Thursday, October 29, 2015

Christening Card

My grand-niece was christened a couple of weeks ago, and I was excited to make her this card for her special day.

Super, super simple to put together, but the little "extra" touches really make a difference.

Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Blessed by God
Ink:  Pink Pirouette
Ribbon: Pink Pirouette Seam Binding
Other:  Tiny Pearls I had in my stash in a shade that matched the Pink Pirouette perfectly!

I guess the old saying rings true here:  "Less IS More!"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Special Thank You

As some of you may know, my mother is currently going through treatments for cancer.  Thankfully, she is progressing well.  She recently had to undergo some day surgery and the doctor and his team were absolutely wonderful.  They were so patient, gentle, and caring.  It meant the world to my family that she had such wonderful care, so, as a crafter, of course I had to make them a special thank you card to go along with the little token of appreciation I gave them.  This is the card I delivered to them at mom's follow up appointment.

Once again, I grabbed my go-to punch, the Owl Builder.  I just thought it was the perfect way to make the nurse and doctor!  An added bonus is that the card went together pretty quickly, which is a good thing these days, since my plate has been so full!

Cardstock:  Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black (for eyes and stethescope), Smoky Slate (for bottom part of stethescope) Pacific Point (for doctor's body and cap)
Stamp Set: Writing Notes
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy (for the lines on the paper)
Punch: Owl Builder

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Treats

Well, after I finished up the wedding projects, it was time to get started on my Halloween projects.  I did take some time off from crafting to catch my breath, but I spent this past weekend getting some treats ready for some special people.   All of the treats were made using the French Fry Die and the Haunt Ya Later stamp set.  I purchased specialty dies that go along with the stamp set from an awesome merchant, Dave, and he offers many dies that coordinate with Stampin' Up! stamps.   The link to his store is here.

This treat was made for the three little children who live next door to me.  The Haunt Ya Later stamp set was perfect, because they are two little boys and a little girl!  The little girl is only 6 months old, so she didn't get any candy -- she's getting animal crackers and goldfish!

This picture shows the holders empty so you can see better how they looked before filling.

Vampire: Basic Gray cardstock edged with Basic Gray ink
Witch:  Old Olive cardstock edged with Old Olive ink
Kitten/Pumpkin:  Basic Black cardstock edged with White Craft Ink.
All images were colored using Stampin' Write markers - Neutrals and Brights

I decided to bag them so the contents wouldn't spill out all over their Trick or Treat bags, and I must say, I do like the look of the cello bag

These next treats were made for the secretaries that I work with.  These were made with Always Artichoke cardstock inked with Always Artichoke ink.  The fence is a sizzix die that I cut with Whisper White and inked with Soft Suede ink. The bat is also a sizzix die but with Basic Black cardstock and inked with Whisper White craft ink.

Since I am planning on putting them on their desks before they get in, I originally thought I didn't need to bag them and this is how they looked without the outside cello bag.

Of course, I then decided the bag them in case they got tossed around in my car! 

I'm having a class on Saturday, which is also Halloween, so I made some for the ladies who will be coming to class. These were made with Basic Gray cardstock, edged with Basic Gray ink.  Again, I used the sizzix fence die but with Whisper White cardstock and inked up with Soft Suede.  I didn't bag these for two reasons:  (1) I'm handing them out at class, which is at my house; and (2)  I ran out of bags!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Halloween Treats!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 6

Here is the last installment of the wedding projects I made for my sister's recent wedding.  These are the cards I made.  One was from my mother (the cake) and the other was from me.  The styles are so very different, but that's because, although I know my sister is a no frills gal, my mom likes more traditional cards.  Gotta please the customer!

This first one was a total CASE from Pinterest!  I usually like to put a twist on it and make it my own, but I made these just hours before the wedding, and my creativity had flown right out the window!

Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Ribbon:  Wisteria Wonder seam binding
Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan (retired)
Stamp Set:  Blessed by God
Punch: Boho Blossom (retired) for the flowers

This second one was also inspired by Pinterest, but I did manage to change it up a bit.

