Friday, October 8, 2010

Clearance Rack Blitz

Looking for paper and product at a reasonable price...

Go to the following link and get going. It is while supplies last only!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy Birthday!

I have been having such fun with Stampin Up! punches.
And there are so many new things you can do with them.
I was doin a Shoebox Swap with my fellow demonstrators and I just love the
119864-Round Tab and 118402 Scallop Trim Border Punches.

I wanted to make a Birthday Card.
I looked at the Round Tab punched out and if you cut it in half it looks like a
cute lil cupcake!
next,  with 118402 Scallop Trim Border Punch
punch the edge of  cardstock and again using the Round Tab punch~
punch out the "frosting" for your cupcake.

assemble the pieces and using 
118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pak,
 don't forget the "cherry" on the top! 
finish it off with the SU stamp ~ 116978 Homemade
which coordinates with 118874    2 3/8" Scallop Circle.

If you would like to make this and more,
you might think about booking your own workshop. online by clicking here .

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dad's Birthday Card

As promised, in June...Summer is so busy on the farm, but enough excuses...
Here is the card I made for my dad's 80th Birthday!

I'm ashamed to say I've been away sooo long!
 I hope you will think it was worth the wait.

1. Cut a 7X6 1/4 inch piece of cardstock

2. Score 1 inch vertical lines beginning at the top, 3 inches and 4 inches from the left edge; repeat at the bottom.

3. Cut horizontally from scored lines 1 inch and vertically
4 1/4 inches. Make sure you don't cut over your scored lines. This will create a "hinge". will see the "naked truth".

Cut a 6 3/4X6 inch piece of your choice of DSP.

I cut an opening in the DSP slightly larger than I cut from my cardstock. Starting only 3/4 inch from the edge of the paper but my opening is 3 1/4X4 1/2 inches.

Now adhere your DSP to your cardstock.
Fold card along scored lines so that left side is on top. 

Stamp your choice of image and adhere to the front of card.

My opening is 3X4 1/4 inches...instead of the 2 3/4 X 4 1/4 inches in the diagram

here is the twist.

Now add your sentiment to the card back and
Which also happens to be the SU stamp set I used.
I LOVE this set, don't you?

I  hope to bring you all kinds of new ideas in the next while.
Thank you for looking and come back soon!

Happy Stamping!
♥ Pixie!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dad's 80th Birthday!

If you see your parents on a regular basis you don't noticed them
aging. So when my dad was approaching 80 years old, I thought...WOW, where did the time go?
Course then you stop to think about your own age. He keeps telling me that it's hard to think of me as a...GRANDMOTHER, or "Manga" as the grandsons call me.

Over MEMORIAL WEEKEND, we had a small family gathering for my dad.
Wonderful weather, great food, fun watching the lil ones!
Just a great combination for a great MILESTONE!

My dad used to work for the GREAT NORTHERN RAILROAD...the mascot was "Rocky"  the Great Northern Goat!   All these years he has tried to be so "gruff"....

               THE OL' GOAT! 

He would refer to himself as the Ol' Goat!
More of a family joke than truth! But this year, when ordering the cake I couldn't resist. Here is the finished cake...from Dairy Queen. Well I walked in, gave him a BIG (((hug))) and kiss and wished him "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!"   He started singing...."Happy Birthday to the Old Goat"

                                               We both had a good laugh....<(*\/*)>

We dont stop playing cuz we get older....
We get older when we stop "playing"!    

Age is a "Matter of Mind".....if you don't MIND, then it doesn't MATTER!!!

Come back soon, I'll show you the card I made for him. I LOVE how it turned out!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Stamping!~ Pixie

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Accordian Fold with a TWIST!!!

I saw this technique in a book and just had to play with it!
I've been having such fun making these for different
 occasions starting with my son and his wife's 4th Wedding Anniversary.

I was looking for something new
 that I could do for a change...

WELL, I found it!

Some people refer to this as a Z-fold or Accordian fold.

I felt abit TWISTED that day, so this was perfect.  

This is the FRONT...

It is my FIRST  attempt,
as you can see, it takes a twist in the middle. This way, you get to use TWO sentiments. One on the front and one...
on the BACK!!

