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Saturday, March 29, 2014

CASE study: Clear sailing

I lifted this design completely from Lisa Young's GORGEOUS card. There are so many beautiful things on Pinterest made with the Open Sea set, but this one just blew me away. There's lots of other great inspiration on her blog, too. Have a peek!

Lisa used the world map stamp on her version, which I don't have, so I improvised a little. Mostly, though, I just bow down to her amazing design skills -- this is one of the most complicated cards I've ever made, and I can't imagine it flowing out of my own brain. Thanks for making me look awesome when I gave this one to my dad, Lisa!


See Lisa's blog -- I used her instructions entirely.

Stamp sets

  • Open Sea

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chevron Baby Shower

I had the honor (and also the help from some wonderful friends!) of making the invitations for my sister's baby shower.  My mom found a cute design online from a company that personalizes and prints invitations for such occassions.  It was a little too busy to recreate a hand made version, but I was able to work with it! We wanted to incorporate the grey chevron and yellow that my sister has in the nursery, but we wanted it to be obvious that she was having a girl.  The onesie with the little tutu seemed perfect!

The onesie punch art was a piece of cake! You start with a rectangle and punch half-circles with your circle punch where the neck and legs would be.  Then, you snip out the sleeves, and shape the mid section with another snip.  It is all online with pictures and videos...I don't know what we ever did before Google!

I wanted to give my onesie a polka-dot pattern, so I pulled out Itty Bitty Backgrounds for the perfect fit.  To finish off the outfit, place the red sticky tape across the 'waist' and crinkle the ribbon onto the tape to create a nice ruffle.

  • Stamp Set: Positively Chevron, Cuddles and Kisses and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired)
  • Paper:
    • Daffodil Delight – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
    • Whisper White- 5 1/4 x 2
    • Smoky Slate 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 rectangle, then punched and trimmed to make the onesie punch art
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 2 1/2"″  and 1/2" circle punch
    • Daffodil Delight 1/2" seam binding ribbon
    • Red sticky tape
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

By The Tide Tag Card

 With the weather going between a mixture of rain and snow, and warm spring-like temperatures, this NC girl is dreaming of the summer already.  So I decided to pull out my By The Tide stamp set and the color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party and Whisper White.  I started by punching the top of a 2" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Next, I stamped the wording from the By The Tide set in Pool Party on the Whisper White tag on a diagonal.  I added the "Thank You So Much" greeting in Crisp Cantaloupe from the Lots of Thanks stamp set and a hand-cut Crisp Cantaloupe shell added with a dimensional.  I also added some Natural Trim to the top of the tag and a Calypso Coral button (looks similar in color to the Crisp Cantaloupe) with Linen Thread tied into a bow.  To complete this card, I embossed a 4” x 5 ¼” Crisp Cantaloupe layer using the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I added all of my layers onto a 4 ½” x 11” Pool Party card base.  I keep this card in my windowed cabinet so whenever I am having a bad day or just hating the weather we are having, I can look at this card and look forward to visiting the beach this summer.
Close up of Tag
Tag by itself would make a great gift tag!
·         Stamps:
o   By The Tide
o Lots of Thanks
·         Paper:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 4” x 5 ¼” - embossed with Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
o   Pool Party card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”)
o   Whisper White card stock 2” x 4” for tag and scraps for shell - stamped and hand cut
·         Ink:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe
o   Pool Party
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
o   Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
o   Natural Trim
o   Natural Linen Thread
o   Subtles Designer Buttons
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Transparent Gift Basket

The new theme over at SUO Challenges is Boxes, Bags, & Baskets. With Easter coming up, I decided to go with a basket for my design team entry. This transparent basket is so simple to make, and can be filled with all kinds of gifts.


I started by making a cylinder with a 4 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ window sheet, using sticky tape to adhere the sides. It is important to overlap the size only the width of the sticky tape. This will not only hide the sticky tape, but it will be the perfect diameter for the base you will create.

photo 1

Cut two circles, using the Circles framelits (the two largest that are not scalloped), and glue the smaller circle to the center of the larger circle. Clip every quarter inch and fold the sides up.

photo 2

Add sticky tape to the bottom of the cylinder. Set the cylinder inside the base and fold all the tabs up to adhere. Adhere a 1/2″ x 12″ strip of Designer Series Paper with sticky strip around the bottom to hide the tabs, and another around the top edge.

