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Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #95 August 29, 2009

Oh my! I’m so late with this post. With my daughter getting braces on Friday morning and back to school shopping, I had to postpone blogging for a couple days. I’m sure many of you can relate to a teen trying to prepare herself for returning to highschool.

I really like Beate’s sketch for this weekend. You can see it here.   I made this card for my daughter.  I’ll slip it into her purse so she finds it unexpectedly:)

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This card is made utilizing Stampin’ Up!’s Sunny Day Simply Scrappin’ Kit and Hello Again stamp set.  I have tons to share at a later date featuring this awesome kit. 

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Check out what the rest of the wsc girls have created:  Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.



Hello Again stamp set (113780); Sunny Day Simply Scrappin’ Kit (115700); Whisper White cardstock (100730); Pink Passion ink (101212), Tempting Turquoise ink (100814), Pumpkin Pie ink (105216), and Old Olive ink (102277); Playground Designer Buttons (116313); Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); 3/4″ Circle Punch (107217); Big Shot die cut machine (113439); Buttons #5 sizzlit die (113440); Pennant bigz die (113484).

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Lots of Bots…gotta love them! August 25, 2009

I do love the images from Stampin’ Up!’s Lots of Bots stamp set.  I think they are just too cute.   They look like they are from the movie Robots (just one of many favorite kid movies). 

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Lovin’ the face of this robot, but not wanting him to have an icepack on his head, I changed him up a bit so I could give this handmade greeting as a “hello human card” and not a “get well soon card”. 

To create my sentiment, i used the “hello” from Hello Again stamp set, and “human” from Lots of Bots stamp set.  The striped paper is from Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This is a rather small greeting that measures in at 4″.  But the image is rather small so it works out nicely.   I used watercolor paper, Stazon ink, and Going Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad with an Aqua Painter for the main image.  I used Masking Tape to the icepack on the robots head for omitting.  Used Stamp-a-ma-jig Tool to properly place the “nuts and bolts” piece to his forehead. 

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Hope you enjoy this little robot as well:)  He’s irresistable! 



Lots of Bots set (115293), and Hello Again set (113780); Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper (115679); Watercolor Paper(105019); Brocade Blue cs (101166), Ruby Red cs (102030), and Textured Crushed Curry cs (115719); Stazon Jet Black ink (101406); Ruby Red ink (102259), Going Gray ink (103274), and Brocade Blue ink (101102); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (108431); Vintage Brads Assortment (109109); Certainly Celery 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon (109031); Small Oval Punch(107304); Large Oval Punch (107305); Crop-A-Dile (108362); 3/4″ Circle Punch (107217); Stamp-a-ma-jig Tool (101049); Aqua Painter (103954); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Masking Tape.

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Pony Party PDF for sale August 24, 2009

Due to MANY requests, my “How’d She Do That PDF: Create Pony Party” is now available for purchase:)

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PDF Details:  $15 for 20 pages, 8 templates included, 30 colored pics with a photo gallery of the project, many tips and ideas, very detailed supply/adhesive list, easy to assemble step-by-step directions.  Emailed directly to you once payment received.  Purchaser can call me directly with questions regarding PDF contents and I will talk/walk you through any area you are having concerns about.


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #94 August 21, 2009

Happy Friday Stampers!  Friday brings us another one of Beate’s great weekend sketches.  Head on over to Fresh & Fun to see her sketch.

I’m playing around with the stamp set Welcome Home because I chose to use it for a christmas card swap I’m in.  I don’t know about you, but when I look at the house & trees image, I see a christmas scene.  Again, I’m still playing around.  I will probably not make the house Real Red as I think it looks like a school house…are you now seeing other possibilities for this set?  I will make the house Chocolate Chip when I create my swaps.   

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I used three different stamp sets to create this card:  Welcome Home, Holiday Blitz, and Sweet Season.  I love the colors and patterns of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper.  And, you can’t go wrong with some Real Red 3/4″ Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon on your holiday handcrafted cards:)

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To create the scene above, you have to stamp the house & tree image a couple times:  once in Real Red ink, twice in Chocolate Chip ink, once in Old Olive ink, once in Garden Green ink, and finally…once in Versamark ink with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder heated to set.  I KNOW!!!  This seems like an aweful lot of work.  Honestly, you can opt to use markers but the ink coverage isn’t as nice. 

You have to cut out the image and layout/adhere the pieces together (you have to decide which colors you want certain parts of the image to be before cutting out). 

For the Oval Sentiment from Sweet Season stamp set, I omitted the house image from the center (by using masking tape) and added the gift image from the Holiday Blitz stamp set.  You have to cut the gift image at the bottom to make it smaller (so it fits within the oval space).  I did use markers on the gift package, cut out, and adhered. 

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check out what the rest of the wsc girls have created:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.




Welcome Home stamp set (113433), Holiday Blitz stamp set (114982), and Sweet Season stamp (116471); Very Vanilla cardstock (106530); Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (115672); Classic Stampin’ Pads: Real Red (103133), Chocolate Chip (100908), Old Olive (102277), and Garden Green 102272Stampin’ Write Markers: Real Red (100052), Old Olive (100079), and Garden Green (100080); Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115608); Versamark ink (102283); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132). 

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An “OMG” moment August 17, 2009

While creating swaps for convention, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.  I had one of those OMG moments where I ran up to my daughter and said, “What does this look like to you?”  Her response was what I wanted to hear:)

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Above is a little sample of my convention swap (I’ll share in a couple days) and a flower image from the stamp set Greenhouse Garden.

One thing I’m consistent with is getting you to think outside the box and utilize your stamp sets to their fullest.  You can invest in a flower set and be able to use it for other purposes as well…..who wouldn’t love that?


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Fill a Medium Flat 4×6 Cello Bag with those gummy sugar orange slices.  Create a belly band featuring SU! Finial Press textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Throw on an orange slice and a sentiment created with SU! Billboard sizzlit decorative strip die (gotta love that…being able to die cut out any sentiment).  I covered my letters with Crystal Effects.


Here is another project featuring the orange slice and orange flavored candy sticks.

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Again, filled a Cello Bag with candy. I created a belly band….this one has a Jumbo Eyelet, Chocolate Chip 1-1/4″ striped grosgrain ribbon, orange slice with Linen Thread, and an appropriate sentiment from the stamp set From the Kitchen of


Here in Central Pennsylvania this summer, it seems like every other person has been treated for Lyme Disease (me included).  NOT FUN!  You can’t go into a store and purchase a get well card like the one below lol.  How fun!  I would have loved to receive something like this to make me feel a bit better and definitely bring on a smile.

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I LOVE THIS CARD!  Again, created my own personal sentiment and covered the letters with Crystal Effects.  On this one, I used SU! Perfect Details texturz plate.  The “get well soon” sentiment is from the stamp set Thoughts & Prayers.


The last project features a lemon slice.  I used a little metal tin and filled with large Lemon Heads.  In the pic, the coloring doesn’t show up correctly….it is a summer sun lemon but it looks more like an orange.  The hello sentiment is from the stamp set Hello Again

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How to create your slice of citrus:

Use Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the flower image, from Greenhouse Garden stamp set, in classic ink.  Restamp over in Versamark.  Apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat to set.  Use 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to punch out your image.  Sponge edges with same ink color.  Use Circle Scissor Plus and cut out a 2″ circle.  Sponge edges again in same ink color.  Adhere the two pieces together.  You can cut your citrus slice in half or quarters as well.  Extremely easy and showcases how to get the most out of a stamp set:)

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Monday!

ORANGE SLICE CELLO BAG #1 (with gummy orange slices):

Greenhouse Garden set (113824); Whisper White cs (100730), So Saffron cs (105118), Pumpkin Pie cs (105117), and Chocolate Chip cs (102128); Pumpkin Pie ink (105216), Versamark Pad (102283); Medium Flat 4×6″ Cellophane Bag (102757); Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (114339); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Crop-a-Dile Tool (108362); Mat Pack (105826); Crystal Effects (101055); Stampin’ Sponges (101610); Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130); Heat Tool (100005); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439); Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963); Billboard Sizzlet Decorative Strip Die (114510).

ORANGE SLICE CELLO BAG #2 (with candy sticks):

Greenhouse Garden set (113824) and From the Kitchen of set (111087); Whisper White cs (100730), So Saffron cs (105118), Pumpkin Pie cs (105117), and Chocolate Chip cs (102128); Pumpkin Pie ink (105216), Pumpkin Pie marker (105115), Versamark Pad (102283), and Chocolate Chip ink (100908); Medium Flat 4×6″ Cellophane Bag (102757); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Crop-a-Dile Tool (108362); Stampin’ Sponges (101610); Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130); Heat Tool (100005); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439); Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963); Linen Thread (104199); Chocolate Chip 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (115617); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (108431); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).


Greenhouse Garden set (113824) and Thoughts & Prayers set (113252); Shimmery White cs (101910), Whisper White cs (100730), and Green Galore cs (101768); Green Galore ink (102122), Versamark Pad (102283), and Basic  Black marker (100082); Mini Library Clips (109857); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Stampin’ Sponges (101610); Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130); Heat Tool (100005); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439); Perfect Details Texturz Plate (115962); Billboard Sizzlet Decorative Strip Die (114510); Crystal Effects (101055); Pop-Up Glue Dots (104183).

Lemon Head Hello Tin:

Hello Again set (113780); Whisper White cs (100730), and Summer Sun cs (103124); Summer Sun ink (100537), Tempting Turquoise ink (100814); and Versamark Pad (102283);  1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Small Oval Punch (107304); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Stampin’ Sponges (101610); Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130); Heat Tool (100005); Tempting Turquoise 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon (109038); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (108431); Crop-a-Dile Tool (108362).  Tin from Michaels craft store for $1.

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Stampin’ Up! August Artisan Challenge August 15, 2009

Here is a card I created for Stampin’ Up!’s Artisan Gallery.  This is a gallery that ONLY DEMOS can view on the Stampin’ Up! site.  We, the winners, were given permission to share our work on our blogs.  They sent us “good quality pics” of our work that were taken at their home office.  Yep, you’ll see the difference of the pic quality lol. 


Again, who can’t resist this stamp set “Pony Party”?  With all of the images to dazzle up the pony, it’s a fun stamp set for all ages!   This set is located in within the Growing Up section of the catalog (pgs. 73-90)….and it features a button from Sherbet Designer Buttons Package.



This card and challenge is for the current promotion, “Just for kids, and the kid in you campaign”.  Spend $35 from the “Growing Up” category in the current Stampin’ Up! 09-10 Catalog—–GET A PACKAGE OF DESIGNER BUTTONS FOR FREE ($7.95 value). 

Click here to see promotion PDF.



Pony Party stamp set (115217); Shimmery White cs (101910), Pumpkin Pie cs (105117), Crushed Curry cs (115319), Vellum Paper (101839), and Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (115675); Stazon Jet Black Pad (101406), Melon Mambo pad (115656), Rich Razzleberry pad (115658), Crushed Curry pad (115659), and Pumpkin Pie pad (105216); Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312); Linen Thread (104199); Melon Mambo 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115611); Boho Blossoms Punch (110711); Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023); 2-way Glue Pen (100425); Aqua Painter (103954); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439); Scallop Circle bigz die (113468); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Stampin’ Pastels (105542); Stampin’ Sponges (101610).

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Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #93 August 14, 2009

I think it’s about time I get back into my normal stamping routine.  Since before convention, I hadn’t stamped for close to two months…gasp!  I’m thrilled that I’ve spent every day stamping since I returned home from convention:)

I fell in love with todays sketch.  So in love that I made 3 cards.  I’m sure you will be hooked on Beate’s sketch as well.  You can see the sketch HERE.  Thanks Beate!

Don’t forget about Stampin’ Up!’s current campaign.  Purchase $35 from the “Growing Up” section of the 09-10 Catalog, and get a package of FREE BUTTONS!  Each card below features  a Designer Button (Playground, Sherbet, and Button Latte).  Click HERE to see all of August’s Specials.

The first card is for my daughter who is going to her friends 15th birthday party tomorrow.  Bright &  fun for any teen girl.  

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The second card is for my cousin who is having a baby shower in the beginning of September (baby boy on the way).  I wasn’t asked to make anything as far as invites and announcements.  I received a store-bought invite and I about gasped!  I think I need to give my family back in Pittsburgh a call and re-explain what I could have done for them lol! 

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Nursery Necessities is definitely one of my favorite available baby sets (is in the “Growing Up” section).  I have done so much with this set.  I will be sad when it retires. 

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Created the waves with my Slit Punch and covered with Crystal Effects.  The button featured in this sample is from Sherbet Designer Buttons.   I did continue the wave theme on the inside of the card with the stamped sentiment “it’s a boy” from this set (the pic just didn’t turn out nice, so I’m opting not to post that).

The third card is for a wonderful stamping friend.  She just simply amazing.  I used the same sentiment on this one from Nursery Necessities with the super cute Animal Crackers set.  Both of these sets are in the “Growing Up” section.

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I know!  Stinkin’ cute!  I have had this set for months and just introduced it to ink last night.  But I forgot to add the button from Button Latte Designer Buttons lol.  So, it is in the upclose pic below. 

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Check out more takes on todays sketch at these amazing sites:

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


Birthday Bliss set (115442); Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (115680), Pink Passion cs (102762), Summer Sun cs (103124), Green Galore cs (101768), and Whisper White cs (100730); Stazon Jet Black Pad (101406), Only Orange pad (102696), Pixie Pink pad (105212), Green Galore marker (100048), Pink Passion marker (100053), Pixie Pink marker (105112), Tempting Turquoise marker (100058), and Summer Sun marker (100077); Big Shot die-cut machine (113439); SU! Lots of Tags sizzlits 4-pack dies (114508); Tempting Turquoise 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (109038); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Playground Designer Buttons (116313).


Nursery Necessities set (113506); Bashful Blue cs (105125), Certainly Celery cs (105125), Basic Gray cs (108692), Bermuda Bay cs (115317), Vellum Paper (101839), and Whisper White cs (100730); Bashful Blue pad (105209), Certainly Celery pad (105217), and Basic Gray pad (109120); Big Shot die-cut machine (113439); SU! Pennant bigz xl die (113483); SU! Backgrounds 1 texturz plates (114512); Crystal Effects (101055); Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312); Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon (109064); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Slit Punch (104388).


Animal Crackers set (113395) and Nursery Necessities set (113506); Tall Tales Designer Series Paper (115678), Brilliant Blue cs (100721), Chocolate Chip cs (102128), Old Olive cs (100702), and Whisper White cs (100730); So Saffron pad (105213), Rose Red pad (101778), Chocolate Chip pad (100908); Button Latte Designer Buttons (114333); Rose Red 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon (111366); Old Olive 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon (111368); 3/4″ Circle Punch (107217); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Glass Mat (112531).

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