Mocha Morning Graduate

Spring is in the air, but the end of the school year will be here before you know it. So here is a little Mocha Morning for your graduate!  The wording on this card is from Word Play and is one of my favorite stamps from the set and very versatile – works for graduation, new job or retirement.  And the Early Espresso ribbon and the mini library clip definitely are perfect embellishments for this card.  Get your Mocha Morning Specialty DSP before it’s gone!

Here’s another project using this great DSP from a class I took at the North Carolina Retreat. My friend Bonnie Henderson taught this beautiful Frame Class and I really loved making the flowers out of Mocha Morning Specialty DSP.   Check out the texture on the leaves – she showed us how to use the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to make the veins on the leaf. So cool!

Supplies for Card: Stamp Set:  Word Play; Cardstock:  Textured Crumbcake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:   Early Espresso; DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories:  1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Library Clip, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Retirement List will be out on April 15th, please be sure to check out this list on my demonstrator website by clicking on the “shop now shopping cart” button at the top right sidebar of my blog – it will take you to my site.  These items will start to go quick so don’t delay if there are items you want from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.

Also the Clearance Rack has added over 50 new items. You won’t want to pass up these items either. Fabulous markdowns!

Mocha Morning for Dad

Quick post before I head out the door to go grocery shopping! Stampin’ Up!’s Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper is great for making men’s cards too, like this one for Father’s Day. The colors are great – Soft Suede and Early Espresso, and this was one quick card too. To make this card especially manly, I pulled out my Big Shot and embossed the strip of Soft Suede CS behind the wording with  the Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  See you tomorrow with another Mocha Morning DSP card!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede; Ink:  Early Espresso; DSP:  Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories:  5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Twitterpated Dare to Dream!

Remember in the Bambi movie, when all the animals in the forest became twitterpated, well that’s the way I feel about Stampin’ Up’s new Twitterpated Designer Series Paper from the new Mini Occasions Catalog! So much in love with it that I had to create something fun and creative for one of my upcoming classes entitled “Dare to Dream”.  I love all sides of the double-sided paper and had a hard time trying to decide which ones to use because I wanted to feature them all, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Some of the other items from the new Occasions Catalog are the Elegant Bird and Designer Rosette Bigz Dies, along with the wording from Loving Thoughts, the flowers from Bordering on Romance and the banner from Take it to Heart.  All that beautiful DSP was applied to Stampin’ Up!’s Decor Blocks. The application was very easy – just used a glue stick. I was able to hammer a screwdriver in the tops of the blocks easily to insert my Lollipop Sticks which were wrapped in Sticky Strip in a candy stripe pattern and then applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them to dress them up a bit. It might be hard to see in the picture, but they do dazzle in person. The Lollipop Sticks are kept in place with just a mini glue dot on the tip before insertion in the block.  If you would like to make one of these creative displays, I will be offering two classes in my home studio on March 8, 2012 – one at 10:00 am and the other at 6:00 pm.  The cost is $20.00 and you must RSVP and prepay by March 1.  See you in class!

Enchanting Swap!

Camera is still MIA! Hoping it will reappear before I leave for Leadership this weekend. I don’t want to have to use my camera phone the whole trip so I am still searching. But I wanted to show you all my swap card so the camera phone it is.  I used the new Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper because I needed something quick that would pack alot of elegance at the same time.  The Soft Suede flower is punched with the new Blossom Punch from the Mini Occasions Catalog. There is a matching stamp set to use with the punch called Mixed Bunch, but I didn’t purchase it as it comes as a part of my Leadership packet. I will feature it in another posting. However, so my blossom wouldn’t look naked I ran it through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to give it some texture. The center of my flower was stamped using a Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Fresh Vintage. This set coordinates with the Everday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. Both are available beginning January 24 in the new Sale-A-Bration catalog. Sale-A-Bration is a wonderful time to hostess a workshop! As Hostess you can earn FREE product in addition to the regular hostess benefits and as an attendee of a workshop with every $50.00 you purchase, you get FREE product! The Everyday Enchantment DSP and Fresh Vintage stamp set are two of the items you can get for FREE! My greeting is from another new stamp set you can get for FREE – it is called Elementary Elegance. It features a beautiful frame, two word greetings and some cute little stamps such as the butterfly featured next to my greeting. Pearls add a finishing touch to my butterfly and the center of my flower and some of the new 1/8″ Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon as leaves for my flower. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Elementary Elegance and Fresh Vintage; Cardstock:  Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Poppy Parade, Soft Suede and Lucky Limeade; DSP: Everyday Enchantment; Accessories:  Blossom Punch, 1/2″, 1-3/8″ and 1-1/4″ Circle Punches, Oval and Oval Scallop Punches, Basic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and Lace Crochet Trim, 1/8″ Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon.

