Thursday, March 31, 2011

Punch Bunch- Sale-a-bration- Last day

My first blog post was on March 31, 2008, Hopefully my blogging has improved since I started and hopefully it will continue to improve. I signed up to be a demonstrator on  April 26, 2007.  I thought maybe it was time for blog candy!  So leave a comment on my blog and I will draw from those comments left from today until April 10th. The Blog candy will be a wood mount stamp set of the Level 1 Hostess set Birthday Bakery. The following are links to some of the cards I have made with this set.

On to todays card.
Today is the last day of Sale-a-bration so I am showing a card using the free Punch Bunch set
  • The card base is Very Vanilla that has a front Made of two pieces from the DSP Blueberry Crisp. I punched a piece of Basic Black CS with the Scallop Ribbon Punch and used it to cover up the seam.
  • I used the ribbon punch to make the frame of Pacific Point CS.
  • The Happy Birthday is stamped on Whisper White with Pacific Point and punch out with the Scallop Square punch. It was layered on a square of Basic Black and again on Whisper White then added to the frame.
I started this post at 8 am and now it is 4:30 pm and I am finally able to finish and post it. Remember to leave a comment if you are interested in winning the stamp set.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easter Blossoms- Easter Class

So in yesterdays post I told you that card #2 was the inspiration for my Easter class card. . . so here it is.

All About Easter April 6th Wednesday

Come make an Easter card and Easter Treat holder, then learn to make a Punch Art Bunny and Chick to add to scrapbook pages or a card. Please bring your favorite adhesive or add $5 to the class payment and I will order you your own snail adhesive. Class times will be at 11 am and 6:30 p.m. please indicate time preference when paying for class. Class is $8 if prepaid by March 31st and $10 after that date, cut off date to register is April 4th.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Water Cooler Swaps part 4

So when I recieved all my swaps I put post its on the back so I would know who made what, the problem with post its is that sometimes small fingers remove them and then you lose who made what so for most the rest of my swaps you will just have to know that some of the most fun on line friends made wonderful creations. Hopefully they will stop by and claim their work and if they do I will update this post.

Card#1 was made by Margaret, she used confetti white card stock and scored it with a stylus and the trimmer. It was brayered with Bravo Burgundy ink, she then placed it in a container for the wood stamps and in another container she placed 4 marbles with several drops of Chocolate Chip re-inker and Rich Razzelberry re-inker and rolled the marbles around and then dumped them on top of my card stock and rolled them around. She then used black craft ink and clear embossing powder to stamp and emboss the Upsy Daisy stamp in the lower corner. A piece of Rich Razzelberry ribbon was wrapped around the card and the Decorative Label punch was used with Confetti White CS that she sponged. The phrase is embossed. She went around the card with the Bravo Burgundy marker to make it look like it was matted.

Card#2 is one of the ones that I'm not sure who made, hopefully she will leave a comment. Martha made this card, I have to thank her because this card is the inspiration for the card in my upcoming Easter class. On to the card! The base of the card is Soft Suede stamped with the Sanded background stamp with Chocolate Chip. She tore the edges of a strip of Always Artichoke and ran it through the crimper and attached it to her base. A piece of Chocolate Chip ribbon and some Linen Thread were wrapped around it and the thread was tied in a bow and a silver brad was added.  On a piece of Crumb Cake the branch from Easter Blossoms was stamped and the blossoms were colored with the white gel pen and one of the pink markers (my guess is Regal Rose). The edges were lightly sponged with Soft Suede. The image was layered onto Rich Razzleberry CS and added to the card front.

Card#3 I think was made by Robin this is information from an email I sent asking for help identifying the card fronts (I am still waiting for some to arrive so I might be wrong about the card)  Its the white card front

with Got Treats stamps embedded embossing and the BEAUTIFUL SAB ribbon. I love that ribbon. (This was an Inspired by Mary Brown--my awesome upline--card. Not so much CASED, but inspired.) That sounds like this card right? Keep this one in mind for next March and St Patrick's Day!

