Friday, December 30



Just a super quick reminder..


from the Holiday Mini Catalog



For those of you who have procrastinated in ordering and now are freaking out - don't despair - you still have a few days to get your order together and get it ordered!!



If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours and can send you both of the new catalogs - the Occasions Mini and the Sale-a-Bration catalog full of FREE Stamps you can have during the special.


Tuesday, December 27


Hope you will indulge me a bit and let me post some adorable Santa photos.  My hubby LOVES to be Santa each year at church.  He needs no padding and is so tall he just LOOKS like Santa!!  I had him wear his suit home instead of changing back into his street clothes because I wanted him to visit our neighbors next door with a cute little toddler and give her a candy cane.  When we got home, our neighbors were gone to get their tree.  However, our dog, JEWEL, was a bit scared to see this great big man in red in our driveway.  She was going to fully protect me until she got right up to him and smelled it was her DADDY.  She got all excited that it was not a bad stranger and loved on him.  I had them come inside so I could get my camera and get a photo of Jewel and Santa Daddy.
She had to lick his nose since he had so much hair everywhere else.  She loves her daddy, even in this crazy costume.

This little girl had written a list for Santa and brought it with her when she visited him.  The photo is precious, isn't it??!!
Here is me and the jolly old man.  I am so proud of him and how he loves to be Santa every year.

Hope YOUR holiday was filled with bright hope, tender peace and pure love.

Monday, December 19


HEY Y'ALL,  Today I want to show you the CUTEST EVER candy holders I made.  I saw this idea from Angie Juda - Hey Angie!!  It is with a piece of card stock 6" x 3" and looks like a little purse.  But the cutest part of it is the goofy reindeer on the front.  Here it is:

 Isn't the little reindeer so goofy it is CUTE??  He is the owl punch with the feet cut off.  Then the antlers are two parts of a punched snowflake.  LOVE IT!!

I embossed the riding hood red card stock with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  The scored to fold up to look like a purse.  It is glued shut and the nuggest or little candy bar goes inside.  I put a pack of lifesavers and it just poked out a bit on each end and still looks cute.  Just make sure you put glue on the bottom of the candy papers so they don't fall out.  On these in the photos, I used the 1/8" taffeta red ribbon for the purse handle.  You can also use the gold cord for the handle of the purse or anything else you choose.  You draw on his funny mouth with a marker any way you want.

Sorry for the bad photos.  I used my cell phone because my camera's batteries are dead.  Enjoy making these quick and fun candy holders for little "thinking of you" gifts for friends and neighbors.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Friday, December 16




 This first tag above was so fun to make.  First we die cut some snowflakes with the BIG SHOT.  We placed it on the left side of the tag and sponged gold ink around it, then removed the snowflake.  Next we stamped some snowflakes on the tag with versamark ink and then heat embossed with a mixture of wild wasabi embossing powder and iridescent ice powder.  It was starting to look pretty good, but we were not finished yet.  Next we punched the round tag punch out of wild wasabi card stock and glued it on the top of the tag.  We punched a hole for the ribbon or string with our crop-a-dile.  We sponged some wild wasabi ink around the edge of the tag.

 To finish off this tag, we ran the northern frost strip die through our BIG SHOT with the silver glimmer paper to cut out some small snowflakes.  We glued one on the bottom left of the tag, but there is a hole in the middle of the die cut.  NO PROBLEM - we filled it with some galaxy fine glitter in a green color and VOILA - all finished.  All we added was early espresso 1/8" ribbon for the tie and we were DONE!!

 I got the idea for these cute tags above from Heather Summer's blog.  Hi Heather!!  I used the two tags DIE and my BIG SHOT with more mustard card stock.  Next we sponged around the edge of the tag with espresso ink.  We stamped the tall snowman on shimmer white card stock in basic black and fussy cut them out.  We also stamped the snowman onto the tag as well.  When cutting out the snowman from the white, you don't need his arms, but do use the very small circle punch for the two birds.  We colored parts of the snowman with the many marvelous markers.  We used crystal effects on his buttons, and used stamping dimensionals to pop up the snowman on the prestamped image on the tag.  We then added the punched birds.  We sewed on the ribbon through the tag with linen thread through the Christmas buttons.  LOVE IT.

