Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gift Card Holders

Here are some of the gift cards I gave this year. I like how quick they were! I just sealed an envelope , folded it in half meeting left and right sides together, then trimmed those ends off. Then took a piece of DSP big enough to cover and used SNAIL to adhere it on. Then popped the gift card in one pocket and a little note in the other, tied shut with a ribbon, and hung a little tag off the front with To and From on the back of the tag. Very quick and pretty!

And here are a few more! I gave a lot of gift cards this year ;) And doesn't that satin ribbon just look luscious?! We will be able to get it in many more colors on January 5th!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snowy Tea Lights

I know, I have been absent so much the last couple weeks! It has just been so busy for me, just like for all of you. But I'm back and I will be posting frequently again.
And here are more tea light boxes boxes, I just had to make some for family for Christmas :) This one is with the Snow Buddies set that I just got. I wish I had gotten it earlier in the season!


This one also uses the Snow Buddies set, but just the snowflake stamps.  I also used the Scallop Trim edge punch on this one. You can find the tutorial to make these boxes here.
  • Stamps: Snow Buddies, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede
  • Other: Heat gun, tissue paper, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1/16" punch, Sticky Strip, tea light candles, Scallop Trim edge punch, bone folder, paper trimmer with scoring blade

Krafty Christmas Card

Here is a card I made as a special order for a co-worker. It is full sheet of card stock folded in half, so it's a BIG card! I ran a couple pieces of Kraft thru the Big Shot with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder, then rubbed a Real Red ink spot.  I also stamped ornaments all over the card base with Shimmer Paint. I finally got to use some of my corduroy buttons!
  • Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White
  • Ink: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Real Red
  • Other: Real Red polka dot ribbon, linen thread, corduroy buttons, Petals-A-Plenty impressions folder with Big Shot, sponge daubers, corner rounder punch, dimensionals, paper piercer

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Animal Stories Mini Album & Tin

This is another of the projects that we did for December stamp club. It would make a great gift for any family member to fill with photos of their own dear ones, or with photos of yours ;) The tins ( #108333) are on sale on the Clearance Rack on my demo site for 99 cents while supplies last!

  • Stamps: Animal Stories
  • Paper: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip textured card stock, So Saffron, Tall Tales designer series paper
  • Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
  • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Signo white gel pen, So Saffron 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon, corner rounder punch
  1. From a 12×12 piece of Choc Chip cardstock, cut two 5″ x 12″ strips. Then take the 2″ x 12″ scrap and cut off a 4″ strip, then cut down to 1″ x 4″.
  2. Score the 5″ x12″ strips at 4″ and 8″ and accordian fold. Then overlap 2 sections and adhere with Sticky Strip. This forms a 5 section long mini album.
  3. Use the corner rounder punch on all corners.
  4. Decorate mini album as desired with strips of designer series paper.
  5. Use white gel pen to create faux stitching on each section.
  6. Take a 4″ x 5″ piece of Old Olive and use corner rounder punch on each corner.  Stamp with the elephant in Old Olive randomly.
  7. Cut out a 1″ x 4″ piece of So Saffron card stock. Stamp with the whale randomly with So Saffron.
  8. Stamp the Choc Chip 1″ x 4″ strip with the owl randomly in Choc Chip.
  9. Adhere to the Old Olive card stock as shown.
  10. Use the white gel pen to create the faux stitching.
  11. Ink edges of Old Olive with Choc Chip.
  12. Adhere to lid of tin with Sticky Strip.
  13. Cut a 5″ piece of ribbon, fold in half andadhere ends together with sticky strip.  Put more Sticky strip on on end on the “outside”. Adhere to inside of the lid as picture to create a handle to open the tin with.
All done!

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think! And if you make your own, please leave a comment and link to yours so we can see it too :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thinning the Pack

It is time for me to thin out my collection of stamp sets... I have to make room for more to come! Check out what I have for sale here. This is a page on a new blog site that I am trying out. Explore a little and tell me what you think while you're over there!

Here is a list of the sets I'm selling. There are pictures posted on the sire linked above.

PayPal please and priority mail flat rate boxes will be used (will fit as many items into box as possible).

