Monday, December 31, 2012

Challenge & Sneak Peek

I finally sat down and stamped for a challenge! It has been awhile....

This card uses the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and That's the Ticket Stamp Set which are both in the upcoming Spring Catalog! I cut out hexagons from various designer series papers. Since there is not a punch, I ran the designer paper through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb embossing folder and then cut out the hexagons by using the raised embossed edges as a guide for cutting.

The colors used for this card are from the cQc #169 which can be found here.

Saturday, December 29, 2012


This is a complete CASE from Penny Smiley. The card uses the current Ronald McDonald set, Moving Forward. I loved the gray and yellow color combo, little flowers in the bike basket and of course the polka-dot paper. The pearls add just the perfect extra touch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fall Leaves

I know fall has past, but I wanted to show you this card since I didn't post it earlier in the season. This card uses the Wonderfall Stamp Set, the Woodgrain Texture Embossing Folder, and Autumn Accents Bigz Die. I was happy to see the die with leaves as the old leaf die had retired:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Perfectly Preserved #2

Another card using the Perfectly Preserved Bundle. I used the framelit to cut the jar out of the Island Indigo card stock and then stamped on clear acetate with staz-on to make it look like a glass jar. The apple was stamped and then cut using the framelits....gotta love framelits!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

When I saw the Perfectly Preserved set in the Holiday mini, I knew I had to get it since it had an image of sweet corn in it. And, as most of you know, a big part of our summer is selling sweetcorn! 

This card uses the Perfectly Preserved Bundle along with the Bitty Banners and Bitty Banners Framelits. I love how the framelits cut the images in the Perfectly Preserved stamp set. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

This year I "cheated" on our Christmas! Instead of handstamping each of them, I created them using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio. It worked great, and I love the outcome. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Secret Santa

Lily and her friends decided to have Secret Santas, so guess who gets to help come up with the gifts... yes, me:)  We have been having fun. Luckily, the friend she is giving gifts to is a "newer" friend and does not know that I am a stamper:)

This is one of the gifts Lily gave her:

The box is made from the Matchbox Die (which is retired). Three chapsticks fit in it perfectly! 

Do you have gifts made for those on your list?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Countdown

Are you ready for Christmas? This year I "cheated" and made my Christmas cards using My Digital Studio (I will post the card at a later date). It was definitely a time saver, but I did miss stamping the cards. I made the Christmas card below using the Ornament Keepsake Stamp Set and the matching Holiday Framelits die. The card is vanilla with the top layer embossed using the snowflake embossing folder. The ornaments were stamped and then easily cut out using the matching framelits. If you make this card, just be sure to stamp the saying before embossing!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Penguin Punch

This card was a card that my stamp club ladies made. It is made from lots of punches! Isn't he cute?!?

It snowed at least 12" here yesterday, so I thought this card was fitting. We were hoping for school to be cancelled, but no such luck:( Since, I'm subbing, no school would mean a free day for me as well! I need at least a month of no school to get caught up on everything!

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Fall may be coming back with the warmer temps we are having...woohoo! The card below was created by my friend and fellow demo, Brenda Hukriede. This card showcases the designer paper. Another card you may want to CASE if you are making sets of cards to give as gifts this Christmas.

Friday, November 30, 2012


I'm still here! I have so many ideas and projects that I would like to do and share with you. However, they are all in my head! I hope to get back to stamping and posting on a more regular basis. This substitute teaching and kids sports is really cutting into my stamp time!

The card below was made by my stamp clubs in August (see how far behind I am!). I love the simplicity of it.

This card may seem "out of place" for this time of year, but if you plan on giving any sets of cards as gifts this year, you  may want to include this one since it is quick.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Blossom Punch

Can you believe it? Another post? I've been neglecting my blog! I love the card below because it is clean and simple! It uses designer paper and the blossom punch along with baker's twine.

Have a fabulous weekend! Snow is predicted for MN:( Hopefully, this card will brighten the day for any Minnesotans!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Wow! I can't believe it is November 1 today! Time is flying by. The card below was made in my stamp class a couple of months ago. I love the "old" truck and farm feel. The stamp set is called Countryside and watercolor crayons were used to color the image. The Woodgrain embossing folder was used on the Really Rust paper.

Thanks for stopping by my blog....

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Class!

My Halloween Class will be this Friday, October 26 at 7:00 pm. Email me to sign up!

At the class, you will make 10 treat bags and 2 cards which are pictured below.

The bags are vellum which can be dry embossed using a variety of embossing folders. You choose the stamps you wish to use on the tags. Fill them with your choice of candy and you have a perfect little Halloween treat to give! (Sorry, but the candy is not supplied at the class.)

