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February 2010

Stampin' Our Buns Off!!!!

 WOW - what an event!  The Stamp Your Buns Off with Pizza(zz) was sooooo much fun!  We had 60 stampers join us for some incredibly inky fun!!!  Oh and don't forget the Pizza - DELICIOUS!

The feedback from this event was OUTSTANDING - thank you ladies for all your dedication and making our event so much fun.....YOU'RE THE BEST!

Here I am with my INCREDIBLE demonstrators - Rachael, Donna & Cathy....


These happy stampers were all ears when it came to demonstrating a new ribbon tying technique....


Here's one of the cards - an adorable baby boy GEL CARD!!!


Stamps: Something Sweet; Pocket Silhouettes; Curvy Verses

Ink:  Certainly Celery; Bashful Blue

Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch; Hair Gel; 2 x 3 1/2 Jewelry Bags; Square Scallop Punch; Striped Bashful Ribbon (3”); Scotch Tape; Dimensionals; Perfect Polka Dot Folder; Big Shot



Bashful Blue     5 1/2 x 8 1/2

    2 3/4 x 4 1/2

Certainly Celery   4 x 5 1/4

Whisper White     2 1/2 x 4 1/4

    4 x 5 1/4

Scraps:  Bashful Blue



  1. Stamp the bubble gum machine, punch with 1 ¾” punch and add the machine topper;
  2. Cut the zip lock top off baggie;
  3. Place about 1 -1 ½ tsp of clear hair gel in ziplock  LESS IS MORE;
  4. Fold top over 2 twice with very small folds;
  5. Place a piece of tape – the entire length of the top of the baggie – with half the tape hanging over the top baggie edge;
  6. Tape the baggie to the back of the punched hole layer;
  7. Stamp your foliage & fish on the 1 ¾” circle and tape to back of baggie;
  8. Adhere the white layer to the Bashful Blue layer with a Dimensional in each corner;
  9. Punch out 3 Square Scallops and run them through the Perfect Polka Dot folder;
  10. Adhere everthing as shown.

If you didn't get to make this event - I hope to see you at the next one!

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Strawberries & Pound Cake & Whip Cream OH MY!

Are you drooling yet???  I am!  My VERY talented stepdaughter (Stephanie) came for a visit last month to make up this adorable recipe holder for an upcoming Silent Auction at her son's school. 


She donated the recipe box with 12 months of Trifle Recipes and will be making a trifle a month for the highest bidder!!!  What a cool gift!


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Let's all sing like the birdies sing.....


My dad's best friend (Hank) used to sing this song....he passed away several years ago - but it still comes back to me from time to time...he was a GREAT guy and I have a lot of lasting memories of the silly things he used to say and do.  So when I was trying to come up with a title for this project - this silly song popped right into my head!

How SWEET are these????  If you're registered for my Stamp-A-Stack this weekend - you're in luck...

You get to make one of these!!!!!


If you're not or you live too far away - you're in luck too!!!!  You can purchase a kit below.

These bird calendars use the On Board Bird Book in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The books look really small in the catalog photo - but the birds are actually about 8 1/4" x 3 1/2"!  The On Board Books come with 8 chipboard pieces in these various shapes:

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You can order as many kits as you'd like - prices are listed below.  Each kit includes:

  • Sending Love Specialty Designer Paper
  • Filigree Disc, matching brad & punched flower
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Calendar and matching cardstock layer
  • Easel back
  • Directions with all ingredients, dimensions, photos and instructions




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Here's an adorable punch card that I used for my Punch Class!  Perfect for every little princess in your life....maybe even some big princesses too!



Everything Nice; Priceless


Melon Mambo; Pretty in Pink; Black


1 1/4” Circle; 1” Circle; 1/2” Circle; Word Window; Scallop Circle; 5 Petal Flower; Dimensionals; 2-Way Glue; Dazzling Diamonds; White Gel Pen


White   4 x 5 1/4

Melon Mambo     5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Scraps:  Pink, Saffron, Blush Blossom, Vellum

Here are a couple visuals:


You want to put the elements together as shown below.



