Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One layer card with some bling!

Hi! Ok, so I totally stole this idea from Nichole Heady!! Such inspiration on her blog! I changed my card to be Stampin' Up! style!! I haven't inked up my Petal Pizzazz stamp set in quite a while, so I was happy to ink it up! Easy card! Supplies: Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Curly Cute Ink: Melon Mambo, Basic Black Paper: Whisper White, Melom Mambo Accessories: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Flower Trio Punch (retired), Rhinestone Jewels

A TIP FOR YOU!! Do you have problems getting a good solid image on some of your bolder rubber images?? Here is a tip...Use one of Stampin' Up's sanding blocks and lightly sand your rubber image before using it for the first time. The rubber is usually very smooth and there is nothing for the ink to grab onto, and sometimes the ink "pools" on the rubber and you don't get a good solid image on your cardstock. Sand it lightly in all directions to roughen it up a bit, and you should be good to go!!

Take care and have a great day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting together to share something we love!

Hi! I love getting together with my stampin' friends!!! That's one of the best rewards of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator...alot of friendships are made when we share what we love! Here we are at dinner last Thursday night!
from L to R...Sally, Linda, me, Lynn, and Sarah...

We did a little swapping among us and here are the beauties that I received...

from Linda (below)

check out Linda's blog HERE!!

from Sally (my downline!!) (below)

from Sarah (my sideline) (below)

Aren't these great??? Love them all!!!

Have a great day! Karen

Monday, March 28, 2011

Turn a cupcake into a purse??

Hi! Good Monday Morning to you!!!! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! We had a great weekend with no obligations! So the weekend was all ours!! We took my son to see the CARS 2 Tour at the Transportation Museum, here in St. Louis. It was freezing, but alot of fun to see the characters life-size. I have some pictures below of RJ's favorite characters! But first let me show you a card that I created for a little swap with some of my Demonstrator friends! We met last Thursday for dinner and had such a great time visiting with each other! It was good to catch up! I'll share their swaps with you tomorrow! I saw a card on Stampin' Connection, an on-line community for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. I changed the colors and used a different border punch. If you are a SU! Demonstrator, you can see Shannon's card on Stampin' Connection. Search for Shannon (no last name) under the Members section. Do you recognize the punched piece for the purses??? It's from the Build a Cupcake Punch!!! So many uses for this punch!! Supplies: Stamps: Bring on the Cake Ink: Basic Black Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP Accessories: Polka Dot Emboss Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Build a Cupcake Punch, 1/2" & 3/4" Circle Punches, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Ok, here are a couple of pictures that I took when my husband and I took RJ to see the CARS 2 Tour! CARS 2 is coming to theaters in June! We are so excited! These were life-size characters! So fun! Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, and Finn McMissle were all there!

Here's my little guy!!...

RJ loves Mater!! Hope you are having a great start to your week!!

See you tomorrow!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Build a Blossom (Part 2)

Hi! Happy Sunday to you!! Here are the last 3 cards that I created at my Demonstrator friend Rita's class!! Thanks so much Rita for letting me in on your class!! I love all the cards, and it was nice to just stamp for myself without having to prepare anything!!! You make me happy!!!

Like I said in the previous post, Rita was inspired by some of the cards that she saw on Splitcoaststampers. The gallery for Build A Blossom can be seen HERE.

So are you hooked??? All 6 cards are beautiful!!! See the previous post for the other 3 cards. Make sure you order the Build a Blossom stamp set and Blossom Petals punch on your next Stampin' Up! order! If you would like to place an order, please click HERE to order 24/7 at your convenience.
121923 (W) $25.95
121994 (C) $18.95
121808 $16.95
I hope you enjoyed these Build a Blossom cards! They were alot of fun to stamp!!!
Enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Build a Blossom (Part 1)

Hi!! As promised, I wanted to show you the cards that I created at a class that I took from my Demonstrator friend, Rita!! She had a great class, and I loved making the cards that someone else prepared!!! As a Demonstrator, I don't get that luxury very often! The class was all about the Build a Blossom stamp set, and Blossom Petals Punch. I don't have either, so I was happy to take this class! But I will warn you now...if you don't have this stamp set or punch, you might want to reconsider after seeing these cards! I know I am!!! Enjoy!

