Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Hello there! We had a lot of fun at TNT! last night learning the Whitewash Technique. It was a full house & a little nutty, but we got 'er done:) This is the favor I made for everyone using the technique on the top of the box.

I filled a Clear Tiny Treat Box with chocolate & Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie, and wrapped a strip of Sweet Soiree DSP around it.

I layered a Daffodil Delight square cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits on top of a scalloped Whisper White square cut with the Layering Squares Framelits. I then punched two overlapping  holes at the top using the 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch. I wrapped a piece of Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon around the DSP, threading the ribbon through the hole and tied a knot. I stamped the sentiment with Crumb Cake ink using the Hostess set Yay You. I flagged the bottom of the Whisper White Cardstock and tucked it under the squares using Liquid Tombow.

For the Whitewash Technique, I stamped the flowers & leaves from Falling Flowers with Whisper White Craft ink onto Crumb Cake Cardstock. I heat-embossed them using White Embossing Powder & the Heat Tool. I then made a Whitewash on a clear block using a few drops of ink from a Whisper White Craft Ink Refill, and added some water from an Aqua Painter. I then painted the leaves & flowers with the whitewash. I used the Heat Tool to speed up the drying time.
I pressed the lid together of a Calypso Coral stamp pad to get ink transfered to the lid and used an Aqua Painter to add color to the flower. I repeated the process with Marina Mist and Old Olive ink. I finished it off with a Gold Faceted Gem to the center.

This is the first card they made using the sets Hold on to Hope & Hello Easter from the Occasions Catalog.

For this card, we just did a subtle whitewash on the banner & scallops with an Aqua Painter. We stamped the floral image directly onto the clear block with the craft ink on it, and stamped it onto the card for a subtle background. You may need to stamp off once on Grid Paper to remove excess ink if it's too runny. It takes a little practice to get the right consistency.

Here's the inside of the card.

On this card we added color to the whitewashed images using Markers and Blender Pens. We colored the center of the flower with a Flirty Flamingo Marker and blended it with a Blender Pen, and then blended some Powder Pink to the edges. We used a Lemon Lime Twist Marker for the leaves & Daffodil Delight for the other flowers.

We softened it up a little more by adding some Whisper White Craft ink around the edges using a Sponge Dauber in the stamp pad.

A few Basic Pearls added the finishing touch.

The Whitewash Technique is so versatile. It's a great way to add a beautiful soft effect to your project, and it is also a means to add vibrant color to a dark background. I hope you'll give this gorgeous technique a try! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Hello there! I'm so excited to share this fun Easter class with you featuring the Hello Easter stamp set. You'll make these 5 adorable Easter baskets & boxes. You'll also get the tutorial for each project so that you'll be able to make many more projects after Easter. You could easily change out the eggs & bunnies for flowers for May Day & Mother's Day!

You'll make this cute little crate made with the Wood Crate Framelits.

You'll make this sweet Easter egg box.

You'll make this adorable mini Easter basket using the Window Box Thinlits.

You'll make this fun box with a drawer that you pull out that you can fill with treats or a small gift.

And finally, you'll make this fun slider card.

There are 2 options for the Hello Easter Treat Holder Class:
                                                                       OPTION 1: $42
*Includes your own Hello Easter photopolymer stamp set
*Includes your own roll of Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon
*Includes your own package of Basic Rhinestone Jewels
*Includes supplies to make the above 5 treat holders
*Includes tutorial for each project

                                                                       OPTION 2: $30
*Includes your own roll of Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon
*Includes your own package of Basic Rhinestone Jewels
*Includes supplies to make the above 5 treat holders
*Includes tutorial for each project

The Hello Easter Treat Holder Class will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 11-2 at the Stampin' Pad. The deadline to register & pay for this class is Tuesday, March 20th.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 12, 2018


Hello there! I'm sending out a reminder for TNT! Tuesday which is next Tuesday, March 20th. For a change, I'm a little ahead of the game and thought I'd give you a little more notice this month:) We're going to be learning the Whitewash Technique. We'll be making this Easter card using the Hold On To Hope Bundle & Hello Easter.

