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Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunflower FUN with Eastern Medallion & Eclectic Layers

Good Morning! Here we are...Friday again! Boy this week went fast...this month has gone by fast...heck...this YEAR has gone by FAST! You know...there are only 94 days until Christmas!! Are you ready? I'm not! I need to get started on my cards!!!

Well..I'm heading down the mountain to go to the Social Security office! My husband needs a replacement social security card so he can get his passport and I have to get my mom's 2016 tax form so her taxes can be done. It's so overwhelming to me all the things that have to be done to finalize an estate. There have been days when I just put it away and don't think about it. Anyways...I'm hoping things go smoothly and we'll get our grocery shopping done as well!

My card today has a Whisper White card base with a 4 1/8" X 5 3/8" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock on top. I cut a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut the design out with the Eclectic Layers thinlits and embossed it with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. (Do the cutting first because your embossing will be flattened if you make the cut second...ask me how I know!!)

The sunflower is made with the Eastern Medallion thinlits. Cut two, distress them with Early Espresso ink and layer them together with adhesive. I attached the sunflower to the Cherry Cobbler layer with dimensionals. The sentiment is stamped onto a small circle cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits.  The leaves are punched with the Leaf Punch and the center of the sunflower is a 2" Early Espresso circle that is embossed with the Sweetheart embossing folder. The great thing about this card is it can be mailed with a standard stamp! I LOVE the look of the sunflower with the Cherry Cobbler Pinewood Planks...it's very country!  

Have I told you lately, how much I LOVE sharing what I create with you!?!? Thanks BUNCHES for joining me each day and allowing me to INSPIRE you!

Have a FABULOUS weekend!!! May you find just a moment to CREATE!!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Painted Harvest

Hello! How's everything going today? I just got home from work and wanted to post another project from my workshop! It was a FABULOUS workshop...16 ladies joined me for a FUN time of CREATING!! I always have a wonderful time with these gals...they are always so encouraging, love what we make...oh and we had Kahlua Cake...DELICIOUS!!!

Here's another card we made...it's one of my favorites because each one turns out unique! The card base is Early Espresso with the first mat in a piece of 4 1/8" X 5 3/8" Whisper White cardstock. Next is a piece of Wood Textures designer paper measuring 4" X 5 1/4". Cut a 2 3/4" X 2 3/4" piece of Glossy White paper and use the Painted Harvest stamp set to stamp the leaves and flowers. The colors used on this card are Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Garden Green and Early Espresso. I also used my Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker to add dots to the centers of my flowers. The stamped image is matted onto a 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock and then onto a 3" X 3" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I added some Crushed Curry Ribbon, some greenery and a Touches of Nature embellishment to the front of the card as well. I stamped a partial flower on the inside of the card...but forgot to take a photo...SORRY! It really did turn out BEAUTIFULLY and it's a PERFECT card for the first day of fall!

Hey...thanks so much for stopping by today and allowing me to share another creation with you...it makes me so HAPPY!!! Have a WONDERFUL rest of your day!


~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Winter Wonder

Good Morning Everyone! I'm heading down the mountain for my workshop in Redding today and they are calling for HOUR LONG waits due to road work....UGH!! That's just part of mountain living I guess!  Real quick I want to share one of the projects we're going to make today!

I LOVE the new Winter Wonder embossing folder and wanted to make it the center of my card! I embossed on a piece of 4" X 5 1/4" Thick Whisper White cardstock. I stamped my sentiment which is from the Star of Light stamp set, in Cherry Cobbler ink. Next I mounted it onto a piece or 4 1/8" X 5 3/8" Real Red cardstock. Before adhering it to my Whisper White card base, I tied a piece 1/8" Real Red solid ribbon into a bow around the embossed thick cardstock. I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to finish it off.  I LOVE the simplicity of this card!  I hope you'll give it a try!

Well...I'm gonna run now! Have a FANTASTIC day and THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by today! I hope you find just a moment to CREATE today!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday's Tip - Folded Flap Box

Hello everyone! I'm busy getting ready for my class this week and I'm dog sitting my son's ADORABLE English Bulldogs...Clyde and Chester!

 I've never been a HUGE dog lover...I didn't grow up with a dog. We did have a Deer Chihuahua named Fawn, but she died when I was very young and we never got another one! Of course we've let our kids have dogs...but they were never trained...I had too many babies to train a dog! ANYWAYS...these guys have STOLEN my heart! They have the CUTEST personalities and are so FUN to watch play and to play with! I'm HOOKED!!! 

Of course I adore my BEAUTIFUL yellow Lab Millie and my other son's Bracco Italiano, Ella too!

Ok...sorry...I got SIDETRACKED! 

Here's today's video! ENJOY your Tuesday's Tip!

Here are just a few  HOW TO reminders from the video!

Score one side of your 6" X 6" paper at 1 3/8", 2 3/4", 4 1/8" and 5 1/2"

Turn your paper to the left and score it at 1 3/8", 4 1/8" and 5 1/2"

Fold on the scored lines, cut side tabs, bottom tabs and top tabs to look like this. Round your corners of your flap using a corner rounder or your Envelope Punch Board...put it together an decorate!

Here's the FINISHED project...SUPER CUTE!!
A close ups shows that I added some Copper Trim, Linen Thread, a Year of Cheer Embellishment, Mini Gift Bow and a snowflake cut using the Seasonal Tags framelits and topped with a Clear Faceted Gem. The tag sentiment is from the Hang You Stock stamp set (Annual Catalog) and is stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Stampin' Emboss Power.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope my videos inspire you to try something new and have FUN with paper! I'm off to finish getting ready for tomorrow class but I'll be back tomorrow with another TERRIFIC project...be sure to stop by again!

