Rember the Soldiers this Holiday Season!

My neighbor, Jillian, recently approached me about a citizenship project she was doing with her son, Cooper’s, kindergarten class and asked me if I could come up with something we could do for the soldiers overseas. While away at retreat last weekend I came up with an easy card idea that all the kids could do and Jillian took them into her son’s class this week to complete. My daughter, Lindsey, who’s husband, Jake, has been to Iraq twice and once to Afghanistan gave me the name of a soldier in her husband’s unit we could send them to. It was very heartwarming to see what the kids drew and wrote in their cards for Scott. The teacher also asked them if there was anything else they wanted to add the inside of the cards so that is her writing in the top inside of each card.  My card is pictured above and you can check out the kids’ cards in a slide show below.  It was an inspiring project for us all. We also sent a couple of boxes filled with goodies for Scott to share with his buddies! Jillian and I definitely want to try this again. If you would like to send a holiday card to Scott or members of his unit, I am sure they would be delighted to get even more! Please leave me your e-mail in the comment section below and I would be happy  to forward you his address.  Aren’t the kids’ cards just adorable!  Each one of them put the stars in different places on the cards – too cute! Jillian and I couldn’t stop aaaawwwwing with each one we read.

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Kids’ Card – Cardstock:  Real Red and Brushed Gold; Accessories:  Large and small star punches (retired), “Hero” Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel, Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel Handle, Basic Black Jumbo Ink Cartridge and Glue Stick.

My Card:  This was a card I made last year for my display and some of the products used in the making of this card are now retired, but there are similar ones in the new catalog that can be substituted. Not sure of the substitute – leave a comment below and I will let you know which product).  Stamp Set:  Courage and the dove stamp from A Wish for Peace (retired) and Itty Bitty Backgrounds; Cardstock:  Old Olive and Very Vanilla;  Ink:  Real Red, Brilliant Blue (retired), Old Olive, and Creamy Caramel (retired); Accessories:  Gold Brads, Stampin’ Sponges, “Hero” Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel, Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel Handle, Jumbo Old Olive Cartridge (retired), and Aqua Painter.

Published in: on November 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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Dinoraur ABC’s

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My grandson, Andrew, is learning his ABC’s now, so I thought I would combine some of his favorite things, dinosaurs, with some ABC cards to encourage him to learn them. I absolutely love the way it turned out and I hope he likes it as well.  I’ll be babysitting him while his parents attend the Marine Corps Ball this evening, so we’ll be practicing while they are gone.

The letters on the cover of the Dino Packet were made using my Big Shot and the Timeless Type Medium Sizzlits Die. And, when I made each alphabet page, I used the Big Shot again with the Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die. I created the camouflage effect by cutting random pieces of River Rock cardstock and adhering it on to Always Artichoke cardstock and then running each square through my Big Shot in the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to embed them into each other.  I then stamped each dinosaur from Stampin’ Up!’s Dinoraur stamp set using Stazon Black Ink and watercolored them with my Aqua Painter using River Rock and Always Artichoke Ink.  I added two of the dinosaur cards to the front of the pack and two to the backside sandwiching the ABC’s in between. Let me know what you think!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Dinoraur; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, River Rock & Whisper White; Ink:  Black Stazon, River Rock and Always Artichoke; Markers: Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die, Small Heart Punch, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 3/8″ Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon; Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Sponges, Non-Stampin’ Up! Items: Gold Ring and Mini Clear Bookmark Covers.

Holiday Horsin’ Around!

Isn’t this just the cutest little Hobby Horse ever!  I was inspired by Jackie Topa’s hobby horse on Stampin’ Connection, the stamper’s showcase on the demonstrator website.  The top of the horse is actually a holiday stocking stamped from Stampin’ Up!’s new Stitched Stockings stamp set and then punched out with the coordinating Stocking Builder Punch. I love it!  His mane is made from Early Espresso Baker’s Twine and the stick itself is a little red coffee stirrer that I covered in sticky strip and then dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter. How’s that for being creative?! I then wrapped the stick in Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon. And how about that Red Glimmer Paper!! Absolutely gorgeous!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Stitched Stockings and Four the Holidays; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stocking Builder Punch, 1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, Red Glimmer Paper and Red Coffee Stirrer.

Published in: on September 19, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (8)  
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I Prefer Treats over Tricks!

I love Halloween! In fact, my daughter, Lindsey, was born on Halloween and was definitely my treat that year.  Since then we have had many halloween birthday parties but one in particular I remember making a paper mache bat pinata.  It had so much glue in it no one could break the pinata. LOL! One of the dads ended up having to break it open so the kids could get to the candy. A little disappointing to the kids, but my daughter and I sure had fun making our first pinata together. Lesson learned – less glue!

