Thursday, September 30, 2010


Technical difficulties. SO sorry - but I'll post TWO cards tomorrow. It's been one of THOSE days.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Miss me?? :D

Here I am! :D Oh, my, I'm TIRED. It takes a lot to get back into the swing of things, and I feel like I've been on the hampster wheel since I got back. LOL!

This is one of the projects we did at our hostess clubs the last two nights.

Aren't they fun? The biggest hassle with these is finding flat lollipops - but it's really easy to find some during the Halloween sugar sellout. :D I'll show you sometime the one I did for Valentine's day!

Card stock is Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Basic Black. Stamp set is GRATEFUL GREETINGS; we stamped it with Whisper White craft, then heat embossed - so we used an embossing buddy, white embossing powder, and a heat tool. This is fun to punch! We used the owl punch, large scallop circle punch, and 1-3/4" circle punch. The DSP for his vest is a Neutrals 12x12 DSP pack. You could do LOTS of owls, for SURE! :)

OK, I'm outta here. Leave me a note! :) Let me know you're out there! :) Have a wonderful day - and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something! :D

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Guest Blogger: Judi Sparks - Making Lemonade!

Hi, everyone! I am pretty sure I said in yesterday's post that I'd be back today, but I found this one in my inbox, and I can't stand NOT to share it with you! :D So, tomorrow it is. :D Have a WONDERFUL day - and be sure and let Judi know you're here, and that you love her! :D

I know we have all heard the expression that goes like this - "
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, that is what happened with this card. I had seen a card in the new catalog that really caught my eye. I am a very simple stamper, not too much "fru fru." This card features the stamp set Funky Four and I loved the way Stampin' Up! had done it. I wanted to CASE (copy and steal everything) it. I did not have the same sentiment but I knew I had one that I could use. So, I carefully used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line things up. I think that part turned out great. Then, as fate would have it I stamped the sentiment last and look what happened!

I stamped it upside down! What to do? Well, as I have said often enough to my kids and others that I teach..."if you mess it up, you have to dress it up." That is what I did. I took my mess up and did a few cuts and layers and voila! A fixed up card.

The lesson in this for you is simple, make the best of what you have each and every day. Use your blessings to touch someone today.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Guest Blogger: Angela Walters - Wellness Wishes

Home. I know I missed my bathtub - nothing like a garden tub bubble bath at the end of the day. :D This evening, I'll get to stamp with some wonderful gals - but today, you get one more guest poster! :) Thank you, Angela!!!!!!!!

Hello, again, to Lori's blog readers! This is Angela Walters. I got to share a thank you card with all of you that I made using Pun Fun. Now I get to share another card with you, as well. I'm so excited for this opportunity!
I don't know about you but there's only one thing I want to do when I'm sick. I just want to crawl into my bed, get under the covers, and take a nap! Because I am a midwest girl who loves quilts even if I do live in the southwest now, this card is inspired by that very desire. I used some of Stampin Up's amazing Designer Series Paper to make my "quilt." I was able to use scraps that I had left over from other projects. Since Stampin Up's colors are designed to coordinate with each other, it's easy to mix and match paper, even if it didn't originally come all together! This card features two In Colors, Blushing Bride and Poppy Parade. My stitching was done by just drawing little dashed lines with my black Stampin' Write Marker.
I hope you enjoy it!
Please stop by my blog and say, "hello." You can find me at You'll see lots of Stampin' Up cards and projects, as well as my miniature dachshund, Frankfurter!
Happy Stamping! Angela

I used the following Stampin' Up products to make this card:
Wellness Wishes Stamp Set
Basic Black Classic Ink
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, and Basic Black Card Stock
Sunny Garden and In Color Level 1 Hostess Reward Designer Series Paper Packs
Paper Snips


Friday, September 24, 2010

Guest Blogger: Angela Walters - Thank Ewe

Hi, everyone! Angela was kind enough to bless we with TWO entries, also - so you'll see her second one on Monday. I have a workshop Monday night, and it will be nice to be able to slowly get back in, rather than jumping in with both feet. :D Don't forget to visit her blog, and leave us BOTH some love - by now, I *need* to know you miss me! ROFL!

