Friday, August 31, 2012

A Breath of Fresh Winter Air

It seems like forever since I have made a new project.  I am taking advantage of this long weekend to play catch up on some card/ project challenges.

This a is challenge from Naki and Nina, called a Double Dare Challenge!  They both come up with something to use on the card, whether it be a color, technique, or tool, and combine them.  DD Challenge #2 was to use an embossing folder and two neutral colors!!  It fit right into a project that I have wanted to do for some upcoming vendor events.  This was cased from (cased from Heidi Boos with 

A Breath of Fresh Winter Air
It is kind of hard to see on the picture, but I used one of my favorite embossing folders called Perfect Polka Dots.  My choice for the two neutrals was Basic Gray and Whisper White, which I combined with Marina Mist... a beautiful blue that makes me think of a cool winter day.  I embossed the entire piece of Basic Gray, giving it an all around texture.  You open it up to find a box of Fresh Mint Tic Tacs, with a saying attached that reads "Enjoy a breath of fresh winter air, and share some snowman kisses!!" which I typed and printed on cardstock.

Project Ingredients- 
Paper- Basic Gray and Whisper White Cardstock, with Polka Dot Parade DSP
Stamp Set- Button Buddies
Stamp Pad- Marina Mist
Tools & Accessories- Marina Mist Ribbon (discontinued), X-Large (2"x1 3/8") Oval Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Snail Adhesive, and Sticky Strip

Thanks for visiting my blog. If you like this post, please leave a comment, and share it with your friends on facebook or Pinterest. Glad I could share My Therapy with you!! ~~ Bobbi

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Card Party Buffets thru November

I am so excited about getting my Card Party Schedule finalized for 2012.

At a Glance...
Friday, Sept. 14th... 4:30 p.m to 8:45 p.m. OR Saturday, Sept. 15th... 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19th... 4:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16th... 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED... Seating is limited. If you reserve a spot, and then don't show up, you could be taking away another person's opportunity to participate.  For the October Buffet, there will be a "formal" class.  When you make you reservation please let me know which time slot you want... 5 per, first come first serve.

$2 per card, $2.50 per 3D item, or as specified below.  You can make as many as you want, until the kits run out!  I do ask that you make a minimum of 3 items if you reserve a space.  The projects can be mix-n-match from the featured project and the leftovers. This does not include the October date, which is a larger project.

Planet Sub, 2130 SW Wanamaker, Topeka, KS

Friday, Sept. 14th
The fun will begin at 4:30 p.m.  You are welcome to come at your leisure, arriving anytime before 8 p.m. (they close at 9 and we want to make sure you have time to make the project minimum).
I am adding two new menu items... one from our Perfectly Preserved Set and one from our Ghoulish Googlies Set.
There will also be left overs from the October buffet, for those of you that could not attend.
Saturday, Sept. 14th
Doors open at 10 a.m., but we must be out by 1, so try to come by noon. 
(same as above, just another opportunity!!)

Friday, Oct. 19th
I have had so much great feedback from my Blog Hop Project, the Holiday OWLganizer, that I have decided to hold a class.  Cost is $10 per... if you want to make more then one, please let me know you want to attend more then one session.  If you want to see pictures, please check out my blog post from Tuesday, August 14th.  There will be three times offered, which are 4:45, 6:15, and 7:45.  FIVE per time slot, first come first serve. When you reserve your spot please let me know if you want to use the Snow Festive DSP, as seen on my sample, or if you would like a more traditional Christmas print.
There will also be leftovers from previous buffets that you can enjoy making before, between, or after your session.

Friday, Nov. 16th
I will be showing you a fun Thanksgiving Project, showing you how to make a turkey, just in time for Thanksgiving.  NO, not baking a turkey, but making a turkey!!  We will also be making Christmas cards with a fun new Christmas stamp set. 
As always, if there are leftovers from previous buffets, they will be offered as well.

Don't see any dates above that work for you, but still want to get together with some friends and be creative?  I will happily schedule a private party for you and at least 3 friends.  Let me know if this is something you are interested in, and we can work out details.  It can be a workshop, a private buffet, or something focusing on a particular theme, accessory, or technique offered with Stampin' Up products.

My email is for reservations or questions.  Please feel free to leave comments below.

 ~~ Bobbi

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Garage Sale Booth... Sneak Peak

I have spent the last few nights getting things together for a garage sale booth at a local Scrapbook Crop.  WOW!!  I can't believe all the things I have gathered up and am getting rid of.  I will finally have room in my
"therapy" room to actually work on cards, scrapbook pages, etc...

I thought I would give you all a sneak peak of some of my garage sale items.  This is just a VERY small sneak peak.  In addition to these items pictured, I have a ton of stamp sets (mostly Angel Company), paper, adhesives, organizers, punches, embossing folders, Stampin' Up discontinued Stamp Pads, etc...

12 X 12 Paper Rack- SOLD!!!!!!

Oversized Clip Board to Decorate $3
Serving Tray to Decorate $3
Decorative Photo Layout "Memories" $2
Sew Easy Tool, Mat, Case with 6 heads/ 4 thread sets... NEW!! $15.00, bought at approx. $50
NEW!! Creative Memories "Nancy O'Dell" Tote Bag and Purse Cost $55 and Hostess Gift.. Selling for $40 for both
Creative Memories Cutter with 10 replacement blades and Cutting Strip $10... (blades themselves worth $25 minimum)
Various Single Stamps and Mini Alphabet Sets $1 to $2
Various Stamp Sets... just a SMALL sampling!!! Ones shown.. $3 to $5

And... Not Pictured
Back lit cutter with 6 blade Styles... $10
Lucky 8 Punch.. only used 3x... $10
Creative Memories Border Maker w. 3 Xtra Cartridges... all NEW in box... over $60 value... selling $25
Creative Memories Traveler Cartridge for Cricut... NEW in package... cost $55, selling for $20
Angel Company Stamp Sets... mostly new, but all assembled  $5 per set
Punches of various brands and styles $1 to $5 each
Discontinued Stampin' Up Stamp Pads... several never used... $2 Each
and lots, lots, lots more!!!!
See anything you like yet?  Are you in or around Topeka?  Come see me Saturday morning starting by 9 a.m. until ???  Town & Country Church, just east of Fairlawn on the South Side of 29th Street, by Westlake Hardware.  There will also be other Garage Sale Booths, Croppers, and Vendors!!!  Something for everyone.

Thanks!!    Bobbi

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Card Party... Buffet Style

What a weekend!
I had my first Card Party "Buffet" on Friday night.  While my sister is not a crafty person, she is definitely a very talented person.  She is a Professional Photographer.  Check out her work at  Wanting to support my passion, she decided to attend the party and take some pictures.  My guests were happy to oblige, and I thought it worthy of sharing. In the interest of her professionalism, let me state that the first two pictures were taken by me... I am sure you can tell the difference.  Maybe you will see how much fun they had, and decide to attend my next event on September 14th. 

Buffet Option One... Perfectly Penned
Buffet Option Two and Three... A Statement with a Punch and Flutter By Greetings
Moving on down the buffet line... meet Patty and Marvene.  The two elegant ladies really know how to
party in style.  Cheri was really able to capture their classy details, while also capturing their card making skills.

This card was my last creation for the buffet.  My guests really made it their own by placing the greeting and butterflys in various positions on the card.  The Curly Cute Stamp Set used for the greeting was a huge hit that night!
You can see Kathy's card in the background.  She enjoyed using new embellishments and learning new techniques.
Just a couple of my previous challenge cards that Cheri photographed while she was there.
I am thinking she should be in charge of all my future blog photos!!!

So, I can't promise a professional photographer at my next gathering, but I can certainly promise some fun and creativity.  Stay tuned for details on that September 14th gathering.

Thanks for visiting my blog. If you like this post, please leave a comment, and share it with your friends on facebook or Pinterest. Glad I could share My Therapy with you!! ~~ Bobbi

Thursday, August 16, 2012

PPA Challenge 141- Just Scrap It

I was so excited when I was setting at my work desk this week and saw the new design challenge.  Not only was the timing perfect for me, but I know I will use this layout idea for future cards.  Love it!
I was buried in scraps, as I was working hard on getting 80 card kits made for my Card Buffet later in the week.  Of course, I was working with one of my favorite new DSP- Polka Dot Parade.  I have really been wanting to use the Button Buddies Stamp Set, and saw this as a perfect opportunity to tie in the Polka Dots and Buttons.  The best thing was, beside the Whisper White card base, the rest of the card was completed with SCRAPS!!!  I even pulled out my new Cannery Framelits Dies to make the greeting appear to be in the shape of a cherry.  I know… kinda silly, but it’s all in the details!!

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock- Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Real Red, and Old Olive
DSP- Polka Dot Parade
Stamp Pad- Old Olive
Stamp Sets- Button Buddies (WM- 122735 or CM- 122737) and Perfectly Preserved (WM- 126690 or CM- 126692)
Tools & Accessories- Brights Designer Buttons (119747), Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine (125572), Cannery Framelits Dies (127822), Sticky Strip and Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting my blog and for checking out my challenge card. If you like this post, please leave a comment, and share it with your friends on facebook or Pinterest. Glad I could share My Therapy with you!! ~~ Bobbi

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pals Holiday Catalog Blog Hop... and my OWLganizer!!

