Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas!

This is our downline Christmas party with the Stampin' Bunny. Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Altered Candle

I covered this vanilla candle jar with Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, Holiday Lounge and added the snowflake from the Sweet Seasons set. I liked these colors and thought it could be set out throughout the winter and not just for Christmas. The DSP is actually Tempting Turquois, but I stamped the snowflake with Bermuda and thought it matched well. The ribbon is Sage Shadow.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Brown Bag Hot Chocolate Card

Isn't this cute! I cased this from Krista Tesky's Warm & Sweet Winter Wishes layout on the SU Demo Site Holiday Gift Exchange Challenge. All you need to do is cut the top off of a brown lunch sack to 8 1/2 inches and fold in half to create an opening for the hot chocolate packet. Then stamp away with random snowflakes. You know you have some. You know you can't wait to make this. Here are a couple of versions. One with stamping and one with SU DSP (Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper)from the Holiday Mini.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Altered Gift Bags

Here are some Kraft gift bags that I covered with retired Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper and added the Top Note Tag. Very simple and cute!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The More the Merrier Top Note Tag

Here is a gift tag I made using the Top Note Big Shot Die and the snowmen from the More the Merrier Level 3 Hostess set on page 17 IBC. I added glitter to the snow with the glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Baby Christmas Tree

I just had to post a pic of this Christmas tree I decorated for our Maternity Store. If you look closely you will see pacifiers and safety pins adorning the tree. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Gift Tags

This idea was so cute I CAS'd (copy and shared) Marie Shaughnessy's design. This set uses the Christmas Punch stamp set and the medium celephane bags. I used a top note die at the top of the bag and the ornament punch with the Delightful Decorations stamp set found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The last chance to order from this catalog is January 4th, so hurry so you can get this cute set along with the punch for your Holiday collection. You can order online at and have it shipped to you within 5-7 days.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cappuccino Truffle Card

I love making these shutter tri fold cards! Here is one I made for a winter themed swap. I used the big shot die to make a pocket for a recipe for Cappuccino Truffles.

Cappuccino Truffles

1 tablespoon boiling water
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
6 squares (1 ounce each) bittersweet chocolate chopped
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar

In a small bowl, combine water, coffee and 1 tsp. cinnamon; set aside. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate and butter until smooth. Stir in coffee mixture. Press plastic wrap onto surface. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
In a small bowl, combine sugar and remaining cinnamon. Shape chocolate into 1 inch balls; roll in cinnamon sugar. Refrigerate for least 2 hours or until firm. - Taste of Home Magazine

Card Recipe:
Stampin’ Addicts All in the Fold Swap – Group 1 – Tri Fold Shutter Card
Kris Kilkenny (Paper Fairy),

Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Merry Moments DSP
Stamps: Medallion, Sweet Season
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Accessories: Top Note Die, Clear rhinestone brad
Punches: small oval, scallop circle, 1 3/8 circle , 1 ¼ circle, 1/2 circle, round tab

Detailed directions with photos for this type of card can be found at:

*(I got the idea for the matted medallion on the front of the shutter card from Anne Matasci at I got the idea for the snowflake in the middle of the medallion from Jamie Thornton at

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sweet Treat Cup Slider Card

Here is a sweet card I made for my stamp club swap. I've been wanting to make a slider card, where you slide open the back to remove the treat without tearing up the card. This was so easy. After placing the treat cup where you want it, you place a pocket (taping the top and bottom) about half way over the opening. For this card I used a tag as my slider. You slide out the tag to remove the candy. Pretty easy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Baby

For this little 3 x 3 Christmas card I wanted to try using non-traditional colors. I thought this turned out cute and looks like a Baby's First Christmas card. The ornament is punched out of Stampin' Up's wood sheets and I stamped on it with Soft Suede Ink.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sock Monkey Christmas

Here is a little sock monkey 3 x 3 card that I made for a swap. The little ornament uses the faux metal technique which is done with silver embossing powder.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I am proud to report that today I received my official certification in Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio paper crafting solution. I successfully completed the online training provided to me as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Another great reason to become a demonstrator. The coursework included webinars and quizzes on how to get started creating with My Digital Studio. I practiced creating projects in each of the different My Digital Studio design types including cards, scrapbook pages, calendars, and multimedia projects.

