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August 2013

Apple Picking Time

Apples-in-basketWhile apple picking is usally associated with fall, my apple tree ripens in August.  The tree is hidden around the corner of my house and since I am not much of gardener my attitude is “if it blooms and grows apples it’s on its own!”  Monday I decided to venture around the corner to see if I had apples and sure enough the tree was full of little green apples.  The apples look like a Granny Smiths but are much sweeter.  Apple-CrispI picked a basketful, brought them in the house and started peeling and slicing.  I froze several baggies, but kept out enough to make a delicious apple crisp.  Since deserts are not something I can eat regularly (and maintain my diet) I gave the crisp to my friend Mary Kay who is Chloe’s groomer!  I did sneak a bite (topped with a little vanilla ice cream!) and it was delicious!

So while we’re on the subject of apples I went through the archives and found some cards that use apples as their focal image.  Enjoy!


Spellbinders Labels 8 and apple die from Spellbinders Fruit set; Cuttlebug “Spots and Dots” embossing folder; sentiment from my stash.


Art-of-KindnessHero Arts “Engraved Fruit";  sentiment from Hero Arts  clear stamp set; Spellbinders Labels 8 die.



We have so many new things in stock and coming so be sure to stop in and shop soon.  Thanks!

An Awesome Little Book

Front-CoverI know I have raved about the new WRMK Envelope Punch Board, but if making 60 different sizes of envelopes were not enough, you can also use this tool to turn envelopes into a stunning little book.  I wish I was creative enough to have this idea on my own, but I actually saw “The Gentleman Crafter” demo it on the web.  I immediately started making mine using 7 Gypsies Trousseau paper.  Each envelope has a little tabbed “tag” inside and these were cut with the Envelope Maker too! 

Inside-Front-PageI really enjoyed getting back into collage and bookmaking and I am sure you will enjoy it too.  I will teach this book in class Saturday, August 24 at 10am and I am asking that you register by Wednesday, August 21 by 5pm and bring your envelope punch board or buy one here.  The class will take at least 3 hours.

Here are two more photos of the book.  The photo on the left shows all the envelopes and the one on the right shows one of the small tabbed tags that fit inside each envelope.

  Inside-Envelopes Tabbed-Card-Sample


FYI:  The word dies that I used are Spellbinders "Girly  Grunge" die set by Donna Salazar.  After I took these photos (above) I figured out that the words show up much better if you stencil them with ink while still in the die as I did for the back cover.  The book's hinge is pretty cool -- I used 7 Gypsies elastics through an eyelet (remember eyelets?  I had to search for mine!!!), a Tim Holtz hinge fastener and TH word key.

New Memory Box “Wild Sunflower” die

Wild-Sunflower-2Sunflowers are very "fallish" to me and the Memory Box "Wild Sunflower" die captures all their beauty.  I die cut the sunflower 4 times in the white focal piece (cut to 4” x 5¼”) then die cut it from gold and orange and fit these into the negative space.  Then I die cut an oval “frame” in the focal piece and cut an oval from white cardstock, both using Spellbinders Petite Ovals.  I die cut the Savvy Style “hello” in the white oval and fit an orange “hello” die cut in the negative space.  Finally I die cut two ladybugs (Memory Box) and popped them up on the card.  So colorful and “fallish!”  Her's another variation:

Wild-Sunflower-1That’s all for now.  Please stop in and shop soon – and make an envelope with the new Envelope Punch Board!  See you soon!


New Dies from Impression Obsession

OMG!  You will love, love, love the new dies and stamps from Impression Obsession for Halloween and Christmas.  Here are photos of some that should be arriving soon!

  Cat-set Deer-set-small Fir-Tree-border





Fir-Tree-border Ghosts






Hill-Town Leaf-set-small Pumpkin-with-faces






Santa-sleigh SNowman-set






Here are the sizes of the dies:

Santa 1½” x 5¾”; Cats -- longest side is 1”; Fir Trees -- 1¾”, 2¼”, 3¾” tall; Fir Tree Border -- 1½” x 6”; Pumpkin with faces -- pumpkin is 2” wide; Halloween set --  width of widest dies are around 1”; Snowman Set -- circles are 1” to 1¾”; Deer Set small -- kneeling deer is ⅞” x 1⅜”; standing deer is 1¼” x 1¾”; Hill Town -- 1⅜” x 5¾”; Ghosts --  ¾” to 1¼”; Leaves small set -- leaves range from  ¼” x ¾” to 1” x 1”.

There are more Christmas dies that will be coming later in the year.

Please stop in soon and shop for these dies and much. much more.  Thanks for stoppping by today!


