Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I love this Wanted set and this Outlaw Designer Paper! When the new catalog came out last July, I saw this set but I had to wait until the end of of the month to get it... because it was one of the sets we were given for attending the Stampin' Up! Convention in Denver! Wanted is in the new Spring-Summer Catalog 2008 also, but sadly the Outlaw Designer Paper has been retired. HOWEVER, Stampin' Up! has two new Designer Papers in the "BoHo West" Style in the new catalog that are lucious, so I'm happy! : ) Yeah, Stampin' Up!
I made this card last month for a Friendship/Valentine swap with an online group. I used Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Sage Shadow cardstock, Outlaw Designer Paper, Cocoa grosgrain ribbon, Distresser tool from the Cutter kit, the Corner and Scallop Punches, the Sanded background stamp, Crafters Tool Kit (hole punching tools), sponge, large Pewter eyelet, Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, and Clear Embossing Powder.
The "Priceless" stamp is from the Priceless stamp set and "friend" is from Everyday Flexible Phrases.
Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Christmas to All!

I read this thought-provoking quote and wanted to share it with my friends.

“For each of you may this be a merry Christmas. But more importantly, I wish for each of you a time, perhaps only an hour, spent in silent meditation and quiet reflection on the wonder and the majesty of this the Son of God. Our joy at this season is because He came into the world. The peace that comes from Him, His infinite love which each of us may feel, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for that which He freely gave us at so great a cost to Himself- these are of the true essence of Christmas.”- Gordon B. Hinckley

and one more....

"I like that Christmas that fulfills my needs ... to be forgiven from greed and selfishness, to fill my empty soul with peace and compassion, for hope and faith and charity, for myself renewed and hope restored in an erring world."- Robert D. Wigert

May the Spirit of Christmas remain in our hearts all year long,

Monday, December 24, 2007

Two Punch Cards

Can you believe this flower is made with the Tag Punches?!! I couldn't! Nor could I figure it out when I was told that they were used to make it! It's one of those things you have to see to understand. : ) (at least for me!)

Leslie Bumgarner brought this project for our Stamp Therapy Day. I had seen a picture of one so I was tickled that she chose this for us to do as I could absolutely not see the Tag Punches in this. The petals are made with SU Cardstock Vellum and Whisper White cardstock; the new Snowflake punch is used for the flower center and the punchout is then covered with Liquid Glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The cardstock is Bashful Blue wheeled in the same. Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon accented with white completes the card. Isn't this flower stunning!

This card was sent to me by an online friend, Marjie Shulsinger from Denver, CO. In addition to stamping, Marjie enjoys quilting and it is reflected in this intriguing card creation! She punched the color pieces with the smaller of the two punches on the Corner Punch and adhered them on 1 1/2" squares of cardstock. She also used the new Star Punch, the 3/4" Circle punch and the Word Window Punch plus the Wanted stamp set. All products ©Stampin' Up!

I borrowed Marjie's inspiration and took this as my project for our Stamp Therapy Day; however we used different colors to make ours. Thanks, Marjie, for the inspiration!

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! May you and your loved ones be blessed as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Santa Popcorn Package!

Is this cute or what!?! We made this project for our Stamp Therapy day; what a great little thinking of you gift! A package of microwave popcorn is hidden beneath the Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.

Wrap a piece of Real Red cardstock around the popcorn package then in the center front add a piece of white cardstock torn on both edges. Add a second piece of white cardstock the same length as the red one, torn on only one edge, around the bottom of the red and secure in the back. The 3/4" wide belt uses Stampin' Up!'s largest square punch, 1 3/8", on the silver metallic cardstock and the 3/4" square to punch the center black cardstock piece. The gold buttons are stamped with a stamp from the Little Pieces set using Encore gold metallic ink on black cardstock, then punched out with the 1/2" circle punch and adhered with foam Dimensionals to pop them up.

What a great way to package a treat for someone! And they are QUICK and EASY, which is quite a plus this time of year. Thanks, Connie, for a great project for us to make!

If you wish to order any of the supplies for this project, please email me at funstampin @ (remove spaces) and I'll be glad to help you! You can also order online at my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website here: and click on the "SHOP NOW" button.

Stay warm! Hope we are all remembering the Reason for the Season as we go about our Christmas preparation activities! : )

Monday, December 17, 2007

"Dashing"-Covered Chocolate Bars/Gift Cards!

Aren't these just adorable?!! This project was brought for us by Gayle Enouen. The fat little snowman is from the Merry and Bright set which was in the Holiday mini catalog and the paper is "Dashing" designer paper which retires Dec. 31. What a great idea... an edible gift card presentation! Hmmm, eat the chocolate first or spend the gift card? eat? spend?....

Here's mine; Wish I had bought that little Merry and Bright set! It's just so cute AND useful!!

Gayle also brought us another cute little project to make; she was working on a bunch of these herself so she was generous to share them with us! Using the Scallop Punch and 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches and various stamps that coordinate with them, she was making little ornaments or treats using York Peppermint Patties©. The hanger is Stampin' Up!'s silver cord and it's all stuck to the pattie wrappers with Mini Glue Dots! (gotta' love those Glue Dots!)

Dashing Designer Paper Cones

This was the first project we demonstrators did at our "stamp therapy" day, and was shared with us by Jann McCollom. These pretty little cones will hold holiday greenery, treats or small gifts. You can decorate them any way you wish; we used large circle punchies cut in half to make the scallop trim. All of ours are shown in the top picture (with Jann's first sample of Charbon designer paper on the left). A close-up of mine is below. I LOVE this Designer Paper and sad to see it retire! : ( We decorated them with a stamp punched out with the Scallop punch and centered with a 3/4" circle punchie of Purely Pomegranate cardstock. Jann, what a great project! Thanks!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hello Again!

It's been so long since I've posted! On Aug. 30, my husband had a near-fatal stroke so I have been totally immersed in his care. He is now in out-patient rehabilitation therapy and is making progress, Praise God! Many of you knew and prayed for him (and me) and I am forever grateful for God's mercy and grace and for your prayers. Let me say again, Thank You!

We had just moved to a different house in the same city but hadn't completed the move, so I have also been working on that, with lots of help from friends. Of course, I haven't stamped since August until last week when my sweet group of fellow Stampin' Up! demos had a "stamp therapy" day for us, including lunch! How could I refuse that offer?! It was such a blessing to be with the girls again and they brought wonderful projects to make... it was so good to chat, stamp, eat, stamp... Thanks, ladies!! : ) It was great therapy for me! : ) I'll be posting the projects we made that day; they were fab! What talented and generous ladies!

I'm almost finished at the other house and we are to close on it soon so that will be done. Thanks to my friends/customers who've given me orders, I've been able to remain an active demonstrator, and I look forward to getting back to stamping with you, having classes and workshops and having some fun stampin'! It really is good therapy! : )
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