Friday, October 12, 2018

My Inky Friends Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Inky Friends Blog Hop.  This time we are focusing on our favorite holidays and handmade projects that you too can make. If you hopped here from Sharleen's blog, then you have already seen some great projects featuring the Making Everyday Bright set.  So much fun!

It's not much of a secret that my absolute favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving, probably because it focuses on family, friends and food.  (Some might add football, but that's not really my thing).  Also, my birthday is always close to Thanksgiving, so that's an added bonus.  I have loved playing and creating with the Country Home Suite in the Holiday Catalog.  It's perfect for Thanksgiving decorations and maybe even a cute little favor to set on your Thanksgiving table.

Colors: Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight.  Stamps: Country Home.  Big Shot: Tin Tile and Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and Stitched Shapes Framelits. Accessories: Stampin' Blends, Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper, Galvanized Metallic paper, Chicken Wire Elements, Braided Linen Trim, Clear Embossing Powder, and Heat Tool..  Other: 12" Wooden Box Frame
Stampin' Up! featured a beautiful framed piece made with this suite and so many of my customers commented on it, I felt like I needed to offer something similar at my class last month.  I had this frame in my stash from a local unfinished wood craft shop.  After staining and sealing it, I added a layer of wood grain paper from the Festive Farmhouse to the background.  After I ran the Galvanized Metallic Paper through the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I applied Gray Granite and Crumb Cake ink to it to draw out some of the details.  Then I matted it in Mint Macaron and Gray Granite cardstock.  I stamped the milk can and flowers in Memento ink and colored them with the Stampin' Blends. I stamped the greeting in Gray Granite and then added a little clear embossing powder and heat set it to add dimension.  I layered those with a bit of the Chicken Wire Elements and the Braided Linen Thread.  So cute, right?

Colors: Copper, Merry Merlot, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Country Home.  Big Shot: Takeout Thinlit Dies, Merry Christmas Thinlits, Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Punches: Sprig Punch.  Accessories: Galvanized Metallic Paper, Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Merry Merlot and Copper 5/8" Reversible Ribbon and Suite Seasons Specialty Washi Tape.   
This little favor box came about while I was just playing around with the Galvanized Metallic Paper, the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.  I originally envisioned that I would just rub a little of the shimmer paint on the paper to highlight the embossed image.  But then I rubbed more on and I loved that it was a beautiful dull copper finish, perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape.  And this ribbon is super yummy.  If you haven't had a chance to use it yet, what are you waiting for?
Here's another view from the top so you can see the tag.  I used a marker on the stamp so that I could omit the "happy" from the "harvest blessings" stamp in the Country Home stamp set.  Then I die cut it with the larger label from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.  I took the copper striped tape from the Suite Seasons Washi set to had a little sparkle to the die cut.   Finally, I added a sprig punchy in Crushed Curry to add a bright pop of autumn color.   To see even more projects using the Takeout Thinlits, be sure to check out Rhonda's stop on this blog hop.  It really is such a fun little box.

Thank you for stopping by on the Inky Friend's Homemade Holidays hop.  Now you are off to Mary's take on Merry Christmas to All which is another one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog (I have too many favorites to count.)


Mickey Robert: Paper Conversations
Sharleen Luciano: Stampin' with Sharleen
Paula Wright: Stampin' with Paula
Mary Haugen: Center Stage Stamping
Rhonda Griffin: The Stampin' Bunny
Cindy Elam: Heart's Delight Cards

Friday, September 14, 2018

My Inky Friends 2018 Holiday Catalog Showcase

So happy to be hopping with the Inky Friends and showing off the fabulous products from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I love so many things in this book.  It was really hard for me to pick what I would feature in this hop.  But I settled on the Cauldron Bubble Bundle.

I'm one that can really take or leave Halloween.  Some years I go all out and decorate for it.  Other years I just ignore it.  But when I saw the witch in the Cauldron Bubble Stamp set, I fell in love.  I don't know how many years I dressed up as a witch for Halloween as a kid.  I know my mom made me at least two black witch dresses so that means it was likely four years in a row.  And the witch in this set just reminds me of a cute dress up witch.  Isn't she adorable?

