Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator ~ Debbie Dutchess ~ ~

Monday, September 29, 2008

Anxiously Awaiting Christmas Card Stamp Camp

Just a quick post this morning. Then I have to get busy getting things ready for our Christmas Card Stamp Camp this weekend.

Loretta and I had so much fun yesterday, planning each card that we will be making on Sunday. As usual, we got very carried away with our planning, and couldn't limit ourselves to just 5 card designs, so we decided instead of 4 each of 5 cards, we will each create 5 cards. So now you will get to do 2 each of 10 cards! You will still go home with 20 completed cards with matching envelopes, but you will have 10 different designs! We got carried away with the tags as well, and we are each designing 10 tags, so you will get 20 instead of the original 12 that we advertised!

We have some adorable party favors for you. But, you'll have to wait until Sunday to see what they are!

If you haven't signed up yet, and are interested, contact me today, we are almost full!

Check back later this week for a little sneak peek.

I know I'm extremely excited for this fabulously fun class...I hope you are!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Only One More Week

Just a reminder that there is only one week left for the Never-Before-Seen Stamps, Never-Before-Seen Savings promotion. Tuesday, September 30th is the last day to take advantage of the 15% savings on this list of select stamp sets. No additional purchase necessary, and you can order as many as you like.

Remember, ordering is so easy. No need to wait for a workshop, or the next class. You can place your own order any time with online ordering. Just visit my website and click on the "shop now" button and you're ready to go. Stampin' Up! has done a fabulous job with the online store. When you click on the picture of the special, all the sets that are on sale come up. Then, when you click on the stamp set, you even get project samples, and a list of items used for that project. How fun is that?

Enjoy browsing the Stampin' Up! online store. Until next time...


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Stampin' Up! & Country Living

Stampin' Up! and Country Living magazine have teamed up to offer the Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit, which will be featured in an eight-page spread in the December issue of Country Living.

Country Living is also offering a mini stamp and note kit to new subscribers who subscribe through their consumer subscription web page or use the special subscription card.

Take advantage of this awesome offer and get a Great magazine, and a bonus mini stamp and note kit for just $1.00 an issue!

Visit Country Living at
to subscribe today!

Enjoy your day.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Over 500 Hits

I just started my blog toward the end of this past June, and I have received over 500 hits! It may not seem like much to some people who have thousands, but I am just thrilled to see that people are visiting. I hope you're enjoying the projects and information that I'm sharing.

My card today is the Birthday card I designed to give to Makayla for her Birthday coming up in just a couple of weeks. She is going to be 5. Wow, talk about time flying!

The large background flower print is from DSP Haiku. The smaller background I stamped the flowers in Tangerine Tango & Kiwi Kiss on Very Vanilla. The number 5 is from the Sticky Cuts Letters & Numbers. These are double-sided adhesive and work great for adding the Duo Beads, or Stampin' Glitter as I did here. This is the green glitter from the Fine Cosmo Assortment. I stamped & punched the Happy Birthday circle from Think Happy Thoughts, added a brad in the center of the flower, mounted it to a Scallop Circle, and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I have a fairly busy day today. Jazzercise this morning, a couple of errands to run after that, then home for a while. I will be pulling out more things for my Garage Sale. Then, I'm closing tonight at work. Hopefully the UPS man will come before I have to go to work...I'm expecting a shipment of some fun new things, and some of the product to start getting ready for our Stamp-a-Stack on October 5.

If you want to get a head start on your holiday cards, you should join us for this workshop on October 5 from 1-4. For $25.00 you will complete 20 Holiday Cards & Matching Envelopes, and make 12 Christmas Tags. We may even sneak in a bonus project. We get so excited when preparing for these events, we just can't stop!

Have a Great day, and Thanks for checking in!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Fall!

Can you believe it? Today is officially the first day of Fall. This morning actually feels that way too. A little bit cooler, and just a touch of fog...out here in the country any way. Well, in honor of the first day of Fall, I have a card to share. I didn't get to play this weekend like I had hoped, so I made this card this morning.

