Wednesday, August 16, 2017

At Home Bundle

Created a couple of cards as soon as I received this bundle. I have a feeling that it will get a lot of use. There are so many things/occasions to use it for.

Here is the first one:

The background is from the Wood Textures Paper Stack and the chair is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I did punch out the windows on the door and placed a small piece of Daffodil Delight behind them. The coloring was done with the Watercolor Pencils.

And now for the really fun card! I can share it now that my friend has received it. (more of the story after the sample)

The door is stamped on the background paper, which came from the Wood Textures Paper Stack, sponged with Real Red. I cut the open door and windows with the framelits. The bottom of the card is also from the paper stack to create the porch. The vases are cut out, then I cut the edges off with a pair of my jagged scissors. I also cut out the center of the lantern and placed a bit of grey behind it. Added a scrap torn piece of the paper stack to the porch to look like the wood was coming up and stamped part of the Welcome mat on to it.

Now for the inside of the door:

I ran my white and Basic Grey ink pads along a piece of Smokey slate cardstock, stamped the spider and web into the corner and glued to the inside of the door. (this was an after thought, so would have attached it to the card base first)

NOTE: When I mention punching, I am talking about using the thinlits, not an actual punch.


Several years ago, when I was a new demonstrator, I had a class in which we created a Red Door card with LOTS of strips of red cardstock in order to make the door look 3D. It was a lot of prep work and work to glue all the pieces together. Most of my customers loved it, except for ONE! She hated it! Luckily, she became a very good friend, but we still tease her every once in awhile about wanting to create another red door, to which she vehemently disaggres. So I was smiling the whole time that I was creating this for her! Luckily, she enjoyed it, too.

I hope that you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spooky Night and a laugh.....

I LOVE Halloween and when I saw this sample on Pinterest from fellow demonstrator, Rick, I knew I had to give it a try. I was also sure that I didn't have the sets that he used, but could probably find something in my stash that would work. Here is his card:

And you can find his information about it HERE.  In the post there is a link to a previous card that he lists the colors of ink used.

And here is my adaption:

My photography skills aren't as good as his, because his shows the truer colors. My fence is actually Night of Navy cardstock!

OK, now for the laugh..... After putting most of this card together, I had to look for a witch stamp that could be stamped onto the moon. Guess what I found.....the sets of stamps and dies that Rick used!!!

So, even though some of the dies aren't SU, I had to share my version. The trees are from the retired set, Beautiful Branches.

Anyway, I hope that gave you a chuckle. I also hope that it shows you that just because you don't have everything listed for a project, doesn't mean you can't create it. Just check out your stash for something similar. AND enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Painter's Pallet

This is a really simple card, but, you know, some times that is the best kind.

I have used some retired papers, but don't let that stop you from creating your own with what you have.

The base is 4 1/4 x 11 and Whisper White. Score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. Cover with DSP of the same size. I actually used some of the Papers for envelopes. (If using something heavier, it would work best to cut each section to size, avoiding the need to fold.)

For the smaller piece, cut 2 3/4 x 10 from Whisper White, scoring at 4 1/2 and 7 1/4. Cover with       2 1/2 x 9 3/4 piece of DSP. Align the smaller square with the right edge of the base and glue in place. Add glue to the far half of the left side of the smaller piece. Fold the card together and press the glued area to the top of the base. Decorate as desired.

This one has the frame from the easel stamp for the Painter's Pallet set stamped on DSP with Black, then cut out. You could also create this same background with the brush stroke stamp and your chose of colors. The sentiment is stamped in black of a 1 7/8 x 1 3/4 piece of Whisper White. Add a small sentiment on the far right space and sign your work on the back.

This would be a great one in your recipient's favorite color!

Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bells N Boughs!

It is still time for Christmas in July, right? While I am waiting on my pre-order for the new catalog, I decided to pull some of my retired items out and play. I had planned to create this card with the new items coming, but, when the creative mode hits, you just have to play along, right??????

So pull out your retired Holiday papers and come play!

The card base is Garden Green,8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half at 4 1/4" .

