Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Therapy Card Nite 2010

Oh I am sooooo far behind in keeping up on my blog weekly!!! Time is just flying by...can't believe it is the last full week of November!!! A few days till Thanksgiving actually. So here I am finally uploading last months Thanksgiving cards. Most of which I pretty much cased and just changed a thing or two....

Used a wheel to do this card. I like how you can use it for a "friend" Thanksgiving or just a friend card.

Of course gotta use this build a bear!!! It is just too cute!

Can anyone tell me where this card is found?

And this set is just great using versa mark and pastels!!!

And who can neglect the sock monkey??? Not sure who I cased this from, but it was just too cute!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mom's Birthday card

Just a quick card I whipped up for my mom for her birthday. Her favorite color is blue so I made sure to have that as my main color. I brought in the pinks with the flowers and the satin ribbon. Then I topped it off with a bit of bling with some glitter on the flowers and also with the gems in the upper corner. I also did a bit of decorative punching around the main focal point. And I used some retired designer paper to kind of tie it all together. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lighthouse Diorama

Oh my goodness this card was so much fun to make!!! I saw one of these cards in our Stampin Success last year and it has taken me this long to finally try my hand at it. I knew I wanted to use this lighthouse set (the first set I bought from SU!) to make this. Just had to play around with the final look of the card, but I am really pleased with how this came out. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

STAMPS: Calm Seas (retired)
INKS: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
PAPERS: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, White, Sahara Sand
ACCESSORIES: Coluzzle (retired), Taupe Grosgrain (retired)

Friday, October 8, 2010

You're on my mind ~ Blended Pencils

Okay, I saw this tutitorial and just had to try my hand at it! I do have to say that when you're stressed, stamping is the way to help relieve it!!! Any way, I decided to try this using the Upsy Daisy stamp. Once I got going on this I found that it is pretty fun. Lots of attention to detail since you have to outline everything with a black pen/marker which makes you focus. Thus taking your mind off of everyday things that can get to you. And then once you are done you have a beautiful creation that you can be proud of. This of course is another card that is on it's way to grandma's!

STAMPS: Upsy Daisy
INKS: Very Vanillia, Sahara Sand
PAPERS: Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Small Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Vanilla Hodgepodge Brads, Watercolor Pencils

Monday, September 27, 2010

Wheelie Fun Therapy Card Nite

For those girls that didn't make it to TCN here is what you missed! It's been a while since we used a wheel so I made up for it! LOL I had one girl (who never used wheels yet) make it almost all the way through class before realizing that what we were stamping with were the "wheels". She was waiting on some cards that had "wheels" (such as cars) on them. Told ya it's been a while. ;) Guess I'll need to start dragging them out a bit more....

This card uses the wheel with versa mark. Makes a great guy card, which is something I'm trying to make more of.

With this card used the wheel to make our own "decorated cardstock". This is a quick card that goes great with the Sincere Salutations set for almost any theme that may come up!

And of course using the wheel as a background for this dress just makes it pop! Along with the Eyelet Border punch to tie it all together.

Used the crayon resist technique on this card. It's been quite a while since we've played with this technique and it made it a big WOW this month!

Finally we finish the month off with a new baby jumbo wheel taking one outfit and making it pop off the page.
Hope you all enjoyed the cards. Don't forget to leave a comment....

Laced Thinking of You...

Told you I was into the scalloped lace look! :) I really like this layout. Because it is so easy I used it again. I pulled out some old SU DSP (which I love) and put it together. I really like how the Big Shot makes putting cards together a breeze! Just switching out paper and colors changes a card so much! Enjoy!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

because I CARE...

Like I said before I am liking this wrinkled lace look. I think it has just set this card off! I have a pad of this "fun" paper that I just need to start using so here I go!!! Nothing after a long stressful day like playing with paper. You can do all sorts of things to it to help you relieve stress such as wadding it up, rubbing it together, even putting it through a crimper and just really twisting that handle as you let all your stress OUT!!! And in the end you find that you made something beautiful. ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's a Guy Thing ~ August TCN

For those who missed this month's Therapy Card Nite, here they are! All kinds of cards for the guys in your life!!! If you are like me, you need them badly!!! I have 2 boys and 10 nephews!!! I need guy cards!!! Boys don't care for flowers and cutesy cards much let alone a teenager!!! So I think we got a good array for all this month.

