Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Hello and Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This week is all about Color Combos. So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, and White. When I laid these colors together I instantly thought how delicious they looked and I had to use the Cool Treats stamp set. Doesn't this card just make you want in ice cream cone?

I started with a base of Crumb Cake and layered a piece of So Saffron. I stamped the lil dot from the Cool Treats stamp set in So Saffron to give it a lil boarder interest. I then used the matching Frozen Treats Framelits to cut out my ice cream scoops, the cherry and the cone. I stacked them all together using some dimensionals to pop them off the page a bit. I stamped the sentiment in Blushing Bride and added a couple Rhinestone Jewels to the top and bottom. Layered the whole thing onto my card base and then I had a craving for ice cream for three days afterward. LOL

Hope you enjoyed this weeks sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Welcome to this weeks BSU Challenge. It's techinique week, and this weeks technique is Watercolor.
I chose to do a watercolor background using an aqua painter and Pacific Point ink on Shimmery White Card Stock. I pressed ink into my ink pad lid and then using the Aquapainter swiped the ink all over my background layer. If you try this and you don't get an intense enough color you can let it dry some and then apply more ink using the same method. I then stamped the two smaller balloons using the Tuxedo Momento ink pad. Using the Up and Away thinlit dies I made the Red and yellow balloon. Istamped the sentiment in Real Red and layered the whole thing on Real Red card stock. I finished off with a few clouds, also using the thinlets, and popping them up with some dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. Because this it the first of February our theme is Love/Valentines. I what to do, what to do? I decided to use the Beautiful You stampset and put a Valentines twist to it. I started by making a mask for the floral heart from the Bloomin' Love stamp set out of the Annual Catalog. I then stamped the heart upside down on some Whisper White card stock in Real Red and placed the mask I made over it. I stamped the girl from Beautiful You at the point of the heart to make it look like her dress. I did some watercoloring on the background with an aqua painter in Old Olive and Marina Mist and let it dry. I also used the aqua painter to color in the dress with Real Red. I then stamped and cut out the small flowers from the Bloomin Love set and with Dimensionals popped them up on the dress skirt. I added some Rhinestone Jewels to give it a lil bling. Layered all of that on some Old Olive and the a base of Real Red. I used some silver ribbon to finish it off and stamped my sentiment in Basic Black. The picture doesn't do it justice but I do love how it came out.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

BSU012517 are you all today? Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This week we are focusing on the Occasions Catalog. Ewweeee I Love so many of the sets in there this year.
ONE of my favorites is the Cool Treats Suite. I couldn't decide what to show you all so I decided to go with a few different projects and feature the Suite as a whole. I love the way all the papers, stamps, and framelits all go together so nicely. Look at the color combo also, so cute!

You can see in the picture what colors I used as well as the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. I added in some Peekaboo Peach Ribbon as well as a bit of Mint Macaroon ribbon....yes I know its not in the suite but it worked and its what I had LOL

This set is a lot of fun to just play with and piece the different elemnets together. So many fun and delicious looks!

Hope you enjoy playing with this suite like I head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what they have come up with for this weeks challenge.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lift Me Up

So I sat down with the Lift Me Up stamp set the matching framelits and the matching SAB paper stack. I approached it all a bit differently than I normally do. I cut out all my framelits pieces first. The balloons the clouds the different color backgrounds. Then I worked on assembling the cards.

This was a good thing for me I think. I get bored with cutting out the pieces and so by doing all that first it made assembling the cards so much faster and smoother.

So if you struggle with some of these sets that require a lot of thinlit cutting and like me get bored or lazy about cutting and assembling each you get one done and put the set may think about trying it like I did.

Cool Treats

Played with Cool Treats stamp set tonight. What fun lil creations you can make. I really like this color pallet also. Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Peekaboo Peach

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beautiful You stamp set

Ever just lay in bed in the morning ....thinking about getting up but fighting the idea?? I was doing that early this morning when this idea came to me. I've seen and even tried doing the watercolor add on to the Beautiful You stamp set. Only stamping half the image and then adding a full length dress to the bottom of it with watercolor pencils. Well I thought and small flower set would look awesome also. So I drug myself out of bed and trudged into the craft room sat down and stared at a few sets with smaller sized flowers. I went with this lil one from Blooms and Wishes stamp set. I liked I could add the rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.

Play around with it....I'm sure there are a bunch of images that would work great for this idea!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


It's time for our BSU challenge. This week is about color. Our Pallet is Real Red Pink Pirouette Melon Mambo and Wisteria Wonder.

