Tag Archives: Art

Finding the Sweet Spot

By | September 28, 2016

Art is subjective and there’s also something to be said for developing a personal style; when my sister-in-law Sherry and I submit cards for consideration to the magazines, even if I haven’t seen her cards ahead of time I can usually pick them out by sight when they are published because I know her signature… Read More »

The Clearance Rack Greatest Hits

By | September 14, 2016

Forgive me if you’ve seen some of these already, but sometimes you just have to bring back an oldie but a goodie! Our Clearance Rack has been rather modest for the past couple of months but yesterday morning Stampin’ Up! surprised us by stocking the shelves with over 100 sale items (113 to be exact,… Read More »

Swirly Bird Afloat

By | June 14, 2016

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”                                                                                    Vincent Van Gogh In my last couple of posts I’ve been showing some examples using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, but wait – there’s more! The new Swirly Bird stamps are a coordinating set and I am beginning to see that the possibilities are endless… Read More »

Take Ten Summer 2016 Design ChallengeResults!

By | May 28, 2016

Reggie and I were on vacation last week, taking a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our anniversary in April. The cruise season to Alaska doesn’t start until May, though, so we put off our trip until we could book the tour that we wanted. My husband especially loves birds and was thrilled to see Bald… Read More »

Retiring Stamp Idea #5 – “I Meant to Do That!”

By | May 25, 2016

In my last post I showed you an example of how to use this gorgeous retiring Swallowtail stamp with Aqua Painters on a card made of Shimmery White cardstock: Today I’ll explain how I took this a step further to make the Butterfly Bliss card shown above, and how this card came to be! The… Read More »

Retiring Stamp Idea #4 – Swallowtail in Plum

By | May 13, 2016

The large Swallowtail background stamp is retiring, and it is truly a beautiful piece of art. It is considered a background stamp because of the size, but it is usually used as the centerpiece of a card design as I did here. Although it’s a little hard to distinguish in these photos, I used the… Read More »

Inspiring Circus Postage Stamps

By | March 23, 2016

When The Stampers’ Sampler came out with their Envelope Template Challenge last summer I knew that I wanted to create something with it! I considered several ideas, but it wasn’t until we got a couple of cards in the mail from Reggie’s sister Kathy that I knew where I’d be going with this:   Kathy… Read More »

Recycling Rubber Stamped Cards

By | March 8, 2016

One day recently I showed my co-worker Lindita a birthday card that I’d made for my son and she told me about the card ministry that she is a part of in her church. The ladies in the group all write upbeat personal cards or notes to someone in their congregation who needs cheering up… Read More »

All You Need is Love

By | February 18, 2016

We received two hand stamped Valentine cards in the mail from Reggie’s sisters in Colchester, VT: Kathy used the Bloomin’ Love stamp set, an embossing folder for the background and heat embossing to embellish the larger hearts on her red and white card, finishing with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flower petals.… Read More »

The Stampers’ Sampler (Part 2)

By | January 6, 2016

As I mentioned in my Dec. 22nd post, Sherry Pakulski and I were happy to have our Heart Locket template cards published in the Winter 2016 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! (To see our first three cards, click here.) Here are the other two cards that appeared in this magazine: In “Key to Mother’s Heart”… Read More »

Mona Lisa and I Have a Secret!

By | December 22, 2015

My sister-in-law Sherry Pakulski called from Vermont last week to let me know that we both had cards included in the new Winter 2016 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. She mentioned that our cards were just two pages apart, and that we’d have to try again to get “on the same page.” She was referring… Read More »

This Snowman’s a Work of Art

By | December 13, 2015

Created by Mindy Degree Our sister-in-law Mindy’s Christmas card arrived today, and I was delighted but not surprised to see that she had used the Stampin’ Up! Work of Art set to create the snowman for the front of her card! Mindy has been using this set so creatively in so many ways, and I… Read More »

Honoring Faces From the Past

By | November 22, 2015

You might know Waterbury, VT as the site of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory, but another interesting, if lesser known, spot is the Waterbury Flea Market, which is held on weekends in a farmer’s field, adjacent to the large barn and silos. While you can find a little bit of everything there, new and… Read More »

Teenage Cat Lovers

By | November 15, 2015

When my husband and I first started teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds at church eight years ago, little did we know that we would start a relationship with a couple of twin sisters that would blossom into a great friendship that has endured as the girls have grown. Maybe it was because they found out… Read More »

Silent Night Star

By | November 7, 2015

I’ve been working with the new Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies from the Holiday catalog and decided to combine them with the Star Framelits for a different look. I also used the coordinating Jingle All the Way stamp set and the Softly Falling embossing folder, and everything worked together so nicely. I used several layers of… Read More »