Monday, December 31, 2012

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

The best for you is yet to come in the New Year!

With my best wishes... Hugs, Lisa

Set: Happy Hour
Paper: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Whispher White, Festival of Prints DSP and of course, Champagne Glitter Paper.
Ink: Island Indigo and Versamark
Accessories:  Build an Owl punch (bubbles), Bigz Scallop Die, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Gold Embossing Powder and Glitter Glue.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

More Baby Cards...

I liked the layout I used for my new great niece's card so much I thought I would do something similar for a work associate of my husband's who had twins the same day as that  niece was born.

Not sure I like the buttons on the card, but once I put them on it be meant remaking the cards if I took them off as DSP I is not very forgiving when something is adhered to it with glue dots.

This if for the special twin boy!!!

This for the sweet twin baby girl (sorry for the shadow that distracts from the sentiment).

Been doin' a lot of yappin' bout stampin' lately :)

Babies every where....

On December 26th my nephew and his wife had my first great grand-niece

I got this adorable ala-cart stamp off the the SU! Clearance Rack.  I would have not  looked twice at stamps in the catalog or anywhere else for baby themed items, except there are so many babies being born and those on the way including my own whatelse should be catching my eye?
Anyway, I made this card for my great-niece and although, I wanted to make in traditional girly lace etc., I gave into their enthusiasm  for the Beavers!  I hope they like it!
Yappin' bout stampin'  ~~~ Lisa

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Final Christmas Card, I promise :)

I think this was the most whimical card this season, and possibly my "true" favorite.   Plus, it was fun to create.

Set:  Bootiful Occasions
Paper: Ridinghood Red, Gumball Green, Pink Pirouette, Be of Good Cheer DSP and Whispher White
Ink: Black Stazon and Ridinghood Red

Accessories:  Bigz Scallops and Circles #2, Scallop Oval and large Oval punches. MS branch punch,  Basic Rhinestones and SU Smoochie,

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ok, I fibbed.... I have just a few more Christmas card to show you...

My favorite Santa stamp of all time and I finally had a chance to use it!
Although, I didn't use all SU! products I did use their papers as they are the best... the stamp and the embellishments are not... this is only one of many variations I made.   Hope you like it as much as I do.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Last of last Christmas Post and Pics....

Can't sleep, so I must be just waiting up waiting for Santa!  Because, if he doesn't show up soon I get his cookies and milk, LOL!

So here are few more cards I wanted to share, if you want details just email me:

A club favorite was this fun and easy snow globe using the Frosty Friends 'ala Cart stamp from the Winter catalog.

We also had fun with this fun sled using the scentsational Season set from the Winter catalog.

This another cased card I really couldn't add much more to make even it my own as it was so snow clean and simple:

Can  you deal with one more?


I have a couple more to share then I move on the New Years, Valentines and beyond.... but for now I hear somthing on the roof.... which means I will not catch Santa if I don't close my eyes and dream of those in sorrow over the last few weeks and accept the blessings I have been given.   WE all need to share out blessings with others.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

More Christmas Cards before Christmas over!!!

This card was a fun one to make and it was case of one I saw and thought I would give it  a whirl.  I had some burlap that I bought a long time ago for some forgetten project :)

Sets: Merry and Bright
Paper: Choc. Chip, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories:  Snow Flurry Bigz Die, burlap, waffle ribbon and red bobbles, red tape, tape runners and all purpose glue



Friday, December 21, 2012

I certainly got my money's worth out of this set.  The snow-kids just kept drawing me in!

Set:  Wonderful Winter Wonderland

I used various papers, colors, accessories on the following cards.  Contact me if you would like more specifics.  As, I looked others cards on  it became clear that I was not the first to think of some of these templates.

The card below was my "original" design and I have posted it here before, but wanted to share my surprise when I went to check out SCS (see link above) that my card was the sample for this set.
Just some Yappin' bout Stampin'   Hug, Lisa

Just a few more Christmas card posts:

This was fun card where I was able to try working with the Tule again.  It was a fun club card too!

This single pop-up design was made using:

Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Joyous Celebrations and Be of Good Cheer DSP

Paper: Always Articoke, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Silver Shimmer Paper

Ink: Lucky Limeade, and Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Snow Flurry Big Die, Cherry Cobbler Tule, Basic Rhinestones, dimensionals, all purpose glue and Modern Label punch

Just Yappin' bout Stampin'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I have been playing Santa since the beginning of November or so it seems!  Now it is time to sit back and enjoy the season and catch up on some posts. 

Although I loved most of the Christmas sets in this years Holiday Catalog, this is the first one that caught my attention.  Wonderous Christmas is just so sweet and emulates the vision of children clammering to be with big jolly man in the red suit and cherry-red cheeks.  But, I didn't purchase it until much later because, honestly, was intimidated by all the detail and wasn't sure if I would even use it.
After awhile I decided to give it a shoot and this is what I came up with:

Set: Wonderous Wishes
Paper: Ridinghood Red, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Candelight Specialty DSP
Ink: Ridinghood Red, Chocolate Chip, SU! Markers, Blender Pens
Acceessories:  Woodgrain BG stamp, Stripes Folder and Holiday Frame Folder
It did take me some time to color this and when I was done, I was still not happy with it but will try again next year.  I only made one of these cards so there is only one original.  I must say that I must have seen the striped folder before, because when I posted this card on SCS I saw another card using it as well, so I must have cased that part of the card.
Hope you enjoy this card.... I do.
Yappin' bout Stampin'




Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Halloween "Gallery"

I did have some fun making Halloween cards with current and retired sets:
I won't bore you with the GORY details on each of the cards below since Halloween is now in the past ~~~ except this first one that is my favorite and made with all SU! current products
Sets: Googly Eyes and Spooky Bingo Bits
Paper: Whispher White, Basic Black and More Mustard.... DSP Howlstooth & Scarybone
Ink: Basic Black, markers, Black Stazon
Accessories: Googly eyes, brads, dobbers and blender pens


Another few cards:
This witch is a bit more cooperative she must have a "vanity" issue, LOL!
This witch is being "witchy" and will not let me rotate the pick to show her off... spooky :)

Another ~~~
This card is a mixed old and new sets but I did use a new, to me, technic of using a dobber to add ink to the wonderful Silver Glimmer Paper, but if you try this be sure to heat gun dry the ink before handling:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A few catch up posts....

Hi All,

I, truely, can't believe how busy I have been lately!  It makes no sense to me as I thought my life would be more relaxing as my children grew up, oh but NO, that is not the case!

I guess keeping busy is what keeps us moving forward just like our kids did when they were young :)

So check out the next few posts and I will finish up with what we did at our Club today.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

WOW, I sure do have some catching up to do!!!

I made these cards for my club members/friends who brought me some
Home Made Spagetti Sauce.....  YUM!

I used the retired set Viola and Voila Accessories (specially, the spagetti dish).

I had fun making this but, was having a hard time figuring out how to make the sauce so I mixed some Riding Hood Red reinker with some Cyrstal Effects.  I tried to do a "controlled" dribble but that didn't work, so I let is flow and it turned out, in my mind, like spagetti sauce as messy and good as it is:

Oh by the way, as I said before I have a remiss that I didn't show my thanks earlier... since my spagetti eating family has already emptied both the LARGE jars of the most perfect spagetti sauce !!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hello friends... yes I am here!

Thanks so much to all of you who contacted me wondering if I fell off the face of the earth.... I DID NOT, but I did fall off the grid for a bit....

Beyond the extra long work days, my weekends have been completely booked (the days I can usually post) including a  fun trip to Lincoln City for a card making/shopping get away, an stampin' Open house in Seaside and a baby shower.... that is not to say I didn't get any stamping in I got so many cards  made and am ready to start sharing with you here.... First up are these two cards made to celebrate the soon arriving babyoming baby, one for a boy and one for a girl.  IT WAS A BOY.... CONGRATS TO MY DEAREST FRIEND FOR FIRST GRAND BABY!!!

These cards are not in order of how they were made just a sampling of what has been over the last few weeks by myself and my friends.

More soon! 

Yappin' bout Stampin'

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hope you all got great on Free Ribbon!

I know I got the colors I wanted and sorry to see such  a great promotion end.

Of course, Stampin' Up! has a great October special!

Check it out at

Monday, September 17, 2012

Working again with the Perfectly Perserved Set

As you know from previous posts I made Jam for the first time a few weekends ago and I show cased the Perfectly Perserved Bundle set....  Oh my. I was working updating the blog with a really fun way to the give a gift of home made Jams, etc... but reposted a picture previous post, dang got distracted,

Anyway, this is what I want share...

I used the wonderful fabric from the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack for 99 cents (they were previously 9.99 per pack, 3 extra fat quarters).

I love how this turned out, it took me awhile to make a template to for the fabric and instuctions to make the box and unfortunately the boxes aren't exactly the same so the pattern will need to by altered.

But, I am sure my club friends can figure it out because I gave all of them a box, fabric and a template!  I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Halloween Treat ~ Boooooo~

This is one item we made at our club this month it is fun 3-D box treat  box for Halloween~

Sets:  Googly Ghouls, BG Woodgrain, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Tangarine Tango, Whispher White

Ink: Pumpkin  Pie, Stazon Black and Gumball Green (maker)

Accessories:  Bigz Die (retired, sure wish there were more available die cut boxes available) Box #2, Googly Eyes and 5/8 Basic Black Satin Ribbon (retired) mini brads for head bolts.

Please note there is still different widths of Black Stain Ribbon available in the current catalog.

Yappin' bout Stampin'  Cutsy Halloween style :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A "Fairy" Happy Birthday Card

I made this card for my niece.  I don't have this retired SU! set of adorable Fairies, but just this one that I saw for sale and bought just for fun.   Let me tell you ~~~ I had fun making this card. 

This card is made to stand up with the back being the same die cut to match.

I used Stampin' Up!  Whispher White Paper, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Brads, Versamark and Irredicent Ice.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The BABY card I postponed posting is here...

This was made for a friend's son and his wife for their baby shower.  

Right now the baby is "Dragon Baby" being born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon.  They don't know what gender it is so I want with basic baby colors.

I saved the picture a long while ago from a blog spot lighting punch art.

Just Yappin' bout Stampin'


Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Quick and fun card to share...

I started this card almost 2 weeks ago with the coloring and  set it aside to think about how I wanted to present the image on the card.  

I got side tracked as I  was preparing for a visit from some family members.  I have been sooo excited to see them and they are here now!

Anyway, I just think this is one of the cutest ala cart stamps I have seen in a long time!

Sets: Frosty Friends, Wondrous Wishes

Paper: Lucky Limeaide, Cherry Cobbler and Whispher White

Inks:  Colors from the Many Marvelous Markers

Accessories: Finishing Touchs Edgelits, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Cherry Cobble Sweater Trim, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Towbow Glue, Tape Runner, Blender Pens and retired Tinsle (clear).

I hope you like this clean and simple card as much as I do!

Thanks again for letting Yapp about Stampin'


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How come 3-day weekends go sooo fast???

Maybe it is the long agonizing waiting for the weekend the work week before or just because I put way too much on my to do list for my time off!

Well, that usually my MO for regular weekends anyway. What happened this weekend was the same except I only got one thing on that list and it was to make a Baby Shower card. It turned out adorable, I think, but I can't show it to you until later in the week until I know it has been received by the recipient.

So, I will share with you what the rest of my weekend consisted of. I may not seem to anyone but me exciting, but it was to me.  I was inspired by my friends and family talking about what they are doing with all the summer harvests.

I made a stop at the local Farmer's Market and came home with late season delicious Strawberries, plump juicy Blueberries to compliment the "organic" Blackberries I picked on some of the acreage where I work. Ok, now to get serious about, at my age, to check how awesome it would be to finally make some jam. Luckily, my daughter wanted to help!

So here is what we made:

First a big mess!  This is the mildest mess here.

Here is the finished project after some "CLEANING" up, berries are really nature's dye, you should just see my fingers!  There was acutally 12 jars but one didn't seal, sooo it was eating ready :)

This is a pic I just had to take for the fun of it, it would have been "cuter" if it had a white and red checked cloth instead of dishtowel and a clearer pic!  Or even cuter if I had labels and they had been decorated with Perfectly Peserved Stamp Set/Dies from the Holiday catalog.

Purchase the Perfect Peserves  Stamp Set and the Cannery Set Framelits Dies together. Priced to save you 15%!  Ask me how.

The jam is a mixed berry jam with a touch of Rosemary to tie all the flavors together.  An ingredient I wasn't sure about using, since I was experimenting on the my first endeavor of jam making ~~ what the heck ~~ good decision (based on a different recipe I had seen).... Yum!

So, to move my berry adventure even further I made these Mini Galettes for a family get-together. 

Everyone always makes such wonderful things to bring, so rather than bring the usual corn, etc.  I tried a recipe I found when I was researching Jam making sites on the web.   There are so many I chose one that sounded good with less baking time, plus I used premade curst (shameful, I know, but so much easier in a time crunch).

This receipe calls for fresh fruit of any kind, some corn starch, nutmeg, cinnamon, egg wash, regular sugar and Turbinado sugar.  Since there was so much sugar (naturally and from the refined sugar) I used some Setiva raw sugar subsitute for sprinkling on the top.  This wonderful tidbits are to be served a room temp.  I only wish I had taken some Vanilla Bean Ice Cream to top them off.

Thanks checking out my blog and my non-Yappin' about Stampin!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lovin' the new Tule...

Here is a card from our last club that I spaced posting it:

Stamp sets: Rejoicing with You,  Seasons Greetings sentiment is from the Retired set Fireside set.
Paper: Whispher White, Cherry Cobbler

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, New Tule ~ Cherry Cobbler  (love it), Versamark pen/pad and  some non-SU! gold stones.

Stampin' Studio Transformed ~ sort of....

The last couple of weeks have been very hectic, getting new carpet through out the house, laminate flooring in the Stampin' Studio and trying to put everything back together again.  I must say it was quite a hassle having to get all of the stuff out of the way in less than 2 days and then trying to get all back in was an incentive to get organized.

To see what the Studio looked like before check this out from a few years ago look here:

Although, the Studio has been transformed many times as I tried to get more and more organized as I expanded my "hobby" I think I have got it down now. So, here is quick tour of the Studio (it in the bonus room over our garage, the pics give an optical illusion that the walls go higher than they are, they are slanted toward the ceiling) So lets begin a quick tour around, please try to get a peek at the floor through out the pics:

This is my crafting desk. I have organized it so everything is at my finger tips from the ink pads to my basic papers and markers.  I try to work at this desk rather than the tables in the room for clubs, because I get too spread out and make too many trips to the drawers for what I think I need.

This is one corner of the room where I store the current Stampin' Up! sets and in the bottom of the cabinet I store retired and current Holiday sets.   Also, to the right is my punch storage... and let me tell you it is very securely mounted on the wall.  I had a mishap a few months ago when I was putting a punch away and the whole thing fell off the wall.... punches landing on my toes so I backed up into the tall cabinet and at that time I had all my background stamps on top of the cabinet.  Needless, to say I got "beaned" on the head from falling huge wood blocks... had lumps on my head for a week, ouch!   The punches are reflecting on the wall giving it a mirror look.

This next picture is of the other side of the window and is where I store my retired sets that I just can't part with.  You can also see the the second side of my "Shelve of  Fame"  display above the window, it holds a few things given to me by my SIL (who is also a SU! Demo), friends and some of my favorite creations and things.

Oh ya, that flash in the eyes dog,  is my daughter's dog, Louie, one of my Stampin' buddies, I have 2 greyhounds who round out "The 3-dog-a-teers" that keep me company.

Here is a long view across my tables to the Northern corner of the room, with my card rack that I use to hold my SteamPunk cards. 

Another view of the tables and showing off many of the cards I have made and recieved.   Also, a sign welcoming the hostess of our monthly club.

This picture shows the other end of table and card wall.

This picture shows my storage for all my current and retired card stock, retired stamp pads and my music.  No TV in the room to distract me but music to lift me up.

