Thursday, December 29, 2011

3D/Big Shot Class - December 28, 2011

This is the project we made the month at 3D/Big Shot Class for December. 
It's a picture frame made with Stampin' Up chipboard.  We covered it with the Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper and added a flower with the Fun Flowers Bigz Die and the Big Shot.  I reach for this die so often - it makes such a beautiful flower! 
We finished it off with a Neutral Designer Button and some Hemp Twine!

The inside holds two wallet size pictures - these are my kids Cade and Lilly (in their school pictures this year).  This is the first school picture for Lilly with her glasses - I think she looks so cute in them!  We added a few fun touches on the inside with a Neutral 5/16" Jumbo brad in Very Vanilla on an Early Espresso flower from the Bigz Die and a Pool Party flower from the Boho Blossoms punch.  On the other side, we used a Pool Party 1 3/8" circle, a Spice Cake DSP 1 1/4" circle, and a Champagne Glimmer brad for some sparkle.

I really love how this frame turned out!  I even made a few extra to give to my family for Christmas this year!  They kept asking about the kids' school pictures...  it was hard to stall them until Christmas!  But I think they agree it was worth the wait now!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. 

Please let me know if you'd like to join us at next month's 3D/Big Shot Class on Wednesday, January 25th at 7pm.  We meet the last Wednesday of every month!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Scrapbook Class - December 15, 2011

Here are the pages we made at Scrapbook Class in December....

I saw a similar scrapbook page layout in a previous Idea Book & Catalog and have been wanting to put it together for a long while now!!  I finally got my chance this month!!  We used the Delightful Decorations set (p. 40) to make a "tree" with the ornament stamps and punch (using Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzaz card stock, textured card stock and ink).  The word "family" is made with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (p. 224) with the Big Shot.

I had to add some sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds (p. 201) on the swirls on the "joy" ornament and sprayed some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (p. 203) on the Pear Pizzaz ornaments.

These next two pages are both Cherry Cobbler bases (although the lighting makes them look like different colors, they're really not!!), with a strip of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (p. 186) along the bottom of the second page.  We stamped the same image from the Merry & Type set (p. 31) and then colored it in with our Stampin' Write Markers along the side of this first page!   Can you tell the difference?
We finished the edges off with Old Olive and Marina Mist 1/4" Grograin ribbon.

Just to add a little more detail to the pages, we stamped and punched a few more sentiments from the Merry & Type set - I told you I loved this set!!  We finished those off with a swag of Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Old Olive 1/4" Grograin Ribbon, and a Cherry Cobbler brad!  
What fun it will be to fill these pages with Holiday photos!!

I hoped you enjoyed these pages!!  Please let me know if you'd like to join us at the next Scrapbook Class on Thursday, January 26th.  Please note that we typically meet the 3rd Thursday of each month for this class, but I had to reschedule the January class to a date conflict.  I'll be at Stampin' Up's Leadership Convention the week that we would typically have class in January.  I'm so excited to go to my first SU! Convention - I've heard wonderful things about them!!  I'll fill you in on all the details when I return!  Again, please let me know if you'd like to join us at the next Scrapbook Class on January 26th at 7pm!


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Card Class - December 14, 2011

Here are the cards we'll make at class this week...  They are all so fun for the holidays!

This first card is one I made at a Rubber Queen Meeting that I attended earlier in the fall.  I really love this new stamp set, Merry & Type.  It can be found on page 31 of the current Idea Book & Catalog.  We used Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso paper and Stampin' Write markers, as well as the new Oval Designer Frames and Houndstooth Embossing Folders (p. 218) with the Big Shot (p. 215).  The card is finished off with a Pearl Basic Jewel (p. 198) on the scroll work above the "25" and tied with the Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (p. 30 of the Holiday Mini).

This next card uses some left over scrap pieces from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit in the Holiday Mini (p. 26) for the present boxes.  The sparkle is added with Red Glimmer Paper (p. 41 of the Holiday Mini) for the bows (made from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch (p. 211) - I love using this punch to make these fun ribbons!) and an added touch of sparkle comes from the Basic Rhinestone Jewel (p. 198) that dots the "i' in Merry Christmas.  We also used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (p. 218) around the edge of the Soft Suede piece and layered it onto an Old Olive card.  What fun this card is!!  I also used this card as my swap this month at our Rubber Queen meeting!

I knew I wanted to do some embossing this holiday season, and I thought it worked beautifully on this card!!  We used Gold Embossing Powder and the Champagne Glass Stampin' Glitter (p. 201) for the ornament.  The ornament stamp comes from the Delightful Decorations set (p. 40) and the Season's Greetings sentiment comes from Many Merry Messages set (p. 166).  We also added a lovely bow using the Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon (p. 195) that coordinates with the Always Arthicoke paper and ink.  Finally, we added a little texture with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (p. 219) with the Big Shot.

For this final card, we used some additional scrap pieces from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit in the Holiday Mini (p. 26) - can you tell I LOVED this kit??  And this is such a simple card - that one strip of Designer Series Paper adds so much to the card!  We used a Lucky Limeade card base and layered an Early Espresso piece embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder (p. 218) with the Big Shot.  The stamp "Peace on Earth" is also from the Merry & Type set (p. 31).  I added another Basic Rhinestone Jewel 
(p. 198) above the sentiment (but I don't think you can really see it in this photo - sorry about that!).  It really was all about the sparkle this month!!

Please let me know if you'd like to join us for this Card-Making class on Wednesday, December 14 or the 2nd Wednesday of every month in 2012!!  Hope to see you soon!!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Peak at a Few Projects I've been working on lately!

Here are a couple of cards I've made recently.  They are using a few retired stamp sets that I've had in my closet and just never had much time to play with.....
  So, I pulled them out the other day and got busy creating!  I cannot get enough of those Textured Impressions Embossing folders with the Big Shot! - can you tell??

This is a card I found on Dawn Olchefske's blog,  It looked so simple and elegant I had to try it...  Another embossing folder, of course!  Can you see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the snowflakes??

Here are a couple of gift ideas for the holidays.  This one is another "nugget" holder, but this time we used two of the folded tags from the Two Tags die with the Big Shot and then attached a little box to hold them in on the inside of the folded tags.  I think they are super cute.  I learned how to make these at a Creative Convention I attended at the end of September this year.

These cute snow men are a punch art extravaganza!  We used the Ornament, Large Oval, Extra-Large Oval, 1/2" circle, Owl Builder, Bird Builder punches and then put a piece of licorise inside the 1x8" Cello bags from the Holiday Mini!  Aren't they adorable?

  I've been putting these extra cards and gift items together to have for sale at the Purple Pear in downtown Alma.  I'll be down at the Purple Pear next Friday, December 9 from 5:30-8:30pm in conjuction with Alma's "Come Home to Alma for the Holidays" event.  Stop in and see me and make a cute gift tag while you're there! Then stop by Carolyn's Cakes next door to decorate a cookie!  And visit the many other retailers that will be open late on Friday for this awesome holiday event!

Hope to see you soon!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

3D/Big Shot Class - November 30, 2011

Here's a look at the projects we made the other night at our 3D/Big Shot Class.  I found this cute box and "nugget" holder in a tutorial by Becky Roberts at her blog  I had so much fun putting these projects together this month.  I hope you all did, too!

Here is another look at the box and the contents inside!  We made 8 coordinating gift tags to slip inside the box!  We used the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and the red glimmer paper on the sleeve of the box and belly band.  Then we used the silver glimmer paper on the tags - I can't get enough of that glimmer paper!  It just makes me happy to play with it!  We also used the Snow Much Fun stamp set and our awesome Stampin' Write markers to dress up the snowmen. 

The tags are made from the Two tags die with the Big Shot - you can use the one tag as a bookmark or a gift tag - you choose!

We even inked the outside of the folded tags with the Merry & Type stamp set, "Peace on Earth" sentiment, just to jazz them up a bit! 

Here is a closer peak at the "nugget" holder.  It's the bookmark tag from the Two Tags die, folded around a Hershey's chocolate nugget.  The perfect little treat for someone sweet!

As always, new people are always welcome to join us for this class at anytime.  We meet the last Wednesday of every month.  Please let me know if you'd like to join us this month, on Wednesday, December 28th! Just email me at if you'd like to join in the fun!


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Scrapbook Class - November 17, 2011

Here are pictures of the three pages we made at Scrapbook class last week.... 
This first page features the Season of Friendship stamp set, the Well Worn Designer Series Paper and the coordinating colors of Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze.  I'd been wanting to make a tree with this stamp set for forever, so I was glad to finally have the opportunity to use it! The word "PRICELESS" is made with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet with the Big Shot.  I've got some fun pictures of the kids in the leaves that will be perfect for this page!

For this next page, I decided to go with a simple theme that is all about the beautiful Well Worn Designer Series Paper.  I was so excited to purchase this paper in July but had to wait until now to use it - it just didn't fit the mood before fall arrived!

Do you see the mini buttons on the ribbon?  They are included in the Vintage Trinkets embellishment kit - you get 48 safety pins and tiny brads shaped to look like metal buttons for only $5.95 (118764).  I thought they added a fun touch to the otherwise very simple page!

For this last page, we used the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set for our Initial on the page, as well as the new Oval Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing folder with the Big Shot.

Isn't this turkey cute!  I saw him on a swap card I recieved recently and knew I had to incorporate him into a project this fall!  We made a similar turkey on a Thanksgiving card a few years ago in a class I attended.  They are such fun!  He just makes me smile!

We'll be making some beautiful Holiday pages at our next Scrapbook Class on December 15 at 7pm.  This class meets the 3rd Thursday of every month, and new people are always welcome at class anytime!  If you'd like to join us, just email me at  Also, don't forget that all of my classes will now be held at 127 E. Superior St in downtown Alma.  Hope to see you soon!


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Card Class - November 9, 2011

Here are the fabulous cards we made at class last night! 

I can't get enough of the beautiful Spice Cake Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Mini.  It's featured here on the leaves and in the Thank you/pumpkin card below.  We also used the new Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Hand-Penned Holidays Stamp set from the Holiday Mini.  What fun!

I saw this next card on the blog,, a few months ago and have been wanting to try it out. It is a bit labor-intensive (coloring the leaf stamp from the Warmest of Wishes Hostess Stamp from the Holiday Mini and cutting the Rectangle Designer Frames Embossing folder image), but I think it was worth it!  What do you think??   We also used the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing folder, a Rich Razzleberry Flower brad, and a bit of Pocketful of Posies DSP.  These bright, fun colors are awesome to work with (especially on the dreary winter days we've had here lately in Michigan!).

What a contrast....  This next card also uses the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing folder, but has a much more muted color pallete. I love it just as much though!!  I really enjoyed using the Victoria 5/8" Crochet trim on this card - I didn't think I needed this ribbon, but have really grown to like it!  The pumpkin is made with three large oval punches - I love getting more than one use out of my punch!

This last card is super simple.  In fact, I demonstrated it at a party I did about a month ago.  I bought this stamp set (Day of Gratitude) last year in the holiday mini and was thrilled to see it made it to this year's Idea Book and Catalog so that I could pull it back out again!  The card features some traditional fall colors - More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso, along with the 1/4" Early Espresso grograin ribbon.  The sentiment, "Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings", is perfect this time (or any time!) of year!

Card-making classes are always held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  My next card-making class will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 7pm in my new location downtown Alma, 127 E. Superior St.  Come join us for a fabulous night of card-making!  Just email me at if you'd like to join in the fun!


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Projects for the Classes to be held in conjunction with the CROP on November 12

Here are the 3 projects we're going to be completing in the classes this weekend at the CROP at St. Mary School.  They are all perfect gift-giving ideas for the holidays!!  Or....., keep them for yourself to share with others throughout the holidays and winter season (and brighten their day along the way)!

This first project is the "All-Occasion Card Class".  We'll make 4 cards and a coordinating box to hold them in for $15 or FREE with a minimum $30 Stampin' Up order. 
This truly is a perfect gift idea!

