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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Monochromatic Challenge #82

I sure hope you will join me at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week for the Monochromatic Challenge. For my card I used products from the new Stampin' Up Idea Book and Catalog. Two of my favorite new colors are Pool Party and Island Indigo and a fav new stamp set, My Friend. I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the images and heat them set using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  The sparkle of this card in real life is outta sight! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on this card, please let me know.  I can be emailed at  I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Banner Bash #81

The challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week is to feature banners (using a pennant shape).  I kinda did some out of the box thinking on this one and used the pennant shapes from the Pennant Die as the leaves for the flower door hanger that I created.  The flower idea came from Lee Conrey using the Flower Folds Die.  I used Bashful Blue with Wisteria Wonder sponged on the edges. The pennant die used for the leaves is Certainly Celery CS sponged with Always Artichoke ink.  If you'd like to purchase any of the supplies used in this project, please email me at I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - All Stitched Up #80

The challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments is to make something with stitching or faux stitching.  I think my creativity went out the window with this one.....not my best card, I think...LOL  This is my version of faux cross-stitch.  Using Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla.  I used a stamp set from the new IBC Best Friends Forever. Although you can't see it I added Iridiscent Ice Embossing Powder to the heart.,,,IRL it hs many sparkles!  I'd love to be your Stampin Up! Demonstrator, please email me at

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Back To School Challenge #79

Isn't this little guy just the cutest?  I hope you will join me with your creative talents at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week for the Back to School Challenge. Other than the card base (Blushing Bride) and the first layer (Basic Gray), I used scraps to create with (Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla).  I used a the Tasteful Trim Die and a few punches, but mostly cut the shapes free hand.  I saw a similar card to this somewhere on the Internet a few months ago.  I hope I did it justice. This would make a really cute scrapbook page also. Hmmmm an idea blossoms!  If you have questions, please email me at

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog #78 - Fancy Fold

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we are have a Fancy Folds Chalenge.  It is really going to be fun to see what all our participants come up with. I really didn't know where I was going when I started this card.  I started folding and trying to create something different than what I had seen in the past.  I' don;t even have a name for the fold I used....maybe y'all can help me figure out what I should call it. I used quite a few new products from the new catalog...Lucky Limeade CS, Pool Party CS, Island Indigo Ink, Pool Party and Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers and Fabulous Florets, Best Friends Forever and Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess set) Stamp Sets....other items include, Always Artichoke Ink, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Shimmer Paint (mixed with alcohol for a mist), Rhinestone Jewels and Whisper White CS.   If you are interested in any of the materials I have used in this card, please let me know.  I can be reached through email at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Flourish Fever - HSS Challenge #77 - Tissue Stamping Technique

I hope you will all join me this week over at the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog in creating a card decorated with Flourishes.  The challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week is to use flourishes in our creation. The flourish I used is a favorite of mine Baroque Motifs from Stampin' Up! I used it in this gift set using the Tissue Stampin technique. With this technique you take 3 small pieces of wadded up tissue paper. You dab it into an ink pad then dab at different parts of the stamp. You do this with each of the 3 contrasing colors of ink that you have chosen until all of the stamp is inked with the various colors. Before stamping, you need to huff or breath on the stamp. The result is a beautiful stamped image that is multi-color. For this gift set I used Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum. I hope you'll join me for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Flourishes Forever Challenge. If you need any of the supplies I used in this gift set, please email me at  I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - So Charming Challenge #73

I hope you will all join me at the Hand Stamped Sentiments this week for the So Charming challenge.  This week's project is to use a chark in a card, scrapbook or gift item.  I choose to make a card and attach some charms I had in my stash.  I used the new Pool Party and Island Indigo In-Color card stock from Stampin' Up's New Idea Book and Catalog out on July 1st.  The stamped image is from the Summer Mini Stamp Set Summer Fun.  I colored it with Stampin' Write Markers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog #71 - Wedding Theme

