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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flower Punch

All three of these cards are made the same way and with the same stamp set but look different.  If you can't tell, the flower punch is used on the DSP and the card stock which was run through the big shot using the dotted swiss embossing folder.  The first page is popped up using dimensionals.  Everything is by Stampin' Up! with the exception of the pearl on the bottom card's center. 
Thank you for visiting.... 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Embossing Folders

Please click on the card to get a closer, clearer look.  The colors are white and Pear Pizazz and the butterflies are punched from Pear Pizaz designer series paper all from Stampin' Up!  The embossing folder is from Tim Holtz and the butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.  Tp get this look, you ink up an embossing folder then embelish it; easy as pie!
I am so excited, I have my first recruit for Stampin' Up! We are going to have a lot of fun!  Thanks Linn...and thank you all for visiting today.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Butterfly Birthday

I designed this card last week.  Butterflies and Everyday Enchantment patterned paper, an awesome combination!  Stampin'Up! really puts a lot of thought into creating products that you can mix and match and not have to worry whether or not the colors will be off the mark.  They start with a color, create an entire line of ink, write markers, ribbon, card stock, brads, embellishments and patterned paper for that color THEN they create other colors that compliment each other and start all over with the line of inks, etc.  Just like with the Everyday Enchantment patterned paper you can use pool party, poppy parade, peach parfait and old olive.  It takes a lot of guess work out of 'what goes with what' freeing your time to design a card or scrapbook page.   The edge punch is by Fiskars.  Thanks for visiting.....

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pink Flowers

I designed these cards using all Stampin' Up! with exception of the Martha Steward edger punch and the Spellbinders leaves die.  The colors are lucky limeade DSP for bottom picture leaves and pretty in pink DSP for flower die.  The butterflies are daffodil and flower centers are the heart epoxy brad and pink crystal brad with classic pearls for the butterfly heads.  Thanks for visiting....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Come to ME.....

Today's card was inspired from one posted on Pinterest, but I put my own sentiment and used My Digital Studio for the Field Flowers and Doily images on the front.  I send this to someone feeling down or as a sympathy card.  All the products are Stampin' Up!; vintage lace ribbon and black card stock base.  Thanks for visiting...
OK, I am on my way home from Charlotte, back to the real world!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shelli's Card-Spa Weekend

OK, I am cheating a little as I am scheduling posts for when I am at my spa weekend with the girls!  This card is one that Shelli, president of Stampin' Up!, inspired...I did change the tag to For You and used ribbon instead of twine.  Thanks for visiting (and don't hate me cause I am going to be beautiful and relaxed come Sunday)  LOL
Today I will see my good friend for what my husband calls "getting my grill waxed and buffed"!  Dawn is a phenomenal aesthetician at the Hunsdat Med Spa, I followed her from Daniel Island to Charlotte, she's just that good!  If you live in the area, you should definitely visit her.     

Friday, March 23, 2012


I created this simple but lovely card using mostly Stampin' Up! with the exception of the Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I used daffodil stamp pad to ink up the folder then ran it through the Big Shot.  I used the curly label punch and the Elementary Elegance stamp for the sentiment.  It's SPRINGTIME!! 
Oh, did I mention that I am in Charlotte for a girls spa weekend???  It's good to be Barbara....

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Card Box

This clear card box will hold approximately 5-7matching cards.  The Parisian Breeze designer paper, button and twine are by Stampin' Up!   I used a Spellbinders label and Grand Caliber machine to cut out the decorative cover and shaded the edges using crumb cake ink.  The covering is made by measuring the length and width of the box then using sticky strip to adhere and the lollie was made using the scor-pal then folding back and forth to crease.  Thanks for visiting...
p.s.  I am headed to Charlotte tomorrow for a girl's weekend at the Ballantyne Resort!  Oh, this is going to be FUN...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Window-Get Well

This get well card is made using all products from Stampin' Up!.  The card base is basic gray and the sentiment from the Perfectly Penned stamp set is poppy parade.  The oval framelit in pool party was used to punch out the window for the sentiment inside.  The DSP is Everyday Enchantment with ruffled ribbon in old olive.  The butterflies are in peach parfait using the butterflies embosslit. 
Today I am going downtown to my former workplace for the monthly birthday party..woowhoo!   It's always good to see my friends there.  Thanks for visiting...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Peace Within

Well, you can't tell it by the picture BUT the cushion is actually the same color as the polka dotted paper!  Anyway, this is such a peaceful scene.  Everything used to make this card is by Stampin' Up!  The colors are pool party and poppy parade with basic grey for the base and dotted punch; I filled in and shaded the image from the Peace Within stamp set with pool party and poppy parade on the pillow, grey for the cat and lucky limeade for the plant using write markers and a blending pen.  The ribbon is poppy parade to match the layering and pillow edge.  Thanks for visiting.....

