Inspiration from Melissa

Friday, April 30, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral

Well guys, today is the last day that this set is available for 20% off! Here i used one of the flowers to make my own dsp and bling it up a bit by adding dazzling diamonds to the centers of the flowers w/ my 2 way glue pen. i just love the satin ribbon that was introduced in the Occassions Mini as well. it's so soft and makes the card so classy i think. The colors i used here are also two colors that we will have to say goodbye to soon. Close to cocoa and Bordering Blue.;(

paper: close to cocoa reg & texutred, very vanilla
ink: bordering blue
stamps: well scripted(clear mount), fifth avenue floral
tools: circle punch
accessories: blue button(with a sliver of close to cocoa paper tied through it), very vanilla satin ribbon, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, stampin dimensionals

Thursday, April 29, 2010


so the challenge of making a card fit for a boy AND a girl?! Did i get the colors ok? It was my best shot, not too boyish and not too girlish i thought...good balance. I just love making your 'own' polka dots by punching out a few 1/2" circles. notice the old olive is textured paper and bermuda bay is a smidge of dimension.
Tie is all together by stamping the inside of your card and the outside of your envelope as well! Since the card is choc chip, i added a piece of whisper white on the inside so i've got a clean slate to write on~
paper: choc chip, old olive, bermuda bay, whisper white
ink: choc chip, bermuda bay
stamps: animal stories, bundle of joy
tools: horizontal slot punch(for ribbon hole), scallop trim border punch, 1/2" circle punch
accessories: bermuda bay polka dot ribbon, stampin dimensionals

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pocket Card

This snazzy little card was designed by Jess for us girls to make when we got together for a fun morning of stamping! With just two stamp sets she pulled this all together and ONE ink pad! Sometimes that can be a major challenge. on the bottom of the pocket w/ just 2 different flower stamps she gave the look of some dsp! Way to make the most of the product Jess!

paper: sage shadown, whisper white, choc chip
ink: choc chip
stamps:heard from the heart, simply said
tools: crop a dile(for punching holes for brads), corner rounder punch
accessories: sponges, brads

Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring sale count down...

just wanted to give you all a heads up on the Occasions Mini catalog coming to a close in 5 days! if there is anything in there that you would like, don't miss out on your opportunity! Plus, don't forget about the 20% sale on select sets until April 30 as well!

As always you can order online 24/7 or contact me by email or phone to place your order as well! I hope to place an order on the 29th of this coming week!

Awash with flowers stampin pretty

Item Description Price
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount) $39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount) $27.95

PLUS, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20% OFF
the retail price--no additional purchase necessary! Qualifying stamp sets are listed and pictured below:

Item Page Description Discount Price
113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $14.36

Greenhouse Garden

Greenhouse Garden, Item #113824

Fifth Avenue   Floral

Fifth Avenue Floral, Item #113734

Flower Fancy

Flower Fancy, Item #111578

Trendy Trees

Trendy Trees, Item #11325

Friday, April 23, 2010

Extra Large Two-step bird punch

This is a card for a couple who just announced they are expecting. Hope it's not too boyish'? I had to give my new punch a whirl and if you can see i gave him some little stick legs that i drew on. Home made LARGE scallops by punching out some circles and hiding the other half behind the dsp. Lullaby and good night sentiment is from the clear stamp set, little angel.

paper: marina mist, old olive, choc chip dsp, very vanilla
ink: choc chip
tools: extra large bird punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, corner rounder punch, 2 way glue stick(for the branch), stampin dimensionals

NEW Marina Mist!

K so this is my color combo take on the new fun color Marina Mist and pairing it w/ the pretty Barely Banana that we will have to say good bye to! ;( Using the Big Shot and my new set Baroque Motifs(that i've wanted FOREVER!!) hehe i thought this turned out super cute for my cousin's special 30th!

paper: barely banana, basic gray, whisper white, marina mist
ink: barely banana, basic gray
stamps: baroque motifs, On your birthday
tools: big shot, finial press impression folder, bigz clear die flower, bigz flower daisies #2 (cut 2 of the smallest flower out), 1/2" circle punch
accessories: pretties kit(1/2 pearl), mini glue dots(to hold that pearl snug)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Custom made Names

so i did my first vendor show here in Sioux Center 2 weeks ago and it was a great success! one of the items that was a huge hit was my custom made names! I make and sell them and charge per letter and go according to the colors of the room it will be put in! this little girls room is done in light pinks and browns so i think it turned out super cute!
if this is something you would like for your child or to give as a gift, let me know! cost is $7 per letter for the first 4 and $6 for any additional letters after that.
wooden letters, dsp from SU! pearls from the pretties kit and satin ribbon in choc chip, pretty in pink and very vanilla and pink buttons

