Blast from the Past…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!  Here is a blast from the past of what we did a couple of years ago that I thought I would share with you – and keep scrolling to see THIS year’s St. Patrick’s Day WALL ART BANNER….


Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to tell you how much FUN I had with everyone who put together this month’s framed insert.  Our theme was not only St. Patrick’s Day, but it was celebrating one of my granddaughter’s 6th birthday – Happy Birthday Breanna!  So, I created TWO inserts – one everyone did below, and the frame that I came up with to celebrate our family’s celebration of a birthday – to give you an idea of one way YOUR family can celebrate someone special!  Here is the MARCH framed insert that everyone did:

Now here is our personal family frame that I did for all my daughters and myself:

Notice how it looks like she is holding the balloons?  Here is a close-up of what that looks like:

Here are some pics of everyone having fun and hard at work making their frames!

AND, a big thanks to Sue for a delicious breakfast that she brought – I’ll be posting TWO of her recipes this week for you that were oh soooo good!  And thanks to Kim for the delicious strawberries and low-cal dark chocolate-covered fruit (NOT!).

Here is the recipe for March’s framed inserts:

Paper:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Silver Glitter Paper, Brushed Gold, In-Color Patterns DSP.

Inks:  Black Stazon, Lucky Limeade, Versamark, Old Olive

Markers: Grey, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Going Gray, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede.

Reinkers:  Old Olive (for dying Silver Glitter Paper)

Stamp Sets: Crazy for Cupcakes, Gift Givers, Petite Pairs, Occasions Alphabet, Got Treats, Pinch Proof

Punches: Bird Bilder, Word Window, 1-3/4 Scallop Circle, Owl Builder, Small Oval, Small Heart, Handheld 1/8 punch, Key Tag, 1″ Circle, Stocking Builder, 1″ square, 1/2″ circle, 3/4″ circle, 1-1/4″ circle.

Accessories:  White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Peek-a-Boo die, Dots EF, Textured Impressions EF, Twitterpated Designer Fabric, Irridescent Ice EP, Big Shot, Heat Gun, 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks for looking at March’s Framed Art insert!

Stampin’ Hugs!

~ Gail



Happy Holidays to All!  I wanted to share what we did for the December framed art insert – a month celebrating Poinsettia Day, Gingerbread Day, Cut Out Cookie Day, and Christmas!  Here is the 8 x 10 frame insert:

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This is the 12 x 12 frame insert:


Here is a close-up of the Christmas tree:


Here is a close-up of the santa owl square:


Here is a close-up of the gingerbread and cut out cookie square using the two tags die:


Here is a close-up of the other squares:


My Saturday’s class Jen Thornton (who loves penguins) chose to substitute the snowman that is shown in the 8×10 frame for the cute penguin out of the mini Holiday catalog called “No Peeking” and this is what it looked like – it was so darn cute that I used that one for my 12 x 12 frame – thanks JEN!!!



Then to top it off, Jen made these fabulous cupcakes in honor of two birthdays this month – Barb’s…. and mine – thanks Jen – not only are they stinkin cute with the cupcake flags, but they were soooooo delicious!

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AND… Jen’s mom Sue, made a delicious breakfast casserole:


When Sue gives me the recipe, I’ll pass it along – but this was really GREAT!

And last but not least….. this is just a picture of the Advent calendar that we made LAST YEAR, which was the inspiration for these monthly framed art classes because in January, my daughters would not take them down because they loved theirs so much – thus the idea to have monthly themed inserts – and it all started with this one…. a total labor of love!

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I’ll be posting the recipe for this month’s insert later this week, but I wanted to share with you this month’s Framed Art insert!

Stampin’ hugs!

