Friday, December 14, 2007

Spirelli Scallop

I just saw this idea on Samantha Parisi's blog. She has made an awesome tutorial you can see HERE. You can get many different looks from this just by how you wrap the cord. So cool! The layout was Beate's 28th Sketch challenge.
Here is is close up.
The Old Olive Circle behind the scallop is just the round tab punch layered.

-Stamps-Big Pieces, Snow Flurries and Season of Joy.
-Ink-Old Olive, Real Red and River Rock
-Paper-Dashing DSP; Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock and Whisper white cardstock
-Accessories-Scallop punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, round tab punch, ticket corner punch, sponges, silver brads.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Birthday RAK

I got this birthday RAK from Kitty (OregonStamper) from SCS. Isn't it gawgousbiggrin?! I just love the layout, and the colors she used! I think I'm going to have to case this one to send to someone else! Recipe (Or my best guesses of one)
-Stamps-Priceless and It's your birthday
-Ink-Really Rust
-Paper-Fall Flowers, and Groovy Guava prints DSP. Groovy Guava and Really Rust cardstock
-Accessories-Groovy Guava Double Stitched ribbon, Photo Corner Punch, Jumbo eyelets.

Nugget boxes

My original plan for Christmas gifts was nugget tins, but everyone was sold out of them. I did a few like these, but they were just too much trouble for the amount I needed, so thats why I ended up making cocoa tins. I got the pattern for this from SCS. -Stamps-Snowflake Spot, Many Merry Messages.
-Ink-Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip
-Paper-Purely Pomegranate & Whisper White Cardstock. Blizzard wrapping paper
-Accessories-Scallop Circle punch, Circle punch, Avery Labels, Brayer, retired copper cord.

This one is a gift card tin (I don't know where it came from though. I've had it laying around for a while begging me to decorate it). This tin holds 8 nuggets.-Stamps-Many Merry Messages
-Paper-Bashful Blue and Whisper White cardstock; Blizzard Wrapping paper
-Accessories-Bashful Blue ribbon.

Cocoa Tins

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. I've been trying to get ready for Christmas. I'm finally just about done with my shopping! I've been making some of these cocoa tins for Christmas gifts. The tins came from SpecialtyBottle. I used the 8 ounce size. They are very easy to make. I used SU's small cello bags, filled one with mini marshmallows, and the other with hot cocoa mix. I got the idea HERE. For the tags, I just printed the names from my computer. I used the RGB codes so I could print them in SU colors. Recipe
-Stamps-Snowflake Spot (used on one of the tags)
-Ink-Bashful Blue
-Paper-Dashing DSP, Blizzard Wrapping paper, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock.
-Accessories-Bashful Blue and White grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Circle punch, Circle Punch (I can't ever remember the size, but it's the biggest one SU has).

I think thats everythingbiggrin

Monday, December 10, 2007

10% off retiring stamps & Accessories!

The retiring accessories list came out today! You can find the stamp list list HERE <--- and the accessories list below. I am offering 10% off everything on either list! The last day to order is January 1st*, and then they are gone for good! Contact me today at to get your order in. Just let me know you saw the post on my blog so I can give you the 10% off. *Payment must be received and cleared before I can place your order, so please allow a few extra days for that. If using Paypal the payment have to be transfered into my account before I can place your order.

Item #

Product Description


Accents & Elements Borders & Blossoms


Accents & Elements Little Reminders 2


Accents & Elements Tagged


Album Leather Post Black 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Post Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Post Natural 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Post Navy 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Post Real Red 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Ring Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Ring Natural 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Ring Navy 8-1/2x11


