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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nc Demos May Blog Hop - Final Farewell to a Few Favorites

Good evening!  Thank you for joining us for another fantastic blog hop.  Welcome if I am your first stop and if not I know you have already seen some wonderful ideas using some of the retiring products and stamp sets that we all love and will miss.

I am actually writing this post as I wait for my connecting flight to join the dear hubby and the CAP Rangers and their wives for a little down time in Jamaica.  So, this card seems to fit today with it beachy yet manly look.  I did get some inspiration from a fellow demonstrator's post on Pinterest for this card that was part of my Cute Cards Quick last in May.  

The first thing I did was to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4 1/4 x 2 3/4.  I then spritzed it with a little water and added my watercolor wash using Aqua Painters, Pool Part and Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pads.  You want to make sure that you don't over saturate your cardstock and to work quickly as you blend the ink.  Once I was done creating my background I set aside my paper to dry and worked on the other elements of my card.  Note, It can take up to an hour for the paper to dry.  You DO NOT want to stamp on it or tear the edges until it is completely dry.  

While I was waiting I cut my Soft Suede cardbase 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored it at 4 1/4.  I then ran it through my Big Shot using the Woodgrain TIEF.  I am SO going to miss this folder!   I then cut a piece of the Serene Scenery DSP 3 x 6 and tore the edges before attaching it to the cardbase with Fast Fuse.  Next, I stamped my greeting on a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock and then cut it out using the Banners Framelits. I added a hole with the 1/8 inch punch and then tied on my Whisper White Baker's Twine.  

At this point I ran around trying to put things away and organize at my new studio.  Boy does it take forever for cardstock to dry when you are on a mission and know what you want to do with it!  LOL  The upside is that i got some stuff unpacked!  

Once my cardstock was dry I stamped my sea grass and then my water birds using StazOn before I gently tore just the very edges of my cardstock.  I completed my card by attaching this piece to my cardbase using Stampin' Dimensionals, then finally my greeting was added using a little Fast Fuse at the top and a piece of Foam Tape across the bottom.

Okay, I have to run to get to my connecting flight!  While my post is done you still have LOTS to enjoy starting with Sharon Maranich's post!  She always does something fabulous, so don't miss it!

Thank you again for joining us!  

Happy Memorial Day!

April Blog Hoppers
Debra Ballance-Byrd -
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Michelle Irinyi -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sharon Maranich -
Laurie Meier -
Frances Wagner -

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 245 - A Last Goodbye to Gorgeous Grunge

Good morning!  I hope all is going well in your world today.  Life here is still a bit upside down, as I we settle into our new house and I am now in the process of moving the Stamp Pad to it's new home on the bottom floor of the Pool House.  So, while I am a little tired and a bit overwhelmed at the moment I am a very happy stamper and this week's Tic Tac Toe challenge fits great into my mood.  For this one I chose to go diagonally from the top left to the bottom right, so my card uses Bright Colors, one of my Favorite Stamp sets ever and Ribbon.

After a few fits and starts trying to decide on the color combination, this card went together in about twenty minutes.  I love it when that happens!  It doesn't always.  Sometimes I stress for hours or days over a project.. I working on a project, walk away, try different colors, layouts, etc..before I finally am happy with it.  So, it was a very pleasant surprise when this card came together so quickly especially with so much to do at the moment.

So, here is a quick rundown on how you too can make this card, or tweak it to make it your own.  The card measurements are:

  • Tempting Turquoise base 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2
  • Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5 1/4
  • Tempting Turquoise DSP 3 x 3 1/2
  • Basic Black scrap for the butterfly
After cutting my cardstock I stamped my background paper on the Whisper White cardstock with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I am REALLY going to miss this stamp set when it retires next week.  It has been such a versatile set that I have used on every kind of project from cards, bags and scrapbook pages. So, I started by stamping the lines stamp in Flirty Flamingo, then the big splatter stamp in Tempting Turquoise and finally the speckles stamp in Basic Black.  

