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December 2015

Stampin' Up! Year End Sale!

Tons of unbelievable deals on so many Stampin' Up! products. Check out all these great items. Just click on them to order!

 The Build a Bouquet Kit regularly $24.95 only $9.95!! WOW

I can't believe the black glimmer paper is being retired- this is not just for halloween, but penguins and snowmen hats and over the hill cards, valentines and so much more. I'm sad to see it go. Stock up!

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Stampin' with Linda after an all day ER trip

This week started out with a phone call from my sons school. When I see the school name come up on the caller ID, I always panic a little. Thoughts start running through my head within seconds.... what happened, did he get sick, is he in trouble, why are they calling?

Well, I picked up the phone and the school nurse was on the other end. Hello, Mrs. Williams, I am calling because Blake cut the tip of his finger off in shop class... My heart immediately sunk. I felt sick, I think my heart stopped beating for a second.

I immediately jumped in my car to pick up Blake and get him to the ER. Long story short- we spent 12 1/2 hours in two ER's. One in Butler and one at Childrens Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Blake handled it all too well. He was in extreme pain at first, until they hooked him up to an IV with pain meds, then all he wanted to do is take pictures of his chopped off finger. I know- how gross. But, he's a boy, thats what boys do I guess.

He even had the doctor take a picture while he was sewing it back on. No, I did not look at it and only today, when we went to the plastic surgeon hand specialist did I take a peek ( real quick)

Here's Blake in the ER. I was standing at a distance because I just couldn't bear to watch. ( do not enlarge or you will see yuckies)


We won't know if the tip will be saved for a couple weeks yet. But, Blake will be fine and all in all we are thankful that it wasn't worse than it was.

After such a stressful day, I was looking forward to stamping with my good friend Linda. Linda lives in Ohio, so off I went on a short road trip to Jefferson. I love getting together with Linda. It doesn't matter what we do, we always have a great time and I never really want to leave. Linda always has fun projects to show me and we also did some work on our blogs and of course chatted more than anything. Check out Lindas blog. She is the queen of "Card"iology and literally knows everything about paper crafting and stamping.


I brought Linda a couple of ornaments that I made and the really funny part about that is that Linda made me the same type of ornament!

Here's a photo of the two ornaments that I made Linda. The first one is a clear glass ornament that can be bought at Walmart or a local craft store, that I covered with 1" circle punches of designer series paper. I attached them with hot glue and started at the bottom with one circle on the bottom and glued the other circles around in rows the whole way up. Then I attached a bow. The second ornament is a curly paper ornament.

I curled strips of 3/4" x 6" designer series paper around a paper piercing tool and placed them inside the ornament. This is the ornament that Linda and I both made each other. I will show you a picture of hers too.

Here's all three ornaments:


Here's a photo of Lindas ornament on my tree. Its so pretty!


Heres a photo of how I held the curls together while I got them all finished. I put a paper clip on them to keep them nice and tightly wound until I was ready to put them all into the ornament.


I've got more to show you, but I'm running short on time. Tomorrow I will share another fun and very cool ornament that we made, so don't forget to come back to see it.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!



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Squeezing in a little Valentine...

As promised, I am sharing the Valentine card that we made at Kim's Card Class last night.

We've been making Christmas cards and projects for months now, so it was nice for a change to do something unrelated to the Christmas holiday.

The best part of this card is the fold design. I got this idea originally from a Christmas swap that I participated in with Missy Shipman. She makes the most awesome cards. When I saw the design that she came up with, I had to make it into a Valentine card with the same unique fold.

I used Stampin' Up!'s Groovy Love stamp set. I love how the heart design coordinates with the Go Wild designer series paper stack. For the cardstock, I used real red, whisper white and red and black glimmer paper. I am so sad that the black glimmer paper is retiring. Its not only cool for halloween, but also valentines, over the hill cards and if you saw my cute penguin cards, you know its perfect for that too! The metalic doilies come in a packet of 24 both silver and gold in two sizes. I used the larger doilies. The punches are 2" circle, 1/2" circle, Sweetheart punch and Itty bitty punch pack ( small heart)

This is the outside of the card.


The cool part is when you open the card....

For this card I cut real red cardstock 5 1/2" by 8 1/2", folded it in half and scored it at one end 2 1/2" and the other end I scored at 1 3/4". Now thats not the cool part, really. Its the metallic doilies that make it special. Attach the first doily to the smaller flap first and then close the card and line up the second doily on the larger flap to line up perfectly with the one underneath.


You make my heart go BOOM-BOOM    


Here's a close up.


Well, enough about Valentines... I haven't even finished my Christmas cards yet!

Hope you enjoyed this super cool fold.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Last Card Class of 2015

So, tonight was my last Card Class of the year. It sure doesn't seem like its December and almost Christmas. It seemed funny saying to the girls tonight that I would see them next year!

As usual, I forgot to take people pictures tonight. I get so busy, helping and chatting that I totally forget to pull out my camera.

