Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Little Romance . . . .

Two really sweet friends of ours got married last month in Las Vegas :)  Second time around for both of them, and I can't think of two nicer people to have found each other!  So, we're heading out tonight to help celebrate Leslie & Lee's marriage, and I found a little bit of mojo today and came up with this.  (Sorry for the blurry photo - I really MUST get around to building a lightbox one of these weekends and setting up a tripod.)  Used a little shimmer spray with Pool Party and Early Espresso (LOVE THAT TULLE RIBBON!!!), but it's hard to see.  I was going for a "vintage" look since - let's face it - my friends and I are getting a bit vintage ourselves these days :)

Anyhow, I think they'll like it, along with the bottle of Sangria in the cutesy little heart-inside-a-champagne-glass wine bag we found :)

Happy stampin'!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Hi Stampers,

I'm so sorry I've been missing in action since September.  Lots of personal drama going on the past couple months, but all is well.

I'll be doing some stamping over this long Thanksgiving weekend, so stay tuned!

Thanks for checking in - love you guys!

Happy stampin',


Friday, September 7, 2012

Scrappy Girls

Taught the Herringbone technique at Stamp Class tonight - the girls LOVED it!!  It's so much fun to teach something so simple but impressive :)  While my customer/friends were busy with their creations, I enjoyed listening to them chat and catch up, and did a little creating myself :)  The three girls in class tonight are neighbors & friends of mine - two still actively teaching in the district, and one retired.  It was great to hear them laugh together as they designed their Herringbone card fronts and of course, I get a kick out of hearing the teachers' point of view about our kids and schools ;)

Here are a couple of cards I made tonight.  The girls skipped out on me before I could break out the camera (I think they're getting wise to me!!!).  Since the focus was on using up DSP scraps, the papers we used are now retired.  I'm still having trouble with my photography <scowl>.  Not sure why these are a little blurry:

I love the new Scalloped Tulle ribbon.  Even for an all-thumbs knucklehead like me, it's so forgiving.  Notice how on the top card, I scrunched it together for a more elegant look, while on the bottom card, it's more spread out and soft.  Super-cool, right??

Before my girls showed up, I took a few minutes (literally - these only took about 15 minutes to whip up!!) and made them some treats using the Ghoulish Googlies bundle from the Holiday catalog:

I pulled out my Candy Wrapper die (which I ALWAYS forget I have!!), cut a bit of the new Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, stamped the images from Googly Ghouls onto some tags from the Ghoulish Googlies bundle, added the googly eyes, and filled them with some hard candies.  Seriously took me less than no time!  Aren't they cute????

The Ghoulish Googlies bundle is a STEAL at $20.95 for wood mount, or $16.95 for clear mount.  You get the Googly Ghouls stamp set, and a kit containing a BUNCH of precut tags, glassine bags, the googly eyes, and some limited edition Pumpkin Pie Baker's Twine - plenty of goodies to make a BUNCH of treats.  Call or email me to order yours now!  It'll be positively gruesome if you don't get your hands on a set ;)  . . . and I just KNOW you want some of that scrumptious Tulle!

Well, I'd better head to bed.  ACLS training all weekend (bleah - hate when work cuts into my Saturday & Sunday!!!).

Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well, I finally busted out some of the new Core-dinations cardstock I ordered last month.  I am in LOVE!  This cardstock, available in the Holiday catalog, is absolutely awesome for adding texture to your papercrafting creations.  Right now it's only available in 3 SU! colors, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Gumball Green.  I'm hoping we get it in more colors in the Spring catty, because it just ROCKS.  Here's the sketch I came up with to challenge my team of Cross Country Crafty Chicks this week:

. . . and here's my card:

I try NOT to use retired products on cards I post here, but I just couldn't resist adding a little of the retired Spice Cake DSP to pull out the Early Espresso color.  Browns and aquas are some of my favorite color combos - here it's Early Espresso, Pool Party, and Crumb Cake.  It started out as a "man card", but ended up more feminine with the addition of the Pool Party; and on the inside, I've put a birthday greeting since I needed a b'day card for a co-worker.

