Mocha Morning I Do!

With Summer around the corner, so come the wedding processions. Here is a lovely card using the Mocha Morning Specialty DSP again. As you can see from all my cards posted this past week this DSP is great for any occasion.  To give this card some extra shine, I sprayed it with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. I also sponged Very Vanilla Craft Ink onto the square behind the heart to give it an aged feeling and embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Here is a closeup.

Here are some more pics of the ladies from the North Carolina Retreat too!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Word Play; Cardstock: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; DSP:  Mocha Morning Specialty; Ink:  Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Craft Ink; Accessories:  Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Heart Punch, Big Shot, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponges, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired).

Thanks ladies for such a great time in North Carolina!

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.

Asheville, NC Stamp/Scrap Retreat

I finally arrived at my Stamp/Scrap Retreat yesterday afternoon. I flew into the Greenville/ Spartansburg Airport in South Carolina and then rented a car to carry me and all my STUFF to the Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Asheville, NC. The drive to the retreat center was beautiful with all the changing foliage along the way. I managed to squeeze my clothing and all my supplies into two large suitcases and one small carry-on.  All arrived safely without incidence, except for a brief inspection of one of my suitcases by the TSA as indicated by this tag. They were probably wondering what all those scissors and blades were doing in there. LOL!  I have been having alot of fun meeting new friends, sharing ideas and attending classes.

I’ve included some of the projects I’ve been working on so far – holiday gift tags using the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and a gift card that will be offered  in my Holiday Gift Card Stamp a Stack on December 8 and 15 from 6-10 p.m. Take one class or both. Cost is $20.00 for each class. This gift card holder is perfect for the men in your life. Very manly with the woodgrain paper from the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper pack along with the stately deer from the Winter Post stamp set. When open, the gift card sits in a pocket on the left and your word saying is on a small card to the right.

Will try to post again later tonight with more projects from my retreat. Thanks for checking in with me!

Tag Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Bright Hopes, Winter Post, Tags Til Christmas and Short & Sweet; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Marina Mist, and More Mustard; Ink:  Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler; DSP:  Letters to Santa; Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Punches: Extra Large Oval, Boho Blossom, Decorative Label, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1/8″, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circles and Postage Stamp, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Distressing Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Manly Gift Card:  Stamp Set:  Winter Post and Christmas Greetings; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Winter White; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso; DSP:  Frostwood Lodge; Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Petals A Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponge Dauber.

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.

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Pretty in Pink Spring Banner

Happy Spring Everyone!  I wanted to make a banner for my Spring Home and Garden Expo display and this is what I came up with.  I was so busy at the Expo I forgot to take pictures there, so I displayed it on my Baker’s Rack at home.  I think I’ll keep it there on display for my Open House next month (May 15).  I used Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstock.  The Big Shot makes banner making quite easy. The cardstock is folded in half and placed on the Pennant Die and run through the Big Shot.  When you pull it out, open it up and you have a full-sized pennant for your banner.  I love vintage so I used the “Bliss” stamp set once again. The flowers were made with the Fun Flowers die, sponged with ink, layered and secured with a Vintage brad in the center.  The brad also secured it to the end of each pennant section.  I put Jumbo Eyelets in each side of the pennant sections and grouped them together with Pretty in Pink 5/8″ satin ribbon.  Here is a closeup of one of the pennant sections.  The lettering for “Spring” was made using the “Serif Essentials Alphabet” die.  I mounted each letter on a Crumb Cake oval cut from the Oval Scallop Frame and then popped them up on the center of each pennant.  The possibilities are endless with this die – birthdays, holidays or just about any celebration. You would definitely get your money’s worth out of this die!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Bliss; Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Whisper White; Ink:  Crumb Cake and Pretty in Pink; Accessories:  Big Shot, Dies:  Pennant, Fun Flowers, Oval from the Oval Scallop Frame and Serif Essentials Alphabet, Vintage Brads, Jumbo Eyelets, Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Sponges, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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.
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