Paper Pumpkin sale!!

Whoo hoo!!  I’m not very good at getting these items into my blog, but, at least I think you can read this one!  A great deal for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers!

In addition to this great deal you would quality to come to my Paper Pumkin Party which is the first Wednesday night each month!  It starts at 6pm and I serve snacks and you can build your projects with stamping friends.

If you have any questions please contact me!

Happy Stamping!

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Here are the rest of the Kismet cards for this month:

This is one of my favorite stamp sets paired up with great  designer paper from the Coffee Break collection.  Also, I had 25 pretied bows that I ended up not using on my Thailand swap!  This was a fine way to share them with my stampers!

Alright, nights are getting cooler, which makes me think of fall, (my favorite time of the year!).  The Basket of Wishes stamp set covers both summer and fall with baskets of strawberries to these beautiful sunflowers!

Kismet class is scheduled for Monday, August 21st, 9-12 or 3-8p.m.  Only one day this month due to a previous commentment.  Catch it while you can!!  I won’t have another class until the August Product class on the 30th.  Peter’s surgery is on the 23rd, so, I’ll be occupied with his care.

Happy Stamping!

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Ok, a day late, but hoping you’ll agree it’s worth the wait!

I promised you some of the August Kismet cards yesterday.  My personal goal/plan is to stay with the family on Sunday.  If no one is here or Peter is resting, I may sneak down and play, but, otherwise, Sunday is strictly family day!

Some of you know that I have a Sunday get together with my siblings that are in this area every Sunday.  I’m blessed to have sisters and a brother who are great cooks!  I usually supply soda and fruit!  They wisely keep me away from most of the cooking!  Especially after the death of our youngest sister to lung cancer last year,  this has been a very important day each week that we set aside to enjoy each others company.  I highly recommend this type of family renewal to you all!

Yada yada yada…here’s the cards:

I received a card through an all demonstrator swap that inspired this card.  I love the vellum cover over the whipped topping on the coffee!

This card was also inspired by a demonstrator, Debra Bergin, that I met on my trip to Thailand!  I added another lay and switch around the embossing folders for my version of Debra’s beautiful card.

Here’s a card that just makes you smile! I love the sweet little parriot that loves his puppy friend!

Well, many of you know that I LOVE my Kismet class.  I pick my 5 favorite cards to share with you and these are all fun!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning! I have the rest of the Technique cards for you today!

I have some additional samples of cards for the techniques class this month.  Looking at yesterday’s post, I did note that I am using a lot of alcohol with these cards!  I’m using it to blend the colors over the glossy cardstock.

Then later in the evening, I may have a little sip of my Limoncello from last years visit to Sorrento!  I have about 1/4 of the bottle left, but, everytime I take a sip and close my eyes, it takes me back to that unbelievable vacation!  (Thank you Stampin’ Up! for offering up such opportunities to reach goals I never even dreamed of!) None of it could be attained without my stamping family supporting me and my business. Life is good!!

I’m done bending your ear, here’s what you have been waiting for:

The plus to this cool technique is that you get two background layers from one step.  You spritz your glossy cardstock with rubbing alcohol, then place drops of reinker, in this case I used dapper demin, and then move the color around with more spritzing.  After you have it like you want it you place another piece of glossy cardstock on top of the first one, rub it around a bit and pull off.  Let both air dry.  (You may have to hold up and let some of the extra alcohol drip off.)  Here is the second background from this sample:

Zippity do da!  Another beautiful work of art.  This one looked like the water I saw in Thailand, so, I had to add shells and pearls!

Don’t forget to get signed up for class to make your own beautiful designs!

I have my cards all designed for this months Kismet class!  More ahead of the game than usual I know!  I will start sharing whose with you tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

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August Techniques class featuring our glossy cardstock!

A number of years ago we had glossy cardstock and then it retired much to my dismay!  So, hooray, with the new catalog they brought it back to us!!

I have designed 5 cards featuring the glossy paper for this months Techniques class which is on Monday and Tuesday,  August 14th and 15th.  Both days will run with 2 sessions, 9-12 or 3-8. The cost of the class is $18.

Some of the techniques you may have used before, but, I know I love to brush up on techniques of the past as well as new ones!


This is called the brushstroke technique.  I thought the quote from Van Gogh was appropriate for this technique!

This card uses the sponge daubers to apply color and then another clean dauber to go over the entire front with rubbing  alcohol to blend the colors.  Afterwards I embossed the hot air balloon in the center.

