Friday, February 28



We have had a wonderfully rainy day here in SE Texas, and we really need it!!  I got my Boot stamp to create a rainy day card.  My granddaughter got very very sick and her doctor sent her right up to the children's hospital.  She has been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and they had to stay in the hospital 3 days for testing and to learn what she had to do.  They also had to get the Diabetes under control and figure out what dose she needed.  So I thought this might be a good card for her to remember the sun will come back out again.

 This is a tall and skinny card, but not full size.  It is 6 1/2" x 3 1/2".  It is smaller so the stamped boot would take up a larger spot on the card.

 I used markers to ink up the sentiment so that I could make the word SUN in crushed curry.

Here is a closeup of the cute boot.  I stamped it twice and fussy cut around it so that yellow rubber part is attached to the stamped, embossed and colored part.  I also used smoky slate to add a shadow on the left and bottom to add dimension.

One more look at this cute little card. I saw something like it on a fellow demo's blog to give me a reminder of childhood blue and yellow boots.

Thanks for looking.  I have entered this card at the MOJO 334 Challenge.

Wednesday, February 26



Today I have a tip and trick to help you save in your crafting supplies.  We all appreciate when we can save on our supplies, don't we?  Well, I discovered something that is not only going to save you money but also is so stinkin' cute!!

I noticed in a lot of my craft stores and other places that odd sized and unusual color envelopes were always marked way down for clearance. It got me thinking and I came up with a way to use these odd sizes as well as make them ADORABLE at the same time.

 My card above is the standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size.  See it sitting on my sale envelope on the right and the envelope is way too big. Here is what you do:

1.  lick and seal up the envelope.
2.  put the card on top of the sealed envie the best way it would fit comfortably.
3.  measure up a half inch and make a pencil mark and then cut the envie with your paper cutter.
4.  cut a piece of designer paper the width of the opening now in the envie and 2 1/2 tall.
5.  score the designer paper in half and round the corners.
6.  glue the designer paper to the inside of the envie against the part of the envie that was sealed.  that is the back of the envie
7.  the cute flap will come over to the front and show nicely when you address your card.

Here is the card and matching designer envelope.  When someone receives this designer envelope, it is a special hint at what awaits for them inside.

Hope you enjoyed this hint and trick.

If you have any questions, let me know.

Monday, February 24



I created another fun tag similar to the ones we made at Leadership.  This is for Retro Sketches.

 LOVING THOSE FRINGE SCISSORS!!  I love the fringe at the bottom of this tag.

I made this a THANKS tag with the flag in the middle.  Notice the candy dots pick up the same colors in the DSP?   Also, I made the candy dots into the triangle shape to echo the triangles on the tag for cohesion.

Strawberry slush, coastal cabana and crushed curry are the three colors on this fun bright tag.

How did I made the hollow triangles?  punch a triangle, then snip around it very closely and carefully to have just a thin border to use on the tag.  Save the punched triangle solid for another project, OF COURSE!!

I used the tag topper punch to create the tag; also used the basic metal button and silver bakers twine.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Wont you leave me a comment?

Sunday, February 23



I LOVE PUNCH ART!!  Because I do, it was very hard to decide which item to show you.  I decided to go with Easter punch art designs.

LATE NIGHT STAMPERS CHALLENGE - make art with punches.

 This adorable chick card makes me smile.  Large scallop circle die makes the card, scallop circle punch makes the wings and circle punches for the eyes,  I used the fringe scissors for his feathers on top.

 This adorable little lamb treat holder is made with the new Tag Topper Punch and wisteria wonder card stock.

I used the owl punch for the eyes and they came out big, which I like. He reminds me of the Serta Sleeper Lambs from the television commercials.

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP treat holder is made here with the retired two tags punch.  His face is the oval punch and his ears the word window punch

Thanks for stopping by.  Won't you leave me a comment before you go?  I so enjoy hearing from you.  Thank you.

Friday, February 21



Another new sketch over at SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY for our weekly challenge.  Here is the sketch by Diana Eichfeld:

Here is my card:
 I stretched the sketch a bit by considering the circles on the sketch to be the flowers that I stamped.

 I used the En Francais background stamp in  baked brown sugar.

 I cut the wings off my papillion potpourri butterfly and put two on one side with a dimensional.

I love how the butterfly is popped up to look like he is flying down to the poppy for nectar.

A happy birthday banner and some pearls here and there completes my card.  Please notice how I water colored the flowers with several colors for shading and to add reality.

Thanks for visiting.  I would love to hear your comments regarding my card.  I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Monday, February 17



I know many of you are sick of winter snow, cold, sleet, etc.  Here in SE Texas we are starting the beginning of spring.  The redbuds are just starting to pop open, the trees are starting to bud out their leaves and the birds are anxiously choosing mates and setting up territory.  I LOVE SPRING.

YOU TOO can feel like you are in springtime right now, with these wonderful paper flowers!!

This is a photo of our DEMONSTRATOR MAGAZINE called Stampin' Success.  Are these rain boots the cutest flower vases EVER??!!  All these flowers are made with SU paper and punches, dies, etc!!

If YOU would like to receive your bimonthly Stampin' Success magazine, you just need to JOIN MY TEAM and it will automatically be arriving at your home every other month as well!! AND I HAVE A SPECIAL FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY - WHEN YOU JOIN MY TEAM, I WILL SEND YOU THE BLOSSOMS AND BURLAP WREATH KIT FOR FREE.

