Celebrate a Birthday with a Blended Beverage

Celebrate a Birthday

Sit back, relax and celebrate a birthday with a refreshing beverage.  What could be better?  Ok, maybe celebrate a birthday with family and friends over a delightful beverage.

I really like this stamp set, Perfect Blend and don’t seem to use it often enough.  Maybe too many stamp sets?   Hmmm, I wonder.

Celebrate a BirthdayRecipe

Stamps: Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants.

Ink: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tuxedo Black Memento, Basic Grey.

Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Moonlight Paper Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Whisper White Stitched Ribbon (retired), Essentials Wooden Elements, Plastic Stir Stick.


Have you used the Essentials Wooden Elements?  They are so stinking cute.  I sponged Basic Grey around the outside of the heart to give it a bit of dimension.  There are 32 pieces with 4 each of 8 designs.  See the image at the bottom of the post to get an idea of what the elements are.

The straw from a coffee packet, you know those ones with the sugar, creamer and napkins that you get in a hotel room.  I cut a piece off the straw and slid it through a slit in the lid.  Looks pretty authentic and the straw adds a fun element.

So, celebrate a birthday with a wonderful beverage.

Do you have a Big Shot?   Well, we do have a deal for you.  Until August 31st, Stampin Up is offering with the purchase of a big shot, a stamp and framelit bundle absolutely, positively free.  This is a great deal and you will never be disappointed with the Big Shot.

Autumn Leaves Card and A Matching Gift Box

Autumn Leaves Remind Us of Fall

Yes, it’s inevitable, the autumn leaves with shades of gold, rust, red, yellow and orange.  While we don’t want summer to end, autumn comes eventually, especially when you live in an area where you get all four seasons.  Actually, I love Fall and all the colors that Mother Nature shares with us.  They are simply stunning…not only that, the trees need a rest like all of us.

Yes, the Holiday Catalogue will be going live on August 28th and all I can say is WOW!  Love, love, love this one.  Did I say I love it?

There is something for everyone in this catalogue so I am sure you will enjoy the products and the projects that you can create.

Today, the sneak peek is the For All Things stamp set and the matching Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper with the rich tones of Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze.

Autumn Leaves Card and A Matching Gift Box

For All Things


Stamps: For All Things (c-135155, w-135152, p 41, 2014 Holiday Catalogue), Gorgeous Grunge (c-130517, w-130514, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark.

Paper: Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory, Naturals White, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Color Me Autumn DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Natural 5/8” Chevron Ribbon.


Autumn Leaves Card and A Matching Gift Box

For All Things Gift Box and Tag


Stamps: For All Things (c-135155, w-135152, p 41, 2014 Holiday Catalogue), Gorgeous Grunge (c-130517, w-130514, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar.

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Naturals White,  Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Gift Box Punch Board, 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Angled Tag Topper Punch

To keep the rustic theme of autumn leaves, the burlap ribbon is frayed and tied around the box.  The bow is strands of the burlap, tied with linen thread after the tag is attached.

It’s only 6 more days until the 2014 Holiday Catalogue goes live and I will have number of posts featuring the new products.

Keep coming back to see w hat’s new.

In the meantime, Happy Stamping.









Amazing Birthday Card, Amazing At 90 Years Young

Amazing Birthday Card

When you turn 90, you need an amazing birthday card.  Then of course, you need to use the Amazing Birthday stamp.

This stamp set really lets you use your imagination and come up with all sorts of different layouts and styles.

The whole amazing stamp is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar and different elements were stamped in Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar, fussy cut and layered onto the main stamped image.

The Linen Thread is looped a number of times and attached with snail…easy peasy bow!

Amazing Birthday CardRecipe

Stamps: Amazing Birthday (c-134228, w-134225, p 48, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue.

Ink: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist.

Paper: Whisper White, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Lullaby DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Linen Thread, Essentials Wooden Elements.

This is a handy stamp set to have to create an amazing birthday card for men and teenagers.  Give it a try.

