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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

World Card Making Day!

Saturday is World Card Making Day! I was going to have an event, but found out that a training opportunity for Lloyd was being held the same day. We’re going on a “Flight to Nowhere”- basically a chance for the service dogs in training to go through security at the airport and get on a real plane, but not go anywhere.

Hope you take the time to stamp some cards this weekend!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit- The Spider

 I ordered a Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit so I could make it before I have a class for them. Wow! I'm impressed! It's bigger than I thought it would be, but I shouldn't have been so surprised- it says it's 17" in the catalog. 

I haven't been feeling well since last week (I think I have the crud that's going around- headache, sore throat, just feeling lethargic) so I decided I probably shouldn't be using a glue gun yet. I could see bad things happening as I'm not very good with one when I'm healthy! But I figured making the spider should be safe- it's just wire and beads.

Isn't she cute? I still need to finish off the pin that's used for the body- again, sharp tools when not feeling well is probably not a good idea!

There's lots of beads left over, so no worries about losing some. Unless you have dogs like mine that would find them and choke on them. So I had to find all of the ones I dropped. Good thing we have light colored carpet so the purple beads were fairly easy to spot.

That's enough for today- now I need a nap! I'll share the rest of the wreath as I get it done. Hopefully it's finished before Halloween! If you'd like to make one (or more!) of these with me, let me know. I'll supply the stamp set and ink to make the banner and adhesive to put it all together. Check out pages 36-37 in the Holiday Catalog for details!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Stamp-A-Stack Hardwood Wondrous Wreath Christmas

Last card from the September Stamp-A-Stack and my favorite! I love the way this Wondrous Wreath set works! There's a little tab on each stamp to help you line them up as you stamp and then when you use the framelits to cut them out. 

Stamps: Hardwood, Wondrous Wreath

Colors: Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

Accessories: Wonderful Wreath Framelits

The next Stamp-A-Stack will be on October 18th, Sign up by the 15th if you would like to join us!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stamp-A-Stack Festival Of Trees On Point Christmas

The Festival of Trees bundle was one of the first things I ordered out of the Holiday Catalog! So cute and so many possibilities! This card is CASE'd from Michele R.

Stamps: Festival of Trees

Colors: Hello Honey, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White

Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, On Point Embossing Folder, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

It's been a long time since I've done any tearing on cards- I've missed it!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stamp-A-Stack Merry Everything Non-Traditional Christmas

I decided to do a non-traditional Christmas card for the Stamp-A-Stack. Love the purple and silver together!

Stamps: Merry Everything

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Silver, Whisper White

Accessories: Silver Foil Sheets, Note Tag, Scalloped Tag Topper and Project Life Corner punches, Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, 1/8" Ribbon

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stamp-A-Stack Fun Fall Framelits Ghost

I don't usually send cards for Halloween, but I do make one card for a Stamp-A-Stack because there are always cute ideas for them that I want to share. Here is this year's, CASE'd from Janet H:

Stamps: Good Greetings (hostess exclusive set)

Colors: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Accessories: Vellum, retired Designer Series Paper, Fun Fall Framelits, Dimensionals

The ghost that I cut out is attached to the card base. The Vellum is attached to the back of the piece I cut the ghost out of, which is attached to the card base with Dimensionals to give him depth.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Stamp-A-Stack Multi-Colored Seasonally Scattered Thanks

Since today is the first day of Fall, I'll start with the Fall themed card from last Saturday's Stamp-A-Stack:

Stamp: Seasonally Scattered

Colors: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla

Accessories: 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Write Markers

I used the markers to color directly on the stamp. On the first card, I did little bits of color here and there, on the second card I started with the lightest color at the center and worked my way out to the darkest. It's fun experimenting to get different looks!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Kraft Grid Journal

Lisa did our second Make & Take for our Stamp Share:

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic

Colors: Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Kraft, Whisper White

Accessories: Kraft Grid Journal, Kraft card stock, Typeset Designer Series Paper, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punches, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Candy Dots, Essentials Hardware Clips, Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Making Spirits Bright For Christmas

