Wednesday, September 28


Hi y'all out there in Blogger Land.  Today I have a photo of a quilt that Kelli, a friend of mine, made using the scallop square die and my BIG SHOT.  This little machine is amazing how quickly you can cut out your squares to get ready to sew.  Kelli cut out 5 or 6 layers of recycled blue jean fabric at one time.  She made this cute TV quilt for her kids when they are watching television or playing video games.

It is what we call a rag quilt because the seams are on the outside where you can see them.  The scallops of the scallop square die are perfect for this.  After you have all the seams sewn, you clip each scallop and then wash it so it gets frayed and raggedy.  Kelli used a nice warm flannel for her backing to make it extra snugglie while curled up on the couch.  You can click the photo to get a closer look.  She tied it for ease and more texture.

Until next time!  Get crafty and get some inky fingers y'all!!

Monday, September 26


Sometimes do you get chills at your neck and the hairs get all prickly and you think someone is watching you?  That is the feeling kids love to have a Halloween time.  It is scary but fun for them at Halloween.  This card is kind of like that.  It is simple but scary and certainly fun.  I saw the idea at Becky Roberts blog and knew I had to CASE it with a few changes to make it my own.

Isn't it just too fun!!!  Reminds me of a mummy because of the black and white -  like bandages wrapped around a mummy.  I used Confetti Cream and my top note die for my BIG SHOT to cut out the card base.  Fold your card base and put it just inside of the one cut mark on the left side.  That way you have a folding card in the top note shape.  Then I cut it again single only in black and cut it in half.  I used the fun 1/8" black ribbon with the tiny white stripes.  I love this ribbon and have it in every color SU! makes it in.  I use it all the time!!  You NEED this ribbon, I promise you!!  I used two different sized punches for the eyes and sponged around the eyeball with black ink.  That's it.  Took less than 5 minutes to make.

I am using them for Thank You cards for my customers so I put a simple "thank you" from Kindness Matters stamp set on the inside.  It fits perfectly into the small notecard envelopes.

Hope you enjoyed this card.  Won't you leave me a note to tell me what you think of this Clean and Simple and FUN card??

Here's to Inky Fingers y'all!!

Saturday, September 24


Oh my stars, this cute new hostess set in the Holiday Mini, entitled Warmest of Wishes (#122672) is so adorable.  Specifically the cute little owl with his/her trick-or-treat costume and bag.  It just tickles me every time I stamp it.  So here is a treat bag I am making for my "Ghoul's Night Out" event next week.  I have 12 attending so far and it is going to be a riot.  I have fun games, prizes and adorable cards and items to create.  Also yummy treats too.  Here is the treat bag for each attendee:
 I got grape purple colored lunch bags at the store at a price of 4 for $1.00.  Perfect color to match our Concord Crush color in SU!  I stamped my little new friend, the Halloween Owl  with his little mask on and holding his bag in concord grape ink on white card stock and punched him out with the owl punch.  (Oops, forgot to tell you I wiped off his feet and used my pumpkin pie marker to color them BEFORE I stamped it.  Sorry)  Then I used the marker to color around the trick or treat bag and just stamped that on white cs and then cut it out with snips and put it on a dimensional so he is carrying an orange bag.  Colored in his beak after stamping with the pumpkin pie marker as well.
This close up you can see his treat bag and feet are pumpkin pie.  The large scallop circle is pumpkin pie and I sponged ink on the edge in Concord Crush as well.  Then I attached the owl to the scallop with a dimensional and used snail to attach the whole decoration to the lunch sack.  Isn't it adorable??!!  I am going to have jars of candies at the party and they can pick and choose what they want to take home with them for treats, and/or can carry their prizes home.

We are going to have a blast.  Can't wait.  I have been cutting out paper all day today to get my kits ready for them to put together.

Good night and here to inky fingers y'all!!

Thursday, September 22


This is for the freshly made sketches challenge this week.  Hope you like it.

My neighbor, Ashley, is overdue in having her baby.  Bless her heart, she is gigantic but just her tummy only.  She is thin everywhere else.  Looks like a watermelon jutting out from her middle.  They decided not to know if it is a boy or girl until it is born.  So I made her a welcome baby card in daffodil yellow and certainly celery.