A is for Adorable $6.00
All in a Row $5.00
All Year Cheer I- partial set $8.00
Animal Valentines $8.oo
Autumn Leaf Prints $7.00

Basket Full of Fun $7.00
Beautiful Batik $7.00
Best Blossoms $5.00
Birthday Whimsey $5.00

Cuddles & Tickles foam mount $4.00

Delight in Life $5.00

Eclectic Corners $3.00
Event Full $5.00

Fantastic Foliage $7.00
Fun in the Sun $10.00

Happy Healing $12.00
Happy Harmony $5.00
DD Hydrangea - some damage to 2 blocks (puppy) but rubber intact $5.00

Infinite Goodness $10.00

Letter Prints $6.00
Lexicon of Love $5.00
Little Layers $7.00
A Little Love $5.00
Little Pieces $7.00
Little Shapes $4.00
Looks Like Spring $10.00
Lots of Thoughts $5.00
Love You Bunches $8.00

Make It Count $6.00
Merci $5.00
Merry $7.00
Mini Horses $8.00
Mini Messages plus 2 extra stamps $6.00
Mostly Flowers $5.00

Noteworthy $6.00

Older & Wiser $15.00
Organic Grace $6.00

Paint Prints $5.00
Peace Unto You $8.00
Phrase Starters $5.00
Polka Dots and Paisleys $6.00

Riveting $6.00

Sassy Susie $10.00
Smorgasborders $5.00
So Very $7.00
Spring Solitude $10.00
Stippled Stencils $5.00

Tags So Much $6.00
Tag Time $8.00
Trick or Treat $5.00

Very Punny $6.00

With Love...Naturally $5.00
The World Over $5.00

Non SU Summer Stamps $10.00

Frosty Tea Light Box

I had to do some more tea light boxes, they are just so nice! I had made the candles last month and needed to make a coordinating box. As you can probably tell, I accidentally cut too far in on one of the tabs, so I stuck a little strip of card stock into the corner to reinforce it. Not too noticeable I hope! I did use the Frost White Shimmer Paint to stamp the smallest snowflakes all over the box, but there aren't any showing, and I inked the edges of the title pieces with the Frost White also. That you can see :) Wow, I can''t believe I used so many different sets! You sure wouldn't have to. But, I have them, so why not?!
  • Stamps: Best Wishes & More, Grateful greetings, Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Whisper White, tissue paper
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Platinum and Frost White Shimmer Paints
  • Other: Heat gun, 1-3/8" circle punch, paper piercer with mat pack, sponge daubers, paper cutter with scoring blade, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Friday, December 11, 2009

Snowflake Tags

More tags! Can't ever have enough tags this time of year, can you? I made a quick batch of these a few days ago and we will be making these at club tonight also. I don't know if I will be giving mine away or using them myself :) I think I will be using the brown packing paper to wrap gifts this year. I think it gives the presents a homemade feel. Don't you love how the Platinum Shimmer Paint just pops on the Chocolate Chip card stock?!I put sitcky strip on the back so these can just be stuck to the gift.
  • Stamps: Sweet Season, Winter Post
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Platinum Shimmer Paint
  • Other: Two Tags die with the Big Shot, Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle punches,  Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, dimensionals, Sticky Strip

12 Days of Christmas Sale

These might be the most exciting 12 days of December with select Big Shot dies and vinyl sheets for the Big Shot on sale! The 12 Days of Holiday Sales begin December 11 and runs through December 22.

Contact me at or Shop Online now at my online store

Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a new level!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kraft Photo Stand

I did another photo stand with some Christmas Cocoa DSP. We are making this for club this month. I just love Kraft card stock, I don't know why. I have to refrain from using it all the time. Variety is the spice of life you know ;) You could whip out a bunch of these in just a couple hours!
  • Stamps: Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa DSP
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red
  • Other: Scallop Square die with Big Shot, Ribbon Originals Mistletoe double stitched white grosgrain, sponge, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, paper cutter with scoring blade, Distressing tool from Cutter Kit, Sticky Strip.
1.  Score large piece of Kraft card stock 4" x11") at 3/4", 5-1/2", and 10-1/4".
2. Crease all score lines.
3. Sponge edges of large Kraft card stock with Soft Suede ink.
4. Sponge edges of scalloped square with Soft Suede Ink.
5. Distress edges of 3" square of  Real Red card stock with, then ink edges with Soft Suede.
6. Apply a Mini Glue Dot to each end of the ribbon and adhere to bottom of the Real Red square as shown above.
7. Adhere Real Red square to Scallop square and then adhere to one side of stand as shown.
8.  Stamp a greeting or title of your choice below the photo mat in Soft Suede or Real Red ink with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
9. On back, apply Sticky strip to the flaps.
10. Attach the 2" x 4" Kraft card stock to the flaps to create the stand.

*You can attach just one side to the 2" x 4" piece and fold everything up to fit in an envelope and mail after putting a photo on it. You can also decorate both sides for double the fun!
*You could also put a message on the back instead of a photo, or a message on the inside.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Joy Wall Hanging

I thought I would do another wall hanging like the Halloween one I did in October. Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for, there are just so many traditions you can incorporate! I did end up using more of last year's DSP, but I am trying to use up scraps for anything not for club.  I used alot of different supplies for this too. It will be a challenge to remember them all!
  • Stamps: Sweet Season, Delightful Decorations, Grateful Greetings
  • Paper: Garden Green, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures? DSP
  • Ink: Ruby Red, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Platinum Shimmer Paint
  • Other: Scallop Square and Simple Alphabet dies with Big Shot, 5 Petal, Ornament, Large Tag, and Small Tag, and 3/4" circle punches, 2-way glue pen, gold glitter, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Clear Rhinestone Brad, double stitched felt ribbon from last year, twine rope from last year, Double stitched ribbon from Ribbon Originals Mistletoe (current mini), Signo White Gel Pen, sponges, sponge daubers, dimensionals, mini glue dots, Sticky Strip, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Here is a close up of the top 2 squares.

And the bottom 2 squares. Sorry about the picture quality here. I didn't have the best lighting where I hung this.  Now, are you all going to try one? Post a link in the comments so we can see yours!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tundra Tea Lights

Another Tea Light box. And another Cold & Cuddly project! I can't stop using this set!  The full instructions for this project are here. I love how the penguins and walrus are peeking up from the edge on the lid, they make me smile, lol. This wouldn't have to be a Christmas thing, especially if you didn't put Happy Holidays on the lid!
  • Stamps: Cold & Cuddly, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Whisper White, tissue paper, copy paper
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, Soft Suede
  • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, 1-3/8" circle punch, paper piercer, heat gun, tea light candles, Sticky Strip, dimensionals, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Monday, December 7, 2009

2 Sided Gift Box

I found another great little idea for a 2 sided gift box using the Box #2 die! I can't give credit to just one person, I have seen this idea in so many places. So easy and fun.  I am making a few of these to give to teachers, neighbors, and co-workers for Christmas. I will fill them with 3x3 cards, candy, and/or gift tags.  I used the Large Oval punch to make the cutout handle. And I was able to use some scraps last year's Christmas DSP to decorate the box. It is pictured here holding a few 3x3" cards with envelopes. You could really decorate these up and use them for all kinds of things. I am thinking you could make a cupcake/cake/cookie decorating kit with this too, putting containers of sprinkles and such in it.
  • Supplies: Box #2 die with Big Shot (2 boxes), Large Oval punch, card stock and designer series paper, Sticky Strip

Sunday, December 6, 2009

North Pole Gift Tags

I made some tags by special request for a co-worker and he wanted the North Pole sign from Cold & Cuddly in red and green. So here are the samples I made for him. These tags are so versatile! I have made so many different tags, I am really glad I got the Two Tags die! I have been using this style the most simply because I had a bunch precut but the other tag is great too!
  • Stamps: Cold & Cuddly, Winter Post
  • Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
  • Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa
  • Other: Two Tags die with Big Shot, Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle punches, Signo white gel pen, paper piercer, Silver and Gold Elastic Cord.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Peaceful Snowflakes Side Step card

This is the side-step card we did for Club in November. I just so happened to use the same card for a swap, but stepped it up just a smidge and you can see that one at the end of this post. The tutorial for the side step card can be found here. And oops! I just realized this photo is before I put the Platinum Shimmer painted Jumbo Snowflake on the card!

  • Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays
  • Paper: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Naturals Ivory
  • Ink: Platinum Shimmer Paint, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand
  • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, sponge dauber, Jumbo Snowflake punch

And this is the stepped up version, again without the shimmery snowflake I forgot to put on before I took the photo. I needed an embellishment on the card for the swap and I didn't want to hide the DSP I made and I didn't want to add any bulk, so the Silver Elastic Cord did the trick!

Have any of you tried this fold yet? Show me what you've done, post a comment and link to yours.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Razzle Photo Stand


 This is a cute little desk top photo stand that I made for the Stampin Addicts 3D challenge here.
The 2 cute little kids are my niece and nephew :) This was actually supposed to be narrower, but I used the wrong piece of paper after I cut a full sheet down, oops! Oh well! It still turned out cute. The little flowers in the bottom are leftover Faux Suede flowers I had made this summer for the Mini Album swap I did for convention. I have them saved in an old SU eyelet container on my desk. Saves me time! I also decorated both sides the same so you can put 2 photos on it.
  • Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
  • Paper: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
  • Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
  • Other: Scallop Square and Blossom Party dies with Big Shot, Flower Trio punch, paper cutter with scoring blade, paper piercer with mat pack, Fire Rhinestone brads, Signo white gel pen, 5/8" Whisper White Satin ribbon, Sticky Strip
Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Tree For Me!

This little tree stands all by itself and is very festive! I CASEd the idea from Krystal De Leeuw here.  I know, I know, my tree needs some decorations, but I haven't decided exactly how I want to decorate it :)  I used the Bigz XL O Christmas Tree die to make the tree, and the Medallion stamp to make the skirt. I used the Finial Press embossing folder to texturize the tree. I also sponged Frost White Shimmer Paint all over the whole thing, which just adds more elegance to the whole thing. Yes, I really am addicted to the stuff! Don't you just love it! It will look adorable on my coffee table. I just hope the cats don't turn it into a toy, lol!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Delightful Decorations page

This is the page we made in club for November. The new Christmas Cocoa DSP is just gorgeous! This was another easy page to make.
  • Stamps: Delightful Decorations
  • Paper: Textured Real Red, Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa Designer Series paper
  • Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Frost White and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
  • Other: sponge dauber, 3/4" circle and Ornament punches, Old Olive striped ribbon, linen thread, Certainly Celery button, Sticky Strip

We stamped, punched, then shimmer painted the ornaments with Frost white. They really shine! The punch makes it so easy to make these accents.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ornament Wall Vinyls

Ok, I was having fun experimenting with an Idea I had. I used the Ornament punch to create some wall vinyl that I then put on my deck door. No, we don't have snow yet, and I am surprised too! Amyway, I used a few different dies and punches to add detail to the ornaments  and layered Chocolate Chip vinyl onto the Whisper White. I think it looks great! I will have to try layering the Whisper White onto the Choc Chip next. I don't have any other colors of vinyl, yet. :)

I used the Merry Details Sizzlit for the bird, and the Swirls Sizzlet fothe the swirls (duh!).

The snowflake and trees are also from Merry Details. Just love how these turned out! I think I will be making some of these for work also!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Seasonal Centerpiece

Here is a glass vase that I decorated for the holiday seasons. First I used the Holiday Mix Decor Elements from the Holiday Mini  and put JOY on the side, then I wrapped ribbon and a stamped strip of paper around the top. I can change this for  Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Winter, Spring, etc! I will post my other versions of this as I make them.
  • Stamps: Grateful Greetings, Autumn Days
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory
  • Ink: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, More Mustard
  • Other: Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain and Old Olive taffeta (from Mistletoe Ribbon Originals) and Gold Elastic Cord, Sticky Strip, gold brads, Decor Elements Holiday Mix in Chocolate Chip.
To make the stamped strip, I took two 3/4"x7" strips of Naturals Ivory and stamped my design. Then with 2 ends overlapping about 1/2", poked a hole thru with my paper piercer, and fastened with a gold brad. Then on one of the other ends I attached the other brad. I then put a piece of sticky strip on the back over that brad's prongs. I then wrapped it around the vase as desired and stuck it together with the sticky strip. I then wrapped ribbon as shown and adhered just the ends to each other. The gold elastic cord I wrapped snugly around the vase, cut the length, then removed from the vase and tied the ends together. Then made a doubled circle and slipped over the vase and ribbon as shown. All Done!