~ Gail


Hi Everyone!  Well, August is here and so is a new insert for my Framed Art class!  This month we celebrate Smores day, Sewing Machine day, and just summer with a summer dress, surfing, and beach fun!  We also celebrated another granddaughter’s birthday, Ella, who is turning 5.  She was just too cute and so excited because she knew it was finally her turn to have her picture in a square.  I love the fact that not only do you have the ability to use stamps, but digital images also!  The possibilities are endless with all the fabulous digital downloads that Stampin’ Up! has available.  Mucho thanks go to Jen Thornton for coming up with the idea for the sewing machine and incorporating fabric/ribbon so it looks as though it is actually being sewn on it!  She is a future demonstrator for sure!  Here is the frame that everyone made:

Here is my personal family insert celebrating Ella’s 5th birthday:

Here are some close-up celebrating sewing machine day:

Here is the square featuring a cute summer dress, created from the scallop circle punch and heart punch:

This square used the Up, Up & Away stamp set:

Here is my darling granddaughter Ella, holding a gift bag in celebration of her 5th birthday:

Another side view:

I’ll be adding the recipe tomorrow as I knew there was something I had forgotten to do – LOL!

Stampin’ Hugs!

~ Gail


July’s Framed Art insert turned out to be so much fun!  It’s a celebration of the 4th of July, Ice Cream Day, Lollipop Day, Don’t Step-On-A-Bee Day, Tour de France, and just summer!  The 4th of July frame used the Black Magic technique – so much fun – it actually looks like fireworks!  I had never used this technique, so it was a fun technique to try using our fabulous watercolor pencils.  I used another one of our wonderful digital images called Sweets for the Sweet and turned it into a 3-D image by punching out the circle pinwheel with a punch and popping it up on a dimensional.  Using My Digital Studio, I sized one of the “sticks” to fit a 2 x 2 inch square and then used one of the pinwheels to become a lollipop and sized the pinwheel to fit a 1 inch circle.  I then printed them out along with just the circle image which we then punched out with our 1 inch circle punch, added some Dazzling Diamonds, and then popped it up with a dimensional to create a 3-D look.  I then used our very small hand-held 1/16 punch and punched two small holes on either side of the “stick” and threaded up some silver thread and knotted it and tied it in a bow so it looked like it was a ribbon actually around the stick.   The canopy square turned out cute-cute and looks like a real canopy!  I hope you enjoy looking at July’s insert!

Here is the insert in an 8 x 10 frame:

Here is the insert in a 12 x 12 frame:

Here is a close-up of the 4th of July square:

Here is a close-up view of the canopy square:

Side view of canopy square:

Here is the other view:

Enough of the canopy!  Here is the Lollipop DIGITAL IMAGE square!

Here is a side view:


Stamps:  July Fourth (r), Nature Walk, Pedaling Past (r), Sunny Fun (r).

Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon.

Accessories: Mini Alphabet, large brads, Dazzling Diamonds, SU watercolor pencils, clear embossing powder, Dazzling Details, silver thread, dimensionals.

Punches: Postage Stamp punch, 1″  circle punch, 1/16 punch, 1-3/4 circle punch, Word Window punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Scallop Square punch.

Sizzlits Dies and Embossing Folders:  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Black Craft Ink, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White Craft Ink.

Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla.

Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade, Summer Smooches.

Markers:  Island Indigo, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Primrose Pedals, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, White Gel Pen.

I hope you enjoyed July’s monthly insert!  August’s insert class will be on July 28th!  See you then!

~ Gail


Hi everyone!  The insert for June celebrates Father’s Day, Go Fly A Kite Day, Fishing Day, Flag Day, Graduations, and just a celebration of our men.   This insert introduces the new in-colors, using Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, along with Early Expresso, Marina Mist and Very Vanilla with our new designer paper and I just love those new buttons! I used another digital download and also used a very old Stampin’ Up! fishing stamp set that I just could not part with – do you have any of those??  I love how this one turned out – it has a feeling of action and movement with the fishing scene.

Here is the June insert everyone made:

Here is my personal family insert, celebrating both my husband’s B-day an our granddaughter Savannah’s 10th B-day – both in June!

Here are some close-ups of some of the squares:

Here is the recipe for June’s Framed Art insert:

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Early Expresso, Marina Mist, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.

Inks/Markers:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake.

Digital Image: On The Green

Stamp Sets: On The Fly, Send Me Soaring, Motorcycle (also available as a digital download), Uncharted Territory, Service & Sacrifice, Best Dad Ever.

Punches:  Owl Builder, 1″ circle punch, Ticket punch, 1-3/4 Scallop Circle punch.

