Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last Day to Take Advantage of National Scrapbooking Month Promotion!

May is coming to an end.
And, unfortunately, so is the National Scrapbooking Month Promotion.
But if you act quickly, you can still get 30% off select scrapbooking stamp sets.
One of those sets is Party Hearty used on the card above.
The pennants on that Baker's Twine are actually party hats turned upside down!
Cute huh?
Click the Scrapbooking promotion box on the right-hand side
of my blog for more details and sets included in the promotion.
Get your set at 30% off!
But do it TODAY!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Punch Art BBQ Grill

Very sweet friends invited Steve and I over for dinner.
This friend is known for his expertise on the BBQ grill.
And he did not disappoint! It was wonderful.
To thank them, I wanted to send a fun card
and was inspired by Diane Burns punch art grill.
The only stamped part is the thank you on the cloud.
The rest of the card is made from punches and Scribble & Swirls Sizzlets die.
Can't ya just smell that smoke?

A very special thank you to all who have served in the military and their families.
Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Classic!

Oh my gosh!
Where do I begin with this card?
It has so many fun elements.
I love it!
The stamp sets used were To a Classic from the big catalog
and Travel Log from the Summer Mini.
It also uses the Big Shot with the Scallop Square Duo
and the Ovals dies.
My favorite is that little Trinket Key.
How cute it that?
The whole feel is kind of retro or.......

Heather Summers

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Kimberly Anne!

Happy Birthday little Bunny.
Hope your day is everything you wish it to be.
Dad and I miss you and love you so very much.
Can't wait to see you soon.

Friday, May 27, 2011


You will never lose your way when you have a compass.
(Okay, I probably would. I need landmarks.
I don't have a clue where north, south, east and west are!)
The stamp set is called Sail Away and the compass is from The Open Sea.
Both from the new Summer Mini Catalog.
The designer paper is called Nautical Expedition.
The compass was stamped twice and
punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch and the 3/4" Circle Punch.
I added one of our carryover Spinners and popped it up with
Dimensionals to give it that realistic look.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lovely As A Tree

Although the focus of my Masculine May Stamp Camp was for the guys,
this card would be perfect for anyone.
It uses a very popular stamp set called Lovely As A Tree.
If you don't have this set in your collection, you might want to consider getting it!
It is a very versatile set.
The sentiment below is from All Holidays...
another must-have set!

Emma Fewkes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

H B With Flair!

The carryover designer paper called First Edition,
was used for this masculine birthday card.
The stamp set is Engraved Greetings,
and was punched using the 2 1/2" Circle Punch
on Very Vanilla Card Stock.
The Wide Grosgrain Ribbon in Basic Black
is gathered just a bit to give it such a nice flair!

Robin Merriman

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Open Sea

This card can be found in the Summer Mini Catalog in a 3 x 3 size.
I liked it so much that I made it into a standard size.
The stamp set is called The Open Sea,
and the designer paper is Nautical Expedition.
There is also a bit of our new Baker's Twine in Early Espresso and White.
The card stock is Textured Not Quite Navy.
The stamp set for the sentiment inside comes from Wonderful Favorites,
a great set when you want to personalize for family.
Very softly stamped below it is the ship from The Open Sea.
Such a manly card.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Best Dad Ever

At my recent Masculine May Stamp Camp,
we made nothing but cards for the guys.
This sample is from a new stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog,
called Best Dad Ever.

We used Black Embossing Powder on the ties.
Then added a Pearl 'tie-tack'.
The newsprint behind is from the carryover designer paper called First Edition.
All for the BEST DAD EVER!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gift Card Set

I just love a little compact gift that gives that WOW factor!
I first saw this at the Branson Regional.
I wanted to give a sweet lady something special as a thank you,
and thought this would work perfect.
It contains four cards plus envelopes,
all in a little folder no bigger than 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"!
I used card stock and retired designer paper called Botanical Gazette.
Perfect use of leftover designer papers.
I just love that little bee.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Simple Sympathy Card

This is just a simple sympathy card using the Awash With Flowers stamp set.
I pulled a thread from the end of the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon to gather it.
Then added layers of Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler card stock on Naturals Ivory.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pieces of Heart Night Out

Last Tuesday night was our monthly Pieces of Heart Team night out.
It also was Kristine Thurber's birthday, so we had even more reason to get together
and celebrate.
Somebody let the cat out of the bag and told the wait-staff we had a birthday at our table.
I love this picture of Kristine. She is trying so hard not to rip that hat off.
Sorry Kristine. You just look so cute enduring that silly song and hat.
Every month we have a new challenge to meet.
This time Mary Ellen Cope gave us jumbo clothes pins to alter.
Not an easy task I might add.
The one above is Judy Sumner's.
Patty Schnell's
Mary Ellen Cope's
This entry is by none other than our Mascot, Don.
He didn't have a jumbo clothespin,
so he used a regular size one and turned it into a grasshopper!
It REALLY did look like one too!
He wanted everyone to know that he put it together in about 45 minutes,
just before they left for the restaurant.
Once again he is just showing off!
Next month a new challenge.
Tune in to see what Mascot Don comes up with then!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hallmark CASE

My husband, Steve, and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary,
(38 years, thank you very much!).
I received the above card from one of my dearest friends, Toni.
(Yes, I have some non-stamping friends, but don't worry, I'm working on her!)
Please excuse the coffee stain. Sometimes things get kinda wild in my stamping room.
My first thought was "Oh, that sweet Toni, she never forgets an important date."
Then my second thought was " I am so CASE-ing this card!"
Here is my version of that Hallmark card.
I had just ordered and received the Finial Press Embossing Folder
and instantly put it to work on Very Vanilla card stock.
What is hard to see here is that I patted the Whisper White Craft Ink pad
over the embossed design.
I did the same with the embossed Perfect Polka Dots on Whisper White card stock and Very Vanilla Craft Ink.
A little ribbon and a sentiment and it's ready to send to someone special...
maybe Toni!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kristine!

