US165 Stampin' Up! Everybunny baby card


This week's Unscripted Sketches sketch is an easy one. Imagine it with a photo in the background or maybe that patterned paper you have been waiting to play with. So many ways to use it!

After playing around with paper for a while, I turned the sketch on it's side and played around with the size of the two rectangles (shown here on the bottom). This also gave me the excuse to play with a new toy - our new Finishing Touches Edgelit dies. Love this sweet border! Enjoy!

Visit the Unscripted Sketches site for additional ideas by clicking HERE.

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Everybunny, Hugs & Wishes (retired)
Colors: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Soft Suede

Tools: Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits
Emb: Vintage Trinkets, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive satin ribbon (both retired)
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US164 Stampin' Up! Hoop La La


Ready to get your crafty groove on?

There's a fun new sketch at Unscripted Sketches today. I flipped it horizontally and combined it with Hoop La La, a cute stamp set based on one of my first craft crushes: cross-stitch!

You know... I used to think that stamping was the first craft that made me a collector of supplies. I was wrong! When I used to cross-stitch on a regular basis, I loved using the exact color specified on a pattern which encouraged me to purchase quite a few cards of thread. I realize now this is where it all began ;)

For additional ideas using this week's sketch, visit the Unscripted Sketches website. Enjoy!

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Hoop La La, Trust God
Card stock and Ink (Stampin' Write Markers): Whisper White,
Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip
Tools: 1-1/2" circle punch, Paper Snips, Paper Piercing Tool, White Gel pen, 
Embellishments: Ruffled Ribbon, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper
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Stampin' Up! Bon-Bons


Chocolate can be very inspiring. At least my taste buds think so... and hopefully the ladies at today's class will agree.

Normally, I try not to use so many tools on one card. I don't want my customers or readers to feel like they have to have 20 items for one card. Every once in a while, I see a card that compels me to pull out those goodies and have a go at it. Like I said... chocolate, even in paper form, can be very inspiring!

Inspired by: a card shared by a Sudsol member
Product Supply details:
Stamps: A Word for You
Colors: Early Espresso (dark chocolate), Crumb Cake (milk Chocolate), Whisper White (white chocolate), Cherry Cobbler (the "cherry on top")

Tools: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Framelits, Polka Dot, Argyle and Manhattan Floral embossing folders, Itty Bitty Punches, 1" circle punch, Paper Snips
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestones
Links: Visit my Stampin' Up! Store 24/7
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Stampin' Up! 2012 Catalog Swap


A fun way to get paper crafting ideas is to participate in a swap. At Stampin' Addicts, we are doing a few swaps this month, most of which are focused on items in our 2012 Catalog. Here is one of my swap cards featuring a new stamp set, Trust God along with a new framelit set Apothecary Accents.

By the way - this is a great way to use up scraps of card stock. If the rainbow effect isn't your thing, consider using one color, different shades of the same color or coordinating patterns. Enjoy!

Inspired by: Paper Crafts magazine samples
Product Supply details: 

--> Stamp Set: Trust God
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, 3/4" and 1-1/4" circle punches, Paper Piercing Tool
Embellishment: Brads (Brights)

Links: Visit my Stampin' Up! Store 24/7
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Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop project details


Did you visit this weekend? A few of us from Stampin' Addicts put on a blog hop showcasing new stamps and tools from the 2012 Catalog. In my post, I shared an aromatherapy idea and promised to share the recipes today. (I didn't invent these; they are simple recipes found on the internet on various sites.)

You can scroll down to access the blog hop, but here are the aromatherapy ideas I shared:

For the powder (on the left) simply mix:
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Cornstarch
Mix well, then add  8 drops of an essential oil and mix again. You can add more drops of oil  if you like, but smell the mix first. Essential oils are powerful!)

I chose to use a combination of Lavender and Sweet Orange, recommended for "calming". I made two and they are now sitting in Linen closets making our sheets and pillowcases smell so nice. Just what we need to encourage a good night's sleep.

Room spray
If you choose essential oils that are clear, you can use the following spray as a room spray or on your sheets. I spray some on the fitted sheet and our pillows before I make the bed each morning. When I lay down to sleep, the soft scent of Lavender is so soothing. I definitely recommend it.

2 ounces distilled water (or boil water and let it come to room temp)
2 ounces alcohol (rubbing alcohol is not recommended, use Vodka instead. Crazy, right?)
20-30 drops of essential oil*

Shake this mixture in a spray bottle to blend. Since the water and oils will separate, shake it again before you use it. If you are spraying a large area, shake it every once in a while to make sure the they stay combined.

 *If you choose to use a Chamomile oil, make sure it is Roman Chamomile; other types will stain your fabrics and furnishings.

Side note: I made too much of the spray and it didn't fit into my little spray bottle! I uncovered the glass vase shown here and placed it in my kitchen where the draft of the air-conditioning flows. Every time the a/c kicks on, the room is refreshed with the aroma I created.

Here are a few helpful sites found on the web. For more ideas, google can provide you with many more.

DIY basic intro and recipes

Aromaweb (various oil combinations)
Essential Oils (types of oils, properties)

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US163 Stampin' Up! Countryside meets Argyle


I love it when I can create something masculine. To me, these are often the most difficult to design.

However, using this week's sketch at Unscripted Sketches, I was able to create a Father's Day card for my dad. He loves vintage cars, so I used a great stamp from our Countryside stamp set. This truck makes me think of my childhood in Georgia and Sunday drives where we would see fruit and veggie stands on the side of the road. Fresh peaches, anyone?

The spark-plug looking charm hanging on the left is actually a jewelry charm. I thought it looked interesting and, coincidentally, it fills this week's extra challenge to use a transparent item along with the sketch. Just for fun, I stamped a Father's Day sentiment onto Very Vanilla card stock and trimmed out the "FATHER" part, adhering it to the charm using Tombow adhesive. The charm itself has a split ring which I ran through a hole in the card stock along with a punched circle of Always Artichoke card stock. Not too shabby, eh?

Want more ideas? Visit the Unscripted Sketches website for the sketch and many additional samples. The artists there used Vellum in different ways - even a gorgeous flower. Enjoy!

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Countryside, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke

Tools: 3/4" circle punch, Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder
Embellishments: Brads (Metallics), Linen Thread, jewelry charm
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Stampin' Addicts 2012 New Catalog Blog Hop - Two By Two


Welcome to stop #3 on the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop! Whether you have arrived from Kim's blog or you are starting out on my site, you can easily follow the hop by clicking on the "next" link at the bottom of each post.

For this hop, I chose to use an adorable new stamp called Two by Two. This Noah's Ark inspired image is an individual, wood-mounted stamp. You can find it in our Growing Up section of the 2012 Catalog.

First, let's get started with a greeting card. Although you can see the main image on this project, this stamp also includes "congratulations" under the ark. I left it off so I could use a different sentiment. (Note: project supply notes are shared at the bottom of this post.)

This card also uses our Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Aside from the main image, the Crumb Cake card stock layer also includes our image stamped with VersaMark for tone-on-tone detail. Simple layering along with Itty Bitty punches, Buttons and label Dies finish off the card.

Next, how about a gift to go with the card? Freshen up a linen closet or the baby's nursery with some home-made aromatherapy gifts. Decorate your container with a scrap of our Designer Fabric, ribbon and an embellishment or tag using the same image.

Aromatherapy containing Mandarin and Lavender essential oils

(I will share both the powder and room spray/diffuser recipes on Monday. They smell so good I've put one in each linen closet! )

Last, but not least, is a 12" x 12" scrapbook page. I love these pictures from when my boys were each 1-1/2 years old. Journaling will come later, but for now a sentiment (from Trust God) reads, "Thank God for what you have. Trust God for what you need." Just right for the mom who loves her kids but worries about being enough for them!

For this project, I stamped Two by Two in several different colors then used a 1" circle punch to isolate some of the different animals on the ark. They are layered along with other punched circles to create a fun pattern on the page. The base of the page is actually More Mustard, but it looks a little orange-y here. Sorry about that, when I was editing the photo I was apparently distracted by my adorable boys :)

Thanks for hopping by my blog today. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing Two by Two and a few ways to use this adorable image. To continue on the blog hop, click one of the links below:

Previous: Kim using For the Birds (great all-occasion set!)

Next: Carmen using Blast Off (this set is soooooo cute!)

click HERE to go directly to the blog hop conversation

Project Supply Notes
Color Scheme: All include Pool Party, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; card also uses Crumb Cake, Aromatherapy jars use Soft Suede and scrapbook page also uses Wild Wasabi and More Mustard
Tools for card: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Itty Bitty Buttons, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Banners and Jewels Basic Pearls
Aromatherapy jars: Spice Cake Fabric, Pool Party ruffled ribbon, Vintage Brads, Espresso Baker's Twine, scissors, Framelits - Labels Collection, Assorted Stampin' Write Markers to color
Scrapbook Page: Trust God stamp set, Circle punches range from 3/4" to 2-1/2", Clear Buttons, Espresso Baker's Twine, 2 pictures of my cute kids :)

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Stampin' Up! Morning Cup Labels Collection Framelits


Summer is moving right along... busy, busy, busy!  While the boys play outside, I thought I'd sneak into the craft room and try to make something using scraps of card stock. How about a little shaped card using a set that really says what is on my mind? Coffee and friendship!

