Thursday, December 31, 2015

Rose Wonder Birthday

When I first saw the new 2016 Occasions Catalog, I fell in love with the new set Rose Wonder and knew it would be one of the first sets I would preorder as a demo.  The colors I used were Island Indigo and Old Olive.  I stamped the rose on Whisper White cardstock and embossed it with White Embossing Powder before coloring it in.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sleigh Ride Edgelits Ornament Card

This is was a fun ornament card I made after learning how to make it from Michelle Zindorf.  It uses the  Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies which retire soon. It also uses the Embellished Ornaments Thinlets Die that is not retiring yet.   I used the Hardwood Background Stamp.  The colors are Island Indigo, Old Olive, Whisper White cardstock.  I love how it turned out. 

Paper Pumpkin December 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Embellished Ornaments

This is the card I swapped with my club members.  I was inspired by Judy May's card that I found on Pinterest.  The base of my card is Night of Navy.  The second layer is Whisper White cut in half. The bottom half, I used the Stylish Stripes TIEF.  I cut a strip of Night of Navy to overlap where the second layers meets in the center and also added a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper.  For the ornament, I used Night of Navy with a Silver Foil backing, and Silver Glimmer Paper for the top of the ornament and the center.  I add an Iced Rhinestone for the center.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Card Swaps

On Sunday, eight of my club members came to swap Christmas cards with each other and me.  This is the first time we decided to do this.   Above are 8 of my club members with me in the middle sitting.  Also, the 9 Christmas cards that we stamped to swap before coming to the workshop.  I think they did a fantastic job.  Most of them have been club members with me for the past six years.  It is always so much fun to get together and stamp with them.  Not only are they my loyal customers, but they are just great friends and I appreciate each one of them.  The other club members are in another state and could not make it.

Snow Place

This is one of the cards we made at my workshop on Sunday after we swapped our Christmas cards.  I've always loved snowmen, so couldn't resist buying the Snow Place set with the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits Dies in the 2015 Holiday catalog.  I received a similar card from my demo friend Dianne Teslak, but she had used the the Season of Cheer DSP snowflakes which I had already used up.  Instead I stamped my snowflakes on Night of Navy with the Whisper White craft ink and let it dry.  I also added a little Real Red  Pompom from the Trim in the Holiday Catalog for the little snowman.  The base of the card is Whisper White and layered with Real Red cardstock.  The snow was sponged with Soft Sky. I cut a small strip of Real Red for the trim on the large snowman.  For my workshop I changed the arms to Soft Suede but my sample shows Chocolate Chip which doesn't show up as well.  I also made a template to show what dies to use.

Thanks Dianne for your swap.  I really liked it.

Here is Dianne's card:

Rudolph Gift Card Holder Envelope

This is the other project we made at my workshop on Sunday.  The idea came from a video I saw of Connie Stewart's, but I used the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum for the front of my Gift Card Envelope.  I loved her Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and knew I had to make one.  I also used it for my club workshop on Sunday.   I used several punches to create Rudolph as you can see in the chart I made below.. 
The base of Rudolph could be either Tip Top Taupe or Crumb Cake.  His antlers and hooves were Chocolate Chip.  His front fur was Whisper White as well as part of his nose and also Red Glimmer Paper.  The Island Indigo card stock is cut at 6" x 6 1/2" to use the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlets Dies.  The stamp is Oh, What Fun used in Real Red ink and stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  The Decorative Label Punch was also used from Island Indigo by punching out two of them.    I cut one label in half vertically and the other one horizonally so that I could layer them under the Whisper White tag. The 1/8"Striped Real Red ribbon is from the Holiday catalog.  Everyone thought it was a really cute idea!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Snow Place Snowman

Let it Snow!  Let it Snow! Let it Snow!  We did have some snow fall today but not enough to accumulate or even to make a snowman.  So I made a snowman card using the Snow Place stamp set.  The base of card is Whisper White layered with Lost Lagoon.  I stamped the snowflakes with Craft White.  I stamped the snowman with Memento Black ink and cut him out with the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits.  The snow and trees in background are cut from the Sleigh Ride Edgelits (soon to retire).  I wasn't crazy about the Sleigh Ride Edgelits when I first saw them, but have seen so many beautiful cards made with them.  It will be sad to see them go.  I stamped "Let it Snow!" on  Whisper White and I used the Hexagon punch on the one end to create a banner. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cozy Christmas and Cheer All Year

This is a card I made with Night of Navy and Soft Sky cardstock.
I ran the Soft Sky through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling TIEF.
The "Christmas Cheer" is from Cheer All Year stamp set that will soon retire.
Santa and his reindeer are also soon to retire from the set Cozy Christmas set.
I used the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch that will not retire and will still be available in the new Occasions Catalog that comes out January 5.  The punch has a ribbon slide which I punched at both ends of my banner to slide the Night of Navy 1/2" seam binding through.  The punch also has two corner shapes.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Winter Wishes

