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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy new home bottle tags

Wine bottle gift tag on Pink Paper Bakery for housewarming gift

I have new neighbors. OK, truth is, they moved in over a month ago. Two sets of them. And, um, WAY over a month ago. I hadn't taken either new family anything yet and it was nagging at me.

I was playing around with the stamps from my first holiday catalog order and suddenly got inspired. Don't you LOVE when that happens? So now I have a blog post for you AND my new neighbors got wine for breakfast. Winning!

Gift tag using Holiday Home stamps: Idea for non-Christmas projects



  • Hello Honey base (I used a die from my stash to cut these, but you can use a 2 1/2" x 7" strip and a circle punch to make a similar shape) 
  • Moonlight DSP stack paper cut to 3 1/2" x 2 14"
  • Whisper White for the die cuts 

Stamp sets

  • Holiday Home

  • Hello Honey (for coloring)
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Memento Black


  • Homemade Holiday, Apothecary Accents, and Bitty Banner framelits
  • Blender pen (used with Hello Honey for the roof coloring)
  • Pumpkin Pie blendabilities (for depth in the coloring)
  • So Saffron marker (windows)
  • Sheer Linen ribbon in Cherry Cobbler
  • Stitched Satin 3/8" ribbon in Hello Honey
  • Dimensionals

Friday, August 29, 2014

Another Washi tape card for ya

Here's another card that we made for our Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape class.  Besides adding a pop of color or using the Washi Tape to adhere a tag or photo, you can also stamp on the Washi.  Be sure to ink up your stamps with Staz-on, otherwise it will wipe right off.  



  • Coastal Cabana card base
  • Basic Black cut to 2 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cut to 2 3/4" x 4"
  • Basic Black scrap
  • Black Staz-on
  • Too Kind
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape
  • button (retired, or maybe not even StampinUP *gasp*)
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Gold baker's twine

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Snowflakes, already? Absolutely!

Strips of DSP make this Christmas Card, which uses the Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes set, pop

It's a zillion degrees outside, but the new holiday occasions catalog has me thinking about winter! I am madly in love with the new stuff in this catty (in fact, I've already ordered most of it for my upcoming classes). Just in case you are starting early too, here's a card that uses some of the things you may still have from last year.

I'll be making this card at my first holiday Stamp-a-Stack class, which is exactly one week away. Christmas in August? Absolutely!



  • Bermuda Bay base
  • Pool Party at 1 1/2" x 4 1/4," plus a piece for the die-cut circle
  • Whisper White for the smaller die-cut circle
  • DSP in 1" strips, cut to 5", 4 1/2", and 4" 

Stamp sets

  • Endless Wishes (Remember this set? It sold out at least twice last year and is returning in the holiday catalog. HURRAY!)

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Pool Party


  • Circles framelits
  • 1" square punch (for the banner ends on the DSP)
  • Frosted sequins (new, and I'm already using them on EVERYTHING)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Washi Card

Watercolor Wonder Washi Card....wow....say that one 3 times!  I introduced some of my favorite stampers to washi tape at a class last night.  This was one of their favorite cards.  It's simple, elegant, and has just the right amount of bling!

One of the great things about washi tape, is that it's very forgiving.  If you tape it down, but then decide you don't like where you put it, it easily peels right off and you can stick it down in another place.  You have to be a tiny bit more careful on the whisper white card stock, for some reason it tends to take a little of the card stock up if you remove it.  But on all the other papers, it comes off very easily.

I also love that StampinUP sells the washi tape in coordinating packs, so for $4.95, you get all three designs that look great together!


Stamp Set
  • Express Yourself (hostess retired)
  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cut to 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Black Stazon
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi tape
  • Gold Bakers Twine
  • Gold Sequins
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vivid Vases Spotlight Card

