Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crystal Effects Waterfalls

Crystal Effects is such a wonderful product! It is not only an awesome adhesive, but it has some creative uses also. It makes realistic looking "glass" for stamped car windows or a snowglobe stamped image. But this week, we found a new use for it when my granddaughter had a Science project of a Rain Forest, and needed a waterfall. We took Crystal Effects and mixed some Tempting Turquoise reinker with it--after we watched the drop spread out! It not only made the stones appear to be wet with water, but it also held them in place! She had such fun with this project! Happy Stamping! Brenda

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder

Well, I am back again today with another sample from my Small Gifts Class. This is a Hot Cocoa and Gift Card Holder. I just love the stamped image from Lovely As A Tree, on the Bride Designer Paper, and tied with the beautiful Taffeta and Organdy Ribbon. On the inside is one pocket for a gift card, and one for a packet of Hot cocoa mix. I used Handsome Hunter Ink. The words were from the stamp set, "Teeny Tiny Messages" and the punches used were Large Oval and Scalloped Oval. Happy Stamping! Brenda

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Small Gifts Class

Whew! It has certainly been a very long time since I posted on my blog! So many things have been going on, and it seems the hurrier I go, the behinder I get! lol

Anyway, I am really excited about one of the things that we made in my Small Gifts class last week. We took a bought basket, and then just stamped the little leaf from Autumn Days in Really Rust ink and tied a piece of Dotted Dusty Durango Grosgrain ribbone around the rim of the basket. The other one was done with the small flower from "For All You Do" with Bermuda Bay ink. Then we tied a piece of the Bermuda Bay dotted grosgrain ribbon around the rim of the basket! Such a simple, pretty gift to fill with small goodies for a friend! I

t took me 2 days of searching to find my baskets--well actually 1 day of searching in more local stores, and the second day to give in and go ahead and make the 1 1/2 trip to the city where I KNEW where they were! I didn't find the baskets the first day, but I did find a really cute little jar to make a project with for another day! Good to be back! Happy Stamping

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Last day of the Month!

Wow! How this month has flown. It seems forever ago that we were lolling around the pool at Myrtle Beach, and it has only been about 3 weeks! It has been a hectic time since then, and a very sad time, as there have been several deaths among family and friends. I am glad that I have stamping and granddaughters to keep me centered. Today is the last day of the month, and as of October 1st, you will be able to purchase "My Digital Studio" through Stampin Up! It is awesome with its many features - scrapbooking templates, digital designer paper, buttons and brads that we can make any color! Can't wait to play with my copy. And to further entice you, if you hold a workshop with $400 in merchandise sales, you can get your copy of MDS for 1/2 price! Now would be a good time to get some friends together and hostess a Stamping Party!

Today's sample is what we made in this month's Scrapbook class. It showcases our new Build-A-Bear die and clothes. I think he is adorable! The wagon is made from a Top Note die that has been textured with one of our texture plates. The wheels are the brown courdoroy buttons. The pumpkins were made with our small and large oval punches. It was a fun page to make. Next month's pages will be Thanksgiving Themed. Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Woo Hoo!

I m so excited today. I had one of my cards chosen to be on Stampin Up's Stamper's Showcase this week! That is a big deal for me. I have never had one chosen before. I have shared it here with you before, but want to share it again. They just used the card front, they didn't show the surprise inside! Hope you are having a stampingly good day!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Diorama Card

