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Two sides to every ribbon!


Thanks for stopping by.  I know I have been a little “scattered” with posts lately (If you think the posts are scattered, you should see the inside of my brain!) as there is much going on….all good–just “much”.  So I thank you for sticking with me.

As you know, Stampin’ Up! released their annual list of retiring items , including stamp sets, a few weeks ago.  As a result, those items and stamp sets have been going like hotcakes!  (What a weird expression—-You would think “waffles” would go quicker!) You should check out the list here and get ordering what you know you can’t live without.

Normally, this time of year, I show you things you can do with these soon to be retired sets.  But because I don’t want you to fall in love with something you can’t have, I decided on a new plan this year.  My next few posts will be things still available….just in case you fall in love!

One of my favorite accessories in the catalog is the Linen Trim Ribbon.     And it is going away!  It will sell out–it is THAT good!    I know it has had a good run for a couple of years now but I am not done loving it!  So–while stamping today, look what I discovered!


TWO-SIDED RIBBON!   Ok–I know it is not earth shattering but I honestly never thought of the back side of this Chevron Ribbon!  It is slightly wider than the Natural Trim I love but not much!   I can work with this (and so can you!)


Today, I wanted to share with you a sample of a set that has no plans on retiring anytime soon (or at least for a year!).   I haven’t stamped in too long and haven’t done a challenge in even longer so I set out to do this today.   I found this sketch at As You See It:


Here is what I came up with using Daydream Medallions:


I know what you are thinking:  It doesn’t look anything like the sketch–where is your tag?   The sketch is INSPIRATION, people!  I saw the sketch, saw the OTHER side of the ribbon and went with it!

And did you know there is a framelit collection that matches this set???  Those sneaky people at Stampin’ Up!–Always thinking!

Here is another angle of it so you can see the dimension.


And here are some of the details:


Oops–I see a little smudgey next to the ribbon.  Ah well–hand made!   Got to love it!

Let me know what you think–what is YOUR favorite retiring product?   And stop by my store to do some shopping before it is gone!

Here are the materials used to make this card:

Stamp Set:  Daydream Medallions

Ink and Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Naturals Ivory, Basic Grey

Other:  Chevron Ribbon (The OTHER side), Linen Thread, Floral Frames Collection, Big Shot, Regals Buttons, Dimensionals


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!!

Spreading MORE Joy


Ok—as self-appointed ambassador of the Spread Joy set, I am back to show you a new sample (To see the entire set, click here).

First off–for “inspiration” , I went to MOJO Monday and here was the sketch I was working from:


So here is my take on it:


Here is a close up of the image so you can see the words:


Be Brave….and the follow-up thought….The Best is Yet to Come.

I thought this would be a great card for so many occasions–someone starting a new adventure….like a new school year, a new college, a new job or someone undergoing something that will be difficult but will have a happy outcome….like a medical treatment or childbirth.

Really–I don’t know where these thoughts come from…..but in any case, I know YOU KNOW someone who could  use this type of card.   If you are interested in getting the supplies, click on the links below and I would be happy to help you out.

For now, this ambassador is signing out!

Stamp Set:  Spread Joy, Gorgeous Grunge (It is NOT just for messes, you know!)

Cardstock and Ink:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Pool Party

Other:  Circles  Collection Framelits, Big Shot, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Hexagon Punch (to make perfect “flag” ends)

Just add YOUR Happy Day Photos!


The last Thursday night of every month, I offer a Scrap Class where we make 2 double page layouts.  Sometimes, I even have the samples done ahead of time.  This is one of those times!!

(Just to clarify–the pages are always designed before you get here—-Just not a whole week in advance!  I thrive on paper pressure!)

This is one of the 2 layouts we are doing next Thursday (June 27th).


You can click on the photo to get a larger view  This layout will work for nearly any photos.   Here is a close up of the details:


LOVE the new Happy Day Set—makes great little accents when paired with the Scallop punches and circles.

Hope you can make the class.  Space is limited so RSVP here asap.

Stamp Set:  Happy Day

Paper:  Quatrefancy Specialty DSP, Basic Black, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight

Other:  Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Die, 1 3/4″ Scallop Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch

25 Days Til SPRING!


Here in Massachusetts, we are expecting our weekly snow storm this evening.   It seems as if they meteorologists have covered themselves well with this one as anywhere from 2″-12″ of snow has been predicted….unless of course the temperature changes a half degree….in which case we could get nothing…..or a lot more!   Hmmmmmm?!  Why is it we even HAVE a 7 day forecast when this is the sort of non-committal stuff we get on the DAY of the storm?!  Ok–enough venting.

My point is that you probably ALL are ready for spring—no matter where you are!   I was when I made this card:

Click on photo for larger image.

Click on photo for larger image.

Doesn’t it just warm your heart looking at it??  Ok—Maybe that is a bit much but it certainly makes you feel like hope is in the air (instead of snow)!

This week my downline team are coming over to stamp cards with a SPRING theme so I will have lots of cards to share with you later this week.  Until then,    hang in there–spring IS coming!

Let me know if I can do anything for you.


Stamp Set:   Moving Forward

Ink and Paper:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB 2013)

Other:  Big Shot, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Perfect Pennents Bigz L, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. Mini Brads

Canvas Tide


Doesn’t that sound like the name of an album?   Just sayin’….If you are a musician and looking for a new album name or inspiration for a song, go for it!  You are welcome!

