Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Tomorrow is my friend Pat's birthday.  This is the card I made for her:

The Work of Art stamp set is one of my favorites in the new catalog and really lends itself to a lot of free expression.

Inks used here are Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Canteloupe, Early Expresso, but you could easily use your favorite colors.

The angle of my shot doesn't show it, but there are dimensionals under the card front to give it a little lift.  Those Bitty Butterflies are accented with Dazzling Details, another of my favorite products.

Where will your creativity take you today?  Whether it is original or a CASE, break out your supplies and have some fun.


Thursday, May 22, 2014


Each month, a new Paper Pumpkin kit is delivered to my mailbox.  Never knowing what kind of crafting is hidden inside is part of the fun.  April's box held all the makings for a framed art piece, perfect for gift giving.  My Paper Pumpkin Pals group and I wanted to do something a little different from the suggested layout; each of us came up with a slightly different design. I love that kind of creative freedom!  The above is my take, using some stamps in my retired stash, as well as sponging and dimensionals to give it more depth. 

The Paper Pumpkin kits just keep getting better and better. The kit for May called "Hey Man!" has arrived, but I am resisting the urge to dive into it until my Pals come next weekend.  However, my sister took a peek into her box and said that it is cards.  Should be lots of fun.

WooHoo! alert!!!
Stampin' Up! just  announced that for a very limited time new subscribers can get their June kit at 1/2-price.  Here are the details:

What: 50% off June's kit
When: Subscribe by Friday, May 23
Where:  or call 1-800-STAMPUP
How: Enter the promo code SHELLIDEAL

When prompted, please be sure to choose me as your demonstrator.
Then let the fun begin!

Happy stampin'

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Keep it Balanced

Hi Stampers!

Do you ever have times where you make a card, it looks okay, but you know it could be better.  Yet you aren't quite sure what it needs.  That was my experience with my last post. 

The card hung on my magnet board for a couple of weeks. I liked the colors well enough, but there was just something that wasn't quite right.
While prepping for my club to teach them the techniques involved, it finally dawned on me -- the card was out of balance, with too much negative space.  Thankfully it was a quick and easy fix.

Ah, now that's better, don't you think? 
My club members agree that the longer flower image works ever so much better here.

Notice the double sponging around the flowers?  I love this technique of sponging first one color all around, then a second over it.  Here we used Daffodil Delight followed by Calypso Coral.

Happy stampin'!