November Cards – Happy Holidays!

Hello Friends, 

We had a group of 6 this month! I always like getting newcomers to class. This time we had two. One gal was a card maker – the other was a crafter, but had never done cards. It’s always fun to try new mediums! Here are our cards for the month!


This card was great – but in retrospect, not for a class. Cutting the fir branches out took WAY too long! Still, I think the card is super cute. I pretty much pulled this from the Holiday Catalog.

Stamps – Merry Medley

Ink – Craft Ink on Whisper White, Real Red Classic Ink and Real Red, Basic Black, Old Olive Markers

Paper –  Whisper White Thick CS, Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White & Real Red CS

Tools – Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch

Extras – 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Real Red


On this next fall card, we used the Triple Time Technique!


Stamps –  Vintage Leaves & Lighthearted Leaves (ret)

Ink – Blackberry Bliss (ret), Old Olive and Crushed Curry

Paper –  Blackberry Bliss (ret) and Very Vanilla CS

Extras –  Linen Thread, Mini Pinecones & Leaf cut-outs (ret)


This card wasn’t hard, but we used lots of tools!



Stamps –  Jolly Friends and Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Soft Sky, Archival Basic Black, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo

Paper – Lost Lagoon CS, Watercolor Paper, Foil Sheets in Silver and All Is Calm Specialty DSP(ret)

Tools – Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Aqua Painters, Wink of Stella, Blender Pens

Extras – 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Silver



Take the time to enjoy the season!

October Card Class

Well see … I am actually on time! I tend to have my classes at the end of the month. 

This month was fun because a new person came to class. I always love that! I am really happy with the cards. I hope you will like them too! I am using more retired items. This is why – I want to use what I love. Also, SU makes so many cute holiday sets that I buy them but sometimes don’t get to them soon enough and then the season is over. I keep them in hopes to use them later – and here we are!

I have had this set for years. I loved it and although it retired, I couldn’t get rid of it. That being said, I never used it. I wasn’t sure what to do! Finally I found a sample on Split Coast Stampers that I liked enough to inspire me.


Stamps – Peaceful Season (ret)

Ink –  Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy and Versamark

Paper – Soft Sky, Emerald Envy, Whisper White (regular and thick) Gold Foil Sheets

Tools –  Heat Tool, Layering Oval Framelits, Softly Falling embossing folder

Extras – Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Shimmer Paint (ret)


This next card, I really love too. I can’t take credit though. This is cased from the super talented Kim Jolly


Stamps –  Gorgeous Grunge, And Many More.. (ret)

Ink – Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Gold Metallic ink, Chocolate Chip

Paper – Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede

Tools – Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Woodland embossing folder, Classic Label Punch

Extras – Gold Metallic thread, Basic Jewels Pearls


This next card is just ….simple and fun! 


Stamps – Wonderland (ret) and Tin of Tags

Ink – Soft Suede and Real Red

Paper – Real Red, Garden Green and Whisper White card stock

Tools – Layering Circle Framelits, Holly embossing folder

Extras – Read Red Bakers Twine, Googlie Eyes (ret) and red pom pom (not SU)


September Card Class

Ah… back at last. Late, like normal. I really can’t be the only one who consistently runs behind, right? As much as I love creating, sharing my cards with you on my blog and more – working the day job comes first. One of these days, when I grow up, I will be able to manage it all…… Not! I have taken liberty and used quite a few retired items.


Thankful Forest Friends


This card is one that did not photograph particularly well. I made it too light for some reason. In any case, it’s really pretty in person. 

