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This is a star ornament I made out of Designer paper. I made it from my friend Laura whose birthday is this week.

Designer StarMy stamping buddies

A few of my stamping buddies met at Laura’s house for lunch and a little stamping and to celebrate Laura’s birthday. Cathy brought a shoe box with beautiful snowflake card for us to stamp. Left to right (Cathy, Laura, Lois, Sam). I met Laura at a rubber stamping class and I hosted my first and only Stampin’ Up! workshop in August of 2004 with her, she talked me into signing up as a demo and the rest is history. There are so many things I love about stamping but I think the absolute best is that I’ve made such wonderful women friends though stamping.

Your cat’s favorite place to nap is a Stampin’ Up! box.
You know you are a Stampin’ Up! Demo when:

Each month at the Pebble Creek Posse meeting we hold a Stamp Set Card swap.  The stamp set chosen for October was:  Season of Joy.

If you click on the photo you will see the creator of each.

Note:  some are missing the creators…I need to get sorted out with who did what since not all were marked.

Season of JoySeason of JoySeason of Joy
Season of JoySeason of JoySeason of JoySeason of JoyMerry & BrightSeason of Joy

Scalloped Turkey Card

You can’t see it on my scan but the word “gobble” from Pictograms Stamp set is stamped below the turkey’s feet.

I did this card for Carmel…I’ve only been telling her for a year that I’d make here a punched turkey.

tubey Christmas Ornament

Have I ever mentioned the quote I saw somewhere: “A hobby is just another from of mental illness”?

I think there may be some validity to that statement…in addition to my recent pine tree obsession I now am on a star search. Not the media version of stars but the paper version.

You see, last year I had a class on making 6 point stars out of the beautiful Stampin’ Up!® Designer paper. After the class was over I just couldn’t bear to throw away the paper scraps so I gathered them all up and rolled them into tight little tubes and put them inside glass ball Christmas ornaments. Tonight as I was reading my email there was a discussion on the group I belong to about making the stars. That lead me to Julie Buhler’s web site where she had a tutorial on making the stars. I decided it would be nice to post my paper tubey Christmas ornaments here…so at 9:15PM I’m climbing around in my closet looking for my ornaments. I thought they were in my box of “anything but a card” but oh woe is me…I actually put them away with the other Christmas ornaments. Since I need a bigger ladder to get to the shelf with the Christmas ornaments…I devised an alternative plan.

I still have loads of little triangle scraps left from the stars we made last year…they are on a low shelf, I found some left over glass ornaments in my “anything but a card” box…so I think, shoot I’ll just roll a bunch of these little scraps and make an ornament tonight to post on my blog. So in between typing this I’m rolling little paper tubes! I picked the smallest glass ball I had so there is still some sort of rational thought going on in my brain. Then tomorrow I’ll post photos of last years stars, so if you weren’t part of the star making class last year you can see them.

Who knows this may be a new Christmas decorating tradition with me…make stars from the latest holiday designer paper, roll a bunch of little tubes for the Christmas ornaments and then have a Stampin’ Up! Christmas tree.

Stand by while I roll more little tubes.

Update. Didn’t take all that long so here you have it…one more Christmas ornament done and the only injury was a paper cut!

Scalloped Turkey

One of my fellow SUDSOLer, Carol Taggart posted this scalloped turkey the other day on our demo web site. I just love him to pieces. He does have that deer in the headlights look though…wonder if he knows he is on the menu?

The gobble stamp is from the pictograms stamp set…this was the first stamp set I ordered from the Fall/Winter catalog…as it was my absolute favorite of all the new stamp sets…doesn’t take much to get me excited about stamps! There is so much stuff in our Stampin’ Up! catalog it seems like every time I open the book there is something there I hadn’t noticed. These pocket notes are hidden away on page 169. Comes with the cutest envelops.

Its not too soon to be thinking about making your valentine creations….give me a call/email and we can schedule a workshop to use these and other little note cards that are particularly fun for Valentines day.

Viola Wine Topper

This was what I made for my 3 dimensional swap for the Stampin’ Up convention in July 2007. Since this is a scan you’ll have to use your imagination on how it looks on a wine bottle. I did it as part of my gifties class last week. I think it would be really a fun way to present a wine bottle as a hostess gift when you are invited out to dinner. If you’d like to see the details of what I used to make this click on the photo and then next page will have them.

I got the idea of a paper wine topper from a magazine. I immediately thought of the little chef in the Viola Stamp Set as the perfect way to convert the topper pattern into something stamped.

Today when I was checking out the Stampin’ Up! demo web site I saw a very similar version of my wine topper on the Showcase Gallery. I wonder if the person who did it got the idea from my swap. I’d like to think so since I’ve gotten so many good ideas from the people I swapped with.

Fast & Fun Hedgehog

While I was getting over my pine tree fiasco today I found this really cute card by Michele Boyer, so I decided to try out her technique of using mini glue dots to pop out his ear and the butterfly…the dreaded glue dots….(my students will know what I mean). This is my version of her card.

I’m not even going to show you what I did to this poor pine tree today.  Just let me say stamping over the top of watercolored pine tree with night of navy ink doesn’t do much even if you stamp off first.  Never even got to the glitter that I had planned to add.

Day 2: Took my pine tree cards and a few of my “oppsie” attempts at the trees to my class on Thursday. My students, bless their hearts, thought they looked just great…I don’t think they were just being kind as several of them were taking notes on how it was done. Guess they aren’t all that bad after all.

Day 3: I have over 300 views of my pine trees on SUDSOL and have gotten several comments from – looks fine, leave it alone to “try this.” Later today when I get the top of my stamping table cleaned off so I have a spot to stamp I’m going to make another set of pine trees….by now this has turned into a pine tree obsession. I’m going to try a couple of the recommendations I received. So stand by to see the results.

BTW. Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite stamp sets. When I look at my sample card sets this one has the most cards I’ve made from it from any of the other of **** stamp sets that I have (***I read somewhere that a hobby is just another form of mental illness…looking at how many stamp set I have perhaps that isn’t far off).

Maybe this set is the first one that I should scan and put in a photo gallery of my cards…I’ve been meaning to do that. Shoot I don’t need to sleep!

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