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Monday, February 23, 2015

Two for Monday with Sheltering Tree

It's Monday...
I really TRY to like Monday's but it's the end of our only day off together so it's hard to truly like it!  We had such a nice day yesterday!  We went to a sandwich shop in downtown Tampa (West Tampa Sandwich Shop) to get sandwiches.  Let me tell you, I ordered the Honey "Obama" Cuban.  Apparently President Obama ordered it when he was here one time.  It's a cuban sandwich with honey baked on top of the bread.  Amazing.  Marc got the shredded steak sandwich which had potato fries on it - he loved it!  Delicious!  We will definitely return there.  

The sandwich shop is right by the Humane Society so we took a talk through there and then went to the beach!  We found a nice little secluded area and ended up being too cold so we went out to the main beach.  It's funny how spring breakers are so "hot" in their bikini's and I was sitting under a blanket!  Nothing ends a perfect beach day better than some italian ice from Rita's!  Anyway, today is back to work and a walking field trip to the Golf Course across the street.

My cards today are both very similar and use Sheltering Tree.  These are both true "Pam" creations and I hope you enjoy them!  Aside from the Hardwood Background, everything else is from the stamp set!
 This first card reminds me of April in Michigan!
I really enjoyed making this card.  I used the idea from a card I made at the Stampin' Across America event I went to in Salt Lake City at convention last summer!  Do you love it?!  I think the purple card is my favorite!

Post a comment with your favorite card of the two (pink or purple) and be entered to win a set of cards using this stamp set (winning comment number picked at random)!  Some of the examples haven't been seen yet so you don't want to miss it!!!!  Thanks for following me and looking forward to your comments!  Giveaway ends on February 24th at 8pm EST!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fab Friday #58 - Sketch Challenge with Crazy About You

I am so happy it's Friday!  I had my last observation yesterday for the year (we have 4 total and 3 of mine have been in the last three weeks!).  Today after work I need to finish getting prepped because I have my Card Club from 6-8:30pm!  It's a Fab Friday and we have a sketch for you today!  Click picture to take you to the Fab Friday page and check out what the other designers created.
I usually stick right to the sketch but this time I changed things up a bit to fit what I wanted to make!  That's the best part about sketches!  They are a starting point to get your brain into the mood to create!  I wanted to use the Crazy About You stamp set and this is what I came up with:
 I grabbed the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper and pulled coordinating card stock colors.  I used: Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss and Wild Wasabi.  
To create the triple layered flower I stamped it three times!  I punched the main flower using the Flower Medallion Punch.  Then I fussy cut the two smaller flowers.  Technically you could make this a four layer flower but in all honesty, I don't have the patience for lots of fussy cutting (that's why I own every punch and framelit).
Lately I have been really into making coordinating insides of my cards.  One, they are just super prettier but two, it makes the entire project flow.  From the beginning when I am cutting card stock, I cut a piece for the inside and "try" to remember to stamp when I am stamping the front.  In all honesty, most of the time I have cleaned the stamps and have to re-ink but the idea is to do the front, inside and envelope all at the same time!
Speaking of envelope, here's the coordinating envelope for this project.  Doesn't it all come together so nicely?  I forgot to mention the Crazy About You Bundle!  It comes with TONS of words to make up sayings to suit your needs!  It's a great bundle and when you buy the stamp set and thinlits together - you get 15% off!  It coordinates with three of our punches too!  Check out the picture below!  
Order the Crazy About You Bundle using:
Photopolymer #138873 for $42.25
Clear Mount #139325 $54.25
Wood Mount #139324 $65.25

See you back again tomorrow for more stampin' inspiration!  Thanks for following me!  Don't forget to add me on Facebook at: 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

You Are My Sunshine Card Collage

Catalog Card Case
Are you ever at a loss as to what to for a project?  Today I created a card that was based off a card I saw in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!  Check out the card here:
This card is featured on page 158.  Although I love the sun - I have little patience when it comes to creating it!

Here is my version:
I looked through my stamp sets to find sets that would work for the collage!  I found that the sunburst from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set (free at convention) worked perfectly for this card!  I hope seeing this creation based off a catalog sample will help to inspire you!  Find a card you like in the catalog, find some stamps that will work to your liking and START CREATING!  :)  I'd love to see your designs!  Email them to me at or post to my facebook page at:

See you tomorrow with a Fab Friday Creation!

Stamp Sets used: Ray of Sunshine, Kinda Eclectic, Positively Chevron
Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Old Olive
Punch: Elegant Butterfly
Extras: Pearls

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Petal Potpourri Class or To-go Option!

Petal Potpourri Bundle Class
Attend this class and receive the Stamp Set, Coordinating Punch and the projects below!  Sign up and pay by February 21st and make an extra project using matching products!!!
When? Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 2-4:30pm  
OR Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6-8:30pm
Cost? $42 includes projects, clear-mount stamp set, punch and everything needed to make projects
To go? Yes!  It's $52 for this class to-go.  Everything you need to make the projects are included except ink!  Email me: to get more info!
All class participants receive $10 off in-class orders (even on to-go class)!

Stamp Set and Punch pictured below:

Sign up today!  Only 2 spots left for Sunday class!  Limited amount of to-go classes left!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fab Friday #57 Color Challenge

Fab Friday #57
We are back!  We take off the moth of January and enjoy crafting and having fun!  Some of us also attended the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference in Orlando!  Fun times!  We are back with a color challenge for you! 
 Although these are Valentine's Day colors this year (or can be), I wanted to use them for flowers!  I used several new items from the Occasions catalog including: Petal Potpourri with matching Flower Medallion Punch and Crazy About You with coordinating Hello You Thinlits.
 How did I forget to mention this delicious new Embossing Folder?!  It's the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder.  Isn't it so so pretty?
I have been stamping the insides of all of my cards.  I love the Crazy About You stamp set and coordinating Hello You Thinlits.  I love how the thinlit words coordinate with the stamps?  

Plan on seeing a bit more of me now that I am not sick anymore (seriously I was sick for several weeks)!  Thanks for following me!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Challenge for you... HSS #203

I have been gone awhile and I apologize.  I have been REALLY sick.  Let me give you an example of HOW sick I really was: I didn't stamp for an ENTIRE week.  If you know anything about me, you know I stamp almost daily.  Yesterday was the first day I actually stamped something in over a week.  I was coughing so much (and still am coughing) I took an entire week off work (which I haven't had to do yet as a teacher... there's always a first).  I am going back to work this morning so some prayers for less coughing would be appreciated.  I am still really congested and have been told the virus just needs to run it's course (could be weeks they said).  Exciting, right?  WRONG!  Anyway, I am back!
I have been wanting to join some challenges "for fun" lately and this is one of them!  I love this color combination and was excited to play with the elements!  I did add some silver glimmer paper to add some sass but I think it really brings this card together!
I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  Don't you just love that heart embossing folder?!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Countdown to Sale-a-bration with "Celebrate Today"

Celebrate Today
Sale-a-bration starts Tuesday and I am SO EXCITED!  Only 6 days until you get an exclusive FREE product with every $50 purchase!  Make sure to subscribe to my blog and come back each day between now and January 6th to see sneak peeks!

I am in love with this stamp set and it will be featured on my "Five Card Friday" on Friday!  I am so excited to share the new Sale-A-Bration products and new Occasions Catalog products.  This card features the new Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating Framelits.  I have been awaiting a balloon die cut for a long time and now my wait is over!  I love this set!
I made this into my favorite, a shaker card!  I used a clear envelope (I had to cut the top and one side off) and added the in-color sequins to it and closed all of the sides using Sticky Strip.  Super easy!  Do you love the banner?  If you guessed that they came from the same framelits, you are right!  I also used the new Sale-a-bration exclusive Designer Series Paper pack.  It's called "Best Year Ever" and it has a coordinating stamp set and Accessory Pack - which you will LOVE!

Please let me know if you have not received your Occasions or Sale-a-bration Catalogs.  I can mail one out to you on Friday! Come back tomorrow for more sneaks!