Rubber stamping, scrapbooking, card-making and other paper crafts

December 13, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Sale

Stampin' Up! is hosting an AWESOME Christmas sale -- just in time for Christmas! These prices are 15-25% lower than the regular price -- but will only be available until Dec. 22. So contact me right away to place your order for a scrapbooking friend, a card-making neighbor, or for yourself! Santa knows you've been a very good girl this year, so why don't you have HIM contact me to order a special something to fill YOUR stocking? :-) Orders placed by Dec. 15 (that's THIS Tuesday -- only 2 more days!!!) will arrive in time for Christmas.

Item      Page#   Description                                  Reg Price    Discount Price

114515   195      Flower Burst Embosslits die           $11.95               $8.96

114516   195      Cherry Blossom Embosslits die       $11.95              $8.96

115957   195      Thanks Embosslits die                    $11.95              $8.96

114513   195      Sweetest Stem Embosslits die        $11.95              $8.96

115952   195      Hi Embosslits die                            $11.95             $8.96

115951   197      Timeless Type Junior Alphabet         $74.95             $59.96
                              Medium Sizzlits die

113446   197      Build a Flower #2 Set Sizzlits          $19.95             $16.96
                              4-Pack die

114509   197      Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlits             $21.95              $18.66
                              4-Pack die
113448   197      Hearts Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die         $19.95             $16.96

113457   198      Tulipe Bigz die                               $21.95             $16.46

115954   198      Two Tags Bigz die                          $21.95             $18.66

114524   199      Fringed Flower Bigz die                  $19.95             $15.96

114523   199      Decorative Accents Bigz die            $19.95              $15.96

114534   199      Flower Bigz Clear die                     $19.95              $15.96

113473   199      5-Point 3D Star Bigz die                 $19.95              $16.96

113472   199      Circle 3D Ornament Bigz die           $19.95              $16.96

113470   199      Flower Layers w/Leaf Bigz die         $19.95              $16.96

113465   199      Bird w/Leaves and Flower Bigz die   $19.95             $16.96

115961   200      Perfect Setting Bigz XL die              $42.95             $32.21

113483   200      Pennant Bigz XL die                        $39.95           $29.96

113484   200      Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die  $39.95          $31.96

116760   201      Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die  $39.95          $29.96

116759   201      Pop-Up 3D Ball Bigz XL die              $39.95           $29.96

114890   201      Matchbox Bigz XL die                      $42.95           $36.51

113458   202      Flower Layers Originals die               $15.95           $13.56

114336   158      Kraft Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24"(2)       $12.95          $10.36

114334   158      Dark Gray Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2) $12.95          $10.36

114337   158      Chocolate Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2) $12.95         $10.36

114335   158      White Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)     $12.95         $10.36

118797   n/a      So Saffron Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95        $9.71

118798   n/a      Rose Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)  $12.95        $9.71

118799   n/a      Taken With Teal Décor Elements  15" x 24" (2) $12.95        $9.71

118800   n/a      Pretty In Pink Décor Elements sh 15" x 24" (2)   $12.95        $9.71

118801   n/a      Bashful Blue Décor Elements sh15" x 24" (2)   $12.95        $9.71

118802   n/a      Real Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)  $12.95        $9.71

118803   n/a      Old Olive Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)  $12.95        $9.71

118804   n/a      Black Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)       $12.95       $9.71

118805   n/a      Night of Navy Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)    $12.95       $9.71

118806   n/a      Cert Cel Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)   $12.95       $9.71

118807   n/a      Tempt Turq Décor Elements Sh 15" x 24" (2)   $12.95       $9.71

118808   n/a      Clear Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)      $12.95       $9.71

118809   n/a      Pumpkin Pie Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)    $12.95        $9.71

118810    n/a      Pixie Pink Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)     $12.95         $9.71

118812   n/a      Sahara Sand Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)   $12.95         $9.71

118813   n/a      Gable Green Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)   $12.95         $9.71

118814   n/a      Basic Gray Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)      $12.95         $9.71

118815   n/a      Chalkboard Décor Ele sheets 15" x 24" (2)     $14.95         $11.21

Orders may also be placed by going directly to my website here and click on the SHOP NOW under my name in the upper right corner. Keep checking back to see the new classes being offered in the New Year!
                                         Merry Christmas!

