Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Still more scrapbooking! :)

Good morning! :) I wanted to show you another set of scrapbooking pages. The color, again, on the protected pages is not quite right, but I really wanted to be sure to post these pages.
I find this Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, and Very Vanilla combination very soothing. This would be an excellent combination for a heritage layout, or perhaps for some time in your life that's harder to scrap - a loved one who's passed away, someone who's not in your life anymore, etc.
The wheel is Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Vine jumbo Stampin' Around wheel; the ink color is Mellow Moss. I was impressed with how well the ink showed up on the Always Artichoke.
Here's the 6x6. Same colors - and my scanner cut off the edges, but the Mellow Moss and Very Vanilla strips are not off the edge - it looks very much like the larger layout.
We used the key tag punch for the little journaling blocks, and the word window punch for the titling underneath the photo mats on the larger layout.
So, have you been stamping and/or scrapping? What have you been working on? Please forgive me if I'm slow to respond this week; the show is getting to a critical mass, opening three weeks from tomorrow night (!!!!) - and my sister and her family will be here for the next few days. I'm excited - I'll get to meet my niece for the first time!!! - but I also have three club meetings/workshops to get prepped for. :D WHEW. I'm already tired. LOL!

Monday, February 25, 2008

More scrapbooking! :)

Good morning! Time to share some more scrapbook layouts with you; the above is the 12x12. The colors are Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Old Olive; the designer series paper is from a new one that is in the OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG, available March 1, called SUMMER PICNIC. This is definitely not a color combination I would have thought of on my own! :D But I really like this combination; it's definitely summery, and feels very fresh. The accents on the journaling box are colored with Stampin' Write markers, and is a stamp from the TAGGERS DOZEN set - I felt that it coordinated with all the circles in the paper quite well!

This is the corner detail, just to show you what we did for some texture. :) I used every other hole on my piercing template with my piercing tool in my CRAFTER'S TOOL KIT - which came in in the Top 10 Creative Keepsakes Tool Kits this year! - and I just love the little bit of texture and detail it added.
This, to the right, is the 6x6 layout that coordinates with this 12x12. Same colors, same strip orientation. Doing 6x6 albums is both a blessing and a curse; they go together SUPER quickly, because you don't have a lot of room to have to be creative and fill. BUT, you can't be as loose with accents, etc. on a 6x6 page -there just isn't room. :)
So, let me know what you think! Do you like this new paper? It's an AWESOME package of paper; I'll be doing more things with it and showing you as we go. :) And, as soon as the online link goes hot, I'll link you to the new Occasions Mini, so you can take a look for yourself! :)
Meanwhile, take the time to STAMP something!! :) And share with me - y'all are being too quiet!
Plus, tomorrow I'll anounce the winner of the BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!!! You won't want to miss it! :)
Have a BLESSED day!

Friday, February 22, 2008

New challenge card :)

Good afternoon! :) Here's a card I did when Pat Huntoon challenged the Technique Junkies to do a card like this. :)
So, this card is made with a 6"x8" piece of Basic Gray card stock; it's 6" tall. The rubon border is one I pieced together with my CHERISHED MEMORIES rubons from Stampin' Up!, and I put them on a piece of Pretty in Pink designer paper that's in the Level 1 Hostess Paper Pack - such BEAUTIFUL paper!!!! Next, I took my paper snips and cut around the border; I didn't cut too perfectly, but kind of closely.
The words are also rubons from that set; the two smaller windows are pieces of card stock cut to just shy of 3/8" wide and the ends punched with the word window punch - which is what I used for the last one. Simple and pretty. :)
I've always loved gray and pink together! :)
SO. What are YOU working on today? I'm working on my watercoloring class that's taking place tomorrow morning. :) I've got the watercoloring part down, it's designing the rest of the card that's taking me a bit. That, plus I have NO ambition today. LOL!!!
Have a WONDERFUL weekend! I hope you'll take the time to STAMP something!!!!! See you soon! :)

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Good morning, everyone. It's been busy around here lately; I hope you're having fun with the BLOG CANDY entries; I sure am!!!! I'm going to close the contest SUNDAY NIGHT, February 24, so please go to that entry to enter to win!

OK, I'm going to start sharing the scrapbook pages from the last class. This time, I was able to do the 12x12 first, and the 6x6 coordinate with them. This is my LEAST favorite of the whole layouts; the pictures are going to have to make this one. My mom loved this one - so it's definitely a matter of taste. :)

It's also not the best photo, so I'm sorry about that. The colors are Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla, with Brushed Gold. Here's the 6x6; I like it MUCH better!

Of course, this is a SCAN. :) If I get too many complaints about how bad the photos are this time - I'm lazy this morning - I'll reshoot. But this layout? It's not gonna improve much with a different photo. :D

SO. What are YOU working on these days???? I'd love to know! So, take the time to STAMP something - then share it! :)

Have a WONDERFUL day!!!!!!!!! OH, Patty, if you can email me at, I can answer your questions about my gel pen! :D

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Happy Tuesday! :D

How are you today??? Have you been stamping? I'll tell you WHAT, there's a whole lot of that going on around here! :D
I wanted to share this single page scrapbook LO with you. It was a difficult picture to scrap, because of the memories that go with it, but I wanted to make sure the photo was preserved.
ANYWAY. What I wanted to show you was the border, the curliques, and the "friends"; they're ALL from Stampin' Up!'s new RUB-ONS! These are from the CHERISHED MEMORIES set - and they make scrapping SO easy!!! We've used them a lot in my scrapping classes; we did last night, as a matter of fact - and I'll be showing you THOSE photos, too.
I wanted to stick with a simple page, but I also wanted something to dress it up a bit - and I think these rub-ons are perfect. I bet you'd love them, too - card embellishments are a cinch, too! The card stock is Night of Navy, with Pretty In Pink behind the photo. I wrote my journaling with my white gel pen - LOVE that pen!
I'm outta here - more work to do! :) Be sure and enter the BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY, on this post only!!! And take some time to STAMP something - then bless someone else with it!! :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Keep those comments coming!! :D

I'm SO loving the comments you're leaving on why you love my blog. :D You really, really want that blog candy, don't you! :D If you haven't entered yet, please do - but you HAVE to do it on THIS POST. You've got a few more days. I'm going to keep going back and reading the comments, though, because you're making my head swell. LOL!!!!

Anyway. Back to showing you what we've been doing around here! This was from Saturday's class, SCRAPBOOK IN A TIN. We took DVD tins, and put accordian-folded inserts inside that we'd decorated, and decorated the front and back of the outside with covers - this is the front. The back doesn't have the pink and/or white parts. :)

This is Buckaroo Blue, stamped with Not Quite Navy, and then the embossing is done with VersaMark and White EP. The flowers are all from that level 3 hostess set Stampin' Up! gave us for Christmas, TIME WELL SPENT. The "celebrate" is from CELEBRATE EVERYTHING, and the "friendship" is from WONDERFUL WORDS. We used the 1/2". 3/4" and 1" circle punches to do the flower center, and the colors are Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, and Purely Pomegranate. the "friendship" piece is also notched with the ticket corner punch. Here's the inside - we obviously corner-rounded all the photo mats, too - I was in a hurry when I did the example. :D I'm going to go back and round the ones I didn't do already....

The inside is stamped with the polka dot stamp from POLKA DOTS & PAISLEY, and the words are "good times" and "friendship" from CELEBRATE EVERYTHING. We used LOTS of Sticky Strip for this project - the last page is adhered to the inside of the tin, but you could leave it undone, if you wanted to be able to take the whole think out. There's a ribbon loop on the front page - which is decorated on both sides - so you can pull the accordian open easily. This will sit up on a desk or other flat surface, or can be folded up to fit into a drawer or purse, etc.

