Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Blog Look!

I got an email today from Amy Papale at Sugar Bucket Ink about a new blog design.  Since I really have been wanting to change my layout I thought I would give it a try.  I went to the Cutest blog on the block website and picked this one out.  Ok, I am NOT a techie and it did take me a while, but that is because I do NOT know what I am doing.  This is definitely a work in progress, so if you stop by one day and it is all jacked up, give me a bit, and hopefully I will be able to fix it.

So what do you think?  Do you have any suggestions?  I feel this fits my personality and style better than my previous layout.  I am not happy how it loads, but that is probably due to my error, so I will work on that as well.  So please drop me a line and let me know what you think!

I also put a button up top for my listing of retired for sale stamps, for nice and quick access.  I am updating it as items sell out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Retired Stamp Sale

As most of you know I am moving my craft room around and cleaning out retired stamps.  Here is a listing of what I have for sale, most of the prices are lower than ebay currently.  You may pay by either paypal or mail a personal check.  Shipping will be around $5 for a single set by either priority mail or flat rate depending on your zip code,  I can combine multiple sets, but you will need to email me with your zip code so I can give you an accurate shipping price.  Please send an email to me to let me know which sets you are interested in.

Wood Mount, (all mounted but in like new condition)

Fresh Fruits (some wood staining)  $5
Haunting Halloween $8
Punches Three $4
Well Worn Alphabet (some wood stains)$8
Word Search BG $5

Island $2

Jumbo Wheel
Petals $3


Sunday, July 24, 2011

PPA 103

Hello!  Today, I am featured on Mary Fish's Stampin Pretty.  Mary is a wonderful mentor, and I enjoy pulling out all of the stops to have a special card for her blog.  She does such fabulous work, I am very proud to have my work shown on her site.  Here is the card I made especially for her, and I will also include my PPA challenge card as well.

I have seen a new trend developing lately, and that is to layer punched images on top of each other to make a medallion.  I was intrigued right away and thought that I would give it a try.  The hardest part of this trend is to know when to stop.  Of course, after I was finished with it, I thought of a few more bits, but all in all, I love how it turned out.

I do think that my absolute favorite part is the little chickens that I stamped on each scallop of the oval.  The stamp is from the set Itty Bitty Bits, it just fit perfect.  Here are the items that I used for this card:

Ink: Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, & Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers. Soft Suede ink pad

Paper: Belle Chateau DSP, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, & Crumb Cake cardstock

Stamps: Perfectly Penned, Itty Bitty Bits

Extras: Big Shot, Sizzix Scallop Oval die, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Stripes Embossing Folder, scallop circle punch, designer label punch, itty bitty punch pack, scallop border punch (for fan rosettes), ticket corner punch, modern label punch, linen thread, basic pearls, stampin’ dimensionals
Ok, on to my PPA challenge card which is a sketch challenge.  I loved the sketch, and had a great time using the new DSP that SU has created.
This is the new Timeless Portrait DSP, I only used the black and blue pieces on this card, but there is also Cherry Cobbler, and Island Indigo in this paper pack.  I cut out the silhouette of the little girl, and mounted it on the new designer Frames EF.  The clear embossing was done with the Friends Never Fade stamp set, the black and vanilla DSP was embossed using the Stripes EF.
The Friend stamp is from a retired stamp set (sorry don't have the name at this moment, more on that later) and was embossed in black embossing powder.  A piece of marina mist was punched with the dotted scallop ribbon border. A small crumpled flower just adds a little flair.
Whew, we have had such a weekend, I decided to move my craft room to another room in the house.  Then I decided that we would also switch my daughter to my old craft room, so after all is said and done, three rooms are in the process of being moved and redecorated.  Of course this is the best time to have the carpets cleaned, so add that on top of everything else.  My house is a wreck, and my stamping stuff is all in boxes, sniff, sniff.  Hopefully I will have everything organized and unpacked by Wednesday.  I have taken some pictures of the whole process and will post them soon.  I hope you enjoyed my projects and thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

New address!

