Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Well, the scan's not the greatest - I got a new scanner, and I'm having to learn new tricks.

ANYWAY. :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!! Have you made lots of resolutions? I want to stamp for fun more - but I think I say that every year.... :D

You can't really see the curvy label punch words, but it says BEST WISHES underneath the Irridescent Ice embossing powder. The wish is the same: may your new year be full of fun, adventure, and LOTS OF STAMPING!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's that calm before a storm, right?

The time when it's boring and quiet; you don't really want to work, because you have another big celebration coming up - New Year's!

Well, don't get too bogged down! :D Valentine's Day will be upon us before you know it.

Here is a sample using some of the new toys you can get, too! :)

(I've taken a month off, and it's tough getting back into being creative! LOL!!!)

I think this is a fun card, don't you? That's the Top Note die for my Big Shot - an exclusive die from Stampin' Up!, you know.... :) The card base and ink color are Regal Rose, and Brocade Blue, followed by Very Vanilla. The punched hearts? Yup, a new punch - available in the LOVE YOU MUCH Valentine's Promotion Bundle. (Right now, you can't order it online; you'll have to contact me to place your order for it!) So's the Designer Series Paper and the stamp set!! It's an AWESOME bundle!!!

Don't forget, too, that the Country Living Bundle is still available for purchase! Only a few more days for that one, so don't miss out on it!!! PLUS, ever stamp on the Retiring Stamp List is TEN PERCENT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!! (Don't forget to put LORI STILGER as your demonstrator, or your charges will be higher from the main website!!!!)

OK, off to get ready for family coming in. :) Have a WONDERFUL weekend, and TAKE THE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!! :D

Friday, December 19, 2008

Now that you're done with Christmas cards...:D

Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by in the middle of your busy season. I hope you're enjoying the sights, sounds, smells, and activities of Christmas!
I wanted to show you this thank-you card I made for my friend, Becky. It's from a set called PUNS FROM THE PAST; the sentiment that goes with the grater stamp is "I'm grateful". GET IT?!?! ROFL!!!
OK, so I've amused myself. :D This card is done with Basic Gray, Whisper White, and silver metallic. That's silver embossing powder - and the WONDERFUL WORDS set is retiring, everyone, so grab it NOW!! FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $70 AND 10% off all retiring stamp sets!!!!!!!!! GO HERE and click on SHOP NOW to place your order!
Super easy card, and fun to do. What more could you ask for?? Now, go make a few thank-you cards, so you can just write them up and send them out after you open all your presents! :D
Have a WONDERFUL day - and go STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

And the winner is...!

AMY BAYLISS! Congratulations, Amy! I'll wait for your email to to confirm and send!!

I generated the winner with; it was difficult to make myself do it that way. Those of you who are my close friends, know I would have picked each one of you if it was fair! LOL!!!!!!!!!

BE BLESSED, dear friends. Tomorrow's the open house, so I need to fly! I hope you're stopping by if you're local!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

ONE more day to enter!!!

If you haven't entered the blog giveaway yet, go to THIS POST and read about it!

Today's share is a tag I made the exact same way I made the card front with the tree on THIS POST. Have I said how much I love my Big Shot lately? :D

This is the scallop circle die, with one scallop of Garden Green cut into graduated pieces; the top one has six scallops, the next has seven, and the bottom has eight. I inked the point and all the scallop sides with white craft ink, to look a little snowy. :) Then I stuck them together, added a Chocolate Chip rectangle for a trunk, and punched a large oval from Very Vanilla. The "to from" stamp is from the Country Living Holiday Collection (I hope the link works - email me if it doesn't!)- a GREAT bargain, I'm telling you! - stamped in Ruby Red. I punched a 1/8" hole in the top, and used the gold cord from the Holiday Mini to string it. (Again, email me if the link doesn't work!)

OK, I need to run. It's Open House weekend!! :) If you're in the area, I'd LOVE to have you come visit me! It's Sunday afternoon from 3 - 5! Email me for directions!

Have a WONDERFUL day!! BE BLESSED! And for Pete's sake, STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Keep on entering! :D

Hi, everyone! It's been SO awesome to get such great comments the last 2 days. :) I love hearing from everyone, and going to see your blogs! I haven't done so much blog hopping in MONTHS. :D

Just remember: in order to enter the blog giveaway, you must leave a comment on THIS POST!!!!

