Unscripted Sketches A Dozen Thoughts


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At Unscripted Sketches this month we have been revisiting some of our previous sketches. This week we're using sketch #15. Be sure to stop by the Unscripted site (linked above) for more ideas and inspiration.

Inspiration for this card came from texting with my son :)

Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts, Crazy Cool (retired)
Colors: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips
Extras: Alphabet Stickers (Paper Studio)

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Epic Day This N That Designer Series Paper


Even though I've had this paper for a while and have used quite a bit of it, I'm always amazed at the variety of projects you can make with our Epic Day This N That Designer Series Paper. The colors and patterns are just so versatile! Masculine, travel related, vintage - you name it - this paper works wonderfully for them all!

Stamps: Blessings From Heaven, Backyard Basics
Colors: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Epic Day This N That Designer Series Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Ovals, Labels and Backyard Basics Collections, Scallop Edge Punch
Extras: Jewels Basic Pearls

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Thank You From My Heart


Another Thank You for your inspiration this week. Here's a sincere "Thank You from the bottom of my heart".

Tip: Our Framelits (Labels Collection) come with six dies; each cuts the same shape but in sizes varying from 1-15/16" to 5-7/16" at the widest dimension. This allows you to easily cut and mat your work. In this case, I wanted a smaller mat; so, instead of cutting the next size up I cut the same size and then cut it in half horizontally. The Cotton Ribbon running across the card hides the cut and the gap left by slightly separating the pieces. Now there's a smaller mat behind the sentiment layer - just enough to help it POP from the busy background. You can try it with any of your punches or die cuts!

Stamps: From My Heart
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
Colors: Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Labels Collection, Embosslits - Beautiful Wings
Extras: Cotton Ribbon, Jewels Basic Pearls

Make an envelope into a bag Stampin' Addicts Challenge


At Stampin' Addicts we are taking advantage of a new way to share ideas and inspiration with you! We're posting some of our previous tutorials and challenges with you on Pinterest. One per week, and the person who "wins" each week's challenge gets to choose the one for next week. How fun is that?!

This week's challenge is to make a bag from an envelope. You will love how easy it is to do and the finished bag is just such a great way to give goodies to someone. Check out the how-to video in the Stampin' Addicts forum (<— the link will take you straight to the video tutorial).

As shown in the video, this bag was created using a Medium Envelope (the size we use for cards measuring 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Using this size results in a bag with an opening of about 3-1/4" x 3/4". It will open to about 1" wide if you stretch open the sides (shown folded in here). I haven't tried it, but it looks like a good size for packets of cocoa or apple cider… maybe some candy canes? Or how about a baggie of biscotti? So many possibilities...

I hope you'll pin your finished creation on the Pinterest and share it with us!

Stamps: Hello Lovely
Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack
Crumb Cake Medium Envelope
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips
Extras: Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon, Metallic Brads (ret.)


Stampin' Up! Timeless Talk Loving Thoughts


Have you ever used Whisper White and Very Vanilla on the same project. It occurred to me while making this card that I usually use one or the other. Hmmmm, wonder why? In this case, using the two colors really helped the fussy-cute bicycle and sentiment stand out. Initially, I had them both on Vanilla and they looked a little blah. Throw in some white however...

If I had used a different adhesive, I would have bumped everything up a half-inch or so but I wasn't willing to destroy the card to fix it :)

Stamps: Timeless Talk, Loving Thoughts
Colors: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Epic Day Designer Series Paper
Tools: Paper Snips, Tea Stain ink spot (retired)
Extras: Designer Naturals Button, Linen Thread, Epic Day Washi Tape

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Animal Talk Quick Card


This week I'm sharing a few thank you cards with you. This card is one I made for my friend Jo who has recently adopted some kittens. The little fish are cat toys :)

The inside of the card contains the sentiment that goes with the image shown on front. It reads: *{cat talk for "thank you so much."}

Layout: FabFri25
Stamps: Animal Talk
Colors: Whisper White, Soft Slate, Daffodil Delight
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Circles
Extras: Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Other: embossing folder by Cuttlebug

Quatrefancy Chalk Talk


It's day two of a week full of Thank You's and today I have a cute little card to share. Created using our coordinating Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits, this card could easily be altered to fit any occasion. I wasn't sure how to layer the sentiment tag so that it would stand out from the patterned paper. Instead of finding a different (or larger) shape to go behind it, I just die cut more of the same shape in coordinating colors. Easy!

 For ideas on what colors coordinate, check the heavy white layer that comes with your Designer Series Paper. Stampin' Up! lists the colors used in the design right under the item name and number. For additional ideas, I definitely recommend our Color Coach. Each color swatch lists two color combinations and there are extra cards for you to keep track of additional color groupings.

