Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Graveyard Goodies

Here are some spooky tags and a cute little card I CASE'd from the Holiday Catalog. I had some pieces leftover from my September 1st blog hop creations and just used what was lying on my desk to make some Halloween tags. 
For the black tag, I added a piece of the Detailed Gate from the Detailed Gate thinlits die over a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I applied a thin coat of Crystal Effects with a paint brush and let it dry. I really love the shiny effect. You can also use Gel Medium.
  • Stamp Sets: Graveyard Gate
  • Colors & Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Shimmery White, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
  • Embellishments: Black Vintage Crochet Trim, Crystal Effects
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Tool, Stamping Sponges, 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, paint brush
  • Big Shot: Detailed Gate Thinlits Die

Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Patterns Host Set by Stampin' Up!

Limited time only promotion: September 1 - October 31 
Get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set Item 144973 when you purchase, or host a catalog party with $300 in sales before tax and shipping. You'll receive this stamp set in addition to Stampin' Rewards. It's so versatile. The images below are samples produced and photographed by Stampin' Up! It's so cool how Stampin' Up! provides resources for demonstrators like this.

Please contact me to place your order or sign up to be a demonstrator!
Here's a cute video from Stampin! Up! for more ideas to use with this set!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Graveyard Gate & Spooky Cat: Two Sets One Layer

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog has arrived! I created these spooky one layer 3x3 cards while playing around at a scrapbooking retreat last weekend. I've had so much fun with this stamp set which I was able to pre-order as a Demonstrator. The rat is from the Spooky Cat set, but the rest is from the Graveyard Gate set. 
I inked the brick pillar stamp using Stampin' Write markers in Tip Top Taupe and Smoky Slate. The gate is stamped with Momento. I love the smooth dark color from this ink. The rat is Smoky Slate. The edges are inked in Basic Black. I added the new black rhinestone jewel to the gate. I used my Stamp-a-majig to precisely line up the images.
The inside owl and sentiment are from the Spooky Cat set. If you would like to order any of the items you see here please click HERE to shop and please choose me as your demonstrator.

Supply List:

  • Stamp Sets: Graveyard Gate and Spooky Cat
  • Colors & Ink:  Whisper White, Momento, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Tip Top Taupe
  • Tools and Embellishments: Stamp-a-majig Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Sponge Dauber,  Basic Black Rhinestone Jewels

Friday, September 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - September Step it Up and Holiday Catalog Launch!

Welcome to our September Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. Today is the Holiday Catalog Launch! I'll be showing you two fun Halloween cards created with the new Graveyard Gate bundle. 

For the simple version I used the color combo of Wisteria Wonder, Pumpkin Pie and Lemon Lime Twist onto Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the headstones and bats with clear Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Then I made a mask for the moon by punching out a 1-inch circle and taping it down with repositionable adhesive. I sponged Wisteria Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist and Wisteria Wonder again on the bottom. I removed the mask from the moon and added shimmer with clear Wink of Stella. I embellished with Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and black Vintage Crochet Trim. Black Rhinestone Jewels were added to the headstones. On the inside I created a creepy torn sentiment from the same Graveyard Gate stamp set. 
I stepped it up by adding the gate from the Detailed Gate Thinlits Die and using the "kissing technique" on the headstones. The Graveyard Gate Bundle includes the Graveyard Gate stamp set with the die and saves you 10%. This card just had to be an easel card. 

