Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Stamp of the Month: Chairs to You ~ Secured Flip Flap Card

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Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Each month I participate in a Stamp of the Month Blog Hop that features the special stamp that is only available that month. Using the links provided, you hop from blog to blog viewing over 50 ideas using that stamp set. If you came here from Krista Ritskes' Blog then you are on the right track. You will find the next link at the end of this post. If you get lost along the way then you can go to Kathleen's Blog for the entire list of participants.  Now onto my card:

My upline, Linda Roberts, sent me a similar card for my birthday and I thought it was perfect for the blog hop!  Thanks Linda!  I've made the Flip Flap card before, but I love how the button holds the flap down!

Bamboo Ink Pad
Cocoa Ink Pad
Sky Ink Pad
Smoothie Ink Pad
Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon
Foam Tape
Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade
Circle Cutter
Blending Pen
Glue Dots

  • Cut paper to the following dimensions:
    • (1) 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 Cocoa Cardstock scored at 5 1/2"
    • (1) 3 x 8 Olive Cardstock scored at 4"
    • (2) 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 Colonial White Cardstock
    • (1) 4 x 5 1/4 Background paper (squares/patchwork pattern)
    • (1) 2 3/4 x 4 Background Paper (small pink pattern)
    • (1) 3" Circle in Smoothie Cardstock
    • (1) 2 3/4" Circle in Colonial White Cardstock
  • Stamp a chair randomly on the Colonial White circle with Bamboo ink
  • Stamp Home Sweet Home in Cocoa ink in the center of the Colonial White circle
  • Use the Blending Pen to go over the letters in Home Sweet Home to give it some shading
  • Scrape and Sponge Cocoa Ink around the Colonial White Circle
  • Stamp the heart randomly in Sky ink on one of the pieces of 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 Colonial White CS
  • Sponge Sky ink around the edges of both pieces of Colonial White Cardstock
  • Stamp large saying in Cocoa Ink on the other piece of 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 Colonial White cardstcok
  • Scrape the edges of the Smoothie Pad around the edge of the Smoothie Circle
  • Stamp the tiny flower on a small Canvas Button in Cocoa Ink
  • Use the blending pen and coordinating ink pads to add color to the flowers on the button
  • Now it's time to put it all together!
  • Take the largest piece of Cocoa cardstock and crease the fold where you scored.  The fold should be on the left side
  • Attach the patchwork/squared background paper inside the Cocoa card
  • Attach the pink patterned paper to the outside/left flap
  • Take the Olive piece of cardstock and fold in half
  • Attach the Olive piece on top of the patchwork/squared pattern paper to the right with the fold of the Olive cardstock on the right
  • The front of the Olive piece should be on the outside of the Cocoa/Pink flap of the card
  • Attach the Colonial White cardstock rectangles to the Olive cardstock as shown in the photos (Blue heart piece on top and the large saying piece on the inside.)
  • Adhere the Colonial White circle to the Smoothie circle and attach those using Foam Tape to the top of the card
  • Add a Cocoa knotted ribbon near the top/right of the circle using a glue dot
  • For the Canvas button - Peel the backing off and cut the backing in half.  Replace half of the backing and attach it to the bottom/left of the card.  You want the Olive cardstock flap to be able the slide under part of the button to secure it, but easily slide out so the card can open.
  • Done!  Let me know if you have any questions!
Now hop on over to Jen Patrick's blog to continue on your way through the hop! 
Thanks for leaving a comment! 
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday er Easter er Birthday

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I'm sorry I haven't been around a lot lately, but April is our busiest month of the year.  We have 4 birthdays, Easter, and several members of the family are playing baseball, so it's been a little crazy over here. 
Here is a cute picture of my daughter with a cake made by a talented friend of mine.  (Ignore the lick marks.  Hee hee hee.)  Thanks Caryl!
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Merci Bliss Envelope Card

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Here is the last card from my April Workshop.  We used a piece of 4x12 Outdoor Denim cardstock and folded it into thirds, creating a top flap.  Then we just measured to the center and folded the corners in to create the envelope look.  The toile background paper from the Bliss Level 2 paper packet looks great with Outdoor Denim!  We used the Scallop Circle Punch for the center medalion and it is only attached to the cardstock so the flap can open.  The stamp set is called "Thank You" and is probably my most used stamp set.  I love having several different thank you stamps!  It is hard to see, but there is a Bitty Sparkle for the dot on the "i."  The whole thing is sanded using the sanding block . Let me know if you have any questions! Pin It

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rosy Regards with Bliss Papers

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I gave this card to all of my customers that attended my workshop last month.  I would never think to put Chocolate and Gray Flannel together, but it's beautiful!

