Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More Strength and Hope

Don't forget about Stampin' Up's Strength and Hope Campaign! For every Strength and Hope set or Digital Kit purchased, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to Breast Cancer Research.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blossom Friends

This card was my club swap for May--our theme was Hot Pink! I used the First Edition Specialty DSP (still available to order) and both my new Triple Layer punches. After adhering the DSP to Basic Black cs and adding the punchouts, I ran the whole thing through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. Then I added a little more Melon Mambo with the swirl stamp from Elements of Style--stamped off once. The sentiment is from Just Believe, stamped on Very Vanilla with Basic Black ink. I used the Word Window and Modern Label punches for it, with a bit of 1/8" black taffeta for an accent.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flower Garden just for you

The new embossing folder, Flower Garden, in the Summer Mini catalog has so many possibilities! For this card, I outlined the edges of the embossing with the Pink Pirouette marker, then used my Aquapainter and the Blushing Bride Watercolor Wonder Crayon to add a little color to the petals. The centers are Daffodil Delight marker, and the stems are Pear Pizzazz marker and Watercolor Wonder Crayon.

Of course, you could do the same thing with any color scheme! I'm hoping to get around to a Poppy Parade version, since I have sadly neglected that color. :-)

Stamps: Just Believe (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Blushing Bride, Markers in Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Garden embossing folder, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Triple Layer Blossom--no calories

Triple Layer should be followed by something decadent and likely chocolate, but this is a great calorie free version! Stampin' Up! has released a new style punch in the Summer Mini catalog, which allows 3 (or more) separate images to be punched from the same punch! How's that for bang-for-your-buck???

We made this 3x6 card at Club Tuesday night and used the Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet Punch (page 6) to create the flowers. These punches are very easy to use! And of course, I had to sneak in the adorable kitty from Touch of Kindness (page 25). We stamped him in Black Craft ink and then used clear embossing powder. That's my trick to keep from watercoloring like I'm in second grade. We used the Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons (my favorite!!) to color him in. The stem stamp is also from Touch of Kindness, and the grass is sketched in with the Pear Pizzazz marker.

Stamps: Touch of Kindness (123203, Mini 25)
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Black Craft, Pear Pizzazz Classic, Pear Pizzazz Marker
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestones (119246, 188), Brads—Brights (119740, 187), Paper Piercer, dimensionals, Aquapainters (103954, 195), Watercolor Wonder Crayons—Brights (119804, 194)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It's Club night!

Tonite we'll be making this card at our Hostess Club! It features the brand new Flower Garden Embossing Folder from the Summer Mini, as well as this fabulous bow-tying technique from Mary Brown!  

Stamps: Friendly Words Wheel (114696, 138)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: White Craft (101731, 169), Rich Razzleberry classic
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Garden Embossing Folder (123113, Mini 24), Sponge Daubers (102892, 195), Rich Razzleberry 3/8” Taffeta ribbon (119966, 191), Antique Brads (117273, 187), dimensionals

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

My mom is amazing. She taught me how to be strong and true, and she taught me how to make a family and home. She is always studying and learning and trying to improve herself--she taught all of us the great joy in learning. She is an amazing pianist--I'm sure she would have been a concert pianist if she hadn't had all of us kids! She still plays wonderfully, and it's a joy to watch her perform and share her music. She teaches piano and accompanies the grandchildren (and many others!) as they sing and play instruments. She has been a widow for almost 14 years, but she holds the whole family together. She taught us to let go of hurt feelings and disagreements, because family is what matters most. She taught us to cook and sew and clean and shop frugally. She taught us to grow a vegetable garden to feed our stomachs and a flower garden to feed our souls. She taught us faith in God and how to endure well.

She made me who I am, and I hope I can pass on as much my own children. Love you, Mom! Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

More Butterflies

I know, why even post! It's a super simple card that needs no explanation, but it's my mom's favorite out of the whole set! lol Again, the artwork speaks for itself. Love that butterfly!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


This card is from the set we made last week at our Mother's Day class. It features the wonderful butterfly image from Strength and Hope. The pearls didn't show up well in photos, but they are there on each wing! It's a really simple card, but I think that allows all the attention to focus on that beautiful butterfly!

Stamps: Strength and Hope
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dots embossing folder, Pearls

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Strength and Hope

Stampin' Up! is partnering with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in the Strength & Hope Campaign. 
From May 1-August 31, 2011, Stampin' Up! will donate $2* from the sale of each Strength & Hope Set and Digital Kit to BCRF.

Wood-Mount Item
Wood-Mount Price
Clear-Mount Item
Clear-Mount Price
Strength & Hope
Force & Espoir (French)
Fortaleza y Esperanza (Spanish)

A Strength & Hope Digital Kit (item 124475) is also available that includes a four-piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, and 10 embellishment pieces for $9.95.
Contact me today to order this beautiful set and support BCRF as they work find a cure for breast cancer! Or shop now in my Online Store.
*Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from this purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit