Thursday, August 31, 2017

Glitter Queens First Friday's Hop - FALL

First Friday Glitter Queen Blog HopHappy First Friday hoppers!  So glad you're here today.  It's hard to believe summer is winding down. However, as the days get shorter, nights cooler and leaves brighter, I get anxious to drag out all things Fall, so today's theme fits me perfectly.

For today's project, this pretty color combination caught my eye on Pinterest and whispered, "it's Fall" in my ear.  Copper is such an awesome color and Stampin' UP! captures it so well in their foil sheets. Great inspiration for me!  

I added orange to my color combo as I see shades of orange cascading down the skirt. 

This Autumn Greetings card is made with Wood Textures DSP, Copper Foil Sheets, Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo cardstock.  "Maple Leaf" is from Seasonal Layers Thinlits die set and the sentiment is from the new holiday catalog Seasonal Lanterns stamp set.  I just love this new bundle.   

Lanterns are a design staple for me so this set will get lots of use in my craft room.  

I also love Stampin' UP!'s new pizza box.  It's the perfect size for so many single serving treats, especially my gluten-free apple crisp.  It really needs a big scoop of vanilla ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‹on top, but it will not fit๐Ÿ˜ž. 

To decorate, I spritzed two shades of ink and stamped the box.  Then I added a belly band, ribbon and label from the "Label Me Pretty" stamp set.  The pizza box is now ready for gifting.     

Come back to The Paper Maven tomorrow for the gluten-free apple crisp recipe!

Thanks a million for hopping along with us today.  Dawn is up next.  Be sure to hop on over and find tons of inspiration for your fall projects.   See you again in October!

Do something creative today!


          Dawn Griffith
          Tracy Bradley
          Dee Slater
          Michelle Veller
          Davette Miller

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An Irish Happy Birthday

Thanks for stopping by today to see my Irish Happy Birthday card I recently made for a friend.  Of course she is Irish and has the prettiest coppery red hair.  Card really matches her personality well.

My inspiration for today's design comes from Freshly Made Sketches and, of course, the recipient of the card. The color combo is emerald envy, pumpkin pie and whisper white (sound familiar, the Irish Flag).  The first layer is cut from My Favorite Things Blueprint # 15. The middle circle and tiny hearts are cut from Stampin' UP!'s copper foil. The copper circle is embossed with Tim Holtz Steampunk embossing folder.

Thank you Heather for inspiring me!  

Stop back tomorrow for Glitter Queens First Friday Blog Hop.  You are sure to find lots of inspiration for Fall projects.

Do something creative today!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Do something creative today!


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches # 302

Welcome to The Paper Maven! Today I decided I would enter my first challenge.  I am an avid follower of Freshly Made Sketches and just love to see how different crafters interpret the awesome sketches on this site.  You can find sketch #302 HERE.  
Images @ Stampin' UP!

I love sunflowers and was playing last night with this stamp set and and different elements to include in a series of fall cards I am making.  After playing a while, it became apparent this card might fit well in this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  

 In the picture above it is hard to see the shimmer on the sunflower.  Below is a close up of that section of the card.  Hopefully you can see some of the sparkle. It is really pretty in the sunlight which is shinning in my window at the moment. 

The card is a standard A2 card.  I hope you enjoy my entry.  

Supplies include MFT Blueprint, Painted Harvest stamp set, Whisper White, Old Olive, Crushed Curry  and Fresh Fig cardstock, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede ink, Crushed Curry twine and Wink of Stella.  

Do something creative today!  


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Grandma's Summer Salad

Grandma's summer salad

Thanks for stopping by today on another Saturday Spotlight journey!  Today’s focus is family.  Being of Italian and German heritage, if family is around food will be too.  

As a child, I would not eat potato salad made with mayonnaise.  50+ years later, I still won't eat it .  I like mayonnaise, just not mixed with potatoes.

What I did love as a child, and still do, is a potato salad my grandmother made every summer.  As soon as the tomatoes ripened in her garden she would make a refreshing potato salad that had a subtle lemon flavor in every bite full.  I was hooked!  Grandma knew I loved her salad.  She spoiled me and made sure I always had her special salad over the summer.  

Grandmas are soooooo great! 

Here is Grandma's summer salad recipe that changed my perspective on potato salad.   

New red potatoes 3#, boil and cool to room temperature
Beefsteak tomatoes (2-3 large) local grown, cut in large cubes
Large red onion, sliced thin
Fresh string beans (preferably local grown) 2-3 #, steam and cool to room temperature
1 English cucumber. Cut in half and sliced
Juice from 1-2 lemons or a few dashes of balsamic vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive oil, 4-5 tbs.
Salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano to taste 

Mix all together and serve at room temperature.  Serves 8

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  Bring it along to any gathering and watch it disappear.

Do something creative today!


Disclaimer The content in my blog is the sole responsibility of Debi Galloway as an Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator and the use of and content of, classes, services, or products offered on this blog is not endorsed by Stampin' Up!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Water, Ink, Imagination Workshop


A little bit of water, a little bit of ink and a lot of imagination was the theme of this fun workshop last night.  The participants clearly enjoyed learning this technique.  Michelle and Nikki (pictured left) used their creativity so the end result reflected their personality.   Awesome job ladies!

Ink of the participant's choice was placed on a small sheet of plastic (recycled from craft supply packaging).  Next, a couple spritzes of water was added  (just enough to allow the ink to begin to move).  Next came turning the plastic sheet over and quickly tapping the watered ink onto a piece of glossy paper a few times (try to somewhat center the ink to leave white space all around. Set aside to dry.

After drying, this step can be repeated with additional colors.  Make sure to allow each color to dry before adding an additional color.

For the next step we used white opaque ink and a water-brush.  Apply a drop of water and ink to a cellophane bag (recycled from craft supplies).  Mix the water and ink with the brush and flick white ink drops on the inked glossy paper.  Be careful as white ink spots may go to unexpected places in the vicinity, like your face!

Set aside to dry once more.

While the ink was drying we embossed colored cardstock to use as mats for our images.  We die cut a few leaves and added a few rhinestones to complete the cards.   


These were my two favorites!

Which do you like best?

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you next for Saturday Spotlight. 
Don't forget to do something creative today!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great Interactive Card and Envelope Tip

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Glad you stopped by today.

To your left is a fun interactive card I made out of very old scraps of Basic Grey paper and My Favorite Things April card kit.  Any fun birthday paper or bright colored paper would work for this card.

Our best friends' grandson loves puzzles of this nature so I thought this card would be a perfect fit for his birthday.

After making the card, I could not resist playing the maze game.  Fifteen minutes later those tiny spheres were NOT in the center and I quit! Surely, any 7 year old can accomplish the task in that timeframe.

I just love to decorate the inside of my cards as you can see in this picture.  I used stacking circles and leftover circle from the card to finish the inside.  The same stacking circles were used to finish off the circle shaker window that holds the maze shape (above).

I used an envelope punch board to make the envelope.


I did not use the A-2 measurements on the board given the bulkiness of the card.  I cut an 8.25" square and scored at
3 5/8".  These measurements result in a nice size envelope for handmade cards that have multiple layers.

Click on TIP! (above) for a handy calculator to make any size envelope.

Hope you enjoyed my post today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Do something creative today.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spotlight Saturday

Welcome it's Spotlight Saturday time! Join me every Saturday while I share some of my favorite things like, an interesting blog I enjoy, a favorite family recipe, or tips and tricks on papercrafting.  

Come along on this journey and see what you think.  Let's chat and share thoughts. Or better yet, share one of your favorite things with me.  Together we learn better!

Without further delay, here is the first edition of Spotlight Saturday with The Paper Maven! As the badge alongside clearly articulates,  I do love to play at Freshly Made Sketches.  The designers are awesome and this talented team shares a new card challenge every week.

I am a minimalist when it comes to stamping and handmade cards. So, these sketches really fit well with my style. However if that is not your style don't worry, there are designers who always kick it up a notch to compliment anyone's preference.

If you have never heard of Freshly Made Sketches I encourage you to visit the site today.  There are 300 sketches with loads of card samples to inspire your creativity.  You will not be disappointed!

Click on the badge and let me know what you think.