Stamps: Chalk Talk
Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper
Colors: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Chalk Talk
Extras: Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain, Silver 1/8" Taffeta, Jewels Basic Rhinestones

Color Coach:Includes 55 double-sided cards with removable post fastener. On individual color cards, one side shows color, the other side lists coordinating colors. (Sized 2 3/4" x 4-1/2")

Gorgeous Grunge Yippee Skippee! rs78


Take a glance in magazines or Pinterest and you will see a trendy look - Ombre. It's fun to stamp; just pick a stamp you like and stamp it in various degrees of the same color. Or in my case, various tones of similar colors ;)

Using the scratched line looking image from Gorgeous Grunge, I used (from the top of the card to the bottom):
  • Soft Sky
  • Pool Party
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Pacific Point
I also stamped the splattered dots image with Coastal Cabana. The card base is this color and the punched flower is a combination of this color and Pool Party. Created using our 1-1/4" scallop circle punch and some paper snips, the flower is easy to create. For the how-to, check out this previous post.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Yippee Skippee!, Basic Label (retired)
Colors: (listed above)
Tools: 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, Big Shot, Framelits - Apothecary Accents
Extras: Candy Dots - Brights, Jewels Basic Pearls, JBP Large

About the bow...


Hi all! I recently posted the card you see here (left) and received a couple of comments about the bow. I was taught to make this bow at a Stampin' Up! by another Stampin' Up Demonstrator by the name of Sharon Field. She has a video on Youtube showing how to make the bow. On it, she shares how to make the bow with two loops; but for more loops, just wrap the ribbon around your fingers again.

Use It Tuesday - Patterned Papers


Do you have a stash of patterned paper on hand? This question usually gets either a groan or an eye-roll in class. Seems we all somehow manage to build up a stash of pretty patterned papers no matter how we try to control ourselves.

As someone who loves making cards, my favorite card sketch challenge website for layered cards is Mojo Monday. The layouts shared there usually have several layers so I know I can turn to them to "de-stash" and end up with a lovely card to boot. Another nice thing about this site is that they have made their previous sketches easy to find and print out. Here's a card created using last week's challenge, sketch #305:

Another idea is to turn your Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) into envelopes. We have a great tool coming out next month which will make creating envelopes SUPER easy, but you can make them now without anything more than a paper trimmer and some adhesive.
  • Check out this post sharing a video link on how you can make your own envelope.
  • This post contains step-by-step instructions for creating square envelopes.

Stamps: From My Heart
Colors: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Labels Collection
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearls

Stampin' Up! Modern Medley Designer Series Paper


One of my favorite paper packs in the 2013-14 Catalog is our Modern Medley Designer Series Paper pack. All of the designs are in Basic Black and Very Vanilla making them easy to use with all of our favorite colors. I thought it would be fun to use the designs in the background (mostly) with a POP of Raspberry Ripple.

The lovely ribbon you see is our 1/8" Silver ribbon, just one of the embellishments featured in our 2013 Holiday catalog. It sparkles so beautifully; I think I may just have to use it to hang some of my ornaments on the tree this year!

layout: Deconstructed Sketch DS112
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Colors: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Tools: XL Oval Punch, Paper Snips
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper - also available in Digital Format

Unscripted Sketches Flashback Sketch Challenge plus Needle Threader Tip


This month, Unscripted Sketches is bringing back some of our favorite sketches from past challenges. There's also a Flashback Bingo game going on; be sure to check out the details HERE.

Our sketch this week:

My card features Remembering Christmas, a stamp set including this majestic deer image. Although it contains Christmas sentiments, this buck image looks like he would work well for other masculine, hunting or outdoor related projects.

I resisted putting a red nose on him and added jingle bells instead :)

TIP: Want an easy way to thread buttons or jingle bells? Forget a needle - skip straight to a needle-threader! The loop on the threader is a large making it easy to insert thread (or ribbon). Since it's made of a light wire, it "gives"which allows it to easily slide through button holes, jingle bells or even card stock. Check this out:

First through the bell, then insert the thread through the loop. Pull the threader and
the linen thread will easily make it's way through the bell's loop.

As I mentioned, the needle threader is handy for pulling thread through card stock, as well. Here, I inserted the threader from the back of the card stock, slid the Linen Thread through the loop and then just pulled the thread to the back of the card. (The second pic shows the back of the card.)


Stamps: Remembering Christmas (Holiday 2013)
Colors: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky
Tools: Needle Threader, Paper Piercing Tool & template
Extras: Linen thread, Mini Silver Brads, Designer Natural Buttons, Jingle Bells (retired item)
Big Shot, Framelits - Apothecary Accents

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop - Oh, Goodie


Welcome to another fun blog hop with the Stampin' Addicts. This weekend, we're sharing some of the fall related goodies available in our 2013 Holiday catalog. All of our posts are linked together and are updated to take you directly to the previous and next person's post; this way you can come back and peruse the projects again at a later date if you want to. So whether you're starting here or just arrived from seeing Paula's fantastic projects with the Build-a-Banner Kit, you've got the links below to take you to the next stop. Enjoy!