This card has that rough embossed look to it and makes a great teen card!
Here is the Make a Monster card that I cased from the catalog and changed up just a bit. Did you notice? This is good for any boy in your life!!!

For those guys who love the grrreat outdoors, this is a card for them. It's also great for any guy you may have in mind.

And for those boys who love the dirt, here's one just for them.

Can't forget those handymen in our lives regardless if it's our fathers, husbands, or sons, this is a great card "tool" thank them for their work.
Hope you enjoyed these cards and if you missed TCN be sure to sign for September's Wheelie Wonderful Therapy Card Nite!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ruffled Kindness

While at Adventureland in Des Moines with my bousterious boys, I did get a chance to stop at Archiver's and shop around a bit. While there I picked up some things to make a small scrapbook of our adventure. We also stopped by the Jordan Creek Mall and window shopped a bit and I just had to get them a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory!!! YUM!!!

While there, I played around with the idea of this "scrunched lace" ruffle look. So after playing around with this stamp using different colors I finally got it to come out. I also used some gems to add a little sparkle! Hope you enjoy!!! Don't forget to leave a comment!

STAMPS: Eastern Blooms, Heard from the Heart
INKS: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Delightful Daffodil, White
ACCESSORIES: Eyelet Border Punch, gems (non SU)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

BS Stamp Camp Info...


BS Stamp Camp will be held Monday August 30 at 6:30 pm.
RSVP by August 19 space is limited!!!
Cost is $20
Invite your girlfriends for a fun filled night of learning new ways to use different dies with the Big Shot! Don't miss out!!!
Contact me for more information or leave a comment on this site and I'll get in touch!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

BS Stamp Camp: project #3

Here it is project #3 for the upcoming BS Stamp Camp! This is the mini milk carton die with which there are lots of fun projects to make! This is just the cutest thing to fill with all kinds of goodies such as milk duds, kisses, ect... You don't want to miss this stamp camp girls! Check back in on Sunday for all the details on signing up!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

BS Stamp Camp : project 2

Ok girls here it is project #2 for the upcoming BS Stamp Camp at the end of the month. This is a lidded box made with the scallop envelope die. Great for filling up with some goodies for a quick gift! Keep your eye out for project #3 coming out later this week along with all the details for the Stamp Camp!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

BS Stamp Camp: project 1


Alrighty girls, here is the sneak peek at project 1 for August's BS Stamp Camp. This first project is a sunflower box bag. Keep checking in the rest of the week to get a look at the other 2 projects and details on signing up for this exciting stamp camp!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Miss you...

I hate throwing anything away and anytime I can use up any little bit of scraps I jump at the opportunity. This card is a prime example! Saw a similar card and loved the idea of using up some of those "little" scraps of paper that are too small really for anything, but ugh, I just can't throw them away because...I eventually come across something like this! These were scraps that were laying in the "should be trash pile, but..." Good thing I hung onto them... Great thing about this kind of card is that you could cut out any kind of shape or even use punches to get the same effect. I free handed the heart in this card, but like I just mentioned you could do a variety of things to get this effect. So what will you come up with? You know you have some scrap paper laying around. Get them out and let your imagination run away with you....

STAMPS: Weathered (retired)
INKS: River Rock, Basic Black marker
PAPERS: Sahara Sand, Real Red, Razzelberry Lemonade (retired), Delicate Dots(retired), Christmas Cocoa (retired)
ACCESSORIES: Corner Rounder, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, July 23, 2010

Saying goodbye...

There's something to be said of the end of one SU year and the beginning of another. This year is no different. Lots of big changes are taking place and new colors are the biggest! So for our last card nite of the 2009-2010 year I pulled out a few favorite stamps & colors that are leaving. I am sad to see so many colors go, but I am equally excited about all the new colors that are coming into SU's family. Some are In Colors of years past coming to be a permant color and some are just brand new. Well enjoy getting to see some of the ending colors...

STAMPS: Enjoy Every Moment (retired)

INKS: Pink Passion (retired), Pale Plum (retired)

PAPERS: Pink Passion (retired), Pale Plum (retired), White, Pawsitively Prints DSP

ACCESSORIES: Scalloped Edge Punch, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

STAMPS: Close as a Memory (retired)

INKS: Lovely Lilac (retired), Green Galore (retired) markers

PAPERS: Lovely Lilac (retired), So Saffron, White

ACCESSORIES: Eyelet Border Punch, So Saffron Ribbon (retired), Hodge Podge Hardware Pewter (retired)

STAMPS: Embrace Life (retired)

INKS: Only Orange (retired), Versa Mark

PAPERS: Only Orange (retired), Sage Shadow (retired), White

ACCESSORIES: Small Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, White Grosgrain

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

American Flag...

Here is the American Flag card that we made during last months card nite. I cased this idea, but don't remember from who (so thank you to whoever came up with this idea). I changed up the "stars" by using glitter instead of stamping white stars and "zig zagging" the stripes. This was a pretty easy card and I really enjoyed making it! What better way to show your patiotism!!!

PAPERS: Crumb Cake (kraft), Real Red, Brilliant Blue, White
ACCESSORIES: 2-way Glue, Chunky Silver Glitter

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wonderful Friend

I love this hostess set that I got free with my order! I used my watercolor crayons on this. This stamp works great with them!!! And with the new colors that has come out the color combos are endless with this. I saw this "corner" look on someone else's card and decided to use it here. I think it added just the right "wow" to this card. Hope you enjoy this summery card!!! Especially the one who recieves this card!!!

STAMPS: Because I Care, Wonderful Favorites
INKS: Lovely Lilac (retired), Daffodil Delight
PAPERS: Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, White
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Trim Corner, Corner Rounder, Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I love to look through magizines for ideas and this card is no exception. I loved the fold of this card so I tried it out for myself. Although I did measure one part wrong it still worked out ok!!! Yeah for me, cause I really didn't want to recut another card. I knew right away what paper I wanted to use along with the butterfly punch. So to make a long story short, it took me 3 days to finish this card. I just had to keep stepping away from it to know exactly what I wanted and what else to use. I am pleased with how it has come out. Hope you enjoy it too!!!

STAMPS: Jumble Alphabet, Smile (retired)
INKS: So Saffron, Regal Rose, Black Staz On
PAPERS: So Saffron, White, Petals & Paisley DSP (retired)
ACCESSORIES: Butterfly Punch

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th!!!

Just want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July! So what is one of your traditions that you do each 4th of July? I make a "Flag Cake". I've been making them for almost 15 years now and it's hard to believe how popular they've become. It's still one of my favorite desserts. Mainly because it has 2 of my favorite fruits in it, blueberries and strawberries!!!

Well, here is an "altered" 4th of July card that we made for Therapy Card Nite this month. I made this one winking!!!

INKS: Basic Black marker
PAPERS: Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red, White
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, 1 5/8" Square Punch, White Grosgrain Ribbon, CAD

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Well, believe it or not, we have finally moved! Not totally unpacked yet, but most of it is done! Can't believe how long it took to close!!! I was starting to think it was never going to happen. But it did and it has so been worth it! Well, almost...except when someone wants to know where something is. "Mom, where is ____?" "It's in a box!" "Which one?" "Don't know, read a box and look. You can do it as well as I can!" I don't ever want to move again unless someone else does the packing and unpacking for me!!!
Needless to say, I finally got most of my craft room unpacked and set up! YEA!!! So I finally had some time to play a little. Now I've seen this scalloped punched flower done a few times and knew that I wanted to try it out myself just not sure how. Then as I was going through a Paper Crafts magazine I came across a card that had this layout with the squares with 2 rounded edges on it and knew it would go great with the punched flower in the middle of it!!! So here is my rendition of it! I think it came out great!!! Tell me what you think...