Don't these colors just make you feel all warm & cozy? This is Tangerine Tango, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip. These leaves are from one of the first sets that I ever purchased when I was first introduced to Stampin' Up! about 8 years ago. Lovely as a Tree. I used the Versa Mark pad and stamped the image 3 times, and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The image then takes on the green color of the cardstock. Then, I stamped again with Tangerine Tango. Happy Thanksgiving is Chocolate Chip. It didn't show up as well as I wanted, so I went over it with my Stampin' Write Marker. The printed paper is from Bella Rose. I used the Ticket Corner Punch to notch the corners of the embossed piece, and added a gold brad to each corner. When I was done, or when I thought I was done, I decided it just needed something else. So, I tied a bit of Linen Thread around the Old Olive ribbon. I tied it just tight enough to gather the ribbon just a little.

I have an announcement for all of you that are local. I am having a Garage Sale this Saturday, September 27. I have tons of scrapbooking supplies and rubber stamps. Not all stamps are Stampin' Up!, but they are great stamps non the less. I wound up cleaning in my craft room instead of playing. I have decided to weed out anything that is not Stampin' Up!, so I can totally devote my stamping & scrapbooking to SU. There are some things that I just can't part with yet, but if you have ever seen my room, you know I have plenty to share. I have a lot of non SU stamps priced at $1.00. Some I have bundled so you get 2 or 3 or 4 for $1.00. I do have many SU sets priced very reasonably. So, here is the fun part for you. I am giving anyone interested the chance to come to my house Friday afternoon to get first dibs. If you want to come to take advantage of this Great Stamp Sale, come on over at 4:00pm Friday afternoon. I have to work Friday morning, and I know you're anxious, but don't come early, because I won't be here.

Tell your friends...unless you just want to keep this a secret.

Email me personally at if you need directions to my house.

I hope to see you 4:00pm

Have a Great week!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Spooky Spider Now Available

Great News! Stampin' Up! has announced the early release of the new Decor Elements Spooky Spider. Instead of waiting until October 1, you can order him now. Make your home and Halloween projects spooktacular. He comes in three different sizes, and two colors. Click on the flyer on the sidebar to see all the details for ordering. I used the Large 15" spider on my sample shown here. These spiders won't hang around long. They are only available for a limited time, so don't delay. Order yours today!

Ordering is easier than ever with Online Ordering. Just go to my website and look for the Shop Now button.


Busy Day

Whew! I've had quite a busy day. Makayla spent the night again last night, and I got up this morning to breakfast all ready on the table. She had set the placemats on the table with a bowl, cup, and spoon for each of us. She had taken some domino magnets off the refrigerator and set them in each corner of the placemats. Her bowl was filled with Frosted Mini Wheats, one of her favorites, and mine was filled (and I do mean filled) with Cocoa Puffs. I'm not big on breakfast, and really not too cookoo for Cocoa Puffs. I think I ate too many when I was pregnant with Casey...I actually craved them. Anyway, I did insist on pouring the milk since it was a brand new carton, and commented that I didn't know if I would be able to eat my whole bowl of cereal. Makayla said, "That's okay Nana, just eat what you can." In other words, practice what you preach. So, not to disappoint her I began to eat. I finally put my spoon down and she asked if I was done, and I told her I just couldn't eat any more. She said,"You did a pretty good job, but I ate all of mine, did you like your surprise Nana? I just love you, and wanted to do something special for you." My heart just melted. What a beautiful way to start the day.

After our delicious breakfast, we played Pretty Pretty Princess and a Dora ABC game. Then we had to take Scott's truck to the Claims Adjuster to get the estimate for getting his truck fixed after the mailbox incident last weekend. That took about an hour, and keeping a 4 year old entertained in an Insurance office is not easy. I was ready for a Coke by then, and it was lunch time so I let her choose what she wanted. She picked Burger King. We had a little time after lunch before she had to go to school, and she said, "Nana, we could go to Hollywood". I was a little confused, and then realized that right behind us was Hobby Lobby. So we went to pick out a craft for the next time she comes over. I took her to school, and had to go to our Insurance Agency who is conveniently located almost next door to the church where she goes to pre-school. I had to fill out some more paper work concerning the accident. Casey lives nearby, so I stopped by to see her. She is getting ready to move, and her landlord has been showing the house a lot, so she has been putting some things in a storage unit so the house looks less cluttered. So, since I had the truck, we loaded it up and took the load to storage. Of course then, I had to take Casey home.

There's actually more, but I won't bore you any longer with the details. I plan on playing some tomorrow, so hopefully I can get a project done to share.

