Saturday, June 29, 2013

Washi Tape Online Class!

What to Washi!
Stampin' Up!'s brand new online class - What to Washi- is now available. Offering seven different sections of Washi wisdom, this class includes everything you need to know to make the most of one of the hottest crafting trends out there, including written instructions, step-out photos, instructional videos, and supply lists for more than 30 projects.

All for just $14.95!
The following topics are covered in the class:

. The Washi Basics
. Washi-The Next Step
. Above and Beyond
. Sharing Washi with Others
. Memory Keeping
. Storage
. Only the Beginning. . .
Join the online class with me here!

But wait, there's more! This class is also being offered as part of the What to Washi Bundle.
Bundle Includes:
* 7 PDF Documents
* 2 Instructional Videos
* 4 pkgs of Washi Tape (3 rolls per pkg)
* 20 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
All this for only $36.95
When you order the What to Washi Bundle, you'll be the first to receive our Season of Style and Witches Brew Washi Tape packages; they aren't available to individual purchase until August 1! 
Oh, how fun! Join me in this Bundle class by clicking here!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Creativity and a Winner!

To live a creative life....
We have a winner from Monday's post:
Kitty A.
"Love your new blog and the card is super great! My home is beige and neutrals because I crave the light feel and calmness it gives. Shopping in a mall, looking on Pinterest, and seeing your creations gives me tons of creative sparks.. For instance, now I "need" the wonderful products you showcased today. Thanks!"
  Kitty, thank you for your comment on what helps you get the creativity flowing.... I have a package of goodies ready for you. Email me at to let me know what mailbox they need to arrive at.

And I feel like a winner also!
Did you see that cute bow on the framed piece above? I came away from our last team meeting with that sweet framed saying, along with the stamped candle holders! Each month we have a hand-crafted door prize and they are always fun to look forward to. Would you like to be part of a team also? Check out my "Why Join My Team" page!

So back to the bow.... it's so easy to create and thank you Becky for the idea and the wonderful new addition to my stamping room.

Here's one I created last evening.

And here's the how-to:
Punch out four ovals - mine were using the Extra-Large Oval Punch, but any size will do.

Fold two of them in half and adhere using a Glue Dot.
Cut a "V" from the remaining two as shown.

Adhere the two sides of the bow as shown using Glue Dots. Cut a 1/4" strip for the center.

Adhere together using Glue Dots... cute, cute!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Modern Medley for You!

So do you love black and white (or vanilla) as much as I do?
Oh, I could have a closet full of it.... every time I shop my eye is drawn to black and white. I have to force myself to not add another black and white pattern to my closet.
So I made a card instead, lol! It is much quicker and less expensive than adding to the wardrobe... and it doesn't even need a hanger!


A simple card made stunning by the choice of papers. Modern Medley is a gorgeous selection of Basic Black and Very Vanilla Designer Series Paper. They mix and match like nobody's business - I mean, you seriously cannot go wrong, and I like that! And the stamp set.... one of my favorite in the new catalog - Chalk Talk!

And this bow... how cute is it?
The idea is borrowed from Becky Robert's .... watch for tomorrow's post and I'll share a couple of sweet gifts I received this week - one that sports this bow along with the how-to and Monday's winner!

      Modern Medley Designer Series Paper 126926
Chalk Talk

Shop here!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin!

My Paper Pumpkin .... do you recognize it?
Each month subscribers to My Paper Pumpkin receive a delightful, surprise box  of goodies from Stampin' Up! This month it contained four cards with envelopes, three stamps, a Stampin' Spot and a few embellishments along with an idea for one card.
My goal, for my customers, is to take that set and create two or three projects that use the supplies in a way they hadn't thought of (hopefully!) Just a little out of the box, if you will.
I include it as a PDF tutorial with their purchase.
Kinda fun and just a little extra.
I'll be happy to admit that this one stumped me a bit, as the cards are pre-stamped with hexagons as shown above. But, I got my little creative thinking cap on and decided to use mostly the stamps in some fun ways. Here we go!
Don't you love the new Smoky Slate? This time embossed with Whisper White.

 I used the punched out hexagons that were included in the kit to create a "Flower Garden" pattern.
Hexagons always make me thinking of this beautiful quilt pattern.
Here it is on a queen size "Flower Garden" quilt that I hand pieced quite a number of years ago in California. Piece by piece.... hundreds of them, all by hand. What a relaxing way to while away, oh, about a thousand hours or so, lol!
To discover more about this creative program from Stampin' Up! visit:
And, to receive your free PDF tutorial each month, please choose me, Penny Smiley, Star, ID as your demonstrator during checkout. I look forward to helping you create next month.

