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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Pals Paper Arts

This card has been entered in 2 challenges as it fit criteria for SUO's recent challenge also. Details are under the SUO entry (page down.)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Using Scallop Border punch as trim behind circles

Cut 1/2" wide piece to length. Then using the Scallop Trim border punch, punch your border.
Using scissors make a straight cut down the center of the indented portion between each scallop. Do NOT cut all the way through, leave about 1/16" to that everything remains attached. (If  you sew, remember making cuts on curves to allow the fabric to bend or turn? This is the same concept only on paper.)

Add adhesive down near the bottom of each small section.

Place your trim behind your circle & pull the trim apart a little as you go around the circle.


See 2 posts down for details on this card. It also happened to fit Klompenstamper's Ribbon Slide challenge, details are in that posting.


See previous posting for Klompenstampers Ribbon Slide posting for details. Card happened to fit both challenges.

Klompenstampers Ribbon Slide Challenge

One more for the Klomenstampers Challenge. A different way to use ribbon. Make your own x-wide ribbon!
Homemade ribbon slide, double slot punch and 3/4" circle punches used which I then embossed with 2 layers of silver embossing powder. The image is raised using Dimensionals. DSP from Brights for the card & circle background. The border behind the circle is the Scallop Trim border punch. Sentiment and shape it is on are retired as is the Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon.

Perfectly Preserved images and small salutation. Happy Birthday salutation is retired as is striped ribbon and hemp twine. Everything else is current product. Designer label punch, Top note cut twice so that it's square rather than rectangular. I used 3 different EFs on this card, rust layer is Houndstooth, green layer is Lattice, and background is Woodgrain. The embellishment slide is also retired, sorry needed to use what I have on hand.

PPA143 Challenge

The card is for a layout challenge on Pals Paper Arts. The stamp is SU, Two by Two, one of this year's new stamps. Colors used were Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. Various colors used on the image. Punch used for the flowers was Boho Blossoms, Small heart & Small round scallop punches also used, along with an even smaller round scallop punch of which brand I do not remember. I used 3 different embossing folders, Petals-a-Plenty on the top layer, bottom layer was Vintage Wallpaper, scalloped edge is strip embosser from Delicate Designs. Scalloped edge was cut using the Large Scallop Edgelit Die. For embellishments, the ribbon is 1/8" pink gingham, brads are clear ice circles from a few years ago. Both are since retired. I used the small heart punch to notch the corners. Enjoy :o)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mojo Monday 259

The above entry is for Mojo Monday 259's Challenge. Stamp set used was SU Greeting Card Kids & Grateful Greetings for the sentiment. Patterned paper was from Joanne's. Spider & bat punches were made with a punch owned by a friend. Card stock color is Tangerine Tango & SU Spider Web embossing folder was used for the background. Punches used were 2 1/2" round, Small tag & XL tag.

Enjoy :o)

Challenge SUO54

I made this card for the Stampin Up Only Challenge, The theme was For the Kids! Any SU stamp set could be used as well as any SU product. Current or retired.
SU products used -
Stamps: D is for Dog, Heart & Home, Lots of Thoughts
Paper: DSP Brights, Daffodil Delight. Real Red, Whisper White.
Ribbon: Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grograin
Brad: Real Red.
Punches: Small heart to do corners, Decorative Label, 2 1/2" circle, 1 3/4" circle, 2 3/8" scallop circle, Scallop Trim border.

Enjoy :o)

My Retired Stamps & Sets

Hi all,

I finally have my list WITH pictures compiled. Whew! The way to get anything from the list is with a qualifying order. Everything I'm offering, at least for now, is with an order of at least $25.00.

$25.00 order & you get a single stamp FREE
$50.00 order & you get a Level 1 stamp set FREE
$75.00 order & it's a Level 2 stamp set FREE
$100.00 order & you can choose a Level 3 stamp set for FREE.

Be sure to send me a message or give me a call if you have any questions.


Look in the column to the left for the link to the list. Thanks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MDS = My Digital Studio

Card for David - My first MDS Card!

