Friday, July 27, 2012

Fall Buffet Choices

Hello! Here are all of the projects that will be available to make at my Fall Buffets on Saturday, August 25th and Friday, September 28th. If you plan to attend, please look at the choices below, choose the projects that you would like to make, and email me at

Don't forget...
*In your email, please give me the names of the projects that you would like to make along with how many you wish to make of each.

*There is a minimum of ten projects per attendee, but there is no maximum.

*You can make five free projects by bringing a friend who has never attended any of my events.

*The RSVP deadline for the August buffet is Wednesday, August 8th. The RSVP deadline for the September buffet is Tuesday, September 11th.

#1- Frightening Feline

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#2 Jar of Flowers

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#3 Gratitude

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#4 Halloween

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#5 Leaves 

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#6 Medallion Thank You

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#7 Frankenstein Treat Holder

This guy is pretty big and would hold one (or maybe even two) larger candy bars or a large bag of m&m's or Skittles. For more details, click here

#8 Pumpkin Treat Holder
This small pumpkin will hold approximately three Hershey's nuggets or kisses.
It would be great for a small class Halloween treat or a Thanksgiving treat.
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Thanks for stopping by!


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Halloween Treats

These are the last two projects that we will be making at my fall buffet. I wanted to incorporate a couple of treat holder options. I saw these ideas online and thought they were so cute!

This first project is a large treat holder that will hold lots of candy. It could fit a large bag of Skittles or M&M's or a larger candy bar. It could also be filled with a lot of smaller candies. There are two die cuts made from the Top Note die with a box in between them.

Stamps: none
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Simply Scored, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, 1/2" Circle punch
Inspired by this project

This treat holder is much smaller and would be perfect to send in a little something to a child's classroom or it could even be used as a small treat for Thanksgiving dinner. Like the Frankenstein box above, it is a box with a pumpkin on each side. It would hold three Hershey's nuggets or kisses.

Stamps: none
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green, Early Espresso
Ink: none
Accessories: Extra-Large Oval punch, Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Word Window punch
Inspired by this project

Here is a side-by-side picture so you can see the size comparison between the two. Despite being quite different is size, they will take approximately the same amount of time to create.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Marla Pin It

Thursday, July 26, 2012

More Fall Card Buffet Previews

I am finally finished with all of my projects for my fall card buffet! Yippee! I'm even a couple of days under the deadline- shocking! I have three more cards to share tonight! I hope you like them!

This first card is a fun Halloween card that uses the super adorable set called Spooky Bingo Bits. I just love these cute images!

Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Big Shot, Spiderweb EF, Chevron EF, Scallop Square punch, 1" Square punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch

The next card is a card using one of my very favorite stamp sets for this time of year, Gently Falling. I love the realistic leaf images. So pretty! This card also uses a technique called Triple Time Stamping that Dawn Olchefske shared on her blog recently.

Stamps: Gently Falling, Petite Pairs
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Soft Suede
Accessories: linen thread, Naturals Designer buttons
Technique: Triple Time Stamping

This last card was inspired by a card that Amanda Mertz posted on Splitcoast. It caught my eye immediately because it used the colors that were in the Spice Cake DSP that was in last year's holiday mini. I loved that DSP. It was one of my favorites ever. Even though the colors don't scream "fall", I think that the medallion from Day of Gratitude looks very "fallish".

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Soft Suede, Pool Party, First Edition DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Certainly Celery
Accessories: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Very Vanilla seam binding, sponge
Techniques: Stamping Off, Sponging
Inspired by this card made by Amanda Mertz.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my final two projects for the buffet and if you plan to attend, please check back on Saturday for a post with all of the choices.

~Marla Pin It

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fall Card Buffet Preview

Hello all! I didn't realize it had been such a long time since I posted. Oops! I was away last week visiting family, so I didn't have much stamping time. I have been home for a few days now and have done some stamping, so I thought I'd write a quick post to share some projects with you.

These are two projects that will be offered at my Fall-themed Card Buffet on August 25th and September 28th. There will be additional projects that I will continue to share this week, and then on Saturday, I will post a full list of all eight project options, so if you are planning to come to the buffets, please check make then to make your choices.

This first card is a CASE of a card that I saw on Splitcoast made by Sarah Wills. I finally bought the Day of Gratitude stamp set. It has been out for a while and I have always loved it, but had never gotten it. It is a great versatile set and one of the few sets that has a Thanksgiving sentiment.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain EF, Lots of Tags Sizzlits, Scallop Square punch, Extra-Large Oval punch, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon
Techniques: Dry Embossing
Inspired by this card made by Sarah Wills

The next card is a CASE from the holiday catalog and it uses my FAVORITE new stamp set!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Cannery Framelits, Small Oval punch, mat pack, paper piercer, linen thread, Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon

Thanks for stopping by! come back tomorrow to get a preview of two more projects for the buffet.

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Friday, July 13, 2012


I stayed true to my promise and have moved on from the jar, but I do have another cute project using products from the holiday catalog. :) My kids were being sleepyheads this morning, and since sleeping in is a thing of the past for me, I decided to use the extra free time to stamp a little. That's more fun than sleeping anyway. ;)

I made this card for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. The sketch just begged to be used with cute DSP, so I decided to use the brand new DSP from the Holiday Catalog called Howlstooth & Scaringbone (how's that for a tongue twister?). It has lots of fun, funky patterns in colors that could be used for Halloween or lots of other occasions. I also used one of the single stamps from the holiday catalog, called Frightening Feline. Isn't he cute (oh, I mean scary...)?

Here is my first Halloween card of 2012...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Frightening Feline, Delightful Dozen
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Ink: Basic Black marker, Basic Gray marker, Tangerine Tango marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth EF, Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals
Techniques: marker to stamp, dry embossing

Thanks for stopping by! Here is the challenge so you can check it out and play along...

Have a great day!

~Marla Pin It

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cookie Jar

I know- two posts in a row using the same stamp set. I promise that I will move on soon, but I really, really LOVE this set!

I got both of these stamp sets yesterday, and as I was looking at them, I wondered if the gingerbread man would fit inside the jar. I decided to give it a try, and he was a perfect (slightly snug) fit. I was so excited! So, here is my very first Christmas card of 2012...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Windows Framelits, Cannery Framelits, Holiday Collection Framelits, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Gumball Green ribbon, basic pearls

These sets are so much fun and I have really enjoyed playing with them these last couple of days. I promise that I will use a different set for my next post! Thanks for stopping by!

~Marla Pin It

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Holiday Catalog Preview!

I got my preorder from the Holiday Seasonal Catalog (no longer the holiday mini because it is definitely not mini) earlier today and I couldn't wait to play with my new goodies! I made this card for this week's challenges at Mojo Monday and Hand Stamped Sentiments. I used one of my very favorite stamp sets from the holiday catalog, called "Perfectly Preserved". This set is adorable, but I also love it because it reminds me of my mom. My parents put in a big garden every year, and my mom works her tail off every summer canning all the goodies, so that we can eat them all year. It is, however, unfortunate that there isn't a green bean in this set as that is what she cans the most. We love the green beans that my dad grows and my mom cans. We call them "Pappaw Green Beans" at our house and my kids gobble them up! :)

Sorry for my rambling, now to the card...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved (new), Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP (new)
Ink: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Big Shot, Cannery Framelits (new), Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, linen thread, Lucky Limeade brads (SAB- retired), glue dots, dimensionals

This set is so much fun to use and the very best part is that all of the shapes in the set can be cut out with the coordinating, Cannery Framelits! It makes it so easy. I am not a fan of "fussy cutting", so a quick run through the Big Shot works for me!

Here are the challenges if you would like to play along...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have more new goodies to show you in the coming days! :)

~Marla Pin It

Monday, July 9, 2012

Need a Reason to Smile?

