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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mojo Monday birthday (times two!)

I am always making birthday cards for the folks who work with me. It's really rare for us to meet each other in person, so I like to reach out where I can. 

I was inspired by a recent Mojo Monday sketch. I often don't use design sketches because I can't put colors and patterns together to save my life. In this case, I used a set of DSP and pulled some plain colors out of it. DSP is like color-matching Garanimals!

I got the first card all the way cut out and THEN realized I didn't have a birthday stamp that was the right size. Argh! 

Resourceful me checked My Digital Studio. Sure enough, there was the perfect stamp already in my palette. Print that out in a matching ink onto white cardstock, and voila. Cute card, done.

It was so cute that I made another, slightly simplified, for another friend. The first friend is bouncy and energetic; the second is chic and elegant. I think both cards fit their new owners well :-).

Paper and card:
  • Tangerine Tango 
  • Island Indigo
  • Whisper White
  • Sycamore Street DSP (from last year's Sale-a-bration -- are you so excited for this year? Me too!) 
  • Dimensions of the cut pieces are 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" and 1 1/2 x 5". Where I've layered, the matte is 1/4".
Stamp sets:
  • Not a one! The image here is from Bring on the Cake, the digital edition
  • Island Indigo (printed)
  • Tangerine Tango (marker)
  • Island Indigo ribbon
  • Dimensionals
  • Rhinestones

Friday, November 29, 2013

Gift Bag Tag

Happy Friday, everyone!  If you are out fighting those Black Friday crowds- good luck!   I am happier in my pj's working on packaging those gifts.  I like to wrap my holiday gifts in the brown packaging paper and the plain paper bags, so I think this tag will look adorable on someone's Christmas gift.  I got my inspiration from a  similar 'bag tag' in the new StampinUP mini catalog.  (You aren't missing anything, yet.  It doesn't go live until January 3rd and it is full of wonderful products and ideas, as usual.)  One of those products is another pennant die.  Since it isn't available yet, I improvised, and you can tell.  My pennant points are not very symmetrical.  Guess who will be ordering that die as soon as she can...


  • Old Olive card stock cut to 3 1/4" by 5"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 3" by 4 1/2"
  • Season of Style DSP cut to 2" by 5 3/4"
  • Tags 4 U stamp set
  • Happy Hour stamp set
  • Chevron border punch
  • Chevron ribbon, Cherry Cobbler
  • Markers in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive
  • Linen Thread
  • Old Olive button (retired)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Hanukkah! What a fabulous day today is! I'm sure the first day of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving is difficult for many Jewish Americans, but I think such a rare occurrence is neat! This a once in more than 70,000 year event!

I hope you all have a wonderful celebration with your family and friends, whether it's for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or both!

  • Stamps: Jewish Celebrations
  • Paper:
    • Island Indigo card stock - 4 1/4" x 11", and 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 3" x 5 1/4", and a 2 1/2" circle
    • Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper - 1 1/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: Island Indigo and Smoky Slate, Stampin' Write Markers
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 2 1/2" Circle punch
    • Paper Piercing Tool
    • Stampin' Pierce Mat
    • Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thank You Gift in a Mini Muslin Bag

My daughter's preschool celebrates their preschool teachers a few times a year...Thanksgiving, Christmas, February, and at the end of the year.  At Thanksgiving, the Preschool Parent Association organizes a Cornucopia of Thanks.  A time for preschoolers and parents to tell the teachers how much they appreciate them in a small way.  It could be a homemade card or picture, a gift card or something off the teacher's favorites list.  One of the parent volunteers decorates the basket for the teachers and places it in the hallway for the preschoolers and parents to put their special thank you for the teachers.
Close Up of stamped images...I LOVE this look on the muslin bags!