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Morning Cup, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette

Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection framelit dies, XL Oval punch, Paper Piercing Tool
Links: Visit my Stampin' Up! Store 24/7
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Unscripted Sketches Sketch 162


Unscripted Sketches has a new sketch for you to try. Check it out:

Looks good for either a scrapbook page or a card, doesn't it?

To see projects based on this sketch, please visit the Unscripted Sketches website. Enjoy!

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Unscripted Sketch 161 Stampin' Up! Easy Events


Unscripted Sketches has a new sketch this weekend; will you give it a try?

I turned the sketch on it's side and used this tutorial from splitcoaststampers to make a cute little 4"x 4" thank you card.

The bird/branch image (from Stampin' Up!'s Easy Events) includes the words "wedding wishes" underneath the image. To isolate the image and leave out the words, I put a piece of Scotch tape over the words before inking up the image with pigment ink. Once inked, I removed the tape and then added color. If you haven't tried this technique, you'll be happy to know that I have step-by-step instructions, including photos, on my How-To page. You can get there by clicking the link in the sidebar.

Now to see some gorgeous creations based on this sketch, be sure to visit the Unscripted Sketches website. Seriously... my project is the most boring one so you definitely want to click the link! Join artists from throughout the world and upload your project as well. Enjoy!

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Easy Events, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Rose Red, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White 

Tools: Big Shot, Nestabilities, Small oval punch (retired), Large Oval punch
Embellishments: Floral District Designer Series Paper, Rose Red grosgrain ribbon
Links: Visit my Stampin' Up! Store 24/7
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How to make a coaster from tile


Need a quick gift for someone special? Drink coasters are an easy, inexpensive option. They only take a few minutes to create; however if you live in a humid area like I do, you will want to set them aside for a day or two to dry.


  • Designer Series Paper ("DSP"); our 80# card stock is too thick. The two tiles that are standing show images stamped onto our Newsprint DSP, while the one laying down shows Comfort Cafe DSP without stamped images.
  • Ceramic Tile: samples are 4-1/2" tiles from Home Depot. (Only 16 cents a piece!)
  • Tombow Multipurpose Glue (alternate: decoupage glue)
  • Crystal Effects
  • Foam Brush
  • Cork or Heavy-Duty Floor Care dots/pads

Here's how they came together:
  1. If stamping on your DSP, stamp images and set aside.
  2. Using a foam brush, spread Tombow Multipurpose glue over the tile - make sure you get it all the way to the edges. If your adhesive is thick, you can water it down a bit for easier spreading. Just a few drops of water will do, too much will cause bubbles in step 4.
  3. Next, lay a piece of DSP over the tile. (Samples use 4" square pieces.)
  4. Using the same foam brush, brush over the card stock and press the paper into the tile. 
  5. Optional: If you see bubbles under the paper, use the edge of a Bone Folder to press them out. Start in the middle of the coaster and work your way out toward the edges.
  6. Set the tile aside and repeat these steps on the remaining tiles in your set.
  7. Apply a nickle to quarter size pool of Crystal Effects to the center of the tile.
  8. Using the same foam brush spread the Crystal Effects, covering the entire tile. This is basically the sealant/protective outer coat.
  9. Set aside to dry.
  10. Once dry, apply cork or care pads to the bottom of the tile to help protect furniture from scratches. If using cork, cut to the same size as your dsp and adhere using Crystal Effects. Set aside to dry with a weight on top; I used a jar of sauce ;)
Note: I recommend these coasters for hot drinks or with double-walled cold drink cups. For cold drinks (in regular glasses), I would recommend stamping onto tumbled marble tiles instead. (See the technique HERE.) Basically, the permanent ink will not run when wet and the texture in the tile will help absorb and retain the moisture. With the technique used above, any moisture is likely to roll off the edges and onto your table...


Product Supply details (not listed above):
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron Classic Ink
Other: Bone Folder (you may not need it)
Links: Visit my Stampin' Up! Store 24/7
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