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Posted on September 24, 2018

Easy Peasy Way to Use up Some Scraps!

Mojo Monday/ Projects

Hey Stampers! We had so much rain this weekend and I heard from several customers throughout the country that rain seemed to be coming down everywhere! Gosh, I know we need rain, but let's have a break for awhile!

I have to admit, one good thing about rainy days is extra inside stamping time! My project for you today is an easy peasy way to use up some scraps!

Easy Peasy Way to Use up Some Scraps!

Isn't this card adorable? AND,  truly it is easy peasy, only 5 steps!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Darling Label Punch Box (146855)
  • PAPER –Whisper White (100731), Brights 6×6 Designer Series Paper (146964)
  • INK –– Black Memento (132708)
  • OTHER – Glitter Enamel Dots (146934), Silver Metallic Thread (138402), Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Whisper White – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White – 4 x 5 ¼”
  • Scraps for punching of Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana Printed Papers

Instructions:

  1. Punch printed papers and arrange punches on Whisper White Panel.
  2. Stamp “hello” onto White scrap and punch.
  3. Wrap silver metallic thread around 3 fingers and adhere to back of white punched sentiment with dimensionals. Adhere to white panel as shown.
  4. Embellish with Glitter Enamel dots.
  5. Adhere to Whisper White card.

Now, one of the most important things to tell you about this card is this. You can use ANY scraps you have, ANY punch you have and ANY sentiment you wish. Seriously guys, this is one of the easiest, yet cutest, cards you can make!

 

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Posted on September 11, 2018

Where Were You?

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September 11, 2001, 8:45 AM. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news about planes hitting the World Trade Center? Like most people I'm sure, I remember exactly where I was as if it was just yesterday.

The day began like any other Tuesday that year. Our daughter and I drove over to her homeschool co-op, where I was the director. We had everything set up for our 500+ students and parents had already begun dropping off their kids. News started coming in and, honestly, we all started to panic a bit. False stories added to that of course but I think every heart in our building skipped a beat and we were all somewhat in shock. What had really happened? Were our students safe or was something going to happen at our location? Were traveling family members safe? Questions were many and emotions ran high.

Everyone pulled together and we made it through that day and the coming days. People talked to each other a little more. People were kinder and helped out each other a little more. I truly hope we never experience anything that horrible again. But, for a time, our differences did not matter and we were all Americans, praying for one another and those who lost loved ones that day.

I wanted to share a card today, in remembrance of all those who lost their lives and whose lives were changed forever because of those they lost.

Where Were You?

One of my sweet customers sent this card to me a week or so ago. Mary found me on Facebook and we struck up a friendship, even though she lives in another state.  We both love stamping and often send each other cards we've made. She was in the military and loves to create using military-themed stamps. She wanted to use this particular stamp, with the towers, to send to me because of September 11 coming up.

When I received her sweet card I knew I would use it in a post today. It's amazing how one little rubber stamp can share friendship and touch lives. I am so thankful for crafty friends like Mary!

 

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Posted on March 7, 2018

Charming Café – Black & White with a Pop of Color

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Hey Stampers! Hope you all are having a great week…we are officially on the downhill slide and close to Friday Eve…lol! Who's excited?? Today's card, Charming Café – Black & White with a Pop of Color, is so simple, yet “charming” I think!

Charming Café - Black & White with a Pop of Color

This scene reminds me of one of the cafes in Barcelona that hubby and I visited last year on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip. We fell in love with this beautiful city in Spain and actually spent more time there this past fall. Dave is ready to move right away but I'm not quite ready to leave the kids and grandcherubs…we'll see! 🙂

If you have any questions on today's project, give me a shout. Here are the instructions and, of course, you can find all supplies at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCharming Café Clear Mount Bundle (147508)
  • Card Stock – Calypso Coral (122925) Basic Black (121045) Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Inkpad (140931)
  • Misc. – Charming Café Clear Mount Bundle (for framelits – 147508) 2 ¼” circle punch (143720) Whisper White Bakers twine (124262)

 

Measurements:

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock                             –   11” x 5 ½”
  • Basic Black cardstock                                   –   5 ¼” x 4”
  • Basic Black cardstock (for punching circle)     – 3” x 3”
  • Whisper White cardstock (need 2)                 –   5” x 3 ¾”

 

Instructions:

  1. Score Calypso Coral in the middle (at 5 ½”) and fold
  2. Adhere Basic Black 5 ¼” piece to front of Calypso Coral card base
  3. Add one of the two Whisper White cardstock pieces 5” to the inside of the card base
  4. Stamp the store window on the 2nd piece of 5” whisper white
  5. Stamp chairs on scrap piece of whisper white and die cut with coordinating framelits
  6. Use dimensionals to add chairs to whisper white card piece that has store front stamped on it
  7. Punch 2 ¼” circle
  8. Fold circle over top of 5” Whisper White piece that has stamped Charming Café elements
  9. Adhere this piece to layered Calypso Coral and black cardstock base
  10. Cut length of bakers twine, tie into bow and add to basic black circle (For my bow I doubled the bakers twine for a fuller look)
  11. Add greeting of choice to inside card or handwritten message

 

 

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Posted on March 6, 2018

Would You Like To Make This Gift Card Holder?

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Would You Like To Make This?Would You Like To Make This?

Would You Like To Make This Gift Card Holder? Please join me on Wednesday at 7:00 pm CST when I'll be doing a Facebook LIVE tutorial where I'll be completing this gift card holder using the beautiful Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.

Set yourself a reminder to grab your favorite beverage and pop in on Facebook. I will be using Berry Burst Cardstock and ribbon, but feel free to use whatever you like and follow along. I've included the project measurements below in case you want to have everything ready to go ahead of time!

Hope to see you on Wednesday! 🙂

Measurements:
​Berry Burst Cardstock Base:  4 1/4″ X 11″, Score at 2″, 71/4″ and 7 3/8″
Berry Burst Insert Piece:  3 3/4″ X 6 1/2″, Score at 1 3/4″ and 6″
Powder Pink Layers: 3″ X 4″ and 1 3/4″ X 4″
Sweet Soiree DSP:  2 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ X 3 3/4″
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Posted on November 2, 2017

Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe

Paper crafting/ Projects

Happy Thursday friends! Now that Halloween is over, you know what that means, right? Time to start thinking about Christmas cards! I drove by one of our local malls yesterday and a big crane was setting up an enormous lighted and decorated tree. My first reaction was to scream NOOOO!!!!!! It's not even Thanksgiving yet. But, I know the holidays will creep up on all of us (this happens every year, right?!) so I want to start giving you some card and other project ideas over the next few weeks. Today I'm sharing Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe.

Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe

If you typically send out a lot of cards to friends and family, I think you'll love this simple design. Only one stamp set is used, and just a few other products.

I'll share the instructions below but let me give you a few time-saving tips when making this card, or any other card for that matter.

  • Assemble all your card “ingredients” first. Just like when you bake for the holidays, typically you pull out the recipe and make sure you have all the necessary items before you start. Don't forget envelopes!
  • Cut all your paper at one time and put into individual stacks, then into a ziploc bag. Once you get ready to assemble, you'll have all the paper pieces ready. The bag helps to keep them clean and organized. I typically go on a crafting retreat before the holidays to work on my cards and this system helps me get right down to business.
  • Do all of your stamping at one time. Be sure you have re-inked your stamp pads ahead of time so you will get a clean, crisp stamped image.
  • If you are using embellishments or ribbon, be sure to check ahead of time to make sure you have enough for every card.

Merry Mistletoe instructions, including measurements

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsMerry Mistletoe (143655)
  • Card Stock – Be Merry (144111), Whisper White (100730), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Garden Green (102584)
  • Stamp Pads – Cherry Cobbler (126966), Garden Green (126973)
  • Misc. – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL adhesive (104332), 1 3/4” circle punch (119850), Regals Enamel Dots (141681)

Measurements:

  • Be Merry: 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”; 2 3/4” x 4”
  • Whisper White: 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”; 2” square; scraps for trees
  • Cherry Cobbler: 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Garden green: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”

Instructions:

Create Garden Green card base. Adhere two pieces of Be Merry paper using SNAIL adhesive.

Ink phrase using Cherry Cobbler Ink and stamp onto Whisper White strip. Adhere to Cherry Cobbler strip and then to card front using SNAIL.

Stamp two trees using Garden Green ink and cut out using paper snips.

Punch Whisper White circle. Adhere two trees to circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere circle to card front using SNAIL.

To complete card add two Garden Green enamel dots.

If I can help you with this card or you'd like to schedule “creative session” to brainstorm ideas for YOUR perfect card, just shoot me an email and we'll get busy!

 

 

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Posted on October 19, 2017

It’s Mum Season Here in Texas!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects

Hello stampers! It's Mum Season Here in Texas! And I don't mean live, growing mums, rather Homecoming mums! Now, I have to confess. I am from California and we had lovely wrist corsages for our Homecoming activities. So, when we moved to Texas and I started hearing about “mums” for Homecoming, I was perplexed. Then, when I started seeing pictures of these “monster mums”, I couldn't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on these things, every year Freshman-Senior.

Fast forward a few years. I now have a grandson who is a senior in high school and I volunteered to make his girlfriend's mum. Of course, then she wanted me to make his “garter”mum. My grandson hung the moon so of course I eagerly said yes! My daughter in law came over on Sunday and we put together the one for girlfriend. Oh, did I mention we each have hot glue gun injuries on our fingers? But, I digress. It isn't about me, it's about these two awesome seniors and making their homecoming day fabulous!

It's Mum Season Here in Texas!

What do you think? Of course I integrated some Stampin' Up! embellishments, the Mini Gift Bows, available in the Holiday Catalog.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=144127

I also punched circle shapes to add some contrast to the letters I used. All that's missing now is attaching pictures in wee little frames and also some blinkie lights…who knew?? 🙂

The BEST part of this is Micaela (girlfriend) had never heard of Stampin' Up! and she loves papercrafting! I told her I would help with a senior scrapbook for her. Who knew that one little rubber stamp would be the beginning of all this! I love what I do!

If you might be interested in finding out a little bit more about the benefits of having your own Stampin' Up! business, check out a little bit more about me and my team, Girls, INK.

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Posted on September 13, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! I hope you've been enjoying my weekly posts giving you some fresh ideas for Halloween.  Today's project is 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you don't send out Halloween cards, you can easily convert this design to put on a treat bag or box.

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 - Spooky Night DSP

Let me give you several tips from this card that will work for any season or holiday and save you money and/ or time.

  • Use small bits of DSP (Designer Series Paper) to make your pack go farther.
  • Use punched out or “fussy cut” images (like the witch's hat) as your focal point instead of stamping.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a small piece of coordinating cardstock and punch out. SO many of my “perfectionist” customers stress out about an image being straight when stamped right on the card itself. Using the punch technique, you'll save yourself stress and you'll throw away less cardstock!
  • Instead of tying a bow or knot, tack your piece of ribbon under each end on your top layer. You'll save on both ribbon AND postage when mailing your cards!

Here are the instructions, including supplies for this card. If you need to order anything to make some of these, just click on a picture.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144701)
  • Card Stock –Thick Very Vanilla (144237); Basic Black (121045); Pumpkin Pie (105117) Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931)
  • Misc.– Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Classic Label Punch (141491); Banner Triple Punch (138292); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Mini Stampin' Dimensionals ( 144108); Snail (104332)

Measurements:

  • Thick Very Vanilla: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • Basic Black: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Pumpkin Pie: 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 1″ x 3″
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper: four different prints,
  • cut two of them 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ and cut the other two 3/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Vintage Crochet Trim: 5″

 

Instructions:

  1. Make banners out of each piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper with the Banner Triple Punch. Attach the banners to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock with Snail.
  2. Wrap the Vintage Crochet Trim over the banners and Pumpkin Pie cardstock securing it on the back side with Mini Glue Dots.
  3. Stamp Hat in Basic Black Ink on 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out by hand. Attach hat with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp Happy Halloween in Basic Black Ink on 1″ x 3″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and punch out with Classic Label Punch. Attach sentiment with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Attach the Pumpkin Pie card front to the Basic Black piece and attach these layers to the front of the Thick Very Vanilla card base which has been folded on the score line.

Thanks for stopping by today and joining me for 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you've missed the other weeks, click here for Week 1 and then follow to the next.

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Posted on September 11, 2017

Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True

Holidays / Special Days/ People/ Projects

Hey Stampers! Today is a sobering day; it doesn't seem possible 16 years have passed since the horrible events of September 11, 2001. Today I wanted to remember fallen heroes with Loyal & True sample.

Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True

This card was made by my friend Karen Finkle, who is a demonstrator in N. Ft. Myers, Florida. Karen's husband, Perry, valiantly served in Vietnam and is currently battling cancer. This sweet couple has sacrificed so much and I wanted to publicly thank them and showcase some of Karen's work. (side note: they are directly in the path of Hurricane Irma and can't evacuate because of Perry's treatment; they would appreciate your prayers).

