Sunday, September 26, 2010

Spooky Cuteness

OMG! How cute is this? These little goodies were made with the Petal Card Punch! Punch two, put them together and you have a little 'box' just big enough for a chocolate nugget! They were originally created by Patti Lee, http://www.creationsbypatti.blogspot.com/
Just too flippin' cute.

The pumpkin is made by putting three oval punches together. The mummy is made with the Word Window punch. And the scary bat's wings are made with the 1 3/4" circle punch, cut in half, then punching that piece with the 1/2" circle punch. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

Pieces of Heart Stampers Day of Fun

Several of us were very lucky to attend the Happy Holidaze Demonstrator Event in Ferguson, Missouri, Saturday. It was a wonderful day of learning, swapping, visiting, EATING, and of course, stamping. It was flawlessly put together by some very awesome people. I would like to especially thank Karen Graff-Povis, Sarah Klasing, and Sally Nusbaum for making our group feel so welcome and for all they did to put it together.

We put together a display board of some of our works of heart. Here Jayne and Judy are hard at work 'fastening' our cards to the board.
We were pretty proud of the interest our cards generated at the event.

I was honored to have been asked to demonstrate some of the things you can do with the Simply Adorned jewelry line for them. Here is my table with all my goodies displayed. It was fun, but how can you go wrong with all those pretty things?

I always forget to take a picture while we are stamping. But did remember just before we left at the end of the event. That's the cleanest our table was the whole day!
Love these ladies!
Starting from the left is Patty Schnell, Jayne Singleton, (it was her birthday and the whole room sang to her!), Theresa Tesson, and Judy Sumner.
We are already looking forward to the next get-together!

My Kind of Pencil!

Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon and made one too. It's a roll of Rollos, with a Kiss as the point. I KNOW! A chocolate pencil!
Kinda silly, kinda cute, very delicious!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Miss D'Urso's Pencil Holder

From what I understand, a third grade classroom really goes through pencils. What a cute way to keep them on the desk of the third grade teacher!
I just happen to know a third grade teacher, and I thought she could use one on her desk!

I don't have delusions that it won't get beat up by third grade, grabbing fingers,
but in the meantime,
it's cute.
Maybe when she has had a rough day,
she can look at it and know that Mom loves her,
even though she is all 'growed up' and a third grade teacher.

Monday, September 20, 2010

September Halloween Stamp Camp

I had so much fun putting this camp together.
I basically used the Wicked Cool Stamp set and the Wicked Fun Designer Papers with a few others sprinkled in.

To make the flames glow,
we 'stamped' a pencil eraser in Daffodil Delight ink and accented each one.

This witch is trying to hide,
but with the 'bling' on her boots she won't have much luck.

We used the Big Shot Spider Web Embossing Folder on card stock vellum for this card.
What you can't see very well in this picture, is that we also sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on a few strands of the web to give it a dewy look.
On top, is the new Raven Lace. It's so soft and pretty. We tied it several times to mimic a spider. But it's a pretty spider, don't you think?

Hey, it's Halloween! Gotta have chocolate!
This little box is made with the Scalloped Envelope die, using the Word Window punch for the handle. We put two together and tied it up pretty with a satin ribbon.

It just so happens that a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup fits very nicely inside.

Love a chance to make a card look dirty.
Using the Spritzer tool, we did a pretty good job in the dirty department.
We took a strip of the Wicked Cool Designer Paper and fanned it out underneath our sentiment.
Trick or Treat!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Over The Top!

We have some very good friends leaving on a cruise soon. They are lucky enough to have booked a cabin on the new Royal Caribbean ship called the Oasis of the Seas. It is supposed to be 'over the top' wonderful. I couldn't let them leave without a bon voyage from me.
I feel I was lucky enough to have found this little work of art from Heather Klump, who, besides Penny, is my favorite stamper of all time! She is just 'over the top' wonderful too! If you get a chance to check her art, ( I believe her designs are ART!) on http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ you will not be disappointed. I immediately went to work on reproducing it.
Could there ever be a better card than this to send to my lucky friends?

This stamp is from a retired set called Words by Wilson. Blender pens were used to catch the shadows and water. It was cut out and then popped up using dimensionals, the water then was placed on top of that.
I think I see Marge and Rich up front wearing the red hats!
Bon Voyage!