The lock and key are a thinlit die included with the gate. I cut them out with a scrap of Shimmery White cardstock. Next I laid them on my Versamark pad to get them coated then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. 
Kissing Technique:  One of the stamps in the Graveyard Gate set is a rocky pillar. I inked the pillar with Smoky Slate and pressed the headstone onto the inked pillar to get the rocky image before stamping on my paper. So, it's like they kissed. I've seen really old headstones like this at the Triplett Cemetary at Lake Eufaula. I used this same stamp to create the background for the "Open if you Dare" sentiment. You will want to pop up the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals so that your card base will have something to rest on to make it stand up. Stamp your headstones and cover them with a mask before sponging your background colors. It gives them the creepy white outline around them. I stamped the candy image in the bottom right corner. I imagined that someone was so scared outside of that gate that they dropped their candy.
Here's a side view of the simple easel card. The card lays flat to fit in a Medium Envelope 5-3/4" x 4-3/8".  Let me know if you have any questions or you need any measurements by commenting below. Thank you for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Tanya at Tanya's Stamps & Things by clicking Next Blog below:
You can order any of the supplies to make this card directly from me by clicking on the order button on the right, or by visiting and choosing me as your demonstrator. Check out all of the new stamps and 23 new bundled sets! For a list of all of the bundles, which save you 10% just click HERE.

  • Stamp Sets: Graveyard Gate
  • Colors & Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Shimmery White, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Clear Versamark, Black Momento
  • Embellishments: Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon, Black Vintage Crochet Trim
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Tool, Stamping Sponges, Heat Tool, 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Detailed Gate Thinlits Die


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Holiday Catalog Ribbon Share

With the new holiday catalog arriving soon and so many beautiful trims and ribbons available, I wanted to provide a way for you to sample them all.  Take part in my Ribbon Share and you'll enjoy 2 yards of each of the ribbon, twine and trim featured in the holiday catalog which debuts on September 1st. That way you can play with them, try them on projects, and order full rolls of your favorites.

Ribbon share includes approximately 2 yards of each of the following ribbons for $17 including tax and shipping (US shipping and orders only): 
  • Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon page 5
  • 7/8" Striped Ribbon page 12
  • Jute Twine page 13 
  • Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack (Real Red and Silver) page 21
  • Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon page 29
  • 5/8" Burlap Ribbon page 49
  • Vintage Crochet Trim page 53
Here are examples with the ribbons listed above. All images are produced by and copyright Stampin' Up!
Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon page 5
Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack (Real Red and Silver) page 21
Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon page 29
7/8" Striped Ribbon page 12
5/8" Burlap Ribbon page 49
Vintage Crochet Trim page 53
Jute Twine page 13

If you would like to take part in this Ribbon Share please contact me by email or please comment below. Once payment is received via PayPal or cash your ribbons will be mailed on September 11, 2017. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back to School Survival Crate

It's back to school time in Oklahoma! Today I am playing along with the Back to School Rubbernecker Challenge #16.

I combined the Wood Words and Coffee Cafe stamp sets to create this little teacher gift called the Back to School Survival Crate. I assembled the crate using the Wood Crate Framelits die and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Next I stamped the "for you" sentiment onto the DSP and cut out the tag shape with the framelit in the Wood Crate Framelits set. I looped a piece of Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon behind the tag and tied a bow with Linen Thread. Now on to the goodies:

Contents: Faux Wood Crate, Thanks a Latte card, A Note for You Post it Note holder, chocolate, Life Happens Coffee Helps mini notebook, one pack of Emergen-C, and two instant Starbuck's coffee's in a little tag holder.

The crate contains a little card cut out of the coffee cups framelits die. I stamped the Thanks a Latte sentiment from the coordinating Coffee Cafe stamp set in Garden Green. I have a tutorial HERE that shows how to make a card from this framelit die. I thought the sentiment was really cute for the teachers. 