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Very Vanilla (behind the tree)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede
Ribbon:  Calypso Coral  Seam Binding
Punch: Bird Builder, Artisan Label (retired), Owl Builder (for the birds' eyes), 1 3/8" circle punch
Stamp Set: Label Love (retired)

I hope you've enjoyed these wedding projects and that you found some inspiration in them.  It certainly was a lot of work, but it was so worth it.  I absolutely loved creating for such a special occasion!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 5

These are the favors I made for my sister's wedding.  They sure were a labor of love, and I will admit that a few times along the way I was ready to trash the whole project!  I got the directions for the box assembly from video on YouTube, and, of course, I switched things up and made it my own (or my sister's own!)  It is made using the Stampin Up Petal Cone Die (retired).

This is a picture of the completed cake.  I used thick cake decorating trays in between the layers and punched a whole in the center of each, attached them with a dowel and made a tier.  I trimmed each of the cake trays with ribbon, but they were purchased lined with silver foil, so that would have looked good too.  I used Stampin' Up's Shimmery White Cardstock and found that it was good, heavy weight for the project. The following pictures are from my original sample.  You'll notice that that original sample has green leaves and the completed project doesn't.  Well . . . my Martha Stewart leaf punch decided to break before I could finish punching out all the leaves, so I had to leave the leaves off the completed project.  You'll also notice that the finished project has a center in each of the flowers.  I added those at the last minute as well.   I purchased a pre-made ribbon at the craft store and stuck it in the center for the centerpiece.  I know, I know. . . I could have made my own bow, but by the time I was ready for the bow, I was so over this entire project!  The inside of each box has some Jordan Almonds wrapped with tulle, tied with ribbon, and decorated with a satin flower.  I didn't take a picture of that, but if I remember to do so later, I'll post it.

This is a top view of the cake box.  I made the flower using Hello Honey ink on Hello Honey cardstock using the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and punching out with the Fun  Flower Punch.  This original sample doesn't have one, but the end project has a center in each flower.  I made it by punching the flower out a second time using Chocolate Chip ink onChocolate Chip paper and punched it out using the 7/8" scallop punch. 

This back view of the box shows the "frosting" on the cake.  I embossed the scalloped part of the Petal Cone Die with an Anna Griffin embossing folder and trimmed the edges to fit on the box. 

This side view of the cake shows the chocolate "frosting" in between the layers.  I made it by cutting a strip of 1/4" chocolate chip card stock and punching it with the retired scallop edge punch. I embellished it using off white colored Liquid Pearls. 

Although it was certainly a time-consuming, patience-trying project, I do love the end result.  More importantly, my sister absolutely loved it as well!  Please check back tomorrow for the last installment of wedding projects!

Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Hello Honey, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set: Beautiful Bunch (available as a bundle)
Punches:  Fun Flower 7/8" scallop circle, scallop edge border (retired)
Die: Petal Cone Die (retired)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 4

Ready for the next installment??  The day after the wedding, the bride and groom had a backyard barbecue for all of their family and friends.  There were over 100 people there, and these are the little treats that I made for the event.  I got the instructions from one of Pootles' videos on YouTube.  They were quite easy to make, but were time consuming.  Fortunately, my good friend, Ann, spent an entire day with me cranking them out!  I used some retired DSP that had fall colors in it to capture the color scheme my sister wanted.  They seemed a bit plain, so I added some rope along the top of them.  There were four different patterned papers in all.

This is a picture of a close up of one of the patterns:

These are the four patterns I used:

And this is the overflowing basket full of treats!  (Sorry about the mess in the background -- my house had turned into a factory!)

Please check back tomorrow for the final favor that I made for the actual wedding itself.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 3

Today's wedding projects were made for the bachelorette party.  My sister just loves her Pinot Grigio, so what would be more fitting than a miniature bottle as her favors??

