A Happy Thing

Today I am sharing two cards that remind me of a very happy thing; my trip to Italy in 2006 with my sister.  While we were there I remember seeing lemon trees, and I even purchased a few pieces of Deruta Italian pottery that was manufactured and hand painted in Umbria, Italy.    I purchased what I would call a serving platter, pasta serving bowl, and wine pitcher that are adorned with lemons.  You can see a photo of the pattern here.  I received my inspiration for these two cards from these three pieces of pottery.  I  used the Sale-a-bration set A Happy Thing when I created these two cards.  I also used the masking technique which I will explain at the end of my post.

Gold Lemon Thanks

I have always loved the way navy and yellow look together.  I think they are classic, and the colors always remind me of summer!  The “Thanks” card is embossed in gold and colored with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

Lemon Friendship

The sentiment on this friendship card is embossed in gold, but the lemons are not.  They are stamped in the Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

What is the masking technique?  If you are familiar with the stamp set I used, you know there is only one lemon image in the set.  Masking is when you stamp the image on scrap paper and cut it out.  You then stamp the image again onto the card stock you will be using.  After stamping, you cover it with the cut out image, re-ink your stamp and stamp another image right next to the first one you stamped.  When you do this, it will look like one is behind the other.  That’s why it is called masking.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today. Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


both lemons

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Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and I want to share with you two that I made; one for each of my children.  I used the stamp from January’s My Paper Pumpkin kit on each.  January’s kit was called Filled With Love.

Both cards were created using Stampin’ Up!’s  3-1/2″ x 5″ note cards which I think is the perfect size for a Valentine, especially if you are making a bunch for a classroom full of kids..

January Paper Pumpkin Valentine-1

For the first card, I cut a piece of designer series paper from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  It measures 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.   Then I slid one end all the way into the Sweetheart punch and punch out a heart.  I flipped over the punched out heart and adhered it to the notecard.  Then, using dimensionals, I adhered the punched piece to the notecard over it. Sooooo easy!

January Paper Pumpkin Valentine-2

On the second card, I used a piece of the same designer series paper, but it’s just a little narrower.  The black, white and red banners on both cards are about 3/4″ wide.  The silver banner on the second card is approx. 1″ wide.  Again, I used the Sweetheart punch on the second card.  These are two simple cards that probably took less than 30 minutes to make both.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


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Decorated Card Box Drawer with Cards Figure 23








Painted Petals & Blooms

I just love this stamp set and coordinating paper!  Don’t you?  Sometimes when I get paper this pretty I don’t want to use it because I am afraid of ruining it.  But this time I decided to take a chance.  This is what I came up with.

Decorated Card Box Drawer with Cards Figure 24

Six cards made out of that  sheet of 12 x 12 card stock you could set into a frame that comes in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper pack.  You get two sheets, so you can actually make 12 of these awesome cards!

All 6 Cards Figure 5

Decorated Card Box Drawer with Cards Figure 23


Decorated Card Box Drawer with Cards Figure 22

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Time Flies! Plus a Tutorial

I can’t believe it has been over a month since I was last here to write to you and show you what I’ve been working on.  WOW!  A lot has happened in the last month.  My family was here to visit (Mom, sister, and brother-in-law).  They were here from Ohio for two weeks.  Then I went to convention in Salt Lake City.  Then just four days after getting back from SLC, my husband and I went back Ohio and Pennsylvania where we are both from for two weeks.  We just got back on August 9th.  I spent last week TRYING to get into my stamp room and then finally over the weekend I did.

While we were visiting back east, we had the opportunity to visit Lancaster, PA where my husband is originally from.  I love that part of the country.  It is beautiful and the home to  of what he calls the Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish).   We visited the Lancaster Central Market which celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.  We were fortunate in that it was open when we were there.  It is only open a few days of the week and sometimes when we go back we miss it.   Plus, while we visited his sister, brother-in-law, and brother treated us to a Maryland Blue Crab feast!   OH MY GOD!  I ate sooooo much.  It was delicious.

Also, we managed to get a visit in at the wineries in the Finger Lake Region of New York.  We were in Hammondsport, New York to be exact.  My sister and her husband have been visiting that part of the country for the past 30 years. It is “their” spot, and they were kind enough to show my husband and I around.  It is amazing how many people from this part of the country that have never heard of The Finger Lakes.  Makes me wonder where they were in their social studies class when they were in school.  Maybe because I was born in Pennsylvania and I grew up in Ohio it was just a part of the country that I was inherently familiar with.  🙂  One of the wineries we visited was Bully Hill.  It was my first time there, but I had heard about Bully Hill Winery a bazillion years ago when I took an advertising class at Youngstown State University while working on my undergraduate degree.  My brother-in-law had the same instructor for the same class.  She had us do a full-blown advertising campaign for the Bully Hill Winery as  a class assignment.  He first visited the winery over thirty years ago.  I finally had my chance.  It was fun, and the wine was delicious!   We visited many other wineries and tasted a lot of other wines too.  But Bully Hill has special meaning.

I have a couple of things to share with  you.  The first is a card using a stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog which goes on-line next week on August 28.  I can only show you the card.  I got the idea for it from the most recent Stampin’ Success magazine.  It’s a combination of two projects that appear in the magazine.  The name of the stamp set is For All Things.

For All Things - 1I just love the colors I used.  Don’t you?  The colors are Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Rose Red, and Soft Suede.  I would have never thought myself to put these colors together.

This next card is done using the same colors, but I used the stamp set called Amazing Birthday.  It can be found in the current Annual Catalog.

Amazing Birthday -1

Finally, I want to share the gift I made for my room-mate at convention this year.  I meant to do this a few weeks ago, but you know how that goes.  I’ve included the link for the tutorial to make this box along with links for diagrams for the lid and bottom.  I call this a Convention Survival Kit.


Convention Pillow Gift 1-2014

Convention Pillow Gift 2-2014

Convention Pillow Gift 3-2014

Hope you enjoyed your stop here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!