August 31, 2011

A Tag Pad Share

Happy Tuesday to ALL!  I guess it is Tuesday, correct?  Time flies when your having fun! 

I was in our local craft store last week and came across these Tag Pads:  they were 12 designs, 2 sheets per design for $1.25 (I did have a coupon).  I stopped to check them out and was impressed with the designed paper inside each pad.  It’s one of those pads that was full of tags that you would attached to a present with your TO: and FROM:, only the TO and FROM was not printed on them.

I bought a pack and went to work – take a look what you can make for just pennies ~


Now if I really wanted to get into it, I could have added a gold leaf pen on the outside edge of the top layer instead of the ‘really rust’ card stock or just used Brushed Gold card stock all together.  But keeping costs down, I was happy with this one. 


Ooooops, did you notice, no background card stock, just a glimpse at what it would look like if you did not use a color background at all.  Still looks nice. 

It may be hard to pick up but I did do a little fussy cutting and if you look hard the pink flower on the left was cut out (using the second sheet of this same design) and popped up with dimensionals.  You might get a better look here ~


But you certainly don’t have to do that much, you probably couldn’t tell that I did it until I pointed it out to you.  The tags already had scalloped edges and a hole to run my ribbon through, I just added a heat embossed sentiment. 

Here’s another….I was on a roll – they took NO TIME to make




And that’s my tag share for today.  So if you are ever in a hurry or got caught short at the last minute, here’s a way out.

As always, thank you for stopping by today, I sincerely hope your day is a good one and I hope to see you tomorrow!



August 30, 2011

A Harvest Hello

Here’s another card that I was able to get done during the tyrants of ‘Irene’.  No embellishments, No ribbon and No fussy cutting, I just colored and colored.  I was in a copic mode, please keep in mind I am just learning and I have a long way to go, BUT it’s NOT SO BAD! *smile*


He looked a little out of sorts with NOTHING extra, so I decided to punch a couple little leaves and throw in a small flower for his shoulder.

Here’s looking a little closer ~


His face is a little blotchy looking to me.  I was going for a faded/dirty grain sac look.  I think I missed the mark, but still – it’ll pass don’t you think?  The stamp came from a company that was going out of business, the small leave punch is MS and the yellow flower is from the Itty Bitty Punch set.

I did not do anything to the inside because………I couldn’t make up my mind as what to do!  Sometimes, less is better and I just left it alone.

Just a quick little post today, we are still in a clean up mode around here, but thank goodness it is NOTHING compared to what some folks have even with our eleven inches of rain.

Take Care and Thanks for all the prayers, they were greatly appreciated!!



August 29, 2011

Stamping Out ‘Irene’

OMGosh – we made it!  Whew!  We were all sweating bullets but, for the most part, it was rain, rain, rain and more rain….24 hours of it!  Any rain gauge that we had overflowed,  the local news stations reported 11”.  We did not even loose our power!  Irene came pretty much right over us, but I guess we just happened to stay on her weaker side.  We were glued to the weather channel all day watching her every move, had our boots dug in and were prepared for the worst!  Yesterday afternoon was beautiful and spent putting everything back that you boarded up. 

Others were not so lucky, just an hour away there was so much tornado damage.  Homes destroyed, huge power outages, even life was taken.  My heart goes out to all!

I spent my time stamping and was able to catch up on a little cleaning and reorganizing.  Here is a card that I made  ~


I don’t normally like using a lot of Very Vanilla, but it certainly filled the bill with this card.  The flowers were made by punching 3 scalloped circles, cutting out one section of one of the punched scallops and then cutting out two sections of the second punched scallop and gluing them together.  The Swirls Scribbles die provides the leaves.


Looking inside ~


So that’s how my day went on Saturday/Sunday.  I’ll be spending a good portion of the day today catching up on how everyone else made out on the east coast.

 Hope you liked ‘Irene’s’ card!



August 25, 2011

A Slice of Chocolate Cake

Hi everyone!  It’s that time again when the PPA hosts yet another great challenge- PPA 108 CAS-Element of Style, their link can be found HERE.  This week they suggest to soften the edges of your design…..Think soft and comfy!  Well when I saw the words soft and comfy that was enough for me – CAKE, and make mine chocolate please!


The slice of cake was made with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, do you recognize it?  I just cut the bottom off one side of the scalloped layer.  The next layer – making mine chocolate - was cut with Early Espresso and sponged with White Craft Ink.  A thin strip was cut for the ‘icing in the middle’.

After punching the scallop circle, I used my slot punch to make two slots in the middle which enable me to run my ribbon thru and tie a bow.

Here’s a closer look -



The candle was done with a MS punch, the flower was made with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, I cut my leaves free handed. 

And the inside ~


Got to thinking….I like white cake with chocolate icing too! *smiles*

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I trimmed 1 1/2” off the front of this card.  The sentiment ‘bring on the cake’ is actually stamped on the inside.

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Supplies needed – All are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – W. White, R. Rose, E. Espresso, D. Delight, G. Green and Pocketful of Posies DSP
  • Tools – Petite Pennant Builder, Itty Bitty Punch, Scallop Circle and 1/4” Circle Punches
  • Misc. – Bring On The Cake stamp set, W. Craft and R. Rose Inks, W. White Ribbon and MS doily and candle punch

I hope something here today inspired you on your next card.  HAPPY STAMPING and I’ll see you right back here on Monday -




August 23, 2011

Looking Forward To Fall

Today has to be one of the prettiest days we have had in a long time, so nice that you can keep your doors and windows open and just let the breeze blow.  *smiles*  I get to thinking fall might be around the corner after all.  And here’s a card looking towards the future…


I had some Autumn flower soft that I had been wanting to use and decided one way it might look it’s best was with the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  Again I used the same color hemp as on yesterday’s card except I used one of Stampin’ Ups buttons with a leaf brad that I had gotten off the clearance rack.  I must have taken a zillion pictures of this card and every way I had it ….. it always seem to turn out about the same…. not the best.  It really got frustrating and then I just quit.