It was a bit of a stretch but I made it work. LOL Card base is Real Red layered with Whisper White. On the white I stamped using the Sealed With Love stamp set from the new occassions catalog a couple images in Wisteria Wonder and Melon Mambo to create the background DSP look. I then stamped my sentiment on Whisper White in Wisteria Wonder and layered it with Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder. Using the matching Love Note framelits I stamped the heart and cut it using the coordinating framelit. I strung a length of Silver Sequin ribbon to add bling. I don't know who came up with this combo....(it was me I think)...but it was def a challenge. LOL

Hoipe you have enjoyed this weeks card please feel free to try it out for yourself. If you do play along you can also post your verion to the appropriate album on our Facebook page.

Don't forget to hop on over to Terri's Blog Here and Stace's Blog Here to see what they came up with this week. Have a great week everyone Thank You for stopping by...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DSP Hack...

Hey everyone. I just wanted to share a fun lil Technique that my upline shared with us recently. I just love all the DSP designer Series papers that Stampin Up offers. Sometimes they are so pretty it's hard to use them. Yes I'm guilty of DSP hoarding. But this is a fun and easy way to get you to use your pretty papers and get the most out of just a lil. I used the Carousel Birthday stamp set and the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP stack and chose four DSP prints. I cut them all to a 4x5.25 size. And then trimmed them down to four pieces. Any sizes you want just make sure you do the same measurements for all four designs. Then you just mix up the designs. I used a 4.25 x 5.5 sized piece of scrap card stock to arrange my DSP on and then trimmed up the excess leaving a great background layer for your card. Then I just chose my images and stamped them on Whisper White card stock layered them in coordinating colors and attached them to the front. Added a bit of ribbon and bam four quick and cute cards. It's a great way to make a lot of cards quickly. But still end up with a nice full layered card. I hope my explanation was helpful. There is a video that I may be able to link to....I'll try and find that and add it below.

I have a couple more sets I plan to make up real soon so stay tuned for those in the future.

DSP Video

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my BSU post on color combos.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Welcome to this weeks BSU challenge. Our topic this week is Technique. For this weeks Technique we went with Joseph's Coat. I hadn't done this one before and it was fun trying it out. You start with a piece of Whisper White card stock and sponge some coordinating colors onto it. I used Night if Navy, Pacific Point and Marina Mist in a layered position top to bottom. You then stamp your images in versamark ink randomly, in my case, over the blues and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. You then use momento black ink and sponge it all,over the whole thing. The result is that the clear embossed areas resist the momento ink but adhere to the rest of the card stock. Once you are finished applying the black momento ink to your card then lightly wipe away the excess ink from the embossed areas. The results is a lovely verigated color effect. I then trimmed it down to desired size then layered it on Whisper White and Marina Mist layers onto my card base of Night of Navy. I stamped and embossed My sentiment in silver. The stamp set I used was Blooms and Wishes, available in the annual catalog.

Hope you enjoy this weeks sure to give it a try. Remember you can always share your creations with us on our Facebook page.

Hope on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week.
Have a great week everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Beautiful You Stamp Set


So I had a chance today to put some ink on this set! It's a new set from the Occasions catalog that was released today! So exciting. There are a lot of great sets in there. I have a link on the right of this post if you want to check it out. If you love to stamp I would highly suggest you take a look at it. 

Also SALE-A-BRATION has started today! Yaaaaaaaay for every $50 you spend before shipping and tax you get to earn a free set out of the saleabration booklet. You'll also find that on the right for your viewing pleasure.  This time of year is so much fun. Who doesn't want to earn free stamps??? 

So...stay tuned for my upcoming makes using these new stamps and so much more. Enjoy!!! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Hello....Welcome to this weeks BSU challenge post. This week our theme is Winter/Snow. Trickier for me because I somehow have no current snowman or penguin stamps. Everything I have is def Christmas and not so much Winter themed. So I had to stretch a bit and come up with this card. 

I used Swirly Bird bundle to create the snowman and the snowflakes falling. The arms and the snow drift were made using the swooshy lines die. I then used a sentiment from Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set. 

So hopefully this will inspire you to try some out of the box style cards with some sets that can pull extra duty. 

Christmas was ok and somewhat quiet for us here this year since it was just the two of us. Depressing enough there and then to take a turn even more depressing our sweet cat passed away. It's still a bit crazy the way I walk through the house thinking I'll find her at the slider waiting to come in or even someone to talk to when Terry's not here. (yes we carried on quite the interesting conversations her and I). LOL It's just sad. I'm really going to miss her being around. Ok...enough of that....

Now head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what those wonderful ladies came up with this week. 

