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Blooming Inspiration

This week a few long- time friends and I made a trip to Pittsburgh, to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

I love flowers and plants. However, I do not have a green thumb. I wish I did. Seems everyone I know, loves to garden, including two of the three friends that accompanied me to Phipps.

I've known these girls since Jr. High School and we have always kept in touch. Actually, 3 of us all live in the same neighborhood, still today.  Lori and Billie Jo, live within a mile or less of me, but Lucy lives in Florida. She has lived in some very cool places since leaving our home town, including Singapore.

We always try to get together when Lucy is home. On this particular occasion, it was near Lucy's birthday, so we celebrated with a trip to Pittsburgh.

Of course, good food and fun places to visit are always a must. We chose Pamela's in the Strip District for our morning meal. This place is kind of a big deal. The First Lady ate here when she was in town and I do know that Pamela was invited to the White House by President Obama, to cook with his chefs. Pretty cool, huh?


Pamela's is known for their crepe pancakes and they have a variety of options, from plain, to banana, strawberry and croissant french toast. 


The portions are huge. We ate until we couldn't eat any more. Everything was so very good.

After breakfast, we were off to the Conservatory. The all glass building is stunning, especially in the sunlight.


The flowers, plants and trees were so lovely. I especially love the orchids. 



The succulents were so colorful and cute. IMG_4739

 Umbrellas brightened up the Asian gardens.


This is one of the many amazing, Chihuly Glass Sculptures.


We spent over 3 hours wandering around the huge exhibit, both inside and out. They even had a vegetable garden! 

We sure worked up an appetite over those 3 hours. So, we decided to have dinner at a well known restaurant in Pittsburgh, called The Church Brew Works. Its an old church that was converted into a lofty space that serves delicious food and brew. I don't drink beer, but it is very cool to see the gigantic vats of beer located throughout the restaurant. 


The Church Brew Works has a traditional Pittsburgh menu, including our famous perogies. Lucy took full advantage of being back home, and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Perogies. Yum.


As always, it was a fun filled trip, full of laughs, reminiscing and story telling. Being with these ladies is always good for my soul. <3

Our trip to Phipps and all those gorgeous flowers, plants and beautiful colors, definitely inspired me to pull out my favorite flower stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, "Flower Patch" and "Remarkable You." 

Here's a few of my flower card creations. The first card was Lucy's birthday card.IMG_4780

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I hope these lovely flowers and gardens brightened your day and inspired you too.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon. 






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Awesome Swaps from our Team Meeting

I want to share a few of the swaps that members of my team made for our #1 Stampers Meeting Swap. The theme for this swap was unique folds. The girls came up with some great designs, as you will see.

The photo quality isnt the best. I took the pictures in a hurry, before they were swapped out. But they are still pretty awesome.

Here's the first one, made by Sue Brennan


Made by: Mary Moody


Made by: Heidi Carr


Made by: Tauni Caylor


Made by: Jamie Bartley


I always love seeing what these talented ladies create. It's one of the special events that we look forward to at our team meetings.

I hope you enjoyed them!

Until the next time...

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New Stamp Set Sneak Peek & #1 Stampers Meeting Peeks!

My #1 Stampers team meeting was a few days ago. I always look forward to these get togethers with all the amazing and fun women on my team. We meet, chat, stamp, swap and eat. What could be better than that?

This month, my friend Kris Benkeser volunteered to do a demonstration on little girl dress up cards. Kris used the Layering Circle and Layering oval framelits as well as the New Stitched Shapes framelits, to design these sweet dresses.They were so adorable. I have a photo, but its not the best. Trust me these are so much cuter in person.


It was Kris's first time ever to do a demonstration. She did an amazing job!


Here's two more:


 We had so many great swaps as well as a few great make n takes and a NEW "In Color" book mark chart that we created that night.

Here's a look at the oh so pretty make n take designed by Kathy Sullivan. She used the Timeless Textures stamp set on this card, with some dazzling diamonds glitter applied to the middle of the flowers to sparkle it up.


