Tic-Tac-Toe with some blog candy, again!





Hello…hello – It is Thursday and that means that is it time to play Tic-Tac-Toe and I think that I have a fun post for you! I hope that you POP over to the Tic-Tac -Toe Challenge site to see what the others have come up with… My hopes are that you will find some “me time” to PLAY this week!

Here is the game board for this week and I chose to do the Rectangle-Circle & Square….and you might be thinking…WHAT THE HECK – I do not see this….hang tight – I’ll explain!

Read about the project today and then at the end I will share not only the WINNER from yesterdays post (and I will also make some comments about question asked) but I will share the blog candy for today – this sweet stamp set……A Little Wild! I told you – this week is all about YOU…my thanks for your support to my Stampin fun!







I just think that Stampin’ Up! was brilliant to design a fun stamp set that has a “front and a back” and guess what – you might be seeing more in the future. (hint-hint)

Just look at this trio of fun! When you use the framelits you will have a mirrored image to it is PERFECT for an interactive card….but today, I chose to make it a sweet and handy Post it to make someones desk smile!






I have a secret….hmmmmm – what is it? I used a Whisper White Note Card to make it! 

Are you saying W H A T ?


I had my note cards in arms reach and I guess you could say that I was being lazy and I made it work! I took the notecard and cut it at 3 1/2″ to make a square – (check the square off). Using the sweet soft sky paper from the Coffee Break DSP I adhered a 3 1/2″ square to the front panel of the card.





Using the trimmer I scored at 1″ and at 2″  and gave the scored lines a good crease with the bone folder. I think that this is super important when you are making project that need to “stand up and behave” and plus…it looks soooooo much more professional!

Hmmmmm….time to (check off the rectangle) – I know that it stretching it a bit but heck – this is a game and we are to be having FUN.…I am showing you this because I want you to see that YOU CAN PLAY ALONG and have fun.


It is all about getting inky…playing with paper and scissors and having FUN!






Now to the main man….sweet Mr. Elephant! I simple stamped him on a scrap of whisper white – ran him through Mr. Big (LOVE the framelits in the set) and I did something I have not used in a long time….I pulled out the Watercolor Pencils!

You know why I did this….EASY – it was the inspiration from our “Chris R from Iowa”….do you remember on her post that she used the Watercolor Pencils to color her adorable Eskimo?

I admit, I have not given them the love they so deserve so I gave them a spin and I loved the outcome! Very fast and I thought that the overall coverage was great and when I wanted a wee bit of shading….just go back over!





I adhered the front and back of the elephant together and snipped off the little circle thing…POPPED out a 1 3/4″ circle (check the circle off) snipped the bottom off so it would lay flat…adhered just the lower edge of the circle and PRESTO….I have a super cute little holder for a mini post it note!

You can clearly see how fast and easy this is to whip up and the fun factor…yep – it’s high as how can anyone not smile with this little cutie! These mini size post its are like candy to me  – I reach for them all the time so why not make them look cute!

I made 2 of these for my ladies at the Post Office as I truly am WILD about them…..and I think I am going to tuck a roll of lifesavers in the hole as they are always so helpful! You see – it is fun to think out of the box and have fun when we are crafting!




The countdown is on for the final Bonus Days Dollars – remember this ends on July 31st….but now save later….with every $50.00 you will receive a $5.00 coupon to use in August…

I LOVE this promotion and have taken advantage of it personally but if I were you……I would add that extra $25.00 to be able to pick a free stamp from my vault…..(just saying as there are 100’s of stamp sets needing a new home) WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?

I have finally “corralled” my retired product….and it is a CANDYLAND for YOU! When you enter the vault….you will be in heaven (I have several in there right now….so hurry and make your selection before it gets swooped up)

I have updated the Hostess Code and if your order is $75.00 or more with me….you can GO TO THE VAULT and pick out any stamp your heart desires. I did this last year and it was a huge hit….but now….it is STOCKED TO THE MAX….as it is up to date from the Catalog that ended on May 31st.



Have a great day….and I hope that you will have some time have fun with this challenge! Please do not forget to pop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge Site and see what the other design team members came up with!

