Friday, May 29, 2009


Wow. The last Friday of May, the last POST of May. The year's almost halfway over - can you believe that it's only 210 days until Christmas?!?!? :D Take a look at the counter on this page! LOL!

If you're anywhere around me, tonight is a free stamp & scrap night at my house - just bring a snack to share, and the stuff you want to work on. I'll be workin' on stuff, too! :)

Anyway. For today's post, I wanted to use up a little more of my designer series paper - since I know there's going to be LOTS I'm going to want to play with in the new Idea Book & Catalog, I want to clean out what I've got. :D

This is a 6x6 card; it would be EASY to turn this into a 2-page 6x6 layout. I'd use this side for one of the pages, and cut on the score line to do the second page. Here's the picture, and then I'll give you the recipe! :)

Card stock: Very Vanilla, Taken With Teal

Inks: Basic Brown, Taken With Teal

Stamp set: Just Buzzin' By....

Accessories: Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Taken With Teal Stampin' Write Markers, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Crystal Effects, AquaPainters, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, dimensionals, paper snips, Five-Petal Flower Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Game Night DSP

Isn't it FUN? :) The DSP just reminded me of a picnic tablecloth! It's the other side of the DSP I used on this project earlier in the year. (The one on the tin!)

OK. I'm off! Have a WONDERFUL weekend! And take a little time to STAMP SOMETHING! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Stationery Box Class

Hi! So sorry it's late in the day again; I'm going to work on tomorrow's post while Kenn's gone tonight, so I can get it prescheduled. (I figure if I put it in writing, I'll feel obligated....:D)

SO. Here are pictures from earlier this month; this stationery box was a lot of fun to do, and would make a FANTASTIC gift - it's more labor-intensive than expensive, and with today's economy, isn't that what we're all looking for? I got the tutorial HERE, from Jackie Topa; she's AMAZINGLY talented, and has some fantastic things - please take a look around her blog, too!

On with the pictures!!!! Unless there's something terribly important to share with you, I'm just putting up the pictures. As always, click on the picture for a larger look - then click on your back button to come back and continue! :)

For all the projects, we used Whisper White and Pacific Point card stock, and Pacific Point designer series paper. The ribbon on the box top is Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain.

This is the inside of the box. The little side envelope holds stamps.

Underneath the flap is a regular 3x3 post-it notepad.

The top part of the box holds cards, a notebook - for addresses, etc. - and gift cards.

Here's a picture of that little notebook:
Then there's that small side pocket that looks empty! It's got eight greetings from SINCERE SALUTATIONS stamped in Pacific Point and punched with the scallop oval punch from the OCCASIONS MINI, only available for another month!

As you can see on a couple of the projects, we also used the eyelet edge punch. I love that thing. :D

The greeting punches will fit on both the smaller enclosure cards AND on the larger cards, as you can see from these last pictures!

So, that's it for today - but I think it's a lot! :D Even if you don't do the whole box, a set of the cards with the salutation punches would make an easy, quick, THOUGHTFUL gift!

You do realize that MONDAY will be the release of the LAST CHANCE LIST, right? Formerly called The Retired List, THE LAST CHANCE LIST is the listing of all the CURRENT STAMP SETS that will be GONE come July 1!!! That's when the new Idea Book & Catalog makes its appearance - but it's also the day we say farewell to some favorite sets. Be watching - I'll post that list, or a link to the list, Monday.

But Monday is also the start of the THIRD ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CARD CONTEST, and you'll want to be sure to enter that! :)

Tomorrow will be the last post of the month. WOW. Hard to believe it's flown! :) Have a wonderful evening, my friends. And at least TRY to take the time to STAMP SOMETHING, would ya!?:D

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Hi, all! I'm really sorry that I haven't been posting as long or as often as I should; Kenn blew up all the laptops, so until HIS new PC gets here, we're SHARING this one. I bet you can guess how that's going. :D

ANYWAY. Last night was my first OPPORTUNITY NIGHT, and no one came. :D It's too bad, too - I had this cute project to share. I found a tutorial for it HERE, but had to fix one or two things. Here's the pictures of the one I did for last night! (While you're at Stephanie's blog, check out some of her other projects - she does great work!!!!!)

Isn't it CUTE?!?!?

