Tuesday, December 18

Monograms Make a GREAT Gift

A coworker recently asked me to make her some monogram gift sets and these are what I came up with. I used the Brocade Background Designer Paper for the color pallet and that was my starting place. These card sets make wonderful gift ideas for special people in your life. Perfect for the holidays.

Set: Headline Alphabet Upper
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip, Dimensionals, Brocade Background Designer Paper, Large Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile,

Wednesday, December 12

Gift Certificate Holders-- perfect for the holidays

Dress up your gift certificates before giving them as gifts by use the 5-in-1 envelope template. You can make these for any occasion throughout the year. Anyone would be happy to receive this lovely gift.
Set: Season of Joy, Snow Burst
Ink: Versamark, Blue Bayou, Basic Black
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
Accessories: 5-in-1 Envelope Template, Slit Punch, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Silver Brad, 1'16" punch, Wintergreen Designer Paper, Velcro Dot

Wednesday, December 5

Party Favors

I recently invited all of the volunteers from our local Ronald McDonald House over to my house for a day of fun and stamping. We hadn't all gotten together before and didn't all know each other yet. We had a shoebox holiday card swap... only we didn't really swap. Everybody brought a card and the supplies for everyone to make it and all all of the holiday cards that were made are being donated to the residents at the Ronald McDonald House.
It was really a fabulous day. We had such a nice time. I really enjoyed spending time with the fabulous ladies that came. I made the party favors below as little thank you's for the ladies. The pattern can be found on SplitCoastStampers.

Wednesday, November 28

Dashing Joy

Hope you enjoy this little 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" Season of Joy card on Dashing designer paper. I'm treasuring a couple of these sets while they are still available in the holiday mini catalog

Set: Season of Joy
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Dashing Designer Paper, Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Brad, 1/16" Punch, Old Olive and Real Red markers

Friday, November 16

Fun Snowman Card

Now that I've finally gotten on the bandwagon with the window sheet (transparency) card, I'm really enjoying them. I think I was always afraid to try it, because I thought it would be difficult... but not so much. Being the big snowman junkie I am, I had to try this cute guy and the white snowflakes on the window sheet. Whadaya think? I hate to say goodbye to this little guy in a couple of weeks... but I'm excited to see the new catalog soon.

Set: Merry and Bright
Ink: White Stazon, Basic Black, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Accessories: Wintergreen Designer Paper, Blue Bayou Stitched Ribbon, OLD Silver Vintage Brads, 1/16" Punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, White PomPom, Transparency Sheet

Friday, November 9

Last card from the card class

This is the final in the series of four that we did at the holiday card class. Probably the easiest too. I got the idea from Splitcoast and added my Amy touches. This was one of my favorites because I just love this fat little snowman and because it's so cute and easy.
I'll be adding some new samples to finish up ideas from the mini over the next week.

Set: Merry and Bright, Season of Joy
Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White Craft
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Kraft, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches and Scallop Punch, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Crafter's Toolkit, Pomegranate Stitched Ribbon

Wednesday, November 7

RAKS From my Friends

These cute fall cards come from Debbie and Susan--two of my favorite stamping buddies.
Thanks ladies!

Sunday, November 4

Third Card from the Holiday Card Class

This was probably the most complicated card... easy to stamp, but the most steps to put together. Folks really liked this color combination though. I did two cards using the dazzling diamonds glitter and the area around my table is still covered with glitter.... probably will be for a while.
Set: Snow Burst, Short & Sweet
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/8", 1 1/4" and 3/4" Circle Punches, 1/16" Punch, Silver Brad, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Chocolate Taffeta, Silver Elastic Cord, Wintergreen Designer Paper

Friday, November 2

Just like potato chips--- you can't eat, I mean buy just one

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Thursday, November 1

Let me help you design your holiday card

Got an idea of your holiday card but need some design help... that's what I do. I'd be happy to help you come up with an idea for your holiday card. If you'd like to incorporate your kids, family or pets, we can certainly do that or if you need to make it super easy so you can replicate 100 cards, we can do that to. Just drop me a note by e-mail and we can chat.

Tuesday, October 30

Simple Snowman Card from the Card Class

I think this was overall the second favorite card from the card class. I guess it kinda depends on whether people liked to color or not. I like to color and I like snowmen. This is a cute set from the regular catalog that is kinda lost in there. I think it's adorable. This card was inspired by a card I got in a card swap from my friend Sheri I just changed the set. Hope you like it.

