Jun 20 2016

Fishy Birthday Party

My grandson, Carter, turned 3 a couple weeks ago and his mom came up with a “fishing” theme for his party since he likes fishing in his papa’s pond!  I spent some time at my Spring Stamping Retreat cutting all the pieces for the banners, invitations and cake decorations!  Thankfully his mom put them all together!  It was lots of Big Shot work!  But since he had THREE birthday parties, the decorations really got used and I’m sure they will be borrowed by other friends.  We were inspired by some photos on Pinterest.


Here’s the birthday boy with his cake…isn’t that cute?  The sign says “Carter is three”.


Carter Birthday
Here’s the party invitation with details on the back…I made the fish in several different colors!


Carter Fish Birthday

It was a beautiful day so the party was outside…this is one of the banners with bobbers and fish and balloons!


Carter Birthday 2

A closeup of the bobber and fish hanging from a pendant light.


Carter Birthday 3

Bobber “lanterns” hanging from the dinette light…she painted white lanters along the bottom to look like bobbers.


Carter Birthday 4

Banner in the dinette that says Carter is 3.


Carter Birthday 5

Birthday cake table with gummy worms and the cake!


Carter Birthday 6

He really felt like a special little boy and enjoyed being the center of attention at each of the parties!  What fun!


A few details:

Bobbers were made with the Round Framelits and the retired angled square punch.  Fishes were made from Oval Framelits with the Gift Bow Die for the tail and fin and the largest Scallop Oval Framelit for the scales on the back.  Eyes with Circle Punches.


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Nov 10 2012

No Peeking favor

I used the stamp set, No Peeking, this week over on Card "Create"tions Holiday/Winter Edition!  I really had a lot of fun with this little set!  I made up a matching favor for everyone to see…combine the set of 3 cards our subscribers have access to, along with this little favor and you have a class ready to go!  I liked my little favor so much, my Club Members may get to make it this month!



Here are the details!

  1. Cut two of the smaller tags on the Two Tags die from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
  2. Score 3/4" from the bottom on both tags.
  3. Adhere the two tags together with Sticky Strip on the scored flaps.
  4. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of Snow Festival Designer Paper, score with long side at top at 1/2, 1 1/4, 3,  3 3/4.
  5. Adhere the 1/2" tab to the back side, adhere the designer paper around the bottom edge of the scored lines to make a "box".
  6. Punch the 1 1/4 Scallop Circle thru the top of the tags for the handles.
  7. Tie a Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon around the handles to keep closed.
  8. Decorate the front by stamping No Peeking in Black Stazon on scrap Whisper White, color with Gumball Green Marker, punch with the Scallop Oval Punch. 
  9. Add a Rhinestone Jewel for the dot above the I.
  10. Ink penguin with Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Basic Black, Marina Mist and Pumpkin Pie markers, stamp on scrap Whisper White, cut out.
  11. Tuck the penguin behind the greeting "peeking" out over the edge.


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Jan 25 2011

Build a Cupcake Criss Cross Box

I originally had thought to make these Criss Cross boxes, made from the Pennant XL Die, for a Candy Wrapper Swap that I did at Leadership.  Inside the box is a wrapped Kit Kat bar!  However, I changed my mind.  I still think it is cute, so thought I'd share it here since it is Bring on the Cake Suite week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  Our Occasions Edition subscription is JUST getting started!  It's not too late to join!



Would you like a tutorial for this?  If so, I may be persuaded to make one up!  Leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do!


I did use the Pennant XL Die to make the box out of Daffodil Delight Textured cardstock.  I didn't like the seam in the back, so I added a matted layer of Pumpkin Pie Textured Cardstock in the back.  I wrapped around a strip of the new Sale-A-Bration Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper.  The Scallop Circle is from the Pennant Die also, cut from Pumpkin Pie textured cardstock.  I layered on a 1 3/4 Circle Punch of Old Olive that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  The base of the cupcake liner was punched from another pattern in Ice Cream Parlor DSP.  The frosting is punched from yet another pattern, except I covered it with Versamark and then Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder to make it sparkle!  I added a small Itty Bitty Punch Flower of Daffodil Delight and a Rhinestone Jewel in the center of it.  The cupcake is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals!



Inside, the Kit Kat Candy Bar is wrapped with another pattern in the Ice Cream Parlor DSP, and wrapped with Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon that is tied around with a knot.  Can you believe I've used up almost an entire package of that Ice Cream Parlor DSP already!!!  I can't wait to order more!  TODAY is the first day of Sale-A-Bration…every $50 order you place, you can choose one of the selections in the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  Make sure to place your ONLINE ORDER with me!  I certainly appreciate your business!


Hope you like my Build a Cupcake Criss Cross Candy Wrapper box!  I thought it turned out CUTE!!!

