Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snowman Birthday

This is a card I made for my good buddy in Florida. It might be the only snowman she will see this season. Althought it has been cold down there, but not enough for snow. I used the Big Shot and the Top Note Die using Old Olive for his hat and Whisper White for his face. I used the Northern Frost Decorative Strip for the snowflake on his hat and added a Green Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad. I used a Dauber for his rosy cheeks using Pink Pirouette. I saw this idea on another website by Shari Dudek.

Friday, December 3, 2010


This is a card I made for a swap this month. I used Real Red card stock for the basic card. I stamped Jolly Old Saint Nick on Whisper White with Basic Black ink.
I colored in his rosy cheeks and nose with the red watercolor pencil and blender pen.
I used 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds on his beard, eyebrows, mustache, and his hat. I layered Santa on Basic Black card stock and attached to the front of my card. The "Merry Christmas" is from the Christmas Greetings stamp set.


I made coaster calendars for the speech teachers and this one is a sample of what I gave to each of them tonight. The coaster calendar is like an easel and can stand up on their desk. The idea of how to make them came from Gretchen Barron.

I used the glue sticks to attach the DSP to the coaster. Then I trimmed the excess DSP close to the coaster and used a sanding blocks to round off the corners. I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and the Owl Punch. I made a stand for the back by cutting 2" x 11" piece of cardstock. Then they were scored at 3.5", 7", 8", 9 " and 10" Then I attached the mini calendar to the front.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Leaves

This is a Holiday Mini swap that I was in and another card made with the French Foliage. I used Cajun Craze for the base of the card. I used Very Vanilla card stock to stamp the leaves with Cajun Craze and More Mustard ink. Then I put it in my Square Lattice Embossing Folder and ran it through my Big Shot. I loved the effect. I also used my Oval All stamp set for "Just for You" as well as my Scallop Oval Punch and my Large Oval Punch.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Card

This a card I made for a recent swap using the French Foliage stamp set in the Holiday Mini catalog. I love this stamp set and I've seen some really great samples that this set was used even for Christmas cards which I hope to create some of those soon. The base of my card is made with Crumb Cake card stock with Cajun Craze for the border. I used Very Vanilla card stock to stamp the leaves and the verse. The colors I used for the leaves were Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and More Mustard. For the background I also used Crumb Case. Of course, "Happy Thanksgiving" was stamped in Basic Black. It's a very simple, easy card to make.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wicked Cool Tea Light Box

I've candle stamped before, but this was a great way to stamp the tea light candles.
I learned how to do this from Nicole Tugrul's website. The trick is to put tissue paper between two sheets of copy paper and punch out your circles with your circle punch. Stamp the image on the tissue and punch a small hole in the center so you can pull the wick through. Then you take the heat gun slightly to the candle until the tissue melts into the tea light candle. I hope to make some more of these in the next couple months for the holidays.

Anti-bacterial Hand Gel Holders for Halloween

These Halloween Holders were fun to make. I bought the anti-bacterial hand gels at Bath and Body Works (5 for $5)and got the idea from Erica Cerwin. I cut two pieces of cardstock. One is at 3" x 10" and the other one is 6" x 1 1/2".

Then I turned both pieces long ways in my cutter and scored the biggest piece at 1", 2", 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" with my scoring blade. The smaller piece was scored at 1/2", 1 1/2", 4 1/2" and 5 1/2". Use a Bone Folder to crease the scored lines. On the smaller piece, you will need to trim off the outside tabs (1 1/2" long on all 4 sides). The hole was made by using the medium oval punch, although it is too small a hole for the bottle of hand gel, so it needed to be punched twice by punching as close to the scored line at the top and bottom as possible to make the oval wider.
Then I applied Sticky Strip to the sides of the smaller piece as well as the side tabs. I peeled off the red tape only on the bottom tab and attached it to the inside of the bottom lip of the biggest piece. Then I peeled off the red tape on the tabs and taped them down to the bottom side of the biggest piece. Then, I removed the red tape from the other side and adhered it to the back part of the biggest piece. Now the gel should fit inside the hole and it can be decorated as desired inside and out.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wicked Cool Tube Holder

I was at a demo meeting about a month ago and a demo friend Anna Marie shared with us how to make these cool tube holders. I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the base.
I used the Wicked Cool stamp and Web Embossing folder die in the Big Shot. Measure Pumpkin Pie Cardstock at 7 3/4" x 5 1/2". Score at 3" from both ends on small side. Measure 3 7/8" for the middle. I cut 2 1/4" from the top and from the top to cut the slits to hold the tube. Measure Black cardstock at 2 1/4" x 5 1/4".
I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Oval Punch, and Scallop Oval, Scallop Circle Punch and the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. The tube was filled with orange Tic Tacs.

