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Wednesday, May 15, 2019


We were given a fun challenge by the design team over at TGIF Challenges:  #nolayers.  Just a card base--no layers, no die cuts--just stamping!  I added a bit of twine to mine, but no layers!

I decided to add interest to my card with reverse masking.  I used the second largest die in the Layering Ovals framelits collection and die cut an oval out of a piece of copy paper.  Then I taped the copy paper over my Whisper White Thick card base.  Next I opened my new In Color Seaside Spray stamp pad and used a sponge dauber to sponge in sky and sea.  I finished my beach scene with various stamps from the Waterfront stamp set.  The greeting is also from this stamp set.  I used Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry inks.  I stamped off the "land" stamp quickly which gave me the cool gradation in color on my beach. 

To finish the card, I tied on some Old Olive linen thread.  I love this color linen thread but it is retiring.  Happily, a worthy replacement is coming in the new Annual Catalog.


To find more #nolayers inspiration, head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog here.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Beast's Rose--#tgifc195

This week's TGIF Challenge is an inspiration challenge, All About Disney.  I think you can guess my Disney inspiration:

Beauty and The Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies because it is based on a favorite fairy tale of mine.  I created the Beast's rose with Lovely Lipstick 1/2" wide stitched edge ribbon and a needle and thread.  Leaf ribbon serves as the rose's stem.

There are some really nice Disney inspired projects over on the TGIF Challenges blog, so check them out here.


Here's my supply list:
Whisper White thick card stock, #140272
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
All My Love ribbon combo pack, #148584
Leaf Ribbon, #146905
Layering Ovals Framelits dies, #141706
Tufted 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #146335

Friday, September 21, 2018

Gift Bag Punch Board Projects

I purchased my Gift Bag Punch Board from Stampin' Up! when it first came out and have loved it ever since.  It is amazing the variety of gift bags and even boxes, you can make quickly and easily with this great tool.  At my Technique Tuesday class this week, I did something a bit different by having participants pre-order this tool (if they didn't already own one) and bring it to class.  We made 5 fun projects:

You see six projects, but the pentagon box had two versions--one we did in class and one that I did in class using different paper (so I wouldn't have two of the same boxes--couldn't decide which I liked best--they are both so pretty!) 

Here's a close up of each one:

This is the basic gift bag using the large measurements on the Gift Bag Punch Board.  We used the hole punch built into the punch board, threaded the Cherry Cobbler 1/4" double-stitched ribbon through the holes and tied it with a bow.    The bag is made with a pattern from the Dashing Along designer series paper (available as a gift to hosts with at least $250.00 in sales).  The tag uses images from the Hearts Come Home stamp set and some Suite Season Specialty Washi Tape and is tied to the bag ribbon with a piece of Cherry Cobbler Festive Farmhouse cotton twine.

This is another large bag, except we used the punch board to create a flap at the top of the bag.  This bag uses two different patterns from the Dashing Along designer series paper.  The tag was made with images from the Dashing Deer stamp set and dies from the Detailed Deer Thinlits and Stitched Labels Framelits sets.  Embellishments included Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Garden Green baker's twine and a Gold Library Clip, which holds the bag closed.

This is an XL sized bag made using two separate pieces of Blueberry Bushel card stock adhered together after cutting them both on the punch board.  It is decorated with paper from the 2018-2020 In Color 6" X 6" designer series paper pack, Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge ribbon, and Silver Glimmer Paper snowflakes created using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The greeting is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.

These are probably my favorite projects of the evening.  The pentagon box really shows the versatility of the Gift Bag Punch Board.  We used patterns from the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper pack, coordinating card stock, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Grapefruit Grove 1/8" grosgrain ribbon, Gold Metallic Pearls, Grapefruit Grove Faceted Dots, greetings from the Love What You Do stamp set and my returning favorite Champagne Mist shimmer paint.  With the shimmer paint, the pearlized paper and the mini gold trim, these boxes really sparkle and shine!

