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Greenville, Texas
I've been paper crafting for about 20 years. In October 2007 I joined Stampin' Up! as an independent demonstrator. I have found that I truly love stamping, more than any other craft I've tried...and I've tried them all. I'm a SAHM of 4 and I also direct a parents' day out program. Both of these "jobs" give me plenty of opportunities to pull out my stamps and inks and have a ball! I've been married to my wonderful hubby for 21 years. He gets gold stars for supporting paper crafting/stamping addictions. :)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Christmas Craft #1

Since the pep rally was this morning, I had time this afternoon to post my first Christmas Craft. It's a Christmas Wish List holder.

Here's the supply list and instructions. Remember it's easy to change colors or stamps to create your own version of this cute craft.


Holiday Line up Stamp Set
Pick a Petal Stamp Set
Holiday Blitz Stamp Set
Seeing Spots Stamp Set
Totally Tab Stamp Set
5 ½ x 8 ½ Kiwi Kiss cardstock
3 x 5 ½ Patterned paper
3 x 3 ½ Riding Hood Red cardstock
3 ¼ x 2 ¾ Kiwi Kiss cardstock
3 x 3 ½ Whisper White
2 Silver Brads
10” Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon
Kiwi Kiss Classic Stamp Pad
Riding Hood Red Classic Stamp Pad
Night of Navy Classic Stamp Pad
Yo-Yo Yellow Classic Stamp Pad
Round Tab Punch
Blender Pens
Snail Adhesive


Score 5 ½ x 8 ½ Kiwi Kiss cardstock at 3 ½, fold on score line to create a pocket. Using the Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole and insert the silver brads to keep the pocket intact.

Stamp a tab using the Totally Tab stamp set and punch out with the Round Tab punch. Adhere the tab to the far right side of the pocket flap.

Adhere the 3 x 5 ½ patterned paper (I stamped my own patterned paper on Whisper White cardstock using the Seeing Spots and Pick a Petal stamp sets) to the flap of the pocket.

Using the Holiday Line Up stamp set, stamp the image on the 3 x 3 ½ Whisper White cardstock and color using the Classic Stamp pads and Blender Pen. Stamp the snowflakes from Holiday Blitz stamp set in Night of Navy.

Adhere stamped image to 3 ¼ x 2 ¾ Kiwi Kiss cardstock and double mat with 3 x 3 ½ Riding Hood Red cardstock.

Adhere matted image to the patterned paper centering the image.

Using the snowflake from Holiday Blitz, randomly stamp on the upper back portion of the pocket (see picture).

Punch two holes using the Crop-A-Dile and insert ribbon for hanging.

Have your child or other family members and friends write down gift ideas on slips of paper and place in pocket of wish list holder.

See you next time...where the ink dries...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What a weekend...

Sorry I didn't post this past weekend. It's my goal to post a project or something at least every weekend.
Brooke turned 16 and we had a big blow out at the house with about 50 teenagers. Needless to say there was no time to stamp. I do have a project ready to share...I just have to get a picture taken and right down the directions. I'll try to get it posted this weekend.

Maybe I'll surprise you and post two :)

See you next time...where the ink dries...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Christmas Crafts on the way!

I've been thinking about Christmas crafts lately. Chirstmas is around the corner and it's time to get busy!

Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing Christmas cards and crafts with you. Some of them will be my own designs, some will be shared with me from fellow demonstrators. All of them will be easy to make.

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See you next time....where the ink dries....

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Just for Fun

Hi Everyone!

Just thought I'd share the birthday invitation I did for Brooke's Sweet Sixteen party coming up this weekend. Although the stamps she picked were on the "Retired Shelf" you could easily substitute current stamp sets to reproduce this card. Before I get into all the details, let me tell you that I didn't come up with this idea...I copied from a fellow demonstrator, Mary Jo Albright from Pennsylvania. That's one of the great things about being part of the Stampin' Up! family is that we all share ideas. If you want information on how to join our family...click here.

I've included two pictures of the invite. One with it closed, which by the way will fit into a regular sized card envelope, and one with it opened, so you can see how cute it is. (I put all the party information on the back of the tag.)

I used Pink Pirouette from this year's In Color family and Chocolate Chip from the Earth Elements family and of course Whisper White.

Here's the supplies you'll need..

Paper cutter with scoring & cutting blade
4-1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock for base
2-1/2" x 5" piece of cardstock for tag
2-3/4" x 5-1/4" piece of cardstock for tag matting
Sticky Strip™
Hobby Blade
Crop-a-Dile™ tool
3/16" corner rounder punch

Here's how you do it...
  1. Score the 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock at at 1", 2-3/4", 3-3/4", 5-1/2", 7-1/4", 8-1/4", and 10".
  2. Stamp as desired. I used a Stampin' Around wheel and "wheeled" each section individually. You can use a background stamp or create a background using a smaller stamp.
  3. Turn cardstock base over to the non-stamped side. On the middle 5-1/2" score line, make a mark 5/8" in from both sides.
  4. Cut between marked lines to make a slit for your tag.
  5. You can make this slit larger if your tag has dimension and bulky accessories. Use a hobby blade, ruler, and setting mat to create your desired opening.
  6. Apply Sticky Strip™ to the stamped side on the end 1" scored sections. You will want to place one strip next to the score line on one, and one strip at the edge on the other side (this becomes important when closing the piece together and for holding the tag in place).
  7. Create your tag with the 2-1/2" x 5" piece of cardstock and adhere to the mat measuring 2-3/4" x 5-1/4". You can attach a Jumbo Eyelet. Add ribbon so tag can be pulled up.
  8. Slide tag into cut slit. Attach tag to one of your Sticky Strips™. Make sure it is centered in the slit and lines up with the bottom.
  9. Fold up the other side with the Sticky Strip™ and attach to the tag.
  10. And there you go...a free-standing pop-up card.
Now I know you're dying to make this card...even if you're not, humor me and pretend you are. Here are some suggestions and stamp sets and accessories.

These stamp sets are part of our Birthday Celebration Promotion and are listed at 20% off the retail price. This promotion ends October 31st.

109439 Big Bold Birthday $22.36
111532 Party Hearty* $21.56
110994 Bitty Birthday $10.36
111618 Crazy for Cupcakes* $19.16
111702 Time to Party* $13.56
108559 Crab & Company $22.36
*Stamp sets are die cut.

These are just a few suggestions...this card has so many possiblities...you can use it for Birthdays, Thank You, Christmas, Get Well Soon, Thinking of You...you get the picture...you can shop on-line for these and other products by clicking here and then click the "Shop Now" button or you can give me a call and I'll be more that happy to place an order for you.

If you have any questions or need help making this card...give me a call or send me an email.

See you next time....where the ink dries...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I've finally done it!!

Hi friends!

I've finally done it! I've entered into the world of blogging! Please bear with me as I learn and grow with my blog.

I really wanted to do this so I can share all of my projects with you...don't worry Deborah, you'll still get text messages with photo attachments asking how you like it..or do I need to change anything...LOL...don't know what I would do without you!

In the weeks and months ahead, I hope you will visit my little corner of the web and be inspired by what you see.

See you next time...where the ink dries....