We'll also make this beautiful sympathy card using Falling Flowers and the coordinating May Flowers Framelits. Come learn how to master this technique which produces a lovely soft effect. Please let me know if you plan to attend so I can have a gorgeous little surprise for you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Hello there! Last week-end we celebrated our oldest grandson's birthday and I wanted to make Gabriel a fidget spinner card for his 12th!!! birthday. I watched several videos on youtube and I used bits and pieces from several of them. I should have taken pictures as I went while making Gabe's card, but as usual, I was making it at the last minute, so I re-created one today to give you step-by-step instructions. I started with a Lemon Lime Twist base and added a layer of SAB Bubbles & Fizz DSP. I didn't have a big enough circle in my Layering Circles Framelits, so I traced around a large mug & cut it out with Paper Snips. I stamped the sentiment with Calypso Coral ink using the Number of Years set.

For the fidget spinner, I bought a cheap one at Wal-Mart and traced around it onto a piece of Basic Grey Cardstock. You may need an extra pair of hands, as it's not that easy to trace around, or you could maybe anchor it in place with Dimensionals? I cut it out with Paper Snips. Next, I punched 3 rings from a Silver Foil Sheet. I punched out the center first with a 1/2" Circle Punch. I then centered a 3/4" Circle Punch around it and punched it out.

I then punched 3 circles in a strip of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, keeping some room around each, using the 1/2" Circle Punch. I glued a silver ring around each using Liquid Tombow .

Then I punched it out with a 1" Circle Punch. Repeat for all 3 rings.

I centered one of the rings on one end and traced the center with a pencil.

I lined up the 1/2" Circle Punch with the pencil circle and punched out the center. I then glued the ring on using Liquid Tombow. Repeat this process for all 3 ends of the fidget spinner.

Next, I punched a circle from Basic Grey Cardstock using the 3/4" Circle Punch. I centered it in the middle of the fidget spinner and traced around it with a pencil. I then punched it out with the 3/4" Circle Punch.

You'll need to make the hole smaller in the center of the fidget spinner, so you'll need to make another ring. Punch out a circle using the 1/2" Circle Punch-it doesn't matter what color as it won't show. Then center the 1" Circle Punch over it and punch it out. Glue this to the back side of the center circle using Liquid Tombow.

Next, I placed a Dimensional in the center of a penny and laid the fidget spinner on top of it.

Add another penny on top of the Dimensional and gently squeeze them together.

I put a Glue Dot on the bottom penny and centered it on the white circle.

I attached a 1" Basic Grey circle to the top penny with a Glue Dot, and then added a 3/4" circle on top with a Dimensional.

I attached the Whisper White circle to the card base with Dimensionals and added 3 Brights Enamel Shapes.

I finished it off with Myths & Magic and Tutti-fruitti Washi Tape.

For the inside I mounted a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to a coordinating design of Bubbles & Fizz DSP. I cut out the numbers with the Large Letters Framelits from Calypso Coral Cardstock and adhered with Glue Dots.

I'm happy to report he thought the card was pretty cool:)

It's hard to believe our little buddy is 12 already!

We're taking a road trip to Coralville next week-end to take him out to lunch and then shopping at American Eagle. Gonna be a fun day with our buddy and I can't wait!

I hope you'll give this fun interactive card a try! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Hello there! I wanted to share this gorgeous box that I made for my downline at my Team Meeting this week. I used several Sale-A-Bration products to give them one last push before they go away. I wrapped a strip of Springtime Foils DSP around a Silver Mini Gable Box, that I first colored with an Old Olive Stampin' Blend Marker. I then attached a piece of the SAB Shimmer Ribbon with Glue Dots.

I ran a piece of Sweet Soiree DSP through the Big Shot using the Sweet Cake Framelits to make the tag. I then ran a piece of Silver Foil through, cutting out just the lace border and adhered it to the tag. I cut out some of the flowers from the DSP with Paper Snips and attached them to the tag with Liquid Tombow & Dimensionals. I cut the scallop from the same DSP and adhered it to the box with Glue Dots.

