Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!! My Digital Studio Halloween Owl Punch Card

Halloween Owl-001


My Digital Studio makes it so easy to create any kind of cards or scrapbook pages!  Here's an easy one I created in minutes in My Digital Studio by choosing a template in the program and just changing the background paper and colors. From any occasion to Halloween in minutes!  And then if you like, you can make the same card the traditional way with paper and embellishments and punches!  

Have a fun, happy and safe Halloween!!!




St. Louis Cardinals World Series Parade!

What a fun time to get to go with family to see the parade downtown for the St. Louis Cardinals, the new World Series Champions!! We got to our spot by Union Station just as the parade was starting.  It was pretty hard to get good photos of the parade and players, but if you are a Cardinal fan, perhaps you will recognize some of them.  At least I got a good picture of the Rally Squirrel! The Clydesdales led the parade with manager Tony LaRussa riding on the wagon.  Don't think I got a picture of Lance Berkman but he rode by early on, a former Houston Astro. I even saved some of the red and white confetti for a souvenir!


Walking to the parade. You can see the crowds of Cardinal red along the curb up ahead.  That's the old Union Station on the right with the red roof and of course the St. Louis Arch up ahead.  You can just about see the Old Courthouse at the base of the arch by the flag.


You can barely see the Clydesdale horses pulling this wagon. Manager Tony LaRussa is the one in the red jacket with his back to the camera on the wagon.


John Jay


Arthur Rhodes



What a view!


Lance Lynn


Kyle Loshe



Adron Chambers


Kyle McClellan


Albert Pujols


Rally Squirrel




Daniel Descalso





Gerald Laird

And then dinner on The Hill at Guido's with delicious St. Louis toasted ravioli (that nobody understands anywhere else!), a pizza, and a glass of chianti! Fabulous day!

A Week of Halloween–Top Note Halloween Album

It's fun to make a little album with the Top Note die , especially for Halloween.  Here I used Halloween paper from last year to make a little album for my niece and her grandma to make a little Halloween scrapbook mini album. Just cut out your page shapes from chipboard and paper and decorate to your heart's content!

Top Note Halloween Album Cover

Top Note Halloween Album

Top Note Halloween Album 2

Top Note Halloween Album 3

Top Note Halloween Album 4

Top Note Halloween Album 5

Top Note Halloween Album 6

A Week of Halloween–Peekaboo Frames Halloween Boo Card

Peekaboo Frames Halloween Card

Love the new Peekaboo Frames die for making a Halloween card!  Here is a card I copied from someone and then really had fun decorating the inside!  Oops, guess I forgot to take a photo with the peekaboo frames open, to reveal eyeballs inside!

Halloween card Inside


And here is the inside of the Halloween Peekaboo card with a greeting from Grateful Greetings and ghosts punched from hearts.  I added some Dazzling Details to the spider web on the front, made from a textured embossing folder.  My little niece loved it!

A Week of Halloween–Halloween Cookies with the Stampin’ Up! Cookie Stamp

Don't try this when you're supposed to be getting ready for a trip….but be that as it may, I really like the new Stampin' Up! Cookie Stamps! There are recipes enclosed in the box.  I'm just rolling the dough into balls, rolling in extra sugar, dipping the stamp into sugar, and then pressing into the ball of dough!  The batter tastes good so I think the cookies will, too!  Be sure to put these on your next order!

Cookie stamp

Stamped cookies

Baked cookies

A Week of Halloween–Halloween Pennant Scrapbook Page

Halloween SB 2011-001

If you need a Halloween scrapbook page, here's one I made in My Digital Studio from a birthday-type template in the program.  But if you don't have My Digital Studio, all you have to do is make it the traditional way with the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper #122351 and a few punches and embellishments.

***This is the last week for the FREE Big Shot for signing up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  What a great deal for starting your own business!  Contact me at if you would like more information.

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A Week of Halloween–Halloween Fancy Favor Bag

Halloween Fancy Favor Bag


The Bigz Fancy Favor Die for the Big Shot is so useful for all sorts of projects.  Here I have a made a cute little Halloween Fancy Favor Bag (or box). Just fill it with some crinkled paper and a Halloween treat and decorate the outside how you like.

Supplies I used:

Stamps:  Wicked Cool, Sooky Bingo Bits

Ink:  Stazon Black, Wisteria Wonder, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green

Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Fancy Favor Die, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponge, Paper Snips, Paper Piercer


I crumbled and sponged the First Edition DSP with several colors of ink. For the pumpkin I punched the 1 3/4" circle and the placed the punched oval over the center.  For the pumpkin vines, I cut slivers of card stock and curled around my paper piercer.  Just stamp and cut out the witch's feet!