I hope she likes it!  What do you think??

Happy stampin'!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Silvery Melon Mambo

My online friend, Mindy Backes, and a few of HER friends have created a brand-new challenge blog, Fab Friday.  They posted their first card sketch this past Friday, and here's my card.  I am still struggling with getting good photos - really need to construct some sort of light box : /  Pardon the glares and shadows:

It's hard to tell in this photo, but I heat embossed the stamped image from Elements of Style in silver EP onto black cardstock, and added a touch of Silver Glimmer paper for the one little layer.  Colors used are Melon Mambo and Basic Black.  I didn't add a sentiment because there was just so much going on with this card & all the textures.  Trust me, it looks better "for real"!
Off to enter my card!  Play along with Fab Friday - challenges are ADDICTING!
Happy stampin'!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's Back to "Spool" Time!


September is Back to "Spool" Month at Stampin' Up!

Get your hands on a spool (or two, or three) of the GORGEOUS stitched ribbon in our new In Colors.  One FREE spool of ribbon ($8.95 value) for every $40 you order (before tax & shipping).  No limit to how many spools you can earn.

What are you waiting for??  Go shop NOW!

Happy stampin'!


Monday, August 27, 2012


What an honor!!!  I am an Artist Pick this week for Hand Stamped Sentiments :)

*happy dance*

This is the card I entered (you remember my AAAAARGGGGH post???):

The challenge was cards using the Herringbone technique.  This is the first time I've EVER won a challenge!  So from one Jeni to another - thanks, Genny!!

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, August 25, 2012


Here are my two projects framed.  Pardon the glare - I just couldn't get great photos:

Happy stampin'!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Framed Art Class

Tonight was one of the MOST fun classes EVER!!!!  We did Framed Art, inspired by this post on Wendy Weixler's blog.  My ladies were so delighted with their creations :)

Here's Michele with hers:

. . . and Jeannette:

. . . and Kim, who requested to do her daughter Taylor's name using Island Indigo :)

. . . and finally, inspired by Kim, I did one for MY daughter, Rachel, who chose the retired Spice Cake DSP, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, and Soft Suede (I need to get her a frame):

It's not often I actually have time to create WITH my customer/friends, so this was a real treat for me to be able to have girl-time and do a little crafting with my girls :)

Happy stampin'!!


Monday, August 20, 2012


No, it's not "International Talk Like a Pirate Day".  Apparently that's on September 19th.

Have you ever had a card that you just have to keep coming back to and tweaking?  Yeah.  That would be me today.  . . . and because I forgot that my generic dollar store migraine relief tabs have caffeine in them, yeah, I'm also still wide awake at 2:09 a.m.

Anyway, this card has been giving me fits.  Not sure if that means I'm becoming more creative - because this is NOT CASEd, but my own card sketch & design :) - or I'm just crazy???  (Don't answer that - it was a rhetorical question!!).

First, I did this:

Then I decided it needed some color on the stamped image.  So I experimented with my Watercolor Wonder crayons (which I definitely haven't mastered yet):

Still wasn't quite happy.  So (since I couldn't sleep anyway), I experimented with softening the coloring a bit with a pencil eraser, and added a little "antiquing" to the ribbon & card edges with my Sponge Daubers & Soft Suede inkpad:


Maybe NOW I can sleep.  Happy stampin'!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Using Up DSP Scraps

Once again, here's an "old" technique that's new to me :) -  Herringbone.  We'll be doing this in class in September.  Basically you use DSP strips to create your design.  These are basic card layers, which I might die cut using Framelits before I attach them to a completed card.

I've used some retired DSP from my stash:

This was my first attempt.  The Poppy Parade strips are a little bit "glaring", maybe??

