Strawberry Tag & Card

February 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Posted in Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Projects, Stamp Set- Tart & Tangy, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

My daughter had a birthday party to go to this afternoon. She picked out some cute Strawberry Shortcake gifts and a tote (It was really cheap, but super cute.  It reminds me of Stampin’ Up!’s Raspberry Tart DSP) to use as the gift bag.

I went with the gift’s theme and made a matching tag and 3×3 card. Very simple and fast.

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I ran some Pretty in Pink card stock through my printer to add the little girl’s name. Then I layered it onto Regal Rose card stock. I whipped out a couple of sweet strawberries from the Tart & Tangy stamp set using Regal Rose & Gable Green markers for both the tag & the card. Then I punched them out with the circle punches.

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I made a hole in the top of the tag with the Word Window Punch.  Then I covered the whole thing with a long strip of packing tape on both sides (I don’t have a laminator, and this actually worked really well!).  Then I punched a smaller hole through the top again with the Horizontal Slot Punch to allow the handle to go through the tag.

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I love using stamps to quickly personalize a store-bought gift!  Don’t you?


LOVE that $10 Card Class!

January 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Stamp Set- Heartfelt Thanks, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring | Leave a comment

I have three lovely cards to show you!  I went with a heart theme, but none of the cards is exclusively for Valentine’s.

These are the cards we’ll be making at my $10 Card Class this Friday evening (2/6, 7PM, my house).  If you’d like to join us, just let me know by this Weds (2/4).  You’ll also take home matching envelopes.

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 Lots-of-Hearts Flower Card

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Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals


Love Birds Gate-Fold Card

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Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
Paper: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, AquaPainter, Silver Brad, Dimensionals


Heartfelt Standing Card

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Stamps: Love You Much, Heartfelt Thanks
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Riding Hood Red Classic
Paper: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, AquaPainter, Uni-ball White Gel Pen

Galt Club Projects

January 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, New Products, Scrapbooking, Specials, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Pastels, Techniques- Glitter | 1 Comment

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The ladies in my Galt Stamp Club asked for Valentines projects this month!  I was happy to comply, and of course reached for my Love You Much Bundle as the base for each of the projects.  (The bundle is 20% off only through Jan 31st- time is running out!)

I’m so excited about what I came up with!  We had a great time Friday night stamping.

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This is the card we made.  Have I told you how much I love those two birds?  They are just so sweet!

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The glitter window along the bottom of the card is just adorable!  When it is closed, you can see the Candy Lane Designer paper showing through from the inside of the card.  Below, you can see the Dazzling Diamonds really shine!

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I made the glitter window by first placing the Close to Cocoa card stock (punched with the Scallop Edge Punch) over the base of the Riding Hood Red card and securing with Dotto, a good temporary adhesive.  Then I punched out the hearts using the new Heart to Heart Punch.  I removed the Cocoa piece and stuck packing tape across the back where it couldn’t be seen.  The sticky part of the tape is seen through the hearts in the front.  Then I poured Dazzing Diamonds Glitter all over the piece and brushed off all the excess glitter.  Finally, I added adhesive to the pack of the Cocoa card stock, lined it up with the hearts on the card base, and glued it down.

Here is what the card looks like open:

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I colored the Chipboard Square with Close to Cocoa Craft Ink and a Sponge Dauber.  Once it was dry, I used a 2-Way Glue Pen to add some glitter to the frame.  It needed some glitz, too!  The birds are softly colored in with Pastels.


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I designed this 6×6 scrapbook page to be fast and easy to assemble since the other two projects are a little time-consuming.  But I love the way it looks!  The photo I chose wasn’t a good quality one.  It was taken in low lighting and was pretty grainy.  So I decided to go with a vintage look.  I changed the overall photo to B&W first, then tinted it with a Chocolate Chip color.  After I printed it, I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Chocolate Chip ink to color the edges, creating a feathered vignette-look.

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I covered the stamped flower with a punched out one from the Trio Flower Punch and secured with a Silver Brad.  I also used  a VersaMarker to darken the inside of the letters.  I did the same thing with the heart on the accent:

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I got the idea for this sweet box from Stampin’ Up!’s website for demonstrators. 

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This part was made by stamping the same image three times using Chocolate Chip ink: once on each Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, and Riding Hood Red card stocks.  I punched out the largest part with the Scallop Circle Punch, the middle with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, and cut out the heart with my Paper Snips.  Then I colored in the dots with the Uni-ball White Gell Pen.