Next I cut out my butterfly, using my Precision Base Plate and Die Brush to get all all the little paper bits. I then started putting together the layers of my card adding my ribbon and rhinestones.  I attached the ribbon and the butterfly with Glue Dots.  As a final touch I added the "thanks" stamp from Cottage Greetings on a scrap of Flirty Flamingo stamped in Basic Black with a little direct to paper on the torn bottom edge.

Thanks for taking a minute to let me share my card with you.  Don't forget to check out the rest of the Paper Craft Crew projects this week and then share your own creation inspired by this week's Tic Tac Toe board with us.  We love seeing what you are making!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 242 - A Day at the Beach

Good morning!  This week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge is a color challenge that I thought would work nicely with the Day at the Beach stamp set.  Coral, blue and yellow immediately brought to mind the bright colors of fun summer beach accessories like the perfect floppy beach hat, sunglasses and flip flops!  I think this card will be a nice way to just let one of my friends (who love the beach and accessories as much as I do!) that I am thinking about them.

The measurements for this card are:

  • 4 1/4 x 11 Calypso Coral cardbase scored at 5 1/2
  • 4 x 5 1/4 Island Indigo
  • 2 pieces of Thick Whisper White 1 x 1 3/4
  • 1 piece of Thick Whisper White 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
  • Scraps of Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight for the greeting
So, I have to be honest.after i choose my colors and stamp set I had a little creative block.  I cut and stamped my pieces with the glasses, hat and flip flops several times and arranged them in a variety of ways before I settled on my final design.  So, don't get discouraged when you are struggling with a project. Sometimes you just have to walk away from it or let it go in a different direction that you might have planned.   Hang in there!

I originally thought I would use the "hello" from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set, but it just wasn't right, so I went back to my stamp sets and was very happy with my choice of the "a happy hello" stamp from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I stamped my greeting using Daffodil Delight onto a scrap Whisper White Thick cardstock then cut it along with the Daffodil Delight scalloped circle out with the Layering Circles Framelits. I then added my little gold paper clip and a piece of the pretty Calypso Coral ribbon from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishments Kit to my stamped circles then attached it to the Daffodil scallop with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

At this point everything just sort of fell into place.  I textured the Island Indigo cardstock using the Seaside TIEF which  attached to the Calypso Coral cardbase with Fast Fuse then layered on my stamped glasses, hat and flip flops.  I then added my sunny yellow greeting again with Fast Fuse.  As a final little touch I added three gold sequins with little dots of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Thank you for taking a minute to let me share my card with  you today.  I hope you will take a minute more to check out the projects inspired by this week's challenge on the Paper Craft Crew page.  You can also share your project with us, too!

If you have any questions, would like to order any of the products i used or need help with a project of your own please feel free to contact me.  I would love to hope you!  Until next week.....

Happy Stamping!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

NC Demos April Blog Hop - Celebrate All the Special Women in Your Life This Mother's Day!

Good evening!  If you are just joining us welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop.  If you are coming from Melissa's blog I know you had a real treat with her project!

This month I want to share a sort of non-traditional twist on Mother's Day.  I am very lucky to have have lovely and sweet mother, but many of my friends do not. I also have friends and family who do not have children of their own or have lost a child.  These things can make Mother's Day a difficult holiday for them. So, I like to think of Mother's Day as a day to not only tell my mom I love and appreciate her, but I like to do the same to my two amazing s.isters and dear friends.  So, my card is not traditional.  It doesn't even say, "Happy Mother's Day."  It says, "What a beautiful blessing you are to me." I think it would be a great card to tell any of the fabulous women I am fortunate to have in my life just how special them are to me!

With that all said here are the details on how to make th
is simple, but I think elegant card.  Cut your Fresh Fig cardstock (yes, this is a new In Color for 2017-2018) 4 1/4 x 11 and score at 5 1/2.  Then cut your Very Vanilla THICK cardstock 4 x 5 1/2.  Yes, that is a sneak peek, too!  You can get both of these and the pretty gold lace sticker I also used as a part of the Eastern Palace Bundle starting tomorrow!  Email me to order yours and attend a free class if you are in Raleigh or I will send you all the info needed to create your own cards!

