Monthly Archives: January 2009

Roy G. Biv — ever meet him?


This card was inspired by Chris Smith, who was inspired by a box of crayons!  I thought I’d take it further and use the ROYGBIV acronym that names the colors in a rainbow:  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.  I know my colors are not quite right, but I was looking for something pleasing to the eye.  Chris’ design used a white card base, but I was so far out of my comfort zone, I thought I may as well make a huge commitment to Kiwi!

Stamps:  Happy Everything

Ink:  VersaMark

Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Ballet Blue, Not Quite Navy, Lavender Lace (I think)

Other:  Heart-to-Heart Punch, Stampin’ Emboss Powder (black), Heat Tool



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Texturz + Vellum = WOW!


On my first order from the new SU! catalog was something new for my Big Shot:  the Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (and the necessary pads).  I couldn’t get the box open fast enough to experiment with these.  When run through the BS, they produce a subtle texture — not sharp embossing, like some other products.  Really beautiful.  This is my alternative for the background stamps that I use so often!

So this morning before the alarm went off, I was on my feet and headed to the studio to experiment with vellum card stock and the Texturz plates.  I quickly made this card from my first attempt so you could see the effect.

Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Always

Ink:  Riding Hood Red

Paper:  Riding Hood Red, Vellum CS, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Texturz Plates and pads, Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), Pretties Kit, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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Thanks, friend!


More paper piecing of these adorable birds, this time on a thank you card for a friend who hosted several of us for pie and coffee after a concert last weekend.  If I had waited a bit to make this, I could have used my new Eyelet Border punch, set to arrive here this afternoon, but I wanted to get it finished.  This sketch came from somewhere (sorry!) and is easily adaptable to lots of stamps we have.  I love the combo of Pirouette Pink and Close to Cocoa — it always reminds me of Neopolitan ice cream, which we called “Van Choc Straw” growing up.  (Whenever I make a statement about how it was growing up, I usually hear from a sister or two who says, “I don’t remember that!”  Truly, did we grow up in the same household?)

Stamps:  Love You Much (the bundle deal on this expires Saturday!)

Ink:  Chocolate Chip

Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper, Whisper White

Other:  Punches (Scallop Edge, Wide Oval, Word Window, 1/16″ Circle), Taffeta Ribbon (Chocolate Chip)

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A very good thing in a small package

jody-gc-tinOver the weekend I was asked to give a Stampin’ Up! gift card to a stamper for her birthday.  I love to make special packages for gift cards.   I have been squirreling away GC tins from Michaels as they were being marked down.  (Now they’re down to 20¢ each!)  I like the ones that have no pattern on the sides of the lid, so I can leave them uncovered.  This was simple and quick!

Stamps:  None!

Ink:  None!

Paper:  Holiday Treasures (retired), Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip

Other:  Big Shot, Naturally Serif die, Crimper, 1″ Circle Punch, 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Old Olive)

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Super Saturday

Join us Saturday, March 14, for Super Saturday!  This spring’s Super Saturday is a bit different from any other Inkspiration event:  you’ll be receiving a Stampin’ Up! Forget-Me-Not Keeper to hold and organize your stash of cards, and because you’re making two of each design, you’ll have one card to keep and one to send!  Plus, you’ll decorate a Skinny Tin to hold a birthday/anniversary book and other necessities for card giving.  Because registration is limited to only 48 participants, you’ll have plenty of time to stamp (and we revised the agenda, too!) and lots of room.

Read more about it HERE.

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The nearly perfect cake

I had lunch with friends just before Christmas; the hostess served a wonderful almond Bundt cake for dessert.  Her neighbor gives her this cake every Christmas.  (I love traditions like that!)

Coincidentally, one of my favorite blogs had a post about an almond Bundt cake, with a link to the recipe.  Sure enough, it’s the same recipe my friend’s neighbor uses!  (The one on the can is easier to follow — the ingredients are listed in the order you use them — but it is the same.)  I decided this would be perfect to take to our family gathering last weekend.

almond-cakeHow beautiful is this?  I was so thrilled with the way it looked I ran upstairs to the office to show DH and take a picture of it in the guest room.  No, this is not a usual occurrence, and DH was very surprised to see me with the cake in my hands!  But, gratifyingly, he did acknowledge its beauty.

I had one small worry, that I had overbaked it.  I had set the timer (it starts by itself), but after getting supper started, transfering laundry from washer to dryer, etc., I looked at the timer and realized in horror that the time hadn’t changed.  (Was I busy for 15 minutes?  Thirty?  Ten?)  So, yes, it was a bit overbaked, as you can tell, but nothing a big scoop of good vanilla ice cream didn’t fix!


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Way to go!

DH passed his insurance exam, so I made this.congrats-dh

Stamps:  Hugs & Wishes

Ink:  Basic Black

Paper:  Basic Black, More Mustard, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand

Other:  Big Shot die-cut machine, SU! Birds & Blooms die, Vintage Brads (Black)

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