Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas shopping

I was planning another card for the friend I created this for, but one of the items I needed is on back order so I did something else.The tree is embossed with one of my all time go to sets, Lovely As A Tree. The bags are stamped from the All About the Label set. I cut off the tops, added ribbon for the handles and little wads of tissue. I then folded the edge over and mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fall Blessings

This is such a simple card to create and I think it is also very elegant. Pull out your designer papers and different shaped thinlits and give it a try. I used the circle thinlits, my oval punches, and one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Lovely As A Tree. I colored the tree stamp with markers, gave it a huff and stamped on Natural White cardstock. For the polka dot piece and mat, I cut out a rectangle, then used a circle punch to create the corners. The sentiment is place on dimensionals and I attached a bow created from linen thread, doubled. I even repeated the designer papers on the inside of the card.

There are some really great sales going on with Stampin' Up for just a few more days. Please check them out on my online store. Just click on the button to the right of this post. Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget that if your order qualifies, you ALSO receive host benefits. Want to join my Stampin' Up family??? We would love to have you! Again, check it out from the button in the right had column..

Hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine. The visitors to my blog are just one of the blessings I enjoy, and I am so very glad that you are here. Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Baby, it is COLD out side!! We have a ground cover of snow from yesterday and it has been snowing all day. I don't mind that, but the high today has only been 8 degrees and that doesn't factor in the wind chill, which is possible to be -25 overnight!!!

So here is a card that I think fits with the weather and the week we are having!

This card is using the Card Thinlits Die on page 22 of the holiday catalog. The only other thing I used was the cardstock and the sentiment from the Mingle All the Way stamp set, also in the holiday catalog, page 17. All the other pieces are include in the die! I also added a bit of Dazzling Details to sparkle things up a bit!

Hope you are staying warm and having a great day! Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mingle all the way

Okay, so Halloween is over but that doesn't mean that I won't be posting more of those items. After all, there is always next year :) !

But, for today, we will start on Christmas, which is coming up really fast! I have several to create for a family member, so have been working on those before starting on my Thanksgiving cards.

This card is one that I "case"d (copy and share everything). I don't remember who gave me the idea and as usual with a lot of my creations, I have used their idea with my own spin. That is what this crafting community is all about.

I LOVE this sentiment set which is called "Mingle All the Way" and is shown in the Holiday catalog. It covers several of the holidays and works well inside the card as well as outside. Check it out along with the other great items. Just click on my SU site button and have fun shopping!! Don't forget, with a qualifying order of at least $150, you all qualify for FREE hostess benefits!!!! Place an order and leave contact information to receive a thank you card in the mail from me.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween bookmark

I created this bookmark to share with the first graders during their party this afternoon. I actually put the pieces in a cellophane bag as a kit, including a picture of the completed bookmark. That way if they don't have time to create it at the party, they can take it home and make it.

I have one more card for the holiday that I wanted to share and wish everyone a Happy Halloween with:

This one is created mostly with retired products, but I hope you can and will use it to inspire you. Use it as a map to create with what you have in your stash. The sentiment was actually just a scrap piece of cardstock that I stamped on, then realized it wasn't large enough to punch out, so I just punched the best I could, which gave me this unique shape. I thought it worked great for the card and season.

Have a really great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN and be safe!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Little Girl Witch

I know it is getting close, but I had to create one more card for the holiday. Unfortunately, this card  is from retired items, but I couldn't resist sharing. A lot of my ideas come from something that I have to change the image because I don't have that particular stamp. So I hope that this will do that for you. Use it as a card map to create your own project.

The girl on the pumpkin is on dimensionals, then I cut out another girl and did the same with her on top of the original image.

This is what I did for the inside.

Hope this inspires you to create today. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween gifts

Here are the Halloween gifts that I created from the September My Paper Pumpkin kit. Inside I placed a smore kit, which included a graham cracker, snack size Hershey bar, and jack-o-lantern "peeps" (couldn't find the ghost ones). On the back of the tag, I placed the instructions to create the smore. Here is what I wrote:

Place a graham cracker on a napkin
Top with the chocolate and jack-o-lantern
The second cracker completes the stack
Microwave for 10-15 sec and enjoy your snack

These can be created by using muslin or cellophane bags. Build tags or bag toppers to complete the gifts.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween party favor

Created these simple favors for a school Halloween party. The pencil is in a cello bag with a topper punched out with a Happy Halloween greeting. The cup is really simple using the Motley Monsters designer series paper, 2" circle punch, 1" circle punch, and piece of orange yarn. Inside I added a package of fruit treats and a bouncy ball.

