March 28, 2015

Amazing Holiday Clearance Items!

Stampin' Up! has added a huge number of holiday items - Halloween and Christmas stamps, thinlits, paper and accessories. Shop now while supplies last! Click here to check out all of the fabulous deals!

March 24, 2015

Build a Bouquet

Wowza, not quite sure how life got so busy, but it did! 

At class last month, Gwen ordered a Build a Bouquet kit to make for her mom. Gwen is new to stamping, but was excited about taking on this project. She came to my house one Tuesday night and in about two hours - and MANY replays of the SU! Build a Bouquet video, we completed two flowers - whew!

Gwen went home, created the remainder of the flowers in the style we did together, did all of the stamping for the other flowers and returned the following Tuesday for us to make one of each of the last three flowers.

This is what Gwen brought to class on Saturday for show and tell!!

Didn't she do an amazing job? Pam thought so too, because she ordered one to make! I had read comments about how time consuming this project is which scared me, but it really was fun to make. The first night we made the poppies and didn't have enough time to really allow them to dry - we were both left with red, inky fingers, but that was okay!

If you're looking for a fun project, this just might be the one for you. Check out the video for SU!'s Build a Bouquet.

Thanks for stopping!


March 16, 2015

Mini Treat Bag

I had fun playing with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit die. I added these treat bags to my customer orders from my last class. They could be addicting!!

The free SAB paper is a breath of spring and the accessories pack made these a snap to embellish. What a great way to show off your DSP!!

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March 11, 2015

Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.
Winner!: Before I jump in to the blog hop information I want to give a quick shout out to Meredith L who won by 150th post blog candy. Thanks for your comment Meredith. I sent an email to you with details on your next step.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn #17 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.
This week it actually feels like spring here in Wisconsin - woo hoo! I broke out the spring flowers and soft colors for a special sympathy card. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you've read bits here and there about my lifelong friend Nan. Last week Nan's mom died and I wanted to make a special card for the wonderful family that has treated me like one of their own since I've been a kid.

The colors I chose for this card were Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla. Boho Blossoms and Petite Petal punches helped to create my flower garden. The base of the card is 10 x 7 and scored at 5. With the help of the Labels and Oval Thinlits, creating a window was a snap. Stamp sets used were Bloom with Hope, Petite Petals, Papillion Potpourri and Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Leave a comment below; I love to read your comments.
The next stop is Candy Ford  at Stamp Candy on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month. Thanks so much for stopping!


  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb...
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping  You are here!
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  31. September Gray at
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  35. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

March 7, 2015

150th Post and Blog Candy!

Thanks for stopping today to help me celebrate my 150th blog post! Woo Hoo!!

Before I share my blog candy, I want to show you a fun fold I saw on Dawn Griffith's site. I wanted to have something fun for this special post. I totally CASEd one card and went off on my own with the second.

The Sweet Taffy DSP just hollers "HAPPY!" to me. It's a perfect choice for a bright, cheery birthday greeting.

The Labels Thinlets are the real star of this show and are perfectly topped off with the FREE SAB Big Day stamp set. I used my 1" square punch to flag the ends of my sentiment.

TIP: Don't have a square punch? Or if you do, are there times when you struggle with crooked points? (I ask that because I've been there!) On the backside of your sentiment use a ruler to find the center of your card stock and make a small dot. Use your paper snips to cut from the corner to the dot - ta dahhh! You have your end flagged!

Even more fun than the outside of this card is the inside. I just love this fold; it's so much fun! 

TIP: When I use a fun fold, I tend to keep the rest of my card fairly simple so as not to overpower the fold itself.

The whole Big Day stamp set was put to use in this card and in Dawn fashion, I broke out the Dazzling Diamonds to accent the cake frosting, cake stand and some of the lettering.

