Nutcracker Paper Punch Art


Time to start counting down to Christmas! To celebrate, I've created this character just for you! He was made with the following Stampin' Up! punches:
Word Window punch (arms and legs)
Large Tag punch (body and hat)
Ornament punch (face and hair)
1/4" circle (cheeks, iris', hands, hat decorations)
1/2" circle (eyes)
1" circle (top portion of hat)
scallop edge punch (teeth)
The remaining bits and pieces were trimmed using our Paper Snips (very small, very sharp scissors!)

I hope you have fun with this character. Please leave a comment here and let me know what you think and be sure to provide a link to your project if you decide to create one!
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Sparkle Spinner Card


More sparkle today! I love spinner cards but haven't made any lately. While making yesterday's CD holder, I got another look at the sparkle die cut and thought how fun it would be to put a little spin to it!
Never made a spinner card before? Maybe it's been a while and you don't exactly remember how it comes together? Well  - while I had the camera out yesterday I thought I'd make a quick video on this technique, too! Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Taken with Teal, Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper
other: Big Shot, Sparkle die, 1 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle punch, Word Window punch, Silver brads

How to make a CD Holder


I'm very excited about the project I'm sharing with you today. It's a VERY easy-to-make CD/DVD holder. At this time of year, many of us are looking for inexpensive but special items to share with loved ones. Consider the following gifts:
  • CDs personalized with music that fits the recipient.
  • A CD full of pictures from throughout the year. (Our family in South America loves to get these - they get to catch up on the growth of the family!)
  • Using My Digital Studio - share a DVD version of your digital scrapbook. (Make it once, share it multiple times!)
  • Also using MDS - create a home video DVD complete with music, subtitles, voice recordings, etc.

And just for you, I've created a video tutorial for this project. I hope you find it useful!

 Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Taken with Teal
Paper: Taken with Teal, Real Red, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper
other: Big Shot, Sparkle Die, 1 1/4" circle punch 

DivaSC57 Stampin' Up! Window Sheets


What a week! Like many others, I've been planning food for next week and getting caught up on housework. In my case, that leaves little time for playing with paper and making projects to share. I hope to get a few projects done over the weekend so that I can prepare a post for each day next week. Thanks in advance for sticking with me and checking the site - I'll get back to daily posts asap!
Today's card is for our weekly Diva challenge. To see the sketch and the cards our other Divas have made, click here to be directed to the Utah Divas International blog site.
Along with the sketch this week, Carol suggested using window sheets. The white leaves you see above are printed (by SU!) directly onto the clear window sheet and are just one of the image choices available in our Printed Window Sheets (page 169 of the Idea Book & Catalog). There are 2 other printed design sets available (some with color!) and also clear sheets that can be stamped on or used for other techniques. Here are a few more notes about the card:
  • Because they are clear, you can't really use adhesive behind the window sheets. I used two silver brads from our Hodgepodge Hardware kit to attach mine to a piece of Brocade Blue cardstock (cut to the same size). 
  • The Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon and silver ribbon slide (also from the Hodgepodge) also help to secure the window sheet.
  • My little sentiment (from Baroque Motifs) was stamped with Brocade Blue Classic Ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.
  • A handheld 1/16" punch was used to create the hole for the sentiment tag and the holes needed for the brads.
  • Silver cording connects the sentiment to the ribbon slide. 
Thank you for stopping by! If you have any questions or comments about the card, please leave a comment here or contact me via e-mail. If you would like to order any of the materials here and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator of your own, please click here and you will be directed to my Stampin' Up! website where you can shop 24/7. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs (113490)
Ink: Brocade Blue (101102)
Paper: So Saffron (105118), Brocade Blue (101166), Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets (115122)
Other: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325),  Bashful Blue Taffeta  Ribbon (109066), Silver Cording (109866), Paper Snips (103579)

Create a Fun spiral in your greeting card


At our Stamp Club meeting last Friday, we had fun with a pop-up card technique. This project was shared with demonstrators at the '08 SU! convention, but you can find step-by-step directions here. Want to see it live? Contact me to book a workshop and we'll share it with your friends!