I'm usually working under the wire....need a card like NOW!!
I find I work best UNDER PRESSURE.

later I will be posting more detailed directions for making this card.
If you would like to see first-hand how to create one for yourself
Watch for my schedule of workshops coming soon. 

To book your workshop contact me
or shop online at
and click on Shop Now.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping~ Pixie

Monday, May 24, 2010

Life on the FAR from LAID BACK!

I've been alittle absent to my blog...SPRING  is a busy time on the farm. We've been busy in the fields: planting oats and corn AND pickin' ROCKS!  EVERY YEAR....JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK!

 The nice part is, that people in our area are looking for rocks, for landscaping, for water-damage control. Seems, as fast as we pick'em, THEY'RE GONE!!  We just leave the wagon out at the front of the lawn and come morning, POOF!  Most people will come to the house and ask to take them, but there was a woman in a skirt who just stopped and started loading them into her lil car and drove away!


I will be back to card making soon....

Hang in there!

To book your workshop
contact me
or shop online at
and click on Shop Now.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping~ Pixie

Monday, April 5, 2010

I just LOVE a good sale

I just love a good sale...
and now is the best time
to get your supplies.

Awash with Flowers is a beautiful two step stamp set that will enhance your collection of stamps with gorgeous flower images.

During the month of April, there are two ways to acquire this set:

Hostesses: Host a $460 workshop and receive this set free.

Customers: The set is available for purchase in wood mount (#117062 - $52.95)
or clear mount (#120549 - $36.95).

Stamp Sale! Receive 20% off the following sets - no additional purchase necesary.

Item     Page      Description      Discount Price

113824     94         Greenhouse Garden         $27.96

113734     98        Fifth Avenue Floral        $26.36

111578      101         Flower Fancy                 $39.16

113258       112       Trendy Trees                      $19.16

To book your workshop
          contact me  
    or to take advantage
   of the 20% savings
 on the shop online at
and click on Shop Now.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping~ Pixie

Friday, March 26, 2010

Connect Retreat

Last week I was blessed to be part of a wonderful retreat.
I have been a part of this cause for the past 11 yrs...

11 years ago, 3 women started this retreat to bring women together
and let them know that their experiences could help one another.

Each year they come to

located on Buffalo Lake for 3 days of laughter, wonderful speakers, pampering, meeting new friends and re-connecting with old friends... and of course, terrific food!

Among the activities,
of course,
 we have to include some cardmaking and crafts!

This year I enlisted the help of some friends...
Jan Carlson  (on the left)
the person who got me into Stampin' Up! in the first place...
Dave the Byrdman, here helping the ladies.

We had a very good turnout for the classes.
One of the projects was a basket
inspired by Gretchen Barron

This lil guy is just the cutest!

I had seen a picture of it on SCS but it was Jan that figured out how to make him, since I didn't have time to order the tutorial from Gretchen to arrive in time.
Jan is the Punch Art Queen!

Makes you want to get out your punches...doesn't it?!

Let me help you get me
There is still a few days left of Sale-a-Bration
and there's a month left of the Occasions Mini Catalog
and there is always the  Stampin' Up! Catalog

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Pat's

To the Wearin' O' the Green

This was actually s'posed to post on Thur
for our All that's Green post...
I have to put it in for
St. Patricks Day!!

I'll share more with you this weekend.
For the next 3 days, I will be at a retreat.
I have been a part of this retreat for
Women Surviving Cancer
for the past 10 yrs.

Happy Stampin~ Pixie

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Baby--Glassine Bag

My friend, Jan, just became a grandma again this past weekend!
When I saw this lil topper on SCS by Ellen Kemper
I was inspired to try it out for this weeks
Glassine Bag Challenge.

It was all done with punches!

The 2 large circles are 1 3/4" the white one repunched to get the waist line

1 1/4" circle for the body, Heart to Heart for the leg, and ear.

Shortened Word Window for arm--5 standard hole punches for eyes and nose.

