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Another card with A Beautiful Thing stamp set. This time in Orchid Opulence and white. I wish I knew how to photograph these better so you can see what I did with my new toy - I mean tool - the Scor Pal. Yes, Mom came through and got me one. I can't wait to use it more, it's pretty cool. I used it to score my card in half and then to make quilt like grid marks on the top panel. I stamped off twice for the flower and cut it out so I could back it with the 1 1/4" circle and put a little Fire Circle Rhinestone brad in the center. Sentiment is from Sincere Salutations. Hope you like it.

Last Chance and Sneak Preview

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Wow - Dec. 27th already. Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! As we wind down the year, don't forget to get whatt you want off the retiring list and that you can get 10% off your SU! orders through me until the 31st!

I have the new catalogs!! "Santa" brought me 2 new stamp sets to play with too. This one is from A Beautiful Thing. It also shows you a designer paper from the Bali Breeze collection - they are beautiful! My picture is not very good - this is much "springier" in real life. I have to work on my photography. Anyway, colors are Groovy Guava and Certainly Celery. Flowers were inked in Only Orange and Groovy Guava twice and the centers were stamped in white on Groovy Guava and punched out with the 1/4" circle punch. Sentiment is in Temp. Turquoise stamped off once. The white rectangle is sponged in Guava and was made with the Marvy Scalloped Square punch. I punched out the square then put it back in less than half way and punched again. You can't really see it well, but I also paper pierced the top and bottom of design. Be back soon with more. : )

Congrats to...

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Angel W! Thanks for visiting and posting your comment! Please email me your address and I'll send out your blog candy! Enjoy.

Blog Candy

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OK, here it is. There's 3 rolls of CK decorative printed tape, a roll of school themed transfer tape, a test tube full of jewel tone rhinestone embellishments, a jumbo clip and some circle clips. See previous post to comment, and don't forget to check back on the 20th!

Announcements, Tip & Candy!

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First, don't miss out on anything SU! has retiring. Email me if you need the list. As my personal special during December, I'm offering 10% OFF your ENTIRE order, retiring or otherwise. So treat yourself or give a hint to that someone special and I'll help you out. Gift Certificates are available too - you know there's going to be lots of great new stuff in the upcoming catalog!

Second, my next Stamp Camp will be Friday, January 11th. Santa will be bringing me new sets! I've decided to do the double card thing again, so we'll be making 6 cards - 2 each of 3 different designs and a little 3D item for $12. RSVP with fee by 1/4/08!

Third, Did you see my counter? It passed the 5,000 mark so it's time for some Blog Candy! Just leave me a comment letting me know a fun tradition or activity you do during the holidays. Even a great gift idea would be good - I'm stuck for something else for my mom! I'll pick a random winner on the 20th and hopefully get it mailed out before we leave for NC. What is it, you ask? Well, I've got some goodies hanging around. I'll gather them up and try and post a pic by tomorrow.

Last, but certainly not least - a fabulous tip! You know how I love punches, well here's another way to use the Scallop Punch. This is from Dannie Graves, who discovered that you can get a starburst sort of effect by punching once in the Scallop punch, then attaching that to a piece of larger regular scrap paper (cardstock is too heavy) and then lining the punched scallops in the middle of the scallop punch and punching again. (Remove scrap) Here's a sample using an image from In the Spotlight punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. Isn't that great?!

Revamped Ornament Cards

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I had some more time to play and revamped that ornament card using Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, clear acetate, gold Encore Ink, and the 5 petal punch. You could even make these smaller so that they'd fit on your tree!

Ornament Card

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As soon as I saw this idea I wanted to make an ornament card. Well, here we are about 2 weeks later, and I just made one. That happens to me a lot : ) This is pretty simple, but cute. I cut 2 Real Red circles out with my coluzzle (2nd to largest) and then punched a Handsome Hunter tab to connect them together. I used 2 gold brads on the front tab and outlined the whole thing in gold zig painty pen. In the middle is a strip of white with gold spots from Snowflake Spot and Sincere Salutations greeting in Handsome Hunter, layered on Handsome Hunter. I tied a piece of gold cord to go along with the ornament feel. Cute, huh? A lot of possibilities with this - I'm thinking Cuttlebug for my next one...

