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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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.

Scallop Shower Flowers!

Try saying that three times! I’m still trying to catch up from my daughter’s wedding in October and am way behind in posting some of the pics of projects I made.  I love the way the centerpieces turned out that I made for Lindsey’s shower. 

Wedding Shower Centerpiece and Favor

It was a whole lot of scallop punching, but totally worth the end result!  These cute flowers are so easy to make.  Punch out eight scallops using Stampin’ Up!’s 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (four from cardstock and four from our lighter weight Designer Series Paper). Stack them every other (cardstock, DSP, cardstock, etc.). They don’t have to be lined up perfectly, you actually get a  better effect if they are scattered every which way in the stack. Punch a hole in the center of your stack with your paper piercer and insert a brad to hold it together.  Then beginning with your top scallop just start scrunching them up towards the center, until you have done the last one on the bottom, then fluff it out. Cool huh!  I did a catrillion of these while watching my favorite reality shows on tv.  I made four centerpieces for the shower using a variety of Stampin’ Up! colors based mainly around Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive throwing in some lighter purples and vanilla. The pots were made of paper mache and purchased at my local craft store. I painted them with green acrylic paint and brushed on some gold highlights with my gold ink pad, allowed them to dry overnight and then brushed on a coat of clear modge podge to seal in the paint and dress up the pots up a bit. I then inserted a styrofoam ball into each pot and adhered the flowers to the styrofoam using sticky strip and a glue gun on a light temp. If your glue is too hot it will melt the styrofoam. In the top corner of the arrangement you will find a cute little bird that was stamped again using the Punched Potpourri stamp set and then punched out with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive 2-Step Bird Punch. I punched two of them out and glued them back to back on a piece of wire and inserted it into the arrangement. I then added ribbon and a small bunch of glass grapes to keep up with Lindsey’s vineyard wedding theme.  We were able to use these arrangements again at the wedding on 2 tables in the entry way of the mansion reception room, one in the ladies room to dress it up a bit on the counter, and one on the gift table.

Just a little share…. 

Wedding Shower Napkins - So Vintage!

 I found these beautiful napkins for the shower also at my local craft store. They are from the Paula Deen Collection. You would think that Paula herself had coordinated with Stampin’ Up! to make these beauties! They match our Vintage Vogue stamp set which I used to make Lindsey’s shower invites and wedding invitations. See the little birds on the napkin? That’s what inspired me to add one to the centerpieces.

The prizes for the shower were made with cute little heart jars that I found at a local craft store and filled with purple M&M’s. I then stamped a heart and flower from the Punched Potpourri Level 1 Hostess stamp set and punched them out using Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating Heart and Boho Blossom punches. I adhered them with sticky strip to keep them intact. The ribbon I used is a retired Stampin’ Up! organdy ribbon I kept on hand because I love them so much. Unfortunately it is no longer available for purchase. Hint, Hint to Stampin’ Up! to please bring back the organdy ribbon!  I will be posting the wedding invitation as soon as I can get a good pic of it, so be sure to check back in later!

Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 10:44 am  Comments (2)  
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And the Wedding Plans Continue!

I wanted to make a really special wedding shower card for my daughter, Lindsey’s shower, and have been saving this stamp for just this occasion. It’s from the stamp set “Full of Life” which features 7 stamps with some wonderful sayings like the one featured on this card.  The culmination of Lindsey and Jake’s fairytale will come to fruition on 10-10-10 at the reaffirmation of their wedding vows.  It will indeed be a special day for them as well as for the rest of the family.  This card continues the Vineyard wedding theme using the Vintage Vogue stamp set and the vine stamp along with  the Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant colors. 

Lindsey’s Wedding Shower Invite

I loved adding the little heart on our new mini vintage tags as it adds a little special touch to this card.  I have also finished the wedding invitations  (all 97 of them) and will show that a little later. I am now starting on the centerpieces, favors and prizes for the wedding shower.  I will probably need a new scallop punch after punching all those scallops to make flowers for the centerpieces.  I have had that punch for several years and it has been used in many workshops and classes and I think it has seen better days.  No fear as I am looking forward  to purchasing a new one in our great new punch design that is so easy to store. Check out this punch and more on my website at

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Vintage Vogue and Full of Life; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant; Accessories:  Heart to Heart Punch, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Medium Vanilla Envelopes, Mini Vintage Tags.

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 12:46 am  Comments (6)  
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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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Lindsey’s Save the Date 10-10-10

Lindsey's Save the Date Cards

My daughter, Lindsey, got married last Fall quite suddenly in a private ceremony before her husband, Jake, had to leave for Afghanistan.  They did decide before he left that they wanted to have a large ceremony to reaffirm their vows before all their friends and family upon his return. So next fall, on 10-10-10, they will being doing it up large at the Mount Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro, MD ( Thus, begins my joy as I help her to plan the wedding, finding just the right dress, picking out decorations and of course, making the invitations, save the date cards, programs, etc.  The first task at hand was picking out a stamp set. The theme for the wedding is an Italian Vineyard, so when I opened up the Mini Occasions Catalog I knew I had found it with the “Vintage Vogue” set which has this beautiful vine image.  Most of my customers know that I love ribbon and am quite generous with it in class.  However, as you see on this card there is no ribbon.   My daughter is not a ribbon kind of gal and expressed that there be no ribbon on anything.  What torture for me not to be able to use any ribbon.  So I came up with this alternate glam method of using the Scallop Trim Corner Punch and edging it with just a sliver of Old Olive cardstock to add some extra finesse to the card.  So what do you think?  Please let me know your thoughts by posting your comments below.

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Vintage Vogue; Cardstock:  Eggplant Envy, Old Olive and Very Vanilla; Wording Ink: printed from computer; Stamped Ink:  Old Olive; Accessories:  Scallop Trim Corner Punch

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm  Comments (6)  
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