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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2017 Year of the Rooster

This is for Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #82 - 2017 Year of the Rooster hosted by Jeannie here:

Basic Black Card Stock
Kraft Card Stock
Cricut Cuttlebug Chickenwire Embossing Folder
Die Cuts with a View dsp
Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks stamp set
Checkered Ribbon
Tim Holtz, Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen

Monday, December 26, 2016

Asian Paper Lantern

This is also for Technique Lover's Challenge TLC618 Festive Paper Lantern. 

I die cut the Bo Bunny Serenade paper with the Stampin' Up Curvy Keepsake Box die, two pieces of the paper were punched out with the Mosaic Punch and adhered together over some black thread with a tassel attached.

Festive Paper Lanterns

This card is for Technique Lover's Challenge; TLC618 Festive Paper Lanterns.

I made a thank you card with a basic black card base, Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection dsp, Dies by Dave floral edge die.

Stampin' Up Cups & Kettle Dies used for lantern tops and tassels, Stitch Oval die for sentiment from Weather Together stamp set.

Vase stamp is from SU Gifts of the Orient stamp set (retired). Seed beads and black string/thread.

Congratulations! In the General Stamping forum, you're in the FAVORITES BEST OF 2016. See post #21.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Warm Winter Wishes Hot Cocoa Packet Holder

It's the First Day of Winter!  So to keep my peeps snuggly and warm, I made these Hot Cocoa Packet Holders.  As a special treat, a stick of Annie B's Salted Caramel was tied to the side of each packet.

Card stock:  Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake; Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder; Snowflake Card Dies (retired); Kraft Rope Trim.

Card stock was cut at 5.5" x 8.5" folded in half, run through the Big Shot in the embossing folder, taped closed at the bottom, two holes were punched on the right side, threaded with the rope trim and tied around the caramel candy.  Snowflakes were adhered and embellished with jewels.

Sentiment is from SU Winter Memories (retired) cut out with Snowflake Card banner die.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mixed Media Background With Cling Wrap

Lydia (Understand Blue) is hosting the MIX-ability challenge MIX202 over at, so I thought I would give it a shot and get a little dirty, actually it wasn't too bad. Loved scrunching up the plastic wrap over my wet paints, was very hard to wait for it to dry because ideas for the embellishments kept leaping into my head. I used some sparkly snowflakes so as not to cover over the design. I settled on a sentiment from Nov. 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit, Mistletoe & Holly.

I used dabs of Red, Green and Yellow acrylic paints, Aztec Gold, Blue Russet and Spring Green PearlEx powders on a piece of plastic wrap, spritzed with water, placed shimmery card stock into the "mess" flipped it over and scrunched the clear plastic wrap, set aside to dry.  Pulled off the plastic wrap and added the snowflake dies.  I inked up the snowflakes with Wink of Stella.

This is also for the CC613 Color Challenge, Yellow, Red and Green.

Here is link to Lydia's instructional video for this technique:

Take a look and play along.

January 2017 Beautiful You Watercolor Workshop

My offering for January 2017 Workshop.  Four note cards with envelopes and a box to hold them plus one surprise 3D item.  The new Stampin' Up watercolor pencils are buttery smooth and give that perfect translucent watercolor look using the blender pen.  Classes range from $20 and up depending on the products you wish to buy.  For every $50 you spend, before shipping and tax, you can select one free item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Tags Workshop 2016

For my Christmas Tag Workshop this year we made 14 gift tags.
A 3D item, a 2017 Calendar (Dawn Olchefske design)
My thank you gifts for my team:  Tiny Tea Cup Ferrero Rocher Chocolate (Bibi Cameron design) and Bottle of Martinelli's with a Cheers tag.

Christmas Penguins

This cute Inkadinkado Penguin is so cute.  I used heavy card stock for a base and SU papers in the background.  Colored with Copics.  The new Metallic ribbon is a "sneak peek" from Sale-a-bration which starts January 2017.  This card was entered into the "Snow Day" challenge over at Jeanne's blog Dragonfly Journeys.

My second penguin card features a singing trio from Penny Black.  I kept the same color scheme, Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White for the CAS card.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thank You Totally Trees

All Stampin' Up products used for this set.

Box, four cards/envelopes.

Box set of thank you notes for a friend who is the founder of our local Tree Guild.

Totally Trees stamp set.

