Saturday, December 31, 2011

Calendar Swap

This is the first time I will have participated in a calendar swap and I'm pretty excited. I think its a great idea. I ended up taking two months, March and May. I haven't seen the stands for them yet...we'll get them when we do the actual swap from the hostess. I'm planning on keeping one calendar at my desk at work, and the other to display at my classes and workshops. I showed May in my last entry. Here is March. What do you think?


Stamp Set: Happy St. Patrick's (from the new Occasions Mini)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, In Color DSP-Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Brushed Gold, Whisper White
Punches: Ornament, 1/2" circle, Extra-Large Tag, Word Window, Heart to Heart, Boho Blossoms, Owl Punch, Crop-a-Dile, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle
Misc.: SNAIL, Dimensionals, Brights button, Uniball Gel Pen, Scissors, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Glimmer Brad
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Monday, December 26, 2011

More Sneak Peeks - New Projects

Not much to say other than I'm having a blast with the new products!!! A mini Mannequin brooch holder, an eye pillow filled with flax seed and lavender, a 6 x 6 calendar page for a calendar swap I am involved with and a card using the adorable maze from the new mini.

I'd love to hear your feedback. I'm thinking about making the Mannequin and eyepillow kits available for purchase, as well as completed one's. Let me know what you think or if you would have any interest in either a kit or one already made.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sneak Peek - New Mini and New Classes

Isn't she adorable? This is some of Stampin' Up!'s new fabric from the New Occasion Mini which will launch on January 4th. While I'm not allowed to show you the catalog, I can show you sneak peeks of projects.

This is an easy sewing project -- even for beginners and it will be part of my new monthly series focusing on Stampin' Up! fabrics. Some projects will use machine sewing, some hand sewing and some no sewing at all. Class sizes will be limited to 4 people, but if even indicate they want to sign up then I can schedule a second class. Depending on the project, each class cost will vary a little. This class is only $20. To sign up for this class, join my free meet-up site at

I'd love to hear any comments you have. This was such a fun an easy project. I can see making these not only for pin cushions, but also to display brooches, earrings etc.

More sneak peeks will follow...fabric and paper.

Merry Christmas to all of you, and Happy Holidays.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Catch-Up

Boy am I behind on posting. I have so many classes, and with work and an unscheduled charity event, I haven't had a second to post anything. I did want to post my most recent Stamp Set of the Month Workshop. This month we used Lovely As a Tree. I really enjoyed this project, as did my clients.

Its a stand-alone card box with a small pocket for stamps. We also made a matching pen to include in the box. Isn't it adorable. One of my downline already made a similar card box full of baby boy thank you notes. This pattern for the card box is from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho. Thanks Becky.

Then here are the four cards we made to go inside the card box.

True, we made all Christmas cards, but look at how different each card looks, and that was with using only one stamp set. Of course, each of my clients purchased the stamp set as part of this class (unless they had it already) so they were eager to go home and duplicate the cards.

Thanks for leaving a message to let me know that you stopped by!! I'll post my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, Mini Card class, Simply Adorned Class and swaps soon.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Stamp Set of the Month Class - Just Believe

Its that time of month again where I focus my class on one stamp set only. With the price of the class you get the stamp set in your choice of wood or clear. Here are the projects we made this week:

After we discovered how easy it was to stamp on candles I surprised my ladies with making a Just Believe candle. It was so much fun to see them so excited! And its sooooo easy. For credits, ingredients, measurements and directions, click here.

I kept going back and forth on this card, but boy did they like it. I really liked what one of my customers did. Instead of stamping the En Francais onto the DSP paper (you can hardly see it in the photo), she stamped it in white on the black card underneath. Then she tore two corners of the DSP so you could see the written words underneath. Really beautiful.

This is a card I have been wanting to make for quite awhile. It is so easy. I could not for the life of me find any instructions on how to do the diamond, so I came up with my own way of doing it. Check back for ingredients, measurements and directions. When you see this link go live.

This is one of my favorite cards. Once again, you'll have to check back for the link as I haven't loaded the credits and the rest of the deets yet. Instead of the medium sized window pane in the picture (cause I ran out), we used the small one. I think I like it better!!

And finally,

Many of you have seen this card before as this is the card I took to swap generally at Convention this past year. These ladies had not seen it so I couldn't resist bringing it out again for them to do. You can get all the information to make this card here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Anything But a Card Class

I've been a busy, busy girl and am quite behind on loading projects from my classes. This was a really fun class and it was called Anything But a Card Class. Basically the idea is to use Stampin' Up! products but to make inexpensive, but lovely gifts, personal items, etc. What fun we had. Here is a group shot:

The only item missing from this photo is the necklace we made from a domino. I forgot to take a picture, but I have a photo of one I did last year so I'll show it.

