Last Chance List of retiring stamp sets

Hi - I posted a link in the sidebar to the right called "Last Chance List" which shows all the stamp sets that are retiring.  They are only available through June 30th, 2009!  If you see a set on the list that you want, don't wait!  You can email me to place an order or order online.  There is also a list of all the retiring assessories. That list will change daily as items there are only available while supplies last.  You can see which items are still available at the online store or by emailing me.  All the In Colors will be retiring as well as any papers, ribbons, and embellishments with the In Colors.  Practically all of the DSP packs will be going away forever!  (See pages 158-165 of the catalog for all DSPs and specialty papers.)  I will miss Bella Rose for sure!  And Kiwi that green.... But - retiring lists always mean a new catalog is near! :)  So - take advantage of this "Last Chance" for these stamps sets.  Thanks for stopping by -


Friends 24-7 card

Hi - Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  I was absent from the stamping room but I'm back at it now!  This is a quick card I made tonight as part of a set.  I made 6 base cards - 2 each in Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette.  They all have the Friendly Words jumbo wheel at the top on Kraft and the matching colored DSP from Bella Rose at the bottom.  They all have a ribbon across the center.  This one here has a medallion from the Gallery set and then nesting circles.  The 3 half pearls came from the Pretties kit.  The other cards are still waiting to see what they will get!  Thanks for stopping by!



PS  - Thank you to all those who have purchased the Pennant Die Basket Tutorial!  I hope you'll send pictures of your baskets! :)   The link is in the sidebar to the right if you're looking for it.

Exciting news!

Hi - I have exciting news!  I have just posted my first tutorial for sale on my Products Page!  Yah! :0)  It is an 11 page tutorial for the Pennant Die Basket, including step by step directions, photographs of each step and all the measurements.  There are also pictures of three different samples of the basket.  I think you'll find the directions easy to follow and you'll love the end results!  Click here or on the sidebar to the right on "Products Page."  I hope to be adding another great card box I've designed very soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 


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Birthday Leopard!

Hi - Today's card is a little off center - not literally, but the leopard is blue with orange spots!  That seems a tad off... But he's cute, I think! 


I was looking for something to do with the graphic sides of the Walk in the Park DSP.  The floral sides seem easier for me to use in my projects.  Sometimes the straight lines and shapes of the more graphic designs seem to need too much symmetry or something.  Maybe I'm making that up... :]  Anyhow, I used the So Saffron and Baja Breeze pieces of the Walk in the Park DSP and layered it on more of the same colors.  The leopard is from the Zoofari stamp set and he's colored with Baja Breeze and an Aquapainter.  The dots are just done with a Pumpkin Pie marker.  The frame is from the Gallery stamp set, stamped on So Saffron and then cut out and popped up on dimensionals.  The leopard's hat is actually his body stamped and then turned upside-down.  The two dots at the top of his back are the bottom of the hat and the dot at the center of his belly is the point of the hat.  I just left some extra for fringe and then drew the side lines on with a really skinny black marker.  The "Happy Birthday to you" is from Birthday Wish set from the back page of the catalog - it's only $6.95!  The button is threaded and tied with a skinny piece of So Saffron cardstock.  And all this is probably way more than you ever wanted to know about one little ol' card!  Hope you like my goofy leopard!  Thanks for stopping by -


Daisy Cards

Hi - It was a beautiful day here in Western Washington so it's easy to think in bright colors and flowers!  These cards feature the Washington Apple DSP and the Daisies die for the Big Shot.  The colors are Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron...all bright and happy colors.  :]  The Daisies die cuts 3 daisies at once in 3 different sizes.  Makes it easy to cut lots of flowers out pretty quickly.  The red button on the first card has a mini brad in the center.  I just pulled the legs apart and pushed them into the button holes.  I had to trim a little of the legs off so they didn't stick out the sides though.  A glue dot holds it in place.  The second card has a jumbo brad in the center of the daisies.  The sentiments came from Garden Greetings (#1) and Great Friend (#2) stamp sets.  Hope you like them!  Thanks for stopping by -



Sparkly embossed flowers

Hi - Today's card is another easy one to put together.  The base is Cameo Coral - not a color I use a lot, but in this case I wanted something bright to balance the white on the bottom.  And it matched that piece of ribbon! :] 


I ran the white through the small dots texture plate for the Big Shot and cut it to fit the bottom 2/3s of the card.  Then punched out the flowers with the Boho Blossoms punch from the leftover piece so the flowers have embossed dots on them too.  I added mini rhinestones to the middle for a wee bit of sparkle.  The "happy birthday" is from the Stem Sayings stamp set.  Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by -


Fun, fresh flower card!

