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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Petal cone birthday card with a cherry on top...

The Petal Cone Die for the Big Shot makes an easy ice cream cone card. I've seen this idea on several blogs, so I'm not sure who originally came up with the idea. I ran the Early Espresso card stock through the Square Lattice embossing folder, then used Elegant Soiree dsp on the Petal Cone Die for the ice cream, Very Vanilla card stock for the banner (also on the die), and the 1/2-inch circle punch in Cherry Cobbler for the cherry. The birthday greeting is from the Curly Cute stamp set.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Queen for a Day with lots of bling...

I had fun making this Queen for a Day card. That sentiment, by the way, comes from the You're a Gem stamp set in the Occasions Mini. I created the card for a color challenge of So Saffron, Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler. I'm sure you can figure out most of the items on this card, such as the owl punch and Black Flourish Designer Jewels I used for the eyes. I did add rhinestones to the crown trinket, and used my craft & rubber scissors to snip off the loop at the top of the crown. The owl's "eyelashes" are parts of a decorative strip in the Spooky Night Rub-Ons. The designer paper is from the Playdate pack, and I used Tombow Liquid Adhesive and Champagne Glass Glitter around the sentiment.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Daffodil and peach Bold Blossom card...

I like the bright colors of this card (Daffodil Delight and Peach Parfait), even though they're not ones I go to often. The most challenging part of this card was coloring the white crocheted flower. I used an aqua painter and Peach Parfait reinker. The only other color on this Bold Blossom card is Old Olive. I CASE'd the idea from Chat.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inlaid embossing technique with Nature Walk...

I love the rounded corners and Square Lattice embossing folder used on this Nature Walk card. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added Old Olive and Very Vanilla layers with Crumb Cake seam binding. To do the Inlaid Embossing Technique: stamp the bees on Very Vanilla card stock in Old Olive and punch using the 1" circle punch. Adhere the bees well to the larger Very Vanilla piece and run through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. It's that easy! The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations. I CASE'd this idea from Wendy. Have a great day!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Still stamping Sale-a-Bration stamp-a-stack cards...

Punch Bunch with Ice Cream Parlor dsp and ribbon
Bliss stamps with Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie, pearls and punches
Flight of the Butterfly and So Happy for You, inspired by Ashley
These cards all use Sale-a-Bration items you may pick for FREE with every $50 you buy thru March 31. The stamps and designer paper, in particular, are easy to use. There are a variety of styles possible!

Also, don't forget my Crop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday, February 26, at my Poulsbo Studio. You'll be able to use my Big Shot and dies, punches, stamps, retired designer paper and more! The cost is $10, which includes lunch. All proceeds benefit Multiple Sclerosis. Please email me at by February 24 if you'd like to attend so I can be sure to have enough table space for you to create.

Friday, February 18, 2011

More Sale-a-Bration stamp-a-stack cards...

These are cards we made at my Sale-a-Bration Stamp-a-Stack yesterday. At these events, my customers stamp two cards each of five different designs. The cards are all simple, with one to two embellishments. Sale-a-Bration means I used items you may receive FREE with every $50 you order thru March 31. Above, I used Sweet Summer and You're a Gem stamps, rhinestones and Pear Pizzazz. I borrowed the idea from the SAB Mini Catalog.

I used Punch Bunch and So Happy For You stamps, Ice Cream Parlor dsp with self-adhesive diecuts, Melon Mambo ink and the Two-Step Owl Punch for this card.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Forget counting candles - it's about how many cupcakes you get...

The inspiration for this card was a photo of chocolate cupcakes with pastel-colored flowers made of sugar. I used cupcakes with vanilla, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, and Early Espresso colors.

My card uses the Framed Tulips embossing folder on the Early Espresso card front (I used a sponge dauber to add some Very Vanilla craft ink on the design so it would stand out a bit more), and a Top Note cut from Nursery Suite dsp with a crochet trim knot on it. I used Create a Cupcake stamps for the words and the sprinkles, and Build-a-Cupcake Punch on textured Pink Pirouette card stock for the cupcake bottoms and flowers, as well as for the vanilla frosting. Those are all stuck on with dimensionals. The pearls and flowers are adhered with mini glue dots. It never fails that once I see the photo I took, I notice something like how the third flower isn't laying flat. I fixed it on the card, but was too lazy to go back upstairs, set up my photo box to take another photo, and upload it!

Afterthoughts on Blossoms Petal Punch...

