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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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!

ALSO, the Paper Pumpkin has a new look AND a great deal for new customers, if you join by June 10, 2017!

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

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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!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Window Box Lantern

Now that these have been delivered, I can post them.

I created these with the Window Box an Butterfly thinlits. There is a battery operated candle on the inside. I made them in different spring colors and cut the butterflies from DSP that matched the box.

P.S. The Window Box Thinlits and coordinating stamp set will be in the new catalog but NOT as a bundle. So the bundle with it's savings is only available til May 31. Don't miss out, order it before it is no longer available!!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Paper Pumpkin spoiler alert!

What a great month to give Paper Pumpkin a try!

Spoiler alert: Today is the last day to sign-up and get the special Sara kit that includes 12 cards, a new color; Lemon-Lime Twist, and a stamp set with words written in Sara’s actual handwriting! Subscribe at and don’t forget to tell your friends to sign up too! No one will want to miss the rest of the surprises!

Remember you can skip a month or cancel at any time, but don't miss out on this great kit! So join me in the fun!

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tuscan Vineyard

The Tuscan Vineyard stamp set on page 95 is one of those sets that just seemed to pull at me. I really have no reason why. It isn't something that I am usually drawn to, but I really like it. Maybe  because it reminds me of relaxation, clean air, and visiting with old friends......

Anyway here is one of many cards to come with this set:

Very simple with Rich Razzleberry base card, Elegant Eggplant mat, and Whisper White focal. The mat has the swirl from the set stamped randomly around with Versamark for a tone on tone effect.
I stamped the grapes with black and the jugs and sentiment with soft suede, sponging around the WW with Rich Razzleberry. I colored the fruit and the larger jug with my watercolor pencils and finished with the aqua painter. Mount the image at an angle with dimensionals.

On the inside I added another image of the jugs and the cork screw was stamped onto the envelope.

Here are a couple of samples with retired sets. It is nice to pull them out occasionally, too. Maybe you have them or want to case the card idea. Just enjoy!

The Stipple Blossoms set is probably one of my all time favorite sets. It has been retired for awhile now, but I still find myself using it again and again. Do you have a set like that???

For the dream catcher, I used two of the circle dies, then wrapped linen thread around it before adding it to the white side of one of the doilies. Then used one of the SAB sets for the sentiment.

And I love, love, love this card!!!! I used one of my favorite colors, Peek-a-boo Peach and the Stippled Blossoms again.

Hope you have enjoyed today's post and want to give some of these a try. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Embossing Folders organization

I have been thinking for some time that I need a way to make my embossing folders more accessible. I have mine stored in a folder album (actually two) and usually just look through them when I want one. Then they came out with the larger sizes that don't fit in my albums, so.....

I thought I knew each one that I had, but when doing this, I found a few that I had forgotten about and thought of some new ways to use some of them. (wouldn't the "clouds" be a great one to use with the Beautiful You set?)

Anyway, I saw this idea on Pinterest, where else! Sorry don't remember who had it.

These are baseball card sleeves with the samples on Whisper White. I also wrote the name of the folder on the bottom of the card. The cards are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. You can get ten cards from one sheet of card stock. Just cut two long side strips 2 1/2 wide. This leaves a third strip that is 3 1/2. You can get three cards from the first two strip by cutting at 3 1/2 and four cards from the last strip, cutting at 2 1/2.

This will be a lot easier to look through when I am not sure what I want to use. Now, to just keep it up!

Well, Sale-a-bration is over for another year. I hope you were able to get all the freeby sets that you wanted! We only have a few more weeks left to order from the current Occasions and Annual catalogs. They will be gone May 31!

Want to place an order? Just click on catalog to the right. Please use the Host code for April when ordering this month: 4KHSRN7C

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!