Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sale-a-bration ENDS TODAY!! AND today is my Hiawatha 'All Occasions' card class!!

Today is the last day of Sale-a-bration!  
If you want anything & haven't gotten it yet- please get your order to me by 8:00 p.m tonight!!  
Today is also the last day to join as a demonstrator with a deal "steal" on a cheap starter kit for only $125!!  
Don't miss out!  I'd love to have you join my team!!
Contact me if you want to do this!!  We have until 11:00 p.m.

Today is my big 'All Occasions' card class! 
I got up bright & early this morning (or should I just say I didn't sleep much last night).  
I am getting ready to head out soon for Hiawatha to spend my day stamping with many friends & customers there!  
We have some new gals joining us that I've never met before- so I'm excited about that too!  
I'm looking forward to sharing my love of stamping with all of them!!!
I've just about got all of my supplies packed up.  
I've also been cooking some yummy food.
Now to get the car loaded & on my way.  

Here is one of the many cards that they will be creating today!
This is an "oldie" but goodie stamp set!!
It is one of my all time favorites & I've used it tons.
'Flight of a Butterfly' & 'Inspired By Nature'
cs:  Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper (Sale-a-bration)
ink:  Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade
supplies:  1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Butterfly punch, Peach Parfait Poly Stitched ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals 

Check back soon....I hope to have some pictures of our day to share! 

I hope to be home at a decent time tonight so I can spend my anniversary evening with my husband!
AND I still have card stock to cut & Big Shot things to do tonight for Lana's workshop tomorrow.

Happy Stamping!

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband!

Today is our 28th wedding anniversary!
Gosh.....doesn't seem like it has been that many years together.  
This is a picture of us taken on our Stampin' UP! cruise to Alaska in May.
Deke- I love you!
You are my best friend!!
I look forward to spending many more happy years together with you!
We were blessed with 2 beautiful children & 3 precious grandsons.  
I couldn't have asked for more. 
I'd say that we are a great team....
Thanks for all of your support & all you do to help me with all of my stamp classes.
AND I love being able to help you on the farm too with our pigs. 

Friday, March 30, 2012


Here is a simple "hello" card I wanted to share with you today.

I've been very busy here getting ready for my weekend stamp classes.  I have my big 'All Occasions' class tomorrow in Hiawatha & Lana is having a workshop on Sunday.  I've been a busy bee creating, cutting, cooking & getting stuff packed up!!  Lots to do!

Today I'll have all 3 of my favorite little guys here at grandmas!!  So no more stampin' until tonight. 

Have a great day!

'My Friend'
cs:  Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Naturals White
ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
supplies: 3/8" Twill Tape, glue dot

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Look at all of the flowers you can make with just one punch!

This Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer flower punch is just so cool!  With just one slide of the button you can create different many flowers with just the one punch!
cs:  Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
supplies:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (flower), Pretty In Pink satin ribbon, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Basics Glimmer brad (black), Basic Rhinestones (colored with a black permanent magic marker) for the center of the tiny flowers

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flower Fest is such a cool stamp set!

Happy Hump day!
This is such a cool stamp set!!  
It has so many punches that coordinate with it & we all love that, as not many of us like to have to cut things out. 
This fun birthday card was one that was on a Stampin' UP! display board that I took a picture of, so I am not sure who created it.  
BUT I really like it..... 
It is so bright & cheery!  It reminds me of spring!

Don't you like how the background was created by stamping the words several times, over & over with different colors of ink!

'Flower Fest' & 'Curly Cute'
cs:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz & Pumpkin Pie
ink:  Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie 
supplies:  5 Petal Flower punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Fancy Flower punch, dimensionals, rhinestones

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Here is a spring garden of paper clip flowers!!

Aren't these cute!!!  They would add a breath of fresh air to brighten anyone's desk wouldn't they!

Just punch out 2 flowers, distress their edges, put a dimensional on the back of one of them, put a paperclip between them & stick the 2 flowers together to create these paperclip flowers.

Want to make them a little more fancy?  Then try putting them into an embossing folder to give them some added dimension & texture. 

Note:  I distressed the edges of these flower with my finger nails (or you could use the bone folder too). 

Designer Buttons, Fancy Flower punch, glue dots, dimensionals
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is a sweet pinwheel card!

HI!  Happy Monday!!