Ok–If you live in New England, you can’t turn on the tv without hearing about the whopper of a snow storm that we are about to get this week.  So—to help you through this, I have another SUMMER card to share with you.  Enjoy it and let your thoughts be warm ones…..at least for a minute!


Click on the photo to see a larger view.

See?  Don’t you feel warmer already??  This card features the new By The Tide stamp set.  It has a VERY different and much more tropical look than the lobster card from the other day.  I used the Canvas Creations on this card as well (you can see another use of this here).

  You CAN use your framelits with this product.   After stamping it, I spritzed it with some rubbing alcohol to have it bleed just a bit.   If you use rubbing alcohol, it dries quite quickly.  If you use water, it will run a bit more, giving you a different look  and take  longer to dry.  The choice is yours.

And can I just say, I am REALLY going to miss Pool Party when it goes into retirement this June?  You might want to stock up on all Pool Party related products.  I have!!

Let me know if I can do or get anything for you.   If you want to go shopping now, just click here.

Stamp set:  By The Tide

Ink Pads and Cardstock:  Lucky Limeaide, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake

Other:  Canvas Creations, Floral Frames Framelits, Square Lattice Folder, Big Shot, Linen Thread

Soda Pop Tops…Waxed Bottle Sized!


I promised I would show you guys more of the  Soda Pop Tops.  And here they are:




These are basically the same card.  This features a new item in the Occasions Catalog called Soda Pop Tops.  They look similar to bottle caps that you would see on soda or beer but they are more mailable.   They also come in two sizes:  typical bottle size and “wax bottle sized”.   If you don’t know what I am talking about, you clearly were born after 1980!  Here is what you missed:


Apparently, they were (are?) called Nik-L-Nips (ick!) and they were bottles made of wax.  You would bite off the top and suck out the sweet syrupy junk inside!   Think of it as the precursor to Vitamin Water!

(Truth is, these didn’t HAVE pop tops—you had to bite off the wax but if they did, it would be about the size of the small soda pop top from Stampin’ Up!)

The first  card used the “Nik-L-Nip” sized tops. The bottom two and the  the Lobsta card from the other day used the “REAL” sized top.

The choice is up to you.  You get 16 total–8 of each size.   Not only will buying them from me save you approximately 1120 calories from the soda you would have to drink to get the caps, these also squish better than REAL soda pop tops which are made of a different material.

You are welcome!

Tara Bazata, a fabulous demonstrator from Colorado does a video on smooshing the pop tops.   Basically, you pop (get it??)  the pop top between your two cutting plates.  Then, using NO tabs (you heard that, right?  NO tabs!) on your multipurpose platform, put it through your Big Shot.  Instant squished tops!   They end up about the thickness of a button.    Adorable and MAILable (with a little extra postage!).   Also great for scrapbooks (the unsquished ones might be a bit ‘pokey’ and eventually affect the adjacent pages of your scrapbook).

Also featured on these cards is the Natural Trim Ribbon that I just can’t seem to get enough of!

 The delicate DSP–Tea for Two! and the complimentary stamp set (“You look so good next to the Tea For Two DSP”….you’ll get that joke later!) is also from the Occasions catalog, Collage Curios.

Head on over to my store if you need any of these supplies!

Stamps:  Collage Curios, Vintage Verses (SAB 2013), En Francais

Paper:  Naturals White CS, Island Indigo,So Saffron,  Tea for Two DSP

Accessories:   Soda Pop Tops, Scallop Border Trim Punch, Scallop Punch, 1″ punch, 3/4″ punch

Can you show me how to get , how to get to Sycamore Street?!


Go  back and sing that title!  Tee hee!

I promised you some more photos of the upcoming Sale A Bration goodies you can get for FREE!    I can’t actually show you the products yet but I can show you what I did with them.   Here is a fun card featuring the jeans that I love so much along with the new FREE designer paper called Sycamore Street.  It is such fun paper it makes me want to live on Syacamore Street!

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Fun paper!   Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make your jeans any color to match your paper  shirt?!  Well, in the world of stamps, we can do that!  This card is mostly Island Indigo to match the new Sycamore Street DSP available for FREE when you spend $50 during Sale ABration (January 22-March 22nd).   If you haven’t received your SAB catalog yet, just let me know and I will get one to you right away!

Supplies:   Patterened Occasions, Sycamore Street, Summer Starfruit Satin Ribbon, Island Indigo, Mini brads


First or Last Initial??


When I am making a monogrammed card (or gift or anything), I never know if it is best to use the person’s first or last initial (“Last Iniitial”….sounds like “Jumbo Shrimp” and “Fresh Vintage”!!….oy–I need more coffee today!).
Anyhow, I am never sure which is best. And does it matter on the person–like if you are giving to a teacher, should you use the last initial as you never call them by their first name (except when you are in grad school and then you don’t have time for these gifts) but for a friend, would you use the first initial because, well….you are on a first name basis?!
I lucked out at Christmas this year because I made some notecards for the secretary at my children’s school….and her initials are SS!! Gotta love that!

Today’s sample (and there wasn’t going to be a sample today but I heard last night about some blog followers who get angry when there isn’t something new all the time (ahem, Tina!)) is my initial–and I went with just the first initial as my initials are “BS”–nothing you want monogrammed!!
This uses the FREE Elementary Elegance stamp set (SaleABration) the Scallop Squares die along with the Big shot. A little Crumb Cake seam binding and done!