Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wonderful Wondrous Christmas Wreath

You already know if you have been following my blog that I love to find versatile stamps and dies that have many uses.  Well, Stampin' Up! outdid themselves giving us three wreaths that coordinate with the Wonderful Wreath Framlits Dies on page 172 of the Annual Catalog.  Today I am going to make a simple, but classy card using the Wondrous Wreath photopolymer stamp set on page 72 of the Annual Catalog.  The Circle of Spring photopolymer set also coordinates with the dies (seen on page 77 of the same catalog) as does the newest Peaceful Wreath on page 21 of the Holiday Catalog.

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Decorated Christmas Bannister

I CASED this card from Cindee Wilkinson.  Thanks, Cindee!

Use Real Red or Cherry Cobbler to accent this Hardwood background stamp cut into strips staircase.  The garland is the Wondorous Wreath cut in half. 

All supplies for this card are listed below.  Click on any one of them to link to my on-line store.

Thank you for stopping by.

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Santa Wishes you a Merry Christmas

I love the Christmas tag we made at Stampin' Up! Convention this year.  I took the tag design and made it into a card.

With a little bit of fussy cutting of the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper as seen on page 9 of the Holiday catalog you can make this cute card quickly.

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Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Be sure to check back soon to see all the new Occasion and Sale-A-Bration items available on January 4, 1916! 

You Can't Have Too Many Christmas Trees!

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  Here is my card of many trees.  Hope you like it!

Supplies needed for this tri-fold card are listed below.

To make a tri-fold card, begin with a piece of 12" x 12" Whisper White card stock.  Cut it in half.  Place the 6' X 12" piece in the landscape format on your work surface.  Measure and mark 1" from the top right corner and 1 " from the bottom left corner on the 12" sides.  Cut diagonally across the card stock from measured 1" marks.

Choose five of your favorite small trees.  Choose one of the medium trees for the largest, top panel.  Decorate the trees as you wish using the different framelit dies.  I have added Real Red card stock behind the tree I cut with the "ball" design; Mossy Meadow card stock with white heat embossed snowflakes behind the scalloped tree and placed a glimmer paper gold star atop the back tree.   Position your trees on each panel so that they can all be seen when it is closed.  Decorate the "ground" with your choice of snowman, birds, reindeer, cars and greetings.  Remember that the back of the trees will show above the white card stock on the back so decorate the backs too!

Here are photos of the front and back of the card when out flat.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Simply - THANKS

Fall is in the air!  This easy to make card can be used to share your Thanksgiving wishes or as a thank you notecard.

Here is what you need to make your own card:

5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (CS)
5 1/4" x 4" Soft Suede CS
5" x 3 1/4" Whisper White CS
5" x 1 1/2" Into the Woods DSP
Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set (2014)
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
11" Hello Honey Stitched Ribbon

Yes, the "thanks" stamp is part of a retired set.  I hope you still have the set.  If you are like me, you want to use a set for more than one year.  I used the "Merry" stamp from this set last December so wanted to use the 'thanks" stamp now.

Stamp "thanks" onto the Whisper White card stock, adhere it to the top of the Soft Suede card stock.

Adhere the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, as seen on page 43 of the Holiday catalog, below the stamped card stock onto the Soft Suede card stock.

Add the ribbon to cover the seam between the papers.  Several ribbons with the coordinating colors in the DSP are still available on the Clearance Rack, so hurry to pick up this great deal here!  Tie a knotted bow onto the ribbon.

Adhere Soft Suede card stock to the Pumpkin card stock.

Now how simple is that?!  You can do it!  Click on any of the items below to order.

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A little twist on the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Stampin'Up!'s October Paper Pumpkin kit came in a pink box.  I liked the cards so much I ordered a refill this morning!  If you are not already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and would like to join the fun, click here.  Stampin'Up! will send an email to redeem your subscription.  If you are a subscriber, you can order refill kits here.  The refills come at a deep discount and do not have the stamp set or ink spot.

 How do you like what I added to the cards this month?

By stamping the flowers from the included stamp set onto the card base, envelope and  banner, my card is just a little different than the directions suggested.  I also sponged the edges of the flowered circle with Lost Lagoon ink to match the small flowers on the designer card stock.

