May 2015

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It has been a while since I have posted anything. I have been quite busy!!!! One of my daughter’s friends from Master’s Commission ATL at Victory World Church is getting married in July. She had asked Rebekah (my daughter) if I could give her a price for making wedding invitations. I said, o.k. But, I said I would do a digital one on MDS (My Digital Studio) for her because making invitations takes a lot of time. So, I worked on a digital version for her and I was never happy with the results; plus, Rebekah and her family moved in with us due to an apartment issue and it was just CRAZY around here! I ultimately suggested to the bride-to-be an online digital company that specializes in wedding invitations, because I just didn’t have enough time to do the project justice. Well, that company wanted to charge a ridiculous fee for postcard type invitations. So, I said let’s do it; we’ll just make them.

Thus, it started. I ordered the paper for 250 invitations as well as going to Hobby Lobby for specialty paper (SU! is no longer offering the gold matte paper and it was already sold out from the retired list). Once the paper was ordered, I began with printing out the main wedding portion of the invitation along with the reception location since I had Whisper White cardstock on hand. I was able to make a few of the envelope/card portions as well. Needless to say, there were a few revisions along the way.

The paper came in on a Wednesday and the bride-to-be came over to help work on the invites all day Tuesday prior to the paper arriving. Wednesday the paper came in and I printed, printed, printed, and cut, cut, cut, and stamped, stamped, stamped. She came over again on Thursday, and we worked ALL day on the invitations. On Friday, we had help from one of the bridesmaids and the bride’s sister. We worked ALL day. Saturday and Sunday we relaxed and worked ALL day again on Monday. The bride came back over on Tuesday and we worked all afternoon pulling it all together.

Here are some pictures of the Friday we worked on them:

Wedding Invites


I almost forgot, the bride-to-be and I still worked Wednesday afternoon (if I remember correctly – it’s all a blur). We were all, definitely, exhausted. In fact, I slept pretty much all day and evening Thursday after my hair cut appointment. I was still tired Friday morning and had a lot of errands to run before we leave on vacation.

I couldn’t have been happier with the results and here is the Wedding Invitation with the Traditional Nigerian Wedding insert which family and bridal party received.

Wedding Invite

Note: I blocked out the names and locations of the bride, groom, and family for their privacy.

The base of the invitation is the envelope. I cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry to 11″ x 5 1/4″. I took the left over piece of cardstock and cut it to 3.25″ x 5 3/4″. I then took the larger piece and scored it at 2 1/2″ and 7″, and the smaller piece I scored at 1/4″ on three sides to create the pocket at the bottom of the envelope to hold the r.s.v.p. card, the website information card, and the Traditional Nigerian Wedding ceremony information.

I was able to cut three each of the circles and scallops at a time, but each circle was stamped individually (of course); that’s 250 x 2 sets of circles (500). The same is true for the r.s.v.p. card and the website information card. There were only 175 Traditional Nigerian Wedding invitations. The picture above is for my portfolio and I added some bling to it as well as the bride’s invitation with some pearls. Of course, the picture doesn’t do the invitation set justice. Once the wedding is over, I’ll add some pictures without the blocked information with individual pictures as well of each insert.




I have really been having a great time playing with all the Card Challenge websites. One of my favorite sites is Paper Craft Crew. This week the team is featuring a card sketch.

PCCCS144sketchI wanted to focus on a new SU! product this challenge and decided to use SU! Build A Birthday stamp set along with the new paper stack and In Colors. I managed to finish right before it turned dark and got a quick snapshot of the card. Oddly enough, the flash caused the surrounding background to appear black as if it were night-time. Here is this week’s entry:


I think this is a fun, cute card sure to make anyone happy on their birthday. Enjoy!



Pals Paper Arts 251 challenge this week is a color challenge featuring Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise.


These colors are part of the Bold Brights. which happens to be my favorite SU! Color Collection. As you can see from previous posts I tend to gravitate toward bright colors unless a card/color challenge specifies something different.

I’m sure all of you papercrafters have this dilemma quite often, you have a shelf/shelves full of stamps and you can’t find a stamp that really works for what you’re trying to create on paper. I finally settled on one, the new SU! stamp set Friendly Wishes. It just seemed to fit the card. I took the Melon Mambo cardstock and stamped on it with the Hardwood background stamp in Basic Gray to mute the Melon Mambo and allow the word phrase to stand out. I used markers to color in the areas of the stamp and then accented it with a Daffodil Delight mat and butterfiles cut from watercolor paper that had been water washed and the featured colors (ink dyes) applied directly to the paper. I accented the butterflies with pearls colored with my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities marker (the medium shade). I think this card says it all for a special friend or family member.



Note: I used Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers to ink directly to the rubber stamp.

I also used the retired butterfly embosslit folder.