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

this am the fly on my wall.....

was this woman sane???? So this morning i wake up(garage sale set up day) and i should really get into the mode of pricing, cleaning my garage, and sorting. however, pregnancy and it's cravings got the best of me and by that i mean like never b4!!! so like i said when i woke up.... i had some ruhbarb and wanted to make some cream cheese filled muffins. So i begin concocting and came up with Cranberry Ruhbarb Cream Cheese filled muffins w/ some heavenly strudle topping! ha! hows that for a beginner! So get thos in the oven and i also see a delish recipe for bran muffins, well what the heck, whip those up to.

Now when i used all the batter up of my filled muffins i still have a generous amount of cream cheese filling and strudle topping left....heaven forbid that gets thrown away so then i move on to cream cheese filled brownies!

Now my back is sore, better search out the Exedrin, and start my garage sale duties that should have been started hrs ago!!!

so as the fly flies around in my kitchen which smells lovely by the way.... i now can hunt for the fly swatter....

Canberry Ruhbarb Cream Cheese filled Muffins

cream cheese
1 egg
1tsp vanilla
3T brown sugar

beat till smooth

strudel topping:
1/2 T flour
5T white surgar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3T butter

2C flour
3 tsp baking powder
3/4C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C ruhbarb
1/2 C cranberries
2 eggs
1/2 C butter (melted)
1 C milk
1/4 C sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add Canberries and Ruhbarb and mix until well coated. Mix together eggs, melted butter and milk. stir this into the dyr ingredients. do not over beat. Pour into greased muffin tins. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake @ 400 for 15-20 minutes.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

And the winner is....

Onita! Thanks for your comment on the SU! color facelift and i will get your package of goodies to you! Thanks to all the rest of you for playing along! Have a happy Saturday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Watercolor Trio sneak peek...

Here is the finished card that you got a peek of yesterday! I just love this new set out of the Summer Mini Catalog! I think it has a soft elegance to it w/ the flower and leaf stems and i really like the fancy wording. tip: double stamping gives the faded look above. Ink the stamp once and stamp it 2-3 times w/o re-inking it!

paper: old olive, rich razzleberry dsp, very vanilla
ink: old olive, rich razzleberry, so saffron stampin write markers
stamps: watercolor trio(summer mini sneak peek)
accessories: polka dot rich razzleberry ribbon

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Cleaning time!

Group of six cards w/ envelopes $15. First come first serve.~sold

Punches Three $10 ~sold

Stitched Background $9~sold

Great Grads $13 ('grad' used once otherwise brand new) -sold

Winds of Grace $10 Great set for 'manly' cards~sold

Botanical Blooms $10~sold

Fall Flair $10~sold

Congrats $10 ~sold

Dear Friend $10~sold

Polka Dot Punches $10~sold

Non Stampin Up! ribbon $3 for all of it~sold

Thanks for taking a peek! Just looking to clear out some space in my stamp room and if any of these need to be mailed...we can figure out shipping @ that time! Good night!

But..... i just couldn't leave w/o a sneak peak of the card you will see tom! It's a card i made today using the new stamp set Watercolor Trio out of the Summer Mini Caty that you should be getting soon if you havn't already! Goes live on May 1! See you tom!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Things I love

Putting Regal Rose and old olive together, i think makes a happy color combo. Today's card is my girly take to give to a fabulous friend! tip: tie the bow separate and attach w/ the mini glue won't go anywhere!

paper: regal rose, old olive, whisper white
ink: old olive, regal rose
stamps: things i love, really retro sayings
tools: big shot, polka dot impression folder, Bigz scallop envelope die, eyelet border punch, 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder punch
accessories: white grosgrain ribbon, 'playground' button, brad

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tart & Tangy

challenged myself here to use some different color combos that i wouldn't usually be drawn to. Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Real Red made an interesting combo i thought! That new satin ribbon is just yummy in my book! Really ties a card together simply.

paper:crushed curry textured, old olive, real red, whisper white, soft suede
ink: soft suede, real red
stamps: thank you kindly, tart & tangy
tools: scallop square punch, crop a dile(to set the little eyelets)
accessories: real red satin ribbon, stampin dimensionals,

Friday, April 9, 2010

Two Step into spring promotion

Promotion Dates: April 1-30, 2010

Host a $350 workshop and receive the brand-new Two-Step Awash with Flowers stamp set FREE!

