Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Card

This was another find on Pinterest. They used chevrons, I used the Polka Dots from the Dots and Stripes Decorative Masks. I only inked up a few dots, then added the Vellum Butterflies. I sponged the Vellum before I punch the Butterflies. The leaves are from the Bird Builder Punch, I punched 3 of just the leaves. They are colored with Pear Pizzazz.


Before I mounted the Butterflies, I took some Linen Thread and wrapped it around my fingers. Added a couple of glue dots and adhered the Linen Thread, then added the Butterflies.

The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes. I just love the font on this stamp set.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Perfect Pennants Card


I saw this card on Pinterest and I really loved it. So I cased it, changed it up a bit to make it my own. You know Valentine's Day is right around the corner......I know you're thinking, let me get through the holidays first........so we are getting a jump start. You could also make this an anniversary card.

Its pretty simple, Back to Black dsp, white and black cardstock, with a touch of glimmer, Red Glimmer paper punched out with new Sweetheart Punch, ( I added the wrong heart to my list below. Use this item #133786 if you want the same heart I used).


I love this sentiment from Perfect Pennants stamp set.
Then because its hard to write on black (unless you have a white gel pen, or chalk pen) I added the largest Deco Labels die. Prettied it up with some Real Red Ink from Chalk Lines, & And Many More stamp sets.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hello You Card

This is one of the cards we made in my Quick and Cute card class this month. I had a bunch of the Pennants already cut out and thought, I need to use them. Perfect for a class.

I started with a Lost Lagoon card base that was embossed with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder. Stamped the Pennant with the flower from Regarding Dahlias, also added the sentiment. Add your ribbon, fold your doily in half and adhere to the Pennant, then glue down on your card base.

TIP: Anytime I am gluing something on an embossed surface I always use Tombow liquid glue. Why? It just gets down in all the embossed areas and sticks better than anything else. 

Add your Baker's Twine and call it DONE! I told you it would be easy!



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

It was a pleasant surprise when Dee Tollaksen asked me if I would like to be a part of this blog hop. I am honored to be included with such fabulous ladies. You can check out Dee's blog HERE!

So I was trying to decide what I would share with everyone. Then I thought about the Many Merry Stars Kit, (#138104, $25.95, 26 stars in all sizes). I've made the boxes like they were intended for, but wanted to do something different with them. Here is what I came up:

How about a Star Box Holder? Take a look.

 I wanted to put movie tickets inside the box along with a gift card for dinner. Both of these boxes are for gifts.

This one I used the Kraft stars in the kit and stamped the snowflake from the November My Paper Pumpkin Kit with White Craft Ink. All of the embellishments are from the kit. 

 So I just used part of the strip you get in the kit to enclose the whole star. I left the top open so you can see the goodies inside. I added a bit of Tombow Liquid Glue to the adhesive that is already on the star. I didn't want the star box to come apart. I knew I would add some candy and it would be a little heavy.
 The other stars have Peppermint Patties in between the stars. I made a few of these before and you can see my blog post HERE.
Here is the box with the movie tickets and gift card. Along with a couple of Peppermint Pattie Stars, and some Lindor Truffles.

 Here are the stars with the Peppermint Patties inside.

 This is how I wrapped the Star Box. I used the 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon to tie up the cellophane. This ribbon ties up so nicely.
 Finished off with a "Star" tag.


1.  What are you working on?
Right now I'm trying to finish up all my Christmas gifts. Now that I've got these two gifts done, I can figure out how I'm going to decorate my food trays that I make every year with my daughter. We usually dip Pretzel Sticks, make Peanut Brittle, (my husband's favorite), Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and more. I have people asking me when are you doing your Pretzel Rods.


2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I case a lot of my projects, so I'm not so sure its that different. Once in a while I come up with something on my own. I get so much inspiration from all the gals in our group and Pinterest.


3.  Why do you create what you do?
I love creating anything 3-d, but find my customers want cards that are simple and easy to re-create. So many people just don't have a lot of time to craft. So for my Quick and Cute Card Classes I keep them simple. I always ask my Stamp Club Gals what they would like to make for the next month. They really like to make cards, so I ask them what kind, Christmas, Thanksgiving, thank you, birthday, (male and female), etc? Starting in January when the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs come out I will be having classes using the new kits. I can't wait to do those.


4.  How does your creative process work?
I usually want to use a particular stamp set. Then I go check on Pinterest to get some inspiration. At night while watching TV I check out Pinterest and save to my Secret Folder for later, or it might be something I've seen on Facebook. Sometimes I start out casing (copy, share everything) and it ends up completely different.

I am nominating Maria Villanueva and Nicole Tugrul, both are in the Luv2stamp group. Maria is one of my downline gals. From the moment she stepped into my craft room and made her first card, she was a "natural" stamper. Her work is stunning. Be sure to check out her blog. She is a Mom with 2 young kids, works full time, and goes to school. She squeaks in stamping when ever she can.