This glossy cardstock was embossed with the floral and background stamp with clear embossing powder.  After that I used the brayer to apply the background color, going over the top portion of the cardstock more to give it an ombre look.  The surface was then wiped down with rubbing alcohol.

I had to put a fall card into this lineup!  I created the background by running my trusty aqua painter, (which was filled with rubbing alcohol), over the cardstock, leaving the surface pretty wet.  Then using two different reinkers, I dropped ink onto the surface and shooshed it around with the aqua painter.  You have to make sure that you don’t mix it up too much, which would make it look muddy.

Well, more technique cards to follow tomorrow.  If you would like to sign up for class, please let me know right away!

One last picture I wanted to share with you!  My sister, Jewell, had a little incident at her home and needed to yell out for some assistance!  We are happy to say that she was not physically injured, but, her pride took a little bruising!  Long story short, a neighbor that lived quite a ways away, heard her calling out and drove down to help her.  She was so thankful that she wanted to make him a special card and bake him a little something.  I’m no help with the baking, but with Tatiana’s skills and with a little input from me, we designed Jewell’s card:

The gentleman that helped her raises sheep, hence, the “sheep card”!  We are so happy that there are people around that will “get involved” and help out a fellow neighbor!

Happy Stamping!

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Hooray! I received my letter from Stampin’ UP! confirming my Alaska trip!

This is the first time that I have earned a trip prior to going on the current years trip!  I know that a number of demonstrators routinely do this, however, I am not one of them.  I am pround and very grateful to all my stamping family both demonstrators and stampers for helping me achieve this goal.

Peter will be going on the Alaska trip next year.  We are paraying that after surgery this will give him a goal to look forward to.  He actually has relatives in Alaska on his fathers side.  Many years ago some of his uncles moved to Alaska for the opportunities offered there.  So, it will be a dream come true event for him!

I did get my demonstrator order in for lots and lots of new products from our Holiday catalog!  I will be doing some intense designing the next few days!  My goal is o have samples made up well ahead of time to share with you on upcoming classes.

Here are a few more cards that we have done at some of last months classes:

This is from the  sweet suite Birthday Delivery.  I LOVE the fact that you can use the framelits to cut out images from the designer paper.  So, you have the option of stamping and coloring in the images or cutting them right from the paper to speed up your card making progress!

This bicycle is from the Bike Ride bundle paired up with the Just Add Color Specialty designer paper.  The houses are cut directly from the specialty paper and highlighted with some markers.  The background here is made with our watercolor paper.  We used our sponge brayers to add emerald envy to the bottom and dapper demin to the top.  After brayering we quickly brushed over the entire area with an aqua painter to blend the colors.The stencils that we have for our embossing paste can also be used with our brayers!  We used post it notes to hold the stencil in place and cover up the other portions on the front of the card.  We then brayered with our wonderful new in color lemon lime twist!

Well, happy stamping, I need to get to work!

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Last day of July 2017! Where did the month go?

Yes, July has come to an end.  Such a busy month, between classes and travel and family get togethers I have been like many of you running in place!  I certainly feel like I keep busy, but, don’t always get to my “to do” list!  Well, today I got to the top of my list…..entering my class schedules!  Hopefully I have everything covered!

I have a couple of different things going the next 3 months.  With Peter’s surgery my schedule may be somewhat jumbled!  He’s scheduled for August 23rd although we are praying for an earlier date.  If our prayers are answered, I may have to adjust my schedule.  Thank you in advance for being so forgiving and accepting of this situation.  He is in so much pain everyday and is pretty much stranded here in the house with me!  (Poor Peter!)

With all that said, please check out my class schedules and contact me if you have any questions.  I have a Bingo night scheduled in September and two product classes in October.  There was just so much to choose from with the new catalog, I had to put another class in!

When looking at the product classes you will not know what some of the items are because you don’t have the new Holiday catalog yet.  My soloution to that issue is to invite you to my Open House on Setember 2nd, from 9-5.  I do know that it’s Labor Day weekend, however, I wanted to get this book in your hands as soon as possible!  I would like you to RSVP to let me know if you are planning on attending to pick up your new catalog!

Ok, enough chatter!  I’m hoping that you have not dozed off while reading…’s some pictures of cards for your viewing pleasure!

These are three of the cards we made at the July Sassy Saturday class.

Happy Stamping!


