Saturday, December 20, 2008

Scandinavian Season

Growing up we had a spinning Christmas scene powered by candles. I forget what they are called but they are from Sweden/Germany and such areas of the world. I always loved the beautiful carved people and the pretty colors they were painted. The next few cards feature the Scandinavian Season set, and the beauty of my childhood can be seen here.

I have sent aout about 40+ cards so far this year. I did send out many of these becuase of the simplicity and ease to make. You could make about 6 of these in about a 1/2 hour which is fast!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let It Snow. . .

If you're Big On CHristmas, you have to be Big On Snow. . .
Here is another one of the cards I will be sending this holiday season.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Well, I think It's About Time For Christmas!!!

SO, it's been a while, ok a long, long while, but I have a camera, it's working. I have time. . .ok, well maybe not a lot, but some, and I have pictures. . .
The next two cards use my favorite holiday set, A Cardinal Christmas.

This card uses the Heard from the Heart set and takes advantage of the big shot.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I'm Back!!!

Whew! It's been a long time. I've been busy planting a huge garden ( I'm talking over an acre that we do mostly by hand), moving my mom to Ithaca, and spending time with my brother who is from Oregon. Life has been busy and crazy.

I did make a card for my new friend, Kristi from Honolulu. She sent me this adorable Post-It Note holder. She even created a tutorial to help me learn how to make them. You can see them HERE.

Thank You Kristi!

This is my Thank You Card I'm sending you!

Bye for now!

I will post again tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

This is a CASE. . .

. . .from the SU flyer for thier wheel deal special. Buy one of several identified sets and get the large coordinating wheel free. Hurry offer ends today!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wedding Card #2

This card is for my boss. I am showing pictures of what it looks like when opened. I had to create space for 75 people to sign. I think it turned out well.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Weddings All Around

My boss and my coworker are both getting married (not to each other, but both weddings are soon). I love weddings, the romance and happiness that surrounds not only the couple but each person who witnesses the event is amazing.

Here is the card my coworker will receive.
I printed the saying on Vellum on my computer and overlayed it on my stamped cardstock. The pear is from the SU Level 2 Hostess set, Infinite Wisdom. I used Old Olive ink and cardstock and watercolored the image using my inkpads and aqua painter.
What do you think?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Back from vacation

Well, vacation is over. I have to admit, I didn't do much stamping over my Spring Break. I did do a lot of cleaning though. My gardens are looking pretty good. I weeded most of them and now I am all scratched from pruning my rose bush. The thing is a monster, but has the most beautiful pink roses. I am still thinking of ideas for cards for my classes I will be teaching. I ordered a bunch of new cardstock, so now I have a bunch of colors to use. . .I was very limited before.

Here is another quick little card using the SAB All About Scallops set.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

And the WINNER Is. . .

. . .Sheila

Sheila email me ( with your address so I can mail you your winnings.

I'll be on Spring Break this week, so I may not get the chance to post much. Several of you have asked for a tutorial on making those 3-D stars so I will work on putting one together. Keep checking back for the tutorial!

Happy Stamping and Congrats again to Sheila!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wish Big!

Here's a cute little card I made with the Priceless Set. Colors are More Mustard and Wild Wasabi and the green and yellow prints are some left over paper I had lying around.

If you haven't left a comment for my Blog Candy, make sure you do. I'm picking a winner tomorrow!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Blog Candy Time!

500 + Post!!

You know what that means. . .time for candy!

This is what's up for grabs. Some Double sided 4x6 prints paper, sponges, cards and envelopes to embellish any way you'd like, a cute little kit with several applicators for working with watercolors or pastels, a little memo book I made look pretty, as well as, several mystery items. . .

All you need to do is let me know what types of tutorials you would like me to add to my blog. I haven't done any yet, but think I should put some on.

I will pick a winner on Saturday! Good luck!


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I've been tagged!

I can't believe it, but I've been tagged! Debby, from Debby's Stampin' Heaven, tagged me!

I am so honored!

Okay, here are the rules.

