Saturday, October 22, 2016

Star Fold Video Tutorial

Hi All!

I chased away the ghouls and goblins and was able to upload my tutorial. I think the lesson here is that I need to do more video tutorials so my skill set improves.

This is the star fold I featured in the last blog hop.

So, are you ready to create this fold for your own project? Here we go!

Comments? Questions? I welcome your feedback.

Make your day a great one!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Masculine Fall Birthday Card

Hi all,

Due to technical difficulties, you are not seeing my star fold video in today's blog post. Stay tuned; I will get it to you as soon as possible!

Until then, enjoy this great masculine birthday card.

Thanks for stopping today!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Quick Note

Hi all!

Whew! My days have been full - how about yours? My son was home againg this weekend. I bought a new Rav4 - my 'momma mobile' is 11 years old and has almost 152K miles on it. I was ready for new wheels. I also sold my minivan over the weekend. Sunday we celebrated my mom's 89th birthday and I got three loads of laundry done for the boy to take back to school. I know, he's spoiled. He's my only one and I do enjoy doting. In my craft room - and kitchen and dining room - I've been diligently working on a tutorial for Craft Project Central. They asked me to be a guest designer for the month of November. I will be sharing my project and other Craft Central projects for the month on my blog. I was a bit stressed about coming up with a project worthy of a guest designer! I like the end product and because of the multiples I ended up making, I have several Christmas gifts ready to go!

So, for my quick note today, I cased a very fun card I saw on Pinterest. I love music; it has always been a part of my life, from piano and strings in grade school to band and choir in high school. Through college and beyond, I made great extra money singing for weddings and funerals. For years I was very involved in community theater. Unfortunately, several years ago I went through some major stresses in my life and lost my vocal range. I went to doctors, speech and massage therapists with no changes. That is a loss I regularly mourn. But enough of that, back to the fun card!

Wouldn't four of these with envelopes tied in black ribbon make a perfect gift for a music teacher, your church choir director or organist or any music enthusiast? The notes were made from the 1" circle punch and I cut the stems from snips of Basic Black Cardstock.
My staff was a snap to make using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. This bundle is so versatile. If you've not yet purchased it - don't wait! 

That's it for today folks. Stay tuned for my second post this week. I'll be sharing a video on how to make a star fold card like the one I featured last week in the Pal's Blog Hop.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Another 2 x 2


Thanks for stopping in today. I have another quick project using the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. The box today is decked out for Halloween.

This little count is ready for his Halloween night on the town.

I cut a strip of DSP at 8 1/2" x 1 7/8" and scored it 1/4" from each end. I added a bit of adhesive to the small flaps, aligned the score line on a corner and wrapped the box. This time I have the opening at the top of the box. My 2" circle punch provided the background and the moon.

You can fill your box with a wide variety of holiday treats.

I cut a 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" piece of DSP for the top of the box. What a quick and easy way to present a treat to your favorite little ghoul.

The treats I've featured on my blog will be going to co-workers - shhh! don't tell them.

Be sure to add the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes to your next order.

Don't have a SU! demonstrator? I'd love to be able to help you with all of your stamping needs. Click here to shop. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wicked Star Fold

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for October 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects feature cards made using “wicked” folds. What is a “wicked” fold? It is anything other than the standard A2 card fold. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

I love fun folds, but admit I can be intimidated by some of them! I went searching to find something fun to share with you, but also wanted a fold that wasn't too complicated, so check out this star fold!

I can see using this fold for so many occasions from Christmas to weddings or for a baby. It's a great way to show off our Designer Series Paper - hmmm, there just happens to be a DSP sale going on here.
Now for the open view! 

If you like this project, please leave a message below. Be sure to sign up to follow me by email to receive my blog post next week with the video on how to create this wickedly fun fold!
Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two by Two by Two

Hi all!

So did my blog title get you thinking about Noah's Ark and the animals? Well, that's not my blog topic, but this week I am sharing a couple fun ideas for our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes! You'll never guess the dimensions - 2 x 2 x 2! 

I used the Thoughtful Branches bundle to create my pumpkin and Tombo glue to attach it to the Clear Tiny Treat Box. The box opens on the right side to allow access to the goodies. Break out the Fringe Scissors (pg 189 #133325) to snip a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock, crunch it up and you have the filling for your box. 