December 11, 2009

Bridal Specialty Paper

I fell in love with this beautiful Bridal Specialty Designer Series Paper when I first discovered it in the new 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog last summer. I have worked before with the Groom Black on Black paper. But this Bridesmaid Very Vanilla was a special treat. I guess this could be a Christmas card, or maybe a Thank You card. I didn't put any wording on the front, and thought that would keep it open to be used for a variety of different purposes, depending on my need. The finished size is 4-1/4" square, which allows it to be enclosed in a medium Very Vanilla envelope. I used the Textured Impressions Elegant Bouquet and the Big Shot  to create the subtle embossing along the top and left edge of the card. Then the Nestabilities Labels One die was used to cut and emboss Kraft card stock. The next layer is a piece of the BridesMaid Very Vanilla Striped DSP. The only stamping is on the top layer and was stamped in VersaMark Watermark Ink using the largest snowflake from the Snow Swirled Stamp Set. I covered that with Heat & Stick Powder, heat set it briefly to make it sticky, than generously covered it with Dazzling Diamonds and heat set it briefly again. I love this technique when I want to create an entire snowflake with glitter. Since Versamark isn't glue, Dazzling Diamonds won't stick to it permanently. This very simple technique is one I only use rarely, but I love the final look.

I added the Pretties Kit hat pin with pearls and crystals, knowing that this card would probably be hand-delivered rather than mailed, due to its fragile nature. Thus I was able to top the focal image with a flat-back Very Vanilla pearl and a piece of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon.
I know this sounds like a lengthy process for what appears to be a rather simple card. But it really wasn't difficult at all. Contact me if you would like to purchase the supplies to re-create this beauty yourself. Would you like some help pulling it all together? Beginning in the New Year, I will be "renting" out time in my art studio. For just $20 for the first two hours, and $10 for each hour after that, you can use all of my stamp sets, ink pads, punches and other tools and I will help you design your own cards, scrapbook pages or other projects. You will only need to bring your own paper and adhesives. This way you will have my supplies and my skills working for Y-O-U!  Time is limited and will go fast, so contact me SOON to reserve your spot.


November 27, 2009


Well, hello there strangers. Actually, I guess I'm the one who has been a "stranger" around here! hehe I think now might be a good time to share some Holiday gift ideas with you. This Stampin' Up! Matchbox XL Die makes an adorable little box and cover. The die provides a punched out and scored template which can be folded into a box. It also provides three different tag shapes which can be stamped and placed on top of the box cover, which is also scored and cut to size. Just some simple folds and a stamp here and there and VOILA!... a great little gift!

There are lots of different looks you can create using different types of Designer Series Paper and card stock. Maybe you could enclose a small piece of jewelry, some matching mini note cards, or some candy, like I did in the next photo.

Hershey's Mini Nuggets are wrapped with a 1" x 3" piece of Designer Series Paper which is adhered in the back. This is a cute last-minute gift idea for neighbors who stop by unexpectedly, or a nice treat for a teacher.

Check back often during the next couple of weeks for more helpful hints on how to be prepared for those last minute holiday gift needs.


October 6, 2009

Here are some more ideas using this wonderful MEDALLION Background Stamp. I just can't seem to get enough of it! This time I used In-Color Melon Mambo, a wonderful, bright pink (which is my favorite color!), but I "stamped off" to get a lighter image. "Stamping off" is a technique that is easy to learn and has many applications.

This detail includes some Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. All the In-Colors have matching Polka Dot Ribbon. I used a Filigree Brad anchored with a white brad from the 5/16" Neutrals Assortment Brads.

Here are another couple of samples using the "Stamping Off" technique and matching card stock and ink pad. The Eyelet Border Punch gives a nice bright white border to the sentiment, don't you think? Both cards were embossed using White Embossing Powder.

