Around The World


Ready to get away? Or maybe you're just happy to be home during this busy season. Either way, I hope you'll enjoy today's card created using our Around The World stamp set. The layout is based on this week's challenge at Unscripted Sketches. Be sure to visit the US site for additional ideas and inspiration.

The suitcases and signs are fussy cut, but you can save time by simply stamping the suitcases and using coordinating punches for the signs. The "Hit the Road" signs coordinates with our Hexagon punch and the "Away We Go" can be punched out with our 1 1/4" circle punch. Easy, peasy. Makes me want to plan a trip somewhere…. preferably somewhere with a wait staff.

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches #237
Stamp Set(s): Around The World
Project Colors: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie
Jewels Basic Rhinestones

Hello, Lovely Butterflies


It's sketch time at Unscripted Sketches! This one leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Can't wait to see what you do with it :)

My project started with some random die cut butterflies and a tag I had in my scrap box. Add a little DSP and some ink…

I love this sentiment (from Hello, Lovely). It's so sweet and is sure to bring a smile to someone's face. Unless you've been annoying them… then maybe they won't be so thrilled that you're amused. Kidding!!!

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches #236
Stamp Set(s): Hello, Lovely (available in wood mount, clear mount and digital format)
Project Colors: Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Natural Vanilla
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies embosslit, Edgelits - Finishing Touches, Framelits - Chalk Talk
other: baker's twine
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Stampin' Up! Tags 4 You Christmas cards


Need a quick card design to send out a few more cards this season? Here's a card based on a recent Retro Sketch (linked below).

The Early Espresso tag is a die cut from our Chalk Talk Framlit set. You could use a large rectangle if you don't currently have this in your stash. By the way, this layout is also a great stash-buster for those remnant pieces of Christmas Designer Series Paper and coordinating ribbon!

Here's a closer look at the tag portion. I made a second card which you can just see on the right; on the very edge of the picture you can see gold sequins in place of the rhinestones. These sequins will be available as trim in our upcoming Occasions catalog. Check back in for additional details!

Layout (sketch) Link: Retro Sketches #86
Stamp Set(s): Tags 4 You
Project Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Old Olive
Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack
Big Shot, Framelits - Chalk Talk, Label Bracket Punch
Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Buttons-Brights, Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Gold Sequin Trim

Stampin' Up! Warmth & Wonder


We're down to the last few days before Christmas and I only just finished sending my cards out this weekend! They almost got switched out for New Year's! Here's one of the last few sent out. You may notice I've gotten a lot of mileage out of paper doilies and the hostess set Warmth & Wonder lately. I may have to put the set away, but at least I can keep using the doilies for Valentine's cards. Huh, almost sounds like a plan to get ahead doesn't it? :)

Based on a card by Silke Ledlow
Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder, Greetings of the Season, Woodgrain background stamp
Project Colors: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon 1/8",  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Jewels Basic Rhinestone
Big Shot, Framed Tulips embossing folder
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Stamp Review Crew - Perfect Blend


Welcome to another round of ideas and inspiration with The Stamp Review Crew! This week, our blog hop showcases ideas using the Stampin' Up! stamp set called Perfect Blend. This coffee related set is so fun and I hope you enjoy what we've done with it!

I have two projects to share with you. The first one is a tag for a Mini Muslin Gift bag, this one containing coffee flavored candy. (Project supply notes are listed at the bottom of this post.)

Next is a card created using an idea my mom shared with me: using the cup as a vessel to hold flowers!

The cup was stamped on to the background and again onto scrap paper. For both, I masked off the top of the cup from the sleeve up so that I could have a shorter cup. Fussy cut the one on the scrap paper and adhere over the original using Stampin' Dimensionals so that you have room to insert and layer the leaves and flowers.

Now - on to more ideas!

Supply Notes:

Project One:
Stamps: Perfect Blend, Woodgrain (background), Gorgeous Grunge
Colors: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake
Big Shot, Framelits - Chalk Talk, 1 3/4" circle punch
Candy Dots, Linen Thread

Project Two:
Stamps: Perfect Blend, Summer Silhouettes, Express Yourself
Colors: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Big Shot, Framlits - Circles, Little Leaves sizzlit, Itty Bitty Paper Punches
Paper Doilies, Jewels Basic Pearls, needle and thread

Stampin' Up! Season of Style US235


It's time for another sketch challenge with Unscripted Sketches! To see more ideas using this sketch, be sure to visit the Unscripted site. You can also post your projects there to share with us!

