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Jelly Beans, Chicks & Bears, Oh My!

Hello Stampers!  Boy, have I been busy with my latest project!  And I'm finally done!  Yes, I once again offered to make a little gift for all of the teachers at my daughter's school for their Appreciation lunch!  Again, it always seems like such an innocent thing!  Well, here is what

Blog 359 I came up with!  I used the Bag with Scallops die cut with the Big Shot!  I just love that little bag!  I used the Wide Oval punch for the little window and I covered it with a transparency sheet.  I put in little bags of jelly beans.  I hope they are not looking forward to regular jelly beans, because when a 12 year old picks out the candy, they never pick out REGULAR! Instead, the jelly beans are either Starburst or Hawaiian Punch flavors!  I made the chick bag first, but Amie thought that was much too girly for the male teachers.  So, my first thought was the Under The Stars stamp set, and I'm happy with the way they turned out! 


Blog 360 And here is what 60 of them look like!!!  I hope they like them!


Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Free card Friday!

Hello Stampers!  Today is Free Card Friday again!  I went to random.org and it picked number 5 again!  Congrats Sandi H.!  You won the glittery dragonfly card!  Get in touch with me and give me your address and I will get your card in the mail to you!

This weeks winner will receive this card

Blog 358 Remember, to enter the drawing, just leave me a comment some time this week on any of the posts.

Good luck!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Elegant Thank You

Hello Stampers!  What a crazy day at work!  The preschoolers all have Spring Fever so bad!  Wednesday was gorgeous so we got to take them outside to run off some of their energy.  Today was cold and cloudy, so we played inside today.  Wow what a difference!

Today I wanted to show you a Thank You card that I came up with.  The set I used

Blog 357 is the Polka Dot Punches from the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog.  I just love this set!  I love that the stamped images all coordinate with punches!  I used the scallop circle punch with this one.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Polka Dot Punches, Thank You Kindly

Cardstock - Rose Red, Kraft, Pretty In Pink

Stamp pad - Black, Rose Red

Accessories - Scallop Circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch, gold brad, Big Shot, Top Note die, Organdy ribbon, Rose Red designer series paper

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Card Club Class

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to show you the cards that we made in this month's Card Club Class!  Boy, try to say that real fast five times!!! 

Blog 354 If you click on the picture of this card, you can probably see the detail of the embossing on the pink section better.  I used the Texturz plates with the Big Shot.  I just love polka dots!!!  The flower is from the Sale-A-Bration set Polka Dot Punches stamp set.  I punched it out twice and just layered it.  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Polka Dot Punches, WOW Flowers

Cardstock - Brocade Blue, Pixie Pink. White

Stamp pad - Brocade Blue

Accessories - Texturz Plates, Big Shot, 5-Petal Flower punch, 1/2" circle punch, grosgrain ribbon

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Don't you just love this card!!!  I love these colors together!  Thanks to the Sweet Always designer series paper!!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Upsy Daisy, Short & Sweet

Cardstcok - Regal Rose, White, Chocolate Chip. Pumpkin Pie

Stamp pad - Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories - Designer series paper - Sweet Always, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, White gel pen

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This card uses almost all Sale-A-Bration items! 

Polka Dot Punches stamp set

Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper

Ribbon Bundle

Don't you love the new Full Heart punch???  I'm sorry, I can't remember where I CASE'd this card from.  If it was you, please let me know so that I can give you credit!!!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set - Polka Dot Punches, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock - So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Delicate Dot designer series paper, Full heart punch, Sale-A-Bration ribbon bundle

Remember that for every $50 that you order from SU! this month and next, you will receive an item out of the Sale-A-Bration brochure for FREE!!!!!  Who doesn't love FREE????  To see the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, look on my left sidebar and click on the catalog!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Tutorial Tuesday - 5 petal punch Chrysanthemum

Hello Stampers!  I LOVE this tutorial that I'm going to show you today!  I got it from Dannie at danniesdesigns.typepad.com.  She has a great blog!

Blog 353 See, I told you so!!!  Isn't this just a gorgeous flower??  Don't you want to make one?  It's so easy!  Let's get started!!







Blog 344 1 - Start out by punching six flowers from the SU! 5 petal punch.  I used Regal Rose.  Leave two flowers as is, lightly sponge edges on two flowers, and darker on the remaining two.  I sponged with Rose Red ink.  This gives your flower a look that is lighter in the center and darker as it goes out.





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2 - Stack all of the flowers up and use your paper piercer and mat to pierce a hole in the center of the six flowers.







Blog 347 3 - Leave one flower as is, and cut the rest of the flowers from between each petal to the center as shown.  Keep petals together in groups for those that have not been sponged, lightly sponged, or darker sponged.






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4 - Add a drop of liquid glue to the middle of each of the petal pieces of the flower not sponged.  Take the uncut flower and adhere all five of the unsponged petals to the back of it.  Glue the petals one at a time and center them between each of the front petals as shown.