Colors: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green,  Smokey Slate, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.  Stamps: Cauldron Bubble.  Big Shot: Cauldron Framelits,  Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals.  Accessories: Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Blends, Metallics Sequin Assortment.
The other fabulous thing about this bundle is how well the Framelits match up with the Designer Series Paper.  For this Hand Sanitizer Holder, I cut the witches hat and the cat out of the Designer Series Paper with the Framelits.

Colors: Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black, and Daffodil Delight.  Stamp: Cauldron Bubble.  Big Shot: Cauldron Framelits, Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles.  Accessories: Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper, and Basic Black  3/8" shimmer ribbon. 
For this banner, I used the new Black Foil Sheets that are also featured in the Suite to cut out the letters and the webs.  The witch, cat and cauldron were cut out the Designer Series Paper with the Framelits again.  The Ghost was stamped and shaded with Stampin' Blends.  Click on the picture to  get a better look at the details.

Colors: Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie.  Stamps: Cauldron Bubble.  Big Shot, Cauldron Framelits.  Accessories: Stampin' Blends, Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper, Black Foil Sheets, 1/8" Whisper White Sheer Ribbon, and Gorgeous Grape 1/4" mini striped ribbon.
I hope you have fallen in love with the Cauldron Bubble Bundle and Toil and Trouble Suite as much as I have.  Be sure to check out all the stops along the hop for more fabulous projects featuring items from the Holiday Catalog.  You can also check out the My Inky Friends website for more information and for some fun challenges.  Happy Stamping!

My Inky Friends:

Cindy Elam: Heart's Delight Cards
Mary Haugen: Center Stage Stamping
Twila Davis: Stamp A Little Longer
Mickey Roberts: Paper Conversation
Sarah Willis: Sarah's Ink Spot
Rhonda Griffin: The Stampin' Bunny
Tanya Boser: Tinkerin' in Ink
Sharlene Luciano: Stamp with Shar
Betty Traciak: Kitty Stamps
Paula Wright: Stampin' with Paula

Friday, August 31, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9

I told myself that once school got started I would get back into keeping this blog a little more updated.  It's been over a week and this is my first post.  Oops!

I knew if I got back into blogging, I would have to join in with the Inky Friends.  This group grew out of the old Stampin' Addicts blog hop group.  They are a fun and talented group of stampers and I'm thankful they are still going strong.  Now besides hosting blog hops, they also host challenges.  And this week, it's a design challenge based on a card featured on page 16 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. 
This is what I came up with:

Colors: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Mango Melody.  Stamps: Buffalo Check and Country Home.  Big Shot: Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Accessories: Chicken Wire Elements, Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Stampin' Blends.
The Buffalo Check and the Country Home stamps and the Chicken Wire Elements are in the brand new Holiday Catalog which goes live September 5.  I admit these weren't on my first preorder, but I just got them this week and I am loving them!  I know you will too.  Trust me.  

This was also the first time I used the Stamparatus on a background stamp and it made the whole process so much easier.  I will never use a block again for that kind of stamping.  And I feel like the Stampin' Blends make everyone look like a pro.  Notice how I used the blends to add some shading to the milk can?  I stamped that straight onto Smoky Slate card stock and then used the Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends to add some shadows.  Easy peasy!

I make no promises about the frequency of my blog posts, but I'm aiming for a couple of times a week at least.  Fingers crossed!

You really should play along with the challenge too.  Be sure to share your creation on the My Inky Friends site so we can all enjoy it. Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blended Seasons Card Class

Stampin' Up is offering a special limited-time bundle in the month of August called Blended Seasons.  It features twelve images that are perfect for stamping projects all year long and a set of coordinating Stitched Season Framelits. They are both fabulous! To mark the occasion, I'm holding a class featuring the above set of four cards made with the bundle.

This class is a bit different than previous classes I've held.  I'm offering the class for free if you purchase the stamp set ($39 for the clear mount set, $53 for wood mount, plus shipping and tax).  If you purchase the bundle including the Framelits, ($64.75 for clear mount, $77.25 for wood mount, plus shipping and tax) you can make two sets of the cards for free.  Club purchases count for free cards too, for those of you who are in my clubs.  If you'd like to just come and make the cards without a purchase, each set of four cards will be $10. 

