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Friday, November 30, 2012

Joyous Celebration Tags

A few days ago, I got an email from one of my favorite stampers, and she was concerned that she was seeing way too many cute ideas on this blog.  I totally agree with her, this bakery, as with most bakeries, is a very dangerous place to visit, especially if you're hungry for crafty cuteness!
We were both very inspired by Jenny's Jolly Bingo Bit tags, featured earlier this week.  I decided to knock out a few tags using the Perfect Pennants die and the Joyous Celebrations stamp set.  

I used a variety of card stock and ink pads in the traditional Christmas color scheme: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive.  I also used a variety of circle punches to add a few layers here and there.  Bakers twine and ribbon, (some threaded through the scalloped holes) make it easy to tie to any present, or even use as an ornament!  And how could I resist adding a little shimmer when Stampin'UP! has so many sparkly options?!?  I used the Silver Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bells & Boughs

Bells & Boughs is a stamp set that I have had for a while, and it always seems to get pushed aside for new Christmas sets. I was feeling in a nostalgic mood, so last night I decided to go with it.

I used an old blender pen with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to give the bells some shine.

  • Stamp Set: Bells & Boughs
  • Paper:
    • Old Olive card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • More Mustard card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Very Vanilla card stock - 2 1/2" x 5 1/4", and 3/4" strip
    • Rose Red card stock - for Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
  • Ink:
    • Old Olive, Rose Red, More Mustard, Black Staz-on, and Soft Suede ink pads
    • Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker, Fuchsia Sharpie
    • Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
  • Tools & Accessories
    • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
    • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
    • Pearl Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Sponges
    • Spritzer Tool (for use with marker to make splatter marks)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
    • Blender Pens

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Simple Holiday Card

Today I bring you a holiday card using non-traditional colors.  I love the simplicity of this card...the layout, the color combo and the snowflakes stamped all over the card stock without any rhyme or reason.  When I first started this card, I decided that I wanted to use some non-traditional holiday colors and grabbed my Color Coach to get my creativity flowing.  Once I saw the Old Olive and Raspberry Ripple combination, I knew that I wanted to add a third color.  Using Midnight Muse seemed to be just the right color choice for the card base.  After coming up with the color combination of Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse, I began to stamp the different sized snowflakes in the three colors all over my Whisper White card stock layer.  The best thing about using a layout like this is the fact that you don't have a pattern to follow so you can add the stamped images wherever you feel there is something missing.  I chose to add the tiny Midnight Muse snowflakes wherever I felt there was too much white space.

This card was so simple to make and it didn't need to be exact when replicating it that this card layout would be perfect for a holiday card.  You can line up a bunch of Whisper White layers and stamp your snowflakes in an assembly fashion.  This would reduce the time you spend creating your holiday cards this year.  Enjoy!

Tip: Stamp your greeting first so your stamped images will not cover up your words.

Snowflake Soiree stamp set
Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse ink
3 3/4" x 5" Whisper White card stock
4" x 5 1/4" Old Olive card stock
4 1/4" x 11" Midnight Muse card stock; scored at 5 1/2"

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jolly Bingo Bits

These little stamps are not only for bingo! They are perfect for any holiday tag!
Quick and cute is just my style.

Stamp Set: Jolly Bingo Bits
Paper: Whisper White (4 x 2 , fold)
Punch: 1 1/4" square
Stampin' Write Markers: Pick a color!
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone, Dazzling Detail and Dimentionals.
Bakers Tip: Stamp your image and punch out. Pop up on dimentionals. Top with your favorite bling!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Magnificent Monday

Magnificent Monday Guest: Kim Allen!

I was so excited when Deena asked me to share my Christmas printers tray with you.  I loved the Halloween one that Stampin' Up! offered as a promotion in August so I decided to make a Christmas one using the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit and the Greetings of the Season stamp set.  Both of these products can be found in the Holiday Catalog on pgs 8-9.

 The layout of my tray is much like the Halloween one except I chose to add 2 pictures instead of just one.

 The "MERRY" is stamped with the Morning Post Alphabet in Cherry Cobbler and then cut out.  I'm not a big fan of cutting but this wasn't too bad.  The DSP, border pieces and ornament all came in the Simply Scrappin' Kit.

 I loved this little tag and thought it would be perfect for the narrow opening.

I was excited to use the Flourish Frame with the Noel stamp on the label.  The "lolly" or whatever you call it was made using DSP from the kit and then embellished with a vintage faceted button and some twine.

Thanks for letting me share!

Thanks for sharing with us, Kim!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pennant Parade Christmas

Gumball Green is my new favorite shade of green offered by Stampin' UP!  I really love how it coordinates with Cherry Cobbler to give you that traditional Christmas feel.  Here is a card I created using that color combo.

