Rubberstamped Card Flop…

Sometimes you're hot and sometimes you're NOT!  Today was one of those mornings where I wasn't so "hot".  Some times creative endevors, like scrapbook pages and cards etc. can be a bit like labor..a little work and the result is SO worth the effort. (note to self:  insert photo of darling children.)  And sometimes it's more like that dumb triathalon that I tried ONCE…painful, grueling and when finished all you can do is ask, "whatever for!?"  Note:  Labor WAS WAY easier….

So today…my effort is in the triathalon category.  Ever have one of those creative days?  Every card/page/quilt square etc is just a dog?  I've been "hot" all week and today…ugh!  It's almost laughable.  I found this card on Pinterest and I wanted to use it as a source of inspiration….my cousin wanted a few and so I thought I would Stampin' UP!-amatize it.  (you know, make a Stampin' Up! version of it!)

So I started with the Quint-essential Flower Stamp, cause it's a free choice during Sale-a-bration.  Yeah, it didn't go with the swirly background stamp
Stamping messthat I had.  So I moved over to Mixed Blossom and yeah, that didn't look very good either. 
By then I was getting a bit frustrated and neglected to use the Embossing Buddy with my Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder and you can probably guess the result of that one…

So sometimes it's just better to throw your hands up and step away from the card.   Accept the fact that occasionly ugly cards are born…. 


Mixed Blossom

My Clown Card


And rest on your past laurels…


Storybook Designer Paper

One of my better pages from the week



and hope that your stampin' mojo returns.  And see who else is having one of those days?


 I'm going to go clean up the mess and THINK about doing some laundry.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Punch Art

A simple constant in my life is chocolate anything and if it's fruit wrapped in chocolate, well that's even better!  Chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered raspberries or cherries, chocolate covered coffee beans…what?  It's a bean and must then be a vegetable and thus closely related to fruit, right?  Chocolate is a food group in my world.  So when I got this ADORABLE card from a good friend, Gail, I just about flipped!  It's a Chocolate Covered strawberry done using our Heart Framelits.  Too cute, right?  I'm kind of thinking I need to do a scrapbook page with this card/colors/image.  What you think?  Am I up for the challenge?  Tomorrow's video project?  Make sure you've subscribed to my You-tube Channel to make sure that you are getting all the tips, techniques and projects.


And if you need the supplies to work up your own Chocolate Covered Strawberry.  Here's the list

  • Perfect Polka Dot Folder (117335)
  • Hearts COllection Framelits (125599)
  • 5 Petal Punch (retired)
  • Crystal Effects (101055)
  • Top Note Die (113463)

CS:  White, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso (oh, have I mentioned that my other love is coffee?)

and the link to my online site so that you can order them up directly!

My Digital Studio

Yeah, I've been neglecting you this week!  But I have an excuse.  I been working up samples for the Scrapbook Expo using My Digital Studio.  It's been really really fun.  Now here's a quick layout done with MDS.  I need to make this quick as I worked last night and the caffeine edge is wearing off quickly! 

My Project 17-001

But here's my family.  I used a preset template in MDS from the Delight in the Day Photo Book Template (actually this page is part of a two page layout) and then proceeded to change colors and papers to customize to fit my pages and photos.  It's better in person.  Come and check it out at our display area at the Milwaukee Scrapbook Expo on April 20th & 21st.  See you then!

127758LDId you know that you can try the MDS Digital Program for 30 days absolutely free?!  Contact me for more information.  262-521-3194

Big Top Birthday DSP Kits

Glitter and paper shards are floating on the gentle breezes wafting thru the studio these days.  On the days that I'm creating here in the studio, it's hard to image that it's March and I've got the windows and the doors open enjoying the serenity that is my chaos here on the farm.  Squawking chickens, buzzing bees and whining children aside.  I have  managed to squeak some time out in the garden and flower beds and I do feel bad for those of you that are stuck in a "real" 9-5 indoor job.  These are the days that I LOVE my job, if you can even call it that.

So what to share with you faithful readers today?  Hmmm, how about a sample from my " Big Top Birthday DSP kits".  The paper or more accurately the coordinating set, Under the Big Top, pretty much describes the life here on the farm/stamp studio.  Most days I'm managing a three ring circus and just like the circus, the dull roar is lots of fun but comes along with loads of elephant and horse manur….ok, never mind the stinky part of the job.  Just suffice it to say, it's good for my flowerbeds. 

So here's one of my favorite samples from this kit.  IMG_7247

Those of us that have Circus photos to scrapbook or any number of kids birthdays to stamp for….you HAVE to have this fun and festive paper and kit.  DOn't forget the kit comes with a 15% coupon for the coordinating stamp set, Under the Big Top.  Remember, this kit is MAILABLE!

Kit Includes:

  • 4 Card designs and directions using the Big Top Birthday DSP Kit Contents & the Under the Big Top Stamp set.
  • 1 – Two page Scrapbook Layout using Big Top Birthday DSP Kit contents and Under the Big Top Stamp set
  • 6 Sheets Under the Big Top DSP  
  • 2 Tempting Turquoise 12×12 CS
  • 2 Whisper White CS
  • 1 Daffodil Delight CS
  • 1 Real Red CS 
  • 1 Old Olive CS  
  • 1 Peach Parfait CS 
  • 2 – 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces of Stripe Embossed CS 
  • 2 yd Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon 
  • 2 yd Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon Ribbon 
  • 6 Bold Bright Buttons 
  • 6 Silver Brads 
  • Various Scallop Circles and Circle Punch-outs    
  • Coupon for 15% off Under the Big Top Stamp Set – good thru 6/2012

Purchase yours TODAY!

Kit Options
Kit-Picked Up $15.50 USD Kit – Mailed $19.00 USD