Sep 22 2010

Fang-tastic Flight

Continuing with the theme this week over on Create with Connie and Mary of featuring Fang-tastic, Midnight Raven and Spooky Nights Decor Elements for our Preview Week #2, I used Fang-tastic again for Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge TSSC140!  Another fun one!



Instead of the tag shape, I decided to use the 1 3/4 circle punch of Daffodil Delight, sponged with Tangerine Tango, for the bright harvest moon!  Stampin' Up!'s sweet Fang-tastic Witch is flying across the sky on her broomstick.  I had one of the witches stamped and colored already, so all I had to do is cut her out to make this card.  She is popped up on Dimensionals in front of the moon.  Overall, the card came together in just a few minutes, although I had the idea in my head a few days!  I LOVE the Wicked Cool Designer paper with the flocked bats in the sky, too!  It gives it some texture.  Of course, Happy Hallo-scream seems like the perfect sentiment!



The base card is Tangerine Tango, with a layer of Basic Black.  I added the Wicked Cool Tangerine Tango Stripe paper as a layer.  I cut the Top Note die twice, once with Basic Black cardstock and left it whole.  Then the bat flocked Wicked Cool DSP I trimmed off the edge, right inside the perforated marks…this makes a nice border of Basic Black all around the Top Note.  Convenient that Stampin' Up! did that when they designed the die, right?  lol!


As I mentioned, it all came together really quickly!  Hope you enjoy it!  And, THANKS for all the great comments on my Countdown to Halloween project yesterday!  I'm glad you are getting an idea of the type of quality projects we will be presenting on the 8 week subscription to Create with Connie and Mary!  We'll be announcing the winners of the Blog Candy on Saturday, so check over on Create with Connie and Mary to see if you won!  And, remember, Saturday is the LAST DAY for the Early Bird Special Savings of $5 off the regular $39.95 subscription price!  You won't want to miss the rest of the fantastic projects we have for you!  I just can't wait to show you!

Jul 01 2010

Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It's Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  This week's theme was 4th of July!  A great reason to celebrate!  (Although I certainly don't know where JUNE went!)


We want to celebrate the addition of our Challenge Design Team, too!  We have four FABULOUS women joining us…their talent amazes me!  WELCOME!

Carrie Gaskin — Artistic Avenger

Deb Currier — ARTfelt Impressions

Lisa Martz — Get Your Stamp On!

Stacey Schafer — Stacey's Stamping Stage


And now for my Fourth of July submission.  I've done several cards, so I decided to do a little favor you could have on hand at your picnic!  Fill it with candy or some small "snaps" fireworks for the kids!



I used one of the returning colors, Pacific Point for the Pillow Box, cut with the Bigz Die in my Big Shot.  Before I folded it on the score lines, I adhered a strip of Whisper White that I stamped with Stampin' Up!'s July Fourth fireworks in Pacific Point and Poppy Parade, one of the NEW In Colors coming TOMORROW!  After folding it, I used the 5/8 Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon to hold it closed and tied a knot at the top.  I stamped two large stars from July Fourth in Poppy Parade and Pacific Point, then punched with the Large Star Punch.  Finally, I inked up the greeting with my Stampin' Write markers in those same colors and stamped on scrap Whisper White, punched with the 1 1/4 Circle, then layered on a Poppy Parade 1 3/8 circle.


These would be pretty easy to make up a bunch of them…the Big Shot does the hard part!


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!


May 15 2010


SUDSOL Blog Tour

Welcome to the SUDSOL Blog Tour!  What is SUDSOL?  It is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Only Online Group that has files full of patterns, templates, business ideas, business forms and a wonderful large gallery of cards and projects!  A One-Stop-Shop for demonstrators!  They also offer regular challenges and business chats to help you with your business.  I've been a member for four years next month!  You can start out with a FREE two-week trial membership, just to see what it is all about!  Click on the badge above to take you to the Home Page to start your trial membership!  And now…on to the tour!


This tour we are featuring products from the Summer Mini Catalog.  We've made these projects demonstratable, so you can use the ideas in your workshops and classes!  To go on to the next stop, click on the name at the bottom of this post!

My first project is a pencil/pen pocket holder made from two Top Note diecuts put together.  This was a prize for one of my downline who promoted to Senior Associate at last month's meeting.  I adhere the two Top Notes length to length and along the sides to form the pocket.  I used Stampin' Up!'s Tropical Party stamp set and stamped the leaves in Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink on the Tempting Turquoise background.  I wrapped two pieces Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon around to help keep it secure.  The ends meet under the oval in the front for a finished look.  I cut two ovals from the Ovals die, larger one from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the smaller one from Whisper White.  I stamped the leaves with Old Olive on the Whisper White.  I added a Melon Mambo 5-Petal Flower Punch, then stamped the large flower in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and the small flower in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White, cut them out, and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals to the front of the ovals.  The pens I purchased from Stampin' Up! at Convention (I believe) last year.  I loved that the colors matched the Tropical Party stamp set I wanted to use.