WHEN: Saturday, August 25 from 10:30 to 1 p.m. or Tuesday, August 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: My house in Farmington, Utah

COST: $10 per set of four cards, or FREE with purchase (see above)

RSVP: Please let me know which class you'd like to come to and how many sets of cards you'd like to make before Tuesday, August 21.  If you'd like to order the stamps or bundle before the class, please let me know ASAP.  They are only available while supplies last. It may or may not be possible to order them at the class depending on supply.  Call or Text 801-557-3439 or email to

You can see all the images and information about the stamps and framelits here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

All Occasions Card Buffet

This class has a card for all your Spring Occasions including weddings, graduation, babies, mother's and father's days and more. The greetings on most of the cards can be customized for whatever you need.

WHEN: Friday, April 13 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. or Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If neither of these times work for you, we might be able to set up another time that will work.

WHERE: My house in Farmington, Utah.

WHAT: Make only the cards you want and more of the cards you love.  You can pick and choose from the cards below. 

RSVP: Please let me know if you are coming by Wednesday, April 10 so I can have all the projects ready for you. RSVP by emailing to or phone or text 801-557-3439.

COST: All cards are $2.25 each or any 10, mix and match for $20.  If you are a downline or a member of one of my stamp clubs, you can make an extra card for free.

Bring a friend!


Tranquil Tulips: Pick Real Red or Wisteria wonder. Pick from several different greetings. Let me know which color you want to make. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Celebrate You: Appropriate for a Birthday, Mother's Day or any day that's worth celebrating. Thanks to Stampin' Up! for the idea for this card. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Blooming Wreath: This one has a lot of little details so it will take a bit more time. But it would also be appropriate for a birthday, wedding, Mother's Day or any day worth celebrating.
From the Heart: Other options for this card include best wishes and congratulations.Thanks to Stampin' Up! for the inspiration for this card. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Daisy Delight: This is a thank you card, but other greetings are possible too. Thanks to Alison Solven. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Flourishing Phrases: This is a Joy Fold Card. There are several other greetings available for this one, including Sympathy, Get Well, Thank You and more. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Hello Baby: Features to embossing paste and the Stampin' Blends. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Adventure Awaits: Perfect for graduation or missionary service. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Happy Celebrations: Besides Birthday, this can also say Father's Day, For You or Graduation. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Wood Textures: Greeting can be Father's Day, Birthday, or something else. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Birthday Bash Stampin' Buffet

Want to wow your friends and family with Birthday cards you have made yourself? This is the class for you!

WHEN: Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Monday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: My house in Farmington, UT. Let me know if you need directions.

WHAT: Choose from 10 different birthday cards. Make only the ones you want and more of the ones you love. You can see all the choice below.

COST: Cards are $2.25 each or any 10 cards for $20. As a bonus, if you are a member of one of my stamp clubs or team, you can make an extra card for free.

RSVP: Let me know when you're coming and which cards you want to make by noon on Thursday, March 15 so I can have everything cut and ready to go. You can RSVP by texting or calling 801-557-3439 or emailing to

Bird Banter: On this inside, this card can say "obviously it wasn't an early bird" or "still suspiciously young looking, I see." And yes, I will help with the fussy cutting.
Perennial Birthday Card: Such a sweet card featuring the Perennial Birthday stamp set and just a touch of water coloring.
Sweet Soiree: Quick and easy birthday card with beautiful silver details in the Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper.

Enjoy Your Special Day Card. Features the Petal Palette Suite and the Stampin' Blends Markers.
Cupcake card: Features the Sprinkles of Life and Perennial Birthday stamp sets. So sweet, you'll want to take a bite!

Party Panda: Featuring Sale-A-Bration products, Party Pandas stamp set and the Celebrate You thinlits. Ask me how you can get yours free!

Party Pop: Featuring the Bubbles and Fizz designer series paper also available free with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration.
Cue the Confetti: Featuring the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.
Best Wishes Birdie: Featuring even more products from the Petal Palette suite.
Celebrate Butterfly: Featuring gold embossing and water coloring on shimmer white paper. So pretty!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Quick and Easy Card Kit Class

Stampin' Up! is offering so many cute card kits right now. I figured, why not do a class that just features them!!