Card#4 here is the link to Roberta's card

So these are the cards I received so far, pretty great Huh? Many of these cards that I have shared have used Sale-a-bration sets, we only have until Thursday to put in qualifying orders to earn these sets so let me know ASAP if there is anything you want to order. I plan on putting in an order on Wednesday night.  You can also go on line and order and have the shipped directly to you.
Go to and then to shop now to order.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Water Cooler Swaps part 3

Card #1 was made by Marsha, another one of my Water Cooler friends it has been so fun getting to know her.  She used  two Stamp Sets: For All You Do and a Sale-a-bration set  So Happy For You

The Card stocks and DSP she used is: Very Vanilla; Old Olive; Brights DSP Old Olive Stripe, Tangerine Tango Stripe; Daffodil Delight; Tangerine Tango; Neutrals Very Vanilla DSP (dot side). She uses  Old Olive; Pumpkin Pie ink.  Boho Blossoms Punch; Eyelet Border Punch; Modern Label Punch; Dimensionals; Square Lattice Embossing Folder were also used to make the card.

Card #2 was made by Jackie another lady that I have been getting to know though our Stampin' Connection Water Cooler Group.  She used the following: Paper: cherry cobbler, daffodil delight, certainly celery, pretty in pink, red glimmer paper, patterns love DSP, and a very small piece chocolate chip for cherry; The Ink: chocolate chip The Stamp set: Curly Cute (mine is coming Monday, saw the cardm had to get it); she also used a paper crimper, cupcake punch, 2 3/8 scallop circle punch, big shot, tulip embossing folder, perfect polka dots embossing folder, dimensionals.

Card #3 was made by Patti, Patti has added so much fun to our discussions her sense of humor keeps us laughing. She used Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla Card stock with the Finial Press embossing folder and the Ticket Corner punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding,  and the stamp sets Charmed and Totally Tess (words) and one of the tiny Pearl Jewels.

Card #4 was from Darrah, Darrah is another fellow demo that has been answering my questions from the time I first started with Stampin' UP!.  Darrah used the Stamp sets: Fresh Cuts and Easter Blossoms (mini); Inks: Old Olive and River Rock (the dirt on the pot);  CS: Old Olive, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie; Punches: 2 1/2" Circle, Word Window (fold cs in half to get a longer window) and Scallop oval; also used is
Sticky strip and 5/8 organza ribbon.

One of the best things I have found as a demo is the friendships as well as the willingness that so many of the demos to share their ideas and knowledge, these ladies and the others that are a part of our Water Cooler group have added so much humor and fun to my days.  I am often laughing at what they write, my kids have even started asking whats going on with your friend at the Water Cooler. . . who would've thunk it?

So I realize my camera takes rotton pictures, sorry. Good news is I will be getting a new one. . .bad news not until the end of April so until then I will keep posting, just know many of the cards look much better in real life. ;)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Water Cooler Swaps part 2

I had two classes yesterday, so I only posted 2 cards because I was crazy busy.  Today I bring you 4!

The first one is from  Stephanie McKinnon. Her note with her swap, credits the idea of the embossing and sponging to Jackie Topa, but the layout and colors were Stephanie's. I have the stamp set she used, it is Fine Flourish. Stephani embossed it in white on Tempting Turquoise and sponged Concord Crush and Rich Razzleberry on it adding a Rhinestone brad to the center. I haven't paired Concord Crush and Tempting Turquoise but I'm sure you will be seeing it soon.

The second card is from Kathe Deck (gets confusing sometimes at the water cooler with Kath, Kathe and Kat) her blog is  what a great way to use the scraps of DSP that you hate to throw away!

Card #3 is from Joanne Do in Hawaii, She used the stamp set Just Believe, I love that set!

