Month: October 2014

SU Holiday Items Runneth over with a NEW Supplement today!

Hey crafters, I wanted you know that SU has some more holiday goodies for us in the Holiday Supplement open for ordering today.

You can view the whole flyer HERE.

Some fun things I am excited about coordinate with tools I already have like the Star Framelits and the Project Life Framelits. I love when tools do double duty!

Here are just a few of the items available as supplies last:

Item # 138105 Many Merry Stars Photopolymer



Item # 136562 December Wonder Photopolymer



Item # 138104 Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

138104GCheck out this SU video showing how to assemble and decorate with this fun kit!

If you have any questions, give me a call or email me. I would be so happy to help you! You can also visit my online store on the right sidebar:)

SU Get Your Santa On

I had a terrific Saturday spent with some super ladies galavanting around Christmas in the Woods in Ohio. The day ended with stamping and dinner at a quaint little restaurant- all thanks to a unique destination class planned by my long time friend and now SU family member, Stacey Ailes. It was really fun to be your student, Stacey. You are an awesome teacher!

I only wish I could have captured the day even a tiny bit as wonderfully as my friend , Jodi McKinney did on her blog post HERE. Jodi is an uber talented stamper, blogger, and photographer (& SU family member- lucky me!) You must check out the unbelievable photos she captured with some fantastic girls that I had the pleasure of hanging out with for a whole day! Thank you, Stacey Ailes, for sharing your talent with a superb destination class, and thank you, Jodi, for memory keeping it! ….and a special thanks to my sweet Stephanie for chauffeuring Nancy and I:)

Although Saturday was a long day, I still wanted to play around in my craft room on Sunday afternoon. I got out the whimsical SU Get Your Santa On stamp set, and thought I would use the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #158 that I looked at a few days ago.


I finished the card, snapped a few pics, and packed a bag to head up to camp with the hubby for a day or two. As I was uploading the photo to my computer last night, I noticed my mind had not fully remembered the sketch- I am a little bit off but I was certainly inspired by it. I put a strip of DSP from the Trim the Tree Paper Stack to the left side with a border separating the right panel with Mr. Claus on it.

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SU Get Your Santa On Brighter front view

When I first saw this set, I was not sure if this was a stamp I would get but now, I adore it! I don’t have any Santa stamps so I am really glad I added this to my collection:)

Look at all the cute images and sentiments in the set:

Item # 135761 Photopolymer


The J-O-Y banner was meant to be held in Santa’s hands, don’t you think? I decided to cut out the letters with the Itty Bitty Accents Star punch and string it across his round belly up into his cute little mittens.

SU Get Your Santa On JOY Close Up

 Of course, coloring the lined image with Blendabilities was easy peasy.

I made a set of fun Santa cards…I can’t wait to share the rest of them with you!

SU Pictogram Punches

 My fellow Design Team members at the Friday Mashup have been coming up with some neat challenges, and this week is no different. For Challenge #182, Holly has an interesting one for us called the Galaxy technique.

Make sure to check out the tutorials- they were great.




Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project with the “Galaxy Technique.”   Links to technique HERE &HERE.
  • Create a project for “A Friend.”
  • or Mash it Up! and create a “Project for a friend using the Galaxy Technique.”

I am always a bit out of my comfort zone with watercoloring and such but I found this to be fun. One thing I can say that I gleaned from the tutorial  was to wet but not oversaturate my watercolor paper before adding some watered down reinkers to it with a paintbrush or aqua painter.

I started with black reinker then filled in the blank spaces in a tiny amount of Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, and I think Wisteria Wonder reinker- it may have been Elegant Eggplant? After I sped up the drying with my heat gun, I “flicked” some white acrylic paint on with a paint brush. I liked it but did not want to cover my whole card with it so I cut out an oval from Island Indigo and adhered it to the galaxy panel. I then inlaid the oval with a smaller oval of Elegant Eggplant cardstock.

I heat embossed in white the SU Pictogram Punches stamp set with its sentiment and stars that I thought was a neat match with the galaxy theme. It was super easy to punch out the stars with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

SU Pictogram Punches FM

  I was tempted to use Heat and Stick powder with Iridescent Ice over the galaxy but thought it might be too much. I also did not want to re-do my galaxy if it did not look like what I wanted! Instead I literally covered the whole panel in Clear Wink of Stella pen. Below is a pick that actually magnifies the effect- it is much more subtle in person. I looks really cool!

SU Pictogram Punches close up Galaxy

I sure hope you play along this week- I think you will find it really fun!

Hop on over to the Friday Mashup and check out what the girls created for inspiration…

Paper Crafters Sampler October 2014

Looking to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering?

This months Sampler, “Truly Grateful” offers creative ideas to brighten up the holiday.

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 Multi-layered cards for sending, personalized table settings with fun-filled favors-all labeled with a unique personal touch.

Here is a sneak peek at part of my submission this month…


Be sure to check out the Paper Crafters Sampler website to see how to get this month’s issue and even back issues of the sampler.

*All projects are done with current Stampin’ Up products complete with detailed instructions with photos.

SU White Christmas Shaker Card

Stampin’ Up Only Challenges # 107

is “Out in the Woods.”


I was so taken with my friend Tara Bourgoin’s shaker card on the Friday Mashup a few weeks ago- you can see it HERE. Her card inspired me to make one myself. I changed it up  by adding a few more birdies, embossing the panel with Decorative Dots EF to create falling snow, and adding some Soft Sky marker accents on the snow drifts and around the sentiment. I decorated the inside of the card inspired by  some of my gals who did it at class last week. I added SU Dazzling Diamonds and Frosted Sequins to the inside of my shaker circle. I used Cherry Cobbler Blendabiliities to color the birdies and used the same color for the cardstock and sentiment.

SU White Christmas Shaker Card cropped

SU White Christmas Shaker Card Close up

SU White Christmas Inside Shaker Card

I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch to cut out the circle on the front panel after I embossed it. I then turned it over and put adhesive around the circle and adhered a 2″ square piece of acetate. I then stamped the snowman in the middle of a 2″ circle and adhered a 1 1/4″ shaker frame leaving the top adhesive covering in place. Since the shaker frames come in different sizes you can go up to the largest size but will need to add a little more glitter/sequins items to the shaker frame.

After adhering the shaker frame, add some shaker stuff like glitter, sequins, or beads to the inside of the shaker frame. You can be generous with the glitter since it does sink down to the bottom of the circle. After the glitter/sequins are added, carefully remove the adhesive covering and adhere the embossed panel with the acetate attached onto the shaker frame. Make sure the snowman is standing upright- I learned from experience after my snowman was standing on his head!

This card was SUPER quick to make! I just love how easy it is to stamp with the photopolymer stamps especially when creating a scene. However, I hate it when I do not see a little piece of lint that seems to cling to the photopolymers more than red rubber, and then I stamp with it and see it on the image! So, I have found that rinsing my photopolymers under running water after I use them patting them with a lint free cloth keeps them lint free.