Monday, September 30, 2013

Kick the Soccer Ball

Today I'm featuring the birthday card my sister made for Becca.  The girls play soccer and this card was perfect!

Stamp set: Afterthoughts
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Garden Green
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: circle cutter, paper snips, big shot, TIEF Honeycomb

Today is the last day to order from the Butterfly Bundle.  Can you believe tomorrow is the start of October?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Becca the Birthday Girl

Becca was a birthday girl yesterday.  She was so exhausted after her 24 hour challenge.  I think the best present was sleep!  Here's the card I made for her:

Stamp: iPodabella
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, and Certainly Celery patterned dsp
Ink: Basic Black ink pad and the following markers: Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquiose, Cajun Craze
Accessories: heat tool, liquid applique' and a rhinestone

Tomorrow I'll feature the card my sister made for Becca.  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Envelope Punch Board

Thursday evening, demonstrators were informed that the Envelope Punch Board was so popular that supplies were running low.  By yesterday afternoon, the item was put on backorder.  I'm glad I've got mine.  Check out my pretty envie!

This pretty envie goes with a birthday card for a lovely young lady.  I'll be posting her card tomorrow.  Happy Birthday, Becca!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Everyday Occasions

Yesterday, Stampin' Up! released the Everyday Occasions cardmaking kit.  You get everything you need - cardstock, envelopes, stamps, ink, and accessories - to create 20 cards for almost every occasion!  Click here to see the flyer

Supplies of the new envelope punch board are running low.  Get your now before they go on back order.

As promised, here is the birthday card I made for my sister.  She and my brother-in-law are partners in a California winery.  This card seemed appropriate for the celebration.

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Today's card is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  All supplies you need to create a fun project - paper, stamps, ink, and accessories.

It's a great card to use for special achievements like graduations or promotions.

Today is my sister's birthday; so I'll post her birthday card tomorrow.  Can't have any peeking.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bite Me!

Yesterday, Stampin' Up! release a new photopolymer stamp set that's perfect for Halloween - Bite Me!

Check here to view flyer

Today is Gaylene's birthday.  I made a Z fold card for here in green (her favorite color).

To make this card take 12x12 cardstock cut off a piece at 5-1/4".  Then score at 4-1/4", flip over and score at 8-1/2".  Easy, peasy!  These cards are great when you've got lots of writing or need to have the office sign it for a co-worker.  Happy Birthday, Gaylene!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekend Wedding

My sister, Melissa, made today's card.  She, her husband and another couple went to their friend's daughter's wedding here in Illinois.  I got to be "Auntie Karen" to the girls and pets.  We had a great time together eating pizza and watching FoodTV.  Elton, the dog, is the best foot warmer!

Stamp Set: Best of Brides & Babies
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Heat tool, silver emboss powder

The stamp set is from the Best of 25 years Stampin' Up anniversary sets.  The card is simple and elegant.  Perfect for a wedding.  Great job, Melissa!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

First Day of Fall

It's the first day of Fall.  The air felt just a little bit crisp this morning when I took the dog out for his morning walk.

Stamp set: Gently Falling
Cardstock: Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla and Spice Cake dsp
Ink: More Mustard, Crushed Curry, Pool Party
Accessories: 1/4" More Mustard grosgrain ribbon

Nothing says Fall like leaves; so my card today showcases leaves.  I used the More Mustard ink for the outline and Crushed Curry for the body of the leaf and acorn.  I used the Pool Party for the outline and then stamped off once for the body of the leaf.  This card is a good example of two-step stamping.

Enjoy the first day of Fall!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Broken Arm

My "niece" Emily broke her arm at a soccer game recently.  Poor girl had to sit out on the sidelines and got trampled when players ran off the field.  Emily is a trooper so I had to our girl a special get well card.

Stamp Set: It's A Wrap Occasions
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo patterned DSP
Ink: Regal Rose and Melon Mambo
Accessories: Sponge, paper snips and Stampin' dimensionals

Overall it's a simple card, I wanted to put bandaids over broken paper.  It's shades of pink for a young girl.  

Hope your arm heals fast, Emily!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy Retirement, Gaylene!

I was fortunate to have two BFFs in Idaho.  Today, one of them is retiring after many years of dedicated work at Farmers Insurance.  Happy Retirement, Gaylene!

This is the card I made for her.  It's a CASE from Kathy LeDonne and you can view her card here.  Gaylene's favorite color is green.  She's an Irish girl to the core even exchanging gifts on St. Paddy's Day!

Stamp Set: Perfect Blend
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, and Just Add Cake DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: 5/8" Certainly Celery satin ribbon, TIEF Divine Swirls, 1-3/8" x 5/8" oval punch, Big Shot, and Stampin' dimensionals.

Happy Retirement, my friend!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Photopolymer Stamp Sets

The parents flew home to California yesterday.  My Dad is in his 70s and wanted to make sure his girl had her house and yard in order.  He worked hard on this vacation!  Mom just visited with her girls.  It was nice being with them again.

Big news today: new photopolymer stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Greetings From photopolymer $13.95
Map It Out photopolymer $13.95

These two sets coordinate together to create fabulous vacation cards or scrapbook pages.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Cheers to You

Happy Friday, Everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  Our parents are flying in from California to spend some time with their girls.  My sister and I will be picking them up from O'Hare tomorrow.

This is a card I made for a co-worker who loves beer and darts.

Stamps: Cheers to You
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Whisper White, ret. dsp
Ink: Basic Black and Crushed Curry Marker
Accessories: circle punches and liquid applique'

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Coffee, anyone?

I've got a great friend who's like a little brother to me.  He and his wife have birthdays one day after the other.  Brian loves his coffee so, I created this "perfect blend" of coffee just for him.

Stamps: Perfect Blend
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Comfort Cafe' dsp
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: paper snips, scallop square punch, postage punch, TIEF Stripes, stampin' dimensionals

The stamp set is perfect for paper piecing.  I used scraps of cardstock and dsp to create the coffee containers and popped them up on dimensionals.  I used the postage punch for the words and trimmed off the top and bottom for a different look, then layered it with the scallop square punch.

Happy Birthday, Brian!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Good bye Elm tree

Today my Elm tree will be removed.  It suffered some damage from last week's storm and needs to go; like so many other big, beautiful trees in the neighborhood.  In memory of the lovely trees, I'm posting this card I made for a co-worker a few years ago.

This card uses Lovely as a Tree set, a timeless Stampin' Up! stamp set.  So good bye tree!

Monday, September 2, 2013

First Big Storm

Friday evening, we had our first big storm here in Illinois.  Well, it was a doozy!  Our neighborhood had a thunderstorm with a microburst that had 80 mph winds.  By the time it was all over, the place looked like a war zone.  Down power lines, uprooted trees, branches and limbs everywhere.  Power has been out for a while, but the great folks at ComEd worked tirelessly to restore power as soon as they could.  We got to enjoy the sound of power saws chopping up tree limbs and generators humming for a while.

We're thankful no one in the neighborhood was injured.  Cleaning up this week.  No cards to see today.