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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Occasions Mini Catalog Debut

We will be making this lovely greeting card in my upcoming Stamp Club Meeting on January 4th. The bow here is using the Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon from the current Holiday Mini Catalog. (Item #124105, page 30.) If you like this ribbon, be sure to order it before January 3rd. After January 3rd it will be retired. We will be using the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding in the January Club. Here are some of the items needed for this project:
Card Stock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzaz
Paper: (New)Designer Series Paper: Twitterpated 125406 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Set: (New) Loving Thoughts Clear 125845, (New) Bordering on Romance Clear 125482 (Both from the upcoming Occasions Mini effective January 4th)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Markers: Pear Pizzaz, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red
Misc.: (New) Framelits-Hearts 125599 (Occasions Mini), Vintage Wallpaper and Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue pen, Modern Label Punch
Big Shot: Embossing Folders, Framelits, Movers and Shapers Punch Windows, Blender Pen

I will be demonstrating the "Fork" bow making technique for this project. It makes a nice bow and I think you will like the ease in making it.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Presenting Baby Colby! Welcome Home Todd!

We couldn't be happier and more thankful for the safe arrival of Colby Curtis. He's our 3rd grandson. He was born Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm. 6 lbs. 15 oz, 19 inches long. What a blessing to meet him right after he was born. His brothers, Ty and Carter were so excited to meet him for the first time. Ty was so gentle and sweet. He sang "Happy Birthday" to his new brother, Colby. Three year old Ty asked his mom, "How did you spit him out?" How precious is that?

We got home early this morning just in time to sleep a few hours and then pick up our son, Todd, who is home for Christmas from Good Fellow AFB. I was overwhelmed with emotion to meet him at the airport. I feel so blessed!

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stampin' Up Clearance Rack Blitz of Savings

This is a promotion you don't want to miss. You have to order online and the products are only available while supplies last. Over 200 new items have been added recently and the sale started today, December 15th. The sale ends January 5, 2012.

You can save up to 80% on some items. Please click here to go directly to my Stampin’ Up Business Website:


There are some punches less than $10, Designer Paper Packs less than $4, Ribbons less than $3 and much more!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Countdown

Here are two more Christmas cards for our Christmas collection. The reindeer in flight is quite vintage looking. The second card is more traditional.

Card #1: Reindeer

Card Stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Paper: Neutrals DSP PackInk: Soft Suede; Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Grateful Greetings; Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note, Spritz Tool, Pearls, Reindeer in Flight T. Holtz Die

Card #2: Welcome Christmas into your Heart

Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black; Ink: Real Red, Basic Black; Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Snow Swirled; Accessories: Rhinestones, Petals Aplenty Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1 3/4" circle punch, Packing Tape, Dazzling Diamonds

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Page

This is the page we will be doing tonight in my Scrapbooking Class. Here are a few details:
Card Stock: Real Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Designer Series Big Top Birthday
Dies: Sizzix Cake Die, Ribbon Die, SU Perfect Pennants, Happy Birthday Sizzlit,
Numbers Die
Punches: Petite Pennants Punch

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Class Projects for December 5th Stamp Class

The gift card holder works for money gifts and gift certificates.
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Misc: Scallop Circle Punch, 3 flower punch, Eyelet Border Punch, 1" circle Punch, Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, Petal Cone Die, button, linen thread, Velcro
Stamp Set: Curly Cute

The Santa Card:
Card Stock: Garden Green, Whisper White, Real Red, Blush Blossom or Blushing Bride, Basic Black
Ink: Blushing Bride, Markers: Garden Green and Real Red
Misc: Big Shot, Top Note, Bird Builder Punch, 3/4" circle, small oval, Itty Bitty circle, 1/2" circle, Embosing Folders: Manhattan flower, Snow Burst, Dazzling Diamonds
Stamp Set: Dear Santa

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It's a wrap!

We'll be making the projects above in our Stamp Club this week. The first one is a gift card holder. It could also be used to present a money gift or gift certificate. Th second card is made from the Stampin' Up Simply Sent Everyday Elegance kit. We have "kicked it up a notch" with this project. It really glimmers and shines!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

The punch art Santa from the Stampin' Up Top Note Die is fun to do! Here are a few of the details of the page layout that we will be doing this week in my Scrapbooking Class.
Stamp Set: Dear Santa
Card Stock: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Soft Suede
Paper: Holly Berry Bouquet, Newsprint
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red Markers, Blushing Bride Dauber
Big Shot: Reindeer, 3D Sleigh, Top Note, Alphabet, Stocking Accents Die, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Holly Embossing Folder
Punches: 1 1/4" square, small oval, Bird Builder, Triple Layer Blossom, Itty Bitty circle, 1/2" circle, 3/4" circle, Stocking Building Punch,Petite Pennants Builder Punch

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Happy Birthday Todd!