This is a version of a card that I got at Convention this year . It was made by one of my fellow RemARKable stamper teammates, Maria Pane. It is called a Diorama card because it is made in 3 layers and you look through each layer to the back of the card. Isn't it cool? I am also showing you a picture from the top, so that you can see how it is made. Very simple, but has a great WOW! factor! Hope you enjoy. Happy Stamping.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Well, it has been another busy week! Marlin did well with his kidneystone surgery! He went back to work the next day. Glad it was him and not me - I am a wimp anymore. I want to share with you one of the Halloween cards that we made today in Stamp Club. it is really easy and quick. In fact, I was making the sample so quickly, that I didn't give the ink time to dry, and smeared it! Sorry, but you get the idea anyway. It is using the new set, "Halloween Hoot" (#111582) $29.95. I love the kettle that is a part of this set -if you turn the stamp upside down, I think it looks like a big fat frog sticking his tongue out! And that makes me smile!
Speaking of making me smile, my family and I went to a really cool event in St. Albans yesterday. I don't know if many of you are familiar with the Shoney's chain of restaurants or not, but the first one was started here in Charleston, WV a very long time ago. (of course I can't remember the year.) The original building was a round one, and one of the locals here created a small replica of the building and it was a central part of a Hot Rod Racers Reunion yesterday. There was a car show with about 200 old cars, 50's and 60's music, and this display. My granddaughters loved the statue of the Big Boy! We went to the soccer game, lunch, and then relaxed at the car show. A nice day.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Myrtle Beach

While the Blog Tour was going on last week, this is where I was hanging out! Since I got sunburned the first day, I spent most of the rest of the week, inside the room, looking out my window at this view of the beach or floating on the Lazy River, that you see pictured here! I spent some mornings with my lounge chair almost in the bushes, so that i could stay in the shade and read! Not your typical Beach person, but I sure did enjoy it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Its off to the Hospital we go!

Today was the day that I spent the day at the hospital with my son. He had to have a kidney stone crushed, a stint put in, and then recover enough to come home. He is at home and resting, but it was a rough day for him. I will try to post pictures tomorrow--of cards - not kidney stones! lol Hope you had a good day stamping.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Bugs and Kisses"

Hello! I just got back from a week at Myrtle Beach and I sat down tonight and looked at all the entries for my blog candy! Wow! Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my posts! I am so glad I offered Blog Candy - otherwise I would never have heard from so many of you! You really made my day. I hope that you will continue to come and enjoy stamping with me. I have 3 Stamp Clubs this week and 2 classes - so I should have lots more samples to post this week!

And the winner of the Blog Candy is: www.powercreative.com
Just email me with your name and address, and I will send the Blog Candy right out to you!

I am using the Sweet Treat Cups again in conjunction with an older stamp set--because it was perfect for the candy I chose. I went to the store to find candy to put in the cups. I originally wanted fall or Halloween colored M & M's to put in the cup. I was going to make a Halloween card using candy in the cup. As I stood there looking, and looking, I couldn't find any M & M's the right color. I saw Gummi Bears and thought that would be really cute with the "Beary Best Friends" set of stamps, so I put some of those in the buggy. Then I saw the sugar coated gummy worms! I knew it would be perfect with our set of stamps,"Bugs and Kisses"! I stamped the worms, cut them out, and then used 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter! I will have to make the bear card another day.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Holiday Blog Tour - Wrap It up!

I thought it would be fitting to "wrap up" our holiday blog tour with one of the projects that we will be doing in my "Wrap it Up" class. I used the Wheel, "Sparkle and Shine" to make the wrapping paper for this gift. I used Old Olive ink on freezer paper to make the gift wrap. Then I tied a knot in our Red Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon and taped it on my package. I used the gift tag stamp from "Delightful Decorations" to finish off the gift. (Won't my husband be surprised when he sees that he not only has bought me a gift, but he has wrapped it as well! I love it that we can co-ordinate card, gift wrap and gift tags! And at midnight too when all the stores are closed-which is when I usually get around to doing my creating. lol I have included a picture of one of my Christmas cards, using a different set of Christmas stamps that also looks good with the "Sparkle and Shine" wheel as the background for the card.

I hope that you have enjoyed visiting with me this week as much as I have enjoyed preparing the samples for you to see. Don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see who is the winner of my blog candy. Just email me at: HalfwittStamps@aol.com . Be sure and put Blog Candy as the title of your email. The winner can email me with their name and address and I will mail it right out to you!

Please go on to the next stop on our tour, Michele Reynolds
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Holiday Blog Tour - Day 3

Today's project is made using the #2 Box die from Sissix. I love the ease of putting this one together. You only use sticky tape on the side seam. The box is made so that the bottom is self locking! Woo Hoo! The inspiration for this one came straight from the Holiday Mini! I embossed the little Skeleton (from Twick or Tweet) with black embossing powder. The candy inside was amazingly good - Corn Candy flavored taffy. And it was fresh--not break your teeth hard! Yummy! The designer paper that is in the lid of the box is from our new "Night and Day" Designer paper, also in the Mini catalog. So many possibilities there!

Please go on to the next stop on our tour, Michele Reynolds
Blog Candy: I will be giving away my blog candy at the end of our Holdiay Blog Tour. Just send an email to: HalfwittStamps@aol.com for a chance to receive this gift. Be sure and put Blog Candy in the subject line. The winner will be posted here on September 14th. The winner can then send me an email with their name and address and I will mail it right out to you!
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Holiday Blog Tour - Day 2

Welcome Back! Today I have chosen a Halloween goodie to share with you. It is made from the new product, Sweet Treat Cups, using the new stamp set, "Sweet Centers". This is such a cool product! The little cup is about 1/2 inch deep and you actually can put treats--candy, buttons,coins, etc. in the little cup and then attach it to your card, or in my case, I just made it into a Trick or Treat giveaway. These would be cute with popsickle sticks attached too! I used Versa Mark and black embossing powder for this one. My granddaughters loved it! I am so sad that this year there will be no candy allowed at the school's Halloween party--only healthy food, and prepackaged at that. No homemade goodies allowed. Sigh. But on a bright note - the Brownies haven't said that yet! lol

Blog Candy: I will be giving away blog candy at the end of our Holdiay Blog Tour. Just send an email to: HalfwittStamps@aol.com for a chance to receive this gift. Be sure to put Blog Candy in the Subject Line. The winner will be posted here on September 14th. The winner can then send me an email with their name and address and I will mail it right out to you!

Please go on to the next stop on our tour, Michele Reynolds
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Holiday Blog Tour Begins!

Woo Hoo! I am so excited! We have been preparing for a while now to welcome you to our Holiday Blog tour. There are so many new and exciting stamp sets, papers, dies, etc on the new Holiday Mini Catalog! I think my favorite is the new ornament punch and the "Delightful Decorations" stamp set that goes with it. I love the new Sparkle and Shine wheel too--makes a great background for the ornament set. And since this is my favorite set, this is the card that I am sharing with you today! Those ornaments just begged for dazzling diamonds glitter! It doesn't show real well in the picture, but I used the a texture plate on the top note. I looks nice in real life.
Blog Candy: I will be giving away my blog candy at the end of our Holdiay Blog Tour. Just send an email to: HalfwittStamps@aol.com for a chance to receive this gift. Be sure and put Blog Candy in the subject line. The winner will be posted here on September 14th. The winner can then send me an email with their name and address and I will mail it right out to you!

Please go on to the next stop on our tour, Michele Reynolds
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 7, 2009

More Halloween

Today I am posting another of the items that we made in my Halloween Treats class. I love the spooky sky in the Owl in the Tree Basket. The basket was made from the Fancy Favor Die. I used the piece that was left from cutting the jagged edge to make the handle! I found purple and white corn candy (blackberry flavor) to put in the basket!!! Actually, I bought the candy first, because my son-in-law loves blackberries. So I bought it, planning on giving it to him for Halloween--guess I will be going back to the store to find him another bag, as we used almost all of this one to fill our baskets in class! Anyway, the stamp set that I used was "House of Haunts", which is one of my all time favorite Halloween sets. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Halloween is Coming!