On this last card, I added some butterflies from the FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLY Stamp Set. I love the Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon against the soft color of Sahara Sand on the card base. I also stamped two butterflies onto Vellum Card Stock to adhere on top of the card stock butterflies for a nice 3-dimensional look.

So there you have it. I think this is the end of my MEDALLION card samples. Next time, I'll try something different!


It's been way too long since I've posted here. This month has been crazy busy, so I've had to focus on designing and prepping for classes. But I have a few days before I leave to visit my sister for a long weekend (WOO HOO I can't wait, Sandy!!!) so let's see what we can update with, OK?

First of all, here is a copy of a swap I made for Amanda Coughlin's Holiday Mini Catalog Swap. It's been awhile since we traded cards, but I never did get around to showing you what I made for it, did I? I had lots of fun with this card. I got to use the beautiful new stamp set, SERENE SNOWFLAKES and some of the SHIMMER PAINT in the Holiday Mini Catalog. That paint is very different than anything else Stampin' Up! has to offer. I combined a little of the paint with a little bit of water in a small spray bottle. I used this to deliver a few short squirts onto the background Bordering Blue card stock, and topped it with the largest snowflake, embossed with silver embossing powder with a clear brad in the center. All other supplies are listed below. I made over 30 of these cards, and traded with 30 other demonstrators. I received 29 different card fronts using all the different stamp sets in the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

Swaps are a great idea, don't you think? And they're LOTS of fun, too! Thanks, Amanda, for letting me be a part of your Holiday Swap! I did have a little trouble with the post office. It seems they sort of lost my package, and it wasn't delivered in 2-3 days Priority. It came a week later! I was so worried it was lost and that I wasn't going to get the other card fronts I had been waiting for (impatiently). But I contacted Amanda, who is such a sweet person, and she helped me out until my package FINALLY arrived! I just love Stampin' Up! and all the demonstrators I have met through this wonderful company!! Everyone is always so nice... and will try to help out whenever possible. If you would like to order any of these supplies, or if you'd like to learn more about how to use the Shimmer Paints, just contact me and I'd be happy to help. :-) Have a GREAT week!

Stamp Sets: Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays
Card Stock: Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Bordering Blue
Ink: Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, VersaMark
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Eyelet Border Punch, Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Silver Elastic Cord, Whisper White Organza Ribbon


September 15, 2009

A Different Idea

Hi all. Do you remember the project we made at my Open House a few months ago? It was a small folder which held 3"x3" notecards. We used the new In-Colors card stock which were just being released with the new catalog, the RAZZLEBERRY LEMONADE DSP, and the WINGS OF FRIENDSHIP Hostess Set. Well here's another look at the same design -- with a different DSP. This version was made by my upline, Lisa. Isn't it awesome?!?! This first photo is of the outside cover of the holder.

This view shows the inside of the open holder with a couple note cards.
And these last two are of the individual note cards. I think I'm going to have to order some of this beautiful NIGHT AND DAY SPECIALTY Designer Series Paper (Item #116768, $11.95). The holder is held closed with a piece of 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon (Item# 114319, $5.95).

September 11, 2009


"MEDALLION" (Item #115223 $17.95) is currently my favorite stamp set. It's also currently the #1 best selling stamp set at Stampin' Up!. A customer and very dear friend of mine, Susan, purchased this a couple of months ago. I sort of hinted to her that it would be very cool if I could try out this stamp before I gave her the package of goodies she had ordered. She very graciously offered this and any other stamps she owns! Can you believe that? WOW! THANK YOU, SUSAN!!! You're AWESOME!
Well, I had LOTS of fun with this one. In this first sample I used Very Vanilla Textured Card Stock and a technique called "STAMPIN' OFF" to get the distressed, faded image of the Medallion shown here. I would be happy to show you and some of your friends exactly how to replicate this technique at a Girls' Night Out at your home or mine. You bring the friends and I'll bring the stamps! Together, we'll have lots of fun making projects designed especially for you.
I loved this color combination of the new In-Colors Soft Suede and Melon Mambo so much that I used it on this next card also. The MEDALLION was again stamped off -- this time onto Very Vanilla Textured Card Stock. The central image is from the Level 1 Hostess Set, Of the Earth. Markers were used to color directly onto the stamp, which were then re-moistened using the "huffing technique" before stamping onto Very Vanilla card stock which was punched out with a 1-3/8" Circle Punch. This circle was then mounted on a Soft Suede Scalloped Circle Punch and placed into the center of the Medallion stamp using Stampin' Dimensionals. Would you like to learn more about the "huffing technique"? Would you like to have this Of the Earth set in your own private stamp collection? The only way you can is to invite me to meet with you and your friends for a Girls' Night Out at my home or yours.
Here is yet another MEDALLION card. Are you tired of seeing them yet? I'm not tired of making them! hehe This was one of the cards from last month's Card Class. We used the "stampin' off" technique to create the flowering focal image using another stamp from the Level 1 Hostess Set, Of the Earth. Isn't this a pretty set?
Well, I still have more samples to show you, but I think this should suffice for a little while. Thank you again, Susan, for your generosity! I thoroughly enjoyed using this set -- as I think is obvious here, don't you?

September 9, 2009


Our September Scrapbooking Class was lots of fun this past weekend. We worked on two separate page spreads, as we usually do. The first was a layout about Back to School. Most of those attending the class have young children who returned to school in the past couple of weeks. (School starts in August here in Florida -- rather than after Labor Day as up North.) We had been discussing how to get good photographs of the children on their first day on school, subject matter, poses, lighting, etc.; so now we needed some pages for our wonderful photos.

But the real focus for this month's class was JOURNALING. We had a Guest Speaker, Ann, who opened our eyes to the fantastic world of JOURNALING on our scrapbook pages. THANK YOU, ANN!!! :-) I'm not an avid journaler, myself. I don't know about you, but I just never seem to know what to say... other than names, place and date... rather elementary (hehe... elementary... hehe... Get it? Back to school? Elementary?... A-hem.) Anyway...

Ann gave us many examples of different styles of journaling, including, but not limited to:
  • lists
  • tell our own thoughts and memories
  • record someone else's observations
  • letter writing
  • interview/dialog
Ann encouraged us to write about how we felt seeing our children leaving for school, or maybe about their feelings about returning to the classroom. There was a hand-out with lots of Journaling Prompts to get our brains jump-started in the right direction. She showed us some fabulous pages from her own personal scrapbooks in which journaling played a major part. Ann pointed out that, many years from now, a page with a story would be much more meaningful than a page with only photographs. So we are all going to do some journaling and bring back our layouts next month to share with each other. We will all read each others' stories, and vote on our favorite. The scrapper with the "best" journaling on her page will be rewarded with a copy of the book Simple Scrapbooks 2, by Cathy Zelsky, an award-winning scrapbooker and Contributing Editor to Creating Keepsakes magazine. Thank you, Ann, for both your thought-provoking presentation and your contribution of the journaling contest Reward!
This is our "Back to School" layout:
As you can see, our journaling will be entered onto the "notebook page" on the right side of this spread. But that is no ordinary notebook page... nooooo. It was created by computer-printing horizontal blue lines and one vertical red line onto Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock. We then punched the left edge using the Spiral Punch (Item# 108341) and the right sides with the Corner Rounder Punch (Item# 109047). The layout uses primary color card stock and Designer Series Paper from (retired) Simply Scrappin' Kits.
We also learned how to get more than one color of ink on a stamp by using Real Red, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa markers to color in the apple with its' leaf and stem from the Tart & Tangy Stamp Set (Item# 111514). Color directly onto the stamp, then huff by breathing air directly onto the stamp, then stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Voila! Tres jolie! (That's very pretty in French.) We cut out the apples using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch (Item# 104403) to be used as photo accents after our photographs are cropped and mounted onto the page. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, or you may contact me directly.