I still have a few Christmas cards to send out and this sketch worked wonderfully to get the mojo flowing. I created a second version without the Paper Doily, but I like this one more :)

The Designer Series Paper used here is from our Season of Style Paper Stack. A great feature of this stack is that it includes 48 sheets total, with 24 of each double-sided pattern. This makes it much easier to create duplicates of a card, something many of us are more likely to do during the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches
Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder, Greetings of the Season
Project Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack, White Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Big Shot, Framelits - Circles
Stitched Felt Winter Wishes (retired)
Gold Sequin Trim (NEW item from our Occasions 2014 catalog, starts January)
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Season of Style FMS116


Freshly Made Sketches has a new sketch challenge up this week. The layout is perfect for a quick card! This one came together even faster with the use of a felt wreath and simple banner sentiment.

Challenge Link: Freshly Made Sketches 116
Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder
Project Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack
Stitched Felt Winter Wishes (retired item)
Banner Punch (available January 2014)
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Christmas is coming...


So we are down to the last two weeks before Christmas. The calendar is full of school and work events and, I don't know about you, but I'm in need of craft time more than ever. Something about creating a project, whether it be a card or something else just calms the waves like little else.

Although I have several boards of ideas stored on Pinterest, I realized last night that I also have quite a few project ideas stored on my phone. All those hours of sitting in the car waiting for my kids to come out of rehearsal or activities have not been wasted :o)

These butterflies are being used to create a family tree. Each "branch" gets its own color. Imagine how sweet it would be to receive such a gift and how lovely it would look in a frame!

Ok, technically a fall idea... But it's not officially winter until the 22nd. Ha!

Pine one Christmas trees, how cute are they!?!

I wish the photo were watermarked so I could give appropriate credit, but isn't this card cute and easy? If you don't have dies to cut the leaves, consider cutting apart snowflakes...

And one more, just for fun...

It was 84 here yesterday so maybe I find snowflakes more amusing than those who have to deal with the stuff. But it is a pretty (and duplicate card) isn't it?

My apologies for the lack of credit towards those who created these projects. The images are not watermarked and the file name and info doesn't save with the photo (on my phone). But I hope you enjoy the inspiration anyway and I sincerely hope you enjoy some crafty time in the near future!

Oh Hello Pistachio Pudding


This past weekend I realized I never posted the Unscripted Sketches challenge for the previous weekend! Silly me! And it's such a user-friendly sketch, too!

Organizing my embellishment drawer uncovered some odds and ends like a length of ribbon from a package, the last brad in a container and the last Dahlia in another. They became the basis of the color inspiration for this card.

The Paper Doily looked very stark against the backdrop of the other colors. To add a tiny bit of color, I laid it over a Smoky Slate ink pad and gently tapped it with a Stampin' Sponge. (Click photo to enlarge.)  If you prefer more vibrant or all-over color, try using a brayer instead. Enjoy!

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches
Stamp Set(s): Oh, Hello
Project Colors: Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush
Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Stampin' Sponge
White Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Jewels Basic Pearls, Antique Brads
In-Color Dahlia Asst, Baker's Twine (White), Chevron Ribbon
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Crazy, Mixed Up Love US234


The weeks are flying by and it's time for a new sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches. As I was prepping this post I realized I never posted last week's challenge. Good grief! Where does the time go? I'll get that one posted in the next few days, but until then how about the current challenge?

I've seen a few cards here and there with twine used in whirly, twirly ways. Between that inspiration and the untangling of Christmas lights was born the string of lights for this card :)

Yay! My card for Valentine's day is made for my honey. Now to get back to the Christmas cards I need to make! :)

Don't forget to stop by the Unscripted site (linked below) to check out lots of ideas using this sketch. Our design team has grown within the last two months and I believe you will really enjoy the variety of inspiring projects shared!

