Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another September Play Day Card!

We made this card at my September Play Day, and I didn't have a picture made yet when I posted the other projects, so I wanted to add this:

This card is very simple; it uses the DELIGHTFUL DECORATIONS stamp set, and is done in Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry. I LOVE the non-traditional colors, and they look so good together. It is hard to tell in the picture, but the JOY ornament is embossed the Iridescent Ice embossing powder, which makes it sparkle! Thanks for looking!
Happy stampin and scrappin!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Swap Cards

My friend and fellow Stampin Up Demo, Ellen, recently hosted a swap called "All About Fall". I made two cards for the swap and got 20 back, and they are all wonderful! I am just posting the ones I made today, but will work on posting some of the others later. Hope you enjoy them!

This card uses the scalloped edge medallion technique. I used the FALLING LEAVES stamp set on it. A couple of the leaves were stamped directly onto the Close to Cocoa cardstock, I stamped the others on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut them out. Two of the leaves are adhered directly onto the Close to Cocoa cardstock; the Old Olive leaf is adhered with a dimensional. I really like the way that this card turned out!

My swap for the second group used the TRENDY TREES stamp set. I used the "Give Thanks" acorn from the THE MORE THE MERRIER stamp set (hostess) on the Chocolate Chip layer, then sponged around it. I used the Top Note die to cut out Really Rust and Old Olive cardstock, and stamped the Really Rust with one of the tree toppers from TRENDY TREES. I cut the Old Olive in half, then used my Scallop Edge Punch to create a "grass" effect (I cut the scallops as they were intended, then went back and randomly recut them). I sponged this layer as well, stamped "Grateful" on Old Olive scrap, punched it out with the Modern Label punch, and adhered it with dimensionals after I added Vintage Brads. Trees were stamped and punched out with the 1-1/4 inch circle punch, background for trees with the 1-3/8 inch circle punch.

I REALLY liked both of these cards, and had fun creating them! Thanks for looking!

Happy Stampin and Scrappin!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Placecards for Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

My sister called and asked me to make Placecards for my nephew's wedding rehearsal dinner. She wanted something simple, but asked that the placecard for each meal on the menu be different. The dinner was at a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Indianapolis, so she said that I could do something with a southwest flair if I wanted (and I decided that I wanted a southwest flair!). Here is what I came up with:

She put all of the placecards out on a table; as guests arrived, they picked up their placecard and chose where they would sit. The placecards were to help the wait staff know which food to take to each person!

These are the placecards that I lined up on my dining room table. I counted them and double checked my list to make sure I had everyone on the list!

This is a close up of the placecard for the Tala meal.

This was the groom's placecard for the Cocula meal!

This placecard was for the Pacana meal.
And this was the yummy Pancana meal (chicken burrito)!
The kid's meal placecards looked like this!
I enjoyed making these a lot, and enjoyed eating my yummy Mexican meal, too!
Happy stampin and scrappin!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

September Play Day!

I have a couple of pictures of projects from our September Play Day, so thought I would post them so you could see!

This card uses the FALLING LEAVES stamp set. We used Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Ruby Red, and Soft Suede Ink and Cardstock, and the Whisper White cardstock was sponged with the same color ink used to stamp the leaf with. The card base is Kraft cardstock, and we used Soft Suede polka dot ribbon at the top.

I played around with my leftovers from Play Day and made the card up just a bit differently:

Our second project uses the PENDANT PARK stamp set:

The card base is made from Mellow Moss cardstock. The tree image is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock, sponged with Always Artichoke ink, and mounted on Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip cardstock. The park bench and squirrels were stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on scrap Very Vanilla and attached with dimensionals to the card. The border was stamped on Mellow Moss cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink, cut out, and adhered to the card.

I don't have pictures of the other two projects yet, so I will post them later!

Happy stampin and scrappin!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

August Trip to Oregon

One of the reasons I am so far behind on posting is that I was able to fly to Oregon the last week of August. All of my Mother's relatives live there, so she likes to be able to visit at least once a year. I flew to Denver, met Mother there (she flew from Indianapolis), and then went on to Portland with her.

Pacific Ocean at Depot Bay, Oregon

Canby, Oregon (where my aunt lives) is the dahlia capital of the world. Their annual dahlia festival was in progress while we were there, and I got to go to see it twice! They have acres and acres of dahlia fields, two large rooms of dahlia arrangements, and it is a BEAUTIFUL site!

My mother, her brother, Paul, her brother, Ray, and her sister, Ada.

Some of the wonderful desserts that we had at our family gathering. The pear tart (center pie with lattice top) was excellent--made by cousin Loretta!

Mother and I at the family gathering
We had a great time seeing all of the relatives and beautiful Oregon. We feasted on lots of good food and came back a few pounds heavier. One of my favorites was the fresh black cherries we bought at a fruit stand on the way to the coast!

