Hi guy! Sorry I have been so quiet lately. I have been out cold with a nasty cold. Ears ringing, nose running, head and body aches, coughing….it has it all. I wish I was well enough to create some cards for the Love Fest Challenges currently going on at Splitcoaststampers!

I hope you are well and you have time to play along! The challenges are sponsored by our wonderful member companies and you can win prizes!!! You don’t have to use the member companies products, if you don’t have any. But of course we would love to see samples with them if you do own some.

Have a wonderful day! Hugs and smiles

Hi everyone,

While I haven’t stamped yet, I am working on Splitcoast work. I hope to have a new card to share with you soon.

Today’s tutorial on Splitcoaststampers is written by the wonderful Diane Zechman. She is showing us how to create a mini blind card. I hope you have time to check it out. It looks like fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
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We have a new Member Company at Splitcoaststampers.  You know I love them, I use their stamps and dies all the time. Drum roll please………….the new member company is: Simon Says Stamp. Here are some cards I made with Simon Says Stamp products.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!
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Just a quick reminder that this afternoon at Splitcoaststampers starts a Virtual Stamp Night ! Every hour there will be a new challenge! I hope to see you there later today and tomorrow! It’s always a wild ride (and hard for me because I am such a slow stamper.Making a card in only 45 minutes is nearly impossible for me. So I give myself the right for a little extension for challenges. LOL).

Have a wonderful day! Hugs and smiles

Here is a sneak peek of my first challenge card for tonight. I will post the entire card when VSN begins at SCS tonight.

Starting at 5 p.m. EST tonight the Winter Wonderland Virtual Stamp Night will begin at Splitcoaststampers. From 5 until 9 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday new challenges will be posted hourly with a Winter Wonderland theme. I hope to see you there later today.

Mini Virtual Stamp Night is starting right now!!!

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Don’t forget to check Splitcoaststampers tonight! We have a mad stamping party going on.  Don’t miss it!  Come stamp with us!!! Click here to get to the VSN forum. See you there!

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I don’t have artwork to share with you today. Sorry! Make sure to check out today’s tutorial on SCS. Jane Matsumoto created instructions for a wonderful project, an Accordion Style Card Holder. It looks like a great gift idea and easy to make.

Have a wonderful evening! Hugs and smiles


Today is a sad day on Splitcoast. There is an announcement on the front page telling everyone that Jenn and Daven will be leaving the site. I have known that for a few days and I am still in shock. Daven started the site and Jenn and I worked with him on it since 2003. I can’t imagine Splitcoast without them. If you have a few minutes, head on over to this thread to wish them good-bye.

While I was moping around my house, I was coloring this flower from the Creative Stamping kit Natural Beauty. My thoughts were with them the entire time, so I used a color combo Jenn loves: Orange and Red.  I stamped the flower four times in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah White cardstock. The first I cut out with Nestabilities Label 3. The rest I just part of it, colored them with Copic Markers ( Flower: R32, R39, R29, R46, R59, R0, YR04….yes, I colored for a while. It’s therapeutic!   Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG99   Surrounding: YR21, YR31, YR000) and layered them on top of each other with dimensionals. Stardust Stickles and Glossy Accents were used to finish off the flower.


The card base is a bit bigger then usual to hold all the layers from the Mojo125 sketch. The black base is created from a 4 3/4″ x 12″ piece of cardstock. A 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of My Mind’s Eye Oh La La paper was stitched to a slightly bigger piece of Whisper White and attached to the card base with dimensionals.

A 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Oh La La Paper was rounded on one end, sanded and stitched to a slightly bigger piece of Basic Black cardstock. May Arts Silk Ribbon was taped around the middle vertically. Then the image was attached over the ribbon with dimensionals, after it was layered on a black Label 3 cut-out. A white gel pen border was added to that black layer to give it some um-pf. A Silk bow was tied directly under the image.

The sentiment is also from the Creative Stamping Kit: Natural Beauty. It was stamped on Neenah White cardstock, punched out with Stampin’ Up!’s large oval punch and colored with Copic Markers. It was layered on a Black scallop oval and adhered to the card front. Small KaiserCraft Pearls finish off the card.

I am sorry I am posting late. Saturday is my lazy day! I layed in bed and read a book until 8 a.m., went for a walk, chatted with neighbors, answered emails, layed outside and read some more and then stamped my card for today. It’s a good day!

