Don’t Cry Over Spilled Coffee

We made this card a while back at my October stamp camp.  I actually sewed the paper with my mom's Singer Golden Touch n Sew sewing machine.  It must be 40 years old at least.  Its performance and my rusty skills were match perfectly to create the shabby chic effect I was going for.  We used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to make it look like someone had spilled their coffee on the card.  That was a hoot. Sponging added more shabbiness.  I loved how it turned out for a masculine looking card.  The crinkled twine used was defrayed burlap ribbon.

Inspired by: Teneale Williams, Artisan from DownunderOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
























Posted on : Jan 01 2015
Posted under Friendshp, Masuline |

Truly Grateful

I am going to dedicate this card to truly great peeps.  I made this card for my October Stamp Camp at Kroptoberfest.  Kroptoberfest was a Columbus Day weekend crop at the Holidays Shore Resort in the Lake of the Ozarks.  Spending time with my peeps, stamping & watching the game on the Big Screen was AWESOME!!!!!   I am truly blessed to have such fabulous group of friends who have a like passion.  I've even turned a few of them into baseball fans.

Sally:  I  haven't forgot that I owe you a button.

Inspired by:  Joan Jeffrey

Truly Grateful

Posted on : Nov 22 2013
Posted under Fall & Thanksgiving |


This card is cased from a card LeeAnn Greff received as a swap from her downline, Karen.   I thought it was adorable.  Stamping images on a die cut was a challenge until I saw Dawn Olchefske’s tutorial on how to the stamp images with this stamp set.  First you ink up the stamp, then lay the die cut on top of the stamp.  Next you use a clear block to apply even pressure for the ink to absorb evenly.  Finally, lift the die cut off the stamp.

I had a new customer at my stamp camp on Saturday and she aced this technique the first time.  Awesome!!!!

This card was among the favorites made on Saturday. 

Stamp Sets:  Wonderfall, Petite Pairs
Paper:  More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Ink  Early Expresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze
Tools & Accessories:  Sizzix Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Vintage Trinket Brads, 1” Square Punch, Paper Piercing Mat & Tool, Distressing Tool (retired) Non-Stampin’ UP!:  Circle cutter

Posted on : Nov 20 2012
Posted under Birthdays, Fall & Thanksgiving |

Autumn Leaves

The peak season for fall leaves came and went extremely fast this year in the midwest.  On the day of my  October 16th stamp camp,  the trees in woods overlooking my deck were stunning.  The maple tree in my side yard was absolutely exquisite.  A week later, every leaf was gone leaving the branches bare.   This card is a beautiful representation of fall leaves.  I initially made it for a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator swap held in September and repeated the project at stamp camp.  The versatile Woodgrain Embossing Folder and sponging nearly brings these leaves to life—well maybe silk leaves.

Inspired by:  Tara Bourgoin

Stamp Sets:  Blooming with Kindness, En Français
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory
Tools & Accessories:  Sizzix Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Stamping Sponges, Glue Dots, Adhesive

Posted on : Nov 01 2012
Posted under Fall & Thanksgiving, Thank You |