Saturday, August 28, 2010

BC 166 Color Challenge

Good morning all! What a gorgeous day again, here in Boston Massachusetts! My grass is starting to green up now that we got about 4 inches of rain earlier in the week! Yay!! It has been such a long time!! I need to apologize that this post wasn't up earlier -- I made the card and took the pictures on time, but then sent the camera with my daughter Lyndsey who went to the Justin Bieber concert last night in Providence Rhode Island! Before she left for Volleyball tryouts again this morning at 7:30, I had to re-claim my camera and get this up to share with y'all!

The Color Challenge for my Blogger's Challenge group this week was to make a card using red, yellow and green. I thought it would be easy! I was a little bit wrong!! I think "easy" would have been to make a card with all the primary colors: red, yellow, green ... and blue! Anyhoo, here's this week's admission, with 2 takes on it. I'm going to ask your opinion, so pay attention!

This first card is okay, but maybe a little bland? What do you think? I'm not going to melt with criticism so tell me like it is, okay?!!

I'm liking this next card just a tiny bit more. What do you think? Did you pick up the difference?

I'd say that I'd tally up the comments and then send this card to my "bestest girl friend" from high school ... but I'd be lying! I took card number 1 and added the sponging when it looked plain, so Nan's getting the second card! Hope she likes it! Happy Birthday Nan! I'll be over in 4 hours plus traffic with a box of Entenmann's Chocolate Chip Cookies, just like the good 'ole days!!

Stamps: Well Scripted
Paper: SU Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: I Wild Wasabi and Poppy Parade Classic Inks
Accessories: my Big Shot with the Daisies Flowers # 2 Bigz die, Little Leaves sizzlit, and Beautiful Wings embosslit.

Quick Tip:
1. How easy would it be to make this card for any occasion and any season. The rectangles are 1 3/4" x 2 1/4" with a mat of an additional 1/4" . Just switch out the sentiment, switch out the color combo of your "squares", and you're good to go!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today's cards use the Extreme Elements stamp set from Stampin' Up! My son is an "extreme" player, as are many of his friends, so these stamps are great! I love the images from the "elements" set -- so random, so fun! I stamped off the ink first, but I think it's possible that the Black Staz-On would have covered it regardless. All supplies are Stampin' Up! and can be purchased through my online store HERE.

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Skateboarder, Full of Life
Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Black Staz-On, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie (each of the colored inks stamped off once to lighten the colors), VersaMark.

Just a quick note, the skateboarder in my picture is a girl ... I just drew in the pony tail -- how quick and easy is that?!

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Dirt Biker, On Your Birthday
Paper: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Black Staz-On, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie (again, colored ink is stamped off once to lighten it), VersaMark.

Easy-Peasy!! Except for my sentiments at the bottom, I didn't need to pull out my Stamp-a-ma-jig!! TFL!


Friday, August 20, 2010

BC 165 Back to School!

Remember the Staples commercial: "It's the most wonderful time of the year" ... set to the Christmas tune that escapes me right now?! LOL! I'm really not looking forward to the kids returning to school! Lyndsey starts high school this year (she laughingly says the Taylor Swift's "15" song is her theme song since she turns 15 this year as well ... not the first day of school, but the second!!!) and Christopher is going into 7th grade! My babies are growing up! That means I'm supposed to grow up too! LOL!

Anywho, onto my Back to School card for this week's Blogger's Challenge! What fun I had with this card! It's actually great for a punch art class as well.

I adapted the bookworm from a punch art tutorial by Lee Ann Greff some time back. I love his primary colors! The DSP is retired Summer Picnic DSP from SU! -- the apples fit the "apple for the teacher" theme I tried to get going! The sentiment is one of those great sentiments from Smarty Pants -- a wonderful stamp set full of great sentiments from Stampin' Up! The "books" are scraps of Tangerine Tango, Marina Mist, and Daffodil Delight -- some of my favorite colors from this year's Color Renovation.

Stamps: Smarty Pants
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Real Red, Summer Picnic DSP, scraps of Real Red, Glorious Green, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso.
Accessories: SU! punches: Word Window, 1" Round, 3/4" Round, 1/2" Round, Large Oval, 1/4" Round, Cropadile 1/8" hole , Horizontal Slot punch.

TFL! Come back tomorrow for 2 great kids' cards using Stampin' Up's "extreme" single stamps!

Don't forget, you can order many of the supplies I use for my cards from my online store HERE!


