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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy new home bottle tags

Wine bottle gift tag on Pink Paper Bakery for housewarming gift

I have new neighbors. OK, truth is, they moved in over a month ago. Two sets of them. And, um, WAY over a month ago. I hadn't taken either new family anything yet and it was nagging at me.

I was playing around with the stamps from my first holiday catalog order and suddenly got inspired. Don't you LOVE when that happens? So now I have a blog post for you AND my new neighbors got wine for breakfast. Winning!

Gift tag using Holiday Home stamps: Idea for non-Christmas projects



  • Hello Honey base (I used a die from my stash to cut these, but you can use a 2 1/2" x 7" strip and a circle punch to make a similar shape) 
  • Moonlight DSP stack paper cut to 3 1/2" x 2 14"
  • Whisper White for the die cuts 

Stamp sets

  • Holiday Home

  • Hello Honey (for coloring)
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Memento Black


  • Homemade Holiday, Apothecary Accents, and Bitty Banner framelits
  • Blender pen (used with Hello Honey for the roof coloring)
  • Pumpkin Pie blendabilities (for depth in the coloring)
  • So Saffron marker (windows)
  • Sheer Linen ribbon in Cherry Cobbler
  • Stitched Satin 3/8" ribbon in Hello Honey
  • Dimensionals

Friday, August 29, 2014

Another Washi tape card for ya

Here's another card that we made for our Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape class.  Besides adding a pop of color or using the Washi Tape to adhere a tag or photo, you can also stamp on the Washi.  Be sure to ink up your stamps with Staz-on, otherwise it will wipe right off.  



  • Coastal Cabana card base
  • Basic Black cut to 2 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cut to 2 3/4" x 4"
  • Basic Black scrap
  • Black Staz-on
  • Too Kind
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape
  • button (retired, or maybe not even StampinUP *gasp*)
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Gold baker's twine

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Snowflakes, already? Absolutely!

Strips of DSP make this Christmas Card, which uses the Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes set, pop

It's a zillion degrees outside, but the new holiday occasions catalog has me thinking about winter! I am madly in love with the new stuff in this catty (in fact, I've already ordered most of it for my upcoming classes). Just in case you are starting early too, here's a card that uses some of the things you may still have from last year.

I'll be making this card at my first holiday Stamp-a-Stack class, which is exactly one week away. Christmas in August? Absolutely!



  • Bermuda Bay base
  • Pool Party at 1 1/2" x 4 1/4," plus a piece for the die-cut circle
  • Whisper White for the smaller die-cut circle
  • DSP in 1" strips, cut to 5", 4 1/2", and 4" 

Stamp sets

  • Endless Wishes (Remember this set? It sold out at least twice last year and is returning in the holiday catalog. HURRAY!)

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Pool Party


  • Circles framelits
  • 1" square punch (for the banner ends on the DSP)
  • Frosted sequins (new, and I'm already using them on EVERYTHING)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Washi Card

Watercolor Wonder Washi Card....wow....say that one 3 times!  I introduced some of my favorite stampers to washi tape at a class last night.  This was one of their favorite cards.  It's simple, elegant, and has just the right amount of bling!

One of the great things about washi tape, is that it's very forgiving.  If you tape it down, but then decide you don't like where you put it, it easily peels right off and you can stick it down in another place.  You have to be a tiny bit more careful on the whisper white card stock, for some reason it tends to take a little of the card stock up if you remove it.  But on all the other papers, it comes off very easily.

I also love that StampinUP sells the washi tape in coordinating packs, so for $4.95, you get all three designs that look great together!


Stamp Set
  • Express Yourself (hostess retired)
  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cut to 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Black Stazon
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi tape
  • Gold Bakers Twine
  • Gold Sequins
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vivid Vases Spotlight Card

