Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cute Card and Tyler Update


Tash designed this card using the Build a Blossom stamp set and I knew something was fishy when she put You’re Invited on it.  She said it was for me to use for her Sweet Sixteen BD party!  She offered to make all of them for me.  I told her I’d make the invitations so that everything was a surprise—she’s always so helpful.


I wanted to let you all know about Tyler—we saw a second neurologist today—Dr. Shin—at University of MD.  I am very impressed with his knowledge and very at peace with his suggestions.  He felt that since Tyler only had one episode (Optic Neuritis) but has the lesions on his brain stem that suggest MS, that we would be best to wait and do another MRI in a few months to see if he continues to develop more lesions.  He said he’d rather not put him on medication and not ever know if he would have actually gone  on to develop multiple scleroses without medical intervention. 

Our prayer is that Tyler will be completely healed and that his next MRI will show no additional spots!  Thank you for praying with us.

Need a Quick Baby Card?


Made this card for a Stamp Class, uses Fox and Friends stamp set and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Colors: So Saffron and Certainly Celery with Pear Pizazz Seam Binding.

Sweet Summer SAB

My guess is that you overlooked this IMG_4247stamp set like I did.  Well, after you see some  of these cards that Tash and I have made (yes, we did borrow the ideas!) I think you’ll  be as convinced as I was.




















You can get this stamp set FREE when you spend $50 on regular merchandise (catalog , mini, decor).


Another CASE’d card.  I love the color combo—Celery, Olive DSP, Tempting Turquoise DSP and White!  Easel card—so easy to do.

Just fold the front flap of the card. Only adhere the bottom half of the layered piece and then put something inside the card to catch the fold on so that it stays open.







Tash and I worked on this one together but she did the beautiful coloring.

It’s Pacific Point with the Quick Accents SAB DSP.










I CASE’d this cute card too.  I did this for some of my parties last week.  It uses the Glimmer paper!  Beautiful and easy to punch.



I am in love with this stamp set and the coordinating punch!  I think they make the greatest pair!








Just look at that cupcake, makes you want to eat it.IMG_4254






I got the inspiration for this page from a card swap from Leadership.  Then, I was inspired to make this card from my page:



I used Melon Mambo, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and then the Old Olive Taffeta.









If you’d like to be able to make these cupcakes, I hope you have as much fun as I’ve been.  Here’s what you need:


Build A Cupcake Xl Punch

Price: $16.95







Create a Cupcake -layout Create A Cupcake

Price: $22.95








Basic Birthday Decorative Strip Die   119278      Price: $21.95

For Big Shot

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stamp A Stack of Occasions Cards


Saturday I gave you a sneak at one of the cards for the Stamp A Stack.  I thought I’d show you a few more and let you know the dates and times when you can join the fun!

This card is done with Not Quite Navy and Certainly Celery.  Tash and I put our heads together on this one and I think it turned out to be one of my very favorite.  We used a bunch of stuff.  I decided on 2 backgrounds: Medallion and En Francais.  We definitely wanted to use the Beveled Windowpanes from the Mini and the Clearly for You set that is obviously designed for it.

Here’s a close up of the Windowpane:








The designer paper is from the Mini catalog—Springtime Vintage.  and has Certainly Celery Taffeta Ribbon.  We added the touch of butterflies in Very Vanilla from our Embosslit Die, Beautiful Wings.  Then it still didn’t look quite finished until I added the scallop border by punching the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, then cutting it in half—one for the top, one for the bottom.




This card was designed by one of the talented girls in my group, Anne Garner.  What a great concept to use a piece of DSP to represent a cake.  The paper is from the SAB pack  and the stamp set used is also a SAB set, So Happy For You

The colors she used are Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.

This card will be for a kid’s birthday part of our Stamp A Stack.


I just got this swap from Marcia Frances.  It’s so beautiful and we will be using it as a possible Sympathy card in our Stamp A Stack (no it won’t say Bliss!)

She stamped this SAB set, Bliss, on Whisper White, then sponged some of the areas Baja Breeze and some Crumb Cake, then she ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder, square lattice.  Love everything Marcia!




This is a swap from Diane Silver. What gorgeous colors.   We won’t be using this as a baby card, probably a Thinking of You or Get Well.  This card also uses the Springtime Vintage Cardstock. 

Okay, so now you’ve seen most of the cards—there will be one to surprise you! 

Stamp A Stack Details:

You will make 12 cards, 2 each of 6 different designs for All Occasions.  There will be stamps for the inside of the card as well and you can stamp your envelopes to coordinate. 

The cost of the class is $30 which includes the prepared supplies for the cards ($20 value), a pack of the Windowpanes ($7.95 value), and a pack of the Springtime Vintage DSP ($9.95 value). 

If you’d like to order any of the products that I’ve listed above with the designs, at the time of your purchase, I will give you a 10% rebate coupon that you can use any time during SAB (ends March 31st) .


