April Cakes

Saturday, April 30, 2011

This month I had four cakes to make, so take a look.
Some even got a coordinating card.

A Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake for 3 year old Evie

And a coordinating card

Star Wars craze is back so here is an R2D2 cake for 4 year old Easton

and a coordinating card

Next is another guitar cake - this time for a girl!!
Don't you just love the pink and purple?

And last, but not least a cake for Nana, well...Julia's Nana

Have a Delicious Day!!


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April Workshops

Friday, April 29, 2011
This month I had two Stampin' Up! workshops. Although I would love more, it is still a nice comfortable number along with all my other responsibilities.

These are the cards that we made at the April Workshops...

SS: Baby Blossoms, Sanded background stamp
CS: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Springtime Vintage DSP
INK: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Old Olive
Punches: Wide Oval
Accessories: Tulip Frame Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Sponges, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Technique: Paper to Stamp
Inspired By: Terri Brennan

Don't you love how we added Designer Paper to the envelope flap and embossed it!

SS: Four Frames, Tiny Tags
CS: Marina Mist, River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, WW, Paisley Petals DSP
INK: Staz On Black
Punches: Decorative Label, Scallop Trim Border, 1 1/4" Square, Boho Blossoms, Jewelry Tag
Accessories: Glue dots, silver brad, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Big Shot
Inspired By: Stampin' Up!s Demonstrator website

Do you like what you see with this stamp and paper? These were an April only special, but they will be back in the new Big Catalog and Idea Book on July 1st!!

This last card is a Gift Card holder. With Graduation and Wedding season upon us I thought the ladies would like to have an example to make gift card holders according to their needs. I have actually made this style many times and it is amazing how you can change it up just by switching out your paper and ink colors and you stamp set. The ideas are endless!

Close up


SS: A Word For You
CS: Not Quite Navy, WW, Paisley Petals DSP
INK: Not Quite Navy
Punches: Pinking Heart Border, 1 3/4" Circle, Oval
Accessories: Organza Ribbon, Sponge, Basic Pearls, Glue Dot
Inspired By: Leann Greff

  • Click HERE if you would like to place an order at my online Stampin' Up! site. There is still time to get in on the Four Frames Stamp Set and Paisley Petals DSP. (Until tomorrow, April 30th)
  • You must order $20 on your order first, then you can add the stamp set and as many packs of DSP as you like.
  • Order the stamp set for $20.95 (#123440 wood) or $15.95 (#123442 clear) and the DSP for only $9.95 (#122367)

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Remember When

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Craft Sale Season is generally not until the fall season, but if I wait until fall or even late summer to get started I will go bonkers so as the ideas come across my path I set them aside or make them up so I have a head start, but I must admit I am having a hard time making Santa Claus/Christmas items. I can't say that journals are my BEST sellers, but when I saw how these were decorated I KNEW that I had to make them because they are GORGEOUS! and CLASSY!!

This journal was inspired by Julie Marshall, and I think it is my favorite. The designer paper is called Night and Day and is on the Clearance Rack. Click HERE to shop my Stampin' Up! website, and take a look at the Clearance Rack, you might find exactly what you have been looking for, and I must admit - the price is RIGHT!!

This second journal was inspired by Deana. I love the look of the brown with pink. Instead of Designer Paper I stamped the floral from Embrace Life on Crumb Cake card stock with Early Espresso ink. Deana actually added a bunch of ribbon roses and pearls to hers, but I was thinking "less may be more" in this situation. I still love the look!

Have a Blessed Day!

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Sneak Peak

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I can't believe I ran out of postings for my blog, so I thought I better quick get one ready for today. This is a card I made over the weekend with my new goodies from the NEW SUMMER MINI catalog. If you are a regular attender to my Stamp A Stack Classes you should have received your mini in the mail. On May 1st I will be able to have a link to this NEW MINI on my side bar and you can check out all the fun new stamps and accessories that Stampin' Up! has come out with.

This card was made using the new Embossing folder called FLOWER GARDEN and two new stamp sets... FABULOUS FLORETS and HAPPY GREETINGS.

This card was inspired by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Deb. Thanks Deb!!

You will be seeing many more Fabulous ideas from this and other new stamp sets in the days and months ahead.

Click HERE to purchase Stampin' Up! products from my Stampin' Up! website.

Have a Blessed Day!

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Double Candy Bar Wrapper

Monday, April 25, 2011
This is the final Technique we did at this months Technique Class. You are going to think that I am a broken record but seriously I really do find a lot of great techniques on Dawn Griffith's blog and this is where I found this great candy bar wrapper idea and just had to give it a try.

