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!

Take it to Heart

I’m back! I never did find my old camera so I finally had to buy a new one and now I have lots of projects to share!  This project was a gift for my hair dresser, Ashleigh, at West Wing Salon. She’s such a sweetie! I am meeting with her and her mom Friday evening to plan her wedding invitations. I can’t wait. She has a tight wedding budget, so I told her how she could save money on her invites. She’s planning on having a workshop with all the ladies in her family and her bridal party to earn all the products she needs to make her invitations with. Then I will show her how to make them and she will save herself oodles of money and will have the great memory of making the invites herself.

So this is the cute jar of goodies I gave her this morning – just in time for Valentine’s Day! I used the “Take It to Heart” stamp set featured in the new Mini Occasions Catalog as well as the Hearts Collection Framelits. Love the framelits – they are thin, wafer-like dies that perfectly cut out my stamped image of the boy and girl on the bicycle. There are 6 different sizes of hearts. The jar I used is a Collection Elite mini Ball jar that I purchased at the Big “W” and filled with yummy gummy heart candy I got from my local Amish Market. Wow, if you ever want to see a collection of candy you’ve got to go there!

Since the Ball jar lids are in two pieces. I put a couple of mini glue dots between the twist frame and the lid to hold it together. I then ran a length of Sticky Strip around the top edge of the lid and then ruffled my satin ribbon around the top as shown in the next picture, pinch pleating as I rounded the jar. I added some doubled up Dimensionals to the center of the lid.  The Dimensionals will keep the top cover that I will apply in the center level with the ribbon around the edge.

 I then used the #2 Circle Scallops Die and Real Red CS to cut a top for my jar. It fit perfectly!  I then stamped my main image in Real Red Ink and used the Framelit Die to cut out my image. The small assorted hearts are cut from the new Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.

Do you like my perfect bow? Well, I learned a trick at Leadership Conference I will share with you later this week. I’ll never freehand another bow again!

Here’s an even better close up of the top of the jar.


Supplies: Stamp Set: Take it To Heart; Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die; #2 Circle Scallop Die, Dimensionals, 5/8″ Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip; Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Elite Collection Ball Jars and Candy.

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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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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