The curl is 1/2 inch circle offset around standard hole punch HOLE

The pacifier base is heart to heart punched offset
 above standard hole punch HOLE

The pacifier ring is standard hole punch
around smallest Crop-a-dile HOLE

The lil nose looks shiny, just a slight cold

Assembly advice: Do not put the pacifier too close to the nose

Sunday, March 7, 2010

You Want Details...HERE THEY ARE!

As I told you, I made this card for my grandson Emmett.

Not having any dimensions to go by...
and only an hour before his birthday party...
I set to work.
The finished size was larger than I planned,
but to a 3 yr old...BIGGER IS BETTER!!!
I hope you will enjoy making this card, I DID!

I thought you would like to have the details on the Thomas Train card.

Products used are from Stampin' Up!
Here's what you will need to get started.

  • Circle Scissors - or something to cut circles

  • Punches- 1/2" circle, 3/4" circle, Full heart

  • Paper Cutter and Paper Snips

  • Cardstock: Blue, Bordering Blue, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Textured Gray, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, YoYo Yellow

  • Ink: Classic Stamp pad-Close to Cocoa

  • White Gel Pen and Black Stampin Write.

  • Adhesives--SU Snail, Stampin Dimensionals
The face: textured gray~3 3/8 circle
(cut on the SU Circle Scissors)
2 white 3/4" circle and 2 blk 1/2" circle (eyes)
 2 pink 1/2" circle (cheeks)
1 blue 1/2"circle (nose), 1 3/8 circle punch for
 mouth (white)

The mouth: punch a  1 3/8" circle in
white then move your punch slightly
 and punch again. You will have a
crescent for the mouth

We will move on to the main body of the train....
using Bright Blue cardstock (CS) (or color of your choice),
cut a piece 3 5/8" X 10 1/4" and round one end--I used the Circle Scissors set on the largest setting (6") 

Now take Basic Black CS, for the very top of the train...4"X4 3/4"
round with Circle cutter (6"), move down slightly and cut again...
giving you a rounded strip 3/8" and save the rest for behind the face.

Smokestack: BB  1 1/2"X4" notched on one end, 3/8" from one end and 1/4" in on both sides of one end. Crosspiece of stack:
BB 1" X 2 1/2" rounded on both ends. Place the bottom edge of crosspiece at top of train. 

Punch 2 yo-yo yellow 3/4" circles and 2 BB 1/2". With black on yellow circles, place one on either side of smokestack.
Take the BB that you saved from th e top and place it
                            2" from the top of train, trimming the sides to  3 5/8"

Let's keep moving...All Aboard?

We are now adding the Blue horizontal piece, 1 3/4"X4 7/8" to the top of Black CS (refer to pic) AND Creamy Caramel (I used To The Nines DSP) 1 1/2"X 4 5/8" round both ends with BB 3/4" circles at each end.

Real Red CS 4 1/4"X4 1/4" trim one end to
3 1/2"  refer to pic.

Using the same method as the Red CS...
take Really Rust CS 3"X 3 3/4".  trim 3 3/4" end
to 3 1/4"/ stamp with Close to Cocoa using (109294)
Sanded background stamp and sponge the edges with
the same ink. Cut Really Rust into 2 pieces 1" and 2"
and  adhere to the Red CS. Add 1/2" X 4" strips of
textured Tan CS for the tracks.

Add 1 3/4" X 3 3/4"  Red CS backed by 2" X4" BB CS -sponge the edges of the Red with Close to Cocoa ink.
Place this piece  at the top of the tracks, under the body of the train.

Almost ready to roll outta the Station!

Attach the finished face to the card front as shown in the picture.
Don't forget to add some eyebrows and a glint to his eyes!

Punch 2 hearts from Whisper White CS or...
I used Shimmer White for extra sparkle. attach
with Stampin Dimensionals to the smokestack.

One last step...
Cut BB CS 3 1/2"X 12" and score at 3 5/8"
 and another BB CS 3 1/2" X 8 3/8". I attached
 with Sticky Strip for Extra-Durability,
able to withstand whatever a 3 yr old dishes out!
finished size:4 7/8" X 13 7/8"
yeah, you might have to "make" an
envelope too! ;o)

 outta the Station.....


Hope you had a fun ride...c'mon back soon!

