Inspiration from Melissa

Monday, December 31, 2012

Summer Silhouettes take 3!!

ok hope you're not sick of this set yet, but i just had so much fun playing with it and I'm excited to share them with you! ;)

paper: crumb cake, whisper white, marina mist dsp
ink: daffodil delight, lucky limeade, calypso coral, raspberry ripple, rich razzleberry
stamps: petite pairs, summer silhouettes, en fransais background
tools: scallop border punch, scallop oval punch, large oval punch
accessories: stampin dimensionals

item # 126447  Price: $17.95

Summer Silhouettes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Saturday, December 29, 2012

summer sillhouettes take 2

 this card amps it up a bit because of all the layers and hand cutting that pretty little flower out! but it's so worth it imo! ;) I seen this card pinned on Pinterest and had to create it as well!! The card that got me rolling is right here~ i just changed it up a little bit:0)
paper: raspberry ripple, whisper white, summer starfruit, island indigo
ink:summer starfruit, gumball green, raspberry ripple, island indigo
stamps: summer silhouettes, teeny tiny wishes
tools: big shot, apothecary accents, wood grain impression folder, itty bitty punch pack
accessories: raspberry ripple ribbon, rhinestones
item# 126447 Price: $17.95
Summer Silhouettes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Friday, December 28, 2012

75 New Features of MDS2~

I like to look back at this list occasionally,  to make sure i'm using the program to it's max! Take note of all the things you can do!! So i wanna share it with you too!! Click on the link below~

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summer silhouettes

 Quick post today. same card done 2 ways with different colors. First option is simple, second one adds a few more details and bling!
paper: calypso coral, island indigo dsp, whisper white, natural composition specialty dsp(crumb cake piece is already clear embossed for you!!)
ink: island indigo, lucky limeade, calypso coral
stamps: summer silhouettes, a word for you
tools: big shot, adorning accents edgelits & folders(using a sticky note to hold in place while you run through the big shot works like a shifting paper!)
Summer Silhouettes item #126447 $17.95
Summer Silhouettes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Thursday, December 27, 2012

perfect punches

Floral District is bright and fun dsp that can be played up or down...Here is a simple thank you card made w/ bright dsp, one stamp and a little rhinestone bling to make her sparkle on each side of the 'thanks'~
paper: whisper white, floral district dsp, tangerine tango
ink: rich razzleberry
stamps: perfect punches
tools: xtra large decor punch, scallop oval punch
accessories: rhinestones, white bakers twine, stampin dimensionals

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I dig you

Everyone knows a little boy who will have a "happy dirtday" at some point i think...this set is perfect for that little man you know! I got it in clear and wow, is that awesome for placing the dirt in the back of the dump truck! no stamp a ma jig needed! I used markers to color the image summer starfruit and early espresso.

paper: early espresso, summer starfruit, whisper white
ink: summer starfruit, early espresso
stamps: i dig you
tools: big shot, chevron impression folder, word window punch, matte pack(for piercing brad holes)
accessories: silver brads

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

french foliage

It's Christmas!!! let the festivities begin!!!

 I'm not totally sure, but i think you call this technique collage stamping. where we stamp, over stamp, over stamp...well overlapping would be a better word i think. I called this my 'fallish' card that could work for men, thank you or birthday, well whatever for that matter!
on layer number 2, the crumb cake piece, we stamped either wood grain background or the distressed dots background.

paper: razzleberry ripple, crumb cake, naturals ivory
ink: razzleberry ripple, summer starfruit, old olive, early espresso
stamps: french foliage, distressed polka dots background, wood grain background
tools: lrg decor punch
accessories: stampin dimensionals, early espresso quilted ribbon

Monday, December 24, 2012

Raining Flowers

 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If colors can be called springy...that's what i would call these. This was the birthday card of winter stamp camp. Looks quite simple but the girls said it was the 'putsiest' of them all...hand cutting those big green flowers i guess takes more time than i thought! ;) The rest was done w/ punches and big shot!
Here's a close up for you to see the details and notice the supplies used~

paper: pool party, whisper white, calypso coral, soft suede, everyday occasions dsp retired SAB from last year!
ink: pool party, lucky limeade
stamps: raining flowers
tools: big shot, apothecary accents, boho blossoms punch
accessories: pearls, stampin dimensionals, staple, calypso coral ruffled ribbon

Saturday, December 22, 2012

thoughts and prayers

When my uncle Rolie passed away about 2 months ago, i was in the mode of stamping sympathy cards. These are a few more of what i came up with. I started by grabbing some retired dsp that i just love and kinda hoarded it bc it was almost too pretty to use ...i bet none of you do that right?
After i had small strips left, i couldn't bear to throw them in the garbage, so i started punching circles. I sometimes wonder, how far is to far in saving every stinkin piece;) so before you poke fun, it turned out pretty right?
This last one was my masculine version for my single man cousin. i know there are pearls on there, but i only hope he noticed what was written on the inside, as that was what mattered most....

