Friday, September 25, 2015


So this week at
it's "all about that base"!!!  So many times we make fancy cards, but often the base is the star of the show! All our cards this week feature the "base" or main layer as the focus of the card.

Here's mine:

I decided to use some beautiful DSP as my focus. It's from the 
Pretty Petals DSP Stack. OMGoodness are the colors in that little stack beautiful! So bright & vibrant! These designs are totally worthy of being the focus of the card!!!

The sentiment is just a simple piece from A Dozen Thoughts! I wanted it to be simple so as not to distract from the DSP! I think it worked!

And copping to some retired ribbon! I have (or had) some nice Old Olive ribbon I was going to use on this card, and I ended up using the last of it on a swap I am doing! So I had to shuffle to get some ribbon! So sorry for that, but you get the idea! And there are tons of other Old Olive choices you can use. It would even be pretty with NO ribbon!!!

So hop over to The Paper Plunge & see the cool bases our designers have come up with for you!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Hello campers! Welcome to 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop! 
Glad you've joined us!
You're maybe visiting from Helen's blog! Hope you're having fun!!

So here's this week's card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin'Up! colors:
I love this card! It was on a whim. I actually went to my cardstock rack & when I dug out the Tip Top Taupe, I found these scraps with the Wood Grain stamp on them! I thought to myself, "Self, let's use these scraps"! And I did!  

The stamp sets used are Petite Petals for all the little flowers & 
Choose Happiness for the sentiment.  The flowers were cut with the 
Petite Petals punch, and the little Wood Grain squares were cut with the 
1" Square Punch

Kinda hard to tell, but the Early Espresso strip is embossed!  The 
Basic Pearl Jewels add just the perfect touch for the flower centers.

So a very simple card, yet I think it's one of my faves lately! 

So  now go hop over to Lizzy's blog & enjoy what she's created for you! Then keep going! Lots more to see!

Happy Stamping'!

Friday, September 18, 2015


This week over at 
we are going to the County Fair!  Our creations are either fall, or animal or "fair" based! This week, my card, ya, I don't know! lol

Here it is:

So I just had some fun! Here in MA we have a big fair called The Big E-or officially Eastern States Exposition.  Now I've been several times. Not really sure I saw a zebra there, but maybe! lol  So this is what I had for animals, and since I did the cow last week, I thought I'd go for a "horse in Watermelon Wonder striped pajamas"!!!

Yup!  A very simple card. Kinda cute I guess, but not sure where my mind was!! lol

The cool background DSP is from the Go Wild DSP stack! I love that!!! Such cool animal/jungle designs! Grrrr!  The Watermelon Wonder zebra stripes on the front are from the It's Wild single large stamp! That's cool! Could do a wall with it! lol

Other items used are Dotted Lace Trim, Barnyard Babies (for the zebra), and Sassy Salutations for the greeting!

So just a fun card today. No meaning behind it! Go hope over now to 
The Paper Plunge where I'm sure you'll see plenty of "fair" creations!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Hi all! We are 
Coloring Down the Lines 
again this week!!!  
Welcome back! You may be here from Helen's blog! So glad to see you! Remember to head over to Liz's when you are finished here!!!  Awesome stuff awaits on this little hop!

Here's my card this week:

Here is the Inspiration Photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
When I saw these colors I literally had no idea where to begin! So I started with the base. And kinda just worked it from there! I decided to add the "color" in the flower so it "pops".  And I think it does.

The stamp set is You've Got This. I love that big flower! Perfect for watercoloring. And it works beautifully for these 2 colors-which I never would've used together if it hadn't been for this challenge! But how pretty they look! Luv it!

The DSP is from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack. Lots of nice blacks there. Now I'm not sure if the Chevron Natural Ribbon technically qualifies as 
Crumb Cake, but it sure is close!! Plus it's really what I've got going right now for Crumb Cake ribbon! lol  So creative license at play here! lol

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this week! Now on to Liz's!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, September 11, 2015


This week on 
we are jumping ahead a few months! 

Now if you know me, you know I am loving this late summer surge of 90 degree weather! Bring it on! This "ickiness" will be here soon enough!  
However, my good friend Robbie, who came up with this week's theme, is taunting me with this Holiday stuff! lol So I'm jumping in with both feet-or boots I guess I should say!

So here's my Christmas in September card:

Ya, I totally went there with a ton of new product from the amazing 
Holiday Catalog! The sentiment is from Flurry of Wishes-it's heat embossed on the Silver Foil Sheet! A bit challenging I must say- embossing on the foil, but just be patient for it to dry!

The snowflakes are from the same set-embossed in Silver and punched out with the coordinating Snowflake Punch!