The final project was this cute "Card in a Box".  The box will fold flat to fit in a medium envelope for mailing.  The paper is from the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper pack.  The stamped images are from the Dashing Deer stamp set and the die cuts are from the Detailed Deer and Pretty Pines Thinlits sets.

Hope you enjoyed these projects.  If you don't already have the Gift Bag Punch Board, you need to get yourself one!!!  Click on Shop Now above.  

Friday, May 4, 2018

Atlanta OnStage Presentation--My Journey

I never expected to make it on the Big Screen at OnStage, much less to stamp and present at Onstage--but here I am!  I'm even smiling while I'm talking!  April 7, 2018

Early in January I received a call from Chad Williams at Stampin' Up! right in the middle of my Occasions Catalog Open House.  I had to call him back.  He asked me if I would present at Atlanta OnStage on April 7.  I was surprised, honored, excited and scared at the thought of stamping in front of a huge audience of fellow demonstrators.  I said, "Yes."  This is my year of stepping outside my comfort zone.  I expected to do that in baby steps--not in one big leap!

When one is chosen as a display board stamper or presenter at OnStage, you are mailed the stamps, tools and accessories that Stampin' Up! wants you to use.  We do not know what we will be working with until we open the box.  As soon as I opened my first box, I was in love with the stamp set and coordinating framelits I received.  I had lots of ideas as soon as I saw them.  Then I received a second box with card stock and ink pads--all in new colors.  I knew that we were going to have a color revamp this year as soon as I saw Mossy Meadow, a favorite In Color from the past.  I also knew we were getting all new ink pad cases (it took me 30 minutes to figure out how they opened--no more pushing back!).  I couldn't tell anyone about any of it.    I signed a confidentiality agreement with Stampin' Up! 

To prepare my presentation, I simply started stamping and using the products I was sent.  I made several projects, but I only had 8 minutes to share the products and to help fellow demonstrators see their potential.  So I picked out a few projects that would highlight each stamp and framelit and show a technique, that would be different in style, and that would tell a story.  I even wrote a joke (don't roll your eyes!).

The products I presented in the Stamp Set Showcase were the Sea of Textures Stamp Set and the coordinating Under the Sea Framelits.  I used two new core colors and one returning core color in my projects:  Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue and Mossy Meadow.

First,  I showed off the texture images in the stamp set and a background technique by demonstrating this card:

I inked up an "F" clear block with Soft Sea Foam and Balmy Blue inks, spritzed it with water and then stamped it on a piece of Shimmery White card stock to create the background.  I used the texture and plant images in the stamp set and the little fishy stencil in the framelits to create an underground scene. To finish the card, I popped up the Tangerine Tango octopus, the Crumb Cake netting, and Mossy Meadow greeting die cuts over the scene. 

I shared this second card to show the same background technique used in a different way.  I used a smaller clear block and the reverse masking technique to stamp my underwater scene inside the background square:

A Tangerine Tango octopus and another greeting from the stamp set. 

Next, I demonstrated a clean and simple card with a few die cuts as the focal point:

The background consists of two netting images stamped in Balmy Blue and a diagonal splatter of Mossy Meadow ink.  I used my Aqua Painter to create the splatter.  I adhered the die cuts to the card front with Multipurpose Liquid glue applied with a tiny paint brush.  The "thanks" greeting flag was created by masking off the bottom portion of the stamp image shown in the second card.

I shared this last card to show another technique and a new color, Soft Sea Foam, paired with a current color, Fresh Fig:

I used the little fishy stencil to sponge on the fish in Soft Sea Foam and then clear embossed them to stand out from the background.  Then I used the Seaside embossing folder to create the waves.  This time, my octopus is Fresh Fig as opposed to my usual orange shade of octopus.  So the third greeting in the stamp set fit this octopus:  one of a kind. 

For my closing project, I shared  a scrapbook page that told my little story:

I usually stamp my octopi is shades of orange because almost 18 years ago, I I had an up close and personal moment with an octopus.  It was orange. 
Actually, it was Pumpkin Pie!