This is a sweet pinwheel card!!  Look at it........ I just love this fun stamp set.  You can do so much with it.  I have used it many times!

'Sweets for the Sweet' & 'Curly Cute'
cs:  Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red,  Peach Parfait & Pear Pizzazz
supplies:  Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, mini silver brad, dazzling diamonds glitter, 2 way glue pen

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mom & Dick's Anniversary Party!

Here is a picture of Mom & Dick that I took at their party last night.
We all had a great time!  
Always fun to all be together.
Happy Anniversary!  And many more happy years together.

 Here are a few pictures of all of us!

Erin's having a stampin' party today!!

HI!  Check this out!
This is one of the cards that everyone will be making at Erin's stampin' party today!
I can't wait to spend my afternoon stamping with the girls.
This is also one of the cards that I created for my "All Occasions" card class.
Wouldn't this card make a cool graduation card!!  
You could just change the colors to coordinate with your school colors!!
'Sprinkled Expressions" (SAB set)
cs:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Big Top Designer Paper
ink:  Tempting Turquoise
supplies:  Scallop Edge Border punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

The sun is shinning today!!  Hope you all enjoy it.
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today is the anniversary celebration party for my Mom & Dick. Happy Anniversary to them!!!

We are all getting together tonight for a nice supper to celebrate my Mom & Dick's 25th wedding anniversary!
Wishing them many more happy years together.
I am excited about seeing my sisters, step brother, step sisters & everyone's families!
We don't get all together very often.

Here is the card that I made for them. 
It is also one that I created for my "All Occasions" card class.  
I really like it!!
Lots of detail, but so easy to do with my Stampin' UP! punches!!
And you know me....I love the elegance of black & white cards.
I don't think you can ever go wrong creating with black & white.
I added Cherry Cobbler to this one for an accent. 

'Loving Thoughts'
(This is such a great set for a wide variety of words!!!)
cs:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
ink:  Basic Black
supplies:  Bird Builder punch, Full Heart punch, Basic Pearls, dimensionals

Have a great weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Here are some more of the cards I created for my 'All Occasions' card class!

Here is a peek at some more of the cards that I created for my "All Occasions" card class.

My class in Sigourney turned out great!! 
I'm looking forward to my Hiawatha class!
Can't wait to share with everyone & spend my day stamping with all of you that are signed up for it on 03/31!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Here is another cool card that my friend Tara Charlson sent to me!

Here is another cute card that my demonstrator friend Tara Charlson sent to me.
(The last one.)
I so LOVE this stamp set.  It is an 'oldie' but a goodie!!
Definitely one of my old time favorites.
This stamp set has been around for a long time. 
Every year I think it will retire....will it this year?
It has so many companion stamps to go with it. 
It is such a versatile set!
 'Loads of Love'
cs:  Tempting Turqouise, Peach Parfait, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Bright Designer Paper package (Tempting Turqouise)
ink:  Red Red, Basic Black
markers:  Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Real Red, Peach Parfait, Basic Gray
supplies:  Mini brad, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Peach Parfait ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals

Getting a card like this sure would brighten anyones day!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Look at this card!!

What a simple but beautiful card!
This is another card that my friend Tara Charlson sent to me.
Simple, but elegant!
'Love & Sympathy' & 'On Your Birthday'
cs:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder
First Edition Specialty Designer paper
ink:  Basic Black & Wisteria Wonder
supplies: Rose Red ribbon

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What a yummy birthday card!

Happy SPRING!!
Today is the first day of spring.  We've sure been blessed with some beautiful weather the past week & I love seeing the green grass & flowers/plants coming up. 
Hoping that I get to go on a walk tonight after work before we sell 2 loads of hogs. 

Here is another card that my demonstrator friend Tara Charlson sent to me.
What a fun birthday card!
The ice cream cone is so cute!

'Pennant Parade' & 'Perfect Punches'
cs:  Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point
ink:  Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
supplies:  Extra Large Oval punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch, Cupcake Builder punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Stripes embossing folder, dimensionals, 2 way glue pen & Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Look at this amazing card that my friend Tara sent to me!

