Friday, December 19, 2014

Ornamental Pine in Cherry Cobbler

Wednesday evening I held my annual soup supper for members of my Hostess Club.  Every year I whip up a Crock Pot filled with Taco Soup, served with relishes and a dessert.  After we eat, we create a card to give to our husbands.  I usually try to design something romantic.  I hope you enjoy this year's card.

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This card measures 4-1/4" by 5-1/2".
  • Touches of  snow! The "Speckles" image from Gorgeous Grunge is a perfect choice for softly falling snow. I inked it up with VersaMark, and then heat embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
  •  Touches of Gold!  A second Pine Cone was inked in VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  After a little snip-snip here and there, it was "popped" up on a Stampin' Dimensional to add...what else...a little dimension!
  • Touches of Love!  I am fortunate to have the retired set, "Best of Love" in my possession.  It is one of the sets with which I will never part.  Why? Because of this single sentiment...the scripted "Love".  It was simply embossed in white to add a touch of romance and elegance.  If you don't have this sentiment, there are others which you can substitute.  And you know what?  The Hello Life set, from the new Occasions Catalog, does have a similar sentiment!

I love designing the Club cards we make for our husbands.  I would have to say, it is probably my favorite meeting of the year.  The meal may be simple, but the soup is excellent.  (I have included the recipe in case you would like to try it.)  But more importantly, you can feel the love that each one of us of adds to the card we are making. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Won't you let me know in your comment today?  And if you have a favorite soup which has become a tradition for you, won't you let me know? I am always on the lookout for tried and true soup recipes. I have two more I will share with you in the upcoming days, including a wonderful cheesy-potato-noodle concoction! I will apologize for the Captcha Step which Blogger has added.  At least it is just a check box, and not a jumble of undecipherable words.  Try skipping it (wink)!  You may be pleasantly surprised.  Off to address Christmas cards and stamp a card or two.  Until next time...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Deals, Specials and Shares...Oh, My!

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The Occasions Catalogs Are in the Mail!  

If you have ordered from me during the past year, you will automatically be receiving the new Occasions Catalog.  Although you cannot order from it until January 6th, you will be able to get a head start on your Wish List.  

If you are not one of my customers, and if you do not have a relationship with another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator,  just email me! I will gladly drop one in the mail for you.  I would LOVE to be your demonstrator!

Back by Request....Occasions Catalog Shares
Three share options will be available with the Occasions Catalog.  Here they are:

Designer Series Paper Share - $22.50 (postage included)
(Note: The Designer Series Paper is cut into 6" x 12" sheets)
  • 24 - 6" x 12" sheets from each of the four new Designer Series Paper Collections
  • 24 -  4-1/2" x 6-1/2" sheets from the two new Designer Paper Stacks
  • 4 - 6" x 6" Designer Washi Sheets (4 different patterns)
  • 1 - 6" x 12" sheet of Chalkboard Paper
Ribbon and Embellishment Share - $15 (postage included)
  • 1 yard of Sahara Lace Trim
  • 1 yard of Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
  • 1 yard of Pom Pom Trim
  • 6 yards of Cotton Twine (2 yards of three colors)
  • 1 yard of Hello Honey Ribbon
  • 1 yard of White Jute ribbon
  • 6 epoxy embellishments (1 of each size and style)
  • 8 designer buttons (2 of each design)
  • 3 Something Borrowed embellishments
I Want It All Share - $35 (postage included)
Includes both of the above shares
  • Paper Share
  • Ribbon and Embellishment Share
  • Bonus: 50 Pearl Embellishments
The deadline to sign up will be Noon, CST on January 5th.  The order will be placed and expedited on January 6th, so you will receive your shares as quickly as possible.
Please email the following information to me at or
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Until next time...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Mixed Bunch Edition

It's time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew.  If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us  features the same stamp set.  The result is that you see the versatility of the set and the amazing things you can create with it.  This week we are featuring Mixed Bunch.  I am Stop #14 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #13: the incredible Kerry Willard Bray. Her work is always fabulous.  Since I am still needing Christmas cards, I could not overlook the opportunity to create a holiday card using the Mixed Bunch stamp set. Enjoy today's hop!
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Lovely in layers! The Ornate Blossom from Mixed Bunch was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  This was repeated for a total of three blossoms.  One was punched using the Blossom Punch, and two were hand snipped. They were then layered using dimensionals.  The Ornate Center was also inked in Cherry Cobbler and punched using the 3/4" Circle Punch.
  • Lovely in pearls! The center oval was embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Since each of those little dots was crying out for a pearl, I obliged.
  • Lovely in lace! The Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds a touch of lacy elegance to the corners of this card.  What an easy way to step-up any card!
What do you think of today's card? Does it look "holiday-ish" enough to send out?  I hope so, because the addressing marathon starts tomorrow.  Woo hoo! If you remember, I was really late sending out cards last year.  Now there are those who will argue that ten days before Christmas is not early...but for me it is!  Of course, if you have questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now scoot along and visit the rest of the hoppers.  Next up is #1 on the list, the talented and creative Nancy Smith! If you get lost along the way, visit The Stamp Review Crew for a list of all the hoppers. Until next time...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ornamental Pine for Pals Paper Arts

It's time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts! This week is a color challenge in a trio of blues.  Because I still need Christmas cards, I pulled out the Ornamental Pine stamp set.  Even though Bermuda Bay does not rank high on my list of frequently used colors, and despite the fact it is certainly not a traditional Christmas color, I am delightfully surprised at how this card turned out.  And as an added plus, it's quick and easy! Enjoy!

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Do as I say, and not as I do! The Ornamental Pine stamp was inked in VersaMark and stamped onto Bermuda Bay cardstock.  It was then heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Tip:  Use an Embossing Buddy to cut down on stray speckles! I didn't, but I wish I would have! Luckily I stamped Gorgeous Grunge "snow", so the speckles do blend in a little.
  • "Pop" up the cone!  A second pinecone was stamped, embossed and snipped out.  "Popping" it up on a dimensional adds depth.  A simple little Soft Sky Seam Binding bow and a single pearl set it off.
  • Double the JOY!  The Joy framelit from the Wonderful Wreath collection was cut out of Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock.  They were layered Whisper White over Soft Sky.  The result makes a striking sentiment.
Although Bermuda Bay was a fun color to use, I am excited to make a few more of these in different colors.  I think Cherry Cobbler would be quite striking. I can't wait to try it.  What about you?  What colors do you think might be good choices to use?  Won't you let me know in your comment today?  Your comments are important to me and I always look forward to reading them. And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I make or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time...