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February 2008

Fun Ribbon Choices

Well, it happened... by the 3rd session of the SAB Stamp A Stack class this week, we ran out of Groovy Guava Stitched ribbon - horrors.. I know! - but.. that presented an opportunity to play with other ribbon that also coordinated with this fun 3x6 card!  Check it out... Wednesday participants had their choice of: White Taffeta ribbon, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon or Wild Wasabi Striped ribbon after the Groovy Guava ran out... too cute, don't cha think??



The patterned flowered paper is from the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' kit (pg 175), and details on making the fun corrugated leaves can be found here.  Ribbon is found on pg 191.

Thanks, Alyssa for suggesting I start including page numbers... great idea!

Until next time,


Die Cut Blooms

I am SO excited about the upcoming OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG from Stampin' Up!   I can't wait until Saturday (March 1st) to order TONS of packs of this CUTE CUTE CUTE Summer Picnic paper and more Die Cut Blooms!!! 

I made these 2 cards with the same design... a "matchbook" card with a flap at the right end and the front of the card tucks into the flap.  I secured the flap ON THE SCORE LINE with a strip of Sticky Strip - it holds the flap down. 

Enjoy! and have a GREAT day!




Sale-A-Bration Stamp A Stack class samples

We stamped 10 cards in my Sale-A-Bration Stamp A Stack class this week.  Stampers made 2 each of 5 different designs. 

CARD #1: Jumbo "Classic Stars" Wheel (pg 112) in Certainly Celery on Med. Whisper White card.  Star from "Classic Backgrounds" (pg 133) stamped in Certainly Celery ink punched out with Jumbo Star punch and layered with Real Red cardstock star punched image (punches on pg 181).  Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon (pg 191).  SAB stamp set: Birthday Whimsy - free with your $50 purchase!  "Make a Wish" from "A Little Birthday Cheer" (pg 140).


CARD #2: "Think Happy Thoughts" (pg 122) stamped in the center of the "So Many Scallops" (SAB catalog) flower.  Celebrate from "Celebrate Everything" (pg 142).  Card: Taken with Teal.  Decorative paper from the Bali Breeze pack (pg 169).  Pomegranate Double Stitched ribbon (pg 191).  Scallop Punch & 1-1/4" circle punch (pg 181).


CARD #3: SAB sets used:  "So Many Scallops" and "Birthday Whimsy".  Punches used: 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/8" and Scallop.  3/4" Square punch used to make slot in side of card for ribbon - see TUTORIAL HERE.


I cut apart my "Block Party" set (pg 32) and mounted it on blocks from Mitch, the Block Guy: so that I could easily stamp "PARTY eat cake" (see above) from this set.


CARD #4: 3x6 Barely Banana card with green flowered paper from the "Summer Days" Simply Scrappin' Kit (pg 175).  Flower from SAB set "So Many Scallops" and the center of the flower is from "True Friend" (pg 106) - both stamped in Groovy Guava. Greeting from SAB set "Lots of Thoughts".


Close up of flower:


Tutorial on how to make textured leaves HERE.

Inspiration for this card came from my friend Annette... check out her blog here. THANKS Annette!

CARD #5: "Merci" SAB set on Shimmery White Cardstock and layered on Almost Amethyst Prints Designer paper (pg 171) and Lovely Lilac 4x4 card.   Colored with markers.  Small oval punch used for greeting.


Whew.. if you made it this far... congrats! That was a lot of reading!


How I set up my Stamp Classes

Many demonstrators have asked how I set up my classes and accomodate so many stampers.  I used to rent a community center for my classes, but the cost got to be too high, so I have been holding classes at home for several years.  Here in California, we don't have basements, so we use the garage.. we park the cars outside on class days, and my husband sets up 5 tables for me.  My classes are either on Monday and Tuesday nights, or 2x on a Saturday (each class is repeated 2x).

EDITED TO ADD 2-27-08:  Several of you have asked about pricing on my classes.. this Stamp A Stack was $15.  You can click on the STAMP CLASS SCHEDULE in the left column of this blog to see my current class schedule, descriptions, pricing, times, etc., to give you a better idea of those details. Thanks for all your interest!

