Monday, October 12, 2009


Hello! I have some of the latest news on the 2009 Stamping Retreat. It will be on Saturday, December 5th at the Seven Clans Casino and Waterpark Conference Room in TRF. The title of the event this year is.....The 12 Projects of Christmas!!!
We are very excited and will be sending out info later this week for registration. If you don't receive yours and are interested in attending please drop me an email!
Take care!!!

Circle Circus Stamp Set

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Circle Card

I love the colors in this card. Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Old Olive give this card a different look. I love the Circle Circus stamp set!! (if you hadn't noticed!!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Purse Card

I thought this card was just plain cute!!!!!!!

Supplies: Bermuda Bay card stock, pretty in pink Card stock, Circle Circus stamp set, Oval punches, large circle punch, brads, Mambo Ink pad, Chocolate Chip Card stock, White Card stock, Scallop square punch (Word window punch would also work), Ribbon and Scallop edge punch

I stamped an image 3 times with Circle Circus and then punched them out using the large circle punch. I cut off a side of the circle to give it the purse shape. I punched the Scallop Square shape out of choc chip card stock and then cut the corners at angles to get the purse fastener. I put brads on for buttons and the handles were made by punching the oval shape punch and then moving my punch further up and punching again to punch out the purse straps.
To finish I tied with ribbon and then punched the scallop edge on the Bermuda Card stock.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back to School Card

In the spirit of back to school I thought this was a fun card to make!! Get out your punches!!!

Supplies: Window Punch, Tab Punch, notebook spiral punch, boho blossom punch Black card stock, crushed curry card stock, real red card stock, white card stock, pretty in pink card stock, whisper white ink, black ink
The trick to make this apple was to tab punch red card stock and then punch it again moving your punch up to get the nice "apple" red strips at the top and bottom of your "core".
The same type of thing was done for the pencil. I used the window punch to punch out part of the "eraser" from the pink card stock. For the apple seeds I just punched the flower punch out of black card stock and trimmed off petals for seeds.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Treat Cup Cards!

Hooray for treats!! Hooray for treat cups!! I love these little treat cups now offered in our holiday mini catalog!! Very versatile and cute! I wanted to start getting some holiday ideas out there because they are just around the corner!!
Ideas for the treat cups: Halloween M & Ms, Skittles, Red Hots, Snow flake confetti
These are shown above but the options are endless. Baby pins for baby cards, jelly beans, glitter, buttons, etc!
Stampin' Up! also makes padded envelopes to mail these sweet treats in. A set of 12 treat cups are $2.95 and 3 padded envelopes are 2.95
If you would like to place an order please email me

Scrunched Ribbon Card

Supplies: Flight of the Butterfly Stamp Set, Upsy Daisy Stamp Set, Razzelberry Double Sided paper, Filigree brads, Rhinestone Brad, Bermuda Bay card stock and ribbon, sticky strip, Crushed Curry ink and Dusty Durango Card stock and ink

This card is fairly self explanatory the only new technique used for this card was how we applied the ribbon. Lay a strip of sticky strip down and then bunch your ribbon over it. We finished the ribbon with a filigree brad and placed a rhinestone brad in the center of it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Rock 'n' Roll Card

Supplies: Crushed Curry, Razzelberry, & Mambo Card stock and inks, Matching Razzelberry paper, Rhinestone brad, Extra die cut from the Matchbox die, white grosgrain ribbon, Circle Circus Stamp set
The fold on this card is 5.5 x 10.
Scored at 3 in and again at 7.25
To get the two toned effect on this card you take your stamp and ink it in your lighter ink first. Before you stamp it on your card stock bring your inked stamp to the darker color and roll and rock the sides of your stamp into the darker ink. Stamp your image. I used Crushed Curry and then Razzelberry on my image.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Reverse Embossing Rose Card

Does anyone notice a pattern in my last few entries? Can you tell I love the new colors, especially Razzelberry and Curry. I saw this technique on another blog and loved it!!

Supplies: Big Shot, Manhattan Embossing Folder, Brayer, Razzelberry and Melon Mambo ink, Razzelberry Card stock, and Whisper White and Old Olive Card stock

Run white card stock through your big shot placed inside the embossing folder. Cut the flower out and then turn upside down so raised edges are facing the table. Ink up your brayer first with one color and glide over flower a few times. Clean brayer and then ink with another color and repeat until flower is colored in with only the white edges remaining. Finally, cut out a couple of leaves in card stock, adhere, stamp greeting.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Deal of the week Rhinestone brads for 6.99!!

I will be placing an order on Sunday if you would like to take advantage of this great deal you can send me your order before then!!

