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March 2010

Vintage Vogue Shaving Cream Background

This card was the very simple, yet elegant make-n-take for my Blue Moon Stampers meeting this month. 

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Interested in becoming a member of the Blue Moon Stampers?  Now is a great time to sign up with Stampin' Up! either as a career or hobby demonstrator. Stampin' Up! loves both kinds of demos! Benefits include:

  • Enjoy 20% off Stampin' Up! products every day.
  • Save 15% on the Starter Kit and choose a Bonus Stamp Set (valued to $47.95 ).  Ends March 31.
  • Chose from Two Kits: The Standard Starter Kit ($169.00-includes $335 in Stampin' Up! products) or Digital+ Starter Kit ($157.00 includes $295 in Stampin' Up! products) Both include free shipping. 
  • Customize the kit with your choice of stamp sets, ink colors and more (of equal or less value).
  • Sign Up On-line. Get immediate benefits.  E mail me at to get your online password.
  • Fill your Wish List!  Receive 30% off your first order of $150 or more plus qualify for hostess benefits. During Sale-A-Bration you'll also earn 3 free gifts with a $150 order (one for every $50 in product).
  • Wouldn't it be nice to be able to view and order select new stamps and products one month in advance of  catalog releases?  Demonstrators have already seen the Summer Mini!
  • There's no obligation to sell or hold workshops and no penalty if you decide to drop.  You keep all your goodies. 
  • To remain active, $300 in total retail sales is required per quarter.  This includes your own purchases and customer sales (based on retail prices).

For an informational video, please visit my website.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions:  I'd love to have you join my Blue Moon Stampers team!

Card Details:

Technique: Shaving Cream

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue

Ink: Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue ink pads and reinkers, Ballet Blue Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper

Accessories: shaving cream, pearls from Pretties Kit, Mini Glue Dots, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon

Happy Stampin'!

Diffuser Bottle and ChipBoard Heart Gift Bag Set

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Here's another great diffuser bottle and coordinating gift bag for a quick and simple gift giving idea (see original diffuser bottle posting 3/23).

I covered the front and back of one of the hearts from the On Board Heart Book found in the Occasions Mini Catalog with a piece of Sending Love Designer Series paper using Stampin' Up!'s Anywhere Glue Stick (works great on chipboard!). I cut off the excess paper using detail cutting scissors.  I then added Chocolate Chip rub-ons and a Decor Element flower to further decorate the heart and gift bag.  The gift bag came from my local arts and crafts store, and the heart is attached using Sticky Strip.

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Couldn't be much simpler than that!

Supplies Used:

Paper: Sending Love Designer Series Paper

Accessories: On Board Heart Book (or see posting on 1/31 for more information), Chocolate Chip Decor Element flower, rub-ons from my stash, Stampin' Up! Anywhere Glue Stick, Sticky Strip, generic gift bag

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Happy Stampin'!

A Great Gift Idea-Decorated Diffuser Bottles and Coordinating Gift Box

Leilani, my fellow Nacho Average Stamper gave decorated diffuser bottles as Christmas gifts last year at our annual Christmas get together.  I loved this gift and was excited to share the idea with my Stamp Clubs in January. Here are a few of the decorated bottles:

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I purchased the diffuser bottles online from Bed Bath and Beyond.  They were 19.99 (plus shipping) for a box of 8 diffuser bottles and reeds filled with a variety of scented oils.  They already come with the ribbon tied around the stopper which match Stampin' Up! colors perfectly!  We decorated them using various rub-ons I had in my stash and even added a rhinestone here and there from the Eggcellent Eggs Kit found in the Occasions Mini.

Because you can't just give a diffuser bottle with reeds as a gift without some sort of wrapping, we made little gift boxes out of various pieces of Designer Series Paper (some retired, some not-remember I am moving and cleaning out my craft studio!)  Tie a ribbon around the reeds, add a Kisses note card in it's own small glassine envelope, and you have a perfect gift for almost any occasion. 

 Each Stamp Club member was given a diffuser bottle, reeds, ribbon and coordinating pieces of DSP for the box. See directions on how to make the box below.

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Here's a decorated diffuser bottle with a coordinating Razzleberry Lemonade gift box:

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 This gift set was made by Susan for her Secret Sister at her church.  It also includes her decorated chipboard heart. 

