Saturday, December 27, 2008

A little prayer..........

This is a little prayer or verse I've been using over the last few weeks that has really helped me. You'll probably have to click on it to enlarge it enough to read it. I think it is from St. John the Baptist de la Salle. Maybe someone else out there could use it as well.

I really am still among the living!

I know, I know....more than a week since I posted. But here's a little valentine from me to you. This was cut from a Sizzix Bigz die sold by AC Moore called Scallop Card. It's really big and holds all sorts of possibilities for layers and folds. I did two layers on this one using SU Bella Rose paper which was sponged with Red Riding Hood Red ink on the edges. Then I took a manila tag, covered it with more Bella Rose and some grosgrain ribbon. The letters are Tim Holtz grungeboard and after stamping with RRHR and Certainly Celery I glued them on and topped them off with Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick. I LOVE these Stickles. They're not as glittery looking when dry but have kind of a dull sparkle. Kewl! My daughter gave me the whole set for my birthday!!! Did everyone get what they wanted from Santa? I got an ATG gun, 3 sets of Nesties, a punch, three sets of stamps (two from Papertrey), as well as other non stamping gifts. Santa was good. For those of you who have been asking, my brother has a collapsed lung and pneumonia. He just can't gain any ground. He's coming up on six weeks in ICU and we're really going nowhere. He's so weak. Thanks for your prayers and kind thoughts.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let's Move On......

Maybe you are still into Christmas but I am just soooo past this holiday season it isn't funny. With my brother still gravely ill, I could care less. The news on that front is so bad I don't even want to discuss it. So in that spirit, I have done a little Valentine number here. CS is SU Red Riding Hood Red and DP is SU Bella Rose. This combo is such a nice fresh look I think. The punched border is Martha Stewart and the big brad is one of those bridal brads from Michael's I talked about a few posts back. The sentiment stamp is from SU All Holidays and the bunny stamp has no markings on it, so sorry. I used the SU scalloped square punch behind the sentiment and the ribbon is from Elements from JoAnn's I think. I love it because the checks are so tiny. I hope you all have a very blessed and peace-filled Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Virtual Stamp Club

With the new catalogue issue on January 18 getting closer and closer I was wondering if I could interest any one in joining my virtual stamp club. You will get a free copy of the catalog for joining. All you need to do is spend $25 a month before shipping and handling for six months. You acquire some nice supplies that won't strain your pocketbook and one of those six months you get to be the hostess and win free stamps and products. If you are interested, drop me an email at for more information. I just need two or three more people to get started. It's a lot of fun and a great way to build your "stash!" Give it a try!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Shaker Gift Box

For those of you who have the SU Sizzix Big Shot, this is just the coolest thing! I found this Sizzix die called Shaker Box at a local craft store. It is one of the Bigz dies meaning that the die is approx 6 x 13". You have to have the special elongated cutting pads to use this on your machine. The box itself is one piece. When you cut it out, the score lines are shown and all you have to do is fold and add some sticky tape to hold it together. If you use a double sided paper like this K&Co. Christmas Cheer, it looks just as nice on the inside as the outside. The only complaint I have, and you can see it on the open box, is that when folded this paper shows the white core a little. A pet peeve of mine! I found that six Hershey nuggets fit nice in the box but you could also use M&M's, kisses, small candies, a piece of jewelry, paper tags, etc. I am sure you can come up with lots of things that would go. The finished size of the box is 3 x 3 x 5/8" deep. You use a 2.5" square of acetate to cover the opening in the lid. Then you can add a stamped sentiment as I did on the inside or outside of the box. I used Punches Three embossed in gold on watercolor paper and cut it out with the scalloped square punch from SU. I then closed the lid and tied with some Michael's glitzy ribbon. Quite a nice presentation for a co-worker, friend, family member, stocking stuffer, etc. And think of all the occasions you could use this box for....Valentine Day, Halloween treats, Christmas, Easter, etc. The die makes the box making so quick and easy!
If you don't have a Big Shot machine, contact me for a special price on one if you order before Christmas. I have to tell you, it will revolutionize your papercrafting. There are just soooo many neat things to do with this machine and so many nifty dies out now. It's a solid machine and will last a looooong time! Enjoy!

Christmas Night in the Swamp

I'm not totally thrilled with this card. It didn't turn out as I expected. The star is too stark. Anyway, I brayered on SU Not Quite Navy, , Brocade Blue and Bordering Blue on Whisper White CS. I used a MS star punch as a mask while I did the brayering. Then I stamped the grasses from SU Inspired by Nature, added some lines with the Versamark pen, added Heat and Stick, heated with the heat gun and then Diamond Dust glitter. Used the small and medium punch with a sentiment in Not Quite Navy from Verve Visual Winter Wonder. Lastly, I added some Crystal Stickles.
My brother had a bad weekend but finally had his feeding tube inserted in the stomach yesterday. He was pretty good today, wanting to go home. Little does he know a rehab facility for acute stroke lies between him and home. He has a long way to go and is so beaten back by everything that has happened. I pray for some forward progress and a merciful solution to all of this mess. Thanks to all for your prayers and encouragement.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cream/White/Gold Elegance

A quick post and card today then I'm off to the hospital, day 19, and things are not going well. But about the card.....I used both cream and white on this card and the gold. It is SU Very Vanilla background then the DCWV gold metallic embossed with the CB snowflakes folder. I then cut the CB large snowflake out and put in on with a big dimensional and this really cool brad in the center (more about those in a sec). Added a few accents of Gold Stickles on the big snowflake. Then I touched up the gold background with some Liquid Pearl accents and added some Michaels $1 spool ribbon in a creamy white. Also shown here is a picture of the package of 40, YES 40!!! brads I found in the Michael's Bridal dept. You just never know. Only $3.99 and with my coupon even less. Run and get yourself some! Hope everyone has a good day. It's 22 degrees here. Brrrrr!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


My brother had a pretty good day yesterday and I had started dinner in the crockpot before I left in the morning so I had a little time. I am dedicating this card to you, my readers, who have been hanging in there for the last two weeks. I had a terrible time with this was like I was out of practice but I got this set from Our Daily Bread Designs for my birthday and was dying to use it. It's stamped on watercolor paper and I used SU Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, and Bashful Blue as well as a touch of SU designer paper. The border is a MS punch. I also used Perfect Pearls. These colors are very restful and peaceful. I guess that's what I'm craving now. John's speech is getting better but we still have trouble understanding. No progress with the left side at all and they still haven't implanted the feeding tube in the stomach. He's had some belly pain off and on and they are watching that. He's very discouraged, tired of this whole deal, wants to go home. But he will need further therapy at a stroke rehab first, something he hasn't been told yet. Please continue your prayers and kind thoughts. They are such a comfort.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Blogging Award

My wonderful friend Diane at gave me a Helpful Blogger Award and some very kind words on her blog regarding my family situation. Thanks my friend!

We are getting conflicting reports from the doctors about how much of his abilities my brother will recover. His speech isn't too bad and he's actually quite funny and sweet. Stroke takes away your inhibitions and emotions you never displayed before come out. Physical therapists are working with him and he was moved from the coronary ICU to the regular ICU but like a baby, he still has his days and nights mixed up!

I long to get back to posting something, anything, but just can't find the time or energy. All my toys are sitting idle and I got some new things for my birthday. They will have to wait a little longer and I hope my readers will stick with me a little longer. I appreciate your concern and prayers more than I can say.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Not too much good news to report. My brother's speech is not very good and he is very tired, not able to sleep well. No wonder! They are trying to get the central line out of his neck so they put one in the arm yesterday. Speech was worse, left side still paralyzed, very weak. It was a hard day. He says he wants to give up. It is the most terrible feeling to stand there and be totally helpless and unable to do anything for him. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I will stay in touch.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Today they took the breathing tube out of my brother and he can speak. His speech is very slurred but he knows his name, he knew me, he told me he didn't feel good, said the word "headache" and asked for his daughter. He has absolutely no memory of what has happened....the heart attack, the surgery, nothing. I went over and over it as he seemed so puzzled, like he couldn't believe it, but he was much calmer when I left. He is paralyzed on the left side but the nurses are hopeful he will get all of it back with therapy. His lungs are congested and they are working on that and he had dialysis today and yesterday. This is the best birthday present anyone could have given me! I will try to get back to posting after the holiday but right now I must be with him. He's still not out of the woods but this is the first positive sign we have had.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Family News

Very sad news for me tonight. My brother has had a serious stroke. He had a large blood clot in the brain that they found on CAT scan. He is waking up more and more so that they will be able to access just what damage there is. He apparently has limited motion on the left side but we won't know until they remove the ventilator, maybe tomorrow, if he can speak or not. As a sad twist of fate, his poor heart is doing beautifully. The pump is out and it's functioning on its own. Thank you all for your prayers.

Glitz, Glamour and Sparkle

These cards were all made with Outlines Rubber Stamp #H228. Just by stamping on different colors of cs, cutting out layers and building each star, you can get so many different looks. I added Stickles to all of them and different embellishments to the fronts of each card. Be sure to click for a closer view.
I cut out all of these while sitting in the hospital waiting room since Thursday at 2 a.m. My brother was rushed in with a serious coronary. He's been on dialysis for 3 years and a heavy smoker for life. He was in terrible shape. The next day he had quadruple coronary bypass at 8 and was taken back to the operating room that evening to stop some bleeding. Now he's not moving his left arm and they are worried about a stroke. They will remove his balloon pump which is beating for the heart today and try to get him for a CAT scan of the brain. So f ar he hasn't even woke up sufficiently to know if he even knows us. I don't usually talk about personal stuff on the blog. I like it to be about papercrafting but I am asking for just a quick prayer from any of my readers. His name is John. They have only given him a 50-50 chance of making it. I sure would appreciate it. Thank you all.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sweet Card

Another really simple card done on Real Red cs and the DP is K&Co. Christmas Cheer. Sort of reminds me of an old calico print! The borders are done on Very Vanilla with a MS scalloped lace punch. The snowflake is the Cuttlebug Combo Die Snowflake cut from cream colored wool felt! I carefully applied Zip Dry Glue with it's nice pointy tip to all the little snowflake points and glued it down. Then for the finale I added Crystal Stickles on the snowflake. Click to enlarge to get a good look at the Stickles. Kind of an old fashioned card I think!

Another New Die

Today I received another backordered die from Stampin' Up! called the scalloped envelope die. Now I know you're thinking that this box doesn't look anything like an envelope. The box is made from four of the die cuts and the scalloped edge is folded to the outside (that would be the envelope flap ordinarily). It's filled with Hershey nuggets which didn't show in the picture and I used the Martha Stewart fence punch for the border and To You and Yours and Punches Three for the two stamped images. The box was done in SU Not Quite Navy. When completed the box measures approx. 3.5" square and 2.25" high. You can also leave the flaps up for a taller box or tie ribbon around. I just wanted to the use MS punch because I think it's so cute and appropriate for many seasons.