Monday, March 19, 2012


Today's post is a masculine card or can be given to someone who is into music.  I used Stampin' Up! crumb cake card stock, dotted ribbon and ink on the embossing folder and soft suede for the Elementary Elegance frame stamp set.  The embossing folder is by Tim Holtz.  

I met my friends, Linda and Larry, this morning at Whole Foods Market in Mt. Pleasant.  They came from California for a visit and Darleen joined us.  Kelly furnished us with some really awesome pastries which we thoroughly enjoyed (we used to work with his wife, Robin).  It is a wonderful thing to have friends you can just pick up where you left off from, like they haven't been away at all! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Circus Train

Everything used to make this card is by Stampin' Up.  This card was cased from Pinterest but I changed the sentiment from Happy Birthday to Congratulations for a baby shower and I changed the embossing on the carts using folders I have. The card stock and inks are bermuda bay, daffodil and early espresso.  I used hemp twine, curly labels punch, circle punches and hand cut the sentiment.  The pull ring was made cutting a small circle then a larger one around the outside then folded over the banner and anchored it with a brad to match.  Easier than it looks!  Thanks for visiting...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Everyday Enchantment Birthday

This is another card uisng everything by Stampin' Up!  Everyday Enchantment designer series paper, pool party and poppy parade card stock and pool party seam binding ribbon.  The sentiment is in the Well Scripted stamp set punched using the large oval punch and the frame is the oval framelit.   I used Spellbinders oval to cut out around the framelit.  Thanks for visiting...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Well, you can't tell by the picture, but the card base is the same white as the fishbowl! 
Anyway, the fish are a digital stamp from Fred-She-Said, Emma the Mermaid.   I got the idea from TrudySjolander's Blog.  Trudy freehanded the bowl but I used Word document inserting basic shapes and sizing to fit then shading it using Stampin' Up! water color crayons; the card stock is SU baja breeze and DSP.  The water inside the fish bowl is embossed using an embossing folder by Cuddlebug; I inked the folder to get the colored background and the sentiment is typed using my computer. 
Thanks for visiting...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Flowery Birthday

I like the Martha Stewart paper edge punch for this card; it's a flowery border to go with everything else I used by Stampin' Up!  Concord grape ink and designer series paper and card stock, old olive seam binding ribbon and flower die, butterfly using the Butterfly embosslit.  The eaves are MS punches, pine branch and leaves.  Thanks for visiting....

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Get Well-Butterflies

This is my favorite designer series paper and colors, Everyday Enchantment with pool party, old olive and poppy parade by Stampin' Up!  The ruffled ribbon and card stock are old olive and pool party, the butterflies are poppy parade and I used the Butterfly embosslit to cut them out.  The sentiment is in the set Well Penned and for the frame I used the oval framelits and the large oval punch for inside.  Don't you just love how SU coordinates everything down to the sizes of thier punches?
Thanks for visiting....

Saturday, March 10, 2012


My mother turns 90 this April and I sporadically send her cards; she loves them!  I give her plenty of cards for her to send to her Sunday School when they are sick or it's their birthday.  
I love the hydrangea in the Because I Care set and the sentiment in the Well Scripted set by Stampin' Up!; everything in this cards is SU.  Concord Grape and Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade ink, wisteria card stock, DSP and labels die. I filled in the images with wisteria, Pear Pizzaz and crushed curry.  Thanks for visiting and HUG your mother if you can!
I am going to try playing along with a challenge from The Paper Players, so wish me luck!  You will see some beautiful samples using the challenge colors  crumb cake, wisteria, pear pizzazz and pool party.  Notice that pool party in my entry is on the designer series paper.

     opened; it sets up by itself since it's a z-fold card.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hearts and Bird

This card uses everything Stampin' Up!  I didn't make this card but love the colors, texture and layout; I received it at a card swap as a card front which means when I put the card base on, I covered up who made it...if it's yours, please let me know so I can give credit to you.....Beautful card!  Thanks for visiting...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

DIY Facial Masks

Another post without a picture!  I won't make this a habit!

We all love to get facials at the spa, but when you can't afford it (money or time) you can do it yourself, for a lot less money and without leaving your home.  I use this one and I like to use organic ingredients when possible.  I am also somewhat of a control freak - I like to know what's going on my skin!
1-2 mashed strawberries
2 Tbl. plain yogurt
1 drop rosemary essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp. cosmetic clay (organic store)
*If you have dry skin, add 1/2 tsp. sweet almond oil
Apply the mask to clean face and wash off with washcloth after at least 20 min. but can be left on longer. 
Strawberries and yogurt have alpha-hydroxy acid that helps soften and texturize skin while rosemary and lavender stimulate cellular renewal.  Cosmetic clay draws out impurities.
Honey is a great moisturizing mask and it has purifying and healing properties.
Take 1 Tbl. organic honey and place on damp face; leave on 15-20 min. then remove with warm washcloth. For a little more humph, you can add 2-3 drops lavender essential oil for soothing any skin type.
Thanks for visiting...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


We made this card at stamp class last month.  I had never used the Stampin' Up! spritzer where you attach the write marker to the tool and press the ball to cause the spritzed background on this learning new techniques!  This allows the speckles to be the same color as your stamping ink.  That's what I love about Stampin' Up!; everything coordinates - paper, patterned paper, stamp ink, write markers, ribbon, brads..everything!!

