Sunday, June 28, 2009

An Invitation Fit For a Princess!

I am hosting a tea party for 5 little princesses this week, and decided to send out invitations! This is what I made! I love the new "In Colors" that StampinUp! is releasing in a few more days! They are exuberant! I am also show casing some of the new designer series paper! Sadly, the cute princess stamp set will be retiring, however, a new princess stamp set will be available with the new catalog release on Wednesday, July 1st!

The photo above does not do the card justice. You can barely tell that the crown is glittery! It is so pretty in real life! I had a difficult time getting a good picture because I am using my daughter's camera. I loaned her my camera so she could take wonderful photos of her vacation! So, until she returns, I will be photo impaired! LOL

Also, I based my card on the Mojo92Sketch! Click on the link to see other entries!


Stamps: Perfect Princess and All Holidays
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay
Paper: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Razzleberry Lemonade
Embellishments: Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, and Dazzling Diamonds!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

DCBD Color Challenge #132 Second card

This is my second card using the color combinations for Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge #132. You can see my first card here. Both cards are nearly the same, just a couple of subtle differences. I added paper piercing to this one, eliminated the buttons, and brought the sentiment to the front. These are my first water color technique cards to be posted. I used the ink from our stamp pads pressed into the lids of the stamp pad and our water color pens on water color paper. If you use regular card stock, the water will make the paper come apart.


Stamps: Lovely Flower Bundle (new hostess set)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Always Artichoke
Paper: Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Kraft, Very Vanilla and Watercolor paper.
Embellishments: 1-3/8 and 1-1/4 circle punches, Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot Texturz plates, and Paper Piercing Tool.

*Remember the 60 pounds of apricots? It took me 3 full days to get them all preserved! Lot's of work, but oh boy, are they worth it! When I spoke with my father and he asked what I was up to, I replied that I was working on a huge project. Immediately he said "Apricots"? He knows me too well! I'll be taking two cases of these yummy jars to him when we visit in 10 days!

Friday, June 26, 2009

LNS Challenge 25, another one

This is another card for this weeks challenge on StampinUpLNStampers group! Again, I used the 3 1/4" X 6 1/2" size card. Join our group for tons of inspiration and ideas! The talented gals here are friendly and always eager to share their creativity with each other!


Stamps: Just B (sadly, this stamp set is retiring with the new catalog July1)
Ink: Basic Black and So Saffron
Paper: So Saffron, Basic Black and Whisper White
Embellishments: Rhinestone brad, Modern Label Punch (new) and the Big Shot Movers and Shapers Punch Windows Die (new)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

LNS Challenge 25

Here is this week's challenge for StampinUpLNStampers! We were given a sketch to follow, created by Mary Jo Price-Williams! Click on her name to visit her amazing blog!
This is my first card for the challenge! I decided to make the 3 1/4" X 6 1/2" size card. I love the bright colors and fun shapes!


Stamps: True Friend and So Swirly Wheel
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Coral Cameo and Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss, Coral Cameo, and Whisper White.
Embellishments: Kiwi Kiss 5/8" striped ribbon, Trio Flower & 1 3/8" Circle Punches

*We had an unpleasant experience at the airport this week. My daughter was leaving to visit her older sister in Florida for 10 days, one of her usual annual summer activities. This summer she was excited about bringing Sam, her service dog-in-training, along, however, the airlines refused to allow him to board. They admitted that they are the only airlines to exclude "service dogs-in-training" to accompany their trainers. It was an emotional situation, but my daughter handled herself with integrity and represented herself and the program well. We were allowed to escort her to the actual airplane, that was being held just for her, and say our goodbyes. I didn't break down until I was in my van! We did learn later that the airlines regulations violate ADA law and will follow up with letters. In the meantime, I have the honor of Sam's care until she returns!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beautiful Blues

I've entered a card in the Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge #132.
The requirement was to use these specific colors.

I am "LOVING" this new hostess stamp set Lovely Flower Bundle, which comes with a stamp set, coordinating designer paper and rub-ons! The colors of the DSP match Stampin'Up!'s new In Colors which are being released JULY1st with our new catalog! You won't want to miss it! There are lot's and lot's of new stamps and accessories for your card making and scrap-booking projects!!!


Stamps: Lovely Flower Bundle
Ink: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Always Artichoke
Paper: Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Kraft, Very Vanilla and Watercolor paper.
Embellishments: 1 3/4 and 1 1/4 circle punches, Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot Texturz plates, and Fresh Favorites Buttons

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Some more Summer Fun!

I must admit that I had very little ambition today. These kind of days usually follow very busy days, and yesterday was a very busy day!

