TGIF #24- Sketch Challenge

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TGIF #24, Stampin' Up!, Sketch


TGIF! Oh my word I am so glad it’s Friday.  Seriously! It’s been a whirlwind week.  One that makes me want to sit back and ask, WHAT happened? My office is in shambles-still.  Stuff piled everywhere as I run from project to project between kids, Russ and Church.

When I started to create for this week’s sketch challenge I had a pile of “fun” or what I like to call other names on my desk.  Things that “didn’t make the cut” from another project.  Most of the time I put these little things in a bin near my desk.  I like to pull things from there now and then.

I decided to pull all the “fun” on my desk and make something with it.  I figured I had the sketch for inspiration and now I just needed to coordinate the goods with the sketch.  It worked although I did waiver a bit from the sketch challenge.  Well, the bottom is not centered… you will see. <eek>

TGIF #24, Stampin' Up!, Sketch


I started with the strips of Home for Christmas DSP and the the circle I had die cut using the same DSP with the music notes.  I took a piece of scrap Vellum cardstock and laid it over the music sheet DSP. Then I layered the DSP strips over that. I did a bit of sewing across the layers of DSP to keep them in place.   Once all them were layered together I die cut them together using my Circles Collection Framelits.

TGIF #24, Stampin' Up!, Sketch

I then layered this onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock that I also die cut from my Circles Collection Framelits.  I swear I cannot live without my circle die cuts.  For sure.

TGIF #24, Stampin' Up!, Sketch

The last little piece of this card was adding the Gold Glitter ribbon which is actually applied to the card the opposite side.  So no glitter seen, just the matte finish of that ribbon which I also loved.  I also added a pretty button from the Home for Christmas line and adhered this to the cardfront.


Trying to keep to the sketch as much as I could I decided to add little stitching to the bottom of the card and then the sentiment.

See what the other TGIF designers have created and be inspired.  We hope you play along.


Have a FANTABULOUS weekend.  I’ll be a bit off the grid as I spend time with the family.  Much needed opportunity.



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Idea Overload- I Have It!

If truth be known, idea overload does not normally happen.  At ALL.  Almost NEVER.

Lately, I don’t know what it is but I’m a firecracker with idea overload like I’ve never seen before.  I’m almost fearful that I’ll wake up and NOT have it again.

Now, there is a problem with this.

The ideas come at the WORST time possible.  For instance, in a shower.  Or as soon as I lay my head on the pillow to go to bed.  The shower is really the worst.  I have no pen or paper to write the idea down and no sooner do I get out of the shower the idea seems to have passed.

Having ideas flowing as I hit my head on the pillow not so bad as I can usually talk to my phone and get the ideas jotted down.

Then another idea overflow time is in my car while I’m driving.  Typically I talk to myself again through my phone and the ideas get noted but seriously.  Why not when I’m sitting at my desk, like right now?

Does this happen to you?

What do YOU do? What are your secrets for keeping up with your ideas?

We all know that we can pin all our great ideas but honestly, I pin like a mad woman and forget about it.  I need an idea to keep these ideas FRESH.

The idea for this card happened last night almost as soon as I laid down to go to bed.  I just finished praying when the idea came using this stamp set, All Ye Faithful.  Ironic I guess, as I thought about how wonderful my Savior is to me.  How I’m grateful He keeps the ideas flowing.  Gold was the first color I thought of.  Pure fine Gold.



All Ye Faithful stamp set, Stampin' Up!


I literally had Gold everything hanging out on my desk and ready to create.  It was a divine moment for all of it to come together.  Like I said, not a normal occurrence for this to happen.

Create It!

I started this card using the Thick Whisper White cardstock.  My ultimate fav for creating card bases.  Love the weight of this cardstock.

I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White to 4 x 5 1/4.  Then laid 3 pieces of 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 pieces of the Winter Wonderland Speciality DSP over it.  Then lay a piece of the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack cut down to 4 x 5 1/4 over that.

I did a basic stitch around the entire vellum to keep it in place using Gold thread.  Oh my YUM!

Using Gold embossing powder, emboss the image and your greeting.  Both are attached using dimensionals.

Lastly, using the Washi Label punch I punched a piece of Gold Foil and stitched across the top of the vellum.

Attach this to the Whisper White Card base and add an Iced Rhinestone to the Gold Washi Label.

So simple, so elegant.

All Ye Faithful stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I added a bit of Gold Flecks using my famous Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink.  Oh how I wish this was still available through Stampin’ Up!  It’s my most favorite thing in the entire world.  Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a wee bit… but I do lurve it.


All Ye Faithful stamp set, Stampin' Up!

All Ye Faithful stamp set, Stampin' Up!


I hope this inspires you to create with some beautiful gold right now.  I love love it.

Okay, off to get busy in my room.  It looks like a tornado has come through.  It’s a disaster area.  Like AWFUL.


Love you. XOXOXOXO


Negative vs. Positive

Believe it or not, it’s all stamping related but of course I’ll use it as a life lesson as well.  How is THAT?


Negative vs. Positive

I needed a quick card for Alexis to take to a birthday party this past weekend.  Of course I have birthday cards on hand but not for a ONE year old.  When it comes to anything “baby” or “kid” related I usually fall short with ideas.  Until this idea hit me…

I was thumbing through my stamp cabinet when I noticed my Build a Birthday stamp set.  A set that had not been touched.

I built the cake and then decided to use my Little Letters Thinlits to create the “ONE.”  But this time instead of using it the “normal” way I used the negative of the letters.  So simple and lined up perfectly as one of my layers for the cake.

