Sunday, May 31, 2009


Carol Hartline was busy making favors and thank you gifts for all who bought SU! to benefit her order. Carol orders at every one's workshop and this was wonderful to have so many buy on her behalf. This basket is filled with petal card favors made from SU! dsp and stamped with the oval all stamp set and just beachy. The petal card is by BIG SHOT - SIZZIX.
These are m and m's that match the dsp. Carol placed them in test tubes and attached a handstamped thank you!

These are matchbox's made with the Big Shot and clear window sheeting that she stamped with the just beachy set. The ribbon is from SU! and the adorable funky flower is a sizzix Big Shot flower that she added crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter to. Aren't these great?
Carol, these are absolutely fabulous!

Here's a close up of the test tubes! It's great that the m and m's match. Do you see the just beachy cut outs on top of the tubes?

More from class Friday night

These are some awesome carousel note cards we made at Carol's on Friday night. They are gorgeous. We used the SU! carousel note cards in baja breeze, riding hood red and kiwi kiss. The envelopes are chocolate chip. I cased them from my upline Janet Wakeland.
This first card was made using baja breeze carousel note. I used my cropadile on each card to give the raised dots in the scallops. The butterflies were die cut with the Big Shot using the butterfly die exclusive Shelli Gardner SU! die. These were layered onto whisper white die cut circles to make the card. I used our new colored rubons called summer love for the flowers and the spring wording. The leaves were die cut from a walk in the park dsp. The inside of the card is stamped with flight of the butterfly stamp set and hope happens set for the verse.
Around each white card I outlined with a 2 way glue pen and then added dazzling diamonds glitter. The glitter is also added to the butterflies. The ribbon is white tafetta. I love taffeta ribbon. I fell in love with it and I use it a lot on my cards.

This card was done in kiwi kiss and I added a birthday sentiment. The dsp for the leaves is from the dsp kiwi kiss patterned prints. It is a lovely compliment to the kiwi kiss carousel note card. The patterned prints comes in a variety of colors so you can coordinate with your card stock very nicely. The sentiment is stamped in baja breeze. I also did a riding hood red carousel note that you can see in the top photo where they were all taken together.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


This is Flores Suaves, a stampin up set from the Hispanic SU! catalog/idea book. It is a fabulous set and everyone is talking about it. Last night I used this set with my customers at a small class at Carol's house in Parkville. This set is perfect for water coloring, using markers, embossing, you name it. It is available for all even though it is not in the regular SU! idea book and the price is great!

Flores Suaves
Price: $21.95

We stamped this set on the walk in the park designer paper which is on sale buy 3 of any dsp and get any dsp free (textured 12 by 12 card stock is also on sale and you can mix and match dsp's and card stock, but only until May 30th). We stamped with basic black classic ink or staz on ink onto the dsp and then colored it in with stampinwrite markers. The next step was to adhere the dsp to the cameo coral card stock (it matches perfectly) and then to apply crystal effects onto the images to give it a clear epoxy raised look. Did you ever think to stamp on designer paper?

We then used this same technique to stamp just beachy stamp set on the dsp called Good Morning Sunshine. We colored the car with the surf board, the sun and the flip flops after stamping them in basic black. This was adhered to old olive card stock and again we added crystal effects for that clear raised epoxy type image. These cards were my original ideas.

The tags are from the Big Shot sizzlet die cut set called Lots of Tags and I stamped happy days on one of them from the Many Happy Returns set. The other tag is stamped celebrate and is from the stamp set in the mini occasions catalog called matchbox messages and coordinates with the matchbox die for the Big Shot. This card was my original idea.

This last card uses fifth avenue floral stamp set. We used pastels to color in the rose after the image was embossed with gold embossing powder. The top note was die cut with the Big Shot using Tangerine Tango card stock and cut in half and overlapped. I also added tangerine tango dsp. The leaves are another Big Shot die cut and they are cut out of gold dsp. The base of the card is ultrasmooth white card stock that was texturized with the diamond embossing plate by SU! for the Big Shot. It gives is such an elegant look. A jewel brad compliments the card. This card was cased from Janet Wakeland, my upline.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hsiao-hui's Jewelry Class

These are two of the projects that Hsiao-hui is going to teach us how to make at her jewelry class next Saturday. The first is a pair of earrings made with the SU! filigree brads and tiny pearls. These are gorgeous. I will have to take a picture of her wearing these earrings. They are really neat.This is a really neat ring using pearls and beads. Everyone who attends class or makes a purchase towards Hsiao-hui's class will receive one of these. Awesome! Lots more jewelry including learning how to make and use alcohol inks with Linda and we will also be doing a build a brad bracelet. See you next Saturday for class.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Sharon's Birthday is this Saturday. I used the Baja Breeze, tangerine tango and so saffron card stock. I stamped the base card with the stamp set Organic Outlines using baja breeze and tangerine tango classic ink. Next I put the card through my Big Shot to texturize it and I added white craft ink to the edges and to the texture to soften the colors a bit. The dsp is the Haiku papers from the fall SU! idea book. The sentiment on the card and on the envelope is from en oval (the french version of the oval all stamp set). I punched the sentiment out using my oval punch and bordered it with a scallop oval punch. The ribbon is so saffron grosgrain from sale-a-bration.