Top Note Snowman

OK, first off I can't take credit for this idea. I first saw it on Stampin by the Sea's blog but she gave no directions. So I did my own thing and I'll be glad to tell you how I did it.
Supplies: SU cardstock Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Really Rust and Summer Sun. SU Top Note Die, one inch square punch, 1/2 and 3/4 circle punches, star punch. Versamark, Heat and Stick powder, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter, adhesive, Basic Grey ink.
1. Cut one Top Note die from Whisper White and another from Basic Black. Trim the top of the Basic Black straight across but follow the curve of the corners and trim straight down the sides. The top of the hat should be approx. 3" top to bottom, so you are trimming off the bottom of the black top note die.
2. Glue the black top and the white bottom together then cut a 1" by 4" black strip for the brim and adhere to the top and bottom.
3. Eyes are done with the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches. The whites are sponged on the edges with Basic Grey ink. Glue down the eyes approx. 1 1/2" from the bottom point of the white Top Note.
4. Punch a star from Really Rust and trim off one point, straight off. Sponge edge with Basic Grey and adhere to face.
5. Cut a 1" square from Real Red for the hat buckle. Then you can do one of two things. Cut a smaller square from the center or use a small black square to make it appear the center is cut out. Glue this down on the hat brim.
6. For embellishment you can use any flower die or a snowflake die. I used a Cuttlebug flower, a 1/2" punched center from Summer Sun and freehanded two leaves. All these were sponged on the edge with Basic Grey. It just gives them definition.
7. Finale! Sponge Versamark, then Heat and Stick powder wherever you want the glitter to be. Heat, then apply glitter. It's kind of a hit and miss thing but I think you could control it better if you sponged on the versamark. I just used the pad.
You can then use your snowman on a cardfront as I have or on the top of a tin or box, as a tree ornament, etc. So many ways to use this. I thought after I took the picture that I should rosy his cheeks with some Real Red, very lightly.
Enjoy! If you have any questions, just let me know. WOW! I guess I just did my first tutorial!!! Top Note Die!

I ordered it late, then it was backordered but it's finally here. Stampin' Up! hit a gold mine when they designed this die. It's wonderful and can be used for so many things......bag toppers (folded in half), labels, journaling, cards, scrapbooks, frames, etc. I just did this simple card to try it out. Background is SU Chocolate Chip cs, Dp is SU Ski Slope and I used two SU oval punches for the sentiment which is from Verve Visual's Winter Wonder set. The snowflake is the Cuttlebug Combo Die. I diecut this from a thin coaster I had, stamped it with Versamark, then dipped it face down in SU Heat and Stick powder, heated it, then in SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I popped it up on a dimensional and there you have it. I sure hope when the new catalogue comes out in January, SU comes up with some more wonderful dies like this one. I'm off to play!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Triangle Fold

I had to try this triangle or tea bag fold that has been floating around the blogosphere lately. There are so many beautiful samples on SCS so check them out. This background is SU Chocolate Chip and the folded thing itself is from SU Ski Slope and is one piece of paper, both sides are used. The scalloped circle behind it is from my Nesties. The sentiment mounted on the Large Punched Oval is from SU Upsy Daisy. This is not a hard fold to do. It took me a bit to figure out how to get it together. It only uses 8 two inch squares. Directions can be found on SCS. Give it a try. It looks wonderful in Christmas colors too.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Snowman Soup

This was hard to photograph because the plastic bag was giving off some shine. These were fun to make and went together very quickly and are not expensive to do. I used cardstock from the scrapbasket. Stamp is an old one by Inkadinkadoo. I colored the image just a little and added stickles for some bling. The Snowman Soup poem is on the back side of the topper. Inside the bag is a packet of cocoa mix, Hershey Kisses, marshmallows and a candy cane. Directions for these can be found on . Thanks Angie! There are several ways to do this . I wanted to use the Top Note die from SU but unfortunately it is not arriving here until tomorrow and I was in the mood for these today. Such a nice stocking stuffer, or gift for the lady at the bank or the hairdresser or a neighbor who does favors for you. Make yourself a dozen!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Hi there! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I finally had time to sit down and test out my new "inchie" stamps from Inkadinkadoo. This is the Winter Wonderland set, or three stamps from the set which has 23 stamps in it, most of them just one inch square. The cs is SU Very Vanilla and the dark green is Garden Green. Images were stamped in Garden Green and I embellished with a metal snowflake with a metallic red brad in the center. These little stamps are going to be lots of fun and they come in lots of different themes. They're only $10 a set which I think is a good deal especially if you get to use a coupon. I bought mine on ebay but they should be in the stores soon. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Reminder About Stamp Club!!! ALERT!