My daughter really wanted the Blossom Petals Punch from the Occasions Mini, so I bought it for her. I have a box of scraps for her and the punch to get crazy! As I was prepping the cards for this month's clubs, I figured I'd give the punch a try. I used Pawsitively Prints II dsp and Always Artichoke card stock for the flower and leaves. The River Rock designer button is also out of the Occasions Mini. The words are from the Level 1 hostess set Afterthoughts, stamped in Not Quite Navy on more dsp that's layered on Not Quite Navy card stock that's been punched on both sides with the Scallop Border Punch. For the petals, I adhered a dimensional under each one, then used my fingers to curl up the sides. Best of all? My daughter loves the card!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Create a Cupcake is Something to Celebrate...

I made this card for a make & take at my American Ink team gathering last weekend. It is a Crumb Cake card with a strip of Sunny Garden dsp, Peach Parfait decorative label, and Create a Cupcake stamps ink and then punched out with the cupcake punch. I CASE'd a card by Ilina Crouse. My card uses the Scallop Trim Border Punch, a greeting from Something to Celebrate and Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait and Early Espresso ink pads.

Punch Bunch and Ice Cream Parlor cards...

I've got another Sale-a-Bration Stamp-a-Stack tomorrow morning, and realized I hadn't shown all of the ones from last week! The owl from Punch Bunch was stamped in Tempting Turquoise and punched out and adhered to some Ice Cream Parlor dsp with dimensionals. For the dsp, I simple folded up one quarter of the paper to show the other side of it. There's a strip of Ice Cream Parlor ribbon and a button (another SAB freebie you may select with a $50 order), along with a strip of Scallop Trim Border-punched Tempting Turquoise. Yet one more SAB item on the card - a phrase from the So Happy For You stamp set.

This card uses some Ice Cream Parlor dsp, a stamp from the Punch Bunch, along with 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta and a Pacific Point tag from the Two Tags die for the Big Shot.

I borrowed this idea from Patti Chesky. It uses Ice Cream Parlor dsp, as well as a stamp from the Punch Bunch set, Pumpkin Pie card stock and silver brads.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Swaps feature embossing folders, punches and so much more!

This swap uses the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, rhinestones, and Daisies #2 die for the Big Shot.

Barb's glimmer red Full Heart Punch with Square Lattice embossing folder, Love Patterns dsp, and Scallop Trim border and corner punches.

Cheryl used the Big Shot (Tasteful Trim , Square Lattice and Framed Tulips embossing folders), along with the Build-a-Cupcake Punch and much more.

Frankie's Birthday Bakery swap (sentiment from Create a Cupcake).

Karen's Framed Tulip embossing folder with I {Heart} Hearts.

Michelle used Bliss (SAB stamp set) and the single stamp Elizabeth.

My American Ink team is all over the map when it comes to swaps. I love the variety we get every month. Our next get-together is March 12 at my studio. If you'd like to come as my guest, please contact me at

Monday, February 14, 2011

American Ink make & takes

Our American Ink group meetings are so much fun! Demonstrators show techniques such as baby wipes (squirt reinkers on a baby wipe and use as a stamp pad, faux tearing (tear paper and sponge to it on your card front and it looks like an added layer); and VersaMark Resist (stamp your images in VersaMark ink on glossy white card stock and brayer ink over the images or sponge it on).

My favorite part are the make and takes. We do this on a purely volunteer basis, and I'm always impressed and grateful for the generosity of our team members.
If you'd like to join our American Ink team, please contact me at (360) 509-8041. There's a great Starter Kit special thru March 31, where you'll enjoy a discount, as well as an added bundle of goodies.

Mary Ann's Love You Much make & take with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Frankie's For You Flower make & take using Baby Wipe Technique.

Bea's make & take using Valentine Defined and Framed Tulip embossing folder.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Quick and easy 6" x 6" scrapbook pages...

Here are my favorite brag book pages from our American Ink team meeting Saturday. Just add a photo to each page and you're on your way to scrapbooking the important people in your life.

Frankie made this with Punch Bunch, Ice Cream Parlor dsp, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight card stocks.

Michelle's second page
Michelle's glimmer Full Heart witih Love Impressions dsp and Filled With Love stamps.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love Letters dsp brag book page...