Okay, getting back on track!  I embossed the Very Vanilla Thick cardstock using the Lovely Lace TIEF then attached that pretty gold vinyl sticker from the Eastern Palace Bundle.  Then I wrapped and tied my Very Vanilla 1/4 inch ribbon along with the pretty vanilla tassel from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit.  I used a little Tear & Tape under my ribbon to hold everything in place where I wanted it. I then stamped my greeting in Fresh Fig using the Rose Wonder Photopolymer stamp set onto one of the pretty vanilla and gold labels also found in the Carousels Embellishment Kit.  I just love this kit!  I then put everything together using Stampin' Dimensionals.  And I now have a card using some new products and some old favorites!  I can't wait to share it with one of the wonderful women in my life during the Mother's Day weekend!

That is all I have for this month, but you aren't done yet!  Go visit Sharon's page to see the fantastic project she has created to share with us this month!

Thank you again for joining us for our NC Demos Blog Hop.  Come see us again on Sunday, May 28 for another exciting edition!

Happy Stamping!


This month's Blog Hoppers:
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins - 
Michelle Irinyi -
Melissa Kerman -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sharon Maranich -
Laurie Meier -
Lisa Tedder -
Frances Wagner -

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 241 - A Pop of Pink & Special Reason Card

Good morning!  I hope your week is going well.  Thank you for stopping by to see my project for this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  I was cleaning up from my Cute Cards Quick from this past weekend when I stopped for a moment to take a look at this week's sketch.  I was so glad I did!  The sketch was a perfect fit for some of the leftover supplies from Sunday!  Yay!  I love it when that happens!

So, let me start with the measurements for my card since the cardstock was pretty much ready to go when I started my card.:

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock for cardbase - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Basic Black cardstock - 4 x 5 1/4
  • Pop of Pink - 1 piece 3 x 3 3/4, 1 piece 2 x 2, 1 piece 1 1/2 x 3
  • Scrap of Melon Mambo and Smoky Slate
I knew I wanted to use the Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine and decided that it would be fun to use it to add texture to my card.  So, I cut an 18 inch or so piece of it and then pulled it apart into thinner pieces.  I then added a little Fast Fuse the back of my Basic Black cardstock, attached one end and began wrapping it round, adding pieces and a little more Fast Fuse until I and used all three of my pieces of twine.

I then cut out my flower using the larger flower from a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock using the Stylish Stems Thinlits and a circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  Next, I used the Fringe Scissors to add a little texture to my 1 1/2 x 3 inch piece of Pop of Pink DSP an attached it to my 3 x 3 3/4 piece before adding my 2 x 2 square and attaching it all to my Basic Black piece using Stampin' Dimesionals.  I also added my Melon Mambo flower with Dimesionals.  The final step for finishing up my card was to stamp my greeting with the Memento Pad onto a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock that I made into a banner using my Paper Snips and then attached to my card with a combination of Fast Fuse and a tiny piece of Stampin' Dimensional.

So, now I just need to decide who to send this cute card to let them know I think they are special!

That is all I have for this week, but you aren't done!  Pop over to the Paper Craft Crew page to see what the other members have created this week and get inspired to create your own card to upload and share with our group!

Thank you again for letting me share my card with you!  Please let me know if you have questions about this or any other project.  I would love to help you!  

Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Get a New Catty Sneak Peek & a FREE Class! Order the Eastern Palace Suite Today!

Join me Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm or Sunday, June 4th from 3:00 to 5:00pm to create four fabulous cars with matching envelopes with all these new goodies from the new catalog!  This event is $15 or FREE when you order either of the Eastern Palace Suite Bundles by 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 9th.

So, don't wait!  Contact me to reserve your spot and order your bundle today!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 240 - Butterflies & Floral Boutique

I just realized that life has been so hectic that I can't remember the last time I participated in the weekly Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  While I don't think things are going to settle down anytime soon I am going to try to do a better job of managing my time and sharing the projects with you.  This week's Challenge is a perfect time to start!

