Monday, November 21, 2016

Foot surgery

  Use your imagination and picture me with my right foot propped up on 3 pillows, an ice pack on my ankle, a book on the right side end table, and of course some Stampin'Up! catalogs, my laptop on the left side end table, and a walker close by in case I have to hop to the bathroom.  So, I guess you can see why I will not be posting this week.  I am recovering from bunion surgery.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Check back next week when I should be able to stamp every now and then.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Candy Cane lane designer paper-Fix it Friday

This sheet of designer paper is so cute that it can make a card all by itself.  I added a saying and a brown bow to match the bow already on the paper.  Now to fix it up.....

By punching out circles I was able to show on this card most of the different designs that are featured in the designer paper pack.  There are 12 sheets of paper.  2 each of 6 double sided papers.  

What is the same in both cards?

The Early Espresso card base,
The saying from the set called Stitched with Cheer
The Gingerbread Boy is part of the designer paper from the first card.

What is different?

The circles of the different designs in the paper pack
The red baker's twine,
The rhinestones
The white accent paper

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the many ways you can use Candy Cane Lane designer paper instead of a stamp set.

Have a great weekend and come back next week to see more Christmas card ideas.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Candy Cane Lane designer paper-Template Thursday

What a simple way to make some cute Christmas cards.

1. Use the White Cards and Envelope pack for the card base. 

2. Choose one of the colors from the designer paper for an accent color.  I chose Crumb Cake.

3. Cut 3 houses from the designer paper.

4. Punch a circle and make a band from 2 coordinating papers.

5. Find a saying to use on each card.

You can easily make 20 Christmas cards ready to send.

Come back tomorrow to see how to fix up a simple card and make it a little bit fancier.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Candy Cane Lane designer paper-Wednesday Wow

  When I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest I thought how clever and knew then I wanted to make one for myself.  These cute little cookie images are found on one of the sheets of the designer paper.  The cookie sheet is made using the next to largest label from the Lots of Labels framelit set.  Isn't this so cute.  This will be the Christmas card by Christmas Through the Year group will make this month.

Come back tomorrow to see a simple template that can be used to make oodles of Christmas cards.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Candy Cane Lane designer paper-Technique Tuesday

   I made this card at the Shoebox Swap in Madison.  The card was designed by fellow Butterfly Friend, Susan.  In case you have never heard of this technique it is called the double z fold.  You can see how it uses a lot of the Candy Cane Lane designer paper.

   Come back tomorrow to see a very creative way to use this paper.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Candy Cane Lane designer paper-Miscellaneous Monday

As you know, I love using designer paper on my cards.  Well, this paper called Candy Cane Lane is full of cute little images.  When I ordered the paper I decided not to order the matching stamp set and just use the paper for my cards.

This was a swap I got at OnStage where the creator cut out the cute little  house and made that the high point of the card.

Come back tomorrow to see a sample of a double z card using this same designer paper.

Friday, November 11, 2016

OnStage 2016 swap

What is there about white and a color that makes the card be one of my favorites?  Maybe it is because I am old enough that all the pictures I have of my childhood are black and white.  I really think it is the great contrast that makes them pop and makes them my favorites.

1. The basic color is Night of Navy, always has been a favorite.

2. The layers of contrasting colors make the center accent piece really pop.

3. Anything that is a silhouette is a favorite image.

Hasn't this been fun.  I have lots more cards the I swapped or made and am set for Christmas with ideas to share.  Come back next week to see what card I will feature.  Have a great weekend. And Happy Stamping.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

OnStage 2016 swaps

Isn't this so cute?  Susan who has been a demonstrator under a year created this card for her swap.  I love it and will feature it as one of my Christmas Through the Year cards.  

1. The card does not need much on it because the fox is so cute.

2. The use of just two basic colors adds to the simpleness of the card.

3. Love the use of Swirly Birds for the snow feature.

4. The random polka dots of the designer paper make it look like a small snowstorm and just tie the card together.

Come back tomorrow to see the card that was the first to jump out at me from all my swaps.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

OnStage 2016 swap

 Did you go WOW when you saw this card like I did?  The stamper that created this card for the shoe box swap was not feeling well, so I did not get to meet her, but wow she created an awesome card.

1. She used Watercolor paper, and probably an aqua painter and painted the leaves.  These were precut for us when we were going to make the card.

2. Once again the Cable Knit embossing folder was used.  She also spritzed all over the white embossed paper with Garden Green ink.  It has a awesome splotchy look.