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Whew! Back from our fabulous trip to Thailand!

We had a wonderful week in the most exotic place I have ever been!  Such a culture and time difference!  I still have cankles and am not in a normal sleep pattern yet!  But, I an so happy to have had this time away with Christine and Elliana and my stamping family!

Stampin’ UP! does everything top notch!  From the moment we got there we were spoiled and pampered!  Here are a few pics:

This was the view from our room.  We over looked the ocean, totally beautiful.  It was great to open up the door and listen to the waves come crashing in!  Did I also mention it was a long way from the lobby?!  The nice thing was it was not far from the breakfast buffet!

I need to go through my pictures and I will put more in when I get them organized by event.  There was so much going on everyday!  I probably scheduled in too much, but, I felt like we needed to do as much as possible, since I don’t know when we would ever get back!  I would like to return and just take it easy and relax and go back to the elephant sanctuary.

On with the stamping conversation!  There is a great special this month for those of you who would lilke to join my stamping family!:

Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! Your new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And to give your recruits a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! With so many basic items provided for them, they’ll be able to get their brand, new business off to a fast start—and spend their Starter Kit dollars on things like their favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Essentials Gift Pack

118485 D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder
144804 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set


  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including stamp sets.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Great deal, right?  I would love to have you join my stamping family and take advantage of this fabulous deal!!

Happy Stamping!

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Whirl wind here…..trying to get ready for Thailand!

This will be the shortest note I have ever written!  I still have to finish packing and shower to be ready to be picked up at 2;30!     I will be heading out to Thailand thanks to my wonderful stamping family, both demonstrators and my stampers!!

Everyone who ordered product at my Open House:  It’s here and ready for pick up!  Peter will be home here holding down the fort.

He was to go camping with Carl, our oldest son and his children, but, God had other plans!  He is home nursing a very painful back problem.  He will be having surgey to correct it on August 23rd.  Which seems like a lifetime away when you are in so much pain!  Please pray for him!


Well, I’m off to another Stampin Up Grand Vacation adventure.  I will share via facebook while I am there!

Happy Stamping!!

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Saying good by to some colorful friends……Oh My Succulent Garden!

I am having my May product class highlighting the Oh My Succulent Garden suite of products.  My stampers will receive the designer paper, stamp set and thinlit dies.  In addition we will be making the following cards:

The wonderful color combinations are one of the things I will miss about this suite!  Who would put together sweetsugar plum, calypso coral and sahara sand?  Stampin’ Up! that’s who!

Those floral thinlits are fabulous!  You can make georgous cards or plants!  Yup, I’ve seen some outstanding mini gardens filled with our succulents!

I have been dreaming about this color combination, marina mist, wisteria wonder and the outgoing mint maccron.  So, here it is.  Now I plan on using it on a new tulip stamp set from the new Annual Catalog with a different green of course, perhaps wild wasabi.

Lots of little die cuts for this garden on a card!  I wanted to really feature this beautiful designer paper.

Last card for this wonderful suite of products.  Sad to see it ride off into the sunset, however, I’m so happy to send my stampers off with some fun examples of how versatile these products are!

Good bye My Succulent Garden suite!  I have found great pleasure and creativity working with you!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamping in my workshop with some retiring favorites!

During these last few weeks before the new Annual Catalog is launched I enjoy pulling out some of my favorite designer paper and trying to use up as much as I can!  I have one more card to design for Saturday, but, this is what we will be stamping so far:

I had a request for a baby boy card.  I had purchased the stamp set Moon Baby rather late from the Occasions Catalog and had not used it yet.  I decided to match it up with some designer paper from the Petals & Paisley collection.  I paired up the little bit of mint maccron and garden green for this sweet little card.  The image is stamped on our shimmer paper and colored in with a blender pen.

This designer paper is from Petals & Paisley also.  Here’s a fun fact:  this stamp set, Baby Bear is the top seller in the current Annual Catalog after the bundles!  He is a 3 step process and looks so soft.  The stamp was designed from a photograph.

I just can’t get enough of this beautiful designer paper!  Again a selection from the Petals & Paisleys collection.  Highlighted with copper in the design and edged with our copper foil paper.  A beautiful pair up with night of navy.

