Friday, May 31, 2013

In an Autumn Mood

Hi Stampers!

Last of the cards I've challenged myself with this week.  I was in an autumn-y kinda mood so for this card, I decided on Gently Falling.  Gently Falling uses the 2 step stamping technique - so quick and easy but so impressive!

Have to admit that I needed to pull out a couple other colors for this one since the 2012-14 In Colors just wouldn't cut it for a fall card.  I did make myself use that darn Summer Starfruit, though!

Do you see a little sneak peek here too?  Yup, that's one of the new Hostess Sets - Banner Greetings.  The sentiments in the set are so cute!  I know you'll want to host a party so you can get this adorable set!

Just another clean and simple card.  This one's layered on one of my favorite neutrals, Early Espresso.  Ink colors for this one are Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, and Summer Starfruit.  I did the second step of the 2 step stampin' with Stazon Black.
Well, what did you think of my little challenge week cards?  I'd love to hear your comments.
Happy stampin'!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Laughing All the Way to the Table . . .

Hi Stampers!

Have you been challenging yourselves this week?  I got on a roll and have been rocking those In Colors and the stamp sets I have that are carrying over.

Today's card uses one of my favorite sets, Betsy's Blossoms, along with - you guessed it - Feel Goods :-)

I don't know what it is about the font in Feel Goods, but it just sort of spoke to me that Betsy's Blossoms would groove it up a little bit.

Here we go:

Anybody remember Victor Borge?  He was the guy who would read books and make sounds for the punctuation.  As a kid, I just thought that was hilarious!

This card features Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, and Midnight Muse.  The sentiment is stamped in Stazon Black.

If you'd like to get your hands on any or all of the 2012-14 In Colors, or any of the stamp sets used so far this week, you know where to go - my website!  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for convenient online shopping :-)

Happy stampin'!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gonna Be a Sunshine-y Day!

Hi Stampers!

It's still challenge week for me.  I've pulled out those In Colors from last year and have been trying to get creative.

For today's card, I brought out the Delicate Doilies stamp set, along with Feel Goods (new from Spring Catalog).  Delicate Doilies was one of my favorite sets a couple years back, then I guess I used it so often I got a little tired of it.  Ssssssshhhhh, here's a little spoiler alert - Feel Goods is carrying over to the new catalog!  I'm so glad - it's got some REALLY great sentiments.

Again, I tried to stay with clean and simple.  What do you think?

Man, I hate to admit it, but I do think Summer Starfruit is getting a little more palatable!  I also used Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, and Stazon Black here.

I can think of the perfect person to give this card to, also - this one's gonna get mailed to my mom :-)  She definitely fits this saying!

Happy stampin'!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Challenging Myself!

Hi Stampers!

This week, I decided to challenge myself to use some colors I'm either not too fond of or just plain haven't used much.  I also cleaned off my stamp shelves of retiring sets in preparation for the new catalog!  This didn't leave me with a whole heck of a lot to work with, either :-)

If you haven't contacted me to get YOUR new 2013-14 catalog yet, what are you waiting for??  This week is the LAST week to order retiring product from the 2012-13 catalog, too.  Get crackin' and head on over to my website to shop while you can still get those retiring stamp sets you've been hesitating on!

OK, back to the subject . . .

Summer Starfruit, one of last year's In Colors, just has NOT grown on me!  The darn color just reminds me of baby poop (yuck!).  Came to realize I haven't used too many of the OTHER In Colors from last year, either.  So, I plopped myself down at the table on Monday & MADE myself use them.  The next several days' posts will highlight these babies.

I decided to start simple and go with a two layer card and concentrate on that doggone Summer Starfruit:

I keep forgetting about the beautiful ribbon SU! has to match these colors!!  For this card, I used the stamp set Bring on the Cake, and the Distressed Dots background stamp.  By the way, I am SO MAD this background stamp is RETIRING!!!!  I dragged my feet on getting it, kept forgetting I had it, and now that I've fallen in love with it, it's retiring!!!  (Well, I plan on still using it, so there!)
This is just a clean and simple (CAS) card, but I do sort of like the color a LITTLE bit now.  Maybe it'll finally grow on me . . . . we'll see.
That being said, I challenge YOU this week!  Pick out a stamp set or two, grab a few colors you don't normally use, and CREATE!
Happy stampin'!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Thankfulness . . .

I got stuck behind a parade today.

It was cool.  I was on my way out to SHV to meet one of my downline to drop off some retired stamp sets & accessories.  Our upline is having a big sale next weekend, and B is taking my stuff to sell for me since I'll be away.