3. The saying just pulls this entire card together.  I loved looking at it and making it.

  Come back tomorrow to see a card made by one of my roommates who has just joined Stampin'Up! a few months ago.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

OnStage 2016 Swaps

   Another card I made at the Shoe Box Swap.  This card was designed by Mary McNeely.  It really stood out to me as stunning.

1. The Black background popped the rest of the card out, and I never would have thought to use black as a background color for a Christmas card. It does not show up in my picture but the background of the card has been embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder.

2. The gold glittery tree was made by first cutting out the tree, them placing a piece of Gold Shimmer paper behind the tree.

3. The rest of the card went together quite easily.

Come back tomorrow to see the WOW card I chose as a favorite.

Monday, November 7, 2016

OnStage 2016 Swaps

    Such a fun weekend I had.  I traveled with 3 fellow demonstrators to Madison, Wisconsin for a one day Stampin'Up! event called OnStage Local.  The live event was held in Brisbane, Australia.  I would love to have traveled to attend the live event, but just could not work that out at this time.
    Along with learning some great ideas to use in my business I was able to swap cards with other demonstrators attending.  And if that was not enough stamping, then after the event was over at 6:00 PM we went to a shoebox swap and stamped even more cards.  
   So, I looked through all my swaps and shoebox cards and chose my top 5 favorites to feature this week.  If you want to see all the cards I received then tune in to Facebook at 6:00 and I will have a live video of all the swaps.
    Today's card was one I made at the Shoebox swap.  The card was created by my friend Linda.  She had all the parts in a box and I was able to duplicate her card.  Here is what I like about this card.

1. It is simple.

2. It is all one color-Emerald Envy.

3. It uses a favorite stamp set-Lovely as a Tree.

4. It is stunning and caught my eye right away.

  Come back tomorrow to see another great swap from OnStage Local 2016.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Home Decor-Decorate Your Own Tree

Does this tree look plain to you?  Well, come put one together and then decorate the tree with the accents of your choice.  Choose from ribbon, ornaments, chains, and whatever you think will make it yours.

Come back tomorrow to see some ornaments you can make at my Home Decor class on November 12th 10-3:30.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Home Decor-Advent Calendar

   I like to prepare for Christmas with an Advent Calendar.  This home decor piece was made using several Project Life pieces. 

Individual Pieces made using Hello December 2016 Card Collection

Accents on the cards made using Hello December Accessory Pack

Cards are clipped onto Baker's Twine using the Gold Binder Clips from the annual catalog.

Cost of this project is $50 and includes everything but the frame.

What can you use this for?
      Take a picture of some Christmas activity each day of December.  Then you are already to create a scrapbook for the month.  The cards will make great accent pieces in the scrapbook.

     Behind each card list an activity you can do as a family for each day of Advent.

     Do something kind for someone each day of Advent and take a picture or journal about it.

    List a Bible reading behind each card for Advent.

You can think up even more ideas to make this an interactive Christmas decoration.

Come back tomorrow to see the final project you can make at the Christmas event held at my house on Saturday, November 12th from 10-3:30.  


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Home Decor-Wall Art

  Do you like to decorate your home for Christmas?  I do and think it is fun now and then to create something other than cards using paper and stamps.  I saw this idea on the cover of the Stampin Success magazine that we get as demonstrators with Stampin'Up!  It was fun to make and easy to boot.  When can you make this?

Decorate your home for Christmas

Saturday, November 12th 10:00 to 3:30

There are 3 projects to choose from

Come when you want and stay till the projects are finished

RSVP by Monday, November 7th

This framed tree project will cost $10 if you bring a frame, $25 if I provide a frame similar to this picture.

Come back tomorrow to see another project you can make on this fun crafting day

Friday, October 28, 2016

Designer Paper-Fix it Friday

  I love the blue and white colors of this designer paper called Floral Boutique, one of the designer papers that are in the special that ends Monday.  

For this card I made a slit in the side of the designer paper and folded it back so that both sides of the designer paper were showing.  I cut out one of the flowers on a sheet of designer paper for the accent and the saying is from the coordinating stamp set called, Floral Phrases.

Same paper just reversed to accentuate a different side of the paper.

A different sheet of the card stock, rotated 90 degrees.

Same angle with the paper flipped over.

There are lots more ways to use designer paper that make your card making simple and attractive.  Have fun trying some of your own designs.