Behind the 8 Ball

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Well, it's been a while, but I think I'm finally getting back in the swing of things. The day after we got home from VT (we went for Thanksgiving) both Katie and I got sick - I mean majorly sick. We both wound up on antibiotics and then my son had a virus so last week was pretty much a wash for me. Now that I have a few good night's sleep in me I'm ready to make up for lost time. Well, I kind of have to. : )

Anyway, I'm so thankful to the girls that come to my Stamp Camps because it makes me Stamp! We'll be making 3 projects this Friday and since I didn't stamp for over a week (gasp!) I thought I'd post the gift card holder I prepared. I wanted to make it more masculine since a lot of times it's the men that we don't know what to get. I used Basic Grey CS and ink along with Craft white for the Bold Snowflakes jumbo wheel. The Let it Snow stamp came from Glad Tidings. The folded middle section is punched with the word window punch and then part of the 3/4" circle for the gift card to slide into. The belly band is about 8" of white CS sponged and folded over the holder,with Pomegranate double stitched ribbon. Fast and easy!

Hopefully nothing else will stop the stamping since I've got lots to make for Christmas and I can share again with you soon. Take care!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I love my punches. Look what I did here. I admit I got the idea from a swap, but changed it a bit for my taste. I used the 1" circle, 1 3/8" circle, large oval, 1/8" circle and Spring Flower Bouquet punches. Oh - I notched out the greeting layers with the 1/4" punch too. Background is Rough Texture wheel in Choc. Chip and edges are sponged. Cardstock is US White, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Always Artichoke and Only Orange. I markered in the black part of his eyes and used teh Creamy Caramel marker for the markings on his feathers.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

December Stamp Camp

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My next Stamp Camp will be on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:30pm. Here's one of the projects we'll be making - A Card Organizer! I love this idea. Write down each month's birthdays and then make the cards and keep them in the appropriate month's pocket. A great way to be prepared. Use year after year. We'll also be making a gift card holder and double pocket gift bag for only $12! RSVP with payment by 11/28. Hope to see you there!
Recipe: All through the Year, Alpha. Attitude Upper, all the In Colors CS and Ink plus So Saffron craft ink, double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Bind It All and computer printed months.

Free Stamp Set!

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How great is that? SU! sent their demos a free stamp set from the upcoming catalog to say how much they appreciate us! It's called Time Well Spent and is a Level 3 Hostess Set. It's a really cute set of 12 so you'll be seeing other images from it soon -I esp. love the heart. Anyway, I was so excited I had to make a card with it today. I used Tempting Turquoise and Groovy Guava CS and ink. The Guava flowers are done with the Three for You Punch and I used the white Signo gel pen for all the white dots. If you look closely you can see I pieced 2 punched scalloped squares together to make the rectangle. White and Turquoise grograin ribbon finish it off. Gotta love free stuff!

Dad's Bday Paint Can

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Here's the Paint Can/Pail I made for my Dad's Bday. Inside are his favorite cookies - tiny fudge tarts. This is a treat for him as no one else will make them. They're yummy but time consuming, so I don't make them very often. I actually picked up the pail at Staples a while back on their clearance rack. Ingredients for the pail are Brocade Background DSP, Choc. Chip CS, Vanilla CS, Choc. Chip ink, Close to Cocoa ink with sponge, twill tape, choc. chip grograin ribbon, brads, jumbo eyelets, tag punch (I folded the CS and didn't punch that side to make the tag) and Carte Postal stamp set. If you want the recipe for the tiny fudge tarts, shoot me an email. Enjoy!

The winner is...

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Scrapbook Mama! My son picked number 10. Get this - it was her birthday too! How funny is that. Well, congrats to Scrapbookmama - please send me the mailing address you'd like the magazine to go to! My next blog candy will be at 5000 hits - I think that's something to celebrate, don't you? So keep your eye on the counter and have your friends come visit me!

