Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Welcome to this week's Coloring Down the Lines blog hop!!! I'm so happy for this week's colors! I tend to go for the "muted" or rustic colors. I'm kinda earthy I guess!!! Up til now, most of the colors have been bright & vibrant! Pretty! But I'm very happy with the earthy crunchy colors!!! 

So if you've hopped over from Helen's blog, I hope you're enjoying the muted tones! Makes me think fall-even though I'm not ready to give up summer yet! I guess I'd better-we actually turned the heat on today!

Anyway, this week's colors are
          Always Artichoke, Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake                             
  Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Cajun Craze

I chose the first batch because I haven't used Wisteria Wonder in awhile! I thought it was an interesting challenge to pair it with Always Artichoke!

So here it is!!

First of all, bear in mind this card is a standard 4 1/4" X 5 1/2".  Not sure why it distorted so! 
Anyhoo!Kinds went outside the lines even though we are coloring down the lines! I did stamp on the Wisteria Wonder for the sentiment using 
Seasonal Sayings! But I thought I'd try a fall wreath! Just because! I used the Secret Garden Framelits leaf framelit to cut the leaves for the wreath It's kinda reminds me a little of eucalyptus!  My favorite wheel-the Gingham wheel- added a bit of "country" on the side!

Here's a close up of the wreath!

Not sure what the shadows are! Looks like water spots! They don't really appear in real life! Just the photos! Hmmmm!!!!
The Pearls add a nice touch I think!
So hop on over now to Liz's blog & see if she went fall! I'll see you there!!!

Please excuse my lack of posts last week & this! I am working heavily on my church's Fall Festival! Including organizing a big crafters/vendor's fair for this coming Sunday!  I'll be sure to post pics of my SU table there!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


So did you figure it out? Yup! This week's color is Tempting Turquoise!!!
It's a very small Coloring Down the Lines blog hop this week! But there's still awesome stuff to see!
Hello to the hoppers from Helen's blog! Hope you had fun over there! I love hers this week! Well, every week!

So here are the colors this week:
Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Tangarine Tango
     Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpin Pie

I decided to try a new technique! Here it is!

So I went with the "masking tape" technique. I actually used painter's tape though! Less sticky! It's a very easy technique & packs quite a punch! It's a little heavier than I'd hoped for on this one, but it makes the colors nice & vivid! It's such a big deal for me to use a white background! I just like color! What can I say?!

I used a Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Catalog too! It's Wishing You! The sentiment may be familiar from Teeny Tiny Wishes! I think that's probably my most-used stamp set! There's a teeny tiny bit of Crystal Effects on the center of that middle package! Here's the closeup Mr. DeMille!

So short & sweet this week! It's late! I finally got my new camera, but now trying to make it work! It's dark as I post this & didn't get to take the picture in the best of lighting! It's nice & clear though! Much better than the older one! At least I hope it will be once I figure it out!! lol

So keep hopping now over to Robbie's blog! She's the beginning & our "fearless leader"!!! Notice how she always matches her envelopes! I love that!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Ok, so if you haven't tried the new Envelope Punch Board, you are missing out on something amazing!!!!

Check it out!!!

Watch in the near future for some AMAZING ITEMS made with this new tool!!! If you can't wait & want to order your own, just go HERE!!! You can order it online 24/7!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 13, 2013


Wow, if you like sales, then it's time to check out the Clearance Rack!!!  They have added a TON of great stuff for discounted prices!!!!
Want to see a sales flyer?? Here are a couple of the new items:

Doctor's Bag - by Stampin' Up! 

Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack - Brights Collection - by Stampin' Up! 

Blossom Petals Xl Punch - by Stampin' Up!
Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Ciao, Baby! Clear-Mount Stamp Set

But Joni? You ask. What are the amazing prices? You ask! Well, you're just gonna have to take a visit over there & find out!!! I'm such a tease!!!!

You can find all the goodies HERE!!!! Contact me to place your order or order ONLINE 24/7!!!

Happy Stampin' (and shoppin'!)!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


So we are Coloring Down the Lines again this week!!! Love my little blog hop! 

If you are hopping on over from Helen's place, I hope you brought her with you! She's fun! And pretty creative at that!!!

So this week's colors are
Tangarine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
   Tangarine Tango, So Saffron, Pacific Point.

Pretty colors! I chose the first just because! No real reason! Just because!

I wanted to also feature one of my new Card Thinlits! So here it is!

If you haven't tried the Thinlits Dies yet you really NEED  to!!! They are so much fun!!!! They make such a quick, fun & easy card! And they come with all you need! 

Here's a closeup of the circle. It was made with dies from the set!

Super fun! Here's what you get with the Circle Card Thinlits!

Circle card Thinlits Die 
Cool, right??

So what happens when you open the card?? Well, I'm glad you asked! I'll show you!

And a closeup of the design!

Can't get enough of that Yippee Skippee stap set!!! lol

So now hop on over to Laura's La Dee Dah blog!!! It's just as amazing as you expect! She always has something to make me smile!!!!
                                            Happy Stampin!!!

Friday, September 6, 2013


I love making my cards "clean & simple"!!! I'm not really one to add all kinds of lace & ephemera & stuff! 
So I enjoy using the sketch challenges on the Clean & Simple blog as a 
kick start to some of my cards!

So here's the current sketch:
Simple, right?

I decided to make a Christmas card with it! Now I'm totally not into Christmas yet, but when I was looking for stamp sets to use, I passed over my new Christmas stamps just waiting for some love! So I said, what the heck!

Here's the card I came up with:

I used the Wonderful Wreath from the Holiday Catalog as the base where the dots are in the sketch. See, the designs don't need to be exact-just a guideline.
 I love my Natural White cardstock for a card base. It's a little thicker than the Whisper White, & has a more "distressed" texture.  
The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from Sassy Salutations! The beautiful DSP is from the Season of Style DSP pack-again, in the Holiday Catalog!
 I must admit, the ribbon is retired from last year's Holiday Catalog, but since I only have a bit left, I thought it worked with this card!  Finish it off with some Rhinestone Basic Jewels &it's done!!

So while a bit early for Christmas, I guess I have a good start on a design for my cards!!! Just wanted to share a CAS today!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Today's post is a combination of 2 challenges: first, Sketch Frenzy Friday 083013, and second, Create with Connie & Mary CCMCfall 13-01. Sketch Frenzy Friday is a design challenge, and the Connie & Mary one this week is a color challenge! 

Here's the sketch:

And here are the colors:


I decided to go with fall today! But not Halloween yet!

Here's mine!

I used the beautiful paper from the Witches' Brew DSP Pack! It's available in the Holiday Catalog!  
Now I wouldn't have thought of black for a fall color per se! But I really like how it works here.
The stamp set is Gently Falling from the 2013-2014 Catalog. I love this stamp set! Its a 2-step stamp set, and the images are sooooooo pretty!
Not sure if you can see it in this picture, but there is a bit of the totally awesome Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape. Have you tried the washi tape yet? If you haven't, you really need to!!! It's amazing! Adds just that special something with so little effort!!!
 Lots of "zig-zagging" going on here!!!

The outline of the leaves is embossed with Black Embossing Powder!  Pretty, right?

So just wanted to share a fun fall card! I'm still so not over summer yet tho! But I love my Summer Starfruit color!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Hello there! Welcome to yet another edition of  
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!

Maybe you're visiting from Helen's blog! So glad you're here! I know her design was full of great inspiration! I love to CASE her! ;)

So this week's color challenge is

                Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie                    
Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Basic Black

I love Rich Razzleberry. Probably one of my fave Stampin' Up! colors!! Well, the first batch of colors sound like some I've used in the recent past, so I went with the second batch!

Now, Basic Gray & Basic Black together seem like an unlikely combination, but when I thought Basic Gray, I immediately thought "elephant"! Ok, don't know why, but I did! Fortunately, I have a stamp set with an elephant!  The totally fab You're Amazing stamp set!!!!

You're Amazing
Here's my card this week:

Now trying to make this one work was a bit challenging! I had a vision, but it wasn't coming out the way I wanted it to. I made a few tweaks & came out with something I like! Still a lot of "white" space, but I think it works! kinda hard to tell with the poor quality of the photos, but I used Stampin' Write Markers  to color the squirly designs on the outsides. They really are 2-toned!

Here's a closeup of the little guy that started the whole card:

And of course, finish it up with some bling, & voila!

Hope ya like it! Now "hop" on over to Laura's blog! She's so "lah dee dah"!!! lol!  I love the whimsy of so many of her beautiful creations! She always makes me smile!

Continued apologies for the lack of picture quality! Still waiting for my NEW camera to be returned! They're not honoring the warranty!! Gah! I guess a new one is on the menu! Dang! But thanx to my little old Canon Power Shot I at least have pics to post!

Happy Stampin'!!!