Do something creative today!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quick Hostess, Birthday or Thank You Gift

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  The school buses are back on the road, the university campus is abuzz with students and my commute time just increased to 45 minutes.  When my children were school age I always viewed this time of year as a blessing.  Not so much anymore!

 On to sharing a quick hostess, birthday or thank you gift that anyone will love, especially those who still love to handwrite letters or notes.  I really admire those who have not forsaken this art.  

I love the look of these note cards.  They are clean and interesting.  The coordinating envelopes add a nice touch.  The acetate card box neatly displays and safely stores the handmade gift.

Add a pretty colored ribbon and a decoration.  The gift is ready to go!

Best yet, all of this took less than an hour to cut, emboss, glue and wrap!

The cards are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The set includes 5 cards and envelopes.

Supplies used: Whisper White thick cardstock, Ruffled Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Acetate Card Box, Envelope Punch Board, Fancy Frost Specialty DSP, Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding, Mini Tassels and gold thread

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Design; Different Looks; All Occassions

 Happy Tuesday everyone!  Lazy days of summer will soon be behind us. Do you think this summer is going by  more quickly than others?  I sure do!  It's mid August already and my first workshop is quickly moving to the top of my priority list.    

The demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success,  was my inspiration for the  cards I am sharing today.  These were fun to make and I will be adding them to my workshop.  The finished cards are 4" x 4".  
The first card is minimalist with just a few rhinestones and sequin trim to add a little sparkle.  The color combo is Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black and Whisper White.  My go to summer colors!  The sentiment (Flourishing Phrases 141534) was punched out (Pretty Label 143715) and I matted the sentiment with Basic Black to make it pop!  

 I added a matching envelope (Envelope Punch Board 133774) to compliment the card made from Fresh Florals DSP. Don't you just love the idea of creating a matching envelope.  It adds a nice customized touch you rarely find with store bought cards.  

The second card is very similar except I stamped a subtle background on the Powder Pink mat with a flower stamp (Paint Play 143995)  and Powder Pink ink.   I changed the sentiment (Butterfly Basics) and did not use rhinestones.  


The third card is a little different and uses additional supplies.  Instead of stamping a background I embossed a background with Layered Leaves (143704).  I love how the leaves match so well with the Fresh Florals DSP.  I used the new Starburst punch and a different sentiment (Special Celebrations 143885), inked the edges of the circle with Tranquil Tide and mounted the circle on matching ribbon and dimensionals. 

How many different ways can you change this card to make it your own? 

Have a great week and do something creative today!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off!

Do you like handmade cards and projects but never thought you could create them? Are you someone who is not ready to turn stamping into a full-time hobby, but would love a simple, fun creative experience? Paper Pumpkin kits are for you.    

Paper Pumpkin has an amazing introductory rate during its Fall into Savings promotion. If you subscribe from August 11–September 10, September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit will be delivered straight your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off! 

New subscribers this is an awesome opportunity to see just how easy paper crafting can be.  

I will be holding a special workshop for September Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Bring your kit and we will do something creative that day!

Visit Paper Pumpkin today!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Upcoming Working Shop

   Good morning everyone!   This week has been crazy busy.  I have my first workshop coming up on August 23 and I have been planning and creating projects for this event.  I have four novice crafters coming and I want to show them easy cards they can make and how they can kick it up a notch if they choose.   

Last week's Freshly Made Sketches design seemed perfect to provide examples for my workshop guests.  You can check out the design and designer cards HERE.

As you can see I followed the Freshly Made Sketch design as it was presented.  The card is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"on Stampin' UP! Basic Black cardstock.  The Whisper White mat is 4 1/8" by 5 3/8".  Next I used my favorite 2017-2019 In Color Collection cardstock, Lemon Lime Twist.  I just love how this color pops with black and white.  The strips are 3/4" by 3 1/2".  The Basic Black strips are 3/4" by 1 1/4" and are embellished with glossy accents.  The Cheers sentiment is from My Favorite Things and is also embellished with glossy accents.  

 The second card is "kicked up a notch" with Stampin' UP!'s Pinewood Planks embossing folder and the wish sentiment from their Cupcake Cutouts Framelits. I placed the strips further apart to show how a slight adjustment changes the appearance of the card.