August Play Day!

I'm way behind on posting, so will try to catch up a bit by getting my August Play Day projects posted!


This card uses the dormant set BRANCH OUT. The following were used to make the card: Kraft cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Garden Green cardstock, and Real Red cardstock, Chocolate Chip ink, Garden Green, Glorious Green, Real Red, and Basic Black Ink, and Sahara Sand marker. I used a dimensional to pop up the red boots, and the scallop edge punch on the Real Red scallop. The sentiment came from TEENY TINY WISHES.


This project uses the Big Shot and embossing folder ELEGANT BOUQUET. We brayered Old Olive Ink on the flat side of the embossing folder, laid a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock on top of the inked side, and ran it through the Big Shot. The edges of all of the layers were distressed using the Cutter Kit. Earth Element brads were added to the center of the flowers to make them more colorful. Very Vanilla cardstock and Old Olive were used on this card in addition to the Certainly Celery. The sentiment came from Great Friend, and was punched out with the Small Oval Punch, sponged with Old Olive, and adhered to Old Olive cardstock punched out with the Large Oval Punch, after it was sponged with Night of Navy. I love the technique of inking up the embossing folders!


This hinged card uses Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, with Razzleberry Lemonade DS paper. I used one of my old favorites, BUGS AND KISSES, as the stamp set, and a white 5/16th inch jumbo brad. The scallop edge punch was also used on the DS paper. Here is a picture of the card with the hinge open:

The hinged card is a fun technique to use, and a surprise inside!


This project uses the stamp set TART AND TANGY. We used Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Summer Sun and Old Olive cardstock, Real Red, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive markers, Old Olive and Summer Sun classic ink pads, 1-1/4, 1-3/8 Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, and the Dotted Lines Jumbo Wheel. The bookmark has magnets on the inside to hold it together on a page, and the notepad has magnets on the back to go on your refrigerator. The notepads were purchased at an office supply store, where I had them cut in half (cost was only $1 per package to cut them in half).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cards for Kim!

My daughter, Kim, came to the house to do laundry just after my Open House (end of June). She saw the card we had made with the Animal Stories stamp set and the coordinating DS paper and fell in love with it! She asked me to make her a few cards with that set and paper, so here is what I have come up with so far:

I used the ANIMAL STORIES stamp set for this card, and TALL TALES DS paper. I also used Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base and the scallop around the whale, Very Vanilla cardstock for the 1-3/4 circle the whale is stamped on. I sponged around the whale with So Saffron ink. I used So Saffron cardstock behind the three sections of DS paper, and linen thread, which is tied around the card.

My second card is this:

I also used the ANIMAL STORIES stamp set for this card, as well as the TALL TALES DS paper. The base of the card is Old Olive, and I used So Saffron cardstock around the DS paper. The owl is stamped in Old Olive on Very Vanilla cardstock, punched out with 1-1/4 circle punch, adhered to a So Saffron 1-3/8 circle (from punch), adhered to an Old Olive scallop circle punch. I used a paper piercer to punch around the scallop punch. The "just for you" phrase is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the Word Window punch, mounted on So Saffron punched with the Modern Label punch. I sponged around the "just for you" with Old Olive ink, and around the owl with So Saffron ink. There are So Saffron brads and Old Olive brads used on the card.

I made some changes to the FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLY card I posted from our July Play Day. It was originally a 4-1/4 square card. I really like the square card to look at, but it is not very practical, so I mounted the main part of the card onto a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 So Saffron base which had been run through the Big Shot with the large circles from the Background texture plates from Stampin Up. Here is what it looks like now:

It is hard to see the texture in the cardstock in this picture!

Thanks for looking at my cards!

Happy stampin and scrappin!


Monday, July 20, 2009

July Play Day!

Just wanted to share the projects we did for July Play Day this past Saturday. We had fun, and I enjoyed the four projects.

Project One: Crazy for Cupcakes Birthday Card:

We used Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Real Red, and Whisper White Cardstock. The Cupcake Wheel was inked in Old Olive and run across the Old Olive pieces.

Project Two: Cheep Talk Notecard:

We used Kraft, Old Olive, and Whisper White cardstock to make this cute notecard. The Whisper White cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Details Texture Plate. Melon Mambo and Old Olive Ink were used on the flower, and I added a white brad to the center of the flower, and Old Olive Brads to the top corners.

Project Three: Scallop Edge Medallion Flight of the Butterfly Notecard:

I LOVE this technique! It looks fancy but is simple and easy to do. Splitcoast Stampers has a tutorial to show you how. We used Tea Party DS Paper, along with So Saffron and Almost Amythest Cardstock to make this card. It is 4-1/2" square.

