Saturday, October 31, 2009

Only 55 days until Christmas!

Happy Halloween, I am not trying to rush you, but did you know there are only 55 days until Christmas?  I am working on some Thanksgiving projects, but in the meantime, here's a sample of the Holiday Lounge designer paper.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Razzleberry Lemonade and a Simple Template

Good Morning!  You'll recognize this layout, as I have posted it before using Cottage Wall designer paper.  Love the easy layering, made possible with the large oval and scallop oval punches.  And love the Oval all set, too!
Now's the time to start thinking and ordering supplies for your holiday cards.  I'd be more than happy to help you out, just call or email me.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Animal Stories Diaper Cake PPA13

Animal Stories designer paper perfectly matches Tiffany's nursery.  And elephants seem to be so popular right now.  I am sure Tiffany will make use of the diapers now that her little one is safely arrived.  The diaper cake made a very cute shower centerpiece.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tea Cup of Thanks

Better late than never! When I attended convention in early August, I roomed with 3 wonderful demonstrators from around the country. Kathleen was from Oklahoma, Angie from California, and Shelley from Wisconsin. At any rate, I made them a roommate gift and this is an example of the tag I made to go with the kit. I used colors from the Thoroughly Modern designer paper, Rose Red, Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede. When mounting the Fun and Fast Notes set, I cut the greetings off and placed them on the side of the block. That way I can mix and match the images with the greetings.  To make the corner punches, I punched the designer paper with the curly label punch first, then inserted that punch into the photo frame punch.

Happy Stampin'!
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Wanted:  A Great Birthday!  I love the Melon Mambo- Crushed Curry colors together for this card.  I used the Magnetic Movers and Shapers to die cut the stars.  The Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper was punched for the smaller stars.  Also used a Texturz Plate that looks like woodgrain to complete the look.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cottage Wall #2

Here is the 2nd card created with Cottage Wall designer paper and I used the same card template as yesterday's card.  It features the Boho Blossom and Full Heart punches, Rich Razzleberry polka-dot ribbon and a greeting from the Define Your Like stamp set.  The papers in the Cottage Wall papers are so versatile and each project has a different look.  Feel free to comment or email me if you have questions.  Tammy

Saturday, October 17, 2009


This cute little acorn stamp is from a hostess set, The More the Merrier.  The card stock weight vellum was run through the Big Shot with a Texturz plate.  The acorn image fits neatly into the 1 1/4" circle punch and layers nicely with the 1 3/8" circle and scallop circle punch.  Colors are Dusty Durango, More Mustard, and Soft Suede polka-dot ribbon.  The inside of the card is shown below and I used a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The ribbon hides the inside greeting.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment or email me.  If you'd like to shop now, just click on the shop button.  Happy Fall, Tammy

Friday, October 16, 2009

Baby Shower Invitation

Update:  Baby arrived safely on the October 19th!

My very good friend, Tiffany, is expecting her 1st baby any day now. I created this baby shower invitation to coordinate with the theme and colors of her nursery. I was inspired by a card on page 141 of the SU! catalog, just changed the colors to match the nursery. Tiffany's bedding even has elephants in certainly celery and soft suede. I have been a demonstrator for 9+ years and I now see the world through the glasses of the SU! color gurus. Thanks, Tiffany, for choosing your nursery colors so expertly and allowing me to be an honored hostess for one of your showers. Your baby is very lucky to have you for a mom;)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Holiday Lounge #1 and #2

I love the color combination in the Holiday Lounge designer paper, Ruby Red and Taken with Teal. And I love trying to use something in a different way. Here I have used the paper to make a father's day card with a Circle Circus stamp, as opposed to using the Holiday Lounge paper for traditional holiday cards.

Above, I chose a stamp from Pocket Silhouettes to match this design. Sahara Sand is one of my favorite card bases. It looks good with anything. Other accessories: Basic Gray taffetta ribbon, Build-a-Brads, scalloped edge punch.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Grandma's 95th Birthday!

Today is my grandmother's birthday and she turns 95!  She lives in Golden, Colorado and will be celebrating this weekend with kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids!  Here is the card I designed just for her using My Digital Studio.  It has a softness to the card, the background images are stamped in Pretty in Pink and then I lowered the opacity of the images to soten them.  The ribbon looks so real. 
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Sweet Centers for Sweet Roommates

I made this pair of cards using the Sweet Centers stamp set.  These cards are intended for Avery and her roommate in College Park.  A quick tip: punch the 1 3/4" circle in the white layer first.  Then punch the next immediate layer, and so on.  This will allow for easy alignment of the circles when layering.  After adhering the treat cup to the white layer, I added the designer paper.  I also used the stamp-a-ma-jig and vellum to line up the balloon basket.

Now, Hilary was watching me make these cards and asked, "Do you have to rip up the card to get the treats?"  That got me to thinking and I had seen various options from other stampers to preserve the card, but I needed something quick and easy.  (I like quick and easy;)  So before adhering the decorative front pieces to the ballet blue card base, I punched a 3/4" circle (large enough to insert the candy) in the front of the card base.  Then covered the opening with the leftover 1 3/4" circle of designer paper.  No destroying a wonderfully made card just to get to the chocolate!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Little Boo 2

Kim S is a terrific friend and stamped this sweet card for me.  How's that for very cute.  With the half circle cut out at the top, this card fits in the medium envelope.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Picking

Every year we head out as a family to pick the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.  We are so lucky to live in an area where just a few minutes west of here, we can catch a ride on a tractor trailer and head into the fields.  This year, our adventure will be a little different.  Since Phil and Avery are in college, it will be just the 3 of us.  We will have to invite some friends to go with us this year.  Or, Avery, if you are reading this, you could join us for the afternoon.  The More the Merrier, a level 3 hostess set, and the Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper are just right for this pumpkin picking adventure.  Quick and Easy coloring, I just used sponge daubers on the pumpkins, and some quick marking for the perfect pumpkin!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Little Boo!

