Tuesday, June 30, 2009



The Chalkboard Technique is so much fun to do! You will love it. I used basic black card stock, kiwi kiss patterned paper from the SU! dsp set Good Morning Sunshine (retiring today) and the stamp set Owl Together Now. The punches used are the 1 3/4 inches, 1 3/8 inches and 1 1/4 inches. I also used Kiwi Kiss corduroy buttons (also retires today). The class is doing this card tonight and we will use our white craft ink pad and our SU! pastels. See the directions below.

This method involves stamping white pigment ink onto dark-colored card stock and dusting with chalks to give the appearance of writing on a chalkboard with colored chalk.
· card stock, preferably black for a true "chalkboard" appearance
· white pigment ink
· chalk
· applicator, white cotton balls with alligator clip or Q-tips
· Swiffer cloth (dry) or paper towel or Kleenex
Step One
Ink the chosen stamp with the white pigment ink. Don't wait for it to dry.
Stamp the image onto dark card stock.
Step Two
Choose an applicator and load it up with chalk.
Push the chalk onto the wet ink. Continue choosing colors until the image is covered in chalk.
Step Three
Blow the excess chalk off the card stock, then continue to remove chalk with a dry cloth.
Step Four
Create a card with your image or use it on a scrapbook page.
This is an extremely fun and easy technique for creating one-of-a-kind embellishments!


You will want to be right here on Weds. at my blog so you can see all of the NEW STAMPIN UP! 09-10 products and NEW in Colors and just some great creativity from some of the REMARKABLE STAMPERS. There will be lots of great prizes for taking the tour! I can't wait to show you my creations!

Monday, June 29, 2009


I really wanted to do a card with the new IN COLORS for 09-10. I am so in love with them. For this card I used rich razzleberry and crushed curry. I just love saying that name - crushed curry. What a gorgeous color! This card is for my friend Laurie G. Her birthday was last week.
The card base is ultra smooth whisper white card stock. I then used the new razzleberry lemonade papers and stamped the image from the stamp set razzle dazzle in rich razzleberry ink. That was layered onto rich razzleberry card stock. The ribbon is the new dotted gingham also in rich razzleberry. My happy birthday is from a brand new stamp set that just came out called teeny tiny wishes and there are 24 sentiments in that set.

I stamped the birthday wish on the inside of the card - live, love, laugh from the stamp set on your birthday. The ink is rich razzleberry. The butterfly is from the new stamp set for all you do that I will feature on the blog tour on wednesday which you should be participating in to win fabulous prizes. (email me if you need more info) The flowers are from razzle dazzle!

The envelope is stamped as well in my favorite crushed curry I stamped the canvas background stamp. The flowers and the ribbon where I'm going to add Laurie's address are in rich razzleberry ink from razzle dazzle.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Soft Summer Card

This is another card we did at class a week ago Thursday. It uses Soft Summer stamp set from the occasions mini catalog. This stamp set is no longer available after June 30th. The group used pink pirouette for the card stock base (I used bordering blue) since that is retiring In COLOR card stock. The designer paper is bella birds which is retiring as well. The dogwood is stamped in basic brown ink and I have water colored using pink pirouette, chocolate chip and kiwi kiss reinkers. Kiwi Kiss is another in color that is retiring. After that I added crystal effects and dazzling diamonds. The image is stamped on whisper white ultra smooth then backed in bordering blue and chocolate chip and then popped off the card using SU! dimensionals. The gorgeous filigree type border is stamped in basic brown on the designer paper and is called frames with a flourish (113496 $34.95) and is also retiring June 30th.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Yes, that is one of my favorite things to do with stamped images. If you remember last week I showed you the father's day card from class with the old automobile image entitled Thoughts of Father. Well this image with the watering can and the little wren comes from the same stamp set. Of course it is on the retiring list, boo hoo. I don't think this is one of the sets that I'll give away. I really like it because you can color it and I love water coloring. The base of the card is chocolate chip. The blue plaid is from the popular and sold out specialty paper by SU! entitled Parisian breeze. I stamped the image using basic brown permanent ink on water color paper. I then water colored the image. The ribbon is chocolate chip 5/8 inch grosgrain. The warm wishes sentiment is from the retiring set thoughts and wishes.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Thank you to all of my loyal customers. I've officially earned the SU! Incentive trip for the coming year (Spring 2010). I am really ecstatic, although the time that I am writing this it is pretty late at night and I can't scream and shout because everyone here will wake up. It has been a terrific SU! year and I look forward to helping you create in the coming year.
Antigua is one of the places we'll visit on the trip. Isn't it just beautiful?