  1. Punch everything out according to punch map;
  2. Stamp greeting on bottom right corner with Melon Mambo ink;
  3. Stamp “fairy swooshes” on card front with Pretty In Pink ink;
  4. Using glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds – add bling;
  5. Fold over 6 scallops on scallop circle;
  6. Adhere head, body and skirt bottom together as shown on punch map above;
  7. Adhere skirt bottom to body and then to card front;
  8. Add head.

I have an entire class of Punch cards posted here  PUNCH CARD CLASS.

All the ingredients, dimensions and directions are available too!

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Mini Note Pads

BLING BLING!!!  I made these little Junior Mini Note Pads for hostess gifts!  So if you're hosting a workshop for me - you're gonna get one!!!  My SU friend from Colorado - Celisa - made one for I just had to try them...EASY PEASY!


Here are the details:

  • I bought a pack of Junior Legal Pads and took them to my copy shop - they cut them vertically for me - for a VERY nominal fee;
  • The Junior Legal Pad cover is Real Red 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” cardstock scored at 2 5/8” and 2 7/8” down the middle;
  • The little layer that covers the top of the notepad is 2" x 2 1/2";
  • The pens can be purchased at any office supply store - they have the clear barrel;
  • 11" of Pretty In Pink Satin Ribbon from the Occasions Mini Catalog for the cover;
  • 4" of Pretty In Pink Ribbon for the pen holder;
  • With All My Love stamp set (118134 Wood Mount & 118623 Clear Mount) from the Occasions Mini catalog;
  • I used Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and the Real Red Craft pad to emboss "Friend";
  • New Pinking Hearts Border Punch for the Pink layer under "Friend";
  • I have a PDF file with the calendar....leave a comment and I'll email it to you!

Here's a close up of the back...notice how I staggered the ribbon on the back.  If you do that - you'll be catching both pieces with the regular tape to help secure the pen holder.


I used Sticky Strip in the top, bottom and both sides.  I put an extra piece over the ribbon too - I don't want the pen holder to fall out.

It's hard to see here...but Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder was used on the "friend" stamp - just keeps up with the whole BLING of the Sending Love Specialty Designer Paper!


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Rag Bag!!!

I LOVE PRESENTS!!!!!  Imagine my surprise when I got the mail a couple weeks ago and found a Priority Envelope.  I always use these envelopes for return swap cards - so it's not unusual for me to get I brought this one in the house, I thought to myself...I don't remember having a swap coming???  But those of you that know me....are probably giggling right now because you know how good my memory is too!  I opened it up and HOLY COW!!!!  This is what I found!!!! HAPPY DANCE - HAPPY DANCE!!!  My friend and demo from up north (Nikki) made this and sent it to me - WOW!!!!  What a GREAT gift!  And it wasn't even my birthday...which is July 7th by the way - LOL!

Quilting with the Big Shot dies is all the rage right now....and here's a super simple project with a GREAT BIG WOW factor!  You can make them any size you want...from a small makeup case to a big beach bag!

She used the Square Scallop Die (shown below) to cut out the shapes.  You can cut 8 layers of material at once - I KNOW, RIGHT!!!!  She put some very thin batting in between each layer and sewed them with an "X" on each square.  Notice that the raw seams are actually on the outside of the bag....the whole "frayed" look is really popular right now.  Sew 9 panels together for the front and back and sew 9 panels together in a line to form the sides and bottom.  Don't forget to add the handles and closure before you sew the top seam.   Cut slits in all the seams so that when you throw it in the washer - they will fray with ease.

Don't you LOVE the matching card using the Petal Pizzaz stamp set???


And then there was BLING!!!!  Nikki knows that her "boss" as she refers to me....LOVES BLING!  So she made sure she gave this black and white beauty the BLING that I sooooooooooo love!


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 Nikki - Sorry it took so long for me to post this present...I've been dragging it to all my classes and showing it off!  THANKS so much - you're amazing!

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Easel Mini Scrapbooking Album


Join me for an Easel Mini Album this month!!!!  This little jewel holds 4 So Saffron layers for your photo display and folds back up!  The Easter belly band keeps it all in place.


