Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Twinkle Tree Split Card

This post was suppose to go out in early December but never made it, so here's one more Christmas card for you. Better late than never I suppose. ;) LOL

Today's card is a split-front one. I used the Christmas tree from the Twinkle Trees set again. The banner is from the hostess set Time of the Year- which is only available through Stampin' Rewards. It covers several different events and is a great go-to set. The card base is in Garden Green & layered with Cherry Cobbler and This Christmas designer series paper.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Under The Weather

I received this card front in a swap at OnStage in November. It came in handy this week when I needed a card to send to an ill friend. It's cute, simple and was perfect for a man. 
It features the Weather Together stamp set. I just love the Rich Razzleberry and the Tempting Turquoise together. I would've never done that combination on my own!

The Softly Falling embossing folder was used in the backgrounnd.
I stamped the sentiment from Greatest Greetings in Tempting Turquoise inside. 
I hope the weather is good in your neck of the woods today! :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Horse Power

This is the final horse card in my 3-day run ;) The horse and horseshoes are from the retired Frontier stamp set. The barbed wire embossing folder is just one I keep on hand, BUT the kicker in this card for me is the sentiment. I LOVE this set. It is in the up-and-coming Occasions catalog. It will be available in January. The set is called Beautiful You; and it is just that.

The rope is our Stampin' Up! Kraft Rope Trim.
I hope you've enjoyed my 3 days of horse cards. I'll be back on track tomorrow :) 
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Horse Birthday

This is the second of three horse cards I completed before heading to Vegas for the rodeo (aka: horse shopping venues!)

I made this card for my friend, Paulette's, birthday on Tuesday. She LOVES horses and rides with me sometimes - not to mention, she also comes to my card classes and joins us in the fun :) 

The horse and horseshoes are from the retired Stampin' Up! set Frontier. The boot and barbed wire folder are from my stash and the sentiments are available now in my online store. They are in the Better Together set.
If you need supplies and don't have a demo, I'd love to help you out. 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Horse Thanks

In light of the fact that I am in Las Vegas for the rodeo the next 3 days, I'll be sharing cards that include a retired horse stamp. Unfortunately Stampin' Up! doesn't have any current horse stamps (boo! hiss!) but I just love this one. When I can mix two of my favorite things in the world, stamping & horses, I'm doubly happy! :)

I made this card for my old reining trainer. He graciously took time out of his busy schedule before a big show and let my nephew, Sam & I, invade visit the barn to watch him work. He spent an hour and a half explaining what he was doing and why. It was pretty darn cool and made me miss my old reining days!

So, I needed a card with a gift card holder to send to him. Enter the retired SU! Frontier set. It's just a two-color simple, western card.  Me likey! ;) LOL

I don't get to use that barbed wire embossing folder often either, but I love it!
 The boot is from an old stash I have, BUT the sentiments are from our B.Y.O.P. stamp set.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Bear MOJO Monday 476

Happy Wednesday! The past 24 hours have been filled with blogging difficulty. You see, one of the big detriments to living in the country is that we have, mediocre internet. And, unfortunately the last 24 hours of attempting to "blog ahead" before I left for vacation have proved to be futile.

Currently, I'm sitting at O'Hare National Airport at the United Club soaking up all of their "free" internet I can before I take flight :) I wanted to post this card yesterday when I finished it, but alas, country internet had other plans. Que sera sera! LOL

Without further ado, today's card was inspired by this week's MOJO Monday sketch. It's a 5"x5" square card. I'm so use to doing A2 cards, it was fun to change it up.
I started with a 5"x10" piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock scored at 5".  I layered it with 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" Chocolate Chip cardstock and a piece of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper. 

I stamped the bear from the Baby Bear Stamp Set onto a 3 1/4"x 3 1/4" piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso inks and made him a hat using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch with Red Glimmer Paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I layered him onto a piece of 3 3/8"x 3 3/8" Real Red cardstock then layered that onto a piece of 3 3/4"x 3 3/4" Chocolate Chip cardstock.  

