Sunday, February 23, 2014


Had a very fun day yesterday stamping with my creative friends.  I gave them a couple of card challenge designs this month and they all stepped up to the plate for the challenge (even though a few thought they were going to do the easier version).  I have to say, these ladies truly amaze me every time they stamp, as their cards always turn out awesome.  Here are the cards I created for the class:

This was my favorite card, which was inspired by my friend Lynn Schulz.  I changed it up a bit with new Stampin' Up product, but actually bought this stamp after seeing her card.

I posted a more challenging version of this card in my last post and received so many positive comments that I decided to make a less-challenging version for my card class.

I saw something like this card somewhere and it stuck in my head (screaming "make-me"). 

Another challenging card.  I told my stamping friends they could do the easier version without the splatters, and they all said they would make the easy version.  Well, after giving them a demonstration on how to use Stampin' Up's Stampin Spritzer and Sponge Daubers with Island Indigo Ink Refill mixed with water they saw how easy it was and changed their minds.  All of their cards turned out beautiful (much better than mine).

And on a more personal note, I thought I would show you what I woke up to this morning.  There never seems to be a dull moment at our house:

This is what happens when all the snow from the garage roof slides down to the carport.  My Blazer is under there somewhere!!!

Until next time,

". . ..  In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."  --  John 16:33

Sunday, February 16, 2014


How about another use for those new Stampin' Up Fringe Scissors!!!  I haven't done a vintage card in a long time, so this was a real joy to design and stamp this card making another type of flower using my Fringe Scissors.  So here is what I came up with:

The card base is Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock with a layer of Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper stamped with the En Fran├žais  Background Stamp in Soft Suede Ink.  Then a layer of Soft Suede Cardstock run through the Big Shot using the Hexagon Hives Framelit.  (Hint:  Use Wax Paper between the Framelit and cardstock so your cardstock just pops out of the Framelit.)  Next, for the large flower, I used all but the smallest six Circles Collection Framelits (so you have only five circles) using Pool Party Cardstock.  Cut each using the Fringe Scissors, mist with water and squash together.  Gently open back up and let dry (or use your Stampin' Up Heat Tool).  Layer the five pieces, using Tombo Glue between each layer and insert Antique Brad.  On the bottom layer I used a Circles Framelit to cut a circle from the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to keep my fringes from ripping and to adhere the flower to the card (I used one size smaller circle than the bottom petal layer).  The smaller fringed flower layers were punched out using two different circle punches.  The tiny flowers with Basic Pearls were punched using the new Petite Petals Punch, misted, squashed, and sponged with Pool Party Ink, and adhered with Dimensionals.  I used Pistachio Pudding Cardstock and the Bird Builder Punch for the leaves.  And finally, used Soft Suede Ink, Perfect Pennants Stamp, and Banners Framelits for the banner tag.  

And here is an awesome swap card received from a fellow RubberQueen, Kim Vogel, which I then added the inside sentiment.

Next to vintage, I just love GRUNGE!!  Kim even had the back of the card stamped in the same grunge pattern (using the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set).

Here is what I did with the inside of the card:

The card was for my granddaughter, which I was a little late getting in the mail.  I carried Kim's theme to the inside using the same background design.  Then stamped using Countless Sayings I and II Photopolymer Stamp Sets.  I love using the Photopolymer stamps because I was able to mount all these sentiments on one Clear Block F!!

Until next time,

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness."
--  Psalm 37:3

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Are you getting tired of all the snow and cold yet?  Well, I am!  Today I'm going to get you in the mood for Spring with these adorable projects featuring the new Stampin’ Up! © Fringe Scissors.  These were our make'n take projects at our monthly RubberQueen meeting -- designed by Ronda Wade.  This is just another reason why I love being a demonstrator -- being able to attend Ronda's monthly meetings for training, doing beautiful make'n takes, and sharing time and fun with other stampers -- and you can too by joining Stampin’ Up! ©.

Now if these projects don't make you think SPRING there is no hope for us:  

I love the cute little fringe on the bottom of the new Scalloped Tag!

And of course what are flowers without some fringe grass!
How about a flower as a cute pencil topper!!

Here is a close-up of the fringe flower.

This has nothing to do with the Fringe Scissors, but I wanted to show you our new 2014 Calendar all the RubberQueens received as a gift from Ronda Wade, which I took home and decorated.  The design on the bottom-half is Ronda's, and I added the top half to distinguish it from all the others when we are at our meetings.

This was not one of Ronda's make'n takes.  I was just playing with my Fringe Scissors before the meeting and came up with this card (for someone who is experiencing unexpected challenges in life).

I hope these projects perked up your day by thinking Spring!! 

Until next time,

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