Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pretty Purple Snowflakes

Have you heard the Christmas song Pretty Purple Snowflakes?  Its one of my favorites!  And I wanted my own purple snowflakes so I set out on a hunt.  When I saw this card, I didn't believe Not Quite Navy and Rich Razzleberry would work together.  I set forth in trying out myself and fell in love.  So, like what I saw, this picture does not do it justice so be sure to try it for yourself!  The one thing I think I would change is to add more Bling!  Is every snowflake too much? :D  Oooo, or maybe use Iridescent ink instead of Baja Breeze!

Stamp Set(s) - Snow Swirled
Card Stock - Not Quite Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Not Quite Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones

Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Birthday???

I had a great deal of fun making this card, so much fun that I stopped paying attention to what I was doing and grabbed the Happy Birthday stamp instead of the Christmas stamp!  Oh well, mistakes turned around, I decided this will be my December Birthday card!

The Watercolor Winter set is a great Two-Step Stampin' set.  I love these because it is so quick and beautiful to add layers of ink and look like you spent forever on them!  This set looks like a colored in the poinsettias with colored pencil!  This would also look great using the watercolor crayons too.

Stamp Set(s) - Watercolor Winter, Sassy Salutations
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Gift Card Holder

If you are anything like me, you know you can do better that those gift card sleeves most gift cards come in.  Here is a cute easy Gift Card Holder.  I made a bunch in one sitting so that I can use for any gift card this year.

Cut a strip of Cherry Cobbler to 4-1/4" x 11".  Score it on your Simply Scored at 3", 5-1/2", and 8".  The Simply Scored is great if you are mass producing like I did.  Use the markers and you can just fly through them!

Accordion fold the card stock on the score lines.  Sticky Strip the middle section on 3 sides.  Do Not put Sticky Strip on the fold side.

It will look like this when glued together.

Using the Word Window Punch, punch across the middle fold.

Punch a tab using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch in the middle.

So when you are done it will look like this inside.

Create a belly band to keep the gift card from falling out.  The belly band will be 1-1/2" x 7"
Decorate and you are done!

Stamp Set(s) - No Peeking
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer DS
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - 3/8" Stitched Gumball Green Ribbon, Simply Scored, Sticky Strip, Word Window Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Its Christmas Time To Me!

I know it is not even Halloween yet but I am in full swing of Christmas!  From this point forward, my blog will be all Christmas!  From Christmas cards to wrapping and gifts to decor!  I just love this time of year, and when you are a crafter you need all the time you can get to accomplish the projects you dream up!  It is this time of year that I desperately wish I could do my crafting full time.  I ALWAYS have more ideas and inspiration than I have time for!

This card came from an inspiration.  I fell in love with it and knew I had to do it.  Sadly, it was months ago that I created this and I can not find my reference card anywhere to give credit!  This card is SO simple, I am sure you will LOVE it too! 
  1. Emboss the Whisper White and layered it onto Gumball Green card base. 
  2. Punch out five ornaments from Be of Good Cheer DS. 
  3. Stamp one ornament on Whisper White and punch it out. 
  4. Adhere the first layer of ornaments flat.  Attach the second layer with two dimensionals right down the center of the ornament and bend up the sides (see the second picture).
  5. Lay down a strip of Sticky Strip along the side of the card.  Bunch the ribbon as you adhere it to the Sticky Strip.
  6. Add a few pearls for some bling!

Stamp Set(s) - Delightful Decorations
Card Stock - Gumball Green, Whisper White, Be of Good Cheer DS
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Big Shot, Ornament Punch, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Scallop Polka Dots Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Basic Pearls

Monday, October 29, 2012

Today is the Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular

Do Not Miss Out on this amazing sale!  15% OFF almost all Stamps and Stamp Sets*TODAY ONLY!

Visit my online store to take advantage!

*Does not include Hostess Sets, Bundled Stamp Sets, or Digital Stamp Brush Sets

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular!

I am so excited! Stampin' Up! is doing a one-day sale on almost all of our stamp sets! Every single set is 15% off, on Monday ONLY. Look through our catalog and let me know which sets you need for Holiday projects, or any sets that have been on your wish list. Now is the time to order them!

Visit my online store to order or contact me!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Santa Gift Set

 I was given this cute set at a demonstrator run make-n-take event.  I was in love with it on first sight!  I replicated it at home and it makes a great gift set!  The three items are a notebook cover, anti-bacterial gift holder, and a 3" x 3" card.

When you open the notbook cover, you see the decorated top as well!  Here are some guidelines for you so you can make this.  I am giving it as a Thanksgiving gift to track notes and gifts!