The STOCKING BUILDER PUNCH (#124095) is actually something to use all year round and not just for Christmas.  Want to see one way how?  See below:  (click to get bigger photos)

 Isn't this card so sweet?  I stamped the baby booties using daffodil yellow and the STITCHED STOCKING STAMP SET (#123784 CLEAR)  I then cut off part of the top and the fold down part and glued the fold down part back on.  Immediately it looks just like baby booties or little sockies.  My fellow team member, Candice, gave me the idea and it is wonderful!!

 Here is a closeup of the booties with their yellow satin ribbon ties.  With the stamped image that looks like stitching, don't they look just like a pair of knitted booties?  LOVE IT!!  You can also see the stickers I used from one of the scrapbook kits that just seemed to be perfect for this card.

This is blurry and hard to see, but I wanted to point out that I used the SIMPLY SCORED SCORING TOOL (#122334) and diagonally I made score lines one direction to the halfway diagonal, then I turned my card and scored in the other direction.  Just a little added detail.  I also sponged all around the edge of the card with old olive for some depth.

Hope you liked the card and the unusual way to use the new STOCKING BUILDER PUNCH and the STITCHED STOCKINGS STAMP SET.  If you would like to purchase these or any other supplies, just click on my name below to go to my Stampin Up website where you can purchase at your convenience.

Thanks for shopping by.  Here's to inky fingers y'all.

Wednesday, September 21

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BOX - click on images to enlarge

I forgot to post my completed special Christmas Box that I received as a special kit from SU! for recruiting during a promotion this summer.  Both me and my new recruit got this kit to make this over the top decorated Christmas box.

I have to admit I had a bit of trouble following the directions (I always seem to) so I branched out and did my own thing on it.  I think it personalizes it to be my very own!!

 This is the box completed.  I put it on real red paper to photograph it and maybe that is confusing.  The solid red behind it is just a backdrop of paper to take the photo.  The box is a sturdy white box with this wonderful "lip" at the bottom to hold while you open it.  Reminds me of those old fashioned candy boxes.

This is the left side where the bows and flowers are.  The striped bow is the 1 1/4 striped ribbon and then it has a pop of "wow" with another ribbon solid red tied as a knot on top of it.  I love the detail of the forked ends of the red ribbon.  I added a large pearl from our sticky pearls sheet right on top of the knot.

Along the edge of the ribbon there are 3 flowers:  one is scallop punches of first edition dsp crumbled and made into a flower, the first one you see is 1" of torn fabric rolled and wrapped into a rose (MY FAV) with a button on top, and the top one is lace gathered on one edge and pulled into a rosette.  They are awesome and I love these details.

This is the right side of the box.  A very large button (Holiday Mini from the spice cake collection) sits on top of the large striped ribbon.  I used cherry cobbler striped baker's twine to tie it and then a pearl in the middle. As you can see, there is glitter all over the box for extra BLING.  The polka dotted paper is Letters to Santa dsp and has some dimension to it with glitter on the red dots.  Love this paper!!  Underneath the wide ribbon is more early edition dsp.

This is the middle of the box with the focal images being the stamped images from the Pines and Boughs stamp set (Holiday mini).  I used glimmer mist on the red tag underneath the "Christmas" image.  The pinecones are inked up with markers to get all the color details and I stamped them on a scallop circle and sponged the edges red.  Behind that peeping out is another scallop circle in red.  Attached to the bottom red tag is a ribbon like banner made from the Early Edition dsp and then glittered along the edges.  Another large pearl is on the top of this ribbon banner.

One last photo of the whole box now that you know what all the elements are.  You can just see on the right side of the box the edging that goes all the way around the box.  It is the scallop edge border punch in green, red and Early Edition dsp, along with pearls along the entire edge.  Some spray glimmer mist makes it complete.

I had so much fun making this kit from SU!  FREE is something I LOVE, and I got it free for recruiting during the special promotion.  Stampin' Up! is always doing fun promotions for us demonstrators to earn free things like stamps, supplies and special things like this kit.  YOU can earn these free things while doing something YOU love too!  Contact me and let's talk about how YOU can get big discounts on supplies, as well as earn lots of fun free things.