I hope you all had a fun Friday, and if I don't get to post tomorrow, have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wow Flowers

Sorry I missed you yesterday. I had Jazzercise in the morning, and worked in the afternoon. I'm wondering how I used to get everything done when I was working full time. I guess it will just take some time adjusting to working again, even though it is just part time. I do have a card to share with you today. This is the Wow Flowers set, and some scrumptious fall colors!

The cardstock colors are Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, and Tangerine Tango. I used the same colors of ink except I used Close to Cocoa instead of the Chocolate Chip. It is a softer brown, the Chocolate Chip was a bit too bold. I did use Chocolate Chip for the Birthday Wishes stamp, so it would show up on the Tangerine Tango cardstock. The ribbon is the Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain, and the Rhinestone brad is from the Circle Ice Assortment. I used Stampin' Dimensionals on the white circle to pop it up and give just a little more dimension. I used the Scallop Circle and Scallop Edge Punch, and hand punched the 1/16" circles in each scallop. You can also use your paper piercer to achieve this look.

Had to share this picture too! Makayla had spent the night the other night, and while she (and Jake) were eating their breakfast, she leaned over and said, "Nana, this would be a really cute picture." I couldn't resist. My camera just happened to be right there, so I grabbed it, and she was right...pretty cute huh?

Thanks for checking in and have a nice day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Inspiration from a Friend

I was inspired by a friend to create this card. She had made basically this same card, but in blues & greens. It was beautiful, and inspired me to try it with the new Riding Hood Red, and Pirouette Pink. I also used the Designer Series Paper Bella Rose. I really like the way it turned out. The stamp set is the Upsy Daisy set that is on sale through the end of the month. I inked up the entire stamp with Pirouette Pink and since there is not a marker for the Riding Hood Red, I used the Ruby Red marker and just added color to the tips of the flowers. I love this technique for adding multiple colors to flowers. It works extremely well with the solid image of this stamp, and gives it a watercolor look. The ribbon is the Riding Hood Red Taffeta.

You can find more information about the stamps that are on sale by clicking on Never Before Seen Stamps/Savings on the sidebar. And, remember, if you are interested in ordering Stampin' Up! products, you can contact me, or visit my website and order online any time. The first three people to order online through my website will receive an assortment of some of the new ribbons.

Just a quick update on Scott. (see post on Sept. 14) He did decide to go get x-rays of his neck and shoulders. He was pretty sore always takes a couple of days after an accident to really feel it. The doctor gave him some muscle relaxers, and asked him if he wanted to take a couple of day off work, but of course, being the work-aholic that he is, he said no. We haven't heard anything from the Police, or the other guys insurance company yet. We did however, decide to contact our attorney just to be safe, since the accident involved a drunk driver.

Thanks for checking in today!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Celebration Success!

We had a great time at the After Convention Celebration, in spite of the mailbox incident. See yesterdays post for those details. The ladies completed 2 3D projects, a book mark, a gift card holder, and 4 greeting cards. They also got to peek at the Holiday Mini, and they were just as excited about that as I was! They can't wait until October 1 so I can place their orders. I should be receiving my supply of the mini catalogs tomorrow, so if you don't get one in the mail soon, contact me, and I will get one out to you right away. It is loaded with great Christmas sets, and accessories, a couple of really cute Valentine sets, and also features the Big Shot machine and dies.

Speaking of Christmas...if you want to get a head start on your holiday card next class is designed to help you do just that. We will be doing what is known in Stampin' Up! lingo as a "Stamp-a-Stack". I will design 5 holiday cards, and prepare everything you need to complete 4 each of the 5 designs. All you have to do is stamp and assemble! I am also going to create several Christmas tags for this class. You will go home with 20 completed holiday cards & envelopes, and 12 gift tags. We will be using sets, and accessories from the Holiday Mini Catalog as well as products from the Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog. This class is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 from 1-4. The class fee is $25.00. As usual, I will have drinks & snacks, all you need to bring is plenty of your favorite adhesive.
I am really looking forward to this class. By doing this, I too am going to get a head start on my holiday cards. I'm usually in a panic come December because I don't have my cards done. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in the class, so I can be sure to have plenty of supplies. I have room for 16, and already have a couple of ladies signed up, so don't wait too long!
Thanks, Sally for the picture of your projects!
Have a Great Day!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