Every year I decorate the baskets and always include a special treat from my little preschooler.  This year I decided to use the mini muslin bags from Stampin' Up! to make a special gift card holder.  The mini muslin bags made it so easy for me this year!  I stamped the Magnificent Maple stamp in the middle of the mini bag and stamped a Thanks So Much image on the bottom of the bag.  I just LOVE how the stamped images look on the mini muslin bags!  Then, I added some ribbon to the mini bag's pull and placed a tag through the ribbon as well.  Finally, I added a Starbucks gift card to each Thank You bag since both teachers like coffee.  What an easy and simple way to dress up a gift card this holiday season!

·         Stamps:
o   Magnificent Maple
o   Oh, Hello - "Thanks So Much" greeting only
·         Ink:
o   Calypso Coral
o   Early Espresso
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   3/4" Chevron Calypso Coral Ribbon
o   Mini Muslin Bags

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Zoo Review

Eight years ago my husband and I took a trip to visit my mother in law in Kenya. We went on several safari's. So when this set came out I had to have it! It brings me back a little bit. I was inspired by a similar style card I saw on Pinterest.

This card is currently on it's way to my MIL, for her birthday. I know she will love it!

  • Stamps: Zoo Review, Serene Silhouettes
  • Paper: Cajun Craze: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Basic Black: 5" x 3 3/4"
    • Whisper White: 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Stazon Jet Black, Stampin' Write Black Marker
  • Tools and Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, sponge
1. Punch a circle and use a small bit of snail adhesive to hold it to the whisper white card stock.
2. Sponge around the circle working outward.
3. Remove the circle and stamp your images. (Color in the giraffe, carefully)
4. For the ground, tear a piece of card stock and place it under the feet of the giraffe and sponge below and up to the tree until your desired darkness.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Muse: Give Thanks

Well it is almost Thanksgiving and I can't wait! Now if only the leaves would change colors and fall off for my kids to play in. Here in San Diego we get an occasional tree that changes red looses it's leaves.  Here is a colorful card by Cheryl Wilcox. I love the leaves in this stamp set "Gently Falling". I really like how she sponged the edges of each color of card stock. It is all well balanced and beautiful!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thankful for candy

Tomorrow I am hosting a holiday lunch for all the local folks who work in my group. None of them work for me. I'm not sure that I've actually MET any of them, for that matter. It'll be really nice to get acquainted!

The meal is potluck and will be in a corporate conference room. Not so festive, right? So I made these little treat sacks to thank everyone for coming. I made quite a few.

I love making treat bags! I keep a stash of candies just in case there is an emergency treat bag situation. You never know.

Paper and card:
  • Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Vanilla
Stamp sets:
  • Lovely Labels
  • Express Yourself (hostess)
  • Early Espresso
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Lovely Label punch
  • Twine
  • Bright buttons
  • Dimensionals

Friday, November 22, 2013

November Paper Pumpkin

Have you heard of StampinUP's My Paper Pumpkin?  It's a monthly subscription to a little orange box of fun!  Here is November's project all put together and ready to send.

The first month that you sign up for My Paper Pumpkin, you get the starter set.  This project is the same, no matter when you join, and it comes with a clear block that you will need for each project that comes to you.  About halfway through the month, you'll see that wonderful box in the mail.  Every month is a different project, it might be a set of cards or a little banner.  It comes with everything you need to complete the project, and it's typically something you can sit down and finish in an hour.

Feel free to contact one of the pretty ladies over here to the right if you'd like some more information on My Paper Pumpkin.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blinged up Ornament Keepsakes

'Tis the season for sparkles, right?! I pretty much love anything sparkly, glittery, or shiny (you get the idea). Let's face it, sparkly stuff just makes us happy! Although I do like bling, I don't like a lot of it in one place; I like to balance it out a little.