Happy Stampin ~ Pixie

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Emmett loves Thomas the Train!

My oldest grandson, Emmett, recently turned 3 yrs old on Feb 15th.
...where has the time gone.

Well, Emmett is a huge fan of trains! His favorite movie is the Polar Express. He can be heard throughout the day, at any given time saying...ALL ABOARD!!
For his 2nd birthday, I gave him a Thomas the Train set. When I returned from a recent road-trip to Mississippi by plane, the last leg of the trip from the Airport to Big Lake, MN was by Light Rail and the North Star commuter train. So...I brought him a passenger car for his train.

While browsing the web, I found a wonderful post on Splitcoast Stampers of a Thomas Train card.
I know you all will love it too, so...

Stay tuned...
I will be posting the details so you can make this card yourself!
What lil boy wouldn't LOVE this train.

Happy Stampin ~ Pixie 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Coffee Tin with St Patrick Border

I love the International Coffee Tins!
since I don't drink coffee, I have to rely on my friends to keep me supplied.
My daughters Fairy Godmother as she calls her is my best supplier.
I decided to make her one for St Patricks Day! 
She likes to keep her grocery coupons in it on her desk.
I hope, soon, to give her one for every holiday...
so I will be able to share with all of you along the way!

I wanted to use one of our new punches!
I love the new corner and border punches!

I used (118402) Scalloped Trim Border
I'm fascinated by the new design.
There is a lock on the bottom so they fold up, compact!

It's the slickest thing. It  makes for easy storage, and transport. 
Also available is:
  • 118870 Scallop Trim Corner          $ 9.95
  • 117649 Pinking Hearts Border       $15.95
  • 18072 Pinking Hearts Corner        $ 9.95
To check out all the new punches- click here 
Happy Stampin! ~ Pixie


Monday, March 1, 2010

Wonderful Make & Takes!

Each month as a demonstrator,
 our group takes the opportunity to come together
for an evening of fun, card swapping and tips to take our business forward.

Our upline, Dawn Olchefske, does a great deal of planning for these nights
 and this month was no exception!
 We had a Demonstrator Fair! 
Gayle and I focused on Marker Techniques,
as we had just finished a Marker Club with Jan.
Some months we even have guest speakers.
Our Speaker of the evening was Susan Auyer,
who came all the way from Michigan!
She was a Rising Star in 2008 and has a very business-minded attitude
 towards her Stampin' Up! business.
There were stampin techniques and business tips and last, but not least
and actually the FIRST order of the night...

Aren't these just the sweetest?
I am really into the Sweet Pea Felt Flowers.
They just add so much definition to a simple card.
(hint--SU Pop-up Glue Dots work marvelously to adhere the flowers)
Take a Pop-up Glue Dot and cut it...pop it on the back of the flower.
Use a whole dot for the largest of the flowers.

I would love to help you with all of your stampin needs. click here


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Clear Mount Stamps


Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, we asked for it, and now we have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers their exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.  

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features

# Nine different sizes of clear blocks
    available individually or as a discounted bundle.

# Blocks have ergonomic grooves
    on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.

# Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean 
    with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.

# Optional image labels on stamp backs
   let you decide if you want to see the image
   through the block or not.

# Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.

# Large clear blocks can be used to create collages
    or spell words with alphabet sets.

Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases
   with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.

I thought I wasn't going to give in......BUT

I DID! And I love them!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Today's card was a treat to make.
 I love the new 12X12 stack of paper
It's available in the Occasions Mini Catalog
til April 30 2010.
There are 48 sheets total/2 each of 24 double-sided designs-12X12"

So many fun designs...sure to get you in the mood for SPRING! They not only coordinate with the Sweet Pea stitched felt pieces but the Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red SU Cardstock as well.
WOW! Think of all the projects you'll be able to CREATE!

It has the makings for a FABULOUS WORKSHOP!

SU Cardstock: In-color Melon Mambo, 117161 Sweet Pea DSP
117266 Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flowers, 117681 Pretty in Pink Coruroy Buttons
Build-a-Brad, 118580 clear mount Messages for Mom stamp set
punches: 1/2" Circle , Word Window, 118402 Scallop Trim Border (from Sale-a-Bration)

I would love to help you create this simple card... click here
Let me know when you would like to schedule your own personal time to stamp!

