Monday, December 3, 2012

Dazzling Butterflies

Mondays!! BLAH!  However, there is one good thing about Mondays..... MOJO sketches!!! YEAH!!!
So, I needed a birthday card for a very good friend of mine... Barb, if you are reading this STOP!  :)  However, for those of you that aren't named Barb, you may continue!

I decided to go out of my comfort zone and challenge myself by using some colors that I wouldn't normally choose.. So my first place to stop is to see what kind of DSP I have in my stash.  I decided to play with International Bazaar.  This particular DSP uses Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, and Pool Party.  

The sentiment is from the My Friend stamp set and I used "out of the box" technique.  To achieve this look, stamp an image, and lightly draw a pencil box around your image, making it smaller then your actual image and cut around those pieces which overhang your box.  Then erase your pencil lines!  Seriously, it's THAT easy!

Here is a close up of the butterflies.  You can see the Dazzling Details that I added to the wings, and the Shimmer mist that I added to the smaller butterflies.

Complete list of supplies used:
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Stampin Hugs!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012



I made this card for my boss.  His wife is having twin Girls in December, so I wanted to make this card before the girls arrived.  This is based on the MOJO268 sketch.  I cut apart the retired 'Baby Time' wheel that I had laying around, and also the other retired 'Baby Rattle' jumbo wheel

Here's the inside of the card:

 This is the first time I have ever done paper piecing.  I've stamped the baby's bodies on DSP, and then cut out their little outfits.  Here's a close up: 
 I had a lot of fun with this card.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute and the circles were cut out using the Bigz dies Scallop Circle and Circle die.  The other two circles were the scallop circle punch, and the 1 1/2 inch circle.  The letters were diecut using the retired Billboard strip die from last year's catalog.  Seems like this card was a blast from the past!!

Hope you like it.

Happy Stampin'


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Extra Hour = More time for Stamping!!

Catchin' up on some MOJO!

Wow... it has been FOREVER since I've posted on here...  I had to wipe off some cobwebs, and dust a little before I could get in.

I thought I would do a Stamp-a-Stack for my November class, and what better way than some MOJO sketches!!

 Here they are in detail: 

MOJO 261 -

MOJO 262 -

MOJO 263 - 

MOJO  264 -

 I wanted to create something fun, and easy because the class will be making 2 of each card!  

What do you think??  Fun??... Easy??  GREAT!! that's what I was going for!! 

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See ya in the stamp room!!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Holiday Shoebox Swap

Holiday Shoebox Swap

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Time: Starting at 1:00pm - 6 pm
Cost: A Covered Dish

Address: 1 Widgeon Drive
                  Denver, PA 17517

Hosted by: Carol Maynard & Denise Marzec
Please, Please, bring your own drinks (with lids)

What is a Shoebox Swap you ask?

* A limited number of stampers are invited.  

            (Let’s cap this event off at 15!) 

* You design a Holiday card. 

* You bring ALL the card stock and necessary items for everyone to make your card. 

* You come, have fun, eat, and stamp the card projects that everyone else brought. 

* You leave with LOTS of beautiful hand-stamped holiday cards. 

Just sign & mail them out!

Please email your seat reservation & the type of covered dish you will bring... to:

Carol’s email:
Denise’s email:

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Ghost of Eleanor

I love this technique!!  Playing around with the 3D technique. 

I failed to buy the butterfly stamp set called Papillon Potpourri so I was messing around punching out butterflies with DSP and found that if i use International Bazaar DSP I got the most interesting designs on the fronts of the butterflies.  

With THAT much color I wanted a more muted background.  So, I used the new DSP on pg 20 of the Holiday mini called Festival of Prints its a paper stack and you get TONS of paper which are the perfect size for cards!!

The background stamp set is from Everything Eleanor stamped in Pacific point and then again with White craft ink.  It mutes everything so beautifully.  The main panel is up on dimensionals and centered perfectly between the Framed Tulips done on Whisper White cardstock.  The 1/8 inch Marina Mist ribbon sets ties it all together! 

This card would make a great birthday card, or a get well card, or just plain old ... thinking of you card!  Those are nice to get in the mail when you are least expecting anything!!

So.. go ahead, lets see what you can do with this technique.  Here's the link to the technique page: Splitcoast techniques.

Please try it and post a link to your card!

Additional supplies used:
  • Word Window punch #119857
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes  #127802
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I did it... I case'd the front of Stampin' Up's NEW Holiday Mini catalog.  This ornament can be made from the fantastic NEW items  found in our BEST EVER (in my opinion) HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG!!!!   whooot whooot! 