Birthday Builder stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I was giddy when creating this card because of the irony behind it.  Turning a negative into a positive.  Umm… that’s what I should be doing in LIFE.  Lord knows I have some negative things being thrown my way and much of the time I try to turn them into a positive or think of how God’s showing me the blessing in disguise.

Right? This is a life “thing” that many of us run up against.

Build a Birthday stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I decided to get a bit more fancy with the card and we all know that the baby could care less.  I was purely thinking mama might enjoy.  Honestly, after i stuck the pearls and sequins on the card all I could think about was it being a possible chocking hazard.  Oh geez.

Build a Birthday stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Looking at this close up it almost looks like the letters were applied onto the Whisper White.  Nope…

Tips & Tricks-

I have a little tip for you when using photopolymer stamps.

I. LoVe. ThEm!  One of the things I notice when I’m using a photopolymer set for the first time is occasionally it stamps weird.  It tends to be splotchy or excess ink is found in places it shouldn’t be.  This doesn’t happen for every new inked set but I found a trick that works to fix the problem ALWAYS.

Before you use the images, take an eraser and rub the entire image with the eraser.  Then clean the stamp on your Stampin’ Scrub.  Now ink it up and it should stamp perfectly.  Typically I find these stamps come with a film on them.  The eraser cleans the film that is on the images.  Once “erased” it will stamp perfectly crisp.


I hope you will try the technique using the negative of a die cut.  My head is swimming with ideas and I created a Christmas card using this technique too.  I’ll share tomorrow.

I’m pulling out my superwoman cape for a few days. Somehow I have packed a bit too much onto my plate.  Imagine that.  ????

Create something pretty and turn your negatives into positives.  XOXOXOXO




TGIF #23- Sweet Hauntings

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Time to brew up something a little toxic with the Sweet Hauntings stamp set.  It’s another challenge week and today’s a color challenge.

Interestingly enough…. I haven’t used these colors in a long time.  I’ve opted to grab Blackberry Bliss or Tangelo Twist instead of the others above.  Old Olive use to be my all time favorite color when I first became a demonstrator and it was part of the Earth Elements collection.  Now it sits with the others in the Brights Collection and I’ve never been much of a “bright” girl…. no pun intended.

It was good to pull these colors off the shelf and give them the love they needed and they are perfect for Halloween color combinations.

Sweet Hauntings stamp set, TGIF 23, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

You will notice the black doily in the background is the inner piece from our Spider Web Doilies.  They are the cutest things EVER.  I simply cut around the doily carefully to expose only that piece.

I also used an image (the diamond background) from the Witches’ Night stamp set.  That was stamped in Old Olive ink then the layering began.

A simple quick stitch across the bottles keeps them all in place.


Sweet Hauntings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I thought I would go ahead and put a quick stitch at the bottom of the card too.  Can you see the purple coming through? Total mistake but I kinda like it.  I believe my sewing machine needs a little attention.

Sweet Hauntings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Lastly I applied a few sequins from the Brights collection to give the card a bit more texture.

I hope you will play along this week in our TGIF Color Challenge.  See what the other girls did with their creativity by clicking HERE.

Have an AWESOME weekend.  Russ and I are having a garage sale.  I would rather be poked with 100 needles than sit and wheel and deal with people over my junk.  Russ on the other hand… this is where he shines.  He can wheel and deal you right out the door.  Wish us luck.



Awesome in October!


It’s here! October 1st has arrived and it’s going to be AWESOME.

Ya’ll, that’s the way I have to think. Although things around me might say differently, I’m going into this new month with an attitude of AWESOMENESS!

Have you ever noticed when things are not going the way you would like but you continue to press on and face things with a positive light all things seem to flow better.

I’ve put my positive pants on and plan to sport them this month. Here is one of the reasons I had to put my positive pants on…


If you remember we recently adopted Tanner, a Foxhound pup. Well, he’s almost a year old now and he’s a pretty lucky pup.

Lucky Dogs
Honestly, his name should have been Lucky.  Lucky to be alive right now.  Remember, he is the pup that had the snake bite.

Well, dear Tanner was teething and enjoyed our antique couch to soothe his gums…

Oh No!

Our antique fainting couch will be getting a makeover thanks to Tanner.  Yes, he chewed the ENTIRE backing off the couch.  Not kidding.  Luckily for him I have my positive pants on otherwise he might be in bigger trouble.

I love my dogs.

I love my dogs.

I love my dogs.

All better. Bring on October!

In other news….

Snow Place Stamp Set


Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!


While I’m not at all thrilled with winter around the corner, I can enjoy this adorable stamp set Snow Place and get my snow fix.  To make the “snow hills” I used an Oval Framelit and trimmed off the excess that was not needed once mounted onto the Whisper White Embossed Trees.

Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!


I had Mr. Penguin stand on a piece of Ice… Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper that is.  Worked perfectly for the look I was trying to achieve.

Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’m a huge fan of doubling my Bakers Twine to wrap and tie bows.  The reason I do this, because it’s MUCH easier to tie.  The bow lies flat and doesn’t curl.  Give it a try and tell me what you think.  


Hopefully we all slip on our positive pants and make October AWESOME!   Are you with me?

Hot News

Stamps in the Mail Christmas Series Oct Banner

I announced Tuesday a BRAND new Stamps in the Mail for October.  I am very excited about this months stamp set choice.  It’s going to be another great stamp set to work with.  Click HERE to register for this month.


Local to the Pensacola, Florida area? I have started teaching classes again and I’m excited.  Last month we had a blast making handmade Christmas cards and we are doing the same again.  I have two classes to choose from in October AND I’ll be adding another one today.  WHOA.  Pinch me.  You can check out the class schedule HERE and register.

Unable to stamp with me locally? Check out my Online Classes I have available.  Click HERE to view.