Make it Flat
Today’s challenge will please all the US Postal Workers — LOL!!!  Today we are making our cards FLAT.  That’s all — no other requirements.  Now, when I say FLAT, I DO NOT mean it has to be a 1-layer card, as it doesn’t.  We CAN use layers of paper, even light weight ribbon, but the end result of our card must be so flat that there is NO QUESTION when we look at it that it’ll go for 1 stamp only.  When inserted in an envelope it should have NO noticeable lumps, bumps or humps.  OK?  That’s it — create away.  Personally, I can’t WAIT to see all your FLAT ideas!!!  Perfect for Christmas cards when we do mass mailings!!! Have fun!!!
This was our challenge this week.  I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to challenges most of the time, so I did take the route of one layer and one layer only.  This doesn’t mean the card has to be boring.  When faced with a one-layer card, it all comes down to design.  I got the design down and wanted to add something special.  I think it will all be about shimmer for me and the upcoming holidays.  I took this great kaleidescope embossing powder and used this on the snowflakes.  What a difference the different shimmery colors make.  I did make one mistake though.  I didn’t mean to either.  It all cam down to really bad lighting in my studio, which needs to be rectified.  For the score lines…do NOT do them all the way across the sentiment.  I didn’t plan to.  This is MY trick when scoring around a sentiment.  First score lightly with the image face up on your scoring pad.  Then you can stop at the appropriate places.  Then turn your card around and follow the lines.  WELL…that was SUPPOSED to happen, but when I turned my card around I really couldn’t see where the lines stopped due to the bad lighting in my studio and I scored all the way through by accident.  I can’t even tell you why, but it was too late to fix it.  So learn from my mistake.  It just doesn’t look to good having score lines run through your sentiment.  Sorry about that.

The ribbon treatment is a flat treatment, so it won’t bunch up.  Hope you enjoy it even with the bad scoring, the design of it is solid!  LOL!  Go see what the other girls did!









Stamps: Snowflake Serenade, Snowfall

Paper: Vintage Cream CS

Ink: Versa Mark, Versa Magic Chalk ink (wheat)

Ribbon: Vintage Cream Sheer Stripes

Other: Kaleidescope embossing powder (Michaels)


I made this boxed set of cards for the Paper Crafts Christmas Tree this year.  The colors of the items on the trees will be brown, red and green.  I wanted the box to look like a house, so I made this “roof topper’ for the box.  Using the background of First Fruits, I stamped the “shingles” and added some glitter at tht top for snow.  There is a ribbon which runs up either side of the roofline with a large loop to hang on tree.  The houses on the cards took a while to do, but the rest of the card I made very simple by using the Polka Dot Basics set in white chalk ink for the snow.  I stopped just before the bottom to make it look like it was snowing and added swipes of the chalk ink to the bottom of the card to make it look snow swept.  I used vellum and stickes for the snow on the house.  On the inside the sentiment stamped reads “There’s no place like home for the holidays”  You can see this Christmas addition to “Boards and Beams” HERE.  Have a great day, and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the Stamp Simply Challenge! 


Stamps: Boards and Beams, Home for the Holidays, Polka Dot Basics, First Fruits

Paper: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vellum

Ink: White Chalk, Dark Chocolate

Ribbon: Pure Poppy

Other; Copic Markers, buttons,

I got these amazing little frame ornament wall-hanging thingies at Michaels for $2.00 I think!  I got three of them and I have to say I am in LOVE with them!  Aren’t they the cutest?  Of course as soon as John saw the picture he says “the bottom loop is crooked”.  I bent it back.  What can you ask for for $2.00!  lol.  Seriously though, they are primed wood and wire.  Fabu.  Love it.  What else will you use those tiny pictures they put into your photo package on?  These are those “keepsake” photos…the thumbnail type ones they stick into your package from Target now.  It was a perfect fit to add some other stuff with it. I know you are probably sick of this photo, but it was perfect for the colors I wanted. I am actually going to get the girls Christmas pics done soon this year.  They will be more casual.  Cute sweaters with matching scarves.  I chopped off Sophie’s hair in the summer, so she looks so different now from this picture!  She wanted to look like Lucy Pevencie from “Narnia”.  She is too cute. 

SO… have you all been thinking about how everyone is partying away on the big stamping cruise?  Man I wish I was there, but since I am fat and hairy (well at least right now), it may be best that I am home as not to scare everyone!!  LOL!  Have a great day!

Stamps: Snowfall, 2008 Holiday Tag Collection (Noel sentiment)

Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White, Sky Blue SU!

Ink: White Chalk, Pure Poppy

Ribbon: Pure Poppy Stitched Grosgrain

Other: Marvy Super Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Buttons, Martha Stewart Clear Glitter


I think so often it is so easy to forget about the masculine side of stamping.  I know I do.  I wanted to make something today that I know John would like for Christmas and of course this could be a Father’s Day gift as well.  I am trying to mix up holidays recently, so you won’t become innundated by seeing the same thing over and over again.  We have a lot of them coming up, so I don’t want to skimp on any possible ideas!

