guavas and artichokes for christmas?

i tried another scs color combo challenge. this time it was groovy guava and always artichoke. you don’t usually think of guava and artichoke for Christmas colors, but i thought it would be a little different.

groovy christmasthis card starts with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ base card of always artichoke. i used my SU! cutter kit to “curvy cut” both top layers of the card at the same time.* the cutter kit works really well when you want a random-type cut on your cards.

i stamped the mini catalog season of joy swirl in always artichoke across the top of the naturals white. you gotta love the fact that all the sets in the new mini are precut for you. wow, did this save me a ton of time! the little flowers were stamped in groovy guava and dotted in the middle with the always artichoke marker. merry christmas was stamped in always artichoke. the piercing at the bottom follows the curvy cut of the layers. i used the sew crafty mini sewing machine that my dear friend Jody got me. i still can’t figure out how to actually sew with it, but it works really well if you’re just piercing your cardstock.

once the cut was finished, i used my small corner rounder… again, to scallop the curvy part. when scalloping a curved cut, turn your punch upside-down and make sure that the “v” shape of the corner rounder is flush against your cardstock. this will ensure you get even scallops.

cut your groovy guava with a 1/8″ border. using your crop-a-dile, dry emboss circles along the bottom edge. you can see a fantastic tutorial on how to emboss on beate’s blog.

CAD tip 1CAD tip 2the only addition i have is use your paper piercing template from your crafter’s tool kit to line up your holes and to gently squeeze your crop-a-dile. this ensures you don’t actually punch a hole through your paper. layer your groovy guava on the inside of your card to finish.

thanks for looking and have a great day! if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to leave them for me!

*quick tip: to ensure your layered curves match each other, cut the width of your top layer of cardstock (in this case naturals white) down to the finished layered size. i took 1/8″ off one side for a measurement of 4 1/4″ x 5 3/8″. do not cut off the top or bottom yet. temporarily adhere the naturals white layer on top of the always artichoke and cut your curvy cut. if you’re going to scallop when finished, trim the top off to match your side layer (in this example, about 1/4″ or 1/2″ depending on how much of the scallop border you want to see. if you’re not going to scallop, just use the measure that you took off of the side. in this example 1/8″).

me??? indecisive??? nah!!!

honestly, about a year or so ago, i created my first blog. i played and played, but never publicly promoted it. i just didn’t have the time. i’ve seen some fantastic blogs since then and now and it really was a tough decision for me to actually begin blogging… again. you see, i’m the kind of person who could sit at the computer for hours days just changing the colors and layouts of documents (i know i’m not the only person who does this, so fess up if you’re like i am… it will make me feel better). you can only imagine what it’s like when i sit down to do a little stamping. when i started this blog, i promised myself that i would find a template then stick with it. no tweaking; no going back to a different blogging service; no changing colors; no nothing. heck, it took me forever to decide which blogging service to use. oh, and believe you me, i tried them all! first, you have to have something to write about or to show people. that would mean i’d actually have to stamp or scrap something and then write about it. do i really have time for all that? is my life really that interesting (and if it’s not, can i make it sound interesting)? is anyone gonna want to read it? the answer to all those questions is “probably not” but i thought i’d give it the old college try anyway.

well, i thought i was doing OK until my blogroll list started to look a little unkempt. my solution… pick a different template… of course. darn it, i said i wasn’t going to do that. well, if you visited during the past few days, you know what i mean. i think i changed my template 20 times or more. i’m back to the template i originally started with… for now. i’m sorry if i’ve confused anyone. i know my reader base isn’t breaking any records at this point, but please accept my apologies.

once i finally decided to leave well enough alone, i had enough time to upload these photos that i’ve dsc_5507.jpghad for weeks! i really love the new baroque motifs set. it’s so elegant. i could kick myself for not getting the coordinating wheel. i now have a rule: if a set has a coordinating wheel, it must be purchased at the same time as the stamp set… even if i don’t think i like the wheel (yeah, right. like that ever happens).

this is actually a stamped set that includes a card, envelope, and a handy little holder for both. i cased the card from beate’s gate-fold card tutorial. she is one of my favorite scs stampers. she always has something fabulous to share on her blog and her cards are just the bee’s knees.

enjoy the long labor day weekend! till next time… happy stamping!


  • 2 large very vanilla envelopes
  • 1 piece 9 3/4″x 6 3/4″ elegant eggplant cardstock
  • 1 piece 3 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ piece very vanilla cardstock
  • 1 piece 4 1/8″ x 6″ piece old olive cardstock
  • elegant eggplant ink
  • old olive ink
  • sahara sand ink
  • vintage brads
  • kraft taffeta ribbon
  • baroque motifs stamp set
  • canvas background stamp
  • ticket corner punch
  • dimensionals