My Digital Studio is an easy-to-use, software-based design studio featuring thousands of Stampin’ Up!’s award-winning images, colors, and accessories. Extremely intuitive, My Digital Studio allows crafters of all skill levels to easily navigate the program and design their own digital project or use hundreds of templates to create professionally designed cards, photo albums, scrapbooks, and more. New artwork and templates will be available on a regular basis for download via my website at In addition, My Digital Studio offers professional print services where customers can purchase bound photo albums, cards, individual scrapbook pages, and calendars with colors calibrated to match Stampin’ Up’s papers and inks. You can create hybrid projects like the Vintage Framed Art below. You can also click on the link below for more information and short video about My Digital Studio.

Stampin' Up! demonstrator site and online store

Stampin' Up! demonstrator site and online store

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vintage Ornaments Framed Art

Who says stamps are just for cards? I made this framed holiday decor using Stampin' Up's Decor Elements stencils, Vintage Ornaments by sponging on Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry. I printed the Ho Ho Ho sentiment from My Digital Studio and mounted it onto Old Olive Cardstock. I made the branches using the stamp set Inspired by Nature. I got this fun idea from Patty Bennett at

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wood Sheets Home Decor

We made this cute wall hanging at stamp club last night. It uses the Wood Sheets (page 158) and the Bigz Clear Die Scallop Square. I was able to run two wood sheets through the Big Shot at the same time. We embellished it with the specialty designer series paper, Christmas Cocoa found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The word, "joy" is made with the Sizzlet dies, Go Go Boots. We made the holes for the ribbon to go through using the Crop-a-dile, and we were able to easily punch through 3 wood sheets at once. The idea is to put photos on the three squares or you could use chip board for your phrase.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Scallop Punch Ornament Tutorial

These scallop punch ornaments make great gift tags. They are really easy to make. All you need is a scallop punch, double sided designer series paper,adhesive and linen thread.
1) Punch out 8 scallops.

2) Fold in half. The trick to folding them in half is to fold ON the scallop NOT between the scallops. See the photo with two folded scallops. Look closely. The correct way to fold it is the one top which comes to a bit of a point.

3) Organize them by every other pattern.

4) Adhere them together as if you were stacking them like a taco sandwich.

5) Once you have the last one adhered, open it up and place your string in the middle. You can embellish with beads from the pretties kit.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sweet Treat Cups and Sweet Centers Stamp

These two cards use the Sweet Centers stamp set and Sweet Treat cups featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog on pages 6 and 7. I think these are so much fun! I used marshmallows for my inspiration in the hot air balloon card and coordinated the paper to match them.

Monday, October 26, 2009

From Halloween to Christmas Fun CAS!

CAS (Pronounced case) - Copy and Share, I love it! My friend Jamie 'Cased' a Halloween card that I made and turned it into a beautiful Christmas card. I just had to show them side by side. You can see more of Jamie's wonderful inspiration at The recipe for the Halloween card can be found in my September blog archive at

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vintage Ornament Case

One of the benfits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is access to the demo only website where we get the first peak at new ideas and training videos. This card was featured as one of our gifts. The reason I was so excited about it, is that my mom just bought the Decor Elements stencils called, Vintage Ornaments (which are featured on this card). I love learning new ways to show the versality of SU's products. She was going to use them to decorate packages. Then, Stampin' Up! used Angela McKay's ( as an example of how to use the stencils to make a card. We are going to make this at November's stamp club. It uses the masking technique.Directions can be found on Angela's blog at:
I changed mine around a bit because I didn't have some of the same stamps. My recipe for this card is:
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Kraft
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Rzzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Platinum Shimmer Paint
Stamps: the "Merry Christmas: is from the Loads of Love, the snowflake is from Sweet Season, and holly berry and stem is from the Give Thanks stamp in the Holiday Best set
Accessories: Vintage Ornament Stencil,Rhinestone Brad, sponge, sponge sauber

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Give Thanks

We made this tri-fold shutter card at my last watercolor technique class. I cased it from Pepesmom on Stampin' Addicts. This uses the Stampin Up! Designer Series Paper, Autumn Meadows and the Country Morning Stamp set. The images were stamped on Stampin' Up watercolor paper and I used re-inkers and an aqua painter to give it the vibrant colors.
Start with a piece of 5 1/2 x 12 inch cardstock. Score it horizontally at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches. Turn it on it's side and measure in 1 1/2 inches. Cut between the 2 and 10 inch score marks. Repeat on the other side. Fold and embellish as desired. There is a great photo tutorial at Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mini Cat Charming Charm Insert