Here's the low-down:

Card stocks: Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla (see next picture)

Ink: Cameo Coral

Stamp sets: Really Retro (see next picture), Boho Backgrounds

Accessories: Five-petal flower punch, scallop circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, small oval punch, scallop edge punch, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Build-a-brad, dimensionals, crimper

SO fun to do! Here's what it looks like when you pull out the insert:

This card WILL fit in a standard card envelope! You just have to be careful when putting the flowers on to keep it at the 5-1/2" heighth.

OK. Lots to do today, not to mention getting off here soon so Kenn can have his "turn". :D

Have a WONDERFUL day! If you try one of these flower pot cards, I'd LOVE to see what you do!

Because you ARE going to take the time to STAMP SOMETHING, aren't you?!?!?! ;)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

And the winner is...

JAN S.! CONGRATULATIONS, JAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The next time you're here - Jan happens to be a local, and a dear friend! :) - we'll talk about your personalized prize! :)

Congratulations, Jan!

Don't forget: You'll all have another chance at next month's MEGA CANDY if you enter and win the Third Annual Birthday Card Contest! Details coming on June 1!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you're enjoying your long weekend! And I know you're anxious to know who won the blog candy, but you'll have to wait just a little bit longer! :) I'll post it later today.

Tomorrow night, I'm holding an OPPORTUNITY NIGHT; if you're local, and would like to know more about Stampin' Up! and the income opportunity - as well as how awesome it is to fulfill the Statement of the Heart - please contact me for more information at!

So, today you get the last two cards from Thursday's Quick Card Class! The second one wouldn't scan, so I had to do a REAL picture of it. :D I hope you enjoy them both - let me know what you think!!!! (Comments make my day, really!!!!)

This one actually has a pattern on it that you can't see in the scan! It's got silver ink seran-wrap-daubed onto it. (One of my favorite texture secrets!:D)

Card stocks: Kraft, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke

Inks: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Silver Encore

Stamp sets: Wonderful You, Sincere Salutations

Accessories: Ticket corner punch (Yup! My favorite corner punch makes an appearance! :D), 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, designer label punch, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals

THIS card was just for ME. :D I had advertised a baby card, a thank-you, a birthday, and a wedding; this one's because I love this stamp set! :D

Card stocks: Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink

Inks: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip Classic AND Craft

Stamp sets: Forest Friends, Happy Everything

Accessories: scallop edge punch, Chocolate Chip corduroy buttons, Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, dimensionals

Just LOOKING at the card makes me happy. :D It's my favorite colors, I love the stamp set - it's just a ME card. LOL!!

OK, I'm off! Have a WONDERFUL day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I'll let you slide today, but tomorrow, PLEASE! STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Friday, May 22, 2009


I've heard it from EVERYONE this week - "I can't wait until FRIDAY!!" Well, it's HERE! :D And a long weekend for most people, too. I hope you really enjoy your time this weekend; we are so blessed!!!

So, today is the LAST DAY to enter for the BLOG CANDY!! You MUST read THIS post and leave a comment on THIS POST. :) I can't wait to see who wins! :D

Edit: I know the surprise box link STILL doesn't work. Just email me at and I'll send you the PDF file. ::sigh:: I tried! :)

Today and Monday I'm going to share cards from last night's Quick Card Class. We had a great time! Let me know what you think of them, will you? :D

This is NOT an original punch design - it's been floating around for a while, but I just think it's too cute for words. :D So, we used it last night!

Card stocks: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Going Gray

Inks: Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal

Stamp sets: Boho Backgrounds, Holidays & Wishes

Accessories: 1-3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Crafter's Tool Kit, gold brads, dimensionals

Card stock: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Whisper White

Ink: Perfect Plum

Stamp sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Oval All

Accessories: Perfect Plum Stampin' Write Marker, small, large, and scallop oval punches, dimensionals

I think this was the favorite last night - and it's really SO simple. You could change the colors to match the bride's color scheme easily!

OK, I'm outta here - time to make Kenn some chocolate chip cookies. :) Have a FANTASTIC weekend, and please take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day.

Now, go STAMP SOMETHING, will ya?!??! :D

Thursday, May 21, 2009

It's already been a good day! LOL!!

