Sunday, October 31, 2010

Simple Punch Card

A quick Sunday post = a quick punch card.

Actually this card started out as something else, but I made a mistake and needed to cut some paper off of the left side of the card front, so instead of starting all over again, or throwing it out completely, I punched a piece of Brights Designer Paper with the Scallop Ribbon Border punch and placed it on the left side making it look like this is what I wanted to do all along.  So now the card has a unique front opening!  It doesn't really matter that the front of the card is smaller than the back, no one else will know that that is now what you intended to do in the first place.

The rest of the card was made with five punches from the Decorative Label punch.  The punch with the sentiment was also sponged with Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo ink for added dimension.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Ink:  Daffodil Delight #119667, Melon Mambo #115656
Stamp Set:  Occasional Quotes #117048 wood mount, or #120142 clear mount (Hostess Level 3)
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275
Accessories:  Sponges #101610, Dimensionals #104430

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Upsy Daisy Wedding

Today I get to share in the wonderful wedding ceremony of a very good friend's daughter.  I have known this young woman since she was a little girl, and I think this is a card she will love.  I tried to capture the elegance of an evening, outdoor candlelite wedding, and the black and white paper and stamping seemed to be calling me.  And as usual, once I saw the picture actually posted on my blog, I thought it needed something else, so I added some Rhinestone Brads along the ribbon for added sparkle! 

The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock, layered with  Basic Black cardstock, and a piece from the Love Letter Designer Series Paper Pack.  I stamped the Upsy Daisy flowers in Basic Black ink on another piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, and used a sentiment from Occasional Quotes - a Level 3 Hostess Stamp Set. The ribbon is Basic Black Taffeta which I later embellished with Rhinestone Brads. 

Stamping Tip:  In order to get the rhinestones to attach evenly to my ribbon, I used my Mat Pack paper-piercing template as a guide.  The medium sized holes were just large enough for me to place a rhinestone through, and I placed a jewel in every other circle for even placement. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Basic Black #121045
Designer Series Paper:  Love Letter #117162
Stamp Sets:  Upsy Daisy #111710, Occasional Quotes #117048 wood mount, or #120142 clear mount, (Hostess Level 3)
Ribbon:  Basic Black 3/8" Taffeta #119962
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Jewels #119247
Accessories:  Mat Pack #105826

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ornament Punch Card

I really love making Christmas Cards, and usually I try to find one design that I love and use it for all of my cards.  But this year I had so much fun creating with Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, that in no time I had several different cards all made from this same pack of paper.  What also made this years cards so much easier for me to make was the addition of the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to my inventory of Stampin' Up! products.  By embossing the card fronts on most of my cards, I was able to create a base layer that added such wonderful dimension and texture. 

For today's card I used a piece of embossed Cherry Cobbler cardstock for my card base.  A matte layer of Always Artichoke and Deck the Halls DSP were decorated with four punched ornaments.  I punched one ornament in Always Artichoke and layered it with an ornament of Designer Paper that had Always Artichoke in most of the design, and another ornament in Cherry Cobbler and Designer Paper with Cherry Cobbler in the design as well.  Glimmer brads gave the ornaments some added sparkle and I used dimensionals to pop them up.  Always Artichoke seam binding created a nice finish to the card, as well as my stamped sentiment layered at the top. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Always Artichoke #105119
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Punches:  Word Window #119857, Ornament #119847
Embellishment:  Glimmer Bright Brads #121006 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  Dimensionals #104430, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Peace for Christmas.  Once again, this vintage paper says it all!

For today's card I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base, and layered it with another beautiful piece of the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper.  To add more color I cut two strips of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and punched them with the Eyelet Border punch and added these strips to the top and bottom of the paper.  I made a tag and stamped it with my Merry Christmas sentiment, and once again I had a quick and vintage card made in only a few minutes. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #119686, Cherry Cobbler #119685
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Stamp Set:  Christmas Greetings #115448
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Punch:  Eyelet Border #119853
Ribbon:  Hemp Twine #100982

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Another vintage card made using Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper. 