Just wanted to remind you once again about the virtual stamp club starting up. The response has been good and we only need 1 or 2 more people. Scroll down several posts to see my post about the club. So much fun and a nice way to get some stamping and paper supplies from Stampin' Up! without a big layout. Hostess benefits too! Send me an email if you want to join!

Look What I Won!!!

Look at the great blog candy I won which came today. This is from Melanie Robinson at I will have so much fun using all this. Thanks Melanie!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hi to all you Harford County folks!

I just wanted to say I noticed that a lot of my blog readers are local here in our county from Bel Air, Abingdon, Jarrettsville, Forest Hill, etc. Thanks for stopping by so regularly and if anyone is interested in Stampin' Up! products, I would be glad to help out. Maybe you'd like to have a workshop with some friends and earn our fabulous Hostess Benefits. Drop me an email and say hello. I would be glad to help you.

Thanksgiving Blessing Mix Box

This is my version of the Thanksgiving Blessing Mix that is around on the web. You can use a treat bag with the mix in it and attach the little poem to a topper or you can make this little box which makes for a nice presentation. For box directions go to She also has the mix recipe a few posts above the box. It is 2 cups of bugles, 2 cups of small twisted pretzels, 1 cup of candy corn ( I couldn't find any so plan ahead!), 1 cup dried fruits or raisins, 1 cup of peanuts, 1 cup M&Ms, 16 Hershey Kisses, a bag of orange slice candy. That amount fills 8 bags. Then you print out the poem ( you can copy the poem by clicking on my picture and you'll be able to see it nice and clear) and dress it up however you could back it with Nesties if you print it small enough or just frame it with layers as I did. Add some little embellishments or whatever you like. I think I am going to use these at each place on my thanksgiving table. This was a fun project. I was thinking of a Christmas Box with appropriate candies!!
PS Since I couldn't find candy corn I left that line out of the poem but if you have candy corn just add this line: Candy corn: Sacrifices of the pilgrim's first winter when food was so scarce that the settlers survived on just a few kernels a day.

Stamping Club

A few posts back I mentioned starting a virtual stamping club where each member would be committed to spending $25 a month for six months. Each member takes a turn being hostess and earning all the hostess benefits and goodies. It's a great way to accumulate more stamping supplies without breaking the bank. I have had a few interested but we need three more. If anyone out there is interested in this "virtual" stamp club, please drop me an email. We could start when the new catalogues come out in January and each of you would get a new catalogue for joining. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Here is the promised reindeer card, the reindeer image from Christmas Silhouettes by Inkadinkadoo. The sentiment is from Winter Wonder by Verve. CS is Bravo Burgundy and Whisper White. I had some leftover scraps from Basic Grey's Wassail and I love it so much I couldn't stand to throw them out. So I did a little Seminole patchwork effect on the bottom. I stamped the deer with Anna Griffin's Crimson pigment ink and embossed with Stampendous Pearl Lustre Garnet and the sentiment was stamped with Bravo Burgundy. Inkadinkadoo sure has some wonderful stamp sets this fall and winter. Today I ordered two of their new "inchie" sets and I can't wait to use them.

Hard The Herald Angels Sing

Gee that title makes me want to put some Christmas tunes on but I have a hard and fast holiday music until Thanksgiving day. Otherwise I am sick of it by Dec 10! This is the angel everyone is talking about from Inkadinkadoo Christmas Silhouettes. It's the same set that has the reindeer those same folks ar discussing! I am going to make a reindeer card next so keep watching. The background is SU Not Quite Navy and the angel was stamped with Color Box Sky Blue then embossed with Stampendous Blue Tinsel Opaque. The sentiment is on Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla as is the card front and stamped with Not Quite Navy which EXACTLY matches the embossing. Lucked out on that one! Enjoy!

