Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Have you ever been surrounded by some of the very most talented stampers in one night?  Well, this happens to me every month when I attend the RubberQueen monthly meeting.  Last night was no exception.  Our challenge for July was to create 4 projects using the new Stampin' Up! designer series paper.  Let me tell you, these ladies created beautiful projects (cards and 3-D).  If my pictures turn out, I will be showing some of these in the next couple of weeks.  You already saw one of my projects in my post last week.  Today I am posting the cards to go with that 3-D project.  All of my cards have a layer of designer series paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Pack and use the new Blendabilities.  Here is what I came up with:

I stamped the designer paper using the I Love Lace Background Stamp, then stamped directly on another piece of designer paper using the Bloom With Hope Hostess Stamp Set (one of my very favorite floral stamps in the new catalog), and then "fussy cut" the images to adhere on the designer paper.  I love all the texture!

I stamped directly on the designer paper, using the Sweetbriar Rose Stamp, colored with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, and then added a bow using the new Blushing Bride 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (using my scissors to curl the ends -- awesome ribbon!!)

Another card using the I Love Lace Background Stamp directly on the designer paper and "fussy cutting" the Bloom With Hope flowers that were stamped directly on designer paper.

Another card, using a different design from the paper pack with the image stamped directly on paper (I used the same Blendabilities color (Rich Razzleberry), but notice how the color changed based on the color of the designer paper.  I added some Gold Sequin Trim pieces that I first colored with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities because I had ink smudges on the card (yep, no reason to through it away just add a little accessories to cover).
Until Next Time,

"Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  --  Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I had a fun afternoon yesterday creating something new for me, which I have wanted to do for over a year.  I purchased 4 canvas frames almost a year ago with a gift certificate that was soon to expire, with the thought of incorporating my love of Stampin' Up! product on canvas using mixed media.  I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out because Ronda Wade, our RubberQueen leader, challenged us to use Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper on a few projects for our July meeting.  You know how much I love a challenge, and I'm so glad she gave it or I would have never put my thoughts on this canvas.  I love how it turned out mixing Stampin' Up's vibrant ink colors with their gorgeous designer paper.  And yes, it did take me the whole afternoon to finish it because the mediums had to dry in between the creativity and I started with just an idea to use designer paper. 

A lot of my inspiration for mixed media comes from Ronda Palazzari, a well-known mixed media artist, author, licensed designer, instructor and avid memory keeper who enjoys all kinds of mediums.  Her artwork has also been published in several magazines and idea books.  I have been following her blog for a couple of years and love her style because it is so different than mine!! A while back she sent me her first book, published in 2012, Art of Layers; which was my inspiration for today's project.

Check out Ronda Palazzari's blog here.
Here is what I came up with for my very first mixed media on canvas (yep, I will never be a Ronda Palazzari but I still love it) with directions:

My art is not for everyone; but I love to just "jump out of the box" every once in a while.  If you want to see a larger picture showing the texture, just right-click on the image and select "open in new window" and then you can click on it to enlarge.

Product Used:
Stamps:  Bloom With Hope (Hostess Set) and Feel Goods
Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Strawberry Slush, StazOn Black, and Momento Tuxedo Black
Designer Series Paper:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Very Vintage and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons; Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine; Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon; Daffodil Delight Blendabilities; Hexagon Hive Thinlits Dies; Old Olive Ink Refill; Sponges; Crystal Effects; Tissue Paper; foam paint brush and small bristle paintbrush; Gesso; and Mod Podge.

  • Using the foam paint brush, spread the Gesso over the entire canvas to give it texture.  Add a small piece of the All Abloom DSP on top of the gesso (while still wet) and smooth it with the foam brush and let it dry. 
  • Sponge on the different colors of ink and let it dry. 
  • Using scrap cardstock, run the Hexagon Hive Thinlit through the Big Shot and use it as a template to sponge on the Old Olive ink (and I used the same sponge to lightly wipe the color around the hexagons). 
  • Mix together about a teaspoon of Gesso with Old Olive Ink Refill for desired color; and using a bristle paintbrush, paint the outside frame and create some "splatters" on the front of your canvas. 
  • Using the StazOn Black Ink, stamp your sentiment on some white tissue paper, tear around the words, apply some Mod Podge on the back using foam paint brush, and apply to canvas being careful not to tear.  
  • Using the Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp your flowers and leaves on the designer paper, cut, and apply Mod Podge to back to adhere to canvas (I did use my tweezers for the leaves).
  • Color one button with the Daffodil Delight Blendability and adhere designer paper to back of the other 2 buttons using Mod Podge.  Let dry and then tie on baker's twine and Lost Lagoon ribbon (I cut this lengthwise at 1/8th inch wide so it would go through the small button holes).
  • Adhere the buttons to the canvas using Crystal Effects.
  • Using a sponge, I applied some Lost Lagoon ink on the frame sides.
I have probably forgotten something in the directions, but if you have any questions leave a comment and I will check back to answer.  Let me know what think of my first attempt!!