So, two of the Make n Takes that I designed were made with new stamp sets that will be debuted in the NEW Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Catalog! I will share one of them with you now. This card is made with the Eastern Palace stamp set suite. And I have some good news for you.... It will be available for Pre Order on May 1st! So, you will be able to get it before the new catalog is released in June! Whoo HOO!


Talk about a gorgeous set! Not only is it gorgeous, but it has so many stamps and dies, that the possibilities are endless! Did you notice a new color? Yes, its one of the new "In Colors" - Fresh Fig!


Ok, I'm going to show you some display boards from my recent Stampin' Up! trip to Virginia. These are some of the actual stamped images and dies in the suite. I will be sending out ordering info in 5 more days!


Here's a few display board samples to get you excited!


That's all for now, folks.

Thanks for visiting today.

Until the next time...

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Happy Mail

Today I received a darling hand stamped card in the mail from my friend, Connie Heisey.

Oh how I love getting happy mail! Connie made this card with the beautiful "Oh So Succulent" stamp set and coordinating framlets... which is retiring, by the way. So, get it while you can!

It has so much dimension and color. I like the way she sponged the edges of the petals. It looks like a real flower!

I just love this soft and subtle colors of this card.


Here's a close up of all the layers. The framelits in this set are amazing!


Thanks again to Connie, for my fun surprise in the mail today. I skipped the whole way back from the mailbox!

And... thank you for stopping by!

Until the next time...

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Stamping Technique- Orange Peel with Video

 I was honored to be asked to do a presentation and demonstration at the Stampin' Up! Live "On Stage" Convention last year in SLC.  As many of you recall, I shared some of the cards with you from the stamping demonstration that I did.

Many of you asked for a video of the orange peel technique. At the time, I had not started doing videos. So, since I've recently started making videos on You Tube, I thought this was as good a time as any to share the technique again with you- especially since the awesome, Fresh Fruit stamp set is about to retire. Its the perfect set to use with this technique.

I call this the "orange peel" technique, because it looks the the skin of an orange when its finished.

Its an embossing technique, using inks, water, watercolor paper and clear emboss powder.

I'll share a few samples with you here and the video will be featured below. I hope you enjoy it!

I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and Farm Stand designer paper, along with the Cucumber Crush striped ribbon- all of which are retiring. Order these items here- before they are gone! (then click on Shop Now to take you to the retired list) Or click on the actual products listed at the end of this post to order.


Here's a close up of the peach using the Orange Peel technique:


This technique gives the stamped image, that bumpy, uneven, shiny, orange peel texture. Its really very pretty.

Here are a few other samples before you watch the video:


A close up of the strawberries:


The juicy pear:


It looks so cool and good enough to eat!


And a little spray of flowers..


It looks like dew drops on the Fresh Fruit flower images, doesn't it?


Be sure to check out the video below.

Its such a "fun" and "wow" technique. I hope you give it a try!

Until the next time...

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Stamping Technique: Black Magic with Blooms and Wishes

I have a very cool stamping technique to share today. This technique uses whisper white craft ink, basic black cardstock and watercolor pencils.

Its kind of like coloring on black cardstock, but the color really pops off of the black background.

I used the Blooms and Wishes stamp set because its a nice big bold image. You want to use a bold image and not an outline image.

I stamped the image in whisper white craft ink, then let it dry. It takes about 5 minutes to dry, or you can dry it with a heat tool to speed up the drying time. Once its dry, simply color it in with watercolor pencils.


I have a video posted below with step by step instructions on how I colored in the flower image. I added a white perfect accent to the middle of the flower to make it really stand out. The background of the card is stamped with the Diagonal Stripes Background stamp in daffodil delight ink. I placed a sheet of vellum over the stripes and stamped the greeting with black stazon ink.

Here's a close up of how the colors were blended onto the whisper white craft ink.


Have a look at the video below for complete details on how to make your own card using the very cool, Black Magic stamping technique.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until the next time...

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