Hello to all of Lori's blog readers out there in internet land! My name is Angela Walters and I am excited to get to show you a couple of cards I have made. My blog is It also features Stampin' Up cards and projects and Frankfurter, my miniature dachshund. I'd love to have you stop by some time and take a look around. Now- on to the good stuff!
I love fun cards with bright colors. I make some elegant ones from time to time, usually when I'm following a sketch. However, on my own, I tend to lean towards the fun side. Pun Fun is a great stamp set for these types of cards. I also love the bright colors in the Pawsitively Prints 2 Designer Series Paper. Combined, these two products make a very cute thank you card. I hope you enjoy it! Happy Stamping! Angela

I used the following Stampin' Up supplies to make this card:
Pun Fun Stamp Set and Sanded Background Stamp
Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Basic Black Classic Inks
Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker
Whisper White, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Basic Black Card Stock
Pawsitively Prints 2 Designer Series Paper
Word Window Punch
1/2" Poppy Parade Stitched-Poly Ribbon Paper Snips (to cut out the lamb and blades of grass)


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Guest Blogger: Monica Weaver - Texturz Plates

Monica is back again today! Have fun, leave us some comment love, and go visit her blog for the tutorial!

Good Morning Stampers,

I am excited to be able to share with you today's project which highlights the beautiful Texturz Plates that Stampin' Up! carries. The versatility of the Texturz Plates and the Big Shot is never ending and there are so many beautiful projects you can create not only in card making, but in gift giving and even home decor. Today I would like to share an easy project using the Backgrounds #1 Texturz Plates.

This metal sheet embossed Coffee Mug can be made to fit everyone's individual taste by changing up the Texturz Plates. When paired with the mug, it makes the perfect holiday gift for a teacher, the coffee lover in your life, or anybody else you can think of. You can easily create a beautiful coffee basket and include this mug as part of the gift. It is personal and sure to be loved by the recipient. Did you know you can run over 50 different materials through the Big Shot? Metal sheets is just one of the many materials that will run through the machine.

Would you like to make one of these? Just go over to my blog at and find a FREE pdf tutorial with complete instructions. Thanks for stopping by while Lori is on vacation.

Have a dazzling day,

Monica Weaver


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Guest Blogger: Elaine Wright - Pizza Box & Cards

Hello again! :) This is another great project from Elaine; she wanted me to let you know that she realized, AFTER doing her project, that the stamps she used went away with the Summer Mini - but you could use MANY of our other sets in its place. :) Leave her some comment love, would ya? :D

Pizza Box and Cards gift

If you need a quick little gift for someone, this is perfect! It was one of the classes I took at the LNS Stamp Camp while I was in Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up Convention in July. I can't remember who taught this class now but it is a great gift.

They showed us how to make a miniature pizza box using an 11" X 6" piece of cardstock and fill it will little 3X3 Cards. This cute box is made using Old Olive Cardstock that is stamped with the Sanded Background Stamp. This gives the box a nice texture without overpowering it. The lid is decorated with Concord Crush, Perfect Plum and Old Olive cardstock. The piece of Concord Crush is textured with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder, the Perfect Plum is punched with the eyelet Border punch.

The cards as well as the envelopes are stamped with a flower and butterfly and a sentiment is added using the Scalloped Oval and Large Oval punches. The little envelopes are in the catalog, page 171.

To make the pizza box, cut the cardstock 11" X 6" and score 1" in on all 4 sides. Also score the middle, 5" in from either side. Snip in each fold on both long sides. Your box will look like this.

Fold in all sides and adhere together to form the pizza box.

I'm thinking about making another little pizza box and filling it with Christmas tags. It's not too early to start crafting for Christmas is it??


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guest Blogger: Marisol Gutierrez - Paisley Prints

Here's another quick post from Marisol! Don't forget to visit her blog, too. :) Have a wonderful day!

Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Ink: Garden Green
Ribbon: Real Red (satin), Real Red (grosgrain)
Stamp: Paisley Prints
Accessories: Rhinestones Jewels


Monday, September 20, 2010

Guest Blogger: Laurie Gibson - Got Treats???