I made this cute little treat box for a shoebox swap I attended yesterday with some other ladies from my upline and sideline.  However, you can make it too if you attend my Fall Stamp Camp on Saturday, October 8 from 2-6 p.m.  I’ll have three other fun fall projects as well for $15.00.  Check out the details of my Fall Stamp Camp on my demonstrator website events calendar at soon!

I used Stampin’ Up!’s new Kraft Gift boxes for the base of my project. These are a deal at 4 boxes for only $2.95. I used the Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper pack to decorate all sides and inside the top lid.  I then stamped my pumpkins using the Jack of All Trades stamp set. Love that witch hat and rhinestone bling for his eyes!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Jack of All Trades, Piece of Poison, and Got Treats; Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Basic Black; Designer Series Paper:  Pick Your Poison; Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Old Olive; Accessories:  Large and Small Tag Punches, Kraft Gift Boxes, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestones, Medium Flat Cellow Bags, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool or 1/16″ Circle Punch, Halloween Candy and Lollipop Sticks.

Ronald McDonald House Charity – Turtle and Co. – Stamp A Stack Class

Here are the cards for my Ronald McDonald House Stamp-A-Stack class this Thursday.  If you are interested, there are still spaces available.  RSVP no later than Wednesday morning, 8/24 at 10:00 a.m.

Come on out and Stamp a Stack of 16 cards, 4 cards of 4 different designs using Stampin’ Up!’s new “Turtle & Co.” featured on page 16 of the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. Each year, Stampin’ Up! designs an exclusive stamp set to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). They also donate $3.00 from every purchase of this set to RMHC.  Over $1,000,000 has been raised to date!

Order the stamp set during class – $19.95 (w) / $14.95 (c) and receive a $5.00 coupon good towards selected Christmas Club classes available this Fall.  Bring a new friend to this class and you will receive an additional $5.00 coupon and your friend will receive one as well.

Customer Fee:  $15.00 (includes cards and envelopes)
Demo Fee:  $7.50 (cards only)


Card 1 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co.; Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Indigo Island, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red; Ink: Basic Black and Riding Hood Red; Markers:  Lucky Limeade and Pool Party; Accessories: Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads, Textured Impressions Stripe Embossing Folder, Bigz XL Tasteful Trim Die, 3/8″ Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Wiggly Eyes.

Card 2 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co. and Perfectly Penned; Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red; Ink:  Lucky Limeade; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches.

Card 3 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co., Cardstock:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Basic Black and Riding Hood Red; Markers: Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Small Heart Punch and Dimensionals.

Card 4 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co. and Pennant Parade; Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Lucky Limeade and Riding Hood Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Boho Blossom Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Circle).

REMINDER:  If you have not already done so, please leave a comment on my Blog Candy Posting from August 18, 2011. We’re almost to the 10,000th hit on my blog, so please share my blog with your friends and fellow papercrafters. Can’t wait to give away this yummy blog candy!

Angry Bird!

During a recent visit to my house, my 7 year old great niece, Wynnie, was constantly playing Angry Birds on her Grandmother’s cell phone.  Of course, my brain got to whirring and I decided to try and create a “Red Bird” that she could hold.  She anxiously waited as I worked my magic on paper giving me little directions here and there on how it should look.   Well she loved it when I was finished.  She now wants me to make all of the birds for her.  I don’t have a whole lot of free time to play Angry Birds so I’m not quite sure what the rest of the birds look like. I understand there are pigs as well?!  Will have to do some Googling… but in the meantime here is “Red Bird”.

I used the triangle box tutorial on the Splitcoaststampers’ website to make the triangle box.  The only thing I changed is the size of the cardstock base. I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock.  I freehanded the eyes by punching them from Whisper White CS using the Extra Large Oval punch – then cut the oval in half. I then adhered them side by side at an angle on Basic Black CS.  I then trimmed around the eyes and went up and cut the eyebrows. The black is all one piece and the centers of the eyes are punched using the 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Here is the link to the tutorial:

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Basic Black; Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips.

Published in: on August 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm  Comments (4)  

Candy by the Inch!

8 Inches of yummy candy that is! Stampin’ Up!’s new 1″x8″ Cellophane Bags are great for showcasing small candy or even pencils for any holiday. I’ve filled my Halloween goody bags with m&m’s and Juju candy corn.  Can you image the expressions on the kid’s faces when they come trick or treating at your house this year?  You’ll be able to find the cellophane bags in the new Holiday Mini.  There are 50 in a package for $2.50!  The stamped images are from the new stamp set called Spooky Bingo Bits and you can find it in the new 2011-2012 IB&C. I’ve added a bit of ribbon to finish off each of the toppers.

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Spooky Bingo Bits; Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Basic Black; Markers:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  1″x8″ Cellophane Bags, Circle Punches:  1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ and Scallop Circle Punch, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon and assorted Candies of course!

