Remembering Alyssa Jo Furman


It has been a roller coaster 24 hours. It was about 4:00 p.m. yesterday that we found out that my niece AJ was about to get new lungs. At 10:30 last night, we were informed that was not meant to be–the lungs were no good.

Early this morning (3/28/18), God called home his newest angel! AJ’s lung transplant was not to be. She is now resting in His precious arms!

Along with continued prayers, we are needing a bit of help to get Alyssa’s body home from St. Paul, MN to Oshkosh, WI. I have set up a fundraiser to help my brother and his family out during this difficult time. Won’t you please consider helping our family out?

As my sister Mare Mare so eloquently put it this morning, “Alyssa can breathe again, but the rest of us, our breath has been taken away!”

Fly free beautiful butterfly…your cocoon is open wide!

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
~Jeffrey Glassberg
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Christmas 2013 with the cousins — from left — Alyssa, Crystal, Corrina and Catelynn.


Busy, Busy, BUSY!

This week and weekend was a very busy one. We started advising and registration for summer and fall classes at work this week. So I was chained to my desk managing all of the classes to get our students enrolled in!

Friday and Saturday were busy as I supported my baby girl (who happens to be 27 years young) and her Bateman team members as they spread awareness for childhood cancer for With Purpose.

Friday night, we went to the new home of Fire Escape and painted on canvas and wood. I made two pieces–one to donate for the With Purpose cause, the other to keep for myself. It was GREAT fun and I can’t wait to go back and create some more!

Chuck Schultz (Catie’s Dad), my baby girl, Catie & myself with our creations!

On Saturday, the Bateman Team did an open house at Mahoney’s restaurant with a silent auction and door prizes for all who attended the event. The team also was able to bring in (via Skype) the founder of With Purpose, Erin Benson. The story that she shared of the inspiration for With Purpose, her son Sam, was a tear-jerker.

Artwork auctioned off during open house with proceeds benefitting With Purpose.

After the open house, my baby girl and I went to dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Great food, WONDERFUL company and a full belly…..what a way to finish a great day!

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, first to raise awareness for the With Purpose cause. Did you know that over the last 30 years, there have been only four new treatments approved by the FDA for childhood cancer? Also, did you know that the National Cancer Institute designates only four percent of its research budget to all forms of childhood cancer? I don’t know about you, if you ask me, these numbers are DEPLORABLE!

Secondly, I tell you all this because I got a little bit behind on creating a blog post last week. So, this week, I will be bringing you two!

At the last card buffet, I had done one of my favorite techniques and that is using Versa Mark ink and then going over that with eye shadow. It brings in such a soft look that I LOVE!

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Card base is using WHISPER WHITE CARDSTOCK (#: 100730) (cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ — scored at 5 1/2″).

A baby wipe was used to add color with PERFECT PLUM (#126963) to the outside edges of emboss resist polka dotted paper (cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″). The baby wipe brings a soft look to the color and allows you to put color down quickly and easily.

Another layer of WHISPER WHITE CARDSTOCK was used (cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″). Using VERSAMARK (#102283) stamped the flower blossom and stem and then utilized a plum eyeshadow to color the flower and sage green to color the stem.

Inside Sentiment for Sympathy with Eye Shadow
Inside sentiment

Using PERFECT PLUM ink, the sentiment was stamped inside the card. The card was finished off with a scrap of plum ribbon that I had on hand.

With Sympathy Side View with Eye Shadow

A side view of the card shows that the layer adhered to the card base was popped up with STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS (#104430). The top layer was adhered using SNAIL ADHESIVE (#104332).


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SAVE THE DATES — Event coming up!!

NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, Mar. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15. 

RSVP by Thursday, Mar. 15 so I will have enough materials cut and ready to roll! Hope to see you there!

Let me know if you have specific cards that you might need (i.e. baby, birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).


Check out the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs on the right hand side of the blog. Earn free product for each $50 spend (before tax and shipping) with Sale-A-Bration that ends Mar. 31, 2018.

A new batch of SAB goodies will be released on Feb. 16. Stay tuned for more!


Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou



With Sympathy…

These are always the hardest cards to make. However, having lost my parents a few years back (2008 & 2009), I know that heartfelt cards can bring some peace and healing to those who receive them.

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This is a simple but elegant card that I recently made for a meeting swap. The edges were masked off using post-it notes. The ink colors used are MINT MACARON (bottom–#138326), RICH RAZZLEBERRY (middle–#126950) and MARINA MIST (top–#126962) by using a baby wipe dipped into the ink pad and “swiping” the color back and forth until the center was filled in to my liking (you can go as light or as dark with this as you like).

The corresponding markers (the thicker end) was  flicked using the inside of the cap that splattered the spots onto the card and envelope flap.