Here is the chubby brother of the snowman above, from the same stamp set.  He is stamped on shimmer white card stock and surrounded with red glimmer paper die cut with the BIG SHOT and scallop oval frame die.  We used the galaxy fine glitter stacks for the scarf and some crystal effects for the buttons and the snowball in his hand.  One has bells sewn on his other hand like he is ringing the Christmas bells.  Again added ribbon and some with some linen thread also.  SO PRETTY WITH ALL THE BLING.

I REALLY LOVE THESE TAGS ABOVE.  I cut out the designer paper into the shape of a tag.  This piece of paper has glimmer dots already on it!!  Awesome.  I used the NOEL stamp and the designer tag punch to punch it out as well as the shadow behind it in wild wasabi.   Also sponged wild wasabi around the edge of the tag.  Used the punch on the top two corners to shape the strip of paper into more of a shape of a tag.  Used the Stars 2 die and my BIG SHOT with white cardstock.  We used the larged of these 3 stars and stamped the snowman offset on the star and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Rubbed the edges of the star into versamark and gold embossing powder and heat embossed it again.

 Lastly, we punched out with the round tag punch for the top, used some metal hardware pieces and our crop-a-dile to punch the hole, then added either a button or a brad to hold it all together.  We used gold stretch cord for the string to hold it on the package.  We used the NEW cherry cobbler bling along his scarf, which  in the upcoming Ocassions Mini starting JAN 4th for ONLY $2.50.  LOVE THIS TAG.  WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT??

Final piece we made is this fun tag/convertible ornament.  On the white part when the tag is closed, you can stamp TO and the person's initial or name.  On the other side we decided we should put "this opens up to be an ornament for your tree" in case the recipient didn't know what it was.  When you open it up and push the button back down, you have a fun star ornament (Christmas designer paper).  Isn't it cute??!!  How great is a gift tag AND an ornament all in one??!!  At Hallmark last year they were selling similar tag/ornaments for $8.99!!

Merry Christmas to y'all.  May you find peace, hope and love this Christmas Season!!  Won't you please leave me a little comment to help me feel the love??!!

Thursday, December 15


Ribbon, punches, designer paper, buttons, dies, albums, and so much more.  Click below to go to my online store, then click on the "SHOP NOW" button and look on the left for CLEARANCE RACK.

DON'T WAIT - WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE.  I shopped this morning and got so many YUMMY things!!  Can't wait until the package arrives!!

Thursday, December 8


I have been "blurfing" (what I call blog surfing) and seeing so many fun and wonderful Christmas gift tags.  Got my mojo going for MY gift tag class next week.

This first one is from the framed oval die and my Big Shot.  I cut the outside edge from red glimmer paper and the inside from shimmer white card stock.  Then I stamped the chubby snowman and colored his boots with markers and put color on his scarf and hat with glue and the fine glitter stacks.  He is holding a string of mini bells from our Christmas mini catalog.  His snowball in his other hand has been touched with the fun little glitter accents (can't remember the exact name, so sorry) from the Christmas mini.

More tags tomorrow.  Can you make one with this same die and YOUR big shot to share with me?  I would LOVE to see it!!

Here's to Inky fingers and snowflakes in your hair!!

Thursday, December 1


Wow!!  November FLEW BY, didn't it?  It is now DECEMBER already!!  Here in Texas we are in a cold snap so it really is feeling like December AND Christmas.

I have been working on my Christmas cards to mail out.  I showed you what I am sending out before, but here it is again so you can see it.  Looks clean and simple, but it is NOT simple with all the embossing.  However, I LOVE IT.
 Very vanilla piece for front is textured using the embossing folder and the big shot.  Then a layer of wild wasabi and cherry cobbler underneath the very vanilla piece that has the stamped images.

I stamped the images in versamark and then heat embossed with fine gold embossing powder.  I then used a versa marker to color in the sections of the ornaments and used wild wasabi and cherry cobbler embossing powder, some with iridescent ice mixed in for sparkle.  The center of the largest ornament has microbeads glued on.

I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.  I just felt like a ribbon did NOT work on this card so that you would totally focus on the ornaments and the embossing.  Inside you can use any sentiment you want.  I used a simple one form the Four the Holidays in French:  Joyeux Noel.