  • tuck one flap of large envelope into pocket of the other
  • adhere flap at back to front of other envelope
  • score 9 ¾” elegant eggplant cardstock in half at 4 7/8”
  • stamp front and back as desired in elegant eggplant ink
  • stamp very vanilla 3 5/8” x 5 ½” piece as desired, use ticket corner punch on corners, and layer onto 4 1/8” x 6″ old olive
  • stamp “medallion” in elegant eggplant onto very vanilla. cut out medallion and layer onto old olive scrap. cut around old olive leaving a border for medallion. adhere to very vanilla stamped panel
  • use about 17” of kraft taffeta ribbon and adhere under 4 1/8″ x 6″ old olive layer making sure your
    ends are long enough to tie knot at side of card holder
  • adhere joined envelopes to inside of card holder
  • make card following beate’s gate-fold card directions and decorate coordinating envelope
  • slide both inside and voila, a beautiful gift anyone would love to receive

stampers sample part faux

dream bigas i said, here is a second of three samples from my first stampers club night. i’m not really sure if i like the colors on this, kinda weird, but what the heck. let’s just go with it. this is a really cool technique i got from the current issue of papercrafts.

  • start with a stamp set that has some open space. in my sample, i used doodle this. randomly stamp your images all over whisper white cardstock in purely pomegranate ink.
  • fill the open spaces of your images with rubber cement. you want a pretty good coat or two. this may take some time to dry. use a hair dryer if you’re impatient like i am.
  • once your images are dry, use a push pin to scratch lines through your rubber cement. give it some decent pressure. the more lines you scratch, the more lines that will be visible in your finished project.
  • use your rubber brayer and groovy guava ink to brayer over your entire piece of whisper white.
  • when completely satisfied with your color, using a paper towel, dab off the extra ink that is sitting on top of your open images.
  • remove rubber cement with your fingers. decorate your card and voila! a new faux batik technique!
  • additional supplies used: certainly celery and purely pomegranate cardstock, photo corners punch, signo white gel pen, crafters tool kit, think big stamp set

enjoy! stay tuned tomorrow for my final sample.

sales tax exempt products

Good news! Several states’ legislatures have passed a special sales tax holiday during specific dates in August. During this period, sales tax does not apply to school supplies. The participating states typically define school supplies as any item normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes.Alabama: August 3-5District of Columbia: August 4-12Florida: August 4-13Georgia: August 2-5Louisiana: August 3-4Missouri: August 3-5New Mexico: August 3-5

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Tennessee: August 3-5

Virginia: August 3-5

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100425 2-Way Glue Pen 3.50 X X X X X
102620 Liquid Glue 3.95 X X X X X
104332 SNAIL Adhesive 6.95 X X X X X
104331 SNAIL Refill 4.50 X X X X X
103305 Dotto 12.95 X X X X X
100902 Dotto refill 6.50 X X X X X
104045 Anywhere Glue Stick 3.95 X X X X X
104294 Sticky Strip 6.95 X X X X X
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals 3.95 X X X X X
103683 Mini Glue Dots 4.95 X X X X X
104183 Pop-Up Glue Dots 3.95 X X X X X
106650 Greeting Glue 3.95 X X X X X
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103579 Paper Snips 9.95 X X X X X
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors 19.95 X X X X X
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101399 Stipple Brushes 6.95 X X X X X
100894 Flat brush 10.95 X X X X X
101551 Medium brush 6.95 X X X X X
101331 Small brush 5.95 X X X X X
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100271 Pure color pencils 19.95 X X X X X
101879 Watercolor pencils 19.95 X X X X X
100745 Pencil sharpener 4.95 X X X X X
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designer paper colors

i am always looking for the colors that coordinate with our designer series background papers. here’s a quick reference guide to help you figure it out.

  • Apple Cider: Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
  • Holiday Harmony: Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock
  • Brocade Backgrounds: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, River Rock
  • Cerise: Real Red, Very Vanilla
  • Charbon: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
  • Creepy Crawly: Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust
  • Cutie Pie: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron
  • Darling Doodles: Brocade Blue, Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
  • Dashing: Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Very Vanilla
  • Fall Flowers: Old Olive, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky
  • Flowers for You: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise
  • LeJardin: River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
  • Linen Prints: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pink Passion
  • Notations No. 2: More Mustard, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
  • Outlaw: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
  • Prints: Monochromatic papers available in Almost Amethyst, Always Artichoke, Blue Bayou, Brilliant Blue, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, Lovely Lilac, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock, Rose Red, So Saffron, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise
  • Porcelain Prints: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
  • Uptown: Almost Amethyst, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
  • Wintergreen: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Soft Sky
  • Azure: Brilliant Blue, Very Vanilla
    Bali Breeze: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
    Berry Bliss: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa
    Cutie Pie: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron
    East Coast Prep: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard
    Flowers for You: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise
    Fall Flowers: Old Olive, Really Rust, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand
    Ginger Blossom: Ruby Red, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava
    Jersey Shore: Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue
    Le Jardin: River Rock, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
    Notebook: Soft Sky, Kraft, Vanilla
    Olive Press: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
    Porcelain Prints: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
    Spring Break: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
    Spring Fling: Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
    Spring Silhouettes: Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
    Western Sky: Ruby Red, River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky