Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wings & Willows Freebie and Sale

My blogging friend Becca is has an adorable Ground Hog Day freebie on her blog.  You can find Phil HERE.  


While you are there, don’t forget to follow her blog so you don’t miss out on any future freebies.

She is also having a $1 sale at her Etsy shop.   She has some super cute digis.    Although not part of the sale, she has some really sweet Valentine images.    I’m going to put Dear Valentine in my cart.


Have a great day!  

Whimsy & Stars Studio Blog Hop

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fun with Paper and Stickers at ShopPumpkinSpice

Hello!  Today is my day to post on the PumpkinSpice blog.

Last week I posted the 6x6 layout using Echo Park This & That Graceful paper pad from ShopPumpkinSpice.   When I was done, my desk was a total mess with the left over stickers, papers, doilies, etc. and I had about an hour before I had to start making dinner.    I knew if I put everything away, it would probably be a while before I dug out these gorgeous papers and stickers and put them to use again.   So I challenged myself to make as many cards as I could, primarily using the materials on my desk, before I had to start cooking.    This is what I came up with.


2013-01-30 PSS Card 4 WM

Card #1 uses one of the sentiment stamps from Love You Mulberry Wood collection available at ShopPumpkinSpice.     I used a handy tip that I picked up somewhere.  If you have a sticker that you want to make un-sticky, dust the back with cornstarch.  (Be sure to tap off the extra and even brush it off with an old brush.  Anything else the cornstarch gets on will also become no longer sticky.)   I did that on the blue flower so that I could pop it up on dimensionals.   


2013-01-30 PSS Card 2 wm

On card #2, I trimmed down the flourish/stem sticker so that it would fit my card.  Again I used the corn starch trick and popped up the flower.


2013-01-30 PSS Card 1 WM

I love this hot balloon sticker, especially with the sentiment.


2013-01-30 PSS Card 3 WM

This one is my favorite.   I love this sentiment sticker because I used to sing this song to my daughter when she was small (and she still liked my singing).  I matted the sticker with a piece of scrap black card stock. 


I made all four of these cards in about an hour with the bits and pieces on my desk.   It really showed me how versatile stickers can be and how quickly you can make some cards.    I think I usually consider stickers as something to use primarily in scrapbooking.    ShopPumpkinSpice has a large variety of stickers you can use in your crafting available HERE.    Pair them up with some matching papers and you are ready to go to make a stack of cards.   (Note that after these 4 cards and my 6x6 scrapbook page, I still have plenty of paper and stickers to play with.)


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!




  • Stamps:  Love You Mulberry Wood collection from ShopPumpkinSpice
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Cranberry
  • Papers: Bazzill Kraft Cardstock, Echo Park This & That Graceful 6x6 paper pad
  • Embellishments: Echo Park This & That Graceful Element Stickers, misc. doily, twine & pearls
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Provo Craft Seeing Spots embossing folder, Stampin’Up edge punch & photo corner punch




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

All My Heart

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!  I have another Valentine’s Day card to share with you today.  This little sweetie is Valentine Girly (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio.


2013-01-29 WSS Valentine girl wm


I’m still trying to work outside my comfort zone.  Look at all that white space again.   And glitter too!  No buttons or twine either.  I think I’m starting to shake….

The new February Whimsy and Stars Studio images are going to be released soon.  Mark your calendar for our blog hop on Tuesday, February 5th.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Valentine Girly (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Tiny Tags II from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Stampin’ Up Real Red
  • Paper:  Papertrey white CS, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Fancy Pants Love DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up photo corner punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Michael’s red glitter glue, Sakura gelly roll opaque white pen



Monday, January 28, 2013

Great Impressions - Bicycle Built for Two

Hello!  Today is my day to post on the Great Impressions Stamps blog

I’m “gearing” up for Valentine’s Day.  Today I’m sharing a card I made using the stamp “Bike Built for Two” (E697) from Great Impressions Stamps.


2013-01-28 GI Bike


I think I am going to give this to my DH on Valentine’s day.  He loves to race mountain bikes, so I thought the bike theme might be perfect for him.   

What do you think?  Who would you like to ride a bike built for two with?  

I almost forgot to remind you of the Valentine’s Day sale at Great Impressions Stamps.  