Check this out: 
          FRONT...                                                 BACK...
ALL of these products (and more) are NOW available for you to get started on your holiday projects!!!  (its NEVER too early to get started!!)  

If you are currently a customer of mine, you should have ALREADY gotten this gorgeous-jammed-pack-full-of Holiday goodness in the mail.  If you haven't PLEASE contact me RIGHT AWAY!!  Because this catalog is BY FAR the B-E-S-T mini catalog I've ever seen.  (I'm just not kidding!!!!)

If you aren't one of my customers but would STILL love one of these beauties, please do let me know and I will get one out to you right away.  I'm TELLING YOU... you HAVE TO HAVE one of these catalogs to see for yourself how many awesome products Stampin' Up has available!!

Here's a peek at the front cover.. and if you click on it... it will take you to a PDF version for you to browse....

SO....  grab a cup of coffee, or a 'spot of tea' and get comfy, you are about to embark on an awesome adventure!!

Here's the supplies I used to create this lovely ornament:

  • Framelit Dies - Holiday Ornaments  #127816 $24.95
  • Ornament Keepsakes (wood #128048  or clear #128051) $34.95 - $25.95
    • Or save and get both for $42.95 (W-#129949; C-#129950) 
  • Whisper White cardstock #100730  
  • DSP - Snow Festival  #126908
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons #127555
  • Scallop Square Bigz Die #115950  (to cut the tulle)
  • Big Shot Die Cutting machine #113439
  • Cherry Cobbler classic ink #126966
  • Gumball Green classic ink #126861
  • Sticky Strip #104294
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755
 And........ that's IT!    Grab a friend... and made some ornaments!  SOOOoo much fun!!  (Guaranteed!!)

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Spooktacular Offer in August!

What a treat... you don't even have to wear a costume for this!  When you sign up to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during the month of August! Purchase the Starter Kit for $99, you will receive this adorable Halloween Project Kit pictured above for FREE! YES!!  You read that correctly... FREEEEE!

Here is what you will receive in the Halloween Project Kit:

  • Everything pictured, including your choice of either a wood or clear Toxic Treat stamp set, a full package of Rhinestones, a full package of Baker's Twine, and enough ribbon and buttons to make the kit!  Ink is not included.
In the new Demonstrator Starter Kit, you will receive $125 worth of any Stampin' Up! products for only $99 + tax.  The shipping is free!  The Starter Kit is completely customizable, and therefore can be tailor-made to fit YOUR needs!  There is absolutely NO obligation to sell if you purchase the Starter Kit, and there are NO strings attached.  The Starter Kit products are yours to keep...and so is the Halloween project.

If you have you have a love of paper crafting, card-making, and/or scrapbooking, please consider joining my group... there is no better time than TODAY!!  Please email me with any questions you may have.  I would love to discuss them with you! Or check this out to learn more and to join now!

So... don't miss out on this Spooktacular adventure!!

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Double Embossed Mojo

Mojo Monday #252

I always enjoy working on the Mojo sketch... sometimes I don't complete the card until close to the end of the week.  I'm HAPPY to be posting my card on MONDAY!!   YAY!  (Well... I guess it IS Tuesday... because it's slightly after mid-night!  Bummer!!  Maybe next time!)

This card uses a double embossing technique.  By this I mean, that you ink the inside of your embossing folder with Versamark, run it through the Big Shot, and add embossing powder to your card stock.  Heat set.  I ran mine through a second time, making sure that I lined up the embossed cardstock exactly the way it went through the first time.  Reinked my folder again with Versamark and the second embossing, I used iridescent ice embossing powder. 

Here's a close up picture of the iridescent ice embossing...
And here is a picture of the shabby chic bow.  This was done by pulling a center thread and bunching up the ribbon.  Adding a brad holds it all together. 

MOJO sketches take the guess work out of card making.  These sketches could also be used for scrapbooking as well.  What are you waiting for??  Go on over and get YOUR MOJO on!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sometimes its the details that count...

I love being able to add the smallest of details, bringing a card to life!  I was playing around with the MOJO sketch and came up with this little beauty:

