Monday, June 29, 2009

Bella Bleu Wedding

Whew! I am exhausted. I spent the weekend at a cottage Bubba and I bought for me to use during the week up north for school. We bought it as is. For those of you not in the home buying market, as is really means moldy, dirty, smelly, and needing a massive overhaul. We've decided to redo it all--new flooring, new painting, new kitchen (crossing my fingers) and new basement redone. Overall, it's a beautiful piece of land, and has the perfect layout for our family. Just needs a little TLC to improve it. What we were thinking? Sweat equity is something I'm capable of, but I prefer stamping to ripping out moldy paneling.

So, it's Monday, and I found some time to play, between naps and errands.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Wishes (in the new catalog)
Paper: Bella Bleu, Very Vanilla
Ink: Not Quite Navy Craft Ink, Sahara Sand, Brocade Blue
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Powder Pal, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

This card started as an attempt to combine two Diva Coffee Break Design Challenges-last week's Color Challenge `132 and this week's Sketch 133. I was close on both, but not exact:

I got the Kraft, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla correct!

I wanted to show off more the of the paper, so I made a square card. Then, I realized I didn't want to add a visual element at the top, so added to the upper right of my main image. The squares in the corners threw me for a bit, but eventually, I found a layout I liked.

I had to go with what my creativity called for!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 26, 2009

An old Favorite-spiced up!

One of my favorite sets is Heartfelt Thanks. I remember wanting it as soon as I saw it, but I had to wait for a bit to afford it. Once I got it used it like crazy. Then, I got tired of blues, and pastels I had used with it. Newer stuff caught my attention, and it sat lonely on the shelf. When Heartfelt Thanks hit the Last Chance list, I knew I had to say goodbye to it in a fantastic way.

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Defining Your Life
Paper: Pumpkin Pie Textured Paper, Pixie Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Pixie Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Markers in Pixie Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss, and Always Artichoke; Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat, Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Key Tab Punch, Largest Oval Punch

I've had these little magnet tins for a while. As part of my stash, I just haven't figured out what I could do with them. Then, I saw a project on Renee VanStralen's blog that wowed me. I loved the color combo and had to use it. I changed it a bit to fit my project, but really, this made it work for me!

I used the my Circle Scissor to cut the 3" circle of Pumpkin Pie and a 2 1/2 Circle of Whisper White. I used markers to color on the stamps to make my images multi-colored. To fit the Tiger Lily without adding ink to my other flowers, I used a masking technique I'll call--Use your punches. I stamped the images first.

Next, I used a 3/4" Circle Punch out of scraps. I placed over the flower I was stamping near.

The final step was to add the final flower! Ta Dah!

I also worked in the Key Tab Punch, one of the two retiring punches this month. I use it a lot, so I will surely miss it!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Razzle Dazzle Me!

Wow! After this week's Last Chance party, I decided it was time to pull out my new stuff. I ordered it right away (just a perk of being a demo), but then realized I couldn't use it until after I was done with the retiring stuff. Well, I'm officially done! Check this out:

Who wouldn't love the new In Colors? I loved making this card. First, I had to decide which of the Razzleberry Lemonade paper to use. That decision in itself took a half out. Then, I had to choose which little image to add from the Razzle Dazzle set, and then, I had to figure out my accessories. All of the stuff I used is available after July 1st.

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
Paper: Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Lemonade, Whisper White
Ink: Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry MARKER, Crushed Curry MARKER, Melon Mambo MARKER, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Scallop Square Punch, Paper Cutter

Excuse my excitement, but I got to use MARKERS IN THE IN COLORS! YEAHHHHHHHHHH!

I took inspiration from my bloggin' friend June and sponged the edges. It was that extra touch I needed.

The sketch idea came from the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #92. This Sketch challenged me since the small image is offset to the top, not the bottom. Although for many that may not be a big deal, but for me, Ms. Justified, I had a hard time--until I added to my card. I also couldn't add any fun to the left side as the sketch directed--nothing looked right.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cuteness in a Bag!