Monday, August 16, 2010

My Open House

What a great day we had yesterday! To all that came, thank you! It was fun to sit and talk, and to share my love of Stampin' Up! with all of you! To the "stampin' newbies", welcome! I'm looking forward to our Tuesday night class now! I'm so excited that you enjoyed it as much as I did!

I'm still doing my Open Stamp and Scrap tomorrow morning (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow night we're repeating the Watercolor Trio class, by popular demand! The time is 7:30 - 10 p.m. tomorrow night at my house, and I still have 1-2 spots left! Call me! I realize that I never put a final picture of the cards we'll be making in this class:

Watercolor Trio Card Class:

Date: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Time: 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Place: 7 Heritage Lane, Lynnfield MA
Cost: $10 for 4 cards

Please RSVP as I only have a few spots left in this class! I also have a few kits cut and ready to go -- the kit-to-go option is also $10 but will not include the stamps or stamped images, and will not include the small adhesive pearls now available in the catalog. If you want to order the stamp set, Watercolor Trio (this is the clear mount option -- it is also available as a woodmounted set here) It is only available until August 31st, so HURRY! You can order the stamp set and other supplies through my online store here.

Today, the other thing I wanted to share is Friday's "kids" class. I laugh as I realize that it applies to the young and to the young at heart! I didn't realize that there were so many adults that could still relate to Cookie Monster! Well ... I guess who wouldn't love that loveable blue guy?!

The class cost is $10 for 4 cards, including the envelopes. I will die-cut the "faces", and then we'll all have fun punching the shapes and making our own version of these characters!

Sesame Street "Kids" Class:

Date: Friday, August 20th, 2010
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 3p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: 7 Heritage Lane, Lynnfield
Cost: $10 for 4 cards and envelopes

Please RSVP by Thursday so I have enough card supplies prepared for everyone! You can call me at (781)771-0849 or by email: If you're interested in a "kit-to-go", contact me as well and I'll make some arrangement.

Now, I have to get going on my swap responsibilities! I "owe" 11 cards to a Christmas swap using the Bells and Boughs set from the new mini catalog, and 12 cards to 2 different Fall swaps going on as well! I'd better get crackin'!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Big Shot Special - Tax Free Weekend in Massachusetts!!

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday
Sat/Sun Aug 14th & 15th

This weekend is Tax Free Weekend in Massachusetts!! So ...I am celebrating with a Big Shot Sale. I have put together a couple of Big Shot packages to get you started with this fabulous toy!!

Also, if you purchase the Big Shot from me, you will be invited to attend my special Big Shot Class in September for Free (a $20 value). I will cover all of the ins and outs of using the Big Shot and the various components including the texture plates, embossing folders, embosslits, sizzlets, cutting fabric and more!!

I have assembled the following sets of items for the Big Shot - but you can also make your own. Just contact me!! 781-771-0849 or

Boxes & Bags package
Includes the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine, the Fancy Favor Box or Baskets & Bags die (p. 208) with the Extended cutting Pads and Extended Premium Crease Pads - Total Value $179.85 - *not including shipping. Your Price: $175 (*plus shipping). Includes your choice of a Level 1 Hostess set and $15 in FREE Merchandise.

Butterflies & Flowers
Includes the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine with the Beautiful Butterflies die (p. 206), the Blossom Party die (p. 213) and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (p. 215) - Total value $151.80 - not including shipping. Your Price: $147.25 (plus shipping). Includes your choice of a Level 1 Hostess set and $15 in FREE Merchandise.

Texture Storm
Includes the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine with the Standard Texture Silicon Pad, Standard Texture Impressions Pad, the set of Backgrounds Texturz Plates and any 4 Impressions Folders - Total value $155.60 - not including shipping. Your price: $151 (plus shipping). Also includes your choice of a Level 1 hostess set and $15 in FREE Merchandise.

Shape's Galore
Includes the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine and the Mover's & Shapers die (p.209), the Extended Cutting Pads and the Punch Windows or Holiday Windows shapes - Total value of $191.80 - not including shipping. Your Price $186 (plus shipping) and a Level 1 Hostess set and $15 in Free Merchandise.

NOTE: This is my Special offer so is only valid through me (orders can only be placed through me, and not online for the special pricing). Call me at 781-771-0849 or email me ( and I will make sure that your order is placed this weekend for the tax free price! Also - your order will ship directly to you! (*If you live outside of Massachusetts, you will need to pay your applicable sales tax for your area unless it is shipped to me and you arrange pickup or shipping through me.)

Take advantage of this special!