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Sympathy w-baby wipes inside

Here are the dimensions for this card.
WHISPER WHITE (#100730) CARDSTOCK — 4 ¼” x 11″ (card base scored at 5 ½”); Whisper White Layer — 3 ¾” x 5″
MINT MACARON (#138337) CARDSTOCK — 4″ x 5 ¼”

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The items below show you the items that were used for this card. You can order them at the “Order Here” link below.

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Aug. Card Buffet is CANCELED — there is an electrical shutdown on campus on Aug. 27 so I must CANCEL this event. Sorry for the inconvenience!

NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15. 

Let me know if you have specific cards that you might need (i.e. baby, birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).

RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 14 so I will have enough materials cut and ready to roll! Hope to see you there!

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou


Inquiring minds want to know…

Where do you get your ideas for your cards? This is a question that I get quite often.

One of the greatest ways to get ideas is by attending our monthly team meeting. This is where demos bring ideas to share by demonstrating a certain technique,

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…our up-line creates make ‘n takes for us to create at our meetings, and

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demos bring various cards and projects that they have been working on since the last meeting.

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A great way for customers to learn new techniques and create beautiful cards is by attending a card buffet. My next card buffet will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I would LOVE to have you attend.

Stampin’ Up! manages a blog that demos and customers can follow to learn different techniques as well. Stampin’ Up! also utilizes YouTube to bring creativity to life.

When doing dishes one night, the realization hit that if I could blow bubbles and have it make a cool design on a platter that I had hand-painted, I could do the same with paper.


Simply combine bubble-blowing solution with Stampin’ Up! ink, take a straw and gently blow bubbles onto your paper. Let the bubbles pop gradually to create your design. Allow the paper to completely dry before stamping. Here are cards that were created utilizing this bubble-blowing technique.

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As a team, we get together for an annual Christmas party. We have exchanged gift tags, gift card holders and thank you notes in the past as our swap. Also, if you wish to participate in a gift exchange, the rule that you must follow is the item must utilize Stampin’ Up! products. Below you will see a gift card holder and a number of gifts that were exchanged at such an event. It is always wonderful to see the awesome creativity exhibited.

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Lastly, a great resource for getting ideas is to search on Pinterest. The search feature is great and really easy to use. All you need to do is type in the name of a particular Stampin’ Up! stamp set and you are inundated with dozens of ideas for cards and projects to make. You can also search for ideas of some of your favorite things, such as Stampin’ Up! Hello Kitty. Pinterest will give you great ideas for these items as well.

If interested in learning techniques and creating six cards for $15, please come to my card buffet. Leave a note in the comments section below if you wish to attend so I can send you my address and have enough products ready for the event.

Layers, layers, LaYeRS…

In life, we manage many different layers. We layer our clothes, our hair and some people have emotional layers within their personalities. You can also create layers like this — YUMMO!

When creating cards, layers add depth to your creations. Layers can be added in multiple ways.

The card below shows how you can layer ink to make a card pop. Painter’s tape was used to add ink to card stock. To top those layers off, Momento Ink was added providing richness to the card.

Painter's Tape Card

This next creation has multiple layers of ink along with layering and embossing to give the card further dimension.

Birthday layered inkLayers can be accentuated by adding patterned paper or colored card stock.

Birthday Layered Paper

Two key items to have on hand when creating cards with multiple layers is a Stampin’ Up! Trimmer and an incremental paper sizing chart (see below). The paper trimmer offers not only a cutting blade, but a scoring tool as well. Scoring allows you to easily make folds on your cards.

Paper Cutting Increments

5 ½ x 4 ¼                     4 ¼ x 3

5 ¼ x 4                          4 x 2 ¾ 

5 x 3 ¾                          3 ¾ x 2 ½

4 ¾ x 3 ½                     3 ½ x 2 ¼ 

4 ½ x 3 ¼                     3 ¼ x 2

This chart came in very handy when making this next card that has a total of six layers. A standard card base measures 5 ½ x 4 ¼. From there, ¼” was removed from both the height and width of each layer.

Incremental Layering

Once all layers were cut, the white card stock was separated, centered and lightly adhered. Multiple floral stamps were made across the three different layers. The layers were carefully removed and the coastal cabana paper was intermingled with the winter white once again. A splash of ribbon was added making this a quick and cute card–easy to make and adorable!

Incremental Layered Card Completed

WARNING! When putting this card together, you MUST be very careful to make sure that your stamped layers stay facing the same way and that the layers don’t get mixed up with others you may be producing. If you are not careful, you end up with a card like this (see the innermost white layer of the back card–the flowers do not match up).

Incremental Layered Card Ooops

The last card featured utilizes SU Silver Glimmer Paper for added sparkle. The Labels Collection Framelits were used to create the layers of this card.

Layer with shimmer

These cards will be featured at my Card Buffet on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at my home. You get to choose six cards to make for $15. Leave a note in the comments section if you are interested in attending.