I started with a base of Crumb Cake cardstock that I embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  Next, I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Top Note Bigz Die and then a piece of Deck the Halls DSP with the same die.  I trimmed this piece to layer over the Cherry Cobbler and added a vintage bow.  The picture really doesn't show how pretty this paper is.  The card I posted on Monday, as well as today's post, and the cards I will be posting on Thursday and Friday will all feature cards made with this paper.  The cards labeled Hope, Noel, and Peace were all made from the same sheet of the 12 x 12 paper, with paper still left over for another card.  All of the 6 double-sided design papers in this pack (you receive 2 of each for a total of 12 sheets) are beautiful on both sides, giving you many wonderful inspirations for your Christmas cards. 

And don't forget if you want to get this paper to make your Christmas cards it is part of the Holiday Bundle promotion now being offered through Stampin' Up!.  You can see this promotion by clicking on the link in the left hand column of my blog.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Cherry Cobbler #119685
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls #120810 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim #118481
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824, Top Note Bigz Die #113463

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hope & Love for Christmas

Using Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper makes it so easy to create an elegant Christmas Card.  The paper has such beautiful vintage designs that I don't want to cover them up with a lot of other stamping.

To enhance the beauty of the paper, I started with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock which I embossed using the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  For the flowers to stand out I took my uni-ball Signo Gel Pen and filled in the middle of the flowers with little white dots. I cut a 4 x 4 square of Designer Series Paper and layered this on top of a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  A touch of Cherry Cobbler seam binding layered on a diagonal, my stamped sentiment, and the card is finished. 

If you would like to order your own Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper now would be a great time.  Stampin' Up! has put together a Holiday Promotions Bundle.  You can receive the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, and the Bells & Bough Stamp Set for $23.92 with a wood mount stamp set (#124067), or $19.92 with a clear mount stamp set (#124068).  That is 20% off retail prices.  This bundle and 6 others are available until December 16th.  To see the other items available for sale, click on the Holiday Bundles link on my blog. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Crumb Cake #120953
Designer Series Paper:  Deck the Halls (Holiday Mini) #120810
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992 (Holiday Mini)
Stamp Set:  Christmas Greetings #115448
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder #116824, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen #105021

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Reindeer Food

I was looking for some new ideas of items to have at a Craft Fair, and saw these bags that SU demonstrator Debbie Henderson made.   I changed the embossing folder and reindeer stamp to make my own similiar bags because I thought they were really cute, and a fun idea for kids.

I ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through my Big Shot Machine and used the Top Note Die for the bag topper.  I embossed this piece with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  The reindeer is from the Silhouettes Stamp Set, and he was punched and layered on top of a piece of Real Red Cardstock to make him stand out.  I filled a medium cello bag with 1/4 cup of oatmeal, and 1 capful of red and white sugar crystals.  I attached the cute saying to the outside of the bag with snail adhesive. 

Stamping Tip:  I thought the small cello bags were too small for the bag topper, and the medium ones just a bit too large, so I cut 1 inch off of the medium bags to make them the perfect fit.

To make today's project I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #100908
Stamp Set:  Nature Silhouette #111542
Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1 3/4" Circle #119850
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Foler #116824, Snail Adhesive 3104332

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hot Chocolate Anyone

Adding the Sweet Treat Cups to the center of your Fancy Favor Box and you have another holiday gift, great for teachers, secret santa's, friends, and more.

To start I took a piece of 12 x 6 Real Red Cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot using the Fancy Favor Bigz Die to get the box.  Before I put it together I stamped snowflakes all over it in random order.  I then took my 1 3/4" circle punch and punched a hole in the center of the front of the box and placed my Sweet Treat Cup filled with mini marshmallows.  I layered a piece of 3 x 3 Real Red cardstock behind the Treat Cup to keep it in place.  I used Sticky Strip to put the box together, added the handle  which was a left over piece of cardstock from when I cut out the box.  I added a tag, put in the hot chocolate and some Hershey Kisses tied in a small cello bag.  Thanks to fellow SU demonstrator Kimberly for this great idea.