Glad you could join us for some holiday crafting with the Stampin' Pretty Pals! You've probably hopped over from Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole. I'm stop number 25 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for Stampin' Up! projects featuring the new Holiday Catalog! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track. 

I am so happy to be joining in on my very first Pals Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoy my Holiday Organizer.  However, I am calling this one my OWLganizer because I used our great new Snow Festive Designer Series Paper, highlighted with images from the new Owl Occasions Stamp Set.

I had so much fun making this project.  I saw something similar last year, that was shared as a "Twelve Days of Christmas" Project Blog from my friend and fellow consultant, Karen Herrmann.  It appears that she did hers thru MDS, but I tend to like the 3D look better.  I livened it up quite a bit and made it "mine".  It is made with a Stampin' Up Clear Mount Stamp Case.  The inside left has a calendar for both November and December.  I am making some for an early December craft show that I will just use a December calendar on.  These calendars were printed from  There is a blank card connected to each of the tabs on the inside right.  They can serve as a divider as well as a place to keep a list.  Ideas for the tabs... "Shopping List", "Gifts Purchased", "Receipts", or "To Do".  You can use it for whatever helps YOU stay organized during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  

Project Ingredients:

Paper- Snow Festive Designer Series Paper (#126908), Cardstock- Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Gumball Green
Stamp Set-  Owl Occasions (Wood Mount #128000 or Clear Mount #128003)
Stamp Pads- Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Soft Suede 
Tools & Accessories- Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (#125557), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (#120906), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (#119850), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (#119860), and Modern Label Punch (#119849)
Now, hop along for more inspiring ideas from Angie Blake at Angies Musings, stop number 26 on the Pals Holiday Catalog Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  1. Lynn Hoyt at Cattail Designs
  2. Shannon Jaramillo at
  3. Debbie Pierce at Stampin Sunshine
  4. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full
  5. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  6. Cathy King at chattycathycardcreations
  7. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  8. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog 
  9. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts 
  10. Mary Fish at Stampin Pretty
  11. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  12. Diane Roberts at Scoreatfourandaquarter
  13. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at stamppaperscissors
  14. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  15. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  16. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space
  17. Naki Rager at My Stampin' Blog
  18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  19. Kim Luithle at Kim's Stampin Stuff
  20. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikkis Creative Corner
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  23. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap With Susan
  24. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  25. Bobbi Mangas at My Therapy
  26. Angie Blake at Angies Musings
  27. Kris Kilcoyne at Kween Bee Kreations
  28. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  29. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  30. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Another Sketch Challenge Entry... Mojo Monday #53

Trying to catch up on all my challenge deadlines before I sneak away for the weekend.  This one is my first Mojo Monday entry, and I have already seen some of the entries, but hey... it's all in fun, even if I don't win.  Here is the Sketch I worked from, I just took a "spin" on it.

When I sat down to work on this last night I ran across my Apothecary Accents Framelits and knew I had to use them on this card somehow.  Of course, using my Framelits for the first time led me to wanting to use my new Essentials Paper-Piercing Set also.  This is what I used to do the piercing accents on the inside of the solid cardstock pieces. It was the perfect addition for a subtle embellishment, along with the pearls.   Whenever I work with butterflys I  think of gentleness and subtlety.

Card Ingredients...

Paper- Patio Party DSP, along with Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, and Baja Breeze Cardstock. The Primrose Petals and Midnight Muse are two of the five new 2012-2014 In Colors.
Stamp Sets- Wacky Wishes (Hostess Collection) and Papillion Potpourri
Stamp Pad- Primrose Petals
Tools & Accessories- Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, and Stampin' Dimensionals

~~~ Bobbi

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Make a Statement with a Punch!!

I have been working hard this weekend to complete a project that is due tomorrow.  Our local Harley Party, a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka, is August 18th, and I am making a card basket for the Silent Auction.  As part of this basket, I want to include several birthday cards since that seems to be the biggest occasion for card giving.  I had seen a card several months ago that I had always meant to case.  I cannot recall who made the one I had originally seen, but this is a similar effort, only with brads vs. buttons, and a different color and paper scheme.  I love that we can do so much with punches!   The only stamp I used on this was for the greeting itself.  I made a variety of these cards, using the five colors in the 2011-2013 In Color Collection, including Calyspso Coral.  This card only showcases four of the colors, as listed below. It is hard to see from these photos, but there is a solid color circle in the background of each flower, with the middle one in the dotted print, another solid of the same color, finished off by a coordinating brad. 

Card Ingredients...

Paper- 2011-2013 In Colors, including Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral (not shown), In Color Designer Series Paper Pack (#122384) and Whisper White Card Stock.
Stamp Set- Perfect Punches (Clear Mount- #120516 and Wood Mount- #117022)
Punches- 1" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 2" x 1 3/8" Oval, and Decorative Label.  The leaves were made with the 1" Circle Punch and a little bit of creativity!
Other- Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (used with the Big Shot), Island Indigo Stamp Pad, Designer Printed Brad in 2011-2013 In Colors, Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the greeting, and Sticky Strip.