This is the card I made for my swap this month.  I used the stamp set Warm Wishes which will soon retire at the end of the month.  The base of my card is Very Vanilla and cut at 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  The next layer is Chocolate Chip cut at 4" x 5-1/4".  The next layer is Soft Suede cut at 3-3/4" x 5" and I inserted it in the Woodgrain TIEF and ran it through the Big Shot.  I used the Corrugated Paper by cutting it at 3-3/4" x 5" and 1-1/2" wide and adding a Basic Metal Button with the Thick Very Vanilla Baker's Twine attached.  I stamped the sled in Chocolate Chip ink on 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla cardstock and then layered it on 2-1/4" x 4-1/2" Chocolate Chip cardstock. I added a banner of "Warm Wishes" on Crumb Cake cardstock and  attached it all with Dimensionals.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Paper Pumpkin November 15

October Swaps

A few months ago, I posted the swaps for September with a group that I swap with monthly.  I have permission to post the following swaps for October.  I will post November swaps when they all arrive.  They are a great group of stampers.
Created by Diane Simpers
Created by Dianne Teslak
Created by Lynn Lipchak
Created by Mary Wesche
Created by Toni Tessler
Created by Nancy Endwright


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sparkling Seasons Viewmaster Card

Remember when you were little and had a Viewmaster?  Some of you may still have yours, I know I do.  It was always fun to see the beautiful colors viewing through the lens.  This is a card that I cased from Brenda Quintana's video because I liked it so much.  I have made viewmaster cards before, but never with the Circle Framelits so that card is 5" x 5" but so much fun to make.  Here are my written instructions to make this card:

Stamp Set:  Sparkling Season (Bundle)

Cardstock:  5” x 10” Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, 5” x 5” Thick Whisper White and Copy Paper, 3” x 5” Merry Moments DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Soft Suede, Memento Black Ink

Markers:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Blush Blossom

Other:  Big Shot, Circle Collection Dies, Seasonal Frame Thinlets, Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Tombow Multipurpose Glue Pen, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Mini Brad, eraser


1.     This card is a 5” x 5” card.  The base of the card is Crumb Cake cut at 5” x 10” and scored in the middle at the 5” mark.  Use the Bone Folder to burnish the fold to lie flat.

2.    The Merry Moments DSP is cut at 3” x 5”.  Put Tombow Multipurpose Glue around the edges and adhere to the middle of the card.

3.    With a pencil and clear ruler, measure at the top of the card at 2½” and make a pencil mark below that mark at ¼”.

4.    Open up the card and use the fourth from the smallest circle die from the Circle Collection Dies and lay it at the ¼” pencil mark down and center on the DSP to cut out a circle through both front layers using the Big Shot/Magnetic Platform.

5.    Then on the side, measure 2½”, mark it 3/8”. Use the same Circle die and with the card closed, lay it just left of the 3/8” mark and run it through the Big Shot to create a thumb hole.

6.    To find the center of your card for the Mini Brad, close your card and measure with a clear ruler from one corner of the card to the other and make a small pencil mark in the middle. Do the same so that there is an “x” where they meet in the middle.  Use the Paper Piercer and Mat to make a hole in the center of the “X”.

7.    Use the 5” x 5” Thick Whisper White Paper to cut out the large Scallop Circle and a piece of 5” x 5” white copy paper at the same time.

8.    Take the copy paper and fold it in half, but make sure you have full scallops (not halves) on the fold.  Lay it on top of your Thick Whisper White Scalloped circle, and use the pencil to draw a light line on the Thick Whisper White Scallop Circle.

9.    Now, count over 7 scallops and make a pencil mark and then count 8 scallops and make another pencil mark. Use the folded copy paper as your guide to draw the pencil lines across the scallop circle to make 6 pies.  Using the mat, insert Paper Piercer in the center where lines meet.  Insert a brad in the front of the card first and then add your scallop circle so you can find placement for you to stamp the images.  Start where the line is straight up and down, and then take a pencil and draw the circle.

10.  Move it past the next line, draw another circle, skip a line and draw the last circle.

11.  Remove the brad and your scallop circle from the card for now.  Stamp an image in each circle with Memento Black ink.  Let dry!

12.  Erase all pencil marks. Color images in with markers.

13.  Insert scallop circle back into card with the brad.

14.  Stamp base of snow globe on 3” x ½” Crumb Cake cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Adhere with two Dimensionals.

15.  Cut out Gold Glimmer “Falala” from the Seasonal Frame Thinlets, using Big Shot with an extra  “lala”.  Use 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere to the front of the card.  Let dry!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Antique Tags

DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!  That is what this Santa is saying.  He is from the hostess set Antique Tags.  This was a box that I made using Real Red and Mossy Meadow cardstock.
The Designer Series Paper is called Home for Christmas.  The ribbon is the 5/8" Gold Satin Ribbon and it uses the 2" and 2-1/2" Circle Punches. The measurements for the box can be found on Angie Juda's blog  HERE.  Her box is a snowman made with the Snow Place stamp set. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Square Pillow Box

This was a project so much fun to make but it was not my original idea.  I found a video on how to make this box on Splitcoaststampers by JanB.  The base is Marina Mist using the Woodland TIEF and using a Dauber and Craft White ink.  It also uses a 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds.  The little snowman on the NoteTag is from Sparkling Seasons colored in with Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Pumpkin Pie markers adding more Dazzling Diamonds which makes a nice little gift box for someone at Christmas time.  Wouldn't you love to receive this gift?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Festive Leaves

This is a card I did for a swap this month.  It makes a great Fall card and I'm glad to have used my
Leaflet Framelits that I have had for a few months just waiting to create a Fall card.