Online orders are not eligible for this part of the promotion, so if u plan to place a large order to get this free, contact me and i will enter it for you so u can take advantage of the free set!


Two-Step into spring with a sneak peek from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog! Be the first to add the Awash with Flowers stamp set to your collection.

Item Description Price
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount) $39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount) $27.95

Plus, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20 percent off the retail price--no additional purchase necessary!

Qualifying stamp sets are listed below:

Item Page Description Discount Price
113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $14.36

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stampin' Up! Gets a Color Facelift!

The cat is out of the bag!! Stampin' Up! announced that they would be doing a little "nip tuck" of their color families beginning with the release on July 1 of the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog. The new Color Renovation Chart is below!!!

I am excited by these fashion forward colors, the return of some of my favorite In Colors to the regular line-up and an organizational overhaul.


Reorganization into 40 Stampin' Up! Core Colors in four color collections (10 colors in each--no longer called color families): Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles

Introducing five new Core Colors: Daffodil Delight (the perfect yellow), Early Espresso (deep brown), Cajun Craze (rich, rusty orange), Cherry Cobbler (rich red), Marina Mist (not too green, not too gray shade of blue)

Brights Collection: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Real Red

Neutrals Collection: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft), Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Regals Collection: Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red(like seen above), Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy

Subtles Collection: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, So Saffron


Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Glorious Green, Going Gray, Green Galore, Handsome Hunter, Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Mellow Moss, Only Orange, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Summer Sun, Taken with Teal, YoYo Yellow.

2010-2011 IN COLORS: new In Colors will be introduced with the Idea Book & Catalog July 1. The new In Colors will be available for 2 years! Starting next year, there will be a total of 10 In Colors with five rotating out and five rotating in every year.

HOT NEW ITEMS: Watch for details on new color kits, Stampin' Up! markers for all Core Colors (including former In Colors and the newest colors), expansion of colors for Stampin' Pastels and Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an awesome Color Coach tool that will make color selection better than ever!

So what do you think??? Please leave me a comment below for your chance to win some blog candy!!! I'm also celebrating my blog hitting the 20,000 hit mark! Thanks for all the encouragement!

Winner will be chosen one week from today, so next week Thursday April 15, 2010. If you are not local, i will mail the package of goodies to you! Included are: 4 sheets Tango Tangerine cardstock, 1 textured cardstock of Pacific Point, Striped grosgrain ribbon of both colors, the BRAND NEW never been used retired stamp set Deer Friends, and 6 buttons from the button Latte Designer buttons! Good luck!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tart & Tangy

This set has always been one of my favs ever since it came out in a mini a while ago. so i finally earned it for one of my free sets from Sale a bration! This is another TY being sent down south.


paper:basic gray, whisper white, crushed curry

ink: crushed curry, bascis gray

stamps: tart & tangy, thank you kindly

tools: big shot, polk a dot impression folder, scallop oval, square oval, large oval punches

accessories: sponges, crushed curry polka dot ribbon, stampin dimensionals

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vintage labels

Back to the blogging world after another road trip to WI! i got to go home for a surprise birthday party for my Mom's 50th and it was so worth it!

this is a thankyou i was working on to send off to the many people i wanted to thank after our trip to TX!

paper: cameo coral, crushedcurry textured, whisper white
ink: choc chip, cameo coral
stamps: vintage labels
tools: big shot, filigree impression folder, scallop trim border punch, curly label punch
accessories; brad, stampin dimensional

ps. my girls are helping me post and picking out the colors ... ;)

Friday, April 2, 2010

mmm.... yummmy....

i guess u could say my girls are WI girls? They love their butter!.... still to this day they like to sneak their fingers in the butter dish when we have our heads turned. stinkers!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Inspired by Nature

does this make you feel spring in the air? It did me! I think those butterflies almost look edible! they are so pretty!


paper: close to cocoa, kraft, melon mambo, whisper white, old olive, pumpkin pie

ink: old olive, melon mambo, pumpkin pie

stamps: inspired by nature, little flowers

tools: big shot, butterfly die, butterfly punch, impression folders, scallop border punch

accessories:melon mambo polka dot ribbon, linen thread, mini glue dots(make sure those little butterflies stay put)