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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Christmas time is here (OK, not quite)

The tree punch makes this Christmas card easy

Truth: I have my next stamp-a-stack coming up in a week and I'm still designing! Here's the third of four cards my stampers will be making. I am completely in love with this tree set -- funny, because it didn't grab me the first time I flipped through the catalog. I think it's because the matching punch makes stepping up cards SO easy.

Second truth: I borrowed this layout from Brian, over at Stamp with Brian. His blog doesn't have search (grrr!), so here's the layout as a pin. If you don't follow him, you should. He has quite the way with DSP, and his cards are ADORABLE. I tried this with two DSP pieces, but it made my eyes cross, so I simplified.

Pro tip (from Brian, not from me): Use the hexagon punch to make perfect banner ends. Gorgeous, right?



  • Garden Green base plus 2 1/4" circle
  • Real Red cut to 5" by 3 1/2" plus 1 1/2" circle
  • Nordic Noel DSP cut to 3 1/4" x 2"
  • Whisper White cut to 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" plus scrap for the tree

Stamp sets

  • Festival of Trees
  • Endless Wishes

  • Garden Green
  • Real Red 


  • Tree punch
  • Dimensionals

Friday, September 26, 2014

Snowflake Spinner

Have you had a chance to make one of these flip cards? They look like they are really intricate and difficult to construct, but they really aren't.  The card base cuts like butter, and all the little coordinating dies that come with it are a lot of fun to play with. Some of said dies are difficult to 'pop' out once they've been cut. (I'm talking to you, skinny little snowflake!) Just grab your piercing tool and your patience, the outcome will be worth it! 

The larger white snowflake is not an individual die, you have to rotate the card base die 90 degrees to cut the snowflake completely out.  Tami White has a great tutorial showing exactly how this is done. 

I'm not one of those shop early, get hyped for the holiday that is still months away type of gal. But, when you see all of the great holiday stamps and accessories in the mini catalog, it's hard not to get swept up in the fun that comes with winter!


  • Endless Wishes
  • All Is Calm DSP
  • Pool Party card base
  • Whisper White
  • Smoky Slate
Accessories and Tools
  • Big Shot
  • Snowflake Thinlit Die
  • Sequins

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beautiful Bunch Post-It Note Holder

Completed Post-It Notepad Holder
This wonderful creation holds a 3" x 3" sized Post-It note.  For this post-it note holder, I used the Confetti Celebration DSP to add lots of color.  The flowers were created by stamping on Window Sheets with Memento ink (alcohol based ink used with Blendabilities) then coloring the back of the window sheets with Blendabilities.  I punched the flowers out using the Fun Flower punch and heated the flower/window sheet on a Silicone Craft Mat with the Heat Tool.  Tip: It is best to keep the Heat Tool approximately 1-2" from the flower and aim at the outside of the flower petals.  They will begin to curl up and shrink a bit.  Do not overheat the window sheets or they will melt!
I put together the post-it note holder using Basic Gray card stock and some Fast Fuse to keep the Post-It notepad in place.  I added Whisper White Organza Ribbon to keep the Post-It notepad closed when not in use.  Then I added some Bermuda Bay card stock and a DSP layer on the top using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added the window sheet flowers using glue dots and added a Vintage Faceted Designer Button colored with a Blendabilities marker.  It was a fun and easy project that I will be duplicating for some quick holiday gifts for a local craft fair this year.

Close up of Window Sheet Flowers and Button colored with Blendabilities

·         Stamps:
o   Beautiful Bunch  
·         Paper:
o   3 ¼” x 7" Basic Gray card stock (scored at 3 ¼” and 3 ¾”)
o   3" x 3" Bermuda Bay card stock
o   2 ¾” x 2 ¾” Confetti Celebration DSP
·         Ink:
o   Memento Ink Pad or Staz On Ink Pad in Black
o   Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
o   Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   5/8" Organza Ribbon - approximately
o   Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
o   Fun Flower Punch
o   Window Sheets
o   Heat Tool
o   Silicone Craft Sheet
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals
o   Fast Fuse Adhesive (stronger than Snail adhesive and used to attach Post-It notepad to card stock)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Muse: Notebook or Home Decor

This doily idea for notebook or home decor is wonderful!  All you need to do is place the paper doilies anywhere you want on top of a notebook or canvas for home decor and spray paint a color on top of it.  Then remove the doilies once you're done.  A simple and easy craft project that can be used on many items including a notebook, home decor item, candle holder, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

I will definitely be giving this simple decor idea a try on some home decor items just in time for the holidays!

