Thanks a Million

I came in second place in sales for the first quarter of this year in the TOPICS! (Touching Others with Paper, Ink, Creativity and Stamps!) Stampers Group  based out of Katy, TX and the Pieces of Heart Stampers Group founded here in St. Louis.  The top sales honor went to my dear friend Judy Sumner.  For this achievement, I was privileged to receive a Million Dollar Prize from Penny Thomas, leader of the TOPICS! Stampers Group .  The prize consisted of a box of Stampin’ UP! products such as  Whisper White cardstock, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive and other things I use on a regular basis.  They're like bread, milk & eggs for your kitchen. 

I have a great group of customers who made this happen and I am blessed to have them.  The people who I meet in connection with Stampin’ UP! are some the best people you will ever meet hands down. 

I sent this Z fold card to Penny thanking her for such generosity.   

Inspiration:  Lee Conrey

Stamps:  Word Play
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Real Red
Tools & Accessories:  Sizzix Big Shot.  Scallop Square Duo Die, Flower Daisies 2 Die,  Summer Smooches Fabrid Brads (sold out), Dimensionals

Posted on : May 02 2012
Posted under Thank You |

Pam, Jennifer & the Girls


Pam is married to my brother Dave.  She is from Granity City, IL.  The Dawdy's were our neighbors at our cabin on the Illinois River in Nutwood, IL.  We have some great memories of our time spent on Pecan Grove.  The flood of '93 wiped out all of those cabins when the levy broke. 


Jennifer is Dave & Pam's oldest daughter who lives in Witchita, Kansas.  I sure wish she lived closer so that we could see her more. 


My great-neice Abi is Jennifer's oldest daughter.  She gets prettier everytime I see her.  The photo used in this layout was taken at her 11th birthday party.  The icing on the cake is the infamous Aunt Polly's icing that is loved by all of our family.


Dani is also my great-neice and Jennifer's youngest daughter.  Based on what I heard coming out of the bathroom this week, I believe she will be an opera singer.  She is a hoot!

Posted on : Jul 06 2010
Posted under Scrapbooking |

Bee Happy

 Bee Happy

Today I attended the Share What You Love event for Stampin’ UP! Demonstrators organized by Sally Nusbaum. It was an awesome day spending time with some phenomenal and talented designers who share their love for paper crafting. There were product and technique demonstrations, make-and-takes, and an awesome card swap. On top of all of that, we had snacks, delicious lunch with a Chocolate Gooey Butter cake for dessert. Talkin’ about a WOW factor, that dessert will always be on my mind.
Today I am featuring the card that I offered as my swap. This design is not mine. I found it on Dawn Olchefske’s blog. I did very little to modify her design as her video was very clear and left nothing to figure out. The originality of this design is the texturz plate created using the Sizzix Big Shot and Stampin’ Up’s Daisies #2 Flower die (114520). 
The base of the card is Basic Black (5 ½ x 8 ½ folded in half and scored). Set this aside until the rest of the design is completed. 
Follow Dawn’s video to create the texturz plate and run you whisper white cardstock (4 x 3 ¾) thru the Sizzix Machine.  Sponge daub the centers of each daisy with Crushed Curry. Mount this to a Layer a piece of Crushed Curry (5 ¼ x 4)
Next comes mount a piece of Crushed Curry (3 ¾ x ¾) onto a piece of Basic Black (3 ¾ x 1). Stamp the sentiment from the Picture This (Hostess, Retired) on Crushed Curry and punch out using the Curly Label Punch (112208) and attach to the back of this Basic Black Strip.   Mount this unit on the Daisy Unit. Tie a simple knot using the Black Gingham Ribbon (104832).
Lastly, mount onto the Basic Black base.
The great thing about this texturz plate is that once it’s created, it can be used over and over again. I can’t wait to try some of the other Sizzix dies to create texturz plates for dry embossing backgrounds.  They add a subtle elegance to any project. 
Stamps:  Picture This
Paper:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Daisies #2, Curly Label Punch, Ribbon, Adhesive

Posted on : May 01 2010
Posted under Birthdays, Occasions |

HOT August Summer



This week's card is focused on the word HOT. 

In St. Louis, our summers are HOT.  The humidity can sometimes make the height of day stifling.  It can be unbearable.  Whew!!  I need some iced water just thinking about it.

Another thing HOT right now is the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP from Stampin’ UP!   I can’t wait to use this paper in a design with the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  But for this project, I just had to choose the Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie patterned paper.  It looks HOT, just like our August summers.

The base of this cardstock is Crushed Curry layered with the DSP.  Trim the lower edge using the scallop punch, mount and set aside.    

Use Mark the Date and Full Calendar to stamp the images in Pumpkin Pie using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for precision.  Next use a pencil eraser (I run a high tech operation) with barely banana and stamp the inner circles for a soft fill.  Next with a Really Rust Stampin’ Write Marker, write in the days of the month.   Pierce the centers of the blank days using the paper piercer and mat pack.  Insert and flatten More Mustard brads.  Set this unit aside.    I know what you’re thinking.  None of these colors are in the listed color pallet.  However, they compliment the main colors splendidly.  

Use the Daisy 2 Big Shot die and the cut flowers in Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.  Also cut 2 sets using the Spring Bouquet Flower Punch (retired).  Layer with the offset technique and attach with a More Mustard Brad.

Use the Flight of the Butterfly set to stamp a butterfly using Pumpkin Pie (body) and Crushed Curry (outline) ink on Whisper White.  Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for precision.  Punch the image with the Butterfly punch.

Mount the calendar unit.  Tie a simple knot using the Crushed Curry ribbon.  Arrange and mount the flowers and butterfly with Dimensionals. 

Finally, use a scrap of Crushed Curry of x 3 inches and create a stabling bar.  Fold in ¼ inch from each end. Attach using glue dots on the inside bottom of the card to stabilize the tent calendar.

Wondering why there’s a present on the 18th?   Its little David’s birthday.   My grandson is turning 4.  I used the Occassions Collection (retired Level II Hostess) with the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker on Whisper White.  It’s punched with the ½ circle punch and mounted with a Dimensional.

We made this card yesterday at my Stamp Camp.  The girls just loved it.  I will take mine to work tomorrow and place it on my desk.

Stay cool during this HOT August summer by creating this HOT Stampin’ UP! calendar.


Stamps:   Mark the Date, Full Calendar, Flight of the Butterfly and Occassions Collection (retired)
Paper:   Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Barely Banana, Really Rust, Crushed Curry
Accessories:   Sizzix Big Shot, Daisies #2 die, ribbon, brads, scallop punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, pencil eraser,  ½ circle punch, paper piercer, Mat Pack, Dimensionals,  glue dots & adhesive.

Posted on : Aug 02 2009
Posted under Calendars |