June is the most romantic time of year... the time that Brides and Grooms decide to tie the knot.  Ah, romance is in the air.  I love making cards for weddings, so I hope you do to and will join me for the Wedding Challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This card was made with several items available only to demonstrators during the Sneak Peek of the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.  The card stocks I used iare my new favorites.  I think I'll be buying a lot of them over the next two years.  They are just two of the new In-Colors (available for two years) Pool Party and Island Indigo.  Aren't they just beautiful together?  Just YUMMY!!!!! And the Marina Mist Seam Binding ribbon goes pretty well with it also.  Also on this card from the new IB&C is the string of dangling crystals stamp.  It comes from the new My Friend stamp set.  I added the rhinestones so it would look like a chrystal chandelier. From the Summer Mini is the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch that I made the lacy border with and used to trim out the sentiment.  To do all the stamping I mixed a little VersaMark re-inker with Island Indigo re-inker and after stamping, added Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  Stunning, just Stunning.  I will certainly be trying this technique again. It was co easy and the results in real life are spectacular. The other main focal point on this card is the Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I embossed it with the Big Shot on the edge of the card stock, cut around it and backed it with the Island Indigo card stock, left a small margin and cut around the same shape, leaving a stunning look for this wedding card.  If you are interested in having any of the items lised in this project, please email me at  I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Also with  any $50 purchase from my Stampin' Up! Store, I'll send you a 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog for Free (US orders only, value $10, plus shipping).  Or if you'd just like to have a catalog, I'd be happy to mail one to you, for the cost of the catalog, plus shipping priority mail.  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #70 Father's Day

I'm very limited as to stamp sets to use for men or for Father's Day, so I really had to put my thinking cap on. I had to hearken back to the days that I bought gifts for the men in my life and most often a tie was in the picture.  So I though why not a tie card....or a card shaped like a tie.  So I created my own pattern about 4 x 9" so it would fit in a #10 business envelope, cut it out and glued paper on my pattern from the new Just Add Cake Designers Series Paper from the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.  I designed my tie with swirls and flourishes from Baroque Motif (one of my favorite swirl stamps)...stamped it in VersaMark and heat set with Black Embossing Powder. Maybe I should be a fabulous designer of men's ties cause I think my tie is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!!!!!!  I hope you will all join me over at the Hand Stamped Sentiments Father's Day Challenge.  If you need any of the supplies I used in this card or if you would like to have one of the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogs, please email me at

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance Items at Stampin' Up!

Today's the BIG Day!

Stampin' Up! has announced their Last Chance lists of retiring products, just before the release of the new Idea Book & Catalog!
This year there are three retiring lists:
1. Retiring Stamp Sets:
The retiring stamps will be available to order  until June 30. There are two PDS documents you can download. One is by page number, the other is alphabetical by stamp set name.  Click here to download the retiring stamp sets list. 
2. Retiring Accessories:
These items will only be available to order while supplies last. These items are best ordered through my Online Ordering system since available quantities are sold on a first come, first served basis. It is important to order these immediately to avoid disappointment.  Click here to download the retiring accessories list - remember, this list is updated daily so contact me before placing your order. 

3. Retiring Decor Elements:
If you haven't tried these fabulous pieces of wall art, you need to take a second look before they are retired! If you don't want to apply directly to your walls, consider applying to a glass frame, piece of wood or scrapbook cover. Decor Elements are versatile, fun and artsy!  Click here to download the retiring Decor Elements list.
Once you download these lists, please contact me if you have questions or need help in placing an order. I can be reached by email at or by phone(512) 497-0325.
Happy Shopping!

Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event

We had such a wonderful time at the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event on Saturday May 28th using the Strength and Hope Stamp Set from Stampin' Up.  Stampin Up donated $2.00 from the sale of each stamp set to Breast Cancer Research.  We created 4 cards and 2 boxes that were designed by Sandi MacIver and Lee Conrey (Thanks Sandi and Lee).  The designs were fabulous and some of the attendees even learned a few new techniques.  We shared lots of fun and laughs.  I even had this grand idea of making the big shot "passable" by putting it on my SUcutting mat and sliding it from person to person.  Great idea, I thought, because I planned for each person to have their own 6' table.  Plenty of room, I thought, until it was time to pass the Big Shot along to someone else and I realized there was no way that was going to happen.  Our tables were completely covered with our tools, punches and supplies.  I broke out into uncontrolled laughter.  Everyone thought I'd lost my mind, until I explained that my grand idea was a huge failure. Then we were all laughing. Thanks Joyce, Anne Marie, Gen and Amy for joining me.  It was a huge honor to host this event.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Paper Piecing Challenge #69

The Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog is hosting a Paper Piecing theme this week.  I hope you will all join me in submitting a card or project for the challenge.  I dusted off my Dream Garden (current SU IB & C) stamp set. I used various inks for my design (Tempting Turquoise, Concord Crush, Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy) Some were stamped, some were painted with the Blender Pen.  I used a scrap of Rich Razzleberry ribbon to add the Obi belt to this Asian beauty. If you'd like to purchase any of the supplies I used on this project, please email me at

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #68 Memorial Day Theme

The theme this week on Hand Stamped Sentiments is Memorial Day.  I hope you will join me in celebrating the men and wpomen of our armed services.  We should always celebrate their service but especially on days set aside to celebrate them.  This is a card I have been wanting to do for a very long time.  I travel a lot and every airport I am in I see men and women coming or going from their tour of duty. I always stop and tell them 'Thank You', but I have always wanted to do more to show my appreciation. I know that my little card won't really make a difference in the larger scheme of things....but I just want to do something more to show I appreciate their sacrifice. I carry a supply of these cards with me at all times, then I have one to give to a member of our armed services no matter where I am when I see them.

This card was made with Always Artichoke and Black CS. I stamped the Courage (Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog) stamp set in Black StazOn, colored the stamp with Stampin Write Markers and a white gel pen. Attached a piece of Always Artichoke Grosgrain ribbon and tacked it down with a corduroy brad that I colored with the Always Artichoke marker. If you are interested in this stamp set our any of the supplies that I used in creating this card, please email me at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog #67 - Anything Goes

Ya never know what you'll do what that item you pick up on sale at the local craft store.  That's the case with the frame I docorated for my 3-D item this week.  I covered it with Glossy Cardstock and created the clouds using a scallop circle and Not Quite Navy ink on a sponge.  Then I cut varying size butterflies with the Sizzix Butterflies #2 Die.  I cut them in Real Red, Concord Crush and Daffodil Delight and adorned them with Rhinestone Jewels.  The card was created in the same manner.  I added the sentiment from Word Play.  I hope all my friends and followers will join me this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  If I can assist you with your order for any of the supplies I used on this project...please email me at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Mother's Day Challenge

I just love how this card came out.  SHHHHHHH! Don't tell my Mom, it's for her.  It's a surprise!  I hope she's not peeking!  The inspiration for this card came from Judy Marshall.  Thanks Judy, your work is awesome.  As you can see I used lots of Old Olive and Certainly Celery for my greens.  For the flowers (made with the butterfly punch)  I used Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette. The Sentiment is from the new stamp setxxxxx. It is framed with a stamp from the Four Frames set.  Isn't it of my favorites!  It was colored with Stampin' Write Markers and sponged lightly around the edge with Melon Mambo. The background was stamped with the flourish from the Elements of Style stamp set onto Shimmer paper.  Although you can't see the shimmer in this real's stunning.  The Shimmer paper gave the background just the touch it needed to make this a very special card.  I hope everyone will take time to visit Hand Stamped Sentiments this week and join us in the Mother's day Challenge.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Graduation Challenge #64

There is a fun challenge over at the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog this week.  The challenge is to make something with a Graduation Theme.  I had no idea where I was going when I started this card except for the fact that I wanted to use the word 'Congratulations' from Occasional Quotes and 'Go in the Direction of your Dreams' from Word Play (both from current IB&C). The rest of the card just morphed by itself. At one point I thought the front of the card looked like Hugh Heffner's smoking jacket...yuko...erase that vision!  Then I added the graduation cap that pulls out of the top of the I think it turned out kinda cute. I hope you'll join me in the challenge this week and remember...if you need any of the supplies I used, please email me at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge 63 Easter

