Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year in Review

I cam across a blog: With an "i" for Paper . Karin the blog owner is doing a year in review, where you can link to various blogs and see their review of the best blog spots per month.

I thought it was a great idea and decided to participate too.

So with out further ado- the best of The Creative Studio for the last year.




Well, there you have it, the best of 2011!

Have the happiest, healthiest and most creative 2012 everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Great Gift Idea!!

Like most of us creative types, we get our best ideas while dreaming. This idea came to me in the middle of the night. I  had some of that sticky back vinyl that George got me many Christmases ago. I picked up a couple of votives at the dollar store. Using punches and dies I created these unique votives. I so want to keep them for myself! :) This would be a great teacher or last minute gift.

This idea is my gift to you- enjoy!!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In the Meadow

Here I go with the new PTI "In the Meadow" set again. It is the perfect holiday set.

 I think I am finally finished all my holiday cards. Yippee!! Now I have to address them. I have to mail out about 50 and hand out about 40. How many cards do you all send out?

Do you send them to folks even though you know you won't get a card in return? This is a topic the DH and I have every year. I try to tell him I'm a cardmaker, I have to send out lots of cards!

I am back to work tomorrow, but will try to post again.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Good Tidings

One week till the big day everyone!

I am frantically working on my cards and gifts. Here is just one of the cards I made this year using the new PTI stamp and matching die set- "In the Meadow".

I will try to show more card this week for some last minute ideas for all of you.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Mom, the Artist

Today my mom would have been 95 years old. She died 5 years ago. My mom claimed to not have an artist bone in her body. She enjoyed my crafting but I could never get her to try out some stamping on her own.

It was when my mom began to get senile and was going to move into an assisted living center, I was finally able to get her to try her hand at stamping. I am sure if she had been in her "right mind" she would never agreed.  :)

I put some paints, sponges in front of her and she created the above background. She stamped the cat and with a little help she colored her, so she looked like her kitty, Kitsie. I put the card together for mom and she was so thrilled. She even had to sign the back- "designed by Florence".

I keep this card on my desk and smile every time I see it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Season is Almost Here!!!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, but it is time to start thinking Christmas and  the joys of card making. This is an oldie but goody. The reindeer stamp from Hero Arts remains popular this year.

I hope like me, you are pulling out your holiday stamps, papers and embellishments and going through them to start on your cards.

I am definitely taking time from school to  get into my studio and be creative. I hope you do the same.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I hope you are blessed with good food, family and friends today.

After today I am back to school work. I will post when I can.

Sue T.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Friends and Togetherness

This Thanksgiving card was inspired by a card I saw when I was blog hopping. I loved the simplicity of the card. Something you all know I struggle with.

The good friend I sent it to will love the simple classic monochrome of this card.

I hope you all enjoy it also.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I wanted to share a few of my blessings with all of you faithful readers-

1. George
2. Pinkie
3. renewing family ties
4. no school for a week
5. great friends
6. a good book
7. my studio
8. naps in the afternoon
9. good health
10. being a designer for Memory Box stamps

This list isn't in any special order- it just is.

Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday Card for Fun!

I finished my school work early and decided to just play for fun. I made this whimsical holiday card with the new Hero Arts / Sizzix stamp die combo set. This  is the "Holiday Cheer" set I got from Simon Says Stamp. Loving this set!!

It is not to late to sign up for Jennifer Maguire's online Holiday card classes beginning tomorrow. I have taken her last 2 classes and learned so much.

Oh yeah, just for the record, all the time I have spent on my first class paid off. I got an A!!!!!

See you all soon and be creative!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Snowy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!

It snowed in southeastern Pa. yesterday!  I look out one window in my studio and I see a green apple tree and think it is summer, I look out my second window and I see a yard covered in snow! How weird is that!!!!

I have been taking  a few hours off from school work each week to stamp. Got to or I will be nutso. Here are some Halloween cards I made.

Here is Mr. George's card. He is a sucker (no pun intended) for the cutesy cards. If I had seen a teddy bear vampire stamp he would have loved it.

Lastly this is the card I made for Memory Box. It has the coolest  opening. Please go to MB's Outside the Box for a tutorial on how to make this card.

Take care, be creative and i will see you again soon,


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Back to School

I have been a poor blogger and will probably be one for the next 2 1/2 years. I have started back to school for my Bachelor's degree in nursing. It has been over 30 years since I have been in school!

Not sure what to expect, but so far my first class- Philosophy of Nursing is a lot of work. 6-8 chapters to read each week. Papers to write. My first paper took me all day Saturday to write! I still have 2 more to write. George tells me it will get easier. I sure hope so.

I did realize that to keep my sanity I must keep on creating. That means finding the time to fit in my stamping. I have decided to get up early on Saturdays and give myself 2 hours to be artistic.