Sharon , Have a Wonderful Birthday. You deserve the Best! (Sharon's actual birthday is Sat. May 30th)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I did a stamp class last night and had a lot of fun with the group. There were 7 plus me and it was such a nice size group. We met at my home in Lutherville-Timonium, Md. These are the cards we made. Actually there were 4 cards and one bookmark. Here are 2 of the cards and the fun bookmark we did. This first card was so much fun to make. I cased Samantha Van de Sluis (my SAM at SU!). She sent me this card with a different sentiment. Hers said "you're on my mind." And most of the ladies at the class chose the same one. I made a birthday card for mine since I have a lot of birthdays coming up this summer. The card base is the gorgeous mellow moss. The ribbon is SU! chocolate grosgrain. We stamped the upsy daisy stamp (love that one) in baja breeze on ultras mooth white card stock. Without inking the stamp again, we stamped the same image a little off to the left to give a shadow or distant look to the image. This is bordered in chocolate chip card stock. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of baja breeze card stock and a little piece torn off the edge for texture. This is added to the card with SU! dimensionals. Lastly, scallop edge punch the mellow moss card stock. Thanks Samantha for your card and the great idea.
This next card uses certainly celery as the card base. The dsp (designer series paper) is from SU! sale-a-bration, that I got for FREE. Love Free and Thanks SU! The certainly celery twill ribbon is also from sale-a-bration. The sentiment and stamp is from the very versatile stamp set called fun and fast notes. We stamped the image on white ultra smooth card stock and colored it in with stampinwrite markers. I added crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter.

Isn't this a fun way to open a card? I love this fold. I actually cased this card from someone
and I can't remember who did the original design. I really love it. The other colors of card stock used are sahara sand and bashful blue.

This is the fun book mark we made. I wanted to show the ladies 3 things - how to emboss with embossing powder, how to get a watermark and how to cut card stock with the Big Shot. First, I die cut the SU! Top Note Die using close to cocoa card stock. Next, I had them run the wheel lazy days over versamark ink. This wheel is perfect for summer fun. Next they sprinkled gold embossing powder on top of the versamark and took a heat gun to the powder and voila! great gold embossing! Next, to get just a watermark image, they took the sandals from the just beachy set (mini occasions catalog) and stamped them along the edges using versamark ink. We punched a hole in the top for some striped baja breeze ribbon and edged the bookmark in white craft ink. I've just started the Twilight series so this book mark is just what I needed. I'll have to write about that book soon, but I'm totally enamored and engrossed with Stephenie Meyers books!
I have another class this Thursday, called going gray gracefully. I got that title from my upline Janet Wakeland. I can't wait to show you what we are doing in that class. Stay tuned!


This is one of the most adorable stamp sets in the SU! idea book. It is called a kind word. It is a Shelli Gardner Exclusive. I stamped the image in basic black on confetti white card stock. If you are going to watercolor you need a card stock that absorbs water well. The confetti white and confetti ivory do that nicely. Next, colored the image with watercolor crayons. I mounted the stamped image to cameo coral card stock and then layered that onto a piece of old olive that I ran through the Big Shot with a texture plate. I highlighted the texture with white craft ink. This was then layered with summer sun card stock. Lastly, I highlighted the image and the sentiment with SU! crystal effects and I added a white taffeta ribbon to the top of the swing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Here is my latest wordle! Looks really cool. Use the link on the right hand side of my blog to view this enlarged or to create your own!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Great Memorial Day at the Pool

We made it to the pool today. I was surprised at how great the water temperature was. We put on lots of sunscreen, too. Jp got these great large noodles from the Easter bunny and they are perfect for lounging in the water. Jp is having such a great time! Nice to have a holiday and a long weekend.


I wish everyone a very happy and safe Memorial Day as we remember loved ones and those who have died protecting the USA! We are off to the pool today. I hope to post a photo of JP in the water a little later.
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


This is a great set in the current SU! Idea Book entitled Branch Out. I love this. You can make this tree fit any season or theme. I thought I should do the current season of Spring.My card base is kiwi kiss. I stamped the tree in chocolate chip, the grass in old olive and the bird in pacific point. The birdhouse is done in basic black. The adorable boots are also in regal rose. The tire swing is one of our copper large eyelets. Isn't that cool I attached it with my cropadile. The scene was stamped on whisper white ultrasmooth and then mounted to chocolate chip and bordered in pacific point. Watch for some other cards I am doing with this same stamp set. I hope it continues into the new idea book due out July 1st. Let me know if I can reserve one for you.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Wow! What a great day for my son! He met the world famous 3rd baseman Brooks (Human Vacuum Cleaner) Robinson.