I do have photos of the cards we made tonight, because I took the photos before Card Class started. The girls had a great time creating these super fun cards tonight, even though I could have used another Big Shot ( or two.) I got carried away with my card designs this month. I just couldn't help myself.

The first card I shared earlier this week. I have a better photo of it tonight. This is the one made with the Peaceful Pines stamp set. I won't go into detail about it, since I posted it earlier this week.



The next card is made with the Lighthearted Leaves set and matching framelits. We embossed the leaf with gold emboss powder, and cut it out with the Leaflets framelit die.

Then comes the cool part. I used an old blender pen- you want to use an old dryed up bleder pen for this, not a good one. Dip it in a bit of bleach and "color" inside the embossed edges to remove color from the mossy meadow cardstock ( bleach it out). Thats how I got the two colors on the leaf. Pretty cool, isn't it?


Here's a close up. I also added cherry cobbler dazzling details to the berries.


The third card is made with my favorite set, Snow Place. I also used the matching Snow Friends framelits to cut out the snowman.

Its hard to tell, but I used blackberry bliss ink and cardstock on this card. I love the blackberry with the sahara sand cardstock and the gold glimmer paper. The Softly Falling emboss folder gives it depth and looks like real snow falling softly down on my cute little snowman.

I also used the amazing Curvy Corner Trio punch on the corners- this is amazing for three reasons: 1. It has 3 different punches in one punch.. 2. It punches through two layers and 3. It punches with such ease that you don't even realize that you just punched through the cardstock.


Here's a closer look. I did add a tiny bit of crystal effects to his nose to make is shine.


He's just so cute, I could eat him up!



I do have one more card from Card Class to share. Its a Valentine card with a super cool fold.

I will share that with you tomorrow.

Hope you enjoyed the cards we made tonight.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!







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An Afternoon with New Stampers

Today I had the opportunity to share my love for stamping with some fun people who are brand new to the craft.

I always love the chance to get stamps into the hands of eager learners. Its so fun to see the looks on their faces when they create their stamping masterpiece.

I wanted to share the two cards that we made today. They are simple but, sweet and easy to make.

The first one is made with the "Festival of Trees" stamp set and matching "Tree" punch. I also used the Confetti Star Border punch to show a little gold foil paper shining through. I first stamped the trees in pear pizzaz ink onto the whisper white cardstock. Then I used always artichoke ink to stamp the trees in the foreground (on a separate piece of cardstock) and punched them out with the Tree punch. I used dimensionals to pop them onto the card. I then punched the confetti star border and placed a piece of gold foil paper behind it before I attached it to the card.

I went old school and used dazzling diamonds for a bit of sparkly snow and a itty bitty accent star punch to top it off.


 Here's a close up without so much glare..


The second card that we created was made with the "Wonderous Wreath" stamp set.

This one was very simple, quick, and easy and everyone loved it. I used wild wasabi, garden green and real red inks.
This card uses the "3 step" stamping technique. This is where we layer 3 ink colors on top of each other to create dimension and depth to an image. The end result is always so pretty.

After we stamped the wreath we added some real read striped ribbon and a metal rimmed pearl to embellish. Lastly, we added a bit of sparkle to the berries with the cherry cobbler dazzling details.

Simple and Sweet.


 Here's a close up.


I hope you enjoyed these sweet and simple cards as much as my new stampers did this afternoon.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Peaceful Pines

I have finally had a chance to get back into my stamping room after all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving.

I also had computer problems over the weekend and wasn't able to blog. But thankfullly thats all fixed now.

I thought I would share a perfect wintery card with you today. We are making this card at my Card Class on Thursday, so if you are attending- this is your "spoiler alert!"

I wanted to create something that could be used as either a Christmas or a Winter Card. I was also eager to use the new "In Color" Mint Macaron. I thought this would make a cool winter color. I also used sahara sand ink for the background and tip top taupe for the tree. The stamp set is Peaceful Pines and has a matching framlit bundle, Perfect Pines. I can't get enough of this set. The trees and the images in this set are just brilliant.

I got a little more carried away than I should.... I added ribbon and glitter and doilies- I just couldn't help myself.

Here's the finished project.


I used the Woodlands emboss folder, which I think is now sold out. If you have one of these, you are so fortunate, because it is one of my most favorite emboss folders of all time. I'm hoping Stampin' Up! brings this back. I know a lot of people who are going to be disappointed that they didn't get a chance to order it.

I brayered the inside of the emboss folder with sahara sand ink (on the de-bossed side of the trees) then inserted the whisper white cardstock and ran it through the big shot. This gives the card a soft two tone background. The word "snow" is from the Seasonal Framlits set in the Holiday Catalog.

Here's a close up of the card. It shows the elegant dots emboss folder that I used on the mint macaron circle and the jewel rhinestones, dazzling details glitter on the tree and the ever so pretty dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. The burlap ribbon adds a little rustic feel to the softness of the card.


I will share the other cards that I have designed for class, later in the week.

I'm hoping you have been inspired to make a cool, wintery card of your own.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!