Favorite Color Combos

Very Vanilla, Early Espresso,  Poppy Parade (Ret,) Old Olive

Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant


Sunflower Favorite from 2011

We made this card in one of my workshops last fall. It has been one of my all-time favorite cards. I just LOVE how it turned out!

Inspiration Challenge 1 - 3 entries

Entry 1 - Apples Perfectly Preserved

Entry 2 - Kindness Matters

Entry 3 - Sunflower on DSP (note background on right, hard to see)

The 3 cards above were part of a challenge in my stamping group, The Klompenstampers. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wedding Card

I was going to attempt an all white card but decided it would be too bland. So this is what I settled with.

Friday, September 14, 2012

PPA142 Color Challenge

The color challenge was to use Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie. I finished my card about 12 hours too late (didn't notice the closing date in time.) :o(

Anyway, here is the card just the same. I used the new bundle from the Holiday Catalog, Perfectly Preserved.

All products used were Stampin Up.

CS: River Rock, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade
Stamp: Perfectly Preserved
EF: Stripes, Lattice, Fancy Fan, Perfect Polka Dots
Dies: Cannery Framelits
Other: Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Dots

I saw some notebook paper using this color combination & I just had to try it out. Love the way it looks. I must say though that the scanned image doesn't do it justice. It made the colors a little more "yellow" & the Wisteria Wonder looks gray. :o(

Want an easy card? This one is super simple.
SU Stamp: Whimsical Words in basic black
SU CS: Wisteria Wonder (card), Whisper White (background), Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Bashful Blue
SU EF: Houndstooth
SU Circle Punches: 2 1/2"-1 (for sentiment)
                              1" - 3
                              3/4" - 3
                              1/2" - 2
                              1/4" - 3
Other: Punch pack/Piercing Tool, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Dimensionals (behind largest circle)

Thanks for looking.

TC1 Klompenstampers, Mojo Monday 258

This card was crafted for 2 challenges; Klompenstampers Techniques 1, Mojo Monday 258.
The technique challenge was to emboss on DSP (Designer Series Paper). I chose to dry emboss the paper using the new Woodgrain EF, then took a River Rock stamp pad over it to highlight the embossed area. A couple of tips: If you want to do this, stamp any designs or images on the paper before embossing & when you put it through your embossing machine use the least amount of layers possible to still get the texture. Otherwise the embossing goes so deep it will rip your DSP paper, normal cardstock should be fine.
The color combination was taken from an old color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers website.

SU Stamps: Open Sea & Perfectly Preserved (sentiment)
SU Ink: StazOn Black, River Rock
SU CS: River Rock, DSP Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry
SU EFs: Woodgrain, Lattice
SU Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop, XL Tag, Ticket Corner
Other: Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for looking, I'd welcome some feedback.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mojo Monday 257

This card was crafted for two challenges; Mojo Monday 257 & Klompenstampers Color Challenge 1

SU Stamps - Greeting Card Kids, Kindness Matters (sentiment)
SU Ink/Paper Colors: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
SU DSP: Color Collection - Brights
SU Punches: Boho Flowers, Scallop Edge Border, 2 1/2" Circle, 2 3/8" Scallop (4 placed behind image)
SU Die Cut: Top Note Bigz, Little Leaves Sizzlet
SU EF: Houndstooth
SU Other: Brights Glimmer Brads Old Olive, Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking. I'd appreciate any feedback.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Designer Series Paper Share?

Is anyone interested in participating in a DSP share?

We can do a 2-way or 4-way share:
2-way share gives you 2 - 6"x12" pieces of each piece of paper in a DSP set for $5.50 plus shipping & tax. 4-way share gives you 2 - 6"x6" pieces of each piece of paper per set for $2.75 plus shipping & tax. (Prices are based on DSP sets that sell for $10.95 each.)
We would order a different set each month until we've ordered all of the sets. If there's interest in doing so we can add an extra set per month once in a while to get some of the specialty sets ordered as well.