Supplies: Razzelberry Ink & Card stock, Crushed Curry Ink & Card stock, White Card stock, Melon Mambo Ink, Top Note Die Cut & Big shot, Circle Circus stamp set
This card is pretty self explanatory! I sure do love this new set and the new colors!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Razzelberry Matchbox

**A new deal of the week will be posted today at 10:00 am. Check out my website for details of the promotion by clicking on my site located to the left under Other Stamping Sites.**

I love the new Razzelberry double-sided designer series paper. This box was made using the matchbox die cut and ever the label on top of the box was die cut from this set. I used the new Mambo Melon paper to coordinate with the Razzelberry and Rich Razzleberry ink for my stamped image.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Petite Dresser Using Matchboxes

Supplies: Designer Paper, Rose Red Cardstock and buttons, Crystal Effects, Matchbox die and Big Shot, Regal Rose ribbon and cardstock, Rose Red Ink Pad

Make three matchboxes using the die through the Big Shot by running three of them through your machine at a time. I used the designer paper for the "drawers" and rose red cardstock for the covers. Assemble your boxes and stack them. Cut the matching cardstock at 2 and 7/8ths width and you can keep the length at 11 1/2. Wrap around your stacked boxes and score for clean lines. Lastly adhere your buttons with crystal effects, wrap with ribbon and use one of your die cuts leftover from your matchbox die to adhere to the top of your "dresser". Stamp whatever image or saying onto your label.

I use these small dressers as doorprizes and put fun goodies in the drawers!
Another fun idea for this project is a barbie dresser for your daughter to play with!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dry Embossing and Crayon Resist

Hello again! Sorry for the long break. I am excited for the new catalog and the fun new colors and products to try!! I have an open house at my home on Monday to see the new products and I plan on doing a card with this technique. We will also be doing the same card at the Park River Stamp Camp!

Supplies: Big shot, Manhattan Dry Emboss Folder, Baja Bl, white, Going Grey cardstock, Baja Bl and Going Grey ink, sponges, white crayon and 2Way glue, glitter

Run your baja bl cdstk through the big shot in the dry emboss folder. Next, color some highlights through out your flowers with your white crayon then ink one flower in blue and one flower in grey. Wipe off excess color that resists from the crayon and once dry use your 2 Way glue whever you want to add the glitter. Finally, sprinkle with glitter, stamp your saying and adhere your card! This card is very simple and fun to do with a really great finished product!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Regional Cards

These are a couple of the projects we did at the StampinUp! Regional in Minneapolis this Spring. I have been meaning to upload them to share. We didn't use any new techniques with them so they are pretty self explanatory on how they were made. I liked the neat color combinations and really liked the stamp set we used to make them! The stamp set is Soft Summer and can be found in the Occasions Mini.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Stationary Gift Set

First off, I want to give a shout out to Kris for this wonderful idea she found. You can see the cute sets she made at her blog in the March archives She also has a link to where you can view the easy to follow directions to make your own.
I have been busy making these for graduations!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marker Thumping Card!

One more Mother's Day idea!!!
Supplies: Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set, Wonderful Favorites Stamp Set, Pac. bl, Pink Piro., Baja Breeze inks and cardstock, Pretty in Pink-Glorious Green-Certainly Celery Markers, White cardstock, Scallop punch
1. To get the different colors on the tree stamp I used the Thumping technique. I used the long, flat side of the markers and thumped onto the rubber stamp. Begin with the lightest color (in this case pink and work to the darker colors) I finished with the Glorious Gr. marker and colored the trunk and branches with it. REMEMBER to huff (a warm breath) onto the stamp to re moisten before stamping it onto the white cardstock.
2. I stamped the tree again in Pink Piroutte ink to give a background to the pink cardstock.
3. Layer white cardstock with Baja and Pacific cardstocks and adhere onto pink cardstock.
4. Use scallop punch to add detail to the bottom of the card.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Smoosh Technique!

An early Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!!!

Supplies: Reinkers (in this card I used Baja Bl, Pacific Pt, and Kiwi Kiss, with matching cardstock and ribbon, black ink, glossy white cardstock, brayer, Page protector, water bottle

1. First, cut your page protector so that it can open like a book. (these are protectors that we use in our scrapbooks)

2. Dribble some reinkers onto your protector and spray with water.

3. Place your glossy cardstock on top of the ink and water, closing the protector over it.

4. Brayer over and remove cardstock, you will get a unique background design to use on your card. A Note: You can place a new piece of cardstock into the protector and brayer again there will still be enough ink to give you a background although it will be a bit lighter. You can repeat this a few times, each time with a lighter effect before needing to wipe you protector down and beginning again!