Published in: on January 12, 2012 at 11:34 am  Comments (1)  
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Tea for Two!

Yes, Please! Isn’t this teacup from Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp set, “Tea Shoppe”, absolutely wonderful?  The pansies on the cup are so delicate and are one of my favorite flowers – as a young girl I remember my mom planting them every year in our garden. This card is a great way to invite a friend over for tea and cookies and a chat come Springtime.  Yes, I know we are just coming up on winter, but we can plan ahead, can’t we?  Make a couple of these cards, then set aside a few days in March to invite a friend over, each on their very own special day. We are all so busy and our calendars get filled so fast these days, why not send them out now so you can make sure everyone’s date on their calendar is available, including yours! Get some girl time in! There are two new products featured here, along with the Tea Shoppe stamp set:  the Framelits Dies – Labels Collection and Embosslits Die – Fashionable Hearts. They become available for purchase on January 4 from the new Mini Occasions Catalog!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Tea Shoppe and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Retired) or you can use the Color Spritzer Tool with a marker; Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, and Confetti White; Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Pink Pirouette 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Rhinestones, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponges, and Framelits Dies – Labels Collection and Embosslits Die – Fashionable Hearts.

Thinking of You!

Here’s a lovely card just to let someone know you are thinking about them.  That’s one of my new goals – is to actually send out my cards to friends and family to let them know I am still thinking about them especially if I haven’t had time to call or visit with them lately.  Even with the age of the internet and Facebook, I generally think people still like to get snail mail.  And there’s nothing like getting a hand-made card in the mail.  Makes it alittle more exciting than just getting bills in your mail box.  It might put alittle more pep in your step as you walk back to the house.  I know it does for me.

Unfortunately I tend to be a hoarder with my cards. Yes, I admit it!  I love each and every one of them and have a hard time parting with them.  But I’m going to start sharing the love soon – so watch out – you may get one from me very soon.

If you would like to begin making your own hand-made cards but aren’t sure where to start, give me a call and we can set up a personal one-on-one session or you can host your very own party right in your home with friends and family.  As the hostess for your party, you can earn FREE product to begin making your very own cards!  Email me at or call me at 410-673-1673 for more information.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Just Believe and Swirls and Curls Verses; Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Paisley Petals; Ink:  Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, and Dimensionals.

Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm  Comments (3)  
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Got Bats?

My friend, Lynne, who is also one of my Sherindipity Stampers downline, recently had quite an experience when she woke to a scratching noise on her pillow.  Low and behold she had a bat in her bedroom!  Unfortunately she and her husband ended up having to undergo the whole series of rabies shots.  I don’t know how they have held it together through all this, because I tell you I would have been going absolutely crazy! There’s only one thing I hate worse than snakes, and that is bats!  I thought I would send her a card to give her a chuckle about her experience and wish her and her husband well.  Do you know what you would do if this situation happened to you?  Here’s the pic of the bat – ewwww!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Pick Your Poison; Accessories:  1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Neutral Brads, Antique Brads, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Bat Punch (retired), Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Serif Essentials Alphabet.

Glittery Goodness!

Glittery Goodness!