Just have fun with it!  For stamping supplies, order here.

A Week of Halloween–Trick or Treat Card

I got the idea for this Halloween card from a sample in a magazine.  The Stampin' Up! set Spooky Bingo Bits is just perfect for this card design. I used Glossy White card stock  #102599 for the card base and for the tag. The greeting is from Grateful Greetings.   Love that set!

Trick or Treat Halloween Card

And here is the inside of the card, the greeting also from Grateful Greetings.

Trick or Treat Halloween Card inside

If you need to order either of these stamp sets or maybe some Glossy White card stock, just go to my website and place your order.  Or email me at and I can help you. You will have so much fun with Spooky Bingo Bits!

Be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator…Get Your Free Big Shot Before Oct. 31

Big Shot Promo
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Only one more week to take advantage of probably the best recruiting promotion Stampin' Up! has ever had!!  If you want to make a little extra money, if you want to start your own booming business, if you love stamping, scrapbooking, and/or papercrafting in general, then Stampin' Up! is the place for you!  Join our group of demonstrators and find out how far you can go with your own business! Creativity and skill not even required! Stamping is the easiest craft to learn, and you can tailor your business to your personality.

Please check out this great incentive to join Stampin' Up!  Let me answer your questions if you have any so that you can make the best decision for you! October 31 is next Monday so time is flying!!

Read all about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator (don't you love the sound of that?!).

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All you have to do to join is to go HERE and click on the "Join Now" button on the left!

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A Week of Halloween–Petite Pocket Halloween Treat

The Petite Pocket Bigz Die is a new one this year, and now that I have finally played with it, I think I am loving it!  You can make cute little gift card holders, cards, candy holders, treats for any occasion with it!  Here is a Petite Pocket Halloween Treat that I just made.

Petite Pocket Halloween Treat

I started by die-cutting a piece of Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper #124001.  It's about 10 inches long.

Petite Pocket Pick Your Poison

Folded up and decorated, with a little pull-out card inside, this is what it looks like.

Petite Pocket Halloween Treat card


Do you know how I made the ghosts?  I punched a heart and then cut it in half!  The features are just colored in with a black marker. The Scallop Oval Punch #119856 is placed and glued so that it holds the flap shut behind it.  Only put glue at the bottom of the oval.  The letters are die cut with the Naturally Serif Decorative Strip Die #113453.

The little pull-out card you can either cut with the die cut and trim down a hair or just cut something narrow that will fit inside.  It is stamped with images from Spooky Bingo Bits and the greeting from Grateful Greetings.  For a little tab to pull out, I punched a 1" circle, folded in half and stapled on with a little bit of ribbon.


Petite Pocket Halloween Treat Card open

Try this Petite Pocket Die!  It really holds lots of possibilities!

Tea Light Birthday Cake and Gift Box

The first time I saw these tea lights turned into little cakes I thought they were the CUTEST things! So when I wanted just a little something for a friend to celebrate her belated birthday, I thought this would be perfect!

Tea Light Birthday Cake in Box

Tea Light Birthday Cake and Box

Tea Light Birthday Cake

These little tea light birthday cakes are so easy to make and so much fun!  You can pick the LED tea lights almost anywhere these days for pretty cheap.  Then just decorate with a 5" x 3/4" strip of paper around the side.  Punch a 1 3/4" Scallop Circle for the top.  To get it over the light bulb, you have to punch a hole in the center and cut little slits. You can make a template first if you want by folding a scallop circle in half, half again and half again and then snipping the point which is the center….or draw lines across the scallop to see where they intersect in the center.  Then use Paper Snips or a hobby knife to cut the little slits.

For the flowers and leaves, I used the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, the Boho Blossom Punch and the Bird Builder Punch.  Then I added some rhinestones and pearls to the flowers.  Put a little Scallop Border on the side of the cake if you want.  I added some Dazzling Details, the new irridescent glitter glue in the Holiday Mini to the scallop border.  

If you need some birthday cake ideas, get some tea lights and try this! Really cute! It's an easy birthday cake to make and you can make cakes for all occasions!  Have fun!

Pennant Parade Christmas Tree Card

Pennant Parade Silver Christmas Tree Card

The stamp set "Pennant Parade" and the matching punch "Petite Pennants" work together to make a great Christmas card. I'm not sure how I got red Christmas trees, but I was envisioning the red alongside the Silver Glimmer Paper!  Oh well!  The card still looks Christmas-y for sure! You can see a little extra ink from the edge of the tiny star stamp….but it almost looks like glow lines from the star so maybe I'll just add some on the other side!  As I heard someone say the other day, if you have a mistake it lets the person know it is truly handmade! But since there are no mistakes in stamping, I can probably "fix" my boo boo somehow!

For my Convention swap, I just eyeballed things, but today I did use my Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049 to get everything placed where I wanted.  It's a great tool to have on hand because you WILL use it.

As I've said before, the Silver Glimmer Paper #124005 is so beautiful but a photograph just doesn't do it justice.  You'll want it!


Stamps:  Pennant Parade #122740w, #122742c

Paper:  Old Olive, Real Red, and Shimmery White #101910 card stock, Silver Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Old Olive, Real Red, Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Petite Pennants Builder Punch #122361, 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon #109034, Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049

Pick out some easy Christmas card designs you like and make a few cards! Send them to those on your list who are "worthy"!

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps from Stampin’ Up!

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!! Who would have thought that besides talking about stamps, paper and ink we would also be talking about baking at Stampin' Up!?

We were surprised at Convention last summer to hear that the cookie stamps would be coming out!  We even got to sample them at lunch one day when Stampin' Up! gave us a surprise dessert!  What fun!

Listen to Shelli's daughter, Sara, talk about the new Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps. I'm putting them on my order today and can't wait to try them! Yum!

"Take your love of stamping into the kitchen! Create fun and tasty stamped cookies for any occasion. Fit a silicone stamp over the bottom of the wooden handle and press into dough—it's that easy! Let the kids help! Food-safe, easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Each set includes 3 silicone stamps, 1 handle, and 2 great cookie recipes."

To order your Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps just add #125152 to your order!  Better pick up some extras for gifts, too!


Start Your Own Business! Join Stampin’ Up! and Get a Card!

Join Stampin' Up! Card

Want to get this card….or a similar one?  Just become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator on my team and I'll send you one!

Start your own business and be your own boss! Can you imagine how fun it is to HAVE to stamp and create and get together with other stampers for your JOB?!  

Join now in October and get a free Big Shot from Stampin' Up! (or $100 in product) after you purchase your Starter Kit.  Starter Kits are customizable…you can choose another color of ink or choose another stamp set other than the recommendation.  You can choose the Standard Starter Kit or the Digital+ Starter Kit. Check out this Stampin' Up! Starter Kit Order Form.

Ask me any questions you may have.  When you are ready, you can sign up online at my website….then just click the "Join Now" button on the left and become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in minutes! They will email you your demonstrator number and you will be ready to start your own rubber stamping and scrapbooking business…in whatever form you want to take it.

Want more information?  Just contact me at It's that easy!!

You can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator any time, but during October is the best time because you get a free Big Shot, which we all love! Think about it!  Offer ends October 31, 2011.  

Don't wait until Halloween night!

My Digital Studio Batty for You Card

My Digital Studio Halloween Batty for You Card

Copyright Stampin' Up! 2011

Part of the fun of My Digital Studio projects is that they literally only take minutes to make…..OR you can work for hours on one if you want to.  In this case, I just used a designer card for Halloween already made up, but changed a few things.  I added the sentiment on the front, the brads and the tree in the background.  Very easy!

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An Alternate Way to Trick or Treat This Halloween

Happy Halloween Door

Looking for a different, safer way to have your children trick or treat this Halloween with the neighbors and their friends? Here is an older post I did in 2009 explaining something we did for a few years with our kids. It takes a little bit of planning so you need to get started….really just contacting your friends and/or neighbors and planning the route you will take! Parents and children all go together so it is fun for the whole family….and a chance to visit with your neighbors!

Here is the link to my previous post:

It sounds crazy and confusing, but it really works….and most of all, it is FUN!!  Let me know if you try it!

Spooky Halloween Tree Card

Spooky Halloween Tree Card

This Spooky Halloween Tree card was so much fun to make!  I used Glossy White card stock #102599 so that I could do lots of sponging of color. I wanted a big moon in the sky so the silhouette of the tree would show.

The way you make the moon is with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch #120906 and post-it notes….or at least some sort of circle stencil. I punched a hole in a post-it note with some sticky on the back.  First I placed the punched-out piece down like a stencil to color in the moon.  I used a sponge and several colors of yellow classic ink with a touch of Pumpkin Pie.  Then I removed the stencil piece and stuck on the circle I had punched as a mask to cover the moon I had just sponged.  That way I could sponge the background sky without getting ink on the moon. I just used different blues…I think Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy…with a little Pumpkin Pie thrown in and maybe some yellow.

Next I stamped the tree from Season of Friendship #111776, the bats and the word "spooky" from Wicked Cool #120600 (clear).  The owl I stamped in Chocolate Chip from Spooky Bingo Bits #123946 (clear) and cut him out with my Paper Snips. The Halloween greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

It was really fun to play with all those colors and doing the sponging.  So if you need some Halloween stamping supplies, be sure to go to my Online Store HERE and place your order!