Hang the ornaments on your.....Antlers???

Yes antlers! The main image is from a Basic Grey set that was part of the Figgy Pudding line. Lots of flourishes, the deer, wreath, birds and ornaments. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo Winter Trails. DP is Basic Gray Wassail on Kraft cs. The paper behind the image is a chocolate brown from DCWV. I used various colors of SU ink to stamp the ornaments and SU Close to Cocoa for the deer and sentiment. Also used different colors of stickles for the deer's nose and the ornaments. Can you tell I like Stickles???

Snowman Stamp on Sale!!! The snowman stamp I used below is on sale as Rubber Cottage's stamp of the month. It's 25% off if anyone is interested.

Great blog candy! Go here to win Fran's blog candy. A nice grouping of items. Here's another load of blog candy to try your luck on!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Embossed Ornament Card

This Christmas stamp is a Brenda Walton for Inkadinkadoo. It was available in Michael's last year I think. I stamped it on Whisper White with Anna Griffin Crimson pigment ink and embossed with Stampendous Pearl Luster Garnet Opaque. I really like the look of the Pearl Luster embossing powders. So rich! The background is K&Co Christmas Cheer paper on SU Bravo Burgundy cs. The sentiment is stamped in Bravo Burgundy and is from SU To You and Yours and punched with the large oval and then the largest oval out of Christmas Cheer paper. Both ovals were sponged with Bravo Burgundy. It's a pretty straightforward design but the ep dresses it up a lot! I think that's it for me today. Whew!

One Layer Wonderful Snowman

I rarely do a one layer card. My daughter gave me this image last year for Christmas. It's called Let It Snow from Rubber Cottage, whose stamps I love. I just stamped it in Not Quite Navy on Vanilla cardstock and added the little metal star for an accent. Such a neat image!

Peace Tree

This one is done on SU Night of Navy and DCWV metallic gold cs. Stamping is also Night of Navy. Added some dressy ribbon from Mike's $1 bin and a snowflake brad in place of a star. Done!

Outlines Christmas Tree

Here's another card from the Graphic Christmas Trees collection by Outlines Rubber Stamps. This is done on SU Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Whisper White with a DCWV Gold metallic paper. I used Candy Cane and Champagne Stickles. The star is from SU Starstruck stamp set and punched out and layers with SU circle punches. Hope you like it!

Outlines Christmas Ornie

Are you familiar with the Outlines Stamp Company? I absolutely am in love with their stamps. Yes they are more work but the end result is worth it don't you think? This is one I've had for a few years and with these stamps you can have as many or as few layers as you like. This one has four. You just stamp on different colors, with different inks if you like, cut them out, and layers. I used gold Stickles on the ornie and Ruby Slippers on the branch. I wanted to stamp the branch, like use the one from Peaceful Wishes by SU, but my daughter has it and when I woke up this morning I thought of doing what you see here. This is an MS punch. There are quite a few of these ornament stamps, in varying shapes. And they have a wonderful Christmas Tree collection as well. Go to You'll love the web site.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Christmas Cardinal

When I saw A Cardinal Christmas in the SU Holiday Mini catalogue I had to have it. I love birds. We have several feeding and watering stations in our back yard and it amuses me immensely to watch these guys go about their daily business. But boy was this hard to color. I'm not sure I got this right but I think I can improve on the next one. I used SU Real Red and Bravo Burgundy CS. The image was colored with SU inks and an Aqua Brush on 140 lb. watercolor paper then cut out with the two largest scalloped oval Nesties. The DP is K&Co. new Christmas Cheer paper which is just beautiful. Michael's has it and you can use a coupon there. Sentiment is also from A Cardinal Christmas.

