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Punching Lobsters


Quick Post today:

I am in love with the Sea Street stamp set!   Mostly because it has a crab and I have been known to need a card to excuse my crabbiness.   So I got it right away.

There is a complimentary Designer Paper that makes using this stamp set REALLY quick!   Check out this card:

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There is not a lot to explain about this card as the focal point is the Maritime Designer Paper.   BUT-I did want to let you know that those little lobsters can be perfectly punched out with the Small Oval Punch .   If you are going to punch lobsters, you want to do it right the first time!!

In the words of my kids, “Ad-dorbs!”

Those little dots are the Night of Navy Candy Dots—easy to use and not an issue in the mail!

Oh–more good news, people!   The designer paper from Stampin’ Up! is on sale through the rest of July.  When you buy 3 packs, you get one FREE!  Check it out here.

For more info on these products or any Stampin’ Up! products, click here.


I am not a sailor… but I can line up an anchor!


Hi!  Thanks for stopping by! I  received my first order from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog on FRIDAY (demonstrators can preorder some items early) and haven’t had a chance to touch it yet!  It is killing me!!!   But–life gets in the way of creating sometimes and we have to deal with it.  Today is not looking any better…I believe it is important to put away the Christmas wreath (sorry neighbors—was waiting for a really big ladder!) and the Easter decorations, before Memorial Day so that is on the docket for today—before I allow myself to play….and then the kiddies will surely want to eat something thing…which will require a trip to the grocery store…oy oy oy!  But I digress….

Well, then, let me show you something that I already made.   This is a set , Hello, Sailor, from the Occassions catalog that is available for just a couple more weeks.   And I can say that confidently because I have seen the new catalog and it isn’t in it.


I am not a sailor and I don’t claim to know anything about sailing…but I can line up an anchor.  Here’s some tips that might help:


  • Tip for centering the anchor image:  Stamp image first.  Turn your punch over so that you can center the anchor in the middle of the punch.  Not rocket science but it will save you a boatload (tee hee–get it?!) of time trying to line up that image in the middle of the punched piece if you punch first!
  • Tip for spacing the square images:   place them down before adhering!   I also generally will place the left and right images and the top and bottom images first and then “fill in” with the middle image.
  • Do not forget the candy…dots, that is! (You should never sail on an empty stomach….learned that the hard way!)    The little candy dots at the bottom of the card make an impact without adding any bulk and barely any expense to the card.  If you aren’t familiar with candy dots….you SHOULD be.  Check  them out here.

Thank you for stopping by.   You can find the supplies used to make this card by clicking below.

Stamp set:  Hello, Sailor

Ink and paper:  StazOn Jet Black Ink, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Other:  1″ Square Punch, Large Oval Punch, Candy Dots


Petal Parade —Minus the Petals!


Sale a Bration is coming to an end soon!  Seems like just yesterday it was January 28th! But, alas, only one more week of SaleABration left.  You can still place orders through March 31st to take advantage of the freebies Stampin’ Up! is giving away!

Today, I wanted to share a different sort of look for one of the popular SaleABration stamp sets.  This set is named “Petal Parade” as it has 3 flower images in it.  BUT–it has this fantastic arrow like image that can be used all by itself and give a really different sort of look, making this set really versatile!  (Click here to see the set.)


The answer to your question is YES!  You do need to use the Stamp A Ma Jig.   But don’t be afraid of it.  The Stamp A Ma Jig is your friend!   If you aren’t sure how to use it….or you THINK it is not your friend (….and if that is the case, you probably aren’t using it correctly), post a comment to me.  Maybe I can do a video.

Here is the inside of the card:


So–you still have a week to get this set for FREEEEEEE!   Here are some of the goodies I used to make the card that you might want to add to your shopping cart.

Stamp Sets :  Petal Parade, Geometrical

Ink and Paper:  Old Olive, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Other:  Stamp A Ma Jig, Candy Dots

Thanks for stopping by.

Time is a tickin’, people!


Today is the last day of the 25 stamp sets for 25% off deal.  DO NOT miss out!  Next week you don’t want to be saying,'”What???  That was on sale LAST week?!”  Get over to my store now and git shoppin’!