Ink and Paper:
Coastal Cabana
Flirty Flamingo
Crushed Curry
Sweet Sugarplum
Soft Suede

Various DSP strips

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wonderful Winterland

It's time to play with the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Wonderful Winterland.  Here are just two of my alternative projects:

For the first card I tried using a full moon background, but it didn't meet my expectations, so back to the drawing board.  I ran out of the SU Irresistibly Yours DSP stars background sky paper, so for the second card I made my own with the Hero Arts Tiny Little Stars stamp and Versamark, embossed with clear embossing powder.

Card bases are thick SU Whisper White (A2) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  Second card is backed with a piece of Whisper White then Dapper Denim.  Sleigh Ride (retired) die used for foreground in dazzling diamonds paper.  The star is from the current Starlight Dies.  Trees were watercolored with Pear Pizzazz ink and Soft Suede marker.  Dapper Denim ink was sponged over the starry sky.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Santa's Coming To Town

Back in 2013 I made a few of these money/gift card holders as stocking stuffers, they were pretty much a pain even though I had made a pattern.  Fast forward to 2016 with a few more paper crafting skills under me belt, when I decided there had to be a better way.  

I have had requests for them over the years from my groups and clubs, so I set out to make this project as easy as possible so that it could be reproduced with these classes in mind.

It took me an entire day to design, cut out and put together just one.  But now I have an excellent pattern to follow using die cuts and punches, except for the hat and moustache which were hand drawn and used as a template to upload to my Cricut for cutting.

Can you tell in the above photo which Santa was made three years ago and which one was made today?

All papers and card stock by Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Place Settings

Here are some of the place setting bags that I put together to hold silverware and a napkins on our Thanksgiving table this year.


Stampin' Up; Paper Pumpkin October 2016, Season of Gratitude kit leaves green twine and sequins.
Lace Doilies; Card stock and inks in Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon;
Leaf and Acorn Wood Accents and Mini Pinecones; Brown twine; Circle and Stitched Framelits; For All Thinks Stamp Set.

UPS Truck

Gift Box for my UPS driver.  After seeing these boxes on the internet, I decided to give one a try.  I will fill my truck with goodies and give it to my UPS driver.

Super simple to make when you follow the detailed instructions by Jan Farring at Jan's Stamping Creations from 04 Jan 2012 that can be found here:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Christmas Cod

Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up Fa-la-la-la Friends

Bear Hugs Framelit Dies

Papers / Cardstock:  SU Crumb Cake card base, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Garden Green, and Warmth and Cheer DSP

Inks:  Smoky slate, Real Red

Candyland Christmas

CTMH Candyland Christmas Card

Base is 5" x 10" scored 5"
Papers / Card Stock:  Kraft, SU Candy Cane Lane DSP, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip.
Image colored with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers

Dove of Peace Christmas Card

Stamp Sets:
Stampin' Up Dove of Peace and  Festive Flurry both retired.
Papers/Card Stock:  SU Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake Vellum, Dazzling Diamonds
Inks:  VersaMark heat set with White embossing powder, SU Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, and Smoky Slate

Sequins and White Ribbon

Card base is 5" x 10" scored at 5", rounded corners at bottom.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Beautiful Season


Playing with an old favorite stamp set and technique.

Cardstock:  SU Hello Honey, Bashful Blue, Basic Black and Glossy paper.
Stamps:  SU A Beautiful Season, French Script and Winter Memories all retired.
Inks:  Staz-On Black, Hello Honey and Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Black twine, Xyron, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, sponges, hole punch

Monday, October 24, 2016

Star of Light Glad Tidings

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Star of Light, Antique Tags
Inks:  Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Card Stock:  Heavy Whisper White, Silver, Pool Party, Irresistibly Yours 
Extras:  Starlight Framelits, Washi Label Punch, Jewels

SU Glamper Camper Halloween

Stampin' Up Glamper Camper Halloween:

Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Whisper White
Inks:  Archival Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps:  Glamper Camper, Home Is Where The Haunt Is (Ret), Jar or Haunts

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Vintage Leaves Watercolor

This is for my sister who has some health issues that she is struggling with right now.

I cased this card from fellow SU Demo Billie Moan at Rambling Rose Studio.  Where Billie lightly stamped the images to be translucent I stamped them with a much heavier hand which caused them to retain their pattern when watercolored.  Check out Billie's beautiful card here:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Happiest Birthday to Shelli

This Birthday Card is for Shelli Gardner at Stampin' Up who celebrates her birthday this month. I used a mix of current and retired SU stamp sets for the background. The photo actually shows a second card I made trying to remember the first card's layout as I forgot to photograph the original card before I popped it in the mail. I am really happy with the way it turned out.