 This closeup of the rannanculus flower shows the lightly sponged edges and the cute fringe scissor cut middle.  The flower was die cut with the FLORAL FRAMELITS DIES, which are on the WEEKLY SPECIAL ENDING TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT.  GET YOURS TODAY HERE.

This flower is like an unopened dogwood or crab apple blossom.  Made with a punch and the fringe scissors and sponged with a tinge of color in the throat of the flower, then glued onto a real stick.  Isn't it adorable?

 This is a spider mum flower made completely with the FRINGE SCISSORS and then rolled up onto a stem, or then just glued in place.

Another fringe flower made with folded designer paper and FRINGE SCISSORS, then rolled onto a pencil.

 You can make flowers from A KIT like the Burlap and Blooms WREATH KIT shown here.  This is on my front door which is part of a porch so no weather touches the paper flowers or the burlap ribbon covered wreath base.

 There are some brads and some fun buttons with linen thread in the open flowers.

I made this wreath kit with one of my downline members, Karen.  She and I had so much fun making this adorable home decor item, and I KNOW YOU WILL TOO.

If you are local to the North Houston area and would like to attend my SPRINGTIME FLOWERS CLASS the first week in March, send me an email and let's get you signed up before it is full!!

Thanks for visiting!!




NEW: 3/8” Ruffle Stretch Trim SHARE: $11.50  (plus  $2.50 SHIPPING if you are not local to pick it up)

This share includes approx 2 yards of each 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim in the FIVE  2013/14  In colors: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, and Pistachio Pudding 

Contact me quickly to take part in this share AND then you will be ready for your Easter and spring creations!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 16



ONLY until Monday night are these specials available to you.  I got my Floral Framelits so I can make some of the wonderful paper flowers that are so trendy and springtime.  Sick of winter?  Make some paper flowers to cheer yourself up!!

IF you don't have the honeycomb embossing folder yet, get yours while it is discounted.  And look at that adorable white stitched grosgrain ribbon for ONLY $3.71!!  Can't go wrong with that!!

Hurry before this offer expires Monday evening!!

Friday, February 14



I am so LOVING the FREE stamp set  called SEE YA LATER.  This set is fun and cute and also can be used for several different occasions.

I had a rough Thursday and when I told my friend Tammy that I could not come over to stamp with her because I was having a bummer day, she said some funny things and cheered me a bit.  I had to deliver some stamps to her and also pick up some things from an internet order at her home so I went over.  I only expected to stay a few minutes and then go home and sulk because of the rough day.  Well, first she gave me my internet order and that cheered me up.  I LOVE THE DIES we bought.  Then she gave me the CUTEST PURSE EVER.  She made it and it is AWESOME.  That definitely cheered me up.

So here is a card to thank her and let her know how she cheered up my sad Thursday:

Coastal cabana, whisper white and marina mist card stock, along with a long skinny piece of Fresh Prints DSP folded and cut along the fold with the FRINGE SCISSORS

A basic metal button and some white bakers twine as well as some Modern Medley DSP complete the card.  I shaded some clouds with smoky slate and basic gray and added some raindrops from a retired stamp set.

One last look at the fun card.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  What have YOU made with this stamp set?


See Ya Later Wood-Mount Stamp Set

  • Coastal Cabana 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

  • Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack

  • White Baker's Twine

  • Basic Metal Buttons

  • Fringe Scissors

  • Marina Mist 8-1/2 X 11 Card Stock

  • To order any of these supplies, just click on the item and it will take you to my store.

    Thanks for visiting.

    Thursday, February 13



    Here we go for our SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY CHALLENGE.  Here is the sketch by Heidi Michael:

    Here is my take on this sketch:

    Thanks for stopping by!!
    Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper

    Flower Shop Clear-mount Stamp Set

    Fancy Flower Punch

    Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock



    Last night was my second Vivid Vases card class.  This has been a VERY well accepted stamp and all the participants LOVED the cards.

    Before we got to our Vivid Vases cards, I demoed how to make this cute chocolate holder from the new SCALLOP TAG TOPPER PUNCH:

     I used a sheet of paper from  the FRESH PRINTS PAPER PACK, cut it to 2"wide and punched each end.

     After I scored two score lines near the middle, I put sticky tape to hold 3 Hershey's chocolate kisses and then tied it up with some coastal cabana 1/4" ribbon.

    That's it!! EASY PEASY and everyone loved knowing how to do this know and they got to take one home!!

    Enjoy a little bit of spring with these cute card ideas.  

     This first card is crumb cake base with Midnight Muse punched scallop ribbon panel.  Dark colors colored the vases but we still used a bit darker to add the shadows.
     We used smoky slate and basic gray markers to create the shadow of the vase against the background,.  The chalk marker colored the flowers and provided the highlight on the vases.

     Next was the same stamp used for paper piecing.  Again the Fresh Prints paper pack was used and paper snipped out to attach to the vases.  The bulb spritzer from the clearance rack was used with the coastal cabana marker to add the bit of grunge.

     You have seen this card before from my last Vivid Vases card class.  White embossing powder and the chalk talk die were used, as well as the edgelits for the layer and the card front.

    We colored our flowers anyway that we wanted to and they look good in all colors.

    That's it.  If all these cards do not convince you that you NEED to purchase the Vivid Vases stamp, then look again at all the cuteness above.  YOU NEED IT.

    Thanks for stopping by.