The projects I'm sharing with you were all created using a cute stamp set called Oh, Goodie. This set contains four sentiments, three of which can be used year round. They are: XOXO, Ho Ho Ho, Num -Num and Enjoy.

Ok, now you might be thinking, "Num-Num?". I don't know who started it, but I can definitely tell you that my younger son says this whenever I catch him eating snacks. He just looks at me, grabs another bite and before chomping down says, "Num-Num".

This card also uses the Halloween Hello stamp set.  
Colors: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Old Olive (candy dots)
Tools: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, heat tool, black embossing powder
Embellishments: Silver Glimmer paper, Candy Dots (brights)

"Enjoy" is one of those sentiments that you can use for just about anything. Here, I've made a gift tag using one of the Framelits in the Chalk Talk set. The flower is made with layers of 1 1/4" scalloped circles. Just cut into the circle between the scallops and scrunch a little, layer and voila!

This card also uses Hello, Lovely
Colors: Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearls, JBP Large
Tools: 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits

Last are some little note cards I made for the men/boys in my life. I like to surprise my hubby with a little treat in his work bag every once in a while and thought it would be nice to stick a note in there with it. I made extra so that I can put a note on each boys night stand next week and wish them a good morning before they head off to school. The notes are simply 2" x 4" pieces of card stock folded in half to make 2"square notes.

The stamped dots are from our Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. 
Colors (from left) Cajun Craze, Real Red, Pacific Point. 
Embellishments: Denim Trim,  Candy Dots (Brights)
Tools: Large Oval punch

Here are all of the projects together. The only stamp in Oh, Goodie not represented here is Ho, Ho, Ho.  This is, after all, a FALL blog hop :)

Season of Style meets Holly Jolly Christmas


Tomorrow some of the ladies at Stampin' Addicts (including me) will be taking part in a blog hop showcasing some of the fall related stamps and accessories in the 2013 Holiday catalog. The set I'll be working with, Oh, Goodie, also contains a Christmas sentiment. Here's a card I made for the hop before realizing - well, duh! - it's a FALL hop - this isn't fall!!

If the image of Santa is stumping you, it's from an older set called A Holly Jolly Christmas. The rubber set is no longer available, however the digital version comes with your purchase of My Digital Studio. I printed Santa out full size and cropped it with our Oval Framelits, framing it with another die cut - Labels Collection (framelit). Isn't it fun paired with our Season of Style DSP stack? Love it, even if I did get ahead of myself and the season!

Stamps: Oh, Goodie (sentiment), A Holly Jolly Christmas (Santa)
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Ovals Collection and Labels Collection,
Word Window Punch and Modern Label punch
Extras: Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Jewels Basic Rhinestone

Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge quick card


Have you ever spent time looking through non-stamping related websites and found yourself thinking in Stampin' Up! colors? I was looking for a new chicken recipe (do they exist?) and ran across a curry dish that looked interesting. Although I didn't try the recipe, the color of the food stuck with me and I found myself making this card using - you guessed it - Crushed Curry as the card base.

I'm hoping this will work for one of the guys in the family. What do you think - is it okay to send a card with sparkle to a guy?

card layout: The Sweet Stop SSS222
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Sweet Essentials (sentiment), Pennant Parade (star)
Colors: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Other: Jewels Basic Rhinestone

Stampin' Up! New Thinlits


I've had a few questions about the new Stampin' Up! Thinlits card dies and thought it might be easier to answer with a video. Luckily, the company has already put one out that shows you exactly what they do. Check it out:

Season of Style Washi Tape Christmas Card


Earlier this week, I promised you a second version of the card we're creating in class today. (See the earlier post here.) I've gotta tell you that these cards are quick to make. That doesn't always matter, but somehow when I need to make a batch of cards, say like for Christmas, it's nice to have a good looking card that doesn't take hours to duplicate. And something really nice about the Washi tape is that you can easily lift and reposition it if you lay it down and it's not quite straight.

This card has the same layout as the one previously shared. However, this one was created with our Season of Style Washi Tape and two carryover items from last season: Framelits Ornaments Dies and Greetings of the Season (stamp set).

Now what do you think about the ornament? That lovely gold sheen you are seeing is another new product in the Holiday catalog - our Gold Foil Sheets. More of a silver girl? No worries, there's some for you, too! (The cut-out ornament is adhered inside the card, though you can't see it here.)

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