Thursday, August 30, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

Today I'm going to highlight a fellow demonstrator that highlighted one of my cards on her blog. Here is her website if you want to go check out her creativity.
One of these days, I will switch to a different stamp set. Are you getting tired of seeing samples of the Perfectly Preserved stamp set? This weekend I will try to switch to a different stamp set.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Friendship Preserves

I just want to say Thank You to everyone that has supported me, left comments on this blog, and sent kind emails to me with encouraging words. (I appreciate you doing all the vacuuming after the stamp club last Saturday, Stella.) Being a Stampin' Up demonstrator has enriched my life with wonderful friends and so much more. I have truly been blesses. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Shoebox Cards--Burwell

Here are the shoebox cards that were available to make on Saturday in Burwell. What a bunch of talented ladies. I really enjoy being able to spend some extra time stamping with these ladies. Thanks for the inspiration gals.

Pat's card. Elegant as usual. I saw this die cut doily that was used in the background as a chandelier on a card. Something to think about.
Earla's card. White on white is a favorite of mine. You can add text on the left side. I just left it off for now so I can add the sentiment when I need a specific card. My picture isn't the best, but we used an embossing folder for the background and the various butterflies are sitting on flowers and leaves. Quick and easy card, but so versatile. Adding pearls or gems to the butterflies is always a good thing. I like bling.
Loretta's card using the Elements of Style stamp set (love this set) and the butterflies. I'm glad butterflies are an in thing. They give added texture and feature to any card. Simple, but gorgeous card.
Linda's card. The background paper was like the Core' dinations paper found in the Holiday Mini. We used the sanding block to reveal the darker color that was embossed. Butterfly with gems too, love it!
Stella's card. Made me realize I should have gotten the lace border punch. Neat idea to weave the ribbon through the border punch. Very pretty card!
BJ's card. Great use of the computer and (I know it wasn't a cricut that was used, but can't remember what type of die cutting machine was used) cut out. I didn't take a picture of the text she had inside, but it was wonderful. Very creative!
Kirsten's card. I forgot to mask a circle in the sky for a moon when sponging the background colors. Love the different color combination. Silhouettes are a favorite of mine too because I enjoy working with the sponges and creating backgrounds. Again, an all occasion card that you can just add a sentiment and you have a card ready to go.
See what I mean by a talented group of ladies. Can't wait to get together again with them.

Almost forgot to show my shoebox card. It's a Double Pocket card.
You can find the directions on Internet, which is where I found it or you can email me and I can send you the directions I have. The card looks intimidating, but it really isn't that bad once you've tried it a couple times. I went through 2-3 sheets of cardstock before I had it down pat. I've heard there were a couple ladies that have made more of this card style already since Saturday so I'm glad it was something that you wanted to make again. I like to challenge the ladies sometimes, because I know they can do it.

I've seen samples of this card where you can stick Halloween treats in the pockets, packets of seed during the Spring time, a packet of soup for a Get Well Card, what about coupons for Valentine's day, and you could put a package of Kool-aid and the recipe for play dough on a tag. The ideas are endless. If you come up with a different idea, I'd love to hear it.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Perfectly Preserved Burwell Stamp Club

In yesterday's post, I showed the Nugget Jar (that ended up to be a Skittles Jar) that was demonstrated at the Burwell stamp club. I looked everywhere for nugget candy bars with no luck so I went to plan B and added transparency sheets in the oval windows to hold in skittles. I also had peanut m & m's to fill the jars too. You could add just about anything.
Some office ladies, family members, and friends of the ladies that were at stamp club will be surprised some day when they receive a tiny little candy jar. The ladies were coming up with all kinds of ideas to give these little candy jars to people they know.

Here is the card that I had the ladies make at the Burwell stamp club too.
A few of the ladies switched things up a bit and used different designer series paper for the top, jazzed up their lacy doily, and don't forget to use the corn stamp that is also included in the Perfectly Preserved stamp set, instead of the apples.