The very background is the super cool Black Glimmer Paper! I can see so many uses for this!!! Love it! It's not just for Halloween! Kinda looks like night time here!

The snowflake background is not stamped! It's from the 
Holiday Vellum Fancy Foil Designer Pack! Love this pack!

The beautiful "sleigh ride" was cut using the brandy new Sleigh Ride Edgelits! They make quite a pop on your card! There are 2 other cool dies in that pack, but I'll keep those a surprise for you! 

Lastly, the card is wrapped in the very cool Silver Cording-comes in Gold too! Tons of it on the roll, and so easy to use! Great for bows!!!

So hop over to The Paper Plunge now & see what other early Christmas inspiration the amazing designers have for you!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Hello hoppers! Glad you could join us for our weekly 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!
You probably hopped here from Helen's blog! Or maybe you're starting here, but either way, keep going to Lizzy's blog & beyond! Great colors this week!

So here's my card:

And the inspiration photo:

And the Stampin' Up! colors:

I so love this one. Now you may or may not know this about me, but I'm a cow person! I have cows all over my kitchen. Not real ones of course, altho I do live in the country! lol  So when I saw this stamp set, Barnyard Babies, I had to have it! That cow is adorable!

Interestingly enough I needed a card for a friend's daughter who is turning 10, so I thought I'd use this  week's challenge to make it happen!

I'm a fan of this color scheme! Now u may be wondering where I found that great striped paper in the background. Well let me tell you! It came from the 
Go Wild DSP Stack.  Now the paper is actually black & white, but I wanted to pull in the Sahara Sand, so I simply sponged the white parts. I love how it looks like this!

I've been using the Bow Builder Punch quite a bit lately. I find it works perfectly for that "ribbon" touch when you don't have that color ribbon! I still need to stock up on ribbons from the new Annual Catalog! I bought so many stamp sets that I ran out of funds for the ribbons! lol

The tag was cut from the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies. And I will cop to a retired clip as an embellishment. I didn't have a current one that worked, but you can add a different on if you want. Or you can really just use a paper clip!

The sentiment is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. That's our 
Ronald McDonald House stamp set this year. $3 from each set sold goes to the Ronald McDonald House! It's a great one to get & helps out a bunch of kids as well.

Well you can go hop now!! Be sure to visit them all! It'd be great to leave a comment as well! We love the feedback!!

Happy Stamping'!

Monday, September 7, 2015


And here they are...(if u forget, just click the Classes and Workshop tab on the home page of the blog!!! Hope you can make one or two or all!!!!

Fall 2015 CLASSES!!!!

Note: payment for classes is in form of cash or check only, payable at beginning of class unless otherwise noted. Prepayment is encouraged, but required for classes including Stampin' Up! products!

Class sizes are LIMITED!! Don't wait to contact me NOW to reserve your spot!!!  

(Registration deadlines are to allow time for prep time & materials to ship!)

****For all classes, please bring your own adhesive or add $6.00 to the cost & receive your OWN Snail to use & take home!!!!

Please also bring your own Acrylic Blocks if you have them! You can always use mine but goes more quickly when you have your own!

BRING A FRIEND NEW TO ME & RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ON A FUTURE CLASS!!!! (Note: Friend must also be preregistered!)

***All classes are held at Joni's house!!!

My Paper Pumpkin

So you've heard of it. You're wondering what it's all about. 
Well this is your chance to come check it out & take home a cute 
My Paper Pumpkin 
product for FREE!!! This is the perfect solution to the paper crafter that tells me they have no time to create! 

Designed to be completed in about 30 minutes, everything you need to make the project comes inside that cute little red box (except the adhesive of course! Although Dimensionals & Glue Dots ARE included!) delivered right to your mailbox! Each month is a fun surprise!!!

Your first order even includes an acrylic block! 
Perfect for all skill levels! Make as it comes or "step it up" a bit if you choose! E

You can try it monthly, for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months! You decide! You can skip a month if you want, and there's no stress about getting out! 

Come check it out! I'd love to tell you more!  I'll also have a ton of other 
My Paper Pumpkin projects for you to view-see the great stuffs you can make!!!

Date: September 30
Time: 2:00-4:00 OR 6:30-8:30
Space is limited to the first 12 people that register!!!!

Deadline for Registration: September 25

You will make the adorable project seen below-a cute birthday card with an adorable gift bag to go with it!

You can register to receive your own My Paper Pumpkin that day if you wish!


Fall All-Occasion Card Class

We will use the versatile set from the Holiday Catalog called 
Among the Branches 
to create 5 adorable fall-themed cards! And you will go home with materials to make plenty more!!!!!

Date: October 3
Time: 10:00-12:00
Cost: $25 
(cost of class includes your own Among the Branches stamp set, half pack of Note Cards & Envelopes, and 5 yards EACH of the Gold and Silver Cording!)