Can you believe it?!?!? I'm a featured artist on Elaine's Blog!!!!! Go check her blog out - she asked me some great questions, and it's a REALLY nice post. :) I'm SO flattered - thanks, Elaine! :)

Elaine wrote and asked me how I could do so many posts after last week's blog tour - wasn't I too tired? LOL!!! When I design SO MANY projects, like I have this week, I GOTTA show them off to SOMEONE, right? :D Plus, I had Monday's blog post already written when we did the tour; since I knew what I wanted to show off, AND needed to explain about the blog candy, it was easy. Gave me another day off, too! LOL! I need to do more of the advanced blogging.... :D

OK, so for SOME odd reason the SURPRISE FRIENDSHIP BOX link yesterday didn't work. :/ Try this, and let me know if you found it. If not, leave me your email address and I'll try sending you the direct link - it'll open Adobe Reader on your computer... CLICK HERE, and then click on the SECOND link, where it says SURPRISE FRIENDSHIP BOX.

I'm having computer problems today, so I want to get this out to you ASAP. So, on with the show!

This first card is the third from the Advanced Techniques class the other night. It's called Painted Pigments, and I love the brightness of it! :D If you want to know how to do it, however, you'll need to GO HERE and subscribe! It's worth the money!

Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Inks: Versamark, Summer Sun, Cameo Coral, and Ruby Red pigment

Stamp set: Inspired by Nature

Accessories: I CAN'T TELL YOU! :)

But don't you just love the colors, and the way the silhouette pops?

THIS ONE is for tonight's Quick Card class; I designed it for a challenge at Late Night Stampers - a great group for both demos and non, if you're interested let me know! - but it's so easy, and so pretty, that I had to encorporate it into tonight's class. I know Mary won't mind seeing it before she does it. :D We'll also be using Chocolate Chip taffeta instead of the Kraft you see here.... DON'T MISS ANOTHER CLASS! Click HERE to see my schedule!!!
Card Stocks: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Inks: Old Olive, Ruby Red - both Classic and Craft
Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral (What else?? :D), INSIDE - A Little Birthday Cheer
Accessories: Big Shot - YES! I LOVE THAT MACHINE!! :D, Stampin' Up! Exclusive Texturz Plates, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, sponge, kraft taffeta ribbon
OK! I'm off to finish designing for tonight. LOL!!!!! Have a WONDERFUL day, and TAKE THE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and don't forget to enter for the BLOG CANDY HERE!!!! You only have until tomorrow night to enter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Good Wednesday Morning!!!

How are you today? I hope you're having a great week, loving life, and being blessed! :D

I FINALLY, FINALLY found the Surprise Friendship Box link!! CLICK HERE to download the PDF file for how-to instructions! (I have to tell you, some of them are a little hard to follow, but the information's all there!)

So, last night was this month's Advanced Techniques class. We have SO much fun doing these classes - and last night was no exception. :) We did one of the cards from the last blog tour, so I won't show you that one again. Today, you'll get two, and the third design, you'll get with some of tomorrow's Quick Card designs. :)


FUN, FUN technique. Both of today's are from TECHNIQUE JUNKIES - tell Pat I sent you! :D This one's called COLOR POP.

Card stocks: Kraft, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Inks: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Stamp set: Rustic Rooster

Accessories: I can't tell you! :D

My second one turned out even better! We did get a bit messy.... :D

I LOVE this card!!! It's absolutely STUNNING in real life! It's called WATERCOLOR RESIST.
Card stocks: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Inks: Versamark
Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Accessories: I CAN'T TELL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
I hope you'll be able to come to June's Advanced Techniques Class!!!! Email me if you want more details!
OK, I'm off - I need to get busy. :D I hope you have a WONDERFUL day - and take the time to STAMP SOMETHING!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I'm on my way out the door to meet a new friend for lunch, but I HAD to tell you how much fun we had last night at the SURPRISE BOX class!!! If you missed it, you missed OUT, let me tell you! :D

First, I got the directions I followed from Pam Curtis of Creative Choice Designs. I'll try and find a URL for you when I get home.

These are how they look when you're finished - unless you're going to embellish them. :D We pretty much let the designer series paper do the work here; I really like how clean the lines are, and I don't think I'd do too much to mess with them. :D

And THIS is how they look on the inside!!!

Aren't they ADORABLE? Besides using a paper trimmer and a hole punch, EVERYTHING is done by hand for these fun boxes. The box on the left is done with Pacific Point DSP and Whisper White card stock; the box on the right is Riding Hood Red DSP and Whisper White.