My hats go off to all you students!

I will see you all when I can!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twinkling Fall

Here is a card from my upcoming class at One Little Spark in NJ this Saturday, Sept. 17th. I will be making 4 cards using the new autumn stamps from Memory Box.  Come and learn some new techniques and check out One Little spark's new digs!!

Have a happy Sunday!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall for Memory Box

 I spent Saturday at the grand reopening of  One Little Spark in NJ. While I am a Memory Box designer and Dave would gladly send me the Catalina wreath die, you know how us stampers are, we have to have things immediately!! So I gladly handed Pat Thorpe my charge card for the Catalina wreath die. I had an awesome time with it. The above fall card was my first and then I had to try a few others.

If you go to Memory Box's Outside the Box blog on Tuesday Sept. 6th. I will have a step by step on how I created the Catalina wreath embellishment on the cards.

Sorry I have been a poor blogger lately,  followers.  As the saying goes "sometimes life gets in the way......"

Happy Fall Everyone,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feline Frenzy

I have 3 cats so this Penny Black stamp when straight to my heart. You have big tough Winky in the upper left, the elusive Zephry in the upper right and my sweet, precious and adorable Pinkie on the bottom. The colors came straight from  Stampin Up's color coach. 

The white on white with the pop of green (the most beautiful color in the whole world!), brown and pink
really makes this card sing- oops I mean meow!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

She's having fun, fun, fun

Last weekend was the Valley Forge CKC scrapbooking convention. It is always the last weekend in July and while the classes are never very good, the convention is loads of fun and there were lots of stamps this year. I have been going for the past 4 or more years.

I am not a huge penguin fan- not like my buddy Bevy B who goes gaga over anything penguin. I could not resist this "surfin' penguin" from Art Impressions. All I could think of is what fun I would have with his trunks and the surf board. I pulled out my scrap box and grabbed some old BG paper to create this card. I think this little guy just arrive at the beach in Maui.

Enjoy the gorgeous day!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Just Saying...

I am sad that summer card camp is done. It was a great because it gave me new techniques to try and new color combos to explore. I am sure I will be revisiting the classes frequently. 

The above card was for a class I was hoping to teach. Summer is a hard time to get students to sit in a class, when they can be outside enjoying the weather.

I will share it with you. I use 2 Hero Arts background stamps that seem to match each other. I used my fav color combo, blues and browns. Add a border strip, a flower, a saying and you are done.

Stay cool everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Card Camp Week 4 Last Week :(

I know I told you I wouldn't be able to make a card, but I found myself with today off and yeah! I got up to my 99 degree studio and made this card for the last week of card camp.  The  pear green, teal, turquoise, sky blue and white  colors will cool you down just looking at them.


I tried to use various techniques and ideas from the last 4 weeks. I love the clean simple design of this card. Plus it uses my new stamp set- Little Bitty Bird from PTI. I am a sucker for any bird stamps.

I hope you enjoy this card.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Spooky House

I took a class from Michelle Zindorf the Queen of the brayer. I had a great time and learned some amazing things from Michelle. 

Using many of the techniques from Michelle's class I made this Halloween card with the new Memory Box stamps. For a first attempt on my own, I don't think it is too shabby, well maybe shabby chic?!!

If you go to Outside the Box Memory Box's blog I have a tutorial on how I made this card.

Leave a comment on either site and let me know what you think.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Card Camp Week 3

This is probably the last card camp contribution I will be able to do. I go back to work tomorrow and I won't have the time to play. It sure has been fun. I loved this week's color combos. I have been messing around with this card in other combo's but the reds and browns just really worked.

Hope you all enjoy it too!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Clean and Simple

Well, I have been doing my homework from summer camp and made this thank you card after watching Kristina do this weeks's video on card design. Of course I had to throw in a few birds from the new PTI stamp set I just got. I like this card because it has a variety of papers without all the fussy layers. I wanted to keep this card but did give it to my friend Pat for her generous birthday present.

Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Another Stamp Camp Card


I am on a roll. Here is another stamp camp card.

Hope you enjoy this one!

Summer Card Camp Week 2

This is week 2 in summer camp. And since I am off this week I got up checked out the color combos and made my card.

I pulled out my Memory Box stamps and had fun. Love these colors- especially the greens!

Hope you enjoy this card. Off to make potato salad!

Happy 4rth of July Everyone!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Card Camp

I signed up for summer camp- yeah I know I am 54 years old! Summer camp?!!? Ahhhhh but this is summer card camp on line! Just the kind of camp I like. I get to sleep in my own bed at night!


Camp is taught by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire, plus a host of guest teachers. The card above features this week's color combo- purple, pink, sky blue orange and white.

Stay tune for cards from each weeks lessons.