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Directions for gift boxes:

Box for Reed Diffusers

2 pieces of Designer Series Paper 10”x 7” scored at 3” from each side, 2” on the bottom and 1” on the top.

Fold all scored lines with a bone folder to get a crisp crease.

Fold down top 1” and adhere with SNAIL adhesive on both pieces.

To form the box, attach 1 side of each piece together using SNAIL adhesive.  Attach  2nd side of each piece together using SNAIL adhesive.

Fold bottom in like you would if you were wrapping a present.  Attach Sticky Strip to corners and bottom flap. 

Add cardboard bottom to inside box for extra sturdiness.

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Vintage Labels (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: various to match DSP

Paper: various to match diffuser bottles

Accessories: rhinestones from Eggcellent Eggs Kit, various rub-ons, Kisses Sending Love Notesand Small Square Glassine Envelopes, various ribbon and cording to match diffuser bottles and DSP

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Happy Stampin'!

Cheep Talk- Hello There

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This is a card I created for a recent challenge on the SUDSOL site.  SUDSOL is an online group for Stampin' Up! Demos.  It is a great resource for business tips, ideas and inspiration.   I have been a member of SUDSOL for about 3 years, and recently became the Workshop Coordinator.  Members share their workshop outlines and photos by sending them to me, and I then upload it to the SUDSOL site.  I am very honored to be a part of this group.  For more information about SUDSOL, please feel free to e mail

One quick word about the card.  It was the first time I used pieces of my packet of Sweet Pea Stitched Felt found in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The package had been sitting on my work table for weeks, unopened.  I'm glad I finally got to play with them. It was also the first time I used my Square Scallop punch! This card makes me smile.

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Cheep Talk

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Accessories: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Square Scallop and Heart to Heart punches, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

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Happy Stampin'!

Anything But a Card Swap Theme

Nichole, the newest member of our Sunday Stamp Club certainly keeps us on her toes with her great ideas for swap themes.  She came up with February's swap theme, "Anything But a Card."  I could tell at first people were a little apprehensive about coming up with a project that wasn't a card.  But in true "let's give it a try" fashion, the Sunday Stamp came up with very creative and unique projects, that were well, anything but a card! I am so proud of all of you for taking on this challenge.  It's fun to stamp outside the box! For more detail photos, please visit the Anything But a Card photo gallery.

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Happy Stampin'!

Cards for the Ronald McDonald House

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I've been busy cleaning out my craft studio in preparation for my upcoming move to Colo.  I have a basket that is filled with packets of card and project supplies (paper, brads, ribbon) left over from the many classes and workshops I have done over the years.  Mmmm, what to do with them?? How about a challenge for our Stamp Clubs that would not only help me get rid of these packets, but would also help our local Ronald McDonald House?

In January, each Stamp Club member was given a paper bag filled with an assortment of these packets with instructions to stamp and assemble them in any way they wanted.  I asked them to bring them in February, and we would donate these cards to the Ronald McDonald House.  Our local Ronald McDonald House sends out 100+ thank you cards a month! to their volunteers.  If you ever are having a bad day and need a pick me up, deliver hand-made cards to the RMcDH!  They get so excited and ooh and aah over each and every card. 

So, a big thank you goes to my Stamp Club members who participated in this challenge: Monica, Nichole, Teresa, Nikki, Jane, Diane, Sandra, Shelley, Paula and Joyce.  Another big thank you goes to Susan who has taken this challenge full on by donating at least 20-30 cards hand-made cards a month!

To view more photos of these special creations, please visit the photo gallery of cards for the Ronald McDonald House.

It was really fun to see how many designs we got from the group using basically the same supplies. Each person put their own stamp of creativity into the projects.

Most members received at least one packet, if not more of Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, and Old Olive paper.  These were left over from a class I did years ago.  I was told to expect 35 people and only 10 showed up!  So, I had lots of this cut paper.  Here are some of the cards.  Each one is different, and I think that is so cool!

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Or how about these using packets of Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Ruby Red?

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Or these using the fun Polka Dots and Paisley DSP from years past:

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Great job!  Tune in for March's challenge!

Happy Stampin'!

More Scrunchy Flowers-Altered Calendar Page

Here are the last of the scrunchy flower cards I made for the Saturday Stamp Club swaps.  The theme was "botanicals."  Please view my posting dated March 5, 2010 for more details, but I used pages from an old 2009 calendar and an old seed catalog for the scrunchy flowers.  By doing this, each card is unique.