Come back on Monday to see what Holiday stamp I will be featuring next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Designer Paper-Template Thursday

   Can you imagine how many tiny scrap pieces you could use up on this card?  This is called the Herringbone Technique and would make a great youtube video.  I'll add that to my list.

1. Cut 2-3 3/8" by 12 inch strips of designer paper.  ( I used Petals and Paisleys for this card-not available for the offer)

2. Lay strip #1 diagonally from one side to the opposite side.

3. Lay strip #2 perpendicular to strip #1 and off the center mark.  Cut off unused section.

4. On the opposite side of the card lay s\remaining section perpendicular but in a different spot from step #3.

5. Continue with accent pieces until the card is filled.

  For this card I left a little bit of space so that the background card stock was able to show through.  I used Festive Birthday designer paper for this card. (This paper is part of the ordering special for October.

Come back tomorrow to see how to add a simple little cut in the designer paper to show off both side of the paper.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Designer Paper-Wednesday Wow

   What a wonderful renewing week in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois!  So today for my Wednesday Wow and to highlight designer paper, I decided to try a torn paper collage to show what my impressions of last week were. 

Can you see.....
  The fallen leaves
  The quiet stream
  The towering trees
  And the bright sunny days?

I used Petals and Paisleys ( not a part of the designer paper special)
            By the Sea ( yes you can order this one)
            This Christmas ( not a part of the special)
            Festive Birthday ( you can order this one also)

Come back tomorrow to see a way to use up lots of scraps using several different kinds of designer paper.

Remember that October 31 is the last day for the Buy 3 Get the 4th free special on Designer paper.  Make sure the ones you order are $11.00.
Click on the shop now button at the top of this page to order from me, Sue Scheets.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Designer Paper-Technique Tuesday

    I got a week ahead of myself and this did not post yesterday so here it is today.

 Can you see what the technique I used on this card is?  I placed the  designer paper inside an embossing folder, and then lightly sanded the raised areas.

1. The embossing folder is called Holly and can be found in the new annual catalog.

2. The designer paper is called This Christmas and can also be found in the annual catalog.  It is NOT a part of the designer paper sale but is quite a bargain at $13 as it contains 24 sheets of paper instead of the 12 that normally come in a Designer paper pack.

3. I used the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set for the Holly image and the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set for the greeting.

My husband and I are off for several days of camping in the Shawnee National Forest, so I will continue with Designer Paper cards starting next Wednesday with a WOW card.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Designer Paper-Miscellaneous Monday

  Did you know there is a Designer Paper special going on right now with Stampin'Up!  Buy 3 designer papers priced at $11.00 get a 4th paper for free.  This is one of my favorite specials of the year.  So, this week I will be featuring different ways to make use of designer paper.

1. Use the paper as the main focus of a card. I used Moroccan. I love the color combinations.

2. Add a simple saying and accent that use the colors in the paper. I chose Dapper Denim as my card stock color, and one of the sayings from the Suite Seasons stamp set.

3. I felt the card needed something else so I used the cute copper acorn embellishments to finalize the card.

You can order your own designer papers by clicking on the store at the top of this page.

Come back tomorrow to see the technque I used on the designer paper.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wedding Shaker card

   Judy, the bride, loves the color purple, so I decided I needed to use some Elegant Eggplant on the card I would attach to the wedding present.  I have loved making shaker cards and knew they will love the card.

  In the process of getting ready to head out to Ohio, I forgot the card and left it at home.  My son, loved our present but said he was a little disappointed in the card attached to the gift, a generic card from the Dollar Tree.  After all, how can you make 90 invitations and not make the card for the present. Now, I get to mail the card and they will be able to appreciate it all by itself.

Blooms and Bliss Designer paper

Lots of purple, pink and silver hearts made from the Confetti Heart border punch, 

Jar of Love stamp set and matching framelit.

Come back next week to see some more cards featuring items from the Holiday Catalog.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wedding Invites part 2-Using the scraps

  For some reason I made a pile of all the corner punch outs I made on all the cards.  And being the comic that I am I sent a text picture of them to the bride and groom telling them there were 144 punched corners.  My son also is a comedian so he told me Judy wanted me to save them so she could make boutonnieres for the men out of the corners.  You can guess what I did....

Pretty soon this picture appeared on my phone

Yes, Judy had made some flowers on tooth picks out of the corners.  Well it did not end there.