Please welcome Laurie back to the Stamping Spot! :D I'm SO grateful for everyone who submitted posts for me to use while I'm gone! Be SURE and visit her blog - and leave comments everywhere. You don't KNOW how much that comment love means! :D

I don't normally do many cards for Halloween. It just has never been a holiday I celebrated. But this year Stampin' Up has some pretty cute sets that have been fun to play with :) One of my favorites is called "Got Treats". I like it because it has images for more than just Halloween. It will be fun to use at Christmas and Valentine's Day too. I pulled out my best fall colors and this is how it turned out:

The complete list of supplies:
Stamp Set: Got Treats
Cardstock: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Wicked Fun Specialty Paper
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
I just love this little jack-o-lantern. I think it would be fun to add some of those jiggly eyes to each one, too. Kids would absolutely have a blast with that!! This style is one of my favorites - Cute and Simple (or CAS as we demonstrators like to call it) and would be great for a kid's stamping project. What a great way to turn a rainy fall day into a day of fun!!
I hope you enjoyed my project today and thanks for letting me share it with you. And thank you, Lori for allowing me to share with your viewers. I have enjoyed it immensely :)
Happy Stamping,

Friday, September 17, 2010

Guest Blogger: Monica Weaver - table favor

Something a little different for you today - and next Thursday. :) Monica's projects feature the Big Shot - and what? Why, yes! I ♥ My Big Shot! :D - and metal sheets. Be sure and visit her blog for the tutorial. And leave me some love, will you please? I miss y'all! :D

Good Morning Stampers,

Today I would like to share this project that I found on the internet a long time ago. The embossed gum holder. I absoutley fell in love with it and added my twist to it.. It was easy to recreate and the emobssed metal leaf adds a subtle yet elegat look. This is a perfect yet unique small gift for your loved one for any occasion you choose. Did you see the beautiful designer series paper that can be found in the new Holiday Mini Catalog? It adds the perfect fall look to this project paired with Cajun Craze Cardstock, metallic eyelets, and many more awesome Stampin' Up! products.

To download your fee pdf file, make sure to check out my blog - Lori has the link below!

Have a dazzing day,



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Guest Poster: Elaine Wright - Beach Bag with Basket & Blooms

Hey, y'all! Please welcome Elaine to my blog! She's a GREAT person, and we're going to meet up one of these days. :D She lives in Clarksville!! Be sure and visit her blog, and leave us both some comment love!

I'm so pleased to be one of Lori's guest bloggers. I hope her vacation is going wonderful. She said yall like 3-D projects so I made a little basket I've been wanting to CASE for a month or two.

I saw a simular basket a while back on Gretchen Barron's blog. I love the texture and how it makes the Baskets and Blooms die look like a beach bag. I layered the 1" strips onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and cut it with the Basket die. I cut off the edge with the dotted line since I wasn't making it a round basket. I made a basket using this die and base pattern at the LNS stamp camp at the Stampin' Up convention. The base for the basket is a 5 1/2" X 7" piece of cardstock. I scored it at 2" in on all 4 sides and clipped in to the score line on the 7" side and snipped off the corners. They would show through the handle of the basket if they weren't stnipped down a little. Here is the pattern

When putting the basket together, adhere the larger center tab to the basket and then fold the 2 sides until they are lined up with the edge of the basket and stick them down.

It is a very quick and easy way to make a basket, if you want to make it a little wider you could make it 6 or 6 1/2" wide instead of 5 1/2". There are so many ways to decorate the little basket, I went a bit simple with a bow to tie the handle together and a flower made with the 5-Petal Flower punch embellished with a Rhinestone Brad. What would you put in such a cute little basket?


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Guest Blogger: Marisol Gutierrez - Angelic Joy

Today's post is from a great gal, Marisol. Be sure and visit her blog - and let us both know how much you enjoy having someone guest! :D

My name is Marisol Gutierrez and I have the pleasure of being a guest designer here on Lori's blog. I am SAHM of 2. My daughter will start Kindergarten next week and my son will be 2 at the end of the month. I have been with hubby for 18 years. I know along time. I have been a SU demo for about 4 years but have been using their AMAZING products for much longer. Today I am sharing with you a Christmas card I made using the stamp set Angelic Joy. It's from the NEW Holiday Mini.

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Stazon
Stamp: Angelic Joy (Holiday Mini)
Accessories: Aquapainter, Pearls, Shimmer Paint
NOTE: Marisol included a side view for you, so you could see how she popped up parts of the image with dimensionals:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Guest Blogger: Judi Sparks - using a sketch

Judi has a heart that's as big as the Montana sky! :) Be sure and visit her blog (see below), and leave us comment love!!!!!!!!! :D

I just love using all the punches and fun colors and designer papers that Stampin' Up! has to offer. However, I don't always have the time or the creative juices flowing to completely come up with a card all by myself. That is when I turn to sketches. "What is a sketch?" you ask. Well, a sketch is simply a design for a card or a scrap book page. Basically, the layout is there and all you do is come up with stamps, colors etc.