I am so excited about the Simply Adorned charms in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I had a friend ask me if I could make a 1 1/2 by 2 inch charm insert for her friend who likes quilting and cats. This is what I came up with. This stamp set is soooo old that I can't even find it by googling it. If anyone can tell me the year this stamp set came out I will make and mail you this charm insert for free! The stamp set is a Stampin' Up! set of 4, called Mini Cats and it's mounted on foam instead of wood. I also used the set Charming along with it.
Stamps: Mini Cats, Charming
Inks: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink
Papers: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot Magnetic Die, Curly Label Punch, Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Embroidery thread, Paper Piercer
Additional Categories: Simply Adorned

Monday, October 19, 2009

Built with My Digital Studio

This is my first digital card made with My Digital Studio. I used the designer template so I didn't even have to think to create it. MDS did all the work. I just added a couple of stamps and chaged the greeting. Don't you just love how the staples look real! Contact me to schedule a training session and create a digital card for free.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Charm Insert

Simply Adorned charms are lockets--they open up so you can insert your custom stamped image. The Charming stamp set, along with Rub-Ons, glitter, ribbons, and other embellishments, can help you create your unique charm insert. And don't forget that you can embellish the chains with ribbon, felt flowers . . . the possibilities are endless! The frame surrounds tempered beveled glass on the front and flat glass on the back. Because there's glass on both sides of the charm, you can display an image on one side or both. You can create a custom heirloom piece that you'll never want to change, or you can swap artwork in and out, depending on your mood and your wardrobe.

And although SU designed Simply Adorned charms to be jewelry, they also make delightful key chains or Christmas tree ornaments. Insert a stamped image or photo of your loved ones, tie a ribbon through the clasp, and you're done!

Here are a couple of charm inserts that I made for a swap which are 1 and 1/4 inches.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall. . .in love

I made this 12 x 12 double layout for a scrapbook page swap. This layout uses the Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tri Fold Shutter Card

I CASED this card from mlnapier on and changed the stamps around a bit. This card uses the Cast a Spell Designer Series Paper. We'll be making this card tonight at stamp club in honor of world card making day! Directions to make this card can be found here:

Friday, October 2, 2009

World Card Making Day is Saturday

Guess what? Saturday, October 3 is the fourth annual World Card Making Day! I will be featured on Paper Craft's Magazine's Blog Tour, Stop 288. This year anyone can participate. Stay tuned for more card photos!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christmas Sock Monkeys

Aren't these just the cutest! I made these over the weekend at a crop at my local scrapbook store. I used the Sock Monkey and Accessories stamp set. I stamped them 3 times using whisper white for his mouth and the rest using the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. The holly berries are on one side and the other side is the soft suede stripes. I'm making a 3 x 3 Christmas card with him for a swap. I'll post a pic soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I love my Sock Monkey!

Don't you just love sock monkeys! Here is a thank you card I made using the Sock Monkey and accessories stamp set from Stampin' Up!. I'm working on a 3 x 3 card swap and I am using the sock monkey with a Santa hat accessory. Will post soon. . .

Friday, September 11, 2009

FALL Watercolor Card

I created this card for a Fall Swap on Stampin' Addicts. The theme was Fall colors. This is a great way to use up your scraps to add color to a card. To make this card you will need:

-- An 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Crushed Curry. Cut in half at 5 1/2". Fold in half for a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card. Cut 3/4" off of the front edge.

-- Old Olive textured CS 2 3/4" by 4", Kraft 3 1/4" by 5 1/4", and half of a piece of watercolor paper 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"

-- Stamp flowers and jars using the Country Morning stamp set in Soft Suede. Using the in-color re-inkers and an aqua painter, watercolor the image. After the image is dry, place Crystal Effects on the jars for added dimention.

-- Cut out the letters for FALL using the Big Shot Sixxix die, Go Go Boots. Glue the letters to coordinating pieces of cardstock in a 1 1/8" strip. I used Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede. After the card was assembled I added Crystal Effect to the letter to make them shiny and coordinate with the jars.

-- Emboss the piece of Kraft using the Big Shot Texturz Plate #4 Weave.

-- Use your mat pack and paper piercer punch holes up the side of the watercolor paper and hand stitch with thin linen thread and a needle. Assemble with glue stick and Stampin' Dimentionals.

-- The bow tag is a strip of 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon flipped over to the solid Dusty Durango side.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Halloween Tic Tac Toe Travel Game

Wonder what to do with those all those leftover tins? Make a Halloween Tic Tac Toe Travel Game. My kindergartner helped ink the edges and stamp the bats. We used my favorite little spider and bat from the stamp set, From the Crypt. Add magnets to the back for a magnetic fun game you can play in the car. The criss cross was made with Stampin' Up's double sided sticky tape and purple glitter. Watch Riley demonstrate how easy these little game pieces are to make on You Tube.

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