Friday, October 3, 2014

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Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Skull mini cup

I was told that I needed a skull mini cup to go with all of the ones I did for Halloween. So, here is my version. Hope it meets the requirements. :)

I didn't have any DSP with skulls on it, so created my own. I used the skull and raven/crow stamps that came in the September My Paper Pumpkin Kit (interested in this monthly option? Click on the My Paper Pumpkin button in the right hand column.) I cut out my template for the cup from Whisper White cardstock and randomly stamped the images in black. The large skull is one that I carved with my Undefined stamp carving kit, again using black ink to stamp on whisper white cardstock, then cutting out.

The band around the cup and lid are from Basic Black cardstock. I added the large skull to the front with dimensionals.

HINT: When using cardstock to decorate these cups, use your bone folder to break down the fibers a bit, by curling the cardstock lightly over the bone folder. This will help them to wrap around the cup easier.

Did you miss my post with instructions and templates? You can review it HERE.

Hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jack's Wreath

This idea came from a fellow demonstrator, Tracy Elsom. Isn't it a great one? She actually used the Wondrous Wreath Stamp set in the Holiday catalog. Thank you Tracy for your great inspiration!

I used some of my retired projects as well as current ones on this one. The base of the card is Tangerine Tango cardstock, matted with black cardstock then the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper (available in the Holiday catalog). One of these sheets reminded me of a scrapbook page, so I chose the area that I wanted to use on my card.
I punched out a black background for my wreath with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch. I stamped the wreath set from my retired set, Four Seasons, with black on Tangerine Tango, then used the same punch as before to punch it out. The center is punched out with the 7/8" scallop punch. I punched out 1/2" circles and hand drew faces with the basic black marker then using glue dots placed them on the wreath. (You want to do this step as soon as possible to give the ink plenty of time to dry.) I was given some of these little bows as a gift, so thought it went great with my wreath. You could use any 1/4" ribbon to tie a bow. Attach the wreath to the black scallop circle so that the scallops are aligned between the scallops of the wreath. I added dimensionals to the back of the wreath and attached it to my card.
The sentiment is from retired Wacky Wishes and stamped with black on Tangerine Tango, mounted on Basic Black cardstock, then taped to the card. The pumpkin is three of the Small Oval Punch shapes punched out of Tangerine Tango and sponged around with the same color of ink, then layered to form the pumpkin. The stem is from the Build A Bird punch with Old Olive cardstock. I also took the same color of marker and drew the veins on the leaves, then attached it to the pumpkin and used dimensionals to attach it to the card.
Now carefully add Crystal Effects to the Jack-O-Lanterns and set aside to dry.
The products to create this card can be purchased by clicking on the catalog to the right, titled SU Online. Remember that if your order is at least $150, you will also qualify for the FREE hostess benefits. Who doesn't like FREE?
I hope that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Halloween mini cup

I still enjoy creating these mini cups. Good thing, too, cuz I have a lot more of these to make for a school party. Then it will be completing the ones needed for Christmas and yes, even have someone who wants some for St. Patrick's day! So, here is the one for the party:

This one was soooooo simple to make. I cut the cup template out of the new Motley Monsters Designer Series Papers from the new HOLIDAY CATALOG. You can cut four cups from one sheet, five if you don't use one with an upright image like this one. I used another pattern (candy corn) from the same package and a 2" circle punch for the top cover. Added a 1 1/2" black cardstock circle, then a
1 1/4" Natural's White circle with a jack-o-lantern stamped on it. To finish it off, I used orange yarn to wrap and tie around the lid ( wouldn't the orange and white baker's twine work great for this???? but I forgot to order it.....)

I plan to add some small gifts and/or treats to the inside, of course.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful crafting day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin Special Ending

Have you tried My Paper Pumpkin yet? You have just a few more days to get in on two months half off! Before September 10, 2014 sign up HERE with the promo code HALFOFF2 and receive your first two monthly kits at half off! Remember you can skip or cancel at any time.

I can tell you that if you are a fan of Halloween, you won't want to miss this month's kit. Normally we don't know what is coming, but this month we were given a sneak peak.