I've been saving this project since May when I first spotted it on a Splitcoast Stampers 3D demonstrator Challenge # 104. Finally, the right opportunity arose where I could use it--my Last Chance Stamp Camp.

Stinkin' Cute!

Stamps: Life's a Breeze
Paper: Rockability, Yo-you yellow, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Cropadile, Pretties Kit, Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, 5/8" Jumbo Brads Neutrals, Circle Punches, Sticky Strip, Scallop Edge Punch

I wanted to use the Life's a Breeze set since it is retiring, and made the rest of the bag first. Then, I thought up the daisy with the sun center. I wasn't totally happy with it, so I made these:

Much cooler.
Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Rockability, Pacific Point
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Pacific Point Corduroy Buttons, Originals Ribbon, Pacific Point Striped Ribbon, Pretties Kit, Mini Glue Dots, Cropadile, Sticky Strip.

I didn't think this up alone. Click for a great tutorial by Carolina Bunting on her Blog. Kudos to her creativity and great teaching ability. How cool is that! Thanks!

Tonight at my event, I had participants play with the pretties kit, all of my Rockability paper, an assortment of ribbons, and their creativity. The stampers really came up with great ideas--better than mine!

Happy Stamping~

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celebrate Summer!

That's what I've been doing--celebrating the fact that my summer vacation started. I don't really understand how during the school year, I can be so productive in a day and once vacation starts, I get 1/3 of my usual stuff accomplished. I have been busy-stamping and planning, though! Well, around the guys, cleaning, sleeping, lawn work, and reading.

Back to the celebrating....Happy Summer! As Don told me today (as he has previewed for the last week), today is the first day of summer-the longest day and shortest night of the year. To celebrate, I wanted ice cream! But, I am trying to not eat sweets, so I settled for making a card using ice cream!

Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (retiring June 30)
Paper: Rainbow Sherbet Designer Series Paper, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Green Galore, Whisper White
Ink: Green Galore, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Paper Snips, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz pads, silicone pad, plastic mat, paper cutter, Scallop Circle Punch

You can't really tell, but I made the ice cream cone by cutting a triangle with my paper cutter and then running it through the Big Shot using the Texturz plates. I choose to use this sentiment, which says" Celebrate today" if you can't tell, because I just realized Sweet Celebrations was on the Last Chance List and wanted to give it one last hurrah at my Last Chance Stamp Camp! Also, this card is more boyish-than girly, because I have nephews to send it to rather than nieces.

How did I make the cones? Well, I had three scallop punched pieces and my cone:

Next, I used my paper snips to cut the top of the ice cream scoop:

I traced it to make it easier to see. Each one was unique.

Happy ice cream eating and summer!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watercoloring Wonderfully

I just finished my first of two classes on watercoloring today and had a great time. I love classes with 1-2 people, as we get time to talk, there's no sharing of supplies, and it's quiet. I love quiet.

At the class, each participant made 6 cards-one to match each technique. We covered a lot of basics. My main goal was to have stampers get a chance to try all the ways to watercolor. Experimentation is important to greatness!

Each Project used a colored piece of textured paper, watercolor paper, dimensionals to make the image pop up, and Basic Gray ink.

Watercoloring with Markers
Paper: Real Red Texutured, Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor paper
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Real Red Marker, Pumpkin Pie Marker, Tempting Turquoise Marker, Photo Corner Punch, Red Striped Ribbon, Blender Pen or Aquapainter, Window Sheet

To use markers, scribble markers on clear plastic. I used a piece of our thick window sheets. I simply have to wipe them to reuse. How easy. Draw up ink using the blender pen or aquapainter and paint away! Be careful about too much water so colors don't bleed on the detail parts.

Watercoloring with Craft Ink
Paper: Old Olive, Watercolor Paper, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise Craft Ink, Old Olive Craft Ink
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Certainly Celery Buttons (from Fresh Favorites collection)

Craft Ink, you say? Yep. It works. Just squeeze the closed ink pad together to transfer ink onto the lid. Open it up and you'll have a palette of ink to work with.