When you pull on the candy bar at the top - Voila` out slides a "hidden" panel.

SS: Eat Chocolate
CS: Crumb Cake
INK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Punches: 1-1/4" Circle
Accessories: Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones, Plastic grocery bag, Redline Sticky Tape

Click HERE to shop at my on line Stampin' Up! site
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for some great bargains on retired items.

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Blessed Easter

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Praying you are enjoying the most marvelous celebration of all ...
Jesus has Risen!!! and He lives for you and for me!!

At Church today we will enjoy our wonderful choir sing praise through the story of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. I wish you all could join us. After this we will have a baptism. What a wonderful picture of what Christ did for us as they identify with Christ's death, burial and resurrection through baptism.

As parents of adult children we have to share our children with their in-laws and this is our year "off". When it is our year to have everyone we do a little Easter Egg Hunt for Tyler and Gracie, but this year they will have their Egg Hunt with Grandma Fran. So I made these door hangers for them to find on their bedroom door knobs when they wake up.

Thankfully I still have both my parents living and healthy in their 80's and we will enjoy a delicious Easter Dinner with them and my oldest sister and her husband. Oh yes, our youngest son has no in-laws so we get him this year too!!

Click HERE to shop at my on line Stampin' Up! site
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for some great bargains of retired items

Have a Blessed Easter


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Just Hatched

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I thought this card was cute because the little chickie still has half of his shell still attached to his tail feathers. I made this Easter card for the youngest of my day care children. Little Eli is nearly 9 months old now. Isn't he a little cutie!!

SS: Easter Blossoms
CS: WW, Pear Pizzazz DSP, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait
INK: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Bashful Blue Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Punches: XL Bird, Decorative Label, Wide Oval
Accessories: Sponges, Non SU flowers (sponged with coordinating ink),
White Brads, Dimensionsals, Crimper, Black Marker
Inspired by: Lynda Steele

Click HERE to shop at my on line Stampin' Up! site
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for some great bargains of retired items

Have a Blessed Day!!


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April Stamp A Stack Part 3

Friday, April 22, 2011
Tonight is the final class for Stamp A Stack in April.
I really had to spread things out this month due to a busy, busy schedule.
I am so thankful to the gals who come and are flexible when I need to reschedule.

These are the final three cards that were made...

SS: Button, Button & Sew Suite
CS: Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Sweet Stitches DSP, Melon Mambo,
Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso
INK: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight,
Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise
Punches: 3/4" and 1" Circles
Accessories: Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
The "thread" for each button was made
using a very thin strip of Very Vanilla cardstock
Inspired By: Sherri Barron
Thanks to: My friend Sue who loaned me her stamp set

SS: All Holidays & Dot, Dot, Dot
CS: WW, Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive
INK: Basic Black or Staz On Black, Chocolate Chip marker for the branch
Punches: XL Bird, Scallop Trim Border
Accessories: Dimensionals, (retired) brad
Inspired By: Sharon Fudge

Using the stamp set TEENY TINY WISHES the ladies can make this masculine card for any occasion that they need...Birthday, Fathers Day, Get Well, Thinking of You
Sorry about the blurry-ness

SS: Uncharted Territory, French Foliage (retired)
CS: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window
INK: Basic Black or Staz On Black, Craft Whisper White
Accessories: Linen Thread, Dimensionals
Technique: Tearing
Inspired By: Deanna
Thanks to: Glenda for letting me borrow her stamp set

Super Duper Simple and Easy!! Great for any occasion!

Click HERE to shop at my online Stampin' Up site.
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for some super deals on retired items.

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Gift Card Holder

Thursday, April 21, 2011
This is a second technique that we learned at his months Techniques Class. Again, I saw this on Dawn Griffith's blog and thought this would be a great idea to teach the ladies with Graduations and Wedding season coming up.


SS: Bring on the Cake, Build a Blossom
CS: WW, Baja Breeze, Springtime Vintage DSP
INK: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Punches: Blossom Petal
Accessories: Redline Sticky Tape, Two Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Tulip Border EF, Big Shot, Sponge

Have a Blessed Day!

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Step Card Technique

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
At this months techniques class I think I am channeling Dawn Griffith as I have watched so many of her how-to videos. I first saw this step card technique on Dawn's site however it was opposite with the "steps" being on the right. Then I saw Lois Phoenix do this same technique using the stamp set called Uncharted Territory and I knew the ladies would love this masculine card.