Anyhow, as I was driving down Bethel Church Road, traffic came to a standstill and I noticed tons of folks lined up along the road.  I kinda forgot about what day it was, but quickly remembered as I saw the police and fire trucks, the flags waving, the grins on the kids' faces, and the holiday air.  It was really nice!  My neighborhood didn't have a parade this year, so darned if I didn't feel like I was part of this one, by accident.  As I mosey'd along, stop & start, behind the other cars and the parade, it gave me time to think.

My stepdad was in the Navy, my father-in-law in the Merchant Marines.  I've got cousins in the service, too.  I've been to the Wall in Washington D.C. - and I'm grateful every day for the sacrifices of our soldiers.

In honor of Memorial Day, I pulled this card from the archives.  Some of the stuff's not Stampin' Up! and some of it's retired - but it's a good one.  I had made 20 of these a couple years ago for a craft show, but none sold, which I really thought was weird considering the show was at an American Legion.  I ended up giving them away to B, whose hubby is a Navy veteran, and she donated them to a military function of some sort.  Donated the stamp sets, too :-)

I know I don't need to remind anybody of all we should be grateful for today.  Enjoy the day and happy stampin'!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blog Makeover COMING SOON!!!!

I am so excited!!!!

Some of you may know I've been wanting to have my blog professionally overhauled for quite some time.  I was actually all set to go almost two years ago with a terrific, kinda "famous" blog designer, but some unusual circumstances arose on her end (no fault of hers); and unfortunately, after waiting for way over a year, I finally gave up on the idea of having a jazzy, snazzy blog.

Well, I've decided to try again, and luckily, have discovered another GREAT designer, Julie at Webics.  She's now designing blogs for Stampin' Up! demos, and boy, do I love her portfolio!

Stay tuned for my beautiful new blog sometime hopefully in the next few months - can't wait to see what Julie comes up with for me!!

Happy stampin'!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Framed Art (Yes, AGAIN :-) . . . )

You'll remember quite a while back that I found this beautiful idea for framed art on Wendy Weixler's blog.  I had a whole class on this last year, and the ladies just LOVED it!  (Note to self:  Gotta do that again soon!!).

Everyone has been so impressed with these that I made one for each of my team members for their birthdays this past year.  My fellow nurse case manager had a birthday this month, and this is the last of these for this season.  (Now I have to start all over and think of something that will be equally as amazing for their birthdays THIS year!!).

Here's Denise's gift:

With the exception of the frame and the fact that I cut her name out with my Cricut, everything else is Stampin' Up! cardstock, DSP, punches, stamps, and ink (some retired product used).
I really like making these.  They take a bit of time, but look so professional - and the recipients are ALWAYS delighted :-)
Happy stampin'!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It's the Little Things . . .

Most of the time I'm an optimist.  I say "most of the time" because, just like anyone else, I've got my dark moments.  My emotions run pretty deep, and if I let the down times get to me, it can get bad.  So bad sometimes that it actually physically hurts.  But I know when it's coming on, and I can talk myself through it.  Creating pretty things helps to push back the shadows, though.  Thank goodness for artistic outlets.  Then again, maybe it's just that "artistic" nature that can go either way sometimes.  Bet that would make a good psychological study :-)

Little things make me smile.  One of the stamps in the "Feel Goods" stamp set says "The best things in life aren't things".  Isn't that the truth??  Some of the best things in life aren't concrete.  A movie with a friend, a walk through the neighborhood, a baseball game with family, a good hug when you need one, catching a smile from a buddy just when you need it . . . . ahhhh.  THOSE are some of the best things, aren't they??

Here's a card from Calendar Club:

We did these in four different colors, and the girls picked whatever saying they wanted and whatever color buttons they felt like.  I tend to shy away from red, but I really like it here.
And here's the "Feel Goods" stamp set:

So - what are YOUR "feel goods"?  Try to find them this week and shoot me a comment.   My wish for you this week is to be happy, my friends!  Take charge and rule the day!
Happy stampin'!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

That Time of Year!!

My baby girl is graduating high school.  When the heck did she get old enough to do that????  I hardly have time to process everything we still need to do - graduation announcements, take a photo (LONG story - she didn't want to get one done professionally), plan a party???  Yeesh.

I think I'm calmer this time, though.  When the Boy graduated, I was all in a tizz.  I think I cried every week that year.  Somehow, this came up on me quicker than I thought, and I guess I didn't have time to freak out as much.  Guess that's a good thing!!

Thinking about graduation made the Calendar Club girls realize they wanted such a card.  Came up with this little cutie.  We used the set "Pure Gumption".  This is one of the best graduation sets I've seen yet - love it!!  They also used my scrap box to pick their own colors, so everyone's cards were different - I loved what they came up with.  This was my example:

In just a few weeks, Baby Girl will be marching down the aisle to "Pomp & Circumstance" and I'll try not to cry too much.  A few months from now and she'll head off to college.  Time marches on!
Happy stampin'!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Amazing Dads

I was lucky to have two dads.  My biological father, John George Bishel; and my step-dad, Joe Rothbauer.