Now to the WINNER from yesterday…..ok get ready – same drill….if your name is GENIE….than you need to GET UP….PUT THOSE ARMS UP AND SQUEAL…..you won the Paint Play Stamp Set…..so do it…shake it….spin around and then email me! You are going to have endless FUN with this stamp set!

I loved reading your responses and yep, I am a big fan of conditioning. There was a couple of comments about when I said that it was not necessary to wipe off the versamark….I don’t know what to say but I have never had any issues of my ink pads not working …but if you feel better, wipe them clean.

I figured that most of the versamark is already off because you have stamped it on a piece of scrap and the little residue that is on….will make the ink stick better! (hope this helps)

Yep, it seems like the photopolymer need some extra love in conditioning but once they are conditioned….WOW….smooth sailing!

Lastly, the reason that I use a dark or bold ink to condition is….I like to see the stamp (especially if it is a photopolymer) I use to be totally type A and like to see them clean….but I found that I tended to loose the little ones…..Staining does not effect the quality of the stamp!

Now for todays question?…..How were you introduced to Stampin’ Up! and can you remember the 1st card you made?


One lucky winner will win this stamp Set….

A Little Wild….just leave a comment and GOOD LUCK!



Please leave me a comment and also let me know how you like Mr. Elephant…..and pop back tomorrow to see who won the stamp set! We’ve got some Lemons in the house! Have a fabulous day!





Blog Candy time…let’s Paint Play!





Happy Hump Day to you and do I have a fun and flirty little number for you today but before we get going I have 2 SUPER important things to go over……are you ready!!!

  • The Daisy Delight Bundle IS BACK IN STOCK….ok stampers – I think that we can all say that there has never been an item that has been so popular than this HOT duo. If you do not already have this, than this IS your time to hop on the stampin’ wagon. It not only is a “smart stamper” to get it before it potentially goes on back order again ( I hope not)…but you are so close to being about to earn a bonus day buck! This is the featured product for my weekend post and trust me, you need it!


  • We have a BLOG CANDY WINNER from yesterday! Are you ready….get ready to slide that chair back if you are PAT ROPCHAN and if you are Pat…..you need to GET UP and DO IT…..DO THAT HAPPY DANCE!!!! Pat – you won the Watts of Occasion Stamp Set! I just adore that stamp set and I know you will enjoy it as well! Please email me your address and I will ordered this FUN stamp for you!



Many thanks to ALL for leaving a comment but remember…It’s CANDYLAND all week long on my blog so you will have more chances to win – my thanks to YOU for the support and sheer fun we have together!

Now let’s get to todays post and the Blog Candy for you. How many of you have this little number???…chances are you buzzed right past this in the catalog. It is call Paint Play and it can be found on page 161.

I like to feel that I know my customer pretty well and if my hunch is correct – you all flew right past this little number! This is why I love it….it is FRESH…it is FUN….it is soooooo VERSATILE….it’s just a KEEPER. This is a great example of a stamp set that will go far as when in doubt….there are always lots of images in this one that you could add to another project to give it that “something that you need” 







As I shared yesterday, I have a dreadful summertime cold (most likely from being in a plane for so long) and because none of the dogs were coming to my pity party yesterday I decided to turn the music up and stamp with fun color to perk me up….. and it worked.

I must say, I LOVE this card. This is the 1st time that I have inked up this stamp and I was excited to take it for a test drive. Before we get to the pictures and blog candy for today….let’s chat about conditioning your stamp. As I shared,  this is the 1st time that I have used this stamp so I needed to condition it!






Now before you SIGH….hear me out – trust me, I get it…that time thing gets in the way. I ask you this….would you rather take the time NOW when you have a new stamp set and condition it for a clean and crisp stamped image or take the chance of being frustrated in not having a clean stamped image? I know what my answer would be! 💡

We all spend good money on our products so why not have them work to your advantage? I know that I have blogged about this many times but it also is something that I get many emails about….this is what I do…


  • Stamp the image in versamark on a piece of scrap paper. (I usually use a discontinued color so I can see the image) and if it does not stamp well….I redo this again until I get the look I need.
  • I use my chamois to clean off my stamp (you really do not need to do this as it will not contaminate your ink) and then stamp it using a dark or bold color onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.