So after shamelessly CASEing one card, this is what I created on round 2. For this card I used Very Vanilla and a beautiful print from Typeset. I love this card even more than the first one! I used a vintage stamp set for the sentiment

TIP: To create the black layer of the label, I traced the Thinlit and the fussy cut the layer. You just have to remember to make 'points' on the sides because the outline of the Thinlit is rounded

I played around with a variety of colors with the Lotus Bloss stamp, another FREE SAB item, and ended up using Memento Black for the first, detail step, Basic Gray for the second step and Smokey Slate for step three. I LOVE how it turned out, don't you?

I hope you enjoyed my projects for today. As a thank you to those who follow my blog, I have some blog candy today. 

I will choose a random winner using the names of anyone who leaves a comment at the end of my post.

One lucky person will win Chalk Lines! This is a great stamp set to use for texture, borders or just a bit of interest.

I look forward to reading your comments and thank you for stopping. If you're not currently receiving my posts in your email box, just enter your email address in the field in the right column and you'll never have to worry about missing one of my posts.

Hope you have some RnR Time this weekend...happy stamping!


March 5, 2015

Another PPA Challenge!

Another quick post before the big 150! Be sure to stop in on Saturday for a blog candy opportunity!

We're back to a color challenge this week and it looks like this challenge was created with an upcoming holiday in mind!

Here is my challenge card for this week:

The best thing about challenges is to see what everyone does with them. Click here to view some of the other creations for PPA242! 

Thanks so much for stopping. I look forward to your popping in to my 150th post celebration!

Until then, take gentle care,

March 3, 2015

Another PPA Challenge

Quick post today to show you another option for this week's PPA Challenge. A reminder of the sketch:

Here's another card I came up with using the same sketch:

The Basic Black base of the card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I ran another piece of Basic Black through the Big Shot with the Zig Zag embossing folder and trimmed it to 5 1/4 x 4 and layered it on to the base. Using 2 pieces of Real Red cropped with my Sweetheart punch and run through my polka dot embossing folder, I measured a piece of Real Red and layered it with one of the fabulous black and white prints from Stacked with Love DSP. The sentiment is from a great stand-by - Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I used a vintage stampe for the inside to finish off my project. This was a quickie and lots of fun to  create.

I'm heading off to bed. The weather folks are predicting snow starting at 3 am, so it's out of my warm bed to shovel for me!

Be sure to stop back for my 150th blog post candy!

Have fun creating!


March 2, 2015

PPA Challenge

Whew! It's been a full weekend. I was really spoiled being off of work. I now have weekend for cleaning, laundry, errands, visiting, volunteering and, oh, can't forget stamping!

Some of my time this weekend was used stamping for my church dinner auction. A friend of mine is in charge of the raffles and asked if I'd help snazz them up a bit - how could I resist a request like that?

In addition to that project, I did get TWO cards made from this week's PPA challenge,


I know I've said this before, but I have become more comfortable with challenges the more often I do them. If you've not tried them, I would highly recommend it!

TIP: This is one of the cards I came up with. You need to remember that your card doesn't have to exactly match the sketch, but can be inspired by the sketch. 

My card features Pink Pirouette and Pool Party. I stamped my sentiment on the first image and blurred the words - back to the inking board! For round 2 I lightly sponged the background with Pool Party, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight. Instead of mounting the image on top of the Pool Party card stock, I used the oval framelits to cut both the image and a matching opening in the Pool Party and attached the image inside of the opening. I used my markers to color the image. To give some texture to my card base I used another image from the Bloom With Hope set with Pink Pirouette ink. I stamped the image once, then again without reinking and repeated the process until I had the bacground filled in. It gives a subtle but very pretty background.

I took photos of all of the cards I completed today and found a big fingerprint on the images when I went to edit them - hmmmm, wonder where that came from? So I'm off to retake photos and call it a night.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see another version of the PPA sketch.

150th blog post: My 150th blog post will be coming up this week. Be sure to stop in daily so as not to miss a blog candy opportunity.

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Thanks for stopping and until next time, take gentle care!


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