Valentine's Special!     10% off and free shipping on orders over $25, thru Feb 14th.     Coupon code: Love

Have a fabulous day!  Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Bike for Two (E697) (rubber stamp) from Great Impressions Stamps
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Paper Studios black CS, Papertrey White CS, Fancy Pants Love DP Pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Sweet n Sassy hearts scalloped edge die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Twinery Charcoal baker’s twine, Hero Arts heart shaped pearl, misc. button




Sunday, January 27, 2013

PumpkinSpice Challenge #4–Blue & White & Round

Are you ready for the 4th PumpkinSpice challenge?    The challenge is to make something with the colors Blue and White (other colors are welcome also) and an element that is Round (could be a button, brad, sticker... whatever)! Be creative and have fun!


2013-01-27 PSS Butterfly birthday WM


I have to admit I pushed myself outside my comfort zone a bit for this challenge.    Look at all that white space!   I soooo want to add more DP….and stitching….. and buttons…..and twine…   So what do you think?  


I hope you will join us for the ShopPumpkinSpice challenge.  You can link up your creation with the colors blue and white and a round element HERE.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Papertrey Mega Mixed Messages
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Papers:  White CS, Authentique Journey paper pad
  • Tools:  Big Shot,  Papertrey Doily Details, Martha Stewart butterfly & edge punch
  • Embellishments:  Paper Studios Gemstones

Items from ShopPumpkinSpice




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tea for Two

Our new challenge at ShopPumpkinSpice is “Coffee/Cocoa/Tea”.   I decided to make a 6x6 scrapbook page of my daughter, Liz, and I having high tea when we were on vacation.   


2013-01-22 PSS Tea Time Layout WM


My daughter was so cute!  All morning she was very excited about “going to tea.”  Then, when we were getting ready, she asked me “What do people do at tea?”   I explained to her that you drink tea, have little sandwiches and sweets and talk.   When get were seated in the tea room, I swear her bottom barely touched the cushions before she said “So, Mom, what do you want to talk about?”    We ended up having a really nice time together and she still talks about what kind of tea she is going to try when we go back. 


I included a little pull out with some information on that day.  I’m terrible at journaling on my scrapbook pages.  I decided that I wasn’t going to stress about journaling.  If I have to journal, I would never get any scrapbook pages done.


2013-01-22 PSS Tea Time Layout 2 WM


I know it is a little hard to read, but the stamp in the corner reads “You & Me the perfect blend”, which I thought was perfect for the day.

Don’t forget to link up your “Coffee/Cocoa/Tea” creation HERE for the third ShopPumpkinSpice challenge.    You can also see the challenge details there.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!   Have a cup of coffee/cocoa/tea and stay warm!


  • Papers:   Bazzill Kraft Cardstock, Echo Park This & That Graceful 6x6 paper pad, HP Photo paper
  • Stamps:  Cup of Tea (rubber stamp) by Darcie’s Heart & Home from ShopPumpkinSpice
  • Embellishments:  Echo Park This & That Graceful Element Stickers, misc. doily
  • Tools:  Sewing machine,  HP Photosmart 5510 printer


Items from ShopPumpkinSpice



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

5 Ways You Make Me Happy

Hello! I have another Valentine’s Day card to share with you today.  I love how this turned out.  
2013-01-09 PSS Carta Bella WM

I layered the hearts and stitched them down on the card.  I folded the edges up a bit to add some dimension.  Almost everything on this card came from the Carta Bella Beautiful Moments paper pad. 
I also saw some great news in the Shop Pumpkin Spice newsletter.  Get your Shop Pumpkin Spice order for FREE!  Starting January 1st, Shop Pumpkin Spice will begin randomly selecting 1 order per month that will receive an entire refund of their purchase.  How cool is that?  You can see all the details HERE.     While you are there, sign up for the Shop Pumpkin Spice newsletter  (HERE) so that you don’t miss out on any fun.

Don’t forget you still have time to enter the Pumpkin Spice “New Year” challenge

Thank you for stopping by!   Have a great day!