Grateful doesn't begin to say enough of how thankful I am to live here. I thank God every day for the men and women who faithfully serve whether in our military at home and around the world, or as first responders who selflessly act in emergencies, such as the horrific events of 9/11. My husband worked as a paramedic for years and was first on the scene to many accidents and other emergencies. We vividly remember living through the October 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in California; he running calls and me at home with the kids.

So, please join me today in thanking someone you know who faithfully serves. And, I thought it would be appropriate to include this wonderful song by Lee Greenwood.

Thanks for stopping by today and helping me to Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True. I'll see you tomorrow with a Double Embossing Technique Dragonfly Dreams sample!

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Posted on September 8, 2017

Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

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Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

Happy Friday friends! Even with the short holiday work week, I'm tired and ready for a fun-filled stampin' weekend! I know I'm going to be creating with this awesome new set.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

It's a good one that you can't buy, BUT you can get it for free!

The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after October 31. But, that means there are two months for you to get it!

Let me tell you how you can get it…did I mention it's FREE?

There are a few ways to reach $300 in orders to receive this free stamp set. Of course, you can place a $300 order yourself (I'm sure there are one or two things you “need” from the new Holiday Catalog). You could also collect a few orders from friends (they also have a Holiday Catalog Wish List, right?) and put them together to reach $300. I can easily set up a Host Code for you so that orders can be placed online and delivered right to your guests AND you will get the regular Stampin' Rewards and this awesome free stamp set!

Hold On…there's more! You will also receive these two completed projects in the mail as an extra thank you gift from me!

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

 

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

The offer for the FREE stamp set is for September and October. My additional 2 free projects will be mailed to you when you place your order in SEPTEMBER. 

Oh, one more cool thing about this set. You can stamp the candles image in fun, bright colors to make birthday cards…

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

in addition to seasonal cards now! This Merry Patterns Stamp set truly ROCKS!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope your weekend will be filled with crafting fun!

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Posted on September 6, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! It's time for 12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky.

12 Weeks Of Halloween - Week 3 Spooky

This card combines spooky with glitz! Of course every “haunted” Halloween needs some bats and at least one rat! 🙂

The gate is made with The Graveyard Gate Thinlits Dies. You can purchase these separately or, for the best value, buy the bundle.

Here are the instructions, along with measurements and supply list.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749p); Graveyard Gate (144695w, 144765c); Graveyard Gate Bundle (146017w, 146018c)
  • Card Stock –Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Cajun Craze (119684); Basic Gray (121044); Whisper White (100730); Glossy White (144240);
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival (140931); Elegant Eggplant (126969); Crushed Curry (131173); Cajun Craze (126965)
  • Misc. – Big Shot (143263); Detailed Gate Thinlits (144669); Wink of Stella Clear (141897); Sponge Brayers (141714); Stampin’ Sponges (141337); 1-3/4” Circle Punch (119850); Classic Label Punch (141491); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639);  Dimensionals (104430); Mini Dimensionals (144108)

Measurements:

  • Basic Black CS:  4 1/4” x 11”; 2 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist CS: 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Cajun Craze CS: 1” x 2 ½”
  • Basic Gray CS:  scraps
  • Glossy Paper: 3 1/2 “ x 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White CS: 1/4” x 4”; 2 x 3

Instructions:

  1. Fold Basic Black cardstock in half to form card base.
  2. Adhere Lemon Lime Twist CS layer to card front.
  3. Punch 1 ¾” Circle from Whisper White CS – save both pieces to use for masking.
  4. Lightly ‘tack’ circle punched piece on Glossy White paper for ‘moon’ placement.
  5. Using Sponge Brayer and Elegant Eggplant ink, color entire Glossy White paper until desired darkness leaving light/dark areas.
  6. Use Stampin’ Sponge with Basic Black Archival ink to darken some areas and edges of Glossy White CS.
  7. Remove punched circle piece then place ‘negative’ over un-inked area.  Sponge into circle using Crushed Curry ink.
  8. Stamp ‘bat’ multiple times using Basic Black Archival Ink on top portion of Glossy piece.
  9. Using Big Shot, die cut the top portion of the Detailed Gate Thinlit from the Basic Black CS.
  10. “Color” die cut gate using Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere to Glossy piece the adhere unit to card front.
  11. Stamp ‘brick column’ using Cajun Craze ink onto Cajun Craze CS.  Fussy cut out.  Then sponge edges lightly with Basic Black Archival ink.
  12. Stamp ‘owl’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Then color with Clear Wink of Stella.
  13. Adhere owl behind brick column then add unit to card front using Dimensionals.
  14. Add Black Rhinestone Jewels to owl ‘eyes’.
  15. Stamp ‘rat’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Add to card front using Mini Dimensionals.
  16. Stamp sentiment using Elegant Eggplant ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch ends using the Classic Label

If you missed Week 1 and Week 2 of Halloween ideas, you can catch up now.

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Posted on September 4, 2017

Christmas Quilt No Sewing Required

Holidays / Special Days/ Mojo Monday/ Projects

Hey stamping friends! I hope you are having a relaxing Labor Day. I got to sleep in which is something I rarely get to do! Today I wanted to share a Christmas Quilt No Sewing Required project with you.

Christmas Quilt No Sewing Required!

I so admire people who have the quilting talent; that is not in my toolbox of abilities. I was so excited to see a suite of quilting products in our new 2017-2018 Holiday Catalog. Now I can make quilts all the time! 🙂

As with fabric quilting, this card will take a bit of time to create, but you'll be oh so happy with the results. If you start now, your cards will be ready to stick in the mail before the holiday rush.And you know what that means! More time for COOKIE baking!

In addition to the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set and Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) there are also felt embellishments to add some fun!

I have instructions for today's project at the bottom of the post. I've also included a shopping list; just click on any picture to go right to my online store!

In case you haven't yet seen the holiday catalog, here's a quick video to show you more of the awesome products awaiting your Fall and Christmas creativity!

If you haven't downloaded the Holiday Catalog yet, you are missing out on some great inspiration!

2017 Holiday Catalog

Today's Project

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Christmas Quilt (144793)
  • Card stock & paper: Garden Green (102584), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Quilted Christmas 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper (144617)
  • Stampin’ Pad: Real Red (126949), Garden Green (126973)
  • Miscellaneous: Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673), 5/8” Burlap Ribbon (141487), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), and Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Real Red: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2 then folded to create card base
  • Whisper White: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, 2-3/4” x 1-3/4”
  • Garden Green: 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Any scrap about 3” x 3” preferably Garden Green, Whisper White or Real Red
  • Burlap: one piece about 5-1/4”, 4 pieces each about 1-1/2” long

Instructions:

    1. Find the piece of paper in the Quilted Christmas grouping that has four large green quilt shapes that looks like the shape beneath the sentiment on the card shown. With Paper Snips, cut one of the green shapes leaving some space around it for die-cutting.  Adhere the paper to a scrap of card stock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (broad tip) to make it firm for die-cutting
    2. Die cut the green star shape out using the corresponding shaped die from the Quilt Builder Framelits and set aside.
    3. Using the 1-3/16” square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, die cut 12 squares out of your favorite designs in the Quilted Christmas paper taking note to choose a variety of designs and colors to create your quilt.
    4. Arrange 12 pieces on your work table until you get the arrangement you like best. You will need 3 rows of 4 squares to create your quilt.
    5. Using the broad tip of your Multipurpose Liquid Glue, brush glue on back of one square and line up on the 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” Whisper White piece, in one corner, so you are leaving a white border only about 1/16” on the top and left. Move quickly as you have a little time to reposition if it’s not squared. It sticks fast. Adhere piece #2 so it’s only 1/16” away from the border and/or the first square. Repeat with all 12 squares to create your quilt.
    6. Using SNAIL, adhere your quilt piece to Garden Green card stock.
    7. Stamp “peace” and the lined/stitch image onto the small Whisper White scrap using Real Red and Garden Green ink. Die cut using the 2-1/4” oval Stitched Shapes Framelit. Using 2 Dimensionals aligned vertically in the center of the sentiment, attach to the green star shape from #2.
    8. Using Glue Dots (about 9) adhere long piece of Burlap Ribbon across lower portion of quilt piece and secure on back sides.
    9. Fold each 1-1/2” piece in half and adhere to itself. Stagger one of these short folded pieces onto another and adhere to it with 2 Glue Dots. You will have two sections of ribbon now. Using 2 Glue Dots for each side, adhere the burlap pieces under the left and right sides of the green star focal point.
    10. Use 4 Dimensionals and lay them down onto the front of the quilt card so that the Dimensional is abutting the burlap ribbon. Put 2 above the ribbon and 2 below. You want them each about ½” apart on the top and ½” apart on the bottom.
    11. Peel the 4 Dimensionals then gently press the green star focal point onto them so it’s straddling the horizontal burlap ribbon so the flat burlap aligns with the pieces attached to the focal point.
    12. Using 5 Dimensionals, adhere the quilt piece to the Real Red card base.