Judy is very crafty herself and made trays like this for all the tables at the reception and on each tray were candles and glass containers.  She did however have a special arrangement for the table set aside for my family.

  There on the tray at my table was this cute little container with all the corners at the bottom and the little flowers Judy had made arranged around the edges.  I loved it.

    So now at home on top of my jewelry case I have this arrangement.  Inside the etched vase are the corsages my husband and I wore at the wedding.  So,the lesson I learned through all of this is to never throw anything out, because you never know what you can make with it. (Don't tell my husband I said this)

   Come back tomorrow  to see the card I made to accompany my wedding gift.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wedding Fun-Handmade Announcement

   I am finally back to earth after a wonderful weekend where my oldest son got married.  Back in May the happy couple asked me if I would consider making the invitations.  Would I?  I had been meaning to ask them if they were interested in me making them.

  After texting pictures of several different samples this is what they chose.  It was great fun to make them as one of my gifts.  Several of the products I used are now retired; the lace, and the stamp set.

Come back tomorrow to see what I did with all the corner rounder scraps.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Halloween Fun-Test Tube treat holder

  It was so much fun to open the September Paper Pumpkin kit and see the test tubes...16 of them.  And then to try and think of many different ways the tubes can be used.  One was to put some Halloween candy in the tube.  Then I found a video by Dawn Griffin that showed how to make this cute and easy treat holder.  We will be making this and the last treat holder in my Halloween Fun class.

This has been a fun Halloween Week.  I am off to see my son Brian get married.  It will be a fun-filled family time weekend.  Can't wait.  An extra perk will be seeing most of my grandchildren at the same time.  Hope your weekend will be a good one also.  

Come back next week to see what I will be posting then.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Halloween Fun- Cello Bag treat holder

I found this cute treat holder and a wonderful video describing how to make on Pinterest and pinned by Kelly Acheson.  It uses several items from the Holiday catalog that are great for Halloween.

Halloween Night designer paper
Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set

and several items from the annual catalog

3 by 6 cellophane bags
Gold Binder clips
Layered Circle framelits

Check out Kelly's video and make yourself some of these treat bags to give away, or come to my Halloween fun class and make a sample right there with my supplies.

Come back tomorrow for the final sample that shows a use for the latest Paper Pumpkin kit.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Halloween Fun class-Rice Krispie treat holder

My friend Linda came over one day last week and showed me this great treat holder she found on Pinterest posted by Lisa Rhine. It is so easy to create.

Cut your black card stock 2 by 11 inches and score at 5 and 6 inches.
It is now ready for the scalloped tag topper punch.

Cut the Rich Razzleberry 2 by 6 1/2 inches and score at 2,3,5 and 6 inches.  It wraps around the black and holds your treat inside.

Decorate any way you wish.  I used the Cookie Cutter Halloween and Spooky Fun stamp sets.  

Come back tomorrow to see another treat bag.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Halloween Fun class- Halloween Shaker card

 I am almost obsessed with making shaker cards so of course we have to do one for Halloween.  I punched out stars using the Confetti Stars border punch using the following colors.....

Delightful Dijon
Crushed Curry
Daffodil Delight
So Saffron
Gold Foil
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper

I wanted the circle and the shaker items to look like the moon.  This fun set is called Spooky Fun and has lots of fun items to use for fall or Halloween.  I especially like the rugged looking tree.

Come back tomorrow to see one of the treat holders we will be making at Halloween Fun.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Halloween Fun class-Ghoulish Grunge Halloween card

  When I saw the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set I knew I would be able to use it for Halloween, and maybe some other events.  I found a card on Pinterest that looked something like this and decided to feature it in my Halloween fun class.

Items included in this card.

Jar of Haunts stamp set
Ghoulish Grunge stamp set
Everyday Jars Thinlits
Real Red
Basic Black
Old Olive
Pumpkin Pie inks
Pumpkin Pie
Crushed Curry markers.

  This card class will be held at 12:30 or 6:30 on October 8th.  Anyone attending will be making 2 cards, and 3 treat holders.  In addition each attendee will receive a goodie bag full of Halloween items.

Come back tomorrow to see another card you can make at my Halloween Fun class.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Christmas Pines-Template Thursday

  Cards do not have to be complicated with a lot of details to be great ones.  This template today is very simple.

