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Totally Cool Technique - Creating Rick Rack

Hello Stampers!  Happy Thursday!  I promised that I would show you how to make rick rack out of cardstock today, and the card that I created yesturday, so here goes!

Blog 132 You need the SU! scallop edge punch and a piece of cardstock that is 1" wide.

Blog 133 Starting with your cardstock edge in the middle of your punch, punch your scallop all the way down one side of your cardstock.  Remember to line up the punched scallops with the silver scallops on the guide.

Blog 134 This is what your cardstock will look like after you have punched all the way down one side of your cardstock.

Blog 136 Now flip your cardstock over and prepare to punch scallops down the opposite side.  If your strip ended with a whole scallop, as shown here, line up your cardstock starting in the middle of a silver scallop on your guide.

Blog 138 If your strip ended with a half scallop, as shown in this picture, line up your cardstock starting in between two silver scallops on your guide.  Continue to punch your scallops lining up your scallops to your guide as you go.

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This is what your completed rick rack strip will look like!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

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This is what my completed card looks like!  I used both the background stamp (I showed you how to use these in yesturday's post) and my rick rack!  This card uses the Cheers To You stamp set.  Hopefully, when you click on this picture to view it larger, you can see that I used the Crystal Effects on the drink glass.  This gives it a wet look and looks like liquid in the glass!  I love it!

Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Cheers To You, Polka Dots

Cardstock - Real Red, White

Stamp Pad - Real Red, Black

Accessories - Scallop edge punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, markers, crystal effects

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Totally Cool Technique - Stamping with Background Stamps

Hello Stampers!  Happy Wednesday!  I made a really cute card today with one of my new favorite stamp sets, Cheers to You and my new favorite background stamp, Polka Dot!  But, before I show you my new card, I want to show you how to ink up and use a background stamp.

Blog 127 Now SU!'s background stamps are approximately 6" X 5".  They are intended to stamp the entire background of your card in one stamping.  Start out by picking out your stamp and your stamp pad color.

Blog 128 I find that the easiest way to ink it is to bring the stamp pad to the stamp.  I often rub the stamp pad across the stamp and even pat it down all over.

Blog 130 After it is all inked, turn your stamp over on top of your cardstock.  Line the stamp up with the edge of your cardstock if necessary.  Apply even pressure all over the stamp, using both hands.  I stand up to be sure that I am applying enough pressure.

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Lift your stamp and admire your work!

Come back tomorrow and I will show you how to create rick rack out of cardstock and I will show you the card I created!

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P.S.  This is a  cute little Halloween jar that I got from one of my preschool moms today (she is also a great customer of mine)!  Isn't it cute!  Thanks Angela!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Halloween Treats!

Hello Stampers!  Happy Tuesday!  I was really in a Halloween mood today as I was stamping, so I created several fun items!

Blog 122 The large Frankenstein bag was done with just a green gift bag that I had.  I used my Cricut to cut out grass for the hair.  The eyes are just circle punches with the eyelids being a circle cut in half.  The nose is also a circle cut in half.  I followed the same principle with the small Frankenstein box.  The box is made from a 5" X 11" piece of cardstock.  I scored the long sides at 4 1/2" and the short sides at 1 1/2".  I used Green Galore cardstock. 

The mummy is a square 4 X 4 coaster.  I tore strips of vanilla cardstock and inked the edges with Close to Cocoa.  The eyes are just three sizes of circles.  I punched holes for my ribbon using my crop-a-dile.

The candy corn jars were from my September 16 post.  I made these jars for the girls teachers.

Blog 124 I also took the girls pumpkin shopping after school today.  We have gone to the same place to get our pumpkins for the last 10 years.  We have taken pictures of the girls in front of their displays for 10 years too!  Every year I ask if I should bring my camera along and they always look at me like I have three heads and say "Of course!"  I don't know what I will do when they say no one day!  I'm a scrapbooker at heart and I rarely go any place without my camers!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Happy Monday!

Hello Stampers!  I had a chance to play this afternoon with my new SU! set, Pretty Peony.  It is so not something that I would normally buy, but it is a beautiful stamp set, and I'm trying really hard to step out of my box!  Send me a comment and let me know what you think of my two new designs!!!

Blog 120 This was my first card that I came up with.  You know, my favorite color is purple!  And I love the Perfect Plum and Pale Plum together.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Pretty Peony, Wonderful Words

Cardstock - Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, White

Stamp Pad - Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Black

Blog 121 This is my second card that I created.  I also love the combination of Rose Red and Regal Rose together!  Here's the recipe on this one:

Stamp Set - Pretty Peony, Short & Sweet

Cardstock - Rose Red, Regal Rose, White

Stamp Pad - Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Black

Accessories - Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon

I hope you enjoyed these! This was hard for me, but I loved it!  Let me know what you think!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Family Recipe Book!