Until next time,
"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness."
--  John 12:46

Friday, June 13, 2014


I'm back!!!  I thought maybe I would take a short break from my vacation (which lasts all summer!!) and show off the new 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin' Up.  I just got around to making Ronda Wade's make'n takes from her June RubberQueen meeting.  I love that she always designs something that we can use for a product event.  These cards would be perfect to offer a class that would include the Feels Good Stamp Set and a package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to show off the beautiful new in-colors: 

Introducing:  Blackberry Bliss Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Lost Lagoon Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Hello Honey (love that name!!) Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Mossy Meadow Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Introducing:  Tangelo Twist Ink, Ribbon, and Card Stock.

Don't you just love the names for all the Stampin' Up colors?  It must be hilarious sitting around the Stampin' Up Board meeting table and coming up with names for all their delicious colors!!  Which one is your favorite?

Until next time,
"Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."  -- 1 Corinthians 15:58

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Well, I know you all are totally excited (just like me) with all the new products in the 2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog, but I'm going to have to disappoint you today!!  Yep, I haven't gotten my new product yet so nothing "really" new to show you.  However, I did play with my new Blendabilities again, on a stamp set carried over to the new catalog, so that was fun for me.  I know my artist friends from my classes love the new Blendabilities, so it was very hard to tell them the Blendabilities will not be available for the public to buy until at least a month.   (Another reason I love being a demonstrator is the perk of being able to get product before it is released and another reason for you to sign up today!)  So here is another sample to see what you are missing (sorry):

I used the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Assortment on the Flower Shop Stamp and the Perfect Pennants Stamp for the sentiment; Whisper White and Pistachio Pudding Card Stock; Decorative Dots Embossing Folder; and the new Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine.

Here are a couple of cards I made for the Project H.O.P.E. prayer ministry, using some discontinued stamps.  Let me know if you would like more information about how you can become a prayer and card warrior for Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Experience God's Love).

Until next time,
"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength."  -- Isaiah 40:29

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Only six more days, and let the shopping begin!!!  I have so many sticky notes in the new 2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog marking product for my wish list. It would have been easier to mark the product I have/don't need.  I forgot that the Occasions Mini Catalog was also retiring, so if you haven't purchased that special stamp set or accessary from this mini catalog -- this is your last chance!! 

Today I have a couple of cards using retiring product -- one of them is the En Françoise Background Stamp, my favorite of all background stamps and a "must have" as far as I am concerned.  If you don't have it, I will tell you right now, "I'm not selling it to anybody (including my family)."  Sorry, I just had to get that out there so I won't feel guilty saying "No" when somebody asks.  I also have a few cards I did today using new sneak peek product.

I stamped with the En Françoise Background Stamp (retiring in 6 days) and sponged with Soft Suede Ink on Whisper White Card Stock using a torn piece of scrap paper for a mask over the Whisper White (stamping on the negative space).

I used the Simple Sketched Hostess Stamp Set (retiring in 6 days) stamped on designer paper and cut out to create the flower on this card.  I had stamped it directly on the card base, but messed up when coloring so decided to cover it with designer paper (I hate to throw booboos away).

Wahoo, and lookie what we have coming in the new catalog!!!  This card and the next two were created using the new In This Together Stamp Set and Blendabilities.  I also used the new Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine.

I used the new Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack for this card (along with the other product mentioned above).

