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Cards 4 Guyz Challenge-Outdoor Barbecue

This Outdoor Barbecue card is made for the Cards 4 Guyz Challenge #239: Use ink and/or Paint.

I used Stampin’ Up! products to make this card. The ink colors are: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Memento. The cardstock are: Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White. The stamp set is Outdoor Barbecue. I made the utensils using Silver Foil cardstock and the Apron Builder framelits.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 inches, 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches and 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches; Basic Black 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 1/4 x 2 5/8 inches. The Silver Roil (not shown) is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. I later added the red strip to the card front which is 3 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches of Real Red CS .

I stamped the sentiment “Love is in the Air -Oh wait, that’s BBQ” and the grill in Memento ink onto the 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS.

After squeezing the Smoky Slate ink pad, I used the Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen to apply a light color to the grill.

Clean the Blender Pen on a scrap of paper by writing until the tip is clear again. I used the Crumb Cake ink to for the wood on the grill.

The hamburger is done in Crumb Cake ink. The ketchup bottle is in Real Red ink and the flames are in Pumpkin Pie ink.

Next, adhere the stamped piece to the largest Basic Black CS. Adhere this to the card front. Adhere the barbecue grill to the smaller Basic Black CS.

I originally was going to adhere the barbecue grill to the card directly onto the stamped piece. I thought this looked a little “blah”, so I decided to add a Real Red CS strip.

I used the Black Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped grill piece to add dimension to the card front.

Finally I added the Silver Foil utensils. Viola! You have a really nice card for your favorite guy!

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Fun for Valentine’s Day is Meant to Be

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know it may be too late to send a Valentine’s Day card at this point, but I had fun making this one and wanted to share it with you. It is so simple!

This is the same photo as the last blog. Today I will go over how to make the card on the left.

This card uses the sentiment from a Stampin’ Up! stamp set in the Annual Catalog, Meant to Be.

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; Real Red CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 1 1/2 inches; From My Heart Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 x 3 3/4 inches of the mosaic heart design, the red foil heart from the large foil heart design and a 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch strip of the foil dot design.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day” in Real Red ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. This is a red rubber stamp so you do not need the Stampin’ Pierce mat.

The Heart Punch Pack contains two heart punches. One with a smooth edge and one with a scalloped edge.

Use the smooth-edged Heart Punch to punch the sentiment out.

Use the Scalloped-edged Heart Punch to punch out the red foil heart.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the heart with the sentiment.

Adhere the sentiment heart to the scalloped red foil heart.

Adhere the mosaic heart pattern of the From My Heart DSP to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Real
Red CS.

Adhere the 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch foil dot pattern of the From My Heart DSP to the 4 x 1 1/2 inch Real Red CS.

Adhere the 4 x 1 1/2 inch Real Red CS with the dotted design of the From My Heart DSP to the heart mosaic design piece.

Use your Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS on the 4 1/4 inch score line. This will give you a nice crisp fold. This is your card base.

Adhere the mosaic heart card piece to the front of the Whisper White CS card base.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the heart sentiment piece.

Adhere the heart sentiment piece to the card front.

Tie a bow with the Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon. Watch the video if needed.

Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow to the card front.

And Viola! you have a beautiful and simple Valentine’s Day card to share with someone you love!

This is the best time of year to order products from Stampin’ Up! because it is Sale-a-bration! That means for every $50 of product you order, you may choose from a Sale-a-bration Brochure and receive FREE PRODUCT! There are stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, sequins and twine and even an embossing folder! Shop Now at my online store. Sale-a-bration is only until March 31st and products do run out. If you need any assistance please email me at or send me a message on my facebook page

Stampin’ Up! supplies used include: Stamp Set: Meant To Be #148626; Punch: Heart Punch Pack #151292; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Real Red CS #102482 and the From My Heart DSP #151189; Ink: Real Red #147084; Clear Blocks C #118486; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Mini Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Real Red 3/8 inch Double-stitched satin ribbon #151115.

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Technical Difficulties

Hello everyone! I had planned a post for today but my computer is not cooperating. I keep getting a “Catastrophic Failure” when I try to transfer my photos from my Pixel 2 to my Windows 10 on my desk top. I am working on this and hope to have a post to you soon! If any of you would like to comment and give me some assistance, it would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

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Exciting New Product!

Here I am in San Antonio for the Stampin’ Up! Onstage with my fellow stamping friends! As a demonstrator you are able to attend Onstage and get the new catalog a few months before everyone else! There are so many exciting new stamp sets! I will show you a few of the cards we made during Onstage with the new stamp sets.

This set is so adorable! It is made with the Free As A Bird stamp set, Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper(DSP) and Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim. You will be able to order these on June 4, 2019!