Set: Simple Snowman
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 5/8" Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Rectangle Punch, Dashing Designer Paper, Blender Pen

Saturday, October 27

First Holiday Card from my Card Class

As I mentioned I did my Holiday Card Class this last week and here is my first card from the class. I did a poll from all of the customers at my classes and this was the overwhelming winner so I thought I'd post it first. It is really a sharp and classy and relatively easy card. One that could be easily replicated for however many you need to do. It's from one of those winner sets from the holiday mini catalog-- Season of Joy -- and the Holiday Harmony designer paper nicely accompanies it. Love, love, love it! I will really miss the mini when it's gone. There are a couple of sets in there that I'm very much enjoying. You will see just how much over the next couple of days. Hope you enjoy this card.

Set: Season of Joy
Ink: Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Holiday Harmony designer paper, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Gold Brad, Corner Rounder Punch, 1/16" punch, Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, October 26

Chipboard Ornamants

So, my Holiday Card Classes are over... and I think based on what my customers had to say that they were a success. I even took out the snowman decorations... I live in an apartment complex and I think my neighbors probably thought I was a little nuts for having snowmen outside already!!! Ah well... gotta get everyone in the spirit-- right?

I'll be posting the four cards we did over the next couple of days. We had a bonus project as well and this is it. Once they finished their 12 cards, they could do a chipboard ornament... from the On Board Trimmings chipboard set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Here are a couple of samples that I had made up for them to go by.

They really enjoyed this. Some used some new products that they hadn't seen before-- the Trimmings chipboard, Iridescent Ice embossing powder or the Crop-a-Dile.

Set: Snow Burst
Ink: Bashful Blue Craft and Classic, White Craft
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: On Board Trimmings Chipboard, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Crop-a-Dile, Ice Rhinestone Brads, Silver Cord

Saturday, October 20

Had to Try It--- New Acrylic Card

So this card was for a good friend who is having a baby very soon. It went with her shower gift. It was the perfect opportunity to try an acrylic card.
I used a transparency... you know from those transparency machines we used to have in classrooms... before computers and PowerPoint. I used to be a teacher in a former career and still have a zillion of them. I stamped the polka dot background in white Stazon on the acrylic "card" and there is cardstock on the inside right under the cardstock on the outside where you can write a message.
I think the mom-to-be enjoyed it. She is a stamper too. Isn't that Sweet Pea, just adorable!

Sets: Event Full Hostess Set and Polka Dot Background
Ink: White Stazon, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Pink Gingham Ribbon, Blender Pen, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery Makers, 1/16" Punch, Transparency Sheet

Friday, October 19

RAKS From my Friends

These are a couple of very fun cards from a couple of very fun gals. Both ladies are in my stamp club and have become very good friends. I have to say that I have THE BEST stamp clubs. I am such a lucky demonstrator.
This first card is the famous criss-cross card... Nicole made this card after I taught it at club and was experimenting with colors and came up with this fabulous combination. I love when folks actually use what I teach. Amazing. That happens more as a demonstrator than when I was teaching high school... imagine that!!!
The second card is just plain cute! The inside says "my favorite things!" And that pretty much describes Debbie... along with the pink on the card. I'm not sure who's shoe stamp this (so I can't give credit), but it sure is cute-- as is the card!

Thanks to you both for making it fun to go to the mailbox!!

Thursday, October 18

Holiday Card Idea

My customers are always wanting to do holiday cards, but they are always torn because they want to send pictures of their gorgeous kids too. So, I came up with this idea for them to do both. This is a 12x12 piece of Whisper White cut at 4 inches and scored at 9 inches. This card has room for the kids picture, a little stamping and a place to write a little greeting... and it fits in a business size envelope. Whadaya think? My club ladies LOVED it. By the way, these are my two lovely nieces Madison (11) and Samantha (1)... they are fabulous aren't they. I'm a very proud aunt!

Set: Season of Joy
Ink: Elegant Eggplant and Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive
Accessories: Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/4" Punch, Ice Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 17

Carolina Girl

Just a fun post today...
Look at my cute girl Sallie. She's a Carolina girl. True Blue! What a lovable little beagle.

Sunday, October 14

Holiday Card Class

The Holiday Card Class is just around the corner... and there is still time to sign up. Just a few seats are available for the Thursday, October 25th class!

We will be making 12 cards, 4 designs, 3 of each and a special BONUS project.

Cost is $30 and location is at my place in Chapel Hill

E-mail me today to reserve your spot!!