Blogger's Challenge Birthday Card

Hi everyone! I'm a little behind the 8-ball this week. I just got back from a wonderful couple of days with some dear neighbor friends of ours up in Ossipee Lake, NH! What a great time: great views, kayaking, sitting by the campfire at night, tubing... check out a couple of the photos!

Anywho, welcome back to my blog! Today's Blogger's Challenge was to create a birthday card. Since I'm in love with the new Sunny Garden DSP, I created a card using the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set and that bea-u-ti-ful paper!!

Don't you just love the bright new Poppy Parade paper? IRL, this is quite bright and festive! My 3 faves in one DSP pack: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Peach Parfait! I think the card is self-explanatory -- 2 coordinating pieces of the DSP, mounted on a Daffodil Delight card base, "wrapped up" with the luscious Daffodil Delight satin ribbon, mounted on an Old Olive scrap. I used the ticket corner punch and some gold brads to add a little "pizzazz"! The cupcake and "wrapper" were colored in using the Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight ink pads with a blender pen.

Don't forget!! Sunday is my Open House if you live anywhere close to Boston and can make it! It's also TAX-FREE WEEKEND in Massachusetts this Saturday and Sunday!! Click here to connect to my online store if there's anything on your wishlist (like this wonderful DSP! Hint, hint...!) It's also a great time to get a Big Shot and save on the tax too!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 6, 2010

My Class Schedule for August

My schedule for the next 1 1/2 weeks:

I know this is sudden, but I'm doing an All-Occasion Card class this Sunday afternoon, August 8th. We will make 4 cards using the Watercolor Trio stamp set from the current summer mini. Cost is $10 and includes the envelopes. I do need an RSVP as soon as possible. I will waive the class fee if an order of $50 or more is placed. The class will be 2-4p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Bring your own adhesive please! If you live in the Boston area, please stop by! If you can't make this date, let me know and I'll put together a card kit for you!

2 of the 4 cards we will be making on Sunday -- papers may vary.

Next Sunday, I am hosting my Open House! I'll be sending out more details about that later in the week, but it involves FREE STUFF!, a CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN, a free Make and Take using the new papers and first peek at many of my retired sets! Yep ... I'm cleaning house! But wait ... did I forget to mention that it's TAX-FREE weekend? You know what that means?! I have a deal for those of you that don't have the Big Shot!
Dates to Remember

Sunday, August 8th, 2-4 PM All Occasion Card Class
7 Heritage Lane, Lynnfield -- Call to reserve your spot. (781-771-0849)
(I'll have another date the end of August as well as card kits available if you can't make that date!)

Sunday, August 15th, 1-4 PM OPEN HOUSE!!
Stay tuned for details!

Tuesday, August 17th, Open Stamp and Scrap
Bring your own project or purchase one of my card kits!
10a.m. - 1 p.m. and 7:30 - 9p.m.

Hope you can make it!!

Blogger's Challenge (BC 163)

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another day on my new blog platform! (If you're just joining me from my old blog on Typepad, you can view my old posts here until September 15th.)
You'll see today's card again -- it's going to be one of the cards in my monthly Christmas Card Class:
I used the single Dasher stamp as my focal point, embossing it in gold. I tried to distress it -- those who know me well know that distressing does not come easy to me, and is in fact "distressing" in itself LOL! I popped it up on dimensionals.

The cardstock is Cherry Cobbler (a new SU! core color) and Old Olive. Underneath the Cherry Cobbler base layer is SU's brushed gold cardstock -- something to add a "little something".

Don't you love the designer paper? It's Jolly Holiday, 1 of the many new designer paper packs that you can buy from me through Stampin' Up! This design is one of 6 different double-sided papers that you will get in the package. Lovely!

I wanted a background on my Cherry Cobbler cardstock, so I stamped with VersaMark ink, using the Tree Trimmings stamp set. I used my VersaMark pen to ink the lines. Very simple, but it gives that "little extra something" to the card I think. Don't you? Stamps:

In the samples below, you can see the cards closer. I used the Bitty Punch and Real Red brads for the accent -- the shimmer you see on the brads (that I think look like little Christmas wreaths LOL!) is from the new Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink! So neat!