~Today's Thought~

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Make-It Monday" - Pick a Pumpkin Thanksgiving Card

Good Morning...good morning...good morning! It's a BEAUTIFUL morning and I'm so grateful for the cooler weather! I LOVE FALL...have I mentioned that? It's my FAVORITE season!!  

This weekend was a BUSY weekend! I went to Sacramento on Saturday to celebrate my son Trevor and son-in-law Andy's becoming Journeymen Power Linemen! It's been five years of hard work physically and mentally! I'm so proud of them both! My son from Phoenix flew in to surprise both of them too...it was so great to see him.  We celebrated at a trendy restaurant in old town...great food, fun atmosphere...fantastic night!  We had to drive home that night because my husband was on call Sunday and another son, Seth was moving to Trinidad.  Got home about midnight, slept til 6:00am then on the road again! He's a fabricator for the Blue Lake Mill which they are rebuilding (kind of) and getting it ready to re-open in a year or two. He's a very talented welder...if I could only get him to work on my yard art projects!  I rode over to Trinidad with him...he bought a 34' trailer because he couldn't find a house to rent in the area that would accept two ADORABLE English Bulldogs (which I totally understand). We got him settled in a really BEAUTIFUL park then came home to celebrate Adam's 15th birthday with Captain Crunch Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Salad and homemade honey mustard! It was a CRAZY BUSY weekend, but I had a BLAST seeing and spending time with my family!!

Today I have another "Make-It Monday" to share with you! It's a FALL card so be INSPIRED and find time to CREATE!!

"Make-It Monday": Pick a Pumpkin Thanksgiving card created with NEW holiday catalog Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

Stamp set found on page 51 of the new 2017 Stampin' Up! holiday catalog

A Thanksgiving card?? Yup, giving you oodles of time to make the stack of them you may need. :-)

  • Stamp Sets - Pick A Pumpkin Bundle (wood 146024, clear 146025); Teeny Tiny Wishes (wood 128748. clear 127802)
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), VersaMark (102283)
  • Misc. – Big Shot (143263), Copper Foil Sheets (142020); Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape (144644), Embossing Buddy (103083); Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder (141636); Heat Tool (129053); 5/8” Burlap Ribbon (141487); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Mini Dimensionals (144108)

  • Whisper White (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Whisper White (banner): 1 3/8” x 2 ¼”
  • Crumb Cake (strip): 1” x 5 ½”
  • Crumb Cake: 4” x 5”
  • Copper Foil: 3” x 3”
  • Burlap Ribbon: 16”


  1. Layer three different sizes and patterns of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape approximately 2” from the bottom of the card as shown.
  2. Stamp the fern image using Crumb Cake ink on the Crumb Cake cardstock strip, lining up one image above the next as shown. Adhere the cardstock to the far right side of the Whisper White cardstock base.
  3. Pat the Embossing Buddy on the Whisper White banner cardstock.  Stamp “Happy Thanksgiving” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set using Versamark ink. Sprinkle the greeting with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set using the Heat Tool.  Cut a banner tip on the left side of the cardstock.  Adhere below the last layer of Washi Tape as shown.
  4. Die cut the filigree pumpkin from the Copper Foil using the Thinlits that are part of this bundle. 
  5. Stamp various ferns and springs using Crumb Cake ink on the Crumb Cake 4” x 5” piece of cardstock. Die cut the images using the coordinating Thinlits.
  6. Adhere the ferns and springs in an overlapping cluster to the right edge of the Washi Tape using a combination of Glue Dots and Mini Dimensionals.
  7. Intertwine the copper pumpkin between some of the ferns and springs.  Tuck a few Glue Dots in areas behind the pumpkin that will not be visible from the front to secure it in place.  You only need a few. 
  8. Pull out three strands from the Burlap Ribbon.  Holding two strands together, wrap them around three fingers.  Gently slide them off, pinching in the center.  Wrap the third strand around the center of the loops several times then tie in a knot to secure.  Adhere to the base of the pumpkin using a Glue Dot.
SUPER FUN Pick a Pumpkin Clear Mount Bundle!!
Don't forget it's DOUBLE DARLA DAISIES for the month of September! For EVERY order of $50.00 (before tax and shipping) you'll get TWO Darla Daisies.  Earn 10 daisies and you'll receive $40.00 of your choice of SU products! Remember you must order Online through my store, through a workshop or through me by emailing or texting me your order!  If your order is less than $150.00 use HOSTESS CODE E9KY2HYG

I hope you had a WONDERFUL WEEKEND and that you found some time to create! Thanks so much for stopping by today!  ENJOY your Monday...EVERY MINUTE of it!!

~Today's Thought~

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Got Coffee?

Hey there...I know it's Sunday, but I just had to share some really CUTE projects from the Stampin' Up Blog!  ENJOY!!!

Could these cards be any cuter?  Click here for materials and instructions!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you had a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!  

~Today's Thought~

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Faux Metal Embossing Technique by Stampin' Up!

Hi everyone! Saw this VERY COOL technique on stampinup.com and I just had to share it!  Be looking for projects using this technique in the VERY NEAR FUTURE!!!  I hope you like it and will give it a try!!

Thanks for stopping by today...and and a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

~Today's Thought~