STAMPS: Three little words...
INKS: Sahara Sand
PAPERS: White, Delicate Dots DSP(retired)
ACCESSORIES: Blue Gingham Ribbon (retired), Filgree Brads, Scallop Circle Punch, Corner Rounder

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

thinking of you...

After living out of boxes still...I pulled out a few more things to play with. While at work the other day I saw a girls dress that inspired me to make this card. Mind you, I am not the greatest with the gel pen as you can see. I try to send my grandmother a card every few weeks, but with the "move" my things have been packed and I haven't mailed one in a while is what I am sending her tomorrow.

PAPERS: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Real Red, pattern paper from June Bug paper pack
ACCESSORIES: Spring Flower Bouquet, 1/2", 3/4", 1" circle punches, pearls

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strawberry lights....

After living in a sea of boxes for about the past month I am getting a little tired of the color of boxes!!! I broke down and dug out some stuff to play with. So here is a little taste of color!!! Of course I need to play with some of the soon to be retired colors. I will miss them, but I am looking forward to playing with the new permant colors coming to SU!!! And of course it is strawberry season and I love strawberries (along with blueberries my fav...) so I broke out some of the Bold Brights to come up with this cute simple card! Isn't it cute?

STAMPS: Tart & Tangy
INKS: Real Red & Green Galore markers
PAPERS: Yo Yo Yellow, Green Galore, Real Red, White
ACCESSORIES: Eyelet Border Punch, Real Red & Green Galore Grosgrain Ribbon

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day

It's hard to believe how fast our newest edition to the Miller family has grown in just a few months. When we first got Bandit, he and Buster were the same size & weight. Buster did let him know who was boss in this house! See the expression on his face in this picture...

Although the above picture was just taken in late February see how much Bandit has grown in just a few months!!! This picture was taken at the end of April and Bandit weighs twice as much if not more than Buster now! But believe me Buster still lets it be known who is boss!!! Buster has the Big Dog syndrom and Bandit has the little dog syndrom!!! Sometimes it is just too funny to watch them together.

Aside from my puppies and packing to move to a new house in less than a week now and living out of boxes, I was able to manage to get some mother's day cards made. This is my limited supply card that I made for my mom. I just got Fifth Avenue Floral and I thought it would be a good idea to place them in the corners and cut out slots to slip in the MOM. I think this came out pretty good with the few things I used.

STAMPS: Fifth Avenue Floral, Messages for Mom
INKS: Night of Navy
PAPERS: Brocade Blue, White
ACCESSORES: Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, craft knife

Saturday, April 17, 2010

White Dasies...

I've been seeing these scallop circle punch flowers and wanted to make one myself. I love how spring looking it came out! I love how easy this was and may end up doing one like this for Therapy Card Nite. This is a quick and easy WOW to show. Too bad I had to end up combining this month and next month's card nights due to our moving, but I will hopefully get to redo the "flower" month and the "all guy" month later down the road.

STAMPS: Warmest Regards (retired)
INKS: Basic Black
PAPERS: Green Galore, Basic Black, Yo Yo Yellow, White
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon

Saturday, April 10, 2010

On my mind...

I am sooooo loving the homemade "glimmer mist" that you can make from SU's Shimmer Paint! I know it is hard to see on here, but I sprayed the craft with it before I stamped on the Upsy Daisy flowers. This came out so pretty and soft looking. This card is almost screaming spring! Which looks like it is finally on its way!!!

STAMPS: Upsy Daisy
INKS: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
PAPERS: Almost Amethyst, White, Kraft
ACCESSORIES: Platinum Shimmer Paint, Eyelet Border Punch, Linen Thread, Button (non SU)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Build-a-Bear Easter...