The sentiment from Reason for the Season was stamped in Real Red and cut out along with another piece of Crumb Cake with our Layering Circle Framelits. I sponged the edges of the sentiment in Early Espresso before adhering it to the base with Stampin' Dimensionals

I layered the inside in Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Whisper White as well. The finishing touch is a candy cane from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set on both the inside of the card and the envelope.

Since this card is square, I had to make an envelope using my Envelope Punch Board
It's so nice to be able to make an envelope the exact size you need it :)

I had fun playing along with the MOJO Monday Sketch. Please click on the sketch to see other submissions.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Twinkle Tree Gift Card Holder Card

Happy Cyber Monday! I hope you all had a marvelous holiday weekend filled with fun, family, food and lots of wonderful memories. :) We had a great weekend. It certainly went by quickly! 

This is the last card from our class a couple of weeks ago. It's a gift card holder :)
I started with a base of Garden Green cardstock and layered it with Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the Hostess Time of Year stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The tree  & coffee cup are stamped from the Twinkle Trees stamp set

I used my 3/4" circle punch to cut the thumb piece out of the gift card area & to punch out the coffee cup.  The coffee cup is inked with Stampin' Write Markers and is raised on dimensionals to act as the closure for the card.
Everyone needs a gift card holder this time of year, right? 
I hope you enjoyed today's card. 
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Swap card

I made this card for a swap with my fellow Stray Ducklings (a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators in the area.) I must say, I'm very happy with the result :) The theme of the swap was Washi tape. The red strip at the top under the gold bakers twine (part of the Baker's Twine Trio Pack) is washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer Washi pack

Every Christmas season, I like to make at least one card that uses a tea light. There's just something festive about that for me. This is just a simple tent card in Old Olive cardstock. I stamped the trees with the Peaceful Pines stamp set then cut all of them out using the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies.

I stamped the Seasons Greetings like it was hanging from the Washi tap.  

Both sentiments are from the  Seasonal Bells Stamp Set
The center tree is made using shipping tape and Dazzling Diamonds then backing both with Vellum

And here it is all lit up. :) 

I really enjoyed making these cards for our swap. I sincerely hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them :)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Teddy Bear Gift Bag

This gift bag was offered at the Stray Ducklings Peoria Stamp Fair. I saw it at my fellow duckling's (Debbie Kramer's) card class and just knew I wanted to offer it in my Christmas Card Class. It's cute and simple and whips together quickly. I just know that the recipient of Christmas gifts in this bag are going to love it this year!

I started with a plain white craft bag from Walmart. I added a piece of DSP from the Candy Cane Lane designer series pack, a strip of Real Red Cardstock that I snipped the ends off to form a banner, a delicate white doilies and a circle of the Candy Cane Lane DSP again. The bear was stamped in Chocolate Chip , punched out with the Cookie Cutter punch and adhered to the DSP decorated doily with our Stampin' Dimensionals. The finishing touch was the beary sentiment from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set punch out with the Duet Banner Punch and the Real Red Stitched Ribbon.

Et Viola! Super simple, but totally cute! :)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Penguin Fun Fold

Hello crafters. Sorry I'm late posting today. Hubby had minor surgery so we've been a little busy around here today. He's doing very well which allowed me to get back at it :) 

The card I'm sharing today is my favorite from the class I had last week. I love fun fold cards and this one is no exception. That adorable penguin just makes my heart all warm and fuzzy <3 The card design is CASEd from my fellow Stray Duckling (a Stampin' Up! demo group in my area), Darlene Anstett. She made a cute  Gingerbread card for a swap. I loved hers so much, I knew the moment I saw it I was going to do something in the future with her idea :)

The cute penguin, sentiment & snow flakes are from the Snow Place stamp set. The penguin is cut out with the Snow Friends Framelit Dies. I embossed panels of Soft Sky with the Softly Falling embossing folder and highlighted them by sponging the dots lightly with our Whisper White Craft Ink. The belly band and back panel are in Basic Black.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it :)

Stampin' Up! has a wonderful Black Friday week of sales going on next week. Please check back soon as I'll be posting the details.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry Christmoose!