This is not a card that we're doing... I've got to keep something as a surprise... But I thought I'd put a little teaser out there. This is a fun card with one of my favorite sets from the winter mini... Merry and Bright. Love that chubby little snowman. I CASED the idea from this card from SCS, and then changed it up a bit.

Set: Merry and Bright, Snow Burst
Ink: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cutie Pie Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Wide Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad, Celery and Bashful Blue Marker, White Gel Pen

Wednesday, October 10

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Blog surfing again and loving what everyone is up to in terms of celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I broke out an old favorite of mine-- the Hope set-- to make a card for this occasion.
Never has this hit so close as this month. My mom had a cancer scare this month. It ended up just being a scare and all is well, but boy it was too close for comfort. My friends were so wonderful. I'm amazed by the power of prayer. And, I've had a friend or two deal with cancer this year and they've been so amazing and strong. I'm in awe of their strength.

My best friend is celebrating 10+ years cancer free. I met her after her battle with cancer. I cannot even begin to imagine my life without her, her family and kids in it. She is one of the most generous, loyal and giving people I've ever known. We take part every year (and helped organize for many years) the Relay For Life in our community. It's a great time to give back and we've met some really phenomenal people through that event.

I have another friend who is taking part in a 60K Susan G. Komen Race in Houston later this month to raise money for breast cancer research. She is doing 60 miles in her wheelchair. I'm in awe of her stamina and desire to make a difference.

People are truly amazing!

Set: Hope
Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Black Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Pink and Black Grosgrain Ribbons

Sunday, October 7

It's 90 degrees in NC, but never too early for a Snowman

Are you ready for a reallllly cute snoman?

I have to give total credit for the idea to one of my club members Toni. I showed a halloween lantern that was demonstrated at convention at my last club meeting and she said "I bet a snowman would be cute!" Well, the wheels were turning and the next night, viola. Here he is. Isn't he adorable.
I used the Wintergreen Designer Paper. The eyes, mouth and buttons are just punches. The arms are just cut out of chocolate chip card stock and the nose out of only orange. The largest circle is sixteen 11"x1" strips. The middle circle is twelve 8"x1" strips. The head circle is ten 6"x1"strips. I didn't like him bald, so I got the hat at Michaels in the doll clothes section it fits his head perfectly.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 4

Last of the halloween...

Well, I can't promise this is the last halloween post... being that this is my favorite holiday and all. But I am starting to play with the holiday sets so lots of holiday stuff will be coming soon.

But I have just LOVED this set.... and i mean thoroughly LOVED this set. Do you ever buy a set that you just totally get your money out of? Well, this would be the set. It is so much fun. I love how it fits the punches and the sayings are so cute. If you don't have this set, you need it. Anyhow, here are a couple more samples to help convince you. Have I mentioned how much I love to use GOOGLIE EYES!!!!

Set: Batty for You (duh)
Ink: none
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Green Galore
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch Circle Punches, Basic Black and Green Galore Markers, Black Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbon

Set: Batty for You
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch Circle Punches, Crystal Effects, Black Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbon and GOOGLIE EYES

Tuesday, October 2

Batty for You Basket

Blog surfing again and lookie what I found... Cambri Turbow is sooo inventive and comes up with the neatest creations. Check out this cute little basket. It is full of peppermint patties that are covered front and back with scallop punches and Batty for You. And yet another great reason to use Googlie Eyes... The basket is really easy to make, but it's probably easiest to go to Cambria's website for the pattern. Great gift ideas for the office or teachers.

Set: Batty for You
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Jumbo Circle and Scallop Punches, Corner Rounder Punch, Large Pewter Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Brads, Googlie Eyes

Friday, September 28

Cutest Little Pumpkins

So I was blog surfing and ran across the cutest little pumpkins so thought I'd try to create some of my own. Here they are. They are easy to make. Just cut designer paper into strips 1 inch by 6 inches then punch a 1/8 inch hole in the top and bottom of each strip. Then thread chocolate ribbon through the two holes tying knots on the inside and outside of each hole. Then fan out the strips to make the round shape. I used the old Daisy punch in garden green on top and curled some strips paper for decoration. In case you are wondering, some of the designer paper I used is current and some is retired. I'm running out of the Creepy Crawly. Aren't these stinkin' cute!

Thursday, September 27

More Halloween...

I love making fun halloween goodies for all of my co-workers and the little people in my life. These are two projects that I've been doing with my clubs. Enjoy. Set: Batty for You Ink: Basic Black Cardstock: Whisper White & Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Jumbo Circle Punches and Scallop Punch, Crystal Effects, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon and Googlie Eyes

Batty for You Ink: Basic Black Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Jumbo Circle Punches and Scallop Punch, Crystal Effects, Black Gingham Ribbon and Googlie Eyes


Yeah, only a few minutes until Greys Anatomy is back. Seems like the longest summer without it. I've missed my favorite interns like crazy.