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009


    There is a huge sale this week only at Stampin Up! You can check it out and order here

    There are great bundles and individual products 30, 40 and even 50% off now thru November 30th. Go check it out.
    Here are a few examples:

    Animal Crackers Bundle 120282
    Price: $12.95

    Catalog Price : $25.90

    The recipient of this bundle will certainly "quack" up when she sees the adorable animals in the Animal Crackers stamp set. Bundle also contains Star Designer brads and is 50% off its retail value!
    Corduroy Button Bundle 120283
    Price: $24.87
    Catalog Price : $49.75

    Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like corduroy. Now you can say it five times with the Corduroy Button Bundle containing buttons in Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Basic Gray, and Chocolate Chip. Bundle is 50% off its retail value!
    Four Square Bundle 120285
    Price: $15.45
    Catalog Price : $30.90

    Remembering playing Four Square as a kid? That's not what this bundle is about--but it's still loads of fun! Get the Four Square stamp set and Scallop Square punch at 50% off their retail value!

    Christmas Decor Elements Bundle #1 120927
    Price: $44.91
    Catalog Price : $74.85

    Decorating for the holidays is easy with the Christmas Décor Bundle, containing a Kraft and Real Red Holly Berry Wreath, and Real Red and Chocolate Vintage Ornaments--all 40% off!

    Ribbon Bundle 120301
    Price: $33.41
    Catalog Price : $47.73

    You can never have enough striped ribbon, which is why we've put together the Striped Ribbon Bundle. This bundle contains 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon in Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and Real Red--plus, it's 30% off it
    Pendant Note Bundle 120304
    Price: $27.90
    Catalog Price : $67.90

    Make beautiful creations with the Pendant Note Bundle. The bundle--30% off its retail value--contains the Pendant Park stamp set, Pendant notes, and 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads.

    These are just a few of the great deals. And this one is while supplies last until November 30th

    Ultimate Stampers Starter Kit 120289
    Price: $76.62
    Catalog Price : $127.70
    Want to stamp but don't know where to start? We've got your Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle right here! Containing Best Wishes & More, Eight Great Greetings, and On a Pedestal stamp sets, plus Earth Elements Stampin’ Spots, Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2” x 11”), Whisper White card stock (8-1/2” x 11”), Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, and Flower Designer brads, you'll be in stamping heaven--all for 40% off the retail value!

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Grateful Pillar Candle

    I made the tealight with this design and then thought it would be a good design for a pillar! And lasts longer too ;) The paper strips are glue to each other but not the candle so you can easily remove the decoration when needed. You might even be able to slip it onto another candle. Hmmm.... going to have to try that! I couldn't resist using some of our retired Choc Chic 1" satin ribbon from last year. I'm glad I stocked up and hoarded this stuff!  I should have enough to last me for YEARS. I think I bought 6 rolls, shhh don't tell my hubby! Isn't it cool how close the color of this mulled cider candle is to our More Mustard?!
    • Stamps: Grateful Greetings, Autumn Days
    • Paper: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory
    • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie
    • Other, Distressing tool on Cutter Kit, Chc Chip 1" satin ribbon, Gold Elastic Cord, Sticky Strip, pillar candle (mulled cider, yummy!)
    I'll post the glass hurricane vase that I made to coordinate with this candle too. I just need to take a picture!

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    Woodgrain Thanksgiving

    Ok, this is a CASE of Jennifer Picard's card here. I changed just a few things but I love how it turned out. This was something I was going to do with club for October, but tying the linen thread to the ribbon was way to putsy to do with a big group, lol! You may have also noticed that I have been using alot of the Naturals Ivory cardstock lately. I love that it is so heavy and makes a great card base, but I also think it has a very rich look to it. Try it sometime, you'll love it too!
    • Stamps: Woodgrain BG, Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings
    • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede
    • Ink: Dusty Durango, More Mustard, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
    • Other: Dusty Durango polka dot ribbon, Linen thread, wood sheets, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1/16" punch, gold brad, dimensionals, bone folder, Soft Suede marker, distressing tool on the Cutter Kit
    I also used the Faux Suede technique again here- crumple and distress cardstock with your bone folder, then peel apart into 2 layers. the exposed inside is all soft and fuzzy like suede! And I stamped on the wood sheet and punched out the image, which was not hard at all. The wood sheets are really thin and backed with paper so you can glue it to other things very easily, however I attached mine to the card with a brad :) I also popped up the main image layers with dimensionals.

