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Friday, July 31, 2009

Little Boo bibs...

I cracked open a pack of the Cast-a-Spell designer paper and created this bib card with the single Little Boo stamp from the back of the catalog.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Something about the costumes and candy....

Anyway, I followed directions for the shape of the card from this blog, which included the Scallop Edge Punch at the bottom, use of the 1-1/4" circle punch for the next, as well as the Scallop Circle.

I also used the Word Window punch for the straps, with Earth Elements brads.

I think this kind of card would be a perfect invitation to a kid's birthday party! Have a great day... Kim and I are setting up for the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo today.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chocolate treat box...

I wasn't sure what to expect with the new treat boxes Stampin' Up! offers, but now that I've decorated one I love them!

First of all, you get 5 of the bags for only $3.95. They are die-cut, coated, heavyweight card stock - perfect for giving food gifts!

I used some of the new 1-1/4" inch striped Chocolate Chip ribbon, along with the new Snowflake punch (Chocolate Chip card stock), then added a vanilla jumbo brad and "merry and bright" sentiment from the single stamp set Merriment, snipping out triangles at each end and sponging the entire strip before adhering it with dimensionals. That's it! Quick and easy.

The dimensions of the box (item 115690) like this are 7.03" x 11.75" and 2-3/8" wide at the base.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For All You Do accordion purse...

How cute is this chipboard purse with accordion sides? Very!

In addition to the paper and Old Olive grosgrain, images from For All You Do were stamped and cut out and adhered to the front. I used a Sizzix die Stampin' Up! carries for my initial - T.

It's hard to see, but there's paper piercing going from the "T" to the butterfly.

I especially love the way the circle brad acts as the bag closure, along with some linen thread.

This was one of the make & takes we got to make in Hawaii during the incentive trip there.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Autumn Days...

With temperatures in the 90s this week, I'm not ready for Autumn, though I love the colors and feel of the season itself.

This Dusty Durango Autumn Days card uses Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede inks, along with Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Dusty Durango card stocks. I used a Chocolate Chip jumbo brad to add interest to the polka-dotted ribbon, and roughed up the edges of the top two layers of card stock with the Cutter Kit.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Deal of the Week: Heart to Heart Punch...

Just a reminder - I'm not adding shipping or sales tax to the Deal of the Week, so this Heart to Heart Punch is only $10.99! E-mail me today with your order at Thanks!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rich Razzleberry Razzle Dazzle card...

I'm a huge fan of the color purple, and Rich Razzleberry fits the bill.

This color is intense. It looks wonderful with Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Basic Gray, among other colors.

Here, the flower image from the Razzle Dazzle stamp set is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink on Whisper White card stock and adhered at the left to a cut-down card with the front edge punched using the Scallop Edge punch.

"It's Good to Dream" is a stamp included in the set.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Razzle Dazzle Stamp Camp...

At the Razzle Dazzle Stamp Camp this month, I offered a bonus card to anyone bringing someone I haven't met before. Both people got to make this card, which uses the Razzle Dazzle stamp set.

I used markers - Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry - to ink up the rubber on the flower image, stamped it on Whisper White card stock, and layered it on Melon Mambo.

I ran a piece of Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper through the Big Shot using the Top Note die, and finished the card with a knot of Melon Mambo ribbon. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, inked in Melon Mambo and punched using the Word Window punch.

This photo shows a sideview of the gorgeous flowers made using the new Flower Folds die for the Big Shot.

This was added to a white gift bag after adhering an 8" x 6" piece of Razzleberry Lemonade to each side of the bag at the bottom, and another coordinating piece of the same paper (8" x 4-1/2") to the top.

I adhered a strip of Rich Razzleberry ribbon on each side of the bag, then adhered this layered flower with dimensionals. In the middle of the flower is a 1" So Saffron circle and a white jumbo brad.

To finish the bag, I ran some Razzleberry Lemonade paper through the new Tags die (using the slit tag), and tied a bow of Rich Razzleberry ribbon around one handle.

Next month's stamp camp features paper bags and Tall Tales designer paper.

Friday, July 24, 2009

2 more Razzle Dazzle stamp camp projects...

