Quick Lunchbox Greeting Cards


This little 3.5" square card is destined for my son's lunchbox. Based on one of the sketch challenges at splitcoaststampers, the card came together quickly and easily. My son likes the white owls so I left this one the color of the paper, Natural Vanilla. So that the owl wouldn't look completely washed out, I did use a blender pen to add a faint shadow of color along the outer edges, but I restrained myself and stopped there *grin*.
Stamps: Owl Together Now
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Naturals Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Traditions
Other: Blender Pen, Chocolate Chip Narrow Grosgrain, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Animal Stories Baby Card


Today's card is one for my card box. No new babies right now, I really just wanted to play with this patterned paper and the coordinating stamp set. ( Of course, with a family the size of mine you never know when we'll get more good news!)
The layout just came together while I was working on the card. I like it because it allowed me to draw attention to the whale without having to work on him a lot. I think would also look pretty with a flowery paper and large flower focal point. Better run and make one of those in case the next baby is a girl :)
I hope you enjoy the card - thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: Stamps: Animal Stories (116716), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) Ink: More Mustard Classic Ink (103162) Cardstock: More Mustard (100946), Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128), Really Rust (100661) Designer Series Paper: Tall Tales (115678) Other: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain (111849), Earth Elements Brads (106955), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), Small Oval Punch (107304), Large Oval Punch (107305)

Stampin' Up! Dreams Du Jour


It's a very busy day in my house today, so please excuse the short post. This is a card I recently completed for a sketch challenge at splitcoaststampers. Once again, I had a lot of fun with our Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper and our coordinating In Color textured cardstock. The paper behind the main image (with the squiggles) is one of the punch out elements from our The Write Stuff Specialty pack. The colors were so fun on the paper that minimal work was done on the focal image/sentiment - no nightmares allowed!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Dreams Du Jour
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Card stock: Whisper White, In Color Textured Card Stock
Designer Series: Razzleberrry Lemonade, The Write Stuff Specialty
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

DivaSC40 Halloween Greeting Card


Here's our Diva sketch for today. To see what the other Utah Divas came up with, click here and you will be directed to our group blog-site.

Once again, I'm jumping ahead to another season... I can't help it, this fall stuff is just too fun! Here we go:

The focal image is one of 4 from our Level 1 hostess set: Holiday Best. I stamped and embossed the image with our Black Embossing Powder. I truly prefer our embossing powders over others I've purchased in the past; because the powder itself if very fine grained, the images stay crisp and clean. The powder melts to a nice even finish, too.

I used the colors represented in this sheet of Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper to pull my card together. Because the card base is Basic Black, I also applied a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside so I can easily write my message in there. I also had a little fun with an extra skull from the paper. ;)

Supplies: Stamps: Holiday Best (Hostess) Ink: VersaMark (102283) Paper: Cast-A-Spell (115677), Basic Black (1028551), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730) Other: Heat Tool (100005), Black embossing powder (109133), Ticket Corner punch (107214), Earth Elements brads (106955)
Thanks for stopping by! For a look at additional products we offer, click here to be directed to my Stampin' Up! website - open 24/7!

How to use Border Punches


I borrowed this Spiral punch from my friend Martha the other day.... and promptly wondered if it was broken. When I turned it over, what I was seeing wasn't making sense to me. I soon figured out that the punch was just fine, my understanding was just "lacking"!
Being the average person that I am, I thought it might be a good idea to share how this thing works and save you some grief!

1. Turn the punch over so that you are looking at the bottom. Slide your paper in until it runs into the guide. (If you click on the picture, you'll see it better.) Press the front tab and "punch"; there will be 2 notches cut into your paper.

2. Remove the paper and re-insert it into the punch aligning the left-hand notch into the "guide". The right hand notch will be sticking out of the punch as shown.

Continue punching and re-aligning until you have the amount of spiral notches you were looking for.

Not difficult at all is it? And it is a very cute look for a variety of projects. Here's a quick card I made this week using our Lots of Bots stamp set, a few markers, and this punch. Enjoy!

