Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I'm taking a break from posting projects I did at Creative Convention so I could show you some Fall cards before it starts snowing!!  First, I want to show you this great little video on Project Life.  I love, love that Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you the authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums and a creative yet easy way to get your photos into albums.  You just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.  Watch the video to see how easy it is and write/call me if you have questions, need help, or would like to get together in a class setting to share the fun!!  To purchase Product Life by Stampin' Up! products, click here

Now let's take a look at what I made at the last RubberQueen's meeting.  All of the projects used Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, and Champagne Card Stock along with the Autumn Accents Bigz Die for the leaves, etc.; and strings pulled from the Burlap Ribbon:

Used the new Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die, on Page 11, of the Holiday Catalog.
Used the new Kraft Grid Journal.

Used Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
Used "Thumping Technique" on the Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set.

And last, but not least, here is a special card I made for a very special little girl in my life who was told she was cured from a life-threatening infection.  She went through 10 weeks of hospital trips and multiple tests, along with wearing a pic line to administer daily antibiotics:

Inside of card.
Until next time,

"The Lord is my rock and my fortress."  --  Psalm 18:2

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Yes, I'm still posting pictures of cards made at Creative Convention!!  Today I'm featuring the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set with the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This is such a fabulous stamp set, with beautiful sentiments -- one of my very favorites!!  Here is what I came up with:

On this card I used paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack for the background layer and a watercolor wash on the oval Whisper White Card Stock.

Again, I used the watercolor wash on the Whisper White Card Stock.
I hope these cards give you some inspiration so you want to go get your fingers inky!!

Until next time,

"How Precious is Your love, O God!  We take refuge in the shadow of Your wings."  -- Psalm 36:8

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Is everybody gearing up for SNOW???  I can't believe we had flakes on the ground already the first couple of days of October.  I am sooooo not ready for this weather.  Actually, I should stop talking about it because I am aging myself.  Instead I should be writing about how much fun it is going to be sledding, skiing, making snowmen and angels in the snow, and let's not forget about the snow forts.  Okay, now I feel like I just built a bridge in Alaska.  Now I just need to get a new snow suit (mine is about 40 years old) -- oops, there I go again, aging myself.  Either way, I feel much better now that I have an agenda for all the snow coming this year again.

And speaking of snow, how about looking at some Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set cards?  I love this set because it has the matching Framelits that you can buy with it in a bundle, saving 15% -- WOWZER!!  Here are a few I made for Creative Convention combining the stamp set with the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack:

Until next time,

"For I am the Lord, thy God, who grasp your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'" 
--  Isaiah 41:13

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Today I have another installment of cards I made for Creative Convention, and for which I am offering as a product-based class.  These cards feature the Beauty of the Season Stamp Set and Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack -- two of my favorite products from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Here are some sample designs that are simple, easy, and fun; yet beautiful and elegant:

This Christmas Cardinal is beautiful all on its own without any color.  Here I have embossed it with Black Embossing Powder, on White Vellum Cardstock, before layering it on the beautiful designer paper.

Here I have added a watercolor wash on the White Cardstock than stamped directly on the watercolor.  I used the Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake Blendabilities Assortments and White Gel Pen to color the image.

Again, I used the same Blendabilities to color.

I love how this card turned out by stamping directly on the designer paper.

And of course, a Blue Jay is perfect with this stamp!!  I stamped directly on the new All is Calm Designer Washi Tape and then colored with Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Night of Navy Blendabilities Assortments; using the White Gel Pen and Project Life Black Journaling Pen to finish.
I hope you like my ideas on how you can use your designer series paper to really add dimension and make a WOW card without adding bulk, which would require extra postage when mailing your cards.

