Category Archives: Stampin’ UP! Designs

Happy Thanksgiving


In the spirit of quality time with my family, I’m posting one of my favorite cards ever that I created last Thanksgiving.  This was shortly after I discovered Copic Markers. The image is an older Stampin’ Up! From 2000-2002ish called Bountiful Blessings. It’s stamped on Poison Ivory and accented with a glitter pen. There’s still time to enter for Copic and Cupcake blog candy on my blog and over at Sharon’s. See yesterday’s post for the details.

Here’s hoping your day is filled with lots of laughter, many, many blessings and even more  cornbread dressing. Happy Thanksgiving!

WSC64: Sympathy’s Song


Probably my favorite Stampin’ Up! set ever, Natural Beauty, was my go to set this morning. I think it will be in my collection forever.  I’ll be sending this to some friends at church today. I’ll hope it brings a sense of comfort.


Beate’s sketch went together quickly today. That was probably out of necessity as it’s another crazy Friday. I’m anxious to check out Sharon, Mary Jo, Laurie, Jenn, Charmaine, Cambria and Beate to see what they’ve thrown together today. 🙂

I’m going to leave you with the details. The label was created by inking the actual label die with Pearlescent Brilliance ink before cutting and embossing. This gives you a ‘frame’ so to speak where the dry embossed edge is. The bird was colored with Copics and AirBrushed with Copic RV10. I have to run, so if you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to answer you.

  • Stamps: Aged Music Scrapblock (Cornish Heritage Farms) & Natural Beauty (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Cardstock: Simply Smooth Vanilla (Prism), Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up!) and Sultry (Basic Grey)
  • Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger)
  • Accs: Label One & Large Rectangle Scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copic Markers (E31, E33, RV10), Copic Airbrush System, ribbon (Beaux Regards)

CC185: Thank You


I love it when I get to do Splitcoast Challenges. The colors in today’s challenge are just gorgeous together, and I finally got to play again with some new stuff that arrived from the Stampin’ Up! catalog. I don’t know how those boxes just keep showing up around here…I’m sure none of you can relate. Here is Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla with one of my favorite SU! sets, Fabulous. I had a lot of fun using my Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities for the bottom edge and slanted border and the new Curvy Label punch from SU!

I’ve got some work to do today, so I’ll keep this short, but I’ll be back tomorrow with the blog candy I promised last week. Have a great evening!

WSC57: New Stampin’ Up!


About every 2 weeks for the last few months, Wes goes out to check his trail camera and deer stand. The season doesn’t open until November, but it’s somewhat of a big deal around here, similar to dove season in Texas. So, Wes will bring in the memory card from the motion sensitive  camera, and the girls and I gather around the computer to see what has happened out there over the last few weeks. We ‘ooh and aah’ for Wes when we see a nice buck flash on the screen. Pop the popcorn, friends, we’re big time excitement here in Missouri!

This set, Nature’s Silhouette, was the first thing I chose from the new Stampin’ Up! fall catalog. I normally don’t purchase stamps because they make me think of Wes, but he often says something similar to this when he’s begging off to go hunting. I don’t know to many church going women who don’t swoon when their man starts talking about worship and God and stuff. 😉

My first SU! catalog order arrived this week. I wish a little sunshine (for a cleaner picture) would have come along with it. The tree and the grass on the main image were colored with Tombow makers. The sky is airbrushed with my Copic Marker system. The deer is stamped in Close to Cocoa. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip Craft ink. I always switch to pigment or craft ink when I’m working with non-neutral cardstock. Felt ribbon and hardware are from the new SU! catty, as well.

I’ve got another card to write up for sweet Taylor, so I’ll leave you with links for more sketch-spiration, sign off here and be back in a few.

More takes on Beate’s sketch: Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, MaryJo and sweet Sharon.

  • Stamps: Nature Silhouette (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Cardstock: Suede Dark Brown, Willow Medium (Prism) & Soft Sky
  • Ink: Cocoa & Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Accs: Tombow Markers, Copic Airbrush for sky, hardware & felt ribbon (Stampin’ Up!)

SU! Swap: Dreams


When my friend Jami asks you to swap, you swap…. I {heart} that woman! This was my card for her Catalog Preview Swap hosted at Splitcoaststampers.

This is a new set from the Stampin’ Up! catalog called Dream du Jour. The card is tri-fold. The Robin Hood Red flap opens up and the plaid flap opens down. The plaid paper is from a new Stampin’ Up! paper pack called Bella Rose. The circular image was stamped with Timber Brown StazOn and colored with re-inker and an Aqua Painter. It’s sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. Pearls from the Pretties Kit and Taffeta Ribbon finish it off. I’m expecting that new SU! catalog to find it’s way to my mailbox just any ole day, and it will be Diet Coke and lounge chair time, for sure! when that happens. Hey, who am I to mess with an 8 year old tradition?

