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July 2016

Flower Shop Birthday Card



I can't say enough about the new incolors for 2016-2017 and the copper embossing powder.  On Pinterest I saw the combination of the colors I used on this card and fell in love (again).  I used the colors Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum (you have to say it Swwwweeeeetttt Sugarplum hee hee) and added Copper Embossing Powder.  The picture doesn't show you just how beautiful and rich looking this card is.  

The measurements to make this card are:

Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock #141418

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • scraps for the 2" circle punch and the flower

Dapper Denim Card Stock #141414

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • scraps for the flowers

Very Vanilla Card Stock #101650

  • 3 3/4" x 5"  for front of card
  • 4" x 5 1/4" for the inside of the card
  • scraps for the circle

I used the stamp set Gorgeous Grunge for the splatters, Tin of Cards for the Happy Birthday and Flower Shop for the flowers.  To make the flowers I first stamped them using Versa Mark ink and then covered them with Copper Embossing Powder.  I then used our awesome Heating tool #129053 to set it.  You will know that the embossing powder is melted when is has a shiny color to it.  It is so fun to watch it change.  I love watching people's reactions the first time they use it.

I used the Pansy punch to punch out the flowers.  The Sweet Sugarplum circle was punched out using the 2" punch.  I then used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut out the Very Vanilla with Happy Birthday stamped on it.  

I used dimensionals to pop the sentiment and the Sweet Sugarplum flower.            




Reminder Sunday is the last day to get your Bonus Days Coupons to use in August!  If you would like to place an order, please click HERE and don't forget to use July's Hostess Code K4WDH33Y.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  This weekend I will be busy designing and cutting to get ready for my first Christmas Card Class on Tuesday and Friday next week.  If you would like to attend, please give me a call, text or email me.  I hope to see everyone there!

Happy Stampin!


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Too Cute Frog!


Oh My Goodness!!!!  This little frog is so stinkin' cute!!!!!!  I just love him, don't you?  I know you have heard a million times how much I love the hostess stamp set Love You Lots, but I truly do!  I think I have used this stamp set the most since I got it in May.

If you are wondering why I got it in May and not June when the new Annual Catalog came out, it is because I am a demonstrator.  One of the perks we get is we get to preorder products from the new catalog before it starts for everyone else.  Right now we are getting previews of the new Holiday Catalog and next week we get to order from it.  Let me tell you, you are going to LOVE IT!!!!  This is going to be another dangerous catalog for me!  Shhh don't tell Mark!! LOL

This card is my masculine card from my Stamp Camp this month.  You could definitely use this card for the females in your life.  You know what would make it so cute for a girl?  Put a tiny pink bow on the top of the frogs head.  I am going to have to try that!

To make this card you will need  the following products and measurements:

Basic Black Card Stock #121045

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Emerald Envy Card Stock #141415

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Whisper White Card Stock #100730

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4" for the inside of the card
  • 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"

I first started with stamping the frogs on the front of the card.  One tip I have for you is to stamp the frogs first and begin at the top.  If you start at the bottom (like I did the first time) you will end up with the bottom portion of the frog at the top of your card.  

I then used the stamp set Timeless Textures to do the background stamping.  I used the checker board stamp and the one right above it on the stamp set.  You will want to put ink on the stamp then stamp it off on a scrap piece of paper and lightly, and I mean lightly, stamp it onto the Emerald Envy paper.  I went all around the edges first and then filled in a little near the center of the card.  You don't have to worry about the section that is under the black and white squares.  

I used the new Layering Square Framelits to cut out the black and white paper on the front of the card.  I colored the frog with Emerald Envy and Smoky Slate ink using my blender pens.  Coloring to me is very relaxing.  Is it for you?

One of my customers, Linda stamped the inside of her card and I thought it was so cute.  So, of course, I had to add it to my card.  


Peak A Boo I see you!!!!

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope you are having a fabulous day!  If you need a little pick me up, just look at this cute little guy and I hope it brings a smile to your face. 

Happy Stampin!





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Floral Affection Sympathy Card


On Tuesday and Friday of last week I had my Stamp Camps for July. Each month we make a masculine, sympathy and 3 other cards. This is my sympathy card, which on found on Pinterest created by Susan Itell.  Thank you Susan for sharing your wonderful card.  This is another card that you could make for any occasion.  

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card, which I seem to be doing a lot lately.  I used the "With Sympathy" and "May your sorrow be eased by wonderful memories" stamps from the Better Together stamp set.  These were stamped with the Flirty Flamingo ink.