If so, I have one! It's this great little floral set called (what else?) Reason to Smile! I'm having a lot of fun with this set and it is only available in July. The best part is that it is a great deal- $5 with a $50 order! How awesome is that?

Here is a fun card that I made for the challenges over at Freshly Made Sketches (even though I totally missed the challenge deadline) and Dynamic Duos. I love Rich Razzleberry paired with Old Olive. It has to be one of my all time favorite combinations, so I had to play along with the challenge at Dynamic Duos.

Isn't that little flower so pretty? I am a sucker for floral sets! I also used another stamp from Reason to Smile on the Basic Gray background piece. The sentiment is what I like to call a "happy accident". I tried stamping the sentiment directly onto the panel with the flower and I stamped it extremely crooked, but rather than starting over, I decided to cover it. I stamped the sentiment again and punched it out and then added some piercing around the edge of the oval using the Essentials Paper-Piercing Kit, which is a brand new product and I LOVE it. It's so much fun and adds such a nice touch to do a little piercing on the card! Here is a close-up of the sentiment so you can see the piercing.

I like the card so much better with the sentiment done this way rather than my original idea. That's why I say that there are no mistakes in card making, just opportunities for embellishment (definitely not my quote- I read it somewhere, but it is so true)!

I hope you liked the card! Here are the challenges so you can play along too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Reason to Smile, Friendly Phrases
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Brights DSP stack
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (marker and pad), Old Olive marker
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Essentials Paper-Piercing pack, Rich Razzleberry stitched grosgrain ribbon
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hello, Babies!

Today, I have my final card from my class to share. This is another design that I made in two versions, one for a baby girl and one for a baby boy. I used the adorable and very versatile new set called Embellished Events for this cute ducky image. I also used bright colors and I love they way they turned out. This was a great class card because they were very quick to stamp and assemble.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Embellished Events, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Brights DSP stack
Ink: Lucky Limeade marker, Daffodil Delight marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Tempting Turquoise pad, Melon Mambo pad
Accessories: Big Shot, Argyle EF, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Daffodil Delight seam binding, dimensionals, glue dots
Techniques: marker to stamp, dry embossing

I hope you liked all the cards I made for my class. I hope to have some new cards to share this week. Maybe I can catch a few minutes to stamp sometime this weekend as it looks like we are housebound due to the extreme heat and humidity. It is supposed to be 100+ today! Yikes! Stay cool and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Marla Pin It

Friday, July 6, 2012

Papillon Potpourri x 2

Hello, stamping friends! I have the fourth card from my recent class to share today. It uses some of my most favorite new products- the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the coordinating Elegant Butterfly punch! As a bonus, I have a "stepped up" version of my class card just to show you an easy way to take your project to a new level by adding a couple of elements. Here is the class version...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan EF, Scallop Trim border punch, Elegant Butterfly punch, basic pearls

I think this was my favorite card that we made at the class. I absolutely LOVE this color combination, which came straight from the Color Coach. I liked these colors together immediately and have been looking for the perfect card to showcase them. I think they work wonderfully on this card. If you don't have a Color Coach, I highly recommend it. If I am stuck on a card, I pull it out and look for combinations that would work for the card I have in mind. There have been several times that I have tried a combination that I was pretty unsure of, but I loved the completed card. The Color Coach won't steer you wrong! :)

And here is the "stepped up" version of the card...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents edgelits, Paper Piercing Kit, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, basic rhinestones

I added a banner for the sentiment and used rhinestones rather than pearls to give it more sparkle and shine. I also skipped the embossing and used paper piercing instead. I love the look of paper piercing, but I have found that it is a little bit time consuming for a class setting.

I hope you liked the cards! I have one more set of cards to show you and they will post tomorrow, so be sure to check back then! Thanks for stopping by!

PS- I apologize for my pictures lately. This card was particularly difficult to photograph because I kept getting terrible shadows from the popped up butterflies. Add to that the fact that I am trying to learn Photoshop, and the pictures really didn't turn out great. I will keep working on getting better pictures and doing a better job editing them. Thanks for being patient with me! :)
~Marla Pin It

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July Blog Hop

Hey there! It's time once again for the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop! The theme this month is America, Canada or Birthday. I hope you enjoy my projects!