Although we used Christmas decorations from a sizzlit die, this card is great with stars, butterflies, confetti, balloons - really anything that conveys the mood of your greeting. Have fun!
Stamps: (Hostess level 1) Patterned Pines
Ink: Gable Green
Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Gable Green
Other: Big Shot, SU! sizzlit Merry Details, Paper Snips

Mojo Sketch and Holiday Best


Today the mojo just isn't with me! The sketch is great and I know I should be able to make a card to go with it, but it just ain't hap'nin'! However, let's keep it in perspective (and butcher a fishing analogy): A bad hour stamping is still better than a good hour working! Amen!
And, that, my friends is attempt #3 at this layout... crooked bling and all. And now, it's off to run errands. Maybe once I've done the important family and house tasks, my mojo will return and I can work on tomorrow's blog post! Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: (Level 1 Hostess set: Holiday Best)
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red and Chocolate Chip
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Other: 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Circle Fire Rhinestone brads

DivaSC55 Brocade Christmas


So last week, I apparently did the wrong sketch.
To view my card for DivaSketch 56 (what I should have been doing this week...) click here.
And now, this week, I'll show you what I should have shared last week. How embarrassing....

I kept my layering and embellishments very simple; this paper is simply too gorgeous to cover and I felt like adding a lot of other things would just make it too busy. My angel (from the Holy Triptych stamp set) is colored with a few different markers and punched out with a 1" circle punch. To add a little extra "something" to the card, I added a few silver dot stickers on each panel. That's it... a quick simple card that could easily be made in bulk - and should have been easily shared last week......
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Holy Triptych
Ink: StazOn Black; Stampin' Write Markers: Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Brocade Blue
Paper: Real Red (textured), Christmas Cocoa Designer Specialty
Other: 1" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, silver dot stickers, glitter glue

Snowy Bear Punch Art Bookmark


My son Alan has a bear that is MUCH loved. Though he wouldn't admit it to friends (he is 9 after all....) Snowy travels with us and always ensures a good night's sleep. When Alan saw me working on punch characters, he asked me if I could please make one for Snowy. Since I'm trying to get the kid to read more, I thought I'd be sneaky and put Snowy's face on a book mark. (So far, so good - he instantly went to find a book to put it in; at least now he can't tell me he doesn't know where the books are.... lol).

Since I've been having so much fun with punch characters, I went ahead and purchased our Crazy Cool stamp set. It has several thought bubbles that I think will so fun to use. It comes with 4 sentiments, but this time I used a gel pen to write my own special message. (Hi, Friend! is what Alan always says to his bear. *sniff* I'm getting sentimental....)

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Basic Black
Punches: Wide Oval, 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, 1/4" circle (and paper snips) 
Thanks for stopping by!

Turkey Treats!


This Friday is our Stamp Club meeting. This cute turkey (filled with Cheerios) is one of the projects we will be working on. I've given everyone so much candy lately that I thought it was time to show something else :)
With this project, I'll also be showing them how to create a "slider" behind the turkey so that they can get to the treats without dismantling the card. (This was an idea originally shared by Mike at Stampin-Style.)
If you live near Melbourne, FL and would like information regarding Stamp Club, please contact me. We'll be starting a new club with the new year and I'd love for you to join us!
Thanks for stopping by!

Deb shares Seasons of Simple Grace


This great card is one made by Deb Bryson, a demo in Harker Heights, TX. I was lucky enough to get one by taking part in a card swap over at Stampin' Addicts. (I know you've read their name here a lot lately... I'm lovin' the site!)  This card is just fantastic in so many ways! The images from Season of Simple Grace, first of all, certainly remind me of what Christmas is really about. Her addition of color around the images on the main panel really grounds them, doesn't it?
The z-fold of the card allows for 3 different card faces; there's one you can't see in this picture that goes behind the shepherds. On it, she embossed the 3 Wise Men from this set in gold; however, this panel could also be used for your handwritten message.
Now, the main reason I was excited about sharing this card with you was the mosaic work on the left edge. Did you notice that right away like I did? The colorful card stock pieces (think: tile or stone) are surrounded by gold embossed "grout"; the entire piece is then sealed with clear embossing! You have to try this.... it is SO lovely in real life!

I hope you enjoyed this card and the lovely detailing in it; don't forget to check out her blog and see what else she has to share! If you leave a comment for her here, I'll be sure to pass it on! 
Supplies: Stamps: Seasons of Simple Grace, All Holidays Ink: Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Versamark, Summer Sun Craft  Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Night of Navy (plus asst colors in panel)  Misc: Markers, Stampin' Pastels, Iridescent Ice EP, Gold EP, Silver Stretchy Cord, Clear EP, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool 

How to Paper Punch Matryoshka Dolls


Matryoshka Dolls, also known as Russian Nesting Dolls have been popular for ages. I love that they represent a mom, healthy and robust, who has enough room for her kids! :)
Here are some notes about my punch version of the dolls:
  • Make different size dolls by starting with different sized oval punches.
  • Punch one large oval for the body, then punch a second oval this same size in a different color. This second oval is trimmed down to help create her head scarf.
  • When trimming the scarf piece, make sure your (face) circle fits inside. 
  • The tie under her chin is a portion of a flower from the Boho Blossoms punch.
  • Although nesting dolls are now created for royal figures and animals, the original designs were based on peasant women, so consider that fact when dressing them. (Thus the scarf, apron, etc.)
Below is a picture showing the punches I used to create my dolls. Feel free to re-create these dolls and share them. However, I only request that you respect the hours I put into this and provide appropriate credit. Thank you!

DivaSC56 Rich Razzleberry Daisies


Happy Saturday and Welcome to another sketch challenge by UDI scuba diving Belize
Today's challenge had the additional twist to use punches. I'm going to pretend that die cuts count, too! This was a quick card that came together very easily once I decided to use patterned paper for the background. It would work great for quick holiday cards; imagine using a tree, ornament or angel in place of the flower - easy! Thanks for stopping by!
Quick note to newsletter recipients: I heard from one reader that the pictures in this newsletter were difficult to see. I will post those cards on this blog within the next few days. Sorry - I'll add bigger pictures next time! And thank you Judy for the heads up!

Stamps: Smarty Pants (110980)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658), Crushed Curry (115659)
Paper: Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry (textured pack 115719), Whisper White (100730), Razzleberry Lemonade (115675)
Other: Big Shot (113439), Daisies #2 (114520, Fire Circle Rhinestone brads (109110), Basic Small grommets (114349)

Polished Stone Technique Snow!


Today at Hope Lutheran we will be making this card using the Polished Stone technique. This was  our technique challenge last week at Stampin' Addicts and when I shared this card, I was told it looked like he was surfing in a snowstorm - too funny! Of course, that was just luck because I haven't been in any snow storms and, living in Florida, I'm not likely to see any. Thank God! Maybe I'll try this again with nice, WARM colors and a flamingo! :D

If you are not familiar with this technique, click here to access my .pdf file with step-by-step directions and pictures.

Stampin' Up! A Wish for Peace


Recently I participated in a swap with a few other demonstrators on the Stampin' Addicts website. The card you see above is from Melanie O'Donnell.  Isn't it stunning?
The stamped images, from A Wish For Peace, are stamped and heat embossed with silver. I just love how the silver stands out against the darker colors of card stock. The bird is also embossed and is on a dimensional so that it appears to be hovering over the sentiment. This is such a gorgeous card and I'm sure her family and friends will be thrilled to receive one this year!
I'll be sharing the other cards from the swap in the next few days. I hope you'll stop by again to check them out!

