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Friday, March 30, 2012

Easy Elementary Elegance

  The vintage look is so hot right now, and this set makes it so easy to come up with a simple vintage style card.
There are a ton of beautiful cards out there that use this set, but I tend to go for a simple look, so I just stuck with Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  All the beautiful detail in the stamp and font stand out nicely with the color contrast.

Very Vanilla card base
Early Espresso, cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
Very Vanilla cut to 4 3/4" by 3 1/2"
Early Espresso stamp pad
Elementary Elegance stamp set
Curly Label Punch
Early Espresso quilted ribbon- retired, sorry!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This Bunny Makes Me So "Hoppy"

Every holiday my kids and I make treat bags for their classmates.  We include non-candy treats of pencils, erasers, notepads, play dough, and stickers.  The kids help me pick out the items that go into the treat bags, put the treats in the bags themselves and help stamp & create a bag topper for their friends.  I always try to start these one week before they need to take them into school so we still have time to purchase other items if we run out and to give us time to make the bag toppers.  My kids always want to include something for their teachers so I made these adorable bunny cards for them.  I copied this idea from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho, who made some as cards but suggested that they could also be used as tags or table setting cards.
I loved how cute and simple these bunny cards were to make but I wanted them to stand up.  So I found a way to make them stand up.  I used a small oval punch, folded it in half and cut a straight line across the bottom of the punched oval.  This allowed me to stand the bunny cards up and I covered up the oval punch with a bunny tail.  Isn't it so cute?  This bunny card makes me so "hoppy" for Easter!
Since Easter is still 11 days away, you can easily make some up in a jiffy to pass onto friends and family or use them as table favors/settings for your Easter dinner.  Let me know how your bunny cards and Easter holiday turn out.  Enjoy!

  • Whisper White card stock punched with a 2 1/2" circle punch (#120906) for the body - need 2 for the front and back of the bunny (cut a straight line on the bottom of the 2 1/2" circle punched card stock), an extra-large oval punch (#119859) for the ears - need 2 for the ears and a large oval punch (#119855) for the legs - need 2 for a right and left leg; also need a Whisper White card stock punched from a large oval punch to fold in half and use for standing up the bunny cards
  • Pretty in Pink card stock punched with a large oval punch (#119855) for the inside of the ears
  • "happy easter" greeting from Delightful Dozen stamp set (#122650 WM or #122652 CM)
  • DSP used for the bunny tail punched with 1" circle punch (#119868), 3/4" circle punch (#119873) and 1/2" circle punch (#119869) & attached with snail or a mini glue dot - (I used a retired package of DSP since it was a project for the kids' teachers.  You can substitute with whatever DSP you want depending on the color combinations you want.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Apothecary Art

The card that I am featuring today uses the Apothecary Art stamp set and Labels Framelits.  I love this stamp set but was struggling with what I would do with it.  While out surfing for ideas, I came upon a beautiful card that Mary Fish designed using this set and these colors.  I changed it up a little and came up with this.  I love the simplicity and the fact that you don't have to color the stamped image.  Most of the samples that I had come upon colored in the image.  I love to color but usually don't have the time to do it.

Ingredients: Island Indigo cardstock & classic ink, Twitterpated DSP, Whisper White cardstock, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Apothecary Art and Loving Thoughts stamp sets

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bloom Banner

St. Patrick's Day is gone, I loved displaying my Lucky banner, but it's time to move on. Spring is here, so I thought that was the obvious direction to go. I decided to go with the word bloom because it perfectly describes Spring, in my mind at least.

  • Card Stock: Pacific Point, Whisper White (2 7/8" sq.), Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo
  • Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper (122342) cut to 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Fabulous Florets stamp set (123025 wood/ 123027 clear), ink to match card stock
  • Bigz Clear Die, Scallop Square (115950)
  • Serif Essentials Alphabet dies (113464)
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138)
  • Brights Designer Buttons (119747) - Free through March 31 with a $50 order!
  • 5/8" Old Olive Satin Ribbon (117292)
  • Sticky Strip (104294)
Baker's Tip: To line up the square so the banner hangs straight (I took a shortcut, so mine didn't turn out perfect), draw a guideline down the center of the back of each scallop so you will know exactly where to place your sticky tape. If your sticky tape is placed in a straight line, and your ribbon is placed on that line, your banner should hang perfectly straight. I (usually) also use grid paper to help with my spacing.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Celebrate with Outlined Occasions

 March is quickly on its way out, and with it goes Sale-A-Bration.  I wanted to highlight some of the wonderful freebies from the SAB catalog.  This card showcases the Outlined Occasions stamp set, the Everyday Enchantment designer series paper, and the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack- all FREE products you can choose when you spend $50 with Stampin'UP!  This birthday card is a simple layout and a great way to use some of those left over pieces of coordinating designer series paper.  I cannot claim the design on this card...I saw it somewhere in cyber space and it stuck with me.