  • Pennant Parade stamp set
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Cherry Cobbler classic ink
  • Gumball Green classic ink
  • Early Espresso classic ink
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock
  • Gumball Green card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Snowburst textured impressions embossing folder (retired)
  • Lacy Brocade textured impressions embossing folder
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
  • 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch
  • 1 3/4" Circle punch
  • Petite Penants Builder punch
  • Itty Bitty Banner framelits
  • 1/16" handheld Circle punch
  • Big Shot

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Craft Fair Items

Last weekend I did my first holiday craft fair! I had a great time and did pretty well. Some of these  ideas I got from the web. Here are some photos. I hope they inspire you.

I did a raffle and whoever won got to come to my holiday card crank for free! 
Peppermint Patties, Hershey Nuggets, TicTac Snowman Kisses and Rolo's


Tags, Reindeer Food and Snowman Poop!

I had good intentions when I bought this metal xmas tree at Ikea. Had customers been able to walk around the table I think it would have been great. Luckily my neighbors were nice enough to share their wire divider. I hung cards from that too. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Peppermint Martini

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I have finally fallen into the holiday spirit. I'm ready for a day of relaxation, visiting with my daughter and her boyfriend, Thanksgiving dinner, and getting ready to decorate my house for Christmas! Friday, my house will be converted into a gingerbread house, filled with lots of handmade decorations! I will be adding photos to my blog, so be sure to come back and check them out.

In the spirit of the holidays and holiday goodies, I made a Christmas card with the Happy Hour stamp set.Yum! I've never had a peppermint martini, but after cutting out these delicious images, I think I'm craving one!

  • Stamp Set: Happy Hour
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, plus 2 1/2" circle
    • Cherry Cobbler card stock - 3 3/4" x 5"
    • Be of Good Cheer DSP - 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
    • Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Primrose Petals card stock scraps
  • Ink: Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • 2 1/2" circle punch
    • Scallop Trim Border punch
    • Paper Piercing Tool
    • Essentials Paper Piercing Template
    • Paper Piercing Mat
    • Basic Rhinestones
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Little Holiday Sparkle

Add a little shimmer and shine to your holiday cards this year with a little bit of glimmer paper.

To create this card, use the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder to emboss a 4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White piece of card stock.  Attach to a 4 1/4" x 11" Old Olive card base; scored at 5 1/2".  Cut out two of the same ornament out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the Holiday Ornaments Framelit dies and a Big Shot machine.  Cut one of the ornaments in half and use the Scallop Trim Border Punch to punch out a fancy edge to the bottom of the ornament half.  Cover the ornament half with Old Olive ink by using a sponge dauber dipped in Old Olive ink refill.  You can also use a sponge dauber on your ink pads but it will leave some glitter from the glitter paper on your ink pad if you choose this method.  Sponge the Old Olive ink all over the ornament half.  Let it dry for awhile or use a heat tool to heat set the ink.  Attach the Old Olive ornament half to the silver ornament using a dimensional.  Add the ornament to the card with dimensionals and add rhinestones to the Old Olive ornament half to add a bit more sparkle.  Add an Old Olive ribbon tied in a knot or a bow above the ornament using a glue dot.  This will make it seem like the ornament is hanging from the center of your Whisper White Holiday Frame layer.  Now your holiday card has a lot more sparkle!
Holiday Frame Embossing Folder
Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies
Silver Glimmer Paper
Old Olive ink refill
Sponge Dauber
Old Olive ribbon (sorry - I used some retired Old Olive ribbon I had on hand.)
Glue Dots
Whisper White and Old Olive card stock

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baking, for real today!

I have created two crafty little monsters in my daughters.  They love to get out the glue sticks and "Mommy's pretty paper" and create!  We wanted to make a turkey day craft and treat for our wonderful teachers and bus driver that we are so thankful for! I found a very delicious pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe that would work perfectly.

I had the girls make turkeys using the scalloped circles from the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die.  They cut small strips of card stock and Designer Series (aka Mommy's pretty) Paper to use as feathers, and then sandwiched the feathers between two scalloped circles.  We added googly eyeballs (they didn't think the StampinUP ones were big enough- ha!!), and attached the turkey to a strip of card stock that would be used as a band around the loaves, it also worked on some retired SU treat boxes that we used for the mini muffins.

We made cards, too!  This one is very similar to one Deena posted a few weeks ago, just a simple layout with some bright leaves and a wish for a Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your holiday!


  • Pumpkin Pie card base
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Autumn Accents Bigz Die
  • Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquois, and Chocolate Chip card stock
  • Bakers Twine
  • Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice Embossing Folders
  • Versa Mark ink pad
  • Pursuit of Happiness stamp set
  • Summer Silhouettes stamp set
Bakers Tip:  Cut your leaves out first, and then emboss them through the Big Shot, otherwise your impressions will get smooshed! I cut out two acorns with the die, then ran one of them through the Square Lattice folder.  I trimmed the cap off and adhered it to the other acorn.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Magnificent Monday

Magnificent Monday Guest: Elizabeth Price!
I am totally thrilled to be sharing with you all today! With the holidays quickly approaching I thought I would share a card I made using one of my all-time favorite stamp sets Greeting Card Kids.  Why is this set so appealing to me?  Because I can't enough of anything vintage, antique, and retro.
For the focal point of this card I pulled out my Aqua Painter and several of my "go to" ink pad colors: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, and Jet Black Staz On.  I first stamped the image twice on Very Vanilla card stock with Staz On and let them dry thoroughly.  Then I gave each of the ink pads a squeeze to collect ink in the lid.  From that I picked up the ink with an Aqua Painter to watercolor the images.
Once they were dry I punched one of the images out using a 2 1/2" Circle Punch and from the second image I detail cut the girl out to include her face, hat (not the pom pom), scarf, and coat (minus the left arm).  On the 2 1/2" circle piece and with a clean Aqua Painter I painted a halo of water around the girl and the tree.  While the water was still wet I gently sponged/dabbed Crumb Cake ink to create a unique aged look (that's my favorite step).  I repeated that step to create a floor and define the space.  Once dry I added the detail cut layer with Stampin' Dimensionals to the circle punched layer.

The greeting comes from the stamp set Bells and Boughs and was stamped on Very Vanilla with Jet Black Staz On.  I fishtailed and sponged the piece with Crumb Cake ink and then curled and distressed the banner with a bone folder. 
Some of the finishing touches include Basic Pearls and punched snowflakes, but I have to say I started the entire card with the Framed Tulip TIEF.  Of course I pre-inked the folder before I ran it through my Big Shot to give it lots more interest.  I also delicately splattered the card base with my Color Spritzer Tool again for more depth and interest.
I tied four loops of Crumb Cake Seam Binding which I secured with a hat pin and Linen Thread tied in a shoestring bow.  Before I added the bow to the card I shaped it by getting it damp with water.  Once the entire card was assembled I spritzed it with hair spray and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The hair spray step is not only great for adhering a dusting of glitter, but it stiffens the seam binding--it's magic.
My hope is that you have enjoyed learning a bit more about my method of achieving a vintage style.
Smiles and Happy Holiday Craftin', Elizabeth
Thanks for sharing with us, Elizabeth!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ornament punch Christmas

I can't take credit for this one, but I liked it so much I had to CASE it.  I saw Catherine Pooler create a card similar to this and I had to try it out.  I love it!  So simple and so cute, :)

  • Delightful Decorations Stamp Set
  • Early Espresso classic ink
  • Crumb cake card stock
  • Festival of Prints DSP
  • Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheets
  • Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Ornament Punch
  • Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • Take an 8 1'2" x 11" piece of card stock in the color of your choice and cut in half at 4 1/4".  Fold in half to create your card base.
  • Adhere a strip of DSP that measures 2" x 4 1/4".  
  • Punch an "ornament window" in the front of your card using the Ornament punch
  • Stamp your image in the center of your ornament so it is on the inside of the card.
  • Use the ornament punch on a multipurpose adhesive sheet and gently place so it lines up with your "window".
  • Sprinkle adhesive with glitter
  • Add your favorite ribbon and you are all finished.

Friday, November 16, 2012

(Wish I was) By the Seashore

I recently purchased the stamp set By the Seashore, and I love it!  (Especially on a cold, dreary, rainy November day, 150 miles from the closest seashore!)  The images are so calming and beautiful, and they look awesome in a monochromatic color scheme.  For this card, I actually stamped the images on vellum paper and cut them out, so that I could pile them into a collection on the corner.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but the vellum gives them a little bit of a different dimension. 

  • Baja Breeze card base
  • Baja Breeze ink pad
  • Baja Breeze marker ( I used a 3"by 4 1/4" rectangle of card stock as a guide to draw a wavy border)
  • By the Seashore SU stamp set
  • Pursuit of Happiness SU stamp set
  • Vellum paper
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 4" by 5 1/4"  ( I roughed up the edges of the white card stock with the edge of my scissors)
  • Glue dots

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms Christmas

I love to use a non-holiday stamp set for a holiday card. It helps to show off the versatility of the set, and gets your mind thinking about what you can do with the other sets you think may not work for this time of year.

Betsy's Blossoms was a set that I didn't think I liked very much when I first saw it in the catalog. Then I saw beautiful cards that others had made using this set, and decided maybe it is a 'got-to-have-it' stamp set!

I turned the flower into a wreath by punching a 1 1/4" circle out of the sticky side of a post it, and placing it directly onto my stamp, before I inked it. I inked up the stamp, then removed the circle BEFORE I stamped it onto the tag (Two Tags Bigz die). The tag does have a little score line which shows up more after stamping on it. I used a Blender Pen with Gumball Green ink, and carefully completed the image on the line. The rest of the score line gets covered with the bird, which is hand cut and popped up with Dimensionals. I extended the length of the tag by cutting a piece of Candlelight Christmas DSP, rounding the edges, and then adhering it to the bottom of the tag.
  • Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Sweet Essentials
  • Paper:
    • Real Red card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Very Vanilla card stock - for the tag, bird, and flowers
    • Gumball Green card stock - 5/8" x 3 3/4"
    • Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper: Espresso Pattern 1 3/4" x 5 1/4", Real Red Pattern 1" x 2 3/4"
  • Ink: Gumball Green, Real Red, Early Espresso
  • Accessories: 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, glue dots
Baker's Tip: To add the ribbon, cut a slit in the top of the wreath, and slip the ribbon into it, adhering to the back side of the tag. Put the other end of the ribbon through the tag hole, and adhere it to the back side of the tag as well. Use a separate piece of ribbon to tie a bow, and adhere with a glue dot.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Happy Fall Card

Looking for a quick fall card layout?  Try using the Core'dinations Card stock and Woodgrain Embossing Folder for a background layer.  Then add a fall-like image similar to the Owl Occasions stamp set I used on this card.  Makes for a quick fall card.  Happy fall y'all!
Owl Occasions stamp set
Day of Gratitude stamp set for acorn image
One in a Million stamp set for greeting
Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock (cut to 2 1/2" x 5 1/4")
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Very Vanilla card stock (4" x 5 1/4" background layer; 3 3/8"x 2 3/8" layer for stamped images)
Raspberry Ripple card stock (8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base and scored at 4 1/4"; 3 3/8" x 1/2" layer punched by Scallop Trim Border punch and attached underneath the Very Vanilla stamped layer)
Rhinestones (added to owl's eyes to give it some sparkle)
Close up of stamped images and woodgrain embossing

Monday, November 12, 2012

Magnificent Monday

Magnificent Monday Guest: Heather Klump!
Hi Everyone! About a month ago I received a wonderful email from a beautiful lady, named Deena, who asked if I would like to be a guest designer for the Magnificent Monday spot. "What?!,  Lil' ol' me?" Of course I was thrilled to be asked, And join in the fun! :)
We are getting close, as if you couldn't see all the tell tale signs, that the Holidays are upon us. So I decided to create a Christmas Card.
I used some oldies but goodies with some new images to create my card. I stamped my snowflakes onto Very Vanilla DSP from the Neutrals Stack with Chocolate Chip ink. I edged each of my panels with chocolate chip too, so there would be definition between the layers, then paper pierced around both panels. I stamped my Ornaments in Pool Party ink onto Naturals Ivory paper, cut them out with the coordinating framelits, then added some Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted designer buttons, and Basic Pearls for details. I used the sentiment christmas cheer from the set Sweet Essentials. I love the outcome! I hope you do too!
Thanks so much, for asking me to join in the fun!
Heather K. :)
Stamps - Serene Snowflakes, Ornament Keepsakes, Sweet Essentials
Paper - Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla DSP
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Pool Party
Accessories - Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Paper Piercing tool, Dotted scallop ribbon border punch, Linen thread, Designer Vintage Faceted buttons, Basic Pearls, Sponge, Dimensional dots, mini glue dots
Thanks for sharing with us, Heather!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Star Tree Christmas

I normally don't do square cards, but I thought I would give it a go.  This is the cute card I came up with.  I added some bling to the tree using some Basic Pearls and Basic Rhinestones.

  • Star Tree Stamp
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Lucky Limeade classic ink
  • Marina Mist classic ink
  • Lucky Limeade card stock
  • Marina Mist card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • 1 1/2" Square Scallop punch
  • Basic Pearls and Rhinestones

Friday, November 9, 2012

Perfect Pennants Forest

I borrowed the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die to whip out some quick burlap banners for my sister's wedding this spring.  Pennants seem to be all the rage these days, but this die can do so much more than pennants!  Mostly, I keep seeing trees, though!  (My post last Friday featured a tree using the scalloped circle from this die.) So, here are some more trees for you using this awesome Big Shot die!


  • Gumball Green card base
  • Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Be of Good Cheer DSP
  • Perfect Pennant Bigz Die
  • Petite Pennants builder punch
  • Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock
  • Wood Grain Embossing Folder
  • Cherry Cobbler bakers twine
  • Sweet Essentials stamp set
  • Cherry Cobbler stamp pad
  • dimensionals

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