paper: early espresso, ,more mustard, very vanilla, dsp(anyone remember what it's called!?)
ink: early espresso
stamps: petite pairs, thoughts & prayers
tools: big shot, apothecary accents framelits, designer frames folders, adorning accents edgelits & folder

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cookie jars and Christmas tags

 Tis the season right! so i've got to share the finished jars with you. After the winter stamp camp where we made them together, the next day my girls and i could focus on finishing them up. I did my best to let them do all they could by you have any idea how hard that is for me??? WEll, i'll tell you. It's HARD! b4 the flowers were added to the top of the jars i asked if they were ok, and they said, "we wanna make them fancier!!" So the punching began, of scallop circles that is. they sprayed w/ alcoholic glitter and crumpled away. even got the neighbor girls invovled. Then they stacked em up, pierced em w/ a brad and hot glued to the top of their cookie jars! they were so proud. Today they get delivered;)
My famous babysitter Leah who also loves to paper craft, got crafty for me in making this adorable tag using Button Buddies for one of my gift bags. Bless her heart! Thank you Leah!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

tis the season to be MERRY!!

 I've been busy getting Christmassy you might say today! J n i went out Christmas shopping in the coming blizzard last night to Sioux City. We had a successful night and yummy supper to boot @ HuHot! Date nights are far and few between so i enjoy when we get to!!

 Wrapping in brown 'floor' paper and made pretty w/ assorted ribbons and stamped the recipients name on w/ my su! alpha stamps....
at our camp last week the card below is the Christmas one of our stamp a stack. Simple card made elegant by using the glue and the broken glass glitter....
paper: midnight muse, crumb cake
ink: midnight muse
stamps: come to Bethlehem, music wheel standard
tools: big shot, top note die
accessories: glass stampin glitter silver, multipurpose liquid glue
Don't forget to check out the clearance rack for some fun items that are super cheap!!Click on picture below to browse the Clearance Rack!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Easy Events

Fun and bright floral district dsp makes this card really bright. thought it would be perfect for a little girl! a little bit of water coloring on the cupcake

paper: floral district dsp, rose red, daffodil delight, whisper white, tangerine tango
ink: stazon, rose red, tangerine tango, soft suede
stamps: easy events
tools: itty bitty punch pack
accessories: glitter, 2 way glue pen, rhinestone

Monday, December 17, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz!!!!

December 14, 2012 - while supplies last
Over 300 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail-only while supplies last! And for the first time ever, stamps are included at up to 40% off.  IT'S BIG!!!  Clearance items include punches, card stock, ribbon, stamps, ink pads (the retired fabric ink pad style), Big Shot dies and more. Great holiday gifts for yourself or others!

Don't wait to place your orders online HERE @ my website!!

And a card to share with you all!!

simple birthday w/ that pretty stamp set field flowers. I picked out my dsp and just played off that with the colors!

paper: tangerine tango, baja breeze, whisper white
ink: baja breeze, lucky limeade, rich razzleberry
stamps: field flowers, perfect punches
tools: wide oval punch, scallop border
accessories: stampin dimensionals, pearls

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Cookie Jars

We had a winter camp/class last night where we made these. great for neighbors, teachers, friends or daycare. endless possiblities!! Find details below if you would like to do yourself! my girls LOVED filling the jars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ c flour
¼ c sugar
¼ c brown sugar
1 c chocolate chips
½ c brown sugar
¼ c sugar
1 c flour
Layer the ingredients in the order given into 1 qt canning jar. Pack each layer into place before adding the next ingredient.

Attach a gift tag below, with the mixing and baking directions:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
(makes 3-4 dozen cookies)
1 jar chocolate chip cookie mix                    2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 c. butter softened                                    1/2 tsp vanilla
preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add the Chocolate chip cookie mix and stir until the mixture is well blended. Drop by rounded Tbsp onto greased cookie sheet. bake for 8-10 minutes. cool on wire racks.
M&M Cookie Mix
2 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4c sugar
1 c M&M candies
layer the ingredients in the order given into a 1 at canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Attach gift tag and mixing/baking instructions to jar.
M&M Cookies
(makes 3-4 dozen)
1 jar m&m cookie mix      2 eggs slightly beaten
3/4 C butter softened                        1 tsp vanilla
preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add the M&M Cookie Mix and stir until the mixture is well blended. Drop by rounded Tbsp onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie Mix
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 c chopped macadamia nuts(need to chop or won't fit in jar)
1 c white chocolate baking chips
2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Layer the ingredients in the order given into a 1 qt jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Attach a gift tag with he mixing and baking directions.
White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookies
1 jar white chocolate macadamia cookie mix                   2 eggs slightly beaten
1 c butter softened                                              2 tsp vanilla
preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add the White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie mix and stir until the mixture is well blended. Drop by rounded Tbsp onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.



