Good evening stampers! I'm back for the 2nd day in a row, and hopefully now that my family has beaten last week's sickness this will be more the norm. Anyway, the other day I made this bookmark similar to one shown to us at convention. That bookmark they showed us was the single reason why I HAD to have those Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Frames!

I think this size would be good for a smaller book (the ribbon is about 18" long), so if I were to make one for my catalog again I would make the ribbon long enough for the butterfly image to be further down near the center of the front of the book.



For my version I used:

  • Dreams du Jour stamp set
  • Blender pen with Baja Breeze classic ink to color in the butterfly
  • 1-3/8" Circle Punch
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • So Saffron Poly Twill Ribbon (if you have not gotten your hands on this ribbon yet, it's a MUST…such a beautiful, smooth ribbon)
  • Designer Buttons
  • Black StazOn Ink
  • Linen Thread

SU! Party

Last week flew by, and I didn't get to post anything new, sorry 🙁 I was sick almost all week! Friday night Michelle had a SU! party, and invited her friends over to see and make some new fun projects, thanks Michelle! I thought I'd share a couple of those projects with you. Of course if you'd like to plan a party of your own, just give me a shout! Michelle earned exclusive hostess sets and LOTS of free products too, just by gathering up her friends to stamp!

You know I had to use Crazy for Cupcakes, because I just adore that set…plus it practically requires glitter which is my favorite!


Here's what we used to make this card:

  • Crazy for Cupcakes set
  • Black StazOn ink (I always use StazOn when I want to color, I can color almost instantly after stamping with no smearing or running)
  • Stampin' Write Markers in Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel and Rose Red
  • 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Chocolate Chip Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Dimensionals
  • Sweet Always DSP
  • Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip Card Stock

Here's another cute project…it's a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4" little pillow box filled with candy corn. Everyone got to try out the new Big Shot machine and make their very own little treat pouch.


Here are the supplies we used to make the treat pouches:

  • Ghostly Greetings DSP
  • Batty for You stamp set
  • Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon (LOVE this silky smooth double-sided ribbon!)
  • Punched – Scallop Circle, 1-1/4", and 1-3/8"
  • Dimensionals
  • Pillow Box Die
  • Big Shot Machine
  • Sticky Strip

I gave Michelle a little hostess gift that I hoped she would like, and if you went to convention you saw Carrie Cudney make these. I think they're so perfect I'm going to be making some for myself! Then maybe I'll actually use the big pile of cookbooks in my kitchen!


These are made using:

  • From the Kitchen of stamp set
  • 1-3/8" circle punch
  • 1-3/4" circle punch
  • Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red Card Stock
  • Assorted Stampin' Write Markers
  • Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP
  • Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Black StazOn ink

I'll be posting more often this week, promise 🙂 I have another little project ready to post tomorrow, remember those neat bookmarks from convention? I made one of my own using the Styled Vanilla HPH frames…tune in tomorrow!

Calendar Kit


(click on the picture to enlarge and see the details)

How cute is this little calendar kit? I think it's adorable, and you'll be able to get one of your very own in our upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog, available October 1st! The full calendar is above, and see the pictures below all my rambling for the smaller details!

I actually finished this calendar yesterday, but I was so productive today this is my first chance to get on the computer and post the pics…we had a half day of school today (which means no work for me, yippee!), and I don't know what came over me, I think it may have been the cool fall air that came into our area in the last day or two, but I had an overwhelming urge to do yardwork…so NOT like me! I went to the garden shop and picked out some mums to match my house, that nice deep maroon color which is the color of my front door. I got a beautiful black ceramic pot to put them in (black is the color of my shutters), and the girl at the garden shop and I were laughing at how important it is for women to be "matchy-matchy" some times! I came home and worked in my front yard all day, weeding (LOTS of weeding to catch up on!), mowing and planting, and I'm so happy with all I've accomplished today I just had to share! You must have those days sometimes that you're just so darn proud of everything you've gotten done, and wonder what took you so long to get around to it? Yep, that's me right now:)

Anywho, back to the calendar…that's what you're thinking I know!! This cute little kit includes the pre-printed calendar pages, sticky back die-cut embellishments, and wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, along with a cute little envelope holder you can make too! I actually used the blue striped card stock that would have made the  envelope holder as the background for my 2009. The backs of the calendar pages are our Patterns Designer Paper, that's why I chose to cover my clipboard with matching DP.  I sponged on some white craft ink at the top, whoever covered the entire clipboard in the photo in the mini has got kudos from me for having the patience for that! I HAD to figure out a way around that…One tip, cover your metal clips with tape or something before you sponge…you should have seen me trying to clean up all my excess sponging from the metal clips with wet Q-tips!!

I will be offering this as a project class, what a cute gift these would make for the holidays, maybe for a teacher or loved one? I'll post the details to my SU! website when I pick a date…my hubby's still away because of all these power outages, so I can't be scheduling like crazy yet!





Mini Backpack


Have you seen these mini backpacks everywhere lately? They're so adorable, and I started seeing them about 2 weeks ago, and I've kept it in the back of my mind to try…well today was the day! I got the pattern from SUDSOL, which is a demonstrator site that you can subscribe to. There are lots of talented ladies there, one of which is Becky Roberts, who developed this smaller version (I guess the original design came from SCS and it was bigger, I haven't seen it though)…

Let me begin by saying the picture (at least to me) is very deceptive! I had no idea by looking at it that the whole thing was only about  3×4"!! What a cute little item to make for a teacher, tuck a gift card inside for Christmas perhaps? I think I'm onto my holiday gift for my son's teacher already!