Next add a window sheet handle. I decorated mine with a piece of shredded  burlap ribbon, before attaching with brads. I left a couple of the threads in the ribbon to hold all the little pieces together. Make sure the ends of the handle finish on the inside of the basket.

I finished off my basket with a mixture of Wild Wasabi card stock, cut into 1/4″ strips, crimped and crinkled. I also adding some clippings of burlap ribbon to tie in with the handle.

  • Paper:
    • Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, 2 circles – 4″ and 3 5/8″
    • Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper – 1/2″ x 12″
    • Window Sheets – 4 1/2″ x 11 3/4″, and 1/2″ strip for handle.
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Circles Framelits
    • Brads
    • Sticky tape

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Blow out the candles!

Today's card is for my nephew Noah, who'll be seven this week. I made him count the candles when he opened his card :-).

I was inspired by this card on Pinterest ... I loved the idea of using the bird punch to create the flame for the candle!

Two of the cards we made at my class last week had NO dimensionals. I made up for that with this one!! The white layer is popped up, as are the flames and the label.



  • Tango Tangerine base, plus scraps for punching
  • Island Indigo, cut to 5 5/8" x 4 3/8"
  • Whisper White, cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • DSP cut to 3" x 1/2" (this is Sycamore Street, retired) 


  • Island Indigo
  • Early Espresso (sponging)
Stamp sets

  • Label Love


  • Modern Label, Artisan Label, and Bird Builder punches
  • Twine
  • Dimensionals

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Nest

HAPPY SPRING!!  It's official, don't know if ya'll are feeling it for real yet, but we had very beautiful first day of spring here in North Carolina.  The recent icy, crappy weather had me indoors crafting away, the only silver lining to that kind of weather.  Awhile ago, I got my hands on an old box spring mattress that was stripped down to its rusty guts.  Every once in a while the mood strikes, and I get out the needle nose pliers and the wire cutters, and create something cute from that rusty mess that my husband is kind enough to let me keep in his domain.  

The nest might have been pretty cute without the vintage postcard tag, but then I might not have a reason to tell you about it on this blog!  

Lots of stamped layers and a little sponging got me to that vintage look.


  • Stamp Set: Nature Walk (retired), Postcard (background stamp)
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla card stock – 2" x 3 1/2"
    • Marina Mist 
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 1/2" circle punch
    • Crop-a-dile
    • Angled Tag Topper Punch
    • Stampin Sponge
    • Twine from Hubby's domain!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yippee Skippee! A Petite Petals Card

For this card, I decided to use the SAB Sweet Sorbet DSP. The colors are so bright and cheerful that it makes today's dreary rainy and cold day almost feel like spring. I CASED this card from blog-land somewhere. Sorry that I can't find the original creator. I changed up the original design by using the Labels Collection Framelits instead of the Deco Labels Collection Framelits. Using a regular size card and folding back half of the front adds a lot more interest and a different focal point to the card. That's why I love this layout so much. You can't use it every time but it's nice to change things up every bit.  I hope you'll give it a try today!

·         Stamps:
o   Petite Petals
o   Yippee Skippee
·         Paper:
o   Whisper White 4” x 5 ¼” for the inside and scraps for flowers and greeting
o   Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½” and scored again at 2 3/4") and scraps for punch
o   Pool Party scraps for Framelits layer
SAB Sweet Sorbet DSP 4" x 2 1/2"
·         Ink:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe
o   Pool Party
·        ·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Labels Collection Framelits 
o  Petite Petals Punch
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bags and bags of wishes!

Saturday, hurray!! Today I'm prepping for the card class I'll be teaching tomorrow. We'll be creating four pairs of cards, including this design, which was requested by one of my friends. She saw the original on Pinterest here. When I looked up the original, I found the creator was from Apex, NC (same as us)! Small world!

In any case, Cindy had this card for sale on her Etsy store, but no longer lists it. I'm hoping she'll be interested to see how I reworked it as a class design. I used a pink base and the new Decorative Dots impressions folder, but kept many elements the same. Isn't this so cute? I'd use this as a birthday card, congratulations card, or shower card -- any occasion where you'd want to send bags and bags of good wishes!