I'm a big fan of texture. This card uses textured Crushed Curry card stock for the flower (made using the Flower Folds die for the Big Shot), and I used a texturz plate on the Whisper White card stock.

I punched 4 1-3/8" squares from a couple pieces of Razzleberry Lemonade paper, and layered them on a square of Rich Razzleberry card stock. I added the flower, a 1-1/4" Rich Razzleberry circle, then a 1" circle from the dsp pack, and a white jumbo brad.

The "happy birthday" comes from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was punched out using the Modern Label punch. It's layered on a larger piece I made using the Movers & Shapers die with one of the four Punch Windows pieces.

The final touch is a knot of Rich Razzleberry ribbon knotted in front.

Kim designed this decorative jar for the stamp camp. She bought a case of jars at Wal-Mart for approximately $8. She added three Rose Red decor elements flower (a demo bulk item), then used a mini glue dot to hold on the button.

In addition to the Melon Mambo knot of ribbon on the lid, there's a circle of that card stock on the lid, along with a flower from the Flower Folds die, and a polka-dotted circle stamped with the For All You Do stamp set and punched out with the 1" circle punch.

Sorry, I'll add a photo of the lid later.....

I also used Chocolate Chip decor elements (flowers again), along with a variety of colored buttons - celery, white and turquoise - with Soft Suede ribbon and the same lid design. That one proved more popular with my customers Wednesday by a 3-1 margin.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stamp Camp project: Wings of Friendship...

With the new Finial Press embossing folder, this Whisper White card just feels cool.

I used Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Perfect Plum and So Saffron markers to color in the bird stamp from Wings of Friendship, a Level 2 hostess set. Then I added a wiggly eye with a mini glue dot, as well as popped up flowers (using dimensionals).

The "just for you" is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The designer paper is from Razzleberry Lemonade. It's layered on a strip of Melon Mambo that's been scalloped edged punched on both sides, with the scallops pierced. Then a knot of Melon Mambo polka dotted ribbon is the finishing touch.

Razzleberry Lemonade graduates...

Kim and I are spending today at Camp Leo, helping upwards of 80 seventh and eighth-graders with 6" x 6" squash books in four different sessions.

There's a photographer at the camp, and many of the kids have their own digital cameras, so this will make a nice keepsake for the campers to remember their week away from home and their new friends!

Today, I'm sharing a couple of quick 6" x 6" scrapbook pages using some Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper and the corresponding In Colors - Melon Mambo and Dusty Durango. These girls recently graduated from high school and are preparing for college in the fall.

If you find scrapbooking a challenge, you'll love making easy pages like these. I opened a new album and started inserting my brag book pages (what we call 6" x 6" pages) back to back in the book. It was neat to see how quickly the album came together, and how much time was covered with the pages I managed to do over the past couple of years. Each page is a snapshot in time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Flower Folds & other dies...

There's no stamping on this card, though I did sponge some Soft Suede around the Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango layers.

I used an embossing folder on the Crushed Curry layer, and the "Hi" embosslit in Soft Suede, layered on Dusty Durango.

This flower uses 3 of the 4 sizes available on the Flower Folds die for the Big Shot. It's hard to tell in the photo, but there are score lines on each flower. I added a Chocolate Chip corduroy button in the middle and adhered the flower to the Soft Suede card with dimensionals.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Medallion meets Nouveau Chic...

This Basic Gray card features the Medallion stamp inked on a White Craft pad and embossed with white powder. A circle fire rhinestone is in the middle of it.

The Apricot Appeal comes out of the Nouveau Chic designer paper. I used 1/4" Apricot Appeal grosgrain, along with a scalloped piece of card stock. Each scallop is also pierced.

The Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set provided the greeting, which was then punched out with the Modern Label punch and layered on card stock run through the Movers & Shapers die with the Punch Windows magnet in the same shape.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Save $10 on vanilla hardware...

All you need to do is e-mail with however many tins of hardware you'd like! It's a great savings.

Wings of Friendship in Melon Mambo...

Wings of Friendship is a Level 2 hostess set with a great sentiment (on the card), flowers, and the bird on the flowering branch.

I used So Saffron, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry for the ink on this card, along with a Mellow Moss marker and Basic Gray ink for the words.

