Okay- I’m trying to add this immage as my background. I’m not having much luck. The tutorial I found is for edditing the background in Blogger. Which I created a blog there just to see if it works. It does. Which just makes this more frustrating because I can’t figure out how to do it here. I’m ready to pull my hair out. If anyone knows how to do this I would really appreciate the help.

I managed to get 6 more cards done for my Special occasions Calendar Book class today. I’ve used some products that I had put away and never used yet so it was exciting to see everything turn out with out too many frustrations.

I really love this one.  I used the Big Shot Bigs scallop envelope die and the embosslits Beautiful Wings for all the butterfly’s.

I love the medallion background stamp. This one I took a light green patterned designer paper and clear embossed the medallion. Then I used Regal Rose ink and sponged all over the paper. The clear embossing shows the original paper and the ink doesn’t stick to it.

I used the Dreams du Jour stamp set on this card. I don’t think this picture does the card justice.

I love the simplicity of this card. Designer series paper and the sentiment is from the Heard From the Heart set.

Another simple card. I used the bird from the Cheep talk set and the flower in the upper left corner is from Autumn Days. I used the curly label punch for the center cut outs.

A more manly card. I purchased the Autumn Days set specifically to make more male cards but man cards are a bit out of my comfort zone. I sewed the “x’s” with hemp twine and I heat embossed the leaves with Copper embossing powder. This is my husbands favorite of all the cards so far for this project.

I hope you all enjoy and I hope to have the rest of the cards designs done by the end of the weekend.

As I promised yesterday I am posting the pictures and details for my up coming class on January 30th for a Special Occasions Calender Book with 26 cards. I don’t have all of the card samples made yet but I wanted to get this out so people could still get me their supply order this week if they want to sign up.

Supplies you’ll need to order for the class:

  • 1 pack 12×12 card stock
  • 1 pack 12×12 designer series paper
  •  2 colors of 1/4″ gross grain Ribbon
  •  Buttons (I used Fresh Favorites 1 $6.95)
  • Sincere Salutations stamp set(115068). If you already own this set you may choose another stamp set of equal or greater value ($23.95). 

 This totals $58.25 plus tax and shipping.  Choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

This is the out side cover of the book.

This is the inside of the book. There is one page with a pocket for each month.

This is showing the inside with cards in the pockets.

Now for all the cards. There will be 26 cards total. I still have 11 more to design but this will give you an idea. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

As you can see there will be additional stamp sets used as well as other tools. These will be shared amoung the participants. For those who sign up a letter or email will be sent to you with further details regarding what you will need to bring the day of the class.

If you are interested in signing up please let me know by the end of the week (January 8th) so I can be sure that the supplies arrive in time.

I antisipate that this class will take the majority of the day.  At this time there is no additional fee for this class as I currently have room for everyone at my house. If I have to rent a space there will be a small fee. Also no lunch will be provided. More details on the specifics of the day will be sent to those who sign up. 

Most of the 12×12 card stock will be used you’ll only have scraps left but there will be extra full sheets of designer paper, buttons and ribbon.

I had a great time with my open house this past Saturday. I had one new person attend. I was hoping for a few more new people but I will take one at a time to grow my buisness. I have to appologize again to all my guests. I’m so sorry my basement was sooooo cold.  It is normally cool to begin with so the below zero temps. out side did not help. Today I purchased the fleece and I have hung it up to make a curtain of sorts to block the cold from the door. So far it seems to help. Still chilly but not as bad. I think the next investment will need to be a more powerful heater. Any way enough about the cold. Below are the make-n-take projects from the Sale-a-Bration open house.  Sale-a-bration starts January 5th and runs through the end of March. Be sure to contact me soon to book your party.  My calendar will book up fast.

Used the circle sissor plus to cut the gray circle. The Melon Mambo heart is embossed and cut out using the new Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslits die for the Big Shot

A classic looking valentine using the new clear mount I {Heart} Hearts stamps set and the new Pinking Hearts Boarder Punch available in the Occasions mini cataloge. I really like the new clear mount stamps but I don’t care for the image stickers for them. I’m finding the stamps don’t stick as well to the blocks with the stickers.

This is a photo holder made using a 2″ binder clip. I got this fabulous idea from splitcoaststampers.com. I just love this web site for all the great ideas. I used the new Sending Love specialty designer series paper, chocolate chip and real red card stock and ribbon. The circle scallop punch and Heart to Heart punch. 

Also at the open house I featured the Occassions Calendar book for the class that I am holding on January 30th. I will post the photos of the book and the 26 cards that are part of the class tomorrow.

Open House

It has been a while since my last post. It is a busy time of year getting ready for Christmas. It seems my to do list just gets longer instead of shorter. I have an assortment of Christmas cards to share with you. Do to time shortage and not being able to decide which design I liked the best I’m using my stash of Christmas cards from a card swap and adding a few new designs.

 I made this card for my daughters violin instructor using the Music Expressions stamp set.

This and the next card are from the Berry Christmas set in the Holiday mini catalogue. I just love the simplicity.

Using the stamp-a-ma-jig made it really easy to line all the images up for the hanging wreath.

This picture doesn’t do this card justice. I used the medallion background stamp with white craft ink on the night of navy paper. I stamped the Dasher stamp using the platinum shimmer paint. Silver stickles really adds a lot of sparkle.

 I used the snowflake punch for the center of  this card. I used a spray of the platinum shimmer paint on the snowflake and white background paper. I added a snowflake brad(not SU) to attach the snowflake.

So which is your favorite?

Tonight I have tried my hand at the My Digital Studio again. This time creating a scrapbook page of my daughters third birthday. This started from a provided templete and I added a punch with text box for my journaling. I also removed some of the stamped flowers that were part of the templete and added some buttons and brads. The templetes are a great place to start when your looking for inspiration. This new software is super simple to use and allows you so much freedom to create just like you would with the actual supplies in your hand. I added and removed many different embelishments before coming to this final virsion just like I would lay different embelishments on my paper pages before committing. Only with My Digital Studio I don’t have to dig through all my supplies searching for that elusive embelishment.



Well it has been a few days since my last post. I’ve discovered that my one-a-day goal may be a bit too ambitious with 12 hour work days. So if time permits I will strive for one a day but for sure on my days off. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and found lots of great deals on black Friday.

I just love todays creation. The Desktop Calendar Box will make a great inexpensive gift. I found the pattern on Splitcoaststampers.com or you can go to www.funpapercandy.com to view Tammy Maxvill’s instructions.


Card:  (1) Melon mambo  8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scored at 4 1/4″ and 6 3/8″       Box: (1) Melon mambo  6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ scored at 1″ on all four sides    

Box wrapper: (1) Melon mambo 11″ x 4 1/2″ scored at 1″; 5 3/8″; 6 3/8″; and 10 3/4″

Card Panel: (1) Bermuda Bay 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″

step 1: assemble the box. cut on the scored lines up to the intersecting score lines. Cut the corners off on a diagonal. Add sticky strip to the diagonals and assemble the box.

step 2: Assemble the box wrapper. Fold at the scored lines. Add adhesive to the 1/4″ strip and assemble.

step 3: Create Card. Fold card in half at 4 1/4″ score line. Adhere to box wraper. Make sure the front of the card has the second score line.

step 4: Adhere Panels. Take all panel pieces and pattern pieces and adhere. Attache box banels to the box. Attach card front to the card.  Attach the calendar on inside of card. Punch a hole and add brad for box handle.

The calender can be found on www.splitcoaststampers.com under the templete forum.

This was really easy to put together. I spent more time decorating the card front than assembling the box and card base. I hope you will all give this a try.




Well I missed posting yesterday so today I have two projects to share with you. Originaly I set out to make the book mark with the large petals going around however it was just way to big so I put the big flower on the card and just used the center to make the book mark. While an idea not working as planned can be frustrating it can still have a happy ending. I hope you enjoy.


Today my friend Vera came over after work so we could design her first ever hand made Christmas cards.  We each set out to design one card using the Gifts of Christmas set and based our design some what from the example in the SU book. This first picture is Vera’s design. I really love the way it turned out.

Recipe: card stock: kraft, real red, glorious green, confetti cream, and bashful blue. She used the wood grain texture plate on the bashful blue paper. Markers: glorious green, real red and bashful blue.  Accessories: dimensionals to pop up the bird, bashful blue taffeta ribbon, bashful blue chalk to shade the bird, the mat pack/paper-piercing tool, and scallop boarder punch.

Here is the card that I made. I used all the same paper and markers and accessories as listed above. I switched out the taffata ribbon for bashful blue 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon. I used the Petals-a-plenty embossing folder. The oval was cut using the frame oval scallop die for the Big Shot. I used the oval also to trace on the back of the real red to be cut out. I used dimensionals to pop up the red frame and the bird.

Vera has settled on her design which I also love. I look forward to our next get together to mass produce them. There is nothing like getting together with a friend to create and share some laughs.

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