  • 1. Link to the person that tagged you and leave a comment on their Blog.

  • 2. Post the rules on your Blog.

  • 3. Share 7 random facts about yourself on your Blog

  • 4. Tag 7 random people, linking to their Blog.

First, seven facts about me.

  1. I really like being a Guidance Counselor. I like talking to kids about college planning, I love working on college applications, editing essays, reviewing transcripts, helping with resumes and brochures. What can I say. . . I love it!

  2. I have 2 dogs. I black lab, named Maggie who lays around all day like a piece of furniture, and a 1 year old pup named Sally. Sally is half yellow lab and half Saint Bernard. She's very cute, but very evil.

  3. Twins are hard work. I mean it: double the tears, double the mud, double the dishes, double the wishes that. . .

  4. . . .I get a new dishwasher with my tax refund!

  5. I like working in my gardens. We live on 60 acres and this year will probably plant 1-2 acres of veggies. We have a local farmer who rents out the rest of the land to grow clover for his beef cattle. Mostly, however, I like flowers!

  6. I have about 10 scrapbooks that I have started but never finished. My twins are 3 1/2 and I still don't have any of their baby pictures off the computer!

  7. My mom will be moving to Central New York within the next month to be closer to my family. It will be great to have her close by.

Whew! I did it. . .

Now, I get to pick 7 bloggers!

  1. Danielle Loudes from Fat Cat Stamper

  2. Linsey from Outside the Lines

  3. Jules from Need to Stamp

  4. Jessica from There She Goes

  5. Cheryl from Engineered Expressions

  6. Dawn from Daily Scrappin Inspiration

  7. Annelies from Scrapannelies

Here are my kids. . .
. . .Charlie



Thanks, and stop by tomorrow to win some Blog Candy! I've hit 500 posts, so I will go shopping tonight and make the candy worthwhile!


Thank you

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog. I will be offering up some blog candy when I hit the 500 mark which is coming very soon. I will have some contest for you to win so be prepared!

Monday, April 7, 2008

More Stars and a bowling party!

My big guy just turned six, so we had a birthday celebratio at our local bowling alley. It is very fun to watch little kids bowl. For some, the ball was bigger than they were!

Here is his card. . .he wanted brown and stars. . .

Friday, April 4, 2008

Reach for the Stars

I just love stars, and I love the Star Punches. Give them dimension by scoring and folding at each point, then attach with a foam dot.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Back to Stampin'

It seems like it has been a long time since I posted. I think I may have made up for it. I made a bunch of cards the last couple of days. I am trying to think about what I want my peeps to do at my stampin' class I will be teaching. Here are some of my ideas.

This one uses several punches, 1", scallop, and corner rounder for the bottom scallops. I also used white craft ink and added the blue glitter to it. It was then heat set with a heat tool.
This uses a water spritzing technique. I used markers to color the stamps then spritzed with water to get a water color look. You need to use glossy cardstock for this. The little flowers have silver eyelets set in their centers and are actually raised with foam mounting squares.
This card also uses several punches.
This one is dry embossed on the red cardstock with flowers, although it is hard to see from the picture. I watercolored the flowers using my stamp pads and a blender pen.
That's all I have now, I'll be posting more tomorrow. I have to take some more pictures.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Another Upcoming Class Project

Using Bleaching. . .

I like using bleach, just put a little in an aqua painter and paint over the area that you want to lighten. It dries quickly and is great to add soft colors to dark cardstock. This is another card I will be demonstrating with my stamping class. Sorry It's not the best picture, but you can still see the technique.
Stamp Set: Fun and Fast Notes
Supplies: Black Craft ink, Iridescent Embossing Powder, Stampin' Chalks, Scallop Punch
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Sky Blue
First Stamp image in black craft ink and emboss. Paint bleach on bird and flower and then chalk with a Q-tip. Punch Scallop and then cut out the middle so only the scallop remains. Adhere to the Navy cardstock and then adhere to the Ruby Red cardstock.
Go ahead and give it a try. Send me your image and I will post it on my blog!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Getting Ready for my Stamping Class

I have been asked to teach a Stamping Class at an evening adult education program. Here is a card I will be demonstrating:

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Conference was a Success!