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A great Monday morning to play with Freshly Made Sketches #186. Here is the FMS186 sketch:

FMS Final 186-001

This past week was a very hectic week as well as this weekend, and I had a major mental block trying to design cards for the current card challenge websites I like to play. Well, I woke up this morning and double checked the deadline for the FMS186 challenge and voila, I had an idea. I love the clean and simple lines of this card. And, I’m excited to be using some of the new SU! 2015-2017 In-Colors!


Note: If you look closely you can see where I scored the card stock to create two diagonal lines (the lighting doesn’t capture the scored lines very well). I also embossed the crazy circle lines with gold embossing powder.


Price: $29.95

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Wow! I am so honored to have my card challenge entries featured as part of the Fab Fave 63 and the featured artisan for Paper Craft Crew #142 challenges. Here are the cards that were selected (click on the cards to be directed to the post with the supply list):

Fab Fave 63


PCCS142 Featured Artisan



Freshly Made Sketches #185 is a card sketch this week:

FMS Final 185-001In a previous post, I had mentioned wanting to make a sympathy card, but the card for that challenge turned out to be a Father’s Day card. I have successfully completed a sympathy card for the FMS185 Card Challenge. I really think the SU! Thoughts & Prayers stamp set is fitting for sympathy and get well occasion cards. I chose the tree and the sentiment “Sharing in your Sorrow.” I went with a color combo of Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, and Pistachio Pudding. It took me two efforts to make the watercolor tree portion. This was due to the fact, I usually have “ants in my pants” and can’t wait for the paper to fully dry; therefore, the inks tend to smear easily where I don’t want them to smear.

Here is the card I made:


Note: Some reinkers and stampin’ write markers are not showing up on the supply list. I used Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, and Pistachio Pudding Stampin’ Write Markers and the Pistachio Pudding re-inker.

In a previous post, I mentioned our group of stampers has had an annual stamp camp focusing on Christmas cards and giftables. This throwback goes back to our 6th Annual Christmas in the Woods Stamp Camp. My friend and sometime co-designer, Cheyenne Luken, would help me prepare for this event for more than one stamp camp. As a thank you gift, I would make her something special. She really likes 3D projects; so, I found a tutorial on Inking Idaho and made her a purse along with a set of cards to go with it.

She was really excited to receive this set as a gift. I enjoyed making the set because I tend to like 3D projects that are challenging. Here are several pictures of the finished project:

TBT Stamp Camp 6 A


TBT Stamp Camp 6 B


TBT Stamp Camp 6 CEnjoy!

TGIF Challenge C01 came along just in time. I had planned a design for another card challenge website featuring a Mother’s Day card with a color palette combo I had found on Pinterest. As I browsed through different demonstrator websites and other card challenges, I came across the TGIF Color Challenge. I was excited to change my color palette and  include the TGIF Color Combo on my Mother’s Day card.


The card turned out so much better than I had anticipated. I think the Peachy Keen SU! stamp set and the TGIF color challenge work well together. Thanks so much for opening up TGIF Challenges!



Peach Keen (retired SU!) stamp set

I missed the last SUO Card Challenge; so, I made sure I had my card finished ahead of time. What a great card challenge to celebrate the mothers in our lives. My mother was a very sweet person and a crafting whiz in her own rights. Her area of expertise was sewing. She could sew anything. In fact, she made slipcovers for her sofa and it looked upholstered (in other words, she was REALLY good at sewing).

For this challenge, along with the Mother’s Day theme I chose to use a color challenge from another website. The colors for their challenge are: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party. I also wanted to use a stamp set I rarely use but really like. I chose the Peachy Keen SU! stamp set. Once I started on the card, I realized I didn’t have any Crushed Curry cardstock; so, I went digging in my DSP stash and used the Crushed Curry background paper from Color Me Autumn. I guess there’s more than one way to skin a cat. I didn’t have a cute “mom” stamp either. To work around this obstacle, I printed the word MOM onto Calypso Coral cardstock and then cut out the heart using the hearts framelits set. On the Whisper White cardstock I used to stamp “You’re Peach Keen,” I took Crushed Curry ink and lightly stenciled some diagonal lines to give the stamped area some depth. The rest of the card is pretty self-explanatory.

SUO Card Challenge #121:



The new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog will be in our hands within a week or two!!!!! I have just placed a pre-order from the demonstrator sneak peek selection. I can’t wait until the product arrives on my front porch. I also placed an order for the new 2015-2016 SU! Catalogs. I know those of you who signed up for a catalog will be excited to have it in your hands withing the next two weeks.

I just wanted to mention a few benefits of being a SU! demonstrator are:

  • Getting to see the new 2015-2016 SU! Catalog online weeks ahead of the official release date
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  • Making great cards, scrapbook pages, and giftables before customer’s
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