This card is made with the Floral Essence stamp set, Perennial Flower Punch, Perennial Essence DSP, 12 x 12 inch Vellum Cardstock, Perennial Essence Floral Centers and Old Olive Bakers Twine. Isn’t this just lovely! I just love the colorful DSP!

These are made with the It Starts With Art stamp set and Follow Your Art DSP. So cute!

Right now you can still order from the current catalog. Everything that is not in the upcoming catalog is retiring. If you go to my store you will see a tab for “Last Chance Products”. If you have been wanting something, order soon as the retiring products will go fast!

Products from the upcoming 2019-20 catalog will be available for purchase on June 4, 2019.

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I will be back after a visit with my brother. He has driven here from Albuquerque. Yesterday we went to Slaughter Ranch and had a wonderful picnic. Today we are driving up to Phoenix to go to the Mummy Exhibit at the Arizona Science Center. I will be back to blogging soon so stay tuned!

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Adhesives and Measurements

Happy 1st Friday of 2019! I hope you have something fun planned for the day. The snow is all but gone and the temperatures are a little warmer here in Bisbee. It’s hard to tolerate 17 degrees Fahrenheit when you are used to putting on a sweater for anything under 80 degrees Fahrenheit!

  I got a little ahead of myself at the end of the last blog. I was supposed to talk about adhesives next, but I said I would talk about measurements. So, today I will do both!

This comparison of adhesives is on page 213 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

The best way to learn about different adhesives and what they are used for is to look at page 213 in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I recommend going to to get a better view of this page. I usually use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue because when I first lay something down, I can “wiggle” it to be straight for a second or so, before the glue sticks. Also, the liquid glue is the strongest adhesive and I like my projects to stay together!

Measurements to Make a Card

Today I will share with you the standard measurements for cards made in the United States. Cardstock is 8 1/2 x 11 inches or 12 x 12 inches. The 12 x 12 inch is generally used for scrapbooking so I will only be talking about the 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock here.

First you take one 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet and cut it in half at the 5 1/2 inch mark along the 11 inch side. This gives you 2 card bases once you fold them in half along the 8 1/2 inch side.

The next step is to make layers.

The black sheet represents the 1st layer and measures 5 1/4 x 4 inches. Each successive layer will measure 1/4 inch less . So the 2nd layer will measure 5 x 3 3/4 inches.

The most simple card has one or two layers.

This cute card with this hoppy frog is an example of a 2 layer card. If you add a colored cardstock and use some colored pencils you can make a card like this:

You can do anything!

This particular stamp set, So Hoppy Together, is free with a $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration. There are other free products with each $50 purchase. Go to my store and shop the Annual Catalog or the new Occasions Catalog. Then look at the Sale-a-bration brochure for the free product.

If you want to purchase items to make your first card, you will need: a Stampin’ Trimmer (item # 126889), Paper snips (#103579), Whisper White cardstock (#100730), Happiness Blooms cardstock pack (#148802), Multipurpose Liquid glue (#110755) or Snail Adhesive (#104332), clear blocks to put the stamp on, E (#118484) and B (#117147) and Memento Black Ink (#132708). This will allow you to get 2 free products! There are several free stamp sets as well as Butterfly Designer Series paper and foil cardstock.

In the next blog I will discuss the Stampin’ Up! ink and how to go about stamping!

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Cutting Paper to Make Cards

Sunny Snowy Arizona!!

Good Morning!! Well the snow melted completely and is now back. Its very peaceful outside. Inside it is cozy and warm, just the right feeling to be making cards. Check out my facebook page to see some of the cards I have recently made.

So once you get some good quality paper, you’ll want to have the right tools to cut it. It is important to invest in a paper-cutter that makes good clean cuts without snagging your paper. What do you need?

Guillotine style paper-cutter

I am partial to the guillotine style paper-cutter. Mine is an old one from my college days, but I have recently purchased a new, lighter weight one from a hobby store. I like it because I can cut two or more pages at once and still get a clean cut. I also feel I can see the measurements better.

Stampin’ Up!  Stampin’ Trimmer

I also have a Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Trimmer (item #126889), which some prefer for all their paper cutting. This one cuts with a blade that you move down from top to bottom. It is important to keep your blade sharp. I only cut one paper at a time. There is also a scoring function. This is a good cutter to have when making fun-fold cards or 3-D projects. 

You also need several types of scissors. A larger pair of scissors is helpful at times, but I more often use the smaller scissors. You will need 2 pair, one to cut paper and one for cutting ribbon. The paper dulls the scissors over time. This makes cutting ribbon difficult, so it is helpful to have a pair dedicated to ribbon. The paper scissors are useful for “fussy” cutting, which means to cut out a stamped image.  Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips (the black handled scissors pictured above) are item # 103579.

So that is the scoop on cutting paper.  The next post will discuss measurements for cards, so gather up all your cutting tools. Soon we will start making cards. Again, visit my Facebook page to see cards I have made recently and visit my store today!