DONE…..now I have a quick reference for the actual size of an image within a stamp set and I also know that when I need to grab this stamp…it is already conditioned and ready to rumble!







Now I ask you…..isn’t this a super fun card! You can be your own Picasso and go to town with the color. At the end of the post you will see all of the colors that I used for this card! I just adore that POP of Bermuda Bay that I used and the contrast of the Early Espresso is great together.

Now how about that ribbon. I am over the moon with the ribbon this year and hold on to your pocketbook for the NEW RIBBON in the upcoming catalog….can you say AMAZING and yep, I will do a product/ribbon share.

This ribbon, the Powder Pink Woven Ribbon is a dream machine to work with! It just “behaves well” and I think you know what that means – a perfect bow each and every time! Truthfully, if Stampin’ Up! had this ribbon in every color….they would all be on Randall Lane!







Did you notice the DIY Designer Series Paper made from yours truly!?!? I was just having so much fun with this stamp that I decided to stamp away on a piece of Whisper White and use it on my envelope!

I took a 2 1/2″ X 6″ strip of paper and stamped it…added a strip of powder pink and a sliver of flirty flamingo for a POP and then trimmed the excess away! PRESTO!








Now for the Blog Candy…..leave me a comment and let me know if you condition your stamps???…..do you find it to be helpful???….if you have a different method, PLEASE SHARE –  but also, PLEASE let me know how you like this sweet card! (ha-ha)!!!



One lucky winner will win this stamp Set….

Paint Play….just leave a comment and GOOD LUCK!



Now HERE IS SOMETHING to take heart of and I will say that you really should view this as a great marketing strategy…..for every $50.00 you spend in July, you will receive a $5.00 coupon to use in August! That’s why hopping on the Daisy Delight Bundle would help you get closer to that threshold!




I LOVE this promotion and have taken advantage of it personally but if I were you……I would add that extra $25.00 to be able to pick a free stamp from my vault…..(just saying as there are 100’s of stamp sets needing a new home) WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?

I have finally “corralled” my retired product….and it is a CANDYLAND for YOU! When you enter the vault….you will be in heaven (I have several in there right now….so hurry and make your selection before it gets swooped up)

I have updated the Hostess Code and if your order is $75.00 or more with me….you can GO TO THE VAULT and pick out any stamp your heart desires. I did this last year and it was a huge hit….but now….it is STOCKED TO THE MAX….as it is up to date from the Catalog that ended on May 31st.




Good luck with the Blog Candy….I can’t wait to read your comments about the conditioning of your stamps and also how you like this card! Have a GREAT Hump Day and I am staying low for another day…..but watch out….hopefully tomorrow I will be back in the swing of things!







Woot-Woot I’m back with Blog Candy!




Good Tuesday to all and I will say that it feels great to be back in the saddle BUT….I wish that I physically felt better! It is July and I have a cold like people get in the heart of Winter…YUCK! I am excited to share with you some of the “fun” John and I had in Thailand and I decided to add a drop down box at the top of my blog so I am not clogging up blog space! (they should be up this afternoon….I need to talk to my dear helper, Brian Watt as you know me….technical difficulties with the computer)

I will continue to add some fun times and pictures as time warrants throughout the week but I can say…we arrived home late on Friday and we are both still out of wack with the time thing and then Sunday it happened….a cold from nowhere and I feel like a bowling ball!

Enough of the saga….let’s get to this sweet card…..a total “Susan kinda card” and while I was away I came to “truths with myself” and that is – I really do not care for the whole concept of Christmas in July.

While we were away…it was July…there was no push for the Christmas in July concept that the media loves to do, the stores and even “us, your bloggers” seem to do. I already made this sweet card up before I left and I do adore it so naturally I want to share it with you…but I am going to try to embrace the rest of July.