Here is a quick, EASY card made with one of the afore mentioned stamp sets (Lots of Thanks).  Do you know someone who just gives, and gives, and gives??  I do and this card is for her.   While I used the Gingham Garden Washi tape, you could do a similar thing with any narrow strips of designer paper you have lying around……and admit it!  You DO have narrow strips of designer paper lying around that you just couldn’t throw out……”I might need it some day!”.   Well, my friend, TODAY is the DAY!  Go adhere that patterned paper diagonally to a card, stamp on a greeting, throw on a brad and pop it in the mail.  You WILL make someone’s day….and all because you couldn’t bare to throw out some scraps!!

Ok–final reminder…I am not saying it again—-TODAY is the last day to get all of these stamp sets for 25%—-that is 1/4th of their price!!  —off!  Git!  Go!  Click here now!


STamp set:  Lots of Thanks

Paper and Ink:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz

Other:  Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Candy Dots, Stylish Stripes Embossing folder, Big Shot

Sometime You Need a Little Cake; Sometime You Need A Lot!


You know it is true!  Sometimes a bite of cake or two will do.  Sometimes you need the whole thing!   What is the best cake you ever ate?   I know this is crazy but the best cake I can recall would have to be from the church fair last year.  It had a tag on it, “Chuck’s Famous Mayonnaise Cake”.

I was very intrigued.  Was Chuck famous but a bad baker?   Was Chuck famous because mayonnaise seems like a weird thing to put into a cake?  OR–was this cake truly that memorable that it earned the “famous”.   The woman at the bake table told me he makes it every year.   One would think if it was bad, he would stop early on.  SO–I bought it.   SO good—yes, I dare say FAMOUS!!!!

I did a little looking around after the fact (got to love Google) and found out that Mayonnaise Cakes became popular during the war…”which war?,” you ask?  Well not anything recent.  NOW people just think mayonnaise is a weird thing to put in a cake.

In any case, there are recipes out there to be had.  Next time you need a cake, I recommend you try one!   Trust me, and Chuck!  You will need more than just a bite or two.

Leave me a comment about your favorite cake and I will send you a card!

Now–I had a little time to do some quick stamping the other day.  I pulled out my Make A Cake Stamp set.   I haven’t used this cute set in a while.  It is perfect for a quick, go-to birthday set. Sometime you need a little cake; Sometime you need a lot!    Here are the cards I whipped up quicker than you could pull the mayo out of the fridge:


Here is a close up of the “BIG” cake.

blogaugust30.1 Can you see that the middle layer is glittered?  I just used my Two Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds to get this effect.  I think I will suggest it to Chuck if I ever meet him!


Stamp Set: Make  A Cake

Ink and Paper:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, Gingham Garden

Other:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots, Blender Pen, 2 Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 1/2 ” Circle Punch, Baker’s Twine, Candy Dots, Mayonnaise…..KIDDING!!

Zoo Babies meets Tony Soprano


There are times where I need a starting point to create.  Nowadays, it is so easy to find a challenge site that will start your creative juices flowing.  Well, I found out too late that a photo is NOT worth a thousand words…..you actually have to read.   I saw this sketch at The Sweet Stop site:

and went with it!  I knew I wanted to play with the new Zoo Babies set and the “Tony Soprano” (RIP) DSP (That is what I call the Modern Medley paper) ( I feel like I have to explain:   The striped paper looks like a Mob Boss suit to me…and then there is the music sheet in there….pretty sure the music on  it is the theme from The Godfather….but then again, I can’t read music. Then there is the brocade looking paper—that looks like wall paper from the and old Italian grandmother house…..you get the picture!)

  Here is what I came up with….not straying from the sketch much at all:

blogjune21 I was pretty happy with the results as it was the look I was going for….but when I went back to The Sweet Stop to post it, I realized that the “twist” on this sketch was “It is a girl thing”….And this —-well—–not so much.   But that is ok.    Do you have any sketch sites you like to visit?  If so, let me know—always looking for new challenges…..like raising teens is not enough!

Happy first day of summer!!

Stamp sets:  Zoo Babies, Teeny Tine Wishes, Lacy & Lovely

Other:  Tony Soprano (RIP)Modern Medley  DSP, Extra Large Oval Punch, Ticket Duo Punch, Candy Dots, Very Vanilla, Basic Black CS