Christmas in October? No trick, just SWEET!

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Bling it up Baby!

Ok.  True confessions.  I don’t know about you, but when I go to case a card, I ALWAYS to to Mary Fish’s blog, called Stampin’ Pretty to case a new card idea.  This month’s card club was no exception.

This card is the one I found on her blog to case for this month.

But as much as I liked it, I really wanted to “Bling it Up” a notch or two and show off all 3 glimmer papers we sell.  So here is what I came up with.

My Blinged Out version of Mary Fish's CardSo much SPARKLE!  I love it!

Here is what you need to make this card:

Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Red, Silver and Glimmer Papers

(My version changes Mary’s Real Red to red glimmer paper, and her Starfruit (yellow) to our Champagne Glimmer Paper

Stamps:  You’re Amazing

Punches:  3/4″, 1 1/4″, 1 3/4″ circles, Apothecary Accents Framelits

Inks:  Staz-On Black

Accessories:  Paper piercer to punch hole for the Glitter Brads.  Glitter Brad (Brights pack) Real Red or Tempting Turquoise both look great!  The Silver Glitter brad (from the Basics pack) would also work.  OH!  and Dimensionals as always!

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Bailey’s Birthday!

Bailey, my SWEET niece, is turning 16 soon, and for her birthday I was asked me to create invitations for her sleepover.  Her criteria were 1) it has to have a cupcake and 2) the color scheme has to be red, white and blue.  This is what I came up with.  Hope she likes it!

To make this card you will need:

Paper:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Polka Dot Parade DSP

Stamps:  “Memorable Moments” (1, 6), “Pretty Postage” (SWEET)

Ink:  Pacific Point

Accessories & Tools:  Rhinestone basic jewels, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, cupcake punch, elegant lines folder (icing), stripes folder (cupcake bottom),  Stampin’ Pierce mat, paper piercing tool, Essentials paper piercing pack, and as always, two-way glue pen, snail, glue dots, and as always,…DIMENSIONALS!

Big Shot:  Cupcake punch, Elegant lines folder (icing), Stripes folder (cupcake bottom) Labels collection Framelits and Apothecary Accents Framelits.

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Lovely and Lacey Telescope Technique Scrapbook page

This post looks very similar to my last, but it is not the same!  Look closer.

No it is not a card, a bird or a plane,…and yes!  It IS a 12×12 scrapbook page!

I like to think of scrapbook pages as “blown up” cards.  I love the telescope technique for making this such an easy way to do it.  Still learning how to edit/crop my photos.  Please excuse the extra borders!

Lovely and Lacey Sister Scrapbook PageOne tip I will give in making this page is to put this page on a diet!  Ha! Ha!

I cut out some of the inside paper that doesn’t show in all the layers except the top and bottom layers.  One reason is obviously economics.  The inside layers you remove (cut out) is perfectly good paper to use on other projects, but mostly I do it because it cuts down on the weight of the scrap page considerably, making a big difference in the weight of your scrapbook over time.

Lovely and Lacey Sister Scrap book layout companion page

The rhinestone accessories are added to many of the circles in the first picture.  The second picture shows rhinestones in only 3 highlighted circles.  It is up to you how much or how little you want to bling it up!

To make this scrapbook page layout you will need:

Cardstock:  Whisper White 12×12, Marina Mist 12×12, Gumball Green

Ink:  Marian Mist, Gumball Green

Stamps:  Lovely and Lacey, Family Reunion

Accessories:  Rhinestones, Gumball Green 3/8″ satin stitched ribbon, dimensionals

Punches:  Decorative Label, 1″ and 1 1/4″ circle

Have fun!

Til next post,…

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“Lovely and Lacey” Telescope Technique

Hello Blog Post Readers!

I am BAAACK.  I hope my post today will be worth the wait!

Today’s card uses the telescope technique.  I love a technique that looks hard and complicated but is really very simple, don’t you!?   I used the Lovely and Lacey stamp set here, but many others would be equally as nice.  I also love the marina mist, whisper white and gumball green color combo, but the colors could EASILY be changed and make a totally different look as well.

Lovely and Lacey Telescope technique

To make this card you need:

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Gumball green

Ink:  Marina Mist and Gumball Green,

Accessories:  Gumball green 3/8″ satin stitched ribbon, green glitter brad, dimensional.

Punches:  1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle punches.

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Back To “SPOOL”

Free Ribbon in September!

Can you believe it’s September?? I sure can’t!  Nor can I believe I have a new set of 13 “Owl Babies” waiting for me to teach them in two days!  I must say Stampin’ Up! is heaven sent for any teacher out there.   Because everything is color coordinated by families, it makes matching everything (paper, inks, ribbons,…) simply a breeze and the convenience of the Big Shot makes duplicating crafts a cinch!  I can’t imagine my classroom without my Stampin’ Up! products to help me.  Thank goodness I don’t have too!

And guess what?  During the month of September you can get a FREE spool of the Stitched Satin Ribbon  with every $40 purchase! (an $8.95 value)

Would you like to see this beautiful ribbon in action??  Check out my posts “Live in the Sunshine” as well as “Simple and Elegant” and you will see 3 different colors of this FAB-ulous ribbon used in action!  Many of the products found on these cards are available for purchase in the Idea Book and Catalog, and some can be found in the Holiday catalog.  Hope you check out my website and don’t forget if you order $40 of product this month, you get a FREE spool of the Stitched Satin Ribbon!!  Whoop-Whoop!!


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Life Shared

If  your day or week has been like mine, you’ve been running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done for back to school on Monday.  Today made me think of this awesome card a stranger gave me in line at Momento Mall while I was at Stampin’ Up! Convention this summer.  I had struck up a conversation with the lady next to me in line and found out her name is Julie Millard, and she is a former teacher, now into Stampin’ Up! and well,… no surprise we hit it off.  She showed me one of her cards and I ranted and raved…isn’t it TOO cute?! Anyway, I was out of my own cards to trade with her but she gave me one anyway!  Her kindness brought me back to the title of the stamp set she used, “Life Shared” and the quote on the bottom of the card, “The best things in life are meant to be shared”.  Stampin’ Up! is one of those things for me!

The recipe for this card:

Stamps:  Life Shared (#126820), wood only

Ink:  Black StazOn (#101406), Gumball Green (#126861), Midnight Muse (#126860), Riding Hood Red (#126968), So Saffron (#126957), Chocolate Chip (#126979), Basic Gray (#126981)

Cardstock:  Whisper White (#100730), Midnight Muse (#126843)

Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade (#126902) and Storytime (#126907)

Big Shot: Buttons #5 Sizzlits (#113440)

Embellishments:  Crystal Effects (#101055) and linen thread (#104199).

Speaking of “The best things in life are meant to be shared”-  in the middle of my crazy day today, a dear friend, parent of a former student, and now member of one of my card clubs, Michelle Smith, dropped off a HEAVY box of gently used children’s books for me to add to my classroom book nook.  I was SO blessed by this generous donation I had to blog and “SHARE” it with you!  Her Ian is such a character.  He and his sister Isabelle are learning at an early age…”The best things in life are meant to be shared.” Thanks kids!

Til next blog…


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