After months of planning, the conference is over. About 100 counselors from the CNY area showed up. The workshops were good, the food was terrific, and people have told me they are ready for next year's conference. Yeah!!

So, now that's its over I have more time to do some stamping.

Here's a little card I did this weekend. . .
Stamps: Ginormous Flowers, Wonderful Words, Boho Wheel
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Soft Sky
Earth Elements Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals
TTFN (As Tigger would say. . .) Ta-Ta For Now. . .

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I need a break from Conference Planning!!!!

I have been planning a conference for all of the Guidance Counselors in the Central New York area since November. Over 300 invitations have been sent out and we are now the day before the big event. I have been staring hard at the computer making sure I get the last pieces of the program put together. This is my first attempt at planning an event this big, and I think it is going to go over really well. I can't wait for this to be over, though, . . .because I'd rather be staring at my stamps and paper!

For this little card, I used my Double Rectangle Punch for the ribbon placement. The stems on the flower stamp are close together and fit perfectly between the two rectangles on the punch. It makes it look as if the ribbon is holding the flowers on the card (even though there is a little glue holding them in place.

Wish me luck on everything tomorrow. Did I also tell you I'm a presenter!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of an upcoming project I will be doing with my Stampin Club. It's just a basic project, but it makes cute gifts.
Stamps: Priceless
Ink: Bashful Blue and Purely Pomegranite
Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Punch and 1 1/4" Punch
Happy Stamping. . .

Monday, March 10, 2008

Spring Perhaps?

What's to Celebrate?

Well all the ice and snow that we got this weekend, seems to be disappearing. I see mostly grass from my window this morning. It's amazing how you miss it when by the end of the summer you are complaining after mowing it for the 14ooth time!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Samples, Samples, and More Samples

I looked at my site today and thought, "I need some new pictures!!!" So here are some of the latest cards that I putogether with a few friends the other day. Once again my upline, Pam, also came up with some great ideas.

We used the Spring Whimsy Stamp set on this along with a stamp-a-ma-jig. Those things are awesome! I know I found a tutorial on using them before. I will look again this weekend and try to post it on Monday.

Here's another using the Birthday Whimsy Sale-A-Bration set. Hello is done with rub ons. Doesn't it look classy!

And lastly, this cute little tea bag holder.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Celebration Time!

There's a party going on right here! I got my new kit and I'm really excited to play with all my new stuff. I had a pretty busy weekend. Friday night I went stampin, Saturday I was the hostess of a Jockey Party for my friend Linda, and Sunday, I went to my former student's house for her baby shower. I think of myself as young, until I realize the kids I had in school are now grownups with families and babies of their own.

My first card using my kit:

I also wanted to post a picture of the blog candy I will be sending to Cheryl later today.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know about my new demonstrator specials I have going on.

Beginning today and ending March 31st:

  • Book a workshop and receive a $5 gift certificate redeemable at your party.
  • Hostess a party totaling over $350 and receive from me an extra $10 gift certificate.
  • If you combine that with the special Stampin' Up! is offering from March 18 - April 30, 2008, you will earn an EXTRA $25 in hostess awards from Stampin' Up! Check out the flyer here.

Don't live close by, hold a catalog order. Contact me for more info.

Just want to place an order without a workshop? No problem. You can place an order at my launch party on March 17th. I'm offering a 20% discount on all orders that are placed. What a deal!

Talk with you soon!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

And the WINNER is. . .

Well after putting everyone's name in a hat to draw, Cheryl KVD, is the winner. Cheryl, please email me with your address so I can mail all your goodies. I will post a picture of your prize winnings on Monday, as I have trouble posting pictures from my home. Dialup. . .need I say more?
Congratulations Cheryl!!

Thanks to all that left me advice. I will be posting often, and I promise next week to have a lot of pics.