Usually each night after the family goes to bed, I try to learn as much about my blog settings as I can.  Last night I found the way to make my blog a .com address!  So now my blog address is just !  How simple.  Yay, glad I learned how to do that.

Now, on to my comments, I have been replying to all of my comments from the beginning and just now found out that most of my replies were sent to "noreply at blogger", grrr that frustrates me to no end.  I like to send responses to all of you who are kind enough to leave me such sweet comments.  So, I am sorry if you did not get a response in the past, I am trying to find out how to fix that.  I really love to read all of your comments, they make my day!

If you are going to leave a comment, and would like a reply, please try to leave your email address (not on your comment, just sign in) and I will get right back with you.  I am going to do some more research to see if there is something I can change on my settings so that when I hit reply, it actually does.

I am just now putting the finishing touches on my PPA card, and hope to have it uploaded tonight, so check back tomorrow to see it.  On Sunday, I am the guest stamper for Mary Fish's Stampin Pretty, I have a very pretty card to show you.  In the meantime, I will leave you with a picture of my girls, Schyler the Fox Terrier, and Sasha the Italian Greyhound.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

PPA 102 Summer Time

Here is my challenge card for the PPA, the theme is Summer Time.  Our summers are filled with time at the lake.  The whole family, including the dogs love the boat.  We are fortunate enough to have a boat and live in an area with a huge lake.  Here is my girl Schyler, just having a ball.

I love this picture of her, she has turned into such a boat dog.  This is the only picture that we have of her without her life jacket, I don't know why she doesn't have it on, it is a rule with us.  Schyler is searching for ducks, birds, etc, any type of waterfowl, hence the life jacket rule, she will jump out of a moving boat to try to catch her prey.  When thinking about my card I kept this picture in mind, and here is what I came up with!

When I kept laughing when I was creating her with punches, I knew it was going to be cute.  This has been one of the funnest cards to make.  It seems like with a little creativity and punches you can make anything!  Oh, but the mess was tremendous, all of those punch scraps were littered all over the place.

A bunch of punches were used in this card, and I will try to remember them all.  The modern label punch was used for the boat, I just trimmed off the curly edges.  The waves were made using the curly label punch, and each one was curled upward.  Schyler's head was made out of 1 inch circle punch, a black brad for her nose, ears are the build a blossom punch, eyes and small black dots were the owl punch.  Her body is the retired small oval, with another small half oval for her arms.  The cupcake punch was used for the clouds, and the jewelry tag punch for the Friend tag.  Did I miss any? HMM, probably.  The colors I used are Real Red, Basic Black, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, & Whisper White.  The bashful blue DSP is retired.

The ribbon is Real Red 1 1/4 striped grosgrain ribbon folded around a toothpick and secured with sticky strip.  The tiny tags stamp set was used on the jewelry tag and baker's twine secures it to the toothpick.  I highly doubt this card will ever be given away, it just makes me laugh every time I see it.  It will go on my wall, with other special items that I have made.  So what do you think?  Does this card remind you of summer time?  Drop me a line, I love to read your comments!  Enjoy.

Oh, here is one more picture of our cat Barley checking out Schyler's card.  She however, does not go on the boat!

stamps:  Tiny Tags
Ink:  bashful blue, real red
paper:  bashful blue, real read, whisper white, night of navy, basic black
tools: nothing but punches baby! circle punches, owl punch, build a blossom punch, modern label, cupcake punch, curly label, real red ribbon, bakers twine

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July PALS Hop

Welcome to the July Pals Hop! This month, we're featuring fantastic new goodies from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog! Enjoy the HOP and get some creative ideas for using new stamps and accessories from the amazing creations that the Pals have come up with. 

You've likely hopped over from Jeanne Norris,, I'm stop number 12 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track!