Watercoloring with Classic Ink
Paper: Pumpkin Pie Textured, Taken with Teal, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Taken with Teal, Gable Green, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Arrow Punch, Word Window Punch, Gable Green Brad, Aquapainter or Blender Pen

Like with the craft ink, squeeze the lid and base together to make a palette. You can also use the pen on the pad to get color, but this can leave bare spots on your pad, so be careful.

Watercoloring and Embossing

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor Paper, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Heat Gun, Black Embossing Powder, Aquapainter

I love this technique for it's striking appearance. Stamp your image in versamark, emboss with black, and the color using the aquapainter. The ink will never run!

Watercoloring with Watercolor Crayons
Paper: Perfect Plum, Blush Blossom, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Scallop Punch, Aquapainter or Blender Pen

I love these crayons. Brush the Aqaupainter on the end of the crayon (try to use the flat end if you want to ever use them for coloring). Then use the aquapainter as a brush. Squeeze for more water. Brush dry on scratch paper for less. Fun. Fun. Fun.

Watercoloring with Pastels
Paper: Pale Plum, Watercolor Paper, Mellow Moss
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Pastels, Blender Pen, Scallop Punch

This was the first technique I ever learned. I was awed. I bought pastels the same day and continue to use the same set to this day. I use one side of the pastels for blender pen use since it can make them hard and the other side for pastels. Simply brush the tip of the blender pen onto the pastel square and then color on paper. The sheen is really cool.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Under the Stars-Scrapbook Style

I do scrapbook. Really. I just haven't for a while. I've been working on cards and all the other cool stuff and put scrapbooking off til summer. So get ready. Hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll get a few pages done a week.

About once a month in Green Bay in the basement of my sister's church --St. Mary of the Angels, a group meets to scrap, eat treats, and chat. I call this my Green Bay Scrapbooking Group and we have a great time. I provide dinner, my sister the room space, and we all provide the fun. We also do a make-n-take each time- a 12 x12 scrapbook page and I usually give club members some sort of treat. (They commit to the $10 fee and a $25 order each meeting).

I was under orders to do a camping theme, so took out my favorite kid set--Under the Stars. No worries, it is not a set on the last chance list. I couldn't resist this bear or using my In Colors (which are leaving, sadly, July 1).

Stamps: Under the Stars, Big Deal Alphabet Stamp Set, Skeeter Wheel
Paper: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Slumber Party Speciality paper, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Double Stitched Ribbon, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Old Olive Ink Cartridge, Handle

This page was really fun. My title is a rebus: S'more Great Fun! The S'more is the s'more stamp, the great is from the stamp set, and fun was stamped using the Big Deal Alphabet stamp set. Some of the scrappers have more picnic pages than actual camping, so I wanted to add the picnic blanket. This set my scene. I used an 8 1/2 by 11 Baja Breeze piece for the main layer for photos. This way, each participant could add pictures as they wanted-small to large. The other cool part is the belt loop. I used a Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware frame, wrapped the ribbon around one edge, and secured it with a brad. Easy, but fun.

The girls played around with my layout. They are totally creative, and each worked to make the page fit their needs. Here are their ideas:

Cool, huh? I'm lucky to have such a great group!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Heart Day Every Day

It's that sad time of year for Stampin' Up! enthusiasts--retirement time. It's the Last Chance to order some stamp sets and for me, the last chance to use them while they are still current.

Today's post is from a stamp set that I love, but haven't used much other than near February. I should, because this stamp set can be used any time! Which one, you are wondering? Happy Heart Day!

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Yo Yo Yellow, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Yo You Yellow Marker, Bashful Blue Marker, Gable Green Marker, Basic Gray
Accessories: Blender Pen (for Basic Gray), Ticket corner punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, circle scallop punch, Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon

I love this color combination. I rarely use Yo-yo yellow, it's just so bright, yet I love it. I decided to stick with it today after I saw a favorite shirt was the same color--and felt so good to wear this week on a gloomy day.