Thanks for stopping by.  Here's to inky fingers y'all!                                      

Friday, September 16


Even in this devastating drought here in Texas, there is some cheer blooming at my little corner of the world.  We have a cute little arbor with benches at the front of our home.  I planted Passion Vine last year and never expected it to make it with this horrible weather we are having.  We are 40 inches behind in rainfall this year!!  Anyways, I wanted you to see how this awesome vine is blooming to bring cheer to us all here at my little cottage.  I planted it and put the arbor to make it look like a little English cottage.  With the passion vine blooming, doesn't it look just like that?

Be CREATIVE in your corner of the world - gardening, landscaping, painting, decorating, scrapbooking and paper crafting.  It is so fulfilling.

Did you know that the Passion Vine is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly?  That is why we planted it because we have a little eco system going on here for the butterflies.  An added bonus - the hummingbirds love the flowers!!  CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE IT LARGER AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THE WONDERFUL PURPLE AND WHITE BLOOMS.

The other vines in the front left are what is left of my yard long beans.  They were so fun all summer.  It is just too hot and too dry now for them to do anything, but I left the strings up that they grew on for other vines to climb up.

Happy creating and inky fingers y'all!

Thursday, September 15

PPA111 entry

Hi Y'all,

I have a cute Christmas card for the Paper Pals Arts Challenge 111 this week.  I have been trying to keep abreast of the holidays and did most of my halloween last week, now I am working on my Christmas cards.

This stamps set is so cute and so versatile.  It is the GOT TREATS stamp set.(120627).  I love LOVE LOVE it.  I made this card rather clean and simple so the gingerbread man would stand out as the thing your eye goes to first.

I used last year's dsp called Jolly Holidays.  It is cherry cobbler and old olive as the main colors.  I used some fine glitter on the buttons of my little man, but used real glimmer brads for the accent up at the top of my card. The ribbon is striped old olive ribbon from the clearance rack.  I LOVE this ribbon and got several rolls so I am well stocked before it is all gone.

I also used the scalloped circle punch for the main image second layer, with just the circle punch, sponged on the edges, for my little man.

Isn't he cute?  I love gingerbread men/folks/people...what would be the politically correct name these days?  ha

Thanks for stopping by.  Won't you leave me a comment?  I love hearing your thoughts and look forward to seeing what everyone says.

Thanks!  Inky fingers y'all!

Tuesday, September 13



I just realized that I never showed a photo of the blog candy after our hop was finished.  Here is a photo of what Carrie, the Grand Prize Winner won!!  Lots of brads, buttons, flowers, mini brads, button brads, ribbon, and 6 x 6 designer paper pack, as well as one of the stamp sets I used called Funky Four.

Christy, the other winner of the blog candy for visiting won the same items above, without the stamp set.

And just because I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY SO MANY VISITORS AND SUCH WONDERFUL COMMENTS, I also included several different pieces of HODGE PODGE HARDWARE, as well as one of my PROJECT PENNANT FLAGS too!!  Because you are WONDERFUL.

Thanks again to all who visit my blog and for those who take the time to leave kind and thoughtful comments. I sincerely appreciate it.  It keeps me going for sure!!

Good night and inky fingers y'all!!

Sunday, September 11


I used to find out who wins the blog candy from our blog hop this past week.

The first winner is CHRISTINA W.  She wins the packet of designer papers, buttons, brads and ribbons.

Our grand prize winner is CARRIE K.  She wins the same as above PLUS a Stampin' Up! stamp set.

Congrats to these ladies and thanks again to EVERYONE who visited my blog and left such wonderful comments.

I had so much fun with our first blog.  We are going to do another one in the beginning of October, so don't miss it!!

Inky fingers y'all!!

Friday, September 9


Thanks to all of you for visiting us on this FUN HOP - I have enjoyed your comments and praises. Thank you very much,  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all our projects from both the New Idea Book and Catalog as well as the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

If you do not have a current Stampin Up! Demonstrator, please consider letting ME be your Demonstrator and crafting coach.  I can mail you a Holiday Mini Catalog to get you started. OR you can easily order from my website 24 hrs a day by clicking on my signature below.