Here are the measurements to make this card:

Flirty Flamingo Card Stock #141416

  • cut at 4 1/4" x 11" score at 5 1/2"
  • 4" x 5 1/4"
  • 2 3/8" x 4 1/8"

Whisper White Card Stock #100730

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4" for the inside of the card
  • 2 5/8" x 4 3/8"
  • 2 1/4" x 4"

If you look closely you will see that I scored the first layer at 1/8" on all four sides.  This layer is popped up with dimensionals.  I used the Floral Affection Embossing Folder for the top layer.  When you order this embossing folder you will get two of them, they are a little smaller than the normal embossing folder.  I love that!  Sometimes you just need a smaller image.  


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Thank you for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  

Happy Stampin!


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How To Make A Journal


I know in my previous post I said I would teach you how to make the journal in that post.  Well, I have three issues; I didn't take pictures while I was making it, I gave it away already and I don't have enough of that paper to make another one.   So, I made this one using all current products (the other one I used retired products).  I really like how this one turned out.

This is a perfect time of the year to begin making these journals, or getting your supplies to make them later, because the Back To School sales have started.  The first thing you will need is a composition book.  Around here, you can pick them up for under $1 a piece.  I usually stock up and buy about 15-20 of them just for this type of project.  Here is a picture of the one I covered. 

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You would never know that is what I used to make this!  You will also need the following paper to make the one in this post.


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Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper #141654

  • cut 2 at 6" x 9 3/4"  this is for the front and back
  • cut 1 at 4" x 9 3/4"  this is for the left edge 
  • cut 2 at 7" x 9 1/2"

Rich Razzleberry Card Stock #115316

  • cut 2 at 1" x 9 3/4"

You will want to round the corners of the front and back pieces.  I used the Project Life Corner Punch #135346.  Make sure you know which way you want your paper to go as you only round on side of the paper.  If you make a mistake and round the wrong corner, don't worry about it because it will get covered by the Rich Razzleberry card stock.  Do you wonder how I know that?  Yep, I have punched the wrong corners before. 

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You will first attach the front and back pieces.  You will want to use a strong adhesive such as the Fast Fuse Adhesive or Tear & Tape Adhesive.   I just very lightly lay may paper down on it until I know exactly where I want it, then I press it down.  If you try to move it after you have pressed it down, it will be quite difficult.  This is the step that will take some time, because you don't want to hurry through it. Once you have done it a couple of times, it goes a lot faster.                                                                    

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You will then put on the piece that measures 4" x 9 3/4". This will cover up the binding on the notebook.

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The next step is to put on the 1" strip of Rich Razzleberry. This is going to cover up the seams from the two pervious steps.  

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On the inside of the front and back covers, there is printed information for students to use. I didn't want that on mine, so I covered it up with the 7" x 9 1/2" pieces of paper.  I think it really gives it a finished look and you could even decorate this area if you wanted to.  

To finish this one off I added white Organza Ribbon which I tied in a bow.  I then added the sentiment from the Layering Love Stamp Set #141965 and cut it out with the Layering Circle Framelits 141705.  I did use dimensionals on the circles to give it a little lift off of the page.  

Here are a couple of pictures of ones that I have made.  



I hope I gave you some ideas on how to make a plain composition notebook into a work of art.  I would love to see what creations you make.  Please send me pictures!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Stampin!




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What Colors Do I Use?


Do you ever have a hard time trying to figure out what colors to use on a project?  Me too!!!  Today I especially had a hard time for some reason.  Then I remembered a trick that Connie Stewart, another SU demonstrator, shared.  You punch out a shape, I used the retired scalloped circle punch, from every color of card stock you have.  You lay them all out on your desk so you can see  all the different colors. I was trying to coordinate with the paper under the colored circles. Aren't the above colors just beautiful!!  So many possible combinations.

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I went through and picked out the colors I knew I didn't want to use.  I took out all the colors I knew I didn't want to use. Then I put the ones left together with other similar colors.  This is what I ended up with.  I had a hard time figuring out what color combination I wanted to use.

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I then narrowed it down to the four color combinations I liked best.  I could have used all of them, and that was the problem.  I liked them all!  What one do I use?  I then thought of the person I was making the project for and knew which one I wanted immediately!  Can you guess which one?

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Did you guess the pink ones?  I love the combination of them together.  They make me happy!  Did you noticed that on back of them I have them labeled?  I put a label on the back of each one of them so I knew right away what the color was.  This step saves me a lot of time.  