The card below uses the mummy from the Googly Ghouls stamp set along with the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper. This is a CASE from Julie Davison

This next card is a great size when you need a smaller card. It is half the size of a regular card. What I like best about it, is that you can cut a regular size envelope in half for it! This card is a smaller version of the one created by Becky Roberts

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Still Alive!

Can it really be almost a month since my last post?!?! I haven't stamped a lot this summer as we have been busy with family, kids, soccer, basketball, staining our deck & porch, landscaping, and now we are in the midst of sweet corn season. My family grows sweet corn that we sell, so the month of  August we practically live at my parents and help out. Enough about what is going came to see some stamping! So, enjoy the pictures below. I made these for the 4th of July for friends that invited us over. They would also be appropriate for the Olympics!

I filled 1x8 cello bags with white mini marshmallows and blue and red jelly beans. The card is made by using the scallop punch on red designer paper and white card stock and adhering the strips to a white card base. I sponged white onto a navy rectangle and then use white craft ink on the stars.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Join My Team!

Stampin' Up!'s customizable starter kit is at it's new permanent low price of $99. Look what else you can get for FREE this month only!

You also get products from the brand-new Patio Party Suite absolutely FREE, including the Make a Cake Stamp Set, Patio Party Designer Series Paper, and the Patio Party Digital Collection DVD!
Choose Make a Cake Stamp Set in clear or Wood Mount
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That is up to $48 in additional FREE product!

Joining Stampin' Up! is easy, just sign up online through my Demonstrator Business Website, HERE. I would love to have you on my team!

Contact me with any questions you may have. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Day Late...

I made this card last week for the color challenge at colorQ, cQc#142, but I didn't get a picture taken in time to link it to their site. Oh well...and, after I took the picture I noticed I had goofed up on on of the banners. Do you see the mistake?!?! I adapted this layout from a card I saw on Pinterest. 

Stamp Set: Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Summer Smooches Designer Paper, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Linen Thread, Brights Button, Oval Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits

Personal Note: 
This week our kids begin swimming lessons. I signed them up for the "short" course...four days, but an hour each day. My in-laws are coming tonight to stay for two days and watch the kids play soccer, I'm having a garage sale on Thursday and Friday that I'm getting ready for, and Lily starts 3 on 3 b-ball this week. It's another full week for us!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Open Sea #2

Another masculine card with the Open Sea set. This set is GREAT for making "guy" cards.

Stamp Set: Open Sea
Ink: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe Designer Paper

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Button Buddies Cherries

This card uses the layout from iSpy Sketches, ISSC20. I hope the bright colors brighten your day!

Stamp Sets: Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Staz On Black
Card Stock: Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Real Red, Summer Smooches Designer Paper
Accessories: Bright Buttons, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Tasteful Trim Die

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Open Sea

The stamp set Open Sea is back in the catalog...well, it was always available to purchase last year as a write-in, but since the picture wasn't in the catalog, I would forget about. So, I have pulled it out and made a couple of masculine cards. This card was based on the sketch challenge at Sketch Frenzy Friday, SFF 061512 and the colors were from the challenge at Create with Connie & Mary, CCMC206.

Stamps: Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Summer Smooches Designer Paper
Ink: Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Stripes Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, June 11, 2012


Open House is almost here!!!!

The two FREE make and takes are.....
New Designer Paper and Betsy's Blossom Stamp Set

New In Color...Raspberry Ripple

NEW CATALOG OPEN HOUSE and HUGE stamp/craft sale Thursday, June 14. As a thank you, Stamp Club Members get a sneak peak from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Over 50 Retired Stamp Sets for sale. The sets will be sold at catalog price, but you will receive a voucher for 60% off the cost to use on a NEW catalog order that is placed on the 14th before leaving the open house. (Example: Buy a retired stamp set for $20, get $12 to use toward a new catalog purchase; buy $50 in retired items, get $30 in FREE merchandise from the new catalog!
  • New catalog available! Free for club members, free if you place an order, or purchase a catalog for $5 and get $5 off when you place your first order through me.
  • Samples using new catalog items on display.
  • FREE Make-n-Take Card
  • Stamped Cards and other craft items for sale*****
  • Drawings for door prizes every half hour.

****Invite your friends.*****

Wish Big

This "card" is simple, but cute! I adhered the white card stock on a melon mambo scalloped envelope that I die cut (sorry, but his die is retired). I stamped wish big in pumpkin pie and tied a ribbon around and candled. I adhered the candle with glue dots. On an inside card panel, I stamped the saying "...blow out your candles one by one..." (I did not get a picture of it before I gave it our niece.)

For the next few days I will be busy getting ready for my open house on Thursday! I'm in the cleaning mood, so I should have a lot of goodies to sell:)

Happy Monday.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Here's another card using pennants! I told you I liked them:) I'm trying to get caught up on all the birthdays I have missed.

Have a great Sunday! Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


A new's about time! School is out, and I'm hoping I have more time to spend stamping and posting. My niece, Jordan, graduated from high school and this is the card I made for her.

