Stampin’ Up! mac book card

Yesterday, we had a special family birthday.  I don’t know how the years passed by so quickly, but they did.  I wanted to make a truly special card.  Last year I created a San Francisco Giants baseball jersey card (I will see if I can find a picture and post it) and my son really loved it.  I knew that this year I would have to make something equally special or even top that. He is really into computers so I decided to make him a card that looked like a mac book.  (By the way, he did not get a real mac book as a present; he got a bike.)

I am really happy with how the card turned out.

I used a full sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 inch brushed silver card stock and folded it in half. Then I rounded all four corners with a corner rounded.  I cut lots of little pieces out of basic black card stock for the keys, and wrote on them with a white gel pen.  I cut an extra piece of brushed silver for the mouse pad, and rounded those corners.  I used basic black card stock to make the screen; a strip of basic gray for the header, and printed the message on regular computer paper.  My favorite touch is the front of the card: I punched a cupcake out of vellum to replace the apple symbol.

It was a fun card to make for someone that I knew would appreciate it.  He did, and that made me very happy!

🙂 Miriam

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Heather for winning the treasure hunt game!  Heather will receive a package of two rolls of “everyday enchantment” ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. We are planning to do this again, so if you didn’t win, try again next time!

🙂 Miriam

Stampin’ Up! Garden Stakes

The last two days I have had a lot of fun playing with my Stampin’ Up! products.  Today I followed the instructions from the Stampin’ Up! Garden Stakes video that “stampinwithlaura” made: to make my own garden stakes!  I used some retired flower bigz dies, as well as the matchbox die (for the labels) and the big pennant die.  I used the polka dots embossing folder.  The “stakes” are barbecue skewers. I used pliers to open up the “loop” at the top and close it again.

These were really fun to make.  The edges are not as sharp as I would have thought.  I only poked myself once, and that was on a jagged edge from where I had cut the aluminum flashing while I was putting it away. (Be careful though, just in case!)

These would make a great Mother’s day present for a mom who has a garden.

Have a great weekend!


Treasure Hunt Update

Win a free  Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  Here is how to participate: collect 20 clues from websites in my “web ring”.  One clue from each of the websites you visit.  You will see the treasure hunt image above, along with the clue.  email me your list of 20 clues and which websites they come from, at: On May 15th I will choose a name at random from among those of you who participate, and that lucky person will receive a free stamp set!

My clue is Antique Brads.



Antique Brads 117273
Price: $5.95
Antique brads are a quick way to add a vintage look. Each brad is designed to look like a vintage metal button, but the brad attachment makes it easy to attach them to your projects.■ 20 brads per package; 4 ea. of 5 designs
■ Sizes range from approximately 1/3″ to 3/4″

Here is the list of everyone in my web ring who is participating in the treasure hunt.  Please go to each of these blogs to collect your clues:

Lego Man Card

What do you think of this lego card?!  I think it is super cool and would be great for a birthday card or birthday party invitation for that special someone in your life who loves legos!  Colleen Pearson posted a similar card on the demonstrator website and was kind enough to provide directions.  It is not hard to make, but requires a lot of time and patience.  My Stampin’ Up! two way glue pen was essential for putting the circles on the lego bricks, since it is reposition able when wet, but is permanent when dry.

Have a great weekend!


Don’t miss out on this great punch!

One retiring punch that I absolutely love is the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  This punch is incredibly versatile.  A strip looks great as an accent on a card, going either vertically or horizontally.  It is also very easy to snip out individual portions of the image to provide embellishments.  it is a great one for scrapbookers, too, as you can punch a strip as long as whatever paper or card stock you are using.  I am sad to see this one go, and urge you to get it now, before it is no longer available.  Retiring accessories are only available as long as supplies last.

Happy punching!


Stampin’ Up! on SALE!!!!

Great news!!!  In preparation for the upcoming NEW 2012-2013 catalog, Stampin’ Up! is cleaning house.  This means that you can buy lots of fabulous, high quality Stampin’ Up! products at discounts ranging from 25 – 40 percent.  The retiring accessory list has been posted, and it is quite long.

Meanwhile, click my “order Stampin’ Up! online” button on the right hand side and place your order for clearance and retiring sale items ASAP.  These items will only be available while supplies last, and there are some deals that you do not want to miss!

Please let me know if you have ANY questions at all.  There are a lot of changes coming up and I will answer each and every question I receive.

Happy stamping and shopping!


more Summer Smooches cards!

I had so much fun making the smooches card below, that I decided to create more with different patterns, stamps and colors.  I am really pleased with how well the basic design works on all the cards.  This is a great stamp set and dsp.  Don’t forget: they are part of a “preview” promotion and will be included in the catalog coming out June first.  If you want them now, you can order them until April 31st.  Otherwise, you have to wait another month.  Also, matching fabric brads are available with the preview promotion, only.  I will be using mine on some special convention swaps, that I will show you another day!

Stampin’ Up! summer smooches card

Today I took time to play with the summer smooches dsp and coordinating Bright Blossoms stamp set for the first time.  I love it!!!  The paper is really fabulous, as you can see.  I had a hard time choosing which patterns to use for this card.  I wanted to stick with just a few, but punched a lot (with the 1 1/4″ square punch) of extra for more cards.  The color of the stamped vase and white tulip patterned dsp are both island indigo, which is not as bright a blue as it looks in the photo. This paper uses a lot of the 2011 – 2013 in colors, and I just love the way they coordinate together.  My background card stock (and stamped stem color) is lucky limeade. The stamped flowers are rich razzleberry.  My whisper white card stock piece is a 3 3/4″ square. This is such a fun card and I think it could be used for many different happy occasions.

New Stampin’ Up! mothers day card

I created this new mothers day card using the same background template as one I did a few days ago, with the linking hearts.  I used the same color scheme: wisteria wonder, pool party, and concord crush; with the sweet shop dsp from the Occasions mini.  I used the mixed bunch stamp set and blossom punch – which I love – each punched flower has such a clean, sharp shape to it. The middle of the flowers are pushed with the 1 inch circle punch.  Rhinestones and pool party ribbon finish the look.   The greeting is stamped in island indigo.

Don’t forget to play along with the treasure hunt!  I have some nice stamp sets in mind to offer as prizes.  The value of the stamp set I will offer will increase along with the number of participants!

Happy hunting!