Here's a little closer look at one:
They were REALLY fun - we folded, and folded and folded, and then folded some more, while we just chatted away. :)
OK, I'm grabbing my stuff and running. :D Don't miss a class again! :D CLICK HERE to check on my class schedule.
I hope you have a GREAT day - don't forget to enter on YESTERDAY'S POST to win some blog candy, and for PETE'S SAKE, take the time to STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Monday, May 18, 2009

Welcome to MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome back!! Did you have a good weekend?? Did you enjoy the blog tour?? I certainly hope so - I LOVE having people look at my blog, and I enjoyed going to all the links and seeing the great samples!

Today, as promised, I have another sample to show you with the SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP stamp set, and a clickable list of links to the photos of projects I've already showed. If you are a regular visitor, you'll probably get bored with the list of projects. :D But be sure to read along, anyway, and enter to win the SURPRISE BLOG CANDY!! By the way, you'll also want to be sure and visit here on JUNE 1 for my THIRD ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CARD CONTEST!!! I can't believe it's already been a year since the last. ;)

Anyway! Here we go!

This the MATCHBOOK DIE that is in the OCCASIONS MINI - you can click the link to the right to download it for yourself! I love this little box; it's the PERFECT size for four Hershey's nuggets, or a multitude of other things!

These use a mixture of RIDING HOOD RED, CANDY LANE, and BELLA ROSE Designer Series Paper. (Those are three of my faves from the current IB&C!) That glorious ribbon is the organza ribbon from the IB&C. It's very luxurious! The base of both boxes is Riding Hood Red card stock.

The saying on the label is from - what else?? :D - SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP. I really like the simplicity of these boxes! I let the DSP and the ribbon do all the decorating work, and used ONE stamp. :)

If you'd like to continue looking at previous projects I've shared, please click on the following links. It will ONLY take you to their photos; you'll have to browse the last month's entries to find out details. :)

CLICK HERE for an Advanced Techniques card.

CLICK HERE for a pretty pink birthday card.

CLICK HERE for what I think is my favorite card I've designed with this set!

CLICK HERE for a great Real Red card.

Woah, that's a LOT of reading today! :D I hope you've enjoyed the SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP samples you've seen here. I'd love to see anything you do with it!

Now, for the BLOG CANDY! :D Enter by Friday, May 22, at midnight; tell me what your favorite sample you've looked at ON MY BLOG! is. And why is always good! :) Over the weekend, I'll use to pick one of you to WIN! (I hope you'll keep coming back, anyway....:D)

OK! Now it's YOUR turn to talk! And then, PLEASE, go take the time to STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Welcome to the May 15 & 16 Blog Tour!

Welcome to the
May 15th & 16th
Blog Tour.
Stop # 15
Tour #5
This tour features 24 blogs!
Each blog will show case a beautiful project using items from Stampin' Up!'s Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog.
Don’t forget to bookmark your favorite blogs as the links that make up this tour will disappear at midnight on May 16th.

If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! My name is Lori Stilger, and I've been a demonstrator since 2000. I LOVE what I do, and I love to teach you how to use your stamps and paper - my goal is to show you things you feel comfortable duplicating at home - or encourage you to ask your own demonstrator how to do what I've shown (or come to one of my classes! :D) If you see anything that you want more information about, PLEASE ask me!! I love to feel useful! LOL!
We've been asked not to give blog candy on this tour, because it seems to take a lot of time to enter. ;D So there's no candy TODAY - but come back on MONDAY, and I'll have BLOG CANDY for you then to win!!!!!

My featured stamp set today is SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP, item #113397, shown on page 92 of the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog. I LOVE this stamp set - as a matter of fact, if you come back on Monday, I'll have one more project to show you and a clickable list of photos of projects I've already shown, all done with this stamp set! :) I encourage you to bookmark my blog, and come back often - I try to make sure to post five days a week, and that adds up to lots of ideas! :) (Click on any photo to enlarge it!)
Now, on with what you came here for - the SAMPLES! Unless it's something that needs more explanation, I'll just put the recipe down for you.

This is a little 3"x3" card. I stamped and embossed the Cameo Coral piece first, then punched out the 1-3/4" circle in it. I put it over the Chocolate Chip card stock, then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to center the medallion stamp in the punched-out area. I stamped the medallion, then took off the Cameo Coral piece and embossed the medallion.
Card stocks: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Whisper White Craft
Stamp set: Simple Friendship

Accessories: 1-3/4" circle punch, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool

Card stocks: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac

Ink: Almost Amethyst, Whisper White Craft

Stamp set: Simple Friendship

Accessories: Big Shot, Box #2 die, 1-3/4" circle punch, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, 5/8" satin ribbon (page 17, Occasions Mini catalog)

This is a 6"x6" scrapbook page. The current special from Stampin' Up!® is purchase three packs of Designer Series Paper (including WALK IN THE PARK in the Occasions Mini), and get one free! There are two other specials; if you're interested, please email me!

Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, Pretty in Pink

Ink: Brilliant Blue

Stamp set: Simple Friendship

Accessories: Mini glue dots, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Aqua Painters, word window punch, paper snips, dimensionals, Walk in the Park DSP

This is the final sample for today - and I LOVE it. :) It's very simple to do, but I think it's pretty stunning - if I do say so myself. :D

The flowers are stamped on the Going Gray card stock underneath the vellum; I stamped them in Whisper White Craft ink, then allowed it to dry before putting the vellum on top.

Card stock: Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock, Going Gray, Brushed Silver metallic

Ink: Pink Passion, Whisper White Craft

Stamp set: Simple Friendship

Accessories: Whisper White eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, Pretties Kit (hat pin body)

That's the end of today's samples from me! :) I really hope you enjoyed them! Please leave me a comment telling me which one was your favorite and why! I'm always interested in what other people think! :D

Now, allow me introduce your next stop, Barbara Dondero. Barbara's blog features the GREAT FRIENDS stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Click on the "Next Blog" icon below to start your excursion and travel to Barbara's blog. This icon will be used through-out the tour to help you find your way to the next blog.
Grab your favorite cup of joe & enjoy the tour
Link removed - tour ended! Don't forget to come back MONDAY to enter to win!


Are you ready for the weekend?? Even more importantly: have you scheduled some time to hop on the blog tour?!??!?! It's gonna be AWESOME!!!!! You won't want to miss it - and we're going 48 hours this time, instead of just one day like last! You'll have time to visit EVERYONE. :)
Today, I want to show you a couple of things using stuff that we've seen before. :) First the most recent!

In case you missed the post earlier this week, just CLICK HERE to see what I did. For this candy jar, I took that Flower Blossom die, and our vinyl that we sell specifically to cut in the Big Shot, and cut out as many diecuts as I wanted! It's SUPER easy to apply them, and if you want to move something, they peel off easily - you just need to be gentle, so you can re-use it.

My family likes the fact I keep a candy jar by my computer. :D I decided I want to decorate it for the seasons - and what better way for this late spring/summer time than with flowers? :) If I desired, I could stamp the vinyl before I cut it out, or even AFTER. I could change this up so many different ways! I decided to keep to the white vinyl this time, since most candies are colored.... :D

And do you remember the tutorial I did in January, my very first video tutorial? CLICK HERE to go to that post - but be sure to come back! :D

I had lunch with a dear friend and her two little girls on Tuesday, and I threw these together for the girls.

Aren't they adorable? :D Have I REALLY said how much I love my BIG SHOT lately??? :D It makes gifts and awesome cards SO easy - die cuts rock! :D So do textures, and embossing, and and and! :D

Both stamps are from SOCK MONKEY. Creamy Caramel is what the Top Note is cut from; the medallions are Whisper White and Real Red, colored with Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers. They're punched out with the 1-3/8" circle punch and mounted onto a scallop circle punch. The ribbon is our wonderful red gingham ribbon. There's a pack of mini M&Ms inside; you really need to watch the tutorial for any other information you could want! :)

OK, I'm off to start working on tomorrow's big post!!!!!! Have a WONDERFUL day - and take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Woo, hoo! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a VACATION! Phew....

Last night, we had a great time stamping some new projects! I'll show you the two cards today!

SUPER simple, both of them!!!! REMEMBER: if you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to ask!!!!!!!!!!!!

Card stocks: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

Inks: Real Red, Basic Black

Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Accessories: Aqua Painters, Dimensionals

That's IT for this beautiful card!!!!

