Sunday, August 28, 2011

Holiday Mini Halloween Crow

When I saw the new Holiday Mini Catalog, I was so happy because it is
filled with so many fun items I want to try.
Then I turned to page 10 and saw this spooky crow all
dressed up for Halloween.
I knew I was going to do my best to recreate him.
Since I didn't have everything used on the model in the catalog,
I had to improvise. But I think that is a good thing.
It makes me stretch my imagination.
I think he turned out just fine.
Click on the photos to get a closer look.
If you don't have a copy of the Holiday Mini,
let me know and I will get one to you.
I think you will agree with me,

Good-bye Summer Mini Catalog

August 31 is the LAST day to order from the Summer Mini Catalog!
Let me know if there is something you would like from this great little catalog
and I will be happy to help you!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Buh bye August!

We are fast approaching the end of August!
And with the end of August comes the end of the
Buy Three Get One Free
Now is the time to stock up on the holiday papers for
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Email me with your order
or go to my website store at
and order anytime you like!

Something else to think about is that the
Summer Mini Catalog
ends on August 31 too!
Be sure to grab that item you have been putting off ordering

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Jayne Singleton is at it again!
She made this card using the new stamp set called
Button Buddies.
All the characters in the set have a spot for you to place a button.
This little guy has to be my favorite.
His little pearl eyes are just so stinkin'
Thanks, Jayne!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Circle Birthday

This is a quick card that let's you showcase
several textures, while giving a fun, happy birthday feeling too.
I've included a polka dot embossed circle, a designer paper circle,
a textured card stock circle, a smooth card stock circle and a
Glitter Paper circle tied up with a bow.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Thank You in a Pizza Box

Since I will be moving soon,
I wanted to thank my club members for sticking with me
through these last few months of my $25 Club.
I made a few 3 x 3 cards and placed them in a mini pizza box
to show my appreciation.
I think that little tag says it all!
Thanks, ladies!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Love & Care One More Time

I have been using this set a lot lately.
It is a Hostess set found in the Summer Mini Catalog called
Love & Care.
The Designer Paper is called
First Edition.
The colors used are
Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and Crumb Cake.
I will be sad to see this set retire at the end of this month.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hello Blossoms

This little single stamp called
Hello Blossoms
can be found in the Summer Mini Catalog which will expire
the last day of this month.
Don't put your order off any longer!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Monkey See, Monkey Do

As I stated in yesterday's post,
the members of the Pieces of Heart team
were given a challenge this month by
Don to make a card using at least ten circles
of at least two different sizes.
This card is my answer to that challenge.
I remembered seeing a version of this monkey on the display boards
at this year's convention.
There are even Window Sheets inside his glasses!
In case you're counting, there are 16 circles of various sizes.
His nose started as a circle too!

I'm not sure how someone would feel receiving
this monkey card
since the sentiment says
Thinking of You!
But he was fun to make.

Great challenge, Don.
You made us think outside of the.....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pieces of Heart August Dinner & Challenge

Time for the Pieces of Heart monthly dinner out and challenge!
This month we were challenged by our handsome mascot, Don,
to make a card using at least ten circles of at least two different sizes.
That one really made us scratch our heads.
But as you can see by these pictures, we met that challenge head on!

The cute card above was made by Jayne Singleton.
That little frog is sitting on a Lily pad...CUTE!
Diane Mickles turned her circles into a sunflower.
(I counted...exactly ten circle and two sizes!)
Judy Sumner's card is, appropriately for this time of year, a bookworm!
I believe this one is also Judy's.
(I am so sorry for the bad photo.)
The owl's feathers are made from circles.
Kristine Thurber added 'Bling' in Pearls to her card,
along with some pretty designer paper and embossed polka dots.
How pretty is this card from Patty Schnell?
She ran it through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder in the Big Shot.
In this photo, what you can't see because of the bad photography, (me),
is that the tree is made up of embossed card stock buttons from the
Sweet Buttons Embosslits folder.
Made by Deanna Schultz.
Theresa Tesson added a little interest to her card
by inking up a texture she found in her kitchen!
Love that idea.
Another cutie made by Deanna.
I've stolen ideas from her many times.
Thanks Deanna.
Keep 'em coming!

This is our famous Mascot, Don Schnell, and his card.
He participates in our challenges every month, and we love him for it.
His card is interactive in that when you open it up,
you see that the 'back end' of that little worm!
How clever!
Thanks for the challenge, Don.

Wouldn't you like to be a part of a Demonstrators group that has as much fun as we do?
Come on!
We would love to have you join us!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

S'Mores To Go!