In Real Red, cut the following pieces for mats:               And for the DSP:
     Upper Right:     2 1/4 x 2 1/4                                                    2 1/8 x 2 1/8
     Bottom Right:   2 1/4 x 2 7/8                                                    2 1/8 x 2 3/4
     Top Right:         1 5/8 x 2 3/4                                                    1 1/2 x 2 5/8
      Bottom Left:     1 5/8 x 2 3/8                                                    1 1/2 x 2 1/4

Layer them all onto the base cover, leaving equal amounts of space around each piece. In the lower right one, cut out the letters and numbers and glue into place, towards the top.

 Stamp the image from the Bells and Boughs set on Whisper White, once with Garden Green and once with Real Red. Color in the poinsettias on the red image and cut them out. Cut the green image out. (The stamp has three blooms, but I only used the two.) Glue it onto the panel. Give the blooms some dimension by turning upside down and using the end of something round (like the scoring tool), lightly work circles around the outer edges. Add dimensionals and place onto the green image. Color the blooms over with clear Wink of Stella. I let it dry and added a second coat for more sparkle.

That's it!!! The hardest part is trying to decide which papers to use!

This idea would work for any occasion. Just change the DSP and embellishments.

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


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Best of Butterflies

I am one of those lucky ones who can enjoy paper crafting every day......well, almost. And this was one of those days. I pulled out a retired set from Stampin' Up's 25 Anniversary collection called Best of Butterflies. Our marigolds are starting to bloom and we will have a bunch of the real thing soon!

First off, see that little bit of white on the far right of the card? It is actually a corner of the envelope showing. I nearly cried when I saw it, but then saw that the card was okay.

My card base is Daffodil Delight with an image panel of Whisper White (5 1/2 x 3 3/4). Stamp the nearly solid butterfly in Daffodil Delight rocking the edges around in Pumpkin Pie.

Stamp the larger outline Butterfly twice in Basic Black on the panel, stamping a bit off the card. Stamp the whole image onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. Color in the images with Daffodil Delight ink. I squeeze my ink pad in the middle while it is closed. This forms a puddle of ink on the inside of the lid. You can also just place a drop of reinker into the lid. Use the aqua painter to color in your images. I did the same with Pumpkin Pie, adding a bit of water from the painter to dilute it down a bit. As long as you don't add too much, it is fine to close when done. The ink is water based so it won't be hurt at all.

Stamp you sentiment in Basic Black. This one came from the new set, Colorful Seasons. I think this whole set is going to be my new "go to" set. There are so many things that you can do with it!

I try to always use a positioning tool with my sentiments, because there is nothing worse than not getting it as dark as I want it. This one took stamping twice, to get it dark enough for what I wanted.

Cut out the image from the scrap piece, leaving a tiny edge of white around the edges. I usually do this every time I fussy cut. You don't get the look of rough cut edges this way. If you don't like to do that, you can take a matching marker or ink pad and color around the cut edge to give it a smoother look, too.

Decide where you want this image to be positioned and place a dimensional. I took some shiny black thread that I have in my sewing and stuck it in loops on to the dimensional, then added my butterfly.

I finished it up with stamping a butterfly on the corner of the inside, then added some bling with yellow stickles and colored the larger butterflies with clear Wink of Stella. You could add rhinestones instead of the stickles. Repeat the image onto the corner of a white envelope.

I love how this card turned out and hope you do too. The only thing that made it better was that I had a recipient in mind while creating it! So it goes into the mail tomorrow. Hope it brings a smile to her life!

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Watercolor Cards

We have been enjoying a nightly shower here for several days. So I thought I would share some cards that I created with watercoloring.

The base is Dapper Denim and the mats are Crumb Cake. The image is Whisper White and DSP finishes the card. The "Just Because" is a die that I have had in my stash for a long time. You could stamp your sentiment on the DSP.

The images are from In the Meadow. Stamp the trees, coloring the image with Crumb Cake and Old Olive markers, then use the aqua brush to fill it in. If the ink dries too quickly, just pick some up on the brush and fill in. Next stamp the dear with the Crumb Cake and color in again with the brush, just pulling the color in from the outline. The deer are not completely colored in. Cut a mask for the trees and the deer and position them over the images. Stamp the mountains with Dapper Denim and repeat the coloring process.

Remove the masks. Picking up a little Crumb Cake on the brush, streak color across the card from the bottom of the mountains to the bottom of the card. Do the same above the mountains with Daffodil Delight just above them and Soft Sky above that to the top. The yellow is a bit more saturated in color than the blue.