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Wednesday–Stampin’ Up! Hispanic Opportunity Call

Don't forget….if you are interested in being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the Hispanic market, Stampin' Up! holds special calls on any Wednesday to discuss Stampin' Up! and the business opportunity with an opportunity for questions at the end.

The calls are held every Wednesday in both English and Spanish:

  • 11:00 AM (MT) for English
  • 4:00 PM (MT) for Spanish

To participate, simply call 877-787-7226 (toll free) at the appropriate time.

Be sure to check out the Big Shot opportunity for new Stampin' Up! demonstrators during October!!

You can sign up to be a demonstrator when you are ready on my website HERE. Just click the "Join Now" button on the left side of that page!

Spooky Ghost Gift Bag For Halloween

Grab one of those paper gift bags you have and let's make a spooky ghost gift bag for Halloween! You might want to take a hostess gift to a Halloween party or maybe someone has a Halloween birthday. There are so many fun Halloween ideas out there you should use them whenever you can!

Spooky Ghost Halloween Gift Bag

Here's how I made the Halloween gift bag.  It was a total accident!! My plan was to make one of those medallions or lollies out of Halloween paper, perhaps sticking it on a bag.  I wanted to try scoring the Halloween paper and folding up part of it to get a two-toned medallion. I was doing that and after glueing the two scored strips together and flattening it, trying to push it together in the center, I got this oval shape and thought why not do something with that?!

Here is the scored Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper #122351. I made two strips, each 12" x 2 1/2" and scored at every 1/2". ( I should have cut ONE strip 12" x 5" and cut in half later!) Then I turned the paper in my Simply Scored #122334 and scored at 3/4" to get the edge I would fold over. Love the Simply Scored!!!

Frightful Sight DSP Scored

Frightful Sight DSP close up

After I got the two strips glued together and played around with the shape I wanted, I turned it over and used Sticky Strip #104294 to hold it in shape on the back side.  The scissors is just holding it down in place. It is not glued to the bag yet, I'm just fitting it around the ghost to get the proper shape.  The ghost I made with the Owl Punch #118074….punch out the owl, cut off its feet and turn it upside down! Make his face with punched pieces or draw them in.

Sticky Strip on Medallion Back

Take off all the Sticky Strip red covering and stick to the bag centering the ghost, which is already glued down on a black piece of card stock.

Ghost Bag front

There's still plenty of time to order paper and stamping supplies for Halloween projects!  Just go to my website at and click the "Shop Now" button!


This Is How To Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

Stampin' Up! Starter Kits

Images copyright Stampin' Up! 2011

The standard Starter Kit includes

  • Four complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge  
  • Assortment of Designer Series Paper and card stock
  • White envelopes (40)
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Always Bird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Color Coach
  • Cupcake Punch
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools 

The Digital+ Starter Kit includes

  • My Digital Studio digital designing software
  • His & Hers Digital Content Collection DVD
  • One clear-mount stamp set (including a clear-mount block)
  • Assortment of card stock
  • Note cards and envelopes (20)
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads  
  • Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Brights Designer Buttons
  • Always Bird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender Pen
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools 

Choose the Starter Kit that best matches your stamping and paper-crafting interests, and get over $340 of Stampin' Up!'s high-quality products for just $175.


With all the talk about the fantastic offer of a free Big Shot when you sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during this month of October, I thought you might like more detail on what that entails.

After gathering all the information you need to make your decision to join Stampin' Up! (you can start HERE and ask ME!), you will purchase the Starter Kit for $175.  The quickest and easiest way to do this is online at my website HERE.  Just click the "Join Now" button on the left. Stampin' Up! will email you your "demo number" and you are set to start your own stamping business!  You just have to wait for your kit to arrive shortly!

You choose between two kits….the Standard Starter Kit (with lots of traditional stamping supplies) or the Digital+ Starter Kit (which comes with My Digital Studio software and a few traditional stamping supplies). Each kit is customizable on almost all items so, for example, if you would rather have different colors of ink pads than the suggested ones, you can change that in your kit.

    Here is a link to the Standard Starter Kit form. Click HERE.

    Here is a link to the Digital+ Starter Kit form.  Click HERE.

Then if you like, you can order optional add-on kits for scrapbooking (Stampin' Memories) and for the Definitely Decorative Line.

You will also receive catalogs and business supplies in your kit.

So there you have it!!  It's so easy to join Stampin' Up! and what a great way to start your own business for extra cash, a new career, or just your own stamping pleasure!  Let me know what questions you have!