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Friday, October 31, 2014

Giving Thanks for Wondrous Wreath

Happy Halloween!  Before you even get a chance to Trick-or-Treat, we're on to the next one! I borrowed the Wondrous Wreath bundle for a Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack, but had a chance to play around with the set a little.  There are some beautiful cards out there using this set, Sera's posted a couple already. Even though you're triple stamping that wreath, the tabs on the stamp make it easy to line everything up perfectly.  Then, when you run it through the Big Shot, the framelit die has a nice little tab, too.  This set is stunning and so easy to use...I might order it right now!


Stamp Sets
  • Wondrous Wreath
  • Good Greetings
  • Hello Honey card base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/2"x 3 3/4"
  • Whisper White piece for stamping the wreath
  • Tangelo Twist
  • Hello Honey
  • Blackberry Bliss
Accessories and Tools
  • Big Shot
  • Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies
  • Burlap ribbon, shredded and knotted
  • Dimensionals

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Joyful wreath

Christmas card uses Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath stamp set and Wonderful Wreath framelits

I love Pinterest with an unholy passion. And though I pin about 5 times as many cards as I make, I sometimes get inspired in a way that won't let me rest until I go STAMP something.

Check out this beautiful card by Teneale Williams. The colors she used for her wreath are soooo gorgeous, and I love the banner over it.

So ... my version borrows the colors: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Cherry Cobbler, and has a banner. But it's very different, and that's the fun part of CASEing. :-)

Hope you're finding lots of fabulous ideas out there on the Internets and getting inspired to ink up your stamps!!



  • Whisper White base plus 3 1/2" by 4 1/2", with scrap for the wreath and the banner.
  • Cherry Cobbler cut to 3 3/4" by 4 3/4" 

Stamp sets

  • Wondrous Wreath

  • Bermuda Bay,
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Cherry Cobbler


  • Dimensionals
  • Wonderful Wreath framelits
  • Snowflake Card thinlits (the banner)
  • Rhinestones, because BLING

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seasonally Scattered Love

anniversary card

The hubby and I celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss yesterday.  This seemed like the perfect card for the occasion.  I did a quick Pinterest search to see what kind of over the top, ridiculous gestures were out there for the ten year anniversary.  

Sadly, we do not own matching shirts, so that one is out.

Cute idea, but unreasonable for several reasons, at least in my case.
1. I didn't preserve my dress.  It was cut into a "Super Pooper" cape (late at night, at my wits end) when my oldest daughter was struggling with potty training.  
2. My husband would not get dressed like that for one photo.
3. Did she order another $185 rose bouquet from the florist just for this picture?  
4. Look at that cloud, shaped like a heart.  Are you kidding me with this?

The traditional gift for 10 years is Tin or Aluminum.  This is how we celebrated. 



  • Whisper White card base
  • Night of Navy cut to 5 1/4"x 4"
  • Whisper White cut to 5"x 3 3/4"
  • Night of Navy ink pad
  • Seasonally Scattered
  • Endless Wishes
  • Gold Sequins
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi tape
  • Heart punches

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grateful Four Feathers Card

Grateful Four Feathers Card
This card design was CASEd from Pinterest and Kristine McNickle's blog.  I loved how simple the card design looked and how great the colors looked together.  I changed the Baker's Twine to all Whisper White Baker's Twine and I used Whisper White for both of the feathers.  I also didn't use DSP on the card like Kristine did on her card. I hope you will enjoy the simplicity of this card design and give it a try too.  After borrowing the Four Feathers stamp set and the Feathers Framelits from a friend and using them for a few cards, I fell in love with how easy it is to create simple cards with this stamp set and framelits bundle.  So I ordered the bundle right away and you will too if you see the gorgeous cards created with the Four Feathers set on Pinterest. 
Close up of feathers, washi tape and Gorgeous Grunge stamped on card stock

·         Stamps:
o   Four Feathers
o   Gratitude for Days
o   Gorgeous Grunge
·         Paper:
o   4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) Whisper White and scraps for feathers
·         Ink:
o   Lost Lagoon
o   Pear Pizzazz
o   Silver Encore
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   All Is Calm Washi Tape
o   Whisper White Baker's Twine
o   Feathers Framelits
o   Rhinestone Jewels
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, October 18, 2014

You've been booed!