Today is Todd's Birthday. His dad commented that he is a quarter of a century old! That's hard to believe, but it is true! We are so proud of both of our sons, Todd and Bryan. Each one has taken amazing career paths. Todd is in the Air Force stationed in Texas. We will get to see him soon though! Todd loves his little nephews, Ty and Carter. His little 3 year old nephew, Ty, sang Happy Birthday to him today. We got to hear it via email. I know this was a blessing to Todd. We miss and love Todd very much. We're hoping he enjoys his 25th Birthday!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tidings of Comfort & Joy

This card was completely heat embossed!
Stamp Sets:  Medallion Background, Word Play
Card Stock:  Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink:  Craft Real Red and Garden Green
Punches:  2 3/8 Scallop Circle, 2 1/2 Circle, 1/4" Circle
Inspired by:  Lorri Heiling

Sympathy Card
Stamp Set:  Love & Sympathy
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder
Punch:  Decorative Label
Big Shot:  Framed Tulip Embossing Folder
Inspired by Carolyn Leslie Purcell

Christmas Projects Revisited

These are reposts of projects that I have made and taught.  I am now posting on  It is a virtual bulletin board of ideas.  I'm really enjoying it.  I'm finding wonderful recipes there! 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Photography

A couple years ago, we went to Puerto Rico. Here are some of the photos we took with my camera.  We really enjoyed the beautiful tropical flowers we found there!  This is just a little diversion from my cards and scrapbooking pages that I usually post.  Hope you enjoy them! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Attention, Attention Read All About It! Online Extravaganza!

Just click on the the Announcement below for a better view. 
Please accept my invitation to go on my Stampin' Up Online Store.  Check out this annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season.  It begins Monday, November 21st!  It continues through November 30th.  However, there are a couple of items that are on sale for 24 hours only on Monday!!!  Just click the products button, and Shop Now to take advantage of this great sale. 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

One Horse Open Sleigh!

The sleigh full of presents is from a die cut embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.  Here are some of the details...
Card Stock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Soft Suede
Stamps:  Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, Tiny Tags
Big Shot:  Sleigh (non-SU), Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Chantilly Lace, Linen Thread, Half pearl, brad, Jewelry Tag Punch, quilted Cherry Cobbler Ribbon
Inspired by:  RaeDeen Bittner's Vintage Sleigh

The Christmas Lodge Card is sparkling with Dazzling Diamonds and Silver Glimmer Paper.  It almost looks like freshly fallen snow. 
Card Stock:  Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink:  Basic Gray
Stamps:  Christmas Lodge, Lovely As A Tree
Misc:  Wave Cutter, Cutter Tool, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue
Inspired by:  Melany Watson's Christmas Lodge Card

I'll be teaching these two cards in my classes on Monday next week. 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Let it Snow!

We're looking at a telescoping snowman, a torn edge landscape and folded trees with lots of sparkle!  Thursday night I will be teaching this layout in my class.  It should be a lot of fun!

Card Stock:  Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Paper:  Garden Green Designer Paper
Big Shot:  Scallop #2 Circles Die, Circles #2 Die, Northern Frost Snowflake Sizzlit Strip, Serif Essentials Alphabet Die
Punches:  Itty Bitty Circle, Owl, Word Window,  Snowflake, Doily Triple Layer
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Misc.:  Dazzling Diamonds

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Welcome Christmas Into Your Heart

We have a special fold Christmas tree to make with a scalloped circle for the Christmas card above.  It's not hard.  In fact, the scallops help a lot.  You'll see when you come to my class on Monday.  Here are some of the supplies needed to make the card...
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Black, Soft Suede
Paper:  Regals Stack:  Garden Green DSP
Ink:  Craft Basic Black, White
Big Shot:  Top Note Die, Scallop Circle Die, Snow Burst Embossing Folder
Stamp Set:  Welcome Christmas and Punch Pals

The second card above is general enough to work for many occasions during this time of the year.  The autumn leaves are made with the French Foliage Stamp Set.  Here are some of the supplies needed...
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Paper:  Newsprint DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive
Big Shot:  Top Note Die, Houndstooth Embossing Folder
Punches:  3/4" circle, 1" circle, Jewelry tag
Stamp Set:  French Foliage, Tiny Tags
Misc.:  brad, clear embossing powder, heat tool

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mom's Birthday Lunch

We had a wonderful time visiting and enjoying our tacos, enchiladas and tostadas with Mom and Dad today. Tomorrow is Mom's birthday.  How thankful we are to have celebrated together.  We reminisced about our 5 years in Three Rivers since Mom is writing about that in her book right now.  We lived there in the late 50's and early 60's.  We have great memories of our time there.  For Mom and Dad it was a lot of work.  For the kids, it was a mixture of work and play! 

