Friday, December 5, 2014

December Card Class - Half Dome Ornament

I was inspired and purchased ornaments, stamps, and dies sold by an online retailer -, but I thought a half-dome ornament will be just as cute filled with Stampin' Up! stamps, so I tried it!

You can also purchase 80 mm clear plastic ornaments from and the cool part is since you are only using half of the ornament your money goes twice as far! 

You use Shimmery White and Pool Party cardstock with Black Stazon Ink and Real Red ink, plus you will be coloring with Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake and Real Red Stampin' Write markers. The two stamp sets are White Christmas photopolymer and Good Greetings.

You will cut two Pool Party scallop circles from the papertreyink dies using the Magnetic Platform on the Big Shot. Then using a 3" circle die on the Big Shot cut two Shimmery White circles. Stamp the tree portion on the first white circle, then stamp it again with fresh ink on the second circle, then add the cute snowman on the second circle. The bird can be stamped on a tree branch of the first circle. The mini star is stamped on a scrap and cut out by hand with paper snips then colored with the Hello Honey marker. Then you will carefully fussy-cut the snowman and snow mound from the second circle. Stamp "joy" in Real Red onto the full circle. Use a glue dot to affix the star to the top of the tree. Color in the snowman, bird, and tree trunks with the markers. Layer the two white pieces with dimensionals making sure they fit inside of the dome. Add dimensionals to the back of the tree layer and attach the first Pool Party scallop circle making sure there is an adequate and equal edge all around the dome. Before gluing the dome to the paper, add 1 tablespoon of "snow" inside the dome. Make sure you keep the open side of the dome facing UP or the snow will spill.  Using Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue carefully run a narrow bead of glue around the edge of the plastic dome and carefully sit the set of 3 layers onto the glue. Let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can scotch tape about 3 pennies (for weight) to the lower half of the pool party paper that's attached to the dome, then squeeze in dimensionals (or parts of them) to make a secure seal with the second piece of pool party.  Use Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine to make a hanger. Don't forget to sign and date your creation! Done and so, so cute!
Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Card Class - Gift Box Tower

I'd like to give credit to whomever posted their version of this tower, but for the life of me I can't find the idea on the internet again. If it's yours, please let me know.

I used 3 of the 3x3x2.5" kraft boxes from the Annual Catalog to create this fun gift idea. I stamped them all over with the snowflakes from the Endless Wishes set in White Craft Ink. You have to wave the box in the air a bit before you go to the opposite side of the box to give the ink a chance to dry a bit. The alphabet die set I used is a retired set, but you can use whatever alphabet you might have. I cut the letters in Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Using the SU 2-3/8" scallop circle punch I punched 3 Whisper White scalloped circles. Then using Brushed Silver cardstock I punched 3 2-1/4" circles from an EK Brand circle punch. The little mini banner flags were punched with a retired SU punch, but you can easily cut your own by hand. I used Fast Fuse adhesive for the circle and banner pieces, and then Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue to affix the letter to the silver circle. Let that dry a bit. After adhering the badge to the box, I added one rhinestone to each badge. In order for the boxes to stay together you definitely need a stretchy rubber band that will hide under the 1 yard of Cherry Cobbler 1" sheer linen ribbon tied into a pretty bow.

I see gift cards, socks, candy and so many other ideas going into these cute boxes and they will be reusable for a few years too!

Thanks for taking a look!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Card Class - Merry card

Patrice Halliday-Larsen's card design was my inspiration to use the Seasonally Scattered stamp set. This card size is about 3 x 6 which fits some old envelopes that Stampin' Up! used to sell. You can easily make your own now with the Envelope Punch Board.