The paper daisies are fun to color and are still in the current catalog (pg. #175).  They come white which is nice because there are several ways you can color them. The smaller daisy was put in a small dish, and a drop of Cherry Cobbler reinker was added to the top, giving it that deep dark color that I was after.  Actually, it was a little TOO dark so I added water to it, and it softened to the color that I wanted.  To the colored water that I now have, I added the large daisy painting it a pretty shade of pink!  I heat dried them, because I was in a hurry to use them, and added some sponging to the edges of the large daisy.  Used some Gumball Green stitched ribbon for leaves, popped it all up on the 2 1/2 inch circle punch, layered it with a larger scallop die cutting it out with the Big Shot (gosh, I love that thing!!).  Paired with some textured cardstock and DSP, you have yourself a great card to give to someone special!
Here's the list of supplies that you'll need: 
Cardstock:  Chocolate chip #102128, Whisper White #100730, Daffodil delight #119683, Cherry Cobbler #119685, International Bazaar DSP #126920
Stamps: Just Believe (Clear #120453 or Wood #116948), Itty Bitty Banners (Clear #126257 or Wood #126255)
Ink:  Old Olive #126953
Accessories: Paper Daisies #119243, Basic Pearls #119247, Gumball Green stitched satin #126848, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267, Piercing Tool #126189

Go ahead... 
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Also, if you place your $50 order HERE, you can STILL get the Reason to Smile stamp set for ONLY $5

Don't wait... this offer is ONLY good until July 31!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

They just NATURALLY go together

     There are just certain things that go together... Peanut butter and jelly, bread and butter, salt and pepper, Bert and Ernie, bacon and eggs..  You see where I'm going with this?

   Well, its the same in the rubber stamping world.  NOTHING... and I mean NOTHING goes better with stamping then chocolate!!  Although stamping goes well with a LOT of things, but chocolate (in MY opinion) just has to be right at the top of the list!
   Which, brings me to this project:  

  My inspiration comes from my famous upline:  Pennie McCallum.  She's an awesome stamper and a fantastic inspiration for my Stampin' Up business.  I love her stamping style (although, she may tell you that she doesn't have a particular style).  She's got some beautiful projects on her blog and you can check it out here: Stamping with PennieHer Notes and chocolate box can be found here:  "Delightful Gift" along with a pattern so you can make your own.
     Here are some pictures of the note cards inside.  There are six cutesie little 3x3 note cards along with six Hershey nuggets.   
YUM!  If you look closely at these note cards, you'll notice that each is a little bit different.  The sentiments are all different and the border under that lovely DSP is slightly different.
This is the PERFECT gift to give for a birthday, an anniversary, or just because!   Nothing speaks louder than a hand-made gift!

So, go on... get started on YOUR nugget gift box today!

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Chocolate Chip #102128, Pacific Point #111350, Daffodil Delight #119683
DSP:  International Bazaar #126920
Stamp set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (Clear #127802; Wood #115370)
Ink:  Pacific Point #126951, Chocolate Chip #126979
Accessories:  Edgelits (Finishing Touches #127010 , Adorning Accents #125595, Lrg Scallop #127019), Window Sheets #114323, Basic Pearls #119247, Itty Bity Shapes Punch Pack #118309, Lrg Oval #119855, Scallop Oval #119856, Scallop Trim Border #118402, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275, Antique Brads #117273, Crochet Trim #118481, and dimensionals.  
Note: Sorry, the satin ribbon is retired. (The 1/2 inch Scallop Dot Ribbon would be just as nice! #124142)

You can get ALL of these goodies at my on-line store.  
It's open RIGHT NOW!  Click HERE and click on SHOP NOW right under my name in the upper right-hand corner.

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Isn't it a beautiful set? ... one that, I am SURE, you won't want to be without!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A dose of MOJO

MMmmm mmmmm MOJO!  

Mojo is like chicken noodle soup!  It makes you feel good ALL over!  

It certainly does spark some creativity... at least for me it does!  Here's my MOJO take on this week's sketch:

 The flowers are created using the 2 3/8 inch scallop circle punch.  Here's how you cut the cardstock once you punch it out:
The left picture is the cut line, and the right picture is already cut.  

Sponge around the edges of the cut lines to give it some additional dimension.

Start with the outside edge of the scallop and roll it up (Making the outside edge the flower center).  Add a dollop of Tombow Liquid glue to the center and hold it for a little until it sets.  These flowers are so easy and provides a beautiful focal point for your card.

Additional supplies used:
  • Stamp sets: Fabulous Florets (#123027), Itty Bitty Banners (#126257)
  • Ink:  Soft Suede (#126978), StazOn Jet Black (#101406)
  • Paper:  Lucky Limeade (#122926), Perfect Plum (#101889), Rose Red (#102544), Basic Black (#121045), Very Vanilla (#101650),  Summer Smooches DSP (#125409)
  • Punches:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (#119275), 2 3/8 inch Scallop Circle (#118874)
  • Accessories:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding (#122332), Bitty Banners Framelits (#129267), Little Leaves Sizzlits (#114511), Pearls Basic Jewels (#119247), Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189), Stampin' Pierce Mat (#126199), Sponges (101610)
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And... as always...  If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to call me or email me!

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