Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Faux Leather Clutch

Today's share is a technique and project I learned in a VC Rocks! class this summer. This fabulous class was taught by Marisol Gutierrez.
Marisol is such a sweet lady and a wonderful teacher, not to mention, a fabulous stamper.
Here is my Faux Leather Clutch:

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here is the inside, lined with Elegant Soiree DSP:

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Isn't it awesome? I had it laying out on my desk and my beautiful daughter, who isn't usually
impressed by my projects, came into the kitchen with it and said "you made this entirely out
of paper?" when I answered "yes, do you like it?" She said she did and that it was cool. Well, that's good enough for me. Cuz if she thinks it's cool, it probably is, lol.

Thanks for coming by today and checking out my little blog. comments are appreciated.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Artistic Etchings

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start. Today's share is a card that
Patty Bennett made and I just had to case. I love this set but was having a hard time making
a really vintage card out of it. So here is my case, and hopefully I can jump off from this one
and make more vintage cards of my own. Thanks, Patty for the inspiration:

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Isn't this just gorgeous? I absolutely love it! Thanks again, Patty.

Thanks for checking in today. Comments are appreciated.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

VC Rocks! 2010

Well, this weekend marks the end of the VC Rocks! Group for 2010. I will miss all my friends, old
and new when the closing ceremonies are over, and the emails wind down. Our last stamping
challenge for the year, by our resident and renowned Punch Queen, Ellen K. was to make a card,
her only requirements were to use Real Red and at least one punch. Here is my submission to
the challenge:

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As a tribute to all my friends, may we keep in touch, may your lives be happy, and until we meet
again, take care, and stay safe.

Hugs to you all.

Friday, August 27, 2010

RAK Delights

One of the great part about VC Rocks! each summer are the RAK's. It is an awesome feeling to
open the mailbox and find something besides bills, and to find that someone has thought enough
of you to send you a card......just because. Here are a few I received recently.

From the wonderful Kimberly Johnson:

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From the lovely Patricia Gessner:

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And last for today, from the awesome Jane Hignite:

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Aren't they just beautiful? I feel so special.

Thanks for looking today. See you again soon. I'm sure these ladies would adore to know
what you think of their cards.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Today I would love to share a card I made for a swap, but didn't really like, so never joined the swap. Now, I have changed my mind, I think I may like it, lol. What do you think?

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Not sure what got on the right hand side of the card, but please look past that. I really think I
should have made 11 more of these and sent them in. Oh well, that's what happens.

So glad you stopped by today. Hope your day is going well. See you again soon.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

You Rock!

As I was blog surfing one day recently, I ran across an Austrailian Demo who had made a
guitar out of punches and I had to make one. Thus, today's project. Lookie:

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Colors are Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, and Brushed Silver. Very masculine, don't you
think? This would be awesome for a teenage boys birthday, or just because you think he

Thanks for stopping by today! Comments are appreciated.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Morning Cup by Debbie Saffels

Last week, my downline and I got the opportunity to go to a meeting at my upline's home with
our SU siblings, and stamp. Five of us were to bring make n takes for us to make. Today's
share was a make n take designed by my downline Debbie Saffels.

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I think it turned out cute. Debbie is new and is really doing a great job with Stampin' Up!
I am very proud of her. She has only been stamping since the first of the year, but she
absolutely LOVES stamping and sharing it with others.

If you would like to join my team, just contact me for more info, or check it out on my Demo
Website, InkingtheNightAway.stampinup.net password: Strawberry Stampers.

Thanks for coming by today. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 23, 2010

WHOOOOO's Hostess Gift?

Happy Monday, everyone! I sure hope you had a chance to check out the VC Rocks! blog hop
this weekend. There was lots of talent to be shared, and I thoroughly enjoyed participating as
well as hopping along.

Today's project is a hostess gift I made for one of my workshops. I really think she liked it.