For Example: Here is a sketch that I did recently. This was the 411 sketch. I just followed this layout or sketch and made my own card using that format. Sadly, this stamp set and the designer paper just retired in the summer mini catalog but, you can still play along with a sketch by simply using whatever card stock, papers, stamps and inks you have on hand.

Until I see you again, keep on stamping and take inspiration wherever you find it!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Guest Poster: Laurie Gibson - Elements of Style

Be sure and visit Laurie's blog, too - she does FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO much, Laurie, for helping me out!! :)

I was absolutely thrilled when the Elements of Style stamp set was published in the new Stampin' Up catalog! I loved this stamp set from the moment I saw it in the Occasions Mini catalog at the beginning of the year. This stamp set is perfect for so many occasions and so many styles. I usually use it as Vintage. But, today I decided to try it with my Many Marvelous Markers. They are so fun because they coordinate with every color of cardstock Stampin' Up carries. And, who doesn't love to color???? LOL - it takes me back to my childhood every time :)
So, I chose one of my many favorite color combinations of Daffodil Delight and Basic Black to come up with this:

The complete list of supplies:
Stamp Set: Elements of Style
Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Daffodil Delight and Always Artichoke markers, Daffodil Delight 1 1/4-inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
I stamped the hummingbird in Black Stazon, cut him out and added him to the flowers using a dimensional. I also stamped the large image twice to add more flowers. To make the points on the ribbon, I folded the "tail" in half and cut at an angle toward the fold. It adds just enough variety to separate the card from the "norm" :)
I am so honored to have been invited by Lori to share with you today as her "guest blogger". I hope you have enjoyed my design. Feel free to copy the whole card or just use the stamp set or color combo to spark your creativity. It was fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fabric and the Big Shot

Well, I thought about not posting this today, and posting something else for you, but Kenn took the battery from my camera - so you're stuck. LOL!!

Dies we used for the coasters were the scallop square, the snowflake, and the scallop circle. For the headband flower, we used the scallops #2 die.

(My mom modeled for me! :D )

Leave me some love! I'll miss you - but I KNOW you're going to enjoy having some fresh blood in here. :D

Have a WONDERFUL weekend, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!!!! BE BLESSED~!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today is the day!

Good morning! I take off this afternoon, and I SO cannot wait. :D I know you're going to enjoy the guest posters, which start MONDAY. We have cards AND 3D items to show off; you're really going to enjoy it, I just know it. LOL! I'm repeating myself, but I'm really excited! :D

OK. Today I'm going to show you one of the projects from the Big Shot & Fabric class we did. This wasn't my FAVORITE, but it would look awesome in a little basket with some bread to go along - it's a jam bag. And yes, each person got a jar of homemade preserves to decorate and take home with them. Don't you wish you would have come??? :D

The reason I wanted to show you this bag today is because it features the DECK THE HALLS fabric from the Holiday Mini! You can see all three patterns that come in this pack - and you also get directions for five different projects to do with your fabric!

We had a great time working with fabric. I'll show you the other two projects tomorrow, and then MONDAY is the big day. :) Feel free to leave comment love for me while I'm gone, and I hope you'll leave some for my guests AND go visit their blogs!!

Have a WONDERFUL day! Take the time to STAMP something!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's not too early to start!!

Christmas is coming!! It's JUST over 100 days now, people - I know that's never popular to start discussing, but if you're wanting to create, it's time to get BUSY! :)

Maybe this will help you get inspired. I really like it, although it's SUPER simple. And it's made JUST FOR YOU. :)

Card stock: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Ink: Whisper White craft

Stamp set: Many Merry Messages

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, corner ticket punch, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, Frost White shimmer paint, rubbing alcohol, spritz bottle, dauber

Took the dauber and rubbed some ink onto the snowflakes, then embossed the saying. Sprayed the whole thing with shimmer spray, and ticked the corners. It REALLY shimmers IRL!

OK, I'm outta here. Literally. :D I will pre-post for tomorrow and Friday, too, and then the guest posts start! If I don't get enough of them to fill out the two weeks, I'll post. If I have extra, I will continue to use them! LOL!

Have a WONDERFUL day! Enjoy the guests, and don't forget me. :D Make sure you take the time to STAMP something!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another simple workshop card!

