June 28, 2012



I wanted to play along with this week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge and so I decided to make a tutorial as well.  The challenge is to bring on the glitter glitz and use lots of glitter on our cards.

Long ago I saw a tutorial on splitcoast stampers showing how to ink up embossing folders and then I got to thinking how neat it would be to use an embossing folder to create some glittery paper.

I have the directions posted below on how I made my background.  My stocking was made and put together using the stocking builder punch.  Along the top of the stocking panel I added some twine and a jingle bell attached to the stocking.

*card #22 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Stitched Stockings, Curly Cute
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, VersaMark
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Jingle Bell, Rhinestone Gem, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Heat Gun,  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Snowburst Embossing folder
Technique: Dry Embossing, Heat Embossing, Punch Art


Here's another card I made using the same technique (shown below) and this time I decided to leave my embossed background untouched.  I simply added a ribbon with a button for my embellishment.

*card #23 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Card Stock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, VersaMark
Supplies: Ribbon, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Heat Gun, Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Snowburst Embossing folder
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Heat Embossing


It's really important that you use your embossing buddy to remove any static that could be on your card stock.  You do not want the glitter sticking in places where you didn't want it.

 Next, I inked up my embossing folder using my VersaMark ink pad. Before you ink up your folder you will need to decide which side of the folder you would like to be your glittery back ground.  When  you are finished to clean your embossing folder simply run it under some warm water, pat it dry and leave it out to dry completely.
And then I placed my card stock inside my inked embossing folder.  Here I decided to only emboss the upper portion of my card.
 Then run it through your big shot machine like you normally would.
 As soon as your card stock is embossed you will want to sprinkle your iridescent embossing powder all over your card stock.  Be sure to tap off the extra powder.
Then all you need to do is to heat emboss you card stocking using your heat gun.  You will see the powder melting and as your heating your gun
 I tried to post a photo of how glittery my background turned out. You might be a me to see it here a little bit.
In this photo below you can really see the glitter on my background.

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June 27, 2012

These are the two cards I made for this week's clean and simple challenge on splitcoast stampers which was a sketch challenge.  This is such a great sketch to work with and so I decided to get a head start on some Christmas cards for this year.

I stamped the ornaments and punched them out using the ornament punch, so easy!  I did stamp and punch out one of the snowflake type images (the one in the center of the green ornament).  I also added a rhinestone in the center of each ornament.

Then I added my ribbon and stamped my sentiment.  This would be a perfect card to reproduce for your holiday cards because it's quick and easy to make.  I should have made a few more of these myself.

*card #20 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Curly Cute
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Designer Series Paper Be of Good Cheer
Ink:Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Supplies:  Ribbon, Ornament Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stamp-a-ma-jig


The stamp I used on this card is a current hostess set.  I love the sentiments in this set.  I simply stamped the sentiment and layered it and then assembled my card.

I used the dotted scallop ribbon border punch for the certainly celery card stock towards the bottom of my card and for my ribbon treatment I just tied on my ribbon and then I decided to add a bell and I tied it in the center of my bow using some twine.   It's hard to see in my photo, but I added a rhinestone jewel just above the letter i in the word Christmas.

Make it a good day!

*card #21 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Wacky Wishes- current hostess set
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Designer Series Paper Be of Good Cheer
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Jingle Bells, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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June 26, 2012- another Twisted Tuesday card


As I'm trying to catch up on my cards for my 100 cards in 100 days challenge I decided to make another card for today's Twisted Tuesday challenge found here.

Melina sent me a few of these images to make some party invitations for my son and I had one image left and I thought it would be perfect for this challenge.

I colored the image using my Stampin' Up! markers and then I added a few white dots on the inner tubes using my white gel pen.  Then I just began to assemble my card and I added some red ribbon.  This was a real quick easy card to make and it would be perfect for invites or thank you cards!  I hope you like my card!  Have a great rest of the day.

*card #19 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Summer Fun
Card Stock:  White, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Designer Series Paper Island Oasis
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon, SU Markers, White Gel Pen

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June 26, 2012 Twisted Tuesday Challenge


Good Morning!  Today's Twisted Tuesday challenge is a theme challenge.  We were to create a refreshing creation and the twist is that we had to use red somewhere on our cards.

I have to admit that this card took me some time to make.  I used my big shot a lot on this card.  I began by stamping the ice cream scoops and cutting them out.  I stacked them onto my punched cone and then I added a cherry using the create a cupcake builder punch.  I punched out the cherry using white card stock and then I colored it using markers.

My pretty in pink layer was cut using the labels collection framelits and then it was dry embossed using the square lattice folder.  I used the new finishing touches edgelits to cut out my chocolate chip card stock borders.  My sentiment was stamped and then cut out using the new bitty banners framelits and I decided to add (next to my sentiment) a red button with some twine tied through it.

I hope you'll be able to play along with this week's challenge.  If you would like to see the other design team member's cards I'll post their blogs here for you.

Have a wonderful day!  A great big thank you for taking the time to stop on by!

*card #18 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Sweet Scoops, Crazy for Cupcakes
Card Stock:  White, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Subtles Designer Paper Stack
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Supplies:  Ribbon, Button, Twine, Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Create a Cupcake Builder Punch, SU Marker- Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Scissors- for cutting out ice cream
Technique: Dry Embossing, 2 Step Stampin'

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June 25, 2012


Is it Monday again already?!!  Where did the weekend go?  I was busy getting our yard cleaned up and getting some things done for our party.  I'm a bit behind my 100 cards in 100 days goal so I have some catching up to do today.

This is the card I made for today's splitcoast clean and simple challenge.  The challenge was a sketch challenge, which is my very favorite CAS challenge.  The sketch was based on this card here made by Miss Minx.  I loved this sketch so much that I ended up making two more cards (I'll post them later in the week).

This stamp set that I used isn't released yet so you are getting a sneak peek!  This Stampin' Up! stamp set is called 'Reason to Smile'.  I stamped the flower image and colored it using my SU markers.  My background is stamped using wisteria wonder ink and two flower stamps (from this same set).

My white border along the bottom of my card was cut using the adorning accents edgelits and I added a row of piercing using the new essentials paper piercing pack.  My sentiment was stamped and cut using the bitty banners framelits.

I hope you liked my card!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great evening!

*card #17 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, White, Certainly Celery, Subtles, Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Black Stazon, Wisteria Wonder
Supplies: Ribbon, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, SU Markers
Technique:  Paper Piercing

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Blog Candy ~ Winner

Hi everyone!  Today I printed out all of the comments that I received on my blog candy post and I asked my son to pick a winner.  Here he is picking a name out of the tote.

Open up the paper, Aaron and tell me who our winner is!  Isn't he cute?  Don't mind the boo boo on his finger...LOL
And our winner is Mrs. GraceWorks!  I'm going to see if I can contact you through the comment you left on my blog, but if you see this post you are more than welcome to send me an email.  I'll need your full name and mailing address and I'll mail your 100 sheets of 6x6 paper on Monday.  Congratulations!

Thanks to you all for entering my blog candy!  I'll have some more fabulous blog candy coming up soon!

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~Blog Candy~

Good Morning!  I'll be leaving this post at the top of my blog for a little while.  I figured it was about time for me to offer up some awesome blog candy!  This time I'm offering 100 sheets of 6"x6" Stampin' Up! designer series paper.  I tried to make sure that there were not any duplicates and I tried to give a nice variety.  Since the new catalog just came out most of this paper is retired. 

Would you like a chance to win my blog candy?  Well, it's really easy to enter.  All you need to do is to leave a comment for me in this post and it would be great if you would be a follwer too!

Please make sure that I have a way to contact you in case you are the winner.  If I can click on your name and get to your blog I will contact you that way.  In keeping with Stampin' Up! regulations, I am unable to ship outside of the US so please do not enter if you live outside of the US.

Two weeks from now, on Saturday June 23 I will have my son pick a winner's name out of a basket.  Good luck and be sure to tell your friends to enter too!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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June 21, 2012


Good evening!  This week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog challenge found here, is a theme challenge and the theme is snowmen.  I love snowmen cards!