Stamp the grass randomly at the bottom of the trees and deer, in Old Olive and brush lightly after each stamping. You could stamp a few of the floral stamp in the set to add a splash of color.

Let this dry completely before adding to your card.

Just remember to not over saturate the images with water, or you will make the colors muddy. Less is more! You can always add a bit more color if needed.

Here are two more samples, using watercolor as the back ground.

Pull out a piece of window sheet, or a piece of plastic. Add a single drop of reinker from two or three colors, then spray a mist of water over the inks. Our spritzers work great for this. Again, not too much. You want the colors to blend not  mix. Then lie your cardstock on top, lightly pressing so that it can absorb. Pull away slowly and allow to dry. Stamp your images and build your card. I used Basic Black.

You can also spritz the water on your plastic pallet, then add reinker drops. Give both ways a try and decide which works best for you.

These all take a little extra time, but I think you will find them to be worth it.

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Best Birds

Here is a very simple card:

The base is Crumb Cake with sponging of the same color of ink around the edges. The mat is Sky Blue, using the Hardwood background stamp and Soft Suede ink. Using the same ink, sponge around the edges with more on the corners.

Stamp the bird, stem an flowers on Whisper White. Sponge on your colors. The flowers actually have a small circle of watercolor, using so saffron, then the image stamped on top with the same ink. Cut everything out with the framelits. SAVE 10% when you purchase the stamp set and framelits together as a bundle! Position everything on the mat. The branch is glued directly to the mat. The bird and flowers are shaped (turn upside down on a piece of foam and using the larger end of the scoring tool, work circles around the edges. This will cause them to curl a bit.) Add them with glue dots.

Tie a bow with the linen thread and attach with a glue dot. Curl the glue dot to fit the back of the bow.

Here is the inside:

The panel is Sky Blue with Crumb Cake sponging around the edges. The bird is cut out with one of the framelits and glued into place.

And the envelope:

I also sponged around the envelope before stamping the bird, all in Soft Suede.

Quick and simple, but I think the recipient will like it. What do you think?

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Old is New Again!

A few days ago, a couple of friends that I haven't seen in a long while, came for a visit. It was so nice to catch up again, in person. We also swapped "retired" stamp sets, "making the old, new again", and this is one that I received. Not sure how I missed out on it, cuz I love it! It is the On The Porch set from the 1999-2000 catalog. I have only been able to find a few samples using the chair, so was on my own with this one.

IF you enjoy fussy cutting, or don't mind doing it, you won't have any issues creating this card. On the other hand.......... Just make it all one layer. :)

The base is Whisper White. The card is all built on the mat of Smokey Gray cut at 4 x 5 1/4. Stamp the porch in the center with Smokey Gray. Color the curtains in the window with a watercolor pencil. Cover the windows, including the curtains, with the Fine Line Glue pen, set aside to dry. This will give them the look of glass. Stamp the post and top on another piece of the gray. I actually stamped these as separate pieces, lightly colored them in with the gray watercolor pencil and cut them out with the end of the post still attached to the top. Position the top with dimensionals and add the post with the same, gluing the top part of the post to the piece attached to the top. ( I did not cut all the spaces out of the top, but you can if you want!)

Next ink up the window and flower box with Garden Green. Lie a piece of Garden Green scrap on top of the stamp and rub over the image with your finger, being careful not to move the cardstock. Or you can just stamp it as usual. I find that I get a better image doing it like the background stamps when I am only inking parts. Cut the whole thing out. Poke a hole in the center of each window, then snip to each corner to cut the windows out. (Poke the holes before the other cutting to make it easier).
Glue this to the window.

With Garden Green Ink and Whisper White cardstock, stamp the window box and flowers. Stamp another image of just the flowers. With a watercolor pencil, color in the box and the flowers. Cut each image out, gluing the box and flower image onto the window box on the mat. Add the seperate flower image on top with dimensionals. I also added Summer Flowersoft to the flower image, but that is optional.

Stamp the hanging pot on Garden Green and using an orange watercolor pencil, color in the pot. Cut it out, add a dimensional, and hang it on the porch, tucking the top just under the rails.