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (2)  
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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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Woodland Baby Shower Invite

My daughter, Lindsey, is holding a baby shower for her friend/cousin/maid of honor, Ashley, next weekend. Here’s a pic of the two of them:

Ashley and Lindsey

Ashley is due to deliver her baby girl in September.  Lindsey e-mailed me a pic of Ashley’s bedding for the baby’s room shown here:

Woodland Bedding

As soon as I saw the bedding, I knew which stamp set would be perfect!  Forest Friends – it has a cute little deer that matches the bedding.  And here is what I came up with.

Forest Friends - Baby Deer Shower Card

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t own this stamp set, however, one of my downline, Betsy, did and she willingly let me borrow it for a couple of weeks while I worked on the invites.  Love the Polka Dot Embossing Folder which made the cute little raised dotted design on the base of the card. I added an additional little something extra on the envelope – this cute little bunny from the same set.  Ashley is a lucky girl as this will be her third shower – she probably won’t need to buy anything additional for her little girl, Tenley Kate Raymond.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Forest Friends and Tiny Tags, Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Kraft, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink  and Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Eyelet Border Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Standard Hole Punch, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes, and Masterpiece Ribbon Originals.  Some ribbon and cardstock used in the making of this card is now retired, but can be substituted with some of Stampin’ Up!’s new colors quite easily.

Published in: on August 15, 2010 at 12:34 am  Comments (2)  
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School Days! – New Class

As the school year is winding down, most parents are looking for a gift to give to their favorite student or teacher.  This class is the answer to both. Sign up now for this product based class which will include the “First Day” stamp set  featured in Stampin’ Up!’s Summer Mini Catalog along with the fun projects shown here. 

School Days

The double-sided box includes 5 mini notecards w/envelopes, 5 bookplates for those summer readers and a bookmark with a cute little worm I am naming “Willy”.  We will also make a 6×6 scrapbook page for that end of the school year picture and a decorated mini notebook to match.  All you have to do is add a Gift Card from your favorite chain store to make them feel extra special and to get their summer started off right!  Class is scheduled for two times on Wednesday, June 2 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. in my Home Studio.  Class Fee is $35.00 which includes your own stamp set to take home and make more projects.  Please e-mail me at to sign up.

Published in: on May 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ladybug Birthday!

Ladybug Birthday Card

My little neighbor, Hannah, had her 5th birthday party last weekend and ladybugs was the theme! So I made this Ladybug card to go with the Stampin’ Up! Hostess Level 1 stamp set “Love Bug” I was going to give her for a gift.  I also included a gift card set along with the stamp set so she could make her own cards, a Basic Black Stampin’ Spot and tucked in a little money as well. What girl doesn’t want to go shopping with her own cash!  I made the ladybug using the Sizzix Big Shot and dies.  I cut an extra Whisper White Scallop Circle to place on the back to write my sentiment. This was a very quick and easy card to make.

Card Supplies:  Cardstock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White; Ribbon:  Black Gingham and 3/4″ Real Red Polka-Dot Grosgrain; Punches:  1-3/4″ Circle Punch and Standard Hand-Held Notebook Punch for the dots (Not SU!), Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Bigz Die Scallop Circle #2.

Published in: on May 27, 2010 at 11:17 am  Comments (4)  
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Andrew’s 1st Birthday Party Invitation

It’s my grandson’s first birthday on March 12, 2010! Here’s a great pic of the two of us at Christmas: 

Andrew and I

As a way to stay in touch, my daughter and I Skype over the internet every day so I can see, talk and sing to Andrew.  Since they live an hour and half away, I was worried he wouldn’t know his grandma on the other side of the Bay Bridge, but Skype sure makes it a whole lot easier.  His face lights up every time he sees me over the internet or in person. He is the little love of my life and I couldn’t wait to make his party invitations.  He is quite the little monkey these days so his mom wanted to use that as his theme for the party.  I used the cute monkey stamp from the Fox and Friends stamp set featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog and some of the striped designer series paper from the Simply Scrappin’ Kit “Happy B-Day”.  I will use the rest of the Scrappin’ Kit to make a banner for the party and some scrapbook pages using pictures from his party. I will post pics of those later.  But for now here is the party invite  – sorry I had to block some of it out for privacy reasons.

Monkey Party Invitation

You can also find the same little animal friends from the Fox and Friends stamp set in the Definitely Decorative Catalog as part of their Decor Elements product line in the “Nursery Alphabet”.  The Decor Elements are great vinyl rub-ons for your wall, furniture or just about anything else you want to adhere them to. They peel off easily when you want to change the decor.  Check out the Definitely Decorative Catalog on my sidebar for the Nursery Alphabet and many more designs.

Stamp Sets:  Fox and Friends; Cardstock:  Ruby Red, Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Crushed Curry; Accessories:  Rich Regal Brads, Punches:  1-3/8″ Circle, Scallop Circle and Round Tab; Scrappin’ Kit:  Happy B-Day (striped Designer Series Paper)

Published in: on February 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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