Forever and Always

I recently attended a Tickled Pink Party held by one of my Sherindipity Stamper’s, Erika Clark. Erika is such a wonderful hostess and supplied us with great make & take projects and her yummy Ziti was to die for. She also had plenty of pink snacks on hand. Our swaps had to have pink incorporated somehow. Here is mine:

I will post the other attendees’ swaps and all the cute gifts we received from Erika on another day. You will definitely be impressed – everyone had such beautiful projects. But first let me tell you alittle about mine.  I made the wrap using Pretty in Pink CS and the measurements for the main piece are 4″x12″ with scorings at 3″, 7″ and 8″. The scoring at 3″ will be the front flap of your project and I embossed that flap using the new Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which gave it that cute little scallop edging. Punched a trim using Island Indigo CS and the Scallop Trim Border Punch. I adhered the trim to the back of the front flap and Sticky Stripped it down closing my wrap. I adhered a strip of the new Twitterpatted Designer Series Paper to the top and ran a length of the new Blushing Bride pleated satin ribbon across it. Stamped my images using the Take it to Heart Stamp set. The same one I used on yesterday’s project. Hearts were punched out with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies and the Heart Punch. Added some bling with the new 8 mm Large Pearl Basic Jewels and a Blushing Bride Designer Button from the Twitterpated collection. Forever and Always is from the new Loving Thoughts stamp set and I received the stamp set as part of my Leadership package.

 I filled my swaps with Rice Krispie heart treats that I made with my grandson, Andrew. We had fun making them, and as you can see he wanted to be completely hands on in the cooking process. We also cut out the centers and added one of the yummy gummy heart candies from yesterday’s project. Sorry I didn’t get a final pic, but we had to get them into the cello bags before they dried out. I used SU’s flat medium cello bags and they fit perfectly.

I can’t wait to cook in the kitchen with my other grandson, Owen, too but it will be alittle while yet.  Andrew will be 3 in March and I am so impressed with how smart he is already. Whenever we say goodbye to each other, we always say I love you and then we say Forever and Ever!  His sounds sorta like this: I love you Mimi! And then he says Foreva and eva! Melts my heart every time.

Love that kid and his smile!

Sorry about the sugar tasting Mommy! But we couldn’t resist.

He showed me some love in the pic with his cookie cutter! Isn’t he just adorable! I Heart him back. He actually even helped me with my swap applying dimensionals to the backs of the hearts.

On our way home from the party, I  took a pic in the town of St. Michaels – I found out the residents could purchase a heart for a $50 donation to a local charity and then they got to display their hearts on the telephone poles in town displaying their love to the world! What a great idea!

I also passed by a cute little candy store – do you think they may be wishing for snow on Valentine’s Day?

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Take it to Heart and Loving Thoughts; Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Island Indigo and Whisper White; DSP: Twitterpated;  Ink:  Blushing Bride; Marker:  Island Indigo; Accessories:  Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Twitterpated Designer Buttons, Blushing Bridge 3/8″ Pleated Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Scallop Trim Border and Heart Punches, Paper Snips, Basic Pearls and Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Mini Glue Dots, Linen Thread and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Wish Big!

These big dots say it all! Stampin’ Up!’s Red Glimmer Paper is not just for your holiday or valentine projects. Think outside the box when you work with this paper and use it for all your papercrafting projects.  This card came together quite easily with just one strip and a few punched circles of the Red Glimmer, but boy does it make an impact on this birthday card along with the Tempting Turquoise cardstock.

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Word Play; Cardstock:  Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise; Ink:  Tempting Turquoise; DSP: Brights Collection Paper Stacks; Accessories: Red Glimmer Paper, Gold Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Punches: 1″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle, and 1/16″ Circle.

Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm  Comments (1)  
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Bon Voyage!

My friend, Lynne, had a surprise Bon Voyage party for her daughter, Heather, who is going away to school in England for a semester.  I volunteered to make the banner for her party – such an exciting event for Heather who is pictured here with the Banner. You can see by her smile how excited she must be!  Some of the items I used on the banner were pulled from my stash of retired Stampin’ Up! product, but can easily be switched out for new items.  Lynne described the colors her daughter would like beforehand and they were a great match:  Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose.  It matched so perfectly with the home decor!  Here is another straight on pic of the Banner.  And another pic of Heather with her mom at the airport.  Safe travels Heather, study hard and have fun in England!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Best Friends Forever; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery (textured), and Regal Rose; Ink:  Certainly Celery; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bigz Die – Serif Essentials Alphabet, Bigz Die Oval Scallop Frame, Bigz XL Pennant Die (retired), Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (retired), Sweet Stitches Brads (retired); Crop-A-Dile, and Old Olive Organdy Ribbon (retired).

Published in: on September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (3)  
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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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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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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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Monkey’s 1st Birthday

Lindsey and Andrew - 1st Birthday

My grandson, Andrew, recently had his first birthday. Here he is pictured with his mom. He was sporting his new big-boy haircut which was cut by his Daddy’s barber.  Even though his Daddy wasn’t able to be at the party because he is serving in Afghanistan, it was well attended by family and friends who looked quite like the paparrazi taking numerous photographs to send to him.  

Since my husband and I were giving our grandson a Red Radio Flyer wagon for his birthday I wanted to make a card that fit the gift and also followed the monkey theme of the party. So I went into my stash of stamps and found this adorable little wagon stamp from Wheeled Things and stamped the monkey from the Fox & Friends stamp set which I had used on his invitations and came up with the following card:

Monkey Birthday Card

 If you like that cute little wagon holding the monkey I’m sorry, it is unfortunately retired. I’ve been holding on to that stamp for just the right occasion and this worked out perfectly.  I used my handy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for positioning the monkey in the wagon just right.

Monkey Face Cookies


I also made these cute little monkey face cookies for the party. I found the recipe on the following blog as I was doing a search on the internet for monkey ideas:

Supplies:  Stamps: Fox & Friends, Family Phrases, and Wheeled Things (retired); Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White and Crushed Curry; Ink: Crushed Curry and Real Red; Accessories:   Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Oval Punch, Oval Scallop Punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Published in: on April 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm  Comments (3)  
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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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