Stamps: Lots of Bots (115293)
Ink:StazOn Black (101406) , Stampin' Write Markers: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Real Red (100052), Blush Blossom (100037), Bashful Blue (105111), Garden Green (100080) (so I went a little crazy with color....)
Paper: Taken with Teal (101584), Certainly Celery (105125), Blush Blossom(103318), Whisper White (100730)
Other: Spiral punch (108341), Clips Assortment (112580)

Quick Cards Scary or Sweet


Carol M. if you are reading this - I thought of you when I pulled the paper out. You have me well trained :)

The cards shown above are based on a layout found here. They are also my 2 samples for class this Friday at Hope Lutheran. The layout is a simple one, but SO user-friendly! Plus, we get to play with our Stampin' Around wheels, so we are definitely going to have fun! Class attendees - please click HERE to RSVP (no later than Thursday afternoon) so that I can have your materials prepped and ready to go when you arrive. Thanks - and I look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Faux Silk Technique Fall Greeting Card


I know.... it's only July. But, as usually happens with crafters, my mind is already fast-forwarding to fall. So, last night at a workshop, I shared the faux-silk technique as well as this fall-inspired card as one of our make-and-takes.

If you've never done this particular technique, you'll be happy to know it's quite easy. Simply:
  • Stamp your images onto tissue paper (the kind you use in gift bags)
  • Crumple up the paper and set it aside. This always makes people cringe - but just do it, it will be ok ;)
  • Now take a piece of neutral cardstock (the size of the focal image on your card) and rub a glue stick over the entire piece
  • Open up your crumpled paper, straighten it out a bit, and adhere it to your glue-covered card stock

You now have a beautiful piece of artwork with the visual texture of silk. I invite you to try out the technique - you won't be sorry you did!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Dusty Durango (115654), Chocolate Chip (100908), Crushed Curry (115659)
Paper: Dusty Durango (textured), Chocolate Chip (102128), Very Vanilla (101650), Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper (115668)
Other: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain (109051), Vintage Brads (109109), Glue Sticks (104045), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Using the Stampin' Up! Catalog for project ideas


C.A.S.E. = Copy and Share Everything
One of the things I love about being a demonstrator is that many of us do CASE projects. We share projects and often change them as we create, then pass it on. Another thing I love is that our Idea Book & Catalog is FULL of things to CASE. The card I'm sharing with you today is one of those projects.
Page 197 of our IB&C contains pictures of our Sizzix medium and small sizzlits dies and it also contains a picture of a couple of sample projects. My card is almost a direct copy of the card shared there. I simply changed the colors and the words to suit my supplies and my needs. See - it really is more than a catalog; it truly is an Idea Book!

Note: The leaf/branch you see above is one of the singles sold on page 196 (114511/$5.50)

Pearls Before Swine


A comic strip from today that caught my eye. Yes, stamping can be dangerous.lol

oh, no! I had inserted the code, but it doesn't fit on my blog. Click here to view a funny comic strip.

DivaSC39 Altered Chipboard


Here is today's sketch challenge with my Diva friends at UDI. I thought this looked like an easy sketch. But then, I pulled out this Kaleidescope Designer Series Paper (page 161 of the Idea Book and Catalog) and spent 2 hours making some seriously ugly cards. Not because of the paper, don't get me wrong. Let me just say that I'm really glad I use Dotto as my adhesive; since it's removable for a while, I was able to salvage the DSP and toss the rest! Well, I went and made myself a yummy Cuban coffee, came back and tried again. Not sure if it was the sugar - but I did better this time :)

I rotated the sketch counter-clockwise and made the strip (supposed to run the length of the card) a little shorter so that I didn't cover much of the patterned paper (DSP).

To alter the chipboard letters:

  • Use Whisper White Craft ink to cover the chipboard letters and dots
  • Sprinkle on some Dazzling Diamonds for a little blingy fun. 

That's it!

My last slight change to the sketch was to move the 3 dots over beside my square; they were getting lost in the pattern of the paper. Hope you like the card, thanks for stopping by!

Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink (101731)
Paper: Kaleidoscope (115680), Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Green Galore
Other: Dazzling Diamonds (102023), On Board Lots of Letters (112084)

How-to: Faux Alligator Technique


As promised, today I'm going to show you how to do the Faux Alligator technique shown on yesterday's card share.

Step 1: Cover the piece of card stock you are using with VersaMark. I find it easier to place my card stock on scrap paper and press the ink pad directly onto it.