STAMP SETS:  Festive Leaves, Happy Scenes, For All Things


Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Whisper White


Ink:  Cajun Craze, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Old Olive


Markers: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler,


Other:  Big Shot, Leaflet Framelits, 2” Circle Punch, Sponges,  Woodland TIEF

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Scenes - Winter

This is another card my club members made at our workshop on Sunday. 

Stamp Set:  Happy Scenes (2015 Holiday Catalog)

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Foil, Season of Cheer DSP

Ink: Versamark pad, White Embossing Powder, White Craft

Other:  Big Shot, Precision Plate, Hearth & Home Thinlets Die, Christmas Greetings Thinlets Die, Heat Tool, Snowflake Elements, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen


1.     Base of card is Whisper White cardstock cut at 4¼” x 11” and scored at 5½” in the middle. 

2.    The second layer is Night of Navy cut at 4” x 5¼”. 

3.    The third layer is Season of Cheer DSP cut at

3¾” x 5”

4.    Layer the Night of Navy on the base of the card with Adhesive and then layer the DSP on top of it with Adhesive.

5.    The window frame thinlet is cut from 3¾” x 3”
 Whisper White cardstock. Use the Big Shot and Precision Plate, steel facing up and the writing facing down.  It is used in place of a cutting plate and used on Tab 2. Then lay down the white cardstock for window frame and then the Heart & Home Thinlets Die and a cutting pad on top.  

6.    The Night of Navy strip is 1½” x 3¾” for the window sill.  It can be used with the Magentic Platform and two cutting plates.

7.    The 2½” x 3” Night of Navy cardstock is used for the scene behind the window.  Use the Embossing Buddy before stamping the winter scene in Versarmark.  Then sprinkle White Embossing Powder over it.  Shake off excess and use the Heat Tool to emboss it. Optional:  You may reink scene with Versamark and sprinkle Iridesent Embossing Powder over the first embossed trees and heat set.   Attach to the back of the window frame with adhesive.  Add Dimensionals to the back and adhere window frame/scenery to the front of the card.

8.    Carefully, ink up a wooden Snowflake Element with White Craft ink and let dry.  Can use Heat Tool to get it to dry faster.  When dry, attach to window frame with Dimensional or Glue Dot.

9.    Silver Foil is cut at 3½” x 1¼”.  Use “Peace” die from the Christmas Greetings Thinlets Dies to cut out in the Big Shot using Precision Plate.

10.  Attach to the Night of Navy window sill with 2-Way Glue Pen.   Attach below window frame with Dimensionals.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

I Believe in Santa

This is a fun card to make and my customers enjoyed making it at the club workshop yesterday.
Here are the instructions:

Stamp Sets:  Cozy Christmas,  Wonderland, Jolly Christmas (2015 Holiday Catalog)

Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow

Other:  Big Shot, Multipurpose Platform, Brayer, 2” Circle Punch, Woodland TIEF, Washi Punch, Post-it note, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue


1.      Base of card is Lost Lagoon cut at 5½” x 8½” and scored at 4¼” in the middle.

2.    The second layer is Mossy Meadow cut at 4” x 5¼” and adhered to the base of the card with Snail Adhesive or Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

3.    Ink up Santa and his sleigh from the Cozy Christmas stamp set with the Archival Basic Black ink pad.  Stamp on the 3¾” x 5” Whisper White cardstock starting in the middle and up towards the right corner as if they are flying.

4.    Cut a 2” circle from a post-it note making sure you include the sticky part.  Adhere it over Santa and his sleigh.

5.    Ink up the Brayer with Lost Lagoon ink.  Brayer across the Woodland TIEF on the logo side.

6.    Then ink up the Wonderland trees with Mossy Meadow ink and stamp on the TIEF towards the bottom.

7.    Now place your “Santa and sleigh” Whisper White cardstock on the opposite side of the TIEF (less chance of ink smearing) and run it through the Big Shot using the Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1 and make sure you run it through with the fold in the TIEF goes in first.  Carefully lift off the TIEF when done.  Adhere to front of card.

8.    Stamp “Believe” from the Jolly Christmas set with Lost Lagoon on Whisper White scrap and punch it out with the Washi Punch and adhere to front of card with Dimensionals.

Optional:  Use a 2-Way Glue Pen on the Mossy Meadow trees and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds.  Shake off excess and let dry!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

September Swaps

Each month I swap with a group that is called SASS (Sunshine and Smiles Swap) which was formed by my demo friend Dianne and I.  It is the same group of demos that swap each month and they are very talented stampers and I have permission to show some of their swaps in September.

Toni Tessler
Diane Simpers
Mary Wesche
Lynn Lipchak
Nancy Endwright

Dianne Teslak