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Posted on August 22, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

My first Halloween project for you is an Altered Altoid tin.  I scoured Pinterest for just the right project and then changed it up to make it my own. Of course, Stampin' Up! products had to be included!

I knew I wanted to use the owl from the Spooky Cat stamp set coming out in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. You are going to love all the trendy products on every page. If you don't have your personal copy already and you don't already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to send you one. Just email me and I'll get one in the mail to you right away.

Here is a basic outline of how I made this project. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more details.

I started with a regular-sized Altoid tin. I removed the lid and used black acrylic paint over the entire surface. Once the black paint was dry I used some silver, antique brass and copper distress paint randomly on the sides and back. TIP: save the lid you removed and use it as a paint palette. I traced around a sheet of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP), another new item in the Holiday Catalog.

I used Crystal Effects as my adhesive to stick this onto the inside of the tin. Why Crystal Effects? It is a clear, thick substance meant to add gloss and make your images “pop” off the page but it is also a great glue! Once you stick paper down with it, it will not move.

I stamped the owl onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and used an Early Espresso marker to add definition to the eyes. Next, I sponged Early Espresso ink around the owl's edges and colored in the beak and feet with a Pumpkin Pie marker. Lastly, I went back to add my good ol' Crystal Effects on each eye.

The ‘happy Halloween” is a sentiment stamp from the Spooky Cat set. Notice the little black rhinestones? They will also be in the new Holiday catty!

The base of my project is a wood candlestick painted black and distressed with the silver, antique brass and copper inks. I added Spanish moss, leaves, a little fence and tiny pumpkins from my local craft store. Here are some more altered altoid tin Pinterest projects to get those creative juices flowing!

I hope you enjoyed 12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1; I'll have another project next week.

Don't forget about Stampin' Up's Carols of Christmas Early Release Bundle and the 50% off your first month Paper Pumpkin Subscription.

 

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Posted on August 18, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Die Cut/ Paper crafting/ People/ Projects

Happy Friday stampers! I love the name of the stamp set for today's project; Sharing Sweet Thoughts. If you turn your 2017-2018 catalog to page 223, you'll find this cute set.

I think the images in this stamp set are adorable. Beyond that, it is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set for 2017-2018, so that makes it especially near and dear to me. Each time the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set is purchased, $3.00 is donated by Stampin' Up! to the RMCD Charities. To date, $1.5 million dollars has been donated. I am beyond proud to be associated with such a philanthropic-minded company!

I love the simplicity of this card. The small touches of black really set off the Pear Pizzazz.

Something else to note, there is another product, Everyday Jar Framelits,  that coordinates perfectly with this stamp set. In fact, the Everyday Jar Framelits has coordinated with quite a few stamp sets, making it “more stamp-ING for less cha-CHING! 🙂

I'll share the products and measurements used for this card below and a link to our Artisan Blog Hop. I hope after seeing my project and all the ideas at the blog hop, you might consider adding this stamp set, and maybe even the framelits to your collection. You'll get some fun new “toys” and your contribution from the sale of the stamp set will help some very deserving children and their families! If you click on the stamp set picture below my instructions you'll easily be able to order Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Sharing Sweet Thoughts C (144051); W (144048)
  • Card Stock –   Thick Whisper White (140272); Pear Pizzazz (131201); Basic Black (121045)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Momento (132708); Pear Pizzazz (131180); Real Red (126949)
  • Misc. – Everyday Jar Framelits (141490); Big Shot (143263); Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder (143231); Blender Pens (102845); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Linen Thread (104199); Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Thick Whisper White 4 1/4” x 11”, folded in half
  • Scrap of Whisper White to run thru the Big Shot for jar and lid
  • Pear Pizzazz 3 x 4”
  • Basic Black ½ x 3” and 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”

Instructions:

  1. Score and fold the Thick Whisper White
  2. Stamp the jar and lid on scrap piece of Whisper White
  3. Run the jar and lid through the Big Shot
  4. Stamp the images in the jar
  5. Color the images with ink and blender pen and add Wink of Stella
  6. Run the embossing folder through the Big Shot
  7. Attach the ½” layer to the embossed layer
  8. Adhere the embossed layer with Dimensionals to the Basic Black layer and adhere to the card
  9. Add Linen thread to the lid and attach to the jar

Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Copper Carols of Christmas

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! Today's sample is a Copper Carols of Christmas card. Even though it is still summer here in Texas, my customers are already asking for Christmas card ideas! The “busy-ness” of the holidays seems to start earlier each year so it's never a bad idea to start thinking of ideas and purchasing supplies.