Thursday, June 25, 2009


You know who stopped by the NICU today to show me the card they just made?
Yes! You guessed correctly - Hsiao-hui Lin. Isn't this card gorgeous. Hsiao-hui used the new IN COLORS I just got for her. They are melon mango and bermuda bay. I love them. She used the stamp set happy birthday (the under $10 set that is retiring) and soft summer (also retiring). I think she did a fabulous job water coloring the dogwood flowers. The ribbon is pink striped grosgrain from SU! Great Card and Happy Birthday Laurie!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I just wanted to let everyone know about something really new and hot! The Remarkable stampers are going to be doing a blog tour on July 1 to 5. We will be showing lots of hot new samples from the NEW SU! idea book. I am so happy to be a part of this because there are so many brand new things we will be showing! Mark your calendars for this great journey because there are going to be some fabulous prizes awarded. If you like the latest and greatest and if you like getting really cool samples from SU! Stay tuned!

Monday, June 22, 2009


So as promised I have the other part of the wedding scrapbook album I did for my sister Celena and her husband Zoran. I did manage to fit in some of my SU! rubons. Oh, how I love them. The wedding set is especially beautiful and perfect. In the upper right hand corner is my son JP and his cousin (my sister Christina's daughter) Caroline.
Do you see how I highlighted some of the photos with more SU! rubons? How great is that?
I especially like the circle that highlights their hands cutting the cake in the top right photo.

More SU! rubons on this page. All of the bridesmaids are in the upper left hand corner. My sister Teresa is the maid of honor (bottom left) with my brother Joe - one of the groomsmen. Joe is a chef who trained at the culinary institute of America or CIA. I'm in the bottom right hand corner photo next to Zoran and my sister Celena. My signature watermark overlies the photo, sorry.
The "we tied the knot" is a sticker from Jolie's. Love it. I again used SU! rubons. Do you see the circle highlighting Zoran's boutonniere? One of my favorite photos that I took is that one on the bottom left. I love how Zoran is holding my sister (wow! she has great looking arms!) and her veil is just flowing.

Believe it or not, this was one of the first layouts I finished. My entire family is in the bottom right photo. At the top right my parents are with Celena and Zoran. I used SU!'s brushed copper card stock to back the photos and to cut the letters with my CRICUT.

Some more great photos of the happy couple to complete this layout. I took most all of the photos in the album.

I enlarged the champagne glasses in this layout and love the look. It is great when you have a really good camera that takes photos that you can enlarge. Another one of my favorite photos is in the bottom left corner. Celena and Zoran look so happy.

More great photos and of course, one has to be of a couple's first kisses in public.

Their wedding reception had to be the best I have ever gone to. The place was fabulous and the food was great. I think we had a 15 course meal. These are some of the dancing photos. My parents are in the top and bottom photos. Celena is dancing with my dad in the middle photo.
I made it into the album again. I'm dancing with JP in the top right. I happened to get this outfit from Kohl's of all places. It is a Vera Wang and it was expensive but not too bad. I love it and I still fit in it. I'm waiting for another great moment to wear it again - maybe Christmas. Zoran is dancing with his mom in the bottom right photo This was one of the last pages. I used my coluzzle to cut the circles and the card stock is SU! in colors from a few years ago that I used on a lot of the pages. Keep your in colors - they certainly keep well. I was able to secure the wedding brochure into the last page into the spine of the album. It opens well and is really nice in this place in the book.

