Thursday, December 29, 2011

Be Mine, Valentine

Time to switch gears from Christmas to Valentine's Day.  I made this card for a swap I am doing with some fellow demonstrators and it features the stamp, Candy Conversations, from the Occasions Mini Catalog that starts January 4. 

It's a single stamp that I stamped several times down the cardstock.  I masked off the words as I went and then for the bottom row, I masked off the hearts.  I popped up the Be Mine heart in the center with a dimensional. 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Telescoping Snowman

I saw a fantastic telescoping snowman at convention this summer. But when I went to make one, I didn't have the right sized circle punches and dies.  So when my finished snowman ended up a little too small, I decided to put it on a card.  I loved the way it turned out.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dryer Sheet Season's Greetings

Talk about the ultimate recycling project.  For this technique, cover your cardstock completely with adhesive.  I don't like using spray adhesive, so I just covered it with rows and rows of Snail and it worked great.  Press a used dryer sheet onto the adhesive, trim the extra, and then cover the dryer sheet with glitter.  Quick but impressive. 
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stitched Felt Winter Wishes Gift Tags

I modeled these after some samples we saw at the Louisville Stampin' Up! Regional earlier in the fall.  I am afraid these might not make it onto any of my packages this year because they are just too cute!  The stamp club ladies each got to make one last week.  I have my favorite, but it was fun to see which stitched felt pieces we ran out of first. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gift Tags 2011

Need some gift tag ideas?  We made this earlier this month at the one and only stamp-a-stack that you don't actually stamp a stack of cards.  We stamped 30 gift tags instead! 

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Gift Card Holders

Aren't these fantastic?  I knew we were going to make these in stamp club for months.  A fellow demo shared this idea in the spring - thanks Laura.  And she also shared her source if you want measurements. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cased Birthday Card

My upline, Meg, sent me a pretty card a couple of months ago, and I did some tweaking so that I could do it with the supplies I had on hand.  I used her same stamp set (My Friend), and the Perfect Pennants die.  I thought it was a great design for birthday, thinking of you etc. 


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holly Jolly Christmas

Here's a new way to use an embossing folder.  Emboss the top and then the bottom of your cardstock, but not the entire piece.  This Snow Burst embossing folder from the Holiday Mini is a consistent pattern and looks nice broken up with the solid band - a perfect place for the Jolly Holiday stamp. 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Here's a fun little treat I took home at Thanksgiving time.  It was a little challenging to keep Hershey bars in the house until I got them put together though!  I first saw this idea on Becky Robert's blog, and when I saw the Stackers marshmallows in my grocery store, I had to make some. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Double Z Fold Christmas

With a few score lines using the Simply Scored tool, this is a pretty quick but fancy looking card.  But the part I really like is the belly band.  Did you notice the Dazzling Details on the berries is red?  Mix reinker into the Dazzling Details and make your own custom color. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Shaker

I love using the treat cups with the mica flakes from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  And this is a card version of a project I saw at convention this summer.  They actually put the treat cup on a stick and made a sucker, but we went ahead and made this into a card for stamp club.  The outline came from the Perfect Pennant die, and it's just the perfect size.  And the tree was made with the Pennant Parade stamp set and trimmed down to make the tiny tree.  A little Dazzling Details on the snow and it's ready to go!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stocking Card

Not only can you assemble the stocking and fill it with goodies, you can make it into a card.  The stocking is just a tad too big for the embossing folder, but if you angle it right, nobody really knows you had a "problem". You'll notice the top corner on the inside of the card is still flat, but it's undetectable in the closed card.  When you run the Very Vanilla piece through the Big Shot, fold it and inch it slightly below the cut line, and it will keep the right shape.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pines and Poinsettias Christmas

You know how sometimes you can't quite get the card you are working on to look quite the way you pictured it in your mind?  That was this card for me.  I was trying to create 3 cards for my Christmas stamp-a-stack that all had different styles.  I knew a number of my stampers like the Crumb Cake cardstock and also the natural look.  So I think with a little tweaking, I came up with something that fit the bill and went nicely with the blingy stocking and the other "cute" card we did.  And it turned out to be a favorite. 

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Card Case

This is so similar to a card made by my friend, Cathy Roy, that I am calling a cased card.  But that's the beauty of working with such a talented group of stampers.  This was a card I received in a swap of mini catalog stamp sets.  It was so great as it was that I made only a small change so that I could do it with the supplies I had on hand.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hot Holiday Deals

Don't forget to visit my online store to shop the Online Extravaganza. There are some great deals, but if you are a new stamper or want to introduce someone to a new hobby, I highly recommend the Classic Stampin' Spots - Getting Started Collection - Sale Price: $13.17  Regular Price $21.95.
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Bleached Thanksgiving Card

A few weeks ago, I went to a Stampin' Up! regional event in Louisville. In addition to some great make-n-takes, I came home with some really great and mostly seasonal swaps. I didn't get this card, but I remember seeing one similar to this. I really liked the different colors on the leaves, and with the help of fellow demonstrators, we decided the original was bleached first. Kind of a scary idea, but it's worth it to create this card. Stamp you stamp onto a bleach soaked paper towel like you would a stamp pad. Then stamp directly onto your paper. This card was done with Early Espresso so the bleached area turned kind of yellowish. (Different colors of cardstock bleach differently). So that was a perfect base color for fall leaves. I just took my Stampin' Pastels and rubbed color onto the bleached area once it dried. It was interesting to see the different looks the ladies in stamp club created just by choosing different pastel colors. We stamped over the top with Early Espresso ink to finish it off.

