A CASE of sunshine


This card was CASED almost directly from one on Dawn Olfecheske's blog. It is the perfect card for practicing masking - a technique I'll be sharing at today's workshop. Enjoy!

Stampin' Supplies:
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Daisies #2 Die, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, Stampin' Sponges, White Taffeta ribbon
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Wanna Play?


It's fun getting ready for a workshop! Where else can you work and craft at the same time?
Here's a card we'll be making at a workshop tomorrow. Our hostess chose a fall theme, so we'll be working with our fabulous Autumn Splendor stamp set. (In the background, you can a see a peek of a couple of cards my hostess will be receiving as part of her "thank you" gift.)
Wanna play, too? Contact me to set up a workshop. If you do not live locally, we can work out a "virtual" workshop including a project supplies kit for you and your guests to enjoy!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory
Tools and Embellishments:Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Use It Tuesday - Card Stock scraps


Ok, you know you have them... piles of card stock that you intend to use, but there they sit. Let's get working on even the thinnest of strips!
After creating 50 baby shower invitations, I had a stack of thin strips of Whisper White card stock sitting on my work table. With very little work, they turned into these projects. Here's a closer look at each:
 You've probably seen this one, but this time of year who can resist making a mummy?
All it takes is a little bit of ink sponged onto the edge of the strips to distress them a bit. If you don't have any googly eyes, try punched circles for the eyes.
 These love notes also make use of the strips; one was laid out as-is, with nothing done to the strips.
The second makes use of our Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch for a slightly different look.

And lastly, this card's background is created with simple strips, no adornment.
Add a little image and a little embellishment for your sentiment - and you're done!
Thank you for stopping by today! Now go use those scraps :)

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Wicked Cool, Cute by the Inch (hostess)
Ink: Basic Gray, Markers in: Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist
Tools and Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone, Black narrow grosgrain, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!
It's week 102 of sketches with Utah Divas Int'l. For a complete listing of the Divas participating in today's blog hop, CLICK HERE to be directed to the group blog.

This sketch is great, isn't it? In black and white, it reminds me a bit of Art Deco designs and I had considered just using solid colors and leaving it very clean and crisp. But then I found a beautiful flower from Fifth Avenue Floral sitting on my desk just waiting to get used... and there went my intentions - kinda ran off just like a rabbit!

The flower image was stamped with Versamark onto Shimmer White card stock and then heat embossed with Silver embossing powder. Drops of Pretty in Pink ink refill were then dropped onto the image with a very wet Aqua Painter. The paper curls just a bit, which causes the ink to spread and pool in different areas giving you variation in color on the different petals. (It will flatten out when it dries.) A very simple technique, but it gives beautiful results.

Thank you for stopping by!  Next on our blog hop today is Barbara. CLICK HERE to be directed to her blog.

Technique resource: Patty Bennett
Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral,  Tiny Tags
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Shimmer White card stock, Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper
Tools and Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Linen Thread, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Masking in class tomorrow


Tried Masking lately?
We'll be working on our masking in class this Friday. It's an easy technique that really helps you to make the most of your supplies. Enjoy!

Card CASEd on an original by Allison Ohran.
Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Tools and Embellishments: Small Oval punch, Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Big Shot Die Storage


Are you as crazy about organization as you are about crafting? Well, when the clutter of tools starts to get to you, it's time to find a solution!
Page 204 of our Idea Book & Catalog contains one answer: Big Shot Die Storage, available in 3 different sizes. When the IB&C was first released, these boxes were some of the first new things to catch the eyes of many a demonstrator; many of us have been asking for storage items for a while and here was an answer. What they don't tell you in the catalog, however, is how pretty they are! Take a look:

First - the insert and the box itself. 
The box has a wonderful fabric on the outside.
The insert comes with two velcro strips for securing it within the box.
And this is the inside! Look at the beautiful design (printed on both the top and bottom!)

And here it is all loaded up with sizzlits.

Specific measurements for the Small Die Box Insert (item #122219) 8-3/8" x 4-7/8 x 1-1/8"
Fits 57 Sizzlits, Clearlits or Embosslits dies

Now, to start saving up for the Large Die Box cuz I think my Bigz dies are jealous!
Thanks for stopping by!