Star Box

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Here's a fun box for the holidays that pretty easy to make. You can find the tutorial for it here. I just changed the height to 4 1/2" so my measurement for height was 5 1/2". I used the Riveting stamp set in Real Red and Old Olive and punched the circles out and layered them on top of a red scalloped punch that I used the 1/16" punch to make holes in the scallops. Gold cord went through the top hole and tied around the ribbon. The clips were done with the scraps I had from other projects also using the Dashing DS paper. The little flower is from Season of Joy.

Paper Crafts Giveaway

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Paper Crafts is one of my favorite stamping magazines. My renewal notice came and I can give a gift subscription for free when I renew. So, if you'd like this great mag to come to your door, leave me a comment and tell me what you like/don't like about my blog (or any suggestions, hints, tips, etc.) and I'll have my son pick a random number (he loves to do this) on Wed. night in honor of my Dad's Bday. Good luck!

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge

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I was able to squeeze in a sketch challenge this weekend. I was in a "purple" mood so I went with Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac, Lavendar Lace, and White. Beate not only inspired me with her challenge, but with the set she used in her sample. (see Beate's Blog here) This is the So Much set I got for free at Regionals. I also used Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, a clear rhinestone brad and silver brads. I used my Coluzzle for the different sized circles and adhered the flower with dimensionals. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Now see what you can come up with!

Chipboard Ornaments

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Chipboard - love the look, have some, but don't really use it much. So I was looking over the chipboard I do have and realized some of the pieces would make good ornaments. These 2 are from SU!'s On Board Blossoms and Basics. They take ink really well as you can see. All I did was rub them in my ink pads and use the coordinating marker to get the edges. (Garden Green and Ruby Red) You could also dip a sponge in the ink to cover any missed parts. Then I checked my bead stash and found some golden beads and red glass rocailles (I think they're also called seed beadds) that I adhered with Crystal Effects. I punched a red 1 1/4" circle for behind the wreath and and an Old Olive 5 star punch for the poinsettia leaves. Gold cord finishes them both - also adhered with CE. Now if I can find a cute picture of one of my kids, I'll put it in the wreath. These were fun. I plan on making more for little gifts. I think they'd be cute to attach to any hand delivered cards as well as on top of packages, gift bags - you get the idea. Enjoy!

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Happy Halloween! My friend Melissa sent some Halloween goodies for me and the kids so I thought I'd show you how cute the frappaccino bottle she decorated came out. I love the idea of using things you already have or would normally throw out and turning them into something cute and usable! Stamps are CTMH and I think I saw that ribbon at Michaels. : ) Enjoy your day!

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Isn't this the cutest? I saw Camria Turnbow make a tab like these for rolled up movie money and I thought there has to be other things that would fit. I happen to have halloween pencils handy so I used the Tab Punch with Only Orange and sponged it with black then stamped the bats from Halloween Backgrounds on it. I just closed the rounded ends with a Library Clip and tucked in a piece of black gingham ribbon in the little slot they have. What a great way to dress up little gifts!

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Here are the invitations I made for my daughter's Princess Tea Party. Luckily it's a small party so I didn't have to spend forever on them. I adjusted a teapot image I found online and just didn't cut the left end completely out so it would fold. I sponged the edges in Pretty in Pink and stamped the little flowers from Petite Patterns all over. I found princess stickers at the $ store that fit in the scallop punch to finish it off. This particular sticker was bigger but I just punched it out with the 1" circle punch. Now I just have to make one more for her scrapbook.

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Two cards to share with you today. The first is another take on the Thank U stamp from True Friend. Bravo Burgundy is the only color used, I just stamped off twice for the backgrounds.
The second is a pretty card I got from my pen pal Lana! She used Garden Whimsy - I set I don't own. It's always fun to get cards, but esp. nice ones like this with images I don't have!
I haven't stamped much this past week and I must say I miss it. I've been swamped with illnesses and other crazy stuff. So, hopefully things will calm down a bit and I can get to some fun stuff I have planned to share with you.