The Kraft Rope Trim from the Holiday Catalog (pg 13 #141996) literally ties it all together.

Use this darling box for a Thanksgiving place setting, fill it with a pumpkin scented candle, replace the paper stuffing with pumpkin candies, bags of spiced tea or a bag of potpourri. There are so many possibilities!

Get those creative juices flowing, purchase your Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (annual catalog pg 176 #141699) and come up with a 2 x 2 x 2 creation to share with your friends!



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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hi all,

Happy October! I was at our cabin for the weekend with my nephew and his family who recently moved from Louisiana. The 3 little 'greats' are an absolute joy and I am so happy they are here in Wisconsin. My blog name and theme are inspired by our northern Wisconsin land. My dad purchased the first parcel in 1961 and our family has grown up loving this land. It was such a treat and blessing to see the next generation enjoying it too.

We're in the middle of the Nicolet National Forest with no utilities. My dad designed an built the cabin and the 1947 vintage Dodge army command truck still runs.

This land equates time with family and I couldn't love it more!

I didn't get in any stamping due to my weekend away, but want to remind you of the fabulous October Designer Series Paper sale - Buy 3 and get 1 FREE! The following prints are available as part of this offer:

Be sure to stock up on this great value!

Take gentle care!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Limited Deals for October!

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your credit cards!

Seriously, you don't want to miss out on these great October deals! When you've made your decisions, click here to shop.

If you don't own an Envelope Punch Board, NOW is the time to purchase one at a 25% savings! The wide array of projects you can make with this board in addition to envelopes for any size card with make this one of the best purchases you could ever make! While you're ordering that, don't forget the cardstock and envelope paper!

Looking for a great gift? The Designer Tin of Cards Kit is so much fun to put together and even more fun to give. Note: the card kit does not include the stamp set, that can be purchased here.

Stampin' Up! isn't going to let the fun stop there!


October 1 through 31 , you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free! That’s great news since everyone can use more Designer Series Paper. This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalog and the recently released holiday catalog (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks). 

Dress up your cards - it's easy with DSP!
Make fabulous 3D projects - instant WOW factor with DSP!
Feature BOTH sides with amazing folds!
Call a friend and split the packs!

Don't Miss Out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hi All!

Well, yesterday we had an 80 degree summer day and today we definitely are experiencing autumn with temps in the low 60s. Yeesh! That was a drastic change. Based on the forecast, I think this is it. I love fall, but really would enjoy another month of summer temps. Oh well, this is Wisconsin and we get what we get!

Saturday morning I held a class and we made a shaker card. I will admit, I attempted one soon after the annual catalog came out and the result was NOT pretty. I don't know why, but when I made my sample for class, it was no issue! Here's the project:


I love the Cucumber Crush and Melon Mambo combo - that alone wants to me to yell "YAY!" 

A couple of tips for you:

    * I used my Stampin' Trimmer to cut out the center of the Cucumber Crush panel. My border is 3/4" wide. The Stampin' Trimmer makes this process easy peasy.
    * With my Cucumber Crush piece laying on top of my heavy Whisper White card base, I lightly traced the opening onto the Whisper White card stock. Doing this allows you to see where you want to stamp your images.
    * Cut your window sheet to 1/4" to 3/8" smaller than your top panel. Apply your adhesive to the window sheet, center it on the back side of the Cucumber Crush panel and adhere.
    * Spread your shaker pieces over much of the panel. If you place them in a pile in the middle, they will get stuck once you adhere the card and they won't shake!
    * When adding the adhesive strips to the main panel, adhere the strips about 1/4" from the inside opening. This will prevent you from seeing the strips from the front of the card.
    * I made a cheater bow. I adhered the Thick Baker's Twine to the back side of the card and then tied a bow around the twine.

We had fun making this card. I hope you do too!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Polka Dot Birthday!

Hi all!

Today I am lovin' technology - there are times we are at odds, but not today! The other night I made a birthday card for a little munchkin in my life and snapped some photos prior to sending it off because I wanted to share it with you. Well this morning I used my phone to take some work related photos and went on a delete spree. As I was driving home thinking about this post, I realized I had deleted the photos, BUT THEN realized I have google photos - yahoo!!! It doesn't take a whole lot to thrill me in life!

