Tuesday, September 30


Hi stamper friends! I am still doing cards that use the fabulous colors of fall,  and today's design lends itself for two challenges. The first is from a favorite go to challenge when I need to be inspired called Tuesday Throwdown and their theme is OPPOSITES ATTRACT which has you using two opposite sides of the color wheel for a fun color challenge!

The other challenge that I tried today is brand new and has some great designers to whet your whistle with some new players! It is called Paper Plunge I loved their blog banner and wish it were summer, but the theme over there was a Fall Card. ~Enjoy your day everyone....see you soon!

Sunday, September 28

Thursday, September 25

Hello there Spooky!

Well, everyone, I know this is BEYOND belief but I have had two...yes two Stampin' Up! boxes in my stamp room since July (right after convention) that I had not opened! W-H-A-T you scream!!!!

Yes that's right, of course I had been busy and just not thinking much about stamping so I know yu will give me a little slack there!

Ok so I opened it up and found one of my NEWEST favorite stamp set called HOLIDAY HOME. It is just too much fun. For this card I used it in a spooky night sort of genre. Also did you know that because they are polymer you can continue the tree trunk easily! FUN!!!! ~ see you next time!

Wednesday, September 24

Bigz Cut Acorn Border

Hey friends! Today's card has a fun approach to it. I wanted a clean fresh look with a splash of fall color .....so I went to my stamp room and here is what I came up with.

I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and then ran the edge through my Big Shot using the selective embossing technique to emboss only part of the die. I created a border of acorns just by turning the paper from right side to wrong side and upside down. LOVE IT!!!! Then I took another piece of Whisper White card stock and masked the edge with painters tape, but you can use grid paper just as easily and sponged some Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow to create a bright and vibrant background. It pokes out through the front cut out just enough to pop with color! Add a panel for a sentiment attached it to the back panel and voila you have your card!~Enjoy!

selective embossing class

Tuesday, September 23


Hi Friends! Today I have a card using the themes from two challenges. The first was from City Crafter and it was to create a card where the SENTIMENT is the focal point! Now, I went to look through my stamp sets and realized that mine were pretty much retired and I have not replenished them yet (busy)with new sentiments...so I used my markers to create the simplest word I could, and that was ....well you get the idea! Next, I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiment to do a cute and simple layout....
see you tomorrow! ~Enjoy!

Monday, September 22

Autumn Color Challenge

Hey Stampers! Today is the last day of summer up here in the northern hemisphere and I am not liking it.....summer is over  ;( . But I had a wonderful day walking the beach and letting the waves come in and lap at my feet before the fall is in it's true glory.

So I made this card to show off the glorious colors of a New England autumn,  and is perfect for the challenge over at Make My Monday . I sponged a piece of very vanilla with Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler then used Whisper White craft ink and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for a little added interest. Finally I sponged another piece of Very Vanilla and cut out a leaf and backed it in Basic Black....added some Blackberry Bliss ribbon and shredded burlap, a button and a pearl. Enjoy and see you next time!

Friday, September 19

Back from a long time Away

Hi stamping friends. This card is for you . Hopefully it will be the first to the road of getting back on a schedule of Stampin' regularity.  I want to say thank you to all of my friends who have stood by while I have been taking care of my dad. I also want to thank all of you for the sweet messages of encouragement, support and now condolences. It has been a long journey but it has been fruitful, leaving me with lots of memories and smiles. I appreciate everything you are to me, my stamping friends. Thanks!

Now, for my first card back and I must say I am a little rusty, but here is an interpretation for Just Add Ink's theme this week. Fall is beginning to color the countrysdie here in new England and these colors can be found in the bright sunshine almost everywhere you look here. Enjoy and see you Monday!

Friday, August 15

Burlap Blended Bloom

Good weekend everyone! Last night I had a class and yes we are still using Blended Bloom! We did several cards with the technique of black and white using the Journal Pens from Project Life that we saw demonstrated at convention. They are so easy and the girls loved the idea. Then we masked the Bloom and sponged to make a bright card in Tangelo Twist and So Saffron. But today I wanted something a bit more muted and neutral so I grabbed my Burlap Ribbon and designed from there. So, HEY THERE what do you think? Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon....hopefully sooner than later!

Monday, August 4


HEY there friends!I have a lot of gabbing to do today and lot's to share with you too!  It has been a long time and you know why...but all is good and I was able to get into my stamp room this morning.  So, before I prepared for my upcoming class I got inspired with MOJO MONDAY and created their sketch. The White Satin Ribbon is back so I used that for a bow and then added a button from the idea at PAPER PLAYERS!  MAKE MY MONDAY  has a bird theme challenge today. Ok so you are saying to yourself, I didn't see that bird in the NEW catalog? Well, you'd be right but this is from Touch of Nature my all time secretly loved stamp set that I have never been able to part with. It is from 2005!  WOWZA! Anyway the NEW stamp set called
An Open Heart would work PERFECTLY! I just don't have it yet!

