Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Can you believe Christmas is less than two months away? That's totally insane. I have started shopping, though. Don't get too excited - I've only purchased two things. I'm far, far away from even putting a dent in Christmas shopping.

I just returned from my birthday dinner at Dakota's. I'm feeling very full and very blessed. Along with celebrating with my husband and son, my father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, sister, brother-in-law, baby nephew and my father were there with me. I love my family and I love spending time with them. I've had an awesome 40th birthday. The only way my birthday could have been better was if my mom and my son, Evan, were living to celebrate with me. I'm missing them terribly tonight. Perhaps, they are celebrating my birthday together in Heaven. I hope so!

I received some really great birthday cards today, too. I'm such a sap. I cried when I read almost every one of them. Well, with the exception of the card which had a baby on a potty chair on the front of the card. Just trust me. It wasn't sappy : ) I'm grateful for the 40 years I've had. I've been very fortunate to have had my health and such wonderful friends and family. Well, that's it for me tonight.

Thanks for peeking in on me! Have a great day!

Supplies: Stamp - Dasher; Paper - Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa DSP; Ink - Chocolate Chip; Accessories - Big Shot Machine, Scallop Circle #2, Circle Scissors Plus, Paper Piercer, Eyelet Border Punch, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Fire Rhinestone Brads (Red), Filigree Designer Brad, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Saturday, October 24, 2009

10 for $10 Christmas Card Class

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? I know I can't. It'll be here before we know it. So, you better get a head start on those Christmas cards. Join me for a fun evening of camaraderie, stamping and Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit. We'll be creating 10 different Christmas cards including envelopes for only $10. Not an experienced stamper or have no experience at all? No problem! Come find out just how fun and easy creating handmade cards can be. Here's the what, where and whens:

What: 10 for $10 Christmas Card Class

Where: 2697 Pennington Road, Waverly

When: (Your choice) Thursday, November 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or
Saturday, November 14th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 for 10 different Christmas cards with envelopes.

RSVP By: Pre-payment will be due by Saturday, November 7th, to reserve your spot. This will allow me to purchase all the necessary supplies and pre-cut all card stock for the projects you will be making.

What to Bring: Your choice of adhesive and scissors. Adhesive will be available for purchase at class for $5.00.

To ensure a reserved spot, please be sure to include your class date preference when submitting your payment. Class space is limited, so be sure to sign up early!

If you have any questions or need directions, please feel free to email me at

Thanks for peeking in on me today!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Deals of the Week #3

Throughout October, get all-new Deals of the Week—with select products up to 50% off! See below for this week’s Deals of the Week:

Now through October 26, 9:50 AM (MT)

1/2" Library Clips

Regular Price: $6.95
Deal of the Week Price: $3.99

Basic Jumbo Grommets
Regular Price: $6.95

Deal of the Week Price: $4.49

Circle Designer Brads
Regular Price: $5.95

Deal of the Week Price: $3.99

Mini Library Clips
Regular Price: $12.95

Deal of the Week Price: $8.99

Visit my Online Store today to take advantage of these great offers! Shop Stampin' Up! 24/7 here.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Here is another project my customers made at my Technique Lovers' Class last Thursday. If you've followed my blog, this card may look vaguely familiar from an earlier post. You can view it here. This card features the faux cloud technique. It's really easier than it looks and packs a big WOW factor. All you need is a scallop circle punch and a scrap piece of cardstock. Just punch out your scallop circle and cut it in half. This gives you a cloud template. What's that you say? You don't have this punch - oh, you just may have to get it. Not to worry though! Just freehand a cloud on some scrap cardstock and you've got yourself a cloud template. Next, you'll take a sponge or a sponge dauber and ink it up with some Bashful Blue Classic Ink. (I personally prefer the sponge dauber. It gives you a more muted effect.) Place your cloud template over your project and "swirl" your inked sponge in circular motions over the edge of your template. Ta Dah! You've got clouds! Just make sure to move your template around and in different angles to create the clouds. It's that easy! Now go out and make yourself some happy, little clouds! (I watched Bob Ross when I was a kid.)

That's it for me. Thanks for peeking in on me today!

(All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless noted.)
Supplies: Stamps - Branch Out, Sincere Salutations; Paper - Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White; Ink - Soft Suede, Rose Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Bashful Blue; Accessories - Circle Scissors Plus, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch (cloud template), Scallop Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dotted Grosgrain Ribbon

Sunday, October 18, 2009


I had so much fun with the ladies at my Technique Lovers' Class on Thursday. This is one of the projects that we made using the "kissing" technique. First, we used a brayer with So Saffron Classic Ink to cover the Medallion background stamp. We then inked up the "En Francais" background stamp with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and then pressed the two stamps together (kissing) and voila'! That's all there is to it - easy peasy! My design idea for this card was taken right off the cover of the latest Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog with just a few minor tweaks. The lace border was punched out using the Eyelet Border punch from SU! This is a simple and quick card that would be very easy to mass produce.
I'll be back later with more pictures from the TLC class. As always, if you would like to join us for one of my classes, please e-mail me at and I'll keep you updated on upcoming classes. And don't forget, you can always shop Stampin' Up! 24/7 here. You don't even have to get dressed up or leave your house : )
Thanks for peeking in on me today. Hope you all are having a great weekend. My husband and I celebrated our sixteenth wedding anniversary on Friday. My dear hubby took me to the Franklin Park Conservatory yesterday to see the Chihuly glass exhibit. It was very, very beautiful. He took a kazillion pictures which I'm sure we'll sit down and look at today.