Card #4 comes from Buffy Cooper she is another of the long time helps that I have turned to over the years for answers to my Demoing questions.  The stamp set she used is called Strength & Hope, it is a wonderful set that Stampin' UP! has in the summer mini, you will be able to order it in May, in fact I have a class in may that includes this set, you can find her card on her blog

This swap has been the most fun of any I have been in and since we decided to mail them to each other individually instead one lump to one person to divide and send in one lump it has been so much fun checking the mail and finding a new card waiting. The fun has been going on for a few weeks so far and there are still more to come.  This swap has been so much fun that we have decided to do a second swap will be in June.

On a non stamping note, my oldest son Ryan entered in a Film Festival some of the short films he has made this year, he got 1st in music video, 2nd in animation, and 3rd in short films. He was pretty happy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Water Cooler Swaps part 1

The first card was made by Debbie Martin, I was so impressed and stumped by her card. I recognized the small circle stamp with the friend phrase on, it is from the Sale-a-bration Punch Bunch set. but the nest image wasn't one I recognised, I wondered if it was a retired set which was possible since the only restriction was 4" x 5 1/4" base.  Check out her blog if you want the answer.

The second card is from Jean Fitch one of the most helpful and knowledgeable Stampin' UP! demos I know!  She has answered so many of my questions since I started as a demo.  It has been awhile since I stamped on ribbon, in fact I forgot all about doing that, I believe I might add that as one of the things to show at our next club meeting.  Jeans card can be found on her blog.

Not all of the Water Cooler Swappers have blogs but I thought I would start with two of the ladies that do.  I wish you could see these cards in person they are much more wonderful in real life, in fact if you want to see them come on over.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Countryside- Get Well Wishes

This is a sneak peek for my "Other Occasions" card class that is tomorrow, email ASAP if you want in, I doing the prep work for the class today.  Class times are 11 am and 6:30pm.
  • The card base is Confetti White CS with a 3 3/4" x 5" Early Espresso front.
  • I stamped the well image from Countryside on water color paper with Stazon and then colored it with Watercolor Wonder Crayons ans an Aqua Painter.
  • I layered Early Espresso slightly larger then the image onto a piece of Cajun Craze and ran it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder.
  • I stamped Get Well Wishes from Teeny Tiny Wishes with Cajun Craze onto a piece of Confetti White and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. I punched a piece of Cajun Craze with the same punched and layered the two pieces of center so the there was a border of Cajun Craze around the phrase. I then attached it to the bottom of the Cajun Craze piece (see photo) and attached it to the card front.
  • I added the water colored image to the front on the card and was done.
So one of the great things about being a Stampin' UP! demo is the friendships you make.  Stampin' Up! has a forum just for demonstrators where we can share ideas, tips & techniques and just "chat" about stamping. I've made many "Online friends" that I hope to someday meet in person.

The way the forum is set up, if you don't specify a topic for a new discussion, it gets put into the top category, which often has nothing to do with what you're discussing, that isn't always a problem but it can be if the category is one people aren't reading and you're posting a question you need answered. Some of the posters were getting a little upset that no one was answering their posts. There are several ladies who have always taken the time to answer questions that others have, 3 of them have answered many of the questions I have had since I signed up as a demo a few years ago.  Well one of them Darrah(one of the ladies who is always willing to help),  started a thread explaining how to post your discussion in the appropriate area so that they could be found and answered. As new posts were added, Darrah's post was moved lower and lower on the page, and to bring it back to the top, someone would have to "bump" it up by commenting on the post.