You really need to see this card in person!  Again, I used shimmer paper and embossed the images with copper embossing powder.  I then used my favortie tool, my handy aqua painter, and painted in some marina mist followed up with wisteria wonder.  The leaves are painted in with wild wasabi.  The shadowing is in smoky slate.  A very thin boarder of basic black and marina mist on the card base of wisteria wonder.  This is from the Rose Wonder stamp set which did not retire!  Hooray!  This stamp set is so beautiful!  The images and the verses which cover sympathy, birthday, thank you and a lovely friend message are just over the top!

Back to the workshop!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning!

Although the sun is not shining here and we may end up with some more rain, (yuck!!), I’m having a lovely time here in my workroom!  I have been playing with my new stamp sets and getting ready for Bingo, which is this Friday, May 26th at 6pm.

One more very important item:  due to the response of my special open house/thank you party for my customers, I have decided to extend my Open House hours.  Open House is on Friday, June 9th from 9 – 7pm and Saturday, June 10th from 9-12.  Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.  You can read about my special offering on the drop down menu for June in the heading above this post. You know that I am always a tad behind, so I need every minute prior to the start time to prepare for you, so, please no early birds!

Let me share with you!:

I did a little brayering and masking for this very simple card.  I am so totally in LOVE with this verse:  just breathe!!  Isn’t that what we all need to do.  When things get crazy, just stamp and breathe and pretty soon things look better.  There is so little we are really in control of, taking control of our inks and paper is a great start to getting life in order!  (Sound a little crazy, don’t I?)  I just LOVE what I do, it will be 10 years in August and I still enjoy this “job”.  Back to the card, the chair and the little drink are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in the new Annual Catalog.  The verse is from the companion stamp set, Colorful Seasons.  (You are going to fall in LOVE with this set!!)

The designer paper in the background is one that is retiring, called Irresistibly Floral Speciality Designer Series Paper, (wow, that is a mouthful of words!).  Any how, we brayered on it with calypso coral and so saffron.  Where it’s embossed it does not take with ink, so after brayering you wipe the excess ink off with a paper towel.  The cut out is from the Flourish Thinlits which are also in our new Annual Catalog!  Hooray, they are so beautiful and delicate and they are staying!!

Closing to play!! Happy Stamping!

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Saying good bye to old favorites and hello to new favorites!

Getting ready for my Kismet class this month. I wanted to concentrate on using some of the beautiful deisgner paper that will be taken out of my tool box due to retirement.  I’m always sad to see some things go, (like tip top taupe and the “fruit paper”!), but on the other hand it makes room for new stamps and paper!  Can you imagine how boring it would be not to have any change in our stamping room?  I love the idea of working with new things and stretching my imagination.

So, speaking of tip top taupe here is a card using that wonderful color combined with soft suede:

The stamp sets used are Tuscan Vineyard and the new Eastern Beauty.  I’m happy to say that Tuscan Vineyard will also be in the new Annual Catalog!  Hooray!!  It’s one of my favorites because it reminds me of our trip last year to France, Italy and Spain with my daughter in law.  (Thanks to Stampin’ Up!)  It’s hard to see the words, but under the picture it says:  Life is Beautiful!  (Which is from the Eastern Beauty set.  The designer paper I used is from the Party Animal collection.

Here’s another on using the lovely retiring designer paper, Floral Boutique which is in our current Annual Catalog.  The good new is that if you are in love with these beautiful prints you will see them again in our new Annual Catalog!!  They will be available in a paper stack with our new incolors!!

At one of the stampin’ Up! demonstrator events they had a presentation with the artist that designed this paper.  She actually painted with designs and then used the computer to reproduce the image on the whole 12 x 12 sheet.  She also showed us her inpspiration board that helped her to come up with all the different patterns!  So, like that artist, we can take inspiration from any where!!  I often will see different patterns or color combinations and say “that is totally a card!”.

One more before card for your consideration:This card is made using some of the new incolors, lemon lime twist, fresh fig and tranquil tide and the new stamp set Eastern Beauty.  This set is available in a presale offering!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Mothers Day!

Wishing you all a beautiful, peaceful Mother’s Day filled with blessings!  Whether you have a child or not, I know many women in my life have spent their lives taking care of those around them.  It’s that natural maternal feeling that makes others feel loved and appreciated that is so special!  Thank you all!!

Here is a beautiful card that I received from Ruth H. for Mother’s Day:

Isn’t this a beautiful card?  It uses some of the products I am sad to say good bye to from the Fruit Stand suite.  It’s not too late to purchase items from this suite.  It is found on page 148 and 149 in our current Annual Catalog.