Thank You so much for stopping by.....Check back next week as we begin a new year of BSU Challenges. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


It's almost Christmas...and this is our second to the last BSU post for 2016. Can you believe it? Well this week is our color challenge week. The selected colors are

Chocolate Chip
Crumb Cake
Cherry Cobbler

I chose to go with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle because this is probably the last chance I'll have to use it this year. I also added in the Suite Seasons set for my sentiment. I started with a base of Cherry Cobbler and layered a piece of Chocolate Chip as well as Very Vanilla card stock. I then Stamped the ginger bread man in Crumb Cake ink and punched him out with the coordinated punch. I added the bow tie of Cherry Cobbler stamped with the out line of Choc Chip ink and placed it as his neck tie. I used versamark ink and stamped my sentiment on Cherry Cobbler then sprinkled with the detail white embossing powder and applied heat with my heat gun. I centered it on the Very Vanilla and added in the ginger bread man. I finished off the card with some Jute Twine. That's it....a cute simple wish for the Holiday. Below is a snap of the Items I used.

Wishing all of you a Happy hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week.  Thank You so much for stopping by......until next week then.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Ok this will be quick because things are crazy at my house. This weeks BSU topic is Technique and we thought it would be fun to have us all do a sketch! I used to use sketches all the time but have gotten lazy about using them. I think it's a great way to remind you to make a well rounded layout instead of just slapping an image on the front adding some ribbon or stones and bam...done! (I'm totally guilty of this). It also helps you get out of the same ole same ole.'s what I did.....

I started with a base of Marina Mist. Then a layer of Whisper White, added some Pink Pirouette strips in the proper places. I used some framelits to cut my scalloped circle in Marina Mist and then my standard 2.5 circle in Whisper White. I stamped the horse image from Carousel Birthday out of the new and up coming Occassions Catalog...(available Jan 4th) and I colored it in a bit using an aqua painter and real light water....not too wet because I stamped my image in crumb cake and too much water will wipe away the image. So just carefully dab your color in. I finished the coloring with a bit of the clear wink of Stella to give it a bit of shimmering sparkle that the camera just can't pick up. Trust me it's pretty. I did stamp the scroll image on my two small strips to add interest and stuck it all down. I used dimensionals behind my scallop circle layer. I finished off with some rhinestone jewels because bling is ALWAYS better right???

Hope you have enjoyed this weeks card. Try the sketch out and play along with us. Post it to our Facebook page under this weeks date.

Now go see what Terri's been up to HERE and Stace's HERE. Have a great week everyone. MERRY CHRISTMAS, and THANK YOU for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Welcome to this weeks BSU post. This weeks topic is Theme and with that theme we are of course going with Christmas.
I decided to visit the annual catalog and choose most of my products from there instead of the Holiday mini. So many times the annual catalog gets pushed aside this time of year and we tend to forget about the great products featured in there. I chose "This is Christmas" special designer series paper, Perfect Pines stamp set, as well as metallic enamel shapes. So with a base of of Cherry Cobbler I got started. I stamped the tree on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and layered it with Garden Green Card stock. I made a few banner pieces using the banner triple punch and layered them behind the stamped layer. I took a section of a sentiment from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set found in the Holiday Mini. I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler on a square of Very Vanilla then popped it up with a dimensional. I finished with the metallic enamel star on top and the dots for ornaments.

Really loving how this card came out. I guess I should practice using sketches more again. LOL

Hope you are all having a wonderful hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what they have come up with this week.

Thank you for stopping by.....Merry Christmas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Hello.....It's BSU time again! This week, because it's a fifth week this month, we are doing an  ABC/3D project. So I decided to make an ornament! It's that time of year right??? LOL Actually I've been needing to do ornaments for my Craft Market and what a great way to merge my two favorite things. Wood Crafting and Rubber Stamping. 

I harvested some old branches off the trees in the back yard earlier this year and once they dried out I had my trusty man slice them for me so I could make lovely little wood slice ornaments and well as many other crafts with them. I actually for once thought ahead a little. Yes I'm patting myself on the back LOL ANYWAY....back to the ornaments. 

A few weeks ago I pulled out and old retired favorite Loads of Love....its a cute truck you can dress up for the season......Super Cute set.....sad to see that one go.....But I used it by stamping the trcuk in stazon ink and painting it in on the wood slice. They can out super super cute. Big Hit. But I can't show them here because my trusty fellow BSU girl Terri reminded me we nixed using retired sets.....oh bother. So I came up with this pretty one using a wood slice I painted with acrylic paint. Let dry real good, then stamped my image of a tree from the current Peaceful Pines stamp set with versamark ink and heat embossed it with the beautiful Copper Embossing powder. It has that look of rose gold that is so very popular right now. So because that worked so well I stamped the Tis The Season sentiment on it as well, drilled a hole and strug it with some Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine. That's all there is to it.  I did also stamp a to/from on the back so they can be used as either gift tags or ornaments or both LOL You can purchase wood slices at the craft store if you are interested in trying this yourself. It really was about a 20 min project. AND they came out so much cuter than I thought so I think I will need to make some more of these and experiment with the wonderous wreath stamp set as well. 