OK, now on to another sample. :)

Ijust think this stamp set ROCKS. :) It's part of the CHRIST IS BORN set - the poinsettia is, that is. :D Colors are Bravo Burgundy and gold embossing powder/retired glitter/elastic cord. We stamped the cut-out poinsettia on Very Vanilla, put it on with dimensionals, and used Tombow Multi Adhesive for the glitter "seeds" in the center.
That's ALL there is to this card!!! I really like it; it's classy and simple, easy and WOW. :)
How are YOUR Christmas cards going? I'm proud to say that most of mine are in the mail. :D
If you need to place an order to get to someone before Christmas, your deadline is DECEMBER 15!!!!! GO HERE and click on the SHOP NOW button at the top right! Or EMAIL ME to let me help you!
Gotta jet - lots to do tomorrow, so I need to go to sleep. :D BE BLESSED!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


And not just on this blog, either! Click on the button below and find LOTS of people who are playing!!
All you have to do to win is tell me your favorite project I've posted lately - but I'll KNOW if you stayed just on this page. ;D
We'll all be picking winners by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12!
If you want to send it to someone as a gift, just let me know when you win - and I can even include a gift card. :)
U.S. only, please - can't afford international this year.
HAVE FUN, and be blessed!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yup, another card design! :D

I really need to get my camera out and take pictures of the stuff from IT'S A WRAP! :) But, until I do, here's another Christmas card to inspire you.... :)

I really love this new stamp set! The next card I post will be done with it, as well. This is done in Night of Navy and Very Vanilla; we dragged the ink pad across the Night of Navy card stock base and let it dry while we did the saying. It's stamped in Vanilla craft ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then, we dragged the edges of the smaller piece through the ink pad to give it some texture, too. The inside verse is also embossed.
That is ALL there is to this card! SO simple, but striking - and I think it's very masculine. What do YOU think???
Are you done with your Christmas cards? I'd love to hear from you - and scan one in for me to see, or send me one! :D
Be blessed, dear reader - enjoy your December!
Oh, and come back tomorrow - it's BLOG CANDY TIME!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Another card!

Another card with the Big Shot and embossing! :) The colors are Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red, with Whisper White behind the snowflake window.

We cut the snowflake out, then put packing tape on the back of the window and poured Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the window, so it sparkles. Then we embossed the "warm wishes" from HOLIDAYS & WISHES and a verse on the inside from MANY MERRY MESSAGES. EASY!!!!

The Big Shot would make an INCREDIBLE Christmas gift! Contact me today to get one on the way to you or someone you love!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving??? Did you count your blessings?? Well, I counted YOU as one of MY blessings - thank you for dropping by and paying attention to my artistic endeavors. :D
This is one of the cards from my very last card class, Christmas Card Class. Every card for this class had embossing powder involved. LOL! It was a shiny, sparkly, powdery place for a while!
This is the HOLY TRIPTYCH set again; the Lovely Lilac card was rolled with the So Swirly Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel in Lovely Lilac. The two side panels - it's a gate fold card - were then embossed with silver embossing powder; the middle panel is black EP on Almost Amethyst, and layered on top of brushed silver card stock. Yes, you DO see my favorite ticket corner punch there again. :D The inside is black embossed two of the sayings from MANY MERRY MESSAGES.
Think outside your color box for making your Christmas cards - and let me know what you're stamping!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

QUICK post!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight is my LAST CLASS of the year! :) It's called IT'S A WRAP, appropriately. :D But I digress; I have been baking this afternoon, and did the class this morning, and people are on their way - and I'm not ready! I need a nap. LOL!

Isn't this a pretty card?? I'm very fond of it, if I do say so myself. :D This is the Stampin' Around standard wheel SOFT HOLLY, rolled in Garden Green. The berries are colored with a Real Red Stampin' Write marker. That's naturals white card stock, mounted onto Garden Green, and the card is Real Red. The center is embossed in gold; it's a stamp from the Level 1 Hostess Set PUNCHES THREE, and punched out with the new scallop square punch. (Have I mentioned I love our punches??? :D) The inside has a verse from MANY MERRY MESSAGES.

What are YOU stamping?????????????????