I just love how this card turned out.  I was at my Mom's house over the weekend celebrating her 84th Birthday.  On Sunday we spent the afternoon making cards.  She and I both love the 'Mother of Pearl' technique with Shimmer Paint.  The beauty of this card doesn't show through in this picture, but in real life, it is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!!  I hope all my friends and followers will join me this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and make something for Easter.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #62 - Pink-a-licious

I hope each of you will join me for the Pink-a-licious Challenge at Hand Stamps Sentiments this week. You can use any color of pink to create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D gift item.  For my project I created a fun fold window card. I used the Sizzix lattice die for the front panels and enbellished with pearl jewels.  Inside the card is stamped with the Baroque Motif flourish in multiple shades of pink and embellished with flowers from the Punch Potpourri Hostess set, stamped in Rose Red and punched with the Boho Blossom punch.  I spritzed the entire card in Melon Mambo to give added interest.  The Sentiment is from the Clearly for You stamp set. The polka dotted frame is from the Four Frames Stamp Set....a Sneak Peek from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. If I can assist you with your order for any of the supplies I used on this card...please email me at

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #61 - Shadow Box CArd

This week's challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is to make a Shadow Box Card.  Below I'll give you the link to the instructions I used so you can go make your own card for our challenge.  On this card I used my new favorite color Pink Pirouette.  I don't know why I hadn't used this color much before, but now that I have, expect to see a lot of it.  I can only imagine how luscious it will look paired with Early Espresso or Chocolate Chip.  But I digress, on to this card....I used the Happiness Shared Stamp Set for this gorgeous Wild Rose design.  I just LOVE using this set.  It give me the opportunity to "think" I am a watercolorist!  Is that a word?  Anyway I love to watercolor and the Stampin' write Makers and the Blender Pen make it so easy to create beautiful cards like this. This was a kind of tricky card to cut in the middle, it took a little while to figure out...I didn't want to cut the entire circle as I wanted some of the flower to edge over into the center of the circle so I could cut around it.  Make sense?  Kinda hard for me to put into words, but maybe you can see what I am talking about. On the back of the shadow box I stamped a sentiment form Occasional Quotes (a Sale-a-Bration set from last yr....bad Sherry, I know) and the single rose and leaf from the Happiness Shared set.  Then I sponged certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette in the opening.  I think it makes it look like light is shining in form above because of the light green tint at the top.  To finish off I stamped the Baroque Motif flourish in VersaMark ink and coated it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set to give the backgrounds some interest.  I added a little dazzling diamonds to the roses and strategically placed some pearls around to add a little more glamour.  The beauty of this card really doesn't show through in this picture.  You've really gotta see it in person to enjoy its outstanding beauty.  Here is the link I used for instructions.  This is a great tutorial by the awesome Dawn Griffith check it out.   It is super easy to do.  If you'd like any of the supplies I used to make this card, please let me know (, I'd love to be your Stampin' Up Demonstrator.

Monday, March 28, 2011

SNEAK PEEK - Paisley Petals

Isn't this the most gorgeous Designer Series Paper? It's the new DSP Paisley Petals from the upcoming Summer Mini. I took one sheet and cut out the image to use as the art piece and focal point for my card.  The background was spritzed with the Not Quite Navy Stampin Write Marker.  A 2 3/4" circle was masked off and sponged with Not Quite Navy. Layers are Not Quite Navy and Whisper White, then was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  I added pearls to finish off the card.   If you'd like to be among the first tovhave this gorgeous paper, please email me at, I'd love to be your Demonstrator.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lovely as a Tree

