Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My friend Cathi hosted a workshop on November 6th. These were the 2 projects that I had everyone make. Cathi specifically requested me to use the stamp set, A Cute Christmas, and the designer paper, Candy Cane. They each made one card and a mini candy bar holder. Both items were water colored with the aqua painter.

Stamp Set: A Cute Christmas
Paper: Candy Cane Designer Paper, Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Blushing Bride
Ink: Matches the paper above
Accessories: 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 round punch, Swiss Dot embossing folder, Crop-a-dile, white and red grosgrain ribbon (non Stampin' Up), aqua painter

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tags til Christmas

This pouch holds 2o tags made from the Tags til Christmas stamp set, which is in the current Holiday Mini catalog. The pouch is made from a trimmed 5x7 page protector. Want to make a set for yourself? I'll be holding a camp at my home on November 22, if you're interested, I'd love for you to attend. Please contact me if you're interested in this. This would also make a great gift for a hostess or for someone who "has everything", except, of course, some hand made tags that you made for them!

Stamp Set: Tags til Christmas
Paper: Concord Crush, Old Olive, Whisper White, Jolly Holiday designer paper
Ink: Concord Crush, Old Olive
Accessories: various punches, gold eyelets, gold cord, velcro closure

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Christmas Cards 12/$15

These 2 cards will be featured on November 17th. The card on the left uses the Bells and Boughs stamp set and Deck the Halls designer paper (both at a great bundle discount!). The card on the right uses 2 of the ornament stamps from Delightful Decorations and Jolly Holiday designer paper. If you're interested in making 6 each of these cards, please contact me.
Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas Cards-Part 1

These are the cards that will be featured at my camp on November 10, making 4 each of the 3 designs.

From left to right:
Features the Northern Flurry embossing folder
Uses the Christmas Postcard single stamp
The pine cone comes from the Autumn Days stamp set

Thanks for looking!~Martha

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Christmas Cards 15/$15-Part 1

This will be the first of my 15 for $15 Christmas cards this year. In this class, you'll be making 15 cards of the same design and color scheme. I'm offering your choice of colors for the card base along with the ornament and phrase.
Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations, Snow Swirled
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Ornament extra large punch, silver cord

Thanks for looking! ~Martha

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Elegant Soiree Designer Paper, part 1

These are the first 3 of the 6 cards that were made at my Elegant Soiree Designer Paper camp on September 25th. Here's what we used:
Stamps: (left to right) Growing Green, Awash with Flowers, Friends 24-7
Paper: Elegant Soiree designer paper, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray
Ink: Coordinates with paper above
Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Scallop Trim Border punch, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 round punches, 1 3/4 extra large scallop pumch, Aqua Painter, non SU copper brads

The other 3 cards will be posted shortly.
Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Monday, September 27, 2010

Elegant Soiree Designer Paper Camp

What's in the bag? This past Saturday I hosted a camp which featured the Elegant Soiree designer paper. Everyone made this one bag and 6 cards, which will be posted over the next couple of days. This paper is wonderful! Keep watching for the card samples!

Stamp Set: Elements of Style
Ink: Baja Breeze
Paper: Elegant Soiree designer paper, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Accessories: Elegant Lines embossing folder, 1" and 1 1/4" round punches, crimper, gift bag from local craft store

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Stamp Camp

This is one of the cards that we'll be making at my September stamp camp. For those people that know me, I LOVE leaves. This is a brand new Stampin' Up stamp set, French Foliage, which is in the current Holiday mini catalog, along with the newest designer paper, Autumn Spice.

Stamp Set: French Foliage
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Autumn Spice designer paper
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, More Mustard
Accessories: Modern Label Extra Large Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Gold Brads (non Stampin' Up), and Brown grosgrain ribbon (non Stampin' Up)

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Because I Care

This will be one of the 5 cards that will be made at my next stamp camp on August 17th. It uses a new Level 1 hostess set, Because I Care. This hydrangea is beautiful! You could select this set by hosting a party or holding a book party with just a $150 merchandise total!

Stamp Set: Because I Care, Greenhouse Garden
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Black Staz On, VersaMark
Accessories: Aqua painter

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Stampin' Up Workshop

One of my customers and fellow stamper, Retta, hosted a Stampin' Up workshop this past Friday night. I had 2 cards for them to make. Retta is holding one of them, using the Watercolor Trio stamp set. The other card they make used the Elements of Style stamp set. She had a great group of ladies at her home, and some wonderful food. We both had door prizes to give away, so almost everyone went home with an extra goodie.

Thanks, Retta, for hosting a great party!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Altered Emery Board

I found these reversible emery boards at my local grocery store, $1 for 2! When I saw them, I immediately thought the colors would match Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight and of course Whisper White. I used a flower from the new Growing Green stamp set to randomly stamp on the Tangerine Tango background. The small flower in the small oval punch is from Razzle Dazzle. I crimped the bottom a bit to give the Sticky Strip a little bit extra hold.

Make a few of these to have on hand, as they make a great last minute gift for someone. Who doesn't love to get a surprise gift for no reason at all? We all do! Want directions for making these, just email me!

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Stamp Sets: Growing Green, Razzle Dazzle
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: crimper, scallop oval punch, small and large scallop punch, white grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip, 1 1/4" round punch

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Greenhouse Gala purse

For those people that know me, they know that I like to take an item and alter it. Does anyone know what this started out as? Well, its a small composition book that can be found at any local drug store, office supply store or department store. I used my Xacto knife to cut the corners to an angle. I covered the book with the Greenhouse Gala designer paper. I ran the Basic Black cardstock through the crimper to add a little texture.

And how about the pansy flower? This actually is made by punching the Butterfly punch two times out of Shimmer White cardstock. Thoroughly spray the paper with water, then use the aqua painter to drop a couple drops of Elegant Eggplant and Summer Sun reinkers. Since the paper is wet, the colors run in to each other. After the paper has dried some, roll the edges around a small dowel and let thoroughly dry. Draw the lines in the centers of the flower with the Elegant Eggplant marker and attached the two together with a gold brad.

Add the flower on top of the Basic Black strip that was crimped. Add two black grosgrain ribbon "handles" to the inside of the composition book with Sticky Strip, and voila! You have turned an ordinary notebook into a purse notebook!

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Watercolor Trio

This card features the Watercolor Trio stamp set from the current Stampin' Up mini catalog, along with new colors of Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz. Also, one of my most favorite embossing folders, Square Lattice. This card will be sent to a friend of mine, I hope she likes it!

Stamps: Watercolor Trio
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz markers, scallop oval extra large punch, large oval punch, horizontal slot punch (retired), non SU white organdy ribbon

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Elements of Style

This is one of the 5 cards that will be done at my July 20th stamp camp. This features the Elements of Style stamp set and the Square Lattice embossing folder. If you don't already have this embossing folder, you need to get it! It makes such a wonderful impression on the paper, almost makes it appear to be fabric.

Stamp set: Elements of Style
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand
Accessories: Square lattice embossing folder, 1" and 1 1/4" round punchs, Stampin' Dimensionals, non SU white grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Greenhouse Gala

These cards are 3 of the 6 cards, plus a card holder, which I'll be teaching at my home on Saturday, July 31st. Pictures of the other 3 cards and the card holder will be published after the class. The class will be based on the Greenhouse Gala designer paper and uses a variety of cardstock and stamp sets. If you're interested in information on this, please contact me!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Altered Calendars

How many times have you gone in to your local craft store to see what is for sale in the $1 bins and ask yourself "How can I make this into a stamping project?" You wouldn't be the only person to say "yes"! My latest project is taking these 3 purse calendars and stamping a new cover for them. Sure, the cover right now is just fine, but if you can stamp a new one, why not just do it? The color inspiration came directly from each calendar and also coordinates with the inside pages.

From left to right:
Stamp Set: For All You Do Cardstock: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz

Stamp Set: Awash With Flowers
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi

Stamp Set: Priceless
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Versamark
Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" round punch, scallop circle extra large punch

Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sweet Scoops

I made this card for my niece's 22nd birthday, it's hard to believe that she's going to be 22 already! I used the new stamp set, Sweet Scoops. The colors I used came from the Island Oasis Designer Paper, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. I used Pumpkin Pie for the ice cream and Crumb Cake for the cone. I also used Rose Red on the card itself to stamp the "Have a sweet celebration". I'm happy that we now offer a stamp pad and marker in Crumb Cake (formerly known as Kraft).
Thanks for looking! ~ Martha

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Natural Beauty

I have always loved this retired stamp set, Natural Beauty. I made this card for my father for Fathers Day. The leaf is watercolored in using Always Artichoke and a bit of Chocolate Chip. Anyone who knows me knows how I LOVE to add water colored images on my cards!

Stamp Set: Natural Beauty
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, watercolor paper, To The Nines Speciaity designer paper
Accessories: Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip markers,
Aqua Painter.

Thanks for looking! Martha

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blissful Bride

This is a card that I made for a wedding that we are going to attend on Saturday. The couples colors are pink and brown, so it was very easy to come up with an idea for this card. The dress is stamped with Timber Brown Staz On and the flowers are colored in with the Pretty in Pink marker. The Pretty in Pink background was run thru the Cuttlebug using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. A strip of Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon completes the card.

Stamp set: Blissful Bride
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Timber Brown Staz On, Pretty in Pink marker

Thanks for looking! ---Martha

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Watercolor Trio

The set of 4 cards and the card box using the Watercolor Trio stamp set from the current mini catalog will be featured at my next camp on Saturday, June 26th. If you would like information on this, please contact me. Thanks for looking! ---Martha

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Welcome to my stamping blog! I will be sharing with you my love and passion for rubber stamping and the creative outlet it provides me. I hope you are inspired by the projects that I will be posting. I would appreciate any feedback!