decor elements

Mostly Vintage Stencil



Here is a card I did for my downline swap. I used the new Mostly Vintage stencil from the Summer mini and sponged it with Taken with Teal. Then I stamped the Elements of Style swirls all around it. I distressed the paper a bit by ripping and sponging.


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.


Stencil Ornaments

 This was one of my favorite swaps that I received at Founder's Circle. It was made by Angela McKay. She used the ornament stencils found in the Definitely Decorative catalog on pg 29. She just sponged inside each stencil to create this gorgeous card. She also added stamped images to the top of each ornament. I just love it!  I can't wait to try this card myself.


My shoebox swap group celebrated another birthday…..


Hey everyone,

If you read my blog often, you have heard me talk about my group of friends that meets at my house every other Wednesday. It is all Stampin' Up demos in this area and we share ideas and we each bring projects to share ( that's called a shoebox swap). I started this group several years ago and it has saved me so much time because I get great ideas from these girls, plus the friendship and girl time is great also. We celebrated another birthday this week so I thought I would share some of the pics I took. It was Fairle's birthday and here are a couple of items she got.



This adorable gift was made by my good friend Colleen. She used our decor elements to decorate the jar and then filled it with candy and card stock shreds (in matching baja breeze) that were crimped first and then shredded . How cute is that? What a simple gift that can be reused too. That would be a great Teacher Appreciation gift! I am so going to copy that one!










These next 2 items were made by my good friend Lorrie. She always comes up with the cutest projects. She used the Heartfelt Thanks set and the Parisian Breeze dsp to make these cute notepads.


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