Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Another technique....

Here's another card showcasing another embossing technique.

This technique is called Dazzling Diamonds Dust. You use iridescent ice embossing powder, covering the entire piece of your card stock that you stamped on. It's a great way to add glitter to your project without the glitter mess!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Faux Metal Masculine Card

Here is one of the cards we did in my Technique Class last night:

I showed them how to do the Faux Metal technique ~ I actually had one customer tell me she thought it was real metal and couldn't believe I made the medallion out of cardstock!  And...don't you just love that ribbon!! It's from our Holiday catalog and is shown with the Halloween products, but it makes a great masculine ribbon...

The stamp set is Daring Adventure and I used the Fan Fair Designer Series Paper.


Thanks for stopping in...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Easter Project

OK...I'm going to post a project that I know is a little past due but I'm trying out the feed and want to post this with instructions. So...pardon the fact that it's an Easter project ~ You can definitely, easily substitute paper and stamps to create this project for any occasion.

This is a project we mad
e last month in Stamp Club (check out my class schedule if you want to come to one of these monthly clubs ~ there are 4 to choose from during the 2nd week of every month!). It's a little box project for Easter but could easily be adapted to any occasion. First...the photos:

I got this project idea from another demonstrator named Marlene ~ I did have to figure out how to make the box, though!! I'll share with you the supplies needed and step-b
y-step directions.

Supplies (Remember, if you don't have everything you need, you can click on "Shop Now" at the top of this blog and order everything you need!):
Stamps: Chocolate Bunny, Well Scripted, V
intage Vogue (all in the Occasions Mini, which is only available until the end of April!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip ~ both Classic and Craft, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper (also in the Occasions Mini)

Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4" Epoxy Brads (Occasions Mini), Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Chocolate Chip 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon, 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo Brads (Chocolate Chip), Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots
Tools: Heat Tool, Paper Piercer & Mat, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die

Box Directions:
Step 1: Cut a piece of Certainly Celery card stock 9-1/2" X 7"
Step 2: Score that piece of Certainly Celery starting with the 9-1/2" side...score at 4" and 5-1/2", then turn it to the 7" side and score at 1-1/2" and 5-1/2". Fold all score lines.
Step 3: Next you'll cut the 4 scored lines as shown in the following photo:

Step 4: You'll then be able to fold into a box shape, gluing the sides together with a strong adhesive.
Step 5: Cut 2 scallop squares out of Certainly Celery card stock using the Big Shot and the Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die. Glue them to the front and back of the box.
Step 6: Attach 11" of Chocolate Chip 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon to the box using a small hole punch to punch holes in the Certainly Celery sides (see photo above for placement); then, holding the ribbon in place, push one of the Chocolate Chip 5/8" Neutral Jumbo Brads through the hole and the ribbon...fold legs open to secure.

For the front:
Step 1: Cut a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock 3-3/4" X 3-3/4" square,
Step 2: Cut a piece of the Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper (use a piece with just Certainly Celery so you can see the Happy Easter could substitute one of the bolder patterns, but you would probably have to make some kind of tag or extra piece of paper to stamp "happy Easter" on).
Step 3: Stamp "happy Easter" from Well Scripted stamp set onto the DSP with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.

Step 4: Stamp "Chocolate Bunny" onto Close to Cocoa card stock with the Chocolate Chip Craft ink. Then emboss using Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. Cut the bunny out.
Step 5: Stamp the flowers from Vintage Vogue onto Very Vanilla card stock with Pumpkin Pie and Pretty in Pink inks. Cut out and attach together using the Chocolate Chip 1/4" Epoxy Brads.
Step 6: Glue DSP to Chocolate Chip. Glue bunny onto DSP leaving room for flowers at the bottom. Attach the flo
wers using Dimensionals. Cut a piece of Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon and tie into a bow. Attach the bow with a Mini Glue Dot.
Step 7: Attach the entire decorated square to one side of the box.

Extra Tips:
* Tip: Did you know that you can make any color embossing using a colored Craft ink with Clear Embossing Powder!?!
* Tip: You make th
e petals of the flowers curl by using your Bone Folder to "flip" the petals of the flower.