This is the first time I have used the Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink and I must say that I LOVE it!! I wish I had tried it earlier. It comes in three different colors... Gold Lame` #119968, Moonlight (White) #119969, and Silver Fox #119967 for only $4.95 each. They also sell an Illuminate top Coat #121084 for $5.50 which I have not played with yet. But like I said before - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink!

SS: Uncharted Territory, On Your Birthday, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Elegant Soiree DSP
INK: Crumb Cake, Staz On Black
Punches: 2" x 1-3/8" XL Oval, 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval
Accessories: Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink

Have a Blessed Day!!!


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Monday, April 18, 2011
Our grandson, Tyler, just completed his first "belt test" in karate. He now has the white with purple stripe belt. His Karate Master said that Tyler tested VERY WELL - we are so very proud of him. In fact Tyler will be walking in the Memorial Day Parade this year with his karate class. I am looking forward to being the proud Gramma sitting on the sidelines as he walks by.

Here he is showing me the proper way to tie his belt

And this is the card that I made for Tyler, congratulating him on his good test.

CS: Basic Black, WW, Blush Blossom (retired), Newsprint DSP
Punches: Word Window (hands, feet, belt), Large Oval (neck), Small tag (shirt), Small Oval (Arms and legs), 1" Circle (head, hat), Itty Bitty Shapes (tie on the hat)
*If you have a karate girl you can replace the tie on the hat with the 1/2" circle to be 'pigtails'
Accessories: Big Shot, Naturally Serif Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die,
Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit #106958, Dimensionals

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Easter Cards for kids

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I saw this idea last year at Easter time and was wanting to use it for the kids for their Easter cards. I loved it when Stampin' Up! came out with the Sweet Treat Cups and then some smarty (I wish it were me) came up with this idea using the empty casing from a Tombo refill. They are shaped very similar to a carrot (well, close enough).
Now how clever is that!!!!

SS: Life's a Picnic, Short & Sweet
CS: WW, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
INK: Staz On Jet Black, Markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF,
Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and Orange candy of course.
Some I filled with Peanut Butter M&M's and others have orange Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.
Inspired By: Joanne Travis of http://sleepyinseattlestamps.blogspot.com
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April Stamp A Stack Part 2

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Today is the second of three classes for April's Stamp A Stack so here are
three more cards that we made at this months Stamp A Stack Classes...

This one could easily go for a Graduation Card

SS: Style Beautiful, Word Play
CS: Marina Mist, WW, Going Gray
INK: Marina Mist, Going Gray
Accessories: Going Gray Taffeta Ribbon
Inspired By: Jacque Craig.
You can check her site out at www.stampinwithjacque.com

SS: Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes
(and of course the ladies can use whichever greeting they
choose to change it up for what they need)
(want to get a jump on this new stamp set that is going to be featured in the new Big catalog and Idea Book in July? All you need to do is place an order for $20 in the month of April and you can order the Four Frames Stamp Set as well as the Paisley Petals DSP also shown on this card.) Click HERE to see the post on this stamp set and paper.
CS: WW, Paisley Petals DSP
INK: Baja Breeze
Punches: Decorative Label
Accessories: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Adornments
Inspired By: Sandy Hancock

SS: Thanks For Caring
CS: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Springtime Vintage DSP
INK: Early Espresso
Punches: Border Punch
Accessories: Tulip Frame EF, Rose Red Seam Binding
Inspired By: Glenda Calkins - my wonderful up line demo

Have a Blessed Day!!


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The Many Faces of Charlie

Friday, April 15, 2011
This is a card lay out that I cased from Dawn Griffith's wonderful blog. You can check her card out as well as her how-to video by clicking HERE.

This is my take on Dawn's card...

I had a bunch of pictures leftover that I took when Charlie was a baby that I didn't use in my scrapbook so thought this would be a fun way to highlight them. Charlie's mom was thrilled when I gave it to her.

While looking through the extra pictures I had some other ones of some little girls who had "graduated" from Auntie Christi's Daycare so thought I would make a card up for them too, to let them know I was thinking of them. The three photos in the middle are my two grandchildren and one other girl they played with while here.

Now my head is spinning - I'm thinking graduations, weddings etc. to make a card extra personal

Have a Blessed Day!!

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Another Easter Card

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Another Easter card for 2011

Inspired By: Andrea Vernagus this is a card idea I had saved from last year and then the stamp set Special Blessings was retired but it didn't deter me...I still loved this idea and lay out so I wanted to use it as one of the Easter cards I was sending out this year. It also gave me a chance to use up some retired paper and ribbon colors.