It's Berry Time!!
My Aunt Nancy in California posted this important tip on how to prevent mold growing on your berries.  Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market.  There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.

Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you a tip to keep them fresh:  Wash them with vinegar.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water.  Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.  The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila!  Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.  So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them. 
You're so BERRY welcome!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Shiloette Sentments Stamp by SU

I know, it's blurry...GOT to learn how to take better pictures.
Totally cased this card from Pinterest because I love th simple, clean lines and colors; black an cream. I did the card using a bow like the original (I did change up the bow) then one with what we call an air bow (first view).  The houndstooth and everything is by Stampin' Up! Although there is no sentiment on the front, I would use this as a sympathy card or a thinking of you card.  Thanks for visiting

Monday, March 5, 2012

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Hope your day is going good!  This little bunny is fun and versatile!  The stamp is Chocolate Bunny by Stampin' Up! along and so is the card stock so saffron, bashful blue, pretty in pink pool party; the pattern paper was in my stash and can't remember where I purchased it?  I sponged the sky using my old standby template and used embossing folders by Stampin' Up! to add texture to their new labels die.  The yellow frame was made using Martha Stewart punch around the page and her shears that cut the grass make is easy!  The Easter eggs are stickers from Making Memories.

My Danging Chicks were so popular on Pinerest, I made another version using the same frame as the bunny above.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Easter Cross

It happens some times that a card, once you post it, doesn't seem to do anything for you.  This is the case and I'm thinking I should've used a different color for the card base?  Help me out and let me know what you think; I am absolutely open for constructive criticism.  The stamp is by Stampendous and the frame is by Spellbinders; the card stock (daffodil/rich razzleberry), ribbon, classic pearl and ink are Stampin' Up!

I don't want to leave you with an unsightly card today, so below is one that I really like and had fun making with al Stampin' Up! products with exception of the frame which is Spellbinders.  Thanks for visiting...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

DIY Facial Cleansing Grains

No picture or card today-off to stamp camp!

Good morning all you do-it-yourselfers!  I have something that will wake you up; your skin will love you for it!  Organic cleansing grains for any skin type; you can buy them in the store but why do that when you can make your own?  I know there are a lot of recipes floating around, but this one I have used and really like it a lot.
1 cup finely ground oats
1/4 cup finely ground almonds
1/8 cup poppy seeds (or cornmeal)
1/8 cup finely ground lavender (organic/health food store)
1/8 cup finely group roses (organic/health food store)
2 cups cosmetic clay, white (organic/health food store)
Mix all of of the ingredients together well.  I store mine in a recycled spice jar with the holes in the cap so I can shake them into my hand.  Use approximately         2 tsps. and mix with enough water to make a paste in your hand, gently massage onto face then rinse off. 
Thanks for visiting....

Friday, March 2, 2012

DIY Bath Salts

Tired and need to relax and/or you have aching muscles?  Here is a bath salts for you.  With just a few inexpensive organic ingredients, you can make your own using any scent you like.  Mine is Lavender but I've also used peppermint, lemon, vanilla, sandalwood, camomile, etc.
2 1/2 cups Epsom Salt (you can also use sea salt)
1/4 cup baking soda or corn starch (denderitic salt if you can find it)
4 tsps Lavender essential oil (use any scented essential oil you like)
Mix the baking soda/cornstarch and oil together until completely absorbed then add to the Epsom salt and blend some more.  Store in air tight containers, I use recycled jars and/or air tight plastic containers.  It is possible if moisture gets to the salts, the mix will cake up BUT don't worry, it still works and will dissolve into your warm bath (not too hot or pores will close and skin won't absorb the salts).  Follow your bath with a moisturizer; I like to use plain coconut oil-it comes solid but will melt to the touch.  I purchase from Tropical Traditions or Green Pasture.
Your friends will love to get this as a gift, just tie a bow around the jar or if you stamp, make a cute little band to go around the container and decorate it!
Thanks for visiting.....

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Praying Mantis

 Oh boy, I found this digi stamp and knew I just had to get it...I purchased and downloaded it immediately online from Clear Dollar Stamps.  I believe this was the quickest card I've ever made!  When you open the above link, you'll see there are some images in black and white (if you like to color your own) and some already colored in and ready to print like the mantis on my card below. I popped the eyes with black rhinestones.  The cardstock, punch and ribbon on the sentiment are from Stampin' Up!  The only bad thing is, now I have to wait until someone gets sick so I can send it :(    I know it would make me smile if I received it! 
 Thanks for visiting...