I used a retired stamp set called 'The More the Merrier'.  I sort of worked backwards on this card.  I began with my image and then as I was coloring it I picked out the colors I wanted to use, then I found some designer series paper that I thought sort of resembeled little snowflakes through it. 

I embossed the left side of my background using the snow burst embossing folder and then using my simply score board I added 2 score lines after the dry embossing and I left the rest of my background unembossed so that I would be able to stamp my sentiment on a smooth portion of the card stock.

For my embellishments I added some dazzling diamonds glitter for the snow and I added some twine tied through the button center using a bow and lastly, I added three small silver mini brads to help offset and balance my card.  The sentiment reads- Warm Winter Wishes

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to visit my blog, I hope you like my card!  See you tomorrow!

*card #16 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  The More the Merrier
Card Stock:  White, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, Floral District Designer Seris Paper
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Twine, Button, Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, SU Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Silver Mini Brads, Simply Score Tool, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, SU Markers- Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, and More Mustard
Technique: Dry Embossing

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June 20, 2012

I am currently in the process of finishing up a card swap in which we were to use currently retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets and this is the second card that I made for my swap.

This was a really easy card to make and it would be perfect to make for Christmas cards this year since there really isn't any sort of technique.  It's basically just cutting the card stock and stamping.

After I inked up the tree stamp I simply wiped off the bird and then colored it using my read red marker.  I should have mentioned that this stamp set was originally a set of 2 stamps, but I cut the sentiment away from the tree image which makes stamping with this set so much easier. 

My kids are waiting for me to take the swimming (it's finally start to warm up here) so I'd better run.  Have a great day!  See you tomorrow!

 *card #15  out of 100 cards in 100 days goal

Stamps:  Scenic Season
Card Stock:  White, Chocolate Chip, Holly Berry Bouquet
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Supplies:  Ribbon, SU Real Red Marker
Technique:  2 Step Stampin'

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Ribbon Share ~ Update!

Hi everyone!  For those of you who participated in my recent ribbon share I thought I would give you a sneak peek.  I just sent you all an email and your packages will be going out in tomorrow's mail.  These are what your ribbon shares look like!

The photo above is of the 3/8”Stitched Satin Ribbon (2012- 2014 in colors). You will receive 2 yards each of the following colors:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, and
Summer Starfruit.


The photo above is of the ¼”Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and you will receive 2 yards each of the following colors:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pretty in  Pink, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, and Wild Wasabi.


The photo above is of the Baker’sTwine share and you will receive 5 yards each of the following colors: 
Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Whisper White, and Wisteria Wonder.

I hope you all enjoy your ribbon/twine shares!  If anyone is interested in participating in my next ribbon share please let me know.  I can start another group of shares if needed.  Have a great rest of the day!

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June 19, 2012


Good morning!  Today's Twisted Tuesday challenge is super fun one!  We were to create a card using kraft card stock as our main focus and this week's twist is to use a recycled item.   My recycled item is the soda tab I have my ribbon threaded through.

I was looking at my designer rosette die the other day and I kept thinking that it would make a neat fence and so I thought I would see what sort of fence I could make.  I first stamped my card stock using my woodgrain background stamp and then I ran it through my big shot machine using the rosette die.  Then I sponged each edge and all along the outside and the fence became  more visible.

I threaded my ribbon through my soda tab and I added that to my card along the bottom of the fence.  I cut out two leaves using the little leaves sizzlits die.  Next, I cut out and added the daisy flower which I embossed the yellow center using the square lattice emobssing folder.  For a final touch I added a few white dots using my white gel pen and lastly I stamped my sentiment.

If you try to recreate this same fence you will want to make sure that you sponge all along the edges and creases, that really made all the difference.