Pen Pal card

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Here's a card I made for one of my new Pen Pals. She's a fellow stamper who thought it would be nice to receive cards as well as make them. What a great idea - I'd like that too, so I joined up.
Yes, True Friend again, but different stamps from the set. Can you tell I'm really diggin' this set? Colors are Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate. I had to use the blender pen to pick up the ink to color in the U and small circles. I rounded just the top right corner and used PP double stitched grosgrain ribbon and Marvy's square scalloped punch. Hope she likes it.

A little "pickup"

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This is a card I made for "Blog Candy for a Cause". I know how precious my children are to me and know how it feels when the unexpected happens, so I wanted to contribute. You can click on the link to find out more and contribute too. I started thinking of elegant roses or something along those lines and then it started looking like a sympathy card so I went in a totally different direction. I used the Loads of Love stamp set with K& Co. paper I picked up a while ago. The colors in it matched SU!'s Old Olive, Rose Red, and Night of Navy perfectly. My marker job actually looks better in real life, but I might go over it again with the blender pen anyway. The other marker colors I used were Going Grey and Bordering Blue. Finished it off with Rose grograin ribbon. Hope it lifts their spirits at least a little.

Triple post for you

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Hello! I've been a little out of it with a sinus infection, so I thought I'd make up for it with 3 new pics for you.

First one is a sample of "cracked glass" using Crystal Effects. You can also do this with the thick embossing powder, but I think I told you I was working on CE samples and it's just another way of using what you have kind of a thing. The key is to keep it in the freezer for a while and crack it as soon as you take it out, otherwise it won't be hard anymore. I stamped the rose from Wild Rose in Bravo Burgundy, stamped off once, then directly on vanilla CS. Covered entire thing in CE, waited a few hours for it to dry, then put it in the freezer. That was layered on Choc. Chip , layered on Bravo Burgundy with Choc. Chip ribbon and all on Vanilla CS with Mother's Day stamped in Bravo Burgundy from All Holidays.

OK, next is another Crystal Effects sample. Here it is simply drawn on the cardstock in a swirl design and also in the circles of the flower although you can't really see it here. Colors are Lovely Lilac and Almost Amethyst. Doodle this was stamped in Craft White. This makes a fun scrapbook page with some dimension very quickly.

Last, we have a simple card from my World Card Making Day Event. I had cards that could be made in less than 5 minutes. OOh - quick thought - maybe I should submit them to Take Ten magazine. What do you think? Here I used Really Rust, Old Olive and White CS. I markered Really Rust and Old Olive inks on the flower and wheeled Boho Friend in Craft White ink. Sentiment finishes it in Old Olive.

I'm planning on working on more things once my head "clears up", including a tutorial, so check back in a day or 2 for that. Have a great day!

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Still a while to go for snow, but I thought I'd show some stuff I'm working on. I'm making samples using Crystal Effects for my upline's meeting and icicles came to mind right away. It's the perfect touch for The Snowflake Spot set. I just squeezed a bunch out at the top of the white layer, then squiggled some down in a random pattern. Since this was pretty thick I had a little while to sprinkle some dazzling diamonds on it before it dried. It's much prettier IRL. Ink and CS are Soft Sky as well as double stitched Soft Sky Ribbon.


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Saturday morning the kids woke up to a big surpise - 2 puppies! They are a Black Lab/Blue Heeler (sp?) mix. Cute and playful little things. The kids are thrilled. Matthew named his Jake and Katie named hers Jasper. So now I really have to keep my little "craft room" door closed all the time. I'll have some cards to post a little later, but in the meantime, if you have any doggie tips, I'd love to hear them. Have a great day!