The Christmas Holidays are always filled with yummy goodies so why not share this glittery goodness with your friends and family when they come to visit.  Place them on a nightstand or on their pillows right before retiring for the evening.  These little glittery boxes hold four Hershey nuggets wrapped with a Merry message stamped using the new “Its a Wrap Holidays” stamp set.  The messages from this stamp set are stamped on an Avery 8160 label.  However, before you wrap your nugget, make a belly band around your nugget with cardstock, then wrap with your stamped label.  The Hershey Chocolates Co.  has advised against wrapping the chocolates directly with the label as the adhesive on the labels can be absorbed into the chocolate through the wrapper and distort the taste of the chocolate. So be sure to wrap them first with cardstock so they remain food safe please!
Since I had a bit of a problem photographing this little box because of all its glittery goodness, I ended up having to take it outside so there wasn’t so much glare, but then ended up with a bit of a shadow on the side.  I suggest you click on the photo to get a closer look at all the details and those cute little birds on the branch.  I used the Bigz XL Matchbox die for the box and the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper covers the top and bottom and then wrapped with Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon.  Ahhh – there’s that new Silver Glimmer paper again. Doesn’t it just sparkle!
The birds on the limb are stamped with the new Christmas Lodge stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I added extra sparkle to the branch with the new Dazzling Details irredescent glitter glue, a rhinestone in the flower, and a few of the new Mini Jingle Bells on a Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine bow.  Simply delectable!
Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Christmas Lodge, It’s A Wrap Holidays and You’re a Gem; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Garden Green; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green; Designer Series Paper:  Christmas Lodge; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bigz XL Matchbox Die, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Mini Jingle Bells, Dazzling Details, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots and 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon.

A Big Burpee Thank You!

Just Believe Thank You

Here’s a cute little thank you card with a gardening surprise inside. It’s made to open and close like a matchbook so it will hold a packet of seeds. This was the last of the four thank you cards we made at my Stamp A Stack. We used the “Just Believe” stamp set to stamp the flowers which are absolutely gorgeous. So what better to put inside than a little packet of flower seeds.

This card is made by cutting your card base at 4-1/4″ x 11. Score at 1″ and 6-3/8″. Fold up the bottom edge at the 1″ mark and staple twice close to the bottom (about 1/4″ in) like a matchbook. This will give you your pocket for your seeds. Then fold down the top and tuck it inside to close your card. To hide the staples just be sure to make a cover strip to add at the bottom of your card like I did here with the flowers and with stars on this card sample.
I made this card a couple of years ago for a child’s birthday party, so it’s a little worse for wear and unfortunately the stamp set is retired. But it gives you another idea you can use for this type of card. It contains those cool “Pop Rocks” that kids love. Surprise!
 Supplies: Stamp Set: Just Believe; Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White; Ink: Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum; Accessories: Fiskars Paper Cutter with Scoring Tool, Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Stapler and Burpee Seed Packs.
Published in: on August 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm  Comments (1)  
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Fabulous Florets!

Fabulous Florets

That’s the name of this stamp set – and it really is fabulous in Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight!  This is the third Thank You card from my recent Stamp-A-Stack and is my favorite of the bunch.  And I don’t want to forget to mention that beautiful Designer Series Paper layered across this 6″x3″ card – it’s Beyond the Garden.

What’s that you ask? Does Stampin’ Up! sell envelopes for that type of card? In fact, they do, they are called Small Open-End Envelopes and they are sold on page 182 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  I like to do this type of card just to do something different from the standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. 

That cute wording is from the Happy Greetings set available in the Summer Mini Catalog only through the end of August.  The little Wild Wasabi heart adds a special meaning for the closest of friends.

Add this Designer Series Paper to your list of favorite background papers and don’t forget to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE during the month of August.  Check out the promotions page on my website at

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Fabulous Florets and Happy Greetings; Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Wild Wasabi; Ink:  Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi; Designer Series Paper:  Beyond the Garden; Accessories:  Dimensionals and Small Heart Punch.

Published in: on August 6, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (2)  
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Kindness Matters Stationery Kit – Stamp Camp

Cards from the Kit

The new Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper is my absolute favorite paper in the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog so I wanted to share it with you in my new Stamp Camp on Saturday, August 14 from 1-6 p.m. We’ll be making a beautiful Stationery Kit using the new “Kindness Matters” stamp set (page 121) and the “Mocha Morning” Specialty Designer Paper (page 183).

More Cards from the Kit

This class is a product-based class so you will go home with the stamp set and the remainder of your packet of designer paper so you can make more kits.   Detailed instructions will be provided. The new “Simply Scored” scoring tool will be used during this class. It will be available for purchase in the new Holiday Mini beginning September 1.

These cards are only a sampling of what is included in the kit!  Hope you can come, but be sure to e-mail me at and prepay for the stamp camp by August 9th!

Please indicate your stamp set preference (wood mount or clear mount) when signing up for this Stamp Camp.