Stamp the chair image on Whisper White in Soft Suede. I also do this one with the cardstock on top, to insure a good impression. Color as desired with watercolor pencils and cut out. NOTE: when cutting, don't stress the little parts! If the scissors work easily around, great!, if not just leave it. I also leave a bit of an edge around the image. Trying to cut directly on the line leaves an uneven look. Now, do a little shaping. Turn the image over and place on a piece of foam. With the larger ball of the scoring tool, or the end of a pencil, gently working in circles, work around the edges of the image. This will curl them in just a bit. Add dimensionals and place it onto the mat. (Wish I had done this with the hanging pot, too!)

I added the Wink of Stella to the quilt and flowers. Careful, because it does moisten the watercolor, which brightens it all up, but if you use too much, it can also muddy things. Clean the tip after each color and area.

Place a strip of the burlap ribbon onto the left side of the mat. Add dimensionals to the back and position onto the card base. That's It!! LOL

I really hope you enjoy this post and that it inspires you to pull some of those old favorites out and play. Give this one a try if you are lucky enough to have this set. Or swap with a friend and make the Old, New again!

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wonderful Summer Time

I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful summer day. It is gorgeous here this morning with a nice breeze coming in the windows. I was inspired by another pinterest post for this lovely card.

The base is Whisper White and also using Flirty Flamingo from the In Colors.

Crease and fold your card, then cut out a shape in the middle of the cover. I, of course used one of the ovals from my retired selection. This also leaves just a hint of an embossed frame around the opening, which isn't visible in the picture.

Using Soft Suede and the branch from Colorful Seasons, stamp across the top of the cover and on the inside, positioning it so that it shows through the window. With Flirty Flamingo, stamp two of the smaller single flowers and two sets of the small flower clusters onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock. You will have to fussy cut (using scissors) to cut out the cluster flowers and use the framlits from the bundle to cut out  the larger flowers and the chair.

I also stamped the glass with straw onto what I thought was a piece of Whisper White cardstock, which will be explained later. LOL Ink the stamp with Flirty Flamingo and stamp off onto a piece of scrap first. I actually kind of tipped mine when stamping off, but it gave me a shaded effect on the next stamping. So there is a tip that I hope I remember in the future. Now cut it out with the matching framelit and a chair from Flirty Flamingo. Add some of the Fine Tip Glue (or retired Crystal Effects) onto the glass and place the arm of the chair on top of it to adhere the two pieces together. Set aside to dry.

The sentiment is stamped with an image from the same set, again with Flirty Flamingo.

For the inside of the card, I used sentiments from the Garden in Bloom set and Flirty Flamingo ink. Again, making sure that the top sentiment showed through the window and that the bottom one did not.

The sample I saw actually made this into a shadow box, so I built a frame for the inside of my card. Cut a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 from Flirty Flamingo card stock. Then cut in 1/2" on all four sides to create the frame. This is really easy to do on the Trimmer. Then cut just a sliver off the side that will go against the cards fold. This will make it fit nicely on the inside of your card. Glue it into place. I like to use glue rather than tape because it gives me a chance to maneuver it around if I need to, but use whatever you are comfortable with. (The inside piece is great to use for the flowers and chair!)

Give your flowers a little dimension by using the larger tip on the score tool and a piece of foam under them. I use one of the pieces from my clear block storage case. Place the bloom with the printed side up and carefully work circles in the center with the tool. With the larger flowers, I also pulled from the outside to the center with each petal. Then glue each bloom into place.

Now, place the chair upside down on a non stick surface and place glue or tape on the left side and bottom of the chair. Place onto the front of the card. If you used tape, you can use the adhesive eraser to get rid of any that is showing.

WOW! a lot of wording but really a quick and simple card to create. I hope you will give it a try.

OH...... as for the was actually a piece of single sided DSP! I didn't notice it until I flipped it over to add adhesive! Luckily, it was a light green with small white polka dots. So on the inside of the card instead of pink lemonade, it is limeade!!!! Just what I meant to do!! Ever have those kind of moments?

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Colorful Season's Sunshine

So, have you chosen your favorite stamp set in the new catalog, yet? I know it is hard to choose just one, but Colorful Season's is right at the top of my list. I cased this card straight from the catalog, page 146, with my own little twists, of course!

All cardstock is Whisper White! Build your base, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.

