Friday, November 11, 2011

Wreath again

This is the wreath that my 8 year old granddaughter put together. She took the lollies that were left from class this week, and I helped her make some more. She had lots of fun choosing the embellishments! She was so tickled with her wreath! Thanks for stopping by. Brenda
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Wreath Class

In our Wreath Class we had a lot of fun--and created not only pretty wreaths, but a huge mess! lol Love, love our new Simply Scored tool. It makes creating these "lollies" for our wreath so easy. We found that using the Cropadile to make holes at the top of each lollie, and using Baker's Twine to put through the holes and gather the lollies made much nicer lollies than using the glue gun, or the Double sided sticky tape. Stampin Up has such a nice selection of button and brads, that we had a hard time choosing which ones to use! Sue and Renee proudly display their wreaths for us. Sorry that the picture of Sue is slightly blurry. Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Candy Bar Pull Card

Good morning! Today's post was inspired by Dawn Griffith. Isn't this the cutest thing! It uses grocery bag strips to work the Magic to make the candy bar and the message slide right out! The Christmas tree is from Christmas Lodge stamp set. This is one of my favorite Christmas tree stamps that we have ever had. It has Dazzling Details to give it the sparkle. Much more impressive in real life! Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping. Brenda

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gum Holder

Today's sample is of a gumholder that we made in the Small gifts class last week. This one was so simple and easy to make. I was inspired by Judy Lynn Morton for this one. I used a small strip of magnet to hold it closed. Love the Christmas designer paper! Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Small Gifts Class

Good morning and thank you for stopping by today. I want to share with you today 2 of the items that we made in my Small Gifts class last week. The tile on the left was a quick and easy gift to make. We used 6" tiles and stamped on them with Chocolate Chip Craft ink. We used the Hello Doily background stamp as the focal point of the tile. The verse is from the Blessings from Heaven set of stamps. After stamping with the craft ink, we added clear embossing powder and baked at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. My husband made the stands to put the tiles on! I owe the thanks to this project to one of my downline, Rhonda McCutcheon! Thanks for letting me case this idea! The candle uses our silver glitter paper and the Big Shot snowflakes and the Scalloped silver Glitter paper was also done with a Big Shot die! In fact, all the decorations on this candle were done with the Big Shot. (Did I mention that you can get one free if you join my team by November 11th???) Contact me if you are interested.
Happy Stamping! Brenda
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hearts and more Hearts

Good morning and thanks for stopping by. Today I want to share with you a card that we made in one of my stamp clubs last week. Look familiar to you?? It is a slight adaptation of a card that is found on page 143 of our catalog! This one was a little out of my comfort zone. I only have one of each of the punches used on this card. So I handled that by pre-punching several of the hearts and flowers for each person, and gave them scraps of designer paper to punch the rest for themselves. They picked it out, and they loved it. (So did I, once I got over the logistics of how to make one set of punches do! lol) I don't know why I wrack my brain so hard to think of samples for classes, when there are such good ones in our catalog! Happy stamping! Brenda

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Shamrock Thank You

Thanks for stopping by today! "What? It isn't St. Patrick's Day!" And right you are, it isn't. However this is a card that I made for a friend who works for a production company that is producing Lottery commercials. She wanted a shamrock or a leprachaun. I didn't have the Gift Givers stamp set that has a leprachaun in it, so I took the "I Heart Hearts" set of stamps and made a shamrock! I used the scallop trim border punch to punch the corners on the white cardstock. Love that look! Happy Stamping! Brenda
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Simply Sent Kit Samles

Here are the details to the promotion pictured at the top of my blog! These sets can not only be used as they come for a very pretty, simple card, but they can also be stepped up by adding a stamped image such as a small image such as one from "Button Buddies" and mounted on another small piece of colored Cardstock! Even with addons, you can make one of these cards in just a few minutes!

Dates: October 1-31, 2011

Promotion Details: Buy two Simply Sent Kits and get a FREE coordinating stamp set from the list below! Stampin' Up! Simply Sent Kits are the ideal choice for the beginning crafter or a busy stamper. The card kits offer a variety of basic themes, so it's easy to create cards for any occasion.