On the card below, I added some 2013 - 2015 In Color Sequins which happen to be on the Clearance Rack for $1.99 as of October 26, 2015.  Check it out here.

With simple additions or changes you can make a kit your own.

I am still working on an alternative for the third set of cards in this month's kit.  I want to add some more bling!  I'll post it soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Simply "Thanks" Two.

My classes made this version of  "A Simple Thanks".  It is a quick and easy card to make for your Thanksgiving wishes or for a thank you note.

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies you need:
Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set - 2014
5 " x 3 3/4" Very Vanilla Card Stock
5 1/4" x 4"  Soft Suede Card Stock
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Very Vintage Buttons
Linen Thread and Metallic Thread - Gold
Retro or Color Me Autumn Washi Tape

Score the Pumpkin Pie card stock at 4 1/4".

Stamp "Thanks" with Soft Suede ink 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the Very Vanilla card stock.

Adhere Very Vanilla card stock to Soft Suede card stock.  Adhere to Pumpkin Pie card stock base.

Tear off an about 3 1/2 inches piece of either Retro or Color Me Autumn Washi Tape.  Adhere to left side of  Very Vanilla card stock.

Thread a length of linen thread through the button and tie a bow.

With Gold Metallic Thread, make 4 coils around 3 - 4 fingers.  Pinch the coils together in the middle. Using a glue dot, adhere the pinched coils of metallic thread to the back of the button, then all to the washi tape.

The little leaves at the top right are punched out of left over sponged fall colors used on the Leaf of Faith card (see tutorial on this site).  The tiny punch is from a craft store's Dollar Basket.

To order Stampin' Up! supplies for this card, click on the item below.  The Seasonally Scattered stamp set was retired a few months ago.  I hope you picked it up on from Clearance Rack!  The tile below will show you what the full set looks like if you are searching for it on other sites.  Check the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack here to see if the washi tape is still there.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'.

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Flurry of Wishes in Pacific Point and Night of Navy

I live in a part of California that does not see snow.  So I had fun making this card full of snowflakes!  If I had to shovel them, they might not conjure up such fond memories.

This card is a snap to make if you have the right Stampin' Up! tools.

The Flurry of Wishes photopolymer stamp set and punch for the two smaller snowflakes is on page 25 of the Holiday catalog or here They are available as a bundle for a 15% savings.  The larger snowflake is punched out using the Flower Medallion Punch on page 167 of the 2015 Annual catalog.  Or, see on-line, here.
If you prefer an evening feel, here is the same card made with Night of Navy card stock.

The dimensions and supplies needed are:
5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" Whisper White card stock base
5 1/4" x 4" Pacific Point of Night of Navy CS
5 1/4" x 2 1/2" Whisper White CS
Scrapes of Whisper White CS for snowflakes,
about 1 1/4" x 3" for the smaller and 2 1/2" square for the larger snowflake.
Flurry of Wishes Stamp Set
Flower Medallion Punch

Snow Flurry Punch
Dazzling Details
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Pacific Point Classic Ink Pad
Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink Pad
Marina Mist Classic Ink Pad

Randomly stamp the snowflakes onto the Pacific Point or Night of Navy card stock with the same color ink.  Stamp the sentiment onto the2 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and tear the top edge to form a hill of snow.    Adhere to bottom of stamped blue card stock.  Stamp with all blue inks and punch out several snowflakes to randomly attach to card.  Use stampin' dimensionals to lift some of the snowflakes, especially where one overlaps another.  Add rhinestones to some of the snowflakes or a dot of Dazzling Details.  Any embellishment you like may be added to the center of the snowflakes.  Add a line of Dazzling Details to the edge of the "snow bank".

You probably will have enough "snow bank" left over to make another card.

The Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the Snow Flurry Punch are available at 15% off as a bundle.  I have listed both the bundle and the individual pieces below.

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies I used to make these cards.  Click on any item to be connected to my on line store.  Thank you.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thankful for You


If you do not send Thanksgiving cards to friends or relatives, use this card to send a Random Act of Kindness to your favorite grocery store checker, barista or that grumpy person down the street.  Who knows, you just might make that  grumpy person smile!

