Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Circle Die Cut and Punches Size Comparison Chart

I have been taking the time better organize all my die cuts and punches... And realized that 1) I have a lot and 2) I am missing some important sizes for matting and layering. 

Here is the link to the *NEW* Size Chart Comparing Circle Die Cuts and Punches by Nestabilities, Stampin' Up!, and Sizzix. So... when you want a 2.5" diameter circle die cut, you know which set has it! (AKA no more hair-pulling frustrating moments!)

Here are pics of my new notebooks housing many of the dies or samples of ones I keep with my Stampin' Up Sets.

I started with those Avery small (5.5 x 8.5 ") notebooks, some dividers, and pocket pages to go with it. (The MS brand were all on sale at Staples, Yay!)

So many ways to be decorative. :)
Pretty! and so inspiring... Paris in the rain... ah...
Then I used the little pocket sleeves and magnetic strips I made from cutting up Magnetic Vent Covers- available at Amazon or at your local hardware store. 
MVCX512 Magnetic Vent Covers (5" X 12", 3-pk)

So many leafy vines, so little time... 
Sets of Dies with pretty cut outs to inspire me :)

If the die stays in it's original package or in with the stamp set that matches it, I am putting the cut out in the pocket with a label.

Then,  I keep the rest of the die cuts in boxes with easy viewing- I also have sample cut outs on the opposite side of where I can see the die cuts. (see last picture)

Friday, June 20, 2014

More catch up- my best of 2014 creations (so far)

This is what I made today!!! 

I was inspired by my friend Deidre's cute little three panel card that we made last week when we got together.. For the feet on the three panels- Warning! I killed my SU! Curly Label Punch by trying to punch too many layers of thick card stock. Sigh. So I ended up using a Spellbinders Labels One die set. Deidre used a longer piece of paper and was able to use the Decorative Label for the feet. I used one half sheet of a 8.5x11 chocolate chip paper, so the littler punch was necessary.

For the flowers, I used the new Flower Patch (photopolymer stamps) and matching Flower Fair dies. For the wonderful flamingo and the "Happy Day", I used the Flamingo Lingo stamp set (remember $3 goes to Ronald McDonald House with each purchase). (I bent the photopolymer stamp that says "BE YOU (TIFUL)" to shape the banner. And was able to use my old SU Spring Bouquet Flower punch for the little flower on the banner. Each flow

And the fox (or coon, or mouse, or.... ) says... 
I have been in love with the SU! Life in the Forest stamp set for months... and finally got it and made a card that I've been admiring online. So, thank you Catherine Pooler for your inspiration for my fox card!

I cut out the words in all the Just Sayin' word bubbles so I could put anything I want in them. For the Celebrate- I used the retired hostess set Express Yourself. I made the stripey tree with Raspberry ink on the Positively Chevron background stamp. The other papers are from the new Moonlight mini DSP stack.

This little wild flower wonder I saw demoed at the Rubber Stamping Convention (San Jose area) last spring. 
I tried out a new technique and used ink refills and mixed my own combos of inks on a homemade Cut-N-Dry Stamp and Felt Pad. The stamps are from 

I don't have the Work of Art stamp set yet, but I've caught the the water colorbug! Here's a simple card with some retired DSP (designer paper) and the new World of Dreams set with some sweet silhouettes and quick swipes with a wet paintbrush and a dab of the new 2014-2016 In Colors. ( I used Blackberry Bliss, 

Here are some cards I made and work-shopped with my stamping buddies this spring.

The You Make me Smile card is all current sets- Label Love, A Round Array, Daydream Medallions, Decortive Dots embossing folder. Sadly the Enjoy card is all retired now.
I got this idea from Lynda Lee to split two stamp set to make Your're (it used to say You're Amazing") and Wonderful. The design is from Mosaic Madness.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Catch up time... and some pics of my 2013 Fall and Winter cards

So... I finally have  minute to breath and catch up (is that even possible?)... So I'm going to post some of the cards I designed or modified for my demos this past year. Enjoy!
(PS most everything is Stampin Up!)

