Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I wanted to make my mother a card.  She has a friend who is dying of cancer.  I wanted something cheery.  I used a great stamp set I love called Flower Fancy.  First I stamped with staz on and then I colored in with stampinwrite markers.  I glossed it up with crystal effects.  The dsp is retired now, but a pack of paper I love called Kaleidoscope.  I punched a SU! heart from textured pink pirouette dsp and I stamped with regal rose the sentiment just for you from teeny tiny wishes.  Inside the card I added another card for my mother to send to her friend.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Here is the last of the projects from Hsiao-hui's Summer Fun Workshop!  This is a project demonstrated by my good friend Lisa Chattergee who is also a SU! demonstrator. I invited Lisa to demo because she is one of the sweetest people I know who is such a talented demonstrator. Lisa said that she got the pattern from USTAMP with Dawn.  I've been a part of that as a guest designer and it is a lot of fun!  I've give some FUN FREE PASSES away to some lucky winners also!

This is a Top Note Tote.  It uses the top note as the top of the tote and I am imagining all sorts of great projects that could be done with this including a picnic basket, easter basket, gift basket, etc.  The tote is decorated with flowers and butterflies that we die cut with the Big Shot using SU! exclusive embosslits.  Lisa had us stain these with SU! ink pads using our daubers and then glitz them up with fine SU! glitter.  Really love these effects Lisa!  The designer paper is Island Oasis that retires with the Summer mini on 8/31 (gosh that is tomorrow!)

Inside the tote, we placed these awesome inspirational statements.  The idea is to pick one of these out each day and go for it.  I love what they say and Lisa must have printed about 100 for each of us.
I like this one that says "Today I will play like a Kid!"  I certainly did that yesterday.  I went to the pool with my family as we celebrate summer pool fun coming to an end this week (thank goodness there are still 8 more pool days to go at our pool club). I also visited my upline Janet Wakeland and stamped/created some cool new cards with brand new Holiday Mini Stamp Sets (new Holiday Mini Catalog starts 9/1;  Summer Mini ending tomorrow 8/31). 

This was a great workshop and we are now in the planning stages of the next fun workshop which will be a HOLIDAY FUN WORKSHOP in November.  Hope you can all come, but keep an eye on my website for the details because seats will be limited.  Depending on interest, we may be able to make some kits available. Sorry, there are no kits available for the Summer Fun Workshop. Please see yesterday's post (Hsiao-hui's garden cart), this post (Maria's mini card kit) and this post (Linda's fun slider box) for the other projects.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


I just had to share this adorable garden cart that Hsiao-hui designed.  I love it!  She used so many great SU! die cuts from the Big Shot (mostly the flowers) as well as the scallop circle from the pennant die and the great ribbon punch that is BRAND NEW!  I love these flowers.  Everyone who came to Hsiao-hui's home for the Summer Fun Workshop last Saturday made one of these.  I don't know if you can tell but the old olive in the cart was done using the vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  Isn't it cool?  And the umbrella and the wheels use dsp from the Island oasis dsp that retires on Tuesday8/31.

Here is a close up of the ribbon punch and look at the pink flowers with the red and white polka dot brad.  Those flowers are from the NEW paper flowers you can dye.  Hsiao-hui showed us how to color these and the effect is amazing.  I believe these dyed flowers were done with melon mambo.

Great job Hsiao-hui and thanks so much for showing us how to make this great Garden Cart!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Recently I had the opportunity to meet up with some fellow Remarkable stampers to exchange ideas at one of our Team Meetings.  I wanted to share some great ideas using the new Owl punch by SU! Note that I did not make these even though I have my watermark on them. These were done by Kathy.  She did a really great job.  I love the idea of making the owl into a ghost (check out that candy idea below!) and I love the wedding owls idea.  The scrapbook layout will be a great one to CASE and the birthday owl is just too adorable! So many great ideas for this great punch! Great job Kathy!

Friday, August 27, 2010


This Greeting Card Kids set is one of the BEST stamp sets that SU! has ever created, I think!  I am having so much fun with this set.  (watch for some really cool cards coming soon with samples using all of the stamps!) We used this stamp on one of our cards last evening.  We stamped the image using staz on ink (black) and colored it in with our stampinwrite markers.  The papers are the brand NEW SU! Holiday papers called Jolly Holiday!  They are so luscious!  They are located in the main idea book so you can order them anytime.  Never too early to start holiday crafting!

The envelope uses the sentiment from the stamp set Four the Holidays.  This stamp set first became available in last year's holiday mini and was picked up for the main idea book. I'm so glad because it has 4 great sentiments to use for the holidays! I also used one of my favorite holiday stamp sets - Christmas classics - the tree!

These are the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. Aren't they adorable? 

This was another card we made.  I was so excited to use this new stamp set and this new paper.  The stamp set is called A Cute Christmas.  It will be available in the Holiday Mini on September 1st. The paper is called Candy Cane Christmas and it also will be available Sept. 1st.  And Guess what?  The paper is glittered!  I took a sheet of the dsp and cut it down to fit on the front of the card.  Next I used the stamp set called Perfect Punches to punch out the image Joy At Christmas.  I used the scallop circle punch.  The dsp coordinates perfectly with the paper and there are also some new rub ons and builder wheels and decor elements that also coordinate with this theme.

This was the inside of the card. Notice that the front of the card was embossed with my fave - the square lattice die!  The inside of the card is stamped with another new set (from main idea book) called Welcome Christmas.  The silhouette stamps (there are 2 great ones in the set) and the sentiment featured above are the main reasons I had to get that stamp set.

Here Donna and I are working on our card boxes.  The ladies really enjoyed making the boxes. Pat N had her box completed first  She did a great job!  Tonight was Donna's first night with us. She had a great time and we hope to have her back to stamp with us soon! Rita took this picture of us and also took the others shown below.  She didn't want to leave me out!  That was so sweet!
Here I am with Luigi. He was our 10th guest!
Luigi is a regular at our events. Tonight he spent most of the time with Bill downstairs while we all had
fun crafting.  However....he had to stop in to say "hi" to the ladies!

I will have more Christmas Card classes over the next few months. If you come to all of the classes
you will have most all of your cards done in time for the holidays!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


We had a GREAT CHRISTMAS CARD class tonight.  There were 9 of us in class (10 if you count my cute doggie Luigi who came up at the end of class) at my home.  We made 4 cards and this lovely Christmas card box. The sentiment on the card box is one of my all time favorite Christmas stamps from the stamp set called Christmas Classics. Yes, I finally got that stamp set.

Here are some photos from class. The first two show some of the attendees.

Those that attended included Rita Gorrick, Donna Perlman, Pat Nuckels, Dale Trott, Cathy Stritch, Lori Butler, and Peggy Kincaid. 

Here are 2 of the cards we made.  I'll post the other 2 tomorrow.
This card uses a Big Shot texturz plate on the old olive card stock and the Christmas designer paper called jolly holiday.  The stamp set is Contempo Christmas and it has a great coordinating wheel that we didn't use yet.  The ornament punch works great on this card!  The card stock is Cherry Cobbler and it is so rich.  I felt like I was working on velvet.
This card uses the stamp set Winter Post and also uses the level 3 hostess set called Occasional Quotes.  We used the brushed gold paper on top of soft suede card stock. The ink colors are real red, early expresso and chocolate chip.  The sentiment on the front of the card is from Heard from the Heart stamp set.

Ok...more of the cards tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


this is not a double take  this is a 2nd photo so that all would be seen;  we had a really great day at Hsiao-hui's house this past saturday;  unfortunately I need to repair a keyboard so I won't be able to post any of the other things we did until I get that repaired so I won't do a blog post until thursday;  but for now  - enjoy your great august day
great island drinks by hsiao-hui really were a treat   

Monday, August 23, 2010


We had a great day Saturday at our fun workshop  this was the slider we did   It was really fun to do  this set is brand new and is featured in the new holiday books that you should be getting any day now                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                            this is just the neatest thing  it slides open and there are goodies inside    Linda K showed us how to do this and it was the hit of the workshop                                                       

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Today we are having our Summer Fun Workshop at Hsiao-hui Lin's Home.  There are 10 of us crafting.  I have some great photos to share with you of the fun time we are having and will share those over the next couple of days as I share the projects.  For now, here is project number one.  It is a mini card holder using the Greenhouse Gala designer paper by SU!, the Big Shot and our SU! exclusive embossing folders, some great new stamps and punches and our NEW IN COLOR MARKERS.
We used textured Baja Breeze card stock for the card holder base.  The large scallop was punched out with our new scallop circle punch (this one is larger than the one we have been working with) in pear pizzaz.  The stamp is from the stamp set Friends Never Fade which matches our dsp. The stamped image was colored with our new IN  COLOR markers.
The card holder opens up and inside there are mini envelopes and cards.  The pattern can be enlarged to make this for large cards also. You could also put some stamps inside to mail your cards.

These are the cards that we made for the inside.  We stamped the Cuter By the Inch level 2 hostess set on different card stock and punched them out.  This set is adorable.  The mini envelopes were made with the new MINI ENVELOPE OR PETAL CARD DOUBLE PUNCH (shown at the bottom)

Friday, August 20, 2010


In honor of the movie and our night out, here is a card by Lisa Chattergee.  The saying is certainly on target for us.  Well-behaved women seldom make history.  I love it!  This quote is from the stamp set Favorite Thoughts from the summer mini catalog.  Lisa also used the stamp set Tropical Party.  She embossed that cute coconut with the party hat!  So cute!  The paper is Island Oasis.  All of these are available only until August 31st.


Tonight I went out with some girlfriends to see the movie EAT PRAY LOVE with one of my favorite actresses - Julia Roberts.  We ate dinner out and then went to the movie. The movie was awesome!  I loved it all.  The scenes from Italy and Bali were just amazing and what a love story!  If you are the slightest bit interested in it or want to see a good movie, I highly encourage you to go to it.
Julia Roberts is so gorgeous!

Kathy and I enjoying some pizza  before the movie.

Randi, Lisa and Cindy enjoying their dinner across from us.  The food was wonderful.  The movie was even better!