  • Blushing Bride base
  • Whisper White, cut to 5 1/4" x 4" and embossed
  • 3 pieces of Crumb Cake scrap cut to at 1 3/8" x 1 5/8" (this is 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" plus an eighth, for those of you like me)
  • Blushing Bride, Whisper White, and Basic Black scrap cut to 1 1/4" x 1 1/2", plus extra for punching 


  • Blushing Bride
Stamp sets

  • Short and Sweet (retired)


  • Black marker
  • Twine
  • Blushing Bride chevron ribbon
  • Boho Blossoms and Itty Bitty Shapes punches
  • Decorative Dots embossing folder (Sale-a-bration, but will be continued)
  • Crochet trim

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hey There Friend

I really like a one-layer card, especially when it has a "collage" style to it.  My inspiration came from Kimberly VanDiepen's blog.  I don't remember which post exactly, but I was definitely inspired by her style of paper crafting.  

I think the trick to the collage look is subtlety: a little bit of background, a little bit of pop, and a little bit of sparkle.  I used the Dictionary background stamp, but reverse masked it by tearing a large odd shaped hole in the middle of some printer paper.


  • Stamp Set: Papillon Potpourri, Dictionary background, and a past My Paper Pumpkin stamp
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
    • Very Vanilla card stock - 4" x 1"
    • Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Crumb Cake
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 2 3/8" Scallop circle punch
    • Butterfly Punch
    • Baker’s Twine, Gold
    • Gold Sequins
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Easter Card

It's time to start thinking about one of my favorite holidays...Easter!  Don't you just love all the candy and goodies that come out near Easter and the weather?  I love when the weather starts to warm up, the birds start to sing, and the flowers start to bloom with the beginning of Spring and Easter!  So obviously I need to create an Easter card to send to our loved ones.  So this is what I came up with...
I used the Basic Gray Chevron DSP from the I Am Me DSP pack for my background.  Then, added some Pear Pizzazz card stock cut with the new Fringe Scissors to look like grass.  To create the eggs, I used the Extra-Large Oval punch and punched out 2 eggs, embossed them using the Decorative Dots (SAB) Embossing Folder to add some detail, and then colored at random some of the dots with Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz markers.  I added a piece of Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine tied in a bow to the edge of my DSP and grass layer before adding it to a Whisper White card base.  The thing I love about the Baker's Twine is that the colors mixed with the white twine in the Baker's Twine make it so much easier to make similar colors go together.  I added the "happy Easter" sentiment from the (retired) Well Scripted set in Coastal Cabana and then punched it out using the Large Oval punch.  I decided to make the words pop by layering it on top of a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock that was punched out using the Scallop Oval punch.  A quick and easy card that will be easy to duplicate for family and friends this Easter.

·         Stamps:
o   (retired) Well Scripted
·         Paper:
o   I Am Me DSP 4” x 5 ¼”
o   Whisper White card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) and scraps for punches
o   Bermuda Bay scraps for punch
·         Ink:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe
o   Coastal Cabana
o   Daffodil Delight
o   Pear Pizzazz
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Fringe Scissors
o   Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine
o   Extra-Large Oval Punch
o   Large Oval Punch
o   Scallop Oval Punch
o   Decorative Dots (SAB) Embossing Folder
o   Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Power outage for her means fun for us!

Last week there was a terrible ice storm in a nearby area, where my daughter lives. Thousands of people lost power, and unfortunately she was one of them. After getting the news that the power may not be on for 5 days, she came home for a visit for a few days (bliss for mom!!).  Besides spending as much time as we could in the sun (the weather has been amazing since the storm!), we spent a little time in my stamp room, co-designing a card for the new SUO Challenges challenge; Pinks and Purples. Morgan and I decided to stick with pinks. Okay, maybe that part was me, because I LOVE pink!

We pulled out all the Stampin’ Up! pinks and settled on these three; Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, and Pink Pirouette. We added interest with the Washi Tape from the Gingham Garden collection. Morgan came up with the idea to make the Washi balloon, and I love the way it turned out! I laid down the Washi tape on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, aligning the pattern, and then punched it out with my circle punch. For the ‘tie’ I punched out a foot from the Owl Builder punch.
Stampin’ Supplies:
  • Stamp Set: Sweet Essentials
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla card stock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
    • Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, and Pink Pirouette card stock – 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Ink: Melon Mambo
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 1 3/4″ circle punch
    • Owl Builder Punch
    • Baker’s Twine, Whisper White
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy birthday, nephew!

One of my nephews has a birthday this week. He'll be 12. It feels impossible, since I remember vividly holding my sister's hand while she was delivering him, surely no more than a few weeks ago. Her husband and I couldn't believe this tiny miracle had finally arrived!