HI!  Happy Monday!
I got a surprise in the mail the other day!  It just made my day! I love getting handstamped cards.
So today I wanted to share this sweet card that my dear demonstrator friend Tara Charlson (from Wisconsin) sent to me.  Don't you love it!  Look at all those hearts!  What a detailed & elegant card.  
Love the colors using the Everyday Enchantment designer paper from the Sale-a-bration mini.
cs:  Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Everyday Enchantment designer paper (SAB)
ink:  Poppy Parade
supplies:  Big shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Fashionable Hearts embosslit die, Full Heart punch, basic pearls, Everyday Enchantment ribbon (SAB), glue dots, dimensionals

(I will be sharing a few other cards that Tara sent to me in the next few days!)
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

WOW!!! What a great time stamping yesterday!!

WOW!!  Everyone had a great time stamping yesterday!!  
I so enjoyed my day & felt everyone else did too!
I was pleased with my turn out, my projects, food & the whole day in general.  
I look forward to sharing these exact same projects in Hiawatha soon with my group that is signed up there already!  
I have to give a big shout out to my wonderful husband for helping me get ready for this event.  He did alot of the Big Shot cutting, plus helped set up & clean up & even had to run back home yesterday morning because I forgot one whole basket of 4 of the card projects in my stamp room!  
(Good thing we only lived 5 miles away!)
I also appreciate Lorraine & Karen helping staying late to help us pack up & clean.  

So here are a few shots of the girls enjoying their day stamping!  
I just about forgot to take any pictures & know that some of the girls were already done & gone before these pictures were taken. 
There were 20 different cards & everyone made 2 of each of them= 
40 total 'All Occasions" cards!  
What a great day!!
I loved seeing some of the girls put their own twist to the cards & change them up.  {big smiles}

(AND a note to Julie- I didn't have this post saved...just typed it up now as posting!) 

So last night I was soooo tired but still so pumped up.  It was after 11 before I ever went to bed.  I slept like a rock & didn't wake up until 9 a.m.  I never do that....but am ready to go today.  I have tons to pray I get it all done.
Our kids are coming for supper & hair cuts tonight.  Looking forward to us all being together.  Think I'll make breaded tenderloins & cheesy potatoes.  
They are a family favorites!  
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you!!

Today is my big 40 card "All Occasions" class.
I can't wait to share with those of you that are joining me today!
AND I look forward to sharing the same cards with those of you that are signed up for my class in Hiawatha, as you will be doing the exact same cute cards. 

Sorry- no cards to post today....but check out these cookies.
I made them with our new cookie presses.
So cute & simple!
Just roll the dough into balls, press them down with the cookie press & bake!
I put green food coloring in mine since it is actually St. Patrick's Day today & these are for my card class.
Brayden was here yesterday & he had fun helping me bake these!
He is only 3 1/2 & he could press them out with the press.  

Ok.....gotta run......
I'm packing up & heading out now for my card class.  
{big smiles}
I am exhausted- but so EXCITED to share with my girls that will be stamping with me today! 
Tomorrow I have the day off & hopefully will get some sleep & catch up on things around the house that I've let slide this week because of me getting ready for my class.
Know I have several stamp order/boxes that arrived on Friday that I need to sort & get them ready to deliver to the hostesses, so that will take some time for me to do tomorrow.
My pork & cheesy potatoes are cooking in the crock pots & sure smell yummy!!  
And aren't my shamrock sugar cookies just too cute!
The girls today will get cute cards to create & will have lots of yummy food to enjoy too!
What a beautiful weekend in store of us weather wise!
I hope you enjoy it!

Check back soon for some more of my cards that I'll be sharing!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Here is another sneak peek of some of my upcoming 'All Occaions' cards!

Here is another sneak peek of some more of the cards that everyone will be stamping at my upcoming "All Occasions" card class!

More cute ones huh!
I think that everyone that gets to join me for this class will have fun!
PLUS they are going to go home with tons of new ideas & cards that are already to be given. 

IF you missed signing up for my 'All Occasions" card class & want more ideas like them I will be having my annual "SPRING Stamp 'Til You Cramp" event on April 21, 2012 in South English, Iowa. 
This stamp camp will be SO MUCH FUN with lots more cards.
At this stamp camp I will share & teach you different techniques & folds & things that are more detailed than things we do at workshops each month.  
I'd love to have you join me for this upcoming fun day of stamping!
Contact me for more information on this upcoming 'SPRING Stamp 'Til You Cramp' event & get signed up!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sweet Treat card!

Here is a cute card I made earlier this week that I want to share with you.
It is bright & cheerful!

'Sweets for the Sweet'
cs:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Big Top Birthday Designer paper
ink:  Daffodil Delight, Real Red
supplies:  Big Shot, Bigz XL Designer Rosette die, White Twine, 1" circle punch Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, dimensionals, cello bag

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Here is a Sneak Peek of my 'All Occasions' card class!!

WOW- What a busy week again stamping for me!!  
Sale-a-bration time keeps me on my toes literally with creating & doing lots of workshops & stamping!

I wanted to share today.....
Here is a sneak peek of my upcoming 'All Occasions' card class.
This is an annual event that I look forward to doing each year.
 I know that many of my customers look forward to it too!
This year I've got some new gals signed up to join us, so that is exciting! 
I'm looking forward to meeting them.   
I will spend every spare minute this week stamping & cutting & won't get much sleep!
(On Sunday I will crash!)
But can't wait to share with those of you that signed up for this awesome class.  
If you didn't sign up you won't want to miss out on this class next year. 
So what do you think?  They are all cute huh!
Now to keep my mojo going so I can come up with the rest of the cards for this class.
I am also doing all of the food for this class too.
So have to be done with my cards & all of the class by Friday so I can cook all evening.
We are having yummy BBQ pork sandwiches, cheesy hashbrown potatoes, 7 layer lettuce salad, chocolate chip bar cookies & HOPEFULLY some shamrock sugar cookies stamped with our new cookie press. 

We welcomed a new member to our family earlier this morning.
My nephew Ben & his wife Jenna were blessed with a baby boy-
Lawson Daniel Schmidt.
Everyone is doing well.
Can't wait to meet him!! 

Hope you have a great day!
It is going to be another beautiful day with sunshine & temps in the 70's again. 
Spring looks like it is here.....
the grass is greening, flowers & plants are coming up in my yard.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Love this little bunny! It is such a cute Easter card.

HI!  Here is a cute pocket card!
This was one of the make & takes everyone did at my workshops last week.
It was so fun to make!
I like the bright/springy colors.  
'Everybunny' & 'Blessings from Heaven'
cs:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party Calypso Coral, Watercolor Paper
Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper (SAB)
ink:  Chocolate Chip
markers:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
supplies:  Blender Pens, mat pack, paper-piercing tool, dimensionals, glue dots, scallop trim border punch, large oval punch, modern label punch, 2011-2013 In Color assorted brads, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon

I am not a very good watercolorer- but thought this card turned out good.  
I was very lucky & did have the opportunity to get to watch & learn about watercoloring from my amazing demonstrator friend Diana Gibbs, when we were both at Founders in St. George, Utah, last fall.
 I learned so much from Di about this technique.  
She loves to watercolor & does an outstanding job at shadowing & such.

I do know that the watercolor paper is so much easier & better to work with than any other card stock when doing this technique.  
If you don't have watercolor paper you can use the Naturals Ivory & Naturals White- but they don't let you blend your colors like the watercolor paper does.  
 Do NOT use Whisper White or Very Vanilla to try to watercolor with, as the paper bubbles & looks yucky when it gets too wet.

Stampin' UP! products used to watercolor with are-
Watercolor crayons, ink pad lids, watercolor pencils & markers 
which can be used with blender pens or aqua painters. 

I hope you find time to try watercoloring sometime soon!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 12, 2012


HI!  Happy Monday to you!!
Here is a sweet 'HEART' card that I want to share with you.  I took a picture of it at convention in Salt Lake City, Utah last summer.  I think it is really cute!!

'Sweetheart' & 'Word Play'
cs:  Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
ink:  Certainly Celery, So Saffron
supplies:  Full Heart punch, Subtles Flower bard, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Paper Piercing tool, mat pack, Pretty in  Pink Satin ribbon

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

WAHOO!!! Here is a neat card created with the 'Language of Friendship' stamp set!

I had a great time with Jo & her friends yesterday. 
It was wonderful seeing & stamping with some old friends/customers & meeting some new ones too!

WAHOO!! I have another workshop today! 
 Linda is my hostess & she has a big group of friends joining us. 
I can't wait to share with all of them!
I got everything cut before I went to bed last night (early this morning) & I just need to pack up & load my car & head out in a couple of hours. 