Baker's Tip: Adhere the 'packages' to each other, add the green ribbon, then adhere the whole piece to the card stock.  Tie a bow with the pink ribbon, knot the green ribbon around the bow, and adhere it to the present with a glue dot.

Card Stock:  Lucky Limeade (5 1/2" by 8 1/2"),  Pool Party (5 1/4" by 4"), and Whisper White (5" by 3 3/4")
Ink:  Lucky Limeade
DSP: Everyday Enchantment- (2 1/2" by 1 1/4), (2" by 1 1/8"),  1 3/8 Square punch
Ribbon: Everyday Enchantment pack

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bouncing Baby Boy!

I am so excited because my sister (and blog contributor), Jenny, delivered a baby boy last night! I can't wait to meet little Bennett and to see how excited his two big brothers are!  While waiting to hear the news, I made a simple little baby card to celebrate the occasion.

Congratulations Jenny! He is beautiful!

  • Easy Events stamp set (116958 wood/ 123225 clear)
  • Daffodil Delight card stock - 1pc 4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2"
  • Whisper White card stock - 1pc 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Stazon ink
  • Blender Pen to pick up colors from the ink pads - Daffodil, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, and Pacific Point.
  • 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sale-A-Bration Is Coming To An End

I'm so upset...Sale-A-Bration is quickly coming to an end.  I usually like all the Sale-A-Bration items but this year I absolutely LOVE the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, designer series paper and ribbon/brads.  My favorite of all is The Fresh Vintage Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I sure wish this was a stamp set that was here to say.  Instead this stamp set will stay on my favorites stamp shelf and will be used quite often for family and friends' cards.

When I received the following card from a friend who is also a demonstrator, Marcia, I knew that I just had to share this awesome card with you.  She is such a talented stamper and is always thinking of others.  Marcia, if you're reading this, thanks so much.  I absolutely love this card!  I love the simplicity of this card but the black and white color combination really makes this card quite classy.  Try this card layout with a stamp set of your own and try different color combinations to find the right one for you. 

If you haven't gotten all the Sale-A-Bration items that you want, contact your demonstrator today!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so stock up your stamping and paper crafting supplies now while getting your own FREE Sale-A-Bration items, too.

Fresh Vintage SAB stamp set #125115 WM or #125117 CM
Sincere Salutations stamp set #115068 
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die #117335
1" Square Punch #124094
1 1/4" Square Punch #119865
Basic Black ink
3 7/8" x 5 1/8" Whisper White card stock layer - embossed at the top and bottom of the card stock to leave space in the middle for stamped greeting
4" x 5 1/4" Basic Black card stock layer
4 1/4" x 11" Whisper White card base - scored at 5 1/2"

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Quick Little Card

Just a quick little card and a quick little post for today!  3 by 3 cards are a perfect addition to a wedding or shower gift, and it's so simple to make a cute one!  I love the Love & Laughter set in the Occasions Mini catalog. (125475)  I stamped the cake image in Basic Gray.  I really like the gray with Pool Party, so fresh and springy, don't you agree?  Cut out your little flower images and put them on dimensionals to add a little extra "pop" to the cake.  Makes me hungry for some wedding cake.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lucky You?

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On a whim, I decided to make St. Patrick's Day gifts. I love brightening people's days, by surprising them with little somethings. Today, a have just a few gifts to give out to unsuspecting people I run into. The treats include Mint M&Ms, and mint cookies with chocolate and creme de menthe chips. YUM!

