25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday—Week 13

Welcome! We have a new theme this week for the month of June. It is Ruby or Silver Slippers a la The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or the musical, Wicked.


I downloaded the pattern from Ellen Hutson’s website, http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/10/28/paper-witch-shoes/ last summer, and when I saw the theme for this month, I knew I had to try it with glimmer paper. I was delighted to find that it worked very well! The glimmer paper has a vinyl backing, and it actually makes the shoe less susceptible to tearing than cardstock or DSP.  The glimmer paper was carried over from the Occasions Mini, so while it’s not listed in the current Summer Mini, you can still order it. The item # is 121790, and it sells for $3.95 for 2 sheets of 12 x 12.  Because of the vinyl backing, I recommend using sticky strip or glue dots for adhesive. I used brushed silver cardstock for the lining.


For the embellishment, I ran Brushed Silver cardstock through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder. Then I punched out one of the designs with the Scallop Circle Punch.  I used the Boho Blossoms Punch to punch out a Glimmer Paper flower and a Brushed silver center.  I topped it off with a large Basic Pearl.

These shoes make great party favors. You can put candy in a small cellophane bag or pencils or small toys.  A fun and simple project!  Stop by the UDI blog to see what the rest of the design team has come up with this week.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and that you were able to take a moment or two (or more!) to give thanks for those who have given their lives to protect us. If you didn’t, take a moment today and hug a soldier or thank a veteran!

Until next week, Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday Week 12

Hi everyone! It’s the last week of our theme “Yellow Brick Road,” and with all of the crazy weather across the country, the theme has taken on new meaning for me this week. It’s reminded me that nothing in life is guaranteed, and we can make all the plans and preparations we want, but in the end, we have to take what comes and keep moving forward.

So here’s my card for this week. I finally got away from the road and the poppies.


Stamp Set: Full of Life

Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Concord Crush, Perfect Plum, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Pacific Point

Fabric: Springtime Vintage

Punches: Fancy Flower, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes, Ticket Corner Punch, 2.5” Circle, 3/4” Circle

Accessories: Basic Pearls, Big Shot, Flower Die, 3-inch Circle Die, Tearing Edge, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive


So I used the Flower Die to cut two pieces of the Springtime Vintage Fabric, then I offset them and pasted the yellow 3” circle to them.  I (carefully) removed the corner guard from my ticket corner punch and used it to snip all the way around a white 3” square.  Then I punched out the sentiment and glued it on the front.

I used the tearing edge to distress one edge of the card, and then sponged the whole thing with Pacific Point ink.

I popped the to larger flowers with dimensionals. 

I think the rest is pretty self explanatory, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  Hope everyone’s having a great week, and if you’re in the middle of all of that severe weather, please stay safe and know you’re in my prayers.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

UDI’s Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday Challenge Week 11—Yellow Brick Road

Welcome to another Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday Challenge! 

This card went through several transformations. In keeping with this Month’s Yellow Brick Road Theme, I was trying to think of things Dorothy and her friends encountered along the way, and I thought of the dark forest full of “lions and tigers and bears!” I thought this piece of Woodland Walk DSP was green enough to represent the land of Oz, and the circles reminded me of the dense foliage of the forest.  They also made me think of those cartoons where you see scary eyes glowing in the dark woods. So I laid a Greenhouse Gala road down through the middle of that dark forest. Then I thought about the Cowardly Lion and his quest for courage, and I used my Garden Green Stampin Write Marker to ink that word in my “Hero” Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel.

I had a hard time thinking of what to balance it out with.  My Beautiful Wings Butterflies just seemed a little too “froo-froo” for the boldness of the Courage stamp, so I finally decided to incorporate a sentiment from the On the Grow set, and added a poppy from the Friends Never Fade set.  I think this will be a nice encouragement card to root for someone who’s facing something with an unknown outcome that’s just a little out of their comfort zone like a job hunt, or a big out-of-state move.

Yellow Brick Road-WWW 11

Here are the tools I used:

Cardstock: Garden Green, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Designer Series Paper: Woodland Walk, Greenhouse Gala

Ink: Garden Green, Poppy Parade

Stamp Sets: Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel-Hero, Friends Never Fade, On the Grow

Ribbon: 1/4” Grosgrain, Daffodil Delight & Old Olive

Punches: 1-1/4” Circle, 1” Circle

I popped both greetings and the flower with Dimensionals

WWW 11-Inside

Inside I used the Eyelet Border Punch to trim the corners, and stamped the flower from Friends never Fade in Poppy Parade and the background diamonds with a stamp from Grunge Rock in Daffodil Delight.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s challenge card.  Check out the UDI blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with this week!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday—Week 10


WWW 10--Friends Never Fade

Welcome to Week 10 of UDI’s Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday Challenge. We stick with each theme for a full month, so this is the second week of our Yellow Brick Road theme. I tried to think of things you see along the yellow brick road, and there are actually a lot, but for some reason I’m stuck on poppies again this week. Go fig! Open-mouthed smile

So… Here’s the list of items I used:

Stamp Set: Friends Never Fade

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Ink: Poppy Parade

Designer Series Paper: Greenhouse Gala, and Sunny Garden

Accessories: Big Shot, Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice Folders, 3” Circle Die, Scallop Circles #2 Die, Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack flower punch, Snail Adhesive and Dimensionals

I hope you enjoyed my card this week.  Be sure to drop by the UDI Blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with for the theme this week!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday—Week 9: Yellow Brick Road

Welcome to Wonderfully Wicked Wednesday! We have a new theme this week based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Wicked, the Musical.  This month’s theme is the Yellow Brick Road, and here’s what I came up with:

WWW 9 - Yellow Brick Road2

I was definitely in an “Oz” groove this week, and ironically, now that we’re out of the circles/gears theme, I’ve finally been inspired to use bubbles!  I thought the greeting from the Word Play stamp set worked really well with this theme.  We have the yellow brick road, guiding us toward home and then we have the poppies representing all of the pretty or shiny things we come across along our way that can distract us from our goal.  Pretty deep, huh? LOL!

Here is the list of ingredients:

Cardstock: Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Poppy Parade

Ink: Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink.

Ribbon: 1/4 “ grosgrain Daffodil Delight

Circle Punches: 2-1/2”, 1/2”, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack, Owl Punch

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, Basic Rhinestones

I used snail to adhere the road, and the poppies to the Certainly Celery layer. Then I ran it through the Big Shot in my Square Lattice Folder. 

Then I used dimensionals to pop up some of my bubbles, while using snail for others to give it more of a 3-d effect.  The large bubble is white cardstock, sponged with all the various blues listed above as well as a dash of Pretty in Pink.  I added Rhinestones to a couple of the “O’s” in the sentiment.  The smaller bubbles are punched from Bashful Blue cardstock and sponged the same way. Finally, I tied the ribbon around the top two layers, and I’m done!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s card.  Be sure to visit the UDI Blog to see how the rest of the design team interpreted this month’s theme. Have a great week!