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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bella Blooms

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Pawsitively Print, Basic Black, Real Red, Summer Sun

Accessories: 2009 calendar, old seed catalog, paper trimmer, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, paper piercing tool and mat, corduroy buttons
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Happy Stampin'!

Scrunchy Flowers-Altered Calendar page

I love crafting with old books, catalogs and dictionaries.  For these cards, I used pages from my Diane Madaras 2009 calendar.  She is one of my favorite artists and I purchase her calendar each year.  I made these cards for the Saturday Stamp Club swap.  The theme was "botanicals."  I carefully planned and cut each calendar page so flowers would be included in each background piece.  Then I created a scrunchy flower out of my old black and white seed catalog.  I like that this makes each card is unique.

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For a tutorial on how to create a scrunchy flower, please view my video here

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bella Blooms

Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun

Paper: Pawsitively Print, Basic Black

Accessories: 2009 calendar, old seed catalog, paper trimmer, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, paper piercing tool and mat, corduroy buttons

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Happy Stampin'!

Flower Folds Felt Flowers

Isn't this a cheery and bright bouquet of felt flowers?  Reminds me of spring and warmer temps!

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These flowers are so easy to make too.

Supplies needed:

-Flower template or die to cut out flowers.  I used my Big Shot  die cutting machine and Flower Folds die (don't forget the extended cutting pad).


-a hole punch that will cut through 4 layers of felt.  I used my Crop-A-Dile.  It cuts through the layers like butter!

-glue gun

-ball shaped lollipops

Here's how:

Cut two large, one medium and one small flowers out of felt.  Layer them, rotating the flowers for variety. Punch a hole in the middle for the lollipop stick using a hole punch or Crop-A-dile.  To hold the lollipop in place, apply a small amount of hot glue to the under side of the flower at the base of the lollipop.  Add a piece of ribbon and stamped tag if desired.  That's it.  So simple and these make great little gifts for any occasion.

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Flower Folds Paper Flowers

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I made these pretty flowers for my guests at a recent Big Shot class.  One of my favorite dies for the Big Shot is Flower Folds.  It is an extended die, so don't forget the extended cutting pads. 

I added popsicle sticks for the stems to the back of the flowers using a glue gun.  I added a greeting to each stick using rub-ons from my stash.  I forget how easy rub-ons are to work with, and they add a little extra fun to any project. 

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 I used Sending Love Designer Series paper found in the Occasions Mini.  This paper makes me smile!

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Supplies Used:

Paper: Sending Love DSP, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Folds die, extended cutting pads, paper piercing tool and mat, 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads, Chocolate Chip and Real Red Corduroy buttons, popsicle stick, various rub-ons, glue gun

Happy Stampin'!

Embossing Aluminum Cans With the Big Shot

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  Here's one more way to recycle and re-use aluminum soda cans!  Run them through the Big Shot and a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. These are so elegant but easy to do. Check the video tutorial below:




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Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo

Accessories: alum can, Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Textured Embossing Folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches,  Crop-A-Dile, eyelets, Dimensionals  


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Happy Stampin'!

Shabby Chic Flower Pin Class-April 3, 2010

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Fabric Pins Class-April 3, 2010

Please join me for this totally hands-on class! Learn how to make these classy shabby chic pins using fabric, the Big Shot and Flower Folds die.  There is no sewing involved!  These beauties are glued together and look great pinned to any jacket, sweater, hat or bag.  Or make smaller ones using softer fabrics and colors, add a barrette backing or clip to a child's headband.  These make unique gifts for birthdays, showers thank you's Secret Sister and Mother's Day (hint, hint).  The possibilities are endless... Be careful, they become addictive!

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Class Details:

When: April 3, 2010 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: My craft studio

Cost and RSVP: There are two class fees

1. $25.00 Includes ALL supplies needed including fabric, button and pin back.

2. $15.00-Are you a seamstress or quilter and have a stash of scrap fabric?  Please feel free to bring your own fabric and button or flower center piece.  I will provide you with a supply list.




Non-refundable fee due no later than March 27, 2010.  Space is limited, and this class will fill up quickly.  Contact me today

Happy Stampin'!