Happy Stamping

Robin Williams – May You Rest In Peace

Robin Williams – You Made The World Laugh

Robin Williams - May You Rest In Peace

Robin Williams died yesterday, August 11th, and the world lost a great actor, compassionate person and comedian.  Robin touched many lives with his movies and TV shows.

The first time I was exposed to Robin Williams was in the TV show Mork and Mindy.  This was a wonderful, quirky and funny show depicting an alien who landed on earth and tried to understand us humans with our quirks, beliefs and life on earth.

Robin will be remembered for many movies, comedies and dramas, and he was also blessed with an Oscar and an Emmy for his works.  Who doesn’t remember Mrs. Doubtfire, the loveable Nanny who was stern and yet compassionate, or Patch Adams, a doctor who worked with sick children and made their lives happy during their illnesses and treatments, or RV – camping and vacations would never be the same.  The list goes on and on.

Here is a link for more movies that starred Robbin. 

While Robin made the world laugh, cry and be happy, he suffered with depression and addiction.  He talked about his issues openly and tried rehab several times.

Mental problems plague many people. Because we cannot see the problems, many times mental illness is not recognized as a disease.  But, it is, and it affects so many people.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression and/or anxiety, get help.  There are many agencies available in our communities that will help with the struggles.

Robin Williams, dead at 63, may you rest in peace.




Hamburger Box Die Makes Critters Come to Life

Hamburger Box Die Critters Make Great Gift Boxes

The Hamburger Box Die – have you tried it?  If not, this die is fun and you can dress it up or you can dress it down.

I am not sure if this one is dressed up or down, but whatever, he’s cute…or maybe it’s a she’s cute.

You will need a Big Shot for this die.  What don’t have one?  Well, now would be a good time to invest.  With each Big Shot purchase, you can purchase an exclusive bundle at 15% off.  And, there are new Big Shot famelits and embossing folders in the Holiday Catalogue.

If you have a Big Shot, you can still purchase the exclusive bundles.

Big Shot Bundles

These are exclusive bundles that are only available until August 31st.  The bundles vary in price from $38 – $65


Hamburger Box Die Makes Critters Come to LifeRecipe:

Ink: Chocolate Chip.

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Basic Black.

Accessories: Big Shot, Hamburger Box Die, 1-1/4”, 3/4” Circle Punches, 3 heart Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch, and White Gel Pen.

The idea for this box came from Browyn Eastly…thanks for your inspiration.

  • The Hamburger Box is constructed using Chocolate Chip card stock.  You may have to practice a bit making this box, so use some retired or old card stock.  The practice is worth it.
  • The eyes are made using the 1-1/4″ punch – white, 3/4″ punch – blue, Owl punch (the largest circles), and Basic Black.  The eyelid is made using the 1-1/4″ circle punch and cutting in half.
  • The ears are made from the Bird Builder punch and attached to the back of the box.
  • The ears, nose and eyelids are sponged with Chocolate Chip in.

Give the Hamburger Box die a try, fill the box with a treat and give it to someone.  They will love you for it.





Bloom with Hope Stamps Mixed Media Art Piece

Bloom with Hope Art Piece

I am loving the Bloom with Hope stamp set in this year’s Annual Catalogue.  There is only one way to get your hands on this stamp set.  How, you ask?  Host a class or a workshop and if you have a minimum sales of $200, this is one stamp set that you can choose as a Hostess Reward.

Contact me to arrange a Workshop or a Class 


Bloom with Hope Mixed Media Art Piece


Stamps: Bloom with Hope (c-133952, w-133949, p 240, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue – Hostess), Feel Goods (c-129684, w-131916, p 36, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding, Stazon Black

Paper: Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Jewels.

Other: Canvas, Modgepodge, White Acrylic Paint, Tissue Paper

This is my second attempt at Mixed Media and I changed up a few things from the last one I did.  See this post.

So what did I do differently?