I created a little Post it Note holder. My Post Its measured 3" x 3" so I cut a piece of Whisper White DSP 3-1/4" x 6-3/4" and scored at 3-2/8" and 3-4/8".  The front is decorated with the Coffee Break DSP. I added another stamp set to the mix. The banner is from the Number of Years set and I cut it out with the coordinating shape in the Large Number Framelits Die. The sentiment is from the Wood Words stamp set. The little circle embellishment was stamped on to Whisper White cardstock in Early Espresso from the circle shape in the Wood Words set and I cut it out with the Layering Circle Framelit die.
I've seen these little notebooks created with other dies, so I thought why not go along with the theme and add a little coffee notebook. The sentiment is stamped in green ombre by using various shades of green Stampin' Write markers directly onto the stamp.  I punched the hole with my Crop-A-Dile and added a little metal ring and ribbon to hold it together. I cut out loose leaf notebook paper with the coffee framelit die.
Obviously, we need coffee to get through the first day of school. With these little instant packets you don't even need water. You can just snip off the top of the package and chug it. Lol! The word coffee is taken off of another sentiment from the Coffee Cafe set. I inked that word only in Early Espresso and stamped onto the Wood Textures DSP. With the Scalloped Tag Topper punch, you can cut a 2 inch strip of paper as long as you want it. Punch the top and fold it over to create a pocket. I punched the holes with my Crop-A-Dile and back stitched Linen Thread through the holes to hold it together. 

I pray that our teachers and kiddos have a wonderful school year and that they stay safe and have open minds and their hearts are filled with of love. I pray that they embrace each other's differences and stand up for what is just and good in the world. I pray that lasting friendships are formed and that an end is put to discrimination and nonsense. I pray for an all inclusive environment where children of all abilities feel valued and loved!
If you would like to order any of the items to make these projects, you can order from me by clicking on this link to start shopping. Please choose me as your demonstrator at check out. Thanks for stopping by!

 Supply List:
  • Stamp Sets: Coffee Cafe, Number of Years, Wood Words
  • Colors & Ink:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Cucumber Crush, Blushing Bride
  • DSP: Coffee Break
  • Tools and Embelishments: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips,Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon, Linen Thread, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Crop-A-Dile
  • Big Shot: Coffee Cups Framelits, Large Number Framelits Die, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Layering Circles Framelits Die

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Clearance Items Added

Stampin' Up! just added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack! Click here to shop and please choose me as your demonstrator:

Here are some of my favorite items on sale!!!
Some of my favorites are: 
Halloween Scenes Edgelits Die (it makes a really cute fence border) on clearance 
for $15. 
Halloween Night Speciality Designer Series Paper is only $5.20 
Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper is only $4.40 
If you want to make some cute Christmas tags the Merry Tags Framelits dies are 
marked down $10 off. 
There are some little white gift boxes for $3.20 that would be really cute to 
decorate for Halloween or Christmas. 
The acorn builder punch is only $10.80. 
(If you are demonstrator you get an additional 20 percent off of the sale price 
too! Let me know if you want to sign up!)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mini Treat Bag with Matching Card and Envelope Using the Envelope Punch Board

Easily make a matching card and envelope to fit inside your mini treat bag! Create your mini treat bag using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die. A 3" x 4" card will fit inside along with the envelope. The envelope punch board is one of those items that I always leave out on my craft table. It is so easy to use and it's a great way to help use up scraps to make the cute envelope liners. The directions are right on the board. Once you have the envelope mastered, there is great YouTube video from Frenchie Stamps who shows a genius shortcut on making the liners using less paper. 

I created the little "Life Happens Coffee Helps" tag using the Coffee Cups Framelits die. Just cut your paper 2" x 5" and fold in half like a card. Place the die over the folded edge just a bit and when you run it through the Big Shot the folded part will stay folded and not cut. Sandwich the framelit the normal way, with the Magnetic Platform, clear plate, die then clear plate on top. Then just cut out two lids and glue them to the front and back of the little tag. 
This is still my favorite bundle and the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper is amazing! 

You can order any of these items from me at The Coffee Cups Framelits even have a die that cuts out the DSP, like the little coffee cup I placed on the envelope.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave a comment or ask any questions. I'm happy to share!

 Supply List:

  • Stamp Set: Coffee Cafe
  • Colors & Ink:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz
  • DSP: Coffee Break, Window Sheet
  • Tools: Envelope Punch Board,  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder
  • Big Shot: Coffee Cups Framelits

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