You just never know when you might come across a campfire.
With this little box of 'S'mores To Go' you are always ready.
The friendly bear, here, thinks he is sneaking away with two under each arm.
All the more reason to have your own stash!
He is from the stamp set called
Under The Stars.
Did you know they now make flat marshmallows?
How convenient!
What a cute way to invite someone over for a snack
in front of the fire.
But watch out for that bear!

Becky Roberts

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sally Sunshine!

As I mentioned in an earlier post,
I attended an area demonstrator card swap.
What a fun day!
The main reason for that fun has to be
Sally Nusbaum.
One of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet.
She, and members of her team put the event together.
This is her swap and I was tickled to get it.
It reminds me of her,
and full of sunshine!
Thanks, Sally, for all you do!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jayne's Swap

Recently, the Pieces of Heart Team participated in a day of stamping
and swapping cards with area demonstrators.
We came home with some fantastic samples.
This one comes from our very own
Jayne Singleton!
I don't have this stamp set, but after seeing her card,
it is now on my list.
The sentiment is is perfect.
Great job, Jayne

Wouldn't you like to be a part of a group that enjoys the
same things you do....
Come be a part our group!
Let's talk!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I haven't been able to stamp much lately.
Trying to find a house in another state is starting to get in the way!
I have been so lucky to be the recipient of some really pretty cards recently.
This one is from a fellow TOPICS member, Carolyn Gray.
She has a way of taking my breath away with her work.
This card is a very good example of that.
Unbelievably beautiful.
Thank you Carolyn!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Stolen Love & Care

When I saw this layout on my friend and downline,
Judy Sumner's blog,
I melted and had to reproduce it.
The stamp set is called Love & Care.
I changed the colors just a bit.
I love Rose Red and checked my handy
Color Coach
and found that Elegant Eggplant
is a complimentary color.
I am not a purple fan, but I decided to try it.
I have come to trust the Color Coach for a reason.
It helps me when I am stumped and gives me just that little push
I need to work outside of my comfort zone.
It's a 'must have' tool!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August Calendar Insert

Penny's August Calendar Insert.
Go back to school, kids!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Less Is More With Love & Care

It is so hard for me to make a card without all the bells and whistles.
But sometimes less is more.
Here I used the Summer Mini Hostess Set called
Love & Care.
It's an explosion of color and that didn't need
any more than a few
tiny Basic Pearls to accent the little flowers.
Very summery!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Missouri Tax-Free Weekend!

The following items are tax-exempt during the Missouri sales tax holiday, August 5, 6 & 7. Go to my online 'store' to place your orders at that time. http://www.pamdurso.stampinup.net

Item Number




2-Way Glue Pen

$ 3.50


Dotto Refill

$ 6.50


Watercolor Pencils (24)

$ 19.95


Blender Pens (3)

$ 9.95


Craft & Rubber Scissors

$ 19.95



$ 12.95


Paper Snips

$ 9.95


Mini Glue Dots

$ 4.95


Anywhere Glue Sticks (2)

$ 3.95


Sticky Strip

$ 6.95


SNAIL Refill

$ 4.50


SNAIL Adhesive

$ 6.95


Stampin' Dimensionals

$ 3.95


Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

$ 3.95


Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler

$ 3.50


Craft Scissors

$ 29.95


Multipurpose Liquid Glue

$ 3.95


Stampin' Write Marker

$ 3.50


Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10)

$ 28.95


Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10)

$ 28.95


Brights Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10)

$ 28.95


Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (8)

$ 22.95


2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5)

$ 14.95


Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10)

$ 16.95


Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10)

$ 16.95


Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10)

$ 16.95


Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10)

$ 16.95


Stampin' Pastels

$ 24.95


2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5)

$ 14.95

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Promotion: Buy three, get one FREE!

Click the box above.
It will take you to my website where you can see what Designer Papers
are included in this month-long promotion!
You're gonna wanna stock up now!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Retirement = Dreams

Retirement is very close to my heart these days
since my husband has just retired from one job to take the job of his dreams.
To me, retirement should be the fulfillment of your dreams,
and what a perfect card to relay that message!
It uses the Word Play stamp set with
Night of Navy and Pear Pizzazz card stock and ink.

Julie Marshall

Monday, August 1, 2011

Promotions & New Pieces of Heart Members!

Oh my gosh!
My, my, my, but we have been busy this last month!
We have three new members to add to the Pieces of Heart Team.

Debra is Judy Sumner's new recruit.
Margaret is Kristine Thurber's new recruit.
Kim is my new recruit.
Welcome ladies!

With Judy's new recruit comes a promotion for her to Supervisor!
Congratulations Judy!
With the addition of these new members I promoted to Manager!
Thanks to everyone for all your hard work.

The Pieces of Heart Team is growing and doing great things.
Don't you want to be a part of an active, happy, successful group too?
Come on! We want you a part of our team!
Contact me for details.