criss cross to you...

I was talking to my Oregon peep; she suggested that I try the Criss Cross card.  She mentioned it was easy and looks very cute.  She was right!  The card was easy and very C-U-T-E!  Check it out...sorry about the pic.  I wasn't sure the best way to capture the inside and outside of the card.  This is what I came up with...

Stamp Set: Dasher and Four the Seasons
Ink: Razzleberry
Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses and Razzleberry Cardstock
That Little Something: Corner Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Linen Thread and Retired Baja Breeze Button
That Little Helper: Sewing Machine

something brighter for a rainy day...

Boy, what a gloomy'd think I was living in Portland, OR by my peep.  I've been helping her (my Oregon peep) with a blog banner; once she gets everything the way she likes it to appear, I'll provide a link to her blog.  She's an amazing creator of cards, so check her out!!  
I'm still in Christmas mode and wonder how long this stretch will last before I'm crabby because of Christmas.  I'll keep it going...until then.

Stamp Set: Four the Seasons (hostess level 1)
Paper: Merry Moments Designer Series Paper, Real Red and Garden Green Cardstock
Ink: Garden Green and Real Red
That Little Helper: Paper Piercing Thingie

Getting ready for Christmas...

Although we are in the last week of Halloween, I'm in Christmas mode.  I've sent the goodie bags for my (amazing) nieces and nephews.  I've put the Halloween stamps away, the Christmas stamps are coming out.  I still need to make some Thanksgiving cards, but that's easy.  So it could snow any time now...I'm mentally prepared.  But until it does's one style of card for Christmas: (remember all items are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Very Vanilla and Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Ink: Garden Green and Real Red
The Little Helper: Scallop Edge Punch and Word Window Punch
The Little Something: super duper mini button from local craft store


Holy cow! Where did the week go? I know there were a couple of days that I wanted to post...but somehow it's Friday, and this is my first post for the week.

I have been upstairs in my craft room creating, so it's not that I haven't been doing anything.  I've been thinking of x-mas ideas for family/friends. Here's one idea I came up with for gifts.  Although I used a retired rub-on from Stampin' Up!, I'm going to purchase the Icicle Rub-ons from the SU! Holiday Mini Catalog.  It's going to be C-U-T-E!!  I'm thinking it could be filled with candy, a mini manicure set, candle, a gift certificate...really anything would work...within size restrictions.  I was, also, thinking this glassware could be a project in my Stamp Camp.  C-U-T-E!      C-U-T-E!      C-U-T-E!

To my Oregon peep: 61 days until Christmas and I know what your gift is. :-)

Everyone...have a great weekend!

it's ginny's birthday...

Ginny's (my husband's sista) birthday is this weekend;  La, la, la (clearing my throat)...happy birthday to U! happy birthday to U! happy birthday to G-i-n-n-y...happy birthday to U!!  Looking forward to see you this weekend! 

It's fun creating things for Ginny; she loves any and everything I make.  She has such an appreciation for the creativity...there's isn't really anything I won't do for her.  She's a very special person, so I hope she has a wonderful day.  Here's what I put together for her birthday.  I hope she likes it!

Everyone brace yourselves...what you are about to view is product from Basic Grey.  As many of you know, I'm a (newbie) Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.  I LOVE everything Stampin' Up!, however, please know that I, also, enjoy using Basic Grey.  Please note I used Stampin' Up! products when possible. :-)

halloween is just around the corner...

Halloween is just around the corner, despite the falling snow.  SNOW! YUCK!  Keeping with the holiday schedule instead of the weather, I've created a mini square tri-fold card.  Once again, everyone probably has this stamp set from Stampin' Up.  They've had in their catalog since the age of dawn, and since I've been alive since the age of dawn...I have this set.  

Stamp set: SU! Batty for You, SU! Holiday Best (Hostess Level I)
Paper: some cute polka dot paper
Ink: Green Galore
The Little Helper: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop CIrcle Punch
That Little Something: Googlie eyes, sewing machine

good afternoon...