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies and dimensions needed:
Six Sayings Hostess Rewards Stamp Set on page 51 of the Holiday catalog
French Cuts Stamp Set - for you
8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Rich Razzleberry card stock, scored at 4 1/4"
4" x 5 1/4" Soft Suede card stock
3 3/4' x 5" Whisper White (for Inside greeting)
3 3/4" x 5" Into the Woods Designer Series Paper
1 1/2" x 5 3/8" Whisper White card stock
1 5/8 x 5 1/2" Rick Razzleberry card stock
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
Ornate Tag Topper Punch
Banner Triple Punch
Mossy Meadow Stitched Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Adhere Into the Woods DSP to Soft Suede card stock, them both to Rich Razzleberry card base.
Stamp the smaller piece of Whisper White card stock with the "Thankful" stamp with Rich Razzleberry ink.

Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the "for you" and stamp it in Mossy Meadow ink.
Punch one end of each of the smaller card stocks with the Ornate Tag Topper punch and the other end with the Banner Triple punch.  Check  that the tag is not too long to fit diagonally across the card.  If it is, cut come of the banner end off with the Banner Triple punch.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White card stock to the Rich Razzleberry card stock.
Tie a piece of ribbon through the slot in the tags.  Check the Clearance Rack for various ribbons that coordinate with the DSP here.

Add stampin' dimensionals to back of the tag and adhere it diagonally across the card.

Here is the same card made with the 2014 Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.
The inks are Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow.
The card stocks are Mossy Meadow base and Soft Suede backing the DSP.

The Six Sayings is a Hostess Rewards Set available through the Holiday catalog.  Earn this stamp set with an order of $150 or more.  Now is a  great time to have a Workshop to earn the set.  Leave  a comments below and I will get in touch with you about hosting an in-home or on-line workshop.

Click on any of the items below to order.  Remember the two cards use different card stock bases and ink.  Both are listed below.

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Stampin'!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Vintage Leaves with Birch Trees

 How did I get those birch trees colored?  Start with the new 6" x 6" Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing older on page 39 of the Holiday catalog.  Or see it in my on-line store along with the other items used to create these two cards here. 

On the raised side of the folder, that is the side with the Sizzix name on it, color the raised portions of the tree with the large brush end of your Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker.  Work quickly so your ink won't dry before you put your Sahara Sand card stock inside.  Emboss it with your Big Shot.  To whiten the trees, I used a sponge dauber with Craft White Ink.   Adhere to 4 " x 5 1/4" piece of Blackberry Bliss or Tangelo Twist card stock.  Adhere to A2 Delightful Dijon card stock base.

 The next card uses Crumb Cake card stock and the same Woodland Embossing Folder without any addition of ink before or after you emboss it.  The card base is Very Vanilla, with layers of Tangelo Twist and Early Espresso card stock.  The oak leaf is from the Vintage Leaves Bundle, too.  Save 15% on the bundle here.

 Directions for the leaves are the same for both cards.  Begin with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock large enough to hold as many leaves as you wish to make.  Using a sponge for each color you want to make your leave, sponge on splotches of colors such as Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, or any color that reminds you of fall leaves. Overlap some of the colors to make a new shade!  I added a touch of Old Olive, too.  Let dry thoroughly!    Wipe well with your embossing buddy before stamping the leaves with Versa Mark onto the colored card stock .  You may need to twist the card stock around a little to see where you have stamped before adding more leaves.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder.  Tap off excess.  Heat to set.  Let cool to dry.  Sponge Soft Suede ink over embossed leaves.  Wipe excess off with a tissue.   Cut the leaves out with the Leaflets Framelits that coordinate with the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set by running them through the Big Shot.  Get the Bundle and save 15% here.

I embellished the leaves with Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist Thick Baker's Twine from my stash. The wooden acorn is from the 2014 Holiday Catalog.  You will find adorable Into the Woods Elements on page 43 of the Holiday Catalog.   

I would love to have separated the instructions into neat paragraphs for you but the "Gremlins" within this post would not allow me to format the way I wanted!! 

Here is a list of supplies I used for these leaf cards.  Click on any one of them to order from my on-line store.  Thank you.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Have a FaBOOlous Halloween!