I was lucky enough to see the NEW Holiday Catalog and Stampin’ Up! spoiled us with many of the new products on the trip…(super de-de duper cute) but they will have their place in time…..just let the calendar go forward a bit more. The preorder does start for demonstrators on August 1st (and that is exciting) and of course…I will place my order but until then….I want to enjoy the goodies in the Annual Catalog.

This stamp set, Watts of Occasions is so much fun! I encourage you to pull that catalog out and turn to page 63. Isn’t it adorable? I am sure at first glance that it was breezed by but I do hope that you can see the fun it brings – to me, it is a smile maker stamp.







Click here to see another post that I did with this stamp.  😀

You all know that I adore square cards and yep, I do enjoy making custom envelopes for them using the envelope punch board but please remember, a 4 1/4″ square card (like this is) could easily fit into one of our regular envelopes therefore there would be no need for additional postage.

It’s a personal thing for me….I just love to jazz up an envelope and the custom size always makes someone feel special when they open their mailbox.






Once again, I am using the basics….WHAT??? Well where do I start….the trimmer, the big shot, the square framelits yada…yada – you see  – these good old basics always help you create a clean and crisp card!

On this card I think that I have really, really allowed the simple stamp and the classic houndstooth print of the DSP be the star of the show! I adore the classic feel and simplicity of this DSP….if they sold it in single sheets….darn, I would STOCK UP! 

You can see that I am trying to use this print sparingly but I just had to add it to the envelope to pull it all together! (I guess you could say that I am being frugal about it) but it works…actually like a charm! The gold foil paper and then the embossed piece adds soooooo much!







How about the gold heat embossing….super cute – right????? That always is a smile factor each and every time and you know how I adore my Bakers Twine…you can NEVER have enough of that!!!

After I had heat set the sentiment, I simply cut it into sections to make it a bit more whimsical over the card. This is something that I do not do a bunch but I will say that I like the look and feel!






I am just giddy over this card and I honestly think that it might be in the running for a Christmas Card that I would make in the masses to send out this year…..we have LOTS of time for that decision and we have many AMAZING new kids on the block coming our way very soon but there is the quirkiness of this card that tickles my fancy!

What do you do? Do you just make up 1 card and make multiples of it or do you make up several different cards? This is what I do…..I make up several different cards and then make up a dozen or more of the style…..I adore making up in the masses as it is sooooo rewarding and heck – I am used to it with my card kits….but there are times that I like to switch it up…..how about YOU?







Now let’s chat about Blog Candy! I shared with you that it is my turn to be the “Candy Man” for your amazing support to my Stampin’ Up! fun as without your support and inspiration that you give to me each and everyday….this amazing Thailand trip would not have been possible!

Everyday this week I am going to be the “sweetest person on earth with Blog Candy” and before we get to and am also “Sweetening the deal” with orders places with me.

I have updated the Hostess Code and if your order is $75.00 or more with me….you can GO TO THE VAULT and pick out any stamp your heart desires. I did this last year and it was a huge hit….but now….it is STOCKED TO THE MAX….as it is up to date from the Catalog that ended on May 31st.

I might not have had internet while we were flying and sitting at airports but I did have “Word” that I could work and get everything in order and I am a PROUD MAMA that the list is as good as it will ever get!




If you had already placed an order with me of $75.00+ this month, no worries….I will reach out to you and share the link for you to get your goodie. I know that you will be happy but also overwhelmed because it is a bunch and I am thrilled to have it in order.

Now for the Blog Candy…..leave me a comment and let me know how you feel about the Christmas in July media push…..does it get you excited????….does it get you sad/stressed????? but also, PLEASE let me know how you like this sweet card! (ha-ha)!!!



One lucky winner will win this stamp Set….

Watts of Occasions….just leave a comment and GOOD LUCK!



Now HERE IS SOMETHING to take heart of and I will say that you really should view this as a great marketing strategy…..for every $50.00 you spend in July, you will receive a $5.00 coupon to use in August!

I LOVE this promotion and have taken advantage of it personally but if I were you……I would add that extra $25.00 to be able to pick a free stamp from my fault…..(just saying as there are 100’s of stamp sets needing a new home)






Stepping it up with some New York bling!