    Let me know what you think! I love to hear from you all!

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Christmas Swap #2 -Wandering Words

    This is another card I did for a swap. As you can see, I am still addicted to the Shimmer Paints. I just love the bling you get with that stuff!  Remember, it's only available until January 4th, and it is one of those things that they may say, while supplies last after mid December. Ok, enough of that, on to the card! There are tons of layers on this card. I didn't mean for that to happen, I kept adding more! I got to use the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder, and figured out that the little triple snowflake stamp works well with the Boho Blossoms punch! And don't you think purple, or Rich Razzleberry in the case, is a wonderful color for Christmas?!
    It's hard to see in the picture, but I stamped Champagne Mist snowflakes all over the ivory paper and sponged the edges with it to. I made my own DSP for this card also. Used markers to ink the Santa, sliegh, and reindeer stamp which made it look so much better than just all one color. I popped up the main image layers on dimensionals also. Hope you like it!
    • Stamps: Wandering Words, Serene Snowflakes
    • Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory
    • Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry
    • Other: Petals-A-Plenty impressions folder with Big Shot, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, clear rhinestone brad, 1/2" and 1" circle and Boho Blossoms punches, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, dimensionals

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Penguin Side-step card

    Still loving the Cold &Cuddly set! And I found a new-to-me fold called the Side-Step. I love how you can put a picture in this card! I found the original directions from Julie Davidson, but I tweaked it a bit.
    • Stamps: Cold and Cuddly, Four the Holidays
    • Paper: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Whisper White
    • Ink: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
    • Other: Paper cutter with scoring blade, bone folder, Jumbo Snowflake punch, snowflake die and Big Shot, Scallop Edge punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Signo white gel pen
    The photo on this card is a wallet size, but you could put a 3x4" in it. We are making a different one like this for club, but I am using the same card for a swap so I will post that after the swap is complete :)

    Here is my diagram.
    1. You start with a 5-1/2"x8-1/2" piece of cardstock. 
    2. Put in paper cutter with the 5-1/2" side at  the top. Line edge up with the 3-1/4" line and cut down starting at 1" and ending at 6-3/8".
    3. Turn paper 180 degrees and score all the way across at 4-1/4".  Then score from the edge to the cut line on the wider section at 1", 2", 3-1/8", & 6-3/8"
    4. Fold and crease well as shown above. 
    5. Decorate as desired.
    Now, show us what you've got! Post a comment and link to yours!

    Tealight Candles and box

    We are making this at club tonight, and if the response I got at work is anything to go by, this is going to be a hit! It would make a great centerpiece on the table, and a lovely gift to the hostess of any dinner party.
    • Stamps: Best Wishes & More
    • Paper: More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory, tissue paper
    • Ink: More Mustard, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
    • Other: paper cutter with scoring blade, Sticky Strip, Heat gun, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1/16" punch, tea lights, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint with sponge, gold brads, Gold Elastic Cord, dimensionals
    Here is a diagram of the pieces to make the box.
    1. The box starts as a 3-3/4x8-1/4" piece.
    2. Your longest score lines are at 1/2", 1-1/8", 2-5/8", & 3-1/4"
    3. Your short score lines are at 1/2", 1-1/8", 7-1/8", & 7-3/4"
    4. Cut out the shaded areas and on the cut line to make flaps.
    5. Decorate box as desired.
    6. Crease all folds well with bone folder.
    7. Apply sticky strip  to the 4 outer most sections and assemble to box.
    8. The box cover is made from a 5x6" piece. 
    9. Score lines will be 6" long at 5/8", 2-1/4", 2-7/8", & 4-1/2".
    10. Crease folds well with bone folder and put sticky strip on one edge flap.
    11. Decorate top as desired. 
    12. Peel the sticky strip and wrap cover around box, adhere flaps together.
    13. Fold a piece of tissue paper into 4 layers, and sandwich between 2 layers of copy paper. Puch out your 1-3/8" circles. Leave between the copy paper layers and punch 3 times ine the center with the 1/16" punch to make a hole big enough for the wick to fit thru.
    14. Stamp tissue paper with desired images.
    15. Slide tissue paper over the wick onto top of the tealight.
    16. Put tealight down! Do not hold for this step. Heat top of tea light  with heat gun until the tissue  paper melts into the wax. All done!