Here is another card using one of my favorite new stamp sets, Daisy Delight:

Butterfies and flowers, what could be better?  Maybe that pop of color behind the flower!  That’s a peek at the lemon lime twist ribbon, a nice bit of color to pull out the colors in that designer paper in the background!

Happy Mother’s Day and happy stamping!


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Another day featuring the Daisy Delight products!

Yup, here’s what I promised you yesterday!  More gorgeous cards with this fabulous new set of products.  (There just are not enough adjectives to describe this bundle!!  Can you tell I’m pretty thrilled about this offering?)

Pictures just don’t do this card justice!  The designer paper is so beautiful and the new ribbon is over the top lovely!  See that new embellishment in the center of the flower?  That is one of our new gold faceted gems!

This card features a daisy double stamped with each of our new incolors.  A little bit of our new designer series paper from the Color Theory 6 x 6 collection.

I can’t wait to get the new Annual Catalog in your hands so you can see all the new products!!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning!

Well, things are all falling into place…my catalogs came in on Monday, they are now being spiral bound and all my retired stamps and products have been pulled and are now ready for my biggest bestest Open House ever!!!  I am over the top excited about this Open House, which is on Friday June 9th, 3-7 and Saturday, June 10th, 9-12. I have been thinking about how I can reward those of you who have supported my business and this is what I have come up with:   This year I will be offering a BOGO offer.  Which means that for every dollar spent in my back sales room you will get that same amount to spend on new product!!  GREAT DEAL, right??!!   There are a few rules….you MUST RSVP by June 5th to let me know you are stopping in.  I will have a number of projects for you to make using all new Stampin’ Up! products, snacks, door prizes and a beautiful spiral bound catalog! Come join me to welcome in this new Annual Catalog!!

I have been playing with a new stamp set called Daisy Delight.  This set has a matching punch and the most beautiful designer paper you have ever seen!!   These products will be featured in the June Product Class on Wednesday, June 28th, 9-12 or 3-8pm.  Check out the details on my drop down class schedule.  Let me just say, you will not want to miss this one!!

Here are a few of the cards I made this week:

This is the first one I designed.  The verse is from another new stamp set, Eastern Beauty.  This card uses the designer paper from Delightul Daisy collection and one of our new incolors, tranquil tide.  See the new crushed curry ribbon?  More beautiful in person, I assure you!

Just look at that beautiful daisy!!!  That is made using the daisy punch, two flowers put together to match up with the beautiful designer paper from the Daisy Delight collection.  I did some heat embossing for the Thank You and check out that new ribbon!!  The ribbon has XX on one side and straight stitches on the other side! Totally fun!!

Ok, that’s two, more to follow tomorrow!!  Remember to get signed up for the June Product class featuring the Daisy collection!

Happy Stamping!

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Me oh my, is it possible that it’s already May? Where does the time go……

Well, our Annual Catalog is widing down along with our Occasions Catalog.  It’s been wild trying to get the products that everyone wants.  (Lucky that I happen to love having extra products around!)

The May Techniques class is on Monday, May 8th from 3-8 and Tuesday, May 9th in two sessions, 9-12 or 3-8.  We will make 5 cards for $18 with the theme of movers and shakers!  I will try and get some samples up for you tomorrow!c

I have changed up the May product class which is on Wednesday, May 31st, 9-12 or 3-8.  The one item that I am so sad is leaving is the So Succulent products.  I just could not resist using it one last time.  So, the product class will include the So Succulent stamp set, the dies and the Succulent Garden designer paper.  We will make 5 cards in class and you will go home with all your products to continue enjoying this wonderful suite!  The cost of the class is $50.00.  I have two spots left at this time.  So, if you want to get this fabulous set of products, give me a holler ASAP!

We are also having another BINGO night!!  On Friday, May 26th at 6:00p.m.  The cost is $25.  You receive a door prize and a $5 coupon to use on BINGO night and of course you have the chance to win spectacular prizes while you stamp three cards! Space is limited so let me know if you need me to reserve your spot at the table.

Happy Stamping!


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March is marching on…..which means the end of Sale a Bration!!!! Boo Hoo!!

The good news is that there is still time to  receive more FREE product!!  Just hit the big red button and shop on…for every $50 you can pick a Sale a Bration item.  The glimmer paper and card tin are gone, but they have added some additional items from current catalogs!