My Design Tips for the Day:
  • Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink: Goes on just like nail polish! It has a small stiff applicator brush which is perfect to apply to small, detailed areas. It comes in 4 colors: Illuminate Top Coat, Gold Lame, Moonlight, and Silver Fox. The Illuminate Top Coat that I used adds subtle illumination and sparkle!
  • Don't have background paper in the color or style you're looking for?! Make your own! The VersaMark pad adds the subtle, tone-on-tone ink a couple of shades darker than the cardstock you're using without being "too much".
  • The Cutter Kit is and great little portable cutter kit: it includes a rotary cutter, a perforating tool, a scoring tool, and a 7-sided distressing tool, all easily kept together with a simple chain. How much handier can you get?!
Card Recipe:

Stamps: Dasher {116816}, Tree Trimmings{116722}
Ink: VersaMark {102283}
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch{119882}, Bitty Punch {118309}, Gold Embossing Powder{109129} and Heat Tool{100005}, Dimensionals{104430}, Brads -- Brights Collection{119740}{121084}, Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink (Illuminate Top Coat) {119969}, Cutter Kit for distressing {106598}.

Come back soon for more great ideas!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Stationary Portfolio - a Tutorial!

Hi everyone! July 3rd and you haven't heard from me in months! I've been busy stamping -- It's just hard to put that "on paper"! I am in the process of changing to Blogger for my blog posts. I've had a few issues with Typepad so today we're trying something new!

I wanted to share the Stationary Holders I made as gifts for all the teachers, secretaries and aides that work in the school with Lyndsey and Christopher. Normally I don't do something for everyone, but this year, I felt that they were especially terrific to my and my kids. Maybe it's somewhat sentimental -- Lyndsey leaves the Middle School to go to the High School this fall and I'm really sad!

I made 14 of these portfolios altogether. Once I started, it was just a matter of somewhat setting up an assembly line of sorts. I had a few different packages of solid color designer series paper, and for the other colors, I used the small 6x6 paper packs that have been Stampin' Up's Level 1 Hostess Choice for the past few years.

Above, you can see one of my Chocolate Chip Stationary Portfolio. I love the satin ribbon that ties it together! *I'm going to start right off by saying that these holders are not my "invention" -- I totally got the measurements etc. for these holders from Angie Juda of Chic 'n Scratch. You can see her video tutorial here if you are a more visual person.

So, above, I've included pictures of some other portfolios. The portfolio on the left is actually Certainly Celery -- the color doesn't show true in the picture. The ribbon is Old Olive Satin -- Certainly Celery would have matched better but I didn't have any to spare. Isn't the Bashful Blue color gorgeous?! I think it's my favorite! I packaged the portfolios in SU's Large Cello Bags -- a perfect fit! I sealed the back with some double-stick tape and one of the tags from the Two Tags Bigz Dies. On the right, notice the paper -- each of my stationary sheets used a different pattern of DSP(designer series paper).

Okay, on to the tutorial and measurements so you can make your own! (Punches shown are now SU's "old style" punches -- links will show you the new style punch.)

Jeannen2 my cards and samples 217 Here are some of the punches you will need to complete this project: the 1 3/4" Round punch, the 1 3/8" Round Punch, the 1 1/4" Round Punch , the Scallop Trim Border Punch (this was available as a Sale-a-bration item in Feb/March -- if you don't have it, you'll have to substitute another border punch), and a hole punch -- I used the 1/8" punch so I could thread my ribbon through, but you could also use the small hole punch on your Crop-a-Dile to punch through several layers at the same time.

Other tools that you will need is your paper cutter and a scoring tool (I love my Scor-Pal for this project!).

The paper for the holder is a solid sheet of 8 1/2" x 11". It is scored at 5 1/2" with the 11" side at the top, and at 2 1/2" on the 11" side. To clarify, you score the paper in half on the long side. The 2 1/2" score line creates the inside pocket for the stationary.

This photo shows the paper already folded on the score lines. I make sure to keep the "mountain" fold on the inside -- opposite of what you might expect, the "hump" is folded in.

The next step is to add a piece of DSP in your color choice. I chose to make mine solid, but there's no reason why you can't decide on any other of SU's beautifully patterned paper! The DSP is 5 1/4" by 5 3/4". You'll be able to figure out how to attach it -- once folded properly, your portfolio now measures 5 1/2" x 6", so you will have a 1/4" solid edge.

I've already shown the next step with these photos too -- you need to cut 2 pieces of solid cardstock: 1" x 5 1/4". Take your Scallop Border Trim Punch and punch out one side of each of these pieces -- attach them to the top and bottom of the DSP.

It's now time to make our stationary that we're including. The solid color cardstock is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", exactly a quarter-sheet of solid color cardstock. This means you can make 1 holder and the included stationary from 2 whole sheets of paper and a few scraps in the same color. The white (or vanilla in the case of the Chocolate Chip holder) cardstock is 4 x 5 1/4", again leaving a 1/4" border.

