Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Accessories on these Cards that are retiring






Corduroy Buttons—all colors—some are reduced!

Oh, and the polka dot ribbon too!















Kraft Taffeta Ribbon—my very favorite ribbon of all time—goodbye dear friend!






Jumbo Grommets—love them!  This one is white but they come in a set of 4 colors.  And they’re on sale.






club May 002


Circle Designer Brads, Oh, and there’s that kraft taffeta again….

Did I say Kraft Taffeta?






Circle Designer Brads with colored Crystal Effectsmay special 003

Malachi’s Creations


My 10 year old loves to stamp.  He really likes to design cards for me but he doesn’t like to stamp anything that I’ve designed. 

He sure isn’t like me since I love to copy the creative work of others—grin!  As I was taking the last pics to put on here, he brought his card over for me to take a picture of and I just had to get the artist in the picture—isn’t he adorable?



He frequently pulls out this set, Season of Blessings to design with.  I guess cause gardening is his pride and joy right now.  Grandpa Fodor brought a shovel and they both dug up the garden with a shovel on Memorial Day!



Here’s Malachi and my 70 year old Dad, digging up the yard.










Here are some of the plants in his garden that he grew from seeds in his little greenhouse, in the house, and what the bunnies haven’t already enjoyed in the garden:



He has cantaloupes, cucumbers, tomatoes,  a pepper, honeydew and thistles—well, he didn’t plant those—they’re just natural in our yard—ugh!

And some special flower seeds from his Grandma Fodor but they’re not doing too well.  Grandpa Clapper gave him starts of Strawberry plants so he’s trying to get them rooted in this hot weather so he can pick strawberries next year.



He staked up his tomato plants with his sister’s help.







I guess he’s most proud of his Honeydew because I told him that I didn’t know if we could grow those around here.  He took seeds from a Honeydew melon that we bought to eat and he planted them.  Here’s the proof—just today he saw that it had blossoms so he’s a happy camper:














Since I’m showing off Malachi, here’s his 10th birthday pic at the mountains this month.  Thank you so much for looking—I know they’re not stamping creations but they are some of the little things that make life worth living.

And, no, I was not this interested in gardening at his age but then maybe that’s cause I had to do it! 

Samples from my Downline Coffee Event


I finally got my new stamps last Friday and got to sit down and play with them for my meeting on Saturday.  Sorry I didn’t get them on here sooner but home school deadlines were upon me and it always causes me great stress—today—testing is done and I have everything pretty much ready to turn into the school district!  Hallelujah.

Okay, this stamp set is called Friends Never Fade.  I used the new in-color cardstock Peach Parfait, Marina Mist for the stamp, Sahara Sand for the textured piece.  I created the tab with a 3/4 inch strip of Whisper White, inserted it into my 3/4” circle punch (not the traditional way but through the circle hole and out through the opening that you would normally stick it through) then punched created this rounded edge.  I did that on both ends then attached my linen thread.  Cool huh?   For the flowers on the right, I punched with the Boho Blossoms punch, then pressed the flower into my mat pack foam pad with the stylus tool to create the dimension.  I applied them to the card with a mini glue dot, then I applied a drop of crystal effects, dipped my pokey tool into a drop of Pear Pizazz ink and touched it to the drop of crystal effects—the color just spreads over the whole drop.  Then I sprinkled with dazzling diamonds glitter.




This card uses the same stamp set but also the Presto Patterns DSP from the Mini Catalog.

I CASE’d it from Mary Fish.  I embossed the stamp in Silver EP after swiping with the embossing buddy.  Then I sponged the whole thing with Certainly Celery and a touch of Always Artichoke.

The textured piece is done with Always Artichoke, the Textured Impressions Folder—Square Lattice—from the Mini Catalog. The edge with Scallop Trim Border punch, silver brads.  The Oval punch was used to punch out the flower from the same set.



We made these cute little note cards using the same set, Friends Never Fade, as well as the DSP Greenhouse Gala.  Cards are 3 1/4 X 3 1/4.  The envelopes are made from one Small Open-End Envelope, cut in half---you seal the flap, then apply a piece of DSP for the flap (cut 3 1/2 X 2 1/2, scored at 1 inch to glue on back).  I also used a strip of Daffodil Delight CS---love this new yellow!




IMG_1612  For this one, I just used scraps from the previous note cards!  I think it turned out pretty cute!













Because I Care is a new level 1 hostess set.  I got it for free when I placed my sneak peak pre-order for my new colors of pads and paper.

I did not want to have to cut this design out so I stamped it, colored it with Bashful Blue and Marina Mist markers (wish I had just used marina mist cause the colors don’t quite match), then I took the Sahara Sand marker and created a shadow around the right and bottom of the flower…..




…which helps this flower to pop off the page. 

The center sponging was done by creating a frame mask with my personal cutter.  I cut a piece of paper 4”X5 1/4”, then on my cutter, I put the edge at 1”, and cut from 1” to 3”, turned, cut at 1” and 4 1/4” and so on til I had the hole center cut out.  Then I just lined it up on my White card and sponge the inside with the new Crumb Cake pad. The ribbon is our new thin taffeta in Marina Mist!



This card uses a set called Artistic Etchings.  I love collage but often struggle with not being precise.  But I love this set and I’m going to collage if it kills me!

The texture is done with one of our Sizzix embossing plates, then I ran the Crumb Cake Ink pad over the raised part.  CS is Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Crumb Cake (Kraft Brown) and then the Eiffel Tower is stamped in Early Espresso—what a beautiful brown!  Ribbon is Early Espresso Taffeta.  The Top Note die is also embossed with the new Embossing Folder, Vintage Wallpaper.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kid’s Summer Scrappin’ Camp

Moms and Dads!  Great news! This summer, we are opening a Scrapbooking Day Camp for kids!