Here's to inky fingers for all!!

Friday, November 18


Online Extravaganza

How fun!! 
The Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
It's important to log into my online store to place your order: that will get you the best possible pricing.

There is going to be great deals like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!
In addition, there will be two surprize items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT])-so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of the Online Extravaganza!


Thursday, November 17


HI Y'ALL!!  I am back with another Christmas card like I promised.  We ran out of time at my class so we never got to make this card, but they are coming back again so we can make it.  It is an awesome card even if I do say so myself.  And I give a lot of credit to Ann Schach because she gave me this idea with her painted ornament card.  However, no paint used here, only embossing powder.

 Ok, where to begin?  Well, I used very vanilla card stock and put it thru the big shot with the square lattice embossing folder.  That is adhered to the base of the card.  Then I used layers of wild wasabi and cherry cobbler card stock underneath the stamped image.

  I stamped the image with versamark and then used fine gold embossing powder and my heat gun.  After heating the gold embossing powder, I then used my versamarker and painted in the ornaments and used wild wasabi and cherry cobbler embossing powder mixed with iridescent ice embossing powder to make sure it shines a bit.

On the round image I used the iridescent ice mixed with the colors.  On the harlequin ornament I used more straight color without the ice.  On the main gold ornament, I adhered multicolored mini beads (retired) with glue.

I would love to hear what you think of my design.  And again, thanks out to Ann for her beautiful card and the inspiration to make mine.

I am going to use this card for my mail outs to my family and friends this year.  I really enjoyed making it.

If you decide to make a card like mine, I would LOVE to see what you do.  And if you post it on your blog, please give credit back to me.  Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving next week.  I won't be posting until the holiday is over.

Monday, November 14


My all-time favorite creation for Christmas is the J-O-Y banner that I store in the tin DVD cases from the clearance rack.  We made these for class last week and we had a blast with them.  They all turned out so beautiful too!!

 I put it longways on the stampin up desktop protectors so you could see the length we made it.  the squares are the scallop square die for the big shot.  The ribbon is the 1 1/4" stripped ribbon, then we punched out christmas trees and ornaments with the SU punches.  Also used buttons and ribbon for deco as well.  Now below is each letter up close to get a better view.

 With the square scallop punch we stamped out from the designer Christmas paper to decorate the J.
 Used the ornament punch and the Letters to Santa  DSP to punch out an ornament and hung with gold cord, bells and a ribbon
 For the Y we used the Pennant punch to make the Christmas tree, used the pearls to decorate the tree and then glued on a designer button with a 1/8 ribbon tied to it.

Here is the Y block again so you can see the bottom of the banner.  We tied a 1/2" ribbon onto the large ribbon and snipped the ends to add detail.  Then glued a large pearl onto the knot.

What do you think?  The back is the same color scalloped square to make it finished AND can be the place where you journal, etc. to make it your Christmas card!!

I decorated the dvd tin with the Letters to Santa designer paper cut outs and some ribbon to tie it shut.  What a pretty Christmas "card" to receive, don't you think?  IF you use my idea, please send them to my blog here in your description as a courtesy.  Thank you!!  Enjoy making this FUN banner with no ink involved this time!!

Thursday, November 10


HEY Y'ALL, We had the best time last night at my Christmas Card class.  We were a smaller class than normal, but that just made it more personal and more fun.  We made some awesome cards that I would like to share with you.  IF you decide to use my ideas, PLEASE be kind and give me credit for them.  It is how we roll, right?

The first card below is what I call a funky fold card.  The base of my card is cherry cobbler card stock.
The two outside edges went through the big shot with the petals a plenty embossing folder, then I added dots of Dazzling Details for accents.  I stamped the Stocking stamp with old olive ink on white card stock, then punched it out with the Stocking Builder punch.  I punched out the top, heel and top of the stocking out of silver glimmer paper.  It adds a special bling.  I used designer paper behind the stocking.  I stamped with cherry cobbler ink the sentiment on pear pizzazz card stock and fussy cut the top.  I think this is the LAGNIAPPE or special finish to make the card special, don't you?  I love how it sits up on the designer paper - it is just the perfect touch.