Cut a mat piece: 5 1/4 x 4. Bring out that brayer and the Daffodil Delight ink pad. Ink up the brayer and starting off the mat, brayer from one end to the other. Repeat this technique until you have the color saturation that you desire. Set this piece aside.

Focal piece: 3x4. Using the background piece from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, ink it up with Daffodil delight. Stamp it off on scrap paper then add to the top and bottom of the card piece. Stamp the frame of the chair with Smokey Slate, again stamping off once as before, so that it isn't so dark. (I think I should have used Crumb Cake instead). The seat is stamped with Daffodil Delight.

For the glass of tea, I stamped the background stamp with Pear Pizzaz after stamping off once, as before. Then cut it out with the framelit piece. (Was going for an ice cube effect, what do you think, did I pull it off? I think so.) Using a marker, color the straw and around the edges of the stamp. Stamp on the cut out piece. (This could also be done before cutting it out.) Using the marker, run it along the edges of the glass to give it even more dimension. Attach to the card with a dimensional, cut in half.

My ribbon is retired Summer Starfruit with a Daffodil Delight piece cut out with the retired Blossom Punch. Tie a tiny bow with the Linen thread and add it on top with a rolled glue dot.

The sentiment was stamped with Daffodil Delight, then offset stamping with Crumb Cake, again, stamped off once. (Not sure I will stamp off the next time AND I will definitely use the positioner!) This gives it a shadow effect.

Put it all together to create the card.

I am not a big fan of Washi Tape, but I think it would have worked great on this design!

This card makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you!

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fun Spinner!!

I have a special birthday coming up and when I saw a similar card, I knew I had to CASE it right away! So here it is:

There are a few videos on You Tube that have a lot more construction, so you might want to check them out. Mine is VERY simple, which is always good.

 I traced around an actual toy for the spinner, but you can create your own or print off one from the internet. There are soooooo many in the image section. I actually had a piece of cardboard with foil backing from a cereal box toy, which worked great for the 1/2" circles, but silver cardstock would have worked just as well. Punch out four 3/4" circles from Pacific Point. Glue three of these on the outside arms of the spinner. Top with the silver circles. Center the holes you just created in the cardstock with the 1" circle punch to create four rings. Glue these rings on top of each other. Then top with a solid 1" circle. This piece will cover the brad in the center. Place it aside for now.

Punch a hole in the center of the spinner and insert a brad, making sure that the hole is large enough for the top to spin freely. Stamp around a Whisper White (3 3/4 x 3 3/4),(I used Painter's Pallet dots), mount this to Pacific Point (3 7/8 x 3 7/8), mounted to  Basic Black (4x4). Punch a hole in the center, which can be found by drawing an X from corner to corner and the center is at the intersection of the two lines. Do this on the back so it won't show. Attach the spinner with the brad. Use the punching tool to hold against the brad on each side and fold over the tongs. This will give it a bit of room so that the spinner will work. Try it and if it is working like you want, add dimensional to the back, placing a couple on both sides of the brad, making sure they aren't preventing the brad from moving. Add this to the Pacific Point base card.

Now glue the button you created earlier over the head of the brad. For a little more interest, especially when it is spun, punch out a 3/4" circle from scrap DSP and glue it on top of the button.

Place a strip of ribbon on to the bottom area and top with a piece of the silver metallic ribbon. The sentiment is from Sprinkles of Life, stamped on to Whisper White and cut out. Can you tell what it is attached to? I used the larger piece from the Bow Builder punch! Added the sentiment to that along with a couple of brads on the ends and attached this piece with dimensionals.

I hope it will be enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making it!

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Catty!

Well, it is all the buzz!! If you go on any SU demo's website, you are going to see that ordering goes live at 1 pm MST, if they have created a post for today! We are just as excited as our customers! One of the perks of being a demo is that we get to order a few of the products a month early, but there are so many more that we also have to wait on the opening day to order.

There is also a great special on Paper Pumpkin for new subscribers! Sign up is available until June 10, so don't miss out on this one! Remember you can skip a month or cancel at any time!

