Friday, August 30, 2013


All righty, all ready... just had to post another card done with Gorgeous Grunge and the new Thinlits! I mean what's not to love, right? I love the delicateness of the "love" and only wish I had about a hundred sentiments in Thinlits!

Done up in the new In Colors and Tangerine Tango, then blinged a bit with rhinestones, this card goes together in ten minutes easy! And inside..... well I guess it could say anything, couldn't it?
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Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
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Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Old School

Old School September Kit - 134978Transition into school and fall with a retro trendy look
What an incredible new MDS download from Stampin' Up! Can you imagine how many, many projects you could make with this terrific set? I love office type stamps and anything to do with school so I can't wait to get started!!
Old School September Wallpaper - 134979
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Chillin' Out Pocket Cards - 134980
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Monday, August 26, 2013

So Sorry...

When the occasion arises for a sympathy card, and we hope it's not often, this is one of my favorite sets. It has a sentiment for many types of losses or just when you need to say "I'm sorry!" (and we all have those moments, don't we?)
I cut the card base at 5" wide to allow room for the DSP to extend over the sides (1/4" on each side) and it would still fit in a regular size envelope.

This card was made for a very special family that recently lost their simply wonderful Father and Grandfather and friend to many.

Secret Garden

So Sorry
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Gorgeous Grunge!

You may be asking "Gorgeous Grunge? When is grunge gorgeous?" Well, I have just the answer to that question: When it comes from Stampin' Up! and it's stamped up in some of the new In Colors, of course! Really, this refreshing stamp set is one of my favorites in the new catalog.

Seriously isn't this gorgeous?
So, today being a Saturday, (I realize it's Monday in blog land) and since Saturdays quite often arrive with a list of things to do, I slept in a bit, tackled my list which consisted mostly of thank you cards and packages, along with some laundry and organizing and then got busy making a few kits we were given at the Stampin' Up! convention in July.

I don't know about you, but I'm not very good at following directions when it comes to stamping and kits. So, true to form, I found myself changing this up somewhat and I'm ever so pleased with it. Don't you need that "hi" thinlit? It's the perfect pop (literally) for this otherwise one dimension card. I just rolled up a few Glue Dots and popped it up on them. I also trimmed to card to 4" wide so I could let the arrow extend over the edge a bit and still fit in an A2 envelope.

Here's what they suggested .... sweet enough, but mine is more me and I have just the person in mind to send it to....


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Saturday, August 24, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin for August

Isn't this just the sweetest? What a way to give a little chocolate and say thank you at the same time.
Besides being a bit of a copy cat from Becky Roberts.... love her, it's also part of this month's My Paper Pumpkin. You know, that marvelous creative get-away that arrives in your mail box once a month and allows you a fun escape into paper, stamps and ink.
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Each month it's a surprise and this is what we received this month. There are always a few new stamps, (cute, cute bicycle!), a couple of ink spots, directions and supplies for four or so cards (complete with envelopes) or a fun home d├ęcor project.

I take that fun box of goodies and create five projects I think you'll love! Each of  My Paper Pumpkin customers receive that tutorial for FREE along with a little bag of bling that let them create those same projects.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mocha Monday Finally and a free tutorial!

Mocha Monday Card Class
As I'm sure you've noticed, my Mocha Monday class took a bit of a break over the summer, but it's back in full swing and full of delicious projects - literally. Coffee and chocolate being the two main food groups that they are, I thought we'd combine them both using the absolutely wonderful new stamp set, Perfect Blend. Cute name for a coffee stamp set, isn't it? Follow the post to the end to download your free tutorial for this class - my thank you to you for following along with me as I create with paper!
A little bit of Gorgeous Grunge going on... thank you Stampin' Up! for that awesome stamp set, and it just happens to make some pretty great coffee spills. As I'm writing this blog post I'm thinking those splotches would look great embossed in gold for a different card.... too bad it's way past bedtime already or I'd give it a try.

