This blog is dedicated to stamping, tips, musings, and whatever I want to post. I want my cards to make you smile. You may copy, post, pin, anything you want. To me this is a sharing hobby.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Boo Day!

Paper-Making Memories
Main Image-Crafty Secrets
Punches-spider, Curly Label punch
Stamps-Curly label and Martha Stewart letters

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My Favorite Things Stamps

Stamps are all My Favorite Things.

Hero Arts Flower

One of the few wood mounted images I have bought in the last couple of years. Background is Papertrey.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Michae's 40% off One Item Coupon

Click the title of this post for the coupon.

Wonderful New Cuttlebug Technique!

Sandie at GW linked this blog for us so we could see the steps used to make this very cool card. Some people think of everything. Thanks for sharing Sandie!
Click the title of this post for steps to do this technique.


Stamps, paper, and inks by SU. This is a fast easy card that works for many occasions.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Boo Bag!

This is SO easy. Take an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock. Score the full length at 2.5" and again at 6". Then score the full width at 4.5 and 6.5. No cutting at all! Simply fold in the corners on the angle fold it up. Voila! No gluing necessary. The ribbon band holds it even when it is full of treats. Owl stamp is by Papertrey and all the other stamps are SU. Sentiment is TAC.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

So Proud of This Card

If I do say so myself, I am really happy with how this one turned out! The background is Cuttlebugged on white core Bazille and then sanded. The leaves are painted with Shimmerz and apple bucket is done with Copics. The colors just make me happy! Unfortunately the Shimmerz are hard to see, but if you click on the picture to enlarge and look at the apples you will see the sparkle.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wedding Invitation Book

I like to save all the wedding invitations and programs I get so I made this book. Paper from DCVW Luxury stack and I got the paper at JoAnn.

Popsicle Card

We made these at 10 club.

What Can You Do With a Simple Circle Punch?

A reader just sent me this link. It is VERY cool! Click on the title of this post to go to the link.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Out on a Limb in Red

Stamps by Paper Trey. Adirondack Cranberry Ink. Ribbon from Michaels.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Vintage Postcard

I love some of my very old SU sets and this is one I will never part with. I made a similar card several weeks ago and wanted to try it again using different colors and a different layout. I love making faux paper "buttons" as accents.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Toooo Funny!

More Interesting Information on Clear Stamps

Click the title of this post for more interesting information on clear stamps.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hooty on a Branch

Backgrounder by CHF. Other stamps by Papertrey. Punch is from Punch Bunch.

Monday, October 20, 2008

SU Color Spritzer for Sale

Like new. I ended up with two somehow. $10 plus $2 shipping. Email me at rubyslippers@neofast.net

Halloween Stamp Collage

SU stamps, Martha Stewart Pumpkin punch, Memory Box papers.

Feeling a Little Witchy?

SU stamps.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Heather's Card

Heather designed this lovely card for our stamping group.

Glenda's Card

This very pretty card was designed by my friend, Glenda, for our stamping group to make.

Scrapbook Page

I don't do much scrapbooking but I have been part of a couple of groups where we each made pages for a friend's book. This is one I did minus the pictures.

20% Off Entire at Michaels Thru Dec. 15

Click title of this post to access the coupon.

Fresh Cuts

Precut card is by SU. Stamp sources Papertrey and SU.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Lady Bug, Lady Bug in Red

Stamps by Paper Trey.

Happy Halloween

Center image is SU. The rest are from Unity (a great new unmounted company)! I know the pic is a bit blurry. I took over 20 shots and none came out any better. I just gave up.

Kitchen Sink Blue Rose

Having Trouble With Clear Stamps?

Click the title of this post for a must-read if you have difficulty with clear stamps. I completely agree with the article and I now prefer clear stamps over any other option out there.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Masculine Card

Stamps by SU.

Watercolor Crayons (not SU)

Readers have asked which watercolor crayons I prefer. I use these Caran d' Arche crayons. I found them on ebay and have been told by a couple of artists that they are the finest grade watercolor crayons out there. I chose them because one box had all the colors I needed. Because they blend beautifully, you really don't need a whole array of colors. When I was in France, we saw this brand of art supply everywhere we went.

Pumpkin Harvest

All stamps by SU. These images were colored with watercolor crayons.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Haunting with PTI

House is from Boards and Beams. The stamps are clear dollar stamps from Craft Warehouse. The tree is Cricut. Background paper is Making Memories.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Come as You Aren't! (transparency card)

I stamped Cornish Heritage cheesecloth background on a clear transparency. I then added my image colored with Copics and attached with glue dots. Ribbon and image sources unknown.