As I sit here typing this blogpost that will go live in the morning, my toothless, old, cataract-ridden Rat Terrier, Buster, just chased a possum off the porch! My heart did flip flops trying to catch up with him in the dark and make sure he didn't get himself hurt (or rabies!) Turns out Mr. Possum stopped next to the house & Buster kept going! All's well that ends well. Buster returned and the possum missed looking down the end of a 12-gauge since hubby couldn't find him when he went back out. 

Now that that drama is over, onto our next card :)

Merry Christmoose!

This is the 2nd card from last weeks class. I started with a base of Real Red cardstock and layered it with Candy Cane Lane DSP. I stamped "merry" with the Layered Letters Alphabet stamps. "Christmoose" was stamped using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  The moose was stamped from the Jolly Friends stamp set on Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake & fussy cut out. We cut the antlers off the Crumb cake, cut the Sahara Sand moose off underneath the eyes and adhered it to the back of the crumb cake piece so the antlers would be lighter than the head.

The hat pieces were punched with the Jolly hat builder punch in Real Red and Whisper White. We added Mica flakes on the hat brim with tombow glue and added the mini jingle bell at the tip with mini glue dots.

The finishing touch was the Candy Cane Lane baker's twine and the sentiment inside from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.
I just love this moose :)

If you'd like to buy any of the items to make this card, I'd love to help you out. :)

Until tomorrow, Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Stitched Framelits/Mojo Monday

Stampin' Up! released their new Stitched Framelits - just for November. After November 30th you won't be able to order them again until June of 2017.

I used them on this Mojo Monday card and can I just tell you, I LOVE THEM!!!  I'm so happy that I purchased them on release day!

We have a friend who had a hip replacement yesterday and I wanted to make him the perfect card. After seeing the Mojo Monday 474 sketch come up in my email, I decided to kill 3 birds with one stone - Make our friend a personalized card, be able to link it to the Mojo Monday 474 sketch AND use our beautiful new framelits.

 That's what I call a Win! Win! Win! :) And what's better than one card? Why, two of course! ;)

The cone-headed dog is CASEd from Tami White. I punched him out with the Fox Builder punch in Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip.  The card bases are in Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. The DSP is Moroccan - isn't it awesome?! The sentiment is from the Here For You stamp set. The ruched ribbon is in Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. The dog collar is vellum punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.

Here's the Mojo Monday sketch I used: 

I hope you enjoyed today's card. That little dog just makes me giggle :) See ya tomorrow with the second card from last week's card class.

Till then, Happy Stamping!

If you need any of the supplies listed here, I'd be happy to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Please contact me!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Gingerbread Cookie

Looky here, we have a cute Gingerbread Man fresh out of the oven. Why, he's still cooling on the cookie sheet! I just love this Cookie Cutter Christmas set!

The card base is Crumb Cake. It's layered with Real Red and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP). The cookie sheet was made with our Foil Sheets and scored with the Stampin' Trimmer. The 'Tis the Season sentiment is from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set. The gingerbread man is stamped and punched from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle.
The peppermints are stamped from the Candy Cane Lane Christmas stamp set.

This is the first card from my Stamp-A-Stack class last week. I'll be sharing others in the days to come. Do you live in Central Illinois? If so, I'd love to have you join us for a class. We have tons of fun :) 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving Blessings

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I wanted to share a card that I made per request from a friend. She wanted a Thanksgiving card "with no turkeys" LOL! Knowing what a good christian woman she is, I opted to order the Paisleys & Posies stamp set specifically so I could have the sentiment on the card for her. Then I remembered a beautiful card that one of my fellow Stray Ducklings blessed us with in a swap. I took the swap idea and ran with it, adding completely different colors, more layers and our beautiful copper foil sheets. I am over-the-top happy with this card. I hope you like it too!