September 3, 2009


The NEW Holiday Mini Catalog is here! I have been creating with stamp sets from this mini catalog for a month! It's awesome! First of all, would you like to see it? Click here to see the new Holiday Mini Catalog. It's bigger and better than ever before! There are 40 pages of cards,scrapbook pages, and holiday home decor ideas that are sure to inspire you to start preparing for your holiday season NOW! Would you prefer to hold the little book in your hands, so you can page through it slowly, staring at each page, planning your gift wrapping and party decorations? Most of my regular class-attenders should have received their own copy in the mail by now. But if not, contact me here and I'll be happy to mail you a copy of your own!


September 1, 2009


Stampin’ Up!’s award-winning artwork, colors, and accessories
available in digital format via My Digital Studio

Stampin’ Up! is venturing into the digital age with the release of My Digital Studio™. My Digital Studio is an easy-to-use, software-based design studio featuring thousands of Stampin’ Up!’s award-winning images, colors, and accessories.

Extremely intuitive, My Digital Studio allows crafters of all skill levels to easily navigate the program and design their own digital project or use hundreds of templates to create professionally designed cards, photo albums, scrapbooks, and more. New artwork and templates will be available on a regular basis for download via Stampin’ Up!’s Online Store. In addition, My Digital Studio will offer professional print services where customers can purchase bound photo albums, cards, individual scrapbook pages, and calendars.

The design studio offers perfect coordination when embellishing digital output products with traditional Stampin’ Up! embellishments, as well. Users can produce exquisite, multi-dimensional projects that marry the ease of digital with the beauty of handcrafted projects, creating what are known as hybrid projects.
“I love the way My Digital Studio combines what Stampin’ Up! is known for—exclusive images, terrific color coordination and inspiring project ideas—and offers it in a digital format,” said Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up! cofounder and CEO. “This will make it easier than ever before to scrapbook or create other paper crafting projects while still ensuring that your end result looks great!”
Please contact me here if you are interested in gathering a group of 3 or more of your friends together for a Girls' Night Out Digital Stamping event. I will bring my laptop to your home, or you can bring your friends to mine, where I will be happy to show-off the product and offer hands-on support. Those interested in attending this event or scheduling a personal crafting event with me are invited to visit my website here.

August 26, 2009


This is my new laptop.
Well, actually it's not really my "NEW" laptop. It's just newly decorated. I used ADORNMENT (Item #117929), and in just a few minutes and for under $10 I had a new look. Do you remember my beginning attempts with the vinyl DECOR ELEMENTS last year? You can see the wall decorating I did in this old post here. It's so easy, and comes in a multitude of colors. Obviously, I chose pink. Just about everyone who knows me can tell you that pink is my favorite color. I love this little bit of home decorating. A little bit goes a long way, right?
There are lots of styles to choose from, including designs to help decorate your home for the coming Holidays. Contact me to request your full color brochure, or just check it all out on the Stampin' Up! website here. You can order directly from my website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Just click on this link to my website here, and click on the button in the upper right corner, under my name, that says SHOP NOW. Or, if you prefer, you may contact me directly and I will be happy to place an order for you.

August 24, 2009

Princess Madelyn's Dance Recital

This post was created mainly for my baby sister, Sandy, who listened to me for over a month as I created this labor of love. But I thought some of you might be interested in seeing one of my "non-Stampin' Up!" projects, too.

This is a special gift that I made for my granddaughter, Madelyn, for her second dance recital this past June. This board book came shaped like a purse in plain white chipboard. I added the patterned paper (purple, of course! DUH!), the embellishments, and the photos. This cover shot features a Princess Tiara that flashes with mini lights and the fabric covered heart-button that served as the closure for the book.

I have a new posting program on my blog which is causing me all kinds of problems placing the photos. Please forgive the awkward spacing while I learn how to manipulate this new program. Isn't Madelyn adorable?!?!?