I'm offering three sessions: 
Friday, February 9, 10 AM - 2 PM
Friday, February 9, 6 PM - 10 PM 
Saturday, February 10, 11 AM - 4 PM

You have your choice of the five card kits featured below. The kits will need to be preordered so I need all RSVPs by Friday, February 2. You can email me at or text or voice to 801-557-3439. Late orders will not be guaranteed for delivery in time for the class. If you are interested in bumping your order to receive a free Sale-A-Bration item, let me know.  Please plan to bring basic adhesive like a tape runner unless you are OK with using glue sticks.  I will have glue dots and dimensionals available if they are not included in your kit. Also, feel free to split a kit with a friend.  

Here are the kits to choose from.  They are all darling and fairly simple to make: 
Oh Happy Day Card Kit: Includes everything you need to make 20 unique cards, even a 13 piece all occasion photopolymer stamp set, block and ink spot that are yours to keep. This kit includes some hearts that might make good Valentines cards as well. $42 (covers the kit, shipping, tax and treats.) 

Soft Sayings Card Kit: Includes everything you need to make 20 cards, 2 each of 10 designs, even a 15 piece all occasion photopolymer stamp set, block and ink spot that are yours to keep. $42 (covers the kit, shipping and tax and treats).

Lots of Happy Card Kit: Includes everything you need to create 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, even a 6 piece all occasion photopolymer stamp set, block, ink spot and 4 watercolor pencils that are yours to keep. $42 (covers the cost of the kit, shipping, tax and treats)

Perennial Birthday Project Kit: includes supplies for 16 birthday cards, 4 each of 4 designs, plus a box with dividers to store them in. This kit does NOT include a stamp set, but the fee includes the use of the stamp set and inks. $34 (covers kit, extra supplies, shipping, tax and treats). 

Heartfelt Love Notes Paper Pumpkin Kit: includes supplies to make 16 Valentines Day Cards, 8 each of 2 different designs. There are only a limited number of these kits available, so let me know ASAP and be prepared with a second choice if I can't get it. $12 without the stamps and ink (you will use mine) or $22 including 10 piece photopolymer stamp set and an ink spot. Both prices include shipping, tax and treats. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christmas Stampin' Buffet

Do you want to send handmade cards and gifts this year?  Let me do all the prep work for you!

WHEN: Friday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. or Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If neither of these times work for you, let me know and we'll see if we can work out another time for you to come.

WHERE: My House in Farmington, Utah. Call or email for directions

WHAT: Make only the cards and projects you like and more of what you love.  Be sure to let me know what you'd like to make and quantities of each so I can have them prepped and ready for you when you arrive. See all the projects below.

RSVP:  Let me know when you are coming and what projects you want to make by Wednesday, November 15 so I can have enough time to get everything prepped.  Email to or call or text to 801-557-3439.

Feel free to bring a friend!


Snowflake: This card was inspired by a card by Cynthia Doyon and Mary Fish. It features a velumn overlay. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Season's Greetings: This card was inspired by Tami Hewlett. It features a watercolor resist technique. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Noel Pines: This card was inspired by Becky Jensen. It combines stamping and die cuts for a festive scene. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Snowflake Sentiments: Layers of detailed die cuts make a beautiful card that reminds me of a Christmas sweater. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.

Noel Eclipse: This fun technique gives just a subtle greeting to your friends and family. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20
Starlight: This card features an emboss resist technique and combines embossing powder with glitter to make a snow scene. It was inspired by someone but I can't find the pin again to credit the person. Eek! All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Joy: Layered die cuts spread joy to your friends and family. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.

Wreath: This card features the Painted Harvest flower as a wreath. All cards are $2.25 each or any 10 mix and match for $20.
Gift Tags: Set of 5 tags featuring the Merry Little Lables stamp set and matching punch. $4
3x3 Card Set: Four cards 3" cards packaged together in a "pizza" box for a quick and easy gift. $5

Merriest Christmas Card Set: Five coordinating full size cards and envelopes in a decroated acetate box all ready to give to someone special. $10
Watercolor Wishes Card Set: Want to give a gift of general greeting cards instead? This set features to Watercolor Wishes stamp set and a little washi tape for a quick and easy gift. $10