I wanted something fun and bright for this 6 year old and I think this works. So here's my happy birthday to Lucas:

The polka dots are punched using the 3/4" circle punch. They line up perfectly because I used the recently retired large polka dot embossing folder and simply glued the punched circles onto the embossed circles. The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals and I used a few pieces from the confetti punch to finish it off. I tucked the rest of the confetti inside the card. I'm thinking his mom won't like that too much, but he will!

Be sure to check out the recently loaded clearance rack here. There is everything from stamp sets to embossing folders, ribbons, embellishments and more. Don't miss out on these deals!

I want to share a photo of my baby; he left home for his first year of college and is adjusting well. Here he is (on the right) with his buddy in the student section at UW Madison's Camp Randall last weekend - go Bucky! Time sure flies. I think he was 7 or 8 when he attended his first Badger game....sigh.

I think I am safe in posting this as he wouldn't read my blog - don't tell him it's here!

Saturday I have some friends coming to my house to stamp. I made some cute treats for them that I'll post next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hi all!

Last night I met three amazing women for dinner. The four of us got to know each other through a work related association. Although 3 of us have moved in to different industries, we still make a point of getting together regularly. We typically have a few drinks and dinner, get caught up on what is happening in each other's lives. We laugh, we cry, we dream. I love these ladies!!

This week, as a little surprise, I made each of them 4 monogrammed note cards. I pulled out some vintage products, but they certainly won't know that!

For each card I used a different embossing folder to vary the look. Wow! I'm looking at this photo and lining up my ribbon with Stampin' Up! grid paper certainly assured they did indeed line up. I love it when I impress myself!! Hmm, I also see crooked flourishes; I love that handcrafted touch, don't you?

I used the layering squares framelits for the letters. I am loving all of the layering framelits!

Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you good friends who bring joy to your life.

Until next time, take gentle care,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tin of Tags

Hi all!

Looking for a project that is quick to make, takes no prep time, is easy and super cute?? Check out the Tin of Tags kit!

I'll be gathering with friends this fall to complete this kit. If you live nearby, I'd love to have you join the fun.

Want a closer look at what's all in that cute little tin? Check out the video below!

What do you think? I say it's a must have! Click here to purchase. Thanks so much for stopping. Have a great rest of the week.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My Favorite Season Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Here in Wisconsin we are blessed with all four seasons and I welcome each one. That being said, my favorite season is fall. Already the evening air is more crisp, the garden plants have faded and the smell of fall is in the air. From my living room window, I can see the hills of a State Park. I look forward to the blaze of color when the morning sun meets the tree tops; it is quite spectacular!

I had an idea for my hop project but when I sat down to create, well, let's say it's not what I had in my head! My thought turned out to be too much for one card, so I made two!

I knew my project would include copper embossing powder. The rich color suits a fall scene perfectly. The technique used here is embossed resist. I first embossed my leaves, then sponged the rest of the panel using daubers and Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. The leaves on the main panel are stamped with Versamark. All leaves come from the Vintage Leaves stamp set.

The sentiment is from Acorny Thank You and is embossed with copper and cropped with the Decorative Label punch. I also brushed the Versamark pad on the edges and embossed the edges. I cropped a leaf using the Leaflets Framelits, sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip, added some Copper Metallic Thread and popped it up with Dimensionals. Don't you just love how that copper shines?

So, my original thought was to add a leaf covered in several coats of clear embossing powder to give it a thick, rich finish. I loved the copper leaves in the panel of my first card and adding a distinctive leaf on top of that was TOO much, so here's card #2!

I kept this card very simple because the focal leaf just speaks for itself. The base is Always Artichoke and the Crushed Curry was embossed with the Woodgrain folder and lightly sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.

The leaf on the bottom I stamped onto Whisper White cs with Always Artichoke, cropped it with the die and sponged it.

The top leaf was stamped with Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White and sponged. I then used Versamark and clear embossing powder, heat embossed it, let it cool and repeated the process two more times. I cut two leaves in Always Artichoke to add to the back of the main leaf to give it some depth. I then had a bit of fun with the Copper Metallic Thread. The main leaf is popped up with Dimensionals. I kept the ribbon embellishment simple, starting with the Burlap ribbon, added a layer of vintage Always Artichoke ribbon and then used Linen Thread to tie my bow.

It's certainly beginning to look like fall here! I like how these projects turned out, do you?

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!