Buy any two of the following Simply Sent Kits:
Page Item Description Price
192 122375 Simply Sent Great Day $12.95

193 122377 Simply Sent Everyday Elegance $11.95

193 122376 Simply Sent Sweet Moments $13.95

And get a FREE coordinating stamp set from the list below:

Page Item Description Price

192 123682 It's Your Day $8.95

193 123686 Everyday Wishes $9.95

193 123684 You're Cherished $8.95

Today's post features cards made with one of the Simply Sent kits that are the featured October Stamping special. The bottom one was cased (with a couple of changes) from Mary Fish--who I think is one fantastic and creative lady! The one with the owl is also from the same kit. I made this one for a friend of mine who has an appointment with an oncologist on Tueday. She loves owls, thus the addition of an owl to this card. The card and the cardstock stickers with the words stamped on them are a part of the kit. (The words aren't stamped on the stickers when you get them, I did that to personalize them for the people that I am sending them to. You can add whatever you want on the stickers.) I just chose to step them up a bit with a few additions. I never would have thought of it on my own, if I hadn't been inspired by Mary Fish. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mr. Chicken

This was our newest Downline attendee! His owner was having a bad day, so instead of leaving him in the car, he got to come in and join us for the evening! He was so quiet and well behaved that you hardly knew he was there! lol Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow with some Simply Sent samples! Brenda
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mobile Secretary

Good morning. Thank you for stopping by today. I want to share with you a project that we made at Downline meeting on Friday night last week. This was such a fun project! It uses our Clear Mount Stamping Cases, and our Designer Paper. This particular DSP is called Paisley Prints. I failed to get the pen in the picture, but it was a RSVP pen with a small piece of DSP to match the rest of the set. I am going to keep mine in the car, so that I can use the pockets to keep my receipts and the notepad to keep lists and to keep track of mileage.
We will be making these in a class on Tuesday, November 29th at noon and again at 6:30 p.m. We will use a variety of DSP, and the cost of the class is only $10.00 and all supplies are provided! These will make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Email me for more details if you are interested: Happy stamping! Brenda

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Simply Scored Dress Card

Good morning, and thank you for stopping by. Don't you love this card? It was created by one of my friends, Monta. The top of the dress is the Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslet die. the skirt is made using a partial "Lollie", which is made with the awesome SU Simply Scored tool. The little purse is made using the Tab punch! I am blessed with creative friends.
Have a great day. Brenda
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Monday, October 17, 2011


This is a wreath made by one of my downline, Bev Joplin, this week. She used the Spice Cake Designer Paper and the Spice Cake Designer Buttons that are featured in SU's Holiday Mini. The lollies are made using the SU Siimply Scored, mostly 1/2" size. It is such a cool tool - you can just whiz through the scoring with this tool! Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Christmas Ornament

Good morning! This is one of the 3-D items that one of my downline brought for Show and Tell at our Downline meeting this weekend. Isn't it gorgeous? She used our new silver glitter paper for the big scalloped square. Then she used one of the shiny pieces of DSP and love the silver in the center of JOY! We had an awesome time at our downline meeting. I would love to have you join my team. Now is a great time, as when you sign up, you get a Free ($99.95 value) Big Shot, in addition to all the great items you get in the kit for $175.00! Send me an email if you are interested. Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Warmest of Wishes

Today's card is an adaptation of a card that we made this past weekend at Kathy Hamrick's downline meeting. We used Versa Mark and 3 colors of embossing powder to get the varigated look of the leaves--Wild Wasabi, Tango Tangerine, and Pumpkin Pie. I love the look. I added the Pumpkin Pie 1/8" ribbon bow at the bottom of the wreath, and also put the Embossed greeting in the center of the wreath. I love the new Snowflake embossing folder that makes the background on this card. Thank you for stopping by! Happy Stamping! Brenda
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gently Falling

This is a card made by one of my teammates, Rhonda McCutcheon for our meeting Saturday in Clarksburg. We had a great time stamping and swapping with other members of Jan Wakeland's WV downline! This card uses our Spice Cake designer paper, Gently Falling stamp set, and the Pennant Die, and our large scallop punch. The background More Mustand cardstock has been run through the Big Shot with the new snowfalke embossing folder. Did I mention that you can get the Big Shot FREE this month just for joining Stampin Up! Or if you already have the Big Shot, then you can get $100 in free merchandise!!! Email me for details if you would like to join my team ( Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping. Brenda

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Medallion Wreaths

Love, love, love our new Simply Scored tool. It makes scoring these medallions so easy! It is worth the investment! This is a close-up of a medallion gathered with our Baker's Twine. This particular one was used on a wreath. Holes were punched with the cropodile to make gathering easier! the strips of cardstock were first punched with the scalloped edge punch. Once the medallion is gathered, it can be covered with another medallion or another punched layer of some sort to hide bothe the hole and the twine. The top picture shows an alternative to making a wreath - a pot full of Medallion flowers! I love the new Spice Cake buttons! I have been working on medallions for a wreath today. Hopefully I can finish it tomorrow and post the picture on here. thanks for stoppping by! Happy stamping. Brena

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Button Buddies Snails

Today's card uses Button Buddies, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites! We made 5 cards in the Button Buddies class last week, and they were such fun. I will post more of them soon. This one uses the 3/4" circle punch to make the "Buttons". Stacked together with adhesive between them to give the thickness of a button. The top layer is stamped with a stamp from Button Button, and then punched with the 3/4" circle punch. The "thread" is drawn on with a white gel pen. I found this card on Stampin Connection, but I forgot to write down who had it. If it is you, let me know and I will give you credit. I loved this card. The background is made using a stamp also. Thanks for stopping by.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Out on a Limb

Good morning! Today's card is made using a new set from the Holiday Mini - Out on a Limb! Isn't that the cutest little witch you ever did see? I got the idea for this card from another card that I saw on Stamping Connection. It was very easy to make. The DSP is from Autumn Spice, which is also in the new mini. You will be able to order from it on September 1st (tomorrow!) If you don't have your mini yet, let me know and I will get one in the mail to you. Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pennant Parade Christmas Trees

Welcome back! Today's post features another card that uses the Pennant Parade stamp set. This one also uses a new product that is coming out on September 1st in the new (awesome) Holiday mini catalog! The product is called Dazzling Details, and it provides the glitz that decorates the trees. It is a combination of glue and glitter! Love it! The frame for this card is what was left when I cut out a Top Note die with the Big Shot. It was just lying on my stamping desk, so decided to use it to frame this card. I also ran it through the Petals Aplenty embossing folder with the Big Shot. I sprayed the background of this card with a mixture that is made up of alcohol and Champaigne Mist Shimmer Paint. I love the extra sparkle that it gives a card! Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pennant Parade Birthday Hats

Hi stampers!

I love this Pennant Parade stamp set. This card is from the class I did this week. The little flap opens up to reveal the birthday wish! Since we no longer have the slot punch, I improvised with the 3/4 inch hole punch to make a "latch"to hold the flap shut. Love it that the Tempting Turquoise ribbon is back in the catalog this year! Woo Hoo! Stop by tomorrow to see another card we did with this stamp set. Happy Stamping. Brenda

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lace Ribbon Border and Snow Swirled

Good morning! I thought I would share with you another card from my "Christmas in July" class that I held last week. The tree uses our new Wild Wasabi embossing powder. The lace ribbon Border punch is done in Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and is laced with 1/8" Very Vanilla ribbon. The Christmas Blessings words are from a retired set, but I thought they looked nice with this card. I used the decorative label punch for both the words and the "shadow" piece. Again, another simple and easy card. Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Waterfall Christmas Card

Today's card uses a set called Jolly Bingo Bits. The waterfall technique is one that I learned a long time ago, and just hadn't used it recently. I love how you pull the string and the little pictures just flip over and the greeting appears! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping. Brenda

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Welcome Christmas

Good morning! This is one of my favorite sets of Christmas stamps from last year, Welcome Christmas! I needed a 4th card for my Christmas in July class, and I couldn't get my card to do what I wanted it to do. (Ever have days like that?) Anyway, I just gave up and took the girls to the pool. When I got back I had only about an hour before class time, and this is what I came up with. the white background uses the Petals Aplenty embossing folder, but it doesn't show up very well in this picture. The oval is cut with the Ovals die and the Big Shot. It is matted with Wild Wasabi and Real Red cardstock. The striped paper is from the Brights Designer Paper collection, and is finished off with the 3/8" white taffeta ribbon. I like the clean lines and the simpleness of this card. It may be one of my Christmas cards this year, as it is quick and easy to make. Hmmm, that might be a good beach project for me! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping. Brenda

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Flirtatious Card

This card uses our luscious new designer paper, Flirtatious! The base card is made from Concord Crush cardstock, and the next layer is one of the sheets in the Flirtatious designer paper. The Melon Mambo medallion in the center is carefully cut from a sheet of 16 medallions, also in the Flirtatious designer paper. I used Concord crush again to punch out the large scalloped circle, and the 1 3/4 " punch for the white circle. Get Well is stamped with Concord Crush ink with a stamp from the Perfectly Penned stamp set. The leaves are punched from Certainly Celery cardstock with our Bird Punch. The butterflies are from the Butterfly embosslit. The melon mambo scallop is made using the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim die.

This was our make and take for the July Downline meeting. Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping. Brenda

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lion in the Grass

This card was one I created for my masculine card class last week. the cardstocks used are Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Bashful Blue. I used one of our 5/16" neutral Jumbo Brads as the "nail" to hang the picture! lol The chord is Early Espresso Baker's Twine. The background of this card is stamped on Crumb Cake Cardstock using the grass stamp from Inspired by Nature with Versa Mark Ink. The lion and the words are stamped with chocolate chip ink. This was another quick and easy card. Hope you enjoyed it. Stop by again. Brenda

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Simply Scrapping Kit - Different Use

Good morning! Just wanted to share with you a different use for a Simply Scrapping kit, in this case, Playful Polka Dots, which is in the Summer Mini Catalog. My upline, Jan Wakeland sent us the Word Document with the phrase on this Oats box. The idea is to save our CHANGE all year so that we CAN have the money to go to Convention next year. I thought that was a very clever idea. Don't know if it was hers or someone else's, but here is the can that I decorated to save my change in! I used the Playful Polka Dots kit to decorate my can. I love the cheerful striped paper and the cardstock weight "stickers"! Now to start filling it up! These kits make great cards as well as scrapbook pages--and also cans. Hard to tell how many things you really might be able to use them for! Enjoy and happy stamping!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Set Sail

Here is another card from my Masculine Card Class. It uses a set fromt he Summer Mini Catalog, The Open Sea. The ship and compass are stamped in Night of Navy, and the Happy Birthday is stamped in Real Red. The Happy Birthday is from a new set, Perfectly Penned. This was my chance to showcase our new denim ribbon, and it was perfect for this card. The red scallop was made using the Big Shot die, Tasteful Trim. The base of the card is Night of Navy and the top part of the card is Whisper White. thanks for stopping by. And happy stamping. Brenda

Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer Fun, Hamburger and Hot Dog

These are the hamburger and hot dog that I used in yesterday's post of the Summer Fun Scrapbooking pages. The hamburger is made using the large oval punch. I punched the "buns" from Crumb Cake cardstock, the "burger" from Early Espresso cardstock, the lettuce uses Certainly Celery Cardstock. The "Cheese" was just snipped from a scrap of Daffodil Delight Cardstock, as is the "tomato" from Real Red Cardstock.

The hot dog is made using the Word Window punch, using Crumbcake Cardstock for the bun, and Cajun Craze for the weiner. Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping. Brenda