Here's hoping you are having a great and crafty day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Fall Challenge

I have decided to try another challenge. Normally I am a "case" (copy and share everything) type of person, finding something I like and putting my own twist to it, sometimes not. These challenges help me come up with my own, which is a lot of fun, too.

The weather is cool again this morning, so guess I am still in the "fall" mode. This challenge is for the Paper Players and their information can be found here. And here is my entry:

Had trouble with the lighting  this morning so the picture seems to be a bit muted. Anyway, I pulled out some retired fall DSP and greeting stamp for this project. The instructions for how I created the pumpkin are in my previous post. I used Tempting Turquoise as the card base and for matting the sentiment, matted with my DSP and stamped the greeting on Pumpkin Pie cardstock (also used this for the pumpkin). The leaves were punched out with the Build a Bird punch and Always Artichoke cardstock. Very simple card to create, so hope you give it a try. Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall challenge

It is a little cool this morning, making me think that fall isn't too far off. So I decided to create a card for the season using a challenge from SUO as details. The challenge is clean and simple (CAS) and you can check out the details here. Here is what I came up with:

The base of the card is 4" x 11", scored at 4 1/2" and at 9". This forms a pocket on the inside for a cider/hot cocoa packet or gift card. I used Old Olive cardstock, then a mounted piece of Cajun Craze run through the woodgrain embossing folder (4 1/4" x 3 3/4"). I used the woodgrain background stamp with Cajun Craze ink on So Saffron cardstock (4"x 3 1/2"). I have sponged with Cajun Craze ink around the base card and the mats.

The pumpkin in created with a circle die (size wanted for the front of your card), then one of the oval dies that are a bit smaller than the height of your circle. (I chose mine by measuring it so the top of the oval would fit to the top of the side of the circle, where I would be placing it first.) Die cut three of the ovals and sponge around each one with Always Artichoke ink, then tape one to each side of your circle, in just a bit from the edge. Now trim the circle around the ovals in the center to create the pumpkin top and bottom. Add the last oval to the center. Attach leaves from the Build a Bird punch in Always Artichoke cardstock and place this on the card.

Sponge the largest butterfly cut from the Beautiful Wings embosslit with Always Artichoke ink. Stamp your sentiment (I used one from Teeny Tiny Wishes) and punch out (I used the window punch and punched the rounded side close to the ends).

I hope you enjoyed your visit and thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Halloween minis

Even though I was fighting some kind of nasty bug this weekend, these ideas kept floating around in my head. So by bringing a few things to my recliner and working on them a little at a time, here are the results! All were created with the 4 oz mini cups and lids.

My mummy was the first one I created, just tore strips of Naturals White card stock and wrapped them around the cup with smaller strips around the lid. Topped it off with a cut out circle (think I will tear it, too, the next time) and added google eyes, pushing them up under one of the strips a bit.

Frankenstein is more cute than scary, but that is okay with me! I used olive green cardstock to wrap around the cup, using the edge of the table to curl the piece first. I cut out a piece of black, long enough to wrap around the lid, curled it with my bonefolder, cut out the notched hair, then made slits about every 1/4" or so on the top edge to ease onto the lid with sticky strip. Punched out the circle for the top, added google eyes and drew on the mouth with an Always Artichoke marker. (Think I will use black on the next ones.) For the nose and "bolts", I cut a square from the dimensionals, double layered them, colored around the edges with Always Artichoke maker, added a punched square of the same color card stock and done!

My Jack-O-Lantern was actually the first one I was trying to figure out it my head. I cut out enough ovals (just slightly larger than the height of the cup), with Tangerine Tango cardstock, and sponged around each piece with Old Olive ink then curved them with my bone folder. I also trimmed a small amount off the top so they would fit under the rim of the cup, then started on the back, overlapping them on each side, placing one in the center of the front. I then trimmed around the bottom of the ovals to line up with the bottom of the cup, cut out the face pieces and glued them on, took my Old Olive marker brush tip and drew around the oval, using the writer tip to trace around the other ovals. I put a small strip of the Tangerine Tango around the lid plus a circle on the top, punching out leaves from Old Olive card stock with the Build a Bird punch to glue around the top. The curls are small strips of card stock, curled with the bone folder til the card stock begins to come apart. Peel it apart, cut into small strips, add a bit of glue around the circle top and smoosh the curls into the glue. (very technical, you know :) )

Hope you enjoyed your visit! I appreciate you stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stocking mini cup

These are really a lot of fun to create. If you missed my previous post for the instructions, it is here

For this one I used the retired stocking die. The holder is the same, except that I cut down the back so that it is a box with all four sides equal, then glued it to the stocking.