The Genuine One and Only Santa Claus

I decided to have a little fun with this 5 x 5" card. The background is SU Whisper White and the dark red DP is Wassail by Basic Grey. The santa image is called Santa Claus from Hampton Arts. The sentiment is from SU Bronco and is inked in Real Red. I used Versamark to stamp the background snowflakes and then Diamond Dust for glitter both on the snowflakes and a little on santa's beard. The little bit of coloring on his face and hat was done with chalks. After all, he is the ONE AND ONLY!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Christmas Blog Candy!

Be sure to check out the elegant package of goodies up for grabs at Really special!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Using Medallion

Here's a little birthday card using the medallion technique. This was an EK Success corner punch and purple Stickles. Paper from the scrap basket. I am really working hard on getting it emptied of paper!!!

Winter Blues

Becca at Amazing Paper Grace really started something when she used her corner punches to create medallions. I've done a few of them and they are so much fun. Check over at SCS too because they used the technique for a challenge and there's a whole section of cards designed this way. The tutorial on how to do this technique is on Becca's blog at . If you are not familiar with her work, check out her postings as she is one very talented lady. I used generic cs for this and an EK Success corner punch and the Snowflake is from SU Snow Swirled. Stickles are called Starry Night. Ribbon is from Mike's.

Bling or No Bling?

I hope clicking on this will help you see the difference. This is the same card as below but I added various colors of Stickles for sparkle. So, Bling or No Bling?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Can you help Bentley?

This is totally off the topic of stamping, cards, papercrafting etc and I hope I am not offending anyone but I have a story to tell. A good friend of mine in Delaware volunteers at a local animal shelter and occasionally takes an animal home to help rehabilitate and hopefully then be adopted by a loving family. She currently has a kitty named Bentley. If you are an animal lover, take a quick look at this link and see what Brenda is trying to do and maybe if you have a few dollars to donate or even a few prayers for her efforts I know she'd appreciate it.

If you can't help, maybe you could pass this link on to other animal lovers and maybe in doing this we'll be able to help Brenda with this unselfish task she has taken on. Way to go my friend!

Martha Stewart Christmas

Run don't walk to your nearest Michael's and check out the Martha Stewart Christmas offerings. I was blown away. Why does this always happen when I'm low on funds??? Anyway, I was able to buy the set that included this magnificent tree. I took a close up shot so you could see the detail. What I can't understand is how they can sell these sets for $9.99? They stamp beautifully and there are about ten other stamps in the set. This is called Christmas Tree and Martha also has a co-ordinating set called Holiday Accents that gives you the trunk of the tree as one stamp and all the elements as individual stamps. Each element is larger in the Accents set than it is in the Tree set. The possibilities are endless. There was also a darling gingerbread set with the usual ginger cookies and houses. And her trims and paper were wonderful. Ya' done good Martha!

PS This is stamped in Handsome Hunter on 140 lb. watercolor paper and is mounted on Handsome Hunter cs.

Autumn Candlelight

I really like this simple card. The focal image is a Lockhart stamp I purchased from Ellen Hutson's store. It was her stamp of the month for October. I couldn't wait to ink it and color it in. I have been using the Aqua Painter brushes and ink right from the stamp pads lately and I am liking this technique more and more. If you are not familiar with this, you just squeeze the SU stamp pads a few times while they are CLOSED. Then use your waterbrush to pick up your color and paint your image. It makes shading easy. Just start with the lightest color and work to the darkest. This is SU Kraft cardstock, an olive green twill tape, and the sentiment is stamped in Always Artichoke and is from theThankful Thoughts stamp set.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More Wassail

The background paper of this card is textured but of unknown origin. The dp is Basic Grey's Wassail, the central element is SU Whisper White stamped with Riding Hood Red, one of the new In Colors, and highlighted with Candy Cane Stickles. I used the photocorner punch to get the funky corners. Almost makes the red print background look like an ornament shape itself! Enjoy!