Nicole does beautiful work as well. I love checking out her blog. She is on a couple of Design teams. Nicole is a Mom of 3 kids. I don't know how she finds time to stamp.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas Post Card

I saw a card similar to mine on Jan Tink's blog (I think), and loved how old fashioned it was. So this is my take on Jan's card. Its another card we made in my last Holiday Card Class.


I first stamped the Post Card, then embossed the snowflakes from Endless Wishes, sponged Soft Suede ink over the top on on the edges, and stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler from Christmas Bliss. For the tag on the bottom, I used one of the labels from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits. I cut it down so its only about an inch long. I cut the Cherry Cobbler Stripped ribbon so I could tie it around the label, added 2 Candy Dots, and layered it on top of Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow cardstock.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Snowman Tag Card


I was inspired by Connie Babbert's card for my card. I just loved the snowman tag that she had on her card. Cut your tag, 2" x 5", just the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the top, then lay the 2 1/2" Whisper White Circle at the bottom of the tag. Glue, and trim off the sides and bottom. I used the Owl Builder Punch for the eyes, and the Cupcake Builder for the mouth. For his nose I used the Tree Punch. I thought this tag would be perfect with the All is Calm dsp. Of course silver snowflakes and white snowflakes worked out great.



Almost forgot; I used White Craft Ink and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp to stamp some "snowflakes" on the tag. The sentiment is from the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

French Fry Purse

I can't remember where I first started seeing the French Fry box altered like this. But I love how it becomes a "purse". The gals in my stamp club wanted to make one this month. We used the Under the Tree Specialty paper, which works nice, because it is a heavier weight dsp.


Used the Large Oval Punch for the "handles".
Of course we have to have some chocolate to go in our "purse".

So, to make the purse you will need to pieces of the large side (bottom) with the middle piece in each one. Make sense? So instead of have one side smaller on the box, both sides are the same. You will have to use your paper snips to cut off the top. I put the dsp just past the the line when I roll it through the Big Shot. Punch your "handle" on both pieces. Then layer one piece on top of the other, just that middle section. Glue up your sides and add your ribbon and tag. Done! Email me if you don't understand my directions. I will take more photos.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Stuff! Big on You Card

I bet that got your attention.... Last week Stampin' Up! had a "Premier" to showcase the Occasions and Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalogs. It was so much fun!

 This is the Occasions 2015 Catalog, Starts January 6th.
This is the SAB Catalog 2015, Jan. 6th through March 31st.

All I can say is, L O V E! Both of these catalogs are full of beautiful stamp sets, dies, and accessories. It seems that Stampin' Up! keeps "upping their game". You might be wondering why I already have the catalogs (and my pre-order comes today). Well, as a Demonstrator we are allowed to pre-order 30 days BEFORE any catalog comes out. Yes, so we can make up our samples for our classes when the catalogs go live.

So while at the premiere, Stampin' Up! did "prize patrol". We all received a wrist band with different colors or patterns when we checked in. If they showed your color of wrist band you won whatever the giveaway was at that time. Mine was Coastal Cabana. I WON this stamp set and made all of my club thank yous with it.

 Its called, Big On You. These sayings are pretty big, so you don't need very much to finish your card.
 I used the Sweet Taffy dsp on the top and bottom of the card. Then added a little more dsp with the Banner Punch.
It was kind of nice to make something other than Christmas. I don't know about you, but I am ready for some new stuff! We are in the middle of a BIG storm here in Northern California. I hope that doesn't delay my new box of goodies today......

I'll post a video of all my new stuff as soon as it comes.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card, minus the stamp set, its still too new.
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Thank You Stars

I had several thank you's I needed to make (thank you to all my WONDERFUL customers) so this is the card they they received. I know, more stars........


I did change it up a bit, some have Cherry Cobbler bases and some have Garden Green bases.
Here is the Cherry Cobbler base.
This one is the Garden Green base. The small stars are popped up with dimensionals.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amazing Birthday

I'm still on a mission to make more "man" cards. This one could really be used for either male or female. But I really like making cards with flowers.........I really have my Stamp Club to thank for requesting more "man" cards.


I saw this one on Pinterest and modified it a bit. It really is quite simple once you get the circles punched.
Here you can see the circle punches are on the inside and the outside just has the "holes". Make sense?

Here is what I did to make sure the circles were straight and even. I punched 3, 1 1/4" circles from a sticky note, trying to catch most of the sticky part. I drew a line about 1/2" from one of the long edges and stuck the punched sticky note circles evenly. Then I punched each circle out. So now my circles will be even on the front of my card. I just laid the "template" onto my card front and punched my circles. Easy peasey!


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