Good morning - Quick post before I head out the door to work today.  This card could be good for lots of occasions as long as "it's your day!"  Hope it's a great day!  Thanks for stopping by -



Season of Friendship card

Hi - Today's card is made with the Season of Friendship stamp set.  I love this tree and all the accessories that come with it.  For this card I stamped the three leaf stamp in Kiwi Kiss, Certainly Celery and Old Olive just to get all the shades of green in there.  The red accents are all Riding Hood Red.  And the rest is Chocolate Chip.  Thanks for stopping by!



Black and white with a filigree on top...

Hi - The sun is out today and it feels like a spring day at last!  Always nice to open the windows and let the spring air breeze through the house.  :]  


 Today's card features contraband paper(!) from Making Memories.  I think I got it at sure...  Anyhow, I wanted some DSP that was black and white but SU! doesn't have much in the current catalog except the polka dotted one in Rockabilly.  The base of the card is Almost Amethyst.  Can't you see the same card with a So Saffron Base or Pink Pirouette?  Even Real Red would be lovely.  The white organza ribbon is SU! and is certainly one of my favorites.  Goes with just about anything!  Hope you like the card - and I hope the sun in shining where you are today too. Thanks for stopping by -


Clear embossing on cards

Hi - Today I've been playing around with clear embossing powder.  The stamp set is "Inspired by Nature" and it's on the dormant list - meaning it's available to purchase but not shown in the current catalog.  You can see all the stamp sets on the dormant list by clicking here.   The "Inspired by Nature" set is a large double-mounted stamp with the flowers on one side and the grass on the other.  I used both sides on different cards, stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the images with clear powder.  On the grass card I also embossed the butterfly.  I think the end results are kind of mellow.  Next I'll have to try some vibrant cards with the clear embossing and see how they turn out.  Thanks for stopping by -



Whole basket of goofy goodies!

Hi - Just a quick post to share the picture of the teacher goodies before they head out the door to school.  I'm not sure if my dog is guarding the basket or hoping I'll turn my back and he can score a treat!


And here's the little bag of 3x3 cards I made for my son's teacher.  I forgot to take a picture of the cards before I tied them all up in the bag...bummer. 


 Hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by -


Goofy Goodies!

Hi - This is Teacher Appreciation week at my son's school.  These goody bags are for the staff tomorrow.  Instead of the usual bags of cookies or chocolates, we decided to do something a little different and silly - hence the Goofy Goody bags!  These are all easy to find items from the grocery store or variety store.  There are 17 different items that made 80 bags!  I've only posted some of them.  The topper for each bag is the Top Note die.  I used the wheel that goes with Crayon Kids (retired SU!) in craft white ink.  The white ink on the black is supposed to look like chalk and a chalkboard. :]  Then the punched oval in the center is just a goofy phrase to go with what's in the bag. - Like "our kids are nuts about you" on a bag of peanuts.  And "you are a peachy keen teacher" on a bag of peach gummi rings.  Corny, I know... I hope the teachers like them!  Thanks for stopping by -



Simple Thank You cards

Hi - Tonight's two cards are an attempt to stick with the simpler things.  Sometimes I get a wee bit bogged down in "what else can I add?!" and tonight I tried to aim for simple, yet elegant.  You'll have to tell me if you think I made it there or if I need do-overs! :]  Both cards are Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss.  The DSP is Bella Rose.  For the Pink Pirouette card I added two felt flowers from the flower fusion kit with a rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit in the middle.  The "Kind Thanks" stamp is from the Thank You Kindly set...of course. :]  For the Kiwi Kiss card, I used the same stamp except I inked up just the "Thanks" part since I wanted it to fit on the smallest oval punch.  Easy Peasy.  The flower and rhinestone brad came from the Pretties Kit as well.  Doesn't get much easier!  Hope you like them.  Thanks for stopping by -




Parisian Breeze Basket

Hi - Two posts in one day...I'm either on a roll or skipping housework today! :]  Here is the third pennant die basket I made.  This is the one I will show in the tutorial I'm working on.  It's made with Parisian Breeze DSP and a Kraft base.  The tag scallop is also on the pennant die.  I just added a Chocolate Chip 1-3/8" circle and a 1-1/4" Whisper White circle for the "to you from me" stamp.  The embellishments on the sides are Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze felt fusion flowers with jumbo eyelets holding them together.  Then I attached them to the pennant with a rhinestone brad through all the layers in the middle of the eyelet.  In this basket, I've put a mini loaf of almond poppyseed bread tied with a Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon.  It fits in there perfectly!  The other two baskets in previous posts (here and here) hold cards and 3x3 cards with a treat bag and decorated post-it note holder.  Thanks for stopping by -


NOTE:  Tutorial for how to make this basket is now available on my Products Page



Get Well Card

Hi - Took a day or two off for Mother's Day but I'm back now! :0]  Today's card is a get well card for myself...just kidding!  I've been a little under the weather so I guess getting well was on my mind when I started to stamp this card.  The main colors are Kraft, So Saffron, Whisper White and the Walk in the Park DSP.  I used the little leaves Sizzlits in Kiwi Kiss for the branch; then tied linen thread to the stem.  The tab punch on the side is actually Barely Banana.  I wanted it one step lighter than the So Saffron grosgrain ribbon.  The "get well soon" is from the Garden Greetings stamp set.  I use that set all the time since the sentiments are so varied and the font it so clear.  It's one of my favorite sets! The layout is just like the Eiffel Tower card from a few weeks ago.  I really liked the layers all kattiwompus and the single image in the middle.  Hope you like it too!



Bella Rose Pennant Basket

Hi - This is another basket I designed using the pennant die for the Big Shot as the sides.  This time I used the Bella Rose DSP, one of my favorites from the current catalog. 


The first basket I made like this holds full size cards.  For this one, I put dividers inside so there are two littler and one big compartment.  I put 4 mini cards (3x3) in one small section, a bag of chocolate covered raisins in the center big section and then a post-it note holder in the second small section.  The 3x3's are Kiwi Kiss and Pirouette Pink with Bella Rose accents, buttons, ribbon, rhinestone brads and flowers.  I love making these little cards because I get to use all those little pieces that I hate to throw away! :]  The stamp sets I used were Thank You Kindly and One of a Kind.  The tag on the chocolate raisins is from Sale-a-bration.  The post-it note holder is made with the top note die for the Big Shot.  I cut one from a chipboard coaster and then one from the Bella Rose DSP and glued them together.  Then I cut the bottom inch (or so :] ) off and sanded the edges.  I punched the holes for the ribbon with the crop-o-dile.   You can click on the photos to make them bigger if you'd like.  I think this would make a lovely teacher gift or gift for a friend.  Think of all the different things you could put in it!  Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by -



NOTE:  Tutorial for how to make this basket is now available on my Products Page

Pennant Die Basket

Hi - After much fussing around, I have finally finished all the pieces to my big project I hinted about a few days ago - and I'm very excited about it!  I wanted to create something 'different' with my pennant die and came up with a way to turn it into a basket.   I love it!  There are so many possibilities now that I have a template all figured out and the measuring done.  The one shown below is made with Summer Picnic DSP - retired paper, I know - but have no fear, I've made one out of Bella Rose DSP and Parisian Breeze!  I'll post those too in the next day or so.   This one holds 8 standard sized cards.  You could put more, there's plenty of room!  All the cards use the same Summer Picnic DSP, but they are all different.  They are in pairs of two.  Each pair has the same basic layout but the details change.  Colors are Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.  Let me know what you think of the basket.  I know I'll be using my pennant die a lot more now. :] Hope you like it!


NOTE:  Tutorial for how to make this basket is now available on my Products Page



Use those scraps!

Hi - Tonight's card has saved some scraps from the trash pile!  The red piece on the bottom half of the card was too short, but then I decided that I kind of liked a bit of the card base color around the edges so I kept it.  Then I had the 5 pieces of the Sahara Sand DSP leftover from another project so I lined them up along that too-short red piece.  The chipboard frame had fallen out of the package and was sitting on my table so I rescued that as well.  I used white craft ink to color it and the embossing tool to dry it because I have no patience! :]  The felt flowers have red eyelets in the centers and then a piece of white behind that for the very middle color.  The "thank you" is from the Garden Greetings stamp set.  Hope you had a great weekend and had time for some stamping!  Thanks for stopping by -



Auction Cards

Hi - Today's post shows a few of the cards I made for a basket I donated to my younger son's school auction.  There were 15 cards in the basket of all types and all occasions.  I tried to have a good mix in there and kept them fairly simple without too many embellishments.  Most of the materials are Stampin' Up!. All the stamps were, for sure!  Hope you like them - thanks for stopping by!


PS - These are not the *big project* I said I was working on.  I got distracted from that making the auction basket.  So, stay tuned - I'm still tweaking the other one!