From last Fall:

The flower above is with homemade DSP (Designer paper) and the leaf is made with sponging colors and scoring the veins.

From last year around the holidays:

Here are a couple of the shoulder strap shopping bags I made for folks last year.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lovely Ladies Dreaming of European Travel

My favorite day of the month is 1st Thursday because I get to spend 3 hours stamping and creating with a wonderful group of women who love paper crafting as much as I. This month it was my turn to do the "demo" (that means I design the card, bring the supplies and everyone follows my recipe). So... I kept with my love of the Stampin Up Dress Up Framelit theme and created 4 sample cards, brought all my travel stamps and a handful of sayings. We used Glossy white photo paper and my favorite black ink: Versafine Black (82 Onyx Black) for the stamping and a handful of old Stampin Up designer paper for the dresses. Happy face feeling!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Stampin w Makani

I've caught the stampin bug again (yay). Here are some of the goodies from last few months...
(PS I even signed up (finally) as a Stampin Up demonstrator... so if you want SU goodies, let me know)
I love these butterflies... With the stamp, pens,
and the punch, it's so easy to bust out a bunch.

This card is dedicated to Colleen,
my most patient, sweet, intelligent, and
creative friend...
(PS I think I am in love with the
Stampin Up Dress Up Framelit)

CaSEd the colors and layout. They just
pop so perfectly. Happy card.
I stamped the meadow flowers inside the card.
Very nice.

I love this card. CaSEd from the web...
used Not Quite Navy
(a color I will miss)

CaSEd card- love it's simplicity

The coloring was kind of hard... but the card
is so pretty. :)

Kitty wanted to make two seahorses face each other
(tails intertwined) for her anniv card for Michael...
She did it by stamping a mirror image on the a clear block)
Awww , sweet.

I love my new Lacy & Lovely stamp.
Goes great with Hello Doily.

I made this for Rory- this JT quote is from one of our favorite songs. 

This one was designed by Lynda.
The minion is me and how I feel about her (I like her better that bananas!)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's really Owl Fun!

Lynda has me convinced that the SU owl punch can be converted into or dressed up into anything!

Colleen and I came up with the Christmas owls.

Batty owls are thanks to Ms. Owl Genius herself, Lynda.

And I had a blast creating little owls getting dressed for Halloween, imagining their moms and dads shoving their heads into masks and little wings into capes. Tell me what you think!

PS. I posted the how to's and some other cards on my SCS gallery. Check it out:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Flowers for Elizabeth

I lost a friend and a co-worker 10 days ago. She was one of the main recipients of my creative projects. Her smile and sense of humor were the gratitude I loved to get from her when I brought her what-ever-holiday card it was for the month. Her bulletin board was covered by old and new cards made by me. I will miss her.

So, this weekend, I made a goal to construct 3D flowers. My favorite is the heirloom rose that looked just like the one I cut from my garden. (Stampin Up Punches used: Fancy Flower, an old snowflake style, Boho Flowers and I corrugated a trimmed oval for the leaves)For the rose color: I sponged Orchid Opulence ink on a dusty rose cardstock from Creative Memories. I thank my friend Terri-Lynn for the idea to make the little rose buds and to use the snowflake for the green part. Although, we thought it might work better on a strawberry. That will be another day.

PS. And please, everyone, always wear a safety belt. And NEVER take it off when the car is moving.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

More Wonderful stamps to choose from!

I joined The Angel Company Stamping Company!
Yes, It's true. I just had to have access to these incredibly cute stamps. Check it all out at It's a amazing time right now: It's called Stamp-Pa-Palooza. But this year they are offering Triple Benefits~ you can get triple the hostess and gift with purchase gifts! Look at the deals at

To celebrate the event- here are some Cow Cards.... (TAC An Udder Birthday? )

Monday, September 20, 2010

CTMH party with Becky

I had fun playing with some Close to My Heart (CTMH) stamps at Becky's last week.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

SCS challenges made me do it

I realize I need some structure... So thank goodness to the challenges. Here are a few I did for the SC297 (a given layout) and IC249 (Cost Plus Market pillow inspired).