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5 - Follow this same procedure with the 10 lightly sponged petals, positioning them in between the petals on the previous row.  After this step, I set my flower aside to let dry for a few minutes. 






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6 - While waiting, I made the leaves.  For this, you need three SU! small oval punches.  I used Old Olive cardstock.  Using your scorer, score a line down the center of the leaf, as shown on the first leaf.  Next, with your scissors cut two sides of the oval to make it pointed, as shown on the middle leaf.  Finally, with your scorer, score veins on your leaf, as shown on the right leaf.




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7 - Now, back to your flower.  Finish it off with one more row of the darker sponged petals, positioning in between the petals from the previous row.

Finish off your flower by adding your leaves and a flower center.  I used one of the flowers from the SU! Boho Blossoms punch and a rhinestone brad.




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Here is my finished card using the regal rose flowers!  Isn't it gorgeous???

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!!


Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


February Punch Bunch

Hello Stampers!  It has been a great weekend!  My sister, Val, was in town for the weekend.  Hi Val and Beth!  We had a good visit and the kids were really excited to see them!

I want to show you the items that we made for this month's Punch Bunch club.

Blog 340 This is the mama and baby duck.  Aren't they so cute!  I got these while I was blog hopping one day, but I'm so sorry, I can't remember where I found them!  I have seen them on several blogs, they are quite popular!





Blog 341  Here is the mama and baby fish!  They are too cute too!!!







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I found this cute bear off of SCS. He will be very cute on a little boys birthday card!







Blog 343 Finally, we made the fat cat!  I named him Felix!   He will be adorable on a card or a scrapbook page with a couple of his buddies!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Purse in a Box class with cards

Hello Stampers!  I first want to say Happy Birthday to Rachael!  Yesturday was her birthday and she spent the evening with us at a SU! party!  Thanks Rachael!  I wanted to show you the projects that we are doing in this month's WOW 3D class.  It is a Purse in a Box with four matching cards!

Blog 281This is what the purse in a box looks like.  Your colors and patterns may vary, depending on your taste. This box is big enough to hold the four cards that we will be making, plus several more.






Blog 279 Here is a sample of two of the cards we will be making.







Blog 280 This is what the other two cards will look like.

Again, your colors may vary depending on your choice of designer series paper.

This class will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 28th at 6:30.  The cost of the class is $15 which will include all of your supplies except for adhesive.  Please bring adhesive.  You need to RSVP for either of these classes.

This is also available in a kit, for the same price.  Shipping will be extra.  Let me know if you are interested!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Free Card Friday!

Hello Stampers! It's time for Free Card Friday again!  Yes, I am aware that it is Saturday, but I had Rachel and Candice's party last night so I didn't get the drawing done.  Thanks again Rachel and Candice for a fun night and a great turnout for your party!

Random.org picked my winner again and it picked number 5.  You won't believe this, but my winner again is Cindy V.!  You are on a roll girl!  I will get your card in the mail to you soon!

Blog 339 This cute bug card is going to be this coming week's card.  Remember, to be entered into the drawing, simply leave a comment on my blog this week.  Every comment that you leave gives you another chance at winning the free card!  Good luck!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Thursday!

Hello Stampers!  Today was great!  I got to play and stamp almost all day!  I love days like that!!!  Let me show you some of the things I did today!

Blog 335 I finished packaging up my first paper shares.  The recipients get sixty different 6 X 6 pieces of designer series paper.  That's a sample of every piece of paper in ten designer series paper packs!  If you are interested in joining in on a paper share, let me know and I will give you the details!











Blog 336 A co-worker of mine turns 50 tomorrow!  Happy birthday Margie!  I made her a fun little card.  I know, shame on me, I used some SU! stamp sets that are retired!  But, I just love the expression on this little girls face!!!  She is from the stamp set Kids At Play.  The alphabet I used is the Best Friends alphabet.











Blog 338 This is the fun bag that I made to wrap her present in!  Don't you love it???  I used the Celebrate Everything SU! stamp set and the 1" circle punch for the balloons.






 





Blog 337 Finally, here's my fun little Elmo like birthday card.  I saw this in a magazine and copied it using all SU! punches.  Very fun!  The eyes are the 1 3/8" circle punch and the 1" circle punch.  The nose is the Wide Oval punch.  The mouth is just free handed.

Happy Stampin and TTFN!


So Tweet On Board

Hello Stampers!  Today I played with chipboard.  I'm thinking about having chipboard as my technique class for March!  So many people do not know how to work with chipboard and all of the things you can do with it!  It is so much fun!!!

