St. Patrick’s Day Collage

We are having so much fun with the Framed Art Stamped Collage Samplers thingies.  They make great gifts, home decor and just plain old fun.  We are doing them almost monthly basis and the next collage is on Monday, March 16th.  We are doing the Easter Blessings class.  I'm hoping the weather will be a bit more Springy as well. 

Here's the collage from St. Patrick's Day and I couldn't stop designing squares, so the ladies had to pick 9 of out the 16 squares provided.  I'm a little sadistic that way…making them decide.  Haha…you can head over to my facebook page to see some of the other squares that some picked in their frames.


Several of you have asked about the beer stein.  Here's a quick video showing you how to put it together…


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Ornamental Pine Christmas Card Sample

We interrupt this regularly scheduled travelog program to bring you a word from our sponsor.  What would today be without a gorgeous Christmas Card sample?  This is one of the cards that didn't get picked for the Founder's Circle Swap.  We did make it for the Religious Christmas Card Sample Class but it couldn't make the cut for the FC swap as I couldn't order the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding in time.  :)  But it was truly one of my favorites from the Religious Stamp a Stack.

  Ornamental Pine Simple Card Sample

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That's all for today folks.  I am home and actually have my Coffee Cards and Biscotti Class today…Laundry can wait, right?  So enjoy the rest of the travelog and hope to see you in class soon!

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Oh, Hello!

I think I may just survive this last round of cold and flu or whatever has me still slightly under the weather..Ella told me that it's  because we have fluid in our throats..that's why we are coughing.  OK, then…apparently that's what Mrs. T told here and of course, the teacher is all-knowing.

I've wrapped up MY portion of the taxes this past week and had a little time to finish up samples for my Coffee, Cards and Biscotti class this past week.  I found this card on Pinterest and so I used it as the springboard for my Oh, Hello Card for class this past week.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Oh, Hello Stamp set and peeps, you will kick yourself if you don't add this set to your collection.  I know, you have a lot of flower sets, I do too!  But I'm telling you…this one is a rose among thorns….LOVE IT!!  Don't you wish you would have been at class this week?  Don't miss the Folders Class on April 8th & 9th!

Here's my card.

Oh, Hello Sample

  • Stamps:  Oh, Hello
  • Inks:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limade Markers
  • CS:  Very Vanilla CS, Natural Composition Designer paper,
  • Misc:  Postage Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Lucky Limeade Ribbon

**Tidbits:  The Natural Composition paper is a GORGEOUS pack of paper that we are carrying now and you can actually sponge directly on the paper to color it, use it as embossed paper etc.  I shared a couple of ideas in my newsletters recently so make sure you are getting the emailed newsletters!  Sign up in the upper right corner!

A Little Bit of Spring, Please!

I'm getting antsy for A Little Bit of Spring, stamp set
A Little Bit of Spring Stamp Set and otherwise!  I've had a chance to finish up March's Stamps By Mail samples and just in time for your St. Patrick's Day and Easter Stamping.   And speaking of Easter…I had to make a couple of tough choices yesterday.  Standing in the candy aisle at Walgreens I had to choose whether to spend the 140 calories on celery and carrot sticks or Easter Peeps.  And then I had to choose whether I wanted purple or green Peeps!  The choices a girl has to make!

Do you remember how the Stamps By Mail works?  I design two cards using a selected stamp set and a few various tools and then I cut and prep packets of each card so that the recipient can stamp 4 of each card.  So if you choose to participate in the Stamps by Mail for March, I will send you a card packet of cardstock for two different cards and you will make 4 of each set.  I will email a PDF of specific stamping directions for you. 

If you don't have the selected stamp set, it's available for 15% off with the purchase of the coordinating Stamps By Mail packet.  Cardstock packets are only $13.50 for 8 cards with envelopes.  It's a SERIOUS steal!

This month we are using A Little Bit of Spring.  And here's Card #1

A Little Bit of Spring

You will need to have the following items

(Contact me to order anything missing in YOUR stash! 262-521-3194 or visit me online.)

  • A Little Bit of Spring (w-126009 or c-126011)  15% off with purchase of coordinating kit.
  • Black Staz-on Pad
  • 2012-2014 In-Color Stampin' Write Markers (126856)
  • Crumb Cake Stamp Pad    
  • Blender Pen
  • Dazzling Details (124117) 15% off with the purchase of March's Card packet
  • Postage Stamp Punch #122344

Ready to get started on your spring cards?  Click here to purchase March's Kit.


Bee Hive Punch Art

I saw the CUTEST card today on a friends blog and I was inspired to use the beehive punch art to stamp something for my upcoming classes.  I don't know what my problem is of late…I usually have all of my upcoming class samples posted on my wall weeks ahead of time.  See, here's proof.   Nada!

IMG_9662Usually I have 4-5 cards on EACH of these squares…three samples out of 23.  Not good odds.  I had better take the rest of the day off and stamp, right? 

I have my Spring Catalog Embellishment class coming up on March 11th and 12th and I can't decide if I want to use this card for that class or later in the March at the Coffee Cards and Biscotti.  I try to throw in a Punch Art class fairly often and I haven't for a while…Hmm, which should I do?

My friend, Ann Clemmer used the bee from Collage Curios with her card and it worked well with the more elegant card that she had done…mine was more cutesy so I thought the elegant bee was a little too much..So I went ahead and found a cuter bee in the Spring Sampler set (did I mention that I got this set FREE for attending Leadership!  Free stamps, who can beat that!)

Spring Sampler

Now, this card is WAY more intricate and busier than my usual style but it's good to get out of our comfort zone on occasion, right?

Bee Hive Punch ArtLeave me a comment and tell me which class I should use it in, the Spring Embellishments class or the Coffee Cards and Biscotti class and I will make a note to check on my OWN hives on the very next nice day.  I hope my bees have over-wintered well.  I'm worried…should have checked on them last month already…eeeks.

Quick Masculine Birthday Card Sample

I just sent out my Feb newsletter….so it's been a very productive day today!  The NEW email provider has had a slight learning curve so BEAR with me!  Now, I have a REALLY quick Masculine Birthday Card sample to share with you.  How do I know that it's a quick card….well…I shared my 11th Hour scrapbook page with you last week and so I'll share my 11th Hour card with you today.  We had a busy weekend and so I found myself cutting cardstock for class early this morning and found I didn't like one of my cards…so yes, at 8:30 I was looking for a replacement for Card #5.  I needed a card for my Dad's birthday tomorrow, I needed a card without ribbon (yes, it's a challenge in my world!), and I needed it QUICK.  I happened upon a card that was stamped by one of my downline, Amy Pieters.  I changed the birthday saying, added a stamped inside, added some punched circle images, added another fish and removed the "ribbon" (ok, it was thread) but I wanted to actually stamp a card without anything knotted or tied! 

I had the card changed up and  all the cardstock cut for 12 students before 9:15!  So yes, I KNOW it's a quick one…

By The Tide Card

  • Stamps:  By The Tide, Sassy Salutations
  • Inks:  More Mustard
  • CS:  More Mustard, Island Indigo, Whisper White, 2011-2013 In-Color Paper Stacks
  • Misc:  1 3/4" Circle punch

So what do you think?  Like it?  Quick and simple,ight?  I challenge you to take this layout/sketch and come up with something yourself?  Email me a JPEG and you can have your moment in the spotlight!  Let's see what you can do!