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Two MORE seasonal quick cards!

I'm so glad y'all are enjoying the cards! :)

This week MIGHT be a little sparce; my best friend from college is coming to spend the week with us, and I'm still working. :D SO, it's gonna be busy - but I can't WAIT to have some fun with her, too....

ANYWAY. Here we go!

SUPER quick and easy. Colors: kraft, Ruby Red, Garden Green. Stamp set: HOLIDAYS & WISHES on front, MANY MERRY MESSAGES inside. Standard Stampin' Around wheel in Garden Green: Soft Holly. We used a Ruby Red Stampin' Write marker to color in the berries. The "poinsettia" is two of the 5 petal flower punches, offset and adhered together; the centers are three gold brads. Of course, you see that we used the ticket corner punch on the greeting. ;)

Of all the cards I've done this year, this one seems to have grabbed the most attention. It's fun, isn't it? :D Other demos have been doing these trees with the circle scallop punch, but I wanted to have something take up more of the room on the front of the card.
Colors: Riding Hood Red, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White. Stamp sets: MANY MERRY MESSAGES, BOHO BACKGROUNDS. Other accessories used: Scallop circle die, Big Shot, white embossing powder, sponge, paper snips, dimensionals. Isn't it FUN!?!?!??! The tree makes a GREAT gift tag all by itself; I'll have to remember to take a photo of the tag! :)
Enjoy the card designs, everyone - I hope they inspire you to even bigger and better creations!! Because you ARE stamping, aren't you??????????? :)
(Don't forget! If you want to purchase ANY of the "ingredients" for ANY of the creations on my blog, I can certainly help you out! :D CONTACT ME!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Two more cards from the Seasonal Quick Card Class!

Ahhhh, the power of a monochromatic card. :) This card is all Whisper White, with brushed gold/gold embossing. Isn't it beautiful? I was inspired by another demonstrator, who did several cards with this color scheme and set. I REALLY like this card!

It's HOLY TRIPTYCH. The standard Stampin' Around wheel is BAROQUE BORDER. The "noel" is from MANY MERRY MESSAGES. Stamp, emboss, and punch. :D That's all there is to this one!

This one's pretty much the same, but with Brilliant Blue and silver. the jumbo Stampin' Around wheel is, appropriately, called SNOW. :D The stamp is from a Level 1 Hostess set, PUNCHES THREE. That's the square scallop punch - new with this Idea Book & Catalog, and SO cool!!!. That is ALL there is to this card. SOOOOOO super simple!!!!
You REALLY do want to try out some of these color combos for next year, if you've already got your cards done for this year. If you HAVEN'T, it's not too late! CONTACT ME for supply information, or go to MY WEBSITE and hit the SHOP NOW button to get them all for yourself!!! :) For PETE'S SAKE, would you please stamp something and let me know it?!?!? :D

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving card ideas!

Wow! I can't believe I haven't posted the cards from the SEASONAL QUICK CARDS class! Well, we did four Christmas and one Thanksgiving - and this one is it. :) SUPER fast and easy, too - you could put several of these together this weekend and get them in the mail on Monday, no sweat!

The background is plastic wrap and Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, and metallic gold inks. I usually tell my stampers, "If it doesn't move, you can either stamp ON it or WITH it!" :) Just use the plastic wrap like you would a sponge!

The saying is from HOLIDAYS & WISHES. The leaves are cut with the Big Shot, and just crumpled up and straightened out a bit. They're adhered in one small spot onto the front of the card, and the saying is stamped in Pumpkin Pie and sponged with a little of the gold ink, then put onto the card with dimensionals. The ribbon is our kraft taffeta; when I ran out, we used Chocolate Chip - but it unbalanced the card somewhat.