Card stocks: Vellum Cardstock, Pink Passion, Gable Green
Ink: White craft
Stamp set: Sincere Salutations (INSIDE: Hugs & Wishes, Holidays & Wishes)
Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
Again, HOW SIMPLE!! But I love this impressions die - so classy, so simple to use!
Do you remember the glittered card I posted - CLICK HERE to see the big picture of it - ?!? Everyone is just OOHING and AAAHING over it (although I do know someone who wouldn't want it in her house....:D) There is NOTHING simpler than using this die, and putting Crystal Effects into the depressions, and adding a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter. It's a knock-out!!!
Don't forget!!! FRIDAY AND SATURDAY are the blog tour days!!!!!!!!!!!! You won't want to miss this!!!!!!!
OK, I'm off - lots to do, as usual. :D Have a WONDERFUL day! And take the time to STAMP something, will ya?? :D

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm in a PINK mood! :D

You may not be able to tell it from the scan, however. Oh, well! :D

I designed this one JUST to share with you! It's getting warmer here, no rain today!! So I think it's the natural "Summer's coming!" feeling! :D I hope you enjoy the card!

Card stock: Pink Passion, Whisper White

Ink: White craft

Stamp set: Celebrate Everything!

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Blossom Die, 2-Way Glue Pen, Scallop Edge Punch

SO easy, so summery! :D It would be fun to use that Flower Blossom Die for a themed party! :)

Consider this YOUR card, my friend! I am SO glad you're here with me!!! My friends mean SO MUCH to me!!!!

OK, I'm off - another busy day. :) I hope you have a wonderful day, full of good things - and that you take the time to STAMP something! :D Don't forget the blog tour Friday and Saturday!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Good Monday Morning!

Did you have a good weekend?? Happy Mother's Day - belated - to all you great moms out there!!!!

Today is my mom's birthday, but Dad had to go out for work this week, so we celebrated both days yesterday. I had to force my mom out of the kitchen! :D

Here are the two cards I made for her, plus one I made for Dad to give to her. :) I hope you enjoy them!

Card stock: Bashful Blue, Garden Green, Whisper White

Inks: Barely Banana, Summer Sun, and More Mustard ink refills, White Craft, Not Quite Navy Craft, Bashful Blue

Stamp sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Great Greetings (retired), Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Accessories: heat tool, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, Aqua Painters, crimper, paper snips, dimensionals

Card stocks: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Vellum Cardstock

Inks: Not Quite Navy, Barely Banana

Stamp set: Sincere Salutations

Accessories: Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, Big Shot (I LOVE MY BIG SHOT!!!!), brayer, clear embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, satin ribbon (OCCASIONS MINI), brayer

Card stocks: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red

Inks: Real Red, Garden Green, White craft

Stamp sets: Amazing to Zany (retired), Wonderful You, Define Your Life (inside)

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, Big Shot

I hope you enjoyed the cards! :) Don't forget: Starting FRIDAY is the big BLOG TOUR!!!!!!!!! See the sidebar for details!!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta scoot - I took the weekend off, and now I have to design my little heart out. :D Have a wonderful day! TAKE TIME TO STAMP SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

This is my new toy! :D

I still can't show you at least one of my creations, but I DO have FIVE to show you of THIS. :D I love getting something you've really, really looked forward to, don't you? :D Be sure and leave me a note, and tell me which is your fave. I like different things about each one. :D It's just going to be picture and recipe - there's really no special technique, unless it's smearing ink on the card with a finger! (Yes, that's how I did at least two of these. :D)

Don't forget! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY is the next blog tour!!!!!!!!!!! You won't want to miss it!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, on with the show!

Card stocks: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Vellum

Inks: Real Red, Basic Black

Stamp set: Oval All

Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, sponge, large and scallop oval punches, dimensionals

Card stocks: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette

Inks: Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, White Craft

Stamp set: Really Retro

Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, heat tool, embossing buddy, white embossing powder

Card stocks: Pacific Point, Gable Green

Inks: Pacific Point, Gable Green, White craft

Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, Stampin' Up! Exclusive Texturz Plates, heat tool, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, sponge, paper snips

Card stocks: Whisper White, Brushed Silver

Inks: Versamarker

Stamp set: Oval All

Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, heat tool, embossing buddy, silver embossing powder

Card stocks: Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Ballet Blue
Stamp Set: Three Little Words
Accessories: Big Shot, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, sponge, paper snips
I hope you enjoyed my show-n-tell! :D It's a GREAT new die, and I can't wait to do some classes with it!
If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!!!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend, and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I hope you get to take the time to STAMP something!:D)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Thursday Afternoon!