Happy Halloween Gum Holder

I've made gum holders before, but I had to make some of these cute little goblin gum holders for some of my friends this year. I made the goblin ghost my using the owl punch with Whisper White cardstock and then turning him upside down (cutting off his little feet)and attaching black eyes. I used Tangerine Tango cut at 6" x 3 5/8" and scored at 2 1/2", 2 7/8", 5 3/8" and 5 3/4". I used the Spider Web Embossing Folder and ran it through the Big Shot. I attached a belly band that is 1" x 8 3/4". Kris Holly has a video on how to make these on her website.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Smarty Pants Owl

Another demo friend gave me a similar card this weekend, so I had to create one of my own. Besides a good customer of mine was turning 50 and so I thought she would get a kick out of something goofy. This card uses the owl punch, but I had to punch
it several times to get all the colors I needed. I also used the Bird Punch in Old Olive cardstock for the branches. Plus, I punched out Blueberry Crisp DSP for their vests. The background is the Woodgrain Background image stamped with Soft Suede ink and songed. I used the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch through the Crumb Cake cardstock (formally known as Kraft)for the hole for each owl. The verse was typed on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with the Modern Label Punch.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Halloween is a Hoot!

I love making Halloween cards. With this one, I used the Owl Punch in Basic Black as well as the Branch from the Bird Punch to make a silhoutte in front of the moon. The moon was made with the Circles #2 Die through the Big Shot and sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink around the edges. I used the new Spider Web embossing folder for the background on the card. I then used the stamp set Halloween Hoot for the saying. The colors I used were Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant. I also used dimensionals, scallop oval punch and other oval punches to make this Halloween card.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WHOo's Got Gum?

This card was made with the new owl punch. I made gum holders years ago and decided why not put an owl with the Woodgrain background stamp on the front. The ink colors I used were Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight. I used Chocolate Chip ink on Crumb Cake cardstock for the Woodgrain Background.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bride and Groom

Today, I'm posting a card that I made. I fell in love with the original sample and just had to make one of my own. The card pattern was free from Lynn Pratt. I changed my card somewhat by using the Finial Press for the wedding dress and using the 5/8 Organza Ribbon.

Friday, July 9, 2010

BIG SHOT - Movers and Shapers Box

This is a box I made with the Movers and Shapers Die with the Heart Window and the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. I used the new In Color Blushing Bride cardstock and marker. This was inspired by Catherine Harwood.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Because I Care

This is one of the new hostess sets in Level 1. It is a beautiful hydrangea stamp set. Perfect Plum is the folded card. It is layered in front with Elegant Eggplant. The Elegant Eggplant cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder. This card has 5/8" Old Olive Satin Ribbon with a Circle Ice Rhinstone Brad. First, you ink up the stamp with the Versamark ink pad; then the Perfect Plum ink pad. Then use the Elegant Eggplant marker on some of the flower petals. Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock and sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Elements of Style

This is made with a set from the Summer Mini called Elements of Style. I used the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the Big Shot for the background after I stamped it with Night of Navy ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Triple Tulips

No stamps were used on the front of this card, but you could use any stamp verse on the inside.

This is the cardstock that I used: Pink Passion, Perfect Plum, Yoyo Yellow, Certainly Celery and Whisper White

The ink I used was Pink Passion, Perfect Plum, Only Orange

The Stampin’ Up! Accessories I used: Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (wing and stem)],Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Scallop Border Punch, 2-Way Glue pen, Glue Dots, and Sponge

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Inspired by Nature and Hope Happens

This card idea was inspired by Gretchen Barron using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die on the Inspired by Nature set. Colors used were Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla. Ink was Basic Black. The border was the Pinking Hearts Border Punch and I used Old Olive Satin Ribbon around the bottom of the card and taught my workshop attendees how to make a perfect bow. I will miss Taken with Teal in July.

Abundant Hope and Tiny Tags

Another card with Abundant Hope at another recent workshop. Colors were Crushed Curry, Whisper White and Handsome Hunter. We also used the Big Shot for the texture on the Whisper White using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder. We also used the Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grograin Ribbon and attached the Tiny Tag with a Gold Brad.

Abundant Hope

This is a card we did at a recent workshop using the set Abundant Hope. Colors were Always Artichoke, Yoyo Yellow and Pumpkin Pie. It was stamped with Black Stazon on Watercolor Paper. This set is very versatile and can be used for birthday, Mother's Day as well as Easter.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vintage Vogue In-Colors

This is a card I made with the In-Colors Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay. I used the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder with the Big Shot on the Rich Razzleberry Card. I also used the Big Shot using the Lattice Die with Whisper White card stock and glued it to the front of the card using a 2-way Glue Pen. The stamp set is called Vintage Vogue from the Occasions Mini. The butterflies were made using the Embosslit Die called Beautiful Wings, also from the Occasions Mini. I used the gold brads to attach the two flowers together and put dimensionals on the back to adhere to the front of the card.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lattice Die card

This card was made with the Stampin' Up! Lattice Die by running it through the Big shot with Night of Navy card stock and then the Bashful Blue cardstock. I inserted the Night of Navy lattice into the frame of the Bashful Blue lattice and layered it onto a Whisper White card. Then I inserted the Bashful Blue diamond shaped pieces with 2-way glue. Stamped the flowers and inserted with a brad and added to the front with a dimensional. I also added the verse from Whimsical Words Sale-a-Bration set.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ribbon of Hope Bikini