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches
Stamp Set(s): Crazy, Mixed Up Love
Project Colors: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Decorative Label Punch, Paper Snips
Silver Glimmer Paper, Winter Frost Designer Series Paper
Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Baker's Twine (White)

The Stamp Review Crew - Festive Flurry Edition


Welcome to a fun new challenge! Twice a month, the Stamp Review Crew is going to work to provide you with a variety of ideas and inspiration using a chosen Stampin' Up! stamp set. As you will see, the Crew members are blessed with a variety of styles and we are looking forward to sharing our creations with you! ON to our first challenge:

Our first challenge features a beautiful snowflake-inspired stamp set called Festive Flurry. Living in Florida lets me avoid snow (it's only fun when you don't have to shovel it), so instead of a rubber stamp set, I chose the digital version which includes 4 stamp images and 4 punches. An advantage to this version is that you can resize the images and, because they are in svg format, they are compatible with electronic cutting machines, too. (And still no shoveling…)

Using My Digital Studio, I created two different projects you can download for free. Just click on each image to enlarge it before saving for best resolution. The first image is intended for use as a background on a phone or smaller tablet. (It may pixelate if you try to use it on a larger screen.)

This second file is larger and the layout switched to landscape for use as a wallpaper on a tablet or computer. Most of us have folders we leave on the desktop at all times: the three blocks are intended for organizing those digital files so they can be easily found. Another option would be to alter this file and add pictures instead :)
*Note: I saved this picture as a much larger file so that it will not pixelate if you use it on your computer monitor. Just click the image to access the larger image.

Tanya Boser
Beth Beard

Updates - Stampin' Up! Products


Updates released 11/26/2103

  • The Holiday sale is going so well that we will be adding some special items for Cyber Monday (Dec. 2). Just look for the 24-hour category in the Holiday Sale section of my on-line store
  • Designer Type Photopolymer stamp set has sold out. (As we evaluate this product line, all of our clear photopolymer stamp sets are only available while supplies last.)
  • Our final Best of 25 Years stamp set will be released December first.
  • Check out our latest Digital downloads here. They include a free December desktop calendar. (It's adorable!)

Itty Bitty Banners Thank You Tags


Our goodies from Cynthia's party arrived on Friday! I always enjoy creating tags to go on each order and have been told that they like receiving them (and hoarding them, lol). Here's hoping they like the latest:

If I haven't already dropped off your order, please contact me so we can make arrangements. Thanks!

Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder (Hostess set - Holiday 2013), Itty Bitty Banners
Project Colors: Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Circles, Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banners
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearl, satin ribbon (retired)

The Stamp Review Crew - coming soon!


Great news! If you visit my personal blog, you may have noticed a new button in the sidebar that looks like this:

Well, this little nugget of gold is an exciting new site where a few Stampin' Up! Demonstrators will be sharing projects with you twice a month. Starting December 2nd, we will be sharing projects created with a specific stamp set. Some of us will be using rubber stamps and some will be using their digital counterpart, but either way you will get a variety of ideas and inspiration for your own projects.  I can't wait!

Here's a list of the Design Team Members and their blogs. I encourage you to take a peek at their sites when you get the time. With the variety of styles and projects represented here, this challenge site is set to be a great resource for you!

  1. Heidi Baks
  2. Cindy Beach
  3. Beth Beard
  4. Adriana Benitez
  5. Tanya Boser
  6. Debra Burgin
  7. Jill Coleman 
  8. Holly Krautkremer
  9. Yapha Mason
  10. Mary Rindal
  11. Ann Schach
  12. Martha Stewart
  13. Dawn Tidd
  14. Lisa Young
  15. Kerry Willard Bray
  16. Rita Wright

Yippee Skippee Baby Card US232


Here's a great little sketch for you to work with; it's #232 at Unscripted Sketches. What do you think about those diagonal lines? Will you stamp them, put down some paper strips or how about some striped paper? If you decide to play along, please be sure to link to your project at the US site so we can check it out!

