December 10, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

Here is my very first card that I have made using "My Digital Studio" by Stamin' Up! item #118108 $79.95. It has taken me a lot of working with it, but this is the Coolest thing.. it's great for cards, scrapbooking, invitations, ect. Once you purchase it, you can use their services to print your card, calenders, and yes beautiful scrapebooks of your memories. They even have new downloads that you can purchase from time to time. So check out my website to see what's new. Great for gift giving, all of Stampin' Up!'s great stamps, designer series paper, embellishments, colors, and paper, just a click away from endless creativity.

Second page of inside of card.

The Martinelli family would like to wish you all a very  Merry Christmas and a Happy New year !!!

Christmas is coming....are you ready!

Here we are with our Christmas Tree pop-up cards that we made at my Christmas Party.  It was the only project we made that night since it required a little extra work, but they all came out beautiful. We got to relax, eat, and visit.  This was a thank-you to my customers for supporting me during my time with Stampin' Up! I appreciate all that they have done for me and the friendships that we have made a long the way. Great company and some good laughs too!

Some holiday treat bags using the Sparkly & Bright Stamp Set #115346, and the Top Note die for the Big Shot, scallop circle punch, all from Stampin' Up! Quick gift for office gifts or teachers, classmates, ect.

November 24, 2009

Loved how this Christmas card came out.. used the "Sweet Centers" # 116521 stamp set from Stampin' Up!. basful blue  brilliant blue card stock, 1 3/4 circle punch #112004, The Big Shot #113439, and lil leaves die cut #114511 all from Stampin' Up! I put some "snow into the sweet treat  cup #116802. This stamp set is so easy to use for all holidays. You can fill with candy, crackers, $$$$, what a great gift giving idea..

I loved making this over stamped Thank-You card. Got the card cut-out idea from Cindee Wilkerson in my Luv2 Stamp group. Used the stamp set "Charming" # 116519. Designer series paper "Thoroughly Modern" # 115673. The Big Shot, "Top Note Die" #113463, and the "Scallop oval punch" #114889. I enjoyed doing the distressing and over stamping.. I then added a piece of vellum paper ##101856 typed on my computer with a special thank-you message. "Snail adhesive" #104332 to glue all, and a "Stampin' Dimension" #104430.

November 23, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you ! We are truly blessed in so many ways, our families, friends and lives. Yes this has been hard times for many, including some in my own family, we have learned to tighten the belt while trying to find jobs, but at the same time keeping busy, creative, and trying to help others around us that need extra help. May we keep our thoughts and prayers on others who are less fortunate that don't have food on their tables, or a roof over their head. And especially to our service men over seas fighting for our freedom that we have here in this beautiful country of ours. May God bless all of you during this very thankful holiday, and may you help someone less fortunate.

Christmas card workshop

Christmas card workshop, stamp four..

Stamps used, "Sparkly & Bright" #115346
Real red card stock, "Merry Moments" Designer series paper #115672, "The Big Shot" #113349, and the "Stampin' Up! Join the Cheer " #113452 die cut.
We made this in other variations of card stock. So much fun

"Holy Family " #116513 We made the one on the far right , rich razzleberry card stock, Summer Sun, old gold tissue paper, kraft paper, "Vintage brads" #109109. This one was left unpainted, but in class we used "Stampin' Pastels" #105542.  The one on the far left is done with the "Aqua Painters"#103954 with classic inks of choice. Beautiful in their own way, lots of different looks for the stamp set.

"The Big Shot" # 113349, "Movers & Shapers Die Cut" #114506
"Magnetic Movers & Shapers" scallop die #115953,

"Tree Trimmings" stampset #116722, "Stampin' Up! Finial Press # 115963, "Stampin' Up! Little leaves" # 114511, Chocolate chip card stock, whisperwhite card stock, Shimmer Paint #116806 Champagne Mist. We made the brown card, everyone loved the look of it, very elegant.

We made these tags, that can also be used as bookmarkers... easy and fast, great for gift giving to tie onto homemade, cookies and breads, or a beautiful gift basket.
"Wandering Words" stamp set #116507, Close to cocoa ink, real red ink, very vanilla, old olive, and brillant blue card stock, red, brown ribbon.
This stamp set is very versatil, it has two other stamps in the set, that are everyday.
Here is a card that I made using this stamp:

November 22, 2009

Christmas HO HO HO workshop

Here we are at our Christmas "HO HO HO" workshop, making swags, and wreaths from the Stampin' UP!  item # 117613 HO HO HO on board glitter letters. I used all product from Stampin' UP! and the cute stamp set Sparkly & Bright # 115346, and the Tree Trimmings set #116722, Big shot die Snowflake # 2 item # 113460, The Big Shot #113439, Whisper white card stock #100730, Chocolate chip card stock #102128, Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper # 116770, Real red classic ink, old olive classic ink, chocolate chip classic ink, Shimmer paint # 116806 Champagne,various ribbons that Stampin' Up! also carries..
The HO HO HO set make 1 large swag, and 3 small ones, I made 1 large, 1 small, wreath, and 2 wallhangings... what a great gift idea, these normally retail  close to $ 30.00, so it's a great deal.  A handmade gift made from the heart! They purchased these ahead of time and we were so glad that we got together as a group to put together, everyones turned out different with the different embellishments, ribbon and such  to make it match their decor. That's what one of the best things is, watching others create, I learn from them as well.. Sharing..