*card #14  out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  Woodgrain, Trendy Trees- for the sentiment
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, White, Pear Pizzazz, Certainly Celery
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Supplies:  Big Shot, Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Daisy Die (retired), Square Lattice Embossing folder, 1/2" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Crumb Cake Ribbon, Soda Tab, Sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Glue Dots, Tombow Glue
Technique: Sponging, Dry Embossing

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June 18, 2012- Simply Stampin' Sketch


I came across the Simply Stampin' Challenge blog and I saw this really cute sketch was this week's challenge so I just had to play along.  I decided to dust off my Just Buzzin' By stamp set and it was just perfect for this sketch.  As you probably noticed I turned the sketch sideways on my card.

I stamped the bee hive image onto some so saffron dsp and then I cut it out- this is a great technique if you do not want to spend the time coloring an image.  I stamped the bee hive again onto white card stock and then I cut out the 'hive sweet hive' words and I placed that over top of my paper pieced bee hive.

Next, I began assembling my card.  My card base is black layered with the same designer series paper as I used on the bee hive except that I turned the paper over and I decided to use the other side which is a different pattern.

I then placed my image panel onto my card and I added my bee hive using dimensionals.  The 'have a honey of a day' sentiment stamp is a longer narrow stamp and I wanted the words to fit underneath the bee hive so I used my stamp-a-ma-jig and I lined up the words the way I wanted them.  I still used my black ink pad and I was careful to only ink up the words that I wanted.  If you try this you will want to make sure that your stamp is very clean and dry in-between each inking. 

Next, I stamped two of the bee images and two of the flower images and I colored them using my Stampin' Up! so saffron and black markers.  I punched them out using my circle punches and they are layered onto black card stock.  I did have to use a few dimensionals underneath the part of the circles that were touching my so saffron dsp.  I decided to add some glitter on the wings of the bees.

Well, that's about it for today!  I have a few more cards to work on for my card swap and I'll be posting that card on Wednesday!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and I'd like to give a special thank you to all of my followers and if you are not a follower it would be awesome if you would become one.  Have a wonderful evening!  Tomorrow I will be posting my card for tomorrow's Twisted Tuesday challenge.

*card #13 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  Just Buzzin' By
Card Stock:  White, Black, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  SU Markers, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Scissors- for cutting out bee hive
Technique:  Paper Piecing

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June 18, 2012- Swap Cards



I'm back today with a second post!  I made this card for the card swap I am currently hosting.  The was is titled going, going, gone and we were to create cards using recently retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets.  I know Halloween is a few months away, but I just love this Halloween stamp set and I was sorry to see it retire.

I followed this week's Monday Mojo sketch shown below.  I ended up turning the sketch sideways.


I simply stamped the images and then I punched them out using my square punches.  Normally I would have used my circle punches with these stamps, but today I thought I would try my square punches and I was surprised that worked!

My background is embossed using the spider web embossing folder and I didn't need to add a sentiment since there is some wording around the stamped images.

I still have one more card to make today to catch up on my 100 cards in 100 days goal so I'll be back again tonight with another card!

*card #12 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  Batty for You
Card Stock:  White, Old Olive, Black, Cajun Craze, Frightful Sight DSP- retired
Ink:Old Olive, Black Stazon, Cajun Craze
Supplies:  Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Ribbon (retired), 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Square Punch
Technique: Dry Embossing

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June 18, 2012

Good morning!  Today's clean and simple challenge on splitcoast stampers is an inspiration challenge based on the black and white swim suit photo below. 

Wish I looked that good in a swim suit....LOL  but anyway...I did some dry embossing on the upper portion of my card and I used my scallop trim border punch to sort of mimic the ruffles on the swim suit.

I tried to work in some black towards the bottom of my card since the bottom half of the swim suit is black.  Black and white cards are perfect for weddings and so I thought this would make a lovely wedding card. 

I used the stamp set called Four Frames and I stamped the newlywed sentiment inside the frame.  My sentiment is from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes- If you looking for a new sentiment stamp set I have to recommend this set, I find myself using it all the time.

I'll be back later with a few more cards to post today.  I want to catch up on my 100 cards in 100 days goal.