Here’s my card share for today:

My sister Marlene makes and sells beautiful jewelry. So, she asked me to design thank you cards for her customers.  Here are four that I designed for her using the Beautiful You stamp set.  Her business cards use the same colors as her custom thank you cards.

So, if you are a demonstrator reading this, take this idea and run with it!  How many people do you know who have businesses?  Having a beautiul hand made card is the perfect end to a sale or service.  Offer your expertise in designing thank you cards or personalized cards for the holidays.  Just another way to share our love of stamping!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy first day of Spring!!

Looks like blue skies here in Wisconsin.  Not sure what the temp is outside as I have not ventured out of my workshop this morning.  I was up at 4:00am this morning to prepare for my Kismet class for the next two days.

I decided to do some sweet Easter cards for class this month.  Thats one big clue to the cards you will see today!

Here is the first card that I designed for class.  I love this card and really thought about adding some additional bling, but, in the end choose not to change a thing.  So, you will have to let me know what you think!!

I LOVE dogs and this little one is not exception!  He’s wearing little bunny ears to celebrate Easter!

Here you go, chicks on parade.  This could very easily be a birthday card, but, I choose to use it as an Easter card.  I used watercolor paper so I could paint my little chicks with my handy dandy aqua painter.

I could not resist using this crazy cute chicken on an Easter card.  This is a great way to use our watercolor pencils.

Here is the last Easter card for class.:

A nice bouquet of flowers for spring/Easter.  I wish I had gotten the pot in the middle of the cardstock, but, this is how it turned out and so I left it as is.  After all, it’s a hand stamped card, indiviually made for someone near and dear to me!

Last card for this class is a “boy” card.  After looking around here for a card for two of my grandson’s, I decided that I need to make more boy’/man cards.

I used our basic gray and black ink for this card.  First 3 stampers to tell me where this designer paper is from will receive a card!!

Happy Stamping!!c

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I have some special cards to share with you today.  For this months Technique Class we played with bleach!  Yes, regular bleach like you use in your laundry room.  For one card I put the bleach in my handy dandy aqua painter.  It does ot hurt the aqua painter, just make sure that you clean it out after class.

Here is the card we made usig the aqua painter.  First we embossed the flower with our copper embossing powder.  After that we just painted in the embossed image with the bleach filled aqua painter.  Interesting point is that crumb cake turns a beautiful yellow color when bleached.


After the blech dries, (or I heat it to finish it up with my heat tool), we used our watercolor pencils to color in the tangerine tango portion of the flower.  You can see the different looks you can get depending on where you add the pencil.  The yellow that is showing is the color left after bleaching.  We used the wild wasabi marker to color in the stems.  I added the leaves to give it a little more interest and dimension.

I have learned a sweet time saver trick from one of my newest Demonstrators, Lisa W., (who calls herself a paper monkey, as she LOVES stamping and helping me get organized!).  Here’s a picture of how I put the little leaves on:


I placed all those tiny leaves directly onto my roll of mini glue dots.  That way they didn’t “disappear” on my desk!  So, after attaching them on the roll I used my paper piercing tool to place them on the card.  It really did save a lot of time and frustration!

Now, for the second card using my laundry bleach:

For the above card, I placed a few layers of paper towel on a plate, then poured bleach over them.  Make sure that you don’t flood the plate with bleach.  You want the paper towel wet but not sloppy wet.  (Hope that makes sense to you all!).  Then you use that set up as an ink pad.  You just press your stamp into the bleached paper towels and stamp onto your card stock.  We used the Delicate Details stamp set to bleach out this beautiful accent.  I think it would be fun to use this technique on a number of different colors of card stock just to see what color they turn.  The basic grey turns a vanilla color.  (However, on one piece it turned a light green.  Must have been from a different package.)  Make sure that you clean your stamp after using the bleach!!

The last card is the easiest card you will ever make.  I wanted to use the stamp set Vertical Garden.  It’s designed to use with the Vertical Garden Kit.  But, clearly, it works well on our cards also.  We have such beautiful designer paper and this is the perfect card to show off that DSP.

I LOVE that this stamp set is two steps.  First I stamped the hello and then stamped the shadow hello.  It’s very light in the picture, but I used one of my favortie colors, smoky slate for the shadow.

One last card and I will be done bending your ear!  On this card I used the delicate doilies from the Occasions Catalog, the vanilla side.  The image is stamped on very vanilla but the card base is whisper white.  I LOVE to use vanilla and white together!

There you go!  What do you think?  Let me know…..

Happy Stamping!

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