Presenting at OnStage was a wonderful experience.  All my preparation, worry, and sleepless nights were worth it.   Fellow Demonstrators are the best audience--the most encouraging set of people.  I received lots of "good lucks" as I left my table to be "miked up"  and hugs of congratulations from lots of demonstrators afterwards.  They even laughed at my joke!  Really!

How did I look so calm in the photo?  I WAS calm.  After the rehearsal, I went back to my room, wrote out my presentation to get it clear in my mind again and then let it go.  I read verses from Psalms before I went to sleep.  The next morning, I woke up calm and ready to go.  I will admit that I maybe had three bites of my lunch because I was the second presentation in the afternoon.  But no nerves were reflected in shaking hands--which was a good thing.  I had to stamp!



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Music--#tgifc138

The TGIF Challenge theme challenge this week is "Christmas Carols."  Perfect!  I've been trying to figure out how I would wrap some little "thank you" gifts.  With that theme in mind, I made some XL candy bar wrappers using the Merry Music designer series paper, the Carols of Christmas stamp set, and one card from the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More card pack.  They were so fun to make and decorate with a Christmas Carols theme:

Peace on Earth is from "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!"  The pocket is made from a white on black musical note design. The greeting and deer were both stamped and then embossed with clear embossing powder.


The paper designed with the sheet music for Deck the Halls is the pocket for this one.  The holly background and the greeting were stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder. The holly clusters embellishing the greeting piece were colored with markers, stamped and die cut.

The paper with the sheet music for "Jingle Bells" form the pocket for this one.  The greeting piece is a Memories & More card--so no stamping!  (I couldn't resist using a couple of retired mini jungle bells--they are tied onto the red ribbon.)

To make the pocket for the XL candy bars, cut a piece of designer series paper to 9" X 8-1/2".  Score along the 8-1/2" side at 2-1/2" and 6-1/2".  Then score along the 9" side at 1/2" to create the bottom.  Cut off the 1/2" sections on the two back panels and cut the edges of the center 1/2" piece at an angle.  Fold and adhere the back panels using Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape adhesive, then fold up the 1/2" bottom piece over the back panel and adhere with Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape adhesive. Here's a little sketch for you:

Once I had my pocket made, I wrapped a piece of  7/8" black and white striped ribbon around the candy bar, leaving the ends at the top of the candy bar.  Then I inserted the candy bar into the pocket.  I tied the two ends together with Linen Thread or ribbon and added an embellishment.  Then I designed the belly bands for the pockets.  I cut the belly bands different widths but they are all 8-1/2" long and scored at 2-3/8" from one side and at 2" from the other side.  

Here's a bonus project!  I filled some 3" x 6" gusseted cello bags with some of my spicy sugared almonds and added a tag for some family dinner favors.  "Let it snow" is a lyric from that song that starts, "The weather outside is frightful. . ."  So these are Christmas Carol themed, too (even though I can't remember the name of the carol!):

I had lots of fun with this theme challenge and I'm sure the TGIF design team and other challengers did, too.  Head to the TGIF Challenges blog here to see all the fun and beautiful projects.

Here's my supply list:

Carols of Christmas bundle, #146037; includes at 10% off:
     Carols of Christmas stamp set, clear mount, #144804
     Card Front Builder Thinlits dies, #144674
Merry Little Labels Bundle, #146030; includes at  10% off:
     Merry Little Labels stamp set, clear mount, #144795
     Everyday Label Punch, #144668
Card stock:  Old Olive, #100702; Basic Black, #121045; Cherry Cobbler, #119685; Real Red, #102482
Merry Music Specialty designer series paper, #144623
Merry Little Christmas designer series paper, #144621
Merry Little Christmas Memories & More card pack, #144638
Foil Snowflakes, #144642
3" X 6" gusseted cellophane bags, #141704
Ink:  Basic Black archival, #;140931 VersaMark, #102283; Old Olive classic, #126953
Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, #109130
Heat Tool, #129053
Stampin' Write Markers:  Brights (Old Olive), #131259; Regals (Cherry Cobbler), #131262
Year of Cheer Embellishments, #144643
Mini Ornaments, #144626
Brights Enamel Shapes, #141680
7/8" Striped ribbon, #144624
Real Red 1/8" solid ribbon, #144631
Quilted Christmas 1/4" ribbon, #144620
Linen Thread, #104199
Basic Black solid baker's twine, #141682
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Layering Squares Framelits, #141708
Cable Knit 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #143537
1-1/2" Circle Punch, #138299