The bird on the branch had to be colored with markers. I cut out the bird's wing and attached it again with a dimensional.

Both Whisper White layers are punched with the Ticket Corner punch, then layered on Melon Mambo card stock with some great Melon Mambo polka-dotted ribbon.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ah Nuts! The More, The Merrier...

The More, The Merrier stamp set has something for almost every occasion. What do you need to do to get it for free? Buy $500 worth of Stampin' Up! product OR have a great 2-hour party with your friends?

If I were you, I'd opt for the latter.
This first card is Soft Suede card stock with a strip of Tall Tales designer paper, layered on Dusty Durango. A strip of Dusty Durango ribbon is adhered around the layers, then I added the knot as a separate piece.
The acorn stamp was stamped three times in Basic Brown and punched out, colored and adhered with dimensionals.
For the second card, I used the same colors, only punching out one acorn and this time layering it on a scallop circle.
I added white dots to mimic the Soft Suede ribbon above with a Uni-bal white gel pen. The layered are adhered to the Dusty Durango card with dimensionals.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Country Morning, Circle Circus, Medallion...

Though these stamp sets vary widely in style, they're great to play with - especially at a stamp-a-stack, which is where I used these designs.

The first uses the Level 1 hostess set (free with $150 order) Country Morning. It's stamped in Basic Gray and colored in with an aqua painter and ink pads. The Whisper White layer is on Rich Razzleberry with a mini library clip.

The top two layers are adhered with dimensionals to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Razzleberry Lemonade paper, which is adhered to a strip of Rich Razzleberry that's been punched using the Eyelet Border punch, then to the Crushed Curry card front.

The Circle Circus card pictured here uses only Bermuda Bay ink, card stock and ribbon. The saying comes from the Short & Sweet stamp set, which is then punched out with a large oval punch.

The Melon Mambo Medallion card is so simple - just stamped on Whisper White card stock with a Build-a-Brad in the center.

I used the 1/2-inch circle punch and Razzleberry Lemonade paper to punch out a flower, adhering it to the brad with a mini glue dot, then securing the clear bubble over the top.

The sentiment is from the Level 3 hostess set Kind & Caring Thoughts.

Window Sheet & polka dots...

A thank-you card like this would cheer up anyone, what with the Crushed Curry polka-dotted ribbon and butterly.

Kim used the Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterflies die to make the butterfly.

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Butterfly trivia: An average butterfly species has an adult life span of 2 weeks or less. No adult butterfly can live more than a year. (Source:

Friday, July 17, 2009

Out of the Box elephant...

I fell in love with the adorable Level 1 hostess set called Out of the Box. This card shows three stamps from the set - the elephant, the spring and the box with crank.

I stamped the box and spring in Basic Brown, then stamped the elephant twice in Rich Razzleberry - once on top of the spring and the second time on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla. I cut out the second one and adhered it over the first with dimensionals.

The designer paper is Razzleberry Lemonade, with Rich Razzleberry ribbon.

I finished the card with "happy birthday" stamped in White StazOn. The sentiment is from the Family Phrases stamp set.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Beth's Grandma's Cherry Pie...

Okay, so normally there's nothing but Stampin' Up! projects on this blog. But once in awhile something so wonderful comes along, I just have to share. Such is the case with a cherry pie made by my neighbor, Beth (jokingly biting into the pie).

We got to chatting recently about fruit in my yard. I said we'd never eaten the cherries on our tree because they were so sour. That's when she said she had an excellent recipe - with a secret ingredient - for cherry pie her grandma used to make.

Beth was kind enough to share the recipe here:

Beth's Grandma's Cherry Pie

Filling (9-inch pie): 1-1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 drops almond flavor (secret ingredient!)

Mix 4 cups of pitted cherries with the filling ingredients and pour into pie shell. Dot with 1-1/2 Tbsp butter and cover with top crust. Slit the top crust and bake at 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until brown.

Or you can go with a crumble top instead of crust - 2 Tbsp firm, packed brown sugar, 2 Tbsp butter, 1/4 cup flour - mixing until it's crumbly, then sprinkling it on top of the pie.

Delicious! Thanks for sharing, Beth.

Owl: Animal Stories...