Stampin' Up:  Swirly Bird, Snuggles & Smooches, Flowering Fields, Love & Affection, Birthday Blooms stamp sets.

Pumpkin Spice Blessed

Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags for my Workshop attendees.  I am hoping that this spicy drink brings a fall like atmosphere to our next Workshop, since here on the central coast of California, it has been very hot and dry.

CTMH Autumn Wishes and Blessed Beyond Measure stamp sets.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Flamingo Paradise

This is for Split Coast Stampers card Sketch Challenge SC613 and CAS Clean and Simple CAS397 Pink Ribbon.

Stampin' Up Pop of Paradise flamingo in Melon Mambo ink, various Washi tapes used.  Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock.

Pink Ice Skates

This is for the Split Coast Stampers Sketch Challenge  SC613


Stampin' Up Winter Memories (Retired); Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock.  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (Retired); Watercolor paper; Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Crumb Cake inks Silver Pen; Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink and Cotton Candy Stickles.

One of my most cherished memories is taking the Grands to ice skate at Union Square in San Francisco at Christmas time.  My beautiful snow angels had so much fun and provided us with wonderful times and albums full of smiling faces as they glided across the ice.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

You've Got Me

This is for the month of October to show support for Breast Cancer, and for the CAS397 (Clean And Simple) challenge over at Split Coast Stampers to use pink ribbon.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Indian Summer for National Card Making Day

Photos showing the process of making the background paper with the Stampin' Up Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and matching die set

With an 4" x 5 1/4" piece of card stock, die cut the leaves and flowers that you will be using as a template.  With a 12" x 10 1/2" piece of whisper white card stock, randomly stamp the leaf stamps in Archival Black ink leaving room to add some flowers

Using the template, lay it over each element and with sponge daubers move over the leaf cut areas around the edges with Delightful Dijon, then with Always Artichoke towards the middle.  Using Marina Mist go around the edges of the flowers, add a dab of Delightful Dijon to the centers.

Continue working around your paper.

Finished piece.  Cut finished piece into six 4" x 5 1/4" pieces.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Card


Stampin' Up Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White Card Stock,
Blackberry Bliss and Wisteria Wonder Ink, 
Flower Patch Stamp Set, matching Flower Fair Framelits dies and Suite Sayings Sentiments stamp set
Falling Leaves Darcie embossing folder
Miscellaneous Sequins

Hello Fall!

Hello Fall!


110# Recollections Vanilla Card Stock
Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
Scraps from my stash
Stamp Sets:  Autumn Harvest and For All Things, both retired.
Sheer Ribbon and Gold Stickles

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Faux Leather Falling Leaves

Faux Leather look applied to Darice Falling Leaves embossing folder, hand stitched around the edges.  Card stock, Stampin' Up Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie. Inks to match the card stock.  Stamp sets; Vintage Leaves, For All lThings.

Stampin' Up Penned & Painted

Order bags for late September stamped with Penned and Painted stamp set in Tangerine Tango,  Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.  Sentiment is from Hello a Sale-A-Bration set.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stampin' Up Bunch of Blossoms

Bunch of Blossoms and Blossom Builder Punch

Stampin' Up has some Special Offers for the month of September.  Last week the Blossom Builder punch was one those offers at a great price.  

For each person who ordered the punch AND the matching stamp set "Bunch of Blossoms" (page 69),  I made these order delivery bags.  This stamp set is a three step watercolor look stamp set and the punch makes it so easy to punch out all of the parts.  Wink of Stella was applied to all of the pedals and leaves and Dazzling Diamonds to the little buds.

The background flourish is from the Falling Flowers stamp set (page 127).

Thanks for stopping by today to take a look.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Stampin' Up Greetings From Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Greetings From Santa

One of my favorite dies in the Stampin' Up 2016 Holiday Catalog is the Detailed Santa, he is adorable.  Basic Black 5x5 base. Santa backed with sparkly red and white papers, face is a flesh paper from my stash.  I used white embossing powder for the Sentiment.  Love him.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Happy Fall Ya'll Make and Take

For my SU Holiday Catalog launch, this is one of my two make and take cards.  Not everyone participates in Halloween, so this little scarecrow from the Cookie Cutter Halloween is perfect.