Now, that tiny miracle wears bigger shoes than his dad and is about as tall :-). No more cartoon characters for this tween -- he needed a card that was contemporary, fun, but not at all childish.

I've been showing a lot of cards that use the pennant dies lately. Can you tell they're my go-to at the moment? I love how easy it is to create a nice crisp matte for a sentiment -- and how well they work for card of all kinds. Here, I've matched the arrow of the pennant with some arrow-fledging patterned paper for a coordinated look.

Now, to find the perfect gift for this not-quite-a-teen -- if only THOSE came in coordinated packages!



  • Pool Party base
  • Sahara Sand, cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Sweet Sorbet DSP, cut to 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" (I just scootched up an eighth from my normal 1/4" matte -- this is from the new Spring Occasions catalog)
  • Scrap Sahara Sand and Whisper White for die cutting


  • Crisp Canteloupe
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Pool Party
  • Staz-On Black

Stamp sets

  • Big Wish (Spring Occasions catalog)


  • Pennant dies
  • Candy buttons in black
  • Dimensionals 

Friday, March 7, 2014

On Film Framelit Dies

My last shipment from the UPS man included the new On Film Framelit dies from the StampinUP mini catalog.  I absolutely loved how the die brings back memories of the Polaroid pictures.  You run it through your Big Shot and you really want to hold it out and give it a little shake, see if that picture of you in your tube socks, on your banana seat bike comes out as good as you were hoping.  
The Bomb's Away Birthday set had a sentiment that fit just perfectly in the little film strip, and the new Retro Fresh DSP that was in that same wonderful package helped me out with my color scheme.  

 If you're having a hard time reading the greeting, it says, "I hope your birthday dinner is at a restaurant that doesn't insist on singing to you."  


  • Stamp Sets: Bomb's Away Birthday Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Paper: 
    • Costal Cabana card stock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Very Vanilla card stock  5" x 3 3/4"
    • So Saffron card stock
    • Tangerine Tango card stock
    • Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: 
    • Baked Brown Sugar ink pad
  • Tools: 
    • On Film Framelit Dies
    • Crop-a-dile (for small Tangerine Tango circles in the corner) retired
    • Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A little stamping here, a little doodling there

I can remember, when I was a child, I loved to doodle; squiggles, curly cues, and zigzags! My dad used to do this a lot in his artwork, which is maybe where I picked it up from. Well, the other day, I was looking at art on Pinterest, when I stumbled on this beautiful print. I knew right away that I wanted CASE it, to get back to some doodling, and incorporate rubber stamps.

Fortunately, Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, Fabulous Florets, gave me the perfect start with the flower images. From there I used Circle Framelits and circle punches for tracing perfect circles, and then I used Micron ink pens to doodle inside and around the circles. Two of the circles I masked off and used other Stampin' Up! images inside. I also used the leaves from the Bird Builder punch. I wanted to add a delicate sentiment, so I picked a couple of words from the Create a Cupcake set, and used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. This is a definite mixture of hand drawing, tracing, and stamping!

I did use all waterproof ink, so I could use my Aquapainter to color in the images, and not worry about smearing any of my lines.

  • Stamp Sets: Fabulous Florets, Petal Parade, Mixed Bunch, Create a Cupcake
  • Paper: Pacific Point, and Whisper White card stock
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, White chalk marker, and Micron Markers
  • Tools: Circle punches, Circle framelits, Bird Builder punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Saturday, March 1, 2014

If the envelope doesn't fit? Make one

One of my day-job team members had a new baby last week. Hurray! 

I made her one of the card-in-a-box cards that are all over Pinterest right now. It was SO cute. 

I know, you don't believe me. Here, look:

See? Cute.

Of course, my day-job team is all over the world, so I needed to actually MAIL this beauty ... and it's not a standard size. Envelope punching board to the rescue!

I used coordinating washi to seal it up (and to decorate the pennant on the front where I wrote the address).

The envelope was almost as cute as the card -- and matched PERFECTLY. Perfect for the cutest new baby ever! I threw on a couple extra stamps (Harry Potter stamps, which actually sorta coordinated with the colors somehow) and sent it on its way.

Ingredients (for the envelope)


  • Retired Razzleberry Lemonade DSP cut to 10 1/8" square


  • Envelope punch board
  • Pennant dies (for the address)
  • Washi tape (I did glue the envelope in addition to taping it)

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