I absolutely love all our coordinating copper products and I think they add just the right amount of dazzle to this card.

I've included both Copper Trim and Copper Foil in my supply list. Copper trim is used here, but you could easily use Copper Foil if you prefer! Having choices is one of the things I love about Stampin' Up! products. We offer a wide range of colors and style to suit anyone's taste. Feel free to “case” any project I post. If you like, change it up to fit your particular style!

Every year I offer a free one on one Christmas Card consultation service to get your creative juices flowing. You and I will sit down in person for an hour and discuss ideas to come up with the perfect solution for your needs. If you don't live local to me, we can set up a phone call or skype chat. Please do give me a shout.  Together we'll design the perfect project!

Here are the instructions, including measurements and the rest of the products used for today's card.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144801–Wood mount; 144804–Clear mount)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Garden Green (102584); Cherry Cobbler (119685); Copper Foil Sheets (142020)
  • Designer Series Paper – Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111)
  • Stamp Pads – VersaMark (102283)
  • Misc. – ¼” Copper Trim (144179); Copper Embossing Powder (141636); Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708); Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851); Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder (141468); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Fast Fuse (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200; Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”
  • Garden Green Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock – 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Cherry Cobbler Patterned paper – 5-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • White/Garden Green Patterned paper – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Copper Trim – 6″ x 1/4”

Instructions:

    1. Run the 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Whisper White with the Sparkle Embossing folder through the Big Shot. NOTE: Do not adhere to the card front until Step 4.
    2. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler Designer Series paper strip to the Sparkle Embossed layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Layer the Copper Trim over the Cherry Cobbler patterned paper edge and adhere the ends to the backside of the Sparkle Embossed layer.
    4. Adhere the Sparkle embossed layer to the Whisper White card front.
    5. Ink the Deck the Halls image from the Carols of Christmas set with VersaMark ink and stamp onto the White/Garden Green patterned paper piece. Cover with Copper Embossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool. Let cool. Die cut with a Layering Square Framelits Die.
    6. Die cut the Garden Green cardstock square with the largest scallop Layering Squares Framelits die.
    7. Adhere the copper embossed layer to the Garden Green scalloped square and set with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card front.
    8. Die cut the largest bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using the Big Shot. Adhere to the sentiment layer using a Mini Glue Dot.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Copper Carols of Christmas project!

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today's project is a Lovely Words Thinlit Friend Mini Crate. I actually whipped this up when I got home from work today. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

I love the Wood Crate Die for making little gifts for my friends, customers and downline. I am over the moon excited that Stampin' Up! will be putting  packages of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White envelopes into the upcoming holiday catalog going live on September 1. It is so easy to create a special notecard using our paper and embellishments. Adding a coordinating envelope is the perfect finishing touch for this Mini Wood Crate Die project.

Let me share how I put this project together.

First, I chose my paper for the little notecard. I picked the Daffodil Delight/Old Olive flower piece from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for the top layer. I cut a 6″ x 3″piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my base, a 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the next layer, finishing with the DSP on the top. I used a 3″ piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon (I used the side with little lines; the other side has little x's…TWO choices with one roll of ribbon!) and incorporated the “friend” die from the Lovely Words Thinlits. I cut “friend” out of Dazzling Diamonds Paper and used a Stampin' Sponge to add a little pop of Old Olive ink on top. I used my Paper Snips to cut out the word, rather than leaving it in the frame. These little dies are so versatile! I'm working on a video to show you different ways they can be used.

For the finishing touches to my notecard I found a button in my voluminous collection (yes, I am a button hoarder!) to pop onto the front of the crate and I added a piece of coordinating DSP to the inside of the envelope.

To order any of the supplies used for this project, just click on a picture below.

ps: if you aren't currently using a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours and to send you the new Holiday Catalog. Just shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll get one out to you right away!

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