These were also made with the Dress Up framelit. This time, though, I chose the dress with the sleeves, and only added one pearl on the bodice.  I draped the top of the bottle with a piece of tulle to resemble a veil, and I use a pre-made elasticized bow/ribbon/pearl embellishment to attach the veil to the bottle.  To keep the dress a bit more securely on the bottle, I used a glue dot and then I tied a piece of white ribbon around it.  They were a big hit!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 2

As one of the pre-wedding get-togethers, all of the ladies in our family went out to dinner to honor the bride-to-be.  I made these favors for the occasion.  I used the Dress Up Framelit which is retired :(  The inspiration for this favor came from an internet search, but I changed it up a bit to suit my needs.  Check back by the end of the week and I will have the directions on how to make this favor up by then.

This is how I presented it to the guests.  I put it in a cellophane bag to protect it.

This is the basic favor box without the candy: 

I put some candy in a small cellophane bag and inserted it into the box inside the favor:

These favors came together pretty quickly and made a great impression!  Check back tomorrow for another favor!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Wedding Fun - Part 1

My sister got married last weekend, and because I'm a crafter, I made LOTS of goodies for the big day.  I'll be posting them throughout the week.  Today's installment are the invitations.  I made two because the actual wedding was a small, intimate affair with only immediate family.  The day-after celebration was for a MUCH larger crowd of family and friends. She didn't have wedding "colors" but just wanted fall colors throughout the weekend.  I chose Cherry Cobbler because I thought it was  a perfect color for a wedding invitation -- fall and love!

The large invitation was 5 x 7.  The base is Cherry Cobbler, and the front is Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is a retired cotton.  I chose to do a knot because my sister is a "no frills" woman and a knot seemed more appropriate than a bow for her.

The small invitation is notecard size -- 3 1/2 x 5.  Again, the base is Cherry Cobbler and the front is Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is a retired seam binding.  Instead of making a typical knot for this one, I made a knot in the middle of the ribbon without any loose pieces.

She gave me free reign in the design, so I was thrilled when she saw the first sample and was thrilled with them!

Check back tomorrow to see the first of four (!) favors for all the different events leading up to the wedding!

Saturday, October 17, 2015


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Baby Card

This is the second of the two baby cards I made for a co-worker's baby shower.  It's much simpler than yesterday's card.

The base is made with the new thick Whisper White cardstock, which I just LOVE!  The layers are alternating Whisper White and Marina Mist.  The giraffe is from the Zoo Babies stamp set and stamped with Daffodil Delight.  The background stamp is retired (Checkerboard), and the blue gingham is also retired.  The slider button was one that I had in my stash of "stuff".  I added some detail by making faux stitching using the fine tip of a Stampin' Write marker. Even though there are lots of layers, I pop dotted the top layer and it really added a nice touch to an otherwise simple card.

Stamps:  Checkerboard (retired), Zoo Babies
Ribbon:  Blue Gingham (retired)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tri-Fold Baby Giraffe Card

I made this card for a co-worker whose wife is expecting later this month.  We had a baby shower for him and we needed two cards.  This is the first one; I'll post the other one tomorrow.

I started with a piece of Pacific Point cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11. Score lines were made at 2 3/4" and 5 1/"2.  The embossed panels were cut at 4" x 2 1/2" (2 of those) and 4" x 5 1/4".  They were embossed using the decorative dots folder.

For the giraffe, I used Crushed Curry and put the pieces together as follows:

Head - smallest oval from the oval framelits
Face - small oval punch (retired)
Eyes - Owl Builder Punch
Nose - Owl Builder Punch
Tongue - 3/4" circle punch
Ears - petals from a small Recollections flower punch I had
Antennae - slivers of yellow with red dots from the tiniest circles in the Owl Builder punch
Neck - 10 " x 3/4" piece of paper
Body - 2 1/2" circle punch
Legs - tiny pieces of cardstock cut at 1/4" wide
Tail - tiny piece of cardstock cut at 1/4" and one of the blossoms from the Build a Blossom punch (retired)
Spots on the body - I used the 3/4" circle punch as well as the middle and largest circles from the Owl  Builder Punch.

Isn't he adorable?

Punches:  Small Oval, Owl Builder, 3/4" circle, 2 1/2" circle, Build a Blossom; word window (for sentiment)
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots
Framelits: Ovals Collection

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Donut Card

I made this card for a co-worker's birthday this month. It was inspired by a card made by Connie Stewart.  She made the actual card donut shaped, but I decided just to add the donut to the card front.