You're finished!! Enjoy...

Thanks for stopping in!

New Start...

Hi, Everyone! I know...I'm a terrible blogger...but life just got away from me the past 6 months. I really admire these ladies who have blogs where they post fabulous projects every day. It is definitely something that takes time and you have to really want to do it. I don't mind doing's just been that I've had to spend my time elsewhere and haven't been able to focus on this. I've been very busy with my business, my family, and other commitments but I'm ready to get started again. In January, Stampin' Up! announced that they would be starting a blog option on our website for us...that's all great and I even started posting there ~ BUT...there are so many things I cannot do on it! Yet I can post entries here, then have them feed to that blog so I'm going to see how that goes. I can tell you I will NOT be posting every day. Hopefully once a week, but I really want to offer my customers the option of using my blog (whether here or on my website) to make the projects I offer in classes on their own. I will be listing all supplies used, plus step-by-step instructions. If you don't have all the supplies you need, you can substitute or place an order on my website for the items you need. All posts in the future will be written with my customers in goes, the Grand Re-opening of this Blog!! I will be on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip next week and I will have to figure out how to make this feed into my website so it may be a couple of weeks before I get posts going. See you again soon...

Monday, October 26, 2009's been a few weeks!

Sorry I've been away...I just really needed some time this month. There's just been a lot going on...workshops, classes, clubs, soccer practices & games, Fall break (which included a trip away for a few days!), funeral, ER visit with my son, Bible Study, and family stuff (which includes a lot of kids' activities and my parents and in-laws!). Anyway, I thought I would check in and let you know all is well and I'm trying to pick myself up and get a hold of things! I'm planning on doing better, but I know the next few months will be busy for me! I'll post as often as I can.

I hope all is going well for all of you...I know this is a busy time of year for you, too!

See you again soon...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


The new Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack...featuring Retired Product at drastically reduced prices!!


Stampin' Up! is launching a new section of the online store called the Clearance Rack. The purpose of the Clearance Rack is to clear out the inventory of surplus items that have been retired. Many of these retired items will be offered at a substantially reduced price.


  • The clearance rack is not a promotion. It will launch September 29, 2009 but does not have a set end date.
  • All products in the Clearance Rack section are retired, discontinued items. No current products will be sold in the Clearance Rack.
  • Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last. Items will be removed and new items will be posted depending on inventory levels. There is no set time for availability.
  • Clearance Rack items will be listed and pictured only in my online store (click here, then click on the Shop Now button in the top right corner). No list or flyer will be posted by me.
  • All sales of Clearance Rack items are final. No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Why does the order have to be placed online?
A: Because the products are only available while supplies last, promoting and taking orders for these items in a workshop setting can result in problems for me and you in figuring workshop totals, hostess benefits, and actual delivery of the product. It is very possible that when you place an order for one of these items in a workshop, that item will be sold out before I have the opportunity to place the order.

Is the Clearance Rack a promotion?
A: The Clearance Rack is not a promotion and has no end date. The intent is for the Clearance Rack to be a permanent part of my online store (click here, then click on the Shop Now button in the top right corner).

How often will the Clearance Rack be updated with new items?
A: There is no set schedule. Clearance Rack items will be posted and removed based on inventory levels. Please check back regularly through my DBWS (click here, then click on the Shop Now button in the top right corner) for new postings.

If you run out of a certain item, will you restock your inventory and post it for sale again?
A: No. Clearance Rack items are retired, discontinued items and are only available while supplies last.

Q: Where can I see a list of available Clearance Rack items?
A: Because items will be posted and removed based on inventory levels, a list of Clearance Rack items will not be posted by me. To see the available items, simply visit my online store (click here, then click on the Shop Now button in the top right corner).