Well after you've said, "thanks for the info" 4 or 5 times, it gets little old. So we hijacked the thread. We'd post comments on things we were working on at the moment to "bump" the post back to the top. After a few pages it had nothing at all to do with how to post a discussion( that information was still at the head of the thread), but was just a big long discussion about . . . everything! We talked about llamas, our children, pet peeves, and natural disasters ( one of our forum friends  lives in Japan so we heard first-hand news after the earthquake). After about 60 pages or so, we realized it wasn't helping anyone with their posts, but had found a great place to share with like minded friends, so we renamed our discussion "The Water Cooler," because it's where we go when we need a break or just a good laugh. It's a lot of fun, even my kids ask "what's new at the Water Cooler?" it is close to 200 pages long now.
So about  20 of us decided to do a card swap together. The only rules were make it a card front 4" x 5 1/8".  You could use techniques or not, embellishments or not, layers or not.  Since they were card fronts only, they can be layered on a card base.  It has been so much fun going to the mailbox each day and finding another card front, I have received about 14 so far and am looking forward to more. So over the next few days I am going to start showing you some of the the amazing talents of the Water Cooler Llama Mamas.  You are going to be amazed! So come back and checked out their work.

Monday, March 21, 2011

3" x 3" cards

Sometimes you only need a small card to slip into a gift bag, here are 4 from a recent class. From top to bottom:
  • Card base Pacific Point cut 3" x 6" and folded in half, a 2 3/4" square of DSP Ice Cream Parlor (free with a $50 order- end March 31)
  • I punched a star from Daffodil Delight and More Mustard both were sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Paint spray. I 1 3/4" circle was also punched from the sprayed More Mustard. The stars were layered off center on top of each other.  The Circles was layered be hind the phrase.
  • The phrase is from Word Play and color was added directly to the stamp with the Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Real Red markers on Whisper White, then it was punched with the 1 3/4" circle and layered onto the card front.

  • Card base is a 3" x 6" piece of Whisper White folded in half with a 2 3/4" square of Basic Black as a front.
  •  a 2 3/8" of Whisper White was sprayed with Frost Shimmer Paint spray. then stamped with a phrase from Word Play in Stazon. A Rhinestone Jewel was used as the diamond in the ring.
  • A piece of Whisper White Satin Ribbon was knotted at the top of the card.

  • Card base is a piece of 3" x 6" Bashful Blue folder in half.
  • On a 2 3/4" square of Regal Rose the Image from Baby Steps was stamped on with Vesamark and heat embossed with White embossing powder. It was then added to the card base.
  • A piece of Organza Ribbon was knotted at the top.
  • The word baby from Tiny Tags was stamped in Regal Rose onto Whisper White and punched out with the Jewel Tag punch. It was pinned to the knot with a pin from the Vintage Trinkets.

  • Card base is a 3" x 6" piece of Crumb Cake folded in half.
  • A 2 1/2" circle was punched from Pretty in Pink. a phrase from Create a Cup Cake was stamped with Regal Rose.
  • The cupcake is punched from Crumb Cake(frosting) and Regal Rose DSP(cake) the cherry is Poppy Parade with Crystal Effects to give it dimension. The cupcake was added to the circle with Dimensionals.
So 4 easy cards for different occasions.
Tomorrow is Open Stamping so stop in if you want, it will be fun!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Word Play

This is one of the cards for the open Tuesday stamping, I have 8 to 12 shoe boxes with different types of cards already cut out ready to stamp and put together.
  • The card base is Very Vanilla cut at 4 1/4"x11" with a front cut at 4" x 5 1/8" of  Celebrations DSP. I punched a window in the card front with the Decorative Label Punch.
  • I using the Two step Owl punch I made the owl with Soft Suede, Pacific Point, Old Olive and River Rock. The branch is from the Two step Bird punch using Always Artichoke.
  • I stamp the phrase from Word Play on the inside of the card using markers to color the stamp. I used Real Red, Old Olive and Pacific Point.
SO if you are in need of cards check out my 2 and 4th Tuesdays and come on over and stamp.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Because I Care- Beveled Windowpane

Happy St. Patrick's Day, I hope you are wearing green ;). 