The color scheme is Smokey Slate, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, and Whisper White. 
Starting on the Whisper White layer you stamp the "Merry" from the stamp set in Versamark ink and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder. Now the fun begins - take a sponge dauber and daub Night of Navy ink just over the "merry." Then take a sponge wedge and lightly sponge Marina Mist ink over the rest of the Whisper White paper. Next using the Endless Wishes stamp set, take the smallest snowflake and stamp the small snowflake all over the sponged ink also in Marina Mist ink. Move to the Marina Mist cardstock layer and stamp the snowflake around the edges also in Marina Mist ink. Top and second layer done. The Night of Navy layer has silver ink used to stamp the same snowflake around the paper edges. Then for accent, I used some retired Illumination ink to stamp more snowflakes around the edges and help it all "pop"!
To finish the card, I glued the Whisper White and Marina Mist layers together then wrapped with the 1/8" silver ribbon and added some rhinestone bling. Then that combined layer was raised with dimensionals attached to the smokey slate and night of navy layers.
I love the wintery look of this card. Hope you do too!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Card Class - Starry Card

This card design was inspired by Cindee Wilkinson, but I changed up her color scheme and placement of the greeting. Start with a Crumb Cake cardstock base, Layer Garden Green cardstock next. The top layer is Whisper White embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder, done on the Big Shot. The star is made using the Star Framelits cut on the Big Shot. The largest star is cut from Crumb Cake cardstock. Then next I cut out the green star from retired Designer Series Paper I had on hand but I used the star framelit that was the outside size so it would fit under the Champagne Glimmer Paper star once I cut that.  So the Champagne Glimmer Paper star was cut at the same time using two coordinating sized star framelits held by the Magnetic Platform on the Big Shot. So once the green layer and glimmer layers were cut out, I glued them together and trimmed off any excess with my paper snips. The greeting comes from the hostess set Good Greetings stamped in Garden Green ink. It was punched out with the Modern Label punch. I had a retired button that was just the right shade and threaded it with Whisper White Baker's Twine. Definitely a Star studded card!

Thanks for taking a look!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

December Card Class - Holiday Home card

I couldn't resist doing a direct CASE of Stampin' Up! Artisan designer, Cindy Schuster's card. This card is just so cute and easy to do. You start with a Whisper White cardstock base with rounding all the lower corners using your Envelope Punch Board corner rounder feature. Next I drew a very light pencil line  with a ruler of where I wanted to stamp the base of the houses. The photopolymer (see through) stamp set is Holiday Home with its matching framelits. The two stamped houses and Santa were done with Crumb Cake ink. Then the wreaths were stamped in Garden Green ink. The string of lights were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. Next, cut out one house on your Big Shot with the house framelits from Crumb Cake cardstock. I found the hardest part was tying the small "house package" with the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. Once I got the bow tied, I scotch taped the back for insurance and used dimensionals to place the center house in position. I love it!

Thanks for taking a look!
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Card Class - Wreath Card

This card's layout came from Kim Cagle, but I loved it, so here's my version. You start with a Whisper White cardstock base. Cut a layer of Cherry Cobbler and dry emboss it with your Big Shot and the Filigree Frame Embossing Folder. The next layer is again Whisper White using the Window Frames Collection Framelits cut on your Big Shot. I stamped the Wondrous Wreath image on Pear Pizazz cardstock with Pear Pizazz ink. Next the berries were stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink. Going back to the Big Shot, I used the matching Wondrous Wreath Framelits to cut it out. The wreath has some bling added with coloring rhinestone jewels with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker and then adding them on top of some of the stamped berries. Retired white ribbon from my collection became the bow. The special hostess set Good Greetings verse was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. Such an elegant card I think, hope you do too!
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

December Card Class - Snowman Card

This super easy card was originally inspired by Fiskars. I wanted to try my hand at making a snowman from punches. It's not that hard, except each snowman will be unique if you are eyeballing it like I did. You start with a Whisper White cardstock base. Cut a layer of Soft Sky, then dry emboss it on your Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder. You'll need your 1-3/4 inch punch (punched twice), 1 inch circle punch and 1 inch square punch. The snowman's hat brim is cut with your paper snips to an angle and width of your choice. The card is finished off with 3 different sized rhinestone jewels. If you need a card that's fast and easy, then this one is for you!

Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Card Class Designs

Now I've caught up with my fall card designs. Hope you have enjoyed them all.

I was inspired by a similar design by Lisa Johansen, but I make it my own. Holiday Home Stamp Set  and matching framelit along with Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper are the go-to combination for this fall birthday card. A sponged stencil sun in Daffodil Delight, and falling leaves in Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Garden Green, along with Early Espresso trees makes this fall card. The verse comes from Bloom with Hope hostess set. The card base is Crumb Cake.

This card was inspired by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek. The Giving Thanks card just takes your breath away with these rich fall colors. The Seasonally Scattered stamp is sponged with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow for a random effect. The splatter background is down with stamped off Soft Suede ink with the Glorious Grunge set. The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper along with Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow cardstock just make this card pop.  The Giving tag is made from one of the stamps in the Making Spirits Bright set, along with a the retired mini tag punch and topped off with a Candy Dot. Linen Thread and Very Vintage Designer Buttons help finish this card.

I CASED this card from  This easy card uses Lost Lagoon and Whisper White together for a frosty card. The Mingle All the Way stamp set works nicely with the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape. Lost Lagoon ink, 1/8" silver ribbon bow and a couple of rhinestone jewels make this an easy card to produce.

The card was inspired by Sera Lewis of the Pink Paper Bakery. This holiday card is using some retired Designer Series Paper, but the idea could be accomplished with any holiday paper you have available. My card base is Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstocks. Using the Tree Punch and the Christmas Bliss photopolymer set with Cherry Cobbler ink, you can mass produce this card very easily. The single rhinestone jewel at the tree tip is all you need.

I was inspired by's design, but made it my own. Endless Wishes stamp set is so fun to use to make this fast holiday card in Marina Mist, Brushed Silver, and Whisper White paper with corners rounded. The snowflakes are stamped in Marine Mist and Silver ink. Use the Decorative Label Punch and the Extra Large Oval for the greeting also from this stamp set. I used some retired Pear Pizazz seam binding ribbon but current Whisper White seam binding ribbon would also look elegant. Top it off with some rhinestone jewels and you'll be all set.

Happy Autumn y'all!
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Monday, November 3, 2014

October Stamp Class Cards to Share

My Card Classes this fall are featuring two Christmas Cards with each class.

This card is inspired by many designs I saw on Pinterest, but I made with my own. This Thank You Card uses the stamp sets-  Everything Eleanor, Petite Petals, Glorious Grunge, and Watercolor Thank You. The color scheme is Rich Razzleberry, Strawberry Slush, River Rock and Whisper White. The Decorative Labels Framelits were used along with Pearl Jewels to accent the card. The edge of the framelit cut out was sponged with River Rock ink. The Pansy and Petite Petals punches were also used.

This card was inspired by "Feline" from the Netherlands at Split Coast Stampers. This Halloween card was so fun to make, because I tried a new technique. I dripped a few drops of Daffodil Delight reinker on the punched circle of Silver Glimmer Paper and rubbed it around with a kleenex and the glimmer paper turned yellow for a cool harvest moon! The stamp set is Holiday Home with it's matching Framelits, the greeting set is Good Greetings. Some retired Halloween paper was used with torn ends along with retire chevron Washi Tape . The cardstock that was used was Smokey Slate, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. Black Stazon Ink and Pumpkin Pie ink was used. The house was hand colored with Versamark Pen, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Smokey Slate Stampin' Write Markers.


This card was CASED from Kristine Burns. This card uses the Cheerful Christmas stamp set along with the Filigree Frame Embossing Folder. The color scheme is Real Red, Wild Wasabi, and Whisper White. The Label Collection Framelits were used to cut out the shape with the Big Shot. The stamp was hand colored with Real Red and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers. Candy Dots and Rhinestone Jewels were added for accents.

