Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Antique stamping












Tasha designed this card last week but we needed something to finish it off.  I finally decided to stain and add one of our satin roses.  I’m putting a tutorial below for that-- I started when I made perfect plum colored flowers for our Stamp A Stack, but I also want to tell you about the other technique that she used here.

It’s call Kissing.  If you’ll look at the friend stamp and notice it has wood grain through it.  The stamp is actually solid so she inked that in Baja Breeze.  She also inked the wood grain stamp in Soft Suede.  Then while they were both still wet, she put the friend stamp down onto the wood stamp to pick up the color on it’s design, then she ‘huffed’ on it and stamped it.  Okay, the ribbon is the Baja Breeze Seam Binding. She put sticky strip the whole way around the edge and then we just stuck the ribbon down, pinch-pleating it as we went.  She then sponged the edges of the ribbon with Soft Suede Ink to antique

The peek-a-boo design was done with our new stamp for April—Strength and Hope.  It’s the Breast Cancer fundraiser stamp set which I love. 
Okay, here’s the ribbon staining tutorial


Take a small container and add a few teaspoons of water.  Drop in several drops of desired ink color. Mix lightly.

Use tweezers to hold the back of the satin flower and dip several times into colored water til you get a color darker than what you want.  Please note: if your color is too light to start with, you may need to wait until flower dries completely to re-dip into darker water.



Lay out on paper towels to dab off. Replace them to a paper plate or a plastic bag to allow to complete their drying.  They will need overnight to dry completely.

Because I wanted this flower to look antique to match the card, I took my soft suede marker and added a little bit of s.suede to the flower while it was still wet. You can see that from this pic but if I hadn’t done that, the blue of the flower would be too pristine for this card.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Happy Sweet 16


Tasha will turn 16 in 1 month.  She’s at her Grandparents today so Briana and I decided to take this opportunity to make her invitations!  We wanted to copy the design from the napkins and plates that I bought at Party City which are sort of retro and have princess crowns on them.  Here’s what we came up with (no, everyone doesn’t get this much bling on their card—this will be Tash’s own personal invitation.






Here’s how many we made!














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Here’s what we used:

Extreme Elements stamp set

Artistic Etchings and


Colors: Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose, Very Vanilla

Ink: for the Vanilla  and the Regal Rose, we used the craft spots

Accessories: We stamped the crown with Regal Rose craft ink, then poured irridescent ice embossing powder—tapped off really well, then heated with heat tool.

I only added one rhinestone to each card for a little more Bling effect!


I’d like to offer some Blog Candy—haven’t done that for awhile!

Just click on Comments under any posts from the last 2 weeks and write a note. Your name will be entered into a drawing for this great clear mount stamp set: Clearly For You (from the Occasions  Mini catalog)Untitled-12

You have til the end of March to get in on this drawing
You’ll see this below your comment:

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Petal Cone Critters

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I just had to share this link with you to my upline, Jill Olsen’s video on how to use the petal cone Big shot die to create these adorable critters.  I hope you enjoy!


Big Shot

Petal Cone die

Polka d0t emboss folder

Full heart punch

1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, 1/8” circle

small heart punch

tombow multi glue

pink ribbon

Here are a few more from the video

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Stamp/Scrapbook the Love Boutique

I couldn’t wait to write this, even though I should be cleaning my stamp room and designing the cards for tomorrow morning’s class…I believe that I had a rare creative moment last night, getting ready for Becky’s party, and I have a plan. 

The plan involves these supplies…..












….scrapbooking  and…..

weekly scrapbooking ideas!

That’s all I can say for now except that here is the first design that I’ve created with these particular supplies.


I hope you enjoy. 

I promise I will be back the beginning of the week to tell you how to do this page and to let you know how you can get more of these ideas and tutorials on a regular basis.


Snail Sale—new lower price

Excited to tell you that our snail sale price is now lower.  We’ve had alot of takers so everyone gets a better price.

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It’s down to $3.30 per refill!  Wow, what a price.  How low can it go?  You have a little over a week to get all your friends on board.

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration also ends in about a week. 