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Brand New Look!


So.... how do you like it? I'm back with a brand new look to my blog ... so no, you're on the right page just in time for a whole new feel. And an enormous thank you to my good friend, Ben, for your wonderful, patient, good natured expertise.
 I just needed some white in my life, how about you? Oh, I could easily have white and cream for my entire home. I really am kind of a shabby chic gal and I don't mind one bit if it's a bit dated. I happen to love it! And I just may go back to that - starting with my blog which is my creative outlet. 

Do you have a creative outlet? I'd love if you'd share - just leave a comment for us to enjoy. Tell us a little about your creativity and what keeps the ideas and spark flowing.  I will choose one person to receive a fun bundle of goodies - think tags and bags!
When life gets busy, it helps my creativity if I have wide open spaces and white, white, white. Plus any card goes well on white, right? 

So now, on to the card. Is this so cool or what?
 I love the new Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper with it's Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry on Whisper White.
It's just yummy!
Actually I think I'd like to design an outfit around this. How about the print for a fun skirt, silver shoes, a Crushed Curry sweater and a Whisper White tank top. Shoot - I bet I could get away with my Summer Starfruit sandals. Nah, on second thought, I really, really need a pair of silver sandals. Maybe I could get it all pulled together in time for the Stampin' Up! convention.... hmmm.

Here's a quick outline of how I created it. Kind of a Ten Minute Tuesday - on a Saturday! I missed posting last week, so thought I better make it up to you all.
The strips are 1" and 3/4" wide.

And here some of the products I used. I love them all!
Now, if you need any of these, please shop here!
Or.... interested in my Designer Series Paper Product Shares? Get a 6" x 6" piece of all 78 new papers. Check it out here!










Here's how I created it:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Chris!

Our amazing kids are growing up....
Our son, Chris, turns 22 today. Where does the time go?
I wish I could grab back some of those growing up times again, but love who he is today - his talent, his fun personality, his kindness and the unique spot he fills in the universe.
Love you so much, son, and look forward to celebrating Thursday night with sushi!


I made him a little notebook. Real simple - just from card stock and computer paper. I created this one to finish up at 3-1/2" x 5" but you can make it any size you like. Just cut the computer paper and card stock twice the width you want x the length. Fold in half, staple, stamp, embellish and you're done. I would recommend stamping the cover before assembling and make sure you stamp a bit on the pages inside!
Hooray For Today Stamp Brush Set
Digital Download - 133498

And here is one of the amazing new MDS Downloads for this week - what awesome sentiments!
See them all here!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Product Shares

Something of Everything, Please!
You've browsed through the brand new Stampin' Up! catalog, and.... well, you want it all!
What to do? I have the perfect solution for you!
Product shares give you a taste of everything - you can still be creative with every single new Designer Series Paper there is, at a fraction of the price!
One-eighth of the price that is.
Click here to view the flyer!

So enjoy all thirteen sets of amazing Designer Series Papers, all neatly wrapped up in a bundle of 78
 6" x 6" squares.
$22.95 (+$5.60 s/h)
                Soho Subway        Venetian Romance
                Afternoon Picnic    Eastern Elegance
                I Am Me                 Modern Medley
               Gingham Garden    Polka Dot Parade
               Etcetera                  Epic Day This and That
               Birthday Basics      Quatrefancy Specialty
                        Natural Composition Specialty


And embellishments? Enjoy those also!
$24.99 (+$5.60 s/h)
Here's what you'll receive:
(72) Designer Buttons
(6) Very Vintage Buttons
(10) Boutique Details
(6) Essential Clips
(80) Candy Dots
(10) Candy Dot Brad Bases
(4) Pieces from Tag & Bag Bundles
And Ribbon, too!
Lots and lots of ribbon, yards and yards of ribbon!
Forty four yards to be exact.
$38.95 (+$5.60 s/h)
Stretch Ruffle Trim - 2 yds each of the 5 new In Colors
Chevron - 2 yds each of 12 colors
Soft Sky Seam Binging - 2 yds
Blushing Bride 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon - 2 yds
Pear Pizazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon - 2 yds
Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon - 2 yds
Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon - 2 yds
Or order all three product shares for only $85.99 (+$5.60 s/h)
To place your order, please email me at:
                  Include: Name
                               Email address for Paypal billing
                               Which share(s) you'd like!
Product shares will mail on June 20th..... I will send you a Paypal invoice upon receiving your order. You may choose to pay using your Paypal account or by credit/debit card.
Click here to view the flyer!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ten Minute Tuesday