High Speed Chase Ends in Head-On Collision

Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but yesterday while we were celebrating making several fun projects with new Stampin' Up! products someone else had apparently been celebrating too. Scott & Casey were outside when all of the sudden a car veered off the road, knocked over our mailbox, went down in the ditch, spun around and then raced away. Scott was irritated that the guy took out our mailbox and didn't stop, so he jumped in his truck immediately called 911 and began chasing the speeder down the road. The man blew through the 4-way stop into the construction area where men were working on the "closed road". While giving the dispatcher on 911 play-by-play action, he continued to follow. The man went through the round-a-bout that is currently under construction, only to find that all of the construction equipment was blocking that "closed road" as well. He turned around and headed back toward Scott. Scott saw him coming and thought that the man would stop, but instead he hit him head-on. In his hurry to get the license plate number, call 911 etc., Scott didn't put his seatbelt on. He got a scrape on his head, but other than that he was ok. His truck however, that we have only had for about a week and a half, has some damage. He was still on the phone with 911, who had dispatched the police, but with all of the road closures, they were having trouble finding them. When they did, they found that the man was drunk, 3 times above the legal limit. This was about 1:00 in the afternoon. They also found that they had "dealt" with him before. They handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail. Scott told the guy that if he had stopped when he hit the mailbox, he could have just paid for the mailbox, called his wife to come get him and that would have been the end of it. But, he had to run, and it ticked Scott off. Now who knows what kind of charges he will incur. It is a felony to leave the scene of an accident, speeding in a construction zone, not to mention driving drunk. As Scott drove back through the construction area to come home, all of the construction workers gave him the "thumbs up"! I praise him for his quick thinking, and am thankful that he wasn't hurt. I am also glad to have one less drunk driver on the roads.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More From the Mini

As promised, here is another peek from the Holiday Mini. These are just a couple of the Christmas items offered. See the snowflakes, they are felt, die cut shapes! How cute will those be on your scrapbook pages or cards! These are the Big Felt Flurries, and there are also Little Felt Flurries. The stamps are actually from two different sets. I justified ordering both of these sets by deciding to use them for my Christmas cards this year. My favorite is the Scandinavian Season set.

We have our big After Convention Celebration today. I will post pictures of the event and the projects later. Gotta go now and get ready. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sneak Peek of Holiday Mini

One of the things I love about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, is that we have the opportunity to order new product in advance, so we can create great projects and samples, or learn how to use those products, and be prepared to answer any questions when the time comes.

I love all of the products in the Holiday Mini, coming soon. I think there should be a box to check if you just want to order one of everything! On second thought, maybe that would be a bad idea. I tried to be good and only order a couple of things. Is nine still considered a couple? Anyway, I had to order this adorable tree, and the yummy Designer Series Paper Autumn Vine, oh, and the ribbon. Did I mention before that fall is my favorite season? Love these colors!

Ah, yes, there is more, but you'll have to check back tomorrow to see what else I couldn't resist.

Remember, if you are thinking about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, the Starter Kit Specials are still in effect through October 11. For more information, click on the icon on my sidebar, or visit my website.

Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Migraine Miracle Medicine

Good Morning!
I had a rough night last night. I woke up sometime in the middle of the night with a migraine. I managed to get up and take some medicine, and remembered a while back that a pharmacist had recommended Well Patch Migraine Pads, once before when I was having a lot of headaches. I rummaged through the cabinet, and was pleased to find I still had a couple pads left. They are actually gel filled, cooling pads that you apply to your forehead or back of your neck. I'm not quite sure how or why they work, because they don't contain any medicine, but they do. The coolness felt really good on my forehead, and I was able to go to sleep. I did get up at 5:30am as usual and pack Scott's lunch, but today I went back to bed to try to get some more rest. I am feeling much better now, and if I have time, I will post another project later today.

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Online Ordering & Little Lamb Card

Have you checked out Online Ordering yet? Stampin' Up! has done an excellent job of categorizing all of the products so they're easy to find. Each product has a detailed photo, description, and list of other coordinating products. Shopping couldn't be any easier! You can also go there and just browse, if you're not ready to order yet. Another great feature is all of the project ideas. You can browse projects featuring Cards, Scrapbook Pages, Paper Crafting & Gifts. When you look at a project, it tells you the project difficulty, and lists all of the items, with pictures, and prices, that are needed to complete that particular project. You just check off the items you want to order and put them in your shopping basket. How fun & simple is that? You can access Online Shopping through my Stampin' Up! website, or just click on the Online Ordering logo on my sidebar, it will take right there.