I love the banners if you haven't noticed and be prepared to see more projects with banners:) Jordan loves zebra prints, and I had some zebra paper laying around that was perfect for her! I stamped the saying and used the framelits to die cut it out and then added a layer of melon mambo. I paper pierced around the edge of the melon mambo.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Simple Saturday

It doesn't get any easier than this card! I used designer paper from the Big Top Birthday pack that had the pennants on it and adhered it to Real Red card stock. I embossed white card stock with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and punched clouds out using the Cupcake Punch. I stamped Happy Birthday on one cloud that was not embossed. The clouds were added to the already decorative designer paper, and the card was complete!

Enjoy your Saturday...I hope you find some time to stamp.

We are off to a soccer tournament and praying that Lily does not get hit in the hand with the soccer ball as she got her cast off yesterday!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wedding Cake

This card was created for the wedding theme challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments (HSSTC 117). I dry embossed vanilla card stock and used the 1 1/4" square punch to punch out the squared and adhered them to black cardstock. The scalloped circle was made using the Pennant Die. I stamped the cake from Love & Laughter on Vanilla card stock and punched out with a circle punch. Small punched flowers with pearls were added to the top of the cake and a black satin ribbon bow was adhered to the card. This sketch is an older one from MOJO Monday.

I received the new in-colors and some other new items I was able to pre-order. I'm hoping I get to play with them soon!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events:
  • Card Class Friday, May 4 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 pm. Everyone welcome! RSVP by Thursday, May 3. Make 4 cars for $6.00
  • New STAMP CLUBS will be starting in June. Contact me for more information.
  • Would you like to join a stamp club, but can't make the stamp club nights??? I will be having an online option. Contact me for more details!
  • Retiring and NEW CATALOG open house coming soon......

Razzleberry Fifth Avenue Floral

I must be on a Rich Razzleberry "kick" as the card I made yesterday also used this as the primary color! This card was made at my stamp club last week. It uses one of my favorite sets, Fifth Avenue Floral which is retiring:( The Movers and Shapers die was used to create the "cut-out". That die is retiring, too. This round of retirements, I had a lot of my favorites that are retiring. I guess I'll have to find some new faves.

Stamp Clubs: Are you interested in joining a stamp club? I will have new ones starting in June! At stamp club, you agree to purchase $25.00 (subtotal) of product six times per year. One of the months, you will receive the hostess benefits. On the club dates, you make 3-4 cards that I have prepared for you. We meet at my house.

If you do not live close, you can choose to do the online stamp club. For the online stamp club, you place an order online six times. I will make the club cards and mail to you. There will be a one time fee of $12.00. You choose one of the hostess sets that will be mailed to you at the end of your commitment.

Email me ( to join a club and find out more information!

Card supplies:
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink Designer Paper
Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Perfect Punches, Petite Pairs
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso
Accessories: Early Espresso Grosgrain, Rhinestones, Curly Label Punch, Movers and Shapers Die, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Razzleberry Graduation

This card was designed for the challenge at Create with Connie & Mary (CCMC#200). The challenge was to create a celebration card. This card is for my niece's graduation. The layout for this card is from I Spy Sketches (ISSC#14). It is hard to tell from the picture, but the card base is Whisper White with a layer of Razzleberry that was embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder adhered to it. The banners were made using the Petal Cone Die and the paper is Summer Smooches (you will be able to order this June 1!). I stamped the saying from the Word Play stamp set in Lucky Limeade. Framelits were used to cut it out, and I added a layer of Tempting Turquoise that is paper pierced behind it. A Tangerine Tango flower using the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (soon to be retired) was adhered. 

Stampin' Up News:
Retiring Items can be ordered through May 31. The new catalog will be out June 1! 

Personal Note:
Hello Friends! I'm sorry I've been so sporadic with my postings lately. I hope to get on a more consistent basis again. Spring is busy for us with the three kids in soccer. We had a game last night, two games tonight, practice tomorrow night and a tournament this weekend. It will be fun! Lily will hopefully get her cast off Friday:) 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Inspired by Nature Butterflies

This card was created for Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration challenge (HSS#115) found here.  The card base was made using the Square Scallop Die for the Big Shot. The Wisteria Wonder Butterflies were die cut using the Butterfly Embossilit. Pearls were added the center of the butterflies. The "grass" was stamped in Pear Pizzaz (retiring color!) using the stamp from Inspired by Nature (I'm sad this set is retiring). Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine was tied at the bottom. The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations...another one of my favorite sets that will be retiring soon.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Summer Smooches

This card was made for a swap. It uses the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding and the Bright Blossoms stamp set from the Summer Smooches Suite. These items will be in the new catalog, but can ordered through the month of April. The thank you is from the Short and Sweet stamp set which is retiring:( The petal cone die was used once again to make the pennant for the saying.