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Use It Tuesday - Designer Series Envelopes


Let's dig into our stash of Designer Series Paper today. C'mon, you know you have a ton that is just begging to be used!

There are a number of good reasons to make your own envelopes. Consider:
  • Save some pennies; you've already spent money on paper, so use it!
  • Your envelope will match your project.
  • Using double-sided paper gives you an instantly-lined interior to the envelope. So chic!
  • And..... it's easy!
We're going to cheat here today - we'll be using an already purchased envelope as a template. Here we go!
Carefully open up your envelope and lay it over your sheet of Designer Series Paper. Using a pencil (or a marker if you want to be able to see your marking easier), trace the shape of the envelope onto your DSP.
Note: For a sturdier template, consider tracing the envelope onto a piece of chipboard or heavy card stock. Once you cut the template out, use that for your tracing then save it in a folder for future use.

Using Paper Snips, cut out the "body" of your new envelope.

Place your piece over the groove on your paper trimmer. Using a Stylus, score your paper to create fold lines for each of the flaps. (You can see the side flap easier on the left of this picture; I'm scoring the right side.)

Use Tombow to add a line of adhesive to the edge of the center flap. Once you fold the side flaps into place, burnish your fold and press the flaps to help the adhesive secure and also to give your envelope crisp folds. And you are done! Wasn't that easy?

Last but not least,  check out THIS LINK which will provide you with additional resources for making envelopes. Don't want to filter through such a large list?  For information on making a square envelope, CLICK HERE for a previously shared tutorial.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Paper: Perfect Plum Designer Pattern Prints
Tools and Embellishments: Stylus, Tombow Adhesive
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Awash with Flowers


Get your week kicked off with a clean and easy sketch from 2S4Y!
They always have fantastic sketches that allow you step them up or keep them simple and perfect just as they are. This card came together VERY QUICKLY but it's still one that I will delight in sending out. What a great way to start the week!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Awash With Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Tools and Embellishments: Hemp Twine
Yup that's it!!
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Trick or Treat Shadow Box


Check out this fun project shared by Stampin' Up! For supply information, click here.

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Diva Sketch 101 - Paper Roses


Happy Saturday! Welcome to sketch 101 with the Utah Divas Int'l!

If you are new to the site, we share this sketch as part of a blog hop. To access all of the links you can visit our group blog, or just follow the hop. The link for the next blog is posted below

A trend you may have noticed on-line and in magazines lately is to use paper to create flowers. They are lovely on cards, in scrapbook pages (in a shadow-box frame) and even on home decor. The October issue of scrapbooks, etc. shows how they can be used to personalize a simple lampshade, taking it from simple to simply beautiful! Why not give it a try and see what you can do?
This flower was created using a few Scallop Circle die cuts. There are many ways to create flowers with this punch, but here's what I did.
click for larger image

  • Punch 4 (or more) scallop circles.
  • Soften the paper: Run them through a crimper or rub over the edge of a desk or bone folder. This will cause the paper fibers begin to break down a bit and make your paper easier to work with.
  • Cut out one petal on the first flower, two on the second, three on the third, etc.
  • Curve and bring the cut edges towards each other, layering the "end" scallops over each other. Apply Tombow adhesive and secure with a paper-clip until they dry.
  • Stack the layers. Use additional Tombow or glue dots to secure.
click for larger image

And there you have one way to make paper flowers! I hope you'll give it a try.
As always, thanks for stopping by! Your next stop on this hop is all the way over in Australia. Let's see what Alisa has in store for us - Enjoy!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Sentiment: Well Scripted Stamp Brush Set (121064) for My Digital Studio (118108)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz (119795), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Whisper White (100730), Hostess Designer Series Paper Stack (Level 1)
Tools and Embellishments: Scallop Circle punch (119854), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309), Punch XL Decorative Label (120907), Scallop Trim Border (118402), Jewels Clear Rhinestones (119246)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Printing out Digital Images