Blog 334 Isn't this card the cutest?  I love the Onboard So Tweet from SU!  There are a ton of birds and owls both in this set!  I just covered the owl and the branch with designer series paper.  It sticks very well using the Anywhere glue stick.  I also covered the hearts for eyes and the beak.  I love the retro look!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Family Phrases

Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie

Stamp pad - black

Accessories - Onboard So Tweet, Rainbow Sherbet designer series paper, sanding block

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Tutorial Tuesday - Faux Ribbon

Hello Stampers!  I promised a few days ago that I would show the tutorial today on how I made my

Blog 321 faux ribbon on my scrapbook border.  I actually saw Shelli Gardner demo this on a DIY scrapbooking show!  Thanks Shelli for the great idea!






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1 - Start off with your length of cardstock, mine was 12 inches by 1 inch.  Run it through your crimper.  Be sure you use a cardstock that is solid color all the way through, like SU! cardstock, and not one with a white core.






Blog 327 2 - Next run your strip of cardstock between your finger and your bone folder several times.  I ran it through three times on one side and then flipped my cardstock strip over and ran it three times on that side.  This helps break up your fibers in the cardstock.





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3 - Next you should be able to split your cardstock into two pieces by carefully prying it apart along one edge.  Carefully separate your strip all the way down.  If it starts feeling too thin, then start separating again down the strip a little ways and try again.





Blog 329 4 - You will end up with two thin strips of cardstock.  They will look a little like corrugated cardboard!  The inside feels really soft and fuzzy.






Blog 330 5 - Run your strip of tape where your want your faux ribbon to run.  I used SNAIL at first, and so did Shelli, but I found that it wanted to pull off of the SNAIL over time.  I would suggest sticky strip.






Blog 331 6 - Use your fingers or thumbs to just crinkle and scrunch the cardstock as you stick it to the tape.  This picture doesn't show it very well, since I needed the other hand to snap the picture!  Also be sure that you scrunch down the center of the strip too to form what looks like a gathering stitch.  It may take you several practice tries to get the hang of it.  My first ones didn't look so good, but they definately got better as I went!



Blog 332 7 - This is what the finished strip looks like!  I love the look! 







Blog 333 I did this look on a card too.  I think it gives it an elegant look!

Good luck with this!  If you try this out, I'd love to see what you come up with!!!  Show me what you make and I will give you a special treat!!!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Baskets & Blooms

Hello Stampers!  Happy President's Day!  I love it when I have an extra day off work!  In this case, I got to stamp a lot today!  I played a little bit with my new Baskets & Blooms die for the Big Shot!

Blog 324 This is the first basket that I created.  I used the SU! Raspberry Tart designer series paper.  I love the little flower that the die cut also cuts out for you, along with a tag!  I simply used the linen thread to attach my tag, and tied some ribbon to the handle!  How fun!  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - All Holidays

Cardstock - Rose Red

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Baskets & Blooms die cut, Big Shot, Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, linen thread

Blog 323 This cute little basket I created with the Tea Party designer series paper.  And don't you love the little chick on the tag???  Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - A Good Egg

Cardstock - White

Stamp pad - Black

Accessories - Baskets & Blooms die cut, Big Shot, Markers, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Apricot Appeal grosgrain ribbon, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, linen thread

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for my faux ribbon technique!  Also, leave me some comments to get in the drawing for the Free Card Friday!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Good Friend!

Hello Stampers!  I made another card using the SU! Good Friend stamp set.  I just love that set!

Blog 322 Isn't this card cute?  I traced around the leaf piece of chipboard from the So Tweet onboard set.  And can you see that the bird's wing is made with designer series paper?  That is from the Delicate Dots pack which is one of the items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Don't forget that for every $50 that you spend this month and next, you can pick out an item for free from the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog!  You can view this catalog on the left side bar. 

Here's the recipe:

Stamp set - Good Friend, Sweet Little Sentiments (level 1 hostess set)

Cardstock - Rose Red, Summer Sun, Glorious Green, White

Stamp pad - Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Black

Accessories - So Tweet On Board, Delicate Dots designer series paper, dimensionals, Scallop edge punch, Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon

Happy Stampin' and TTFN! 


Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello Stampers!  Today I'm going to show you the last of the Valentine's posts!  I wanted to show you the cards that I made for my daughters.  I have made a New Year's resolution that I'm going to give my family more cards this year!  Can you believe all of the cards that I make, and I rarely gave them to my family!!!  This year, that's going to change!

Blog 318 This is the card that I made for Casie.  I just love the little mouse from the Happy Heart Day SU! set.  Don't you love the bling on the flower too!  I was happy with the way this one turned out!











Blog 319 This is the card that I made for Amie.  She loves elephants, and isn't this elephant from Happy Heart Day the cutest thing???  I loved the way this one turned out too!











Blog 321 Finally, I wanted to show you the scrapbook border that I made for my exchange group for this month.  The bird paper is from the designer series paper set Candy Lane.  What do you think of the faux ribbon?  Doesn't it look fancy!  Check back Tuesday and I will do a tutorial on how to make it!!!  The hearts are from the two SU! heart punches, Heart to Heart and Full Heart.

I hope you had a fabulous Valenting's Day!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!