December 31, 2008

Momogram Note Cards

This was a gift for my mom's birthday. They were very simple to put together and I love them! Try making some yourself for gifts!

Happy Creating!

Stamp Set: Lovely Letters, Both Way Blossoms (retired)
Ink: Old Olive, Regal Rose
Paper: Bella Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Non-SU White Organdy Ribbon, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch circle punches (I think:)), AquaPainter

December 30, 2008

Birthday Wishes

I love this image and couldn't wait to watercolor it using my trusty aqua painter with regal rose and old olive. After I mounted it and put on my must ribbon embellishment, I blinged it up with some Hero Arts Gemstones.

Happy Creating!

Stamp Sets: Floral Background, Open Bible from BlueRidgeImpressions, Hugs and Wishes
Ink: Regal Rose, Old Olive, StazOn Black,
Paper: Old Olive, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive Grosgrain, Hero Arts Gemstones, Horizaontal Slot Punch, 1/2 inch circle punch

December 29, 2008

Calendar Bookmark

A simple gift that I made for my follow book club members. I printed the calendar from HERE on Very Vanilla Paper, cut into bookmark shapes and then decorated. The ribbon is leftover Purely Pomegranate from last years In-Colors. I wanted to use it up so that was my starting point. I stamped the flowers with Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi (last year In- Color also).

Happy Creating

Stamp Sets: Looks Like Spring, Birthday Whimsy (both retired)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate Ribbon, Corner Rounder

December 26, 2008

Note Board

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A fun gift I made for several friends. I started with a piece of foam board, covered it with a thin piece of corkboard and then decorated away! The Designer Series Paper was modpodged on, stamped and then modpogded again to protect it. The embellishments are layered over the modpodge.

Happy Creating!

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind, Big Deal Alpha
Ink: Very Vanilla Craft, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Bella Rose, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, Photo Corner Punch, Boho Blossom Punch

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:1-14

December 24, 2008

Fresh Cuts Brithday

I started this card thinking I was going to make the white piece a circle - did not like it so I cut off the sides and went from there. This is the result after much finagling...

Happy Creating!

Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts, Birthday Whimsy (retired), Twill
Ink: Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Bordering Blue, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon, Corner Rounder

December 23, 2008

Love You Much Promotion

Dates: December 23, 2008 - January 31, 2009

Get ready for Valentine's Day with the exclusive Love You Much Bundle (item 115405). The Love You Much Bundle includes the following:

Description Retail Value

Love You Much stamp set


Candy Lane Designer Series paper (Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla)


Heart To Heart punch


Bundle Retail Value


Love You Much Bundle (20% off; item 115405)


Go to My SU Website to order or email me with any questions or an order.

December 22, 2008

Retiring Floral

I used the Floral Background stamp on the Perfect Plum layer - one of my favorite and well used backgrounds. And, it is retiring! See the retiring list and information HERE.

Happy Creating!

Stamp Sets: Uppsy Daisy, Floral,Organic Grace
Ink: Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, VersaMark
Paper: Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Naturals White
Accessories: Corner Rounder - can that really be all???? What no ribbon?????

December 20, 2008

Paper Tree Card

These paper trees have been springing up everywhere and I wanted to try my hand at one. Using the Holiday Collection Kit paper and stamps I hand traced a tree, cut it up and then mounted it to my card base with stampin' dimentionals. Fun and easy.

Stamp Set: Holiday Collection, Twill,
Ink: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Baja Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Holiday Collection
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon, Scalloped Edge Punch, 1/2 inch Circle Punch

December 09, 2008

Retiring Stamp Sets

10% off and Free Shipping on orders over $70 on Retiring Stamp Sets now through December 23!

Click HERE to see all the retiring stamp sets
and then
Go to My SU Website to order or email me.

To get orders in time for Christmas,
SU is recommending orders be placed by December 16th.

Happy Shopping!

November 28, 2008

Christmas Fluff

This ribbon on this card looks so very fluffy that I call it Christmas Fluff! I love this wide ribbon from the SU Holiday Mini all wound up through the scalloped punched frame...which is not my original idea by the way... I have seen it in several projects and do not know the original creator.

Both snowflakes were stamped in riding hood red and then the top one was glittered and popped up with dimensional tape.

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..." James 1:17 KJV

November 25, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Sale - While Supplies Last

These bundles are available WHILE SUPPLIES last! Click HERE to order online.
Click HERE for a flyer showing the above a bit more clear.

* = These stamp sets will be on the 2008 Fall-Winter retired stamp set list.

December Bradford Library Class

Craft Class
Monday, December 8th 10:00 am and 6:30 pm
Bradford Public Library
Cost: $5.00

To register, contact the library by stopping by, calling or emailing at or by contacting me.