NEW STAMP CLUBS will be starting in June!!! I will have an online option for those who don't live close. I will have more details later. 

Like usual, I have not had the time to stamp as much as I would like. Here's what has been happening in our lives....

1. Monday through Thursday we have soccer with at least one of the kids if not both. And, weekend tournaments have started. I'm really hoping the weather warms up soon!

2. I have continued to sub three days a week.

3. Lily has a big project due, so this has taken some of my time and creativity on how to do it. We are using My Digital Studio for some of it!

4. And....

Lily has a broken pinky! This has taken time going to the doctor and Orthopedic Doctor. Of course it was broken on the joint/growth plate. The doctor was able to set it, and the x-rays yesterday showed it was "looking good." The doctor even said she could play soccer! We wrapped the cast and hand up in bubble wrap today to let her play, and she got hit in the hand! :(  It did not hurt after a few minutes, but we have said no soccer games for a little while longer until it has more time to heal. We don't want her to have to have surgery. She loves soccer, so this is hard for her.

Thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I love chevron and have seen it in many fabrics and decorative items, so I was excited to see the sketch challenge at Create with Connie & Mary (CCMC 198). I followed it very closely and didn't deviate much from the original sketch. The colors were from colourQchallenge #134. These are colors I would not have put together on my own! The colors are Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Bravo Burgundy and Very Vanilla. I used the Tasteful Trim Die for the zig-zags. The flower was punched with the Triple Layer Flower Punch (I'm sad this is retiring!). The button has Pool Party Baker's Twine tied in a bow.

Check out my post below regarding items that are retiring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Get them before they are gone! The Retired Accessories and Definitely Decorative (including D├ęcor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long, as these are limited in quantity and can sell out fast.  Some are discounted from 25% up to 70% off! 
highly recommend placing your orders early as things will sell out. If you have not yet completed your collection of the 2010-2012 In Color ink pads, card stock, markers, refills, ribbon, you'll want to get them ASAP. 
Things to note:
  • Classic Ink Pads: will be replaced with a new exciting "firm foam pad" being introduced with the 2012-2013 annual catalog.  The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in trun, better stamped images.
  • Craft Ink Pads:  will no longer be offered, except in black and white
  • Stampin' Stampin' Write Markers: only select markers will be available individually (will still be offered in color collection assortment packs)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock:  will no longer be offered
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock:  will only be available in select individual colors and color collections assortment packs

Click on the links below to see the list of retiring items. 

Retiring Stamp Sets PDF (available until May 31)

Retiring Definitely Decorative PDF (available until May 31 or while supplies last)

Retiring Accessories PDF (available until May 31 or while supplies last)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


This is a quick graduation card. I used the color combination from Create with Connie & Mary (CCMC 197) and the layout from Clean and Simple (FTL 186). I think I may go back and add rhinestones across the whole strip of Certainly Celery Card Stock...what do you think? I may use this layout and change the color combo and change the stars to butterflies to make some that are more "girlie."

Thanks for stopping by....this was a quick card and post as I'm off to sub!

Card Stock: Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Concord Crush
Stamps: Word Play
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Star Punches, Rhinestones, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Monday, April 16, 2012

Oval Punch Flower

This card uses the sketch layout from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS #30) and the color is from the photo inspiration found at Just Add Ink (JAI 113). I would not have put these colors together, but I really like the combo!

Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Ink: Staz On
Stamp Set: Curly Cute
Accesories: Oval Punch, Circle Punch, Pool Party Seam Binding, Adorning Accents Die and Embossing Folder, Elegant Lines and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Brad from SAB


This invite was made for a friend. The umbrella was made by using a circle punch and the scallops border punch. The handle was used by punching just part from the large heart punch.

If you are in the Twin Cities area and would like to go to this event, contact Katie as she would love to meet you! 

***The RETIRING LIST is out! I hope to be back later with more details. To view the retiring stamps, go to my website, click on shop now and then on the tab for retiring products.****

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Summer Smooches for Mom

This card uses the layout from MOJO Monday #236 and was designed as a Mother's Day card for HSS #113 challenge found here. It is so nice to have a Mother's Day card done instead of making one at the last minute! This card uses items from Summer Smooches. This is a preview of items that will be in the new catalog, but can be purchased in April!

Stamp Set: Bright Blossoms
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Summer Smooches Designer Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, circle & scallop punch, button

Monday, April 9, 2012

Felt Flowers

This card was created for the color challenge at Just Add Ink #112 and the sketch challenge at SQSC #33. The card base is crumb cake, and it is sponged with Very Vanilla ink. The pink pirouette and chocolate chip felt flowers are retired. I added a pearl to the middle of each flower. Chantilly Crochet Trim was tied in a bow at the top of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!