Cut Real Red cardstock to 8-1/2” x 10-3/4” and score it widthwise at 5-1/2” and 5-1/4” for the cover
Cut Basic Black cardstock to 10-3/4 x 1-1/2 and score it widthwise at 5-1/2” and 5-1/4” for the belt
Cut Candlelight Christmas DS to 5” x 2-1/4” and score it lengthwise at 1” and 1-1/4” for the notebook top

The Anti-bacterial Gift Holder looks complicated but is quite easy.  Here are some guidelines.  This makes great office and neighbor gifts!

Cut Real Red cardstock to 12” x 2-3/4” and score widthwise at 3”, 4”, 7-1/2”, 8-1/2”, 10-3/4”, and 11-5/8”

In the second to last section you scored (the last section will be a small ¼” strip, punch a hole in the middle with the ¾” Circle Punch or cut a square out.  This will be where the anti-bacterial top will come through.

Put adhesive on the outside of the end ¼” strip and adhere it to the back so that the cardstock makes a square.

The buckle will hang over the edge.

Adhere one side of the Velcro behind the buckle.  Place the opposite side of the Velcro on top of the first side.  Close the lid so it creates a square edge on top and push the Velcro in place.  There will be Real Red showing on the bottom below the belt.

Stamp Set(s) - Tags Til Christmas
Card Stock - Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glitter, Red Glitter, Candlelight Christmas DS
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - 1” Square Punch, Simply Scored, Scallop Square Punch, 1-1/4" Square Punch, 1” Circle Punch, ¾” Circle Punch, ½” Circle Punch, Velcro, 5” x 7” notepad, Dimensionals, pocket anti-bacterial

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Leaves

I just arrived home last week from visiting Chicago.  It was cold!  But my husband and I did get to have a taste of Fall and the changing of the seasons which was nice.  We got to explore the city some and also visit family.  It doesn't get better than that :)

I found this card on Stampin' Connection, an excellent idea resource for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  I liked the simplicity of the card and the natural colors.  However, if you wanted to change it up, it would look good with a leaf in any of the fall colors.

Stamp Set(s) - Teeny Tiny Wishes, Wonderfall
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Autumn Accents Die, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, 1" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Glue Dots

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall is Here

Fall has arrived (in most states).  So I have a few Fall cards for you before I dive head first into Christmas.  This card uses the ever so popular layering technique.  These cards are quick and fun!  Cut all your cardstock first.  Lay the three sheets of Whisper White on top of each other without the Bravo Burgundy.  You can use temporary tape to hold in place.  Stamp your leaves on all three layers simultaneously.  There will be a slight gap of white but your layers of Bravo Burgundy will cover that up!

Stamp Set(s) - Wonderfall, Kindness Matters
Card Stock - Barvo Burgundy, Whisper White
Ink - More Mustard, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories - Linen Thread, Neutrals Designer Buttons

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bootiful Monsters

I found this card in my Google Reader and thought I would try it out!  It was a little more complicated than I expected and my class attendees I think were wishing I went a little more simple, live and learn.

I used the Diagonal Plate with my Simply Scored to figure out the angles for the corner and then used the Finishing Touches Edgelits to cut them.

Stamp Set(s) - Googly Ghouls
Card Stock - Whisper White, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate

Monday, October 8, 2012

Witches, Goblins, Spooks Oh My!

Another Card CASEd from Stampin' Connection.  I am having a LOT of fun this year with Halloween Cards!  It mostly stems from my LOVE of the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Paper!  And of course the googly eyes *Smile*.  This is another fairly simple and straight forward card.  I had to add some bling with the new Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details by outlining the label.  Cuteness!

Stamp Set(s) - Toxic Treats
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DS, More Mustard
Ink - StazOn Black, Tangerine Tango marker
Accessories - Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Birthday Banners

This card is a case from a card I fell in love with on Stampin' Connection.  This is a site exclusive to demonstrators where 100s of gorgeous creations are shared!  I loved its simplicity and how it could be a subtle Halloween card or a great October birthday card!  Notice that the "clothesline" that the flags hang from is actually drawn on!  Saves you from having to thread each of the banners, though you could still do it that way if you are truly motivated!  I know my class attendees were VERY happy I didn't have them do that again *Smile*.

Stamp Set(s) - Affection Collection, Mixed Medley
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DS
Ink - Tangerine Tango, StazOn Black, Black Marker
Accessories - 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Pennant Punch, Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, Glue Dots, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon

Monday, October 1, 2012

3x3 Googly Halloween

This cute little 3" x 3" card is great for Halloween treats you may give to family or friends.  This card is my first use of the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark ink pad found in the Holiday Mini.  After I ran the Old Olive through the Big Shot with the Spider Web Embossing Folder, I rubbed it directly on the ink pad lightly.  This allowed the Glimmer to just accent the raised parts.  I think it is a great addition to the card!