Here's my second attempt.  Better?

I think I personally like the second one more.  The design is just a bit more subtle.  Either way, they remind me of quilts!!  Which one do you prefer?
Happy stampin'!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

"FAMILY" Collage

I saw an example of this papercrafting technique on Wendy Weixler's blog & just had to try one of my own.  The beautiful Mocha Morning DSP is, unfortunately, retired - but you could easily duplicate this lovely collage with any DSP and color scheme.  I attended one of my favorite events today - an all day crop with my friend & downline, Debbie, and used the time to work on this project.  Here's my CASE of Wendy, plus a little closer look at some of the squares:

I wanted my letters to be a bit fancier, so I used my Cricut to cut out a variety of different fonts & highlights.  However, aside from the use of the Cricut, all materials used are from Stampin' Up!  Sure do wish we'd get some exclusive Cricut cartridges in the SU! catalog - a girl can dream, right??

If you're coming to my collage art class on Friday, this is pretty close to what you'll be creating - of course, you'll make it your own :)  The font we'll use in class will be a little more basic - this is just to show you what you can do to really "fancy it up".

That's about it for now!  Happy stampin',


Monday, August 13, 2012

From the Archives

Hi Stampers!

I apologize there haven't been any posts lately.  I've been busy finishing up my grad school project - for the past 20 months, I've been working full time and working on my master's degree in nursing - not to mention family obligations and trying to work my Stampin' Up! business mixed in with all of that :)

Since I can't remember if I've ever posted this project, here's one from the archives.  This is a rosette wreath I made last fall using the now retired Spice Cake DSP (one of my FAVORITE DSPs EVER).

These wreaths are so much fun to make!  I had all intentions of making a bunch last year & giving them as Christmas gifts, but never had time.  Now that I'm done with school, maybe I'd better get crackin'????

Happy stampin'!


Monday, July 30, 2012

More Mojo . . .

. . . Mojo Monday, that is!  I am ADDICTED to these challenges :)  Thank you, Mindy Backes <cough cough>.  I am also addicted to the new Floral District DSP - just cannot get enough of working with it!!!  Here's my creation for the Mojo Monday 252 challenge.  It uses my favorite stamp set, Elements of Style and of course, the Big Shot.  Tangerine Tango is really growing on me, and of course, who wouldn't love Rich Razzleberry?  Don't ask me why the black butterflies - it's just one of those wacky ideas I get :)  Hope you like this week's "mojo"!!!

Happy stampin'!


So Sorry . . .

. . . . that I never have as much time to stamp as I would like to :)  BUT I spent a good part of yesterday playing with some of the new DSP, stamps, and embossing folders from the 2012-13 catalog, though!  I am LOVING the newest Edgelits and embossing folders.  They add such a vintage look to cards.  Here's one made using the So Sorry stamp set, along with the new Large Scallop Edgelit and Delicate Designs folders.  Scrumptious!!!  I didn't take a photo, but inside I stamped a floral edge from Bordering on Romance and the sentiment "times are tough right now" from So Sorry for a personal touch.  The DSP is Floral District.  Colors used were Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango.  A few pearl embellishments finish it off.

Once again, ssssssssh and don't report me to the stampin' police - I used a non-SU! punch & one that's retired, too :P  (I just CAN'T get rid of punches!!)  Anyway, hope you like this little cutie of a card :)

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dare to Get Dirty!! 2012 SCS Fan Club Challenges

Here's an entry for the DTGD12 SCS Fan Club Challenges!  I used my own sketch to come up with this card.  If you're not a Fan Club member yet, it's not too late!  Get in on the challenges this week & get "Dirty"!!

I can't tell you what the challenge is, but I'm sure you can figure it out :)

Happy stampin'!


Monday, July 23, 2012

A Little Mojo: Mojo Monday 251

Okay, I AM going to challenge myself to be more creative (see my downline blog post today).  What's with the "I Am . . .", you ask?  Well, Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 just ended - no, I didn't go (this year, anyway) - and this year's theme was "I Am . . . "  (fill in the blank).

This card was designed from the sketch for Mojo Monday 251.  When I saw today's sketch, the set Betsy's Blossoms just JUMPED into my head, along with the lovely Floral District DSP.

What do you think?!

If you'd like to get your hands on some of this yummy DSP or the darling stamp set, give me a call or head on over to my DBWS to shop now :)

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guest Designer!!

My friend Jeannette came over tonight to catch up on a couple of classes. While we were stamping & chatting, she was clever enough to notice that one of the butterfly stamps from Papillon Potpourri really coordinates with the pattern from the Square Lattice embossing folder - I LOVE her variation of one of my Mailable Monday cards - check it out:

I also love how Jeannette ALWAYS stamps her envelopes to match when she comes to my classes :)  Isn't this card adorable??  I'll be CASEing Jeannette on this one for sure!

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cool New Ad Campaign!

Here's a sneak peek of a new ad campaign that will be launching this month in several US magazines.  I just like the concept!  Super cute :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

One Layer PLUS Card Class!

Here's a pic of my dining room all set up for the One Layer PLUS class I had tonight at 7 p.m.  I absolutely adore my customer-friends - they are all so much fun to be with!!!  Kim B., Kim F., Shari, Lynn, Rose, and Hope all absolutely LOVED the cards I designed for tonight's creative "girls night out".  Here are photos of the cards we did:

I had a really great time designing these cards, and am so proud of myself that I used sets I already have!  Too often I get inspired by another demo's design & then rush to buy the stamp set they used :)  This time, I forced myself to think outside the box and go through all my sets to see what would work together, and I am so pleased with the results - not to mention the "oohs" and "aaaahs" from my girls tonight :)

I'm looking forward to getting together with another dear customer-friend tomorrow night, Jeannette - we've been trying to catch up for about two months now.  She'll be over at 6 to work on TWO classes - this one and my Mailable Monday cards from last month.  Can't wait!!

I'll be scheduling more fun classes soon - so keep checking "Events" at my DBWS :)

Happy stampin'!


Monday, July 16, 2012

When You "Knee'd" to Get Better . . . :)

My sister-in-law (and downline) Cheryl, just had her knee replaced, so here's a little get well card I came up with :)

I liked this design from Mailable Monday so much, I embossed an extra "blank" for when I'd need to send something out.  A quick stamp with Perfectly Penned and Papillon Potpourri & a quick cut with the Decorative Label and Elegant Butterfly punches did the trick!

It's a good idea to have some "blank" cards around ready to go.  Then, you can just quick-stamp an appropriate sentiment, use one of our FANTASTIC punches, pop it on & there you have it - a pretty, personalized, hand-stamped card to brighten someone's day!

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

One Layer PLUS

This is a technique I learned from Lyssa Zwolanek's blog, and I have totally FLIPPED for it!!

This card uses stamps from three (yes, THREE!!) different sets, and I just love how nicely they go together:  Papillon Potpourri (the butterflies), Elements of Style (the flourish), and Perfectly Penned (the sentiment).  I stamped the images using Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The largest butterfly is punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch and popped up with Dimensionals.  Want any of these products?  Well, head over to my online store to shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!

If you're signed up for my "One Layer PLUS" class this week, you'll be making this elegant little card, plus five other designs using Lyssa's sweet technique.

Happy stampin'!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Triple Frame Birthday

I've been trying to warm up to one of the new In Colors, Summer Starfruit.  It's just not growing on me though :P

Here's a little birthday card I came up with, using a triple frame technique I saw on Mary Fish's blog.  I love how it adds just a little something extra to the layers.  Colors used are Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit.  I also used the new In Color Dahlias, the Pretty Postage Stamp set, and a retired border punch.  (Yeesh, I didn't even realize this punch had retired 'til I went to look the name up in my catalog!  Sorry about that!!)