Hello there!  Today I am going to show you two new creations.  The first is a shoe!  I know that I have mentioned many times before about getting inspiration for my flowers from the new trends in shoes so when I saw the template for this shoe I had to make it.

The template is free and you can click HERE to get it and the instructions on how to assemble it.  It is fairly easy, just requires some time and a bunch of creativity.  The gorgeous paper is Paisley Petals, it is in the new catalog, and I just love it.  Do you recognize the flower on the toe of the shoe?  It is the flower stamp from the new set Button Buddies.

I attached an Antique Brad to the center instead of a button.  The flower image was stamped in Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, and Pear Pizzazz.  I fussy cut the two inside flowers out, curled the flowers upwards, and used dimensionals to pop up each layer.  The top of the shoe has Pear Pizzazz seam binding and Early Espresso satin ribbon pleated in layers.  Early Espresso 1/8 taffeta ribbon was made into a bow to top it all off.

I put my own label inside with my blog name and stamped a frame from Four Frames, and punched it out with the decorative label punch.  The itty bitty punch pack was used for the little flowers, and finished off with a small basic pearl.  I have attached a bit of whisper white satin ribbon to the back of the heel and will hang it in my craft room.  So very pretty and feminine.

Some of the same DSP Paisley Petals is used on the card front, it is layered on an Early Espresso CS base. I used the same fussy cutting technique on the center flower.  A Early Espresso button was used this time and some Early Espresso 1/8 ribbon was threaded through the button holes and tied in a small knot.  Pear Pizzazz seam binding was used and the Friend stamp from the set You're a Gem, was stamped in whisper white and embossed in clear.

There you have it, I hope you have enjoyed my projects.  If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line.  I love to read your comments, it makes my day.  Enjoy!

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Joan Norris , stop number 13 on the July PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!


  1. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
  2. Melissa Ordelheide at Natural Stampin
  3. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  4. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  5. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
  6. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner
  7. Melanie Collins at Oops a Daisy Designs
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  11. Jeanne Norris at My Creative Impressions
  12. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions
  13. Joan Norris at My Stampin' Blog
  14. Stephanie Uzee at Stampin' with Suzee
  15. Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stamping
  16. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
  17. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  18. Rae Harper at Wild West Stampin', Scrappin' & Crafts

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Matchbook Album

As a SU Demonstrator, I enjoy some great perks.  One such perk is a monthly magazine called Stampin' Success that has great ideas and projects.  This matchbook album was one project that I knew my wonderful customers would love.  Of course, I made it my own with different embellishments and colors that went with the Flirtatious DSP.

Keep in mind that I have not placed my pictures yet, I am still trying to take some pictures of my daughter for this album (more on that at the end of the post).  I will then place some additional embellishments, ribbon knots, and layered flowers on the pictures.  This is the outside, the cover flap tucks into the bottom matchbook style.

There are two pages folded so a total of 8 places to put pictures. I mainly just stamped the top portion and put more detailed papers on the bottom flap for my picture base.

Ok, here are the details on how to make this album:

One piece of 11 x 4 1/4, scored longways at 4 3/4 and 10, for your cover
(2) 8 1/2 x 4 scored at 4 1/4 for inside pieces, I used whisper white and decorated my blank pages

To assemble, lay your finished pieces together on the middle fold and punch a small hole (pin size) through all pages 3/4 from the edge on each side on the fold line.  Take a big craft needle, and thread some bakers twine through the the holes and tie a knot to secure the pages and cover together.

Fold up the bottom piece and attach with sticky strip at the very bottom fold only half way up so that way you can tuck the cover in to close.  Embellish as much or little as you choose, I used the Victoria crochet trim, but it is just a decoration, not functional.

I was trying to take pictures of my girl Mackie, but she was not in the mood.  The pictures started out cute and turned to grumpy.  I thought that I would post one of each.  Ahh, teenage angst!