To make today's gift box I used the following:
Cardstock:  Real Red #119940, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Snow Swirled #111690, Tags til Christmas #120847 wood mount, or #122269 clear mount
Ink:  Whisper White Craft #101731, Baja Breeze #111833
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Oval #119854, 1 3/4" Circle #119850
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #1134439, Fancy Favor Bigz xl Die #115965, Extended Cutting Pads #113478, Sticky Strip #104294, Sweet Treat Cups #116802, Crop-a-Dile #108362, Silver Brad #104336 (for the handle)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Top Note Halloween Treat Bag

Halloween is almost here, and the Top Note Bigz Die makes a cute bag topper for those special treats.

I took some Basic Black cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot using the Top Note Bigz Die.  I then embossed the cut die with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder for some added texture.  The pumpkin was made by punching three ovals with the 1 3/8" Oval Punch, and layering them together.  I sponged some Soft Suede ink onto each oval for added dimension, and the leaf was punched from the Two-Step Bird Punch.  I placed the candy in a small cellophane bag, punched two holes with my Crop-a-Dile and Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon keeps it all together. 

To make today's Treat Bag I used the following:
Cardstock:  Basic Black #121045, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie #105216, Soft Suede #115657
Ribbon:  Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain #109030
Punches:  Word Window #11957, 1 3/8" Oval #119863
Accessories: Crop-a-Dile #108362, Small Cellophane Bag #103104

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Holiday Bundles

Click the Holiday Bundles link under Promotions to see the Holiday Items from both the Mini Catalog and current Idea Book on sale for 20% off regular price.  E-mail me if you have any questions, or go to my on-line store to place your order and have it shipped directly to your home. 

Fabric Headbands

A new twist to my headbands - making them with both fabric and foam.  Great for the holidays!

To make the headband on the left I first cut a piece of Big Shot Fabric Adhesive large enough to cover the two smaller flowers from the Flower Folds bigz xl Die.  I then cut a piece of fabric the same size from Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric.  I ironed the adhesive onto the fabric, and then ran both pieces through my Big Shot.  Next I took some red craft foam, ran this through the Big Shot and then layered both cut pieces and ironed them together.  A glue gun, a retired button, and it all gets put together in a snap. 

The headband on the right was made in the same way, the difference is in the Die.  For this headband I used the two smaller daisies from Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die. 

Using the Fabric Adhesive Roll is what really makes this easy.  Just peel the transfer sheet off, iron your fabric, die cut onto your project, and the rest is up to you.  Experiment and have fun seeing all of the great things you can do with fabric.

To make today's project I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:
Designer Fabric:  Candy Cane Christmas #121715 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories: Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll #122194 (Holiday Mini), Big Shot Machine #113439, Flower Folds Bigz xl Die #115970, Extended Cutting Pads #11347, Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die #114520
Embellishment:  Real Red Corduroy Button (Retired) 

Non-Stampin' Up! Materials - Glue Gun, Craft Foam, Headbands

Monday, October 18, 2010

Remember When

Remember When  - that saying leaves so much to the imagination, and this is one card that could be used for  many different occasions.  I love making cards before I really need them.  It is fun  playing around with different colors, stamp sets, and papers and seeing all of the many possibilities.

The card base is Wild Wasabi cardstock that I embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  The matte layer is Soft Suede cardstock layered with three cut pieces of Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper.  The saying is stamped in Wild Wasabi ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and layered on a piece of Soft Suede, and adhered with dimensionals. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi #108641, Soft Suede #115318, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper: Woodland Walk #117389
Ink:  Wild Wasabi #109014
Stamp Set:  Word Play #120308 wood mount, or #120651 clear mount
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, October 14, 2010

No post for a few days.  Spending the day with my grandchildren, then off to the beach to celebrate the wedding of my good friends daughter.  Check back next week for more stamping ideas and techniques.

