Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine Wreath


Want to stamp a wreath but don't want to purchase a wreath stamp set? The following card, based on a sample in Pinterest, is one we created at Adela's workshop last week. We went with fall colors for this one, but you could easily adapt it to any season!

To create this look:

  • Punch out a circle of copy paper and adhere it to your card front layer using temporary (or light tack) adhesive. 
  • We started by adding splatters of Daffodil Delight ink using one of the images in Gorgeous Grunge. (The look reminds me of wreaths with berry laden stems poking out of them.) 
  • Next, stamp an image like this pinecone from Ornamental Pine around the circle, 6-8 times. This sample has 8.

To fill in the wreath, stamp additional pinecones with either another color or a lighter touch of the same color. For the latter, ink up your stamp with the same ink, but stamp off onto scrap paper before stamping on your wreath. This wreath uses only Chocolate Chip ink; the second picture below shows the "stamped off" pinecone.

Tip: Stamp only 6 pinecones in the first layer if you want to be able to see more of the lighter cones.

To finish, remove the copy paper circle ("mask") and complete your card by adding embellishments to your wreath. We only added a ribbon bow, but you could go to town with Candy Dots, Rhinestones, sequins, Dazzling Details… (Now is a good time to go raid that embellishment drawer!) A sentiment might be nice, too :)

Products used today: 

Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Gorgeous Grunge, Sassy Salutations
Project Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight on Whisper White
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, 1-3/8" circle punch
Embellishments: Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Stampin' Up! Bird punch wedding anniversary card


This card is based on a project shared on Pinterest. My ladies and I really enjoyed making it at a club meeting this summer. Not nearly as time consuming as you would think and it really comes out lovely. Beautiful for a wedding or anniversary, doncha think?

Tip: draw your heart with Tombow glue (pictured below) to guide where you lay your leaves. Start laying the leaves in place by starting at the bottom; overlap as you go.

Products used today: 

Project Colors: Whisper White, Silver
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Bird XL punch, Itty Bitty punch pack (heart)
Embellishments: Silver Foil paper, retired Designer Series Paper (striped)
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive

New Photopolymer Set "Banner Blessings" item 136720 $15.95 US

Stamp Review Crew Amazing Birthday


Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew share! This week, we are playing with Amazing Birthday -  a fun stamp set with a mixture of banners and buttons. Enjoy!

Whether you're starting at my site, or you've just arrived from Tanya's blog, Welcome! Compared to Tanya, I'm going to look like a slacker… I'm just sharing one project today, a birthday card created using an always-favorite technique - heat embossing. If an occasion is supposed to be ridiculously amazing, why not make a memento of it super shiny, too? :)

Here's the inside of the card, stamped and ready for smily faces and signatures!

Ready for more ideas? Here's the link for your next stop:

Wendy Weixler
Tanya Boser

Products used today: 

Stamps: Amazing Birthday
Project Colors: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Heat Tool, 1" and 1-1/4" circle punches
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestones, Thick Baker's Twine*
*left over from Sale-a-bration last year, currently available in 2013-15 In Colors
Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive
layout based on Freshly Made Sketches #160

Escape2stamp change in web design


In case you decide to swing by the blog… I've changed the web design a bit. For links to my official website to check out the Weekly deals and more - click the red dot with the three lines. You will then access a drop down menu with lots of helpful links!

Here's a peek at the simplified header:

And here's how it looks once you click the red dot and hover over one of the menus:

just click and you'll go straight to the info!

I hope this layout works for you! Note you'll still be able to access important links (catalogs, previously shared projects, etc.) in the right-hand side bar.

Fold and Flip - Fun Fold Greeting Card


Earlier this week I had the priviledge of holding a workshop for my friend and Stamp Class Assistant, Adela. She requested at least one Christmas card as one of her projects; I combined her idea with a  fun fold technique that can be used year-round.

This sideways image may seem like a strange view of the finished card, but I wanted to be sure you could see the flaps/folds of each layer.

To create this style of fun-fold card, begin with a piece of card stock measuring 4-1/4" x 9". Score it at 5-1/2". At this point, we layered on some Designer Series Paper, but you can leave your card stock bare if you prefer.

