Cutie Pie Christmas!

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Chaos!  I have been waiting for the man in brown to show up!  It was a club order and I only ordered one item, but I couldn’t wait for it to get here.

Do you ever get an idea in your head and can’t wait to try it?  I sure did.  I couldn’t wait to try the new Cutie Pie Thinlit.  I know it makes the cutest little cake slices ever.  However, I had a completely different plan for it.  My first idea was Rudolf!

image Isn’t he just the cutest??  Ok, so his eyes look like he may have had a little too much eggnog. :)  His antlers and ears were made using the Flower Fair Framelits.

While I was patiently waiting for the Man in Brown to show up this week; the online group, VC Rocks, announced they were having a blog hop featuring new items from the catalog.  I said I would join if my idea worked out.  This idea worked so well, this was my first attempt.  No altering, no fussing, no mess.  It was great!


As I was cutting out the box, I looked at it and said “wow, thatimage looks like a tree”.  So here was project number two.  Very simple since I was just playing around.  I may make a second attempt later so I can stamp some texture on the tree. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the gold trim actually has some wave to it.  I used the wave blade on the rotary addition on the Stampin’ Trimmer.

I think I am going to have a lot of fun with this die.  Halloween may be next.

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Scrapbook Challenges

Hi Stampers, welcome back to my Creative Spa!

Have you ever needed inspiration? I know I have needed it, and on Saturday, I got it.  VDS (virtual stamping day) Challenges gave me a jumping point.  I completed two challenges.  Scrapbook challenges even.  I am more of a scrapbooker wannabe than a real scrapbooker.

The first challenge I completed had to be about water.  First finding a picture I had was a challenge.  I found it very irritating, because last summer I took so many pictures while watching my daughter and all her cousins poolside.  <Grrrrr>  I FINALLY found one that was several years old.


In the south, they call it being a redneck.  Here it is called Maine ingenuity. The kids didn’t feel the slip’n slide was big enough.  Add a few tarps and a little dish soap for speed and the kids had a blast.

It is an extremely simple design.  An 8″x8″ piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock.  I stamped the images from Work of Art and Feel Goods with Pacific Point ink.  The photo is layered onto a piece of Rose Red card stock.

Simple but fun.  It brought back many memories of doing this at my aunts house.  Now, she has a pool.  The hill is gone.  It was something the kids-little and big- enjoyed at one time.

The second challenge had to do with food.  I wasn’t going to do this challenge.  Then someone posted a scrapbook page using a Project Life app.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing.  So, I followed suit and used Simply Sent.  It was an app Stampin’ Up! had to promote My Digital Studio.  IMG_1360

The pasta dish is something I made at some point. The sandwich is from a restaurant near my family called Big G’s.  They make the bread fresh every day, and that sandwich is as big as my lap!! I got four meals out of it!  And of course being from Maine, I had to show some lobsters that we cooked one night for dinner.  (I think I ate two of the three).

What will you challenge yourself to create today?

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VCRocks Make & Take-Card with Detachable Bookmark

VCRocks card with bookmarkHi Stampers, welcome back to the Creative Spa!  Today I have a card that was made for the group I have talked about, VC Rocks.  I taught the group how to make a card with a detachable bookmark.  Please note the perforated rotary blade retired with the 2014-15 Idea Book and Catalog.  A perforated rotary blade if you sew will work just as well.

I learned how to create this project from Ruth Snyder SU Manager @ East Coast Embossers Gathering August 2014. Here is the supply list:



Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Inks: Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, StazOn Jet Black

Ribbon: White Satin

Punches: Scallop Tag, Bitty Butterfly

Cardstock: Mossy Meadow- 5 ½”x 10 11/16”, Whister White (2) 4”x5 ¼” front and inside, 4 ½” x 2” for bookmark layer, scrap piece of velum

Clear Block E , Glue dots

Score Meadow Moss at 4 ¼” and use the Stampin Trimmer and Perforating Blade at 8 ½” using the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Attachment.

M&TPunch bookmarkSlide the card all the way into the Scallop Tag Punch. Line the edge of the perforated score line. Punch. (hint* sometimes it is easier to turn the punch upside down to make sure the perforated line is lined up with the edge of the punch)

Take Clear Block E, add Tangelo Twist ink directly to the top M&Tcolorblockthird of the block. Use the Old Olive ink and add directly to the bottom two thirds of the block. Then mist the block with alcohol.

Stamp the block to directly to 4 x 5 ¼” white cardstock. Next ink the flower, post mark image and striped image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set with StazOn Jet Black Ink and stamp over with background image. Adhere to the front of card. One the second piece of 4 x 5 ¼” whisper white cardstock, stamp the Happy Birthday image with Tangelo Twist ink. Adhere to the inside of the card.

vcrocks card bookmark inside

On the 4 ½ x 2” piece of whisper white, stamp the caterpillar verse with StazOn Jet Black. Stamp the fern image in Old Olive ink. Stamp the small butterfly image in Tangelo Twist. Stamp a second image of the butterfly on scrap velum (don’t reink the stamp). Punch the velum with the Bitty Butterfly punch. Layer the velum butterfly to the one on the cardstock with a glue dot.   Adhere to the bookmark section of the card.

Run the ribbon through the opening of the scallop punched bookmark. Place a small glue dot on each side to hold the ribbon to hold it in place. This will also keep the card flat for mailing.

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Creative Chaos

Hi Stampers,

I know it has been a LONG TIME since I have posted.  I plan on changing that.  Did you notice the new header, CREATIVE CHAOS? Well, there is a reason for that.- the past year my life has had some much chaos in it.  It finally, seems to be settling down.  Just to give you the Readers Digest version, my husband and I are divorced.  Originally, it was something I did not want.  However, my attitude is this is such a wonderful beginning to the rest of my life.

I still have to move at some point. With all that being said, I am trying to get a routine going with a little balance in my life.  So if you have any pointers on magically organizing your life, please share!

One of my goals is to stamp for pleasure, not just when I have a stamp class coming up-which is what I have done since last summer.  At one point I barely did that.  I was thinking of giving up stamping and Stampin’ Up! Once my divorce came close to being settled, I wanted to create again.  Which is hard in all this chaos.  I have boxes packed for when I eventually move, boxes for charity, boxes of stuff I just don’t know what to do with, boxes of trash, you get the idea.

One thing I did to get my stamping mojo back was to rejoin one of my favorite online groups VCRocks. It originally started as a group of ladies who could not go to Convention.  They have all sorts of sharing and challenges to push your creativity.  I will be sharing projects I am making with them starting later this week.

Sorry I don’t have a project today. I have spent two days just working on a new header.  I had one day of computer issues.  Thank goodness my brother in law of sorts (BBFs hubby) is a techie and can dumb things down for a non-techie three hours away; and allows me to say things like “that’s a big blue cord, right?” without losing patients.  <waving to Jim>

Come back in the middle of the week to see a project I made for VCRocks.

Have Creative Blessings this week.