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May 2012

Stampin'Up! Summer Scrapbooking!

I'm doing a "Summer Vacation Memories" Scrapbook class on Tuesday, June 5th, 1 - 3 p.m. at the GrandOArt Studio in West Frankfort! Call Dayna Melvin to register: 923-0263!

Here's the cover page for the 8 1/2" x 11" binder we will be starting that day. I used the "Mouthwatering" stamp set for the watermelons, which was in the Occasions Mini catalog but has made it into the New Annual Catalog!

My summer 1

There's room for at least two 4" x 6" photos on this page, more if your pictures are smaller!

My summer 2

Well, I'd better hurry off, lots to do to get ready for my "New Catalog Crazy Day" Open House on Friday! Be sure to let me know by Wednesday if you can come!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin'Up! Retiring Sincere Salutations!

Here's the "get well" cup again, but this time on a card! One of my stampers, Jan, requested I try turning the cup into a card and this is the result! My final stamping event for May and the current catalog will be this coming Tuesday night at the Nazarene Church in Marion, where we will make this along with three others:

Get well 1

Get well 2

The Simply Scored Scoring Tool made the creation of this card easy! I used Circle Circus for the stamping along the bottom edge of the cup and the black-embossed medallion in the center, and for one last time, Sincere Salutations for the "Get Well soon". I did sneak in a little bit of new as the steam from the top of the cup is with the flourish from the New Annual Catalog set, "Everything Eleanor".

That's all for today! I will be stamping with my "Watercolor Wonders" class today, so today is sure to be fun!

Until tomorrow, hope your day "Stampingrox"!

Stampin'Up! Retiring Flower Fancy Continued!

Happy Friday to you all! The watercoloring class this Saturday and next Monday is going to be so much fun! We will be learning 7 different ways to watercolor using the Watercolor Wonder Crayons! Once again, we will be using the retiring "Flower Fancy" and "Sincere Salutations" stamp sets!

For this first sample we will be coloring the crayon directly onto the stamp, then lightly spritzing it with water before stamping onto the cardstock:


Card 3 one

 The same technique was used on the inside, but I must have spritzed more heavily because the color was much more "watery" here! This phrase from "Full of Life" coordinates beautifully with the "Thanks so much" on the front!

Card 3 two

 These last two samples are stamped on Watercolor Paper, which gives them a completely different look than on Whisper White!

Card 4 one


Card 4 two

 Lastly, this sample uses the "Salted Background" technique! Unfortunately, I was too impatient to allow the salt to dissolve completely as the piece air-dried, so I sped up the process with my heat tool and blew all the salt away!

Card 5 one

Card 5 two

That's all for today! I will be back tomorrow with another version of the "get well" mug!

Until then, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Retiring Flower Fancy!

With my "7 Watercolor Wonders" Class coming up this Saturday and next Monday, thought I should show you some of the projects we will be making with the retiring "Flower Fancy" stamp set! I will show you two today and the remaining three tomorrow, so here goes!

Card 1 one

This card is very subtly watercolored with a Blender Pen and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. All of the outline images are stamped with Jet Black StazON on the Whisper White so the lines won't smear when the moist blender pen touches them. Jet Black StazOn is fast becoming my go-to black for all my black ink stamping. It's crisp, clear, and VERY BLACK!

I also embossed the Regal Rose card base with the retiring "Finial Press" Textured Impressions Folder. If you don't have this one yet, at $7.95 you really shouldn't do without it!

Card 2 one

This card also uses a Blender Pen with the Watercolor Crayons, but this time we will color directly along the edges of the image, then use the blender pen to "pull" the color from the colored edges to color the entire image. It does give the images more depth and variation of color, don't you think?

These cards also all use the retiring "Sincere Salutations", a stamp set I have lovingly used for several years and will be a little sorry to see leave the catalog!

There are a few spots still available for this class, so contact me ASAP if you want to attend!

Well, it's really late as I am posting this, so I'd better leave you now and hit the hay! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!




Stampin'Up! Guest Stamper, Joyce Fisher!