Until next time,

"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You."  --  Psalm 56:3

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


What an awesome week I have had!!  My great-granddaughter was born on Sunday and I went to the hospital yesterday to meet her.  Here is her picture when she was about 12 hours old:

Introducing Evelyn Marie-Kay, born 9-21-2014, weighing in at 7 lbs. 9 oz.  Mommy (aka, my granddaughter) can't stop looking at her!!
I could show you the other 50 pictures, but I am sure you came here to see some more projects I did for my presentation at 2014 Creative Convention.  This group of pictures feature the Christmas Bauble Stamp Set and Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack.  My samples are all very quick class cards, using the designer paper on each (note:  some are stamped directly on the designer paper because I love this technique).


Until next time,

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." --  Matthew 12:28

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Well, I am finally back from a long vacation and very excited to show you all the creative projects I made for my presentation at Ronda Wade's 2014 Creative Convention, along with tons of swaps and Ronda's make and takes.  So you will probably be seeing posts from this event right up until Christmas.  I truly believe we have some of the most talented stampers in Ronda's RubberQueen group -- I hope you feel the same!!

Jumping right in, today I am showing Christmas tags and one of my 3-D projects.  (Because I have so many pictures, I kept the pictures small.  Please right-click on the picture and select "open in new window" and then click on the picture after it is loaded to see actual size.):

Gift Tag class featuring Mingle All the Way Stamp Set, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack, Scallop and Angled Tag Punches, and Festive Designer Kraft Paper on easel board.

Gift Tag box made with recycled Paper Pumpkin mailing box and Trim the Tree DSP Paper Pack.

Inside of Gift Tag box.
Horizontal measurements for long middle of box:  9 1/4" x 4"; scored at 1/2" - 2" -31/2" using heavy card board from DSP packaging.  Fold on score lines like teepee; adhere Sticky Strip to bottom of both sides; pinch together teepee; and adhere to middle center of box.

Vertical measurements for short divider in gift tag box (cut 6 3/8" x 4" strip of heavy card board backing from DSP packaging; score on long side at 1/2" - 2" - 3 1/2" and cut in half so you have 3 1/16" inch long strips.  Fold like a teepee and adhere Sticky Strip to bottom of  both sides, on both pieces.  Pinch each teepee together, and adhere vertically to inside center of short side of box.

Christmas table candle centerpiece; featuring Beauty of the Season and Ornamental Pine Stamp Sets, Frosted Sequins Embellishments, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack, and Paper Pumpkin blue tissue packaging.


Close-up showing Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.

Close-up showing strips of designer paper rolled on pencil and spritzed.
Until next time,

"When you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed."  -- Luke 14:13-14

Monday, July 28, 2014


I'm sorry to say that my vacation is almost over and it's time to get back to the real world!!  The good part though is that with the real world comes stamping and creating again -- so what more can a girl ask for?  I'm sorry I haven't really had anything I could post because I actually have been doing a little stamping during my vacation.  However, I can't share it with you because it is for events coming up and people have asked me not to share the projects on my blog.  I can share this one card because the invitations have been sent and the sex of the baby is now announced.  It is very simple, but I thought (and the mom thought) it was elegant.

I used the Baby, We've Grown, Baby Prints, and Inviting (retired) Stamp Sets along with the new Large Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder.  The theme of the party is a "Celebration" because it is a girl and mom wanted her friends to share her joy.  So the words "baby shower" were not used.

The inside of the invitation also uses the Baby We've Grown Stamp Set.  I didn't have the new Date, Time, Place Stamp Set (#134348 Wood Stamp for $11.95), so I used the retired Inviting Stamp Set.

These are my companions while I am crafting!!  Notice there are 2 doggie beds but they like to share the same one!!

Just got back from camping and this is some of the group/family relaxing after dinner (the kids are checking out the campground at Sleeper State Park).  And no, that is not my camper (my daughter's) -- I slept in a tent without electric!!  I wouldn't sleep in their trailer because I didn't want to keep them up all night, LOL!!
So this is a small look into my life this month, enjoying my family.  I will be working hard this next month finishing projects for the above baby shower and preparing for another baby shower; and creating for an event coming up in September -- so you might not be seeing much of me in the next month.

Until next time,

"Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you."
--  Luke 18:16