Click here for all the details on the Snail Sale!  The more you buy, the more you get FREE and the more chances you have of winning the hostess set!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Snail Sale

Hands-down, SNAIL adhesive from Stampin' Up! is the BEST you can purchase! For a limited time, I am offering the GREAT SNAIL SALE! The more refills you buy, the more I sell, the lower the price becomes for all of us!

SNAIL refills usually sell for $4.50 each when ordered from Stampin' Up! By purchasing the Stampin' Up! refills in bulk, offering you a discount from my commission and using the earned Hostess dollars to purchase more refills, we can get that price down to at least $3.50 per refill, very possibly as low as $3.15 per refill or even lower -- the more we order, the lower the price will go.

How low will it go?  That depends on YOU!  Please tell all your friends.

Whether you're a confirmed SNAIL addict or trying it for the first time, everyone stands to WIN during the great SNAIL sale! You're getting a great price on a quality product from Stampin' Up! Stock up with just a few or stock up for the entire year! This is a limited time offer, however, so don't move at a SNAIL's pace to get your order to me!

Here's the nitty-gritty ... E-mail your SNAIL refill order to me no later than midnight on Monday, March 28th. You are guaranteed a price of $3.50 per refill. After all the orders have been received on March 28th, I will e-mail you to let you know the final cost per refill,  plus S&H&Tax along with the shipping charges for your order (Priority shipping will generally run between $5-8, depending on how many refills you are ordering). This represents substantial savings for you! At the time of notification, I will also send you a PayPal invoice so that you can pay for your GREAT SNAIL SALE order with your credit card. PayPal invoices must be paid no later than midnight on March 29th! Orders will be shipped out to you no later than April 15th.

Each SNAIL SALE order will also include an extra little appreciation gift from me! It will be a surprise, but I think you'll be pleased!

MORE GOOD NEWS  for every 12 that you order, you may choose a FREE SAB item!

And for every 5 that you purchase, your name will go into the pot for the hostess set!

SNAIL adhesive with the dispenser can also be ordered but that sale price is set at $5.95 (regular price is $6.95 = savings of $1 each!).


Let's see how much SNAIL we can order and how low we can get the price to go. Check back often to view the SNAIL SCALE and see how low the price of SNAIL refills has fallen! Tell your friends and stamping and scrapping buddies so they can get in on the deal as well! Remember, all orders must be e-mailed to me before midnight on March 28th to get in on this Great Deal!

Sorry, no club orders apply because hostess benefits will be used to get the price lower for you.  Also, you cannot use your snail club cards for this order, but you will be able to continue using them after this sale. 

Tye-dyed by Gretchen

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I found this card on Gretchen’s blog—you have to check it out.

She dyed the ribbon flowers.  They are just beautiful.  A little bit of ink refill in water, dip and wa-la!

Monday, March 14, 2011

More Stamping Ideas from Leadership

page Wow, how vintage is that!

Soft Suede is always a winner in my book.  Here she used a little river rock and some baja breeze to accent.





green Great color combo: Pear Pizazz, Tempting Turquoise, and Cherry Cobbler!









sweet summer crystal Crystal effects makes these little cutouts shiny!  3/4 inch punch, some Very vanilla Cardstock, and a little color.  Don’t for get the great buttons from the Ice Cream Parlor ribbon and button combo pack for SAB







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Some busy work here! but how adorable.

No coloring needed!







Fabric and pompom embellishments from the Occasions mini catalog

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sale A Bration Ideas with Bliss

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These ideas were from our Leadership conference in Nashville.  I hope you like them as much as I have.

Don’t forget, this set is free when you spend $50!




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Colors: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Vanilla,  and Soft Suede





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Colors: Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum










bliss vintage

Colors: Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede, and Poppy Parage










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Colors: Blushing Bride and Black

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More SAB ideas with Punch Bunch


I so wish I had written down who designed this card.  I think it’s just adorable!  Uses our SAB set-Punch Bunch










some more great ideas from Leadership displays:



Punch Bunch meets Playdate Paper










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Owl meets fabric











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Isn’t this textured cardstock beautiful






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I wish this was a little clearer cause it is an adorable card.  Hope you can see everything okay.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring/Easter Blossoms

I just had to share this fun card that I just finished stamping.  I was getting it ready to post with an email to my customers about the upcoming class.