Halloween gifts for the office using Tag a Bag gift boxes

I got booed this week at work. No, it's a good thing! I came back from lunch to find a treat sack full of candy and a dancing pumpkin man on my desk. There were instructions on how to boo someone else. How fun!

I'll fess up and say I didn't get these done overnight -- I had a work dinner to go to that first evening. But look how cute these boxes are!!

Halloween gifts using From the Crypt

I'm giving myself boonus points for cute :-).

To make these, I dipped into my stash. Each box uses a mix of current and retired items. I love these little Tag a Bag gift boxes, and they are still for sale. I've used them for all kinds of small gifts -- they come in kraft, and you can dress them up however you'd like.

In this case, I intended to make both the boxes the same, but goofed the big stamp on one. No worries! I pulled out some leftovers from the Halloween printer box kit that Stampin' Up! offered a couple of years ago and dressed up the box in orange stripes and chevrons. My original design uses the retired From the Crypt stamp set and the current tag punch -- plus some retired GIANT rhinestones. Both boxes got a lovely Basic Black satin bow.

Handmade Halloween gifts

What's inside? A "vampire" dark chocolate bar, a handful of Halloween fun-size candy, and a silly joke. I can't wait to surprise someone at work with a boo of their own!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Surrounded by Sweet Baby(s)

Stampin Up baby card

It's an exciting weekend at our house!  We've got my WHOLE FAMILY visiting from all over the country!  It is so wonderful to get together with my brothers and sister and their husband and wives, and it is so great to see how everyone's little families have grown!  We have two new babies this year, and 'baby, they have grown'!  So, my card today is a sweet little new baby card using the Baby We've Grown stamp set.  I used those good old neutrals that can cover all the bases.  


Stamp Set
  • Baby We've Grown
  • Banner Blast (retired SAB)
  • Black Stazon
  • Crumb Cake
  • So Saffron 
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Blender Pen
  • So Saffron card base
  • Crumb Cake cut to 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Whisper White cut to 5" x 3 3/4"
  • 2013-2014 In Color Paper Stack
  • So Saffron Strips
  • Coastal Cabana ruffle ribbon
  • Banner Punch
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Four Feathers Bird Card

Fine Feathers Bird Card
This card was inspired from the Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges - Animal Theme.  Kristine McNickle created a beautiful card using the Fine Feathers stamp set and the bird punch for this challenge.  I used her card as inspiration and a starting point for my card.  I decided to use three feathers in the color combinations of Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate and Wisteria Wonder.  For this card, I used the Silver 1/8" Ribbon and pulled one of the threads until the ribbon frayed.  I feel the frayed ribbon looks like a part of the bird's feathers.  I love how this worked out!  I added a "thankful for you" greeting in Basic Black punched out with a Word Window punch and backed with a Modern Label punch in Smoky Slate at the top of the card.  Tip: When fraying the ribbon, pull the loose thread lightly or it may not unravelIf it starts to knot, cut the ribbon and try again. 
Close up of bird with silver/white ribbon feathers
A second version of the same card with a different greeting, minus rhinestones and the frayed ribbon curled when I pulled the thread this time.
Changed up greeting and no rhinestones on this version
Close up of silver/white ribbon frayed for feather look (curled up more than the first card)

·         Stamps:
o   Four Feathers
o   Good Greetings (hostess set only available through October 31st)
·         Paper:
o   Smoky Slate scraps for bird punch and punch
o   4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) Whisper White and scraps for framelits and punch
·         Ink:
o   Pear Pizzazz
o   Smoky Slate
o   Wisteria Wonder
o   Staz On Black
o   VersaMark
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Silver 1/8" Ribbon
o   Word Window Punch
o   Modern Label Punch
o   All Is Calm Washi Tape
o   Feathers Framelits
o   White Embossing Powder
o   Rhinestone Jewels
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

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