Thursday, December 30, 2010

Accordion flower

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I have always wanted to make some accordion fold flowers.  Here was the perfect opportunity.  I found that I needed to make the score lines 1/4" in order for the flower to lay closer to the card.  My one word of advice- use a very strong adhesive such as Sticky Tape so you do not have to redo any!

Lovely letters stamp set
Blueberry Crisp DSP
Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla card stocks
Not Quite Navy ink
1-3/8" Circle Punch
Sticky tape

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

Wow!   I am very honored to receive a Blogger's award.  Kari, whose blog is pigtail1's paper patch, gave me this award.  Now I need to list 8 things about myself. 
1.  I have a Springer Spaniel named Frye who is one of my furry loves.
2.  I share another dog Pete, a Brittany Spaniel, with my husband.
3.  I have a small water garden with fancy tailed goldfish.
4.  I have 3 geriatric cats that I feed, medicate, and love (children's pets who have grown up and left in Mom's care!).
5.  I enjoy yoga.
6.  My stamp room is always messy.  Thank goodness for doors.
7.  I collect nutcrackers.
8.   My favorite Stampin' Up! color combination is Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.

Thanks Kari.  You made my day.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


When I was finally done, I made over 120 note cards as gifts for people at my school.  For these, I used Blueberry Crisp DSP , Not Quite Navy, and Very Vanilla card stocks.  I got out my Crimper and put a band of Very Vanilla across the center and topped it off with an Extra-Large Decorative Label punch in Not Quite Navy.  For variety I made half using one side of the DSP and the other half the second side.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Big Shot Scallop Square Die

I used to be quite the seamstress- coats, blouses, pants, winter coats, etc.  I haven't done any real sewing for years except household stuff.  When I heard you could use the Big Shot with fabric, I was intrigued,  but not enough to actually make something!!!!  Then my room mate for Stampin' Up!'s annual Convention made a bag for me.  Wow.....  I was blown away and very touched that she made me one.  I think it is absolutely beautiful.  Thank you Amy Fecteau.  What she doesn't know is I fell in love with the material so much that I have ordered an upholstered chair for my work room in a similar fabric.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bells & Boughs

I got this great Christmas card from my downline Tracy Tarr.  She did a great job using Bells & Boughs and the Deck the Halls DSP.  She used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder on Always Artichoke card stock then used the scallop circle die. On this she mounted Very Vanilla  and stamped the evergreen image.  She stamped again and cut it out mounting it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  It must of taken quite a bit of time to make just one card.  I love the detail and workmanship.  Thanks Tracy for sending me one of your wonderful cards.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Delightful Decorations

I have to say when I first saw this stamp set I was not really interested.  When I started to see what others did with it, I got it.  Playing with it I began to have lots of fun and realized I could do a lot with it since it has a matching punch.  I could also use the Big Shot's Magnetic Movers & Shapers.  I first embossed using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.  Next, using the Big Shot's Magnetic Movers & Shapers die, I cut out one ornament.  Using the Ornament Extra Large punch, I overlapped and cut out a second ornament.  I stamped the image twice, punched them out, and carefully placed and adhered them on a piece of Whisper White card stock making sure they would peek out from the cut outs.  I stamped Merry Christmas in silver and mounted the card onto Night of Navy card stock 4-1/4" X 5-1/2".  I sprayed a mixture of Frost White Shimmery Paint and rubbing alcohol over the finished card.

This card was inspired  and CASE'D from Tami White.

Friday, December 17, 2010


I wasn't quite happy with my monogram note card.  I have been mulling over possible changes and have finally decided to add some ribbon and a strip of Pink Pirouette card stock.  I popped the the circle up using Stampin' Dimensionals,  my favorite accent.  Much better I think!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Season's Greetings

OK.  I admit it.  I am cheating slightly.  I made this card last year but did not share it with everyone.  I was inspired by many cards I saw using this set and then did my own thing.  The stamp set is Scenic Season.  I used Not Quite Navy and retired Ballet Blue card stocks.  I punched a hole in a Post-It and placed the negative where I wanted the moon.  I then sponged the moon in So Saffron, placed the positive punched circle over the colored moon, removed the first mask,  and stamped the tree image.  I sponged the background  and the edges softly using Night of Navy.  Took the mask off and stamped the greeting.  Using 2-Way Glue, I added dazzling Diamonds.  Voila!  This is really a fast card.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monogram Notecards

Shhhhh!   I am making monogram note cards as gifts.  I am using the stamp set Lovely Letters and have stamped in Pink Pirouette.  I will be able to use scraps of various Designer Papers as a splash of color.  The 1-3/8" Punch and 1-3/4" Scallop Circle make this a quick and easy card to assemble. Stamp the monogram on an envelope and this will be a"lovely" gift to receive.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Thinking of you

I have two friends who are very ill.  I have been trying to send cards weekly to let them know I am thinking of them.  Here is this week's card.  I used Fast & Fabulous which a level 2 hostess set.  Card stock is Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Ink was Black Stazon and Daffodil Delight.  This was a fast and simple card!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A New Stamper!

A new stamper made this card!  She spotted it in last year's catalog and fell in love with it.  She tried to con me into making them for her, but I convinced her to come and stamp at my house and Voila!- this card!  We changed the card size to fit a standard envelope.  Stamp set Winter Post.  Way to go Normenta!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Today we made candles instead of ornaments.  Everyone was surprised how easy it was to stamp on candles.  Actually you stamp on tissue paper and heat set the stamped designs.  Beautiful and simple to do!  Sets used: Snowflakes (retired), Peaceful Season

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Christmas Card?????

This might be my Christmas card this year.  I used the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Northern Flurry and embossed Bashful Blue card stock.  I sprayed on Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz and added Rhinestones to the center of each snowflake.  I stamped Merry Christmas from the stamp set A Cardinal Christmas and added Whisper White taffeta ribbon and tied a knot (I am bow tying impaired!).  Next I mounted it on Whisper White card stock and used Marina Mist as my card base.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas is Coming. You better get ready!

We made this card at our Club last month.  It is simple and elegant.  We used the stamp set Bells & Boughs which I won at Stampin' Up!'s Convention this past summer along with Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The color is Cherry Cobbler.  I love how DSP adds so much to a card.

Tags til Christmas

There is not a better way to use up your scraps of paper than making tags for all of your packages.  Using Tags til Christmas, I was able to quickly stamp, punch out the tags using the corresponding punch, and add either Stampin' Dimensionals or metallic cord to make beautiful handcrafted accents for my packages.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Welcome to my Blog!  I have enjoyed viewing other stampers' blogs so much I decided to make my own.  Stamping helps me to keep my sanity, gives me a creative outlet, and is just plain fun.  I can go into my stamping room, close the doors, crank up my ipod, and stamp! I would like to thank Debbi Rippentrap and her blog,, for great tutorials on how to create a banner and background using Stampin' Up!'s  My Digital Studio.  I have never met her, however, she deserves credit for her work.  I am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and this blog will showcase their materials!

Saturday Workshop

This Saturday, I will be in Newport, NH with my Club ladies.  I have such a good time with them and have been stamping with them for several years now.  Some have come and gone, but the core members remain.  It is also a chance for me to spend time with my mom!  This weekend we will be making Christmas bows, tags, and ornaments.  The bows are very easy to make and only take a 1/2 sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  At the end, I will include the link to Splitcoast Stampers where I got my detailed directions.