A perfect little cup of, well, in this case, chocolate covered almonds. But it could be anything really. Just a very sweet little treat. An embossed coffee cup with a special "hi" to perk up your day.
So here we go, a free tutorial for you to download immediately. If you'd like the kit, I have those available also and they will begin mailing on Tuesday, August 27th. The kit includes all pre-cut pieces for all three projects, including the cellophane bags, ribbon and Mini Muslin Bag. It does not include the little plastic shot glass I used for the insert in the coffee cup, chocolate or coffee beans. The plastic shot glasses are easily found at your local party supply store.
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Mocha Monday Kit
    $9.95 includes s/h

Saturday, August 17, 2013


A simply "hi" today using two of the new products from the Holiday Catalog. I die cut the "hi" from the card front first and then did the embossing. I backed it with Basic Black so the sentiment stands out and then popped another "hi" on top with Glue Dots. Just kind of roll them up and they work great.

When working with the Thinlits I like to layer a piece of waxed paper between the card stock and the Thinlit - they pop out quickly and perfectly! This Thinlit isn't found in a current Stampin' Up! catalog but product numbers are provided below and here's the link to order.
The last few weeks have been busy, full of good times and decision making.... more on that later. We had a quick trip to California to see some great friends and family and, as always, we blinked and we were back home.  I thought I would introduce you to  a couple of good friends today.

My very, very good friend, Janet, our daughter Kirsten and myself. She's my front porch coffee buddy and we had a wonderful dinner and then morning on her front porch just a gabbing. I love this lady!

And this phenomenal couple, Ray and Michelle, who gave us a wonderful place to stay for two nights, an incredible birthday dinner and late night talking around a campfire. My dream - to live near them when we retire and coffee every day!
Now back to the card..... love these new Thinlits!
Label Card Thinlits Die 133479

Pretty Print Impressions Folder 132175


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set
Take a look at this beautiful new stamp set.... all the "thank you's" you could possibly want all included in one set! It's brand new today and you'll want to get yours soon here.
Click here to see and print your flyer!
Another Thank You 133454

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Perfect Blend

A couple of quick goodies for you today. I've been gone far too long I know, but I'm back!
Perfect Blend is a stamp set that's new this year from Stampin' Up! and it's so fun to work with. I was wishing it had some coffee stains or such to go with it, but Gorgeous Grunge did the trick for me. More about the little coffee treat cup closer to this month's Mocha Monday workshop which is Monday, August 19th @ 6:30 pm
Lucky Perks Coffee House
Ustick & Eagle Rd, Meridian ID
email me for more info if you're in the area:
Keep watching for many, many projects using this set ....
Perfect Blend
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Gorgeous Grunge
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Monday, August 5, 2013

While the Blogger's away....

I'm visiting with friends and family in California for the next week so thought I would share some more swaps with you!
This "Best Friend" card is from Ruthie Graen.... a delightful, fun gal from Arkansas. You'll have noticed her comments from time to time on my blog, because she's just that kind of gal - always with a kind word and just makes you feel good. Thanks, Ruthie, and the world is still awaiting your blog!

These pretty  card, which coordinates so well with Ruthie's was created by Raquelle Clifton, whom I met for the first time at convention. Was great getting to know you and what fun we had at Buca di Beppo's!

Do you think these gals were together when they created these? Coordinates perfectly!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Oh My! The new Thinlits Card Dies!

Okay, these are just amazing....
I cannot wait to receive my next box of Stampin' Up! supplies that will have both of these in it!

They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more - but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.

If you live in the Boise area, come to my next Mocha Monday, August 12th for an opportunity to try it out. It's going to be all about coffee!
133479Label Card Thinlits Die$32.95
133480Circle Card Thinlits Die$32.95

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Holiday Catalog is here!

It's ready to view online and it's chock full of wonderfully creative ideas for the holidays along with, as always, beautiful new Stampin' Up! product.

Flip through the new Holiday Catalog here!
I'd be happy to mail you a copy - just email me at

And remember, Holiday Product Shares begin shipping on Monday - see the flyer here! It's a way to purchase a sweet helping of Designer Series Paper, ribbon, embellishments, tags and bags without breaking the bank!

And a card to enjoy while you're dreaming of new product!
One of the swaps I received at the Stampin' Up! convention - this one from Carla Blake. I love the card and high-five to her for her inspirational year in Stampin' Up!

Shop from the Holiday Catalog here!