Okay, first we made the ornament placecard holders and large ornament photo holder. You can get more details about those from my last blog entry.

Then we decorated these adorable little plates that I picked up for $2.99 (on sale) at Hobby Lobby.

Next, the coasters. I read tons online about the different ways to do them. I found the easiest for me was to just stamp them with Stazon, color them in with Stampin' Up! markers, and then seal them with a clear sealant spray. My clients all made matching coasters. Mine are different just for inspiration. I do love to have them down ready for my clients' drinks when they come to my house for a class.

Next we played with making jewelery You can either use the Stampin' Up! chains, or what I prefer to use is coordinating ribbon. I always get compliments when I wear mine.

Next we experimented with etched glass. Who knew that it was so darn easy!! You can get directions to make most all of these items from The picture really does not do this justice.

Finally, my favorite project...stamping on candles. Isn't it adorable? This project was definitely cased but the name escapes me at the moment. I will put up that name, I promise. I'm so late in posting anything that I wanted to get something online for you all to see.

If you've stopped by to take a look, won't you please leave me a message and let me know which project is your favorite!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Metal Snowflakes

I've been perusing Monica Weaver's metal projects for quite some time now. I've even purchased some of her metal but then by the time I got it I had already moved on to other projects. (I'm not in any way suggesting that it took too long to receive my packages. I just flip from one project to another quickly). Anywho, when I saw these ornament projects, I knew they would be perfect for my upcoming Anything But A Card Class.

Monica really showcases some beautiful projects (and cards too!!) that you can make with metal. These ornaments were sooo easy that now I'm over my fear of working with the metal. I can't wait to see what my clients' say when they see and make them.

Here is the link to Monica's website. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Baby Bundle Chest of Drawers

Okay, I have to show this one last card before I go to bed...

I saw this from the talented Laura Lipe and had to case it right away. For a link to Laura's blog, ingredients, measurements and directions, please click here. LINKED IS FIXED. SORRY ABOUT THAT.

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2nd Christmas Card Stamp Camp

My second Christmas Card Stamp Camp. While we had a good time (don't we always), once again I believe I made the cards a bit too detailed, making it hard for my ladies to finish them in one evening (20 cards). Here they are though. The first two card are good to make together because you only need to punch the oval frame with the Big Shot once (two sheets of card stock) to get two cards. One of each color.

Poinsettia Vase Christmas Card

Winter Post

Delicate Doiley

Welcome Home - I think the below card was such a clever idea. Be sure to click on the link for credits.

and finally, Merry and Type

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure and leave me a note to let me know you were here. Come back soon to see the projects created for my "Cute" Card/Project class.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Punch Art Class - Remaining Projects

As promised, here are the remaining projects we did in the Punch Art class.

Punch Art Twin Baby Card

Sheep Notecard

Kissing Fish Anniversary Card

Owl Pillowbox

Punch Art Pumpkin, Santa and Reindeer

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Preview Card

My Poinsettia Ornament Vase Card:

Its not often that I design a card on my own, although I'm sure I designed from inspiration of many others. I have a Christmas stack-a-stamp class coming up this Thursday night and this is one of the cards my ladies will make. Just wanted to share.

I'll post the other cards after the class happens. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Punch Art - Technique Card

I don't ever usually post my technique cards that I teach in my classes, but today's class was all about Punch Art and the technique card is just so stinkin' cute I couldn't resist sharing it. Over the next few days I'll also share the other cards/projects we made in the class, so check back often.

Punch Art Lion

Click on the link above for credits, ingredients, measurements and directions. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stamp Set Of the Month Series - Artistic Etchings

Its that time of month again where I center my class around one stamp set to highlight its versatility. Here are the projects we made. Following are links to the individual projects' credits, ingredients, measurements and directions or links to templates.


This adorable purse is from a template purchased from Angela McKay. Click on the link above and it will show you the link to get to her site. You can download the pdf for the adorable purse and a bunch of adorable cards (which I haven't made yet) for only $5. I always tell my clients that I make the mistakes for them. My mistake here was that my stripes are going around rather than up and down. My clients' purse stripes are vertical, the way they should be.


I love the simplicity of this card. So elegant.


This is a card I received in a swap at Convention this past summer. Unfortunately, I don't know who the designer was. If you see this and you are the designer, please let me know...and thank you for such a beautiful card!


This card was inspired by another card that I received at Convention by LeeAnn Greff. Adorable, isn't it. And finally...


Oh yeah, I totally went there. I forgot to add a detail that the card I cased had...using the scallop trim border punch and black to make "lace" at the bodice and top of the panty. And of course, my favorite sentiment stamp went inside...can you guess which one? Its from the stamp set called Not So Seriously.

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