I actually decorated the back of the album also but unlike the front, I can't seem to find a photo of it to post. It was just as beautiful as the front.
And here is the happy couple! Yes, still very happy and very much in love. I gave them the album when we went up to NJ and they absolutely loved it.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


BUY $100 WORTH OF STAMPIN UP! PRODUCTS AND GET THE NEW IN COLOR MARKERS FREE. That is right! I am giving away these markers! They are the brand new IN COLORS - dusty durango, bermuda bay, melon mambo, soft suede, and crushed curry. They are gorgeous. Just place a $100 merchandise order (not including tax s and h) on my website by June 28th and I'll order these markers for you on July 1st and mail them to your home. This is better than my SU! discount so take advantage of this today. If you are local just email me your order and I'll get it processed asap. In addition to the new IN COLOR markers, we have new IN COLOR ribbon. One side is solid and one side is polka dots. We also have a new punch that I used in this sample and a new MOVERS and SHAKERS die that coordinates with this punch, our star punch, our scalloped oval punch and our heart punch. These are just large enough to outline each of your SU! punches. If you own the BIG SHOT you will want these! These coordinating magnetic pieces come out July 1st. If you do not have the MOVERS and Shakers original EXCLUSIVE SU! DIE yet, get it before June 30th as price goes up on July 1st.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


This was one of the cards we did at class this past Thursday night. It was to be either a Father's day card or a masculine birthday card. Or they could make it a more feminine card using the watering can which also comes in this set.
The base card stock is chocolate chip. The designer paper is the double sided specialty paper Parisian Breeze which is retiring. The stamp set is Thinking of Father which is also retiring. We stamped the car or the watering can on SU! watercolor paper in basic brown. We use basic brown ink or staz on so that when we watercolor so that the image doesn't smear. SU! used to sell timber brown staz on, but there were quality issues with it turning greenish brown, so they no longer have it. I like the SU! basic brown ink because it is permanent like staz on. I also stamped the sentiment in the basic brown directly to the specialty paper. After water coloring the car and the scene, I added crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter (best glitter in the whole wide world). I know most men are not into glitter but I really love it on this card. I'm a glitter girl anyway.
The inside of the card uses vanilla card stock cut to fit the inside of the card. The card is 5.5 by 4.25 inches so the vanilla is cut to 5.25 by 4 inches and it has a nice border around it. The image is the car stamped off once onto other paper and then stamped onto the card stock. It gives it a lighter image. The words are from the stamp set dreams du jour that is not retiring. The ribbon is 5/8 inches chocolate chip grosgrain from SU!

Friday, June 19, 2009


Katie demonstrated the trifold shutter card at class last night. She used the Manchester designer series paper that is retiring in less than 1.5 weeks. Everyone from class went to order the paper so I hope it won't be sold out for all of you. She also added some hodge podge hardware also from SU! and her stamp set is from the occasions mini catalog that is also retiring June 30th. This photo shows the card closed with the envelope.

This one is open. Note that in addition to the dsp she also used baja breeze grosgrain that unfortunately is now sold out. She stamped on the ribbon! Very cool.

Here is another view. I love this card and Bill is getting it for Father's Day. He definitely follows the 3 R checklist.


Last night Katie showed us how to do the faux cloisonne technique. In the earlier post I showed you the technique card that she made. This one uses the stamp set fifth avenue floral. The colors are actually baja breeze and she matched the magazine page well with the background. The embossing powder is gold by SU!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


I've started to play with the new IN COLORS for SU! 09-10. I made this one last weekend using the new Stamp Set from SU! called Circle Circus. I love circles so this was a definite must have stamp set for me. It also nicely matches our decor elements by a similar name. My card base is pixie pink card stock, one of our exclusive 48 colors. I then stamped the images in melon mambo which is one of the NEW IN COLORS. I am really liking this color a lot. Next I ran the card through the BIG SHOT using a SU! texture plate to get the larger dots. I then brushed craft white ink on the card. The thinking of you was punched with our new punch and new magnetic BIG SHOT die for the movers and shakers.

Lots more NEW in colors coming soon! See post below for the names of all of the IN COLORS.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Wow! I'm really pleased with Katie's technique card for this week. She did faux cloisonne which I absolutely love. If you are coming to class or have reserved a technique card you will be learning how to do this. Ingredients include pink pirouette card stock, whisper white card stock, pretty in pink card stock, sizzix scallop circle die, Raspberry Tart DSP, Wonderful You stamp set (Retiring set!), Stems & Silhouettes jumbo roller (retiring), Kiwi kiss ribbon, Walk in the Park DSP (leaves)