I saw someone use this houndstooth background paper with this little girl and it was adorable so I had to try my own version.














I even got creative and did the inside!  Well, the one stamp in the set was so pretty that I just had to use it and then I put another of my ‘sharpie colored rhinestones inside too’.


Oh!  I have to tell you about this bow.  We used it on one of the cards from our Nature Walk Class and it was done by my friend Lee Conrey—well with her product!  Please check out the product that she sells to make this great bow—all of you bow-haters will now want one of these tools!  click here to view

Scrapbook Weekend Getaway

This is your personal invitation to join us at the beautiful mountain getaway in Fairfield, PA for a weekend of stamping and crafting with friends.


DATE: Friday-Sunday April 8-11

9AM Fri through late Sunday Evening

Cost: $130 for entire weekend (sleeping quarters, 7 meals, large table space, door prizes, FREE project and great company)

Register by check to: Cindy Fodor 730 Sells Station Rd. Littlestown, PA 17340   Please specify:

  • if you’d like our “snoring room” so you don’t need to worry about keeping anyone awake
  • if you have special dietary needs
  • if you have a group or friend that you want to be seated beside or across from
  • if you’d like to have my list of other package options (if you only want to do part of the weekend)

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Introducing our own ‘Scrapbook Fairies’, the entertainment for the weekend


More Friends…

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When I went to my first Weekend with Cindy, I was concerned that I did not know many people and I was going to spend a large amount of time with them.  What I found is, the girls were warm and made you feel like I was not a stranger.

I love the feeling of accomplishment when the last day I reflected on all that I got completed.  I’m always sorry to see the weekend end, mainly because of the fellowship.

Diana C.

Happy St. Patty’s Day


Carol asked for some St. Patrick’s Day ideas and that gave me a great reason to stamp!  Thought I’d share with you.  I don’t have a lot of St. Patty’s stamps but this Full Heart XL punch makes a perfect shamrock, don’t you think?  I glued the hearts to the Brushed Gold cardstock, then carefully outlined with Tombow Multipurpose  Glue (green glue for those of you that get to hear my lingo).  Then I sprinkled with the Champagne Glass Glitter from our occasions mine.  Added one of the Neutrals buttons, embossed the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp in Gold EP, topped off with some gold brads and ‘wah-lah’, a St. Patty’s day card. Oh, I forgot, the background is Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Folder.

I hope that you’ll give this a try.

Here’s one more, much simpler if you have less time:


Same color scheme: Garden Green with the Garden Green DSP (opposite side) from our Assorted Designer papers with each color family.  If you haven’t tried a pack of these papers, you are definitely missing out.  I’m on my second pack of the Brights DSP!

I used the jumbo designer brads for the center and I did pop each heart up with a dimensional.  This card uses the Elegant Bouquet Folder.

Do you need to order some supplies so you can make your own St. Patty’s Day cards or invitations?  Click Here to order now!  Don’t forget: It’s still Sale-A-Bration so you can get some free stuff for every $50 order!

March Monthly Classes

I wanted to introduce you to the projects for our March cardmaking class.  Be sure to register right away if you’d like to come to any of the classes.  Here are the dates and locations.













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Cost is $10 or a $25 order

And, I finished up the page layout for this month.  Hope you like it.










The colors are Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla.  I apologize cause I am using Choc Chip Satin which is no longer available but this page would look just as nice with Early Espresso—I just didn’t have as much of that cardstock.

We’re using: Nature Walk, Antique Brads, Windowpanes, Vintage Trinkets, Botanical Gazette DSP, the Big Shot: Simple alphabet, Vintage Wallpaper Die and the new Fun Flowers BigsXL die  which I’ve fallen in love with –Tasha and I also made this photo page:



Stamp Fest Photos

Deb Paisie showed us how she designed this shirt with Stampin' Blends (our alcohol markers).  It is such a gorgeous shirt and I want t...