Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy New Home

Before I start my post today I would like to welcome my newest follower, Hannelie owner of  desert diva blog.  Hannelie is living in what we, here in Wisconsin at least, consider an exciting and exotic place - the Arabian desert! Please stop by her blog she is super talented!! You will really enjoy seeing her work. Welcome Hannelie : )

Recently my BFF moved into a new home with our shared grandson : )  and I created this card for them.

I used my new stamp/die set  from Stampin Up. I stamped "the neighborhood" in Basic Gray ink and popped up the wild looking polka dot "new house" using foam tape.  They liked it : )

I have been so covered up with work lately that I've barely had time to think about paper (gasp).  I do hope to be back in the swing of things and getting out to visit my blog friends more and more in the coming weeks.  Until then I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying a beautiful fall wherever you are!


White cs by PTI
DSP by SU - Confetti Celebration
Image and sentiment from Stampin Up's Holiday Home stamp and coordinating die set from the Holiday catty
Enamel dots created by me : )

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hand Dipped Roses

Danielle Flanders is our hostess for the PTI Make It Monday challenge this week.  I was so excited that I found the time to play along with her wonderful challenge!!  You can see Danielle's beautiful inspiration project and easy video tutorial HERE.

I used "The Sweet Life" stamp set with coordinating die from PTI.  After my flowers and leaves were cut and stamped I inked up just the side of each with Versamark Ink and then dipped them in gold embossing powder.  I heat set them with my embossing gun for a unique and elegant result!

My card design was inspired by this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #158

I was worried my card was not clean and simple enough so I tried again. 

I'm not sure this one turned out "cleaner" LOL but somehow it feels a bit cleaner to me. : ) My first card has a lot more gold and I attached my focal point section directly to the card face.  On my second card I tried to limit my gold embossing slightly and actually popped the focal point section up with foam tape and I like it much better.  : )

I have also decided to enter my card in Virginia's View Challenge #8 - Clean and Simple : )

Virginia suggests Clean and Simple cards with interesting texture, dimension and good use of white space.  She also suggests "creating your own simple embellishment" which, I believe Danielle has shown us how to do beautifully! Gold dipped flower petals - an elegant embellishment! : )

Thank you for looking friends!  I will be busy in the next couple of days visiting the blogs of each of these inspirational challenge blogs.  I hope you will visit some of these talented sites as well.


White cs by PTI
The Sweet Life stamp set and coordinating dies by PTI
Pink Polka Dot paper strip from Imaginisce
Overlaid ribbon and pearls from my stash

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanks a Melon

Hello friends, : )

I am popping in for a QUICK post because I'm in the throws of scarf making for neckStyles™ and getting ready for a new release and BIG sale! : ) If you like scarves I invite you to visit our Etsy shop.  My BFF and I have HUNDREDS of pretty scarves and - starting tomorrow we are having a "Buy Three get one FREE" sale!! Our customers really love this sale (If you mention that you found neckStyles™ from my blog we will refund all or part of your shipping costs.  FREE shipping for US customers, $5.00 flat rate for Canada and $10.00 flat rate for International customers : ) Sale only lasts until 10/21/14.)  I hope you'll come see what I do when I'm not playing with paper : )

 This little card was easy pesy to make but not so easy to photograph!  I cut a circle on the card face and then framed the hole opening with a scallop die cut.  I placed my little melon on the inside of the card - popped up with some foam tape. : )

I hope you are having a wonderful day doing something creative! See you again soon.



White cs by PTI
Melon from the Fruit Fusion: Melon Stamp Set and coordinating die from PTI
Sentiment from the same PTI stamp set
Circle and scallop die by Spellbinders
Little ribbon from my stash

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ready or not here comes winter!

We finally got our first hard freeze! I actually really love winter.  I LOVE snow and am blessed to work at home so that I don't have to get up at O'Dark thirty : ) to try and get my car started in order to get to work.  I can enjoy winter so much more than some people can but after last winter with the dreadfully cold temps and mounds of snow I have to say I am not as excited to see the white stuff as I normally am.

But! like it or not here comes  winter.  Our temperatures have dropped and we have actually had some snow already.  Nothing like this time of year to get me in the mood to make a big pot of homemade soup and get started on my holiday cards.

I created this one using exclusive Stampin Up products.  I don't actually own the flower or sentiment but my good friend Theresa, who is a SU demonstrator, is generous and always willing to share! : ) 

I want to make this short so I can get out to visit in blogland.  I keep trying to stay ahead but keep falling behind.  I hope to visit you very soon : )

Have a great weekend, friends.


Paper is from the Trim the Tree 4.5 x 6.5" paper stack from SU
"Blended Bloom" image from SU
Sentiment from "Good Greetings" stamp set

Thursday, October 9, 2014

So Thankful for You

Where has the time gone? My life really begins to move in fast forward from September through January! 

In response to all of your lovely comments on my last post - my sister-in-law truly loved the card I created for her! : )

I had also made a batch of cards to give her for a gift and she loved those too : ) I tell you... there is nothing like a room full of women gushing over your card creations that makes your buttons bust! : ) I love how much people appreciate hand crafted cards : ) 

My card today was created using Stampin Up products exclusively when my friend Theresa and I got together in September. 

I masked the large cluster of trees from the "Lovely As a Tree" stamp set so that I could use just three in my circle.  The paper is from the "All is Calm" DSP paper series and the sentiment is from the "I like You" hostess gift stamp set.

That is it for today as I am sewing scarves for a New Release that will go live to customers on 10/14.  I LOVE sewing new scarves!! It is as much fun as opening a new paper pack!

Hope your day is going well.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy Retirement

Happy Retirement and Happy World Card Making Day!!  I will not be home to play with my card making friends today because DH and I are headed to a party!  My SIL retired on Monday and today we are celebrating her new freedom! 

There is the star of the show now  : )  and here is what I hope she will be able to do plenty of:

I hope that whatever you are doing on this World Card Making Day will bring you joy!


DSP by SU: Flashback
 Happy Retirement sentiment from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes
All other stamps and dies are from PTI's Polka Dot Parade #3

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Just My Type

Hello friends : )  Today is a quick post of a card I made recently. 

I have been getting really comfortable with CAS cards lately! : )I especially love the ribbon on this card because it reminds me, in a strange way, of a typewriter ribbon! anyone remember those? : )

I hope you are having a great day! I have been super busy getting ready for a craft show this coming weekend where we will set up and sell our neckStyles™ scarves to the THOUSANDS! of people who attend.  Well... I hope we sell thousands LOL

See you tomorrow!