Here’s a closer view ~


I thought it turned out pretty well.  I stamped the tree in Early Espresso, colored the trunk with my Stampin’ Up marker and then dabbed glue here and there wherever I wanted the flower soft to stick.  After the glue dried I shook the excess off and called it a day.

Here’s a closer look at the flower soft~


The inside ~


Clean and simple, punched three different sized circles and stamped the tiny pine cone stamp from the same set in the middle and added a brad.

Another fall card coming your way tomorrow *smile* I just did not have good luck at picture taking today, otherwise I would be showing you a peek.

Until tomorrow, have a great day/evening and I’ll be looking forward to your visit then.  HAPPY STAMPING!!!



August 22, 2011

Loosie Goosie – clean and simple

I was in a coloring mode when I made this card and wanted the goose to take center stage.  I had taken a copic class a while back and wanted to see what I could come up with.  Here’s the result…..not too shabby, do you think?


Although you really can’t tell from this angle I did a little fussy cutting and snipped out the goose and popped it up with dimensionals after I had tie a bow out of some colored hemp I had laying around.

Here’s looking a little closer ~


and a little closer ~


Gotta have a little bling…*smile*  Notice the shading on the chair, I believe a must have when using copics is a copic colorless blender pen.  It pushes the color out.

Inside ~


I punched out a frame using two square punches – 1 3/8” and 1 1/4”, snipped out another goose only using the head and mounted it on the inside of the frame.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card, leave me a comment and let me know what you think…..I LOVE COMPANY! *smiles* 

Thanks for visiting!



August 18, 2011

With Love

I made this card with my Mom in mind.  Yesterday would have been her 88th birthday.  She loved the oncoming of fall every year.


I loved the way the sun was shining through the window, I placed the card on the table and for some reason it just seemed to have her name all over it.  She would have been pleased.

By the way, did you notice the new ‘With Love’ stamp? It’s a taste of what's to come in the Holiday Mini catty.  The set is called Hand-Penned Holidays – be on the look out!!!

From another angle ~



Supplies Needed ~ all are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – W. White and E. Espresso
  • Tools – MS fence punch
  • Stamps – Field Flowers and Hand-Penned Holidays
  • Misc. – M. Mustard, E. Espresso Inks, White EMP, VersaMark stamp pad, O. Olive Ribbon and the lace is from my stash

Thank you so much for visiting me today, I’ll be back on Monday with a card that shows more goose than flowers! *smile*
Be sure to check back!!



August 17, 2011

Pretty In Pink

No, not the Pretty In Pink as we know it from SU! but still breaking out of those earth tone colors I went with pink in todays card.  Take a look -


I used the new EMF - Flower Garden, placing flowers from the Fabulous Floret Stamp Set on top.  Each flower was stamped with VersaMark then heat embossed with White EMP.  I used my VersaMark PEN and followed the stem lines from the embossing folder and heat embossed them using the white EMP.  These stems led the way to the flowers. ALWAYS REMEMBER to use your embossing buddy, it can sometimes be a mess if you don’t…..I’ve been there, done that!

From another angle ~


I tried every DSP in the book for the background and came up with nothing that suited, but I did dig deep enough to find the floral piece – the one that is just underneath the butterfly – it’s from an old Patterns Pack III that I had stashed away.  Eventually it all comes in handy doesn’t it! *smiles*

Inside ~


Again, I’m glad I always show the inside at an angle…..I always forget to mention which items are popped up with dimensionals.  On this card, it was the flowers.

Back to earth tones tomorrow – here’s a peek.


Thank you for the visit and all the kind comments and emails, I sincerely appreciate each and every one!!!



August 16, 2011

Lucky Limeade and Pool Party

Aren’t these just the best colors!  I absolutely love them, I have been in an earth tone mode lately and needed to take a break.

Take a look . . .


I put the new stamp set ‘Posey Punch’ to work.  I combined the stamps with the In Color DSP and Whisper White - accented with several silver flatbacks and Whisper White satin ribbon.  I also remembered I had an EMF that matched the bottom stamp.  Did you notice?  To make things a little simpler I inlaid my stripped paper all at the same time.  It definitely shows up better on the plain white.  Also, using my blender pen, I added a little Pool Party to the flowers on the left.

Here’s looking a little closer . . .


I staggered the punched pieces at different heights.  The one on the bottom lies flat to the card stock while the one just above it was mounted with one SU! dimensionals and the one on the left was mounted just a little higher – using two SU! dimensionals, one on top of the other. 

Here’s a better look . . .


I have a question for all the stampers out there who use these gold and silver flatbacks……where are you getting them?  I used to get them at our local craft store but no more!  I have been asked “where do you get yours”?  Well I stock piled them, each time they were on sale I bought several.  But I to am about to run out.  So this is a good tip for the designers at Stampin’ Up…..add them to the catty! *smile*  Send me an email I would love to know where you get yours!!

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Thanks for stopping by, I sincerely appreciate each and every visit!



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