~~~ Bobbi

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Amazing Birthday" Card for an Amazing Kid

Well, before I went back to working on more "spooky" creations today, I decided to make a birthday card for an amazing "kid" I know!  I am doing double duty by making this a card I can enter into the Freshly Made Sketches, Challenge #46.  This card incorporates some of my favorite new DSP and Stamp Sets from the World Spectacular Design Suite.

The two stamp sets I used are on page 33 of our 2012-2013 Full Catalog.  The main sentiment on the front comes from the You're Amazing Stamp Set (#126722 Clear $22.95 or #126720 Wood $30.95) and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set (#125981 Clear $20.95 or #125979 Wood $28.95).  I also used the 1 image from this same stamp set on the inside of the card.

Other Card Ingredients...
Paper- World Spectacular DSP, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Daffodil Delight Cardstock, and Island Indigo Cardstock.
Stamp Pad- Island Indigo
Tools and Accessories-  Top Note Bigz Die (#113463), 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, 3/8" Designer Printed Brads, Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Calypso Coral Organza Ribbon (retired), and Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the Happy Birthday image.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ghoulish Googlies...Scary or Just Plain Cute?

While I don't have young children, and don't get many trick-or-treaters, I still love Halloween!  When we got the new Stampin' Up Holiday "Mini" I was so excited about the Halloween selections.  Here is a look at one of my faves, AND it is available in a bundle to save you 15%.

These are the bags I created tonight using the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and the Ghoogly Ghouls Stamp Set. Take note of those fun Googly Eyes!!  I colored the witch using a blender pen and coordinating stamp pads.  The 2 3/8" scalloped punch and Old Olive Cardstock was a great background for the round tags, and our Pumpkin Pie 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon was a great accent.

The Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit (#126914) includes 20 printed double-sided tags, 10 bags (3" x 5" x 1 1/2"), 50 adhesive-backed googly eyes, and 10 pieces of Baker's Twine.  It can be purchased separately for $7.95.  The Googly Ghouls stamp set comes in wood mount (#128060) for $16.95 or clear mount (#128063) for $12.95.  The Ghoulish Googlies Bundle (Designer Kit with Stamp Set) is $20.95 for wood mount (#129852) or $16.95 for clear mount (#129853).

Stay tuned for some fun cards that I hope to get finished this weekend using this stamp set and thenew Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pals Paper Arts Challenge #140

Welcome to my first Challenge!  The Stampin' Up group that I am part of is Stampin' Pretty Pals. They do two challenges each month, and I hope to start participating in each one.  

This is a color challenge, using three Stampin' Up Colors.  See how I have incorporatated these colors, three of my personal favorites, into one card!  Although I love them all, I am not sure I would have thought to combine them, but I am very happy with my final result!!  

I used Summer Starfruit as my card base.  This is one of our new 2012-2014 In Colors.  The other colored cardstock is Marina Mist, part of our Subtles Collection.  Last but not least, Real Red is used as my main Accent Color.  It is part of our Brights Collection. I purposefully attached the layers to the upper left corner to show more color of the color by my image.  See the list below for my card ingredients.

Stamp Sets- Occasional Quotes (hostess collection) and Betsy's Blossoms (126006)

Paper- Summer Starfruit (126839), Marina Mist (119682), and Whisper White (100730), along wtih Birds of a Feather DSP (126899)

Our NEW Classic Stamp FOAM pads-  Summer Starfruit (126991), Marina Mist (126962), and Real Red (102482)

Tools & Accessories-  Subtles Designer Buttons (119745), White Scrapper's Floss (non SU) and Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon (retired)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Introducing our Holiday Catalog!!

I just LOVE the new Holiday Catalog, and could barely wait to share it with my friends!! It is NOW available to order from, and I can't wait to get you your copy!!  It has everything from Fall to late Winter, including Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and some Valentines.  Not only is there some great paper packs, but also some new stamps, ribbon, embossing folders, etc. 

One of my favorite things in this new catalog is the BUNDLES!  Yes, they have bundled some coordinating items together for a 15% savings. Click the link below and flip thru the pages.  Let me know if you would like to order anything, or have a gathering with some of your friends.

View this Holiday Catalog by Clicking HERE