Madelyn is taking dance lessons from Mary Beth Snow at The Dance Place in Ocean City, NJ. Her mother, my oldest daughter, Kristie, studied dance at the same studio under Miss Mary for 12 years while she was growing up in Ocean City. Isn't that cool?

I had to keep the embellishments to a minimum so that the book wouldn't get so thick it wouldn't close! I used mostly shear ribbons around the handles and patterned paper punched into flower shapes. The journaling is printed by hand along the handles. I thought that gave it a nice personal touch that Madelyn can save and treasure for years to come.
The outside back cover of the book has a photo of Madelyn and her adoring Mimi cut out with a heart-shaped punch and a stamp saying "Created for you by Mimi 2009."

August 22, 2009


We had a great time at my last workshop with Faith and her MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) Group. (Hi Faith!!) She wanted to make a simple 3-D project to show her friends how to stamp, and let them know a little about Stampin' Up! and the great business opportunity it can provide. These Post-It Note Holders were easy to stamp and easy to assemble. They make a cute little gift for a friend, or a handy notepad for yourself on the kitchen counter, or maybe in your car! We made this one using the beautiful bird image from the Level 2 Hostess set, WINGS OF FRIENDSHIP. The sentiment was cut out using the MODERN LABEL PUNCH.

This image is of another holder I made using the CIRCLE CIRCUS stamp set, showing how to use small stamps to create your own patterned paper. It's all wrapped up with MELON MAMBO 1/2" POLKA-DOT GROSGRAIN RIBBON and centered with layers of punched circles and a FLOWER DESIGNER BRAD. The small gel pens were found at Staples, thanks to Dawn Griffith and her blog which can be seen here.
If you and your friends would like to have a fun Girls' Night Out with stamping, creativity and some refreshments, contact me at I would love to come over and show you how you can make creative projects designed especially for you and your friends!

August 21, 2009

August Scrapbooking Class

This birthday layout was lots of fun to make! The colors were bright and cheery, with Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, and Crushed Curry playing accent to the lively Lovely Lilac (try to say that fast 3 times... hehe). Letters from the new JUMBLE ALPHABET, were stamped inside Melon Mambo cupcakes, which were created by using the Scallop Circle Punch with a little extra trimming at the bottom. The Orchid Fine Cosmo Glitter was applied to the Textured Bermuda Bay cardstock strip using a 12" piece of 1/4" wide STICKY STRIP.

The TAFFY ALPHABET and the "H" from the retired LETTERPRESS ALPHABET were used to create the "Happy" Title Strip. The entire spread was pulled together at the end by using a fun technique called DOODLING, something most of us have done while sitting and talking on the phone, or while daydreaming in a warm, boring classroom. The BASIC BLACK STAMPIN' WRITE MARKER has two different tips, one is a wide brush tip and the other is a fine, hard tip -- perfect for journaling or doodling!
This layout was a generic spread, which means that it can be used with almost any kind of photographs taken about male or female in almost any activity or situation. There are several different small swatches of patterned paper used in the blocks across the bottom of both pages, which draws the viewer's eye from one page into the other. The same patterns can be found in the petals of the flower on the left page, which were created by choosing a stamp from "PICK A PETAL" stamp set and then trimmed around the edges of each. The center is stamped with Tempting Turquoise ink on the same card stock, then covered with a clear round button and Linen Thread. Then stitching was added around the edge of both pages, and from the flower on the left page across to the flower on the other side of the layout. Once again, this helps unify the two pages and carry the eye to the photos stretched from left to right in one long line across the center of the layout.