Stamps – Thankful Forest Friends (ret)

Ink – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Markers

Paper –  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo and Cherry Cobbler card stock

Tools –  Layering Circles Framelits, Woodland Embossing folder

Extras – Gold Metallic Thread, Basic Jewels Pearls


I would like to go on record that I don’t particularly care for this years In-Colors. Dapper Denim is great and Emerald Envy is fine, but the rest remind me of the mumus that the Golden Girls used to wear. I have seen some beautiful things made with the colors but for some reason I just don’t get it. That being said … others DO like the colors so I am using them. This card had a lot of fussy cutting. My class attendees were surely cursing me under their breath! 馃檪

Swallowtail in Sugarplum

Stamps – Swallowtail (ret) and Floral Phrases

Ink – Sweet Sugarplum

Paper – Very Vanilla and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, Typeset DSP (ret)

Tools – Fluttering embossing folder


Ah … Halloween! I like Halloween, but I don’t love it. Maybe because we don’t have kids, I don’t fully grasp the simple joy of it all. I do however like seeing kids in their costumes and handing out candy. (I am not a total scrooge!) I guess I don’t know who to send my cards to – so I don’t make a lot of them. Still, I hope you like this one!

Jar of Haunts


Stamps –  Jar of Haunts

Ink – Basic Black Archival Ink, Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Paper – Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock and Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper

Tools – Lots of Labels Framelits, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Aqua Painter

Extras – 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Basic Black (ret)



Sympathy for Fur kids

Hello friends,

I have a lovely friend who lost her beloved dog, Princess, to the rainbow bridge. I am sure it was devastating for her even if her head knows that her pup is no longer ill or in pain. Those little furry things sure worm their way in to our hearts. I made this for she and her husband, hoping it brings a small amount of comfort.



Stamps – Thoughtful Branches and Paw Print Small from the Paper Source (not SU)

Ink – Basic Black Archival

Paper – Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red and Basic Black card stock

Tools – Darice embossing folder (not SU)

Extras – Linen Thread

August Card Class

Hi folks!

A little behind – as usual. I hope that as he first day of Autumn approaches, you are enjoying what this season brings. Many of you have your kids in school and are turning to Halloween as the first point in the holiday season. Even though I don’t have kids, I think of that as well. Although it’s hard for me to think about fall when it’s still a 100掳 out!

We had fun at class and made some cute (I think) cards! Enjoy!

This first one is from the set Thoughtful Branches, which was only available through August, or while supplies last. They still have some, so if you want this set, hurry! I was on the fence about getting items that were so temporary, yet I was really drawn to this. The set has a million stamps and these are just two.




Stamps – Thoughtful Branches

Ink – Versamark Ink

Paper – Perfect Plum and Very Vanilla

Tools: Heat Tool, Petal Burst embossing folder

Extras – Copper embossing powder and Copper Thread


This next card is just fun! It wasn’t very difficult (after the first one!) and it’s so cute!




Stamps – 聽Seaside Shore

Ink – Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral

Paper – Pool Party and Whisper White

Tools – Seaside embossing folder, ink daubers

Extras – Window Sheets


Next is a Halloween cutie!



Stamps – 聽Cookie Cutter Halloween and Cheer All Year (ret)

Ink – 聽Basic Black Archival ink

Paper – 聽Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock, Halloween Night Specialty DSP

Tools – 聽Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (ret) 3″ Circle Punch and 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. Spider Web embossing folder


I Like Your Face! Cheerful Critters

Hi friends –

These cards are just for funzies. There is hardly anything current on them and they don’t lend themselves to the new Holiday Catalog at all! That being said.. they were fun to make and I actually sent out a few. (gasp!) I won’t offer a list of materials because most of it is retired, but if you’re curious – let me know. 聽Enjoy!


I Like your Face


Kid or Kid at Heart – cards!

Hello friends,

At the July card class, we focused on cards for kids. Big kids – little kids – it’s up to you. Historically, I don’t do many of these because I don’t have kids. I always worried that I wouldn’t know what to make and what is cool?? With some encouragement from my class attendees (and Pinterest), I planned these for class. I made them a bit easier than last time! Ha! I am really pleased and hope you like them too!

This first one is an easel card. I tried to choose gender neutral colors so that it could be given to a boy or a girl. Other than the style of card – pretty simple, but so cute!