I have a group of friends from our church that get together monthly to celebrate anyone that has a birthday that month.  I always make my gift I give.  This year I am doing prayer journals.  Everyone has loved them so far and I hope you do too.

Now for the finished project!  


I just love how this turned out!  I almost want to keep it for myself and make my friend a different one.  Shh don't tell her!  I used the same paper to make the card so they would coordinate.   I will have directions tomorrow or Friday on how to make this journal.  

Thank you for stopping in today and I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Happy Stampin!




Saying Goodbye is never easy


Look at our beautiful girls!!!!  This picture of Emily and Erica was taken when we had breakfast at this amazing place called CoCo Crepes.  Oh My Goodness!  It was delicious!  I know I will be going there every time we visit Emily.  Here is a picture of Erica's and my crepe.  


Over the last 10 days we moved Emily from Ohio to Houston, TX. Mark and Emily drove the moving truck and Erica and I flew down on Saturday. As they were pulling into the apartment complex, we pulled in right behind them. Talk about perfect timing!

Do you remember how excited you were to open up the door at your first apartment/home? Emily was too until it didn't work. They couldn't find a key to work, not even the master. Emily hopped over the railing to her patio and to see if she could open the patio door and hopefully unlock the front door. The key worked in the patio door, but not the front door. The maintenance man came while we went to lunch and fixed it! We were all ready to begin unloading the moving truck when we got back from lunch.

While we were down there we were able to do some fun things along with unpacking all the boxes and moving furniture.  On Sunday we went to a Houston Astro's game.  That was a lot of fun.  We left at the end of the 8th inning as it looked like the game was pretty much over.  Oh no it wasn't!  They ended up playing until the 10th inning and winning it.  I guess we should have stayed!

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At our hotel we had a free breakfast every morning.  One of the items is a waffle.  Now, not an ordinary waffle, it was a waffle shaped like Texas. When you are in Texas you have to eat a Texas Waffle!  

We also had later in the week the best cupcakes I have ever tasted.   Emily and I had tiramisu, Erica had strawberry and Mark  had vanilla chocolate.  They were from this place called Treats which was right by Coco Crepes.  Two very dangerous but delicious places.  It is a good thing I don't live there!  I think they would both know me by name.  LOL


We had wonderful food the whole time we were in Texas.   We went to mostly restaurants that we don't have in Ohio.  It was fun to try different places and food.

On Saturday morning we had to say goodbye to Emily and it was awful.  I have to say it was one of the hardest days of my life.  I am very thankful we have the technology we have now.  We can FaceTime, text and of course, call each other.  It won't be the same as having her close to home, but I know she is exactly where God wants her to be.  Everything in this whole process had His hand in it.  I know she is going to do great!  

Emily has an exciting adventure ahead of her as she starts the next chapter in her life!  We are so proud of her and can't wait to see what God has planned for her!  

Thank you for stopping by and letting me ramble on about us moving Emily to Texas.  I will have some really cute cards for you this week!

Happy Stampin!



Christmas in July


Merry Christmas!!  Ok, I know we still have 162 days until Christmas, but in the crafter's world, we begin working on projects in July, hence Christmas in July!  A lot of demonstrators will start their Christmas card classes in July, but my classes are beginning in August and this is one of the cards we will be making.  

I used a new product on this card, Copper Embossing Powder and a new stamp set Peach This Christmas.  I also used the stamp set Flurry of Wishes that returned from last year.  Yay!  The Copper Embossing Powder really changes the whole look of your project.  It is so pretty!

You will need the following products to make this card:

Cherry Cobbler Card Stock #119685

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Emerald Envy Card Stock #141415

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Whisper White Card Stock #100730

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

One thing I like about this card is that it is easy to mass produce in a short amount of time.  Which I love around the holidays when you are so busy with a lot of other things.

We are on our home today.  I think, no, I know this will be one of the hardest days of my life.  I am sad because I will miss Emily dearly, but I am also so excited to see what God has planned for her life.  I know she is going to be a wonderful teacher and make a huge impact on a lot of little lives.  

Enjoy your weekend!  I will post pictures next week of our adventure in Texas!

Happy Stampin"



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Cinderella's Carriage



I am on a roll with the Disney cards this week!  I saw this one on Pinterest and fell in love.  Of course I did, it's Disney!  I went on Pinterest to get some ideas for cards to display at my Open House and came across this one.   I just went back to try and find it so I can give credit to the creative person who came up with this idea.  I definitely did not design this, but I definitely CASE'd it!  