Oh, Rita told me that she was inspired by the cards she saw on Splitcoaststampers under the Build a Blossom gallery. Check it out HERE!! (I hope that link works for you!)

Aren't these beautiful???? Contact me at to order your Build a Blossom stamp set and your Blossom Petals punch!! They are in the Occasions Mini Catalog, available until April 30th.
I'll be back tomorrow with 3 more samples for you. There were 6 cards that I got to create!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Last week for Sale-a-brating!!

Hi! Can you believe we are in our final week of SALE-A-BRATION??? I sure hope you are taking advantage of Sale-a-bration, and having fun with all of your free stuff!!! If you haven't, you have one week to contact your Demonstrator and place your order!!! It's so fun!! If you don't have a Demonstrator, you can contact me at or place your order HERE!! Click on "Shop Now".

How about joining Stampin' Up! with me??? Now is a great time to join if you ever thought about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! The Starter Kit is on sale for $148.75! You will get over $310 worth of products and business supplies!! The products alone are well worth the price of the starter kit! I'll let you in on a little secret...if your business doesn't work out, you get to keep everything in your starter questions asked!! It's a great deal!!! Oh, there is a BONUS too!!! You will receive a product bonus, just for joining during Sale-A-Bration!! And I have a little gift for you too, valued at $25 in products!! So add that to the value of your Starter Kit, all for a low price of $148.75 (Stampin' Up! will pay for your shipping costs!)


Contact me today if you are interested in joining me. Click HERE for alot more details! And don't customize your own Starter Kit, so you get what you want!!

Hope you are enjoying your day!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Emboss Resist with Bliss

Hi! Good Saturday Morning to you!!! Here is the final project that we created at my Friday Night Stamp Club and my Tuesday morning Day-Time Stampin' Class!! It was one of the favorites!! I have to give credit to the amazing Kimberly Van Diepen for this card. She has a great VIDEO TUTORIAL. Check it out!!! I changed my card up a bit, but it is so inspired by Kimberly!

This card uses the Emboss Resist technique. We embossed the main image from the Bliss stamp set in Clear Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Then we sponged the Baja Breeze color over the image so that the embossed image resists the ink! We then stamped a background image over the entire thing. I used a retired stamp called Script. Remember that one??? I also had the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, which looked incredible! But of course I didn't get a picture of this one!! I'll try to create another one and take a picture of it, because it is so worth it!!

Stamps: Bliss (SAB 2011), Script (retired), Sincere Salutations
Ink: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso (for some sponging)
Assessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Corner Rounder, Mini Glue Dots, Sponges, Dimensionals



*Scroll down to see the details for these cards!

Ok, that's all for now. I took a class that my friend Rita was having on the Build a Blossom stamp set and Blossom Petals punch. Wow!!!! That's all I can say. I created 5 different cards using these items. They are soooooooooooo pretty!!! I can't wait to share them with you! Thanks Rita for letting me join you at your class!!! I love all the cards!!
Have a great weekend!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Stamp Club project - Frame

Hi! Happy Friday to you!!! Here is a project that we created in my Friday Night Stamp Club this month. I had 13 friends stamping at my Club this month, and can you believe I did not get one picture of any of the beautiful frames that they created!!! I could just kick myself!! They were all different!!! They selected from all the DSP that I had on hand to make it their very own. They all did a great job! Some were covered with one sheet of DSP, and others were half-and-half like the one I have shown below. I used Springtime Vintage DSP for my frame! The frames are from a local craft store, and they are very inexpensive. This would make a great gift for a special someone!

Some tips...I used Stampin' Up's Glue Sticks to adhere the DSP to the frame. Corner round the corners before adhering the DSP to the frame. I only put Glue Stick on half of the wood frame. Once I had both sheets on the frame, I turned over the frame and used a hobby blade to cut out the center. Use a sanding block to smooth out any rough edges.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cute Cupcake!!

