Monday, August 31, 2009

Night & Day Halloween Play

Whoooooooo wants to come to a fabulous Halloween class???

Date: September 29 (so your decorations will be all ready!)
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $25, which includes your very own pack of Night & Day DSP from the Holiday Mini, plus everything you need to make the 3 projects shown here! (Boo Banner, Dracula Test-Tube Box, and Spooky Sweet Treat on a Stick)

Your pre-payment is your RSVP, and I will close registration on Monday, Sept 21 at 9 am. Don't miss out!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Holidays Blog Hop

You know my friends at Stampin Addicts--they can't stop stamping and blogging! Check out all their great ideas for the Holiday Mini Catalog, which goes live on Tuesday, September 1!

They have some fabulous projects you won't want to miss! If you don't have a copy of the Holiday Mini yet, please contact me for information on how to get one!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fabulous Flower Folds

My September Club hostess requested that we use the Flower Folds die, and I was *happy* to oblige! I love this one! (Is there one I don't love??? Hmmm. Probably not.)

I picked up some tins at Convention and decided they'd be perfect for a Flower Folds project. First we cut the die from Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry cardstock. Then we spritzed them with water and ran them through the Texturz plates. Fold up the petals on the score lines before the paper dries, and this is what you get! Isn't it lovely??? The center of the big flower is punched from an embosslit.

We also made a cute little 3x3 card with the "leftover" petals. My best friend Brandi has convinced me that doodling is what *every* project needs, and so we added that!

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Signo White Gel Pen, Basic Black Stampin Write Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Folds Die, Flower Burst Embosslit, Textruz SU Backgrounds 1, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle Punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Crushed Curry ribbon, Vintage Brads, tins

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just Jacob

Today is my Jacob's 8th birthday!

After some initial reluctance to actually enter this world (he was born 2 weeks after his due date!), Jake finally appeared, weighing in at a paltry 9 pounds 8 ounces. Poor little thing! LOL

He has a gentle, sweet spirit and a gift for saying just the right thing to make his Mama happy. The girl who gets him will be one lucky woman! A boy with 4 older sisters definitely has an edge on how to "understand girls."

Jake got to pick out a new bike for his birthday--he likes it just a bit.He had outgrown his last one to the point of hitting his knees on the handlebars. {smile} He's really excited to start Cub Scouts and participate with all his friends. He loves basketball, Star Wars, and Transformers.

Happy Birthday, Jake!

Monday, August 24, 2009


I participated in a "cards that move" swap at Convention, and decided to try a style I'd never done before! This is a suspension card--the basketball is suspended in the punched-out circle. It stressed me out LOL, but I loved how they ended up!

Here's a close-up of the window. I stamped the Hoop right behind the image, so it looks like the basketball is spinning inside!

Stamps: Just Basketball
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic and Craft, Pumpkin Pie Classic
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Big Shot, Texturz plates, Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter), Sticky Strip

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bandana Technique

Isn't this cute! I found the idea on several blogs--not sure who originated it. This was the technique for Card Buffet in August, and everyone seemed to enjoy it! It's a simple technique--you just start adding dots with your white gel pen! Give it a try! It's a great summer look!

Stamps: Always
Paper: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Ballet Blue
Accessories: White Gel Pen

Oh, and a note about the fabulous Big Shot Hero video:

I can take credit *only* for posting it. It's not my video, that's not my dh, and I had nothing to do with it whatsoever! I just shared it because I was so impressed. :-) Here's a link to Linda Heller's post about it. Glad you all enjoyed it as much as I did!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Big Shot Hero

Every year, Stampin' Up! holds a "commercial" contest among demonstrators. This was the winning entry this year, and one of my favorite Convention moments! Cheers to Linda Heller and her team for a great commercial!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bermuda Blossoms

I {heart} the In Color Bermuda Bay! It's one of my favorite colors! This card is featured at August's Card Buffet tomorrow night.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Naturals White
Ink: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Bermuda Bay grosgrain, Aquapainters, Stampin Sponge

Friday, August 14, 2009

Come on, you know you wanna!