This idea came from pinterest, click here to see more information.  This website also gives other ideas on how to use lace and paper doilies for decorating.  Check it out today.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Trees for everyone on your list

Nordic Noel DSP plus the tree punch -- thanks, Stampin' Up!

Many of us who make cards make a LOT of cards at the holidays. While I love spending hours over a few multilayered and bejeweled masterpieces, I also need some designs that are practical to make by the dozen.

Today's design that whips up in minutes and has a modern chic. It uses the FABULOUS new tree punch that does the hard work for you. The matching stamp set is fabulous too -- but I didn't use it here. Instead, I pulled out a greeting stamp from last year's collection. I still love you, older stamps!



  • Garden Green base
  • Real Red cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
  • Nordic Noel DSP cut to 4 7/8" by 3 5/8"
  • Whisper White cut to 4 3/8" by 3 1/8" (I'll admit to measuring this at 4 1/2" by 3 1/4" and then sliding the bar in by an eighth. Math is hard.)

Stamp sets

  • Season of Joy (Retired, alas!)

  • Real Red 


  • Tree punch
  • Dimensionals

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Little Dash of Joy

I finally got a chance to play around with some of the fun new products from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The Circle Thin-lit flip card isn't new, but the Snowflake Thin-lit die comes with some great little accessory dies, including the tree and the script joy that I used on this card.  

As I'm writing this, I'm realizing that my greens don't match!  The DSP uses Pear Pizazz, and that would show up a little better than the Pistachio Pudding I accidentally used on the greeting.  It would really be helpful to stamp in the natural light of day, but most stampers I know don't even crack open the 'wrong' stamp pad until well after dark!

These flip cards are really fun to make and all the dies that come with the set give you a lot of different options for embellishment.  Next week, I'll show you a snowflake flip card with a similar layout.

  • Endless Wishes
  • All is Calm Specialty DSP
  • Real Red card base
  • Whisper White cut to 2 1/4" x 5"
  • Smoky Slate strip
  • Pear Pizazz strip
  • Should be Pear Pizazz- but I accidentally used Pistachio Pudding, that's why the greeting isn't standing out!
Tools and Accessories
  • Circle Thinlit Die
  • Snowflake Thinlit Die
  • Big Shot
  • 2 1/2" Circle Punch
  • Dimensionals
  • 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thankful for You Pumpkin Card

I CASED this idea from Pinterest.  It was the perfect fall card for my Club members this month and used punches to create a few pumpkins.  I haven't used punches to create pumpkins in a couple of years with my Stamp Club so I knew that I had to CASE this card just as it was.  Rae Harper-Burnet did a great job choosing the right color combination and adding a few embellishments that really add to this card without taking away from the other details.  To view her card, click here and to learn how to create a pumpkin from punches, check out her wonderful instructions here.
Close up of sponged pumpkins
My Club members loved creating this card.  They had so much fun putting together the punches to create the pumpkins that it felt like fall was coming early to NC.  I hope you will enjoy CASEing this card as well.  So grab your small and extra large oval punches, some card stock and adhesive, and have fun!

·         Stamps:
o   Banner Blast (retired)
·         Paper:
o   Naturals White card stock scraps for banner
o   4" x 5¼” Chocolate Chip card stock 
o   5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) Cajun Craze card stock
o   Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze card stock scraps for pumpkin punches
o   Old Olive card stock scraps for stem and leaves for pumpkins
·         Ink:
o   Crushed Curry - sponged oval punches to give more dimension to the pumpkins
o   Old Olive
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon
o   Small Oval Punch
o   Extra Large Oval Punch
o   Season of Style Washi Tape (retired)
o Honeycomb Embossing Folder
o   Bitty Banners Framelits
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals
o   Neutrals Designer Buttons (retired)
o   Linen Thread
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