Thanks for hanging with me over the last quiet week or so. We spent 5 days at the lake (I’ll post what I colored while relaxing tomorrow.), and I’ve been busy catching up. I’m expecting my blogging to be back to a regular schedule when school starts in just 10 days – yippee! (did I say that out loud?) Tomorrow is also Divine Design, so I’ll see you then! Have a great night!

WSC52: Vintage SU!


So, I adore all the little berry and floral Lockhart images that Sharon teases me with all the time, but I hadn’t had time to go through the agony of choosing and ordering yet. Then, my mom shows up with her 3rd (literally) load of stuff for a garage sale this weekend, and she has this adorable little Stampin’ Up! set from 1997 called Country Greetings.

I’m supposed to be purging, but I snatched it right up. It has a basket of berries, a cat, the quilt block and a few other things in the case. Of course, my mom isn’t an SU! purist, and there are some other stamps from other sets <gasp> mixed in the case. While I’m supposed to be clearing stuff out, I’ve decided that it’s ok….I can find a place to tuck this one little ole set.

This is for Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge, and I’m going to leave you to visit Beate, Cami, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon for other inspirations while I peddle my old junk all in the name of new stamp room furniture. Have a great weekend!

  • Stamps: Country Greetings (SU! 1997), Polka Dot Scrapblock™, Pretty Pattern Backgrounder – both from Cornish Heritage Farms

  • Cardstock: Sunflower Medium, Spring Willow Medium, Desert Coral Light Prism

  • Ink: Espresso Adirondack

  • Accs: Ribbon – May Arts from Jacksonbelle, Copic Markers, Dew Drops

WSC50: Everything


I’m underneath a mountain of laundry and unopened mail as we’ve had a busy, busy week at the Craig house, so I’m keeping the blah, blah to a bare minimum. This is a super fast card for my sweet hubby who has really helped me this week! Hope you have a wonderful, restful weekend.

You can see lots of inspiration if you visit Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Laurie Schmidlin, Mary Jo Albright and Sharon Harnist.

  • Stamps: Everything – Stampin’ Up!

  • Cardstock: Brown linen – Archivers, Spring Willow Light Prism, Poison Ivory

  • Ink: VersaMagic Dew Drops: Jumbo Java & Gingerbread, Tsukineko Glue Pad

  • Accs: Build a Brad, lace (Making Memories), Glitter

Whoo! hoo!


Having been an Stampin’ Up! demo for 7 years, I have done my share of swap cards. The hours of cutting and stamping…cutting, cutting, cutting… I don’t do too much swapping these days. But a few of my favorite hostesses, still tug at my heart strings when they open new SU! swaps. Jami and Lisa Martz are wonderful hostesses.  I simply can’t resist playing because the day the envie comes back…it’s like Christmas!

So, here is my contribution to the Occassions Mini swap for each of them. With no duplicate swappers (I hope!) I did the same design for both of them. I LOVE this owl, and I used it because Jami told me to! LOL! I do most things Jami tells me to! LOL! Anyway, I cut out about 30 of these little guys. He’s easy to color, his belly begs for glitter and the sentiment is adorable! 

  • Stamps: Just Celebrate, Pretty Amazing and Paisley BG – Stampin’ Up!

  • Cardstock: Soft Sky and Close to Cocoa with Cocoa Designer Paper – Stampin’ Up!

  • Ink: Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa and Timber Brown StazOn

  • Accs: Scallop Punch & Dazzling Diamonds, AquaPainter

 It’s Bible Study day and the kids are out of school early! I sure hope I can squeeze a little stampin’ in! Have a wonderful day!

Jami’s Swap


It’s officially past time for me to share my Jami-swap. 🙂 Jami swaps ROCK, but she runs a tight ship.  Last night Jami I got to have dinner with Jami! I got to pick up my swaps, in person. They are wonderful! I posted the springboard idea for this card a few weeks back in Bordering Blue with LOTS more brads. 🙂

  • Stamps: Paisley BG and Spring Song – Stampin’ UP!

  • Cardstock: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Ivory

  • Ink: Really Rust, Timber Brown StazOn

  • Accs: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Key Tag Punch, Vanilla Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware

Today most of my friends and roomies arrive at CHA, and I am going to a COPIC marker training  event. Enjoy your Saturday!

WSC32: Song of Spring


I loved Beate‘s sketch for today, and it was the perfect time to practice for a swap that I need to complete…by today. This is the first set that I purchased from the new Stampin’ UP! Spring Catalog, Song of Spring. I was drawn to this bird image… Make sure you check out these awesome bloggers this morning for more sketch inspiration (I’m off to peek, but I’m quite sure they rocked it!): Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, MaryJo Albright, Sharon Harnist

  • Stamps: Song of Spring and Paisley Background by Stampin’ UP!
  • Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue and Watercolor Paper by Stampin’ UP!
  • Ink: Timber Brown StazOn, Bordering Blue & Chocolate Chip
  • Accs: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Pewter Hardware, Key Tag Punch, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Sewing Machine.

Thanks for looking, and if you’re Jami…my swaps will go postal today. 🙂