The card base is Crumb Cake. The layers are Cajun Craze, Copper Foil & Very Vanilla. The sentiments are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Soft Suede and the flowers are a mix of Soft Suede and Cajun Craze. 

I decided that my friend deserved a pretty package to hold the cards she ordered, so I dug through my retired cardstock and found this adorable autumn-themed DSP. I just love the little acorns! I did a little scoring and cut an opening on a piece of Whisper White with our Classic Label Punch and et Viola! Card Hanger! I wrote a thank you message to my friend inside the hanging card and now her order of Thanksgiving cards to mail out to her friends is ready to be delivered. :)

I'm looking forward to a great Thanksgiving. I'd love to hear your plans. :)

If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demo and would like to order some of these products, I'd be happy to help you.

Happy "No turkey card" day ;)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bat Window Card

I am heading out to enjoy this beautiful Fall day from the back of my pony today. I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans!

I just have a quick post for you today. This is the last Halloween card I will feature using the Spooky Fun and Halloween Scares stamp sets. It's been a fun Halloween season for me creating with them. They will be available in the catalog thru January 3, 2017.

I hope you've enjoyed the last few day's posts. If you need any Stampin' Up! products, I'd love to be your demonstrator. You can shop with me here.

Stampin' Up! has an awesome opportunity coming up November 1st. Be sure to watch my blog for details.

Until then, Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Spooky Fun

TGIF! It's suppose to be a gorgeous day here in North Central Illinois. My goal is to saddle up a pony and enjoy it before it's gone, but first, I have to share another Halloween card with you.

I'm still having a blast with the Spooky Fun & Halloween Scares stamp sets plus the Halloween Scene Edgelits which you can bundle here for 10% savings!

I did some sponging with Night of Navy for the background on these two cards. I masked the moon and added Halloween Night Baker's Twine on the one on the right. The card on the left is embellished with Halloween Night Enamel Dots. I'm not sure which version I like the best. It just seems to depend on my mood that day, LOL!

Either way, these stamp sets & edgelits have certainly made my adult Halloween more fun -without all the calories! ;)
And look at that cute li'l spider! He may just be in the running with the bats for me, LOL! Love him!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Trifold Card

The moment I saw Dawn Griffiths make this card on, I knew I had to CASE it. She's so creative!!! This card was as much fun to make as it is to look at. 

I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to die cut the top flap. Halloween Scares and Spooky Fun are the stamp sets used to decorate it. The title "Spooky Fun" really sums the stamps up. That stamp set is awesome and when you combine it with the Halloween Scene Edgelit Dies, wowza!!! You can also get the edgelits and Spooky Fun as a bundle for 10% off here. Fun with ink & paper :) 

One of the nicest things about this particular card is that you only need 3 ink pads - Memento black, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango. Heck, you could probably use Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponge the Tangerine Tango on it, instead of sponging both colors on Whisper White. You'd get a similar affect and use less ink ;) 
I finished off the card with a bow made from the Halloween Night Baker's Twine

I love how the card stands on it's own. You can set it out with your Halloween decorations! 

I hope you've enjoyed today's card as much as I enjoyed making it and sharing it with you all! 

Happy Haunting
Happy Stamping

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


As some of you know, I sub in our local school district. Recently, I've been with allowed to try to keep up with hang out with the preschoolers.  When I saw these broomstick suckers make their debut on I was inspired to try to make them for the kids.

Well.....these little suckers (pun intended) are harder than they look! I had glue everywhere. I couldn't get the brown paper to roll well onto the sucker handle and the twine....oh the twine. I needed 40 suckers to make it fair to everyone. I got to number 16 and raised the white flag!
If you care to try them, there's a tutorial on the splitcoaststampers website. Go ahead. I dare ya! ;) LOL!

On a fun note though...I got to punch out many bats with my butterfly punch and y'all know how happy that makes me!

Have I told ya lately how much I love those silly little bats??? I'm sure gonna miss them when Halloween is over next week!

Signing off before my fingers are permanently stuck together from all this glue!

