Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Halloween Tree

Good Morning!
Well I’m in for an extremely busy morning but I thought I would post this quickly. Last night I was busy working on my tree. I love decorating it for the different holidays. So I was able to get a few decorations finished. These turned out to be so adorable! Also extremely easy. Kimberly Van Diepen did them last year and so I thought I would give them a try. I used the new Halloween paper Frightful Sight. The stamp sets used are Wicked Cool and Batty For You.
So I wanted to show you all this picture of my amazing grandson. He puts his whole hand in his mouth because he is teething. (one or two fingers would do, but not for him!) So this is one of his teething toys. He puts the whole end in his mouth! What a talented boy! Ha Ha! I just enjoy him so much!
Hope you find some time to stamp today

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank you Robin

Good morning!
Well I was blog surfing last night. I spend to much time doing that! I came across one of the cards I did for an organized swap at convention. I am so excited that Robin Messenheimer put it on her blog. You can see it at   I love to get inspiration from her blog.
I had a busy but wonderful weekend with my grandson. He is doing and learning so much. I also did a repeat technique class yesterday for 2 of my customers. So I was a little tired. I am back to working and stamping today.
Hope you find some time to stamp today.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Petite Pocket

Good Morning!

Last night was my P.M.S. (pajamas, munchies,and stamping or scrappin) night. I had a great time. Thank you to those who came out. It was so nice to catch up with you all and see what everyone was working on.

A few days ago I was playing with the new Petite Pocket die. This is a very simple and fast project to do. I used the Beau Chateau DSP. Love It! It is one of those papers you just want to hoard. (you all know what I mean) I also used the Vintage Vogue stamp set. But as I look at the picture I feel like something is missing. Knowing me it is probably ribbon. I will go back and see what I can do with it. The colors used are Marina Mist and Soft Suede.


Don’t forget there is only a few days of the buy three and get one free DSP paper sale. This is such a great deal! Don’t let it pass you by.

Well I have a very busy weekend ahead of me. I get to take care of my grandson while his parents go away for the weekend. I can’t wait till he gets here. He is just a joy!

I hope you all find some time to stamp today.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Digital Studio

Good Morning!
I thought I would share a couple pages out of my album. I did these on My Digital Studio. The pages come out so nice when you have such a great subject to work with. These pages are sooooooooo……..easy! Just put in a few pictures, add some text or journaling and you are done.
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I am working on some cards with My Digital Studio to use in a class coming up. One of the Christmas classes. All you will have to do with it is add some embellishments and it will be done. Easy Peasy!
I want you all to know I just started a Face Book Business page. I will have different postings on there. All you have to do is go to my Face Book page and down the left side it will lead you to it or just click here!  Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator Karen Bouchikas
Sorry for the short post I am going shopping with my daughter Catlyn today for a dress for her wedding.
Hope you get some time to stamp today

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Good Morning!
I had my Grandson yesterday and he is pulling himself up on things! He is so much fun to have and I just enjoy him so much! I look forward to him coming over and being able to spend time with him.
My son and his wife are going to celebrate there 3rd anniversary this weekend. I can’t believe 3 years has gone by. It seems like yesterday they were walking down the isle.


So onto the card. I made this card for them. I used again my favorite color Calypso Coral! ( I will move on one day and use other colors)
The DSP is out of the Berry Blossoms pack.
The ink is Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade markers.
I used the Love & Care stamp set. Oh my gosh I don’t want it to go away!It is a fabulous set! Which it will retire on August 30th. You won’t be able to get it again. I suggest if this is a set you want in your stash you call me and find out how you can earn it. We can do a book party or a workshop but we have to get it in by the end of the month. The first picture is the outside of the card and the second picture is the inside.


I hope I have inspired you to stamp today

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blossom Box

Good Morning!
Sorry it has been a couple days since I last posted. Friday night I had the Big Shot Class. We had fun! We made this blossom Box. It is a little tricky but once you get it it is not so bad. I really like how this turned out. Again I am using my favorite!!!!!!!!! color. Calypso Coral! I just LOVE it!

For the flower I used the Fancy Flower Punch. I used 5 layers, scrunched them, then layered them using glue dots to hold them together. Then I used the Blossom Petals Builder Punch for the leaves.
The Designer Series Paper I used is retired but I wanted to use something retired to practice with before I use the new.

We had a busy weekend but I did manage to get some stamping in. I wanted to remind you all that Friday night is Open Night which I am renaming to P.M.S. night! (pajamas(something comfy) munchies, and stamping or scrapping)  We will start at 6:00pm and you can stay as long as you want. We will have pizza so come hungry! Bring any of your projects you are working on. This is a free night. You can use any of my tools or stamps. Please call to RSVP so I know how much pizza to get. Also to make sure I save you a spot. See you all then.

Hope you get some time to stamp today.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Next Technique Class

Good Morning!
Today I have a fun card for you. I used a new stamp set we received at convention. This is the new hostess set in the New Holiday Mini. I can’t show you a picture of the stamp set but most of you should have the Mini by now. If you don’t have it and would like it, let me know so I can make sure you get one.