  • Wild Wasabi card stock
  • Wild Wasabi ink
  • Large Heart Punch (119883)
  • 1" round punch (119868)
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335)
  • 1" x 8" clear Cellophane bags (124134)
  • Ribbon & Brads from Sale-a-Bration
  • Mint M&Ms - deeeelicious!!!
  • (Tag ingredients are retired Stampin' Up! - sorry!)
Baker's Tip: Punch out hearts and sponge edges with Wild Wasabi ink. Glue them onto a 1" circle, then run through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. Adhere filled bag to the clover with glue dots.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Top Note Album

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I was invited to provide crafty entertainment to a group of girls celebrating an 11th birthday.  I immediately thought of a small photo album using the Top Note die.  I wanted something that would be cute, they are girls, after all!  But I didn't want it to be too cutesy.  Does that make any sense?  The Just Add Cake designer series paper seemed perfect for a birthday party, with all its bright colors and fun designs. 
I used the cardboard backing that comes with the designer series paper (y'all save those, right?!) for the front and back covers. 
 Bakers Tip: Adhere the paper to the cardboard before you run it through the Big Shot to reinforce the sticking power of your adhesive.
This particular album only has 6 pages, but I'm going to have the girls make 8.  I also cut extra Top Note dies and cut them in half to provide a nice matte for a photo or for stamping a sentiment.  We'll use some other dies and punches to add personal touches on each page of the album.  I used the Crop-a-Dile (thank you Kim, I will be purchasing one of my own ASAP!) to put a nice hole through all the layers.  String them all together using a binder ring from the office supply store, and tie a few scraps of matching ribbons around the ring and you've got yourself a very handy little scrapbook or photo album!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stampin' Up! Magazine

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One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the monthly Stampin' Success magazine we receive. I always look forward to getting mine in the mail so I can read about great techniques, and see some really cute samples. When I opened the latest issue, I saw the most beautiful card that I had to CASE (copy & share everything)!

Did you know that during Sale-A-Bration you can join Stampin' Up! for only $125?! You also get a free package of Designer Series Paper every month through the rest of the year! You can only take advantage of this awesome deal through the end of March. Don't wait! Have questions....please ask! I'm always happy to help! Click on my name to the right for contact information.

  • Tea Shoppe stamp set (125545 wood/ 125547 clear), and Fresh Vintage stamp set (free with $50 order 125115 wood/ 125117 clear) or the Chamomile Wheel (125432) - Fresh Vintage and Chamomile offer similar images, I used Fresh Vintage.
  • Very Vanilla card stock
    • 1 pc 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fold for card base)
    • 1pc 4" x 5 1/4" - Run through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder (123128).
    • 1pc 1 7/8" x 5"- Use 1 3/8" square punch to create notch (or hand cut), use Extra-Large Oval punch (119859) to create round top (read tip below).
    • 1pc 7/8" x 4" - Stamped in Old Olive
  • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch (119275), punched in  Melon Mambo
  • 1/2" Scallop Polka Dots Melon Mambo Ribbon (122985)
  • Blender Pen (102845)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Baker's Tip: To round the top of the 'tag', insert your 1 7/8" strip of paper into the punch and gently feed through the punch opening. Pull the card stock through until desired length, then punch.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Has Arrived!!!

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Spring has arrived in NC and it looks like it's here to stay!  When I first saw the Fabulous Florets stamp set, I knew I just had to get it.  I love all the line images and the solid flower images, too.  It gives you so many options when stamping with this stamp set.  Once I added the 2011-2013 In Colors to these flower images, I immediately smiled from all the bright and cheerful combinations and the best part of creating a card like this...it doesn't matter where you stamp.  Any combination of these colors and flower images on a sheet of card stock looks great.  This card reminds me of all that spring has to offer...new beginnings, bright colors, flowers and spring all around.  I'm so glad it's finally spring!
Fabulous Florets #123025 WM or #123027 CM
Friendly Phrases #126149 WM or #126151 CM
bow in Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon #122975
Wisteria Wonder - In Color Designer Printed Brads #122940
5" x 3 3/4" Whisper White Card Stock (outside) & 5 1/4" x 4" Whisper White (inside) #100730
5 1/4" x 4" Pool Party Card Stock #122924
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card base - Basic Gray Card Stock #121044
Ink - Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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A dear friend of mine, who moved away a few months ago, is my inspiration for today's card. Her husband is in the military and gone for a total of 6 months. Meanwhile she is raising 3 kiddos on her own (ages 5, 2, and 11 mos). We don't talk nearly as much as we used to but I know this will brighten her day. Sometimes those "just because" cards need to be sent.