He played his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles.
Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

He is generally acclaimed as the greatest defensive third-baseman of all time. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards.

Friday, May 22, 2009


I am so excited to tell you that you can now watch SU! videos on You Tube! There are so many to choose from. Here is one on SU! window sheets. I think you will really enjoy this. For more videos like this one, please head over to you tube and check them out. Here is the link for the SU! channel -

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I really love this new stamp set from the SU! Occasions Mini called Scene In A Garden. It is just adorable. Whether you are a gardener or just love plants or birds, or these adorable boots, you will love this stamp set. I used a so saffron card stock base. Next I took some of the wonderful paper from the TEA PARTY PAPERS (oh I love that paper and hope they do another version of it in the next idea book) and punched the corners with the SU! ticket punch. I then took some of our ultrasmooth white card stock and stamped the bench, the pots, the bird and the boots. I colored them all in with my BRAND NEW stampinwrite MARKERS. (I just got a second case - my gift to myself for my birthday) and then applied crystal effects over everything I colored. I backed this scene with some more so saffron card stock and added the praying for you which is from versatile verses which is also in the occasions mini catalog. The so saffron grosgrain ribbon was a SU! exclusive from Sale-a-bration that I got FREE!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Hsiao-hui came up to the NICU today with some great cards she just made. I captured them as best as I could on my cell phone. This first one is made using the watercolor reinker wash technique with Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. I love it! She also used some raspberry tart designer paper, and also textured the celery cardstock and the top note with our embossing plates. The leaves are sizzlet die cuts and the punch is a curvy label punch.
This is another great card using the SU! carousel notes. I think I might take these out
for an upcoming workshop. She used the same sizzlet leaves, curvy label punch, butterfly from true friend and flowers are also sizzix. Great job Hsiao-hui!
Happy Birthday Cabrina.


Cathy Weir was a guest demonstrator at our CELEBRATE SPECIAL OCCASIONS class last Thursday. I challenged Cathy to make a wedding card using the TEA PARTY designer series paper. How do you think she did? Cathy made this card to fit our 5.25 by 5.25 ultra smooth white envelopes. I love to change things up from time to time and do different sizes of the cards. I was thrilled when I saw this card partly for that reason and partly because it is so well done. Cathy used a certainly celery card stock for the base and then on top of that added so saffron to back the designer paper. She used the SU! five flower punch to punch out the larger flowers and the three flower punch for the smaller flowers. She also used the new scallop eyelet border punch to make the so saffron border. Really great job Cathy!

Wondering what the designer Tea Party papers look like? There is a lot of variety in this pack. Below is a description of the colors in the papers and the coordinating colors.

Here you go:
Tea Party Designer Series Paper
Price: $9.95
Our Designer Series papers are absolutely beautiful and use our palette of colors and original images. Designer Series paper makes it easy to create a card or scrapbook page with coordinating background paper, card stock, and stamped images. It also covers On Board chipboard beautifully. ■ 12" x 12", 100-lb text■ 12 sheets per package (2 each of 6 designs)■ Exclusive designs and colors, with patterns based on Stampin’ Up! art

■ Coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Almost Amethyst, and So Saffron

Monday, May 18, 2009


Tara Bouldin was a guest demonstrator at the Celebrate Special Occasions Class with myself, Katie Ford and Cathy Weir. Tara wanted to do the waterfall card and made this beautiful creation that I added to. It's really neat because you pull the striped pacific point ribbon at the bottom and then each piece moves in succession like a waterfall. Tara's original card was made in kraft card stock. I added a pacific point blue background as an actual card you can open up. I want to send this to my aunt and want to write something inside. The background stamp is dotted stamped in pacific point classic ink and then dotted with crystal effects. I love that laquered look.

As you pull each flap down the sentiment from versatile verses (in the occasions mini catalog) it says "May your day be the wish come true kind." Love it. I stamped the sentiments in chocolate chip.

The windmill is an adorable stamp from the scene in a garden set also in the Occasions mini catalog. I colored them in blue and of course - added crystal effects on top so they glisten.

Do you see how each flap comes down so nicely? So that the very last sentiment is Happy Birthday! By the way...the ribbon is nicely threaded and tied through one of our SU! large eyelets that I set with my cropadile.

On the inside I have the same happy birthday sentiment stamped in pacific point blue classic ink. It is from a great birthday set called On your Birthday. There are some great sentiments in that set and a must have!

I'm going to write a nice little note to my aunt inside the card and get it sent off tomorrow just in time for her birthday. She is going to love it.
Tomorrow I will post Cathy Weir's wedding card!