All 3 of our grandsons spent the night last night, so we are watching cartoons right now. 
Brayden & I made monkey bread for breakfast & it is in the oven baking now.
He has never had it before- so it was fun cutting the biscuits, shaking them in the sugar/cinnamon & boiling the syrup to pour over them. 
I can't wait until he gets to taste it!!
I know our house sure smells good with it baking!
 Here is one of the neat cards that everyone will be stamping today at my workshop! 
I think I would call this a simple/elegant card. 
I often do Very Vanilla & Basic Black cards- but for some reason thought this one just seemed it should be a Soft Suede color. 
I really like it- especially with the layered Labels Collection framelits.

'Language of Friendship' & 'Petite Pairs'
cs:  Very Vanilla & Soft Suede
ink:  Soft Suede
supplies:  Big shot, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Labels Collection Framelits dies, 
Boho Blossoms punch, Bird Builder punch, sponge, dimensionals, glue dots,
Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, basic pearls

Have a great day!
I hope you ENJOY this card!!
Stop back by again soon.
Next weekend I have my big 'All Occasions' card class & I will SUPER BUSY this week creating for it.  I will share these cards with you in the upcoming weeks.
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy Birthday card!!

Just a quick post, as I'm hurrying to get things packed up & out the door.
I have a workshop with Jo & her friends today.
Looking forward to sharing with them.

I wanted to share this with you.....
Check out this cute birthday card!
Do you like the fold?  Different & fun- huh!  The top flap flips open.
This is a card that I did at a workshop several months ago. 
I really like it though.  It is bright & cheery & who wouldn't like it?
'Bring on the Cake'
cs:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turqouise
Subtles Collection Designer Paper stack
ink:  Basic Black
markers:  Tempting Turqouise, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango
supplies:  Big Shot, Tasteful Trim die, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (circle) Basic Rhinestone, Glue dots, demensionals, So Saffron 3/8" Taffeta ribbon

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Here is cool Blossom punch card!

Last night I had a fun group of ladies come to our home to stamp with me!
Check out this card!  It is one of the ones that they made.
At Stampin' UP! leadership in January this technique was shared on a display board.  
Here is the card I created from their idea.  
I am not sure what the technique is called- but I named it "punch out window technique".
You punch out an image & then have designer paper behind it to show through.  
Just think of all of the possibilities you could do with this technique.  

'Loving Thoughts'
cs:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper- SAB
ink:  Lucky Limeade
supplies:  Big Shot, Stripes embossing folder, Blossom punch, Blossom Bouquet punch, Boho  Blossom punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (flower), Subtles Flower Brads, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, glue dots 

Another busy day here.  I have workshops tomorrow & Sunday to get ready for. 
PLUS I have my big "ALL OCCASIONS" card class next weekend & I haven't had time to start it yet.  I have a big group coming to it & I have lots to do to get ready for this big event.  I'm SO EXCITED about this upcoming stamp camp.  I hope my boys are cooperative for the next week so I can get alot of stamping done. 

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

This is an elegant 'Elementary Elegance'- Sale-a-bration card!!

I've been BUSY getting ready for my workshop, as tonight I have Stampin' Night at our home.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek & share with you, as this is one of the cool cards we will be stamping tonight!

This card is totally NOT WHAT I HAD IN MIND WHEN I STARTED CREATING!!  Oh my took me 3 1/2 hours to create & cut this card BUT I LOVE the finished product!  I had in my mind that I wanted to use white embossing powder with this stamp set- but everything I did with it I didn't here is the elegant card I came up with!  I am so pleased with my creation!  What do you think?

'Elementary Elegance'- SAB set
cs:  Basic Black, Basic Gray & Whisper White
Twitterpated Designer Paper
ink:  Basic Gray
supplies:  Curly Label punch, Basic Rhinestones, Basic  Black 3/8' Taffeta ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals, 1 1/4' circle punch

You can't tell by the photo, but it is a really different fold.  The gray front is partial & it opens up (attached to the black background that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  I made a "window" using the Curly Label punch by punching out the Whisper White cs (front piece)- which shows the Basic Gray through it!  I know that my customers that made this card at my workshop on Sunday just loved it....AND that so made me happy!! {smiles}

Note:  Check out my perfect bow!  I used my bow helper again to tie the bow on this card.  It makes a beautiful bow each time that is flat.  It works so good!  My customers at my class that hadn't used the bow helper before thought it was sooooo cool!   I made many bow helpers on Sunday & sent one home with them.  They were excited!