I used Silver Glimmer Paper to glam up this card, and balanced it out with a lot of white space. Both of these ornaments are made with Tempting Turquoise ink. The smaller of the two is stamped off first, to lighten up the color. I love that this card is very clean, but still has a lot of impact. You've got to love the power of glitter!
  • Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, and Four the Holidays (retired)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 11", and 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Tempting Turquoise card stock - 3/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Silver Glimmer paper - 1" x 5 1/2", plus scraps for ornament tops and strings
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Holiday Ornaments Framelits dies
    • Scallop Trim Border punch
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Burlap and Maple Leaves Card

Once I got started with the Magnificent Maple stamp set, I couldn’t stop creating.  Fall is my favorite time of year so to create cards with different color combinations using the maple leaf stamp made me a happy girl.  For this card, I decided to use the color combination of Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse, Old Olive and Raspberry Ripple.  Even though there are no blue maple leaves, Midnight Muse added just the right contrast for this card.  That is one of the things I love about paper crafting…You can create things that may not be reality but looks so good together on paper.
Close up of frayed burlap edges before greeting is attached
I decided to add the 1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon the length of the card and fray the edges of the burlap ribbon to give it a worn look.  This was so easy to do.  All you have to do is pull a piece of string on the edge you cut from the ribbon.  It will start to fray a bit and look worn.  If you don’t think it looks frayed enough, you just keep pulling a piece of string off the end of the ribbon.  Add your greeting with a few punches in contrasting color card stock and you’re done!
Close up of greeting and punches on top of burlap ribbon
·         Stamps:
o    Magnificent Maple
o   Four You
·         Paper:
o   Very Vanilla 4” x 5 ¼” and scraps for punch
o   Midnight Muse card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) and scraps for punch
o   Raspberry Ripple scraps for punch
·         Ink:
o   Crushed Curry
o   Midnight Muse
o   Old Olive
o   Raspberry Ripple
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon
o   Artisan Label Punch
o   Small Oval Punch
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Snowflake Soiree Christmas Card

Quick, easy and beautiful is my kind of Christmas card! I used the dryer sheet technique to give it that frosty look with sparkle.

Dryer Sheet Technique: Save your old dryer sheets now!! Run the iron over them on low to
de-wrinkle. Using your paper trimmer, cut them to the desired size. Spray dryer sheet with spray adhesive, turn over and place it on your stamped image, then apply Stampin' Glitter immediately. Tap off the excess.

  • Stamps: Snowflake Soiree
  • Paper: Marina Mist - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Early Espresso - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Whisper White - 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Early Espresso
  • Tools and Accessories - Used dryer sheets (5" x 3 3/4")
    • Elmers Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
    • Stampin' Glitter
*Bakers Tip: For lighter shades of snowflakes, try stamping off on another sheet of paper first*

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tag! Gift tags by the bundle

I'm teaching a tag class in a couple of weeks and am having a great time creating for this small size. Here are a bunch that I whipped up using the Stamp a Tag kit and the Christmas Tagables photopolymer set. Use these yourself, or bundle them as a cute gift!

I like to back the white tags on colored cardstock, and then make pairs that use similar colors or elements. You'll find three pairs in this photo.

Paper and card:
  • Stamp a Tag kit (white tags, twine, ink, and stamps)
  • Scraps from my stash (here I've used Old Olive, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, and Island Indigo)
Stamp sets:
  • Christmas Tagables
  • Festive Flurry
  • Old Olive, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, and Island Indigo
  • Lovely Label punch
  • Festive Flurry die
  • Circle punch
  • Season of Style washi tape
  • Dimensionals
  • Rhinestones
  • Ribbon scraps

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Door

The 'wreath on the door' card has been around awhile, but this is the first time I've made one.
We're making this card in my last November stamp-a-stack.  Some of us are still working on Christmas cards, but others are ready to move on to the next occasion.  You could easily substitute another ribbon color and different greeting, and have a card to give to a new neighbor or someone who moved into a new home.  It would be cute to cut out a little bird or maybe punch some small flowers to jazz up that wreath for a spring look.  Just some ideas.  We're full of 'em here at the Pink Paper Bakery.  Come and get 'em!