    Here is another set I made with the same theme and color scheme. Now I want to see what you all come up with! Post a comment with a link to yours so we can all see!

    October Club Project #3

    So this is the third project we did last month. I know, it's time for another club meeting already! I also posted a very similar card last month, I just changed it a little bit. I used a different texture plate (the other one wasn't Stampin Up!) and decided to use the polka dot side of the Dusty Durango ribbon. Otherwise pretty much the same card as here.
    • Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings
    • Paper: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Naturals Ivory
    • Ink: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry
    • Other: Distressed texture plate with Big Shot, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Wide Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Dusty Durango polka dot ribbon, dimensionals
    Ok, now I will work on some posts of more recent stuff! I have so many projects and ideas I want to try, I almost don't know where to start!

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    October Club project #2-Lattice page

    I just love this die, it is so delicate and pretty! And it looks really awesome here in a dark patterned paper (I know, it's retired, but I needed something I had a lot of). This was a  pretty fast project too. Of course, my ladies are getting to be such pros, they can breeze thru a lot of stuff! We stamped different images and punched them out with 3 different sized circle punches,and used a Jumbo Grommet for an accent in the upper left corner with a pretty leave in the center of it. To attach the grommet, I laid the corner of the page on the spongy piece of the mat pack with the hard cutting board piece under the spongy piece, then placed the grommet and leave circle where I wanted it. Then, standing up, pushed down hard with my thumbs to push the prongs thru. Then turned over the page and used the bone folder to bend the prongs out.  I really need to take more photos and develop some that I already have!
    • Stamps: Autumn Days
    • Paper: More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP (retired)
    • Ink:More Mustard, Old Olive, Really Rust
    •  Other: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, 1-1/4", 1", and 3/4" circle punches, Whisper White Jumbo Grommet, Bone Floder, mat pack, Lattice die with Big Shot

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    October Club project- Polar Bear Cocoa Card

    Oh my gosh! Did I really not post the club projects from last month?! I can't believe it, and I was doing so well for a while there...
    Ok, I'll try to get back on track. I just got caught up in reading, which was my very first addiction ;)
    This cute little gut holds a packet of cocoa or apple cider or I'm sure a lot of other things, lol! You just tuck it in at the top. This card is held together with 2 staples in each side, Another quick and easy card/gift. We all got to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (SAMJ) and learn what an awesomely easy to use tool it is, and how fun it is to mask images. For sets like this, I like to make a permanent image sheet (a piece of vellum cardstock)  for the SAMJ and masks and keep them in the box with the set. It saves a lot of time. On to the recipe and the instructions!
    • Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Cold & Cuddly
    • Paper: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
    • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand
    • Other: SAMJ, Signo white gel pen, Chocolate Ship marker, Jumbo Snowflake and Small Oval punches, paper piercer and silver brad, dimensional, staples and stapler, paper cutter with scoring blade
    1. Cut a piece of Close to Cocoa  to 4x10", score at 5-1/2" and fold. Cut a Ruby Red 3-3/16" square. Cut a Whisper White 3" square. Punch out a Sahara Sand Jumbo Snowflake.
    2. Stamp snowflake image all over card base in Close to Cocoa.
    3. Stamp a polar bear on a scrap of paper and cut out, this is your mask. 
    4. Stamp a polar bear in Sahara Sand on the Whisper white square using the SAMJ, just off to the right slightly. 
    5. Place polar bear mask over it. Now place your image sheet with the ice flow over the bear image as desired and use SAMJ again to stamp the ice flow in Choc Chip. 
    6. Repeat process with a Ruby Red hat. 
    7. You can now remove the mask, and use the SAMJ to stamp a Ruby Red mug.
    8. Ink Edges of Whisper White square with Sahara Sand. Ink edges of Ruby Red with Close to Cocoa. Ink edges of card base with Close to Cocoa.
    9. Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Ruby Red layer, then adhere to the  card base as shown in pic above. 
    10. Use white gel pen and Choc Chip marker to make the faux stitching as shown.
    11. Open card up and lay on the spongy mat pack piece, place the Snowflake punch as shown and pierce thru all layers. Leave on the spongy piece and push the silver brad thru the hole. Then pick up card and open the prongs of the brad.
    12. On a scrap of Whisper White, stamp the phrase in Close to Cocoa, then punch out with Small Oval punch. Ink edges with Choc Chip marker.
    13. Apply oval to card with dimensionals. 
    14. With card closed, staple at the top and mid way down on each side, about 1/8" from the edge.
    15. Write your message on the back, then insert to treat in the front. All done!