I do have a sweet little lamb card to share with you today. This is another card created with a variety of punches. I am really loving all of the fun ideas using these punches. I love versatility, and one thing that really sells me is when I can use a product several different ways.

The punches needed to make this little lamb are, Scallop Circle, Word Window, Small Oval, 1/2" Circle, and the Trio Flower Punch. The patterned paper is Designer Series Paper Bella Rose, and the cardstock is Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette. The "love you" stamp is from the Short & Sweet stamp set and coordinates perfectly with the Word Window Punch.

I'm picking Makayla up from Pre-School today, and then going to work later this afternoon. If you are attending the After Convention Celebration, watch your email today for a sneak peek of a couple of the projects that we will be doing. If you haven't registered yet, and would like to, contact me today!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Online Ordering Now Available

Shop for your favorite Stampin' Up! products or night...24/7.

You don't need to wait for the next event, or even a decent hour to contact your Demonstrator to order the Stampin' Up! products you love. Now, with online ordering, you can order any time, directly from my website! Simply click on the Online Ordering Logo on the sidebar and look for the "shop now" tab at the top of my Stampin' Up! Welcome Page.

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 3 people to place orders using online ordering through my website will receive a sampler of new ribbons.


Cattails & Pumpkins

Don't you just love Fall! It is my favorite season. The warm earthy colors, the cooler sweater weather, campfires, roasting marshmallows, and cattails & pumpkins! These two cards reflect everything I love about this season. The pumpkin was created using the new Wide Oval Punch. Just punch out 3 ovals, sponge the edges, layer, and viola! You have a pumpkin. The stem was made with the Word Window Punch, and the leaf with the Small Oval Punch and the Crimper. The crimping and the edges of the leaf are sponged to give it great dimension.

Again, I was thrilled when we got to make this card at our Friday night stamping frenzy! We received the Inspired By Nature stamp set at Convention, and I just love it! And how clever to add the punch outs from the Horizontal Slot Punch to create the cattails. The grass was stamped in Always Artichoke, and the butterfly from the Dreams du Jour set, was stamped in, what else, but Pumpkin Pie. The Thank You stamp is from Upsy Daisy, one of the sets that is currently on sale through the end of the month. The Large Oval and Wide Oval Punches were used to layer the saying.

There are only a few more days until our After Convention Celebration! I am so excited to share all of the new, fun and exciting things that Stampin' Up! has to offer. We still have room, so hurry and contact me today to reserve your spot for this hands-on workshop where you can see and use these new products. Hope to see You there!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 8, 2008

Two More Halloween Projects

Here are two more projects that we did last Friday night. Aren't they adorable? The cone is filled with Hershey Kisses. This would make a really fun party favor. It is made with cardstock, with a swirly image randomly stamped all over. The little bat for the tag is from the Batty for You set. The Lantern was made with Designer Series Paper Ghostly Greetings. I think the cutest part of this, that you can't see here, is that there is a battery operated "flickering" tea light inside. When it's dark, it looks like there is a real candle burning inside the lantern. How cute would these be as centerpieces at a Halloween Party or late October Birthday Party.

Well, yesterday was my first day of Orientation at Pier 1. I knew that I would be training with another person that they had just hired as well, and when I walked in to the office to fill out paper work, I knew the other new hire! Her name is Brittany, and she used to work at Memoirs. We watched the training videos, and walked the store to learn where all of the product is. I already have a list of things I would love to use to decorate my new family room. I go back later today to start training on the cash register.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

6 Month Vacation--Over!

Good Morning!

Most of you know that I was the Store Manager of a local individually owned scrapbook store that closed this past March. I have not been "working" since then, and personally, enjoying every minute, but missing the income. In the past 6 months, I have turned in numerous applications to various places, and had not received any responses. I was beginning to think I was going to have to resort to waiting tables, or fast food for employment. Not a happy thought. Well, last week, I was running errands, and decided to give it another try, and turned in a couple more applications. I was actually called for an interview this time. I have accepted a part-time position at Pier 1, in the Clay Terrace Shopping Center, the same center that the scrapbook store was in. It does feel good to be employed again, and I'm sure my husband is breathing a sigh of relief. It is only part time, and I intend to keep it that way!