I started this card by getting out all the retiring Designer Series Paper I still have.  I was a little pleased to find I didn't have nearly as much as I thought, but with the end of the Stampin' Up! catalog year coming to an end on May 31st I know I want and need to use up what I have so I don't feel guilty buying from the new catty in June.  Now it wouldn't stop me from buying the new stuff.  LOL

So, I started by choosing to use the Floral Boutique DSP which has been one of my favorites this year.  I cut all my cardstock and DSP as follows:

  • Whisper White Thick cardbase: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
  • Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4
  • Floral Boutique DSP cut one piece 3 x 4 and one 3 x 1 1/2
  • Scraps of Crushed Curry and Whisper White.
After cutting my cardstock and DSP, I ran the 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White piece through the Big Shot using the Lovely Lace TIEF.  I am going to miss this embossing folder when it retires.  It has been a favorite for SO long!  After texturing my piece of Whisper White cardstock I mounted it to the cardbase and set it aside.

Next, I attached my Floral Boutique DSP together and wrapped the Night of Navy Baker's Twine around it. I set this aside while I punched out my Night of Navy piece using the Decorative Label Punch (also retiring) and attached both of these to my card using Fast Fuse.

Now it was time for my butterfly.  First, I stamped the floral stamp from Floral Phrases then cute it out with the little butterfly framelit.  It didn't look exactly right, so I die cut out the larger butterfly from a scrap of Crushed Curry cardstock.  It was perfect either and I finally decided that I liked how the two butterflies looked when layered together.  That helped me finish up my card pretty quickly.  I attached the larger butterfly with a Glue Dot then tied the Falling in Love Embellishment onto it with a little of the Night of Navy Baker's Twine.  I put a piece of a Stampin' Dimensional behind the flower to hold it in place.  Finally, I added my stamped butterfly with a little fast fuse and gave it just a little more bling with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  I finished off my card by adding a little piece of Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape.

So, now it's your turn!  Go in and find some of the DSP and embellishments you have been hoarding and create your own card using this week's sketch.  Don't forget to share it with us on the Paper Craft Crew Page.  We want to see it!

Thank you letting me share my card with you this week.  If you have any questions or would like to order any of the products I used please let me know by posting below or emailing me your question.  I would be happy to help you.  

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Create the Perfect Gift Box Anytime with the Gift Box Punch Board!

Creating the perfect gift box has never been easier!  The Gift Box Punch Board may look like an ordinary  piece of plastic, but it will give you extraordinary results. You have to see it in action to see how easy and fun it is to make beautiful boxes!   Click on the photo below to see just how easy it is to create your own unique gift boxes! 

Below is the supply list for these darling little boxes.  Contact me today to order your favorites and never have to search for the perfect size gift box again!

Botanical Blooms, Friendly Wishes, Greatest Greetings, and Sunburst Sayings Stamp Sets; Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Rose Red, Shimmery White, Tip Top Taupe, Vellum, and Whisper White Cardstock; Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper; Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper; Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad®; Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Rose Red, and Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark® Pad; White Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched and Mint Macaron 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon; Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine; Metallics Sequin Assortment; Stampin’ Dimensionals®; Aqua Painters®; Big Shot™; Botanical Builder Framelits™ Dies; Gift Box Punch Board; 1/8" Circle, 2" Circle, and Blossom Bunch Punches

Happy gift giving and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

One Last Day to Sale-A-Brate with Avant Garden

I think each year that the SAB products for that year are my most favorites ever and then a new year comes and I find I love the new ones as much or more then those from the previous year.  Then there are those sets and products that I don't love until I see something made with them and they become one of my all time favorites.  That is definitely the case with the Avant Garden set.  It is one of the last things I got and maybe my total favorite.  I am really going to miss all the possibilities these little flowers have to offer.  

The card I am sharing today was a total case from Beverlee Morales.  The entire card was stamped with only the flower bouquet stamp from Avant Garden in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  My Terrific Techies made it last night and we all agreed that we loved it and how easy it was to make.  What could be better than a card with a vintage feel that is elegant AND easy to create!  That is a win, win in my book!

So, if you are like me and put off getting this lovely stamp set for FREE don't wait!  Call or email me your $50 order (before tax & shipping) before Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow and you miss your opportunity!

I  hope you have a wonderful and creative day!

Happy Stamping!

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