August 16, 2012


Sketch challenge

Today's PPA challenge is from the sketch above.  I decided to make a quick Christmas card that has a lot of sparkle.  I love my new snowflake die from Stampin' Up!

August 14, 2012



Glad you could join us for some holiday crafting with the Stampin' Pretty Pals! You've probably hopped over from BRIAN KING'S BLOG, I'm stop number 19 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for Stampin' Up! projects featuring the new Holiday Catalog! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track

The card I made for the blog hop features the stamp set,  'Perfectly Preserved'.  This set is so versatile and fun to use.  I thought the "Orchard Harvest" designer series paper (DSP) went well with this set.  I layered the card to get some depth and detail.  I just tore the edges of the paper to get the jagged edge look.
I used some of the new in-color ink to coordinate with the DSP  when I stamped the jars and apples.  Bakers twine was used to top off the jar on the right.

Here is a close up look at the jars!

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Mikki Sarkisyan stop number 20 on the Pals Holiday Catalog Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  • 1.  Lynn Hoyt at Cattail Designs
  • 2.  Shannon Jaramillo at
  • 3.  Debbie Pierce at Stampin Sunshine
  • 4.  Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full
  • 5.  Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  • 6.  Cathy King at chattycathycardcreations
  • 7.  Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  • 8.  Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  • 9.  Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  • 10. Mary Fish at Stampin Pretty
  • 11. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  • 12. Diane Roberts at Scoreatfourandaquarter
  • 13. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at stamppaperscissors
  • 14. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  • 15. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  • 16. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space
  • 17. Naki Rager at My Stampin' Blog
  • 18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  • 19. Kim Luithle at Kim's Stampin Stuff (THIS IS ME!)
  • 20. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikkis Creative Corner
  • 21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  • 22. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  • 23. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap With Susan
  • 24. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  • 25. Bobbi Mangas at My Therapy
  • 26. Angie Blake at Angies Musings
  • 27. Kris Kilcoyne at Kween Bee Kreations
  • 28. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  • 29. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  • 30. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee

  • August 12, 2012

    My Guest Appearance!

    Today is an exciting day for me.  I am a guest on Mary Fish's Stamping Pretty website!!  To me, she is a 'rock star' of Stampin' Up!  She is a great leader of all the PALS and has a BIG following.  I am so inspired by her work, and have loved being a part of her Stampin' Up! group.  She is wonderful person, and I even had an opportunity to meet her in person when I was in Arizona on vacation.
                                                                  I got to meet Mary Fish in person!

    The project that is featured is a purse (or bag) I made out of Stampin Up! fabric.  It was such a fun project to make.  Stampin' Up!'s fabric is of high quality, and I loved working with it.  Here it is:

    I used the "Spice Cake" designer series fabric from the Stampin' Up!  The purse is made from sewing together 2.5" strips of fabric.  I followed a pattern I purchased at a local quilt store.  It was easy to make and I have been giving them as gifts!  I have made 5 purses so far.  So fun for me!  If you have any questions about the purse or want further information, you can email me at: 

                                                                 Side View

    Inside Purse:  I love all the pockets!

    Here is another example of a purse I sewed using "Beau Chateau"  designer fabric from Stampin' Up!  After I made it, I realized it looks like a small baby/diaper bag.  I plan on saving this purse for a gift to give someone who has a baby girl.   Here it is:

    Beau Chateau Desiger Fabric

    August 2, 2012

    PPA 140

    Today's PPA challenge is a color challenge featuring one of the new 'In colors' from Stampin' Up; Summer Starfruit.  The other two colors are 'veteran' colors; Marina Mist and Real Red.  

    Here is the card I created.  It is a triple layer card.  I got the idea from my PAL's leader, Mary Fish.  You can find out how to make this type of layered card HERE on her blog; Stampin Pretty.

    I used the Stampin' Up! stamp set, "Carry On" for this card.  I have had this stamp set for a while and was excited to get it out and use it!   

    The purse on the front of the the card is made with the tab punch folded in half.  The handle is made with the oval punch and scallop oval punch.  I also used a couple of embossing folders to add texture to the card.

    PALS Paper Arts Challenges