We had our Halloween Treats class last night and I love what we made. The one I am showing you today is my favorite. The pattern was on the Stampin Up website for demonstrators, and I just added a few little things to it. It is a treat holder that holds two miniature candy bars. I used the funsize - have you noticed that the size has shrunk? They are skinnier than they used to be.

Just 5 more days till our Holiday Mini Blog Tour! There will be several of the Remarkable Stampers participating, and we will each have new samples daily from the new Holiday Mini Catalog! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

For All You Do

I am sorry that I have been absent for so long. Seems like I just can't get caught up. But now the garden is gone, and I am preparing for my fall classes, as you can see from the list on the right with the PayPal buttons!(Thank you Mary Ann for doing that for me!) What a great stamp set this is! (For All You Do) We were given this set on our incentive trip to Hawaii in March. I thought it was time to dust it off and use it again. It makes such great Thank You cards! I loved adding all the brads to this one! The technique used to get the polka dots on the flower is called Kissing. You ink up the polka dot stamp with a darker color than the color you ink the flower in. Then "Kiss" the flower stamp to the polka dot stamp, and then when you stamp it on your card stock, the flower is dotted! How cool is that! The little punch out flowers were made using the Trio Flower punch. I just wanted to share this card with you before I move on to fall posts. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Holiday Mini Starts Today!

Enjoy this AMAZING 40 page mini catalog! In addition to holiday and seasonal sets, you will enjoy many more papers and accessories. Those of you who placed orders with me in the last 4 months should have received this in the mail already.

Included in the catalog, but not available for another month is ‘My Digital Studio’–an amazing digital scrapbooking software. I will be ordering it today and be assured I will have an awesome time with it!
And… a FALL special for hostessing an in-home workshop… host a workshop! From September 1st – November 30th, host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10! *This offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio).

After My Digital Studio is released on October 1st… host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50 percent off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97)!
Has it been a LONG time since you’ve had an in-home workshop? I would love to WOW you and your friends!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

One Sheet Wonder Class

This is the picture of the cards and Post-it-Note holders that we made in this Week's One Sheet Wonder Class. We stamped one sheet of cardstock with the stamps from the Circle Circus set of stamps - black ink on white cardstock. Then we cut that piece of cardstock up and put it with pices from 1 sheet of black, 1 sheet of white, 2 sheets of Bermuda Bay, and 2 of Real Red. It was a quick and easy way to make 7 cards and 2 small gifts. Enjoy! Off to freeze corn and hold a stamp club. Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Convention Pictures

Well, it is nearly the end of anothe busy day. I had 6 boxes of Stampin Up merchandidse to sort into orders, and get the stamps mounted! I am making progress getting caught up from being gone all last week at convention. The card uses the set, Inspired by Nature, and that is the class that I am doing tomorrow night. This is going to be the inspiration for one of the cards we will be making. The earring is made from some of our cool designer brads and a rhinestone brad! I saw a lady wearing it at the airport. She took it off so several of us could photograph it! Speaking of the airport - I was sitting there just about half asleep, when someone asked if they could sit in the seat next to mine. I looked up and it was Belinda Elsworth - our Conference Keynote speaker! It was really neat to listen to her talk, as we waited for our flight. Turned out we were on the same flight. She said that she tried to condense her 4 hour talk into 4 and 1/2 hours! No wonder she had to talk fast to get it all in! Got to get back to work. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Birthdays and Princess Crowns and Scrapbooking!

What a day! My granddaughter's 6th birthday was while I was at Convention, therefore I wasn't here to help her celebrate. We took time out this afternoon to go to lunch and celebrate - just her mom, her sister, Darcy and me. We went to Captain D's for lunch, and as part of the party fun, I took pieces from our new Princess Birthday Party Kit, and let the girls make their own crowns and wands! What a really cool kit this is. The girls loved it. Then we came home and they watched movies and I planned a 2 page spread for a scrapbook class. As usual, the pages took on a life of their own, and wouldn't let me decide how I wanted them to look, but I am pleased with the way they turned out. I love the detail on the pocket die cut. It is using our new perfect detail embossing folder. The flowers are from the Pretties Kit, sponged with Melon Mambo ink. I love the 5/8" very vanilla brad in the center of the top flower. Maybe tomorrow I can post convention pictures. I still have stamps to unpack and orders to bag up and another class to plan. Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Home Again!