So this is a tie box and tin.  The tin and clear box are over at Papertrey and I used the Father Knows Best patterned paper line along with the new release color “Ripe Avacado” to make the outer box.  I just put two mini glue dots under the tin to center it and to keep it from moving around in the box.  Another variation on this would be to fill the empty space around the tin with coffee beans, so essentially he would be getting some coffee with his tie…just not ON his tie! LOL!  Two gifts in one!  The problem being, John doesn’t drink coffee and actually hates it.  So don’t forget about ways to package those more masculine gifts!!  They are fun too!  Instead of a tie, you could make a travel toiletry kit with nail clippers, hotel soaps (they are nice and flat…but wrap them with nice patterned paper) some chap stick (John is addicted to it) and maybe a small travel size shampoo.  This way the tin could hold everything while he travels.  Or even a handy first aid kit for his car.  Man up!  ;))

So what are you all doing today?  I hope I was able to answer all of your e-mails yesterday concerning how you emboss the cards like that.  I think I am going to be doing a lot of laundry, but I am working on some more blog projects too.  I was supposed to go over to my Pastor/Friend’s house today for dinner, but he has a nasty cold.  So do my girls, so maybe it wasn’t meant to be today.  I was going to make the dinner and my friend was making dessert.  It would have been fun.  Have a great day!  Off to get some coffee!  At least someone likes it in this house 😉

Stamps: Father Knows Best, 2008 Holiday Tags Collection, Pond Life

Paper: Father Knows Best patterned paper (Retro Stripe), Ripe Avacado, Basic Black SU!

Ink: Metallic Gold

Ribbon: Ripe Avacado Grosgrain

Other: Clearly Creative Card Boxes, Clear Windowed Tin

What a lovely experience glitter gives you on your cards if used well.  I have to amdit, I am becoming a Martha Stewart glitter fan.  I am in love with the quality of her glitter products unlike some of her other products, she got it right on her glitter.  These were stamped using the Tsukineko glue pad and the Martha Stewart brownstone glitter. It is so coppery and perfect for fall.  I wanted to the first card to feel like you were enveloped in wound ribbon as well.  I wanted the card to feel like the bundled up wheat that it was portraying.  The second card was meant to be a simple notecard, but I couldn’t resist the ribbon.  I am a satin ribbon girl through and through!  I just couldn’t resist the perfect colors together. 

How was your weekend?  We are all in states of sickness around here!  John is over it, I am sort of winding down from it, Sophie is in full swing of it and Emma…well…she is lucky…for now.  I know it is just a matter of time 😦  We spent the weekend going to John’s Sisters house for her 40th birthday…happy birthday Lisa!  I am the youngest out of the siblings and respective spouses, so the 40th hat was passed down to me at the party.  Don’t have to worry about it for a while though (whew 😉  )  Yesterday after church I hurried to make a meal for a singer friend of mine who’s husband got injured on his job and then I crashed and took a nap.  I was up most of the night before coughing (sickness and Lisa’s cats I think).  We then went over to John’s parents and had a cook-out and ate inside because it was so cold.  Baby it’s cold outside!!  I have to go to work!!  ACK!  Gotta get going!  Have a great day!!  Share your weekend with me!


Stamps: First Fruits

Paper: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avacado (PTI), Really Rust SU!

Ink: Jumbo Java, Gingerbread, Spanish Olive versa mark chalk inks, Tsukineko Glue Pad

Ribbon: Michaels, Ripe Avacado Satin

Other: Martha Stewart Glitter, Nestabilities

OK…a couple of things for today!  So…we were given our next Stamp Simply challenge by a guest this week!  Heather Telford has asked the team to come up with a card using only sentiments!!  NO image stamps!  You can use patterned paper, repeat sentiments and whatever else you want…just NO image stamps!  This is what I came up with 🙂

OK…first off…I am in love with the new Papertrey Polka Dot Parade papers.  If you know me, you know I actually don’t use patterned paper that much when I stamp.  I have to say though…I am in LAHAHAHAHOVE with these new papers.  I blinged up some Maya Road flowers with Martha Stewart glitter to make the card “absolutely fabulous”  😉 

So here is what the other girls have done!  Read on after for what I did tonight!!!

Heather Telford (our lovely guest 🙂 )

Darlene Pavlick (our other lovely guest 🙂 )







So…today was the day.  The day that 364 days before this day leads to this moment every year.  The day that my husband spends stressing over for most of September and into October.  The day in which all German teachers in South Jersey do not envy my husband for.  The day where the Chicken Dance reigns supreme and the dutiful wife controls a kitchen full of parents leading them in the charge of cooking for 500 people.  The day.  The…FEST.



Gutes Essen, Gute Freunde, Gute Zeiten!

Good food, Good Friends, Good Times!

Collingswood High School OKTOBERFEST 2008!  It was a success, a blast, and a night full of Bavarian madness! It is over John!!   Thanks for looking 😉


Stamps: Mixed Messages

Paper: Aqua Mist CS, Lemon Tart CS, Spring Moss CS, Polka Dot Parade Patterned Paper

Ink: Aqua Mist

Ribbon: Aqua Mist Grosgrain

Other: Maya Road Flowers, Martha Stewart Glitters


Like what you see?  Just head over to the Papertrey Ink Gallery for the supply lists!  I’m not feeling too well today.  Neither is John, so I’m not going to chat too much.  Have a great day and I hope you like the projects for this month 🙂