Friday, September 27, 2013


I had a really fun class last Saturday.  Had a chance to visit with friends I hadn't seen over the summer months and found out we are all still sassy and young at heart -- love my stamping group!!  Everybody got a chance to try out the new Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope and discuss other projects you can make with the new tool.  They all loved it as much as I do -- best new tool offered by Stampin' Up since the Big Shot was announced around 4 years ago. 

I only have a couple of cards to show you today as I have already posted three of the projects done at last weeks card class: 

A simple birthday card with matching envelop.  Main supplies:  Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper, Bring on the Cake Stamp Set, and new Envelope Punch Board.

Inside of card.
I finally had a chance to play with my new Circle Card Thinlits' Dies and the Truly Grateful Stamp Set.  I think I used every stamp in the set and 3 of the Thinlits' Dies, plus the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, and Woodgrain Embossing Folder on Early Espresso Core'Dinations Cardstock.
Here is the opened card.

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Until next time,
"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink."  --  John 7:37

Thursday, September 19, 2013


I hate to admit this but I just pulled out my Stampin' Up 2013 Convention Make'n Takes (from July) to stamp.  I'm sure many of my fellow demonstrators have posted pictures, but to be honest, I had not seen any so I had no idea we were given so many projects and how awesome they were.  I loved all of them so much that I have to share, just in case you haven't seen them yet.  I also made 20 Project H.O.P.E. cards as I never seem to have the "right" card when I need it.  So this card is very generic and can be used for all types of situations.  What do you think:

I used a card I received from Lacie Latimore for this layout.  I love the new Wetlands Stamp Set and how generic this card turned out.  So simple, just stamp and add a little bit of sponging.

Here are the make'n takes from Stampin' Up Convention:

Five note cards and envelopes that go into the Tag a Bag Gift Bag below.  My favorite is the ampersand.

Decorated Tag a Bag to hold the note cards above.
How many ways can I say, "I LOVE GRUNGE!!!"  My very favorite make'n take -- don't you just love the colors!

Another darling gift bag -- perfect to use for birthday party favors.

And a final packaging idea:  Tag a Bag Gift Boxes.  These are so cute in person -- perfect to hold cookies or beauty products.  So many ideas for packaging gifts and very sturdy.

I don't have room to post all of the make'n takes, but I hope you like my take on the above projects.

Until next time,

"Through love serve one another."  --  Galatians 5:13

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today is the last of my make'n take photos from Ronda Wade's Creative Convention Event.  I finally purchased a picture frame this week for my last project.  When I signed up for this class, I indicated I wanted to make the cards instead of a framed project.  Needless to say, after I saw these 3"x 3" squares behind a glass frame I forgot about doing the cards and decided to frame them.  Don't get me wrong, they also made 9 gorgeous cards -- but the frame is truly gorgeous with all the sparkle. 

There is no way my cheap little camera can capture the beauty and sparkle from Stampin' Ups' new Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Silver Ribbon, and Winter Frost Specialty Designer Paper (love that foil paper!!).  So unless you come to one of my classes -- you will never be able to appreciate this wall decoration.  I also have a few of the Halloween make'n takes to show you.  Ronda always comes up with fabulous designs for our make'n takes.  So here they are:

I couldn't find a 12" x 12" frame like Ronda's that I liked, so I ended up getting the 13" x 14" frame above.  The frame was white, and I painted it with Island Indigo Classic Ink Refill mixed in white Acrylic paint, but it just didn't come out the color I wanted.  So I will probably take off the color and go back to white -- what do you think?
Okay, it's the next day and I had to edit this post.  I couldn't stand that picture above any longer and removed a lot of the color on the frame.  So which one do you like better?  (#2 below is my pick):

The coloring is still not accurate (the background is really Whisper White -- just looks darker).  A little bit of glare is showing and none of the bling really shows up -- darn camera skills!!  You can probably see better if you right-click on the picture and select "open in new window" for the larger view.  But I definitely like the frame better.

Isn't this just the cutest treat holder?  I see I forgot to trim my Baker's Twine before I took this picture.  I'm too lazy to go back and take another picture, so just use your imagination of how pretty it is now that the tails are trimmed.

Simple, but so cute -- love the Washi Tape!!  I just found out today what the word "Washi" means:  "WA" means Japanese and "SHI" means paper.  The things I learn when I'm ordering tea canisters on-line!!

Creepy, but so cute!!
Now that I finally have all my new stamps mounted and organized, I hope to have some of my own designs to post next time. 

Until next time,

"Life is good when you walk with God!"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


I lasted as long as I could, but was having a vintage craving that had to be satisfied!!  I have been having fun with the new grunge look and all the new Stampin' Up grunge product (love all of it!!); but, I still need my vintage fix to keep me going.

I saw this new design (can't remember where) and it has been sticking in my head for a couple of weeks.  I knew I had to try it out, but didn't have directions -- just a mental picture in my head.  So I started playing with it yesterday.  I found out that there is a specific sequence to put it together, based on the fact I was using 2 different Framelits and embossing on the front of the card.  Plus I wanted something a little different on the inside.  I went with an extra page, using Stampin' Up Vellum Paper (the lighter paper weight works better than the Stampin' Up Vellum Card Stock) and embossing my image with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.  Under the vellum I stamped my sentiments.  I really like how it turned out and ended up making 3 cards after taking an hour getting the sequence figured out -- the other 2 cards were much faster to assemble/stamp.  Here is what I ended up with:

Stampin' Up product used:  Soho Subway Designer Series Paper; Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel; Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Vellum Card Stock/Paper; Beautiful Baroque Stamp Set and Embossing Folder; Lattice Bigz Die; Window Frames Collection Framelits; Early Espresso Classic Ink; Sponge; Early Espresso Candy Dots; and Envelope Punch Board to make my envelop using the brown packaging paper that comes in my Stampin' Up orders.

The extra center page stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.  Sponged and added Early Espresso 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.  The Soho Subway DSP was attached to the back of the front to hide the Lattice Die edges that were adhered.

The sentiment added to the back page, using Once in a Million and Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Sets.

And more make'n take class ideas from Ronda Wade's Creative Convention:

Monogrammed card holder that will hold 4 cards and envelopes (see below).  This class takes only one sheet of Designer Series Paper to make the holder, cards, and envelope liners.

Two of the very simple but cute monogrammed cards and envelope liners that go in the card holder.  A very quick and easy idea for a class -- everybody needs monogrammed cards to send notes.
Until next time,

"The Lord is gracious and full of compassion."  -- Psalm 111:4