  • Rather than putting a base of paper on the canvas, I started right in with the design.
  • Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon and Pistachio Pudding inks were sponged onto the canvas (including the sides).
  • A sort of square piece of the Flowerpot DSP was torn around the edges and laid down with modgepodge.  To tone down the colors, a white wash made of white acrylic paint and water was painted over the DSP.
  • On one of the edges, I rolled up a bit of the paper for interest and this exposed the other side of the paper.  The roll was sponged lightly with Tangelo Twist ink.
  • The flowers and leaves from the Bloom with Hope stamp set were stamped using Stazon Black ink onto the Flowerpot DSP and yes, fussy cut.  They were attached using modgepodge. Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine was attached to the stems.
  • The sentiment from the Feel Goods stamp set was stamped on tissue paper and attached using Modgepodge.  This makes it appear as thought the sentiment is stamped straight onto the canvas.
  • The Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine was attached using Modgepodge and looped around on the canvas.

Even now there are things that I would like to change up on this mixed media art piece.  I guess I will just have to do another one.

Click on images to go to my Online Store

Birthday Flowers From the Flower Patch

Birthday Flowers Can Be A Pick-Me-Up

Flowers on your birthday is a treat…well, at least for most women.  Although there are a few who think that flowers are a waste of money.  Not me.  I love to receive flowers and I love to give flowers.

Flowers are beautiful and can brighten a spot on a dull day.  Well, the birthday person will get flowers, however, they are not of the living species – the flowers, not the birthday person..  Flowers made with stamps and ink to decorate a card – none the less they are flowers.

Birthday Flowers From the Flower Patch


Stamps: Flower Patch (p-134207 p 156, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Tangelo Glow, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive.

Paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Gold Soiree DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Flower Fair Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Pearl Jewels, Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon.

This stamp set is made of Photopolymer and you can literately see right through them.  Love these stamps!  It makes layering your stamps so easy because you can see where you are stamping and you don’t have to pull out your Stamp-a-ma-Jig.  Not that I am opposed to using the “jig”, however, it makes stamping a whole lot faster.  That is, of course if you want to do stamping fast.

Check out the Gold Soiree Specialty paper.  It’s so delicious.  Every sheet features Metallic Gold ink and if you like gold, then this paper if for you.  Any of the sheets would do nicely on a card featuring birthday flowers.  Click the link on the image below.


Celebrate a Birthday with Kinda Eclectic

Celebrate a Birthday with a Handmade Birthday Card

Celebrate a birthday with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  This stamp set is new to the catalogue and quite versatile.   You may want to change out the sentiment with another stamp set depending upon the celebration.


Celebrate a Birthday with Kinda EclecticRecipe

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (c-135350, w-135347 p 164, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Paper Pumpkin July 2013.

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Baked Brown Sugar.

Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum , 2013-14 In Colors DSP Stack, Champagne Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Gold Baker’s Twine.

For the bow, I wrapped the Gold Baker’s Twine in several loops, attached snail to the panel and attached the baker’s twine.  Simple, yet effective.

Using different papers, ink colors and changing the layout will help make the card different.

How would you use the Kinda Eclectic stamp set?    Leave me a comment and let me know.

With a few changes you can make this your celebration of an Kinda Eclectic Birthday.

Mixed Media Art – Expand Your Boundaries

Mixed Media Art – Have you Tried It?

Mixed Media art can expand your boundaries and move you out of your comfort zone.  I have wanted to give this form of art a try for some time and have finally put myself out there.  And the good thing is that I had fun doing it.  No, it’s not perfect and I will learn as I go along..experimenting is fun!

I started with retired papers so that I didn’t ruin my new papers, however, as I went along, I found that it is hard to ruin this type of art.  If there is something you don’t like, cover it up, add more ink, put another embellishment on it…you get the idea.  I used many Stampin’ Up! products to create this Mixed Media art picture.

Ta da!!! Here is my Mixed Media project.