One of the many things I enjoy about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is building friendships with my customers and my downline. Today's post is all about one of my downline, Joyce! I met Joyce at least 6 years ago and she has been stamping with me ever since. About a year ago, last July in fact, she decided to join my group of "Yes Ma'am!" downline. Since then we have grown even closer as she is a faithful attendee of my meetings and many of my classes. At the "Brides & Babies" class this past weekend, she brought a small stack of cards she had been working on and they were so delightful I had to take pictures and asked her if she would like to be a guest stamper here on "Stampingrox My Fuzzy Blue Sox!" With Joyce's permission, here are her creations:

Strawberry lemonade

Inspired by many others out here in blogland, Joyce created an over-sized card for her "Strawberry Lemonade" or "Margarita" card. In lieu of microbeads for the edge of the cup, Joyce added actual salt to the Sticky Strip! So ingenious!

Another ingenious card, Joyce's "Mother's Day Word Search" card she created to give to her daughters on Mother's Day!

Joyce's word search

 Here are all the words for her daughters to find that Joyce used to describe them!

Joyce's word search 4

Apparently there is a website where you can put in all the words you want in your wordsearch and it will create it for you, but Joyce painstakingly created this all on her own! Yay Joyce!

Next Joyce created this beautifully sponged card with the Bird Builder Punched silhouette. This card has an elegant, masculine feel to it. Very well done!

Sunset bird 1

I loved Joyce's Owl Builder Punch nurse! So cute, and using the vest of the owl to create the nurse's cap is just so simple! The color combo of Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Whisper White really give this card a "first aid kit" feel!

Nurse owl 1

Last-but-not-least, Joyce found directions on SCS for this adorable pleated dress made with "Twitterpated" Designer Paper, which is NOT retiring!


I hope you've enjoyed Joyce's creations as much as I have! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Brides & Babies Class Samples!

Good morning! It's "Brides & Babies" class day here at my house! I showed you the "Babies" part of the class yesterday, and now it's time for the "Brides"!

This first sample is a CASE of a swap I received at Leadership in January created by Tamie Ackerson. I've been waiting five MONTHS to show this to you and actually created the class just so I could make this card with my stampers! For awhile I thought I wasn't going to get the job done, as this set, "Love & Laughter" was in the now-ended Occasions Mini Catalog, but after receiving my NEW ANNUAL CATALOG early (which is one of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!), I was very excited to see that this set will now be available for the next whole year! Yay!

Love and laughter 1

Next I have another CASE, this time of a beautiful card I found on the blog of Robin Merriman! I met Robin at my very first Founder's Circle Retreat in 2008, and she is just a beautiful person inside and out! The shimmer on the Very Vanill embossed surfaces is from the "Frost White Shimmer Paint" I sponge-daubered onto it! Sadly, the lovely scalloped border on the lower edge of the embossed panel is from the retiring "Lace Ribbon Border Punch", which will only be available for 12 more days!

Loving thoughts 1

I really like the inside, which is my own design:

Loving thoughts 2

Last but not least, this is our final "Brides & Babies" class card, the Bride & Groom! I've been dying to make a card like this for a couple of years, so the idea is obviously not new, but I just hadn't come up with an acceptable template for the dress and wasnt' sure how to go about making the "tux" until I ran across some little cheapy-looking wedding dress shower favor boxes at my local dollar store and the lightbulb came on! After using one side of the box as my template to trace out the dress form, I then realized that the "Pennant Builder Punch" would be perfect for the tux' shirt! After punching the shirt from Shimmery White cardstock to match the dress, I layered the triangle onto a scrap of Basic Black and hand-cut the lapels. I used my Versamarker (on the retired list!) along the black lapel edges, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Bride and groom 1

I put a matching petal-snipped Itty Bitty Shapes Punch scalloped flower inside to match the one on the dress sash! The pearl has been colored pink with a permanent marker. It dries quickly so it's not messy to handle when you are ready to apply to the card!

Bride & groom 2

Well, I'd better run! I have a few more things to get ready before my stampers start arriving at 10 a.m.!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin' Up! Retiring Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz In-Colors!

Good Morning! It's Friday, which means I am finishing the final preparations for my "Brides & Babies" class here tomorrow! Here's one of the projects using the retiring In-Color, Peach Parfait. At first I was hesitant to use this color for a baby card, but now I think it actually works in a gender-neutral way! Take a lookie and tell me what you think:

Hello baby 1

It may lean toward the femine side with all the scalloped edges, so perhaps it falls into the category of "I-don't-know-but-I-think-you-are-having-a-girl"! The inside uses one of my favorite verse sets, the retiring "God's Blessings"!