October 17, 2009

Cousin Night Out!

Here we are out to dinner, my sister, niece and cousins, I am the one on the far right. We are sporting out Breast Cancer awareness pins that I made. We had a great time reminising about our childhood. We are double cousins, YES, our mothers were sisters or cousins of each other, and our fathers were brothers. Those Italian men liked those Portuguese women..We have great stories to share, growing up in the country, and being blessed to be a part of a wonderful family that visited every weekend.. those were the good ol' days!
Homemade cookies, or cakes, and good old Kool-Aide ! Holding on to the memories!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month is breast cancer awareness month. I made some really cute butterfly pins and gave them to my Stampin' Up Stamp a Rama-Luv 2 Stamp group that Patty Bennet had hosted last month for us. I have been making more throughout the month and giving them to friends & family to spread the word of early detection and breast health.
I used the Big Shot by Sissix, Stampin'Up!, die cutting machine, and the Bigz Die, #114507 Beautiful Butterflies, various DSP paper in pink, and stamped the ribbon of hope stamp#115552 in Pink passion ink, added a rhinestone brad, 1/4 ribbon tied in 2 knots for center of butterfly, and added a pin to back. So simple to make. I made large & small ones. Great to hand out at events or different organizations. Could even be a great fundraiser for a cancer group of your choice. Any questions, please leave a comment .

Baby shower

The last couple of days I have been preparing for  a baby shower.
I found out that Stephanie is having a girl, so being the frugal quilter that I am I went through my fabric stash.  I was so excited to find some hot pink minkie fabric, and a bright flowery print, just big enough to make a small quilt. I even had enough batting.. Gosh.. I didn't have to buy a thing!  I whipped it together and quilted around the flowers somewhat, not perfect, but after I washed it, I just loved how it got all bunchy and soft.
So of course I had to make a card, and Stephanie loves butterflies, so I got out my "Big Shot" from Sissix, (Stampin' Up!), and used the "bigz dies" #114507, Beautiful Butterflies, whisper white card stock, regal rose ink, and Fundamental Phrases #114968 " new baby'', older DSP paper, and the baby carraige from "Fun &  Fast Notes" #113509, the eyelet punch, oval punch, rhinestone brad, and pink  ribbon that is on sale right now with Stampin' Up!
The shower was fun, and she liked all that she received. A baby is such a gift, God bless them with their new life ahead.

October 14, 2009

Christmas Tree Card

Christmas Tree Pop Up Card.. Beautiful... this card takes a while to assemble but worth it. Just to see everyones look on their face when they open it!!!
Big Shot Die "O' Christmas Tree Pop-UP  #118140,   Words "Four the Holidays" #116921
Real red card stock/ Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper # 116770,   Brushed gold # 102935
 Red ribbon,scallop punch, and Big Shot large Scallop Circle die

Hostess Set Patterned Pines

Hostess earned set :Patterned Pines
in the new Holiday Mini
(sorry I have the picture flipped)
Real red # 102482/Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper#116770
Words Set #116921 "Four the holidays"
Large pewter grommets-soft suede ribbon, real red ribbon

October 13, 2009

Birthday Card - Stamp Set #113401 "Happily Ever After"
I used soft suede cardstock, and razzleberry cardstock,DSP Rasberry Lemonade, I used the flower sprig and Love stamp to distress the DSP paper and over stamped the heart,then the wording  set
 #111664 "On your Birthday" The ribbon is gathered on my sewing machine, and cordoroy button added.

Halloween Rub Ons

Halloween Rub-ons & Designer Series paper           
rub-ons#115729, DSP #115677 cast a spell                        
Paper: Black & Pumpkin Pie
Fast & easy !!

Fall Workshop

Autumn Days Stamp Set # 115452
The pheasant card
The acron card & matchbox  --movers & shapers Big Shot die&        matchbox die.
Gobble Gobble stamp set # 116535
Turkey card --movers & shapers Big Shot Die & Scallop bag
                      New IN color markers, and ribbon
Owl Treat bag - Large scallop Big Shot Die, top note, scallop oval punch, circle punch, cello bag
                                                       Scallop orange Treat bag, pumpkin pie, Fall Harvest # 112478 wheel
                                                       little leaves Sissix die # 114511, cordoroy button
  Opening day of pheasant season... oh how I remember those foggy mornings with gunshots ringing out.