You do not need to be a huge fan of Halloween to like these little guys on Stampin' Up!'s Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper on page 47 of the Holiday catalog.  Take a look at how they go well with the Host Reward Six Sayings stamp set on page 51 of the Holiday catalog.  The Six Sayings Set is one you will want to get. You can choose this stamp set when you submit an order of at least $150. here.  In addition to "FaBOOlous", there are 5 other sayings great for the fall holiday season.  I had to have this set for the "Thankful" stamp but can't wait to use all 6 of the stamps.

Yes, another window scene!  The leaves are falling, pumpkins are ripe for cooking or making a Jack-o-Lanterns and there is a nip in the air.  So glad I am inside looking out at this scene.  

The measurements are underlined for your convenience. 
The A2 card base is Very Vanilla card stock.  The 2014-2015 In-Color, Tangelo Twist card stock behind the DSP is 4" x 5 1/4".  The Happy Haunting DSP is cut at 3 3/4" x 5".  I die cut the window from a 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  The "scene" , stamped with Crumb Cake ink, fits behind the embossed marks of the window and is on about a 2 3/8  " x  3" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  The pumpkins are colored with a Stampin' Write Tangelo Twist marker.  The leaves are colored with various fall colors of Stampin' Write markers.  "FaBOOlous" is stamped on a 1" x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock with Mementos Tuxedo Black ink.  The orange sequins add a little pizzazz.  I adhered everything with SNAIL adhesive except the window frame where I used Stampin' Dimensionals.

To order any of the items that were used to make this FaBOOlous card , click on the picture below to start an order.  Notice that I list the stamp set and thinlits die separately and as a bundle.  The bundle saves you 15% over the individual pieces.  You're going to love the 16 pieces of the Happy Scenes stamp set so just enjoy the 15% savings by buying the bundle.
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Check out the 2015 Holiday Catalog!

See the 2015 Holiday Catalog here. 
Oh MY GOSH!!  Here it is September first and Stampin' Up! has released the new Holiday Catalog.  Can you believe it!  School is going strong, there is suppose to be a nip in the air -- well, not here in Southern California -- and it is time for those of us who craft to set our mojo going for our Holiday projects.  Just look inside the catalog above and you will see how Stampin' Up! has made your holiday crafting easy and fun.  So many bundles, too.  Bundles save you 15%!!!!  

If you would like your own paper copy of the Holiday Catalog, email me at with your name and address and I will send you a copy.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your interest and your shopping with me!

New Archival Black Ink


 I'm the New Kid

 on the Stampin' UP! block!

Check out Stampin' Up!'s new Archival Black Stampin' Pad (it comes in Basic Gray, too!) just released September 1, 2015.  Okay, so what's to see?  It looks like all the other Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pads!   Ah, but it is what's inside that matters.  All the complaints you may have had with the now retired Classic Stampin' Black ink pad are gone with this new permanent ink perfect for use with watercoloring.  It dries quickly, does not clump or smear - I love it!  There are refills available, too.  They are on the lower left corner of page 19 in the Holiday Catalog.  Or order it at my on-line store.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oh, What Fun.................

Oh, what fun indeed!  I have posted a couple of window cards from the inside looking outside.  Here is a brick home with a brown window where you can peek inside to see the Christmas tree.
The card base is 5 1/2" x  8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" Crumb Cake.  The "wall" is made using the Brick Wall embossing folder found on page 174 of the Annual Catalog or at my on-line store here .  To get the "mortar" lines on the wall, I brushed the raised side of the Brick Wall embossing folder with the Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Ink Pad before running the front of the card through the Big Shot.  Despite several tries, I could not avoid a few smears of ink on the flat surfaces.  Therefore, I sponged the wall with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Hello Honey ink to "weather" all the bricks.

The tree from the retired Evergreen stamp set and the star are stamped with Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey onto 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla.  The window box and sentiment are also stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.   I sponged the edges of the torn sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink.

The window is cut from 3" x 3 1/2" Early Espresso card stock.  Both the Window and the window box are dies from the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies in the 2015 Holiday Catalog which goes live on September 1, 2015.  The sentiment is one of the 17 photopolymer stamps in the Oh, What Fun stamp set on page 5 of the Holiday Catalog.

