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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

Friday, October 10, 2014

I kinda like Kinda Eclectic

stampin up

I borrowed this set from Kim, because I needed a stamp set that would be easy and beautiful to demonstrate at a workshop.  My inspiration started with Kim's sample card.  I liked that she used the butterfly punch and I loved the color combo- a sampling of the new in colors for 2014-2016.

But I just couldn't resist poking around the internet for some other samples using Kinda Eclectic.  My stamp space is right in front of a computer, and I cannot for the life of me sit in front of a computer without Googling an image of the stamp set I'm about to use.

So then I found this sample by Krista.  I liked her layout, and I liked that it was a little brighter mounted on the orange card base.

                                stampin up

That took me to my card:

birthday card, stampin up, collage card

I wanted a bright, fall look, so I used Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Pacific Point.  I added a little twisted piece of twine to the butterfly.  (Sorry, he didn't photograph so clearly.)  

So, that's a little picture story of the creative progression on this card.  Sometimes it's nice to break down that process and look back to how you got your finished project.  How does your creativity flow?


Stamp Sets 
  • Kinda Eclectic
  • And Many More
  • Pumpkin Pie card base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Pumpkin Pie strip, 1/4"
  • Whisper White strip 1/2"
  • Pumpkin Pie pad
  • Old Olive pad
  • Pacific Point pad
Accessories and Tools
  • Small Butterfly punch
  • Linen Thread
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Fest Ghost Card

CASEd card but with ribbon coming out of side
Are you in need of a Halloween card?  This adorable ghost card caught my eye right away so I had to CASE it from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho blog.  The bright colors and cute looking ghost was so much fun to put together.  The only difference between Becky's card and my card is that I changed the DSP banners, I used smaller googly eyes, and I didn't choose to emboss the Basic Black layer of my card.  I love how the ghost on this card seems very similar to Casper the Friendly Ghost I remember from my childhood.  Give this adorable ghost card a try and make a few extra to have on hand for the upcoming Halloween holiday.
Changed up the greeting to Trick or Treat and used a different DSP from the original card
·         Stamps:
o   Mingle All the Way (Spooky Scary Halloweeny stamp)
o   Tags 4 You (Trick or Treat stamp)
·         Paper:
o   approximately 2 ½” x 3 ½”  Bermuda Bay card stock for cutting out ghost
o   Whisper White scraps to put behind cut out ghost
o   5 ¼”  x 4”  Basic Black card stock
o   5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) Tangerine Tango card stock
·         Ink:
o   Staz On Black
o   Project Life Journaling Pen to draw the mouth (the thin tip makes drawing so much easier for the purpose of drawing the ghost's mouth)
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim
o   Basic Black 1/8" Ribbon
o   Confetti Celebration DSP
o   Fun Fall Framelits
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals
o   (retired) Goggly Eyes

Monday, October 6, 2014

Seasonally Scattered Thanks

stampin up fall card, thanks

I've had a chance to play with some of the stamp sets I ordered from the Holiday Catalog.  I'm really digging the Seasonally Scattered set, that negative greeting is pretty cool.  It looks extremely cool in a bold color like Bermuda Bay.  

I created this card for a fall workshop, it's simple and quick, and has a little bling.  I crinkled up the leaves after I ran them through the Big Shot, just to give them a little more authentic (?) texture.  

This color combo along with the gold bling, and the recent cool down in the weather, I'm finally starting to feel ready for fall.  Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?!?!


Stamp Set
  • Seasonally Scattered
  • Bermuda Bay

  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Very Vanilla cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Very Vanilla cut to 1 3/4/" x 3 3/4"
  • Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack cut to 2" x 4"
  • Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay leaves
Tools and Accessories
  • Big Shot
  • Autumn Accents Bigz Die
  • Gold Sequins
  • Gold Baker's Twine

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Seasons of stars

Alas, this photo does not show just how gorgeous this sweet card is!

Gleaming gold ink meets rich red on a warm cream base? Deliciously festive.

I based this off inspiration I found online, but I cannot find that pin for the life of me. ARGLEFRASTER.

I added a banner to my version. Because a card is not a card without some dimensionals on it. The banner looks pretty in cherry, too, but this version is my favorite.



  • Naturals Ivory base plus 3 1/2" by 4", plus 3/4" by 3 1/4" for the banner
  • Cherry Cobbler cut to 4" by 4 3/4" 

Stamp sets

  • Bright and Beautiful

  • Gold


  • Dimensionals
  • 1" square punch (banner ends)

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