I made it home about 4 this afternoon. Was late leaving Salt Lake City- they had to do a plane change, and we had to wait while they routed our flight crew out of bed! Then we had to circle in Detroit, there was some kind of emergency on the ground there. They changed our plane there and I barely made it to the right gate in time. Sure was glad to be home! James had supper on the way--he had gotten the new potatoes in the pan and ready for me to cook, had the green beans picked, strung and on to cook when we got home from the airport. While I finished supper - fried green potatoes, corn on the cobb, applesauce and cucumbers, he went back to the garden and picked the corn. We just finished freezing 51 bags of corn--close to 60 pints--I overfilled the bags, so there wouldn't be so many of them! Now to visit with my granddaughters and get ready for tomorrow night's class!
I decided to post the picture of me walking across the stage at convention - This was for my 5 years of working with Stampin Up. The lady with me is Carrie Monroy, a lady from a friend's team. She is also receiving her 5-year pin. Walking across that stage is an awesome experience! More pictures tomorrow. The other one is of the corn we froze.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday, August 7 - Convention Update

What a day we had yesterday. We had presentations, Main Stage with Shellie and the awesome Awards night! I am so excited! Two of my stamping demonstrator friends from Clarksburg, WV made it to the Top 100 in the Stampin Up company! How awesome is that!!!! They will get to go to Founder's Circle with our company owner Shelli Gardner for a special retreat in September in Utah! Definitely there are so many opportunities with Stampin Up!

Yesterday we got to see a fabulous demonstration of the Digital Studios! --a program for the computer that allows you to design cards and scrapbook pages, using our designer papers, cardstock colors, etc. This is coming in September, and we are all very excited about it. We also have a line of jewelry coming then too--3 sizes of lockets that you can put pictures in or stamped art. At the main Stage presentation today, Shelli demonstrated/and /or showed us different gifts that we can make using our products and other materials, such as fabric! In fact, one of the prizes today was a new stamp set, Charming, that can be used with our new jewelry. But that wasn't the best part--the best part was that Shelli had stamped an image and those that won, got the stamp set, plus a locket with a stamped image by Shelli! Woo Hoo! Wish i had been one of the lucky ones!

I may not have computer access until I get home on Sunday night. I am in the business center renting a computer so that I can write to you. We did a WOW swap last night, and I got some really pretty cards that I will be sharing with you over the next few weeks. Happy Stamping and Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


We made it! What a time we had getting here yesterday! I flew from Charleston to Cinncinatti - after a 1 1/2 hour wait on the runway in Charleston. Cinncinatti had to close their airport due to severe rain and thunderstorms. So by the time we left Charelston, I had already missed my flight to Salt Lake City. First I was on stand-by and then they gave me a confirmed flight to Salt Lake City--via Philadelphia!!! After a couple more hours, I asked again, and that time I got the direct flight to SLC. I got here at 5:30 instead of 10:30, but at least I arrived safely! My luggage got stuck on the conveyer belt for a little while, but at least it got here. AS I was headed for the baggage claim, I met a whole slew of policemen coming towards me looking right and left. Talk about a scary feeling. I heard one of them say, lets check the rest rooms, he might be in there! I was glad to get to my hotel, I tell you! We are staying at Embassy Suites, and it is really nice! It comes with breakfast each morning--a real breakfast. Today we spent mostly standing in line at Momento Mall - an hour to get in and an hour to check out. My friend, Kathy Hamrick, earned a place in Founders Circle!!! That is a HUGE deal for a demonstrator. She gets to spend 4 days in September with the top 100 demonstrators in SU, and with our founder, Shelli Gardener!!! Wooo Hooo Way to go Kathy! I don't have the capabilities to send pictures. Sorry, will have to do that when I get home. Can't wait for the General Session tomorrow morning. They always have announcements, prize patrol, and stamping demonstrations! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Welcome Little One

This is the swap that one of my downline, Rhonda made for our swap at our monthly downline meeting in July. I love the use of the punches! I am pre-posting this as I don't know when I will have computer access again. I should be at Convention in Salt Lake City when you read this. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

3-D Trades

Well, I am off! Here are some of the 3-D items that I made to take with me. They were all made using the new Two Tag Sissix Die and the Big Shot. The first picture is made to look like a mini clipboard, and the next one is of the inside of the little post-it note holder. It is followed by the picture of the outside of the little post-it note holder. (I still haven't gotten onto getting my pictures to post in the order I want them to!) the last picture is the basket full of them ready to take to trade! I also made some Lip Gloss Holders to trade. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Convention Bound!

Well, it is finally almost here. I leave early in the morning for Salt Lake City and Stampin Up's annual convention. I am glad it is going to be in Salt Lake City again--it is so nice to have some idea where things are - both in the convention center and also in the city itself. I have been 2 other times, and we have stayed in totally different areas each time. And this time is no different! The first time I stayed right across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center, and that was nice and convenient. Last year we stayed about a mile away in a really neat suite hotel, with a kitchen and lots of room for the 5 of us, and the taxi ride was only a couple of dollars each because there were so many of us. Next door to a Pizza Hut, near a Staples and a shopping center, and not far from a really good Steakhouse - Ruby River! This time we are staying a different direction from town center, so it will be another learning experience! I think today's card should have said Celebrate! This is how I feel, like I am celebrating and I am all happy and excited! The set of stamps is Crazy for Cupcakes - again! and the DSP is Tea Party.
I don't know if I will have access to a computer while I am gone or not, and even if I do, I don't think I will be able to figure out how to get pictures on here. If I have access, you will be hearing from me! Can't wait to see what all they have in store for us! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Convention is Almost Here!

Good morning! I can hardly believe that I will be leaving in 2 days for Convention!!! I am finishing up things and getting packed. Tomorrow night is my first stamp club for August and we are going to be using the Big Shot to make the background for our Just Buzzing By card. It is the Perfect Detail Impressions Plate--looks like scored crosshatch with a little dot at the top of each crosshatch! I am also using it on the card that I am taking to convention as my Make and Take for the RemARKables dinner and swap. it is the card that I have posted today. Note the surprise when you open the card! I love pop-up cards. We made it last week in my Crazy for Cupcakes card class. It was a crowd pleaser!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wonderful Friends!

I am so blessed with wonderful friends! These are two of the cards that I will be taking to Convention to swap! I have 2 friends who made these for me to take!!! Can you imagine how grateful and awed I was when they brought these cards to me?!!! I also have another friend who helped me emboss other cars of mine that I will be swapping. I love the new Bridal papers that we have. The first sample is made with Groom and Bridesmaid Designer Papers, and Very Vanilla Ribbon. Monta used the new butterfly punch to punch the butterfly from vellum, on which she had stamped the flowers from Loads of Love" Vickie used Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and DSP from Razzleberry Lemonade to make the Apron Recipe card! I can hardly wait to get to convention to see what everyone is bringing to trade. I am taking part in the WOW Swap from Splitcoast Stampers. I still have 26 more to go of my "Dasher" cards! Somehow it seems that just before convention that the days only have about 12 hours in them, and I need for them to have at least 48! lol Take care, and happy stamping!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Pictures of the Tadpoles and the Crawfish

I couldn't get these to post in the other post without them being first. Somehow, I didn't think that was the first thing you wanted to see when you looked at my blog today. So I will try it and see if I can get them to post separately! Don't you think the little tadpole looks just like he is posing for the camera? Happy Stamping!