Ok.....LOTS to do today....
Hope you have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Here is a cute Fancy Favor Box!!

This box makes me think of spring!  And I'm ready for spring!  Yesterdays warm temps were so welcome & such a teaser.

I did not make this box, as it was one of the many cute things on display in our hospitality room on the SU! Alaskan cruise in May.  I love it though & wanted to share it with you. 

'Delicate Doilies'
cs: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Flirtatious Specialty Designer paper
other: Flirtatious Designer fabric
ink: Melon Mambo
supplies:  Big Shot, Fancy Favor box die, Rhinestone, Large cello bag, White twine, Doily Triple Layer punch, Boho Blossom punch, Lace Ribbon punch

Wouldn't this make a special gift for a special person!!

Note: The Flirtatious Specialty Designer paper will probably be gone when the current catalog ends on 05/31/12.   If you really want it- this might be something you order sooner than later.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


A busy week here!  Hope I get half done that I need to get done.  I have several more workshops yet this looking forward to seeing & sharing my love of stamping with many of you this week!
There are also warmer temps in store for us!!  The snow all melted yesterday, so it is gone again!!  So I'm happy about that!!  Maybe spring is around the corner after all.

I wanted to share this card...
Wish I could say that I made this it, but I didn't. 
This card was posted on a board in our hospitality room on the SU! Alaskan cruise in May. 
Looks sweet enough to eat doesn't it!  
Wouldn't this be a great card to make & send to a special person in your life!
'Sweets for the Sweet'
cs:  Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Subtles Collection Designer paper stack
ink:  Rose Red
supplies:  hemp, 1" circle punch, Curly Label punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, glue dot, dimensionals

Note:  Had I been the creator of this card- you know me- I would have added GLITTER to it! 
Don't you think that some dazzling diamonds glitter on the candy would be cute!

This is the stamp set that I helped Betty design an invitation for HLV's prom.  It turned out cute too!  

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Another 'Triple Treat Flower' card!!

WOW!!  I had a fabulous day stamping yesterday with Deb & our friends!!
Some gals joined us that we hadn't seen for almost a year!
It was great to all be together- despite the darn snow!
I hope everyone made it home safely.  I drove slow, so it took me quite awhile.
The new blanket of snow yesterday was beautiful, but not in March!
I'm so ready for Spring!  Warmer temps are in site for us this week thankfully!

Speaking of Spring....doesn't this card make you think more of Spring & flowers!!  
This beautiful card is one that we did at my workshop yesterday.
I have been wanting to use the Lattice die & just haven't found the right layout/stamp set to go with it.  
I think that this one worked out great & I really like it!!
The colors are of course some of my favorites!
How can you go wrong with anything that is brown?
And I like the look of the tone on tone with the lattice!!
'Triple Treat Flower' & 'Tiny Tag's
cs: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
ink: Chocolate Chip & Pretty in Pink
supplies:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Lattice die, 2 1/2 " circle punch, 1/2 " circle punch, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, Jewelry Tag punch, 5/16" Neutrals Brads assortment (Chocolate), Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots ribbon, dimensionals, glue dots, 2 way glue pen

Note:  The bow is a "faux bow".  I attached a piece of 4 1/2" ribbon to each side of the card with glue dots onto the back side of the card/cardstock.  Then I tied another piece of ribbon (4" long) to the middle of that & secured with a glue dot behind the knot.  This takes less ribbon & makes the card not so bulky.

I again used the Champagne Shimmer spray/rubbing alcohol mix on the finished card.
Can you see the sparkle?  

Have a wonderful week!!!
Stop back by again soon for some more inspiration!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I love this Triple Treat Flower stamp!


I have a workshop in Iowa City today & Deb is the hostess!  I still have my last card to cut & packing up to do before I head out the door.  I think everyone will like my 6 cards, they turned out cute!  I can't wait to share!  I will post them sometime in the next week- so be sure to check back to see them.

Today I want to share this card with you that I did at a workshop quiet some time ago.  It is still a favorite of mine.

I love this stamp set.  So simple, so versatile!  AND best of all it goes with punches so you don't have to cut anything out!!  WAHOO!!

This stamp is an A la Carte stamp (single stamp) that is in the main catalog, but you can get it for FREE during Sale-a-bration with qualifying orders.