Please let me know if you have any questions!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Final card from Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

This is the final card that we made this last Saturday for the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. You can't see it in the photo, but we used the new Shimmer Paint ~ I pre-mixed it with alcohol, put it in a mister, and we sprayed the Very Vanilla Top Note Die card stock to add a shimmery effect. Really pretty in person...I just wish a camera could capture it! We stamped off Sahara Sand ink on the snowflakes to create the background in different colors. We also used the Patterned Pines Level 1 Hostess set found in the Holiday Mini ~ contact me today so you can get this set FREE!!


Stamps: Patterned Pines, Four the Holidays
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Bravo Burgundy, Sahara Sand
Accessories: 5/8" Bravo Burgundy Grosgrain ribbon, Champagne Shimmer Paint
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Paisley Background Texturz Plate

Monday, September 28, 2009

Layer, Emboss, and Embellish

This card has lots of layers and lots of extras but I love how the hardware is used and how well the colors work together to create a non-traditional Christmas card. This is the 3rd card we did at the Christmas card Stamp-a-Stack I held on Saturday. Probably my favorite part of this card is how the Clear Rhinestone brad fits right into the center of the Jumbo Grommet...what a great look for the center of the biggest snowflake image from the set Serene Snowflakes out of the Holiday Mini. One thing I didi change for my customers kits is I recommended they use Bordering Blue for the smaller snowflake images for the background done on the Bordering Blue card stock...the Versamark I used just didn't show up enough for my taste. Anytime you use tone-on-tone ink (meaning you use the same ink color on the same color card stock), you get such a great look for backgrounds. And, please ignore the crooked words on the embossing...sometimes life just isn't too straight! ;D

Hope you like it! See you tomorrow...

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Kraft, Bordering Blue, Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Versamark
Accessories: Whisper White Organza ribbon, Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Designer Hardware ~ Basic Jumbo Grommets (Whisper White), Clear Rhinestone brads, White Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder
Tools: Scallop Edge punch, Paper Piercer, Heat Tool

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Elegant Christmas Card

This Christmas card ended up so elegant! This is the 2nd Christmas card from the Stamp-a-Stack class I had. It went together so quick...the hardest part was cutting the ornament out after it was stamped and embossed. The one Very Vanilla layer has been embossed using the new Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder that's found in the Holiday Mini. I love this embossing embosses leaving such a great impression! The layers were just glued together and the ornament was attached on top using Stampin' Dimensionals to give it some depth. To attach the Gold Cord, I attached the ends of it to the Stampin' Dimensional before attaching the ornament to the top Very Vanilla layer. Let me know if you have any questions on this card!

Thanks for stopping by...

Stamps: Tree Trimmings
Paper: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Real Red
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, Gold Elastic Cord
Tools: Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Folder

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Christmas Card from Stamp-a-Stack

Hi, Everyone!

I had my first Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack today. I usually end up offering 3 or 4 big Christmas card classes in the fall ~ gives everyone the opportunity to get all of their Christmas cards made. Anyway, here is the first of the four cards that we made:

Usually cards for my Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks are a little more involved...multi-step, extra embellishments and layers. This card was a remake of one I had seen on Splitcoaststampers. I had to update it to where it's using all current product as the sample I saw was from last year. No special techqnies were used ~ it's pretty much direct-to-paper stamping. A few tricks on this card...on the French words stamp En Francais, I used a piece of scrap paper to cover the right hand side of the Very Vanilla and then inked up just the upper right hand corner of the stamp and pressed it down on the left hand side of the Very Vanilla...just puts the words on the left hand side of the "postcard." Then on the Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper that's layered behind the deer ~ I had to sponge Very Vanilla Craft ink on it to color the white to make it match the rest of the card. To get the line down the center, I centered the Very Vanilla in my paper cutter and used a Chocolate Chip marker down the cutting "alley" to draw the line in. The postmark and snowflake were stamped-off in Sahara Sand to make them faint. To finish I just used sponges with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip to age the Very Vanilla.

Hope you like it! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by...

Stamps: Winter Post, En Francais, Elegant Thank You
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Sleigh Bells ribbon (Holiday Mini), Chocolate Chip marker, Old Olive marker, Vintage brads (antique brass), Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: 1-3/8" Square punch, Cutter Kit (to distress edges), Bone Folder (to curl corner)