*card #11 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  White, Black
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon (retired), Big Shot, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, SU Black Marker, Stamp-a-ma- jig
Technique:  Dry Embossing, 2 Step Stampin'

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June 17, 2012




Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day.  My kids made breakfast in bed for daddy and my husband enjoyed his English muffin, coffee, and the news paper delviered to him.  Of course he heard us in the kitchen getting it ready, but we do it every year and so I think he sort of expected it.

I wanted to make a card for last week's splitcoast clean and simple challenge and just tonight I set aside some time to see what I could come up with.  The challenge was to create a card using a white card base with a white card front.  White cadrs always make such pretty wedding cards and so that's what I decided to make.

I began by stamping my heart image on my card base layer and then I embossed the bottom half of that layer using my perfect polka dots embossing folder and just above my embossed area I added 2 rows of dry embossing using my simply score board. 

The next layer I cut to size 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" and then I punched out the circle using my 1 3/4" circle punch.  Then I ran the upper portion of this layer through my big shot machine using my vintage wallpaper embossing folder and just below the embossed area I again added 2 rows of dry embossing using my simply score tool.  I added my sentiment just below my score lines.

The ribbon and silver cording I used is retired Stampin' Up ribbon and cording!  I still have some left over from when I made my wedding invitations several years ago.

Well, that's about it for tonight!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you tomorrow!

*card #10 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  Wedding Elegance, Occasional Quotes
Card Stock:  White
Ink:  Basic Gray
Supplies:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Organdy Ribbon, Silver Cording, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Simply Score Tool
Technique: Dry Embossing

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June 15, 2012

I made this card for the Holly Jolly blog challenge and the challenge is to create a Cristmas card using carolers. The only caroler image I have is from an older, 1997 retired Stampin' Up! stamp set called Song in Your heart.  My mother in law picked up this stamp set for me at a yard sale last year.

I stamped and colored the image using my Stampin' Up! markers. It took me awhile to color this image and since it ended up being a little more involved I decided to keep the rest of my card fairly simple. My crumb cake layer is embossed using my petals-a-plenty embossing folder and I used my raspberry ripple marker to color in the raised flower centers.

For embellishment I decided to tie some twine along the side of my image and since it's a caroler card I thought adding two small bells would be appropriate.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Make it a great day!

*card #9 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps: Song in Your Heart, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: White, Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake
Ink: Black Stazon, Raspberry Ripple
Supplies: Big Shot, Petals-a-plenty Embossing Folder, SU Markers, Twine, Bells, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Technique: Dry Embossing

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June 14, 2012

I saw the current challenge on the 52 Card Christmas throwdown blog and I just had to play along. As many of you know I love to make all white cards and so this was a really fun challenge for me.

I had someone ask me about how I emboss my cards using two different embossing folders to today I thought I would post a tutorial. 

First you will want to pick the embossing folders that you will be using.  On my card I choose to place my folder about 2/3 of the way down on my card stock, but you can place your folder anywhere you like and then run it through your big shot machine.

This is a photo of what your card stock should look like now.  Only the upper portion will be embossed and you can stop here and leave the bottom portion unembossed if you like.  I sometimes do that and the unembossed area will give me a place to stamp a sentiment.  If I decide to leave the bottom portion unembossed then I'll add a score line or two just below the embossed area.  If I decided to emboss the bottom half I'll continue on....see my next photo-

To emboss the bottom half of your card stock take the folder that you will be using and place your unembossed part of your card stock inside that folder.  I usually try to leave a little space between both embossed areas so that I can add a few score lines.

Run your card stock through your big shot to emboss the bottom half.  In the photo above I already have my top half embossed and I'm now embossing the bottom half.   If you look closely you will see that I left about 1/2" of an area that will not be embossed.

This is what your card stock should look like at this point.  Sometimes I will leave it like this, but usually I will add a few score lines to help offset the two different embossing patterns.

This time I decided to add 2 score lines just below and just above the embossed areas.  This is really easy to do with your simply score tool.

Then I began working on the rest of my card.  I used my label collection framelits for my main stamped image and the layering below my image.  I ended up embossing one of the label layers and to do this you will want to cut your die first and then emboss it. 