Here are 2 of the tables set up yesterday for last night's Stamp A Stack Class - Stampin' Up! 11x17 Grid sheets at each stamping space:


Close up of one project table set up and ready to go:


I usually have one project per table, with the cardstock all cut for that project:


All the stamps, punches, etc., are in the middle of the table.  Tools like Snail, bone folder, punches, etc., are in a small caddy in the center of each table (Caddy from Staples):


I have an additional table set up with a display board, 3-D samples, catalogs, order forms, wish list, etc.:


And here are some of the ladies having fun last night:


And we had a brand new stamper last night too!  Joy (left) brought Bonnie... welcome, Bonnie!


I am repeating my Stamp  A Stack tonight and again on Wed. morning!  Everyone enjoys going home with 10 cards!  I'll post the finished cards tomorrow. 

If you have any questions, let me know.


Does this ever happen to YOU?

Hmmmmmm... does this ever happen to you??? Probably not.. it's probably just me... but... if you have experienced this, I have a solution for you !

When you mount a brand new "bold/solid image" stamp set, do you ever get a splotchy image like this when you ink and stamp it for the first few times?


Well, if you do.. I have a solution for you... grab your trusty Stampin' Up! Sanding Blocks:


and gently sand the rubber - all over - all directions:


then clean your stamp on your Stampin' Up! Stampin' Scrub, re-ink your stamp and VOILA:


Isn't that much better???  Wanna see it again?

Before:                                                      and After:

Bad_image_3 Good_image_3

ok.. so there's your helpful tip of the day!  :)

And oh.. don't you just LOVE the die cut rubber on the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration sets!!??  whooooooohooooooooo Stampin' Up!


Have a great day!

ADDED 2-23-08:  After posting this tip, I came across Pat Huntoon's blog with similar info and other options for fixing this problem.. please visit her post here.


I've been Tagged

I've been tagged by Jean at Bear Hugs and Inky Paws

1. Stamping Style : Quick, Bold and Colorful

2. Inspiration: All of the awesome blogs I visit, plus the Stampin' Up! catalog

3. Color: Red and Black

4. Work Space: My Stamping Loft - it's a disaster though - ack!

5. Perfect: spending the rest of my life on a cruise ship teaching stamp classes

6. First Job: drafting and running the blue print machine at an Architectural firm

7. Wildest Dream: Working as Shelli Gardner's assistant

8. Ink: Stampin' Up! of course! LOVE the In Colors!!

9. Family: tall son Jason, taller husband Eric

10. Biggest Challenge: cooking - yuck!

I'm tagging:

Marie at the Stamp Lounge Blog

Elyse at The Gabby Stamper

Sue at So Happy to Stamp

All 12 Months of my Coaster Calendar

Many of you have asked to see all 12 months of my Coaster Calendar class.  Details can be found HERE and Bind It All info can be found HERE.  I got the calendars at   We will replace the 2008 pages with 2009 next year.

You'll notice many of the months use retired SU! DSP ......... if you could see the HUGE STACK of retired paper I have, you'd know why I opted to use it.. not only because it was the perfect pattern for that month, but because I think my 2nd floor is going to collapse if I keep piling packs of DSP up there!  LOL













Hope that is helpful!  Enjoy and have a GREAT stampin' day!

ADDED ON 2-22-08:  I was asked how many coasters were used and what size coils did I use.. here is the info:

The entire calendar is 6 coasters.. the months are "back to back".  You can see it better here:
Instructions I found on line (after 1.5 hours of searching) said to measure the thickness of your finished project, and add 1/8" to 1/4" of an inch and that is the size of your coils.  So... we actually used both 5/8" and 3/4" coils in class (one size was black, one size was silver), and both worked fine.. it was a matter of which color each person wanted.
So for ordering coils or having them on hand, you really need quite a variety, since you don't always know what the thickness of your final project will be until you are done (wow, that was profound, huh?) : ) 


Super Super Cool Corner Punch Idea!

I got this swap from my downline, Cynthia Stember, at the Oakland Regional last Saturday... and I couldn't figure out how she got the COOOOL Corner Punches on this card.. so I emailed her to ask.. and WOW.. this is so cool!