I am really loving these Big Shot Build-a-Bears with all their accessories!!! We did these Build-a-Bear Easter cards for Therapy Card Nite last month. They all got to color their eggs how they wanted and the girls came up with some neat designs considering how small these eggs are! Now that Easter is over it's time to come up with another use for this set....Be sure to come back and see what I come up with!!!

INKS: SU Markers various colors...
PAPERS: So Saffron, Real Red, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, White, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Pawsitivly Prints DSP

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hiding Eggs...

I finally tried my hand at a stair step card! We did this card for Therapy Card Nite and the girls got a kick out of it! Even though it is a bit time consuming it is still fairly easy to do. What is Easter with out Easter eggs? This is almost as much fun as dying Easter eggs!

STAMPS: A Good Egg
INKS: Versa Mark, Basic Black
PAPERS: White, Green Galore, Yo Yo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Orchid Opulence, Brilliant Blue, Pink Passion
ACCESSORIES: Heat Gun, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Chick

What's cuter than Easter bunnies than little Easter chicks! I did CASE this template,but I changed the colors. I just don't remember who from (so whoever you are this is sooo cute)! I really love this set "A Good Egg", as it is very versitile in many ways for Easter. The chick popping out of the egg is just too cute!

STAMPS: A Good Egg, Crosshatch BG (retired)
INKS: Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Basic Black
PAPER: Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Regal Rose, Yo Yo Yellow, White
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Trim Border

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Monkey

Who doesn't love Easter? With it comes springtime, birds singing, flowers popping up, and most of all warmer weather! Here is my Easter Sock Monkey that we did at Therapy Card Nite. Although this picture doesn't show it all, this card is layered on purple all the way around. This is a simple kids card, but don't rule out those "adults" that love Mr. Sock Monkey like me!

STAMPS: Sock Monkey, Sock Monkey Accessories
INKS: Basic Black
PAPER: White, Lovely Lilac
ACCESSORIES: Watercolor Pencils, Organdy Ribbon

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I love going through our catalogs looking at all the wonderful samples that they give us. Hince the name IDEA BOOK & catalog, as I always remind my workshop guests. So this one is from an older catty and all I did was take the "sack topper" change the colors around and make it into a card. And since my grandmother once worked for a button factory and handed down the HUGE tin of buttons to me, I am never at a loss for them. So the girls got to enjoy rumaging through a sack of buttons to find one they liked for their card. So enjoy....

STAMPS: Enjoy Every Moment
INKS: Night of Navy
PAPERS: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Border Edge, Navy Ribbon (non SU), Button (supplied by grandma)

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Being a SU demo we get SU magazines in which I also take and make cards into my own. I so loved it the card that I incorporated it into my own once again. I used the same colors, but changed up the hearts that were used and a few other things. So, you SU demos, without looking, can you point out the differences? I think the girls liked making a card that could use a more normal sized envelope that they have readily on hand!

STAMPS: Heard from the Heart, Love you Much
INKS: Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Basic Black
PAPERS: So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Taken with Teal, White
ACCESSORIES: Heart to Heart Punch

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More than a thought...

Oh I love going through out catty and looking at the different samples and trying to make my favorites my own. As in this card. I took the main look from the sample cup from the Thoughts & Prayers set. By using the same "look" sort of I made it in to this great card. I incorporated a SALE-A-BRATION set "Whimsical Words" to finish it off along with some ribbon. The girls really liked this card and they love this set. Liked this so much I made up a few of these cards to have on hand!

STAMPS: Thoughts & Prayers, Wimical Words
INKS: Garden Green, Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: hot pink ribbon (non SU)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tree of friendship...

Therapy Card Nite's theme this past month was called Spring Envy. So every card had something green in it to turn our thoughts toward springtime. (which could hurry up and come already!) After all the snow and cold we've been having during this time of "global warming" I thought it would help with cabin fever. Atleast mine anyway! So here is one simple card to get us ready for springs budding trees!

STAMPS: Season of Friendship
INKS: Close to Cocoa, Green Galore