We had a LOT of fun; one of the ladies did hers and wanted green instead of the blue, so I gave her Green Galore - it was REALLY pretty, and very springy looking. :)

If you try this one, please let me know how it goes!! It's pretty, and a lot of fun - great for gifts, too! :) And for goodness' sakes, TAKE THE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

BLOG CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you trust me????? This blog candy is going to be AWESOME - but I'm not going to tell you what it is. :) Just know it will be better than the last time - I mean, I've got over 10,000 hits!! :)

To enter, you MUST post a comment to this blog entry, telling me SOMETHING you enjoy about visiting my blog. :)

Make me laugh, make me cry - just let me know you appreciate me. ;D

I can't wait to start reading!!!! Invite all your friends - this blog candy is going to be AWESOME, I promise.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

How ARE you???? What are you stamping these days???? This is what I stamped with the MOPS group on Monday. It was their Valentine's party, so we did Valentine's stuff. :)

The milk carton is a pattern that Stampin' Up! demonstrators can get from SU!, on their demo-only side of the website. We stamped it with the level 3 hostess stamp set, TIME WELL SPENT, and did the tag with TAGGER'S DOZEN. Inside, we put homemade baby-powder-scented bath salts.

The M&M bag was really easy. Used the So Swirly jumbo wheel and ticket corner punch.

The Valentine's card? The designer paper is from the Berry Bliss collection; the "love" is from WONDERFUL WORDS. The "love" parts are made using the corner rounder.

Simple, fun, gave us lots of time for talking and laughing, and I think everyone had a good time. :)

Now, then. As of this writing, we're only 10 hits away from 10,000!!!! HURRAY! That will mean another blog candy announcement on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be on the lookout!

Now, I know it's Valentine's Day - but go stamp a card for your loved one, or someone who might not receive a card! Take the time to stamp something!! :) Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

2-4-6-8 Box Tutorial!

NOTE: This is another version of the box I show in the tutorial; have fun with either one!

Easy, easy!!! This box is used a LOT by many demonstrators; we use it a lot at my house! :) I thought I'd give you a tutorial on it, since it's so simple. Shot fresh this morning, I hope you enjoy it! Be sure and send me pics - or even the real thing! - of what YOU do with this one.

What you will need: Card stock, 5.5"x8.5"; scissors or paper snips; bone folder, or cutter kit scoring blade; ruler; stamps to decorate the outside of your box (I'm using So Swirly Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel); Sticky Strip; ribbon for closing, if desired. Grid paper highly recommended!

1. Decorate card stock as desired; turn over, and line up in corner of your grid paper - so you can score without having to measure first!

2. Start scoring at 2". Do so at 4", 6", and 8", also.

I drew pencil lines, so you could see the score lines easier!

3. Now, line your ruler up so it goes across your card stock, and score all the way across at 1 inch.

4. Take your scissors, and start cutting up to that 1" score line from the bottom; these are going to make your bottom flaps for your box.

5. Cut the small tab off on the corner; it should look like this when you're done!

6. Now, angle the ends of the small tab; this scan shows you what it should look like when you're done cutting!

7. Fold on all your score lines, toward the inside.

8. Grab your Sticky Strip! Put alongside the DECORATED SIDE of the small tab, and on two flaps - either numbers 1&3, as in the photo, or the 2&4. (That would be the ones NOT done in the photo!) This will make more sense later. :D Use your bone folder to burnish the Sticky Strip down, so the protective red plastic will come up easier.

9. Fold the side attached to the small tab in, as in the photo. This will make assembly SO much easier!

10. Fold the opposite side in to meet; once joined, flatten and smooth to adhere.

Tada! You have a rectangle! :D

11. Turn upside down; fold in flaps WITHOUT Sticky Strip. Now, peel the red backing off one side at a time, and stick down on top of the un-sticky flaps.

Tada! You've got a bottom on your box! Now, flip it over!

Take your bone folder and press against the bottom, to make sure your adhesive sticks really well.

TRADITIONAL CLOSURE: You can keep your box open, like the baby one above, OR you can form a closure for it.

12. Pinch sides together, so the back and the front meet at the top.

13. Using scissors, notch sides while holding the back and front together - this is so the notches line up when you close it again!

Now, fill the box with whatever you wish.

14. Using ribbon or hemp, wrap around your box top twice, and tie. You may add a tag, or whatever additional decoration you wish!

Now, let's see what YOU do with this simple, versatile box! :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

I'm in a hurry, so here's a quick card! :)

Hi! WOW, where does the time go?!?!?! I have a big class here tonight, so I'm finishing the prep for it - they're mostly new stampers, so it should be fun, but labor-intensive, too. :)
ANYWAY. This is one of the cards we did for February SAB hostess parties this month; is a super-dooper easy card, masculine enough to give to your husband - but with a TINY touch of pink, to stick with that Valentine's Day feel. The background is one of the stamps from A BEAUTIFUL THING stamp set; the "love" is from WONDERFUL WORDS. The designer paper is Berry Bliss - which I SOOOO love!!!! Colors for card stock are Very Vanilla and Pretty in Pink, and the inks are Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip.
OK, I'm off to finish prepping - but keep watching. Sooner or later, I WILL get to shoot that tutorial for you! :) Also, be on the lookout for the samples from tonight's class/stamp camp, and I'll be giving you a sneak peek at a couple of new things from the next mini catalog!!!!
Sale-A-bration's already 12 days in, everyone! Have YOU placed your order, or scheduled your party - or, better yet, signed up to be a demo! - to get your extra freebies?? Email me to find out more!!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Another 12x12 layout!

Good morning! :) I don't know where YOU are, but it's absolutely beautiful here today. Sunny and bright, the birds and squirrels are busy in the backyard, and I'm trying to get all caught up. :D
I wanted to share another layout from my scrapbooking class with you! This one is done with the INFINITE GOODNESS stamp set, a level 2 hostess set from the Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog.
The colors are Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla. We sponged the background card stock with Brocade Blue ink, to give it some texture. The tag images are stamped by coloring the stamp itself with Stampin' Write markers, and stamping them on So Saffron. The edges of those images are torn, then inked with Always Artichoke. They were simple to make, but I love the colors. Also, the tags wouldn't need to have the images if you didn't want them to - they could be journaling tags. OR, you could make the tags so they opened like a book, and use them for journaling that way.
Many requests for that purse gift card information! I don't have the dimensions or anything for anyone; I'm going to put a class together, so when I do that, I'll have a tutorial to give you. :)
OK, gotta run - miles to go before I'm ready to have fun. :) Have a WONDERFUL day - and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!!!! I am! :D

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Christmas Cards from friends - 2007

THANK YOU for blessing me with your hand-stamped Christmas cards! I'll look forward to posting more slideshows in the near future. :)

Happy Wednesday! :)

Good morning! (Yes, it's still morning HERE!) I hope you're having a great day! It's hump day, people - the weekend's not far away!

I wanted to share this card that Becky P. sent me last week. :) Isn't it pretty? Thank you, Becky! Amy loved the watercoloring!! :D

Don't forget, everyone, the request for tutorials I put out! I only received ONE suggestion! Go back and give me some ideas, people!

OK, I'm going to run. :) I've been stamping today; have YOU?? If not, I certainly hope you'll take the time to STAMP something! :) Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I'm BACK!!!!!

Phew. Dad's office was torn apart today, so no internet!!!! It was AWFUL!!!!

I couldn't post ANYTHING!!!!!!

I wanted to show you what we did yesterday. :)
Amy is on the left, and this is Melissa. They're working on the project I designed, and the tutorial you'll get to see soon. :D

This card is Amy's project. Isn't it CUTE?? Love the color combination, and the fun feel of the card.

The gift card holder, at the top of the page, is going to take its place in a gift card holder class. It's too cute for words!!! Not hard at all; Melissa did all the cutting, so all we had to do was assemble!

I think I'm going to stop now, because the power is surging. It scares me!!!! We had a great time yesterday, and too bad you couldn't be here. :D Let's just say FOOD figured into the day, big-time, and we laughed and talked a LOT.

Friends. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO grateful for EVERY SINGLE ONE I HAVE!!!!!!!!

Now. Go take the time to STAMP something - I am! :D

Sunday, February 3, 2008

I've got ONE suggestion for a new tutorial...

and it's to use metal on a card. Cathy, can you tell me what TYPE of metal you're talking about? Real metal, metallic stuff, you tell me! :D Just need a little clarification!

I've already got an idea for you, ALL my own design, copied from something I found IRL. My mom laughed when I told her what I was going to do with this "something"; she said, "You're always thinking about what you can do with stuff, aren't you?" I told her the day I stop finding fun, innovative things to do, my business dies - and I LOVE what I do too much to let that happen! :D

Monday is going to be a FUN day with Melissa and Amy, so I won't have time to do anything tomorrow - hopefully, I can shoot the tutorial on Tuesday, but I am NOT promising anything! :D

For now, be content with this example of faux silk. It was a card from the Advanced Techniques class last month; I really love this simple, easy technique - and, if I'd had the chance to go into the back yard, I would have used a twig or two under the saying to add to the feel of this. All my class guests loved the color combinations. :)

OK, I'm off. I've got to get up and be READY in the morning! :D I'll report back on how much fun we had. Just so you can be jealous! :D

Have a WONDERFUL day!!! Be sure to take the time to STAMP something - I sure am! :D

Saturday, February 2, 2008

WOW! You guys love tutorials!!!!

Tell you what. Leave me a comment and tell me what you'd like to see for tutorials. If/when I do it, I will send you the card I show, AND the cardstock precut to make one yourself. :) ONLY to the FIRST person who mentions it, everyone - I can't have the same tutorial mean I have to send out twenty packets! LOL!!!!

So, put on your thinking caps, and let me know what you'd like to see. As long as it's not something that Technique Junkies has shown, I'll try my best. :) I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Mint Basket - a tutorial!

Remember that mint basket I posted a while ago? Well, I shot the tutorial for it last night. Please bear in mind this is my first tutorial! This design isn't even my own - for the original tutorial and another idea of what you can do with this, please visit Kimberley Morris's website! Don't forget: if you need to see more detail, just click on the picture! If you run into trouble, please don't hesitate to email me at!

What you will need:
paper cutter, one sheet of card stock, 8.5"x11", coordinating designer paper, paper snips or scissors, adhesive, 1/16" hole punch, brads, bone folder, ruler.

1. Cut card stock to make a 8.5" square - in other words, cut off 1.5" from the long side.

2. Now, cut that square in half - at 4.25".

3. Now, cut those in half, at 4.25".

4. Take the 1.5"x8.5" piece you cut off the bottom, and cut into 5/8"x8.5" strips, so you get 4 strips out of the piece.

5. Next, select one of those squares.

6. Score in at 1-1/4" from all four sides. Use your bone folder and ruler - or, use your bone folder in the channel on your paper trimmer.

This is what it should look like when you're done scoring.

7. I've made dashes and lines in white gel pen, so you can see what I'm doing. :) Using your paper snips or scissors, cut up to the fold line on two OPPOSING sides. Now, on Kimberley's original, she cut the side tabs, too. When we've done these at a class, we DON'T do that; it's completely up to you. The advantage of doing so: it looks more finished on the inside. The disadvantage is that the brads on the handle don't come in contact with the sides, so the only thing holding it together is adhesive.

This is what it should look like when you're done cutting.

8. Fold on all score lines; this is what it will look like when you do so.

9. Flip over; put adhesive on all four cut tabs.

10. Bring tabs together; adhere side to back of tabs.

Look! You've got a little box! :D

11. Cut a strip of DSP 1"x8".

12. Curl around your finger, or over the edge of the table. This will make it easier to adhere to the box.

13. Put adhesive in several places on the back of the strip of paper; start on one of the sides you adhered the tabs to.

Wrap around your box completely!

14. Take one of your handle strips - the 5/8" wide ones - and put adhesive on each end. See the X? :D

15. Adhere to the insides, where you brought the tabs together. Do both sides! :)

Awwwww, isn't it CUTE??????? Just one more thing to do!!!!!

16. Punch holes on either side through the handles - and I hope you're better at "straight" than I am. OI!
Put coordinating brads through those little holes!

You can use your basket for anything you want! We used them to put mint patties in; the scallop punch is PERFECT for a York snack-size! :) The front one uses TAGGER'S DOZEN to decorate; the ones in the basket I used the small flower outline from POLKA DOTS & PAISLEY, but you can really get creative!
PHEW!! :D I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial - if you have ANY questions, email me! :)