Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Hello all you "frampers"! We are Coloring Down the Lines again today! After all, it's Wednesday-blog hop day!!!

You're   maybe visiting from Helen's cool blog! Welcome! Isn't her card pretty?  When you are through here be sure to keep "hopping" over to
 Laura's beautiful blog! She is so creative! As are all the other wonderful stampers on this blog hop! Just keep on going for some beautiful creations!!

So this week's challenge is 
Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe
Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush

Added Piece - add buttons

Pretty, soft colors!! I chose the second batch! I LOVE that Strawberry Slush!!! It was a bit challenging for me this week though because the added piece is buttons. I'm not a real button person! They're fun, but not me! But I think I worked it out!

So here's the card!

I love the really cool Arrow Textured Embossing Folder! I sure hope we see it in the new Big Catalog! It's a fun one! 

I pulled out my trusty oldest Stampin' Up! friend, Lovely as a Tree stamp set!!! It's been around forever, & I bet still in the new book! It's such a pretty & versatile set! I love nature sets anyway!

The buttons are the clear Vintage Faceted Designer ones. I like the way they look. Tough to mail though. I think they add to the Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon. Too bad that is being discontinued. Not sure why they discontinued these ribbon! I like them! Plus, those In-Colors are still current. Hmmmm, smh!! Kwim!!! lol!!!

I finished the whole tree section with some Iridescent Ice. Love that embossing powder! Kinda hard to tell in the big pic, so here's a smaller pic here!

Hope you like it!
Lots going on at Stampin' Up! this week! First, the Retired Lists of stamps and accessories is keeping everyone busy!!! There are already many items no longer available!

Second, the new catalog is available to demonstrators only! One of the percs of being a demonstrator! There will soon be a pre-order-again, for demos only-so I can show you some cool creations with the new products! Wait until you see the new In-Colors!!! You will LOVE!!! Although nothing will every replace Summer Starfruit for me! My all-time favorite! lol

So watch for updates!!! Lots of fun stuff!!!

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Hey all! Time for another Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!! Hope you are all well! Spring is finally showing a slight smidge of itself so just maybe there's a light at the end of this REALLY long tunnel! Makes me very happy!

So welcome to my hoppers from Helen's blog! It looks like she's really working those inks! Nice job Miss Helen!!!!

This week's challenge is

Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
   Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Garden Green

Added Piece - use lace

I chose the first batch because they seemed more "springy" to me! Thought I would love the combo. I do like it-not love it! But as you know (or maybe you don't but will now!) the colors for the blog hop are determined by the color wheel! Our fearless leader Robbie (keep going on the hop & you'll find her amazing card always with a matching envelope!) uses the wheel to tell us the colors each week! So here we are!

Here's my card this week:

Kinda cute! Plain tho. I've been working lately on simple cards-what we in the card business call CAS-clean & simple. It's kinda my style anyway, but I have a wonderful customer whom I make lots of cards for, & she prefers them that way.  Easier to mail! 
This week was an extra challenge for me because it uses lace. I'm so not a lacy girl! lol  This is why I love these extra "challenges"-it forces me to go outside my box! I need that push!

So I used my Happy Day & A Round Array stamp sets for the images & sentiment. So glad A Round Array made the cut! Not on the retiring list! Phew! However, the Happy Day & Delicate Details Lace Tape ARE on the list!!! I have some friends who will be super bummed about that! The lace tape is so easy to use! I wish the inks/markers would stick to it tho.  Could make it more colorful. It's a glossy finish so the dye inks don't adhere. Maybe this means there's some great new stuff in the new catalog!!! It's almost here!!! Giddy with excitement!
Altho I don't know what they were thinking with retiring the Square Lattice Embossing Folder!! I use it so much! I bet there's a really cool one on the way to replace it though! I guess as long as I have my rhinestones I'll be happy! Not a lacy girl, but definitely a bling-y girl!!!

Anyway, I just decided to add a "fancy" fold idea to the card. Not so fancy, but different! So hope you like!

Now continue on to Liz's blog & check out her piece of art! Cool, right?!!! Then keep going! There are some amazingly talented ladies on this blog hop! Great for ideas & inspiration!  Enjoy!!!

And don't forget-this week at Stampin' Up! is FREE SHIPPING on EVERYTHING!!!!  With the new retiring lists out you don't want to miss out on this deal!!! This week ONLY!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I'm BAAAACCCKKKK!!!! Did ya miss me? I was in the middle of directing a huge production of Jesus Christ Superstar! I must admit it was an amazing show! So I've been away from this "hop" for a few weeks! Back to normal now though!!!!

So it's a short but exciting hop this week! Glad you're here from Helen's blog! Be sure to keep going to Robbie's blog!!!

So this week's challenge is:

 Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
         Crisp Cantaloupe, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede

Added Piece - use vellum and make it an Easter card

I was so happy to not only be making cards again, but also to be working with the In-Colors!!! I just love them!!! Sooo, I chose the first batch!

So here's this week's card!

I used the vellum to make the flowers. I thought it would be springy! Ok, so shoot me! The DSP is from the no longer current SAB catalog! I love that Sweet Sorbet paper & it's gone now! Oh well! I'm still stressing over Summer Starfruit going away! Can't wait to see the new In-Colors!

Ok so the flowers are stamped & cut with Framelits from Secret Garden. I  heat embossed with white embossing powder then used the markers to color the back. I think it's called the "stained glass technique" but not sure right now.
Ok, I'm all over the place!

Here's a close up of the vellum flowers! 

So I'm really  happy to be back! I promise more fun to come! Only a short time to shop from the Occasions Catalog & the Big Book!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!