1. Background that is stamped or designer paper

2. Focal image in one of the corners.

3. Optional saying centered on the page.

  I am trying to use all the parts of the Christmas pines set.  There are 22 stamps and 13 Thinlits.  Wow!  That is quite a bargain in my book and they are available as a bundle.

  One thing I had fun with on this card was making the pine cone into a double layer.  Love how that came out.  

 For this card I wanted to make use of the tiny holly stamp and thought it would add just a little bit extra to the saying.  How did I get the back ground for the saying.

I punched out two Garden Green shapes using the Decorative Label punch cut each one in half and then attached them to the back of the saying.  

Come back tomorrow to see how you can totally use this Christmas stamp set for another season.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Christmas Pines-Wednesday Wow

For a Wow card I wanted to use only white and silver.  What do you think?  I love it!  What I think makes it really pop is the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer cardstock.  

1. I embossed the white card stock with the Pine Bough embossing folder.

2. Then I used my big shot precision plate to cut out the pine boughs from Silver Foil and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

3. The pine cones are cut from the Dazzling Diamonds and the bow is from the silver. 

4. To top it off I embossed the saying in silver.  

Come back tomorrow to see some new cards made using the same simple template.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Christmas Pines-Technique Tuesday

When I was using the Big Shot to cut out some pine branches I got a brain storm idea.  I thought it would be fun to try and spritz the branches and make a new card with that as my background paper.  

And here is the result.  I really liked the look I ended up with and even more that my brain storm idea actually worked.  So, if you ever start out with a wondering, just keep going and you never know what will  happen with your end results.

Come back tomorrow to see a WOW card made with this set.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Christmas Pines redu Miscellaneous Monday

  Last week was a week of technology issues.  I hope they are resolved and I can keep up with my blog this week.  I have decided to try another week with this lovely stamp set Christmas Pines.

Today I just used the stamps and they are as cool as the thinlits.  The pinecone can be a two step stamp.  I stamped the solid image in Crumb Cake, and the actual seed part of the cone in Chocolate Chip.  I might have chosen that particular brown because I made chocolate chip cookies last night and had them on my mind.

The branches are made with Garden Green and Always Artichoke.  The card is called a Z fold and will most likely be the topic of my next you tube video.  

Check back tomorrow when I show you a technique I used with some of the leftovers from cutting out branches with the thinlits.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Christmas Pines-Miscellaneous Monday

 I loved this set as soon as I saw it in the Holiday Catalog.  The feathery leaves were what drew me to the set.  This card was one featured at my Holiday Catalog Open House this past weekend.  I found it on Pinterest and it was designed by one of my favorites.....Mary Fish.  Don't you love that this Christmas set can be used for other than Christmas?

Come back tomorrow to see a technique I used with the left overs.

Friday, September 16, 2016

holiday Catalog Open House- Kits

The  first kit that you will be able to make a card from is called Stitched with Cheer.  There are 3 cards to choose from.  When I made up the stamples I realized these were no where near as hard to sew and I though they might be.

Here you stitch around the center star.  There is a paper provided to cover over your stitches so no one can see the working part of the card.

 Have trouble threading a needle, well, a needle threader and two needles with big eyes are provided.  SU thinks of everything.  

So which one is your favorite?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Catalog Open House-Christmas card

Have you figured out what is new on this card?

1. Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder  This embossing folder is amazing.  It is extra thick and only needs one cutting plate to emboss. When you are finished it looks as thick as a cable knit sweater does.  Love it!

2. The bows are from Pretty Pines thinlits, both sizes one on top of the other.

3. The saying from the set called Christmas Pines.  I wanted several colors in the saying and when I used markers on the back of the stamp they did nor turn out like I wanted.  So, I stamped the saying 3 times one in each different color and then cut and pasted.  I was happy with my final product.

4. The ribbon is from the Candy Cane bakers twine set.  It is white with metallic red thread twisted together.

Come back tomorrow to see the kits that will be on display.  Each person coming to the Open House will get to make one card, one tag and one decoration for a tree. Bring a friend and receive a gift certificate for product.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Holiday Catalog Open House-Christmas Card

How many items from the Holiday catalog are featured in this card?

1. The Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and matching punch called Holly Berry Builder punch.

2. Merry Christmas from the Forever Evergreen stamp set

3. Designer paper from the Presents and Pinecones paper set

You might wonder about the Holly embossing folder.  Well, it is actually from the annual catalog.  Something I missed the first time I looked through the catalog.

Come back tomorrow to see another Christmas card that features more new items from the Holiday catalog.