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Creation Station Design Team OnStage Swaps

When I posted the card I made for the Creation Station design team swap for OnStage in November, I promised I would post photos of the other swaps.  I was unable to make it to OnStage, but Elizabeth Price was kind enough to take my swaps to the gathering and send me the beautiful projects I am showing you today.  Six members of the team were able to attend OnStage in Salt Lake City (we are a global design team, so some attended in their own countries and others, like me, were unable to attend):

Does this not look like a fun group!  I only know them through Facebook and, of course, through their blogs and was so sorry I could not attend OnStage to meet them all in person.  Next November, I plan to meet them in Orlando.

I will show you their cards in order from left to right.  First up is Julie Beltramo's card:

Such beautiful coloring with the new Blender Pens.  I love the crumb cake on crumb cake background details, too.  Julie always has lovely, elegant projects.

Next is Andrea Tracy-Tucker:

I love this card because it is all about Andrea--she is a horse woman--so this card made me smile as soon as I saw it.  I love the coloring on the boots, the detail of the Linen Thread behind the boots and the "yay!" on the pocket.  

Sara Levin's card is next:

If you remember, my swap used the same stamp set, Best Birds.  I thought is was fun that the two Saras on the team used the same stamp set.  I love Sara's watercoloring on this card  Look closely and you will see that she embossed the hatchwork background image in white.  I love the texture it gave the sky in her background.

Next up is Dena Rekow:

I love the details Dena used on each of her layers and I love the bold color combination.  Just a great card!  If you have not watched one of Dena's videos, you are missing out.

Here is Elizabeth Price's card:

What can I say--I love everything about this card.  Elizabeth has such beautiful details on all of her cards--from the silver foil basket, to the silver glimmer tassels, to the tinted rhinestones, to the colored Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  It's a wonderful card.  Elizabeth is one of two members of the Creation Station design team who were named to the 2018 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team at OnStage.  The other is our Netherlands team member, Linda van Wely.  I am so excited for both of them!

Lastly, here is Kathy Kartak's card:

Love, love, love the copper embossing on the Wood Textures designer series paper paired with the beautiful copper trim.  So pretty with the pop of Lemon Lime Twist.

So, do you want to see more of these amazing artists' work?  Join us every first Sunday of the month for the Creation Station design team blog hop.  Here's the link to my post for the December 3rd blog hop.
Just click the "Next" button at the bottom of the post and hop around to see all of the Metallics Gone Wild inspiration.  


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Daisy Hello--#tgifc116

It's the monthly sketch challenge at TGIF Challenges this week.  I pulled out my newest stuff, the Daisy Delight bundle for this one. Once I decided on the three papers I wanted to use from the Delightful Daisy designer series paper pack, my card came together pretty quickly.  I added some extra bling this week:

I love the new mini sequin trim--it is so flowy and wonderful!  I wasn't so sure about the new Faceted Gems (one you see as the center of the daisy) until I got to see them in person.  There are so many pretty and cool new embellishments and ribbons and trims--you really need to check them out.  Go here to my online store.

Here's the TGIF Challenges sketch:

Here's the link to TGIF Challenges to see more projects using this sketch.
Here's my supply list:
Daisy Delight Bundle, #145361, includes:
     Daisy Delight stamp set, photopolymer, #143669
     Daisy punch, #143713
Eastern Beauty stamp set, photopolymer, #143675 (for the greeting)
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Old Olive, #100702; Calypso Coral, #122925
Delightful Daisy designer series paper, #144137
Ink:  Calypso Coral, #126983; Old Olive, #126953
Gold Faceted Gems, #144141
Gold Mini Sequin Trim, #144128
Whisper White solid baker's twine, #124262
Petal Burst textured impressions embossing folder, #141493
Banner Triple punch, #138292