If you double click on the photo it will be enlarged. You will be able to see the wreath better. This is a fun technique that we will be learning at the next Technique class. We learn two techniques and make two cards for each. Plus you also make a sample of each to put on your 6 x 6 instruction sheet so you have it when you need it. If you are interested the class is September 26th at 6:00 pm. The cost is $15.00. Please RSVP by the 9th so I have time to get your kits together.

The colors on this card are Always Artichoke,Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard and Soft Suede. 


Have a great day! I hope you find some time to stamp today.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Enjoying A Night of Stamping!

Good Morning!
Last night was such a wonderful quite evening. My husband was out helping a friend, then he went over to our sons to help him do some things. I was basically alone. So I went into my craft room and stamped! Oh what fun that was and oh what a mess I have to clean up today:(    I am not neat when I stamp.
I really loooooooove these colors! Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral. They are so yummy! I am afraid I will be using these a lot this next year.
This is an Easel Card made with the Two Tags Die. I used 3 new stamp sets I received at convention, Rainy Day, It’s Your Day and Best Friends Forever.These are the best sets! Stampin’ Up! really picked great sets to give us. I stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using chocolate chip ink. I am totally in love with the new Ruffled Ribbon! This is the Wisteria Wonder. To get this ruffled affect lay a piece of sticky strip across the piece of cardstock where you want it, then take your ribbon and stick it down a little at a time close to the last place you put it. Turn your ribbon so it goes up and down. It really gives you a great look. You will use a lot of ribbon, but it is worth it. I also spritzed the cardstock after I stamped it.
I hope you find some time to stamp today!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Christmas Card Class

Good morning! Last night was the first of 4 Christmas Card Classes. Everyone made 4 cards of 3 designs. We water colored, learned a tie die technique and did some punching. The next class is September 12th. Register now so you don’t miss it!
One of the cards may look familiar to you. It is the first one in the photo. It is on page 43 of the Ideal Book and Catalog. I changed it up a bit. Instead of stamping on the base card, we spritzed it with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz. It looks amazing! I didn’t think I would like it very much when I started but it turned out to be my favorites!
Friday night is the Big Shot Class. The cost is $15.00. I have a few spots left. Call today to reserve your spot. If you a curious about any of my classes please check my Stampin’ Up! website. It has all my up coming classes posted just look under the Events section.    or you can always e-mail me at
Thank you all for stopping by, I hope you find some time to stamp today.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Digital Studio

Good Morning!

I hope all you stampers and scrapers had a great weekend. I know I sure did! It is always great when I get to spend my Saturday with my stamp club sisters up in Tucson. This month was a month off so we all brought projects of our own to work on. It was so much fun to see what everyone was working on. This group is truly inspiring and I so look forward to being with all of you every month!

I thought today I would share a couple more pages from my 6 x 6 album I am doing on My Digital Studio. I am doing a scrapbook that Stampin’ Up! has the pages and layouts already done for you so all you need to do is drop in your photos. It is so easy and perfect for these photos of my grandson. So when your in a hurry and just want to have your scrapbook done, these layouts work so well.

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Well I hope these pages inspire you to get some scrapbooking done. If you have any questions about MDS (My Digital Studio) Please feel free to e-mail me:

I will be happy to talk with you about it.

Also a quick reminder about the Big Shot Class Friday night. We will be doing 3 projects with the Big Shot. I look forward to seeing you all there and I still have a few spots left if you are interested. Please call or e-mail me to reserve your spot. The class is at 6:00 pm and the cost of the class is $15.00

Thank you all for stopping by! I hope you find some time to stamp today


Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Friday!

Hello everyone! Hope your week is ending on a good note. I know mine will be. I have my grandson one last day today and I will have to get lots of hugs kisses and smiles to last me through till Tuesday. Yesterday he must have smiled the whole day! What a joy!

Do you own a Big Shot? Even if you don’t own one would you like to learn how to use one. Would you like to learn new new ways to use it? Or just learn how to do the projects you see all over the internet? Well, I have the class for you. Next Friday, August 19th at 6:00pm I will be having a Big Shot Class. The cost is $15.00. We will be making 3 projects. I have added pictures of the projects we will be making. RSVP to save your spot I only have a few left.
Thank you for looking at my blog.
I hope you find some time to stamp today

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Birthday Special!

Hi Everyone,
Since today is my birthday I thought I would run a special today! Anyone who places an order today will receive 11% off the total order! (I choose 11% because my birthday is the 11th) This deal is for today only and you will not be able to make it an online order. You will have to call or e-mail me with your order. Party smile

I started a photo album in MDS for my son and daughter-in-law because they are away from their son so much. These are the first 2 pages I have done. I choose to do a book that already has the layouts done. I just add the photos and then the text. It really is easy and so much fun! I only have to send it in to be printed now. I can’t wait to see it!

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Don’t forget about my special!
I hope you get some time to stamp today

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Little Late

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I’m a day late on this post. Monday night while having my Technique class a friend of mine kept texting me. He wanted to stay over because the next day which would be today, he started school. All summer we talked about him staying over to play video games all night, but we just were not able to get our times together. So he stayed but I was so tired and I new my Grandson was coming in the morning, I just had to go to sleep. We watched a little of Rango but at 12:00 I was out. The next day which was Tuesday we had a nice day with Weston. That is why I am late. The boys kept me very busy. So today I have the cards to post. First this is Levi and Weston. I have known Levi since before he was Weston’s age and we are good friends.


Ok here are the cards. We did the Faux Mother of Pearl technique.


They really are pretty in person. The one with the Upsy Daisy set looks like glass almost. I personally think it is so pretty! The other set I used was one of many that I received for free at Convention this past year. I absolutely love this set and you will see a lot done with it from me.

Speaking of Convention…….would you like to go next year? All you have to do is sign up to be a demonstrator. I would love to have you on my team! Give me a call or shoot me an e-mail ( ) with any questions you might have.

Make sure you check back tomorrow for a special I am running.


I hope you find sometime to stamp today


Monday, August 8, 2011

A Sneak Peek!

Hi Everyone,
Well it has been a few days since I posted. I have to tell you the wedding we went to Friday night was absolutely beautiful! Allison Kirkman was the bride and she was gorges. Everything was so simple but elegant. The reception! They decorated it beautifully. She wanted an outdoor theme and I know they worked very hard to achieve it but it was amazing! I just wish I would have remembered my camera! What a dope to forget that.
Yesterday we all went to my daughter Catlyn’s house to have dinner. We had a lot of fun. I want you all to meet my grandson for those of you who have not yet. He is the joy of our lives! He is almost six months and such a camera ham already! He loves playing peek-a-boo so in the last picture that is what they are doing. Catlyn made a great pot roast for us to enjoy, and we all visited and played with Weston for hours.


Ok, on to the sneak peek! Tonight is our Technique class. I am so excited for this class. If you are interested there is still room left for a few more. Give me a call though so I can cut your supplies.  The cost is $15.00, and we will start at 6pm. I know you really can’t tell in these pictures but these are the Faux Mother of Pearl Technique. I will post the full cards tomorrow. I know this is a technique you will fall in love with.

Have a wonderful day and I hope you find some time to stamp today.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Going On A Cruise!

Hi Everyone,

Yes, that is right, we are going on a cruise. For all of you that know, we have been talking about flying into Seattle and then driving down the coast. Well my Mom came to me the other day and said how about a cruise instead. So we checked into it and today we booked it. We are going to Alaska! It is a seven day cruise and we will be going in September. I am real excited!This is going to be really good for my Mom.
Today a friend and I worked on wedding bouquets, boutonnieres and decorations for the pews. There are 6 bouquets, 13 boutonnieres and 12 pew decorations. We have a young lady in our church getting married tomorrow night. So we will finish those up in the morning and then go decorate the church.

I did get a little time to stamp last night. I am LOVING the Nursery Nest DSP! It has some of the prettiest colors in it. Also the Aviary stamp set coordinates with it. I love that this stamp set is versatile. It can be used to make a very elegant card or it can be whimsical as well. I really love how this card came out.

I used:
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, and Basic Grey
Markers: Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, and Basic Grey
Ribbon: 3/8’ taffeta going grey (so sorry I didn’t check this first. But this is retired)
It is bedtime for me. I have lots to do tomorrow.
Hope you get some time to stamp today

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Hi Everyone,

Today I did a card up for you. Well I actually started these before Convention but I am getting them finished. I LOVE the Charming stamp set! This is truly one of my favorites!

I use it a lot. I also am in LOVE with this color combination. It is so warm and inviting!


The cardstock colors are Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, and Whisper White.

I used markers for the flowers, Old Olive, Marina Mist, and Daffodil Delight.

The ink colors are Cajun Craze and River Rock

The punches I used were the 2 1/2’ circle, the 1 1/4’ circle, the 1 3/8’ inch circle and the small oval.

I also used a piece of Marina mist 1/4’ grosgrain ribbon.

The Designer Series paper is Paisley Petals which is another on of my favorites!


The next pictures are a class I took at Convention Hosted by Carrie Cudney from Sampin’ Up! The class was called “Every Last Detail” Carrie is fabulous at what she does. We were able to get the first 2 frames done while there. So last night I thought I would work on it and was able to finish another frame! That is the bottom photo. I can not wait till it is all finished but it is time consuming. There are so many details to do. But I LOVE IT! I can’t wait for you all to see it!


Well I have my wonderful Grandson today. He is such a character! I just love taking care of him.

I hope you find the time to stamp today


Monday, August 1, 2011

August Promotion


Hi Friends,

Stampin’ Up has a great promotion starting today. Buy three packages of Designer Series Paper, then get one free! This promotion will only last one month so now is the time to stock up on you favorites. The paper is fabulous and trust me when I say this you will want them all! I know I do. You can see the flyer Here

I hope you get some time to stamp today