Album Linen Ring Real Red 8-1/2x11


Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment I


Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment II


Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Confetti White


Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Kraft


Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large


Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large Divided


Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Small


Boxes Stamp & Supply Jumbo


Boxes Stamp & Supply Large


Boxes Stamp & Supply Medium


Boxes Stamp & Supply Small


Brayer Attachment Foam


Cards & Envelopes Greeting Very Vanilla Medium


Designer Series Paper Brocade Background


Designer Series Paper Cerise


Designer Series Paper Charbon


Designer Series Paper Creepy Crawley


Designer Series Paper Darling Doodles


Designer Series Paper Dashing


Designer Series Paper Petals & Paisleys


Designer Series Paper Linen Prints


Designer Series Paper Notations No. 2


Designer Series Paper Outlaw


Designer Series Paper Uptown


Designer Series Paper Wintergreen


Envelopes Open End Very Vanilla Large


Envelopes Open End Whisper White Large


Envelopes Shimmery White Medium


Envelopes Square Vellum Large


Envelopes Square Very Vanilla Mini


Envelopes Vellum Medium


Envelopes Very Vanilla Large


Envelopes Whisper White Large

Eyelet Tool Kit

Eyelets Bold Brights II

Eyelets Silver

Eyelets Soft Subtles II


Fancy Fibers Bella

Fancy Fibers Elizabeth

Stampin' Glitter Romantic Red


Stampin' Glitter Silver Shine

Greeting Glue
Liquid Glue

Page Protectors Post 8-1/2x11


Page Protectors Ring 8-1/2x11

Paper Vellum 12x12

Pastel Refills Bold Brights


Pastel Refills Earth Elements


Pastel Refills Neutrals


Pastel Refills Rich Regals


Pastel Refills Soft Subtles


Perfect Layers Tool

Post Extenders

Punch Spring Bouquet Flower


Simply Scrappin' Creative License Hostess Level 1


Simply Scrappin' Happy Me Hostess Level 3


Simply Scrappin' Out & About


Simply Scrappin' Primary Colors


Simply Scrappin' Round Up

Simply Scrappin' Secret Garden

Simply Scrappin' Winter Bright


Simply Sent Friendship Shapes


Simply Sent Happy Day


Spectrum Pad Blue Frost

Spectrum Pad Celebration

Spectrum Pad Cotton Candy


Spectrum Pad Pumpkin Patch

Spectrum Pad Un-inked

Stamp-a-ma-jig Imaging Sheets Refill


Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Clear Embossing


Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Whisper White


Stampin' Around Ink Refill Clear Embossing


Stampin' Around Ink Refill Whisper White


Stampin' Emboss Powder Hologram Highlights


Stampin' Kids Pad Bear Brown


Stampin' Kids Pad Beetle Black


Stampin' Kids Pad Boxcar Blue


Stampin' Kids Pad Gumball Green


Stampin' Kids Pad Poppin' Purple


Stampin' Kids Pad Princess Pink


Stampin' Kids Pad Robin Red


Stampin' Kids Pad Yahoo Yellow


Stampin' Pastel Applicators


Stampin' Pastel Erasers


Stampin' Write Marker Going Gray


StazOn Ink Refill Timber Brown


StazOn Pad Timber Brown


Tag Sheets Bold Brights


Tag Sheets Confetti White & Kraft


Tag Sheets Earth Elements

Tag Sheets Kraft

Tag Sheets Rich Regals


Tag Sheets Soft Subtles


Watercolor Brush Flat


Watercolor Brush Medium


Watercolor Brush Small


Wire Works Metallic


Wrapping Paper Whisper White

Stampin' Around wheels

All about Birthdays*


All about Christmas*


All about Gratitude*

Autumn Dots

Butterflies & Blossoms

Happy Jacks
Ho Ho Ho
Hot to Dot
Leaf Prints
Leaves Awash*

Rough around the Edges*

Snowman Fun
Spooky Skyline*
True Hearts

Wings & Things

* Jumbo Stampin' Around wheels

Please keep in mind the items on this list are available while supplies last! The items in red are already sold out. I will try to keep this post updated, but if you'd like to know if something is still available, just email me and I'd be happy to look for youbiggrin.

Updated 12/16

Monday, December 3, 2007

Birthday Card =)

Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. We've been fixing the Sheetrock in the living room (we had a window leaking), so I couldn't finish painting my living room till that was done. I also had to wait to put up my tree because it goes in the corner where one wall was painted and the other wasn't. This is the latest I have EVER put up my tree. I prefer to put it up in Octoberwink. I'm so happy to have my living room all done finally! Now I just have to finish cleaning up the Sheetrock dust again! Man I hate that stuff. It gets in every little nook and cranny!
I can't make anything right now because my stamp room is a disaster. The closet I keep the Christmas decorations in is in the stamp room. It's a very small closet, so I had to take everything out to get to the tree, which now covers most of my table and floor. I can just barely get to the computermrgreen.

But I will share a gorgeous card with youbiggrin. My best friend Caroline (SweetCarolineSC on SCS) sent me an early birthday card. I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks Caroline! Love ya girl!
She said it was mostly a CASE from SCS.Recipe
-Stamps-Symbols of Solicitude, Artfully Asian, Canvas Background
-Cardstock-Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Whisper White
-Ink-Staz-on, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
-Accessories-Pewter brads, White grosgrain ribbon, blender pen, White Signo gel pen.

I think thats everything.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Awesome Stampin' Up! Specials coming up!!

Just click on the image to make it biggermrgreen.