My sister Darla did one of the Make & Takes at the Stamp Share Tuesday night:

Stamp: Making Spirits Bright

Colors: Garden Green, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

Accessories: Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, 2" Circle, 2 1/2" Circle, Scallop Circle punches, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder 

I love she had us fold down the top edge of the DSP!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For All Things Good Greetings Thankful For You Swap

Last night was Stamp Share with our awesome upline Betty! This is the card I made for our swap:

Stamps: For All Things, Good Greetings (hostess exclusive set)

Colors: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Dimensionals

I cut the thread off the edges of the Burlap Ribbon to I could unravel it a bit. It was too wide for the card, so I ended up cutting them in half. Then I used the pieces I pulled off to thread the buttons.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Digital Studio Always Has The Right Sayings!

One of our neighbors gave me a bunch of ripe bananas she had in her freezer, so I told her I would make banana bread and bring some to her. Of course I had to make her a card to go with it! I remembered I have a banana stamp (non SU!) but wasn't sure what to use with it. The saying "thanks a bunch" popped into my head, but I don't have a stamp that says that. My Digital Studio to the rescue! I opened the program, started a new card, added a text box, typed in my saying, changed the size, color and font to what I wanted, and saved it to my computer. I then opened it from my pictures and printed it the size I wanted on Whisper White card stock, trimmed it to size and attached it to my card base. A little color for the bananas and it was done!

Stamp: non SU!

Colors: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: My Digital Studio, Blendabilities

How cute is that! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Open Seas Endless Birthday Wishes In Blue & Gray

Another card using up scraps of card stock. I liked my Open Seas Layout so much I decided to use it again. 

Stamps: The Open Sea, Endless Birthday Wishes

Colors: Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Whisper White

Accessories: Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Friday, September 12, 2014

Another Thank You Embossed Checkerboard Background

Today's card has a similar background to yesterdays- again I used the 1" Square punch to make a checkerboard pattern. I wasn't sure what to do with it once it was together. Then I thought of embossing a greeting so the background isn't covered up!

Stamp: Another Thank You

Colors: Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party

Accessories: 1" Square Punch, Pool Party Embossing Powder

Different, but kind of cool!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Checkered Gray Goose

Using up more scraps...this time I used the 1" Square punch to make a checkered background. 

Stamps: Wetlands, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Colors: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White

Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Modern Label and Word Window punches

This is a very neutral card, but would be good for a guy. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Seasonally Scattered Stripes

It's been a cold, blustery, gloomy day today, so while the dogs were napping, I decided to do some stamping! I started with opening my scrap box to see what I could make. This first card uses up some long strips of card stock that were left after cutting pieces for a Stamp-A-Stack.

Stamp: Seasonally Scattered

Colors: Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White

Accessories: Dimensionals

Pretty basic, but I like how it turned out. I'll be back to share more tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My First Wondrous Wreath Card, NEW Stamp Set "You're Wonderful"

Another quick card from this weekend. This was the first time I've used the Wondrous Wreath set and framelits. I like it! A little putzy with the 3 layers to the wreath, but I like how it turned out. 

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath

Colors: Garden Green, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

Accessories: Wonderful Wreath Framelits

Introducing a NEW Photopolymer Set...
"You're Wonderful"

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Monday, September 8, 2014

A Quick Festival Of Trees Card To Use Up Scraps

I didn't get to stamp as much as I wanted to this weekend- the dogs are keeping me pretty busy! But I did get a few things done, including this card which uses up the last of the non-SU! red foil sheet I had. I definitely like the SU! gold and silver foil sheets better! They're thicker so they're easier to work with. This red is really thin and anything you do to it shows. Just adding adhesive on the back makes it curl up. Oh well, it's all used up now!

Stamps: Festival of Trees

Colors: Garden Green, Real Red, Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Accessories: Star Punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Tree, Modern Label and Word Window punches, Lucky Stars and Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Fast Fuse Adhesive, non-SU! red foil sheet

Friday, September 5, 2014

Paper Pumpkin August 2014 Seriously Amazing

I worked on the August Paper Pumpkin kit "Seriously Amazing" while the dogs took a nap yesterday. Sydne still won't play with Lloyd, but at least she's tolerating him! This is a really fun kit that makes 4 regular sized cards and 4 mini cards, all with coordinating envelopes. The colors used weren't listed anywhere, so I used Hello Honey (the color of the ink spot), Mossy Meadow and Strawberry Slush.

One of the cards the way it's shown on the instructions...

...and with the coordinating envelope

I decided to try a different background stamp- this is the dots from the original Welcome Kit. I also cut a card base in half and used it as a layer, then put it on a Mossy Meadow base. The greeting is from Just Sayin'. 

I tried another stamp for the background but didn't like the way it turned out, so I brayered Mossy Meadow ink over the whole cut-out layer. I really like how this turned out! See- they're not mistakes, they're creative opportunities!

Another one where I didn't like the background so I brayered over the whole piece. You can still see some of the hearts (from Chalk Lines) peeking through. The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

This time I used Hardwood for the background stamping. I wanted something besides just the dots. Greeting from Just Sayin'.

The stripes were supposed to be a mini card, but I decided to make a full size card and use it as a layer instead. Greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Mini card as a layer again.

Another mini card as a layer.

These were supposed to be the cut out pieces for the mini cards, but I really didn't want to make that size. I used them on a regular size card instead. The stripes were supposed to be the base of a mini card.

Same as above, except the stars were supposed to be an envelope for a mini card.

I still have some pieces left, but I'll incorporate them into other cards later. That was all I had time for yesterday!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


 We have a new temporary dog at our house, "Lloyd". He's from the litter I whelped for Can Do Canines almost two years ago. He'll be with us for a few weeks to a few months, depending on his training and how soon he gets matched with a client. 

Chase and I picked him up yesterday and at this point Sydne is not impressed. She's basically been ignoring him. I think she'd like to send him back! Needless to say, he'll be keeping me busy, so I may not get much stamping done for awhile. 

If you are curious about Can Do Canines and the awesome work they do, check out their website: We have been puppy raisers for them for 12 years!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Paper Pumpkin July 2014 Wish Big Cards

Yesterday I shared the boxes I made with the July Paper Pumpkin kit "Wish Big". Today I'll share the cards I made.

The card like the directions

I saw someone on Pinterest had used the letters for "Hi" and liked it. This one uses part of one of the boxes for a layer.

Another one with part of a box for a layer.

I punched a 2 1/2" circle from the top flap of the box I cut up and used it as a layer. I used the Banner punch to make the ends of my banners. Also the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to add a star punched from the sheet of star and heart stickers.

I had the sticker sheet turned around on my desk and realized the W could be used as an M and came up with this card. 

The negative of the sticker sheet for letters.

Same idea as above, but with a Blackberry Bliss card base.

Another similar version with a Blackberry Bliss card base.

The original card with a Blackberry Bliss card base. Wish I wouldn't have touched the embossing powder and messed up the "Make A"!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Paper Pumpkin July 2014 Wish Big Boxes

The July Paper Pumpkin kit "Wish Big" came on a Saturday that I was stamping with my sister Darla, so I opened it right away and made one card and one box. I thought I shared the picture here, but I think it was on Facebook. I finally finished the rest of the cards and boxes and am ready to share them with you!

The card and box I made right away- just like the directions

Close up of the box

A larger version of the box- I cut one in half and added a 3 1/2 x 12" strip of card stock to the middle to make it taller.

The back side of the taller box. I have W-I-S-H on the sides.

Another taller box, but this time I used a 3 x 12" strip of card stock to the middle, then put a 3 1/2 x 12" strip over it to cover up the tape I used to hold it all together. I didn't like how you could see the seam under the white ribbon on the first taller box.

Here are all of my boxes together so you can see how much bigger the extended ones are. The kit makes six boxes but I made five and used the last one on some cards, which I'll share tomorrow!

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