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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vintage Autumn

I'm back to autumn again :-). Isn't it amazing how quickly the seasons change? Lol! 

Yesterday morning an idea popped into my head using Crumb Cake and French Foliage. I am really into French Foliage the last few days. Not only is it an autumn set, it's a GREAT set! For my card below, I started out by distressing the edges all around the card, then inking them. I stamped the leaves, the words, and the splatters before moving on to the next step. For the next step, I ran some Very Vanilla through my Big Shot with the Top Note die, stamped it, and then aged and distressed it. I'm not sure if you can tell without clicking on the photo to make it larger, but the edges of the Top Note die cut have been distressed with the Cutter Kit distressing tool as well. The leaves were stamped, cut out, and layered, with the Cajun Craze leaf popped up on dimensionals. The Doily was stamped onto vellum, heat embossed, and cut out to layer on the upper right corner. I think the doily really added to the vintage flair :-D.

I carried the distressed, inked edges to the inside of my card and added a couple of stamped, cut out leaves to the lower left corner. I'm leaving it blank for now until I decide to use it. At that time, I can stamp a sentiment or quote, or add a hand written message. Just a head's up, if you scroll down a bit on my blog to the autumn treat box I made last week... this card would go perfectly with the box :-). I didn't even plan that, lol! Have a great day today!!!!


Stamps: French Foliage 121166, Winter Post 111780, Hello Doily 122845
Classic Stampin' Ink: More Mustard 103162, Cajun Craze 119671, Old Olive 102277, Early Espresso 119670, Crumb Cake 121030, Soft Suede 115657
Paper: Crumb Cake 120953, Very Vanilla 101650, Early Espresso 119686, Cajun Craze 119684, Old Olive 100702, Vellum 101839
Punches: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border 119275
Dies: Top Note 113463
Other: Cutter Kit 106958, White Embossing Powder 109132, Stampin' Dimensionals 104430

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hello Doily Wreath

You knew it was bound to happen, right... that the Hello Doily stamp would be turned into a Christmas Wreath? :-) 

Have a great day today!!!!


Stamps: Seasonal Sentiments 121130 (retired), Hello Doily 122845
Classic Stampin' Ink: Cherry Cobbler 119669, VersaMark 102283
Paper: Cherry Cobbler 119685, Very Vanilla 101650
Punches: 1.75" Circle 119850
Other: Emerald Green Pearl embossing powder, ribbon

Monday, September 12, 2011

Christmas Postage

So, I go from fall projects straight to Christmas... what a jump, huh?! The next two projects were projects that I worked on last week. I meant these for later on and planned to do more autumn projects for posting, but something big came up that we had to take care of on Thursday and then on Friday we left for Chicago to see our daughter's coaches up there for training over the weekend. I hope you don't mind seeing Christmas projects so early :-).

I used three stamp sets: Seasonal Sentiments (retired) Winter Post (main catalog) and Dear Santa (from the Holiday Mini). I also used the fairly new Postage Stamp punch and my favorite snow flakes of all- Northern Frost. The Cherry Cobbler Postage Stamp punch adds a little 'punch' to the color scheme :-). 

It is about time to be working on those Christmas cards and you can see that I have started on mine ;-). Hopefully, I will have them all done by Thanksgiving so all I have to do is stick a postage stamp on them and drop them in the mailbox! Have a wonderful day today and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Seasonal Sentiments 121130 (retired), Winter Post 111780, Dear Santa 123834
Classic Stampin' Ink: Marina Mist 119668, Early Espresso 119670
Paper: Bashful Blue 105120, Marina Mist 119682, Whisper White 100730, Bashful Blue Designer Series Paper (retired)
Punches: Scallop Edge Border 119882, Scallop Trim Border 118402, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border 119275, Postage Stamp 122344, 1" Square 124094, Ticket Corner 119867
Dies: Petal Cone 121810, Northern Frost 120901
Other: Textured Impressions Embossing Folder: Stripes 123128, Basic Pearls 119247

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More French Foliage

All right, so I was pretty into the French Foliage stamp set the two days I worked in my stamp room last week. After I got done with my box that you saw yesterday, I worked on this little autumn album. The cover is a Bind-it-all Cover All that I had just gotten to try out. It came with craft paper already on it and I LOVE the look of craft paper, so there was no need to do anything else, but stamp on it :-). Oh,  and add the strap...

Back and spine of the book
You don't have to have a Cover All to complete this project. You can make your own covers if you have a way to bind your books or you can use the On Board Journal from Stampin' Up! (108495). The inside has 6x6 Very Vanilla pages with some Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and More Mustard pages thrown into the mix. I haven't gotten to decorating the pages yet, but as autumn leaves begin to turn, I'll be adding some of those photos to it. Maybe when I get it done I'll re-post the completed book :-). Have a wonderful day today! 


Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Cajun Craze for the pages inside
Classic Stampin' Ink: Cajun Craze 119671, Old Olive 102277, More Mustard 103162, Early Espresso 119670, Crumb Cake 121030
Stamps: French Foliage 121166

Monday, September 5, 2011

Autumn Treats

Autumn is just three weeks away. Did your summer go by as fast as mine did?! It's around the 100 degree mark here right now during the day, but it won't be long before the air starts to get a little crisper :-).

I've had this stamp set for quite some time... since the mini that it debuted in... and this was the first time I've ever inked it up. Can I just say that I LOVE this stamp set? I die cut the box from Crumb Cake card stock and punched the little window out of the front. The little window is actually covered with a piece of Clear Window Sheet. I put some candy corn into a cello bag and popped it into my little box :-). As you can see in the photo, I added a little belly band to the side, along with some leaves and a tiny stamped tag.

Back of the box
I think I'm going to make up several of these little boxes to give out. They are perfect for a little autumn treat! Have a great day today! See ya' tomorrow!


Paper: Crumb Cake 120953, Old Olive 100702, Cajun Craze 119684, Early Espresso 119686
Classic Stampin' Ink: Old Olive 102277, Cajun Craze 119671, More Mustard 103162, Early Espresso 119670
Stamps: French Foliage 121166, Teeny Tiny Wishes 115370
Punches: Jewelry Tag 117190, Large Oval 119855, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border 119275
Dies: Box #2 114518

Friday, September 2, 2011


I had these tag pieces laying on my counter top in my stamping room and I had just made the tiny rose, so I combined them into the tag you see in the photo. The card evolved from there :). 
This is definitely not one of those cards that you mail, unless you pack it into a box. I don't usually make cards that are this 3D, but that little rose just called out for a big rose, and who am I to argue :-) ? Thanks for stopping by today... see ya' on Monday!


Regal Rose 105130, Pear Pizzazz 119795, Very Vanilla 101650, So Saffron 105118, Old Olive 100702
Classic Stampin' Ink: Old Olive 102277, Regal Rose 105211, Early Espresso 119670
Stamps: French Foliage 121166, Touch of Kindness 123203 (Summer Mini 2011)
Punches: Extra Large Tag 119866, Large Tag 119876, Fancy Flower 118073, Boho Blossoms 119858, Triple Flower (retired)
Other: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder 117335

Here I Am...

Wow, I didn't realize I had been gone from my blog for such a long time until Christene mentioned it in class last week. I've actually got a couple of projects to post, can you believe it?! The batteries died in my camera, so I'm charging them, so I can get some photos tomorrow morning, so I can finally post! :-)

In the meantime, Nationals was an AWESOME experience!!!!!!!!!!! We all had such a great time. My daughter did well for her very first Nationals and we are so proud of her. The photos below were taken by Clay Lomneth and Greg Blobaum, professional photographers at Nationals. They are really awesome as photographers and as people... we had a great time hanging out with them for ten days :-). Let me know if you ever need a great photographer and I'll send you right to them! ;-)

Loop Figures

Creative Solo

Creative Solo

Creative Solo
Aren't these photos amazing? We have a whole bunch more that they took, but it would take a long time for you to look at all of them, lol! I'm working on a scrapbook for my daughter with these photos and LOTS of other photos that I took. So far I have 40 pages and I'm not even half way done yet :-D. She did her Creative Solo to the song 'New World' by Toby Mac. If you are familiar with the Narnia movies, you will know that this song was in one of those movies. Her dress is based on one of Lucy's in the movies. One little girl at Nationals totally loved the Narnia movies and asked our daughter for her autograph... too sweet! (Yep, got a photo of that) ;-).

We had the whole month off from skating after Nationals was over and believe me when I say that after Nationals, you NEED the rest! Training starts up again soon, we are back to homeschooling for the year, and our schedule is starting to look like a regular schedule again- yay! 

I had no mojo (we were crazy busy with skating), but I think it might be coming back a little bit. I haven't touched paper or ink since before Regionals and it was really nice to spend some time working in my stamp room yesterday and today. On that note, I'll get my first project posted tomorrow morning. Thanks so much to all of you who have stuck it out and still check my blog to see if I've actually been here yet (waving hi to Christene!)... :-D

See ya' in the morning!