I did come across two great challenges and decided to combine them into this card! The first challenge from Mojo Monday Sketch Blog is a sketch and the second challenge at Stacey's Stampin Stage was using a color combination. (See, most of the work was already done for me!) Click on the challenge names above to go to their blogs!


Stamps: Just Beachy and Whimsy Wheel
Ink: Versa Mark, Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange
and Summer Sun
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Tur
quoise, Summer Sun and Whisper White
Embellishments: Scallop Oval and Wide Oval Punches, Paper Piercing Tool and 5/8" White Satin Ribbon (dyed with Summer Sun)

All Aboard the Party Train!

I love this new stamp set called "Choo Choo! It coordinates with the stamping wheel called "Right On Track".

I wanted to create a fun card for children for this weeks LNStampers weekly challenge! I used All In The Family stamp set for the fun little kids and their accessories! It looks like they are headed to a huge party, doesn't it? Want to join the fun?


Stamps: Choo Choo, Right On Track, All In The Family, Family Accessories and Family Phrases
Ink: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss and DSP from Rockabilly Specialty
Embellishments: Wide Oval and Scallop Oval Punches and Dazzling Diamonds

This card measures 6-1/2 X 3-1/4 and fits inside Stampin'Ups! small open end envelopes!

Monday, June 15, 2009

A new challenge!

Here is the new challenge sketch, posted on Stamping 411!

I like participating in these challenges because it really helps me feel more "comfortable" in my card making skills. It gives me a base to work with....the layout. I simply pick the stamp se
t, colors I want to work with, and embellishments.

This sketch was pretty basic, however, you don't have to be limited by that. If you go to the Stamping 411 webpage, you will see many versions of this same layout, each unique and original!

I also found a color challenge here at

Making a good card better, only requires a little extra TLC.

A few extra layers, good color combinations, and of course, the embellishments!

Pay attention to details!

Be sure your edges are clean and straight.
Ragged edges means a dull cutting blade. Be sure to swap out your dull blades for new ones when this happens.

When using ribbon, snip the ends of your ribbons at the same angle on both ends! Be sure they are not frayed.

Always make sure your bow or knot is beautiful!

Line up your brads using a ruler. I like using the paper piercer tool, that comes in the Tool Kit. It is much easier to use than the hand punch.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Look What I've Been Doing!

Box #1

20 pounds of fresh California Apricots!!

Box #3 and 4

20 pounds
20 pounds


60 pounds of fresh California Apricots

What do you do with 60 pounds of fresh apricots???

Make Apricot Preserves!

Both my grandmothers were known for their cooking and canning! I am proud to say, I learned how to cook and can from them!

My Grandma Scott was also known for her cobblers and apricot bars!
She had apricot trees in her back yard and I have memories of climbing up in those trees to help pick them!

I try to make a couple of cases of apricots for my father! It makes him very happy and reminds him of his childhood! I won't disappoint him this year! We will be toting 2 cases of these yummy jars to him next month when we visit!

Would you like a lip-smacking, yummy apricot recipe???

Grandma's Apricot Bars (dated 1965)

Mix together in a bowl:
1 -1/2 c. sifted flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
Stir in:
1- 1/2 c. oatmeal (uncooked)

In a separate bowl, cream together:
3/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar

Combine your sugar/butter mixture with your flour/oatmeal mixture and mix until crumbly.
Press 2/3rds of this into the bottom of a greased 9X13" pan.
Spread 2 cups of apricot preserves over this and then top with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Cool, (if you can wait) and cut into bars! Enjoy!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I tried a new technique!

I sat mesmerized while watching a video showcasing this technique. Later, while I was sorting thru my designer series paper, (DSP), I remembered it and had to give it a try.

You can watch the video here!

Now tell me what you think!!!


Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink: Bordering Blue, Pink Pirouette, and So Saffron.
Paper: Bella Birds DSP, Bordering Blue, Whisper White and So Saffron
Embellishments: Blue Bead Duo and Hemp Twine

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So long, Heartfelt Thanks!

This stamp set, along with many others, will be retiring shortly to make room for brand new stamp sets. I will be sad to see it go! It's my very favorite stamp set, and one of the reasons I joined Stampin'Up!

Our challenge this week, was to take one retiring stamp set and use it to make 3 different occasion cards. Here, I have used it for a friendship card!

You can believe, that this stamp set will never retire from my own "private" collection!