I did some more flags, but for a more mature recipient this time.  I used You're a Gem stamp set to stamp "Queen for a Day" words, the Artistic Etchings stamp set for the crowns, and Funky Four stamp set for the poppy parade color flag.  The fleur de les is from a retired stamp set.

I used a clear blue plastic cup and filled it with skittles which holds up the straws or the flagpoles. I used the mini pompoms in daffodil delight from an earlier mini catalog to edge the cup.  I tied the two stamped tags onto the trim with bakers twine.  More mustard card stock is punched with the large tag punch, and the stamped images are punched with the small tag punch.  They layer so nicely and make perfect partners to any of your punched items.  I really use my punches a LOT, almost on EVERY project.  LOVE PUNCHES!

I used the First Edition DSP for this flag and pennant.  The penant was cut out with the Pennant Builder Punch.  I used pool party card stock and ink, as well as early espresso ink for the stamped image.  To tie the flag on pole I used Early espresso 1/8" ribbon.  To tie the pennant onto the pole I used linen thread.

I like how bright and cheery the poppy parade ink and card stock is on this flag and pennant.  I used 1/8" ribbon in poppy parade to tie the flag to its pole, and linen thread to tie the pennant.  I again made "Cheerleader PomPoms" on the top with crimped pieces of card stock and glued them with Tombow Multipurpose glue.  Tombow is very tacky and adheres quickly and strongly.  Give it a try.

This is the most important flag and pennant in the set, because it tells my friend how I feel about her.  Don't you love the Wild Wasabi card stock and ink I used on the First Edition DSP here?  My friend is a WILD girl, so the color fits her perfectly!!  ha just kidding.

Hope you have enjoyed our blog hop.  We plan on doing this again soon.  Keep checking in on my blog to find out the date of our NEXT blog hop, won't you?

I will be announcing the winner of my blog candies in the next few days.  Stay tuned -  if you didn't leave your email address or blog address, the only way you will know if you won is if you check my blog.  GOOD LUCK
HINT:  blog candy includes a stack of DSP tied up with a ribbon, some buttons, some brads and for the GRAND PRIZE winner (those who visited and commented EVERY DAY) they will get a stamp set as well as the rest of the prize items!!.

Your next stop is Stephanie Lorenz.  Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please email me and I will get back to you.

INKY FINGERS Y'ALL.   Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Thursday, September 8


WELCOME BACK TO THE FOURTH DAY OF OUR GLITTER QUEEN'S BLOG HOP.  We have had so much fun working together as a team to put this blog hop on for YOU.  We are members of Dawn Griffith's GLITTER QUEENS and we are glad you are visiting our blog hop. WE LOVE TO STAMP!!

Isn't this awesome that the Pennant Parade stamp set can be used to make CHRISTMAS TREES!!  HOW VERSATILE IS THAT??!!    I stamped 3 of the pennants and 3 tree bases, then I also stamped one more pennant and popped it up on dimensionals in the middle.  The star is also on a dimensional after I punched it out with the 1/2" Circle Punch.  I used some Letters to Santa Christmas DSP for the card base front, then Brushed Gold card stock, and on top of that a layer of cherry cobbler card stock.  I used whisper white card stock for the layer I stamped on.

 For BLING (DON'T WE LOVE BLING!!) I used cherry cobbler dry embossing powder on the tree bases and heated it with my heat embossing tool. (all in the IBC)  I wish it showed up in the photo.  It is really pretty in real live!  And - wait for it - BASIC PEARLS on the middle tree.  On the sheets of basic pearls, there are some small ones all in a row that are on one long strip of sticky strip.  I used those and put them on the tree where the design showed the lights to be and TAH DAH - PURE AWESOMENESS.

(Sorry for the bad lighting in this one)  I  forgot to mention that I punched out the stamped star first with the circle punch that comes in the set of three punches called Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack  That circle is a little smaller than the 1/2" circle punch which I then used to punch out the brushed gold card stock and layer behind the star.

I forgot to mention one more thing - I used the Cherry Cobbler 1/8" ribbon with the white edges and just tied a knot.  My card itself is pear pizzazz card stock so it is that color on the inside.