Beate's Sketch #20

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I had a little time to stamp today and saw a post for Beate's Weekend Sketch challenge. This is simple, but sweet. I used Bashful Blue, US White, & Old Olive CS and Cutie Pie DP. The flower stamp is from Looks like Spring and I punched it out with scallop punch. The center needed something so I put some Crystal Effects on and added Micro Beads on top. I now have those little beads all over my floor. : ) The leaves are from the 5 petal flower punch. That panel is on dimensionals and the rest is flat. The greeting is from So Many Sayings punched out with the Word Window Punch. Some blue gingham ribbon and it's done! What do you think?

True Friend

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I held out on getting this set from the Holiday Mini but it kept calling to me. : ) So I decided I had to have it! I like it's subtle Boho look and versatility. Plus, there are punches that work well with it. (love my punches!) Here's what I did: Markered the flower design with More Mustard, Really Rust, Choc. Chip and Old Olive 3 times. Well, not totally - just enough to get 2 layers on dimensionals of the flower minus the Choc. chip dots and the center circle that I punched with 1/4" circle punch. Stamped friend sentiment in Choc. Chip on Vanilla CS. Layered the photo corner punches in the top right , distressed the vanilla edges with cutter kit and layered it on Really Rust CS. Old Olive CS is also distressed and I sponged Twill Tape (why is it called tape?) with Really Rust and wrapped it around and through a piece of Hodge Podge Hardware and secured with the Aged Copper brads. All this layered on choc. Chip CS. Enjoy!

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Well, Katie passed her stomach bug on to me yesterday. She and I are both feeling better now but waiting to see if the boys get it. She actually helped a little with this project. (Put that one there, Mommy) It's a little journal for my son. He loves animals and wants to be a zooologist. I got the Bind It All a little while back and just haven't had much time to play with it. I have great visions of what I'd like to do - hopefuly some Christmas presents. I'll share them later. This one uses the Wild About You and Monkey Business stamp sets and the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel. Colors are More Mustard and Really Rust for the lion, Going Gray for the elephant, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel marker for the monkey, So Saffron and Creamy Caramel marker for the giraffe, Always Artichoke for the alligator and Not Quite Navy for the little bird. All of them are cut out and adhered to Old Olive CS wheeled in Always Artichoke. I finally got to use some of the ribbon I won from Melanie Welch to finish it off. If you come to the Stamp/Crop on the 29th I'll help you make one! (design of your choice of course)

So Much

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The Phila. Regional was lots of fun yesterday, but now I'm back to reality with a sick little girl who had me up since 5am. So here's a quick update so I can get back to cuddling with her.
We got the set So Much. Not a set I was originally drawn to, but now I see a lot of possibilities with it. We made a couple cute cards and scrapbook pages with it. Here's one where we stamped the circle outlines and then pierced on the lines to make it look like faux stitching. The flower from the set is stamped and cut out then we put a jumbo brad in the middle - love those!
I got a bunch of swaps and took a bunch of pictures. I uploaded them to Snapfish, so if you want to see them send me your email and I'll send the slideshow your way.
Thanks to fellow Demo Tracey that braved the train with me! And I'll have to compare pics with Reenee, who finally made it to her first SU! event. Wasn't it fun?

World Card Making Day

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Join me at my World Cardmaking Day Event on Saturday, October 6th! I'll be demonstrating quick and easy greeting cards that can be made in less than 5 minutes! It'll be a great way to introduce a friend to stamping or to get a jump on your own cards. You'll make 3 cards for $5 and then make another card for me to send to the Troops - or bring one for them with you. To help me prepare materials, let me know if you're planning to attend. Of course, I'll have extras on hand too.

Stampin' Up! is offering 20% off all the Simply Sent Kits from the 5th-8th plus I'm offering free shipping for all orders on the 6th.
I'll also have door prizes and lots of samples to look through, so come anytime between 2 and 4pm and join the fun!

Regionals Swap

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OK - so it's been a while since I've posted. I've been totally swamped. Every time I planned something, something else came up. KWIM? Anyway, here is the swap design I came up with for the Phila. Stampin' Up! Regional that I'm going to on Friday. I'm so excited! All day dedicated to stamping - no interruptions! How great is that?