My next card using Tropical Party is a gate fold style card.  This was my Make & Take at the downline meeting we held last month.  I started with a 5 1/2 x 12 piece of Pixie Pink Cardstock and scored it at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches.  I stamped the small flower randomly across the front in Pixie Pink ink.    I cut a 3×3 piece of Whisper White and stamped the leaves in Old Olive Classic Ink on the front.  I stamped the large flower with Pumpkin Pie and the two small flowers with Pixie Pink on scrap Whisper White and cut them out.  I added a Rose Mini Brad to the center of the large flower and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I layered the Whisper White on a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 piece of Old Olive.  It was adhered on only the left half to the front of the gate fold card.

Inside I cut a piece of 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White.  I stamped more leaves in Old Olive and the Coconut drink in Chocolate Chip.  I colored the straw and umbrella with Stampin' Write Markers in Pixie Pink, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  I cut out another Pixie Pink small flower and adhere it with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I stamped Live, Laugh, Love, Happy Birthday from On Your Birthday Stamp set in Pumpkin Pie in the center.

My last card I used Stampin' Up!'s Sentimental Journey stamp set, Travel Journal Designer Paper and In A Word Stamp Set.  I started with a base of Night of Navy cardstock and layered on Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I added another layer of Confetti White cardstock.  Over the top half of the Confetti, I adhere Bashful Blue cardstock with a piece of Travel Journal Designer Paper on it.  (LOTS of layers!)  I pierced the Bashful Blue with my piercing tool and template across the top.  I stamped Marvelous with my Night of Navy and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers in the lower right corner of the Confetti cardstock.  For the focal element, I stamped the car from Sentimenal Journey in Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink on Confetti White and punched with the Wide Oval Punch.  I adhered it to the Medallion of Pumpkin Pie cardtock made with the Lots of Tags Sizzlets die.  I added the compass in Garden Green Classic Ink and punched it with the 1" circle punch.  I placed a Vintage brad in the center and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added a knot of Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4 Striped Ribbon to the upper corner and punched two 1/4 circles from Garden Green and placed them in the upper right corner of the Designer Paper for some added interest.


I hope you've enjoyed my projects!  


SORRY – Blog Tour is over and links have been disabled!  Stay tuned for the next one!


Pen/Pencil Holder Supplies:

Sets:  Tropical Party
Inks:  Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories:  Top Note Die, Sticky Strip, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Ovals Die, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals


Tropical Party Gatefold Card Supplies:

Sets:  Tropical Party, On Your Birthday
Inks:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Old Olive
Accessories:  Paper Snips, Rich Regals Mini Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scoring Tool


Sentimental Journey Card Supplies:

Sets:  Sentimental Journey, In A Word
Inks:  Garden Green, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock:  Confetti White, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy
Accessories:  Travel Journal Designer Paper, 1 1/4 Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlet Dies, Piercing Tool and template, Antique Mini Brads, Crop A Dile (1/4 circles)

Feb 03 2010

You and Moi Bitty Box

Well…don't ask what happened to me yesterday.  Yep…I just forgot to post!  In my defense, I was prepping for a class last night, wrapping some ribbon shares and working on some Create with Connie and Julie assignments.


When I first saw this box, I didn't think I'd use it much.  But…it actually is VERY cute and has come in handy a couple different times.  This was one of the projects my Stamp Club made last month!


We used two sets that are available FREE for Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase…You and Moi and Vintage Labels.  You and Moi I've had my eye on for quite some time, but finally did get it FREE myself! 


I started by cutting the Bitty Box and Envelope die with my Big Shot and Pretty in Pink cardstock.  I stamped the Love Heart randomly with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink all over the unassembled box.  I added a layer of Real Red cardstock on the front, and some Sending Love Designer Paper.  I stamped the Vintage Label in Basic Brown on Very Vanilla and punched it with the Designer Label Punch.  I stamped the Heart You with Real Red on Pretty in Pink and punched with the 3/4 circle.  It is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals in the center.


The treat, however, is inside!  I filled a Small Cello Bag with some Conversation Hearts.  Then I used the Bitty Envelope and stamped the Love heart randomly over it in Pretty in Pink.  I used the Small Heart punch with Real Red cardstock to seal the flap of the envelope.  Inside I made a 2×2 Very Vanilla mini card with a strip of Sending Love Designer Paper on the front and stamped with the You and Moi greeting.  Inside I have the Love Flower image.


