Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Crate of Goodies

Hi all!

My last post highlighted the Fruit Stand DSP. This is a fun suite of products and you'll see more to come. If you check out page 148 of the catalog that features this suite, you'll see the small crates. I've seen them on Pinterest and thought they were pretty dang cute.

A couple weeks ago I made treat holders for mini Hershey bars to hand out at a staff meeting. I brought home the leftovers and was trying to figure out what to do with them.

My son, Michael, currently has a prescription that is quite costly and is not covered by insurance, so I searched online for coupons and took them to the local WalMart. The pharmacy staff at this WalMart have gone above and beyond in finding every possible discount for me. They've been able to save me about $400 per month on this scrip. 

Now is when the crate comes in. I thought of the pharmacy staff in my figuring on what to do with the treats, but needed to come up with a cute container to hold them - tah dah - the crate!

I used the Hardwood stamp on each of the pieces - love how it turned out. I figured out how big I needed the space to be to hold the number of treats I had, then determined how high I needed the sides. So, if the space I needed was 3 x 4 and 2.5" high, I cut my cardstock 3' wide by 9" (4 + 2.5 + 2.5) long and scored 2.5" from each end. The slats are 1" wide by 5' long and scored at 1/2" from each end. I added Tear n Tape to the 1/2" pieces to attach them to the sides of the crate. Because my crate needed to hold some weight, I reinforced the bottom and side slats with pieces of cardboard cut from a DSP stack.

The pharmacy staff loved the treat. The pharmacist told me the 'girls' were taking photos of it, but he just enjoyed the chocolate, something for everyone! It's so much fun to give, isn't 

Don't Forget!

Bonus Days have started

Thanks for stopping! Until next time, take gentle care,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hooray for Fruit Stand!

Hi Stampers!

I first saw the Fruit Stand DSP on a Center Stage live stream video. Center Stage is an international Stampin' Up! event held twice a year. The main event moves every six months from a location in Europe to one in the South Pacific and then to Salt Lake City, Utah, which is home base of Stampin' Up! In addition, there are local events held in multiple locations in the countries that are not hosting the main event. For those of us who are not able to attend, many of the sessions are live streamed so we can get in on the action!

Anyhoo, that's when I first saw and fell in love with this DSP and the stamp set. They just sing summer! 

Here in my little corner of Wisconsin, we look forward to the Michigan peach truck. The local freebie shopper advertises the location and approximate time the truck will arrive. You need to arrive early or you may miss out. Everyone piles out of their vehicles when the truck pulls in. The fruit is picked, packed, loaded and sent on to Wisconsin; you can't find anything more fresh! Over the years I've learned to slice the peaches and then pull each section off the seed. If you bite into them, you have juice running down your chin. There is nothing better. The truck typically makes two stops several weeks apart in each of the surrounding communities. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the fresh fruit without it spoiling. YUM!!!

So I think that's why I reached for the peach DSP! This card uses Daffodil Delight for the base and a layer of Tangerine Tango. I cut the DSP 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" and layered it at an angle. The sentiment comes from Confetti Celebration, one of the stamp sets I received from my day of stamping with Lisa Pretto and the InkBig gang. I inked up the stamp with Versamark, then inked it with Crushed Curry ink, stamped it on Whisper White, covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it for a real pop of color.

TIP: Did you know that you can emboss ANY color using the method I mentioned above? HOORAY for that technique!!

I layered the sentiment onto Pear Pizzaz, used some burlap ribbon, a vintage button tied with a linen thread bow and have a fresh birthday card!

This is the card I originally intended to make. Oops! I didn't mean to cut the DSP in THAT direction. It's off to plan B and the birthday card in the vertical orientation above. There is no such thing as a mistake in paper crafting - it's called  'an interpretation'! This is a good example of using the same layout but in different ways. The stamp I used here is from the Tin of Cards set. Be sure to give this 'two for' a try!

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Until next time, take gentle care,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Last week I shared a graduation card I made for Billy. In addition to that milestone, Billy also attained the status of Eagle Scout. His project was a beautiful arbor and bench, fully landscaped and set on a walkway in town. The beautification committee has been working hard to spruce things up in town. The PGA tournament is being played next year at a local golf course, so everyone is working to 'paint the town'!

I couldn't let this big event for Billy pass without a card and gift. 

The card is CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from fellow Pal, Kim Jolley. I should have made the blue piece bigger to get better proportion, but I decided that I'm being an impressionist and just left it as is! I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlints for the flag. Remember, this detailed die requires the use of the Precision Plate. You can use the framelits without it, but removing the cardstock from the die is MUCH easier with the specialty plate.

The box is made from Real Red cardstock. I purchased a cut glass paperweight that features the head of an eagle. I measured it and designed the box for a perfect fit. I used Whisper White satin ribbon, a few scraps of Real Red and Night of Navy vintage ribbon and added a bit of sparkle with the sequin trim. I thought it matched the theme of the celebration, don't you?

Thanks for stopping. Be sure to pop back in next Tuesday when I'll be featuring a birthday card using Fruit Stand DSP. I love that stuff!