Now is a great time to sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! So many great things are happening--the Build a Bear Workshop partnership, the new Holiday Mini Catalog coming soon, the new software My Digital Software available in the next little bit, of course, all the Big Shot products, stamps, accessories, ribbons . . . well, you get the picture.

Wouldn't you love to buy this stuff at a discount??? Swap with other demonstrators at Convention??? Get preorder opportunities??? Hear and see the "new stuff" first???

Dates: July 15 - August 31, 2009

Promotion Details:

Become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with the limited-time $85 Mini Starter Kit. The Mini Starter Kit contains the following products:

Item Code

Page #*


Retail Value**



For All You Do stamp set




Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad




Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad




Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad




Dusty Durango Classic Stampin' Pad




Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad




Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad




Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")




In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")


You can substitute for like at items at matching or lower price points, so you can really customize your starter kit just for YOU! I'd love to have you join my team! Click over to my Stampin' Up! website now and click "Start Your Own Business" and then Join Now! My recruiter password is cardbuffet.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Home again, home again, jiggity jog

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of my Convention swaps! More will be coming your way--you didn't think that was *all*, did you????? I just need a bit of time to recover and get caught up on the laundry! Meanwhile, here is one of my general swaps from the Stampin Addicts MeetnGreet.

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Thanks Embosslit, Bermuda Bay ribbon, half pearls (Pretties Kit)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hawaiian Silk

One of my swaps for Friday's Stampin Addicts Convention MeetnGreet was this Faux Silk card with the set Paradise. I love faux silk--so easy to make a lovely card!

Stamps: Paradise, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Black Stazon
Accessories: Tissue Paper, SU Glue Stick, Pretties Kit, Vintage Brads, Button Latte, Big Shot, Flower Layers Die, Glue Dots, Black ¼” Grosgrain

Friday, August 7, 2009

It's all about the potatoes

If you have known me long, you know that I have a certain reluctance to be identified as a "potato" head Idahoan. I love where I live, and I guess if it being associated with potatoes keeps more people from moving here, all the better. Idaho and Idahoans have much more to offer than potatoes, is all I'm saying. LOL

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to make up these notebooks for some very close friends at Convention. This way, they can think of ME, their favorite "Idahoan", every time they use the notebooks!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lattice in the Park

I made this card for a new set swap. I love the way the tree from Pendant Park looks embossed! This card is 5 inches square. Both the scalloped square and the lattice are popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Pendant Park, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Kraft
Ink: Not Quite Navy, White Craft
Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice Die, Scallop Square Die, White Embossing Powder, Paper Piercer, Vintage Brads, EE Brads (Not Quite Navy), dimensionals

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paper bag purse album

This is the paper bag album I swapped last night. It's made of 2 small kraft bags (size #2).

Stamps: Define Your Life, Razzle Dazzle
Paper: Melon Mambo Textured, Rich Razzleberry Textured, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle #2, Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons, Modern Label Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Cropadile, embroidery thread, Fresh Favorites II Buttons, Rich Regals Brads, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Llorenzo is ready!

Llorenzo is on his way to Salt Lake City, full of dreams, loaded with swaps, and hopped up on dimensionals--I mean chocolate! If you'll be at Convention, come and find us!

Here is a tiny gift I made for my Swap Sisters! I'll be seeing many of them *tonite*! Can't wait!

Monday, August 3, 2009

What do you get . . .

. . .when you combine sleepless stampers, fabulous swaps, a bag of new stampin goodies, and friends who haven't seen each other in a year?????


I've been getting ready for a month.

The swaps are done (unless I decide I need to make *just one more*).
The bags are nearly packed (good thing there are wheels on that luggage)!
The laundry is almost finished (well, except for the towels, and that pile over there, and . . oh well).
The llama is lloaded up!
The cell numbers are exchanged!
The children have been sufficiently bribed. (I hope!)

Who loves to stamp???? See ya in Salt Lake City!!!