My original design. This card began with Garden Green cardstock being run through the Big Shot with the Circle Thinlit to create this foldable card. The Star Border punch was used on the Whisper White background. The Making Spirits Bright Stamp set was stamped in Black Stazon Ink and then hand colored with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and So Saffron Stampin' Write Markers.  Cheers is stamped in the corner with Cherry Cobbler from the Good Greetings set. The Designer Series Paper is retired from a couple years ago. 

Thanks for dropping in!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

September Card Class Cards to Enjoy

Well, I've fallen miserably behind in my postings but I'm going to catch up ASAP! The start of the school year this fall really slowed me down. Luckily, there is still time to make some of these beautiful cards before the holidays!

This cute Z fold  card was inspired by Susie Wood. The stamp set is Pictogram Punches. The color scheme is Lost Lagoon, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White with Flowerpot Designer Series Paper. The flowers use the Bitty Accents Punch Pack and Mini Brads. Lost Lagoon ribbon finishes it off.

This snowflake card design was inspired by It uses three stamp sets. Christmas Bliss, Work of Art, and Joy to the World. The color combo is Soft Sky, Smokey Slate, Marina Mist and Whisper White. Black Stazon Ink for all stamping then finished up the Rhinestone Jewels. 

This cute card was inspired by Laurie Willison.  The Stamp sets are Something to Say and Cupcake Party. The color scheme is Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Whisper White. The Cupcake punch was used along with Apothecary Accents Framelits. The Scallop Border Embossing Folder is retired. The cupcake is accented with Pearl Jewels.

This is my original design. The Color Scheme is Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler with Champagne Glimmer Paper and Whisper White. The Distressed Dots Embossing Folder is used. I used the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and the verse from Endless Wishes. The punches are Tree Punch,  Modern Label, Large Oval, and Scallop Oval. It's hard to see but the red balls on the tree were heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, then additional Champagne Glimmer Paper balls were hole-punched with a normal sized hole punch. The trees are mounted above Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.

Thanks for taking a look and stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cupcake Party Card

I was inspired by a design on Pinterest but made it my own using the following color scheme. Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pool Party plus the card base of Whisper White complete the soft color palette. Using the Cupcake Party set, the cupcake punch, and Curly Label punch, plus candy dots just makes this card good enough to eat!  Enjoy!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Western Bootiful Occasions!

Using the Bootiful Occasions stamp set along with the new Fringe Scissors makes for a very fun card!  The color scheme is Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla. Star punch accents are done with the Champagne Glimmer Paper. Oval shapes cut on the Big Shot with the Oval Framelits. The boot is stamped in Black Stazon Ink, so it can be hand colored with the Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker. The card uses the new Mossy Meadow ribbon behind the ovals for a little pop!  Yee-Haw! Hope you love it!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yummy Sumthin' Sumthin' Cupcake Card

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The color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Very Vanilla, and Shimmery White is just so scrumptious!  I love how this card turned out using the half easel layout. The two stamp sets are Sumthin' Sumthin' and Cupcake Party. I used the Word Bubbles Framelits, the cupcake punch, the small heart punch, and hand colored the Surprise Bubble to get the two tone effect. The card is finished with the thick Strawberry Slush Baker's Twine.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blackberry Bliss Blended Bloom Thank you card

This is my original design using two new stamp sets from the Annual Catalog. The Blended Bloom stamp and the Watercolor Thank You (stamped in black Stazon ink). It's a little hard to tell but the color scheme is Whisper White, Basic Black, and Blackberry Bliss. I used the light Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities Marker to color the inside of the Blackberry Bliss inked bloom and finished it off with a rhinestone jewel. The Large Polka Dot embossing folder gives the card dimension. Embellishments include the 5/8 " Organza Ribbon and the Bitty Butterfly punch using Silver Glimmer Paper accented with Rhinestone Jewels. Bold, Dramatic, with a touch of Bling!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Beauty of the Season - New Christmas Stamp