My main image and sentiment were simply stamped and the rest of my card was just a matter of putting it all together.  I used lots of dimensionals to help raise up the layers on my card.

And in keeping with an all white card I decided to use pearls for my embellishment and some velvet ribbon.  And below is another photo of my completed card.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked my tutorial!  Have a great rest of the day!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked my quick tutorial! Have a great rest of the day!

*card #8 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  To You & Yours
Card Stock:  White
Ink:  Sahara Sand
Supplies:  Big Shot, Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing  Folder, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Final Press Embossing Folder, Petals-a-plenty Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls
Technique: Dry Embossing

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June 13, 2012

Hi everyone! I decided to make a card for the current Use it Tuesday challenge which was to make a project that celebrates Dad. I decided to use my King of the Grill stamp set which is my hoarded supply that I bought last summer and I haven't touched it since.

I also made this card for the ways to use it challenge on splitcoast stampers which was to 'Man Up' and create a masculine card.

I spent a lot of time working on my main image. I colored it using my Stampin' Up! markers and I did a bit of paper piercing using the red checked designer series paper. I paper pieced the apron and the hat.

My certainly celery layer is dry embossed using the square lattice embossing folder. I chose to use this folder since I thought it sort of mimicked the checked paper. I also added some faux stitching and a turquoise button with twine tied through it.

My sentiment was stamped and punched out using the word widow punch and layered using the modern label punch. I hope you like my Father's Day card! Thanks for stopping by!

*card #7 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps: King of the Grill
Card Stock: White, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Real Red, DSP- Pawsitively Prints II
Ink: Black Stazon
Supplies: SU Markers, Button, Twine, SU Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, White Gel Pen, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Glue, Scissors- for cutting out checked paper
Technique: Paper Piecing, Faux Stitching, Dry Embossing

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Ribbon Shares~ Update!


Thank you to everyone who has signed up for my first ribbon share!  My groups are now full and I just ordered the ribbon.  Once the ribbon arrives I will get it ready for you and ship it as soon as I can.   I will be sending everyone who signed up an email with an update once your ribbon is shipped!  Thank you!

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June 12, 2012

It's time for another Twisted Tuesday challenge.  This week's challenge is to use something clear and the twist is that we are to use one of our favorite things on our card and say what it is. 

I decided to use one of my favorite stamp sets- Lovely As a Tree.  The clear items on my card are the square buttons.  I originally had another idea in mind, but then as I was looking through my button containers I found these square buttons and I thought they would make a cute window image.

I began making my card by first stamping the tree images.  Then I used my stipple brush to stipple the blue and so saffron over the trees.  Next I took some crumb cake card stock and I stamped it using my woodgrain background stamp and then using my 1" square punch I punched the four square for my window. 

I also decided to make a window sill for my window and I did that using my modern label punch.  The window sill is longer than the modern label punch so basically what I did was to insert a small strip of paper into the punch and just punch one end and then turn that strip of paper around and insert it into the punch and then you can make the strip as long or as short as you want and simply punch the other end.

For my window valance I used a scrap piece of so saffron dsp and I punched the edge using my scallop border punch.  I also added two dry embossed rows towards the top of my valance just to give it that 'curtain' look.  My valance is raised up using dimensionals.

I sponged all around the edges of my window frame and window sill, I wanted to give them a distressed look.  I also sponged all along the edges of my white card stock using so saffron ink.

If you have time take a moment to visit the blogs of the other design team members to see their cards-
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you liked my card today!  Have a great rest of the day! 

*card #6 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*


Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Woodgrain, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  White, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Brown Stazon, Crumb Cake
Supplies: 1" Square Punch, Modern Label Punch, Clear Buttons, Glue Dots, Sponge, Scallop Border Punch, Simply Score Tool, Stipple Brush, SU Island Indigo Marker
Technique:  Sponging, Stippling, Dry Embossing, Distressing, Punch Art

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June 11, 2012

I've always wanted to try and make a quilt card and so here it is!  I used the new designer series paper called Floral District.  The paper is double sided so all I did was punch 2 squares from each sheet and then I lined them up and placed them onto another peice of white card stock.