Check out my blog candy! Click on the photo below for the details.
Blog Candy from Cheryl

  • Stamps:  Happy Valentine’s Day from Stampendous!
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Cranberry
  • Papers:   white CS, black CS,  Carta Bella Beautiful Moments
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Sweet n Sassy hearts die, Stampin’ Up 3/4” circle punch
  • Embellishments:  Prima Crystal Swirl gemstones


If Friends Were Flowers….

Hello!  Happy Friday!   I hope you are having a wonderful week.  Here in Wisconsin, we haven’t had much snow, but it is COLD!   To break out of the winter doldrums, I decided to make a card using this sweet image from Mulberry Woods and pretty paper from Crate Paper.   The flowers on the paper and the stamp make me think of summer.

2013-01-16 PS Friends WM
I really love this stamp set.  Not only is it adorable and versatile, it stamps beautifully.
You can get these products that I used to create my card at ShopPumkinSpice.

Don’t forget to order your To My Valentine "With Love" kit for everything you need to make beautiful Valentine’s Day projects.   Limited Quantities: To My Valentine "With Love" kit.  Over $44 value for only $27.  Get one while they last.

Don’t forget to check out the ShopPumpkinSpice news. (HERE)    We are adding CLEARANCE items to our Sale section Daily!  Many of your favorite brands and products.  Be sure to check it out.

Pre-Orders will be available soon.  All those wonderful products you are seeing from CHA, we will have them at 35% MSRP for Pre-Order customers.  You can see a list of some of the products HERE.      Exciting stuff!  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the items I have been seeing from CHA.

Have a wonderful day!  Thank you for stopping by!


Home Is Where You Park It and a Chance to WIN!

Hello My Friends!

Believe me when I say you are going to want to "Park it" right here and then  follow the path I set for you today.  Because....

Great Impressions Stamps and Papercrafts Magazine have joined forces today and tomorrow with a Facebook Giveaway!


2013-01 GI Trailer card 1 straight WM


You could win this travel trailer image and matching sentiment from Great Impression Stamps latest release!

Here are all the details to qualify for a chance to win!

Hop on over to the Papercrafts Magazine Facebook page.  Check out the photo Susan Opel posted with cards made from our very own designers Erin and Cheryl. (That’s me!!!!)

Tell us what you think in a comment. 

Next stroll on over to the Great Impressions Stamps Facebook page, "Like" us and leave another comment. That's all there is to it! 

Three random winners will be chosen from comments left on both Facebook pages. 

You have all day today and tomorrow to qualify. 

Oh, and did I mention there may be a Sa-weet deal on our FB post just waiting for you?! (grin)

Thank you for stopping by!   I hope you will join in the fun for your chance to win this stamp set.



  • Stamps:    Travel Trailer (F536) and Park It (D455) from Great Impressions Stamps
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Paper:  Neenah crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, October Afternoon Sidewalks DP pad, Bazzill Basics card stock, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Sweet n Sassy Hearts & Stars scallop edge dies & heart die, Xyron create a sticker, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Papertrey button twine & silk ribbon, Kaiser pearls, Jenni Bowlin malted milk paint dabber


Monday, January 21, 2013

Great Impressions Stamps - Hi!

Today I’m sharing a card that I made using Help From Your Friends (G78) from Great Impressions Stamps.  Aren’t these critters cute? 


2013-01-21 GI Friends WM


I decided to use some nice, warm colors  and move away from using red.  With Christmas and Valentine’s Day, I feel like I have been using red on almost every project lately. 

I couldn’t quite get the colors correct in the photo.  The mat, “Hi” and ribbon are all a warm grey that coordinates with the DP.    They look slightly olive on my screen.    I didn’t have quite the right color ribbon, so I colored it with my Copic markers so that it coordinated better. 

Please “Like” Great Impressions Stamps on Facebook HERE so you don’t miss out on any announcements or give-aways.    Great Impressions Stamps is also now on Pinterest.   Click HERE to follow.


I hope this brightens your day a bit.  Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps:  Help From Your Friends (G78)(Rubber Stamp) from Great Impressions Stamps
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic W3 refill (to dye ribbon)
  • Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest CS, Bazzill Basics CS, Lily Bee Designs Buttercup DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Martha Stewart edge punch, Copic markers, small heart punch, Big Shot, Papertrey Script Alphabet die set, Xyron
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug Seam Binding, Twinery Caribean baker’s twine, misc. button