Stamp Set(s) - Googly Ghouls
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant, Basic, Black, Old Olive, Whisper White, Tango Tangerine, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DS
Ink - Basic Black, Old Olive, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark
Accessories - Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Googly Eyes, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Candy Card

I was going through my over full Google Reader the other day and saw this card.  I was immediately in love and knew I had to make this for myself!  Absolutely fantastic!  And there is nothing better than a homemade card, except a homemade card with CANDY in it!

The envelope inside is created with DS paper and the Simply Scoring Tool with the Diagonal Plate.  Mary Fish was AMAZING enough to put together all the dimensions necessary to make your own envelopes!  The envelope I used here was a 4 x 4 and then I cut off the flap.  You can make a 5 x 5 to put the whole card in!

After my helper finished playing with the wrappers of the candy I had to "taste test", she passed out on me!

Stamp Set(s) - Google Ghouls, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DS
Ink - StazOn Black, Sahara Sand
Accessories - Pennant Punch, Designer Buttons, Googly Eyes, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate, Multipurpose Adhesive, Blender Pen

Monday, September 24, 2012

Shaving Cream Halloween

We made this card in my Monthly Technique Class.  The technique being Shaving Cream Technique.  So much fun!  We created the background with shaving cream and Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and More Mustard Re-Inkers.

Stamp Set(s) - Googly Ghouls
Card Stock - Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Ink - Basic Gray pad; Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, More Mustard Re-Inker
Accessories - 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, Googly Eyes, 1-3/8" Square Punch, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Shaving Cream

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stampin' on Ribbon

This card is right from the Stampin' Success, an amazing magazine/newsletter that demonstrators receive monthly!  What a great perk.

I used the Cotton Ribbon from the Holiday Mini here.  It is so easy to stamp on and it comes out great!  I am a fan.  And the Border Banter is literally made for it!  Just because this set has holiday stamps does not mean it is a holiday set.  Just imagine the possibilities!

Stamp Set(s) - Woodgrain, Border Banter, Loving Thoughts
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals
Ink - Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Early Espresso
Accessories - Cotton Ribbon, Fancy Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Glue Dots, Basic Rhinestones

Monday, September 17, 2012

Keep Calm and Stamp On

I made this card recently for a friend.  She was having a very bad week and desperately needed some stress relief.  Like me (and many others), she finds stamping to be a wonderful escape and a very relaxing hobby.  I thought this card was a prefect card to send her to cheer her up.  We also got together for a much needed day of stamping!  Needless to say, I love having this set in my collection!

Stamp Set(s) - Carry On
Card Stock - Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink - Pacific Point
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Midnight Nature Walk

I dont know if you have noticed but a lot of my cards use the new 2012-2014 In-Colors.  When I first say them I wasn't sure what I thought but I find myself loving them and using them for everything.  Here is another example, Midnight Muse.  I could have used Night of Navy just as easily but I didn't for two reasons.  1. I love to deep beauty of the color.  It is even deeper and more rich than Night of Navy.  2. I LOVE the stitched ribbon that only comes in the new In-Colors!

I made this card as a elegant birthday card but I would recommend leaving the words off and using it as an "emergency" card and is a perfect look for a get well, thinking of you, or sympathy card too.

Be sure not to miss the Midnight Muse "shadow" under the Label framelit with the flowers on it.  Its a little hard to see.  It is a second Label cut out of Midnight Muse, cut in half, and then adhered to the back to create a shadow underneath.  The whole Label is then popped up with Dimensionals.

Stamp Set(s) - Nature Walk, Curly Cute
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Ink - Midnight Muse
Accessories - Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Dimensionals, Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder, Midnight Muse Satin Stitched Ribbon

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stipple Blossoms Birthday

I have been down sick with a nasty cold, so today is a yucky day for me.  I thought I would share flowers with you to help cheer me up. 

This is a simple card that carries a lot of beauty.  I love two-step stampin!  It gives dimension and beauty without the work.  The Color Coach makes it even easier.  I just decided that I wanted a yellow flower and green leaves and then went to the coach.  Using the Dynamic Duos it told me which colors work the best!

The stem for this flower actually comes from Betsy's Blossoms.  I am not great at drawing so I took the chance out and stamped instead.  I added the large scallops on the edge for a splash of color.  This was done with the Large Scallop Edgelit.  And, of course, I went to my tried and true Teeny Tiny Wishes set for my sayings.  If you dont have this set, Why Not!

I hope you enjoy!  Now if I could just get over this cold so I can get back in my stamp room!  So many ideas, so little time.

Stamp Set(s) - Stippled Blossoms, Betsy's Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink - More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, So Saffron
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Scallop Edgelits, Work Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals

Monday, September 3, 2012

My Niece's Birthday

My niece just recently turned 10.  I cant believe she is 10 already!  She loves to stamp with me and so I love to make her a special card on her birthday. 