Hope you are having a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Remember When.....

We don't have the big carnivals like we used to, but I remember them with a smile. This card was created with a retired SAB set, but you could use the current Traveler stamp set, too.

I used the following products to create this card:

Mini brads
Woodgrain embossing folder
Early Espresso and Very Vanilla cardstock
Early Espresso ink

Very, very, simple, just stamp and layer. The smaller pieces were actually torn rather than cut and the woodgrain panel was "roughed up " around the edges with the distress tool.

Hope you are having a wonderful day, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August My Paper Pumpkin

Have you signed up for My Paper Pumpkin yet??? There is still time to get in on the great promotion! If you are a new subscriber, sign up right here and use the promo code HALFOFF2 to receive your first two monthly kits at 50% off. Your first kit will arrive in September. HERE is a sneak peek of that kit.

Here are a few samples of what I created with some of the August kit:

The school colors are black and orange. The cut out is from the kit and stamped with pumpkin pie card stock behind the cut out and all mounted on to a black base card.

I created a shaker card with the sequins that were in the kit, also the cut out, stamp, and base card. The cut out is matted on a piece of Strawberry Slush card stock.

Using Strawberry Slush as the card base. I attached some of the striped cardstock behind the cut out, both from the kit, then added a button with a bow tied on it with linen thread, also part of the kit.

I used the striped card base in the kit along with the cut out and stamp. The cut out piece I sponged with Always Artichoke ink and matted it on Always Artichoke card stock, with a window cut out so that the base card showed through for the Thanks.

This cute treat bag was created with two of the smaller envelopes in the kit. I cut the sides off with the sticky tape and put it together to form the bag, attaching the bottom with the ends that already had the sticky strips. The linen thread, tag, ink spot, and stamp are all included in with the kit.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mini cup and holder

Some days, one just has to share more than one idea! This is one of those days, so hope you don't mind! I think these are sooooo cute and plan to make several for gifts!

The cups and lids can be purchased HERE, And you can find a template to download for the cup HERE. Just scroll down to the bottom of the post. For the lid, I just trimmed the band down to 1/4". I used sticky strip on the cup piece and glue on the band to make it permanent, but still be able to position it as I go. the lid is cut from the third smallest circle framelit. I decorated it with punches and used retired stamps and DSP on this project.

Here are the instructions for my single cup holder:

Cardstock: 8" x 7 1/4" (decorated as desired with stamps or DSP)

With 7 1/4" side to the top of score board, score @ 1/4", 2 ½" , 4 3/4", 7"

With 8" side to the top of the score board, score @ 4 ½" and 6 3/4"

Cut away pieces to create this shape: (Only the center block is left on the top,

which will create the back to the tote.)

The middle side flaps need to be cut down to 1 1/4" and tapered on the sides. These will add stability to the holder.

Crease all folds and attach sticky tape to the 1/4" tabs. Fold this around the side flap and attach to the inside of the back. (You may need/want to glue the inside flaps to the outside, depending on the size of your tapered cuts, which can make them loose.)

Create a mask using a post it note and your choice of punch. I used the large oval on this sample. Lie the mask on the back panel and punch for the handle.

If you have any questions, just let me know. Happy Creating!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Photopolymer Stamp Storage

Connie Stewart shares a great video on her blog about how to store these stamps, which I have been doing except for one thing. She show to place the printed window sheet in the storage case sleeve and the stamps on top of it.

The print is actually backwards and I don't like trying to figure out what I am looking at, so I turned it around so that I can see exactly what the stamp is. I then place the stamp just above the print. It is a snug fit, but does work so that I can see the print clearly.

Here is another view of the bottom set:

The plastic sheet is attached to the cover cardstock with just a couple of glue dots to hold it in place. These are stamps are from My Paper Pumpkin Kits, which I purchased a clear stamp case to store them.

