Embellishment Opportunity

thankyouforthegiftSo yesterday, I mentioned that a card I stamped couldn’t be saved. That, “There are no mistakes. There are only embellishment opportunities,” didn’t work out. It’s rare but it happens. This one, however, is the perfect example of how to save a card that is messed up! LOL So, where’s the boo-boo? Well, I stamped over it!  Just off the tail of the “Y” in thank you, I had ink on the edge of the stamp and didn’t see it when I stamped the sentiment.  There wasn’t going to be anything else on the card… Just the sentiment.  Well…..  Not a bad save, eh?  Coloring the butterfly with markers also helped conceal lighter lines… Phew! *mops her brow*

Thick Whisper White card stock, Stazon ink, and colored with markers. That’s it! Deja Vu? LOL Simple. But, elegant. Tomorrow, I will post my favorite of the bunch!

This card went to my mother-in-law. She sent me a gift card for my birthday and I wanted to thank her.

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

A return to my TRUE self!

It has been over a year since I have stamped!  Yes, you read that right.  1 year!  Where have I been?  Well, honestly, a LOT has been going on.  It was not for the lack of wanting to stamp!  It was for the lack of time and states of flux my “craft room” has been in.  I held down a full-time job for close to 3 years and I found that I couldn’t find … make the time to stamp.

My health has been a concern of mine for a while now.  The doctors can’t find anything wrong with me.  I found myself falling asleep at my desk at work and other symptoms that point to a particular condition that all of the doctors say I don’t have, even though I was diagnosed with that condition 6 years ago (and there’s no cure)! So that part is STILL up in the air.

To make a long story short, I have quit my full-time job and started working on craft fair.  I do the same one every year.  I love it!  I have a couple of friends and family that are pushing me to do more with it!  So, while the plans are all in my head right now.  BIG things are on the horizon (like I just bought a “light tent” for taking better pictures of my products, more tutorials, and so much more).  My passion is paper crafting.

The great thing about Stampin’ Up! and direct sales in general is that you can start your business over whenever you want.  Every single day, in fact.  While I am not ready to launch my Stampin’ Up! business again, per say, I do have some big plans!

So, above, is a wonderful scratch pad cover that I designed.  (Remember, I’m also known as the “Box Lady”) It is a refillable cover, meaning you can go to any office supply store and get refill pads for it.  They are perfect to keep in your purse, back pack, or any bag, really!  The cover is made with a single sheet of paper.  Then, embellishing it, well that’s the fun part!  I have an infinite love of butterflies.  And, I felt like coloring! Viola!  Magic happened!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

After craft fair, I will share this project again with NEW product from the Occasions Catalog AND the dimensions/tutorial for this project.  There is a new stamp set I have to have out of that catalog that would be great for this project too!  Since the pre-order for demonstrators isn’t until the early part of December, it will be around mid-December before I can post it.  Anyway, I will let you go for now.  Just know, I will always be around.  AND I am going to start sharing again too!

Clean&Simple 257

My name is Christy Schroeger and I am a cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot.com junkie.    I admit it!  Every time I see a layout, I have to do it.  It’s a compulsion!  When I saw layout 257, I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do.  My love of butterflies only made this card EASY for me.  With the stamp set and punch bundled until the end of the month, it was just a no-brainer! *grins*  I saw this layout a week ago.  I have been itching to make this card because I had it all worked out in my head!  But with the other responsibilities of life, I had to put this on hold.


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I love when things go on sale.  I love it more when it’s things I don’t have.  However, I already have both items but if you don’t, now is a great time to take advantage of this sale!!  You can click on the image below to take you to the site.  It’s the link for the clear mount set.


You get this fabulous stamp set – Papillon Potpourri


and the Bitty Butterfly Punch (it punches out the small butterflies perfectly!!!)

If you want to see a sample of what you can do with stamp set and punch, check this out:


I love it!

Also,  TODAY is the last day for signing up for My Paper Pumpkin and the bonus kit for signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Both of these promotions are a great deal!!  Two months of My Paper Pumpkin for $10 – You can’t beat it!!


Just click on the picture above and it will take you to the sign-up page.  Put me in as your demonstrator and you will get a hand-stamped card from me every month you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!  That’s a great BONUS to an already super promotion!  I have been posting the great projects we have been receiving thus far.  Yours could differ from mine since I have been a subscriber since the beginning.

Finally, if you sign up to be a demonstrator, you can get a FANTASTIC bonus kit along with an already awesome deal of being a demonstrator.  $99 for $125 worth of product and an AMAZING project kit to go with it!! You can’t go wrong here!  Click on the image below to go to my website to sign up!!


Stunning CASE’d Card

I CASE’d (Copy And Share Everything) a card from Shelli Gardner (she’s the CEO of Stampin’ Up!) today.  This card was a lot of work.  I am pretty sure I did things that they didn’t (I know I colored the whole butterfly) but since I didn’t hold the card, to see exactly what they did, I used my instincts.  I have to say, I LOVE this card; hard work and all! Yes, it has EVERYTHING to do with the butterflies!!

What you may not be able to tell is that this card is a “pop up” card.  Meaning, every time you open the card, the butterfly wing opens!  The middle picture shows it best.  This card uses a lot of stamp sets and supplies.  It’s definitely a “special occasion” type card!  I watercolored with Blender Pens and Ink Pads to color the butterflies.  I also “spritzed” with an aqua painter and ink refills.




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