Now would be the perfect time to get some of your product FREE!
(Place an order for $50.00 and get a FREE Stamp Set)

Monday, February 22, 2010


This past Saturday evening, what a fun nite!! I was invited to the home of my Stampin' Up! upline, Dawn Olchefske's, for supper with 3 other demonstrators. Dawn prepared a Taco Soup that was so scrumptious with all the fixins (sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole', salsa, etc.) AND some wonderful Corn Bread! We ate to our hearts content and then on to some very cute stampin projects.  With some personal supplies in hand, (that Dawn had emailed us to bring) such as adhesives, scissors and our personal paper cutters (she supplied the rest)--we enjoyed an evening of food, fun and laughter.

This event was a reward for achieving goals during the quarter...there were 4 of us that night.
Gayle Klingelhoets, Ann Truenow, Bobbie Peterson and myself.

We received these wonderful bags with the Lovely Flowers Bundle/ level 3 hostess set. This includes  the Flower Lines stamp set/Lovely Lines Rub-ons/ and double sided Designer Series paper-Lovely Flowers. You can earn this Hostess Set by contacting me to hostess your own Stampin' Up! workshop.  click here 

My wonderful hubby has joked that my stamping is an addiction...and I admit he's right! I told him that night...bye hon, I'm off to my SUPPORT GROUP!! It's so wonderful to have a group of women to encourage you to push yourself to new levels, inspire you with their creativeness and help you believe that YOU CAN!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Card /Matching Frame

Added Touches

I've been stamping long enough now, that I see the natural progression of things. When I first started out, my cards were simple. One or two layers, simple stamping, no embellishments! Sometimes I like to go back to the more simple time...but tweak it some. Take a simple stamp set. In this case "I {Heart} Hearts" from the Occasions Mini Catalog and Whimsical Words from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.

Even with the ribbon (white, colored with Certainly Celery Marker) and soft subtle button, it seemed to lack something.  So...I add some Morse Code as I call it. Dashes and dots! They just seem to add a little dimension. With some squiggles...Voila', you now have a card that is "eye catching" but not over-the-top.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Everyday Ideas

Everyday Ideas 

I hear so many claim to "not have a creative bone in my body"!
I could never be a demonstrator, where do you get all of your ideas?
Believe it or not, if you look around you, there are so many things you can take your ideas from.

I have been looking at this frame, given to me by a dear friend, and thought...that would make a really cute card! If you take the time, look at ordinary objects, you can duplicate them. Even demonstrators "copy" from others. I would consider it a HUGE compliment if someone admired one of my creations enough to CASE it.
A CASE card I'm told is...Copy And Stamp Everything!

Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Whisper White,
                  Going Gray textured
Classic Ink Stamp pad: Certainly Celery,Basic Black 
Basic Black Stampin write marker, Soft Subtles buttons,
White Taffeta Ribbon colored with Certainly Celery Marker

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Heart Hearts

I {Heart} Hearts*

I am enjoying this stamp set ( I {Heart} Hearts*)
from the Occasions Mini Catalog so much.
I purchased it as a clear mount first!
For so long I held's all about resisting change.
Well, now I am hooked and it also coordinates with two of our punches:
(113693-Full Heart and 113694-Heart to Heart). 
The sentiment is clear mount(119119) Whimsical Words, a Sale-a-Bration set. 
I should add that both sets are available in wood mount also. 

Yes! Change is wonderful! That's what living in Minnesota gives us...Change!
A change of seasons...if you dont like the weather--wait a few minutes, it will change.This is a wonderful time of year, Sale-a-bration(Jan 5-Mar 31) 
AND the Occasions Mini Catalog (Jan 5-Apr 30)
It's like Christmas, after Christmas!

Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Whimsical Words
Cardstock:So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Tea Party DSP
Ink: Classic So Saffron, Big Shot Texturz plates-Background I
Punches: Designer Label, Ticket corner
Ribbon: 3/8" white taffeta  Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals 

To view either the Occasions Mini or Sale-a-Bration catalogs