Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sneak Peak #3

This is a sneak peak of one of the adorable Christmas cards we will be making at Friday's class. It is a shaker card, which means that there is something shakable between the stamped image and the acetate covering. Here is a closer look at the shaker window:

In addition to this card, we will be creating three other cards and one ornament. I hope you will join me for an evening of holiday cheer! For more information on this and other classes, please visit my webpage:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stamping Frenzy!

Whew! I have been stamping so furiously that I can smell the rubber stamps burning!

With many classes on the schedule, preparing for an open house (November 15...mark your calendars!), and planning for my own Christmas crafting, I have been a busy girl!

This is a card that I made using the current in colors and one of my favorite stamp sets, Upsy Daisy. I colored the stamp with the markers so that the flowers could be different colors...I love that technique! And, the Big Shot (Top Note Die) made this card super easy and quick! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sneak Peek (Party Favors Class)

As promised, here is the sneak peek for next Thursday's Party Favor's class (October 29th). Isn't it cute? It is a super easy, quick gable box that has quite a bit of room inside for just about anything you could think to put in there...candy, tea bags, even a votive candle. Wouldn't this be perfect for coworkers, your child's teachers, birthday party guests, or a small, "just because I'm thinking of you" gift? In class, we will also be making a hanging treat holder, and a chocolate square/tea bag holder. Please note, RSVP is needed.
For more details about this, and other exciting classes, please visit my website ( Hope see you next Thursday!
By the way, I have also been working on adorable cards for the Christmas card workshops, and working with my new My Digital Studio. Look for posts including those items soon!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Easel Card

Okay, as heart wrenching as it is for those of us that find great joy in creating darling cards to think about, we know that the ultimate destination for our cards is a dark, sad place called a trash can. Though we try to stay blissfully unaware of that fate, we know that really, how many cards can you save? To be sure that your hand crafted sentiment is appriciated longer than most, why not make an easel card? This card has a built in stand (easel) for immediate display. How much easier does it get to show off a lovely card you've received? I stumbled across this technique this morning and had to try it right way. It was super easy to make, and, I must's really cute! What do you think?

Oh, and by the way, check back later in the week to see an adorable gable box that we will be creating in the upcoming Party Favors class (Thursday, October 29th). For more information on that, as well as other classes, please visit my web page (

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another Punch Card

For those of you that haven't seen my latest creations, I've gone a bit punch crazy! Once you start trying to figure out unconventional uses for your punches, it almost becomes an obsession! :) lol! Seriously, I had to start sketching cards because quite a few ideas were coming to mind. So, I will be posting some of the punch cards I've made, and I'll try to move on to some other technique...well, maybe after one more punch...just one more! :)
For this card I used various circle punches, two oval punches, a heart punch and a flower punch (for the feet). I did cheat a bit by cutting the large, white circle with my Big Shot. Click on the image to see the detailing. What do you think?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Another Sneak Peek...

Here is a sneak peek for next Friday's technique class (October 16th). We will be learning about masking, reverse masking, spotlighting and reverse spotlighting. Whether you are a new stamper who is wanting to add techniques to your creative toolbox or you are a seasoned stamper looking for new ideas, this would be a great class for you! For more details, visit my Stampin' Up website ( Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Reindeer Punch Pal

Okay, so I am officially obsessed with punches! There are just too many too cute for words things you can create with them! Punches are so versatile. This card will be on display at Friday's class (and I'll be happy to share how I made it), but it will not be one of the projects we will make. (That's why you are seeing it now! :) If you click on the image, you can see a larger version, and you will be able to see the sparkly detailing. What do you think?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Can't wait to show you...

what I've been working on! I have finished the other three cards we'll be creating in Friday's class, and I am liking each one better than the last! The last of the bunch is very seasonal...too cute! (For a sneak peek of the first card, see the previous post.) I will post pics next Friday, after the guests are at home marveling over their adorable creations! :) Until then, I will post pics of other, unrelated cards I've crafted.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sneak Peek...

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards we will be creating in the upcoming "Punch Party" class. Not only will guests create this easy, yet adorable card, but they will go home with three other punch perfect cards! There will also be other examples of creative ways to use punches on display. This class is next Friday, October 2nd from 6:30-8:30, and the rsvp date in next Wednesday, September 30th. I hope to see you there!

For a complete description of this class, along with a list of other workshops that have been scheduled, please visit my website:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Long Hiatus...

Hello again! After taking the summer off from blogging, I am excited to be back! I have so many great cards to show you from my summer creations, and I will be posting many cards and projects during the upcoming holiday season, so check back often!

This card was a very simple concept. By using the Big Shot Scallop Circle die and the flower punch, this card was quick and easy! The colors used were Soft Suede, Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry, all of which are the current In Colors. Both the "thanks" and the leaves were stamped in Soft Suede.