Hi! I love to look through many different blogs for my stampin' inspiration!! I have a list of my favorites that I go to every day! While browsing though my favorite blogs, I came across THIS card on Angie Juda's blog. I loved it, and I knew it was going to be a card that I wanted my stampin' friends to create! I changed a couple of things on my card...I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock and DSP, and I used a bitty punched flower with a rhinestone on my card.

We created this card at my March Stamp Club and Day-Time Stampin' Class.

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Ink: Rose Red

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Whisper White, Subtles Patterns DSP, In-Colors Patterns DSP
Accessories: Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die (carry-over from Holiday Mini Catalog), Big Shot, Build a Cupcake Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

Enjoy your day!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stamp Club Swap and Day-Time Stampin'

Hi! I'm back to share with you a cute card that I created to swap with my Friday Night Stamp Club!! We also stamped this card at my Day-Time Stampin' Class in March. I was inspired by the Fall-to-Layout #130 on the Clean & Simple Blog. I absolutely love their weekly sketches!!! They are great inspiration for me!!

Stamps: So Happy For You
Ink: Poppy Parade
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Sunny Garden DSP
Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Sale-A-Bration is going on until the end of the month! Don't miss out!!!

Hope you are having a great week!!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stamp-a-Stack Card #5

Hi! Here is the final Stamp-A-Stack card!! I hope you enjoyed them! Were you inspired? I hope so!!

This card was probably the favorite!!! I love the look of this technique!! Before running your cardstock through the Big Shot with your embossing folder, adhere the punched circles to the cardstock. So simple!

Stamps: Punch Bunch
Ink: Pacific Blue
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Pacific Blue, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Square Scallop Punch, 3/4", 1", 1-3/8", 2-1/2" Circle Punches, Dimensionals

So that's all for the Stamp-A-Stack cards! I have a few more projects to show you this week, so please come back!!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stamp-A-Stack Card #4 - Lovely as a Tree

Hi! Happy Saturday to you!!! My Friday Night Stamp Club met last night! We had 13 stampers here last night!! How fun!!! It was a little crazy (but a good kind of crazy), but I think we all had a good time. I know I did!! I'll show you our stamp club projects next week! They turned out really nice, if I do say so myself!! :)

Here is Stamp-A-Stack Card #4...

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Something to Celebrate (Level 2 Hostess set in Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Texture Plates Kit #4 Texturz Plates, Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die, Big Shot, Stampin' Pastels, Dimensionals

...a nice masculine card!!

Have a great weekend!!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Stamp-A-Stack Card #3 - Cupcake

Hi!! Ready for the weekend???!!! Looking forward to stamping with my stamp club tonight!! Here is Card #3 that we stamped at my Stamp-A-Stack. Enjoy!

Stamps: Build a Cupcake
Ink: Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait
Paper: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die, Big Shot, Create a Cupcake Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Rhinestones, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

There you have it...a bright cheery card!

Happy Friday!!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stamp-A-Stack Card #2 - Just Believe

Hi! Here is Card #2 from my Stamp-A-Stack. I was inspired by a card that I saw online that had the small punched flowers, as shown on my card. I changed my card up a bit with a different Embossing Folder and the Ribbon Punch. Unfortunately I cannot give credit to the person who gave me inspiration for this card, because I cannot find where I saw this card!! If I find it, I will make sure to post it.

ETA: I found it!! While I was searching my favorite blogs, I found the card that inspired me to create this card!! Yay!! Go check out Jackie's card HERE!

Stamp: Just Believe
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Finial Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearls, Dimensionals

I stamped the floral image twice, so that I could cut one of the rectangle sentiments out and pop it up on Dimensionals. Adds a little touch!

Hope you are having a great day!!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stamp-A-Stack Card #1 - Bliss

Hi! I hold a Stamp-A-Stack every year about this time. It was suppose to be held the first weekend of February, but we were hit with a good snow storm, so I rescheduled for later in the month. At my Stamp-A-Stack, everyone gets to create 2 each of 5 different cards. Here is Card #1 that we stamped. So pretty and simple!! I used a Happy Anniversary sentiment, but there are several other sentiments that will work for this card.