Yep, it's true; there's snow in Minnesota.  Is it too much to ask that Minnesotans have Halloween WITHOUT the "white" stuff.  Until further notice, I'm NOT creating any Christmas cards!  Nothing with snowflakes, nothing with holly, nothing with sleigh rides...are you catching my drift!!  
Any ho, I participated in the PPA (PalsPaperArts) challenge which was to create a card with the following SU! colors: Perfect Plum, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie.  Side note: I know most SU! demos are probably tired of this stamp set, however, I LOVE it!  I think it's really fun! Here's what I created for the challenge:

Stamp Set: SU! Batty for You
Paper: SU! Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie card stock, as well as, Basic Grey Eerie
Ink: SU! Perfect Plum and Pumpkin Pie
The Little Helper: SU! Punches: 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punch and the Scallop Circle Punch
That Little Something: Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and Black Rhinestones 

ladies and gentlemen...

It snowed last night...Yep, that's snowed. EVERYONE put it on your calendars...EVERYONE!!  Please note: I would like to provide picture of the first snow, however, my camera doesn't take pictures of snow.  Thank you. Have a great day!

doing my own thing...

So I guess I'm doing my own thing this week....I haven't completed any of the challenges which I've listed in my blog.  Oh well, sometimes you need to be different, right?  Looking forward to a chance of snow this weekend...NOT!  I guess Minnesota weather is sometimes as different as I am.  I will need to start repeating the following:  I love winter, I love winter, I love winter.  Perhaps I'll really love winter by the time it's OVER!  Any ho, have a great weekend!  I hope to post one of the days this weekend, so until then.  Here's the card:

Stamp Set: SU! Pun Fun
Paper: SU! Not Quite Navy, Garden Green card stock as well as More Mustard Pattern Designer Series paper
Ink: SU! Basic Black
The Little Helper: Crop-a-dile (created the hole and set the eyelet)
That Little Something: SU! Watercolor Crayons, Hemp twine, and a Saturn Charm

giving thanks...

My posting is a little later in the day than I wanted, but there's not time like the present.  Here's another technique card (stair step), I really like how it turned out, however, I need to modify it slightly so the dimensions will match the A2 measurements.  I've seen cards (with the modification) which include a larger back panel on the last step.  I will have to experiment a little...  Any ho, here's my creation for the stair step technique.  Enjoy!  Thank you for visiting!

Stamp Set: SU! Holiday Best (hostess set-level 1), Weathered background stamp (retired)
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Dusty Durango cardstock, Autumn Meadows Designer Paper (Holiday Mini)
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Dusty Durango
The Little Helper: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, and Little Leaves
That Little Something: Rusty colored Rhinestones

happy kiwi kiss monday (retired)...

Good Morning, 
Today is a day of retired items...I didn't mean to do it that's just the way it happened.  Also, I'm kinda cheating this morning, I'm posting a "thank you" card which was created last week.  It was a simple card, but I loved how it turned out.  The trees were part of a SU! Rub-On package from last year; sometimes it's nice to get a card completed before the end of the day.  Hopefully, I'll have another posting for Mojo Monday Challenge.  
See Ya!

Rub-on: Bright Delights (retired)
Paper: Kiwi Kiss Cardstock (retired), Raspberry Tart Designer Paper Series (retired)
Ink: N/A
The Little Helper: Top Note Bigz Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals
That Little Something: Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon (retired)

new series...keeping me creative...

Good Morning, again.

Wanted to give those individuals who are (actually) visiting my blog a heads-up; starting today (hopefully), I'll be participating in a series I've titled, "keeping me creative...".  I wanted a way to integrate my passion for card making as well as some of the other (little) things I do in my spare time.  On the side bar, you'll find some of the challenges which I participate in from time to time.  These challenges can be found on, also, a link found on my side bar.

Welcome to my new adventure! I've been searching for a way to profile my portfolio samples for potential job employers. My criteria needed to fit into the following perimeters: cost effective and display my portfolio samples. I'll be adding items as time permits. Thank you for taking a peek!