The small door is goes into an attic storage.  I will not show you what is in there as it is far from organized and way scary :)

This what I call "our" business desk to the right is all the paperwork for the Stampin' Up! business and other annual paper work I need to reconcile at the end of the year for taxes. The left hand drawers contain new and retired Designer Paper/ 12x12 card stock.

This desk was my GrandMa's and her favorite place to sit and send letters/cards on almost a weekly basis to those she loved.  The stickers on the light-bridge are the ones she put there years ago.  Sorry for the fuzzy pic.

This picture shows my Big Shot "station" with all my dies, Embossing Folders and accessories in the drawers below.  There is also my favorite cutter, and the drawers below store my other cutter systems,  grid paper, pens, chalks, watercolor crayons, etc.  Another blurry picture, camera battery running out or rushing to get the pics done.

Here is a full length pic of the room, but no matter if I had lights on or off... camera flash on or off, I could not get a good picture they all turned out dark.  I hope you get the gest of all the the transformation of this room... but the best thing for me is easy Glitter, Embossing Powder, dust bunnies and dog fur clean up ~~~ awesome!

Thanks for letting me do some Yappin' about Stampin' with you.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Having fun with Christmas, but haven't for gotten Summer!

This card is another CASE card and once again I don't now who credit for their artistry :(  I must have seen this card on someone's blog or SCS, but don't get a hit when I searched for it....

Although I did some of my personal touches, the essence of this card belongs to someone else. 

Sets: Tiny Tags

Paper: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzelberry, Whispher White

Ink: Melon Mambo, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit,Gumball Green and Pacific Point

Accessories: New Elegant Butterfly Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Watercolor Pen and Sharpie Markers

Monday, August 13, 2012

Oops, one more post.....

I need your help here with this card...

This is a "prototype" card for an associate who has been asked to make some nature Christmas cards (for a fee, good for her) and I told her I would try to come up with some ideas based on what she told me.

I tried several "designs" for a full senery idea (4 to be exact), but thought it would it might be a good idea to make the scene looking for the window of a winter cabin.  Although, I didn't add anything holiday to this card, I thought some "snow" on the windows and some type of holly garland around the window top would more give it more of Christmas feel.

So, what do you think we should do to make this card better?

This are the sets that I used:

Retired - Fishin, Retired -Scenery Set, Lovely as a Tree

Hi Friends....

I am sure it seems that I have, once again, been a slacker poster, but I have been
immersed in work, deep home cleaning and have been getting excited about new carpet throughout the house!

They will also be putting laminate in my STAMPIN' STUDIO..... Yahoo easy glitter clean up, they are installing it tomorrow.

But, let the stress begin.... they will get the laminate done tomorrow, but the next day is the full house carpet installation.... argh.... I never realized how much breakable stuff we have or stuff on the floor in closets, etc. They are going to move furniture for free which I couldn't believe.

My job seemed so simple.... until I looked around and thought "holy crap" how am I going to do all of that in one night even with the help of some family members?

I going to fill my counters, bath tubs, bathroom and laundry room and any other location off the floor I can find to put all that "stuff" where there is no carpet replacement, even while we still have to work all day.....

So with all this blah, blah info I just wanted to let you know that I won't be posting for about another week.  Then I will be sharing what we had done at our next club...

Thanks for letting just keeping yappin' on here about nothing about stampin'!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Love the beach and Sand Castles

A friend of mine who was visting (a few weeks ago) and I looked through Michelle Zindorf's blog/tutorials

When I saw this card I just had to try to make this wonderful card.... So here is my "shameful" attempt to CASE her card and test my brayering skills.

This card for one of my husbands associates who is retiring... I hope she likes it!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I {heart} Snow Bunnies

Making Christmas cards in 95 degree weather hasn't cooled me down any but it is FUN! 

Sets: Wonderful Winterwonderland, Curly Cute

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whispher White, Gumball Green, Candelight Christmas DSP

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Markers - Real Red, Gumball Green, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Stazon

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Sweater Trim, Blender Pens, Tom Bow Glue, Glue Dot, 1/16 hand punch, Adoring Accents Edgelits, Linen Thread