Here's another idea, also using leaves cut with the Big Shot - but I also used the negative space - what was left when the leaves were cut out - to stipple Really Rust ink onto Very Vanilla card stock, so the leaves would mute it a bit. The half-scallop is also cut with the Big Shot; the "celebrate" is from CELEBRATE EVERYTHING, and the scarecrow with the cute little crow is from the Holiday Mini, HAPPY BLESSINGS. When I was doing my Hostess Appreciation Luncheon, I did a few too many - to be on the safe side! - of the scarecrows, and wanted to use them. :) The leaves are also left over from a demonstration I did; they're actually cut out from the More Mustard selection in the current Level 1 Hostess Paper Pack. (Did you know that you can get rewards for your order of $150 or more ONLINE, too??? It's AWESOME!!!)
Cute cards, aren't they? Super-simple, and fun to do. :) You NEED a Big Shot, I'm telling you! I've got a new die coming, and I can't WAIT to start showing you some awesome stuff with it....
Gotta jet! So much to do, so little time to do it in...! :D

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Have you missed me? :)

The craft fair wasn't that great, but that's OK. :) Amy and I are going to do a shopping day at my house on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If you're local and would like to come, EMAIL ME for more information and directions!!! We'd LOVE to have you come!!

So, anyway. :) Here's today's share!

This is one of the cards from this month's Advanced Techniques Class. This is snakeskin, something I learned from Technique Junkies. It's a GREAT background! I don't know how well you can see it, but there are lines on the background that make it look like snakeskin or lizard skin. The background ink colors are Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, and Night of Navy. The stamp set is WINDS OF GRACE.

What are YOU stamping? I'd love to hear from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Home & Hearth

Good afternoon! Today's share is last night's class, HOME & HEARTH. Except for the vinyl snowflakes we diecut on the Big Shot, this is everything! :)

I really wish I could show this to you in person. It's really simple, but so striking! That's a Decor Element saying; we painted canvases with gold metallic paint, then CAREFULLY put each and every letter onto the canvas - it's not taught enough to just rub on like a wall would be! Next, we put chocolate taffeta ribbon all the way around it. Next, we cut enough to tie a bow in the center and drpe to the edges for the hanger; the ends of it are held to the canvas frame with upholstery tacks. Finally, we used Tombow Multi to put down the hay. I just LOVE using the Decor Elements for things like this - they're SO versatile!!!

Isn't this BEAUTIFUL???? It's made with the stamp set from the COUNTRY LIVING HOLDAY COLLECTION stamp set; this collection is a GREAT buy!!!! Email me to find out more - or go to MY WEBSITE, hit the SHOP NOW button, and click on SPECIALS!

ANYWAY. We used white Stazon ink to stamp the snowflakes on the blue vase - which I found at BIG LOTS for $2!!! The ribbon and cording around the neck are also from the HOLIDAY COLLECTION. The big snowflake, we stamped in white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder, then punched out with the circle scallop punch. Simple, fast, EASY, and very inexpensive!

Both of these were made with the circle punches; the snowman uses the 1-3/4", 1-3/8", and the 1". The angel uses the 1-3/4" and the 1". Aren't they ADORABLE????

OK, that's it for today! I have classes to prep and a craft fair to get ready for!! :D Now, it's your turn! What are YOU stamping????? Don't forget! You can send people to MY WEBSITE to order Christmas gifts for you, or have them contact me - if you're local, I'll wrap them for your purchasers for FREE! Or, go to MY WEBSITE to purchase your gift-crafting supplies! It's easy and fast - just click SHOP NOW.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Fall!

Good afternoon!! I decided it's time to show you things from the fall stamp camp - tonight is HOME AND HEARTH, things for Christmas. I went way over budget for the fall stamp camp, and it was a GREAT time. The above are vellum "tube" candle covers. We added color to the vellum with sponges, and cut the leaves with the Big Shot. Added natural hemp, and the candles are electric tealights.

We made these cute napkin rings completely out of card stock. The turkeys are made just with the scallop circle punch and free-handing the waddles and beaks. I just love them - they're so cute! :D Colors are kind of off - I forgot to change the white balance on my camera. The colors are Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, and Ruby Red.

This was the ultimate piece for the night; it's a shadow box, 14x16. :) The leaves are from Hobby Lobby, but the saying is a Decor Element. I LOVE this piece! It's a great heirloom piece, to pass down to other family members - or you can gut the whole thing, peel off the Decor Element pieces, and use it for something else!

This is the card we made: pumpkin is cut with my Big Shot, stamped and inked; the Mellow Moss is rolled with the Fall Harvest standard Stampin' Around! wheel, and we used the moss gingham ribbon as an accent. Isn't it cute??.
OK, off to finish tomorrow's class pieces. :D Have a WONDERFUL evening - and be SURE to STAMP SOMETHING!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Other two layouts :)

Hi, everyone! So sorry - I wish one of you could come be my assistant for a couple of days. I'm so worn out - and not done yet! LOL!