Hope you find this tip useful. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sentimental Bicycle

The bicycle stamp is from a retired Sale-a-bration set, but wouldn't one of the stamps from Timeless Talk work great? There is even a similar bike in that set. The sentiment is a stamp from My Paper Pumpkin. (You really need to sign up for these monthly kits! They are awesome!!! and half off your first two kits til Sept. 10! Just use HALFOFF2 in the promo code box. Click on the My Paper Pumpkin box in the right hand column to sign up.)
 I have also used the Woodgrain background stamp (love, love, love this one!) and That's the Ticket stamps. I used Early Espresso cardstock and ink as well as Very Vanilla cardstock and Very Vanilla ribbon (see it toward the left side of the circle). If you look close there is a large brad just below the tickets. Don't ask me why, just thought it needed something and that is what I chose. It worked for me :) . I did sponge around each piece, too, including the ribbon.
The bicycle is stamped off the edge of the circle of cardstock. My granddaughter thought I messed up, but informed me that it was okay, cuz we all do that sometimes :). Not sure she agreed when I told her that I was going to use it that way on my card.
I hope you get a chance to be creative today and thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know what you think of this and/or my blog. Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Calypso Coral Perfect Blend

This sample uses so many of my favorite products!

      Perfect Blend Stamp Set
      Calypso Coral Cardstock
      Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
      Calypso Coral Ribbon (this one is retired but there are others in the current catalog)
      Circle Framelits
      Boho Blossoms Punch
      Pearl Basic Jewels
      Naturals White Cardstock
      Pink Pirouette Cardstock (base card)
      Calypso Coral Classic Ink Pad (sponged ink around each piece)
      Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad

I layered the pieces on the coffee cups, restamping the lid and sleeve on Naturals White and cutting them out. I also added dimensionals to the lids to give them a bit more depth. Tying a simple bow in the ribbon worked better than I bow, I thought.

Hope you enjoy this sample and take time to create today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Another Stippled Blossom

Did you know that stamping can teach you something about yourself? I have learned that I tend to prefer nature's beauty with most of my card making, whether it is flowers or leaves or snowflakes. I find I go to this stamp set quite often, especially when I want something simple and special.

Both flower sets were stamped on whisper white, then cut out. The top flower was lifted with dimensionals. The dotted borders are actually our ribbon border punch with only half of it showing. I taped them to the back of a plain piece of whisper white card stock and attached it to the embossed card mat (Fancy Fan folder). And, of course, it had to have a little bling, so the flower centers were dotted with Dazzling Details.

You could add any sentiment to this card and it would be perfect. I find myself needing more thank you cards and love creating them for the thoughtfulness that I appreciate in so many people.

Ooooooo, wouldn't this be great in traditional colors for Christmas?????? Off to give it a try! LOL

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Big Shot Promotion

Through this month, Stampin' UP has a great promotion going on for the Big Shot. Purchase one and receive free product!!! Already have one??? Purchase bundles at a 15% savings. Click HERE to check it out and all of the other promotions going on right now!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

More July MPP cards

As promised yesterday, here are some more of the cards I have created with my July My Paper Pumpkin Kit, and I am not done yet. I still have several pieces of the kit available to use.

The only extra product I used was silver encore ink on the first one. On the second one, I used Pool Party cardstock and a heart punch, using the left over sticker paper from the kit.

Remember, everything you need to complete the projects shown in the kit, except the scissors and adhesive are include in each one.

Only a few days left to try this great product at 50% off. Click on the picture in the right hand column and enter the promo code HALFOFF2, then fill out your information. That is all there is to it!! I really hope you will join me so we can create projects together.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

MPP bonanza!

Seriously, there is soooo much stuff in these Paper Pumpkin Kits. I wanted to share a few more cards with you, created with the July Paper Pumpkin Kit.

I LOVE this new size of note card (at least new for me). It is actually a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base, cut in half, so you can create FOUR from a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock. Or if you purchase the cut and ready card bases, just cut them in half creating a 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" card. Here are a few of mine:

I did use some of my retired Designer Series Paper on some of these. Other wise it all came from the kit. And I still have product left over. I will share some standard size cards tomorrow from the same kit, AND still product left to play with!)

Time is running out, though, for the wonderful promotion going on. Sign up now for 50% off your first two month's kits. Where else can you get this much product and FUN for less than $10 a month to try it? Then if you choose to continue with your subscription, it is still less than $20 a month. I really hope you will give it a try, AND if you sign up right here by midnight (mountain time) on Saturday, July 26, I will send you a special thank you! (Like your kits, it will be another surprise arriving in your mailbox.)

Have a really great day and thanks so much for stopping by!