Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fun Folds & Techniques Class

Check out these awesome cards we made at a recent Fun Folds & Techniques Class held by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Sandi Hartka (Sandi Loves Stamping).

I would have never thought to color the white embossing (flower) with alcohol markers!

Just beautiful!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lotus Blossom

Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration is over!  One of the free items I chose was the Lotus Blossom stamp set. 

For the 3-step blossom I chose: Step 1: Early Espresso. Step 2: Soft Suede.  Step 3: Sahara Sand.  The 2-step stem is Sahara Sand and Early Espresso.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Surf & Turf

Scrap & Stamp Arts
May/June 2015
Pages 21, 22 &35

The publication call was for cards featuring images of seaside, poolside, riverside, and more for an upcoming "Surf & Turf" section.  "It's All Good" and "Dropping you a Line" were my submissions.

The cupcake card on page 35 in the "Simple Stampin'" section was a card I completely forgot about.  I think I sent that in a couple of years ago.  Guess they finally had a chance to use it. :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Card Express

I attended a Card Express (3 cards of each of 2 great designs) at my local Stampin' Up! Demo's home (Sandi Loves Stamping).

On the first card, we used the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This is the coolest's white paper with a glossy white pattern (6 different patterns).  You can leave it white - or - you can sponge it with color and the glossy design stays white.  The only way to get this paper is through the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I earned 2 packs....yay!   I hope Stampin' Up! makes this a permanent item, but apparently it's rare for them to make a SAB item permanent.  Oh well.

The second card features the Hardwood background stamp, a paper doily, and the Petite Petals stamps and punch.  I love the colors!

And...I forgot to add the words on the pink card.  They were supposed to go on the bottom right corner of the top layer, but I popped on the layer on all of the cards before realizing it...and didn't want to take them off.  So....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


I recently attended a Stamp Camp at my local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's (Sandi Loves Stamping) home.  We made 5 cards of each of 3 great designs - one of which is the Etch-A-Sketch card.  The image is from the Stampin' Up! set From The Herd.  I heat embossed the assorted sentiments across the tops of the Etch-A-Sketches once I got home.

I love this card! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Christmas in February Shoe Box Swap

February 28, 2015, was the latest "Meade Girls" Shoe Box Swap.  I played the Hostess-with-the-Mostess at my new (to me) home in the country-ish.  The theme was Christmas (for the most part).

We also honored the memory of my good friend, and one of the Meade Girls, Kathy Winland, who passed away suddenly on New Year's Eve, by making a card she had designed beforehand - and by collecting hand-made cards to be donated to Operation Write Home and the Ronald McDonald House (she donated cards to both for many years).

Below are the terrific cards we made:

 Paula, Cindy, Tracie

 Gloria, Michelle, Rose

 Kathi, Kathy, Theresa

 Fran, Jane, Angie




 In Memory of Kathy Winland (on right)
4/17/62 - 12/31/14

I miss you so much, my friend.

Monday, February 16, 2015

In the Kitchen

Scrap & Stamp Arts
April 2015
Pages 53 & 54

Scrap & Stamp Arts put out a call for images related to cooking, baking, or a little of both.  I submitted the following 2 cards.

"Just for You" features an image from Magnolia Stamps.

"Cook With Wine" features an image from Rubbernecker Rubber Stamps.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wetlands by Stampin' Up!

Today, I decided to play with my Stampin' Up! Wetlands stamp set and see how many different coordinating cards I could come up with.  With a little inspirational help from an old shoe box swap card made by a friend, along with Pinterest, I managed to come up with six...and stopped there.

Now I'm thinking that these would make a nice gift if packaged up all together.  Hmmmm...maybe I should make another set or two.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me

One of the best things about being a card maker and being a part of a circle of card-making friends is the great cards you get on your birthday.

Thank you (from top to bottom, left to right): Gloria, Cindy, Paula, Sandi, Fran, Theresa, Kathi, Michelle, Amanda, Jane, and Pat.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Stamp Camp

Today I was the hostess at Stamp Camp at my local Stampin' Up! Demo's home.  Sandi has a terrific set-up in her home and makes it easy for her customers to take turns being hostess with the benefit of using her studio and supplies.  And she always has something going on (Schedule of Events).  Sandi's blog is:  and her Facebook page is:

We made three terrific cards featuring products from the new Occasions Catalog (Sheltering Tree, Butterfly Basics, and Butterfly Thinlits Dies) and the current Sale-A-Bration Catalog (Lotus Blossom). 

These cards look sooooo much better in person...and I forgot to add the snow/glitter to the tree card.  Oh well :)