Kim came up with this sweet owl card using the Animal Stories and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets, and a bunch of punches.

The owls are stamped in Dusty Durango and Rich Razzleberry inks and punched out with the 1-1/4" circle punch, layered on Rich Razzleberry with the 1 3/8" circle punch, and then onto a Dusty Durango scallop circle dotted with the Uni-bal white gel pen.

The sentiment (notice the additional "to friend" which was inked with a marker) is punched using the Modern Label punch (new!), then layered onto a Dusty Durango piece that's been run through the Movers & Shapers die with one of the magnetized dies from the Punch Window set for the Big Shot.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The More, The Merrier pumpkin card...

If you have a party with $500 in sales, you can earn this great Level 3 hostess set, called The More, The Merrier.

With this set, you've got stamps for birthdays, Halloween, Valentine's - images and words!

I CASE'd this card from the catalog, using the big dot Texturz plate on the Only Orange card front. The pumpkins were each colored and cut out and adhered to the Old Olive layer with dimensionals.
The Old Olive layer was punched with the Spiral Punch, then layered on a strip of More Mustard on the right, with a strip of Chocolate Chip on the left. The white layer is pierced all the way around, and the card is finished with knot of Crushed Curry ribbon knotted around a clip and "a halloween hi" dangling from it with natural hemp.

Contact me and we'll set up a date for your $500+ party!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

For All You Do flowers...

This Rich Razzleberry card uses the Movers & Shapers die for the Big Shot, along with the new Punch Windows set of 4. You can see how the oval scallop from the die is a nice layer under the oval scallop hand punch.

I added a strip of Razzleberry Lemonade paper on the left, punched with the ticket corner, then added some polka-dotted ribbon.

The flowers were inked with In Colors Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White card stock and cut out. A couple of the flowers are adhered with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Level 3 hostess set The More, The Merrier.

Kim stamped this Bermuda Bay beauty using the For All You Do stamp set. It uses a strip of Razzleberry Lemonade paper, as well as a white jumbo brad and Bermuda Bay polka-dotted ribbon.

Melon Mambo looks great with Bermuda Bay, don't you think?

Monday, July 13, 2009

The More, The Merrier...

This first Rich Razzleberry card features a hostess Level 3 stamp set called The More, The Merrier.

This particular stamp in the set reminds me of an old stamp set Stampin' Up! used to carry called Flaky Friends. I used new In Color markers to dress up the snowmen, which were stamped in Basic Gray.

The card layers are Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry, with a layer of Razzleberry Lemonade too. The curry strip at the bottom was punched with the Scallop Edge Punch and each scallop pierced with the paper piercer and soft mat.

The words, "warm winter wishes" is part of the set. It was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and punched with the Word Window Punch.
The bottom card was inspired by a sample in the catalog (have you realized what a great tool the book is?)
The card is Crushed Curry with some Tall Tales designer paper at the top, a layer of Only Orange under the cupcake layer (another stamp in the hostess set) that's been punched by the scallop edge, and then a layer of Soft Suede.
The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I (heart) Animal Stories...

I tore 1/4" off the front right flap of this Animal Stories card, which features the elephant from that set.

There's a strip of Sahara Sand card stock next to the torn edge, which was dry embossed with the Crop-a-dile.

I cut out the elephant and adhered it with dimensionals to a heart (Full Heart punch) that's been pierced by hand, which is then layered on a So Saffron circle.

The ribbon is double-stitched Rose Red, and the "for your shower" is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

This card idea came out of the new catalog. If you still don't have one, let me know! You'll love all of the fabulous new projects, products and Big Shot dies.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Scrapping with the new In Colors...

It always feels good to scrapbook - getting your photos down with some brief journaling to remember a moment in time.

This first page uses Soft Suede card stock with a strip of Tall Tales designer paper. The giraffe from Animal Stories was stamped on So Saffron card stock in Soft Suede ink, cut out and adhered with dimensionals. The Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment was stamped on So Saffron in the same ink and punched out with the Modern Label punch, then I added a couple of Ruby Red brads.

The next 6" x 6" page is Crushed Curry with a square piece of Razzleberry Lemonade.

The photos are matted in Soft Suede with some luscious polka-dotted Crushed Curry ribbon around the top photo.

I colored a small flower with markers and cut it out, adhering it to the journaling block with a dimensional.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Animal Stories card ideas

The new Animal Stories stamp set looks terrific with the coordinating designer paper, called Tall Tales.
I used Crushed Curry for the giraffe card, along with the Soft Suede and Crushed Curry markers to ink up the stamp. Add some fabulous paper, layered on Soft Suede, as well as some Crushed Curry ribbon, and the images pop.

The "happy birthday" is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. It's punched out with the new Modern Label punch, then I added two More Mustard brads.

For the elephant card, I used large piece of Tall Tales paper, layered on So Saffron and Soft Suede. I cut out one of the elephants and adhered him with dimensionals.

The "hello baby" is stamped in Soft Suede, punched with the Modern Label punch and adhered under the elephant's legs. I added a mini library clip and a knot of Old Olive grosgrain with a mini glue dot.

My made this owl and elephant card using Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry. There's a strip of Razzleberry Lemonade paper layered on Rich Razzleberry card stock with a knot of Soft Suede ribbon around it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Circle Circus...

Circle Circus is a very versatile stamp set. With all of the different patterns, simply stamping them in different colors lends projects different looks.

The first card comes right out of the catalog. It's a great make & take. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, and the card stock colors are Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo.

The second card was made by Heather. She shows how easy it is to use our circle punches with this stamp set.

The designer paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade pack. Then there are silver brads. The sentiment is from the hostess set, Wings of Friendship.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wings of Friendship....

This Melon Mambo card uses the Wings of Friendship hostess set.

I used the new In Color markers to color the rubber image, then stamped it. There's a layer of Melon Mambo under the stamped Whisper White layer, and on top of some Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper.

I love the new polka-dotta ribbon! To get both ends the same (either both with dots or without), I tied a square knot (left over right, then right over left), giving one leg a twist before tightening the knot.

I used the Scallop Edge Punch at the bottom of the top layer, piercing each scallop.

The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lots of Bots...

There are many more kid stamp sets in this new Stampin' Up! catalog. Lots of Bots is one of those.

This first card uses Rich Razzleberry card stock and polka-dotted ribbon, along with some designer paper and a mini clip. It was colored using an aqua painter and ink pads.

Frankie and Cindy, a mother/daughter team in my downline, stamped the second card. I love the binary code as a background stamp and the bright colors they used. The card itself is Bermuda Bay.

And who can beat "Happy Birthday Human" for a greeting?

Have a terrific day!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Window Sheet fun...

I finally had time to crack open a pack of Clearly Thanks Window Sheets, and was happy with what was inside - two window sheets with four different designs. The cost: $5.95.

When you cut the sheet into quarters, you get a piece with two dandelions, a thank-you, polka dots, and foliage.

These cards all feature new In Colors. There's Bermuda Bay card stock and polka-dotted ribbon on the first card. I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and used the Word Window punch to punch it out, then adhered it under the window sheet with mini glue dots. I stamped the butterfly from For All You Do in Bermuda Bay ink, stamped once on scrap paper, then kissed it to a polka-dotted stamp in that same set before stamping it on Whisper White card stock, cutting it out and adhering it on top with a dimensional.

The second card is Dusty Durango. The sentiment is from For All You Do, then punched out with the Curly Label punch and layered on Soft Suede card stock (the slightly larger shape is from the Movers & Shapers die for the Big Shot). The card features Dusty Durango ink and ribbon.

The Thank-You card features flowers punched from Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper with the Boho Blossoms punch. The middles of the flowers are simply 1/8" circles punched from Bermuda Bay card stock. I used mini glue dots to hold the window sheet to the card, and used dimensionals to hold the flowers onto the window sheet.

Finally, the polka dots. I adhered the window sheet on the left side with two mini glue dots and tied a knot of Melon Mambo ribbon.

The stamped images are from the new Level 3 hostess set The More, The Merrier.

I used the large oval to punch the sentiment out of Whisper White card stock, then layered it on a Rich Razzleberry oval scallop I punched out.

The birds were colored with the new In Colors using the pads and an aqua painter (though there are markers available for purchase!).