I also used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch and can I say I just LOVE it too! Hey how do pronounce "scallop" where you come from. I say sCALLup but I bet some of you say sCALlop like GAL right! I am from New England and we have the Scallop Festival going on right now....ok so a little side trip in my mind...let's get back to the card!

Are you enjoying some of the NEW embossing folders like the ones shown here? Super cute! Finally the sentiment that I used is from the NEW set that I received at Convention called Amazing Birthday, it is not something I probably would have picked for myself from this catalog, but I just can't say how excited I am to have been S U R P R I S E D when I used it. Here I took a scrap piece from this card using BLENDBILITIES and stamped over the colors in Memento Ink to create the shading. You can bet I will be looking at more sets with this technique in mind when I browse my catalog next time! Ooops  one last thing...see the curl on the corner of the paper? Well slide your fingernail between a couple of the layers of cardstock fibers and gently pull it appart. Then use out piercing tool to curl the paper! A little jazz is all it takes! Well, have a great week everyone. ~Hugs and ENJOY!

Saturday, July 19


Well another convention has come to an end but not without lots of laughs, friendships made, and memories to hold on to. Here is an Embossed Sampler I made for all the girls to hang in their stamp rooms at home to remind them of the great time we had. I hope we all remember to INSPIRE, CREATE and SHARE! Thanks all of you for stopping in. 

Friday, July 18


Well, Convention is in full gear and we are having fun, learning some new ideas, and have a secret or two too! I can't wait to see what Stampin' UP! has in store for us today...but I want to show you what is in the last box first!
The "YOU" box is actually a sleeve that slides over the folded TRIANGLE BOXES to create another fun gift packaging idea. This little box has four compartments that each hold a small gift of things like chapstick, candy, band-aids or other small items that you may want to have at hand during convention. They all fold up onto one another to create a decorative rectangular box. So adorable and  Yes! I have a TUTORIAL! in my ON LINE CLASS STORE too!

Thursday, July 17


In case you missed yesterday's post here is what the pillow gift tower of goodies looks like. You already had a sneak peek at the first BOX. But, I have to confess, it wasn't exactly a box. It was a box with multiple layers fused together so it would not open. I used Tombo to adhere all the edges and then covered it in ModPodge to make it sturdy! I used  2014 IN COLOR card stock, some Designer Vellum and Embossing Folders to create fun texture and patterns. WHY did I do that you ask! Because I wanted a fun base for this.....

I bought a battery operated candle and made the second box to hold it! The second box is a simple 2",4", 6" 8" box decorated with a cover and embossed panels.

 I hope you are having a fun Stampin' day and be sure to come back tomorrow to see the fun idea I hid in the "YOU" box!


Convention has been lots of fun so far especially surprising Robbie from Inkedx2 !  Here is a picture of the tower of gifts I made for my original Chat Room Gals! We have been friends for a while and even though we come from different places like Boston, Maryland, Chicago, and Nebraska we made the trip once more for our 3rd convention together! I hope you will be a little excited too as you see the treats unveiled! I know I promised to show you what the CUBES were ALL ABOUT but you will have to wait just one more day to see that first treat because the girls haven't opened it yet!~Enjoy and I will be back tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 16

CUBE BOXES and .....

Hey Stampers! I know a lot of you are getting ready for convention and won't get a chance to peruse any blogs for at least a few days, but for those of you who remained at home here are some boxes I have been working on. They are just 4"x 4" boxes decorated in DSP and the luscious NEW IN COLORS! Aren't they awesome. What a fun way to give a gift! Glue them shut and use them for .....oh wait I want to tease you just a bit so be sure to comeback tomorrow and see what they hold!

Saturday, July 12

Stampin' UP! Convention ideas

Hey Stampers! I bet a lot of you are gearing up for Convention next week right? Well, I love watching the hubbub on the stamping blogs as you prepare for a fun couple of days. I like to get into the excitement too by creating some fun I N S P I R A T I O N for Convention treats and Decorations.

There is nothing more fun than decorating your hotel room doors to show off Stampin' Up! Materials and see the hallways come alive with beautiful ideas. Last year the girls on my hall did an awesome job so I took my old dry erase board to INSPIRE you and decorated it for this year's  INSPIRE, CREATE, SHARE convention theme and will use it in my Stamp Room! I even made a little magnet with the theme logo! For the flowers I used some of the new In Colors too they mix so well with the softer colors of last year's pallet. Have fun all you Convention Bound Stampers and don't forget to post for all those who remain at home!