Here is the card - Notice the Corners:



This is how you make those cool corners:

Punch 5-Petal Flower out of cardstock:


Adhere it to scrap paper (computer paper, not cardstock weight) with Dotto:


Holding on to the scrap paper, insert the flower image into the 1-1/4" Square punch and punch like this:

Punch through the scrap paper and the 5-Petal flower and  you get this FUN corner!:


Too cool, huh?   THANKS for the cool idea, Cynthia!!



WOW!!!  Oh my gosh... I offer a few free cards and get over 100 comments in a few hours!  You guys are sooooooooo sweet!!  I read every single comment and clicked on every blog (if you had one listed in your profile)... what fun!!  :)  THANK YOU for all your kind comments.. wow!!  I'm very touched.  I also feel the PRESSURE to get more samples on here soon! :)

I went to to let them pick the 4 random winners out of the 105 comments!

The winners, according to Random Integer are....

2:  Jana Weaver

69: Kathy

72:  Annette

87: Corinne

Thank you all for visiting my blog and for your support and kind words...  If you are listed above, please email me with your snail mail address and I'll get some goodies out to you today! :)

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

72	69	2	87	


12 More Samples and 200,000 hits!

Here are 12 MORE samples of 4x4 cards using the Tie the Knot Simply Scrappin' Kit from Stampin' Up!   I just love this kit and as you can see, I have combined it with our Sale-A-Bration Rub-Ons, taffeta ribbon, wide Grosgrain ribbon, and the fabulous new Poly-Twill ribbon from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog.

AND... WAHOOOOOOOOO... can you believe it... my blog received it's 200,000th hit overnight last night!!!  OH MY GOSH!  In just 9 short months - 200,000 hits!!  wowza!!!  To celebrate, I'll be randomly picking 4 people who leave a comment to this post, and I'll be sending you some of these Tie the Knot Cards!  good luck! (winners selected at 9:00am Tuesday, Feb. 19)



Did you know our Scallop Circle punch fits the "heart/flower" rub-on perfectly?? (upper left card below).. I didn't know that until I tried it .. but it's too cute!


Have a terrific day and THANKS for stopping by!


Info from my Stampin' Up! Regional presentation

NOTE - Sunday AM:  I have added a couple photos to this post since yesterday.. please see below.

My quick 5 minute "Workshop Wow" presentation today at the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar included info on how to cut your 12x12 cardstock to make at least 36 cards from a Simply Scrappin' Kit! 


Using the 9 pieces of textured cardstock, and cutting them according the the figure above will yield 36 4x4 cards, and you still have 6 sheets of patterned cardstock in the kit to use!  Use the little 4x4 piece to punch out embellishments for your cards.

I added these supplies to embellish the cards:


And came up with several different card designs.. here are some of them.. enjoy!





"Altered" clothespin using the Tie the Knot SS kit.


More info can be found in the following previous posts:

I Polka-Dotted my ribbon

Tie the Knot Details

So Why 4x4 Cards You Ask?

Let me know if you have any questions,


another SU! Regional Swap

This was the first swap I worked on for the upcoming Regional Seminar.  It turned out to be pretty labor-intensive and has really aggravated my pinched nerve again, so I had to stop after about 25 of these and move on to the Summer Picnic cards (here). 

I started with a 4x4 square of Pomegranate cardstock, and put a smaller folded card on top of it, layered with Berry Bliss Designer paper from Stampin' Up!  It's embellished with Build-a-Brad, the new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Pink Taffeta ribbon and stamp from "A True Friend" and Boho Backgrounds. 


This one was inspired by Cambria in this post

Thanks for looking!


Regional Seminar Swaps - Patty Bennett

Here are some of my swaps for the Stampin' Up! Oakland Regional seminar this weekend!  I made many variations on the same theme... I started with a 6x6 piece of cardstock, folded into a 3x6 card, added Stampin' Up! striped ribbon, designer paper, flower focal point and a greeting.   I used the new Summer Picnic paper from the Occasions Mini as well as the Die Cut Blooms from the Occasions mini.  I also used the Summer Days simply scrappin' kit, Build A Brad, and some rub-ons.  Enjoy!






Here are a few close-ups:


Look at how beautifully the white rub-ons cover the red textured cardstock!


For corrugated leaf instructions, see my previous post HERE.

The inspiration for the layout of this card came from Beate's blog HERE.

More samples and another swap to come tomorrow... stay tuned!