Here is the outside of the little notebook:

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This is the inside:

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And this is a close up of the little owl bookmark clipped inside:

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Wouldn't you love to receive a gift like this? Contact me today to set up your workshop or catalog party and get your own little gift.

Thanks for stopping in, comments are appreciated.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

VC Rocks! Final Blog Hop for 2010 Season

Welcome to the Final Blog Hop for the 2010 season of VC Rocks! It has been a whirlwind summer at VC Rocks! Lots of games, classes, swaps, contests, challenges, fun, laughter, and most of all friendships and fellowship. This is the most wonderful group of ladies. They are also some of the most talented you will find anywhere and I am proud to call each and everyone of them my friend.

There are 32 stops on this hop as well as 4 ladies posting on the VC Rocks! home blog, so you
will find loads of great projects.
You most likely hopped here from the lovely Diane Clark-Sutton. She does awesome work. If you get lost along the way, travel to the VC Rocks blog to find your way again, and check out the stampers that are being featured there today. Here is my project:

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Isn't this the cutest little witch you have ever seen? I loved how this turned out.

So here we go. To make this card, you will need:

Stamp sets: Greeting Card Kids, Grateful Greetings

Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Black Stazon

Punches: Ribbon Border, 2-1/2" Circle, 3/4" Circle

Other: Aqua Painter, Glue Dots, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Neutrals Buttons, Hemp Twine,
Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

Card Stock:
Pumpkin Pie (1) pc 8.5 x 5.5 folded in half for card base.
Very Vanilla (1) pc 3.5 x 3.5
Rich Razzleberry (1) pc 3 x 4.5
Old Olive (1) pc 3/4 x 5.5
Basic Black (1) pc 3/4 x 3.5
(1) pc scrap to punch 11 circles with 3/4" punch


1. Stamp your image onto Very Vanilla Card stock with Black Stazon.
2. Using your ink pads and your aqua painter, watercolor image as in picture.
3. Punch image out with 2-1/2" circle punch.
4. Punch 11 black circles out with the 3/4" circle punch and adhere them around outside edge of punched
image, giving it a black scalloped circle edge.
5. Run your piece of Rich Razzleberry through your Big Shot with Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
6. Punch your strip of black cardstock with Ribbon Border Punch
7. Using your mat pack and paper piercer, pierce two lines down the short right side of your Old Olive strip.
8. Put the card together as follows: Rich Razzleberry embossed piece onto Pumpkin Pie card base, top with Old
Olive strip near center of card. Add black ribbon border piece onto left hand side of Old Olive strip and mount
scalloped image with middle of image where Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie meet. Thread Black flower
button with hemp cord and tie knot, then adhere this to glue dot to bottom of card where Razzleberry and
Pumpkin pieces meet.
9. Stamp sentiment onto bottom right corner with Basic Black Ink.

Hope you get a chance to try this card, it was loads of fun to make.

Now it is time for you to move on. Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. Comments are greatly

Your next stop will be the lovely and talented Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Artistic Etchings on Tile

Today's project is one I did for a customer this week. She wanted to learn how to stamp on tiles, so
this is the tile I showed her, made with the Artistic Etchings and En Francais stamp sets, Ruby Red and Basic BlackCraft Inks and Clear Embossing powder. This was a case from another demo, I did change the color of the red, to the one I actually had, but other than that, it is exactly the same. Why mess with perfection? Anyway, here is today's project:

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Isn't this pretty? Imagine it with a pretty bow and on a little easel, wouldn't that make a nice gift? I think so. Anyway, my friend loved it and hopefully it will entice her to try a few of her own.

Thanks for stopping in today. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the final blog hop of this
years VC Rocks! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jacob's Ladder Card Inspired By Nature

Hello, and thanks for stopping by today. Today's project is one that I taught in a VC Rocks! class earlier this month. It is such a pretty card and has a definite WOW factor to it.

Here is the front of the card:

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now after removing the belly band:

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and the inside:

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here is my wonderful hubby helping me.

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with card made into W, place thumbs on either side and pull.

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ooh, a secret door. How cool is that?

VC is almost over for this year, it closes at the end of this month, but let me tell you, you missed
out on load of fun, and make n takes, and fun, and classes, and laughter and friendships, and swaps and did I say fun? It will reopen in May 2011. Watch my blog for more info and come join us.

Hope you enjoyed today's card. Comments are appreciated!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Guest Artist Amy Halbert

Today I have my BFF Amy's art to share with you. She and I worked on almost all our VC Rocks! swaps together including our roomie boxes. We made the same gifts for our awesome roomies, just switched out DSP to suit our roomies likes and dislikes. Here are Amy's gorgeous gifts, made with the Greenhouse Gala DSP:

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What do you think? I just loved them, and Greenhouse Gala wasn't a paper I thought I
liked until she made these with them. Since we were on the 70's floor, Amy thought this
had a real 70's feel to it, and it really does, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for dropping in today and don't forget to leave Amy some comments to tell
her how much you liked her work. See ya again soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ABP Post #7

Ok, we are winding down on the ABP swaps, so I hope you have enjoyed these great gifts and maybe gotten some inspiration from them. Here are todays shares:

How would you love to receive this gorgeous Nugget Tin by Karen Sullivan?

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or this Adorable cell phone cozie by Amy Halbert?

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or wouldn't this treat bag by Loni Holt be great at your next party?

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Once again, hope you have gleemed some inspiration from these great gifts and also hope you
will consider joining us for VC Rocks! next Spring when we open again for new members.

Thanks for dropping by again today, Tomorrow we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming, lol.

Monday, August 16, 2010

ABP Post #6

Are you ready for more? Today's projects are once again brought to you by the talented ladies at VC Rocks!

First for today is this awesome Tile Trivet by my good buddy Melissa Isgett:

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Second is this gorgeous Altered Canvas by another good buddy and Stampin' Up! sister of mine, Gail Trask:

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Aren't you just in awe of the quality of these gifts? They are definitely gifts you would love to give or receive.

Just a few more left to share. Thanks for coming.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Book Mark Swap

Today's share is another swap, I love to read, so I can never get too many bookmarks. I join this
swap every year it is offered and am never disappointed in it. Here is my bookmark"

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Pretty cool, huh? You can never go wrong with a sunset on the beach, or with a palm tree in my
opinion. Tropical Party is a stamp set in the Summer Mini catalog which only lasts until the end
of August. It is a great set for anyone living in a tropical climate, so get it before it is gone.

Have a great day! See ya soon!

Friday, August 13, 2010

ABP Post #5

Yet another day of wonderful altered gift projects. I hope you are enjoying these projects, it was like Christmas each day one came in the mail. I just love Happy Mail, and this was some of the happiest ever. lol.

Big Shot Fabric Flower by Marisol Gutierrez:

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and Earrings in a spectacular Box with Belly Band by Patrice Herrera:

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Now the description for this swap was to be gifts that you would love to give or receive and I do
believe these definitely fit this description, don't you?

There are still a few more to share, so be sure to come back. Thanks!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

ABP Post #4

Welcome to ABP #4. Another day of wonderful altered gift projects. Today's projects are:

Altered Frame by Jeanie Carter:

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and an Altered Tote Bag by Pam Miller:

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I appreciate you stopping by today. See you again soon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ABP Post #3

Today is another post of the awesome projects from the ABP swap. Without further ado, here are today's shares:

Polymer clay tiles by Stacie Brethour:

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Altered Tin by Tina Taves:

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Aren't these great? VC Rocks! has some of the best and most talented stampers you will find anywhere.

Hope you are ready for more. Thanks for coming by to look today.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ABP Post #2

Ok, ready for some more wonderful swaps by our Fabulous Rockers? Alrighty then, here we go:

A beautiful String Angel w/instructions by Sandy Landers:

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and a Message Board made from an Altered Cookie Tin by Brandy Campbell:

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What great gift ideas!

