Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chalkboard scrapbook layout


Here is a layout I am certain I CASEd from someone else.  Probably Rachel Tessman if I were to guess.  I love her scrapbooking style. It is very much like my own!  I started with a Basic Black 12X12 background and sponged Whisper White all over it.  I took my white Uniball gel pen and doodled a border.  I used my Perfect Pennants framelit to create a pennant and stamped dots in Real Red on it.  I accented it with a wooden heart. 

Stamps:  Geometrical

Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black

Ink:  Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories:  Wood accessory pack, Perfect Pennants framelits, White uniball gel pen, Brights buttons, linen thread

Friday, June 27, 2014

Starburst Sayings Card Class


Tomorrow, Saturday, June 28 at 1:00 p.m. I will hosting a Starburst Sayings card class.  These are the 4 cards you will make during the class.  The 4 cards and envelopes will be $10 for the first set and $7 for each additional set.


While I did make these cards myself, I got the ideas and measurements for these cards at Papercrafter’s Library.  They were one of the Creative Inspiration sets. 


We just finished our 5th day of Vacation Bible School – we sang Oh, Happy Day every single night!  I love this stamp because it always makes me sing that song in my head!


I love this combo of stamps here – very fun and summery.  I think this stamp would also be a great stamp for a little back to school gift for the teachers…


And one final rainbow of color that makes a perfect birthday card. 

Wanna’ come?  Just let me know – leave me a message with your info or you can email me at

tv durham @ me (dot) com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Carolyn and Jenny: At it again!

I am posting an entire album of gorgeous card that were created by the creative masterminds of Carolyn and Jenny.  Carolyn is my downline and Jenny is her sister.  Together, they make a dynamic duo…..and they are super fun to be around, I might add!  Today I am just going to let Carolyn share for herself about the cards.  I think that you, like me, might just enjoy her perspective and ideas about getting together just as much as I did!

Jenny was over this weekend and these are the cards we made. The first set was made using the Flower Shop & Petite Petal stamp sets. The second set was made using the Betsy’s Blossoms Set.  Both of these set were tutorials that I purchased from Jenny Moors a UK demonstrator.  The last set I cased from Stampin Connection and I don’t remember who posted it.  We had lots of fun.  Some times we got to talking and realized we assembled it upside down or assembled it wrong but we were always able to correct it. If it was just assembled wrong there are times we liked it better and just went with it the way it was. We never have enough time to do all the cards we plan to do, time just gets away from us.  I will go to her house in two weeks so it is time to plan what we are going to make.  We try to stick to 1-2 stamp sets so the one visiting doesn’t have to take so much.  We always share markers, ink pads, embossing folders and punches so we never have to include those when we travel to the other ones house.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flower Shop on vellum


Well, I saw this card on Pinterest and decided I just had to create this card at our last club meeting in May.  Is is not just gorgeous!?  I used just one layer of Whisper White and sponged Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush on the left hand edges of the card.  I stamped the flowers from the Morning Meadow hostess set in Versamark and embossed them in white to make them pop.  Next I sent the card base through the Big Shot with the tulip frame embossing folder.  Finally, I stamped the flowers from Flower Shop in Versamark and embossed them in white on vellum.  The pop dots fit perfectly behind the middle of the flower so you don’t see the adhesive.  This made just a gorgeous card!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions

are the bomb!  Have you tried Paper Pumpkin out?  It is a monthly kit that arrives on your doorstep with everything you need to have your own little playdate!  The best part about the prepaid subscription is you have already paid for the kits!  You can use the subscription for a club order and you can even use it to earn stampin’ rewards!!!!  Yes, people, yes!!!!  You can gift the subscription to other people, too!!!!  You betcha – lots of fun coming to your doorstep…or your mom’s….or your friend’s….the possibilities are endless!

Heres a little peek at one of the sets I completed the other day.


Well, now…go on and sign up today!