Here's a start on Christmas that easy to make and easy to mail.  My original design uses the Beauty of the Season stamp set (#135779 $16.95)  showing a lovely cardinal on a berry branch. Handcoloring is just what is needed to make this card POP!  The color scheme is Old Olive, Early Espresso, Real Red, and Whisper White. Use your Stampin' Write marker to carefully color  the bird, branch, and berries. Then finish it off with another new set called Christmas Bliss (#138897 $15.95) for the verse of your choice. The verse set is photopolymer and if you use the piercing mat as a base you will get beautiful stamped images on your cardstock.  I stamped the verse in Early Espresso, then punched the verse out using the Modern Label punch and finished by sponging it lightly with Old Olive ink. The ribbon I used is retired but the new catalog has a great alternative in the 1/4" Cotton Ribbon in Real Red.

Have fun and thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Feeling Sentimental Masculine Card

I was inspired by Amy Storie's design, so I cased it. It uses a former Sale-a-bration set called Feeling Sentimental, a retired Designer Series Paper, plus Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla cardstock. It's a simple design that can be adapted to whatever you might have on hand. I love the masculine look, so I made a bunch to have on hand.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Stamp Set - Big News

Here's an original design using the new set called Big News. It has a lot of fun occasion sayings that will come in handy. The color scheme is Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler with Whisper White. The Designer Series Paper is retired but you could use any DSP of your choice and just change up the candle colors. The candles were colored with Gumball Green, Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, and Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin' Write Markers. The flame was Crushed Curry. Just for fun I used the small star punch to punch out gold foil to accent the candles. The banner and button can be whatever you have on hand. Enjoy the fuss!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bloom with Hope and Blendabilities Go Together!

This card layout was inspired by Dayanna Denny, but I made it my own by using some retired Designer Series Paper. The stamp set Bloom with Hope is a hostess set, but you can easily get it with a $150 party. All the stamps used in this card are from that set.This time I used the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers and just love the result! They are so fun to color with. The background leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz. The Cardstock used was Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. The Cherry Cobbler striped grosgrain ribbon is also retired but luckily SU has brought back a very similar ribbon in it's current catalog. A thoughtful card to make for a friend.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Faux Washi Tape - You Can Do It too!

Erica Cerwin designed this beautiful card design, but I just had to CASE it! Using Daffodil Delight and Whisper White, with the Back to Black Designer Series Paper, a stunning card is the result!  I love how she used the DSP and cut it very narrow and tore the ends, so I think it looks like Washi Tape. So clever I thought!  You can have a lot of fun with the flowers too. If you have black buttons you can make Black eyed Susans, or if you have some black glimmer brads (retired) they would also make cool flower centers. Using the Black Baker's Twine also gives a lovely result. The stamp sets are Flower Shop and Sassy Salutations. The Pansy Punch  is what you need to cut the flowers out perfectly. I just love how this card POPS!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Independence Day Wreath

Better late than never is my motto! I was inspired by Kathy Kartak's design and how she used her June Paper Pumpkin kit to make a cool wreath. So I decided to case her idea and make a wreath for myself. Lucky for me I happened to have a round wreath form hanging around and some leftover 1-1/2" wide navy blue satin organza ribbon from my daughter's wedding a few years ago, so I began!  

I wrapped the wreath with the navy ribbon and hot glued it at the start and finish to hold it. I had some narrow navy blue ribbon I tied around the wreath to make a hanger. Then I cut lengths of the navy ribbon and just tied it once like a bow tie, so I could hot glue it between the pinwheels for filler.  I made the pinwheels and hot glued as I went around adding the ribbon as I went. The crowning touch was I used my giant rhinestones colored with red sharpie and stuck them to the middle of the large silver brad in the center of each pinwheel.  Because you have to have some "sparkle" for Independence Day!

Hang it up and Enjoy!
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