Daddy John died of leukemia when I was only four years old (brother John was two).  Mom remarried and we got Daddy Joe.  He was my father's cousin and had been widowed himself.  Brothers Joe & Jim came along from that marriage. Lots of details to THAT story, but I won't go into it here.

All anyone needs to know is that for little girls, their daddy is their world.  I still remember Daddy John - just little memories - but I'm grateful for them.  He had the deepest, darkest eyes, and I knew he loved me to pieces.  Daddy Joe was my hero.  I remember meeting him and just thinking he was the handsomest thing ever.  He was self-taught on his Martin guitar, and sang to me ALL the time.  Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" - that was our song.  Absolute MAGIC.  Because of him, I guess I'll always have a "thing" for men who play guitar :-)

Father's Day is coming up, and my Calendar Club girls asked for a card.  We used "Amazing Family" from the Spring Mini for this one.  I'm gonna tell you a little secret - this set is carrying over to the big catalog!  (I'm so excited!!).

Isn't that the coolest set??  I love how simple it is, yet you have so many options.
Both my dads are gone - John in 1968, and Joe in 2002.   If your dad is with you, give him a big hug next time you see him.  If he's in Heaven, well, I believe our dads are looking down at us and are proud.
Miss you, John & Joe . . . Happy Father's Day . . .
Happy stampin'!


Monday, May 20, 2013

FINALLY Jumped on the Paper Pumpkin!

Alright, alright - so I'm a little slow.  Stampin' Up! has come up with a monthly papercrafting kit called My Paper Pumpkin.  I've missed the first few months, but one of the girls at the spring crop is an SU! demo too, and she showed me her sets.  Oh, but they are CUTE!!!!  Well, I can't go back and get the ones I've missed, but I decided to finally order.

Got my Welcome Kit last week and finally had some time Sunday to play.  These kits are just ADORABLE!!!

The box is so CUTE!!

The Welcome flyer

Yes, yes - I can't wait!!

Adorable blue tissue around the goodies!!

Oh my!!  Clear Block size D, a Basic Gray ink spot, 4 prefolded cards,
4 envelopes, 4 buttons, and paper, paper, paper!!

First card made just like the example.

Now let's play . . . Card two . . .

Card three . . .

Card four!!
Kids, I started stamping at 7:03 p.m. and had all four cards whipped out by 7:16 p.m.  Aren't they sweet??
Now - wouldn't you like to get your OWN Paper Pumpkin delivered to your door every month?  Well, it's easy-peasy.  Just click here and you'll be taken to the My Paper Pumpkin site where you can get started.  You can order one kit or get one every month!  Each month's kit is different, but you will just LOVE what you get!  The kits I've seen so far are absolutely adorable - you WON'T be disappointed!  Be sure to sign up before the 10th of the month to get that month's kit!!
What are you waiting for?  Get yours now!
Happy stampin'!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Amazing Moms . . .

Moms are generally pretty amazing.  I don't say that just because I happen to be one ;-)

When I was growing up, my mom seemed like Superwoman.  The house was always clean and neat inside and out.  Delicious meals appeared on the table every night, like magic - main course, sides, dessert and all.  Our friends & neighbors up at our cottage in Kennerdell couldn't wait for us to get there on Friday nights for her "Magic 10 sauce" pizza, and her homemade Dutch apple pie is to die for.  I still don't like anyone's potato salad but hers, and she makes a point to make it for me every time I visit.  (I'm getting hungry just typing this!)

I'm sure I didn't appreciate all this when I WAS growing up, and until I had a house and family of my own, never realized how much work a mom REALLY does.  Anyway, thanks Mom - I know I never told you that enough in my (almost) 50 years :-)

Recently, I gave a friend & co-worker a spare "mother" card I'd found in my stash a while back.  He said his mom loved  it so much, I offered to design a different one for him to give her for Mother's Day.  This really feels like one of my best cards ever, if I do say so myself:

Isn't this color combo GORGEOUS??  That's one of our new colors, Smokey Slate, paired with Raspberry Ripple.  I used the En Francais background stamp, one of the single flower stamps that was available a while back, Papillon Potpourri stamped, punched, and blinged up with some Basic Pearls, and on the inside of the card, Amazing Family.  I will admit, I haven't used the In Color ribbon before - but the triple time stamping technique just begged for it.  This card came out even better than I'd planned it in my head - très elegante, non??

I'm gonna have to make a couple of these babies for MY mom and mother-in-law :-)

As always, if you want to order the supplies I used for this card, head on over to my website to shop at

Happy stampin'!