Rosy Regards Stamp Set
Bliss Level 2
Pearl Opaques
Card Chatter-Sympathy
Chocolate Ink
Gray Flannel Ink
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quick & Easy Bows

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We made these 4x4 cuties at my team meeting last Monday.  The question I get most from customers is "how can I make good bows?"  Well, these bows are "cheater bows" so they are easy to make!  Thank you to Tresa Black for some of the inspiration.  These bows will also be featured at my workshops, so scroll down for the next date and time.  Thanks for looking!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

May(berry) Workshop

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Join us for this sunny (one can hope!) workshop in "May" featuring the "Mayberry" paper pack and the canvas badge buttons. Techniques: Shadow Box Card, 3-D Stamped Flower, Paper Piecing, etc.

When: May 14th from 10:00am - 12:30pm
Place: My Stamp Studio in Fircrest, WA
RSVP: Before May 12th via email
Cost: $5 plus an order of $20 or more (or a $25 workshop fee) Pin It

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stylish Blog Award!

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I opened my blog and found this wonderful surprise!  Thank you Dena for this kind award!!  Her blog at is full of adorable artwork!

The award is one that goes forward. Here are the rules:

* Thank the person who presented you with the award.

* Write seven things about yourself.
* Pass the award on to seven other bloggers.

* Tell those bloggers about their award.

About me:

1) My biggest blessings have been my two amazing kids.
2) I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but hope we start to get some warm weather shortly!
3) One of my favorite shows is Deadliest Catch.
4) I met my wonderful husband on a blind date
5) My favorite vacation spot is at our family's house on Coeur d'Alene Lake, ID.
6) I work part time in the software business.
7) I've been a Close to My Heart Consultant for 14 years and LOVE IT!

These very talented people inspire me through their amazing blogs:

Lisa Stenz -
Vicki Wizniuk -
Laurel Seabrook -
Juel McDonald -
Jeanette Lynton -
Christine Adams -
Katy Donaldson -

Thank you ladies! Pin It

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bliss with Villa Chipboard Die-Cuts Card

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Yet another teaser from my last workshop.  :o)  The ladies learned how to create this simple bow and how to cut a square out of the card without all the stress of measuring perfectly.  The card also features the Irresistible Villa Chipboard Die-Cuts.  We used a sponge and the Parchment and Bamboo ink pads and swirled the ink onto the square.  It's amazing how beautiful these look when inked! The embossed design resists the ink so it stays white.  You can use any color ink to match your papers!  Give them a try! Pin It

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Acrylix® On This Day Inspiration & Tutorial

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Bliss with Shimmer Brads

Pin It Here is another card from the workshop last Saturday.  It's simple, but the Shimmer Brads really add a big punch and can make any card look impressive!

Items can be found on my website
Bliss Workshop Kit
Shimmer Brads
Card Chatter - Birthday
Chocolate Ink Pad Pin It

Together Hand in Hand Bliss Workshop Kit

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Here is a card we made at my workshop today.  The stamp set that comes in the Bliss Workshop Kit is a fun set to work with.  I love the writing background stamp behind the silhouetted people.

Tip:  To make sure your Opaques like up straight try this - Put a piece of cardstock on your card in the area you want the accents and use the straight edge as a guide to add opaques.  It will give you a straight line without needing a ruler. Pin It

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Bliss Workshop

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Here is a little teaser for my workshop this Saturday!  Right now there is still room, so RSVP today!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Sophia Workshop Kit

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Here is another card from my last workshop.  We used the papers, stamp set, white waxy flax, and pink buttons from the Sophia Workshop Kit. The stamp pad colors are Hollyhock, Pear, Blush, and Cocoa.  The kit also includes a color scrapbook and card samples along with a cutting guide!  You can order your kid here!

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