Mosaic Madness and Washi Tape...
Washi tape is the coolest things ever! It adds a neat dimension to a card without much work - just tear and adhere!
I remembered and thought...
but then I forgot!
This new set, Mosaic Madness, has great images and a matching punch.... actually an embossing folder, too.
 Shoot! I should have used it also!
Next time.
Oh, seriously, keep posted. I just got the greatest idea!
Ten minutes from start to finish....
Stamp images on card front and one on a scrap and 
(inside too!) - see last picture
Stamp sentiment.
Add washi tape.
Punch out mosaic - use a Sticky Note!
Punch out flower.
Adhere these both to card front.
Adhere Pearls in place
Finish off with Baker's Twine.
 What I enjoyed using:
Mosaic Madness                   130249c
Remembering Your Birthday 131350c
Whisper White card stock 100730
Strawberry Slush card stock 131295
Baked Brown Sugar Stamp Pad 131174
Coastal Cabana Stamp Pad 131175
Strawberry Slush Stamp Pad 131178
Island Indigo Stamp Pad 126986
Epic Day This and That Washi Tape 131269
Mosaic Punch 131267
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack 118309
Bakers Twine125575
Pearls Basic Jewels119247
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Mosaic Madness Stamp Set

Mosaic Punch

Remembering Your Birthday

Friday, June 7, 2013

So Sorry....

So Sorry...
when it needs to be said, it needs to be said with kindness, sincerity and thoughtfulness.
I created this card for my best friend's mom who recently lost her brother. Unexpected losses can hit pretty hard.
I wanted it to be feminine, subtle and quietly pretty.

Here's what I enjoyed using:
So Sorry Stamp Set              126527c
Morning Meadow Stamp Set 129678c
            (hostess set)                129675w
Secret Garden Stamp Set      129144c
Watercolor Paper 122959 pg 156
Very Vanilla card stock 101650
Baked Brown Sugar card stock 131296
Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 131298
Baked Brown Sugar Stamp Pad 131174
Strawberry Slush Stamp Pad 131178
Crisp Cantaloupe Stamp Pad 131176
Pistachio Pudding Stamp Pad 131177
Aqua Painter 103954 pg 164
Sponge Daubers 102892 pg 164
Very Vintage Buttons 129327
Bakers Twine 125573
Blossom Punch 125603

  • Aqua Paint Crisp Cantaloupe ink wash onto Watercolor Paper. Let dry.
  • Stamp flowers with Strawberry Slush ink after "stamping off" to lighten image.
  • Stamp sentiment using Baked Brown Sugar ink. Using Aqua Painter, stamp random dots.
  • Lightly stamp leaves two times onto card front using Pistachio Pudding ink, stamping off first to lighten image.
  • Punch flower from Crisp Cantaloupe card stock using Blossom punch.
  • Ink edges with Crisp Cantaloupe and center with Strawberry Slush using Sponge Daubers. Fold petals slightly. Adhere to card front with Glue Dots.
  • Tie Bakers Twine through Very Vintage button. Adhere to card front using Glue Dots.
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Some of Everything Please!

Soho Subway Designer Series Paper..... love, love it!
It's chock full of amazing designs, subway art, flowers,
wood grain, graph paper - something for every occasion.
And what's very cool, is that it can be purchased as part of a product share called "Some of Everything, Please!" which I'm offering to my customers and demos alike.
I began with a piece of Soho Subway DSP, 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" and took a diagonal slice out of it just large enough to accommodate my sentiment - which I also love!
I popped it up with Dimensionals so the sentiment is sitting down in the groove.
With pencil I lightly traced the area I had to work with onto Early Espresso card stock. I embossed  the sentiment with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and added a little arrow clip using Glue Dots.

Just look at all of these - can you say amazing!  They're absolutely gorgeous.... and so are all the other new Designer Series Papers! So I have a special offer for you.

How would you like a sampling of all the brand new Designer Series Papers?
That's right - 78 pieces of neatly packaged 6" x 6" pieces of the latest greatest. Oh, there are buttons, embellishments and ribbon, too!
Click here to see the flyer!
Really Good Greetings

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wanderlust.... the perfect scrapbooking goodies!


Wanderlust... a brand new photopolymer stamp set!
Travelogues, cameras, postcards - they're all so popular right now. And, of course, Stampin' Up! offers it all!

Take a peek at this great video that gives you the scoop on photopolymer stamps and then take a look at all the other great products that coordinate with this new stamp set!
If you plan on scrapbooking your vacation this summer, this is a must have ensemble!

Around the World Stamp Set

Postcard Stamp


I Am Me Designer Series Paper

Epic Day This and That Washi Tape
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