I am thrilled to death with these specials. Good thing my birthday is coming up where I can have hubby buy me some stuff. Hehehewink

Keep in mind these are LIMITED QUANTITIES!
Email me if you'd like to order something!

Altered Spice bottle

I saw these cute season grinders the other day at Sam's. The Tuscan Chicken was about $5, and the salad one was about $2. They are great spices too. I thought they would look great alteredbiggrin They were pretty easy to do. You just cut the paper at the top and bottom slanted since the bottle tapers. I just kinda eyeballed it, and then cut two of them. If you are able to get the label off in one piece, you can just use that as a template though.

Here is a closer picture.
I used the stamp set True Friend, and Short Order alphabet. I stamped the letters in Chocolate Chip. The image from True Friend was stamped in Close to Cocoa. Then I sponged the edges in Creamy Caramel, then just the edges in Close to Cocoa.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Sketch #9

So what is better than NEW rubbah?? FREE RUBBAH!!mrgreen This is a set called Time Well Spent. Stampin' Up! sent this set to all demonstrators free! SU is such a wonderful company. Last year around this time, they sent Polka Dots & Paisley. This set will be a level 3 hostess set in the upcoming catalog.

Well here is my Thursday Sketch. I hope you like it. I made a card similar to this a long time ago. I'm pretty sure I saw the sketch somewhere else, but I can't remember whererolleyes. So how do you like the stamp set? For more samples using this set, you can see on SCS what everyone else has been doing with it HERE.

-Stamps-Time Well Spent
-Ink-Purely Pomegranate, Bashful blue, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip
-Paper-So Saffron prints DSP. Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip cardstock.
Accessories-Silver brad, Pomegranate double stitched ribbon, Hodgepodge hardware.

Give Thanks apples

Man, I am loving these apples. In a previous post I told you that someone on SCS sent me some images to play with. I've been practicing like crazy trying to get better at coloring them (although I still need a lot morewink). Can you believe I ran out. I mean she sent me a ton of them! I loved the apples so much, and the rest of the set was growing on me too, so I finally just gave in a ordered it. I'm so glad I did. For some reason I couldn't get a good picture of the apples. I was looking at the gallery on SCS a while back and came across a wonderful card by Kittie747. She said she painted the apples in Marigold Morning and then went over that in Cranberry Crisp. I did the same thing using Summer Sun, then Real Red. I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I drew a line on the apple using the white singo gel pen. By the way, if you haven't seen Kittie's work yet, make sure you check it out. She is a very talented stamper!Recipe
-Stamps-Give Thanks, It's your Birthday, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
-Ink-Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal
-Paper-Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, Watercolor paper, Dashing DSP.
-Accessories- Real Red grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, circle punch, Brads, White Signo gel pen. Markers: Summer Sun, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Going Grey, Old Olive

Christmas Paint can

I finally got around to altering a paint can! So much fun! It's so easy using SU's wrapping paper. Keep in mind that the Holiday Mini catalog only goes till the end of this month, so get your holdiday stamps before it's too latewink. Just to make it a little easier, I'll give you free shipping on your holiday mini purchases. Just send me an email at if your interested.I'm not sure what I'm going to put in it yet. Any ideas?

-Stamps-Many Merry Messages, The Snowflake Spot, Many Merry Messages, So Many Sayings
-Paper-Blizzard Wrapping paper, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
-Ink-Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
-Accessories-Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, Circle cutter, circle punch, Scallop circle punch

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thursday Sketch # 8 Wishing you Cheer

Here is my 8th Thursday sketch. I ended up liking this sketch more than I thought I would.
I stamped the images on watercolor paper so that when I colored them with markers the lines wouldn't show. After coloring them, I went over them with a aqua painter and dabbed off some of the ink with a paper towel in places to lighten it a bit, but I think all I did was make the trees look blotchyrolleyes, lol.
I shaded the side of the snowman and the snow with the Bashful Blue watercolor crayon, but I'm not sure if that shows up in the picture. -Stamps-Wishing you Cheer, Many Merry Messages
-Paper-Dashing DSP (I am loving this papermrgreen), Watercolor paper and River Rock, Real Red, and Old Olive Cardstock
-Ink-River Rock, Black stazon, Real Red
-Accessories-Pewter hodgepodge hardware, Aqua painter, Bashful Blue watercolor crayon, Markers:Real Red, Old Olive, Summer Sun.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

True Friend Sketch Challenge 149

This is for Sketch Challenge number 149 on SCS. I had to overlap the images on the right though, to make them fit. I am really loving these colors together. I think it was a color challenge on SCS a few weeks ago that I never got around to doing. I'm really having fun with this stamp set too. I just got it a few days ago. This is another set that I hated when I saw it but SCS won me over on itmrgreen.For the two images on the side I did the rock and roll technique. For the main Image I colored it with a pretty in pink marker, then colored all the dots with a Rose Red marker. The Sentiment was stamped in Purely Pomegranate, and colored in with Pretty in Pink.
-Stamps-True Friend, Tres Chic
-Ink-Purely Pomegranate
-Paper-Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Rose Red prints DSP
-Accessories-Markers:Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive. Pretty in Pink ribbon, Rhinestone brad.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Christmas Bows!

