Inketts meeting


On Sunday we had our monthly Inketts meeting.  It is always fun and full of information.  We also do swaps and 4 make and takes.  I already showed you what I made to swap this month.  You can see it here.   They were all really nice and will be useful as samples of some of the stamp sets I don’t have or for samples of other things you can do with the stamp sets.

I brought this to share.

DSCN1821I had a lot of ladies ask me how to make it.  I found this on another demonstrators blog, Kelly Acheson, A Stamp Above.  I copied her card as close as I could following her directions.  Then I made a couple more using different colors and designer paper.  I forgot to take a picture of them, so sorry.  There is a video on YouTube by Rachael Lewsley that is fantastic.  You can search for 3D Pop Up Matchbox card.

We did 4 Make and Takes this time and they were fantastic.


Aren’t they great?  They were quick and easy and fun to make.

Well, that it for now.  Glad you could stop by.



Yesterday I went to my friend, Deb Valder’s house along with some other demonstrators to learn how to use our new Blendibilities markers.  Deb has her way of using the markers and I have been doing it a different way.  I wanted to learn her way to see if I liked it.  I have decided I like to do it starting with the dark shade, then blend in some of the medium then blend in the lightest.  Deb does it the opposite.  She starts with the light shade all over then uses the dark and then the medium and then she goes over it again with the light.  When Deb does it they look beautiful and so did some of the ladies samples that were there.  I couldn’t get it to blend like I like it.  Here are the samples we made.DSCN1805

DSCN1804DSCN1807DSCN1806DSCN1803I love this stamp set, it will be available when the new catalog goes live tomorrow at noon (Mountain time).  It is a Hostess Set so can only be earned with a $150 order.  The words on each of the cards are also in the set.

You can see my take on using the Blendibilities markers in this post.

Well, I guess that’s it for today.  I have to get ready for the Inketts monthly meeting today.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Graduation Cards


The ladies in my stamp class asked me if they could make some graduation cards at our last class in June.  I only have one graduation stamp set, Pure Gumption, but I said ok.  I love Stampin’ Connection.  That is a web site that Stampin’ Up! demonstrators post their cards and projects to share with other demonstrators.  All I did was type in the search box, Graduation cards, and there were like 20 pages.  I went through them all and found quite a few I could case.  The first card I chose was made by a fellow demonstrator, Mindy Swanson.  I don’t know her dimensions so I made it to fit into our old long envelopes,  I still had a few in my cupboard.

DSCN1802Inside I added a white piece of cardstock only attached at the bottom so you can insert a check or some cash.

The next card I chose was posted by Debi Hadley.  I made one with Not Quite Navy but I also cut some other colors that the ladies can choose from to maybe go with other school colors.

DSCN1799The graduation hats were stamped with Staz On ink and colored with our markers to match the colored card stock, then cut out.  I actually stamped and cut out a bunch of them for the ladies so they didn’t have to deal with the tassle.  They can color them to match whatever color card stock they pick.

The third card I wanted to do with them was originally done by another of my favorite demonstrators, Dawn Olchefske.  You can check out her blog here.  It does fit into our regular envelopes to be able to mail it.

DSCN1801The Happy Graduation comes from a retired stamp set called Teeny Tiny Wishes.  That is one set I will never get rid of.

Well, I hope the ladies like the cards I picked out for them to make.  I hope you liked them too.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Inketts Swap


I have been working on my swaps for the next Inketts meeting that will be June 1st.  Each month we have a theme to follow for our swaps.  For June it is to use something from the new catalog.  It can be a stamp set, ribbon, ink, card stock or designer paper, anything.  I found a beautiful card posted on Stampin’ Connection by Cheryl Garratt.  It uses a new stamp set, and one of our new In Colors, a new punch.  I also used another new stamp set and a new framelit.  Here is her card.  She is a very talented stamper and I just started following her blog.  Love, love her work!!!

Well, here is my version of her card.

DSCN1797Cheryl used gold for her embossing and for the Window Frame framelit.  I wanted to lighten it up a little so I used silver.  I also used Smoky Slate for the actual card base and just used a layer of the Blackberry Bliss.   I was able to color our pearls with the Blendibilities markers to put in the center of the flowers.  It is really prettier in person.

Well, that’s it for today.  Thanks, for stopping by!!

Flower Bouquet


Today I want to share a framed piece with you that was inspired by one of my favorite demonstrators, Ann Schach.  She made a beautiful card with a bouquet of flowers on it and I thought I would make it and put it in a frame so I can display it.  Here is her card.  Isn’t is beautiful?  Ann is famous for using pearls on all her cards.  I didn’t use any pearls on mine and I used a different embossing folder for my background.

DSCN1798I used a new stamp set that will be a Hostess set in the new catalog that will be live on June 2nd.  I also used new In Color ribbon.  I colored the flowers in with the new Blendibilities markers.  They will be in the new catalog also but not available for awhile.  Stampin’ Up! wants to make sure they have enough in stock so it doesn’t go on back order.  They are amazing markers to work with, so I know everyone will want them.

Well, that is it for now.  I am going to make up some more posts now so they will come out in a couple of days.  Thanks for stopping by!!



Tomorrow I get to attend the monthly Inketts meeting.  My upline holds a meeting once a month where around 40 of her downline get together and learn about new techniques, and new products.  We get to stamp together and eat fantastic food.  It a lot of fun.  We also do a swap each month.  There is a theme and we have to make 24 cards.  This month’s theme is flowers.  I made this card that uses Petite Petals.  It first came out in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  We are also not supposed to use anything from the retired list or from the Occasions catalog.  I had them all done when I realized I couldn’t use it.







I used a mask I cut with the Deco Labels Thinlits.  The mask was made from re-positional contact paper.  I was able to stick it down, stamp, wipe it off and use it again for all 24 cards.  It is much easier than using a post it note.

I looked in the catalog for the flower sets that weren’t retiring and that I had and I found Everything Eleanor.  This is the card I ended up doing for the swap.







I stamped the flowers on Very Vanilla cardstock and then colored them all in and then cut them all out.  I love to sit and watch TV and color and cut things out.  To me it is very relaxing.  I colored them in with our regular Stampin Up markers.  In the new catalog there will be a new kind of marker called Blendabilities.  They are alcohol based markers and you will get three shades of a color in a package.  We were able to preorder them as demonstrators.  They are amazing to color with.  I was playing with them yesterday and made these.
























I put some Whisper White cardstock inside and stamped the flower on the bottom of it.  I am bring all these cards to the meeting tomorrow to share with everyone there so they can see how great the new blendabilities markers are.

Well, time to get things packed up for tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!!



I just got back from the Catskills in New York State where I attended a Scrapbook Retreat.  It was amazing.  We were at Summer Hill Resort.  We had the most amazing views while we worked.

april 26 retreat after the rain








This was after it rained yesterday.


april 26 retreat sunset








Last night’s sunset!!

april 27 retreat last day morning






This is what we saw  when we got into the room we were all working.

This is what I was working on since I don’t scrapbook.  I have been making a Four Season set of pieces that I am displaying on my office wall.







This one is my SUMMER piece to go with the other season framed pieces.   I had a lot of compliments from the scrap bookers.

I also did 3 other framed pieces for my new Great Nieces and Nephew.  I wanted to make them birth samplers.  I used to do counted cross stitch and would make birth samplers for my nieces and nephews.  I still have to find one more frame for Samuel’s.  I hope they like them.  All the scrap bookers did.

Here is Carly’s







and Skyler’s







and now for Samuel’s







I tried to use colors that were in their rooms.

Well, I am exhusted so I will end here.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come again.