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September 2012

I didn't abandon you!!!


Here's one of the pages that was available to make at the CARD:SCRAP BUFFET last month.  I just love the Everything Eleanor stamp set - it has a very "vintage" feel to it!


I chose a 5" x 7" photo of Hailey and her friends on prom night - the colors in my photo were perfect for this page.


Stamps:  Everything Eleanor  Ink:  Real Red Classic & Craft  Accessories:  Scallop Punch; Clear Embossing Powder; Real Red Satin Ribbon; Vintage Brads; Dimensionals

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I'm so sorry that it's been so long since I've shared with you!!!  I was crazy trying to get ready for my Founder's Circle trip and on top of that - I caught a cold the Saturday before I was leaving on Wednesday. Being sick is never good - especially when you have soooo much to do before you can leave.  I was feeling a little better the day before I things were looking up.  My cold turned into a sinus infection that continued to drain me while in Utah...until I finally went to a walk in clinic on Saturday of my trip...sheesh!  I got a prescription for very strong antibiotics...but they didn't make me feel any better until TODAY!!!!  So I'm back in the "land of the living" and ready to share some photos from my fabulous trip!

Here's what we were greeted with when we arrived at the hotel in St. George, Utah!



Stampin' Up! is known for spoiling us....REALLY SPOILING US!  Here's the gathering place where we can come and relax and laugh with our friends...and eat tons of candy and ice cream!!!  The candy bowls are overflowing all the time and this year, with the nautical theme, there was a cooler full of ice cream all the time!!!!  This worked out really good for me...I went from being chilled to very hot the entire time.  Nothing a drumstick can't take care of!  I ate a lot of them.


This was our welcome dinner when we arrived on was a meal you would get at a fish shack on the East Coast - complete with crab legs, shrimp, clams, potatoes and corn on the cob - DELICIOUS!!!


I'll share more photos in the next few days!

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Fun Fall Cards!!!

Join me for a FREE stamping class this month - there is no fee - just a minimum $15 order. You'll enjoy making these 3 great cards!
We're using 3 NEW stamp sets and accessories from the Holiday catalog and some fun techniques.
Do you love the little broom?  It's the owl punch with the feet chopped off - oh my!


Here are the dates and locations available this month:

Monday, September 10th - Church of our Savior - Fond Du Lac - 6:30

Tuesday, September 11th - The Elms - Fond Du Lac - 6:30

Monday, September 17th - Trinity - Menasha - 5:30 or 6:30

Tuesday, September 18th - 1st English Lutheran - Oshkosh - 6:30

Thursday, September 20th - Trinity - Menasha - 5:30 or 6:30


Just call or email to let me know you'll be coming!

UPDATE:  I have room in my monthly stamp clubs in the Oshkosh Group (Tuesday) and 1 opening in my Technique Tuesday group.  Let me know if you'd like to reap the benefits of being a monthly member!  We only meet once a month.... 

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Will It Embellish?

What will you do with your FREE ribbon???


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Card:Scrap Buffet on Saturday!!!

Join me this Saturday for the BUFFET!!!
Trinity Lutheran School - 300 Broad St, Menasha
TIME:  9am - 1pm
COST:  $18
This is one of the cards you can choose to make - we have 16 to choose from!!!
Call or email to register....
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Serene Silhouettes Card Kit



Here's the last in a series of four cards included in the Serene Silhouettes Card Kit.  I am absolutely in love with this stamp set - it's so easy to create elegant cards for every occasion! 

And NOW I've made it super easy for you to make all of these cards too - with a PDF!!!  

Black ink was used on all the cards for stamping except this one - I used the NEW In-Color Raspberry Ripple.


If you'd like to order the PDF Instructions - just click on the PayPal buttons below.



  • PDF instructions with photos, dimensions and instructions
  • You will need the Serene Silhouettes stamp set and your own greetings for each card
  • Other items you may need to make the cards - ink pads (Black, Raspberry Ripple), acrylic block i, sponges, misting bottle, paper piercer and mat, scoring tool, markers (Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Gumball Green)

This stamp set is on page 75 of the big catalog - Clear Mount $17.95 (127324) & Wood Mount shown below:

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Faux Patina Tutorial

Here's one of the cards we made at the Technique Tuesday class in September.
This is an easy technique with several steps - for a GORGEOUS result!
1.  First you want to apply Crumb Cake ink directly to the flat side of the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder - just rub your ink pad onto the folder.  Run your white layer of card stock through the Big Shot so it looks like this:

2.  Now sponge Marina Mist ink on the raised areas of your layer:
3.  Then sponge Always Artichoke ink over the same area:
4.  And we end with the sponging of Early Espresso ink:
5.  Dab your Embossing Buddy over the layer - don't rub.  Or you can let it sit for a while to dry.  If you try the next step too soon - the embossing powder will stick to the entire layer.
6.  Now touch your raised images with the VersaMark ink pad...careful not too get too much ink on this step.  You can always add more.  Then emboss with gold embossing powder.
The first card I made with this techique had a little too much VersaMark ink - so almost all the raised images were covered in gold embossing.  On my 2nd attempt at it - I used less ink and it turned out really good!
I used the FROM THE HEART stamp set 126555 - Wood $39.95 or 126557 $28.95 Clear:
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Back to SPOOL Promotion!!!


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I hope you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend...I went to the Shack Olympics near Bowler Wisconsin...and what a BLAST we had!!!  Here's Rachael and I at one of the silly competitions we participated in:


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Summer Scrapbook Page


Don’t you just love the colors I used for this summer page???  And it just so happens that the photos I found after I made the pages were the perfect color to fill them in! This was one of the pages that were part of the Card:Scrap Buffet in August!  Hope you can join me for the next Card:Scrap Buffet on Saturday, September 8th!!!  Call or email me to let me know you're coming!


This is my stepdaughter Anna and hubby Scott, with daughters Molli and Andi. 

The Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (125409) is just the right spash of color.  I used the Fun Flowers Bigz Die (#121812) for the red flower and Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies (#127553).

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Perfectly Preserved

Here's an adorable creation from my friend Sara Mattson-Blume - she does beautiful work!  Jars are all the rage this harvest season!  Making our Perfectly Preserved stamp set and the Cannery Set framelit dies perfect for the season!!!
You can get the stamp set and the framelits in a bundle and SAVE 15%!!!
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Fish Punch Card

How stinkin' cute is this???  I found a card among the thousands on the display boards at Convention using this technique to make a cute little fish and just had to give it a try.  You can make this card at the TECHNIQUE TUESDAY class on 9/4!  Just email me to register...
I used the Blossom Petals Builder to make the fish and the sea-weeds.  I used my Aqua Painter to do a color wash on watercolor paper for the background.  I put about 15 drops of Pool Party reinker in 2 tablespoons of water and then used the Aqua Painter to just wash the color across the paper.  Then I took Turquoise reinker on a "wet" tip of the Aqua Painter and tapped it against my finger until it splattered on the watercolor paper to make some darker "bubbles."
I used the largest petal to make the tail - placing it on my piercing mat and running the stylus across it to make the swervy lines in the tail and bottom fin.
I did the same thing to the "seaweed" leaf below.
Stamps:  Petite Pairs  Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie (sponging the fish); Old Olive (sponging the seaweed)  Cardstock:  Watercolor Paper; Crumb Cake; Basic Black; Old Olive; Pumpkin Pie; Pool Party  Accessories:  Pool Party & Tempting Turquoise Reinker; Blossom Petals Builder Punch; Square Lattice Folder; Big Shot; Aqua Painter; Sponges; White Gel Pen; Basic Black marker; Stylus; Piercing Mat
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