Here are those other two layouts. I'm going to make these posts short and sweet, so I can at least share with you SOMETHING!!!

Colors are Not Quite Navy, Whisper White. Of course, I used the ticket corner punch; the snowflakes are some Sizzlets dies cut with my Big Shot, and there's a crystal from the inside of a clear rhinestone brad from a Pretties Kit adhered to the center of each snowflake with our Tombow Multi Adhesive.

This layout was done with lots of punches and the Coluzzle! The colors are Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, and Elegant Eggplant. We used the Coluzzle to cut out the photo mats. The edges (both sides, but you can't see the left-hand edge. Dumb scanner!) were done with the scallop edge punch. The small ovals are oval punches. We used three different sized handheld punches to create the border strips. It was simple and fun!

OK, got to run again - miles to go before I'm done! :D Have a WONDERFUL day - and please, take the time to stamp SOMEthing - I'm feeling like I'm doing it all by myself! :D

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm still here!

Just BUSY! This is usually my busiest month, and it's definitely been true so far. PHEW!!!

I will post those other two layouts later, but I wanted to share this video with you. This is Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up!®'s CEO, showing some great place settings made using the Big Shot and other accessories. If you'd like to know more about the items she used for all these great table favors, email me!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How time flies!!!

Working, working, working! SO much to do, so little time to do it!! :)

Two quick shares today, from the Scrapbooking class last week.

This is a new set for me, CRAZY FOR CUPCAKES. It's still ON SALE for two more days - CLICK HERE to check out the specials going on! The background is Very Vanilla, and the photo mats are Regal Rose. I embossed the balloons AND the outline of the cupcakes, and then colored in the cupcake, cut it out, and put it on dimensionals. Super easy!

Here's another easy one, but I love the colors! The leaves are vellum that we sponged Earth Elements colors onto, crinkled, and cut with my Big Shot. They're mounted onto Very Vanilla, which was matted onto Chocolate Chip. The background is Garden Green that we rolled with the FALL HARVEST Stampin' Around wheel. Again, super easy!!

OK, off to work on class planning. :D Have a WONDERFUL day - and for goodness' sake, take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's a BEAUTIFUL Sunday afternoon!

I'm soooooooooooo tired. :) I can't wait for Tuesday to get here; I get to sleep in! :D

ANYWAY! Ann, I checked with my hostesses, to get their permission to share the Blessings Mix with you. I try to keep EVERYTHING that I do and serve for my hostesses ONLY for them, because it's their special thank-you from me. But each one said I could share with you - I have THE best group of stampers in the world, I tell you! :D

Here is the actual text from the insert. Enjoy!!

Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
Each item in this mix symbolizes a blessing we enjoy:
Bugles - cornucopia. We are blessed with so much!
Pretzels - prayer. We are blessed with the freedom to worship!
Candy Corn - food. It was scarce the first year of settlement, but God provided!
Dried Fruit - bountiful harvest. We harvest now, and save for the future!
Peanuts - future harvest. We know God will provide tomorrow’s needs, too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another new item from the inspiration station!

Psalm 100 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and these two verses are two of my favorites in the chapter.

It might have been more "professional" if I'd typed it out in a fancy font, but I really like the fact that it's in my own handwriting. I used a Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red Stampin' Write Marker to write it out.

I used the negative from die cutting the maple leaves on my Big Shot to dry emboss the leaves along the side of a piece of Creamy Caramel. I used my finger with a little bit of Close to Cocoa ink to edge the leaves.

Isn't it pretty? :D I'd love to see what you're creating! You ARE taking the time to STAMP, aren't you???

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Inspiration Station!

Hi, everyone! Here's the fresh, new look of the Inspiration Station!

For the rest of the week, I'll be sharing at least one of the new projects here! :)

First, there was a question on one of the comments from last week that I want to answer. :)

Hi Lori,This is my first time visiting your blog. What did you use to clean off the ornaments before you adhered the rub-ons?Stampin' Smiles from Ear to Ear, Ann :)

Ann, I used rubbing alcohol or an alcohol pad. It's the simplest, easiest way to do it. The alcohol pads are really convenient; you can find them with the diabetic supplies at most superstores. :)

OK. On to a new project!