Does your child need something constructive to do?  Are you already despairing about how you’ll spend the rest of the summer?  Let us take some of that stress off of you and give your child the opportunity to develop his/her creativity.

Here’s what we offer:

2 day camp (Wednesday, Thursday) 10AM til 12:30 PM

Complete Hands-On training in creating a personal scrapbook 6”X 6”. 

Lunch will be served and you can pick your child up at 12:30.


Youth age group from age 6-11

Teen age group from 12 and up 

(these breakdowns are flexible since you’ll know better which group your child will fit into)


Each child must bring 15-20 photos. They will receive a supply packet to use and keep (valued at $50) including an Album with page protectors, Cardstock, Adhesive, Designer Paper and Sticker to match, 

They will have access to punches, stamps, inks, and accessories as they work on their album.


Sign Up by July 26th for either of the final 2 camps.

Cost is $50 (includes: supply packet, 2 days of camp (or you could say 5 hours of child care!) and lunch.


Dates to choose:

August 4,5  Youth

August 11,12  Teen

Sibling Special:  I’m offering a special kit for siblings—if they want to share their supplies.  It will include their own album and adhesive.  Cost is $35.00 for second child.






Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Catalog Sneak Peak!

I’m sad that my new stamps haven’t gotten here yet—mine are on back order!  So I found this on my friend Sharon’s blog and thought, she won’t mind if I share her beautiful designs. 

When I look at the stamp set “Friends Never Fade”… I think wow, what insight, how true!  This stamp from the set.. it’s kind of like a pineapple, dutch welcome sign, and traditional stencil all rolled into one!



This NEW ribbon is featured in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.. this time in Early Espresso and Marina Mist.  

The old olive ribbon from the Theatre ribbon essentials pack was added behind the new Marina Mist 1/8” ribbon… Vintage wallpaper embossed marina mist card stock really stands out here.. I love how deeply embossed the image is.  The Marina Mist cardstock is paired with bashful blue cardstock, and she’s added a punchy flower with lots of layers after stamping regular computer (or office copy paper) with the a to z stamp set… and of course a flat backed pearl from the pretties kit.  What do you think? 




Want to see another sample using just ONE of the stamps from the Friends Never Fade Stamp and More of that yummy vintage wallpaper embossing folder!! AND… this time she paired Marina Mist with Early Espresso and Whisper White Card Stock, but turned the embosssed image upside down.. fun, isn’t it?.  Still the same pineapple image (or is that an artichoke?) from the Friends Never Fade stamp set… and more narrow 1/8” ribbon…  All available in the New Idea Book & Catalog.. Click the Contact Me tab at the side of my blog to find out how to get your new idea book!



Here’s another card using the same set and our new Greenhouse Gala Designer paper—and Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock





This one uses just the Greenhouse Gala Designer paper and Thank you Kindly Stamp set:



Monday, June 21, 2010

25-50% off of some Last Chance Items

I haven’ t made a huge deal of these things because I didn’t think they’d last long enough and then you’d be disappointed but…there are still quite a few so I’m thinking you might be able to still take advantage.  Here are a few of my favorite retiring items that are on sale:

50% off items:


Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon  $4.48









8 1/2 X 11  In-C0lor Textured Cardstock $3.98








Basic Jumbo Grommets  $3.48









1/2 Inch Library clips   $3.48

in Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip







Corduroy Buttons/Brads in Chocolate Chip and Basic Grey  $4.98

I use these alot!






116213T 116214T Kids Party Kits  only $7.98 each

Boys pirate theme

Girl's princess theme

Includes invitations, banners, favors, ribbon,  etc!


25% off Items:

All Decor Elements that are Retiring are 25% off


In Color Markers Set of 6 $13.46









Build A Brads Antique Brass  $7.46

These are my favorite color—I use them all the time.  Great Price! 









So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive Striped Ribbon  10 yards each  $5.96 













Packs of DSP  12 sheets double sided  $7.46



115719T 12X12 Textured In Color Cardstock  $8.96








Kraft Brown and Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons  $7.46


Also, don’t forget to check out the stamps on the Last Chance List

and remember that if you place a $60 order this month, you get a FREE kit to make the Fantasy Box

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stamping Fun


This is one of the projects we’re doing this month for club. 

Uses the brayer, grommets—that are going out, the photo corner punch and the set called Wanted that is also going out.


Also, I wanted to share some of the creativity from my group from our last Stamp Fest in Chambersburg.


Carol Barr demonstrated

The Big Shot and Fabric.

Here are a few  of her

quilt patches. I’m so jealous.

























She used the Square scallop die and the Flower folds die











She used the petal card die for the hearts.  Please note: it is going to be discontinued in our catalog so please get it now if you are interested in this.









Debi Calandrele IMG_1458

demonstrated how to

use punches to create

cute flowers.





These flower petals were cut with the small oval punch and applied using 2 pop up glue dots (which are going out)









These flowers were created with the circle die

(big shot)









Poppies done with the circle die, scrunched and cut.  I think these are adorable!










Roses created with the jumbo petal punch.






Lynne Peters (sorry, Lynne was busy running around and I missed her picture)  demonstrated stencils and designer papers: here are 2 of our albums stenciled:













These cards use the Presto Designer Series Paper and you can color it whatever color you want.

Oh, and these gorgeous corduroy buttons are going out!





















IMG_1474 She used smooch spritz












She used smooch spritz on this one and smudged it to get this effect.











And here are some of her cards done with the stencils:





















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