I have been wanting to do the Spotlighting Technique with my Stamp Club members for awhile.  So when I saw this card on Pinterest by Maria Teresa, I decided that I had to CASE it.  The bright colors and use of the On Film framelits instead of a circle cutout drew me to this card.  This card also allows me to use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig with my club members.  It's been awhile since they've used this wonderful tool so it will be a good review for them.  I hope you'll give the Spotlighting Technique a try today.
Close up of spotlighting technique using On Film Framelits
·         Stamps:
o   Vivid Vases
o   Banner Blast (retired - SAB set)
·         Paper:
o   Whisper White card stock 3 ¾” x 5" and scraps for banner stamp and punch
o   Coastal Cabana card stock 4” x 5 ¼” and approximately 2 ½” x 2 ¾” for On Film framelits
o   Strawberry Slush card stock 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) - original card used Real Red but I wanted to make it bright and cheerful
·         Ink:
o   Coastal Cabana
o   Pear Pizzazz
o   Strawberry Slush
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   On Film Framelits
o   Banner Punch
o   Blender Pens used to color in the vases and flowers
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Muse: 1st Day of School Sign

School is getting ready to start for most of my friends.  For those of us living in NC, we have lots of year round schools and school started for quite a few in July.  My kids have already been in school for a whole month!  So with school starting in other places in the US, I decided to find a project that could easily be used for those wonderful first day of school pictures.  Click here to find the directions to make your own today, plus the blogger includes a free printable for creating your own sign.  Here is an easy DIY first day of school sign:
Enjoy this simple project and I hope everyone has a wonderful first day of school wherever you may live!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You're invited -- making invitations madly

Custom invitations using Stampin' Up! supplies

My mom is having a big birthday this year, and my dad, siblings and I are conspiring to give her a huge bash. (It's not a surprise, thank goodness. Surprise parties are not wise for parental units who have hit their dotage ;-).

I wanted my contribution to be something really special, so I designed these invitations. Then I made 30 of them. Whoo! I've been making lots of things at scale (as we used to say in my old job) recently, and thought I'd share some learnings from my experience with you.

Baker's secrets for creating beauty in volume

  1. Create your model completely before you start cutting anything else. You'll be tempted to just "cut a few more" card bases or layers, but resist. Inevitably, you'll want to mix something up later and it'll go to waste. Focus on getting ONE model exactly how you want it before you do any more.
  2. Take advantage of cutting tools. Punches are your friend when you're crafting in volume. Your Big Shot is your next-best friend. I try never to hand-cut ANYTHING at scale.
  3. Make sure you have enough of everything before you get started. This design required DSP with Early Espresso in it. I didn't do the math, and ended up having to do a couple of cards with Chocolate Chip patterned paper. Perhaps nobody but me could tell, but I sure could. Take the time and measure things out.
  4. Take advantage of My Digital Studio. This is the best bargain out there -- $20 for the base software, which will give you access to all the Stampin' Up! ink colors and a nice set of background papers and punch shapes. I used it here to create text for the inside of the card in Early Espresso. I then printed multiple copies per Whisper White sheet and die cut the "insides."
  5. Don't use fussy techniques. These invitations were designed to be keepsakes. Every single piece here is sponged. That took me and a couple of teenage helpers HOURS. The other element here that took hours is the little tag, which had to be punched, pierced, and then tied on. Use good judgement!
  6. DO create in waves. Once you get your design sorted, use sticky notes for each element. I put the color of cardstock/paper, the dimensions, and the number I needed of each. Then I delegated some of the cutting to my helpful minions (also, good to get some minions!). I broke the card creation into several steps: Digital prep, cutting, inking (sponging and stamping), piecing, fabric, and final assembly. Then I did the envelope addressing and stamping on a different day entirely.
  7. Take breaks! This is fun, not work. My elder teen turned on some music while we were doing the cutting. I'd forgotten how much that adds to the joy!



  • Botanical Gazette DSP (retired; Park Lane is current and similar), cut to 3 3/4" by 5"
  • First Edition DSP (retired; Typeset is current and similar), cut to 2" x 4 1/2"
  • Early Espresso cut to 4" x 5 1/4", 2 1/4" x 4 3/4", and 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"
  • Naturals Ivory for the base, plus 3" x 3" and scrap for the tag

Stamp sets

  • Feel Goods
  • Everything Eleanor
  • A Dozen Thoughts

  • Early Espresso 
  • Crumb Cake


  • Jewelry tag punch (retired); 1/16" circle punch
  • Crochet trim at 5"
  • Early Espresso ribbon at 11"
  • Apothecary Accents thinlets (used on the inside of the card; not shown)
  • Baker's twine

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