In keeping with our themes this month, I made a card that could be used for July 4th or it could be a birthday card or welcome home card for a soldier or veteran.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Topsy Turvy Celebration, Blast Off
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Brights DSP stack
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red (pad and marker), Basic Gray marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes EF, white taffeta ribbon, rhinestones, white gel pen, homemade shimmer spray

Patriotic themed cards are a little bit tricky because we don't have a lot of current products that make stars, but we do have a brand new stamp set (Blast Off) that has a little flag. That is what I used to make the topper for my cake. I drew stripes onto the flag stamp using my Real Red marker and then stamped. I cut out a small square of Night of Navy cardstock for the flag's blue panel and made little white dots for the stars using my white gel pen. Here is a closeup of the flag...

My 3D project could have many different uses. They could be hung for decorations at a birthday party or July 4th barbeque. They could be put on a stick and used as a cake topper or party favor. They could also be used as a bow on top of a wrapped present.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: None
Paper: Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: None
Accessories: Simply Scored, Simply Scored diagonal plate, In Color brads, Brights buttons, white bakers twine, mat pack, paper piercer

These were very quick and simple to make. I started with 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares of DSP (but any size square would work). I made a diagonal score line from corner to opposite corner and then turned the paper 90 degrees and repeated. I then cut along the score lines until I was about one inch from the center. I folded the tips into the center and secured them with a brad that I placed using the paper piercer and mat pack. The first pinwheel also has a button attached to the center using glue dots.

That's all I have to share! I kept my post nice and short so that you could quickly move on to the other amazing projects. I hope you enjoy them! Please try to leave some comments along the way. They are very encouraging to all of us! Thanks and happy hopping!


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps a Lot
  5. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  6. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  7. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  8. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  9. Heather W. of Heather's Stampin' Blog
  10. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot
  11. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  12. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pleasant Poppies

Hello again! Here is the next card from my card class that I had planned for last weekend. For this card, I pulled out the Color Coach and tried to find a color combination that would work well for poppies. I found the combination of Basic Gray, Real Red, and Pumpkin Pie. I thought the combination was very different for me, but I decided to try it and see what happened. I did change the colors to Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, and Tangerine Tango. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the card once it was finished. I hope you like it too!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Petite Pairs
Paper: Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango (pad and marker), Riding Hood Red (marker), Always Artichoke (marker)
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, 3" circle die, oval punch, basic pearls
Technique: marker to stamp

Thanks for stopping by!

~Marla Pin It

Monday, July 2, 2012

Topsy Turvy Celebration x 2

Hi there! I have two more cards from my class that was supposed to take place on Saturday. Unfortunately, the class was cancelled due to some extreme weather that we had Friday night. a Very violent storm brought down trees and power lines and many, many people in my area and across West Virginia are still without power. Please keep everyone here in your thoughts and prayers. The situation has been quite desperate in several areas.

OK, back to the cards- I made two versions of the same card (one masculine and one feminine) for my class. I originally thought that Topsy Turvy Celebration was a very feminine looking stamp set, but in the right color combination, it can also work for masculine cards. The masculine card was made using a color combination from the Color Coach (Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi). I also added Marina Mist to get an additional and more saturated color in there. Here is the masculine version...

And here is the feminine version that uses the same color combination except that I substituted two pink shades (Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals) for the blue shades...

I have to say that I LOVE this color combination! The Raspberry Ripple looks so pretty with Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi. I think I will have to remember this combo for Christmas cards! I also think that the cake looks so cute with a bow on top and one little rhinestone for a touch of bling. :)

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Topsy Turvy Celebration
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle die, Square Lattice EF, 2 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Very Vanilla seam binding, basic rhinestones, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! I do have a couple more cards from the class that I will be sharing over the next few days, so be sure come back to check them out!

~Marla Pin It
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