Stamp-setHello stamping friends and thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Today I will share with you the samples for this Saturday’s class (August 10 at 10am) which are all made with the unique Penny Black (cling-mounted) stamp set “Life’s Messages.”  I love these quotes because they are different from any other set and so versatile for all types of occasions.  Let me show you the variety of cards you can make.


Darice Wood Grain embossing powder; Penny Black “Bashful” die; Memento inks angel pink, rosebud, love letter, bamboo leaves, pear tart, dandelion and cantaloupe; Tsukineko jumbo daubers; Sharpie ultra fine tip white pen; Versamark and white embossing powder



“Noble Things”

Penny Black “Diamond Pattern” background; Memento teal ink; Spellbinders petite ovals






Memento London Fog ink; Penny Black “In a Row” die; Candi Dots


Black-White-SmileLattice Rectangle Frame

Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle frame; damask cardstock from Amuse Art Stamps





Butterfly-PurplesButterfly Purples

Hero Arts “Silhouette Burst” in Memento Summer Sky ink; Flourish butterfly from Memory Box “Butterfly Kisses” clear stamp set in Memento Lu Lu Lavender ink; Hero Arts “Heart Winged Butterfly” in Memento Grape Jelly ink; quote stamped in Memento Elderberry ink


StampAnother Penny Black stamp I used last week is the cling-mounted “Glory of Modesty” background.  Here are 3 cards using that stamp.







Kiss-OftenKiss Often

Penny Black “Glory of Modesty” background stamp; metallic décor from Mark Richards; Kaleidacolor “Pastel” ink pad





Glory-of-Modesty-Green-1Glory of Modesty Green

Penny Black “Glory of Modesty” in Memento Pear Tart ink; same stamp in Versamark ink embossed in white and die cut and matted with Spellbinders circle dies;  sentiment from Impression Obsession.

Glory-of-Modesty-Word-BubblGlory of Modesty Word Bubbles

Penny Black “Glory of Modesty” in Memento Desert Sand ink; Paper Smooches “Word Bubbles” die; Hero Arts Tweed Pattern; Penny Black “Puzzle Parts” clear stamp set; Savvy Stamps “Chevron Background”; Penny Black “Scroll Pattern”; sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps; hearts from Memory Box “Hearts Delight” die.

Live-in-the-momentLive in the Moment

Watercolored with Memento inks; sentiment Hero Arts







Update on New Products

          The We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board has sold out twice but more are coming.  Everyone loves it and wants it once they see how quick and easy it is to make envelopes.  With the holidays coming, you will make tags and small gift enclosures and who has envelopes those sizes?  The Envelope Punch Board is perfect because it makes envelopes to fit cards from 2” x 3” all the way up to 6” x 8½”.  You can use 8½” x 11” paper or cardstock for about half the sizes and decorative (12” x 12”) paper for all sizes.  Go here to see a video showing how easy it is to use the Envelope Punch Board.  And in October, We R Memory Keepers will release a new Gift Box Punch Board and Gift Bag Punch Board.  How Fun!!

Thanks again for reading the blog and please stop in soon and shop!





Thanks again for reading the blog and please stop in soon and shop!



Fun Samples with Memory Box and Penny Black dies

Today I have samples to share with you that were made with Memory Box and Penny Black dies.

Auto-Parts-2Memory Box “Auto Parts” die; Sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps; Paper from Simple Stories “Urban Traveler” paper pad; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder “Spots and Dots”; Spellbinders circles dies





Tiny-VillageMemory Box “Tiny Village” die; Paper Smooches Borders 1 die set; Clouds from Memory Box “Puffy Clouds”; Sun from Memory Box “Fringe Circle”; White Sharpie fine tip pen; Sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps




Best-FishesMemory Box “School of Fish” die; Memory Box “Big Splash” border; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder “Divine Swirl”; Sentiment from Impression Obsession





Cake-Plates-CatMemory Box dies: Summer border, cake plates, petite cakes; Sitting cat die from PoppyStamps; sentiment from Hero Arts; flower punches.




Memory Box “Princess Dress” die; Spellbinders petite ovals; Carta Bella Cool Summer paper; sentiment from Impression Obsession.





Bella-Bouqet-BlueMemory Box die “Bella Bouquet”; embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts; sentiment from Hero Art.







Miss-YouImpression Obsession Cover-a-Card Clouds; My Favorite Things arrow die from “Lead the Way” set; Penny Black die “In a Row”; sentiment from Paper Smooches.





Speech-BubblesPenny Black die “In a Row”; Paper Smooches sentiment and speech bubbles; Hero Arts pink and orange neon ink and light pool ink





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