More to come. Don't touch that dial, lol. Comments are appreciated. Let these Rockers know you appreciate their work.

Monday, August 9, 2010

ABP Anything But Paper Swap

This year for VC Rocks! I hosted the Anything But Paper swap and this was a great swap to be able to host. All the projects were just fantastic! I would love to share some of them with you. It was a pretty big swap, so I am gonna show a couple each day for a bit. Hope you enjoy the work of these fabulous stampers.

First, this adorable photo cube by Debbie Peterson:

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and this gorgeous altered canvas by Sharon Field:

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See how talented these Rockers are? Be sure to come back tomorrow for more. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Third Handmade Gift for my Roomie

Are you tired of these Roomie Box Gifts yet? Ok, I will skip a couple of days after this one, lol. Anyway, today's project was the last of the desk set I made for Elizabeth. It was again made with the Elegant Soiree DSP, and is a portfolio. I made one of these a couple of years ago for my roomie, Ellen K, and she loved it, so each
year, I make one for my new roomie, and so far, everyone has absolutely loved it. Here is Elizabeths:

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Isn't it pretty? I'm telling ya, I love this paper.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to spend with me. Hugs,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Another Roomie Box Gift-Candy Tin

Today I have another share for you from my roomie box. I sent Elizabeth her favorite
mailable candy, Butterscotch, in this tin, decorated again with the Elegant Soiree DSP in the new Idea Book and Catalog.

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This also turned out great! I just love the look of this paper, I really didn't think
I would like it, but picked it out for Elizabeth. After making these gifts, I really love this paper and will be picking up a package for more gifts.

I have more to show, so come back soon. Ta!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gifts For My Roomie

My VC Rocks! Roomie this year was an awesome lady from Texas, Hi Elizabeth! Those Texas ladies are great, a couple of years ago, I had another Texas Rocker for my Roomie and she and I are still friends. Hi, Ellen. Anywho, we exchange gift boxes and here is one of the gifts I made for my roomie.

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This item was cased from our new Idea Book and Catalog, well, the idea was but I changed DSP, etc, to make it my own.

I really hope she liked it, it turned out adorable.

Thanks again for stopping by. Comments are appreciated.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Because I Care

Yes, it is yet another Because I Care card. If you do not have this set, you really need to call me
to set a date for your workshop, cuz you NEED this set. Really.

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I needed a very simple and easy card for some new stampers tomorrow, and they are elderly, so
I didn't want to scare them off, so I went with this awesome set. You just can't go wrong.

I think it met the criteria for my new ladies, but I won't know until tomorrow, so check back and I will let you know if they enjoyed it.

This card will also be a make n take on the VC Rocks! Blog soon, so look for it. VC will be closing at the end of August for this year, so I will move my Make n Takes to my blog. I hope to post one at least once a week.

Thanks for coming by again today. Comments are appreciated.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Ok, so if you aren't tired of me using this set, yet, lol. then go ahead and look. This card was cased from another demo, because I was amazed at how simple it was to pull of such an elegant look. I wanted to show my ladies how to take it to the
next level so I let them make the simple card, then stepped it up with some extra texture and ribbon. I really loved the results, as did all my ladies.

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Stepped up version:

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Isn't this pretty? Thanks so much to the demo who originally made this card, I found her in Stampin' Connection, a website by Stampin' Up! just for demos.

So glad you came by today. Comments are appreciated.

Monday, August 2, 2010


One of the first sets I ordered from the new 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog was (no surprise here) Aviary. I really haven't had the chance to play with it
until now, and it is so much fun.

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This card is a case from another demo, although I did change the punch, and of course, I have no clue whom it was, but it spurred me to take out the set and play, and you will definitely be seeing more of this cute set.

Thanks for dropping in.