The third card's background is embossed with Stampin' UP's Seaside embossing folder for a summery look.

Hope you enjoyed today's cards.  Stop back soon for more cards I will be teaching in my first workshop.  

Do something creative today!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Table Top Photo Studio

  Look what I found waiting for me when I arrived home!  A new tool to improve my blog posts, a Table Top Photo Studio from Limo Studio.  I bought this at Amazon. The product ratings were great and the cost was reasonable.  Don't you just love  all the colored backgrounds; white, black, blue and red (pictured below).  The  studio also comes with two LED table top lights and a tripod for my cell phone.  
I am not a great photographer and my photos on the blog demonstrate my lack of skill.  I am hoping the Table Top Photo Studio will fix my lighting problems.  I am not expecting perfection, just better quality.  

My husband Andy, who is a good photographer, enjoyed playing with MY new photo studio tonight. I think he is as excited as I am.  

I can't wait to try it out!  Make sure you visit again soon to see if my photos improve. Constructive criticism is always welcome in the comment section below.

Do something creative today!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

All Occasion Card

Happy Saturday fellow crafters!

Today I want to share a card I made for my sister.  I sent her the Reverse Words stamp set as a thank you gift and I wanted to share an idea of how she might use the stamps.  

The base card (4 ¼ “x 5 ½“) is made from Soft Sky card stock.  For the next layer I used Foil Frenzy (4 ⅛” x 5⅜”).  I cut a ½” strip of Soft Sky card stock and placed diagonally across the Foil Frenzy layer. Inked all the edges with Soft Sky and ran a thin line of Wink of Stella around all the edges.

 The next step got a bit more creative. I stamped hooray 3-4 times (using MISTI to ensure exact placement each time I stamped) on Soft Sky card stock with Soft Sky ink.  When I did this, I accidentally got too much ink on the edge of the rubber stamp and you know what happened.  I got the outline of the stamp on my paper. 

However, that gave me an idea! Utilize the left over rubber to trace my stamped image.  I traced and then fussy cut. 

Next I traced the same image on the Foil Frenzy paper, fussy cut it out to add as a 2nd layer behind the Soft Sky sentiment. 

I added silver mini sequins to the back of the sentiment and dimensionals to pop the sentiment off the card. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Do something creative today!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Enjoy the Little Things

First Friday Glitter Queen Blog Hop
Welcome to First Fridays Glitter Queens Blog Hop

Hi!  I hope you are enjoying the awesome projects along our First Fridays Blog hop.  If this happens to be your first stop along the way our theme this month is Designer Series Paper.  

  Today I am sharing an easy, mini album  showcasing all of the papers available in the Delightful Daisy (144137) Designer Series Paper (DSP). Click HERE to see inside pages.

Clare Charvill from My Creative Spirit was my inspiration for this project. The overall album dimensions are 8" x 5 1/4" x  1/2".  I used Basic Black (12x12) card stock for the base album, Tranquil Tide card stock, ink and ribbon, Layering Love stamp set, Clear  Faceted Gems and my favorite piece of the DSP to decorate the album cover.  I used the rest of the DSP for the inside of the album along with Calypso Coral, Daffodil  Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive and Whisper White card stock. Click HERE for detail directions.

I wanted to keep the album simple, but you could easily customize the pages by adding Stampin' UP! embellishments, larger photo mats and die cuts to your crafty heart's content.

For my second project, I made a matching card to complement the album. The card is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" layered with DSP 4 1/8" by 5 3/8".  I used Wink of Stella to fill in the little heart and finished the card with 3 Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I love to design the inside of my cards.  I added a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" Whisper White mat and stamped the sweet message from the Layering Love (141965) stamp set.  This message really hits home with me.

The tags in the album are 2" wide and punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper. The message is inked with Tranquil Tide (144085)

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you've had as much fun hopping as I had making the projects. Make sure you visit everyone's blog.  We have an awesome group that loves to share their talent with you.

Do something creative today!



           Dawn Griffith
           Dee Slater
           Tracy Bradley
           Michelle Veller
           Davette Miller

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