I have recently posted a list of upcoming worshops, which begin in October and run through December. You can visit if you are interested in perusing the list!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Long Awaited Butterfly

I have had my eye on the (then) new Flight Of the Butterfly stamp set since it first appeared in the Fall/Winter idea book. Though I knew I had to have this darling set in my collection, I decided to wait until spring to make the purchase since this is the season when these cute little creatures make their appearance. So, after my new friend in the big brown truck delivered my long awaited treasure, I had to immediately put this set to use.
Once again, the color combination comes from Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge (#43). The colors are: old olive, brocade blue, pumpkin pie, ruby red and chocolate chip. Aside from the brocade blue, these are colors that I use quite often. A few accents that may not be apparent from the picture are paper piercing on the bottom of the old olive paper, silver centers for the flowers and ruby red ink bordering the whisper white card stock. Have you tried a Color Inspiration Challenge yet?

Friday, February 13, 2009

February Make & Take

I have crafted several cards this week in preparation for my Stamper's 10 group this Saturday. While I do like all of the cards, none of them were exactly what I wanted to use for the "make & take" demonstration. So, through inspiration from Kristina Werner (via her Color Inspiration Challenges..., I decided to do a Valentine card using a stenciling technique. To create the hearts, I used the Heart To Heart punch to make a stencil. I placed the stencil over the white paper and rolled the Fast Flowers wheel over the entire thing. Before removing the stencil, I sponged some Riding Hood Red ink over the stencil. What do you think?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Yes, another one...

If I haven't mentioned it before, I LOVE Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenges (!!! I love color, but I do have to admit that I tend to find a color combination that I love and wear it out. This is why I wait in anticipation each week to discover what hues Kristina has put together to stretch our creative color palette. This week, the challenge colors are: more mustard, so saffron, taken with teal, old olive and whisper white. I had recently borrowed the Simply Said stamp set from a friend, and I've been waiting to use it until inspiration struck. Immediately when I saw this challenge, I knew I had to use this set! Just as a note in case you can't tell from the picture, the teal paper is crimped (my latest obsession), and the heart is popped up on a dimensional. This is a special card for my in-laws to thank them for all that they do. What do you think?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Okay, I'm hooked...

on Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenges (!!! Each week, I am filled with anticipation as I await her color choices. This week, they are basic black, real red, green galore, whisper white and so saffron. These are colors that naturally appeal to me, so I was very excited to get started. I chose this adorable little elephant from the A Happy Heart stamp set as the feature of this card. The black paper is crimped (don't know if it shows up well on the photo), and I had to add a few rub-ons, which are my new obsession. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Oops! card

Have you ever made a card that happen totally by accident? When I started this project, I intended to make an accordian style flower for the card to use as the make and take for my monthly stampin' group. However, for an accordian flower, you have to make ALOT of score lines. I thought that I might use my paper crimper to achieve a similar effect, but I quickly realized that it wasn't going to work! Not wanting to waste this paper, and not wanting to let go of the flower idea, I decided to make a 3-D card instead and come up with something different for my group. While I'm not in love with this card, and it certainly won't fit into an envelope, I am keeping it as is because I am sure I will find an appropriate time to use it. And, there is something about it I do actually like, though I can't put my finger on just what that is. Maybe the thought will strike me at a later time...

Valentine Bundle Class

As you may know, Stampin' Up has a really great Valentine Bundle promotion going on right now. When it became available for demonstrator preorder in the beginning of December, I immediately fell in love and knew I had to have it! The bundle includes the yummy Candy Lane designer series paper, a three heart punch and an adorable stamp set. All of these items are available seperately in the new Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog, but the bundle offers a 20% discount. If you love this bundle as much as I do, hurry to get yours...the sale will only last until Friday, January 31st. Here is the link to my website where you can view this great offer:

I was thrilled when my January Stamper's 10 hostess decided to have a Valentine workshop to showcase this fun bundle. We created one card, one mini card, a scrap page and an altered mailbox. We had so much fun putting these great new materials to use. If you would like to check out the pictures from this event, please visit this link: If you click on the first picture, you will be able to see the pictures in a slide show.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Another Challenge

Hey there! Here is another color challenge courtesy of Kristina Werner: The colors for this week were ruby red, pretty in pink, pumpkin pie and whisper white. They just shouted "Valentine's Day," so I created a card for my husband (early this year!). What do you think?

BTW...the pics of the Valentine class are soon to come.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I'm back...again!!!

Wow! It has been exactly one month since my last post! I did quite a bit of crafting during the holiday season, but, unfortunately, that didn't leave much time for posting. However, with a renewed sense of dedication to blogging, I will be posting cards, projects and such several times a week. Really, this time!

Okay, now on to today's card. This is another one of Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenges (, and I LOVE the color combination of this one. Though this is only the second challenge I have participated it, I quite often use her color palettes an inspiration for cards and projects (and, even when coordinating clothes sometimes!). The colors for this challenge are: old olive, baja breeze, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie and whisper white. I needed a birthday card for a little boy today, so I thought I would use the Bugs & Kisses stamp set in conjunction with the challenge. What do you think?
Check back on Tuesday to see what we created at Friday's Valentine class!