Wouldn't this be cute to make for your child's class?  Or to tuck in their lunch box with their favorite treat?  I just think it is FUN!


I hope you have a wonderful day!

Feb 01 2010

Beautiful Wings Coaster Calendar

I wanted to make a small gift for my Stamp Club Members last month and had some calendars I hadn't used.  So, while I was at my friend Mindy's house, I made up some of these Coaster Calendars!  Anyone else still have hundreds of these coasters in their stamp room?  lol!  But, I really do use them.


By coincidence, it also fits my design team assignment for Late Night Stampers this week, which is all about butterflies!


I started by covering the front of the coaster with Pretty in Pink cardstock.  I added a strip of the glittery Sending Love Designer Paper to the front.  Then I used Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die with Very Vanilla cardtock to make my pretty embossed butterflies!  I love that it embosses AND cuts at the same time!  On the large butterfly, I added one of the 1/4 Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads…they are TOO fun.  After I placed the brad, I finished off the back with another piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock and added a strip of Magnet Sheet so that it can be hung on the refrigerator!


I like it…what about you?


NOTE:  I will be closing this round of the 5/8 Satin Ribbon Shares at the end of the week. Please see this POST for more information on the Ribbon Shares and the Paypal button!  If you need it shipped or want more than one share, please use the drop-down menu to make that selection.

Also includes Whisper White Satin Ribbon (not shown).

Jan 13 2010

Sweet Pea Designer Paper

I absolutely LOVE the patterns in this new Sweet Pea Designer Paper Stack.  Lots of larger patterns for Home Decor or Scrapbooking…but lots of small prints for cardmaking.  The best of both worlds!

I made this magnetic board for my roommate, Coleen, at Leadership.  I was thrilled with how it turned out!  Pretty quick and easy, too.  I started with the pattern of the large bird and flowers and cut it to size on the metal sign.  I added Sweat Pea Stitched Felt Flowers, circles and leaves to the printed flowers for some added texture and dimension.  In the center of the large flower, I used a Blue Rhinestone Brad.  I used the new Bird Punch to add a So Saffron wing to the bird, popped up on Stampin' dimensionals. 

I cut the letters for Coleen out of Chocolate Chip cardstock and ran thru the Big Shot with the Simple Letters Alphabet Bigz Dies and adhered them.  I added magnets to the backs of Designer Buttons.  The back had a place to hang the sign, so I used the slots to add the 1 1/4 Chocolate Chip Striped Ribbon for hanging.  It turned out so CUTE!  Now I need one for my Stamping Studio!

That Sweet Pea Designer Paper Stack has all kinds of fun prints and the Sweet Pea Felt Flowers are AWESOME embellishments!

 (The Port Authority bag checkers also wanted a close up look at my project, too.  My bag was inspected going to Leadership and Coleen's was inspected going home!  lol!) 

 It's not too late to join Create with Connie and Julie Occasions Edition!  We are working on lots of exciting projects for this round and have added 3 guest designers!  Come join the fun!  See a sneak peek over at Create with Connie and Julie!



Jan 03 2010

CPS 148 – Happy Moments SAB

Here's a sneak peek of a Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set, Happy Moments, coming out on TUESDAY, January 5!  It has some FUN images in it…my favorite is the birdcage.  However, the Birthday Cake filled my requirement today.  I wanted to do the sketch from Card Positioning Systems.

I liked that the birthday cake had a couple rows of flowers that look just like the Sizzlet Strip Die, Flowers.  I took my colors from the YUMMY Stampin' Up! Designer Paper, Sweet Pea, that is in the Occasions Mini, too!  LOVE the patterns in that Designer Pack!

I started with a base card of Rose Red and layered on the Sweet Pea Designer Paper, layered onto Old Olive cardstock.  I added the strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock across the front, and then used my Flowers Strip Die to cut Rose Red Flowers to layer on top.  In the larger flowers, I added Latte Designer Buttons and in the small ones, I punched circles from the Crop-A-Dile from So Saffron, then used some Tombow Glue and Dazzling Diamonds to make them sparkle.   

My focal element, I stamped the Birthday Cake from Happy Moments in Basic Brown, then watercolored with my Stampin' Write Markers in Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip and So Saffron to match the paper.  The flower center and candles I used a little Tombow Glue and Dazzling Diamonds.  I layered the Whisper White on Old Olive, then Chocolate Chip cardstock  and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals!

I think it is a FUN card and I loved the sketch!  Will be playing with that one some more on another day!

Hope you have a wonderful week!  I'll be BUSY packing for Leadership.  WOOHOO!

Don't forget!  Today is the LAST day for Early Bird Special signups on Create with Connie and Julie!