Visit and choose Valerie Durham as your demonstrator.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Look Up to Father


Well…this picture looks a little blurry now!  So sorry about that!  I was inspired to create this card from one I saw on Ilina Crouse’s blog.  I loved the simplicity and manly look of the card.  The daddy in this house can’t stand to receive frilly cards!  The more simple the better for him (party pooper!)


We made this card in our May club meeting, so since we had a great turnout I needed another piece of paper.  I just grabbed a scrap of So Saffron from the scrap basket and added it to this card.  I thought it made a really nice addition to the card.


And….of course….I just had to see how the new Blendabilities markers looked with this stamp set.  Amazing, of course!  This card uses the Old Olive markers and the brown marker from the skin tones marker set. 

So, which card did you like the best?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blended Bloom and Blendabilities

I had another card using this stamp set and my beautiful new Blendabilities, but I gave it away without taking a pic first!  (Gasp!)

I am honestly so excited about the new Blendabilities markers we carry – I cannot wait for them to become available for customers!  I will certainly have a class as soon as they are available!  They are so much fun to color with – they blend so beautifully and just look amazing!

So…enough chatter, right?


This card uses some of the Everyday Adventure paper in the pack – the colors just pop!  The blendabilities markers come in packs of three for seamless coloring and shading.  The card above uses the Coastal Cabana markers.  Did you notice the matching rhinestones?  Yes!  You can color rhinestones with the markers!!!!


And another card using the Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler blendabilities markers.  Very rich colors.  I really love the way these colors show the shading.  Now – something that you may or may not know is how much they will bleed through your paper.  They are meant to bleed through – it means you have done a good job saturating your paper with color….but if you don’t like that….you might not want to color directly onto your card!  It will show through to the other side. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Scrapbook pages and Project Life


Here is the scrapbook page we made at our last club meeting in May.  I used a color block look with some retiring quatrefoil paper.  I also had some paper flowers and journaling spots from the clearance rack.  Simple and easy!


I used more of the same supplies to create a page using some of the new Project Life journaling spots.  This card comes out of the Everyday Adventure Project Life card pack.   I love these cards because they are two sided – for instance, this card is probably the same design but horizontal on the back.  Also, these cards are great to use as accents for cards!  I am so thrilled to have Project Life as part of our Stampin’ Up products this year!!!!  Yippee!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Something to Say


I made this card also for my catalogue premiere.  I used the stamp set, Something to Say.  I love this stamp set – it has a little something for the outside and the inside of the card!  It also includes stamps that match the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I am so much more likely to use those stamps and coordinating punches when they are simply included with a stamp set and not separate! 

Anyway, the new Moonlight paper pad uses lots of new in colors, like Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon.   It is full of lots of masculine patterns, so I thought this would make a great baby boy card. 


And we can’t forget the inside – who wants a gorgeous card on the outside and a naked card on the inside?! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Patriotic Work of Art


When I went to the Stampin’ Up Catalogue Premiere I got the stamp set Work of Art.  I love the versatility of this stamp set.  While it looks like a bunch of blobs – lines and squares – the possibilities are endless!   For instance, I created this patriotic card for my own catalogue premiere.  As you can see, it is one layer – all stamping.  I just stamped the lines in real red, masking off the sides at the top.  I stamped the top corner in Marina Mist and then stamped the stars from the Project Life Point & Click stamp set to finish off the card.  How easy is that?  Plus it’s a great card for 4th of July or just to send to a veteran or active soldier to say thank you for their service to our country!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Monstermaniacs and a Monsters birthday party

I will refrain from posting all 17 pictures in this post at the same time!  You can look through the album if you would like to get an idea of our Monsters, Inc birthday party.  Our son just adores Monsters.  In fact, he just finished watching the movie again….for the gazillionth time!  We did a fun Monster party complete with a homemade monster cake and life sized balloon of Mike W!  We had lots of fun just being silly and letting kids be kids!