As soon as I saw this print in the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, I knew I was going to use it with this stamp!
Until next time,

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."  --  Matthew 5:5

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Yep, no doubt about it -- I'm in love with the new Stampin' Up products coming June 2nd!!  Due to the holiday coming up and other commitments this month, I had to have an early sneak peak event to show my friends what is in store for them in the new 2014-15 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Hands down, they loved all the new product -- and the Blendabilities was the top winner!!!  In all honesty, they totally blew me away with the beautiful cards they created using the Blendabilities.  I think everybody was a little intimated before they used them, but after a quick demonstration of the features and use, they jumped right in and totally "got it" and loved how fast and easy they were to use!!  I wish I would have taken pictures of their cards before they left so you could have seen how beautiful they turned out (from now on they are going to be known as my "artist" friends), but you will just have to look at my Blendabilities card below.

Here are the cards they made yesterday:

Supplies:  Something for Baby and Something to Say Stamp Sets; Pistachio Pudding & Coastal Cabana Card Stock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Pack; Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, & Soft Suede Ink Pads; Baby's First Framelits; Scalloped Tag Topper Punch; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; & Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine. 

Supplies:  Work of Art Stamp Set; Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, & Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock; Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, & Calypso Coral Ink Pads; & Rhinestones Basic Jewels. 

Supplies:  Traveler, Teeny Tiny Wishes, & World Map Stamp Sets; Early Espresso Ink Pad; Lost Lagoon & Very Vanilla Card Stock; Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, & Vintage Trinkets (get these now before they are gone June 1).

Supplies:  Blended Bloom, Label Love, & Springtime Hello (this stamp set on envelope will be gone soon, so get it now!!) Stamp Sets; Hello Honey, Shimmer White, & Old Olive Card Stock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Pack; Daffodil Delight & Old Olive Blendabilities; Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon; & Artisan Label Punch.
I hope you all agree with me, the sneak peek product above is gorgeous and I'm in love with all of it!

Until next time,
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction . . .."
--  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Thursday, May 8, 2014


I have been having so much fun this week with my new Stampin’ Up Project Life products.  My first love, and the reason I joined Stampin’ Up, was to purchase the best, quality-product for my scrapbooking.  However, I still have hundreds of those pictures from trips, events, etc. that would take me forever to get in an album.  The solution:  Project Life!!!  With Project Life, I am able to get the pictures organized; protected; and most important, TELL MY STORY in a quick and simple manner!!  The most important (and I would say “sacred”) part of scrapbooking your life is your story that goes along with your life adventures.  My children, grandchildren, etc. are not going to open that album up if it does not tell my story of how I saw life at that moment.  Think about it, would you want to just sit and look at a pile of pictures without names, places, and thoughts?  Here is what Project Life offers:  It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way.   

Stampin’ Up has partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.  Becky explains, “It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE.  Whatever your life is.  Whatever your stage of life.  Whatever your family circumstances.  Whatever your lifestyle.  Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book.”  In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.  This simple scrapbooking solution appeals to non-crafters and crafters alike.  The product line centers on things that matter most -- weddings, babies, kids, and the everyday moments of getting together with your favorite people (all things that need to be remembered.)  The card collections come packaged in an exclusive storage system that holds all your Project Life supplies on your desk:  cards, journaling pens, photos, accessory packs, stamp sets, and more.  And best of all, everything coordinates with Stampin’ Up products you probably already own (card stock, ink pads, accessories, etc.).   

Today I have 3 album pages that I put together very quickly to give you an idea of what Project Life has to offer.  I didn’t add any “bells and whistles,” just the basic Project Life product – so you could see how beautiful the pages turn out with just Project Life product.  You still have the ability to step-up your pages!!  Along with the stamps offered in the Project Life line, I used a couple of my favorite stamps from My Paper Pumpkin Kit on the pages.

*The "Wahoo" and "Notes" stamps are from My Paper Pumpkin Kits.
The Project Life items listed below (except the French stamp version) were used to finish these pages:

If you like my stamps from Paper Pumpkin:

  • You can also purchase a subscription to My Paper Pumpkin to complete a unique, surprise kit with project-cards, journals, décor, and more!  (Stampin’ Up has even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories -- everything but adhesive.
  • Sign up by the 10th of each month to get that month's kit.  If you sign up after the 10th, you'll get next month’s kit as your first kit. 

Click on my “Shop Now” button (right margin) to order your Project Life product or a subscription to My Paper Pumpkin.

Until next time,

“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”  --  Philippians 4:11