Tuesday, July 21, 2015


If you don't already have a subscription to Paper Pumpkin', you are really missing out.  It is such an awesome deal for only $19.95 a month (shipping included).  Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a cute pumpkin' box filled with stamps, ink, paper, and embellishments -- everything is cut and ready to go.  You can cancel anytime you want or just call and request for a hold for a while.  Today I'm showing this month's kit (I just love it).  Let me know if you are interested in signing up and/or visit MyPaperPumpkin.com for more information.

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See what you've been missing!

I added some punched flowers on this one.

I think this one is my favorite!!

I had enough die-cuts left over to make 4 more cards (for a total of 12).  I used discontinued Stampin' Up product from my stash to embellish.

Another "extra" card.

For $20, I created 8 cards with cute, cute envelopes (plus 4 extra cards).  I just needed my Snail adhesive -- everything else was in the kit (cards, printed envelopes, patterned paper, 3 sheets of die-cuts, pre-tied ribbon bows, paper clips, 2 sheets of adhesive strips, and 1 sheet of Dimensionals).  And I have this 10-piece stamp set to use over and over again and 2 ink-spots to use for other projects.  I love it because people pay $20 for a card class to make 12 cards -- BUT THEY DON'T GET A STAMP SET TO TAKE HOME WITH THEM!!
Until next time,

"I will never leave you nor forsake you."  --  Hebrews 13:5

Sunday, July 12, 2015


I had an awesome time at the July RubberQueen meeting.  We had a shoebox swap so each of us could make 20 cards that other RubberQueen's had designed.  I will be posting some of those in the future, but today I am featuring the versatility of the Watercolor Words Stamp Set.  This is another new stamp set that I love because of the "watercolor" font used in the sentiments.  You also get an awesome bang for your buck with this $26 photopolymer set (with 11 stamps!!).  The first card was my swap card and the other four cards were the make'n takes designed by Ronda Wade (with a few little changes) -- all of the cards use the Watercolor Words Stamp Set:

This is my shoebox swap card using the Watercolor Words Stamp Set for the sentiment, flowers, and leaf and the Writing Notes Background Stamp on the Whisper White Card Stock layer.  I also used the new White Perfect Accents for the center of the flowers.
All of Ronda's make'n takes are "punch cards" using the new In-Colors Card Stock, Designer Series Paper, and Ink Pads.

This is Ronda's design, but we did not make it at the meeting.  I did not have the designer paper, so I improvised by making the striped layer using the new Brushstrokes Background Stamp, which goes so well with the Watercolor Words Stamp Set

Hope you like!

Until next time,

"Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." -- 1 Corinthians 13:13

Monday, June 22, 2015


Yes, yes!!  I am in love with Stampin' Up's! new Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set.  You can find this stamp set on the inside back cover of your new 2015-2016 Catalog, and the new coordinating Tree Builder Punch on Page 167.  Did you know that every time this stamp set is purchased, Stampin' Up! donates $3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)?  To date, over ONE MILLION DOLLARS has been donated to RMHC and their network of local RMHC chapters from Stampin' Up!!!  That means it is going back to your community to keep families together when they are receiving medical treatment far from home.  Every year a new stamp set is created by Stampin' Up! to make a difference just for the RMHC, and I think this year's set is the "cat's meow" (yes, I love ice cream!!).  A couple of weeks ago I posted gift bags using this stamp set and today I have a card we did at Saturday's class (and some of the other projects we did):

Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set
Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set

Celebrate Today Stamp Set with the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Pack

Bonus project to demonstrate the awesome new Gift Bag Punch Board.  Product used included the new You're So Sweet Stamp Set, with the new "to-die-for" Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper, new Triple Banner Punch, and new Lots of Labels Framelits.
Until next time,
"I have called you friends."  --  John 15:15

Friday, June 12, 2015


Brrrrr!!  Where did our Spring and Summer go?  I'm thinking right about now that we jumped right into Fall.  Between the rain and cold weather, I still haven't pulled out the crop pants (let alone shorts) yet this spring.  Oh yah, there were a couple of days that were truly awesome, but surely not enough for me.  So guess what I have been doing?  Yep, you guessed it -- a lot of stamping, cleaning out the old, and getting ready for my large order of new Stampin' Up! product on its way to me.  In all honesty, it really has been a great week for me with open houses, seeing people that I haven't seen in a long time, and spending time with my children -- what more can a girl ask for?  So here are a couple of crafting things I've done this week:

I'm still working on my great-granddaughter's Epic Day This and That Journal.  Of course this is a discontinued product now (along with most all of the embellishments I am using); but, hopefully, these journals will show up sometime in SU's on-line site in the "clearance" section.  You can also just substitute the designer paper with current product, and just CASE these layouts.

You might want to right-click with your mouse on this picture, then select "open in new page," and hover with your mouse over the picture to select the plus sign to enlarge so you can see the embellishments better.  I loved doing this page and making the little dresses using the Owl Punch.

Here is a close-up, but it still would be better to enlarge.  These pages look so much better in real life. 

Graduation card for open house using the Bravo Stamp Set and the new Triple Banner Punch.
The inside.
Until next time,


"We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works."  --  Ephesians 2:10

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Last night was our June RubberQueen meeting.  So exciting seeing the new product and crafting ideas that the others designed.  Ronda created 5 cards using the new 2015-2017 In-Colors Ink, Cardstock, and Ribbon for our make'n takes and brought lots of samples from her swaps while in Hawaii with all the other demonstrators who won the 10-day dream vacation from Stampin' Up!  Here are the creations I made for the WOW table and my swap card:

My swap card featuring the new You've Got This Stamp Set, Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and Marker, Cucumber Crush Marker, and Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack (Sahara Sand).

The inside.

For the WOW table I made 3 different-sized boxes using the new Gift Bag Punch Board.  This was the largest bag featuring the You've Got This and Sprinkles of Life (sentiment) Stamp Sets, the new Banner Triple Punch (punches 3 different banner widths -- love it!!), and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock and Marker.

This is the medium sized gift bag featuring the new Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set; Tree Builder Punch; Tip Top Taupe Ink; and Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, and Mint Macaron Cardstock.

And my smallest gift bag featuring the new Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock again.

Here are all three boxes together so you can get an idea of the size differences.
Until Next Time,

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
--  Matthew 7:7

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Well I'm finally getting around to making some cute origami necktie cards, which Tamie Ackerson demonstrated at our last RubberQueen meeting.  When she was showing the folds she kept saying how easy it was, as I was furiously writing notes on all the measurements and folds.  So I was astonished after I did my first one and saw how easy it was.  So then I couldn't stop making them!

If you haven't purchased the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Pack, you really should get this before it's gone on June 2 (it is not in the new catalog).  I have used it in so many different projects.  It is especially nice for those masculine cards and I see a lot of possibilities for Project Life panels.  These are some of the designs I picked from the paper stack:

Until next time,

"In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness."
-- Psalm 31:1

Thursday, May 21, 2015


It was an epic day for me -- I finally pulled out my "This and That Epic Day Album" I started at retreat in April.  Geez, I had all intentions of having it done by now -- I'm sure my granddaughter is wondering what is taking me so long (you would think she would know me better by now -- Rome was not built in a day folks!).  My granddaughter has a "little" attitude like I do (aka, "picky").  Her request was for a "vintage" look and "DO NOT" add pictures.  Well, being as I have more than an attitude than she does -- it just isn't going to happen.  I can handle the "vintage" part (my favorite style); but I found out today there is no way I can do this album without adding pictures.  Everybody else can do this, but my artistic ability does not include visualizing a page layout without the picture.  I have seen Ronda make close to a hundred albums -- and she never uses pictures when creating -- but this gal needs all the help she can get.  You will notice lots of discontinued Stampin' Up product in these pictures (after all, isn't that why we "hoard" our favorite product?).  I wonder how many of you will notice a certain product from years ago that I wish Stampin' Up! would bring back?

The pictures I want I these pages are not developed yet (and I see I forgot to tape down on of the corners).

I only put a tiny bit of snail adhesive on the back of all the pictures so she still has the option to change them out (she has so many more pictures than I do).

Until next time,

"Fear not, I will help you."  --  Isaiah 41:13