I have been wanting to do the Spotlighting Technique with my Stamp Club members for awhile.  So when I saw this card on Pinterest by Maria Teresa, I decided that I had to CASE it.  The bright colors and use of the On Film framelits instead of a circle cutout drew me to this card.  This card also allows me to use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig with my club members.  It's been awhile since they've used this wonderful tool so it will be a good review for them.  I hope you'll give the Spotlighting Technique a try today.
Close up of spotlighting technique using On Film Framelits
·         Stamps:
o   Vivid Vases
o   Banner Blast (retired - SAB set)
·         Paper:
o   Whisper White card stock 3 ¾” x 5" and scraps for banner stamp and punch
o   Coastal Cabana card stock 4” x 5 ¼” and approximately 2 ½” x 2 ¾” for On Film framelits
o   Strawberry Slush card stock 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) - original card used Real Red but I wanted to make it bright and cheerful
·         Ink:
o   Coastal Cabana
o   Pear Pizzazz
o   Strawberry Slush
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   On Film Framelits
o   Banner Punch
o   Blender Pens used to color in the vases and flowers
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Muse: 1st Day of School Sign

School is getting ready to start for most of my friends.  For those of us living in NC, we have lots of year round schools and school started for quite a few in July.  My kids have already been in school for a whole month!  So with school starting in other places in the US, I decided to find a project that could easily be used for those wonderful first day of school pictures.  Click here to find the directions to make your own today, plus the blogger includes a free printable for creating your own sign.  Here is an easy DIY first day of school sign:
Enjoy this simple project and I hope everyone has a wonderful first day of school wherever you may live!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You're invited -- making invitations madly

Custom invitations using Stampin' Up! supplies

My mom is having a big birthday this year, and my dad, siblings and I are conspiring to give her a huge bash. (It's not a surprise, thank goodness. Surprise parties are not wise for parental units who have hit their dotage ;-).

I wanted my contribution to be something really special, so I designed these invitations. Then I made 30 of them. Whoo! I've been making lots of things at scale (as we used to say in my old job) recently, and thought I'd share some learnings from my experience with you.

Baker's secrets for creating beauty in volume

  1. Create your model completely before you start cutting anything else. You'll be tempted to just "cut a few more" card bases or layers, but resist. Inevitably, you'll want to mix something up later and it'll go to waste. Focus on getting ONE model exactly how you want it before you do any more.
  2. Take advantage of cutting tools. Punches are your friend when you're crafting in volume. Your Big Shot is your next-best friend. I try never to hand-cut ANYTHING at scale.
  3. Make sure you have enough of everything before you get started. This design required DSP with Early Espresso in it. I didn't do the math, and ended up having to do a couple of cards with Chocolate Chip patterned paper. Perhaps nobody but me could tell, but I sure could. Take the time and measure things out.
  4. Take advantage of My Digital Studio. This is the best bargain out there -- $20 for the base software, which will give you access to all the Stampin' Up! ink colors and a nice set of background papers and punch shapes. I used it here to create text for the inside of the card in Early Espresso. I then printed multiple copies per Whisper White sheet and die cut the "insides."
  5. Don't use fussy techniques. These invitations were designed to be keepsakes. Every single piece here is sponged. That took me and a couple of teenage helpers HOURS. The other element here that took hours is the little tag, which had to be punched, pierced, and then tied on. Use good judgement!
  6. DO create in waves. Once you get your design sorted, use sticky notes for each element. I put the color of cardstock/paper, the dimensions, and the number I needed of each. Then I delegated some of the cutting to my helpful minions (also, good to get some minions!). I broke the card creation into several steps: Digital prep, cutting, inking (sponging and stamping), piecing, fabric, and final assembly. Then I did the envelope addressing and stamping on a different day entirely.
  7. Take breaks! This is fun, not work. My elder teen turned on some music while we were doing the cutting. I'd forgotten how much that adds to the joy!



  • Botanical Gazette DSP (retired; Park Lane is current and similar), cut to 3 3/4" by 5"
  • First Edition DSP (retired; Typeset is current and similar), cut to 2" x 4 1/2"
  • Early Espresso cut to 4" x 5 1/4", 2 1/4" x 4 3/4", and 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"
  • Naturals Ivory for the base, plus 3" x 3" and scrap for the tag

Stamp sets

  • Feel Goods
  • Everything Eleanor
  • A Dozen Thoughts

  • Early Espresso 
  • Crumb Cake


  • Jewelry tag punch (retired); 1/16" circle punch
  • Crochet trim at 5"
  • Early Espresso ribbon at 11"
  • Apothecary Accents thinlets (used on the inside of the card; not shown)
  • Baker's twine

Friday, August 15, 2014


birthday card, stampin up, 2014-2015 idea catalog
I pretty much copied this card right out of the 2014-2015 StampinUP catalog.  I love the layout, especially the use of the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack.  These paper stacks have been my new favorite way to purchase pretty paper.  They come in a nice coordinating pack that are a very user-friendly size: 4 1/2" by 6 1/2".  It is so much easier to cut up and use these smaller pieces of DSP than it is to slice and dice a beautiful 12" by 12" piece.  Am I the only one who really has a hard time cutting up a giant piece of lovely DSP?



  • Yippee-Skippee!
  • Sahara Sand card base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Moonlight DSP cut to 1 1/2" x 3 1/4" and 1 1/2" x 1 1/4
  • 1/2" strip of Moonlight DSP
  • 3/4" strip of Hello Honey card stock
  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Mini brads
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Work of Art Watermelon Card

My version of Jill Hillard's card using a Wild Wasabi card base.
I think summer has the best and freshest fruits and vegetables of any season.   One of my favorite summer time treats is watermelon.  I love the bright colors and how juicy it tastes during the hot days of summer.  That's why this card CASED from Jill Hillard is perfect for summer.  I love how Jill used the Work of Art stamp set to look like watermelon.  The only thing I changed was the card base and using a different stamp set to stamp my heart watermelon seeds.
CASED card
Enjoy this summer treat and I hope you will try this wonderful watermelon treat of a card today!

·         Stamps:
o   Work of Art
o   Yippee-Skippee
o   Banner Blast (SAB retired) - only heart stamp used
·         Paper:
o   4 ¾” x 3 ½”  Whisper White card stock
o   5 x 3 ¾”  Basic Black card stock
o   5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) Strawberry Slush card stock 
·         Ink:
o   Basic Black
o   Strawberry Slush
o   Wild Wasabi
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Basic Rhinestone Jewels
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gifts for a gaggle

Pink Paper Bakery: Packaged set of repurposed mint cans

This week, my younger teen is away at marching band camp. I don't go to band camp, but there are an amazing set of parents who give up a week of vacation to chaperone the kids (including my husband!). Instead of carrying water to thirsty marchers or figuring out why Billy isn't in his bed at 1AM, I contribute in my own little way -- by donating pillow gifts for the chaperones.

The first was this little survival kit, in a repurposed mint can. Before you ask: No, I did not eat all these mints. I was surprised when my office neighbor opened his desk drawer and pulled out two dozen of these. I was amazed when he just GAVE THEM TO ME. He was amazed that I wanted them. We were both happy :-).

I followed along with the steps in this tutorial on junk&stuff. I used Alene's tacky glue for the first layer (metal to paper) and then Mod-Podge to give everything a seal. I stuffed the cans with teeny bits I found at a local dollar store: individual packs of pain killer, mints, bandaids, and so on. They turned out GORGEOUS.



  • DSP (this one is retired, but you can use absolutely ANYTHING)

Stamp sets

  • None! I used My Digital Studio to create a label for the inside of the can that included our school's logo and the year

  • Early Espresso (to ink the edges of every piece of paper)


  • Tacky glue and Mod-Podge
  • Craft knife
  • Corner rounder
  • Bits of awesome from your stash
Baker's secrets:
The blog post says to measure every can individually. I just cut my strips for the sides to be 12" long and then either 1/2" or 1/4" wide. DO try to line the pattern up at the center front, where you can. 

Allow PLENTY of time for these. I made 11, and they took a full day (probably 12 hours of work). Worth it, but you might not want to make this many the first time through.

For some reason, I don't have pictures of the INSIDES, but I lined only the top and bottom, not the sides of the interior. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

By the Seashore...I wish

Lately, the beach has been calling my name.  I'm hoping to get my toes in the sand, just for the day, sometime next week.  Until then, a happy, beachy card, that's even a little masculine! 