Thank you, Heather.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scholarly Owl

This little guy is so versatile. He is made with our new Two-Step Owl punch and I just love him. On this card, he is learning his ABC's. And look how clever he is to have found a greeting in them! Probably because he is wearing his Poppy Parade spectacles. I think even Sally Jessy Raphael would be jealous! (If you don't remember her, please don't tell me. I am showing my age!) The pencil is made with the Word Window punch and the tip of the Star punch.

Lisa Young is the inspired stamper who designed this cutie.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Houston - We Have a New Driver!

This card is for my nephew in Houston, who just received his driver's license!
I'm proud of him, and wanted to send a special card.
This little car was so easy to make using circle, oval, and label punches.
I especially like the star on the left. It reminds me of the old Texaco station signs.
Appropriate, don't you think?
Anyway, if you see him on the road......give him a thumbs up!
Love ya, Hunter!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Breaks My Heart

I have always had a sentimental attachment to my trees. We were so proud that our Pin Oak in the front yard and the Ash in the back were two of the prettiest and tallest in the neighborhood. I used to turn the corner onto our street in the fall and look at the
splendid colors coming from them,
and it just made me feel good.
Our Ash tree, in the backyard, succumbed this year, to a infestation that hit many in our area. It wasn't long before it was just a sad, pathetic sight. We knew it had to come down before it fell on our house or our neighbors'.
I restrained myself from locking my arms around it and forbidding them to take it down. Instead, I just watched from my bedroom window with tears in my eyes.
That's not a woodpecker! It's a man, taking the tree down all by himself! I was terrified for him, because if something happened to him, I would have to save him!
Boy, would he be in trouble!
I think the reason it was so painful is because so many moments in our lives have been shared with this tree. We have been in this house 26 years. Megan is 28, and Kim is 26. This was their playground while growing up. Under that very tree, they had their picture taken with their first dog. It's where I set up their little blow-up pool, to protect them from the sun. It's where their swing-set sat. It's where confirmation pictures were taken, and then prom. As they grew up, so did that tree. It kept the backyard shaded and cool while we grilled on the patio. It's where the birds nested in the birdhouses my father-in-law made for me. And where the squirrels (I named them Stumpy, who we believe had a run-in with a hawk, and Rusty), entertained me at the kitchen window, while I washed dishes.
Now it's all gone, but the memories.
It breaks my heart.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Punchie Pumpkins

Wow, as soon as we hit September, the weather turned cool and crisp.
Made me think of Fall and all that goes with it.
Steve bought a fire pit last year and I can't wait to try it out with S'mores,
all bundled up listening to football!
(Later smelling like campfire
and having to jump in the tub and throwing our clothes in the washer to get out the smell.
I wasn't a shining example of Girl Scouts, ok? I did, however, like the S'mores part!)
Anyway, one of the things I thought of was PUMPKINS! These two cards are from past camps, and have a Thanksgiving sentiment, but could easily be made for Halloween.
I think this is my all-time favorite pumpkin card. So simple. I simply punched five ovals in Pumpkin Pie (hmm, fitting!), and one in a Garden Green for the 'stem'. Using a sponge, I brushed the edges to give it that shadowed look. Taped them altogether and popped up with dimensionals.
This one was made with nine punched circles.
Each circle is folded in half and adhered to each other until you get a fanned 3-D pumpkin.
I'm kinda getting the urge for pumpkin pie.
Wonder if you can make that on a fire pit....nah.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Military Thank You

Just a simple thank you card
using the template from a previous post.
This one has a patriotic theme. I'm always looking for those.
I think it puts across the appreciation I am trying to show the recipient.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


This week I actually found time to stamp, when I wasn't planning or preparing for a camp. Boy, did I have some fun! I saw this punch art, on the SU demonstrator website, using the large Scallop die. I don't have that one, so I had to scale everything down to the Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch, that I do have. With a lot of trial and error, (more error), I was able to mirror the original with a few touches of my own.

My favorite part of this card is the pacifier.
(Reminds me of that baby on the Simpson's show, with that funny sucking sound.)
Makes me laugh.
How cute?
Since the 'buggy' opens up, I just popped it up with dimensionals onto a layered card.
Some of the pieces are retired. I don't think the sweet lady receiving it, who has become a grandmother for the second time, will mind.
Get back into that buggy baby girl!