One of the many wonderful features of My Digital Studio is that you can use it for more than creating digital projects. You may have noticed the new products released yesterday (they are below if you missed them). One release is a digital stamp set called Well Scripted. This is the digital version of a rubber stamp set we released in a previous mini catalog. If, like me, you missed out on the opportunity to purchase the rubber version - well, now we have it in digital!
Not only can you change the color of the image (much like you would if you were stamping), you can also change the size! Take a look at this screen shot:
What I've done here is to fill an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of white card stock with different images to print out. (The mushrooms and trees are from our Funky Four digital stamp brush set.) Reducing the size of the image gives you the flexibility to use it on your projects, large and small. The program also allows you to change the orientation of the stamped image (like the images that are turned sideways) so that you can fill your card stock and use every inch. All of that and the brush set is only $3.95 (no shipping and sales tax since you'll download it directly to your computer!) That's good stuff!!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to return tomorrow and see one of these images 'put to work' along with a punch flower I know you're gonna love!

Stampin' Supplies: 
My Digital Studio (118108), Well Scripted Brush Set (121064), Funky Four Brush Set (123431)
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New Digital Images are available!


 Item  Description  Image  Price
123200 To the Nines Designer Series Paper   $4.95
121434 Typewriter Numbers Stamp Brush Set   $5.95
121435  Timeless Stamp Brush Set   $3.95
122161 Word Window Punch $0.95
121436  Favorite Thoughts Stamp Brush Set   $1.95
121437  In a Word Stamp Brush Set   $3.95

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Caffeine is a vitamin!


Here's a quick and easy card for you this morning. The sketch comes from Stampin' Addicts, officially, but it's one we've all used a time or two. This time, our Hostess Paula specified that a scallop circle must be used; the rest was up to us!

Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper sets the tone for this card. A steaming cup of yummyness adorns the required circle and helps to create a fun any-occasion card. Aside from the coffee images, this set also includes a couple of fun sayings. The inside of this card reads, "caffeine isn't a drug, it's a vitamin!" Good news, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to see other cards made with this sketch or share yours with the group, click here to be directed to the Stampin' Addicts forum. Be sure to visit me again tomorrow for Use It Tuesday when I'll be sharing ways to use up your ribbon!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Morning cup (c120489)
Ink: Night of Navy (102977) Markers in Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie for coloring
Paper: Naturals Ivory (101849), Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper (117392), Pacific Point (111350)
Tools and Embellishments: Punch Border Dotted Scallop ribbon (119275), 1 3/8" circle large (119860), Scallop Circle large punch (119857)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Use It Tuesday - Different ways to use ribbon on your greeting cards


Welcome back for another Use It Tuesday! If you missed last week's intro, Use It Tuesday was born of a need to use up retired supplies. There is often a lot of focus on newly released items (and rightly so); however, what about those goodies that we already have on-hand? Let's Use It!
Today's projects all use our retired Pigtails Ribbon Originals. This package came with two different styles of ribbon: Pumpkin Pie ric-rac ribbon and wide Kiwi Kiss grosgrain with white dots. Very attractive ribbon, but since it was not easy to tie across a card it got pushed aside. Silly me - this ribbon is so much fun!
Now, let's take a look at each of the projects. Starting with the tag, goal one was to make a ribbon flower. This could easily be done with any wide ribbon or even strips of fabric. (There is a link below for the how-to...)
Another way to create a fabric flower is by adhering ribbon around the back edge of a punched circle. This was so cute that the card didn't need much else!
And if you don't want to deal with flowers, attach some simple loops to the back of one of your layers!
 I hope that you have been inspired to use some of your ribbon today. If you would like how-to information making the above ribbon flowers, click here to view step-by-step pictures. And please pardon me for not including them here - I didn't want to make this post ridiculously long or make it difficult for readers on slower connections to access the projects!

Thanks for stopping by!
Resources: Stampin' Up! seminars (projects 1 and 2) and Paper Crafts magazine (project 3)
Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:Smarty Pants (w110980), Fabulous Phrases (cm120501)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Paper: Rose Red (102544), Whisper White (100730), Retired: Kiwi Kiss and Designer Series Paper
Tools and Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246), 1 3/8" circle large (119860), Felt Flowers (ret.) Pig Tails Ribbon Originals (ret.), 
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Get going with sketches


Having a hard time getting started today? How about a few sketches to get you going?
Here are three sketches from blogs I follow. I've included their addresses below, so for additional ideas, be sure to visit their websites. Enjoy!