  • Midnight Muse card base (retired)
  • Very Vanilla at 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Strip of Midnight Muse at 1 1/2" x 4"
  • Strip of Very Vanilla at 1"x 4"
  • Midnight Muse
  • Tangelo Twist
  • Sahara Sand
Stamp Sets
  • By the Seashore
  • Express Yourself (retired hostess set)
  • Gold Baker's Twine
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bloom with Hope Card

For this card, I used a layout similar to one I had seen on Pinterest recently.  I loved how the papercrafter had stamped the flowers from the Bloom of Hope stamp set and punched it out with a 2 ½” Circle punch.  So I CASED that part of the card but changed everything else about it.  I decided to use some of the Confetti Celebration DSP and layer it on top of some Whisper White card stock.  Before adding these layers to my Coastal Cabana card base, I added some (retired) 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon glue dotted to some (retired) Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon.  I would have used some current ribbon but I really liked how these two ribbons laid on top of each other.  I added a small Happy Birthday greeting stamped in Basic Black on top of Daffodil Delight card stock punched out with a Word Window punch and layered it on top of Coastal Cabana card stock punched out with a Modern Label punch.  To finish giving this card a feminine look, I added pearls around the flowers.
Close up of flowers colored in with Blendabilities
I love this layout and hope you'll give it a try.  I will definitely be using this simple layout again for a fall or holiday card in the future.
Changed card by adding DSP banners instead of ribbon
For another look, you can add DSP banners in a corner of the card and add a matching Candy Dot. Ribbon or DSP can easily change the look of your layout and both are an inexpensive way to create a "WOW" for your card. 

·         Stamps:
o   Bloom with Hope (hostess) set
·         Paper:
o   Daffodil Delight scraps for Word Window punch
o   3 ¼” x 5 ½”  Whisper White card stock and scraps for stamping and circle punch
o   3" x 5 ½” Confetti Celebration DSP
o   4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) Coastal Cabana card stock and scraps for Modern Label punch
·         Ink:
o   Crushed Curry
o   Midnight Muse
o   Old Olive
o   Raspberry Ripple
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon (retired)
o   Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon (retired)
o   2 ½” Circle Punch
o   Word Window Punch
o   Modern Label Punch
o   Pearl Basic Jewels
o   Glue Dots
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Every bit of you

Hand-stamped birthday card using Stampin' Up! Amazing Birthday

Here's a clean and simple birthday card I made for my friend Laura. I designed the whole card around the tag, which says "So thankful for every bit of you." Absolutely true!

I also used the new Blendabilities markers here -- I love to color, and am having fun teaching myself how to use these. I only have one color family, though, so I'm creating Pumpkin Pie orchids as a new variety :-).

If I were to make this card over, I'd add a thin mat of Pumpkin just to pull that color in a third time. My friend Deena taught me to use each color three times on a card (the second dash of Pumpkin is in the circle on the tag).

If you're reading this, know that I'm so thankful for every bit of you! What are you thankful for today?



  • Old Olive base 
  • Natural Ivory at 5 1/4" x 4" plus scrap for the die cut

Stamp sets

  • Amazing Birthday (the tag)
  • Well Scripted (retired, alas, but I love these greetings)
  • Happy Watercolor (also retired; from the Spring Occasions catalog)

  • Memento black


  • Stampin' Write marker in Old Olive
  • Blendabilities markers in Pumpkin Pie
  • Banner framelits
  • Designer vintage faceted button
  • Linen thread
  • Glue dots
Baker's secret:
If you love a retired stamp set, look for it as a download for My Digital Studio -- you can print on cardstock and just use one element -- then stamp/color as normal.

Friday, August 1, 2014

By the Tide...I wish

I had a beach theme stamp-a-stack the other night, and this was one of our favorites!  With all of the fun Big Shot dies and embossing folders and great punches, my cards tend to not have a lot of actual stamping on them.  But, this card is quite the exception!  I stamped several images from the set all in Calypso Coral, so that the background piece almost looks like a sheet of Designer Series Paper.  This card would make a great stationary set, I can imagine it looking gorgeous in several beachy colors!  

It's hard to tell, but I added a little sparkle on the edge of the shell using the Dazzling Details.



  • Calypso Coral base 
  • Whisper White at 5 1/4" x 4"  and 4" x 3" and scrap to stamp the shell
  • Calypso Coral at 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"

Stamp sets

  • By the Tide

  • Calypso Coral
  • Smoky Slate


  • Dazzling Details along the bottom edge of the shell
  • Dimensionals

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