The carriage is made out of Gold Glitter Paper using the Swirly Scribbles Framelits to cut them out.  Then I used a retired little punch to make the starts out of the Soft Sky Card Stock.  I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere them to the white paper.  At first they didn't want to stick, so I put a clear block (the ones we use with our clear and photopolymer stamps) on top of the for a minute or two and it worked perfect.  

To get the lines in the whisper White I used my Stampin' Up! trimmer, best one I have ever used, scoring blade.  I made the score lines at 1/4" and 1/2" from the edge of the paper.  

The birthday sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set.  When I need a small, but not tiny, sentiment that is the first stamp set I go to.

Here are the measurements for this card:

Soft Sky Card Stock #131203

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • scrap for the stars

Whisper White Card stock #100730

  • cut 2 at  4" x 5 1/4"

Gold Glimmer Paper #133719

I also made one using the Emerald Envy Card Stock.  I like the both, not sure which one is my favorite.


Which one is your favorite?

It is Thursday and we are still in Texas with Emily.  No I am not working while on vacation, I scheduled these post to be put on my blog while I was gone.  I know some of you thought I was.  LOL

We are probably very hot as it is suppose to be in the upper 90's all week.  We are heading back on Saturday morning.  Please keep all of us in your prayers on Saturday, as it is going to be a very difficult.  I am tearing up already as I write this.  Nope, not just tearing up, I just had to take a break from writing this and have a mini meltdown.  I can remember all the emotions she is going through when I left my home town almost 30 years ago and now I am understanding what my mom went through.  IT STINKS!  I know she is right where God wants her to be and He has wonderful plans for her!  All of us are very at peace with her moving we are just going to miss her SOOOOOOOOO MUCH.  Thank God for texting, FaceTime, emails, instagram, Facebook and whatever else is out there.  

I hope everyone is having a good week!  Just think tomorrow is Friday!

Happy Stampin" 


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Minnie Mouse!!!



We are Disney Fanatics in this household.  Mark and I have been there 7 times and the girls 6.  I am thinking we might be going back again soon.  Yay!  I have made all the daycare angels Disney crazy too!  You gotta have a little fun in life!  

The first thing I thought of when I saw the Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles Framelits was Mickey and Minnie Mouse!!!  I love this card, it just makes me so happy!

To make this card, which is pretty easy and would make a great kids card, You only need one ink, 3 colors of paper, 2 of which are black and white, and some ribbon if you want it to be a Minnie card.  How easy is that!!!  Here are the measurements I used to make this card:

Basic Black Card Stock #121045

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • cut at 1/2" x 4"

Whisper White Card Stock #100730

  • cut 2 at 4" x 5 1/4"

Brights Designer Series Pack #138434 - I used Real Red

  • cut at 2" x 4"

I think I used about 12-14 inches of the 5/8" Organza Ribbon for the bow.  

For the inside of the card I used the smallest and the next size up to make a little Minnie Mouse.  Here is a picture so you can see what I did 


Too Cute!!!!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  

Happy Stampin!


July's Hostess Code: K4WDH38Y

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Floral Phrases - CASE



If you look at the title of this post you are probably wondering what does CASE stand for.   In the Stampin' Up! world we use CASE to mean Create And Share Everything.  How awesome is that!  I absolutely love how the demonstrators help, encourage, share, inspire and many other things with each other.  I CASE'd this card from the Annual Catalog on page 76.  

This is a note card, which is 3" x 5", instead of the A2 size which is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  You can purchase the note cards with envelopes from SU in Crumb Cake or Whisper White.  I like this size for when you just need a small card for a little message.  I use these a lot for thank you cards.  

To make this card you will need the following materials:

Note Cards & Envelopes in Crumb Cake #133766

Whisper White Card Stock #100730

  • 3 1/4" x 4"
  • scrap for the banner

Floral Boutique DSP #141663

  • 3 1/2" x 4 1//2"

I used the stamp set Floral Phrases on this card as it coordinates with the Floral Boutique DSP.  If you look closely you will see I used the long stamp in the set in crumb cake across the center of the card.  I then added my paper and bow.  I used the Solid Baker's Twine for the bow. To make the banner, I stamped the saying in Crumb Cake and cut it out with our paper snips.

It is Sunday, I am writing these in advance, so we should be all done unloading the truck and going to a Houston Astros baseball game. We are trying to do some fun things while we are in Texas as this will be our vacation for this year.  I have only been to Texas once, in February with Emily, so I am excited to see and do more things.  From what I saw in February I love Texas!!!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Happy Stampin'



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