When I was playing with the Beveled Windowpanes I had a stack of Watercolor paper strips lest over from when I had cut paper for a different project so I decided to try and use them up.
  • The card base is Confetti White(I bet you thought I only use Whisper White)
  • I stamped the Hydrangea from Because I Care randomly on the strip of Watercolor paper using Stazon. I colored the with Watercolor Crayons, Markers and an Aqua Painter. I tried to stick with Hydrangea colors so I used Bashful Blue and Marina Mist and Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose. The leaves are Old Olive.
  • I layered the image onto a piece of Old Olive and I punched the Regal Rose strips with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon and layered it with only the scallops showing on another piece of Old Olive.
  • I added the layered image to the card base.
  • I stamped the Thanks so much from Tiny Tags onto a scrap of Confetti White and layered a Windowpane over it with Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon tied with Linen Thread with a button from  Bitty Buttons.
So I hope you like this second Windowpane card and yes the blob on the card front must have been something on the camera lens because it isn't on the card.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tiny Tags with Elements of Style

I was trying to come up with ideas for my club this month (before I had decided to go with the Easter theme) this was one I decided not to do (I couldn't think of a coordinating project).  I really like how the card turned out and may add a variation to one of the upcoming classes I am holding.
  • My card base is Very Vanilla
  • The front is cut a little smaller then I normally cut them 3 3/4" x 5" I used Cherry Cobbler with Elements of Style stamped with Versa Mark. I added a layer of Wild Wasabi also stamped with Elements of Style and Versa Mark.
  • I used the Beveled Windowpanes from the Occasions Mini for the focal point of the card. I stamped a flower image from Tiny Tags on Very Vanilla using the Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi Markers. The image is held to the Windowpane with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and instead of a knot it is held together with one of the Green Rhinestone Brads from the main catalog.  I used snail adhesive to attach it to the card front.
I really like the richness of the colors and it was fun to work with the windowpanes.  I made one other card with the windowpanes that I'll show to you later.  Have a great day and go ahead and stamp something. ;)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Easter Blossoms

It has felt like Spring the last few days and while I have been inside working on classes and Scouts, I have made it outside to run errands and have enjoyed the warmth.  The tulips and daffodils are starting to poke through the ground and the crocus are in bloom.  Maybe I will find time this weekend. On to the card. . .
  • The card base is Whisper White, I stamped Happy Easter in Tempting Turquoise centered on the lower half of the card.
  • I stamped the egg three times once in Tempting Turquoise then Daffodil Delight and last Melon Mamba. I cut them each out and added dimensionals to the back.
  • I ran a rectangle of Whisper White through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, I layered it onto a piece of Melon Mamba DSP and centered it above the greeting.
  • I added the cut out eggs to the panel on the card.
The card makes me feel like spring!

On another note, our Scout District had it annual Adult Leader Recognition Banquet and I was honored to receive the District Award of Merit.  The food wasn't the best but the program was pretty darn good. Getting everything ready for the event was stressful and a lot of work and it is a relief to have it done.  I do appreciate all the volunteers that give so much time to the youth of our area.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

22 days of Sale-a-brations left!

This card uses two different things from the Sale-a-brations catalog, the Punch Bunch stamp set and the Ice Cream Parlor DSP.

This baby card is fast and easy to make!
  • The base of the card is 4 1/4" x 11" Whisper White folded in half with a 3"x4" piece of DSP attached to the lower half of the card, the front was then ran through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips folder.
  • I knotted a piece of Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon around the card where the upper edge of the DSP is.
  • The tag from Punch Bunch was stamped on Whisper White with Peach Parfait and punched with the small Tag punch layered on the larger tag punched from Peach Parfait CS. I used a safety pin from Vintage Trinkets to attach the tag to the knot in the ribbon.
So have fun with your Sale-a-bration items and remember that it all goes away at the end of the month so if you want any of the sets let me know.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Easter Blossoms- Club projects

We are starting a new round of clubs, meeting the first Monday of the month,  and I was having the most difficult time trying to decide what to do for this month.  We won't be holding club in June, July or August So I figured I'd do Easter theme in April and Mother's day in May and I really couldn't decide what to do for March, because lets face it not many people send St Patrick's Day Cards. My husband solved my problem(I was making it harder then it was) He said do Easter in March, Mother's Day in April and Father's day in May.  So that is what I am planning on doing

I don't usually try these challenges, mostly because I fail at them and this time was no different.  But this was the jumping off point for my club projects this month.