5. After allowing time to dry, stamp your image in black over your background. Adhere, tie on a ribbon and stamp your saying in black.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Mosaic Card

Supplies: Leftover scraps of your favorite patterned paper! Stampin' Up! is great for this project with its double sided patterns-here I used Washington Apple, Sticky sheet, Silver embossing powder, So Saffron Cardstk & Grosgrain ribbon, Hodge Podge Hardware, Red Riding Hood ink & Cardstk

I love this card!!! It is one of those easy cards that looks really special and difficult! I also love how this technique uses up my scraps! Stampin Up sells sheets of the sticky paper and it comes in 12 x 12 sheets. I cut mine down to 3x3 for a square and this uses all of the sticky sheet so I don't have any leftovers!!
I cut my red cardstk to 3.25 x 3.25 and placed my sticky square on top of it by peeling the white paper from the sticky sheet.
Next, I peeled off the orange paper and began placing my scraps down any which way on top of the stickiness!
Once you have placed all of your paper down go ahead and sprinkle your embossing powder (I used silver) over the exposed sticky square. Shake off excess and heat to melt the powder! How awesome is that?!!
I finished by stamping a saying on the bottom with red riding hood ink, add the ribbon and hodge podge and you are all set with a beautiful card! This would be a beautiful card for Mother's Day wouldn't it? That reminds me, I will have a Mother's Day card posted soon!!!

**One tip to remember with this particular card is that I cut the cardstock lengthwise at 4.25 so it opens up instead of out. So you have two cards cut at 4.25 x 11 instead of the standard 5.5 X 8.5.

Texture Plate Card

Supplies: Tart & Tangy Stamp Set, Brad & hole punch, White Gel Pen, flower and square punches, Pumpkin pie cardstock & ink and grosgrain ribbon, Tempting Turquoise cardstk & ink, Green galore cardstk, Texture Plate and Big shot, adhesive, wh cardstk, and scissors

Run the pumpkin pie cardstock through your big shot with a texture plate. (I used the friend background to go with my saying).
Cut the turquoise cardstk to 2.5 x 3.5, wrap pumpkin pie ribbon around the middle and tie off.
Punch layered squares in white and green and stamp the orange on the white square and stamp the orange on scratch white cardstk. Cut the orange out of the cardstock and half it.
I stamped friend at the bottom of my turquoise cardstk and added white gel pen dots.
I punched a flower out of scratch pumpkin cardstk and adhered with a brad.
next adhere everything. (I did use a stampin dimensional for my half orange for it to "pop".)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Supplies: And Many More Stamp Set, Choc Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pacific blue and Kiwi Kiss cardstocks and inks, brad, hole punch, crystal effects, blender pen, texture plates and Big Shot, scissors and adhesive
I love this stamp set. A perfect set for the occasions for the men in our lives. I was inspired by our mini catalog for the colors in this card. The blue paper at the bottom I ran through my Big Shot with a texture plate. The grass at the bottom of the golfer I fringed making small cuts with my scissors. I cut the flag to look like a flag on the course by snipping the edges after I stamped my saying. I water colored using the ink and blender pen and then I used crystal effects over the golfer to give it some for overall texture. Since glitter doesn't work well on manly cards this is a good option to make it extra special!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hair Accessory

I made a fun, cute and unique accessory for my little girl by using a cheap headband that I found on sale and gluing Fleurettes to it with Crystal Effects. I finished it off by gluing a button on top of the flowers again using our awesome Crystal Effects. Just set it aside to dry for about an hour. The crocheted flowers and Crystal Effects can be found in our StampinUp catalog. If you want to head on over to my business site you can browse a catalog.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quilting Card

I love this card!!!

Supplies: Double Sided Paper, Snail Adhesive, Big Shot Sizzix Machine, Top Note Die, Sizzlits Die, White Cardstock, Choc Chip Ink, 1 3/8 Square punch

Get punching!! You will need a few different sheets of double sided paper to get all of the different patterns in your card, you can also use plain cardstock in coordinating colors.

Punch 12 squares out of the papers using your square punch.

Snail white cardstock and place the 12 squares in a rectanglular shape.

Match the block of squares to the Top Note Die and run it through your Big Shot.