I didn't have my Circle Framelits with me when I made the card, so I used my Cricut.  The outer donut is a 3" circle; the pink sprinkled glaze is a 2 1/2" circle, and the hole in the center is a 1" circle.  The sentiment comes from the stamp set Remembering Your Birthday.  The spirnkles were made using one of the stamps in the Wondrous Wreath set, and the "bite" was made with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  The top layer of the card front is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Framelits: Circle Framelits (although I used my Cricut because I didn't have the framelits handy)
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots, but the Decorative Dots would look great too!
Punch: 1" circle punch,  2 3/8" scallop circle punch
Stamp Sets:  Wondrous Wreath, Remembering Your Birthday

Friday, October 9, 2015

Behind the Trees

This is the last of the cards from the Woodland Embossing Folder class.  I saw a version of this on Pinterest by Create with Dee.

This look was achieved by stamping directly onto the embossing folder -- being sure to emboss on the correct side!  With this particular folder, the words "Stampin Up" needs to be in the upper right corner of the front; it will be upside down, but that's okay!  Open the folder and stamp on the inside of the front of the folder.  I used Marina Mist for the bottom portion and Night of Navy for the top portion.  Then I stamped the trees using Early Espresso.  After it was all inked up, I ran it through the Big Shot and the evergreen trees appeared to be behind the birch treas.  To get the glitter on the trees, I applied a small amount of glue using the new fine tip glue pen and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over that.  I pressed it in so it got good and stuck on the paper.  Finally, to add an illusion of shadow, I used a sponge dauber with a bit of Marina Mist and just lightly make a swipe below the trees.

Give it a try!  I'm sure you'll love this technique!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso (card base)
Embossing Folder:  Woodland

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Serenity Sunrise

This is Card 3 from my recent Woodland Embossing Folder class.  Lots of inking went into this, but it's worth it.  This was a semi-case from the blog Stampin' on the Prairie.  I changed it up a bit to make it my own, but she had chosen such beautiful colors to use so I didn't change any of those!

To begin, I punched out a 1 3/4" circle on a piece of scrap paper.  Using the negative part of that, I lightly sponged So Saffron in the circle to make the sun.  Then I covered the sun with the punched out circle and went to town sponging the rest of the colors.  In order, I used:  Daffodil Delight, Crusted Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze.  At first I thought the Cajun Craze would be too bold for it, but I only added it in a couple of places and I thought it added a nice touch.  After all the sponging was done, I ran the paper through the Big Shot using the Woodland embossing folder.  Using a sponge dauber, I went over the raised trees with Soft Suede.  I used Soft Suede marker to highlight the lines in the trees.  I wrapped a bit of jut around the card, tied it in a knot, affixed it to the card base and it was done!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Soft Suede
Markers:  Soft Suede
Embossing Folder:  Woodland

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Peaceful Trees

Here's Card No. 2 from last weekend's Woodland Embossing Folder Card.  I just loved making this one. It was inspired by a Pinterest post by Lydia, but I changed it up a bit.

The card base is made using the new Heavy Weight Whisper White (which I absolutely LOVE!).  The card front is Pacific Point (although this picture makes it look a bit lighter than that).  To make the card, I ran the Pacific Point through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder.  Then I took a Q-tip and tap it into my Whisper White Craft Ink.  (Lydia used her finger to do it, but my fingers weren't the right size!!).  I gently rubbed the ink onto the trees and branches.  Then I squeezed my Pacific Point ink pad cover and made a little puddle on the cover.  Using the blender pen, I picked up some of the ink and gently ran it along the right side of each of the trees and branches to give it a shadow, depth effect.  Lydia also did that with Whisper White Craft Ink along the left side of the trees, but that didn't work for me!  The sentiment is stamped onto vellum paper with Versamark ink and embossed using gray embossing folder.  I cut the strip a bit wider than the card, scored it where it would fold over, and attached it on the back side so that there was no adhesive showing on the front.