Happy sticking, errr, I mean crafting!
Good Luck!

Monday, October 24, 2016

BOO!!! #2

Once again I'm diggin' the Cookie Cutter Halloween set.I saved the best card for last IMHO. This was my favorite card we did at the previous class.

I made sure that when I die cut the letters with the Large Letter Framelits for the last card, I did it in a way that would allow me to use the negative image for another card. And Viola! New card front! :) The skeleton & mummy were stamped with our white Craft ink and allowed to dry before I moved on (the craft ink takes a while to dry and I didn't want smeared creatures ;)  ) I used my white gel pen to really make their eyes pop.

This time I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock for the base. I popped up the Halloween Night Specialty Paper behind "BOO" with dimensionals to give it depth. I punched the orange circles out of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper with the Cookie Cutter punch and adhered them with Tombow Multipurpose glue starting with the middle circle and working my way outward so I could move them if I needed to (that's the beauty of tombow glue!) And of course this card needed bats as well (see I told you I loved those li'l bats! It can't be that I'm a little batty myself, can it?)

The sentiment inside is from the Glamper Greetings stamp set.
And that's it for today's card. I hope you enjoyed it!

Please feel free to leave me comments so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself all the time :)

 Happy haunting :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016


I just love the Cookie Cutter sets in the Holiday catalog! I'll be using them a lot this holiday season :)

Today I'm using the Halloween Cookie Cutter Stamp Set. We created this card in last month's class too. 

I started with a Pumpkin Pie card base and layered it with the Halloween Night Specialty DSP. I stamped the Vampire on Whisper White with Memento ink and colored him with the Many Marvelous Markers . To finish the card off, I punched BOO out with the Large Letter Framelits.
The inside was layered the same way with smaller pieces of DSP & Whisper White. I just love that little bat! I used him everywhere! :)

I hope you enjoyed today's card. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you don't have a demonstrator and need supplies, I'd be happy to be your demo. If you're in North Central Illinois and would like to join us for a class, the next one is November 8th.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Scarecrow Card

The end of September/beginning of October is always a whirlwind for me. I try to cram as much riding in as possible before the snow flies. Hubby & I meet our friends down in the Missouri Ozarks for 10 days of riding and camping at the beginning of the October every year.

Here's one of the pics we had taken with our friend, Jill, this year. I love how the photographer placed us in front of the water so she could get our reflection in the shot.

I tend to ride and camp locally as often as I can. This year has been different though. The weather hasn't been cooperative in the Midwest and I've had other obligations and had to place riding (and crafting) on the back burner. It's been tough for me since riding is my fair-weather passion and crafting is my not-so-great weather passion. Please bear with me as I start to settle back into my non-riding hobby as the temps lead into Winter.

This is the first card that we created in September's class. I just love that li'l scarecrow from the Halloween Cookie Cutter set. The card base is Cajun Craze. The layer is Sahara Sand. I cut the leaf out with the Leaflet Framelit dies and stamped the leaves on the card front and the envelope with the coordinating Vintage Leaves set. The Scarecrow is colored with my Many Marvelous Markers. The sentiment is from the Acorny Thank You stamp set.The finishing touch is the Kraft Rope Trim tied across the front.
I hope you've enjoyed today's card. I will try to be more consistent in the near future :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sept 2016 Card Class

I am a little late posting this (ya.... only a week!) Can you see me rollling my eyes yet??? LOL! I have the most wonderful ladies that attend my classes every month. I always say that I've made such great friends just by doing what I love and it's true!

Paper Pumpkin has a BOGO thru October 10th. It's a great way to get started crafting - everything you need wrapped up in a little orange box delivered to your mailbox. You don't even have to get out of your PJs!

Below, Candy, Cass & Jen work diligently on their projects. 

Paulette, Angie & Rita are focusing just as hard :) 

If you're close to the Hennepin, IL area, we'd love for you to join us. Next class is Tuesday November 8th. If you would like to place an order and don't have a demonstrator, please contact me!

Happy Stamping!