I just couldn't make all the different layers/embellishments work, but I am happy with where I stopped.

  • Card base is Chocolate Chip cut at 5 1/5" x 8 1/2" folded in half and ran through the Big Shot with the Scallop Circle die.
  • The first layer is a 3 13/16" circle cut from the Regal Rose DSP. I punched one edge of a Chocolate Chip strip with the Scallop edge punch I layered a strip of Regal Rose DSP on top of it, layered it at the top of the DSP circle and trimmed the ends to fit. I then added it to the base.
  • I stamped the girl from Easter Blossoms onto Whisper White with Chocolate Chip ink and then punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch. Layered it onto a 2 3/8" circle of Chocolate Chip.
  • I stamped the Easter Wishes from All Holidays in Regal Rose onto Whisper White and punched it out with the 1 3/8" Circle punch and layered it onto the 1 3/4" circle punched from Chocolate Chip
  • The Butterfly was from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I used four pearls off the connecting pearls strip for the butterfly body.
So even though I wasn't able to complete the challenge what do you think of the card?

Th basket is made with the Two Tags Die using two of the tags cut from Chocolate Chip to form the sides and a simple box was made with another strip pf Chocolate Chip. A 1" strip of Regal Rose DSP was wrapped around the middle of the box with a Regal Rose Decorative Label centered on it with the Easter Wishes stamped in Regal Rose onto Whisper White and punched with the Scallop Oval punch. The roses are spiral cut circles punched from Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink with the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch. the leaves are from the Little Leaves Sizzlits.  The handle was punched with the Scallop Ribbon punch and again a butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I love the Level 1 Hostess set Afterthoughts, they speak my thoughts. ;-) 
  • The card base is Whisper White with a Basic Black layer that is 5 3/16" x 4 1/8" and a Whisper White layer that is 4" x 5 1/8" ran through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips folder.
  • The "Thanks I love being spoiled" is stamped directly on the front with Stazon.
  • The DSP is Real Red and Basic Black punched with the 1 1/4" Square punch opposite corners punched with the corner rounder. Each DSP square is layered onto the opposite color of CS punched with the 1 3/8" Square punch (opposite corners punched as well)  These were added to the card front with a squared corner of each square pointing in.
  • The ribbon is the Organza Ribbon, I dyed it Read Red with Re inkers and Rubbing Alcohol. the ribbon is a faux bow, with the Black Glimmer brad making the "knot" of the bow.
This card is easy to make and turned out so pretty in Real Life.  Have a great week end and try to find time to stamp something.

Note to Hostess Club Girls- Club meeting time has changed to Mondays at 10:30 am. You are going to love what we are making.(I will post what we make on Monday)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Build a Cupcake- Sale-a-bration

I used the paper, ribbon and buttons you can receive free with each $50 order during Sale-a-bration, remember it comes to an end at the end of this month.
  • The cards base is Whisper White.
  • I cut a piece of the DSP 5 1/8" x 2" and added it to the card front, I then wrapped the ribbon around it and tied it in a knot.
  • I punched the cupcake in Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight alternated the colors of wrapper, frosting and buttons they are popped up with Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the Happy Birthday from Create a Cupcake, the stamp set that matches the punch, in Pacific Point. I punched it out using the Word Window Punch, adhered it to a piece of Daffodil Delight that was punched with the Modern Label punch, this was also added with Dimensionals.
So if I were to remake this I would run the frosting bits through the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines folder to add swirls to it.

So go have some fun stamping!