Since I haven't been watching much TV, I've been making lotsa fun halloween goodies. Halloween is my favorite holiday-- it's so fun for kids-- and adults alike.

So, the crisscross card is all the rage. Here are my versions of it. I have two halloween versions that I've recently taught at my club meeting. You can find a tutorial for this card here.

Set: Batty for You
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper,
1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Jumbo Circle Punches, Scallop
Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Sticky Strip,
Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Sponge

Set: Batty for You
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper,
Rounded Punch, Black Brads, Sticky Strip,
Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Sponge

Wednesday, September 12

Birthday Card Class

I held a birthday card Stamp-a- Stack class last night--10 cards- 5 designs- 2 cards each. I think everyone enjoyed it. Thanks to my faithful customers who came--- I have the BEST customers!!!

Here are the designs that we made.

Sets: Garden Whimsy, Short and Sweet, Whimsy Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories: Cute Pie Designer Paper, Oval Punches, 1/16 inch Punch, Silver Brad

Sets: Heartfelt Thanks, Dotted Background, Its' Your Birthday
Ink: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: 1/38" Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Dimmensionals, White Grosgrain Ribbon

Sets: Just for You, Hugs and Wishes
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green
Accessories: Flowers for You Designer Paper, Silver Brad, 1/16" punch, Paper Piercer, pad and template, Dimmensionals

Sets: Wild About you, Polka Dot Background and Happy Everything
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip and Groovy Guava
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker, 1/4"Circle Punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (discontinued), Wild Wasabi Ribbon, Dimmensionals

Sets: Winds of Grace, Canvas, Print Pattern and Sincere Salutations
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue and Kraft
Accessories: Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Slit Punch, Old Vintage Brads (discontinued), Rectangle Punch, Tag Corner Punch

Monday, September 10

Check this out---Ribbon Tying Tutorial

You gotta check out this great ribbon tying tutorial at my friend, Sherri Barron's Blog. Sherri has been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for about five years or so and is a great stamper. She has perfected tying a knot with the new wide grosgrain ribbon and has shared it with all of us on her blog. You'll love it!

Thursday, September 6

Loving this Little Snowperson

I took the week off work. This is the first time I've ever taken a week off work.... ever. I'm not going anywhere. I'm just hanging around, getting caught up. But the point is... I'm not at work--- and I have to admit... boy is it nice. My boss kept telling me to take a week off, no he kept saying, take two weeks off. I couldn't quite justify taking two weeks off- but I must admit, he was right. I needed a week off.

So, I've been doing a lot of stamping. I've finally gotten a chance to play with my sets from the Winter mini and am having such a great time... Here's a little teaser of what I've come up with. It's a cute little ornament using the On Board Trimmings chipboard set and the Merry and Bright stamp set. If you know me, you know that I'm a snowperson junkie and this fat little guy is just adorable.

Set: Merry and Bright
Ink: Basic Black and Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive and River Rock
Accessories: Dashing Designer Paper, Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Olive and Red Markers, Gold Elastic Cord, Stampin' Sponge, 1/16" punch, On Board Trimmings chipboard

Wednesday, August 29

With Gratitude

It may be almost 100 degrees in sunny North Carolina but supposedly fall is just around the corner... so I'm trying to get into the spirit by demonstrating this fabulous new fall set-- With Gratitude. It's very reminiscent of Autumn Leaves but I love the font of the wording in this set... can be somewhat formal... but doesn't have to be. Another one of the reasons why I bought it is so I can use it for masculine cards. This is just an all around lovely set. Hope you enjoy the samples...

th Gratitude, Canvas Background
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Versamark, Chocolate Chip

Stampin' Pastels, Chocolate 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/16" Punch, Gold Brad, Corner Rounder Punch

Poppin' Pastels

Sets: With Gratitude, Canvas Background
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Kraft
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie Spectrum Pad, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Twill Tape, Brads from Hodgepodge Hardware Kit, Spray Bottle (to mist leaves)

Wednesday, August 22

Fun with my Demonstrator Friends

A couple of demonstrator friends of mine recently held a Mini-Convention training for our downlines and had a fabulous day. If you join my downline you get to come to trainings like this and ...

Hang out in your pajamas with your downline friends!