Happy TUESDAY! Today's the first day of my Tuesday Bible study, so I won't be available from 9:00 a.m. - noon Tuesdays. When I'm HOME, that is. :D

OK! Today I'm showing you the second card we did at last August's workshop! I really like this one - the color is a BIT off, and I cannot figure out why. But, there ya go. :)

It's a HAPPY card! :)

Card stock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip Craft

Stamp set: Tiny Teacup, Sincere Salutations (inside)

Accessories: Take a Sip Stampin' Around Wheel and handle, embossing buddy, clear embossing powder, corner ticket punch, heat tool

The Pink Pirouette card stock is cut at 5"x8.25", and it is the part that opens. Inside, we stamped and embossed the "Thinking of you" stamp from Sincere Salutations.

OK, I'm outta here - lots to do, need to finish packing, etc., etc! :D Today is our 14th anniversary; if you happen to read this, Bear, I LOVE YOU. I can't wait to see you again this weekend! BE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a WONDERFUL day - and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Monday!

The countdown seriously begins. :D I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day! I made this card JUST for you, so if you have any questions, ASK. :)

Card stock: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze

Stamp set: Autumn Splendor, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories: Neutrals DSP Pack, paper snips, dimensionals, sponge, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Leaves die

Below is a close-up of the background embossing; I took leaves I'd cut from thin chipboard and put them on one of the Big Shot's acrylic cutting plates, then put the DSP on top; I ran it through the Big Shot with the silicon pad and the Impressions Pad on top. It's not OBVIOUS when you look at the card, but it definitely adds a little something!

OK. I'm outta here! I'm still working hard to make sure you have lots of blog posts while I'm gone. :D Be sure and come by every day while I'm gone; I'd hate for you to have to catch up.... :D

Have a wonderful day! Be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Final set of tag and card from RMH class!

And here we are at Friday. A long weekend, at that! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend - or at least will be RELAXING. Kenn will be taking off Sunday, and then I'll have to kick SELF-preparation into full gear! :D

Anyway. This is my favorite set - and I always save my favorite for last. :D

Can you SEE why it's my favorite set?!? :D Penguins AND snowflakes! What could be better?!?!? He just makes me happy. :)

The snowflake for the tag is cut from the chipboard that comes with your designer series paper. It's just the white chipboard, firm enough to stand up to handling, and white! The middle, where the penguin is stamped, is the smaller scallop on the scallop circle #2 die; we cut it FIRST, which is HIGHLY unusual - one of our mantras around the studio is STAMP, THEN PUNCH. :D But we took the die cut to the stamp, instead of stamping onto the die cut. That way, we could see where we were putting the little guy! :D

I hope we've been able to show you how versatile this set is! Not only does purchasing it give $2 to a VERY worthy cause - at the release of the new IB&C, we'd contributed over $900,000! - but it's a fun, versatile, easy stamp set to use. Here's the info, just in case you want to order it now (or on your next order :D):
Tag Alongs
Wood mount item#: 117018, $17.95
Clear mount item#: 120513, $13.95
You can go to my business site and order, 24/7! Just click SHOP NOW at the top right! And, if you've ever thought of joining, click on the top widget in the right column - that bag is yours, FREE, for joining now!!!!

OK. I'm outta here! Have a WONDERFUL weekend! Relax, enjoy the beautiful weather - and maybe take some stuff to stamp with you. :D Heck, who am I kidding? Be SURE to make the time to STAMP something!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another tag and card set!

Are you enjoying these? I had a great time! This set was one of the favorites; I think it's because of the color combo - Marina Mist and Whisper White.

Aren't they pretty? For the inside of the card, we used a stamp from Occasional Quotes, my favorite level 3 hostess-only stamp set. We heat-embossed it in white. And I don't know if you caught it, but the Whisper White mat on the card was run through the Big Shot with a Texturz plate. We used the following, too: corner rounder, scallop edge punch, Big Shot, scallop square die.

I'm off! So much to do, so little time to do it in! :D Have a WONDERFUL day, and be SURE to take the time to STAMP something!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Another Tag and Card Set!

Shew. What a BUSY time this is!! Between trying to get my husband ready, myself ready, and our businesses ready - I'm ready for a VACATION. ROFL!

Here's today's share from Saturday's RMH class!

The tag is two-sided; we put the "Homemade and to die for" stamp on the other side. :)

You may have a hard time seeing it, but the Melon Mambo card stock is texturz-plated with tiny polka dots. :)

Colors: Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Whisper White.

OK, I'm OFF. More to do, plus go to church tonight - it never stops, does it. :D

Have a WONDERFUL day - and be SURE to STAMP something!!!!