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The hearts on the base of the box were made using both the Heart to Heart punch, and a Stampin’ Wheel!  First, I punched the hearts out of a piece of plain paper.  Then I used Dotto again to temporarily stick the template I made to the box (do this before you assemble the box!).  I sponged on ink with Close to Cocoa.  Then I inked up my Doodle Jumbo Wheel with Chocolate Chip and wheeled over the punched out template.  Ta-Da!  A super-cute design on my hearts!

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Some Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon and a stamped saying finishes the project!

Truffle Boxes

January 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Specials, Stampin' Up! | 3 Comments

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I’ve said it before.  I love boxes!  These super cute little things hold four handmade truffles.  Yum!

I’m giving them away as raffle prizes tomorrow at my Mystery Hostess New
Catalog party.  (If I can talk myself into letting them go.  lol)

The basic box is very easy to make.  For the bottom, start with a 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ piece of card stock.  Score at 1 1/2″ on all sides with the Paper Cutter, using the Scoring Blade.  Cut up to intersecting lines to form tabs.  Fold up and secure with Sticky Strip.

To make the lid, start with a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of cardstock and do the same thing, except score all sides at 3/4″.  Then cut tabs, fold up and glue.

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For the valentine box, I used the Love You Much Bundle.  The focal point is made using the Scallop Edge Punch & the Scallop Circle Punch.  I cut a hole in the lid with the Coluzzle before folding up and gluing.  Then I secured a transparency sheet inside the lid with Sticky Strip.  I love being able to see the sweet treats inside!


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My second box is actually a sneak peek item.  🙂  It features “Yummy”, a Sale-A-Bration set for this year!  It will be available to get for FREE from Feb 1st through Mar 31st this year.  (More about that later.)  I love this set!  It is perfect for people like me who like making homemade goodies and packaging them pretty!

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With this box, I wanted even more of the truffles to show through, so I made a completely transparent box lid.  I cut a transparency sheet down to 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, then scored 3/4″ on all sides.  This makes the lid smaller than the box so it fits inside of it, rather than over it.  I didn’t want the clear box lid on the outside for two reasons.  One, I don’t yet know about a really good, truely invisible adhesive.  So I used Mini Glue Dots to glue the tabs down.  They work great, but they are too noticeable for me.  Two, I didn’t want the box lid to interfere with my design of the box sides:

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 I used my Stampin’ Markers a lot for the sides.  (I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig a lot too, because I know I wouldn’t get these all straight otherwise!)  The pretty swirly scrolls on the box sides are part of a large stamp that says “A little Something for you”.  So I simply inked up the portion I wanted with a Basic Black marker and stamped onto my project.  Then I inked just “Yummy” from the “a little Yummy for your tummy” stamp with a Real Red marker and- Voila!  I love the way it turned out!

I really hope the people that win these boxes tomorrow like them!

Thank You Cards (from the Love You Much Bundle)

January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stampin' Up! | 1 Comment

These are the cards we’ll be making at my Mystery Hostess New Catalog party this Saturday.  Aren’t they cute?

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I’ve been loving my new products from the Love You Much bundle!  I’ve made only valentines with it so far, so I was itching to make some cute cards for other occassions, too.  My DH isn’t so sure about these.  He thinks they look nice, but he is under the opinion that if it has a heart on it, it has to be a valentine.  But he isn’t a girl.  lol

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This first one uses Pacific Point card stock (an In Color).  I love the way it looks with the Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip!  But then, brown is my favorite color.  The sayings on both cards are from the stamp set Thank You Kindly.

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This one is made with Kiwi Kiss (another In Color) and a chip board scalloped square from the On Board Essentials assortment.  We’ll be coloring the chipboard with Craft Ink and will also “paper piece” those adorable birds.

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Be sure to call or email me tomorrow if you know you’re coming on Saturday for your extra raffle ticket.  Otherwise, just pop on by if you’re able to make it!

Candy Lane Valentine Class!

January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Specials, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

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Cards & Candy – what better images of Valentines Day!  My class incorporates both.

When I think of Valentines, I remember the ones we made as kids.  My mom would help us make little chocolate hearts using a plastic candy mold.  Then we would “glue” the candy onto homemade construction paper valentines with a sugar paste.  I loved making these and giving them out!

I used the same idea on these cute 3×3 Valentines I designed for my class.  Each one incorporates a favorite candy into the design.  But they can each be very easily converted to a flat 3×3 card, if you don’t want to add the candy.  

At my class, you’ll make 10 valentines to take home (2 each of 5 designs), plus a super cute decorated tin to hold them in!  Candy included!  😉  The class features the Love You Much Bundle that is on special now.  I am luvin’ this stuff!!