Big Shot:  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L

Accessories:  Stripes Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Naturals Designer Buttons (NEW #127554), Jumbo Brads, White Baker’s Twine (dyed with Basic Black reinker for fishing line), Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Adhesive, Tombow Glue, Toothpick, Brads, Rhinestones.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this fun insert!  Now on to working on July’s insert!

Stampin’ Hugs!

~ Gail


Hi Everyone!  Well, just finished up the May Framed Art insert and there’s so much celebration going on!  First – Mother’s day is in May, along with Memorial Day – we can’t forget those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and this insert is in celebration to ALL of us wonderful women who “do it all – backwards and in high heels” even!  LOL!  Also, one square is for all of us to remember to get your mammograms!  Ok – here is May’s insert:

This one is the one all my stamper’s made:

Here is my own personal family insert – notice how I highlighted my mom – the “Queen Mum”!  She’s TOO CUTE!  Also, this month we celebrate our granddaughter Addison’s 8th birthday – Happy Birthday Addison!  I also, for the first time in an insert, used a digital download (Fashionable #129883 for $7.95 – includes many other images and sayings too).  What was VERY COOL was that after I had downloaded the image, resized it to fit, I then used a Versamark marker, went over the image, and then heat embossed it using Irridescent Ice which darkened the image and gave it a beautiful shiny and glittery look – then topped it off with bling!

For the Stars and Stripes square, I used our red and silver glitter paper but needed blue, so I made my own glitter paper by taking some Marina Mist and patted it into my Versamark pad, sprinkled Heat and Stick powder over it, heat set, then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over it, tapped it off, and then heat set again and voila!  Blue glitter paper – very cool!  I created the hat using the top of a water bottle – LOL!  Here is my personal insert:



Here is the recipe for this month’s insert:

Stamps: Bright Blossoms.
Markers: Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz
Ink Pads: Stazon Black, Poppy Parade
Paper: Regal Rose, Basic Black, Whisper White, Red and Silver Glimmer Paper, Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, In-Color DSP, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Punches: Owl Builder, Bird Builder, Small Oval Punch, Lace Ribbon Boarder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, 5-Petal Flower, Word Window, Round Tab, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Beautiful Wings, Stripes EF, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, Daisies #2 Die, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Stars #2 Die, 1-3/4 Scallop Circle punch,
Digital Download:  Fashionable
Fabric:  Flirtatious
Accessories: Pearls, Rhinestones, Gel Pen, Versamark Marker, Irridescent Ice EP, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Subtles and Brights Buttons, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Antique Brads, Ruffled Ribbon, Taffeta Ribbon, Metallic Brads

I hope you enjoyed looking at May’s Framed Art insert!

Stampin’ Hugs!

~ Gail


Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share with you the insert we made for my Framed Art classes that I hold every month.  The concept is you leave the frame up, and put in a new insert each month!  So far, we have completed February, March, and now April.  I have also listed the recipe used to create this month’s insert at the end.

This is the insert in an 8 x 10 frame:

Now here is the insert in my 12 x 12 frame:

Here is a close-up of this square where I popped up the balloon and the head of the bunny with clouds that are sponged in – too cute!

Here is a close-up of the first square where I punched a circle in the Chocolate Chip square and then popped up the lily and pods through it.

Here is a close-up on the “He is Risen” square – so you have to “raise” up the lid to see what I put under it.. a little humor there….

Here is what is underneath the flap… I sponged Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral to create a sunrise scene and then stamped the cross from our fabulous Crosses of Hope set.

And just a few more pictures from some angles to show you all the popped up features on this fun insert:

Ok!  Here is the recipe for April’s Framed Art insert:

Stamps: Crosses of Hope, Everybunny, Heaven Blessed, He is Risen.

Punches:  Bird Builder, 3/4  inch circle, 1-1/4 inch circle, Designer Label Punch (R), 1-3/4 inch Scallop Circle.

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, In Color Patterns DSP.

Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Bashful Blue, Black Stazon.

Accessories:  Ribbon – Daffodil Delight seam binding.  Brads – Summer Smooches Fabric Brads.  Big Shot, Peek-A-Boo die, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Dazzling Diamonds, Blender Pen, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 2-Way Glue Pen, Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Watercolor Wonder Crayons.

I wish everyone a very BLESSED EASTER!

Stampin’ Hugs!

~ Gail