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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Partial Cuttlebug Folder Embossing

Click on the title of this post for the best explanation of how to do this simply, that I have seen.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let it Snow!

Main image is Northwoods Stamps and sentiment is unknown.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cup of Cocoa!

Cups are a Martha Stewart Punch. Paper for cups is Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey. Background paper is Good Cheer by October Afternoon. I used the CB folder for the blue background.

New Stuff for Sale

I have a full box of new, never used, (most in original unopened packaging) stuff for sale. It includes complete stamp sets, embellishments, and goodies. Some of it is duplicates, some were purchased as gifts and I forgot I had them stored, etc. Paid about $130 for the lot and will sell for $45 plus $12 shipping. Email me if interested. rubyslippers@neofast.net
Prefer PayPal, but if I know you I will work with you. No pictures, but I promise it is very good stuff.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Winter!

Plaid stamp is one I just love from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The rest of the stamps are Papertrey.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Stamps are CTMH. Punches are MS. The "Frosty" is done with the Holiday Expressions card and my Slice.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Stamp from Rubber Stampede. All punches are MS. Papers are Good Cheer from October Afternoon.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from Our House!

Note: I have had several e-mails. Yes, the walls are a very pale yellow, nearly cream colored. Yes, the tree is artificial. Yes, the floor is Pergo and we totally love it--so easy to keep clean. No, the sofa is not an antique but is a custom made set that is a replica of an antique set. We purchased it in Portland years ago with a matching love seat and 2 wing back chairs. The area rug is from an online store called A Touch of Class. I have purchased 4 area rugs from them and love them all. The merganzers on the beams are ones I made years ago when I was doing a lot of wood carving/painting. Click on the photo if you wish to enlarge it. Thanks for all the compliments. We built this house ourselves (and did much of our own designing) 28 years ago.

Gingerbread Man Framed

I used an EK Success border punch to make the frame and MS punch for snowflake. Main stamped image source unknown.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I used my Nesties to do the door panel. Wreath stamp source unknown.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I did the "joy" with my Slice from the Holiday Expressions card.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Basic Grey

Papers by Basic Grey. Stamp is SU. Design by Heather.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Make Merry!

Card we made at stamp club-main design by Glenda. Stamps are SU.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Another Version of the CB Tree

See last week's post for instructions.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry and Bright

Stamps are SU.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gingerbread Man

Background done with PTI stamps and sentiment is also Papertrey. Main stamp source unknown.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cuttlebug Tree

Background and tree are Cuttlebug. I used Bazille on the tree and sanded it to get the effect. Bird is from Merry Details die cut from SU.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sparkling Poinsettia

I purchased the flower at the LSS and used Liquid Pearls for the center. Background is Cuttlebug and the sentiment is one I did with my brand NEW Slice Machine that I am totally loving!

Gorgeous Free Printable Tags Here!

Click the title of this post to go to a blog with free printable Christmas tags. I love them!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Blue Christmas

All stamps by Papertrey, as is the ribbon. The tag is from Spellbinders Nesties.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Unique and Gorgeous

Click on the title of this post and scroll down to see some amazing cards like none I have ever seen.

CTMH Trees

Stamps are by Close to My Heart and background paper is called Good Cheer, from October Afternoon.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Twinkling Lights

Background stamp is Papertrey. All other stamps are Kitchen Sink.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another Version of the Cherry Card

Main image: Flourishes
Background: CHF embossed in white on black.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

PTI Christmas Forest

All supplies by Papertrey.

New Stampin' Up Mini Catalog

Click the title of this post to see Angie unpack her most recent SU orders and show us what she bought from the new mini! It is fun to watch.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Red Bird Christmas

All supplies are SU. Made at stamp group--Lana's design.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Here Comes Santa!