Happy Birthday, Mom!!  We love you!!

Travel Page Layout

Here's a masculine page layout that could be changed up for a Birthday Celebration, an Outdoors Event, or even a Graduation theme.  You've got your chance to spotlight someone special in a more masculine way with this design and color scheme.  For this 2-page scrapbook layout you will need the following...
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Paper:  Well Worn Designer Series Paper
Stap Set:  Travel Log and Word Play
Ink:  Craft Chocolate Chip, Classic Soft Suede
Die:  Clear Scallop Square, Top Note
Punches:  1/2" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" square, 1 3/4" circle

This will be our layout this Thursday night for Scrapbooking Class.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Ornament Class

November Specialty Class Offering:  Ornament and gift card
Saturday, November 12th 1-3pm
Class size limited to the first 8. Sign up Now!
$10 Class Fee plus $10 minimum order before tax and S & H

RSVP a must.  Please visit my Stampin' Up Business Website at to RSVP
Click on my Calendar of Events and then this event.

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Advent Calendar

November Specialty Classes: Choose Saturday, November 12th or 19th

Advent Calendar: Saturday, 10-12 noon. Class size limited to the first 8. Sign up Now! $25 Class Fee plus $10 minimum order before tax and S & H.

Contact me today if you would like to make this Advent Calendar in my class this Saturday, November 12th or 19th  from 10 am to 12 noon.  I'll have a good portion of the project pre-cut and ready for assembly.  RSVP a must.  Log onto my Stampin' Up Business Website at for my contact information.  You can also RSVP there.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Welcome Baby Boy or Baby Girl Card

Notice how you can change up this card for a boy or a girl baby card by just changing the rattle section with either blue or pink.  Everything else about this card is the same.  I like that.  This is a punch art rattle.  The feel is pretty vintage.  I like that too!  Thanks to the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper, I've been able to create projects for my Mom and Dad's Wedding Anniversary and a baby card.  Now that's versatility!  Here are some more details...
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink:  Soft Suede
Punches:  1 3/4" circle,  1 1/4" circle, 3/4" circle, Word Window, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border
Misc:  pink or blue taffeta ribbon, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Pearls

This was taught at my recent Stamp Club and Downline Meeting.  (The pearls were an afterthought!)

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Come to Bethlehem Card

The Come to Bethlehem Card above is made using a standard wheel for the music notes and heat embossing.  Here are some more details.
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Gushed Gold
Ink:  Soft Suede Craft Chocolate Chip, Gold, VersaMarker
Misc.:  Gold Embossing Powder, Clear embossing powder, Dazzling Details, Heat Tool, Powder Pals

The Sympathy Card is made using the following supplies:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede
Punch:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Misc.:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Ovals Die, Dazzling Diamonds, cutter tool, 2 way glue pen, dimensionals

I will be teaching these projects on Monday.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas Stocking Layout

The Stampin' Up Holiday Mini is brimming with great holiday ideas and supplies for a great Christmas Layout.  The Simply Sent Every Day Elegance Note Card in the bottom right hand corner was sponged and embellished with pearls and Designer Series Paper from the Holly Berry Bouquet Pack.  The theme of the Christmas Stocking and Holly was repeated with the smaller stockings Holly berries on the opposite page.
I will be teaching this page layout tonight.
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings
Dies:  SU Bigz L Die Holiday Stocking 124098, SU Tasteful Trim, SU Originals Die Stocking Accents 124099 Sizzix Leaves w/Berries, Sizzix Christmas Ornament, Light & Stocking
Misc.:  Big Shot, Multipurpose Platform, Acrylic Plates, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder,  Crimper, Bitty circle punch, Eyelet Border Punch

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Pumpkin Party

It's all about the pumpkin!  We had a wonderful time at Donna's last night.  A few dressed up in costume and we all enjoyed the Dinner in a Pumpkin that Donna made for us!  It was delicious!  The treats were amazing but there were no tricks!  Thanks to all in attendance.  We appreciate your contribution to a fun evening!