Your next stop is Stephanie Lorenz.  If you get lost, we have all the participants posted at the end of each post.

Blog Hop Order:

Tracy Bradley
Eileen Cassisi
Anji Clements
Candice Crawford
Tamara Gadbury
Cely Havens
Jennifer Kay (ME)
Stephanie Lorenz
Bridgett Owens
Joan Robertson
Dee Slater
Deidra Williamson
Gina Wrona

Don't forget to leave a comment and become a follower to be eligible for the FREE BLOG CANDY I am giving away!!

BLOG CANDY HINT:  In addition to the stack of DSP all tied up with a ribbon, I also have some ribbon, some buttons, some brads and... (find out tomorrow)

Inky Fingers y'all!@!    SEE YOU TOMORROW

Wednesday, September 7




Thanks for all the wonderful comments you have left me.  I sincerely appreciate them and am glad you like my projects.

I am featuring the Pennant Parade Stamp Set as well as the Pennants Builder Punch from Stampin' Up! all week.  Today I have a Halloween card and a 3-D fun item.

I used the Mini Milk Carton Die and my wonderful BIG SHOT from Stampin' Up! (both are in the big IBC)  LOVE MY BIG SHOT.  You absolutely MUST get one - you can do so much with it - like cut 80 different materials with it.  So the cute little SPOOKY carton comes cut and scored when it is run it through the Big Shot.

I used Halloween Fright DSP as a border on both the mini carton and my card.  Also used  the PENNANT BUILDER PUNCH and stamped from the Wicked Cool Stamp Set the words HAVE A WICKED HALLOWEEN.  Cute, huh?  I added some strips of the DSP to look like ties on the pennant, as well the flags I put into the mouth of the carton "full of candy". Pixie Sticks hold the the Pennants punched out, as well as crimped card stock foofoo (kind of like Cheer Leader Pompoms) at the top for decoration and it will be a winning treat for someone sweet.

For the card I stamped the spider web and the word SPOOKY from the same Wicked Cool stamp set, layered it with basic black card stock and lucky limeade card stock for the card base.  I then used CRYSTAL EFFECTS on the word and it makes it look like it has a plastic bubble on it or a puffy shiney effect.  When the Crystal Effects (IBC) dries it is shiney and dimensional.  I punched out the spider from the paper and used some old olive retired ribbon on the side.

Here is a closeup of the mini milk carton with the yummy candy in it.  Isn't it spooky and fun all at the same time?  I used a mini clip to keep the top closed and put a 1/2" circle punched spider on that as well.  FUN FUN FUN

Here you can see my SPOOKY card up close.  I also put a drop of the Crystal Effects on the body of the punched out spider to give it dimension.  CREEPY and FUN.  ha ha

Your next blog to hop to is Stephanie Lorenz.  Don't forget to leave a comment AND become a follower of my blog to be eligible for my FREE BLOG CANDY before you go!! (HINT of blog candy:  Many fun designer papers in a nice stack all tied with a ribbon is PART of the candy).

Our hop order:


Thanks for stopping and hopping WITH ME.

Inky Fingers Y'all.  SEE YOU TOMORROW.

Tuesday, September 6


HELLO, HOW DID YOU LIKE OUR BLOG HOP YESTERDAY?  We have lots of fun stuff today for you as well!!

I am spotlighting all week the Pennant Parade stamp set with the Pennant Builder Punch.  I LOVE THEM.  They are so cute and I have had fun with them making all these projects.

My projects for today are from my daughter and I stamping together trying to come up with fun things for YOU:

 Above we made the banners HAPPY and DAY.  We created a flag and glued it to wooden skeweres.  The pennants were sewn to a fun ribbon before attaching it in front of the newsprint banner.  At the top we crimped some cardstock and glued it  with Tombow Multipurpose Glue for a topper.  Kind of like a cheer leader's pompom, right?  Rah, Rah, Rah!!

You can see both words on this pennant banner.  Again the pennants were decorated with punched out letters to spell BIRTH DAY.  The pennants were sewn by machine onto a fun ribbon before being glued onto the wooden skewer.  Besides the rah rah pompom deco on top, we added a large pearl topper.