  • Crumb Cake card base 
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2" by 4"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 1 1/4" by 3 1/2" (2 pieces)
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 1 1/4" by 1 1/4" (2 pieces)
  • Old Olive card stock
  • 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch
  • 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch
  • Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stampin UP stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip brad (retired)
  • Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Real Red Stamp pad
  • Dimensionals for the smaller scallop circle

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Any occasion card layout

I love this simple, all occasion, layout. I made a masculine card with this exact layout, earlier this year, and I thought I'd give it a go with Christmas colors.

I started with Season of Style Designer Series Paper, and pulled colors from the paper so everything would match perfectly. I love that I can do that with Stampin' Up!'s products!

  • Stamps: Four the Holidays (retired, but you can use any sentiment)
  • Paper:
    • Soft Suede card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Cherry Cobbler card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Sahara Sand card stock - 3 3/8" x 4 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 5/8" strip for sentiment
    • Season of Style Designer Series Paper - 1" circles
    • Circles: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Ink: Soft Suede
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 1" circle punch
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Magnificent Time of Year

I LOVE fall!  It is a magnificent time of year.  The leaves are changing colors, the weather begins to get cooler and we are able to remember the many things we are thankful for during the year.

The Magnificent Maple stamp is a great example of this time of year.  It can be used in many ways...as a background stamp, as a focal point on a card or as an addition to a gift tag or bookmark.  I decided to CASE a Thank You card by Jill Coleman.  To visit her card, please click here.  The first card is a CASE of her card with a different Thank You stamp set.  The second card is what I thought my Club members would enjoy as a Thank You card, a fall birthday card or a Thanksgiving card with a change in colors, arrangements of the maple leaves, ribbon and the Thank You greeting moved to the top of the card.  I had so much fun creating these cards and playing with new color combinations.  Give it a try for yourself!
CASE card with a different Thank You stamp set
New Magnificent Maple card with a change in placement of the leaves, ribbon, greeting and new color combo
Close up of greeting at the top of the card
Close up of Gorgeous Grunge on maple leaves
Close up of color combo - Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry


  • Stamps:
    • Gorgeous Grunge
    • Lots of Thanks
    • Magnificent Maple
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla card stock (both cards)- 3 7/8" x 5"
    • Crumb Cake card stock (card #2) or Early Espresso (card #1) - 4" x 5 1/4"
    •  Rich Razzleberry card stock (card #2) or Pool Party (card #1) - 4 1/4" x 11" scored at 5 1/2"
  • Ink:
    • Bermuda Bay
    • Crumb Cake
    • Crushed Curry
    • Early Espresso
    • Rich Razzleberry
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 7/16" Natural Trim (card #1)
    • 1/8" Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon (card #2)
    • Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Snowflake Soiree

I love to watch the snow fall....from the inside of a warm house! This is why I was so glad to see Snowflake Soiree on the carry over list. The snowflakes and greetings are so elegant looking. I only wish they would fall from the sky like that.

The layout came from the Winter Sketch Challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, one of my favorites!

  • Stamps: Snowflake Soiree
  • Paper: Island Indigo - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Brushed Silver - 4 7/8" x 3 5/8", 5 1/2" x 1"
    • Winter Frost DSP - 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
    • Whisper White
  • Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo
  • Tools & Accessories: Circle framelits, dimensionals

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Soho you say it's your birthday?

Some days, you just can't get a good picture. It was rainy and dark the day I mailed this card to a friend, but the sentiment was sunny :-).

Paper and card:
  • Crisp Canteloupe card base
  • Early Espresso, cut to 4" x 5 1/4" 
  • Soho Subway DSP, cut to 3 3/4" x 4 3/4"
  • Scraps of Espresso and White for punching
Stamp sets:
  • Postage Collection (hostess)
  • Crisp Canteloupe
  • Early Espresso
  • Postage Stamp punch
  • 1 3/8" Square punch (retired -- you could use Squares Collection framelits or cut by hand)
  • Linen thread
  • Early Espresso Chevron ribbon
  • Very Vintage Designer button
  • Dimensionals
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