Ok I will close this out by saying to be sure to hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what lovely projects they came up with this week. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Hello and Happy Holidays everyone. This weeks BSU challenge is using a stamp set Called Petite Petals. Trying to incorporate a flower stamp set into the season was pretty interesting. But I had a fu. Time coming up with this creation. I used a aqua painter brush and watercolored the splash of Emerald Envy ink. I then stamped the flowers in Cherry Cobbler and layered them over the splash with dimensionals I layers that on top of a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock then layered the whole of it on a base of Emerald Envy. I had fun pulling out my washintape and adding a few strips to the side. I tied on some Whisper White Bakers Twine and added my sentiment from Sheltering Tree stamp set. Finished up with some rhinestones in the center of the flowers.

I saw this as a festive seasonal card that took a moment to say "I'm thinking of you" instead of wishes for the season hahahaha ANYWAY....hope you have an Awesome Thanksgiving. We will be making dinner tomorrow and digging out Christmas trees and decor today! So that we can start the holiday cheer this week. We usually try to put up the tree on the night of Thanksgiving.

Don't forget to hop on over to Terri's blog HERE and Stace's blog HERE and see what my stamping buddies came up with for this week!

Enjoy your holiday and I'll see ya next week.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Good day everyone....hope all are well. This weeks BSU challenge is COLOR. 
Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Old Olive and White. I went for a fun country look. I used the Jar of Love set.  I stamped the jar first in Marina Mist and then filled it in with stems in Old Olive. I topped off the stems using the fun flower verities included in this set using the Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Crushed Curry. I added in the glass balls at the base using Marina Mist stamped off in various degrees. Added the fun string bow stamp at the top of the jar and finished it of with a sentiment also from the same set! I love all that this set has to offer. So many different ways and looks from it.  

I'm neck deep in Holiday Events over the next month so things have been crazy at my house. So crazy Terry had to take up house chores hahahaha Thank You Terry. 

Now head on over to Terri's blog HERE and Stace's blog HERE to see what they came up with for this weeks color combo. 
Have a great week everyone and I certainly hope everyone is getting ready for the Holidays. They are coming fast!!! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Okay don't faint.....I'm finally making a BSU post after a month of doing other stuff. Been a busy time for me with all that's going on but I did get in the craft room and found enough room on my table to break out a card!  This weeks BSU theme is a technique and we have chosen Fancy Folds. I believe I have mentioned before that it's not my forte but I elected to do a pleated card because I have yet to try one.  I started out small.  So with a piece of 4x11.5 DSP I made my score lines at 3,4,6,7,9,10. I then maneuvered my DSP it at angle in my paper trimmer to slice an angle to one edge. I then folded my score lines in a fan fold style. I used adhesive to stick down each pleat before layering the whole thing on a card base of Cherry Cobbler. I added a ribbon then stamped my sentiment in versamark ink and used the new copper embossing powder. Rose gold is one of my favorite trends right now and that copper embossing powder really carries that look.  

Hope you've enjoyed this weeks creation. Be sure to hop on over to Terri's blog Here  and Stace's blog Here to see what the other ladies came up with this week. Have a great week everyone.....I'll try harder next week. :) 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


This weeks theme for Broke Stampers Unite Challenge is Fall/ know I'm going to chose Halloween! I pulled out once again the Cookie Cutter Halloween set. I love this lil mummy. 

Apretty basic card layout. I used a Pumpkin Pie card base and layered it with DSP from the Halloween Night DSP pack. I used the Triple banner punch to make my orange banner layer. I then cut out a cercle and a scallopped circle using the Layering Circles Framelits. I stamped the mummy in Basic Black and punched it out with the Cookie Cutter punch. Using some dimensionals I layered the mummy on the circles and also for the circles onto the banner. I stamped the sentiment from Spooky Fun stamp set in Basic Black. popped that up with some Dimensionals as well. I finished off my card with a lenth of Basic Black bakers twine tied in a bow. 

Sothere's my card for this week. Hope everyone is enjoying fall. I know I'm enjoying these cooler days. All the items mentioned above are available in the Holiday Catalog. If you haven't had a chance to look at it yet I have a link to it on the right. Check it out, there's a bunch of fun Holiday sets and gorgeous DSP's in it. 

If you'd like to play along with us you can visit our Facebook Page... Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE . Be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE
to see what they came up with this week. 

Have a great week everyone and enjoy this lovely weather.Thank You so much for stopping by and See ya next week.