Registration Deadline:September 20


Christmas "Kit" Class

We will use the amazing "To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit"from the Holiday Catalog to create a ton of beautiful "shaker" cards! So much fun to make & send!!! Don't miss this one!!! You'll also get lots of ideas on how to alter  & "step up" the cards!

Date: November 21
Time: 10:00-12:00
Cost: $30
(cost of class includes the To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kitand a few extras supplied by ME! We will also create a cute ornament to help with your holiday decorating!)

Registration Deadline:November 7.


Last Minute Emergency Christmas Cards

So it's getting close! What? You forgot to get some cards done? This is the perfect opportunity to create 5 beautiful cards for the special people in your life!  
I will provide ALL the materials (except adhesives) for your cards 5 beautiful pre-designed & pre-cut cards! We will do some fun, easy, yet eye-popping techniques. 

*** Please bring your adhesives (Snail or equivalent and Dimensionals), Paper Trimmer (if you have one), scissors. Not sure what to pack up, you can always check out my On the Go Kit (see tabs at top of home page!) I can have it all here for you when you arrive!!! You'll be good to go for a good long time & to all my classes!!!

This will be fun Christmas Crafting for all!!!

Date: December 12
Cost: $15
(Cost of class includes materials to make 5 cards-cardstock, Designer Series Paper, embellishments like ribbons & baubles. DOES NOT INCLUDE ADHESIVE!! Don't have any? Ask me  how you can order your own.  We will use my stamp sets, the Big Shot, etc. )

Registration Deadline:December 9



Project Life "Catch-Up" Class

So you LOVE Project Life but don't have the "mojo" to get it going. OR you've heard of Project Life & want to see what it's all about. OR you've never heard of Project Life but love easy scrapbooking and want to try something new! Behind in your scrapbooking-and who isn't!!!

Well this is the class for you! You will receive all the materials to make a complete 6X8 Project Life scrapbook! I will offer 3 classes for the price of 1! All you need to bring are your own pictures and adhesives!

Designed to be quick & easy!!! So much fun!!! See the video below for ideas!!!

You will decide the theme of your scrapbook. Holiday, vacation, romance, baby, whatever! After the 3 classes you will have your Project Life book completed and ready to share with family & friends. 

Can't make the full 3 classes? Don't worry! I can arrange alternative times for you to come "play"! 

All my tools and Project Life stamp sets will be available for you to use. It's the perfect way to "get away" and complete a great scrapbook!!!! If you need more info, just ask!

Date: January 14, 21, 28
Cost: $45 (GREAT DEAL!!)
(Includes the 6x8 Project Life album from either the Annual or 
Holiday Catalogs, 1 Project Life Journaling Pen, and your choice of Project Life Cards/Accessories Packs exclusive to Stampin' Up! from pages 146/147 in the Annual Catalog or pages 36/37 in the Holiday Catalog! )

12x12 Albums are available for an additional price. You prefer 12x12, ask me about pricing!!!

Want your own Project Life stamp sets for future use? Ask me how you can get 15% off your bundles!!!!

Registration Deadline: December 30

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Well here we are in September already! Where did the summer go? Well fortunately for us here in New England the summer weather continues! It's been hot & beautiful.  Could use a bit of rain, but so  not complaining about the extra pool time!  I hate everything about the winter! lol

So this month on the 
Inspire Create Share Blog Hop 
we are featuring creations from the new Holiday Catalog! And it's a good one!!!!! I couldn't decide where to start! lol

So here's my creation this month:

 I'm in love with this Woodland Textured Embossing Folder!  I can see so many uses for it! All seasons!!! Here I tried to make it look like white birch trees-like the ones in my yard! With snow falling! Although that part nearly killed me! lol! Anyway, I love how the trees came out here!

The sentiment is stamped from the beautiful Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  I love those snowflakes! Just couldn't get into them just yet! lol

I really wanted to feature some of the fun paper here. The large gift is from the amazing Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. It's so cool!!!  The gold is simply our Gold Foil Card Stock. But the sentiment is also stamped on a vellum-Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack. It's a sweet little 6x6 stack with some beautiful golds & black in it! Very versatile!

The ribbon is the new 1/8" Striped Ribbon. You get 2 colors in 1 
pack-Real Red & Garden Green. And if you look very closely, you can see the cool Gold Cording Trim on the red package!

So now go visit Megan's blog & enjoy her creation! She's new to our hop so we welcome her warmly! I bet she'd love to hear a comment or two. Just click on the link below or on her name. We also welcome Anna & Diane! Don't miss their first posts on the hop!!!

Then keep going & visit all the other talented ladies on this blog until you get back to this one!  Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!