Hello Stampers!  Happy Sunday!  I wanted to show you a recipe book that we are making in a class that

Blog 109 I have coming up!  Isn't it too cute!!!  I simply used designer series paper and cardstock to create my house.  I used a soft subtle button for the door knob!

Blog 110 Inside the recipe book are clear envelopes for the recipient to put their own recipe cards into.

Blog 112 Also in this class we will be making five cookbook markers!  These are folded in half and have magnets inside to clip onto the pages of favorite recipes in your cookbooks!  There are lines on the front for you to write which recipe you are marking!  For these I used the   1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, and scallop circle punch.  I also used pieces of designer series paper on the bottom to add more color.

If you want more information on this class, please ask or go to my website at  and see my calendar.

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Scrappin' Kit note cards

Hello Stampers!  Happy Saturday!  Today I decided that I needed to get some note cards finished to have on hand to give to my customers when they make a purchase.  I pulled out one of my retired

Blog 108 Scrappin' Kits and started creating!  I simply cut my 12 X 12 solid color cardstock sheets into 3 X 6 cards and folded them in half.  Then I started sticking on the cardstock stickers and stamped my sentiments.  I like to add these little note cards into the orders of customers who have purchased something from my parties.  They fit perfectly into the SU! mini square envelopes. 

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Pumpkin Halloween treats

Hello Stampers!  Happy Friday!  After I got home from work today, I had some time to play, so I made some of the treats that we are going to put into the preschooler's treat bags.  We really try to not 

Blog 106 give the kids too much candy for Halloween, because we know they will get a lot trick-or-treating, but I couldn't resist stamping just a little something!  Aren't they cute!  The pumpkin and the words around it are all one stamp.  In order to get the multiple colors on one stamp, you simply color the stamp with markers.  That way you can say which color every part is.  But you have to remember before you stamp your image to "huff" on your stamp first.  Your breath will rewet the image and it will stamp perfectly.  These cute little bags I got at Walmart and they were super cheap!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Batty for You

Cardstock - Pumpkin pie, Garden Green, White

Accessories - Markers

Now I have to go and start getting bundled up for a soccer game tonight.  Amie plays a game at 8:40 tonight, and it is for the South County Championship at her age level.  Wish her luck and wish me warmth!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Happy Thursday!

Hello Stampers!  It's going to be a short post today because I just wrapped up my party with Barb and I'm tired!  We had a great time, and we ended up making the cupcake card with the purple background that I showed you on Tuesday.  That was the card that received the most votes!  We also ended up making the reindeer card that I showed you on Oct. 13.  They all had a great time, and this is one of the cards that got pulled out of my sample boxes as something they liked.  I used to use my Loads of Love set a lot when

Blog 103 it was new, but it gets neglected now!  I still think that it is a really cute set!  And you have to get the accessories set so that you have different holidays too!  I used my watercolor pencils to color it in, and then I almost always use my blender pens to smooth it out so that you don't see the pencil lines.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories

Cardstock - Pumpkin pie, Ruby red, Garden Green, Vanilla

Stamp pad - Basic Black

Accessories - Watercolor pencils, blender pens, hemp twine

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Totally Cool Technique Tuesday - Baby Wipe Resist!

Hello Stampers!  I've got a really neat and easy technique to show you today!  It's called the Baby Wipe Resist Technique.  You need to use a stamp set with outlined images.

Blog 097 1)  The first step is to ink up your stamp with Versamark and stamp on cardstock.  Emboss images with clear embossing powder.  I used the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set.

Blog 099 2)  With a baby wipe, dab onto stamp pad.

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3)  Color image with baby wipe.  You can swirl it onto image, dab, or rub.  I have both covered the entire piece of cardstock or just covered the embossed images.

Blog 101 4)  Once you have finished coloring, you can apply to card and embellish.  Super easy!

Blog 102 These are three of the cards that I came up with tonight!  Try it out when you get a chance and let me know how you did!


Stamp set  - Heartfelt Thanks, Much Appreciated

Cardstock - Apricot Appeal, Real Red, White

Stamp Pad - Real Red

Accessories - Red gingham ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, 1/16" hole punch, Bold bright brads, Round tab punch, Versamark pad, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Blog Goodies Winner!

Hello Stampers!  I just wanted to make a new post to tell who the winner is of the blog goodies!  I used to pick a number for me and it picked #14!  So the winner is Sandi!  Congrats Mom!  Since you are currently visiting from out of town, this will make it easy for me to get the kits to you!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

My Watermark!