I hope that you are as excited about this day as I am!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ending and Begining

LAST day for the RETIRED list! Grab what you want now, cuz the new catty goes LIVE tomorrow afternoon!!!!! (One p.m. MST)

But today I wanted to share a card created with a stamp set that will carry over into the new season, Tuscan Vineyard. This is another one of those sets that I liked, but just didn't think I would use it much. THEN I saw a video on the coloring of the grapes and had to give it a try. Well, as you have already seen, it has become one of my favorite sets and I am so glad that it made it into the new catalog.

The base is Elegant Eggplant and I made this one with a top fold ( 11 x 4 1/4)

It is then matted with a piece of DSP from the retired Adventure Bound paper stack. The images, all from the stamp set are stamped on Whisper White ( 1 x 4 3/4 and 2 x 4 3/4) with Elegant Eggplant ink and matted onto Elegant Eggplant 3 3/4 x 5).

Using a dampened Aqua Painter, I painted the grapes with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. Careful not to work it too much as it will "muddy" the image. I actually covered a spot with the ribbon where that exact thing happened.

Place these pieces equal distance from the sides. This will leave a space in the middle where I added a piece of silver ribbon. Add this to the top of the DSP mat.

The bow is from a piece of retired Rich Razzleberry that I still had in my stash. After creating the silver string bow, I inserted it through the other bow's center loop. Just liked that look better.

I hope you are having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Going, Going, Gone......

The current catalogs will end tomorrow. Make sure you check out the Retired list, so that you don't miss out! The new catalog goes live June 1, 2017! Ordering will be able to access after noon, MST.

So, in honor or Retired products, I decided to share a project with some that have RETIRED in the past.

This HEY CHICK stamp set was a part of SAB. I really wasn't too thrilled with it when I first saw it, but I sure have used it a lot! Wish it was in the new catalog.... The DSP is from the ADVENTURE BOUND paper stack. Lucily, there is a great wood grain stack coming in the new catty!!!!!

I stamped the sentiment on Cajun Craze cardstock, punched it out with the WINDOW PUNCH and cut a notch in one end. The window was cut out of the DSP, marking where it would be on the Crumb Cake base and stamped my image so it would show through the window. I used a small piece of screen that I have in my stash, but if you like the look, you could stamp the background stamp from the Butterfly Basics set, over the image.

The other two chicks are water colored, with the top one shaped a bit and added with dimensionals. The grass is from the BASKET BUILDER framelits, which make purchasing the set worth it!

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I hope you had a great weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crafting Table Box Card

It has been awhile since my last post. Not because I haven't been creating because that is an almost daily event. More like I have been having too much fun to stop and blog. I hope that you find this post worth the wait!

I saw a tool bench with this technique on Pinterest, (where and had to give it a try. It was created with a larger piece of cardstock, but you know me, I want to use my 8 1/2" x 11, so......
 I created a crafting table, what else :)!

And here is how I did it:

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 2", 3 5/8", 7 3/8", and 9"

Table Brace: 1" x 6" scored at 1" from each end

Front Brace: 2" x 5 3/4"

Table: 3 ½" x 3 5/8", scored at 1 5/8" from 3 ½" side

You can stamp the bases or cover them with DSP:
Back panel: 3 ½" x 4"

Inside panels: 1 3/8" x 4"

Outside panels: 1 3/4" x 4"

Front Base: 1 3/4" x 7 ½"

Table Top: 1 3/4" x 3 3/8"

After decorating the card base, mark the inside panels 2" up from the bottom, next to the center score line. Attach the table brace at these marks. This will hold up the table top when the card is open.
Attach the front base to the outside panels of the base card.
Attach the bottom of the table to the back of the front base. The table top should now lie flat onto the table brace.

Finish decorating as desired.
On the back of the card you can place your sentiment.
The card will lie flat for mailing. Just lift up the table and fold the card to one side.

I used Whisper White card stock for all of the bases and matted with the Painter's Pallet DSP stack. It is only 6", so on the front base, I positioned a strip on the center, then cut two more at 3/4" wide to add to the ends. The craft signs and some of the tools are a sneak peak at a new set called Crafting Forever. It will be available on June 1, 2017, in the new catalog on page 181. I also used some stamps from another craft set that I have had for years.

There are so many ideas to be used with this fold. How about a Bar-B-Q or a vanity dresser.......