I used Season of Joy (lovin' that set) and So Swirly Wheel, all in Handsome Hunter on Kraft Cardstock. I layered the tree on Bravo Burgundy with dimensionals and added a bow in BB ribbon. What do you think? Let me know if you have any suggestions to improve it before I make 40 or so of these babies. : )

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Well, I'm heading off to the beach tomorrow, so I thought I'd leave you with something before I go. Here is a swap I made using the New Season of Joy set from the new SU! Mini. Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi CS - can you tell I'm diggin' these colors? Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon. I embossed the image by stamping in Versamark first, then the Purely Pomegranate and used the Clear Embossing Powder. The flowers in the background are in PP too. Now hopefully I'll get inspired to make the rest of my Christmas cards before Dec. 22nd!

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This is one of my favorite cards from my last Stamp Camp. We made 6 different designs from the Fun and Fast notes. This also uses some of the Cutie Pie Designer Paper that is so adorable! Colors are So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, and Certainly Celery. I stamped the bird in Black Staz On and markered in blue, saffron and celery. There are no markers for the In Colors so I used my blender pen and picked up some PP ink for the middle of the flower. I punched him out using the Marvy Mega circle punch and layered on the Marvy Giga Scalloped Punch. Added some Moss ribbon with a SS yellow brad. Ain't it sweet?

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Here's a cute little tote that'll hold those 3x3 notes. I'm offering to make one for anyone who takes advantage of the Three for You Punch Box Special this month. (You get 30 notes and envelopes free!) It's actually pretty easy to make. You'll need a 7 1/2 X 5 1/2 sheet of CS. Score an inch on the long sides and 3 inches on the short ones. Make a slit on 2 small outside scores, fold and assemble with choice of adhesive. Decorate as you wish. I added a 2 x 3" piece of white CS stamped with a design from Priceless in Creamy Caramel and about 10" of the Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon. To finish off, I stamped the flower from Priceless in PP, punched it out of the 1 1/4" circle, layered it on a kraft 1 3/8" circle, added a brad in the center and layered that on a PP Scallop Circle.

Cool contest

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I stumbled on to a blog that's having a contest for a flat screen TV from Best Buy! Check it out here.

love this card!

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Ever since I saw Laurie Schmidlin's Soft Sky and White card on SCS I have been wanting to copy it. Her's is a little bigger so I had to change it a little to conform to the regular 5 1/2 X 4 1/4" card size, but same basic idea. I couldn't seem to get a picture good enough to do this card justice, but this is the best of the bunch. I used the Three for You punch box stamps for the flowers on the background and little circle, and the polka dot background on the big circle. White gel pen in the middle of the punched out flowers, and SU!'s new white taffeta ribbon. Scalloped the right edge using the corner rounder and used my new Marvy Mega and Giga punches for the big and scalloped circles. I paper pierced the scalloped and small blue circles. I just love the soft look of this but couldn't decide what saying to put on it so I went with joy from small script since I was so happy to have completed it. Now I'll have to make another since I don't think I can part with this one. : )

Class List

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Just realized as I was talking to a friend today that my class list isn't posted on here. So, here's what I have coming up.
Friday, August 17th 7:30 pm I have a few spots left for the Occasions Sampler Class. 6 cards w/envies for the following: Birthday, Wedding, Get Well, Thanks & New Baby. $14
Friday, Sept. 7th 7:30 pm - Fall for All Class. Get ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving/Fall with 4 cards and treat holders. We'll watercolor and use fun punches! $10 by 8/31
Saturday, Sept. 29th 5:00 - 10:00pm Stamp/Crop Time
Come work on your projects without the usual interrruptions and see how much you can get done! $14 by 9/24 includes pizza and drinks, workspace, and a handout for 12 6X 6 pages in 12 minutes (in case you need something to do). My stamps, inks, punches, etc. will be available to play with. Optional make n take. Bring a snack and join the fun! This one's held inthe basement of St. Mark's Church in Conshohocken.