Thanks to Jacki at GW I will no longer be using these thinner transparencies. She sent me a sample of the Hero Arts ones and they are much sturdier.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Cornish Heritage Farms stamp.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Resulting Card

This card was made using the stencil shown in the previous post. The picture on the previous post shows more accurately how crisp the resulting dry embossing is. I could not get quite a good enough angle on this photo.

The image is SU Measure of a Life painted with Shimmerz.

How to Make Cuttlebug Stencils (not folders)

I have been messing around with this idea for awhile and finally figured out how to do this during the night while I could not sleep.

I cut 2 layers of cardstock in my Cricut using the Home Accents cartridge. I saved both cut outs and carefully glued them together. When dry they will emboss. It is wonderful because you can place this anywhere on your cardstock that you want the image.

The sandwich I used for this, from bottom up, is Plate A, one piece of thin chipboard, Plate B, gold mat, cardstock, image (face down), B plate. It makes a very crisp emboss.

A Thank You to a Stamp Company

I inquired about purchasing a single stamp from the Unity Stamp company for use with my students. It was part of a set but I was hoping against hope that they might be willing to sell me a single irregular or something since I just needed the one.

I just got the most delightful email saying they would just send me one as their good deed for the day!!

Check them out by clicking the title of this post and it will take you right to their site.

Thank you, Unity Stamps!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

You Will Never Guess What I Used for the Cover!!

I could not bear to throw away this pretty Kleenex box. It will make 4 covers for 4 of these 4.25" square books.

Hoot, Hoot!

Owl is Papertrey. DP is Making Memories. Colored with Copics.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Duet in Pink

I really love these Duet birds by Inkadinkado. Punch is by Martha Stewart.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Aaron

Our youngest, who is a guitar fanatic, turned 22 today.

Stamps are by Inkadinkadoo.

Another Hanna Card

I love my Hanna teacher stamps!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

2 GORGEOUS Projects

You MUST click the title to this post to see the most amazing card and below that an amazing ribbon tree. WOW!

Really Cool New Bind-It-All Cover Alls!

If you have a Bind-It-All, you are going to love the new product they just came out with. Click the title of this post and you will find a tutorial video showing how this product works. They just think of everything!

Float (and the story behind it)

When we were going through a really bad time after my husband's diagnosis of Parkinson's, I had a dream where we were in quicksand and struggling. The anxiety in the dream was horrible and then I heard a voice say "float" over and over. When I relaxed and laid back the anxiety went away and I could feel the sun on my face and the result was a deep peace.

I have a friend who has been through a horrible ordeal and told her the story and she has been using the "just float" analogy. I bought this little CC design monkey image to make her some cards.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Exciting News!

I am part of Lime Light Scrappers! I will be considered a consulting team member since I could not commit to everything due to time constraints. It is an amazing team and the ideas are just so exciting.

We are a design team with a unique purpose. We use our crafting skills to help and bring light to others. We invite you to visit the site often to find out whom we are crafting for and what we are planning in the months to come. We have exciting plans that include making cards and bookmarks for our men and women in uniform, making journals for families whose children are in the hospital, making cards for baskets that help raise money for playground equipment....and that's just the beginning.


Here is the link to the entire site to add to your Google Reader List:


Wow! An Awesome Blog

I went to Diane's blog to see her picture of the NEW Martha Stewart punches and while I was there I looked through her entire blog. It is a don't miss blog for so many reasons. Also, if you like die cuts you will find many really creative ideas there. Click on the subject of this post to go to Diane's blog.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bright Bird

Stamps by SU. Ribbon from Walmart.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Lots of Coupons!

Click the title for coupons to your favorite places.

Howdy Bela Rose

Paper is SU Bela Rose and the stamps are MFT.

How Dangerous is a Paper Cut?

Click on the title of this post and you will see where a paper cut can lead. Read all the way to the end. This is NOT a joke.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New Papertrey Stamps for Sale

I am selling the 5 small font sentiments from the PTI Snowflake Serenade set. They have never been inked at all. $6 and free shipping. Insurance optional. Email me at rubyslippers@neofast.net

MFT Cowgirl Stamps

Stamps by MFT.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Coloring with Copics

Continuing to learn to manage these markers. They are fun but the process is slow. Stamps are from Pink Poison.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Companies With Free Shipping

Click the title of this post for the link that shows free and low shipping companies.

First Card with Copics

I finally succumbed to the Copic craze. I thought I hated them when the few I bought arrived. After a couple hours practice and a steep learning curve, I decided I do love them. Stamps by SU, sentiment source unknown, paper by DCWV and lower border is a Cuttlebug border.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Background is done with the Cuttlebug and Shimmerz Paints.

The MOST Gorgeous Fall Card I've Ever Seen

Click here to see it. Breathtaking card!