The stamped tree scene is adhered to the brick with a snail.  The window is attached to the scene with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used dimensionals cut in half on the sides of the window frame and whole ones on the corners. 

The window box is filled with Old Olive inked holly and cherry cobbler inked berries from the "Cardinal in Holly" Tapestry Stamp Set.  The cardinal is from the same set.  The bird is stamped with Crumb Cake ink and colored in with my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker. 

The bird is fussy cut and adhered with glue dot attached behind the window box at his feet.  The window box is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I look forward to making this card again once I receive the Peaceful Pines stamp set and Perfect Pines  Framelit Dies Bundle on page 17 of the Holiday Catalog.  Come back later to see what I create!

Thank you stopping by and I will greatly appreciate your order.

All other products are available now. Click on any product below to link to my on line store.  Here are all the products used to make this Oh, what fun! card.  Remember the products from the Holiday Catalog are available for purchase on September 1, 2015.  These are the first two on the list below.
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Did your grandmother have wallpaper like this Stampin' Up! Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper?

Mine did!  A fond memory of spending time in her home filled me when I worked on this window card.  If you have been following my social media, you already know I LOVE the new Hearth and Home bundle!  I can't wait for you to get it, too,  As I write this, just 2 more days - September 1, 2015 when the Holiday Catalog goes live!  On or after September 1, click here to get your own thinlit dies and the Happy Scenes Stamp Set.

Okay, so here is what else you need to make this tent card.

#138336, Tip Top Taupe card stock
#100730, Whisper White card stock
#138442, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper
#138419, Mossy Meadow Striped Ribbon

and the usual necessary stampin' products which I have listed at the end of this post.

I used the 2015-2017 In-Color, Tip Top Taupe as the base of this tent card.  It measures 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  The window is die cut from 3' x 3 3/4" Tip Top Taupe card stock with your Big Shot.

Stamp the bare tree with birds stamp from Happy Scenes on a 3" x 2 1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock with Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Ink Pad.  Sponge the sky with Soft Sky and Marina Mist inks. With a very light touch, sponge the ground with Soft Suede to look like a winter yard or use the a little soft sky if you want snow on your ground.  I love this flexible set!!!   I colored the birds with my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.  Adhere the scene to the back of the window with Stampin' Dementionals; full sized  to the corners and cut in half to add to the sides of the window.   Because I think of this card as being inside and looking out, I used Stampin' Dimentionals to give depth.  

Cut a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of Pretty Petals DSP.   Adhere window scene.  Before adhering the DSP to the card base, cut a 5 " length of the ribbon and adhere it around the DSP.  I like to use a small piece of our new Tear & Tape Adhesive.  It is a strong, double sided, tearable tape.  Or use Scotch double sided tape.  Adhere to front of card base with more double sided tape or adhesive of your choice.

Sit back and admire your pretty card.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Yes, there is a Santa Claus!

Just look out this window and you will see Santa and his reindeer flying through the sky.

I can't get enough of this Happy Scenes Stamp Set and Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies Bundle.  You are going to want to get this bundle and save 15% over buying the dies and stamp set separately.  I am writing this on August 30 so it is available in just two days!  See my on-line store, to get your bundle.
You can get all your stamping supplies at the same link.  Thank you!

If you need a Holiday Catalog, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to send you one!

The tent card base is 11" X 4 1/4", scored at 5 1/2" Very Vanilla card stock.

The Home and Hearth window is die cut from a 3" x 3 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

The 4" x 5 1/4" Night of Navy card stock is embossed with the retired Snowburst folder.  Decorative Dots and Lucky Stars in the current Annual Catalog on page 174 look nice with this design.

The outside scene is sponged on a 2 1/2" x 3" piece of  Whisper White card stock with Night of Navy at the top, Marina Mist in the middle and Tempting Turquoise at the bottom atop the hill.  You can mask  the hill with a piece of scrap paper or just be very careful when you sponge. I like to burnish all the night sky with a little Night of Navy at the end.