More "Look Here" Gift Card Holders

This new die has really caught my attention! Nevermind that I have had it almost a month, and hadn't even taken the wrapper off of it until Sunday morning. Sometimes, I just need an incentive to get me started--like the downline meeting is in 5 hours and I have no clue how to make one of these, let alone teach it! lol I was so pleased how easy it is to make. The directions for the die itself (#115966) is easy and they are included on the package. That makes the inside of the card. It is how you decorate the outside of the card, and also the insert behind the top panel is what really makes this die shine! I just love it. Here is another one we made using a discontinued Scrappin Kit! I hope that these samples will inspire you to get this die and use it with your Big Shot! (If you don't have a Big Shot yet, I would be glad to sell you one! lol)

Now to the part of our day that wasn't stamping oriented--my Granddaughters have been after their Pap-paw to help them find some tadpoles. When they went to get some buckets of water out of the creek to water the poor green beans, they found to their delight, that there were tadpoles there! So Pap-paw humored them and got them some tadpoles and put them in a big plastic container--that was the home to pretzel packages last Halloweeen. Made a great Aquarium though! They also got an unexpected bonus! --crawdads! (When my graddaughter was 2, she wanted to know why there weren't any crawmommies?) Anyway, the girls are enjoying watching them grow. Happy Stamping and thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Look Here - Gift Card Holder

What a good time we had at our downline meeting on Sunday! We learned how to make the "Look at Me" gift card holders with the new Sissix die. What fun, and what a great way to use up old Simply Scrapping kits that you might have laying around! (Of course, maybe it is only demonstrators who buy them and MEAN to get to them, but never quite make it--or use part of it, but not all!) The one that I have pictured above is using our new Holiday Lounge Designer Paper. I will post another one tomrrow that uses an older Scrappin Kit, just so you can see the versatility. These will make awesome ways to give a gift card for Christmas, birthday, Baby Shower, etc. We made some with the kits and some without the kits. After we played with those, we swapped cards, and made a 3-D item for me to take to Convention to trade. It is so great to be blessed with good friends. That is probably the very best part of what I do - I meet really nice people, share what I love, and make new friends!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Happy! Happy!

I have good news to share today. My daughter-in-law got a new job much closer to home! She started on Monday and is only 15 - 20 minutes from home, as opposed to the 50 minutes before! It is an answer to prayers. Now if she could only sell her house! This card, although it says Happy Birthday, makes me think that the butterflys are celebrating--that they are "dancing" for joy that Rhonda has a new job! The stamp set is "Flight of the Butterfly", and the color combination is fast becoming one of my favorites--Gable Green and Bermuda Bay. The technique for the little butterflies is called "Rock and Roll" You ink your little butterfly stamp first with Gable Green Classic Ink and then immediately roll the edges of the stamp in Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, and stamp on your cardstock. I used the Stampamajig to align the "dotted butterfly image" over the solid gable green Butterfly image. This was such a fun and cheery card to make! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blooming Beautiful

This was one of the cards that we did tonight in our Sympathy and Thinking of you class. The class would have been last night, but I had to postpone it so that I could go to the funeral home. One of my very good friend's father passed away and the viewing was last night. The card didn't photograph well, but it was prettier in real life. It uses the set Bloomin Beautiful and Watercolor crayons and the Eyelet Border Punch.
I have been busy making cards to take to the Stampin Up Convention (August 5 - 7) to trade. It will be in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. I want to make some three-dimensional items to trade also, but it seems that time is moving much faster than I am! lol The garden is coming in, I am babysitting and I have scheduled a bunch of classes! I am barely keeping my balance on this ball! One false step, and it is going to throw me off and flatten me like a steamroller, but I have to say, I am really enjoying getting all the cards ready for my classes. It has been a real challenge, but such a lot of fun. Well, it is late and time for bed, but I wanted to get my post in for the day--even if it is almost midnight! Happy Stamping!