Supplies: Stamps unknown, Cuttlebug Dots folder, Nestie, SU DP.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Papertrey Christmas

All supplies are PTI. I used the score pal for the embossing and Stickles for the sparkle. Pretty sure I cased this from somewhere, but not sure where.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Main image: CTMH
Background Text stamp: Papertrey

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Vintage Cherries

Background by CHF. Main image is Flourish and colored with Copics. Ribbon by Papertrey.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cherries for the Holidays

Stamps by Flourishes. Background stamp is CHF. Spellbinders tag die.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Houses

Click the title of this post to see Kittie's Papertrey Christmas Houses. I know I would be tearing my hair out with the templates, but I am tempted to try.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Background by CHF and main stamp is Flourishes. Colored with Copics. Ribbon by Papertrey.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Waltzingmouse Thanksgiving

All stamps by Waltzingmouse, ribbon by Papertrey.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I have been "Elfabetized"!

I just found out I get to be an elf for the costume shop here in town in the Christmas Parade on Dec. 5. I am so excited!

Cherries 50's Style

Stamps: Flourishes

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Harvest

All stamps by Papertrey.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pretty Girl

Main image: Paper Pretties
Sentiment: MFT
Other stamps: unknown

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Stamps by MFT.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


All stamps by Papertrey.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Childhood Portrait

All stamps by CTMH.

Rumor has it that SU is----

-----going to make unmounted stamps on cling! Finally!

My "Little Black Book"

After this many years of stamping, I have run into many online companies that are wonderful to work with and others that are a nightmare. I have decided to keep a list of companies I do not want to deal with as well as my top picks as it is getting confusing. This morning I received an email in response to an inquiry. I wanted to order a bare rubber unmounted stamp (in US) that was around $6. Because the company listed shipping at $5 I did what I always do--emailed and asked if they would adjust for actual shipping. I have never, ever been refused after being encouraged by other stampers to do this when purchasing a single non-wood mounted stamp. I got quite a snippy email back incensed that I would even ask. Another company off the list.

On the other hand, I am happy to report that all other companies with the exception with one who never answered and another that seemed confused by my request have all been willing to send a bare rubber stamp for $2 shipping or less.

I find shipping to be one of my annoyances. When ordering one 4 x 6 clear set, not in a CD and having the shipping come up as $7.50 will almost instantly make me lose my desire for that set or to deal with that company. I wonder if I am alone or if others find shipping to be what seals or undoes the deal for them sometimes.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Stamps by MFT.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Welcome Baby Boy

Main image is CTMH, background text is Papertrey.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Fall

All stamps except sentiment (unknown) are SU. colored with Copics. Background stamp is CHF.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sympathy Card

Main Images: SU
Label Stamp: Papertrey
Background: SU

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Double Dry Embossing!!!!!

I have wanted a simple way to do this with my Cuttlebug for a long time and have tried several methods. This is so exciting! Click the title of this post to go to the video of how to do this technique simply without buying anything extra.

Papertrey Posies

Stamps by Papertrey. I left the sentiment blank to decide later.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

MFT Librarian Card

Stamps by MFT. Background is SU roller.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Polar Bear Welcomes Winter

Stamp: unknown but I got it at Craft Warehouse
Papers: October Afternoon
Punch: Martha Stewart

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Label Stamp and Ribbon-Papertrey
Everything else is just scraps of things I had around.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Creepy Crawly

All stamps by SU, except for Waltzingmouse frame stamp. Ribbon by Papertrey.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Papertrey Picnic

All stamps by Papertrey.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sweet Life

Stamps by Papertrey. Coloring with Copics.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tip for Sticky Nesties or Intricate Dies

I have several dies with really intricate designs. They are nearly impossible to separate from the paper without tearing off the tiny parts. Additionally some stick to the plate itself. Simply put one layer of waxed paper between the die and the cardstock before cutting and voila! you have solved the problem.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Diane is a GENIUS!

Click the title of this post and scroll down to her second entry to see the easiest way yet to do "out of the box nesties". It will have you saying, "why didn't I think of that"!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Work of Heart

Main image: MFT
Sentiment: unknown