Thanks to Create with Dee for the idea of just embossing the two outside edges with the embossing folder.  Hi Dee Slater!!

I would love to hear your comments on this card.

Card Two:  This card is from an idea from the web = I can't remember whose site it was, but I love the idea.  I used the northern flurry embossing folder that was brayered with ink first.  This is how I got the white snowflakes on the card.

Marina mist and bashful blue ink and card stock, decorative label punch for the sentiment, rhinestones in the middle of the die cut snowflakes, and then dazzling details here and there on the embossed snowflakes are what make this card.  I used the ruffled Island Indigo ribbon on the top.  You can't see the bling very well but it is quite elegant in person.

Card 3:
Got Treats stamp set is what I used for this card.  Love this little gingerbread boy.  Last year's designer series paper was used as well as old olive card stock.  Red fine glitter was used on his little buttons and it was all finished off with olive and white striped ribbon.  Last night we also added a layer of red glimmer paper behind the dsp and in front of the old olive card stock.  It really made it POP.

This candle matches the card for the perfect gift.
It is just a belly band around the candle that can be removed when it is lit.  Such a cutie patootie gingie.

Two more projects I will share with you tomorrow.  One is my absolute favorite!!

Still cleaning up and putting supplies away from last night's fun. Go get some inky fingers y'all!!

Friday, November 4


YIPPEE, YAHOO AND HORRAY.  I have a BRAND NEW LAP TOP.  I got my Christmas and birthday present early from my daughter and son in law.  They are so AWESOME!!  I was limping along with a very VERY old desktop (over 10 yrs old) and it was, as my mom would say, "slower than death on crutches."  But now I have my super ROOMIE ZOOM ZOOM (Scooby would say) lap top and am ready to burn up the internet with speed.

I have been planning for my Christmas Card Class and Christmas Tags Classes coming up starting next week.  Now I am cutting and cutting all the supplies for these events.  It will be SO VERY FUN.  Don't forget to sign up with me ASAP because when they are full, I will have to close the classes.  You will be so sad if you miss these!!

I am also in the planning stage of a CHRISTMAS ADVENT GIFT BOX CALENDAR class that goes along with the 25 Days and Counting stamp set for a wonderful GIFT.  As soon as I complete all my details, I will be giving you the dits on this.

Do you remember that I am a Hallmark Retail Merchandiser for my local grocery stores?  WELL, this is HELL WEEK for me.  I am putting up all my Christmas and Thanksgiving cards, gift wrap, gifts, etc. and it takes many, many hours per store to first get the displays up and then to fill with all the merchandise.  My back is killing me from hauling the large boxes that were shipped with all my merchandise, I smashed my hand and have a huge lump and broken blood vessels on the back of it.  (Now it is turning a lovely shade of purple, thank you very much!) BUT I only have a bit more to go on one store and it will all be up and completed!!  WAHOO  I really enjoy my Hallmark job, but this hell week is pure hell and I am glad when it is over.

Sorry to ramble on in this post.  I will show you a card and then sign off.

Sunday, October 30


Hi y'all,

I saw a wonderful technique I wanted to try over at Sandi Maciver's blog.  Thanks for the info, Sandi!  It is clear embossing that resists rubbed ink on the card.  Emboss resist it is called.  I have seen it before, but never really saw any card I HAD to make with it.  But this winter scene made me want to give it a try.

 I used the pine tree group stamp from PLANT HOPE stamp set, with versa mark ink on white card stock, then clear embossing powder.  Then heat set it.

 Next I used a piece of sponge and rubbed on 3 different colors of blue - pool party, marina mist and not quite navy.  I tried to use the darkest color as a shadow around and under the trees.

I didn't like the greenish color of pool party for this card.  Next time I would use Bashful Blue I believe.  But I still like the overall look.  I matted not quite navy and pool party card stock behind the stamped panel.

I have not put any sentiment yet.  I keep cards like this a lot until I need a card.  Then I choose the sentiment I need and attach it then.

Hope you enjoyed this wintery looking card.  A lot of states got snow this weekend so I thought this card was appropriate for them.  BRRRRRR

Have a happy Halloween and be safe to all!!