Wednesday, August 26, 2009


The man in brown came to visit yesterday and brought a truckload of Holiday Mini goodies - so of course I played ALL evening last night.

Of the 4 cards I created (after scanning the image sheets and putting together all 9 stamp sets), THIS one is my favorite. I LOVE everything about it. Okay - maybe the nose IS just a little too big - but other that THAT I love everything about it. The VERY BEST PART??? The button!

All products used to make this card are SU! (except the button and ribbon).

Paisley Background
Scenic Seasons

Very Vanilla
Cameo Coral
Soft Suede

Creamy Caramel
Cameo Coral
Soft Suede

Soft Suede
Blush Blossom

This was pretty easy to put together which is another PLUS for this card and it's just too darn cute when it's done.

Enjoy your day today!
and until next time -
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


As promised, here are the eight cards I made using the ONE SHEET WONDER template from yesterday's post. Did any of you print it out and try it? If so I'd love to see what you did.

Before I go any further let me apologize for all the extra spacing between cards. Blogger has a mind of it's own when it comes to where to put spaces and how many to add. I tried and tried to fix it - but finally thought "what the heck" and left it the way it is. Now - on to the cards.

I used Stampin'Up! Product almost exclusively for these cards. I began with a sheet of 8.5 x 11 Very Vanilla cardstock and randomly stamped specks in Real Rust using a stamp for the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set. Next I stamped the oakleaf & acorn image from the "Lovely as a Tree" set in Chocolate Chip. Using a craft sponge I applied More Mustard, Real Rust, and Perfect Plum. After cutting into pieces using the ONE SHEET WONDER template I sponged around the edges of each piece in Soft Suede and added touches of Tempting Turquoise to each piece.

The base card for each is SU! Soft Suede stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Chocolate Chip and the accent pieces are Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.


Needs a bit of tweaking. I think I will move the
ribbon so it follows the diagonal line instead of
cutting the card in half and possibly place some.
mini brads vertically in the lower right corner.

I forgot to add sponging along the torn edge of the Dusty Durango Cardstock. Otherwise I'm happy with it the way it is.


This is a little different than planned on the layout. Someone threw away the long piece of
cardstock that was supposed to be used behind
the three main pieces. Ooooops!

I like this layout alot too. It is actually 3 same size squares but the layout makes it look like a square and a rectangle.

If you use the template, make sure to cut and use all three squares. Otherwise the "rectangle" will be to short.

The only card using non-SU! product. I didn't have the
brown buttons. Oh well. This card needs a little sponging
around the torn egdes too.

That's my 8. Let me see what you can do.

Thanks for visiting -
and until next time -
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Have you ever made or use a template for a "ONE SHEET WONDER"? I never had until yesterday. I've heard the term and seen some cards created with them but had never really been interested in trying my hand at it. THEN one of the SU! demos in my side-line issued a challenge to those of us participating in an upcoming stamping event to create a template and 8 cards using the template. It was actually quite fun and quicker than I imagined it would be.

This is the template I created. It is an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. (The outside border lines are missing.) I added the measurements for those of you who might like to try it and lettered it so that you can match it to the corresponding layouts (shown below). I'm sorry the drawings are so light - they are pencil renderings and I forgot to darken the lines with marker before scanning - and since I'm in a hurry (as usual) I didn't have time to redo them for today's post. If you click on the image it will enlarge it so that you should be able to see the dimensions clearly.

The second image is a diagram of the 8 different layouts I created for this template. The letters are placed on each card so that when it is at the right angle the card is also at the correct angle - either a vertical or horizontal layout.
As you will see by the template there is a letter 'I'. There are 4 small, unused pieces left when you cut up the 8.5" x 11" sheet. I have an idea for a 9th layout using 3 of them - but since I haven't actually created it I didn't want to add the layout to the sketch. Sometimes what looks good in my head doesn't look so good on paper. Know what I mean?????
Come back tomorrow to check out the Fall cards I made using this template. Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry are the "In-colors" I used and they are beautiful - if I do say so myself. LOL!

Until tomorrow -
Have a great day and happy stamping!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


WOW! I just checked the date of my last blog post and it was more than 2 weeks ago!
Where did that time go - and why wasn't I in my studio happily stamping??? Looking back at my calendar I realized why - I had a wedding and wedding rehearsal dinner to help prepare (my nephew), photos to edit, 2 technique's classes to prepare for and a birthday lunch and shopping (my 50th!). Life has been a whirlwind the past couple of weeks but I am all caught up now and looking forward to a week of playtime before getting down to the business of preparing for a workshop at the end of the month.

The 2 cards I'm sharing today are samples from one of my technique's classes. I love the scraps of fabric, the frayed edges and the country feel of the first one. I used SU! Real Red and Mellow Moss markers to color the stamp then stamped directly onto the fabric. I used the writing point of the markers to add "shading" and definition to the stamped image.

The second card is made using the "WRINKLE FREE DISTRESS" technique made "famous" by Sherry Cheever. This was my first attempt at it so it's not up to Sherry's standard - but I still like the way it turned out. I used Cameo Coral and Mellow Moss Inks to create the background then once it was dry, overstamped the image in Not Quite Navy. Isn't the stamp adorable? It's from Great Impressions. I have two older sisters and this reminded me of us as children so it was a "must have".

Not much to chatter about today but I did want to let all of you know about the Peoria Area Stamp Fest that several of us SU! demos are hosting in September. If you will be in the area on the 19th and would like information just leave a message and I'll get back to you with the registration info.
That's it for today. Have a great one and until next time -
Happy Stamping!