Hello Stampers!  I'm so excited!  I finally figured out how to make a watermark for my photos!  After literally HOURS of searching on the internet, and fumbling through three different photo software programs, I finally found one that was user friendly enough for me!!!  This does come at a price though, since I

Blog spent so much time this evening trying to figure this out, I do not have a Totally Cool Tool or Technique.  I don't even have a great picture to show you my watermark on!  Can you look at my watermark and figure out what my favorite color is???  These are some bookmarks that I have been working on for my craft fairs. Recipe:

Stamp set - Deer Friends

Cardstock - Real red, Glorious green, White

Accessories - Markers, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, paper piercer, grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen.

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Happy Tuesday!

Hello Stampers!  I can't believe I forgot to post yesturday!  I've been so addicted to blog hopping, that I just completely forgot to post on my own blog!  And I have to share with you a new blog that I have discovered and just love,  You have to go check her blog out and her cute ideas!  Now, back to my blog. I had some time to play today, so I was playing with a couple of my new stamp sets, Crazy for Cupcakes and Season of Friendship.

Blog 096 I'm doing a party later this week, and I wanted to do another card with a stamp set that is still on sale for 20% off this month.  I just love the Crazy for Cupcakes set!  I came up with these two cards, and am trying to decide which one I like better.  Send me a comment and let me know which one I should make at the party!  Recipe:

Stamp Set - Crazy for Cupcakes

Cardstock - PRetty in Pink, Elegant Eggplant, White

Stamp Pad - Black, Pretty in Pink, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories - Markers,  Pretty in Pink and Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Pink gingham ribbon

Blog 095   I just got this set because I thought it was so cute and versitile!  And to prove it's versatility to myself, I made a card for each of the four seasons!  Aren't they cute!  And super easy!

Stamp Set - Season of Friendship

Cardstock - Pixie pink, Real red, Ruby red, Lovely lilac, White

Stamp pad - Chocolate chip, close to cocoa, Pixie pink, Green galore, Glorious green, Real red, Ruby red, Pumpkin pie, More mustard, Garden green, Lovely lilac, Bashful blue

Accessories - Brads

I'll try to add my Totally cool post later!  Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

Happy Saturday!

Hello Stampers!  I spent a couple of hours today with my youngest daughter Amie, decorating the girl's bathroom.  We bought two sets of the new Decor Elements, Ginormous Flowers II and Flitting By I.

Blog 103 This is what our largest wall looks like!  Isn't it great looking!  The girls love it!!!  The new decor elements are really very easy to put up.  Here are your directions:

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1)  Cut your elements apart if there is more than one piece on a sheet.  Turn the piece over on a flat surface so that the graph side is facing up.  Rub firmly over the piece with the decor elements applicator (I just used a plastic scraper) being sure to cover design completely.

Blog 097 2)  Gently pull up the graph paper slowly making sure entire design sticks to the applicator sheet.  The applicator sheet is very sticky.  Be sure too not to touch the design.

Blog 098 3)  Find where you want your piece to go on the wall and just barely touch the applicator sheet to the wall.

Blog 099 4)  With your applicator tool, start in the center of the design and press firmly moving toward the outside of the piece.  This will take several strokes to move all of the way around the design.  This will prevent bubbles from forming.

Blog 101 5)  Gently start pulling the applicator sheet off, making sure that the piece is sticking to the wall as you go.  If it starts to pull away from the wall, lay the applicator sheet back over that area and rub some more.  Repeat this process to add layers too.

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6)  Stand back and enjoy your creativeness!

My 11 year old and I put up a total of 86 pieces in two hours!  Not too bad!

Happy Stampin' (and adhering!) and TTFN!

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Happy Thursday!

Hello Stampers!  I'm posting earlier in the day than normal today because I was so excited to show you the things that I've been working on to sell at the craft fairs I'm in this year!

Blog 093 Aren't these the cutest little things!  These are Hershey's snack size candy bar covers.  I have seen these at various places on blogs, so I just tweeked them a bit for myself!  I will be selling these for $1.50 each.  You can purchase them straight from me if you would like, just let me know how many you would like!  If you want to make these yourself, here are the recipes:


Cardstock - White, Black, Only Orange, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow

Accessories - 1 3/8" square punch, Word window punch, 1/4" circle punch. Three for You punch, White gel pen, black marker

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Stamp set - Holiday Sampler (retired)

Cardstock - Real Red, White, Blush Blossom

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Scallop Square punch, Word Window punch, 1/4" circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, White gel pen, 1 1/4" circle punch

I'll show you more as I make it!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!