The picture above is the holder with the beautiful coordinating cover, then open up the holder to reveal 2 clear envelopes that will hold 2 cards on each side (pictured below).  We used the Perfectly Penned Stamp set, along with the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini, to create a beautiful winter look to these cards!

This next project is the "Scrapbook in a Day Class".  At this class, we'll make 10 coordinating holiday scrapbook pages using the new Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit in the Holiday Mini.  You can take this book home and fill it with your favorite holiday photos!  Class fee is $25.  If you buy the coordinating album, I'll take $5 off your class fee.

The pages in this book are absolutely gorgeous! 
You'll have so much fun filling them with your holiday photos!

This is the actual 6x6 album that you can purchase to put your pages in as well! 
It coordinates perfectly with the inside pages!

The last class is a "Holiday Stamp-a-Stack".  You'll make 8 holiday cards (2 each of 4 designs) using Stampin' Ups new Stocking Builder Punch and Stitched Stockings Stamp set (from the Holiday Mini) for $20 or FREE with the purchase of the punch and stamp set.  Here are the 4 cards you'll be making:

Do you see the sparkle on the cuff, heel and toe of the stocking above?  That's the new Silver Glimmer Paper from the Holiday Mini - such fun to play with!  We framed the stocking with the new Rectangle Designer Frames Embossing folder.  The Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder is the perfect accent for this card (or most any holiday card, for that matter!).  We finished off the card with the black 1/2" scalloped dots ribbon.  I have a ribbon share currently going on with the 1/2" scalloped dots ribbons - you receive 2 yards each of 10 different scalloped dots ribbon for $20 - please email me at if you'd like to participate in the ribbon share! 

This next card features the new Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Eyelet Border punch,  5/8" Satin ribbon in Real Red.  The sentiment comes from the Word Play Stamp set (the perfect stamp set for most any occasion!).  And, don't miss that sparkle again - this time I used the Red Glimmer Paper.

I love the "lodge" look of this next eard - courtesy of the Frostwood Lodge DSP from the Holiday Mini!  The sentiment is from the Bells & Boughs Stamp set, and we used the new Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon to hang our stocking from!

This last card features the gorgeous Hand-Penned Holidays Set from the Holiday Mini - I tried to resist purchasing this set but finally knew I couldn't stop myself - and now I'm so glad I have it!  It was perfect for this card!  I used the new Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing folder and a strip of 1/4" Old Olive grograin ribbon to complete this card!

Well, there you go!!  I hope you love these projects as much as I do!! 

Please join us this Saturday, November 12 anytime between 9am and 6pm.  You'll have a great start on your holiday gift-giving!!


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

3D/Big Shot Club - October 26, 2011

Here are the projects we made at the 3D/Big Shot Club in October.  They were such fun to put together and really got us in the mood for Halloween! 

This first project is a candy corn (one of my favorite halloween candies!) treat holder.  It is so simple - I think it's called a sour cream container??  Anyway, you basically take a 6x6 sheet of DSP (I used the Frightful Sight DSP), roll it together and then adhere it well with sticky strip.  Take one end and adhere that together with sticky strip, fill with your favorite candy, and then take the opposite ends (to give it that twisted look) and adhere those together.  The crimper gives it that finished/professional look!  I thought it was fun to put a little hint of what was inside with the 1 1/4" circle punch and a window sheet.  We then added the BOOOOO sentiment from the Scaredy Cat stamp set. What fun! 

This next idea came from Robin Spinner at  I was very excited to see that she is blogging again - I love all of her projects and wish she was still here in Michigan!  This is a fun pin that you can put on your shirt, your purse, in your hair - there are so many great possibilities!  I smiled every time I wore it!  We embossed (with black embossing powder - how cool!) the Scaredy Cat stamp, bejeweled it a bit with Basic Rhinestones and then finished it off with the 1 1/4" black striped grograin ribbon - isn't it a fantastic idea??  Thank you, Robin!

As always, I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I did!  Join us anytime at the 3D/Big Shot Class the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm - next class is on November 30th!  Email me at if you'd like to join us!


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