Dino-riffic Easel 1


Dino-riffic Easel 1

Stamps – No Bones About It

Ink 聽– Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss (ret), Bermuda Bay

Paper – 聽Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss (ret), Bermuda Bay and Whisper White card stock


Calling all Disney fans…. I don’t dislike Disney, I just don’t GO to Disneyland or been anywhere similar in years. I guess I better get on that! When my class saw these on Pinterest, they wanted to do this card. I added one or two small things, but otherwise, mine is pretty much a copy.聽I have to admit – LOVE!

Disney Swirl

Stamps – 聽Swirly Birds, Birthday Banners (inside)

Ink – Basic Black Archival

Paper – 聽Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight (on the inside) card stock. Pop of Pink Specialty DSP and Polka Dot Parade DSP (ret)

Tools – Balloon Bouquet punch (inside)

Extras – 聽1/4″ Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain ribbon (ret) Wink of Stella in Black Glitter (not SU), Project Life Journaling Pen


Finally foxy! This little fox punch is being used for all sorts of critters. Just check out Pinterest and you will see. Worth every penny if you are in to punch art!

Foxy Friends

Stamps – 聽Foxy Friends, A Dozen Thoughts (ret)

Ink – Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Pool Party

Paper – 聽Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Whisper White card stock. A Little Foxy DSP Stack

Tools – Fox Builder Punch

Extras – Bakers Twine in Calypso Coral (ret) Basic Jewels Rhinestones


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Hello friends!

I have loved this paper forever. Instead of hoarding it, I need to use it! I am sure you all can relate. We all have our ‘save for a special occasion’ stash. Well, I challenge you to use it. Unless you are saving something for a specific event, quit saving it. There will always be new paper or ribbon or embellishments you like eventually. Free yourself from my affliction of …. hoarding! 馃檪

This card is chock full of retired items and contraband. YIKES! Once in a while – you just have to do it. I love these colors and they continue to be popular. You see it in clothing, baby stuff and home color schemes. Although my card is decidedly feminine, the colors work for everyone.

I plan on making a few so that I can give them to clients that I have helped buy a home – with a thank you inside. This one is for a new neighbor down the street.

Stamps – Home Sweet Home (from Close To My Heart)

Ink – Basic Gray

Paper – Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Whisper White card stock and Eastern Elegance DSP (ret)

Tools – 3/4″ Corner Rounder punch (ret), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (ret)

Extras – Basic Jewels Pearls

June Card Class – New items!

Hello friends,

Happy July 4th! I hope you are celebrating our independence safely!

It’s been a while. Summer starts early in Arizona and people are busy, busy! I love the cards we made for class and hope that you do as well. There are so many new sets in the catalog to try! Today, not everything is new – but most is. I hope you enjoy!

On the first card I used the baby wipe technique to make your own ink pad with multiple colors.



Stamps – Birthday Fiesta stamp set

Paper – Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand and Whisper White card stock

Ink –聽Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie and Tip Top Taupe Classic Inks.聽Daffodil Delight,聽Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie re-inkers.

Tools – Fiesta Time Framelits, Festive Embossing Folder

Extras – 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon in Pumpkin Pie (ret)


This next card reminds me of the artist Mary Englebright. (if you remember who that is!)

Cottage Greetings


Stamps – Cottage Greetings

Ink – 聽Basic Black, Old Olive and Calypso Coral classic inks

Paper –聽Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Calypso Coral card stock. Pretty Petals DSP Stack (ret)

Tools – 聽Petal Burst Embossing Folder, 2″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Extras – Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments (ret)


This next card is just elegant and never out of style…

Floral Phrases

Stamps – Floral Phrases

Ink – Night of Navy

Paper – Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper

Tools – Detailed Floral Thinlits, Precision Base Plate and Die Brush

Extras – 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones


Thank You Mystery Customer!

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In any case – someone subscribed for Paper Pumpkin for 12 months so either they or a gift recipient is going to be a happy person!

Thank you to whomever (whoever?) you are!

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