December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

November 23, 2009

The Last of Autumn


This card came about when a fellow stamper handed me the white frame from a Top Note Die Big Shot cut. The fellow stamper had used her Top Note frame to showcase a scene with deer. I immediately thought of this set – Autumn Days – and, well, here it is!

Ink and Paper Try-Its

  • Stamp the negative image left from a Top Note Die cut.
  • Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, pop the frame up to showcase a stamped scene.
  • To get mutli-colored leaves, ink up the leaf with a light colored ink and then tap it with a darker colored marker.
Do not forget the HUGE online sale from now until Nov 30th.

Stamp Set: Autumn Days
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Naturals White
Accessories: Sponge, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain, Stampin’ Dimensionals

October 20, 2009

Spooky Bear Pumpkin


This card was one we made at the Holiday Mini Catalog event I hosted with several other demonstrators. The card was designed by a fellow demo and features the Stampin’ Up Exclusive Build-a-Bear Sizzix dies found on pages 34-37 in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

This was the first time I used the Sizzix dies in the Big Shot and was not a perfect student. But, I do think it turned out cute!

Stamps: Beary Nice Wishes (sentiment inside)
Ink: Whisper White
Paper: Night and Day Designer Series Paper,
Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Accessories: Old Olive Brads, Big Shot, Stampin’ Up Bear and Stampin’ Up Kooky Spooky Dies.

Blessings, Barb

October 19, 2009

Christmas Card Buffet

This is a reminder to sign up for the Christmas Card Buffet by midnight on October 21st.

The buffet is on October 29th from 9:00am – 9:00pm. Click here for details and a printable registration form.


Blessings, Barb

October 17, 2009

Autumn Harvest Pheasant


Male cards are hard to make…but when I saw the Autumn Harvest set with a pheasant, I knew it was mine. It was perfect for “my” hunter males!

Ink and Paper Try-its

  • Ink the pheasant using the markers – Old Olive, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust.
  • The pretty bird was layered on Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive cardstock.
  • Soft Suede is the card base and it was stamped with the wheat stamp using VersaMark.Ink for a subtle background
  • I used Stampin’ Pastels to create the colored leafs (see tutorial below) on the Crushed Curry piece .

To make the crushed curry leaf piece

1. Stamp the leaf using VersaMark.


2. Using Qtips, brush the leaves with Old Olive, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Pastels.

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3. After the pastels are applied, I sponged the edges using Soft Suede ink.


Stamps: Autumn Harvest
Ink: Soft Suede, VersaMark, Stampin’ Write Markers
Paper: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Naturals White
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon, Cutter Kit, Sponge,
Stampin’ Pastels 3/16” Corner Rounder Punch

Blessings, Barb

October 16, 2009

The Big Shot Has Entered My Life


I know I am kinda slow on the uptake here but I kept thinking I didn’t need the Sizzix Big Shot that SU !sells. However, I kept seeing the fabulous texture on cards all over…they just popped out at me! So, enter the Big Shot into my life!

See that Crushed Curry (2009-2010 In- Color) piece at the top…that wonderful swirly texture was done with a texture plate from the SU Backgrounds 1 set!

Ink and Paper Try-its

  • To get a mult-colored image, Ink your stamping using the brush tip of your marker. For the main image above, I used Real Red, Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise.
  • For a different look, tie your bow sideways. The bow above was tied using the Basic Black 5/8 inch Grosgrain.
  • If you every have questions about any project here, please do not hesitate to email me.

Stamps: Level Two Wings of Friendship
Ink: Real Red, Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, So Saffron Brad, Basic Black 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon

Blessings, Barb

October 15, 2009

A Card For You…


…for being patient with me as I was figuring out the direction of my blog and Stampin’ Up business. There were several things I needed to dig through and now…I am back! Thanks so much for hanging in there!

This card features the new In-Color Rich Razzleberry. Although I really, really like all of this years In-Colors – this is at the top of the list.

I used the Wings of  Friendship Level 2Hostess Set with Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White.

Some Ink and Paper Try-its -

  • Ink just part of the stamp by holding the stamp and ink pad to see where you are inking – like the right flourish-flower on the main image above
  • See that butterfly – that is just two hearts punched using the Heart to Heart Punch and connected with a Slit Punch piece dotted using the Signo White Gel Pen


Blessings, Barb

July 28, 2009


CM397B    From July 27- July 31  the Heart to Heart punch is only $10.99! 


July 24, 2009


It is for the papercrafting kind!


I have seen these popsicle cards many different places and always wanted to play with one. Finally, the last time we were at Hollie’s, we did!

I don’t know if this is the scientific correct way to make them as I did use any instructions. I just made one with what was left in my mind from the pictures I saw over the last couple years.

  • I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut at 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 and folded so the card is 5 1/2 by 3 1/4 then took a bit out of the top with the scallop punch.
  • The other three corners were rounded and then the whole outside sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.
  • The orange from Tart and Tangy was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White cardstock, punched with the 1 3/8 circle punch and layered on a scallop punched piece of Crushed Curry.
  • Next, stamp your sentiment. I did not do this until after I had mine put together and it was…well…not complete! So, I stamped it on a piece of scrap Pumpkin Pie, punched with the Word Window punch and adhered to my card. You do not need to do this as you will be thinking ahead, so just stamp the Happy Birthday from Very Versatile right on the card:)


  • Determine where you want the ribbon and then cut a slit in the fold line with the craft knife, slip the Pumpkin Pie Stripped Ribbon through the slit and tie. Since the ribbon is not adhered you can move it around to position the knot.
  • Put the stamped orange piece on with dimensionals.
  • Adhere the stick to the inside.
  • Done!

This card fits nicely in a regular business size envelope.

Thanks for looking!


July 23, 2009



I made this card a month or so ago. I love it! But, why oh why did I not write down what I did…I am having a hard time remembering but it went something like this.

  • The distressy background was done on a piece of Regal Rose card stock.
  • First, I sponged the whole thing with Chocolate Chip ink.
  • Next, I VersaMarked up the swirl from Wings of Friendship (new Level 2 set)and used it to stamp off some of the Chocolate Chip.
  • To finish the background, I inked a script stamp with Chocolate Chip and sponged the edges. Sadly, I can’t remember which stamp – probably either from the retired Rustic Rooster or the Fresh Cuts stamp set.
  • The flower is from Flower Fusion on page 180 of the current catalog with a half pearl from the Pretties Kit.
  • I hand cut and scored the stem and leaves from Old Olive and inked with the same color.
  • This was tied with a Chocolate Chip ribbon and layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock punched with the Eyelet Border Punch and sponged with Chocolate Chip.
  • The card was completed by layering this piece on Ruby Red and then a Chocolate Chip card base.

Whew!A more intense card but worth it!

Thanks for looking!

July 22, 2009



Even though this card has a bow, I really think I will still use it for a masculine birthday.

  • The hiding pheasant was stamped using Dusty Durango and the Autumn Days set. If you have the catalog it is on page 92 along with a realistic looking farm set appropriate called Farm Life.
  • His hiding material…er… the weeds, are stamped from the same Autumn Days set using Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.
  • The whole scene is on a piece of Naturals White which was punched along the top with the Spiral Punch.
  • Now the sentiment I am really excited about! Did you notice the new punch! I used the new Modern Label punch for the back Soft Suede piece. Layered on top is the sentiment from Very Versatile punched out with the Word Window punch. Don’t they just work perfectly together!
  • The rest of the card was finished up with a Crushed Curry Dotted Grosgrain Ribbon and layered on Dusty Durango and Soft Suede.

If you ever have any questions about product, techniques, sizes, etc. just email me via the button on the top left or leave a comment.

Thanks for looking!

July 21, 2009



I made this card for a stamping/scrapping friends wedding. I took the picture of it outside to see if I could get more of the detail on the black piece at the top…I don’t thing it worked:( But, hopefully you can see enough to get the picture – pun intended!

  • The top black part is stamped and clear embossed using the Baroque Motifs flourish.
  • The ribbon is retired Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon which I still dearly love and save for very special cards:)A current alternative would be the In Color Rich Razzleberry Dotted…yeah, I think that would be very nice!
  • The bottom cardstock is retired from last catalog but is very, very similar to the current Bridesmaid/Bride cardstock…lovely!
  • I stamped the Cherish from Baroque Motifs onto the same designer paper, oval punched it and layered it onto a black punched scalloped oval. Two pearls from the Pretties Kit finished it off.

Thanks for looking!

July 20, 2009

July 20-26 Deal of the Week



Add some hardware to your projects. The high-quality metal Hodgepodge Hardware contains etched designs on brads and accents that coordinates with several of our punches. Each kit contains approximately 100 embellishments and 100 3/16" brads.

For this week the hodgepodge hardware is $18.99. Click on the picture to get more details.

July 14, 2009

Resting by the stream

This card was my design for a Year of Cards event I didn't end participating in. Actually my card went but I didn't:)

The card is made using the Backwoods stamp set which can be found on the dormant list.

In deisgning the card, I tried to make it look like the deer was resting by the stream by lightly stamping repeat fish on the base layer. Nice and peaceful!...until a hunter comes along:)

Happy Stamping!

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July 13, 2009

Get The Scoop Projects

These are the projects we did at the Get The Scoop Open House last Friday.DSCF7441

The first is a card paired the Autumn Harvest Stamp Set with new in-colors Soft Suede and Crushed Curry.

Other items are Sanded Stamp Set and Dotted Crushed Curry Ribbon.DSCF7445

This is a bookmark. I love them! They are easy to put on the page and they stay in place while you are reading.

The background was wheeled with the Watercolor Vine wheel using Old Olive and the flower is from the new Level II set Wings of Friendship – stamped in Ruby Red, cut out and adhered.


Next is a 6x6 scrapbook page or an embellishment for a 12x12 page.

  • Layered on the Kraft background paper are a strip of the Jackpot Designer Series Paper, Bordering Blue scallop piece and a square of So Saffron textured cardstock.
  • The Flower was punched from some Not Quite Navy Designer Series Paper and the center is a circle punch.
  • The Boho Backgrounds stamp using VersaMark details the Kraft piece.
  • Wonderful Friend from Boho Backgrounds was stamped in So Saffron and punched using the new Modern Label Punch.


The last card uses a Whisper White base and features the Circle Circus Stamp Set.

  • The circles from the set were stamped using Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Bordering Blue, Melon Mambo, and Dusty Durango.
  • They were punched and adhered – using dimensionals to pop some up.
  • The sentiment is from the On Your Birthday Set.

Thanks for joining me!

July 10, 2009

Get the Scoop Prizes!

Okay, I had fun today! For all but 3 hours from 9-9 today, I had stamping friends with me! Old friends and new friends…lots of stamping and laughing!

The next best thing to stamping with friends is being able to give away prizes!

I took this basket filled with earned tickets and had my husband draw the winners.


The winner of the Birthdays Count Mini Note Kit was Tess Kopp!


The winner of the Yummy Stamp Set is Stephanie Avina!


The winner of the Bordering Blue Ink Pad is Josie Knobloch!


And the Grand Prize winner is Debbie Knobloch!


I will be in touch with you all!

One last thing, some of us were discussing a fabulous web site called Splitcoaststampers. I have added some links over on the right side bar – scroll down (or maybe up) to find it.

Thanks to all!

Happy Stamping!

July 09, 2009

Easy Color Combination Machine

colorcombobuttonoliveClick on the button in the right side bar under categories that looks like the picture above and you will be taken to a fabulous machine that helps select Stampin’ Up color combinations.

It looks like this except for the 1.2.3. steps…I added those:)

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1. Select a color from the scroll bar on the left and click it. It will be added to the top as a color to look for. Find another color (up to 5 total) and click .

2. Once your colors are in the top row, click search under the selected colors

3. The suggested color combinations will appear in the bottom right box

It will look like the picture below!

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Have fun!

July 08, 2009

Fresh Cut For You

Finally a cool title:) That is the hardest part of this post writing...sharing is the easiest!

This card is made using the Fresh Cut Notes and the Fresh Cuts Stamp Set.

I stamped the background stamp from the Fresh Cuts Stamp Set on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and then layered it behind the cut out in the note card.

The black flower was stamped with black ink on Whisper White cardstock, handcut and then layered on top of the notecard cutout and topped with a pearl from the Pretties Kit.

Sadly, the black ribbon I used is retired, however, a good current choice would be the 5/8 inch Black Grosgrain

The "for you" sentiment was also from the Fresh Cuts stamp set.

I made a few of these and packaged them up for a gift.

Happy Stamping!

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July 03, 2009

Wrinkle Free Rooster

I made this card some time ago and although it is a retired set, I wanted to share it with you!

This is for the demo challenge to use the Wrinkle Free Technique found here

I used SU Classic (dye) ink and Whisper White cardstock for the technique. I swiped my pads on the clear sheet I use with the Stamp-a-ma-jig but you can use any nonporous surface, I have a small spray water bottle that I got in the health and beauty samples section of Walmart.

This technique is very distressy and collagey and I struggled a little. but it came out enough to use. When I was looking at my cut piece, I saw the green looming in sight like a piece of grass, so, I stamped the rooster right there. Then looking at the piece I felt like the rooster was floating but I didn't want to disturb the technique. To anchor the poor floating rooster, I added a line of paper piercing.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Rustic Rooster
Paper: Manchester DSP, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cloase to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Crafter's Tool Kit, Twill Ribbon, Corner Rounder

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