August 19, 2009


This SUMMER FUN layout would be great for photos of the beach or pool, a day spent fishing or just laying in the sun, vacation or "Stay-cation". There is lots of room for photos of any size, with small accents from the Occasions Mini Catalog's new set, JUST BEACHY. The bottom border was created using a Bashful Blue Ink cartridge and the SOMETHING FISHY jumbo roller wheel. The ink was rolled on Bashful Blue card stock and on Tempting Turquoise card stock. Both strips were hand torn to create the nice texture along the top of the border. KIWI KISS is a nice background contrast and provides a lush green color of summer.
Can't you just feel the hot summer sun in the title block below? The "S" was cut from SUMMER SUN card stock using the Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and the other letters of the title were stamped using the TAFFY ALPHABET SET and Summer Sun Ink. The "S" was placed on a 1-1/4" SQUARE PUNCH of Tempting Turquoise layered on a piece of ONLY ORANGE Square Scallop Punch. One of the Orange Flowers from the FLOWER BRADS ASSORTMENT makes the perfect finishing touch, don't you think? All of this is layered on top of TEMPTING TURQUOISE PRINT PATTERN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER.

I thought this layout would be good for photos from the Strawberry Festival, which is a large local event held in nearby Plant City, FL annually in March. I know... I know... these are cherries, not strawberries. But this stamp set, TART & TANGY, also has a cute strawberry stamp in it. But I wanted to use this awesome print from the (now retired) ROCKABILLY SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER. Can you see that I also used the cherries stamp and Versamark Ink to create my own patterned paper for the background? This is the best of both worlds: using Stampin' Up!'s beautiful DSP -- and creating my own patterned paper using repetitive stamping of the main image stamp and Versamark. How much easier can it get?!?

The embellishment below was created by stacking alternative colors of card stock using successive sizes of Circle Punches and the Scallop Circle Punch. The rhinestone in the center adds just a touch of bling to the spread.

We are having so much fun creating these layouts as we work toward compiling a year's worth of photos into one full scrapbook by the end of the school year. Would you like to join us? Class meets 9:30AM until noon every first Saturday of the month at my house in Apollo Beach, FL. Contact me here to R.S.V.P. two weeks prior to the class date. If you would like to take the class but flying here each month creates a problem for your busy schedule, contact me about ordering a packet to be sent to you via the USPS. I would love to have you join us -- either way!


August 18, 2009

July Scrapbooking Class

The first layout in this class is a common theme for families with young children, but can be used for "children" of any age! We had lots of fun using ANIMAL STORIES, a stamp set from the new Stampin' Up! catalog which coordinates wonderfully with TALL TALES DESIGNER SERIES PAPER. The letters were created using the CRICUT and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and were cut out of both Crushed Curry and Old Olive card stock. Layering one on top of the other made the Old Olive pop off of the dark Chocolate Chip background. The animals were all stamped on Whisper White card stock and carefully trimmed out using Stampin' Up!'s wonderfully sharp PAPER SNIPS.
The journaling block below was created using a strip of Tall Tales Designer Series Paper using the Spiral Punch along the entire left side, creating a look of paper torn out of a loose-leaf binder. I really liked the color and gridlines of this paper to be used for writing in a straight line without the look of traditional "lined" notebook paper. The PHOTO CORNER PUNCH was used to create boundaries on both pages, and the 1-3/4" Circle Punch was used to create mattes for lots of small photos, common from visits to the local zoo. Have fun!

This rather simple layout uses Textured Real Red cardstock and a couple of pieces of Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper to create an open design where photos of any size may be added almost anywhere. The right hand page is divided so that two verticle 4"x6" prints could be placed at the top, and two more 4"x6" prints could be placed horizontally across the bottom. The flower at the top right was created using the largest flower from PETAL PIZAZZ and a technique called "Rock 'n' Roll. In this technique, the stamp is first fully inked up using Cameo Coral Classic Ink. The stamp is then rocked in a circular motion, so that only the edges of the image are inked up in a Real Red Classic Ink Pad. This creates the unique image shown in this second photo, where the pink flower has red edges. An old sewing basket full of buttons was raided to produce the large red button in the center with some white embroidery thread tied into a bow. At the bottom of the left page, three red flower-shaped buttons, again tied with embroidery floss, echo the flower theme. The Eyelet Border Punch creates a pleasant border strip at the bottom of the page, while the journaling block was created using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One die and the Big Shot die-cutting machine.