Step 2: Pour clear embossing powder over the entire piece. Tip over the paper and tap on the back a few times to get the extra powder off.

Step 3: With a stylus or bone folder, draw a loose grid on your paper, dragging through the embossing powder. Let your lines have a little "squiggle" to them.

Step 4: Use a heat tool to melt and set the embossing powder. You now have a "faux alligator" element to add to your paper creation!

Scroll down or click here to view the finished card shared yesterday.

Supplies (item #):
Ink: VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Chocolate Chip card stock (102128)
Other: Stylus (100663), bone folder (102300), Crystal Clear Stampin' Emboss (109130), Heat Tool (100005)

Simple and Stunning Faux Alligator Greeting Card


Recently at one of my card classes we worked on the faux alligator technique. It's an easy one that gives you stunning results.

The belt running across this card was made using this technique. The flowers were cut using the Big Shot and the Daisies #2 Bigz die. The layout of the card is very simple, but I think doing more would just be "too much". Like they say, KISS (keep it simple and stunning ;)

Ink: VersaMark
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa (think I just aggravated my sweet tooth! lol)
Other: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, big shot, daisies die #2, (the brad was given to me...)

Want to learn the technique? Check back tomorrow - I'll be posting the step-by-step instructions.

Dry Embossed Stampin' Up! Sample


One of the things I love about being a representative (a "demonstrator") for Stampin' Up! is the many opportunities we have for seeing and sharing project ideas. This card is a prime example.
(Sorry for such a small picture.... couldn't enlarge it without making it fuzzy).

This is a beautiful card that was shared with demonstrators at our Regional Seminar in Orlando. The card was made of Brushed Gold card stock that was run through the Big Shot sandwiched in our exclusive Manhattan Flower embossing folder. She then ran the edge of a 2-Way Glue Pen over the raised outlines and poured Fine Galaxy (Gold) Stampin' Glitter over the glue. Even without the tafetta ribbon and tag - it's a gorgeous card!

To see this folder or other Stampin' Up! merchandise, click here.

DivaSC38 Stampin' Up! Animal Stories


Hello and happy Saturday!

Today's sketch from UDI is a one that is done often, and usually with great results! I'm looking forward to seeing what the other Divas have done with it. Did they turn it? Change the shapes? You never know with such a talented group of ladies. Be sure to check out the link here so that you can see what they've done!

As for what I've done.... well, as a demonstrator with Stampin' Up!, I was able to pre-purchase a few of the new items from the just released Idea Book & Catalog. Two of the items I bought were the Tall Tales Designer Series Paper (that's our 12x12 double-sided printed paper) and the coordinating stamp set, Animal Stories. After sharing this paper with others, let me tell you that we all love the fun colors and the great prints on the paper. The designs are SO adorable, you' won't know whether to frame them or use them! ;)

Now, I did use these two items on my card along with our coordinating colors of card stock and just a few tools and embellishments. My son was in the room while I was working on this card and came up with the sentiment (which makes it even cuter to me! lol) Can't wait to send this out to my friend Lynette as a Thank You for having us over to swim. I hope you enjoy the card - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Animal Stories
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Rose Red, Tall Tales DSP
Other: Big Shot, Billboard (strip alpha), Flower Fusion, 1" circle, Designer Label punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Ticket Corner punch, Soft Subtles brads

Stampin' Up! Asian Artistry stand up card


Here's the card we'll be making this Friday at Hope Lutheran. This great stand-up card is based on Monday's technique challenge at splitcoaststampers. It fits into a standard envelope making it easy to share with a friend. You'll love how easy it is to put together. I know I can't wait to make more! Friday ladies, please RSVP by tomorrow (Thursday) and let me know if you plan to attend. Thanks!

Stamps: Asian Artistry (Hostess Level 2)
Ink: Old Olive
Card stock: Pale Plum, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Old Olive
Other: Lots of tags sizzlits, Big Shot, Vanilla Tafetta ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips

Stampin' Up! Hostess Gift


This box and the cards it contains are gifts for my hostess Kitty. She and I are having a stamping party (aka workshop) this week and I wanted to give her a treat and introduce her to some of our new colors. The box and the cards showcase 2 of our new In Color selections, Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry. I used these two colors (both card stock and ink) along with Old Olive and Very Vanilla for some fun 3x6 cards. The box will get a little more dressing up, but the cards are ones that she can use as-is for any occasion. She will also qualify for Hostess Rewards from Stampin' Up! based on the orders received at her party. With the new Idea Book & Catalog in full swing - she has a few items on her wish list already and is sure to get a few of them free!