It's been awhile since we've swapped 6" x 6" brag book pages at our American Ink team meetings, but we're back to it. This was my page. It's textured Riding Hood Red card stock with some Love Letters dsp on it. I used the Pinking Hearts Border Punch on a strip of Early Espresso, then layered some crochet trim under that. I used the Petal Card Punch for the little envelope, which holds a little love note (from Cute by the Inch, a Level 2 hostess set), then added a Full Heart-punched Love Letter heart adhered with dimensionals and sporting a vanilla rosette. I did add a little library clip on the love note for my swaps, though it's not pictured. I'll share the other brag book swaps tomorrow!

Punch Bunch owl in the Ice Cream Parlor...

I made this swap for my American Ink team meeting today. It uses some Ice Cream Parlor dsp (a free Sale-a-Bration item), as well as the owl from Punch Bunch (another SAB freebie). I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch on a strip of Melon Mambo card stock, as well as a strip of Old Olive. The sentiment is from yet another SAB free item you may select with a $50 order - the So Happy For You stamp set.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Be My Valentine & Love Letters dsp...

I had the basic idea for this card in my head before I made it, so it came together quickly. My card uses Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip card stocks and inks with the Be My Valentine stamp. There's a layer of Love Letters dsp in there (I love this pattern). The front of the card was cut about 1-1/4" from the right so the inside is exposed. I used the Cutter Kit to distress the edges of everything and added pearls and an antique brad for a more vintage look. The 5/8" Very Vanilla satin ribbon is held on with sticky strip.

Bliss stamp-a-stack card in Marina Mist...

I'm hosting a stamp-a-stack tonight (where everyone makes 2 cards each of 5 different designs) featuring items you may earn for free during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration Event. This Very Vanilla card features the Bliss stamp set and the colors Marina Mist and Early Espresso.

Below, I used some of the Ice Cream Parlor dsp you can get for free with a $50 purchase, along with the "true friend" circle stamp from the Punch Bunch set, another free choice with a $50 purchase. The Pretty in Pink card also features the Finial Press embossing folder, Eyelet Border Punch, 2-1/2" circle punch, Decorative Label Punch and the drink stamp from A Slice of Life hostess set. I used markers and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the drink cups.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sew Suite revisited with different dsp and buttons...

Do you remember a Sew Suite card similar to this last week? I thought the women at a stamp-a-stack tomorrow would enjoy the sewing machine print from the Sweet Stitches dsp pack. The Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch adds a bit of decoration in Tempting Turquoise at the top, along with a greeting from the Something to Celebrate hostess set. The dress form has dimensionals adhering it to the front of the card, and the button is on with a dimensional as well.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Punch Bunch owl is So Happy For You...

This card uses FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp sets Punch Bunch and So Happy For You. You purchase $50 in Stampin' Up! product (who couldn't use more envelopes, adhesive and ribbon?) and select one item for free out of the SAB Mini Catalog. I like all of the greetings in the So Happy For You stamp set. The colors for the card above are Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo. It uses the owl punch.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Courage birthday invitation...

My son's birthday is here again and like every year before this one, he's asked for a "soldier" invitation to be made for his friends. This year's birthday invite features the Courage stamp set, along with Sincere Salutations. I started with a Crumb Cake card, then added a layer of Early Espresso and Woodland dsp. The main image from Courage was stamped in Early Espresso and sponged with the same color all the way around. I used the wide oval punch on the sentiment, adhering it with dimensionals.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Polka-dotted Eat Chocolate stamp-a-stack card...

I started this Soft Suede card by running the bottom half of the front through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. This was the final stamp-a-stack card made at my most recent event. It uses a 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" strip of Elegant Soiree dsp, a 2-1/2" Pretty in Pink circle, and the Eat Chocolate image punched using the Decorative Label Punch. We added Dazzling Diamond glitter with a 2-way glue pen on the top of the chocolates, and two brads from the Soft Subtles pack.

Plane & Simple birthday card with sponged clouds...

I made a card similar to this Plane & Simple one awhile back, but thought this would make a good stamp-a-stack card since we could all use cards for the men/boys in our lives. It uses Blueberry Crisp dsp, torn and layered on a piece of torn Pacific Point card stock. The plane was stamped in Pacific Point ink, and clouds were sponged on the card front and plane layer using a sponge dauber, Bashful Blue ink and a punch scallop circle. The top layer was distressed with a Cutter Kit. I had the Teeny, Tiny Wishes stamp set so everybody could select the sentiment of their choice. Most all fit in the Word Window punch, then we adhered them with dimensionals.

Thanks for Caring in Concord Crush...