Stampin' Up Holiday Sale

From November 26 - December 1, 2008 Stampin' Up is doing a first time ever "Black Friday" type sale. For a limited time, you can purchase any of the Holiday Extravaganza bundles at a special promotional price--up to 50% off!

What are the bundles, you ask??? I don't know either. This sale has been keep completely under the wraps. This is what I do know -

  • There is a LIMITED number of the bundles for sale - first come, first served
  • The sale will be listed on my SU web site under shop now
  • It starts - Wednesday, November 26th at 12:00 am and ends on Monday December 1st.
  • You can order directly from my SU website or call/email me your order
Be sure to check my SU web site first thing tomorrow morning!

November 17, 2008

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Thinking of giving Stamping gifts??? Stampin' Up put together a gift giving guide that can be found HERE or in greater detail on my SU web site under Shop Now.

Take some time to peruse this suggestions...they were very interesting.

November 14, 2008

Country Living Kit Slide Show and Video

The December issue of Country Living that features the SU Holiday Kit is on the newsstands. And, on there is a slide show on the Country Living web site that features this kit.

There is also a video showing projects using this kit on my SU web site - CLICK HERE to go right to the SU video - and then spend some time looking around at all the other stuff SU has provided!

November 13, 2008

20% off Rubons in November

A page, card and gift using the Rubons.
Unfortunately all my samples of using rubons are of old discontinued rubons. Soooo, I give you rubon projects from the Stampin' Up web site.

Each set of rubons contains two sheets - one in white and one in chocolate chip. See below for more information.

Rub-Ons Promotion - 20% OFF!!

Dates: November 10-30, 2008

Promotion Details:
Spend $20 and qualify to purchase any Rub-Ons assortment at 20 percent off ($8.76 per package; regularly $10.95):

Item # Page # Rub-Ons Description
111416 178 Chateau Bella
111417 178 Word Flurries
111414 178 Hidden Garden
111277 178 A Perfect Day
110283 179 Take Note
111806 179 Chills & Thrills
111804 179 Chit Chat
111415 179 Greatest Moments
111805 179 School Days
110282 179 Anchored
112844 11* Old Saint Nick
112843 17* Season of Cheer
112735 39** Hidden Garden Blossoms

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog

**From Celebrando Creatividad

CLICK HERE to see the flyer. And, as always, you can see the detail at my SU web site

November 12, 2008

Nativity Frame

********Just a Christmas Card********

Stamps: Holy Triptych, Twill,

Paper: Always Artichoke, Ridging Hood Red, Whisper White

Ink: Always Artichoke, Ridging Hood Red, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Oval Punch, Chipboard Frame,

November 10, 2008

Holiday Collection Kit Samples

This is a card I made using the supplies from the Holiday Collection Kit. The big snowflake is a chipboard piece covered with the die cut Designer Series Paper. After I adhered the DSP, I covered it with Versamark, heat and stick powder, dazzling diamonds and a brad from the pretties kit to make it all glittery (click on image to see closer).

These tags were made with the chipboard and die cut Designer Series Paper in the kit.

November 07, 2008

Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit

Stampin' Up and Country Living Magazine have partnered to put together a Holiday Stampin' Kit. Stampin' Up has the kit for purchase and Country Living Magazine has an idea gallery in their December, 2008 issue. I have not seen it yet but hope to get my hands on one soon!

From November 1st - December 31st (or while supplies last) the Country Living Kit is available for purchase. This kit is convenient because it offers all of the supplies you need to complete elegant ornaments and/or gift tags. The ornaments make wonderful handmade gifts for friends, family, teachers, etc.

The Holiday Collection Stampin’ Kit includes the following products:

  • Holiday Collection stamp set (six stamps) (see images below)
    - The stamp set includes a nice "to-from", 2 snowflakes , a star that fits into the large star punch, a sentiment and a circle stamp that fits the
  • Four 12″ x 12″ sheets of die-cut chipboard (see images below)
  • Eight 12″ x 12″ sheets of die-cut Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 4 double-sided designs) (see images below)
  • Four 12″ x 12″ sheets of Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 2 double-sided designs)
  • Two 12″ x 12″ sheets of Whisper White card stock
  • 25 yds. Silver Metallic cord
  • 10 yds. 3/8″ Whisper White taffeta ribbon
  • Pretties Kit brads (20)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (1/2 oz.)
  • Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
  • Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Old Olive Craft Stampin’ Spot
  • Uninked Stampin’ Spot
  • Whisper White Craft Ink refillThere are better pictures of the kit in the online catalog under specials at my web site -

Check back Monday for a card and a few tags I made using this kit.