I then stamped the sentiment from Eclectic Expressions with Calypso Coral ink onto a strip of Whisper White Cardstock. I tucked it behind the flowers and attached with Dimensionals. I made a bow from the Shimmer Ribbon and adhered it with a Glue Dot. I was so thrilled to have another new recruit to join my Team LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Friday, March 9, 2018


Hello there! We had a blast at Happy Hour last night making this little St. Patrick's Day favor while enjoying margaritas! I adapted Brenda Quintana's Basket Weave Easter Basket to make these cute leprechaun  drawers:) I started with a piece of Garden Green Cardstock measuring 6 1/2" x 2 1/2". I scored it at 1 1/2" on the short side. I then turned it to the long side, with the shorter section at the top, and scored it at 2", 3" & 5" ONLY to the score line. I then scored it at 6" all the way down. See Brenda's video here:

I cut on the scored lines just up to the horizontal score line, and cut the bottom section out. I used my Bone Folder to gently bend the cardstock and then folded on all the score lines. I used Liquid Tombow to assemble the box. I cut 2 Garden Green strips at 5" x 1/4" and used the Bone Folder as well to bend the "suspenders". I criss-crossed them in the back and used a Glue Dot to hold them in place. I then used Liquid Tombow to attach them to the inside of the box. I then cut a strip of Basic Black Cardstock measuring 6 1/2" x 1/2". I used the Bone Folder on it and adhered it over the Garden Green using Liquid Tombow.

I then cut the buckle from Gold Glimmer Paper using the 2 smallest squares from the Layering Squares Framelits. I cut the smallest square first, and then centered the larger square over the hole and ran it through the Big Shot again. I attached the buckle with tiny drops of Liquid Tombow. I stamped the sentiment using Teeny Tiny Wishes with Garden Green ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. I cut them apart and attached to the suspenders with Liquid Tombow. I finished it off with a Basic Black Baker's Twine bow. These cute little britches hold about 9 Rolos.

I'm going to be at a Vendor Blender this Saturday from 9-3 at St. Mary's Parish Hall-420 W. Mt. Pleasant St. West Burlington. I'll be giving away these little treats and you can come make a card to go with them! I'll also have catalogs and upcoming events that you can sign up for. I hope to see you there!

We also made this fun card using a Window Sheet and the Bubble Over Bundle-which I'm thrilled to say will be carrying over into the next catalog! I saw the idea for this clear card on Pinterest-love it!

This is the sweet little treat that I gave everyone who attended, which had chocolate in it of course! But you could fill it with peanuts or Beer Nuts for a fun alternative.

Happy Hour is such a fun night out! I hope you'll join us next month:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, March 2, 2018


Hello there! We had a great time at Card Buffet last night and I wanted to share the cute little Easter boxes I made for everyone using the gorgeous Bundle of Love DSP. These were made with the Lots to Love Box Framelits. Normally you would cut out 2 pieces, but I only cut one and scored it at 1/2", 2 1/2" & 3". I cut the tabs off and cut up to the score lines on both sides. I then assembled the boxes using Fast Fuse.

These little boxes hold a Reeses Peanut Butter Egg perfectly:) I then wrapped a piece of ribbon around each box and tied a bow at the top. I used Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon and Crumb Cake & Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon. I used the adorable set A Good Day to stamp the cute little bunnies with Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. I colored them with Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party Stampin' Blends. I used the 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and Layering Circles Framelits to cut them out.

I then cut circles out of Soft Sky, Powder Pink & So Saffron Cardstock using the Layering Circles Framelits & 1 3/4" Circle Punch, and adhered them over the ribbon using Glue Dots. Next I attached the adorable Mini Embroidery Hoops with Liquid Tombow. I then double-stacked Dimensionals and adhered the Very Vanilla circles to the center of the hoops..

I stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes onto strips of Soft Sky, So Saffron & Crumb Cake Cardstock. I flagged the ends and attached them with Dimensional pieces.

I've had the darling Mini Embroidery Hoops for awhile, and these were the perfect little boxes to try them out on. I've got lots of creating to do, so it may be a few days til I get back here to post. But I'll be back soon with lots of fun projects, so stay tuned:) Thanks so much for stopping by:)