Supplies: Stamps - Medallion Background, En Francais Background, Holidays and Wishes; Paper - Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, So Saffron; Ink - So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red; Accessories - Eyelet Border Punch

Thursday, October 15, 2009

BE BACK SOON . . . . .

I've been busy prepping for my TLC class this week.  I have a great bunch of ladies coming over tonight to learn some new techniques.  Let's hope this yucky old rain holds off this evening.  I'll be back with some pictures of the class projects this weekend.

If you live in or near the Waverly area and would like to attend one of my stamping classes just send me an e-mail at  I'll make sure to send you information about upcoming classes.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Stampin' Up! - Deals of the Week #2

Here's Stampin' Up!'s Deal of the Week #2.  These dies work well with the Big Shot machine.  Don't delay, order now.  This offer is only good until Monday, October 19th at 9:50 a.m. MT.

Item #       Description                             Regular Price            Sale Price

115961      Perfect Setting Bigz XL Die       $42.95                          $25.99

   Item #      Description                              Regular Price           Sale Price
   114515      Flower Burst Embosslits              $11.95                         $5.99

Item #      Description                                 Regular Price           Sale Price
116760     Bigz XL Cake 3 Tier Die                  $39.95                         $25.49

Saturday, October 10, 2009


With each catalog, Stampin' Up! designs an exclusive stamp set to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  For every purchase of this exclusive stamp set, Stampin' Up! donates a portion of the sales to RMHC.  Ronald McDonald House Charities is a charity that is near and dear to my heart.  (My husband and I spent four months on and off at the RMH in Columbus, Ohio during the hospitalization of our firstborn.)  So, when I saw the adorable set "Very Thankful" I just couldn't resist ordering it.  I'm "very thankful" that Stampin' Up! is involved in such a wonderful program. 

My card today features a stamp from this set.  I've used a blender pen and SU! Classic ink pads to color in the main image. 
Thanks for peeking in on me today! 

Supplies: Stamps - Very Thankful; Ink - Basic Brown, Sahara Sand, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Going Gray; Paper - Old Olive, Textured Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Tall Tales DSP; Accessories - Crop-A-Dile, Blender Pen, Natural Hemp Tiwne, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Playground Designer Buttons, Earth Elements Brad

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I attended a baby shower for a young lady in my church congregation last night. (I say young because she's probably in her late 20's or early 30's. She's younger than me so that makes her young.) She'll be having her baby next Monday via C-Section. I had a wonderful time at our hostess',Vicki's, home. She's such a terrific person. Here's the card I made for the shower. If you haven't guessed, it's a girl! I used the instructions for making a tent topper card from Splitcoast Stampers. These cards are easy and are actually a lot of fun of fun to make.

Supplies: Stamps - Nursery Necessities, Cheep Talk; Ink - Melon Mambo, Basic Black, SU! Markers - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry; Paper - Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Accessories -Sponges, White Gel Pen, Paper Piercer, Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot machine, Circles #2 dies, Scallop Circle #2 dies

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Thursday, October 1, 2009


During the month of October, Stampin' Up! will offer several discounted products as "Deals of the Week." No limits and no minimum purchase required. Check out this week's deal on Stampin' Up! punches here. Stampin' Up!'s Deal of the Week #1 ends on Monday, October 12th at 9:50 a.m. Don't forget to check back each Monday in October for an all new Deal of the Week!

Bird Nouveau

Okay, here's the scoop. I'm totally terrified of Stampin' Up!'s Soft Subtles color palette. Don't get me wrong. The colors are beautiful. I just tend to shy away from them. So, every now and then I try to push myself outside my comfort zone and let's just say my deodorant was working overtime this time around. You see I was sweating a little when I pulled out the Apricot Appeal and Sage Shadow card stock for this card. I'm not sure why the apricot looks a little banana colored in this photo. Perhaps, the saturation was tweaked a little too much on my photo editing program. You'll just have to trust me. It is truly apricot in real life. Even though it is hard to see, I embossed my bird with embossing powder to give it a little more dimension. By the way, I think the bird would be beautiful water colored in with bold colors. It would give it a little something, something. I also tried to do a little "faux embossing" by adding the tone on tone circles to the Sage Shadow section of the card. (The actual name of this technique is escaping me at the moment. Feel free to leave me a comment if you know the name of this technique.) The button is just a clear Stampin' Up! button with Designer Series Paper behind it. I used the Mojo Monday Sketch 103 for the layout of this card. That's it for me!

Thanks for peeking in on me today!

Supplies: Stamps - Very Thankful; Ink - Basic Black Craft Ink; Paper - Nouveau Chic DSP, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, Basic Black; Accessories - Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Eyelet Border Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Clear Button