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Saturday, November 29, 2014

All is calm

DSP and the Snowflake Card thinlet used in a Stampin' Up! holiday card

I took a couple of days off during Thanksgiving week so that I could spend time making cards, napping, and rambling around the house. I love spending time at home -- I find peace just oozing through me.

Here's a peaceful card made by borrowing design elements from some of the All is Calm holiday DSP. I copied the monochromatic color scheme and the lacy design. Heat embossing cranks up the chic a touch, and a rhinestone adds sparkle.



  • Smoky Slate base plus scrap for die cutting
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" by 4" plus scrap
  • All is Calm DSP cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8" 

Stamp sets

  • Letterpress Winter

  • Smoky Slate
  • Versamark


  • White embossing powder 
  • Heat tool
  • Rhinestone 
  • Snowflake Card thinlits (rotate the die 90 degrees to cut a full snowflake)
  • Banner thinlets
  • Dimensionals

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Simple snowflakes

Stampin' Up! CAS card using Under the Tree DSP and the Snowflake Card thinlets

I fell in love with so many things out of the Stampin' Up! holiday occasions catalog this year! The Under The Tree specialty DSP speaks to my love of simplicity. I was inspired by the colors and pattern on this piece to make a super-clean and easy card. No stamping at all!



  • Crumb Cake base plus scrap for die cutting
  • Early Espresso cut to 5 1/4" by 4" 
  • Under The Tree DSP cut to 5 by 3 3/4" 
  • A snippet of Cherry Cobbler

Stamp sets

  • None!

  • None!


  • Dimensionals (under the espresso layer)
  • Giant rhinestone (retired)
  • Snowflake card thinlits

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

hello and Enjoy! Gift Card Holders or Treat Bags

Since I participated in a Craft Fair at my daughter's preschool last week, I thought I would share this treat bag/gift card holder with you today.  I found this idea on Stampin' Up!'s blog and loved how bright and colorful it was and how simple they are to create.  In this season of gift giving, you may be looking for a quick and simple way to present your thoughtful gift.  This is one way to present those awesome gift cards everyone loves to receive!
Inside of Treat Bags - A card that you can add a handwritten note or stamp a sentiment on.
These treat bags/gift card holders are so simple to make.  Use Stampin' Up!'s Chevron or Polka Dot bags as the envelope or treat holder.  Add a banner in bright colors with a simple sentiment punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch and layered on top of tea lace paper doilies.  If you want to add a little embellishment, add a little bit of ribbon behind the circle punch or layer two different ribbons on top of each other as I did above.  To adhere the banner to the chevron or polka dot envelope or bag, just attach with a mini clothespin.  For the inside, add a simple Whisper White layer to a bright card base punched out at the bottom with an edge border punch.  Quick, simple and easy way to present a thoughtful gift this holiday season.

       o   Four You
       o   Simply Celebrate (retired set)
       o   4" x 5 ¼”  Whisper White card stock for card inside

       o   2" x 3 ¾”  Melon Mambo card stock for banner - used framelits to cut out banner

       o   4 ¼ x 6” Coastal Cabana card stock for card inside and scraps for punch

       o   VersaMark ink pad
       o   White Embossing Powder
Tools and Accessories:
       o   Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon
       o   Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
       o   Glue Dots - to keep ribbons together
       o   2 ½" Circle Punch
       o   Scallop Edge Border Punch - I used the Scalloped Edge Border punch and a retired Edge Border Punch to  
           give some of the cards a feminine look as well.
       o   Banners Framelits
       o   Tea Lace Paper Doilies
       o   Mini Paper Clothespins from Tag A Bag Accessory Kit (retired) - I suggest using the mini metallic
           clothespins (1" long) or the natural clothespins from SU! that a big bigger (1 3/8" long)
       o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Friday, November 14, 2014

Endless Wishes

Stampin UP Christmas card

Most areas of our country are experiencing a taste of real winter this week. Might as well cozy up to your craft table and get rolling on those Christmas cards! This is a great card to make in bulk: it only uses a half sheet of white card stock and a 1" strip of DSP. Add a few pieces of the Frosted Sequins- you get well over 400 in the $4.95 container, and you have a simple, inexpensive, and beautiful card!

Keep your eyes open for those mini vans dressed as Rudolph- holiday season is in our face, friends!


  • Endless Wishes
  • Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2" by 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4", then trim off 1" from the edge.
  • All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 1" by 5 1/2"
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Smoky Slate
  • Soft Sky
  • Frosted Sequins
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