Friday, November 30, 2012

Fond du Lac park MDS

 Another double layout predesigned from the Fan Fair Collection DVD(there are 20 of them!!!) that i put my pictures in.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Baby Boutique

 a bundle of baby girl thank you cards will hopefully come in handy for the new Mommy!

paper: pretty in pink, basic gray, whisper white, clear polka dot window sheets(retired)
ink: basic gray
stamps: baby boutique, a word for you (on the inside)
tools: big shot, labels collection framelits, circle punch
accessories: basic gray 3/8" taffeta ribbon, pearls, mini brads

packaged simply. hair pretties and thank you cards all tied up in the brown sack w/ some pretty in pink ribbon to close it up!

omaha zoo MDS

 These 2 12x12 layouts were done in a snap! i used the pre.designed pages from the Fan Fair Collection DVD item #127212 in the catalog. I of course always have WAY more pictures than the predesigned layouts allow for so then i just add in extra photo boxes and away i go!
My Digital Studio, Fan Fair Collection DVD

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

occasions alphabet

 ok, so i've had troubles posting ...hence the reason for my absence! Every time i uploaded a picture it tried telling me i had to pay!! anyone else ever have this?? now it finally worked and i didn't pay;) whew!
clean lines and lotsa bling make the pink card shine!!

paper: pretty in pink, naturals ivory, beau chateau dsp?? not sure
ink: soft suede
stamps: occasions alphabet,
tools: big shot, chevron texture folder, apothecary accents framelits, oval punch, boho blossom punch
accessories: vintage faceted buttons, linen thread, broken glass crystals, 5/8" crochet trim ribbon
and every little baby girl needs hair accessories to make her even cuter!! ;)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Field Flowers

Elegance for a friend. That old SAB DSP is so stinkin pretty. I found a scrap and built my card around it. love it. Did the solid part of the stamp in baja breeze to match the dsp and then midnight muse over top to make it really stand out! a little color spritzer tool misted of the top and! cute vintagy card.

paper: lucky limeade, baja breeze, sab dsp, whisper white
ink: midnight muse, lucky limeade, baja breeze
stamps: field flowers, friendly phrases
tools: big shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, circle punches
accessories: seam binding baja breeze ribbon

Saturday, November 17, 2012

french foliage

a card! wow i can still do it! special friend had a birthday and i completely forgot it! now that's not i wanted to make her a special card to make up for that! Came together quite quick, w/ several little details...

paper: baja breeze, crumb cake, so saffron, naturals ivory, cajun craze
ink: soft suede, cajun craze
stamps: french foliage, one in a million, parlor prints
tools: big shot,labels collection framelits
accessories: baja breeze seam binding ribbon, mini glue dots, stampin dimensionals, in color dahlia's, naturals button

Friday, November 16, 2012

Important Updates!!

Hello to you i've been absent for quite a while and it's only because of normal crazy life. been putting in many hrs painting and decorating for others and therefore my afternoons are not free for "me"....
Here are a few super exciting things going on @ Stampin Up! that you won't want to miss!!


With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts or anything!
Personalize birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a project. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!
Watch this YouTube video to see how they work:

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

'Tis the season of giving, and the Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art. To help you with your gift-giving needs, Stampin' Up! is offering a special value bundle ($39.95) that saves you $5.90 and includes two exclusive embossing folders.
If you prefer, you can also purchase the Texture Boutique alone too. ($29.95)
Looking for stocking stuffers?
Pick up some additional embossing folders.

You can check out pricing and item numbers at my online store at
Click on "Shop Now" and put in these items numbers:

Texture Boutique Bundle: 132700
Texture Boutique Machine: 132657

Since this is a test run for Stampin' Up! they are ONLY selling 4000 of them amd 1500 are already you definitely want to get yours before they are sold out!!!

Fancy Friends Kit

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 132319)!
If six isn't enough, add Note Cards to your order (item 107311)-Stampin' Up! has already included extra rhinestones in the Fancy Friends kit.

A great stocking stuffer for your little or BIG crafters in your life.


On Monday, it's WEEK long savings...many items 50% off and

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pastor Appreciation

Last month was Pastor Appreciation month. I wrote a note of thanks and encouragement to our pastors and their wives...bc i believe it is very much a 2 person team... simple. straight forward cards.
paper: lucky limeade, international bazaar dsp, whisper white
ink: early espresso
stamps: take a seat, teeny tiny wishes
tools: crop a dile, wide oval punch
accessories: 1/8" early espresso ribbon, large eyelets, stampin dimensionals

Friday, November 2, 2012

O is for One

It's been a while! i was stampin like mad and then life got crazy busy again! Our dear babysitter went off to college this year and i wanted to send her a little note of encouragement...this is what came together!
paper: more mustard, early espresso, old olive, whisper white, that pretty fall retired dsp can't remember the name;)
ink: pool party, early espresso
stamps: have a seat,  Occassions Alphabet
tools: big shot, xtra large decor punch, bit shot, vintage wallpaper impression folder, delicate doilies sizzlits
accessories: early espresso ribbon, vintage brads,