 Here we made a HELLO banner with wide ribbon flowing from the deco straw. We also used the little decorative stamp from the Pennant Parade Stamp set - looks like it could be a snowflake, a flower or just an accent.  It could be a pixie stick if you wanted to do that - wouldn't that be cute for a child or for anyone?  After we took the photos, we realized we needed to sponge some ink around the edge of the newsprint DSP to give it some depth, which we did but forgot to take another photo.  We were just talking and laughing and having too much fun, I guess!!  I hope you can imagine how cute it looked with the shadow of colorful blue ink all around the edge of the decorator paper.

We also made a WELCOME banner to use as a decoration with some home made goodies like cookies or cupcakes to take to a new neighbor, a new teacher, or a new member of your church.  We used some designer series paper for the large flag, and the pennants were made from solid card stock again sewn onto ribbon by machine.

Don't forget to BECOME A FOLLOWER AND LEAVE A COMMENT to be entered into the drawing for BLOG CANDY. 

Your next blog to hop to is Stephanie Lorenz

Order of our hop:

Dawn Griffith (our fearless leader!!)
Tracy Bradley
Eileen Cassisi
Anji Clements
Candice Crawford
Tamara Gadbury
Cely Havens
Jennifer Kay (ME)
Stephanie Lorenz
Bridgett Owens
Joan Robertson
Dee Slater
Deidra Williamson
Gina Wrona

Don't forget to leave a comment and become a follower to be eligible for the FREE BLOG CANDY I am giving away!!


Sunday, September 4


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH:  Welcome to our first ever GLITTER QUEEN'S BLOG HOP.  We are some of Dawn Griffith's team of demonstrators and we LOVE STAMPIN UP. (I am posting a few hrs early because of scheduling conflicts, but all demos in the hop will have their items posted on Monday)

We hope you enjoy our fun blog hop.  It will be up this whole week - Sept 5th until Sept 9th.  Please come back to visit my blog EVERY DAY - I WILL HAVE NEW PROJECTS POSTED FOR YOU EVERY DAY OF THIS HOP FEATURING THE PETITE PENNANTS STAMP SET AND PENNANTS PUNCH..

ALSO, I have blog candy available for you.  What is blog candy?  It is non-sugar, no calories FUN STUFF THAT IS FREE FOR YOU, OUR VIEWERS.  All you have to do is become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment at the end of this post.  When the hop is finished, I will randomly choose the winners and contact you to tell you what fun prizes you have won.  PLEASE VISIT AND LEAVE COMMENTS EVERY DAY SO THAT YOU HAVE MORE CHANCES TO WIN.  I EVEN HAVE A GRAND PRIZE FOR THOSE WHO VISIT EVERY DAY AND LEAVE A COMMENT EVERY DAY.  How fun is FREE??!!  we love free, don't we??!!

On to the hop:  My first entry is my BONJOUR card.  I felt like I should say HELLO and WELCOME  to my blog.  What a fun way to say hello with BONJOUR.  I ordered the Hello Friend stamp set in French so that I could have it say BONJOUR on my cards.  Many of our stamps come in both French and Spanish, as well as in English.  Isn't that great!!

I used the wonderful new in-color pool party card stock,  the new Spice Cake designer series paper in our HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG for the banners, and crumb cake and soft suede card stock (from the Idea Book & Catalog or IBC) as well.  I used my sewing machine to sew the Petite Pennants to the 1/8" very vanilla ribbon (IBC) and two mini gold brads (IBC) to attach the banner.  (The pennants are punched out with the Pennant Builder Punch (IBC). The other brown stitching is actually done with my mat pack (IBC) and then a soft suede marker to make it look like the thread. 

See how well the designer paper and the card stock go together?  Don't you LOVE how all Stampin' Up! items coordinate so well?  I SURE DO.

Don't forget to leave a comment at the end of this post to get in the drawing for FREE BLOG CANDY. 

 You probably arrived here from Cely Havens' blog.  Your next stop is Stephanie Lorenz .

Here is the list of hoppers.
Dawn Griffith (our manager)


Inky Fingers Y'all!!  Enjoy the hop.  SEE YOU TOMORROW