My card is a little scaled down version of the sketch and measures only 4" square. This card is for my Bible study leader who is expecting her third child. I thought the sentiment might be fun for her and couldn't resist adding a row of 5 small pearls - one for each person in her family :)

If you are wondering where the stripes are on my card, they are there. I simply cut strips of the same paper and placed them diagonally across the first layer. It's almost like a tone-on-tone effect. See them now? :)

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion, Yippee Skippee
Colors: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Tools: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
Extras: White Baker's Twine, Jewels Basic Pearls, Vintage Faceted Button

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Stampin' Up! Trust God greeting card


I ran across a card by Jen Shultz (for Verve) that just caught my breath. I enjoy making CAS (clean and simple cards) but sometimes a girl's just gotta go multi-layered.

Project Notes:

  • Each layer was lightly sponged with Very Vanilla pigment ink.
  • The edges were roughened by rubbing the side of my Paper Snips along the edge. Distressing Tools were made for this purpose, I just didn't have one handy :)
  • The heart is a punch out; I used my Paper Trimmer and scoring blade to score lines on a slight diagonal. Sponging the ink into these grooves emphasizes the line.
  • The sentiment (from Trust God) was heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.

Not as breath-taking as Jen's, but it'll do.

Stamp Set(s): Trust God
Project Colors: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Marina Mist (ribbon)
Tools: Big Shot, Chevron TIEF, Stampin' Sponges, Heart punch
Embellishments: Naturals Designer Buttons, twine, Marina Mist 5/8" grosgrain (retired)
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Stampin' Up! Stamp-A-Tag Kit Samples


In class last Sunday we played around with the Stamp-a-tag Kit offered in our Holiday Catalog. This little kit is only $10.95 and comes with the ink, stamps, tags and twine to decorate 24 tags! Of course,  you also have the option of pulling out your other stock-piled supplies to play even more. Here are some ideas for your tag-making enjoyment. I've added notes below each picture where "extra" supplies were used.

Note: these samples are all Christmas-y. A couple of the ladies left some blank so they can use them for other gift/treat giving events. Good idea, eh?

This is the kit "as-is". You don't really need more… 
but if you have it, why not use it?

 I just shared how to make these little bows in THIS PDF. Here, I used our Large Oval punch, Paper Snips and scrap card stock to make these bows. They are topped off with Jewels Basic Rhinestones. The tag was also stamped with En Francais (background stamp).

 For the silly in you… or your family :)
Penguins created using our Owl Builder Punch and Petite Pennant Punch (for their hats). The tag was embossed using the Northern Flurry embossing folder. We used chalks (remember those?) to add color to the snowflakes.

These tags were embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots folder and topped with a zig zagged piece of 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon. This ribbon actually came with the kit, wrapped around the tags. The sentiments are from Teeny Tiny Wishes and are die cut using Framelits - Itty Bitty Banners. The stars are die cuts from Sizzix. 

 This set of 6 came together quickly: Woodgrain Background stamp, sentiment from the kit, and the deer from our Hostess set Warmth & Wonder. Easy, peasy and they won't scare the guys.

This last trio is a compilation of shared materials. The two on the left sport scraps of DSP and an adorable wreath from our Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. (Thanks to Jessica for bringing that!) And the last tag is decorated with Season of Style Designer Washi Tape along with another star and red jewel. (Thank you to Clarice for sharing your Washi!)

So as you can see, you can just use the kit or go wild and pull out other crafty supplies. It was so nice to sit around, chat and share ideas while putting these together. I can't over emphasize how relaxing it is to sit around with my ladies and play with paper. I encourage you to gather some friends and give it a shot!

Stamp-a-tag Kit is item # 132806

DIY Gable Box and Gift Bow


Would you like to know how to make a wonderful little box for gift giving? Here's a gable box we made at our stamping party last week along with a really pretty bow. It was a success :)

Detailed instructions for both the box and bow are provided on the following PDF file.
Edited to add: For the box, begin with an 8-1/2" x 12" piece of card stock (not 8-1/2' x 11" as stated on the file)
DIY Gable Box and Gift Bow

Supply List:
81/2" x12" sheet of Cherry Cobbler card stock
2" x 12" strip of Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
Silver Glimmer Paper (1 3/4" Circle Punch)
Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, XL Oval Punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive
Jewels Basic Rhinestone
This project came together based on a combination of videos and ideas shared by various crafters on-line.

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Many Thanks US231


This week's sketch stumped me at first, but then I chose a different card size and a few colorful paper scraps and it all came together. Thanks to Nancy for letting me pull these word rub-ons from her collection!

The finished card size is 6-1/2" x 3". I would like to tell you I'm clever enough to figure out these random sizes on my own, but I would by fibbing! It's one of the sizes listed on the Envelope Punch Board; so when I'm ready to mail this I will be able to make an envelope to fit. Sweet!

Colors: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Tools: Horizontal Slot punch (retired)
Extras: Natural Trim, Linen Thread, Metallic Brads (retired)
Other: Jewelry Charm, word rub-ons

Envelope Punch Board - How to create boxes


Hi there! I'm still a little obsessed with finding out all the ways we can use our Envelope Punch Board. I ran across several videos showing how to make some gift boxes and, of course, the one that excited me most was a way to make boxes for greeting cards. It's so easy!

Here's a box I made for my workshop/party Hostess Cynthia. The card design (also used on the front of the box) is a copy of a card created by Linda Callahan. Linda is a friend and Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in New York. Thanks, Linda for letting me CASE your project!

Would you like to make some, too? And how about some ideas on how you can make other sizes, too? Here… lemme show you how!

Want to see another style of box? Click here for an adorable little box created by a UK Demonstrator sharing lots of ideas on her YouTube channel PootlesPapercraft. This box is just one of a series of Envelope Punch Board ideas shared throughout the week. Enjoy!

Christmas Greetings Penguin Punch art


* Correction: the punch used to create these penguins was the Owl Punch, not the bird punch! Thank you Elaine for catching my mistake!

I love having multiple uses for my tools and I hear that many of you do, too. Well this card showcases and few alternate ways to use different tools and products:

  • The penguins were created using the Owl Punch; simply snip off the birds ears. The eyes, chest and pompom on the hat are all cut with this same punch. Even the itty-bitty eye-balls are included. It's funny how many expressions you can create just by changing the placement of those two little dots! In my imagination, the penguin on the left is giving the one on the right a "ok, do you see this guy?" kind of look. :)
  • The hat was created using our Petite Pennant Punch. Punch a simple pennant for the body of the hat, then insert the edge of a white piece of card stock along the bottom edge of the scalloped pennant to get the brim of the hat. 
  • The hills were created using one of the dies in our Adorning Accents Edgelits. This die is 6" wide, allowing you to easily alter the edge of a card front. I cut two pieces from scraps of Whisper White card stock and just played around with their placement to create the landscape. The Soft Sky layer is only 5 1/4" wide allowing room to play.
  • To imitate the look of snow, I ran a 2-way Glue Pen along the top edge of the "hills" and then dipped them in Dazzling Diamonds. This super-fine glitter sticks to adhesive very well - no heat setting required. I think you can see the sparkle a little better in this photo:

Note: The inspiration for the embossed background, penguins (minus Santa hat) and glimmery hills comes from a card created by Gayatri Murali. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder
Project Colors: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler

Envelope Punch Board - how to make envelopes


For those of you who have been considering or have already purchased the Envelope Punch Board, I created a video this morning showing the features of the board and how to use it. I apologize in advance for the imperfect clarity of the image. Seems like I need to learn a little more about how to use my video camera!

Grab some of that extra paper you have stashed away and let's get to it! Enjoy!

Tag It Greeting Card Gift Set


Have you tried using the Envelope Punch Board yet? This nifty tool was worth purchasing when I thought I could just make envelopes with it (Hello paper stash!); but some clever crafters have inundated YouTube with all sorts of different boxes you can make with it, too! Craziness!

This Friday, my friend Cynthia is hosting a workshop/party at her house and I cannot wait to show the ladies how to create boxes to hold their handmade cards. Here's a box holding 4" square cards and coordinating envelopes. This one is a door prize.

I don't want to spoil the surprise for Cynthia, so I invite you to check back on Friday for a peek at her box….

Stamps: Tag It
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Framelits - Chalk Talk
Extras: 1/8" Silver Taffeta Ribbon, Jewels Basic Rhinestone, white embroidery thread
patterned paper is from my "retired" stash
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