This is a card I made for my sister and sent to her last week. I hope she'll get a big kick out of it. I found the pattern here:

The bra bikini is the front of the card and the bottoms are the back of the card. I used the #117153 Sending Love DSP from the Occasions Mini which has a special shimmer on it. I used Blush Blossom card stock as the base to my card. I used the new punch style of the Small Heart in the Occasions Mini. The "Ribbons of Hope" stamp set is in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog on page 208. It is one of the sets you can get free if you spend $50 in merchandise during Sale-a-Bration, but be sure to use the Item #120261 on page 11 of the Sale-a-Bration Mini.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rich Razzleberry Whimsical Words

I used the stamp set Whimsical Words (2010 SAB Mini)
I love the In-Color Rich Razzleberry which I used on this card along with Whisper White. The ink is also Rich Razzleberry. Other Stampin' Up! items I used was the new Small Heart Punch, the Full Heart Punch, Big Shot, Movers and Shapers Bigz Die with magnetic heart, Eyelet Border Punch, Rich Razzleberry Ribbon, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Position the magnetic heart inside the Movers and Shapers Die and lay the cardstock down over the heart. Position the cardstock between the two cutting pads, and run through the Big Shot. It cuts out a heart and also make a score line to fold the card in half.

Stamp "Follow your heart~it knows the way" on Whisper White cardstock using the Rich Razzleberry ink pad. It is easier to stamp your words first before punching the white heart out. Use the Full Heart Punch to punch out the white heart. With your card closed, attach the white heart through the heart opening to the inside with Snail Adhesive.

Punch out a Small Heart (or the Heart to Heart Punch) through a scrap piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and attach to the verse with a dimensional.

Use the Eyelet Border Punch to punch one side of the Whisper White.

Take the Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and wrap around the Whisper White eyelet border piece. Tie a knot in the center of the ribbon and attach to the front of the card with Snail Adhesive.

Valentine Easel Card

This is an easel card that I made for a swap last month. Stamp Set: A Happy Heart
Card stock: Soft Suede, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Sending Love Specialty DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red, Basic Black
Other: Sponge, DSP, Pinking Hearts Corner Punch, Dimensionals, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die, Big Shot, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder,
Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge, Small Heart Punch

Soft Suede (In-Color) cardstock is cut at 4" x 8" and scored at 2" x 4".
Then another piece of Soft Suede card stock (In-Color) at 4" x 4".
Really Red is cut at 3 3/4" x 3 3/4".
Very Vanilla cardstock is cut at 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
DSP is cut at 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"

This card folds up into a 4" x 4" fold and can be send in a standard size envelope.

This Girardelli Holder was made using the Big Shot and my Petal Die. Then I used the Specialty Sending Love DSP from the Occasions Mini. I used the Whimsical Words stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration Mini and cut it out with my Full Heart Punch. I gave these treat holders to a couple of my co-worker friends for Valentines.

Embossed Heart

This card was made using the new A Happy Heart stamp set and the Pinking Hearts Border Punch, both from the Occasions Mini Catalog. The black cardstock was cut at 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" and then I used the border punch on all four sides and then layered it on Whisper White cardstock. I used Versamark to stamp the heart on Taken with Teal card stock and then cut it out after I embossed with black embossing powder. I then layered it onto the Basic Black card stock and I attached the black gingham ribbon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I {Love} Love

Here is another card I did making a Circle Slit Border. It's a little too busy, but I wanted to try this technique using the new Specialty Designer Series Paper #117153 in the Occasions Mini as well as the I {Love} Love Jumbo Wheel #117084. I just love that new DSP as it is so shimmery. The verse "follow your heart it knows the way" comes from the Whimsical Words SAB set. I earned this set free for spending $50 in merchandise. There are other meaningful greets for any event with this set. I also ordered the clear mount set to use with my clear mount blocks. They take up less space, easy to clean and they are much cheaper too. Of course, you can still order the wood block stamp set too.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I {Heart} Hearts

This is a card technique I learned to make from demo Karen Phillips . She calls it a circle slit border. They are fun to make!

The Circle Slit Border is made by cutting a piece of cardstock (or Designer Series Paper)at 5 1/2" x 1 1/2". Use a pencil to mark each end at 1/2", then measure 3/4" with a pencil until you get to the other end that is 1/2". Put the Slit Punch all the way in to where the pencil marks are and punch at each pencil mark. Then erase your pencil marks. To place on a card, cut 1/2" off the front side of your 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" standard size card. Use snail adhesive to attach your Circle Slit Border to the right side of your card.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Valentine to my Friend

This is a card I created for a swap last month using the Finial Textured Impressions Embossing folder using Whisper White cardstock. I used the new I {Heart} Hearts set from the Occasions Mini, the new Embosslits Die Heart of Hearts and the Scallop Trim Corner and Border punches. I love using the Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay In Colors together. I used the In-Color markers on the All Holidays stamp set "My dear Kind & wonderful Friend". The Bermuda Bay cardstock was measured at 3 13/16" square using the Scallop Trim Corner punch first on each corner. Then I aligned the Scallop Trim Border punch. I also used the Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.