Along with the Sew Suite card in the post below (for Mary Ann's birthday), we made this card at my stamp-a-stack a few days ago. It uses the Thanks for Caring stamp set, Concord Crush ink and dsp (In Color pad), and a sentiment from So Happy For You (a Sale-a-Bration set you may earn for FREE with a $50 order). We punched a 1" x 3" strip of Concord Crush with the Eyelet Border Punch, and added a knot of 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Sew Suite Birthday Mary Ann!

I want to wish my newest downline and club member Mary Ann a very Happy Birthday today! I'm sending her this Sew Suite card featuring some Sweet Stitches dsp. This was one of the cards my friends made yesterday at my stamp-a-stack. It uses the Level 2 hostess set Something to Celebrate (in the Occasions Mini) and Chocolate Chip ink. The button and the strip of card stock punched with the Scallop Trim Border are both Tempting Turquoise. I have no problem making cards... just sending them out! Have a fabulous day.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cute card features A Slice of Life...

I used my own sketch to ink up A Slice of Life stamp set - it's a freebie hostess set with any $150 order. I started with some Lap of Luxury dsp layered on Concord Crush card stock, and then on a Whisper White card base. The flower and vase image were stamped in Concord Crush ink, then I used a blender pen and Pink Pirouette ink pad to color the flowers. I adore the tiny pearls on each flower. You can see a closer look below:

To finish the card, I added a Love Impressions Rub-On (the XOXO) and a pearl and adhered it with dimensionals. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New button jars, matching fabric and designer paper for WOYWW...

I was on a mission to find curved jelly jars to hold my big designer buttons from Stampin' Up!. My family went out and about to a couple of stores last weekend and finally found the jars at Fred Meyer. Only $5 for four of them! They were a bargain. And they're already full. I traced the lid onto some Springtime Vintage fabric, cut it out and adhered it to the lid of the jar. Then I added a knot of 5/8" Marina Mist satin ribbon. You can see the other patterns in the fabric pack to the left of the jar.

Why am I showing you my button jar and my desk? Well, it's for Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW). You can poke your head into rooms all over the world. It's great fun!

Now back to my desk. You can see the card I made with some of the Springtime Vintage dsp. I followed a sketch (the card and sketch are shown in the post below). The stamp set I used for the card is shown on the left side of the photo. It's a hostess set I earned for free called Fast & Fabulous. Also on my desk - some Love Impressions Rub-Ons I've been using to make valentines, and some older watercolor crayons. Now go check out some other work places of creative people at and have a fabulous Wednesday!

Fast & Fabulous Sweet Sunday sketch challenge...

I love this three-panel sketch provided by Karen over at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. I started with a Pear Pizzazz card body, added a layer of Not Quite Navy card stock, with panels from the Springtime Vintage dsp pack. The stamps are from the Level 2 hostess set, Fast & Fabulous. It's a 2-step stamp set that makes stamping fun and fast. I used the Ticket Corner Punch for the corners and added pearls. For the circle element, I picked a designer button. I'm diggin' these!

Punch Bunch thank-you cards...

I enjoy making quick and easy thank-you cards. There are so many things to be grateful for in life. These are for my club members. The cards use textured River Rock card stock (I cut a couple of 12" x 12" pieces down to 3" x 6" ones), along with scraps from my last stamp-a-stack class. I earned the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Punch Bunch for free and am putting it to work, along with the "thanks" from another SAB set, Happy for You.

Love Impressions Rub-Ons for Stamping 411 sketch...

I've been in valentine-making mode lately. I found a sheet of Love Impressions Rub-Ons and set about creating a card for the Stamping 411 sketch challenge this week. I used scraps from my Valentines class last week to create the card above. I added the three heart rub-ons before running the Whisper White layer through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The "Love You" is also a rub-on that I rubbed on Whisper White, punched out and adhered with dimensionals. The only stamp on the card is the XOXO background in Pretty in Pink ink. I plan on doing two more sketch challenges today, so come back later this afternoon to see those! Have a great day.

Love Impressions Rub-Ons are Something to Celebrate...

This Sweet Valentine pink pirouette card features rub-ons and the Level 2 hostess set, Something to Celebrate. Stampin' Up! sent all of its demonstrators some rub-ons to try when the Occasions Mini Catalog started last month. You may purchase these Love Impressions Rub-Ons for only $7.95 on page 8 of the mini. The rub-on layer is adhered with dimensionals, then I added a strip of Real Red with 1/8" Pretty in Pink taffeta and a Real Red designer button.