And then there was this idea found on silkeledlow.blogspot.com. I thought this one had more of a masculine feel and I wanted to use it for some of the guys I would be mailing an Easter card to.

Always rejoicing in the fact that we serve a RISEN SAVIOR!!

Have a Blessed Day

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Special Treat

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
At last nights Stamp A Stack class I had a total of nine ladies. Jackie is a regular, and Kylin first came to last month's classes. She had so much fun that this month she brought her co-workers with her. I have never felt so safe as all 8 of these ladies are nurses!! I'm sure at some point in time they probably helped us out with either birthing my three babies or when our boys were sick and spent several days on several occasions at Zeeland Community Hospital.

Kylin brought me a gift... saying they were a rowdy bunch and it was a "peace" offering. I laughed!! How sweet is that! Thank you Kylin!
I can see why they all have so much fun working together.

I can hardly wait to use my new Pink Grapefruit hand soup.

Have a Blessed Day!!


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April Stamp A Stack Part 1

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tonight is Stamp A Stack Class!!
These are two of the cards the gals will be making

SS: Favorite Thoughts (Retired - sorry)
the ladies may change up the sayings if they prefer
CS: WW, Real Red, Basic Black, Play Date DSP
INK: Basic Black
Punches: Scallop Trim, Create a Cupcake, Itty Bitty Shapes, 3/4" Circle, 3/4"x15/16" oval
Accessories: 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots EF,Big Shot,
Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Stampin Connection

SS: Slice of Life, Something to Celebrate
CS: Pacific Point Textured, Crumb Cake Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette DSP, Watercolor
INK: Staz On Black, Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake
Punches: Curly Label, Decorative Label
Accessories: Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Red Line Sticky Tape

So if you like what you see, and you live in the Hudsonville, MI area, contact me and join us at Saturday's class, April 16th, 10:00 AM. Cost: $12.00 and you supply your own adhesive.

Have a Blessed Day!!


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Happy Birthday, Julie!!

Monday, April 11, 2011
Today is our daughter, Julie's birthday!!

Happy Birthday Julie!!

What a joy it was to have her as our first baby all those years ago, and now she has been a mom herself for nearly 9 years. How the time flies!!

As your kids get older it is harder to decide on a gift. So this year we decided to give her a gift that she could use to spend time with her family. Thanks to GROUPON coupons we were able to snag a great deal that was in our price range and Julie and her family can enjoy an evening out at the bowling alley - something that they all enjoy doing. This is the gift card that I put her coupon in...

SS: All Holidays
CS: Real Red, Crumb Cake, WW, Marina Mist, Basic Black
INK: Real Red
Punches: Word Window, Modern Label, Wide Oval, 1" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1/4" Circle
Accessories: Square Lattice EF, Textures plate, Big Shot, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Tammy B

Have a Blessed Day!!

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Happy Easter

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Another card order to fill for Easter.

This just makes me think of all the fun we have hiding the Easter eggs for the grand kids to find.

SS: Easter Blossoms, Inspired By Nature
INK: Garden Green, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink
Punches: Decorative Label
Accessories: Organza Ribbon, Sponge, Dimensionals
Inspired By: Brenda Keenan

Have a Blessed Day!!

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Home School Project

Saturday, April 9, 2011
There is a HUGE number of families in our church that are home schoolers. This is great because right within the body of believers they have a great support system. About a year or so ago they asked me to show the girls some cake decorating tips, and now this year they have asked me to put together card kits for the girls to make up as a project. They are encouraging the girls to think of others and sending cards is the one of the BEST ways to encourage someone who is sick or home bound. This is why they asked that both cards would say "Praying for You."

I started with this card idea, but they decided against the bear and asked if I had a butterfly stamp.

Do I have a butterfly stamp??? you bet - at least one!!

Color combo: Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Sweet and Sour DSP

This next card is so bright and cheery that it is sure to make the receivers feel bright and cheery

Color Combo: Tempting Turquoise, Confetti White, Melon Mambo

I hope the girls enjoy their card making project.

Have a Blessed Day!!

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Happy Golden Anniversary

Friday, April 8, 2011

A couple from our church whom we have known all our lives is celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary. This is quite an accomplishment now days with so many marriages falling apart.
Congratulations Bob and Elaine!!
We wish you many more years of love together.

SS: Fifth Avenue Floral, Together Forever, Non SU stamp for the inside
CS: WW, Basic Black, Brushed Gold
INK: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Punches: Wide Oval, Scalloped Oval, Scallop Border
Accessories: Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Manhattan Floral EF

Have a Blessed Day!!


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