  •  Crumb Cake card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 (folded in half) makes it 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
  •  Wisteria Wonder card stock cut at 4 x 5 1/4
  •  Whisper White card stock cut at 3 3/4 x 5
  •  I used the flower from button buddies and stamped randomly in Wister Wonder, Certainly    Celery, and Melon Mambo Classic ink.
  •  Certainly Celery brad put in the middle of a filigre designer brad.
  •  Melon Mambo card stock strip cut at 4 1/4 x 3/4. Place the brad on and use dimensionals to elevate the entire strip.
  • Hello stamped in Wisteria Wonder classic ink from the new Sale-a-bration set Elementary Elegance.

Monday, March 12, 2012


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I have absolutely loved the Sale-a-Bration products this year and will be so sad at the end of the month when it is over. The Everyday Enchantment DSP is just beautiful and I love using it. The first card that I have for you uses the Everyday Enchantment DSP and brads, First Edition DSP, brights buttons, Lucky Limeade CS, Pool Party CS, Very Vanilla CS, Poppy Parade Ink and Curly Cute stamp set. To make the flowers, I used the 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch and 3/4" circle punch. The leaves are punched with the Five Petal Flower punch.

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My second card is one that my guests will get to make at my Open House this weekend. It uses the Fresh Vintage and Curly Cute stamp sets, Early Espresso ink and cs, Very Vanilla cs, Calypso Coral ink and ruffled ribbon. I added a vanilla layer on the inside and stamped the same flower image from the front. I love adding that extra surprise in the inside. Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

DIY Wall Art

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In my dining room I have a 12 x 12 black frame that shows off my seasonal paper crafting artwork. I made this daisy piece last year. I still love it, so back up it went to brighten my days!

One cool thing about 12 x 12 artwork is you can store it in a scrapbook. I like going through the pages I have already made and choosing one to hang for the month or season. I usually make a few new ones each year. When I get too many, maybe I'll round some up and give them away with a frame to brighten someone else's room ☺.

  •  Stampin' Up! card stock - 3" x 3" Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, and Poppy Parade.
  • Basic Black card Stock 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
  • Whisper White textured card stock 12" x 12"
  • Daisy #2 die
  • 1/2" circle punch
  • Crystal Effects
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
Baker's Tips: Make sure to cut all the color squares exactly the same so they align properly. First adhere the squares to the black layer and then adhere to the white layer. Next, adhere the daisies. Before adding your circles, set them on wax paper, add Crystal effects, and glitter. Let them dry completely before adhering to the daisies with a Stampin' Dimensional. This will keep the glitter from getting stuck in unwanted places.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kindness Matters

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I'm in complete agreement with Deena (see Thursday's post), I love butterflies!  I just had to have this stamp set when I saw that it was one of the FREE sets I could choose with Sale-A-Bration.  
There is so much detail to the butterfly stamp, it looks awesome when inked in a neutral color like crumb cake or chocolate chip.  And if the spirit moves you, you can give the images a little color with colored pencils, markers, or a blender pen, like I did in the sample below.


  • Soft Suede card base
  • More Mustard card stock cut to 4" by 5 1/4", and run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing folder
  • Kindness Matters stamp set, images and greeting stamped in Soft Suede ink
  • Pear Pizzazz card stock cut to 4" by 1 3/4".  Doily image stamped in Pear Pizzazz along the bottom of the card stock, then cut out with paper snips.  Top of card stock is 'ruffed' up using the edge of the paper snips, and then 'rolled' a little.
  • Soft Suede card stock cut to 4" by 1"
  • Pool Party card stock cut to 4" by 1", then cut with the scallop trim border punch
  • Very Vanilla card stock cut to 4" by 1"
  • Very Vanilla card stock and Soft Suede card stock using the Decorative Label punch
  • 3 mini brads
  • Chantilly Crochet Trim ribbon

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beautiful Wings

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Butterflies are so beautiful, I never get tired of them. The Beautiful Wings Embosslit die was a must have for me, and it's one I turn to time and time again. Usually I use the the butterflies as an accent, but in this card I featured them!

  • Whisper White card stock 1pc 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (fold)
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit die (118138)
  • 1" circle punch (119868) punched in Marina Mist, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive card stock.
  • Thank You Kindly stamp set (111700) stamped in Poppy Parade ink (119782)
Baker's Tip: Use your paper cutter and a stylus to get nice clean score lines. Score first, then add circle and butterflies. Score up from the bottom of your card (on the inside to give you the raised lines on the outside) at 1/2" and 1 3/4". Adhere the butterflies in the center and lift the wings for more dimension.

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