Project Four: Pocket Silhouette Spiral Bound Notebook

Soft Suede cardstock and ribbon were used on this project. The circle stamp from Circle Circus was inked in soft suede and stamped onto the cover. Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke and So Saffron cardstock was also used.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cards I've Been Creating!

Just wanted to share a couple of cards that I have been creating and finally finished!

I've been making sets of five cards and envelopes to put in cello bags with a topper for gifts. This one uses Brocade Blue and Mellow Moss. I LOVE Mellow Moss, but haven't used it in a LONG time. Very Versatile was the stamp set that I used on this card.

My second card is this one:

I used an old Hostess Set from Stampin Up called A Little Bit of Happiness for this card. The base is Kraft, and I also used Ruby Red and So Saffron and Watercolor paper. After I stamped the flowers with Black Stazon, I watercolored with reinkers and my old faithful aqua painter! I used Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Ruby Red and So Saffron reinkers.

While I was working on this card, I had adhered the stamped watercolor paper to the Kraft base and was paper piercing above the stamped image and realized that I was piercing through both layers of the card base! I was VERY upset and put the card aside for about 24 hours so I could calm down and redo it.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Busy Week!

It has been a very busy week here at our house. Last Friday and Saturday, we had our very first ever yard sale! It was hot and sunny but at least it didn't rain! Even though it was a lot of work, we were able to contribute the proceeds to our daughter for her grad school fund.

It was nice to clean out the garage and we found good homes for lots of the objects! It also brought back a lot of memories going through everything.

On Sunday, we picked up Kim and Jeremy and went to Brian's house to celebrate Father's Day. Brian took us all out to eat at a Mexican Restaurant and then we spent the afternoon relaxing at his house. He made Chocolate Eclair Cake for us as well!

Thursday, Doyle and I celebrated our anniversary (32 years), and Friday Kim and Jeremy had us over for a fabulous supper: grilled cheese quesadillas, corn chowder, grilled chicken and mango skewers, and hamburgers with chess cake for dessert!

Today, I hosted my first ever New Catalog Open House for Stampin Up. We had a great time, plus I got my house cleaned up. Here are some pictures:

For our make-and-take, we made the following projects:

The bookmark fits over the corner of a page in a book. We used the new in-color Rich Razzleberry and the new Razzleberry Lemonade DS paper from Stampin Up.

The card used the new stamp sets Animal Stories and Teeny Tiny Words, and the new coordinating DS paper from Stampin Up.

Happy Stampin and Scrappin!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I've Been Stamping!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yesterday I was on Splitcoast Stampers and saw several cards in the sketch challenge that used the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder With Love. I had the die and had never used it, so got it out! I inked the embossing folder on the flat side with Old Olive Ink and embossed Certainly Celery paper. I love the look, and it is super easy to do! The result was this very simple, but elegant, card:

It is hard to see, but I also embossed the envelope to go with it. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Tuesday, June 1, 2009

Yesterday was a busy day! Stampin Up announced its Last Chance List and posted a sneak preview preorder of the new catalog for demos. This was my first sneak preview as a demo, so I got up at 5:15 AM to check it all out. By the time I ordered, got the Last Chance List posted on an email to my friends, and checked everything out three times, I was tired!

Today I finished my It's A Stretch! card. I CASED it from Splitcoast, but made some minor changes. You can find the card I CASED it from at I LOVE the color combo of the Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point and will miss them very much after the end of this month! I made it a notecard and will package them up to use as a gift. I have been experimenting with watercoloring, and decided that I like to use reinkers with my aqua painter best. I like the way that no two cards turn out exactly the same way with the watercolors!

Here is my card:

STAMP SETS: It's a Stretch; Watercolor Joy Wheel; Sweet Little Sentiments

PAPER: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Watercolor, Kraft

INK: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Black Stazon, Really Rust, Going Gray, Bashful Blue

ACCESSORIES: Small and Medium Oval Punches, Scallop Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Pewter Brads, Aquapainter

Happy Stampin and Scrappin!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Morning!

This is the Mother's Day card I made for our Mother's last week. I used Stampin Up's BLOOMING WITH LOVE stamp set, Bella Rose DS paper, and Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss cardstock. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. I am still experimenting with watercolors; my favorite technique is to use reinkers and my aqua painter.

My son, Brian, helped me set up this blog while he visited for Mother's Day. I am not a computer genius, but my kids know a lot, so I call them when I get into trouble!!! It was great to have both of my children here for Mother's Day. Brian, Kim and Jeremy fixed a fabulous lunch of grilled pizza (three kinds--tomato and fresh mozzerella cheese, pear with walnut, and chicken sausage with apple), grilled fresh veggies, and chocolate eclair cake for dessert. Thanks, guys! You are the greatest!