Once I had all my squares in place I ran it through my big shot using the top note die.  My rich razzleberry background layer is dry embossed using the perfect polka dots embossing folder. 

For my sentiment I have it layered using the decorative label punch, scallop oval punch (which I added some white dots onto using my white gel pen), and large oval punch.  My sentiment as well as my quilt layer are placed onto my card using dimensionals.  And that's about it for my card today, super easy! 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the designer series paper blog candy I am giving away- here is the link!  You could make lots of quilt cards with all that paper!

*card #5 out of 100 cards in 100 days goal*

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  White, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Floral District DSP
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Big Shot, Top Note Die, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen, 1 1/4" Square punch
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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June 9, 2012

Good evening!  I'm up late tonight doing some laundry and I was thinking of what card I should make for today.  I decided to pick a stamp set that I haven't used before.  You're probably going to see lots of stamps that I've never used now that I'm doing my 100 cards in 100 days challenge.

Although this card looks clean and simple it's actually pretty time consuming and it uses several techniques.  I used the masking technique to cover up the tallest daisy flower while I was sponging the background.  I used the reverse masking technique to sponge/stipple the blue oval shape.  The oval shape was made using the label collection framelits.  I took a scrap piece of card stock and I cut it out a section using the label die and that gave me a frame.  Next, I placed that die cut frame on my card front and then I was able to sponge all along the inside and since I had my flowers and leaves masked off they remained white and then I colored the leaves green.  I should note that I only masked off the tallest daisy flower.  The other two flowers were stamped and then cut out and placed on my card.

Along the bottom of my card I did some dry embossing using my perfect polka dots embossing folder.  Just above where my embossing ends I decided to add my ribbon.  I didn't add a sentiment on my card and I sometimes do that and this way I could use this card for several different occasions.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have time be sure to read this post and enter for a chance to will the designer series paper that I am giving away.

card #4 out of 100 cards in 100 days

Stamps:  Wonderful Watercolors
Card Stock:  White, Pacific Point
Ink:  Pacific Point, Black Stazon
Supplies:  Daffodil Delight Ribbon, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, SU Daffodil Delight & Certainly Celery Markers, Label Collection Framelits, Stipple Brush, Scissors- for cutting out flowers
Technique:  Masking, Reverse Masking, Dry Embossing, Stippling

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June 8, 2012



Good evening!  I spent my day painting our shed.  I thought I would get it finished today, boy was I wrong!  It's taking two coats of paint and I have to paint it using a brush....so needless to say I am exhausted tonight, but in keeping with my 100 cards in 100 days challenge I set aside some time this evening to make a card. 

Believe it or not, while I was painting my shed I got the inspiration for this card.  These are the colors I am using on my shed!  Very vanilla and a softer blue color, marina mist is pretty close to what I'm using.

My crumb cake card stock is dry embossed using the elegant lines embossing floder and the bottom of my marina mist card stock was cut using the adoring accents edgelits.  My flowers were stamped and cut out and towards the bottom of my card I added two rows of paper piercing.

For my embellishment I tied some crumb cake ribbon with a button and linen thread tied in the center.  I decided to keep my card fairly simple since it's late and I'm on my way to bed.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you liked my card tonight!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow because I'll be offering some blog candy!

card #3 out of 100 cards in 100 days

Stamps:  Flower Fest
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Elegant Soirée Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
Supplies:  Ribbon, Big Shot, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Adoring Accents Edgelits, Button, Linen Thread, SU Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Glue Dots, Scissors- for cutting out flowers
Technique: Dry Embossing, Paper Piercing

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June 7, 2012

Tomorrow is the last day of school here for my children and this is the card I made for my son's teacher.  She was such a wonderful teacher and she went out of her way to help my son.  I think the sentiment in the SU Flight of the Butterfly stamp set was just perfect for his teacher and that's why I decided to use this set.  The sentiment reads- one person can make a difference and that person is you!

My card was really simple and easy to make.  I just stamped the butterflies and then I stamped a second pink butterfly, cut it out and placed it over top of the pink butterfly on my main image panel.