Anyway, if you're coming to my downline meeting tonight, you will get one of these little cuties in our swap :)

Happy stampin!


Monday, July 9, 2012

A New & Borrowed Technique . . .

There's one blog I follow daily, and that's Lyssa Zwolanek's.  She's one of the top demonstrators in the US for Stampin' Up! and freely shares her tips, tricks, and creativity.  I hope to meet her in person one day, perhaps at Leadership in January - my goal is to go this year, since I promoted to Sr. Supervisor.  She has a style I love and her blog posts make you feel like you're right there, maybe about to have a cup of tea & cookies together after a session of stamping - guess you could say I'm one of her biggest fans :)

Lyssa came up with this technique last week, which she calls One Layer +, and I just love it.  It's clean and simple, quick, and so pretty.  Here's my attempt:

The technique uses just a couple of ink colors, with the darker ink taking subtle attention.  Then you choose an image to stamp, cut or punch out and "pop" up with Dimensionals.  Here, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso are shown, along with the stamp sets Cottage Window and Wicked Cool.  I know it's a little early for Halloween, but the cobweb from Wicked Cool was just BEGGING me to go in this little window frame :)  I used my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker to extend the web all the way to the edge of the frame.

You've probably heard me talk about the Stamp-a-ma-jig at least once or twice in class.  This is a perfect example of a project to use it with.  I lined up the cobweb and the little spider in my window frame easy peasy!  If you haven't used the SAMJ yet, give me a call, and I'll have you over for a quick lesson.  I promise you won't want to "two step stamp" without it once you've tried it!

Anyway, I think this is a super-cool technique to use, especially if you need a quick but impressive card.  Give it a try and see what YOU think!

Well, that's about it for now.  I have a few other cards I need to think about designing for my next class, plus the everlasting homework for my graduate class - boy, will I be glad when August is here and I am DONE!!!!

Happy stampin'!


Friday, June 29, 2012

Faux Mother-of-Pearl Stamping

Once again, I'm CASEing ;)  For those of you "on the fence" about signing up to be a demonstrator because you think you're "not creative" - believe me, there are plenty of techniques out there that you can learn and "make your own"!  I personally have very few original ideas to teach my students, but just like them, there are so many techniques out there in internet-land that are new to me and new to them.  I don't think I'll ever run out of things to demonstrate using the CASE (Copy And Share Everything) philosophy :)  One of these days, when grad school is done, I hope to come up with some creative ideas of my own, to repay all I've learned from the many talented demos who so freely share their papercrafting talent.  In the meantime, here's another technique I just learned - again, CASEd from my adopted downline, Michon's, blog.  I went & Googled this technique after seeing Michon's example, and incorporated ideas from a couple of different demo blogs and videos to "make it my own".  Here's the result:

It's hard to photograph this technique, but can you see the "patina"?  This is a really impressive and beautiful effect, and SO super-easy!  I'll be scheduling this as a product-based technique class very soon, so keep an eye on my Events calendar at my demo website for details.

Here, I've used my favorite go-to stamp set, Elements of Style.  I may go back, flip this around, and add the hummingbird stamp from the set to the flowers.  Right now, I'm enjoying a little debate with myself as to what I'll use this little die cut on :)  Most likely, a card for my Mom - she loves flowers and birds <3

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mailable Monday

Homework's done, finally had some time to stamp - it's a good evening!!

My Mailable Monday class is tomorrow night.  I had some different cards in mind for a couple of them, but one of my downline had a very cute card on her blog that I just had to CASE, and while I was at my mom's this weekend, I also spotted a card my sister-in-law Susan (former SU! demo) had made that caught my eye.  So, Plan A/Plan B :)  The point of Mailable Monday is to make cards that are pretty but mailable, nothing too "bling-y" or embellished - just lots of layers and textures that can still fit into an envelope.  Here's a sneak preview of the class cards:

Card 1 uses one of my favorite techniques, faux quilting, with the Square Lattice embossing folder:

I love the new Elegant Butterfly punch and coordinating stamp set, Papillon Potpourri.  Do you like the addition of the colored butterfly, looking like it landed on the card?  The sentiment is from Perfectly Penned, and was punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  Colors are Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White.