Watercolor paper, Watercolors:
Dusty Durango
Crushed Curry
Old Olive
Dapper Denim
Pumpkin Pie
Sahara Sand

Papers are various fall pieces from my stash.  SU Top Note die and Window framelit.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Stampin' Up 2016 Holiday Catalog Items

Some of my Open House Catalog Reveal samples:

Halloween Treat Tags

Stampin' Up:
Whisper White Heavy Card Stock
Jar of Haunts and Jar of Love Stamp Sets
Marker Colors:  Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock. Real Red, Crushed Curry
Everyday Jars Thinlit dies

Christmas is Coming!

Stampin' Up:
Whisper White Heavy Card Stock
Christmas Magic Stamp Set
On Film Thinlit die

Marvy Snow Marker
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bold Botanicals

Stampin' Up August 2016 Paper Pumpkin Bold Botanicals Alternative:

I used one of the Mint Macaron cards from the kit as my base, added a Tangerine Tango frame.  I took one of the Mint Macaron note cards from the kit and cut it in half, stamped the botanicals in Versamark and heat set in black embossing powder.  I then colored the images and uses  white acrylic paint to add dots.  The yellow and black circles were stamped with the bubbles stamp from Mixed Drinks.

Using the new Circles Framelits I cut out a circle from one of the Tangerine Tango note cards to use as a frame for my sequins/glitter.  The gourd and bird are from the retired Feathered Hope stamp set. The sentiment is from Lighthearted Leaves.

Thanks for taking a peek.  Have a great day.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Stampin' Up 2016 Holiday Catalog Reveal Invitations

Tea Party Invitations to my Stampin' Up 2016 Holiday Catalog Reveal

Sneak Peek!  Invitations made with one of the new DSP's featuring gingerbread houses, embellished with Liquid Applique'.  Bases and SU Notecards with envelopes.  The foliage is a retired stamp from one my of all time favorite sets called Autumn Days with a touch of Red Glitz.  Background pieces were cut out with the SU Layering squares and circle Framelits.  Words were cut out on the Cricut.
See you there!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mermaid Wishes

I punched various sized holes in a clear transparent sheet and followed the directions given in Helen Hannum's tutorial for Shining Spheres over at Splitcoaststampers.

I then painted the bubbles with SU Whisper White Craft Ink and patted them with a little Marina Mist ink to add a shadow.  The smaller bubbles were stamped in white, with some being outlined in a black Faber Castell Pitt artist pen for contrast, I also added some Glossy Accents here and there to make the bubbles shine.

The waves were hand drawn in pencil, cut out and outlined in black and white inks.

The mermaid was stamped onto SU Whisper White and colored with SU markers then fussy cut.

After I photographed the image, I decided to go back and add some Wink of Stella to the mermaid to give her a shiny glow.

Stamp sets:  Artful Inkables - A Bird's Song and Fun Stamper's Journey - Mermaid Wishes.
Paper:  SU Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Whisper White
Inks:  SU Craft White, Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz and Marina Mist.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Enjoy The Little Things

This 6 1/2" square wall plaque featuring a Rose Wonder.

I cased this idea from Billie Moan of Rambling Rose Studio.  Her plaque with instructions can be found here:

I changed up my plaque by using the following Stampin' Up stamp sets and inks:

Awesomely Artistic (fern leaves and splatter) Old Olive and Watermelon Wonder
Best Thoughts, Retired (Butterfly) Sweet Sugarplum and Hello Honey
Birthday Blossoms (little flowers on right edge) Sweet Sugarplum and gold Stickles
Clearly for You, Retired (No. 5) Archival Black
French Script, Retired (French Script) Archival Black
Layering Love (Sentiment) Archival Black and Flirty Flamingo
Nature Walk, Retired (Bee) Archival Black, Hello Honey and Wink of Stella
Rose Wonder (Rose and Leaves) Archival Black, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder
Timeless Textures (Edges) Crumb Cake

The edge of my plaque is wrapped in Black and White polka dotted Washi Tape and I punched a hole in the back box to hang on the wall with a tack or pin.

A shout out to Billie for this awesome idea.

Stampin' Up 2016-17 Catalog Launch Party

My invitation sent out to all of my customers for the Stampin' Up 2016-17 Catalog launch party.  We had a great turn out with lots of food, fun and laughter.  I used the new Pop of Paradise stamp set along with various die cuts.  The card is a try fold held closed by the leaf and flower.

Here are some more photos of our event:

Make and takes featured Jar of Love, Thoughtful Banners and Pop of Paradise.

Display of new stamp sets, dies, Paper Pumpkin, etc.

Display of new 2016-18 In Colors

Display of paper packs and stamp sets