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UDI sketches


Utah Divas Int'l Sketch 100!
Can you believe it? 100 Sketches! And sketch 100 is interesting, indeed. I can't wait to see what the other ladies have in store for us today! Our blogs are all linked together in a "hop"; I've provided the next hop for you below, she'll link to the next, etc. until you've made your way through all of the stops. If at any time a link gives you trouble, you can always visit the UDI blog for the sketch and list of blogs. Now, without further ado - here's my take on the sketch!
This card was created by altering the sketch just a little:
  • My main panel (the one with the flowers, etc.) is a bit larger than suggested on the sketch. But that's okay - the idea is to take the sketch and run with it, but still be able to recognize it. 
  • Instead of using a circle in the upper left, a few images from our Tiny Tags were punched out and are dangling on some linen thread. (See a more detailed photo below).
  • Two large stamps, En Francais and Inspired by Nature are used together to create a bit of visual texture. I chose not to mask the flowers, but let the text layer directly over it.
  • A bit of sponging on the image and the edges softens the brightness of the Very Vanilla card stock. (Crumb Cake ink mostly, but with a little bit of the Always Artichoke.)
Well, that's it for me today. Now let's hop over to Alisa's blog and see what wonderful things she has in store for us today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: En Francais (w109521), Inspired by Nature (w111656), Tiny Tags (cm118091)
Ink: Always Artichoke (105219), Crumb Cake (121030)
Paper: Always Artichoke (105199), Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools and Embellishments: Photo Corners punch (119878), Jewelry Tag punch medium (117190), Linen Thread (104199)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!

Holiday Swaps Part 2


Welcome back! Yesterday was day 1 of sharing swaps from our new Holiday Mini catalog. If you missed the post and want to check it out, just scroll down and you'll find it beneath this post. Just like yesterday, you'll find information below each picture detailing the new merchandise used on each project as well as the swapper who provided our sample. I hope you are inspired by the ideas shared here and are ready to escape2stamp!

Stamps: Bright Christmas (w121678, cm 121318)
paper: Waffle Paper (Assortment 1, 120984)
other: Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (120893), Glitter Brights brads (121006)
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120902) 
Swapper: Kim Bolzenthal

Stamps: Merry Crittermas (w120855, cm 121181)
Jolly Jingles jumbo wheel (120864)
Silver Glass Glitter (120995)
Swapper: Barbara Byrnes

Stamps: Season of Hugs (w120823, cm n/a)

Stamps: Filled with Love (w120839, cm 121154)
Swapper: Tanya Boser
Well, that's it for the swaps (this time). I hope you enjoyed all of the samples.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Holiday Mini Swaps Part 1


 Hi everyone!
I'm excited to share some card samples I received in a recent swap with some of the members of Stampin' Addicts. You will see 4 today and 4 more tomorrow. This swap focused on new items from our just released Holiday Mini Catalog. Underneath each photo is information regarding the new merchandise used. For the stamp sets, I've included item numbers for both Wood-mounted (w) and Clear Mount (cm) sets.

Note: You'll notice that many of the samples are holiday specific. While you are looking, don't forget to make note of the layout and embellishments used. All are "parts" that can be used year-round, regardless of the season. Enjoy!

Stamp Set: Dark & Dreary (w120837, cm121151)
Designer Series Paper: Nite Owl (123012)

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude (w120835, cm 121148) 
Designer Series Paper: Autumn Spice Specialty (120808)

Stamp sets: Christmas Collage (w121279, cm n/a), Bells & Boughs (w120831, cm 121142)
Embellishment:  1/2" Seam Binding Cherry Cobbler (120992)
Tool: XL punch Decorative Label (120907)
Swapper: Jill Cichosz

Stamps: Angelic Joy (w120849, cm 121172)
Tool: XL punch Decorative Label (120907)
This was my swap. For addtional details, click here for
my previous blog post.

Thank you for stopping by! See you tomorrow for the remainder of the cards!

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