Tuesday, January 25th, 6-9:30 PM Hanover Church of the Brethren 

Thursday, January 27th, 6-9:30 PM Christ Care Church, Taylorsville

Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 18th, cost $35 after that.   You may pay by Paypal  to using your credit card or by sending a check to:

Cindy Fodor

730 Sells Station Rd.

Littlestown, PA 17340

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Mini Catalog-along with Tyler update

Wow, I have so much to catch you up on.  First, Stampin’ Up’s! Occasions mini catalog started this week.  What fabulous products we have and Tash and I have been playing a bit—can’t really believe that we’ve found time—especially as stressed as I was last week but sometimes what we imagine is usually worse than what actually happens so, it’s been a great week of schooling, stamp classes and some doctor’s visits.

Okay,  I have to show you what we came up with the other day:


this is Tash’s design using Rose Red, Old Olive, River Rock,  and our Subtles Designer Paper.

The flower is made with Build A Blossom from our Occasions Mini and the new coordinating punch—Blossom Petals Punch. Each petal has a dimensional under the middle to lift it up a bit.  The button in the center is from the Mini—Big Time Designer Buttons.  I used the Curly Label Punch in a little different way to create this tag.  The Thanks is from our SAB set, So Happy For You. 


Here’s one that I cased from a talented demonstrator, Jackie Topa.  Uses the petals from Build A Blossom for the fish, the center of a leaf for the tale and the fins.  For bubbles-the flower center is embossed with clear powder on white cardstock, then embossed.  I sponged blue ink over the whole card to get the ‘bubbles’ to ‘pop’. 


Here’s another view that shows it better.

White gel pen for the eyes.

I thought this fish ideas was quite brilliant—thank you for the great idea Jackie!

I wanted to give you a quick update on Tyler—We saw a neurologist in Hanover on Wednesday.  The guy was quite frazzled as he was running the office with no secretary so it was a bit disconcerting but we were thrilled to find that Tyler’s basic vision had greatly improved since the last check.  He did order more blood work and wants Tyler to have a Spinal Tap.  I’m not convinced at this time that it’s necessary as it won’t really tell us anything we don’t already know.  Optic neuritis will lead to MS in 18-50% of the cases over a 1-20 years.  Add lesions on the brain in specific areas like the Brain Stem and another area medulla, I think, which in itself is 50% positive for MS.  Put the 2 together and you’ve got a pretty sure diagnosis.   Dr. Cho went to the hospital and looked at the MRI himself and called Tyler to let him know that he had many lesions in those MS specific areas and is fairly certain that he has MS.  He did order some blood work like a SED rate and some other things that I didn’t catch with his Chinese accent and couldn’t read his writing—ugh!   We also are planning to see another specialist—Dr. Shin-from University of Maryland on the 27th.  It will be good to get a second opinion about the Spinal Tap and then hopefully, we can get some ideas about what treatment to get started.  Thanks for all your prayers!  We are truly blessed by God and all of you.

That brings me to another card that my friend, Verna Jane, and I came up with today (so much fun to stamp with friends).IMG_3789

She was helping me stamp my scrapbook page swaps for convention and we had pieces laying around and she decided that a card with the small flower would be really cool.  This card uses the same stamp set as above with Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, and Wild Wasabi.  Also, the embossing folder, Framed Tulips---love it!!!  Just sponged some Pretty in Pink ink over the raised design.






Tash did this card the other day with my brand new set from the catalog, Countryside.  I’ve been wanting this for so long and when I needed to place an order to get to my goal, I finally got it! 

then she changed it up to this card for our classes this month….








This uses the same technique that I’m going to tell you about in a minute but first—the stamps are from SAB-So Happy For You; the stencil is from the decor element catalog and the button is also from SAB—the ribbon and button pack.

Okay, so before I tell you how we got the watercolor look—I asked her to change up the original card cause I want to use a different set for our Stamp A Stack at the end of the month-here’s what the masculine card will look like:




This uses our new set from the Mini catalog, Plane and Simple. 

Okay, I’ll tell you how we did it!

Supplies: Watercolor Paper, Distressing Essentials Kit, Ink Spots (Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Basic Grey). Piece of plastic like a cello bag, spray bottle of water.

Directions: Lay plastic in front of you.  Apply each color of ink by rubbing the spot across the plastic in straight strips—it make take a few rubs of each color in the same spot to get enough color. Continue til you have 4 colors next to each other on your plastic (Tash used one color from the distressing kit).  Spritz the ink on the plastic sheet til it beads up just slightly. You can also spritz the watercolor paper very lightly if you want more color blending as in the flower card above.  Place watercolor paper on the plastic with the ink. Press all around—wipe edges with paper towel, then lift.  Dab at any runny areas, with the papertowel,  as you lift.  Dry with heat tool, then stamp.

That’s all for tonight.  I’ll try to get back real soon. 

Gorgeous Lace Folder--sponging technique

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