I do have a project to share with you. I attended our After Convention Meeting with our Stampin' Up Group this weekend. Several ladies travel from Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and different parts of Indiana to attend this meeting. Nine of us got together Friday afternoon at the hotel where they were staying and stamped until 3:00am! Then got up and went to the meeting at 9:00 Saturday morning. We had such a good time sharing ideas and projects. The time went by so quickly, I had no idea what time it was until I got in the car to go home.

I had seen this card on another blog, and thought it was adorable! I hadn't had time to make it yet, so you can imagine my excitement when one of the ladies gave each of us one of these cards on Friday night. This is only 1 of the 20 different projects that we did that night.

I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

More Stampin' Up! Inspiration

I have been having so much fun "playing" cards! I was inspired again by SU. More Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip, but this time combined with So Saffron and Really Rust. Such great colors for Fall. This time I stamped the Scallop Square from the Say it With Scallops set twice. Once on Whisper White, and once on Really Rust. Then, punch out just the saying from the Whisper White cardstock using the one inch Square Punch, and adhere it over the Really Rust Scallop Square. I rounded the corners of the So Saffron cardstock, to coordinate with the scallop, added another felt flower from Flower Fusion, and topped it off with a half-pearl from the Pretties Kit. Another fairly simple card...but cute!

This is another great color combination for Fall. Bordering Blue, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White, and of course, we can't forget the Kiwi Kiss. This time, I stamped the image with Kiwi Kiss, on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch. This stamp is also from the Say it With Scallops set. To create the ring, punch a circle with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch, then center the 1-3/8" Circle Punch around the hole you just created in the cardstock, and punch. You now have a ring! I rounded only 2 corners of the Really Rust cardstock to coordinate with the circle theme, and randomly stamped circles in Versa Mark on the Bordering Blue. The saying is from the Always set.

Only a few more days until our After Convention Celebration! You can see all of these samples, demonstrations of the tricks and techniques shown here, and lots more, in person. Remember, this is a hands-on workshop where you will complete 5 fun projects, see lots of samples and demonstrations, and we feed you lunch. All for just $25.00. We still have room for you!

Contact me today if you're interested in making your reservation.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More Upsy Daisy

Here are 2 more cards using the Upsy Daisy stamp set that is on sale through September 30. I really like this one. The flowers are fun, and the sayings are very nice. The first card uses the Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss combo with just a touch of Riding Hood Red. Pretty simple, but not too plain. I stamped the image twice, with Kiwi Kiss, and then used my Sponge Daubers, to add just a touch more color to a couple of the flowers. Just a little trick to add more depth to the design. I used the Ticket Corner Punch to create the tag, and then the Horizontal Slot Punch for the oblong hole to put my ribbon through. The red ribbon is the Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon.

I really like the second card. I was inspired by a card in a publication that Demonstrators receive monthly. This time I used Old Olive cardstock and patterned paper from the Winter Retreat Simply Scrappin' Kit. I stamped the flowers in Bordering Blue, and the saying in Old Olive. The ribbon is the 5/8" Grosgrain. See the little clip...isn't just so cute? It is one of the new Mini Library Clips. I tied Linen Thread through the felt flower from the Accent & Elements Flower Fusion, put a brad in the center, and then just clipped it on. I did not glue the flower down, it just dangles...I love it!

Because the clip has quite a bit of dimension, you may want to add a little padding around this card when mailing.


Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!

I had a few minutes this morning, so I just wanted to pop in to say hello to everyone! I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous holiday weekend. We went to my In-laws yesterday and cooked BBQ spare ribs on the grill, had fresh green beans and sliced tomatoes from the garden and pie and ice cream for dessert. It was just a small group, which is very unusual for this family, but it was nice to sit, relax and visit. I truly enjoy going there. They live right on the river, and it is so beautiful and peaceful, except for an occasional jet ski. I have told my mother-in-law numerous times that if I lived there, I would never get anything done because I would want to spend my entire day sitting on the deck just watching the river.

I hope you're enjoying a peaceful, relaxing weekend as well!