So how cool is this? I saw a bow like this in the SCS gallery, so I searched on Google for bow tutorial and found a great blog that had a step by step directions. Anyway, the tutorial can be found HERE. It's the November 3rd post. It is actually a couple different posts, but since the second two don't have titles I can't seem to get a link to them. Make sure you browse her blog too. She has lots of great ideasbiggrin. These things are kinda time consuming, so I definitely won't be doing them for everyone, but I'll put them on a few presents. Like my mom who loves beautifully wrapped presents. I plan to wrap the gift in the chocolate snowflake wrapping paper that came with this one, and use some bashful blue grosgrain ribbon.
I guess a recipe isn't exactally needed this time. All I used is the blizzard wrapping paper, some snail adhesive, a brad and a glue dot.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bucket of Apples!

Yay! I really love this image from Give Thanks. I didn't like the whole set, just the apples. Anyway, someone on SCS sent me some images to play withmrgreen, so I have been coloring apples like crazy. This image just makes me feel inspired. It just makes me want to jump up and make a card! Funny thing is, I'm actually starting to like the whole set now. I've been looking in the gallery on SCS, and there is some awesome cards using this set. So I ordered it. I can't wait to get it. I think this could easily become one of my favorite sets now. Why is it always the sets I didn't even like when I first saw them ended up being my favorites? Seriously, Fabulous Flowers, Doodle This, Crazy For Christmas, Baroque Motifs, I didn't like any of them, but now those are my Favorite sets.This first card was my first attempt at coloring the apples. I like how they came out, but I want them to be better, lol. I want them to look real. Does anyone know of a good watercoloring tutorial? I've seen the one by Jule Buhler on how to use markers to watercolor. It was awesome (If you haven't seen it, click HERE), but I need something on shading, lol. I've never been good at blending colors. I seem to either blend it too much, or not enough. Feel free to share any tips you may have toobiggrin.-Stamps-Give Thanks, Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Priceless
-Ink-So Saffron, Real Red, Close To Cocoa, Bashful Blue
-Paper-watercolor, Real Red, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa.
-Accessories-Hodgepodge hardware, Hemp twine, Stampin Sponges
-Markers-Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Ruby Red, Garden Green, Old Olive and Going Grey.

-Stamps-Give Thanks, Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Baroque Motifs
-Ink-Wild Wasabi,
-Paper-Wild Wasabi, Chocolate chip, So saffron, Real Red, and So saffron Prints DSP.
-Accessories-Round tab punch, Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon.
-Markers-Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Ruby Red, Only Orange, Garden Green, Old Olive, Gable green Going Gray and Bordering Blue.

Beate's Sketch challenge Season of Joy

This card was for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #26. I really love Beate's sketches. I think this one is one of my favorites.
-Stamps-Season Of Joy, Perfect Endings, Snow Flurries
-Ink-Old Olive, River Rock, Real Red
-Paper-Dashing DSP; Old Olive, River Rock, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock
-Accessories-Pewter Hodgepodge hardware, Real Red grosgrain ribbon
And I'm such a cheapskatewink. Whenever most of a piece of DSP is going to be covered up anyway, I'll cut out as much as I can. It really does make your Designer Series paper go further though. I know the edges are really raggedy. I used my old fiskars paper trimmer for this, which I only use for scoring and stuff like this since i have the tabletop trimmer now.

In The Spotlight snowflakes

This card was incredibly easy. It only took a few minutes to make. I don't have the circle punch that fits inside the scallop punch yet (it will be here Mondaymrgreen). so I had to cut the circle out. Thats why it's so crooked. I stamped the snowflake in blue bayou, then in whisper white craft, then again in soft sky, but I'm not sure that shows up in the picture. -Stamps-In The Spotlight
-Ink-Whisper White Craft; Blue Bayou and Soft Sky Classic.
-Paper-Whisper White, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky
-Accessories-Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon, Ticket corner punch, Scallop punch vintage brads