In this photo, you see the DSP in some differing patterns: the measurements are 1 3/8" x 4" wide. You can be exact in the placement of the DSP strips at the top, or you can sort of "guesstimate" where they should go. I'm generally a pretty good judge of straight or "how far down" things should be placed so I didn't use a ruler for this.

Again, you can use the same pattern, or you can vary the patterns for interest too!

Finally, some stamping! I used the Lovely Letters stamp set to make my monograms. The outside circle that encircles the monogram is from the Circle Circus stamp set. Generally, it was a perfect fit. The "M" gave me a little grief!

Stamp your monogram on some white or vanilla cardstock. I tried to "eyeball" where the outside circle would go around my monogram, but it just wouldn't work! I had to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig! If you've been following me for a while, you know that the SAMJ is my favorite tool! There's no better way to guarantee the perfect placement of your stamps!

Once I stamped the monograms, I used my 1 1/4" round punch to punch out the circles. The 1 3/8" round punch was used to punch out my colored cardstock circle, and then I again used my Scallop Round Punch to make my largest circle. When stamping, make 5 of these monograms at a time in your color choices: 4 for the stationary, and one for the outside portfolio. One step that I didn't show is the paper-piercing that I randomly (meaning sometimes I remembered to do it before attaching to my stationary, and many times I didn't!) pierced each scallop. For this, you need your Paper Piercer and your Mat Pack.

This is a completed piece of stationary. I made 4 pieces for each portfolio, each in a different pattern as I specified above. (If you click on this photo for a close-up view, you'll see the paper-pierced scallops.)

For each piece of stationary, you'll need to include 4 Medium Envelopes, so put that on your supply list too!

This photo shows a completed package of stationary. The last step you need to do is punch a small hole on the top inside edge of your "pocket".

Take care that the holes are approximately equally spaced from the top inside edge as you'll be tying these together. It will look odd if one piece of ribbon is higher than the other!

Cut (2) 11" lengths of ribbon. I used SU's Satin Ribbon to tie my portfolio closed. I know from trial-and-error that Grosgrain does work, but not as well. I even ended up using some contraband organdy ribbon which truly did work best for the neatest bows.

Knot one end of the ribbon and thread through the punched holes: your knots will go on the inside of the portfolio.

Now you're ready for the last step: attaching the monogram to the front of the portfolio as well. I used my Big Shot and the Pennant Die to punch out the largest scallop circle. You'll see 3 circles on the Pennant Die -- 2 of the 3 have a score line through them so they're not the best choice for your front. After you've cut out your scallop round, pop it up with Dimensionals, and attach the 5th monogram that you saved from the previously stamped letters (remember, you used 4 for the stationary and saved a 5th for the cover). Below, you see these two steps.

I want to make one point about this last scallop circle that I cut out with the pennant die. With the new catalog, there is a new, larger Scallop Round Punch. I don't have this punch in my hands yet, but it's quite possible that this new scallop is large enough to skip the Pennant Die. You'll have to let me know if anyone tries it or has the new punch. The measurements are 2 3/8" for the punch, but I don't have any remaining portfolios to measure the Pennant Die scallop.

This last photo shows that you can still make beautiful projects, even if it is contraband (non-SU!) product. This black and white DSP was purchased from my LSS, as was the red organdy ribbon. I love how this type of ribbon ties, and wish that SU! would carry this kind of ribbon again!

Stamps: Lovely Letters, Circle Circus

Punches: Scallop Round, 1 3/8" Round, 1 1/4" Round, Scallop Trim Border Punch (Sale-a-bration item this past year), Hole Punch or Crop-a-Dile

Accessories: Paper Cutter, Scoring Tool, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Ribbon (2x11"), Pennant Die and Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, adhesive, Dimensionals, SU!Large Cello Bags for packaging, Medium Envelopes.

Measurements condensed:

Solid Color CS: 8 1/2" x 11"(1 uncut and scored); 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (4); scraps for 1 3/8" round (5 circles) and larger for (1) Pennant Die Scallop for front.

White CS: 5 1/4" x 4" (4); scraps for 1 1/4" round (5 circles) and larger Scallop Circles (5).

Designer Series Paper: 1 3/8" x 4 " (4); 5 1/4" x 5 1/2" (1).

I hope that I didn't forget any steps. If you need clarification then just email me or leave a comment. Thanks for visiting today!