I used Chocolate Chip card stock, along with Sweet Always DSP. You know how you're drawn to certain designer papers when the catalog first comes out, then you end up loving some other designer paper you never really even noticed? Well that's what happend with the Sweet Always paper for me, I just love it! The silver flower brad is from the Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware kit, and check out those little scallops…I used the Boho Blossoms punch, then cut the little flowers in half and stuck them under the flap of the pocket using mini glue dots. The flaps can be held down with velcro.

Stamper’s Club Treats


Tuesday night I had my monthly Stamper's Club gathering, and sometimes I like to make little treats for them. My husband has been working in Louisiana for the past week and a half helping restore power (he's an outside lineman), so I've had some time on my hands in the evenings after the kids go to bed. Of course I love stamping any chance I get, but I just heard from him today that he's heading home, yippeeeeee! It will take probably 3 days for them to drive here, and hopefully they won't get called back when Ike rears it's ugly head!

I decided to make these little treat holders, I don't know if there are any out there in cyberspace like this, and they're VERY quick and easy, so I thought I'd show you how I made them in case you want to make some too!  Of course you can click on any of the pictures to make them bigger, and read the measurements and scoring guidelines I've included.

Pink Pirouette Card Stock

Stamp your words along the 6-1/4" score line.

I stamped my cupcakes using Black StazOn, then colored in my cupcake wrappers with Bashful Blue, and the cherries with Real Red.

Apply 2-way glue pen to the "frosting" and then add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Adhere to Certainly Celery Card Stock.

Fill one of SU!'s little cello bags (I used the small flat 3×5" ones from page 167 of the catalog)…I filled mine with Hershey's Kisses. Then staple the baggy inside your Pink Pirouette card stock as shown, you want the 1-3/4" portion of the card stock to be above the bag.

Tie your ribbon around the treat holder, I tied mine over the seem of the card stock. Then put dimensionals on the back of your cupcake image and adhere. So simple huh??? I think the girls liked them too, because even though they love chocolate, not one of them opened their treat that night! They all brought them home, hopefully to enjoy later!

Spooky Trick-or-Treat Jar

We saw the most adorable jar at convention, using the new Decor Elements "Spooky Spider"! I could not wait to get my hands on it, just so I could make a similar jar! The only real difference is the tag, I used the set Batty for You (how cute is that "trick or treat, smell my feet" around the Frankenstein's face??? Brings back some memories 🙂 , along with the new Ghostly Greetings DSP. I also used Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon for my bow, along with a silver eyelet and of course my Crop-a-dile to set it! I sponged the edges with a little basic black classic ink…very easy and fun to make!

For those of you close to me – I'm offering this as a class! For only $25, you'll make this great jar (jar and spooky spider included, plus tag making materials…candy not included), plus a little Halloween treat pouch and card! Save the date: Tuesday, October 7th – 7 pm at my house! You'll definitely want to save your spot ASAP so you don't miss out!



RAK from Robin

If you’ve never heard of a RAK before, it’s stamping lingo for a Random Act of Kindness…well that’s just what I was treated to last night! The girls came over for my Priceless class, and Robin brought me a gift to thank me for everything she’s learned in our Stamper’s Club, which will be ending in August. Don’t worry girls, another one will be starting up in September (2nd Monday of every month). Anyway, I was completely surprised, and what a beautiful gift it was!


First of all, you have got to check out this bag with matching card (and even the envelope matched!!). Isn’t this adorable? Robin used the Bud Basics set, and shows us why we have GOT to get this set before it retires August 10th! She also used Fun & Fast notes for the little bird stamp. I would’ve been happy with just the bag! But, lucky me there was a gift inside too! Robin made me this adorable little note pad holder with Ginger Blossom designer paper, Groovy Guava ribbon, and River Rock card stock. It even has a matching beaded pen!



Robin, if you’re reading this (and I know you are!!), I can’t thank you enough for such a special treat! Thanks, and I’ll look forward to stamping with you for a long time to come!!

Fresh Cuts Candle Holder

The other day when I was creating my notes samples to go along with the Fresh Cuts set, I made a votive holder out of 2 of the note cards. It’s so simple to do, and I thought I’d show you how today!

Here’s what it will look like when we’re done:


First, you want to cut yourself two pieces of vellum (3-3/4 x 7-1/2″, scored at 3-3/4″), which will line the note cards so you can get a nice soft glow when you put your tealight/votive inside (I used a tealight, which I think is a good height for the flame to show through the flower cut-outs).

Next, you will decorate your note cards as desired before adhering your vellum to the inside. I just used a stampin’ sponge and some Pretty in Pink classic ink to highlight the flower in the center of the note. I also attached a Rose Red flower fusion flower to the center, and a half-back pearl from the Pretties Kit on top of that.


Now you’re ready to assemble. You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them and get a better close-up view. Start by laying your notes upside-down and side by side the long way, with the two cut out flower pieces next to each other in the center. You will then take one of your pieces of vellum and put adhesive on all the edges, on the “mountain” side of the fold. If you have not heard of folds referred to “mountain” and “valley” before, the mountain is the outside of the fold, and the valley is the inside of the fold. Now line up your fold of your vellum right inbetween the two notes. Once your vellum is adhered to your note, the vellum is actually holding the two notes together.



Next, adhere your other piece of vellum to one of the non cut-out sides of the note. Holding the other non cut-out side flush against it, stick your vellum to the other non cut-out side. I don’t know how to describe it any better than this, but basically you want to make a square. One piece of vellum holds the two cut-out sides together, and the other piece of vellum holds the non cut-out sides together. Of course if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call or email me!


Once you’ve got your holder assembled, finish decorating it any way you like. I used Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon and some embellishments from the Pretties Kit to finish mine.