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Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #64 (and 63) October 31, 2008

Happy Friday & a big Happy Halloween! 

I feel so guilty when I can’t participate in one of Beate’s wsc.  I made it a high priority this week to get my sample done early.  Needless to say, I finished early with the wrong sketch (last weeks).  After trick-or-treating last night, I got started on the correct sketch…which means I now have two sketch samples to share.

For this weeks sketch, I wanted to create my own background paper to coordinate with the colors I wanted to use.  Here is what I came up with using SU! stamp set “A Beautiful Thing”:

You will definitely need to use your Stamp-a-ma-jig tool if you choose to case.  That was really the only time consuming feature of this card.  Once I finished stamping the flowers on my Whisper White cardstock, the rest of the card was really easy to complete.  The sentiment is from Chateau Bella Rub-ons.  I used some felt flowers to the middle of my stamped flower with a rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit. 

Here is the card I made for last weeks wsc #63 featuring SU! “Seasonal Whimsy stamp set”:

This is not a card that I would have guests create at a workshop.  It would be displayed along with all my other cards.  Below is a similar card that I did have at a workshop this week for a bunch of my Harrisburg Hospital/Pinnacle Health co-workers that is rather easy (OMW..I had my first male guest at this workshop and he did a fabulous job).

Hope on over to the sites of these very talented ladies to see more samples for Beate’s wsc:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.

I will have some special SU! only christmas swaps to post in the near future.  I participated in Jami Sibleys swap.  You can find so many wonderful organized swaps at splitcoaststampers if you are looking to increase your display collection without having to own every single christmas stamp set out there:)

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.


A Spooktacular Table Setting to share October 19, 2008

Hold on to your seats….  23 ghostly pics and some tasty treats! 

I gave my presentation yesterday to fellow Stampin’ Up! Demos (not sure of the count, but there were “many” at Janet Wakelands Meeting.  I would guess over 100 + guests).  I was only nervous for the first few minutes.  Once I started chatting about what it is I love, it all pretty much was smooth sailing and I was very comfortable sharing my thoughts, ideas, and tips.  I had a wonderful time.  Everyone was so nice. 

My presentation was for the upcoming Halloween holiday.  I showcased a table setting and how you can easily use the ideas for upcoming holidays that are right around the corner.   Other tips:  keep a place setting displayed at one seat in your dining room that way family, guests, and customers can see it; great decoration/display; make the smaller 3-D gifts as Hostess gifts. 


The main place setting is rather simple, but displays on a Pillow Box the name of the guest (created with SU! Write Me a Memory Journaling Fonts CD, Vol. II).  Look how much the Chills & Thrills Rub-ons add to the presentation….and so quick and easy.  Plates & Linen Napkin purchased from Pier 1.

(Substitute with Star Bright DSP Ornaments Kit and either Old Saint Nick or Season of Cheer Rub-ons)

 First, I think this pic is can see me taking the pic in the glass lol.  I always look for this in pics and think it is fun to see things that we aren’t supposed to see.  Again, all I did was added a Rub-on.  I took a hat pin from the Pretties Kit and bent it with pliars (I still can’t find my Crafters’ Tool Kit lol and Ethan won’t give up any clues to where it is hidden).  

 I just love this!  I used 7 pennants created with my Big Shot and Bigz XL Pennant Die.  Think of all the possibilities.  I was thinking that I could possibly create an umbrella for a shower:) 

(substitute with Autumn Vine DSP for Thanksgiving & Ski Slope DSP for Christmas/Winter; Fill centerpiece with paper ornaments) 

Ignore the icing drooping off of the cupcakes.  These cupcakes have been through a lot the past couple days.  They’ve survived traveling, displayed, and pics under lights.  To create the cupcake cups, I used my Bigz XL Baskets & Blooms Die and 3 pieces of Ghostly Greetings DSP measuring 2″ x 4-1/4″.  The height to the cupcake holders will vary depending on the size you need.  Mine are 1-1/4″ high.  I ran all three through my Crimper Tool and adhered them together using Sticky Strip.  There is no base to these…the cupcakes just plop right on into them.  And, they are more than likely going to get tossed after use, so don’t spend too much time worrying about a bottom or other details to them:)

The decorated lollypop sticks in the cupcakes were created with the SCRAPS I had from using the Pennant Die.  I used Batty for You stamp set.  I added dimension to all of the stamped images by cutting and using a Stampin’ Dimensional or Mini Glue Dot.  Used either Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, or Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon.

The centerpiece is from The White Barn Candle Co.  that I filled with an assortment of candies, added more Rub-ons to the upper rim that states “sweets-treats”, and wrapped some Kiwi Kiss 5/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around it to hold my tag.  The tag also features a rub-on and stamped candy corn from the Tasty Sweet Stamp set.  I used my Ticket Corner Punch and Horizontal Slot punch.

This was created with the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die box that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately.  I needed to find a way to personalize it with my own style.  I made the outer envelope box and created another box out of Lovely Lilac 12×12 cardstock that was 1/8″ smaller to fit inside.  You have to punch or cut out the top holes before adhering the box together.  I inserted the box upside down into the outer box so it could hold the specimen tubes (martha stewart) filled with yummy M&M’s.  Again, Rub-ons for the sentiment and used Haunting Halloween Stamp set. 

(Substitute candy filled specimen tubes with assorted nuts for the holidays)

This project was created with Acetate and Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die.  Cut out various strips of Basic Black cardstock and attach to your assembled basket.  Horizontal strips were created from the Die and I just cut them.  The fence idea was from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the new Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel (I don’t have it so I compromised and made my own out of cardstock).  Cello Bag filled with candies and closed with Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbons.  Linen Thread that holds a little stamped tag.  Stamp set used is Holiday Blitz.  Strips of Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss CS to base to create the grass and hide the basket base:) 


This is a Top Note Treat Box that you may have seen recently in the Artisan Gallery.  This one is a really quick verson (no hand stitching to all the perferations lol).  The Yum stamped horizontal line is from Tasty Sweet Stamp set.  You basically create a box of whatever size you need (paying attention that it must be smaller than the top note die but can be whatever height).  You have to use your Horizontal Slot punch to the top Top Note Die before adhering to box lid and make sure your punched slot is not far in or you will be able to see box lid and ribbon won’t thread through nicely.  Before you can attach box to bottom Top Note Die, you have to run your ribbon between the two.  Use your Sticky Strip all over this on.  Optional step is to add the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch windows to the sides of your box.

This is probably the most ghostly creation of them all.But, it does hold some cupcakes to make it not so haunted after all.  Base made from Basic Gray Cardstock.  Lid made from Ghostly Greetings DSP.  Created a window so you can see what is inside.  Wrapped some 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and a tag that is the same as the cupcake toppers so it would coordinate.

 (How about making a ski sled instead that holds a cupcake or muffin that you can display on your table or give to neighbors)

Almost done:)  Just a few more to share.  The next series of pics are of my friendly pennant that simply states “treats”.  I used Sticky Cuts Letters and Fine Cosmo Celery Glitter for the letters.



Last but not least… What are you doing with your Punch Box/Bundle tins?   I have quite a few of these and wanted to find a use for them.  Hershey Bars came to mind (any reason to take a trip to Hershey and visit Chocolate World to purchase some “Fresh” candy bars).  This box holds MANY candy bars…More than 40.

So you have a blue tin.  All I did was used a Sharpy marker to all parts that may be visible.  Also, if you sand the patterned paper into the metal material of the tin, the blue comes off and the paper holds better.

How to cut your patterned paper to match up perfectly with the tin details……vellum my friend (or tracing paper).


I’m taking a week off from stamping to spend time with my family.  I gave up going places with them lately so I could make projects and meet deadlines and I’m feeling really bad about that.  All I ask is if you have questions regarding templates, please give me a week before your requests:)  I hope you find inspiration with this long post of pics.  Remember the bold areas and how you can transition these ideas right into the next holiday.

I have to work night shift tonight, so I think I should say goodbye for now and will be back in one week.

Thanks for stopping by.


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #62 October 17, 2008

I do apologize.  I have been missing in action lately with no real time to post what I’ve been up to (or reply to emails).  I feel like I should explain.  The 6 week Stampin’ Up! Business Boot Camp that I joined ends this week; SCS Fan Club gallery released this past Wednesday; holding workshops; picked up more hours working at the hospital; working on monthly project to submit to Stampin’ Up!; and finally, I have a presentation tomorrow for fellow demos that I’ve been spending a lot of time on.  Sigh!!!  I’m so thankful for my family.  They see me working hard trying to meet deadlines, and they offer help wherever they can:) 

I always look forward to Fridays and Beate’s wsc.  Here is what I came up with for today:

Honestly, took about 20 minutes to make this one.  I think I may post a revision next week with more details/features lol.   Gasp…I even cut the ribbon a little wacky:) at the top.  I’m seeing a lot of black and white cards lately, so I gave it a try with a splash of pink. 

Check out the sites of these amazing stampers for more takes on the sketch:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a relaxing, wonderful weekend!


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #61 October 10, 2008

Happy Friday everyone!  Have some free time to stamp this weekend?  How about trying Beate’s wsc.   Todays sketch is a fun one.  I just love circles.

This card took longer than expected.  I am missing some of my supplies and I point the finger right at my son Ethan.  I let him play with punches to keep him involved, but now he wants to explore with more than what I provide & he sneaks around very mischievously to get what he wants.  I started this card yesterday morning.  I discovered that one of the stamps from the set is missing (just the rubber image…he left the block behind).  My Crafters’ Tool Kit is nowhere to be found lol.  And lastly, I saved the left over rubber sheet from this die cut set to show customers…..I found it stuck to the wall.  So, started in the morning and finished at 2 am because I searched high and low for my items. 

About the card, I always tend to go crazy when working with flowers.  I wanted a cluster to the bottom right circle of the sketch.  The sentiment was created with rub-ons.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I also added this to the inside of the card to coordinate with the outside sentiment:

Check out the sites of these very talented stampers to get more ideas for the sketch:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.


STAMPS:  A Rose Is a Rose and Bella Toile Background stamp

CARDSTOCK:  Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, and Whisper White.  Bella Rose Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, and Old Olive.

ACCESSORIES:  Chateau Bella Rub-ons; Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware; Pretties Kit; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; White, Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, and Chocolate Chip Tafetta Ribbon



Just a little nervous but want to share October 3, 2008

I have to confess that I’m a rather shy person until I get to know someone.  When I was asked by Janet Wakeland if I wanted to be a guest speaker at one of her group meetings, I took a moment to think it over and get over any fears that I may have with speaking in front of a crowd, and replied with a YES! 

My presentation with focus on how to add “those little special touches & wow features” to your creations and info regarding Stampin’ Up! contest entries.

Here are some deets that Janet posted on her site if you are interested in attending *wink*:

RemARKable Stampers invite

You to TREAT yourself
Join 2 Time Artisan Award winner
Mary Jo Albright
At our October 18th Team Gathering


Space is  filling – reserve your seat today.   


Hotel Info-
The following hotel is recommended for rooms – Studio lodge is currently renovating
Comfort Inn –  (5 minutes from the meeting site)Comfort Inn Corporate Gateway (PA257)2250 N. George St. , York, PA, US, 17406 | Phone: (717) 699-1919     Fax: (717) 846-7209




You are invited to join fellow RemARKable Stampers and Stampin’UP! demonstrators at amazing event. Our October event is themed around TREATS – ideas for packing and giving treats – small gifts, candies and more. In addition our meeting will feature Mary Jo Albright 2 time Artisan Award winner. And lastly we will focus on Going green – with the Organic Stampers.

It is going to be one REMARKABLE day – register today via the link below.



OCTOBER 18th, 2008

Doors open at 7:30 for fellowship, swapping and show n’ share
Studio Lodge Arsenal Road, York, PA (Formerly the Holiday Inn)



*We will provide treats but please bring a lite sack lunch if you need to eat something substantial. 


 *Cost is $20 until October 10th – after October 12th Cost is $25. 


  *Event is open to all demonstrators and guests and cost is the same for all.  


  *Make n’ takes will feature projects that reflect our theme – you will need a trimmer, bone folder, snips and adhesive (sticky strip and snail) Number of make n’takes based on number of tables we fill – more attendees = more make n’takes!!!

         Treat holders for gift cards, for candy, for gifts.. some feature the Big SHOT – come join us.


    *Watch for request for Demos and Displays


Pay Now 

 *or you may mail a check payable to Janet Wakeland to 6400 Hoff Road Spring Grove, PA 17362


      Accessorize – Accessories are the Treat of life – Use ribbon, brads, glitter, etc – add at least one accessory to your card front.  Plan to make 30-40 swaps – full size card fronts.
         *PLEASE CURRENT MATERIALS ONLY – no retired DSP, cardstock, ribbon, etc. Only use materials we can order from the Holiday Mini or Big Idea book and Catalog.
          Plan to make 3 extra swap cards – 1 for display, 1 for SU wow art file and 1 for Mary Jo!


SHOW n ‘SHARE – receive 1 door prize ticket for each item you bring to share – consider our Going Green theme and bring projects you have created by recycling something fun – pringles cans, fruit cans, toilet paper rolls, etc.  

RemARKable Stampers in all levels may invite  their teams – remember this event is open to all demonstrators.


We hope you mARK your calendar and make plans today to join us on October 18th


Crafting Joy


Janet Wakeland
Team Leader RemARKable Stampers, LLC


Wish me luck:)



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #60

I am extremely happy to see this day!  Crazy week and I just plan on relaxing after I do some running around town to complete some last minute stamp camp stuff for tomorrow’s World Card Making Day event.

Friday also means it is time for Beate’s wsc.  #60 that is!  With very limited time this week, I’m keepin’ it simple today and showing you a card that is fairly quick but I think has some cute little details.

I attached the Hodgepodge Hardware oval frame with ribbon and added some silver coordinating brads for balance.  I love how the ribbon is Kiwi Kiss on one side and Very Vanilla on the reverse side…now that’s coordination:)  I re-stamped the flower image again in Baja Breeze ink, cut out, and adhered to some of the flowers just to add a little dimension to the main focal point.  If you eliminate that step, this is a 10 minute card.

Check out more samples from these amazing stampers:) 

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.


STAMP:  Pocket Silhouettes

CARDSTOCK:  Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla; Muirfield Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES:  Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware; Linen Thread.

Just a little note to try to answer some emails……There will be a Scallop Edge Punch Tutorial posted on scs in mid November showing you how to get those rounded corners.  Keep playing with the punch though:) 


Thanks for stopping by and have a happy weekend.


Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #35 October 1, 2008

Here is my card that I made for Taylor’s cupcake challenge.  You don’t have to use cupcakes to participate in the challenges:)  I decided to go Christmas with this one as I have to get started here soon making holiday cards.

I really like this one!  The simplicity of the Kraft cardstock really makes the Riding Hood Red stand out.  And there are so many possibilities with the center stamped image.

Check out what the rest of the cupcake crew has created with this sketch:

Jami Sibley, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Ana Wohlfahrt, Vicki Chrisman, and Stephanie Hargis.

Last Fridays featured cupcake sampler was Frances blogging at Stamp Owl’s Studio…make sure you check out her creation…she does amazing work!


STAMP SET:  Season of Joy; So Swirly Jumbo wheel

CARDSTOCK:  Kraft, Whisper White, and Riding Hood Red.

INKS:  Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin Pad; Whisper White Craft; uni-ball Signo White gel pen.

ACCESSORIES:  Riding Hood Red Tafetta Ribbon; Bold Brights Brads Assortment (real red); Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Beate’s wsc #59

Oh yes!!  I’m really late with everything this week lol.  The list of things “to do” is so long but this is a happy place and I won’t bore you all with that:)

This is my card for Beate’s wsc #59:

I wanted to use Stampin’ Up!’s Pick a Petal stamp set that I’ve neglected to use for quite some time.  Dusted it off and inked it up a little.  I wanted to use all of the same petals but wanted a simple sentiment to flow with the design of the card.  I used part of one of the petals…the one that is a flower outline with the word “smile” in it, just to follow the pattern of a petal used.   Added some white dots to the patterned paper to coordinate with the stamped petals.  To emphasize a circle to the bottom right corner of the card like the sketch, I decided to pierce some holes in a circular pattern to draw your eye to the flower focal point. 

Check out the sites of these extremely talented stampers for more wsc samples:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.


STAMP SET:  Pick a Petal

CARDSTOCK:  Kraft, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss cardstock;  Murfield Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss

ACCESSORIES:  Button bouquet Designer Buttons; Linen Thread; Crafters’ Tool Kit; Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Bold Brights Brads Assortment; uni-ball Signo White gel pen.

FYI….today is the last day to sign up for the create-a-calendar class.  See info –>here.