WHERE:  Trinity Lutheran School

WHEN:  Thursday, February 18th or Tuesday, February 23rd

TIME:  6:30 PM

COST:  $5 with a $15 order or FREE with a $40 order

We’ll be using the NEW CLEAR MOUNT stamps and NEW Punches from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  It’s still SALE-A-BRATION!!!  When you place a $50 order - you'll get a FREE stamp set, punch or paper pack of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration promotion AND the instructions!!!!

Can't make the class?

Place a $40 on-line order and you'll get the instructions for all the mini album - FREE! 

Go to my Stampin’ Up! website – click on the SHOP NOW button.

Or you can order the instructions for $2.95 – here:


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Punch Card Technique Class


Punch cards are always a favorite!!! Join me and make these SUPER fun cards this week! 


Hobby Lobby in Oshkosh

DATE:  Wednesday, February 17th

TIME:  10:00 AM or 6:00 PM


COST:  $15

Email or call to register!!!

Please bring your scissors and adhesive.


Can’t make the class???  Order the finished cards by mail for $20.  This includes an email with all the directions & envelopes too!




Order the instructions, complete with punch maps, ingredients, dimensions and step-by-step directions for $2.95 here:


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Progressive Scrapbooking

I love to use Progressive Pages for scrapbooking workshops!  Here's one that my friend and demo, Rachael and I brainstormed over today.  It uses an Elegant Eggplant and Summer Sun color combo - these are the HOT colors right now!!!

This first sample is a 6" x 6" scrapbook page - this is the one that Rachael's scrapbooking workshop guests will all get to make!  The Summer Sun layer is the 2 Tag Die - I LOVE how it coordinated with the Circle Scallop Punch!!!  This tag makes for an adorable journaling layer!


Then she'll demo the rest....this is the 6" x 6" page layered onto an 8 1/2" x 11" page with a little Always Artichoke thrown in and a couple more white layers for photos.


And the GRAND FINALE - the 8 1/2" x 11" layered onto 12" x 12" Elegant Eggplant cardstock with the Swirly Decorative Strip Die running down the side!


Here's a close up of the tag - just had to add a little BLING!



Stamps:  Circle Circus

Ink:  Elegant Eggplant; Always Artichoke; Summer Sun

Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant; Summer Sun; Whisper White

Accessories:  Scallop Circle Punch; 1 3/8 & 1 1/4 Circle Punch; Scallop Edge Punch; Swirly Decorative Strip Die; 1/4 Always Artichoke Grosgrain; Clear Rhinestone Brad; 2 Tags Die; Big Shot

Dimensions for 6" x 6" Page:

Eggplant:  6 x 6; Whisper White: 6" x 2"; Summer Sun:  4 1/2" x 2"

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Love is in the Air!

How fun would this be to get in the mail from me???  WELL...if you're my mom and dad - YOU'RE IN LUCK!!!!  I sent this cute little package out today - to them for Valentine's Day!  I had to call my mom to tell her not to look at her emails from me until I say so - kinda bossy heh?  She's a subscriber!!!  I didn't want her to see her surprise here - before the mail arrived.

The card is totally CASED and I got the idea for the CD case & licorice from Leadership.

I'm still IN LOVE with the Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper - if you don't have any yet (GASP!!!) you have to GET SOME!!!


Here are the details for the CD Case: 

The Back Insert Layer is cut at 6 7/8” x 4 5/8” (score at 1/4”, 5 5/8”, 5 7/8”, 6 1/4” & 6 1/2” on the long side)

The Front Strip is cut at 2” x 5”


· Take the black part out of the CD;

· Fold the back insert layer on Score Lines;

· Place the back insert layer into the CD case with the single scored edge on the right;

· On the left side – fold scored lines into a box shape to fill in where the CD case is missing;

· Punch edge of Front Strip with the Border Scallop Trim Punch and adhere to front of CD case with SNAIL adhesive;

· Die-cut Scalloped Heart of Hearts – adhere to CD case front with Dimensionals;

· Stamp “Love You Much” and punch with the Large Heart Punch – adhere;

· Tie with Real Red Satin Ribbon – TAA DAA!!!!!

Fill your CD case with six pieces of licorice – shorten licorice to fit. AND TAAA DAAA!  Stinkin' Cute!


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