Both of these ideas came from fellow demonstrators; I can't wait to show you some winter/Christmas takes on these! :D
The pumpkin is made with the large circle punch and the five-petal flower punch. It's SUPER-cute!!!
The Frankenstein face you've seen here before; this one is smaller, and it contains a standard-sized Hershey's chocolate bar.
The thing that makes him really incredible is the sponging on his nose and eyelids, and the white reflections in his eyes. He's FUN, isn't he???
Stay tuned for more show-n-tell! :) Have a wonderful day - and PLEASE, take the time to stamp something!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

What a party!

If you weren't invited to this year's Hostess Appreciation Luncheon, I sure hope you'll host a party this coming year so you can come!!!! :) Here are some photos of what you missed!

These are the table favors, drying and getting ready to be filled. :D

And to the right is what they looked like in-place. You can see that each person's name was on them, so everyone knew where to sit. The criss-cross boxes are filled with Thanksgiving Blessing Mix. All the attendees received the templates for all the boxes we made, as well as a punch guide template - and it was all in a folder I rolled and signed with my thanks!

Here's what each place setting looked like....

And what the whole table looked like!

I make everything for lunch from scratch, ladies! You get treated like royalty! :) This year's menu:
Oven-fried chicken breasts
Green bean casserole
Cranberry Jello salad
Corn spoon bread
Spinach salad
Chocolate caramel tart
Mint iced tea, water, two types of coffee

And now, the projects we did!

(Mini pizza box, Votive tealight holder, Birthday in a Box)

The Inspiration Station was totally refreshed, with LOTS of new samples that I'm going to try to show you in the next few days. :) Music, stamping, friends, prizes - did I tell you that the prize value averaged $20 each this year, and EVERYONE ATTENDING RECEIVED ONE????

I had a wonderful time; I have the BEST stampers in the world, I guarantee it!!!! :) This year's is over, so planning begins for next year. Will YOU be here???? I sure hope so!!! Contact me to find out how to get invited!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Good morning! I decided to pop in quickly and show you this cute card even closer. :)
It was sent to me by the closest person in Stampin' Up! I have to a support group; she's my up-up-upline, Karen Titus. I just thought this card was cute, simple to do, and HYSTERICAL!!!
Inside, it has the face of the racoon punched out and matted just like the front. Too funny! Thank you, Karen, if you ever stumble across this blog. :D I enjoy getting cards from her when I have good sales. She's way up north, so I've never even met the woman - but it's nice to know someone's noticing!! :)
OK, I'm off to work some more. Saturday is the Hostess Appreciation Luncheon; it's too late to get in on THIS year's, but it's not too late to get your party scheduled so you can come NEXT year!!! :) I can't wait to hear from you!
Have a GREAT day - and take the time to stamp something!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Phew, I've been BUSY!!!!!

See the new slideshow over on the right??? I'm going to do these once a month, to show you the cards and 3D items people gift me. :) If you want to be seen, send me something! :D

IF you aren't there, it means the something you gave me didn't make it to my basket. I promise to do better on being organized! :D

This guy is a gift certificate holder! :D I made him, super-simple, to hold a donation Kenn and I are giving from our HPP business for Encore Theatre Company's fundraiser. It's always a Halloween-themed "ball", so I went with the flow. :)
OK, I'm gonna run - still doing bunches and bunches of stuff!!! Have a WONDERFUL week - and make the time to stamp something. You're gonna fall over when you see all I've been doing!! :D

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Monday!!!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!!! I spent it with a head cold. :) But I'm also working on big things for the Hostess Appreciation Luncheon this coming Saturday - you'll see things from that NEXT week. :D I'm not spilling the beans!!!

What I WILL do is share. :D

I made this matching card and box/bag for a dear friend for her birthday - Hi, Jan! :)

The paper is wonderful - it's the Holiday Treasures designer series paper from the Idea Book & Catalog. Jan LOVES flowers, but doesn't care much for Christmas. :D This paper has a subtle snowflake on it, but the flowers are gorgeous. So, I decided to use the paper. :D

Here's the tutorial for the treat box, from Di's blog. I've made a couple of them, actually - here's one I did for my Tennessee Stamper's Retreat Secret Sister.