I cleaned my stamps as soon as everyone was done with the bleach first with water and then with Stampin' Mist.   Here's another type of bleach technique we did in stamp club a while ago. 


Monday, November 21, 2011

Baby Booties

My stamping friends and I worked on putting these together for baby shower party favors.  It's hard to pick my favorite!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Online Holiday Extravaganza

Visit my Stampin' Up! website tomorrow (Monday, November 21) to check out the Stampin' Up! Online Holiday Extravaganza. The sale begins at 12:01am on Monday, November 21 (MT) and runs through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 30th (MT).

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blinged Out Stocking

Here's one of the cards we did at a recent stamp-a-stack.  The new stocking builder punch and the Stitched Stocking stamp set sure make cute cards.  This one is rather simple, but I thought the glimmer paper and rhinestone added more than enough bling so no need to embellish more. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Criss Cross Card

Here's a great way to show off the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper -- a Criss Cross Card. 

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Holiday Door

This little card covers a number of techniques.  The wreath was made using Poppin' Pastels technique on that great fall wreath stamp in the mini catalog hostess set, Warmest of Wishes.  A little sponging on the 4 panels gave the door some texture and the little bow is a fork bow. 

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat

Have you had enough Halloween candy yet?  I think I might have had a record number of trick or treaters last night, and the kids at school were full of trick or treating stories today!

We made this last month at club, and those ladies had the patience to make a pattern with their M & Ms.  As you can see, that wasn't what I was going for. 

These fun little cello bags are great for a small but unique treat.  Just think of the possibilities for Christmas!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spooky Spider Shaker Card

Well you might not be able to tell from this picture, but this is a shaker card using the new shaker frames.  I put Dazzling Diamonds and mica flakes in it, but with the card standing up, you can't see any of that.  You'll just have to trust me ;-)  I was kind of excited to find yet another use for the spider web embossing folder, and boy are these shaker frames easier to use than double sided tape that I would have to cut in strips and piece together!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Festive & Fun Happy Halloween

Here is a fun way to use the spider web embossing folder and the new Festive & Fun set from the holiday mini.  I used a blender pen for the coloring for that watercolorish look. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Grid Technique

We made this card at stamp club this month using the new Simply Scored.  I have wanted to try it before, but it seemed pretty tedious with the scoring blade on my paper cutter.  Well thanks to my Simply Scored, this one was a breeze.  I bought 1 extra package of markers and once I figured out the placement, I did several pretty quickly using the marked scoring tracks.  You should do all of the scoring first and then I sponged, stamped the background stamp and then stamped over all of it was a darker blue.  I can imagine this technique with fall leaves and colors next!

Just for fun, I did a little different fold for this one. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hello Yo-Yo Flower

This was a fun card to make.  The scallop dots ribbon has holes in it so it was easy to run the needle and thread in and out of the holes, gather it, knot it and put a brad through the middle to hide all of the stiches.  Once again I am using my new set, My Friend, for this simple little card.  I used about 4 inches of ribbon.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soot Stamping Gently Falling

This card doesn't seem all that exciting until you know how it was made.  It is colored soot stamping and involves, glossy cardstock, a brayer and a candle!

Start by brayering color over white glossy cardstock. 

Hold the cardstock directly over the flame of the candle being careful not to catch the edges on fire.  I used an especially sooty candle for best results. 

After you have covered the cardstock with soot, use your clean stamp to stamp directly onto the soot.  This will lift soot off of the cardstock to reveal the color below.  Spray with an acrylic sealer (I used hairspray - an acrylic sealer probably works better, but I don't have acrylic sealer and have plenty of hairspray :-) to keep soot from rubbing off. 

I stamped on the Cherry Cobbler with the outline stamp in StazOn before I sprayed.  Since it was such a dark color, I thought it needed to be done to make the leaves stand out. 

This is what the soot looks like on plain white glossy cardstock without the colored layer.  Great for Halloween cards!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flower Fest Birthday

This set was available in the Summer Mini catalog and then turned up in the main Idea Book & Catalog.  I couldn't resist any longer and ordered one for myself.  We made this card at my last stamp-a-stack using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the bottom layer.  It is just such a simple and fast way to fancy up a card! 

**I am going to blame the angle of the card when I took the picture for the very crooked greeting ;-)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I recently participated in a Holiday Mini Catalog Swap with some other demonstrators.  Here are two of the cards I designed when trying to figure out what I was going to make.  I wound up switching the layout completely because at the time I thought these were too crowded.  Looking at them now, I really like them.  Sign up for my newsletter in the right sidebar to see the less cramped card I decided on.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just for Fun

When I got my new Idea Book and Catalog in July, I knew Sweets for the Sweets would be one of the sets that I would order for myself.  I just think it is so fun and can be used for both kids and adults.  We made this card at my last all occasion stamp-a-stack.  Some of the ladies turned it sideways before stamping which turned out great too.

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Monday, September 5, 2011


I absolutely love this swirly hello.  In fact, I love it so much, I bought a stamp set I didn't own and didn't think I needed to own.  My Friend was a set we could pre-order in June so many demonstrators used it for their swaps and this pink and yellow card is very close to a sample on the display board at convention.  So once again, seeing a set in use has won me over. 

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Holiday Mini Catalog

Starting today, you can order from the Holiday Mini catalog.  It is full of some great new products and holiday stamp sets.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy, I would be happy to send you one. 

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