I made some great cards last night. . .can't wait to show you. My next project is to make a multitide of Thank you cards for a Regional School Counselor Conference I have been planning. I have 22 presenters, not to mention a dozen vendors that going to be a part of this big event. I want to make them Thank You cards and possible a small favor. Maybe water bottles with a door hanger pocket on them filled with some little mints, tissues. . .

Any suggestions? I have until March 14th to put them all together.

Talk with you soon,

Friday, February 29, 2008

Today's the Day!!

My new demonstrator kit should come in. I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself! I can't wait to play with all my new toys. Tonight I'm going to my friend's house for her Stampin' Up! party. My upline, Pam, will be the demonstrator. She is very talented and becuase of her, I feel confident to start my own business.

Here is a card I CASED from Pam. She came up with the idea to stamp on the vellum. I just added the flourish background.
Let me know what you think.

Bye for now!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Welcome Baby

Today I thought I'd share with you a baby card that I made for my friend, Amanda (Hope you don't read this because you're getting this Sunday!!) I thought it was a perfect post, since my blog is still a baby. Thank you to all of you for welcoming me into the blogging community and for the great suggestions you have on posting. For those of you just joining today, please read down as I am offering some BLOG CANDY!!! (Still a surprise) I will pick a winner tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I want some CANDY!

Yum, Blog Candy. . .that is. . .

I am approaching hit number 50. . .yes I'm still a baby, but everyone has to start small right? To celebrate, I'm going to giveaway something nice. I can't tell you yet, becuase it's a surprise, but I promise it will be nice. So with that in mind. . .

Here's what I'm asking:

Let me know what advice you have for a new blogger and what your favorite SU stamp set is. A winner will be announced Friday. . .the day my new SU Demonstrator kit is scheduled to arrive!

This is a card I watercolored with my ink pads and Aqua Painter. The Aqua Painter is nice because you fill it with water, touch it to your ink pad, and then color. Between colors, just squeeze onto a papertowel to get the remainder of the color out you just finished. Cleanup is a breeze. I talked about the Aqua Painter on Mama Stamper's Blog, as she is offering candy too by responding to the question "What is your favorite SAB set and favorite SU technique.

Bye for now and Good Luck!!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

New Business for Me = Big Discounts for You!!!!

As a new demonstrator I've decided to start my business with a bang. For the month of March, I am offering a 10% discount on all new orders. Combine that with Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Bonus and you have one heck of a savings! That's right. . .order now (and before March 17th and spend $45~ that's $50 of merchandise with 10% off~ and get a free SAB set.) That's like getting 2 bonuses. Not too bad. . .

Click here for more details.

Flower Power

I found these cute little flowers at A.C. Moore in the dollar bin. Once I saw them I knew I had to do something with them. . .so TA DA . . .

I had trouble with the focusing but you can still pretty much see it. Sorry it is a little fuzzy.

How To:

1. Paint white with Acrylic paints

2. Trace flower onto back of DP and cut out. ( I did both sides) Adhere with glue.

3. Water color edges with Purely Pomegranate ink.

4. Punch solid card stock with scallop punch and 1 1/4 circle punches and adhere.

5. Stamp flower from "Priceless" set on base with Purely Pomegranate ink.

6. Stamp butterfly from "Priceless" set on white card stock in Purely Pomegranate ink and cut out. Adhere with foam dimensional dot.

7. Add ribbon.

Wouldn't this look cute in a little girl's room?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Card Project

Over the past couple of weeks we (a group of my coworkers and stamping friends) decided it would be fun to offer a couple of classes in card-making and stamping after school to our kids. Boy were we surprised when we had a class of kids stay after with us to make some cards. We showed them some basics, and they were off and running. . .or stamping, I guess you could really say.

Here are a couple of the cards I made that we used as samples for our class.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My first Blog post

I can't believe it! First I signed up to be Stampin Up Demonstrator, now I'm starting my own blog. I guess this means I'll have to start taking pictures!

For now. . .

. . .until next time.