It has coordinating punches that go with it.  The Fancy Flower punch & 5- Petal Flower punch!!

This card is a door fold card- which means that it folds towards the center & opens up like a door.

'Triple Treat Flower' & 'You're Cherished'
cs:  Basic Black & Sahara Sand
Neutrals Collection Designer Paper stack
ink:  Basic Black
supplies:  Big Shot, Scallop Circles #2 die, 3" circle die, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, 1/2" circle punch, Fancy Flower punch, 5-petal Flower punch, basic pearl, dimensionals, permanent black marker

Note:  I colored the white pearl with a permanent black marker!  COOL HUH!  You can make the pearls & rhinestones any color you want with a permanent marker.

Have a great day.....
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Piggies!!! I love them! We have LOTS & LOTS of them on our farm!

Have you ever kissed a pig?  I have!  I have kissed MANY!
I've cuddled & loved MANY PIGGIES over the years! 
Baby pigs are just like any other baby- adorable.
We are hog farmers here in Iowa & we literally live, eat & breath pigs every day of our lives!!  
So when SU! came out with this cute stamp set- I just had to have it! 
What better way to share my piggies than stamping one on a card & sharing with someone special. 

''Button Buddies & "Teeny Tiny Wishes"
cs:  Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White
Nursery Nest Designer Paper
ink:  Marina Mist
supplies:  Big Shot, Stripes Embossing folder, word window punch, Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, Subtles designer button, dimensionals, glue dot, basic pearls

Sometime in the next few weeks I'll post a few pictures of our new baby piggies that we are getting next be sure to check back to see the real thing. 
I know Brayden (our 3 1/2 year old grandson) can't wait to go see them. 
He is a true farm boy!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I'm thankfully home all day today & will spend the day in my stamp studio.
So I'm off to stamp now, as I have a workshop tomorrow & Deb is my hostess!! 
She has a lot of friends coming to join us.  Hope my creative juices are flowing!! 
I have all of my ideas down in my head but nothing on paper yet!  YIKES!!
Hope you ENJOY my piggie!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Another version of a butterfly!!! Check it out!

Here is another version of my Fancy Favor Box that I made.
Check out this butterfly!  
I honestly like this one better.  
I used the Blossom Petals Builder punch to make the center (body) of the butterfly & then drew on the antennas with a marker.
Note the layered butterfly that is a solid color behind it to shadow the butterfly.

 'Mixed Bunch'
cs:  Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
marker:  Calypso Coral
Everyday Enchantment Designer paper (SAB)
ink:  Calypso Coral
supplies:  Big Shot, Fancy Favor Box die, Blossom punch, crop-a-dile, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon (Calypso Coral- SAB), 2 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Check out this NEW Simply Scored DIAGONAL Plate!!

WOW!!!  I'm EXCITED!!!
Look at this new product from Stampin' UP!.......The Simply Scored Diagonal Plate!
The new Diagonal Plate fits securely on the base of the Simply Scored scoring tool and is perfect for scoring unique envelopes, boxes, and more.  It’s the must-have companion to your Simply Scored scoring tool.
It is now available to purchase: #125586 for $11.95.
Click on the link below & watch a video featuring Donna Griffith from the Stampin' Up! Home Office, as she shows how to use the new Simply Scored Diagonal Plate!

I will be using this new Simply Scored Diagonal Plate at upcoming classes, so I can show you how to use it!

Happy Stamping!

Cute little BOX!!

Here is a cute box that I made using the Fancy Favor Box die as the bottom & the top!!  See how you can use it to put just about anything in it!  Also note the butterfly.....this as my first attempt at making a butterfly using the Blossom punch.  Isn't this a neat box!

'Mixed Bunch' 
cs:  Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade
Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper
ink:  Poppy Parade
supplies:  Blossom punch, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, crop-a-dile, basic rhinestones, scissor snips, dimensionals

Below is the box with it opened up so you can see it more closely.  The top part is kind of like a lamp shade that slides down over the bottom box part.  The top part is made with the Fancy Favor Box die too, but I just cut off the parts that fold for the bottom, stuck the sides together & then punched a hole through the top center & tied it together with the ribbon. 

(Inside the box I have some of the new pleated ribbons.)
This box was a gift I gave to some of my hostesses lately at their workshops. 

Happy Stamping!