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'!