If you like the falling snowflakes, take an aqua pen, squeeze some water onto a paper towel to wet the brush, then flick the brush over the sky.  You may need to do this a couple of times to get the amount of falling snow you want.  Let dry completely!!

Use your embossing buddy on the dry sponged Whisper White piece.  My Santa is from the retired stamp set, Holiday Home.  The 2015 Holiday Catalog has a new Santa with reindeer in the Cozy Christmas stamp set on page 9.  Stamp Santa in the sky then stamp the trees from Happy Scenes Stamp Set with Versa Mark Ink.   Sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat set.  If using a mask for the hill, remove it before heat setting the embossing powder.

I dotted Dazzling Details on some of the branches of the trees and spread it over the hill to make glistening snow.  Set aside to dry completely.  

The sentiment from the Cozy Christmas Stamp Set is stamped with Night of Navy Classic Stampin' ink.
I rounded the corners with the corner punch before using Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the sentiment to the ribbon.  The bow is a piece of ribbon tied in a single knot. 

The ribbon is retired Pool Party ruffled ribbon from my extensive stash of retired ribbons!!!  Sorry, I need to use them as they are threatening to take over my crafting space!  Don't start with the "hoarder!" talk!!  Yes, I confess, I am a Stampin' Up! hoarder!  The current Pool Party or Marina Mist 1/4" cotton ribbon on page 159 of the Annual Catalog will work nicely.  The Pool Party color works well with the Dazzling Details I used over the blue sponging for the snow in the trees.

Thank you for spending part of your day on my blog.  I love ya' for it!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Water Coloring with Glycerin Technique

The beautiful hydrangea flower is from the Host set, Best Thoughts, as seen on page 180 of the Annual Catalog or here. You can choose this set as part of your rewards for placing an order of $150 or more.  Get a few friends together to order and you will have earned this set soon.  Leave me a message for more information about how to earn this set.

The card base is 8 1/2' x 5 1/2" Pink Pirouette card stock, scored at 4 1/4"; the second layer is 3 3/4"x 5" Smoky Slate card stock.  The flower and sentiment are stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink onto water color paper.  You can also stamp with Versa Mark ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder.  The inks used to paint the flower are Old Olive for the leaves, Perfect Plum for the petals and Delightful Dijon for the stamens.

Glycerin is readily available at pharmacy department of many stores.  The bottle will last you a long time as you use just a drop or two for each color.

Get out your Perfect Plum and Old Olive ink refill bottles, your aqua painter or a small artist paint brush, a palette or small plastic lid and you are ready to go!
Thank you, Lynne Ernst, for sharing this wonderful water coloring with glycerin technique with me.Place a drop or two of Perfect Plum ink onto your palette.  Nearby add a drop of glycerin and in another area add a drop of water if using a dry paint brush.  If using an aqua painter, squeeze to moisten the brush and wipe on a paper towel until the brush is just damp.  You can always add more water, but, it is more difficult to dry a thirsty brush.  Drag a small amount of ink and glycerin together and mix.  Do not mix all of it together in the beginning so that you will have control of your color intensity and ability to glide the brush.  Test your color on a scrap.  Add more color, if desired.  If your brush feels dry and is dragging, add a tiny amount of water.  It is a bit of a trial and error science!  You will quickly feel when you need more liquid.  When in doubt as to the gliding, add more glycerin before adding more water.  Continue in this fashion for the entire painting.   
You do not need to color within all the lines here,so it goes rather quickly.  Just be careful to stay within the lines at the outer edges of the flower petals and leaves. Let the first coat of ink dry and then return with more ink to add shadows.  The glycerin slows down the drying so you may want to use a hairdryer to speed the process.  Be careful not to get it too hot or the paper will warp.  The stamp helps you determine where there should be depth by the lines within the petals and leaves.  Remember that where one petal overlaps another, the under petal will be shadowed and is a place to add more color.  If you can avoid the stamens, use Daffodil Delight ink to color them.  If you are like me and just can't keep the purple from going into the stamens, just dab a little Delightful Dijon where it should be and when it dries add Dazzling Details.  Dazzling Details also comes with a gold glitter you might like.  You can order Dazzling Details and all other products used in this card at my on-line store. 