Beate's Sketch challenge

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I found this Sketch challenge on Beate from SCS's blog and decided to try it. Take an 8 1/2 X 5 1/2" piece of cs and score at 5 1/2" and 8 1/8". Fold back the last score and hold back with two ribbons. Here's what I used: Petals and Pailsey Stamp Set, Petals wheel, Green Galore , Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron ink, and Turquoise ribbon on USwhite and Gable Green CS. My picture didn't come out quite as bright as it is IRL and don't know if you can tell that I sponged the 2 white pieces, but you get the jist of it. Check out her site and what other people did with the same idea. http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2007/08/04/weekend-sketch-challenge-13/

Tent card

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This was a challenge at SCS. I like this layout. It's a 4.25" square card base with a topper that extends up to 5.5" so that it still fits standard card size.
There was another card that used some dp I didn't have, but loved the colors together so I "made" my own. I started with Elegant Eggplant for card base. Then I scalloped a piece of Groovy Guava with a corner rounder and then punched 1/8" hole in the centers. On top of that is white cs with marker lines of barely banana, brilliant blue and elegant eggplant. Since there's no markers for the new "In colors", I added a few thin strips of Purely Pomegranate and Groovy Guava from scraps. I tied an Apricot ribbon around where they meet. For the topper, I used the Marvy Giga Scalloped Punch and Mega Circle Punch in Groovy Guava and Barely Banana. Punched 1/16" holes in those scallop centers. Stamped the big flower from Looks Like Spring on white cs in Groovy Guava and then rolled edges in Purely Pomegranate. Then I cut it out. Oh, how I wish there was a punch for this flower! : ) Center was too plain so I added a 1/2" circle sponged in Elegant Eggplant (so that it wasn't too dark) and attached with a Soft Subtles yellow brad. Adhered flower with dimentional and finished! I really like these colors together and wouldn't normally think of this combo. What do you think?

Gift Card Holder

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OK - here goes... (keep in mind I'm winging this - any advice would be appreciated)

Start with a 12X12 piece of 2 sided designer paper. You need to score at 1/2", 3", 6", 9" and 11 1/2". Turn your paper the other direction and score at 3 3/4" and 8 1/2". Fold in the two 1/2" sections and then fold in the corners to the next fold line. Crease all folds really well with bone folder. (Should look like the first picture)

Now fold the 2 dog-eared sections in, turn over and fold bottom part up. Crease again with bone folder. (picture 2)

Fold the top section down and fit it INTO the bottom section. (pic 3) Yes, crease again.

Fold in half and crease. Open it back up and you can easily slide a ribbon through the middle opening. Fold again and tie the ribbon to hold it closed. Add any extra embellishments on top, but if you use the designer paper you won't need much! So, clear as mud? Let me know. : )

Scrapbook Page

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I'm not a huge scrapbooker, although I'd like to be. Just don't have the time, and cards are a lot quicker. : ) Someday I do plan on getting my bazillion photos scrapped. One page at a time, right? So, here is a page I made from the new Simply Scrappin' Creative License Kit you can get for free for being a hostess. The only thing I added that wasn't in the kit is the title "you are" which I stamped from Big Deal Alpha in Pumpkin Pie on US white, then cut out. Gotta love those kits!

Playing Catch Up

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OK, this has been one crazy week. 2 VBS', 4 days worth of visitors, 1 day sick and 1 day at the CK convention! Also, my mouse was sticking like crazy so that got me frustrated. But I'm sure this doesn't concern you, esp. if you were at my Open House and want the directions to the gift holder I promised! I've got to clear pictures off my camera and will hopefully get to that later - so they are coming, promise. I do have 2 pictures I can show you though. First is using the Pretties Kit - love this! It is sooo easy to color these any way you want. I used the aquapen and ink from the lid of an inkpad, but you can also use the watercolor crayons, pastels and markers! I added a half pearl from the kit too, then some dazzling diamonds. The colors are Groovy Guava and Blush Blossom. The cream ribbon in the middle is a little hard to see. So Swirly wheel and Happy Birthday are both in Groovy Guava. This is much prettier IRL.