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks and Great Friend
Ink: Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and Parisian Breeze DSP
Embellishments: Paper Piercing, "Valet" Ribbon Originals and Choc. Chip Corduroy Buttons

Stampin'Up!s new catalog will be debuting July 1st! If you would like to see the list of retiring stamp sets, email me privately and I'll send it to you!

Oh, the Fun Things You Can Do With Punches!!!

Are these not adorable??? And you aren't limited to fun red hat celebrations! You can make these in any color and color combination!

To make these like mine, you will need:

1/2" circle punch- about 22 stacked
1" circle punch- 1 for the brim
Boho Blossoms punch- for adornment
Brad- for flowers
Narrow Ribbon- for hat band
Narrow strip of cardstock for band around candy!
& Chocolate candy, of course!!!
Have fun, and share your creations!!!
*Just a note! I did not create this clever idea! Just passing it along. If you are the original creator, please contact me so I can give you proper credit!!! :) Edited to add: I got my inspiration from Wanda here! You will LOVE her blog full of creative ideas and incredible talent!
I did manage to forget a few details above in my instructions. If you follow her instructions, you will be happy with your results!
Thank you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

In honor of Heartfelt Thanks

Stamping 411 is having another card challenge here!

This is the sketch layout, and below are my entries!    

Stampin'Up! has released the retiring stamp and accessory list in anticipation of the new catalog coming out July 1, 2009.  Among those stamps going into retirement is my beloved Heartfelt Thanks set!

So, I just had to bring it out and create some new cards with it. Hope you like them!   

At StampinUpLNStampers yahoo group our weekly Challenge #23 is to use one retiring stamp set and show it off in 3 different occasion  cards!
I've made a thank you card and a birthday card here! Enjoy!

By the way, you  can join our fun stamping group! Demonstrators and just happy stampers belong there and offer tons of ideas and support! Just tell them I sent you!

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Fun Summer Idea- Coupon book!

This is just an adorable idea! Recycling is key!

It's a mini album, I'm using here for summertime fun coupons!

Each sleeve holds a coupon for a fun activity!  Activities I chose are: 
  1. A Movie!
  2. A day at the pool!
  3. A special ice cream treat!
  4. A night out under the stars!
  5. A Diamondback Baseball Game!

*And each sleeve is made from a toilet paper tube! How's that for going green?
I already have a few more little TP albums circulating in my brain. What about you? What would you do with this idea?


Stamps: Just Beachy, Voila, & All In the Family Accessories
Ink: Black Stazon and assorted SU markers
Paper: Washington Apple, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and So Saffron

  • 5 empty TP rolls (remove all excess tissue from the glue strips)
  • Jumbo Brads (SU)
  • 2 Split Rings (found colored ones at WM)
  • Assorted Ribbons to match cardstock
  • Assorted brads and other fun embellishments of your choice
  • Round Tab Punch
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Large and small Star Punches
  • Big Shot and Sizzlits Decorative Strip Billboard Alphabet Die


I ran the empty toilet paper rolls thru my big shot, in-between the cutting pads on the multi purpose platform. This helped flatten them uniformly!

Cut your cardstock a little larger than you rolls.

I also used sticky strip tape to secure my cardstock to the tubes.

If you have questions, email me! I'll do my best to answer them!

Have fun today and save a tree!


June typically speaks of weddings! And it's no wonder as much of our country is finally thawing out from winter and celebrating the rich greenery and vibrant flowers!

Here is a card and matching wedding favor, for the loving couple wishing to announce to the world that they are getting married soon!

Congratulations to Dustin and Natasha! May your love for each other continue to blossom and grow! 


Stamps: Together Forever
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze
Paper: Glossy White, Chocolate Chip and Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Piercing Tool, and Big Shot Matchbox Die

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Embossing, Challenge# 22 and MOJO89Sketch Challenge

Each week, I participate in a fun challenge on a yahoo stamping group I belong to. You've read about it here on my blog on previous posts. Well, there was a "glitch" one night, and the next morning our entire group, posts, photos, files and all was gone!

Our organizers immediately went to action and started up a new group.
If you are interested in joining go here:  StampinUpLNStampers

This group is open to stampers and Stampin Up Demonstrators alike. 
There is so much to learn & share and wonderful friendship & support!

This is my entry for this weeks Challenge, #22. You must use some form of "EMBOSSING" on your creation! This card is also entered in Challenge Mojo89 here! You can view the sketch details below.

Stamps: Great Friend, Heartfelt Thanks, and Wonderful Watercolors
Ink: Pink Pirouette and Versa Mark
Paper: Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Embellishments: Big Shot  Bigz Die Beautiful Butterflies, Scallop Circle Punch, Organza Ribbon and paper piercer.

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