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Hello Spring! March 29, 2009

Let me set the scene:  Spring day, slight breeze, local historic park (Fort Hunter) along the Susquehanna River, playground, walking trails, picnic basket in one hand, and Ethan holding my other hand.    Just need the rain to stop!


I sketched out the shape of a strawberry onto grid paper, cut out, traced the outline of the shape onto Riding hood Red cardstock, covered with Clear Embossing Powder and set with heat tool, punched out Basic Black cardstock circles using my Crop-a-Dile tool, attached to strawberry with Mini Glue Dots, covered black circles with Crystal Effects.  I wanted a subtle woven basket cardbase resembling the whole picnic theme. 


Again, I sketched on grid paper how I wanted the stem and leaves to look, cut out, traced the outline of the shapes onto Textured Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss cardstock, sponged and distressed edges, adhered to the top of my strawberry.  That is one big yummy strawberry!!!


To create my tag/sentiment, I used Stampin’ Up! stamp sets ABC Alphabet Lower and Many Happy Returns (good times wording) onto Whisper White pieces of cardstock.  To create the details to the left of the tag: I used my 3/4″ Circle Punch to the Whisper White piece, my 1/2″ Circle Punch to Textured Riding Hood Red, added a black Mini Library Clip, Linen Thread with a few Green Bead Duo beads.  Finished off with a piece of 5/8″ Striped Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon.  

Below is a picture of where I’m referring to.  It’s just a pretty view, and so close to home.   


Thanks for stopping by.  Again, Happy Spring!

STAMPS:  ABC Alphabet Lower and Many Happy Returns

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Textured Kiwi Kiss, Textured Old Olive, and Textured Riding Hood Red cardstock.

INK:  Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Riding Hood Red.

ACCESSORIES:  Crop-a-Dile tool; Clear Emboss Powder; Crystal Effects; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circle Punches; Mini Library Clips; Linen Thread; Green Bead Duo; 5/8″ Striped Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Mini Glue Dots; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Vintage Brads Assortment.



Stampin’ Up! Pop-Up Card Class

Stampin’ Up! Pop-Up Card Class for the Harrisburg area is here.  Let me tell ya, I LOVE pop-up cards and books.  I have a nice collection of Children Pop-Up books….So, it is only natural for me to instantly fall in love with these 2 new dies (3-D Ball die & Three Tier 3-D Cake Pop-Up Dies) that will be available on April 1st from Stampin’ Up! 

Class date is April 13th & 14th.  You can view class details here

Ok!  Are you ready for this?  I’m so excited about what I’m going to show you.  This is one of 4 “WOW” cards you will make at my class:



I know!!!  Isn’t this just the cutest?  Whether you have a son who loves boats, or your significant other is serving our country…..this card is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face (and pop-up to surprise them). 


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

STAMP:  Boatloads of Love

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, and Shimmery White cardstock.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black; Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Bashful Blue.

ACCESSORIES:  Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Die Cut Machine; Three Tier 3-D Pop-Up Cake Die; Crystal Effects; Sticky Strip; Linen Thread; Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; Aqua Painter; Stampin Dimensionals; 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circle Punches; Small and Large Oval Punches; Slit Punch.



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #74 March 27, 2009

I’m so tardy with my post for today.  I apologize.  It’s been one of those Fridays.  Today, we registered the last Albright kiddo for Kindergarten!  A rather bitter sweet event to say the least.  I’m excited for the milestone, but saddened to see my baby as a handsome boy entering school.  He was so well behaved with perfect manners (boy, does he have them fooled lol).  Also, today was “Dentist Checkup Day”.  All went well and I’m free of cavities (hard to believe with all the candy in my posts lately).  Why is it that the tongue will keep rubbing up against/feeling the back of the bottom teeth after a cleaning?  For about 3-4 days, I will keep doing this lol.   Do you do this as well?  Funny!

Friday also brings us another weekend sketch challenge.  Charmaine Ikach is hosting this weeks wsc.  Hop on over to her blog, Oodabug Alley, to see the sketch challenge.


Stampin’ Up! has an oh so adorable new set titled Animal Crackers.  Definitely my style.  I finally introduced it to ink, and had it waiting for Ethan this morning to get him excited about visiting school. 

You can see more samples for this weeks wsc.  Just hop on over to the sites of these super talented ladies:  Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

STAMPS:  Animal Crackers

CARDSTOCK:  Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and Watercolor Paper.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Certainly Celery Patterns Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black;  Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, and Close to Cocoa.

ACCESSORIES:  Aqua Painter; Vintage Brads Assortment; Mini Library Clips; Certainly Celery 1/4″ & 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Large Oval Punch; Scallop Oval Punch; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Crafters’ Tool Kit.



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #73 March 20, 2009

Happy Spring!  And, Happy Friday to all of you.  This week, Cambria Turnbow will be hosting wsc #73.  Hop on over to Stamp a little Love Baby! to see the sketch for today. 

I kept it simple today.  I woke up at 5:30 this morning to get started.  I was done in half an hour.  All three of those sentences are not my norm lol. 


Sale-a-Bration continues till the end of March.  You can earn a FREE item for every $50.  You can see more details here.  Also, if you are in Harrisburg, tomorrow is my Spring Stamp Camp:)  LOTS of wonderful projects in store. 

Want to see what the rest of the sketch team has created today?  Check them out.  They are amazing!  Beate Johns, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist


STAMPS:  Sale-a-Bration sets Yummy and Polka Dot Punches.

CARDSTOCK:  Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, and Textured Bashful Blue.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Sale-a-Bration Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper.

INK:  Bashful Blue, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery.

ACCESSORIES:  Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads;  Small and Large Oval Punches; Scallop Square Punch; 1-1/4″ Square Punch; Scallop Edge Punch; Boho Blossoms Punch; 5-Petal Flower Punch.


TUTORIAL — SU! Woven Easter Basket March 18, 2009

Due to all of the requests, I wanted to share with you how I created this woven easter basket here.  I am showing you how to make one woven envelope basket side.  You can then create whatever style/size basket you wish.


Using SU! Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Scallop Envelope bigz die, and patterned paper, die cut out the envelope.


Option 1:  Using Paper Cutter, cut off the scalloped top flap of the envelope.



Option 2: Simply line up your patterned paper with the score line on the die as shown in the pic above.


The left scored tab is FOLDED UNDER (not cut away).  You will make cuts down to the bottom horizontal scored line.  Cut at 1/2″, 7/8″, 1-3/8″, 1-7/8″, 2-3/8″, and 2-3/4″.


With Paper Snips, cut away pieces of patterned paper, on the score line, as shown in pic above.


You will need 3 strips of patterned paper measuring 1/2″ x 3-1/8″.  Weave as shown, adhering as you go.


Option to add smaller strips within the weaves.  You will need 6 strips of patterned paper measuring 1/8″ x 2-1/2″.  Weave as shown, adhering as you go.  Don’t worry about the adhesive needed for these strips — the top and bottom will be covered with cardstock.


TIP:  make sure your strips “line up” from piece to piece.


Creating the overhanging scallop flat to the top of the basket:  With a 2″ x 3-1/8″ piece of patterned paper and the SU! Scallop Envelope Die, cut out just the top scalloped fold to the envelope.  (optional:  I cut away the angle and made a straight cut from the last scallop).


Apply Sticky Strip to the reverse side.  One on either side of the score line.  Fold over the top of the woven basket side panel that you just created.

Continue assembling the basket as you normally would.

Why I opted to use this wild Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper?  Well, I went to the grocery store yesterday and couldn’t pass up the holiday candy aisle.  I picked up all of my Daughter’s favorite candy items.  When I got home, I realized that none of the candy had your normal pastel & spring colors to them.  They were bright and fun colors.  I won’t lie!  My daughter caught me making this basket for her…..and the candy is now missing!  Gone!  All of it!  Oh man!  I feel like a bad mom.  But, we have a cute basket left over to enjoy:)


This is a head on view of my basket.  Did you notice?  This basket has 6 sides to it. 


It’s a Hexagon so I could fit all of the goodies into it!


Do you remember those candies on the paper when you were a child?  I loved them.  The little dots of candy.  The soggy paper from trying to get the candy off of that paper.  Just brings back childhood memories. 


I decided to cut the sheets into strips.  I wrapped the strips around a pencil and used them as filler paper for the basket…YUM!


Using my Crop-a-Dile tool, I added an Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet to two parallel sides so I could thread the Real Red Grosgrain ribbon through.  Added a sentiment tag perfect for a teen girl. 

I hope you find some inspiration in this post today.   I think some dentists will be thanking me lol.  Thanks for stopping by.


STAMP:  Level II Hostess Set A Little Somethin’.

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White, Summer Sun, and Tempting Turquoise.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.

INK:  Tempting Turquoise

ACCESSORIES:  SU! Big Shot Die-Cut Machine and Scallop Envelope bigz die; Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Crop-a-Dile tool; Real Red 5/8″ and 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Tempting Turquoise 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon; Cello Bags; Hemp Twine; 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Square Punches. 


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #72 March 13, 2009

Happy Friday!  This week, sweet Jenn Balcer is hosting Beate’s wsc #72.  Head on over to Jenn’s blog to see the sketch for today.

With all the flower elements within the sketch, and some Pink Flamingo DPS, I had to challenge myself and go BRIGHT!  Very bright (and fun)!


Told ya lol.  I must say that I like this card.  It welcomes warmer weather.  I added some really cute details….Crystal Effects to the background Pink Flamingo DSP and the glass; the umbrella straw is made with Linen Thread topped with an Orange Duo Bead; added Clear Micro Beads to the rim of the glass to resemble salt/sugar. 


Head on over to the sites of these amazing stampers to see what they have created with Jenn’s sketch:

Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.



I took off this weekend from the Hospital to spend some time with family and just simply “catch up” on things.  I do read all the emails regarding the woven easter basket and will try to put something quick together at some point:)



I’m having a Harrisburg Stampin’ Up! Opportunity Night on Monday the 16th & Tuesday the 17th.  If you are in the Harrisburg Area or Central Pennsylvania, stop on by for some make & takes, door prizes, and learning why I love Stampin’ Up!.  If you are interested in becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and have questions…..this is where you will want to be!

I will also be busy with Stamp Camp business.  Again, if you are in the Harrisburg Area and want to attend, let me know:)  It’s from 9am-Noon on March 21st. 



Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!


STAMPS:  Cheers to You, Stitched Exotics, and Big Flowers stamp sets.

CARDSTOCK:  Shimmery White, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, and Summer Sun cardstock.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, Barely Banana, and Cameo Coral.

ACCESSORIES:  Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Crystal Effects; Linen Thread; Mini Library Clips; Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; Top Note Die; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Orange Bead Duo; Micro Beads; Mini Glue Dots; 5-Petal Flower Punch.


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #71 March 6, 2009

Horray for Fridays!  Sharon Harnist will be hosting Beate’s weekend sketch challenge today, and she has come up with a wonderful sketch for all of us to try.  Head on over to Sharon’s site, Paperfections, to see the sketch.

I have another Sale-a-Bration sample to share.  This card features SU! Botanical Blooms stamp set.   


How can you not love this Raspberry Tart DSP?  The colors are beautiful together.   Very yummy indeed.  I had to include additional pics of this card as well to show you some of the little details.



There are 4 cut out layers to each flower.  The first flower layer is Crystal Effects mixed with a touch of Riding Hood Red re-inker topped with Micro Beads.  Next flower layer is Crystal Effects with a dusting of Dazzling Diamonds.  The third & forth flower layers are just Crystal Effects.  The flower stems were created with Green Bead Duo.  I tried out my SU! dotted texturz plate and  Scallop Oval Punch (in love).  Added Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and a Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Button.


mja-blog-march-6-3There is stitching to both the upper and lower card front to pull the card together.  I added some of the green beads along the bottom to coordinate with the flower stems.  Distressing also applied to areas of the card. 


Check out what the rest of the girls have created for todays sketch (they will amaze you):  Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, and Lori Craig.  I can’t forget guest designer Bev Rousch who also created a sample today for you to view🙂



STAMP:  Sale-a-Bration Botanical Blooms stamp set.

CARDSTOCK:  Shimmery White, Whisper White, Real Red, Cameo Coral, and Rose Red cardstock.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Riding Hood Red, and Basic Gray.

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; Backgrounds I texturz plates; Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons; Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; Scallop Edge Punch; Small and Large Oval Punches; Scallop Oval Punch; Green Beads Duo; Crystal Effects; Micro Beads; Dazzling Diamonds; Stampin’ Dimensionals; White sewing thread.


Sale-a-Bration Easter Basket March 2, 2009

I’ve been playing around with some of my Sale-a-Bration goodies trying to come up with Stamp Camp ideas.  Although the project featured in this post is a little too advanced for a stamp camp, we will be creating something very similar to the basket I am sharing with you today….and this one will be displayed at the stamp camp to show additional ideas, accessories, and tools to the guests.


Isn’t this basket so cute?  I’m going to tuck this little basket away and give it to my daughter in her Easter basket.  I used Sale-a-Bration items Yummy stamp set, So Saffron & Certainly Celery Ribbon Bundle, and Delicate Dots DSP

I’ve seen the envelope big shot die basket for some time now, but I wanted to change it up a little by creating a woven pattern to the box/basket base.  For the basket, I used my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Top Note Die, and Scallop Envelope Die

Here are a couple upclose pics of the basket base:

mja-blog-sab-easter-basket-2I wanted the appearance of cardstock being folded over the sides of the basket (sort of like a nice patterned fabric napkin in a real basket).  This piece was created with the Top Note Die and I placed an Antique Jumbo Eyelet with my Crop-a-Dile tool to hold the paper in place.  I threaded the Certainly Celery Ribbon through the hole and tied Hemp Twine around ribbon to secure in place.






mja-blog-sab-easter-basket-3Here is another upclose picture to show more of the basket details.  I added little patterned paper flowers to each side of the sentiment main focal point created with my Boho Blossoms Punch.  Added brads from Vintage Brads Assortment so they would coordinate with the eyelets on the sides of the basket.  As you can see, all basket pieces were sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.   I used Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery ink on the main sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with my paper snips.  Adhered to basket with Stampin’ Dimensionals.










 I filled a 4″ x 6″ cello bag filled with whoppers robin eggs candies.  Closed cello bag shut with some So Saffron ribbon.  For the tag, I used Bashful Blue ink for the wording on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with my Small Oval Punch.  Adhered to a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock that I punched out with my Large Oval Punch.  I added a chipboard heart from On Board Loads of Letters.  Punched a 1/16″ hole and attached to ribbon with Hemp Twine.  I cut thin strips of Sahara Sand cardstock and ran them through my Crimper Tool.  I placed these thin strips inside of the basket with the cello bag of candy.

Sale-a-Bration is half way over.  Time is running out.  You can find out more information on my website

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Monday:)



STAMPS:  Yummy Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White and Certainly Celery.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Sale-a-Brations Delicate Dots DSP.

INKS:  Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES:  Sale-a-Brations So Saffron and Certainly Celery Ribbon Bundle; Small and Large Oval Punches; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Scallop Envelope Die; Top Note Die; Stampin’ Sponges; On Board Loads of Letters; Crop-a-Dile Tool; Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Vintage Brads Assortment; Boho Blossoms Punch; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Cello Bag; Crimper Tool.