Stamp the sentiment onto a 3/4" wide piece of card stock.  I used water color paper to match the paper used for the flower.  Use a piece long enough to cut into a flag shape, if desired.  Cut a piece of Smoky Slate card stock to fit behind your sentiment leaving a 1/8" border.  Cut one end into a flag shape.  Or use the Banner Framelits seen here. 

The ribbon is a retired piece of Perfect Plum from my stash. 

I did this same card in Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Tangerine Tango mixed with Daffodil Delight.  Choose your color and start painting!  

Thank you for dropping in today.  

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies makes a variety of wonderful scenes

One of my favorite items in the 2015 Stampin'Up! Holiday Catalog is the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies.   See it on page 11. This die makes a window as seen here.  It also comes with a planter box to hang and fill with greens, flowers, or whatever suits your fancy.  It also coordinates with the Festive Fireplace Stamp Set as seen on page 10 of the Holiday Catalog.

8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White card stock base
4" x 5 1/4" Tangelo Twist card stock
3" x 4" Wisteria Wonder for window
2 7/8" x 3 3/4" Whisper White for scene
Whisper White scrap for sentiment
Retired DSP, use any DSP for curtains
Tip TopTaupe 1" Dotted Lace Trim

Using your Big Shot and Hearth and Home Thinlits Die, cut window.
With the Happy Scenes stamp set, stamp the scene with Soft Suede onto Whisper White.
Color pumpkins with Tangelo Twist Stampin' Write Marker.  Use other fall colors for the leaves.
Sponge Soft Sky and Soft Suede respectively for the sky and ground.
Adhere scene and DSP "curtains" to Tangelo Twist card stock.
Adhere window over scene to Tangelo Twist card stock with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Add lace trim.
Stamp sentiment from Happy scenes stamp set with Tangelo Twist ink onto Whisper White card stock scrap.  Punch out with retired label punch or the current Washi Label Punch.
The brads are from my stash.  The sentiment could be attached with the Handheld Stapler or Mini Brads, both seen on page 160 of the Annual Catalog.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jingle All the Way Grandma's' House!

This post is just a sneak peek of one of fantastic new items coming in the Holiday Catalog! 

I fell in love with this Edgelit Die at the 2015 Stampin' Up! Convention and decided why not save 15% and purchase the bundle so I could have all the fun matching sentiments and picture stamps?

I will give you all the directions and measurements later.
You can email me at to be on the list to order the set when it becomes available, September 1, 2015.

The edgelit dies include a set of houses that I use on this card.

The stamp set includes sentiment stamps "merry everything" and "home for Christmas".  And, 9 small images that correspond to the scale of the dies.  The stars on this card and the tree on the card above are but 2 of the images in the set.

Click on the picture below of any of the supplies I used to make this card to order NOW.  EXCEPT the Jingle All the Way bundle.  For that set, you will have to wait until September 1, 2015.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Have you seen the 6 x 6 Brick Wall embossing folder by Stampin' Up!?

Here it is!  I love the fact that because of it's size you can use it in portrait or landscape mode.  Click here to buy your own brick embossing folder or any of the supplies used to make these cards.

This is a single layer card.
 Using the side with the Sizzix name on it, I inked the raised areas of the embossing folder with Early Espresso ink. I ran the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" portion of an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Crumb Cake card stock through the Big shot.  Basically, the front of the card leaving the back of it outside the folder.  Some of the ink is on parts of the brick that I did not expect it to be so I sponged with Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight ink to distress all the bricks.  The Mossy Meadow ferns are from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, on page 124 of the Annual Catalog.  You can view the catalog on this site.  It is in the column on the right side, near the top.

The 3-step butterfly is the smaller butterfly trio from the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  See the bundle here.  The 12 piece photopolymer stamp set is also sold alone.

I stamped the solid with Daffodil Delight ink, which I had stamped off, onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  The second layer is Daffodil Delight full strength.  The details of the third layer are done with Cajun Craze ink.  The body of the butterfly is stamped with Early Espresso.  I used the Butterfly Thinlits with the Big Shot to cut it out.  The butterfly is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I made the card on the right to practice water coloring with glycerin.  I will do my next post on the glycerin water coloring technique.  But for now, I wanted to use the Brick Wall embossing folder again, so I added the Early Espresso ink to the embossing folder as I explained above and embossed a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  This time I did not worry about the unplanned ink on the brick because I knew I would cover most of the brick with the painted design.