It's hard to see in my photo so I wanted to mention that I did use some dazzling diamonds glitter on the pink butterfly.  Also, I used my dotted scallop ribbon border punch along the bottom of my pretty in pink card stock.

This is card #2 in my goal of 100 cards in 100 days :)  Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps:  Flight of the Butterfly
Card Stock:  White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Retired DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Button, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, DD Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, Tombow Glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Technique: 2 Step Stampin

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June 6, 2012



Today I came across a group of ladies who are doing 100 cards in 100 days challenge and I decided to join them! It sounds like fun! The idea of this challenge is to not buy any new crafting items (hubby will love that) and use the items we already have. My 100 day starts today and runs through Sept 13th, wish me luck!

So this is my first card for my 100 cards in 100 days challenge. I promised my son that he could have a pool party and I made this invitation for him to hand out to the boys in his class at school. I wanted to keep it fairly simple and I really didn't want to do a ton of coloring so this is what I came up with. I used a technique called spotlighting and it's an easy technique. Simply stamp your image again onto a scrap piece of card stock and color the portion if the image you want and then punch it out and then place it over top of your original stamped image.

The inside of the invitations reads-
The sun is hot and the water is cool
It's time for a party by the pool!
Let's get together for no special reason
To celebrate friends and the summer season!
Bring your sunscreen, towel, and swim suit
We’ll have food, refreshments, & more who knows!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and a great big thank you to all of my followers and for the lovely comments you leave for me.  It makes blogging so fun!  Have a great day!

*card #1 in my goal of 100 cards in 100 days*
Stamps:  Sunny Fun, All Year Cheer II
Card Stock:  White, Real Red,  Tempting Tuquorise, Designer Series Paper Island Oasis
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies: Decorative Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, SU Markers
Technique: Spotlighting

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June 5, 2010 Crafty Gal's Challenge


Here's the second card I promised I would be posting today, but before I get started I wanted to remind you all that I have a few more spots in my 'in color' ribbon share.  For more details about that share please see my blog post found here.  I need 3 more people to fill my ribbon share group- cost is only $11 which includes shipping. 

The blog group I belong to has a monthly challenge and this month it was Barb's turn to host.  We were to make Vacation cards using some patterned paper on our card--along with an additional embellishment or two.  Well, the truth is that my family and I don't really go on vacations.  In the last 15 years since I met my husband we went on 1 vacation and that was when we first met.  Okay, well maybe you can count our honeymoon, but other than that we are 'home bodies'. 

So in sticking with the vacation theme of this challenge, I decided to make a card for a vacation I would love to go on.  I love the beach and the ocean (hubby really doesn't like the beach) and so I made this card with the thoughts of maybe someday we'll have another vacation at the shore.

I'm so out of my element with this card so I hope you like it!  I very rarely ever do any sort of distressing or water coloring and you've got them both on this card.  I began my stamping my image using brown stazon ink and then using my aqua painter and my ink pads (while the ink pad is closed squeeze it slightly together and that will create some ink to puddle up into the lid- and that's the ink  you can use for water coloring).  If you want your coloring to be a little more intense then all you need to do is to use less water.

I distressed the edges of my image panel by gently scraping my paper snips all along the edges and then I added some sponging.  I used these color ink pads for my water coloring-So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, and Cherry Cobbler.

The remaining part of my card is fairly simple.  I used my top note die and cut a small piece of cherry cobbler card stock and then I dry embossed it using my square lattice embossing folder.  To finish off my card my two embellishments are twine and a vanilla color button.

Today I'm planning on working on some party invitations so I'd better get started on them.  I'll post those tomorrow!  Have a great rest of the day!  If you have a minute and you would like to see the cards the other members of my blog group made I'll post the links below.


Stamps:  Summer By the Sea
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Elegant Soirée Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Brown Stazon, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Supplies:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, Aqua Painter, Twine, Button, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponges, Glue Dots, Scissors- for distressing
Technique: Water Coloring, Dry Embossing, Distressing, Sponging

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