This beautiful tree full of Spring flowers is the single image from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. The image was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. I used pastel colors of Stampin' Write Markers to pounce some colorful flower petals on the tree. Then I masked off around the tree and sponged the ground, blue sky and pink blush to the sunrise.  The background CS is Pink Pirouette and Springtime Vintage from the Occasions Mini. Because I used the black embossing powder, I decided to back the artpiece and DSP with black, then I wanted to use black tulle with the white organza ribbon that I died with Pink Pirouette as an embellishment. I just love pink and black together.  And I really love how this card turned out. If you need any of the supplies I used to create this card for yourself, please email me at  I'd love to be your demonstrator.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments -Blooming Blossoms - Challenge #60

I hope each of you that take time to visit my blog this week will join me at the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog for this week's Theme Challenge #60 Blooming Blossoms.  I dusted off a stamp set that I hadn't used in a very long time, the Friends 24-7 set.  It has some great stamps in it besides the stem of flowers....a flourish, 3 sentiments, and  a bird (which I didn't use.).  I chose White Textured CS for the Fancy Favor Box and the Butterfly Bookmark (Sizzix Beatuiful Butterflies Die).  The card is embossed with the Elegant Lines folder.  A piece of the new Paisley Petals is SNEAKING A PEEK from behind the art piece.  Both pieces have 2 edges punched with the Scallop Trim Corner Punch.  Everything is sponged in Not Quite Navy and colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  Inspiration for the card came from a gorgeous Birthday card I received from Debbie Pike.

Monday, March 21, 2011

SNEAK PEEK - FOUR FRAMES meets Elements of Style and Frost Shimmer Paint

This is by far one of my favorite stamp sets, Elements of Style and one of my favorite techniques using Frost Shimmer Paint.  It is really hard to capture the beauty of the Shimmer Paint, so you will just have to take my word for it that it is just G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!!  I used Night of Navy to a\sponge around the inside of the Sizzix 3.5" circle, then leaving the mask in place I stamped the Elements of Style Rose and colored it with my Stampin' Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Pretty in PInk, a touch of Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, So Safforn, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.) The Hummingbird is colored with the Markers also. On this card you're getting a SNEAK PEEK of the Four Frames stamp set that will soon be available in the Summer Mini Catalog. If you want to be among the first to get the new Four Frames Stamp Set, please let me know.  I would love to be your Demonstrator, so emal me at

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthday Bakery

This is a card I made for my Brother-in-Law.  I used Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue mounted on Whisper White for the card base.  I stamped the Birthday Bakery (IB &C Hostess Gift) and the Happy Birthday from Bring on the Cake (New Occasions Mini) stamps on Whisper White in Black StazOn and colored it with Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen.  It is finished off with a piece of Marina Mist Satin Ribbon.  If you need any of the supplies I used to create this card with, please email me at  I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I've been bakin' a cake!

Well as you can see I have been busy baking already this morning.  No, not really, but this has got to be the best of both worlds as far as cake goes....Loads of layers, lots of frosting (rhinestones), beautiful decorations (Elements of Style Flourish), and just a few candles.  Can you even imagine what would happen if there were 63 candles on this card left....all burned up!  LOL.  I thought this was a really cute card idea.  It turned out just like it was in my head.  So Happy Birthday to Me! (Doin' the Happy Birthday Dance).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Photo -Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #59

The challange this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments is "Inspired by Nature" showing an outdoor Spring photo.  I actually joined two photos together that I took last May in Sequim, Wa.  I'm not sure what the beautiful flowers are, but they were stunning in real life.  The seagull was also taken on the same trip to Sandi MacIver's Spring Card Event in Sequim. I thought it would be nice to add the blue flowers to the seagull picture because the sky was such a gorgeous blue color.  I used Night of Navy and Bashful Blue CS to mount the pics with.  I added a little fun by using the Scallop Trim Border punch along the edge.  I hope each of you will join me in the challenge this week.  Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and give it a go! If you need any supplies from Stampin' Up!, please email me at, I'd love to be your demonstrator.
This is the same seagul, just with different flowers.  These flowers are all over Washington state in abundance. They are just breathtaking.  I used Basic Gray, Melon Mambo and Night of Navy to back these pics.