You can see the difference the sponging on the bricks above makes versus no added color.

Sweetbriar Rose is a single stamp seen on page 115 of the Annual Catalog.  I stamped it with Memento ink on a 2 7/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock to see how well the card stock and ink would work with water coloring.  I let it dry thoroughly before painting, but the black ink bled some resulting in a "muddy" Pink Pirouette flower.  The Old Olive leaves hides any bleeding.  The flower centers are done with Daffodil Delight.  To hide the slight bleeding, I used Dazzling Details on the stamens.

The butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set.  I stamped a scrap of Whisper White card stock with Melon Mambo and punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly punch as seen on page 166 of the Annual Catalog or here.   I stamped the same butterfly with Pink Pirouette on the Whisper White card stock before adding the Melon Mambo butterfly with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The antennae are stamped with Early Espresso ink.

The card base is an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Pink Pirouette card stock scored at 4 1/4" .

I hope you enjoyed the brick wall embossing folder cards and will come back in a few days to see the cards I made using the water coloring with glycerin technique.

Thank you for stopping by.  Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used to make these cards.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tin of Cards

I am having so much fun with my Tin of Cards kit as seen on the cover of the 2015-2016 Annual catalog!  I am making it for a Christmas gift for a friend.  You can see the kit on page 110 of the catalog or here.  The stamp set that coordinates with it is viewable here.

I have used the stamp set several times for different cards.  It is such a versatile set!  This is the best gift for that person who has everything, who is difficult to find a gift for, your favorite relative, or not so favorite relative - wow, did I say that????  When the next occasion comes along, you have it covered - you just make some more cards to refill the tin!!   I plan to make several of these Tin of Cards kits for friends and relatives.

 These are the cards in the kit.  There are supplies to make 4 of each card.  You will have extra of some of the embellishments that you can use on other projects.  The kit also has envelopes to go with each card.

Here are some tips that I learned while making my cards.

Use a snail or Fast Fuse to adhere the DSP and window sheets.  If you use a liquid glue, it is easy to get some on the window sheets and it is difficult to get off.  Ask me how I know!

I sponged the edges of all the butterflies and the sentiment on the flag.  The sponging made the butterflies look so much richer.  

For the Bermuda Bay blue card,  stamp the "+" strip from each end.  It does not quite meet in the middle, but, the center does not need to be added. The wooden sentiment completely covers the middle.  If the sentiment does not completely ink on the wooden element, use your Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to fill in any voids.   

On the gold striped card, be sure to use Stazon Ink, which is permanent, so that it will not smear.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cute gift bags made from the Stampin' Up! Gift Bag Punch Board

These gift bags are made from 11" x 5 1/2" retired card stock I had in my stash.  I followed the directions on the Gift Bag Punch Board for a medium sized bag to make the bags.  Then I fussy cut a flower I had water colored using glycerin awhile ago for practice and added it to the green bag front.  A length of ribbon from my stash and I have a gift bag ready to go.
The yellow bag is the same size card stock.  I used the Bird Builder punch on page 167 of the Annual catalog to add pizzazz to the bag, a length of ribbon from my stash and I have another bag ready for the right gift!

You do not have to punch the holes and add ribbon at the top of the bag.  This is the first gift bag

I made using some retired products to try out the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I added a couple of flags, some retired Hello Honey Striped Ribbon (just in case you, too, have some around) and a sentiment from the Water Color Wings stamp set which I punched out with the large oval punch.

You can order the Gift Bag Punch Board here.  There is even a link to a video showing how to use the Gift Bag Punch Board

 Well, I don't know why, but, I can not add text next to the last bag I want to show you.  Here is the info anyway!

 Even deeper in my stash is some Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper that I have hoarded.  It made a large gift bag.  I used a 12" x 10" piece of Designer Paper, scored the top at 1 1/2 inch.  I made the gift bag per directions on the Gift Bag Punch Board folding the collar over on the score line.  It is a perfect size for the Shower Gel I am giving to a friend.