See demonstrations of exciting new products!

SWAP Cards!

Stamp a bunch of make-n-takes!

You can't stand it now, can you?
Don't miss the fun!
E-mail me today: amyward@rocketmail.com

Sunday, August 19

Love these 3x3's

Use to be that every card was 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 but not anymore... now we have all of these fun new sizes. I especially like these little 3x3's-- they are perfect for gift tags or just little thank you notes. They don't take much time or much stamping. Even people who proclaim themselves "not creative" can do these cards. And, they are so small and cute. Take a look at this set of cards. The first four use the Garden Whimsy set and the last one uses the Pick a Petal set....

Monday, August 13

Batty for You

I loooove Halloween and was so thrilled to see this cute Halloween set in the new catalog. I loved Booglie Eyes, but just about used that set to death last year. This set is going to be a lot of fun and I'm sure my customers will love it. I was still in chipboard mode, so these samples use some chipboard as well.

Set: Batty for You, Spooky Skyline Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, Blossoms & Basics Chipboard, Stampin' Write Markers (pumpkin pie, always artichoke, basic black), Black Grosgrain and Gingham Ribbon, 1 1/4 Circle Jumbo Punch

Set: Batty for You, Spooky Skyline Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Cardstock: Summer Sun, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Creepy Crawly Designer Paper, Blossoms & Basics Chipboard, Yellow and Black Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/4 Circle Jumbo Punch, Two Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Clear Embossing Powder and Heat Gun (Googlie Eyes)

Saturday, August 4

Just Like You

I have to say this is by far the cutest Ronald McDonald House set we've ever had. Just Like You can be found on page 105 of the new Catalog. The Flowers for You designer paper was made to coordinate perfectly with this set. This set is $25.95 and for every set that is sold, two dollars is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

I am the new Lead Volunteer for the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House and we will be restart our activities at the end of this month. We will be going to the house once a month to do stamping activities with the guests. They've also asked us to donate stamped notepads to have in each guests room. If you are a Demonstrator in the Chapel Hill Durham, NC area and would like to help us out, please e-mail me at amyward@rocketmail.com. If not, I would encourage you to sign up in your own area. It is such a rewarding experience and takes a very little amount of time.... just an hour a month.

This is a sample of what I did with my clubs last month-- it's a 4.25 x 4.25 size--

Sets: Just Like You
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Regal Rose
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Ice Circle Brad, White Taffeta Ribbon, Flowers for You Designer Paper, Scallop &
1 3/8 inch Circle Punches, Dimmensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, packing tape

Technique: Punch largest circle punch out of tempting turquoise, then punch scallop border around circle. Mount turquoise scallop border on piece of celery and punch circle out of celery. Put piece of packing tape with sticky side up on back of celery over open circle. Then sprinkle dazzling diamonds over top of tape. Glitter will stick to tape and make a window.

Thursday, July 26

Gotta get a digital camera

I don't have a good digital camera. I scan my cards which is why you don't get to see good dimension on my images. I promise to make the big purchase soon so that I can get better quality images.

Garden Whimsy

Garden whimsy is my favorite set in the new catalog. I was all prepared to buy new fall sets, halloween and leaves... but when I saw Garde Whimsy I just had to have it. Here is the card I've been doing at my clubs and workshops this month. Hope you like it.

Set: Garden Whimsy
Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Vellum
Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black
Purely Pomegranate stitched grosgrain ribbon
You can't see it, but there is crystal effects on the vellum butterfly wings and the bottom of the mellow moss card is scalloped with the corner rounder punch.
The vellum butterfly is cut out and bent on either side of the body so it is three-dimmensional.

Tuesday, July 24

Sallie Stamper

Look at this crazy beagle. This is Sallie. She's my helper... Well, as you can tell, she's not so much a helper but a hindrance, most of the time.

Saturday, July 21

Refuge and Strength

I'm participating in a Christmas in July craft show next weekend at my church and am making some things to sell for their charity. This set is perfect. What do you thing of these card? I'll be putting them in sets and also selling them individually.

Set: Refuge and Strength
Cardstock: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain (retired), gold brad, spring bouquet punch, paper piercer and mat, 1/8 inch punch, cutter kit

Set: Refuge & Strength, Canvas Background
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Ballet Blue, Basic Black, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: Vellum, Wide White Organdy and Silver Cord (retired), 1/8 inch punch

Set: Refuge and Strength
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Sky Blue, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Sky Blue, Basic Black
Accesories: Simplicity Corner Punch, Clery Grosgrain, Celery Brad