Customer Fee:   $33.00 (w) / $30.00 (c)
Demo Fee:          $25.00 (w) / $ 22.00 (c)
RSVP and Prepay by August 9.

Demos:   If you already own this stamp set and/or DSP, you may use your own, however you must purchase another stamp set and/or DSP of comparable value to replace them in order to attend this class.

Published in: on August 4, 2011 at 10:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Perfect Shade of Blue and Blog Candy!

A Perfect Shade of Blue Daisy

Blue Daisies! Only in the papercrafting world can you make any shade of flower that you want! LOL! I had been wanting to use Stampin’ Up!’s new Paper Daisies in the IB&C and decided what better way than to pair it up with the new Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper in the Mini Occasions catalog. This card was part of a Baggie Sampler that I created for my Sherindipity Stampers group meeting in January showcasing products from the new Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  The paper daisy was so easy to color! I used my Marina Mist marker and colored a little on each petal and then used my aqua painter to spread the color around. Use only a small amount of water with your aqua painter – do not soak your flower!  I dried it quickly using my heat tool. Repeated the process to  get a little tie-dye effect going on.  You can also color the daisy by placing a few drops of one of the reinkers into a small dish with some water and paint it on with your aqua painter.  But you don’t get as much control this way on how the color turns out I thought.  Any way you do it, it’s pretty easy. I then splattered some ink on the flower using my color spritzer tool and a marker to make it look real. I also folded up each petal for more definition.  I used the Punch Bunch from Sale-A-Bration to make the center of my flower.  Use markers on the stamp so you can color each section of the stamp. Don’t forget to huff on the ink to rewet it before stamping! The cute little hearts also express the perfect shades of blue too!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Nature Walk and Punch Bunch; Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Marina Mist; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gazette; Ink:  Early Espresso and Marina Mist; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Itty Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread, Color Spritzer Tool, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Paper Daisies.

Easter Blooms - # 122057 Clear Mount/#121905 Wood Mount


Do you have a favorite shade of daisy?  Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite shade to win some blog candy shown here!  Check back on Friday for the winner! It is the stamp set featured in yesterday’s post – Easter Blooms.  I received this clear mount stamp set as a prize at Leadership, but I already have it in wood mount. Do you want to be the lucky recipient?

I prefer wood mount stamps myself.  I’ve been using them for 12 years – it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I just prefer the feel of wood in my hand.  But Stampin’ Up! now offers you a choice between the two styles of stamps that they offer. Clear mounts are great if you don’t have alot of storage space. They fit on a shelf just like your DVD’s.  The images are not attached to anything. When you are ready to use them, you just mount the image on a clear block and stamp away.  They also sell the empty clear mount stamp cases in a set of 4 for $4.95 (Item #119105). Watch for a new class I will be offering on how you can use the empty cases later this week!

Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am  Comments (14)  
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Spring Songbirds!

I love these three little songbirds even though they are taking a backseat to the  new “Build A Blossom” flower.  I wanted to give the appearance of peeking out your window into your backyard garden with this card. Doesn’t it make you long for spring?

Vintage Build A Blossom

I created the flower by stamping each petal with Crumb Cake ink onto Pretty in Pink cardstock and punching each petal out with the new Blossoms Petal Punch.  The blossom turned out absolutely beautiful, especially after I sprayed each petal with Vanilla Smooch Spray to make them glisten.   To put the flower together after stamping all the petals, I stacked them on top of each other, punched a hole through the entire stack on the inside tip of the petals using a Crop-A-Dile.  To hold all the petals together I inserted an antique brad to the center and fanned all the petals out.  I then curled under the edges of the petals using my bone folder.  To separate and lift some parts of the petals I added some dimensionals.  I then attached the small butterfly from the “Clearly for You” stamp set and stamped Friend from “You’re A Gem” .   All three stamp sets I used on this card are available in the new Mini Occasions Catalog.

Blossom Close Up

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Build A Blossom, Clearly for You and You’re a Gem; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Crumbcake, Very Vanilla; Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso; Stampin’ Write Marker:  Pretty in Pink; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread, Antique Brads, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponge, Small Heart Punch,  Fiskars Cutting Tool with Scoring Blade, Paper Snips, Blossom Petals Punch, 5/8″ Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon.
Published in: on February 1, 2011 at 12:59 am  Comments (2)  
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