Preparing for holiday workshops

Stamp set "All in the Family" # 113438 Stamped onto fabric, quilted wallhanging, "September Days"

October 11, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am a breast cancer survivor of 20 years.. I can't stress enough how important it is to make others aware of this. So for the month of October,wear pink once a week, and tell others why you are wearing pink. Remind them of their monthly self-breast exams, and of their yearly mamograms. Yes I was one of those that was diagnosed at a young age, 33.  My boys were babies. But I was determined to be HERE for them to watch them grow, and yes someday play with my grandchildren.  I am blessed and so fortunate to have these years,  no I am NOT a grandmother YET, but am looking forward to those days in the future.  So talk to your friends and co-workers, have a gathering at your home to raise money for a cancer cause of your choice. You may save a life, what a precious gift to give someone !  I have been making butterflies out of my Stampin' Up! Big Shot by Sissix. I have turned the butterflies into pins with a breast cancer ribbon stamped using the "Ribbon of Hope" #115552. You can order the stamp, "The Big Shot" machine #113439, the "Beautiful Butterflies Die #114507, ink Melon Mambo #115656, paper "Pretty in Pink" #100459 or any designer series paper of your choice, rhinestone brads "circle brads" #109110.
I will post a picture of one that I made. You can order online through my website directly for all items. Gather a group of friends and make some pins to hand out to others, or sell them to raise money for your cause. Any questions, email me, thank you..

October 10, 2009


Saturdays.... my errand day.. got my supplies ready for the Biscotti that will be made on Monday. Early this morning, I processed a whole sink full of fresh tomatoes, and started a spaghetti sauce.. cooking all day, it smells soooooo good. Then I made a stuffing  for my Italian sweet peppers, and stuffed them. Packed them in the freezer. Ready to give the boys when needed.  I feel like a little squirrel when I cook BIG like this, freezing and packing away for the winter ahead. So nice to have ready to go on those nights when you just don't know what to cook. My garden is looking like I might get a few more peppers out of it with the cooler weather that we have had. All that I get is greatly appreciated.  So have a great weekend.

October 9, 2009


Hello, the one creative thing that I did today, was to finish a wallet that I am giving as a birthday gift to a niece.  It's cloth, and quilted.. it is the second one that I made.. I really like them.. I will try to post a picture of it.. I am thinking of getting back into my sewing business, along with my Biscotti by Auntie B.B. business, and yes my Stampin' Up! Demonstratorship.. There isn't much difference with working with paper vs. cloth.. it's all about color and texture.. Some of us put colors together in such a different way than others. But it's okay, it's all about being creative to please ones own style, or artistry. There shouldn't be a right way or even a wrong way when it comes to color combinations. It's all in the eye of the beholder.. We all see things differently.  If we didn't,  our world would be so boring!!! So step out of your box, and try layering lots of color, and yes even texture. The color could all be in neutrals, or hot bright colors, to earthy warm shades.

October 8, 2009

Stampin' Up! Workshop

Had another successful Stampin' Up! workshop in my home last night.. The Bagel Tyme girls and mom, Janice came, and we had a great time.. Kristin's boyfriend even attended.. my first guy at a workshop.. and he did a great job.. We made four projects, a halloween treat bag, two halloween cards, one used rub-ons and designer series paper, yes, no ink or stamps.. the other was a fall card using our Autumn Days stamp set, I love this set, the pheasant stamp is so cool. It brings back lots of memories of opening day at the farm that I grew up on. Foggy mornings, and guns going off..
I will get some pictures downloaded, so I can share with all..
Thanks for stopping in.. I will keep you posted on the next workshop for Stampin' Up! Fall and Christmas.
Can't wait, I have been working hard on some ideas to share.
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October 4, 2009

Quilt show success

Yes what a beautiful quilt show the Gateway quilters had this weekend.
We have some really talented quilters in our guild..
Great company, food, vendors with GUESS WHAT?? More fabric...
and beautiful quilts surrounding all..
Yes it was a lot of work.. but well worth all of our efforts.
Tomorrow I am off to bake biscotti for my business, Biscotti by Auntie B.B.
Flavors tomorrow will be, Anise seed walnut, Almond-Chocolate coated,
and Cranberry orange.. yummy.. Then off to deliver them.
And hopefully I will get to stamp some cards tomorrow and get back to having
a Halloween/ Thanksgiving workshop sometime this week. yeah..lots of fun.
Take care, God Bless..

October 2, 2009

I did it!!

I finally have a blog... Now to add all the things that I want to show you...
Be patient.. this might take a while.
I am a quilter and sewer. And yes I have lots of's all about color and texture.. I love the color blue, but have stepped out of my box working with lots of beautiful color. I belong to two quilt guilds, one in Merced, CA ,, and the other in Los Banos, CA .
I just finished with one quilt show in Los Banos, and there is another in Merced this weekend. We have been working very hard preparing for this today.. And everything looks awesome... I will try to post pictures later..
I also like to stamp and create cards, favors, and gifts. I am a demonstrator for
Stampin' Up! So check out my website, you can order 24/7, Check out all of the cool new things in the Holiday Mini Cataglog, and the new 2009/2010 catalog,
Again, it's all about color, and texture.. Stampin' Up! has great product, colors, and especially ideas and tutorials that you can learn and create from. If you have any questions, you can email me at,
If you are interested in hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop let me know. As a hostess you can earn free product and hostess $$ to get the things you WANT.
Remember, create something everyday and share it with others.