If you would like a box and cards of your own, schedule a workshop this month and I'll happily make one for you! If you are not in my area or are not into "parties", there are other options that will award you this and our Stampin' Up! Hostess Rewards. Contact me and we'll start working on them right away!

Stampin' Up! Baroque Motifs Fancy Thanks!


Just a quick post today - here's another card I received in a swap. This one didn't have the artist's name on it, but it's so pretty that I had to share it anyway. Barely visible in the picture is a shadowy background image on the Very Vanilla card stock. It looks like she used the (now retired) Leaves a la carte jumbo wheel with VersaMark to give a beautiful watermark background to the card. It doesn't take your focus off the main swirl and sentiment, but it adds a very elegant touch to the card. Thank you, no-name lady for a gorgeous card!

Stamps: Fresh Cuts, Wanted (retired, the small flower-like images are from this set), Baroque Motifs, Leaves A La Carte Jumbo Wheel (ret.)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, VersaMark
Paper: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Other: Silver Brads

DivaSC37 4th of July Inspired Greeting Card


Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope that you all have a fun day planned - good friends, family, food, fireworks! But first, cards! After all, it is Saturday which means we have a sketch challenge at UDI. I hope that you'll take the time to stop by the other ladies' blogs. It's always fun to see where our cards are alike or they differ. Drop us a line and let us know what you think! Here's the sketch first, then my card.
Probably my favorite part of this card is the scroll work coming from behind the frame. The scrolls were made with the Big Shot and the Scribbles Swirls sizzlit. The frame in front is also a sizzlit; it's part of the 4-pack called Lots of Tags.

Because of the texture of the twill tape running across the card and it's frayed edges, I used the edges of my bone folder to rough up the edges of all the card stock pieces. I suppose you could call that look semi shabby-chic, lol. I just liked it..... I also softened the brightness of the papers by rubbing a little Stampin' Pastels on the edges of the pieces. (The pastels come in our Starter Kit; I'm amazed at how I'm still using them - 4 years later!)

Thanks for stopping by... and please leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!

Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Ink: Night of Navy
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Other: Twill Tape, Bone Folder, Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Big Shot, Scribbles Swirls sizzlit die, Lots of Tags sizzlit dies

Autumn Days Greeting Card using Rub-ons


Yes, it's only July... but I was in a fall mood when I created this card!

The bird and the branch (beside the sentiment) are from a new stamp set Autumn Days. There is actually only one bird on the stamp; I stamped it a second time on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock, cut it out and then placed it next to the first bird. With the sentiment being what it was, one bird looked lonely! *grin*

The longer branch is a rub-on from a coordinating transfer set called Autumn Harvest. If you haven't used Stampin' Up!'s rub-ons, I definitely recommend them to you! Unlike others I have purchased in the past, ours adhere very easily. You will NOT leave a dent in your paper trying to get them to stick, trust me! Because they do transfer so easily, be sure to cut away the section of rub-on that you are going to use on your project. If you try to lay the whole sheet over it you will get pieces of other images. Yes, they adhere that easily!

To view this and other new Stampin' Up! stamps and accessories, click HERE.

Stamp a stack of greeting cards


When: Sunday, July 19th from 2:00 - 5:00
What: Choose 2 cards and make 5 each (10 total). The materials fee for this class is $15.
Please note: RSVP's are due by July 6th!
Contact me right away to reserve your spot!

Choice #1: This sample uses Rich Razzleberry, one of our new In-Colors. You will get to use a different one of the In-Color Textured card stock for each of the 5 cards.
Choice #2: A fun card using a new stamp set Lots of Bots. Other images in this set include an apology image and a birthday related image.

Choice #3: A fun pocket-fold for any girly-girl on your list! Have fun using the Big Shot and Beautiful Butterfly Bigz die for great dimension on this card.Choice #4: My personal favorite! A stylish card utilizing our new Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. Choose from over 30 sentiments to truly personalize this card.

For additional information regarding these cards or to see additional projects, please view my gallery. Don't forget to RSVP!
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