thing about the Paper Pumpkin kits are that you can use your creativity to make the projects your own.  So I made a fun card and tag for Mother's Day.

So after I made this card/tag, I took the stamp set and the included Crushed Curry baker's twine plus a few other Stampin' Up! products and made another card for my mom:

I used the Hearts stencil and sponged it with Crisp Cantaloupe then stamped the flowers from the stamp set in Calypso Coral.  I filled the centers with Crushed Curry ink.  Can you see what I did there for the leaves? :)  I used this little guy right here:

That's right!  I inked up that tiny comma in Old Olive ink and turned it into leaves for the cute flowers.

Sorry for this blurry photo!
 I love to get the most mileage out of my supplies so it's fun to challenge myself to think outside the "kit".  If you want to have a fun creative package come to your mailbox each month, sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription.  You won't regret it!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hello, hello!

So sorry for not posting anything last month.  I was trying to keep my head above water.  I'm happy to say I didn't drown!

Things are settling down a little for me so I thought I'd pop in here and show you what we made at our March Stamp Club.

I remember going to a scrapbook expo years and years ago and one of the make and takes was a shaker card.  I loved it!  Then shaker cards, like all trends, went out of style and I never made any more.

Well fast forward to now and shaker cards are, once again, all the rage!  And I still love them.  Maybe even more than way back when.  So here's the card we made:

I CASEd the layout from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator but added the shaker card element to it to make it my own.  Don't you love that little bow?  I wasn't planning on purchasing the Bow Builder punch, but I've seen so many cute things you can do with it so I caved.  I'm so glad I did!

Here's a little close-up:

I'm SO going to miss the In-Colors that are on their way out! Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana.  But really, who am I kidding?  I can't get rid of them.  I'll use them up for my personal crafting until they're all dried out.  That's how much I love them. ;)  Maybe one or two will make a comeback at some point.  A girl can wish, right? 

I hope you're making time for a little crafting in your's good for you!

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