Saturday, March 29, 2008

Virtual Stampin' Up! Club

Still looking for six folks who want to join a virtual stamp club. For six months only, you are commited to buy $25 each month. One of the months you are the hostess and get all the free stamps and hostess benefits! This will run during the introduction of the fall and winter catalog on August 11. A great way to acquire more supplies and meet new people. Email me for details!

I LOVE LOVE This Card!!!

I am in love with this card. I love fall colors anytime of the year but this one just knocks my socks off! I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock and So Saffron for the flower base and So Saffron printed paper. The sentiment is from One Of A Kind, and the ribbon from Mike's. The dahlia is three layers on So Saffron with Pumpkin Pie ink, edged with Adirondack Rust and just kissed with Stickles on the edges. The flower, of course, is from Fabulous Flowers. There is SO much you can do with this stamp set. It's one of my favorites.

Glitz and Glitter

Whisper White cardstock scored on the diagonal in both directions with tiny dots of Frosted Lace Stickles at the intersections. The lace medallion was done on My Bernina 200 on the embroidery module. On top, the dahlia from Fabuous Flowers in three layers with tiny Swarovski pearls in the center. Elegant!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tart and Tangy Summer Fruits

Cased this great card from Mary over at I made a few changes from hers based on what papers I had available. All SU papers and ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, and Whisper White. Added two little ladybug buttons for the cherries and a small flower button for the center of the medallion. Used the SU slit punch to make the scalloped edge and Western Sky DP for the stripe. Be sure to visit Mary's blog. She is one of my true inspirations in this business!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pretty in Pink....or is it Rose?

Here's a pretty rosy pink card done with SU Rose Red background and Naturals Ivory CS. The underneath layer of scallops is also SU and the top layer is K and Co. Stamp set used was Define Your Life. Have a great week everybody!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Garden Manila File Folder Booklet

Spring Gardener Manila Folder

This is a project I'm very proud of. It turned out very nicely. This is one of the manila file folder booklets. I have distressed the entire thing and done it in a garden theme. The covers says "Take time to Enjoy the Simple Things in Life." It's all done with Boho West (discontinued) SU papers and the ribbon is gorgeous, something I picked up somewhere and can't even remember but it changes color from rust to green to brown depending on the light. The back cover and the inside cover and tag pictures are above.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hawaiian Shirts

In our new SU demo kit was a neat little promo for the trip to Hawaii in "09. You scored and folded up the little template to make a shirt. I decided to draw off the template and make one of my own out of SU Berry Bliss paper (yes, again. I just adore this paper.). So much fun and a great idea for father's day cards or male birthday cards. Enjoy!

Chocolate Strawberry Dahlia

Here's my contribution to the dahlia craze this week. So many folks are revisiting this technique. I just received the Define Your Life set in my SU kit and I thought I'd make the dahlia and use the set. Paper is all SU Berry Bliss DP. Center of dahlia is a little chocolate prima with a rhinestone for glitz. Weather here today is absolutely gorgeous, if windy, and around 50 degrees. Feels like spring!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Virtual Stampin' Up! Club---Please Join Me!

Attention all Stampin' Up! fans!!! I'm trying to get a virtual stamp club going. I need six people...could one of them be you? This is an inexpensive way to accumulate some nice stamping supplies and be a hostess without having a home workshop. Each of the 6 members purchases $25 in Stampin' Up! supplies each month for 6 months. And each person has one of the months when she is the hostess. During that month you are guaranteed a $150 party which nets you 1 free hostess stamp set and $15 in FREE product. You can get outside orders during your month to pump up your total. Most people have a large workshop total during their month. As soon as I get six people, we can start! Give it some thought!!!!!!!!!!!

Purple Passion

I think this might be my favorite box of all time. It's from Nicole Heady's blog. It's so nice and sturdy because of how the cardstock is folded and layered. Measures approximately 3" square, made of Elegant Eggplant and Vintage Violet SU cardstock. However, on the picture it looks blue when in reality it's very purple! Friendship Flowers little stamp was used on the lid and it was finished with ribbon from Mike's.
Have a happy St. Patty's day everyone and enjoy your corned beef and cabbage and all that beer!!!!!!!!!!

Collage Box

This is a tiny little box made from an SU template called Collage Box. It's only an itty-bitty 1.5" square. While it was flat I stamped all over the Naturals Ivory SU cardstock with all (yes, every one) of the stamps from the Wanted set. Then I spritzed it with Gingerbread Glimmer Mist for a little ageing effect. So cute! Don't little things just make you go "aawww."

Pleated Shades????????

I couldn't wait to try this little technique I found in the new April/May issue of Paper Crafts magazine. I used SU Berry Bliss paper for the background and the top layer. I hope you can see the pleated effect in the picture. Ribbon is Mike's but a dark brown with pink stitching. This card could be used for so many things.

Pretty In Pink

This card is almost but not quite ALL Stampin' Up! products. Whisper White background with a print paper that I think was K and Co. The round lattice punch is Fiskar's. The stamps used were Stampin' Up! True Friend. I just love using this stamp set for cards for special friends. The text is perfect! The ticket corner punch was used on the text.

Happy St. Patrick's Day......More Projects!

Here's a sweet card I cased from someone's blog (I apologize for not remembering who). Made with SU Charbon DP and plain white with the bird I love from the Always set. This set just blows me away. It's my current fave. The bird was embossed with white ep on the black background and a little ribbon from Mike's.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Edges were distressed and inked.


Today on her blog, Capture the Moment, Nicole Heady created a very feminine tag card with a matching vellum envelope. Nicole is one of my Paper Divas.....she inspires me each and every day with her blog and her talent. And her stamps are yummy too. Visit her Papertrey Ink store for goodies. I decided to make a masculine version of her card using SU's Wanted stamps, Naturals Ivory paper and Boho West DP. Inside is a birthday greeting from the Make A Wish set from Gina K. Envelope above.


Got going today on this elegant gift set to show at my shows. I had always admired the Running With Scissors blog and I cased this tote from there and added four matching cards and envelopes. I used SU Chocolate Chip cardstock as the base and the new Berry Bliss Designer Papers which I adore. It is the most wonderful rosy pink! The stamps used were SU A True Friend and Chocolate Chip ink. I think it turned out very well. The tote was very quick and easy and doing the 4 cards together made it go very fast. This was a fun project and would make a wonderful gift for someone special.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Great News!

This weekend I took a big step and joined the Stampin' Up! family of demonstrators. I am thoroughly impressed with this company and hope I do well with this new venture. I am starting a virtual stamp club. To get going I need 6 people who will sign on to purchase $25 of SU products every month for six months. Each of the participants will have a month where they are the hostess and all the orders go to their credit. This will ensure you a MINIMUM of $150 party which nets the hostess a free stamp set and $15 of free products. It's a great way for you to accumulate some wonderful stamping supplies at a low cost and during your hostess month you can get orders from family and friends to really pump up your total. If you are interested, email me for more information. Sound like fun???


Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Pay It Forward blog candy. I have my three winners and their candy will go out in the mail tomorrow. Stay tuned for more cards!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

One More for Blog Candy!!!

Still need one more comment from the US for the Pay IT Forward blog candy. See post below.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Sewing Mail Box

Made a mistake loading the picture with the text! Still learning. Pictured above AND below is one of the little Target mailboxes done in a sewing theme. I did so many of these for Valentine's Day with candy that I decided to treat myself to one for some eye candy for the sewing room. Collaged it will all sorts of sewing images, buttons, charms, etc. Those little boxes are really great for any and all occasions.

Win A Great Prize from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Check out this link for some wonderful blog candy!

Blog Candy Reminder

I'm sorry but at this time I can only send candy to bloggers in the US. Perhaps in the future I can do overseas. I still need one more blogger for the third package of candy.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Blog Candy Reminder

If you are one of the first three to leave a post to win the PIF blog candy, please leave me an email address so that I can contact you to get your mailing info.

Pay It Forward Blog Candy

Look at the lovely blog candy and gorgeous card I received from Suzann at My Small World Yummy and thanks Suzann. When I won this I agreed to Pay It Forward to three other folks. So I will take the first three names who leave a comment and would like a nice package of luscious candy too. Leave me your email address and I will contact you personally to get the shipping info. What's in your candy? It's a secret but I know you'll like it.!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Here is yet another one of the little altered lunch tins that have been so popular. I had a customer call and ask me to make her one and fill it with cards. She's a very good friend and she was buying it for a gift for someone. I thought it turned out very cute. I line mine with paper and use paper on the top and bottom. The template and instructions are posted on SCS but I really feel that the template for the top where the handles are is off. I always have to trim it up some here and there. I have done about 5 or 6 of these and they are a lot of fun and not hard once you get the hang of it. I use the Xyron to make all the pieces adhesive backed. It's more expensive but works soooo well.

I won some more blog candy this week and also am participating in a PIF. In case you don't know what that is, someone gets blog candy from another person with the promise that she will pay it forward to three other people: in other words send them some blog candy with the promise that they will pay it forward to three. When it arrives I will post a thank you to the sender and take the first three names who comment on my post to send candy too. Keep checking back.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Why "Primitive Seasons"

I chose the name Primitive Seasons for my blog because it is a business name I've had for a long time. Throughout most of the 1990's, I had a craft business and did many shows locally and some out of state. I also sold wholesale to several stores. Primitive Seasons was the name and until I think of something better, I'm sticking with it! I'm not sure it's appropriate for this blog but I'd appreciate any feedback about this question. Would a name having to do with stamping be better? And how do you get more folks to visit you? I guess what I'm asking is "how do you get found???"

Saturday, March 1, 2008


I am posting another version of the card below only I changed a few things....color being the most obvious. Instead of hydrangeas now we have geraniums, one of my favorite summer flowers. I used 3 shades of red on the flowers and embossed the background stamp with green but I don't think you can see it in the picture. Embossing made it harder to color the leaves properly so I am not as happy with that on this card. If I made this again, I think I'd try watercolors. On the hydrangeas I used Prismacolor pencils and I like it better but it didn't have an embossed edge.

I really and truly can't believe it's March already. I am itching for it to get warm enough to work outside a little in my garden. I hope to share some pictures of that with you when things finally start blooming.

Thanks to everyone who has left comments. I appreciate your encouragement!