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Shimmery Cupcake Note

    Wow! More cupcakes, right! I was on a cupcake kick for a little whil;e there. I think I just needed a break from the Halloween stuff. That and my daughter had a birthday coming up (Oct 29- Happy Birthday again, Chicklet!)
    This is another 3x3 Love Note card. This is a really fun size to work with. I stamped the on the cardbase with Frost White Shimmer Paint and used Rose Red and Close to Cocoa ink and a blender pen to color the cupcakes. The DSP is the retired Loves Me paper you can get on the Clearance Rack. The ribbon is from the retired Ribbon Originals Flirty that you can also get on the Clearance rack (it coordinates perfectly with the Loves Me paper!)

    • Stamps: Birthday Bliss, Crazy for Cupcakes
    • Paper: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Rose Red Love Note, Loves Me designer series paper
    • Ink: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
    • Other: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Choc Chip ribbon from Ribbon Originals Flirty, Signo white gel pen, blender pen, Choc Chip marker

    Christmas Swap #1

    This is one of the swaps I made for Chipper's Christmas card swap. I made two :) I am in love with the Shimmer Paints! As of mid October, I used half of each bottle already! I also mixed Soft Suede reinker with Champagne Mist shimmer paint (1 drop reinker to about 3 drops of shimmer paint) and used a sponge dauber to apply the mixture to the polar bear stamp. There is shimmer paint all over this card, lol! I stamped a snowflake all over the cardfront with Champagne Mist shimmer paint too.
    • Stamps: Cold & Cuddly, Serene Snowflakes
    • Paper: Real Red, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede
    • Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red
    • Other: Champagne Mist shimmer paint and sponge daubers, Soft Suede polka dot ribbon, Scallop Oval, Large Oval , and Small Oval pinches, Petals-A-Plenty Impressions folder with Big Shot, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, dimensionals

    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Boo Banner

    This was really fun to put together. Halloween is a great time for papercrafting, so many fun things you can do. I have seen lots of these little wall hangings and was inspired by Beate Johns nearly glowing skull on green patterned paper (which I can't seem to find again to link to). The skull image is embossed with black embossing powder and then Frost White Shimmer Paint is rubbed all over it, wiping off the excess. Basically an emboss resist technique. I used the faux distressed stickles  technique (mix Fine Cosmo glitter with Crystal Effects and apply to your surface-I use a toothpick- then let dry) to make the super glittery letters. The glitter doesn't get everywhere and it stays put! Then I used various punches to make the spider and bat embellies and stuck them on with dimensionals. Lots of faux stitching with a white gel pen and a Basic Black marker. Adhered the finished scalloped squares to the Black Striped grosgrain with Sticky Strip. I folded the top over and put a Corduroy Button through it. Tied a piece of Rope Twine through that so it has a hanging handle. Now to find a good place to hang this! Ok, here is the condensed supply list :)
    • Stamps: From the Crypt, Grateful Greetings
    • Paper: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whipser White, Cast-A-Spell designer series paper
    • Ink: Versamark, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black
    • Other: Scallop Square die and Simple Alphabet dies with the Big Shot, scallop square and scallop oval and large oval and 1" circle and 1-1/4" circle punches, Celery Fine Cosmo glitter mixed with Crystal Effects, Signo white gel pen, black embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, Frost White shimmer paint with a sponge dauber, black striped grosgrain ribbon, corduroy button, sticky strip, dimensionals, rope twine


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