Hello baby 2

At this class we are making three wedding and two baby cards. Here's the second baby card, using the retiring "Pear Pizzazz" for the base and the retiring "Cheerful Treat" Designer Paper:

Worth the wait 1

This little sweetie also has the retiring "Finial Press" embossed on the Pear Pizzazz base, and the pudgy little back leg is made with the retiring "Heart to Heart" punch. I used the same punch for all the hearts on this card,including the one that is part of the pacifier!

I had two challenges in making this card. First, the retiring "Blushing Bride" cardstock is too pink, Very Vanilla is too washed-out, and we no longer carry the already retired "Blush Blossom" cardstock, so I ended up sponging Whisper White with Pink Pirouette Classic ink so my baby would be slightly pink and very healthy! The second challenge was how to make the baby face not look like a baby snowman, and I "hope" I have succeeded, you tell me! lol!

Worth the wait 2

I'll be back tomorrow with the three wedding cards we will be making at this class! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!

Stampin' Up! Retiring Sincere Salutations Get Well Mug!

Here's another great project that uses retiring Stampin' Up! products that I am not going to have enough time to fit into a class! I received this cutie in a swap a few months ago (November, actually, I think!). I featured it here a few weeks ago and have received requests to post the directions, so here you go!

Get well

Get Well Mug (sample and directions from a swap I received from Deb McCahan) 

  • Sincere Salutations #115068 wood-mount-only $23.95 (retiring May 31, 2012)
  • Thoughts & Prayers #113252 wood-mount-only $25.95 Circle Circus #115778 wood-mount-only $28.95
  • Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold cardstock
  • Versamark, Riding Hood Red & Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers, Sahara Sand Classic Pad
  • Simply Scored Scoring Tool, White embossing powder, Black embossing powder, Sticky Strip, Heat Tool, 1 ¼” and 2 ½” Circle punches, Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

Paper Sizes:

One 9” x 4 ½” Very Vanilla cardstock       One Very Vanilla scrap approx. 4” x 4”

One 9” x 1 ½” Riding Hood Red cardstock strip

To create Cup Form:

  • With 9” side of Very Vanilla cardstock up against the ruler of the Simply Scored, score at 1”, 2”, 3”, 4”, 5”, 6”, 7”, and 8”.
  • Repeat first step with 9” x 1 ½” Riding Hood Red cardstock strip.
  • Rotate paper ¼ turn. Align the 4 ½” side up against the ruler of Simply Scored. Score at 1 ½”.
  • Adhere Riding Hood Red strip to Very Vanilla layer with Tombow.
  • Stamp “Get Well” with Versamark. Emboss with White embossing powder and Heat Tool. Stamp remaining words and circles on cup with Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, and Sahara Sand ink.
  • Stamp medallion circle  from Circle Circus on twice on Brushed Gold cardstock with Versamark. Emboss with Black embossing powder. Adhere to cup with Tombow.
  • Cut on each 1 inch score line up to where the score lines intersect. Remove small rectangular end piece and create a flap by notching the ends of the remaining tab. This flap will be used to hold the cup together.
  • Pre-fold all scores. Turn paper over and attach Sticky Strip to all flap ends.
  • Adhere flap to inside creating cup form. Adhere remaining flaps to the flap on the opposite side of cup.
  • To create handle use the 1 ¼” and 2 ½” Circle punches to create a ring. Cut the ring in half. Score ¼” flaps on each open end. Adhere half circles together with Tombow Multi-adhesive, but leave flaps open to attach to outside of cup with Tombow.


There you go! If you make this, please send me a picture and I will try to feature it here! I'm starting to think of more uses for this design, what can you think of?

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin'Up! Retiring Upsy Daisy!

Just a quick post for today. I wanted to show you this card that I received a few weeks ago in a swap that is chock-full of retiring products:

Upsy daisy

Simple, yet alot of visual punch, don't you think?

Retiring products used:

Upsy Daisy stamp set available in wood-mount only #111710 $18.95 (reasonably priced for this one gorgeous flower stamp, and three word stamps, including the one use on this card, "you're on my mind"!)

Peach Parfait  8 1/2 x 11 cardstock #119794 $6.95 (still available as of 5/16/12)

Peach Parfait Classic Ink #119783 $5.95 (still available as of 5/16/12)

Peach Parfait 1/2" Poly-Stitched Ribbon  #119264 $8.95 (still available as of 5/16/12)

Poppy Parade Patterns Designer Paper -from the 2012-2012 Patterns Designer Stack-40 sheets #117158 $21.95 (still available as of 5/16/12)

Poppy Parade Classic Ink #119782 $5.95 (still available as of 5/16/12)

The artist of this card, Meg Loven, inked the stamp first in Peach Parfait, then sponged the edges of the flowers with Poppy Parade ink.

This card makes a great "Thinking of You" for any occasion!

That's all for today! See you tomorrow for another "Stampingrox!" Day!


Stampin'Up! Baby Shower!

I finally was able to get the pictures from Kimberly's baby shower sorted and prepped! Jessica & I had so much fun creating the decorations, using all Stampin' Up! Kimberly's colors are Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black,  Basic Gray, and Whisper White so those are the colors we went with for the invitations, decorations, and thank-you notes!

I've shown you the invitation before, but I will include it here since it is part of our "Liam's suite"!

Kimmys baby shower photo

Jessica found inspiration on Pinterest, then got busy with cardstock, Patterns Stack Designer Paper, Paper Snips, and the Big Shot to create these three banners:

Banner liam

We used onesies, ties, stars, paper hats, and "Van Dyke" mustaches for our theme. (In case you are wondering, that's a Van Dyke in between the "I" and the "A" in Liam) Kimberly's husband, Tony ha had a Van Dyke ever since we've known him, so it's a family joke that Liam will probably be born with one! I made my own pattern for the onesies by tracing a newborn-sized actual onesie, and the "oh BOY!" and "little MAN" are retiring Big Shot letters. "L I A M" are printed from the computer in Black ink on Basic Gray cardstock. This helped take care of the lined-look you get sometimes when you print on just regular copy paper.

Banner little man

Jessica wanted the "LITTLE MAN" banner letters to be really big, so she hand-cut them herself! We hung this over the dessert bar with regular clothepins and Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding!

Scattered all over the tables, which we covered with my Stampin' Up! Basic Black tablecloths I use for Vendor and Craft Fairs, were these little cuties created with circle punches and the retiring Stars #2 Big Shot Die. I even cranked out custom confetti to scatter over the tables. It was really simple to just poke a hole in the Hershey's nugget with my Paper Piercing Tool to stick the toothpick stars into!



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Little man

Jessica created these little paper hats with "First Edition" Designer Paper. She has one almost exactly like it for her newborn sessions made of fabric:


The "OH BOY!" banner hung over the Onesie Decorating table. Again, all Stampin' Up! cardstock and colors, with hand-cut letters.

Banner oh boy

The Onesie table was a BIG HIT! We provided a stack of newborn to size 6 months onesies and fabric markers, (be sure to put a piece of cardboard inside while you create so the markers don't bleed through to the backside!) and guests were able to create these for Liam:


Maddie Kate is Liam's oldest cousin! Liam will be Maddie Kate's first cousin ever!

Alisa (aka "Aunt Sweed") made this adorable "Nerts Prodigy" onesie. On the back it says "Grandfathered In". They have all been playing Nerts for years and have even created a "Nerts for Life" group where they keep running scores. You have to play alot of Nerts to be a lifer!

Kimberly's best friend Emily surprised her by coming all the way from North Carolina! Emily's onesie says, "Why is everyone around me such a PAYNE???" This one will be perfect when we get together with all of my husband's family at Christmas!

Cousin Ava working hard on hers:


One of Kimberly's favorite gifts were these custom-made burp cloths with the "liam" knight and dragon! Liam's daddy is painting Liam's entire room like the inside of a castle, complete with sleeping dragons, knights, and even a prince and princess with Kimberly and Tony's faces!

Knights and dragons

Don, connie, me
A special treat for me: my older brother and sister came from 2 1/2 hours away for the shower! My brother is 18 years older and my sister is 12 years older, so even though I am a grammie almost 5 times, I'm still the "baby sister"!

Here's my precious girls, (and Liam!):

Payne girls

One last Stampin' Up! creation, the thank-you's we made using the "Baby Bundle" stamp set and "Baby Tees" Jumbo Wheel:

Brides and babies 1 - Copy


That's all for today! I'm so glad I am able to share our happy day with you!


Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!