For this card, I used the Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  For every purchased set $3.00 is donated to the charity.  Check out page 209 of the catalog and buy yours today.

Stamp Set(s) - Moving Forward
Card Stock - Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, 2011-2013 In Color DS Paper Pack
Ink - Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette
Accessories - Big Shot, Label Collection, Stamp-A-Majig, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals, White Baker's Twine, Basic Pearls

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Another super cute card I saw demonstrated at convention!  Yes, this is a Christmas card.  I am in full swing of all the fall/Winter holidays already! 

This card is a great example of the fun you can have with the stamps with matching framelits!  Framelits are better than punches as you get more for cheaper and they are easier to store!  For a peak at how I store mine just go here.

A couple of tips so you can CASE this card.  The hot chocolate mug is cut out with a framelit and then attached the label (also cut out with a framelit) with dimensionals.  After I adhered the mug I stamped the steam right on the label.  I used the Festival of Prints pack for the Designer Paper.  I cut the paper in half (and a little off the bottom) for the card.  Cutting it in half allows you to get almost 100 cards out of the pack!  The Merry is punched out with the Tag punch.

Stamp Set(s) - Scentsational Season
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Festival of Prints DS
Ink - Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Versamark
Accessories - Vintage Trinkets, Holiday Collection Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Blender Pen, Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Scented Peppermint Stick Embossing Powder

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Get Well Butterfly

There was a message that I heard at convention that made me stop and think about how I made cards.  The message was "keep it simple".  As I looked at all my cards I realized that I was adding a lot to the cards but when I went back and looked at the cards that wowed my customers the most, they were the ones that were simple and still beautiful.  "foucus on the colors and stamps".  So as I go forward I am trying to redirect myself on simple and beautiful. 

Which brings me to today's post.  The butterfly is adhered with a Dimensional so that it can fly.

Stamp Set(s) - Daydream Medallion, Perfectly Penned
Card Stock - Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink - Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories - Butterfly Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

Monday, August 13, 2012

Glitter Butterflies In Colors!

While at convention I learned the easiest technique ever.  I actually had to smack my forehead in the "duh!" fashion because it is so easy but I never thought of it!  As you may know, Stampin' Up! has three colors of Glitter paper and that's it!  Red, Silver and as of the new Holiday Mini, Champagne.  It is so easy to use to add bling to any project but just in those three colors.  NOT!  You can have any color you want by just Sponging the color of choice onto the Sliver Glitter paper!  Easy Peasy!  Just make sure you let it dry a little longer than normal as it takes a little longer (otherwise you will have finger prints on your nice white card like I did).

Here, as one of my door prizes at my Open House, I punched out butterflies with the Fancy Butterfly Punch and sponged them each with an 2012-2014 In-Color.  The winner got this and one sheet of each color cardstock!

Stamp Set(s) -
Card Stock - Sliver Glitter
Ink - Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit
Accessories - Fancy Butterfly Punch, Sponge Daubers

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Moving Forward Friend

This past weekend I held an Open House for all my customers to come and see all the projects, gifts, and swaps I got from convention.  I had 18 women come and we had a great time.  One of the things I want to show them was the Moving Forward set that we got for free at convention.  This set is really adorable AND it is this year's Ronald McDonald House set.  When you purchase this set, Stampin' Up! donates $3.00 to Ronald McDonald House Charities!  This has been raised from $2.00.  Go to my site and order yours today!

At the Open House we made this cute, simple card.  I like it and find it a great card to have on hand for those times you really wish you had a card to send for any potential occasion that may arise

Stamp Set(s) - Moving Forward
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, DS Subtles Paper Stack
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Rose Red
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones, Scallop Border Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Corner Punch, Glue Dots

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Awesome Framelit Storage!

I absolutely love the new framelits but I am not a fan of there storage.  I have to open the folder completely to remember what the framelit shapes are and the tape is a little bit of a pain, especially after several uses.  So I made myself a better case with some inspiration from a fellow paper crafter :)

First I took the cover out of the envelope and cut it so it was one sided and trimmed the edges downed a little being careful not to cut the words.

I slide the cover into an empty Clear Stamp Case that I bought from Stampin' Up!

I bought a roll of magnet that was sticky on one side.  I positioned it in the case on the back of the label.  How much and what direction depends on what framelits you are putting in the case.

Here it is with the Holiday Collection Framelits.  The framelits "adhere" to the magnets well.

I put the magnet on the label side so when the case is closed, I can see my framelits through the back.

I added a label to the spine so that I could store them with my Clear Stamp Sets.

In case you are wondering, my stamp holders are DVD racks from IKEA.

The Floral Frames Framelits is a tight fit in the case but if you slide it down a little bit so the petals are straddling the case locks it will fit.