Todays guest designer is Nancy Farrell from the great state of New York and more specifically Massapequa, NY….(now that’s a mouthful to say!) I was super excited when Nancy wanted to do a card and I love how she “blinged it up a bit”. Make sure that you read to the end of the post to see the fun facts I have about Nancy – my way of getting you to know the “pups” in the Top Dog Team!

When Nancy mailed me her card so I could take pictures of it and also be able to type the post I instantly smiled. I smiled because I was so happy that she just made it hers with simple yet fun minor changes that in the end made it a signature card that would bring a smile to whomever was lucky enough to receive it.

This 2 day post is a great example of how simple works. The #1 concern that I hear time and time again from people about their crafting desires and goals is…“There is just not enough time”…sound familiar? I think that you are already going to know what I will say about this….but here you go.

Time is a precious thing that we all seem to have a struggle with. Look at the time that you have for card-making as an outlet not only for yourself…but as a way to make a difference to others. This wonderful little thing that we do is a gift in itself and it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you find that you are overwhelmed…sit back and say – I can do this…because you can – remember it is not Hallmark…it is YOU and that IS the “gift”!







Above you can see side by side the 2 cards. Both super clean and super classic and today Nancy just tweaked it a bit to bling it up! If you were to hold the 2 cards in your hand you would notice the bling a bit more…but the center of the Popsicle is Dazzling Diamonds Paper…and that wee bit of bling makes the card!

In the “stick” – it appears that Nancy used Crumb Cake and heat embossed it to make the stick shiny….another little change! Here is a definite go-to in you are down in the dumbs with your card-making….pull out the heat gun and Heat Emboss. There IS ALWAYS SOMETHING MAGICAL about this technique….as the “I did it and wow factor” happens each time you see the powder melt.








Do you remember what I shared with you yesterday about Bakers Twine? Well yep, today is no different! Nancy used some fun Bakers Twine that we had earlier in the year and just the wee bit of metallic shimmer in the ribbon is the perfect amount of interest.

I think that the contrast of color against the white really makes the difference. The one thing that I m not sure about  is…on the sides of the card where the bakers twine is…Nancy has “notches” on both sides of the card with is a great “resting point” for the twine….I am not sure how she did this but hopefully she will “POP” on and leave a comment about it!








A classic card that will certainly make someones day! If you were to give someone this card in person….here would be a great gift idea! Go to the grocery and buy a box of Popsicles’s…. get the recipient a couple of magazines and in the card write the sentiment and say….Here’s to your special day…..enjoy some good old fashion “me time” and enjoy!

To me, all I would need is a hammock and that would be a welcomed treat! Many thanks to both Bridget and Nancy for sharing thier time and talent with us this weekend. It is a joy to be able to see their work and to share!






I will be BACK IN THE SADDLE on Tuesday and I am hoping to provide a FUN week for you as it will be “MY TURN” to inspire you with some simple and clean cards/projects but more importantly…it will be a week of Blog Candy as this is MY CHRISTMAS IN JULY gift to you!

Please pop back on and we will get the comments rolling. I have missed being “present” from my home computer with you but I tried my best to keep you on your toes! I will upload some pictures of the fun we had while we were away. I did purchase a new camera before I left and I am soooooo glad that I did – you will be able to be “up close” with the Elephants and also see the amazing foods that John and I made at a cooking class!

Enjoy the day and before we leave….her is THE BEST fun fact about Nancy and each and every Thursday I think of her. On Thursday she gets together and plays Scrabble with a friend. I just LOVE that idea and it probably hits home to me because I adore that game and no one in my family likes to play with me…as YEP – I just seem to go for the “simple words”….it is always a conversation when the peeps are home!

Nancy was one of my 1st that joined with Stampin’ Up! She has the most beautiful heart and that wonderful heart of hers crochets her little hands off for people. I feel blessed to be the lucky recipient of her work and each and every time I see it….there is a sense of calmness that comes to me  as I know that it IS a gift of art from her heart!

Now let’s give Nancy some love for being a turtle and doing a card for you today! Stampin’ hugs to all!



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