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! 

Butterfly and Scallops

This card used the colors in the Color Challenge found at HSS. Unfortunately, I was too late to link up! The sketch is from Clean and Simple FTL 184. The colors of the scallops are Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso and Rich Razzleberry. I used the Tasteful Trim die to make the scallops. The butterfly is from the Butterfly embossilit. I added a pearl to the center of the butterfly and the pennant was die cut from the Petal Cone Die. I stamped thank you in early espresso ink and sponged the edges in crumb cake. The base of the card is Very Vanilla. 

I know I have been MIA! Thanks to those of you who have been not given up on me and have been checking by blog. I have been subbing as much as I can, the kids have started up with soccer, and I made prom invites and invitations for another event. So, my stamping "just for fun" has not been happening. I hope to get back into it.