Mixed Media Art - Expand Your BoundariesRecipe

Stamps: Swallowtail (c-129216 w-131943, p 96, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Feel Goods (c-129684 w-131916, p 36, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Black Stazon, Mossy Meadow, Island Indigo, Hello Honey.

Paper: Retired Designer Papers.

Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Paint, Stars and Hearts Decorative Mask, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine, In Color Embellishment (retired).

Other: Tissue Paper, Spray Gesso, Art Canvas, , Modgepodge, White Acrylic Craft.

Highlights of the Method Used – remember to let the various layers dry before heading onto the next layer.

  • The art canvas was sprayed with Gesso to seal the surface.
  • Strips of various DSP were cut in various widths and attached with Modgepodge – both top and bottom – the papers were long enough to wrap around the ends of the canvas.
  • The papers were painted with a whitewash made from the White Acrylic Craft paint and water.  The reason for this is because I wanted the papers to be less intense.
  • Using the Stars and Hearts Decorative Mask, the hearts were sponged using Hello Honey ink and a sponge dauber.
  • Various colors of ink were sponged on the canvas and along the sides, to provide some interest.
  • Twist the baker’s twine around the surface and attach using Modgepodge.
  • Stamp the Feel Goods sentiment on Tissue paper using Black Stazon ink.  Let ink dry.
    • Tear or cut around the sentiment.
    • Attach to canvas with Modgepodge
  • To create the butterfly:
    • Stamp 2 Swallowtail images using Black Stazon ink
    • Apply a layer of Modgepodge to both sides of the butterfly.  This will give it a bit of weight,
    • Lay the first butterfly down on canvas.
    • Lay the second butterfly on top of the first one – do not stick all the wings together. – this will give a 3-D dimension look.
    • Attach the embellishment to the body of the Butterfly.
    • Attach the pearl jewels to the canvas for the antennas.  Use Modgepodge to attach the jewels.

Unless you seal the art with a fixative, don’t put it near water as the inks will run.

Why don’t you give Mixed Media a try and leave a comment as to how yours turned out.

Happy Stamping


Gift Boxes – Great Pillow Gifts For Roomies

Gift Boxes – Pillow Gifts

Gift Boxes are attractive especially when they contain a surprise.

On a note, I am glad to have my computer back.  It’s been in sick bay for  a few days and it’s really heard to do blog posts on my tablet…or maybe it’s just me that can’t do blog posts on their tablets.

So now back to the project I did for my roomies.

Gift Boxes - Great Pillow Gifts For Roomies

Gift Boxes - Great Pillow Gifts For Roomies

I just love doing these hybrid projects – using MDS, Stamps, Ink, Punches, and the Silhouette e-cutter.  And, these little gift boxes are no exception.

For the gift inside the box, I added a set of Catalogue Labels that were done using MDS and the Silhouette.


The box was cut using the Silhouette e- cutter using images from MDS (My Digital Studio).  I have a video that show how to transfer MDS SVG files to the Silhouette.

This video shows how to create labels for your catalogue.  http://youtu.be/4LNG5_h-Bhk

Stamps: By the Tide (c-129120, w-131910, p 131, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Work of Art (c-134114, w-134111, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Window Sheets

Accessories: MDS – Cool Like That Giftable Templates (136573), Anchors Aweigh (134683), Scallop Tag Topper, Angled Tag Topper, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine, Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Ribbon, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Champagne Glass Glitter.

To create the shaker boxes:

  • Cut 2 pieces of Window Sheets – to cover the cut- out portions – measure the cut outs
  • Attach 3 sides of the Window Sheets to create a pocket. – Use Sticky Strip
  • Fill the pocket with your choice of material – I used Glitter Glass
  • Seal the 4th side with Sticky Strip.
  • Attach to inside of box.

So, not it’s your turn.  Need MDS? Try the 30 day version and you will receive 10 free lessons to guide you through the joy of creating with MDS.

Download the  Free MDS software -  My Digital Studio Free Trial

Try out these Gift Boxes.

Happy Stamping