I apologize for the bad lighting in my photos.  I have a hard time with that sometimes!  The set is much cuter IRL.

Reese’s Cup Card

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Lollipop Flower Card

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York Patty Card

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Hersey Bar Holder

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Ghiradelli Chocolate Holder (this one is probably my favorite!  you open the flap to see the candy inside)

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Lots of Hearts Tin (use this cute container to collect or deliver Valentines, or to hold other goodies!)

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 Class Details:

Saturday, Jan 24th 2-4pm
my house
Cost:  $20 ($18 for stamp club members)
Bring your own adhesive, please!

RSVP by Weds Jan 21st

Christmas Tag *Punch* Class

December 2, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Accessories- Punches, Events, Projects, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

Aren’t these tags stinkin’ cute?!

These are made only with Stampin’ Up! *punches*!  (okay, and a few snips with scissors)

Use these tags to decorate holiday packages, as the focal point on cards, or as accents on scrapbook pages!  My family wants me to make an extra set to use as ornaments on our Christmas tree!

I’m holding a class Saturday, December 13th @ 2PM so you can make these yourself!  Make as many tags as you can in two hours!

You’re welcome to drop by the class without RSVPing, but…   Those who RSVP by Thurs Dec 11th will receive a coordinating bag to keep your tags in from me!

 *Please bring your own adhesive.  Thanks!

ETA:  Oops!  I forgot to mention that the class fee is only $10!



I’m on Stampers Showcase

November 12, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in Accessories- Punches, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques, Wheel- Sweet Stars | Leave a comment

Well, I’m not.  My card is.

Do you remember the card I shared with you yesterday?  It had been featured on the Stampers Showcase on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website.  Coincidently, one of my cards is featured there today!  Stampin’ Up! chooses 4-6 cards to be featured each day.  They receive these cards from contest submissions and swaps at Events.  This card is a swap I made for Convention.


Stamp Sets: Pun Fun, Sweet Stars Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Uninked Jumbo Cartridge inked with VersaMark Refill
Paper: Real Red, Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke and Whisper White Card Stocks
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, AquaPainter, 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Star Punch, Silver Brad, 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch

I hadn’t planned on posting today.  I’m starting a pattern this week that I can’t possibly keep up.  Oh well.  🙂

Teacher Gift

September 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

Yikes!  Its been way too long again.  😦  My excuses this time?  A dang good book (book series, actually) and preparing for a craft fair.

But here’s something I made last week.  My little Esther is loving Kindergarten & I really appreciate her teacher for making it fun and keeping my girl’s interest in learning alive.  So this is for her!

The gift was a coordinating set including a notepad & pen, candybar, gift bag & card.  (Yeah, this is pretty much my “go to” gift when I don’t know what to give someone.  But everyone seems to love them, so that’s okay.)  It ends up, my daughter’s teacher is a scrapbooker.  (I knew she was cool! lol)  She loved the gift set.  🙂

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Stamp Sets:  Tart & Tangy & Fundamental Phrases

Ink:  Real Red & Old Olive Stamping Markers

Paper:  Summer Picnic DSP, Old Olive, Real Red & Whisper White Card Stocks, Mini Square Envelope

Accessories: Real Red & Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Font CD

Card Class Samples

September 1, 2008 at 8:52 am | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Pastels, Wheel- Classic Stars Jumbo | Leave a comment

I’ll be having a monthly card class every 1st Friday of the month.  Each time, we’ll make three cards (with matching envelopes) for only $10!  Call or email me by this Wednesday to save your spot for this week’s class.

Here are the cards we’ll be making this Friday:


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Stamp Set: Tart & Tangy
Ink: Real Red & Old Olive Stampin’ Markers
Paper: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper & Real Red, Old Olive & Whisper White Card Stocks, Medium Whisper White Envelope
Accessories: 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ & Scallop Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch (new!), 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Crafters Tool Kit (Paper Piercer & Mat)


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Stamp Set: Say It with Scallops (the new Ronald McDonald House stamp set!) & Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Baja Breeze (new In Color!) Classic Ink Pad
Paper: Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Old Olive & Whisper White Card Stocks, Medium Whisper White Envelope
Accessories: 1 1/4″ Square Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Small Star Punch, 5/8″ Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad, Crafters Tool Kit (Paper Piercer & Mat)


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Stamp Set: Sock Monkey (new!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip & Bashful Blue Classic Ink Pads
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue & Whisper White Card Stocks, Medium Whisper White Envelope
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

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