hello Fall! Wreath Card

hello Fall!  This card was CASEd from Pinterest, one of my favorite craft obsessions!  It allows me to get my creativity mojo back when I feel like it's been too long since I've had time to craft.  Kristi Gray did a great job creating this card.
I love how this Wondrous Wreath set allows for use during all seasons and not just for the upcoming holidays.  I used the Baby Wipe technique for the wreath which allowed all the beautiful colors of fall to come out.  If you've never used the Baby Wipe technique, it is so simple and really adds a "WOW" factor to your cards.  For the Baby Wipe technique, you need some ink refills, a baby wipe or hand wipe, card stock and a stamp.  Tip: don't use a line art stamp or you won't be able to see the different colors from your baby wipe on the image you stamped.  Also, place a paper plate under your baby wipe so you won't ruin your table or crafting space underneath.  Squeeze the ink refills in a circle pattern or a line pattern (whatever you look you are trying to achieve).  Just a drop or two will do and add the different ink refill colors in this pattern until your space is filled up.  Place your stamp on top of the baby wipe where you have left the ink refill drops and lift up.  Stamp onto a sheet of card stock and lift straight up when you are done.  It leaves quite the impression and "WOW" once the stamp is lifted off the card stock. 
Close up of the wreath....I love how realistic these fall colors look on this wreath!
For this card, I used the Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink refills on a baby wipe.  I place the drops of ink from lightest to darkest to make sure that I have all the colors on the baby wipe before I stamp.  Tip: If you are creating more than one card, be sure to clean off your stamp each time you use it or you will end up with a mess of colors all mixed up on your stamp.  After the wreath was stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock, I cut it out using the coordinating Framelits and adhered it to the card with dimensionals.  This card has a Very Vanilla layer embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder on top of a Soft Suede layer and adhered to a Very Vanilla card base.  A banner was created at the bottom of the card using markers and the "hello FALL!" sentiment from the For All Things stamp set.  I cut it out using the Banner Framelits and adhered it with dimensionals.

·         Stamps:
o   For All Things
o   Wondrous Wreath 
·         Paper:
o   3 ¾” x 5”  Very Vanilla card stock and scraps for the wreath and banner
o   4" x 5 ¼ "  Soft Suede card stock
o   5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) Very Vanilla card stock
·         Ink:
o   Daffodil Delight ink refill
o   Pumpkin Pie ink refill
o   Old Olive ink refill
o   Rich Razzleberry or Blackberry Bliss ink refill and marker
o   Early Espresso marker
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Blackberry Bliss 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (this ribbon color seems to match the Rich Razzleberry in the wreath)
o   Banners Framelits
o   Woodgrain Embossing Folder
o   Wonderful Wreath Framelits
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals


Friday, November 7, 2014

Merry, Merry Christmas Card

stampin up card christmas

The Seasonally Scattered stamp set has been rocking my world!  I love it when one stamp packs such a punch!  I used the metallic silver ink on this card, and I really like that extra shimmer.  After doing all my stamping, I started to wrap the All is Calm Washi tape across the white card stock.  A few more sparkly rhinestones, and we've got quite the trendy Christmas card!


Stamp Sets
  • Seasonally Scattered
  • Endless Wishes
  • Pear Pizzazz card base
  • Whisper White cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Encore Metallic Silver
  • All is Calm Washi Tape
  • Rhinestones

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

White Christmas Card

I was in desperate need to stamp this past week.  Stress and daily life can sometimes be too much so I usually reach for some stamps, card stock and ink the night away.  It's my personal therapy. 

For this card, I stamped the trees from the White Christmas stamp set in Early Espresso to give them a realistic look.  I love how versatile this stamp set can be!  I can already picture using just the trees on a card or using the car, cardinals or star on a card or two in the near future.  Next, I added the polar bear and cardinals using the Memento Ink Pad.  I wanted to make sure the black ink didn't smear on the card stock so I used a permanent ink instead of Basic Black which can smear on the Whisper White card stock. Then, I added a touch of color with my Real Red Blendabilities to fill in the cardinals and gave the polar bear a shimmery-snow look by using some Dazzling Details (a glitter adhesive).  Tip: Squeeze the bottle lightly.  There can be air bubbles at times as you are putting the Dazzling Details on the polar bear.  Also, fill in any empty spots after you are done filling in the polar bear with the Dazzling Details.
Close up of Dazzling Details on polar bear

I think the polar bear looks like he is covered in snow as he goes through this winter scene.  I added this scene to a Lost Lagoon card stock layer.  Then adhered it with dimensionals to a Whisper White card base that I layered with some Basic Gray card stock and a bit of All Is Calm DSP.  Finally, I added a bow with Lost Lagoon ribbon and a small sentiment from the Good Greetings stamp set that was available as a promotion during September and October.   I stamped the "merry & bright" greeting in Real Red, punched it out with the Word Window punch and layered it on top of a Lost Lagoon layer punched out with the Modern Label punch.


·        Stamps:
          o   White Christmas
          o   Good Greetings
·         Paper:
          o   4 3/8” x 3 1/8”  Whisper White card stock
          o   4 5/8" x 3 3/8”  Lost Lagoon card stock 
          o   2" x 3 3/4" All Is Calm DSP
          o   5 ¼” x 4" Basic Gray card stock
                 o   4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) Whisper White card stock
·         Ink:
          o   Early Espresso
          o   Real Red
          o   Black Memento Ink
·         Tools and Accessories:
          o   Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon
          o  Word Window Punch
          o   Modern Label Punch
          o   Stampin’ Dimensionals
          o   Dazzling Details Glitter adhesive
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