I hope that you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, May 12, 2017

His n Her Tool Box

This is another adaption of the card in a box that I have enjoyed creating in the past. I have seen larger ones, but if you know me at all, you know I have to have mine work from the 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock, AND fit in a standard envelope.

So want to see what I have been creating? Here it is:

I do have to admit that when I added a couple of the items, they are sticking up a bit to high, so will have to go into a larger envelope, so take care of that. Otherwise these would measure the same as an A2 card, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

The sign on the red one, the brushes and pen on the pink one needed to come down just a bit.

Want to know the details? Here they are:

Cut the cardstock in half length wise, measuring 4 1/4" x 11. Set one piece to the side. Score the other one at 3 1/2", 5 1/4", 8 3/4", and 10 1/2". From the end with the tab, cut away 1 1/4" from the end to the first score you created at 3 1/2". This will leave a larger area for the back of the toolbox.

In the middle of the strip, cut 1/2" to the left of the first score and the same to the right of the second score. Cut the strip in half lengthwise. This will create the two 5/8" strips that will fit into the box to hold your embellishments.

Take the large piece and crease all of the scores and form the box.

Add the strips that you created to the center:

From a scrap piece or the other half that you set aside, cut three pieces 3 1/4"x 3/4". These will be your drawers for the front of the tool box.

For Dad's tool box, I added the silver ribbon to the top of the back and to each drawer. The drawers are added to the box with dimensionals. I used the Nailed It Bundle (sure hope you were able to get one, before they retired), for the tools and the sign. I cut each tool out with Whisper White and Silver Foil, colored the white with the Watercolor pencils, cut off the handles and added them to the tools. I then added the cut offs to the back of the foil for a little more support.

 Punch out tiny holes on the saw handle before attaching to the foil (where the "rivets" are). I also used a pair of deckle scissors to make the blade teeth. For the tape measure, I inked the die and pressed it onto the Whisper White, then cut it out.

Now for Her's:

The only difference in the construction is that I used DSP from the Painter's Pallet stack. The back is 3 1/4" x 3", sides are (2) 1 1/2" x 2 3/4", and the drawers are 3 1/8" x 3/8". I then added the gold ribbon instead of silver.

Lie them flat to place into the envelope.

Hope you enjoy these and give them a try. Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to hear what design you created with yours.

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


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Special

For those of you who have been thinking about trying Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time!

Click on the Paper Pumpkin picture to the right or sign up HERE

Don't forget to enter the promo code!

I hope you decide to give this great resource a try. There are always alternative ideas for each kit on Pinterest, You Tube, and other sites. The kits include everything needed for the project shown plus there is always extra left over when completed for alternate projects.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Simple Dragonfly card

Here a clean and simple card. Well, now that I think about it, with the smudged edges, maybe not so clean.

The base is Calypso Coral and a Very Vanilla mat, with rounded corners on both. Using the Playful Pallet DSP stack and the dragonfly thinlit, cut out one full dragonfly and one of just the wings. Trim away any extra that came out with the wings. I used one of the mostly black sheets for the full piece and one of the more colorful pages for the wings.

Add the Fine Tip glue to the both sets of wings and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. DO NOT place glue onto the center section of the wings! The adhesive won't stick to put them together if you do. Set them aside to dry. Cut out a dragonfly body from the same paper as the bottom dragonfly.

Using a contrasting color of ink, sponge around the edges of the mat. I used Basic Grey. Stamp your sentiment onto the bottom of the mat, embossing with silver. Cut two strips of silver ribbon and tie together. Wrap these around your mat, taping to the back. Attach the mat to the card base.

Once the dragonfly wings are dry, attach the body of the full one to the upper part of the mat, gently curling up the wings. Add the separate body to the separate wings with glue. Add a line of dimentional  tape to the body and place on the first image, again curling up the wings. (HINT: the outer edge of the dimensionals work great for this.)

(Did you notice the "feelers"? I borrowed them from another stamp set.)

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More Retired Fun!

With so many items retiring in just a few short weeks, I started looking at some of my other retired favorites. That is what brought about this sample.

The card base is Soft Sky with the mat of Old Olive. The background is from the Adventure Bound paper stack. The images are from Language of Friendship. I stamped some of the branch onto the background piece with Always Artichoke.