Until next time, take care,

Monday, July 18, 2016

NEW! Thoughtful Branches Bundle


  • You will be able to order the Thoughtful Branches exclusive, limited-time bundle between August 2 and 31 (while supplies last).
  • IMPORTANT!  All exclusive items associated with this promotion will be available until August 31 (or while supplies last).
    • See the Thoughtful Branches Bundle here!
    • You may use your Bonus Days coupons on the Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer stamp set, Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Thoughtful Branches Bundle OR ANY Stampin’ Up! products (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions – new prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed).
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bonus Days

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days are Here!

  • For every $50 (on a single order, price before shipping and tax) you spend between July 7 – 31,  you’ll earn a $5.00 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem between August 2 – 31, 2016.
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • IMPORTANT!  Save both the email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be re-sent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
    • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
    • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Happy Shopping

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Graduation Season

Hi all,

We have another graduation party to attend tomorrow. My son Michael has been celebrating every weekend with a different friend. This weekend I'm invited to the party too! Billy and Michael were baptized on the same day, attended Sunday school and Confirmation classes together. Our families have grown very close over the years. The boys go to different schools. I made the same card for each of them, but used their school colors. It's so hard for me to believe these boys are college bound this fall.

The Large Numbers Framelits made putting this card together a snap. The background stamp is vintage and one I like to use to add texture to a large space.

I forgot to take a photo of the inside before writing in it - oops!

Geometry was never a strength, so figuring out the motar board, took me a few tries. 

I cut a 1" length of card stock, placed it in my trimmer and cut it on a diagonal.

I flipped the cardstock, lined up the diagonal side at 1" and made the second cut.

For the bottom of the hat I cut a rectangle 1" wide and maybe 2" long. I slid one end of the rectangle into the 1 1/2" round punch and punched to get the round shape on the bottom. 

I trimmed the rectangle to fit behind the mortar board. A White Perfect Accent colored with a black Sharpie was placed in the middle of the hat.

An easy and fun little accent!

Hope you enjoyed today's card and mini tutorial. Stop back next Tuesday to see another creation for Billy!

Until next time, take care,

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kissing for Men

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. 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'm thinking my title got your attention! Today's hop is all about technique and I think we could all use some practice on our kissing technique!
In case you're not familiar with this technique, it entails using one solid and one patterned stamp, inking the stamp(s) and pressing them together (the kiss) to transfer the patterned image to the solid image.

There are several ways to execute this technique:
1. ink the solid stamp and kiss the patterned stamp
2. ink the patterned stamp and kiss the solid stamp
(you will note a difference between the two)
3. Use a different colored ink on each stamp and kiss, which is what I did with my project today.

I inked up Another Thank You with Sahara Sand and covered the Hardwood stamp with Soft Suede and kissed them together to get a wooden sentiment - perfect for a masculine thanks!

The card base is Sahara Sand with a layer of the soon to be retired Mossy meadow. The focal piece is whisper white with splatters of Sahara Sand and speckles of Mossy Meadow. I tied it all together with knotted linen thread.
So head off to your stamping spot, choose a couple stamps from your collection and give kissing a try. 
Want to have a little fun? Inform your partner you're off to practice your kissing technique - he or she may want to join 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! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stampin' Sunday

Hi all,

I had such a fun day, I needed to come home and post. I made a road trip to Waunakee, WI to the home of Lisa Pretto, an extremely talented and generous stamping and business guru. I am so grateful to be a member of Lisa's extended team. Today she rolled out her red carpet and all of the SU! goodies from the new catalog that she could get her hands on and let us stamp! We had so much fun playing with all of the new products. The BEST part was Lisa's multiple door prizes; she always sends us home with bags - quite literally - full of goodies. Check out these smiling faces!

I'll share samples in my upcoming posts.

Because I'm headed to a Brewer's game tomorrow night, I also need to post my PPA challenge card for this week. The challenge ends on Tuesday and I won't have time to get it posted tomorrow.

This week's sketch comes from talented Pal Ginger Toivonen.

For whatever reason, when I saw this sketch, I thought masculine. A stamp set I love, but don't often use is Traveler, so I broke it out for the challenge. I'm happy to say that Traveler will be travelling to the new annual catalog! If you'd like to add this to your stamp collection, click here to purchase it.

This is a great sketch, one that could be used in different orientations and for a bazillion occasions. It comes together so easily.

I typically use a 1/4" border, but went a bit wider with this card and used a 3/8" border to complement the stripes in the DSP.

I really wanted to focus on the globe, but wanted something more than plain cardstock on my second feature piece. I used the Zig Zag embossing folder, which is retiring, to add some texture and accented it with white perfect accents that I colored with a black sharpie. The globe piece is popped up with dimensionals.