I used Riding Hood Red cardstock with my Sizzlit die for the flower and some leftover die cut flowers from Build A Fairytale to embellish the flower.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sticky Paper & Glitter

I just ordered the sticky sheets to experiment with. I will soon post a neat Mosaic tile technique that I learned from one in my downline. She always has great new techniques she's learning! We will be doing the Mosaic technique at the next club in Roseau.
Supplies: Choc Chip Cardstock, Piroutte Pink Cdstk, Riding Hood Red Cdstk, 1 1/4 in circle punch, scissors, 1 1/4 in square punch, Sizzlits Die & Big Shot, double sided paper, & GLITTER!!
1. For the bkgd on the double sided paper, I punched out 4 squares. (Save your squares we'll be using them for a technique coming up!!)
2. The pink Piroutte paper is cut at 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 this gets adhered on top of the bkgd paper and then the bkgd paper gets adhered to the choc chip paper.
3. Run the Red RH paper through your Big Shot using the flower Sizzlit Die.
4. Punch a circle out of your sticky paper. (If it doesn't go through all they way, like mine, just finish cutting your circle with the scissors, the punch leaves an imprint on anything it didn't cut so it is easy to follow the circle imprint.
5. Peel off the white backing and place your sticky cirlce in the center of your flower. Take off the orange peeling on the sticky strip and sprinkle with glitter.
6. Adhere everything together and stamp whatever greeting to the bottom of your card.
Note: I also tried micro beads on the sticky circle and it looked great. It gives it a nice texture, but I get the beads all over. They bounce around everywhere!! Just a heads up.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Easiest Card Ever!

Supplies: Bashful bl cardstock, Pacific Bl Ink, Close as A Memory Stampset and Upsy Daisy Stampset, Glitter and two way glue optional, and yes this is all you need!!!!

Okay, this could be the easiest card I have seen in a long while. Yet it is still very cute! If you are like me you are always looking for quick and easy card ideas that still look really nice. The only way this card could be any easier is by just using the Close as a Memory stamp set and making it a sympathy card.

The only trick with this card was that I stamped the flowers over and over along the bottom of the card and didn't always reink so there was some depth. You also want to go up and down a bit to vary height as well. I added glitter here and there on the flowers to give it a little something extra. Enjoy!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sale-A-Bration Card

Sale-A-Bration is almost over! If you want to take advantage of this offer March 31st is the last day to place an order and earn the freebies!! Check my business link to the left of the page if you want to browse a catalog and check out the sale.

Supplies: Bashful Blue cardstock & ink, Going Grey cardstock, So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon, So Saffron button (from regals collection), petal punch, Sale-A-Bration double sided paper, glue dots, dimensionals, adhesive, polka dots punch stamp set, scallop edge punch, cutter

Begin by cutting your bashful bl cardstock in half lengthwise (4.25 in). Bend in half. Use the scallop punch to give you scallops on the bottom of the card. Stamp background with bashful bl ink and polka dot set.

Cut Grey cardstock 2.5 X 2.5, double sided paper 2.25 X 2.25, double sided paper 1.0 x 4.25

Punch the petal punch out of the 2.25 square and adhere to grey square with dimensionals. The button is adhered in the center of the flower with a glue dot. This all gets adhered to the front of your card.

Adhere strip of double sided paper to the bottom of the inside of card so it can peek out behind scallops.

Tie saffron ribbon to top of card. Tip to getting a good knot: pull from one end of the ribbon only when tieing it off. Stamp whatever saying you would like on the inside!

Cardstock Easter Eggs

Supplies: Scraps of cardstock (I used Brocade Blue, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery), Daisy Punch, Glue Gun, Styrofoam eggs (Can be found at craft stores like Michael's and Joanne's)

In Minnesota it is not beginning to look like Easter yet and with snowstorms predicted this week it might not look like it anytime soon! So... lets use up some extra scraps of cardstock and make it feel more like Spring!
These Easter Eggs are cute and easy to make. I made them two years ago and take them out for decorations at Easter time every year. You can substitute different colors and punches for unique looks. I have even made Christmas trees with styrofoam cones at Christmas time.

To begin start punching out your scraps. (see picture below) Wrap a daisy onto the eraser end of a pencil so the petals are pushed down toward the pencil. This will give your egg a good 3-dimensional look with the petals sticking out when they get adhered. Place dabs of glue on the egg and then place flowers on top of glue while it is hot. (Using the pencil to place the flowers as to keep your fingers from getting burned. An optional step would be to roll the eggs in glue and glitter when you are finished. Enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wax Paper Technique

Supplies: Black cardstock, glossy cardstock, bl eyelets, Crop-O-Dile, linen thread, wh cardstock, Brayer, Wax Paper, Iron & Ironing board, flour cloth, Zoofari Stamp Set, Bl ink, Brocade Blue ink, So Saffron Ink, Bravo Burgundy ink, Aqua Painter

To make the background on this card, it's time to raid the kitchen! Use glossy cardstock for the base. Next, crumple a section of wax paper. Gently smooth the paper out on top of the glossy cardstock. Place a flour cloth on top and iron over your project. After ironing, peel the wax paper off the glossy cardstock and brayer with any color you choose. (I used Brocade Blue) The wax will resist the ink and you will get this neat Safari looking pattern! Remember to wipe off after you brayer with a paper towel to get rid of any excess ink.