November 03, 2008

Just a Simple Scrapbook Page

Just a simple scrapbook page from my files - not real complex just simple stamping with lots of pictures to tell the story. (reminder - you can always click on the picture to get a closer look)
Stamps: One of a Kind, Doodle This, Jumbo Outline Alpha
Paper: Rose Red Textured, Rose Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Rose Red
Accessories: Boho Blossom Punch, Five Petal Punch, Black Brad, Rose Red Eyelet, Sponge,

November 02, 2008

3rd Annual Michigan Retreat

We have an absolute blast of restful, learning, creative time every year! I so wanted to share pictures with you from last year but when I looked at them they were all taken during our Pajama Party!...not! way! Even though our PJ's are very respectable, PJ pictures are not meant to be shared. You will just have to image the wonderful time we had...and read all the details on how you can join here.

Stampin' -n- Scrapin' Frenzy

Weekend in Saugatuck,MI
Thurs-Sat, March 26-28, 2009
$130.00 per person
$50.00 deposit due at time of registration with final amount due Feb 1, 2009.

Price includes 6 meals, two night's lodging and lots and lots of gifts, prizes and surprises!

  • Depart on March 26 8:00 AM from Lauri Young's House, Bradford or 9:00 AM from Lay's Furniture, Princeton
  • Stop for lunch
  • Arrive at Suagatuck, Mi at beautiful Pine Trail Camp and check into our lodge overlooking the Kalamazoo River
  • Grab your work space and set up for 45 hours of stampin'/scrappin' fun!
  • Upstairs from the work room are restrooms and a sleeping bunk of your choice.
  • Stampin' Up and Close to My Heart Consultants with classes, prizes, and supplies
  • Depart Saugatuck, MI on Saturday afternoon around 2:00 pm
Please bring a sleeping bag/sheets, towel, a snack to share and your creative supplies for the weekend of fun!

For reservations or information call:
Lauri Young, 309-897-8420
Barb Fehr 815-646-4536

October 28, 2008

Floral Serene Spring

I knew when I saw the Serene Spring Hostess set that I would have a great time watercoloring the image...and I was right...lots of fun to make this card!

Stamps: Serene Spring, Floral, God's Blessings
Paper: Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink: VersaMark, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Regal Rose
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Circle Punch. Aqua Painter

October 27, 2008

Holiday Projects from SU CEO Shelli Gardner

This video features SU CEO Shelli Garnder showing three projects for the holidays. Each place setting includes a napkin ring, nameplate, favor, and confetti - all based on the same template. What fun!

Click here to watch the video ---> Studio 5 SU Video


October 24, 2008

Finally!! A scrapbook page...

...and this is one that I started at Hollies...and really, really did not like where it was going!I scrap in 12 x12 but have problems with one picture layouts! I rearranged, added, subtracted and well... this one is done and saved as is...for what it is worth!The journaling is not finished.

I used the Prestwick Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up which I got because it includes wonderful BV colors! However, it was perfect for this CUBS page. If you click on the picture it will give you a larger view to show you the pinstripe detail on the designer paper.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin' Up: Prestwick Designer Series Paper, Red and Night of Navy cardstock, My Way Punch, Circle Punches, Words: Cricut Disney Cartridge of some sort:)

October 22, 2008

I Won!

This card won a stamp set from the mini for me!!, ya, I LOVE this card! My up-up-upline ran a stamping challenge to "just stamp something" and submit it...this was my entry.

Stamps: Baroque Motif
Paper: Basic Gray, Certainly Celery
Ink: Basic Gray, VersaMark
Accessories: Pearl from Pretties Kit, Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder

Oh, and, I picked the Season of Simple Grace Stamp Set. I love this simple nativity set...can't wait to get it! Check it out in the Holiday Mini (see link at the right).

October 20, 2008

$350 = free stamp set + a video to check out

During Oct and Nov, any $350 order (club, workshop, individual) gets to pick a FREE stamp set from the Fall/Winter Sampler. Check out the detail at the link to the sampler at the right.

Also, SU is going to start including video demonstrations on our SU websites. Go to my SU website at the link to the right and see a video featuring one of the stamp set in the Fall/Winter sampler - Just Jawing.

Fall Birthday

The tree was stamped using Chocolate Chip Ink and then
colored using sponge daubers and pastels.

Lovely as a Tree, Hugs and Wishes, Twill Background
Paper: Kraft, Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke, Rose Red,
So Saffron,, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Accessories: Pastels, 1/2 inch Circle Punch

October 15, 2008

I love clean stamps!

Okay, most of you know that I LOVE clean stamps. I love clean stamps for several reasons -

  • Cleaning your stamps keeps ink from building up in the rubber lines thus keeping the images crisp
  • No leftover ink on your stamp - If use a stamp previously inked and stamped with blue and then go to stamp with yellow your image will be "yucky" not a crisp wonderful yellow
  • A clean stamp does not put gross inky stuff on my versamark pad - If you want to keep your versamark pad clear for good clear watermark images - clean your stamps.
Basically, I like crisp, clean, clear images when I stamp - thus I clean my stamps.

To clean my stamps, I use a Stampin' Scrub from SU with the Stampin' Mist. I spray one side of the scrub "Wet Side" and keep one side dry to "dry" off the stamp after it is cleaned.

Now, since I clean my stamps regularly my Stampin' Scrub gets dirty! I have had several questions on how to clean the stampin' scrub and decided to try to upload a how-to video instead of pictures. So for what it is worth --- here it is!

Sooooo - um - yes - my scrub is usually MUCH dirtier than it was in this video (I wonder if I had already cleaned it:)...scratching my head! And, I guess I used a little more than a "dab" of soap! That is basically what the words at the end of the video say...Oh well, you get the idea!

ETA: Although I have been cleaning my pads like this for years, one of my wonderful customers broke the hinge on her pad when she was "wacking"! Wack softly and hold firmly - or - just sop up water with towels.:)

Hope this helps someone!

October 14, 2008

Christmas Card Event

Last Saturday I participated in a Christmas Card Stamping Day with 10 other demonstrators. Here is my card for the event. The riding hood red strip at the bottom is stamped with the Christmas sentiment stamp from Heard from the Heart - kinda hard to see:) If you click on the picture it will make the image bigger and closer

Stamps: Holy Triptych, Heard from the Heart, Twill Background
Paper: Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Riding Hood Red, VersaMark
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelet, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

October 12, 2008

Happy Birthday

These two cards are using the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set included in the 20% off October Birthday Promotion. See the link under SU specials in the column to the right----->

The first card is a simple - no matting - straight forward card using an easy to do simple layout with no embellishments. I just stamped the image and colored it with markers.

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pretty In Pink DSP (old)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Jet Black StazOn,
Accessories: SU Markers,

The next card uses the same image except this time I stamped the image and watercolored it using the ink pads and aqua painter. The frosting is covered with versamark using the pen and then embosssed with white embossing powder. Then I matted the image, layered the patterned paper and used a ribbon embellishment. I also used the Polka Dot background stamp on the card stock base.

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes, Polka Dot Background
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pink Piourquette, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: VersaMark, Riding Hood Red, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, Jet Black StazOn,
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain, Dimensionals, White EP,

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October 10, 2008

November Library Classes

During November, I am doing two craft classes at the Bradford Public Library - one for children and one for adults. Details are below.

Children's Craft Class
Monday, November 3rd 3:30 pm
Bradford Public Library
Cost: $2.00

Make a spider peppermint patty and a friendly monster bag of carmel corn!
To register, contact the library by stopping by, calling or emailing at by October 29. You may also email me at the link to the right------>

Adult Fall Library Class
Monday, November 3rd 5:00 pm
Bradford Public Library
Cost: $5.00

Make a Thanksgiving card and a fall decoration.
To register, contact the library by stopping by, calling or emailing at by October 29. You may also email me at the link to the right------>

The designs for the children's class are not totally my own. I have been seeing them in all kinds of publications and done in all kinds of ways! However, for the adults class, the only part of the design that is totally not mine is the paper corn shock, however, I put my own twist on that too!

Thanks for looking!

October 07, 2008

20% off Simply Sent Kits Oct 4-Oct 11

Celebrate World Card Making Day!

From October 4-11, in celebration of World Card Making Day, get 20 percent off Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Sent® card kits and Card Elements—no additional purchase necessary! World Card Making Day celebrates the art and creativity of handcrafted cards, and these kits contain everything you need to create and embellish beautiful cards every day.

o see more detail click HERE or click on SU Online ordering to the right and follow these links - Shop Now(right top) and specials(left column).

Below is one of the Simply Sent Kits - Sending Happy Thoughts - and two pictures showing what is all included. These Kits (not the card elements) contain everything you need to make cards! They are a great way to get started! Take a look at the pictures and you will see ink, adhesives, precut cardstock, embellishments(brads, glitter, and a booklet with step-by-step instructions!

These first two cards are the two that are featured with step - by - step instructions in this kit

I will provide instructions for these next two cards when you purchase this kit.

This is offer is only until Oct 11 - if you are interested make sure you either order online at the link to the right or email me in time so I can enter your order online before the end of Oct 11th.

Thanks for looking!