I enjoyed creating this card and hope you like it as well. Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Be sure to:
  • Check out the retiring products to make sure you don't miss out on anything you really want. Stamp sets are guaranteed to be in stock through May 22nd. All other items are while supplies last. Click here to shop.
  • Stop back later in the week to see some of the samples we created at Lisa's
  • Mark your calendar for my May embossing classes. Classes are held the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-11 and the Monday following the 3rd Saturday from 6-8. We'll be playing with the new Copper Embossing Powder! (one of my door prizes from Lisa!)
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Thanks so much for stopping. Make each day a good one!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Washi Label Punch Project

Hi all,

By now you likely have checked out the list of retiring products. Stampin' Up! has told us they will continue to produce stamps that are on the retiring list until May 22nd. All other items on the list are available only while supplies last, so check out the list HERE and make your purchase now!

One item that I learned has already sold out is the Washi Label punch, which is a bummer because I cased a great card from fellow Pal Susan Itell. I decided to share it anyway because you could use the word window punch or simply cut strips of paper.


The beauty of this card is the ability to use those snips and strips of DSP that are leftover from other projects. I've been on major campaign this year to USE my DSP - what a concept, don't you agree? I know I'm not alone in my love for the beautiful papers that SU! creates, but oohing and ahhing over them as they sit in my craft room is just not fair to those 12 x 12 guys.They want to be decked out and shown off! That being said, I was down to the last snippets of this vintage DSP when Susan posted a sample of her card in our Pals Facebook Gallery and I fell in love with it. I even CASEd her signature 'dots'.

The most time consuming part of this project was laying out the DSP into the pattern I wanted. 

I cut a piece of cardstock onto which I adhered my punched DSP and sentiment.

I then added a 'cheater bow', popped the piece up with dimensionals and added it to my card base. To create a cheater bow, cut a length of ribbon 1" to 1 1/2" wider than your cardstock. Add adhesive to the ribbon ends, place it onto your project and attach to the back of the card stock. Next, grab your spool of ribbon and tie a knot around the ribbon you just placed, trim the ribbon ends and you're set! The folks in my classes LOVE cheater ribbons!

The card base is a piece of Whisper White cut to 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4". The next layer is colored card stock cut to 4" x 4" and that is topped with a piece of 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" Whisper White card stock that is stamped in a complimentary color. I'm thinking I'll give the 6 cards that I made to my mom as she enjoys sending notes to friends.


  • 2014-2016 In Colors will be retiring. If there are products from this suite that you love, order here now before they're gone!

  • Interested in learning some embossing techniques? Save the date of either Saturday, May 21st or Monday, May 23rd. In class I'll be teaching several different embossing techniques that you can easily replicate at home.

  • Like what you see here? Have a question? Please leave a comment. I love hearing from you.
Thanks so much for stopping. Happy stamping!!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Spring Challenge!

Hi all,

You'd never know I've been stamping like a crazed cricket based on what I've been posting! I've had several special orders to complete and have also held 4 stamp nights in the past 10 days. I figured it's time I start sharing!

It's been awhile since I participated in the Pals Paper Arts challenge. Challenges are a great way to stretch your creativity, to be provided with colors and layouts and make them your own. This week the Pals Jackie Diediker came up with a beautiful color challenge that forces you to think spring, no matter the weather in your area!

My first thought when thinking of spring is butterflies and with Stampin' Up's Butterflies Thinlits creating a WOW is a (spring) breeze!

One of my all time favorite stamps sets is Work of Art. The first year this set came out, we received it at a catalog premier. I'm happy to say it will be in the 2016-2017 catalog - woo hoo!

To create this little beauty, I cut a piece of Whisper White to 4" x 4". For a bit of an accent, I used my Simply Scored tool to add some textured lines. Using my trusty Stamp-a-ma-Jig, I inked up my 'swoosh' stamp with Wisteria Wonder positioned it and stamped, cleaned the stamp, inked it with Daffodil Delight and postioned it under my first image. I followed suit with Pool Party.

Next I centered my butterfly thinlit onto my stamped image and ran it through my Big Shot. 

TIP: When using intricate dies like this a must have is the precision plate. The resulting clean cuts are incredible. Even with the precision plate, I do recommend running your die through the Big Shot twice.

Before placing the butterfly into the card opening, I used my gold Wink of Stella pen to spatter some gold flecks onto my card stock.

Using dimensionals strategically placed on the back of the 4 x 4 piece, I layered it onto a piece of Whisper White that measures 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4".

I couldn't catch this on my camera, but I did cover the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle.

I used Tombow glue to adhere the body of the butterfly into place, allowing it's wings to fly. I debated adding rhinestones or pearls to the body of the butterfly, but decided to let the color and shimmer stand on its own.

This was a quick and easy card to create and is oh so pretty! 

Comment below to let me know what you think of it!

I encourage you to play along with the PPA Challenge, click here for details. 


Some Important Notes:

*  Click here to shop the retiring items - get them before they are gone!

*  Be sure to sign up for my newsletter in the column to the right. This edition highlights 3 of       my favorite tools that cost less than $10!

*  If you're in the area, save the date - May 21st or May 23rd. I will be holding a technique      class. If you've wanted to learn about embossing - this is the class for you! More details        will be coming soon!

Thanks so much for stopping. Have a wonderful week!