Aren't they fun??? They're a great size, hold lots of chocolate ;D, and are super-simple.
Think CHRISTMAS GIFTS, everyone - they're made from card stock, so they're sturdy, and would be a great way to package a hostess gift, etc. Thanks, Di, for the great tutorial! :)
OK, I'm off - LOTS to do today!!! - but I really want to hear from you! What are you stamping???? You ARE stamping, aren't you???? ;)
Be watching for BLOG CANDY on November 1!!!! I can't wait! :D

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rub-On Revelation Class!

Hi, everyone! Quick projects for a beautiful Friday afternoon! :D Today's share is from Tuesday's Rub-On Revelation. It was SO much fun!!!!

We did CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS - some of the smaller letters/words didn't want to go on to some of them too well. Be SURE you clean the glass - we learned by experience. :) But they're SO fun - a new dimension for those re-inker-dyed ornaments!

We also made BOXES for them, with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive scallop envelope die. That's the holiday designer series paper from the Idea Book. The medallions are punches, but the images are all rub-ons!!! SO fast and fun!!!

To order YOUR rub-ons, go to my official site and press the SHOP NOW button at the top. Go to EMBELLISHMENTS; at the bottom of that page is the RUB-ONS!!! :D Don't forget to check out all the FABULOUS specials going on now, too!

Have a wonderful weekend! Take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's MONDAY - have you stamped today? :D

Hi, everyone! Quick card for you from last month's Christmas Card Class!

It's a very contemporary color combination; the designer series paper is from the HOLIDAY TREASURES pack. The chocolate chip strip is cardstock; the "snow" is a Jumbo Stampin'

Around wheel done in chocolate chip. The snowflake is the new IN COLOR, Baja Breeze, cut with the Big Shot and a Sizzlets die. There's a gold brad in the middle of the snowflake, for a little sparkle and texture. SUPER simple!

OK, since that was a really quick share, here's another from that class!

The stamped image is from BIG ON CHRISTMAS; we colored it in with Satmpin' Write markers. I need to get a new Real Red; someone colored too hard with it, and split the brush.
Anyway. We sponged or stippled white ink through the negative space left when we cut out snowflakes with the Big Shot. It's so soft, it looks like fleece in real life!
OK, I need to get busy. :D I have miles to go, and time is FLYING by today!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be SURE and take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!! :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I hope you're taking the time today to make some cards to send to your friends and family - be a blessing!!!!! :) I wanted to show you what Barbara and I did this morning - she's the only one who showed up for the celebration. :)

This first one is done with INSPIRED BY NATURE.

Colors are Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, and Garden Green. We colored the image with Stampin' Write markers, using the darker ones along the edges of the stamp. We stamped it onto glossy white cardstock, and stamped the saying with Chocolate Chip ink. We let it dry for a few moments - VERY important with glossy!!! - and then used my favorite ticket corner punch on the corners of the glossy and the Pink Passion. Simple, elegant card!

I'm kind of proud of this one. :D It's a PAY IT FORWARD card. The color of the base cardstock is Basic Gray; we used some of the Designer Series Paper from the Level 1 hostess print pack - this is Real Red - to cut out the scallop envelope - an exclusive die from Stampin' Up! & Sizzix. Actually, we did TWO. More on that in a moment. :)

The "heartfelt" is from HEARTFELT THANKS, and is embossed with white craft ink and white embossing powder. The enclosure card has the stamp that says "wonderful you" from WONDERFUL YOU. :D

On the inside, there's a white piece of computer paper that reads:

Pay it forward!

I wanted to let you know I appreciate you, and I hope you'll take this opportunity to tell someone else!

Just take the card that I wrote to you out of the front envelope, then take a blank one out of this envelope and write your own message on it, put it in the front envelope, and send it on. If the envelope is empty, feel free to fill it up again!

Thank you! I'm so glad you're in my life!

Then there's a SECOND scalloped envelope attached to the bottom of the paper; inside of it, there are three or four more of the white enclosure cards that are stamped with "wonderful you". I'm hoping that it will be a real blessing to LOTS of people - feel free to use the idea!!! :)

OK, I need to run - we have a wedding to shoot this afternoon. A woman's work is never done. :D Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!