Have you found the Under $10 of the current catalog?  It's on page 208 and there are several items available that are very cute, including the Little Boo stamp.  Boo layers easily with the circle punches and is quickly accented with the Cast A Spell designer paper.  I have seen samples of this skull paper and folks have used chalks to change the color of the skull to go with colors other than Only Orange and Pumpkin Pie.

I just received the Gobble, Gobble stamp on page 31 of the Holiday Mini.  I am excited to play and will show you some projects in future posts.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Halloween Card for Hilary

Not to be left out, I made a Franksteinette for Hilary.  I used the Top Note die in garden green and basic black.  Just used scissors to cut her bangs and the scallop oval punch to get that great smile.  The basic gray designer grid paper came from a hostess paper pack sampler. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Blog Banner

I created my blog banner using SU!'s My Digital Studio.  It is a fabulous tool that let's you create cards, bound albums, digital albums, calendars, and multimedia projects.  I will try to post a few pages of an album I created.  So easy and intuitive to use, plus I have access to many stamp images that I do not own.  I am thinking that the calendars will make easy holiday gifts.   Tammy

Halloween Treats Again

I have seen these cute little spiders on many blogs and even received one as a swap at Convention '09.  I don't know who to give credit to for this cute critter, because there was not a name attached to him.  I did, however, have to recreate this little guy, as the peppermint patty disappeared.  He is created using a variety of punches, namely a scallop circle and the photo corners punch for the body and legs.

The picture above shows what the back of the face looks like.  I am not one for gluing on teeny tiny circles, so the small circles are punched using a hand-held 1/4" in circle punch.  I punched a couple of different circles in the Lovely Lilac and Melon Mambo cardstocks and adhered those circles to the back of our spider friend's face (in the photo above right).  In the photo above left shows the other part of our spider sandwich.  All of which I sandwiched together using Snail and/or glue dots.  I did ask my husband if it looked like a spider, of course he said yes! Yea, Peter.  These treats won't last long either.  My peppermint patty bag is already half empty and I only made 3 spiders so far;)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PPA11 Color Challenge

I have been blog surfing for some time now, and there are a few blogs I love to follow.  I like the clean and simple look of the projects they post.  And now, that I have decided to blog myself, I am motivated by the challenge of Paper Pal Arts.  The color challenge was to use Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.  I needed to break out a new set from the Holiday Mini, Wandering Words, and dive in.  I used the markers to ink the fall stamp.  The ribbon is from the Mistletoe Collection in the Holiday Mini as well.  I also opened the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I applied the paint to the card base and to the stamped image also.  Can't wait to try the other 2 stamps in the Wandering Words set.

Happy Fall

Halloween Card #2

Here is the 2nd watercolor card.  Isn't it a fabulous Halloween sunset (lol)!   I am sending this one to Phil.  I stamped the greeting directly onto the ribbon with Stazon ink.  Love the House of Haunts set.  The ribbon in Dusty Durango 1/2" polka dot, just tied so the polka dots do not show.  Feel free to leave a comment with any questions or comments.  Looking forward to hearing from you and I will try to post more frequently.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


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Halloween Treats

As promised, here is the 1st Halloween treat.  Sweet Centers stamp set is going to be great for college pick me-ups for Phil and Avery, and easy classroom treats for Hilary's class.  I used SU!'s Fancy Favor die for the box and just trimmed off the elegant edge.  The goblins stamp from Sweet Centers measures 2 9/16" x 2 5/8".  I cut the white card stock to exactly fit the image and used a stamp-a-ma-jig to place it just right.  Next, I punched the center of the image with the 1 1/4" circle punch, and then punched with the  1 3/4" circle punch.  I also punched the front of the favor box with the 1 3/4" circle punch and put a piece of window sheet to show the goodies inside.  Quick and Easy!

The Sweet Treat cups are very cute too.  Watch for a couple of samples using the cups next week.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Halloween Water Color

My good friend, Nancy, asked me to post a few Halloween ideas.  So now that it is October 6, I thought I better get busy.  I used a Texturz plate on the Not Quite Navy card base.  I softly sanded the dry embossing with a sanding block and it looks like the embossing pops off the card a little more.  I love water coloring for Halloween.  And even better, one piece of SU!'s watercolor paper fits both the larger images from the House of Haunts set.  Using aqua painters and markers, I saturated the watercolor paper.  I used my heat tool to quickly dry the watercolor paper, stamped my image in versamark ink and heat embossed using the black powder.  My other favorite way to add a greeting is to stamp directly onto ribbon or use rub-ons on ribbon.  This greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped directly onto the Old Olive ribbon in the Mistle Toe Collection from the Holiday Mini.  I hope my daughter will be happy to receive this card and a few other Halloween treats (see tomorrow's post) in her first college Halloween care package.

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