Card 2 is the one I CASED from my sister-in-law:

This one uses the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, the Word Window and Decorative Label punches, and Midnight Muse cardstock, ink, and Stamp 'n Write marker.  It's simple but elegant.

Card 3 was CASED from an idea I saw from Michon, my adopted downline's blog.  She found this technique on Dawn Olchefske's website.

Of course, Dawn's card is way prettier than mine, and I think she's also "talked me into" putting Creative Elements on my "must have" list!  I used stamps from Mixed Bunch, Elements of Style, and Petite Pairs.  Colors are Regal Rose and Raspberry Ripple.

I've gotta say, it felt good to be creating again, even though it's a two out of three CASE job ;)

Now, what will YOU create this week?

Happy stampin'!


Monday, June 18, 2012

I REALLY Need to Stamp . . .

I have new stuff from the new catalog, and stamp sets that haven't even seen ink yet.  Stamping is therapy for me - it calms me, I love to create, and getting inky is just plain FUN!

So why haven't there been any new blog posts lately?  I HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO STAMP!!!!  Grr.

The past weekend flew by like crazy.  I had all intentions of stamping yesterday.  Initially, there wasn't much going on - I had a little homework to catch up on, but then I was going to sit and stamp.  Somehow the day got away from me (in my defense, there was a lot of running around going on).  Tonight I came home from work just too darn tired . . .

Anyway, Wednesday evening after work is looking good.  I just HAVE to break out Papillon Potpourri & the new Butterfly Punch and try them out - just HAVE to!!!

I hope you're making time to stamp.  Get to it!!  :)

Happy stampin'!


Sunday, June 10, 2012


I've been out of town for the past ten days, attending our nephew's medical school graduation in Seattle, and visiting with my husband's family in Gillette WY and Denver CO. My 81-year-old mother-in-law Alice and I travelled together - supposedly I was "helping" her, but really, the woman is pretty amazing for 81. I really think the only "help" she needed was negotiating the airports :) Anyway, what an honor to see "little Jake" become "Dr. Jacob R. Opfer"! Not to be outdone by ending the trip with a visit to my darling little great-niece, Hayley Rose, age 1 :)

Anyway, while I was out West, my sister-in-law, Cheryl, signed up and I finally got my promotion to Sr. Supervisor! That means, among other neat things, I got to choose a group name. After polling my downline girls, we came up with "Cross Country Crafty Chicks", since we're spread out from PA to WY to CA.

I'm always actively recruiting, so if YOU'D like to become a Cross Country Crafty Chick, head over to my website under "Join the Fun" and sign up TODAY! The starter kit is only $99, and during the month of June, you'll also get a bundle of products from the Patio Party suite valued at $48 absolutely FREE!! I will also be updating my blog soon to include FREE business tips and ideas for my downline, as well. Near or far, I will do all I can to help you promote YOUR Stampin' Up! business, whether you want to be a hobby or business demo!

Don't forget about my New Catalog Launch Party/BOGO Retired Sale this Friday, June 15th! Stop by between 7 and 9 p.m. for a peek at some new items, my BOGO sale, and some light refreshments :)

Happy stampin'!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Sweet Baby Boy!

Quick post before I run out the door!  One of the girls I work with is having a baby boy in August.  Here's the card I made for her :)  I used some retired DSP from last summer, and my new Midnight Muse ink (LOVE IT!!!!).  Shhh.  That's not an SU! stamp, but I haven't ordered a baby set to stamp with yet.  Don't report me to the stampin' police ;)

Happy stampin'!