Lots of things in the works, but not too much to be able to show you yet. :) Here's one we did for the workshops last weekend; I just LOVE the rabbit! :D

Card stocks: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
Inks: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip Craft
Stamp Sets: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Really Retro, Forest Friends
Accessories: Heat tool, embossing buddy, clear embossing powder, 1-1/4", 1-3/8", and circle scallop punches, dimensionals, mini envelopes
I would LOVE to see what you're stamping, especially with FOREST FRIENDS!! I mean, you ARE stampin', aren't you???? ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Yup, I'm REALLY late for Wednesday!

But it STILL counts - it's before midnight, my time!! :D

Today, I'm going to give you two REALLY basic, simple layouts that feature Designer Series Paper. To change the look and feel of the cards, change the colors and/or the DSP! Both of these cards are monochromatic, but it would be really easy to change it all around! :)

Card stocks: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Stamp set: Oval All

Ink: Pacific Point

Accessories: Pacific Point DSP, scallop oval punch, eyelet border punch

Do you see what I mean? You really can't get much easier than this!

Card stocks: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Ink: White craft

Stamp set: Close as a Memory

Accessories: Walk in the Park DSP, embossing buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder

Again, so simple but SO elegant. We used Basic Gray ink on the inside, and stamped the long verse from the stamp set inside, then off-stamped the flowers and stamped it lightly over the verse. It's very subtle, but not morbid!

OK. I'm off here for tonight! :D Mom's birthday and Mother's Day cards are done - her birthday is two days after Mother's Day this year - and I can't wait to show you what I made her! (Can't show you before Sunday, because she checks the blog out sometimes!:D)

I got more new toys today, too - and am planning some fun things with the one I've been waiting on. Don't forget that NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY are the next blog tour!

Some people aren't sure that the blog tours are a good thing - "Why do you want to give your customers access to someone else? You're going to lose them!" But I totally disagree! The more I think about it, the more I realize that my stamping style is definitely not some of yours, or my regular customers'. But I trust that, when you see something you want to know more about, you'll ask me. I have faith that you know ME, and when you're excited about learning something new, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

So. I'll be back sometime on Thursday (when I know what to post!:D), but I hope YOU will also take the time to STAMP SOMETHING before I am! :D Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dreary Tuesday Morning...

but there's color HERE! :) Isn't it Friday yet? LOL!

Here we go - the other two Advanced Techniques cards for you today!

This is the card that Mary got three bottles to do the technique for. It's from Technique Junkies again - it's called bingo splat. :)

Card stocks: Summer Sun, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor paper

Inks: Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Basic Brown

Stamp set: Rustic Rooster (Level 2 Hostess-only stamp set)

I really like this technique; it would be a lot of fun with kid's stamps!

This last technique is one that was shown to some demonstrators at a regional seminar, and they've shared it with a lot of us who didn't get to go! :)

Card stocks: Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery
Inks: Certainly Celery, White craft, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion
Stamp Sets: Branch Out, Fifth Avenue Floral
Accessories: White embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, Aquapainters, paper snips
Isn't it pretty?? I LOVE this stamp set!!
OK. I'm off - I'm going to go to lunch with a dear friend who's a demonstrator, then to see a movie with my husband! :D It's gonna be a good day. :D
I hope you have a WONDERFUL day, too - and take the time to STAMP SOMETHING!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Good Monday! :D

Well, the clock just ticked over to noon, so it's not morning - but I'm not ready to call it afternoon, either. :D So, I hope you're having a good day, period!

PHEW. What a weekend!!!! I'm supposed to be working on my May newsletter, which was SUPPOSED to go out Friday - but who had time??? :D It takes me hours to do my newsletter, because I want it to be the absolute BEST it can be for my customers! If you'd like to be on my email list, please drop me a line at! :)

I guess it's time for two Advanced Techniques cards! :)

Both techniques are from TECHNIQUE JUNKIES - tell Pat I said HI if you decide to sign up with her! This first one is called CHALK LINES, and is from the April/May '09 newsletter. Super-simple to do, great look!

Card stock: Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White

Inks: Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers

Stamp set: Forest Friends

Accessories: ruler, Stampin' Pastels

This second is called ALTERED DP; another fun, easy one, also from the current newsletter!

Card stocks: Baja breeze (IN COLOR), Basic Gray, Whisper White, Cameo Coral

Inks: Basic Gray, Cameo Coral - both classic and CRAFT

Stamp set: Simple Friendship

Accessories: white paint, water, paint brushes, clear embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, eyelet border punch

OK. I'm gonna go work on my newsletter. :D Have a wonderful day - and take the time to STAMP SOMETHING!!!