If you like this card and live near Neenah, WI, come make it and 5 other proejcts at my

Last Chance to Play Stamp Camp
Saturday, June 20th 10 am -4 pm (Open house, come when you can for 2-3 hours of stamping)
Monday, June 22 4-8 pm (come by 6 to have enough time to finish your projects)
My House in Neenah
Join me in one last Hurrah for the retiring stamps and accessories! Many door prizes and fun! Stamper's Fee is $15 for 6 projects (3 cards and 3 3D items).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Simple Thanks

last night was my upline Sandy's monthly meeting. This month we met to discuss the new catalog coming out July 1 and have some fun. We usually do some sort of swap and tonight's theme is Simple Notecards. I kind of cased a card I received from Wanda, but can't find hers to see how close it is.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Kind Thoughts

Paper: Whisper White

Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery Markers

Accessories: Pretty in Pink Striped Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Mini Glue Dots

This card is quite easy to make, but I still think it has an impact. I used my markers to color directly on the stamp, huffed moisture back into the ink, and then stamped. The bottom edge was cut using the Scallop Edge punch. I used my Pink Pirouette ribbon, which is retiring, but at the time I made them, I thought it was Pretty in Pink. I think it matches pretty well. 

Happy Stamping! 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Top Note Pocket Tutorial

As a teacher, this time of year is full of good-byes and reflection. I am the coordinator of the after school program at my school and have a fantastic staff of teachers who spend 2 extra hours a night at school to keep  my students off the streets. I wanted to do something some special for them, and designed this:

I've been accused of giving too much candy, so I decided to give little treats for next year--pens, post-its, paper clips, etc! The basic idea of this came from a swap my upline had after cruise. I don't have the name of the original designer. I designed mine to close, which makes it a bit different than the original. 

Want to make one?

First, decided on the paper you want to use, etc. 

You will need:
Big Shot
Top Note Die
Sticky Strip
Paper Snips
Bone Folder and ruler
Embellishments (I used the 5 petal flower punch, oval scallop punch, oval punch, fresh favorite buttons)

Step 1: Cut your base paper 4 1/4 by 9 inches and 4 1/4 and 5 1/2 inches. 

Step 2: Fold the 4 1/4 by 9 inch piece in half and place on Top Note die so that the fold is at the bottom of the shape, but won't get cut off. This picture might help:

Step 3: Use the Top Note die to cut another Top Note out of the other piece of cardstock. Adhere this to the unfolded piece. Placement is hard to explain, so hopefully, this picture helps.

Step 4: Cut a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of designer series paper and cut a Top Note out of it.  Trim along the perforation to create a layer. Adhere to inside Top Note. 

Step 5: Use a ruler and the bonefolder to create a score line across the tips of the Top Note flap. 

Step 6: Use sticky strip on the sides of the Top Note inside to seal shut.

Step 7:  Tie a ribbon around the top, where the note curves. You can slide it carefully off when needed.

Step 8: Stamp before inserting anything! Embellish as desiered.

By the way, I am submitting this for this week's """>Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge  #130. Be sure to check out the other submissions by clicking on the link!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Recipe Class #3

Here is the final installment of my recipe class pages. 


Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Old Olive, Sweet Slumber DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Chocolate Chip Double Stitched Ribbon, 


Stamps: Best Wishes and More
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust
Ink: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, 3/4 Circle Punch


Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Best Wishes and More
Paper: More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Slit Punch, Vintage Brads


Stamps: Best Wishes and More
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Sweet Slumber Designer Series Paper, Handsome Hunter
Ink: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Slit Punch

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Recipe Class #2

Last week I posted the first four months of recipe cards for the Recipe Book on a stand class. Today, I am posting the next set.

Stamps: Best Wishes and More
Paper: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery Buttons, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch, Paper Crimper, Slit Punch


Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Paper Snips, Dimensionals


Stamps: Life's a Breeze, Fishy Wheel
Paper: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy
Accessories: Paper Snips, Small Star Punch, Large Star Punch, Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver, Scallop Edge Punch


Stamps: A Starry Night, Mosquito Wheel
Paper: More Mustard, Garden Green
Ink: More Mustard, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch

If you want to purchase your own stand, go to

Happy Stamping!


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