Stamps: Bliss (SAB), Something to Celebrate (Level 2 Hostess set in Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Dimensionals

I think Pearls added to this card, would make it really pretty too!

I'll be back tomorrow for Card #2.

Take care,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pretty Bliss & February Day-Time Stampin' Cards

Hi! This is such a pretty card in person! It's created with Very Vanilla cardstock and it's so soft looking. I used my Bliss stamp set, which is a Sale-A-Bration reward that you can choose for FREE!!!! I stamped the flourish image in Crumb Cake, but stamped off on scrap paper, then "rocked and rolled" in the Crumb Cake ink pad to make the edges of the images a little darker than the main image.

To get the non-embossed cardstock in the center, I replaced one of my standard cutting pads with an unfinished wood oval frame when cranking it through the Big Shot. You can find these in your local craft store for $1!!! This allows the cardstock to only be embossed at the solid portion of the frame, and not at the oval opening in the frame. Who thinks of these things?!!!! I'm SOOOOO glad that they do!!
Stamps: Bliss (SAB), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla
Accessories: Finial Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot (everyone needs one of these!!), Pearls, Glue Sticks

Here are the three cards that we stamped at my Tuesday morning Day-Time Stampin' Class in February. Please scroll down to see details of the other 2 cards shown here.

Have a great day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cute Owl!

Hi! I created this card for a workshop that I had in February. We also stamped this card at my Tuesday morning Day-Time Stampin' Class in February, and I'm thinking it might be a card that we stamp at my Friday Night Stamp Club in March!! It's cute, isn't it??

It's difficult to see, but the owl's chest and heart have a little texture to it, using the Texture Plates Kit #4.

Stamps: Punch Bunch (SAB), So Happy for You (SAB), Woodgrain
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
Accessories: Texture Plates Kit #4, Big Shot, Two-Step Owl Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch, Buttons, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Cute, huh???

Have a great start to a new week!!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Card with a Hinge!

Hi! Here is another project that we stamped at my Friday Night Stamp Club in February. I host a monthly Buddy Swap with other Demonstrators. And I received an adorable card from my friend, Rita. It was very similar to the project that I have shown here, but she did her card in Concord Crush/Whisper White with Concord Crush DSP. It was so cute! So I created my card with the supplies that I have on hand.

I found a great video tutorial showing how to create this gift card holder. You can see it HERE.

For the insert, I punched 2 slots using my slit punch for a gift card. But you can easily stamp and write your own message here, instead of a gift card.
Stamps: Punch Bunch
Ink: Poppy Parade and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Sunny Garden DSP
Accessories: Extra Large and Large Oval Punches, Round Tab Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Brads

Here are the 3 projects that we stamped at my Friday Night Stamp Club in February.

Scroll on down if you would like to see details on the other 2 projects.
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Charming" For You

Hi! Here is a card that we stamped at my Friday Night Stamp Club in February. We used Stampin' Write Markers in Marina Mist and Pear Pizzaz for the flower image. And what do you think about the Framed Tulip border? Isn't it just beautiful? Love it! This Embossing Folder can be found in the Occasions Mini Catalog!

The following was inspired by LeeAnn Greff. You can see her project HERE.

Stamps: Charming, All Holidays
Ink: Marnina Mist, Pear Pizzaz and Marina Mist Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Pear Pizzaz, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Subtles Patterns DSP Stack
Accessories: Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

I'll be back tomorrow to share with you another stamp club project!!


Friday, March 4, 2011

JANUARY Day-Time Stampin' Cards

Wow! It's been over a month since I last posted! So I'm sitting here tonight trying to organize and get some stuff together to share with you! I have quite a few projects that I have created for my stamp club and classes. So while I'm doing organizing, I just wanted to post the three projects that we stamped at my Tuesday Morning Day-Time Stampin' Class in January. You can see the projects in previous posts. I'll give you the links after the photo.

Cupcake card

Butterfly card

Present card

Ok, I'm going to schedule some posts for the next few days. I'm going to catch up!!!

Take care and have a nice weekend!