Today begins our second Holiday Blitz Tutorial week over on SCS. Make sure to go to the home page every morning to check out the new tutorial. I will try to post a sample here every day, but I must confess, I might chicken out a time or two, hmm…..I mean, I might not have time to make a sample every single day! LOL

Today’s today is written by Lori Craig. She shows how to cut and dry emboss with Nestabilities and the Wizard Die cut machine. Under Variations you will find a file listing sandwich stacks for the other die cut machines.

We added a new gallery listing all the Holiday Blitz galleries (with links to each tutorial) from last year and will add a new gallery every day until next Sunday.


I started out by dry embossing an oval frame into a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Shimmery White cardstock. I cut me an oval mask with one size bigger oval Nestabilities, taped it over my frame with removable adhesive and stamped the Damask Background in Brilliance Graphite Black Ink on the lower 2/3s of the cardstock. I hit the image with my heat gun until it was dry, then sponged Riding Hood Red ink over it.

Next I covered the stamped section and stamped the script from Thank you in Creamy Caramel on the top. I sponged the area with Creamy Caramel as well and paper pierced the edge of the Creamy Caramel area.


The flower from the Thank you set was stamped in the center of my oval frame.

I cut a mask for the flower, covered it up, covered up the stamped areas with my reverse mask and air brushed the inside of the oval with Copic B000.

The flower was colored with Copics (R39, R46, G99, W2). Crackle Accents was applied over the entire oval area and set aside to dry (that’s when I went outside to read. It takes a while for the crackle to appear. I wanted to use this product for quite a while now. This weeks Way to Use it Challenge gave me a good reason to dug it out of my supplies.


The flower was colored with Copics (R39, R46, G99, W2).

 Crackle Accents was applied over the entire oval area and set aside to dry (that’s when I went outside to read. It takes a while for the crackle to appear.

I wanted to use this product for quite a while now. This weeks Way to Use it Challenge gave me a good reason to dug it out of my supplies. The stamped and sponged layer was adhered to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.

I punched two ribbon slots next to my oval and thread black scalloped ribbon through it. A double photo corner was added to the top left. The bigger piece was punched out of Basic Black cardstock, the smaller one out of Riding Hood Red. The red one was sponged with Riding Hood Red, then stamped with Damask in Black Graphite Ink. Three Antique Brass brads finish the corner off.

The sentiment was stamped in Black on a 3/4″ wide strip of Shimmery White cardstock. The left edge was rounded with a 1″ circle punch, the piece was sponged with Creamy Caramel and overstamped with the script from Thank you. The strip was centered on a sponged 1″ Riding Hood Red circle and a black Designer Label punch. The end of the strip was lined up with the end of the white layer. Two 1/4″ black circles were added to the right end of the strip. Those were topped with Antique Brass brads.


I love that Denise always shows the inside of her cards, so I thought I start doing it as well (If I do something special for the card inside). For this inside, I used my oval mask again.

I stamped the Damask background in Creamy Caramel on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and sponged it first with Creamy Caramel, then with Riding Hood Red.

Have a great evening! Hugs and smiles

Today’s tutorial on Splitcoast is another oldie, but goodie: Gate Fold Card. I used a stamp from the stamp set Butterfly Beauty from Unity Stamp Company.

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I promise to use Stampin’ Up! stamps again on my next card.

I have been a bit sidetracked since those Unity stamps are on my stamp table in a little wicker basket. They will go in big SU clear cases, as soon as I receive them. They are already ordered.

I am sorry to say that I forgot to write down which Copics I used.

The Wasabi panels were stamped with the Tea Time Pattern background in Chocolate Chip and the edges were sponged.

The main image was stamped in Brown Palette Ink on an  Shimmery White oval cut with Oval Nestablities and layered on a Chocolate Scalloped oval that was created the same way.

Now…how I got those Unity Stamps early.

Nope, I am not on their design team. I am not on any design team. With being a single mother until the end of the year, working for SCS and the upkeep of this blog, I just can’t commit to something like that. Besides, I am first and formost still a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who LOVES Stampin’ Up! products (I just don’t like the long summer lull of no new stamps!!!).

Splitcoast is introducing a new feature with today’s newsletter: Product Review.
Once a month a team of six stampers will review a product and tell you what they think about it. Our first product to review: Unity Stamp Companies great new Mounting system.

That’s how I got handles and some stamps before they are available! To check out the whole review team and what we thought about the product, click on product review. 

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