But before I go a few notes about upcoming promotions coming to an end:
...Clearance Rack items while supplies last or until October 18th
...Free Greenhouse Gala Tote for anyone who signs up to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator promotion also endsOctober 18th. 
...Additional  FREE stamp set for anyone who signs up under a demonstrator who attended Regionals also ends.  Therefore, if you sign up by the deadline of 10/18 you will receive in addition to the Tote, a free stamp set  called Eat Chocolate from the up and coming new mini catalog coming out in January. 

So if you were thinking about joining my team and doing what I love doing, you can e-mail me for a password and go to my website to sign up and order your own Starter Kit to start your own journey of fun and creativity, and great discounts too!  A lot of great values ending soon.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Make a few holes around your corners with the paper piercing tool to give your project a different look.  The tool along with the Mat Pack that has a paper-piercing template makes it easy to get it right the first time.

My card base is Whisper White cardstock, with a matte layer of Old Olive.  I took some Basic Black cardstock and a piece of DSP from the Brights Paper Stack and cut them on a diagonal for my next layer. I stamped my image with the two step hostess stamp set Fast & Fabulous.  I first stamped the flower outline in Basic Black Ink, and then the flowers in Concord Crush.    Some pearls were added to the center of the flowers, as well as the left corner for some extra embellishment.  I also sponged some Concord Crush ink around my Oval punched sentiment.  I like to do this when the sentiment is being stamped on the same color as the cardstock layer beneath it.  It makes it stand out a little bit more.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Old Olive #100702, Basic Black #121045
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Ink: Basic Black #101179, Concord Crush #119785
Stamp Set:  Fast & Fabulous #118754 wood mount, or #120133 clear mount (Hostess Level 2), Thoughts & Prayers #113252
Punch:  Extra Large Oval #119859
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247
Accessories:  Dimensionals #104430, Stamping Sponge #101610, Paper Piercing Tool #116631, Mat Pack #105826

If you would like to order any of the supplies used to make this card or any of the projects listed on my blog, just go to my On-line store where you can shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Product name and number listed under each project posted to make it easier for you to plan your shopping or wish list.  And remember, gift certificates always available too, so get your list together and hand it to your family and friends and let me help them fill your Christmas stocking.  Orders can be placed through me if you want to take advantage of the free gift wrapping offered for items purchased as Christmas presents, but if you want the ease of having the items shipped directly to your home order on-line.  It is easy, but help is only an e-mail away.

An additional shopping tip - If your order comes to $150 or more you qualify for free hostess gifts!
See page 9 of the Idea Book and Catalog that lists your options for free merchandise.

Monday, October 11, 2010

For the Newlyweds

With three weddings to attend in the next 6 weeks I needed to get busy making some wedding cards.  I'm never too sure how feminine to make the cards because usually the recepients are a man and a woman, so I try to add colors that add some masculine tones too.

I started with a base of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then followed with a layer of Whisper White, Concord Crush, another layer of Pear Pizzazz and then a final layer of Whisper White which was stamped with my images.  The flowers are from the Fifth Avenue Floral set, and I used the masking technique to layer them as I stamped.  (See technique by going to Masking under labels).  I thought the flowers were a little plain by themselves so I added a touch of Pear Pizzazz to the centers and to some of the petals using my Pear Pizzazz marker.  The trim at the bottom was made by punching Concord Crush cardstock with the Scallop Trim  Border punch.  My trick to making it layer the way I want it is to cut a larger piece than what you need so you can trim the ends to fit nicely over your cardstock.  I added some Whisper White taffeta ribbon to this and thought it would also be a good place for the sentiment. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Concord Crush #119792, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Fifth Avenue Floral #113734, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Concord Crush #119785
Marker:  Pear Pizzazz #119801 (In-Color Marker Set)
Punches:  Word Window #119857, Scallop Trim Border #11840
Ribbon:   Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rainbow of Ribbon

Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Original Ribbon color Whisper White

Elegant Eggplant 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Original Ribbon Color Whisper White

Marina Mist 5/8" Organza Ribbon
Original Ribbon Color Whisper White

Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Original Ribbon Color Whisper White

Tangerine Tango 5/8" Victoria Crochet Trim
Original Ribbon Color Very Vanilla

Baja Breeze 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Original Ribbon Color Whisper White

Well that was fun!  I took my original ribbons in various sizes and mainly Whisper White - except for the Crochet Trim which has more of a Very Vanilla look - and took some of my favorite ink colors and dyed them to make a rainbow of ribbons.  It was really easy to do, and with the exception of a few inked fingers, not too messy either.  To dye my ribbon I first cut a strip long enough to be used for a card layer, laid it flat on top of the ink pad, and while holding one end in my fingers and laying a Stamping Sponge on top of the ribbon, I pulled it across the top of the ink pad.  I did this several times until I got the color I wanted.  You can make it lighter or darker depending on your preference.  My favorite has to be the Organza Ribbon that I inked in Marina Mist.  I always loved this ribbon in Whisper White, but now it really has topped my list dyed to match some of my favorite colors.  Try it and you will be surprised at how easy it is, and how many more choices you now have for all of your favorite projects.

To make the ribbons I used the following:
Ink:  Rose Red #101778, Elegant Eggplant #105210, Marina Mist #119668, Melon Mambo #115656, Tangerine Tango #111834, Baja Breeze #111833
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain #109025, Whisper White 5/8" Satin #114616, Whisper White Organza #114319, Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta #119262, Victoria Crochet Trim #118481, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610

Friday, October 8, 2010

Day of Gratitude with Cajun Craze Ribbon???

For attending Regionals in Baltimore, all Stampin' Up! demonstrators received the beautiful Stamp Set Day of Gratitude.  It is from the Holiday Mini Catalog and is perfect for making your fall cards.

For today's card I started with a base of Cajun Craze cardstock, and layered it with a Square Lattice embossed piece of Very Vanilla.  I didn't want just one color on my large flower so I took four different inks and stamped a little of each color all around the image.  I then took my sponge daubers and using the same four inks I went around the image where it needed a little more color.   To add a little more dimension, I also ran this image through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder. After cutting the flower out I added a medium pearl to accent the middle.  The sentiment was punched with the new Decorative Label punch and Cajun Craze ink was sponged around the edges.  I wanted to add a layer or ribbon, but Stampin' Up! doesn't carry ribbon in Cajun Craze so I made my own!  I took some Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain and opened my Cajun Craze ink pad.  I held onto one end and ran it across my ink pad several times to get the color to bleed onto the white ribbon.  As I ran it across the ink pad I held it down using a Stampin' Sponge.  Now I have my own Cajun Craze ribbon!   So - it just goes to show that you can have ribbon in so many more colors.  I am going to try it on my other Whisper White ribbons and let you know what one I think works best with this technique.  Check back later for the update.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze #119786, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Cajun Craze #119671, Cherry Cobbler 119669, Daffodil Delight #119667, Pear Pizzazz #119784
Stamp Set:  Day of Gratitude #120835 wood mount, or #121148 clear mount (Holiday Mini)
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain #119958 (dyed with Cajun Craze Ink)
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Sponge Daubers #102892, Stamping Sponges #101610
Embellishment:  Medium sized pearl #119247, Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, October 7, 2010

All Occasion Swaps

Tammy Pavletich

Michele Huk

Dawn Story


Heather Yates

Tracy Bygate

Brunie Quinones

Anna Zuniga

Allison Schiding

Sue Manlove
Karen Coulson

Susan Peters

Kelly Rogers

These are the last of my swaps to post. I hope you were inspired by all of these great creations, I know I was.  Thanks ladies!