Thursday, December 12, 2013

'tis the season

Each year, several of the local Chicago libraries hire me to conduct card making classes for the general public.  Each class brings me a little closer to knowing more about my new Chicago home, as well as affords me the opportunity to make new friends.

The first project this year was a simple little cash holder and envelope.  Starting with Designer Series Paper, we punched a semi circle, scored the paper twice, then folded up the bottom and sealed the sides to create a pocket. We made a simple belly band to hold the folds closed and colored a stamped image with markers.  At the last minute, we thought it would be neat to add a lacy edge to our project.

It was fun to get everyone excited about making a custom envelope for their money holder.  We chose plain white card stock and made a fabulous envelope using the new Envelope Punch Board.  It was so easy!!  We measured our money holder, then found the recommended envelope size on the handy dandy reference table. We followed the cutting, punching and scoring directions, and had a custom envelope in less than five minutes!

For more information on this project, send your request to, or comment below. There's still time to make a stack of these and slip your money gifts inside!

Thanks for visiting me and happy stamping!

Friday, April 19, 2013


It's yummy, feminine, soft and makes me happy.  Mother's Day is coming soon, and since I'm going to an event tomorrow, and wanted to take swaps, I decided on this card.  A swap is when demonstrators design a card front and then trade with other demonstrators to share ideas.

Using the Big Shot, the Pink Pirouette layer is embossed with the Petals A Plenty embossing folder, then the corners rounded.  The small butterflies are punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch, then embossed in the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder; and lastly, the larger butterfly was cut with Fan Fair Designer Series paper and the Big Shot Beautiful Butterflies die.
Here's a close up of the Butterflies.  I think the pearl embellishments just polish them off perfectly. I used the Word Window and the Modern Label punches for the sentiment and layer; then finished up with some vintage lace trim.

Thanks for looking! 

Email me ( for dimensions, or more specific information on this card or our products in general.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 29, 2013


My Clue: Paper Snips

Find 50 different clues from 50 different blogs from 3/1 thru 5/12
make a note of what the clue is, and whose blog it is on, then email the completed list back to me at
Contest ends May 12th at midnight PST so the winner can be announced

on May 15th

the prize is $150 in Stampin' Up! product

Updated List of Treasure Hunt Participants - March 29, 2013

Angela Carter
Lisa Kmiec
Jane Hignite
Deborah Smart
Penny Hanuszak
Kimberely Morris
Trish Cortez
Beth Robinson
Rhonda Gabriele 
Jackie Watson
Cynthia Millan
June Reister
Debbie Broughton
Joni Metras
Laurie Reaume 
Sherrill Graff
Nicole  Tugrul
Shelly Peck
Megin  Gallagher
Marcee Rodgers
Karen Philipp
Kris Sobolik
Heidi Weaver
Carolyn Bennett
Betty-Ann Manghi
Jan Schoenfeld
Glenda Mollet
Kat Zariengo
Katherine Roberts 
Bev Farmer 
Tanya Stottlemire 
Ligeia Baird 
Carolyn Rakowski 
Danielle Calder  
Lesley Lendon 
Lori Ann Rogers**updated 
Vanessa A. Terrell 
Dawn Johnson 
Melissa Banbury 
Janet Yates 
Cathy Parlitsis 
Laura Camacho 
Lori Sinden
Kit Gosha 
Beatriz Redd 
Cynthia Simpson 
Jayne Stenstrom 
Kelli Lichtenberg 
Julie Fields 
SuZan Brown 
Lauren Huntley 
Siara Acdal


More blog links will be added to this list as time goes on.
Check back each week for more
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


I had so much fun creating special order Easter cards for a friend this week.

This one is my favorite.

I find myself reaching for Whisper White cardstock when creating layers and adding ribbon.  I especially like this card because it uses Very Vanilla as a compliment to the yellow eggs in the DSP.  By the way, this pattern is from the Birds of a Feather DSP; the button is from the Artisan Embellishments Kit, and the accent color is Marina Mist. 

Contact me ( for a list of supplies, cutting measurements and directions.

Thanks for stopping by; Happy Easter and, as always, Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 22, 2013


I am thankful to the dozens of new viewers who chose to visit my blog this past month and also to those who have chosen to participate in the new PAPER PUMPKIN MONTHLY CRAFT CLUB. Not only am I sending them a cool thank you gift/crafting item, but I created a card to let them know how much I appreciate them.

 The inside is blank so I can write a special personal message to each and every one of my new wonderful customers.
This is an elegant, but simple card using Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight card stocks; Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper; the Vintage Verses Stamp Set  offered during Sale-A-Bration and my new favorite punch, the Bitty Butterfly, offered in the Spring catalog. The card is embellished with those fun Basic Rhinestone Jewels, and Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon. The Vintage Faceted Designer Button is tied with White Bakers twine, which I rolled over my Daffodil Delight classic stampin' pad to tint it a little.
Drop me a line at: for a list of the supplies, as well as sizes and assembly directions.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013



Here's a cute little sundress made with Stampin' Up! fabric and ribbon trim I had here on hand.  I love how the patterns in the package complement each other.  There are so many other patterns available and the cost for a package of extra wide fat quarters with (3) coordinated designs is unbelievably reasonable.  KUDOS to the site below for posting ideas and free sewing patterns, including step by step instructions for beginners!

Visit my online store by clicking below & search for fabrics to see what we have in store for you to sew with!  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Stampin' Up! has been making a difference for 25 years and began sharing their anniversary celebration with all of us in the 2013 Spring catalog.  It is just full of new products, awesome ideas and super yummy colors.
Here's a card I created with some of those items, using 3/8" Striped Melon Mambo Organdy Ribbon; Tea for Two Designer Series paper and various punches; the Vine Street embossing folder; the Pretty Petites stamp set, and some pearls.

I love white on white.  The Whisper White top layer is embossed, then attached to the Whisper White card stock base. The flower was punched in 3 different sized layers and stacked  together with a dimensional and a pearl on top.  The entire embellishment is attached to gorgeous Melon Mambo organdy ribbon, cut in two different lengths. 

The sentiments are stamped in Certainly Celery and Marina Mist; punched out and attached together with a little glue.  I punched a hole in the top one, attached a tiny pearl and dangled them under the flower, using Natural Linen Thread.
The inside is simple, one large sentiment from a soon-to-be released stamp set, "Just Thinking" in Marina Mist ink.
 I think it says it all.
You can order the supplies for this card on my link below, and try making one for yourself.  It was fun and super easy.  If you need help, drop a line and I'll send you step by step instructions.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!
Supplies used: 
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Vine Street Embossing Folder (#130492); Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (#129311); Blossom Punch (#125603); 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch (#129404); 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#127811); Melon Mambo 3/8" Organdy Ribbon (#129293); Pretty Petites Stamp Set (#129639); Petite Curly Label Punch (#129405); Basic Pearls (#119247).