Friday, November 30, 2012


I am participating in a Holiday Boutique at Mundelein High School tomorrow and made the candle below as one of the items for my raffle prize.  I like how it turned out and it was pretty easy to make!  I embossed the flowers from the set, Watercolor Winter, using the Black EP and a heat gun.  I then colored in the flowers using a watercolor brush, Cherry Cobbler ink mixed with Dazzling Details.  After the flowers dried, I cut them out and attached them to the ribbon using Dimensionals.  I then added some Gold accent to the middle of the flowers using the new Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker.  I stamped the pine leaves using Gumball Green ink and then cut them and attached them with Dimensionals.

If you would like to order one of these candles, I am selling them for only $8.00 each!  Here is a list of what I used:

A close up shot of the flowers and pine leaves
Stamps: Watercolor Winter

Stamps: Watercolor Winter
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Accessories: Heat Gun, Black EP, Dazzling Details, Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker, Early Espresso Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Scissors

Thursday, November 29, 2012

LNS "Sparkle" Challenge

This week's LNS Challenge is to add "sparkle" to your stamping projects!  I made a gift card holder for my project, and my sparkle includes a glimmer brad and star.  I used the top note die to create the base of the gift card holder, and cut one of the dies in half to create the pocket for the card.  I added some snow flakes using the Snow Flurry Bigz Die, and used the Bitty Banner Framelits to cut out the saying.

This is one of many products I am making for the upcoming Breakfast with Santa Holiday Craft Boutique that I will be at on Saturday at Mundelein High School.  Here is a list of what I used:

Stamps: Pennant Parade (saying)
Inks: Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Red Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Top Note Die, Bitty Banner Framelits, Holiday Collection Die, Cherry Cobbler Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Red Glimmer Brad, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Try Stampin' On Tuesday: Our Design Team - Stampin' Friends

I am so excited to announce that I will be a part of this talented group of designers!  For more information and see this week's challenge, please click on on the following link: Try Stampin' On Tuesday: Our Design Team - Stampin' Friends

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

This week Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a fun sketch challenge!  Below is the sketch, and you can see all the great samples the design team did HERE.

And below is the card that I did for the sketch.  I think it turned out pretty cute and was very easy to make.  I die cut 3 trees using Be of Good Cheer and the tree die from the Holiday Collection in the Holiday Mini.  I used the Adorning Accents EF on the top of the Very Vanilla card front, and the Delicate Designs EF on the bottom.  I used the Bitty Banners Framelit to cut out the merry saying and the coordinating piece on the back.  Here's the rest of the details:

Stamps: Pennant Parade (saying)
Inks: Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Red and Silver Glimmer Papers
Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Collection Die, Bitty Banners Framelits, Delicate Designs EF, Adorning Accents EF, White Baker's Twine, Gumball Green Ribbon, Jingle Bell, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 22, 2012

LNS Challenge - Favorite Christmas Colors

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope this day finds you celebrating this day of thanks with loved ones; I have my side of the family coming over today and can't wait to see everyone!  Lots of good food, football and probably lots of gaming with Ben and his cousins!

This week's LNS Challenge is to make a project using your favorite Christmas colors in a project.  Below are 2 cards that I cased from cards I saw on PI.  I can't find the original post, so if these are your cards, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!

Here are my projects and the list of what I used to make them:

Stamps: Joyous Celebrations
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake,Gumball Green,  Be of Good Cheer DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Delicate Designs EF, Modern Label Punch, Mitten Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Gumball Green Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Brads, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Retired Jingle Bell, Sponge, Sponges, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

Stamps: Pennant Parade (saying)
Inks: Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Red Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Scensational Season, Holiday Collection Die, Designer Frames EF, Little Labels Punch Pack, Gumball Green Ribbon, Vanilla Brads, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Try Stampin' on Tuesday!

I thought I would try my hand at today's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge, and below is the card that I came up with.  Here's the link to the blog if you would like to try this fun challenge out, simply click HERE.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my project:

To create this card, I embossed the flower image on a piece of Whisper White c/s and using a VersaMark IP, and the new Early Espresso EP.   Next I sponged some Pink Pirouette ink over the image, and then distressed the edges of the DSP and Whisper White c/s.  Then I used the Delicate Designs EF to emboss embossing on the bottom of the card front.  I attached one of the pins from the Vintage Trinkets collect to the saying and ribbon.  Here's a list of what I used:

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso ink and EP
Papers: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Twitterpated DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Delicate Designs EF, Pretty in Pink Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Pearls, Word Window Punch, Distressing Tool, Paper Piercing Tool, Sponge, Dimensionals

Monday, November 19, 2012

French Foliage

The card below is one of the projects we did at my stamp camp yesterday.  The set, French Foliage, is one of my favorite stamp sets and I like how this 3-layered card came out.  After we stamped the Whisper White layers, I then ran the layers through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain EF.  I added some leaves that were embossed with Clear EP, some Early Espresso ribbon on a slider, and there you have it!  Here's the details on what I used:

Stamps: French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain EF, Clear EP, Heat Gun Tool, Slider, Early Espresso Ribbon, Sponge, Dimensionals, Scissors

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Online Extravaganza Starts Tomorrow!