The birds and branches are stamped on Whisper White. To get the reverse image, I stamped onto a clear block and placed onto the Whisper White. This works best with a cushion under the cardstock, and you need to hold it in place for a bit, letting the ink "soak" into the cardstock.

I punched the sentiment out with the Large Oval, and pieced the scallop oval punch to fit the sentiment. I placed it on dimensionals on a nest of linen thread.

Here is how I colored the pieces before punching them out with the matching punch.

I used daubers to color in a circular motion. Color lightly and repeat until you get the depth of color wanted. After punching out, I also sponged around each image and used a gray marker to color in the eyes for a bit more definition.

Don't have this stamp set? Check out Best Birds in the catalog on page 53 for a current set to use. AND you can order the bundle before it retires! The stamp set and dies will be in the new catalog, but not as a bundle, so order soon to save 10%.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down retired lane. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuscan Vineyard + fun bow making

During our Easter weekend, for several years now, some of us enjoy stamping together. We basically do our own thing amidst the visiting and laughter. Here are the two cards that I created this year.

The base is Whisper White and I stamped the corks from Tuscan Vineyard stamp set to create a background directly onto the base cover. The other images are all from the same set with the bottles and seal mounted with dimensionals. I also added clear Wink of Stella to the jugs to add a bit of dazzle.

This is my second and favorite one. This retired SAB set (Hey, Chick) just makes me smile. I had some small pieces of screen, so added it to the back of a piece of cardstock from a retired kit. (You could create a similar look with the woodgrain folder). The bow is created from the Linen thread. I find myself using this more and more. Then I saw a video created by fellow demonstrator Billie Moan on how to make a bow with the linen thread.

She also gives a great idea for storage. ( I actually used an empty spice jar/bottle. And if you sew, an empty bobbin works great to wrap the thread around.). Here is the video.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

New Products teaser

Well, it is all over the internet, the new catalog and products, which will be available June 1, 2017. There are some really great items. Even though there are lots of videos available, I like how Mary jumps right in without all of the chatter, so I am sharing her video with you.

Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky enough to make it to the event, so will have to wait until next month to place my pre-order. If you have ordered from me in the past year, you will be receiving your free catalog next month. There is still time to place an order to receive it. Just use the Hostess Code: 4KHSRN7C.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Folded Pop-Up Tuscan Vineyard

I fell in love with the cards from Carol Dunn's kits, so HAD to see if I could figure out how to create them with my stamps and an A2 size card. Here is a couple of pictures of my test run:

Then I wrote up my instructions and created another one from them to make sure they were accurate.

Want my tutorial for this card? Here it is:

Folded Pop-Up Card

Cut a base: 5 ½ x 8 ½, scored at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4 on the long side. Crease the 4 1/4 score. (In the sample, I stamped around to create a background at this point, or it can be done before scoring.)

(I scored on the wrong spot to start with, so just added more score lines to add dimension and now, no more mistake :) )

Measure down 1" and mark from each end of the 4 1/4 fold. Snip in 1" at each mark. Now score from the end of one cut to the end of the other cut. Crease these scores to form the "step" to create a pop-up.

Now crease the 2 1/8 score, lining the base edge up to the 4 1/4 score. This forms the cover fold.

Now for the "pieces". (If you want more layers, use these pieces for the mats and cut the image shapes a bit smaller.)

(1) 2 x 2, cut diagonally for the corners

(2) 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 for the cover (olive branches on this sample)

(1) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 for the sentiment

(1) For the pop-up piece, cut a 4" piece, measure up from one corner to 4", mark, and cut from mark diagonally to the other corner (OR cut a 4" square and cut diagonally to create two triangles, only one will be used)

Line the marks up on the cutting "ditch" and cut.

I decided to use these as mats, so cut smaller pieces for the images, subtracting 1/8" from the original measurements (1) 1 7/8 square, cut diagonally
                        (2) 1 3/4 for cover
                        (1) 2 1/8 for sentiment
                        (1) 3 7/8 for the pop-up

Decorate the pieces as desired. For this example, I used the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set.

Using glue or strong adhesive, attach the two images to the cover, lining the corners up on the fold, the corner pieces onto the inside cover, along with the sentiment. Place the adhesive on the top of the "step". Line up the longer side of the pop-up triangle to the step and attach.

SIGN your art work!!!

I hope you give this a try! Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for stopping by!