Next, cut another piece of card stock 3" x 8-1/2" and score it at 3-3/4". Adhere the larger flap of this card to the inside of the card base as shown below. (The shorter flap, the part sticking out to the right, flips down to enclose the bottom/front flap of the card base. If you look closely, you can see part of the ornament sticking out over the edge.)

Easy peasy! Hope you enjoy giving it a try!

Products used today: 

Stamps:  Christmas Bauble, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Project Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Blendabilities (to color in image)
Retired Designer Series Paper
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestones
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

New Photopolymer Set "Banner Blessings" item 136720 $15.95 US

Let's make some cards!


Hi all!

Recently, I ran across this post by Jennifer McGuire detailing a card drive for a nursing home. I encourage you to read the post for the details and because it also links to a blog hop :)

Her effort has inspired me to set aside a day for our group to get together and create cards for the Sterling House in Deland, Florida. This home was chosen because our stamping friend Lisa visits her mother there :) We would love to be able to bless the staff and residents at this location with cards. Our main hope is that the staff will use them to bless the residents. Also, for the residents who are able, we would like provide cards they can use to send to their loved ones.

My local customers should have already received an e-mail about this. (Check in your junk mail if you haven't seen it. Some mail filters will sort it out simply because I sent it to so many addresses.) If you do not live locally - or simply can't make it that day - but would like to participate, please e-mail me and I will provide you with a mailing address. Thanks in advance!

In need of inspiration? Here are some cards shared previously on this blog. They are all easy cards that could be easily adapted to any occasion. 

those are strips of washi tape, but the same could be done with paper  ;)

Stampin' Up! fun fold class


Looking for a fun fold card that can be created with a minimum of fuss? Check out this cutie (created in an October class).

See the tutorial by Julie Davison here. Enjoy!

Envelope Greeting Card


In class yesterday, we created a fun greeting card - envelope style. This sample, created using our Envelope Punch Board, begins with a 6" x 6" piece of Designer Series Paper and includes a 4" x 3" greeting inside:

Thanks to the ladies who came to play! I hope you enjoyed yourself and look forward to trying this in different sizes :)

This idea was CASEd from Julie Davidson. Click here to see her how-to video.

Stampin' Up! Fall greeting card


A friend loaned me some fall stamps from a while back. I love these sunflowers (even though I didn't color them quite right…) Sometimes, when you live in Florida, you have to create the fall scene you'd like to see! :)

Products used today: 

Stamps: retired Stampin' Up! plus sentiment from Stampabilities
Project Colors: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
colored with Blendabilties
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments: neutral twine
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Stamp Review Crew Kinda Eclectic


Welcome to another great blog hop with The Stamp Review Crew!

Today's set,  Kinda Eclectic, is one Stampin' Up! gave us at convention (Yay!) so there are a lot of samples out there to get your creative juices flowing. But today you don't even have to go search for them. The SRC is bringing them right to you. Just enjoy the hop and I'm SURE you'll be inspired!

My first project is a CAS (clean and simple) card, just a little something that will mail easily and let someone know their kindness is appreciated. A little Silver Glimmer Paper dresses it up :)

Next is a 4-1/4" square card created using Retro Sketch #138 and our Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. I used Blendabilities to add color to our Jewel Basic Rhinestones.

The leaves were inked first in Daffodil Delight then the edges of the stamp were rolled in Old Olive. (Hand cut)
Last, here's a cute little box created using the Gift Box punch board. This is the smallest box listed on the board. (Finished size 1.75"x 1.75"x 1.75")

Stamp the small butterfly on vellum and adhere over the one stamped on card stock for extra dimension.
Extra image: here's the box before assembly… just wanted to show you what the stamping looked like - quick and easy, but cute!

The starburst image from this set is stamped onto the center (which becomes the bottom of the box), allowing the rays to extend just far enough to be seen on each side of the box. Then the small butterfly is stamped on each 'side'. This size butterfly coordinates with our Bitty Butterfly Punch, so it was easy to punch an extra out of vellum and let it fly!

Daffodil Delight Seam Binding and 1/4" Silver Taffeta ribbon finish off the box.

Here are the links to get you where you are going next; either way, you're sure to be impressed!

Products used today: 

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Project Colors: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Bitty Butterfly punch, 1/4" circle punch, Paper Snips,
Big Shot, Framelits - Apothecary Accents & Ovals, Gift Box Punch Board
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestone, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, 1/4" Silver Taffeta ribbon
Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive
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