I just love how this card turned out. It is SU Mellow Moss and the designer papers are Basic Grey's Wassail line. My daughter bought me a 6 x 6 pack and I just love it. It's so soft, and antique-y looking. The wreath image is Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink. I watercolored the wreath and added gold stickles to that and a few spots on the word Peace. Have to send this to someone very special!

Thankful for You

Here's a great little card for someone who really means a lot to you. From the new SU hostess set Window Dressing, there are so many ways to use this window and the various little stamps whose images sit in the window. I cased this layout from stamp-a-licious on SCS but used different papers, etc. The card is Really Rust with Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Whisper White papers. Window and shutters are colored Old Olive and the ribbon is Chocolate Chip. I don't think you can see it on the card but I used Crystal Effects for a glass effect on the windows.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I've been tagged!

OK! Well my good friend Diane over at has tagged me and I am to let the whole world know the following:

Five Things I Love:
1. My family
2. My home
3. Hot tea in the a.m.
4. Hot showers
5. My garden

Five Things I Don't Love:
2.Gyn exams
3.The Dentist
4. Getting older
5. When my husband snores

Five Songs:
1. I Raise You Up Josh Groban
2. Amazing Grace
3. I Feel Lucky Mary Chapin Carpenter
4. Mansions of the Lord Ronan Tynan
5. Man From LaMancha Ronan Tynan

Five Things I Like To Eat or Drink:
1. Spaghetti and Meatballs
2. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
3. Soup
4. Margarita's
5. a good steak

Now here are five bloggers I am tagging: (sorry guys)
1. Becca at
2. Michelle at
3. Tami at
4. Kimberly at
5. Dawn at

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Gobble Gobble!

I made a few of these punched turkeys today. They were featured in the Stampin' Success! magazine for SU demonstrators but they have also been shown on several blogs. The entire turkey is made from punches and couldn't be easier. These would be so cute for placecards for the big dinner or small gift bag toppers. And you could even keep the kids busy on the big day making them.I don't remember where I got this turkey paper but I've had it a long time. I couldn't resist the saying!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Blue Serenity

This is my last card for the night. Trick or treating is quieting down some from the earlier rush. Have to tell you this little story. I had a single trick or treater, a little boy about 5, dressed in a Power Ranger suit and mask. After saying Trick or Treat, he said "I'm here to save the day!" I said, "just today or tomorrow too?" He thought a minute and said "Just today...." Too cute!

Anyway, this card is Night of Navy background on a metallic blue DCWV cardstock. The white is Whisper White and the image inked in Night of Navy ink is from the new SU set To You And Yours. I used four rhinestones in the corner and Icicle Stickles for snow. Happy Halloween!


The card that was the last post here was SOOOOOOOO ugly I had to delete it. I trimmed the card down and just simplified the whole thing. Too much was going on. Yuck! This image was on a post card from a local country store advertising their holiday open house. It was too pretty to trash so I trimmed it down to use. It's mounted on SU Real Red and Hunter Green with Candy Cane Stickles on the wreath. I like it much better now. Whew! If you saw the original....pretend you didn't.

Card Candy Rather Than Halloween Candy!!!

Forgot to give you some deets on these cards. I used SU Real Red paper and ink for the candy, Candy Cane, Icicles, and Crystal Stickles and Perfect Pearls and various papers from the scrap box. Enjoy!

Simple Blog Candy Card

Be sure to click on the photos to see them up close. Detail is pretty good!

Card Candy

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween to everyone in blogland. Don't eat too much candy and get a tummy ache. I worked for a few blissful hours this morning on this card candy. A large number of the pieces you see lying on my Score Pal drying because they have Stickles all over. One of the other groupings has gems and brads and the other picture just shows some of the larger ones. This is so much fun, so easy, and goes fast because you are only using one ink. Clean up is easy with the SU Stampin' Scrub and then you just punch out your stamped images and decorate as desired. Now I have a whole pile of completed candy to use on tags, cards, or scrapbook pages. I'll be posting a card using some of the shortly. Have a great weekend! November.....yikes!!!