Stamps: A Wish for Peace (111614)
Ink: Versamark (102283)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Basic Gray (108692)
Other: Silver Embossing powder (109131), Heat Tool (100005), Paper Snips (103579), Circle Scissors Plus (112530)

Guest Stamper - Lorie Ames


The following card is one shared by Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Lorie Ames. She was kind enough to share this project with me and also gave me the go-ahead to share it with you!

She's so creative! I love how she used the large tree from our Lovely as a Tree stamp set to create the branch of the Christmas tree. Seriously, I would have NEVER thought of that!! And she took her creativity even further by using the Ornament punch to create a stencil; she then sponged color directly onto her cardstock, leaving vibrant colored ornaments. Lovely! Click here to read her blog post and see some other wonderful treats.

Time to RSVP Holiday Card Class


The following cards are this month's stamp-a-stack choices. RSVP by this Friday Nov 6th to reserve your spot! This month I will be requesting that each attendee bring their own coloring tools (if you choose the cards that need them) in addition to their paper trimmer and adhesive. As always, the materials fee is $15 and you can make 10 cards. Choose 2 designs and make 5 each or 1 design and make 10. Envelopes are included and all of your paper materials are cut to size and ready to be stamped and assembled. It's a great deal, so don't miss out! Contact me to register!

Note: A complete tool list will be provided when the reminders go out so that each person knows the tools we'll be using and can bring their own if they want to save some time on class day.

#1 Snowflakes
I wanted to provide an option that would provide an elegant look without an elegant price tag :)
This card uses only Whisper White card stock and a small strip of Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper (currently available in our Mini Catalog.) A strip of Chocolate Taffeta ribbon dresses the seams and leaves a nice white canvas for our shimmer snowflake (stamped with Shimmer Paint). Merry Christmas is stamped on the front and a lovely sentiment is stamped on the inside.

#2 Cardinal
Sporting an Old Olive card base and window cut using our Movers & Shapers die, this card lets your stamped image show from this inside out! Textured Real Red card stock and some Mistletoe ribbon dress up our sentiment block.

Bring your own Stampin' Write markers or coloring pencils to color in the image or stamp here and just add color later.

#3 Shellebrate
This one is my favorite just because I think it shows a little "Florida" style!

The image (from our Shellebrate stamp set) is heat embossed onto glossy card stock. I then brayered and sponged color on to reflect our beautiful skies and sandy beaches.

Choose this one and send it to your family and friends to warm them up :)

(This one also requires the use of markers to add color to the shell tree.)

#4 Damask
This is another simple but elegant card. I'm afraid the picture doesn't show it justice! I sprayed the Whisper White card stock with alcohol and shimmer paint then ran it through the Big Shot on a Damask texture plate. The resulting image is elegant with a light shimmery sheen.

The Basic Gray card base keeps the look formal, as does the Silver cording. Color was added by matting the silver embossed sentiment with a splash of Crushed Curry textured card stock. Although I used Merry Christmas, this stamp set has 24 sentiments - providing the opportunity to use this card year round.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to contact me to RSVP. If you can't make it, but would like to order supplies to make your cards, click here to be directed to my SU! site where you can Shop Now. Thank you for your patronage!

Stampin' Up! En Francais on Faux Silk


Today's card uses a great technique called Faux Silk. I love the texture and look that it gives a project and it helps that it is a very easy technique, too. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial or Contact me if you live in the Melbourne FL area and would like to attend a class or workshop where we'll be using this technique.

Stamps: En Francais (109521), Pocket Silhouettes (111672)
Ink: Crushed Curry (115657), Soft Suede (115657)
Paper: Kraft (102125), Whisper White (100730), In Color Textured card stock (115719), tissue paper
Other: Designer Label punch (107590),  Anywhere Glue Stick (104045), Silver Hodgepodge (111325), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Stampin' Sponges (101610), Soft Suede Polka Dot grosgrain (115612)
To order Stampin' Up! supplies, click here.
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