The Online Extravaganza is the biggest online Stampin' Up! sale of the year!
During these 10 days only, you can get awesome discounts - some up to 50% off!
Email me your order at by Friday, November 23rd
 and you'll receive FREE shipping off of any order over $50.00!

Stampin' Up! has some amazing door buster items as well!
I love my Big Shot and you will too at the great price of only $79.96 during this sale!
 You can view these deals on this PDF file or on my SU website:

Ghirardelli Square Holders

I saw a cute project on PI done by Heidi Boo and thought I would try to make them as well.  You can see more of Heidi's projects from her blog HERE.

The Ghirardelli holder was made using the Scallop Envelope Die.  I ran a coordinating piece of DSP through the die to create a backing for inside of the envelope and cut a belly band 1" x 8".  The trees are from the Scentsational Season stamp set, and I stamped them in Gumball Green.  Here's the rest of the details:

Stamps: Scentsational Season, Pennant Parade (saying)
Inks: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Embossing Folders, Holiday Collection Dies, Little Labels Punch Pack, Ghirardelli candy, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stamp Camp Card

I am going to have some creative stampers over on Sunday to do a little stamping, and below is one of the cards I have planned for us to do.  My inspiration for this card is one that I saw on both PI and SCS that C. Weeks did, and you can see her beautiful creation using this SCS LINK.

I have to admit that I love how this card turned out - I had one heck of a time taking a picture of it due to the wind, but finally got a decent picture after several tries!

The images were stamped on a 3-1/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla c/s that I tore at the bottom.  I used some retired DSP that I thought worked well for a background, and then added a saying attached with a safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets collection.  Here's the rest of the details:

Stamps: French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, VersaMark IP
Papers: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Botanical Gazette DSP (retired)
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Distressing Tool, Vintage Trinkets, Regal Button, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool. Sponge, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 15, 2012

LNS Challenge

This week we have a fun challenge for everyone - Christmas giftables!  For this challenge, I did a gift card holder using a couple of products from the current Holiday Catalog.   Here's more of the details:

To create the base of the gift card holder, I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler c/s 8-1/2" x 3-1/2" and scored it at 2" and 2-1/2" on the 8-1/2" edge.  I cut 2 pieces of DSP to fit on the front folds.  I stamped the Christmas tree from the set, Scentsational Season, using a Gumball Green inkpad onto Very Vanilla c/s, and then cut it out using the matching Holiday Collection Die.  I used sticky strip tape to create a pocket on the 2-1/2" fold.

Above is a close up of the belly band - it measures 8-1/2" x 1".

Stamps: Scentsational Season, Pennant Parade (saying)
Inks: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Silver Glimmer Paper, Festival of Prints DSP Stack
Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Collection Die, Snowburst EF, Little Labels Punch Pack, Corner Punch, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

PI Case - LNS Challenge

This week's LNS challenge is to case a card from Pinterest.  I have to admit that I am addicted to PI, and love all the ideas, recipes, etc.!  Below is the card that I cased that was made by the awesomely talented Vicki Burdick, and you can find a link to her blog HERE.

Below is my version of Vicki's card.  I went with Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry for my card, but I think I like the color combo that Vicki did better.  Here's the details:

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake
Papers: Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Typing Paper (to create the mask for Apothecary Accents outline)
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Die, Fancy Fan EP, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Sponge, Dimensionals

Friday, November 2, 2012

LNS Thanksgiving

This has been a crazy week for me and I was finally able to get back into my craft room this morning to do this weeks LNS challenge.  The theme this week is Thanksgiving, and below is a candle that I "dressed up" for my kitchen.  I used the large oval punch for the pumpkin using More Mustard c/s, and then sponged the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink.  I ran the oval pieces through the new Woodgrain EF and the Big Shot to add some texture.  The leaves were made using the Bird Punch and the Word Window Punch for the stem for the pumpkin stem.

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede (stem)
Papers: More Mustard, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Large Oval Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Word Window Punch, Twine, Candle, Sponge, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots