Thursday, April 23, 2015

Painted Petals is Bloomin' Awesome!

My other stamp set of the month last month was Painted Petals which I really like even though I messed up and ordered the clear stamp set instead of the my stampin' ma-jig is my friend!  Here are the cards we did--sure do love pinterest and all the ideas you can find there!  I will give credit when I can because I certainly cased most of these!

Simple and easy--but so striking!  Love the use of Gorgeous Grunge along with Painted Petals.  I use wild wasabi and strawberry slush ink (and stamped off a bit) to achieve this look!  This was cased from Sam Donald (one of my favorite UK demonstrators) at

The next card was one of my favorites--it's just so sweet...

I don't own the heart border punch, but I do have the heart strip in the mini bag framelits.  I especially like the combo of rose red and soft sky...and the painted petals cotton twine is a dream to work with.  It comes in a  bundle of 3 colors--whisper white, wild wasabi and soft sky.  I cased this from Louise Sims--another UK stamper.  You can find her card here!

The third card was cased from Julie Davison's blog--really thought this was adorable.  This used Wisteria Wonder and Almost Artichoke ink.  Love the Hello You thinlit dies--so cute!

The last project we did with this set was this card which for me was the most difficult to figure out...I cased it from Amy K.

The pictures just aren't quite true, but close enough....had to do some drawing of stems with this card which of course stretched me artistically!

Don't forget that the retirement list came out last Tuesday and many things are ALREADY sold out!!
You can order by e-mail/messaging me or by ordering through my DBWS site here! (I also hear they put some new stuff on the clearance rack).  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lovely Amazing You!

I think I ordered this set the day it became available!  I love the sentiments and the font (handwriting) is my favorite!  This was one of the sets I used for my April Stamp Set of the Month.  Here are the cards we made:

Yep--this is my favorite of them all.  I used the Butterfly Basics set with crumb cake ink and the flower from the Artisan Embellishments...sure hope they come out with more of these flowers in the new catalog.

I cased this from Patty Bennett--it uses the Irresistable DSP from the SAB catalog.  Guess where the thread came from?  The Island Indigo sequins....just strip them off and you have the thread---genius!

And the last project for this stamp set was a little Easter box...

I will put the link to the directions for this cutie pie box here as soon as I find it!  Here it is!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hearts of Oz Swap

A little over a year ago I got an e-mail asking if I wanted to come meet with a group of demonstrators from mid-Kansas and I was so excited!  I love stamping and I wanted to have a chance to meet some new friends who shared my love!  A year later I'm so glad I've become involved with this group--such wonderful, supportive ladies are there!

We met yesterday to share ideas and just have a day of fun together.  Here's my swap-- I don't know about you, but I totally fell in love with the tulip card on the cover of the SAB catalog and was so disappointed when it wasn't a stamp set or die in there to create it.  Then about 2 weeks ago Mercedes Weber posted a tutorial on how to make the tulip here.  Let me tell you--I was all over it!  It's not quite the same as the catalog picture--a bit bigger.

I got an idea on something I could try that would make a littler tulip--I'll let you know if it works!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Little Boxes, Big Fun!

Who doesn't love little boxes?  Here are a couple of cuties that I found while searching the internet for ideas!  The first is a teeny, tiny box made with the envelope punch board:

It starts with a 4 1/2 inch square of paper--you score and punch at 1 1/2 inches, then flip and score and punch at 1 1/2 inches again on the same side.  You do this on all 4 sides.   The cutting is a tad tricky, but not too hard.  I'll try and post a picture of cutting directions tomorrow.

The other box I made is a smaller version of the triangle box that was shown at Leadership this year (I saw it on the live feed).  I found the directions for the smaller version here on Mary Brown's blog.  This is my first try at this box--there are some things I would change, but it is really cute and it holds more than you'd think (unlike the above box which holds about 3 kisses).  The original was designed by Pootles, I believe.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sheltering Tree x 2

Love, love, love Sheltering Tree and I've barely scratched the surface playing with it!  I haven't even done the seasonal tree thing!  It makes such a striking card and the photopolymer stamps make it super easy!!

Here's my first card--

C--ute...right?  Another favorite of mine?  The mini stapler--yep--it's a keeper!

Don't want to do only the tree thing?  Here's an idea of something you can do with the tree leaves to create a "frame" around any saying that you like:

I got this idea on Brian King's blog.  The colors used were soft suede and crisp cantaloupe--and the stamping was first with blushing bride then crisp cantaloupe closer to the edge of the oval for some color variation.  I certainly would not have put these two colors together left to my own devices!  I really like having an alternate idea for this stamp set!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bow Builder Punch -- Quick Tip

I have been on the fence about getting the bigz die for building bows....I saw so many cute creations using it, but just didn't see myself getting my money's worth out of it, however the minute I saw the Bow Builder Punch in the Occasions catalog I knew I had to have it!  So cute (as anything little tends to be).  Here's a quick tip, since you do have to punch this twice to get a bow---cut your paper to

You will have one extra little rectangle that you don't need.  The only other thing to watch for is if you have a design on your paper that needs to be right side up--but if you punch like should work.  I used glue dots to put my bow together and used a bone folder on my bow pieces to get them 
to curve a bit.  

Then you can use those bows to create cute stuff like this:

If you'd like to order one of these cute punches let me know or visit here!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Butterflies to Die For....

Although I'm not much of a collage-y stamper I like the look---I'm just not great at creating it....but I'm REALLY good at case-ing!  Ha!

Are you as in love with Butterfly Basics and the matching thinlits as I am?  So beautiful and the ensemble makes beautiful cards with hardly any effort!  Here's what we did at the party:

This little beauty was a case of a card made by Shelli Gardner with Dawn Griffith--easy to do and oh so cute!  Love the wisteria wonder butterfly ....and see that little bit of doily at the bottom?  I never would've thought to do that!  I'm not sure what size the card was that they did, but I made it into a notecard size--I'm telling you--those notecards and envelopes--one of the best deals in our catalog!

Then we "messed around" with the butterfly framelits....I shared an idea that I saw on Mercedes Weber's blog (love those weekly ideas from the Artisans) 

And then our make and take was this card that I cased (with a few minor changes) from Mary Fish's blog:

See that sentiment?  It's from a new photopolymer set called "Lovely Amazing You" which is going to be one of the sets I use for my next Stamp Set of the Month!

***I also shared the tip of using THIS sandwich when you cut out your butterfly thinlits  (the 2 intricate ones)--or for that matter any intricate frame lit.  Here it is--1. Platform; 2. Cutting Plate; 3. Unscented Dryer Sheet; 4. Cardstock; 5. Wax Paper and 6.  The thinlit.
I only use one dryer sheet folded in half--your Big Shot may be looser than mine and need another--you can use the same dryer sheets about 4 times by flipping and turning them.  Here's how you can tell if you are using too many---if you see polka dots on your butterfly's body.  Also--don't try with scented sheets--they will leave a residue on your card stock.

If you use this sandwich--the pieces will just fall out or stick to the dryer sheet!  It's so slick and easy!

I'll be back tomorrow with some more things that we did at the party!