And to answer my question from my last post, the blues card was WAY more work than the pink and orange card.  All of that stamping, cleaning, and punching took much, much longer.  Please drop me a line to let me know what you think about this album, I love all of the comments, and of course if you have any questions, also let me know!  Enjoy!

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Four Frames, Artistic Etchings
Paper:  Flirtatious DSP, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron
tools:  Decorative label punch, small oval punch, scallop punch, triple blossom punch, big shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Finial press EF, ribbon, white brads, bakers twine, scallop border punch, ticket corner punch, buttons, basic rhinestones

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Delicate Doilies

This is my second card for a class that I had been preparing, there is one more project that I will post tomorrow, so check back for it.  This card is a CASE from Sandy Murphy HERE.  I changed it up a bit and added some embossing on the sentiment.  I really am loving the combo of Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie, it is almost taking over my other favorite color combo of pink and green.

The sale-a-bration set Punch Bunch was used for the sentiment, and was embossed with melon mambo embossing powder and punched using the square scallop punch.  I doubled up the ribbon in the knot with whisper white and pretty in pink.

Of course I can't forget the medallion!  The paper and the medallion come from the new specialty designer series paper Flirtatious.  There is a sheet each of melon mambo and pumpkin pie die cut doilies (I used the backside which is white for this card).  You can snip out whichever doily you would like.  Here's a tip, if you are layering like I did, I punched out the center of the doily to use on another project, that way it is not wasted hiding behind a layer.  The scallop trim border highlights the pumpkin pie strip of DSP, for a nice crisp look.  The stamped images are all popped up with dimensionals.  I love this card!

Ok, here are both of the cards from the class, I have a question for you, which card do you think was the more involved card, the one that took the longest to make?  They are both so different, but you can see how versatile the stamp set Delicate Doilies is to get such similar but different results.  Check back tomorrow for the answer to my question, and for the last item of the class!  Enjoy!

Stamps: Delicate Doilies
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo
paper: Flirtatious SDSP, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
tools: Scallop trim border punch, large scallop punch, circle punches, scallop square punch, ribbon, dazzling diamonds glitter.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Toys!

Today is the day that the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog goes LIVE!  I have had a chance to peruse the catalog for the past few weeks and I am very happy with it.  There are a bunch of new and trendy stamp sets, accessories and DSP in store for us.  My wish list is huge and I do not know where to start!  Ok, so I will start off with the new In Colors that I have used for my PPA 100 challenge card!

I have used four out of the five new In Colors on this card, they are Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, and Lucky Limeade.  They are all very trendy colors that match wonderfully well together.  The fifth color is Calypso Coral and it also is very pretty.

The other new item on this card is the stamp set Delicate Doilies.  There are four stamps to this set and all are used on this card.  I stamped each image in a single color, then stamped multiple images in different colors and punched out the centers and layered them up.  Each center has a basic rhinestone, that finishes each doily.  The thanks stamp from Pretty Postage is popped up extra high for added dimension.  Opposite corners are rounded with the corner rounder punch, and some whisper white satin ribbon is pleated and banner cut.

The inside is made using all of the scraps from the centers on the front.  The Island Indigo is a bit dark so I used a scallop circle from the scallop circle #2 die for the sentiment inside.  The thanks sentiment is popped up with dimensionals (I couldn't resist not to) so remember to save your scraps, I almost always finish my inside with all scraps, a great way to use them up!

Oh and a big note to self, take pictures during the day!!  I really struggled taking these pictures at night and could not get good lighting, so sorry, the fault lies with me!  What do you think, do you love the new colors?  Please drop me a line to know what you think, I enjoy reading all of your comments.  Enjoy!

stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Pretty Postage
paper:  Island Indigo, Pool Party
ink:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
Tools: circle punches, scallop punches, ribbon, basic rhinestones, itty bitty punch pack, corner rounder, stampin demensionals
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