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Garden from the Heart



I had forgotten about this card and I just found it while cleaning out some stuff so I thought I would post it. I made this one with the Garden From the Heart set on pg 9 of the Stampin Up Occasions mini catalog. I stamped the background with the Sanded stamp in chocolate chip. I used the watercolor crayons to color in the hat. Pretty easy card if you like to color. I am not that great at watercoloring so I don't do it very often.



How would you like to get a free class and stamp set?


When I was at Leadership, I saw this gorgeous box that Vita Padalino had created and I took her box idea and created a whole new class with it. I posted this photo a while back and said that I was doing it for my February stamp camp. I had a bunch of people ask me for the directions so I finally have the tutorial done for this class thanks to my wonderful friend Rebecca. She knows I am computer challenged when it comes to doing PDF type things so she helped me do this one. I am offering it to you for FREE with a $50 online order. I also have other class kits to choose from. Just click on the "Free Card Kits" button at the top of my page. Since it is Sale-abration, you also get a free stamp set or punch with your order. There are lots of things to choose from in the Sale-abration catalog.  I am also selling the tutorial for $4.95 if you are interested.


Shoebox swap sample

Every other Wednesday I have a group of  8 demo friends that come over to my house and we do a shoebox swap. I started this group about 8 years ago and it has changed slightly over the years but we always have a great time no matter who is there. My only rule is you have to have fun. It is a great way to share ideas with each other and to socialize. We are all great friends now. After a couple power hours of stamping, we all go to lunch and socialize some more. I really look forward to these get togethers and I would encourage demos in any area to try something like this.



 So, here is a card that my good friend Sam Woodruff made at one of our recent get togethers. She is such a sweetheart and I am so glad I got to know her better this past year. She is the one who taught me how to make my quilt purses! She created this card using one of our Stampin Up stencils and we sponged the colors over it using the sponge daubers. Really cool technique.


Mini Easter Basket




Check out this adorable little Easter basket I made out of the Big Shot Square scallop die. Isn't it just precious? I did this project in all of my clubs this past month and everyone loved it.  All you have to do is punch out a scallop square using your favorite DSP and then score it between  every 3 scallops on all 4 sides. There are 9 scallops across each side so that splits it evenly into thirds. Then cut the ends up to the first crease on oppsite sides and fold up to make your box. The handles are just left over scraps from the DSP. THey are 6 inches by 3/4 of an inch.  I cut the squares at 5×5 so you have a big strip left over on each piece. I attached those with brads for extra support.  Then add your favite candy and decorate the front.




Here is the front view.


Featured Demonstrator of the month part 2

Last week I showcased one of my downline as a featured demonstrator of the month. I showed several of the projects she made and this week is part 2 of that post. Here are some more awesome samples created by Sandy Alexander, one of my very talented downline.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.




This is a beautiful framed art project she made. I had to put a piece of cardstock behind it so you wouldn't see the mess on my stamp table.






This piece was made from our new Stampin Up chipboard albums. I love how she made this look so shabby chic.











This card uses the Abundant Hope set from the Stampin Up Occasions mini. It is such a gorgeous stamp set and Sandy did an awesome job on this card. I love the Pretties kit hat pin and pearl accent.







This card idea is so creative. I love how she wove the ribbon in and out of the scallop border.




Here is an adorable Easter bucket Sandy made using the Eggcoutrements set from the Occasions mini and the Chocolate Bunny also in the Occasions mini. I am so impressed with all of Sandy's projects. I think she did an awesome job being my first featured demo of the month. Please leave a comment and let her know what you think.









Here is a close up of the chocolate bunny (it looks so real in person) and the Easter tag with the silver hodgepodge hardware piece. What a great gift this would be for someone.


Mojo Monday a couple days late….

What a week! (and it is only Wednesday!) I have been running around crazy the last couple of days but I finally had time to sit down and do the Mojo Monday challenge.

Here was the sketch….you could pick the round one or the square one and I did the square one.







and here is my card….



I used the Stampin Up "To the Nines" specialty designer paper on pg 163 for my background piece and then I added some chocolate chip and sage shadow also. The leaves are from the Le Jardin Botanique set on pg 110. I stamped those in sage shadow and stamped the sentiment in chocolate chip. The ribbon is that luscious striped chocolate chip grosgrain. It is so soft and really makes a gorgeous bow. Oh, I also did the sage piece with the new scallop trim border and corner punches. I hope you like it!


Another spring card….wishful thinking…


Maybe if I post enough spring cards, spring will hurry up and get here quicker. I am so over winter! I want to be in some tropical paradise sipping pina coladas and soaking up some sun. I can dream can't I? This card was created by another talented girl in my downline. This was Melissa Carr's swap card at our meeting this month. Her card was so cute and had a pocket on the front made out of the top note die to hold a book mark.





Melissa used the Cottage Wall designer paper and the butterfly embosslit to create this adorable card.


Is it Spring Yet?

Today is the warmest day so far this year in Chesapeake. I think it actually hit 55! WOOHOO! It is the first weekend in a long time that there hasn't been a chance of snow so maybe this is a hint that spring is coming. I am so ready for some warm weather. Today's card was made by another one of my fabulous downline (Liz Velazquez). I love how she made the flower from a couple strips of cardstock and the stem is made out of ribbon. This was her swap card at our meeting this month. I sure do have some talented girls in my downline. Great job Liz!


Winner of this week’s blog candy!

The winner of this week's blog candy is Carol Sielski! Congratulations Carol! Stay tuned for another blog candy contest coming next week!


WOW! Just found out these are still available!

Wow! I just found out that these items from the Holiday mini are still available….this must have been a well guarded secret or something. I knew about the shimmer paint and a couple of other things, but now I see the Ornament punch is still available!!! WOOHOOO! Thanks Stampin Up!


Item #  Description  Price
116794 Ornament punch $15.95
116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $5.95
116854  Frost White Shimmer Paint $5.95
116807  Platinum Shimmer Paint $5.95
116829 Décor Elements Blocks $9.95
116824  Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty $7.95
116821 Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers  $29.95
116819 Stampin' Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die $42.95
116820 Stampin' Up! Embosslits Merry die $11.95
116823 Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die $5.50
116822 Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die $42.95
118140  Stampin' Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die $5.50
118108 My Digital Studio $79.95
116519 Charming stamp set  $19.95


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