I had a great time sharing and visiting with the ladies in Burwell. You are a great group of ladies! I'll post the shoebox cards that were brought and made that afternoon tomorrow.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nugget Jar--Perfectly Preserved

Isn't this Nugget Jar adorable? As soon as I saw this on the Internet, I just had to try it. This is one of the projects the ladies made in Burwell for stamp club. If you need instructions, just email me and I can send them to you.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

I'm trying to decide what I want to have the ladies make in Burwell for Stamp Club on Saturday. They are a group of talented ladies so I'm a bit nervous as to what I will have them make. I'm going to have one of their cards using the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and framelits, but haven't decided what yet. I'll have several samples of ideas to show them since I've been mainly playing with this bundle set over the week. Here's another sample . . .
I had some old transparency sheets that I had gotten from school since they couldn't use them in the copy machine so I used Staz-on to stamp the jar image and then used the framelit to cut it out. By putting the apple image on the outside of the jar, it hides the mini glue dot that I used to hold the jar into place and the jar topper hides the other glue dots at the top and holds the jar in place. I want to show off the beautiful fabric that Stampin' Up has to offer so I ripped a strip of it to use in the center of the card rather than using ribbon. I'm still excited about this stamp set so I'm sure you will be seeing more samples.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

I had a little time to play last night. Should have been grading papers.
Here's the card I came up with . . .
I did a Google search for jar images to see what might come up for ideas and saw a picture where someone had used jars for a light source. I wanted the background to be like it was night time so I used the brayer technique and added the moon to make it look like evening. I tried to make it look like the jars were hanging from a post. It didn't turn out too bad. What do you think?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Treasure Hunt time again!

Are you ready for another Treasure Hunt? Through the Late Night Stamper group that I am a part of, one lucky person will win $150 worth of Stampin' Up products. All you have to do is look through the demonstrators' websites looking for their clues. The clues may not be at the top of their blogs because they will continue to post to their blogs so you might have to do some searching. You will have until October 31 to send me your list of 50 participating demonstrators and their clues. When I receive your list by email,, I will enter your name in to win the big prize of $150 of Stampin' Up supplies of your choice.
Look for this picture . . .

Followed by a clue . . .
 Perfectly Preserved Bundle

Happy Hunting!

If you have any questions, just email me at
Enjoy looking at the different blogs for great stamping ideas.

Late Night Stamper WEB RING

Monday, August 20, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

The weekend was great! Hope yours was too. I so enjoyed getting together with my family before the school year gets into full swing and everyone is so busy with activities and getting kids back to college. I did manage to stamp one card late last night. A stamp order arrived Friday night just as we were headed out the door.
I had a chance to use several new products that are found in the Holiday Mini catalog. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email or call me. Have a great week!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back to School!

You can probably tell it was back to school for me this week. I haven't even been in my craft area since last Saturday and I'm missing it. My family is getting together this weekend so I still won't have a chance to do any stamping on Saturday. I'm going to try and get my school work finished so that way I can hopefully spend a little time making something on Sunday evening. Sorry if you have been checking my blog and being disappointed over the past week. I can't promise posting regularly now that I'm back to teaching. Maybe once I get back into the routine of school, I'll have a little more time. I'll try to keep you updated. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mini Scrapbook for Baby

Once again I needed to make a gift for a shower, only this time it was for a baby shower. A husband and wife, both fellow teachers, adopted a baby boy. As my gift, I decided to make a mini scrapbook. The shower was a success with many people attending and the couple received a whole lot of baby stuff. Hope they can enjoy the scrapbook.
 The bottle pulls out of the pocket to reveal an accordion display for several pictures.
Doesn't everyone take a picture of their baby wearing sunglasses. They even received a pair of sunglasses as a shower gift.
 The hands will open up as if to play peek-a-boo. A close-up picture of the baby's face will fit perfectly behind the hands.
The bubbles on the picture above are drops of hot glue from the glue gun. My glue gun is terrible and after seeing the puddles of glue that dribble out between use, had cooled, I thought they must be good for something so I saved them.  When I made the page, I thought about these pieces and it seemed to work as bubbles from the bath. Gotta think out-of-the-box.
Lots of places for journal tags and photos. Hope you enjoy seeing the scrapbooks.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, Loretta!

Back in July I was asked by Pat, Loretta's sister, to make a mini scrapbook for Loretta's 'special' birthday that was coming up. I couldn't post the results until Loretta received her present and so now I can share it with you. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project with photos and journaling.
Loretta seemed very excited to have received the book. I'm sure she will put memories in it that will last a lifetime. I really enjoyed making the book for her.

If you have any questions on how I did something in the book, just ask and I'd be glad to elaborate.