Another pretty simple card that I hope you will try.

Embossing Folder:  Woodland
Embossing Powder:  Gray
Stamp Set:  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Glistening Trees

I made this card as part of a recent class I had featuring the new Woodland Embossing Folder from the holiday catalog.  I just love this folder.  There's so, so much you can do with it.  I'll be posting the four cards from my class throughout the week.  I hope you'll come back to see some more!

This card really did come together in no time at all and the supply list is pretty minimal!

1.  Emboss the white card front using the Woodland embossing folder.
2.  Using a liquid glue pen, apply glue to all of the raised branches.
3.  Sprinkle the card with glitter.  Shake off the excess and return it to the jar.  You are left with a beautifully glittered image!  (Tip:  When I use glitter, after I shake off the excess, I place a piece of scrap paper over my glittered image and rub my hand over it to really get the glitter into the glue so it's nice and secure and won't flake off.)
4.  Tie a ribbon around the card front.
5.  Mount it onto the card base.  

Here is a list of products I used for this card:

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White
Embossing Folder:  Woodland
Glitter:  Dazzling Diamonds
Ribbon:  Marina Mist

Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween ATC

I made this ATC for a monthly ATC swap I participate in over at

It was SUPER simple.  ATC's are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" so that is the size of my background paper (Crushed Curry).  The black layer is 2 1/2" x 3 1/4".  The moon is punched from a 2" circle punch, and the edges were sponged to give it some dimension.  The tree branch is stamped using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  The owl is made using the Owl Builder punch.  I sponged White Craft Ink on the edges of the owl.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Good Greetings (no longer available) using White Craft Ink.  The embroidery floss wrapped around the card is just some old DMC floss I had in my craft room.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp Set: Sprinkles of Life, Good Greetings
Miscellaneous:  Spong Dauber, DMC Embroidery Floss

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Time for a Blog Hop!

Welcome to the FIRST ever “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Up until one month ago we were a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators located all across the U.S. and Canada who had never met before.  Well, actually, we still haven’t met yet (in person). . .**  But, through our common bond of Stampin’ Up! and a shared love of papercrafting we have created a fun new blog hop.  Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created! 

** I actually was fortunate to meet one our members, Crystal, at Scrapbook Expo a few weeks ago.  We discovered that we live in the same state but a couple of hours away from each other.  Since we were both going to Scrapbook Expo so we decided to meet and say "hello".  I'm so glad we did!

Now, on to the business at hand -- our BLOG HOP!  This month's theme was Halloween, and I made two cards using new product from the Holiday Catalog. I hope you like them!

I made this card using the new Happy Scenes stamp set along with the Hearth and Home thinlit die set.  The stamp and dies are available to purchase separately, or as a bundle at a 15% savings.  

Stamp Set:  Happy Scenes, Hardwood
Die:  Hearth and Home
(Bundled as: Happy Scenes Holiday Bundle)
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake (for the paneled layer); Soft Suede (for the window); Very Vanilla (for the scene)
Inks:   Basic Black, Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz
Punches:  1" circle; 7/8" scallop circle; 3/4" circle
Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede
Other:  Spider Web Doily

To make the background for the scene, I sponged the top part of the cardstock with Elegant Eggplant and then went over it lightly with Basic Black. I sponged the bottom part with Pear Pizzazz and went over it lightly with Soft Suede.  The tree and pumpkins are stamped with Soft Suede.

The hardwood stamp was inked with Soft Suede, and to add some dimension to it, I also sponged the edges of that layer.  The window cut out was also sponged with Soft Suede, as were the three circles with the "Boo" on it.

I cut the Spider Web Doily down to only include the inner circle

I made a second card for the blog hop as well.  For this one, I used the Festive Fireplace Stamp set with the coordinating Festive Fireplace Framelits.  These also can be purchased separately or bundled together at a 15% discount.

I hope you've enjoyed this stop along the blog hop.  I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about either of these two projects!

Be sure to check out the other blogs.  Click here for the next blog, or click on any of the links below.

Anna - You Are Here