Today is Pieces of Heart Stamper,
Kristine Thurber's birthday!
So I wanted to make a 'cake' for her special day.
The original idea came from Deana Schultz.
You can see her 'cake' on my April 5 posting.
It's easy to make.
Start with two Styrofoam discs, one bigger than the other
Wrap chocolate nuggets with designer paper and adhere to the outside of each disc.
It takes on the shape of a cake. Then decorate as you wish.
The 'flames' on the candles are from the Two-Step Bird Punch!
I used my Big Shot and the Naturally Serif Alphabet Die for the letters.
Hope you have a great day, Kristine!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Strawberry Daiquri Anyone?

Are you all of a sudden craving a Strawberry Daiquiri?
I've made these little strawberries before, but thought they would be perfect for the stamp set called Cheers To You!
I used the Itty Bitty Bits Heart Punch to make the body of the strawberry, and the greenery at the top is also an Itty Bitty Bits Punch. After I adhered them to my white card stock, I ran it through my Big Shot in the Square Lattice Folder.
(One of my favorite looks lately!)
Just a touch of Crystal Effects on that little strawberry on the drink glass,
and Dazzling Diamonds makes you want to have a
Strawberry Daiquiri doesn't it?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

On The Grow

I am in love with this little stamp.
It's called On The Grow and can be found in the Summer Mini Catalog.
(Don't have your mini? Contact me and I will make sure you get one.)
I water colored the flowers and jar with Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Baja Breeze and our Blender Pens.
That luscious ribbon is our 1 1/4" Grosgrain in Daffodil Delight.
It makes such a pretty addition to those sweet flowers next to it.
Words are not even needed.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Petal Cone Die Cupcake

I posted this cute cupcake made with the Petal Cone Die on my blog yesterday
and for some reason it was dropped.
So here it is again.
Cuteness wrapped up with a bow!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Doing the HAPPY Dance!

I have been given an award from one of my favorite bloggers,
Heather Klump!
(I kind of stalk her...but in a good way.)
She is just one of the nicest people you will ever meet and I am such a fan of her designs.

Now, to return the favor, I must list five bloggers that inspire me!
(It goes without saying, my sister, Penny Thomas, but she was included in Heather's picks.)
I check the blogs of these ladies constantly for inspiration:

Judy's Stamp Pad
Ink Bug's Stamping Fit
Live, Laugh, and Stamp with Karen
To Stamp or Not to Stamp...What a Silly Question!
Stampin' With Di

Also, I must list three things you may not know about me:

1. Cannot miss an episode of either Amazing Race, Top Chef or Project Runway!
(Kinda tricky...sometimes those last two are on at the same time!)

2. I love the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team!
Catcher Yadier (Yadi) Molina is my favorite.
(Bonus fact - My daughter went to school with
Cardinals' pitcher Kyle McClellan! So we root for him too!)

3. Worked in an elementary school for exactly THREE days.
I couldn't get out of there fast enough! Just couldn't do it!
That's why I hold a place dear in my heart for teachers!
(Plus, I raised two!)

Thanks, Heather! Keep rolling those awesome designs out so I can CASE them!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Easter Owl

I know Easter is over,
but please indulge me for just a bit.
I came across this little guy originally done by Celia Cawthon.
It is, yet again, another reason to have the Owl Punch.
There is just no end to what you can do with it.
Sorry, Mr. Owl, you are not fooling anyone!
Besides, the chocolate eggs are all gone.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sail Away

I took part in a card swap with other demonstrators recently
and this card was one of the swaps I received.
I just love it and thought you might like to see it too.
It was made by Marsha Parsons who used the new stamp set called Sail Away.
The designer paper is Nautical Expedition.
The Baker's Twine is new too and is perfect for this card.
All of those new items can be found in the Summer Mini Catalog!
Reminds me of the song by Enya
Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tote-ally Krissie!

A very special young lady in our family recently graduated from Beauty School.
We are very proud of her and wanted a special gift card holder for her.
I thought of the scissors in the stamp set called Tote-ally Tess.
She also wears an apron and looks ready to start styling!
The gift card holder is made from an envelope that has been folded in half.
One side is taped shut and the other side holds the card.
I used a pretty ribbon to tie it closed.
How easy is that?

Congratulations Krissie!
We love ya!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May Calendar

This is the May page of the little calendar my sister, Penny Thomas, gave me.
She used the stamp set called Pocket Silhouettes for those sweet little flowers.
The Itty Bitty Shapes Punch was used to accentuate them,
along with the Basic Pearls.
The sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Isn't that little butterfly cute? He is from the Embosslits Die
called Beautiful Wings.
The Embossing Folder called Perfect Polka Dots was used for the base
and the Scallop Trim Border Punch just below the flowers.
Thank you, Penny!
And Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May is National Scrapbooking Month

If you like to scrapbook, May is the month for YOU!
Now through the 31, you may purchase selected stamp sets,
hard and soft cover photobooks, individual and double-sided pages,
along with three My Digital Studio download bundles, ALL for 30% OFF!
Check out the link below to see the details and selected items: